Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

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1. My wife is a founder. Here’s how she has helped me become a better investor.

By Steve Schlafman

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

“My biggest learning in all of this is the impact of listening and supporting over fixing and controlling. That’s what entrepreneurs need more than anything.” Read More

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2. Your phone’s biggest vulnerability is your fingerprint

By Russell Brandom

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

If the mold is filled with rubber, you can wear that print permanently, and fool any reader small enough to fit on a smartphone. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/b0StkD


3. The 10 Best Cities for Starting a Business in 2016

By Zoë Henry

Digest: Startup Communities
Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld & Shane Reiser

According to a study looking at the resources needed to successfully startup in the US, the Silicon Valley is not the best place to relocate, it’s not even in the top 50. The article lays out some very valid points as to why this is and might even get you rethinking the way you look at your community and its strong suits. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/b0SeEH


4. [QUIZ] What’s Your Business Finance and Credit IQ?

By Lydia Roth

Digest: Small Business
Curators: Marc Prosser & Michael Heiligenstein

Here at Nav, we work hard to fuel success amongst small business owners in America by creating financially fit business owners. To help you self evaluate your financial fitness, we’re bringing you our “Business Finance and Credit IQ” quiz to help you test your knowledge.
Warning: This quiz is not easy! But we have plenty of resources to help you discover what you don’t yet know (but would like to know) — take the quiz to find out what that is. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/b0PZ65


5. Google commissioned a multi-year study in to what makes the best teams

By Charles Duhigg

Digest: HR & Employee Experience
Curator: Philip Alexander

The key conclusion was that the best teams respect each other’s emotions, and make sure everyone has a chance to participate. On the surface this could sound trivial, but to male this work you have to understand how to create psychological safety. Read More

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Our 5 Favorite Startup Digest Reading List Articles From Last Week

5 hand-picked articles from across the Startup Digest Reading Lists. Sign up to receive great weekly content on various topics from expert curators.


1. Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?

By David Hillier

Digest: Music
Curator: Katie Chase

I put a few links last week to festivals that were combined with lifestyle and personal health. I find the evolution interesting. Personally, I ate eggplant parmesan for the first time in high school at Lollapalooza and it was a lifestyle change for sure… The choices for personal transformation have definitely gotten more interesting. Read More

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2. Twitter names its first managing director for China to find advertisers beyond the Great Firewall

By Catherine Shu

Digest: China Tech
Curators: Xu Tao & Edith Yeung

Chen will be based there and work with potential clients in the Chinese-speaking markets sometimes lumped under the term “Greater China.” In this case, it refers to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Read More

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3. Watch ‘Quit Your Day Job’: ‘Shark Tank’ For Women And Minority Entrepreneurs

By Ruchika Tulshyan

Digest: Women Entrepreneurship
Curators: Babs Lee & Lilibeth Gangas

Quit Your Day Job is the female and minority version of the Shark Tank. I’m certain you can learn from the investors and pitches from this show. Check this out! Read More

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4. A bunch of VCs went on a retreat. Here’s what happened.

By Steve Schlafman

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Last weekend Reboot hosted their first ever VC bootcamp. Steve Schlafman pulled together a list of his top takeaways from the weekend and it’s clear he was paying attention. Want to be a better employee, founder, board member and/or human? Great suggestions are found here. Read More

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5. Applications Open for Techstars IoT

By Jenny Fielding

Digest: Internet of Things
Curator: Michael Kruk

Applications for Techstars IoT accelerator are open!

