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These States Have the Worst Pay Gaps for Women [RANKING]

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A recent WalletHub survey ranked the Best & Worst States for Working Moms, with Oregon, DC, Vermont, Maine, and New York coming out on top. The survey looked at three areas:  Child care: Day care quality and costs, access to pediatricians, and public school quality  Professional opportunities: Gender pay gap, and the ratio of female-to-male… Read more »


Let’s Ditch the Silicon Valley Gospel [INTERVIEW]

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Like all passionate communities, the startup scene has a gospel. But according to entrepreneur and advisor Paul Orlando, we shouldn’t listen to the Silicon Valley preachers. “There is a mainstream story told across the startup world that may hold true for the few lucky ones, but which doesn’t always hold true for the rest. But ‘the… Read more »


Google’s Employee Data Report Reveals That Tech is Still a White Man’s World

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On Wednesday, Google released a diversity report that highlighted data on its own global workforce. And, surprisingly enough, even for one of the tech industry’s most progressive companies, Google’s numbers show that the world of tech is still very much dominated by white men. According to the data, 70 percent of the company’s 46,170 employees are men,… Read more »


Outsourcing Can Be Awesome, But It Can Also Suck

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! When first starting out, you’ll surely come to a fork in the road where you… Read more »


Bravo Announces Integration With Formstack

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Bravo, the simple user-generated video software for marketers, today announced that they are integrating directly with Formstack, an online form builder solution. Before Formstack, Bravo users could record, review, and send their video clips directly from their smartphones or tablets to businesses and organizations. With the Formstack integration, Bravo will now be able to help… Read more »



DC-Based Fundrise Raises $31 Million

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The Washington, DC-based Fundrise, a crowdfunding platform that allows people to invest in local real estate and businesses, has announced today that it has raised $31 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Renren Inc., Marty Burger and Tal Kerret of Silverstein Properties, and the Collaborative Fund. Renren Inc. is… Read more »


4 Traits of a Kick-Ass Product Manager 

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Last week, we brought together a panel of experts in Chicago to talk about being a product manager – an often-unsung team player whose work spans business, design, and technology. “The buck starts and ends with the product manager. They’re the one person that is solely responsible for the overall success of a product,” said Sprout… Read more »



The Role of Emotions in Hiring

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! When I make hiring decisions, it usually comes down to a gut feeling. But many… Read more »


The University of Missouri Has a Student-Led Fund, and It Just Made Its First Solo Investment

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Today, the University of Missouri’s student-led fund, the Allen Angel Capital Education Fund (AACE), announced a $50,000 investment in Kansas City startup Knoda. The partners at AACE are not your typical middle-aged white men, but students from all disciplines studying at the University of Missouri. To get involved, they have to apply to take the… Read more »




8 Tips for Drawing a Crowd at Your Next Trade Show

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Attendance at trade shows is on the rise, so setting up a booth at one of these events can be a great way to market your business or product. However, it is important to take certain steps to ensure that you are drawing in a large crowd to your event and exhibit. By employing a… Read more »


Birdling Bags Reminds us That “Startup” ≠ “Tech Company”

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It’s all too common for technology-focused entrepreneurs to forget that not every “startup” is a “tech company.” I know that when I personally hear the word “startup,” I often wrongly assume the company is centered around developing an application, a platform, or perhaps a service heavily supported by technology. What’s worse, is that some people assume that without… Read more »


This is How We Can Make Autonomous Vehicles Mainstream

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It’s easy to imagine a world filled with autonomous vehicles: we’ve seen it in movies like Minority Report. But what’s hard to imagine is the road we have to travel to reach that point. Marlo Anderson, the CEO of Zoovio and host of the Tech Ranch, is heavily involved with the Central North American Trade… Read more »