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Starting with Nothing? Cut Corners with These Entrepreneurial Tools

April 4, 2014 by Aaron Elliott

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Half of new business startups fail within five years, according to the latest available data from the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reports. Finding ways to conserve cash by cutting costs is essential to surviving the startup phase. Fortunately, various entrepreneurial tools can help with this.[read more]

10 Steps to Rebrand Your City as a Startup Hub

February 8, 2014 by Aaron Perlut

Rebrand your city.

Much like a hipster with a good mustache, referring to your city as a haven for startups is rather “in” right now. Startup hubs are currently popping up in the older Rustbelt cities where manufacturing once led the way. Several cities are making strong runs at realistically developing ecosystems that accommodate hungry entrepreneurs.[read more]

Google, Nest and the Opportunity for Startups

January 15, 2014 by Chris Measures

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Google has bought smart home company Nest Labs. As analysts have pointed out, Google isn’t a search engine company (and hasn’t been for some time), but is about data – collecting it and then using it to either sell you things (through adverts) or make your life better in some way.[read more]

Anatomy of a Successful Entrepreneur [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 26, 2013 by Jim Dougherty

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

With all of the creative web entrepreneurs that one sees everyday online, I thought this was an interesting infographic describing some common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Of course, odds are most people do better academically in high school than college but it’s still quite an interesting take on nature, nurture and why people start their own businesses.[read more]

The Startup Visa's Appeal to Women

November 19, 2013 by Ekaterina Walter

Why do women like startup visas?

There’s a stereotypical concept of who makes a good startup founder: guys in a Californian garage tend to fit the bill. But there are plenty of female startup founders who regularly disprove this stereotype. So why are the efforts to bring more startup founders to the US focused mostly on that stereotypical understanding of who is likely to found a startup?[read more]


Social Media for Your Startup

October 30, 2013 by Philip Cohen

When your brand has a personality your customer likes to associate with, buying from you is like getting a cup of coffee from their good neighbor Tom or shopping in their best friend Kate's closet. And it's hard to associate your brand with anything other than "sell, sell, sell!" simply with emailing, newspaper ads, tv commercials, and store-front signs.[read more]

10 Workplace Tips for Startups to Stay Creative

August 25, 2013 by Syed Noman Ali

Startup Creativity

If you’ve just kicked off your business, it can be hard to get your voice heard at first. But being a novice can also be an advantage. You’re fresh, your ideas are new and you haven’t fallen into the dull office routines like the Fortune 500 companies.[read more]

Where to Start a Tech Startup [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 11, 2013 by Kelsey Jones

So you want to found a tech start up? What is the best place to do your work? California? New York? London? Where is the money? Where is the talent? Where are the other entrepreneurs?[read more]

Crowdfunding Boosted by New SEC Rules

July 16, 2013 by Adi Gaskell

A ruling issued last week by the SEC lifted an 80 year ban on soliciting for investment by private companies. Suffice to say, the crowdfunding market was pretty happy about that, because that’s kinda what they do. It also changed who can invest in a start-up.[read more]

5 Ways Social Media Helps Small Businesses Grow

June 27, 2013 by Chris Vaughn

Developing an effective social media marketing strategy can allow small businesses to reach out and actively engage with prospective customers that they may not have been able to connect with using other marketing channels.[read more]

Talking Online Security for Startups at SF New Tech

May 31, 2013 by Mark Risher

Smaller organizations tend towards complacency, believing that attacks only target government, military and high profile organizations. This leaves them vulnerable to easily preventable attacks.[read more]


How Social Media Is Driving the Latest Trends in Enterprise Collaboration Tools

April 9, 2013 by Liz Alton

With innovative start-ups and major players all fighting for position, it’s important to assume that what you know about collaboration tools is likely out to date every six months to a year. 2013 is an exciting time for this space; let’s take a closer look at what’s on the table that’s changing the way you do business.[read more]

Dr. Shaquille O’Neal Dunks on Investing, Geekery, and Social Media

April 9, 2013 by Brian Solis

Dr. Shaq is an NBA champion, an active investor, and self-described geek. He joined me on stage at the Long Center for Performing Arts at SXSW to a theater packed with adoring fans.[read more]

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Adopts Startup Culture in Government [VIDEO]

March 22, 2013 by Brian Solis

Mayor Ed Lee and Brian Solis

In this premier episode of the fourth season of Revolution, I’m proud to host San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on the show. Together we explore how governments can adapt and improve services by embracing startups and the culture that helps them accelerate and excel.[read more]


Social Startups: Yummly

February 25, 2013 by Adam Chapman

Dave Feller started in 2010, mostly because that’s when he realized, “I couldn’t find a way to search for recipes and exclude anything with mustard.” Today it has 10 million users and is the fastest growing food site in the world. Even for mustard fans.[read more]


Why Social Is So Disruptive to Traditional Marketing

January 16, 2012 by Judy Shapiro

Photo by Douglas Whitfield via Flickr

All the kings' horses and all the kings' men couldn't put traditional marketing back together again... Why social technologies are so disruptive to the "content as king" model of the last 30 years.[read more]

The Economy Sucks, But Social Media Gives Hope

December 30, 2011 by Tammy Kahn Fennell

Anyone who sees the news knows... we are in a really rough patch in the world economy. This post is about hope. With all the negativity out there, growth is still possible, and social media at the root of it...[read more]


Hire a MARCOM...or Hook up with other Great Geeks

March 9, 2011 by Elias Shams

Since, the beta launch of, we have changed the main message on our homepage many times. None of them was able to convey the message clearly until our most recent posting which has already increased our user registration by 20% since we took it live 24 hours ago. Thanks to the advice of Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.[read more]

ITSinsider is mashing up with RWW

April 6, 2009 by Susan Scrupski

I am pleased to announce that I am joining the ReadWriteWeb team effective today. I've been in conversations with Bernard Lunn about how opportune a time it is for ReadWriteWeb to seriously layer on enterprise coverage to the already phenomenal job ReadWriteWeb does in covering various web 2.0 startups and the industry. We concluded...[read more]

Startups and Seasonality

November 25, 2008 by Sam Huleatt

As we move into the Holiday season I thought I might point out an often-overlooked aspect of startups: seasonality. More than many other businesses startups can be greatly affected by seasonality for four primary reasons: Fundraising. Many entrepreneurs think that raising money is raising money; the time of year does not matter. This is...[read more]