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Fifty Shades of White: Raising Equity from the Public by Start-ups

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

Arming the mid-size companies with a new funding channel might trigger the valuations hike further, imposing the notorious "bubble" the VCs like to talk about. Don't underestimate the power of billboards or TV commercials with investment offerings.

The Recipe for Creating a Silicon Valley

Richard Moran | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Richard Moran

Every region wants to create another Silicon Valley. It's not only the prestige -- it's the jobs, the wealth creation, the excitement of innovation, the ripple effect on businesses nearby and most importantly, the future.

4 Ways to Avoid Common Start-up Mistakes

Ian Mills | Posted 02.23.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Do not fall into the trap of thinking you can do it all. Running a business requires a variety of skills and experience, and a savvy entrepreneur will build their team to balance their own weaknesses. Make sure your core team includes people who bring something to the table.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Alex Pirouz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Start-ups face an uphill battle--from financing, to hiring, to distinguishing themselves from the vast crowds of competitors fighting for market share and publicity. The potential rewards might be great, but there's a lot to navigate between here and there.

How Traveling Helps You Succeed in Business

Paige Brown | Posted 02.05.2015 | Travel
Paige Brown

Get out from behind your desk and beyond the walls of your organization. Go experience the world, and you'll discover you're more prepared to compete and win in business than before.

Small Businesses Can Reap Benefits From Contracted Working Mothers

Manon DeFelice | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Manon DeFelice

While larger companies are able to avoid such pitfalls by hiring experts and professionals to address knowledge gaps, small businesses rarely have the budget to add full-time salaried employees.

7 EdTech Startups Revolutionizing STEM

Vip Sitaraman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Technology
Vip Sitaraman

What we need are new ideas, which means we need scientists. The key to training the next generation of idea-generators is an education in hands-on, curiosity-intensive STEM education, and the only economically viable source for this: EdTech startups.

5 Keys to Gaining the Edge in the Startup Game

Kira Makagon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Kira Makagon

What makes an aspiring entrepreneur thrive in Silicon Valley? It's a question that those of us who have succeeded here are asked with great frequency.

Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015

Grace McClure | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Grace McClure

We've scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the 'coolest' crowdfunding potential for 2015.

I Decided to Stop. And I Invite You to Join Me.

Narkis Alon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Small Business
Narkis Alon

In the beginning of our journey, we need to convince people that our business exists, has the right to exist and will continue to exist. Continuing our journey, if we scale up, we become so busy with growing our business that we sometimes forget why we're doing it to begin with.

It Takes a Crowd: Transforming Venture Investing

April Rudin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
April Rudin

I believe crowdfunding can transform (and improve!) venture and other "private market" investing in a number of ways.

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.

Words Of Wisdom From Entrepreneurs

Scott MacFarland | Posted 02.23.2015 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Here are 10 things I found to be some of the most important pieces of advice for an entrepreneur. When I walk the start-up path again, I will make sure to have these at the top of my to-do list.

Building the Next Silicon Valley: Your Regulations Are My Opportunity

OpedSpace | Posted 02.04.2015 | Technology
OpedSpace

Combined with sufficient talent and capital, the cities that host pioneering new businesses in their first deployments have every advantage in the world to become home to the Amazon of tomorrow.

Innovation and the Unknown

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Scott MacFarland

It seems that companies are tossing around the innovative word like it's a piece of candy to be chewed on and enjoyed because it tastes so sweet. Maybe some companies can innovate that way and actually benefit from the process. However, I am not quite so sure the innovation process works that way.

How to Do Voice-over Part-Time

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

This is the only way you will honestly stand a chance at becoming a professional. It takes commitment.

Do These 5 Things to Get Great (Free) PR For Your Startup

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

After spending months or even years working around the clock your product or service is ready to hit the market. Regardless of what your startup aims to provide or solve, one thing is consistent -- you need press, and lots of it.

Skate for Cleaner Waves: Patagonia Invests in Recycled Skateboard Startup

Lauren Daley | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Lauren Daley

With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by recycling discarded fishing nets -- which make up 10 percent of the world's ocean pollution -- into skateboard decks.

Occupation: Girl Boss

ZOOM interiors | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
ZOOM interiors

Take that desk of yours and decorate the sh*t out of it until it magically transforms into that corner office. To create the ultimate workspace, start by making it homey and personal with a jolt of energy. Think ambient lighting, warm pops of color and personal touches like artwork.

The 7 Toughest Startup Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 12.29.2014 | Small Business
Kimanzi Constable

Successful entrepreneurs view failure as a momentary set back, not a business-ending event. When you experience failure, realize it's not the end of the world and determine to come back even stronger because of it.

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 1 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Last winter, while talking to one of our designers, Isobel Schofield of Bryr Clogs, it hit me how many of us still sit at our corporate desk jobs dream of creating a life that gives us more freedom and control.

The Daily Lives of Entrepreneurs

Jamil Bouchareb | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Jamil Bouchareb

Co-owning a young catering supply company, Restaurantware in Chicago that's appeared in the Inc 500 for the first time this year, has been one hell of...

How Entrepreneurship Made Me a Better Parent

Sandy Abrams | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Sandy Abrams

The business has taught me so much about life and parenting and it was always a step ahead of my kids so I could apply these business lessons to parenting.

The Double Edged Sword of Start-Up Weekends

Mikaela Reyes | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Mikaela Reyes

After recently joining my first Start-Up weekend, I realized how the "start a company in 54-hours" format wasn't as appealing to me as I thought it wo...

Sell It And They Will Come

Alex Pirouz | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Most young entrepreneurs spend far too much time in the "lab" before ever getting out in the field. Tinkering too long with a prototype, working on their company branding, brochures, logo design or deliberating on patent filings before they have even spoken to one customer.