Matt Gierl

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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be a Young Person With a Big Idea

What a band of Millennial entrepreneurs on a train can teach us about entrepreneurship in today's America.<p><i>This column is part of an ongoing series, originally published by McKinsey & Company, about how entrepreneurs are making a societal impact around the world.</i><p>Last August, two dozen enterprising …

Innovation

Box Has Picked Its Bankers for Its IPO Next Year

If you haven’t had enough of high profile tech IPOs, there’s word today that another is gaining steam for sometime in 2014, this one in the …

Prefundia, A Platform For Crowdfunding Projects To Gain Backers Ahead Of Launch, Exits Beta

Prefundia wants to help crowdfunding projects get backers <i>before</i> they launch their campaigns. The startup, for startup it is — launching out of U.S. accelerator Boomstartup this summer — has been operating in beta for the past three months, and has just released some early performance data as it …

Millennials: Hire Them Because They Ask the Right Questions

Look beyond the stereotypes. For a tech company in particular, the youngest generation offers precisely the kind of perspective you need.<p>Want to understand the younger generation? Just play Grand Theft Auto 5.<p>In the recently released video game, one of the young adult characters in the game …

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Dropbox Snatches Up Sold, The Service That Simplifies Selling Online, To Help It Build A New Mystery Commerce Product

Sold launched early this year with a plan to help remove some of the frustration from selling online. Debuting on the iPhone before moving to Android in September, Sold aimed to help busy people avoid the hassle of eBay and Craigslist and simplify e-commerce by taking the whole process out of their …

How The Informational Interview Helps You Get The Job

People get jobs through connections. If you don’t have any, make them. And then ask yourself these five questions to prep.<p>Anthony Moore has the things that old folks in old movies like ambitious young whippersnappers to have: moxie, pluck, spunk, and the like. He’s a new college grad with, …

How to Start Your Own Business While on the Job

Becoming an intrapreneur isn’t something people typically fall into. If you want it to happen, you’re going to have to get out there and make it …

Launching Today: Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Data Elite, an early-stage venture fund and incubator, launched today in San Francisco with the aim of providing six-figure investments, free office space and expert coaching to big data startups.<p>The parties involved in the …

Startups

Gartner Identifies Top Vertical Industry Predictions for IT Organizations for 2014

Press Release<p>STAMFORD, Conn., October 15, 2013 View All Press Releases<p>Gartner Identifies Top Vertical Industry Predictions for IT Organizations for …

Inside Square's Massive New San Francisco Headquarters

Inside Square's SF Headquarters<p>Welcome to Square<p>Mixed Working Space<p>Window Seats for Everyone<p>Kick Back and Relax<p>Look Mom, No Wires<p>Union Square<p>Not Your …

The Longest, Craziest, Job Interviews We Ever Heard Of

His great career wouldn't have happened without one of the craziest job interviews we've ever heard of: a six-hour car ride with his potential boss from San Francisco to L.A.<p>It was 2001 and he was a young salesperson working for a startup called Vuepoint (later named Certpoint Systems, which is now …

Idea Lab | Steve Case: 'Entrepreneurs Will Propel the Next 250 Years of the American Story' | Inc.com

VIDEO • IDEA LAB<p>Steve Case: 'Entrepreneurs Will Propel the Next 250 Years of the American Story'<p>Steve Case: 'Entrepreneurs Will Propel the Next 250 Years of the American Story'<p>The Internet visionary says he's confident entrepreneurs will guide the country's future--but there's a lot of work to do …

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Got a killer startup idea? Elevatr's app will help you build it — and connect you to devs, designers, and more

It’s easy to say “I could have done that” when you see the success of an app like Instagram or Twitter. But most of us don’t act on our “ingenious” business ideas simply because it’s freaking hard.<p>New York City-based Elevatr is hoping to make the process of turning an idea into an actual business a …

Google CIO Ben Fried on How Google Works

It was the former Google employee’s first day out in the real world. He removed the enterprise security settings from his iPhone, and installed the …

