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Q&A: Mark Kvamme on Silicon Valley, Jobs Ohio

Columbus CEO interviewed Drive Capital co-founder Mark Kvamme about what led him to launch the company, his favorite thing about working with early stage startups and how Drive entices companies to come to the Midwest.

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Creators Co-Op hosts RV tour, investors

The Michigan Daily talked with Drive Capital’s talent partner Robert Hatta about the company’s Midwest RV tour and its stop at Michigan University.

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Olsen: Midwest tech scene’s future bright

The Des Moines Register recapped why Drive Capital co-founder Chris Olsen says the Midwest will soon have a technology scene “better than what we see in other parts of the world.”

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3 Reasons Why Startups Should Consider Launching in the Midwest

Entrepreneur: “While the Midwest has long been known for farming and agriculture, it only takes a trip around the region today to discover hot tech startups like online-food ordering platform GrubHub, online-payment system Dwolla and farm-management software FarmLogs, residing in spots where factories and farmland once stood. These startups, along with many more, are expanding the Midwest’s reputation into an area for exceptional business, a growing tech culture and a cost-friendly lifestyle.”

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Why Millennials Are a Perfect Fit for Startups

Entrepreneur: “Today, the rules of the game change constantly. Technologies, industries and competition change in the blink of an eye. Who heard of Uber or Bitcoin just a couple of years ago? These are just a few examples of companies or new technologies that are disrupting markets. The linear career path of generations past looks more like a corkscrew today. As a result, millennials can take career risks that their parents would never have considered, iterating and redirecting themselves multiple times along the way.

That’s why all young graduates should seriously consider working for a startup.” — Drive Capital talent partner Robert Hatta

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As March Madness Winds Down ShotTracker Gears Up To Make Everyone Clutch

TechCrunch: “In the annals of sports there’s no bigger hero than the clutch shooter, whether it’s Aaron Harrison’s last second heroics to get Kentucky to the NCAA Championship, or the season-long efforts of the NBA’s best.

In an effort to make every would-be baller a scoring machine, ShotTracker, a small startup from Kansas City, has been demonstrating their new wearable technology at the tournament.”

TechCrunch talked to ShotTracker co-founders Davyeon Ross and Bruce Ianni about the company and its NCAA “Bracket Town” demo.

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Drive for deals: Ohio VC with $250M fund seeks Pittsburgh investments

Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Drive Capital co-founder Chris Olsen about the company and its Midwest RV tour, which will visit Carnegie Mellon University, The Ohio State University and University of Michigan this month.

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Drive Capital adds Google veteran Nick Solaro to leadership team

Columbus Business First talked with Nick Solaro, a Google veteran who recently became Drive Capital’s fifth partner, about what his move from the coast to Columbus means for the company.

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Modeled after Airbnb, online service aims to disrupt commercial real estate

Washington Post: “There are online services that allow people to rent space in other people’s apartments and services to let them take a drive in other people’s cars, but renting office space still almost exclusively requires hiring a broker who can negotiate a deal with another broker.

For companies inking large, long-term deals that isn’t likely to change. But for those seeking smaller, shorter-term deals Jones Lang LaSalle, the global real estate services and brokerage firm that now goes by its initials, JLL, is launching HiRise next month in Washington.”

Additional coverage: Smart Brief on Social Business, Potomac Tech Wire

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Drive Capital taps former Google exec Solaro as a partner

Reuters peHUB shared Drive Capital’s announcement about adding Nick Solaro, former Google exec, as its fifth portfolio partner.

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