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October 23, 2015
$1 trillion of the U.S. GDP is accounted for by 9 tech companies that barely existed 15 years ago: Apple, Amazon, Google, Salesforce, VMware, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon , and Zynga . These companies started as startups.
August 27, 2015
Be your own customer. Martha Stewart and Tim Ferris—two wildly successful entrepreneurs—follow this strategy. They won’t invest in a product or service they wouldn’t want themselves.
July 18, 2015
We couldn’t resist ourselves wondering how startups like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook turned out as business juggernauts in our generation. It seems that these empires have created their own path of success, making them as champions in the industry, and providing them the endless access to constantly acquire greater achievements. Clearly these startups didn't face any failure, but let’s explore some of the reasons why some startups do fail.
Startup failure
July 01, 2015
Just because your business is still on its startup phase doesn’t mean your audience should treat you as one. There is a way for you to create the illusion of making your business seem like an established brand even if your business is still new in the industry. How exactly do you do that, you might ask? Check out these killer marketing tips.
April 16, 2015
If you're interested in startups or an entrepreneur yourself, you've probably heard of Eric Ries. After founding his company IMVU, a 3D virtual avatar community which is now doing over $55M per year, Eric noticed there's a huge amount of inefficiency in how founder were building their businesses. This lead to Eric writing The Lean Startup . The Lean Startup is now an international movement, which includes conferences, workshops, and a community, with a mission to help thousands of entrepreneurs around the world build successful companies faster.
April 14, 2015
We have all seen statements such as "Uber is worth four times more than Hertz, and it doesn't own a single car." While there is a kernel of truth to this statement -- Uber's latest round valued the company at $40B while Hertz's current market capitalization is $10B -- the difference between startup valuations (so-called "unicorns" with valuations of $1 billion or more) and publicly held companies' market capitalization is so profound that the two are hardly comparable. Understanding the distinction is vital if we want to cut through hype, understand risk and assess the market changes underway.
February 27, 2015
I’ve seen many successful startups emerge and flourish outside of Silicon Valley, like Hootsuite, Jive, Bazaarvoice, Omniture, Spredfast, Sprinklr, BuddyMedia, BlaBlaCar, Freelancer, and a plethora of Chinese tech companies that are worth billions and billions, so I guess that rules out any suggestion that all startups must be in Silicon Valley.
January 14, 2015
When Airbnb launched in Europe in 2011, their first move was to acquire German competitor Accoleo, establishing their first European office in Hamburg, Germany. This acquisition came after a mega funding round of $112 million at a $1 billion-plus valuation. Startups like Airbnb and Uber were founded on disruptive ideas that provided unique, alternative solutions to existing needs in the market.
January 05, 2015
Is it possible for startup companies to have Wikipedia pages? Using the company Instacart as an example, you will see that startup companies can qualify for Wikipedia pages. Wikipedia pages can be difficult to create. In addition to understanding the guidelines for formatting, referencing, and style of writing, you must also understanding what qualifies a topic for inclusion on Wikipedia.
December 03, 2014
Outlining some of the benefits of social media as a marketing and growth tool for entrepreneurs.