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Tips for Eliminating Comment Spam on Your WordPress Site

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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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

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 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

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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 »








Startups, Marketing Is Not Just Your First Press Mention

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The beta launch is a software proving ground. Everyone has an idea for the next Facebook, Google, or Angry Birds, but what separates the cream from the crop is a successful beta test. If your software is glitchy with your five-man development team testing it, adding another 5,000 users to the mix will spell disaster… Read more »


5 Changes Startup Managers Should Make in the New Year

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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to set goals for your startup and improve management. The key to improving your startup and being an effective manager is acknowledging the fact that all your employees have something valuable to offer. Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean your employees can’t contribute ideas… Read more »