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About Alec Synnestvedt

Executive Director at Verge. Circle city enthusiast. Connector of dots and people. Writer of songs, non/fiction and, I hope, the future.
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About Alec Synnestvedt

Executive Director at Verge. Circle city enthusiast. Connector of dots and people. Writer of songs, non/fiction and, I hope, the future.

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Step Back to Move Forward

It’s a difficult notion to comprehend, and an even harder realization to experience at a personal level: sometimes, the path to progress requires us to pause, assess the path we’re on, and decide that the best move forward might be an entirely new one.  And when we’re pushing in multiple directions at once, the knowledge […]

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Two Companies to Watch: DCODIA and Social Sweepster

Camera and image-based technologies are at the core of two Verge startup companies. And, while their businesses couldn’t be more different, both founders draw from close personal experiences to focus on a problem they know well. Both are pitching at Verge on April 24th. These startups approach interesting problems with novel solutions that are well […]

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How Passion and Prototyping Led to The Pocket Drone

Kickstarter smash hits like the Pebble Watch or Oculus Rift rise above the 59,000 other funded projects on the platform because they carry a certain polish, a “finished” feel, that backers love to buy into. The Pocket Drone was one of those blockbuster projects. The team behind The Pocket Drone, AirDroids, raised $929,212 on a […]

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Winning Startup Trade Show Ideas from The Innovation Showcase

It’s been a big year for Santiago Jaramillo and the BlueBridge Digital team. The kind of year that landed him on the Inc. 30 under 30 list. A year ago, BlueBridge had fifteen clients and three employees. They now have over 110 clients and more than fifteen employees, but that’s only the beginning–with plans to add […]

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Case Study: Digital Relevance on Navigating Startup Acquisitions

When an entrepreneur takes to the stage or the web to tell their story, it’s often because they have  achieved a major milestone or recently had a big win. This is, of course, fitting–we can learn a lot about what it takes to succeed by studying each other’s successes. By sharing what works at conferences, […]

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Startup Investor Insights: Elevate Ventures’ Ting Gootee

When you score as much as the Seahawks did in the Super Bowl, the way people refer to you starts to change. They call you things like “dominant,” “effective,” and “the best.”  Elevate Ventures has been called many of those things. That’s why I was so excited to hear what Elevate Ventures’ Vice President of […]

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Intrapreneurship Case Study: Angie’s List and SnapFix

Get your company acquired and have yourself a nice little exit. That’s the dream of many startup founders, and it’s a fine goal.  But that’s the problem with goals. There’s no clear next step. So if you get acquired, the real question is this: what comes next? I got a chance to chat with Oren […]

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One Startup’s Journey to Revolutionize Professional Development & Recruitment

It’s no secret that the video game industry is now twice as large as Hollywood, thanks largely to the Millennial Generation. It’s also no secret that the rising Millennial generation in the United States is facing employment challenges that few have faced before. And the problem isn’t because they’re playing too many video games. As […]

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Four Founders (and Their Businesses) You Should Get to Know

Four Startups to Celebrate Learning from the Verge Stage At the end of the year, it’s common (and, in fact, highly advisable) to take pause and reflect on what you have accomplished over the past year and what you hope to achieve over the next one. As the Verge community prepares for 2014, we’re coming […]

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Founder Stories: Lessons Learned from a Startup for Startups

He was knee deep in it. And it was from his unique vantage point, squarely in the middle of the action, that Nathan Beckord’s wheels started turning. Beckord was an investment banker during the dot com boom, and through his consulting work with startups, he recognized the passion he had for guiding young companies to […]

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