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It Takes More Than…

It Takes More Than…

INNOVATION, IDEA AND CONCEPT COMMERCIALIZATION: It takes more than cutting-edge ideas, scholastic credentials and financial backing to move a company from pre-seed stage to commercialization. It takes hands-on business expertise from people who have been there and have done it. We help guide entrepreneurs by providing them with a real-world understanding of the unique dynamics of technology markets, and the nuances of starting and growing an early-stage company, including developing a viable business case, plan and model, product development, staffing for […]

Decisions are worthless unless you turn them into commitments!

Decisions are worthless unless you turn them into commitments!

Decisions are worthless … unless you turn them into commitments. In a business conversation, your counterpart’s decision states his intention, but a commitment holds him accountable. Although a commitment does not guarantee delivery, it’s far more reliable than a decision. More importantly, when managed properly, it allows you to handle breakdowns with effectiveness, trust and integrity. Have you been in meetings where lots of decisions are made but nothing gets done and nobody is held accountable? Unless you finish the […]

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE COLLABORATORS

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE COLLABORATORS

Successful people don’t compete, they collaborate.   Here are four reasons why the most successful people are top-notch collaborators: GROWTH COMES THROUGH SHARING & COLLABORATING YOU CAN FIND UNEXPECTED ALIGNMENT WHEN YOU SHARE AND COLLABORATE FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY TAKES COOPERATION AND, COLLABORATING FORCES EVERYONE TO MOTIVATE EACH OTHER It’s almost impossible to do it alone! You need experienced advisors / mentors / partners / collaborators along the way to success. Over the years we have built a successful and vast […]

You can pay us now or pay us later. How much time do you want to waste?

You can pay us now or pay us later. How much time do you want to waste?

You can pay us now or pay us later. In an old commercial for FRAM oil filters, a mechanic is heard talking from under the belly of a car with the engine disassembled, in a state of major repair. The mechanic intones dramatically, “You can pay me now or pay me later.” His meaning is clear and loud: Changing the oil and the filter on a regular basis is a necessity that can’t be ignored. You can pay a modest […]

Positioning is better than perfection

Positioning is better than perfection

Strong positioning always stands out. One of the most important aspects of marketing your company or product (or even yourself) is it’s position in the market. This is often overlooked because positioning isn’t as sexy as getting Facebook Fans or Twitter and LinkedIn Followers. However, it’s the best way to separate yourself from the competition, especially if you are in a crowded space.I have seen far too many companies (and experts) build their product or service, and then leave the […]

CAN YOU EMAIL A HANDSHAKE?

CAN YOU EMAIL A HANDSHAKE?

YOU CANNOT EMAIL A HANDSHAKE The other day I was reading a blog (I don’t care much about reading blogs but this had to do with the co-working marketplace of one of the startups I mentor and advise for) and one of the posts had to do with face to face networking. The young entrepreneur was complaining that face-to-face networking events where a plain waste of time! Well, I strongly disagree (this young person is dead wrong!) with this […]

The Best Cities In The Midwest For Venture Capital Funding In 2016

The Best Cities In The Midwest For Venture Capital Funding In 2016

The Best Cities In The Midwest For Venture Capital Funding In 2016 list. It did not surprise me to see Chicago startup funding drop by almost 35%! When we say funding is becoming harder in Chicago we are not kidding. Here are some facts about where the investments are increasing and which cities need to reconsider their offerings to talent, capital and support for the startup ecosystem. Speaking of investments; If you don’t have the proper mindset, infrastructure, support system […]

Startup Port in Boston University News

Startup Port in Boston University News

Startup Port in Boston University News. Startup Port co-founder and BU alum Archel Desir in the “The BUzz Lab” news. The BUzz Lab at Boston University serves as a hive of innovation and entrepreneurship for faculty, student and alumni startups, who profit from the lab’s resources, including mentorship, coworking and rapid prototyping space and community events that engage students and alumni and accelerate learning. Link to the Boston University “BUZZ Lab” Newsletter: https://lnkd.in/e76_jn5 […]

Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

At Startup Port we always invest in “Intellectual Capital” (People) rather than ideas, concepts and gadgets. This HBR article so very well describes our investment and mentoring philosophy and methodology. In order for any startup to succeed you need “People” capable of executing the “deal”. It’s that simple. So in a nutshell, failure has to do with People and not the model or the strategy. Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem By Peter Bregman,  January 04, 2017 […]

INCUBATORS AND ACCELERATORS FOR YOUR STARTUP OPEN NOW TO APPLY

INCUBATORS AND ACCELERATORS FOR YOUR STARTUP OPEN NOW TO APPLY

As of January 10, 2017: Here is a list of incubators and accelerators that are accepting applications for Startups:   Start-Up Port 3 months Sprint 90 Program. Product/business development, operational advisory, shared working space, funding options. CHI only. Min. of $12,000 services value, no equity, follow on guaranteed for successful teams Techstars Funding, Mentors & 13 weeks intensive focus on your company NYC, ATL, LA, CHI +More • $120,000 for 6-10% • 100+ Mentors Newark Venture Partner Labs Top-class mentors 1 year free space […]

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