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Finding your first customers

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Joshua Cyr Next month I’ll be giving a seminar at Alpha Loft about startups finding their first 100 customers. While prepping for the talk I thought it would be helpful to write about early customers a bit more broadly. How can you sell if you don’t understand [...]

August 1st, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Finding your first customers

Your ‘AHA’ moment: What to do about it?

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Mark Kaplan It may happen to you out of nowhere. Perhaps your mind is wandering. Maybe you’re facing one of life’s daily problems. Then the light bulb goes on! We all know what that means. The light bulb is a symbol of a fantastic idea! Or is [...]

July 13th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Your ‘AHA’ moment: What to do about it?

I-Corps grants help launch companies

Published in The New Hampshire Union Leader By Marc Sedam Universities have always played a significant role in society. Just 16 years after landing on Plymouth Rock saw the founding of New College — becoming Harvard College three years later. And an even shorter time, 12 years, transpired between the end of the Revolutionary War [...]

July 8th, 2016|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on I-Corps grants help launch companies

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 [...]

February 5th, 2015|Ask the Expert|Comments Off on Something for everyone is nothing for anyone

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.