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Echoing Green: Funding Social Entrepreneurs Since 1987

Jul 21, 2014

From inventors like Thomas Edison to innovators like Bill Gates, entrepreneurs have long been a driving force of U.S. economic growth. Yet more and more, entrepreneurs are turning their attention toward social issues, as they strive to solve major societal problems through the lens of business.

Though the idea of social innovation is now firmly entrenched in the zeitgeist, it is not exactly a new concept. In fact, social entrepreneurs have existed for quite a while, as have the groups that support and finance their ambitious agendas.

With Pitch NOLA, the Big Easy Bets Big on its Entrepreneurs

Jul 18, 2014

It’s been said that one of the most difficult aspects of starting a business is communicating what, exactly, your company plans on doing. How can you get funding if you can’t succinctly, articulate your business model? In New Orleans, the annual Pitch NOLA competition helps local entrepreneurs solve that quandary, working to develop their business plans and hone their messaging so they can effectively sell their innovative ideas to venture capitalists and the community.

A Man, A Plan, A Mobile Studio: Producing Music in Detroit Wherever, Whenever

Jul 17, 2014

Brian Wilson and his seemingly endless studio sessions recording Pet Sounds; Fleetwood Mac building a replica of Lindsay Buckingham’s bathroom in their L.A. studio to get the perfect reverb on Tusk; George Harrison playing long into the night with George Martin trying to learn the guitar solo for “I’m Only Sleeping” backwards, so they could reverse the tape and create a dreamlike guitar effect—pop music’s mythological auteurs famously innovated at the expense of their own sanity and their record label’s largesse.

8 Women-Owned Businesses and the Entrepreneurs Behind them

Jul 15, 2014

One of Barbara Lynch’s first forays into the world of fine dining came as a teenager on a dinner cruise, where she cooked lobster and expensive cuts of beef for more than 150 people each night. Prior to that high-pressure job, Lynch hadn’t accrued that much experience in the kitchen, or any, for that matter. In fact, the closest she had come to preparing meals outside of her home had been at Boston’s St. Botolph Club, where she worked not as a cook but as a server, alongside her mother—a fact she hid from her first employer.

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

Jul 14, 2014

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. 

Not bad for someone who couldn’t legally buy alcohol at the time.

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

Jul 11, 2014

At this point, there’s a good chance you’ve heard stories of how intensely competitive it is to get a job offer from a hot startup. You’re also probably very well aware of the amazing perks and benefits that tenured employees of more established companies like Facebook are treated to. But what happens in between?

A lot, it turns out.

Independent Bookstores Avoid Going the Way of Blockbuster

Jul 10, 2014

If you’re under the impression that bookstores are a relic of the past, Lissa Muscatine has something to say to you.

“There actually have been more bookstores that have opened than have closed in the past few years,” says Muscatine, a co-owner of Washington, D.C.-based bookstore Politics and Prose. “I think there’s a reflexive notion that bookstores are all failing and that there are a few that aren’t, and actually that’s really not the case. It’s been a pretty good few years for many, many bookstores.”

Two Marines Moving: How One Veteran Started His Own Business

Jul 9, 2014

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.

“I got out as a Sergeant, and I didn’t know my next step upon my discharge,” says Baucom. “I regularly received phone calls from family and friends asking me to help them move, saying they could use a good, strong Marine to help them take care of all their heavy items. I saw an opportunity. I wasn’t going to do this for beer and pizza anymore.” 

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

Jul 8, 2014

The first thing you notice when you meet Dharani Ramamoorthy is that he is nearly always smiling. Words flow forth feverishly from the smile that’s permanently affixed to Ramamoorthy’s visage—whether he’s talking about how he ended up settling in the Upper Midwest, or how he cherishes the opportunities that he’s been afforded in the United States.  

CounterEvolution: Designer Furniture Made from Reclaimed Wood

Jun 27, 2014

We’ve all heard the axiom about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure. Once you meet Jim Malone, however, that phrase takes on a new, more meaningful significance. 

Malone is the chief executive and founder of CounterEvolution, a New York City-based company that salvages wood and other materials from soon-to-be torn down buildings, transforming it into furniture.

Though his life now revolves around design, Malone worked in music following his graduation from the University of Richmond.

Lighting Our Fire: How Zippo Manufacturing Keeps the Spark of Innovation Alive

Jul 3, 2014

You may not think too much about lighters. In fact, with mounting pressures on the tobacco industry and the advent of gas fire and stoves, fewer and fewer people are. But even though Zippo windproof lighters have remained virtually unchanged over the last 77 years, the company behind them has accomplished the near impossible— it has grown and adapted to today’s fickle market while remaining a steadfast American icon.

Is Customization the Future of Education? Q&A with eduCanon Founder Ben Levy

Jun 24, 2014

It’s difficult enough to innovate in an industry that’s already forward thinking. But how do you bring change to a sector that’s known for entrenched bureaucracy and its resistance to reform? That’s a question that Ben Levy, the founder and chief executive of eduCanon, is uniquely qualified to answer.

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

Jun 20, 2014

Close your eyes and think about your current job. Now ask yourself what you like about it and what you wish you could change. Do you, like many young business professionals, long for catered lunches, unlimited PTO, and in-office Ping-Pong tournaments—the stereotypical hallmarks of startup culture? What about great training and a supportive work environment?

From Usher and Justin Timberlake to Oil & Gas: The Royalty Exchange Lets You Buy—and Sell—it All

Jun 17, 2014

If you want to buy a car, simply head to your local dealership. Want a computer? There are lots of places that sell them. But what if you want to buy a piece of your favorite TLC song released 15 years ago?

For that, you can go to the Royalty Exchange.


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