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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 »


4 Social Media Tools to Grow Your Startup

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When you run a startup, the last thing you have is time. Social media is now necessary to build one’s brand — and unfortunately, it takes a ton of time to cultivate and maintain. Luckily, there are a myriad of social media tools created to help you save time and accomplish your goals. Since there are… Read more »


The Top 8 Video Hosting Platforms for Startups

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This 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. Content marketing is one of the most cost-effective forms of “advertising” available to startups.  Through story… Read more »



Happy Birthday Nolan Bushnell!

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Today is the birthday of Nolan Bushnell, known as the cofounder of Atari and founder of Chuck E. Cheese, a pioneer of the video game industry, and one of Steve Jobs’s early bosses. < Tweet happy birthday to Nolan Bushnell! > Born in 1943, Bushnell is a serial entrepreneur if there ever was one. Atari, maker of… Read more »


8 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Getting a 409a Valuation

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Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is 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. A 409A valuation.  Why is it important?  Well, as Brad Feld says, “it’s going to impact every employee in your company that gets… Read more »


SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »


Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials from Tech Companies

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Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, and Broncos fans all over America are trying their best to forget it ever happened.   But the beauty of the Super Bowl is that regardless of which side you root for, everybody puts aside their loyalties when the commercials start rolling. This year there were some amazing tech-related commercials that… Read more »



6 Technology Trends to Keep an Eye on This Year

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The year 2014 is set to bring to our homes, offices and factories many technologies that have been in the experimental state for the past few years. Now, there’s no crystal ball to gaze into and accurately predict which open source platform will be popular next year or which Silicon Valley startup is going to… Read more »


Happy Birthday Cindy Gallop!

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Cindy Gallop, the creator of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv (NSFW), is celebrating a birthday today. Happy birthday, Cindy! Born in the UK in 1960, Gallop grew up in Brunei and came to her entrepreneurial career from the advertising world, where she worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Polaroid, and Ray-Ban. Her Twitter bio reads, “I like to blow shit… Read more »



The Startup Road Warrior: Healthy Travel Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Another day, another airport. Nashville, Tennessee. Melbourne, Florida. Hartford, Connecticut. Boston, Massachusetts. That was my January. And that’s the life of an entrepreneur. Growing the business means being on the road, but it makes my New Year’s resolutions all that much more difficult. Working out? Sure, totally normal to do squats and burpees in the… Read more »