Monday, December 15, 2008

StrikeIron looking for Associate Biz Dev position

StrikeIron is the leader in providing innovative solutions for delivering data over the Internet to a broad range of applications in several industries. The company’s innovative Web Services Marketplace provides a technology platform, micro-transaction management and a consistent interface across many XML-based Web services from multiple, diverse sources. This allows business users, application developers and enterprise IT professionals to customize and integrate external data sources and additional external functionality into enterprise, Web, and composite applications. Currently, StrikeIron provides over 70 live data sources and business functions from organizations such as Cortera, D&B, Gale, MapQuest, Midnight Trader, Tax Data Systems, Wall Street Horizon, and Zacks. We are a young, high growth and highly entrepreneurial centric company.


StrikeIron is seeking a dynamic, high energy Business Development Manager to assist in developing new and existing channels within its technology partner ecosystem. This role will have a heavy emphasis on business partnership negotiation and execution, sourcing, evaluating new markets and technologies, and channel management.




- Implement channels development strategy to meet revenue objectives

- Identify new opportunities

- Assist in negotiations

- Respond to partner inquiries, from initial inquiry to ongoing success




- 2+ years experience in a business development role

- Be able to apply software and Internet technology to create opportunities

- Strong knowledge of strategy setting, business development and proposal process

- Knowledge of online business models and Internet technology

- Past experience and success in software or Internet Business Development

- Proactively keeps up to date with Internet and technology trends

- Strong verbal and written communication skills

- Strong presentation skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude

- Ability to meet multiple objectives in an entrepreneurial environment

- Willingness for up to 50% travel

- Bachelor's degree or higher


Benefits include:

- Stock Options

- Medical/Dental, 401k, Section 125/Cafeteria Plan

- Paid Vacation and Holidays


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ignite Social Media looking for interns

Ignite Social Media is looking to fill up to three Social Media Marketing paid internship openings for this coming Spring semester. 


Who Are We?

Ignite Social Media is a social media consultancy that works with companies to advise them on how to leverage social media (both social networking like Facebook and social media like blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc.) for marketing benefits, including increased customer engagement and search engine optimization. Office located in Cary, NC.


Who Are You?

As a start-up company, we are looking for an intern candidate that has a passion for social media. We want candidates that Twitter, Facebook, and blog regularly - who are comfortable using social media and excited about the opportunity of applying it to businesses.




Social Media Marketing Intern(s):

Looking for up to three interns who can help develop strategies for social networks, help develop quality social media content for Ignite, and help implement social media campaign strategies for our clients. These interns will work closely with the team in strategy sessions and will write blog posts, analyze new social networks, and use social media tools to optimize and publicize content.




Anne E. Brannon

Community Engagement Specialist


w: Ignite Social Media

p: (919) 653-3970


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Trip to Silicon Valley - one part workshop, one part bplan competition

EntrepreneurTrek grew beyond the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab's scope and now operates as a separate non-profit.  Many of Bay Area investor and startup communities have confirmed their participation and interest in connecting with young entrepreneurs and getting access to early stage ideas.

Now, it's a 2-day intensive program designed to help MBA students and young entrepreneurs network and sharpen their tool kit for securing funding and seeking a rewarding job or internship in the startup space.  Over 1000 (mostly MBA) students and alumni from the top 30 schools (e.g. Chicago GSB, Cornell, Stanford, India School of Business, MIT Sloan, Wharton, etc.) are expected to attend with well-vetted business plans and a chance to pitch in front of a live audience and potential investors.  At EntrepreneurTrek, you can expect to

  • Meet and network with 20+ leading venture capitalists and angel investors

  • Meet and network with 20+ premier start-up and high-tech companies

  • Get an opportunity to pitch your ideas to potential investors

  • Network with other experienced and successful entrepreneur

Here are some of the speakers and venture firms that have been invited

  • Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angels
  • Steve Jurvetson, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Drew Clark, Director of Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group
  • David Lawee, VP Corporate Development, Google
  • John Ham, CEO,
  • Charles River Ventures, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Venrock
  • Facebook, RIM, Rock You, and many more!

