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International Startup Competitions & Why Your Startup Should Get Involved


For any budding startup company, there are a plethora of advantages to competing in a startup competition. But after competing in a dozen local competitions, what’s next? Surprisingly, there are many notable international startup competitions out there which accept participants from any country, and there are many reasons your startup should consider applying. For one,… Read more »

Entrepreneurs Feel Disadvantaged in Electoral Process, Want Campaign Finance Reform


In the midst of the GOP’s gain of the Senate yesterday, a recent poll conducted by the Small Business Majority shows that entrepreneurs feel disadvantaged in the American electoral process and believe that big business has an unfair influence on politicians. By and large, they also are in favor of campaign finance reform. “It’s important to… Read more »

3 Easy Steps to Deal with Immediate Stress


Entrepreneurs are faced with stressful situations on a daily.  I actually think that stress isn’t always bad; if kept under control, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. However, if stress takes over your life and you’re constantly running in emergency mode, you will burn out. Especially if you… Read more »

To Be a Great Leader, Have a Purpose-Driven Mindset Focused on Helping Others [INFOGRAPHIC]


Being an entrepreneur means more than merely starting a business – it means having the ability to work alongside others to make your dreams a reality…it means being a great leader – a leader that other can follow to push your startup’s success. While there are different views on what constitutes a great leader and accordingly as… Read more »

Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Backs Red Carpet Service Rover

rover2, the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire, today announced that it has received new funding from Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle’s A-GRade Investments, a prominent investor in the sharing economy sector. “The A-GRade team has been interested in this space for a while but it wasn’t until… Read more »

Not All Women Know How to Represent “Women in Tech”


The increasing sensitivity about women in tech has led to a strange new phenomenon: all women entrepreneurs get asked about it. Women get invited to speak at conferences, and they know it’s just to “change the ratio.” And we journalists are guilty too: it’s hard to interview a female CEO without asking some vague question… Read more »

The Age of the Social Media Copycat


There has been a trend of late among the leading social media platforms that I find to be concerning: Copycatting. Twitter, perhaps the worst offender, has recently redesigned its user profile pages in a way that is unmistakably Facebook-esque. There are also rumors it may do away with the @-mention, and that a new timeline-like… Read more »

Ageism in Tech – Too Old to be a Startup Founder?

Too Late to Start

You may have seen the catchy headline suggesting that Mobile Roadie founder Michael Schneider may be “too old for the tech industry” at age 30. These types of clickbait headlines are dangerous to the industry and set a prejudice in place that may prevent truly great entrepreneurs from taking the helm at the next game-changing startups. Addressing… Read more »

3 Startup Pitch Habits You Should Avoid

bad presentation

If you were to witness a startup pitch from two startups with equally cool technology, equally smart founders, and an equally attractive upside in front of the exact same group of investors on the exact same day, logic would say that they would both raise money for their startup, right? Wrong. Here’s why: At a recent… Read more »

Become a Stronger Startup Founder by Nurturing Your Soul


Last week I was invited to an event where a group of female startup entrepreneurs shared their experiences as business leaders. What was so refreshing about this particular conversation was that they all spoke about the role spirituality plays in their leadership style. We constantly read about startup founders and how they manage their company, yet rarely… Read more »