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    12 | Aug 2015 Washington Blade - LGBT tech experts gather for White House summit

    The worlds of LGBT visibility and technology innovation came together for a national summit at the White House on Monday. The Obama administration hosted the second White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit, which brought together more than 170 LGBT identified coders, designers and tech com...

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  • 26 | Jul 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Merritt Baer’s Got the Golden Tickets

    When they first met at a New York theatre camp, 12 year-old Merritt Baer and Brian Fenty dreamed of setting the theatre world on its ear. 18 years later, they have. Not as stars on Broadway, but as the co-founders of TodayTix – the mobile app that’s revolutionizing the way theater tickets are...

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    15 | Jun 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Patrick Perrine is Leading the Pack

    When your company gets 477% funded on Indiegogo, you know you’re on to something. That’s exactly what happened to Patrick Perrine, Founder and CEO of DogTelligent.com, http://www.dogtelligent.com when he set up a campaign to raise $25,000 for development of the Connected Collar -- which electron...

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    20 | May 2015 Fortune - StartOut member Hip Chick Farms featured

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    5 | May 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Jennifer Brown - How Jennifer Found Her Voice

    Written by Adam Sandel | Powered by StartOut On September 8, 2012, Jennifer Brown took to the stage before an audience of 800 in San Francisco. Although she entered to the strains of opera music, the classically trained opera singer was not there to sing. A series of vocal injuries had long since...

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    14 | Apr 2015 Celebrate 5 Years of StartOut - Special Report

    A message from our Board Chair, Patrick Grosso: Five years ago, in 2009, people just like you came together to found StartOut, a new kind of organization dedicated to advancing the LGBT movement by focusing on the intersection of community and comm...

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    13 | Apr 2015 CNNMoney - How lesbians in tech are gaining ground

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    8 | Apr 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Michael Belkin - Connecting LGBT Youth

    Written By Adam Sandel | Powered by StartOut Michael Belkin first came out to a couple of friends, and to himself, in 2006 as a 19 year-old undergraduate at Cornell University. “On that day I was instantly part of this new community and movement,” he says. “I was going through all these que...

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    26 | Mar 2015 Success Story: Bobby Dunn - Boosted Boards

    Bobby Dunn, StartOut member and entrepreneur behind Boosted Boards, was listed in Business Insider as being among "the best things tech companies did to get attention" at SXSW. Check out the article here: http://read.bi/1F3ifeaSee more inspiring success stories and submit your own at www.StartO...

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    3 | Mar 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Carla McKay - Raising a Glass to a New Life

    Written By Adam Sandel | Powered by StartOut “You care much more about what wine your friends are drinking and pairing it with, than what so-called wine experts say,” says Carla McKay. Which is why she founded Crushed.com, a social media wine application and site dedicated to “improving...

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    3 | Mar 2015 Press Release - StartOut Expands Leadership: New Board Members Reflect Commitment to Diversity & Expansion

    For Immediate Release NEW YORK, NY--StartOut announced four new members of the Board of Directors, adding to the roster of LGBT entrepreneurial and business professionals who govern the national organization. The addition of three out lesbian business leaders along with an openly gay entrepreneur...

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    4 | Feb 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Sean Howell – Building a Better Hornet

    When Sean Howell was a college student at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, he had no gay peers or role models. But he did find gay.com. “The chat rooms were a way to talk to people about anything,” he says. “I made my first 20 gay friends online.” Today, technology has become an in...

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    24 | Jan 2015 Success Story: Carlo Cisco, Select

    Success Story: Carlo Cisco, StartOut member & CEO of Select, has developed a national network of thousands of customers since he first presented at Demo Day in 2014.  See more inspiring success stories and submit your own at www.StartOut.org...

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    12 | Jan 2015 January 2015 News & Announcements

    JANUARY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS -Upcoming Programs- Jan 28 - SF - Lesbian Entrepreneurs Lightning Talks and Networking Jan 28 - LA - 2015 Kickoff Mixer Jan 29 - NYC - Branding Your Startup Feb 5 - SF - Finance for Entreprene...

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    12 | Jan 2015 StartOut Spotlight: Bonnie Lai - The Space Saver

    Powered by StartOut | Written by Adam Sandel People who live in cities have a lot of stuff – but not always enough space to store or park it all. That’s why Bonnie Lai (who goes by “Bon”) and her business partner Jonathan Gillon co-founded roost.com in March 2014. “It came out of a n...

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    9 | Jan 2015 NYC Demo Day + Networking is Coming, February 24th

    EVENT DETAILS When: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST Where: Civic Hall | 156 5th Avenue | New York, NY 10010 We are pleased to announce StartOut Demo Day + Networking 2015 in association with NY Tech Meetup (NYTM). Demo Day is a forum for the most innovative sta...

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    29 | Dec 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Tom Gerace – The Storyteller

    Tom Gerace loves to tell stories. While storytelling has traditionally belonged to the worlds of publishing, journalism, and entertainment, as Founder and CEO of content production powerhouse Skyword, Gerace is making storytellers of major corporations and organizations -- from IBM to MasterCard, fr...

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    29 | Dec 2014 CNBC - "Let's Finish What Tim Cook Started"

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    23 | Dec 2014 MSNBC - "The Victories and Obstacles for LGBT Business"

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    23 | Dec 2014 MSNBC - "The Victories and Obstacles for LGBT Business"

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    20 | Dec 2014 Success Story: Steve Kramer, Paragon Science

    Meet Dr. Steve Kramer, a software consultant turned highly successful data science entrepreneur. His success in the StartOut network has led him to become an active mentor and community leader in the Austin chapter. Read all about Dr. Kramer in his AffinityInc Magazine interview: http://affinityin...

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    17 | Dec 2014 HackOUT LGBT Hackathon Coming to Austin Feb 20-22

        When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, starting at 9am through Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 4 pm The hacking period will be a 24-hour block from noon on Saturday straight through to noon on Sunday. Where: Tech Ranch, 8920 Business Park Drive, Suite 250 (Floor ...

