Half Life in New York

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Half Life in New YorkNew York

by vanessaalexandra on September 9, 2018 with 0 comment

I reached my half life in New York this past August. It was 15 years ago that I moved to New York to attend NYU, which is the equal amount of time that I lived in my hometown. Crossing the chasm to setting up and living in a very different world from my upbringing has …

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investmentangel investors, Entrepreneur, fundraising, New York, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on March 1, 2015 with 1 comment

There are many differences between the startup scenes in the east coast and west coast.  The west coast overall is a much more mature market with a lot more capital to put to work and east coast, primarily New York, has exploded in the last few years.  I meet with New York investors and their surprise …

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Traffic Problems World Wide: Cities Need Better Solutions

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Traffic Problems World Wide: Cities Need Better Solutionsbig problems, cities, commute, complex, Costa Rica, future, New York, traffic, urban planning

by vanessaalexandra on August 19, 2013 with 0 comment

Costa Rica has a population of 4.7 million and covers 19,730 square miles.  That is roughly bigger than if you were to combine New Hampshire and Vermont, and it is smaller than 41 of our US states.   I am told by my airBnB host that Monday traffic is very heavy and backs up on his …

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differences

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differencesdemo day, DreamIt, early stage, fashion, games, geolocation, New York, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 12, 2013 with 0 comment

Dreamit Demo Day was this past Wednesday, the same day I was less than well hence the delay.  There were a total of 15 companies and they did not do music intros or have a cheering section.  Each had their well prepared pitch and a table setup for investors and press to visit.  Most accelerators plan on having well …

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsor

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsorbranding, New York, opportunity, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2013 with 0 comment

There are certain pillars in the startup community that are worth mentioning.  Gary Sharma is such a pillar and his guide is the best you could subscribe to learn of events in the startup space.  It is curated, informative and welcoming.  If you are trying to break into the startup space, Gary’s Guide provides listings …

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation500 Startups, angel investors, demo day, DreamIt, early stage, Entrepreneur, ERA, funding, New York, startups, TechStars, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 5, 2013 with 0 comment

Demo Days are fun events where companies leaving accelerators get an opportunity to present their progress to date and capital requirements on a well orchestrated stage in front of investors, potential partners and press.  It is a show and the momentum created by demo day is significant.  I have learned that companies get closer to …

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#GREATTech Opportunity for US Startups

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#GREATTech Opportunity for US StartupsInternational, New York, opportunity, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 1, 2013 with 0 comment

What is #GREATTech?  The UK Government has provided a program to encourage US based startups to expand abroad to the UK.  They are selecting five companies in the following five verticals: Hardware, Education, Lifestyle, Finance and Media.    Startups review this and see if it is for you, the deadline is September 6th. Benefits of award include:  …

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Ways to Keep Moving (Exercise) in Startup Land

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Ways to Keep Moving (Exercise) in Startup Landexercise, health, New York, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 26, 2013 with 0 comment

Moving more and getting exercise makes you happier, smarter and can help you live longer. New Yorkers work, a lot…!  We are always trying to do more and a work day in most of the competitive industries can be quite intense.  Then you enter Startup Land where people are working on trying to get their …

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Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruption

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Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruptionadoption, disruption, growth, New York, product, scalable, startups, value

by vanessaalexandra on July 22, 2013 with 0 comment

When reviewing companies we look at what the product actually does.   How does it work?   Why should anyone care?   What is the relationship between your product and your customer? The simple way to look at it is defining the measure of disruption as a function of benefit to the customer and the …

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