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How Do You Make the Worst of Times the Best of Times?

Vivek Ranadivé | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Vivek Ranadivé

Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities begins with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." What better way to describe the state of business today? Entrepreneurs and businesses can thrive by delivering extreme value and reinventing themselves for the 21st century.

What If Ideas Weren't a 'Dime a Dozen'?

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

What if we stopped believing it's only those who work the hardest who bring their ideas to life -- and start admitting it's typically those with the fewest barriers to cross who end up executing the most?

Ghosts of Data Past

Jamyn Edis | Posted 07.09.2013 | Technology
Jamyn Edis

Too often, our generation is criticized for having our heads buried in our phones, checking in, messaging, photo-snapping. While that behavior can be taken to extremes, what we are leaving -- collectively, in our quotidian, often mindless behavior -- is a treasure trove of data on our times.

How To Come Up With Great Ideas

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.09.2013 | Small Business

The Wall Street Journal: Where do eurekas come from? At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. Some seem so simple we wonder why ...

Why the Internet Sales Tax Increase Is a Dream Crusher for Small Business

Steven Power | Posted 07.08.2013 | Small Business
Steven Power

While the future of the legislation remains uncertain, it's time for our government to take a deeper look into the real impact this legislation will have on the little guys. U.S. small businesses are millions and millions strong and growing at astonishing rates.

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.

Shark Tank's Daymond John: We Are Born Thinking Like Entrepreneurs

Bryan Elliott | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Bryan Elliott

In this episode of Behind the Brand, I dove in the deep end with fashion and branding shark Daymond John, who explains why "we are all born entrepreneurs" and more of his secrets to success.

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.

6 Tips to Make Networking Pay Off

Ilana Greene | Posted 07.07.2013 | Small Business
Ilana Greene

In my experience, there are several reasons why networking fails, but chief among them is not knowing what to say.

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.

Confidence Helps Women Business Owners Take Flight

Nell Merlino | Posted 07.06.2013 | Women
Nell Merlino

A friend of mine who teaches people how to fly told me there is a big difference between her male and female students. Male students almost always need to get their skill level up to their confidence level, while female students inevitably need to get their confidence level up to their skill level.

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?

The School of Hard Knocks: Can We Teach Entrepreneurship?

Michele Serro | Posted 07.02.2013 | Small Business
Michele Serro

In the same way that we place a scalpel in the hands of first-year medical students, we must ask entrepreneurial students to literally get their hands (and wallets) dirty by taking on real risk, not theoretical risk, by having skin in the game, not just a course mark on the line.

Five Hidden Company Killers

Jack Garson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

Some company killers are obvious. Competition. Obsolescence. Too much debt. They're sexy problems. They make the headlines and you're already aware of them. But there are hidden threats that you don't even know exist.

Do Women Prefer Entrepreneurship Over Board Positions?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Deborah Sweeney

Instead of having to deal with a room full of people that are put off every time you voice your opinion, or face being stuck in a rut because no one wants to risk changing anything, many women are simply forgoing the traditional corporate ascent and striking out on their own.

The End of Conflict? Time Out for TubeTALK

Alexia Parks | Posted 06.30.2013 | Denver
Alexia Parks

Everything is context. Take the bus driver off the bus, the waiter out of the restaurant, your child's teacher out of the classroom, and the question when you both meet on the street might be: "I think I know you..."

Forming a Company: Entrepreneurs, Get a Real Board, Already

Robert Jordan | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Robert Jordan

An active board filled with diverse skillsets can save an entrepreneur from himself.

Defining Your Own Success: Your Life, Your Way

Ivo Lukas | Posted 06.29.2013 | Technology
Ivo Lukas

My question: In today's era of "women on top," is it considered unsuccessful for women to be stay-at-home moms? My answer: most definitely NOT.

One Plus One Equals Everything

Vivek Ranadivé | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
Vivek Ranadivé

Putting a little extra effort in to anything can go a long way. This is something we all know. But what most people don't realize is that sometimes all it takes is just one more to make all the difference.

Zhongguancun in Beijing: China's Silicon Valley

Steve Blank | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

In the few days I was in China I met with several VCs, angel investors, business press and spoke to hundreds of entrepreneurs. I was blown away by what I saw in Beijing. Think of what Rome looked like in the time of the empire -- now it's Beijing announcing that China has arrived.

3 Draft Picks in the Fantasy Entrepreneurs League

John Hrabe | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
John Hrabe

To inspire others, who want to start their business, but can't overcome the internal obstacle. To share tips of what works and what didn't. To support our friends and family that are putting in 12 hour days, every day.

37 Weeks and Six Days

Allyson Downey | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Allyson Downey

The weeSpring community is all about parents helping parents -- and supporting Kangu is an extraordinary way to help a mother in need, and possibly even save her life.

Hackathon + "DEVELOPNEUR" = Best Seed-Stage Investment Opportunities?

Franck Nazikian | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Franck Nazikian

In my mind, as a seed-stage investor, there is one much more straightforward way to source potentially great developneurs able to create seed-stage investment opportunities: joining a Hackathon.

An Easy Way to Resolve Startup Disputes: Lessons From Company Connector

Joseph Bubman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Joseph Bubman

Conflict presents an opportunity to leverage differences to generate creative solutions and improve relationships. This first in a series of posts on startup negotiations shares one approach for overcoming disagreements effectively.

Profit Meets Purpose: Why Social Entrepreneurship Suggests a Possible Future for Global Capitalism

Denielle Sachs | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Denielle Sachs

Social ventures that create new value chains while generating profit in pursuit of social goals are a direct challenge to Milton Friedman's dictum that the social purpose of a business is to generate profit for its shareholders.