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April 12, 2018

Autodesk released Revit 2019 on Wednesday. It's an exciting update for the AEC community. We put our team on the task of extracting what they thought were the most noteworthy new features, and this is what they came up with.

March 7, 2018

A BIM Manager is the gatekeeper to how a firm implements its BIM workflow. They are often the key decision makers on what applications, workflows, and BIM standards will be used throughout an entire firm. This makes them an essential part of any modern architecture or design firm.

March 7, 2018

Here are our 6 ways that you (not your intern) can prioritize marketing for your firm – without wasting the time you don’t have.

March 7, 2018

Architects are the ones who bridge the gap (no pun intended) between dreams of what is possible and reality. Architects are the ones who literally shape the world around us, for better or for worse.

May 16, 2017

Failure can be as much an asset as it is a danger. But there’s a key distinction that needs to be made–can be. Failure by itself is nothing special. It’s your ability to harness failure that will transform your life.

April 26, 2017

If you’ve been around entrepreneurial circles for a little while, you’ve probably heard the phrase “customer discovery” thrown around from time to time. It’s one piece of startup jargon that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you haven’t heard it before. Here's what you need to know.

March 8, 2017

One of the most important but confusing parts of launching a company is the process of officially registering with the government as a business. There are a lot of different factors, benefits, and legal rules to consider, many of which vary by state and change relatively frequently (hence the confusion).

February 16, 2017

Having a co-founder is by no means a prerequisite to be a successful entrepreneur. There are countless examples of ambitious entrepreneurs who have struck out on their own and succeeded (eBay, Alibaba, Tumblr, and RetailMeNot are among them). If you’re struggling with the question of whether to add a co-founding member to your company or not, here are a few things to consider.

January 30, 2017

Traditional knowledge says that the easy solution to protecting one’s intellectual property is to file for a patent. Others doubt the efficacy of a patent and the expenses required to obtain one. In either case, you will need to ask around and do some dedicated research to determine if your product would benefit from an official patent. But before you dive in, here are three cautionary things to know before you file for a pate...

January 13, 2017

It might seem impossible to know if people will actually pay for your future product, but it’s not. Here's how to know for sure.

September 28, 2016

As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to find a good mentor. You don’t want to share your weaknesses and struggles with just anybody. You need someone who has significant knowledge and experience with the issues that you’re facing. However, once you find someone you think might be a good fit, how do you convince them that you are worth their time? (Hint: it’s not all about your idea.)

Here is a list of five characteristics that I...

June 8, 2016

Crowdfunding has become the norm for startups seeking to introduce a product to a market without much (or any) prior startup capital. Platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo are simple, intuitive solutions for startups who (1) may be seeking to validate an idea before accepting external investment, or (2) may simply be unwilling to hand over equity at such an early stage.

Crowdfunding can be even more appealing to startups beca...

March 11, 2016

It happens more often than you realize. A company develops a new product with high expectations only to see it fizzle out once it hits the market. Sure, it might be innovative, it might be cool, and it might have even gained some momentum through competitions and early stage investment. But before long, the creators find themselves at a loss for one important thing – customers.

“But how?” they ask. This invention, app or servic...

January 8, 2016

Let’s face it. As entrepreneurs and innovators, we take great pride in our ideas. We invest days, months, and even years into projects that might never succeed. So when we finally start to gain momentum with an idea and feel that it’s finally time to pitch it to some friends, advisors or even investors, there’s a natural inclination to want to protect ourselves and our idea. This inclination often leads to what I might argue m...

December 15, 2015

SO YOU’VE GOT AN IDEA.

It’s innovative, it’s revolutionary, and it has every ounce of your heart and soul backing it up. The problem, however, is that every ounce of your heart and soul doesn’t cover startup expenses. You, my friend, need money.

Feeling the emptiness of your pocket, you apply for some startup competitions, reach out to a few
friends of friends and prepare to pitch your idea to those who can actually help you mak...

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