Going to Market as a Startup: Build It and They Won’t Come

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At this week’s Speaker Series at the University of Pittsburgh’s student accelerator, The Blast Furnace was one of the most important subjects a startup faces: what lies beyond the ‘idea,’ past ‘customer discovery’ – going to market. One of the biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make is underestimating their go-to-market costs, or assuming the ‘product… Read more »

3X3: Experts on Funding

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Last week, our Blast Furnace teams heard from three experts on funding early stage companies. The Blast Furnace is the University of Pittsburgh’s student accelerator, which recently launched its inaugural cohort. Two speakers from the 3×3 are funders, the third one is a serial entrepreneur who has been funded by the two funders (amongst others)…. Read more »

Winnie the Pooh, 3D, and ‘Do it Yourself’ Legal

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When I showed up to listen to two terrific speakers at the University of Pittsburgh’s new student accelerator, Blast Furnace, I didn’t realize I would learn about Eeyore and Tigger. Or that my ‘lawyer uncle’ actually could be helpful in some legal situations. First, an intro to who shared these lessons: The Furnace hosted Bob… Read more »

Alumni Night

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“I am Dani. I am from Spain. And I am a reasonably good lover.” I thought that would get your attention. It also caught the attention of attendees of this week’s Blast Furnace, the student accelerator at the University of Pittsburgh. It was ‘Alumni Night’ at the Furnace. However the opinions expressed, and the experiences… Read more »