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What It's Like to Be an Intrapreneur at a Large Corporation

Microsoft's Jim Brisimitzis discusses his experience building the Microsoft Startup Program.<p>Entrepreneur Network partners Scott Duffy and Alan Taylor are back at Quinn’s Pub for another round of Seattle’s most unique burgers. Chef Scott whips up a Korean version of Quinn’s Signature Burger, and …

Microsoft

Entrepreneurs Need More than Funding. They Need a Community.

Sometimes entrepreneurs need something more valuable than someone else's money.<p>With the exception of my Uncle Steve, I was well into my 20s before I ever knew an entrepreneur personally. And Uncle Steve's litany of troubles with the IRS--and tendency to borrow money for smokes from my dad--weren't …

Entrepreneurship

Why Most Hardware Companies Fail--and How to Make Yours Succeed

It's time for entrepreneurs to think beyond gadgets.<p>An aspiring entrepreneur recently asked me how to win as a consumer hardware company. My advice? Don't do it.<p>Most investors want nothing to do with hardware. It's expensive, has lower margins than software, and production and iteration cycles take …

Startups

How to Build the Best Advisory Board for Your Tech Company

One of the best-kept secrets of highly successful tech companies, uncovered.<p>Now more than ever, startups have a ridiculous number of resources at their disposal when it comes to support for growing their companies. In cities all over the world, startup accelerators and incubators are popping up to …

Startups

73% Attracted To VR Ads Related To Travel

When it comes to accessing advertising on virtual reality and augmented reality platforms, consumers say they want to experience travel destinations, …

Augmented Reality

Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free

A small trial for a clever idea<p>You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. For data centers containing tens of thousands of servers, this is a big problem, wasting energy and money. To try and mitigate this, companies have experimented with moving facilities to …

How To Power Through When Your Startup Is Going Under

With the inherent pressures of being an entrepreneur combined with the harshly competitive nature in achieving excellence in business and startups, it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs often find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the continuing operation of that …

Startups

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

A lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately. In response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.<p>Call it Big Sleep. After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the …

Sleep

Backed By Ashton Kutcher, Lemonade Lands In California

Eight months after launching in New York and 6 weeks after launching Illinois, Lemonade, the insurance company powered by AI and behavioral economics, launched across California.<p>It’s pretty fitting for the insurance disruptor to count California, the tech capital of the world, as its third state to …

Insurance

How to Convert Those Instagram Followers Into Customers – Adweek

Instagram now has more than 600 million monthly active users worldwide–more than Twitter, Snapchat or LinkedIn.<p>According to a Forrester study, the …

Marketing

How to define your Minimum Viable Product? – Better World – Medium

Minimum Viable Product, or if I say “Minimum Buy-able product”<p>Sounds good ?<p>If not lets go deeper with what it actually means.<p><b>Minimum viable product</b> …

Product Management

4 Ways to Start a Business With No Money

<i>May 25, 2015</i><p>A lot of entrepreneurs get caught up on the old cliche -- "you <i>need</i> money to <i>make</i> money."<p>Thanks to the "lean startup" paradigm, much of …

Entrepreneurship

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3-Step Guide For Telling a Compelling Brand Story

When you're looking for solid advice for launching a successful startup, it makes sense to turn to experts like Gary Vaynerchuk for advice.<p>Gary is a serial entrepreneur and New York Times best selling author. In the book Foundr V1.0, when asked to share his top tip for startups, Gary says to focus …

Marketing

Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2016: Part 3 | Metro Winnipeg

This is the final part of my 2016 list of fascinating Manitobans — I hope you enjoy reading about what the people around you are up to — it's pretty …

Winnipeg

It's no Christmas No 1, but AI-generated song brings festive cheer to researchers

‘Neural karaoke’ program can take any digital photo and transform it into a computer-generated singalong<p>It will not, if there is any certainty left in the world, top the charts this Christmas. But what it lacks in party hit potential, it more than makes up for with its unique, if vaguely …

7 Steps For Bouncing Back After Getting Turned Down For VC Funding

Getting rejected can help point the way forward. Here’s your guide for going back to the drawing board.<p>So you made a plan to raise a round of financing and were greeted with a resounding yawn. You’re not alone. Raising money for a startup is really hard and usually takes much longer than you think, …

Entrepreneurship

6 Important Lessons to Teach Your Kids

Even if your kids don't become entrepreneurs, having an entrepreneurial mindset can take them far in life.<p>We all want what’s best for our children. We want them to live long, prosperous and happy lives, but unfortunately, there’s no one way to guarantee that.<p>Though I may be biased, being an …

The Napkin Business Canvas

I’m a big fan of both Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas, but sometimes both can be a bit unwieldy.<p>At Weld …

Investing Options When the Investment is Your Own Startup

Starting a small business requires an investment of time, energy, and capital. And, according to the SBA, 60% investments will go bust within two years. It begs the question, is this an investment worth making? For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, the question is often moot. So perhaps the …

401(k)

Investing in an Early-Stage Startup: What to Look For and What to Avoid

Investing in a young company is about as high risk, high reward as it gets. It takes guts, enthusiasm and an acceptance that it may not work out as …

Startups

Yes, You Definitely Deserve Better: 13 Signs You Really Need to Quit Your Job

Why 13? If you hate your job, you definitely don't feel lucky... and it's time to make a change.<p>Sometimes people quit their job because they can earn more somewhere else. Sometimes people quit their job to pursue a better opportunity. Sometimes people quit their job because their boss is …

Real Ventures

In a record-breaking H1 2016, they top our list as Canada’s most active VC<p><i>By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association</i><p>The first …

Venture Capital

Thalmic Labs’ $120 million funding round shows the limits of Canadian VC

The Myo arm band, Thalmic Labs’ first product. (Thalmic Labs)<p>Thalmic Labs announced recently that it raised a whopping $158 million in funding, a …

Venture Capital

The Newest littleBits Building Block Is Your Smartphone

Giving a soldering iron to a ten year old to teach them about electronics maybe isn’t the best idea. littleBits, on the other hand, turn basic …

5 Keys to Avoid Startup Burnout

Not-so-obvious tips to help you avoid burnout while growing your startup.<p>Launching a company of your own starts out like any love story. There's the initial spark that you have for an idea; then, after spending some time with it, that idea either turns into a full-fledged passionate love affair or …

A CEO who ditched corporate America to run her own startup explains how to decide whether to quit your day job

You've probably read or heard a dozen stories about people who quit their dull day jobs to pursue a dream, and went on to achieve soaring success.<p>But the reality is, taking a risk and pursuing your passion full-time isn't as simple as it sounds.<p>There are a million things to consider before taking …

Startups

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Venture Capital

7 Smart Ways to Get Your Startup Off the Ground Without Money

No rich relatives? No angel connections? No problem.<p>When I started my company, Metal Mafia, I didn't come from a wealthy family, Kickstarter didn't exist, and raising venture capital worth millions of dollars wasn't an option. Instead, I focused on creating a business plan that was thorough and a …