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10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Mo Seetubtim

Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. But if you feel it in your blood and feel an itch to start your own thing, you must do it.

Empower Your Youth, Solve Your Ills: Cultivating Innovation in the 21st Century with IBM

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Maya Horgan

For developing nations in particular, opportunity lies in the minds of its inhabitants. Most importantly, youth inhabitants.

Should All Businesses Have Trusted Advisors?

Jennifer Love | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Jennifer Love

The truth is, our peers, friends, family and staff can provide helpful insight, and you don't want to discount the importance of their advice. But, you also want to seek out formal trusted advisors who have a deep understanding of your business, along with the wisdom you need to compensate for your blind spots.

Startup Insider: Cherubic Ventures Partner Tina Cheng and the Rising Taiwan Startup Scene

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Today, we're featuring Tina Cheng from Cherubic Ventures. Tina had worked in Silicon Valley tech giants Yahoo and CISCO before deciding to return to her home country Taiwan to become an entrepreneur.

Notes From a Serial Entrepreneur: 5 Things That Are Easier the Second Time Around

Miles Beckett | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Miles Beckett

Frank Sinatra, one of my all-time favorites, crooned "love is more comfortable the second time you fall." When it comes to companies, I definitely agree.

Startup Insider: The Story Behind Stock Trading App Robinhood and Its One Million-Person Waitlist

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

For Robinhood founders Baiju Bhatt and Vladimir Tenev, the 2008 financial crisis, followed by the Occupy Wall Street movement, were a source of inspiration to create Robinhood, a mobile first zero-commission stock brokerage app.

The One-on-One Meeting: An Essential Tool for All Startup Founders

Adam Greenwald | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Adam Greenwald

If your one-on-one meetings end on a sour note, you and your direct reports will be leaving your meeting room with negative vibes that will infect everyone else before the day ends.

The Brutality of Reality

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

A startup is about daring market and technology positioning followed by exquisite execution. Since even a bat can position itself, the part of the game one can control becomes all about the execution. Founders agree that design is the key to successful execution, and they proclaim that design contributed more than 70 percent to their success.

Striking the Right Balance: From Manager to CEO

Women’s iLab | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Women’s iLab

CEOs of early stage startups typically do not have the luxury of hiring a manager and are thus tasked with overseeing work product and daily operations themselves. So, how does one manage and lead at the same time?

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From John Legend

Rob Kornblum | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Rob Kornblum

John Legend has won nine Grammy Awards, as well as Soul Train Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. He's one of the most successful singers of our generation. But you didn't see his struggle to get there.

The One Trait That Ruins an Entrepreneur

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

While there are just as many reasons for a startup's failure as for its success, I do believe that there is one trait that, if given room to grow, will ruin an entrepreneur.

Young and Entrepreneurial: Former YCombinator Hustler Pulak Mittal Shares His Startup Journey From PennApps to Clever

David Ongchoco | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world, whether it's...

Top 50 Non-Technical Founders in Technology

Blake McCammon | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Blake McCammon

Whether you're the VP of Finance at a major bank, or you're a student; if you have a dream, determination, and passion you too can start a business and build a tech product without having any knowledge of code.

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.

Founder Leadership Models

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

If you can navigate a leadership model that keeps the founder involved and engaged in the business as it scales, it meaningfully improves your odds that startup magic will happen.

Female Founders Take On the Startup World

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

There was some really good advice coming outta the hashtag #FemaleFounders, so my team and I put together a Storify to put some of our favorites in one place (folks, it was really tough to only choose a few).

The School of the Heartist -- Days of Founding a New School

Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist

It was time for me to speak more directly than I could with paintings -- to speak with living people -- in particular, those for whom creativity is a strong impulse that is sometimes problematic.

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.

How We Are Clicking Away Our Constitutional Rights

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

You may assume that some evidence of lawlessness is a prerequisite for a government official getting ahold of a gift-wrapped package containing the digital "you," but the reality is that the law is not there yet.

Scrappy, Dogged and Just the Right Dose of Crazy: What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 01.29.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Abeyta

At a recent Startup Weekend, one of the attendees asked me what I thought were the most important traits for an entrepreneur to posses to be successful.

Reinvent Yourself: Company Founder Secrets on How to Profitably Follow Your Passions

Robert Jordan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Robert Jordan

Many of us feel like we are stuck on a path we can't change. Maybe it's the time already invested or fear that making a change could actually be a worse mistake. But the majority of successful entrepreneurs and professionals make a leap into uncharted territory.

5 Midwest Cities on the Entrepreneurial Rise

Matt Hunckler | Posted 10.01.2014 | Small Business
Matt Hunckler

Think Silicon Valley is the only place to launch a successful tech startup? Maybe you haven't visited some of the growing cities in the so-called ...

No, The Founders Were Not Tea Partiers

New York Magazine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

A longstanding conceit of conservative thought, which has returned with new force during the Obama years, is that conservatism is the authentic heir t...

Startup Honeymooners

Aileen Gemma Smith | Posted 10.07.2014 | Small Business
Aileen Gemma Smith

We're not Ralph and Alice. We are married founders who spend a lot of time together. The banter is generally good and we work seven days. We are friends who respect each other and share the same values.

Are You Starting a Business for All the Wrong Reasons?

Jeffrey Lyon | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Lyon

If you're reading this article, chances are you have some sort of connection to the entrepreneur community. Maybe, just maybe, you're even an entrepreneur yourself, aspiring or established. If that's the case, here's something to consider: Why are you starting your business?