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For Many Nonprofits And Causes, YouTube Stars Are The New Guides To Growth

YouTube stardom is not, and never has been, an easier road to fame than the Hollywood path. And like Hollywood stars who were plucked from from the constellation of contenders, big-time YouTubers generally feel grateful for the good fortune that coalesced with their work. So it makes sense that …

What's Missing in Nonprofit Marketing? This Company Has the Answer

Over the years, I've worked with nearly 100 clients spanning the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Though marketing goals varied, one thing always held true: story is critical to their success. In fact, brands today dedicate whole departments to the creation and distribution of …

The best podcast app for iOS is now completely free

Overcast is widely considered to be the best podcast app on iOS, if not all mobile platforms. For many, its no-nonsense interface and slick features (such as cutting dead air and boosting voices) make Apple's official app seem crude. You've had to pay $5 to see everything it has to offer, though... …

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Entrepreneur turns eBay sales into $2-million business

Marty Babayov watched his older brother make money by buying things and selling them online for a profit. Then, at 13, he tried his hand at it, …

4 Disruption Concepts to Help Your Pivot Your Startup | Inc.com

Most entrepreneurs want do something disruptive--to waltz into an industry vertical, shake vigorously, and rise like cream the top.<p>Disruptive innovation, the sweet-sounding term coined by Clayton Christensen, is sexy, desirable, and awe-inspiring. But here's the question. Is it attainable? Can you …

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Eventjoy’s New App For Event Goers Adds Real-Time Chat, Live Announcements And More

Eventjoy, the event management platform and Y Combinator graduate that was quickly snatched up by Ticketmaster last fall, is today releasing a new version of its mobile application for event attendees that’s more of an overhaul than an upgrade. The new application introduces a number of unique, new …

Start-ups Should Sell to Small Businesses, Not Big Enterprises

Business-to-business start-ups are an important segment of the entrepreneurial landscape, but many founders hamstring themselves by focusing on the wrong initial customers. They focus on large enterprises, hoping to gain legitimacy from “anchor” customers. This focus can make their path much more …

How Entrepreneurs Can Put Away More Than $200,000 a Year for Retirement -- Tax-Free

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You work and you work and you work, and you save, but it never feels like you’re stashing away enough money. There are always so many expenses it can become overwhelming.<p>But fear not. There’s at least one way entrepreneurs can save a …

How Much Money Should I Raise For My Startup?

“How much money should I raise for my startup?” It’s a great question and one I get asked all the time. This is a pretty challenging topic for many entrepreneurs, and there is a lot of good and not so good advice floating around out there. My recent Forbes blog, “Twelve Mistakes To Avoid When …

To Maximize Your Website, Use 'Psychological Distance' to Your Advantage

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the primary aims of consumer psychology is to understand the way individuals evaluate objects and events. Numerous studies have led to an understanding that evaluations and choices are driven not only by the quality and value of an …

15 Things Startup Founders Must Master | Inc.com

We all know the dire statistics on startup failure. A group of successful YEC founders share the things you absolutely need to get right--things that many overlook,especially in the earliest stages of their business--if you really want to take your idea to the next level.<p>1. Financing and Will …

Use your competitors’ products all the time

I was sitting with the founders of a company we’ve funded the other day talking about their competition. I love this product and I use it every day. It doesn’t yet have widespread adoption, but it as extremely actively used by the early adopters.<p>This company has several competitors — long time …

Zenefits Adds Stock Options To Its Cloud HR Platform

Zenefits was founded to help companies manage all their human resources needs on its cloud-based HR portal. Today, its platform will make it even more attractive for startups to entice employees with stock options, by offering a feature that makes it easier to keep track of those options it gives …

How to Slow Down if You Talk too Fast | Inc.com

I got an email from a guy with a broken computer. It looked like this:<p><i>sorrymyemaillookslikethisbutmycomputerfelloutofmyf</i><i>lightbagandmyspacebarbroke</i><p>Notice the lack of white space between words, and how hard it is to concentrate on the content of the message.<p>When you speak too fast, you do the same …

