Fosterly We're a community of collaborative entrepreneurs & those who support them. Entrepreneurship is hard... so let's make it easier together. Fosterly is an organization run entirely by people who have non-Fosterly full time jobs.
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As entrepreneurs ourselves, we're here because we're passionate about other entrepreneurs (like you).

As entrepreneurs ourselves, we're here because we're passionate about other entrepreneurs (like you).

Mission: To foster the community of entrepreneurs through collaborative endeavors.

Operating as usual

04/09/2020

Testing this out

Fosterly Is Back... (Sort Of)TLDR: DC/MD/VA friends... we didn't intend to revive the Fosterly mailing list, but hey, th...
03/27/2020
Fosterly Is Back... (Sort Of)

Fosterly Is Back... (Sort Of)

TLDR: DC/MD/VA friends... we didn't intend to revive the Fosterly mailing list, but hey, these are unprecedented times. If you're in need of a job, have the ability to hire someone, or have PPE/supplies you want to donate to first responders and medical personnel, please get in touch via the form below.

We'll do our best to serve as a connection point for the immediate future to help make the best of the challenging situation the Covid-19 pandemic has created.

We're better when we support each other.

https://forms.gle/hHgGAieNZ463EcQ88

TLDR: DC/MD/VA friends... we didn't intend to revive the Fosterly mailing list, but hey, these are unprecedented times. If you're in need of a job, have the ability to hire someone, or have PPE/supplies you want to donate to first responders and medical personnel, please get in touch via the form be...

10/10/2018

It's Time To Say Goodbye.

Since 2011 when Fosterly was comprised of a blog post of local resources and "office hours" open to entrepreneurs at Chinatown Coffee, Fosterly has served as a nexus point for the creative economy and a convener of top influencers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

We’ve held events and conferences attended by hundreds of speakers, thousands of attendees, and countless organizations and companies. We’ve conducted two Startup Census initiatives, organized dozens of Study Halls, held media matches and startup expos, helped streamline DC's presence at SXSW, created the first database of startups and entrepreneurs in the region, connected interns with the startups who can hire them through Intern Match, have helped promote hundreds of other organizations’ events, and most importantly, empowered entrepreneurs to do what they do best... create and grow organizations.

However, after nearly seven years operating Fosterly as a passion project to help other entrepreneurs (often, if not almost always, with the help of far too many friends -- scroll down), Fosterly will cease operations after a few ongoing consulting projects wrap up.

In response to the question, "Why now?", two responses come to mind. First, I'm leaving Discovery at the end of the year for a yet to be identified new job in 2019. (Let's chat!) The reality is that I want to do so with a fresh slate and renewed focus.

Second, Fosterly's role of helping to fill gaps in the ecosystem where we saw a need is now likely better served by entities with full time staff and funding. (The region has a lot going for it now and is a much different place than 2017!) To that end, we are discussing the possibility of transitioning a few of the more impactful initiatives that Fosterly has developed over the past few years such as the Startup Census, Intern Match, Media Match, and Study Hall, but nothing has been finalized at this point.

With that, a few notes of unrivaled gratitude:

- Frank Taylor, thank you for being an integral part of nearly every initiative Fosterly has pursued and accomplished over the past several years. The region is better off for your efforts.

- Bradley Herrup, without your guidance on all things tech and reasonability, we wouldn't have been able to connect and help as many entrepreneurs as we have.

- Paul Mederos and Brittney Mederos, thank you for the original push to grow Fosterly from its original form in to something much larger. From wireframes to the first online site, you two set the foundation for all things Fosterly since 2011.

- Mickin Sahni, you've always picked up slack for anything that was ever asked of you. Thank you for being a rock to lean on.

- Jason Nellis, your guidance with comms around our larger events (Collaborate!) was instrumental. Keep unboxing.

- Dov Markowitz, three words: "Day of Fosterly".

To Melanie Spring, Jonathan Perrelli, Jennifer O'Daniel, Rebecca Cooper, Aaron Huntman, Lee Finkel, Jonathan Aberman, Jennifer Ives, Ric Fleisher, Mario Acosta-Vela, Elana Fine, Yun Wang, Tien Wong, Debbie Rosenbaum, Karen Gordon, Jack Bienko, Brad Phillips, Jim Chung, Cedric Craig, David Anderson, Dennis Bonilla, Sean Mallon, Bob Nelson, Eli Etherton, Kim Mikos, Klare Frank, Brittney Schuessler Clement, Dan Gonzalez, Patricia Stevens, David Troy, Paul Sherman, David Miller, Anastasia Dellaccio, Borzou Azabdaftari, Tony Lewis, Tiffany Thacker, Anton Zolotov, Dean Chang, Lindsay Rodman, Zvi Band, Ashish Jaiman, Julie Weber, Tara Silver, Pam Rothenberg, Sally Sternbach, Richard McBride, Ryland Greenhouse, Lisa Throckmorton, James Quigley, Rachel Stott, Eta Davis, Brant Yerman, and the countless other individuals and companies that have supported us that I missed, thank you.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you want to catch up, go for a bike ride, or if something interesting catches your eye that I should have on my radar. Most importantly, quit networking and build relationships instead, and lastly, connect with me on LinkedIn.

