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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Three Things That Would Help Entrepreneurship In The USA

Yesterday, I spent the day in Baltimore meeting with several people in the entrepreneurship/tech community.  I saw the Beehive, listened to perspective on where the region has come from versus where it is today as well as where it may go toward the future, and met some really good people.

After reflecting on my conversations, here are three things I believe would help the nation's entrepreneurial community at large:

1.  A Portal Enabling Entities With Vacant Meeting Space To Offer It Gratis To Entrepreneurs

For those of us who assist in planning or hosting events, one of the most difficult tasks is finding an appropriate location.  However, there are countless conference rooms, roof decks, and commercial real estate offerings that sit vacant every day.  There should be a mechanism which enables people to offer space for free.

2.  A Portal Enabling Comparison Of Business & Tax Implications Between States

As Donald Rumsfeld famously stated, "[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know."

Starting a business is a daunting task that is complicated by red tape, regulations, and a constant unknown about what you don't know.  A resource enabling easy comparison between states (e.g.; Business formation costs, tax rates/incentives, etc) would be very helpful. 

3.  A Nationwide Shift In The Perception Of Failure

It's been said that failure is the stepping stone to success.  However, tolerance on the West Coast of failure is much more acceptable than that on the East Coast.  Failure means you tried, and should no longer be viewed as definitively indicative of future success.  

People should go out on a limb more. After all, that's where the fruit is.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A DC/MD/VA Entrepreneurship Primer


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It's undeniable that there is a lot going on in the DC/MD/VA entrepreneurship community right now.  New startups are launching on a weekly basis, days are frequently triple booked with events to choose from, and a positive view of what's in store for the future exists.

However, as a busy entrepreneur, finding what you're looking for can be a bit overwhelming.  To help, below is a primer to help you navigate places to work, communities to join, and events to attend.

The ultimate goal is to create a community driven crowd-sourced resource... this is phase one.

| Co-Working Spaces (for rent) | Meetings/Events/Orgs | Online Groups |
Entrepreneurial & Tech News | Jobs/Employment |
| Startup Listings | Angel/VC Related |

Co-Working Spaces (for rent)
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Northern VA
    • Connect113
      • Location: 113 South Columbus Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314
    • WeSpace (VA)
      • Location: 1610 Washington Plaza N, RestonVA 20190
    • Washington, DC
      • 1410Q
        • Location: 1410 Q Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
      • Affinity Lab 
        • Location: 920 U Street NW, Washington DC 20001
      • District I/O
        • Location: 1140 19th Street, First Floor, Washington DC 20036 
      • The Hive
        • Location: 2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020
      • The Hub
        • Location: Opening summer '11
      • PlusSideDC
        • Location: Opening fall '11

      • Baltimore Tech Events
        • About: Baltimore and Maryland event listing aggregated by Ross Karchner. 
      • DC Event Junkie 
        • About: A leading tech and social events listing for the DC area, curated by DCEventJunkie.
        • DC Tech Events 
          • About: DC area event listing aggregated by Ross Karchner. 
        • Events By Sisarina 
          • About: Event listings supported by Melanie Spring's Sisarina, Inc.

        Events & Series: 
        • Baltimore Washington Tech
          • About: Dedicated to discussing new trends in the Web 3.0. 
        • BisNow Entrepreneur Series
          •  About:  Series intended to assist entrepreneurs or observers of the scene, pinpoint what's hot and what's not in new tech fields, what funders look for in deciding whether to back you, and how the best entrepreneurs prepare, survive, and succeed.
        • Bootstrap Maryland 
          • About:  A not-for-profit group that brings together young entrepreneurs and the necessary tools for running a lean and successful technology business. Aims to see Maryland, DC, and Virginia flourish with innovation.
        • DC Entrepreneurship Week 
          • About:  Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, the multi-faceted symposium aims to answer pressing ‘real-world’ questions in an intimate setting from business leaders who have paved the way. 
        • DC Startup Weekend 
          • About: Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend.
        • DC TechCocktail Events 
          • About:  Event series highlighting emerging technology news, people, startups, products, and innovations for the true tech enthusiast. 
        • Digital Capital (DC) Week 
          • About:  A festival in the US capital focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators of all kinds.
        • DevHouseDC 
          • About:  A party for hackers and thinkers.
          • Ignite
            • About: Five minutes, 20 slides. What would you say? At every Ignite, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities take the stage to answer this challenge. Our goal is to spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines. 
          • Innovate Baltimore
            • About: Asocial community for creative technology leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals, and enthusiasts in the Baltimore region.
            • Refresh 
              • About: A community of web designers, developers, and other new media professionals working together to refresh the creative, technical, and professional aspects of their trades. The goal is to bring together the best and brightest new media professionals so that we may learn from one another. Our industry is too rich for any one person to “know it all.” 
            • Social Matchbox 
              • About: A trusted source of straight up information, news, and perspective related to the software and web product community on the East Coast. 
            • Startup Baltimore
              • About: An emerging community of individuals who are actively interested in the startup space in Baltimore, Maryland. 
            • Startup Breakfast (Baltimore)
              • About: A monthly breakfast club established to draw out individuals who are actively interested in the startup scene in Baltimore.


            Coding/Language Meetups & Groups:

              Online Groups

              DC/MD/VA Entrepreneurship & Tech News


              Startup Listings

              Angel/VC Related 

              Tuesday, July 12, 2011

              My Shuttle Launch Perspective (Video)

              Unknown to me, Tim Bailey shot a video of NASA's final shuttle launch from directly behind me.

              This is that video.

              Monday, July 11, 2011

              Pics From NASA'S Final Shuttle Launch

              I was fortunate to be invited to the media area (at the countdown clock) to witness NASA's final shuttle launch, STS-135.

              To put things in to perspective, here's an image of where I was:

              Here are a few of my favorite pictures.  I'm still at a (near) loss of words.