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12/18/2014:       Red Rocket's Best Startups of 2014 
 
12/06/2014:       In the Media:  Six Chicago VC's Reveal Best Startup Pitches of 2014 (in Crain's) 
 
12/04/2014:       In the Media:  The Top 4 Reasons Passion Drives Startup Success (in Forbes) 
 
11/07/2014:       In the Media:  The 4 Types of Entrepreneurs--Which Type Are You? (in Forbes) 
 
10/29/2014:       In the Media:  The Best Medicine for Your Business:  A Fresh Set of Eyes (in Entrepreneur) 
 
10/22/2014:       In the Media:  The Top 5 Traits Needed for a Startup Management Team (in Forbes) 
 
10/17/2014:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
 
10/11/2014:        In the Media:  How to Structure Your Board of Directors or Advisory Board (in Forbes) 
 
10/08/2014:        In the Media:  George Deeb interviewed by Jim Beach (School for Startups Radio) 
 
10/06/2014:        In the Media:  George Deeb of Red Rocket on the New Rules of Startups (in Crain's) 
 
10/04/2014:        In the Media:  What Drives Startup Success? Drive to Win or Fear of Failure? (in TNW) 
 
09/26/2014:        In the Media:  K-12 Curriculum Needs Overhaul Towards Entrepreneurship (in Entrepreneur)
 
09/19/2014:        In the Media:  How to Find Angel Investors for Your Startup (in Forbes) 
 
09/19/2014:        In the Media:  Chicago: The Next Big Startup Ecosystem (in WSJ) 
 
09/04/2014:        In the Media:  Innovate or Die:  The Stark Message for Big Business (in BBC) 
 
09/02/2014:        In the Media:  When Picking a Startup to Join, Think Like an Investor (in Entrepreneur)
 
08/28/2014:        In the Media:  Is a Startup Incubator or Accelerator Right for You? (in Forbes)
 
08/25/2014:        In the Media:  [VIDEO]  Should Startups Offer Employee Benefits (in Fox Business) 
 
08/22/2014:        In the Media:  Why Big Companies Struggle With Innovation (in TNW)
 
08/15/2014:        In the Media:  A Guide to Hiring the Right Type of Salesperson (in Entrepreneur)
 
08/08/2014:        In the Media:  Should Your Startup Offer Employee Benefits? (in Forbes) 
 
08/04/2014:        In the Media:  Time and Luck:  Know When Your Startup Should Dine & Dash (in TNW)
 
07/25/2014:        Red Rocket invests in Moxie Jean, via its FireStarter Fund invesment.
 
07/24/2014:        In the Media:  Is Your Startup Building a "Vitamin" or a "Painkiller"? (in Forbes)
 
07/17/2014:        In the Media:  Create an "Everyone Sells" Culture (in Forbes)
 
07/14/2014:        In the Media:  Age is Just a Number When It Comes to Entrep. Success (in Entrepreneur)
 
07/10/2014:        In the Media:  The Top 5 Considerations When Trading Equity for Services (in Forbes)
 
07/08/2014:        Red Rocket Email Newsletter
 
07/03/2014:        In the Media:  Try to Kill Your Startup Before You Start (in TNW)
 
07/03/2014:        In the Media:  Growth Hacking: Marketing for Startups (in Forbes)

06/26/2014:        In the Media: 
Finalizing Your Tech Plan?  Better Talk to Marketing First! (in Forbes)
 
06/22/2014:        In the Media:  The Elements of Defensible Barriers to Entry (in TNW)
 
06/19/2014:        In the Media:  Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught, or Are You Born That Way? (in Forbes)
 
06/16/2014:        Red Rocket selected as general business consultant to eshots
 
06/13/2014:        Red Rocket invests in SpotHero, via its FireStarter Fund investment. Summary here.
 
06/12/2014:        In the Media:  6 Tips for Keeping Your Stores Relevant to Online Shoppers (in Entrepreneur)
 
06/11/2014:        In the Media:  Want Venture Investors?  Build a Recurring Revenue Model. (in Forbes)
 
06/07/2014:        In the Media:  Seeking Some Angels?  Here Are Tips for E-Retailers. (in Internet Retailer)
 
06/05/2014:        In the Media:  Launch Fast!  Fail Fast!  (in Forbes)
 
06/02/2014:        In the Media:  Budget for Proof-of-Concept Marketing From Day One (in WSJ)
 
05/28/2014:        In the Media:  My Commencement Address to 2014 Graduates (in Forbes)
 
05/21/2014:        In the Media:  Considerations When Spreading Equity to Key Employees (in Forbes)
 
05/19/2014:        In the Media:  A High Churn Will Cause Your Business to Crash & Burn (in Entrepreneur)
 
05/18/2014:        In the Media:  What to Consider Before Selling Your Startup to a Big Company (in TNW)
 
05/14/2014:        In the Media:  Sales vs. Marketing for Startups?  Depends if B2B vs. B2C.  (in Forbes)
 
04/30/2014:        In the Media:  The 4 Key Drivers When Calculating Founders' Equity Splits (in Forbes)
 
04/28/2014:        In the Media:  Hiring Executives Part-Time for Your Startup (in Black Enterprise)
 
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 Crain's)
 
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 Crain's)
 
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 Crain's)  

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 Crain's)
 
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 Crain's)
 
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 Crain's)
 
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 Crain's)
 
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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