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LuckyOrangeAlec Synnestvedt

Lucky Orange Hopes to Get Lucky at Tech Cocktail Celebrate

How One Tech Startup Prepares for Vegas Conference For the past year, Tech Cocktail has been scouring the nation for America’s best startups, and over 40 of their favorites will vie for the Tech Cocktail Chalice at Celebrate. Celebrate is expecting over 500 attendees and will feature pitches, a hackathon, and some great keynotes, and one of the […]

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CelebrateTim Hickle

How One Midwest Startup Prepares for Tech Cocktail Celebrate

For the past year, Tech Cocktail has been scouring the nation for America’s best startups, and over 40 of their favorites will vie for the Tech Cocktail Chalice at Celebrate. Celebrate is expecting over 500 attendees and will feature pitches, a hackathon, and some great keynotes, and one of the highlights will be the opportunity […]

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Indiana Startup Community RoundupAlec Synnestvedt

A Whole Lot More than Hoosier Hospitality

Verge Pitch Night events have taken me across Indiana over the past few months: Bloomington Indianapolis Terre Haute West Lafayette My recent experiences have yielded an eye-opening cross-section of the state, and I have not only learned about what makes startup communities thrive in Indiana–I’ve also been surprised in more ways than one. What talent […]

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Tim Hickle

The Power of Failure: How One Conference Flips the Script on Startup Success

We talk about failure in the startup world. After all, it’s how we often learn our best lessons. But so often at events and conferences, speakers and attendees shy away from shining a light on their hardest lessons learned. We end up brushing over the darkest parts of the story to highlight the bright spots. […]

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PeeqMe Private Social Network StartupAlec Synnestvedt

[Startup Pitch] But What do You DO With Your Personality Profiles?

PeeqMe Helps You Leverage Underutilized Personality Assessments Personality assessments from providers like Meyers Briggs, DiSC(R), and Strengthsfinder represent a $2 billion market, but how many of us really utilize what we learn about ourselves to truly work more effectively with our colleagues? As Quake Pletcher said in his Verge pitch, most of what we learn through […]

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Alec Synnestvedt

[Startup Pitch] In a Google-Dominated Market, Can Adproval Shake Things Up?

Online advertising is a vast and growing market, with +23% growth last year to over $37 billion spent on digital advertising in the US alone. In one of the world’s largest marketplaces, you can imagine how hard it is for online advertisers and publishers to make the kind of meaningful connections that can take them […]

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Alec Synnestvedt

Entrepreneur Education

Entrepreneurial Education It’s exciting to see new entrepreneurship programs popping up at more and more Universities these days. Undergrads are increasingly well equipped to start up or contribute to small entrepreneurial teams, thanks in part to our growing domestic and international focus on technology entrepreneurship at the institutional and cultural levels. At the same time, there […]

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eightappsforentrepreneursAlec Synnestvedt

8 Apps for Entrepreneurs, Including the Ones I Use Every Day

I recently saw Santiago Jaramillo, founder and CEO of BlueBridge Digital and Visit Apps, tell a story at DePauw University’s entrepreneurship symposium that highlighted a shift that’s been on the minds of entrepreneurs, marketers and designers for years: as consumers, we have never adopted a new technology as widely or rapidly as we have the […]

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Alec Synnestvedt

Top Startup Advice and Highlights from Everywhere Else Cincinnati

Everywhere Else is a conference series from Nibletz that aims to help entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley gain the knowledge and resources to startup right where they are. Verge helps catalyze local startup communities by seeking validation and celebrating learning. So when Nick Tippmann, a long-time Verge supporter and one of the conference’s lead organizers, told […]

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Matt Hunckler

Founder Story: How Jeremy Dearringer Scaled Culture, Clients, and Profits while Bootstrapping Growth

It had been only three months since I quit the company. But there I was, on stage again with the co-founder of a multimillion dollar company who had become a close friend over the past two years. Only this time, we had a much different relationship. I first met Jeremy Dearringer when I was introduced […]

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