Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

It was big news in Charlotte, North Carolina where AvidXchange announced the groundbreaking on a new headquarters complex in the N.C. Their experience in Charlotte has been similar to ours in Boulder, as they made it their home and immediately went to work building their next business and their life. When the opportunity to invest in one of the fastest growing, and most significant tech companies in Charlotte appeared, we couldn’t resist.

My Mom’s Haiku Project

Feld Thoughts

Yes, I was in Charlotte, North Carolina at the time. Charlotte is a nice place, so this is less about Charlotte and more about me. I love a Haiku My mother is an artist Haikus in winter. My mom has started a haiku project.

Business Plan: 5 Things You Need to Know

Up and Running

I’m quoted a lot in Writing a Business Plan: 5 Things You Need to Know by Charlotte Jenses on the AOL Small Business site this morning. Charlotte Jensen did an excellent summary, and it’s a valuable piece.

5 Good Recent Posts on Planning and Managing

Up and Running

Writing a Business Plan: 5 Things You Need to Know Charlotte Jensen interviewed me for this post and I think she did a great job. Tags: Recommendations blogging AOLSMallBiz Charlotte Jensen Entrepreneur.com seth godin I’m hoping to be able to do this more often in the future. I tend to put blog posts I like on twitter, but I’m trying to keep track of them better, so I can also share them with readers of this blog.

Preschool2me Lands Seed Stage Funding to Expand its Preschool Communications Platform


In 2012, Kapil Rjurkar founded Preschool2me in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company started out as a side project, Rjurkar said. Rjurkar wanted to be able to keep tabs on his son at his preschool so he created an app that allowed him to connect with his son’s school.

Best Locations In The US For A Tech Startup


Charlotte. This southern city has traditionally been known as a major banking hub; for this reason, many financial technology (fintech) startups have been moving to Charlotte in recent years.

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20 years ago Raj and I started a little company together in our dorm room…

Jeff Hilimire

Fast-forward a few years later and I followed her to Charlotte, her attending Davidson College and me at UNC-Charlotte. 1998 – Raj and I (with Sasha and Gavin) at UNC-Charlotte. It’s funny how life works, isn’t it?

The Year of Startups Everywhere

Feld Thoughts

When I reflect on where some of our investments are, they are in cities like Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, Boulder, Denver, Charlotte, Lexington, New York, and Boston.

Telling Your Brand Story Through Packaging Design: These 3 Businesses Are Doing It Right

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Charlotte’s Web: Brand Perception. The Stanley brothers – founders of Charlotte’s Web – know this well. Charlotte’s Web. The Stanley Brothers (Charlotte’s Web) – Image courtesy of LA Weekly. We all like to acquire new things.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Feld Thoughts

I had an amazing day on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. I got to Charlotte midday on Friday. I went for a three hour run in Charlotte – basically heading south for 90 minutes and then turning around. It was a perfect day (60 degrees and sunny) and I got a good feel for a bunch of Charlotte’s neighborhoods. I attended the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future awards ceremony for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Start a Business in for 2016

Up and Running

Charlotte, NC. Coming in at number seven overall, Charlotte also ranks as the second best city after Grand Rapids when it comes to growth in number of small businesses. Charlotte Business Resources: Licensing and Permitting. Charlotte Chamber of Commerce: Starting a Business.

What You Can Learn About Digital Storytelling From The Van Gogh Museum


I’m grateful to the team, specially, Charlotte Bosman and Edith Schreurs who took time out for answering some of the questions we shared with them! Earlier in May, I visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. It was an exceptional visit. It prompted me to visit Arles and St.

NCWIT Awards for Aspirations in Computing

Feld Thoughts

Several years ago on a Saturday I found myself at Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte. I had gone for a three hour run early in the morning on a beautiful spring day in Charlotte and my mind was wandering all over the place. I was attending the second National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Awards for Aspirations in Computing event.

Telling Your Brand Story Through Packaging Design: These 3 Businesses Are Doing It Right

crowdSPRING Blog

Charlotte’s Web: Brand Perception. The Stanley brothers – founders of Charlotte’s Web – know this well. Charlotte’s Web. The Stanley Brothers (Charlotte’s Web) – Image courtesy of LA Weekly. We all like to acquire new things.

