Mikal E. Belicove

Mikal E. Belicove is a magazine columnist, book author, and blogger who writes about about the intersection of high-tech and entrepreneurship. Mikal serves on South by Southwest’s (SXSW) Accelerator Advisory Board, develops handcrafted marketing communications campaigns for a select group of companies and brands, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Keystone College (La Plume, Penn.). For more information, visit https://www.MikalBelicove.com.  

How an Ex-Con Went from Inmate to Entrepreneur

By Mikal E. Belicove | June 28, 2015

Nineteen-year-old Frederick Hutson had a thriving business in 2003. The young entrepreneur took delivery of kilos of marijuana from a drug cartel in Nogales, Mexico, at a mailbox store he owned in Las Vegas and then repackaged and shipped it to contacts in Florida. There, his accomplices distributed the pot and sent cash back to…

Exhibiting at a Trade Show?

By Mikal E. Belicove | June 13, 2014

You’re heading to your first trade show and just know you’ll make a killing from your exhibit in that one weekend. Why not? You’ve got a great attitude, you’re marketing the best product in your industry, and you’re the master of your 10-by-10-foot exhibit-floor realm. But Jeff Overall, founder and CEO of Polar Pro Filters,…

How 1-800-Flowers Sprouted Success

By Mikal E. Belicove | May 12, 2014

How did a florist from Queens, N.Y., with a few flower shops come up with the now patently obvious idea to use a toll-free vanity phone number and the web to sell flowers? And then how did he manage to make a $7 million error in judgment, only to still land at the top of…

How to Make the Most of Trade Shows

By Mikal E. Belicove | May 8, 2014

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on the giant Consumer Electronics Show each year, says the key value of exhibiting at trade shows lies in face-to-face business interactions. He gives these tips for making the most of shows: 1. Invest money and time in pre-show promotion. 2. Arrange appointments…

Is Coding the New Kids’ Football?

By Mikal E. Belicove | February 4, 2014

To hear Ethan Duggan tell it, his sojourn into the high-tech world of app development began last year when his mom came home from a shopping spree laden with dozens of new dresses, skirts and tops. “She kept asking me how she looked,” recalls Ethan, a seventh-grader at Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson, Nev.,…