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Matt Mullenweg’s Automattic, Belly, and 48 Other Startups Selected to Be Part of Dell’s Elite Founders Club 50

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Logan LaHive may be the CEO of Belly now, but at one point he was just another college graduate who didn’t know where to steer his life. Granted, his degree in entrepreneurship pointed him down a specific path, but he didn’t know what kind of company he wanted to start.

His best bet, he thought, would be to join up with Pay By Touch, which ultimately tanked. So, he joined Redbox, but after they went public he knew he wanted something smaller. And throughout his early ventures, LaHive learned a key lesson: the idea for your company would never be as important as the people you know, the network you build, and the relationships you sustain.

LaHive networked like crazy, and eventually scored a pitch meeting with Lightbank’s Paul Lee. Long story short, his pitch for his loyalty rewards company didn’t go well at all, but his passion got him a second meeting with the Lightbank founders.

Still, they hated his idea, but they saw an opportunity to focus his passions and hired him as the Founder in Residence. He was tasked with starting a company around the customer loyalty sector.

After a lot of research LaHive deduced what both customers and merchants wanted in a platform LaHive and his crew built the first iteration of Belly. On August 5th, 2011 it was approved by the iTunes store, and that day LaHive sold his first store on Belly: he knew he had something big.

And if you had to sum up LaHive’s journey with three words you might choose innovative, growth-centric, and successful. It’s no surprise that Dell selected him, then, as one of the 50 entrepreneurs to participate in their Spring 2014 Founders Club 50 class.

In fact every 6 months The Dell Center for Entrepreneurs will be bringing in a new class to join the Founders Club 50, an elite society with access to exclusive marketing efforts and associated resources provided by Dell. Each participant will serve a 2 year term in the Club to further their growth, sales, networking, capital, and marketing skill sets.

Upon graduating, the entrepreneurs will be officially stamped a Founders Club alumni and join 115 other successful companies like Skyera, CloudFlare, and Everloop. The prerequisites to participate in the club state that your innovative, disruptive, and technology focused company has to be on the verge of being a leader in your respective target industry as well as have received VC or high level angel funding.

“Dell has always seen the value in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Founders Club 50 is the natural next step in continuing to help high-growth start-ups expand their networks, find valuable resources, and use technology to transform their businesses,” says Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell Entrepreneur in Residence.

Don’t forget that at one point LaHive and Belly were like any other entrepreneur and startup out there. If you think your company has what it takes to stand with Dell’s greatest, apply for a spot in the Fall 2014 class now.

Some of the Founders Club 50 companies are currently operating in stealth mode and have not been listed. The 50 companies selected to participate in the Spring 2014 Class are:

Analytics/ Data

Computer Consulting

Consumer Goods & Electronics

Energy

Entertainment

Enterprise Services

Healthcare

Information Technology

Marketing

Mobile

Network Solutions

Security

Software

Telecommunications

 

 

 

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