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15 New Microsoft Stores to Receive MakerBot Replicator 2


On August 7, MakerBot, a Brooklyn-based 3D printing company, announced that they will be bringing their Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and filament to 15 additional Microsoft retail stores. Currently, they have held trial runs with their MakerBot Experience, a hands-on demonstration of the Replicator 2, in select locations on the West Coast. The Replicator 2 is… Read more »

5 Cheap Countries to Live In While Building Your Startup


When I spent six months traveling around Asia, my monthly budget was just around $1,000. $1,000 – including hostel accommodations, public transport, and eating out for two meals a day. Part of my trip took me to Yangshuo, a small and very touristy town nestled in the mountains. My entrepreneur boyfriend realized it was the… Read more »

Copyblogger Media Introduces Genesis 2.0 WordPress Design Framework


Yesterday Copyblogger Media unveiled their upgraded WordPress design framework, Genesis 2.0. Their current framework, Genesis, powers more than 2 million websites, and Genesis 2.0 is being rolled out to make the web faster, safer, and more mobile friendly. To help understand Genesis 2.0, picture it as a car. WordPress would be the engine, the Genesis design framework… Read more »

DreamIt Hosts Demo Day In New York, Features 15 Startups


Yesterday, DreamIt New York, a collaborative effort between DreamIt Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and Startl, hosted its demo day at the McGraw Hill Auditorium in New York City. The accelerator officially kicked off in May and focused on education technology, underserved and underrepresented businesses, and Israeli startups. DreamIt guided their 2013 summer class to create great ideas… Read more »

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 »