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Stardust Meetup - Upstate New York

  • The Green Earth Health Market 4 Market St Oneonta, NY USA (map)




Come upstate to enjoy fall colors and treats of the season (maple cream, apples, cheddar cheese) and join us to get inspired, to celebrate, and to get involved with The Stardust-Startup Factory! 

  • Be part of this unique "think tank"
  • Learn about The Stardust-Startup Factory's commitment to emerging entrepreneurs working in the areas of sustainability, mental and physical health, and learning
  • Lend your expertise to identify startup communities (actual or virtual) that would resonate with a Stardust Give First foundation approach
  • Help us find entrepreneurs who are drawn to and interested in the Stardust cause and want their money to be leveraged as Stardust micro-grants

Purpose: To discover ways for The Stardust-Startup Factory to support the Give First business philosophy.


  1. Introduce Stardust as a foundation that businesses and entrepreneurs can use as a platform for Giving First.
  2. Brainstorm a strategy for designing and implementing a Stardust  “makerspace” for entrepreneurs to have a place (i.e., as mentors and coaches for micro-grant recipients, as Stardust financial supporters) on our virtual factory floor.
  3. Identify possible communities to approach with The Stardust-Startup Factory opportunity.

Check out our SlideShare presentation The Stardust-Startup Factory: We Move Ideas! for an Executive Summary of our work.



“I believe there’s a tie between helping others and transforming grief to purpose that not only drives business success but also gives meaning to our work.

— Laura Jean Palmer-Moloney (from correspondence with Brad Feld, 17 Aug 2017)


On 16 August, Jean (Stardust co-creator) read Brad Feld's blog “Book: Option B”.  She found it inspirational to see people like Brad openly discussing life and death and mortality in the context of giving as a new philosophy for business.  

Angus Moloney—newly minted entrepreneur, explorer, ingenious creator, great dancer, and lovable human being--could see beyond the stars. On Saturday, 26 September 2015, when he passed away as a result of injuries sustained after a fall while hiking in Chautauqua Park near Boulder, CO, he was determined to change the world, to make it a better place. Always thinking outside the box, he pushed others to think beyond "normal."

The Stardust-Startup Factory was created because those close to Angus were determined to find a way to maintain and to grow his contribution to this world.  

Thanks to all who help us achieve this goal!

Earlier Event: September 28
The Stardust-Startup Factory's Birthday
Later Event: October 15
Stardust Meetup - Montreal