Startup Meetup

Monetate CEO Lucinda Duncalfe Kicks SaaS

Monetate CEO Lucinda Duncalfe Kicks SaaS

Serial CEO Lucinda Duncalfe finds that her martial arts training has a lot in common with running a company. “You have to be willing to be vulnerable, the same way as when you come to full speed in an attack in martial arts. Women in particular are terrible at this. We ask for less money, we worry about what people will think. Just GO.”

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John Bacino Holds the Slippery Coat of Innovation

John Bacino Holds the Slippery Coat of Innovation

“Knowing a need and filling it was an early lesson I learned,” says inventor John Bacino. That lesson led to a long and illustrious career at W.L. Gore, and even spurred him to launch a company in his retirement.

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The “Invisible Inventor” Robert Morris

The “Invisible Inventor” Robert Morris

When inventor Robert Morris showed his multimedia program to an investor and told him that everyone was going to have multimedia on their desktop in 5 years, “He told me I was crazy. But that was the same person who turned down Steve Jobs so I don’t feel so bad.”

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CoreDial’s Alan Rihm on Being a “Real Entrepreneur”

CoreDial’s Alan Rihm on Being a “Real Entrepreneur”

Alan Rihm on his early days as an entrepreneur: “We went from selling 2-3 accounts a day to 20-30 because we went on the Howard Stern Show and gave away Netscape disks for free.” Alan needed help. Fast. “I recruited my mom to answer the phones. She said, ‘But I don’t know what to say!’ I told her just to pick up the phone and put them on hold.”

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Frank Coates on the Transformative Power of Failure

Frank Coates on the Transformative Power of Failure

Frank Coates of Wheelhouse Analytics believes, “It’s all about finding small pockets of need in these big financial organizations that other IT companies find underworthy of their investment. A small company like ours can do that.”

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Ted Mann Clips Away at Startup Success with his Coupon App

Ted Mann Clips Away at Startup Success with his Coupon App

“Coupons are not the most sexy thing to work on in the tech business,” says Ted Mann, founder of mobile couponing app SnipSnap. “But the truth is that they are huge part of the retail economy. Eight-five percent of Americans use them every month.”

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Dave Mann on Learning to Resist Shiny Objects

Dave Mann on Learning to Resist Shiny Objects

“I don’t want to work so damn hard. I don’t expect any of my products to be my single source of income. I want to have 3 to 4 smallish products, little plugins for Office 365. Each one brings in an ok amount of money, and I’m good. I don’t need to have that one huge single product.”

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Leveraging the Fantasy Market w/ John Walters of StockJock

Leveraging the Fantasy Market w/ John Walters of StockJock

“We want to be the Flintstones vitamins of stock market games.”

John Walters is bringing the thrill of fantasy sports leagues to the stock market. The Villanova grad started off at First National Bank, where he learned first hand about the problems confronting small businesses. Today, he’s a Senior Living Balance Sheet Specialist at eMoney Advisor, as well as the founder of StockJock, an online fantasy stock trading game.

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What’s Worth Building w/ Jason Browne

What’s Worth Building w/ Jason Browne

Jason Browne, CEO of SPOR sporchargers.com @SporrChargers “It’s wildly popular to call yourself an entrepreneur these days.” Jason Browne thinks that lots of people want to be entrepreneurs simply because they don’t want to be labelled as anything else. “Is it that...

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Beyond Wild w/Kip Wetzel

Beyond Wild w/Kip Wetzel

Kip Wetzel, VP of Social Media Strategy at Capital One @kipwetzel Kip Wetzel claims he’s just a “dirty hippie” despite the fact he’s probably the most dapper person in the room. Fifteen years ago, he abandoned an Andersen Consulting gig to embark on an odyssey, hiking...

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Serial Startup Development w/Kyle Riggle

Serial Startup Development w/Kyle Riggle

Kyle Riggle, Partner at EWS, CEO of Orth Cleaners @OrthCleaners @EWSystemsInc Kyle Riggle wants your dirty laundry. Seven months ago, the New York City-based entrepreneur bought Orth Cleaners, a dry cleaning business with locations in Coatesville and West Chester,...

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Social Selling Made Easy w/Peter Strid, PeopleLinx

Social Selling Made Easy w/Peter Strid, PeopleLinx

Peter Strid, VP of Sales at PeopleLinx @PeterStrid @PeopleLinx PeopleLinx.com Peter Strid has a hunch we are all pretty bad at using LinkedIn. When he asks the 75-person crowd who uses it, almost every hand goes up. “OK, now who considers themselves effective, or has...

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Follow the Juice! w/Bob Cirino

Follow the Juice! w/Bob Cirino

Bob Cirino, Global Impact Director at The Biochar Company, Cofounder of Dive @bobcirino @biochar_IBI @SoilReefBiochar Bob Cirino sees how everything fits together. He communicates his vision at a lightning pace, blending science and a positive, forward-thinking...

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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Melissa Alam’s Path to The Hive

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Melissa Alam’s Path to The Hive

Melissa Alam, Founder of The Hive and Femme & Fortune melissaalam.com @RingTheAlam thehivephilly.com @TheHivePhilly femmeandfortune.com There is a joyous fearlessness in Melissa Alam. Her latest venture is The Hive, a coworking space for female entrepreneurs in...

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Be Bold, Take Risks and Find Balance w/ Dr. Chao Chen

Be Bold, Take Risks and Find Balance w/ Dr. Chao Chen

Dr. Chao Chen, Co-Portfolio Manager at TFS Capital “In August 2007, our fund lost a lot of value very quickly, and we didn’t know why. It was a period where we had to face the fears of maybe losing the company, and losing money for investors. We learned a lot from...

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1st Startup Meetup of 2015 w/ Yasmine Mustafa!

1st Startup Meetup of 2015 w/ Yasmine Mustafa!

Yasmine Mustafa, Founder of ROAR & Leader of GirlDevelopIt Philly “I was born in Kuwait. My mother had an arranged marriage and had to ask for permission to go outside. She didn’t go to college, women at that time never dreamt of that. My brother was born here and...

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Weekly Startup Meetup #52

Weekly Startup Meetup #52

#52: Round Table w/ The WSL Team @walnutstlabs wsldivi4.kinsta.cloud "We started Walnut St. Labs technically, about this time last year. I signed the lease and figured I would find a way to make it work. It was in large measure through a degree of instinct, and...

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Building a KickAss Startup w/ Satyajeet Shahade

Building a KickAss Startup w/ Satyajeet Shahade

Satyajeet Shahade, Cofounder and CEO of HootBoard @sshahade @hootboard "Hootboard was encouraged to enter in AngelList by Gabe Wineberg. He recommended us and it stays on our profile forever. It's based on that type of social proof validation that their (AngelList's)...

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Begin with the End in Mind w/ Jeff White

Begin with the End in Mind w/ Jeff White

Jeff White, CEO of Media Analytics @IMSReport imsreport.com "Be conscious of what path you will take when you hit the fork in the road. Know what NOT to do and be willing to admit it to yourself when you hit a dead end." -- Jeff White, CEO of Media Analytics "Your...

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