A Joke Turned Into a Multi-Million Dollar Business: Interview with Omar Tayeb of Blippar

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / March 4, 2014

Knock knock. Who’s there? Blippar. Blippar who? Blippar, a startup that spun out of a joke to amass millions of users and bring static content to life.  It wasn’t a knock-knock joke, but a silly challenge between friends that brought the queen on a ten pound note to life, which later would be developed into Blippar.  CTO and Co-founder Omar Tayeb describes Blippar as an “Image and object…

Tackling the Question of Valuation for Seed-Stage Startups

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / February 4, 2014

How much should I raise? How expensive are your experiments? In any startup, there are huge risks in your future. Your job as a seed-stage company is to identify the biggest risks and tackle them first. Money doesn’t buy you a ticket around these risks. Instead, fundraising allows your team to build experiments that attempt to solve these challenges. At LabDoor, the most expensive part of our early…

4 Companies Who Foster Innovation

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / January 30, 2014

Do You Know How To Make Your Teams Innovate? Most organizations realize that in today’s competitive world simply plodding on and delivering more of the same will only get you so far. If you keep on producing the same products and services, year on year, with minimal development, sooner rather than later, a new disruptive player will enter the market and eat your lunch. There’s no doubt, that…

An Open Door: Young Entrepreneur Interview with KeyMe’s Greg Marsh

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / January 2, 2014

Ever been locked out of your house or apartment?  If you’re anything like me or Greg Marsh’s wife, you have…often.  After several costly and lengthy lockouts, Greg took the problem of getting locked out and created an effective solution – KeyMe.  KeyMe is a mobile app that allows you to digitally store your key information for free.  Instead of paying hundreds of dollars and spending several hours locked…

The Financial Side of the Startup – Interview with Lili Balfour

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / December 10, 2013

Raising startup capital can be tricky.  Many startups fail before getting started because of financial limitations.  Despite the need of many young companies, banks aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to work with 20-30 year olds with a new business idea.  Due to the volatile nature of a startup and high failure rate, there is a substantial level of risk for banks working with early-stage companies. This risk…

Which High-Rising Startup Do You Love Best?

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / November 1, 2013

According to Silicon Valley Business Journal, this is the list of the top ten most buzz-filled and momentum-driving startups. Accelerator/incubator programs are seeing more and more SaaS firms. They’re easy to set up with a handful of people and are rapidly scalable (just don’t lose momentum!). But are we seeing too many of these kinds of businesses? How long until the market is saturated with too many custom-built…

Solving Arguments through the Power of the Crowd: Interview with Imagoo Founder & CEO Mickey Hernandez

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / September 13, 2013

Only 12 credits short of graduating from UNLV with a degree in economics, Imagoo CEO Mickey Hernandez is in no hurry to graduate.  “On my lunch break I run over to school to take a class and head back over to work for the rest of the day.” The 22 year-old has always wanted to create his own ‘baby,’ and has done just that with photo comparison app…

Investability of a Startup: Interview with BoxGroup’s David Tisch

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / August 27, 2013

David Tisch’s entrepreneurial journey started like many children’s – buying and selling baseball cards.  Setting up a table at trade shows turned into selling cards online in the late 90’s.   Although the bulk of his baseball card collection no longer exists due to a busted pipe in his parents’ basement, David and BoxGroup co-founder Adam Rothenberg are collecting something else – investments in startups.  In just three and…

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