On their blog, Jenny Fielding (Managing Director) discusses the accelerator’s partner companies, alumni of the program, and covers some of the market segments they’re most interested in. Read More

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1. Startups Are Everywhere

By Steve Blank

Digest: Customer Development
Curator: Nathan Monk

Steve Blank has discovered SoundCloud and it is a great thing for us he did. Check out his podcasts and information in this episode of ‘Entrepreneurs are Everywhere.’ Read More

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2. Inside Instacart’s fraught and misguided quest to become the Uber of groceries

By Alison Griswold

Digest: Product
Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti & Reza Ladchartabi

The challenge of on-demand companies to become the next Uber. Read More

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3. Facebook Messenger now lets you hail a Lyft car

By Andrew J . Hawkins

Digest: Mobile
Curator: Edith Yeung

Lyft is also expanding its API program, in which developers can use Lyft’s application program interface to embed a button in their apps to hail a Lyft car. The announcement is a sign that API integration is quickly becoming yet another space for these two ride-hail giants to compete with each other. Read More

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4. An unforgettable welcome for your new hire

By Jennifer Kim

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency
Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

Every time a new employee signs their offer, the team at Lever records a personalized welcome gif. Sometimes it is the thought that really counts. Read More

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5. Spend Time with A+ People in Other Industries

By Hunter Walk

Digest: Startup
Curators: Zubin Chagpar & Chris McCann

“From my experience you’ll find that many of them are open to chatting because they’re happy to talk about what they do and want to learn more about technology. So the quid pro quo is that you go to their office, or set up a call, and say ‘Hey, if you’ll give me 20 minutes to talk about what you do, I’ll share some ideas and trends about where tech may be impacting your industry.'” Read More

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El horario de un CEO en un startup

Entender el horario de un CEO en un startup te ayudara a ver como estas personas organizan su tiempo para ser efectivos y tener un impact dentro y fuera de su oficina.

Es diferente el horario de un manager versus un maker.

Paul Graham, habla sobre esto en su blog post Makers Schedule. Graham habla sobre la diferencia de un horario de un manager versus el de un maker. El horario de un manager esta lleno de bloques de reuniones.Normalmente, bloques de una o dos horas donde se puedan concentrar en una sola cosa.

El horario de un CEO en un StartupEn cambio, el horario de un maker o una persona que crea es diferente. Estas personas necesitan bloques de tiempos mas grandes para poder trabajar. Por ejemplo, un programados o escritor no le es suficiente enfocarse en un ejercicio solamente por una hora. Necesita muchas veces de mas tiempo para poder crear algo.

Entender la diferencia de estos dos tipos de horarios depende del tipo de rol que juegues dentro de tu startup.


Si eres un manager o un maker. Muchas veces al iniciar nuestro startup, como emprendedores te encuentras en la necesidad de ser los dos. Como CEO de tu startup, el horario que manejas tiene que ser flexible.


Es muy difícil poder tener un horario solo de un manager o de un maker. Es necesario sersuficientemente flexible para tener reuniones, pero al mismo tiempo tener tiempo libre para enfocarte en las cosas importantes que requieren de tu atención.

En Splash, tenemos varias reglas que nos han ayudad a ser mas efectivos. Lee este blog post sobre como ser mas productivo. Hemos visto que muchas personas y otros emprendedores tienen dificultad organizando su tiempo.

Encontré un articulo que habla sobre este tema y me pareció interesante compartir nuestra experiencia. Por esta razón, quiero enseñar como coordino mi día y lo promovemos con nuestro equipo.

Horario de un CEO

Normalmente divido mi tiempo en hacer por la mañana y reuniones por la tarde. Esto me ayuda a enfocar las primeras horas de mi dia en terminar y ejecutar cosas que importan.

Trato de no tener reuniones ni revisar mi email antes de las 11:00AM.

Las reuniones normalmente solo traen distracciones. Son importantes ya que te ayudan a tener una mejor comunicación con tu equipo y clientes pero tambien atraen ansiedad y perder el enfoque de tu dia. Tambien hago un gran esfuerzo en planificar mis tareas una dia antes. Esto me ayuda en entender como tengo que empezar mi dia y en que enfocarme.

Entiendo que este horario no sea necesariamente efectivo para todo emprendedor. Muchas personas trabajan mejor de noche. Yo trabajo mejor por la mañana.

Tener esta estructura en la forma como trabajo me ha ayudado a liberar mi tiempo y enfocarme en cosas que realmente importan. 

