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Upstarts to watch: The patent lightning rod and others

Upstarts who caught our eye, as profiled in the latest pages of the Business Journals: Nathan Myhrvold, a lightning rod in the contentious debate over patents; Alyssa Key, who’s taking what she learned as a New York entrepreneur to a co-working space in Jacksonville; Josh Pierry, who started his firm in the Great Recession and made it a success; and Manoj Ramnani, who’s out to improve the way we manage contacts. Read more »

Hot Shots - Silicon Nation: Austin

This serial entrepreneur was into fintech before fintech was cool

by Christopher Calnan Q2HoldingIPO

AUSTIN—An Austin entrepreneur has quietly created a hefty roster of technology companies focused on the banking sector.


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Loot - Silicon Nation: Columbus

Midwest paradox plagues Ohio VC

by Carrie Ghose Elderkin, Karl   Athenian Venture Partners 2015

COLUMBUS—Athenian Venture Partners, one of the oldest technology-focused venture firms still actively investing in southeast and Central Ohio, struggles with the Midwest paradox as it prepares to raise a fifth fund: The handful of venture firms hunting in the region can pick from the choicest growth companies. That’s good for returns but bad for other worthy startups and the economy as a  ...

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Startups - Artisan entrepreneurs

Meet the producer? That’s the goal for this e-commerce startup

by Jeanine Stewart

PUGET SOUND—CEO Daniel Ling envisions a new kind of e-commerce offering with Antsquare, a marketplace app for local, artisan products that he launched in August in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

Instead of simply bringing products to consumers faster and cheaper than brick-and-mortar stores, he aims to bring the human element to e-commerce. The app facilitates the logistics for artisans to meet  ...

1 hour ago
Hot Shots - San Francisco Business Times

Craigslist founder’s new code: Philanthropy

by Annie Gaus Craig Newmark, Craigslist

SAN FRANCISCO—Craig Newmark, the web pioneer and philanthropist best known as the founder of Craigslist, describes himself as an “old-school nerd” in the truest sense.

“I grew up in the 1950s, not long after Dr. Seuss invented the word,” he said. “I was literally wearing a plastic pocket protector at that time, with real taped-together glasses.”

Coming of age in the late 1960s and  ...

18 hours ago
Startups - Memphis Business Journal

Jet Setters: the entrepreneurs taking on the airline industry in Memphis

by Michelle Corbet one jet plane

MEMPHIS—A few years ago, no one would have guessed a 29-year-old, an attorney and an ex-telecommunications executive would be adding nonstop flights at Memphis International Airport. For years, Memphis was a hub for Northwest Airlines.

In 2003, the airport saw a high of 280 daily flights to 98 destinations. Ten years later, after Northwest merged with Delta Air Lines, the airline announced it  ...

21 hours ago
Startups - Puget Sound Business Journal

To patent or not to patent?

by Ashley Stewart Adam Philipp attorney, Aeon Law

PUGET SOUND—Seattle is home to more than 700 startups and many struggle with whether to take technology through the patent process.

Patents are expensive to acquire, they open startups up to pricey lawsuits and conflict with the open-source, collaborative nature of the Seattle startup community.

So, should growing Seattle companies bother with patents?

See which new economy doers and dreamers  ...

November 28, 2015 | 3:00pm EST
Hot Shots - South Florida Business Journal

How to focus on a niche that doesn’t quite exist yet

by Eleazar David Meléndez Greg Shugar

SOUTH FLORIDA—Greg Shugar is trying to catch lighting in a bottle – again.

The co-founder of Thread Experiment already helped create a new market category with The Tie Bar, founded in 2004 to market and produce men’s accessories of the kind a GQ editor might obsess about. After selling the company to a private equity firm in 2013, Shugar moved to South Florida and rode out his noncompete  ...

November 28, 2015 | 12:00pm EST
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