Top Five Attributes of an Investible Startup

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Odds are generally stacked heavily against the average startup and the potential for failure is high. That being said, a necessity of the select companies that do rise from the trenches is funding and investors. So what formula do smart investors—and smart entrepreneurs—use for success? We asked St. Louis experts to share what the most crucial qualities of an investible startup are.

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T-REX Answers: “What’s one word to describe startup life?”

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The life of an entrepreneur is known to contain more ups, downs, and excitement than even the most thrilling of theme park rides. If you asked an entrepreneur to describe their “ride” in one word, you’re sure to get a variety of answers. So that’s what we did. We asked, “What’s one word to describe startup life?” and T-REX answered…

“Nonstop” -Rosa Mayer (T-REX)

“Stressful” -Brian Kohlberg (Manufacturers’ Inventory)

“Neverending” -Brian Matthews (Cultivation Capital_

“Passion” -Saint Fults (World Wide Technology)

“Whirlwind” -Jeffry Harrison (RoverTown)

“Insomniatic” -Andrew Winship (Juristat)

“Eye-opening” -Julie Maurer (RoverTown)

“Passionate” -Mohit Patel (Genetix Fusion)

“Hectic” -Chuck Lee (U.S. Drilling Products)

“AWESOME” -Beau Dillard, Tunespeak

“Dynamic” -Andrew Brimer, SparoLabs

“Constant” -Alex Silversmith (VCS)

“Bittersweet” -Adam Khalil (Veritacit)

“Wild” -T.J. Tavares (Symvato)

“Energizing” -John Skaggs (

“Fast” -Suzanne Barnes (Arch Grants)

“Multi-task” -Leslie Davis (Janji)

“Educational” -Clayton Williamson (Lumate)

“Challenging” -Mark Rice (MobExMe)

“Ever-changing” -Linh Nguyen (Upside)

T-REX Answers: “What’s your go-to downtown lunch spot?”

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Beware the wrath of an entrepreneur interrupted from ‘the zone’. T-REx startups are known to work past 5 pm, before 8 am, through the night, and so on. However with the growing number of great restaurants downtown and T-REX’s new home (in the middle of it all) on Washington Ave, lunch is getting hard to skip. Check out where T-REX likes to refuel come noon.

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