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Mikey Likes It Ice Cream - Spreading Happiness and Making A Difference One Scoop At A Time

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Michael "Mikey" Cole's story is an inspiring one: he went from prison, to business school, to where he stands today -- selling healthy ice cream as part of his latest venture.

Crowdsourcing Design: An Interview with DesignCrowd Founder Alec Lynch

Phil Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

I've written extensively on this site and in my books about crowdsourcing. These days, you can use the wisdom of crowds to do just about anything--inc...

You Don't Have to Go to the Valley

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 12.25.2013 | Small Business
Jonathan Aberman

My overall message to entrepreneurs is simple. If your goal is to grow a business that is sellable in the short-term, you should build a business that your local larger companies will want to buy.

From Concepts to Companies: Creating High Growth and Wealth

John Warner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Technology
John Warner

Investors too often ask startup entrepreneurs what revenue will be in five years. Investors need to let the entrepreneurs know what they would like for revenue to be so entrepreneurs can plug that into their spreadsheets.

Views From the Top, an Interview with Venture Capitalist, Jalak Jobanputra

Susan McPherson | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Susan McPherson

Future

Columbus Might Have Blown Steve Jobs Out of the Water

Lynda Bekore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lynda Bekore

As we celebrate the 521st anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, let's remember him for who he really was--America's first entrepr...

Technology in Health Care: Thriving in a Patient-Centric Era

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Bobby Grajewski

The present is a great time for health care innovation. Instead of looking at the shutdown in Washington, D.C., or the battle over the Patient Protect...

Five Sources of Money for Your Startup

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 12.03.2013 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Compared with a few years back -- when credit markets froze, venture capitalists went on hiatus, and people's stock portfolios took a hit -- there are more funding options than ever for growing startups.

Silicon Valley Investors' Advice to Young Startups

Lili Balfour | Posted 11.26.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

At Boxworks 2013, Box CFO Dylan Smith led a lively discussion with a panel of Silicon Valley investors, from newcomers The Social Capital Partnership ...

Liquid Life: One Disruptor Who Is Revolutionizing How We Re-Charge

Ondi Timoner | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

In the tech world, no one gets a bad rap like the venture capitalist. Yet, sometimes these VCs are the greatest allies and closest advisors to the founders.

The Practical Bible for Venture Capital: Book Review and Interview With Andrew Romans

James Grundvig | Posted 11.18.2013 | Small Business
James Grundvig

If the founders of a company are diluted too heavily upfront, one day they will wake up and see the investors get rich off of their hard work, IP, and ingenuity. Once that happens, the spirit will be sucked out of them and their company will falter. And then what?

President Obama: We Need Title IX for Funding Women's Startups

Jules Pieri | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business
Jules Pieri

Please help me spread this idea... and get it in front of President Obama. He has daughters. He would never tolerate their exclusion from sports.

Reinventing Life Science Startups - Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently? We're g...

Reinventing Life Science Startups-Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Steve Blank | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the e...

5 Things Innovative Corporations Have Learned From Helmuth von Moltke

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 10.14.2013 | Small Business
Rebekah Iliff

In terms of innovation, today's leading companies have devised mechanisms by which to tap into the fire hose of entrepreneurs flooding the market. They are listening, sharing and learning; the best are collaborative in their efforts.

Funding a Startup

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.13.2013 | Small Business
Azeem Khan

Sometimes even deals that look like they're going to go through don't so never relax until you have the check in hand. It's always good to keep in mind that deals fall through, people back out last minute, and that it's a long and laborious practice. Don't let it discourage you though, and just keep working. When you work hard, things have a way of falling into place.

22 Lessons From NFL Coach Jason Garrett on How to Lead a Successful Life

Fahad Hassan | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Fahad Hassan

Building a business is hard. Building one that scale's is even harder. Know the fraternity you're trying to get into is elite. It's going to take everything you have to be among the best.

Entrepreneurship 101: The 'Best' Startup Pitch Deck & How to Raise Venture Capital

J. Skyler Fernandes | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
J. Skyler Fernandes

So where do you start? Your pitch! You can pitch even before you have a fully-functional technology or any business operations.

KITE: Making Humans Invisible to Mosquitos

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Perhaps the best part about KITE, from a consumer perspective, is that it's super easy to use. You simply place a colorful sticker on your clothes, and the device blinds mosquitos to your very existence for the next 48 hours.

Competing in the Venture Capital Industry

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

There's an unequal distribution of power in the venture capital industry: The best firms get the best deals and the best deals provide disproportionat...

Don't Give Away Your Board Seats

Steve Blank | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

I listened for a while as they went back and forth about whether he should be chairman. Then I asked, "Why should he even be on your board at all?" I got looks of confusion and then they said, "We thought all investors get a board seat."

The New Global Leader, Part III: Dr. André Domin, at the Beating Heart of the Bio Tech Revolution

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
O'Brien Browne

"I firmly believe bio tech start-ups have to network globally -- both in a business and a scientific sense. Also, they need to work with externals -- business leaders, mentors, coaches, consultants -- to ramp up their sales, management and marketing skills."

The First Female CEO of a Television Network Offers a Springboard for Other Women

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.07.2013 | Small Business
Natalie Pace

Kay reveals the secret behind the success, including how she strategically positioned herself to be a network CEO, at a time when women were only getting offers to become the secretary.

Sell Your Company, Not Your Soul

Lili Balfour | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

So, how does one land a company? I've created a simple structure to allow entrepreneurs to evaluate various landing methodologies (read: exit strategies).

State Crowdfunding and the State Banks Will Moot the JOBS Act

Kevin Lawton | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Kevin Lawton

We have a signed federal law allowing Americans to access securities crowdfunding, as per the JOBS Act.  But as usual, Congress passed the baton to t...