Marketing & Social Media

5 Affordable Graphic Design Programs to Make Your Creations Pop

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

You know how good cookies taste so much better when you’ve made them yourself? It’s just so satisfying–especially when other people like them too. The same can be said for a great piece of visual content that you create yourself. A like-worthy Instagram graphic or an…

Ecosystems

5 Most Successful US States for Small Businesses

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

Perception is reality. It’s an adage as old as time, as more than one entrepreneur has likely realized that appearing successful goes a long way in breeding actual success. Faking it until you make it is not only the most circulated piece of advice…

Accelerator

San Francisco

How an Accelerator Can Help Startups Gain Mentors and Credibility

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

In 2009, when we first founded Datahug we did not know many other founders, investors or mentors who could help with advice or introductions to customers or investors. Equally, when we did manage to get that rare early introduction or connection, we had very…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

Being the Smartest Person in the Room Can Be a Bad Thing

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 7:15 am

David Joseph is the cofounder and chairman of Davo Technologies, a Portland startup that has developed a software-as-a-service product that aims to make the lives of small merchants and restaurateurs easier. Specifically, the company’s product, Davo Sales Tax, automates the collection and payment of…

Tips & How To’s

4 Tips To Boost Your Personal Brand on Social Media

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

These days almost everyone has a personal brand. In fact, whether you were aware or not, your social media already is your brand. However, growing your brand can be tough, which is why we’ve compiled some tips on how to gain influence without sacrificing your…

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Productivity

San Francisco

Escape Rooms Are the New Team Building Craze

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

For many employees, being locked in an enclosed space with their boss might sound like a nightmare. However, the latest craze in team building involve a place that requires you to help figure out puzzles in order to escape.  Escape room games use problem…

Ecommerce

4 Digital Strategies That Can Help Your Small Business Grow Globally

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

In the internet age, scaling is easy. A digital storefront looks roughly the same whether its traffic is one hundred or one million unique page views a month, even though a real-life storefront would collapse under the foot traffic from a million customers. As…

Education

11 Startups Competing in the $15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE Contest

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

As an innovation engine and a facilitator of exponential change, XPRIZE has done a lot for the future. Whether it’s through a lunar program that will see private companies on the moon in a few short years or an adult literacy initiative helping teach…

Gear & Gadgets

San Diego

CleverPet Is a Video Game For Your Dog, Rewards With Food [Review]

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

In an age when gaming is no longer just for those with ghostly tans, but a booming industry with a growing spectator division, it only makes sense for it to expand beyond humans. For those of us with pets, we often feel guilty leaving…

Reports & Rankings

Study: Almost Every American Thinks Internet Speeds Need Improving

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Just a few years ago, a quality internet connection was a luxury. Downloading games from floppy disks, video chatting on AIM, and pirating illegal music on Napster at reasonable speeds were nothing more than pipe dreams for avid online enthusiasts. However, since then, internet…

Marketing & Social Media

Survey: The 4 Marketing Trends You Need to Know in 2017

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

Some large-scale marketing trends can be seen a mile away. It’s not surprising that marketers are increasingly interested in Instagram, the most visual, niche-focused, influencer-friendly social platform out there. We even know why they stay away from the creative haven of Tumblr, which doesn’t offer…

Ecommerce

4 Ways to Improve the User Experience of Your Ecommerce Site

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

Running an ecommerce company is different than your everyday startup. While many entrepreneurs can rely on abstract marketing numbers and traction scores, measuring success in the ecommerce industry is pretty cut and dry: sell products or else. And if you want to make sure…

Business

DC

Why Don’t Investors Fund More Emerging Market Startups?

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you consider that half of global venture capital goes to three U.S. metro areas (New York, Silicon Valley and Boston), and that only 10 percent of private capital investment goes to emerging market startups, it makes you wonder. Are there simply not enough…

Security

Irvine

Small Businesses Need to Worry about Cybersecurity More Than Ever

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

There’s no doubt that cybersecurity needs to be at the top of the list for businesses. Maybe you’ve experienced a cyberattack first hand or at a minimum aware of cyber criminals who took personal data from websites like Twitter and LinkedIn and even the…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Maine’s Startup Certify Acquired by K1 Investment Management in $100M Deal

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Certify LLC, the Portland company founded in 2008 that offers cloud-based expense management software, has been acquired by K1 Investment Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, in a deal worth $100 million. Bob Neveu, Certify’s cofounder and CEO, told Maine Startups Insider that…