How Unanswered Texts Led Military Veteran Sharon Standifird to Start Her Own Business

Like any parent, Sharon Standifird wants her children to answer her calls and texts when she contacts them. Yet unlike most parents, when her son continued ignoring her digital overtures, she set out on a quest to create an app that would, well, force him to do just that.

How Unanswered Texts Led Military Veteran Sharon Standifird to Start Her Own Business

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One of Seattle’s secrets to economic success? Global trade

Seattle is a city on the rise—and not just on a national level. Home to a budding startup scene as well as several Fortune 500 companies (think Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft), Seattle’s economic growth has been accelerated in recent years by a concerted effort to expand its global footprint. As a result, the Jet City or Emerald City, as its commonly known, is now the fourth largest export market in the U.S., according to the International Trade Administration (ITA), a promotional trade arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Businesses in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area exported merchandise totaling $61.9 billion in 2014, the last year for which data is available. “It’s up $5.3 billion (9.3 percent) from the $56.7 billion in merchandise exported in 2013,” says Diane Mooney, director of the U.S. Commercial Service Seattle office. “The Seattle metropolitan area accounted for 77.5 percent of Washington’s merchandise exports in 2014.” […]

One of Seattle’s secrets to economic success? Global trade

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Preventing Your Doctor From Drowning in Debt

There’s a lot  that goes into becoming a doctor. Apart from the years of schooling and training, the process frequently demands more than a decade of work and often sends aspiring physicians into debt. But that’s where LinkCapital comes in: The startup helps doctors and other medical professionals refinance their student loans at lower rates, saving money and improving their financial health. Why focus on this particular group, especially one that’s known for having above-average salaries? Put simply, it makes good business sense “We started looking into the student loan situations of health care professionals and realized that they have sizable balances—often greater than $400,000—but they also carry a low financial risk. They are highly skilled, have secure long-term and stable employment, and are high-earners,” Bill Claus, LinkCapital’s chief executive officer and co-managing partner, tells Free Enterprise. LinkCapital leverages these variables to generate substantial savings for the medical professionals with […]

Preventing Your Doctor From Drowning in Debt

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This summer’s music festival headliner: Tech startups

Summer is finally here, which marks the start of another music festival season. Burning Man, The Governor’s Ball, EDC and Lollapalooza are just a few of the big-name events music fans across America will attend in the coming months. While more music festival organizers are taking it upon themselves to help fans stay connected and give them new experiences, several U.S. startups—seeing a gap in the potentially lucrative market—are now going the extra mile to integrate new technology into each and every event. It’s not surprising that more tech companies are entering the music festival space. Approximately 32 million people in the U.S. attend a music festival every year, with almost half of attendees (46 percent) aged 18-34, according to a 2015 Nielsen ratings study. Music festival goers also spend more on music than the general population—about $207 on live events, digital music and streaming—and are more likely to rely […]

This summer’s music festival headliner: Tech startups

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Entrepreneurs are Smoking in this BBQ Capital

What lies ahead for entrepreneurs in Memphis, TN? We talked to the people who know best.

Entrepreneurs are Smoking in this BBQ Capital

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Despite Regulations, Tanom Motors Drives Towards Success

Despite stifling regulations, Tanom Motors is determined to keep running on all cylinders. Sandy Hall, president of Culpeper, Va.-based Tanom Motors, has been working for six years on the auto-cycle  – a vehicle with three-wheeled vehicle that has side-by-side seating and handles similar to your average car. Hall says the company’s Invader model combines the exhilaration of a motorcycle with the stability of an automobile. On the road, Tanom Motor’s line of vehicles is turning heads. “We get attention on the highway,” Hall says. “You would think that literally someone is looking at a spaceship, and in some respects they may view it that way.” Behind the scenes with Tanom Motors But getting vehicles from the drawing board to the highway hasn’t always been a joyride. In addition to the significant amount of money the company has into developing the vehicles, they’ve had to work hard (and invest even more […]

Despite Regulations, Tanom Motors Drives Towards Success

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Seattle’s Ganjapreneurs: City’s Startups Seeing Green After Pot Legalization

Legalized pot is creating a new class of entrepreneurs in the city of Seattle after Washington voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, paving the way for licensed retailers to start selling small amounts of recreational pot to adults 21 years of age or older in 2014. “Public opinion is changing, so you’re seeing more conventional businesses and entrepreneurs enter the market and bring with them a higher level of standards and increased competition,” entrepreneur Jeremy Bamford says. The small business owner is the founder of PotGuides.com—a free online resource that he describes as a “TripAdvisor for marijuana.” His site, which sells advertising space to local marijuana businesses and provides news about regulations across the country, was designed to fill the “knowledge gap” he saw emerge post-legalization. While there’s an ongoing debate over marijuana legalization and its potential implications for the country, there’s no disputing that the recent wave of legalization […]

Seattle’s Ganjapreneurs: City’s Startups Seeing Green After Pot Legalization

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Beamed In: How A California Startup is Bringing Holograms To Life

Once relegated to science fiction’s evocation of The Future, holograms have come a long way since Princess Leia’s iconic plea for help in 1977, and even since musician Will.i.am’s 2008 now famed holographic appearance on CNN. In fact, holograms are now being used at retail stores, hospitals, concert venues and sports stadiums across the country. What for, you ask? Holograms can help you play a friendly game of tennis with a life-like Roger Federer at the U.S. Open, inspect a virtual human heart, or watch your favorite artist perform from thousands of miles away. Experiences like these are changing how people interact with computer-generated images, and one of the companies driving the technology forward is Van Nuys, California-based startup VNTANA. The company was started in 2012 after cofounder Ashley Crowder became disillusioned with the limited number of options available to people who wanted to watch live gigs online. “I saw […]

Beamed In: How A California Startup is Bringing Holograms To Life

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