Episode 446: Competitive Startups
Houston has another resource for entrepreneurs. The BusinessMakers interview Greg Wright, founder of HATCH Pitch, a competition for tech startups. In our vignettes, Leisa interviews Rania Mankarious, Crime Stoppers of Houston; Russ chats with PKF’s Matt Powalski; Robin considers executives and marketing; and Laura Max visits with Shane Evans of Massage Heights.
Russ and John host the show that champions free enterprise. We have a lively curriculum and most of the information is even true! Includes: our Quote of the Week—more wise words from Englishman Winston Churchill; This Week in Business History includes such life-changing moments as the first radio broadcast, the first kidney transplant and Apollo 8 goes into orbit; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you should know; and Dumb Moments—the government’s new budget has some odd allocations.
Houston has launched another resource for entrepreneurs. HATCH Pitch lets tech startups compete against one another with business plans and elevator pitches for coaching, mentoring and funding. The first competition was held at Austin’s SXSW in 2012. HATCH is now holding a competition in Houston as well. Russ visits with Greg Wright, founder of HATCH and a mentor at Surge Accelerator.
Not many people get an undercover view of their company… like Shane Evans did. Laura Max interviews Shane Evans, co-founder and COO of Massage Heights.
Should the executive team be involved in the marketing/branding effort? Robin Tooms asks Jim Aivalis, president and CEO of Prometheus Energy Group; and Daniel Cotlar, chief marketing officer at Blinds.com.
Today’s extraordinary woman offers passionate advice. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Rania Mankarious, the executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston.
What should we be thinking about at year-end? Russ asks an expert: Matt Powalski, a tax associate at PKF Texas.