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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.

Haider Ali Khan: Always Look for Opportunities to Improve

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

After having over 15 years of working experience in the United States, tech visionary Haider Ali Khan, co-founded Bayut.com with his brothers Zeeshan and Imran Ali Khan in 2008. He has been a vital part of the portal's growth and success as a board member.

The 5 Most Important Qualities Of Viral Content

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Jose Vasquez

Getting your content to go viral is tough, but if you can land even one successful viral piece, you'll greatly enjoy the benefits for months to come.

Going Against the Flow: Danae Ringelmann, Cofounder of Indiegogo

Charu Sharma | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world's la...

Going Against the Flow: Matt Crampton, Cofounder and CTO of Gigwalk

Charu Sharma | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Matt Crampton is the Cofounder and CTO of Gigwalk. He originally founded Gigwalk to create a marketplace to help businesses mobilize people to get wor...

Going Against the Flow: René Lacerte, CEO and Founder of Bill.com

Charu Sharma | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

René Lacerte is CEO and co-founder of Bill.com, the nation's largest business payment network with over 500,000 members and more than $12 billion in...

How to Keep a Bird's-Eye View of Remote Employees

James Parsons | Posted 03.13.2015 | Business
James Parsons

A virtual workforce is something that most business owners are not prepared for, especially those that are accustomed to working shoulder-to-shoulder with their employees. Micromanagement can seem daunting or impossible.

Don't Be an Entrepreneur

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Dhairya Pujara

I believe there are 10 million reasons to not start a company and only one to start it and that is -- "Because you want to and you have to."

Teaching Employees to Be Entrepreneurs Will Become Standard Fare

Sramana Mitra | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Companies want employees to come up with new ideas, innovate, be leaders. However, most of these employees, unless they came in through an acquisition, or from a startup, do not have entrepreneurial experience.