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5 of the Brightest Marketing Automation Startups in 2018

Most marketers want to be a Gary Vaynerchuk or Seth Godin, but that’s the person you need as your brand evangelist (and not who you want spending your marketing dollars). There are so many boutique marketing agencies out there that are really trying hard to help businesses with their exposure through nothing but hype with […]

5 of the Hottest Drones/Robotics Startups in 2018

Almost everybody has experienced at least one neighbor down the street that cracks open a couple of cold crispy boys after work, flying his amateur drone over every single house around the neighborhood and late into the night. Besides television tropes on robotics, it’s this kind of nuisance or invasion of privacy that unfortunately comes […]

How To Get The Most Out of The Ascent Conference, Hint… Get on the App!

Beyond wanting to experience educational and inspiring content, we know that most people really go to conferences to network and connect. But that’s easier said than done. You can’t just be sliding into everybody’s DMs like some bro on Tindr. It doesn’t work and most of the time whatever half-court shot somebody tries to sink […]

5 Future Facing IoT Startups in 2018

Oh, the internet of things. Since the term was coined in 1999 by British technologist Kevin Ashton back when he was at MIT, it’s been like a whirlwind of one step forward, one step back. The mountain top experiences are all in how everything can be connected in a way that’s heavier than the Back […]

5 Foodtech/Agtech Startups Shooting Up in 2018

If ever there was a vertical more amped to save the planet and the human race, it’s foodtech/agtech. Moving beyond convenience applications, like the magic food machines of Star Trek and The Jetsons, there are so many incredible startups launching with the vision to bring better efficiency and sustainability to the way that we raise […]

5 of the Most Electrifying Energy Startups in 2018

Increased efficiency and sustainability is easier said than done, especially when it comes improving the way that energy is harnessed and used. It takes a lot of smarts, technology, and funding to bring new ways of doing energy to market. Outside of their vertical, it can be super challenging to understand what it is exactly […]

Why you should pay your VP of Sales more than you pay yourself

Let’s say you’ve got your MVP on lock and you’re just starting to generate revenue. Congrats, you’ve made some sales and that feels good. You feel good. This vision that you’ve had locked inside your head is finally starting to manifest. But because it’s your vision, as the founder, or co-founder, your natural inclination might […]

15 eCommerce Startups Building in 2018

It’s somewhat fashionable today to give Jeff Bezos a hard time for how he runs his company. But credit where credit’s due, he really paved the way for how we think about and experience eCommerce. Plus, if you watch his first 60 Minutes interview, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for bootstrapped. The truth is […]

5 of the Freshest VR/AR Companies in 2018

If you thought Pokémon Go was mind-blowing, let us introduce you to the future of Virtual and Augmented Reality. It’s not all fun and games here, but then again, even the educational ones are like a dream come true. Very soon, this brand of hands on learning will replace textbooks in classrooms (and even the […]

10 Consumer Facing Startups to Follow in 2018

It used to be that there was no end to what could be done with consumer startups in the early days. It was like an endless ocean of socks and sandals in its boom. But now, it takes so much more sophistication, brand alignment, and consumer empathy to really iterate on what’s already existing to […]

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