Category Archives: Perspectives & Insight

Reflections on the Life of an Entrepreneur by Arthur Klepchukov

The following is reposted with permission from Arthur Klepchukov, founder of Here’s what I’ve quietly been up to for the second half of 2010: Slipstream. It’s my first incubated startup and I’m proud to announce that it’s launching today. In July 2010, I was the first one accepted into LaunchBox10, LaunchBox Digital‘s 3rd accelerator program. [...]

“Live in Fear of Failure”

Friday’s lunch featured Mike Doernberg, CEO and Co-Founder of ReverbNation. Mike started ReverbNation alongside Jed Carlson to create a music company that embraced the artists first and owned the way artists communicated with their fans. Before Reverb, Mike successfully started and sold two software technology companies, Marathon Partners and SmartPath. Because Reverb is Mike’s third [...]

Actionable advice from Etsy CEO Maria Thomas

“Know WHERE your money comes from and know WHO you are talking to…” – Maria Thomas, CEO of Etsy Launchbox Digital advisor and Etsy CEO Maria Thomas kicked off her talk at LaunchBox headquarters earlier today with fundamental words of wisdom, quoted above.  Speaking from the perspective of a non-founder CEO, Thomas offered actionable advice [...]

“Laws for Launching” from LaunchBox Advisor Dan Simpkins

Last week LaunchBox Digital advisor Dan Simpkins, founder and CEO of  Hillcrest Labs, stopped by our office to share tips on successful entrepreneurship with our 2009 portfolio companies.  Drawing on years of experience at Hillcrest and his previous company, Salix, Simpkins summarized several lessons learned along the way into “10 laws.” As many readers of [...]

Factor This! O’Reilly Visits LaunchBox Digital

The following is a guest post by LaunchBox09 team member Chris Bucchere, and is the first in a series of posts by LaunchBox09 Portfolio companies: Last Friday, Mr. O’Reilly dropped by the offices of Launch Box Digital. Tim, not Bill, of course. Naturally, when I heard about his upcoming plans to lead a discussion, I [...]

LaunchBox09 Officially Begins

We officially kicked off LaunchBox09 yesterday at our Washington DC office.  After a highly competitive selection process, we are thrilled to welcome 8 companies into the LaunchBox09 portfolio.  Over the next 12 weeks, the teams will work closely with LaunchBox Digital founders, advisers, and one another as they develop and refine their businesses and products. [...]

The Adventures of Andrew Lee, JamLegend Co-Founder

Andrew Lee, co-founder of JamLegend ( and a participant in LaunchBox08, recently posted on his blog, the Adventures of Andrew Lee, about being accepted into the LaunchBox program and his experience in LaunchBox08. In the first of his two posts, Andrew compares being accepted into LaunchBox to winning a roster spot on a college basketball [...]

Creativity, Innovation and Thinking Outside the Box

John McKinley, LaunchBox Digital co-founder, writes on his blog Great Falls Ventures, about a team of innovative MIT students who are developing a new Man Machine Interface that is transformative and intuitive.  It is amazing what some smart developers and open software platforms might enable.  In his post, John also highlights some additional interfaces that [...]