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The Vagina Bio-Hack That Wasn't: How Two 'Startup Bros' Twisted the 'Sweet Peach' Mission

Jessica Cussins | Posted 11.26.2014 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

There's nothing inspiring or empowering about two male CEOs taking credit for a young woman's work while twisting the entire purpose from being about reproductive health to being little more than a joke. But a 20-year-old ultrafeminist scientist who's about to launch her own company? That will be something to watch.

Startups Integrating Marketing and Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

The first question to ask is, does the startup's personality shine through its design? People still do business with other people and despite the advances in technology, the most successful startups are those that can create and maintain a human connection with their target customers.

Top 20 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Books of 2014

Erica Nicole | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

What do successful entrepreneurs read? Here's an inside look at this year's most talked-about books and hidden gems -- YFS Magazine's roundup of the best books for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

10 Important Trends in Startup Internet and Technology Business

Kira Makagon | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Kira Makagon

We are entering an exciting new era for innovation and technology that is full of unmeasurable potential and opportunity. Not only does this apply specifically to the internet, but goes beyond it in many areas of business and technology.

How Code Empowers Social Good: The Nest Labs Story

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 11.25.2014 | Home
Saeed Jabbar

Recently I caught up with Maxime Veron, Head of Product Management at Nest to take a deeper look at the company's initiatives in the areas of social good, artificial intelligence(AI) and their vision for the future of the smart home.

What Could I Have Done Differently? Lessons From a Failed Startup

Carolina Garcia | Posted 11.26.2014 | Technology
Carolina Garcia

For the first time, I embraced my entrepreneurial failure and spoke candidly about my mistakes--the big mistakes that caused our business to fail. And you know what? It felt pretty great.

Going Against the Flow: Lauren Flanagan, BELLE Capital USA

Charu Sharma | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Charu Sharma

Lauren Flanagan is a professional angel investor, Managing Director of BELLE Capital USA, and lifelong entrepreneur. She's been named Software CEO of the year by Frost and Sullivan, Top 25 Angels in Tech by BusinessWeek and to 40 over 40. S

How New York City's Women Entrepreneurs Raised $3 Billion in 10 Years

Michael Goodwin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Michael Goodwin

Worldwide, tech entrepreneurship suffers from an undeniable gender gap. At tech companies from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, the vast majority of both founders and their employees are men.

Lessons from Kidpreneurs on Launching a Global Business

Rana Florida | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Rana Florida

About 500,000 new U.S. companies are launched every month with over 11 million entrepreneurs. But how many are successful under the age of 10? Well, you've heard the saying "It's never too late." but for this trio of kidpreneurs, "It's never too early!"

Chronicles of a Crowdfunding Amateur: Part One

Andrew Chau | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Andrew Chau

I never know how to respond when people ask me if they should use Kickstarter to start their business. After all, I've seen just as many Kickstarter failures as I have successes.

Roadmap to Leaving your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 3 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

As a designer, designing and developing a product is the most crucial part of your business. Many designers struggle to create products that establish a sustainable demand among their customers.

5 Startup Secrets For Women

Susan Liang | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Susan Liang

You'll never know what you're capable of until you take yourself not just to the edge, but jump off of it entirely. Take a risk on yourself: go after your dream and dream big while you're at. Go big or go home.

Why Do You Do What You Do? 5 Ideas to Reconnect to Your Passion and Purpose

Maria Ross | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Maria Ross

Your business is an extension of you. It started with an idea and a hope and problem you were itching to solve. A vision of how you could improve someone's life, work, relationships, self-esteem or home.

Clara Chen: Stay Ahead of the Culture by Creating It

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Fresh from the success of her previous startup, there's no stopping the millennial entrepreneur Clara Chen to conquer the next challenge - being the CEO of the influencer marketing and content management platform in Asia Pacific, Influr.

4 College Students Share Their Big Ideas in TEDxPenn's "What Lies Ahead" Screening Session

David Ongchoco | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
David Ongchoco

Hosting TEDx talks are a powerful way to share ideas and inspire people to take action. Yet there are an abundance of ideas out there that it's hard to give everyone the opportunity to share their big idea.

Why You Shouldn't Wait to 'Feel Ready' to Make Your Business Leap

Kate McCready | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Kate McCready

Are you waiting until you 'feel ready'? Ready to break out of your current career? Ready to go out on your own? Ready to start that business you've always wanted to start? Ready to shift the direction of your business to that thing that feels right in your gut? Ready to take a leap?

5 Ways to Qualify Leads Through an Inbound Marketing Strategy

Jose Vasquez | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Inbound marketing does the work for you, generating tons of new leads, but with these strategies, you can refine your lead flow and increase qualified leads.

Sniff Test: What Entrepreneurship Smells Like on Midwest Campuses

Robert Hatta | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Robert Hatta

MHacks is one of 40 hackathons his company is participating in this year and this is one of dozens of household name tech companies in attendance. The smell of money almost masks the growing musk of young hackers crammed into this swampy auditorium.

How to Raise Your Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Mo Seetubtim

Being an entrepreneur takes guts, another level of courage, and a total different mindset. The earlier you learn, the better -- as cited in developmental psychology.

What's Behind You Is Not Important

Tammy Kahn Fennell | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Tammy Kahn Fennell

As entrepreneurs we all swing for the fences, and sometimes we hit a grand slam, sometimes it's a single or a double, and sometimes, we strike out. In fact, the only guarantee is that there is none.

3 Ways a Cell Phone Can Torpedo Your Company's Reputation

Frank Chalupa | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

The flexibility and affordability of cell phones make them a seemingly logical alternative to a traditional office line but they can also end up costing companies over the long term if they don't phase them out when scaling their businesses and bringing on new employees.

Being Honest With Myself: I Never Played Third Base

Jeremy Shure | Posted 11.11.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Shure

Honesty in business is vital, and one's name is all they have. As it relates to the above, I've learned over time that sometimes the hardest person to be honest with is yourself, and it's the same as it relates to a startup.

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: Destination Adaptive Environment

Erica Noelle Duncan | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Erica Noelle Duncan

As an entrepreneur, you create the rules and regulations as you go along. If the rules serve a higher purpose, then you can keep them. If they do nothing but waste time, you can toss them, no questions asked.

The Sweet Spot for Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Successful startup founders are fueled by passion, a willingness to take risk and do whatever is necessary to make things happen. What they initia...

Paycheck Financing: A Great Way to Bootstrap Your Startup

Sramana Mitra | Posted 11.11.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

I would go so far as to say that most aspiring entrepreneurs ought to start their entrepreneurial journey while sitting inside a corporate umbrella. Especially for technical people, it allows for the enhancing of their technical skills, while also developing the bricks needed to build a venture.