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.  

Opinion: Propeller Shows Startup Momentum is Building on This Side of the Hudson

It’s been six years since Aaron Price founded the NJ Tech Meetup at a bar in Hoboken, and the good will and relationships he’s built up since then are what took things to the next level on Friday. While falling short of some of the most audacious revenue and attendance goals, making the whole thing happen in such a short time is a testament to his masterful promotion skills and entrepreneurial guts. Price knows how to get people to be his evangelists.

Impressions: Propeller Fest Gets Networking, Business Hopping in Hoboken

Propeller, which took place May 20, was a premiere business festival on a pier in the heart of downtown Hoboken. Conceived by the energetic entrepreneur Aaron Price, of NJ Tech Meetup, Propeller featured a lot of energy! Innovation was the word of the day—not gizmos and contraptions, but apps providing unique services. Also, it was a great business networking event! Many New Jersey companies hawking their services, employing local talent and seeking talent to hire were present, and offered visitors an opportunity to speak to real live recruiters. There were lots of opportunities for contractors seeking contracts.

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