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Accelerator follows the stories of Central Florida Startups as they apply for, participate in, and graduate from Starter Studio - an Orlando-based tech startup accelerator program. Each season of Accelerator will follow a class and document their background, challenges, growth, and eventually show off their progress during demo day.It won’t all be roses. The challenges of an accelerator program can be taxing. But the potential rewards will be revealed in this Shark Tank meets The Apprentice reality-show style podcast.Starter Studio provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help innovative solutions grow. We will document it all in this story-based podcast - including sharing wisdom from tech startup founders and mentors as they mentor our tech startups.You’ll learn along with our tech startup entrepreneurs as they firm up their businesses in the area of raising capital, pitching investors, customer validation, legal, accounting, marketing, intellectual property, team building, and every other skill necessary to grow their company.Will our ‘starters’ fail? Will they flourish? Will personalities clash? Will they attract investment capital? Don’t miss a single episode as we reveal what happens each week.

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Accelerator follows the stories of Central Florida Startups as they apply for, participate in, and graduate from Starter Studio - an Orlando-based tech startup accelerator program. Each season of Accelerator will follow a class and document their background, challenges, growth, and eventually show off their progress during demo day.It won’t all be roses. The challenges of an accelerator program can be taxing. But the potential rewards will be revealed in this Shark Tank meets The Apprentice reality-show style podcast.Starter Studio provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help innovative solutions grow. We will document it all in this story-based podcast - including sharing wisdom from tech startup founders and mentors as they mentor our tech startups.You’ll learn along with our tech startup entrepreneurs as they firm up their businesses in the area of raising capital, pitching investors, customer validation, legal, accounting, marketing, intellectual property, team building, and every other skill necessary to grow their company.Will our ‘starters’ fail? Will they flourish? Will personalities clash? Will they attract investment capital? Don’t miss a single episode as we reveal what happens each week.

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Fascinating!

By Guncarbone - Sep 06 2016
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A fascinating and detailed series on tech start ups in Orlando. Great to see dedicated, successful people investing their time in helping new businesses. Every budding tech entrepreneur should listen!

Great podcast!

By Bryan84wtf - Mar 10 2016
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I liked it. I am waiting for more episodes.

iTunes Ratings

11 Ratings
Average Ratings
10
0
0
1
0

Fascinating!

By Guncarbone - Sep 06 2016
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A fascinating and detailed series on tech start ups in Orlando. Great to see dedicated, successful people investing their time in helping new businesses. Every budding tech entrepreneur should listen!

Great podcast!

By Bryan84wtf - Mar 10 2016
Read more
I liked it. I am waiting for more episodes.
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Accelerator

Latest release on Jun 15, 2016

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Accelerator follows the stories of Central Florida Startups as they apply for, participate in, and graduate from Starter Studio - an Orlando-based tech startup accelerator program. Each season of Accelerator will follow a class and document their background, challenges, growth, and eventually show off their progress during demo day.It won’t all be roses. The challenges of an accelerator program can be taxing. But the potential rewards will be revealed in this Shark Tank meets The Apprentice reality-show style podcast.Starter Studio provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help innovative solutions grow. We will document it all in this story-based podcast - including sharing wisdom from tech startup founders and mentors as they mentor our tech startups.You’ll learn along with our tech startup entrepreneurs as they firm up their businesses in the area of raising capital, pitching investors, customer validation, legal, accounting, marketing, intellectual property, team building, and every other skill necessary to grow their company.Will our ‘starters’ fail? Will they flourish? Will personalities clash? Will they attract investment capital? Don’t miss a single episode as we reveal what happens each week.

