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Young and Entrepreneurial: How College Entrepreneur Eileen Phoan Uses Her Jewelry Business to Tell a Bigger Story

David Ongchoco | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Eileen and Fabian were the Malaysian representatives for the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards held last April in Washington D.C. Their business Left and Right Artisan Handcraft connects people, and captures moments through the form of handmade jewelry pieces that can be bought in their physical store in Malaysia.

4 Ways to Express Your Love for Your Customers

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

It is every entrepreneurs dream to have customers that not only adore the services and products that you offer, but also feel deeply emphatic towards the values of the business, in turn becoming somewhat of ambassadors for your brand.

There's More To The Disruption Brewing In The Tech Industry Than On-Demand Startups

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology

Even if we're living in an increasingly on-demand world, you still have to be able to pay to play. On Thursday, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo...

Digital Youth Summit Inspires Youth to Lead Tech Revolution in Peshawar

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

On a sunny Thursday earlier this month in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the fifth largest city in Pakistan, the energy at the venue of the Digital Youth Summit 2015 was palpable from the beginning.

#Startups: Low-Tech Pitches Rule the High-Tech World

Jason Schmitt | Posted 05.21.2015 | Technology
Jason Schmitt

Regardless of Web 3.0 collective intelligence--and the 128GB smartphone in the pocket--the digital crutches are stripped away as the startup founder takes the stage to tell her startup story and seek venture capital funding.

Start Me Up

Julie Gray | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Julie Gray

For the uninitiated, Start Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle is a bestselling book about the phenomena of start up innovation in Israel. It's a weirdly fascinating read, even for non-techies.

Young & Entrepreneurial: Global Student Entrepreneur Awards High School Winner Yasmeen Haider -- 'Entrepreneurs are Hungry People'

David Ongchoco | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

It's really amazing to see how transformative entrepreneurship can be and the lessons one can learn from starting a business. This was the case for high school student entrepreneur Yasmeen Haider, the founder of Cake Pop Place.

WANTED: The Next Gina Rinehart Or Steve Jobs

Sarah Cannata | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Sarah Cannata

When I was a kid, I remember thinking about what I wanted to become but I never remembered even contemplating that I could start and run my own business.

Organizational Debt Is Like Technical Debt - But Worse

Steve Blank | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

While technical debt is an understood problem, it turns out startups also accrue another kind of debt -- one that can kill the company even quicker -- organizational debt. Organizational debt is all the people/culture compromises made to "just get it done" in the early stages of a startup.

13 Million-Dollar Businesses That Turned Down Shark Tank Deals

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.19.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

Whatever the reason for not getting funding, appearing on Shark Tank hasn't been the end of the road for a number of companies that have persevered and thrived after their shows aired. We rounded up 13 Shark Tank companies that have gone on to bring in millions without the funding and help of a Shark.

Designing a Business, Concept and Ad Campaign in 5 Days

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Pressure does different things to different people -- for some, it helps them to focus and perform, while others simply fall apart.

The Lumping Problem in Startup Funding

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There's no easy solution to this problem, but understanding it can temper the expectations of wildly optimistic new entrepreneurs with misplaced notions that venture capital is ripe for the picking. If you want venture capital these days, you need to prove your worth first--and often, that means sinking or swimming by your own hand and your own finances.

7 Fatal Marketing Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Campaign

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Marketing is an essential part of doing business. Unless you increase your brand's visibility and raise customer awareness, you'll never gain enough momentum to build a recurring stream of revenue. But in order to be successful in marketing, you need to yield a positive ROI, and all too often these seven fatal mistakes get in the way

What Investors Want to See in Startup Business Plans

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There are many things investors want to see in a business plan, and you'll have to cover all of them if you want a chance at success.

The 10 Most Common Startup Marketing Mistakes

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Some marketing mistakes are inevitable, but these all-too-common startup marketing mistakes can be avoided if you know what to look for.

Your Clothes Are Still Made In China But Now They Are Wearables

April Rudin | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
April Rudin

Just like any other trip, I fretted a bit over what to pack, what to wear? After all, Hong Kong is a fashion mecca, shopping destination and everyone is wearing the latest trends. What was everyone wearing this season in Hong Kong? Wearable technology, that's what.

Top 10 Geekiest Cities in America

Donny Gamble | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Donny Gamble

Once upon a time, "geek" was considered a derisive label. The word alone conjured images of suspenders, pocket protectors, and wedgies. But with time, that has changed, as those skills formally relegated to geekdom have proven to be fundamental in a technology-driven economy.

Rise of the Rest: Atlanta Could Catch the Internet's 'Third Wave'

Ross Baird | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Ross Baird

Atlanta has, in my experience, never been the easiest place to be an entrepreneur.

5 Ways to Ignite Rapid Growth in Your Startup

Chirag Kulkarni | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Chirag Kulkarni

Most entrepreneurs fail in what we call the "land of the dead" for startups. This is the place where the company has seen some initial traction, but then is unable to trigger rapid growth.

Why Did Secret Fail?

Quora | Posted 05.14.2015 | Technology
Quora

Secret gained its reputation mostly as a place for Silicon Valley gossip-mongering. This kind of thing can be a passing entertainment, but it failed to transition into something users could form a daily habit around over months and years.

Lessons, Reflections and Realizations After My Freshman Year at the University of Pennsylvania

David Ongchoco | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

A lot of upperclassmen friends warned me that freshman year would fly by quickly, and indeed it has. It seems just like yesterday when I was going through the New Students Orientation week, partying in a toga at the Penn Museum.

Go East, Young Man -- Why Hong Kong is the Silicon Valley of the East

April Rudin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Foreign cultures can often seem impenetrable, particularly in Asia. As an American who has frequently traveled to the East, I find that not to be be true. Particularly, in Hong Kong.

Have Social Anxiety? This Startup Is Working To Help You Beat It

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

In March, a Bay Area-based startup called Joyable launched. Their mission? Helping people overcome their social anxiety. According to the Anxiety ...

How to Avoid Airline Fees

Hopper.com | Posted 05.13.2015 | Travel
Hopper.com

When you're searching for flights it can be tempting to just buy the cheapest ticket. But when the cheapest ticket is from a low-cost carrier like Spirit or Allegiant, it's important to take ancillary fees into account.

Episode 3 on SiriusXM Channel 111: Kathryn Gould, Mar Hershenson, Sophie Lebrecht

Steve Blank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Kathryn Gould is the co-founder of the VC firm, Foundation Capital and the owner of Battle Mountain Vineyard. As one of the first women VC's in Silicon Valley she founded Foundation in 1995, and went on to be selected for the Midas List based on her investments.