Startup

How to Focus on Delivering Core Value for Startup Growth

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm

According to a Wall Street Journal Report, most VCs around the world follow a simple rule – for every ten startups that they invest in, three fail completely, while the next three somehow manage to return the original investment. It’s only between two and four startups…

Marketing

5 Unique Ways to Retain Your Existing Customers

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Many businesses focus on reaching a new audience. While it’s always a good idea to invest your time and energy on increasing your reach, this shouldn’t be the only focus.  You should also prioritize keeping the customers you already have. This is crucial because…

Travel

How Traveling the World Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

They say that travel is the only thing you can spend your money on that makes you richer. While that may sound like a cheesy cliché, it’s steeped in truth. Exploring the world opens people up to new ideas and perspectives, while enabling us…

Marketing & Social Media

Turns Out Men Buy Things From Instagram Ads More Than Women

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Instagram is likely the most popular social media platform for marketers and advertisers currently. Marketers’ posts on the network have more than doubled since 2013, and in 2016 alone, ads jumped 22 percent over the year prior. The visual-and-mobile-focused site offers a direct, niche connection to specific audiences, which…

Startups & Apps

On-Demand Slow Motion Video Company Teams Up with Fox Sports

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

It’s no secret that video is on the rise, particularly in the marketing world. According to research, 96 percent of B2B marketers use video in some capacity and 73 percent see a substantial return on investment. This kind of popularity cannot be ignored when…

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Marketing

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Leverage Digital Marketing

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm

The marketing world is constantly in flux. If you can’t keep up with the trends, you’re going to have trouble keeping up with your competition. Whether it’s social media or on-going campaigns, you need to make an effort if you want to see results. We asked…

Accelerator

What Does Traction Mean to Accelerators?

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

When accelerators are looking to select a startup for their program, a company’s traction is going to be part of the conversation. In an interview Jenny Fielding, managing director of Techstars IoT in New York City, and Ted Serbinski, managing director for Techstars Mobility in…

Opinion/Analysis

Cloud Computing Is on the Rise as Big Data and IoT Merge

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 11:20 am

Cloud computing is expected to quadruple within the next few years. It’s predicted that only 8 percent of all workloads will continue to be processed by traditional data centers, while 92 percent will be processed by cloud data centers. Recent estimates by Cisco predict that…

Culture

3 Ways to Make Your Culture More Like Google’s

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

Google is known for its open, engaging company culture. They’ve implemented plenty of methods that have led to its enormous success, but there’s no doubt that a lot of its victories can be attributed to its team and work environment. It’s no coincidence that Google/Alphabet is the number one…

Finance

The Top 4 Tips for Starting Your Own Business on a Budget

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

Setting up a new business is always challenging, no matter how much money you have. When you are on a budget, it is even more demanding. That’s why it is important to be careful to ensure you set the right stage for your new…

Ecosystems

Portland, Maine

New Bill Seeks to Expand Maine Technology Institute’s Scope

By | Apr 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

A new bipartisan bill has been introduced in Augusta that would expand the Maine Technology Institute’s role within the state’s innovation ecosystem. The bill — LD 1324, An Act to Support Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Maine’s Economic Future — would explicitly proffer certain powers onto the organization,…

Interviews

Chicago

Gale Bowman of Irish Angels on How to Land a Job at a Startup

By | Apr 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Gale Bowman is the founding director of Irish Angels, an angel network dedicated to early stage investments in which a founder, board member, or active investor is a student, graduate, parent, or faculty member of the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from business school…

Tips & How To’s

5 Simple Ways to Get Feedback in the Initial Stages of Your Business

By | Apr 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

You can’t be successful in the startup world on your own. Getting help is part of the process, and if you don’t see that, you’re in a lot more trouble than you might think. Don’t turn your head on genuine feedback, no matter where…

Interviews

Chicago

John Roa of Roa Ventures on What Chicago Tech Is Missing

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

John Roa is a serial tech entrepreneur and long time Chicagoan. He got his entrepreneurial start by creating a computer repair business at 14 and hasn’t stopped since. Last year, he sold ÄKTA, his tech-consulting and design firm, to Salesforce.  Now John is planning to invest…

News

Albuquerque

MetaPipe Helps Computer Graphics Teams Work Smarter

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

If you’re a visual effects, computer graphics, or animation artist working with a remote team, you might know that it takes days or even months to set up the infrastructure of a team. You need to be able to share information, software, and extremely…

Interviews

Will Hench of My Thread Lab on Making Shopping Easy

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Imagine you have a date coming up and you, like most guys, just want to look good without having to worry about it. You want style made easy without the hassle of malls combined with a personalized experience. That is exactly what Will Hench,…

Marketing

The Quality of Your Brand’s Press Exposure

By | Apr 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

The popular adage of “All press is good press” is a myth. Media matters. Although constantly evolving in form, media is one of the most powerful mediums shaping public opinion and consciousness. Fortunately, the complexity of media’s impact and where your brand should be are…