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Written by Michael C. DeAloia.
It has been more than 10 years since Dan DeSantis, Neil Adelman and I started BlueBridge Networks (www.bluebridgenetworks.com). It was my first foray into the life of a tech entrepreneur – long hours, low pay, genuine camaraderie and a common goal of building a data-center company at time when no one knew what it was and why they needed one for their data.
Startup companies are always challenging, especially during a time when there was very little support for them. Since BlueBridge started, a vast network of entrepreneurial support organizations – some for profit and some non-profit – have filled the breach to support, aid and potentially finance the startup and provide guidance for the entrepreneur.
In the coming months, I will occasionally grade the local entrepreneurial entities and how they are reaching their various missions.
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Originally published September 28, 2014.