Leap.It Wins Rise of the Rest, $100K

We frequently caution our founders against getting too excited about a rave review from a potential customer or an engaging conversation with a VC. “That’s great, but when are they writing you a check?” we ask. And often that check […]

Proceed Strategically When Staffing Up

Congratulations! You’ve just nailed down the funding for your new startup that is really going to get your venture moving toward world domination.  What should you do with all of that hard-won capital?   Contrary to common practice (and even […]

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The Mistake Every Founder Nearly Makes

We have very few “rules” we impose upon our founders, but one we do emphasize from the beginning of our relationship is the DROC Rule: “Don’t Run Out of Cash!” We give every founder a t-shirt with this maxim: When […]

Could Leap.it be the next Sprint, Cerner, AMC? A message from Leap’s CEO

Last night it was quite an honor for all of us in the village to spend 2 hours with Kansas City CEOs from Cerner, Sprint, AMC Entertainment, UMB Bank, Black & Veatch, KC Southern, Dunn, and Burns & McDonald. As […]

Inventables’ Success Combines Timing, Promotion and Hustle

How do you enter an emerging technological field and live long enough to taste success? If you’re Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, you maintain unrelenting focus, pay attention to what’s most important and keep preachin’, baby. “I love building things, […]

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