Telstra Sets Up Startup Accelerator muru-D In Singapore


Singapore’s startup scene looks set to become even more vibrant with the entrance of Sydney-based startup accelerator muru-D.

A Teachable Moment on Race

Both Sides of the Table

We talked about what happened in Charlotte. Yesterday was the opening of the African American Museum in Washington DC, dedicated to the role that African Americans have played in building our country and our culture. It was signed into law 13 years ago by then president George W.

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5 Reasons Business Owners Are Hiring Online Grads


by Charlotte Benedict. After nearly a decade working in public relations, Charlotte Benedict enrolled in an online university to earn her MBA with a concentration in marketing.

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4 Ways Search Engine Optimization Can Help Your Business


Suppose you own a small HVAC business in Charlotte, North Carolina. The internet is a big place, with more websites being created every single minute. It is easy to feel that your small business’ website will be swallowed up and forgotten, which is why search engine optimization, or SEO, is crucial to boost your online visibility. What exactly is search engine optimization?

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Depression and Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

It doesn’t surprise me that I feel down and flat as I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport on my way to Lexington, Kentucky on day 16 of a 19 day trip. Amy and I wrote a meaningful amount about entrepreneurs and depression in Startup Life. Since we finished the final draft a few weeks ago, I’ve given several talks where depression came up as I’ve woven my own experience with depression into the short (less than 15 minute) version of my story.

Startup Survival Skills Through Arts Education

Austin Startup

Employees who do this are priceless because they accelerate a culture of business innovation in the workplace,” says Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, clinical assistant professor of management and business law at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


Photo Credit: Charlotte Maumus. Thanks to Charlotte Maumus, Memwris ! When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

[US] Rutgers Partners H360 Capital And NJIT To Attract Tech Companies To Newark


Charlotte, North Carolina-based H360 Capital is focused on companies developing ‘market disrupting’ technologies and, through its “Big Ideas Initiative: B2i” will invest up to US$50,000 in 20 technology start-ups in the Newark area.

Volunteering Teaches Entrepreneurship

Mike Michalowicz

If you want to read more about volunteering, check out Volunteer by Charlotte Hindle. Learn Entrepreneurship By Volunteering. If I offered you a chance at an internship that would rock your business, and your business potential, more than any class you could take anywhere, would you sign up?

When Burglars Strike Your Business: Tips to Get Back on Track

The Startup Magazine

A study by UNC Charlotte found that fifty percent of burglars would not intrude a property with a visible burglar alarm. When your workplace has been a victim of a burglary, your whole world comes to a temporary halt.

5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Improve Their Agility In The New Year


by Taffy Williams, author of “ Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed “ The New Year brings new events that may positively or negatively affect your business. Known events are possible to plan for in advance.

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Champing At The Bit: Can You Pay Your Workers In Bitcoin?


Adam Bridgers is an associate in Fisher Phillips’ Charlotte, N.C. by Rich Meneghello, Adam Bridgers, and Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher Phillips. Don’t be embarrassed if you’ve heard of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies but don’t quite understand them (or if you haven’t heard of them at all).

6 Ways To Improve The Checkout Experience


com, Charlotte Russe, Petco and Forever 21. By Haresh Kumar VP of Marketing, Moovweb. Retailers are losing $18 billion annually due to shopping cart abandonment. Research shows over 2 out of 3 users who add items to their online shopping cart leave without making a purchase.

Turning a lack of talent into a competitive advantage

Jeff Hilimire

This was particularly evident at UNC-Charlotte where I was the 5th or 6th best player on the team and the guys ahead of me were far, far more talented. Jim Courier and Andre Agassi were both at Bollettieri’s tennis academy when they were junior tennis players.

The ten requirements of successful entrepreneurs

Jeff Hilimire

As I walked through my story, starting in the dorm room at UNC-Charlotte and ending up at Dragon Army, I pointed to the list that I had written on the whiteboard behind me to help emphasize to them the personal characteristics they would need to succeed.

Entrepreneur Builds on Technology Platform to Power the Barbershop Industry


I got a job as a software developer at Wells Fargo, and a few months later moved to Charlotte, NC. Technology is changing the way people think and do things. It’s through it that one entrepreneur builds a mobile technology platform, theCut , that powers the barbershop industry.