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    4 | Dec 2014 December Announcements + 2014 Year in Review

    StartOut produced over 60 programs nationwide, attended by over 5,000 active members just like you & New StartOut memberships have increased 89% in 2014 because of your support in expanding our reach.

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    20 | Nov 2014 Success Story: Nick Colletti & Zeev Sharon, Hotelied

    Congratulations to Hotelied, founded by StartOut members Nick Colletti & Zeev Sharon who recently presented at our Meet the Angels event in NYC.  Watch their appearance on Bloomberg here: http://bloom.bg/1y5RpdESee more inspiring success stories and submit your own at www.StartOut.org...

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    3 | Nov 2014 StartOut Featured in News Outlets Worldwide on Tim Cook's Impact on the LGBT Business Community

    StartOut Was Featured in News Outlets Around the Globe on the Impact of Tim Cook's Coming Out on the LGBT Business Community Click the articles below to read/hear more:                                                                              ...

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    31 | Oct 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek - Apple CEO comes out, to praise

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    30 | Oct 2014 Chicago Tribune - Apple's Tim Cook "I'm proud to be gay"

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    30 | Oct 2014 The Daily Beast - Tim Cook: Why I'm Gay Isn't Enough 

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    30 | Oct 2014 StartOut Salutes Apple CEO Tim Cook for Coming Out as Most Prominent Openly LGBT CEO in America

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE StartOut, the national nonprofit dedicated to empowering LGBT entrepreneurs and business leaders, salutes the bravery and determination of Apple CEO Tim Cook to publicly acknowledge his orientation as a gay man, and as the only out CEO of a Fortune 500 company. “Whi...

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    17 | Oct 2014 Jennifer Johnson & Serafina Palandech, Hip Chick Farms

    Congratulations to Hip Chick Farms on receiving funding from the Pipeline Fellowship. This is a huge move forward for StartOut members Jennifer Johnson & Serafina Palandech (a Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program mentee). See more inspiring success stories at www.StartOut.org  ...

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    3 | Oct 2014 StartOut October News & Events

      OCTOBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Upcoming Programs: Oct 1 - Chicago - Founder & CEO Panel -Chicago’s most dynamic CEO/Founders converge for a panel discussion to they share lessons learned, how they are managing growth, and how bei...

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    17 | Sep 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Ryan McNally -- Investing in Authenticity

    StartOut Spotlight – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business  Written by Adam Sandel | Powered by StartOut   Wall Street is one of the last bastions of old school boys’ club machismo. So when he was fresh out of Harvard, Ryan McNally did not feel especially at ease as an Analyst and Ass...

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    12 | Sep 2014 StartOut Celebrate LGBT & Ally Leaders at Record-breaking 2014 StartOut Awards

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE StartOut Celebrate LGBT & Ally Leaders at Record-breaking 2014 StartOut Awards Advocate George Takei, investor Dave McClure, and entrepreneurs Amy Errett and Li Han Chan honored as top LGBT and ally business leaders  San Francisco, CA, Septembe...

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    29 | Aug 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Ty Walrod - Service, Impact and Community

    StartOut Spotlight – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business  Written by Adam Sandel | Powered by StartOut Ty Walrod is passionate about two goals: having an impact, and building community. Following his conscience and his talent has enabled him to achieve both. Although he grew up in a rural ...

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    25 | Aug 2014 StartOut is Hiring! Administrative Assistant (Part Time)

    StartOut is Hiring! Administrative Assistant - Part Time  Looking to hire Part Time Administrative Assistant to join StartOut in San Francisco. www.startout.org -- Apply to Jobs@StartOut.org  General description of ideal candidate: very smart, very competent, extremely well-organized, te...

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    15 | Jul 2014 StartOut Attends White House LGBT Innovation Summit with Community and Administration Leaders

    Washington, DC -  Technology and LGBT advocacy came together at a White House meeting on Monday, July 7th, to discuss how innovation can help deliver change and resolve issues in the community. The StartOut delegation of sixteen, including several members of StartOut’s boards of directors an...

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    14 | Jul 2014 Meet the 2014 Class of Lesbian Entrepreneurs & Their Mentors

    We're excited to announce the 2014 cohort for StartOut’s Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program – the first-ever program of its kind. We received over 80 applications from around the country, from which we selected promising entrepreneurs and businesses. We then paired them with seasoned en...

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    28 | Jun 2014 CNBC - "Record turnout for tech companies at Pride parade expected"

    A record number of tech firms are expected to publicly show support for the LGBT community this weekend at San Francisco's annual gay pride parade. Google says more than 1,000 of its employees are slated to participate,Apple recently sent a memo encouraging all of its employees to partake i...

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    28 | Jun 2014 SF Business Times: "StartOut highlights LGBT business issues in San Francisco"

    Carla McKay spent much of her career in the corporate world working in sales and client management, when she decided to transform her passion for wine into a business. She was taking a class about wines at the Culinary Institute of America — where students sometimes sampled 50 wines in a day —...

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    17 | Jun 2014 SAVE THE DATE – StartOut Awards 2014

    HONOREES WILL INCLUDE:   Actor & LGBT Community Leader GEORGE TAKEI receiving the Leadership Award With Many More To Be Announced Soon Mark your calendars for the Third Annual StartOut Awards, to highlight and celebrate exceptional and innovative entrepreneurs in the LGBT Community! On...

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    17 | Jun 2014 StartOut Spotlight: CEO Lucas Mendieta – From Down and Out to Elite

    StartOut Spotlight – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business Powered by StartOut | Written by Adam Sandel Lucas Mendieta always knew he was different – even before he knew what the word “gay” meant. Growing up in a South Carolina Bible belt town with a construction worker father and fact...

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    31 | May 2014 StartOut Spotlight: CEO Cheryl Traverse – Out at Last

    Serial entrepreneur Cheryl Traverse has been the President of four companies and as CEO, has overseen the funding and acquisition of five companies. Yet she never officially came out until she retired in 2010. “When you’re raising hundreds of millions of dollars, you need to be very subtl...

