Stopping the Glorification of Busy

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By Jessica Sublett, Bounce chief operating officer  Since January, I have been asked weekly, “How are things at Bounce!?” And, for months now, I’ve been watching myself respond to nearly every inquiry (cringing each time I do) with, “Busy.” Isn’t that the worst? “Busy.”  A response that is meaningless, vapid and void. Yet sometimes, it’s […]

Get Ready for FUEL Akron

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By James Hilton – Mentor at The Bit Factory  We are exactly one week away from our third annual FUEL Akron competition, taking place on Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-9 p.m. here at Bounce Innovation Hub. If you haven’t been, FUEL is a “shark-tank” style event where software startup founders pitch and live negotiate for investment […]

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Startups through Targeted Programming

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By Christopher Mazziotto, director of entrepreneurial services for Bounce As Bounce’s first director of entrepreneurial services, I am excited to bring my experience with and passion for entrepreneurship to the team. I love working with companies that are experimenting with new ideas in the market, that change strategic direction quickly, and can adopt new technology or […]

Validation for Northeast Ohio: We’re doing better than they say we are

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By Jessica Sublett, chief executive officer of Bounce Innovation Hub  From July 11-13, Bounce CEO Doug Weintraub and I had the privilege of attending this year’s Kauffman Foundation ESHIP Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. (You don’t have to ask, I definitely tried the burnt ends.) The ESHIP Summit brings together entrepreneurial ecosystems builders – leaders […]

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

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By Amy Wong, president of Dot Org Solutions Amy Wong is an entrepreneur whose company, Dot Org Solutions, resides on the seventh floor of Bounce. During her time as a professional and eventual business founder, Amy has learned that you don’t necessarily have to be an entrepreneur to have an entrepreneurial mindset. It seems that, […]

The New Faces of Bounce

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By Jessica Sublett, chief operating officer of Bounce Innovation Hub  It’s been a few months since I’ve written an update on Bounce – and boy, a lot has changed since January! We’ve hired a CEO, Doug Weintraub, who has been working nonstop on making Bounce THE place for innovation in Akron. We’ve also been moving […]

Innovation hub

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Resilient Akron places big bet on Bounce By Deborah Hoover, Bounce board chair and president and CEO of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation  “Innovation hub” was featured on April 26 in Smart Business Magazine  Akron is a city built on innovation. Even after many of the rubber companies left the area, entrepreneurs worked to create […]

Q&A with the CEO

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Q&A with Doug Weintraub, chief executive officer of Bounce Innovation Hub Bounce welcomed Doug Weintraub as its first CEO on March 5. A lifelong resident of Akron and a founding member and former chairman of Jumpstart Inc., he brings a love of Northeast Ohio and 30 years of entrepreneurial and business experience to this newly […]