Rank #1: EP3 - Startup Bootcamp Day 1

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In this episode of Accelerator: At Starter Studio in Orlando, Florida we jump straight from the getting settled to a two day boot camp that will set the tone for the remainder of the program. There’s going to be over 14 hours of content covered over these next two days and we’re going to our best to distill it down and hit the high points. Specifically, we’ll be hearing as the starters get laser focused on their business model, the problems their products solve and - how to validate their assumptions with their customers.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors: Envy Labs Code School
Corridor Legal

Our Team: Gregg Pollack, Founder Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations #Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Apr 04 2016

38mins

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Rank #2: EP4 - Startup Bootcamp Day 2

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If this is the first time you are listening to Accelerator we would strongly suggest that you go back and listen starting at the beginning so you can get to know the story and cast of characters. Today's podcast covers day two of the starter studio boot camp and after a lot of work on their customer value propositions, the founders really started to get the value of their product down to a science.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors: Envy Labs Code School
Corridor Legal

Our Team: Gregg Pollack, Founder Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations #Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Apr 11 2016

49mins

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Rank #3: EP7 - Creating a Financial Model

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May 09 2016

39mins

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Rank #4: EP5 - Finding a Mentor

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Our starters are really starting to kick into high gear but before they get too far they get a chance to meet and greet their potential one on one mentors and coaches as well as the subject matter mentors who will be helping them along the way.

Starter Studio founder Gregg Pollack is really big on the importance of mentorship and making sure that the team is encouraging coachability as an important merit that leads to startup success.

The starter and mentors all got together and got a chance to meet one another in both a social environment as well as a speed dating, hot seat format designed to allow the founders to meet everyone. As is often the case with this format being concise is important, otherwise, you will find you are being moved on before you finish. The elevator pitch and value proposition training is gonna come in really handy here.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors:

Envy Labs

Code School

Corridor Legal

Our Team:

Gregg Pollack, Founder

Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director

Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations

#Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Apr 18 2016

39mins

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Rank #5: EP6 - Legal Matters

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May 02 2016

41mins

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EP12 - Demo Day Part 2

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Jun 15 2016

1hr 2mins

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EP11 - Demo Day Part 1

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Jun 08 2016

45mins

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EP10 - Being Heard (and understood)

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May 30 2016

41mins

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EP9 - Getting in Gear

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May 23 2016

53mins

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EP8 - Mark on Facebook

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May 16 2016

39mins

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EP7 - Creating a Financial Model

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May 09 2016

39mins

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EP6 - Legal Matters

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May 02 2016

41mins

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EP5 - Finding a Mentor

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Our starters are really starting to kick into high gear but before they get too far they get a chance to meet and greet their potential one on one mentors and coaches as well as the subject matter mentors who will be helping them along the way.

Starter Studio founder Gregg Pollack is really big on the importance of mentorship and making sure that the team is encouraging coachability as an important merit that leads to startup success.

The starter and mentors all got together and got a chance to meet one another in both a social environment as well as a speed dating, hot seat format designed to allow the founders to meet everyone. As is often the case with this format being concise is important, otherwise, you will find you are being moved on before you finish. The elevator pitch and value proposition training is gonna come in really handy here.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors:

Envy Labs

Code School

Corridor Legal

Our Team:

Gregg Pollack, Founder

Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director

Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations

#Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Apr 18 2016

39mins

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EP4 - Startup Bootcamp Day 2

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If this is the first time you are listening to Accelerator we would strongly suggest that you go back and listen starting at the beginning so you can get to know the story and cast of characters. Today's podcast covers day two of the starter studio boot camp and after a lot of work on their customer value propositions, the founders really started to get the value of their product down to a science.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors: Envy Labs Code School
Corridor Legal

Our Team: Gregg Pollack, Founder Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations #Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Apr 11 2016

49mins

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EP3 - Startup Bootcamp Day 1

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In this episode of Accelerator: At Starter Studio in Orlando, Florida we jump straight from the getting settled to a two day boot camp that will set the tone for the remainder of the program. There’s going to be over 14 hours of content covered over these next two days and we’re going to our best to distill it down and hit the high points. Specifically, we’ll be hearing as the starters get laser focused on their business model, the problems their products solve and - how to validate their assumptions with their customers.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors: Envy Labs Code School
Corridor Legal

Our Team: Gregg Pollack, Founder Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations #Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Apr 04 2016

38mins

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EP2 - Moving Day

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Episode 2 – Moving Day

In Episode 2 we’re joining our Starters on the very first day at Starter Studio, when they will share their pitches with one another.

