Author: Jeff Bennett

Founder Institute in Sacramento? Mariah Lichtenstern Shares Details

Early last week I learned that Founder Institute was exploring bringing their program here in Sacramento. Founder Institute is a premier idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program for entrepreneurs. After a little digging I learned that one of the people behind the effort to bring it here was Mariah Lichtenstern. Mariah is the founder of a startup, Cineshares, a motion picture marketplace to connect filmakers and stakeholders, and she’s also co-founder and Managing Director at DivereCity Ventures, an impact-oriented micro-VC firm. In this latest episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with Mariah at the offices of Newmark Cornish & Carey to chat...

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1 Million Cups Sacramento Startups Community Landscape Visualized

1 Million Cups Sacramento launched in September of last year and in the eight months since, has seen over 50 presenters with more in the pipeline to present in the coming months. The startups presenting are mostly early stage and represent a wide range of industry categories. Getting an overall picture of these companies is the goal behind the visualization below that represents the community landscape of Sacramento startups who have presented at 1 Million Cups Sacramento organized by their industry and highlighting those that have a female founder or co-founder. Each of the larger hub circles below represents and...

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Feelin’ the startup blues?

The following is a guest post by tCubed co-founder Christopher Sprague, originally posted on Instagram and Facebook and reposted here with permission. This is an excerpt of a longer article to appear next week. One of the people I’m working with on tCubed recently asked me if I ever get the “startup blues.” I told him that it’s actually a fairly frequent occurrence for me despite our rising sales and successes.⠀ ⠀ This seemed to shock him because he felt I always seemed upbeat and optimistic about life and being an entrepreneur. Funny thing is that I felt the...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: CupAJoy Founder Shell Mendelson

Shell Mendelson woke up one morning want to give a gift of coffee to a friend and to do it just by texting them or sending them an email that would allow them to go pick up their coffee at an independent coffee house. After failing to find an existing way to do this and asking her friends about the idea, she realized she had an idea for a startup. In this episode of the StartupSac podcast I met with Shell to talk about the resulting startup that she founded, CupAJoy. Listen to and download the podcast below Catch more...

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StartupSac Happy Hour AMA Returns May 31 with Skyslope Founder D.J. Stephan

  In talking with early stage entrepreneurs in the Sacramento area, when I ask what we need to improve the startup ecosystem here, one of the more common replies is that they’d like the opportunity to connect with mentors who have been there and done it. Helping to fill that need is the goal of StartupSac Happy Hour, a monthly ‘Ask Me Anything,’ Q&A event for Sacramento startup founders, entrepreneurs and innovators. The next StartupSac Happy Hour will be Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Streets Pub at 1804 J Street in Midtown. Our featured entrepreneur for May will be D.J. Stephan, cofounder, and COO of Skyslope....

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Sacramento Startup Founder Profile: Chris Sprague & Liv Hoversten of tCubed

How many times have you been out for lunch or dinner with a group of friends, family, or coworkers with the intent to connect socially “in real life,” but while waiting everyone pulls out their smartphones and disengages from each other? What if there were a simple way for groups to engage and interact with each other without their smartphones? The husband and wife cofounding team of Chris Sprague and Liv Hoversten wondered the same thing and have invented a classic game with a strategic twist for groups on the go, tCubed. In this most recent episode of the StartupSac...

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1 Million Cups Sacramento with GymHit and Tapp That App

This week’s edition of 1 Million Cups Sacramento will feature Gymhit, business management software for gyms; and Tapp That App, mobile app discovery platform that leverages social networks. Each presentation will last 6 minutes followed by a 20 minute Q&A with the audience. Join us for coffee and networking Wednesday morning! When: Wednesday, May 3, 9:00 am to 10:00am Where: Impact Venture Capital, 801 K Street, 28th floor RSVP 1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and...

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FouthWave’s Fabulous First Cohort Launches with Community Dinner & Celebration

Dozens of Sacramento’s women innovators and entrepreneurs filled the second floor restaurant of VEG Cafe & Bar at the corner of J and 24th last evening, along with a handful of men, to celebrate the launch of FourthWave’s first cohort of female founders. The energy and spirit of collaboration, camaraderie, and community was palpable in the small, intimate setting as people mingled and got to know each other. FourthWave, originally known as Elevate Project, is the brainchild of LA’s Nancy Perlman, who brought the idea to Sacramento as a RAILS grant project to catalyze the growth of women-led technology companies in...

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apiNXT Accelerate Tech Summit 2017

Join 450 other entrepreneurs, large tech companies, venture capitalists, incubators/accelerators, educators, tech professionals and students from Silicon Valley and the Greater Sacramento Region at the apiNXT ACCELERATE TECH SUMMIT 2017. Topics: How to accelerate the growth of the Greater Sacramento Area tech ecosystem Latest Technology & Innovation Trends The role ethnic & gender diversity plays in increasing innovation & profitability The latest news on immigration and preparing for the impact it may have on technology & innovation   When: Sat, May 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 Where: EPIC, 4330 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95841 Cost: Free RSVP   Confirmed...

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Sacramento Innovators: apiNXT Cofounders Henry Chang and Charlotte Danielsson

50% or more of the tech work force in Silicon Valley and Northern California is comprised of Asians. Yet this prominence doesn’t carry over into management and executive levels. One of the reasons for this is that APIs (Asian and Pacific Islanders) lack vital established networks due to only 2% of APIs being in executive positions. apiNXT is a nonprofit organization cofounded by Henry Chang and Charlotte Danielsson who are dedicated to breaking down the bamboo ceiling. I met with Henry and Charlotte to learn more about their organization, how they are working in Sacramento to get more APIs involved in...

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