Thank you for your support over the past seven years. It's been one hell of an amazing journey.

-Adam

PS: If you're looking for a new job or have an opening, please be in touch. While Fosterly is going on ice, I'm not disappearing from the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem... merely shifting gears. I'm happy to be a matchmaker when possible and don't mind keeping your search in confidence... my personal e-mail is [email protected].

DC's next Venture Challenge Showcase is soon! Apply by 5/8 + spread the word to #dc female founders! https://t.co/gqfOPc...
05/02/2017
Venture Challenge

DC's next Venture Challenge Showcase is soon! Apply by 5/8 + spread the word to #dc female founders! https://t.co/gqfOPcGyYi

​ At Vinetta we are on a mission to spur startup growth and investment in female founders across North America.  The Vinetta Project is a leading global ecosystem that supports high growth...

Today's the last day to register for Fosterly's women focused Study Hall on 5/2. .https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fosterlys...
04/24/2017
Fosterly's Women Focused Entrepreneur Study Hall (Hosted By Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice)

Today's the last day to register for Fosterly's women focused Study Hall on 5/2. .https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fosterlys-women-focused-entrepreneur-study-hall-hosted-by-womble-carlyle-sandridge-rice-registration-33629263031

Come to Study Hall to develop and improve your ideas with other future and existing entrepreneurs. Think: Ultra-collaborative co-working. This Fosterly Study Hall, co-hosted by Melanie Spring of Sisarina, has a women entrepreneur focus, which means if you're a woman building a company or are interes...

Fosterly has two Study Halls in May. One for women entrepreneurs and one for VR/AR tech + dev and creatives. Registratio...
04/11/2017
Fosterly's VR/AR & Creatives Study Hall in partnership with DCVR Meetup (hosted @ Discovery Communications)

Fosterly has two Study Halls in May. One for women entrepreneurs and one for VR/AR tech + dev and creatives. Registration just opened up for the latter: https://creativeandvrstudyhall.eventbrite.com

Come to Study Hall to develop and improve your ideas with fellow entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. This Study Hall is designed for two complimentary verticals: 1) VR/AR and 2) Design/dev/UX/UI creatives. Think: Ultra-collaborative co-working and relationship building. Our goal is to provide...

Join us for a morning of talks & presentations at Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum! Register w/ code Fosterly at https://t....
03/22/2017
CONNECTpreneur Spring Forum, BETHESDA, April 4, 2017

Join us for a morning of talks & presentations at Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum! Register w/ code Fosterly at https://t.co/nmD5fljVRy
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connectpreneur-spring-forum-bethesda-april-4-2017-tickets-30517449513

The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Spring Forum BETHESDA April 4, 2017   First time attendees use code "LORE" for 40 percent off!  "The Best Networking Event in the MidAtlantic." This will be our 23rd consecutive SOLD OUT event over the last 5 years! Over 70% of previous attendees surveyed say that CONNECT...

It's that time of year again... if you're heading to SXSW, here's the Fosterly regional attendee tracking spreadsheet. G...
01/19/2017
DC/MD/VA Tech At SXSW 2017 (Fosterly Tracking)

It's that time of year again... if you're heading to SXSW, here's the Fosterly regional attendee tracking spreadsheet. Go throw your info in: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tmHkH1hd52A8aK7ot7C2g8oc3tZbIFiSKjghsqgxQX4/edit?usp=sharing

Sheet1 Name, Company, Twitter, Has A Place To Stay, Needs A Place To Stay, Has Extra Space, Spends Most Time In DC/ MD/ VA, Interested In Learning More About WeDC [email protected] SXSW, Notes Adam Zuckerman, Fosterly/ Discovery,@ AdamZ, Y, N, N, DC, Y, Fosterly is supporting the WeDC house this year. Le...

With less than three days left for submissions for the #FosterlyCensus we want to get as many founders to fill out the C...
11/30/2016
Fosterly – Connecting the Creative Community

With less than three days left for submissions for the #FosterlyCensus we want to get as many founders to fill out the Census as possible. We're at just about 150 responses right now, and if we hit 200 the data set is going to be a heck of a lot more interesting.

Can you help us get one or two more responses by Friday? Tweet, tag a friend, post this to your wall, use the Census as a reason to call someone you haven't caught up with for a while... you know what to do.

http://fosterly.com/#census

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11/06/2016

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11/04/2016

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11/02/2016

We've been relatively quiet over at Fosterly the past few months. No longer.

Can't be prouder of the team as we have several announcements going out tomorrow, all of which are live now at www.fosterly.com:

1. The first regional startup census (75+ organizational partners) targeting all startups in the DC/MD/VA area.

2. Study Hall continues in 2017, including a special tract only for current and aspiring women entrepreneurs (led by the one and only Melanie Spring

3. Intern Match returns in the Fall (with many of the local Universities already confirmed as participating) to help Startups hire interns from local schools.

4. A new website that gets us back to smaller group events with a focus on 1:1 relationship building.

2017 is going to be a fantastic year.

