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Tespo, With a New Office in Detroit, Offers “the Keurig of Vitamins”

Ted Mills spent the first part of his career in finance, eventually starting a investment fund for Manoj Bhargava, the Michigan-based founder of 5 Hour Energy, in 2008. After five years in that role, Mills says it was time to spread his wings.He wanted to bring high-quality supplements to customers’ homes in liquid format, because he says 40 percent of the population is averse to swallowing pills. “I looked at the supplements industry and I was fascinated,” he explains. “It was so fragmented, a...
Tags: Detroit, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, National blog main, National top stories, 5 Hour Energy, Apps, Connected Devices, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Internet of Things (IoT, Liquid Vitamins, Mobile, Series B funding, Software, Startups

The Finance Function: Looking Back And Looking Forward

High growth companies need to have a strong finance function. You can’t drive a car (or a plane) without some instrumentation. Most importantly, you need to know when you are going to run out of gas (or electricity). The mission critical things that must be done in the finance function are mostly accounting related functions; pay bills, make payroll, keep track of expenses, maintain the books and records of the company. These are “must dos” and you need a person who has an accounting backgrou...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Management

Gluecon 2019 Diversity Scholarships

Amy and I are underwriting the Gluecon 2019 Diversity Scholarships through our Anchor Point Foundation. Kim and Eric Norlin, who run Gluecon, have had a simple goal around diversity at the Gluecon for many years. The goal is quite simple: to create as diverse and welcoming a conference environment as we can. The diversity scholarships are one approach to this. The Gluecon code of conduct is another. Kim and Eric have always been deliberate about inviting a diverse set of speakers and pa...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Anchor Point Foundation, Diversity, Gluecon, Scholarship

Why College is the Best Time to Start Your Business

It is said that college is the best time of your life and you probably did not spend your time well in college if you did not take any risks.… Read more » The post Why College is the Best Time to Start Your Business appeared first on
Tags: Business, Entrepreneurship, Tips, Start A Business

make it happen

Fire Starters + astro-buffs, They say to hold off on signing contracts when Mercury goes retrograde—which is now (from March 5 to March 28). That means it’s a great time to turn inward, let go, and get organized . If you’re getting ready to move on big plans, here are a few pointers: When you enter into the deal-making phase—from real estate to intellectual property, gigs to partnerships—it can be like heading into a dark tunnel. The Deal Tunnel. Everyone’s opinions are echoing. Time pr...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Time, Inspiration, Fire Starters, Astrology, Danielle LaPorte, Delete, Mercury Retrograde, Fire Starter Session, For Fire Starters, General (no home listing, FSS People, Hey FSS

Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify

Lagos based online lending startup OneFi is buying Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify for an undisclosed amount. OneFi will take over Amplify’s IP, team, and client network of over 1000 merchants to which Amplify provides payment processing services, OneFi CEO Chijioke Dozie told TechCrunch. The move comes as fintech has become one of Africa’s most active investment sectors and startup acquisitions—which have been rare—are picking up across the continent. The purchase of Amplify caps off...
Tags: TC, Europe, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Ipo, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Senegal, Banking, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Smartphone, Whatsapp

New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software

Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service

Skedulo, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round. The company’s service offers businesses all fo the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, including their schedules. A lot of small businesses still use basic spreadsheets and email to do this, but that’s obviously not the ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Enterprise, Microsoft, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, Sydney, Brisbane, Machine Learning, Mobile App, Fairhurst, Recent Funding, Castanoa Ventures, Matt Fairhurst

New Accelerator Aims For Social Change With AR, VR, Gaming Startups

Games for Change, a non-profit that promotes the use of games and immersive technology for social good, is taking applications from startup teams for a new accelerator program it’s launching in New York City.New York-based Games for Change already encourages game and XR developers, by a variety of means, to build societal benefits into their designs. The organization, founded in 2004, holds an annual festival with demos, workshops, and training sessions, and also operates awards programs and st...
Tags: Startups, Games, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Berkshire Hathaway

