Mr. Beams Has Had A Wild Ride In Cleveland

A little more than a month ago, local LED lighting company Mr. Beams was acquired by fast-growing California home security startup Ring. At the time, it seemed like an ideal finale for an awesome startup, led by two great co-founders in David Levine and Michael Recker. Only it wasn’t the finale. Turns out, the culmination of this startup story

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Three Building Blocks To Create A More Inclusive Work Environment

“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” — Andres Tapia, global diversity & inclusion solutions leader, Korn Ferry Hay Group Now that you’ve enhanced your recruiting and hiring processes to build a team which reflects diverse perspectives and experiences, you’re done, right? Well, not exactly. There’s more to be completed before your

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Mr. Beams Is Another Success For Startup Scene

Last month at CES 2018, fast-growing California home security startup Ring announced the acquisition of Cleveland’s own Mr. Beams, an LED lighting company that has quietly become one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing startups — doubling in employee size over the past 12 months alone. It seemed pretty clear to the national press covering the acquisition that these two

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Adding An Organic Approach To Diversifying The Venture Capital Industry

Many have written about the lack of diversity in technology and venture capital, and what leaders can do to address this challenge/opportunity. While this situation is serious, and those who lead firms need to continue to make greater progress, there are also important additional ways to accelerate diversity and inclusion—to add to what existing firms

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When Failure Is Not An Option

In the course of my work, I’ve met all sorts of incredible entrepreneurs with amazing stories. Fashion entrepreneur Eva Mann is one of those people. By the time I met Eva, her company had already built a strong reputation for bringing a high-fashion sensibility to the world of uniform design. What many people don’t know

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How Cleveland Is Harnessing The Power Of Health Tech Innovation

This week at the 2017 Medical Innovation Summit, Cleveland Clinic and JumpStart Inc.announced a three-year partnershipwith Silicon Valley’s renowned Plug and Play Inc. to bring a new biotech and digital health innovation accelerator to downtown Cleveland. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Plug and Play is one of the world’s best and largest accelerator programs. The operation has grown from the original Plug

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Four Key Takeaways From The 2017 SSTI Annual Conference

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 2017 SSTI conference in Washington, D.C., where I was part of a session focused on building bridges in a time of shifting organizational priorities, continued growth in income inequality and overall political turmoil. SSTI, which stands for State Science & Technology Institute, is

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A Look At What’s Real And What’s Not On ‘Shark Tank’

This summer, ABC announced a ninth season for its Emmy-winning reality TV show, “Shark Tank.” The show, which features entrepreneurs pitching a panel of celebrity investors, including Mark Cuban, has brought venture capitalism into homes across the nation and established the “Shark Tank” pitch as part of pop culture. On the plus side, the show

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Step Out Of Your Echo Chamber To Gain A New Perspective

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” — Nelson Mandela Human beings have a natural tendency to surround themselves with those who share similar backgrounds and ideas. We’re all biologically programmed to avoid discomfort, and focusing your time and attention on those who share

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Akron Entrepreneurs Bring Their Expertise To Startup Scaleup 2017

Here at JumpStart, we’re all-hands-on-deck preparing for our Aug. 15 annual event: Startup Scaleup in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. It’s one of the biggest entrepreneurial events of the year, and Akron is well represented. I recently sat down with two local entrepreneurial leaders who will be hosting sessions at this year’s event — Launch League Executive Director Courtney Gras,

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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program: Frequently Asked Questions

We are extremely excited to announce a new partnership with KeyBank Foundation. The “KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered by JumpStart” initiative is designed to stimulate economic growth and workforce development by fostering small business success in communities throughout Ohio and upstate New York. Below we have answered some of the questions you’re likely

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