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How to Save Money and Get Free Stuff as a Bootstrapping Entrepreneur

Neil Patel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Neil Patel

It sounds a bit scrappy, desperate, and untraditional -- get free stuff? Yet, if you're a bootstrapping entrepreneur, you know exactly what I'm ta...

Thinking About Starting a Business in College?

Andrew_Yang | Posted 10.20.2015 | College

The principles of running a business - delivering a service, getting the word out, managing people - are universal. Don't sweat the big picture. Embrace the real opportunities in front of you. They may lead to surprising places.

Day 4 -- Building the Website #7DayStartup

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

Another early start today at around 5am. It was a really cold night (4 degrees!) under canvas so I didn't sleep well at all. It probably doesn't help ...

Day 5 -- The Marketing Plan #7DayStartup

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

On to day 5 which is all about marketing plans, a long 4.5 hour drive, and starting to actually code the product. Staying in the comfort of a B&B, I w...

Can You Build a Business in 7 Days? From a Tent; Travelling Around Scotland...

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

Over the next week. I'll be going through the whole process to build a business in a week. This process starts with generating business ideas on day 1 (today, Saturday 15th August 2015) and ends (the initial 7 day process at least) with the product launch on Friday. Exciting stuff!

6 of the Best Reasons for Declining Investor Funding

Marty Zwilling | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

In reality, when you take someone else's money, your job as an entrepreneur gets even tougher and riskier than before. I've seen many startups that might well have succeeded, if only they had not attracted all the money they wanted.

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.

5 Tips for Bootstrapping Your New Business

Daniel Scalco | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Daniel Scalco

If investors aren't knocking on your door, putting your money where your mouth is may be the only way to get your business up and running.

Bootstrapping A Venture Capital Fund

Jon Gosier | Posted 02.18.2015 | Small Business
Jon Gosier

With a fund we could collectively share the risk of investing and the burdens of legal compliance, the costs, and the necessary due diligence. We could also leverage more capital than any one of us could on our own.

Predicting the Success of Design Driven Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 02.12.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Of course, there is much more to a startups success than market, technology and design execution, including team dynamics, the competitive field, surrounding ecosystem and the intellectual property conditions.

Have a Hot Food Company? Here Are Few Tips on Finding the Right Financing

Gary Groff | Posted 01.18.2015 | Small Business
Gary Groff

A lot of businesses think they need to bring in equity investors as soon as possible. Every business is different, but building your customer base and revenue stream is going to help you get a better equity deal.

Paycheck Financing: A Great Way to Bootstrap Your Startup

Sramana Mitra | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

I would go so far as to say that most aspiring entrepreneurs ought to start their entrepreneurial journey while sitting inside a corporate umbrella. Especially for technical people, it allows for the enhancing of their technical skills, while also developing the bricks needed to build a venture.

May 10,000 Cloud Startups Bloom

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.10.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The cloud services market has fueled a boom of immensely successful startups, most of which have raised millions in venture funding. Take analytic...

Unicorn Company: Tableau Software

Sramana Mitra | Posted 08.11.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last November, Aileen Lee wrote a post on Techcrunch titled Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups. In it, she offered a l...

Trend Spotting: Entrepreneurship Inside Corporations

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

There is a real trend developing right now of corporations becoming crucibles of innovation and entrepreneurship in a systematic way. In this post, I ...

Funding Your Small Business: Bootstrapping vs. Venture Capitalists

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.03.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

If you want to keep near-complete control of your business and can make the decisions necessary to keep a business afloat when it's tight, then it may be best to simply make do with what you have.

Early Stage Funding? More Like Fun-'dying'

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 06.08.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

I started my company a few months ago and I have always been on guard for potential funding that would help me grow it faster. At the very early stage...

10 Tips to Look Great on a Budget for Female Entrepreneurs

Blake Landau | Posted 05.18.2013 | Style
Blake Landau

Whether you are a man or a woman--if you work for yourself every time you go to a networking event you are representing your brand. Fortunately for some and unfortunately for others first impressions matter.

Six Tips for Navigating Your Startup Through the First Two Years

Zach Cutler | Posted 01.28.2013 | Small Business
Zach Cutler

Indeed, surviving as a new firm is far from guaranteed, no matter how good your product or service. By following some of these tips from our experience, hopefully your business will not only survive, but flourish.

Five 1M/1M Ambassadors Win Scholarships

Sramana Mitra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During last week's roundtable, we started the session by celebrating five of our high performing ambassadors.

Attention, FinTech Entrepreneurs!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.24.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.

Spotlight on Western Massachusetts

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.16.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Western Massachusetts, spanning the Northampton-Amherst area and the home of Smith College (my undergraduate alma mater), Amherst College, UMass, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire College.

The Challenge Of Navigating Long Sales Cycles

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we had five presenters discussing a wide range of businesses.

Using Social Media Networking to Get Media Attention for Your Startup

Hulya Aksu | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business
Hulya Aksu

Founders and CEOs of startups don't need to spend a fortune on a public relations firm or marketing companies when they are perfectly capable of doing a great job on their own.

Free Apps, Ad-Supported Business Models are Dangerous!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At today's roundtable, the last for 2011, we had four different countries represented and an intense set of discussions on five very interesting busin...