It takes a Village to raise a Startup and Ann...
With Ann Arbor’s Fetchnotes starting the TechStars Boston program I started to reflect on the development of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’m a college football fan and, if you are like me, watch recruiting in college. There is always a town with a great program that pumps out several college stars. Ann Arbor is getting closer to being that for startups. Sure the Bay area is like the...
fetchworthy notes: Fetchnotes Moves To Bahhhston →
fetchnotes: It’s been a roller coaster of a journey since we launched in April. We’ve slept on floors, we’ve been up all night working, and we’ve traveled all around the country meeting with users, partners and investors. We’ve deployed major releases with teams in three different time zones and somehow…
Fetchnotes participates in TechStars Boston
I am proud of Fetchnotes. They are participating in the highly selective TechStars Boston accelerator program. They will develop great connections and learn a lot. First, Fetchnotes is a good idea. We all have thoughts or notes we want to jot down…Todo items, blog ideas, grocery lists, urls, books we want to read, etc. I used to use notes in my iPhone, email myself, or make paper lists. ...
More rewards of mentoring.
Friday was a good day. My friends over at Fetchnotes always seem to brighten my day. The team is smart, energetic, coachable and has great hustle. I expect big things from them and this will be confirmed by news in a couple weeks. After lunch I was walking down the sidewalk, on my way to the bank to wire Fetchnotes money (full disclosure, I am on their board and an investor) and I was talking...
Getting Connected on LinkedIn
I find LinkedIn to be a very useful and impressive tool. I use it all the time to find experts to help startups understand their markets, to find people to talk to in the customer discovery process, or to find people at specific companies. I recommend that all entrepreneurs use it as a tool to build their network. It is a great way to find out that your buddy Joe knows the venture capitalist you...
Tips to Help First-time Entrepreneurs Develop a...
Young entrepreneurs often think that mentors want to work with them because their idea is so awesome, so compelling that they just want to be associated with the next Mark Zuckerberg. Guess what? The best technology or idea doesn’t win and the odds of your idea being the next Facebook are infinitely small. I will not speak for all mentors but I advise startups because I just love working with...
Information Arbitrage: Thoughts from Ann Arbor →
informationarbitrage: Last week I spent two glorious days deeply engaging with my alma mater, the University of Michigan, and the Ann Arbor tech community. I had the privilege of presenting at the Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup (thanks, Dug!), exchanging ideas with the Wolverine Venture Fund, and spending lots of…
Way to go Jono! RT @duosec: Congrats to our CTO @JonOberheide on @Forbes “30 under 30” list of tech entrepreneurs! http://t.co/X0jHIKJj
Driving. I’ll get back to you tomorrow
RT @jasonmendelson: Thank you Ann Arbor for a great week last week. The entrepreneur scene is really taking off. My thoughts: http:// …
Go Blue! http://t.co/pqvNt1a6
Regional NPR story from @MichiganRadio on @techbrewery and incubators http://t.co/14o9n5mj #ChangingGears
The Best Vacation Responder Ever http://t.co/OI2G5EK via @bfeld
RT @kskifstad: The 10 Most Educated U.S. Cities - US News (A2 is #2) http://t.co/rvCjL9x
U-M and city of Ann Arbor team up to pursue gigabit broadband networks http://t.co/xUXPNdO
Holding office hours at the #TechArb.
RT @jonfortt: This just in: S&P downgrades East Coast, citing lack of stability going forward
At whole foods sampling beer from Original Gravity. Yum. 440 Pepper Smoker is a winner. http://t.co/ShKjCFb
Hot morning run. Dripping w/ sweat. A large black puppy chased me. Not a great start. At least my parents will be in A2 late tonight.
3 of top 5 beers are in MI! American Homebrewers Association Names Top 50 Beers http://huff.to/mhmNMw @BellsBrewery @foundersbrewing
At #TechArb holding office hours.
RT @sgblank: Are You the Fool at The Table? http://wp.me/prGQZ-2q0
Great lunch with my wife. Thank you @bankofannarbor for @soniclunch http://lockerz.com/s/107033072
‘Baa’ go the sheep RT @TechCrunch: Groupon’s IPO Filing Reveals Incredible Growth http://tcrn.ch/ipYLzN
Groupon Founders Invest $1.5 Million in Michigan startup @Benzinga http://bit.ly/iSyzKo
Midwest Living: 26 (A to Z) Reasons We Love Ann Arbor http://bit.ly/m4Zu9w
Kudos to my friend @NedStaebler who will be Wayne State’s VP of Economic Development http://bit.ly/jKLz1g
Looks like more $ for 2nd stage MI startups: New $100M venture capital fund Stage 2 Innovations http://bit.ly/imW00G (profile seems vague)
RT @AnnArborUSA: Congrats to Brio Device, our Best of Boot Camp winner: http://bit.ly/k5F163
RT @ericries: Business idea inspired by @Jschox: “whitepaper troll” that publishes on every possible idea, putting future patent trolls …
RT @mosesklee: Jay Hoag, founding general partner of Tech Crossover Ventures, speaking about trends in venture capital. #mgcs #umcfe
Michigan venture capitalists have more than $200M available for startup http://bit.ly/mJ5Ko5 (via @NathanBomey )
Friend @cgannettrun Named Chief Marketing Officer at CKX http://yhoo.it/kCK2PZ
Egg salad anyone?
At @a2newtech waiting to hear pitches.
Some of the Craftbrew in Ann Arbor via @draftmag http://bit.ly/fpV4Z7
RT @UMOTT: U-M technology that can help detect/monitor radiation of #Fukushima Power Plant. http://bit.ly/fZKJ0k If yo… (cont) http://de …
Welcome to @AnnArborUSA Paul Krutko http://bit.ly/eddeji
Try @CrowdJuice Alpha for @a2newtech event featuring @sgblank http://bit.ly/e9jegY
RT @UMOTT: Video on our Venture Accelerator http://bit.ly/i1Mk9q and startups @Life_Magnetics and #EngXT
Come on. How hard is it to turn your hi-beams off when you see a runner? I’m talking to you silver SUV.
Love this. Real Elevator pitches to @albertwenger http://tnw.co/fzzamb #SXSW
RT @melemmer: Aardvark started by @NathanStoll & later sold to @Google is featured in “15 Interesting Startups From Ex-Googlers” http:// …
Ahh. A break in the weather… By visiting Southern Florida. (Ann Arbor temp + 50 some degrees.)
Stranded in Chicago (Always a 50/50 chance I make a connection in Chicago regardless of the airport.)
Feels like spring in KC. Have to catch an earlier flight to not get stranded by ice in DTW.
Profile on two great places @arborbrew and @cornerbrew http://bit.ly/g3oqUx Mmm Michigan Craft Brew!
RT @NathanBomey: How Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell got his start in Ann Arbor (and what he thinks about Michigan now) http://bit.ly/gOZKJu
Stuck on Tarmac in STL waiting for a gate to open (3 are open, just not ours) to catch next delayed flight.