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8 Out of 10 Statistics Are Completely Made Up

Paul Jarvis | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

The next time anyone quotes a random statistic at me, I'm answering with, "Eight of 10 statistics are completely made up  - - and sorry, I can't remember the source on this one."

Future Unicorns

Sramana Mitra | Posted 01.27.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

As I think about where future unicorns are likely to be, what trends present the characteristics of opportunities that can scale to that extent, I have a few observations. I have had the opportunity to discuss these observations with a number of thoughtful industry leaders.

Dear Founders, How to Eat an Elephant

Jeremy Shure | Posted 01.26.2015 | Small Business
Jeremy Shure

As New York hunkers down and prepares for a massive snow storm, my mind wanders back to 1988. I was in the fifth grade, and my entrepreneurial juices were flowing when my town in Maryland got hit with our first snow storm of the year.

How I Worked to Discover My Passion and Start My Business

GenDIY | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
GenDIY

This morning I received an email from a friend who expressed an all too common GenDIY feeling. "[I'm] unsure of what I want to do in the future, and the only certainty is that I want to help other people."

How to Really Connect With Customers

Matt Rissell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Matt Rissell

To click with customers in a way that sticks with them, think of every interaction as the ultimate first impression. If your brand was at a party, would people be drawn and completely engrossed in conversation, or would they be hiding behind the bean dip?

The Most Important Startup Trend

Shaun Abrahamson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business
Shaun Abrahamson

I hope more venture firms will begin to see city problems as a larger opportunity. It will help more startups succeed and encourage more founders to focus on city problems.

5 Reasons Networking Is Necessary for Startups

Jose Vasquez | Posted 01.26.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Professional networking, both online and in person, is a necessary ongoing strategy for startup entrepreneurs. While every business is unique and has different needs, building the business through networking is always a beneficial plan.

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.