Fosterly's Regional Startup & Innovation Economy Census is set to launch on November 1st and we now have more than 35 pa...
10/18/2016
Fosterly's 1st Annual Regional Startup & Innovation Economy Census: Promotional Partner Sign Up

Fosterly's Regional Startup & Innovation Economy Census is set to launch on November 1st and we now have more than 35 partners signed up. (Verizon, Grotech, TechBreakfast, NextGen, WDCEP, George Washington, and others...)

Onboarding for promotional partners ends Friday. Sign up here if you want to be included: https://goo.gl/forms/SY7zDyZOujpzfLPo1

By submitting this form you're indicating that your organization would like to be incuded in Fosterly's 1st Annual Regional Startup and Creative Census as a promotional partner. In return, you agree to send a minimum of one e-mail to your organization's community encouraging them to participate in t...

10/03/2016

Fosterly will open up the region’s 1st Startup and Creative Economy census on November 1st.
In addition to helping benchmark for regional planning purposes (DC, Fairfax, Montgomery, Arlington, and others are supporting the census), respondents will be entered in to drawings for giveaways including 9:30 Club tickets, DC United tickets, Washington Kastles tickets, tickets to Collision Conference in New Orleans, early access to Fosterly’s 2017’s Intern Match data, perks from General Assembly, free lunches from Cava and &Pizza, and more.
If your group is interested in becoming a promotional partner (it's FREE), here's the form: https://goo.gl/forms/1nrMSU3tAX9G9RCD3

08/04/2016

Excited to announce Fosterly's next Study Hall. Women focused and hosted by Sisarina's one and only Melanie Spring, we're also throwing in a free Rock Your Life workshop at the beginning. 12-5pm on 8/31, and space is limited. Have at it. https://fosterlywomenstudyhall.eventbrite.com

Have you participated in any crowdfunded micro investments? If you're interested, http://Republic.co is now live. It's a...
07/23/2016
Republic

Have you participated in any crowdfunded micro investments? If you're interested, http://Republic.co is now live. It's an investment platform featuring innovative startups that are curate don a rolling basis. These first companies are all mission driven, led by women and men who want to do well AND do good at the same time.

Republic is an open investment crowdfunding platform.

Registration is now open for our next Study Hall. Taking place on Friday, July 22nd, this one is focused on VR/AR and is...
06/27/2016
Fosterly's VR/AR Study Hall in partnership with @DCVRMeetup

Registration is now open for our next Study Hall. Taking place on Friday, July 22nd, this one is focused on VR/AR and is being held in conjunction with the DCVR Meetup. Register and more info here: https://dcvrstudyhall.eventbrite.com

Come to Study Hall to develop and improve your ideas with fellow entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. This Study Hall has a focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality. Bring your computers and setups and we'll provide power strips, coffee, and wifi. Think: Ultra-collaborative co-working and relatio...

05/18/2016

Hey group,

Our friends at Modev are offering free passes to the next 5 from our group who use the code F100 to register for the IMPACT Software Summit, codewritersworkshop.com. Get ‘em quick!

This unique event breaks from the status quo for a day of coaching and ideas on creating incredible value as a developer- beyond code. As part of the Code Writers Workshop Series, this one-day event is designed to take you from wherever you are in your career path and accelerate you into leadership, influence, mentoring and ultimately leaving a lasting legacy. I’m going and I thought you might want to join me.

Once the free passes are gone, you can use the code F15 to save 15%. The day includes free books, lunch, and a Code Writers Workshop T-shirt.

03/31/2016
Lessons In Building Community / #SwingSpace

Excited to join the panel featuring Yelp, Lyft, Fostely, and Mothership at SwingSpace's HQ next Thursday (4/7) in Dupont talking about entrepreneural community building. Come say hi. https://nvite.com/SwingSpace/ad9d

Join the SwingSpace crew for a panel discussion about growing your business. Hear from industry leaders at Lyft, Yelp, Fosterly and Mothership about what every business should do to build meaningful community and extend their influence.Panelists Include:Adam Zuckerman, Founder @ FosterlySteve Taylor…

Have you registered for Fosterly's next Stufd Hall on 4/21? This ones focused on early stage entrepreneurs. http://www.e...
03/29/2016
Fosterly's Early Stage Entrepreneur Study Hall (hosted @ WDCEDP)

Have you registered for Fosterly's next Stufd Hall on 4/21? This ones focused on early stage entrepreneurs. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fosterlys-early-stage-entrepreneur-study-hall-hosted-wdcedp-tickets-23798966349?aff=efbneb

Come to Study Hall to develop and improve your ideas with fellow entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. This Study Hall has a focus on EARLY STAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & STARTUPS. Think: Ultra-collaborative co-working and relationship building. Our goal is to provide a collaborative environment with…

03/24/2016
ncrease.io founder Aaron Fitzgerald

We're chatting with ncrease.io founder Aaron Fitzgeral, who is working to provide real time insights about customers’ social behaviors (along with recommended content sharing actions) so businesses can effectively market to their actual users, not followers. Take a look...

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