Author: Jeff Bennett

Sacramento Startup Profile: Jordan Darling, Founder of Free Form Factory

As with so many startup company founders, Jordan Darling’s motivation for launching  what would become his innovative business came from a personal pain point. As an avid jet skier, Jordan had just purchased a brand new jet ski and was eager to take it out. The day after purchasing he bailed on a backflip and ended up destroying his brand new jet ski. At the same time as a mechanical engineering student he was given an assignment to come up with a plastics product that isn’t traditionally made out of plastics. As a result he developed a new plastic to...

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Apps for Ag Hackthon is Now FREE to Participate!

Great news for any food, agriculture, and technology innovators and entrepreneurs out there looking to earn some serious prize money and do some social good as well. The Apps for Ag Hackthon is Now FREE to Participate! Join the Apps for Ag Hackathon at Urban Hive in Midtown Sacramento the evening of July 28th, then all day July 29-30 for your chance to win $10,000 (plus other prizes) and build an innovative solution in two and half fun and productivity-filled days. What are the organizers looking for in this hackathon? They’re looking for passionate technologists, growers, and innovators to come together, define problems,...

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Last Chance to Get Your StartupSac Launch T-Shirt

Get your official StartupSac T-shirt to help fund the StartupSac’s work to grow the Sacramento startup community!   We recently reopened our T-shirt crowdfunding on Bonfire But, time is running out to get your own awesome T-shirt that shows that you support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Sacramento region. So, grab a limited edition StartupSac T-shirt before the campaign closes tomorrow. Like most crowdfunding campaigns, we need to hit our minimum goal in order for the T-shirts to get made and shipped. If this campaign is successful, orders will start shipping on July 11th. Don’t Delay!   Get your official StartupSac T-shirt and...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Tapp That App Founder Charlie Hinojosa

There’s an app for that. Smartphone apps have become an essential part of our daily lives. Right now you’ve probably got dozens installed on our smartphones and there’s new apps coming out every day with the intent to improve some aspect of our lives. In fact, so many new smartphone apps come out each day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all and find the ones that you’ll really use. Folsom-based startup, Tapp That App has set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. By doing so they...

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Sacramento Region Innovation Awards Profile, Sierra Energy’s Rob White

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, organized by Stoel Rives with support from the Sacramento Business Journal and Moss Adams. With the submission period open until the end of July it seemed like a perfect time to spotlight the awards, along with some of the winners from the 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards. In this episode of the StartupSac podcast, I met up with Rob White, Chief Strategist at Sierra Energy. Sierra Energy was the winner in the Sustainability category of last year’s Innovation Awards. In addition to Rob’s role at Sierra Energy he’s also...

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Chris Russell Explains Legal Requirements of Crowdfunding at CleanStart Workshop

Part 3 in a series of videos from CleanStart’s crowdfunding workshop. Last week, Sacramento’s clean tech incubator CleanStart, held a workshop on crowdfunding, exploring both equity and rewards-based crowdfunding. The event lineup included: An overview of why crowdfunding has become a popular option for many tech startups by Gary Simon, Chairman of CleanStart Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of DreamFunded, on How to Raise $1,000,000 with Equity Crowdfunding Chris Russell of Stoel Rives LLP talking about the legal requirements of crowdfunding Michael Zeligs, founder of StartMotionMEDIA, who has helped entrepreneurs raise over $13 million through rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns You can see...

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How to Raise $1,000,000 with Equity Crowdfunding Explained by Manny Fernandez

Part 2 in a series of videos from CleanStart’s crowdfunding workshop. In this second in a series of videos from the CleanStart, crowdfunding workshop, Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of DreamFunded, explains to the audience how to raise $1,000,000 with equity crowdfunding.     About CleanStart’s Crowdfunding workshop In this workshop, CleanStart explored both equity and rewards-based crowdfunding, with the goal to help founders determine if either crowdfunding option is the right choice. The workshop provided founders with expert advice on launching a successful crowdfunding campaign, complete with case studies of actual campaigns.   Video Series CleanStart’s Leveraging Crowdfunding to...

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CleanStart’s Leveraging Crowdfunding to Fuel Your Tech Startup Part 1: Gary Simon Intro

Part 1 in a series of videos from CleanStart’s crowdfunding workshop. Earlier this week, CleanStart, Sacramento’s clean tech incubator, held a workshop on crowdfunding. In this workshop, CleanStart explored both equity and rewards-based crowdfunding, with the goal to help founders determine if either crowdfunding option is the right choice. The workshop provided founders with expert advice on launching a successful crowdfunding campaign, complete with case studies of actual campaigns. The event lineup included Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of DreamFunded, on How to Raise Money with Equity Crowdfunding, Chris Russell of Stoel Rives LLP talking about the legal requirements of crowdfunding, and Michael...

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An Interview with the Organizers of the Sacramento Innovation Awards

Now in it’s second year, the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards is a key component of the Sacramento startup and innovation community. The program was created as a way to recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community — from startups to established companies — and their breakthrough creations. The awards are organized by Stoel Rives with support from the Sacramento Business Journal and Moss Adams. In this episode of the StartupSac Podcast I met with the Stoel Rives organizing team, Jennifer Forester, Melissa Jones, and Chris Russell, at the Stoel Rives offices downtown to learn more about the program. Listen to or download...

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From Global to Local, AngelHack Heads Back to Sac!

Guest blog post by Kelsey Ruiz, PR and Media Relations Manager for AngelHack. I found my way into the wonderful world of startups at 24 years old, newly graduated, and excited about making a positive impact on the world. When I first joined AngelHack I didn’t know what a hackathon was (a 36-hour long coding competition), or realize the crazy journey that I was about to embark on that would take me all over the world. My first trip took me on a multi-country hackathon tour that started in England and ended in Switzerland. I learned the ins-and-outs of what...

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