Back in January of 2018, a group of friends and myself gathered to talk about what we could do to help and connect entrepreneurial students here at CU Boulder. We came up with tons of ideas from an online map that helped people meet up around campus to renting a house purely for entrepreneurs. Emails were sent out to groups and various schools on campus to figure out if students were looking to get into entrepreneurship or just to be involved in a community of driven people. In the end, the plans all revolved around one core idea:
Surround yourself with people who push you to be better on a daily basis.
We weren't only aiming for the purebred entrepreneur. We wanted to include anyone who strives to improves themselves day after day in order to achieve their goals and dreams.
Time went on and the time to make the decision of what Entrepreneur House was going to be was thinning. The one idea of having a central house that entrepreneurs lived in as well as acted as a hub for other entrepreneurs was still in the back of our minds so we started to look around for a house that would help us accomplish exactly this. With about 2 months and hundreds of houses looked at, we finally struck gold and the Entrepreneur House was born in August of 2018.
Within the house alone, we either founded and co-founded six separate companies between just the four of us. Beyond the members of the physical house, many ventures were started by our members. Ventures that aim for the moon and beyond in terms of impact on the world.
Earable: The largest success thus far in the house. Earable builds one of the most advanced in-ear sleep systems. Ted Thayer joined this team in early 2019 and during his time there, he helped the team get interviews with multiple accelerators including Y Combinator, optimize their customer segments, and raise over $1 million in funding.
Shoplot: A four-month-long project that Daniel Strangfeld worked on with another co-founder. Shoplot aimed to reinvent retail through short term pop up stores in vacant retail locations.
Snark: Founded and led by David Meyer, Snark is looking to bridge digital and physical space through anonymous, location-based chat. You can join the beta before it fills up here and takes the world by storm: https://www.snark.app/
Oops!: In the modern age of hiring, recruiters search through every online detail about a potential candidate. Founded by Joss Gitlin, this platform looked to simplify this process for recruiters by helping them find any content on the candidates that might raise a few flags.
Friday Industries: Friday Ind’s mission is to optimize businesses presence through brand refinement, online optimization, and content creation. Led by Daniel Strangfeld and Omar Kaheel, passions turned into a full-scale creative agency that works with clients from small scale startups, to private aviation companies.
Nimbly: Catering is an outdated industry that is in desperate need of the integration of technology in order to simplify processes. Co-founded by Ted Thayer, Nimbly is on a mission to optimize the hiring and staffing problems in the catering industry.
The Pitch Deck Handbook is for anyone who is looking to build a pitch deck for raising money for their startup or idea. It will cover each “typical” slide found in a pitch deck in detail to give you an in depth look at how to build a great deck, slide by slide. Keep in mind, every startup is different so you might not include some of the slides talked about or you might include ones that aren’t discussed at all in this series.
The Intro slide is where you introduce your business at a “mission statement” level in order to prime investors’ brains. It should include; your company name, logo, mission statement, and potentially contact info of the primary contact. This is the first slide in the deck.