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9 Low-to-No Cost Marketing Tips for Startups


The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email… Read more »

This 22-Year-Old Is Way More Worldly Than You


At 16, Sanjay Kumar Rajpoot had already been accepted to Columbia University and then thrown out for some of his “extracurricular” activities. But instead of returning home to California, he stayed in New York and lived among the homeless for a week. He just “meandered,” he recalls. He didn’t call his family. And he met… Read more »

Top 5 Myths About Employee Referral Programs


Companies looking to recruit top talent often turn to their current employees for referrals, but new data from, a social employee referral management platform, reveals limiting the referral process to only current employees — and leaving out the rewards — is a mistake. When rewards were offered, 41 percent of referral hires came from… Read more »

Weekend Watching: 4 Videos on How to Grow Your Network


If you plan on working this 4th of July weekend instead of heading out for some smoky barbecue in the great outdoors, we’d kindly ask you to think again – or, at least, think differently. One of the types of “work” that so many entrepreneurs undervalue is networking – perhaps because it’s associated with stiff… Read more »

Failure Friday: Manpreet Singh on Showing, Not Telling


In the startup world, failure is cause for celebration.  This is true for three reasons. Although not the preferred outcome, failure is a byproduct of risk taking.  Taking risks is the only path to success. Celebrating failure reduces the attached stigma.  Many fail to take action out of a fear of how it will reflect on them. Failure… Read more »

Hsieh, O’Reilly, Case: 3 Visionaries Reshaping the World [VIDEO]


On the surface, Tony Hsieh, Tim O’Reilly, and Steve Case are far apart – quite literally. One is revitalizing the once-bare neighborhood of downtown Las Vegas, the other is leading the geeks in Silicon Valley, and the last is supporting the interests of entrepreneurs in Washington. But all three can agree on one thing: communities… Read more »

5 Secrets of Creating a Rockstar Remote Team


Startups and small businesses that operate remotely need to have the best team of employees. Since you don’t get to see your employees on a face-to-face basis, it’s important to hire people you can count on to do their jobs. Here are five secrets to hiring a rockstar remote team for your startup: 1. Find… Read more »

5 Reasons Your Business Should Design a Career App


HR and recruiting technology is quickly evolving for employers. More and more job seekers are using their mobile devices to apply for jobs, which means employers need to keep up with this trend. If you’re looking for a new a way to attract talented candidates, consider creating a mobile career app. It’s important for your… Read more »

Announcing: The Challenge Cup, a Global Startup Competition

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Today, 1776, announced the Challenge Cup, a global startup competition that will culminate in a week-long festival in Washington, DC. Starting in October, the Challenge Cup will include pitch competitions in 16 cities around the world. Startups will vie to be finalists in the categories of health, education, energy, and city challenges (like transportation or… Read more »

Finding a Balance in Fear as an Entrepreneur


Before I started my first company, I didn’t believe in stress. I genuinely thought people just complained a lot. Then, I racked up a $100,000 American Express bill from overspending without tracking my advertising, and I became a believer in work-related stress. The saying goes “If you’re not scared, you’re not doing it right.” My… Read more »

Millennials aren’t lazy; they’re taking over the world


It was not too long ago that TIME Magazine criticized Millennials as “lazy, entitled narcissists” before delivering a backhanded compliment to billions of people who are classified in the loosely defined age bracket. Well, TIME Magazine is wrong. In fact, young people are primed to make massive change in the world, and people young and… Read more »

How to Get Out of a Rut: 19 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets

getting out of a rut

This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up,” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of startups throughout June. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart.  The emotional roller coaster will present many highs and lows.  Because managing and motivating your team will require a more consistently positive… Read more »

When Your Startup Fails


This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up,” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of startups throughout June. When your startup fails, you have to gather your team together and tell them the news. You try to avoid the word “failure”; instead, you say, “Thanks for everything” or… Read more »

Why You Should Take Noah Kagan’s AppSumo Course


Most wanna-be entrepreneurs are trying to get funding and get connected to influential networks through startup accelerators such as TechStars and others. The thinking behind that is you need money and a network to build a startup. On the other hand, AppSumo founder Noah Kagan started a DIY course named “Make Your First Dollar.” The course focuses… Read more »