University’s “Shark Tank” Empowers Students

By | Oct 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

As an undergraduate with a business idea, founding a company can be very difficult. Accumulating the right press, gaining funding and traction, and growing an audience (while battling a sea of existing competition) is almost impossible – especially when you’re drafting your business plan…



Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour Comes to D.C.

By | Oct 28, 2015 at 11:12 pm

We’re proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. We’ve talked about the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour for the past couple of weeks. The tour is visiting…

Dev & Design

How to Build a Successful Website in 5 Easy Steps

By | Oct 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Millions of blogs and websites are being built and uploaded online every day. So what separates normal sites from highly successful sites? Follow these 5 simple steps to ensure your site is among the best. Below is an infographic showing the five steps to…


The Big Data Behind Fantasy Sports: Q&A with Valéry Bollier, CEO of Oulala

By | Oct 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

While the gaming industry is rarely associated with big data science, Valéry Bollier and Benjamin Carlotti challenge the statement, explaining the ins and outs of creating a massively popular fantasy football company Oulala based on complex mathematical matrix and numerous statistical variables. Learn about…

Tips & How To’s


How to Get the Most Out of Meetups

By | Oct 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Once you’ve graduated from college and have started to work in the real world, a common question I’ve encountered is ‘how do I meet new people?’ Whether it’s for professional growth, finding new friends, or getting involved with a new hobby, Meetups are a…



San Francisco

Workplace Communications is Evolving…Where will the conversation take you?

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Most of us still work in environments where email is king, but several workplace shifts are driving a transformation in business collaboration as we know it—including the rise of today’s remote workforce. This phenomenon is increasing the need for team communication tools that fit the unique workstyles…


What Makes Entrepreneurs Different Than Others?

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

One of the main things to remember about creating a startup is that there is an enormous chance for failure. When you think about this, it’s easy to wonder why anyone in their right mind would choose this path, since it is much easier…



Seattle Startup Week: Women Entrepreneurs All About Business

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Seattle Startup Week is an opportunity for founders and entrepreneurs to connect and learn. Monday October 26, Janis Machala hosted the panel I previewed earlier this week. The discussion focused on stories and practical advice from women who successfully navigated the path from idea…


An Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Healthy Back and Neck During Sleep

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

The Dalai Lama tells us that “sleep is the best meditation.” I would add that for many ailments, it is the best medication, too. Sleeping well has positive effects on mood, memory, heart, weight, may help us live longer, and can especially help us…

Marketing & Social Media

10 Cool Editing Tools To Make A Blogger’s Life Easier

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Editing can be a difficult task for a creative person who has great ideas, but doesn’t enjoy checking grammar. Becoming a successful blogger (and a better writer) is easier than ever, thanks to the following 10 online editing tools.  With these tools, any blogger can…

Tips & How To’s

Get Featured By The App Store With These Tips

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

It’s quite difficult to get featured your app by Apple these days. The App Store is fast becoming crowded and the competition for shelf space is intense, with more than 1,000 application submissions every day. What you have to do to get featured? Here…


6 Startup Offices and the Cultures Behind Them

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

The way a company structures its office can say a lot about about it’s culture. Are they collaborative? Laid back? Creative? Or…none of those things. As much as the office’s aesthetics might reflect the culture, the opposite is true as well. These offices all reflect the spirit of…

Marketing & Social Media

7 Amazing Tools To Simplify Your Inbound Marketing Needs

By | Oct 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

Inbound marketing is all the rage right now, but it can also be extremely time consuming, and difficult to track results. Marketers need to be able to make the most of their campaigns, while many also need to stay on top on content creation…



6 Steps Any Entrepreneur Can Take to Relieve Stress

By | Oct 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

At some point, it seems like the terms “entrepreneur” and “supremely stressed out” became synonyms. Some entrepreneurs even wear chronic sleep deprivation, insane hours, and enormous workloads as bizarre badges of honor. But being perennially stressed out isn’t something to be proud of; it’s…



Seattle Start Up Week: Data Science and Your Start Up

By | Oct 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

With new career fields emerging in the world of Big Data, founding and efficiently scaling your start-up means finding and keeping team members who can handle the vast amounts of data your concepts needs to work. Lee Ngo hosted a panel at Seattle Startup…

Dev & Design

Essential Web Design Features for an E-Commerce Site

By | Oct 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The difference between a business website and an e-commerce site lies with design. For online stores, it is not enough to have a ‘beautiful’ website. It needs to go beyond being attractive to being functional, leading potential customers to the products they are looking…


5 Ways to Make the Most of Any Accelerator Program

By | Oct 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

This past summer I was a member of 500 Startups, one of the top accelerator programs in the world.  For those who aren’t familiar with 500 Startups or other accelerators (like Y Combinator or Tech Stars,) it’s helpful to understand how these organizations function to fund…