Es muy facil perder tu tiempo en ir a mil reuniones o hacer tareas que no requieren de tu atención. Tener un horario te puede ayudar a ser mas productivo. En lo personal, me ha ayudado a aprovechar mejor mi tiempo. A ser mas efectivo en como me comunico con mi equipo. Y a poder ejecutar mejor nuestro SCRUM semanal.


Si estas emprendiendo, espero que pruebes cambiar tu horario o tratar te tener uno. Si lo haces, cuenta tu experiencia o comenta abajo.

¿Cuál es tu rutina?

¿Eres un manager o un maker?

¿Cómo es tu horario?

Building a House of Belonging

What’s it like to find your path of authentic service in the world? What if you could use the pain of the past, a pain of not knowing where you fit in, of not knowing where you belong to propel you toward work that makes a difference? What if you could create a place of belonging? Well, it might look a lot like what Tanisha Robinson is building with Print Syndicate.

Started just 2.5 years ago with 8 people, Print Syndicate now has over 140 employees and will generate more than $20M in revenue this year. But the company isn’t just about shirts and home goods, it’s a place where people, including a black, gay, woman from a Mormon family of 7 in a small town in Missouri, have a place to self-identify and a place to belong. As Tanisha shares with Jerry Colonna in this episode of the Reboot podcast, running a company fueled by your passion to make the world better is both exhilarating and heartwrenching.

“Caring and connecting with a sense of deep purpose creates an enormous amount of energy.” – Jerry Colonna

Creating a company to develop a sense of social identity and a sense of belonging isn’t just a business opportunity, but is rooted in a greater sense of purpose. For Tanitia, her purpose in being an entrepreneur is having her company be a lever for impact. Caring and connecting with a sense of deep purpose creates an enormous amount of energy and passion.

By reaching back into our pain and shadow we actually access creativity and spontaneity that come from accessing the wholeness of who we are as a human being and bringing that forward. Much of the success at Print Syndicate stems from the fact that they have been accessing disenfranchisement, and dislocation, then utilizing love and humor to connect with that.

This greater sense of purpose can be an amazing driver for success, but not without challenges. The problem with caring so much is that it actually increases the stress because you think about what happens if you fail? To survive this thinking, Jerry encourages Tanisha to practice the art of being a CEO.

You have stepped into the practice of being the CEO. – Jerry Colonna

The CEO of a company has three jobs: to hold the vision, to build and maintain the team and provide the resources the team needs to succeed.

Jerry shares that it is critical to accept the role of the CEO as a practice, there is no endpoint which Tanisha, or any CEO, will ever achieve. To be resilient as a CEO is means to accept this, and to strive to practice better.

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Primeiro UP Regional Summit no Brasil (UP Brasil Summit)!

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 17.06.15O escritório da UP Brasil foi aberto no começo de 2014 e tem feito um enorme trabalho na criação e fortalecimento de comunidades empreendedoras pelo Brasil. Crescemos de 22 eventos em 18 cidades em 2013 para 68 eventos em 43 cidades. E em 2015 esperamos ter em torno de 100 eventos em 60 cidades.

O primeiro UP Regional Summit no Brasil foi em Belo Horizonte e contou com 69 participantes de 29 cidades e 15 estados:

  • 50 líderes de comunidades;
  • 7 parceiros (Startup Farm, Estácio de Sá, Sebrae-PA, Sebrae-BA, Startup Brasil, Endeavor);
  • 5 patrocinadores/Apoiadores (Sebrae-MG, Sebrae Nacional, IBMEC-MG, Sympla);
  • 2 palestrantes (Yuri Gitahy e Felipe Matos);
  • 5 da equipe UP Global.
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Objetivos do UP Brasil Summit:

  • Unir líderes de comunidades da UP Brasil;
  • Oferecer aos participantes a oportunidade de se conectar com pessoas de outras cidades que não tiveram a oportunidade de se conhecerem nos UP Global Summits (Rio de Janeiro e Las Vegas);
  • Workshops, oficinas e palestras para capacitar os líderes de comunidades;
  • Alinhamento e comunicação sobre a missão e programas da UP.
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O Sebrae-MG foi um grande apoiador regional e com eles tivemos 2 atividades:

  • Painel Sebrae;
  • Jantar Sebrae.

