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About Matt Hunckler

Matt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.
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About Matt Hunckler

Matt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.

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Matt Hunckler

How To Re-Invest In Midwest Startups

Indiana and the surrounding Midwest has an exciting history of software entrepreneurship. Large sales of companies like Software Artistry and Baker Hill in Indianapolis, and Resite in Bloomington, started a movement that has snowballed into a powerful Midwest startup community. In this interview from the The Innovation Showcase, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the […]

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What’s the Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching for Seed Funding?

Seed funding isn’t easy to come by, especially when most founders handicap themselves from the get-go. Despite the wealth of knowledge online and platforms like Angel List and Gust, I hear that founders still make the same mistakes over and over. So, I asked several experienced investors from around the United States: What are the biggest mistakes founders […]

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When to Raise Seed Capital (and how to spend it)

Angel has been a member of the Verge community since I can remember. When he first pitched at Verge back in 2010 with his original idea for Smarter Remarketer, he was ready to raise seed capital.  Since then, Angel Morales has grown Smarter Remarketer beyond  his original prototype and grand ambitions. They’ve grown a huge team […]

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Learn this Sales Secret from the Philippines to Earn More (and be happier!)

“Salamat, po!” That’s what the street vendors say here in the Philippines after they close a sale. I’m in heaven over here in Manila, where I get to practice my negotiating skills. Something fresh stimulates my brain each time I buy something in this haggling environment. Whether you sell services, software or other products in […]

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How to Get Seed Funding: Do This First

Want to get seed funding for your startup? You won’t get very far if you spend all of your time developing your pitch. “Too many founders put all of the focus on pitching their project and not on building a relationship,” says Gerry Hays, co-founder and managing partner of Slane Capital. And I hate to […]

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Why Your Business will Insanely Benefit from Entrepreneurial Travel

I hit publish on this post from Terminal A in the Indianapolis International Airport. My sleepless night filled my suitcase and prepped my place for sublet (thanks, Airbnb). Now that the journey has officially begun, let me tell you how I came to be venturing off to the tropics for two months. “I’m thinking about […]

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When to Quit: Why It’s Good to Live Life Like a Lean Startup

Six months ago, I quietly left my role leading product and marketing at a startup. Social Reactor received most of my energy, focus, and time in 2013. And it’s taken the past half of a year to find the perspective on what made it an exceptional learning experience and why parting ways was the right […]

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How Do You Balance the “Infinite Task” of Entrepreneurship?

“It’s an infinite task,” Miles said. I reflected on my own work experience as I sat across from Mark Miles, CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. And I could relate. There’s no “going home at the end of the day,” for most entrepreneurs. Our brain never fully shuts off and lets us rest. […]

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What Can We Learn from 500 Leaders and Their Four Days in Downtown Las Vegas?

Last week I let all of my calls go to voicemail and checked my inbox at a record-low once per day. That’s how I got myself free to have a series of freak experiences at the largest gathering of startup community leaders on the planet—the UP Summit, presented by UP Global. With more than 500 […]

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An Unforgettable Lesson from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh in Downtown Las Vegas [Video]

The first time I visited downtown Las Vegas was in 2011. And I didn’t go there for the gambling. A fortunate friend was building something that pulled me from Indianapolis to see “Old Vegas” in person. Such is the magnetic magic of Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh… Tony Hsieh and His Recipe for Building Community It […]

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