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You Are (So Much) More Than Your Business Cards

I’ll never forget the first networking event I ever went to. Fresh out of college. Green. A stack of business cards in my pocket....

Why Do We Let Political Fragmentation Hold Back Our Entrepreneurs?

St. Louis is home to world class universities, top-tier sports franchises, a powerhouse philanthropic community and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that rivals any in the...

Why Entrepreneurial Communities Matter

I know my dad doesn’t know this, but I have a yellowed and fraying 16-year-old business card that I keep in my “specials” box....

Go Fast. Go Far. Why Every Young Developer Should Attend a Conference

Join EQ for Happy Hour at Covo (Wednesday, August 15, 2018) from 5:30pm, where we will be moderating a discussion on Innovative Leadership: Register...

Your Enemy Is Indecision: How To Reduce Sales Cycle Times & Increase Close Rates

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

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

By: Erin Funk With a continued international focus on the challenges within the St. Louis region, YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) St. Louis‘ annual Blog...
Downtown STL Innovation District Brian Matthews

Downtown St. Louis Innovation Community: 2015 Highlights, 2016 Predictions

By Brian Matthews, Managing Director of Cultivation Capital 2015 was another great year for increasing the footprint and impact of the Innovation Community on the...

Some Kids Just Aren’t Meant for College (Just as Long as We are Talking...

“Some kids,” the Workforce Development Committee chair said, “just aren’t college material.” A version of that statement has been uttered by countless participants in the...

Rent the Runway CEO Taps St. Louis for its Re-Emerging Garment District

Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, will deliver the 13th Annual St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference keynote on January...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 8th)

We've got winter markets, we've got the Garden Glow, and we've got some big comedians. If you hear someone saying St. Louis is boring...

Announcing STL Community Cast Partnership On EQ

I'm pleased to welcome Andrew Davis as a new author on EQ. He's the producer of STL Community Cast, a regular podcast that features...

Terrible Public Policy is Keeping the St. Louis Region from Achieving its American Dream

If you attend meetings with the region’s business and civic leaders, you’ll start to hear some consensus about what the metro area needs to...

The Bourbon Friday Show: Darryl Palmer on Bringing Singularity University to St. Louis

On this episode of The Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Darryl Palmer, CTO for Janus Choice, and Ambassador to...

Social Entrepreneurship More About the Ends than the Means

Many founders identify as “social entrepreneurs”, even while resisting a standard definition. Historically the label was applied to innovators developing solutions to society’s problems...

Co-Working Becomes Mainstay as Freelancing is on the Rise

The first time I walked into a co-working space, it was an otherworldly experience. Listening to the tour guide show me each and every...

What Would You Do With A 900 Meg Upload Speed?

This year's Startup Connection was hosted at The Globe Building which is known for crazy fast internet speeds. The potential of a 900 meg...

St. Louis Needs A Sales Skills Accelerator

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...
what is venture philanthropy

Venture For America Fellows Are Sticking Around and Crushing It In St. Louis (Just...

In the challenging and ever-expanding realm of the startup community, every advantage and connection can result in noteworthy payoff. One such advantage can be...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Dalychia Saah of Arch Grants

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Ireland’s Dogpatch Labs Provides Global Model for Corporate-Startup Collaboration

Dogpatch Labs is a startup hub located in central Dublin in Ireland. In 2016, it was on the itinerary for a delegation of St....
EQ Startup Advice

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?”...

Jonathan Allen, Digital Storyteller on STL Community Cast

“We’re used to companies being a single voice. But to succeed in digital, you have to become a social company now. You need everyone...

5 Reasons To Build Your Startup in St. Louis

My company, Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), won an Arch Grant in summer 2016 and I moved to St Louis from New York that July....

The Real Epicenter of the Talent Crisis

If you’re reading any of the major business media outlets you’ve seen articles about the talent crisis. Whether you are a Founder/CEO or Human...

Last Week Amazon Announced It’s Coming to St. Charles County. Here’s What It Means...

