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This Entrepreneur Got $1M From All ‘Shark Tank’ Investors

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you know that it’s pretty difficult to get one of the investors to fund an idea. It’s even harder to get all investors to invest, but Charles Michael Yim did just that. On September 2013  Yim, CEO…



Kathryn Finney: Diverse Communities Need More Exits [VIDEO]

By | Mar 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Recently, a reality TV show call for “powerful African American women in the tech space” arrived in Kathryn Finney‘s inbox. Rightfully so, she was outraged. The email went on to portray the producers’ idea of a “strong leader” with an “over-the-top personality”, but get…


3 Tips for Starting Your Business on KickStarter

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

In early 2013, Charles Harris had an idea. He didn’t have a business, but he had an idea for a product that was designed to resolve a simple but pressing pain point: shoelace problems. He also had a design, a series of prototypes and…



It’s All About the Gray Hair Trendsetters at SXSW

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

Style watchers such as Glamour and Atlantic Monthly have touted gray hair as the trend to follow. Even Instagram and Pinterest have dedicated pages celebrating the spectrum of gray shades.  I happen to sport gray tresses myself and, while attending SXSW, thought I’d check…

Startups & Apps

RIDERS is a Trick Database for Action Sports

By | Mar 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Continuing on the path of learning about movers and shakers in the action sports industry, I had the pleasure to interview RIDERS about their mobile app. They offer an iOS and Android application that allows users to learn and share tricks in action sports such…

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First Successful Pipeline Fellowship Exit Hits an Untapped Market

By | Mar 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

This is a story of women helping women in an area that has been historically dominated by men. Dahna Goldstein is a crazy hardworking, DC-based entrepreneur in the not-so-sexy, but absolutely necessary world of grants management.  Her startup, Philantech, holds the most recent honor…



4 Female Founders in Texas Agree: “Screw The Valley”

By | Mar 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

Four Female Biotech Founders Share Their Austin Startup Stories “Screw the Valley” is, of course, a reference to Tim Sprinkle’s new book that pans Silicon Valley as the epicenter of all things entrepreneurial. The author chronicles a coast-to-coast tour of promising US cities that…

Tips & How To’s

3 Ways To Reframe Failure and Learn from Rejection

By | Feb 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

Failing is a part of success. Everyone fails at something. In fact, many times the people who hate losing the most are the most passionate entrepreneurs. What separates great leaders from the norm is how long they take to brush themselves off when they…

Social Good


Leveraging Technology to Promote a Service Year among Youth

By | Feb 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

On Friday morning I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast panel where the focus was service and technology. More specifically, the aim was to open a discussion about how to leverage technology to create interest and opportunities in promoting a year of service…



3 London Entrepreneurs Take Their Hobby to Profit

By | Feb 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm

According to recent statistics published in the Guardian, the past three years have seen more entrepreneurs embroiled in the small business journey than ever. Unfortunately, few would question the likelihood of the future steering them through choppy waters. Right now, the gloomy talk around…


6 Essential Skills of Elon Musk

By | Feb 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

“I worry a lot about failure, and I feel fear quite strongly,” Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk told Amy Wilkinson in an interview. “If you believe something is important enough, then even if you are scared, you still keep going.” The ability to fail…

Tips & How To’s

New Small Business Technology for the New Year

By | Feb 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

How many businesses have been using the same business technology year in and year out? And how many have thought about becoming more current, but have never followed through? It’s easy to keep outdated technology and services simply because making a change involves time…


Could Cannabis Save E-Cigarettes?

By | Feb 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm

“Cannabis will save the world” goes the popular pro-cannabis mantra. Well, not yet. But it certainly could be the savior of the much-maligned e-cigarette. With mounting criticisms, looming regulations, and bans coming into effect, venture capitalists have been put off the vaping devices for…


Entrepreneurs are Crafting the Future of the Cannabis Market

By | Feb 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

Before joining the ranks of the Open Vape team, makers of the O Pen vaporizer, David Kochman was a Partner with Reed Smith in New York City. He practiced commercial litigation for the most part, but when one of his clients began getting into…

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