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Inspiration

Los Angeles

How Mompreneurs Can Have it All, And Some

By | May 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

For some reason, the 2012 Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” has always fueled me. At the time that was written, I had a 3-year-old daughter, was pregnant with my second child, and wanted nothing more than to prove that article…

Tips & How To’s

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Successful Tech Startups

By | May 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

In this golden age of entrepreneurship, startups are sprouting like mushrooms all over the world. Unfortunately, only a handful of them are built to last. Statistics show that the failure rate of startups hovers around 50.4 percent – with reasons varying from emotional pricing…

Tips & How To’s

5 Entrepreneurs on the Best Time to Reexamine Your Pricing Structure

By | May 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

A stale pricing strategy is an easy way to lose out to your competition. Whether you’re charging too much or even charging too little, the wrong price can be the difference between success and failure. But how do you decide? We asked five entrepreneurs when…

Ecosystems

Los Angeles

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

By | May 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

While the Bay Area hold the title of most prolific startup ecosystem, there’s no denying that California is a veritable gold mine of entrepreneurial talent. Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of…

Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs Love Their Startups Like Parents Love Their Children

By | May 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Love is a big part of being an entrepreneur. With it, you can conquer stressful investor meetings, eccentric employee interviews, and unimpressive projection numbers without batting an eye. But without it, you’re chance of success are limited, as passion and commitment are integral to the…

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Startups & Apps

5 Ways That Startups Can Outdo Their Competition

By | May 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Competitive analysis is an essential element of a business plan, but unfortunately, many startups aren’t ready to accept this fact. The result is in front of us — 90 percent of them fail within the first 18 months. As a business owner, it’s your job to…

Healthy Entrepreneur

6 Tips From Mompreneurs on Balancing Life and Work

By | May 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Any mompreneur will tell you there will be challenges to balancing the needs of the family with building a business, but the positives and benefits can outweigh it all during the journey. We asked two startup mompreneurs to shed light on challenges they’ve faced, what…

Marketing

7 Key Video Marketing Statistics You Need to Know

By | May 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

Arguably, everyone knows how Dropbox got started. The founders shot a quick screencast video demonstrating how the product will work. They shared the link on HackerNews and got a huge community response. Though this story took place back in 2008, video marketing today still…

HR and Recruiting

Don’t Get Tricked Into Employing an Average Sales Team

By | May 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

There isn’t a job out there that’s tougher and more important for executives than finding, retaining, and growing top talent. Even with a lot on his plate, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, focused primarily on acquiring talent for the rapidly growing company….

Security

DIY Security Tips You Need to Know for Your Home Office

By | May 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

If you’re running a home-based business, much of your venture’s security lies on your shoulders. For example, childproofing your work area is essential for the protection of your important business data. You’re also in charge of comparing, purchasing, and installing software that can prevent hackers…

Interviews

David Greenberg of Updater on Disruption and Thinking Outside the Box

By | May 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Always following “best practices” isn’t necessarily best for your own unique business. In the startup world especially, the further outside the box you think, the better. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at this inspiring interview. David Greenberg is the founder…

Education

Portland, Maine

Thomas College Receives $5.3M Alfond Grant for New Center of Innovation

By | May 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Thomas College announced a new initiative designed to promote innovation and spur entrepreneurial activity in central Maine. The Waterville-based college has created the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation thanks to a $5.3 million donation from The Harold Alfond Foundation. This is the largest gift…

Opinion/Analysis

3 Reasons Software Abandonment Should Scare Business Owners

By | May 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

Many business owners are drawn to the idea of a new software that promises to solve all their problems. In an endless quest to find a competitive edge by increasing efficiency, companies are constantly signing up for and trying new software products. The issue…

Startups & Apps

Portland, Maine

[Re]Produce Wins UMaine Business Challenge

By | May 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

A company that wants to turn Maine farmers’ surplus into high-end locally sourced frozen food has won the sixth annual UMaine Business Challenge, held in Orono. Anita van Dam and Grace Burchard, both students at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, took home…

Startups & Apps

Portland, Maine

7 Startups in Venture Hall’s Inaugural Accelerator Cohort

By | May 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

A pain-management app, an AI-enabled medical records software company, and a cloud-based wellness tracking platform for employers are among Venture Hall’s first cohort of healthcare-related startups that will spend three months in Portland this summer scaling their businesses and expanding their networks. Venture Hall, which…

Kickstarter

How PERK Built a Great Kickstarter Campaign and a Better Product

By | May 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Creating a Kickstarter campaign can be a tricky business. Since its inception, almost 50,000 campaigns have never received any funding, and many more have received some funding but never hit their goal. Meanwhile, Jakub Svec, CEO of PERK, was focused on designing something that…

Trends

NYC

How NYC Is Turning the Value of Its Premium Brand into Digital Gold

By | May 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

I want you to travel back in time with me twenty years or so.  The Internet is young and still relatively unknown to most of us.  Only a small group of web enthusiasts understand how to navigate it — let alone make a buck…