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How Umi's Founders Are Using Tech to Bring You the Comfort of Mom's Home Cooking

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:32:00 GMT2016-09-29T11:32:00Z

Hallie Meyer, Khalil Tawil, and former Tumblr VP Derek Gottfrid are empowering a handful of New Yorkers to share their home-cooked grub with hungry urbanites through their newly launched company Umi Kitchen.

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This Startup Is Redefining Fresh Food For An On-The-Go Generation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:21:00 GMT2016-09-29T11:21:00Z

From pressed juices and yoga classes, to vegan restaurants and practiced meditation -- Americans appear to be on a growing health kick. Beyond improving physical appearance, being health conscious also serves to enhance mental and emotional health. With immediate access to information, millennials are actively adopting new ways to stay fit, focused and adjusted to a truly active lifestyle.

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Supreme Court Takes Case That May Determine Fate Of Redskins Trademark

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:13:00 GMT2016-09-29T11:13:00Z

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide, in a case involving a rock band called The Slants, whether trademarks like the Redskins can be cancelled.

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YouTuber Niomi Smart Builds An Online Career And A Startup On Wellness and Conscious Living

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:05:00 GMT2016-09-29T11:05:00Z

This YouTuber has amassed 1.6 million subscribers by building a lifestyle that’s balanced, empathetic, and wellness-driven. On a platform that sells quantity over quality, Niomi Smart’s unique brand is as much about giving back as it is about herself. This month, she released her first book, Eat Smart, a guide to eating well and being fit. Within minutes of the announcement, the book climbed the ranks, becoming #1 on Amazon. (Though it’s only available in the UK and select countries currently).

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Finally! The Slaint Briefcase Lets Businessmen Charge On The Go

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:01:00 GMT2016-09-29T11:01:00Z

Businessmen finally get a fashion forward briefcase that lets them charge MacBooks and tablets on the move.

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Celebritize Yourself: 5 Things To Focus On When Defining Your Brand

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:58:00 GMT2016-09-29T10:58:00Z

Defining your brand – whether it’s a personal brand or corporate one – is, at its core, all about telling a story. If you manage to touch on just the right story elements, and do so in an engaging way, your brand can get the attention and traction you want. Fail, and your company will fade into the background noise along with millions of other companies competing for attention in today’s marketplace.

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5 Unique Coworking Spaces Transforming The World Beyond Work

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:30:00 GMT2016-09-29T10:30:00Z

These 5 co-working spaces are transforming gender & race equality, healthcare, education, and veterans support.

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Marketing Calendar Software That Scales | 7 Crucial Features

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:24:00 GMT2016-09-29T10:24:00Z

Marketing calendar software is a must have for most modern marketing departments. People both inside and outside marketing need to know what’s going on when. However, the term “calendar” is misleading. There is a big gap between the personal calendar apps we all use to plan our day and the robust requirements of enterprise marketing calendar software like that of my current startup adventure, Markodojo. Aligning Priorities, Processes And People Unlike our individual monthly calendars, marketing calendar software is fundamentally groupware that helps align marketing priorities, processes and people. That’s a pretty high expectation for a “calendar.” Because of this “calendar” confusion, marketing managers often try in vain to bend generic office software to the purpose of creating a marketing calendar, but these tools simply are not up to the task. To align marketing priorities, your marketing calendar software must provide views that highlight tradeoffs like channel, segment, resources and value. To align marketing processes, your marketing calendar software must provide customizable views of individual, functional and cross-functional marketing work, not just marketing programs, e.g., all the work and hand-offs that go into producing a marketing campaign, not just the campaign. Finally, to align people, your marketing calendar software must be easily accessible to everyone inside the marketing department and easily shareable to stakeholders outside the marketing department. So, don’t just settle for a “calendar.” Below are seven critical marketing calendar software features you should demand.

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This Founder Is Revolutionizing The Early Career Job Search

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT2016-09-29T10:00:00Z

"Most companies that are legendary are that way because the team thought differently."

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$30M Global Media Fund Is Bringing Hollywood To Southest Asia

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:42:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:42:00Z

Aurora Media Holdings, the first of its kind in the region, is shaking up how content creators bypass traditional modes of commissioning and licensing by enabling private equity access to finance their productions.

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Are You Inspiring Your Customers? Take This Quiz To Find Out

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:32:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:32:00Z

People will tell you they don't like to be "sold," but the truth is, we love to buy from people who inspire us with passion and knowledge about what they’re selling. We enjoy the feeling of learning something new, especially when we believe it will improve our life in some small way. This happened to me just the other night, when I got a product demonstration at Sephora. The associate I worked with was so enthusiastic about getting just the right products for me,  I couldn’t help but smile every time she ran across the store to grab something that she thought might be perfect. She explained the qualities (and differences) of each product as she applied them, and I was mesmerized: she was working hard to earn my business, and I appreciated it. I left the store with a bag full of new products and free samples, and felt eager to repeat the experience. I told all my colleagues about it, and now I'm telling you.

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Target's Fall Campaign Taps Influencers, Gen Y Signifiers To Woo Demographic

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:22:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:22:00Z

Target's latest campaign is aimed squarely at millennials, its most prized demographic today,

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Becoming A Mompreneur By Filling In The Blanks In Your Daydreams

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:11:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:11:00Z

It was Marisa Echeverri who made me really consider what fears might be driving or derailing other entrepreneurs. We first met ten years ago when we worked at the same advertising agency. We stayed in contact just enough for me to notice that her routine seemed to have changed in recent years, beyond the usual shifts that come with having two boys under three years old and moving from New York to North Carolina. She seemed to be talking a lot less about marketing briefs and deadlines and a lot more about yoga mats and car seat installation. She seemed happier. She seemed exhausted, but in the best possible way.