It isn’t often that two major e-commerce companies announce they will create nearly 2,000 combined jobs in one community. It’s even rarer when the...
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St. Louis’ SLAM! Agency Opens Office In Miami CIC

SLAM! Agency, the agency behind the podcast “Innovation City” is hosting a grand opening for their new Miami office in CIC’s Wynwood co-working space...

Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Overlook The Low-Income Market

I’ve seen it over and over again: companies target their latest and greatest product to a demographic making $100k or more per household. These...

Farmers Are Businesspeople, Too

A farmer’s ultimate goal is to maximize his or her profits. For any business advertising new services or technologies to the farming community, that’s...

STL Community Cast: Alderman Jeffrey Boyd on Reinventing North St Louis One Neighborhood at...

Jeffrey Boyd grew up in Hamilton Heights in North St Louis, a neighborhood he now serves as Alderman of the 22nd ward. Back in...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 13th)

Relish these final days of being able to go outside without a heavy coat on. Soon they’ll be gone, and we’ll all be sad. Thursday...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 20th)

The city is counting down to Halloween and Evil Dead: The Musical is running all weekend. Friday (October 20th) Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered...

The “I’m No Different” Paradox

A man raised his hand during a talk I was scheduled to give. I hadn’t been back from Washington, D.C. a solid week yet,...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore of BioSTL

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Partnership for Economic Impact: Financial Empowerment and Sustainability

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), workforce development and entrepreneurial support programs, as well as distribution and marketing models are all examples of how social...

Decision Making Made Easy: Follow the Next Right Thing

John Holahan sits down across from me. He carries himself with a composed tension that says poised and nervous all at the same time. There’s...

Expert Roundtable: St. Louis Business & Political Leaders Sound Off on Socioeconomic Inequality

4 honorees and a host of tonight’s NAACP Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner give their takes on the state of race relations and economic inequality...
The Bourbon Friday Show

The Bourbon Friday Show Featuring Lisa Hu: Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Hu, Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx,...

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....

Investing in Apprenticeships In Cybersecurity Is A Safe Bet

Workforce development throughout all of Europe was once centered around apprenticeships. Their apprenticeship concept was a system of training the next-generation in a profession....
Guy Weitzman Atomation

Meet Me in St. Louis: Maintaining Team Cohesion Between the Midwest and the Middle...

When my company Atomation, a local Internet of Things (IoT) firm, split its team in two geographically – leaving R&D in Tel Aviv and...
Go-Game

Intelligent Messaging Is Getting Smarter, Everyday

Chatbots can be a smart way to interact and engage with your customers especially through messaging apps, but you’ll have to train them. Since...

Brian Dixon On Human Capital And The Most Powerful Technology In The World: The...

How do you go from unpaid intern to COO at a nationally-ranked accelerator? If you ask Brian Dixon, who did just that at Capital...
VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference

7 Awesome Moments from VentureBeat’s #BLUEPRINT2018 Conference

Urban centers along American coastlines may have helped usher the new, digital economy into maturity, but they won’t be the only ones pushing the...

Daniel Fogarty From LaunchCode On Giving People Access to Tech Jobs

LaunchCode is one of the founding companies of the STL tech ecosystem. There are 50,000 tech graduates every year. Yet, it is predicted that there...

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...

The Division Between the Communities of the Metro Area is Holding us Back, but...

I learned how divided this region is during my first week living here—but I’ll go into that a bit later. For a little background, my...

IoT in Agriculture Makes Heartland Tech Really Sexy

We tend to think of the tech revolution in sexy terms – the sleek new gadget, the impossibly cool Silicon Valley, the enigmatic tech...
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What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (January 12th)

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are over, which means it's no longer okay to gorge yourself on wine, cheese, meat, and more cheese. But...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Christy Maxfield of CET

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...
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What To Do In St. Louis This Thanksgiving Weekend (November 24th)

It's Thanksgiving week, which means lots of time with family, then as much time as possible away from your family. That's where we come...

Farmers Aren’t Just the Backbone of America. They’re People Too.

Everyone from advertisers to food security experts would do well to remember that farmers are people — just like the rest of us. They...

Integrity Drives Opportunity: It’s OK to Let Your Personal Values Influence the Direction of...

