About ExitEvent

For Startups. By Startups.

ExitEvent's mission is to build stronger startup communities. We report and break news and opinion on startups and the startup ecosystem, including funding, launches, events, breakthroughs, trends, reviews, and seismic shifts.

ExitEvent is also building a nationwide startup network, to which it offers directories and profiles, event calendars, startup-only message boards, a discounted services marketplace, and a startup need fulfillment area.

Offline features include the ExitEvent Startup Social, a monthly entrepreneur-and-investor-only "anti-networking" event that is attended by 100-200 people, and the bi-weekly ExitEvent Office Hours, an open-to-all meetup for mentoring, advisement, and connections.

The ExitEvent Network is mostly entrepreneurs and/or startup employees from hundreds of startups. The non-startup members are a mix of investors, support organizations, service providers, job-seekers, students, small business owners, and press. All are welcome, and we classify members into groups so you get the most out of your time.


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Laura Baverman
Over seven years as a Cincinnati journalist, Laura Baverman covered lots of stuff, but mostly startups and entrepreneurship, retail, urban development and real estate. In October 2012, she left her job as a columnist, blogger and business reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer, got married and moved to Raleigh, N.C. She currently writes regular columns for UPStart and USA Today.

Jake Finkelstein
Jake Finkelstein is the founder and CEO of Method Savvy -- a data-driven advertising agency that works with growth-stage and enterprise class companies to build repeatable processes for revenue growth. Jake began his career in the music industry, most notably working with artists such as Johnny Cash, Incubus, Modest Mouse, Ben Folds Five and The White Stripes. When not working with entrepreneurs or playing music, Jake can be found cooking, reading and writing. You can catch up with him on .

Jivan Achreja
Jivan Achreja is a UNC alum where he focused on Biology, Chemistry, and Entrepreneurship, and has written for Singularity Hub. Putting off medical school to pursue start up life, he worked as CIO of INRFOOD and Smashing Boxes in Durham, NC. When not teching it up, he loves to read, run, and spend time with his family. You can catch up with him on Google+.

Blake Callens
Blake Callens is CEO of online publishing startup, PencilBlue and Co-founder of the Raleigh Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab, a non-profit incubator with the mission of creating profitable, self-sustaining, technology startups in the Triangle. He is a DEMOgod and Webby award winner, and writes regularly on the subjects of software startups and UI/UX development.

Elliott Hauser
Elliott Hauser is the founder of Coursefork, a group of university and online educators building open teaching tools. Coursefork were winners of Triangle Startup Weekend - EDU in March 2013 and were accepted into The Startup Factory in August 2013

Ryan Timms
Videographer and cinematographer

Bill Bing
Bill Bing is formerly the founder of Durham startup Loyalese and Square 1 Ventures and currently co-founder of DAS Communications.

Zack Mansfield
Guest Writer
Zack Mansfield manages the Square Roots program for Square 1 Bank in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. Zack mentors and advises a number of entrepreneurs and startups, and blogs about technology and venture capital at Runway to Exit.

James Kotecki
Guest Writer
James Kotecki is a digital media specialist with a passion for politics. His work has received multiple awards, national media recognition, and millions of YouTube views. He is currently the Director of Thought Leadership at Three Ships Media in Raleigh, North Carolina. And he has a website.

Monica Chen
Guest Writer
Monica Chen has been writing about tech and startups since 2007 for The Herald Sun (Durham), Triangle Business Journal, and the The News & Observer. She loves interviewing passionate, inspiring people who are creating wonderful things in the world, and is delighted to find so many of them in the startup scene. What she is passionate about: nature, community, family, and the power of stories to tie everything together.

Sarah Bill
Guest Writer
Sarah Bill worked as a business project manager for ten years before deciding to start all over and pursue journalism. She is currently working toward a Bachelor in Journalism degree, and writes every chance she gets. She lives in Durham.

Sarah Headley
Guest Writer
Sarah Headley is a summer intern at ExitEvent majoring in journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She writes for the Daily Tar Heel and (wo)mans the social media accounts for the Ackland Art Museum.


If you can write funny and snarky and you're interested in writing about startups and the startup ecosystem in your area, ESPECIALLY if you're an entrepreneur, an investor, or working for a startup, hit us up at info[at]exitevent.com.