Author: Rich Foreman

Kevin Nagle: Have Passion & Obsession

Kevin Nagle was able to swing by a Startup Grind Sacramento and enlighten us with some heartwarming tales of his past that contributed to the man he is today. Co-Founder of Envision Pharmaceuticals and Co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, Kevin gained recognition as Sacramento’s Executive of the Year. He’s also one of the lead investor in Sacramento Republic FC and on the board of Moneta Ventures; the Sacramento region’s biggest early phase venture fund. Born in Minnesota and raised in Long Beach, CA by a single mother in “borderline poverty,” Kevin’s ambitious attitude took shape at the age of only 6 years old. With his father out of the picture, he would...

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TechCrunch Disrupt Challenge: Describe Your Startup (in a 140 characters or less)

I was able to attend TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 held in San Francisco and focused my time meeting startups that had a display on the floor. After I would meet with a startup, I would take a picture of them, include their company name or Twitter account and described what they did. This interestingly enough was a challenge for almost all the startups I talked to. In some cases, it was a no brainer. A startup would have a short tag line that was descriptive and easy to comprehend. An example is Infani Inc, Smart Baby Monitor Solution. Being a...

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500 Startups Co-Founder Dave McClure: Have Fun, Get Sh*t Done

Dave McClure is a Silicon Valley icon that is recognized as one of the region’s super angel investors. Over the years he has advised and managed a number of successful startups which includes 3 unicorns (Twilio, Credit Karma, and Grab) . He’s the co-founder of 500 startups and invested in more than 1500 companies around the world. Three companies  have evaluations over $1 billion with over 300 with a valuation $10-$999 million range. He was recently a guest speaker at Startup Grind Sacramento and offered wisdom that was practical, to the point with a hint of humor. “As an entrepreneur, you realize that you’re kind of clueless.” In his humble manner, Dave explained how his...

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Apple’s 9th Annual Keynote Conference

On September 7, Apple hosted their 9th annual Keynote Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Although newer versions of the iPhone and Apple Watch were shown for the first time, this year’s event was a little different. Instead of introducing state of the art innovations, Apple showed some additional features they’ve added to existing products. Moreover, these features weren’t anything extraordinary but new for Apple nonetheless. Image Source: i.ytimg.com Apple Music & the App Store Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his passion for music and the important role it has played in the brand’s development saying that they now...

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50 Years of Star Trek: Highlights of Some Predictions and Inspirations

The crew of the Starship Enterprise began their voyage 50 years ago, airing for the first time on September 8, 1966. As I kid, Star Trek was my favorite show. When my cousins and I would play Star Trek, I would always play Scotty, the miracle working engineer. In many ways, Star Trek was influential to me personally. My decision to go into engineering and join the U.S. Navy were both inspired in part by Star Trek. In honor of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, I would like to highlight a few of the predictions and inspirations that have arisen...

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How Much Does it Cost to Make an App?

“How much does it cost to make an app?” As a developer, this is the most common question I am asked. This is like asking “How much does it cost to build a house?” Following the house analogy, are you looking for a mansion or a shack? Do you want a house made of straw, sticks, or brick? Do you want a custom home or a tract home? Just like a house, the variables in developing an app are endless. Develop a Storyboard The first place to start is defining what you want your app to do. I normally...

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2016 AgStart Showcase

AgStart held a fundraising dinner that also promoted their member companies on August 20, 2016. AgStart is an incubator based in Woodland that helps Agricultural Startups. AgStart was formed under the now defunct SARTA and this was their inaugural event. Here are the Ag Startups featured at this event: Ag For Hire was formed at the Apps for Ag Hackathon held at UC Davis where they won 1st Place. Their elevator description is that they are the Linkedin for Agricultural workers. AgShift is a Santa Clara based startup. They developed free productivity tools for small and medium farms. Their...

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The 7 Mobile App Monetization Models

Something I typically ask my startup clients is “how do you plan on making money?” Sometimes, I get a stunned silence in response. They’re so caught up in their idea that they never think about the monetization model. This is especially true for startups that include an app as part of the business model. So, if you are at the napkin stage of your next app venture, here are seven app monetization models to give you food for thought. 1. The Price of the App The most obvious way to make money is by selling it on the app store. On the Apple App Store,...

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7 Things to Know about Equity Crowdfunding for your Startup

Spend a little time in the startup world and you’ll quickly become familiar with crowdfunding, from consumer platforms like Kickstarter or Indigogo to the new equity crowdfunding models. Launching a crowdfunding campaign is becoming a great way for startups to gain exposure while generating financial support for their project – and in the same time, validating it. So how does it work? Supporters that contribute funds for a startup’s cause, known as “backers,” generally receive an item in return, whether a token of the startup’s appreciation or an early version of the product. For a famous example, consider the...

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8 Companies to Watch from Demo Day at 500 Startups

500 Startups held their Demo Day for Batch 17 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Demo Day serves as the graduation for the Batch 17 class of 42 companies. I’ve been to many Demo Days at other accelerators and 500 Startups is the most fun and festive. The theme for Batch 17’s Demo Day was Beauty and the Geek (many of the startups fit in the categories of beauty or B2B). 500 Startups Co-Founder, Christine Tsai, kicked it off by doing a dance dressed up Napoleon Dynamite (these guys know how to party). Not to be...

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