From Basement to Center Stage – Interview with Glamour Kills Founder Mark Capicotto

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / June 4, 2014

Glamour Kills embraces the spirit of the underdog, from their flying pig logo to the humble beginnings of the brand. Nearly a decade after their start, this alternative fashion brand has gone from the basement to the center stage. Mark Capicotto started doing freelance art designs of CD covers, t-shirts, and logos for friends’ bands while in High School. In his parents basement in New York with a…

Best Meetups in NYC

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 17, 2014

Don’t be scared of meeting complete strangers because they might be just the people you need to meet. Why? Well, for one, you get to see what cool new things people with similar interests to you are doing. From getting to attend cool seminars to meeting potential leaders in your field, you’ll find so many opportunities here. Clearly, meetups are the place to be. We, at Fueled, found…

The Benefits of Co-Working

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / October 21, 2013

When my business partner and I founded our company ‘ZinePak in 2011, there was no immediate need for an office. We design and create custom entertainment packages for celebrities. In the beginning, we needed no equipment, no staff, and no permanent location. Working from home seemed like the logical (not to mention fiscally responsible!) thing to do. We took turns working from each others’ living rooms, making a…

Learn From the Best: 38 Awesome NYC Companies Looking for Apprentices

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 24, 2013

Looking for some real world experience at awesome companies? There is a new program run by Enstitute that might be just want you’re looking for. This program is not meant to replace a college degree but can be used to supplement one and open doors to new opportunities. Enstitute pairs students or apprentices, ages 18 to 24, with startup founders. The tuition is $1,500 each year but accepted applicants do receive a paycheck that helps cover…

Eight More NYC Young Entrepreneurs to Keep an Eye On!

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews / September 21, 2012

Continuing on with a review of the awesome young NYC entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed over the past several months, I’m happy to share this second half of my list with you. Once again, I was struck by the diversity in ideas and vision that continue to make New York such a vibrant and exciting city to launch new businesses and other innovative projects. Avi Millman CEO and Co-founder of…

Balazs Alexa and DateMySchool.com – Helping Students Find the Right Dates

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Startup Advice / May 25, 2012

What do you get when two Columbia Business School grad students apply their tech and business savvy to the age old problem of finding the right girl to date? You get DateMySchool.com. Co-founders Balazs Alexa and Jean Meyer got the idea for this innovative online dating service for college students and alumni, when they realized that they weren’t the only ones frustrated by how difficult it was to…

Internet Week NY: Why Being a Good Executive has Nothing to Do with Being a Woman

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 24, 2012

On Tuesday May 15th, a panel event was hosted at New York Internet Week HQ in Soho, Manhattan, titled “Why Being a Good Executive has Nothing to do with Being a Woman”. Panelists included: Hayley Barna, Founder & Co-CEO, Birchbox Sharon Feder, COO/Publisher, Mashable Catherine Levene, Co-Founder & CEO, Artspace Caren Maio, CEO, Nestio Alexa Von Tobel, Founder & CEO, LearnVest.com Laurie Segall, Tech Reporter, CNNMoney was the…

Alex Torrenegra Secret to Success – Amazing People

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Startup Advice / May 21, 2012
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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Torrenegra, the founder of Torrenegra Labs, a suite of online marketplaces and companies. Part development laboratory, part accelerator, Torrenegra Labs has overseen the creation and or development of 16 different companies, in fields ranging from travel and booking to voice-over talent and translation services. Born into humble beginnings in Bogota, Colombia, Alex got his start in business at the…

Job Hunting? 1,000 Plus Tech Jobs in NYC

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 16, 2012

As part of Internet Week New York, Mayor Bloomberg and NY Digital released a map of the city highlighting over 500 of the cities startups, investors and co-working spaces. This is part of the cities effort to brand itself as an innovation hub. Just last week the “New Tech City” report was released highlighting New York’s growth in the tech sector over the past 5 years. The map…

Lily Liu and PublicStuff: Transforming How We Talk to Local Governments

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Startup Advice / May 14, 2012

Sometimes a new technology has the power to transform an entire sector. This is what co-founders Lily Liu and Vincent Polidoro are working to do with their company, PublicStuff. Their powerful product uses internet and mobile phone technology to facilitate local and state government’s ability to respond efficiently to citizen issues and concerns ranging from potholes to wild animals. By automating both reporting and response functions, they have…