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July 1, 2021

The Day I Ventured Out – Sarabeth Jaffe, Co-Founder and CTO of HelloPrenup

1. What were you doing before you launched your startup? I was working as a Software Engineer at Karat, a Seattle-based startup that conducts technical interview screens for rapidly growing engineering teams. 2. When did you realize you wanted to quit your job? At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic I was stoked to work from home for 2 weeks. I’m an introverted Software Engineer– this will be awesome! I was really excited to work in my pajamas and spend more time with my rescue dog! But, after 9 months of isolation from my colleagues, friends, and family… the excitement…

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June 22, 2021

Avoidable Founder Mistakes

As founders look to accelerate their startup, it can be easy to put the blinders on and ignore key issues that could slow down or stop the momentum of your startup altogether. Learn how to recognize avoidable founder mistakes and how to address them. In this blog, will discuss how.

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June 14, 2021

D Sangeeta, Founder and CEO of Gotara

It was a dream I had been nurturing for some time, and, like any great passion, it grew to the point where it couldn’t be ignored. And it was perfect timing from the market perspective. That’s when I knew it was time to scale what I describe as my second [career] mountain.

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May 11, 2021

The Price Tag of Accelerator Programs

As founders consider which startup program to participate in to gain the most value, one noticeable difference they’ll run across is the price tag of an accelerator program. The programs vary on how participants pay for the program and lean towards either a pay-to-play model versus an equity-based model.

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April 1, 2021

Is Serendipity in Remote Accelerators Dead?

(Spoiler: Serendipity is thriving 🎯) This article shares insights to the most overlooked and undervalued aspect of an accelerator, serendipity. Serendipity starts with the belief you will do something great, is exacerbated when two people start understanding each other, and then the network of your Accelerator or Lab automagically helps you get there.   In January, Venture Out launched a new, eight-week Moonlighter Lab geared towards professionals seeking to validate their startup ideas. We did not know what to expect with this group of eight startups, which now included consumer-focused companies – a deviation from prior labs. Here are the results…

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November 17, 2020

Julian Alvarez, Co-Founder and CEO of Logixboard

Julian Alvarez, Co-Founder and CEO of Logixboard, knew from a young age that he was destined to be an entrepreneur. Alvarez’s parents, both immigrants, worked hard to build their companies, inspiring him to launch a company just after college.

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October 27, 2020

Brendan Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of Nodesmith

Brendan Lee left Tableau to pursue his startup, Nodesmith, a blockchain infrastructure as a service company. Lee weighs in on his experience leaving Tableau, making the decision to sell his company, and the problem space he is working in now.

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October 20, 2020

Joseph Truong, Founder of VoiceHero

From Next 36 to the Alexa Accelerator to Amazon — meet Joseph Truong, founder of VoiceHero! Joseph opens up on killing his startup, mental health and wellness, his advice on finding a co-founder and much more.

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October 13, 2020

The Genemod Story

Congrats Genemod on raising $1.7MM! Learn more about how the Launch Lab helped Genemod prepare for funding and more.

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