Startups' mistake number one is testing the idea with their peers. Sir John Hegarty taught me in his class: if you ask the same question from the same people the same way, you will get the same answers.
We have much more power than we realize to drive the outcomes we wish. We can and should patronize those companies making the real investments in people and planet... and by doing so we can help create the profit motive for companies to continue to do the right thing.
Today we honor the veterans who have served our country. We reflect and pray for them, as well as celebrate their lives as they have given so much. We also share thoughts with those who are currently serving and those who will serve.
I emailed and texted a wide array of "South by" regulars, each of whom imparted some very valuable wisdom. Their advice was so good that I felt like I had to write this article and share it with anyone else interested in making the most out of their SXSW experience.
The TechTown neighborhood is a terrific Detroit asset, and it can be so much more. TechTown is a business incubator, and in order for it to thrive, we must focus on creating an environment where the area can grow organically out of existing assets.
The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.
Excelerate has been very successful in finding, funding and supporting young Chicago companies. With the announcement its third class, I'm applying data-driven comparison to the largest startup incubator in the second city.
If you want to start a tech company and need capital, a web search for "venture capital firms" will return over 10 million hits. But if you have capital and just need a great idea, you are not going to find it with Google.