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The Hidden Figures of the FinTech Progress

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Jan 9, 2017 9:53:46 AM


A space movie filled with real, tangible hope and inspiration

Last Friday Startwise was thrilled to sponsor the Hidden Figures Cocktail Party and Screening. We are grateful to our partners Diversity.Capital and Women.VC for making this premiere celebration possible.

Among our guests were such supporters of diversity in finance and capital as Jayni Shah from Menlo Ventures, Nancy Pfund from DBLpartners, Anarghya Vardhana from Maveron, and of course, Jess Lee, the first female partner at Sequoia Capital in 40+ years

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Topics: Startwise: behind the scenes, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Shark Takeaway with Robert Hervajec

Posted by Grace Leung Shing on Dec 9, 2016 10:43:00 AM

Photo: James Altucher and Robert Hervajec by CrowdInvest Summit

2016 CrowdInvesting Summit in Los Angeles, Robert Hervajec fireside chat with James Altucher, an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster who founded or cofounded more than 20 companies. Inevitably, the conversation started with Hervajec’s experience on Shark Tank but it ended in an unexpected inspirational manner.

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Topics: Startwise: behind the scenes, Stories of Entrepreneurs

The Secret of the Infomercial with Kevin Harrington

Posted by Grace Leung Shing on Dec 5, 2016 10:25:00 AM

Kevin Harrington's Bio:

Kevin is one of the original Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank, he has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each, has been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little and George Foreman.

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Topics: Startwise: behind the scenes, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Founder Story: Passion Meets Action

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Nov 10, 2016 7:30:00 AM

This week the StartWise Team had the amazing opportunity to talk to serial entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist Carlos Ochoa, Founder & CEO at Chilango Ventures. We discussed globalization of entrepreneurship, new business funding options and investment tips. 

Some of our favorite quote from Carlos:

'Crowdfunding seems to me as a new asset class.'

'Every SMB should understand if they need an actual loan or a revenue sharing model.'

The interview can be found below. More founder stories?

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Topics: Interview, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Surprising Facts About Female Entrepreneurs

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Jul 5, 2016 5:30:00 AM

More and more women start their own businesses, and researchers are starting to point out that the reduced gender inequality will increase GDP and female-led companies get higher growth and valuation. Here are some interesting facts that you might not have expected to learn.

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Topics: Stories of Entrepreneurs, How to choose companies to support

Founder Story: Innovation Will Keep Happening

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Jun 7, 2016 5:30:00 AM

This week StartWise met with Nigel SharpGlobal Entrepreneur-In-Residence at CU Boulder (a program sponsored  by Brad Feld), Advisor at Boomtown Accelerator, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and Analyst at the Venture Capital Analytics program at Rockies Venture Club. 

Nigel supports students, staff and faculty’s entrepreneurial efforts and the University’s business acceleration programs and classes, as well as helping to internationalize the Boulder startup ecosystem. In this interview we discussed equity crowdfunding and opportunities it could create. 

Some of our favorite quotes from Nigel:

“Equity crowdfunding will make people money and even might create a new “gold rush.”

“The funding gap will remain - the innovation will keep happening regardless - if anything competition for money will increase.

“[Crowdinvesting] might even become a new validation point - how big a crowd can you get behind your business.”

The full interview can be found below:

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Topics: Interview, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Founder Story: Crowdfunding and Democratizing Opportunities

Posted by Catherine Yushina on May 26, 2016 5:30:00 AM

This week StartWise had the pleasure to get some insights on crowdfunding and investing in startups from Hana Yang, co-author of “Impact With Wings: Stories to Inspire and Mobilize Women Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs” - a book about the potential of women’s economic influence; co-founder of Wingpact, a global angel investment and entrepreneur community; Tech and Venture Banker at First Republic Bank.

Some of our favorite quotes from Hana:

“Crowdfunding is not here to replace venture capital or angel investors - they complement each other.”

“I wanted to combine my entrepreneurial spirit and create change.”

“Democratizing (funding) opportunities was the passion and inspiration to write the book.”

The interview can be found below:

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Topics: Interview, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Founder Story: Early Stage Pitch

Posted by Catherine Yushina on May 12, 2016 5:30:00 AM

This week StartWise met with George Parrish, Super Connector, Pitch Coach, Startup Consultant, Business Angel at Society3. We discussed pitch judging, talking to investors and definition of success.

Some of our favorite quotes from George:

“Right place, right time, right product means you have a chance to succeed.”

“People need to be happy as the result of their success.”

“The best way to learn is by doing and executing your business plan every hour of every day.

The interview can be found below:

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Topics: Interview, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Founder Story: 'Life in Perspective' of an Entrepreneur

Posted by Grace Leung Shing on Apr 28, 2016 5:30:00 AM

This week the StartWise Team had the amazing opportunity to talk to Stephanie Cox, CEO, and Founder of The Level Market, the world’s first online marketplace for relief and development products. 

Grace met Stephanie while talking at the ‘Profit for Good’ panel at the Colorado WILD Summit. We first started talking about The Level Market, but the conversation quickly drifted towards her amazing life story. 

Some of our favorite quotes from Stephanie:

“Got to have some grit.”

“Life into perspective.” 

“Be a little different.”

The interview can be found below:

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Topics: Interview, Stories of Entrepreneurs

Founder Story: From 0 to Beer Reference in North Dakota

Posted by Grace Leung Shing on Apr 19, 2016 5:30:00 AM

This week the StartWise Team had the amazing opportunity to talk to Chris AndersonBrewmaster and Co-Founder of Fargo Brewing Company, the first craft brewing company in North Dakota and they started with a one-two barrel system. We discussed the state of the craft brewing market, funding issues breweries face and how does the beer-lover world works.

Some of our favorite quotes from Chris:

You make great beer - and do it over and over and over again”.

“Brewing is a hard thing to do, but this is my favorite thing.” 

“Brewing is about Physical Labor, Science, and Art.”

The interview can be found below:

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Topics: Interview, Stories of Entrepreneurs