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Marketing for Founders: 5 Ways Startups Can Acquire Customers

Posted by: 1871 on 11/17/17 11:50 AM

Many entrepreneurs skip the basics of marketing and struggle to find product market fit. 1871 member Solomon Thimothy is the co-founder of marketing intelligence platform Clickx and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and clients implement effective marketing strategies. There is no cookie cutter way to success, but Thimothy shares certain themes that have emerged from his experiences.

1871 in the Wild: The UNIQLO Store

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/16/17 2:25 PM

This month, 1871 launched a three-month partnership with UNIQLO, a popular global fashion retailer located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, featuring in-store displays by five incredible 1871 member companies. We visited the store this week with a few of our participating entrepreneurs to get the scoop.

1871 Launches Advanced Member Program (AMP) for Later-Stage, Scaling Companies

Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/15/17 11:17 AM

Today, 1871  launches the 1871 Advanced Member Program (AMP), a program geared toward later-stage companies which are scaling and have reached specific industry benchmarks determined by 1871. This is 1871’s latest offering to ensure the best and brightest companies are supported with resources relevant to their stage of growth. 

Are You Doing Enough for Your Newbies?

News, Insights
Posted by: Howard A. Tullman on 11/14/17 12:00 PM

Throwing your new hire into the fire without sufficient training is often seen as a rite of passage. But that's short-sighted and often costly, to both the employee and the company. 

Videos: 1871 Dialogues

Insights, Community
Posted by: 1871 on 11/13/17 12:50 PM

Jeanne Reidy, VP of Events and Content Development at 1871, chats with the brightest founders, executives, educators, and wave-makers in the technology, business, and entrepeneurial landscape. See below for the full list of interviews or watch the playlist on YouTube. 


Six Core Values of Empowered Leaders

Posted by: 1871 on 11/13/17 10:30 AM

Success is not a plaque or a dollar sign. It can’t be bought or ascribed. Success is a personal reward borne out of a subscription to one’s core values. 1871 mentor Susan Kuczmarski of Kuczmarski Innovation discusses how the empowered leader of the future will have to embrace six unique qualities that are unknown to many leaders today.

Four Equity Management Trends that are Changing Startups

Posted by: 1871 on 11/10/17 12:25 PM

Founders know that equity is a powerful commodity for a startup; used effectively, it allows you to attract top talent and save on cash. But, simply giving employees equity isn’t enough. Your equity compensation needs to be a part of a broader strategy that fits with your company culture and goals. 1871 workshop leader Iman Malik of Carta gives us the low-down on equity trends. 

1871 Offers New Perk Through Keeper Security

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/10/17 12:12 PM

1871 now offers password and asset security services provided by Keeper Security at a discounted rate for one year to all 1871 members, the most recent addition to a growing list of business perks available to our community.

1871 WiSTEM Program Wins 2017 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/9/17 4:21 PM

WiSTEM, 1871’s accelerator program for women-founded businesses, will be receiving a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration for the second year in a row through the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. WiSTEM is one of 20 programs nationally to receive a grant totaling $1 million combined.

Former U.S. CTO Megan Smith Talks Tech Jobs at 1871

Events, Community
Posted by: Kat Rokhlin on 11/9/17 1:11 PM

On October 30, 1871 hosted the Tech Jobs Tour, a forum which helps diverse, non-traditional talent find jobs in the technology space. The national tour features top tech experts who are women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans and people with disabilities. Megan Smith, former CTO of the United States and CEO of shift7, gave the keynote speech and stopped by 1871 earlier in the day to meet with women entrepreneurs in the space.

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