Ecosystems

Paris

‘La French Tech’ Leads French Startups to Success

By | Nov 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Since 2009, Web Summit has been one of Europe’s largest events related to technology. This year’s edition is the first happening overseas, in the beautiful city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Other than the strong presence of Portuguese companies, the 2016 edition of Web Summit…

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Connecticut

Why Hartford, CT, Is a Rising “Knowledge Capital”

By | Oct 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Successful entrepreneurial ecosystems generally have three common attributes: Quality Talent Access to Capital High Education Recently, the Brookings Institution released a report, “Redefining Global Cities,” that classified Hartford as a “knowledge capital,” putting it in the same class as regional leaders aspire to be, namely, Austin,…

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Connecticut

A Comprehensive Guide to the Connecticut Startup Ecosystem

By | Oct 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm

When you grow up near a big city, most people just assume that you call that big city home. They think your identity is wrapped up in the grand metropolitan area that’s more than an hour and a half drive away. In Connecticut, that…

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Connecticut

Connecticut Startups Are Looking to Rebound in 2016

By | Oct 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

According to a recent study by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and BlumShapiro, over two thirds of state businesses showed a profit in 2015, which is a 10-year high. However, the same study shows that half of those same businesses do not plan on…

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Chicago

8 Entrepreneurs on What It’s Like to Be a Startup in Chicago

By | Oct 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm

With the Cubs advancing in the MLB playoffs, Chicago is abuzz with excitement. Even with winter looming in the coming months, there is a certain energy in the city that is palpable when you wander through The Loop, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville. Many people refer to…

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How to Address and Improve Underserved Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

By | Oct 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Not every entrepreneurial ecosystem will lead the pack like Silicon Valley. For smaller ecosystems, underserved industries, and unattended niches, it can be difficult to start up in a meaningful way. But when it comes to startup ecosystem success, there are a few things you need to…

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Phoenix

Notes From the Road: Rise of the Rest Phoenix Tour

By | Oct 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

In the Valley of the Sun, there is a heat wave of startup activity throughout the community. Our final stop on the Rise of the Rest Tour landed us in Phoenix and we went full afterburner until the sun set in the west. We…

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Albuquerque

Notes from the Road: Rise of the Rest Albuquerque Tour

By | Oct 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

This Autumn, the City of Albuquerque will be filled with harvest festivals, plenty of chile roasting and hot-air balloons floating in the morning sky. It is here that we landed for our next stop on the Rise of the Rest Tour. Ask any member…

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Salt Lake City

Notes From the Road: The Rise of the Rest Salt Lake City-Provo Tour

By | Oct 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Each winter there is a massive influx of ski enthusiasts that migrate to the slopes of Utah. For startups found in the Salt Lake metropolis, these founders are amped to conquer the Silicon Slopes. On Wednesday, The Rise of the Rest tour continued in…

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Denver

Notes from the Road: The Rise of the Rest Denver Tour

By | Oct 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Mile High city never disappoints, with a vibrant landscape and 300 days of sun intertwined with an active downtown filled with modern skyscrapers, one can’t help but to breathe in the fresh air of entrepreneurship that carries throughout the state. On Tuesday, the…

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Omaha

Notes From The Road: The Rise of the Rest Nebraska Tour Stop

By | Oct 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm

On Monday, we kicked off the Rise of the Rest tour in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. We met with a lot of key people, from local representatives and state government officials to investors and startup founders during our whirlwind day. While in town, I got a chance to catch…

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Phoenix

Could Phoenix Become the Next Big Tech Hub?

By | Sep 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Everyone knows that San Francisco has boasted the most startup exits, launches, pivots, and success stories of any city in the world. Their stance as the biggest tech hub is never contested or even argued in any circle of knowledgable individuals. But the race…

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Ukraine

Ukraine Space City Nurtures Space Technology Startups

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Space technology startups are getting more attention than ever – in 2015, $1.8 billion in venture capital was raised by space startups. Whether it’s building rockets or capitalizing on the data being captured by satellites, a new “space race” is getting attention from Silicon…

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Tech in Africa: 5 Key Lessons from My Double Life

By | Aug 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

For the past 12 months, I’ve lived a double life between the UK and Africa, embedded in the financial technology ecosystems on both hemispheres. As an American who’s just spent ten years in Scotland and England, I was very aware of my newcomer status…

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Reykjavik

Iceland: A Small Country With an Outsized Startup Culture

By | Aug 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Startups need an incubator: not in the jargony-way in the proper sense of an incubator, but in the more general sense of a resource-heavy environment that lets a team bounce off themselves and others as they grow. Silicon Valley is at the top of…

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Going Paperless Is the Easiest Way to Go Green at the Office

By | Aug 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

Transforming your office into a less wasteful and more energy efficient space really isn’t that great a challenge — especially since the technology available today makes going green so easy. And while it’s true your actions alone aren’t going to make environmental issues suddenly go away,…

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Portland

Is Portland the Big Freelancing Hub of the Future?

By | Jul 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

No one will tell you Portland isn’t a growing city: Venture capital funding for startups in the area took a boost from $41 million in 2009 to around $139 million in 2013, according to Geek Wire. “The growth has been phenomenal here,” venture capitalist Diane Fraiman told them. “Another…