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    14 | May 2014 Crain's Chicago Business: "StartOut Launches Chicago Chapter for LGBT Entrepreneurs"

    Grant Zallis was a little surprised when his friend, James Bain, asked him to launch a Chicago chapter of StartOut, a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender entrepreneurs. “I just assumed it already e...

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    2 | May 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Joshua Dziabiak -- To Be Young, Gifted and Gay

    StartOut Spotlight – Highlighting LGBT Leaders in Business Powered by StartOut | Written by Adam Sandel  It’s not unusual for tech entrepreneurs to hit it big while they’re young. And then there’s Joshua Dziabiak – who sold his first company and made his first million before his 18th bi...

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    23 | Apr 2014 SF Demo Day featured in Re/Code story about LGBT advocacy and economics

    At Gay Entrepreneur Demo Night: Is Getting Rich the Next Step in Activism? By Nellie Bowles At last night’s StartOut gay entrepreneurs demo event, queer tech founders competed for venture capital attention in a warehouse in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Entrepreneurs fr...

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    23 | Apr 2014 StartOut's Gene Falk quoted as source in Associated Press: "Gay Business Owners Still Face Serious Challenges"

    NEW YORK (AP) — It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay. Greenbaum, who owns a computer repair business in Lawrence, Kan., often needs to go into customers' homes. Some people realized he is gay after he was quoted in a newspaper story abou...

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    21 | Apr 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Jim Spare - “TV or Not TV Was Never a Question”

    StartOut Spotlight – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Today you might take it for granted that your television is a major delivery system for all manner of digital and internet media. But long before it was a reality, Jim Spare saw the potential...

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    16 | Apr 2014 "StartOut LGBT Entrepreneurial Network Hosts Second Chicago Event" via ChicagoPride.com

    Originally posted on ChicagoPride.com, April 2, 2014 Chicago, IL — Over the past few years it has become easier for LGBT entrepreneurs to start a new business. Being out and open is not as large a barrier to being a successful business founder as it once was, but there are still real barriers...

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    15 | Apr 2014 HeSaid Magazine - Take Us To Your Leaders

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    7 | Apr 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Donna Bonifield - “To 3-D and Beyond!”

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. One of the D’s in 3-D Animation just might stand for Donna Bonifield. If it doesn’t, it should. Her lifelong passion for animation and engineering led her from Disney’s CalArts; to creating th...

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    19 | Mar 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Scott Hintz - TripIt Co-Founder Flying High

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. As a little boy, Scott Hintz would beg his parents to take him to the airport so he could marvel at the airplane...

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    10 | Mar 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Nick Hodulik - Marriage of the Minds

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Nick Hodulik has had two happy marriages. His husband of five years, Jonathan Taylor (“JT”), joined him as VP then COO of General Things, the web and mobile applications company that he founded i...

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    6 | Mar 2014 Queerty - The Gay Guide to SXSW

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    13 | Feb 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Sarah Hodkinson - Outspoken and Out

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. No one was gay in the tiny rural village of Chipping Sodbury, U.K. where Sarah Hodkinson grew up. If anyone ...

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    7 | Feb 2014 “Ready, Set, Grow”

    “Ready, Set, Grow”, headed up by Ernst & Young, is a competition for high-potential entrepreneurs with young companies around the world. Created for talented and ambitious young CEO’s and Presidents, finalists will get the chance to fly to Monacco to showcase their product at the Entre...

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    28 | Jan 2014 HackOut - 3 Tips for hackathon success

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    24 | Jan 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Alex Capecelatro - Getting You Out

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Alex Capecelatro wants you to come out. From behind your computer, laptop, and smart phone screens, to enga...

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    3 | Jan 2014 StartOut Spotlight: Nick Hodulik - Marriage of the Minds

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Nick Hodulik has had two happy marriages. His husband of five years, Jonathan Taylor (“JT”), joined him as VP then COO of General Things, the web and mobile applications company that he founded i...

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    31 | Dec 2013 Get Inspired in 2014

    As we look back on 2013, we've seen many successes as an organization, but those most important are from participants that have directly benefited through their involvement with StartOut. Read their stories. Office 2013 DiscountToday is the last day to give in 2013 and we need your help in reaching...

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    17 | Dec 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Lee Edwards - Living the Dream

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. best essay writing service reviews Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Many kids grew up dreaming of building robots, starting companies, and becom...

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    16 | Dec 2013 Hear from some of the brightest entrepreneurs and seasoned investors at SF Demo Day + Networking

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    3 | Dec 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Heidi E. Lehmann - Ahead of the Curve

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. articles writing service Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Heidi E. Lehmann is a digital media entrepreneur whose professional life, personal life, and passions have merged in a way that most people only dream about. Currently a men...

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    25 | Nov 2013 Help Promote Equality for LGBT Entrepreneurs

    We at StartOut cannot thank you enough for being a part of our network. Thanks to you, we promoted equality and combated discrimination in the business world by helping LGBT entrepreneurs, both large and small. solar panel for sale How you ask? Read what Jeff and Michael have to say about the impa...

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    21 | Nov 2013 Success Story: Justin Belmont, Perkla

    "I recently had the incredible experience of winning the pitch competition sponsored by StartOut at the Reaching Out MBA Conference in New Orleans. The grand prize came with $7,500 to fuel the growth of my company Perkla (http://perk.la). I'm so honored to have received this award; as the support wi...

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    10 | Nov 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Empowering Women - Lesbian Mentors Inspire the Next Generation

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. need quick cash Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. The StartOut mission has always been to support and inspire LGBT entrepreneurs. But as in many such organizations, one member noticed that early on, the event attendance was a little...

