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5 Ways to Stand Out to Would-Be Startup Investors | Inc.com

Securing funding for your startup is probably the most difficult hurdle you will deal with as a startup founder. The biggest mistake founders make is assuming that the investor decision is solely based on you and your idea. It is critical, but there is a larger issue at stake here. Are you …

Intellectual Property

How To Keep Your Startup Alive Through Its First 3 Years | Inc.com

<i>Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of personal finance website LearnVest, set out on a mission in 2008: She wanted to create</i> <i>an inexpensive platform that would</i> <i>connect the 99 percent of Americans who do not have access to sound financial advice with trustworthy money managers.</i><p><i>But von Tobel says success</i> …

Entrepreneurship

In Time for Obamacare Rollout, ZocDoc Unveils Massive National Expansion Plan | Inc.com

Obamacare promises to bring some 48 million uninsured Americans into the health care system for the first time. However, that scenario could bring about at least one unintended consequence for patients: a massive shortage of doctors across the country.<p>The timing, at least for one startup, couldn't …

Health Care

Facebook to App Developers: Don't Make Social an Afterthought

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re building a travel app or the next Candy Crush, your app’s social strategy is likely what will make or break you when it comes to sales. At the center of all things social when it comes to apps is Facebook Platform.<p>Facebook …

3 iPad Apps That Make Project Planning Easier

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Project planning is an art. It involves breaking a goal down into small tasks, then assigning and scheduling those tasks so the work continuously moves toward the finish line.<p>Traditional project planning tools are designed to handle a …

Square Acquires Scheduling and Appointment Booking Startup BookFresh

Square today announced it has acquired scheduling and appointment booking startup BookFresh. Both companies are promising that for BookFresh customers, nothing will change: the product will continue to be updated and supported.<p>For those who have never heard of it, BookFresh’s software helps local …

Knox Payments launches with $900K to speed up painfully slow online check-outs

Presenting today at the LAUNCH festival, Knox Payments is raising the curtains on a new service for merchants.<p>Similar to Balanced and Dwolla, Knox Payments allows merchants to accept payments directly from their customer’s bank accounts. These transactions are known as ACH payments.<p>But, while ACH …

How to Do Business With WhatsApp | Inc.com

WhatsApp may pride itself on having "no ads, no games, no gimmicks," but you can still use the service to sell your product or business.<p>The little-known (at least in the U.S.) messaging service came to the forefront last week, after Facebook handed over $19 billion in cash, shares, and stock to …

Apps

Square Moves Beyond Mobile Payments | Inc.com

In a move to diversify its services, San Francisco-based mobile payments startup Square acquired BookFresh, an online appointment booking service that's been described as "the OpenTable for everything but restaurants."<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Re/code, BookFresh's software …

Mobile Payments

Why Facebook is suddenly smitten with Groups

Now that half a billion people self-identify with groups, the social network is getting serious about its intentions for this oft-forgotten product.<p>With the private social network fad in the rearview mirror, Facebook appears motivated to remind us that not only did it think in smaller sizes long …

Mark Zuckerberg

Savor Introduces A Personalized Deal Finder & “Flipboard-Like” Coupon Catalog For iPad

A company called Savor is trying to re-imagine how coupon aggregation websites and services, like RetailMeNot or Coupons.com, would operate had they been invented today. Instead of just throwing a bunch of offers at users, Savor says it’s working to build a service where the coupons presented are …

Tor developing anonymous instant messenger

Tor has been making it easier and easier over the years to anonymously browse the web, and now it's working to make it just as easy to chat anonymously too. Tor is currently working on a secure instant messaging app for the desktop that will automatically route encrypted messages through its …

What’s the Endgame for Social Media?

Social media has come a long way. When my co-founder Steve and I originally pitched Hearsay Social to venture capital firms in Silicon Valley in 2009, many passed because they thought Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were passing fads headed for the same fate as MySpace and Friendster. Today, 77% of …