Author Archives: TechonomicMan

About TechonomicMan

Manager, Entrepreneurial Services at Ben Franklin Technology Partners in Northeast PA.

How Much Money Should I Raise…$29,542?

Hopefully, you remember the classic TV show Taxi and its despicably lovable character, Louie DePalma.  In one memorable episode, the unforgettable Jim Ignatowski accidentally burns down Louie’s apartment. Jim’s wealthy father sends Louie a signed blank check to cover the … Continue reading

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VentureTips: Don’t Say It! Don’t Say It! Don’t Say It! Ugh, You Said It.

I get to listen to the stories of lots  of entrepreneurs.  I’ve probably spent at least 30 minutes with more than 1,500 of them by this time.  Many of them say some pretty naive things. In fairness, most of them … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons of Your Start-Up…Winter

If you’ve been reading along in this 4-part series of the evolution of your start-up, you may be expecting that Winter is the end of the line.  You may be thinking that somehow I’m going to wrap up the series with a … Continue reading

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Can Humanity Be Saved From Instant Replay?

Global life is increasingly obsessed with instant replay of all types.  In the pre-digital days, the extent of instant replay for use in judging actions and words by people, was largely limited to newspaper editorial pages.  If enough readers read … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons of Your Start-Up…Summertime

Ah, summer. Margaritas by the pool.  A little Kenny Chesney on the patio.  Wearing flip flops to BJ’s (wait, that’s a different post!)  But this is not life during summer inside a start-up company.  It is certainly good news if you’re fortunate … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen…the Next President of the United States…Alexander Hamilton!

I woke up this morning from a dream which was set in the late 1700’s.  I believe it was 1796, because I was presenting to an enormous room full of people and the banners hanging declared “Welcome to the Federalist … Continue reading

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VentureTips: In Defense of the Downtrodden Business Plan

The recent consensus from investors and experts on business plans is…don’t do them.  Most often I’m hearing that founders have not written a business plan document.  They’ve prepared executive summaries, powerpoint pitches and filled out forms at online pitch sites. … Continue reading

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Even In the Beginning, Entrepreneurs Created Jobs

I’m going to get right to the point of this blog post.  Sometimes, shocking information is best delivered in a no-nonsense, unapologetic manner.  So, I’m just going to hit you with this right now and I just don’t want you … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurial Quarks…the Elementary Particle of the American Economy

Some of you may have recently read about the Higgs boson particle and how its potentially confirmed existence would explain how anything with mass (ie, everything that exists) is built.  Some of you may have also recently read about how … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship…Highway of the Future!

I’d like to suggest a new way for governments to look at seed stage technology company funding.   I’d like to suggest that state governments in particular think about funding seed stage tech companies in the same way that they … Continue reading

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