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A couple years ago, Etsy partnered with the city of Rockford, Illinois to develop an entrepreneur training program for the “Etsy economy”. It’s called the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program. In 2015, Etsy is a public company, and the program is in many more locations now, including Dallas; Watsonville, California; Chattanooga; Albany; Newark, New York City; Albuquerque; St. Petersburg; Oldham, UK; …
A lot of entrepreneurs in todays landscape must decide whether or not to go the crowdfunding route. If you ask multi-billionaire Richard Branson, you’re probably best off at least considering it. Branson has been an investor in popular crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, and in the UK, his Virgin StartUp has partnered with Crowdfunder to help entrepreneurs raise money for their projects. …
ADHD. It stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But some folks with ADHD will fight you over the “disorder” part. What we are about to explore applies much more to adults with ADHD — who, by definition, were once kids with ADHD. While parents of children diagnosed with ADHD may not see it at first, some say there are certain …
There is no doubt that starting a new business and leading it to growth and financial success is not an easy task to accomplish. The well-known statistic that one in three new businesses will fail is one that’s not based on hyperbole, but in a real way reflects the challenges and difficulties associated with successfully building a new business from …
Google announced a new partnership with UP Global, which will see the organization expanded to twice as many cities, going from 500 to 1,000. As part of this, Startup Weekend will be expanded, and is now powered by Google For Entrepreneurs. Google is also partnering with Startup Digest and NEXT to put training and event resources in front of entrepreneurs …
Not everyone loves all of Facebook’s policies and practices, but one thing that’s hard to argue against is Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s entrepreneurial success. Have you learned anything about business from the Facebook story? Let us know in the comments. Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a Wall Street Journal bestselling book …
Google announced the launch of Google For Entrepreneurs, an “umbrella” for its various programs that cater to startups and entrepreneurs. This includes: Campus London, Google for Entrepreneurs Week, Women 2.0, Startup Weekend, Women Entrepreneurs on the Web, Google Sudo, 1871, Start with Google, NewME Accelerator, Global K-Startup, Google for Entrepreneurs in Israel, Eleven, Jagriti Yatra, Umbono, Le Camping, City of …
Inc.com has unveiled the 30 Under 30 list for 2012. On the list, you’ll find the co-founders of Pinterest, the founder of Spotify, and the founder of Dwolla (the mobile payments platform that Ashton Kutcher is investing in), just to name a few. “These 30 extraordinary risk-taking companies and their leaders are pushing boundaries and making money in the process,” …
Google is going french with their efforts to educate the public on how to innovate and bring great ideas to life. Last week, a team of Googlers from 10 countries met in Paris to spend time with entrepreneurs and startups at Le Camping, an accelerator program for the digital frontier. Le Camping actually takes place in what used to be …
Next week starts the fourth annual New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week (NOEW), which provides grants to educational entrepreneurs and hosts workshops for various self-starters. The group is led by Google New Orleans Outreach, which made huge strides in New Orleans in 2005 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Using many of Google’s technologies, including Google Earth, volunteers were able to better …
Google can now add a launching pad for female entrepreneurs to their long list of accomplishments. As reported today on their blog, they recently began a program called Women Entrepreneurs On The Web, or WEOW. The program was created specifically to help women in India find a voice and teaches their students how to use web-based technologies and apply them …
Patent disputes are in the tech news all the time, but last week when Google and Microsoft got into a heated public debate, it drew a lot of attention and discussion around the nature of patents. Mark Cuban, (entrepreneur, VC, Dallas Mavs owner, blogger, Landmark Theatres owner, Magnolia Pictures owner, HDNet chairman, etc.) posted some thoughts on on patent law …
hipmunk [hip-muhnk], 1. verb: To bring sexiness and simplicity into an existing industry with a fresh approach that delights people. Example: The real estate mortgage industry really sucks. Someone should hipmunk it. 2. noun: Startup funded by Y Combinator that makes it easier to find flights.
The word startup seems to be used too loosely in this day and age. Some people think something built in a weekend or over the course of time on the side is a full fledged startup, when it is often just a side project. Building things is great, more people should do it and do it often. The problem is, most people either take the leap at the wrong time OR they don’t take a leap at all, when the signs are there.
