Opinion: Waterfront Ventures Conference Just First Step in Emerging Camden Tech Startup Scene

When you Google “Camden, New Jersey,” a lot of words and phrases pop up, such as “America’s most dangerous city,” “one of America’s poorest cities” and, simply, “crime.” The other hits you get are even worse. So when a Camden-based nonprofit called “Waterfront Ventures” decided to host a startup conference to raise awareness of the Camden Waterfront among entrepreneurs and other businesspeople, it had no idea that it would receive such a big response.

Opinion: Bell Works “Shores Up” Tenants for Potential Resurgence of Tech Innovation Hub in Holmdel

With companies like WorkWave and possibly iCIMS relocating to Bell Works, we have the possibility that there will be a real, viable New Jersey tech hub in Holmdel.

Opinion: The Gary “Vee”-Nomenon! Birth of the Vaynerchuk Brand

If you clicked on this story, you know of course that I am talking about New Jersey guy and uber New York Jets fan, Gary Vaynerchuk.  Like many of you, I first heard of him a few years ago when somebody said that I had to check out one of his YouTube rants. His high-energy delivery style made him come across as a mixture of Tony Robbins, Richard Simmons, Tasmanian Devil, and frankly, Chicken Little.  Now you may think that I am being insulting, but all four were pioneers in their space, made a lot of money, demolished obstacles in their way, and yes, even saved the world!

[Bestritsky is CEO of StrataBlue a digital strategy management & marketing firm.]

Opinion: The Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act Can Clarify Demo Day Concerns for Startups

Tyler Seville of the NJBIA talks about some of the provisions of the JOBS Act and how some provisions can be construed to affect startups that wish to participate in demo days. The SEC requires startups that use general solicitations to raise capital to verify that those who purchase their securities are bona fide accredited investors (see regulation D 506(c)).  A bill now under consideration called the HALOS Act will provide more certainty for startups.

Opinion: New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships will Promote Innovation

A new partnership to foster innovation in New Jersey received the approval of the Assembly Higher Education Committee last week. A-1668, which establishes the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships, would promote innovation by helping businesses and academia work more closely together. NJBIA supported the bill, which was first introduced last session in the Senate, now S-354.  

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