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DC Gets 4th Place in a Ranking of the Hottest US Startup Cities 

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In a ranking of the hottest US startup cities released today by RJMetrics, Washington, DC, came in 4th place, trailing San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. The study was based on Meetup data from over 16,000 tech meetups worldwide. They took into consideration the number of total tech meetups, number of total memberships, density (memberships… Read more »


Google Seed Micro-Fund Coming Soon?

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This morning my curiosity was sparked as I was followed by newly a created unverified Twitter account @GoogleSeed. The new Twitter handle posted a tweet sharing that Google Seed is coming soon. Due to the name and it’s creation coinciding with Earth Day I wondered if Google would be seed bombing the country in an… Read more »


Give Back to Earth with 10 Eco-Friendly Crowdfunded Projects

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It’s Earth Day! And what better way to give back to our beautiful planet than by doing our part. Let’s start recycling those Starbucks cups, and turning off the lights, and if you are too lazy to go plant a tree, how about contributing to an eco-friendly project? We created a short list of crowdfunded projects… Read more »


If You’re Approaching Burnout, Take a Careercation Now 

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Get chapters of David Niu’s book Careercation: Trading Briefcase for Suitcase to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness for free starting today.  In 2012, BuddyTV cofounder David Niu bought a one-way ticket to New Zealand for himself, his wife, and his 10-month old daughter, Keira. He was burned out, and it was time for a “careercation.”  Niu had… Read more »


You’ll Never “Make It”

Richard St. John

Success researcher Richard St. John wants everyone to avoid an all-too-common problem: success-to-failure syndrome. In his book 8 to Be Great, he identified the eight characteristics of successful people: They focus on passion, not money. They work, but have fun: they’re “workafrolics.” They get good by practicing. They focus on a niche. They push themselves… Read more »


The 2 Things Email Marketing Experts Are Doing in 2014

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Every new year, marketing managers, analysts, and pundits across the globe make predictions about the most popular trends to come in email marketing. Based on early statistics, the top priorities for real email marketing managers in 2014 are 1) increasing subscriber engagement and 2) expanding the use of list segmentation. Overall email marketing usage While… Read more »



No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published by John O’Leary on the Rising Above blog. As leaders, we are challenged each day to say “yes” to ever-increasing responsibilities. We’re charged to say “yes” to increasing sales with less time and fewer marketing dollars. Our answer must be “yes” to serve more patients, increase test scores,… Read more »


A Day in the Life of a Digital Nomad in Bali

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It’s Tuesday, February 4, and my alarm goes off at 6:15 am. With 6 hours sleep, I’m not happy to be awake. I mentally berate myself: should have gone to bed earlier! Not wanting to disturb my traveling companion, I slink into the bathroom. I left my computer and headphones there the night before, ready… Read more »





Charitweet Wants to Make Donating Less Annoying

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Making a donation to your favorite charity to support a cause you’re passionate about should be a seamless process, right? For some reason, sometimes it’s not. The process can be tedious, and not as spontaneous as people’s willingness to give. Charitweet is an online platform that uses the short and easy concept of Twitter to make donations… Read more »


What Happens In Downtown Vegas…Should Excite Miami Tech

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I arrived in the Las Vegas eager to experience Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project and see what all the fuss was about. I left inspired by the project’s holistic approach to community building and a true proponent of Hsieh’s leadership style. It made me realize that, if done correctly, companies can rebuild neighborhoods that are sustainable… Read more »


12 People Define Work-Life Balance in 1 Sentence

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Discussing work-life balance is a huge can of worms, but before we twist off the lid, it might be helpful to figure out what work-life balance is in the first place. Is it a certain number of hours worked, or a number in your bank account? Perhaps it’s a mental state? “The answer to this… Read more »


A War for Founders Is Underway

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A few weeks ago, I took my first trip to Moscow to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).  This was the most impactful event of my current startup, CoFoundersLab. Since 2011, I’ve visited many of the 40 cities we’ve launched in and enjoyed the privilege of meeting the visionary community leaders and government organizations who… Read more »