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Jun 25, 2018 Entrepreneur

Why Tech Startups Can't Seem to Stop Flushing Cash Down the Toilet

Investors are pumping more cash into tech startups than ever before. CoinDesk reported that initial coin offerings raised more money through March 2018 than such offerings did in all of 2017. And, according to Crunchbase, angel and seed rounds in Q1 of 2018 nearly doubled from the first quarter last year.… Click to read more.

Jun 9, 2018 The Hustle

Life in the Silicon Prairie: Tech’s great migration to the Midwest

On a sunny afternoon in early June, I ask a few Silicon Valley tech workers in downtown Palo Alto what they picture when they think of Nebraska.… Click to read more.

Jun 4, 2018 Entrepreneur

How To Get The First Investment In Your Idea-Stage MENA Startup

In early May, nearly 2,000 people flocked to the ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai. The throngs of entrepreneurs, investors and experts who gathered to discuss creativity and technology represented a microcosm of the plentiful startup energy that flows through the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). When I attend conferences such as this around the world, I never fail to notice the wild misconceptions of how startups actually get started and who finances "ideas." At flashy events, these things can be easily misrepresented. But for idea-stage entrepreneurs, understanding this process is crucial to success.… Click to read more.

Apr 26, 2018 Entrepreneur

3 Ways to Play the VC Game if You're Not a White Guy

The #MeToo movement is shining a light on stories of sexual harassment and discrimination that have remained in the dark for far too long, but women founders are still facing an uphill battle when it comes to securing venture capital funding for their startups. According to PitchBook, women founders won only 2 percent of venture capital dollars invested in 2017, while all-male teams walked away with 79 percent of the pot.… Click to read more.

Apr 24, 2018 VentureBeat

Rather than become the next Silicon Valley, cities need to be themselves

There’s something I’ve noticed when I’m networking with startup founders and leaders of tech organizations across the country: Instead of working to create something new and unique, everyone wants to be the next Silicon Valley. New York claims Silicon Alley, Texas has Silicon Hills, and the Midwest boasts Silicon Prairie. The nicknames are cute but absolutely meaningless. In the tech world, a copycat approach is a complete waste of time.… Click to read more.

Apr 6, 2018 Geek Wire

Startup Spotlight: Shepherd Software trots out new tools to help veterinarians manage clinics

With more than 20 years in veterinary medicine, Dr. Cindy Barnes believed she knew the field better than the software companies selling technology to her fellow vet practitioners.… Click to read more.

Mar 23, 2018 CMO

Seen And Heard At SXSW Interactive

More than 85,000 people from across the globe descended on Austin, Texas, for the 32nd annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference. At their ready: more than 5,000 speakers, across 2,200-plus sessions, who made it apparent that it truly takes a cross-functional village to innovate and change the world. … Click to read more.

Mar 18, 2018 Entrepreneur

The How-To: Using A 'Shadow Conference' To Strike Deals

The end of March marks the sixth annual STEP Conference in Dubai. It’s one of the biggest (and most fun) tech events in the Middle East and North Africa region, but it’s not the conference itself that has so many entrepreneurs excited. … Click to read more.

Feb 28, 2018 Entrepreneur

Scalability Secrets From One of America's Fastest-Growing Software Startups

In our increasingly interconnected world, where the rate of technology diffusion continues to rise, half of the world population had internet access at the end of 2017, reports Miniwatts Marketing Group.… Click to read more.

Feb 20, 2018 CliffordJones.com

The Phoenix Startup Market Is Hot – Meet Rick Stoddard, partner with Coplex

The Phoenix startup market is hot. Meet Rick Stoddard, partner with Coplex. Coplex is one of the emerging leaders in the Phoenix startup community. Check out my video interview with Rick and learn what’s driving the startup momentum here. … Click to read more.

Feb 9, 2018 Inc. Southeast Asia

4 Ways to Raise the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

I'm proud to say I've lived the American dream. I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, but my family immigrated to the United States when I was eight years old. My parents wanted a better life for our family. They wanted to give me opportunities they never had.… Click to read more.

Jan 24, 2018 Phoenix Business Journal

EXCLUSIVE: Phoenix tech accelerator merging with Insight co-founders' VC firm

Coplex announced the merger with Tempe-based AZCrown Ventures LLC Wednesday night.… Click to read more.