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The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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How Your Company Can Stay Connected to Customers in the Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:42 AM

2015-03-19-1426796716-418219-PeterDaisyme.pngAuthor Peter Daisyme is the co-founder of Palo Alto, California-based Hosting, a hosting company specializing in helping businesses with hosting their website for free, for life. 

Connecting with customers is getting more and more challenging. Your consumers are getting smarter, refusing to listen...

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9 Tips for Softening Bad News to a Client

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:37 AM

Everything doesn't always go according to plan. Which means that unfortunately, you sometimes have to give a customer or client badnews. To help you out, we polled 9 entrepreneurs on their best tips for softening this blow.

A. Offer a Positive Initiative

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SaaS Companies Must Adapt to Capitalize on the Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:18 PM

2015-03-12-1426186517-1061527-JeffFernandez.pngBy Jeff Fernandez

The rise of cloud computing is arguably the most consequential tech development of the past decade. Businesses now find it cheaper and easier than ever to access scalable, agile processing power and storage, and end users enjoy unprecedented platform...

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8 Top Tips for Mitigating a PR Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:26 AM

Marketing crises can -- and do -- happen to the best of us. To find out how best to handle even the toughest of situations, we asked eight entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) their top strategies.

1. Manage the Conversation

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3 Tips for Launching a New Venture in a Crowded Market

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:41 PM

2015-03-16-1426536203-1072856-SamKrichevsky.png2015-03-12-1426185028-3779085-aron.pngAuthors Aron Schoenfeld and Sam Krichevsky are co-founders of TanZ Entertainment Group, which creates novel experiences to connect audiences with creators.

As entrepreneurs, we often look for an untapped market or "blue ocean"...

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Why It Makes Good Business Sense to Give Away Your Product for Free

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 3:49 PM

2015-03-05-1425569805-1569980-IlyaSemin.pngAuthor Ilya Semin is the founder and CEO of Datanyze, the sales intelligence platform that tells you who's trying your competitors' software, and Datanyze Insider, a free browser extension for sales.

In today's digital age, consumers and businesses alike...

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5 Nasty Entrepreneur Surprises to Watch Out for

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:44 PM

2015-03-05-1425569949-6981508-MurrayNewlands.pngAuthor Murray Newlands is the founder of Influence People, a marketing agency helping entrepreneurs from around the globe to succeed online.

No matter how much prepping, planning and meeting with mentors you do, there are some common nasty surprises in store...

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Where Is All the Big Data We've Been Promised?

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:19 PM


Author Jesse Lipson is a VP & GM for Citrix, which acquired his company ShareFile in 2011. ShareFile is a secure file sync and sharing service that meets the mobility and collaboration needs of users and the security requirements...

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Millennials Don't Travel Like Other Generations, and It's Creating Major Business Opportunities

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 9:16 AM

2015-02-26-DerrickFung.pngAuthor Derrick Fung is the former CEO and founder of a music startup called Tunezy, which was acquired by SFX Entertainment (NASDAQ: SFXE) , the largest promoter of electronic music festivals. Derrick stayed on as VP of Business Development at SFX Entertainment...

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The True Test of a Great Business Idea

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:41 PM

2015-02-26-KumarArora.pngAuthor Kumar Arora is President of Aroridex, Ltd.

People often ask me how I figured out what type of business I wanted to start. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that I didn't figure anything out. All of my previous endeavors...

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Why Brands Should Look to Taylor Swift to Understand the Future of Marketing

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:03 AM

2015-02-12-EddyBadrina.pngAuthor Eddy Badrina is a co-founder of, a digital strategy firm for mid-sized and large brands, and CherryPick, a content curation application for brands and bloggers. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas, and...

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5 Experience Hacks That Can Transform Your E-commerce Brand

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 2:59 PM

2015-02-19-JohnTabis.pngAuthor John Tabis is the founder and CEO of The Bouqs Company, a cut-to-order online flower delivery service. Connect with John and @TheBouqs on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Competition is fierce across all industries -- especially for e-commerce...

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Smart Glasses Will be the Internet's Portal to the Physical, Hands-On World

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 10:47 AM

2015-02-19-KyleSamani.pngAuthor Kyle Samani is a Co-Founder and CEO of Pristine, the leading company pioneering Google Glass in healthcare and the broader enterprise; he's also a regular public speaker and blogger at

The Internet has been the most democratizing technology of...

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3 Mental Exercises That Increase Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 10:32 AM

2015-02-19-ryanshank.jpgAuthor Ryan Shank is the COO of Mhelpdesk, a field service software company that helps small businesses manage their jobs, scheduling and invoices.

The cliché, "The mind is more powerful than the body," has proven to be a successful strategy. However,...

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5 New Hotel Trends Business Travelers Need to Know About

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:37 AM

2015-02-12-BrookeBergman.pngAuthor Brooke Bergman is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Allied Business Network Inc., a free-to-join business network that offers entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses extensive discounts on the products and services that they use every day. Members save on...

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Why a New Approach to Vertical Integration Is Helping Startups Gain the Competitive Edge

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:35 AM

2015-02-12-MarcelaDeVivo.jpgAuthor Marcela De Vivo is the CEO of Gryffin Media, an online marketing company that specializes in SEO, Social Media, Analytics and much more. Gryffin Media has used the vertical integration model in their omni-channel marketing approach, incorporating elements of content, video and paid...

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Big Sharing Is the Future

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:11 AM

2015-02-05-PaulJohnson.pngAuthor Paul Johnson is Partner at Collaboration Quests and Founder at Uncommon Union.

You've heard the lament of Neil deGrasse Tyson: Big science is under attack. Less is spent on NASA, we abandoned the Texas super collider ceding sub-atomic physics to CERN...

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3 Ways to Become More Likable (That Your Competitors Don't Know About)

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 1:22 PM

2015-02-05-ArelMoodie.pngAuthor Arel Moodie is a best-selling author, authority on likability, professional speaker and the host of The Art of Likability, a top business/career podcast on iTunes.

Let's assume you have a great product or service. Let's assume you have a price that...

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How to Launch a Killer Kickstarter

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:01 AM

2015-01-26-PeterDaisyme.pngAuthor Peter Daisyme is the co-founder of Palo Alto, California-based Host, a hosting company specializing in helping businesses with hosting their website for free, for life. 

Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has become the premier crowdfunding platform -- it's received over $1...

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How to Make the Move Toward Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 2:55 PM

2015-01-15-JosephDiTomaso.pngAuthor Joseph DiTomaso is co-founder and CEO of AllTheRooms, the world's only complete accommodation search engine -- bringing you every room on the planet. If you can't find it on AllTheRooms, that's probably because it doesn't exist.

So you want...

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