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 […]
About Alec SynnestvedtExecutive Director at Verge. Circle city enthusiast. Connector of dots and people. Writer of songs, non/fiction and, I hope, the future.
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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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 […]
I just checked and there are now officially 167 great new ideas/technologies that I should be utilizing right now in my business to help it grow and become more profitable. If I wanted to add another dozen, I could just pick up the latest trade magazine. Or even check this very website. They’re all filled with […]
Sharing business “secrets” isn’t always bad for business. In fact, sometimes it’s good for business. Really good. Scott Hill and Andy Medley, who together founded PERQ as CIK enterprises in the early 200s, recently took to the Verge Pitch Night stage to launch their new brand, PERQ, and marketing technology platform, FATWIN. And while some […]
Who is crazy enough to take a business idea from concept to launch in a weekend? Lots of us, it turns out. And we have a lot to learn from them. Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event […]
When Scott Hill dipped his toe into the local startup community in 2009, the passion and entrepreneurial energy almost turned him away. “I was deep in survival mode,” he told me as we toured the freshly renovated office of his startup, PERQ. “We were in the middle of the recession, and I wasn’t having nearly […]
A company performs best when its people see themselves as partners in the business rather than as hired hands. -John Case, Inc. Magazine “Why is it that when private companies share their business data, everyone freaks out?” Scott Hill, Co-founder and CEO of PERQ, said as we examined the performance metrics plastered on a wall next to […]
When a new Y Combinator-backed private social network is interested acquiring the startup you’ve been bootstrapping for years, your ears tend to perk up. But what happens when you flip the script and end up buying that company instead? You have a very good day. One family-focused startup, eFamily.com, is looking to break the social […]
As I click my fourth YouTube link in the past hour, I realize I’m here again. With over 2,300 recorded videos of engaging performers, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of discovering new TED talk takeaways. And if you haven’t caught the TED bug yet, you soon will. The lessons to be learned […]
Everyone knows that one person that has the “it” factor. They hustle, they convince, and they close. And whether they’re raising a round for their startup or making a sale, perfecting the art of the ask is the closer’s surest path to success. So, what do we know about the […]
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