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How to boost Louisville’s startup ecosystem?

  ….   …. An opinion post by Bill Huston, CEO of Our Crowd Rocks (https://ourcrowdrocks.com):   An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Louisville Steve Case pointed out that the playing field is not level regarding investing. In 2016, 70 percent of venture... read more

How Louisville leads the charge in the Rise of the Rest?!

Wow, way to go Louisville!  A couple weeks ago, we posted a message from Tommy Wallace from PNC Bank requesting everyone in the city to go to the Rise of the Rest website and vote for Louisville in the Bring Back the Bus contest.  I also saw many posts, emails, and... read more

Want Louisville to be a Rise of the Rest city?

  To all our friends in the Louisville area, In June of 2016, PNC’s Regional President, Chuck Denny, was instrumental in bringing Steve Case to Louisville during his “Rise of the Rest” tour. Case is the founder of AOL and started Rise of the Rest to highlight... read more

How SkuVault launched from startup to skyrocket?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS  Local company SkuVault has won a lot of awards and made a lot of headlines lately.  They’re one of the local Endeavor companies, and they’re a shining example of how to go from scrappy... read more

Want to know about Louisville’s first $1 billion baby?

  YES!  Louisville finally has produced our first $1 billion baby, our first Unicorn, our first $1 billion market cap cloud-based tech company! The problem is, we couldn’t feed our $1 billion baby enough cash, so she got adopted by Atlanta.  That’s... read more

How to be healthy and support Kentucky startups?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSDid you know that Kentucky is home to a fantastic new drink called Baqua?  They’re poised to grow rapidly along with the world’s passion for all things natural and healthy. Baqua’s founder and... read more

What you need to know about metro startup micro-investing?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS  From the very first Metro Startup Launcher investor meeting, Lisa Britton has been an active participant.  She understands that more startups in our community will produce more jobs and more wealth.... read more

How to be a successful entrepreneur like Gill Holland?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHave you ever wondered how Gill Holland got started?  He built a company that The Hollywood Reporter named as one of the top ten movie production companies in New York City.  He runs his own record label... read more

How to make crazy profits on investments like Airbnb?

Why is it that regular people don’t get to invest early in companies like Airbnb? Did anyone ask you if you wanted to invest in Google or Uber when they first got started? Would you have invested? How do these examples apply in any way to the Louisville area?... read more

How to Equity Crowdfund Your Startup?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO AND SHOW NOTES/BLOG By now, hopefully you know that the goal of Metro Startup Launcher is to make it much easier for startup companies in the Louisville metro area to raise capital... read more

Startup Weekend Louisville

I don’t know what local marketing genius made this video overlay of Shia, but it’s hilarious!  🙂 Check it out, and be sure to go to Startup Weekend, if you can!... read more

Don’t Let Your Attorney Get Away With It

Don’t Let Your Attorney Get Away With It By Andrew Phelps, Partner Fort Phelps PLLC http://fortphelps.com/ The economic downturn of 2008 and subsequent snail-like recovery has impacted every type of business, as well as every industry. The capitalistic attitude of the... read more

The EASY Way to Raise Seed Capital!

For years, I have consistently watched people in our startup community try to raise seed startup capital the hard way. I’ve fallen into the same trap myself from time to time. I’ve also raised capital several times, the EASY way. From now on, I’m... read more

How to Raise Capital (The Easy Way!)

SIGN UP NOW! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-capital-for-your-startup-the-easy-way-tickets-27412122396 Want to learn the easy and legal way to raise capital for your startup? Learn from local entrepreneurs who have raised significant cash for their startups? Learn... read more

The Most Successful City Crowdfund Ever!

Has a whole city ever equity crowdfunded a successful startup? Equity crowdfunding is a brand new thing, right? No, it’s far from new. In fact, one of the most successful crowdfunded businesses ever created was started in 1919 in a town of 30,000 people for... read more

Do startup investors actually make money? Yes!

  Invest in startups, and you’ll average 27% annual return on your investments!  Well, maybe it’s not quite that easy; however, according to Robert Wiltbank, PhD, 27% returns actually are the average for startup investments in the United States. How... read more

Next Phase – Investor Portal – Sign Up NOW!

Hi All, Progress continues with Metro Startup Launcher. We’re building a huge grass-roots support system for MSL, and the response has been fantastic. Obviously, everyone wants more capital to flow into our startup community! Now we need a big favor from... read more

The Do’s & Don’ts of Starting a New Business

The Do’s & Don’ts of Starting a New Business By Andrew Phelps, Partner, Fort Phelps PLLC The United States economy has been sputtering since 2008, searching constantly for a path to reignite the flames of growth, job creation, and the expansion of wealth. Current... read more

Louisville, THE Startup City!

Louisville soon will be THE Startup City!  Steve Case, former CEO of AOL, said so in his fantastic new book called The Third Wave.  OK, so he didn’t exactly say that. However, he did say that Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York City will not remain the main... read more

Software is Still Eating the World

Software is still eating the world (This article is so important to what we need to do here in Louisville, I’m posting it here in its entirety.  Fantastic!) Source: http://techcrunch.com/2016/06/07/software-is-eating-the-world-5-years-later/ Posted Jun 7, 2016... read more

What’s Broken in the Louisville Startup Scene?! (Part 2)

In my last blog (see PART 1), I listed some things that are broken in the Louisville area startup scene.  In this article, I’m suggesting a plan. In short, here’s our problem: 1. There are not enough startups starting in our community 2. A thriving startup... read more

What’s Broken in the Louisville Area Startup Scene?!!

Short answer: “Not enough startups are getting started.” Why?  Long answer: I’ve started several companies over the years, raised venture capital funds, and produced millions in profitable revenues.  I’ve sold companies, merged companies, and... read more