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Intel’s Ekaterina Walter: Fail Your Way to Amazing Things

Ekaterina Walter

As you’ll see in the video below, Intel social media strategist Ekaterina Walter is excited by the power of social media to connect us and help us “co-create” the products we buy from brands. A self-proclaimed “restless soul” with a passion for transcending cultural boundaries, Walter shared her excitement at our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration. She discusses… Read more »

Logan LaHive of Belly on Starting a VC-Incubated Company

Logan LaHive

Loyalty reward apps for small businesses is a rapidly growing marketplace.  One of the first companies in this space was launched by Logan LaHive, CEO of Belly, who stopped by our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration Saturday to talk about life as an entrepreneur. LaHive launched Belly while he was a Founder-in-Residence at Lightbank, a Chicago-based VC… Read more »

Bo Fishback of Zaarly: We Didn’t Even Exist at SXSW Last Year

Bo Fishback

Bo Fishback’s background is a bit different from most entrepreneurs’ – after studying biomedical engineering, he started two research-heavy drug delivery and genome sequencing companies. He also served as vice president of entrepreneurship for the non-profit Kauffman Foundation. But these days he’s helping dinners get delivered, boxes moved, and friends picked up as the CEO… Read more »

Juan Diego Calle of .CO: The Most Exciting Part of SXSW Is the Number of People Starting Companies

juan diego calle

If you’ve scored a .co domain name, you can thank Juan Diego Calle, CEO of .CO Internet. His company launched .co in July 2010 and has since seen over 1 million domain names registered. Calle also invests through STRAAT Investments and learned some entrepreneurial lessons starting Latin American pay-per-click network (sold to Yahoo! in… Read more »

5 Steps to Starting & Selling: Inspired by Webs CEO Haroon Mokhtarzada

5 Tips for Starting and Selling

“As a kid, I always felt like I was going to be an entrepreneur.” Haroon Mokhtarzada, the co-founder and CEO of, knew this early on. As a child, he watched his father build a successful small business. Following in his father’s footsteps, Mokhtarzada quickly realized that entrepreneurship would offer him an opportunity for freedom… Read more »

Interview with VC Jeff Clavier: The Dangers of Lean Startup, Big Pitching Mistakes, and More Tips

Jeff Clavier

Named a “kingmaker” of Silicon Valley, micro-VC Jeff Clavier has been pitched more than 10,000 times (according to his own estimate). His firm SoftTech VC, which recently closed a third fund of $55 million, boasts investments like Eventbrite, Mint, Fitbit, and Fab. That’s all to say: Clavier knows pitches – he’s seen the tricks, the… Read more »

The Art of Raising Kids While Starting A Startup: An Interview With VINCI Founder Dr. Dan Yang

raising kids starting up, interview with dr. dan yang

Ask any parent – raising kids isn’t easy (source: my parents).  Ask any entrepreneur – starting a startup – also not easy.  In attempting to combine the two, does one ultimately have to suffer? Not according to Dr. Dan Yang. Dr. Yang, whose resume includes founding AFC Technologies and earning a PhD in Optics and Photonics from Université Paris-Sud 11 in… Read more »