Estas atividades foram importantes para discutir ações de como o Sebrae pode contribuir para nutrir as comunidades de startups.

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Pontos Discutidos:

  • Impacto e Criação de Comunidades de Startups;
  • 5 Ingredientes Para “Fomentar Um Ecossistema Próspero de Startup;
  • Como desenvolver e criar novas lideranças em sua comunidade;
  • Como Promover Seu Evento;
  • Painel: Como o Sebrae pode contribuir para nutrir os ecossistemas regionais de Startups;
  • Como levantar recursos financeiros para sua comunidade;
  • A Psicologia da Facilitação: entenda melhor as técnicas e a cicência de criar experiências com significado em eventos. Apareça nesta sessão se você quer ser um melhor facilitador de eventos ou qualquer atividade em grupo;
  • Como construir parcerias para desenvolver a sua comunidade?
  • Como identificar e convidar bons mentores e jurados.
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  • Happy Hour;
  • Campeonato de Poker;
  • City Tour.


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Taking Your Seat

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Fear is a familiar and powerful co-founder in startups.  We do our best to quiet it, shut it down, deny it, but perhaps our biggest struggle is simply acknowledging it.

What happens when you let go of your own hope to control things, and go back to building and leading from a place of love?

Jules Pierri, Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform, The Grommet, has done just that. In episode 18 of the Reboot podcast, Jules and Jerry Colonna discuss what it was like to face head on the fears of being a non-prototypical entrepreneur and build a new kind of company in one of the scariest economic times in recent memory. Through it all, Jules has been able to move forward with courage to build an organization where her 55 employees can feel loved and do great work in the process.

“What kind of company do you want to work for? What kind of company would you like your child to come to work for?” – Jerry Colonna

We all want our work to be a commercial success. However, there is far more that we can expect from business. As Jules shares with Jerry, she believes that business is the most powerful entity on earth. In every business there is the potential for an impact greater than the bottom line. Business can be a force for good. We can expect more from business.

Stonyfield Farms and Etsy are two successful businesses who have exemplify this mindset. In his book, “Stirring it Up”, Stonyfield Farms founder Gary Hirshberg discusses the idea of an additive rather than subtractive business. He believes that businesses can embrace their power to make a difference in the marketplace by doing business in ways that consider more than the finance bottom line. Etsy is guided by the principles found in the book, A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. Etsy conducts business imagining that a better world is possible.

At The Grommet they spend their time together building a “good” company regardless if it is the one that wins because they already did win by living their lives together in a way that is healthy. Jules shares, “We can expect more from business by supporting the companies that represent what we want the world to be.”

“We should have the idea of not imaging work as a dreadful obligation, but work as a means to creating something more in ourselves.” – Jerry Colonna

Our work is where we form some of our most meaningful relationships, sense of self, capabilities, possibilities, and learning. Work does not have to be a dreadful obligation. It can be a means to creating something more in ourselves.  It is possible for everyone to reach their full actualization at work.

When founding The Grommet, Jules couldn’t afford to pay the team what they deserve, nor give them visible promotions or opportunities. What she could do was small behaviors like getting flowers for team members birthdays and snacks for people or hosting guest speakers for the group. These behaviors express to employees, “you matter.”

Today each employee at the Grommet owns a piece of the behaviors they agree matters. Every employee is a VP of something that is part of their shared values. Jules is the VP of the Garden.

“Claim the wholeness of who you are and step into that as a leader.” – Jerry  Colonna

Jules initially felt uneasy about not being the typical pattern recognized founder. It took time and work for Jules to acknowledge the inner strength and grit she had demonstrated in her entire life.

The things that we are so scared of will not knock us down forever. If we respond to them with grace, openness, heart and remembering core purpose, we can grow. Successful leaders possess the ability to claim the totality of who they are regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation.

