Experiencing Cleveland: My Summer at Flashstarts

Experiencing Cleveland: My Summer at Flashstarts

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In the beginning, I had no idea what working at Flashstarts and in Cleveland was going to be like. This was my first software development internship and first time coding outside of an academic environment. I wanted to explore working with startups some more after creating my own in a startup pitch competition at my school called LaunchU. I had an interesting experience with Cleveland, because I opted to live in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city called Slavic Village. The streets, houses and stores are all either very rundown or abandoned. I didn’t get to know my neighbors, but my housemates were all very nice and excellent people to live with. To commute to work my roommate and fellow Flashstarts intern Marouane and I biked. It was…
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“Startups, Bees and Cleveland,” by Jared Barlow

“Startups, Bees and Cleveland,” by Jared Barlow

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I found out about Flashstarts through the career center at my school. I applied to a variety of internships across the United States, and I chose Flashstarts for the opportunity to gain experience working with startups. I was not sure what to expect of Cleveland, but I have come to love the city after living, working, and exploring here for the past six weeks. My favorite Cleveland activities are going to the zoo and eating at the numerous fantastic restaurants. My most exciting work at Flashstarts has been my work for the GhostWave team. GhostWave is developing radio frequency noise radar to eliminate the risk of radar interference in crash avoidance systems. GhostWave is also applying this technology to beehive monitoring. I have been working on researching the potential market…
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The Next Lebron James

The Next Lebron James

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In 2002, the year before Lebron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the NBA draft, the Cavs held a record of 17-65 with a winning percentage of just .207. This was the worst record in the Eastern Conference, making the Cavs one of the worst teams in the entire league. They were in desperate need of talented and creative players that could lift them into a new era of victory. Today, the city of Cleveland finds itself in a familiar situation - this time not in the realm of sports, but in its economic development.  The statistics are depressing: Cleveland ranks dead last -- 71st of the 71 largest metro areas -- in job creation, according to Forbes. According to the Chronicle Telegram,…
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Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes

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Before coming to Cleveland and beginning my internship with Flashstarts, I heard a number of jarring things about the city. Now that I'm here, I realize that they all couldn't be further from the truth. Cleveland is bursting with a determined energy, and the slogans for the beloved Cleveland Cavaliers echo this excitement. The saying “Whatever it takes” is plastered everywhere, and  “Believeland” captures the real heart of the city. Clevelanders are hard workers that move with purpose and have pride in the future of their city. There’s a new life in the city that everyone is continuing to build on. There is an air of steady optimism, and this culture seeps into the lives of Flashstarts interns. The first week really makes you question what you signed up for,…
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The 2 Step Startup

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Let's face it. Startups are hard. From big things like naming your business and crafting a brand to more mundane tasks like figuring out taxes or how to market through email newsletters, there's always more to do. It's very easy to lose sight of the straightforward goal that you started with: starting a business. After years of striving to help entrepreneurs succeed, I've developed a simple formula that gets straight to the point. It's called the "2 Step Startup Formula". If you can stay focused and boil your core process down to this, you'll be on track to succeed in the startup arena. The formula is as follows: 1. Get one person to give you money for something. 2. Repeat. I wasn't kidding when I said it was simple. Believe…
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“Why You’ll Have the Best Time Interning at Flashstarts” by Rachel Tieman

“Why You’ll Have the Best Time Interning at Flashstarts” by Rachel Tieman

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[embed]https://youtu.be/eAuvJ76kmJQ[/embed] There are as many intern experiences as there are interns working at Flashstarts. Today Rachel Tieman takes to the drawing board to talk about her own in a quick, snappy video. Happy watching! Rachel Tieman is an English Creative Writing major at Denison University. She currently works as a Marketing Intern at Flashstarts. 
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An Entrepreneur’s Quick and Easy Guide to Authorizing and Issuing Shares

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Picture this: you have just come up with your million dollar idea. Snappy Name? Check! You're ready to take the next step in creating a brand new legal entity so you can start distributing shares to potential investors. You have also decided that you don't need the flexibility (or the legal expense) of an LLC, and have yet to be given any reason not to be a YADC (Yet Another Delaware Corporation). You've gotten halfway through the BizFilings process (or something similar) when you come across a question. How many shares would you like to authorize? And what should the par value be? You have no idea. You're stumped. Luckily, we've helped hundreds of companies with this exact process. Here's what you need to know. Make no small plans Most advice out there…
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“My Flashstarts Internship” by Emma Steinman

“My Flashstarts Internship” by Emma Steinman

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-DqTjXMU2U&=&t=14s[/embed] This summer, many of our talented interns got a chance to show off their creative sides. Intern Emma Steinman took to the drawing board and produced this amazing stop motion video about her time at Flashstarts--the work, the play, and everything in between. Enjoy! Emma Steinman is a Math and Computer Science major at Denison University. She currently works as a Software Development Intern at Flashstarts. Her talents also include knowing all of the words to "We Didn't Start the Fire."
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Techstars Results

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  YOU'RE INVITED! Techstars Cleveland Startup Community Assessment Please join us for this unique, one-time event and learn first-hand how Cleveland's Startup scene compares to other cities. DATE: Tuesday / March 13, 2018 TIME:  3:00 PM LOCATION: Cleveland City Club / 850 Euclid Avenue General attendance is FREE but your RSVP is required.   RSVP HERE   INITIATIVE BACKGROUND:   One hundred years ago, Cleveland was an entrepreneurial hot spot and an international leader in innovation, patents, startups and wealth creation. [pullquote]Between 1905 and 1925, in the span of a single generation, Cleveland became the nation’s 5th largest city.[/pullquote]Between 1905 and 1925, in the span of a single generation, Cleveland became the nation’s 5th largest city, its vibrant economy producing the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation, City…
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Flashstarts and Global Cleveland Announce Strategic Partnership- Press Release

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Cleveland, Feb. 13, 2017- Flashstarts, a startup accelerator and venture fund focused on unique and disruptive uses of software and technology, today announced a new strategic partnership with Global Cleveland. The partnership will combine Flashstarts’ expertise in startup and innovation with Global Cleveland’s interest in having more talented global entrepreneurs succeed in Cleveland, and to deliver solutions for international entrepreneurs who are struggling with their immigration status.The partnership between Flashstarts and Global Cleveland will mark the beginning of partnerships of regional organizations and universities with Flashstarts who come together for the same mission: bring and support world-changing startups through enabling immigrant founders to locate in the Northeast Ohio. The new partnership will be a stepping stone for setting up a Flashstarts Global Entrepreneur-In-Residence (GEIR) program with local universities in Northeast…
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