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SmartLight redirects sunlight into "light-locked" building interiors

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have developed technology that could help cut lighting energy costs by brightening up rooms with natural …

The Next Generation Of Pilgrims Want To Start Their Own Countries That Float At Sea

That might soon become <i>so possible</i> that they'll have to follow through with it.<p>Seasteading is a Libertarian's dream realized. It involves setting up floating cities at sea, 200 miles off the coast of a country so as to not be subject to its laws. Call it an experiment in governance, call it a way to …

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Creating A “Regenerative Economy” To Transform Global Finance Into A Force For Good

What if the economy protected people and the planet?<p>Science tells us we are in ecological overshoot. We are using Earth’s resources faster than they can be regenerated. So, too, are we in economic and financial overshoot, propelled by a financial system that demands growth with no concern for the …

Looking For A Smart Startup Team? Teach A Class And Recruit Your Students

For new businesses, the classroom is more important than the boardroom.<p>Plenty of university professors aren’t just focused on helping students learn and get good grades–they’re also dedicated to helping students boost their burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit. As academia bleeds into private …

6 Branding Lessons From Eurostar’s First-Ever Creative Director

Christopher Jenner defines a new role for railways and re-thinks the way we brand travel.<p>“The train that goes under the sea,” is how South African born Christopher Jenner describes Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking London to Paris and mainland Europe. At the age of 42, the founder of …

Why You Should Crowd-Source Your Toughest Investment Decisions

Only three or four out of every ten movies made in America breaks even or earns a profit. Yet the decision to green-light a project is usually based solely on “expert opinions” — in other words, executives’ intuition supplemented by standard regression analysis. There’s got to be a better way.<p>We …

TWI reveals handheld 5 kW laser torch

To address the challenges encountered in decommissioning a nuclear facility, the UK-based firm TWI has since 2009 been developing laser tube-cutting …

Aqualibrium uses fish to grow plants, and plants to grow fish

Home aquaponics kits, which combine fish and plants in a symbiotic relationship, are becoming more and more popular. One of them, the Fishy Farm, is …

San Francisco to Entrepreneurs: Solve Our City's Problems | Inc.com

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and the White House launched a new initiative Friday aimed at getting entrepreneurs to create tech-based solutions for some of the city's gnarliest problems.<p>The program is a start-up accelerator, of sorts: the 16-week workshop--called Entrepreneur-in-Residence San …

Swiftly Offers Same Day Design Services for $15

As a small business owner you may be aware of crowdsourcing and its power to dramatically reduce the cost of many outsourced tasks for …

Keeping Up With The Quants: Helps You Keep Up on Business Intelligence

Citizens of ancient Japan appreciated the samurai practice Bushido – “the way of the warrior” – and its tenets of loyalty, martial arts skill and …

New Biz Ideas Site, a Startup Wiki, and More - Small Business Trends

We’re back with another community news and announcements roundup, to get a bead on what’s on the minds of entrepreneurs and small business owners. We …

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years. Don’t be surprised if one day you’ve taken on the position of microbial balancer, corporate disorganizer, or urban shepherd.<p>New technology will eradicate some jobs, change others, and create whole new categories of …

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A Fast Food Chain’s Quest To Turn Gardening Into Good Business

McDonald’s, take note: A regional fast food chain called B.Good is showing how onsite gardening can make sense for quick-serve restaurants.<p>Every morning at work, Wanderley Nunes dos Santos, general manager of a fast food burger joint in the Boston suburbs, has the unusual task of heading out back …

Make It Stand quickly optimizes your model's balance for 3D printing

Normally it is recommended to hollow out a model before printing it, as this can go a long way towards keeping it balanced, while also cutting down …

N-Fix tech could drastically reduce agricultural fertilizer use

Synthetic crop fertilizers are a huge source of pollution. This is particularly true when they’re washed from fields (or leach out of them) and enter …

