Meet the incubator: DreamIt Ventures

A Q&A with DreamIt Ventures CEO Kerry Rupp. The Philadelphia-based incubator was founded in 2008 by Steve Welch, Michael Levinson and David Bookspan. DreamIt operates accelerators in Austin, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and Tel Aviv, and according to the firm, has launched 157 companies. Incubated startups have also raised more than $171 million in follow-on funding, … [Read more...]

Meet the investor: Andrew Canter, Canter Capital

A Q&A with Andrew Canter, founder and CEO of Canter Capital. The San Diego, California-based firm is a part of Canter Companies, a group of ventures focused primarily on real estate, wealth management, and venture investing. Its investments typically focus on local, San Diego-area startups. SUB: Please briefly describe the vision behind Canter Capital. Canter: Canter … [Read more...]

Investor Perspective: Seraph Group founder and Angel investor Tuff Yen

A Q&A with Seraph Group founder and president Tuff Yen about Angel investing and the current state of technology Seed-stage investing. Seraph Group is considered a ‘Super Angel’ fund that invests between $50,000 and $1 million in high-growth startups. The fund made its first investment in 2005, based on the idea that it would bridge a gap left by individual Angel investors … [Read more...]

Thought Leaders: David S. Rose on the CATAPULT NYC contest for early-stage startups, and tech innovation in Silicon Alley

A Q&A with Gust CEO and Rose Tech Ventures Managing Partner David S. Rose about CATAPULT NYC, a contest for New York City-based startups, judged by a panel of Angel investors, and meant to further develop promising early-stage ventures focused on web, social, financial, mobile, green tech, entertainment, health, or media technologies. Prizes for the first and second place … [Read more...]

Thought Leaders: Mid Atlantic Bio Angels founder Yaniv Sneor on what he looks for in new life science investments, red flags, and the importance of investor expertise

A Q&A with Mid Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA) founder Yaniv Sneor about the group, what they look for in potential investments, and why life science startups need investors that are particularly knowledgeable about the sector. MABA is focused on early-stage investments in biotech companies based in the Mid-Atlantic coastal region of the U.S. Invite-only memberships in MABA are … [Read more...]

Thought Leaders: Incubation Station founder Shari Wynne on the potential for consumer packaged goods companies, and the Austin startup scene

A Q&A with Incubation Station founder and CEO Shari Wynne. The Austin-based startup incubator and accelerator was founded in April of 2012, and kicked off its second accelerator class this past March. It considers a range of companies from launch to $3 million in yearly revenue for its program. SUB: Please briefly tell us about the vision behind Incubation Station. … [Read more...]

Thought Leaders: Mike Edwards of LX Ventures on the differences between Canadian and U.S. startups, and the ‘pixelization’ of entrepreneurship

A Q&A with Mike Edwards, director, president, and CEO of Canadian investment firm LX Ventures. The firm, which launched last October, is an incubator of early-stage, high-growth technology companies, and invests mainly in health, finance, and advertising startups. SUB: Please describe LX Ventures and its mission. Edwards: LX Ventures is a publicly traded incubator that … [Read more...]

Clarke Miyasaki of Kickstart Seed Fund on its second fund and what entrepreneurs should do to attract early-stage investment

A Q&A with Clarke Miyasaki, Managing Director, Kickstart Seed Fund. The fund closed its second round of fundraising with $26 million in late April. Kickstart is focused on companies located in the Mountain West region of the U.S. SUB: Please briefly tell us about the vision behind Kickstart Seed Fund. Miyasaki: Kickstart was founded to provide Seed financing for Utah tech … [Read more...]

Startup Riot’s founder on getting noticed as an entrepreneur, emerging sectors in tech, and helping other startups after a successful exit

An interview with Startup Riot founder Sanjay Parekh about Startup Riot events, the challenges faced by technology startups outside of Atlanta, and the up-and-coming sectors in tech. Based in Atlanta, Startup Riot produces what it describes as ‘affordable, curated events’ for startups. The day-long events invite 30 startups to give brief presentations followed by Q&A from … [Read more...]

PBS’s acclaimed history series American Experience takes on Silicon Valley’s origins

A Q&A with filmmaker Randall MacLowry, producer and director of American Experience’s Silicon Valley, a documentary about the history of the region and its rise to the forefront of the technology startup world. The film premieres tonight at 9pm EST on PBS stations across the U.S. SUB: Tell me a little bit about your documentary filmmaking background, and how you came to … [Read more...]