Interviews

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,…

Interviews

Maine

You Need Some Grit to Grow a Company

By | Aug 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  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…

Artificial Intelligence

NYC

How AI Is Powering the Fight Against the $900B Counterfeit Industry

By | Aug 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

Criminals have it rough these days. Modern technology has made it impossible to get away with anything, from shoplift-deterrent sensors to ever-cheaper security cameras to social media footprints chipping away at anonymity. Now even the global $900 billion shadow economy behind counterfeiting luxury goods…

Interviews

Maine

How The Wrong Team Member Can Be Detrimental to Your Business

By | Aug 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

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…

Accelerator

Tel Aviv

Knowmail’s Accelerator Experience With “The Big Guys,” Microsoft

By | Aug 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Email: Since the dawn of the internet age, it has remained both the most essential form of communication and the most needlessly time-consuming task any employee faces daily. In fact, the McKinsey Global Institute once clocked the average time spent answering email at 28…

Interviews

Chicago

Micheal Creating of Foxtrot on the Future of Retail

By | Aug 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

With Amazon’s latest acquisition of Whole Foods and is a threat to brick and mortar stores, what holds for the future of retail. Michael LaVitola is the CEO and Founder of Foxtrot, a startup that could be thought of as a curated cornerstore with…

Interviews

Melbourne

The Secret to Success: Build Something Useful

By | Aug 9, 2017 at 8:30 am

Australia is known for it’s Koala Bears, Outbacks and Opera house. Aside from that, no part of Australia is more than 1000 km from the ocean and a beach, Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world and the The Great Barrier Reef actually has a…

Interviews

Why Retail Tech Has a “Cool” Problem and How to Crack It

By | Aug 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Retail’s digital strategies are in a state of flux: Many companies are in an ever-escalating war to find the coolest new tech to sell their items, whether in-store or online. Here are just two recent examples: The clothing brand Finery’s In the Mood For…

Interviews

Chicago

Interview: CEO Ed Szofer on the Soft Skills Crisis Facing IT Today

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

According to a new study, 46 percent of organizations surveyed believe the skills gap within their organization has grown in scope or depth within the past two years. It’s a worse problem at larger organizations, the study explains: “IT businesses or organizations with 15…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

Founders Need to Become Good Generalists at Solving Random Problems

By | Jul 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

Chris Bunnell has worked at a host of startups over the years, always drawn to the opportunity to take a clean slate and create something of value, something that solves someone’s problem, and potentially something that outlasts him. “I feel personally that this is a…

Diversity

Memphis

Eric Mathews of Start Co on Building a Diverse Founder Ecosystem

By | Jul 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

Tennessee is known as the country western capital of the world. What many may not know is that there is a bubbling tech ecosystem in Memphis that is slowly but surely building up their diverse startup community and churning out some quality startups. Eric…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

Taking VC Money Depends on the Goals of the Company

By | Jul 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Ben Polito and Joshua Kaufman, friends from their days studying engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded Pika Energy in 2010 in a basement in Gorham with a goal to make backyard, residential-scale wind turbines more affordable and accessible. Seven years later, the…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

Founders Shouldn’t Depend on Their Plan A

By | Jul 11, 2017 at 7:15 am

Leo Corcoran founded his first company when he was in his mid 40s. Today, at 60 years old, his company Portland-based ClaimVantage, employs 35 people and posted $6 million in revenue in 2016 selling cloud-based software for the insurance industry. But it wasn’t always clear it…

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 &…

Interviews

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…

Interviews

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…

Interviews

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…