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The First 30 Days Inside a Startup: An Interview With Sheila Darcey

Carrie Yury | Posted 07.21.2013 | Technology
Carrie Yury

BeyondCurious recently had a new addition to our team: the fabulous Sheila Darcey. Since Sheila has such a fresh perspective on what it's like working at a startup, I wanted to get her thoughts on her first 30 days.

Focus on Vision to Avoid Premature Startup Failure

Diana Kander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Small Business
Diana Kander

The first major difference between having an idea and a startup is how others react to you. You need customer feedback to understand if your product or service provides value in people's lives and what they like or don't like about your company.

An EIR on Campus

Tim Devane | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Tim Devane

We've been thrilled by the response from students and companies alike and hope that the program blossoms in coming years.

How Financial Innovation Helps the Poor Improve Their Lives

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In the aftermath of the global crisis, public opinion in the North is less convinced of the merits of an inclusive financial system. How, exactly, does it help, when the reckless expansion of mortgage credit in North America just triggered the deepest recession in recent memory?

Smart People Should Build Things - How We Can Create 100,000 New U.S. Jobs

Andrew_Yang | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Andrew_Yang

Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.

JumpShot: An Experiment in Rapid Product Development, Continued

Carrie Yury | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Being at a startup not only provides the opportunity to imagine new products, but also allows you to reimagine established ways of doing things.

Change the Game, Don't Let the Game Change You

Venture For America | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

By Shilpi Kumar, 2013 Venture for America Fellow I distinctly remember the first time I got called out for breaking the rules. I was almost at the go...

What Does Immigration Reform Mean for Startups?

Mike McGeary | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Mike McGeary

This is the first real attempt at truly comprehensive immigration reform, and it might actually have a shot. So what does this mean for startups? And why does this matter?

How Do You Transition a Career to Social Impact?

Neil Parmar | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Plenty of people talk about wanting to transition into a career that packs more social impact. But, how, exactly do you go about making such a switch?

Playing It Safe Will Get You Nowhere

Steve Blank | Posted 07.16.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Here is the text of the speech I delivered May 10 to the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering.

Preparing to Live in That Unknown Country: The Future

Steven Strauss | Posted 07.12.2013 | Business
Steven Strauss

Are Google's driverless car and Siri just the beginning for applied machine intelligence/Big Data? Automated trucks, for example, could eliminate millions of jobs. Will this type of automation be good or bad -- economically and socially? How will it transform society?

Backwards TVs, Harmonized Commutes

Tim Devane | Posted 07.09.2013 | Technology
Tim Devane

My roommates and I are reorganizing some stuff in our apartment as some people are moving out. While we moved our TV yesterday, the mass of cords and boxes required to make it all work struck me as absurd.

China Startups - The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers

Steve Blank | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I'd share what I learned in China.

8 Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Have

Neal Jenson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Small Business
Neal Jenson

Time is a finite resource, making it very valuable. You cannot repurchase or reproduce time once it has been used. You must understand and be ready for the actual volume of decisions you will be making as an entrepreneur.

A Field Guide to Solo Entrepreneurship

Erica Swallow | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Erica Swallow

It's now easier than ever to start a company -- even as a single founder, it's not unimaginable that one could hack his or her way to success in the matter of a few years, and sometimes less.

Fly High

Steve Blank | Posted 07.06.2013 | Small Business
Steve Blank

After watching my Secret History of Silicon Valley talk, Todd Branchflower became fascinated by how serendipity created both weapon systems and entrepreneurship in World War II -- and brought us federal support of science and Silicon Valley.

Different Cities Do Different Things

Andrew_Yang | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Andrew_Yang

The problems that you see startups tackling are dramatically different in different cities. Silicon Valley is unlikely to produce the same set of companies as New York or Cleveland because the region has a different set of strengths and defining institutions.

Recruit This Rock Star If You Want to Raise Money Fast

Lili Balfour | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

Can you lead your team? Do you have conviction in your ideas while remaining open to new ideas? Do you enthusiastically accept criticism and view it as an opportunity to learn and grow?

Ny Tech Rising: NewFronts, Startups, & Virtual Office Hours

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 07.05.2013 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

Last week New York emerged as the clear leader in the emerging world of web-based television. With back to back events from all of the major web pro...

Navigating Procurement, Startup Style

Jed Sundwall | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Jed Sundwall

To keep up with the needs of citizens, governments need to be able to keep up with technology and move at the speed of the internet.

Education to Employment: N'awlins Style

Venture For America | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

By Alison Schmitt, 2012 Venture for America Fellow Mardi Gras, jazz, gumbo, education. While just 8 years ago these words might not have belonged in ...

#StartupCityNYC: Fred Wilson for Mayor?

Manoush Zomorodi | Posted 07.03.2013 | New York
Manoush Zomorodi

As anyone who attends tech conferences knows, Fred Wilson isn't the kind of godfather who sits in a back room, plotting his next hit -- he is out, front and center, explaining how he thinks the momentum of the city's tech economy can be sustained and grow.

Collaborative Problem-Solving on Start-ups

Joseph Bubman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Small Business
Joseph Bubman

One of the biggest frustrations of working on a start-up is encountering a recurring problem and failing to successfully develop and implement a sustainable solution to address it. Imagine, for example, that the deadlines your team has set for front-end design work continually go unmet.

How Can a Brand Measure PR ROI?

Marni Salup | Posted 05.02.2013 | Business
Marni Salup

Similar to social media, PR can't be solely valued based upon immediate ROI. Effective PR builds on itself and drives longer-term impact.

Visualizing the Spread of Tech Startups Outside of Silicon Valley

VisualNews.com | Posted 07.01.2013 | Technology
VisualNews.com

Venture capital funding in California's cradle of innovation has dropped for the second quarter in a row, according to data from the latest Venture Capital Activity Report for Q4 2012, but entrepreneurialism keeps blossoming across the United States.