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Phil Simon: What Startups Can Learn from Large Companies About Big Data

By | Aug 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

Let’s pretend, for a minute, that we’re living in the state of nature. I’m 5’5″ (ugh, fine, I’m 5’4.5″), so, naturally, I would invariably try to compete and survive in this land of giants. If you’re a small guy, you’re obviously going to try to make use…

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Small Goals Can Lead You to Big Success, Says Matt Dorey

By | Jul 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

In seventh grade, Matt Dorey was already learning about technology shifts and markets, but not from any classroom. After a $500 loan from his parents, which he had to pay back, Dorey purchased his first CD burner. Seventh grade was sweet: he paid back…

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Natalie Baumgartner: Cultivating Company Culture

By | Jul 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

I never fit in with the other people in my marathon training group. They cultivated this high-pressure culture that was dependent on immediate results, something that inevitably led to my not training as hard and eventually quitting. Of course, this is merely a tale…

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Matt Brimer: How General Assembly is Innovating Education for the Future

By | Jul 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

Although still in my mid-20s, I’m slowly starting to accept that the only “30 Under 30″ list on I’ll ever make it is the “30 Under 30 Who Consume the Most Popeyes and Chipotle Per Week.” Actually, on second thought, I would love to be…

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Sarah Austin Dishes about “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley” [VIDEO]

By | Jul 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Sarah Austin has made it her goal to expose the world of tech startups to the rest of America through Internet and television. That was one of the major motivations that drove her to create her own D7TV series, Party Crashers. However, after crashing…

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Tim Wolters: Company Culture is All About the People

By | Jul 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

“It’s all about the people,” said someone important, at one point, in humanity’s history. While I’m too lazy to delve into whether someone of actual, historical relevance made any such proclamation (although, I’m sure someone has – right?), there’s no denying the truth behind…

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Saul Kaplan: How to Stay Relevant as a Business [VIDEO]

By | Jul 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

Saul Kaplan is an innovation junkie, and to somebody like him, there is always a better way to do things. Big or small, change is inevitable, and the best thing we can do is make it work for us rather than against us. Businesses…

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Michael Tchong Wants You to Analyze Ubertrends, Not Normal Trends

By | Jul 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Bluntly speaking, Michael Tchong is a master at analyzing trends. As the founder of MacWeek in 1987, he predicted that Macintosh, now Apple, would be the go-to platform for graphic designers. That was the first in a long line of decisions that brought him…

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Jermaine Dupri: Before Anything, Understand Your Beliefs

By | Jul 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

I seldom come across a person in my life who does not recognize Jermaine Dupri as a rapper, producer, and CEO. “I Think They Like Me” is one of my all-time favorite songs to jam to. However, what a lot of people do not…

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Elizabeth Stark Is Working For Technological Solutions to Real Problems

By | Jul 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Elizabeth Stark, a born and bred East Coaster, took her years of past experience teaching about the future of the Internet at Yale and decided to come to the West Coast. A passion for the Open Web led her to a major crossroads in the…

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Brittany Laughlin: Bringing Military Talent to the Tech Community With Incline

By | Jul 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

Brittany Laughlin was born a geek. No dolls for Laughlin; she delighted in blowing stuff up with chemistry sets and analyzing critters under microscopes. That sense of curiosity did not abandon her as she got older. In fact, she applied it to the technology industry….

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Elizabeth Yin of Launchbit: World Traveling Makes You Adaptable

By | Jul 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Elizabeth Yin spent her life, through college, living in the Bay Area; after graduating, she was anxious to get out and explore the world. As she worked, interned, and consulted in Switzerland, Japan, India, and New Zealand, Yin picked up some crucial skills that…

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Blogging Tips for Startups from Sarah Kathleen Peck

By | Jun 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Among other things – and there are many other things – Sarah Kathleen Peck is a writer. But it took her a while to realize it, even though she spent her spare time crafting too-long emails, scrawling in notebooks, and inventing stories in her…

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Ali Partovi Tells Startups to Maximize Risk

By | Jun 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

Ali Partovi knows about risk, particularly when it comes to running a startup. He is a well-known angel investor and startup advisor, having invested in and advised tech companies like Dropbox and OPOWER. Besides the risks associated with investing, Partovi also has experienced the…