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This week at UP Global, we shared insights from SW Boston Organizer Ethan Bagley, highlighted a 14-year-old Startup Weekend champion, and shared some tips for entrepreneurs in the press.

“How Destructive Feedback Can Help Your Product” 

Boston Organizer Ethan Bagley delves into the importance of tearing down assumptions about your product or service. Bagley reminds us, “No plan survives contact with the enemy,” — but he also points out that this reality can be a huge help in the end.  Check out the full post here.

First Ever Startup Weekend “Food” Is a Success in Berlin! 

From June 07 to June 09 2013, highly motivated entrepreneurs came together in Berlin to solve real-life problems faced by the food industry, consumers and chefs.  Learn more about the event (including an awesome video) in this week’s blog post.


Speaking of SW verticals, be sure to check out the first “Maker” event, scheduled to take place in Seattle June 28th-30th! The event will provide access to the 3D printers, prototyping equipment, and industrial design experts from Coca-Cola. The maker edition is generously sponsored by Coca-ColaMadrona Venture GroupImpinj RFID, and hosted byMakerHausLearn more here.

 14-Year-Old Cincinatti Entrepreneur Takes First Place

Recently, 14-year-old Emerson Walker took first place at SW Cincinatti.  Walker, who helped his team create a prototype for “mPlanner,” plans to take his idea to the next level: “We’re going to get funding, hopefully, and we’re going to go to interalliance, which is basically an organization that gives high school kids jobs coding. Hopefully we can get then to make the app for us,” said Walker.



Your Startup Horoscope” 

Startup Weekend Co Founder Frank Nouyrigat gets candid on the topics of success, failure, and how to cope with the roller-coaster ride that is entrepreneurship.  Nouyrigat reminds us all that starting your own company is not a predictable enterprise, but understanding this reality is a big step in the right direction. Check out the full article here.

Defining the Best Possible Outcomes for Startups” 

Ever debated your own definition of “success”? Gone back and forth between a profitable exit or sticking it out for the long haul? This week on Huffington Post, UP Global VP of Product Dave Parker discusses the “Best Possible Outcomes” for startups. You can read the full article here.


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