ChrisHeivlyChris Heivly of the Start-up Factory and LaunchBox Digital is the featured guest. Chris shares insights on entrepreneurs, start-ups, and what’s next for him. He shares lessons learned, insights from his book, Build the Fort (available on Amazon.com) and the need for entrepreneurs in our communities.

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Chris Heivly Bio:

Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. Chris has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer.”

For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Those brands include MapQuest, Rand McNally, and Accenture. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital.

Recently, Heivly served as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just three years in emerging technology companies. More than 60 percent of TSF’s portfolio has gone on to raise follow-on capital, more than double the industry average for similar investment programs.

Heivly is a sought-after speaker and go-to source for media. His quotes appear in major national and international outlets such as:

  •  Forbes, Inc.,
  • the Washington Post,
  • TechCrunch,
  • Crain’s Business Journal,
  • Huffington Post,
  • Tech Cocktail,
  • the Financial Post, and
  • the Montreal Gazette.

In addition to print publications, he has appeared in major-market TV stations across the U.S. Because of his stature in the startup world. He was featured in the documentary Startupland, which showcased the world’s most celebrated entrepreneurs and startup experts.

Heivly is a contributing writer for Inc.com. He also has a significant following for Heivly.com blog that offers brutally authentic commentary on startups and the startup community.

Chris Heivly’s Book Build the Fort

He just released Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and on applying those lessons to starting anything.  His book was inspired by a widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014. The book focuses on the months leading up to the decision to start a company and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.

In the fall of 2015, Chris released Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and applying those lessons to starting anything.

Acclaimed Tedx talk

His book, based on his widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014, focuses on the months leading up to the decision to start a company and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.

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