Austin Rory Hackett is the cofounder and CEO of CrowdHall. He loves karaoke, pinball, and rock climbing. Follow him @austinrory.

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Frameri: A Startup That Actually Makes Things. Cool.

When I was talking to my friends that run The Brandery accelerator program about their new class, I remember doing a mental double take when they said they were investing in a glasses company. It certainly didn’t fit the mold I have come to…

Co-Ed Supply: A Win-Win-Win-Win Situation for College Students

Finding a win-win situation is the basis of any good business. For example, if you run a convenience store, you will give me something I want, like King Size Skittles (Original flavor only; don’t try to push your Wild Berry concoctions on me) and…

We’re All Failures Sometimes, So Quit Worrying About It

I had an interesting train of thoughts last year during the presidential elections. It started when I read Mitt Romney’s wiki page and saw his net worth. Instead of being blown away by the 9-digit figure ($400M at the time), I remember feeling moderately underwhelmed…

VCs Are People, Too: The Venture Fund as a Startup

As entrepreneurs, we often find ourselves prostrated at the feet of a mighty money manager, asking for their holy blessing and term sheet. In our position of humility and reverence, we only see their “consumer facing” side. They snap their fingers and hundreds of…

5 Tips for Succeeding in a Startup Accelerator Program

Summer in the startup world has, over the last few years, become “accelerator season.” There are now hundreds of programs (some you’ve heard of, most you haven’t) that compete to get the most promising embryonic companies and incubate them through the earliest stages of…

MakerSquare Produces Industry-Ready Coders in 10 Weeks

MakerSquare is the kind of idea that inspires ideas. In its simplest form, it is a 10-week, intensive, full-time, full-stack web development program. But if you talk to cofounder Ravi Parikh about the company, the discussion quickly moves from the simple logistics to wider…

Who Needs Preschool? AppTalia: Apps for Early Childhood Education

Everything is changing, and everybody knows it. There is a palpable sense of anxiety over what the future holds for America and what it means for the coming generations. The new fluid workforce, global economics, and disruptive information technologies are going to have a…

Ugly is Dead: YouEarnedIt and the Consumerization of Enterprise Software

Ugliness is steadily losing ground in the digital world. The user experience revolution championed by companies like Apple and Google has nearly taken over. People are starting to require good design and intuitive function as a necessity instead of an added value. On mobile…