Creating a Culture of Trust

This post originally appeared on Medium How the “Appreciate” Changed our Company Culture for the Better I’m always a little amazed that we can work around other humans on a regular basis. It’s no surprise, I mean if we take an inventory of how often we feel slighted or moderately bothered by one of our […]

3 Reasons Why an App Needs to be Part of Your Brand’s 2016 Strategy

We loved this post from one of our partners, Justina Perro from Localytics, so we wanted to share it with you. You can read the original post here. 2015 was one hell of a year for marketers. Across the board, we saw the value of content reinforced, as companies invested more heavily in the practice […]

It Pays To Be Different – Why building your company outside Silicon Valley may save it

While places like San Francisco and London get the most attention in the tech space, startup ecosystems are emerging all over the world. San Francisco and London didn’t become tech hubs overnight – and we’re seeing hubs quickly emerging in places like Buenos Aires, Prague, Cairo, and throughout the midwestern United States. But the question […]

Three Reasons Companies Are Not Getting Funding

This week I’m in Honolulu visiting the Blue Startups accelerator and the companies in their latest cohort. As I end my meetings most of the companies ask something that almost every startup asks, “how can I get VCs to invest in my startup?” It’s a good question. And a complicated one. Here are three reasons […]

Intentional Collisions Matter

Even though I have a few startups and ventures under my belt I do not consider myself incredibly strategic when it comes to planning out a good company or even a decent product for that matter. Specifically, most of the so-called “great” ideas have been the result of great conversations with intelligent people that I’ve […]

3 Things You Can Do To Become a Better All-Around Hacker

The first month of 2014 is already over and if you’re anything like me then you’re already wondering where the heck it really went! It’s that weird feeling of great accomplishment mixed with a tinge of the fear and anxiety that not enough has actually happened (or that you’ve been able to accomplish enough). Unfortunately […]

Startups Need Conviction

Eric Dodds is a first-year Program Manager at South Carolina’s finest accelerator, The Iron Yard. Back in January we talked Eric into sharing his experiences as he navigates his way through his first program (The Iron Yard’s second) and share the good, the bad, and the ugly about working at an accelerator. Take it away […]

Ask the MDs: What Are Accelerators Looking For In Companies?

At our SXSW Startup America LIVE Accelerators panel with GAN Managing Directors, William Hsu of MuckerLab, Gabriella Draney of TechWildcatters and Jim Jen of AlphaLab tackled 2 questions we most frequently hear from founders considering accelerators. I keep coming back to my notes from their presentation when emailing founders considering applying to programs, so I […]