Use Customer Cash to Finance Your Start-Up

Airbnb is one of the most celebrated start-ups of the past decade, and its creation story is well-known: In 2007 two design school graduates dusted off some air mattresses and rented out space in their San Francisco apartment to conference attendees who couldn’t find hotel rooms, netting $1,000. A …

Northeastern Startup Is Making It Easier To Get Farm Fresh Food

After starting his own organic farm in 1990, he spent nearly 20 years refining his vision, pivoting from an initial plan to own or franchise many small farms to a more efficient plan to partner with farmers and distribute local farm products in supermarkets.<p>The Yale School of Management graduate, …

3D Printers Could Cause Strokes If Used In The Wrong Environment

3D printing is a process of melting plastic filament and creating solid objects by building them up in very thin layers. The technology is used in a wide range of industries from construction to aerospace, and is now starting to make its way into the mainstream.<p>Many of the 3D printers on the market …

The Top 3 Reasons Startups Fail, According To A Man Startups Hire To Save Them

PandoDaily's Erin Griffith interviewed Hogan and asked him for the most common reasons startups fail.<p>Surprisingly, running out of money wasn't cited as reason number one. It's third.<p>Instead, only having one founder is the most common reason Hogan says startups die. Running a company alone is much …

Nightclub urinal tells patrons when they've had one too many

Singapore sees 2141 cases of drunk driving a year, some fatal. Zouk called upon DDB Group Singapore to devise a campaign to reduce drunk driving by …

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7 Best Business Books for Summer Reading - Small Business Trends

The weather is finally warm enough to where I’ve created my outdoor patio space. And that means that it’s summer reading time! A cool drink, my feet …

Feast Your Eyes on This Unofficial “Walking Dead” Christmas Special

Glenn, Carl, Maggie, and the rest of the gang from AMC’s <i>The Walking Dead</i> are coming home for the holidays. Well, not the home they once knew before the zombie apocalypse wrought hell on Earth, but to your home. Kind of.<p>Created by Jason Inman of production house Jawiin, the new <i>Walking Dead Christmas</i> …

Every Business Person Involved At All With The Internet Should Glance At This Presentation

He's done non-technical people in the Internet industry around the world a huge favor.<p>He made made a presentation called "Fundamentals of Web for Non-Developers."<p>He says the purpose of the deck is educate "business people" on "concepts of the Web and Web applications," "understand how Web-based …

Want to Win? Tackle These Issues and Stay Focused!

It is safe to assume that, if given one wish, most entrepreneurs would ask for more hours to their day. No matter what stage in its start-up life a …

The Importance Of Understanding The Demographic Profiles Of Your Target Market

You have laid all the groundwork for your product, implemented penetrative marketing strategies and even reduced your price points to rope in more …

Get a Free Sign for Your Storefront -- And How to Give Away Stuff, Profitably

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want a sign to display in your storefront telling customers what time your business is open, you can get one from Signs.com today at no cost.<p>The Salt Lake City, Utah-based banner and sign production e-tailer is launching a …

Why Do Military Veterans Make Such Great Entrepreneurs? | Inc.com

I first met Joseph Kopser six years ago in Mosul, Iraq. He he was an Army major serving in a cavalry squadron at the time, and I was a reporter for <i>The Washington Post</i>.<p>Kopser, 42, who retired from the military last week, is now the CEO and co-founder of an Austin, Tex. start-up called RideScout--a …

Find the Perfect Space for a Pop-up Store | Inc.com

Pop-up retail is not a new concept. Entrepreneurs have set up Halloween- and holiday-themed stores in malls for decades. Larger stores have run pop-ups in the U.S. since at least 1999.<p>But now it's getting easier to experiment with temporary space and new retail concepts: New websites are popping up …

30 Terrific Tools for Small Businesses

What are the right products and vendors to use for my business? At Docstoc, we have over 30 million registered members, and our small business owners & operators have always asked us this question. Sometimes we didn’t have the answers, so we built a free service, ExpertCircle to help business …