Who’s Turning Designers into Start-Up CEOs?

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Enrique Allen.

Enrique Allen, a designer himself, decided one day that it was about time to bring design literacy to Silicon Valley. Realizing that designers should start to build there own businesses (“I realized I should be helping designers become more startup-ey”) he realized that designers can be key to a company’s image and brand and if they become leaders of the company, will integrate design “right in the company’s DNA.”

For that reason, for Allen, a cofounder of 500 Startups, it was important to start The Designer Fund

Read more about what Enrique Allen sees in designers as potential CEOs. 


For a Start-Up: Better Two Brains Than One

June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

“No one is good at working for themselves at first,”  says Sara Chipps, a young software developer from New York City. She started her consulting business about 2 years ago and swears by a new trend in start-ups:  community co-working spaces for independent workers to gather and share knowledge and ideas.
Chipps says, “You don’t know what you’re doing, how to pay taxes or handle a situation when things are hairy. You don’t know how to set up a contract, and some of the people there have been doing this for 10 years, so they help you out and give you advice. It’s encouraging, I always knew I had them there, and that was a great thing.”
Read more here: http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2011/06/09/shared-work-spaces-two-entrepreneur-brains-are-better-than-one/#ixzz1P77S2Smg

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