3 results for author: Holly O'Dell


How Michael Slaby Utilized Technology to Win the ’08 Obama Campaign—and Forever Changed Political Campaigns

Whenever I heard about the role technology played in Obama’s campaigns, it read something like this: “Obama seizes victory with social media,” or, “Bush campaign lags in use of digital…leads to GOP failure.” What most of these articles miss is not the integral role technology played in Democratic success, but the mobilizing forces and deliberate thought processes that were behind the deployment of that technology. Michael Slaby, former CTO then Chief Innovation & Integration Officer at Obama for America (OFA), was one of the driving forces behind the centralization and elevation of the digital platform that enabled Obama’s successes ...

A Passion for People: Eric Langshur’s Journey From CarePages to Abundant Venture Partners

When you walk into the office of Abundant Venture Partners, it feels different. Instead of the marble-laden floors and corporate vibe that infiltrates many spaces, the Abundant office looks more incubator than venture fund. In a fully open, naturally lit loft, you see teams of portfolio companies hard at work or mingling in the communal area. And in the midst of it all, Eric Langshur, its co-founder, walks through on his ever-present Bluetooth headset and a smile on his face. The Canadian-born serial entrepreneur cut his corporate teeth for several years before finding his real passion. In 1998, Langshur’s son, Matt, was born without a left ...

Venture Capitalist to Entrepreneur: Startup Lessons from Eddie Lou, Shiftgig Co-founder and CEO

You’ve seen the stats: approximately 75% of startups fail. It’s rarely a failure in ideation, market need, or creativity—but rather, a failure of execution. Eddie Lou, venture investor-turned-entrepreneur, was able to apply what he learned during his ten years in venture capital to launching Shiftgig, an employment matchmaking service for service-based industries and hourly full-time employees. In just four months, Shiftgig attracted $3M in Series A funding from I2A Fund, Firestarter, and Red Barn. While it’s never a simple “four steps to success” recipe as an entrepreneur, knowing how the other side of the table thinks can make the ...