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Why Accelerators Are the Best Way to Grow Your Startup

Sunnie Groeneveld | Posted 02.10.2016 | Technology
Sunnie Groeneveld

What do Airbnb, Dropbox, Reddit, Heroku, and Stripe all have in common? They all started at the world's best startup accelerator, Y Combinator. Founde...

Self-Management Trumps Passion in Design-Driven Startup Performance

Soren Petersen | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

Although all startup founders of design driven startups are passionate - still ninety-two percent of them will fail within three years, according to...

Going Against the Flow: Lynn Vojvodich, CMO of Salesforce

Charu Sharma | Posted 02.09.2016 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Lynn Vojvodich is the Executive VP and CMO of Salesforce.com. Previously, she was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she worked with portfolio companies on their go-to-market strategy and with Forbes Global 2000 CIOs and CMOs on their innovation agenda.

Was the U.S. Founded as a Christian Nation? "Not in Any Sense," According to the Founders

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

An American presidential election season brings an increase in the assertions that the United States was founded as a Christian Nation. Such statemen...

"That Killer Instinct"

Joan Gelfand | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Joan Gelfand

Inspired by a stellar review in the New Yorker of David O. Russell's new movie, "Joy," I headed out for the theater. The script, the New Yorker's (unnamed) film critic reported, "captures the magical moment when Joy's private inspiration finds public expression," and, "the core of the film is Joy's mastery of the killer instinct and her deft plotting of bold confrontations." My kind of flick.

Startup Insider: How Splunk CEO Michael Baum Exited 6 Different Companies Over 25 Years

David Ongchoco | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
David Ongchoco

Not many entrepreneurs can say that they've made it to the billion-dollar startup club. For serial entrepreneur and investor Michael Baum, it's been a long 25-year journey that he hasn't really looked back upon.

7 People Mistakes Founders Make

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

While every executive will have their own approach based on their education, experience, fears and aspirations, they should build people up and put the business ahead of their own desires. But too often, that is not the case.

Welcome to 2016: Move Over Millennials, Here Come the Founders

Michael Kempner | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Michael Kempner

In recent years, PR firms have devoted considerable resources to crafting communications campaigns targeted at the all-important "Millennials" age bra...

Going Against the Flow: Chuck Cohn, Founder & CEO of Varsity Tutors

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.26.2015 | Business
Charu Sharma

Chuck Cohn founded Varsity Tutors in 2007 at Washington University in St. Louis. Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.

The Creative Founder: Their Role and Purpose in a Tech Startup

Stephanie Ciccarelli | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Stephanie Ciccarelli

The next time you begin to doubt yourself or your role in business as a creative, think back to all that you've done to help shape the brand, the company's culture and how it is perceived, all the while remembering that you are equally important and equally necessary to its success.

One Millennial's Take on the New Generational Divide

Zara Khan | Posted 12.11.2015 | College
Zara Khan

Through a nationwide survey, anyone born after December 2000 was invited to suggest and choose from names including the Navigators, the Builders, and the Bridge Generation. The whole affair left me feeling... pretty strange.

Some Like It Hot (and Some Iced): Tips on Start-Up Mentorship and Success From Recon Strategy

Svetlana Dotsenko | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Svetlana Dotsenko

We met near the MIT campus during a hot summer day in Boston, when the sun turns on the heat to compensate for all of the winter lows. Nikhil ordered his iced coffee, and I started with a broad question about how to define start-up strategy.

Why I Mentor

Jeff Wald | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Jeff Wald

A startup founder recently asked me a simple, yet startling, question during our monthly meetings. We have been working together for nearly two years,...

The Very Best Beer for the Fall Season

Brendon O'Brien | Posted 10.26.2015 | Taste
Brendon O'Brien

Sneaking in the last chance to use the grill, or early evening bonfires with friends, or even raking leaves, all provide a wonderful backdrop for beer that captures the essence of the season.

Sharpening the Saw: How to Take Time Off Without Losing Momentum (Or Your Mind)

Nathan Chan | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Nathan Chan

Here's how you can take a vacation, never allow your business to miss a beat, actually enjoy yourself, and come back with the energy and insight you need to crush it.

Startup Founders, Cut Your Salaries in Half

Max Yoder | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

You shouldn't take even close to the market value of your salary, no matter the size of the seed round. Here's why.

5 Ways To Overcome Self-Sabotaging Tendencies

Shauna Mackenzie | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Shauna Mackenzie

Eventually, you're going to have to make the leap. It's better to do it quick, like ripping a band aid. It is my personal belief that people are rewarded when they take the risk to put themselves out there. Blind faith comes with the territory of being an entrepreneur.

Two Problems With Pro-Life Politics

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It injures our politics for one large group of Americans to regard another large group of Americans as bad people. But more than that unfortunate cost, this moral judgment is demonstrably false.

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.