Cybersecurity Imperatives for Startups

Cybersecurity Imperatives for Startups Incidents of cyberattacks and malicious hacking seem to be dominating the news cycle of late, but computer system crimes have been increasing since the late 1980s. Many of the early occurrences were not meant to be harmful—skilled young programmers, often on a lark, sought to challenge the defenses of cyberspace. Today’s attacks, however, have been far …

Is It Time to Revisit Your Social Media Strategy?

Is It Time to Revisit Your Social Media Strategy? Almost without question, a social media strategy is a vital part of the marketing mix for most companies doing business today. But the question that remains surrounds the effectiveness of your strategy and how often and under what circumstances you should reevaluate your approach. As social media becomes increasingly essential to …

Three Tips to Make Your Marketing Better

Three Tips to Make Your Marketing Better CI’s portfolio companies are some of the most amazing I’ve ever worked with. Fascinating technology applied in brainy ways to effect groundbreaking innovation: Color me impressed! Despite being incredible—and vastly different—each company I consult with typically benefits from similar marketing advice. Here are my top three tips. Assume a position. From social media …

Top Five Tips for Expediting a Brownfield TIF Project

Top Five Tips for Expediting a Brownfield TIF Project During the time that I have been with the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority (CBRA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, I have coordinated more than $12 million in CBRA financing to support more than $200 million in redevelopment projects across the state – using a financing vehicle known as tax …

Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive?

Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive? If you ask any marketer whether social media is critical to building an audience, you’d be hardpressed to find one who would say no. Most brands have a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, if not Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Snapchat.           Link to PDF

Keys to Entrepreneurial Success in 2017

Keys to Entrepreneurial Success in 2017 Entrepreneurs are a unique breed. For many, success comes from having the moxie to challenge the status quo and take on calculated risks in order to realize greater opportunities. Particularly for those bold enough to embark on a startup venture, it takes vision and guts to put it all on the line in the …

Funding Your Startup: Lessons Learned (and Advice on Avoiding Missteps)

Funding Your Startup: Lessons Learned (and Advice on Avoiding Missteps) Skipping your workout. Losing touch with a good friend. Getting sucked into Facebook/Instagram/Fantasy Football when you’re supposed to be practicing your board presentation. Hey, we all do stuff we regret. Yes, even whip-smart tech entrepreneurs stumble from time to time. Take funding, for example. A recent financing survey by The …

3 charts that show the effect of venture fundraising on founder ownership

3 charts that show the effect of venture fundraising on founder ownership Raising money inevitably dilutes the stakes of company investors, employees and founders, but the idea is that a growing valuation results in a net positive, as it increases the value of everyone’s now-smaller slice of the pie. That’s how we end up with billionaire founders like Bill Gates, …