TL;DR: Hiccups and failures are inevitable with the growth of any asset class. My goal for this post is to help emerging studio directors learn from the past mistakes of others so they can find their footing in less than one year.
Over the last year, startup studios have been one of the hottest trends in the startup world. When we founded the Global Startup Studio Network in 2018, we identified roughly 100 studios around the world. …
Welcome to Parallel, where we’re on a mission to launch a startup studio in every startup community around the globe by 2025. Here’s why:
We’re living in an era where humanity is standing face-to-face with problems that carry extraordinary, unprecedented weight.
Food shortages, climate change, overpopulation, mass violence, and space exploration are just a couple worth naming.
Looking back over the last 10–20 years, innovators and investors went bonkers over businesses that took advantage of the growth of the sharing economy, direct-to-consumer models, and the easy creation/distribution of content.
This was a vibrant time for technology, to say the least. Many young, ambitious entrepreneurs made their mark on the world by building dog-walking apps, new media properties, and D2C mattress brands. …
One common reason that many startup ideas stink is that founders focus too much on the idea and not the problem that they are solving.
I founded 3 startups, ran a creative agency for startups where we worked with 85+ clients, and then I worked at a startup studio as the VP of Branding for two years. The vast majority of these ideas stunk.
Over time, though, we learned how to validate that what we were building mattered.
These days, quality is everything. It’s never been harder to launch a quality beta product. …
I learned about the Stage Gate Framework while I was the VP of Branding at Boulder Bits, a startup studio based out of Boulder, Colorado. Before taking a medical leave of absence, our CEO, Jesse Lawrence, taught us how to be “idea assassins”.
Jesse’s philosophy was simple; kill every startup idea unless you absolutely can’t. This allowed us to create a rigid process to better validate startup concepts while reducing the risk for everyone involved. Thus, following this framework allows founders and investors to realize a higher chance of success across their portfolio. …
Growing up in the nineties, in the morning while everyone was getting ready for work and for school, eating breakfast and getting dressed, my parents would have the TV turned on to the morning shows. They would get their news for the day before leaving the house, trusting that they were adequately prepared to face whatever was going on that day in the world.
Today, our needs are the same: many of us hold jobs that require a current awareness of global affairs. We want to be engaged in politics, business, and society. …
I remember that it hurt.
I’ll never forget the first time that I heard a client tear apart my work.
I was 19 years old, had just begun freelancing, and spent close to 100 hours designing her a Wix website. I poured my heart, soul and years of artistic training into that project, and the pain of hearing her tear it apart felt as if she stabbed a hole through the canvas of one of my paintings.
That moment was when I realized that art and advertising are very different.
In the world of startups, they must remain different.
In the years since, and prior to joining Boulder Bits, I built a 16-person creative agency, worked with over 70 clients, more than half in the startup space, and learned an enormous amount about the difference between art and advertising. …
Last Sunday, I decided to challenge myself to document my life on Instagram Stories for one week, kind of like a “day in the life” series. Until then, I was a faithful Snapchat user, but when I started to notice that my usual 150 views on each Snapchat story had quickly decreased to 50–60 views, I accepted that my friends were moving over to Instagram.
Cool. Sorry Snapchat.
As a creative entrepreneur with a hectic work schedule, a lot of my friends have been asking me about my work life since graduating from CU Boulder two months ago. I figured it’d be fun to show them what a typical workday is like in my world, while also having the opportunity to create content, which, ya know, is great for the personal brand and…
Dan Hurwitz, my dad and a person I admire, has been a sales leader in the media and martech space for over 30 years and has had a handful of notable wins under his belt.
Having successfully hired and lead teams of Millennials, he regularly shares best and worst practices with me in an effort to help me improve my game. What follows is a list of several of them that are quite logical in nature but are often neglected. I couldn’t help but publishing…
We’ve been receiving a lot of really good questions lately from students taking our online entrepreneurship course, Startup Vault.
I’m sure this goes without saying, but I absolutely love talking with our students.
Tonight we got asked a great, common question that I felt eager to share with the rest of the world.
A: (From Mark Whitaker): Mentorship is a two way street. It may not be apparent how you can help right away but be open and available to anything. Many mentors know that a mentee cannot help them right away. Being a mentor is a #Givefirst mentality. The mentor recognizes that their mentee will eventually become a mentor and help out someone else. A mentor can be anyone, from a well respected teacher, to a co-worker or even a family friend. …