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Six Indian Startups Shortlisted For Google Accelerator Program; Will Receive $50,000 In Equity-free Funding

Google has announced the second class of Indian startups that will join the Launchpad Accelerator program at Google Headquarters.The six month long …

After analyzing 200 founders' postmortems, researchers say these are the reasons startups fail

It’s a common adage in Silicon Valley that 90% of startups ultimately fail. To understand why that’s the case, a pair of researchers meticulously pored over 193 blog posts—startup postmortems, if you will—written by founders examining what went wrong.<p>It was a heartwrenching experience for Kerry …

Why do most start-ups fail to successfully scale up? Five reasons where founders are going wrong

<b>By K Yatish Rajawat</b><p>The only goal every start-up has is to successfully scale and disrupt or own an industry. The biggest reason that bulk of them …

Kevin Rose Reveals His Top Advice for Founders (After 5 Startups)

• 53shares<p>Kevin Rose is the co-founder of North Technologies. He was also a general partner at Google Ventures and the founder of Digg, Milk, …

Startups

Dear Startups, here's why you must hire interns!

What if I told you that you're missing a crucial cog in your team? Are you sure you did not fail to grab some huge opportunities? Do you feel …

How to Pick the Right Startup Team

At a startup, everything revolves around people. You’re going to be married to your team for the lifetime of the company. That’s right: it’s a marriage. So pick your teammates carefully, because you’ll be in for a long and bumpy ride.<p>Building a team is arguably the hardest part of a startup. In …

Become an Instacart Shopper!

WHAT IS INSTACART?<p>Instacart is an on-demand grocery delivery service. Customers order groceries from their favorite local stores and we handpick the …

I Had My Groceries Delivered by Instacart, and Here's How It Went.

"The best way to shop for groceries." That's the tagline on the homepage of Instacart, the two-year-old grocery delivery company that lets you shop …

America's Most Promising Company: Instacart, The $2 Billion Grocery Delivery App

Grocery shopping may never be the same.<p>Instacart, the number one company on this year’s Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list, has rocketed up the Silicon Valley money list in just two and a half years with its one-hour grocery delivery service. This month, Instacart announced a new $220 …

Customers

Instacart Is Quietly Working With Third Parties To Outsource (Some Of) Its Deliveries

Instacart, the on-demand grocery delivery startup that is reportedly valued north of $2 billion, is growing fast in 15 markets throughout the country. As it seeks to meet that demand, it has begun experimenting with outsourcing deliveries through third-party providers, according to people familiar …

The Top Actors, Rappers, and Athletes Trying to Disrupt the Tech Game

When you've got so much cash that you can, for example, have your wedding <i>reception</i>—not even your actual wedding—at the Palace of Versailles, …

The sharing economy: a money-making space made for startups

We’re becoming a nation of renters. Instead of buying a car, savvy Brits hire one from Zipcar. Forget hoofing off to B&Q on a Sunday for a stepladder that we’ll use once then confine to the loft, now we log on to Streetbank – a website that allows people to give away or lend goods to their …

Here's what billion-dollar startups had in common during their early days

There is a lot of coverage of the companies that have reached valuations of over a billion dollars. Many of these companies were not always fast growing businesses.<p>At Shasta Ventures, we focus on investing at the early stage, so we studied 32 high value consumer companies to see what they looked …

The 33 Directories Every Start-Up Should Be Registered On

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth at Twoodo building the future of teamwork. He’s also a Growth Evangelist at Growth Tribe. Follow him on Twitter or G+. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>If you subscribe to the notion, “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, …

Startups Anonymous: 19 Hard Truths About Being a Founder

[<i>This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are</i> …

9 Best Practices for Promoting Your Business on Social Media

The CEO of social media marketing company Moment.Me shares some wisdom.<p>Social media can be tough to tackle for any business, but especially for smaller ones that can't afford to hire a social media specialist.<p>Simply broadcasting advertisements on Twitter and Facebook is not going to attract or …

Here’s How Chat Apps Are Becoming As Important As Social Media For Brands

A number of top pundits are predicting that messaging apps will become ‘the new social media’ in 2015, and here’s some evidence to support that theory from Line, the chat app from Japan with over 500 million registered users and 170 million monthly actives.<p>Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney released …

Location services: How GPS delivery is changing shopping

<b>It is the world after taxi app Uber made your smartphone broadcasting your location seem normal.</b><p>In 2015, after you've paid for your Mocha Frappuccino on your mobile, Starbucks will experiment with bringing it straight to you.<p>Own a Volvo? Since February, Volvo On Call pilot Roam has let couriers …

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Google’s aggressive plan to bring the Internet to over one billion new people—primarily rural Africans and Southeast Asians—seems like something out …

14 Must-Have Apps To Use on Vacation

From easy photo-sharing to last-minute luxury hotel deals,these apps will upgrade your next trip.<p>From hotel bookings to restaurant recommendations to the best ways to get around–these are the apps to turn to when you're stumped in transit.<p>APP IN THE AIR<p>Download this app immediately (it's $49.99–or …

The best iPad apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and a new lineup of tablets from Apple, iPad users got some pretty big updates in 2014.<p>Of course, major hardware and software updates …

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Farfetch Launches New Click-Collect Service

Farfetch.com is introducing a service that allows shoppers to place an order for apparel and accessories with one of its retailers and collect it …

Shutterstock Founder: Accept the 100% Certainty That You Will Fail

Shutterstock's Jon Oringer explains a powerful lesson he received from an early mentor.<p>New entrepreneurs repeatedly hear that they have to get used to the idea of failure. But that's all wrong, says Jon Oringer, founder of the stock image website Shutterstock.<p>It's not the possibility or even the …

5 Times to Use Snail Mail, Not Email

There's a lot less direct mail out there--and a lot more opportunity.<p>It seems so 20th Century. With text messages, Facebook messages, tweets, video chat and now Ello--not to mention good, old-fashioned email--why would anyone use U.S. postal mail to reach out to customers?<p>Because, depending what …

Growing Pains: How Expansion Causes Startups to Lose Customers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last week, my company S.W. Basics -- a natural and simple to use skincare company -- lost one our retail accounts. This has actually been happening regularly lately. Sounds really stressful, right? I know. It kind of is. But the reason we …

5 Key Reasons Projects Fail

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do some projects succeed and others fail? That’s really the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I think about it all the time. Thankfully, there are concrete answers.<p>If you’re frustrated that one of your projects just can’t seem to get …

What Entrepreneurs Call 'Sweat Equity' the IRS Calls 'Taxable'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sweat equity is trading labor for equity or an interest in the company. What happens when you are paid your sweat equity? The answer is simple. Sweat equity is always taxable. We can blunt the tax burden a variety of ways but equity given …

Alibaba: Fast as a Rabbit, Patient as a Turtle

<i>By Johannes Berchtold</i><p>If you want to understand the shift in global business, watch out carefully what is happening these days in New York. Alibaba Group is in for an unprecedented bonanza, launching the biggest IPO in history on Nasdaq. Few would have bet money on the Chinese e-commerce giant when …

After the Kickstarter Campaign: 3 Lessons for Startup Newbies

“I am always asking myself, ‘Are we crazy for trying this?’ ‘Is there a reason no one else is doing this?’,” says Jake Huston, the 26-year old co-founder of Threadmason, an online store for custom-fit men’s basic t-shirts. “Then you get a day with a bunch of orders and some really good customer …