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Starting Up Isn't All Rainbows and Unicorns

Jen Consalvo | Posted 07.17.2014 | Technology
Jen Consalvo

While starting up is not all rainbows and unicorns, you can make it fun by embracing the rollercoaster for what it is and enjoying the ride. In talking to thousands of entrepreneurs over the years, we've heard a lot of these behind-the-scenes, gritty, honest stories about what entrepreneurship is really like.

An Interview with Frank Gruber

Phil Simon | Posted 07.02.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

Frank Gruber probably doesn't sleep much. He co-founded Tech Cocktail in 2006. The company  has grown into a hub for the creative class, offering t...

From Commander in Chief to Chief Commitment Officers

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Natalie Pace

Together, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton powerhouse trio have become Chief Commitment Officers -- dedicated to challenging their members to create a better tomorrow. The main difference of the Clinton model is that members cannot just talk about solutions. They have to create meaningful change.

CEOs Talk, Dreamers Listen

Valerie Frankel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Valerie Frankel

During day one at C2MTL in Montreal, "a business conference somewhere between genius and insanity," several multi-milionaires delivered TED-Talk style inspirational speeches to the aspiring moguls in the audience.

What is the Downtown Podcast? An Interview With Dylan Jorgensen

Phil Simon | Posted 06.27.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

Personally, I think the guests we have had on from Singularity University have been my favorites so far. People like Dr. Omri Avirav­Drory and Austen Heinz have really stretched my thinking about what viable business models might come with the future of bio and nano tech.

It's Time to Get Rid of All Bosses

Rana Florida | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

The goal of team members and colleagues is to add value, skills and expertise. Managers can and should enable and even unleash their people, but they cannot control them. I am not the boss of my team, but I am available for feedback and input.

Why Versus What

Amanda Slavin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

‎A very wise friend named Sean Stephenson always says: "You can only control two things in life, your reactions and your interpretations." I didn't ...

Kanye Blasts Beloved Company For Selling 'S*** Product,' Company Responds Hilariously

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology

First Taylor Swift, then Obama, now a beloved online retailer. Why does Kanye feel the need to attack everything America holds dear? On Monday, Wes...

Progress and Promise in Las Vegas

Venture For America | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Jude Stanion, Venture for America Class of 2012 When I moved to Las Vegas over a year ago, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I had ...

Vegas Life Is Beautiful

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel

LAS VEGAS -- LAS VEGAS (AP) — A cadre of volunteers and entrepreneurs are putting the finishing touches on what they hope will be downtown Las Vegas...

Create LA, and Then the World

Amanda Slavin | Posted 12.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Amanda Slavin

If you Google SkidRow, Wikipedia will tell you, "Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations, between 3,000 and 6,000, of homeless people ...

Interviewing Chip Bell: The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business
BJ Gallagher

Chip Bell is one of my favorite authors. His books are smart, succinct, accessible, and practical. Among the mind-numbing, eye-glazing, sleep-inducing...

Lead by Serving

Rana Florida | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Leaders who inspire, mentor, and teach -- rather than dictate and order -- will have more productive, more engaged and more loyal teams.

Why You Should Stop Making Excuses and Start Doing Cool Sh*t

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Let me tell you just a few reasons why Miki Agrawal, whom I met through the inspirational Summit Series community, is a firecracker of a human being and one of my personal heroines.

Rap Stars, Ball Players and Tech Entrepreneurs

Kai Sato | Posted 09.18.2013 | Small Business
Kai Sato

As with athletes, rap lyrics often resonate with entrepreneurs because in order to be successful, one must possess conviction and be unwavering in bringing a dream to fruition, which rappers frequently describe in their prose.

Buzz Words and Results

Amanda Slavin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

I am inspired every day to keep doing what I'm doing, finding those people who are the inspired ones, the on fire ones, and the ones who are looking to change the world.

It's the Culture, Stupid!

Eduardo P. Braun | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Eduardo P. Braun

Strategy and culture are the two pillars for business success and for far too long we only paid serious attention to strategy. Now is the time to manage your culture!

It's Time for Leaders to Lead

Rana Florida | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

The traditional top-down approach, in which the boss sits at the top of the pyramid and orders the underlings to work harder, is no longer flying.

The Happiness Tipping Point

Sunnie Toelle | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Sunnie Toelle

Happiness is not about smiley faces, unicorns and light-hearted merriment. Nor is it about self-proclaimed gurus and their self-help anecdotes of supposed enlightenment.

Learning Is Cool: What I learned From C2-MTL

Amanda Slavin | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

For an adult who loves to learn, but also loves marketing, who has a background in education and events, you aren't told what way to go. There is really only one thing to do and that is to create your own path.

The Praying Mantis: Same Word, New Interpretation

Amanda Slavin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

For so long, I made up excuses and said I was stuck, I was convinced I made wrong choices, I was convinced I was not good enough, but those are all interpretations of stories I created in my head.

Could Downtown Vegas Become the Next Hub for Startups? (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge to discuss the revitalization project of Downtown Las Vegas, the new SXSW v2v program, and incredible predictions for the future of business and technology.

Small Group, Big Impact

Venture For America | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's hard to imagine what Downtown Project was like before the Venture for America Fellows joined our team. I'm not really sure how we functioned without them.

Choose Happiness: Listen to Your Happiness GPS

Amanda Slavin | Posted 08.03.2012 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

What is my foundation? When do I feel at my best and am I aligning myself with people and situations that help support me? I knew that the "happiness GPS" inside me was telling me to make a choice.

Is Play Part of Your Corporate Culture?

Darell Hammond | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Darell Hammond

This is a big week for KaBOOM! The whole team of Boomers -- what we call ourselves -- is gathering for our annual retreat, otherwise known as Play Academy. For us, instilling a sense of play into the organization helps energize Boomers and keeps us focused on our mission.