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

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