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Chicago

Zach Kaplan of Inventables on 3D Carving and Empowering Makers

By | Dec 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

This post originally appeared on Tech In Chicago. Visit Tech In Chicago to listen to more interviews with Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.  The tech world is budding and new technologies are being invented every day. But what about inventions that power inventors? Zach Kaplan…

Tips & How To’s

The Business Psychology Behind IKEA Meatballs and Apple Stores

By | Dec 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

We all know that businesses use plenty of weird psychology tricks to get consumers to buy more, from the way grocery stores are laid out to how restaurants design their menus. But two tricks in particular seem to work against each other. By looking cheap,…

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5 Challenges Founders Face When First Starting Up

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

This article is courtesy of BusinessCollective, featuring thought leadership content by ambitious young entrepreneurs, executives & small business owners. Running a startup isn’t as intuitive as some people think. Like most things, the more experience you have under your belt, the more prepared you…

Dev & Design

5 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Website

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Given the bootstrapped nature of startups, it’s important for them to keep costs low and get everything right the first time. The margin of error is slim, so every mistake they make means wasted time and squandered resources. Startups cannot afford to use their capital to correct…

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What Stops People From Starting Their Own Business?

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Today’s employee often dream of being their own boss. But bringing their ideas to fruition, and starting a business of their own are often discouraged by a few hurdles that seem insurmountable. This notable doubt stops even the brightest of minds from pursuing the startup goal…

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Tips & How To’s

Here’s How to Design an Engaging Chatbot Personality

By | Dec 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm

While you might not be explicitly familiar with chatbot technology, you have likely encountered more than one in your life. Whether it’s customer service chatbots pinging you when you enter a website or entertainment chatbots bothering you on a social media messenger, this widely-used…

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6 Little-Known IFTTT Applets Your Company Should Try

By | Dec 7, 2016 at 11:20 am

I use IFTTT at least a dozen times a day. Of course, I’m never aware when exactly I’m using it, but that’s the point of the internet service: it’s designed to take a specific action automatically when triggered by another action. You can set it…

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5 Essential Steps to Take Before Launching Your First Site

By | Dec 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

Behind every successful product or service is a great website. This is because in today’s digital age every business needs a high-performing and aesthetically pleasing online home where consumers can learn more about its offerings. Although the process of creating a site is easier…

Marketing

4 Ways to Boost Your B2B Marketing On Snapchat

By | Dec 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Snapchat has evolved into a two-pronged platform. One prong is for public content, which consists of the personal messaging side of the app. This prong has been the facilitator of dog face filters, live event geotags, and DJ Khaled’s entire social media personality. It’s…

Data

The Pros and Cons of Big Data Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

By | Dec 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Big data is a relatively new discipline. In its initial days, only a handful of large-scale IT enterprises had the infrastructure and resource to support big data initiatives. But the scenario is changing rapidly. With big data finally becoming a mainstream business, quite a…

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7 Creative Ways to Get Your Brand on an Influencer’s Radar

By | Dec 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm

This article is courtesy of BusinessCollective, featuring thought leadership content by ambitious young entrepreneurs, executives & small business owners. When your looking to expand your brand’s message, building relationships with influencers in your industry can help bring credibility to your product or service. These…

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6 Entrepreneurial Approaches to Parental Leave Policies

By | Dec 6, 2016 at 9:15 am

This article is courtesy of BusinessCollective, featuring thought leadership content by ambitious young entrepreneurs, executives & small business owners. From a few weeks of paid leave to unlimited time off, companies take varying approaches to accommodating their employees’ parental leave. With family resources becoming…

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How to Avoid Letting Your Smartphone Ruin Your Work-Life Balance

By | Dec 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm

This article is courtesy of BusinessCollective, featuring thought leadership content by ambitious young entrepreneurs, executives & small business owners. Put your smartphone down for designated periods of time each day so you can focus on what really matters. With my constant travel schedule and…

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So What’s the Impact of the New Freelancer Economy?

By | Dec 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Freelancers are on the rise. In 2016, U.S. freelancers earned an estimated $1 trillion. In 2017, they’re on track to continuing growing. And by 2020, according to some studies, freelancers could become the majority of U.S. workers. Startups would be smart to adapt their hiring…