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Building a Business: 5 Things I Didn't Expect

Building a successful business won't be anything like you imagined.<p>It's been a crazy journey to get where we are today--and it's a ridiculously awesome place.<p>I'm excited to say that WordStream has made the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in a row. The company that I founded in 2007 took in $22.8 …

Jewish entrepreneurs explain how to succeed in business — by trying

NEW YORK — “I was born in Kiev. There was no food, it was really bad and there was anti-Semitism,” said Kira Radinsky, Chief Technology Officer for …

Entrepreneurship

Silicon Valley Etiquette

I get a lot of emails (563 per day to be exact). I also get a lot of asks for intros. <i>A lot</i> of intros.<p>I don’t throw these numbers out to show how cool …

Hong Kong unveils a digital hub to boost fintech startups and innovation

Hong Kong is making a move to challenge Singapore and others as the dominant location for fintech in Asia after the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled a hub and new allowances to spur innovation.<p>Speaking at an event today — first noted by Bloomberg — HKMA CEO Norman Chan announced plans …

Why Fintech Startups Might Not Want to Become Unicorns

In mythology, unicorn sightings are blessed events. In fintech world, they might be increasingly ill-fated.<p>Striving to achieve a valuation of $1 …

Venture Capital

Elon Musk's brother is building vertical farms in shipping containers

Starting fall 2016, he and fellow entrepreneur Tobias Peggs are planning to launch a new urban farming incubator program, called Square Roots. Musk tells Business Insider that it will give young food-tech entrepreneurs spaces to develop and accelerate their vertical farming startups.<p>Musk and Peggs …

Aquaponics

The Majority of Netflix Subscribers Will Be International Within 2 Years

Netflix’s aggressive push into international markets might just pay off, according to a new report.<p>The streaming services’s international subscriber …

Startups Accelerate Efforts to Reinvent Trucking Industry

Companies aim to leverage drivers’ smartphones to quickly connect them with nearby companies looking to ship goods<p>Investors are pouring millions of dollars into startups hoping to disrupt the $700 billion trucking industry, the latest example of Silicon Valley’s efforts to upend the traditional …

Trucking

Ethical Underwear: How a Lingerie Company Built Its Brand on Social Change

I walked into a Victoria’s Secret location last week, into a visual and olfactory assault: fending off condescending advances to be “fitted …

Bernie Sanders

Dubai Opens Up an Accelerator for Blockchain Startups

<b>The accelerator will support applications and projects built around smart cities, smart meters and blockchain technology.</b><p>Dubai’s government seeks to …

What it's like to intern at one of Silicon Valley's billion-dollar startups

But what is it really like to work at one of the Valley's tech giants or unicorn startups? Do interns really get massage Mondays and summer stipends higher than what hourly workers earn in a year?<p>Business Insider asked Lyft, the $5.5 billion ride-hailing startup based in San Francisco, about its …

Silicon Valley

Pokémon Go is just the start – Silicon Valley is taking over our reality

New technologies from games to the internet of things are integrating every aspect of our lives into a global network that serves monopoly capitalism

Silicon Valley

Feeding The Mechanisms That Drive Innovation

There’s a powerful myth that many people continue to believe in: that innovation comes about through a flash of inspiration, a “Eureka!” moment. In reality, innovation is fed by a constant diet of relevant and up-to-date information that can be reused and recombined to give shape to new ideas.<p>We …

Until Congress Acts, Don't Invest in Startups to Make Money

Investing in startups used to be an option only for accredited investors, or people with a net worth of at least $1 million or income of $200,000 a …

The Disruptive Innovation Behind Pokémon Go

If you're looking to move the needle in your own organization, follow the lead of Nintendo.<p>In an explosive combination of creativity, cutting-edge technology, and brilliant marketing, Pokemon GO has become a global craze in less than a week. The new portable game from Nintendo uses a technology …

5 Startups That Are Killing It With Social Media Marketing

Social media is seductive because of its easy point of entry and low-cost basis, but a lot of time and effort are required to create a successful campaign. Large corporations can dump money into huge advertising campaigns whenever they want, but it’s the bit players -- the emerging startups of the …

Banishing The Bosses Brings Out Zappos' Hidden Entrepreneurs

Encouraging employees to come up with new ideas and ways of thinking can broaden business scope and boost performance. Taking it a stage further and allowing staff to manage themselves can uncover a wealth of latent entrepreneurial talent. Doing away with managers altogether, and letting people run …

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divests entire holding in BP

World’s largest health charity sells its $187m stake in the oil giant in a move welcomed by fossil fuel divestment campaigners<p>The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sold off its entire holding in oil giant BP, in a move welcomed by fossil fuel divestment campaigners.<p>Bill Gates has called the …

Israel: Will Nazism comparisons trigger soul searching? | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News

<b>Nazareth -</b> There is no bigger taboo in Israel than comparing the state of Israel to Nazi Germany. And yet that is precisely what Yair Golan, the deputy head of the Israeli military, did last week during a speech to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.<p>"If there's something that frightens me about Holocaust …

Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley startups brace for the cold

When Dropbox employees walked into their new office on Brannan Street last month, they were dazzled by something they hadn't seen before — a gleaming, 5-foot-tall panda statue made of chrome.<p>The statue was made in recognition of the company's panda mascot. It was seen as a stamp of approval, …

Venture Capital

The most common marketing mistake startups make

I’ve seen the same basic marketing mistake play out at some of the best software companies in the world: If your marketing team needs help from engineering to update their website (publish new posts, edit copy, upload images, etc.), then they have been set up to fail.<p>This mistake is most often made …

Starting May 16, Entrepreneurs Can Raise Money in a Whole New Way. Here's What You Need to Know.

Monday, May 16, 2016, will be a very big day in the world of crowdfunding.<p>More people will be able to invest in entrepreneurs through crowdfunding than they were just the day before. And that means that more entrepreneurs with more innovative ideas will be able to launch more businesses.<p>“The …

Crowd Funding

5 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Do (and 3 They Never Do)

How many of these traits do you have? And how many should you shed?<p>We all look for an edge in our business building and examining the past behaviors of other successful entrepreneurs is a great way to set your own do's & don'ts. Sure you can read about Mark Cuban or Richard Branson. But, you need …

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel nabs another $1.3 billion for Founders Fund

Peter Thiel’s decades old Founders Fund pulled together another $1.3 billion dollars today for Founders Fund VI.<p>Thiel, a billionaire investor in Facebook and SpaceX and co-founder of PayPal, will remain at the helm, with partners Lauren Gross, Ken Howery, Geoff Lewis, Scott Nolan, Luke Nosek and …

Venture Capital

India's big move into solar is already paying off

India's massive bet on solar power is paying off far earlier than anticipated.<p>The price of solar power has plummeted in recent months to levels rivaling that of coal, positioning the renewable source as a viable mainstream option in a country where 300 million people live without electricity.<p>Solar …

Renewable Energy