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Party Like Wells Fargo, But What Happens Tax-Wise If You Forfeit Pay?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:06:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:06:00Z

Returning compensation hurts tax-wise too. Unless you're careful, your employer and the IRS can leave you holding the bag.

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Finding Talent & Entrepreneurs Among 21 Million Global Refugees

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:04:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:04:00Z

For the last five years, news and images from the Syrian civil war have jarred our collective consciousness.  Whether it’s the heart-wrenching photos of young children killed, drowned or injured by expensive bombs, or the consequences of the civil war and associated rise of the Islamic State, Americans have watched helplessly from afar – unsure about whether to engage, wary of accepting refugees into the United States and frustrated that international efforts have failed.

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Five Strategies To Make The Most Of Your New Advisory Role

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:00:00Z

It?s exciting to be asked to advise another entrepreneur or nonprofit you care about. These strategies can help you make the most of it ? for your business and theirs.

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Pivoting Doesn't Have To Be Scary: My Startup's Changing And So Can Yours

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT2016-09-29T09:00:00Z

My media startup, now officially a year old, is in the midst of a classic part of entrepreneurship: the pivot. Pivoting is a bit of a buzzword in startup-land, but there’s really no better word to describe the process.

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Supreme Court's Fall Docket: Insider Trading, Samsung v. Apple, And Adult Diapers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:55:00 GMT2016-09-29T08:55:00Z

A quartet of important intellectual property cases, a test of insider-trading law and Miami's lawsuit against home lenders are on the Supreme Court's fall docket.

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The Paper-Thin Reason Your Company Is Missing Sales Talent

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT2016-09-29T08:00:00Z

“My sales have been steadily increasing”, says Rashard Feggins, a 22 year-old entrepreneur and salesman. He’s a candidate with a vocational training program I run called re:work. We teach software sales to people without college degrees, then place them into full-time jobs at tech employers. Rashard owns and runs a Chicago-based clothing line called DXSTRXCT7 but wants to learn and grow in a corporate setting.

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The 8 Most Prominent Angel Investors In India

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:18:00 GMT2016-09-29T07:18:00Z

Some of the most prominent investors in India who are taking angel investing to the next level.

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Great Brands Are Built From Within

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT2016-09-29T07:00:00Z

Paul Hillen is the Vice President of Global Marketing for Cargill

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5 Steps To Fixing A Really Bad Hire

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT2016-09-29T07:00:00Z

Few things cost your business more than a bad hire; I?ve seen it happen too often, and have even lived through it myself a couple times. If you?re feeling the heat of that mistake, you must follow these five steps to get your company back on track.

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Rethinking The Heel - London Startup Sees Comfort As The Key To Shoe Making Success

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:41:00 GMT2016-09-29T06:41:00Z

“You see women wobbling around the boardroom after a long day," says Shaherazad Umbreen "It's not a good look.”

Clinton Vs. Trump: 3 Choices Undecided Voters Need To Make

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:33:00 GMT2016-09-29T06:33:00Z

The first debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is over, but polls show that 3 to 10 percent of voters are still undecided about the Nov. 8 presidential election. Cartoon by Ted Rall.

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5 Steps For Maximizing An Acquisition Offer For Your Company

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:06:00 GMT2016-09-29T06:06:00Z

Many owners can think of a couple of companies that would be good buyers, but often we find that entrepreneurs start with too short a list. With only a few potential acquirers for your business, the chances of receiving multiple offers is drastically reduced, and it is only when you have more than one bidder that you are likely to get your best price.

Only A Few Rejections? You May Not Be Trying Hard Enough

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:02:00 GMT2016-09-29T06:02:00Z

When billionaire founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, was young, her father would ask at the dinner table what she did that week to fail. He understood that failure was a sign of having tried. According to Blakely: "He'd actually be disappointed if I didn't have something I failed at that week." When she started Spanx, Blakely says she "knocked on hundreds of manufacturers' doors, getting them slammed in my face" before finding one who said “yes." Blakely understood that failure was key to being successful. A lack of rejection could mean you’re not trying hard enough. “If you never get rejected, it may mean you’re living too far in your comfort zone,” according to Psychology Today. So instead of viewing rejection as a negative, it should actually be viewed as a positive — one that demonstrates you’re pushing your limits in a good way. How rejection is perceived seems key to launching a successful business. When I caught up with the founder of Birchbox, Katia Beauchamp, I asked how she initially dealt with investors and others who rejected the idea: "I'd just think to myself: 'Oh you poor dear. You really don't get it. You just don't understand. I feel sorry for you.'" Beauchamp's and Blakely's ability to shrug off rejections may not extend to all founders, particularly female founders. In fact, Jessica Lawrence, CEO of NY Tech Alliance, notices a big difference in how men versus women react to rejections when applying to be on stage at NY Tech Meetup (the largest monthly Meetup for showcasing tech).  She explains:

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This Serial Entrepreneur Sold Companies To IBM And GE, And Now Has Another Hot Startup

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:56:00 GMT2016-09-29T05:56:00Z

Freightos is Zvi Schreiber's fourth successful company. What's behind that amazing track record?

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SME Confidence Slumping Amid Brexit Fears

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:15:00 GMT2016-09-29T05:15:00Z

New research suggest sentiment amongst SMEs has taken a big hit since the UK voted to leave the European Union

Tips To Prevent Entrepreneur Burnout

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:17:00 GMT2016-09-29T01:17:00Z

I’ve gotten wrapped up in the mentality that an entrepreneur is always working. If they’re not, then they don’t care enough about their company.

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