You can listen to this full episode of the Reboot podcast here.

Are You Being Stubborn or Resilient?

A good half of the art of living is resilience. ― Alain de Botton

Startups navigate some degree of failure daily. From the a cold email with no reply to a failure to raise capital, failure is part of the cycle. Founders who want to survive must develop a deep resiliency to move with the ebb and flow of the startup life.

Nigel Sharp is a British Armenian entrepreneur and founder of Lion Sharp a computer-human interaction product startup. The company seems to be perfectly poised for a moment that catapults the company to a new level of success. Following a harrowing 6 months, they have brought a new product called Voiceboard to market. At the same time the company has almost completely exhausted their operating capital. Employees have recently taken pay cuts of 80-90% and face fears of survival in a country with no social welfare system to rely on. Episode 17 of the Reboot podcast unfolds as Nigel asks himself the question, “Am I being resilient or just stubborn?”

How much do you really believe? – Jerry Colonna

As an entrepreneur, sometimes it is difficult to know if you are being resilient or being stubborn by forging ahead. When Jerry thinks about this question of stubbornness versus resiliency, one of the questions he often asks is “how much do you actually believe?” People often stick with something past a point in which they actually believe. That stubbornness tends to be rooted in ego not allowing you to experience failure or you wanting to prove people wrong.

Through their discussion, Jerry believes he is not hearing that with Nigel. Instead, he is hearing a belief in the technology and team they have built.

Give First – Brad Feld

A primary driver of Nigel operating in Armenia is wanting to build the startup community in Armenia. He is dedicated to helping teach younger generations and to be an example of building a successful technology company.

Having a deeper purpose and mission other than just building a business is important. A deeper mission is the passion, the spark to propel a company to great success. Nigel clearly has the spark and drive to create deep society level change.

We make pain worthwhile by extracting the lessons from it. – Jerry Colonna

One of the mistakes we make as leaders is we take on all the responsibility. Taking all the responsibility cuts us off from accessing the very people we need. For Nigel, this means realizing that the problem of moving Armenia forward is not just his problem.

What is the definition of resiliency except the ability to rise after being knocked down? Isn’t that resiliency? It is not about whether or not you got knocked down. In the end, the definition of resiliency is the capacity to cut through your own lying, your own tendency for self-delusion, and to pick yourself up and learn from the experience.

You can listen to the full episode from which this blog was produced here.

Comunidad del Mes: República Dominicana

La comunidad emprendedora de República Dominicana, ha crecido significativamente en los últimos años, todo el trabajo que vienen realizando se ha ido fortaleciendo, y ahora muchas más personas forman parte de este ecosistema.

Nuestros 5 líderes de comunidad del país: Jorge Vargas, Luz González, Leonardo Jimenez, José Infante y Patricia Acosta, nos cuentan un poco de su perspectiva de crecimiento y cómo han logrado llegar hasta este punto.

¿Cuáles son las principales iniciativas que se están corriendo en República Dominicana que hacen que la comunidad de emprendimiento crezca?

Como comunidad tienen varias iniciativas ocurriendo en paralelo. La mayoría de las actividades de emprendimiento han surgido a través de la comunidad tecnológica, la cual incluye a más de 11 grupos de usuarios de Tecnología.

Una gran parte del trabajo incluye integrar áreas del país que normalmente no ven el emprendimiento como una forma de innovación en ese proceso, es por eso que este año se planean eventos de emprendimiento en el área de educación y Moda.

Definitivamente los eventos de Startup Weekend han sido el principal motivo por el cual muchas de las entidades que apoyan el emprendimiento , así como lograr que personas individuales se unan y compartan esfuerzos.

Actividades como StandUp Pitch Night,  Open Mic Night  (ahora Startup Aces) y los talleres y charlas sobre temas como impuesto para emprendedores, programación 101 entre otros han contribuido bastante con el crecimiento de la comunidad.

