Why Meetups Matter

It’s been my pleasure to create a number of interesting events in the CT/NY region, starting with the FairCo TEEM meetup and most recently at Stamford Innovation Center. SIC was home to great encounters, many of which turned into businesses. At a minimum, we built a community of active business leaders who recognized the power[…]

Quick Note on Startup Podcasts, Incubators and Co-Working

I’ve shared with you guys my podcast obsession.  The content coming from This Week In (Jason Calconis’ media empire) is outstanding.  More on Jason here.

Jason has a few startups and is an Angel Investor out of LA.  He hosts This Week in Startups.  His interview with early Twitter investor Chris Sacca is a must watch/listen.  I usually download his content in the iPhone podcasts app, but here’s a link to the youtube interview with Sacca — amazing guy.

At the Stamford innovation Center, we recently heard a short talk by David Taten from FFVenture Partners.  David delivered an amazing talk about the value of Angel investing and how ff do their work.  On a long drive the next day, I was listening to This Week in Venture Capital, and David Taten’s partner John Frankel was the interviewee.  He’s just as smart as David.  I highly recommend watching this video or downloading the podcast via the podcast app.  I was delighted to hear Mark Suster and John Frankel vigorously agreeing on the value of the incubator  and co-working movement.  When we teach smart business people how to build startups, I truly believe we can be creating incremental jobs — and isn’t that just what our economy needs?

As David Taten very clearly pointed out — the job of large corporations is not to hire, but to get more efficient and reduce headcount.  But startups by their nature have to hire in order to gain velocity.  So here’s to more incubators, more co-working and of course more startups.

What’s the Secret to Marketing Success? Timing!…and Relevance

The data supports the smart marketers approach. About 8 years ago I was running worldwide demand generation marketing for IBM Software Group’s WebSphere Application Server and a number of related products.  Our job was to focus on the most important business problems our products solved and develop messages and campaigns that would drive a potential[…]

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