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 … More Vermontrepreneurs: Monthly MeetUps Starting Feb 8

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 … More Startup Vermont: How a Competition Can Bring Us Together

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 … More Startup Competitions: 5 Lessons from MassChallenge

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 … More Vermont New Business Prescription: First in a Series

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, … More Being Selfish and Giving Back at the Same Time