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Lodgify Launches Its Build-Your-Own Solution For Vacation Rental Websites And Listings

Barcelona-based startup Lodgify is launching its product today, which aims to be the “Shopify of vacation rentals” according to its co-founder Naveen Sharma. Like Shopify, Lodgify allows small business owners to easily set up an online commerce presence – but this time the target is people who are …

Javelin: the lean startup app that's a product of lean startup methodology

Conventional wisdom holds that most big companies are not capable of innovating. They’re too fat and bureaucratic, too resistant to change, good at …

Startup idea tracker Elevatr hits 40,000 users in first month

With Elevatr, his tool for tracking, sharing and developing ideas for startups, David Spiro is making a bet that startup culture is mainstream …

How Investors Think: Is your Startup a Feature, Product or Business?

Through my development as a junior VC, I regularly find myself asking questions similar to those of my entrepreneur friends.<p>Without many ghosts of pitches past, I glean knowledge from others’ refined judgement and execution. Take it this way: venture capitalists are paid to act on a point of view, …

5 Tips for Designing a Company Logo That Wows

Not all entrepreneurs are crummy artists, but there are certainly those among us who could use an art lesson or two. If you are less-than-gifted in …

What Does it Take to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Starting a business venture sounds easy enough. It only takes a great idea, time to hire a team to turn the idea into reality and investors to …

Entrepreneurship

Imported From Israel: 4 Key Start-up Lessons

On a per capita basis, you could argue that Israel leads the world in start-up success. Inc.com contributor Peter Cohan looks at how several Israeli entrepreneurs beat unlikely odds.<p>Israel has about 7 million citizens. One hundred of its start-ups are listed on the NASDAQ. On a per capita basis, it …

5 Things Your First Investors Must Bring to the Table

The best angels and VCs offer more than just money. Here's what to look for as you shop around.<p>Looking to VCs or angels for the capital to take your start-up to the next level? Proceed with caution--not all investors are created equal. In fact, there are a handful of characteristics you should look …

Venture Capital

Sharetown: Rent Stuff from Neighbors

Think about your neighborhood (at home or work). How many people within an easily accessible radius have some kind of basic household, office, or …

Social Media

The Brit-ish Invasion

Inside Flipboard / May 8, 2013<p>Brit Morin, whose DIY lifestyle site Brit + Co. is now paginated for Flipboard, is the perfect poster child for Silicon …

The 20 Hottest Startups From Israel

By some counts, Israel is home to 4,800 startups today. It's also home to least two dozen accelerator/incubator programs in the Tel Aviv area, alone, including some run by Microsoft and Google.<p>There are more incubators in other cities, too, including a program in Jerusalem run by Jerusalem Venture …

Startups

Shower Curtain DIYs to Revamp Your Bathroom

At first glance, the role of a shower curtain is strictly functional. It keeps water off the floor, traps warmth and offers privacy as you get a …

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Spend blissful hours recharging your creative battery with these ten Tumblrs we've put together to make you feel inspired, keep...<p>Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and the hand-drawn charm of Marimekko, the characters in the...<p>Las Vegas designer Logan Hendrickson …

Ceramics

20 Backyard Pool Design Ideas For A Hot Summer

Having a house with a pool is what most people dream about. But have you ever wondered how that house would actually look like? Where would be pool …

Lamido Sanusi: Nigeria's Financial Challenges and Opportunities

Great Entrepreneurs Practice What They Preach

Remember those Hair Club for Men commercials in the ’80s with president Sy Sperling? He would close out each commercial stating, “Remember, I’m not only the Hair Club president, but I’m also a client.” He’d then show a photo of himself with half the hair. We see the same thing today—it’s difficult …

8 Fascinating Ideas From TechCrunch Disrupt

Chris Dixon, Chamath Palihapitiya, Jonah Peretti, and others weigh in on the most interesting tech trends, the next big idea, and what's wrong with Silicon Valley.<p>Investors, entrepreneurs, and a few start-up groupies convened today in Midtown for the fourth annual TechCrunch Disrupt.<p>Topics ranged …

5 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurial MBAs

For entrepreneurs, business school presents a unique set of choices and opportunities that can drastically alter a founder’s chance of success — for …

Entrepreneurship

How Networked Insights Makes Sense Of Internet Chatter To Help Big Brands Create Better Ads

Networked Insights is one such company that helps clients, including Samsung, Revlon, and P&G, make sense of real-time social chatter happening …

What Startups Need to Understand About The Booming Corporate Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Every year, large corporations spend billions of dollars on supporting, investing in, marketing to, and donating to small businesses, startups, and the organizations that support them. These numbers are rising dramatically as interest in the entrepreneurship ecosystem rises.<p>Startups who understand …

‘Airbnb For Bikes’ Startup Spinlister Returns From The Deadpool, Now With New Management

If you’re a big fan of bikes and Airbnb-type sharing economy startups like me, you might have been disappointed to learn that Liquid (née Spinlister), the peer-to-peer bike rental startup, was shut down a few months ago. The service, which launched in New York City last spring, had just opened up …

Fits.me Closes $7.2M Series A To “Aggressively Expand” Its Virtual Fitting Room Tech In Europe, Start Prepping For U.S. Push

Try-for-size-before-you buy virtual fitting room startup Fits.me has closed a €5.5 million ($7.2 million) Series A round. It’s not all new money — we covered the first €1.5 million tranche, back in January 2012 — but the startup has now added €4 million to complete the round. Backers include …

Supercell Is A New $770 Million Startup, And It Generates $2.4 Million Per Day

In February it raised $130 million from three investors, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP),* Index Ventures and Atomico. Forbes, which announced the fundraise, says Supercell may be "the fastest growing game company ever."<p>Zynga has had a difficult time in the public markets, so it may seem …

Angry Birds

With Its Biggest Update Yet, Ness Debuts Instant, Personalized Restaurant Recommendations, Says Events, Nightlife Are Next

Ness, the restaurant recommendations app that uses social data combined with machine-learning techniques to offer personalized suggestions, has released the next major version of its application today, now focused on what it’s calling “instant recommendations.” In the earlier version, Ness relied …

21 Most Admired Companies Making IT A Competitive Advantage

All enterprises, regardless of what they produce or the services they deliver, are really information businesses.<p>The accuracy, speed and precision of IT systems means the difference between winning or losing customers, keeping supply chains profitable, and solidly translating new concepts into …

The 12 Most Disruptive Names In Business: The Full List

Who are the people shaking up their fields most dramatically? To answer that question, we sifted through hundreds of names in scores of categories to come up with a dozen disruptors less content to improve the status quo than to blow it up.<p><b>Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, Charles Adle</b><b>r, cofounders,</b> …