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Billion Dollar Unicorn: Rocket Lab Launches into the Unicorn Club

Posted on Friday, Sep 15th 2017

According to a report by the Space Foundation, the global space market was worth $329 billion in 2016 with commercial space activities accounting for 76% of the spend. Los Angeles-based Rocket Lab is a new entrant to the Billion Dollar Unicorn club within the space industry.

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Bootstrapping to $100M+ from Arizona: JT Marino, CEO of Tuft & Needle (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Sep 15th 2017

Online mattress is the hottest e-commerce category these days, and here is yet another one delivering venture scale growth without venture capital.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

JT Marino: I was born in Phoenix, but I grew up in Pennsylvania. I went to Penn State. That’s where I met my co-founder, Daehee Park. From there, my career took me to Silicon Valley working for several startups. That’s where my co-founder and I stuck together. We were >>>

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September 21 – 368th 1Mby1M Mentoring Roundtable for Entrepreneurs

Posted on Friday, Sep 15th 2017

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 368th FREE online 1Mby1M mentoring roundtable on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. India IST.

If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat.

You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend here. Please share with any entrepreneurs in your circle who may be interested. All are welcome!

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365th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Venktesh Shukla, TiE Angels

Posted on Thursday, Sep 14th 2017

Venktesh Shukla, founder of TiE Angels and General Partner Monta Vista Capital, discusses some shifts happening in the world of seed investing.

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364th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Greg Besner, CultureIQ

Posted on Thursday, Sep 14th 2017

Greg Besner, Founder and CEO at CultureIQ, is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. We discuss both his journey as an entrepreneur, lessons thereof, as well as his methodology and philosophy of angel investing.

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363rd 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Swati Chaturvedi, Propel(x)

Posted on Thursday, Sep 14th 2017

Swati Chaturvedi is Co-founder and CEO at Propel(x), an online platform where entrepreneurs are connected to angels. Swati and I discussed some of the key trends of the seed financing eco-system as viewed from Propel(x).

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Roundtable Recap: September 14 – Bootstrapping to $80 Million with Rob Purdy, Founder of Power2Motivate

Posted on Thursday, Sep 14th 2017

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Rob Purdy, Founder and Global CEO at Power2Motivate. Rob’s is a classical 1Mby1M case study that I suggest you take a look at. We didn’t have the time to do entrepreneur pitches today, but will resume next week.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:

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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Daniel Saks, Co-CEO of AppDirect (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Sep 14th 2017

We’ve discussed the trend of small businesses wanting to buy various cloud services from one trusted vendor. This discussion highlights the same trend, but the solution is different. Read on for more.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing to yourself and AppDirect.

Daniel Saks: I’m the President and Co-CEO of AppDirect. AppDirect makes it incredibly easy for businesses around the world to find, buy, and manage cloud software from their local trusted providers. >>>

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