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Justin Danford

Justin Danford is a graduate from St. Josephs College where he both studied and fell in love with the English language. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, he is a writer at heart and a champion of the power of words to change the world. When he is not immersing himself in technology, music, and literature; you can find him writing at ESEAnews.com.

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AlleyTalk - While one entrepreneur might differ from the next, there is one thing they all have in common: the need for capital. With no shortage of Venture Capitalists and Angels, how do you know whether or not you are working with a winner? Over...
LAURA HILL
AlleyTalk - Laura Hill has made a career out of helping others carving out a career for themselves. That's impressive! With an M.B.A. in finance from the Stern School at New York University, and a B.B.A. in marketing from the McCombs School of...
JD_Startup Starter Kit
Advice - Do you like metaphors? One of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, in his essay "Mediations in a Toolshed," relates the experience of seeing a ray of sunlight cast inside a dark and dusty shed through a small hole at the top of the...
MICHAEL BROOKS
AlleyTalk -   Michael C. Brooks is a venture capital veteran with over 25 years’ experience under his belt. Highly decorated, highly active, and highly influential, Brooks is an expert in financial services and information technology...
JD_Hard Startup Wisdom from VC Ben Horowitz
Advice - Building a startup is hard. I know this because Ben Horowitz told me so, and I'm generally inclined to take his word for it. Of course, you don't need someone else to tell you that. You live it every day.  What you do need is someone...
Stanford’s “Billion Dollar Startup” Farm
Advice - There’s a lot of talk about Silicon Valley vs Silicon Alley. Let’s be honest: New York startups head west for the Silicon Valley investors. Silicon Valley companies open offices here for the access to the wealth of established...
JD_Magic Machines that Print Stuff and the Revolution of Industry
AlleyTalk - Explaining to family and friends that you are taking a train to see a bunch of weird microwave-looking machines print 3-dimensional objects out of what seems like thin air, is a bit like telling them your hopping on a train to...
ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET
Lifestyle - We are now in the age of entrepreneurism. How can we be sure? For starters, more than half of millennials consider themselves to be one. What does this mean? According to a whopping 90% of the people polled for this new infographic...
JD_David Teten The VC Man, The Myth, The Parkour Legend
Advice - What's cooler than beer and pizza? How about enjoying both while listening to entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist David Teten? Last Tuesday, StartupGrindNYC hosted the VC and blogger at AOL headquarters in the heart of New...
JARED_HECHT
AlleyTalk - As a shooting star in the startup world, Jared Hecht has "always had a proclivity for straying from the common path." And like a shooting star, Jared has been opening eyes from the very beginning of his young—and rather...
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AlleyTalk - Do they play smooth jazz in feeding tanks? This past Monday at the NYIT auditorium they sure did. Ten series A/B and seed-stage startups from Israel, Europe, and the U.S. gathered March 10th at NYIT for the Global i Ventures Pitch...
JD_Empire Angles Presents Steve Schlafman - A Love Letter to NYC
Advice - Small but energetic. This should be the model for every young entrepreneur looking to gain traction. Start small. Think big. Hold nothing back. "Small but energetic." Make it your creed.  And if someone really successful is willing...
JD - Feb. 4th NYTM - Innovation and Sex Tech in the City (theater)
AlleyTalk - The atmosphere is electric. The music—a digital pop that reminisces of a 90's arcade—sets the mood as the crowd buzzes, packing the NYU Skirball Center to its capacity. Three gentlemen in blazers, all smiles and handshakes, file...

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