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04/23/2014:        In the Media:  Do Pass Go:  Business Lessons from Monopoly. (in Entrepreneur)
04/23/2014:        In the Media:  Seek Strategic Partnerships.  But, the Devil is in the Details! (in Forbes)
04/16/2014:        In the Media:  5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Joining Someone Else's Startup (in TNW)
04/16/2014:        In the Media:  Consider Sharing Part-Time Executives Between Startups (in Forbes)
04/09/2014:        In the Media:  What the Evolving VC Market Means to Startups Raising Capital (in Forbes)
04/07/2014:        In the Media:  How to Filter Conflicting Advice from Multiple Mentors (in Entrepreneur)
04/04/2014:        In the Media:  5 Proactive Public Relations Steps for Startups (in Chicago Tribune)
04/04/2014:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
04/04/2014:        EVENT:  Ensemble to Introduce "Excubator" Model at Techweek Chicago on 6/27/14
04/02/2014:        In the Media:  Comparing Startup Ecosystems: The Midwest vs. Silicon Valley (in Forbes)
03/27/2014:        In the Media:  What King Digital's IPO Means for Mobile-Game Makers (in Entrepreneur)
03/26/2014:        In the Media:  Will New "Excubator" Model Help Startups Better Succeed? (in Forbes)
03/24/2014:        In the Media:  Designing a Recurring Revenue Model to Attract Capital (in TNW)
03/19/2014:        In the Media:  Comparing Equity vs. Debt vs. Convertibles for Startups (in Forbes)
03/17/2014:        In the Media:  Should Rising Startups Focus on Growth or Profits? (in TNW)
03/12/2014:        In the Media:  The Top 3 Mistakes Startups Make Approaching Investors (in Forbes)
03/07/2014:        In the Media:  Does Your Team Have the Right Stuff for VC's? (in Entrepreneur)
03/06/2014:        In the Media:  Which is Better?  In-house Teams or Outsourcing? (in StartupBeat)
03/05/2014:        In the Media:  How to Find a Co-Founder For Your Startup (in Forbes)
02/27/2014:        In the Media:  Looking for Investors?  Here's How to Value Your Startup (in TNW)
02/26/2014:        In the Media:  The Top 5 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital (in Forbes)
02/19/2014:        In the Media:  13 Startup Red Flags to Avoid (in Entrepreneur)
02/19/2014:        In the Media:  Entrepreneurial Lessons from Mount Everest (in Forbes) 
02/18/2014:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to VIP Bidding
02/14/2014:        Red Rocket invests in Right At School, via its FireStarter Fund investment.
02/12/2014:        In the Media:  The 6 Must-Have Skills for a Startup CEO (in Forbes)
02/11/2014:        In the Media:  Freebie Gives Advertisers Something Much More (in Crains)
02/05/2014:        In the Media:  What the Game of Scrabble Can Teach You in Business (in Entrepreneur)
02/05/2014:        In the Media:  To Profitably Grow Revenues, Drive These Key Metrics (in Forbes)
01/31/2014:        In the Media:  Why Is It So Hard to Predict Success? (in Entrepreneur)
01/30/2014:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant for EQ Search
01/30/2014:        In the Media:  How and Where to Find a Co-Founder for Your Startup (in TNW)
01/29/2014:        In the Media:  What's More Important--Product or Proof-Of-Concept? (in Forbes)
01/27/2014:        In the Media:  George Deeb Presents Red Rocket & Ensemble (in MeetAdvisors)
01/24/2014:        In the Media:  Should Cash-Strapped Startups Offer Benefits? (in WSJ)
01/22/2014:        In the Media:  When Should a Startup Drive Profits vs. Growth? (in Forbes)
01/17/2014:        In the Media:  Why Learn Entrepreneurship Starting in Kindergarten (in The Next Web)
01/15/2014:        In the Media:  Is Your Product a "Vitamin" or a "Painkiller"? (in Entrepreneur)
01/15/2014:        In the Media:  How to Screen a VC Before Taking Their Money (in Forbes)
01/14/2014:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
01/10/2014:        Red Rocket invests in MightyNest, via its FireStarter Fund investment.
01/08/2014:        In the Media:  The 5 Reasons Big Companies Struggle With Innovation (in Forbes)
01/07/2014:        In the Media:  Entreps Seeking Cash Must Position for Success (in Internet Retailer)
01/03/2014:        Red Rocket selected as fund raising consultant for HealthIPASS
01/02/2014:        In the Media:  Major Companies Launching Startup Accelerators (in Amtrak Arrive)

12/30/2013:        In the Media:  How to Start a Business in 8 Key Steps (in Forbes)

