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Startup Showcase:Kynsho Outerwear for the modern commuter. Unique Insight: People want style that protects!
Hacking Culture: How do you gain mindshare in a crowded world? Tech&Culture SXSW 2019
Frank’s Take: From the Tech&Culture x INFLECTION collaboration last year, this was an interesting conversation on how to stand out and get mindshare via brand and understanding of what makes people tick.
Frank’s Take: I expect to see more of these hybrid models of taking debt and equity in order to handle specific needs of a business. DigitalOcean is a solid example, with $300mm in debt raised along side $80m+ in equity.
Frank’s Take: Trigger warning for anyone dealing with mental illness. This story is my life story, so to read it from a former NBA player, it resonated quote profoundly. Read to have some empathy for what others may go through.
Frank’s Take: Google for Startups is doing the right thing in the startup community with a genuine approach to increasing access to technology to the full community. Yes I still work at Microsoft, we like seeing good work :)
@GoogleStartups Step 1 is defining what it means to level the playing field in this context. To me it means providing equitable access and removing barriers to information, networks, and capital for founders who have not had full access to these resources in the past... #GFSxJewel
Frank’s Take: Janine has the grit that self-funded founders need in order to power through the difficult parts of the early days of building a company. There isn’t a safety net of cash (plus the difficult full time job of being a mom) so for her to succeed given all thats against her, you have to give praise:
@shl 👋🏼 @NextChapterBK is bootstrapped, over 6,000 customers in an extremely niche market (bankruptcy attorneys), 14% MoM growth for 3 years and just got acquired. Now growing into other markets with support and still acting bootstrapped. Can’t take the startup out of the founder. 🤷🏻♀️