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Interviews

Codie Sanchez Baker of First Trust on Getting Rejected and Getting Paid

By | May 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The life of an entrepreneur is built on a foundation of rejection. If you want to succeed, you’re going to have to fail quite a bit before you get it right. Fortunately, most entrepreneurs know that learning from those mistakes is more valuable than…

Interviews

San Francisco

OpenInvest Asks Investors to Put Their Money Where Their Values Are

By | May 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Investing platform OpenInvest has just raised $3.25 million in a seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Termed a “social impact investing platform,” the company is one of the first VC-backed Public Benefit Corporations and operates by allowing its users to select issues they care…

Marketing

Buenos Aires

Launchway Media Talks Being an All-Women Team in Latin America

By | May 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Launchway Media is a digital agency specializing in data-driven marketing campaigns for global startups, with a record for helping technology startups, especially in Latin America, launch and grow their products or services on a global scale. They’re also a three-woman operation: Nora Leary is the head…

Interviews

20-Year-Old Founder Xyla Foxlin on Bars, Plushies, and Being Alienated

By | May 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Xyla Foxlin strives to be the woman she wishes she had to look up to growing up: passionate and invested in what she does technically, but also maintaining pride in her femininity and external interests including fashion and art. You’ll find her in a…

Interviews

Columbus

J.D. Vance on Hillbilly Complexities and Startup Cities

By | May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In his book, Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance gives the world insight to his upbringing in Middletown, Ohio where people faced extensive socioeconomic barriers in a poverty-stricken town. From his mother’s multiple marriages and growing opioid addiction and absent father to finding sanctuary with his…

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Business

Turning the Negatives Into Positives During a Business Pitch

By | May 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

There comes a time in the life of every company when something bad happens. Whether something is deficient or someone else tried to take a piece of the action, every business has gone through a time it would prefer to forget. So when you’re…

Jobs

Spelling Errors in Social Media Posts Could Cost You Your Dream Job

By | May 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

In a few short years, social media has gone from a pleasant addition to our everyday lives to an integral part of the social landscape. At this point in the game, people that don’t have a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account are looked at…

Interviews

GAIN’s CEO on How the App Bootstrapped Its Way to a Winning Business

By | Apr 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

As the internet’s “wild west” era comes to an end, the open internet’s promise of freedom has given way to siloed social networks as the gatekeepers that connect audiences with content. For marketers, that means one thing: It’s time to power up their social…

Business

How the World’s Largest Voiceover Marketplace Found Success

By | Apr 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Voices.com is the world’s largest voiceover marketplace: an online portal to help people locate 200,000 professionals who can help record audio for everything from commercials to textbooks. It’s a unique marketplace, which makes the decade-long path that this startup took to success an interesting primer for…

Ecosystems

Madison

How One Cofounder Found Their Accelerator During an Elevator Ride

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Find any city in America with a booming job market and affordable rent prices, and you’ll find a seemingly endless stream of young Millennials in search of the perfect place to live. Enter Alec Slocum: The CEO and cofounder at ABODO Apartments, an online…

Jobs

How Twine Brings Quality to Its Marketplace of Creative Artists

By | Apr 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

Whether you’re a creative looking for a gig or an employee hoping to hire for one, it can be hard to connect with the job you need. Typical marketplaces, from Craig’s List to Upwork to Fiverr, are swamped with hucksters or low-rent offers. Which…

Data

VoiceOps Launches to Boost Enterprise Sales by Analyzing Voice Data

By | Apr 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

The top tech companies have heavily invested in voice UIs: Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are now the face of voice-powered artificial intelligence. It makes sense, as I’ve written before, since voice is likely the most natural, organic and simple UI for a post-mobile era. Naturally, secondary…

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,…

Entrepreneur

San Francisco

How a 27-Year-Old Tester from Estonia Is Tackling a $3.5 Trillion Industry

By | Apr 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Kristel Kruustük was just 23 when she decided to change how quality assurance (QA) testers were treated. Together with her then-boyfriend (now cofounder and husband) Marko Kruustük, she built a platform designed to connect QA testers with companies without taking advantage of either. After winning a first-place…

Jobs/HR/Recruiting

3 Traits to Look for During Your Next New Hire Interview

By | Apr 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

There’s a lot of pressure on growing businesses and even larger companies to hire for cultural fit. Alarming new findings show that poor cultural fit due to turnover can cost companies between 50 and 60 percent of the person’s annual salary, a cost startups and…

HR and Recruiting

4 Tips to Attracting Talent With Company Culture

By | Mar 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm

When interviewing potential candidates, being transparent with one’s culture can help everyone decide if it’s going to be a good fit for all. Kate Catlin of Flock sat down with a group of women at Galvanize to ask them how might companies be more…

Startups & Apps

Sweek Can Take You Inside the World of Mobile Writing Networks

By | Mar 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Authors and social networks are a natural fit. After all they both live off of a steady stream of words. Even before the digital networks existed, authors relied on the old-school network of snail mail. HP Lovecraft famously loved responding to fan mail. When…