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Starting Over and Starting Up with Thrive

Jennifer Taormina | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Jennifer Taormina

7%. What does that number represent? It represents the percentage of investor money given to women-led startups.* I want to put a spin on this stor...

Storytelling -- Beyond the Buzz

Donna Griffit | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

Storytelling - it seems to be one of the hottest buzz words today. Everyone is saying that you must know how to be a good storyteller - but does anyone really know what that means?

Should Your Startup Take Investor Money?

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Accepting investment money is a lot like getting married: you had better be prepared to live with each other for years, be ready to make their priorities your priorities and, most of all, respect their opinion and input.

10 Reasons for Joining the New Startup Wave Now

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Since the recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I'm seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before. I believe the days of the "job work" mentality are thankfully waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

The 1 Thing You Should Have Before Asking for Investment

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Investors are looking for what is called: skin in the game. They want to make sure that you have invested your own time and money into the company before they do. Investors want to know that you have something to lose.

Looking Forward to the Real Silicon Valley

Sramana Mitra | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Sramana Mitra

Typically, in Silicon Valley, when bubbles burst, the gold diggers go away. The REAL entrepreneurs continue to work. Silicon Valley's sustainability rests on the wings of those REAL entrepreneurs.

3 Investor Pitches Every Startup Founder Must Master

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

The investor pitch is one of the most important aspects of any business. If you cannot tell people what your solution is and why it matters you are done before you start.

Young and Entrepreneurial: Lessons Tip'd Off CEO Akshay Oberai Learned From A Successful Exit

David Ongchoco | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

We caught up with Akshay on what he learned from his Tip'd Off journey, from the day he started it to the day it got acquired. While admittedly, it was a very hard decision for Akshay and his cofounders to sell Tip'd Off. They just couldn't let go of this opportunity of a successful exit, with their investors and employees in mind as well.

Startup Founder Families Lie!

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Dear Professor Investor, I have an idea for a product and my friends and family tell me it is a great idea, but how do I know they aren't simply being nice? Shelly from Sutton.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Digital Youth Summit Inspires Youth to Lead Tech Revolution in Peshawar

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

On a sunny Thursday earlier this month in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the fifth largest city in Pakistan, the energy at the venue of the Digital Youth Summit 2015 was palpable from the beginning.

Go East, Young Man -- Why Hong Kong is the Silicon Valley of the East

April Rudin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Foreign cultures can often seem impenetrable, particularly in Asia. As an American who has frequently traveled to the East, I find that not to be be true. Particularly, in Hong Kong.

This Woman Is an Impact Angel (and Sharp Investor)

David Bank | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
David Bank

The February ribbon-cutting for Gigawatt Global's new $24 million solar field in Rwanda was an impact investment showcase. More than 28,000 solar panels, arranged in the shape of the African continent, added six percent to the entire country's electricity production.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Hank Hanna

Know what your cost of customer acquisition is and show investors how you can successfully grow you revenue regardless of raising capital. And don't use the term "conservatively" when estimating a value that is obviously and grossly overblown.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

Mark Cuban | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Mark Cuban

Why is this bubble far worse than the tech bubble of 2000? Because the only thing worse than a market with collapsing valuations is a market with no valuations and no liquidity.

Advice for Startups from Top Female Angel Investors

Hank Hanna | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Hank Hanna

I'm not here to stir up controversy so I won't go into the fact that recent studies have shown that women investors have out-performed their male counterparts by a decent margin over the past few years.

Business Plans: Mapping Your Road to Success

Nina B. Ries | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

When I work with startups, I am invariably asked whether they "really need to bother with a business plan." Small businesses owners pose the same question.

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 03.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

Shark Tank Contestants Share Their Top Lessons Learned

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Jeff Steinmann

I asked former Shark Tank contestants to share their biggest lessons, they generously agreed and candidly shared these 15 valuable business lessons learned from bravely putting their businesses in front of "the sharks."

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my f...

11 Slides You Need to Sell Your Vision

Lili Balfour | Posted 12.27.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Delivering a compelling pitch is Step 0 in building your company. Whether you are pitching to a customer, an investor, or a potential hire, you need t...

Innovation Earth: The Next Green Tech Town

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

More than 300,000 people may have marched in Manhattan last month for a worldwide climate call-to-arms, but evidently we can't even get it together at...

Honing in on Innovation in Princeton: Tiger Labs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Steve Mariotti

Bert Navarrette skydives (regularly), rides mountain bikes, runs companies, and has four children. you might think that keeps him busy enough. But you'd be wrong.