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    31 | Oct 2013 Success Story: Sunny Israni, Zoraab

    Sunny Israni was an active member of StartOut prior to starting his first business. While working in Finance, he attended nearly every StartOut event between 2011 & 2012, networking with key contacts, pitching to experienced entrepreneurs and drawing inspiration from other success stories, until...

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    25 | Oct 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Jared Polis - From Cards and Flowers to Congress

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. essay writing services Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Jared Polis’ passion for innovation in business, education, and leadership has taken h...

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    20 | Oct 2013 Success Story: Dan Driscoll, reQwip

    Dan discovered StartOut at the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Conference in October 2012 as an MBA student at UT Austin McCombs School of Business. Dan pitched his startup reQwip, an online and mobile marketplace for buying, selling and renting new and used sports gear, at the startup pitch competition...

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    1 | Oct 2013 Why Every Startup Needs a Business Concept Statement

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    1 | Oct 2013 Press Release - StartOut Austin Presents HackOut

    The Future in Austin October 1, 2013 Austin, TX - The Austin Chapter of StartOut will be hosting HackOut, the nation’s first-ever, LGBT-oriented hackathon, to be held at the Capital Factory on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel in downtown Austin on Saturday, February 15, 2014 (9:00 am – 12:00 m...

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    26 | Sep 2013 Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson's Comeback Odyssey

    Originally posted on Bloomberg Businessweek. By Ashlee Vance September 26, 2013 12:49 PM EDT As a 22-year-old marine, Ramona Pierson spent most days stuck in an office at the El Toro air station near Irvine, Calif. She excelled at math and was doing top-secret work, coming up with algorithms ...

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    26 | Sep 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Vivienne Ming - The Transformative Power of Being Yourself

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. write my paper Powered by StartOut. Written by Adam Sandel. Vivienne Ming is a scientist, entrepreneur, wife, and mother. She’s founded three start-up c...

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    18 | Sep 2013 Meet the 2013 Class of Lesbian Entrepreneurs

    We're excited to announce the 2013 cohort for StartOut’s Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program – the first-ever program of its kind. We received over 120 applications from around the country, from which we selected 15 promising entrepreneurs and businesses. We then paired them with seasoned ent...

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    12 | Sep 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Jeff Ragovin - Encouraging Others to Be Themselves While Taking Care of Business

    VentureOut – Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by David Duran & Adam Sandel.   Born and raised in Manhattan surrounded by culture and diversity, Jeff Ragovin was never one to shy away from being who he was. His dream as a young man of one day being a...

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    10 | Sep 2013 Finding an Idea for Your New Business

    Aspiring entrepreneurs often ask me, “How should I decide on the idea for my new business?” If you are wondering the same thing, I encourage you to start by thinking about what you really love to do. If your business idea is something you're passionate about and something you know deep down...

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    3 | Sep 2013 Success Story: Lois Schonberger, Solar Network Solutions

    Lois started attending StartOut events 6 months after founding her data networking and analytics company, Solar Network Solutions. Through the Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program she was paired with big data powerhouse Ramona Pierson. Through their mentoring relationship, Ramona proved to be an i...

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    3 | Sep 2013 Success Story: Emily Stein, Sevident, Inc.

    StartOut's pilot Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program paired the biotech startup, Sevident, Inc with seasoned entrepreneur, business executive and investor, Kim Frank. "Kim not only provided mentorship but she supported the company to transition and grow," Emily explained. "She joined our Board of...

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    21 | Aug 2013 One Founder Discusses the Challenges she had with All-Male Meetings

    The founder of a wine app discusses her first year as an entrepreneur and some of her experiences with all-male meetings.  By Carla McKay (CEO & Founder, Crushed Wine App) When I decided it would be fulfilling to be my own boss, I chose my first love; wine. Entering the wine industry in my...

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    13 | Aug 2013 Success Story: Frank Mastronuzzi, OneGoodLove

    Frank Mastronuzzi and Nicholas Martin, co-founders of the LGBT online dating site OneGoodLove, pitched their start-up at the "Roll The Dice" pitch competition, co-sponsored by StartOut and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). OneGoodLove won the competition and was awarded ...

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    7 | Jun 2013 Success Story: Jeff Tompkins, SocialPicks

    Jeff Tompkins, Founder of SocialPicks pitched his startup at StartOut's Meet the Angels event in New York in Fall 2012. Based on the quality of his pitch, he was paired with one of the panelist judges, Jim Estill from Canrock Ventures, an active Angel Investor in New York. Jeff and Jim met in-per...

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    3 | Jun 2013 Success Story: Gerald Luna, Belgium Street Waffles

    Gerald Luna, owner of Belgium Street Waffles, began attending StartOut networking events and was quickly introduced to an experienced food industry entrepreneur who was in the market for someone with a great idea who was in need of a mentor. Six months later, Gerald and his mentor are still going st...

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    1 | Jun 2013 Press Release - Give OUT Day 2013

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    1 | Jun 2013 StartOut Spotlight: Arun Apte - How Coming Out Changed the Course of His Business

    StartOut Spotlight - Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by David Duran. Arun Apte was born in the Bay Area in a typical Indian family. And like most expectations coming from India...

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    1 | Jun 2013 Press Release - GiveOUT Day 2013 

    StartOut raises over $14,500 and additional grants as a leading fundraiser for unprecedented LGBT giving campaign Read the full press release here....

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    2 | May 2013 Support StartOut on "Give OUT Day"

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    VentureOut - Highlighting LGBT leaders in business. Powered by StartOut. Written by David Duran. The following article was also published in The Advocate and Out Magazine. Employers and universities aren’t getting the whole picture of their applicants, contends Heather Hiles, the out founder...

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    20 | Feb 2012 The Business Of Chess

    What do chess and business have to do with each other? Well, it turns out quite a bit- the art of strategy! Chess, in its current form emerged from Europe in the 15thcentury ever since it has been played among intellectuals, royalty, and generals and has proliferated throughout all ranks in society....

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    13 | Feb 2012 Integrity - Are You “Whole”?

