Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a major initiative which convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique. Donna is also a Founding Member of the K Street Capital angel network and is an active angel investor. She is a Board Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a Board Member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University and an alumna of Springboard Enterprises.
On this episode you'll learn:
-What did Donna see while traveling to startup ecosystems around the world?
-What advantages do early stage entrepreneurs in emerging markets have over entrepreneurs in the US?
-What was the vision for 1776 when Donna and Evan first started?
This panel session is recorded from the ecosystem summit at Collision in New Orleans a couple weeks ago. The topic of the panel was around strategies for small and mid-sized cities to foster and support the growth of their startup ecosystem. Joined by Stanfield Gray, the CEO and Founder of Dig South, Tiffany Linke-Boyko, the CEO of Startup Edmonton, and Matt Wolfe, the Brand and Marketing Director for Greater New Orleans inc. Here is Stanfield, Tiffany, and Matt talking ecosystem building strategies, tips, and tools for small and mid-sized cities. On this episode you'll learn: What metrics does edmonton focus on in quantifying the growth of its ecosystem? How does a large conference like Collision in New Orleans benefit the cities startup scene? What are some strategies Stanfield used to make Dig South one of the largest tech conferences in the South East?
Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Strategic Investments, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer web services and digital media-based investment opportunities. Omoigui also drove ICap's investment focus on next generation semantic technologies, smart data and the realtime web. Eghosa was personally responsible for (developing supporting theses for and) sourcing investment opportunities in various companies including AdMob, Jaiku, Powerset, Facebook, LinkedIn, Teracent and Pandora. Prior to this role, Omoigui was Chief of Staff to the President of Intel Capital (the largest global tech corporate VC), and, before that, Chief of Staff for Intel’s Treasury organization, helping oversee an $18B cash platform. On this episode you will learn: What are some of the biggest obstacles faced by early stage startups in Africa before they grow to the size where they can raise a large growth round? What are the big questions entrepreneurs must ask corporate VCs when entering into discussions with them? And what are the big red flags entrepreneurs should look for in their dialogue? Coming from the Silicon Valley bubble into different African markets, how do you think differently about valuations?
Jon Atkinson serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development at Loyola University New Orleans, a program he helped found. In this role, he leads Loyola's efforts to provide nationally recognized entrepreneurship education that will help build an innovation-ready workforce that serves New Orleans and the Gulf region. Jon believes that professionalization of local early stage capital, focus on developing a local innovation-ready workforce and connecting entrepreneurship to the Gulf region's legacy industries can have a profound impact on our local economy and community. Jon also serves as the Administrator for Lagniappe Angels, LLC. In this role, Jon manages day to day operations of the investment group and is responsible for pipeline development, coordination of due diligence, and general administration of the group. On this episode you'll learn: What it takes to train an innovation ready workforce? What are a few challenges faced by the startup ecosystem in New Orleans? What are some recent improvements in the City's startup ecosystem?
Host Andrew Berkowitz moderates an All Things Crypto panel session at the Blockchain, Crypto, and Beyond conference in Arlington, Virginia. BCBcon is a full-day conference focused on blockchain technology and crypto. Panelists include Akin Sawyerr, CEO of RocRemit, Jenny Q. Ta the CEO / Founding Partner of VCNetwork.Co as well as the Founder & CEO of Squeaky, Joshua Boles, Senior Managing Director, Savage Funding, and Paul Mcneal the Founder of CryptoMarkets360 and the President of The Sturgeon Group. On this episode you'll learn: What countries are best positioned to be a leader in the crypto revolution, what smart contract platforms are leading, and what cryptocurrencies are best positioned to win the emerging market remittance industry.