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Rock Bands, Startups and Discovering the Next Big Idea

Jeff Pulver | Posted 08.29.2014 | Technology
Jeff Pulver

For the past few years, whenever I meet a new startup, I treat them like a rock band. Not only because I believe startups are rock stars, but because I have learned -- from my experience as the owner of an indie record label and as an early-stage investor -- that there are a lot of similarities between the two.

I Got You Covered: Ensuring Your Business Has Insurance When You Need It

Jack Garson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

When you buy insurance, you shouldn't be simply checking a box. You are investing in a life raft. When you hit an iceberg, you don't want to find out the boat leaks or isn't big enough for all the passengers.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

An Inside Peek at The Huffington Post

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

The winners flew in from all over the world -- from Canon City, Colorado to Adelaide, Australia. They won the competition by selling the most in their category over an eight-month period. The competition resulted in 21,000 entrepreneurs who created new businesses that sold more than $120 million in products.

Outdoor Company Cotopaxi Puts Its Money Where Its Heart Is

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

Cotopaxi donates a minimum 10 percent of its profit to one of its partner nonprofit organizations to create a sustainable impact in the community those organizations serve. Smith's company goes one step further by showing potential and returning customers where that donation is going.

Yonderbound: Disrupting Travel Booking and Breaking Tech's Glass Ceiling

Lin Humphrey | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Lin Humphrey

In my past career in travel ecommerce, one of the key issues I ran into was the extremely structured data format received from traditional reservation systems, which left little room for innovating the booking process.

To Get More Entrepreneurs, We Must Create Better Ecosystems

Ray Leach | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Ray Leach

As CEO of JumpStart Inc., a non-profit organization founded to address the lack of entrepreneurial growth in Northeast Ohio, I am sometimes called upo...

Inside Silicon Valley's Boys Club

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

A few years ago, if you had asked me about Silicon Valley's gender imbalance, I would have wondered what planet you were from. I believed it was a perfect meritocracy that was open and diverse.

6 Things That Change When You Become An Entrepreneur

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Be prepared for major changes to your lifestyle and psyche when you transition from an employee to an entrepreneur.

Three Ways to Help Your Startup Grow and Flourish

Julia Neumer | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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.

What the Startup Ideas Behind Product Hunt, Uber, the iPad, and Google All Have in Common

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

Some of the of the most successful companies in history started by "doing what's working." "Do what's working" means supplying something (or a variati...

What Does Y-Combinator and the White House Have in Common?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Marquis Cabrera

By using an agile, continuous deployment tool like the lean startup, government leaders and social innovators can experiment with new ways to solve old problems scientifically.

The Phone Call

Yoky Matsuoka | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology
Yoky Matsuoka

This Labor Day marks one year from the scary phone call I received. It took me this long to finally be able to face the facts and write it down.

9 Entrepreneurship Lessons From the Mountains

Steven Clough | Posted 08.20.2014 | Small Business
Steven Clough

You really have to love what you're doing and love who you're doing it with to make it worthwhile. In the end, one thing has become clear from these adventures: Not everyone is cut out for them. Some have no interest, others lack the discipline.

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: Should You Be Traveling This Road

Erica Noelle Duncan | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Erica Noelle Duncan

The thing about growth is that it's not always easy, and making the transition from employment to entrepreneurship provides a unique set of experiences that can stretch and pull you in a variety of ways.

Start-Art

Spencer Wolff | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Spencer Wolff

For too long the contemporary art world has been the exclusive redoubt of insiders, tastemakers, and a privileged elite. Gertrude has exploded this paradigm, and fashioned a conversational forum that democratizes and demystifies contemporary art.

Cultural Fit: 5 Reasons Why I Shouldn't Work at Buffer

Imriel Morgan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Imriel Morgan

The purpose of this article is not to criticize Buffer, their team or their culture because it works for them and they are doing very well. The lesson to be learnt here is you need to really think about where you apply as a cultural fit.

Meet the College Student Mentoring The Next Generation of Women Leaders

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women

Some college students spend their summers doing internships. Rising University of Pennsylvania senior Katyln Grasso spent hers running her own busines...

Why a Good Business Partner Can Be Bad

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Alicia T. Glenn

Too often we hear reasons as to why business partners can be bad. If you have an argument, then who gets the business? What if one partner doesn't pull their weight? However, I'm coming from a different perspective.

5 Ways to Spot Monkey Mind

Dean Soukeras | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Dean Soukeras

Everyone reading this knows what it's like to worry or fret or fixate on something. In business and our personal lives we face problems everyday.

Top Keys to Mitigating Risk in Your Startup

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

No matter what, you're going to face risks as an entrepreneur of a startup company, but there are always ways to minimize those potential risks.

3 Reasons Why All Entrepreneurs Deserve Silicon Valley Access

Shea Tate-Di Donna | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Shea Tate-Di Donna

Even with the growing interest in entrepreneurship, we must actively work to foster it, as it is critical to our success as a society and as an economy.

When You Google Gaza: Techies' Ambitions on the Embattled Strip

Jennifer MacKenzie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Jennifer MacKenzie

With no way to study abroad, factory work unpalatable, and his family depending on him, Ahmed wracked his brain for "a business that can't be affected by Palestine crises."

The Buddy System: How To Score A Brand Partnership

Lisa Serwin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Serwin

If you're a newer startup, then chances are, you'd love, love a pitch meeting with a big fish like Starbucks. But corporate titans like those are getting pitched all the time. Is there a shortcut to inking a deal with one of them?

Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts

Rohan Kusre | Posted 08.18.2014 | Small Business
Rohan Kusre

The Internet is doing to the crowdfunding industry what it has done to countless other industries in the economy: democratizing the process and making geographical barriers irrelevant.