Vermontrepreneurs: Monthly MeetUps Starting Feb 8

Silicon Valley has Buck’s. Cambridge has the Voltage Cafe and the @venturecafe. Where do entrepreneurs, VCs, angels, and startup professionals go to gather in VT?  Well, first and foremost, there’s Vermont Venture Network, which has been meeting monthly in Burlington for more than 20 years, led by Ken Merritt of Merritt, Merritt & Moulton.  And there are monthly meetings of North Country Angels (Montpelier), the Vermont Software Developers Alliance (Winooski), the Vermont Biosciences Alliance, and I’m … Read More

Startup Vermont: How a Competition Can Bring Us Together

Vermont New Business Prescription: Second in a Series

Pulling it all Together

Tomorrow I’m meeting with Vermont House legislators as well as an official from the State Commerce department to talk about startup competitions. As I said below in “Vermont New Business Prescription: First in a Series”, Vermont would do well to create a statewide startup business competition.  The State Legislature evidently agrees: they commissioned a committee to put together a plan for a “StartUp Vermont” competition.  Why … Read More

Startup Competitions: 5 Lessons from MassChallenge

I’m an unabashed fan of startup competitions, whether they be brief (like the MIT 100K Elevator Pitch competition,) multi-stage (like the Rice Business Plan contest,) or even multi-lingual (e.g., Le Defi des Anges Financiers in Montreal). What’s not to love? New companies get pitch practice and exposure, and the event draws together all the various players in the startup ecosystem…and the more times you can get a critical mass of decision-makers together, the better.  While Vermont can’t run the same … Read More

Vermont New Business Prescription: First in a Series

Congratulations to Governor-elect and entrepreneur Peter Shumlin on his recent election. Gaining re-election at the same time are entrepreneur/Senator Hinda Miller and Speaker Shap Smith, who with Peter were the three legislators who organized and listened to Vermont entrepreneurs during the last legislative session. If I were in their shoes, there are five themes I’d keep in mind in the effort to create new businesses and jobs in Vermont. I’ll be blogging on each in detail later on.

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Being Selfish and Giving Back at the Same Time

I’m writing this strictly for me. For my benefit, to dig deeper, to be able to explain myself, to vent, and to try to improve my investing. And to help spread some ideas on how to improve Vermont’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  But consider it open source for my fellow entrepreneurs and angels.  Everything I find useful, I’ll be posting, with the goal of making this site a giant curated library. Feel free to make suggestions, because this is a work in … Read More