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United Kingdom

UK Copyright Extension Is “A Direct Assault” on 3D Printing

By | Aug 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

A recent UK copyright law extension that applies to “artistic works” that are industrially manufactured is, according to Rick Falkvinge, founder of the UK’s Pirate Party, “a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution.” The extension will be for designed objects like furniture: Previously, these…

Tips & How To’s

Top 10 Websites for Hardware Entrepreneurs

By | Aug 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Every entrepreneur’s business brings its own unique challenges – and few startups are more challenging than those that create physical hardware products. The good news is that a few websites provide excellent resources for hardware startups. Below are 10 of my favorite websites that…

Trends

3 Creative Ways to Advance Your Omni-Channel Retail Business

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm

For a successful company, every platform, every avenue is a sales opportunity. A retail business can’t afford to bury their head in the sand any longer. Whether you are a charming seaside boutique or a large departmental store, you need to have an omni-channel…

Tips & How To’s

6 Things to Consider When Growing a Tech Startup

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm

The point where you begin to see growth in your startup business is extremely exciting yet slightly terrifying. Although seeing your idea take off is beyond rewarding, this also means your full dedication and diligence will be required to ensure success as the company…

Reports & Rankings

Chicago

Better with Age: Chicago’s Top Ten Startup Founders over 40

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The startup world is filled with stereotypes. Whether it’s the casual dress or the unique office perks, every founder knows that people expect them to run their company in a particular way. But what if the stereotype pertains to founders themselves? It’s no secret…

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Dev & Design

6 Rules of Composition: from Art to Web Design

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The average consumer who visits websites is more likely to remain on a site that is visually appealing, at least for a while. He is looking for a product or service perhaps, but an ugly page, with clutter and distractions will make him bounce….

Tips & How To’s

5 Ways to Learn a New Skill Online

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

The Internet is an amazing tool that can make our lives much easier and put us in contact with the entire world. At the same time, it’s also an excellent way to procrastinate with lots of memes and jokes to look at. But, if…

Tips & How To’s

Getting Inside the Head of the Millennial Shopper

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

Millennials are often called the “C” generation – “C” meaning “connected.” This group of consumers has had technology in its hands since its toddler years, and use it for virtually every activity except eating and sleeping. It now represents over 25 percent of the…

Tips & How To’s

Growth Hacking Turns Unethical Reaaaaally Easily

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Eggless mayonnaise startup Hampton Creek is facing a PR crisis right now: The startup hired contractors to buy hundreds of jars of its own product in stores in order to create the impression of a demand. As Bloomberg reports, Hampton Creek told contractors to “call…

Marketing

How to Build an SEO Strategy on a Startup Budget

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Word of mouth and social buzz can be enough to catapult a startup into a new level of success. Not all great startup ideas or business concepts generate a buzz as it could be in a field the common person doesn’t view as interesting….

Harsh Reality

Why Scaling Fast Is Nearly Impossible

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Startup Genome analyzed surveys from 3,200 startups to conclude that, of startups that failed, 70 percent did so due to premature scaling. Jeff Haynie agrees: His 20-year startup career taught him a thing or two. Writing at Recode, Haynie detailed five lessons he’s learned in…

Tips & How To’s

How to Develop a Brand Voice for In-App Communication

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

You have a great idea for an app, and you are in mid-development. One of the challenges that you face is finding the right brand voice for your app. Finding the right voice is important for your marketing efforts. It is also important when…

Tips & How To’s

5 Time-to-Value Hacks

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

“Time-to-value” is the term that refers to the length of time it takes a customer to get the full value of a given product or service. Obviously, any entrepreneur will want that time to be as short as possible in order to cut down…

Trends

Tech Is Changing These 3 Processes in the Home Loan Industry

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

Mortgage rates are at near-historical lows. Even without the far ranging impacts of the recent Brexit (which the market is slowly correcting for), now is a great time for people who need to get or refinance a mortgage. But surprisingly, very few people are…

Productivity

5 Easy Steps to Boost Remote Team Productivity

By | Aug 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

It was inevitable. As digital communication became easier and more sophisticated, elements of the workforce began to work remotely. By the end of the last decade, about 34 million entrepreneurs and employees worked from home. This year, according to Forester Research, that number will…

Dev & Design

7 Great Web Design Tools That Are More Than Worth Your Time

By | Aug 4, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Web design walks a thin line between art and craft. While the aesthetic side of a website is important to maintaining your artistic integrity, clients typically insist on designs that will convert customers, be responsive, and follows the latest industry’s trends. And if you really want to make…

Entrepreneur

Why Reducing Your Free Trial Can Actually Double Conversion

By | Aug 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm

It’s a counter-intuitive result: Cutting your service’s free trial period from an easy-going 30 days to a mere 7 can wind up doubling your startup’s conversion times. At least, it did in one recently reported case. Here’s a look at how and why this quick…