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Innovation and the Unknown

Scott MacFarland | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

It seems that companies are tossing around the innovative word like it's a piece of candy to be chewed on and enjoyed because it tastes so sweet. Maybe some companies can innovate that way and actually benefit from the process. However, I am not quite so sure the innovation process works that way.

How to Do Voice-over Part-Time

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

This is the only way you will honestly stand a chance at becoming a professional. It takes commitment.

Do These 5 Things to Get Great (Free) PR For Your Startup

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

After spending months or even years working around the clock your product or service is ready to hit the market. Regardless of what your startup aims to provide or solve, one thing is consistent -- you need press, and lots of it.

Skate for Cleaner Waves: Patagonia Invests in Recycled Skateboard Startup

Lauren Daley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Lauren Daley

With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by recycling discarded fishing nets -- which make up 10 percent of the world's ocean pollution -- into skateboard decks.

Occupation: Girl Boss

ZOOM interiors | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
ZOOM interiors

Take that desk of yours and decorate the sh*t out of it until it magically transforms into that corner office. To create the ultimate workspace, start by making it homey and personal with a jolt of energy. Think ambient lighting, warm pops of color and personal touches like artwork.

The 7 Toughest Startup Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Kimanzi Constable

Successful entrepreneurs view failure as a momentary set back, not a business-ending event. When you experience failure, realize it's not the end of the world and determine to come back even stronger because of it.

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 1 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 10.22.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Last winter, while talking to one of our designers, Isobel Schofield of Bryr Clogs, it hit me how many of us still sit at our corporate desk jobs dream of creating a life that gives us more freedom and control.

The Daily Lives of Entrepreneurs

Jamil Bouchareb | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Jamil Bouchareb

Co-owning a young catering supply company, Restaurantware in Chicago that's appeared in the Inc 500 for the first time this year, has been one hell of...

How Entrepreneurship Made Me a Better Parent

Sandy Abrams | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Sandy Abrams

The business has taught me so much about life and parenting and it was always a step ahead of my kids so I could apply these business lessons to parenting.

The Double Edged Sword of Start-Up Weekends

Mikaela Reyes | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Mikaela Reyes

After recently joining my first Start-Up weekend, I realized how the "start a company in 54-hours" format wasn't as appealing to me as I thought it wo...

Sell It And They Will Come

Alex Pirouz | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Most young entrepreneurs spend far too much time in the "lab" before ever getting out in the field. Tinkering too long with a prototype, working on their company branding, brochures, logo design or deliberating on patent filings before they have even spoken to one customer.

Starting a Business? Beg, Borrow and Take All the Free Stuff You Can Get

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 11.19.2014 | Small Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Regardless of where it comes from, cash is the lifeblood of any early stage company, and the most important rule of thumb for start-up cash flow management is this: never buy or build what you can lease, rent, or otherwise get for free.

Why HR, PR, and IT Are Worthy Startup Investments

Julia Neumer | Posted 11.11.2014 | Small Business
Julia Neumer

Money is tight, especially as you continue to build your startup. We know as well as the next entrepreneur that the bottom line is always top of mind. However, there are a few particular areas in which you should focus on early to secure future success.

When Star Talent Grew More Powerful Than Capital

Roger Martin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Roger Martin

Capitalists used to spend their time battling unionized labor for the spoils of their joint economic pie -- and generally capitalists were successful. Now their battle is with the high-end talent upon whom capital is entirely dependent to make the decisions that will make the company they own profitable or not.

After An Awful Marriage, This Woman Got The Sweetest Revenge (Literally)

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 10.02.2014 | Divorce

“My ex used to tell me I couldn’t cook for anything," Kathy Masunaga says, while sitting at a table in Sweet Revenge, her successful pie shop in H...

Three Ways to Help Your Startup Grow and Flourish

Julia Neumer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Julia Neumer

Congratulations! You've discovered a valuable solution, developed a mission with purpose, implemented a business plan, and now you are running a successful startup.

Recording History: The 1947 Partition Archive

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

The 1947 Partition Archive gathers crowd-sourced oral history recordings through an online platform. The younger generation is being empowered to harness widely available communications technology to interview their elders.

12 Midwest Startups That Are Changing the Status Quo

Matt Hunckler | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology
Matt Hunckler

These behemoths undoubtedly made a worldwide impact, but some of the biggest game changers aren't happening on a global scale. They aren't even happening in Silicon Valley. Midwestern entrepreneurs are proving a knack for finding niches and solving problems.

How To Make The World a Better Place: 4 Lessons on Founding a Non-Profit

Christopher Molaro | Posted 10.04.2014 | Small Business
Christopher Molaro

To be sure, there are many ways one can try to change and help their community, big or small. Admittedly, there are more effective and less effectiv...

It's Time to Quit

Dean Soukeras | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Dean Soukeras

I've been in the self-employed game and startup world my entire adult life. And unless I get an incredible offer from a company that I admire (you know who you are), I'll probably always work for myself.

5 Truths No One Tells You About Starting a Business

Sarah Walton | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Sarah Walton

The key, I believe, to surprise successes is constantly showing up and consistently taking action. Life doesn't "just happen," though at times it can feel that way. We've got to go and get it.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Sharing is Caring. But Not in the Sharing Economy.

Brad Chase | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology
Brad Chase

The sharing economy is taking the world by storm -- creating multi-billion dollar companies overnight and inspiring millennial entrepreneurs to squeeze cash out of anything and everything they have lying around the house.

Echo Chamber

Dean Soukeras | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Dean Soukeras

When you find yourself in a heated argument, a fear filled spiral, or an anxiety-induced panic attack, and you're the only one in the room, take a series of deep breaths. Your body will start to relax, and your mind will begin to slow down. When your body relaxes, your mind tends to follows.

Four Steps to Read a Meeting

Dean Soukeras | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Dean Soukeras

These four states of perception allow someone to get a sense of a situation quickly and accurately. The more you practice them, the more accurate they become.