    In managing a startup or small business, it's easy to get caught up in work 24/7 and let everything in your life take a distant back seat. I've been there. When I started NuKitchen, one of my first businesses, I toiled away relentlessly for months on end without any real breaks and never c...

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  • 31 | Jan 2012 Low Cost Marketing Strategies

    I've found that when first starting up, marketing is such an important component of your business success, from both attracting and retaining customers. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot. I've seen many great business ideas fail because they thought that they needed to- and did- dr...

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  • 23 | Jan 2012 Startup Funding From A VC? Think Again...

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  • 16 | Jan 2012 Trends in 2012 to Help Startups Get Going!

    At the beginning of each year, I like to think about what the big trends are for startups that make it easier to build your business, raise capital or just make it easier for you to get going. To start --a trend that has been continuing for several years now is the decreasing cost of technology s...

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  • 3 | Jan 2012 Building an Effective Board From Two Types of Directors

    By Amy Errett, Venture Capitalist and StartOut Board Member Entrepreneurs must make many critical decisions during the long process of transforming an innovative idea into a profitable global company. Perhaps no decision is more important than choosing the right board of directors. The right boa...

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  • 13 | Dec 2011 Why VCs Should Earn the Right to Invest in your Company

    By Amy Errett, Venture Capitalist and StartOut Board Member The current excitement among entrepreneurs and venture investors is palpable. After a few long recessionary years, companies are lining up to IPO, hiring is on the rise, and the business climate is improving. The next generation of Interne...

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  • 5 | Dec 2011 That’s a Dumb Idea!

    ...This is something that I would rarely say outright. There seem to be lots of crazy ideas that succeed but whether it's a good or dumb idea, it all comes down to execution. I'm likely to say that you're dumb to think you can succeed when you don't have the chomps to make it ha...

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  • 21 | Nov 2011 Does a VC with Operating Experience help the Startup Entrepreneur?

    By Amy Errett, Venture Capitalist and StartOut Board Member The common adage goes, a banker provides money, but a VC (supposedly) provides smart money. Venture capitalists shouldn’t just pony up cash, in other words, but should also dive in head-first to help build companies from the ground up. I...

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  • 15 | Nov 2011 You’re not alone! Get Connected to Get Ahead…

    When I began my first big entrepreneurial effort, I really felt alone. I thought I was the only person going through all the pains of finding cash, hiring the right staff, figuring out how to make payroll, finding new vendors, etc. Sure, there were lots of people out there starting a business but I ...

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  • 31 | Oct 2011 MENTORING: WHY ENTREPRENEURS NEED MORE THAN JUST ‘OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE’

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  • 25 | Oct 2011 Osnik- the journey of an iphone app developer

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  • 17 | Oct 2011 FROM CEO TO VC: MY TRIP TO THE NOT-SO-DARK SIDE

    By Amy Errett, Venture Capitalist and StartOut Board Member After a 25-year career as a CEO, entrepreneur and senior executive, I recently made the jump to the “other side” to become a venture capitalist. What I’ve discovered in my two and a half years as a partner at Maveron is that being...

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  • 9 | Oct 2011 3 Leadership Pitfalls… Don’t fall prey to them!

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  • 3 | Oct 2011 A New Wave of Consumer Finance Companies

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  • 28 | Sep 2011 Stop Whining! Drop the negative attitude…

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  • 12 | Sep 2011 Tips for Pricing Your Product

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  • 22 | Aug 2011 I Have a Great Idea… Now, give me the $$$ funding

    Everyday I’m approached by enthusiastic aspiring entrepreneurs who want to talk about an idea that’s either going to change the world, make a bucket load of cash, or both. More often than not, most of these business ideas seem viable and have an opportunity to succeed. The biggest challenge ...

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  • 15 | Aug 2011 Actions speak louder than words

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  • 8 | Aug 2011 StartOut SF Networking Mixer Event

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  • 1 | Aug 2011 What If You’re Hit By A Bus?

    When you’re starting a business, succession planning is often an afterthought (if it’s even thought of at all) until it’s too late. After all, getting going with a viable business is the priority. However, consider this: while you’re growing your business, you don’t see eye to eye with you...

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  • 14 | Jul 2011 How should I approach investors for seed money?

    Guest Blogger: Mike Sullivan www.pillsburylaw.com/mikesullivan Although I'm a lawyer, I spend a lot of time counseling entrepreneurs on practical issues, and there is no more practical issue for a startup than how to find investment. So it's no surprise that one of the most common questions I g...

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  • 11 | Jul 2011 Low Costing Marketing- 3 tips for landing a lucrative partner

    When I was trying to get noticed after I launched NuKitchen, the online diet service, I tried just about everything to generate sales. One sure technique that I 'discovered'- which kept a pipeline of new customers coming in the door- was a partnership with a more established business. For us, one of...

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  • 5 | Jul 2011 Turning down an Investor $$$

    Raising money has been one of the most challenging experiences of building my businesses. The ‘ask’ has always been difficult for me, even though I made a nice return for investors from my last business.Clearly, I believe in the business idea- and put my own money in. This has always been the ...

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  • 27 | Jun 2011 It’s the Execution, Not the Idea That Matters

    I was recently giving a talk to some aspiring entrepreneurs when a young woman- let’s call her Christine- who wanted advice on the viability of her business idea. When I asked Christine about her idea, she went silent. The kicker was that she wouldn’t tell me (or the rest of the class) what her ...

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  • 20 | Jun 2011 When it Pays to pay for legal services

    Many bootstrapping and aspiring entrepreneurs want to save money on legal costs. It’s no wonder when legal fees can potentially eat up thousands and thousands of precious startup dollars. There are many great sites to help you incorporate online, like CorpNet.com or get basic legal documents such ...

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  • 13 | Jun 2011 Money Can’t Solve All Your Problems!

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  • 30 | May 2011 A Kick-A** Business Plan Template to Get You Going

    Every business needs a plan of action; at the very least a 12-month roadmap of where you’re going. Now, if you’ve got a great idea and you’re just getting the business up and running then a plan is even more essential. The value of a business plan has been debated but the skinny is that a ...

