Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus


Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to Columbus, Ohio, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch. Austin lost its bid to become the winner of $50 million in prizes in the Smart City Challenge from the U.S.

Startup Accelerator/Funding Opportunity: AEP’s IlluminationLAB

The Startup Magazine

Based at AEP headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, USA, the Lab will accelerate startups by collaborating on use cases and trialing products at scale.

Innovation and Implementation at BMW’s Collaboration Lab

The Startup Magazine

This ten-week program, based at the Americas Regional Services Center in Columbus, Ohio, enables startups to trial their products at scale, network with industry experts, receive mentoring from the leadership team of the BMW Group Financial Services NA and access funding from L Marks.

Win8 like a first time visit to WalMart

deal architect

My friend Louis Columbus tells me Microsoft has bought into “Personas” in its development philosophy simulating how different roles navigate its software. I have been playing with my Win8 Ultrabook for the last week, gradually exploring its features. I think

4 Ways Workers Benefit From Shared Innovative Office Space


Her management company’s multifamily division oversees several Columbus communities, including The Deco, a mixed use community which opened this past summer and The Olympic Indoor Tennis Club. Recently, Zimmerman Katz cofounded Versa LLC , a provider of shared work space in Columbus, Ohio.

7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new business is not a job, but an adventure into the unknown, similar to Columbus setting out to find the New World. As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?”

The Annual Dinner

Feld Thoughts

We are staying at Columbus Circle so this year Joanne picked something within walking distance for us. After spending most of the day at littleBits yesterday, I finished it with an annual tradition that is one of my favorites.

TSYS Acquires NetSpend of Austin for $1.4 billion


The deal calls for TSYS, based in Columbus, Georgia, to pay $16 in cash for each share of NetSpend common stock. TSYS announced plans to acquire Austin-based NetSpend for $1.4 billion. Netspend, founded in 1999, sells prepaid debit cards and other financial services to customers without bank accountants in the United States. NetSpend, which sells [.] The post TSYS Acquires NetSpend of Austin for $1.4 billion appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

How To Prepare Your Nearby Homeless Population For The Job World


These could include more traditional ones like soccer, which is a universally acknowledged game, or you could make the most of innovations like the Columbus OH Escape Room , where you can play hands-on games to crack the code.

NYEBN Startup Pitch Series 5 @ Samsung Experience

David Teten

I hope you’ll join us at the upcoming NYEBN Startup Pitch Series 5 at Samsung Experience, Columbus Circle, next May 26. Startups: Dan Kurani – CEO @ Ben Lang – Co-Founder @ Ellie Cachette - Founder/CEO @ Locke Raper – Co-Founder @ Panel: David Teten – Chairman @ Harvard Business School Angels New York & CEO @ Navon Partners.

Future of Commerce and Retail Hot Takes With Web Smith

Hunter Walker

I’ve been fortunate enough to hang virtually with Web Smith for the last few years which has exposed me to sharp thinking about brands, retail, parenting and, uniquely in my echo chamber, Columbus, Ohio. Soon after, our family moved to Columbus, Ohio for my marketing position at Rogue.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 45: Dan Miller and Brian Zuercher

Steve Blank

Actively involved in the local startup community, Brian is a Startup Weekend Columbus host and MC at the monthly morning pitch event for entrepreneurs, WakeUp StartUp. I always told myself that I would stop pushing forward when there was an overwhelming force from the outside saying that this is not working. But even when I reached that point, I continued to try to brute force it into existence. I wound up losing a lot.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 45: Dan Miller and Brian Zuercher

Steve Blank

Actively involved in the local startup community, Brian is a Startup Weekend Columbus host and MC at the monthly morning pitch event for entrepreneurs, WakeUp StartUp. I always told myself that I would stop pushing forward when there was an overwhelming force from the outside saying that this is not working. But even when I reached that point, I continued to try to brute force it into existence. I wound up losing a lot.

