Top 15 Startup USA Accelerators – #Infographic


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The accelerators included in the ranking project were 500 Startups, AlphaLab, AngelPad, Betaspring, BoomStartup, The Brandery, Capital Factory, DreamIt Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Excelerate Labs, i/o Ventures, Jumpstart Foundry, Kicklabs, LaunchHouse, Launchpad LA, NYC SeedStart, TechStars Boston, TechStars Boulder, TechStars NYC, TechStars Seattle, Tech Wildcatters, and Y Combinator. Data was not available directly from AngelPad, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Capital Factory, Launchpad LA, and Y Combinator, so the researchers reconstructed [...]

Guest Post: Don’t Just Socialize! Advertise on Social Media!



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Social media can be used for a lot more than just finding out which one of your friends are dating and who had what for dinner – it can also be used as a form of free advertising. You might have already seen something like this before – companies advertising their internet service or even the big name groups like Toyota or Sony with their own Facebook pages where they post announcements and event details.

Why would all these major corporations turn to social media when they all have a firm footing in television advertising? Well, because you aren’t [...]

Let the SXSW Voting Begin! You Should Start Here! #SXSW #SXSWi #SXSW2013

It’s that time of the year to vote on your favorite 2013 South by Southwest (sxsw) Interactive Festival Panel Topics.. This year SXSW reports there were over 3200 speaking proposals submitted. For newbies the voting process works this way:

  • Public voting only accounts for 30% of the decision-making process on your proposal.
  • SXSW Advisory Board (40%)
  • The input of the SXSW staff (30%).

Voting on SXSW panels ends Friday, August 31 (11:59 PM CST) and on October 15, the first batch of topics will be announced.

SXSW is one of those must attend events that I recommend anyone in the [...]

Why Dalton Caldwell’s $500k Funded App.net Misguides First Time Entrepreneurs But Teaches Everyone Valuable Startup Lessons At The Same Time

Somewhere in a coffee shop
Yeah... let’s celebrate! An entrepreneur just crowdfunded $500,000.00 to build the next big thing. Oh wait... No he’s building a Twitter clone. What? Do we really need another Twitter? But it’s going to be open, have an API and no Ads like Twitter was before they decided to start making tons of money. Um.. One more thing, it’s going to be real-time and for developers! Ok, so it’s Twitter meets Githup without the ads?

Let’s get a few things straight before I continue and don’t want to sound too much like a hater or sceptic about Dalton Caldwell’s [...]

No Matter What Their VC Title Says Always Give Your Best Pitch


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I'm a firm believer that everyone is somebody no matter what title or status they have. Neither one phases me. I've met Presidents, NBA Players such as Michael Jordan, a Princes and billionaire investors who can change your life with a stroke of the pen or a tweet. But as an entrepreneur in the Venture Capital, Angel Investor and technology startup space you do need to know and understand the role of the person you're pitching to.

For example two startups I was working with earlier this year both had meetings with the same VC firm. One met with [...]