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    Empire Building

    Empire Building

    Like all Virgin efforts, the Galactic unit emerged out of Branson’s deep dissatisfaction with the status quo.

    No Time, No Money: Still Startup

    No Time, No Money: Still Startup

    It turns out, he thought the process of starting a business was really complicated. “I don’t want to go through all that stuff,” he said, “unless I’m absolutely sure my idea is perfect.” Like a lot of would-be entrepreneurs, he was stalling because he was intimidated by the apparent complexity of the administrative and legal tasks involved in starting a business.

    "Thrillist:" Localizing Local for Men (Video)

    “Thrillist:” Localizing Local for Men (Video)

    In 2010, Thrillist founders Ben Lerer and Adam Rich knew it was time to diversify revenue streams. Here’s how they did it.

    Business Plan Pain

    Business Plan Pain

    Making goals is one thing. You should also vocalize them and identify key performance metrics that should help you know if you’re on the right track. Be sure to communicate your progress on your short-range and long-range goals.

    Sleep Your Way to the Top: Not What You Think

    Sleep Your Way to the Top: Not What You Think

    Why does sleep help turn us into more competent versions of ourselves? Part of the answer is the simple fact that chronic sleep deprivation, which for most of us means routinely getting six or less hours of sleep each night, essentially makes us feel and act like we’re drunk.

    New Health Care Law: Good for Workers, Problematic for Owners

    New Health Care Law: Good for Workers, Problematic for Owners

    Randall Tabor, who owns two Quiznos sandwich restaurants in Virginia Beach, Va., once aspired to triple the number of outlets he owns. But after the federal health-care overhaul passed in 2010, Mr. Tabor says, he shelved those plans.

    Think Like A Startup

    Think Like A Startup

    How does someone who is running a startup think? Before answering that question let’s start by segmenting the workforce into two groups, “intrapreneurs” (employees) and “entrepreneurs” (self-employed/employers).

    Getting Your Name "Out There"

    Getting Your Name “Out There”

    For many entrepreneurs, identifying a newsworthy angle prior to pitching the media can be one of the biggest obstacles to generating publicity. It’s not enough to tell the media about your business, you have to tell them what makes your business notable and newsworthy. This is called finding your news hook.

    Crowdfunding 101

    Crowdfunding 101

    Crowdfunding is booming. A report by Massolution, a research firm, forecasts that $2.8 billion will be raised worldwide this year, up from $1.5 billion in 2011 and only $530m in 2009 (see chart 2). There are over 450 “crowdfunding platforms”, including four in China, up from under 100 in 2007, with Kickstarter America’s largest.

    A Lot of Hype for "Airtime"

    A Lot of Hype for “Airtime”

    Airtime aims to clean up The Wild West that is ChatRoulette by coupling itself to your Facebook profile. Your name isn’t revealed to your chat partner unless you choose to allow it. Instead, you are shown only your shared interests. This system needs work.

    Does Your Startup Have A Chance to Be Great

    Does Your Startup Have A Chance to Be Great

    A startup must form partnerships and alliances within its ecosystem. Today’s ultracompetitive global environment demands that you make alliances early. Startups often pay lip service to strategic partnerships, but they schedule these efforts far down the road. The right partnership strategy can make a company relevant.

    How to Have A Breakthrough: An Example

    How to Have A Breakthrough: An Example

    Two years ago, Jared Hecht’s future wife wanted him to work on some communication issues. Carrie Weprin was trying to plan logistics with friends attending a daylong concert at Red Rock in Colorado. Since it would be tough to keep track of everyone at the big, crowded show, she wanted a way to touch base […]

    Perfecting Your “Pitch”

    To find the hidden agenda, you need to identify your audiences’ wants, needs and/or values. Too many pitches are lost because the people undertaking them think — erroneously — that the business matters at hand are the only relevant issue.

    Perfecting Your Business Pitch: But with Some Style

    The design team was one of nine small labels that gave presentations followed by four-minute cross examinations by investors in a competition to win $10,000 for the best pitch.

    Don’t Forget to “Pay Yourself”

    Can I use some of the money to enjoy the fruits of my labor without putting myself on the payroll right away?

    Your Business: Knowing When To Hold, When to Fold

    Technology entrepreneurs of past eras took two years to build a product, hire a staff and figure out whether there was any real market for their service. But today all that typically takes only a few months as founders cycle quickly through different ideas until they find one that sticks.

    Time for Your Close-Up: Reality Show for Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley)

    “Geeks are the new royalty,” says Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Style Media. Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi Zuckerberg, is an executive producer on the Bravo reality show, which is currently called “Silicon Valley.

    The “Non-Office” Office

    Office workers, grab your bobble-head dolls: The boss may be coming for your desk. As companies seek to cut costs and accommodate an increasingly mobile work force, some employees have had to say goodbye to their personal work areas.

    Ramping Up A Startup

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    Comet Skateboards

    About five miles from its downtown office and retail space, the company’s workshop produces up to 300 boards a week. About 80% go to roughly 100 wholesalers around the world.

    The Entrpreneur: No Better Time to Be One

    The Entrpreneur: No Better Time to Be One

    The way startups raise money is changing, fast. Angels, super angels and VCs have to figure out the new rules, but that’s good — really good — for founders themselves.