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  • 23 | May 2011 3 Things That Make A Startup Work- Eric Kuhn of The Founder’s Card

    Many entrepreneurs, including myself, think big- really big. Everyone has ideas and some of them are actually quite good but usually they’re too big and broad to actually execute. If you’re serious about building a great business, you’ll need to be incredibly focused to make it happen. Oth...

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  • 16 | May 2011 Yes! You Can Work Less and Earn More!

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  • 2 | May 2011 Don’t look for an “office”… Opt For a “Community” Instead.

    Don’t settle for renting or leasing an office when you can get so much more. As an entrepreneur, you can feel completely alone when you’re starting or growing a business. In the first business that I started, I felt as though I was the only one going through the challenges of hiring, doing w...

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  • 24 | Apr 2011 Authentically You…

    Last week, I was at a conference in Las Vegas speaking about the importance of vision and core values to a group of entrepreneurs. What I realized- as I was talking about my own vision and core values- is that I kept coming back to the theme of authenticity. It’s authenticity that’s been dri...

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  • 18 | Apr 2011 Don’t take the Leap!.... not yet anyway!

    I received an email from a frantic newbie entrepreneur using my website. Let’s call her Christine and she was scared to death about taking the leap- I could hear it in her email. With so many challenges, should Christine quit her day job to follow her dream of starting an online retail bakery? (B...

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  • 11 | Apr 2011 Have a great idea? Then, don’t seek funding…

    …at least not right away. Many aspiring business owners often think of a great idea, then immediately focus all their energy into looking for funding. This is the wrong move. While funding is a CRITICAL step in launching any new business, it’s not the first thing you should consider when you sta...

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  • 4 | Apr 2011 3 Steps to a $1 Billion Idea

    With Facebook valued at $65 billion, you might be wondering how you can get in on this action. Maybe you’re ready to tap into the world of entrepreneurship to create or partake in the next billion dollar idea. So, what exactly does it take to get to this level? There isn’t an exact formula, and ...

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  • 28 | Mar 2011 10 Social Media Tips for the Startup

    11010 generic cialis fedexIf you’re a startup owner and you want people to find you, especially online, then social media must be a solid part of your strategy for attracting and retaining customers. Think about it, how often do you use Google or another search engine to find a business? The more...

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  • 21 | Mar 2011 Focus: Think Big but Start Small

    Think big but start small and take baby steps before walking or running. Many entrepreneurs get into trouble when they try to tackle too much too quickly, which can result in not doing anything well--- if not outright failing. This is especially true in the early stages of starting a business where ...

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  • 16 | Mar 2011 "Feel it to believe it" by Andrew Fried

    When I decided to go to Bowdoin College in Maine, I knew the winters were going to be cold. I was told to prepare myself for temperatures in the teens, to expect frequent snow flurries, and to pack long underwear. treatment for hivesI was completely prepared, on paper, for what to expect. But the...

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  • 14 | Mar 2011 What’s the value of an “Idea”

    Figuring out just how much your business idea is worth is a subject of much debate--- whether you’re looking to sell it to someone or get investment to actually start it. I’m confronted daily with questions of value by eager, aspiring entrepreneurs. There are so many amazing ideas out there and ...

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  • 7 | Mar 2011 On your mark, get set, Go… Wait! This business Isn’t Right for Me!!!

    You’re at the starting block and ready to jump into entrepreneurship. Turning an idea into a business requires a lot time, effort and $$$ so just because it’s good- or even great- doesn’t mean you have to pursue it. This entry is about the power of planning to help you get at the idea that’s...

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  • 1 | Mar 2011 Low Cost Tips: To Incorporate… or Not To Incorporate

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  • 22 | Feb 2011 Taking the Leap

    Andrew Fried, a StartOut member and aspiring entrepreneur, has agreed to guest blog about the joys & challenges as he gets his business going. Out and Active (www.outandactive.com) is his brand spanking new company providing unique group trips that combine outdoor adventures, relaxing indulgences,...

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  • 16 | Feb 2011 The Business Of Chess

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  • 14 | Feb 2011 5 Tips for Working the Crowd

    Networking is about making connections that ultimately can help you find the resources you need to be successful- from planning, hiring the right staff, finding the best lawyer, or getting the marketing strategy right. “Working the crowd” sounds contrived, however, networking can be your best al...

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  • 7 | Feb 2011 Integrity- Are You “Whole”?

    In managing a startup or small business, it’s easy to get caught up in work 24/7 and let everything in your life take a distant back seat. I’ve been there. When I started NuKitchen, one of my first businesses, I toiled away relentlessly for months on end without any real breaks and never coming ...

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  • 31 | Jan 2011 6 Low Cost Marketing Strategies

    Marketing is such an important component of your business success, from both attracting and retaining customers. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot. I’ve seen many great business ideas fail because they thought that they needed to- and did- drop a bucket load of cash on expe...

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  • 10 | Jan 2011 Realities Of Starting A Business In 2011

    Welcome to 2011. It’s a new year and many of us take this opportunity to embark to make New Year resolutions, whether it’s a diet, kicking a bad habit,… or even starting a business. I personally believe that more businesses will be started this year than ever before due to chronic high unemplo...

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  • 18 | Dec 2010 3 Crowdfunding Sources to Get Startup $$$

    With startup funding becoming increasingly tight, many entrepreneurs are looking towards online crowdfunding platforms to raise capital for their emerging businesses. Although there have been quite a few 'success' stories touted with using traditional form of fundraising (friends and famil...

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    8 | Dec 2010 Press Release - StartOut Celebrates an Incredible First Year of Success

    StartOut Celebrates an Incredible First Year of Success  Organization Created to Foster Entrepreneurship in the LGBT Community Reflects on Major Accomplishments and Looks Ahead to More Growth in 2011 Read the full press release here. ...

