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Accelerator

San Diego

Techstars Anywhere is Looking for Magic

By | Jul 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

In February of 2017, we launched our beta class of Techstars Anywhere, our first virtual accelerator. We invested in four great companies who for various reasons relocating or coworking wasn’t the best option for them. They were an AI company with a distributed remote team,…

Culture

Atlanta

Every Startup Has Problems, Including Yours

By | Jul 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

Parenthood can teach you a lot about startups and empathy. Recently, an advisor to me and my company asked me how things were going on the home front with my 1-year-old. A big smile came across my face. Things couldn’t be better. As a…

Finance

Boulder

Learn The Basics of Startup Funding, From Incorporation to Series A

By | Jul 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

What do first time founders need to know about fundraising mechanics? This post should help you understand the basic lingo of fundraising – so you don’t look surprised or sound like a noob when you’re discussing funding. An attorney will go into a lot more…

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 &…

Pitch

Seattle

5 Strategies That Can Help Your Startup Win a Pitch Competition

By | Jul 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Pitch competitions are about having fun, knowing your hook, and building meaningful relationships. Recently, I met up with Cassie Wallender, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Invio Inc., a company on a mission to target and eliminate clinical trial inefficiencies that slow or block…

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…

Tips & How To’s

Chicago

How to Expand Your Social Network and Grow Your Startup

By | Jun 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

There are so many obstacles in business. You need a superb product. You must market this product to your potential customers. You need to meet the demands of the evolving society and your growing customers. And the list is endless. Coupled with these, you…

Inspiration

Kansas City

Founders Need to Ignore the Naysayers to Disrupt Their Industries

By | Jun 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

Industry disruption is the ultimate goal of every innovator these days. And with all the acclaim and media hype surrounding game-changing companies, it’s easy to set out with the intent to “disrupt” at any and all costs. But this can be a dangerous game…

Digital nomad

How Digital Nomads Build Business Connections

By | Jun 28, 2017 at 7:15 am

Combining work and travel isn’t a new idea, but today it’s even easier than ever before. If your work can be done 100 percent online, you might be able to join the throngs of digital nomads who leverage technology to work remotely. There’s now…

Product

6 Common Sense Questions Every Startup Needs to Ask to Survive

By | Jun 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Today anyone can come up with a startup and enter the world of entrepreneurship. With the formation of a digital marketplace, things are quite simplified but, beating the competition and thriving in there is what matters. Therefore, it has become important for them to…

Trends

NYC

The Digital Renaissance of Fashion

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

As a serial entrepreneur, Techstars alum, Cofounder of the New York Fashion Tech Lab, and advisor and mentor to numerous fashion tech companies around the globe, I’ve had a front row seat in witnessing, contributing to, and shaping the reinvention of fashion, retail and…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Should Couples Build Businesses Together?

By | Jun 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

The notion of working with a spouse is divisive. Some individuals have found great success by partnering up personally and professionally, while others shudder at the thought of mixing home and business life. Rarely do couples say “I Do,” with dreams of building both…

Tips & How To’s

NYC

It’s Time to Change the Way You Track Progress

By | Jun 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm

You never want to bite off more than you can chew. Ever. Seriously, overexerting yourself, especially in the startup world, can have dire consequences for your future. However, the drive to be innovative is more than understandable, as so many tech entrepreneurs build products…

Incubators

Cedar Rapids

Managing Director of Iowa Startup Accelerator on Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster

By | Jun 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

David Tominsky, Managing Director of the Iowa Startup Accelerator is an entrepreneurial force in the community. After a major flood in 2008, David grabbed a shovel and helped dig in to bring back the entrepreneurial spirit and build businesses in Cedar Rapids This time for…

Social Media

Top Social Media Listening Tools to Manage Your Company’s Reputation

By | Jun 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Knowing where your company is mentioned online can be a tedious task if you don’t have the right tools to find the mentions. And having the ability to respond to customers engaging on social media channels or finding out where they are talking about…

Incubators

Boulder

How Accelerators Help Founders Develop Structured Accountability

By | Jun 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm

While we know there is no one single entrepreneurship personality, many entrepreneurs start their own companies to get out of the grind of daily structure. But when it’s time to commit to an accelerator, they find themselves falling into a strict routine, tasks with deadlines,…

Healthy Entrepreneur

London

Mental Health, Entrepreneurship, and the Identity Crisis

By | Jun 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Being a founder of a startup means you’ll be going through an emotional rollercoaster and having strong mental health can help get through the highs and lows of the journey. On a quiet Sunday evening, and I had just got back from vacation and…