Starting a business is a long and difficult process, especially when going it alone. Erin Joy knows the difficult road of business ownership first...

What’s Next For St. Louis With Dan Lohman

As the St. Louis startup community continues to grow, the voices and concerns of its founders, grass roots organizers and support organizations need to...

Social Entrepreneurs are Symbiotic With Traditional For-Profit Business

Symbiosis is the living together of unlike organisms-- think the plover that cleans the crocodile’s mouth or the clownfish seeking refuge with the anemone....

Innovate Giving Event Explores How Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship is Disrupting Philanthropy

Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy is innovating fast. We take a moment to talk about it. Join us at T-Rex this Friday, July 27th from...
Lunch and Learn

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...

Ben Burke on Commitment and Creativity at Arch Grants

Arch Grants could be considered the linchpin of the St Louis startup community. Without it, the innovation community itself, and the publication for which...

Dustin McKissen On Our Regional Advantages For Risk-Takers

"It's such a strong selling point for this region that the cost of living allows people to take a risk. The average age of...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (November 3rd)

You know it's a good weekend in St. Louis when Michael McDonald, Ben Folds, and GWAR come to town. Thursday, November 2nd Blues vs. Flyers Hey! The...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Yomi Toba of PushUp Social

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 27th)

Thursday, October 26th Soulard Pumpkin Pub Crawl Drink beer at five different Soulard bars and raise money for Gateway Pet Guardians with this Pumpkin Crawl in...

With SLU’s Big Ideas Challenge Our Minds Are Fixed On the Future of St....

SLU is currently engaged in a bold reshaping of its future. We firmly believe universities have the power to inspire transformative thinking that translates...
Dan Lauer

Dan Lauer On Disrupting Higher Education to Foster Innovation

Dan developed a simple idea for a children’s doll into one of the best selling toys of the 1990s. His secret to success? Process....

3 Ways (and 1 Huge Context) to Break the Investing Spiral that Works Against...

It was a sunny Saturday morning and five alumni of a program renowned nationwide for its progress in closing the technological gap were evaluating...

OPO Startups Members Have Raised $10M and Created a Combined Payroll of $12M. Here’s...

OPO is a co-working center for digital Startups located in the “Old Post Office” building on Main Street St. Charles. The 10,000 square foot...

Stop Treating Your Failure Like it was the Ultimate Warrior

When I was a child, one of my heroes disappeared. Poof. Gone. No more. Like he never existed in the first place. It was 1992, and The...

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re Chasing In 2018

What's Your Startup Resolution for the New Year and Why? We invited members of the St Louis Startup Ecosystem to respond to that question. Their...
SafeTrek

Zach Winkler of SafeTrek on Dealing with Uncertain Decisions

What started as an idea for a college contest has become a promising platform for personal security and wellness. In my conversation with Zach...

On Last Week’s “Bourbon Friday Show” – Erik Lutenegger of Tenacity, and the “New...

Over the last two weeks, myself and a few other entrepreneurs at T-REX decided to organize a live-stream show on social media. In honor of...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Colleen Liebig of PluggedIn STL

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Rewind 2017: A Year of STL Community Cast

2017 was a good year for St Louis. Admittedly, I’m biased. I probably feel that way because I go out of my way to...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 6th)

You know fall has arrived when the weekend plans involved the Botanical Gardens’ Best of Missouri Market, a Blues game, and Oktoberfest. Dig out...

Scrappy Marketing Tactics for Growing Your Bootstrapped Business

If you’ve ever tried starting a business from scratch, you know it’s no joke. In fact, 20% of new businesses fail within the first...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (January 19th)

It's freezing, snowy, and generally miserable outside. Lucky for you, there are quite a few things going on this weekend worth leaving the house...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 15th)

Portugal. The Man and Vance Joy Thursday This may be the best 105.7 HoHo Show of the year. Both these bands are like, super famous. You...

Purchase with Purpose: Meet OneOddBird

Lori Samuels is the founder of OneOddBird, a unique women’s accessories brand that recently relocated to St. Louis from San Marino, California. Samuels is...

