JB Woodruff

“X” Space Launch Open House

The X Space at Xavier University launched yesterday and was celebrated with an open house event.  A large number of folks attended the event to meet the team, learn about the program and explore the space.

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How to Pick an Advisor

How do I pick the right advisors for my business?


A fair and common question that is asked by many startup founders.  You will find as a startup that there are many people out there who are willing to give you advice on what you should do.  The challenge is not really in finding the people, the challenge is finding the right people.

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What does a startup get by paying Araytha as an advisor?

I recently had a startup ask me the following:


I know we’ve discussed it lightly but what exactly will my $XXX be getting me?

An excellent question and one I would hope all startups out there are asking their advisors/service providers.

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UPLINK Startup Career Fair

On February 9th, beginning at 4pm, UpTech will host a first-of-its-kind career fair, UPLINK, at its headquarters in Covington, Kentucky. The goal of the event is to connect talented local students and job seekers with startups who are looking to make new hires, both full-time and part-time.


Are you a startup in need of team members?

Sign up for UPLINK Now

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UpTech’s New EiR – JB Woodruff

Our own JB Woodruff is UpTech‘s first entrepreneur-in-residence (EiR).  Congratulations to him on the role and we look forward to engaging more with the Cincinnati startup community in this manner in the future.

– Source: Soapbox Media

Salesforce for Startups

Salesforce recently announced a Salesforce for Startups initiative to help startups work more effectively by providing free access for 1 year to their tools and resources.

Read the whole article here: http://sforce.co/1tObdWa

What Does it Take to Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

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Avoiding a Lost Generation

I was reading one of my favorite African economic development blogs, EmergingIdeas, where they recently highlighted an Ernst & Young entrepreneurship study entitled “Avoiding a Lost Generation: Young Entrepreneurs Identify Five Imperatives for Action.”

The 5 Imperatives they listed are:

  1. Expand the choice of funding alternatives
  2. Increase mentoring and broader support
  3. Change the culture to tolerate failure
  4. Target and speed up incentives
  5. Reduce red tape and excessive taxation

The folks over at EmergingIdeas offer a quick take away from the study that’s worth the read.

We’re seeing some great progress in the Cincinnati tri-state area in these areas including access to mentors (we do this at Araytha), support failures as learning and reducing taxation (KY recently signed into law tax credits for angel investments).

David Cohen’s Mentor Manifesto

We advise startups, early stage businesses and businesses looking to move in a new direction on a daily basis.  These mentor relationships have been amazing and have led to many successes for both parties.  We feel that our team is a large part of that success through our varied backgrounds and skills; however, what makes us really successful is how well we work together.  We all have similar views on what success looks like for our clients.  So what does this have to do with David Cohen?  I’ll tell you.


David wrote a post in August of 2011 titled “The Mentor Manifesto” where he outlines what he believes are the characteristics and behaviors of great mentors.  It’s a great read and we recommend all mentors out there check out the article.  At Araytha we work to practice the same in our mentoring for UpTech and NKU Inkubator and at events like Startup Weekend.


Here are a couple of our favorite ones from the list:

  • Expect nothing in return.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Be responsive.
  • Be challenging/robust but never destructive.

Our manifesto at Araytha is a little shorter: support when decisions are toughest, inspire when opportunity is available and push when it’s all that’s needed to succeed.

AngelHack Coming to Cincinnati

AngelHack is coming to Cincinnati on May 3rd.  The event is developer/designer focused competition to create the best product in two days.


Here’s what AngelHack has to say about the event:

Have you got the skills? Now put them to the test!  AngelHack’s new hackathon competition, The Whole Developer,will take place in 30 cities around the world and focuses on soft skills for developers, designers and entrepreneurs, guiding them towards better overall business acumen and an improved lifestyle. Get ready to compete in the most recognized global hackathon and win a chance to be accepted into AngelHack’s HACKcelerator program and a trip to San Francisco.


Are you sold?  We are.


Get tickets to AngelHack Cincinnati @ http://ahcincinnatis14.eventbrite.com

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