The Dog Days of Summer – Top 3 To Do’s

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the end of our 3rd class and viewing 5 unbelievable pitches over at Carolina Theater.  Our pitch day coupled with the Paradoxos 2 day startup festival went very well in our eyes.  But that was June 6th and today is...

Why Two Founders Are Better Than One

Because if you are a solo founder, you are always the smartest person in the room. As an investor, I want someone in there with you.  [This originally ran at INC.com here.] As a seed-stage investor, I get to see companies at the most formative stage of their...

How Starting a Company is Like Climbing Everest

You know what happens to people who try to rush to the top, don’t you?  [This originally ran at INC.com here.] Our accelerator, The Triangle Startup Factory, is in week five of the current 12-week program. A combination of structured mentoring and serendipitous...

Big Business Lessons from the Movie Big

Why we should all emulate that 13-year-old boy.  [This originally ran at INC.com here.] Last week I stumbled upon the old Tom Hanks movie Big, about a 13-year-old kid (Josh Baskins) who wishes he was big, and is transformed over night into a 30-year-old guy (who still...

Summer Environmental Startup Accelerator

For the third year, the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge will invest in three to five high impact environmental startups. Each venture will receive: Hands-on mentoring from Cherokee and an Advisory Committee of experienced entrepreneurs and investors An opportunity to...