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Nick Wangler

The Overlooked Pitch – Your Online Presence

Today’s post comes from Nick Wangler, a recent addition to DeveloperTown. Every two weeks, Nick will be sharing stories of DeveloperTown startups and the lessons we can learn from them. Today, he’s introducing us to the overlooked pitch – our online presence. You know those videos where celebrities read angry tweets about themselves? If you […]

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Tim Hickle

Using Data to Change an Industry: The felix + iris Story

We live in an era where “big data” is more of a buzzword than a business tool, especially for a small or medium-sized team. Solving problems with data is a noble, if cumbersome, task and many teams just aren’t up for it. The team at One Click Ventures, however, isn’t built like most teams. As […]

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Tim Hickle

Save the Date: Verge Wants You to Get Connected

It feels like every month, there’s another big acquisition in the Indianapolis tech community. Hell, most times it’s a member of the Verge community getting acquired. As a tech entrepreneur, you can’t help but think about what that negotiation looks like. Personally, I do mock buy-out talks every morning in the shower. I think if you […]

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Matt Hunckler

3 Pitching Mistakes That Make You Sound “Salesy”

“Draw a line down the center of the paper,” said Mr. Brown. We were on the third hour of back and forth and Brown wasn’t ready to let go without pulling out all the stops. “Now on the left side of the paper, write ‘Reasons For,’ and on the right side, write the word ‘Reasons […]

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The YEC

The Top Qualities to Look for in Your Very First Hire

Your company is up and running – or at least crawling – and now you get to hire your first employee. You’ve probably worked with a lot of people, maybe you’ve even hired a few, but this is a whole new ball game. This person is patient zero of your startup. You need to make […]

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Tim Flint

How NOT To Be An Email Spammer

People often ask Greg Kraios, Founder of 250ok: Why is there spam? He knows that the answer is simply “because it’s profitable…If it didn’t make money, people wouldn’t do it.” Kraios spoke at the August Smartups event about the ins and outs of email marketing. He told of his days at ExactTarget and how spam […]

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The YEC

15 Books That Will Change the Way You Run Your Business

It’s the most common question many successful entrepreneurs receive… What are you reading?  15 entrepreneurs across the nation share the books that changed their businesses forever. What’s one book every entrepreneur should pick up today? What was your big takeaway from it? 1. “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande In this fascinating book, Atul Gawande talks about […]

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matchboxTim Hickle

Three Essential Items Every Startup Needs to Value

If you’re in the loop with the Verge Startup family, you’ve probably gotten to know our buddy, Chris Palmer, pretty well. In addition to pitching on the Verge Indy stage and his presence at the Innovation Showcase, Chris won the Startup Chile pitch competition and was just named Techpoint’s “2014 Rising Star.” Between Foxio and […]

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seed-funding-mistakesMatt Hunckler

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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Jenny Vance

How to Scale Sales Without Adding Headcount

Start-up companies often face a classic catch-22: they need to invest in a sales team to generate revenue but lack the funds for hiring more reps. What most companies fail to realize is that they already have the right staff; it’s their processes that are dragging them down. Let me give you an example. While […]

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