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Mompreneurs: The Story Of The Spontaneous Smiley Movement

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.16.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

As a mompreneur, Ruth Kaiser has been in the trenches, learning by doing, running her business while running a home. She's one of those people who can't just sit still when they feel they were meant to do something.

Why Every Business Owner Should Publish a Book (and How to Do It)

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Penny C. Sansevieri

Publishing a book is a great way of growing your expert status and enhancing your credibility within your market.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations -- Part 2 of 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

Yesterday, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Here are the final four.

The Ticket Boy Gives Back

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Paul Wisenthal

Devoting his time mentoring at-risk youth, successful entrepreneur Phil McNeill teaches self-sufficiency and business acumen to young students raised in the poorest neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

Interview With Michelle You, Co-Founder And Chief Product Officer Of Sequoia-Funded Music Startup 'Songkick'

Angie Chang | Posted 05.13.2012 | Technology
Angie Chang

Songkick's 27 employees are working hard in London to take down industry giants like Ticketmaster. Women 2.0 caught the London-based startup founder at SXSW in Austin.

Why Your Customer Wants to Experience Instead of Consume

Sophie Gold | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Sophie Gold

You may have the best product or service on the market, but if your brand isn't centered around the customer experience, you will struggle. Companie...

Heads-Up for Entrepreneurs: Run Your Start-Up Through this Checklist Before You Take the Leap

Frank Farwell | Posted 05.11.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Start-up entrepreneurs today are often so eager to join the entrepreneurial arena that they fixate on an untested and probably "wrong" product. Why? They fall in love with their business plan and proposed product line without testing it against alternatives.

3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 1 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Whenever someone thinks they have few bullet points of supreme wisdom that can save the world, sane people instantly roll their eyes. The insanely cur...

As Facebook IPO Nears, Universities Take Aim at Student Startups

Dylan Reid | Posted 05.08.2012 | Small Business
Dylan Reid

While Stanford's gain from Google is unusual, technology-transfer agreements have long been the primary means by which universities support and profit from startups. However, as Facebook illustrates, more student-founded companies are bootstrapping without university technology, leaving schools without any profit -- though that may be changing.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations -- Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The premise of the class is that startups are not about executing a plan where the product, customers and channel are known. Startups are in fact only temporary organizations, organized to search -- not execute -- for a scalable and repeatable business model.

Search Versus Execute

Steve Blank | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The primary objective of a start-up is to validate its business model hypotheses (and iterate and pivot until it does).

TED -- An Entreprenuer's Sandbox

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.03.2012 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

The extraordinary thing about TED is that while being there is great, you can as an entrepreneur get the burst of energy and ideas without leaving your home or office.

A Young Entrepreneur's Innovative Approach to Success

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

"How to Start a Venture Capital Firm." A Skillshare class... taught by a 21-year-old college dropout! Not even a Harvard-dropout, a small-liberal-arts-college-with-a-mediocre-reputation-in-upstate-New-York-dropout. I was skeptical but intrigued.

Everything You Need to Know if Your Business Is Attacked Online

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Penny C. Sansevieri

At one time or another it could happen to all of us. We're attacked online. Whether it's an errant blog post, a misunderstood tweet, or something more...

Is Your Startup Cool?

Doreen Bloch | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business
Doreen Bloch

After six months of writing about over 72 startups from around the nation, and after hundreds of hours of interviews with leading startup CEOs, academics, entrepreneur thought-leaders and more, the key features of "cool startups" emerged. Does your company stack up to the standards?

From "Too Big to Solve" to "Too Big to Fail"

Ahmad Ashkar | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Ahmad Ashkar

How can we solve the world's toughest social challenges without the sincere belief that a wide-scale solution exists? An annual $1M Poverty Challenge, with the goal of identifying and launching the most compelling student-generated solutions to the crippling issues faced by billions in need.

Number of Women Patent Holders Surge

Karin Kamp | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Karin Kamp

While talk of patents and trademarks may not be the sexiest topic out there, knowing the ins and outs of both is key for women business-owners.

The World Needs Us To Be Fearless

Jean Case | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Jean Case

Because the very idea of fearlessness can bring out fears, it's important to state up front what it isn't: We're not talking about reckless abandon here. We're talking about sincere, diligent efforts to innovate -- to find new ways to try to solve old problems.

Mompreneurs: Behind The Scenes Of A Monthly Membership Biz

Sandy Abrams | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Jessica has her finger on the pulse of what her market wants. She's poised to continue to deliver products that solve the ongoing problem for busy parents who want a unique learning experience for their kids.

The Last of the Kodak Moments

Alan Moore | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Alan Moore

People are not motivated purely by commercial need; people can be producers, co-creators, consumers, investors and evangelists, and we can design better for societies, organizations, and commerce -- all at the same time.

The Oscars of Entrepreneurship

Cathy Belk | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business
Cathy Belk

Now that we've all recovered from the Oscars, I find myself wondering: Who would we ceremoniously lavish with praise in the entrepreneurial world? Who among the investors, entrepreneurs and advisors should we commend for their startup savvy and used as a benchmark for performers in years to come?

The Innovation Generation

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 04.28.2012 | Technology
Sir Peter Westmacott

Just when governments are - admirably - looking to invest in high-speed broadband so that no-one is left behind by the digital revolution, here are these twenty-something CEOs saying it might be better to skip fibre optics altogether and go straight to mobile.

Killing Your Startup by Listening to Customers

Steve Blank | Posted 04.28.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It's understanding who to listen to and why.

Why I Started The Honest Company

Jessica Alba | Posted 04.26.2012 | Small Business
Jessica Alba

As a new parent, I desperately needed a place where I could get all my daily essentials -- from diapers to cleaning products -- and I could trust that they would be safe, eco-friendly, affordable, and effective. So I decided to create it.

The "F-word": Closing the Gap Between Female-Dominated Startups in a Male-Dominated Industry

Erin Flynn | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Erin Flynn

You don't have to wear pink designer clothes, resemble Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, or say "like" between every sentence to build a fashion startup. It's clear that the world of fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry with just as many tech opportunities as any other business.