Interviews

Portland, Maine

Finding Capital Can Be Just as Hard as Managing it

By | Jul 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

Claudia Raessler considers herself to have stumbled into running her own business. Yet she and her husband Ken haven’t appeared to suffer from the accidental case of entrepreneurialism and ample capital. The husband-and-wife team—Claudia is managing director, while Ken is president—own and operate Maine Dye &…

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Portland, Maine

Every Entrepreneur Should Be Prepared for Failure

By | Jun 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

Jamie Nonni’s entrepreneurial story is one of perseverance. He’s taken big risks that have paid off. But he’s also experienced failure, including a bankruptcy that forced him to rebuild his business. But the experience has paid off. Today, Nonni is CEO of not one, but two…

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Albuquerque

Gigabit Fiber Is Ramping Up Albuquerque’s Smart City Initiatives

By | Jun 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

A Smart City can mean a lot of different things, but it boils down to transparent data, responsive infrastructure, and Internet of things (IoT) technology to manage a city’s assets. For residents of a smart city, this can lead to being more informed and access…

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Portland, Maine

Being the Smartest Person in the Room Can Be a Bad Thing

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 7:15 am

David Joseph is the cofounder and chairman of Davo Technologies, a Portland startup that has developed a software-as-a-service product that aims to make the lives of small merchants and restaurateurs easier. Specifically, the company’s product, Davo Sales Tax, automates the collection and payment of…

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Portland, Maine

Getting Ahead of Your Legal Affairs Is the Key to Startup Success

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Every lawyer will tell you, it’s cheaper to hire them on the front end when you launch and get your business affairs in order than when stuff goes wrong or you’re playing catch up to protect your entity. For founders, taking a proactive approach…

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New York

Peter Roper of Google on Meeting Customers in the Moment

By | Jun 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

As more customers begin to rely their phone for news, daily tasks, shopping, communication and more, brands are going to have to adjust their mobile strategy to get noticed and build customer loyalty. Peter Roper, Head of Mobile Brand Strategy at Google, helps brands tell…

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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…

Interviews

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:…