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Dear Entrepreneur: Stop Dreaming And Launch That Business

Naveen Jain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Naveen Jain

You don't need to have breakthrough vision to launch your company -- you need to have breakthrough execution.

The New Internet Bubble And The New Rules For Startup Success

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

We're now in the second Internet bubble, and the rules for making money are different in a bubble than in normal times. What are they, how do they differ and what can a startup do to take advantage of them?

Critical Questions to Ask Before You Become a Partner

Peggy McColl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

Here's the scenario: You are interested in (or been asked to) become a single or group partner in a product or business. Dilemma: How do you cov...

How To Deal With Online Critics

Luther Lowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Luther Lowe

It's never easy to read negative things about your business on the Internet. Here's some advice on how to respond when it happens.

How 'Collaborative Consumption' Is Transforming Startups

MIT Entrepreneurship Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
MIT Entrepreneurship Review

Collaborative consumption market places are everywhere: media, car rental, lodging, staffing, textbooks, apparel, custom graphic design and even finance.

Inside Stanford's Hottest Student Startups: Class 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Our working thesis was not one we shared with the class. We proposed to teach entrepreneurship the way you would teach artists: deep theory coupled with hands-on experience, guided by seasoned, accomplished artists.

How Many Committees Does it Take to Wage a War on Women?

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Recent and ongoing attacks on women's freedom and privacy by the anti-choice House leadership are so far-reaching and so extreme that they've been dubbed the "War on Women."

What Keeps Venture Investors Up At Night

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Being a startup investing in startups is no easy task. But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, try new things and iterate rapidly with the benefit of data. Sounds a lot like what we expect from the startups we invest in.

Businesses Spending On Equipment Again, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Businesses are spending on technology and supplies again, according to a new survey, a sign that they are gearing up for growth as part of the recover...

Busloads Of Entrepreneurs Launch Startups On 56-Hour Road Trip

Joan K. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joan K. Smith

In the flurry of a mass orchestrated adrenaline rush, busloads of previous strangers had formed 38 teams on the road and, as described by Cleveland bus conductor Anthony Broad Crawford, "gone through the complete life cycle of a startup."

Dear CEOs, Celebrate Failure

Naveen Jain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Naveen Jain

In a struggling economic climate, failure is what separates mediocre companies from businesses that break through and astound us with their creativity.

New Hope For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivek Wadhwa

This new legislation is even better than I had hoped for. If it gets through both houses--and doesn't have bureaucratic constraints--I expect it to unleash a flood of entrepreneurship.

Dharavi, India: The Most Entrepreneurial Slum In The World?

Randall Kempner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randall Kempner

Dharavi may not change much in this generation, but the power of entrepreneurship offers great hope for the next.

A New Way For Small Businesses To Track Mobile Ads

Avinash Kaushik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Avinash Kaushik

Over the past two years, mobile search queries have increased by 500 percent. And yet we're slow to catch up to this trend. It's estimated that nearly...

Web Startups Want An Open Internet -- House Republicans Don't

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

In approving the resolution to nullify the FCC's open Internet rules, Republican members in the House show that they don't care if big companies impose unfavorable conditions on start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The DJ Boom

Adam Alpert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Adam Alpert

DJs, in a way never seen before, are the new celebrity.

Small Business Confidence Hits 3-Year High

The Huffington Post | Nate Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Small business confidence edged up in February to its highest level since the beginning of the Recession, according to a report released on Tuesday by...

Social Media Monitoring: It Pays to Listen

Robert Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Ball

Small and large businesses alike frequently fail to comprehend how social media can be used to hear the subtle, vital nuances of the market or worse yet, the not-so-subtle screams.

Reach Out and Touch Someone -- With Your Telephone

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Carolyn Ziel

Remember this iconic slogan? Its meaning is more important than ever. Our social networking medium is amazing, but what if you picked up the phone and made a more lasting connection?

Think You Know Your Competition? Think Again

Naveen Jain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Naveen Jain

You may not see the stealth innovators who are quietly harnessing technologies to displace your business.

Startup Bus: 48 Hours To Launch A Business

Joan K. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joan K. Smith

Six buses filled with teams of sleep-deprived innovators are headed to Austin, TX on a collective quest to prove that, with the right combination of energy and talent, a viable business startup can be launched from scratch in just 48 hours.

Why 'Unfiltered' Ginger Ale Tastes Better

Liza de Guia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Liza de Guia

Meet Bruce Cost, the founder of Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost, an unfiltered, pure cane sugar ginger ale made in Brooklyn, NY.

Inside Stanford's Hottest Student Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The most interesting part of the class would happen outside the classroom when the teams spent 50-80 hours testing their business model hypotheses by talking to customers and partners and (in the case of web-based businesses) building their product.

Tax Day: Let's Make the Tax Code Fair

Kristie Arslan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kristie Arslan

What the self-employed need is more than just lip-service from President Obama and Congress, who both are proclaiming that it's the small business community that will put our economy back on track.

'Jobless Entrepreneurship': New Companies Creating Few Jobs, Study Says

Dane Stangler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dane Stangler

The apparent increase in entrepreneurial activity during the past three years was due almost entirely to businesses like Jeffrey's that aren't adding employment beyond the founder. The creation of employer firms, in fact, has been on the wane.