12/19/2013:        In the Media:  These 17 Tech & Startup Trends Will Emerge in 2014 (in Tech Cocktail)

12/18/2013:        In the Media:  Is Entrepreneurship Learned, or Wired Into DNA (in The Next Web)

12/17/2013:        In the Media:  Avoid the Death Zone of Venture Capital (in Forbes)

12/11/2013:        In the Media:  Top Digital Trends for 2014 (in Forbes)

12/10/2013:        Red Rocket Announces "Best Startups of 2013"

12/03/2013:        In the Media:  How to Model a 10x Return For Your Investors (in Forbes)

12/01/2013:        In the Media:  2014 Trends in Chicago Entrepreneurship (in Insight)

11/27/2013:        In the Media:  Make Sure to Research Before Choosing Crowdfunding (in WSJ)

11/20/2013:        In the Media:  How to Calculate Equity Split Between Co-Founders (in The Next Web)

11/18/2013:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to Freebie.  Takes equity stake.

11/18/2013:        In the Media:  What Type of Entrepreneur Are You? (in Entrerpreneur)

11/18/2013:        In the Media:  Chicago's Startup Scene Is On Fire (in Forbes)

11/13/2013:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter

11/13/2013:        In the Media:  Try to Kill Your Startup, Before You Start (in Forbes)

11/06/2013:        In the Media:  If You Build It, They May Not Come.  Budget for Marketing. (in Forbes)

11/05/2013:        In the Media:  Why Too Many Startups Run Out of Money Too Fast (in Entrepreneur)

10/30/2013:        In the Media:  3.5BN People Online By 2017--Think Globally ASAP (in Forbes)

10/28/2013:        In the Media:  Chicago Startups That Exist to Serve Other Startups (in Chicago Tribune) 

10/23/2013:        In the Media:  The Top 4 Reasons VC's Bias Technology Startups (in Forbes)

10/16/2013:        In the Media:  Out With MBA's--In With Masters in Entrepreneurship (in Forbes)

10/09/2013:        In the Media:  Comparing 'Shark Tank' to Venture Capital Reality (in Forbes)

10/03/2013:        In the Media:  The Excubator--A New Type of Incubator (in Blackline Review)

09/27/2013:        In the Media:  "Excubator" Wants to Prevent Your Startup From Failing (in VentureBeat)

09/25/2013:        In the Media:  New York or Chicago for Startups? MentorMob Compares. (in Forbes)

09/24/2013:        Red Rocket invests in Food Genius, via its FireStarter Fund investment. 

09/18/2013:        In the Media:  The Unlucky 13 Reasons Startups Fail (in Forbes)

09/18/2013:        In the Media:  A Blueprint for Startups-Try to Kill It Before You Start (in Startup Beat)

09/18/2013:        George Deeb Selected as Contributing Author to Forbes.  Read posts here.

09/10/2013:        George Deeb Speaks at Association for Corporate Growth's Chicago Tech Event.

09/10/2013:        Red Rocket invests in Blitsy, via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here.

09/07/2013:        In the Media:  Startup Psych 101:  Embrace Risk, Don't Fear Failure (in Crains)

08/27/2013:        In the Media:  Enter the Era of the Startup "Excubator" (in Startup Beat)

08/27/2013:        In the Media:  Tech Startups Get Some Love from Vendors (in Crains)

08/21/2013:        The Red Rocket Blog Passes 100,000 Reads!!  Thank You For Your Readership!!

08/15/2013:        In the Media:  George Deeb Introduces Ensemble on "Bootstrapping in America" Show

08/07/2013:        In the Media:  Ensemble Group for Startups Arrives in Chicago (in Chicago Tribune)

08/07/2013:        In the Media:  Ensemble Launches "Do It For Me" Solution for Entreps (in Tech Cocktail)

08/07/2013:        In the Media:  Alternative to Startup Incubator Has Come to Chicago (in Chicago Grid)

08/07/2013:        In the Media:  5 Digital Leaders in Chicago form Startup "Excubator" (in Nibletz)

08/07/2013:        Red Rocket Co-Founds "Ensemble", an All-Star Powered "Digital Services Suite".

