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How a Simple Messaging App Toppled the Great 'Firewall' of China

Tom Grasty | Posted 12.29.2014 | Technology
Tom Grasty

While recent events may have brought both parties back to the bargaining table, it wasn't the renewed friction between the members of the "umbrella revolution" and police that ultimately doused the government's efforts to contain the demonstrators. It was a smartphone app.

The Difference Between "Invention" and "Innovation"

Tom Grasty | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Tom Grasty

Like so many up-and-coming entrepreneurs, I was under the impression that invention and innovation were one and the same. They aren't. And, as I have discovered, the distinction is an important one.

The Difference Between a 'Pivot' and a 'Reboot'

Tom Grasty | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Tom Grasty

Of course, we all know that if there's one truism in entrepreneurship, it's that change is the only constant we can rely on. And sometimes we really do need to change course. So how do you know if you should pivot or reboot?

3 Keys to Naming Your Product

Tom Grasty | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

Without question, naming your product is important. But it's also a great opportunity. The right name can distinguish you from the competition, as well as differentiate your product from seemingly similar offerings.

The Pros & Cons of Hiring Third-Party Vendors

Tom Grasty | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

Rarely does a startup have all the tools in its toolbox when starting out. Sometimes you have to engage a third-party vendor.

4 Tips for Finding the Right Web Developer

Tom Grasty | Posted 01.21.2012 | Small Business
Tom Grasty

Finding the right developer is often seen as a daunting, potentially overwhelming process. But it doesn't have to be that way, especially if you approach the process of hiring a developer like you're hiring a member of the team.

Lessons for Digital Entrepreneurs from the Entertainment Industry

Tom Grasty | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

There's an old adage in Hollywood that "ideas are a dime a dozen." To a large extent, I think that applies to entrepreneurship as well.

The New News Paradigm: 'Pivot or Perish'

Tom Grasty | Posted 09.05.2011 | Technology
Tom Grasty

At the recent MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, I had the pleasure of speaking to 16 of the most promising thinkers in the area of digital news. Cull...

Eruption in Egypt: Will the Next Revolution be Stroomed?

Tom Grasty | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Grasty

When you think of the recent unrest in the Middle East, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube immediately come to mind. Yet in a...

Thinking "Inside" the Box: How Freeloaders Can Make You a Load of Cash

Tom Grasty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tom Grasty

As an internet entrepreneur, the question I'm asked most often is this: "How are you going to make money?" I tell them the plan isn't to charge for our service, and what happens next never fails.

From Garage Startup to Knight Grant Recipient

Tom Grasty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Grasty

For many, receiving a grant from the prestigious Knight Foundation is a capstone achievement for a long and distinguished career in journalism. Stroome, the collaborative online video editing community won the Knight 2010 News Challenge.