Inspiration

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From These 4 Mentorship Stories

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Having a mentor to coach you through the twists and turns of startup life can be invaluable. Even researchers agree that founders who engage with mentors will increase their bottom line. In a study by mentorship program MicroMentor, data shows that “mentored businesses increased their revenue…

Opinion/Analysis

Why the Much-Hyped “Netflix of Books” Model Ended Up Flopping

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Last year, every social media network out there tried to jump on the streaming video train. Facebook had Facebook Live. Twitter had Vine. Snapchat had itself. Instagram copied Snapchat. Even Tumblr added live video. But Netflix, which alone produces a third of the internet traffic in…

Entrepreneur

3 New Innovations from the Mind of Elon Musk

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Elon Musk is undeniably the entrepreneur of the moment right now. Between Tesla and SpaceX alone, this innovative mogul has changed everything from space travel to transportation in a manner befitting a superhero. His revolutionary ideas and unparalleled drive could shape the future of…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Study: Daytime Stress Is Crushing Your Quality of Sleep

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm

We all know that sleep is important for a healthy lifestyle, but it might be making the difference between a day of crossfire with your friends and family and a day of social harmony. Researchers in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State…

Ecosystems

Phoenix

5 Veteran-Led Businesses Innovating in Phoenix

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Being in the military is a great honor in this country. But when the brave men and women return from serving the United States, many turn to entrepreneurship as a way to continue supporting themselves and their families. In fact, nine percent of all…

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Tips & How To’s

How a Better Logo Can Improve Your Business

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

Many people, especially those who are starting a new business, would say that choosing or making a logo is one of the easiest parts of the job. But is it? Creating a visual identity for a business is not like putting some random picture…

Tips & How To’s

5 Tools for Connecting with Potential Customers in 2017

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

Engaging with customers is a lot harder than it sounds. Whether it’s review sites, snail mail, search engine marketing, video conferencing, or old school email newsletters, you’re going to need something to create strong relationships that generate sales and customer loyalty. Fortunately, there are…

technology

4 Simple Ways to Protect Your Smart Home From Hackers

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

Towards the end of 2016, a series of massive DDoS attacks took out some of the internet’s biggest websites, including PayPal, CNN, Reddit, Github, Netflix, Twitter, and many others. The attack billed as one of the biggest in the history of the internet, was…

Accelerator

Portland, Maine

Top Gun Accelerator Accepts 38 Startups into Class of 2017

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

This article is courtesy of Maine Startups Insider, created by Whit Richardson, a journalist who’s covered Maine’s business community for the past decade. Visit Maine Startups Insider to read more about Maine’s startup community and subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Top Gun, a program…

HR and Recruiting

You Can Increase Cuѕtоmеr Loyalty By Trеаtіng Employees Bеttеr

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

According to rеѕеаrсh ѕtudіеѕ, over 70 percent of сuѕtоmеrѕ wіll ѕtор dоіng buѕіnеѕѕ with уоu bесаuѕе оf hоw thеу wеrе treated. Thіѕ dоеѕ not mеаn they hаd аn іѕѕuе rеlаtеd tо quality or price; оnlу аbоut 20 percent tоtаl lеаvе fоr thоѕе rеаѕоnѕ. Thеу…

Startups & Apps

DonorSee Let’s You Donate Directly to Specific Needs

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Gret Glyer, founder and CEO of DonorSee, wants you to stop giving to Big Aid. No, it’s not because he has something against charitable gifts. Glyer wants you to stop giving to charity because he’s discovered a better way to give. “Big Aid organizations are…

Jobs

Interview: Indeed’s SVP Raj Mukherjee on the Job Search Industry in 2017

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Indeed is the world’s largest job search site, available in 60 countries and 28 languages. Over 200 million unique monthly visitors check out the site in search of a job. Last week, I had the chance to sit down with the company’s SVP of Product, Raj…

Startups & Apps

Phoenix

In a Word-Of-Mouth Business, Customer Service Is Key

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

The mechanic comes out and tells you that the rattle you were hearing in the car can be fixed, but they need to find parts to finish the job. Fortunately, mechanics now have access to an online inventory that will make locating and retrieving the…

Business

The Top 20 Unicorn Companies in the US Right Now

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Unicorns are rare. Whether it’s in the business realm or in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, these magical creatures have unique properties that make them the most valuable entities in their respective universes. And while I would love to delve into the Harry Potter books…

Startups & Apps

The 7 Best Facebook App Alternatives for Android

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

If you are an Android user, you might find the Facebook app to be quite the burden. You want the convenience of using a version of Facebook that’s optimized for mobile, but you’re tired of having your battery drained and your data sucked dry….

Venture Capital

Jay-Z Plans to Launch a New VC Fund

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

Between the ample capital and the obvious good luck, it’s no wonder celebrities investors are such a common occurrence. While being a famous musician, superstar actor, or prolific athlete in no way prepares you for the entrepreneurial world, having more money than you know…

Startups & Apps

These 5 Tips Can Help Your Startup Thrive Faster

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

According to one report, 50 percent of small businesses fail in their first four years of inception. Startups over the last few decades in many industries have suffered major setbacks. Though many established businesses today began as a start-up. The resurgence of the internet and…