How To Craft The World's Greatest Elevator Pitch

How To Craft The World's Greatest Elevator Pitch

by: B.J. Mendelson

If there’s one thing I can do better than anyone, it’s sell something. I can sell you anything. In f[...]

Your Startup is Not First to Market. But Who Cares?

Your Startup is Not First to Market. But Who Cares?

by: Westin Hatch

All entrepreneurs have heard phrases like, “There’s already an app for that,” or, “X company already[...]

How Michael Slaby Utilized Technology to Win the '08 Obama Campaign—and Forever Changed Political Campaigns

How Michael Slaby Utilized Technology to Win the '08 Obama Campaign—and Forever Changed Political Campaigns

by: Holly O'Dell

Whenever I heard about the role technology played in Obama’s campaigns, it read something like this:[...]

Do You Have Enough Hustle to Build a Successful Startup?

Do You Have Enough Hustle to Build a Successful Startup?

by: Andy Crestodina

The typical digital startup has two founders: one is technical, the other does sales and marketing. [...]

Startup Institute: We're Coming to Chicago!

Startup Institute: We're Coming to Chicago!

by: Aaron O'Hearn

I'm really happy to share that we're building Startup Institute Chicago this Fall. Here's why. It's[...]

The 9 Golden Rules for Dealing With Bad Publicity

The 9 Golden Rules for Dealing With Bad Publicity

by: Christopher Jones

Sometimes, bad publicity is inevitable. Even when you and your organization behave responsibly, you [...]

Should a Non-Technical Founder Learn to Code?

Should a Non-Technical Founder Learn to Code?

by: Len Kendall

"Should I teach myself to code today?" I could spend the next 2 years teaching myself a programmi[...]

There's No Such Thing As

There's No Such Thing As "Free" Funding for Your Startup

by: Paul Jones

Unless you are one of those entrepreneurs who has made a boatload of money for venture investors bef[...]

Skinny Cows

Skinny Cows

by: Jill McCavitt

Many businesses want to generate a steady return of profits and keep their costs down.  So how can y[...]

Startups: What to Do if One of Your Customers Goes Bankrupt

Startups: What to Do if One of Your Customers Goes Bankrupt

by: Clint Costa

Bankruptcy. It’s a pretty scary thought but not an uncommon one to most starters who stare down f[...]

You are Wasting More Time on Social Media Than You Think

You are Wasting More Time on Social Media Than You Think

by: Melissa Joy Kong

In a single day, this is the number of times I checked the following applications, whether on my pho[...]

Six Months Later: Impact Engine and Social Enterprise are Killing It

Six Months Later: Impact Engine and Social Enterprise are Killing It

by: Jeff Segal

Less than a year ago, I asked a prominent figure in Chicago’s startup community about local investor[...]

Make Sure You Hire the Right Team for Your Startup

Make Sure You Hire the Right Team for Your Startup

by: Sonali Basak

I sat in on a lunch meeting a month ago for an up-and-coming startup. They considered hiring me to h[...]

5 Critical Startup Lessons from DoNotRent.com CEO, Mike Cerny

5 Critical Startup Lessons from DoNotRent.com CEO, Mike Cerny

by: Katie Leimkuehler

Mike Cerny, CEO and founder of the startup DoNotRent.com, a national apartment review and ratings we[...]

Three Free Google Research Tools You're Probably Not Using—But Should

Three Free Google Research Tools You're Probably Not Using—But Should

by: Nick Papagiannis

Good marketing research is not only hard to come by, but can be pretty costly, too. High cost barrie[...]

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