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Community Voice stories are contributions from startup founders and others in the local ecosystem with an authentic voice and a goal to educate and share insights. All opinions in the piece are the writer's own, and EQ acknowledges there are many perspectives on most topics discussed here. Share any feedback on this piece in the comments below.Interested in contributing a story? Visit: www.eqstl.com/submit-a-story/

What is Beef and a Toast?

By Diana Zeng of Full Circle. We asked her to tell us what Beef and a Toast is about, and why Full Circle started it.Beef and a Toast was born out of frustration. Frustration with the...

10 Reasons to Attend GlobalHack VI

By Matt Menietti and the GlobalHack TeamAs a developer or someone who’s interested in technology, you may have been invited to hackathon without fully understanding what it’s all about. We put together a list of the top...

Carter Williams: Family Offices Aren’t Investing Like They Used To

By Carter Williams, Managing Director of iSelect FundThe family office is changing. Rather than turn assets over to managers, today’s family offices increasingly prefer to invest directly, buying stakes in individual companies or acquiring them outright.In...

EQ Print Issue 3: The Places We’ll Go

This time last year, we were 30 days away from EQ’s online debut. We envisioned Entrepreneur Quarterly (EQ) as an online daily and print quarterly publication that would fill a gap in St. Louis’...

What to Expect at Tonight’s NXT@4240 Event at Venture Café

By Savannah DavisIt's a busy one at Venture Cafe this week. EQ's co-founder and managing partner Kelly Hamilton will be moderating a chat with Dr. Glen Stetten of Express Scripts and Stephanie Leffler of OneSpace...

Startups Are Our Economic Future: So Why Aren’t We Funding Them?

By Carter Williams, managing director of iSelect FundMost people think the key to job creation in their state or city is to attract relatively large, established companies. The facts say otherwise.Small businesses (those with fewer...

Understanding the Importance of Millennials in Driving Economic Growth

By Patty Hagen, executive director of T-REX. The way we work is changing, due in large part to a momentous generational change. The millennial generation is now the largest sector of the U.S. workforce—one in...

6 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! Savvy Coders FREE Crash Course...

GiftAMeal Taps Applebee’s to Join the Fight Against Hunger in Greater St. Louis

Applebee's, the world's largest casual dining chain with approximately 2,000 locations, has partnered with GiftAMeal in the Greater St. Louis region with 32 of its franchise locations.Launched last fall, GiftAMeal helps individuals discover and recommend...

Carter Williams: What Do All Startups Need?

By Carter Williams, President, CEO and Investment Committee of iSelect Funds In chapter two of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom’s Aunt Polly makes him paint her white picket fence. It’s a Saturday...

Carter Williams: Innovation is Not Random

By Carter Williams, President, CEO and Investment Committee of iSelect FundsMy great privilege in life is growing up in an entrepreneurial country, receiving a top-notch education at MIT and working for world class companies....

Commentary: Travis Sheridan on St. Louis’ Ecosystem Growing Pains

At my school, students took a test in the third grade to determine if they were “gifted” or not. If a student hit the mysterious threshold, he or she was placed on an academic...

3 ½ Resolutions for Entrepreneurs Aiming to Launch a Business in 2016

By Chuck Cohn Most New Year’s resolutions involve self-improvement, whether it's in the form of getting fit or finally starting the company of your dreams. If your goals for 2016 involve launching a business, you...

Arch Grants Says STL Needs Startups, Not the NFL

We've now had a week to come to terms with the fact that St. Louis is no longer the home of the NFL's Rams. As many football fans look elsewhere to pledge their allegiance, many...
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Downtown St. Louis Innovation Community: 2015 Highlights, 2016 Predictions

By Brian Matthews, Managing Director of Cultivation Capital2015 was another great year for increasing the footprint and impact of the Innovation Community on the fabric of Downtown St. Louis. Due to the continued rise...

Igniting A Movement

The ride-sharing debate has loomed large in St. Louis this year. Entrepreneur and MTC Commissioner Chris Sommers shares his thoughts on what St. Louis’ fight for Uber means for our innovation community–and our city.
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How To Make Your Lunch & Learns Suck Less

Quality programming is often something all incubators and co-working spaces want to provide for their members. Ranging from a workshop to a panel, these organizations seek to provide programs to educate and inform entrepreneurs. As...
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Avoid Startup Burnout: 8 Tips From LockerDome’s Gabe Lozano

It’s Saturday afternoon. Another week of the startup grind has taken its toll, and I’m struggling to find the energy to do more. Thankfully, following a morning of management meetings and a much-needed workout,...

Blog Out Loud: 8 Local Leaders Aim to Inspire St. Louis

By: Erin FunkWith a continued international focus on the challenges within the St. Louis region, YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) St. Louis‘ annual Blog Out Loud event is providing space for community members to...
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For A Founder, There’s Never A Closed Door: Marco’s Noah Rosenberg On Doing What...

By Noah Rosenberg, Founder of Marco If you follow the “startup porn,” companies launch through a fixed life cycle, punctuated by funding. “How far along are you?” is meant to be answered in terms of rounds. For...

“Don’t Take Advice” & Other Startup Advice: 7 Lessons Learned From Champio & Farmplicity...

By Jolijt TamanahaMy name is Jolijt Tamanaha, and I’m a recovering entrepreneur. I’m the co-founder of Champio, software that helps the 70% of Americans who hate their jobs. If only we could make those 70% of...
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How Startup Funding Works And Why We’ve Decided To Bootstrap

By Tyler King, CEO of Less Annoying CRMWhen my brother and I started Less Annoying CRM, we decided to bootstrap. If you’re not familiar with the term, that means that the founders (i.e. my...

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