Erie Hack Aims to Solve Lake’s Challenges with Tech-Driven Solutions

Even though Michigan is surrounded by one of the world’s most abundant sources of freshwater, it’s still plagued by water-related challenges, such as the Flint water crisis, high lead levels in the water at Detroit public schools, and PFAS contamination. And with the Trump administration looking to cut federal funding for Great Lakes water restoration by 90 percent in its latest budget proposal, one could argue the situation may grow more precarious.It’s with that in mind that six cities in the...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Innovation, Michigan, Cleveland, Detroit, Water Pollution, Water Technology, Trump, Flint, Flint Water Crisis, NASA Glenn Research Center, Erie, Toledo OH

Why, Maker of Self-Driving Tech, is Moving to San Diego

Tech salaries may not be as high outside of Silicon Valley, but neither is the cost of operating a business—or the cost of living.San Diego’s startup community has rejoiced in recent months as massive companies that employ thousands of engineers—including Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and the tech arm of Walmart (NYSE: WMT)—have announced expansions in the region.Local entrepreneurs hope that investment will make other tech businesses, including early-stage companies, more comfor...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Palo Alto, Software, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, George Hotz, Aapl, Ashlee Vance

5 Main Steps You Need to Get Your Startup Off The Ground

Being an entrepreneur is one of the hardest thing to do, but yet, one of the most rewarding areas to venture in. While you may need to spend a lot… Read more » “5 Main Steps You Need to Get Your Startup Off The Ground” The post 5 Main Steps You Need to Get Your Startup Off The Ground appeared first on
Tags: Business, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Tips, Startup Growth

Case: The branding and launch of BAUX Acoustic Pulp.

The 2019 Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair opened in...
Tags: Images, Photography, Entrepreneurship, Advertising, Cases, Creativity, Print, Branding, Just another day, Link of the day, Baux Acoustic Pulp

To get big faster, younger unicorns start buying startups sooner

In the name of getting big quick, it seems like some of the most valuable private tech companies are turning to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a way to accelerate business growth. So-called “unicorns”—privately-held technology companies which achieve billion-dollar valuations sometime before (or as a direct result of) going public or exiting via M&A—are chomping at the bit to make their first acquisitions, suggesting a mounting pressure on companies to grow even quicker. Analysis of Crunchbas...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Valuation, Crunchbase

Now Is the Time for Spring Cleaning Your Business

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris Winter has been a difficult one for many across the U.S. this year. Spring can’t come soon enough. These tough weather months decrease our vitamin D intake and often reduce our energy. In fact, “winter slump” is a real thing, and while it can affect our energy and personal joy levels, it can affect our business as well. That first few days of warmer weather and sunshine, even if there’s sti...
Tags: Business, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Lifehacks, William Morris Winter, Review Customer Care How

M:Bility Conference: Panel Talks Factors Fueling Future of AV Industry

At AutoWorld’s M:Bility conference in Dearborn, MI, this week, a wide variety of topics pertaining to the mobility industry and the development of driverless technology were covered in keynote and panel discussions, including mapping and sensors, artificial intelligence, automotive data, mobility-as-a-service, electrification, and 5G connectivity.However, running through all topics was a measure of caution as industry insiders worked to adjust expectations as to when fully autonomous (or nearly...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Electric Vehicles, Auto Industry, Innovation, Gm, Mobility, Detroit, Smart Cities, Boeing, Valeo, Bility

Safi Bahcall — On Thinking Big, Curing Cancer, and Transforming Industries (#364)

“All these things you’re sure are true — what if they weren’t?” — Safi Bahcall Safi Bahcall (@SafiBahcall) is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. Loonshots describes what an idea from physics tells us about the behavior of groups and how teams, companies, […]
Tags: Decision Making, Writing, Entrepreneurship, Writing Process, Lifestyle, The Tim Ferriss Show, Safi Bahcall, How To Make Better Decisions, Safi Bahcall Safi Bahcall

Topouzian Brings Economic Development Perspective to New MVCA Role

Ara Topouzian is a longtime Oakland County economic development official and a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow recognized for his work playing a 76-string kanun harp in Armenian and world music bands. As of March 25, he’ll also be the new director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, which works to advance the state’s VC ecosystem.Topouzian comes to the MVCA after six years of heading up the 700-member Troy Chamber of Commerce, where he says he worked to reinvent the organization and create p...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Economic Development, Oakland County, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan Venture Capital Association, MVCA, EntryPoint

