Blog

Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Interns
Tyler Holsopple, Hustler Intern at Flashstarts “Be comfortable being uncomfortable.” Our first lesson as interns. If we were to understand working at Flashstarts, we would need to quickly adapt to this kind of environment. As a startup accelerator, Flashstarts is all about being uncomfortable. Every project stretches our abilities and widens our awareness of what it takes to get a company started. So far, I have already worked on a grant proposal, surveyed potential customers, reviewed profit-loss statements, and created a slide deck on potential pricing models. Many of these things, I have never done before and I expect there are plenty more projects to come.. Quickly, I have learned to “be comfortable being uncomfortable.” It is known that a large majority of startups do not survive. Which ones emerge…
Read More
The Summer Has Just Begun

The Summer Has Just Begun

Home
[A dragon in the night at the Cleveland Zoo’s Asian Lantern Festival] As a rising senior at Smith College, I am very glad to have chosen Flashstarts to be my first internship. Most of my life’s big decisions were taken before I got the chance to know all of the details. From going to Smith to choosing this internship, all of these major leaps were taken even though I was unfamiliar with what they offer or even where they were located. At the time that I agreed to take this job I knew that Flashstarts was in Cleveland and that they worked with startups, but other than that I had no other expectations as to what it was. At first I was intimidated to have been hired for a job…
Read More
For Every Ending a New Beginning Awaits

For Every Ending a New Beginning Awaits

Interns
It was the conclusion of my junior year at Miami University. The next chapter of my life would begin with 25 other hungry interns staring down rice bowls, tacos, pizza, and more. Already the true signs of a great internship experience. It was the beginning of my first week at Flashstarts’ internship program where I work as a graphic design intern, and it all started as we entered the office on our first day to find a coworking space the size of an entire mall floor. The space features one of the most diverse areas to work in, including workspaces such as standard offices all the way to hammocks, bean bag chairs, and furniture I don’t know the name of. We even have a workout space! Day one, we immediately…
Read More
Charles Stack Selected to Represent 1994 in Global Celebration

Charles Stack Selected to Represent 1994 in Global Celebration

Home
  Charles Stack selected to represent 1994 for the Web30 Birthday Celebration March 12, 2019 Charles Stack is one of a select group of people in the world to be asked by the World Wide Web Foundation to celebrate the Web’s 30th birthday on March 12, 2019. The World Wide Web was created on March 12, 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. As part of the celebration, 30 innovations will represent a timeline of the web’s most significant moments. These moments will be posted on twitter over the course of the thirty hour celebration. Stack will present the sixth tweet representing the year 1994 for his landmark creation of Books.com. You can follow the celebration and read all the tweets with the hashtag #web30. The event concludes in Lagos, Nigeria with stops at CERN in…
Read More

New ‘roadshow’ to share information about blockchain possibilities

Home
By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Charles Stack, the founder and CEO of Flashstarts, knows it’s hard to explain blockchain. So Flashstarts, a local venture fund and business accelerator, is sponsoring a blockchain “roadshow” to travel around Northeast Ohio and expand the idea. Blockchain is a online ledger system which can be used to record transactions securely. Advocates laud the potential of the new technology for applications in government records, banking, hospital administration and more. If you’re interested in blockchain but don’t know how it works or how to get involved, you can attend blockchain roadshow sessions at venues like Cleveland State University, Bounce Innovation Hub and more. Stack has explained blockchain and its potential plenty of times. He got involved with Blockland, Cleveland’s blockchain movement, when it began…
Read More

Case Western Reserve University will be home to ‘Cleveland Blockchain and Digital Futures Hub’

Blockland, Blockland University Support, Home
Cleveland.com | Full Article Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder announced Tuesday the formation of a new “Cleveland Blockchain and Digital Futures Hub." The think tank will not only address blockchain technology, but also build on research in other areas, such as the Internet of Things and augmented and virtual reality. The hub will bring together business, academic institutions, government and tech accelerators across the region to develop research and build applications. Read More
Read More

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson announces legislation to regulate initial coin offerings

Blockland, Blockland Government Action, Home
Cleveland.com | Full Article U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio announced Monday a plan to regulate cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings through the federal government. An initial coin offering is when a company begins to sell a cryptocurrency in the form of tokens. There are a limited amount of these tokens, which is what gives them value. Investors can pay for these tokens with money or existing cryptocurrency. Because these tokens sell quickly and run out, it gives the company a wave of money that it can use to build a product. Read More
Read More

Case Western Reserve to Launch Blockchain Think Tank

Blockland, Blockland University Support, Home
Education Drive | Full Article The think tank was announced at a conference in Cleveland this week dedicated to exploring and expanding the use of blockchain in the city. However, "What the conference didn't do was lay out a step-by-step route to Cleveland’s success as a hub for blockchain," wrote Cleveland.com reporter Emily Bamforth. Nonetheless, the region's higher education institutions — which include a mix of public and private two- and four-year colleges — are expected to play a critical role, with many already exploring blockchain. Baldwin Wallace University, for example, plans to offer professional development certificates in the technology next year, and local colleges are exploring adding blockchain to technology degrees. Read More
Read More