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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.

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

Entrepreneurshi#!

Jon Vaughn | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Jon Vaughn

I called a friend. He said, "Pick five scenarios that you think MIGHT happen at this investor presentation, write them down and get it out of your head." It reminded me of the chorus to The Cranberries' "Zombie." I've been here before, I'll keep fighting.

All Monetization, No 'Ums' at Orange County's Startup Weekend

Andre Bourque | Posted 03.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Andre Bourque

Five teams competed in Orange County this past weekend. Particularly notable in this Southern California version of a San Francisco hackathon was a focus on product viability. Teams were here to build a product to sell, not merely to produce an idea without a market.

Your Last Chance to Optimize Your Startup's Site for Mobile

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.30.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Believe it or not, it doesn't take much to make your site responsive.

You Got the Job -- Now Here's What to Expect

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

If your first full-time job is locked down by the time you cross the stage on college graduation day, you're probably feeling a mix of excitement and relief. But looking back on the past four years doesn't usually come without a hint of anxiety for the future: Entering the working world means you'll no longer be a big fish in a small campus pond.

Perfecting Your One Sentence Pitch

Kevin Siskar | Posted 03.28.2015 | Small Business
Kevin Siskar

When you pitch, you need to grab the listener's attention quickly, and communicate all of the core elements of your idea in a clear and concise manner. In order to do this, the Founder Institute recommends using the simple one-sentence pitch format described below.

A Company for Today? Honestly.

Jon Bird | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
Jon Bird

Like many start-ups, the genesis of The Honest Co. was in fulfilling an unmet need. As a new Mom, Jessica Alba developed an allergic reaction to baby laundry detergent, and quickly established that there was a dearth of eco-friendly products available in the market.

Young and Entrepreneurial: 25-Year-Old Tip'd Off CEO Akshay Oberai -- Building a Social Network for Wall Street

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
David Ongchoco

Entrepreneurship runs in the blood of Akshay. His father was a Silicon Valley tech veteran who encouraged Akshay to intern in startups early on starting at 14 years old.

Roadmap to Leaving your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business: 1 year after launch (Part 6 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Your business is either growing or dying. The truth is that you need to proactively grow your business. Increase in sales today does not equate to growth in future. You must have a clear strategy and plan for both short and long-term. There is no such thing as ticking along.

6 Things Mentally Strong Entrepreneurs Don't Do

Erica Nicole | Posted 03.25.2015 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Mentally strong entrepreneurs make a decision to avoid pitfalls that can keep them from reaching their full entrepreneurial potential.

5 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer When Meeting With These 2 Investors

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

John Rampton and Murray Newlands are not only interested in investing, but in providing start-ups with the right kind of support and insight they need to find success.

Silicon Valley, Please Don't Forget the Rest of America

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Andrew_Yang

You're more than economic actors -- you're cultural carriers. You exhale the essence of Silicon Valley each day. You have seen what's possible and made it happen. Simply meeting you and talking to you will open our minds.

An Afternoon With Peter Thiel

Patrick Daniel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Patrick Daniel

Thiel's concept of the definite optimist. It is not enough to be an optimist. You need to think about the future in a definite manner. That does not mean that everything you plan will work out. It is easier said than done. But being a definite optimist is the first step to be in control of your destiny.

The Daily Innovator(sm): The Right Ways to Measure Innovation

Amy Radin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Amy Radin

There is no fixed innovation metric suited to all companies, all industries and all audiences. The calculus used by startups versus established companies will probably be different. Each stage of an innovation's lifecycle may require different measures.

Conversion Rate Optimization 101: How To Convert When You've Never Converted Before

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

High traffic numbers might look great in Google Analytics, but if that traffic isn't making purchases or contacting you directly, you won't be making any money.

The Number One Thing Every (Young) Entrepreneur Should Do First

Verne Harnish | Posted 03.20.2015 | Small Business
Verne Harnish

Should you work in the corporate trenches for 20 years? Of course not. Once you've put in a year or two at a big company, you'll have learned what you need to know and picked up a valuable calling card. It's like going to Harvard. You've gotten your ticket punched.

Young and Entrepreneurial: How a Random Email Led Undecided Cornell English Major Molly Johnson to High-Growth Education Startup Piazza

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
David Ongchoco

Piazza is an education platform startup that is quickly becoming a staple for university students. Using the Piazza platform, students get to ask questions and have them answered by fellow students, TAs and Professors.

SXSW Health and MedTech: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Erin Sharoni | Posted 03.19.2015 | Technology
Erin Sharoni

Like an increasingly gnarly chia pet, SXSW has exploded in scope at an exponential pace. The massive set of film, music and interactive technology conferences have taken over the city of Austin each year since 1987, so it should come as no surprise that in 2015 yet another joined the fray: the Health & MedTech Expo.

Coworking 2.0: Collaboration Meets Privacy in the Workplace

Frank Chalupa | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Frank Chalupa

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the cubicle, and while few people dispute the impact this workplace wonder has had on office design and culture, most agree that cubicles have come to symbolize the old way of doing business.

The Single Biggest Reason Why the U.S. Economy Is Still Bad Despite a 5.5% Unemployment Rate!

Ebong Eka | Posted 03.18.2015 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

Is the economy really getting better for most Americans? It depends who you ask - the unemployed and underpaid would obviously disagree with that question.

9 Reasons Silicon Valley Should Move to Chicago

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 03.18.2015 | Technology
Janet Tavakoli

Are you tired of living in Silicon Valley's tech bubble? Do you want to be part of a growing startup-friendly tech hub? Come to Chicago! Here are nine more reasons to make the move.

Startup Seed Funding for the Rest of Us

Michael Flores | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Michael Flores

When you set out to raise money, you think you're doing it based on the strength of your ideas, but most investors are looking equally if not mostly at the team.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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.

Going Against the Flow: Mikkel Svane, CEO and Cofounder of Zendesk

Charu Sharma | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Entrepreneurship means embarking on a journey that you believe in and are willing to devote yourself to. It means working hard to find that "luck" everyone thinks is out there, and looking in unexpected places for your opportunity.