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How to get valuable feedback on products

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Becky Stoughton Feedback from prospective customers is golden when you’re thinking of trying something new — say, getting a startup off the ground, offering a new product (or service), or breaking into a new market. A great way to obtain this feedback is through one-on-one discussions. Whether [...]

July 7th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on How to get valuable feedback on products

The ups and downs of building a dream

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Charlene Decesare Building a business, like working toward any big dream, is a roller coaster ride. Any given moment can take you from, “This is awesome! My idea is brilliant! Why didn’t I do this long ago?” to “This is awful. My idea is doomed to failure. [...]

July 7th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on The ups and downs of building a dream

Finding Help When Making Hard Decisions

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Joshua Cyr We are only a few months into 2016 and I am already thrilled with all of the startup activity throughout New Hampshire. Alpha Loft has selected its next batch of startups to participate in Accelerate NH, a New Hampshire focused startup accelerator. We will be [...]

July 7th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Finding Help When Making Hard Decisions

The mission: What’s it all about?

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Mark Kaplan It’s a Friday afternoon at the new Alpha Loft, at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (UNH ECenter) in Durham. I’m at a conference room table with a computer science professor, business school junior, and a UNH licensing manager. We’re discussing technology developed at the [...]

July 7th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on The mission: What’s it all about?

New Hampshire takes an innovative approach to entrepreneurship

By: Liz Gray, Director of Entrepreneurship – NH Business Finance Authority New Hampshire’s startup ecosystem is receiving support from the highest levels of state government through the Live Free and Start initiative - a collaboration between Governor Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority and the Department of Resources and Economic Development that is [...]

March 2nd, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on New Hampshire takes an innovative approach to entrepreneurship

Something for everyone is nothing for anyone

By Cory Von Wallenstein If you create something for everyone, you create nothing for anyone. Those that create a product, service or message that some will "absolutely love" yet some will "absolutely hate" do far better at building viable businesses than those that create something that is “just ok” for all audiences. This is called [...]

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Accelerate NH – Another great resource for New Hampshire startup entrepreneurs.

By Joshua Cyr, Director of Education and Acceleration at Alpha Loft It is easy for many of us to read remarkable headlines about amazing startups seemingly born overnight and think that it must be easy. You just need a good idea and presto instant fame and millions of dollars! Such stories make for great news [...]

January 6th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Accelerate NH – Another great resource for New Hampshire startup entrepreneurs.

Other Lessons from the Fair – Managing Conflict

By Bob Batcheler, is EVP of strategy and a co-founder of Newforma I love the Deerfield Fair! Funnel cakes, lobster rolls, and bacon on a stick! What’s not to love! Plus I found a great metaphor to illustrate some of the ways in which people respond to change in last month’s column. I was fascinated [...]

December 20th, 2014|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Other Lessons from the Fair – Managing Conflict

Three Ways People Respond to Change

By Bob Batcheler, is EVP of strategy and a co-founder of Newforma   Recently, at the Deerfield Fair, I watched an amazing demonstration by David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm, in which he showed how he and his Border Collies used the differing, innate reflexes of sheep and goats to manage a large, mixed herd. The [...]

November 10th, 2014|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Three Ways People Respond to Change

You are A Swiss Army Knife: The mindset and tools you need to survive as a Startup CEO

By Allison Grappone, Founder & CEO of Nearby Registry   Anyone in any job relies on a set of skills to complete their work. As a startup CEO you must have a keen understanding of the assortment of skills you have--and don’t have. Keeping that knowledge at the ready, and reevaluating your skillset frequently, is [...]

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