A Simple Trick That Doubles Sales | Inc.com

The first step in selling anything is getting people interested in what you've got to sell. Unfortunately, many companies have sales messages that are either confusing or boring (or both). Potential customers tune out, thereby reducing sales.<p>This post provides a simple technique to improve your …

Galvanize Ventures Closes $10M Seed Fund With Eye to Change Venture

The vision behind Galvanize has always been, in the words of its co-founder and CEO Jim Deters, “f—ing audacious.” The latest evidence is the $10.2 …

Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

Tablo.io, a publishing platform built by 21-year-old Ash Davies, has raised $400,000 from Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale and Paul Reining. The company offers a Wattpad-like self-publishing experience – albeit with a superior design aesthetic – and a friction-free way to publish to Amazon and …

Spectrum Equity closes $1 billion fund

$1 billion.<p>That’s the amount heavyweight Spectrum Equity amassed for what it’s calling Fund VII. Spectrum initially planned to raise $800 million but loosened its belts after the round was oversubscribed by several hundred million dollars, according to a press release.<p>Money from Fund VII hasn’t …

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Amplify Content On LinkedIn

LinkedIn launched in 2003 as the social network of choice for professionals, and as a landmark of sorts for those who wanted an online space for …

FishBrain, A Social Network For Anglers, Nets $2.4M

FishBrain, a made-in-Sweden mobile app and social network for anglers founded back in 2010, has closed a $2.4 million pre-Series A round of funding, led by Northzone and Active Venture Partners.<p>Also biting in this round are GP Bullhound and Edastra Venture Capital, as well as existing investors …

Find Experts to Help Launch Your Information Marketing Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own Information Marketing Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Bookstore and</i> …

Charles River Ventures Raises $393 Million For Its 16th Fund

Charles River Ventures, the early stage venture capital firm that’s jointly based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Silicon Valley, has raised $393 million for a new investment fund, according to documents filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>The fund, Charles River Partnership …

Kleiner Perkins raises two new funds totaling $1.2B

That was fast.<p>Just one week after disclosing that it was raising $1.2 billion for two new funds, longstanding venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has finished that work, Fortune’s Dan Primack reported today.<p>The first fund, totaling $450 million, is for early-stage deals. The …

The Only 6 People You Need On Your Founding Startup Team

Consider the following personalities when selecting an all-star lineup to lead your startup business.<p>You may have a great business idea, solid financial backing, and optimistic market research, but if your founding team doesn’t have the right balance of personalities, you could soon be closing up …

10 Significant Things You Likely Didn’t Know About Social Media But Should

You probably won’t believe some of these facts about social media strategies, but the studies don’t lie (we hope). Test them yourself.<p>We love to make decisions and form strategies based on statistics. It’s why we A/B test and how we change directions on our social sharing.<p>Who doesn’t love a good …

This one metric determines up to 60% of your company's growth rate

Survey and data company Qualtrics is releasing a “Net Promoter Score” wizard that should help companies quickly and easily determine how they rank compared to competitors in organic viralness and word-of-mouth.<p>That one measure, according to enterprise-consulting giant Bain, determines most of their …

RebelMouse relaunches as a full-fledged publishing platform that’s tuned for viral content

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Two years ago, former Huffington Post (s aol) chief technology officer Paul Berry launched a site called RebelMouse to give …

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch

This story originally appeared on Mohr Davidow Ventures<p>Just last week I was sitting through a pitch from an entrepreneur, and as often happens, they swung and missed at a key moment.<p>Generally speaking, when a pitch goes awry, entrepreneurs -- new and experienced -- make at least one of these three …

6 Reasons Why You Should Build an Information Marketing Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own Information Marketing Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Bookstore and</i> …

VigLink Raises $18M More To Help Publishers Make Money From Affiliate Links

Automated affiliate linking company VigLink is announcing that it has raised $18 million in Series C funding.<p>The goal of VigLink, as well as competitors like Skimlinks, is to make the affiliate linking process (where publishers get paid by merchants when their links drive sales) easier and more …