From Office Yoga to Jetsetter Vacations, Discover How These Startup Founders Find Time to Relax

By | Aug 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

To many of us startup founders, the idea of much-needed R&R seems like an obscure concept, like wandering up to space to check out the scenery. I mean, we don’t all have private rockets like Richard Branson. However, as the ageless founder of superbrand…



9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Last night, a few hundred people filled MLK Library for DCTech Meetup’s Women in Tech edition. After pitches from six women-led startups in the DC region, an all-female panel of local women in tech discussed the ways through which we can impact the membership…


No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets: How Saying No Allows You to Say Yes

By | Apr 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by John O’Leary on the Rising Above blog. As leaders, we are challenged each day to say “yes” to ever-increasing responsibilities. We’re charged to say “yes” to increasing sales with less time and fewer marketing dollars. Our…

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Startup Jackpot: Not Your Typical Pitch Competition

By | Apr 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

This past weekend, a room full of people became investors at Startup Jackpot, a startup event raising seed money for other startups. Fifteen local DC startups went head to head for a cold hard cash prize of $10,000 at Canvas, a quirky coworking space…



Weekend Inspiration: Choosing the Startup Life in China

By | Nov 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Fay Li was writing her application essay for graduate school, but the thoughts wouldn’t flow. She didn’t know why she wanted a master’s degree, she realized. She was doing it just because her friends were doing it. Li had always loved to create things…


Weekend Inspiration: Live by Your Own Rules

By | Oct 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Chris Pirillo started LockerGnome back in 1996, when “blog” wasn’t even in the dictionary. “There was no course. No pattern,” he says. He just saw his viewers keep growing and commenting, and he knew he was onto something. Pirillo is the subject of the…


Weekend Inspiration: An Entrepreneur by Choice, Not Necessity

By | Sep 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

This week, as I complained about apartment hunting in San Francisco for the hundredth time, a friend reminded me that I’m lucky. I have a choice about where to live, even if it’s in a city that’s ridiculously expensive and Olympicly competitive. The same…



Weekend Inspiration: Giving Jakarta a Better Reputation

By | Aug 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

When Selina Limman traveled to the US for college, many things were different from her hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia. She was studying food science and technology in Los Angeles. On her free evenings, she would log onto sites like Yelp and Citysearch to find…



Weekend Inspiration: A Connected World

By | Aug 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Shilo Shiv Suleman’s drawings, depicting the colorful people, scenes, and rituals of India, used to stay confined to the pages of her journal. But after starting a blog, she saw her art makes its way through the web, in front of a TED audience,…


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Weekend Inspiration: Making the Web More Emotional

By | Aug 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

“Facebook is to me very communist.” “You can have any color you want as long as it’s blue, any design you want as long as it’s square. You can have any font you want as long as it’s Times New Roman or Helvetica…. And…



Weekend Inspiration: A Love Affair with Information

By | Aug 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

For 25-year-old Lei Min, the spread of the Internet in China was more than just a new form of entertainment. It was a window into an infinite world of information. Three years ago, Min was an undergrad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, aspiring to…


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Weekend Inspiration: Malaysian Entrepreneur Gets a Reality Check

By | Jul 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

Born in a small mining town south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kengyew Tham traveled all the way to the United States to attend Michigan State University. After college, he spent five years in Silicon Valley working at startups – a fantasy for some of…



Weekend Inspiration: Accused of Copying, Indonesian Startup Had a “Wakeup Call”

By | Jul 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

For Anton Soeharyo, it all started with a Chinese New Year gift: a traditional red packet, containing money and symbolizing good luck. At the time, he was going to college in Japan for international relations, and he wanted to do something useful with the…

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Weekend Inspiration: FashionValet Promotes Small Designers in Malaysia

By | Jul 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

For some fashion designers in Malaysia, their designs never leave their hometown – and their only customers are the ones who happen to pass by their roadside shop. For those who do sell online, the experience isn’t much better. The traditional way of selling…