What should a startup do to prepare for crowdfunding?

If you are thinking about using the crowd to fund your startup, you might want to think carefully about why, how and when. Until SEC does finally promulgate the JOBS act regulations, it is mostly illegal. Even when the final rules will be publicized, it still may not be very … Read More

How to Start Your Startup as a Non-Technical Founder

As a non-technical founder of a software company, there are multiple ways to communicate what you want and how you want your app to work to software engineers and developers. In order to increase the likelihood of success, the goal is to make sure they know exactly what you want, … Read More

The Value Of An Entrepreneur In Residence

Entrepreneurs jumping into STL’s startup space bring with them skill, passion and determination to see their companies and ideas succeed. But while passion may keep them going, often the guidance and advice of someone who has been through it all before is the most important piece of the puzzle. As … Read More

What’s Next?

You’ve graduated from ITEN’s Mock Angel Program having refined your business model and your investor pitch. The key question now—the one that has haunted you since you began your entrepreneurial journey… “How will I fund this company? What’s my next step?” Good question. The St. Louis Tech Startup Community has … Read More

Song of the Swan

It’s a privilege to have been the leader of ITEN for the past 7+ years. I feel very grateful for the wonderful people I’ve been able to work with: entrepreneurs, mentors, service providers, sponsors, and the great staff and team of EIRs we’ve been able to assemble. I also feel … Read More

Mentoring: It May be Free, But it Still Takes Work!

Thanks to great organizations like ITEN and GatewayVMS there are established pools of volunteer mentors available and offering free assistance to start-up companies. I have had the fortunate experience of being on both sides of the mentoring table – as a mentee and mentor. And as you might expect, I … Read More

Thoughts on Mentorship from Entrepreneur In Residence

As of April 1, ITEN is 7 years old! What a difference in the St. Louis tech echosystem since our early days back in 2008. ITEN has interacted with over five hundred startup tech ventures in our region since inception and a few recurring questions always come up from our … Read More

Avoiding the IT rust belt

Living in the Midwest, I consider what life is like in the Rust Belt, where aging manufacturing companies have come and gone. When I first moved to St. Louis, all three of the domestic car makers had plants here: now we are down to just one of them. I was … Read More

Why Bitcoin isn’t just for criminals

Most of us have lived and worked in a single country and don’t think anything of being paid in anything other than that country’s currency. But we now exist in a global village, and that means that we have choices for our money supply. This is the area that Bitcoin … Read More