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CES 2017: Naughty America VR – Virtual Reality porn goes mainstream


Wandering down the aisles of the VR exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention center, we ended up passing a fairly inconspicuous doorway open to a sidebar conference room area. The room was full of people wearing VR headsets, and when I looked in further, it was apparent why this exhibit wasn’t on the main floor……

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CES 2017: Techstars Eureka Park


CES is an awesome place for tech in general. If you really wanted to find a high concentration of emerging, disruptive tech, Techstars’ Eureka Park was the place to be. Incidentally, it was the place I spent probably the most time talking to all the startups and innovators. Eureka Park was at the Sands Convention…

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Catalyst 2016 – Dayton Ohio’s startup and innovation showcase

The Dayton, Ohio, startup community held their 2016 Catalyst event this morning. It was a great event featuring several of the showcase presentations of new technologies and startups coming out of the Dayton area. I attended the event with my friends from Ascend Innovations, who were also very much a part of the event. Candace…

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Techstars FounderCon 2016 in Cincinnati

HilesFiles & Brad Feld

What a whirlwind experience. This year Techstars held their global conference, FounderCon, right in my own, beloved backyard of Cincinnati. It was really great for the StartupCincy community to have so many dedicated startup tech entrepreneurs and investors on our own home turf.

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016: Revenue Models


As if it weren’t an already crazy busy week with Techstars FounderCon here in Cincinnati this week, we’re having our usual Wednesday night Founder Institute meetup. This week’s major focus is Revenue Models.

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016 VIP Launch Party

This is it! After a long summer of recruiting, we’re launching the first inaugural semester of Founder Institute Cincinnati. Last evening was the VIP launch party for the founders, families, and friends. We enjoyed a lot of camaraderie, drinks, discussions, and encouragement for everyone endeavoring to complete the program.

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How to start a startup in Cincinnati – Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016

Last evening we held a huge event for the launch of Founder Institute Cincinnati. #StartupCincy: How to Start a Startup in Cincinnati was a big success with over 200 people in attendance.

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Keiretsu Forum Midwest August 2016

This morning was the Keiretsu Forum Midwest meeting in Cincinnati. Keiretsu Forum is a global angel investor network that syndicates venture investing in solid Series A rounds for emerging startups who have gained some traction.

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FbStart Launch at 1871 Chicago

The event was held downtown at the 1871 Chicago accelerator facility in the Merchandise Mart building. Facebook really pulled out all the stops with the event, featuring multiple speakers, free beer, and great conversations.

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