Michigan: A Growing Hotbed for Venture Capital Investment – infographic

Earlier this year the city of Detroit filed Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy but that hasn't broken the spirit of Detroit and other Michigan entrepreneurs from staying motivated. For example my friend Hajj Flemings launched +redetroit a site to magnify the 'Re-building, Reinvention, and Re-branding' story that is fueling Detroit's revitalization.

Not only do entrepreneurs like Hajj have high hopes for the future of Detroit and Michigan as a whole but according to Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Michigan is a is a growing hotbed for venture capital investment. Take a look at the report [...]

46 Startups for Investors to Snack On At The Bay Area Food & Beverage Investor Fair

If you look at investment trends we have moved away from the social to more enterprise, hardware, health and fitness. Another vertical on the rise is food. The food vertical is an exciting still unproved IPO market but that hasn't stop investors. Food and tech companies have seen a 37% increase in investments from 2012 as almost $350 million was raised according to CBInsights.

One venture capitalist who is looking to continue the investment growth in Food and Tech Companies Cynthia Maxey ( is hosting the 4th Annual Bay Area Food & Beverage Investor Fair to do just that. The Bay Area Food & [...]

Doubt The Doubts Podcast Interview: Helping The Next Generation Of Founders

Earlier this month I was interviewed by Paul Blais (@pdblais) Founder & Host of the Doubt The Doubts Podcast. The podcast is one of the top podcast in iTunes and focuses on "Killing The Doubts That Kill The Dreams". During the podcast we talked about the role of confidence, killing doubt and working with startup founders. Take a listen below and let me know what yo think.

Earn Startup Respect By Making Your First Million

Tonight while having dinner with friends/new business partners we enjoyed a vibrant conversation about career paths, choices in life, happiness and success. One part of the conversation that stood out to me was about founders earning their first million. The context was in terms of respect and what it means.

The phrase made me think about my life and accomplishments. I've done a lot of things but launching a company and having that one company to either make a million dollars or grow the user base to a million users is not one of them.... yet.

Further [...]