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Mansfield's Cameron Haring part of winning team at Columbus Startup Weekend

February 13, 2018
by Tracy Geibel, richlandsource.com
Mansfield's Cameron Haring was one of five individuals sent by Idea Works to participate in Columbus’s Startup Weekend Feb. 9 to 12, where teams were instructed to build and pitch a startup to a panel of judges.

Typically starting a business takes months, but this past weekend, five Richland County residents participated in a program that builds startups in only three days.“It was great. I had been involved in the Columbus startup scene, but this was an eye opening and enlightening experience,” said participant Cameron Haring. “I was amazed in the amount of talent and enthusiasm.”He was one of five individuals sent by Idea Works to participate in Columbus’s Startup Weekend Feb. 9 to 12, where teams were instructed to build and pitch a startup to a panel of judges. +1 Cameron Haring. Submitted Photo. Haring and his team of seven others, who were previously strangers, won the competition with their pitch for Coin Score, a startup that would collect and provide information about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The website would offer an “at-a-glance rating” for each currency, similar to a FICO Score and could serve as the “go-to” place for people interested in cryptocurrencies.“Despite all the news about cryptocurrencies and people who have made a fortune from it, there’s not an understanding of it and the general public would like to learn more about it,” Haring said, adding his team conducted surveys that validated this hypothesis. “Our angle was there’s a lot of curiosity around cryptocurrency, but not a great place to go and learn about them.”Haring heard a Columbus man pitch the idea at a Friday night session and later connected with him to express interest in the concept. Others also joined in and they worked to create a demo version by Sunday.When they pitched Coin Score, the judges were impressed.“We chose that company because there was an immediate market opportunity for it. The cryptocurrency space is a hot market, and it was a company that was easy enough to execute, so it could be done, and if they don’t do it, someone will quickly,” said Falon Donohue, judge and CEO of Venture Ohio.Since they won, Haring and his team are given some assistance to start their business, but on Monday afternoon, Haring hadn’t determined whether he and the others intended to do this.“The weekend is more about the experience, but the other side of the coin, is they’re hoping people start companies,” Haring said.Haring works from Mansfield as the senior global product manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High before studying at Miami University and Vanderbilt University.Another participant, Tracy Graziani went in with that same mindset. She initially looked at it as a “fun experiment,” but was surprised and motivated by what she and her group accomplished by Sunday night. Graziani’s group pitched a “one-stop shop” for starting a business called Venture Raptor.Essentially a startup to help startups, Venture Raptor would provide a “simple, friction-less system” for individuals to start a business.“I think it could be a business. We could actually do this,” she said “We could realistically roll this thing out in a month. I don’t know if we will, but we can.”The group sent from Mansfield was sponsored by Idea Works, a co-working space in downtown Mansfield. The individuals involved hope to bring a Startup Weekend to Mansfield later this year.

Read more: Mansfield's Cameron Haring part of winning team at Columbus Startup Weekend URL: http://www.richlandsource.com/business/mansfielder-part-of-winning-team-at-columbus-startup-weekend/article_a4417560-10e5-11e8-bfe6-d3415bbe44fd.html


In preparing for this Top Patent Blogs post, I reached out to the writers (patent attorneys and patent professor) from the Top Patent Blogs post and asked them a few questions about why they maintain their blogs. The rankings are based on the traffic rankings from three different sources, namely, www.similarweb.com, www.alexa.com, and www.spyfu.com.

