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9/7/10

9/7/10

Good morning, All, and speaking of New York, anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always detested the name ‘Silicon Alley.’ Silicon Valley was so designated because there were suddenly chip manufacturers where no real industry existed before. New York has always been a center for business and an alley is a place wherein resides – dumpsters. Silicon Alley? WHY would an industry in one of the greatest cities in the world suddenly want to be called THAT?

I will never forgive Mark Stahlman for having saddled us with the term, but I do want to thank Therese Poletti for her piece in the WSJ last week, “New York’s Tech Start-Up Scene Comes of Age (Just stop calling it ‘Silicon Alley’)” http://bit.ly/cRUrGE. I’ll fess up: I was quoted. Ms. Poletti was writing about how investment money was suddenly flowing into Silicon Alley and I asked her to please stop calling it that. It’s New York and we did name it twice, in case you didn’t hear the first time. I thank her for setting the record straight.

Ok, I’m fine now. Back to our regularly scheduled program: Read More...

8/31/10

8/31/10

Good morning, All, and we know some of you have startups in the education space, sooo – your bonus today is Kaufman Labs Education Ventures bootcamp for – of course, education startups. Deadline for consideration is September 20. An SOS member brought it to our attention, and we believe in sharing. When appropriate. Don’t touch my coffee in the morning. Don’t even think about it.

Seriously.

Details and application forms for KLE is here: http://www.kauffmanlabs.org/?gclid=CKWCpYHIiaMCFRNO5QodajRWew Read More...

8/24/10

8/24/10

Good morning, All, and an SOS member brought these guys to our attention – and they’re on David Lerner’s early stage investor map – yet. Good news: their focus is primarily on NYC and the surrounding NE and Mid-Atlantic area companies, in software, IT, Internet, tech-enabled services, business services, digital media, mobile and health care IT. Average investments are $100k-$500k. More info on their website: arcangelfund.com.

Read on: there’s an investor on the list who’s looking for startups to fund.

Next, Bootstrapper Summit is October 5, and they’re looking for startups who want to present to the angel and investors who will be there in the room. Here’s the link to apply: http://bit.ly/bRmhth. Yes, there are associated fees. Exact size of these fees depends on the stage of the company and the size of the proposed raise. BUT, do make sure to mention that you’re a StartupOneStop member for an additional 20% discount. Read More...

8/17/10

8/17/10

Good morning, All, and yes, David Lerner has mapped the whole venture
ecosystem for us – and others – in New York, Silicon Valley and Boston.
You’ll find it here and he even includes twitter handles, when possible.
http://bit.ly/9wTCJL. So, anyone out there wants to do a Saul
Steinberg-style Entrepreneur’s View of the US Venture Community? If you need
a reference point: http://bigthink.com/ideas/21121- and if only moi could
draw. Hint: The Flatiron District, Sand Hill Road and Route 128 should all
be prominently featured, for the artists on the list who don’t get around
much.

That was fun, now on with the show. Congratulations to list members Pixable
on their write-up in Time Out New York last week. The piece is here:
http://pixb.ly/timeout.

Update: our next ‘Find-A-Cofounder’ III event will not be until early
October. Still, if you need one in the meantime, you’re always welcome to
post to the list, because we’re always here to help. Read More...

8/10/10

8/10/10

Bet that got your attention and the best part is – it’s true!

Good morning, All, and FYI: many of them are computer science and business majors. Here’s the deal:

Who are they? 30 Int’l college students selected for Intra-Governmental program to study at Queens College and do internship in your business.
What do that expect from the internship? Learning US business practice in an English speaking work environment (preferably) related to their area of study.
When they can start an internship? From 26th August 2010 for one year.
Can my company interview them? Yes, they are available for in-person interviews. Send Molly Moon ceo@title8advisory.com your intern’s job description after selecting your finalist (up to 4) from the attached list. We set up your interview in 3 business days.
Can any company host the intern? Any lawfully filed US company that has an office (no home office) allows intern a space and equipment (if needed).
What happen after the interview? When the student accepts an offer you release, s/he will start from the date you suggest.
The unpaid is truly okay for them? In support of taking unpaid internship, this program funds $750 per month up to 6 months. Matching funds/Meal allowance/transportation stipend are all welcomed.
Can we pay? Sure! The students have intern (J) visa, which can legally work, be paid and pay taxes.
Further conversation? Feel free to contact: Read More...

8/3/10

8/3/10

Good morning, All, and before it’s over – the summer, that is – some summer reading for startups:

This past Friday, Dave McClure outlined his investment thesis on his blog, Master of 500 Hats. Worth the read: http://bit.ly/cQLeLF

FYI, McClure just filed with the SEC for his own venture fund, 500 Startups, (http://tcrn.ch/aDa0CK)- and, among other things, also leads a travel group called GeeksOnaPlane to promote cultural exchange & education for tech entrepreneurs around the world. Read More...

7/27/10

7/27/10

Good morning, All, and our thanks to all of you who attended ‘Find A Co-Founder II’ last night – and all of you who were with us in spirit. And yes, we do hope to expand it into other cities, for all of you who sent us your requests. Working on it, and any help you can offer on that front – we’re listening.

The next NY event will be sometime in mid-September. And again, a special thank you to our sponsors – New York Angels, PepsiCo and HodgsonRuss – who help to make it all possible!

We do get a number of requests for recommendations on outsourcing and thought this might be of interest to you. It’s an article about outsourcing to Argentina, which happens to be in the same time zone as New York. And for those of you in SV, time difference is still preferable to those of other countries we’re more accustomed to working with. The full article is here: http://bit.ly/bxlWdY Read More...

7/22/10

7/22/10

Yup, you all!

And a few others like you, no doubt.

Good morning, All, and that’s according to a Kauffman Foundation study (http://bit.ly/byg7Kh). They also cite that older companies lose 1 million jobs annually. Read More...

7/20/10

7/20/10

Good morning, All,

First, our thanks to our barbeque sponsors – 1099partners.com and the beer and burgers were great, and the networking was piece de resistance (remember: it was Bastille Day). Then again, it really is always about the people, isn’t it?

Speaking of which, we’d like to thank all of you for all of the information you send us – and/or tweet – which we happily disseminate to hopefully help you. Most of all, thank you for taking the time to help each other! Read More...

7/15/10

7/15/10

Good morning, All,

One of our SV-based list members sent us some information about two organizations that might be helpful to you startups out there – or to those of you who are considering moving out there, or going on a funding junket:

Bay Area Startup Network (BASN – www.basn.org) is a growing association in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on helping early stage entrepreneurs build successful companies. Although focused mostly on technology, BASN events and membership draw from all sectors of industry including medical devices and cleantech. Bay Area Startup Network is also the umbrella organization for USAngelInvestors, a private investor group that meets once a month in Palo Alto, CA. They’re both by invitation, but an email link is available on their sites to secure an invite. Our source in SV told us that startups pitch – and angels right checks on the spot. Read More...

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