• Parking App Haystack Attracts Lots of Users—and Controversy, Too

    If you’ve ever wished there were an easier way to find a parking spot in a crowded city, Eric Meyer can relate. Frustrated by the lack of easily accessible parking spots in his adopted hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, Meyer set out to solve the problem using technology. Fast forward a little while later and Meyer has made good on his promise, having founded Haystack, a startup whose smartphone app could upend how drivers look for and find parking spaces.

  • Suitsupply: Bringing Innovation—and a Great Price Point—to Luxury Menswear

    Since 2011, Nish de Gruiter has been a vice president and partner at Suitsupply, a menswear company that currently operates 11 stores in the U.S. and is set to add a handful of additional outlets by year’s end. Seizing on what they saw as a huge opportunity in the U.S. menswear industry, de Gruiter and his colleagues launched Suitsupply to fill a void in what they believed had effectively become a bifurcated market, with ultra-expensive retailers on one end and discount, low-quality stores on the other.

  • Drawing on her Mexican Heritage, Chef Fany Gerson Gains Hungry Fan Base

    To make it in New York City’s cutthroat food and beverage industry, you really need to love what you do, because there’s a lot of competition. There are, after all, thousands of restaurants, bars, and bakeries scattered across the five boroughs that are competing for the collective attention of some 8.4 million residents and the more than 54 million people who visit the city every year. Luckily for Fany Gerson, having a passion for food has never been an issue.

  • Breather Brings the Office to the Modern Business Person

    Julien Smith is the founder and chief executive of Breather, a company that allows customers to “access beautiful private spaces where you can meet, work, or relax.” At its core, Breather helps fill a void in the market that, Smith says, exists between hotels on one end and offices on the other. By downloading the company’s app, users can rent nearby spaces by the hour, a fee that varies by city. In New York, for example, it costs $25 an hour to rent a space.

Two Marines Moving: How One Veteran Started His Own Business

Of the countless challenges that adulthood foists upon us, deciding on a career path ranks as one of the most daunting. For Nick Baucom, who served in the Marines from 2002 to 2008, it was especially difficult.

With Modernizing Medicine, Serial Entrepreneur Daniel Cane Aims to Revolutionize U.S. Healthcare

One of Daniel Cane’s earliest forays into the business world came by way of Blackboard, a company he co-founded that went public in 2004, and sold for $1.6 billion in 2011. This time around, Cane has teamed with Dr. Michael Sherling, a practicing dermatologist, to found Modernizing Medicine. The aptly named company is taking a new approach to how physicians write, manage, and interact with electronic medical records.

Onboarding 101: 3 Companies That Roll Out the Red Carpet for New Employees

The first few weeks at a new job are a critically important indicator of whether new employees will successfully adapt and ultimately contribute to the workplace. With startups leading the way, the business world has now started to take notice, and a growing number of companies are investing in orientation and training to overhaul this previously overlooked aspect of hiring.

The State of U.S. Small Businesses: Q&A with Dharani Ramamoorthy from Xylo Technologies

Last month at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Summit, Free Enterprise sat down with Xylo Technologies founder Dharani Ramamoorthy to talk about his unique story, his company, and the state of U.S. business.

Big Companies, Even Bigger Perks: Everything You Love About Startup Culture—Minus the Startup Part

We’ve assembled a list of established businesses that are giving startups a run for their money when it comes to culture as well as employee perks and benefits.

#90SecondsWith: GoldieBlox Founder Debbie Sterling

GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling talks about her mission to get girls interested in a future career in the STEM fields and disrupting the "pink aisle."

From Text Messages to Transportation: How Infrastructure Makes it All Possible

This infographic explores the vitally important role infrastructure plays each and every day of your life.

Skybox Launching First Satellite in Bid to Create the Facebook of Satellite Photos (UPDATE)

Skybox Imaging is launching its first satellite into space this September, and the world as we know it may never be the same.

A TV Channel Aims to Educate and Entertain (No, Really)

There are more than 1,000 channels available on Roku. Yet only one is completely geared toward the autistic community, thanks to Jerry Trowbridge and Ray Smithers.

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Looking for Love Online? Ask the Pros

The proliferation of dating sites and mobile-based apps offers a host of opportunities—and pitfalls—for male and female online daters alike. But have no fear: Online dating consultants are here to help.

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