08/07/2013:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter

08/06/2013:        In the Media: Kickstopped: 75% of Projects Delayed on Crowdfunding Site (in Fox News)

07/15/2013:        Red Rocket Adds New Partner--Welcomes Jay Stocki

07/10/2013:        In the Media:  George Deeb One of the Techweek Judges (in Blackline)
06/21/2013:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to Spikeball  
06/17/2013:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to InsideOut Media
06/07/2013:        In the Media:  Seeking Angel Investors? Tips for E-Retailers (in Internet Retailer)
06/07/2013:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to Spartz Inc.
06/05/2013:        George Deeb speaks at Internet Retailer Conference on funding e-commerce startups.
05/16/2013:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
05/14/2013:        Red Rocket invests in Pangea, via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here.
04/10/2013:        Red Rocket selected as digital strategy consultant to Camping World
04/10/2013:        In the Media:  George Deeb Offers Tips at VentureSHOT Event (in Chicago Grid)
04/02/2013:        In the Media:  Ten Questions to Ask Before Making Your First Hire (in Entrepreneur)
03/18/2013:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
03/03/2013:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to 2 Bucks Entertainment
02/28/2013:        In the Media:  CEOs Get Pushed Out--A Common Silicon Valley Story (in Crains)
02/04/2013:        In the Media:  The Top Digital Trends of 2013 (in .Biz Marketing Magazine)
01/28/2013:        In the Media:  Does Chicago Really Need Another Startup Incubator?  (in Crains)
01/18/2013:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to Plum Tree
12/19/2012:        In the Media:  The Top Digital Trends of 2013 (in Technori)
12/17/2012:        Red Rocket announces "Best Startups of 2012"
12/12/2012:        Red Rocket selected as startup consultant to Discovery Communications
11/27/2012:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter 
10/31/2012:        Red Rocket invests in ShiftGig, via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here.
10/30/2012:        Red Rocket invests in Cartavi, via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here
10/04/2012:        In the Media:  Investors Weigh in on Crowdfund Investing (in Forbes) 
09/24/2012:        George Deeb named to the Crain's Chicago Tech 50
09/24/2012:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant by MotiveQuest 
08/28/2012:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
07/25/2012:        Red Rocket invests in GiveForward, via its FireStarter Fund investment. Summary here.
07/10/2012:        Red Rocket invests in Hireology, via its FireStarter Fund investment. Summary here.
07/03/2012:        Red Rocket selected as fundraising consultant for Palette App
06/11/2012:        In the Media:  Research: The First Right Steps for Startups  (in Technori) 
06/11/2012:        In the Media:  When Swapping Equity for Services Goes Bad (in Crains)
06/08/2012:        Red Rocket invests in Kapow Events, via its FireStarter Fund investment.
06/07/2012:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to ViaForensics
06/04/2012:        Red Rocket invests in UpCity via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here.
06/01/2012:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter   
05/30/2012:        George Deeb selected Moxie Awards finalist for "Mentor of the Year" in Chicago 
05/21/2012:        In the Media:  Entrepreneurs Look to Share Offices (in Wall Street Journal)
05/14/2012:        Red Rocket invests in StyleSeek
04/30/2012:        In the Media:  Entrepreneurs Come Calling on Red Rocket (in Crains)
03/15/2012:        Red Rocket invests in Retrofit, via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here.
03/12/2012:        Red Rocket invests in Tap.Me, via its FireStarter Fund investment.  Summary here.
03/12/2012:        In the Media:  A Checklist for Crafting the Right Revenue Model (in Crains)
03/12/2012:        In the Media:  When Should a Startup Worry About Making Money (in Crains)
03/07/2012:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
02/27/2012:        In the Media:  Chicago's Angel Investors on Hunt for Next Groupon (in Crains)
01/17/2012:        Red Rocket invests in FireStarter Fund, an early stage digital technology fund
01/06/2012:        George Deeb selected as contributing small business blogger to Crains Chicago
12/06/2011:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
09/28/2011:        George Deeb authors "101 Startup Lessons--An Entrepreneur's Handbook"
09/15/2011:        George Deeb selected as founding mentor to Chicago chapter of Founder Institute
09/08/2011:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
06/10/2011:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter


05/07/2011:        Red Rocket selected as digital media strategist for Hagerty Insurance
03/08/2011:        Red Rocket selected as fund raising consultant to uRefer
03/08/2011:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to Train Signal
03/04/2011:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
01/11/2011:        Red Rocket selected as online ad sales consultant for portfolio company of MK Capital
12/15/2010:        Red Rocket selected as SEM consultant for portfolio company of New World Ventures
12/02/2010:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
06/02/2010:        Red Rocket selected as venture consultant to Fango Mobile Software

05/12/2010:        Red Rocket formally launches venture consulting division

02/24/2010:        George Deeb named a start-up mentor at Excelerate Labs (aka TechStars Chicago)

02/13/2010:        Red Rocket negotiates the sale of MediaRecall to Deluxe, and sells its stake
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