Whit Richardson is a former daily newspaper journalist in Portland, Maine, who has covered business and entrepreneurship for the past decade. He's founder of Maine Startups Insider and currently editor-in-chief of 4Front Publishing, an online news startup covering the nascent legal cannabis industry.

 

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Bootstrapping Your Company Comes With Challenges

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Bill Keleher cofounded what is now known as Kennebec River Biosciences in 1996 when he was in his late 20s. He’s built the Richmond-based company, which provides laboratory services and health products to aquaculture companies, to a point where it currently has 15 employees…

Should Maine Startups Really Be Worrying About Access to Capital?

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Over the past several months, I’ve heard on several occasions that there’s a lack of capital available for early stage startups in the Portland, Maine area. This “access to capital” talk is typically surrounded by conversations about what the area is missing. While I…

Meet the Startups From Venture Hall’s first Demo Day

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AI-enabled platforms, smart needles, and mobile-based healthcare. Just some of the themes pitched by startup founders at Venture Hall’s inaugural Demo Day in Portland, Maine. The 13-week accelerator graduated its first cohort of six promising early-stage, health and wellness-focused startups, and offered them a…

This Startup Wants to Eliminate Grocery Store Checkout Lines

That moment when you turn the cart down the isle and head to the checkout when you see a massive amount of people waiting and you know it’s going to be another 20 minutes before you leave. One startup wants to solve that problem by…

CashStar Acquired by Blackhawk Network for $175M

The Portland, Maine-based CashStar, a pioneer in the digital gift card space, has been acquired by California-based Blackhawk Network for $175 million. The all-cash deal is not expected to affect CashStar’s local operations, according to a company spokesperson. It currently has two offices in…

Maine Technology Institute Wants Your Input on How to Spend $45M 

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The Maine Technology Institute will receive $45 million as a result of the $50 million bond referendum that voters approved earlier this year and is looking to gather feedback on the process it will use to distribute it. MTI will be soliciting proposals from Maine organizations…

You Need Some Grit to Grow a Company

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  Kate McAleer, founder of Bixby & Co., an organic chocolate and food company attributes a lot of her success to plain, old, get-your-hands-dirty-and-stop-complaining grit and perseverance. Kate founded her company at the end of 2011 while still in New York. It remained “a beta…

Scratchpad Accelerator Relaunches With Female Founder Initiative

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After a two year hiatus, Bangor, Maine-based Scratchpad Accelerator is relaunching in Fall 2017 with a new focus on female founders. Starting in October, the accelerator will work with four or five female-founded, high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurial teams to validate their customer base, value proposition and…

How The Wrong Team Member Can Be Detrimental to Your Business

Two years ago Will Mitchell, cofounder of NBT Solutions, a professional services firm offering custom mapping software applications to clients, and his cofounder, Sean Myers, hatched a plan. Instead of spreading themselves thin by saying yes to whatever client approached them about building a…

Why Maine Needs More Startup Mentors

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With the Maine tech ecosystem making waves, there is an increasing need for more mentors. Kerem Durdag, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Maine Technology Institute, during which time he worked with 16 separate startups. He shares his thoughts as to why the EIR program…

What It Means to Have a Honey Badger Culture

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The honey badger could be considered the world’s most fearless animal. For a Rockland, Maine-based digital marketing agency, Dream Local Digital, they consider their team members #HoneyBadgers of the online marketing world. Here’s how the company explains it: “#HoneyBadgers are tenacious. When we set…

Vets First Choice Acquires Arizona-Based Pharmacies, Expands Footprint

Vets First Choice, a company that serves as an online pharmacy for 30,000 veterinary practices and provides home delivery of medications and wellness diets to pet owners, is continuing to expand its footprint and suite of services it provides veterinary practices, this time via…

This Startup Aims to Swap Blood Draws for Saliva Samples

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Portland, Maine-based biotech company Abogen, founded in 2012, has developed a method and accompanying technology to extract blood cells from saliva, allowing for the potential replacement of up to 80 percent of the five billion invasive, needle-necessary blood samples drawn annually. The company is…

South Portland Competition to Attract Maine Startups

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The City of South Portland is prepared to launch a small-business pitch competition to support local entrepreneurs and project a business-friendly image. The Startup South Portland competition, presented by City of South Portland and Opticliff Law, is a pitch contest for startups and small…

LePage Signs Bill Into Law Expanding Maine Technology Institute’s Scope

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Recently, Gov. Paul LePage signed into law a bill that expands the Maine Technology Institute’s mandate and gives it tacit approval to take over funding for the state’s three business incubators. With the governor’s signature, the bill will become law 90 days after the…

Cerahelix Helps Save the Environment One Filter at a Time

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Cerahelix, the Orono-based startup that’s invented a high-tech filtration device using DNA and ceramics, is raising $2 million to help it accelerate development of pilot programs at several early-adopter customers, including Magic Hat Brewing Co. in South Burlington, Vt. So far, the company has raised $500,000…