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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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SXSWdirectoryMatt Hunckler

New Site Launch: Indiana by SXSW

Whether or not you’re bound for Austin in March, you’re going to love this. In less than a week, a simple idea materialized into a useful tool for tech geeks going to SXSW. After putting out a late-afternoon poll let Friday, the wheels started turning. Through a collaboration between SmallBox Web, KA+A and Verge, we […]

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ChristopherDayInvestmentBankerMatt Hunckler

From Slopping Hogs to Serial Entrepreneurship [Video Interview]

“You’ve been the founder of how many companies?” I asked. “You know, I was thinking about that before this—technically it was six.” That’s how I knew we were in for a good discussion. I’ve known Christopher Day, or “Toph” as he likes to be called, for over a year now but I still learn something […]

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Matt Hunckler

Friday Poll: Are You Going to SXSW?

It’s about that time of year again. Geeks from around the world are gearing up for the biggest startup event in the U.S. — South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. Southby madness takes over Austin, Texas once each year and the event continues to grow. It’s an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what’s new and […]

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StartupWeekend_IdeasMatt Hunckler

The Five Steps to Launching a Product In Less Than 3 Days

I don’t have enough capital. I don’t have that perfect idea yet. I don’t know enough about the market. We’ve all heard excuses like these. But there’s one thing that truly holds us all back from launching our next big thing. It holds us back because it’s the only resource we have that is not […]

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CustomerFeedbackSystemsMatt Hunckler

5 Must-Have Customer Feedback Systems for Your Startup

Startup Customer Feedback Systems: Mark Cuban says, “Don’t listen to your customers.” I say that’s silly. If you close yourself off from a stream of information, you’re doing yourself and your business a disservice. All people have blind spots, and customers are great at pointing them out. But if you quickly acknowledge and repair your […]

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SproutBoxMatt Hunckler

Why SproutBox Thinks the Midwest Is Good for Startups

In an industry that has roots in Silicon Valley, can the Midwest even hold a candle to the West Coast? I caught up with SproutBox co-founder, Brad Wisler, hot off the heels of the first successful exit of one of their “sprouts,” MyJibe. We had a chance to talk about what makes the Midwest a good […]

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Steve Blank’s New BookMatt Hunckler

Friday Poll: Will You Read Steve Blank’s New Book?

He wrote what some consider to be “the Bible” of starting up. His decade-old book, Four Steps to the Epiphany is still quoted referenced and re-spun into movements like the Lean Startup. But the retired serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is about to release a book the he hopes will replace his breakthrough book. Steve Blank’s […]

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Startup Advice from David BeckerMatt Hunckler

Startup Advice Video: David Becker, Founder of First Internet Bank

David and I have a couple of things in common. We both have a passion for entrepreneurship, and we both started our “professional” careers with paper routes. But, David Becker has experienced so much more than I. You see, David is what you would call a bit of a “serial entrepreneur.” He’s founded some of […]

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PatentStatus-LogoMatt Hunckler

How PatentStatus Scored Big During The Super Bowl

I have to say I’m a bit jealous of James. He lived it up like a VIP at last week’s Super Bowl activities and he earned a ton of media attention for his new startup, PatentStatus. But it’s hard not to root for the guy. James Burnes hustles harder than a lot of entrepreneurs that […]

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Private-Meeting-at-SpeakEasyMatt Hunckler

A Look Inside the Private Meeting of Midwest Startup Movers and Shakers [Video]

Amid the excitement of last week’s Indianapolis Super Bowl, two dozen of the Midwest’s highest profile entrepreneurs and investors made the time to meet privately at the newly-minted Speak Easy in Indianapolis. We were able to sneak a camera within the sliding doors of the conference room where the group gathered for a intimate discussion […]

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