Flippable: One of the New Progressive Organizations You Should Know

Hunter Walker

It turns out my moment of need came sooner than expected – an hour later, after my colleagues were already on the road back to Columbus, I discovered that my car had been towed. November 9th was a tough day.

Life, Death And Gold: Remembering The Panic Of 1857


Over 128 years later, the gold was recovered by a diving team — the Columbus-America Discovery Group of Ohio. by Cara Wick, President of Wick Financial.

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An update on Kai

Jeff Hilimire

One of his big joys when we have to go to Columbus, Ohio, for his surgeries is to get the smiley-face pancakes. Photo: That’s Kai on the left, and my two daughters with him on the right. I’ve shared on this blog before about my youngest son, Kai, who we adopted from China three years ago. He has some serious medical issues which my wife chronicles on her blog, My Kid Circus.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I like what Cardinal Health and Crimson Cup are doing in Columbus, OH with offsite innovation spaces. Off-Site Innovation can indeed spur creativity. I like the attention they’ve paid to team diversity and on a customer-centered process.

Startups On Startups: Entrepreneurs Reveal Best Advice For Building A Business


Columbus is the fastest-growing city in the country for Startup Activity, and we’re seeing first-hand the growing number of entrepreneurs in the Midwest. By Tom Walker, president & CEO of Rev1 Ventures.

A sign that mobile payments are coming

Jeff Hilimire

However, thanks to Mr. Jobs and the folks at Square , I had an awesome experience recently in a cab in Columbus, OH. Typically the cab drivers I get aren’t incredibly, how shall I put it… technologically advanced.

The Importance Of Customer Feedback


The Waterworks has been honored as the #1 plumbing service in Columbus, and is the largest plumbing and HVAC service in all of Central Ohio. By David Specht, CEO and Owner of The Waterworks.

60 in 60: Bike to Brewster Saturday

This is going to be BIG.

I'm going to leave from the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park (not in the park, just outside) at 11AM sharp. (So It's supposed to be 60 degrees on Saturday and probably one of the last great biking days of the year, so I'm going to do head about 60 miles (ok, so 58.6) up to Brewster, NY using the South Country, North County and Putnam bike trails. So if you want to join, come a few min early.).

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 20: Nayeem Hussain and Will Zell

Steve Blank

Will : Yes, (although)… Columbus, Ohio, has come a long ways, frankly, from a venture perspective. Drive Capital came in (to Columbus). Your product and company vision needs to match your appetite for funding.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

Cincinnati, NEO HQ, 3700 Park 42 Dr Cleveland Columbus Oklahoma: Tulsa Pennsylvania: Lititz Philadelphia Puerto Rico: San Juan South Dakota: Sioux Falls Texas: Austin: Tech Ranch Austin, 9111 Jollyville Rd. 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.

Cash Flow 101: Growing Your Business

Up and Running

Take a look at Whence, an Ohio-based startup that specializes in same-day delivery in the Columbus area. (Note: This is the fifth and final installment in our “Cash Flow 101” series. Click the links to read the first, second, third, and fourth articles in the series.). Congratulations!

The Future of Brick and Mortar

This is going to be BIG.

I wouldn't be surprised if starts thinking about community centers for hosting Meetups--the Knights of Columbus/VFW 2.0. As we prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I think a lot about the future of the physical retail landscape.

Software Eating Industries

Mucker Lab

These entrepreneurs and companies are just as likely to be found on University Ave in Palo Alto as they are in mid-market industrial towns like Columbus, Pittsburg, Chicago, and even Los Angeles.

2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups


Ohio TechAngels (Columbus). This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America. Access to our 2010 and 2011 surveys can be found at 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Investor Groups. We received data from thirty groups of the fifty angel groups from whom we requested data. For the first time, we asked for data from specific business sectors, as follows: All pre-revenue deals.

Urban Technology: The Business of Smart Cities

The Startup Magazine

Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge, a $50 million grant prize that went to Columbus, Ohio, in 2016. Smart cities are a new approach to urban development.

