Coworking is not Dead; It’s just been Wrong

PaulAdvocacy, Development23 Comments

Think more regionally and by specialization. 2020 has frequently raised one major question, resoundingly repeated by property investors, office space owners, and coworking facilitators, “Is coworking dead??” No. Consider that it has been addressing and trying to solve the wrong problem. The flaw of co-working was that it is mostly generically applied. It’s usually just deck/office for coworkers. Some places … Read More

Startup Stages Stage Teams

PaulAdvocacy21 Comments

Earlier this year, a study of United States Census, Business Dynamic Statistics, by Ecliptic Capital’s Christy Cardenas, revealed that new businesses account for almost all [net] new job creation, and 20% of gross job creation.   In a world in which 90% of startups fail and 54% of new businesses end within the first few years, a known challenge for … Read More

WTH Happened to the News?

PaulAdvocacy, Education47 Comments

On September 11th, a notable day in United States and by extension, throughout the world, Townhall (a clearly conservative political voice), rang the headline, “AG [U.S. Attorney General] Barr Rips National Media as a ‘Collection of Liars’ Over Riot Coverage.” Now, before I fire you up about either side of the political aisle, the looming U.S. Presidential election, or the … Read More

MediaTech is the New FinTech

PaulAdvocacy, Development, Innovation10 Comments

There was a wonderful headline just over 2 years ago, speculating that MediaTech could be the new FinTech. 2020 has shown us a great many thing but the most notable of things in business and innovation might be revealing what happens when the world is finally all online. Indeed, MediaTech is the new FinTech. Paul X. McCarthy, Adjunct Professor, UNSW, … Read More

What Does it Mean to be a Tech Company vs. Tech-Enabled?

PaulAdvocacy, Education, Innovation12 Comments

In the capital communities of venture capital or angel investing, we often talk about the considerations of a startup that is “tech-enabled” rather than “tech.” A tech company, it seems, is often valued to a greater degree relative to revenue, than a company tech-enabled. Is that valid? What is the difference? Is your work in technology or is it tech-enabled? … Read More

VALIDATE BEFORE YOU BUILD!

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Education, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring dozens of startups through various innovation programs, and continue to do so through our incubator Collective, and beyond. I’m also very fortunate to work alongside mentor veterans Paul O’Brien & Ted Cohen who have collectively mentored hundreds of startups over the years. What I’ve come to realize, is that most programs and entrepreneurs tend to think backwards … Read More

The Evolution of “Entrepreneur”

PaulAdvocacy, Education1 Comment

Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

2020 will be remembered as one of the most remarkable years in human history for a host of reasons, least of which is how the state of our economy, and need to work from home, has thrust us all to appreciate what it means to be online at the same time that many are exploring starting a business of their … Read More