The Secret to Creativity Is Not What You Think

CO.STARTERS

In this Straight Talk, we asked Shelley to explore the connection between calmness and creativity, a somewhat surprising combination. We think creativity is a product of hyperactivity, pressure, and stress. “My Looking for calm, creativity, and support to solve your business problems?

Creative ways to earn money in difficult times

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

This is an opportunity to come out stronger and more resilient — and to get creative. Here are a few creative adjustments to financial difficulties that you might consider implementing. By Elise Kemp. Life is unpredictable.

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Promoting women’s advancement in Haiti through creative baked goods

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

2017 YLAI Fellow Marie Flore Morett, owner of Delices de Marie Florett , has worked to create a welcoming community in Haiti to empower women to seek employment opportunities and work to decrease the job and wage inequalities present in Haiti. By Caroline Sachdeva.

Inspiring Community Participation

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Inspiring Community Participation. I’m Jeff Franco, and this is “Inspiring Community Participation” to solve local problems. First, knowing your community and its needs. It is critically important that you get to know your community intimately. Community Needs Assessment.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Inspiring Community Participation

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Inspiring Community Participation. I’m Jeff Franco, and this is “Inspiring Community Participation” to solve local problems. First, knowing your community and its needs. It is critically important that you get to know your community intimately. Community Needs Assessment.

Building Community Immunity

CO.STARTERS

How do we continue our mission of supporting business starters and growing communities in the face of catastrophic circumstances? How do we support each other when the word “community” itself feels like a threat? Nothing solves a problem like a little collective creativity.

Growing a Living Community

CO.STARTERS

The event was an opportunity for communities supported by the growing entrepreneurial network to connect in an intimate setting to celebrate five years of growth and to collaborate on a vision for the next five years and beyond. Since its early work with creative entrepreneurs beginning in 2008 and relaunch as a scalable program and brand in 2013, CO.STARTERS has equipped more than 630 leaders across 190+ communities, impacting more than 10,000 starters.

7 Creative Financing Options for New Businesses and Startups

StartupNation

You still have plenty of creative financing options to fund your business. Creative financing options for new businesses. If a bank doesn’t believe in your idea, the startup community might — and there’s a good chance they’ll give you a lot of money if they do.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Creative capital, live-shopping strategy, new name + logo

TechCrunch

Creative capital is the secret sauce, not venture capital. In a guest post for TechCrunch+, he describes different types of creative capital and includes multiple examples of how startups can leverage it for success. Creative capital is the secret sauce, not venture capital.

Community Leader Spotlight: Kristopher Riley

TechStars

I’m a creative problem solver and servant-leader. Seeing the support of the community and other like-minded people caused me to look back at my days starting Hype, and wonder what that would have been with a support system like the one I saw at Techstars Startup Weekend. Learning about the history of the organization, the global support system, and just the raw love of community gave me a new purpose and a great opportunity to give back. Tell us a little about yourself.

5 Reasons to Be a Part of a Business Community

Smart Hustle Magazine

Being a part of the business community plays a critical role in the success of small business owners. If you look at the thriving small business owners, you will find that most of them are outstanding community players. Reasons to Be a Part of a Business Community.

Why You Should Embrace the Power of Creativity as You Build Your Empire

Smart Hustle Magazine

Creative is not a word I typically use to describe myself. In my mind, “creativity” was always reserved for artists and designers, both of which I am not. Creative Beginnings. I’m building an empire with the means to give back to the rescue community.

The Creativity of Entrepreneurship: Community Leader Spotlight with João Marinelli

TechStars

To João, the truly amazing thing about entrepreneurship is the way that it gives life to people’s creativity, and helps them use their creativity to change the world. “I He’s currently working for Darwin Startups, a Brazilian accelerator—named the best accelerator in Brazil by Associação Brasileira de Startups—where he has “freedom to use my creativity and entrepreneurship to develop new products or approaches.”. People, Communities, and Leadership. “I

The Power of Creativity To Help Your Business Grow and 5 More Tips

Smart Hustle Magazine

The power of creativity (and more) can help. He highlights the need to focus on the community as a measure to bring down stress. If you are going to church or synagogue or you have a local community group, sports team whatever it is, ask your community whatever that may mean for you.

Startup Community Engagement During Covid

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Much of what we do as startup community builders requires in-person interactions through workshops, meetups, and other events. But the Covid pandemic pushed the big pause button on in-person events that are the beating heart of many startup communities.

Contact, a platform for creatives backed by Maisie Williams, raises $1.9M seed led by Founders Fund

TechCrunch

Creatives face late payments, and often opaque industry practices, even as top talent agencies have collectively achieved a valuation of $20 billion. billion Creator Economy, “democratizing” access to the world’s best creative talent.

Thinking About Berlin: Unleashing a Creative Opportunity

This is going to be BIG.

You're not going to replicate the Valley, but you could certainly look to a place that went from essentially zero to the second most proflific startup communities in 15 years (or 8 years, depending on if you count the fact that we came back from zero again dating back to '04). Berlin is a great place to be full of fantastic people--with a serious dedication to building an innovation community. There are a ton of fantastically creative people here.

Design Thinking: Refresh Your Business Model and Insert Creativity into Your Routine

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

With design thinking, “you use creativity and imagination to think outside the box and solve large-scale issues,” he says. Design thinking may inspire a teacher to present the same information through more creative means, such as a class game that quizzes students. For example, Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that allows students to quiz each other and better grasp the material in a creative and novel way. Creativity is key!

Playground launches in beta to help creators cultivate community

TechCrunch

Launching today in beta, Playground is a social platform that seeks to help people discover and develop community while empowering creators to monetize their audience. But while working as a freelance creative director for brands like Facebook, Google Play and E!

