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Startup Port Newsletter - Issue #5


Startup Port Newsletter

March 7 · Issue #5 · View online

Create + Collaborate + Launch

Helping founders create and implement a lean roadmap with fast turnaround and execution based on facts not assumptions!

In this issue we want to share some information about our startups. As you can see, we are truly segment and market agnostic and are helping startups from many varied array of ideas, solutions, products and services.
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Here’s a Chicago-Made Gig Economy App for Just About Any Task
The Dablr App
The Dablr App
In last week’s newsletter we had a short article on What is GRIT, and Why It Matters? Well, here is a great example of what Grit is all about. 
The gig economy is increasingly becoming full of apps that help people find specific types of services or work. Some apps are almost indispensable and make our life easier thanks to technology, the sharing economy and yes, the easy button! 
Dablr, launched in September by young (we mean really young) entrepreneurs Jake Obremski, and Neil Glazier, is a ‘gig’ app lets users post a task or job they need done, set a set wage, and filter through and hire applicants who are interested in the task.
Obremski and Glazier first thought of the idea in 2015 while they were high school juniors in the Chicago suburbs. “We went to school for half days,” Obremski said. “The school let us out half way through as long as we had as many credits as we needed. So that was half of our day, and the other half was spent working on Dablr.” 
Now the app has passed it’s most crucial validation test and is growing user base at a very rapid scale. The idea is to be at first hyper local, debug all the unforeseen issues and expand rapidly. The most important facet of this early stage pilot is that the feedback from the users and taskers is excellent. Both side use the process and love the model! 
Keep an eye on Dablr folks, here’s a Chicago-Made Gig Economy App for Just About Any Task. We love this Team! 
And why not support our local startups, make sure the sign up for free at Dablr
Here is also an article on ChicagoInno about Dablr.
Full disclosure, we provide Operating Advisory to Jake and Neil. Regardless of being the youngest entrepreneurs we worked with, they are the sharpest and fastest learning team!
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How Solve, a Chicago startup helps address the barrier to employment in undeserved communities?
A great shout out to Adam Heckman, Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Engagement, for featuring Solves founder Matt Strauss on his Big Shoulders web series! Check out Matt’s full interview with Adam here.
Matt the founder and the “steam” behind Solve Smart Cities came up with the idea of providing a fully integrated platform to help fight the barrier to employment facing the members of undeserved communities. We have known Matt for many years and admire his will, tenacity, respect for learning from advisors, and his hyper focus on getting things done, which are all pluses for a leader. Solve has a terrific complementing team, a diverse group of advisors and a solid idea to change the landscape of lost opportunities in our undeserved communities. Many of the partners involved in Solve (and they have many) strongly believe in the solution they have created and stand behind their process. They have have worked very hard to raise seed funds and have created serious traction in our local communities. Now they need some push in getting some funding to take the entire solution to the next level. 
In an era where data is everywhere, and where data is everything, service organizations should be able to use this data in a coordinated way, with the client at the center, to fulfill their collective missions. That is where Solve Smart Cities come in.
Full disclosure, we provide Operating Advisory to Matt and Solve Smart Cities. We are proud to stand behind the solution they provide to our communities. 
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Which Industries Will Be Disrupted By Blockchain?
Blockchain technology has the potential to solve many business problems across an array of industries. This technology has the ability to make the organizations that use it transparent, democratic, decentralized, efficient, and secure. It will likely to disrupt many industries in the coming 5 to 10 years. Even though it is best known for its association with Bitcoin, it has many uses for business and different industries from identifying diamonds to tracking pigs. Blockchain will transform industries in a similar way to the internet. So what industries will be disrupted with this technology if it was to be adopted across the board? Here is an article from Inc. Magazine that outlines nine prominent industries that are slated to be overhauled by blockchain technology in the near future. Banking isn’t the only industry that could be affected by blockchain tech. 
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Crypto Quick Start Discovery
As everyone knows an investment is only risky when …  It is new, It has never been done before, and when there is Not enough information!
And unfortunately investing in Cryptocurrencies has all of the above written all over it. But instead of sitting in the sidelines would it be better to have some true insights from the experts? 
So, to make it simple, one of our Operating Advisors came up with a course to help you understand the benefits and risks of investments in cryptocurrencies like BITCOIN. In this easy to understand video she covers legal, taxation, and investing strategies. She also provides a tutorial on how to easily and safely withdraw Bitcoin from wallets/exchanges and into your bank accounts. It is super simple, easy and safe. Here is what’s covered: 
  • How To Start Small And Grow Fast - Experts Share How They’d Start From Scratch and Grow Their Investment Portfolio Without A Large Initial Investment.
    • How To Protect Your Assets - Avoid Being Scammed or Hacked. Grow Your Portfolio Safely Using Trusted Partners.
    • How To Legally Avoid Extra Fees - Help with Navigate the Confusion of the Cryptocurrency Industry So You Have the Best Chance of Being Successful.
    Interested in signing up for Digital Assets 101 -The Crypto Quickstart Course? Sign-up here.
    (Disclaimer: Neither Startup Port nor our staff or partners have verified, approved or endorsed any material(s) or information provided (whether in writing or orally) by the above course, we disclaim any and all liability in relation to any material(s) or information provided by the above course. In addition, any written materials provided herein generally to the readers of this newsletter are solely for informational purposes and are not intended to constitute any legal or financial advice.)
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    Short takes and newsworthy stuff...
    Can Silicon Valley’s crisis of conscience be stopped? The problem of man and technology is almost always stated in the wrong way. It is said that humanity has evolved lopsidedly, growing in technical power without any comparable growth in moral integrity… What is the real sociological long term impact of the Silicon Valley disruptive new technology companies? Read Full Article.
    You are being programmed! Social media has been ripping apart society and you are being programmed to do it! Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president of Facebook user growth, recently expressed his concerns about social apps: “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” Read Full Article.
    Can You Email A Handshake? Some claim that face to face networking and meetings are old school and a waste of time. With the advent of new video technology the digital business arena certainly has its benefits. It’s quick, convenient, and universally accessible. While online networking is a big part of relationship-building nowadays, it’s far from the whole picture. Face-to-face interaction still offers a host of real, unique advantages – which people in business shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss. Read Full Article.
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    About Startup Port: We partner with outstanding entrepreneurs and founders to help them build successful companies. Beyond just plain dollars, Startup Port brings “intellectual capital” in the form of matter experts who provide guidance, mentoring, operational advisory and coaching to entrepreneurs, by serving on their boards, providing much needed contacts/networking relationships, assisting with strategic growth planning, key hiring decisions, and preparing them for fundraising
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    If you like this, please share with a friend, a colleague or better yet a young entrepreneur. Thank you, and make sure to manage your TIME properly, we do not have the luxury to restart it with a few keystrokes!
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