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How to Bring your App to Market


You wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in a cold sweat. Shakily, you grab a pad and paper and jot down the ideas that are swimming in your head. Overcome by exhaustion, your head falls back to the pillow and you fall back asleep. The next morning, you wake up and read the notepad… Read more »

How to Launch a Startup Without Quitting Your Day Job


More and more people are dreaming of becoming entrepreneurs, attracted to the innovation, creativity, and flexibility this route offers. Are you one of them? If so, then you need to understand one of your options: starting up without quitting your day job. With this approach, you will have the continuous investment to continue your business. Moreover, you will be able… Read more »

How to build a quality startup team in a competitive market


It can be a challenge for startup to attract and retain quality employees. It can be even more of a challenge for startups in areas such as Silicon Valley, New York and other tech hubs, where the competition is fierce and the candidate pool is limited. As the founder of a company that’s working to… Read more »

Does “Growth Hacking” Actually Work for B2B Startups?


A couple of weeks ago, I chatted with a co-founder of a content management SMB looking for a growth hacker with tech skills. So I asked, you mean a VP of Marketing with a data-driven mindset? And it got me thinking. Where did marketing’s latest buzzword – growth hacker/hacking come from? How does it apply for… Read more »

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect PR Agency for Your Startup

10 tips for PR

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. My inbox sees more pitches than Barry Bonds in his prime.  This comes with the territory… Read more »

Co-working Spaces – Are They Right for Your Startup?


Tired of working alone at the local coffee shop? Maybe it’s time to rent a co-working space. It’s a great way to meet fellow freelancers, entrepreneurs and other solo workers. According to Forbes, The Bureau of Labor “estimates that by 2020, about 65 million Americans will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs, making up… Read more »

Tips for Eliminating Comment Spam on Your WordPress Site


Finding that your WP site has been inundated with spam comments can be frustrating. Beat the bots and improve your Google ranking with these tips. There is a common problem that occurs on WordPress (WP) sites that frustrates many of users — spam comments. Those who set up a WP site soon find their traffic… Read more »

4 Social Media Tools to Grow Your Startup


When you run a startup, the last thing you have is time. Social media is now necessary to build one’s brand — and unfortunately, it takes a ton of time to cultivate and maintain. Luckily, there are a myriad of social media tools created to help you save time and accomplish your goals. Since there are… Read more »

8 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Getting a 409a Valuation

409a valuation

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. A 409A valuation.  Why is it important?  Well, as Brad Feld says, “it’s going to impact every employee in your company that gets… Read more »

SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign


Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »

Scott Case: Luck Isn’t About Getting Lucky [VIDEO]


If I challenged you to strike up a conversation with a random neighbor, would you do it? According to Scott Case, refusing to do so may keep you from future opportunities. When people talk about startup success, they tend to reference the significance of luck or how certain startups got lucky. Case insists that luck… Read more »

How To Talk Nerdy And Influence People


 If you are a startup founder, product manager, user experience designer or otherwise playing any role that may influence a product in any way, shape, or form, you need to get familiar with BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model. I have made it my mission at my startup Speek, where we are making conference calls fast and… Read more »

How Home-Based Entrepreneurs Can Be Productive, Not Just Busy


According to Forbes, 52 percent of small businesses in the US are home-based. Proper time management is a key factor, if not the most important element of any successful business, but it can be especially challenging for entrepreneurs who work out of the home. Working from home means that you’ll have to battle numerous distractions, overcome… Read more »