Looking for Some Teachers to Give Insight on a Website to Help Teachers

There's a little company based in New Jersey called PortfolioGen. Started by a teacher and a Vice-Principal, its mission is simple - To make it easier for teachers looking for jobs to find employment with schools who need their skills and expertise. Traditionally, teachers have had to lug around an offline portfolio when they go interview. Teach…

My Crazy Idea For the Month

So it's been a while, but here's a new and ridiculous idea that might not be so ridiculous. 1) The problems with trying to build a profitable business delivering food or items with same day service (such as Eat 24), are the extreme set up costs to buy a fleet of vehicles, the complexity of hiring drivers who know the area, and the ability to lau…

Geek Stars Shine Bright at Annual Geekwire Awards

There was more Polo than Prada. More Ralph than Lauren. And Levi's outnumbered Louboutin's about 5 to 1. But there was enough revelry, camaraderie and fun at Geekwire's "Oscars of Seattle Startups" last night at EMP that you expected Ellen to organize a group selfie. You can get the full results of the 13 Geek Awards over at Geekwire.com. But ma…

Helping the JOBS Act Get Through

From the entrepreneur's perspective, more access to capital is better than less. We have a current ecosystem that involves Angels and VC's, but there are many reasons why we should make it easier for people to make informed decisions about investing in new ventures. There's a hearing in the Washington senate on this Tuesday, 2/25. Here's a good …

That’s Billion, With a B

Facebook just agreed to buy WhatsApp for $16 Billion. That's one billion, this many times: Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion Billion When you add the other Billion Billion Billion for current What's App employees, it comes to $19 Billion. …

Why Start-ups Shouldn’t Pretend to Recruit Agencies

In the Entrepreneurial Marketing class I teach at the UW, we talk about how start-ups need to be scrappy with their money. Without aa lot of money to spend, we need to make every dollar stretch. We talk about the fact that we often can't afford to hire an agency. One of the ways to temporarily sidestep the need to hire strategic services from an…

Why Life is Like Football

I was talking to one of my young entrepreneurial friends today. It had been a while since we caught up so the conversation predictably started around, "How's everything going?" The funny thing about entrepreneurs is that nothing is ever going poorly. Setbacks are learning experiences. Unexpected hurdles are blockers for future competition. Lack …

Talking Startups at Entrepreneur University

Between teaching Entrepreneurial Marketing at UW, and being on the Board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, I get a number of amazing opportunities to sit down and talk with people who are making things happen. Not just coming up with ideas, but actually executing on those dreams. Last Friday at NWEN's ntrepreneur University, I had the oppor…

Join Me at the TechCrunch Meetup Thursday

The next version of the Techcrunch Meetups + Pitch-Off is headed to Seattle this Thursday. Besides the fun and frivolity of your typical Seattle tech event, a few lucky entrepreneurs will be pitching their businesses to a group of TC judges. These entrepreneurs will have one minute to explain why "their start-up is awesome." Since all the products …

Ben Huh Discusses Laying Off 1/3 of His Team

An interesting article ran in Inc Magazine this week about Ben Huh and the layoffs at Cheezburger a while back, "How I Live With Myself After Firing a Third of My Employees." At first it looks like it's been written by Huh. But I read it and it sounded nothing like how the charismatic CEO speaks. Then I noticed that it was "written by Liz Welch,…