Entrepreneurs are as averse to risk as anyone else. They take risks, sometimes daily, but they are calculated risks. In Good Odds: Startups from Maine, we hear from the founders of six startups. Their paths into entrepreneurship are different. The motivations that drive them may be different (hint: it’s usually not just about the money). How they experience their valleys of death – the dangerous times in a startup’s life when failure is most common – may be different. One thing they have in common is the ability to calculate and try to mitigate risk. That’s why they have Good Odds.

Part 1

Jumping Off the Cliff

Our first episode! of Good Odds: Startups from Maine looks at Heather Lux's path from her corporate career to starting True North Beauty in the Bangor, Maine region -- and how she mitigated risk along the way.

Part 2

Jumping Off the Cliff

We highlight Paul Melrose, co-founder of Compotech, Inc., as a good example of the path from University of Maine researcher to spinoff entrepreneur -- and how his path has created good odds for success.

Part 3

Jumping Off the Cliff

We continue our exploration of different paths to entrepreneurship, and how in each case entrepreneurs weigh risk.  Today we'll hear how Keven Higgins went from hobbyist to startup -- establishing Higgins Fabrication, a custom fine wood furniture maker with sales across the U.S.

Part 1

Through The Valley Of Death

Hosts Jason Harkins and Lisa Liberatore follow the 5-year, up-and-down but persistent path Chuck Carter, founder of Eagre Games, has followed from conception of his video game enterprise to readying his first game, ZED, for publication. Learn more about Eagre Games and Zed at www.eagregames.com and on Facebook.

Part 2

Through The Valley Of Death

In this episode of Good Odds, we hear from Spencer Wood, founder of Tip Whip, a mobile ride-share platform for college campuses.  Our hosts Jason Harkins and Lisa Liberatore reflect with Spencer on the multiple "valleys of death" a startup business often must navigate, and how Spencer has persisted through them.

Part 3

Through The Valley Of Death

Hosts Jason Harkins and Lisa Liberatore follow the 5-year, up-and-down but persistent path Chuck Carter, founder of Eagre Games, has followed from conception of his video game enterprise to readying his first game, ZED, for publication. Learn more about Eagre Games and Zed at www.eagregames.com and on Facebook.

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