A Week of Two Fests, a Surprise Email, and Looking Ahead

To say the last few days have been incredibly productive would be an understatement, even though I haven’t spent much time in the office at all. EntreFest was the end of the pitch marathon of the last month. Flyover Fashion Fest was a fun, mind-opening experience. In addition, Team Cider Finder received an e-mail that might end … [Read more…]

Three Pitches In, and a Great Deal Learned

I never knew how exhausting giving 3 different versions of a pitch in 4 days would be. What should be cut from the longer version to give a full picture of the company in a shorter version? What do you have to keep in the 90 second elevator pitch? What do you do when you … [Read more…]

The Second Marathon Begins

A couple of months ago when I was putting together a blog post, I had mentioned that there was a lot coming up on the calendar in the spring. Well, spring is here, surreal as it seems. I’m only a couple of days away from starting the Sexy Life Pitch Tour, with stops in Iowa … [Read more…]

Birthday Parties, Major Events, and Beta Tests

I thought that the middle of winter was supposed to be the time of year when you hibernate and things slow down, recovering from the festivities in December. This really hasn’t been the case this year for me and around my house. Just a couple of years ago, during a really harsh winter, my older … [Read more…]

2016: The Year of Growth

Check out last year’s final post to see how far I’ve come since the end of 2015. It’s time to step back and reflect on the past 12 months, now that we’ve come of the end of the busiest years I’ve had since graduate school a decade ago. To write this post, I’ve gone back … [Read more…]

The Mad Dash to the End of the Year

It always seems like this time of year is the most hectic, and it always seems like I’m behind on something. This year is no exception. I wanted to get Christmas cards out this year, but it just didn’t happen. Perhaps I’ll actually get to this next year. I was at least able to finish … [Read more…]

Startup Weekend: Fashion Edition and a Great Thanksgiving

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that I absolutely love the Startup Weekend concept. I love attending Startup Weekends and I really enjoy spending an entire weekend building something from idea into an actual, possibly viable business. Add in working with a brand new team of … [Read more…]

Launching Startups, Sexy Expansion, and a Yard Full of Cats

It’s hard to believe how quickly the last three months have flown by in the Iowa Startup Accelerator. November 3 was ISA Launch Day, and this year’s cohort did a tremendous job presenting and summarizing what they’ve been working on over the course of 94 days. I popped in to work on QuickScore the day before … [Read more…]