Author: Laura Good

Back to (Startup) School and other Startup Happenings in the Sacramento Region

If you have kids, they likely started back at school last week or are headed that way this week. As a startup founder, it might be time for you to head back to school too! In Sacramento, there are several opportunities a week to get an education on all things startup! From workshops to accelerators, there is a lot to choose from! Founder Institute, a global accelerator program, is kicking off its first Sacramento cohort this fall. You can find out more about it at an informational meeting Tuesday evening at Rancho Cordova City Hall. Those who apply by...

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Diversity Looks Good on Us

Kudos to the Sacramento Business Journal and journalist Victor Patton for highlighting our region’s accomplishments as well as potential areas for improvement in achieving diversity in our technology sector in last Friday’s edition. “Sacramento’s tech sector is still in its early stages of development, but here, startup founders, investors …and others say the city may be poised to create a technology economy where people of color and women play active leadership roles. Recent data seems to support those claims.” It was a breath of fresh air for me, given the recent sexual-harassment and gender discrimination scandals in the tech...

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Sacramento Tech Scene Heats Up!

If you’ve peeked at the headlines last week, you may have seen that Sacramento got some serious props for being a top market for tech job growth and also a destination city for tech startups. This Forbes article, ‘Go North, Young Startup’: Silicon Valley Might Be Converging With Sacramento, was a major coup for our regional brand! People in the technology industry are starting to notice our sleepy little cow town! Moooove over Silicon Valley! 🙂 TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS! Yes, I’m shouting at you! Nominate your own commercialized innovative idea or one...

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Investment Capital Increasing in Region

I’ve been working in Sacramento’s entrepreneurial ecosystem since 2008 and the last couple of years have been very promising! We’re finally starting to resemble a startup hub and the community has solidified a lot since 2015.  A few years ago, Up Global issued a white paper identifying five critical ingredients that support flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystems: talent, density, culture, capital, and regulatory environment. Our region has always had the talent and the advent of numerous coworking spaces as well as the development of downtown and midtown has improved our density. Back in 2014, I believed we were weakest in culture...

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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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