The Glue that Makes a Community Stick

This is going to be BIG.

Cheaper rents could make it a great place for the creative community and there''s no reason why it shouldn''t become as popular a destination for out of town events the same way that Austin has. What was harder to figure out how to do--and something no one ever really thinks about on the economic development side, is community. Community isn''t just something you create by setting up a place to have coffee or to work.

Putting Microlending into Practice: A Community Case Study

CO.STARTERS

Here’s how one community organization works to bridge the awareness and availability gap for small business starters that need funding. • • •. Create Birmingham is a nonprofit economic development agency focused exclusively on creative industries in Birmingham, Alabama. The Revolving Loan Program , created in partnership with the Welch Group Foundation and Venture South, a local community development financial institution, makes small traditional loans. By Rich Bailey.

How VCs, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces Put Communities in Buildings vs. Buildings in Communities

This is going to be BIG.

I'll bet you don't know where the Center of NY's Tech Community and Center of Creativity is. In fact, it is "well-known internationally as the original home of New York's technology community.". What you had with 55 Broad was a case of trying to thrust a building into the community without necessarily seeding and connecting the community to the building. VCs and fulltime angels bring a lot more than just money to the communities they invest in.

10 Key Buildings in the Brooklyn Innovation Community

This is going to be BIG.

Back in 2006, when I started working on putting together some community groups for entrepreneurs and tech people, I looked for a better name to reference this collection of people. Tech community" seemed too much about people soldering things together and writing code. Not only did I want it to include people working on the future of digital media at ABC, but I also had in mind the roll that other types of creative people have in the inspiration of a city.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. I believe the next 20 years will be an excited time of regeneration for Cincinnati and many more progressive communities across the country. It really only needs a few community leaders to kick things off and land a community on a map.

8 EO members share how they define success

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Success means happiness, fulfillment and contribution to something bigger than me. — Katty Douraghy, EO San Francisco, president of Artisan Creative. Ash Rathod, managing director of Digital Focus Creatives.

Want to get in front of a VC? Be a little creative--human even.

This is going to be BIG.

Given that, the lack of creativity and ingenuity around reaching an investor really astounds me. There are a lot of ways to reach investors by being a little more creative--without being creepy. That's not to say you should follow me home and stand outside my house, but being a little bit creative about how to reach someone goes a long way. Be a leader in your community. Community is a great platform (excuse) to engage people.

One man’s mission to renew Ecuadorian communities after a natural disaster

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

2016 YLAI Fellow Marco Mendieta is working hard to develop the small business community of Ecuador and regenerate the economy following the devastating earthquake of 2016. You have to get creative and innovative while adapting to any challenge. By Jewelle Saunders.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

Both Sides of the Table

We threw a Launchpad LA dinner to bring the community together as we tend to do 6-10 times a year. Brad wrote up his answer here – you should read it because it’s very instructive for how I believe communities ought to think about naming conventions. Creative – we’re a place of writers, directors, producers, musicians, costume designers, make-up artists, graphic artists, 3D modelers. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week.

Garry Kasparov launches a community-first chess platform

TechCrunch

The platform, produced by Vivendi, includes documentaries, podcasts, articles and interviews between experts and known players in the chess community. In many ways, it’s a vertical-specific version of the chess MasterClass he did years ago, with a big focus on community and variety.

10 Questions for Brooklyn's Innovation Community

This is going to be BIG.

Next Wednesday night, I'm hosting a roundtable discussion between Brooklyn innovation community stakeholders on how to make this side of the river a better place to create, build businesses and grow. There's no specific agenda or goal, other than to bring together all of the people that have an interest in this great community and its ability to incubate cutting edge and creative ideas. What community structures are needed to help improve the ecosystem?

Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia

CO.STARTERS

This past decade, a renaissance of creativity, adventure, and local pride has taken hold of Wheeling. Local ventures pitch their ideas to community members, who vote for their favorites. They think they have businesses ideas, but that entrepreneurs are techy people who have creative startup ideas—words they don’t associate themselves with. The post Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia appeared first on CO.STARTERS®. Community Spotlight Feature

Good News from Small Business in the Time of COVID-19

CO.STARTERS

We at CO.STARTERS are in the trenches right now with the entire small business support community, slogging through red bottom lines, loan application purgatory, and a constant barrage of not-so-good news. While they hoped to sell 200, their community rallied and bought 330.

How to Design Community Solutions with Help from the Actual Community

Forward Cities

The third time I came across this phrase was during my training as a recently hired Local Forward Cities Director of Community Entrepreneurship in Franklin County, OH. Rather than coming in as the “experts,” we were taught that when we entered into our communities, we were facilitators – helping those entrepreneurs and small business owners who are directly affected by certain issues to voice their concerns and (with our help) begin to create and implement solutions.

Orbit raises $4M for its community experience platform

TechCrunch

Orbit , a startup that is building tools to help organizations build communities around their proprietary and open-source products, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Martin Casado.

Build a Community and the Sales Will Follow: Insights on Product Development

Smart Hustle Magazine

Once he started building a community, he also learned they had a specific need he could fill. Not all niche communities have large, interactive followings. Here's an article and podcast interview I enjoyed called: Build a Community and the Sales Will Follow: [link] Click To Tweet.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: ReValue Has Unique Approach for Investment Guidance Doing Good For The Broader Community (Episode 283)

StartupNation

She’s the CEO of an Ypsilanti based company founded in 2013, known as Revalue, and they have a unique approach to their business of investment advisory that blends a desire to provide high value investment guidance and money management with a focus on doing good for the broader community.