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Top 10 Coffee Shops for Entrepreneurs in Washington DC Read more »

Top 10 Coffee Shops for Entrepreneurs in Washington DC

I love coffee-shops, I love startups, and I love DC. In the past 15yrs of living in DC, I’ve worked in almost every coffee shop in the city, and there’s an art and a science to picking the right spot to work from (check out…


Lean Startup: A Soliloquy Read more »

Lean Startup: A Soliloquy

To pivot, or not to pivot, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler for the founder to persevere The trials and tribulations of outrageous #fail, Or to take arms against a sea of waste, And by opposing end them? To die, to sleep, No more;…


The Entrepreneur's Guide to (not getting kicked out of) Coffee Shops Read more »

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to (not getting kicked out of) Coffee Shops

Over the past two years building my company, I have worked out of every conceivable location – the house, the office, the co-working space, and by far the most time from the best place of all – the coffee-shop.

But if you don’t find a good spot, you can waste over 5 hours of your day and $300-$1000/month (I measured). Plus you get kicked out because you’re there for so long. So here is my “lessons learned” guide to choosing the right spot.


DC has 3rd Highest LinkedIn Market Penetration in USA Read more »

DC has 3rd Highest LinkedIn Market Penetration in USA

Take a look at the LinkedIn market penetration across the Top 15 Metro Areas in the USA through some original market research.

It looks like DC is #3 in market penetration in the USA with a whopping 41% following #2-Boston with 42%, and of course #1-San Francisco (home of LinkedIn) with 54%….


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BRB – We’re Going on Founder-Hiatus, will be back soon


Hi all,
So in a wonderful twist of irony, all the Founders writing this blog are incredibly busy Launching their companies and this May is particularly hectic (In particular you can check out Cont3nt.com , Nexercise.com , DCfashionpost.com, Lawnovo.com , and a few Stealth startups as well). So we are taking a short break for the month and will be back shortly with a lot more DC Founder News. Meanwhile, enjoy this wonderful video.

-All of us at DCFounders.com


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What do Seed Capital & Kanye West have in common?

This is a dump from my head and is not meant to be all nice and paragraph-ly PS. I have a disdain for the .ly domain I was on the fence for attending this event because honestly I thought $79 was a bit much. Lesson: As…


Rallying DC Women in Tech and to Tech Read more »

Rallying DC Women in Tech and to Tech

I dropped out of engineering school. I dropped out not because there was a lack of encouragement around the topics / profession. I left the program out of shear boredom (despite performing well).  The competitor in me had proven that I could do it but…


Codified startup advice (repost from Gabriel Weinberg) Read more »

Codified startup advice (repost from Gabriel Weinberg)

Gabriel Weinberg on March 20, 2011 11:26 AM (original post here) I’ve been getting a lot of requests for startup advice lately, which is great because I like helping startup people as best I can. However, I’ve found myself giving a lot of the same…


Tweet Your Pitch to Dingman Center - win $2K! Read more »

Tweet Your Pitch to Dingman Center – win $2K!

Great idea by the MD Dingman Center – a twitter pitch competition. On April 8th, you have ten tweets (#tweetdingman) to make your story heard. If you do it right, you win $2K and some great exposure. Personally, I think there should be at least…


Financing 101: Confidence in Clarity Read more »

Financing 101: Confidence in Clarity

Hitting the bricks and making the financing rounds can be an arduous time.  Make no mistake raising money is VERY hard.  Not only because investors have tightened their pocket books, but also because so many people have decided to start businesses in a down economy.…


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2011 DC Venture Capital Awards Report

(March 10, Vienna, VA) Ladies and gentleman tonight was a glamorous star studded night. Yes it was DCs own VC version of the Academy Awards if the Academy Awards served hors d’oeuvers purchased and warmed over from Costco. Imagine an Academy Awards snubbed by Angelinia…


Oh Prezi... so much love.. and sooo much hate! Lessons learned at StartupXLR8R Read more »

Oh Prezi… so much love.. and sooo much hate! Lessons learned at StartupXLR8R

Last weekend the Cont3nt.com team participated in the iStrategyLabs StartupXLR8R event, and I made the somewhat classic mistake of trying out a new technology at the last minute. We used Prezi – the hipster’s Powerpoint, and got badly burned when it died minutes before we went out in front of the crowd. But I may still be recommending it – here’s the rundown…


Marketing for Startups, What to Make of All This Fuss? Read more »

Marketing for Startups, What to Make of All This Fuss?

Fred Wilson’s post on anti-marketing caused quite a stir (here and here). In summary, Fred thinks there’s no place for a marketing budget in any startup. Fred was promptly corrected by permission marketing guru Seth Godin (in Fred’s own post!), who wrote “Marketing ≠ Advertising.”…


Live Stream from the StartupXLR8R by iStrategyLabs Read more »

Live Stream from the StartupXLR8R by iStrategyLabs

Hello boys and girls! This weekend iStrategyLabs is holding a great event called StartupXLR8R where select DC companies are working to create some great products and then pitch investors. It’s a two day event that’s basically a cross between Startup Weekend and a venture pitch…


True Tech Startups- Show Us the Money Read more »

True Tech Startups- Show Us the Money

Ideally every entrepreneur would like to just have total control over his or her company and take it to the heights of greatness.  But the fact is it’s really hard to continually do this part time, and then it’s even harder to quit your job…


Can a phonetic name be a competitive advantage? Read more »

Can a phonetic name be a competitive advantage?

Naming a startup is always a difficult challenge. First off you often want a domain name that’s unique and memorable.  But then, most of those seemed to be snapped up by second rate businesses or domain squatters.  Recent trends have forced entrepreneurs to do creative…


More Than One Way to Build a Startup … Read more »

More Than One Way to Build a Startup …

In the start-up world there is a formula, and there are rules (spoken and unspoken) for how one “should” launch a company. There is a lot to be learned from how companies are created and products launched particularly in Silicon Valley. Budding entrepreneurs should consider…


Building a Pitch Deck: the Easy Way Read more »

Building a Pitch Deck: the Easy Way

So, you’re building a pitch deck for your startup and you’ve combed the web for inspirations, tips, methods, etc.  You might have seen a crazy one, or a pretty one.  At the end of the day, you should build one that expresses your personality.  I hope this…


The importance of a one minute pitch Read more »

The importance of a one minute pitch

I think the most important thing that the Founders Institute helps you do is clarify your vision for you company. The one minute pitch is the vehicle they use to do this. The expectation is that you will find a way to convey the problem…


Charting My Course Through Entrepreneurship Read more »

Charting My Course Through Entrepreneurship

Long gone are the days when employers took care of their employees with healthy, lifelong pensions. With it has gone the employer – employee loyalty in which my parents and grandparents took comfort. Boomers who enjoyed the “till death do us part” relationship with their…


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