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Debt Ain’t A Dirty Word

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In the young startup space, it is acknowledged that finding investors is the Holy Grail. Oh those many hours of listening to presenters at conferences and reading the forests of articles written or how-to’s created – on better success at raising capital through investors. In truth, all this attention to finding investors can lead an… Read more »


Trey Bowles: Dallas is “Exploding” with Entrepreneurial Activity

Trey Bowles

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support!  In two years, says Trey Bowles, Dallas will be the fastest-growing ecosystem in the country. “What we’re really seeing is this explosion of entrepreneurial activity,” he says. Bowles… Read more »


Why Your Startup Should Be a Visual Organization: Interview with Phil Simon

Visual Organization

Next Monday, Phil Simon‘s sixth book, The Visual Organization, hits the shelves on Amazon. Last year, Simon told companies they needed big data with his book Too Big to Ignore; now, he’s telling them what to do with it – namely, visualize it. We’re not talking infographics here; we’re talking about turning tools and data into insights about… Read more »


Lionel Messi Surprises Fans on a Google Hangout

SWOL

Miami-based startup SWOL (Soccer Without Limits) and Google teamed up with Ballon D’or-winning Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi to surprise the player’s fans. This happened during a Hangout video session last week as a surprise to a group of unsuspecting soccer journalists and Barcelona fans. The Google Hangout panel included Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times… Read more »



How Entrepreneurs Can Benefit From Business Intelligence

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Much of the success of small and medium enterprises (SME) relies upon creating a system that is efficient and effective. Many entrepreneurs like to focus on sales and marketing, and some ignore optimizing their operations. However, business intelligence tools (BI) are changing the way many SMEs manage their data. According to a 2013 study by… Read more »


Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Miami to Train Women Angels

Pipefund Fellowship Miami

This week Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, announced the launch of its Miami program. The program will provide South Florida with resources to train high-net-worth women angel investors with the goal of creating more capital for local startups. “After graduating from Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp, our newly winged angels have continued… Read more »



Chicago’s 1871 to Launch FEMtech Startup Incubator to Support Female Entrepreneurs

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On Tuesday, Chicago’s 1871 announced that it plans to launch 1871 FEMtech, an incubator specifically created to support women entrepreneurs and to grow the number of female-owned startups. The incubator is another program backed by Google for Entrepreneurs’ #40Forward campaign, an initiative that involves funding 40 organizations to help increase the presence of women entrepreurs in the tech industry. The project… Read more »


‘Startupland’ Documentary Sheds Light on the Human Stories Behind Startups

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Last night, at the E Street Landmark Theatre in downtown Washington, DC, the Kickstarter-funded Startupland made its global premiere. Centered on the experiences of early-stage startups going through the accelerator process, the web series offers not just very informative guidance through the startup journey (such as raising capital), but also insight on the touching and relatable human… Read more »


10 Things PR Can Do For Your Startup

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Public relations are not properly understood by people today. Even if this domain of activity has been around for a long time, it is a shame to say this, but a lot of companies invest money in something else simply because they do not properly comprehend the importance of public relations. Bill Gates said: “If I… Read more »


4 Risks to Consider Before Moving to the Cloud

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Cloud computing technology is one of the most popular new technologies, and it has become widespread within a very short duration. Technologies are meant to simplify human efforts and deliver convenient usage of their products and services. There is no doubt about the fact that cloud computing has delivered a revolutionary solution to a wide range of… Read more »



Mompreneurs are Building Their Businesses by Selling on Facebook

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A report from Experian from 2013 has shown that mothers with young children, when compared to the general population, are more active on social media; they’re more likely to log into their various social media accounts on a daily basis, more vocal participants, and more likely to shop using mobile devices. Of all the social media… Read more »


3 Presentation Fails Entrepreneurs Can Avoid

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Entrepreneurs find themselves giving presentations often. From pitching at startup events to introducing your product to potential investors, being able to deliver a solid presentation is a useful skill for any entrepreneur. However, presentations can go awry as a result of technological problems and, of course, as a result of the human element. The technological… Read more »


Bring Your Own Device – 6 Steps for a Successful BYOD Program

BYOD

With smartphone use slated to reach 2 billion in the coming years, it’s no surprise that more than 65 percent of workers consider their personal mobile devices to be the most critical work device. The proliferation of mobile devices has encouraged employees to access work-related information on corporate networks through their personal smartphones and tablets. With the… Read more »