Q&AOlder brother Jeff,
right, is the “big
idea” guy; younger
Rich finesses the
dreams into reality.
with Jeff and Rich Sloan
SAN TA FABIO
By Tim Talevich
RICH AND JEFF SLOAN RECENTLY took time
from their busy schedules for a phone interview
with The Connection from their Michigan office.
Here, they talk about StartupNation, what motivates them and the future.
The Connection: Hey, are you guys out on
the golf course right now?
Jeff: Well, it is a beautiful day, but no, I’m right
here in my office working away.
Rich: Unfortunately, he’s 18 feet away from me
at his desk.
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Jeff: Right. Unfortunately for me.
The Connection: You’ve worked to develop
a community section on the StartupNation Web
site. Explain how that works.
Rich: The forums are very rich with peer-to-peer assistance, advice and commentary. Our dream
with StartupNation initially was to take all the wisdom that we had accumulated and share it with as
many people as possible. But along the way we had
an epiphany and realized that the bigger opportunity is simply to complement that with people being
able to help each other. And it is happening.