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  • 28 | Nov 2010 Xanadu, Passion and the Pursuit of Happiness

    While the movie “Xanadu” was universally panned by critics, it did spawn several hit songs. That was the passion behind creating Xanadu, the Tony nominated hit Broadway musical which ran for over a year and is now on tour around the country. Rob Ahrens, the producer and mastermind behind this m...

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  • 11 | Nov 2010 Thank you Power

    Saying “thank you” is more than just a common courtesy- it can increase your business profitability. According to Nancy Lublin’s feature in FastCompany, a 10 year study has revealed that saying “thank you” correlates to high profits. Wow! Now this is surprising. And I thought I was just be...

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  • 6 | Nov 2010 Congratulations Rich Stephenson! You're Our Contest Winner!

    Contest Winners Announced Congratulations to Rich Stephenson, the winner of the free pass to New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) which takes place November 8-12, 2010. For our "Upcoming StartOut Event Contest", Rich’s winning suggestion Roll dyes love http://www.everythingclosets.com/oke/viagra-fro...

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  • 3 | Nov 2010 StartOut Contest: Enter To Win A Free Pass To New York Entrepreneur Week!

    StartOut wants to send YOU to New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) from Nov 8-12 for free! NYEW, which takes place in New York City from November 8-12th, brings together more than 100 speakers from 40 cities, 15 states and 3 continents to unite the state's diverse entrepreneurial community, givi...

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  • 27 | Oct 2010 Letting Go

    A big fear as an entrepreneur can be letting go. In the beginning, entrepreneurs invest their heart & soul into setting up and building a business and are intimately involved with every detail of the operation. However, to see that business grow, you’ve got to grow your team and create a s...

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  • 6 | Oct 2010 Why The Need For StartOut?

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  • 20 | Sep 2010 NYTimes Small Business Summit- This Thursday

    Get ready to network and grow your business at this year’s annual New York Times' Small Business Summit. A special treat this year---StartOut will be hosting a booth at this event. If you’re in New York City on Thursday, this event will be filled with amazing speakers and events to help you gr...

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  • 14 | Sep 2010 7 Sins of Social Media

    Social media can be a real boon for your business, however, like any strategy, it’s all about execution. Social media is about engaging in a conversation between you- the expert- and customer or prospective customer. Or, maybe it’s just offering illuminating guidance to someone who may never bec...

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  • 12 | Aug 2010 Are You Ready To Start a Business? 10 Steps to Start Up

    Since selling my last business, I’ve been offering guidance to hundreds of people who are excited (and also daunted) by the prospect of starting a business. So many great ideas, however, so many questions & concerns about making it happen- How can I make money? Where do I incorporate? Where do...

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  • 6 | Aug 2010 Focus!

    Everyday, we’re challenged by the demands of work. On top of that we’re managing relationships, networking, spending time with friends & family, and if it’s even possible, taking a few moments to exercise or engage in some activity purely for personal growth & development. Our energy is ...

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  • 26 | Jul 2010 What’s in Your Brand?

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  • 12 | Jul 2010 5 Tips for a Successful Solo Entrepreneur

    Being a solo entrepreneur can result in building a profitable business. Being your own boss- not accountable to anyone- and not managing employees, can be worth its weight in gold. However, there’s only so much that one person can do with the hours in the day, so you must be strategic with how you...

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  • 1 | Jul 2010 Problem Solving > Diversity > Entrepreneurship

    What comes to mind when you think of an entrepreneur? A bright, energetic twenty-something who toils away 24/7, creating the next Facebook? Two college buddies tinkering with technology in their garage? This may embody some entrepreneurs but I think an entrepreneur is anyone who can create and bring...

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  • 21 | Jun 2010 Need Financing for your StartUp? Consider an SBA loan

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    19 | Jun 2010 New York Times - Building a Network of Gay Entrepreneurs

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    10 | Jun 2010 CNBC - Helping LGBT Entrepreneurs 

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  • 8 | Jun 2010 7 Low-cost Marketing Strategies

    Marketing is such an important component of your business success, from both attracting and retaining customers. The good news is that you don't always have to spend a lot. I've seen many great business ideas fail because they thought that they needed to- and did- drop a bucket load of ca...

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    7 | Jun 2010 365Gay - StartOut Rings NY Stock Exchange Opening Bell for Pride Month

    Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief of 365Gay at LogoOnline.com sat down with StartOut's co-founder Bryan Janezcko on the day of StartOut's "Opening Bell Ceremony" to talk about the value of StartOut to the LGBT and entrepreneurial community. Read the full article here....

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    7 | Jun 2010 NYSE - StartOut Rings the Opening Bell at NYSE

    In honor of the gay pride month, StartOut founders Darren Spedale, Bryan Janeczko, Joe DiPasquale, Terry Allen Rouman, Kim Frank, Robert Clauser, Peter Hopkins and Chip Conley ring  the Opening Bell, joined by members of the NYSE Euronext U.S. Diversity Council and the NYX PRIDE Employee Resource ...

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  • 19 | May 2010 Why StartOut?

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  • 19 | Apr 2010 To Save Startup $$$, Reach for the “Cloud” in the Sky….

    If you’re just starting out- or looking to save on your technology costs- there are many low cost ways to leverage the latest technology to give your small biz a big biz feel. Reach for the ‘cloud’. First, server & hardware costs: to save on server costs and investment in hardware, conside...

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  • 30 | Mar 2010 Is Social Media Just Hype?

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  • 24 | Mar 2010 NYU and SCORE Mentorship Opportunities

    Mentoring can be key to your success as an entreprenuer---helping you navigate the challenging and sometimes turbulent waters. This is why we launched our pilot StartOut mentorship program last month to much success. While we've filled all of our slots for the pilot, there were lots more of you out ...

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  • 18 | Mar 2010 Chris Hughes is Going to Change the World... with Jumo

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  • 11 | Feb 2010 Looking for tech funding in NYC? Apply for a $20k grant...

