1. Team Player : There are a ton of things to do everyday when working at a startup, nobody has just one job and there is no task too small for anyone. You must be willing to get your hands dirty and do the things you never imagined to keep the company wheels going. You have to be flexible. If you aren’t flexible and well rounded, you will most definitely be seen as invaluable. It’s not a job it’s a mission.
2. Creativity: Startups don’t run on tradition. Startups are still learning and growing. You have to be creative and bring innovative ideas to the table. Creativity is necessary to keep a startup fresh and ahead of the game. A lot of companies can become duplicates of each other and creativity will help avoid that.
3. Type A Personality: Startups usually begin with a small number of employees. Usually, no more than twenty. People with Type A personalities are driven and competitive. Getting things done in a fast manner, but with great results is essential.
4. Passionate: Startup environments can be tough. They can be unpredictable and require you to work long hours. You must have the passion to put in the work. If you’re not passionate about the startup you work for, then you are more likely to abandon ship when things get tough.
5. Reliable: Your team has to be able to rely on you to get things done. If you can’t finish the task then it leaves the rest of your co-workers to pick up the slack. Bandwidths run short in startups. Be sure to do your part.
For the second year in a row, I have the honor of chairing the committee to select the Redmoon Galvanizer Award. This award celebrates individuals who galvanize community and make a difference in their field while contributing to the vibrancy of Chicago – mirroring Redmoon’s mission in public art.
Last year, BIC’s own Matt Moog was honored (long over due IMHO) with the Galvanizer award. He had so much fun that he and his amazing wife Lucy generously agreed to co-chair Redmoon’s 2014 Lunatique event, where the Galvanizer award is presented.
This year, we brought together a selection committee that was comprised of city leaders across all disciplines (architecture, law, finance, government, etc) and just as broad an array of male and female award candidates were subsequently nominated and considered. The committee even consulted some world class strategic thinkers, like Bruce Mau, to provide input on who was truly impacting our community in a meaningful way.
Howard Tullman was not known to all on the committee but his name was submitted from virtually every corner of our “communiverse.” When everyone heard of his “renaissance-worthy” acccomplishments, consensus was soon upon us. It is hard to not be awed by his community work in digital communication, higher education and his passion for showcasing visual art.
I was thrilled when last fall he humbly agreed to accept this award during a surprise visit to his offices.
The 2014 Galvanizer Award quickly “returned to tech” this January when Howard was named CEO of 1871. I couldn’t be more pleased that once again, a representative of the tech community is leading the way in civic engagement.
It got me thinking that for every Howard and Matt, there is a new generation Shradha, Shawn, and Iain coming into their own and realizing that their strategic thinking and efforts can more broadly impact this city and beyond…it just takes some (proverbial) balls and squeezing a little extra attention away from the grindstone.
Being successful and offering back to the culture and fabric of our community is not only commendable but its yes, sexy….I’ll celebrate that any day. But for now, I will be at one of the coolest parties of the year on March 15th with some of tech’s best, seeing Howard Tullman receive his award in a primal spectacle ceremony unlike any other. And no matter who you are, here’s a little secret: at Redmoon’s Lunatique, everyone gets to feel a little sexy.
Click here to read more about Howard Tullman and the Galvanizer Award.
Techweek is bringing Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, and New York together for one ALL DAY party during SXSWi. That’s right, this year we’re not just bringing the Windy City to Austin, we’re celebrating Techweek’s expansion to five cities and giving our attendees an exciting glimpse of what’s ahead for tech in 2014.
Join top entrepreneurs and leading tech companies from across the country for non-stop music, delicious snacks, and signature drinks. We’re one of the only ALL DAY events on and around 6th St. on 3/9, which is hugely buzzworthy. And with a single tweet last week, our RSVP list has reached 1,000+ and growing. Each party theme coincides with one of our Techweek cities, giving attendees and exhibitors a chance to network and tap glasses in a party environment that celebrates the latest and greatest in tech in a very unique, market-specific way. Previous Techweek Party participants and sponsors include: 1871, Belly, Braintree, CDW, ITA and Gogo.
