'Fintech' is making more and more appearances in the startup vernacular as of late, especially in Columbus. It was announced yesterday that new global accelerator Fintech 71 will grow the next crop of financial services technology companies from Downtown Columbus, and...
Thirty-two percent. Would you do something if it had a thirty-two percent success rate? While those odds aren't the worst — they aren't overwhelmingly reassuring. That percentage is the number of business-based or business-related crowdfunding campaigns from our monthly roundups that...
Richard Florida's 2002 book, The Rise of the Creative Class attributes high concentrations of creatives to the fundamental success of modern cities both in terms of culture and economy. Over a dozen years later, a recent Columbus Metropolitan Club forum...
Thanks to several farmers' markets and a plethora of restaurants and food producers that use locally-sourced ingredients, it's not a challenge to eat local in Central Ohio. It's also increasingly easy to drink local, as evidenced by the number...
The recent Lift Product Summit drove home a key lesson: make sure your product is actually solving a problem that needs solved. How does a product owner or entrepreneur know their problem is worthwhile? Let the customers tell you. The product experts doling out...
As a small business owner, I know that innovation is vital to Ohio’s economy. Businesses don’t get ahead by reinventing the wheel – they succeed by seizing opportunities to find better solutions to old problems. Innovation is the core...
For many, homeownership −an integral part the American dream for decades− has lost its allure. Potential buyers recognize that the commitment to homeownership makes it difficult to move for employment opportunities, says Mark Wood, president of Wood Companies. And at...
In part one of our crowdfunding report, we looked at some general averages - percentage of successful and failed campaigns, average asks, average percentages funded - and left you with a little cliffhanger. For part two, we're looking at things...

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