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Pitching For the Stars: Women 2.0 Showcases SpaceX COO and Startups Ready to Blast Off

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Yesterday hundreds of female entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the tech community converged for Women 2.0’s eighth annual conference in San Francisco. The conference kicked off with a keynote by the inspiring female COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell, a former mechanical engineer who joined SpaceX in 2002 as their seventh employee and is now responsible for day-to-day operations…. Read more »


2013 was a Big Year for Legal Startups; 2014 Could Be Bigger

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Roughly $458 million was invested into legal startups in the last year by investors. This is a remarkable increase from the $66 million invested in 2012. And 2014 began with a strong January seeing almost $12 million done in four deals. Awareness and confidence in the legal startup arena is growing.  This is in part… Read more »



9 Dirty Secrets of Crowdfunding: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

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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, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. “If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” - Benjamin Franklin Since its emergence, crowdfunding… Read more »


How to build a quality startup team in a competitive market

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It can be a challenge for startup to attract and retain quality employees. It can be even more of a challenge for startups in areas such as Silicon Valley, New York and other tech hubs, where the competition is fierce and the candidate pool is limited. As the founder of a company that’s working to… Read more »



12 Sites to Help You Crowdfund Your Dreams

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As the global financial crisis crashed the world’s economy, crowdfunding emerged as one of the new ways to fund projects. With the overwhelming popularity of social media, people started using public forums to crowdfund their projects. Crowdfunding has been implemented successfully to accomplish nonprofit social projects, and startups are now implementing this approach for financing business… Read more »


Does “Growth Hacking” Actually Work for B2B Startups?

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A couple of weeks ago, I chatted with a co-founder of a content management SMB looking for a growth hacker with tech skills. So I asked, you mean a VP of Marketing with a data-driven mindset? And it got me thinking. Where did marketing’s latest buzzword – growth hacker/hacking come from? How does it apply for… Read more »



10 Tips for Finding the Perfect PR Agency for Your Startup

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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, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. My inbox sees more pitches than Barry Bonds in his prime.  This comes with the territory… Read more »



Co-working Spaces – Are They Right for Your Startup?

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Tired of working alone at the local coffee shop? Maybe it’s time to rent a co-working space. It’s a great way to meet fellow freelancers, entrepreneurs and other solo workers. According to Forbes, The Bureau of Labor “estimates that by 2020, about 65 million Americans will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs, making up… Read more »


Tips for Eliminating Comment Spam on Your WordPress Site

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Finding that your WP site has been inundated with spam comments can be frustrating. Beat the bots and improve your Google ranking with these tips. There is a common problem that occurs on WordPress (WP) sites that frustrates many of users — spam comments. Those who set up a WP site soon find their traffic… Read more »


DC’s Conscious Venture Lab Helps Entrepreneurs Put Purpose Before Profit

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What would happen if businesses around the world started caring as much about people as they do about profit? This is the question at the core of Conscious Venture Lab’s mission. Conscious Venture Lab is an early-stage business accelerator that works with entrepreneurs to build companies with societal purpose. Their goal is to develop and support businesses… Read more »


No Success in Business Is Worth a Failure at Home

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You balance a lot of things when you start a company — long-term and short-term sacrifices and wins, debt and equity, revenue and cost of revenue. While entrepreneurs develop finely tuned antennae for these values, they often completely miss a far more important tradeoff. This is the time and passion they devote to the business… Read more »


Happy birthday Ashton Kutcher!

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No, we haven’t turned into a tabloid – but we would like to commemorate Ashton Kutcher’s 36th birthday today! Most recently, the tech world knows Kutcher for his role as Steve Jobs in the 2013 film Jobs. He’s also the cofounder of the VC fund A-Grade Investments, which has funded companies like Foursquare, Airbnb, Uber,… Read more »