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Ensemble Launches, Provides a “Do-It-For-Me” Solution for Entrepreneurs


Ensemble, a new one-stop digital services suite, is launching today in Chicago to help support local and international startups in their post-incubator stages. This alternative route to the startup incubator model is backed by Red Rocket Ventures, Ora Interactive, Loud Interactive, SocialKaty, and Walker Sands. Most incubator programs are designed for a very short stage of… Read more »

GIGTANK Holds Demo Day for 7 Startups


Yesterday, GIGTANK held their demo day, marking the close of their summer-long accelerator program hosted by The Company Lab. Both entities believe that entrepreneurial thinking is the foundation of the community’s future, and they gave seven startups an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to hundreds of investors. “Since Chattanooga became America’s first Gig City, we… Read more »

How to Write a Love Letter to Your Future Startup Employee


As the CEO and primary hiring manager of your startup, you want the brightest, most talented employees. When you’re searching for new employees, you probably look for people who not only have the skills and experience you desire in an excellent employee, but also the passion for your company. What if you could write a… Read more »

Tim Hines of Business Traveler Social: Find a Technical Cofounder!


I’m an “idea man.” I’m really good at brainstorming remarkable, new thoughts into this world (a TV show about narwhal fairy princesses!). The problem, however, lies in the fact that I’m utterly inept when it comes to actually making these ideas a reality. Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, actually wrote a memoir bearing the same… Read more »

6 Reasons People Leave Big Companies to Join Startups


Over the last several years, startups have popped up all over the job market. While this is great for the entrepreneurial-minded, and for professionals searching for a creative work environment, large companies like Yahoo! and Google are faced with their employees leaving to join the startup world. Startups appeal to people working at large companies for many reasons —… Read more »

Why Facebook Would Never Have Started in Paris


It was 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard, joined by four of his fellow students. But nine years later, many Parisian entrepreneurs agree that France isn’t ready for Facebook, or the other darlings of the US startup scene. “Twitter could have never existed in France,” says Laurent Kretz, the… Read more »

StartupBoise: Energizing the Boise entrepreneur and startup scene


The best entrepreneurial communities provide an abundance of opportunities to collaborate, network, and share expertise. Boise, the City of Trees, has a lot to offer upcoming startups, but to take the city to the next level of entrepreneurial activity, this fertile ground needs to be nurtured. That’s why local entrepreneurs are so excited about the… Read more »

JOBS Movie Preview and Q&A with Director and Cast

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Steve Jobs built a cult following for Apple around the creation of innovative products like the personal computer, music player, mobile phone, and tablet. Products that people didn’t even know they needed. We know a lot of the recent Apple history, but what many people may not know is the original story of Apple. Last… Read more »

How Startups Can Triple Their Customer Base in a Year or Less


If you ask CEOs and business partners what their company goals are for the next year, you’ll likely hear one recurring answer: growth. But growth doesn’t happen overnight, and it certainly doesn’t happen without lots of effort on your company’s part. So, just how can startups triple their customer base in a year or less? It… Read more »

WeHostels Launches iPad App for Low Budget Accommodations


Today WeHostels, a mobile app designed to help budget-conscious travelers book accommodations around the world, launched their iPad app. The New York City-based startup is backed by an international group of VCs including Quotidian Ventures, Ventech, German Ventures, and CAP Ventures. WeHostels is hoping to extend the reach of their user base by tapping the… Read more »

BioBeats Brings in $650K Seed Funds From Hollywood Donors


BioBeats today announced a successful seed funding round, hauling in a total of $650,000. The funds did not come from groups that traditionally donate to medically affiliated startups. Rather, it came from a host of Hollywood’s finest: Will Smith, Scooter Braun, and Damon Wayans, to name a few. Nadeem Kassam, David Morelli, and Dr. David… Read more »

Jeff O’Hara and Edmodo: Build Tools That Support the Needs of Your Users


By the end of the following school year, all students in the United States must meet the “proficient” level or above on state standardized tests per the requirements under No Child Left Behind. You read that correctly: ALL students. One hundred percent of American students must pass their state standardized tests regardless of socioeconomic background, learning disability,… Read more »