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In recent months, I’ve engaged with many current students and recent graduates looking for educational resources on the world of startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and technology. While universities are increasingly improving their entrepreneurial resources, it can still be hard for an outsider when you’re starting from scratch. While many of us eat, sleep, and breathe the startup life, we all had to start learning somewhere. Those that grew up outside the Silicon Valley Tech scene likely didn’t grow up talking about the next great iPhone App, Enterprise SaaS startup, Uber for X, Airbnb for x, marketplace for x, etc.


Yesterday, we lost a legend. Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, died in a helicopter crash with his oldest daughter and seven other people.

As a teenager, I watched Kobe Bryant with admiration. I’ll never forget his 81 point game. I’ll never forget the last game of his career when he dropped 60 points including the game-winner. However, the greatest lesson I learned from watching Kobe was the power of dedication to one’s craft.

Kobe Bryant’s work ethic was the stuff of legend.

He wanted to be great, and he worked like it. He had…

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Towards the end of last year, I started a series of posts on Midwest Startups and Venture Capital. So far, I’ve written three posts in this series. Below are the titles and links to those posts.

1. The Transformative Power of Venture Capital for Startups and the Midwest

2. Why the Midwest is an Attractive Place for Startups and Venture Capital

3. Lessons from History for Midwest Tech Startups and Investors

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I love football, especially college football. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been my team since I was old enough to talk. For those of you that don’t follow the sport, last Saturday my Buckeyes played the Clemson Tigers in the college football playoff. The winner would go on to the national championship game. Both teams were undefeated. Both teams had been dominant. The computers narrowly favored Ohio State. Vegas narrowly favored Clemson. This game was expected to be a classic, and it was. Ultimately, Clemson narrowly won on a game-clinching interception (see my pain below).

Throughout the game, the…

This is part 3 in a series on Venture Capital and Startups in the Midwest. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here.

As I mentioned in part 2, I want to explore history and see what lessons can be learned for this region. Here we go.

Brief History of Venture Capital and Tech in the Midwest

While the Midwest is not without history in the world of tech startups and venture capital, that history is quite limited. Our most relevant history traces back to Dayton, Ohio. …

Before I jump into today’s post, I need to provide a few quick updates regarding the future of Two Clarify. I started this blog in May with my close friend Evan McCracken. Our goal for this blog was to develop ourselves while having an outlet for our views by writing on topics that were relevant to our careers. Since then, our careers have gone in different directions. We’ve both reevaluated our priorities and visions for the future of this blog. As a result, Evan has decided that it’s time for him to step away from Two Clarify. His previous content…

This is part 2 in a series of posts I’m doing on the state of VC and startups in the Midwest. The first part was a topical introductory piece entitled The Transformative Power of Venture Capital for Startups and the Midwest. Since then, I’ve been considering about how I want to attack the topic and what topics truly need to be explored. As I alluded to on the last post, I want to explore some of the following questions:

  • Why the Midwest?
  • What has been accomplished in the region so far?
  • What needs to happen next?
  • What are the major…

If you follow tech, venture, and startup news, you probably have heard that several cities in the Midwest and Southeast have rising startup ecosystems. Cities like Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, and others have been receiving more and more media attention regarding the great things happening in their respective startup communities.

For decades, venture capital dollars have been highly concentrated in three cities: Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area; Boston; and New York City. According to PitchBook, over 67% of the capital and 41% of the deal-countgoes into Boston, New York, or San Francisco. Furthermore, if…

It’s hunting season in many parts of America. In Ohio, archery season started on September 28th and will run through February 2nd. Gun season begins in December and there is even a brief Muzzleloader season in early January.

Growing up, my uncle was (and still is) an avid hunter. Deer season was one of his favorite times each year. He was consistent. He was meticulous. He would get up early. He would get in his stand. He would wait for his target. If one spot didn’t work, he would set up his stand in a different spot. He would go…

Today is Saturday. Evan and I don’t usually post on Saturday, but I had some inspiration and decided to switch it up.

Yesterday, a friend made a joke about my life being boring. I immediately countered with a step by step explanation of why she was wrong. While she may have been joking, I couldn’t help but analyze the topic. What makes an interesting life? Is my life interesting? Has my life been interesting in the past? Who do I know that has an interesting life? You get the point.

The following are my quick thoughts on what makes for…

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