Please let me know if you have additional questions.  If you would like the current Fuqua students to participate, just let me know and we will set up an additional $50 discount (off of the $250 for early birds) for them.  Registration fees include food and beverages.


Tan Nguyen
EntrepreneurTrek Foundation
innovation that transcends boundaries

Monday, December 1, 2008

CED looking for someone

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development  is the place to get connected to the entrepreneurial community in RTP.  If you are interested in getting involved, working there can be a great way.  We've observed many people working at CED for a few years that use it as a great stepping stone to other positions in the entrepreneurial community.

See below.


Entrepreneurial Development Program Manager


This position is responsible for conducting CED’s existing entrepreneurial development programs (FastTrac Tech, Entrepreneurs Only Workshops), as well as evaluating and devising other programs to support CED’s members at key stages in the entrepreneurial process.  The Program Manager also will be the primary contact with student entrepreneurs at area colleges and universities.


The Program Manager will have broad authority to create and implement CED’s program offerings, working with advisors and experts to meet the changing needs of business start-ups, later stage companies, and student entrepreneurs. The Programs Manager will report to the president, work closely with the Senior Program Managers for Life Sciences and Technology, and serve as a member of the senior management team.


Duties include:


1.                  Management

a.       Create and maintain advisory panels and partnerships with other entrepreneurial support organizations, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, to identify significant issues and opportunities for entrepreneurs.  As CED has not conducted a thorough review of its entrepreneurial development programs for some time, the initial work should focus on understanding the current market conditions for business start-ups and early stage companies locally and how CED can best support that work. The goal will be to establish a “CED Institute” of tiered programs, based on an entrepreneur’s needs and readiness

b.      Develop strategic goals and outcomes for CED entrepreneurial development programs based on feedback from the advisory panels and the marketplace; evaluate all activities annually against goals

c.       Create annual plan, with budget and timeline, for CED entrepreneurial development programs

d.      Supervise contractors and volunteer staff to plan and implement major entrepreneurial development programs

e.       Participate in strategic planning

2.                  Program Creation

a.       Responsible for creating full range of support programs for high-growth, high-impact companies, recruiting and training instructors, mentors and coaches for FastTrac Tech and other entrepreneurial support programs. Programs may include partnerships with outside groups, include business competitions, one-time seminars and training programs, and hosting speakers

b.      Establish teams from NCIDEA, NC Biotechnology Center, CED staff and partners to recruit and screen applicants for appropriate placement in the “CED Institute”

c.       Responsible for working with Senior Program Managers for Life Science and Technology to identify presenting companies for Venture conference or other showcase

d.      Serve as liaison to student entrepreneurs within CED’s target geographic region; create and oversee student internship programs with University partners

3.                  Outreach

a.       Serve as CED representative for entrepreneurial development partnerships

b.      Responsible for making presentations to internal and external audiences on CED’s entrepreneurial support programs and initiatives

c.       Responsible for working with investors and support organizations to make appropriate connections for business start-ups and early stage companies

d.      Responsible for assisting the president and development director to identify potential funders for entrepreneurial development programs



Job Requirements: The preferred candidate will be an experienced nonprofit program manager who can demonstrate deep understanding of the needs of entrepreneurs and start-up companies.  The candidate will have excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills, and will enjoy working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and volunteers. The position requires a minimum B.A. or B.S degree, with an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of two years experience in nonprofit program management or related work is required, with preference given for additional years of experience.


Job performance measurement:

  • Successful creation and interaction with advisory panels and committees, resulting in the creation and execution of a “CED Institute” of tiered entrepreneurial development programs
  • Successful collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation in the implementation of 3 annual FastTrac Tech programs, including compliance with training and reporting requirements
  • Achieving minimum attendance and customer satisfaction goals at entrepreneurial development events determined in the annual plan
  • Establishing regular points of contact with student entrepreneurs and facilitating internships with CED and its member companies


Performance evaluation will be by feedback from the president, and special attention will be given to feedback from advisory panels and attendees at CED training programs.


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