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.
This video is part of our success story spotlight series highlighting companies whose co-founders met online at CoFoundersLab.com and/or in-person at CoFoundersLab sponsored events. We recently caught up with Josh Hines and Ashley Wilson, co-founders of RenterResume, who found their co-founder Max Mathieu on CoFoundersLab.
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.
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 Sonya Lee, our Ambassador in Pasadena, CA.
This is a guest blog post by Anthony Ortiz, a CoFoundersLab Ambassador, who helps organize CoFoundersLab Matchup events in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
10 Things Tech Co-Founders Should Look for in Entrepreneurs
Are they nice? I think this is the first and most important sign to look out for. How does the entrepreneur communicate in that initial call or skype meeting? Is he or she nice, too authoritative, or does he come across as mean spirited? Seriously, pay close attention to how an entrepreneur responds and speaks during this initial conversation or email.
This past month, CoFoundersLab reached a significant milestone: We now have over 10,000 entrepreneur members across our 35 CoFoundersLab Matchup groups on Meetup.com and have become one of the largest communities throughout all of Meetup. Found in various cities around the world, these CoFoundersLab Matchup groups host finely tuned networking events to help entrepreneurs find the right co-founders for their startups and/or find startups to join as a core team member. The entrepreneurs in the CoFoundersLab Matchup groups then maximize their chances of finding a co-founder by creating a free profile on CoFoundersLab.com and networking online with other entrepreneurs both before and after each CoFoundersLab Matchup event.
This post is part of our success story spotlight series highlighting companies whose co-founders met online at CoFoundersLab.com and/or in-person at CoFoundersLab sponsored events. We recently received a warm letter from Aaron Bernabi, co-founder of Raleigh, NC-based Notifei, who wanted to share his experience about finding his co-founder Jason Warford on CoFoundersLab.
The inaugural CoFoundersLab Matchup Nashville was a success! Over 50 energized entrepreneurs came together at The Nashville Entrepreneur Center to discuss working together on businesses across a variety of industries. The ages of the entrepreneurs that attended ranged from college students to retirees, providing a wonderful mix of experience and perspectives.
We're really excited to announce a new partnership with IDEA, Northeastern University's Venture Accelerator. IDEA is completely student run, and it functions as the heart and soul of the large and vibrant entrepreneur community at Northeastern. An active entrepreneur community is part of the appeal of Northeastern for many students, but lots of startup activity also means it's often hard for entrepreneurial students to find the right people to partner up with.
This is a guest blog post by Leah Mayo, a CoFoundersLab Ambassador, who helps organize CoFoundersLab Matchup events in Houston, Texas.
Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page. Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak. Ben and Jerry.
o have someone on your side that understands that one bit of code you don’t, or how to reach customers on a whole different level. But just like personal relationships, sometimes finding that right person isn’t kismet. It can take work.
On September 18th and 19th, CoFoundersLab partnered with Arizona State University Lean Launch of the W. P. Carey School of Business to host back-to-back cofounder matchmaking events at AREA48 at ASU Brickyard.
I thought it would be fun to be the very first startup to publicly solicit investors, so last night at midnight I sent out the following Tweet.
I waited till midnight as the ban was lifted today which previously prevented startups from publicly soliciting investors. CoFoundersLab was planning to resume fund raising this month so the timing was very opportune. We scouted various platforms and decided to make RockThePost our primary platform to advertise the investment opportunity to accredited investors.
Tips for Making the Most of your Startup Internship
In Part 1, I described how interning for a startup is the greatest way to get a taste of every business component while unknowingly learning to be ‘independent.’ Thus, teaching you the path to discovering the overlaps between your passions and strengths.