Lewis & Clark Ventures On Investing $100M In Heartland Startups

Scott Bernstein is a Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures, the first “$100,000,000+” tech venture fund in St. Louis. Before joining Lewis & Clark, Scott...

3 Learnings from the “Old School Vs. New School” St. Louis Sales Accelerator Event

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

Matt Homann From Filament On Making Unreasonable Requests

Most meetings we're accustomed to - I think most of us would agree - are ordinary, at best. By contrast, Filament, a radically different...
Desk bootstrap startup

How Startup Funding Works And Why We’ve Decided To Bootstrap

By Tyler King, CEO of Less Annoying CRM When my brother and I started Less Annoying CRM, we decided to bootstrap. If you’re not familiar...
The Bourbon Friday Show

The Bourbon Friday Show: Tyler Kelley On Doing Something Bigger

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Tyler Kelley, Co-Founder of SLAM! Agency about one of...
T-REX Impact Report

How Relocating to T-Rex Brought Engility Closer to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

This is not a cautionary tale of genetic engineering gone bad; it is a tale of how Engility recognized an opportunity to better partner...

Facebook just announced major changes to its algorithm. Here’s what that means for your...

I was sitting aboard a plane last week when I read Mark Zuckerburg’s post announcing major changes to Facebook’s algorithm. He said the changes would...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Patricia Hagen of T-REX

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Step Up Your Social Selling in 2019 With These 4 Linkedin Outreach Tactics

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

3 Reasons (Backed By Data) That 2018 is a Great Year to Start a...

You likely already have plans for what you’ll be doing in 2018. Maybe you’ve already bought tickets for an epic trip or committed yourself to...

The Bourbon Friday Show: Featuring Dave Costenaro, Executive Director at Prepare.Ai

In this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Dave Costenaro, Executive Director at Prepare.Ai, about the AI...

Building a Fair Trade Clothing Brand in St. Louis: Meet Beautiful Mexicana

Fabiola Pasquel Chalini runs Beautiful Mexicana, a sustainable women's clothing brand 100% handmade by artisans in Mexico. Chalini moved to St. Louis from Mexico...

Brian Lunt and Brett Kline on Collaborative Coworking for Media Makers

“I think we have, at a city level, gone after large organizations to come in and revive St Louis. You look at the Amazon...
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith On Role of Regional Chamber to Bridge the “Valley of Death”

A Regional Chamber Board member describes Andrew in one word: Savant. Andrew Smith recently joined the Regional Chamber as head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation....

Could St. Louis Become the Next Startup Nation?

When Atomation, my Internet of Things company, moved its headquarters from Tel Aviv to St. Louis last year, the choice likely puzzled some. Wouldn’t...

One Product Development Hack Every Startup Needs to Know About

For young companies, the prospect of entering the product development stage can be daunting: after all, the costs associated with this labor- and time-intensive...

Startup Growth: Slow and Steady — Or Fast and Furious?

At Startup Connection 2017, EQ set up a live video studio at The Globe Building in Downtown St. Louis. The Globe Building is home to lightning-fast...

5 Things Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn from a Chef

The food scene in St. Louis has been buzzing locally—and nationally—for years. This was not the case back in 2005, when a young chef...

5 Fashion Designers That Will Make You Feel Like A New Person In 2018

We’ve all been thinking about our 2018 New Year’s Resolutions. Aside from starting 2018 at the newly opened Shake Shack here in St. Louis (ok...

3 Strategies for Midwest Entrepreneurs Looking for Startup Funding

Do you dream of launching your own startup? If so, finance probably comes high on your list of priorities. As a founder myself, I’ve...

Vicia, A New Restaurant at Cortex, Named 10 Best in the Country by USA...

Vicia was voted number 2 in the 2017 rankings of 10 Best New Restaurants in the United States, in the USA TODAY 10 Best...

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

By Jolijt Tamanaha My 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...

Why the St. Louis Region Should be Proud of the Startup Scene (and it...

When I first became involved with the startup scene here in St. Louis, I heard one phrase get used a lot: St. Louis needed...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 1st)

It's that awkward time of the year: you're sandwiched between fall and winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You just spent an entire week eating and...

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