Date: Sunday, March 9th
Where: The Nook (309 E 6th St)
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
11 am – 2 pm: New York City - “The City That Never Sleeps” (Bagels and Bloody’s)
2 pm – 5pm: Detroit - “Detroit Rock City” (Craft Beers and Hot Dogs)
5 pm – 8 pm: Los Angeles - “Tech-ila Sunrise” (Tequila and Tacos)
8 pm -11 pm: Chicago - “Third Coast Roast” (BBQ and Whiskey)
11 pm – 2 am: Miami - “Heat of the Night” (Tapas and Energy Drink Vodkas)
Amid the North American Auto Show festivities, Techweek and Detroit Venture Partners hosted the Detroit Kickoff Party at Sugar House! We met some of the top tech influencers in Detroit and kept warm with the best cocktail in America. Techweek is excited to bring the conference to a place that knows how to work hard and build from the ground up. See you soon Michigan!
Check out photos from the Techweek Detroit Kickoff Party here.
Techweek is not only expanding to more cities, but we’re taking our conferences in each city to the next level! During the Official Reveal Party on Dec. 5, Techweek released the plans for all 2014 festivals. Here’s what’s new next year:
We are coming to two new cities
Miami: Home of the Heat, both sports team and weather
You can find all of the tech gadgets in the links below.
Nest Thermostat – The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule. You can program and teach it efficient temperatures for a few days and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own. Nest will also save you money by turning on an energy-efficient away temperature when you’re gone. If you forget to turn the air down, Nest will do it for you.
Chromecast – With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV — movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. With Chromecast, users will no longer have to huddle around small screens and tiny speakers.
Kymera Wand – The Kymera Wand is a buttonless remote control that can learn up to 13 infrared (IR) codes from existing remote controls and replay those IR codes when the user makes one of the 13 predefined movement “gestures.”
Techweek Passes – Last, but not least, a pass to Techweek in one of our five cities. Tickets for all five cities will be on sale soon!
From the entire Techweek team we would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday! See you all in 2014!
You can check out all of these great gifts by clicking the links below.
Fitbit – Fitbit is a fitness tracker that tracks your everyday activity and continuously syncs your stats to your computer and smartphone. Users can get real-time access to their progress and reminders throughout the day without having to plug in. Users can also see their progress online through graphs and charts that will help you gain insights into your fitness trends.
Moto G – This is a smartphone with a 4.5″ HD display, all-day battery, quad-core speed, Android 4.3 with a guaranteed upgrade, and colorful backs to customize your phone. Its edge-to-edge display stretches to all four corners and enables users to watch, read, or browse on a big screen.
Impossible Instant Lab – Never wait for photos again. With Impossible Instant Lab you can transform any digital image to a real, one-of-a-kind analog instant photo via your iPhone or iPod touch. Select a picture, place your iPhone on the Instant Lab and within seconds it ejects your analog instant photo, ready to develop in the palm of your hand.
Myo – A motional control armband that lets you use the movements of your hands to effortlessly control your phone, computer, and so much more. Myo armband senses gestures and motion control to seamlessly interpret what your hands and fingers are doing, and transmits that information over Bluetooth to communicate with your favorite digital devices.
Stay tuned for day three of the Techweek Holiday Gift Guide!
You can find these great gifts for you or your friends and family below!
The Tile App - The Tile App on your phone makes it easy to find your Tile(s) anywhere, anytime. Just attach, stick or drop your Tile into any item you might lose: laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes — you name it. Then get on with the fun.
LIFX – LIFX is a multi-colored LED smart bulb that you control with your smartphone. LIFX comes in several types of bulbs for you to choose.
Coin – A card that is similar to a regular card, except it is connected to all of your credit cards. You can choose what credit card you would like to expense to by tapping a simple button and selecting the card. Coin also has a security feature that alerts you when your card is away from you phone so you never leave it behind.
180s – These ear warmers keep you nice and toasty while allowing you to listen to your favorite tracks. Don’t choose between headphones or ear warmers, choose 180s and get both.
Stayed tuned for more on the Techweek Holiday Gift Guide!
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As a follow up, our friends at Walker Sands are providing a link to their white paper “5 Questions to Ask Before Launching a PR Campaign for Startups” which you can download here. When should you launch a PR campaign? How do you know PR is actually working? This five page informational document will give you the insight as to when PR will be most beneficial for your company.
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