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March Madness on the Sales Desk? Workplace Gamification at Play

Apr 3, 2014

Gary Milwit may have moved on from a career as an athletic director, coach, and teacher to run a financial firm, but his roots run deep — he’s turned his office into a “sports bar.”

The senior vice president at Stone Street Capital in Bethesda, MD, deployed a cloud-based gamification platform called Hoopla last year to incentivize sales people to record all activities leading up to a deal.

Greening Appalachia, One Fridge at a Time

Mar 28, 2014

“It’s gold in those hills,” says Gregg Wingo, gesturing toward the Appalachian foothills surrounding his wood-paneled office in southeastern West Virginia.

A modern-day prospector of sorts, Wingo is co-owner of Refrigeration Recycling, a busy operation that breaks down old refrigerators, drains the ozone-depleting Freon, and refurbishes them for reuse. If it’s in bad shape, Wingo’s team strips the unit and sells the metal scrap.

Career Spark Helps Connect Military Spouses With Employers

Mar 25, 2014

When Melissa Judy’s husband was transferred to the Washington, D.C. area recently, she faced a familiar fear for military spouses— a resume that made her appear as job hopper as she moved from position to position as a result of military transfers.

Thankfully, through Hiring Our Heroes, a program aimed at connecting military veterans and spouses with job opportunities, she was able to find an employer who was supportive of her situation. But, she was one of the lucky ones.

Startup Mevoked: Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Technology

Mar 24, 2014

Arun Ravi knows firsthand the importance of early detection for mental health issues. When a close friend of his committed suicide at age 13, Ravi became devoted to making a difference in how mental health issues are treated. Fast forward to 2013 and Mevoked is born. The startup's analytics platform enables parents to track their children's activity online and identify signs of risky behavior.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? 3 Reasons Why It's Not Just About Tech

Apr 9, 2014

When you think of an entrepreneur, you probably imagine a techie in T-shirt or turtleneck. Sure, the terms entrepreneur and tech are nearly interchangeable these days. But entrepreneurialism is a mindset, not a job description. The qualities that enterprising Americans bring to the game form the lifeblood of the U.S. economy — things like recognizing value, seizing opportunity, perseverance, and just good old hustle.

Here are a few individuals and companies — in unlikely fields — that have used their entrepreneurial skills to make their businesses thrive.

Honor Flight Brings Closure and Reunites America's Veterans

Apr 1, 2014

In 2004, Earl Morse was struggling with unrealized dreams—but not his own, those of his patients.

The retired Air Force Captain was working at a small Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Springfield, OH as a physician’s assistant. His patients, many of whom were World War II veterans, expressed a desire to go to the then-new memorial in Washington, D.C., but the physical and financial hurdles of the trip were too great.

5 Technologies That Will Change the World

Mar 20, 2014

Creative destruction: it's what drives the economy and remakes the world in unpredictable ways. Often it's the result of a technological breakthrough, such as the telegraph. Sometimes it's a more subtle development, involving the bringing together of disparate elements in new ways, such as the assembly line. What they have in common is entrepreneurial talent, grit, and hard work that get new ways of doing things across the finish line.

Here are five technologies that are remaking the world right now.

Why TV Networks Don’t Mind If You’re Distracted By Your Phone

Apr 4, 2014

How often have you watched a TV show and wanted to look something up about an actor or find out more about a scene while you watch?

So has Zane Vella. As the former software developer sees it, timeline-based metadata is the “missing ingredient” from the consumer viewing experience.

Vella came up with the idea of building a cloud-based platform that would let TV networks and other content providers power interactivity through apps to further engage consumers while they watch shows, movies and commercials.

8 Herb Kelleher Quotes That Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Life

Mar 21, 2014

Herb Kelleher is a colorful guy. The industry revolutionizing, straight talking, Wild Turkey swilling founder of Southwest Airlines is famous for creating his business plan on the back of a cocktail napkin and transforming the airline from three jets to the country’s largest low-fare carrier—with 41 straight years of profitability to boot.

Along the way, he has learned a thing or two about leadership and life. Here are 8 of our favorite Kelleher quotes:

Seattle Business Dines Out on Food Truck Website

Apr 11, 2014

Seattle, Washington. 

11:45 a.m.

You’re mid-way through an email when the rumbling starts and the daily dilemma returns: What do you eat for lunch today?                                          

You could hit one of the food trucks—four-wheeled champions of the midday meal—but where and when are they serving? Seattle residents Lucretia and Mark Worster decided to answer that question with SeattleFoodTruck.com.

5 Ways Food Trucks Prove We're Overregulated

Mar 14, 2014

Food trucks have spread across the country like a prairie fire in recent years, bringing new tastes to the adventurous palate. It began as a relatively small phenomenon limited to hipster enclaves such as Portland, parts of L.A., and New York. Now reality TV showcases the trend, and why not? It's a great story about plucky young entrepreneurs with a vision.

The European Example: Rethinking Government-Run Health Care

Mar 12, 2014

Since the launch of Obamacare, Americans have begun to witness the reality of what more government intervention in the health care system means—burdensome mandates, tax increases, punitive fines, and heavy regulations.

Yet at the same time Obamacare has created an expanded federal role in health care, other countries that have been operating government-run health programs for decades are furiously seeking to reform their dysfunctional and financially unsustainable systems before they unravel.

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