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12 Small Business Tools for Smooth Sailing in 2015

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 01.25.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

The big news were, of course, LinkedIn Pulse going public, allowing the millions of networks users to express their voices freely, connect with each other, and learn from each other.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Business Plans: Mapping Your Road to Success

Nina B. Ries | Posted 01.21.2015 | 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.

It's About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms.

Why Not All Private Unicorns Will Become Public Unicorns

Sramana Mitra | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

We're in yet another tech bubble led by Silicon Valley's marvelous froth machine. However, this time, the bubble is constrained to two parts of the market, and thankfully, both are private.

Making Wisdom a Permanent Resident in Your Business Brain

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

Each one of us draws good lessons or teachings of life from experiences which hopefully we apply in our everyday life decisions and actions.

8 Startup Tips from Student Entrepreneur and Investor Christopher Gray

David Ongchoco | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

I recently got to interview Drexel University Senior, former Dorm Room Fund partner and Scholly Founder Christopher Gray who has been featured in mult...

How to Build Your Startup's Online Community and Why That Matters

Ilina Dimitrova | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
Ilina Dimitrova

Building online brand communities that allow customers to engage, share their feedback, ask questions, and establish real touch points with the business can help startups overcome marketing fatigue. Here are some universal tenets of effective community building.

3 Analytics Reports To Measure The Health Of Your Campaign

Jose Vasquez | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Regularly checking these three Google Analytics reports can give you an accurate pulse on the overall health of your inbound marketing campaign.

Successfully Crowdfunding of Design Driven Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design Driven Startups are ideal for attracting funding on crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. However, competition for funds is fierce and only the top percentile receives significant funding.

7 Admirable Start-ups That Are Driving Social Change

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Vivek Wadhwa

A standing joke in Silicon Valley is that the smartest people go into online advertising, virtual currency, or dumb online games. Fortunately, there are many tech start-ups that are solving real problems -- and many entrepreneurs who care.

Takeaways From Serial Entrepreneur Jen Groover's Talk on Innovation and Perception

David Ongchoco | Posted 01.16.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

Last semester, I got the chance to listen to one of the best talks I've heard on campus during the launch of the PennVention Innovation Competition. A few days back, I got to listen to the recording I took and the talk was just so inspiring and energizing.

How a Business Is Like an Airplane

Quora | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Quora

I am often asked the question, "What does it feel like to start your own company?" I often answer: "It feels like you're jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down."

Last Business Standing: 5 Truths About Startup Failure That Will Shock You

Erica Nicole | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Studies have shown time and time again that there are a variety of reasons why small businesses fail. But some reasons are less obvious than others. Here's a look at four of five common reasons startups fail; reasons that are rarely discussed:

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

Killer Career Advice From 16 Beyond-Inspiring Women

One Kings Lane | Posted 01.13.2015 | HuffPost Home
One Kings Lane

In the spirit of new year, new you, we asked 16 fab women -- from HGTV's Emily Henderson to bag designer Clare Vivier -- for their best piece of career advice. Here are their answers.

Why 2014 Was a Groundbreaking Year in Digital Health

Rosina Samadani | Posted 01.13.2015 | Technology
Rosina Samadani

What do we need in health care? Fewer people who get ill in the first place. When they do, they should receive better care, tailored to who they are and the specifics of their disease, delivered at a lower cost. The challenges notwithstanding, we moved a step closer to this fantastic vision for health care in 2014.

Bootstrapped Unicorns

Sramana Mitra | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

If you analyze this case study, what strikes you is that Sridhar's first business idea was not fundable. He bootstrapped it by selling to customers as early as he could. He grew the business organically, with revenue and profits, not outside capital.

The Power of Personal Storytelling in Design and Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Successful leaders need also to be excellent storytellers, for if they do not successfully tell their own story and control the narrative, then the press, their costumers or their competitors surely will.

Why Your Resume Skills Won't Necessarily Make You Successful

Yina Sun | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
Yina Sun

But truly to lead, while keeping a team together, means more than those skills; it means being able to motivate each other when everyone is feeling discouraged, being able to unite the team when everyone hates each other, and being able to influence others instead of pushing onto them.

27 Reasons to Start a Business in 2015

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

The economy is changing. Jobs are not as secure as they once were. Software and globalization has made it significantly easier and cheaper to start a business. Here are the biggest reasons why 2015 can be the year you take the leap.

How to Get Journalists to Write About Your Startup

Lee Schneider | Posted 01.07.2015 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

We call it outreach. It's the art of getting in touch, usually by email, with bloggers and journalists, and then asking them to write about your startup.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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 12.25.2014 | 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.

Knowing When to Shut it Down and Walk Away

Lydia Loizides | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Lydia Loizides

am not going to lie, the decision to step away was hard. Should we program the Tweets and Facebook posts while we are out? How do we handle customer support? What will our Advisors say?