Starting a business is hard. Let some experienced founders offer guidance - DC


Sep. 1, 2016 11:18 am

Starting a business is hard. Let some experienced founders offer guidance

The next SwingSpace event is all about surviving your first $50K.
Show me the money.

Show me the money.

(Photo by Flickr user 401(K) 2012, used under a Creative Commons license)

“Building a business is hard,” Zak Kidd, SwingSpace cofounder and serial entrepreneur says, with gravity. “And you have lots of questions about how to do different things.”

The best people to ask? Entrepreneurs who have gone before.

This is the essential inspiration for SwingSpace’s ongoing series of panel discussions. The next, somewhat provocatively titled “Survive Your First $50K,” is scheduled for Sept. 21 at WeWork in Dupont. Panelists for the event include Mike Englert, cofounder and principal at eighty2degreesSandie Diamond, founder of Shameless ChefVeronica Eklund, cofounder and CEO of Orate; and Cullen Gilchrist, cofounder and chief executive of Union Kitchen. Moderated by Kidd, the panel will focus on “how to gain investors, distribute those funds and then profit from initial efforts.”

All integral pieces in building a business, surely.

For Kidd, the overarching goal is that any conversation about entrepreneurship and fundraising be real. “We never want our events and our conversations to be filled with platitudes,” says, of the SwingSpace event series. “We want people to say ‘I spend the time and I’m going to think differently about going to work tomorrow.'”

Sound like the event for you? RSVP here


Companies: Union Kitchen, WeWork, Orate

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