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Michael Luni Libes is a 20+ year, career serial entrepreneur, who has built six startups, five of which he founded. His companies include Fledge (the conscious company incubator), Ground Truth (market research and big-data analysis), Medio Systems (mobile search, advertising, and analytics), Mforma (mobile gaming and applications), 2WAY (enterprise collaboration systems), and Nimble (pen computing, PDAs, and early smartphones). Starting in 2011, Luni began focusing his time and efforts on helping other entrepreneurs with their business planning. As Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Washington Center for Commercialization, he works with students, faculty, and researchers in turning their research into startup companies. As Entrepreneur in Residence and Instructor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, he teaches and mentors MBA candidates on the process of business planning. As organizer of #SocEnt Weekend (http://socentweekend.org), he helped create 13 companies in a single weekend, while proving out the market need for business incubation for socially-conscious companies. And as author of the newly-published The Next Step: Guiding you from idea to startup (ISBN: 978-0615596792), Luni hopes to help thousands of other entrepreneurs in their endeavors.
Kick is the "inclusive" business incubator, here to help all entrepreneurs through the difficult path from idea to started startup. We are here to help all the teams after the weekend entrepreneurship events, after the business plan competitions, after graduation, or any other stage of life when an entrepreneur realizes that some help could help. Kick is here for the lifestyle entrepreneurs, the social entrepreneurs, and the tech entrepreneurs. Kick is here for the for-profits, the non-profits, and the hybrid models. The startup process isnt that different between low-growth and high-growth businesses, nor between tech-centric and people-centric companies. All entrepreneurs need to understand their customers, understand their markets, and with that knowledge, find a path to sustainable revenues. Heres how Kick works: 1. Participants fill out a standard 2. Participants create a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the tuition 3. The crowd determines if the entrepreneurs should attend, by funding their campaign http://kick.fledge.co
B Revolution Capital is an impact investment group, focused on B Corporation, i.e. companies that do good, while doing good business
HUB Seattle is part of the international co-op of co-working spaces focused on social entrepreneurs. http://thehubseattle.com
SURF Incubator is a co-working space for the tech community, expanding the early-stage development community beyond the home office and coffee shops. http://surfincubator.com
Fledge is a conscious company incubator, helping create companies which fill the unmet needs of the large and growing number of conscious consumers. Specifically, these are consumers who are more and more: environmentally conscious, energy conscious, health conscious, conscious of sustainability, of community, and even conscious of consumption itself. Entrepreneurs who aim to address these unmet needs find little help to do so, as most of the entrepreneurial infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, venture capital, etc.) is primarily aimed at fostering tech (be it software, clean or biotech) startups. Fledge is here to fill that gap, taking the best practices from the tech world, bringing the well-proven, mentor-driven Tech Stars model to entrepreneurs building these new, conscious companies. Companies following along paths pioneers by well-known companies such as Patagonia, Whole Foods, Zipcar, REI, Craigslist, and Starbucks. http://fledge.co
Along with HUB Seattle, I helped organize the first-ever weekend of social entrepreneurship. February 24-26, 2012. October 5-7, 2012. More to come... http://socentweekend.org @SocEntWeekend
As an EIR at BGI, I mentor/advise students as they learn Entrepreneurship, plus I act as a liaison between the school and the business community to foster internships and other "real world" interactions for the students. As faculty, I teach "Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship" at the BGI "Metro" program in Seattle, WA. It's never too early to "give back", http://www.geekwire.com/2011/giving-paying. http://bgi.edu
Stockbox Grocers improves access to healthy food and eases the burden for families living in food deserts, with a miniature grocery that is tucked inside a reclaimed shipping container and placed into the parking lot of an existing business.
At the Microsoft Accelerator (powered by Tech Stars) I help the new companies find a path from their idea to an operational startup. For the 2012 Kinect class, I am a Lead Mentor for Voxon.
At UW's C4C, I help turn research into startups.
Ground Truth is a mobile measurement firm that delivers the precise, timely and actionable mobile intelligence required for operators, advertisers and publishers to measure, optimize and grow their businesses. http://groundtruth.com
Quite simply, we have built the Future of Mobile Search, which is the key ingredient for a superior mobile information experience. Medio combines the latest in patent-pending search and mobile technologies, designed exclusively to be an ultra-reliable, scalable, carrier-grade, hosted consumer search solution.
Leading the development of state-of-the-art information applications on cellphones. Earlier at Mforma, I helped build the infrastructure required to deliver games and other data services to cellphone customers. In addition, I've helped create the 3rd party developer support organization, the QA department, and other bits of organization required to grow the company.
I founded 2WAY with two partners. It's still ongoing, under new management. 2WAY's software allowed it's large, Global 1000 customers to easily gather knowledge from their customers, partners, and employees. The web normally is used to distribute data from one to many, but with 2WAY's technology, we enabled information gathering from many back to one. I was the architect and lead developer of the system. In addition, about a year before I left, I led a second effort to create an Enterprise-based instant messaging system. This was one of the first corporate focused IM systems, and is still ahead of the competition in terms of security, informations storage, and ease-of-use.
I founded this company to develop software for the nacent pen-based computer market. That market never developed, but it did morph into the PDA market. While at Nimble, I developed software for Go's PenPoint, General Magic's MagicCap, Apple's Newton, various GeoWorks systems, Microsoft's Windows CE, and Palm's OS. In addition, I wrote software under contract and licensed Nimble's propriety software to McCaw Wireless, AT&T Wireless, Sony, Motorola, Matsushita (Panasonic), Philips, and General Magic.
Realize Impact exists to help fund and support impactful startup companies. For analogies, this organization falls somewhere between Social Venture Partners, RSF Social Finance, and the existing Angel Groups, but focused on impactful, for-profit, investable companies.
Social Venture Partners Seattle organizes an annual business plan competition of impactful organizations, both non-profit and for-profit. I am one of the "core team" members, an all volunteer work force who put the event together. In that role, I help educate the participants in entrepreneurship, and help manage the prize fund for the for-profit finalists. http://sifp.net @SIFPnet
Kick is "our" incubator, a pre-accelerator program here to help all entrepreneurs, worldwide, through the difficult path from idea to started startup. Kick exists to help validate ideas, to take teams from weekend workshops and business plan competitions into reality, to apply the lessons learned in school, or for other stage of life when an entrepreneur realizes that some help could help. Kick is here for the lifestyle entrepreneurs, the social entrepreneurs, and the tech entrepreneurs. Kick is here for the for-profits, the non-profits, and the hybrid models. The startup process isnt that different between low-growth and high-growth businesses, nor between tech-centric and people-centric companies. All entrepreneurs need to understand their customers, understand their markets, and with that knowledge, find a path to sustainable revenues. Heres how Kick works: 1. Participants fill out a standard 2. Participants create a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the tuition 3. The crowd determines if the entrepreneurs should attend, by funding their campaign If you are an entrepreneur seeking help, or an organization that services entrepreneurs and want to offer them a structured program, we are here to help. http://kickincubator.com
As an EIR at Pinchot, I mentor/advise the MBA students as they learn Entrepreneurship, plus I act as a liaison between the school and the business community to foster internships and other "real world" interactions for the students. As faculty, I teach "Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship" at the Pinchot/BGI "Metro" program in Seattle, WA. It's never too early to "give back", http://www.geekwire.com/2011/giving-paying. http://bgi.pinchot.edu