A Tribute To David T. Morgenthaler

Anyone who has ever taken on a challenge, including starting or growing a company, knows that a great mentor is one of the most important assets one can have. On June 17th, one of my most important mentors, David Morgenthaler, passed away. David didn’t just succeed at venture capital—he helped to invent the industry. I was

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Beyond The Venture Capital Model: Job-Creation Volume, Optimum Location Are The Story Of The Future

Accelerators, incubators and venture development organizations like JumpStart have traditionally focused attention on a specific kind of business — high-tech, venture capital-backed startup. At JumpStart, we’ve spent more than a decade helping these kinds of ventures (and the entrepreneurs behind them). Along with our partners, we’ve helped more than 1,000 companies raise $1.7 billion in

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Forget The Oscars. Why Aren’t We Angry About The Lack Of Diversity In The Entrepreneurial World?

The announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees has created a great deal of controversy, most of which revolves around the roster’s lack of diversity. Conspicuously absent this year are several strong performances by African Americans, such as the red hot director/actor team of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who reinvigorated the Rocky film series

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3 Reasons “Scaleup” Businesses Are Just As Important As Startups

At JumpStart, we’ve spent more than ten years focused on accelerating the growth of startup companies in Northeast Ohio. Our goal has been to increase entrepreneurs’ odds of success, so they can transform our region’s economy and make it a nationally significant center of innovation and entrepreneurship. The results speak to the impact of the

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The Next Silicon Valley Doesn’t Exist

By now I’m sure you’ve read at least one article with a title like “Detroit Hopes To Drive Tech Startups Away From Silicon Valley,” or “Five Cities Poised to Become the Next Silicon Valley” or my personal favorite, “Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland.” Even I have played with these types of comparisons, but that was

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