I am an entrepreneur and educator. Currently, I serve as Managing Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Venture Valley Mentors in Springfield, MA. I’ve also served as Managing Director for the Velocity Accelerator in Birmingham, AL and NMotion Accelerator in Lincoln, NE.

Prior to managing accelerators, I founded Kids Calendar, a startup serving local families in five cities across the US, which I sold in 2017.

Through my experiences as a founder and accelerator director, I’ve developed a keen understanding of how to apply innovative methodologies like Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Agile to understand problems, design businesses, and build solutions people love.

In a prior life, I have also been an educator and professional development coach, helping individuals and teams for over 12 years experience in the private and public sector. Throughout my career in education, my work focused on personalized, responsive instruction and interactive, hands-on content. I received my Master’s degree from Columbia University in 2005.

Today, I combine my passion for product & business design with my education background to deliver hyper-targeted and customer-focused training and product/program development for accelerators, startup ecosystems, and entrepreneurs.

I am an entrepreneur and educator. Currently, I serve as Managing Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Venture Valley Mentors in Springfield, MA. I’ve also served as Managing Director for the Velocity Accelerator in Birmingham, AL and NMotion Accelerator in Lincoln, NE.

Prior to managing accelerators, I founded Kids Calendar, a startup serving local families in five cities across the US, which I sold in 2017.

Through my experiences as a founder and accelerator director, I’ve developed a keen understanding of how to apply innovative methodologies like Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Agile to understand problems, design businesses, and build solutions people love.

In a prior life, I have also been an educator and professional development coach, helping individuals and teams for over 12 years experience in the private and public sector. Throughout my career in education, my work focused on personalized, responsive instruction and interactive, hands-on content. I received my Master’s degree from Columbia University in 2005.

Today, I combine my passion for product & business design with my education background to deliver hyper-targeted and customer-focused training and product/program development for accelerators, startup ecosystems, and entrepreneurs.

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beth@fluentstudio.co
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Beth’s Favorite Things

Where I write about some of my favorite things, mostly around startups, innovation, and accelerators.

Your job is to build the machine

Your job is to build the machine

What's the difference between a business and a startup? A business has a business model - customers, product, revenue. A startup is a protean organization that doesn't yet have a clear business model, but is working to figure it out. Your job as a startup founder is...

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There are no magic numbers

There are no magic numbers

There is a pernicious and harmful belief in the startup world that financial models are worthless. A founder toils away, wasting time putting in a bunch of magic numbers into a spreadsheet, with the end goal of showing exponential growth over the next three years....

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Start as you’d like to continue

Start as you’d like to continue

I just moved to Denver over the weekend. My furniture is scheduled to arrive later this morning, so I'm sitting on the floor in my dining room writing this. And in a minute, I'm going to go for a mile run along Cherry Creek Trail. Not because I feel like going for a...

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You want them to chase you down the street with cash

You want them to chase you down the street with cash

Today, I responded to a common founder question on Facebook: Q: I need suggestions for selling my product.  Every client I talk to has the same problem that they are not convinced that the technology would work as they have never heard about it and to their knowledge...

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The Blindspot

The Blindspot

Earlier this year, an investor in San Francisco said to me, "The thing is - all of the problems have already been solved. I can get food delivered to my house, a car to drive me anywhere I want to go. What is left to invest in?" My response: "Then you need to start...

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