Con la iniciativa de Chispa Emprendedora, las universidades están comenzando a tener un rol más activo a través de sus centros de emprendimiento, y existen muchas instituciones e individuos que cada vez más están creando iniciativas para seguir promoviendo el emprendimiento en el país. Se está trabajando en una plataforma para acceso a mentores, así como entrenamientos/bootcamps para capacitaciones de inversionistas ángeles, y recién el Banco de Reservas (banco gubernamental) lanzó un programa para apoyo de inversión para los proyectos.

¿Cuáles son las principales motivaciones para que un país de Latinoamérica como República Dominicana, construya comunidad de emprendimiento?

Leo: En mi caso particular, tuve la oportunidad de comenzar una compañía hace mas de tres años, mi capital era extranjero así como mis clientes, tenía el problema de que no conocía a nadie más que lo estuviera haciendo o que tuviera experiencia con los problemas por los que estaba pasando. Ni siquiera conocía a nadie que usara las mismas tecnologías.

La principal razón por la que muchos de los emprendedores de nuestras comunidades trabajan en conjunto es porque les gusta construir cosas y quisieran que nuestro país fuera un buen lugar donde crear productos, servicios y oportunidades a través de la tecnología. Si no emprendes, las oportunidades de crear algo nuevo o interesante son muy limitadas en nuestro país.

Luz: El emprendimiento es sin duda alguna, el motor más viable para que la economía de un país latinoamericano crezca. No solamente eso, los emprendedores son entes de cambio de mentalidad, son personas que están pensando en otro nivel y que tienden a generar impacto.

Jorge: Creo que la razón principal es cambiar como las cosas funcionan. En LATAM tenemos deficiencias en la mayoría de las cosas y hay problemas estructurales, pero existen excelentes oportunidades de negocio en esas deficiencias. Los emprendedores lo que buscamos es arreglar nuestras economías y estructuras, esto junto con ser economías mas cerradas donde “nos conocemos todos” torna de una manera sencilla el forzar alianzas en todos los aspectos, lo cual puede ser usado para el bien de todos.

Patricia: Queremos dinamizar a la juventud y cómo no, a los no tan jóvenes en que podemos construir un mejor país creando nuevas iniciativas que puedan mejorar la economía, que entiendan que lo único que nos limita somos nosotros mismos para realizar las cosas que queremos construir.

¿Cuáles son los agentes que hacen esta comunidad de emprendimiento posible en República Dominicana?

Las empresas privadas y públicas que dedican tiempo y esfuerzo para que las cosas se realicen con empeño y dedicación, así como muchos individuos que donan su tiempo como voluntarios para que se concreten las cosas. Los mentores que muchas veces han estado un poco escépticos y que luego de ver el trabajo realizado y el dinamismo de nuestros emprendedores se enamoran del ecosistema y terminan dedicándole el doble del tiempo compartiendo sus conocimientos y ayudando.

UP Latam, y sus programas de Startup Weekend y Startup Weekend Education, son también parte fundamental de nuestra comunidad en el país.

META, una organización conformada por todos los líderes de comunidad que de alguna u otra forma quieren avanzar las oportunidades para el sector tecnología, sus miembros son los responsables de todas las comunidades de tecnología y emprendimiento del país.

Del gobierno, el Ministerio de Industria y Comercio es una de las principales voces empujando el emprendimiento,  creando uno de los programas más importantes de capital semilla. También, como fue mencionado anteriormente, hemos visto un increíble interés de parte del Banco del Reservas (un banco del gobierno) , que parece estarse moviendo rápidamente a apoyar el emprendimiento.

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Como sabemos también es vital para una comunidad tener y poseer un punto de encuentro para que muchas de las actividades se realicen y para que los emprendedores tenga un espacio de trabajo. En esta área el primer espacio de coworking en Santo Domingo, fue Pulso Colectivo donde una vez las comunidades de programación notaron que existía, Pulso Colectivo abrió sus puertas para ellos y los acogió. En vista de que Pulso Colectivo cerró y aún existía la necesidad, ahora con más ansias de parte de los usuarios y emprendedores, hoy en día contamos con CoworkingDo, donde mensualmente se reúnen los usergroups y donde muchas de éstas actividades de emprendimiento son realizadas. 

