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Your Start Up Life

Your Start-Up Life: How the High Line Came to Be (Photos)

Rana Florida | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

San Antonio-born, Princeton-educated business consultant, entrepreneur, and artist Robert Hammond has lived in Manhattan's West Village for several years. Near his apartment was a stretch of the old elevated New York Central Railroad tracks, which had been abandoned since the early 1980's.

Your Start-Up Life with the Woman Who Remade New York

Rana Florida | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Your Start-Up Life is a business advice column by Rana Florida, Author of Upgrade (McGraw-Hill, September 2013) and CEO of the Creative Class Group. ...

Your Start-Up Life: Fail to Succeed

Rana Florida | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Government leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations are increasingly turning to Sir Ken Robinson for advice on creativity, education, and the economy.

How to Get a Non-technical Job at a Start-up

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Pick an industry or two that you're passionate about. Know everything about the industry and the companies in it. Then make a target list of the companies you'd like to work for. Become a power user of their products if it's consumer-facing.

Your Start-Up Life: How a Focus on Quality Took a Company From Bankruptcy to Profit

Rana Florida | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Tomas Maier's experience at Bottega Veneta exemplifies the importance of quality and shared values in turning around an organization -- a focus that must come from the ground up, infusing it at every level.

Your Start-Up Life: The Fashion of Business

Rana Florida | Posted 11.20.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

An interesting intersection of fashion, business, and architecture, my interview with Peter Marino delves into creativity, collaboration and finding peace on an airplane.

Your Start-Up Life With Andre Agassi: Playing Big

Rana Florida | Posted 11.10.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

I've talked with successful CEO's, authors, chefs, politicians, designers, artists, philanthropists, doctors and entrepreneurs, but I've yet to interview a sports star for advice on business. Since Agassi was my all time favorite, I was eager to hear his insights on how to achieve success.

Your Start-Up Life: Find Leaders Better Than You

Rana Florida | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

A modern day super-activist, Executive Director and co-founder of One Jamie Drummond's adversaries are global poverty, hunger, climate change, AIDS and other infectious diseases. His mission is literally to help save millions of lives.

Your Start-Up Life: Rocket Man on Making the Impossible Possible

Rana Florida | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Peter Diamandis' conversation style is high octane and motivational; he is so energized that he could easily be the poster boy for Nike's 'Just Do It' campaign. He advises us to bulldoze our way through bureaucracy, fail early, fail often and explore multiple projects.

Your Start-Up Life: Design Your Thinking

Rana Florida | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

An innovator that the most innovative businesses turn to for advice, IDEO CEO Tim Brown offers fascinating insights on creativity, design thinking and the birth of new ideas.

Your Start-Up Life: Take It All in Stride - the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Rana Florida | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley helped transform Chicago from a place that had been beset by scandal and racial divisiveness to one of America's best-run cities. Here, Mayor Daley talks about the importance of building trust, maintaining relationships, and inspiring teams; all with an eye on moving the core agenda forward.

Your Start-Up Life: Artist Doesn't Believe in Failure

Rana Florida | Posted 10.02.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Short, sweet, straight-to-the-point, and sometimes a little Zen-like, here are American popular culture artist Kenny Scharf's takes on collaboration, failure, and compromise.

Your Start-up Life: Location, Location, Location

Rana Florida | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

While an ice cream shop would do best in a location with warm weather and a constant flow of pedestrian traffic, potential patients aren't going to wander into a medical office off the street. Here are some important things to consider before you lease your space.

Your Start-Up Life: Why Serving Is the New Leading

Rana Florida | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Mayo Clinic's president and CEO not only teaches us to surround ourselves with smart people and listen to them but urges us to exercise integrative thinking, to encourage innovation, and to lead through serving.

Your Start-Up Life: Do Team Building Retreats Ever Work?

Rana Florida | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Let me be clear: no one wants to go to a dude ranch with their boss. I couldn't think of anything more tortuous.

Your Start-Up Life With Governor O'Malley: Never Give Up and Keep Moving Forward

Rana Florida | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

"Your first job will not be your best job. Keep improving your skills, broadening your experience, your knowledge, your ability to think and work with others, and never give up. Damn the headwinds, keep rowing forward."

Your Start-up Life: Designing the Perfect Office

Rana Florida | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Office environments are as varied as the companies that they house. Whether it is Google's campus-like Mountain View headquarters or a fun and wild setting like Zappos' Las Vegas offices, there are so many more exciting options now than there were decades ago.

Your Start-Up Life: World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Zaha Hadid on the Struggle to Succeed

Rana Florida | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

A conversation with world renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid explores the struggle to succeed as a woman, the importance of collaboration in realizing a complex vision, and the rewards of mentoring and working with the next generation.

Your Start-up Life: Best Business Books to Groom Your Team

Rana Florida | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Insights about business can be gleaned from almost any good book -- whether it's a memoir by a professional athlete or a page-turning account of the ups and downs of a frenetic political campaign.

Your Start-Up Life: How to Get Flexibility at Work?

Rana Florida | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Feel free to let your boss know that a new study released by the Center for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and American Cancer Society has confirmed what many have long suspected: that lengthy car commutes are terrible for your health.