Metro Startup Launcher
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Helping startups actually start up!
Can Louisville be a Leader in the Sharing Economy?
The "Sharing Economy" has been an amazing driver of wealth and convenience for the world. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and, Airbnb have dramatically changed the way we get from one place to another, stay in one place or another, and get things done. They also have created HUGE company valuations and wealth for investors. Where does Louisville fit into this? Can we get a piece of the pie? Are we actually poised to be a leader in some areas of the sharing economy? Most people these days are...
How to Boost Louisville’s Rise of the Rest Momentum
What a week we had recently for local entrepreneurs! I hope you had a chance to attend some of the Kentucky Startup events. With Endeavor's International Selection Panel and Steve Case's Rise of the Rest Tour making Louisville its only return city to date, we have a lot to be proud of. So how do we keep up the momentum? We're collectively doing a lot of great things, but let's see if we can crank it up a notch! At Metro Startup Launcher, we're working on a better way to increase the amount...
How to get startups started with Alli from Wicked Sheets
Alli Truttmann just celebrated a HUGE milestone for any business: the 10-year anniversary of her company, Wicked Sheets. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of businesses fail in their 1st year, about 50% of small businesses fail by their 5th year, and only 30% survive over 10. And things are really starting to heat up now with her upcoming appearance in front of an audience of 96 million on QVC! Alli has been interviewed for a lot of Louisville area...
Ben Reno-Weber, MobileServe, and Louisville’s Rise of the Rest!
MobileServe is a fast-growing mobile app company that helps organizations track and encourage participation in volunteer activities: tracking, managing, and reporting their social impact. They're a great example of how you can see a problem in your own workplace and then create your own solution that you and many others can use. They're also a great example of how a Louisville area company can help us participate in the Rise of the Rest of the entrepreneurial startups in the U.S. In this...
How is John Williamson advancing healthcare artificial intelligence in Louisville?
Artificial intelligence is quickly affecting more and more of our lives, like it or not. I personally look forward to the day that lots of "bots" do all my busy work and leave me free to be much more creative. Could AI take over the world? Elon Musk thinks so. But, I tend to focus more on what it will do FOR us vs. what it will do AGAINST us. I'm a pretty optimistic guy. Well, artificial intelligence is advancing in Louisville, and local entrepreneur John Williamson is at the forefront. I...
How are Ted Smith and Revon Systems trailblazing healthcare?
In the latest edition of the Metro Startup Launcher podcast, I interview Ted Smith, CEO of Revon Systems, Inc. Ted has been a major influencer of our startup community in many ways for quite a while. He's been a researcher, an entrepreneur, and even the Louisville Metro Director of Innovation. Now Ted is the CEO of Revon System, a leading developer of software applications for the treatment of chronic health conditions. Ted, Revon Systems, and their associated colleagues at Apellis...
How to take advantage of the 40% Angel Tax Credit?
One thing that makes a startup investment in Kentucky extremely attractive is the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit. If you're an accredited investor and a Kentucky resident, you can get an amazing tax credit (40 to 50%) on startup company investments. This is a TAX CREDIT, not a deduction. In other words, you get a dollar for dollar reduction of your tax for up to 50% of your investment in a qualified Kentucky startup company. These tax credits were designed to encourage qualified...
How SkuVault launched from startup to skyrocket?
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 bootstrapped startup to amazing success story. On this episode of the Metro Startup Launcher podcast, we talk to Andy Eastes, co-founder and CEO of SkuVault. If you're interested in being an entrepreneur or investing in local startups, you don't want to miss this podcast. Here's what you'll learn about...
How to be healthy and support Kentucky startups?
Did 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 CEO, Sandra Marlowe, was inspired by the wonder of international cultures after a family trip to England. She fell in love with Lemon Barley Water and was intrigued by this tasty “lemonade” with a hint of grains. Sandra returned home to research and discovered the rich history of ancient grain drinks....
What you need to know about metro startup micro-investing?
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. She also wants to help by being an active "micro-angel investor" and believes that many others in our metro area want to help too. Lisa had some questions about micro-investing, and we decided that her questions would be good for everyone to hear. So, we recorded the Q&A. Listen to this episode...
How to be a successful entrepreneur like Gill Holland?
Have 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 and music production companies with world famous artists. He currently runs another movie production company with multiple award winning films. And, if that's not enough, he and his wife spearheaded the revitalization of one of Louisville's coolest neighborhoods (NuLu). Now they're doing it...
How to Equity Crowdfund Your Startup?
SCROLL 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 through equity crowdfunding. We also want to help lots of people in the Louisville area actually make money by investing small mounts in lots of startups: a strategy that statistically has proven to provide an average of 27% return on investment for angel investors in the United States. Now...
An Entrepreneur’s View of Startup Investing in Louisville
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO AND SHOW NOTES/BLOG ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SHOW NOTES/BLOG: We've been meeting with lots of startup entrepreneurs. One recently sold his concept and had some opinions (GOOD AND BAD) about our startup community. We have attached his entire letter with our comments (in bold italics): His Letter: The State of Venture Capital in Louisville from a Startup’s Point of View Before offering my viewpoints and...
Can’t Find Investors = Startups Leaving Louisville!
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO AND SHOW NOTES/BLOG ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SHOW NOTES/BLOG: We've been meeting with lots of startups and investors to learn more about how we can get more startups started in Louisville, and here's one of the problems we've consistently heard. The best startup companies can't find investors in Louisville, so they look outside of Louisville. Then, often, when they find investors outside of...