Interviews

Portland, Maine

Vet Your Ideas Before You Start Coding

By | Oct 20, 2017 at 7:15 am

The startups that often garner the most attention are working on consumer technology or other trendy areas like blockchain, fintech, biotech, etc. But innovation is happening in less-visible industries, as well. Spring Point Solutions is a perfect example. The Portland-based software developer is operating…

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Why Founders Should Avoid Trying to Be a Know-It-All

By | Oct 18, 2017 at 7:15 am

If you have a teenager in the house, chances are they think they know everything. This can also happen with founders assuming they know everything about building a business. We asked Hugh Weber, a researcher, network theorist, storyteller, community organizer, design advocate and small…

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Maine

How the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation Train Scientists of the Future

By | Oct 11, 2017 at 9:20 am

While it sounds straight out of a Sci-Fi novel, Kevin Strange (CEO and cofounder) and his cofounder, Viravuth Yin, along with another researcher, Michael Zasloff, have identified a certain molecule (it’s called MSI-1436) that has demonstrated regenerative properties in the laboratory, first in zebrafish and then…

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Denver

Mark Cuban: Sales Cures All

By | Oct 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

It’s close to impossible to predict Mark Cuban’s next move, where he’s going to invest, what he’ll say or the next big idea. One thing we do know for sure is this bold and brash billionaire has a history of startup exits and innovation…

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Denver

Brad Feld Cofounder of Techstars Talks Depression and Obsession

By | Oct 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

Brad Feld, managing director of the Foundery Group and cofounder of Techstars, has battled his own demons. In his blog post, FeldThoughts, he addresses the realism of going through the highs and lows while building businesses, and that startup founders could face a similar…

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Interviews

Seattle

Glenn Kelman of Redfin on How Fortune Favors the Bold

By | Oct 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Selling your house is considered one of the number one stressors in life. And if you have small children and a full-time job, just go ahead and triple that stress level. Fortunately, companies like Redfin are redefining real estate solutions and streamlining transactions to…

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The Value of Startups Interacting with Large Corporations

By | Oct 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The line between startups and corporations used to be thicker than you could imagine. However, in recent years, large businesses and budding startups have taken to teaming up to tackle the challenges of the business world and beyond. Techstars recently held an AMA on…

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How Entrepreneurship Has Changed Since the Year 2000

By | Sep 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The only constant in the startup world is change. Whether your company has changed products, offices, or even CEOs, the ability to adapt to shifting trends defines successful entrepreneurs. And in the last 17 years, things have changed pretty dramatically. Fortunately, there are people…

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Denver

Linda McMahon on Supporting Small Businesses and Growing the WWE

By | Sep 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Back in the 1980s, a company called Titan Sports, now known as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) gave us mainstream professional wrestling, which has grown into a globally recognized entity. Linda McMahon (cofounder and CEO) and her husband Vince started the company to bring…

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Maine

Bootstrapping Your Company Comes With Challenges

By | Sep 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

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…

Culture

Why the Future of Workplace Design Looks Like Your College Campus

By | Sep 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

Miss your college campus, when a trip across the quad would occasionally take 45 minutes because you just couldn’t stop talking to every friend and professor you met? Apparently, your next employer might miss that in-person interaction, too. Today, over 80 percent of modern…

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Los Angeles

Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People

By | Sep 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

If you don’t have the right team and hire the best people for the job, your company will go through more hills and valleys than you’ll want. We talked with Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group what he’s done to hire the best…

Interviews

Chicago

Rebecca Sholiton & Nate Cooper of Wise Apple on How a Porn Site Led to a Rebrand

By | Sep 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Rebecca Sholiton and Nate Cooper are the cofounders of Wise Apple (formally Pak’d), a startup that delivers pre-made, customizable school lunches directly to families’ homes. They just announced their $3.6 million seed round led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Levy Family Partners with Chicago…

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Chicago

Brian Barnes of M1 FinanceStanford on Reinventing Millennial Investing

By | Sep 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

Brian Barnes is the CEO and Founder of M1 Finance, a startup making an automated investment tool that lets users put their money to work in a balanced portfolio without the hassle of actually managing it. Just a few years after graduating from Stanford,…