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Think Users First, Brands Second

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.25.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

When you are building your product and thinking about your go to market strategy, you can focus on getting everyday internet users first. Or you can focus on getting brands first and working with them to get users.

From Disabled Veteran To CEO (WATCH)

Thom Ruhe | Posted 10.24.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

Life's greatest rewards start by making a choice to actively participate in our own lives instead of simply observing them. So what's holding you back?

$100K To Skip College And Build A Startup

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Deborah L. Cohen) - Dale Stephens was homeschooled for most of his academic life, so when the 19-year-old was offered $100,000 to skip c...

Accomplishing Your Goals Is an Exercise in Stretching

Peggy McColl | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

Are you looking at your goals and taking one step each day? Remember, the growth is the reward and the goal is merely a benefit.

The Second Act: Learning From Your Initial Success and Failures

Don McNay | Posted 10.22.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

"Stick to what you know" seems like common-sense advice, but I have watched many business people make the same mistake I did. Once things start to go well, entrepreneurs think success will last forever.

Hiring: Easy as Pie

Steve Blank | Posted 10.22.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Having sat through hiring discussions as an entrepreneur, board member, and now an interested observer, here's what I've concluded.

How Will Personal-Feedback Loops Affect the Hispanic Population?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 10.20.2011 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Could a personal-feedback loop help recent immigrants learn English more quickly? Might the idea be applied to concepts like voter registration or proper prenatal care, both of which are issues within the Latino population?

Gain Abundance by Purging 3 Things

Peggy McColl | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

You've heard about having an attitude of gratitude and how being appreciative of what you have will bring more of the same into your life. So what does it take to have infinite abundance in your life? Answer: live with an abundance mentality. Seems simple, right?

Introducing The 'Ice House Entrepreneurs Series': A Crash-Course In Battling Hardship With Entrepreneurship

Thom Ruhe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

For the next eight weeks, we'll look at the world through the eyes of "Ice House Entrepreneurs" who will describe in their own words the opportunities they found, the challenges they faced and, more importantly, the mindset that enabled them to succeed.

Entrepreneurs Reveal the Secrets of Market Research (and Ice Cream)

Matt Cohen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

If you had been putting together a survey about ice cream, would your list of demographic and psychographic questions have included a question of when people eat ice cream?

There's Always a Plan B

Steve Blank | Posted 10.15.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth. 
 -- Mike Tyson One of the key distinctions between an entrepreneur and an operating execu...

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Reality TV

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

The business "dance" obviously has different particulars than TV dancing, but there is serious business and artistry involved in both cases. Here are some observations to startup founders looking for funding and hoping to move to the next level.

How the Economic Rollercoaster Strains Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 10.12.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

A poorly performing stock market, in addition to the anticipated public-sector budget cuts, put a damper on almost everything that high growth entrepreneurs need to be successful.

Can Estrogen Fuel Our Global Economy?

Christine Bronstein | Posted 10.10.2011 | Women
Christine Bronstein

As I dip my toe back into the entrepreneurial world I see a very different landscape, a landscape that helps me keep my faith in the global economy. Here's what I see: Women can save the day.

The End Of The Startup Boom?

Eric Ries | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Eric Ries

It doesn't matter if you call it a boom or a bubble. The startup business moves in cycles, and what goes up will eventually come down.

8 Ways You're Blocking Your Success

Peggy McColl | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

At first glance the concept of breaking through what blocks you seems complicated, but it's not. Here are the top eight things that block us from our goals, and how to get unblocked.

In Wake of Japan Quake, A Search For Entrepreneurs

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

(By Tim Kelly) - On a recent trip to Japan's devastated northeast coast, venture capitalist Yoshihito Hori chanced upon a group of fishermen outside...

Mark Cuban: Solving Our Country's Patent Law Flaws

Mark Cuban | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Mark Cuban

If we had process patents or the culture of software litigation in the 1980s as we have today current technology would consist of running terminals on DEC and Wang Computers at the local library for $10 per hour and there probably would not be a world-wide web.

How I Built A $100 Million Startup Without Dropping Out of School

Catherine Cook | Posted 01.05.2012 | Technology
Catherine Cook

At school, I didn't want to talk about myYearbook because I wanted my classmates to like me and, as has been discussed by women far more successful than I, no one likes a successful, ambitious girl.

Winning the Future: Eliminating Racial Imbalance in Innovation

Garren Givens | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Garren Givens

As the founder of an Internet startup, I meet entrepreneurs and investors every day. I've met hundreds, yet over the past few years, I have met only a couple of entrepreneurs and investors who are black.

You Sold Your Company, So What Did You Buy First? Here's What I Did

Jason Hirschhorn | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Jason Hirschhorn

Having some money all of a sudden is a weird thing. I've always wondered what entrepreneurs do when they hit it. What do they buy, if anything? How do...

How I Learned Marketing Over a Bonfire

Steve Blank | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

When I was in my 20s, I was taught the relationship between marketing and sales over a bonfire.

Six Ways Corporations Can Kill Your Startup Dream

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

If you really want to be an entrepreneur, there is no time like the present. Old habits die hard, so the longer you wait, the harder it will be to make the jump, and your odds of success go down.

New York vs. Silicon Valley? No City Has A Lock On Innovation

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

The entire world is now a rival to Silicon Valley. No country, state, region, nor city has a lock on innovation in technology anymore. The Internet has made this so, and there's no going back.

12 Startups With Skyrocketing Valuations | Posted 10.04.2011 | Technology

After watching startups like Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon explode in valuation, VCs are now pouring money into the next crop of startups. Valuation...