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May 10,000 Cloud Startups Bloom

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.11.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The cloud services market has fueled a boom of immensely successful startups, most of which have raised millions in venture funding. Take analytic...

Unicorn Company: Tableau Software

Sramana Mitra | Posted 06.11.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last November, Arlene Lee wrote a post on Techcrunch titled Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups. In it, she offered a l...

Trend Spotting: Entrepreneurship Inside Corporations

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.23.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

There is a real trend developing right now of corporations becoming crucibles of innovation and entrepreneurship in a systematic way. In this post, I ...

Funding Your Small Business: Bootstrapping vs. Venture Capitalists

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.03.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

If you want to keep near-complete control of your business and can make the decisions necessary to keep a business afloat when it's tight, then it may be best to simply make do with what you have.

Early Stage Funding? More Like Fun-'dying'

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 06.08.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

I started my company a few months ago and I have always been on guard for potential funding that would help me grow it faster. At the very early stage...

10 Tips to Look Great on a Budget for Female Entrepreneurs

Blake Landau | Posted 05.18.2013 | Style
Blake Landau

Whether you are a man or a woman--if you work for yourself every time you go to a networking event you are representing your brand. Fortunately for some and unfortunately for others first impressions matter.

Six Tips for Navigating Your Startup Through the First Two Years

Zach Cutler | Posted 01.28.2013 | Small Business
Zach Cutler

Indeed, surviving as a new firm is far from guaranteed, no matter how good your product or service. By following some of these tips from our experience, hopefully your business will not only survive, but flourish.

Five 1M/1M Ambassadors Win Scholarships

Sramana Mitra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During last week's roundtable, we started the session by celebrating five of our high performing ambassadors.

Attention, FinTech Entrepreneurs!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.24.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.

Spotlight on Western Massachusetts

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.16.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Western Massachusetts, spanning the Northampton-Amherst area and the home of Smith College (my undergraduate alma mater), Amherst College, UMass, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire College.

The Challenge Of Navigating Long Sales Cycles

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we had five presenters discussing a wide range of businesses.

Using Social Media Networking to Get Media Attention for Your Startup

Hulya Aksu | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business
Hulya Aksu

Founders and CEOs of startups don't need to spend a fortune on a public relations firm or marketing companies when they are perfectly capable of doing a great job on their own.

Free Apps, Ad-Supported Business Models are Dangerous!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At today's roundtable, the last for 2011, we had four different countries represented and an intense set of discussions on five very interesting busin...

Don't Forget To Bootstrap

Brad Feld | Posted 01.09.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

It's easy to get lost in the soup of "X company raised $Y" and forget that it's not about fundraising, but building a business.

Back to School

Stephen O' Regan | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
Stephen O' Regan

It's a very strange feeling to have created a concept that has naturally spread around the world but to have not succeeded in raising a basic revenue stream from it.

How Do You Bootstrap Freemium Ventures?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

During this week's roundtable, we had Inoh Choe from San Jose, Calif. pitch DemoTunes, a freemium concept. One of the discussions that ensued was abou...

Investors and Incubators Need to Look at Pre-Incubation

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

This week, I've had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup ecosystem. On...

Twitter, LinkedIn: Why Not Affiliates?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

Finally, we had a discussion on Adam's proposal to sell 20% of his equity for $50K, which I thought was preposterous. That's like selling your prized assets for nothing in a flea market.

The New Face of Microfinance

Nicole Skibola | Posted 07.25.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

With acknowledgment and talk of new microfinance savings products, financial inclusion for individuals and small businesses will hopefully become a reality for millions of Americans.

Spotlight On The Northwest

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At this week's One Million by One Million roundtable, we put a special focus on entrepreneurs in the northwestern part of the United States, and we ha...

Indian Entrepreneurs Are Maturing

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

India is a rising power in the entrepreneurship firmament, and the country's entrepreneurs are making a long-awaited switch from pure outsourcing and labor arbitrage to building businesses.

Personalization Remains an Open Problem

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

I want to start today with a prayer for Steve Jobs. I just wrote a post on my blog saying, "Apple Doesn't Need Steve Jobs; Tech Industry Does." It sum...

Top 10 Online Advertising Trends for the Decade

Sramana Mitra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

We started this week's One Million by One Million roundtable with a discussion of online advertising trends, looking at them from the perspective of c...