April 3, 2017

Startup Of The Week: Kannatopia

The cannabis industry -- in case you haven't noticed -- is positively blooming (sorry, the puns are just too easy). This week's "Startup Of The Week" is Kannatopia and comes to us from the great city of Chicago and the well-regarded startup hub 1871.

Read on as we chat with Kurt Akers and his vision of building the “Facebook for the Cannabis Ecosystem.”

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November 21, 2016

Startup of the Week: Repairly

Ed. Note: we had a chance to chat with Rich Edwards of Repairly, a very cool Techstars startup based in the UK. Read on! :) 

How did you come up with the idea for Repairly? What was the inspiration?

Both myself and CEO Fraser Williams have had experience in similar business models before. We saw that there was a huge problem in this industry.

When you break your technology, there’s a confusing amount of options. From slow manufacturers to untrustworthy high street shops, there’s no one company that you can turn to if you need to get something fixed. Technology has progressed at such a fast rate that the repair and support side of it has been left in the 90’s. Repairly is here to support people.

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June 14, 2016

Startup of the Week: Space Cadet

Finding short term office space can be a challenge. You need a cool, affordable place to hold a client meeting or throw an event or host a photo shoot, but perhaps you aren't quite ready for the expense of a full time office.

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June 2, 2016

Startup of the Week: Foldimate

For most people, the days of coming home and finding a pile of warm, neatly-folded, Bounty-scented laundry on your bed, lovingly placed there by Mom, are long gone.

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May 10, 2016

Startup of the Week: Opti

Startup founders often have a tough time staying positive, as realistically, the odds are stacked against them. To counteract this, Renat Gabitov summons boundless enthusiasm by constantly pushing himself to learn and grow.

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March 14, 2016

Startup Of The Week -- LeadCrunch

A week ago we were at Jason Calacanis' startup conference LAUNCH listening to Shervin Pishevar and Brogan BamBrogan discuss their new HyperLoop (great names x2, BTW). A gentleman sat down next to us, noticed Hilde's t-shirt, and said, "Hi, I'm Olin Hyde-- are you with Foundersuite? We LOVE Foundersuite. I'm a fan and an active, paid user."

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December 9, 2015

Startup of the Week- Shoprocket

I was in Dublin a few weeks ago for Web Summit and randomly bumped into these guys at a “speakeasy” event held by Powers Whiskey. After chatting for awhile, it dawned on me they were avid Foundersuite users which was very cool to discover. Awesome guys, and awesome product!

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August 5, 2015

Startup of the Week - Faraday Bicycles

Like everyone else, I rode a bike as a kid. I had a Huffy BMX Pro with a chro-moly frame, yellow mag wheels and red tires with matching grips. It was bizarre and beautiful.

But I stopped riding bikes around the time helmet laws came into effect and tight, bright spandex shorts became the norm. It just wasn't cool anymore.

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July 27, 2015

Startup of the Week - room.me

Finding the perfect roommate while studying abroad is hard. To find a good roommate, people try to connect offline on meetups, write hundreds of emails, drive to open houses, or sit through casting-like interviews.

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June 30, 2015

Startup of the Week - Study Abroad Apartments

If you have ever studied abroad, you have most certainly been faced with this problem: Finding an apartment. Study abroad by American students has more than doubled in the past 15 years. And what happens? Affordable apartments abroad are getting harder and harder to get.

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June 16, 2015

Startup of the Week -- Skyworks Aerial Systems

Drones are clearly the future, and I look forward to the day when I can sit in my backyard on a warm summer afternoon with a cool gin and tonic and a pellet gun and shoot them down.

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March 6, 2015

Startup of the Week -- Talino EV

Before starting grad school, I took a year-long "sabbatical" and backpacked extensively through Southeast Asia (remember the book The Beach? yeah, kinda like that...)

I absolutely loved the people, food, landscape and culture. But the traffic and pollution was horrible. I spent waaay too much time riding in Tuk-Tuks breathing exhaust from a sea of 2-stroke motors.

This week's Startup of the Week is solving this massive problem with a really cool electronic solution- think of it as the "Tesla-meets-Uber of Tuk Tuks."

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February 19, 2015

Startup of the Week - Filament

"Internet of Things," or "IoT" for short, both fascinates and frightens me.

On the one hand, I'm excited for the day when my refrigerator alerts me that milk is running low; but on the other hand, I envision this quickly devolving into a dark dystopia where the machines revolt, a la Skynet Takes Over or BSG.  

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December 30, 2014

Startup of the Week - Control

I admit it-- I am a bit of a control freak. But aren't most startup founders? I love the ability to choose my own adventure, and to control (or at least greatly influence) the outcome of my business.

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November 5, 2014

Startup of the Week - Closed Loop

What does it mean to be a "startup"? Is a startup defined solely by when it was born?

Or is it defined by the level of uncertainty-- as Neil Blumenthal, founder of Warby Parker puts it, “a startup is a company working to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed.”

Or is the true definition of a startup simply a "company designed to grow fast" as Paul Graham would argue?

Could it be all three?

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October 14, 2014

Startup of the Week - reQwip

Buying sports gear is normally quite expensive, and maybe even out of the question if you're a student (broke) or working in a startup (face the facts, also broke).

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October 9, 2014

Startup of the Week - Turfly

Obesity is a huge problem (no pun intended), and one that is spreading throughout the developed world. Let's face it-- eating is easy and fun, going to the gym is a pain, and losing weight is hard. But what if it didn't have to be?

What if exercise felt more like playing a game? What if it was addictive, and where you "win" by simply walking around the block?

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September 15, 2014

Startup of the Week - MF Fire

(Almost) everyone wants to make the world a cleaner, greener place, and it's easy to do -- even simple things like biking, recycling and composting makes a difference. But you also have people who want to contribute on a much greater scale. Cue Taylor Myers.

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September 8, 2014

Startup of the Week - Collete Racing

You know those individuals that make you shake your head and say “wow” every time they speak? They are a rare commodity, but we've actually found one, right here in the Foundersuite community.

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August 25, 2014

Startup of the Week - SkillGravity

If you're like me, you probably meet and work with a lot of new and interesting people. But how often do you really have a sense of what people can do, or even what your co-workers are working on? Probably not that often = opportunity lost.

SkillGravity, a startup founded by Alina Kharina (say it 5x fast) is more than just another professional network -- it's a tool you can use to communicate with your co-workers on a global basis, and to fully leverage utilize the skillsets of your employees.

Read on for a remarkably positive and upbeat SOTW!

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August 18, 2014

Startup of the Week - Zerply

LinkedIn has become an incredibly powerful platform for hiring and meeting other professionals, but it is “one size fits all,” and some professions and skills don't lend themselves to being a bullet point on a resume. For example, if you’re a creative talent in the TV, film or game industries, you have a portfolio to show, and your work needs to be seen-- "more show, less tell."

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