Tips & How To’s

The Future of Business Favors the Fearless

By | Mar 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

PJ Tanzillo has a big job. By title, he’s the Head of Consumer Products for Favor. In practice, he oversees product management, offers marketing direction, and keeps an eye on finances, all while supporting the whole operations business. We were lucky to receive some…

Marketing

Top Brands Are Moving Advertising Dollars to Influencer Marketing

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

For a strategy once defined by Millennial audiences and consumer-focused brands, influencer marketing has undergone a significant shift in the last year, gaining the trust of marketers across all industries. Recent research has found that 86 percent of marketers used influencer marketing in 2016,…

HR and Recruiting

5 Perceptive Interview Questions to Ask Your Potential Hire

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

When it comes to building your team, you can’t just go out there and hire anyone. A potential hire has to be the best fit for your company. They have to fit the culture of your business and have what it takes to get work…

Inspiration

3 Inspirational Moments from Women Founders

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Inspiration can come from many places. Whether it’s your family, your coworkers, or the inspirational posters hanging on your wall, there are plenty of sources that promote keeping your eyes on the prizes. For founders building a business, staying motivated and keeping their team focused…

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NYC

New York’s Top Ten Startup Founders Over 40

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

It may come as a surprise to many, but most startup founders are actually in their 30’s, and 38 percent are over 40, according to a study conducted by Mattermark on behalf of Bloomberg Beta. Even more enlightening is the fact the average age…

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Healthy Entrepreneur

7 Signs Adult ADHD Might Be Interfering With Your Performance at Work

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

As many as nine million adults in America have ADHD, and most of them are part of the national workforce. Unfortunately, many of them struggle in their employment roles. One survey found that 50 percent of adults with ADHD are unable to maintain a full-time…

Productivity

4 Ways to Increase Employee Motivation Without Raises or Promotions

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

Employees are the lifeblood of your company, and if you aren’t showing them that you care, you’re going to have a bad time. While you might think raises and promotions are the only solution to this pressing problem, you’re wrong. There are plenty of…

Tips & How To’s

10 Elements All Written Company Guidelines Should Include

By | Feb 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Company culture is important to establish as a burgeoning company. Whether you plan on being a super chill founder with flip-flops and hoodies or a rigid, tough love type that requires professionalism at every turn, employees need to know what to expect from day…

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The 4 Key Abilities for Self-Employment Success

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

A business venture in which any individual earns money based on independent work is called self-employment. It includes small business owners, entrepreneurs, subcontractors and freelancers. While there are a plethora of benefits to being self employed — including a flexible schedule, greater autonomy, the freedom…

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3 Founders Explain How Mentorship Helped Their Business

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Mentors, organizations, and personal relationships are key components to any founder’s support system while building a business. And leaning on their inner circle for guidance, advice, and emotional relief can help create a path for success for many years to come. The Consumer Technology…

Tips & How To’s

Why Newbie Full Stack Developers Should Maybe Find a New Job Title

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

A full stack developer refers to someone who can handle code for both the back end and front end of a website. Naturally, it’s a pretty high-demand job, since it requires a vast breadth of experience. And since it brings in the big bucks, it…

Funding

Phoenix

Venture Capitalists Talk About the Importance of Due Diligence

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Within a tech ecosystem, local investors are on alert to find the hottest startup and latest innovation where they can place their money and hopefully strike gold. Phoenix Startup Week and Chase for Business hosted a venture capital panel with seasoned and active investors…

Tips & How To’s

6 Financial Myths You Should Always Ignore

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

The world is filled with misleading financial myths. Whether its the fact that working more equates to earning more or that 8/10 startups fail within their first year, it’s always important to do your research. Don’t be swayed by old myths because you could be…

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Chicago

Data-Driven Small Business Lending with George Souri of LQD Finance

By | Feb 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

George Souri is the founder and CEO of LQD Business Finance, a startup providing quick, convenient, and affordable financing to small and medium-sized businesses that are traditionally underbanked. LQD is leveraging data to offer business loans in the $250,000 to $3 million range to help…

Interviews

James Eder Founder of Causr on Networking the World Together

By | Feb 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

Networking is an important skill of its ow. Knowing how to engage people, figure out what they want, and deciding whether or not it’s a good use of your time is incredibly challenging. Now imagine you’re traveling to a different city and don’t know…

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Chicago

Sparking Conversations One Shoe at a Time with Raaja Nemani of Bucketfeet

By | Feb 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Raaja Nemani is the cofounder and CEO of Bucketfeet, a footwear startup that collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes. The idea began in Argentina when Aaron Firestein gave Raaja a pair of hand-designed canvas shoe inspired by the city blocks…

Funding

4 Tips on Fundraising From Yi-Jian Ngo of Alliance of Angels

By | Feb 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director of the Alliance of Angels, oversees the Northwest’s largest and most-active Angel network that facilitates $10MM+ investment across 20+ companies each year. For early-to-mid stage startups, understanding what investors are thinking and expect from your pitch and what founders should…