Yurbuds Sale is Great for St. Louis

All of the details of Harman’s purchase of Yurbuds aren’t released yet, but we can assume that the deal is an excellent one for Yurbuds, their investors, founders, and employees.    The deal is also a great one for our region, and here’s why: 1.  Yurbuds is one of the … Read More

The 10 Hour Startup

Most of the time, you hear founders of startups talking about their great idea that is sweeping in scale and scope. But last year I went to a meetup where the exact opposite was proposed: an idea that will take you exactly 10 hours to put together: or, as the … Read More

Why New Jersey needs to slow down its traffic

It is ironic that the same thing that got Chris Christy in trouble – delaying traffic into Manhattan — is being used by others to build a multi-million business. I am talking about network traffic for stock traders. Perhaps you have seen the stories about them based on Michael Lewis’ … Read More

Where is that Next Round?

(This blog written in 2012) There’s a lot of concern about access to capital after seed round for our local tech ventures. Two years ago if someone said this would be our problem in 2012, we’d have gladly taken it. In 2010 the only game in town for any early … Read More

Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Gratitude

2011 has turned out to be a pretty incredible year for ITEN and the development of our regional IT entrepreneur ecosystem. A real turning point happened this year. I’m not sure the exact moment when it occurred, but I know when many of us recognized it: It was somewhere between … Read More

Looking Ahead in the Ecosystem

As some of you know, ITEN’s mission includes identifying gaps and finding solutions. Here are thoughts and reflections about some of the remaining gaps in entrepreneur support in our community, and what ITEN is doing to address them for tech ventures: • Funding The region’s resources have come quite far … Read More

Raising Money

This is a difficult subject and an easy one to understand at the same time. Just like so many of the challenges that confront an entrepreneur: conundrums and enigmas are everywhere. Take the issue of how you should spend your time today: refining your marketing strategy or trying to hire … Read More

What Am I Missing?

As the Director of ITEN, I am very fortunate to have a unique vantage point from which to view the emerging tech start-up scene here in the ‘Lou. I get to meet with a bunch of new start-ups nearly every month, I see companies doing their investor pitch to our … Read More

What Have We Learned?

It occurs to me that there’s not much point in going through hard times if we don’t learn the lessons that are there for the taking. It’s obvious to most who bother to notice that on the whole, we humans only make difficult changes for the better when we absolutely … Read More