Building the A-Team

Writer: Umamah Syed, USC MSEI 2017 Editor: Chelsea LaFerla “One thing that founders always underestimate is how hard it is to recruit.” – Sam Altman, Y Combinator President   Starting a business as a solo founder seems fun at first, but you quickly realize that an idea will only take you so far. To create a…

Founder Camp

What characteristics increase the likelihood that a founding team will be effective and stable? How can I anticipate and avoid the pitfalls that tend to sink high-potential startups? What leads to a founder being replaced as CEO of his or her startup? For founders and their startups, early decisions about people – cofounders, employees, investors,…

USC Incubator

Building a business? Then apply to the USC Incubator. Operating since 2015. 50 companies, $10M raised, 12 competitions won, four successful Kickstarter campaigns, one company acquired.  You’ll receive access to industry and subject-matter experts, help on company growth, assistance on legal and accounting needs, assistance with design, a 24-hour co-working space, and an alumni network. Businesses…