Fintech, J.D. Vance, Tacos, And Everything Else You Missed at Columbus Startup Week

The theme of Wake Up, Disrupt, Sleep, Repeat, was in full effect at Columbus Startup Week powered by Chase for Business. Over 3,000 small business owners and tech founders were treated to a week-long worth of 85 sessions including workshops, engaging panels, keynotes by experts in various verticals and delicious food.

In case you missed it, we’ve gathered together some quick advice from a variety of speakers imparting their knowledge on how to grow your business.

Fintech Startups

We learned that Ohio has a burgeoning ecosystem of fintech startups. In a panel with Kevin Pohmer, cofounder of Financial Guard with Jason Strle, CIO of Consumer and Banking at Chase, discussed the unbelievable importance for founders to have a security-first mindset when building their product. Here’s Jason’s advice to fintech founders:

Venture Capital in Ohio

Raising funds for your business can be a challenge. Here is MacDonnell Parker of Rev1 Ventures with some advice on talks about raising capital in Ohio.

Digital Analytics

If you want to learn how to track your digital analytics, Elizabeth Smalls of Smalls Measures has some tips.

Red Flags When Raising Capital

As businesses grow and founders face the reality of raising capital to scale, you’re going to have to talk to an attorney. Paige Connelly of Thompson Hire has some red flags founders need to watch out for when raising capital.

J.D. Vance

Hometown boy J.D. Vance stopped by Columbus Startup Week to talk about his new book Hillbilly Elegy, his time in the military and what is next when he returns home from Silicon Valley. Watch the complete talk here.



And did I mention the food? Locally-known food truck Dos Hermanos made an appearance during the week and cofounder Lisa Guiterrez shares her advice to women-led business while we enjoyed tacos!

Veteran-Led Founders

For veterans transferring from military to civilian life and wanting to start a business, Todd Connor, CEO of Bunker Labs, has some advice on the transition and where veterans can find resources.

Photo: Columbus Startup Week Via Twitter

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.
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