What Is Regulatory Hacking?

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Evan Burfield

When I wrote my book “Regulatory Hacking: A Playbook for Startups” in 2018 — I grappled with using the term hacking in the title. To those unfamiliar with its origins, hacking can have a negative connotation. It usually elicits thoughts of secretive, expert knowledge used to gain unfair access to something. This stereotype has appeared in too many bad movies...

Innovation Has No Borders

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Evan Burfield

At 1776… When we think of Iraq, we think of Rebeen Pasha, an American citizen who came to the United States in the 1990s as a refugee escaping Saddam Hussein. [caption id="attachment_317" align="alignnone" width="202"] Rebeen Pasha from Iraq[/caption] Rebeen graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a senior advisor to...

100,000 Miles to Find, Fund, & Grow the Best Startups

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Evan Burfield

A wild idea less than three years ago now spans more than 50 cities worldwide to find, fund, & grow the best startups. Two years ago, most big pitch competitions seemed to be all about finding the next great Silicon Valley idea, whether it was having your laundry done for you or sharing a snarky secret about someone. The pitch...

Why Scientists Trump Engineers, or What the Hell Is a Lean Startup Anyway

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Evan Burfield

Within the pantheon of startup buzzwords, there is perhaps no term more dominant than lean startup. It is almost impossible to find a credible startup anywhere in the world that doesn’t describe themselves as lean. I know. I’ve tried. Not only do entrepreneurs use the term lean but they delight in throwing around the jargon of lean startups — words like iterate,...

Regulatory Hacks

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Evan Burfield

Does the startup world need to develop a whole new kind of hack? The answer is yes: regulatory hacks. Just asking this question feels a bit irritating — like something from the next season of Silicon Valley. Startups are already bursting with buzzy jargon. Lean, pivots, seed rounds, elevator pitches… the list is numbing. But startups are beginning to see huge opportunities...