At CoFoundersLab, one of the most common questions we get from our members is: How do optimize my profile to find the best potential co-founder for my business?
We recently caught up with Evelyne White and Frank Ramirez of Bookalokal, an innovative social dining platform and CoFoundersLab successful match from New York City, who shared a valuable piece of advice: be as specific and honest as possible in your CoFoundersLab profile.
Startup internships are on the rise, and we think that’s great for interns and founders alike. Interning at a startup offers interns lots of benefits including:
A chance to make a real impact and watch your efforts materialize quickly.
Experience a wide variety of projects and develop a wide range of skills. Sometimes interning with larger, more established companies may require more routine functions.
It’s a great way to try out a startup and prove yourself if you’re part of the 54% of millennials who want to launch or be part of a startup.
Startup founders, especially pre-funded ones, often don’t have the luxury of hiring full-time staff. Hiring an intern is a great way for a founder to get the additional help he or she needs without breaking the bank.
This blog post is part of our “Meet Our Volunteers” series in which we feature startup community leaders in the 35+ cities where we host quarterly “CoFoundersLab Matchup” events. As mentioned in Brad Feld’s great post, “Startup Communities Are Up to the Entrepreneurs,” our volunteers are great examples of entrepreneurs dedicated to driving their startup community forward, helping other entrepreneurs network and connect, and ultimately creating jobs in their city.
This post features Nicole Relyea, our Ambassador in Boulder and Denver, CO.
This is a guest post by Mike Moyer. Mike is the author of several books, including Slicing Pie, a book about dividing up equity in early-stage companies.
You, the marketing whiz, and your friend, the technology rock star, decide to go into business together and spend the next three weeks planning hunkered down in a coffee shop chugging triple-venti, sugar-free, non-fat, no-foam, extra-caramel, Caramel Macchiatos. Sooner or later the conversation is going to turn to ownership and equity. You might be tempted to split the equity “50/50,” after all what could be more fair than that?
Your 50/50 split is known as a “fixed split” and it could doom the company to failure. Fixed splits are rarely, if ever, fair because they usually do not reflect actual contributions to the company’s success and they never accommodate changes. What if, for instance, you work on the project full time and your partner keeps a day job? Or what if you want to hire a marketing assistant? Do you give him your equity? Does your partner pitch in? Why should she? It’s your assistant after all. Welcome to your first equity renegotiation.
This is a guest blog post written by Kyra Assibey-Bonsu, Startup Buenos Aires Member and Contributor.
What an impressive night! The temperature outside perfectly matched the intensity of the creative energy that coursed through CoFoundersLab Matchup Buenos Aires, hosted by Startup Buenos Aires at Areatres Labs - both were on fire.
With a promising, young startup, making connections with investors is a daunting task. Where do you find relevant investors? Which ones do you reach out to first? How do you phrase cold emails? All good questions...
We recently caught up with Uxplr, a CoFoundersLab successful match, who told us about their experience meeting not just co-founders, but also investors through CoFoundersLab.com. Watch their interview below to learn more about Uxplr's experience getting connected to the entrepreneurship community.
This blog post is part of our “Meet Our Volunteers” series, a series in which we feature some of the startup community leaders in the 35+ cities where we host quarterly “CoFoundersLab Matchup” events. As mentioned in Brad Feld’s great post, “Startup Communities Are Up to the Entrepreneurs,” our volunteers are great examples of entrepreneurs dedicated to spending their time in driving their startup community forward, helping to connect other entrepreneurs, and ultimately creating jobs in their city.
This post features Jared Melnyk, our Ambassador in Chicago, IL.
This blog post is part of our “Meet Our Volunteers” series, a series in which we feature some of the startup community leaders in the 35+ cities where we host quarterly “CoFoundersLab Matchup” events. As mentioned in Brad Feld’s great post, “Startup Communities Are Up to the Entrepreneurs,” our volunteers are great examples of entrepreneurs dedicated to spending their time in driving their startup community forward, helping to connect other entrepreneurs and ultimately creating jobs in their city.
This post features Adam McGowan, our Ambassador in Boston, MA.
What do you think of the term, “startup community”? That question is exactly what many entrepreneurs in Buenos Aires have been grappling with. How can individual entrepreneurs come together, feed off of each others’ energy and do even better individually because of it? The startup scene here is, by nature, dynamic and unique, not only because it is located in a buzzing metropolis known for its entrepreneurial spirit, but because of what its up against.
I was lucky enough to attend The Lean Startup Conference the past few days in San Francisco. The conference had a great mix of passionate people from a variety of industries all interested in using lean startup principles and frameworks to improve their organizations. Attendees and speakers ranged from early stage startups, to huge technology companies like Intuit, to some of the largest organizations in the world like GE.
Needless to say, I met lots of interesting people and learned a lot. It's hard to sum it all up, but I thought I would share the 7 best takeaways for me from the conference in hopes that it may help you in your startup journey.
Finding the right co-founder that fits with your team is a difficult task. How do you know if someone has the right skills? How do you know if your personalities match? To find the answers to those important questions, the RenterResume team found each other through CoFoundersLab.com and decided to work together on a preliminary project to make sure they were a compatible, well-rounded team. Watch their interview below to learn more about RenterResume's team-building experience.
Duke University has a strong history of entrepreneurship both on campus and beyond through an impressive and active group of alumni. In recent years, this Duke entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown even stronger thanks to the formation of the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. The initiative encompasses all things entrepreneurship for both current students and alumni. For example, the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN) connects Duke entrepreneur alumni at events throughout the world, and the Duke Startup Challenge is an annual competition on campus across schools and disciplines.
We're proud to partner with Duke to help with one more important piece of the puzzle: startup team-building. Through the Duke co-branded matching portal, the Duke entrepreneur community can connect with each other to find the right co-founders, advisers, and interns to round out their startup teams.
Want to learn more about CrowdFunding and how to raise money for your business with this fundraising method? CrowdFunding is a new law enacted by Congress that allows people to invest online in small companies. The SEC has just released rules opening up new ways to raise funds for your business.
We'd like to let everyone know about - and encourage you to attend - a great opportunity that's coming up soon: the CrowdFunding World Summit. The Summit is a virtual event, broadcast online from December 3rd - 16th.
CoFoundersLab was thrilled to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) from Nov. 18th - 24th. It was exciting to be part of such a large, important event to promote entrepreneurship and we had a ton of fun connecting entrepreneurs at our CoFoundersLab Matchup events in 13 different cities throughout the week. Thanks to all of the entrepreneurs who came to our events and our incredible volunteers who made all of this possible!
CoFoundersLab will join thousands of organizations – including top universities, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, government agencies and corporate sponsors – to host a Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) event from Nov. 18th – 24th. A record 139 countries will take part in GEW, and we’re proud to be hosting CoFoundersLab Matchups in 13 different cities throughout the week:
How many times have you been to a startup/entrepreneur event and aimlessly wandered around talking to as many people as you can in hopes of randomly running into the right people to build a startup with? Where do you even start?
Imagine walking into an event like NY Tech Meetup, Startup Weekend, a pitch competition, or any gathering with entrepreneurs in attendance, and knowing exactly who the best people in the room are to launch and grow a business with.
A list of the most impactful startup community leaders. We put this list together to do just that, shine the spotlight on startup community leaders to encourage more people in the community to strive to make an impact on their own startup community. Please check it out and vote for the startup community leaders making the biggest impact.