Employment

The Prince of Lyft: How one micro entrepreneur is ridesharing his way to stardom

Late at night, a red Honda Civic drives through the darkness in San Francisco. At the front hangs a trademark pink mustache, a familiar sight these …

With New Chips, Intel Aims for the “Internet of Things”

Intel on Tuesday announced details on two of the company’s latest low-power chip lines, part of its ongoing effort to put more of its silicon into …

Kindred Prints Lets You Create Photo Books From Your Phone, Pay On Subscription

A number of companies today are attempting to bring the photo album to the mobile era, often through apps which let you organize, then print and ship customizable photo books. The latest to attempt to break into this space is Palo Alto-based Kindred Prints, a mobile software company which offers …

Ev Williams’ Formula For Creating Billion-Dollar Companies

How do you make a massively successful Internet company? Remove a few steps, says the cofounder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium.<p>“We often think of (how) the Internet enables you to do new things,” Ev Williams told a recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon. “But people just want to do the same …

23 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Know

A buddy of mine is a big-deal business professor at an even bigger deal university. And for reasons I still don’t understand, he asked me to come in and explain to his graduate students what I have learned from spending 30 years talking to, researching and writing about entrepreneurs.<p>Here’s what I …

Hacking the system: How Naval Ravikant brings greater transparency to venture capital

Most young startups face the same challenge on their path to success: Navigating the murky waters of Silicon Valley finance. Of course, two geeks in …

How to Position Your Personal Brand In Two Minutes Or Less

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the third in the series</i> "Personal Branding For A Better Life," <i>in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>Once you define your brand, as …

Marketing

Kevin Ryan: Being a Successful Entrepreneur in Any Field | Inc.com

The serial entrepreneur talks to Inc.'s Kimberly Weisul about the lessons he's learned from starting multiple companies, including Gilt Groupe and Business Insider.

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10 Predictions About the Future of Ecommerce

Personalized shopping is changing the way we find, buy and recommend products to our friends already.<p>But from a business point of view, what's going …

Loving what you do is not enough

Everywhere you turn, the advice is the same. Love your work. Love your startup. Do what you love, and you’ll never work again. In the startup world, …

With 37M Users And Revenues At $34M, DIY Website Creation Platform Wix Files For $100M IPO On The NYSE

Once upon a time, there were few places that the not-so-technically-inclined could go to secure their own slice of web real estate and build themselves a professional-looking websites. Either they had to speak Internet, or they’d have to pay someone who did a boatload. Just as WordPress, Blogger, …

Digital Ads Will Be 22% Of All U.S. Ad Spend In 2013, Mobile Ads 3.7%; Total Global Ad Spend In 2013 $503B

Global ad spend in 2013 will see steady growth of 3.5% to reach $503 billion by the end of the year, and the amount going into internet advertising will continue to get larger, according to figures out today from Publicis-owned ad agency ZenithOptimedia. In the U.S. — disporportionately the largest …

Swiftype closes $7.5M in less time than it takes to break a habit

Usually startups take a little break between raising their seed rounds and their Series A, but not Swiftype.<p>This “search-as-a-service” company has closed $7.5 million, just six weeks after announcing a $1.7 million seed round.<p>Y Combinator-backed Swiftype provides solutions that help companies …

The CEO Of Datalogix Just Gave Us A Glimpse Into Facebook's 'Big Data' Strategy

Back in Q1 2013, Facebook signed deals with Datalogix, Acxiom, BlueKai, and Epsilon. They are all companies that either hold or process vast troves of consumer marketing and purchase information.<p>The problem for many advertisers — particularly grocery companies — is that the vast majority of …

AdTech

How AngelList Syndicates could actually hurt some angels, help some VCs

AngelList, a site that helps angel investors invest in technology startups by providing screening information about the companies, last week announced AngelList Syndicates.<p>The new feature lets a trusted angel investor with a solid track record — a so-called “power angel” — invite other angels to …