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Your Startup and the 'Why' Driven Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.04.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Product managers should be the happiest people on earth. But most companies never benefit from their product leaders' love of innovation because they are beaten down by lack of progress and sometimes hopelessness even sets in.

You Have a Great Business Idea. What Now?

Debra Carpenter | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

Business success doesn't just happen. Look for opportunities to change up the formula and offer something exciting.

How Toptal's Distributed Team Operates From 25 Countries

Breanden Beneschott | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Breanden Beneschott

At Toptal, we are proud of our ability to wing it and make things happen wherever we go. We are a company, but don't have an office or headquarters. We are completely distributed with hundreds of core team members working from more than 25 different countries.

Uber Is a Money-Loser

MoneyTips | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
MoneyTips

Uber is similar to Donald Trump -- brash, unapologetic, and eager to defy the status quo. As of this writing, Trump and Uber are riding high in both popularity and unpopularity.

Don't Put It Off: 5 Reasons to Start a Business Now

Jose Vasquez | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

If you find yourself wanting to start a business, but perpetually trapped in that loop of procrastination, consider these five reasons to start a business now.

Would Donald Trump Leverage Network Marketing to Self-Fund (Bootstrap) a Startup?

Jennifer Taormina | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Jennifer Taormina

Would Donald Trump leverage network marketing to self-fund (bootstrap) a startup or a small business if he were in my shoes? What advice would Mr. Trump give woman-led startup founders and entrepreneurs wanting to scale or start a business?

Going Up? -- The 'Elevator Pitch' -- Be Ready to Tell Your Story on the Go

Donna Griffit | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

I truly believe that we can help luck along by being prepared for opportunity when it knocks. And one of the must-have tools in our storytelling arsenal is the infamous Elevator Pitch - or the "quickpitch" as I have often dubbed it.

Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 1: Richard Witten and Kathryn Minshew

Steve Blank | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

Richard discussed how New York City's rejection of Columbia University in the competition to build a new technology campus was a real wake up call. Kathryn shared the painful lessons she learned when her first startup fell apart.

Size Matters? How the Business Case for CSR Can Apply to Any Company, No Matter the Size

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

MEs have many of the same reasons for engaging in CSR that large companies have, both in avoiding downside risk and in exploiting upside opportunities. In many cases, they may also be more intrinsically, if not better motivated, to give CSR attention.

4 Questions Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting a Business

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Asking questions is a sign of a curious mind. Every entrepreneur worth his salt asks many questions before starting out, and keeps asking questions throughout his journey. The toughest questions are the ones you ask yourself, so keep asking and listen carefully to your own answers.

Big News: Women Startup Challenge NYC to Fund Women-Led Startups

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.01.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Hey, big news: I'm working with Women Who Tech again to scale the Women Startup Challenge. Next up: The Women Startup Challenge NYC at Microsoft on N...

8 Ways to Find Startup Investors

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Most seed-stage investment deals happen within these realms, so get involved in one, pitch your idea and if you nail it the investors will come to you.

How a City's Business Culture Helps Mold Its Startup Scene

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

By all accounts, 2015 is a strong year for startup companies; I know this first hand, having worked with more than a few. When consumer confidence rises, companies seeking funding to meet those consumer needs rise as well.

Inspirock: Vacation Itinerary Creation Made Easy

Andrew Weinreich | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Andrew Weinreich

A few weeks ago, I went to Asheville for a 4-day cycling trip. I'm not a particularly good planner, and I'm terrible at thinking through itineraries in advance. My planning for this trip was similar to my planning for every other trip I take: a few days before the trip, or even once I land, I search TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google to make an itinerary.

Driving a Culture of Candor in Business (And How My Therapist Helped)

Max Yoder | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

When Lesson.ly was just a four-person company, team candor drove every element of our success. Each member felt comfortable being frank with the others, providing open and honest feedback, even when that feedback risked bruising an ego. What resulted were better decisions, execution, and output. It was contagious.

Day 7-- Launch Day! #7DayStartup

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

Well today's the day that the last week has been building up to, it's launch day!

INDEX: Award -- Show Me the Money

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Announcement of the INDEX: Award is much more than a loud rally for promoting high-impact and beautifully formed design solutions.

7 Productivity Hacks I Couldn't Live Without

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Raw forces to increase productivity, like putting in more hours or forcing yourself to work harder, aren't good long-term measures to increase the amount of work you produce because they have a tendency to exhaust and frustrate you over time.

The Name Game: Is a Branded Coworking Space Best For Your Business?

Ron Bockstahler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Ron Bockstahler

While some coworking spaces heavily promote their own brand, selling themselves as an exclusive club for "members," others stay in the background and, in some cases, even limit the amount of signage their clients are allowed to display in hallways and other common areas.

The Best Leaders Are Not "Born Leaders"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I have been a team captain for as long as I can remember. It started in my youth in athletics, carried over to student government, and continued on as I started working. I am grateful for these opportunities.

Why Manufacturing Companies Must Embrace Disruptive Change to Survive

Zvonimir Mršić | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Zvonimir Mršić

As always, change is difficult but sometimes necessary. When it comes to the manufacturing sector and other traditional industries, embracing disruptive changes through new partnerships with start-ups may be the most exciting development in decades.

The Small Business Guide to Creating a Perfect Logo

Casey Cavanagh | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Casey Cavanagh

Your logo should reflect your brand's identity and purpose, not just your personal taste and preferences. Relatively speaking, you have a limited space to work with, so each element and attribute -- from the colors to the shape to the text -- needs to serve a specific purpose.

Where New York City Tech Companies Make Their Homes

Aron Susman | Posted 08.26.2015 | New York
Aron Susman

What you will notice is that many tech companies have started moving to Chelsea, the Garment District, and closer to Midtown. Why? Prices in Chelsea are not quite as ridiculous as those in Soho -- $55 and $67 per square foot respectively.

Finally, Some Good News About the California Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Peter Getty

Wine and apps aren't a solution to the bigger problem, but a little optimism during these dry times can't hurt.

The Product Manager vs. Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It was a big day. I was presenting a new product idea to the executive team. After speaking with dozens of customers, the product team knew that we had touched a nerve. This idea would be an excellent way to increase our market share against our competition.