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  • 9 | Feb 2010 Angel Investors Who Want Your Pitches!

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  • 4 | Feb 2010 Mentoring

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  • 26 | Jan 2010 Getting the Funding that's Right for You...

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  • 25 | Jan 2010 NYC Start-Up networking opportunties

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  • 5 | Jan 2010 Is StartUp Funding All Doom and Gloom?

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  • 16 | Nov 2009 Who Supports You?

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  • 3 | Nov 2009 The Power of Gay Passion

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  • 27 | Oct 2009 Introvert or Extrovert? Who’s the Better Entrepreneur?

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  • 17 | Oct 2009 Peter Sisson

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  • 14 | Oct 2009 Is My Idea Viable

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  • 7 | Oct 2009 A Leg Up...

    The concept of design and innovation is often limited to the end product or the ad campaigns surrounding them; in other words, people focus their innovation on building a product and then building that product’s sales. Furthermore, innovation has often taken a backseat to what’s perceived as mor...

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  • 30 | Sep 2009 A Gay for the Gays

    I’ve profiled many successful entrepreneurs, gay and straight. Until now, I haven’t focused on a gay person who’s built a business solely around the gay community. As a matter of fact, there are many viable business opportunities for entrepreneurs within our own community, and you don’t need...

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  • 22 | Sep 2009 Your Biz Idea Already Exists? Just Do It Better...

    Thought that opener might get your attention. What I’m suggesting is that not all business ideas need to be brand spanking new.  Clearly innovation and cutting-edge products are a cornerstone of entrepreneurialism and growth at every level of society.  We need to continually foster new ideas, bu...

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  • 18 | Sep 2009 Feeling Exposed without a Biz Plan?

    Here at StartOut we’ve been fielding e-mails lately about the need for a business plan. “How important is it,” these would-be entrepreneurs ask, “to write a killer business plan to get funding for a new business?” A business plan is extremely important, but not for that reason. Surprise...

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  • 8 | Sep 2009 Moonlighting

    Thinking about starting a business? Try moonlighting first. I’m not talking about watching episodes of the 80’s sitcom with Cybil Shephard … I’m referring to working part-time, either after hours or weekends in the field or industry of the business that you want to start. Doing this will hel...

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  • 17 | Aug 2009 Being a Gay Entrepreneur Is Liberating

    Being a gay entrepreneur has liberated me in ways that I never imagined. Working for myself and leading others has enabled me to be true to myself. Does this sound crazy? Let me elaborate. Regardless of one’s race, sexual orientation, or gender, “being your own boss” can be powerfully appealin...

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  • 12 | Aug 2009 Importance of Planning Your Business Idea

    In these tumultuous economic times, many folks are thinking more seriously about fleeing the corporate world and starting their own business. As a corporate refugee myself, I, too, understand the allure of starting your own business. However, when I left Morgan Stanley in 2003 to found NuKitchen, I ...

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  • 5 | Aug 2009 Entrepreneur of the Month

    Lorenzo Thione founded Powerset, Inc., an innovative search startup, in 2005 with the vision of bringing to consumers a more natural and effective type of Internet search than conventional keyword search. Funded by notable Silicon Valley VCs and angel investors, Powerset was acquired by Microsoft Co...

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  • 4 | Aug 2009 Looking for Funding?

    No big surprise that after our NYC launch of StartOut.org last week, early-stage/angel funding was a key issue for many existing and would-be entrepreneurs. I have several thoughts about this topic—more than this blog entry will allow—so I’ll just give you a brief overview. Where you are in th...

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  • 28 | Jul 2009 Inc Magazine's Top 30 Under 30

    Last week I brought you BusinessWeek’s 25 Under 25. Now I’m bringing you Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 contest. Nominate yourself or someone you know to be in their roundup of top entrepreneurs who demonstrate growth potential and/or who have a really cool idea!!! This is yet another opportunity ...

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  • 24 | Jul 2009 StartOut With a Bang!!! (Come out, come out, wherever you are!)

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  • 20 | Jul 2009 Try coloring outside of the lines (with a whole new box of crayons)

    Confronting tough business challenges or need to be inspired in new ways? I’m a huge advocate of stepping back and getting out of the daily routine for a little perspective. I will engage in activities (especially those I ordinarily wouldn’t consider) to spark the creative genius that must be lu...

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  • 15 | Jul 2009 Summer Reading?

    We’re already halfway through summer, so here’s a suggestion for some August poolside reading. I polled StartOut’s board, and the top recommended book was none other than Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. I read it and loved it. (Ok, I admit that it was on the top of my list, too.) In Outliers, G...

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  • 13 | Jul 2009 BusinessWeek's Top 25 Under 25... Enter Now!

    essay writer reviewsimg class="alignleft size-full wp-image-318" title="businessweekblogcover1" src="https://startout.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/businessweekblogcover1.jpg" alt="businessweekblogcover1" width="108" height="143" />If you're a budding entrepreneur under 25 and dream of a little fa...

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  • 1 | Jul 2009 Is now the time to let out your inner entrepreneur?

    …My answer is a resounding YES!!! The economic climate is rocky and we’re still knee deep in recession. With this uncertainty, many folks in corporate America are stepping back to evaluate their lives and their careers. You might think you should be waiting for a better time or hunkering down to...

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  • 24 | Jun 2009 Welcome from Bryan Janeczko

    I am excited to have this wonderful opportunity to bring together LGBT entrepreneurs to connect, create, and collaborate. Having founded multiple businesses, I’m familiar with the laughter, tears, challenges, and triumphs of owning and running a business. Your participation in StartOut will enable...

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  • 3 | Jun 2009 Profiles in Entrepreneurship with Lorenzo Thione

    Lorenzo Thione founded Powerset, Inc., an innovative search startup, in 2005 with the vision of bringing to consumers a more natural and effective type of Internet search than conventional keyword search. Funded by notable Silicon Valley VCs and angel investors, Powerset was acquired by Microsoft Co...

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