Starter Studio’s Director of Programming and Operations, Melissa Wasserman, coaches them on the building blocks of a good pitch: introduce yourself, clearly identify your product, what it does, as well as who it’s for and clearly define your business model and why the listener should care.

A question in everyone’s mind is “How do you plan to make money?” otherwise known as, “monetization strategy” in startup jargon. We'll cover this topic.

You like Starter Studio & the Accelerator Podcast - right? It’s cool to see these guys and gals get what might be considered an Ivy League startup education. It’s not easy. It’s a serious investment on their part - but it’s also a major investment on the part of the mentors, teachers, and coaches.

As you’ve heard, these Starters were selected because they showed the right stuff in Episode 1 and are receiving a full ride scholarship through Starter Studio. You’re also getting a full ride scholarship as a listener. So, how did we pull this off? Well, Bryan Orr and Josh Elledge of http://upendPR.com are thrilled to produce this audio show for you and all we ask for in terms of tuition on your part is simply your warm feelings toward the following corporate partners.

Major thank you to The University of Central Florida who does a LOT of work in terms of supporting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. UCF is the #2 largest university in the United States in terms of student population and in the top 15 in the category of “Most Innovative”. UCF is a great partner in education, technical resources, workforce development and grant support along with other noble missions locally - such as helping make Starter Studio happen with the support of the Office of Research and UCF Innovation Corps

The other Platinum Partner this season that’s helping make this all work is the audit, tax, and business advisory firm, Withum that specializes in helping tech startups. They are the go-to firm for all things tax, accounting and business consulting.

Another partner we want to thank is the law firm, Akerman.

Other Sponsors: Envy Labs Code School
Corridor Legal

Our Team: Gregg Pollack, Founder Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programming and Operations #Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Mar 28 2016

38mins

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EP1 - Who Will Get In? - The Initial Pitch

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In this episode, Josh Elledge & Bryan Orr will share the story of the final Starter Studio interviews and you’ll meet the startups and learn the eight are that are accepted!
What does it take to get accepted into an accelerator program like Starter Studio? Our panel will shine the spotlight and get to know lots of startups applying for this season’s Starter Studio.

Among those you’ll meet are:
- Ricky Alphonse and his wearable company Advancing Technology
- Arielle Cohen with her social music platform Zuke
- Ron Ben-Zeev and David Pankros and the multi location connection engine SQYGL
- Chris Gilhooley and Cole Brickley of MoversAtlas
- Thomas Waterman with his social giving application BackStory
- Jolene Taracatac and her fashion app Style Squad
- Bryan Holmes with the unique mouse product Mouse Melon
- And finally Mark Baratelli and BigBoxOf

You’ll learn who the panel responded to by saying, “They should quit while they know everything.” and “Not just no… but Hell no.”
MORE: http://www.StarterStudio.com

A special thanks to our platinum sponsors: The University of Central Florida and Withum - audit tax advisory firm.

#Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #StarterStudio #Angel #Business #Orlando #UCF

Mar 21 2016

1hr 2mins

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Pilot - Making an Accelerator

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In this Pilot episode we introduce Starter Studio, a technology startup accelerator based in downtown Orlando Florida. We talk to some of the leadership team as well as some of the mentors about what an accelerator is and what this new batch of founders can expect. This podcast takes a look at the idea of a "lifestyle business" and takes as well as the concept of lean business. You will meet Gregg Pollack, Melissa Wasserman, Donna Mackenzie, Richard Licursi, Michael Judith and Ron Cook. Buckle in and get ready to accelerate (obligatory acceleration metaphor) #Tech #Startup #Incubator #Accelerator #Starter Studio #Angel #Business #Orlando#UCF

Mar 04 2016

33mins

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iTunes Ratings

11 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Fascinating!

By Guncarbone - Sep 06 2016
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A fascinating and detailed series on tech start ups in Orlando. Great to see dedicated, successful people investing their time in helping new businesses. Every budding tech entrepreneur should listen!

Great podcast!

By Bryan84wtf - Mar 10 2016
Read more
I liked it. I am waiting for more episodes.