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9 Rules for Your Unborn (or Growing) Startup

For the last few years I’ve gifted Rules for My Unborn Son, a book by Walker Lamond, to almost everyone I know that is graduating from high school or college. Now that I am a newly minted dad, I’ve revisited my own copy of the book to see if there is any useful knowledge I should be passing on to my own son. As I have come to find out over the last few weeks, one of the only things tougher than…

Startup Show-N-Tell: April 10, 2015

As a distributed startup with team members living and working across the world, we’ve taken to Slack (who hasn’t?) to stay in touch handle some aspects of just about every mission critical business process. One of those processes is sharing interesting business tactics, thought provoking posts, and general randomness that we come across on a day to day basis. Each week, we collect some of the things that got us talking here in our Startup Show-N-Tell post. Does your team or company…

Scaling != Growth

Growing or Scaling? I was chatting with a student looking to get into the startup world. This particular student wanted to join a newly launched app and help “scale” the company. I paused and asked, “Do you mean help grow the company or scale it?”. Super early stage startups are rarely “scaling”, rather they are doing anything possible to grow. They are doing things that are not scalable, trying to find product-market fit and cold emailing just about everyone to try their product. When you are trying…

A Startup Sitdown w/ Crowdhall

This week we are featuring Crowdhall. They were actually one of the first companies invited to Visible—very much in our “MVP” stage. They were part of The Brandery and now part of The Downtown Project in Vegas. I actually got to crash at their live/work space when I was checking out The Downtown Project. The Q&A’s they host are awesome, make sure to check out some of the ones below. What is Crowdhall in a sentence or two? Easily host interactive online town halls with an…

A Startup Sitdown w/ Lesson.ly

A sit down with the CEO of Lessonly, Max Yoder This week I was fortunate enough to talk with the Lessonly team. They are based in Indianapolis & disrupting the corporate training market. We use Lesson.ly at Visible to help onboard new companies and share all the functionality we have to offer. The team is growing and they just moved into a new office (picture below). I’m told they have desks coming but they actually look pretty comfy as is. #lowburn As if…

A Startup Interview w/ FoodGenius

We are starting a new blog series on the Visible blog featuring some of the amazing companies that are utilizing the Visible platform. To kick things off we sat down with one of our earliest users, Eli Rosenberg, who is the COO at Food Genius. They are a Chicago startup tracking over 50 million restaurant menu items! Big data meets the food industry. #boom. Check out the Q&A below with Eli below. <——this is Eli by the way. What is Food Genius in 1…

Charlie

The Visible team had a chance to meet up with the Charlie team today at 1871 in Chicago. Charlie helps you easily walk into any conversation, meeting, pitch, etc & be prepared. It does this by sucking in your calendar and giving you a beautiful digest to your inbox 1 hour before your meeting of who you are about to meet with. They do this by pulling in info from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, recent press, company blog posts, etc. If I’m going…