The hardest job for most companies is marketing, but specifically how marketing can drive sales growth. This evening Tom Simon showed us tips on how to market products or services to ensure campaigns are supporting sales goals, which in turn generate much needed revenue. Tom Simon is a seasoned product marketer, who is deeply passionate about consumer experiences and the data behind it. He was the founder of Source 3 that was acquired by Facebook. Today, Tom joined forces with Justin Miller to start Zookies Cookies.
Here is my take on top wisdom points shared this evening:
Each May Startup Grind celebrates female founders and last night was a special evening to recognize great people and companies. In partnership with Smashing Boxes, Startup Grind/Triangle honored female founders in the area. It was a nice occasion for networking, awards, and learning. What was most impressive was the numerous open and candid discussions on challenges faced, opportunities ahead, and how as a community we can better support female lead companies.
The award winners were fantastic and pleased to share them here. Top Female Entrepreneur Newcomer: Jessica Mitsch, Momentum Learning Top Female Social Entrepreneur: Heather McDougall, Leadership ExChange Top Female Entrepreneur, Courtney Tellefsen, The Produce Box
A special thanks to everyone who attended and shared. A special gratitude to the sponsors like Smashing Boxes for hosting event, Lonerider Brerwery, and Big Al's BBQ. More to come with Startup Grind sessions each month and the Startup Summit Conference October 15th and 16th at NC State. Exciting times! Go RTP!
Tonight we enjoyed business networking and brews veteran style at American Underground in Durham per special event hosted by Bunker Brews. This event featured a special themed story around "Green Beret to Startup Founder" as former Army Special Forces Officer, Tommy Sowers, shared his journey from the military to academia to running for office and ultimately starting a disruptive company. This evening was packed with learning about the parallels among these unique paths and journey in life and business.
Here is a recap on some of the top wisdom points shared:
A monthly meet-up or happy hour where the Bunker Labs community — veterans, military spouses, and civilians alike can network with subject matter experts, investors, thought leaders, and more — creating a robust environment for growth and development.
What is Bunker Labs RDU?
Bunker Labs—a national non-profit—was created by military veterans for veterans to start and grow businesses. 25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses. Bunker Labs’ network is designed to fill that space. Learn more about Bunker Labs RDU programs for veterans at http://bunkerlabsrdu.org/programs-for-veterans/!
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