How to Raise Money in a Down Market

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

This post originally appeared on Tech In Chicago. Visit Tech In Chicago to listen to more interviews with Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.  Aaron Dallek is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Opternative – the world’s first online eye exam. The exam can be taken…



The 7 Coolest Ways to Ring Your Morning Bell [Video]

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

This article is part of a  Startup Week content series brought to you by CHASE for BUSINESS. Startup Week is celebration of entrepreneurs in cities around the globe. CHASE for BUSINESS is everything a business needs in one place, from expert advice to valuable…

Dev & Design

6 Startup Web Design Trends to Consider

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

In the age of social media, every startup needs a website. Even if your business doesn’t sell online services or products, a website can serve as your company’s home, help you market, allure investors, and work as a 24/7 online salesmen. Why? Despite what…

Marketing & Social Media

3 Critical Online Marketing Weapons for Your Startup

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 11:45 am

In a largely tech-driven world, startups must bolster their online marketing efforts with the use of the right technologies. In this context, the word ‘right’ doesn’t mean ‘advanced’ or ‘cutting-edge’. It essentially means the best-fitting technology for your business. Quite simply, which technology will deliver the best ROI….

Coworking spaces

With the Success of Coworking Spaces, Should You Launch Your Own?

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 10:20 am

Look hard enough and you’re sure to find successful entrepreneurs who’ve built diversified businesses from the ground up. But when you’re launching, it’s hard to find the funds for office space. And working out of the home isn’t always feasible—or fun. That’s why more…



3 Conversion Optimization Tweaks You Can Implement Today

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

Whenever someone lands on your website, you want them to perform a specific action. After all, you’ve invested so much in getting that traffic. When a user does perform the desired action – that’s a conversion. And when it doesn’t happen, well, that means…


Pivoting: The Fine Line Between Persistence and Stupidity

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The best coaches always have a pregame strategy. They watch film, scout, and devise the plan they think has the best chance of beating their competitors. The same logic applies to running a business. You have ideas, strategies, and a plan of attack. Unfortunately, the…


4 Reasons Why Science PhDs Should Get Into Startups

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Science-focused PhD holders are in a great position to found a high-tech startup today. At least, that’s the thesis of an in-depth and convincing blog post from the NatureJobs blog. There, Dr Mark Hammond, one of the founders at Deep Science Ventures, lists a series…

Tips & How To’s

5 Ways to Boost Your Job Interview Confidence

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

You can read about best job interview practices for days: Interviews are something everyone needs to do, and many people feel like they can never be prepared for. But there’s just one trait that goes the farthest: confidence. Here’s a quick list of things…

Coworking spaces


Bar Works: Why Work at Home When You Can Work in a Bar

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm

As freelancers, travelers, and entrepreneurs, we all know the plight of finding a work environment that not only inspires creativity, but also lacks the baristas giving you the stink eye. Sure, it feels like coworking spaces are a dime a dozen now, especially in…


Why You Need to Write Down Your Company Values ASAP

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

There are two great examples of a stellar company culture. The first: Netflix’s 124-slide presentation, titled “Culture,” which has been viewed 14 million times. The second: Valve’s Handbook for New Employees, a pdf that whimsically details a healthy and creative work environment. What do…

Tips & How To’s

When It Comes to Websites, It’s Allow About the User

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Startups are always looking for different routes to success. But without a website, you might as well throw in the towel now. A website is one of the most useful marketing tools, allowing customers and prospects to interact with a brand in the click of a…



Why You Should Ask for Advice Instead of Money

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

This post originally appeared on Tech In Chicago. Visit Tech In Chicago to listen to more interviews with Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.  Rod Rakic is the founder of OpenAirplane, a plane sharing marketplace. OpenAirplane makes it easy for pilots to find, book, and pay…



This Man Is Boosting South America’s Entrepreneurship

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

We all know how entrepreneurship is booming in North America. While the rate of self-employment is dropping, starting a business remains a very appealing business option. In other parts of the globe, attracting and creating entrepreneurs is an important means to boosting the local…

Tips & How To’s

Here Are 7 Content Marketing Tips for Your Startup

By | Sep 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Most effective startups hit the ground running with their content marketing efforts. If you own a startup and want to generate a lot of buzz, build up a base of interested buyers and, take the world by storm, you’re going to need to focus on content marketing way…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Alternative Sleep Schedules Can Supercharge Your Work Life

By | Sep 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Entrepreneurs are always pressed for time. Between the incredible demands at work and their attempts to preserve a social life, there’s very little time for anything else, sleep included. Unfortunately, a lack of quality sleep is dangerous and unhealthy. Eventually, it’ll erode the progress you’ve made…

Tips & How To’s

Lessons from Techstars on Perfecting the Startup Pitch: Part Two

By | Sep 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

This article is courtesy of Techstars, the best global ecosystem for entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. From inspiration to IPO, Techstars empowers the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing a global ecosystem made up of tens of thousands…