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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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September 29, 2020

Allen Chan, Founder of Mayo

Allen Chan talks about leaving Big Tech to launch his startup Mayo. He speaks candidly about walking away from his salary at Amazon, how to create a sense of urgency in your startup, building a meaningful company and more.

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September 22, 2020

Ryan Agresta, Founder and CEO of Candidate

Before founding Candidate, Agresta worked for some of the most well-known tech companies in the game: Amazon, Uber, and Convoy. Find out what lessons he’s learned along his startup journey and how he’s navigated rejection from potential investors, prospective customers and others.

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September 15, 2020

Kenny Lee, Co-Founder of Weblife

Family Support. Co-Founders you trust. A problem you want to solve. According to Kenny Lee, Co-Founder of Weblife (now Proofpoint), these are the foundations you need in place before launching your startup journey.

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September 8, 2020

Elena Zhizhimontova, Co-Founder and CEO of Spiral

Whether you realize it or not, customer discovery is a never ending process. Elena Zhizhimontova, Co-Founder and CEO of Spiral, says don’t write code without talking to at least 50 customers. Get inspiration from this Ex-Amazon employee on customer discovery and how to know when to start a business.

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September 1, 2020

Prem Kumar, Founder and CEO at Humanly

Introducing Prem Kumar- the founder and CEO of Humanly, a hiring platform that has changed the game for high volume applicant enterprises. Kumar shares how he framed the decision to quit his full time job to launch his startup and the fundamental questions he asked along the way.

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