April 25, 2014

Dallas Startup Happy Hour Monday May 3rd

We are looking for a new permanent home for the Dallas Startup Happy Hour (sponsored by Architel), but we have found a great location for this Monday’s event. The folks at CoHabitat have graciously offered to allow us to host the happy hour at their facility. The Dallas Startup Happy Hour is the talk of [...]

UNT Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Alyssa Yancey clued me in that the University of North Texas was accepting applications for their Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. UNT’s Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning will present this innovative program, known as the Entrepreneurs Boot Camp, in conjunction with the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship. A team of faculty and graduate students will help participants [...]

So you want to produce a TV show. . .

Several years ago Scott and I had this bright idea that we should produce a reality series called MotorSport Ranch. We sold the pilot to INHD and the first season to Dish Networks (I think they still air the show in reruns today). I wrote about the process of making the series in a blog [...]

59 Angels

Over the years I have compiled a list of angel investors and I figured that I would share that list with you. Before you pick up the phone or send an email I would spend a few minutes reading up on how and why angels invest in early stage companies. Dana Mattioli from the Wall [...]

Opportunity might be knocking. . .

My advice? Answer the door. I am reminded of this old joke: It rained for days and days and there was a terrific flood. The water rose so high that one man was forced to climb on top of his roof and sat in the rain. As the waters came up higher a man in [...]

What is the StartupMuse?

Some of you may have noticed my blogging on the Texas Startup Blog decline over the past few months. There are a few reasons for this decline. First, we have been working on migrating ALL of the startup blogs (for 30 cities) to a new platform.  Second I have have been super busy with ShopSavvy [...]

The Texas Startup Blog is now part of SpringStage!

You might notice a new look for TexasStartupBlog.com and for all of the other SpringStage blogs (there are about 30 now!). We’ve moved to a new platform that consolidates all of these into one site – SpringStage.com! Internally we call this SpringStage 2.0, and we’ve been working towards it for a while.SpringStage is now a [...]

Angel Investors Fear Financial Reform Bill

Marianne Hudson, the Executive Director of the Angel Capital Association sent me this letter and I thought it was worth sharing: Sen. Chris Dodd released his Financial Reform bill last week.  To say that the behemoth bill has scary things in it for angel investors – and the entrepreneurs you in invest in – is [...]

Mike Maples is now Floodgate!

Mike left Texas to become a ’super angel’ five years ago and today he has decided to go ‘Pro’ forming Floodgate. He has added Ann Miura-Ko to his team and plans offer a startups a fundraising model that ‘bridges the gap between initial seed money raised from traditional “Angel” investors and the much larger investments [...]

About Me

My name is Alexander Muse and I am the author of the Startup Muse. More than a decade ago I figured out that I was better at starting businesses than finishing them. Since then I have raised and lost millions of dollars from investors. The Startup Muse is my attempt to share my experiences, both good and bad, with entrepreneurs.