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Alec Cole

Sales and Marketing Analyst at LookFar

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New Orleans Startup Industry Clusters: Life Sciences

Posted by Alec Cole on February 16, 2017

We’ve recently spent a lot of time on the blog examining 2016 in Southern startups – both highlights and some deeper dives into emerging ecosystems. However, we’re several weeks into 2017, and it’s time to talk about what the future holds for Southeastern tech.

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The Startup South: Emerging Hubs in Chattanooga, Nashville, Little Rock, and Miami

Posted by Alec Cole on December 15, 2016

The Southeast is Starting Up. And Specializing.

Founders in the Southeast can be forgiven for occasionally feeling like the forgotten children of the tech world. After all, they’re hustling, they’re innovating, but their startup grind is taking place in ecosystems that fly well under the radar of media, investors, and other entrepreneurs.

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The Southern Startup Report: July 15 - July 29

Posted by Alec Cole on August 4, 2016

The Southern Startup Report is a twice-monthly, curated newsletter covering the latest startup happenings in the American Southeast. Subscribe here if you like what you're reading.

Southern Startup News:  

New Orleans, LA - Idea Village Opens Applications for 2017 Accelerator ProgramsJuly 1 (today) marks the kickoff of Idea Village's entrepreneurial season in New Orleans. In more practical terms, this means that they've opened applications to their three primary acclerator programs: IDEAx, DIGITALMEDIAx, and ENERGYx. Each of the three take five cohort companies through a 12-week program that culminates in a demo day. Young startups are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

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The Southern Startup Report: June 17 - July 1

Posted by Alec Cole on July 6, 2016

The Southern Startup Report is a twice-monthly, curated newsletter covering the latest startup happenings in the American Southeast. Subscribe here if you like what you're reading.

Southern Startup News:  

New Orleans, LA - Idea Village Opens Applications for 2017 Accelerator ProgramsJuly 1 (today) marks the kickoff of Idea Village's entrepreneurial season in New Orleans. In more practical terms, this means that they've opened applications to their three primary acclerator programs: IDEAx, DIGITALMEDIAx, and ENERGYx. Each of the three take five cohort companies through a 12-week program that culminates in a demo day. Young startups are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

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The Southern Startup Report: June 3 - June 17

Posted by Alec Cole on June 21, 2016

Southern Startup News:  

Louisville, KY - Interapt Announces Plans to Train and Hire 50 DevelopersAs many of our readers can likely attest, it's not always easy to hire new tech talent in Southeastern cities. Interapt, a Louisville tech outfit, is trying a new solution.

The company has begun a campaign that will see them put as many as 50 people through a two-phase, 9-month internship. Those that complete it will become full members of the Interapt team. It's an interesting spin on a big problem - we'll keep you updated on any new developments. 

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How to Build Your Startup’s Personas with Data from Google and Facebook

Posted by Alec Cole on May 26, 2016

Finding the Facts

“And this above all: to thine own customer be true”

- Shakespeare, if he was alive today and working as a business consultant.

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The Southern Startup Report: January 31 - February 12

Posted by Alec Cole on February 17, 2016

New Money in NOLA, Even More in Magic Leap

Need to catch up on the latest startup news from around the South? Click here to be taken to the most recent edition of the Southern Startup Report, our curated newsletter on the biggest news powering New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, and more.

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Making Your Startup Look Good: Free Executive Summary and Pitch Deck Templates

Posted by Alec Cole on January 6, 2016

Download the LookFar Guide to Getting Pitch-Ready

Having trouble making your great idea look as good as it sounds? Setting up a solid pitch deck and executive summary is a crucial step toward finding both venture capital and early media attention, but it's far from easy.

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Lessons from New Orleans Startup Weekend

Posted by Alec Cole on November 5, 2015

Takeaways for Early-Stage Founders

I went to a Google Startup Weekend a couple weeks ago. Ran into a great team, ideated, validated, and even built a teeny website.

Early admission: we didn’t win.

Still, I had a great chance to watch the people who did win, and I’ve had plenty of time to agonize about how we could have toppled them. Startup Weekend didn’t shower me in cash or equivalent services, but I'll be damned if it didn’t teach me a few lessons on how to spin an early-stage startup. If you’re about to tackle your first weekend or – much more likely – you’re prepping for an early-stage pitch of any kind, here are some things to keep in mind.

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3 Reasons for Marketers to Love Medium

Posted by Alec Cole on September 3, 2015

Or: Why The Hipster Blogging Site is Worth Your Time

It took me maybe two hours to go from Medium skeptic to rabid Medium evangelist.

Could anyone blame me? Medium’s giant images and vast expanses of white space are designed to entrance. At the moment, the blogging platform is also home to some of the consistently best content I’ve found on the web.

Combine the two, and you have a witch’s brew potent enough to reel in just about any avid web surfer. But there’s more to Medium than that.

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