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Matt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.
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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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How To Win During the Investment Gold Rush of the Wild Wild Midwest [VIDEO]

Back in the days of cowboys and six shooters, people started using the phrase “chomping at the bit” to describe rampant anticipation.  Sometimes a cowboy’s horse would get so excited about something that it would chew at the metallic bit in its mouth, unable to contain himself as he looked toward his next goal. Now, […]

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6 High-Growth Companies Announced for Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase is heating up, with more than $123,000 we’ll be awarding to this year’s winner. We already announced the first 3 companies accepted to showcase,, DCODIA, and Mimir, who pitched at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week. Today, we’re announcing 6 more companies that have been accepted into the 2014 Innovation Showcase on July 10…     […]

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A Lesson in Politics (and Entrepreneurship) from Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar

“Campaigns were a little bit addictive,” Miles recalled. I sat across from Mark Miles, one of the most interesting men I had ever met. As the current CEO of Hulman and Company, Miles oversees Indy Car racing and The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And as we sat in front of the Verge audience in the Speedway […]

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How to Build Confidence and Close More Deals (Like… a rockstar?)

Have you ever met a rock star? And no, I’m not talking about someone who snazzies up their resume and social profiles by self proclaiming their “rock-star” status within their industry. I mean someone really famous. Even if you haven’t met them, I bet you’ve seen them on stage. And I bet you’ve felt that […]

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