23May

Startup Weekend – Salt Lake City

I thought it would be fun to get a couple of participants to write the Startup Weekend recap this time (instead of from my vantage point). I will say this though — the weekend was really fun! It never ceases to amaze me what people can do in 54 hours. I think everyone there had a great time, met terrific people, enjoyed awesome food and just overall made the Utah technology and startup scene a little bit stronger. That’s the whole reason I am such a fan of Startup Weekend. I’ve never seen an event that brings out the real community like they do. I am already looking forward to the next Startup Weekend (it will be at the new Startup Ogden building in September).

With that, here is a great (and funny) recap from my friends, and Startup Weekend attendees, Leron and Sarah.

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23Apr

3 Lessons To Shortcut Your Startup Learning Curve

Nelson JamesIt’s always fun to have a close friend (that is qualified) post here on my blog. This is one of those occasions! Nelson James is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Signs.com. Prior to that, Nelson was the president and co-founder of SEO.com, where he helped to grow the company from 2 to over 85 employees and managed many large accounts, including Dell.com. In between all of that, I was able to recruit Nelson to join Lendio, where he was VP of Marketing and was responsible for the creation and management of a marketing team as well as the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest and demand for Lendio’s products and services. He did a great job and it was fun for us to work together. I should note (and this ages me a bit) that I also coached young Nelson when he was a high school tennis star. So yeah, we go back a few years.

Nelson has had the opportunity over the last year to start Signs.com. For all you entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs out there, I thought it would be helpful to hear from him. He’s written three essential lessons learned so far.

Enjoy the read!

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