An introduction

Apr 22, 2014

This is a little introduction to where we are right now. Upstarter from Upstarter on Vimeo.

Walking our talk

Apr 7, 2014

We are now into pilotting our design led incubator. This is why: The design community is saturated with great commercial minds that have never been put into roles with deep commercial responsibility” Its not just that, but also that so many people who could start new businesses are not connected to conventional startup services, and […]

Bio-goop-mentoring

Oct 16, 2013

  So, we have been mentoring designer founders both formally and informally for some time now. The most recent of these is Biogenous, founded by Jacob Douenias and featuring a great and evolving team of people around him with this great idea, including Rohan Rahood, Matt Adler and Lena Tesone. Jake approached us about 6 […]

Jumpstarting at Bruno Works

Jumpstarting at Bruno Works

Jun 11, 2013

              Bruno Works, is a great new co-working space in Downtown Pittsburgh hosted us in a Morning Jumpstart workshop – how to make your business idea tangible fast – in our half day version. We had some really inspired people come on May 24th and try out a new […]

New Book about Designers Founders

New Book about Designers Founders

Nov 27, 2012

                    We had the pleasure of meeting Enrique Allen when we were in San Francisco recently  – his Designers Fund has been a breakthrough in thinking about designers as entrepreneurial forces. The wonderful Superflux from London are a part of their batch of companies, so not […]

Workshops get a kick start

Workshops get a kick start

Nov 26, 2012

We asked Benjamin Welmond to take us through the art of making a Kickstarter video, which he did on a friday lunchtime – taking us through the basics of DSLR camerawork, and getting us to review the qualities of those who got funded and those who didn’t. It’s a subtle art, and needs planning, careful […]

Asking Design School Alumni

Nov 26, 2012

At the end of October we spent an evening with some of the Carnegie Mellon School of Design Alumni talking about what we are doing, and asking them about what they think it will need to work well for them. Air BnB gave us a perfect space to host some deep conversations about what designers […]

Designing Upstarter

Nov 12, 2012

In true design form, we need to make sure we have a deep understanding of the different needs of our audiences, our users and other stakeholders. Its the way we do things, and why should we not approach this the same way? So, we continue to connect with Faculty, Alumni and students of both the […]

London’s Silicon Roundabout – Understanding other startup communities

London’s Silicon Roundabout – Understanding other startup communities

Nov 3, 2012

What’s all that buzz going on in London? Matt Biddulph coined the name Silicon Roundabout about the zone of activity around Old Street where companies are starting up, and VC’s are moveing to be near. This summer we thought we’d have a look at what was going on, and catch up with some of the […]

Bringing design to tech startups – our backstory

Bringing design to tech startups – our backstory

Oct 26, 2012

Here’s a film of some work Gill and Nick did with Startups in the UK, some 5 years ago, but still worth a watch. Humanising Technology was a project at the UK Design Council, which aimed to demonstrate the value of design in technology startups. This is the film produced for the Humanising Technology Project […]

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