Resources for Accelerators

The Machine: Making Customers

The Machine: Making Customers

One of my founders at Velocity Accelerator joked this week that we need t-shirts for our cohort that say “Build the Machine.” I say it so often, in my workshops and coaching sessions, that it has become the mantra of this cohort. I say it so often, because it’s the...

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Startups aren’t businesses. They’re speculations.

Startups aren’t businesses. They’re speculations.

Once a founder is out on the road pitching their business to investors, they often face the harsh reality that the investors are “grading” them based on a set of metrics, milestones, and indicators that help the investor determine if the startup is investable, if it’s a good bet. Meanwhile, the founder has already gone all in — investing all of their time, energy, creativity, and money into their dream.

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The Accelerator Model isn’t dead, but it needs to evolve

The Accelerator Model isn’t dead, but it needs to evolve

The world is moving and changing incredibly fast. Someday, we’ll have as many accelerators in the world as there are currently colleges and universities. As we evolve the accelerator model, I believe this is how we’ll train people to create value in an uncertain and ever-changing world. In order to reach that point, we need to think critically about what currently works and doesn’t about the accelerator model. And then we need to ambitiously embrace experimentation and continuous improvement.

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Introducing Fluent & my 2018 BHAG

Introducing Fluent & my 2018 BHAG

One of the things I love most about working in the startup space is the expectation to always level up and to find the next harder challenge after gaining some mastery at the current level. Having been a founder in an accelerator first, building a startup over the past six years, and then transitioning to managing an accelerator for the past two years, I have a unique point of view on the design and implementation of accelerators.

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I’m Beth McKeon, Director of Fluent.

I provide on-demand accelerator management and entrepreneurial program development consulting. Currently, I’m serving as Managing Director for Velocity Accelerator in Birmingham AL. Prior to this, I led NMotion in Lincoln NE and founded Kids Calendar, which I sold in 2017.

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.

You can reach me at beth@fluentstudio.co.