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Ecosystems

DC

Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour Headed Through The Rust Belt with J.D. Vance

By | Jun 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again. That’s the tune that’s running through my head this morning as Steve Case and the Rise of the Rest team announced this morning will be hitting the road again for the 6th…

Startup Spotlight

Startup Spotlight: Smart Leads, Online Debates and Free Music

By | Jun 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

While outside it’s heating up for summer, we’re staying cool indoors researching startups. Each week, Tech.Co looks for five new businesses with creative or innovative ideas so you can keep your cool all summer long. This week we found companies offering smart home security,…

Business

DC

Why Don’t Investors Fund More Emerging Market Startups?

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you consider that half of global venture capital goes to three U.S. metro areas (New York, Silicon Valley and Boston), and that only 10 percent of private capital investment goes to emerging market startups, it makes you wonder. Are there simply not enough…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Maine’s Startup Certify Acquired by K1 Investment Management in $100M Deal

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Certify LLC, the Portland company founded in 2008 that offers cloud-based expense management software, has been acquired by K1 Investment Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, in a deal worth $100 million. Bob Neveu, Certify’s cofounder and CEO, told Maine Startups Insider that…

Startups & Apps

The Most Well-Funded Food and Beverage Startups in Each State

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Startups build new products. It’s the way of the world. Their innovative ideas, skilled teams, and eccentric founders look at industry trends and create something new that has never been conceived of before. However, when it comes to the food and beverage industry, startups…

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Venture Capital

3 Ways Early-Stage Startups Can Capitalize on the Micro-VC Boom

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

For years, the term “venture capitalist” referred exclusively to investors interested in driving growth at already successful companies. Traditional VCs still focus solely on this area, but micro-VCs have gained prominence in recent years as well. Unlike traditional VCs, micro-VCs make smaller investments in…

Funding

Bootstrapping Your Startup Starts With Modern Marketing

By | Jun 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Funding a business by yourself can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Businesses are expensive, requires knowledge and efficiency and leaves little room for errors. But time and time again entrepreneurs shake out their pockets and fund their vision by bootstrapping to break into a…

Reports & Rankings

The Age of the Decacorn: 7 Companies Valued at More than $10 Billion

By | Jun 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

In the business world, a unicorn is a private company that is valued at more than $1 billion. Named for their rarity and their prestige, these companies used to be more rare than an actual unicorn. However, as technology has made entrepreneurship easier than…

Marketing

Boulder

How to Tailor Your Mailing Lists to Get Noticed by Investors

By | Jun 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

Mailing lists can be a simple yet powerful tool to keep people up to date on your progress. The advantage of having several mailing lists is that you can tailor your information with the right audience. Here’s some tips on how to carve up…

Funding

The GroupRaise CEO on Fundraising Outside the Silicon Valley Bubble

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

With its latest, undisclosed funding round, GroupRaise has officially raised follow on funds from three separate firms: Magma Partners, Techstars, and Start-Up Chile. Their platform is designed to connect universities and nonprofits to nearby restaurants in order to host fundraisers. Thanks to GroupRaise, any community can pick…

Cannabis

Los Angeles

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. With multiple states legalizing recreational and medical use across the country, investors big and small are hungry to get a piece of the action. However, federal laws still remain staunchly opposed to legal…

Ecosystems

Hawaii

Tarik Sultan, Founder of Sultan Ventures, on Overcoming Talent Deficits

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

Tarik Sultan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan Ventures, an investment firm, and Founder and Managing Partner of XLR8UH, the University of Hawaii (UH) venture accelerator program is an active leader in the Hawaiian startup community and focused on talent development. This time…

Funding

Chicago

Outcome Health Raised the Second Largest Funding Round in Chicago History

By | May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The world of entrepreneurship is one of patience. You have to wait to get funding, wait to launch your product, and you have to wait to make it big. But as any successful entrepreneur can tell you, good things come to those who wait….

Accelerator

Kansas City

How Sickweather Benefited From an Accelerator Network

By | May 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Startup Founders may wonder how they would benefit from being a part of an accelerator. As one who ran the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars from 2014-2016, I saw many examples of the ecosystem in action – it is so vast and comprised of different…

Interviews

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…

Interviews

Columbus

J.D. Vance on Hillbilly Complexities and Startup Cities

By | May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In his book, Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance gives the world insight to his upbringing in Middletown, Ohio where people faced extensive socioeconomic barriers in a poverty-stricken town. From his mother’s multiple marriages and growing opioid addiction and absent father to finding sanctuary with his…

Diversity

In Startups and Business, Women Receive Less Money [Infographic]

By | May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Leading up to the last U.S. election cycle, a great deal of focus was placed on wage inequality and disparities in venture capital raised by women. It is now well established that not only do women typically make less money. However, add in any…