[Review] Go For It!: A Practical Guide To Success For Everyone


Christopher Columbus set out to find a faster route to the rich trade goods of the Indies by sailing westward with the intent of making it around the world. I’m usually very wary of any book that claims of being a guide to success. But “ Go For It!

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Ohio Innovation, Gonzeaux #3 — Avoiding a Beating in Over-the-Rhine

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The urban neighbourhoods in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, to name a few, are all desperate places with large numbers of unemployed. Cincinnati, Ohio — Wednesday May 9, Gonzeaux #3.

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23 Entrepreneurs Explain Their Motivation or if ‘Motivation is Garbage’


Could Columbus reach America without motivation? Someone will ask: Could Columbus reach America without the team? Every Monday we have our Monday Morning Motivation. This week is a little different.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Menlo Park and The Silicon Valley Renaissance


Tom from Omaha, Nebraska, shared an update about what is going on in that part of the world, as did other audience members from New York City, Israel, and Columbus, Ohio. In fact, Spencer Bardsley from Columbus, Ohio, pitched Wha' the.? -

Small Business Story – Granola Snacks

Up and Running

In the middle of this, they realized they wanted to relocate and in their research, realized Columbus, Ohio had stimulus money still available to small businesses. We were approved to apply for the money from the city of Columbus! As the song goes, it’s not easy being green.

Unlocking the potential for Big Data in 2014

The Next Web

Let’s not forget that Columbus wasn’t setting out for America! Martina King is the CEO of Featurespace where she is responsible for the strategic direction and corporate vision at the company. A popular internet meme goes something like this: ‘It’s 2013: where’s my flying car?’

2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups


Columbus. During the summer of 2010, I developed a workshop, A New ACEF Valuation Workshop for Angels and Entrepreneurs. To provide some reference points, I surveyed thirteen angels groups in North American to determine their recent experience in negotiating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies. See the 2010 data reported here: Current Pre-money Valuations of Pre-revenue Companies.

4 ways great customer service will grow your business

The Next Web

Jackthreads , a men’s fashion retailer based in Columbus, OH pulls most of its customer service agents from among Ohio State University students, to great success.

OSU President Calls for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Public Universities

Campus Entrepreneurship

Anyone in Columbus want to weight in? Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State University has an interesting piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education calling for more innovative and entrepreneurial leadership at public universities. While I don’t know if this is dramatically new (See Kerr, Bok, Etzkowitz), it appears that years of slow growth and weak state finances have forced Gee to rethink what he and his university do.

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Social is not a job for specialists anymore

Jeff Hilimire

I saw this sign on Swanny’s door (Steve leads client services at Engauge ) while in our Columbus office this week and I had to grab a picture of it.

10 Best Cities in the United States for Startups and Entrepreneurs (2018)

crowdSPRING Blog

Columbus, OH. Silicon Valley has dominated the U.S. startup ecosystem for many decades. Despite repeated efforts, only a few cities outside the Valley (New York and Boston) have historically had the critical mix of VC funding, network, and talent to fuel vibrant startup centers.

Getting into the hot deals before they're hot

This is going to be BIG.

Feels like a Columbus discovering the New World story. Yesterday, I saw this tweet come across my screen. The venture capital game has become about branding yourself so you can get into a handful of hot deals." -- @Naval on stage with @Jason. — Brian Alvey (@brianalvey) November 10, 2013. This feels like a West Coast mentality, because deals seem to feel "hot" more often out there--I believe because of founder pedigree.

Twitter Link Roundup #162 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Ad agencies are discovering products like Columbus discovered America - [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

So I wasn’t able to go to SXSW…

Jeff Hilimire

All services and all offices (we have offices in Atlanta, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Austin and Orlando). I had planned to go to SXSW this year. In fact, I had planned to go to every SXSW for the rest of time as soon as I came home from last year’s SXSW.

We all have a superpower

Jeff Hilimire

I was in a cab on Monday heading to the Columbus, Ohio, airport and the cab driver was telling me how he wanted to quit his job and start a company. I believe we all have a “superpower,” no matter how niche or small it may seem.