July 7, 2016

5 “Knows” for the Brandery Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Brandery Class of 2016! #startupcincy welcomes you with open arms. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of you, and most importantly my mentor assignment, Datazar. We look forward to spending more time together over the coming months. Before I get to the recommendations, I should also congratulate the Brandery founders Dave Knox, J.B. Kropp and Rob McDonald, as well as Tony Alexander, the Executive Director.

June 23, 2016

Twilio IPO and the Year of Communications?

Last night Twilio (TWLO) successfully priced its IPO above the expected range. It has raised the question about whether the IPO window is now open for VC-backed tech companies. My answer:

June 11, 2016

Navigating Your Startup in a VUCA World

Building a fast-growth startup requires a number of important leadership skills. Particularly since the environment we operate in is extremely complex and fast-paced. First-time founder-CEOs may find themselves learning on the job, which can be extremely difficult. VUCA is a concept developed in the military in the last 20 years that provides direct parallels to the startup world. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. I learned about VUCA and several other important concepts this week at West Point Military Academy.

May 27, 2016

Three Ways to the Woodshed

Going to the woodshed is a strategy we can take from the world of music and apply to business to achieve creative breakthroughs. The “woodshed” refers to a place of isolation, away from distractions.

May 13, 2016

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Yesterday Jim Scheinman and Sara Thomas of Maven Ventures were visiting us in #startupcincy. You may have seen the great news that one of the portfolio companies, Cruise, was just acquired by GM for over $1 billion. It actually closed yesterday while they were in town. We learned great insights about how the company and investors thought about the coming self-driving car revolution. And then I also see Fred Wilson’s post today on the subject.

May 5, 2016

Investors with the Right Stuff

Have you done your research to know which investors have the right stuff for your company? Here’s a fresh example of the importance of doing your research and not thinking all money is equal. Last week, Boeing announced that General Nano (now “Veelo”) was one of 12 honored with a Supplier of the Year award. That’s 12 out of 13,000 suppliers! Congratulations to Joe Sprengard and his team. This is yet another great example of the innovation taking place here in #startupcincy.

April 22, 2016

Cracking into the Top 5 Fastest Growing Startup Cities

What factors determine the success rate of a population of venture-backed startups? And how is success measured? We can learn something by looking at the Top 5 fastest growing cities whose startups are collectively raising at least $200M.

April 18, 2016

If Data is the Answer, What is the Question?

How does bigger Big Data correspond to better products or services? Armed with the latest analytics tools, will data scientists now have all the answers? And who are data scientists anyhow?

April 12, 2016

ShareThis Launches New Service at F8

At the F8 conference today, ShareThis shared the stage with Facebook and their launch of Instant Articles. The new service, Social A/B, from ShareThis provides publishers with the ability to automatically test article headlines and optimize for sharing.