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. Columbus beat Austin, Denver, Portland, Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh and San Francisco to win the first […] The post Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus appeared first on SiliconHills. 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. Successful candidates will be co-located at AEP offices in Columbus, Ohio and will access data, gather insights and aim to test their products/services in live customer environments.


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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. The BMW Collaboration Lab will be based primarily at BMW Group Financial Services offices in Columbus Ohio.

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

Sense Corp. Moves Headquarters to Austin From St. Louis


It also has operations in Dallas, Houston, Columbus, and Minneapolis. A consulting company focused on data and artificial intelligence, Sense Corp., is moving its corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Austin. The company, founded in 1996, already had an office in Austin.

7 Questions To Test Your Potential As An Entrepreneur

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?”

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.

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. by April Zimmerman Katz, president of the Zimmerman Companies and co-founder of Versa LLC.

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

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.

7 Critical Questions Before You Become an Entrepreneur

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 obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

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. As far as underestimations go, I’d recommend that people take a look at what’s been built in Columbus. When a guy has the Twitter handle @web , that makes you want to learn more.

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. I needed a ride from Cleveland to Columbus, and back again to Cleveland, to get the right papers to retrieve my car from the tow lot. Over hours of car trips, and over a final team drink in Columbus, we talked about what had happened to our country and what we needed to do to change it.

How Female Entrepreneurs Are Redefining the Business Culture Worldwide

Women Entrepreneurs Can

For instance, the talented and creative Jeni Britton Bauer, also the keeper of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, based in Columbus, Ohio, has more than 15 ice cream shops across the country. The society we live in today is constantly evolving.

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. There are many debates surrounding what you can do to help the local homeless find a new meaning to life and get back on their feet, and while it is great to do your bit, it is widely acknowledged that not everyone has the time to spare to help those in need.

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. The New York branch of the Cincinnati-based Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company failed in late August 1857, felled by an embezzlement scandal. Reports of financial instability in New York quickly carried between cities by the new telecommunications medium, the telegraph , which spread more fear than information.

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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. And know that just because a venture failed doesn’t mean that you’re a failure.

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.

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. But as any small business owner knows, it’s not just about the idea, or even the product. Startups today need to ensure they build a strong foundation from the beginning to allow them to grow into a successful and sustainable business.

7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Best Practices Construction Law

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 obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that.

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. In the plumbing industry, the majority of our clients are not having the greatest day when they’re calling for our services.

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. At 6:45pm Amy and I met Joanne Wilson , Fred Wilson , Matt Blumberg , and Mariquita Blumberg at Marea for dinner. Fred and I are both on the board of Return Path , the company Matt has been running since he co-founded it in 1999.

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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.

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. Like, most of them have phones that I haven’t seen since the show 90210.

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. As I walk around my neighborhood in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, I count every storefront whose products or services could be better delivered over the internet. The count is unfortunately high.

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. A little more than one year ago, Marc Andreessen wrote a seminal piece which has defined venture investing and entrepreneurship since.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley

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. P&G’s Innovation Gym is another great dedicated off-site innovation space. I think these organizations are doing the right thing — for their contexts and purposes. Yes… AND, .

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.? - During this week's roundtable, we started off by discussing the pre-incubation procedure we are recommending with audience members from different parts of the world.

[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! ” by John Tassone , a straight-talking, shoot-from-the-hip kind entrepreneur in the insurance industry, was seriously an enjoyable read.

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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?’

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. Instead of having a motivational video or quote, we asked entrepreneurs what they believe helps them stay motivated or if motivation is even a real thing like Mel Robbins said. #1 1 – Motivation is Garbage. Image Credit: Will Mitchell. I believe that motivation is garbage.

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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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. Jordy Leiser is co-founder and CEO of StellaService , a company that independently monitors and rates the customer service performance of online retailers. .

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.

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. After one of the prettiest drives you can imagine through southern Indiana east into Ohio, I find myself this morning in the very urban, once blighted, “Over-The-Rhine” neighbourhood of Cincinnati. This is clearly an Ohio innovation success story, in more ways than one.

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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. Well, it’s not easy being the Technical Support guy either.

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. They hope to “solve tangled and wicked problems inherited in the rapid urbanization,” according to research from the Center for Technology in Government at the State University of New York at Albany. Rapid urbanization is a crisis.

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.

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! Now that you’ve solved your cash flow problems, it’s time to figure out how exactly you want to approach growing your business.

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.

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. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

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. Also I should point out that Swanny is the only person I know that doesn’t have a desk you can sit at in his office. It’s a standing desk. It’s fantastic. Although I will never have an office again , if I did, I’d try a standing desk so that I’d never find myself just sitting in my office all day.