Interviews

Portland, Maine

This Founder Knew When it Was Time to Step Down and Let Go

By | Jun 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

David Stone has lived the big-company corporate life and the startup life. There’s no contest. He prefers the latter. Stone has been involved in eight or nine startups in senior roles, though he only founded or co-founded three of those—Sports Rewards Systems in 2002,…

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Portland, Maine

How One Founder Went From VC to Green Tech Startup

By | Jun 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

Each week, I interview a startup founder in Maine to learn more about their background, lessons learned, advice for founders and their technology. This time we’re talking with Clayton Kyle, CEO of Clynk, the bottle and can redemption business and garbage tech. As CEO…

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Adrian Ghila of Luxe RV on Not Letting Your Guard Down

By | Jun 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The startup journey is a constant struggle to be the best and stay ahead of the competition. This war of attrition is not won easily, as entrepreneurs are required to always be on their toes and ready for the next big crisis to hit. …

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John Daniel of InnovatorJohn on How to Spend Money as an Entrepreneur

By | Jun 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Being an entrepreneur creates a complicated relationship with money. While you’re raising capital and receiving checks the size of which you’ve never seen before, spending it is rarely an option. And without a committed strategy for managing your finances, you could end up in…

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Los Angeles

Sabin Lomac of Cousins Maine Lobster on How They Prepared for Shark Tank

By | Jun 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

For kids growing up in the northeast, summertime meant backyard barbecues with a picnic table filled with buttery corn, grilled food and ample hot lobster. Cofounders of Cousins Maine Lobster Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis wanted to share their Maine tradition of delicious cuisines to…

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Rachel Beider of Wellness Business Consulting on Getting Out of Your Own Way

By | Jun 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The key to startup success is staying true to your vision. You can do this by always considering your major values as you grow and scale your business. Rachel Beider is an entrepreneur, educator, speaker and mentor. She is the proud owner and CEO of…

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Clifford Beckles of Streamline Systems on the Value of Business Relationships

By | Jun 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It’s always important to remember that cash flow is king in the startup world. Be sure to keep that in mind before you run out and make a big purchase after your first “big” sale, because you never know when an emergency might come…

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Atlanta

Voice Interface Is the Future. So Is the $10 Billion Voice Fraud Industry.

By | May 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Every year, Mary Meeker presents the most influential report on internet trends from the previous year. Just out today, the information-packed 355-slide presentation can now be found online. One of the bigger trends it pinpoints? Thanks to mobile, voice interfaces are on the rise:…

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Danny Chavez of Epux Dev on Having Veteran Parents and Recognizing Talent

By | May 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The value of talent is undeniable in the startup world. Having a quality idea is a good first step, but without a solid team, you won’t be able to get your idea off the ground. And if you want success to be in your…

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Krista Morgan of P2Binvestor on Managing Your Raise

By | May 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Writing in the morning is a good way to think intentionally and start your day off in the right frame of mind. And for budding entrepreneurs looking to be successful, it’s more important than you might know. Krista Morgan is the cofounder and CEO…

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Codie Sanchez Baker of First Trust on Getting Rejected and Getting Paid

By | May 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The life of an entrepreneur is built on a foundation of rejection. If you want to succeed, you’re going to have to fail quite a bit before you get it right. Fortunately, most entrepreneurs know that learning from those mistakes is more valuable than…

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DC

How Learning From Mistakes Can Help Build Relationships

By | May 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Some of the biggest personal growth comes from learning from failures and mistakes. We talked with Carrie Rich, the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University School of Nursing and the author of Sustainability for Healthcare…

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San Francisco

OpenInvest Asks Investors to Put Their Money Where Their Values Are

By | May 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Investing platform OpenInvest has just raised $3.25 million in a seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Termed a “social impact investing platform,” the company is one of the first VC-backed Public Benefit Corporations and operates by allowing its users to select issues they care…

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David Greenberg of Updater on Disruption and Thinking Outside the Box

By | May 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Always following “best practices” isn’t necessarily best for your own unique business. In the startup world especially, the further outside the box you think, the better. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at this inspiring interview. David Greenberg is the founder…