Leading Views: Entrepreneurs Are the Heroes of Creative Destruction

Capitalism in America by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge is an accessible history of America’s capitalist traditions and entrepreneurial culture. In this chronological account beginning with the American Revolution, the genius of America’s innovative success is not only its tolerance of but also its penchant for creative destruction. Though sometimes painful, it is the driving force of economic progress. The authors talk not only of the familiar product innovation but also America’s proc...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, America, Ford, New York Times, Ibm, Henry Ford, Alan Greenspan, Thomas Watson, John Henry Patterson, Charles Goodyear, National Cash Register Company, Adrian Wooldridge, Stormannsgalskap

Your Top Rival Can Be Your Biggest Ally

Friendly competition can expand the pie and enhance your performance.
Tags: News, Entrepreneurship, Office Culture

Tactics and Strategies that Help You Look (and Think) Like a Pro

This week, we’ve got a bunch of tips, tactics, and strategies to help you get more out of the work... Continue Reading The post Tactics and Strategies that Help You Look (and Think) Like a Pro appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Books, Technology, Featured, Entrepreneurship, Selling, Content Marketing, Blogging, Content Marketing Strategy, Copyblogger Weekly

8 do’s and don’ts of networking follow-up

There are networking opportunities everywhere, whether you’re at a trade show, conference or chatting with someone on your commute. You need to make the most of every opportunity because you never know who you might meet! Here are eight actionable do’s and don’ts for following up with someone in a professional way after you’ve connected. The Do’s 1. Send an invitation to connect on LinkedIn in a timely  manor  by including a personal note on where you met him or her and something you may have ...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Entrepreneurship, Time, Linkedin, Don, Event Marketing, Small business marketing

Alchemie Snags NSF Grant to Develop AR Tools for Teaching Chemistry

Alchemie, a Troy, MI-based educational technology startup, has won another round of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop 3D and augmented reality (AR) learning tools for teaching general chemistry.The funding, announced this week, is a $140,000 Technology Enhancement through Commercialization Partnerships extension to a Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant focused on building game-based learning modules and assessment technology for organic chemistry...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Chemistry, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, University of Washington, NSF

The Diverse Syndicate

Startups are generally not funded by just one investor. They are usually funded by a collection of investors; the angel syndicate, followed by the seed syndicate, followed by the VC syndicate. This gives the founder the opportunity to gain insights and advice from a group of people versus just one. I was sitting next to a VC last night who brought up the age old question – operator vs investor? She is a successful early stage investor who has never been an operator. My answer to her question was...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Trends

‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave.

As some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent start-ups prepare to go public, networks of their former employees are expected to plow big sums of money into a new generation of firms.
Tags: News, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Start-ups, Uber Technologies Inc, Car Services and Livery Cabs, Initial Public Offerings, Computers and the Internet, Silicon Valley (Calif, Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech

Jibo’s Last Dance, and the Social Robot’s Hope for the Afterlife

Last summer, dozens of former Jibo employees returned to the defunct company’s Boston offices for a long weekend of pizza, beer, and brainstorming. The task: How do you teach the company’s “social robot” to say goodbye?Rich Sadowsky, Jibo’s former head of security and privacy, had helped organize the volunteer group over a Jibo alumni Slack channel he set up shortly after the struggling business laid off most of its staff, he said in a recent interview.Some of the send-off ideas were inspiring—...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Funding, Trends, Tech, Mit, Robots, Ai, Robotics, Financing, Voice Recognition, Slack, Hackathon, Jibo

Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital’s Detroit Accelerator

Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, has announced the details of its Detroit startup accelerator.Earlier this year, Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would host its first accelerators in four cities, including Detroit. The Motor City’s inclusion, unlike the other three cities, was determined by way of a public vote.Monica Wheat, founder and partner at Venture Cataly...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Mailchimp, National blog main, National top stories, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories

Bootstrap to Exit

strategy and process. Over the last decade and more, I’ve had the privilege of working with a large number of bootstrapped entrepreneurs. These include self-financed companies and also modestly capitalized startups that operate in a capital-efficient manner applying the principles of bootstrapping. [You can review my Bootstrapping course on LinkedIn to review these.] For our Seed Capital series of podcasts and blog interviews, I’ve interviewed hundreds of investors, especially micro-VC...
Tags: Startups, General, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Linkedin, Bootstrapping, Sramana Mitra, 1Mby1M, One Million by One Million