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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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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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