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Is It Time? Considerations for Would-Be Founders

Wendy Torrance | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Wendy Torrance

Making the choice to found without considering professional capabilities and personal circumstances could lead entrepreneurs to found too early, or too late, and find themselves in untenable circumstances (or full of regret about a path not taken).

5 Ways to Boost Morale on Your Start-up Team: Lessons From Company Connector

Joseph Bubman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Small Business
Joseph Bubman

Maintaining morale can pose an ongoing challenge, particularly when it feels like you have undertaken a Sisyphean effort burdened by a never-ending series of roadblocks. Here are five ways to boost morale on your start-up team.

Freefalling Ethnographer: BeyondCurious Greeting Rituals

Carrie Yury | Posted 06.16.2013 | Small Business
Carrie Yury

Here are three things that work and two that don't about our morning meeting ritual.

Community Crowdfunding Models That Can Be Done Right Now

Kevin Lawton | Posted 04.16.2013 | Small Business
Kevin Lawton

To quote Indira Gandhi, "Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away." As a first step, I propose that we don't wait for solutions.

Sisters Launch Fashion Startup, One Deploys to Afghanistan

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.16.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

Sword and Plough Transforms Army Surplus into High Fashion From epaulettes in the 18th century to Adam Ant's glam-admiral look in the 80's, the fashi...

China: The Sleeper Awakens

Steve Blank | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I've lived in Silicon Valley for 35 years, I've taught in entrepreneurial clusters in New York, Boston, Helsinki, Santiago Chile, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Prague, and Tokyo, but the visit to the heart of the Beijing startup world Zhongguancun has truly blown me away.

What Should You Look for in an Internship at a Startup

David Thielen | Posted 06.15.2013 | College
David Thielen

Here's what to do to find an internship at a startup that pays off -- a fun summer, an interesting summer, and a giant step toward a great job upon graduating.

A Look at the Struggle of Small Businesses on the Internet

Drew Hendricks | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Drew Hendricks

Watching the latest marketing and advertising trends for your product, subscribing to niche market journals and simply keeping an eye and ear out for what your current customers like and don't like will have you on your way to mastering SEO.

Why I Chose Love Over Money

LearnVest | Posted 06.15.2013 | Women
LearnVest

I worried that, despite our best efforts, Andreas and I wouldn't be able to undo the precedent we'd set -- that his career might always come first or his ability to make more money would somehow determine how we prioritized our goals.

The 18 Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas That Eventually Became Successful

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Small Business

Even the most well-known venture capitalists have startups they regret passing on. For John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, it was Twitter. For Fred Wils...

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital

Steve Blank | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I'd share what I learned in China.

China's Torch Program: The Glow That Can Light the World

Steve Blank | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Start-up Owners Manual. In these series of fiv...

4 Metrics That Make Money

Lili Balfour | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

If we don't know what is wrong, we can't fix it. When we monitor our performance based on relevant metrics and compare our findings against our peers, we can enhance the user's experience and in turn enhance profitability.

How to Get Funding: 3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Close Deals Faster

Stephen Zarrilli | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Stephen Zarrilli

When everyone's on the same page, investors can better identify companies in which they have interest, and entrepreneurs can more quickly raise the capital they need to grow their business.

Top 5 Takeaways From the First Big Kansas City

Jason Grill | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Jason Grill

Four hundred plus individuals came together to hear stories of innovation from nearly 20 leading speakers, and to build lasting relationships within the regional and national community to move entrepreneurship forward.

Early Stage Funding? More Like Fun-'dying'

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 06.08.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

I started my company a few months ago and I have always been on guard for potential funding that would help me grow it faster. At the very early stage...

Entrepreneurs: Ditch Your Marketing Plan and Focus on Your Game Plan

Ciara Pressler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In my work launching new businesses (or fixing businesses that have plateaued), one place I see entrepreneurs in every industry get stuck, frustrated, or misguided, is in attempting to apply old models to new business.

TechStars: The All You Can Eat Lobster Buffet

Nick Taranto | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Nick Taranto

We're excited to publicly announce that Plated.com will be joining the TechStars New York class of 2013!

LOOK: New Small Biz Owner Goes For His Dream

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 04.04.2013 | Impact

Ever wonder what it's like to give up your current job to pursue the dream of starting your own business? Nick Lawrence Pfeifer doesn't have to wonder...

What Exactly Is "Hustle"?

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Part-charisma, part-sales, part-hard work, hustle is hard to pinpoint, but, when you see it, you know it. The hustler has something to prove. While ...

Windows 8 'Social Good' Contest Helps Startup Change Local Food Systems

Startup Weekend | Posted 06.02.2013 | Small Business
Startup Weekend

NetSquared, an initiative which aids individuals and communities in using web-based tools, recently hosted their first ever "Social Good Contest" for apps developed for Windows 8. Sponsored by Microsoft, the contest "encourages developers to make a difference in the world through the power of technology."

Operations: Get More From Your Team Without Sucking Their Souls Dry

Landon Ray | Posted 06.03.2013 | Small Business
Landon Ray

What is it that big, stodgy corporations have discovered about running a business that keeps things chaos-free? The answer is that big businesses have discovered 'process' and they've run with it.

13 Favorite Startup Quotes -- From Tony Hsieh to Field of Dreams

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 06.03.2013 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

What's your favorite startup quote of all time? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs.

Steeple Chase

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

BROOKLYN'S FAITHSTREET BRINGS TECH TO CHURCH One sector has been largely immune to the enthusiasms of tech - religion. It's understandable: spiritual...

The Reinvention Movement: Claim Your Uniqueness

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Every day people who never imagined themselves as inventors, business owners, culture shifters, and reinventors have begun exploring all those unexplored sides of who they are, and what they might become.