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October 22, 2014

After three successful weeks of Venture Café, we feel like we are hitting our stride. The community feedback has been great and we continue to make adjustments along the way. The best part has been meeting a bunch of cool people. It’s like our own little version of Sesame Street. These are the people in your neighborhood. They’re the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street. They’re the people that you meet each THURSDAY! Now that you’ll be humming that song all day, let’s get more awesomeness stuck in your head.
The Venture Café Weekly Gathering
Thursday, 10/23 3:00PM – 8:00PM 

4240 Duncan Ave, 2nd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63110

3:30 – 4:00 – iSelect Spotlight Series featuring TrackBill

Each week, iSelect Fund recruits a local startup to give their pitch and receive feedback. This week Steve Steven Marciniak, the CEO of TrackBill, will step up to tell the story of this great STL startup. Stop by the James Crutchfield Room at 3:30 to participate in an unofficial Shark Tank session.

4:00 – 5:00 – Scaling Up: Balancing Purpose and Profit

The Mission Center L3C will feature a panel discussion highlighting the realities of scaling, best practices, and a few insightful, on-the-ground stories from both successful and unsuccessful scaled enterprises. This early panel discussion happens in the Havana Room at 4PM with networking to follow in the Venture Café space. RSVP via email. Panelists:

  • Ron Ekstrand, President and COO of Easter Seals Midwest
  • Mindy Sharp, Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration at Wyman Center
  • Moderator – Chris Miller, Chief Executive Officer at The Mission Center L3C

5:30 – 6:00 – Wage Law Basics for New Businesses: 10 Common Mistakes that can get you Audited, Sued or Worse.

Check out the Aegis Whiteboard Session this week. Don’t let the lack of information slow you down or get you in trouble. Take a few minutes to learn about wage law in a non-boring way. Stop by the Big George Brown Room at 5:30.

6:00 – 7:00 – Design Thinking for Startups

The folks from Startup Weekend STL are hosting a panel discussion about the importance of good design for startup companies. Whether it’s UI/UX, clean code, pitch decks or sales sheets, quality design is important in aspects of startup marketing, product development, fundraising, and communications. With Startup Weekend taking place in less than one month, this discussion will be very popular.RSVP to secure your spot. Come early to network and then join the conversation in the Havana Room at 6PM.

  • Dan Mirth from Artifox
  • Nicole Turner with goBRANDgo!
  • Kim Walta

As always, the only way this remains awesome is if awesome people, like you, come collide with us.

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