Startup American Competition: It’s Like the David & Goliath Battle of Startups

January 27, 2012

3:00 pm

…if there were like 5 Goliaths, and David was a very cranky old man, whose primary weapon was whining instead of a slingshot and the battle took place over a binary digital battlefield instead of the valley of Ellah.  Otherwise, it’s just like David & Goliath 2000 years later.

The Startup America Partnership is harnessing the clout of the big Goliath tech rock stars and pitting them in a competition of egos to see who can gather the most startups to register for their Startup Goody Bag.

Right now Brad Feld, Managing Director of the Foundry Group in Boulder and the Techstars team are in the lead.  Now all the competition entrants are sweating since yesterday when I started leaning my grumpy old bones into the program. Since yesterday I’ve been rocketing up the leader board and steadily gaining on the leaders with 1 registered company to date (link here to be the 2nd).  They’re worried and they should be, right?

They should be worried because Tech Cocktail readers are sympathetic and helpful and they don’t want this grumpy old contributor to get eaten alive by a bunch of big-shot, spoiled-brat, tofu-eating, Birkenstock-wearing, Mitt-Romney-vulture-capital-like whippersnappers.  No you guys want your Startup America goody pack while you give back and make a stand and support me.

The Startup America Partnership’s mission is to help tens of thousands of America’s top young companies grow and create jobs. We’ve assembled hundreds of partners and leaders across the United States focused on delivering knowledge, services, talent, customer relationships and access to capital to Startup America Firms. The Startup America Master Challenge is a campaign to engage the most influential leaders in the startup space to identify and recruit the best young companies across the country to join the Startup America Partnership. It is FREE to become a Startup America company and by registering here, qualifying companies will receive:

  1. Access Tools: With their free Growth Kit, startups can access over 50 Partner Offers worth over $1.2 billion from companies like American Express, Dell, Intuit and Microsoft, with more being added weekly.
  2. Join the Community: Startups will get connected with other entrepreneurs to share notes, compare war stories, collaborate and learn from each other. We currently have, both online and offline, an actively engaged community of potential high-growth startups across the country.
  3. Gain Exposure: Startup America will provide startups an opportunity to highlight their company across the Startup America website, promoted guest blog posts, and official Startup America seals for their website and social media.

So remember, take a stand for the little guy, even if he is a little old and cranky: Register here to help a Cranky Old Man!

[Editor’s note:  Glen wrote this blog post 2 weeks ago, and since then, Tech Cocktail has accepted a throw down from Startup Weekend to see who can sign the most startups to the Startup America program.  Every vote for grumpy old Glen – who is not really that grumpy, by the way – is a vote for Tech Cocktail!]

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Glen Hellman (@glehel), is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and works for venture capitalists as a turn-around specialist. He is the Chief Entrepreneureator at Driven Forward LLC, frequently muses on his blog, Forward Thinking, and works with entrepreneurs to help them figure out what to do and get them to do it.

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