Start DC // The Monthly Edit #4: 2018 Is Our Year



A Note from the Founder

New year, new issue! January brings new beginnings and intentions. This year, I’m all about resolutions that aren’t just internal, but that also foster connection and help others (i.e. calling your family more often, visiting friends you haven’t seen in years, mentoring or volunteering, etc.). IRL connections are important.

For more inspiration, read on for proof that close friendships are all-around good for you (of course!). We’re also brining you tips to navigate “entrepreneurial whiplash” and determine the value of attending conferences as a young business with limited resources.

It’s going to be a good year,
GennaFounder @ Start DC


-Catch up. December’s issue is available here.

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Reads for the Month Ahead


1/ Are conferences worth it for startups? Conferences and industry events can be great for exposure and new business, but they’re often a big expense for startups. Here are three guidelines for conference go or no-go as a startup founder. (Forbes)

2/ Make new friends and keep the old. Close friendships are good for your health, your well-being, and yes, even your career. They deserve to be prioritized. (Harvard Business Review)

3/ Women working for themselves. We appreciate the real talk in this piece, which covers what drove female founders from the workforce and to their own startups. (New York Times)

4/ Entrepreneurial whiplash. Three keys to navigating the day-to-day (ehh or throughout the day) highs and lows of running your own business. (Entrepreneur)

5/ “Nextdoor” tips. What works for the founder of Nextdoor, from how he starts and ends his days to his #1, simple productivity tip. (Entrepreneur)


Community 💛Big news!! Paisley Fig, replacing the old Heller’s Bakery spot in Mount Pleasant, is opening this Monday, January 29! Get ready for the opening by reading our interview with Lizzy Evelyn, Paisley Fig’s founder.



Funding Resources


Build a Dream Workshop for DC Entrepreneurs is a training provided by the Innovation & Equitable Development Office at the DC Department of Small & Local Business Development. It’s for aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone who would like to think through their business model. Two more days this week. 

-DC Inno’s Startups to Watch panel features pitches and discussions with five local startups. Tonight.

DC Tech Ladies is hosting a brunch, the group’s first event of 2018. Saturday.

-The JumpFund invests in women-led startup and growth ventures. Rolling due date.


💪  You got this.

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