Author: Allison Brickell

Things are only impossible until they are not.  These inspiring words were spoken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, a character from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” And I’m not quoting him just because I like Star Trek. (Though I really do.) Star Trek shows us…

How Startups Can Help the Inflation Reduction Act

By Allison Brickell on August 17, 2022

As temperatures rise across the country, climate change is grabbing more headlines — and the attention of the U.S. government.  The Senate just passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes the most comprehensive climate legislation in U.S.

News Fix: Crypto Bear Market Edition

By Allison Brickell on August 3, 2022

We’ve made it to the dog days of summer. The crypto markets haven’t exactly been hot — in fact, they’ve been pretty cold for the last few months. But that doesn’t mean it’s all bad news.  Market Update The crypto market is still in bear market…

How Gamification Is Changing Our World

By Allison Brickell on July 13, 2022

Last week, I started a journey along with millions of other people.  I’ve never met these people. But we’re all driven by a common goal: to learn a new language. And we’re doing it on Duolingo. When I downloaded the Duolingo app to refresh…

Bridging the Funding Gap for LGBTQ+ Startup Founders

By Allison Brickell on June 15, 2022

Underrepresented founders — including people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community — have historically received a very small piece of the venture capital (VC) funding pie. Female founders received just 2% of all U.S. VC dollars…
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, many Americans are outraged and terrified. While lawmakers continue to argue over gun control legislation, the effects of gun violence are being felt across the country.  That includes businesses too. The May 24 shooting in Uvalde, Texas —…

The Nightmare of Navigating Student Loans

By Allison Brickell on May 4, 2022

What do you picture when you think of college?  Maybe you see cavernous lecture halls. Football stadiums packed with fans. Beautifully manicured lawns where students study or play frisbee or make lifelong connections. For many of today’s students, that image includes mountains of debt.

News Fix: Cannabis Industry Reaches New Highs

By Allison Brickell on April 20, 2022

It’s April 20, which means cannabis enthusiasts around the country are celebrating what Ronald Reagan once called “probably the most dangerous drug in the United States.” Today, that remark seems pretty outdated. A full 37 states have legalized marijuana in some form (medically or recreationally). Eighteen…

Lessons From a New Startup Investor

By Allison Brickell on April 6, 2022

I’ve been working at investment-related companies since 2015. But I’m still pretty new to the investing world. My background is in communication and journalism, not finance. So for the last seven years or so, I’ve been researching the online startup markets and observing my colleagues’ approach to investing.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, the war has taken over worldwide news headlines. From the atrocities of war to human rights catastrophes, heroic acts by Ukranians and the impact of the war on the global markets, it’s hard to keep up with all of the news.

What Disruptive Startups and Figure Skating Have in Common

By Allison Brickell on February 23, 2022

In the startup world, big ideas have the potential to become big moneymakers. Good ideas — especially if they’re executed well — can change the world.  But revolutionary ideas scare people. They often fail because the world isn’t ready for them yet.  As startup…

News Fix: Global Crypto Edition

By Allison Brickell on February 2, 2022

It’s been a hectic start of the year for crypto. Now that we’ve made it to the second month of 2022, let’s dive into crypto news updates.  Market Update First, a market update. Bitcoin has been on a downward trend…

Two Ways Startups Are Benefiting From the Great Resignation

By Allison Brickell on January 26, 2022

Headlines about the “labor shortage” have become a near daily occurrence. Millions of Americans are quitting their jobs and looking for better offers.  But in reality, there isn’t a shortage of people who want to work. It’s just that more people are rejecting the low pay…

Five Steps to Achieve Your Investing Goals in 2022

By Allison Brickell on January 5, 2022

It’s a new year. And that means it’s the perfect time to set goals for 2022. Whatever your investing goals are, now is the right time to define them. Get specific about what you want to accomplish. Whether you prefer to have a five-year plan or…

Customization and the Future of Retail

By Allison Brickell on December 8, 2021

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I traveled to Pennsylvania to visit family. Thanksgiving dinner — filled with plenty of pie, of course — was delicious. And the next day (Black Friday) I took a leisurely stroll through the local Boscov’s.  Now, I typically don’t pay too much…