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With Zubie, Your Car Tells You Exactly What’s Wrong


Did you know that all cars manufactured for sale within the US, since 1996, have an onboard diagnostics (OBD2) port? Go check around the base of your steering wheel, right above your brake and gas pedals; it is there. The OBD2 port was originally designed to help with emissions testing, but as technology evolved, so… Read more »

9 Tips for Nabbing the Best Intern for Your Startup


Forget everything you’ve heard — you don’t have to be a big-name brand or Fortune 500 company to land a stellar intern. In fact, students crave the startup work experience that provides access to valuable projects, passionate innovators, and fast-paced learning environments ideal for students looking to gain hands-on experience. That said, finding interns who… Read more »

TrendPo and the Big Market Opportunity for Political Startups


In the 2012 election, TrendPo’s political rankings predicted victories in all 11 of the gubernatorial races, and 24 out of 33 Senate wins. The edge TrendPo has on other social media analysis companies is the TrendPo rank, which ranks politicians on “how effective they are in social and news arenas,” using factors including keywords, sentiment… Read more »

Weblance and Why You Need Freelancers Who Care


A freelancer who cares will write a customized proposal just for you; a freelancer who doesn’t will copy and paste into his template. A freelancer who cares will create a thoughtful timeline for your project; a freelancer who doesn’t will ballpark it and call it good enough. A freelancer who cares will ponder a problem… Read more »

9 Ideas to Improve Your Company Culture


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, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. How… Read more »

Lean methodology: Building a product company with the lessons of Steve Blank & Eric Ries


We started Modify Watches in 2010, after graduating from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. During school, I had worked on a sustainability business, Refill Revolution, which is now part of I was fortunate to take a course from Steve Blank and Eric Ries titled “Customer Development in High-Tech Enterprises.” I’m still not sure… Read more »

To Make Your Team “Click,” Uncover Their Instinctive Drives


In typical companies, it takes 12 to 18 months for a team to “click”: to harmonize and fully trust each other so they’re operating at peak performance, says Paul Burgess. When team members take his Instinctive Drives test, learn their four instinctive drives, and get a bit of coaching, it takes 4 to 6 weeks. “99.9… Read more »

Dina Kaplan of Blip on Conquering Fears [Video]

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Dina Kaplan, founder of Blip, continued piling more onto her plate.  In addition to running six departments within her startup- HR, finance, PR, marketing, biz dev, and investor relations- Kaplan took it upon herself to build a networking community for the New York startup scene with The Founders Club. Blip was flourishing, as was the… Read more »

Hyde Park Venture Partners Closes Its Venture Fund at $25 Million

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Hyde Park Venture Partners announced today that it has closed its venture fund after hitting $25 million in commitments. This far exceeds the initial $20 million target, and it ensures seed and series A investments will be awarded to tech-enabled businesses, consumer companies, and health care companies. “We will continue to nurture the innovation that is… Read more »



I love Des Moines, Iowa.  Every little bit of this community energizes me, inspires me, and feels like home.  I have found that this city is full of endless possibilities and readily available resources that make it one of the most perfect places to start up.  It is with this attitude that I immediately said “yes” to… Read more »