Author: Laura Good

Bring Back that Lovin’ Feeling and This Week’s Sacramento Startup Happenings

Did you make it out to the Startup Summer Party last Tuesday? Nearly 200 other people did! It was a blast and lots of new connections were made. You don’t have to wait until next year’s summer party to connect with others in Sacramento’s startup ecosystem! There is plenty going on this week to reignite that “lovin’ feeling!”   This Week’s Best Bets Be an early bird this week and head to 1 Million Cups Wednesday morning. If you haven’t yet attended this weekly gathering of startup founders, this is a great week to check it out! Coffee +...

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Discovering the Rainforest in Kansas City and This Week’s Sacramento Startup Happenings

I was invited to spend last week in Kansas City at the Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Summit as an ambassador for the Sacramento startup community. Over 425 people engaged in supporting entrepreneurial ecosystems from over 200 cities, 48 states and 12 countries, participated. Some of my favorite startup advocates — Brad Feld (Startup Communities author), Steve Case (founder of AOL and responsible for launching the Rise of the Rest movement) and a new favorite, Victor Hwang (VP of Entrepreneurship at Kauffman and co-author of of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley), spoke at the event. This...

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Happy Summer–Stay Cool But Keep Grinding! This Week’s Sacramento Startup Happenings

The longest day of 2017 is officially this Wednesday, June 21 although technically it occurs in our time zone at 9:24 PM on Tuesday, June 20. The solstice marks the first day of summer but doesn’t it seem kinda wonky that the days get shorter following it? I mean, hey–if you’re the start of summer, shouldn’t things be picking up instead of tapering off? Where am I going with all of this? While summer often means taking vacations and enjoying more outdoor activities, for the entrepreneur, that likely is not the case. No matter what season of the year,...

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Free Startup Workshop: Leveraging Lean Startup and Design Thinking

There is no such thing as overnight success. Great business are built one brick at a time. In this session we’ll explore how to use the Lean Startup Methodology and Design Thinking Principals to start taking steps in building your product or business. By utilizing these frameworks we’ll learn how to understand our customers problems, form hypotheses about solutions, quickly build Minimal Viable Products, and track their effectiveness with real customers. This cycle is the first brick in your business. By repeating this process we can ensure we’re building the right solution for the right customer. When: Tuesday, June...

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Leveraging Crowdfunding to Fuel Your Tech Startup Workshop + Discount

I’ve got great news! StartupSac scored a SWEET discount code for the Crowdfunding Seminar on Tuesday in West Sacramento! We’re gonna save you $20!! That’s not chump change! Use this special link to register and get $20 off the admission price of $55. (or use code StartupWac when you register). Crowdfunding is an underutilized fund-raising method in Sacramento and I want to make sure you know how to launch a successful campaign! All the seminar details are below–I hope you can make it! Buy your ticket on Eventbrite now. Use promo code “StartupSac” for $20 off! Seminar Details Leveraging Crowdfunding...

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Crowdfunding Your Runway! and other Sacramento Startup Happenings

Have you been thinking about crowdfunding to raise capital? Either equity or rewards-based? There’s a seminar next Tuesday on June 20 that I HIGHLY recommend you attend. The quality of the presenters is excellent! If you’re looking to run a Kickstarter-type campaign, presenter Michael Zeligs will coach you on the finer points of pre-launch essentials, including making an engaging video. If you’re curious about equity crowdfunding, Dreamfunded CEO and cofounder Manny Fernandez will help you understand everything there is to know about this new funding tool. There are a limited number of early bird tickets for $55 and if...

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Innovation Awards! Accelerators! Summer Parties!

Stoel-Rives, Moss Adams and the Sacramento Business Journal just opened nominations for the 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards. In it’s second year, the awards recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community, from emerging to established companies, and their breakthrough creations. Self-nominations are preferred — read all the rules and submit nominations here. Who won last year? Check out the 2016  Winners and Finalists.   This Weeks Best Bets Tuesday evening at Capsity, StartupSac’s Uncubator takes on entrepreneur-ese in “Do You Speak Startup?” This free workshop features David Richardson, Partner at DLA Piper and Nick Trosko and Gabe Gomez, cofounders of...

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Founder Institute Testing the Waters

Early last week, Jeff and I learned that Founder Institute is exploring bringing their program to Sacramento. Founder Institute is an idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program for entrepreneurs. One of the people behind the Sacramento effort is Mariah Lichtenstern, founder of Cineshares, a motion picture marketplace to connect filmakers and stakeholders. Mariah is also the co-founder and Managing Director at DivereCity Ventures, an impact-oriented micro-VC firm. Jeff interviewed Mariah to find out what Founder Institute is all about. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast here.   HOT OFF THE PRESS! The City of Sacramento...

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Launch a Startup and other Startup Happenings in Sacramento

The next few weeks are full of opportunities to help you get your Startup launched! Whether it’s a tech startup or a maker business, there is something going on to help you get to the next stage! Hacker Lab is assisting on many fronts! They’ve put an Entrepreneur and Maker in Residence in place who have open office hours to help you launch a business! You can find out more about the program and sign up for Office Hours here. And it’s not too late to sign up for Startup Hustle Bootcamp! Get your application in by this Wednesday!...

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Capital Region Makerspace Network Selects Entrepreneur and Maker in Residence

New Hacker Lab Initiative Aims to Help Launch 35 Micro-Businesses Hacker Lab announced today the selection of Jake Elia as Entrepreneur In Residence [EIR] and Trisha Rhomberg as Maker in Residence [MIR] for the newly formed Capital Region Makerspace Network. The Network, designed to bolster entrepreneurship, business startups and innovation in the nine-county Capital Region, is funded by a $125,000 Capital Region SlingShot grant which was awarded to Hacker Lab in March by the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA). Elia and Rhomberg will work with regional makerspaces to strengthen the network, engage nontraditional and underserved populations as makers...

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