Columbus Startup Ryze Rewards Turns Everyday Spending Into Seamless Student Loan Payments

 Columbus Startup Ryze Rewards Turns Everyday  Spending Into Seamless Student Loan Payments

Columbus, Ohio / September 9th 2019 - Students and recent grads often have a lot of things they need to spend money on. Things like furniture for their dorms or apartments, professional clothes for interviews and first jobs, and laptops for class or work. Also more often than not, these same students and graduates are taking on more student loan debt than any other generation in history. For these folks, there’s now an app that turns your everyday spending on clothes, smartwatches, and mattresses into rewards that can be used to pay down student loans.

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Create Columbus Commission Jumpstarts YP Initiatives with 2019 Catalyst Grant Awards

Create Columbus Commission Jumpstarts YP Initiatives with 2019 Catalyst Grant Awards

COLUMBUS—The Create Columbus Commission (CCC) announces its 2019 grant program recipients. The CCC is an engaged group of young professionals (YPs), who are seen as the community’s foremost thought leaders on young professional interests, experiences, and priorities. Since 2013, the Create Columbus Catalyst Grants Program has administered more than $250,000 to enhance the YP experience in the greater Columbus region. These initiatives have covered a wide variety of areas that have greatly impacted the Columbus community.

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Startups On The Move: Four Ohio Companies Enter Rev1 Investor Startup Studio

Startups On The Move: Four Ohio Companies Enter Rev1 Investor Startup Studio

by Alicia Oddi

Several new startups have entered the Rev1 investor startup studio, further expanding our region’s pipeline of promising startups. These startups are developing solutions that include a healthcare solution addressing heart health, to a company that helps create micro-scholarships, a social media network that connects gamers with professional opportunities, and a company that provides wireless lighting solutions to construction sites.

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Startups On The Move: Skuld Awarded Grant to Make Cars Lighter

Startups On The Move: Skuld Awarded Grant to Make Cars Lighter

The idea that you can make cars lighter with old fashioned iron castings, seems difficult to believe. That is the claim from Columbus startup Skuld LLC. They have recently received a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to prove this is possible. The DOE grant will be used to validate their claim of going to 0.060” thick ductile iron without negatively impacting properties.

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The Aspiring Entrepreneur vs The Achieving Entrepreneur

The Aspiring Entrepreneur vs The Achieving Entrepreneur

by Travis Smith, Founder of TribeVest

What is the single biggest obstacle to your goals, dreams and aspirations? You may think it is money, knowledge, skills, connections, age, race or gender. But in reality, the biggest single barrier to achieving your dream isthe belief that any of these things can actually hinder you. In other words, your number one obstacle is the belief that something is an obstacle. Something becomes an obstacle when you assign it that position.

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Finding a CEO: Going Past the Resume

Finding a CEO: Going Past the Resume

By Rodolfo Bellesi, Founder and Principal of Ikove Capital

There is a lot of emphasis put on building an impressive resume that showcases your education, skills, and previous positions. While a resume is a great way to view a person’s technical qualifications, it does not tell me all the information I need to know about you. When I’m looking for a potential CEO for a startup company, I do not solely look at applicant’s technical skills to determine if they are going to be a good fit. Choosing a CEO with prior experience may appear to be a sure thing and that the company would be destined for great success. However, a study published in MIT Sloan Management Review found that only 19.6 percent of Fortune 500 companies were ran by CEOs with previous executive experience. In fact, out those companies, the individuals who went from one CEO position to another performed worse than those who weren’t former CEOs!

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The Path to Discovering Non Traditional Ways to Raise Capital: ICO vs STO

The Path to Discovering Non Traditional Ways to Raise Capital: ICO vs STO

By Dawn Dickson, Founder & CEO of PopCom

My journey exploring non-traditional ways of raising capital started in late 2017 after my company PopCom completed our seed round, bringing our funding total to $900,000 from angels and VC funds. All 2017 the tech industry, and almost everyone else, was buzzing about bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and initial coin offerings (ICO). When I began hearing about ICOs and the capital that startups were able to raise through them, I became enthusiastically interested in learning about the process. Like many founders, I have a compelling product in need of a substantial infusion of cash to reach its true market potential.

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Copy of CEO as a Salesperson

Copy of CEO as a Salesperson

By Rodolfo Bellesi, Founder and Principal at Ikove Capital

There can be a lot of volatility within a startup and it is crucial that there is a strong CEO in place who can bring the company stability. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, “The Importance of an Inventor’s Role Within a Startup,” you often have to search for someone to take on the role of CEO, and this can be a challenging process. When I’m searching for a CEO to run a company, I’m looking for someone who has the characteristics of a good salesperson.

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7 Tools Successful Startups Can’t Live Without

7 Tools Successful Startups Can’t Live Without

By Michelle Murcia, CEO of Book+Street

Where many startups go wrong is by having a great vision but lacking the tools necessary to make that vision a reality in a streamlined and cost-effective manner. Some early-stage companies have established processes, while other are bootstrapping piling receipts in an office drawer. The ladder is a perfect example of a company working harder than they genuinely have too. Here are the top 7 tools we use to help build Startups and make their lives easier.

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