New Life Experience – The MRI

Feld Thoughts

I had a great three hour run in Charlotte the first week of April and thought I was ready to roll. I had a new experience today. At 7am I had my first MRI at the Boulder Community Hospital. I was a little nervous, although I’m not entirely sure why. I was in and out in 45 minutes – it was fascinating. I hurt my lower back about five months ago (actually, exactly on March 13th at about 1pm at my parents house in Dallas).

Join a conference simulcast near you

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New Hampshire: Portsmouth New Mexico: Albuquerque New York: Brooklyn Ithaca Manhattan North Carolina: Asheville Charlotte Durham Ohio: Athens Cincinnati, The Brandery, 1141 Vine St. One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere.

Episode 112: Profitable Relationships with Dave Kerpen

Mike Michalowicz

Dave is proud of my Likeable business accomplishments but prouder of Charlotte and Kate, my two daughters. Dave is proud of my Likeable business accomplishments but prouder of Charlotte and Kate, my two daughters. Also Available On. Show Summary. On today’s episode, we talk about the importance of people skills and how it dramatically affects profitability with Dave Kerpen.

Business Modeling is Process, not an Event

The Entrepreneurial Mind

When we expanded our health-care business from Raleigh into Charlotte, N.C., As a result, our operation in Charlotte never reached profitability. Developing a sound business model is key to the successful launch of a business. But you should never assume the business modeling is finished once the business begins to grow. Keeping a business model current is critical for long-term success.

How to Get the Boss to Buy Into Your IT Solutions


With over 18 years of corporate IT experience, solutions engineer for Peak 10’s Charlotte operations Reginald Staples has provided professional engagement services across SMBs to large international enterprises.

A Google Docs interview with Richard Simms, co-founder of Tech Talent South

Jeff Hilimire

Right now, we run programs here in Atlanta (where we started the company) as well as in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Asheville, NC. I was doing an early-stage startup in Chicago and Betsy was running a physical product development company in Charlotte that she’d recently sold.

Remembering old times

Jeff Hilimire

And then this past weekend I was out in Snellville and realized I was about to drive past our first official office (the first “office” was our dorm room at UNC-Charlotte and our second “office” was my mother’s basement.) It stood for Nothing But Net, because Raj and I started the company at UNC-Charlotte which, back then, was a pretty good basketball school.

Tips For Business Growth In 2014


Count Me In offers lots of resources like the upcoming Business Accelerators in Los Angeles, Detroit and Charlotte, NC, as well as free webinars and a Meet Up Groups in 12 cities across the country. By Nell Merlino, CEO of Count Me In.

Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live

Startup Lessons Learned

I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too. We struggle with this issue every year, because we strongly encourage everyone who can to participate with their local entrepreneurship community. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values.

What is Brand Identity and How To Create a Great One: A Complete Guide for Marketers and Businesses (2019)

crowdSPRING Blog

This is the most comprehensive guide online to creating a strong brand identity for your business or organization in 2019.

On getting advice

Jeff Hilimire

They saved us from making a lot of big mistakes, like the time we thought we should open a second office in Charlotte. I find that sometimes the answer is obvious, you just need someone else to tell you. This photo really captures that. Want to know if its windy? Is the rock swinging?

One of the few girls in the room: How do we accelerate equality in tech?

Version One Ventures

As my “champions” did this for me, I hope to be a champion for my nieces, Cassidy, Katelyn, Cayley and Charlotte. I’ve been wanting to write on the topic of gender for a long time now, but haven’t been able to find the words. And admittedly, I’m still trying to find my position in all this. It’s a tricky subject for me to navigate: on one hand, sharing challenges might paint me as weak, a victim, or a radical feminist (even the word “feminist” seems to have a negative connotation).

6 great athlete-entrepreneurs and what they accomplished

crowdSPRING Blog

As a brand unto himself, he not only acted as a spokesman, endorsing numerous other brands, but is also the owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, which he bought for around $175 million in 2010. We all have a great deal to learn as entrepreneurs and we look in many directions for inspiration.