En el siguiente documento: Eventos en RD, puedes ver las diferentes dinámicas de estas entidades que apoyan el emprendimiento.

Eight Quotes of Encouragement for Entrepreneurs

Every year, I have the privilege of engaging with thousands of people around the world, as they embark on a unique journey to develop their very first startup. In this day and age, it’s no secret that launching a startup is one of the most arduous undertakings one can pursue. As a former startup founder, I know all too well how difficult the path of innovation, product market fit, team cohesion, and scaling can be. However, as a former startup founder, I also know that it can be an incredibly worthwhile and life-altering adventure, if you let it be.

Rather than publish another “Crap! This is really freakin’ hard!” article emphasizing how not-fun and not-easy entrepreneurship is, I decided to take a different approach. Below are eight quotes and tidbits of wisdom to help entrepreneurs approach their journey with a bit more optimism and perspective. And trust me, you’re going to need it.



Startups Are Worthwhile

You have to remember that startups are a worthwhile pursuit. It’s going to be an incredibly hard undertaking, but it’s totally worth it! The opportunity to solve long-standing and far-reaching problems, create things that never were, make a massive impact, positively change lives, and push our society forward. The possibilities are endless and the experience is priceless.


Appreciate the Process

Be patient people – with yourself and with others. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in order for you to build the company of your dreams, you’re going to need to become the person that is capable of leading such a company, and that takes time. Some things happen when you want them to, and some things happen when they’re supposed to. Learn to trust the process.



Always Do Your Best

Yes, things aren’t always going to go smoothly. Yes, you may be questioning where you are right now, but do remember that it is critical you give your all to what this moment right now is requiring. You never know which experience may be that big break, so treat them all as though something great can come of it. Expect that good things will happen, and align your actions to be ready to receive them.



Invest in Relationships

A startup is a business, and a business is operated by people, and in order for your business to succeed, you have to be good at enlisting, investing in, and supporting others in their own personal journeys. There is no one who’s gotten to where they are on their own, so turn down that Beyonce “Me, Myself, and I” track, and go out and invest in building great relationships.


Keep it “100”

Why do it, if it doesn’t serve who you truly are? Sure we all make concessions at times to fit in and be accepted, but it’s up to you to decide where you draw the line. Who am I, really? What do I sincerely want? Get clear on those answers and choose to pursue ventures and work in places that align to that. Afterall, what’s the point of being here, if you’re not at least going to allow yourself to fully enjoy it by being the person you really are.



Be Courageous

Now that you’ve gained a bit of clarity on who you are (and also who you’re not), it’s time to act. There’s no point in knowing, if you’re not going to act on that knowledge, so buck up, speak words, and carry out actions that align to your authentic self.


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Have Faith

This comes into play most when you start questioning your choices. Am I 100% sure this strategy will work? Am I positive this is the best person to hire? Am I sure this is the right investor to partner with? None of us can predict the future, but you can do your best to make a decision based off what information you have in this moment. Accept that there is only so much you can know at a given time, and trust in your decisions at that time.


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Take Personal Responsibility

At one point or another, things are going to hit the fan – it’s called life and it happens to all of us (sorry I didn’t write the rules; I’m just a messenger). A competitor may beat you to the punch, launching a feature your team has been working on for several months, a personal emergency may arise that requires you to step away from work for longer than you’d ever want to, or a key team member may leave, deciding this is no longer the path they want to pursue. Whatever the situation, recognize the power you do have to decide how you react to that situation.

As an entrepreneur, it can often times feel as though building a business is a never-ending cycle of obstacles to overcome. Sure it can be seen this way, or it can be seen as continual opportunities for personal growth and expansion. How you see it is your decision to make. Ultimately, life happens to all of us; it’s how we react to life that differs.

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