This is an update for the Top Patent Blogs post that I published back in 2011. In my opinion, rankings are important, but they do not necessarily reflect the actual value that a specific blog adds to the inventing community. There are obviously many factors that contribute to the value and success of a blog.The blogs from the original 2011 list that are still operational have, in their own way, helped others to understand the patent system more either locally in their own community or to the larger inventing community. Blogging has become much more sophisticated since it first started. Each blogger develops his/her own voice to capture an audience with their blog. To each one of these enduring blogs, great job for having staying power and the valuable contributions you offer to the invention community.In preparing for this Top Patent Blogs post, I reached out to the writers (patent attorneys and patent professor) from the Top Patent Blogs post and asked them a few questions about why they maintain their blogs. Not all responded but from those that did, I got a sense that their blogs are more than just another means of attracting new business. For example, a few use blogging as a reason for reading cases and briefing them to keep up with the current state of patent law. The reasons varied far and wide. To summarize or to get to the essence of their differentiation, I asked them how they felt their blog was different from the others on the list. For their answers, see the Comment by Blog Manager column below in the ranking list.To the new bloggers out there, keep up the good work. Our opinions are being heard both locally and globally because of your blogs. If you would like to be included in this list, please contact me through my blog at OC Patent Lawyer.Back in 2011, I ranked the top patent blogs based on the results from Page Rank and Alexa Rank. This time around, the rankings are based on the traffic rankings from three different sources, namely, www.similarweb.com, www.alexa.com, and www.spyfu.com. These three sources rank the traffic to each of the blogs using a slightly different method with slightly different results. Because of this, I thought that the fairest way to deal with the variance was to rank the blogs using a weighted average of the rankings from these three sites.Without further ado. Drum roll please.In relation to the relative traffic, back when patent blogging began to get popular, the rankings race for number one was, in my opinion, between IPWatchdog and PatentlyO. The ABA Journal maintained a Blawg 100 list, and these two blogs always made this list and have since been inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. The starburst shows that, since then, IPWatchdog has pulled well ahead of PatentlyO.According to the traffic data, IPWatchdog has really pulled away from the pack. They have about 3 times the traffic of PatentlyO. Congratulations!

Read more: Braintree board member Jake Ward recognized for one of the top patent blogs of 2018 URL: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2018/02/08/top-patent-blogs-2018/id=93324/#.WnypAKFbTdQ.linkedin


RichlandSource.com launches Rust Belt series

February 4, 2018
by Larry Phillips richlandsource.com
To understand the role that organizations like Braintree play in revitalizing our region, it is necessary to understand how we became the Rust Belt. Richlandsource.com has launched a multi-part look at our Rust Belt history with many photos of the neighborhoods that surround Braintree.

Simply hearing the term Rust Belt is enough to anger folks in this part of the country -- like me.I'm tired of hearing it. The reference is not subtle. Some have described north central Ohio as the belt buckle of the Rust Belt, old, worn-out, useless, forgotten.At one time this region powered the nation with its immense industrial might. Our grandparents built the hub of the country.Yet those days are over. Those jobs are gone. On an intellectual level, we all know that. But this region isn't over, and the people in it can't be forgotten. The energy and spirit haven't died.+1 Richland Source managing editor Larry PhillipsInstead, climbing out of that Rust Belt stereotype is our task. Resetting the attitude, making a sea-change in the mentality and finding a new way to become valuable are thoughts being pondered in communities throughout the Midwest.Addressing the struggle of this metamorphosis, from the rearview mirror to tomorrow's windshield, will be the focus of a Richland Source project in 2018.It begins today, and is titled: Rising from Rust.Over the course of this year, reporters Tracy Geibel and Brittany Schock will engage with readers, collaborate with other entities and explain some of the most intriguing ideas in a Solutions Journalism project focused on the next economic step for the region. We've got a number of ideas outlined as a starting point, but we're going to go where this story takes us, all of us.If there's an innovative method in another community with possible ramifications here, we're going to detail it. If another region is tasting success with a fresh concept, we're going to sample it. If another city has found a creative concept, we're going to study it.No one is pretending a solution is just around the corner for a 40-year-old problem. But there are approaches being tried, some in their infancy stages, that have dynamic potential. We want to explore some of those notions with impact and raise the level of conversation and ingenuity already in place here.We will engage with some of the community's up-and-coming leaders who will provide us with their thoughts on a variety of topics. We'll incorporate a regular podcast speaking to those with their eyes on the horizon. We'll also talk to a variety of Richland County students to gauge their attitude as well.Yesterday's manufacturer has been replaced by tomorrow's technology. What are some of the people, places and paths that are leading to that future? What is already beginning here? What are some ideas that can grow?We're excited to see what real change is happening, where it's taking place, and if it can be incorporated here. We hope you'll come along for this extended journey we're calling Rising from Rust.

