Office: VCET @BTV
Finding the right talent for our team and choosing smart money that will give us an 18 month runway. We want to stay in VT, and the venture firms have so far been very supportive of that. Another challenge has been grabbing market share, while keeping things simple and staying true to ourselves. We have so many great ideas which we bookmark, but we need to stay focused. Cyber-hygiene presented an ideal to leverage our contacts who have renowned expertise in cybersecurity. David Bradbury helped to put us together with Norwich University and it is looking very promising. We are really excited about rewarding good cyber practices such as changing passwords and logging off. This is HUGE.
What has been your largest success?
My daughters (ages 1 and 4). They’re constantly inspiring me. Being dad has also made me much more efficient with my time. I know that I have to get everything done during the day so that I can spend time with my daughters when I’m at home.
What are you looking forward to most on a personal level?
Taking the stigma out of making yourself a better you. And I want to see more people connecting and getting along through disruptive innovations. I also want to help the innovators of tomorrow. I’m done inventing, I want to enhance other people’s ideas.
Anything else you want us to know about you or trUStr?
It’s free to the user. We hope that we’ll encourage people by nudging them towards a more fabulous self. It’s a win-win to the employer and the person using trUStr, not to mention the advertiser and the whole trUStr team. I’d like to say that trUStr will ride shotgun with company wellness initiatives, but that expression may be dated to 2016!
Also, I recently rode in the first 3D printed super car (as seen above), called Blade! Check it out here.
VCET@BTV welcomes three new groups: Ogee, ThinkMD, and the UVM Medical Center Innovation Program, as well as several new individuals.
Dave’s Pick of the Week:
The Bill Simmons Podcast
Ep. 95: Billionaire Investor Chris Sacca
The One Step Everyone Misses In Marketing (And How To Fix It)
Andy Karuza, founder at brandbuddee.com and co-founder at Fensens, reminds entrepreneurs not to market backwards.
No Venture Capital Needed, or Wanted
A great New York Times article on the difference between start-ups that are self-financed and those that seek investors to raise money.
The Harvard Innovation Labs: The story behind the numbers
A great account of how Harvard has bridged the gap between different fields to foster entrepreneurial innovation through their Innovation Labs
What does it take to raise capital, in SaaS, in 2016?
Christoph Janz, Managing Partner at Point Nine Capital and SaaS investor, gives his thoughts on raising capital in the SaaS industry.
Got Kids? Check out the VT Summer Tech Camps for ages 6-14 run by the Young Hacks Academy. They are being held in locations all over VT this summer, including Burlington and Middlebury.