Today, the White House announced the launch of the Startup America Partnership as part of a national strategy to stimulate economic growth and create jobs. The initiative is being chaired by AOL co-founder Steve Case, and will receive funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation. Carl Schramm, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, will serve as a founding board member.
A common feeling for entrepreneurs when building a web application is the fear of failure in launching one that nobody will use. This fear usually causes the entrepreneur to delay launching to add more product features in order to make their product “better” or more impressive.
This feeling usually just persists though. How does one get over this fear? I think there are a few key points to consider:
Amazon.com has announced its third annual Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
The winner of the contest will receive $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits, mentoring sessions, and premium gold support for one year. The winner may also receive an investment from Amazon.
All finalists will receive $5,000 in AWS credits and all qualified participants will receive $25 in AWS credits.
The common belief that all entrepreneurs who start tech companies are in their 20s or teens is being challenged by a lengthy study that started in 1995 thru 2005 which found that only 1 percent of American founders were teenagers.
The study by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and researchers at Duke and Harvard found that most U.S. born technology and engineering company founders are middle-aged, with the average and median age of 39.
If you’ve got a great idea, but lack a cash flow – or if the opposite happens to be true – Vator.tv may be just the place for you. The site, which launched yesterday, intends to let “[a]nyone, across all industries, at any stage … share ideas, products, services and businesses with the rest of the world, mainly through video.”
It’s a well-known fact that Google frequently lets its employees do their own thing on company time. Many of those employees then come up with brilliant ideas, but the search engine giant – wealthy as it is – doesn’t have money to pursue them all. In the long term, do those employees go on to get rich, or get screwed?
These tips are ideas that I have used successfully and often recommend to other creative entrepreneurs.
Every year, many one-man online Web sites and small e-tailers close their online business doors and drop out of the internet marketing race without giving themselves a fair shot at success because of Irritable Online Marketing Syndrome (IOMS).
I had the honor of speaking at a women’s business association luncheon on the topic of entrepreneurship.
When I mentioned to my wife the day before that I was speaking to group of women entrepreneurs she asked, "Why on earth would they ask you to speak?" In her defense, my dear wife has no idea what I do for a living.
When I’m not running my own business, writing articles about business, speaking to groups and organizations about business, or consulting with companies who want my advice about the running of their business, I teach a weekly class on the subject of (care to guess?) starting and running a business.
Ok, so you have not made your first million within 90 days as you thought. Your idea crashed and you feel gutted. Worst, your partner says I told you so. You and your get rich ideas. Well, I salute you because you tried and failed. Guess what? The more you fail, the faster you will succeed. So keep falling forward. Get up and keep moving. The distant dream is getting closer with each step.
Summary: Even with a wide variety of sources available, coming up with an idea as the basis for a new venture can still be a difficult problem. The entrepreneur can use several methods to help generate and test new ideas including focus groups, brainstorming and problem inventory analysis.
While the Internet has created entrepreneurial opportunities for the likes of both Fortune 500 companies and sole proprietors working out of their basement, the fundamental entrepreneurial dilemma still remains: how can entrepreneurs break into an already established market?
Q: I own a small decorating business and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know anything about taxes or retirement plans. I’d like to set up a 401(k) or an IRA or some other kind of retirement plan for me and my three employees. What are the various retirement plan options available for a small business owner and in your opinion, which would work best for me? — Wanda S.
I am ranked #1 for that silly phrase at Google. So What?
At this week’s Small Business Administration’s SBA Expo ’05, Register.com, Inc., a leading provider of global domain registration and Internet services, announced that it has formed an alliance with Washington, DC-based SCORE Association, an SBA-funded organization of more than 10,500 volunteers who provide free, confidential small business counseling to entrepreneurs.
Many Internet marketers wonder how they spend less time marketing their website so they can focus on delighting their clients and developing better marketing strategies to improve sales.
More and more students, both in undergraduate and graduate institutions, are deciding to launch their own ventures upon graduation rather than taking the traditional route of working for another firm. Likewise, more and more individuals are leaving their jobs to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams.
