HR and Recruiting

How to Build a Rock Solid Team for Your Startup

By | Feb 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

For young entrepreneurs with minimal funding and maximum energy, building a team is not typically a top priority. The thinking seems simple: why not work alone to stretch out limited financial resources, while saving the team building for late in the game? Though the plan may seem…

Happiness

4 Low-Cost Benefits That Majorly Boost Employee Healthiness

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Simple changes like encouraging healthy living and accommodating their schedules can do wonders for employee morale. Does your company offer free snacks in the lunchroom, long out-of-office lunch breaks, and gift cards to local restaurants as productivity rewards? If you answered yes, but can’t…

Ecosystems

Portland, Maine

Maine Venture Fund Celebrates Third Exit in a Year with InterSpec

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

In early January, a Salt Lake City-based software company called ARCOM acquired InterSpec, a small, under-the-radar software firm in South Portland. InterSpec develops software and provides spec-writing services for the construction and architecture industries Gilles Letourneau founded the company in 1998. Financial details of the…

Marketing

10 Unique Marketing Strategies That Actually Work

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Everyone knows that effective marketing takes a certain level of innovation and creativity. After all, attracting potential customers is an always-changing process. And while you might think the traditional marketing methods will work, being unique is the best way to make your brand known to…

News

Why a Tech-Savvy CEO Isn’t the Same as a Business-Minded CTO

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Don’t just pick a title. Pick the role that you’re best suited for as a founder. Prior to founding Adored, I was the CTO of Dyn, an engineering-first internet performance company. I thoroughly enjoyed the role, especially the opportunities it gave me to speak…

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Social Media

NYC

The 3 Reasons Why All Fashion Retailers Love Instagram

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

The construction of a prototype for a leather hat lining is displayed, mid-stitch. A completed beaver felt bowler rests on head of cork. A small child and a middle-aged architect both proudly display their own hats inside a Manhattan-based hat store. These beautifully constructed…

Startups & Apps

Suggestic Is an Augmented Reality App Designed to Keep You on Your Diet

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm

We’re two months into the new  year, and I think we all need to admit something: sticking to diets is hard.  By now, you’ve likely succumb to the temptation of french fries, brownies, and tacos on more than one occasion, condemning your new year’s…

Diversity

8 Great Ways To Celebrate Black History Month

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm

During the month of February, elementary schools around the country will celebrate Black History Month and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, who led a nonviolent movement to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. Perhaps more importantly, they’ll listen to his “I Had…

Incubator

Study: University Incubators Might Not Be As Great As You’d Think

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

A new study recently released by Baylor University indicates that university-affiliated startup incubators might not be as helpful as they seem. In fact, they’re correlated with a drop in the quality of a university’s innovations rather than a boost in them. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal…

Startups & Apps

Portland, Maine

Surge Hydro Wins Award at National Cleantech Open for Low-Cost Hydropower Idea

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

An Belfast-based company working on utilizing our country’s existing hydroelectric facilities, won an award on Thursday evening at the national Cleantech Open contest in San Francisco. Surge Hydro received the national award for the “Business Model with the Best Chance for Immediate Investment and Commercialization,”…

Tips & How To’s

4 Cross-Platform Antivirus Tools You Should Try Right Now

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

We live in a digital world – unfortunately not a very secure one. Despite security companies being around for a long time, digital security is still a major concern for businesses and households. The problem is even worsened with the rise of mobile devices….

Ecosystems

London

5 Cultural Differences to Consider When Doing Business in the UK

By | Feb 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Despite our notable history, it turns out the UK and the US are actually quite different. While we share a common language and a common heritage, the differences in business culture are enough to derail a good idea. This is something that is often overlooked, especially in…

Opinion/Analysis

How Online Shopping Has Become More Personal and Effective

By | Feb 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

More and more, we’re seeing online businesses add new features and services with the goal of replicating and even surpassing the personal ways we shop at brick and mortar stores. A perfect example is how men’s fashion site JackThreads is revolutionizing online clothing shopping…

Tips & How To’s

5 Predictions For the Future of Digital Marketing

By | Feb 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Digital marketing is a constantly shifting process. With the rise and implementation of innovative technologies, digital marketing has been getting better on a daily basis. However, with all these changes, modern businesses are constantly trying to keep up with the shifting medium for attracting potential customers….

Startups & Apps

This New Nanotech Coating Makes Fingerprints Disappear

By | Feb 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Say goodbye to those pesky fingerprints that blur your iPhone screen and sully your kitchen appliances: NBD Nanotechnologies has introduced a patented coating solution, InvisiPrint, that prevents fingerprint marks from showing up on glass and metal surfaces. While there are other products already out on the market that…

Video

The Future of Marketing on Snapchat Is Video [Infographic]

By | Feb 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

In a social media landscape dominated by Facebook and flanked by Twitter, Snapchat emerged on the scene in 2011 with critics insisting it would be exclusively used by pervs and creeps. The temporary message model was unheard of at the time and even the most…

Gear & Gadgets

10 Gadgets To Build Out Your Dream Smart Kitchen

By | Feb 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

When the first fridge with a built-in screen was released, the world lost its collective mind. After all, who needs a touchscreen on a fridge, right? Whether we like it or not, the world of IoT has spun out a plethora of gadgets that…