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The No. 1 Reason Why Entrepreneurs Struggle to Find Their Business Niche

<i>AntonSokolov/Shutterstock.com</i><p>Quite often entrepreneurs struggle to find their business niche, not because they don't know what they are passionate about but because they are often passionate about a lot of things and believe that they have to choose one thing that they will have to do for the rest …

Small Business

Entrepreneurial Startup Advice You MUST Remember

Launching a startup is a unique experience for everyone. There’s no one right way to do it. But there are some tips and common mistakes that can give …

Entrepreneurship

Grow vs. Dough: Why Software Engineers Should (and Shouldn’t) Choose Startups

<i>Original image</i> <i>here</i><p>Money <i>does</i> make the world go round.<p>But if you’re looking at compensation as the main data point when analyzing your next software …

Employment

US startups are on the decline, and it's terrible news for the economy

According to researchers, not only are there now fewer startups being created in the US, but the slowing rate of entrepreneurship is hurting the economy.<p>"Historically, the U.S. has exhibited a high pace of entrepreneurship with a small share of fast growing young firms disproportionately accounting …

Economics

The 10 Coolest Big Data Startups Of 2015

<b>AtScale</b><p><b>CEO:</b> Dave Mariani<p>AtScale develops a solution to the problem of getting data, analysis and insight out of Hadoop. The company, founded in 2013 …

Startups

A top VC firm just put together a stunning presentation on the state of startups

A top NYC VC firm, First Round Capital, decided to poll more than 500 founders what it's like and, in an industry first, release data on the state of the startup industry, which they've let us republish in full here.<p>Here's how startups are feeling about everything from raising money (pessimistic) …

Venture Capital

What Are the Most Common Ways Startups Destroy Themselves?

Chasing investors instead of customers is the most common way startups destroy themselves. It is a perfectly avoidable path to destruction.<p>Over 600,000 companies go out of business every year in the US alone. Infant Entrepreneur Mortality is a massive problem. Here are 10 avoidable mistakes …

Startups

The Value of an End of the Week "Brain Dump"

One of my favorite things to do on a lazy Friday afternoon (when I <i>should</i> be working, but I have a few posts already done in advance and my mind is …

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For entrepreneurs, making sense of early-stage funding options

It’s a good time to be a startup in North America. Venture capital investing in the US reached a record $59.8 billion for the first half of 2015. Up …

Venture Capital

Startups are complaining that they're 'only' able to raise $1 million seed rounds

If you're just starting your startup, you don't need a ton of money to do it.<p>That's the advice Y Combinator president Sam Altman gave today in a mini-tweetstorm.<p>Today, founders don't get excited if they can "only" raise a million-dollar seed round of funding, but Altman says that you should be …

Startups

Booming tech startup space nearing a 'pullback,' observers say

The tech startup space has been red hot in Canada and the United States of late, but is it getting too hot? Several key players in the startup world think so – and predict there could soon be a shakeout.<p>"We feel there's going to be a pullback in the next six months," says Jim Orlando, managing …

Venture Capital

A Case Study Of Startup Failure

Bo Yaghmaie Contributor<p>Bo Yaghmaie is the head of Cooley LLP's Business and Technology practice in New York and an active participant in the New York startup and venture capital ecosystem.<p>Startups fail. In fact, startups often fail. Anyone who has spent any time in the startup and venture capital …

Venture Capital

Study: The key to happiness at work is free snacks

Even at a company with unlimited vacation, it's hard to compete with the daily joy of having a seltzer machine in the office kitchen.<p>After one was installed four months ago at the Waltham, Mass., office of public relations firm InkHouse, employees told InkHouse co-founder Beth Monaghan that the …

Nutrition

Startup Tricks: 10 Things Budding Entrepreneurs Should Focus On

Starting a company is incredibly difficult, especially if it's your first time doing so. There are a million and one things to think about: quickly …

Entrepreneurship

SAS Blogs

In the extended enterprise, data integration challenges abound. David Loshin explains.<p>Gradient boosting is one of the most widely used machine …

Machine Learning

What's Holding Young Entrepreneurs Back from Success?

Credit: Mong Multiply/Shutterstock<p>Entrepreneurship is on the minds of the world's youngest workers. But that doesn't mean their startup dreams are …

11 Inspirational Quotes On Secrets Of Success From Entrepreneurs

If you're planning on launching a startup, the following 10 entrepreneurs can help you learn the importance of lasting success.

Launching a Tech Startup Without Technology

As a startup founder, is it possible to launch a technology business without building technology first? The overwhelming majority of companies launch an app or web experience that misses the mark upon launch. The companies that reach success iterate their ways there, usually over a long period of …

Startups

U.S. Is No. 1 for Women Entrepreneurs, But There's Still Room for Improvement

<b>BERLIN --</b> It’s something we’ve all known to be true, but today we have some hard numbers to prove it. Here at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit, tech giant Dell has announced the results of the first-ever Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard. The results aren’t pretty.<p>The …

Entrepreneurship

Realities of Entrepreneurship You Need to Realize

You already know being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, which is why slipping on that comfortable pair of rose colored glasses from time to time is …

Public Access to Startup Investments

In the United States, for the first time since 1933, you do not have to earn more then $200k annually or be a millionaire to invest in startups. As long as the startup raises less than fifty million dollars annually, anyone can now get into the game at the ground level.<p>In the past, crowdfunding has …

Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rob Go is a co-founder and partner at seed-stage VC NextView Ventures and writes on the firm’s blog, the View from Seed.</i><p>During conversations with VCs, entrepreneurs will often encounter a few sneaky questions that have nothing to do with their actual businesses today. Many of these …

Venture Capital
Self-improvement

As an entrepreneur, every decision I make is based on these four things

Making a key decision in a startup can feel similar to deciding whether to run the ball from the one-yard line in the dying seconds of the Superbowl. Get it right, and it's high fives and downtown parades. Get it wrong and you're forever the guy that should have run it.<p>When working with a startup, …

Entrepreneurship