Nilay Chakraborty

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5 Fitness "Rules" You Can Completely Ignore

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My Favorite Companies From The Seventh 500 Startups Accelerator Class

It’s demo day again for the 500 Startups crew, as the seed stage investment firm and accelerator is showing off the latest batch of companies that have survived its three-month accelerator program. Those companies are presenting their products and services to investors and press for the first time …

.Guru, .Bike, .Singles And 4 Other Domains Will Open For Business Tomorrow

If you are looking for a good domain name, your choices are about to get more interesting. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to register a .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles and .ventures domain name through numerous registrars worldwide.<p>Last year, the Internet Corporation for …

StyleSeat, An Online Marketplace For Stylists & Beauty Pros, Raises $10.2M Series A From Lightspeed

As hinted at last month, salon-booking service StyleSeat has now closed on its Series A round of funding. Led by Lightspeed Ventures, the company has raised an additional $10.2 million in outside investment, bringing its total raise to date to $14 million. The funding will be used to both grow the …

Tip: Take Control of Your Personal Brand

<b>Dorie Clark</b>, author of <i>Reinventing You</i>, explains how to make others see where you're going, instead of where you've been.

What's remarkable about these, and dozens of other product subscription services is that they've convinced people to lay down serious money--sometimes several hundred dollars a year--for goods that someone else is choosing, which runs counter to the customer-is-in-control mantra we so often hear. The thrill of discovery is part of the appeal, but there's also the thrill of not having to decide: when you're bogged down by decision fatigue, latching onto a person or brand whose choices you trust can feel like liberation. Even if you have no use for a box of candy-colored paper straws. How to win over customers: Lessons from 8 brands, including Birchbox, J.Crew, and Uber:

Why Great Entrepreneurs Are Older Than You Think

How old do you think someone should be for the best chance at entrepreneurial success?<p>If you said 20, or 22, or 25, you are not alone.<p>It wasn’t that long ago that age signified wisdom. But in the last decade Silicon Valley routinely, even systematically, has overlooked the old in search of the …

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make 2014 A Year Of Action

Last week, I had the pleasure of teaching a class about business branding to the students of the Girlfriend MBA, an innovative online business program for women entrepreneurs. (My segment came the week after Seth Godin’s– no small act to follow!). The Girlfriend MBA was started by Erin Moran …