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Stage Four: The Launch

There has rarely been a better time to launch than now – right in the middle of this pandemic. “America has suddenly recovered its entrepreneurial mojo,” wrote The Economist recently in a stunning report documenting a massive number of “high-propensity”…

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Stage Three: The Place

The pandemic has upended our notion of Place. When remote work threatens to make geography obsolete, what is the value of a physical ecosystem of startups, talent, investors, and the institutions that support them? Place can also be virtual. A…

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Stage Two: The Shift

Ideas are a dime a dozen in Silicon Valley. What counts is how fast you jump on the opportunity. We call this stage in the entrepreneurial journey the Shift. The Shift is a fundamental move from thinking to doing. Simply…

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Stage One: The Awakening

Entrepreneurs make stuff happen. Obstacles, tough times, these are signs to innovators that the time is right to strike. Now, mid-pandemic, is the perfect opportunity to find that bolt of lightning, the surge of adrenalin and energy you need to…

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