Does it seem like everyone and everything is vying for your attention all at once? It can be hard for solo entrepreneurs to know what to do first, let alone try to find the time to get caught up. Here are some time management tips that will help you to stay on top of it all:
How often have you either referred to or considered the expression, “Success is a journey and not a Destination?” Probably many times, yet often being in a hurry to get there, we forget that success is not an end unto itself, but is instead an ongoing process.
Entrepreneurs and their businesses have a tendency to ambush themselves when they aren’t looking. This affects how much revenue they can generate, how fast their business rises, and even if they survive after the first few years. If you feel there is a possibility you are getting in your way to success, review these elements to see if any of these items might apply.
There is a growing wave of retired female workers getting in on the massive amount of money to be made in the home based business field. The list of products and services that the older worker can provide is almost endless. Older workers usually come from the school of thought that if a job is worth doing it is worth doing properly and this gives them an edge in modern business. I know I would trust an older person to do a job right, more than a younger less experienced person. The empowering effect of a retired female worker augmenting a restrictive retirement income or better yet, getting off welfare and starting her own home based business is inspiring to witness.
A recent poll conducted by Forbes magazine shows that majority of its readers would prefer to become a billionaire rather than a Noble peace prize winner, a great scientist or a famous athlete. There is no secret that most of the average people dream about getting rich albeit very few makes any real effort to become one.
There are many home based business ideas that are taking root as an economic force to be reckoned with these days. The people who are taking advantage of them are coming from all types of social backgrounds and the work at home industry has proven to be most effective in producing a new boom of working grandmothers. The fact that retired female workers can now re-enter the work force under their own terms has been a great help in raising the self esteem and living standards of the older generation.
It’s occurred to me lately that I don’t feel like there’s enough time to do everything I want to do in my business. Between working with clients, writing books and articles, teaching/training other professionals, marketing, and just living a good life, there seems to be less and less time in each and every day.
Eleven years ago when I told my friends that I was going to build a business, they doubled up with laughter. Once they had finished wiping their eyes, they gave me their reasons for the scepticism: Since I had no business skills and no money at all, I could as well count my plan as a fat chance.
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The ideals and the spirit of the Founding Fathers are very much alive in the 21st Century — in the lives, and the struggles, of the small business person.
Fully one in ten adults in the United States today is an entrepreneur. This phenomenon is by no means restricted to North America. The leading country for entrepreneurship is Brazil with one in eight adults an entrepreneur. Australia is not far behind the U.S. with one in twelve. These countries – Brazil, the United States and Australia – lead the way. Contrast, for example, Germany (one in 25), the United Kingdom (one in 33), Finland and Sweden (one in 50) and Ireland and Japan (less than one in 100). (Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2000.)
If you are a struggling entrepreneur who sometimes feel like you are pushing a 3-ton boulder up a steep hill, costs keep mounting and you are considering giving up, check out the 10 setbacks that Walt Disney faced. Some were financial nightmares that put him millions of dollars in the red and others were just plain embarrassment.
Time goes by so fast these days. You’ve got masses of work to do, e-mails to respond to, ads to write, your website needs tweaking – and there are just a couple of facts you want to check before sending off your new article to the various ezine databases. You haven’t got the right books at home, and you definitely haven’t got time to go to the library. You can probably find the information you need on the net, but it may take a while to track it down, and the search engines throw up a load of dross before taking you to anything really useful. It would be brilliant if you could just click a button on your computer for the information you need to appear on your screen.
Profit Dynamics Inc., a research firm in Fountain Hills, Arizona, founded by Brian Hill and Dee Power, authors of the books, “Attracting Capital From Angels,” and “Inside Secrets To Venture Capital,” recently conducted a survey of 74 venture capital firms from all regions of the United States. They were asked their views about the outlook for the early stage capital market in the upcoming year. On the whole, the VCs responded with at least a moderate degree of optimism, the overall theme being–the worst may be over. They were then asked this question:
Entrepreneurs know their business. They know their product, their service. Many of them write creative Web sites. But, one thing they are not as adept at is promotional copy.
* More than four out of five entrepreneurs have a written Business Plan for their company