Read more: RichlandSource.com launches Rust Belt series URL: http://www.richlandsource.com/rising_from_rust/richland-source-launches-rising-from-rust-project/article_bcacd85e-0692-11e8-b028-cb256eb87d41.html


The 11th annual Groundhog Day International Trade Forecast Breakfast will take place Feb. 2 at Kent State University Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia. It is sponsored by Economic Development and Finance Alliance of Tuscarawas County, Braintree Business Development Center, and ChemSpec.

The 11th annual Groundhog Day International Trade Forecast Breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in Room C105 of Founders Hall at Kent State University Tuscarawas, 330 University Drive NE, New Philadelphia.A full, hot breakfast buffet will be offered for the event. The presenter will be Michael Weidokal, of International Strategic Analysis. Weidokal is a specialist in international business advisory services and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He will provide insight on what trends and economic indicators to expect in 2018.Free admission; RSVP required. To RSVP: call 419-610-5924, bcohen@braintreepartners.org or visit conta.cc/2zo2BgA.

Read more: 11th annual Groundhog Day International Trade Forecast Breakfast set for Feb. 2 URL: http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20180122/11th-annual-groundhog-day-international-trade-forecast-breakfast-set-for-feb-2


Finding professional resources such as services and mentorship from industry experts online can be challenging, with several services competing in the same space and offering incomplete or disparate information. KnowledgePost aims to tackle this issue and bridge the disconnect between professionals and professional service providers.Founder Andrew Bennett enrolled in an accelerator cohort at Braintree Business Development Center, a northeast Ohio regional partner of Ohio Third Frontier, and launched his business in 2013. He then received a grant from the Innovation Fund and around the same time, became a part of the Jumpstart Mentor Network

Continuous learning and professional growth is a pillar of all successful companies and individuals. But finding professional resources such as services and mentorship from industry experts online can be challenging, with several services competing in the same space and offering incomplete or disparate information. KnowledgePost in Cleveland, Ohio, aims to tackle this issue and bridge the disconnect between professionals and professional service providers.“I recognized the importance of mentorship and career education early on, but I wasn’t finding it—or I found it and it was unreliable,” said Andrew Bennett, co-founder and CEO of KnowledgePost. “The way most platforms are built is like an open directory, the way a Yelp or LinkedIn operate. But there wasn’t the accountability aspect to it, which is what we provided. We’re advisors who’ve vetted and validated an extremely trusted, high-quality network of providers, and we match you with the resources to best serve your personal needs.” KnowledgePost acts as a broker within the business to business environment to connect professionals with the best possible experts and resources. Professionals in the KnowledgePost network range from consultants and coaches for individuals, to educational institutions and training companies who provide services to large workforces and organizations.“Think of it like Orbitz versus a travel agency. With a directory like Orbitz.com, you can search for a bunch of places to go and contact hotels and flights directly,” explained Bennett. “But a travel agency handles it all for you and does it better than you could because they have connections. We’re the travel agency. We work as advisors to help set up the engagement for you.” Bennett’s inspiration for entrepreneurship, specifically surrounding professional service providers, came from his parents, a unique blend of artistic and business savvy. His father is a retired businessman who consulted for large corporations, and his mother was a dance instructor and artist. That’s where he credits his knack for both design and business development.After graduating from Elon University and gaining experience working at startups like Within3 and Engage! Cleveland, Bennett decided to embark on his own entrepreneurial adventure with KnowledgePost. He enrolled in the accelerator program through the Braintree Business Development Center, a northeast Ohio regional partner of Ohio Third Frontier, and launched his business in 2013. He then received a grant from the Innovation Fund at Lorain County Community College and around the same time, became a part of the Jumpstart Mentor Network.“If you want to start a business in Ohio—trust me—just get out there and ask. You’ll find tons of people willing to help out,” said Bennett. “The best part is that if they can’t, they’ll find somebody who can. It’s amazing. Or, connect you to somebody that might have additional knowledge or funding. It’s that Midwest personality of, “I’m going to be candid, at the same time I’m going to be nice and supportive, and then I’m going to do what I can for you.” It’s not sugar-coated, and I really appreciate that mindset.”

Read more: Braintree Grad KnowledgePost Connecting Professionals to Resources URL: https://weare.techohio.ohio.gov/2018/01/11/knowledgepost-connecting-professionals-to-resources