Let MBX Handle Your Startup’s Manufacturing and Hardware Logistics

  One of the main takeaways from the book I’m listening to right now, Jim Collins’ Good to Great, is that the vast majority of innovative companies –– the ones that are exponentially outperforming the market –– have leadership born from within the company. They haven’t brought in a hired gun, a superhero solver of problems,…

Funding Your Startup Has Never Been Easier

As MicroVentures brings fee-free investing to the equity crowdfunding community, other platforms will either evolve or become dinosaurs. Once other crowdfunding platforms follow suit, it will make the small-business investment community a more welcoming place.   MicroVentures, an online venture capital platform, has lit a fire under the equity crowdfunding community — and it might…

Attest is Going To Help You Digitize Your Personal Identity Using Blockchain

Without getting into the cryptocurrency stuff, my natural instincts tell me that blockchain technology is about identity.   We work, spend, invest, and socialize digitally, but when it comes to some of the most important stuff of life –– birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, titles, deeds, college transcripts –– we revert to analog. The ways…

Startup Peanut Butter Helps Employers Offer Student Loan Repayment As a Benefit

  “We literally had somebody tell us that after she paid off her loans, she was going to Walt Disney World,” says Peanut Butter founder and CEO David Aronson. “That’s how excited people get.”   It’s understandable: American college grads, and Millennials in particular, are up to their eyeballs in student debt –– on average,…

From DevMynd to Tandem: Three Ways Founder JC Grubbs Made His Rebrand Look Easy

“The pitch is ‘reinvent yourself or die’,” says JC Grubbs, founder and CEO of digital product studio Tandem, formerly known as DevMynd. “When we first started, we were really focused on startups –– how they can be very nimble, quickly identifying a new market and pivoting without the weight of a large organization.”   With…

Retail Platform Pixavo Delivers a Unique Digital Concierge Experience

  “If you ask any retailer, 80 percent of their profitable revenue comes from the top 20 percent of of your customer base,” says MaryLiz Lehman, CEO and co-founder of concierge retail technology platform Pixavo.   “What are you doing to differentiate –– personalize, retain, inspire, engage with them? I think that’s where the downfall…

GuardianVets Offers Around-the-clock, Dependable Veterinary Care

  Like many successful startups, this one began with a problem that needed solving.   “Three years ago, I adopted my puppy, Patrick,” says John Dillon, founder and CEO of GuardianVets. “My guy’s a boxer-bloodhound mix. Boxers are super energetic, and bloodhounds are super stubborn.”   Although he’s adorable, Patrick’s particular combo of puppy traits…

Improve Your Sales: How to Lead With Transparency and Vulnerability to Win Customers’ Trust

“Our brains are wired to resist being influenced,” says Todd Caponi, author of the new book The Transparency Sale. “You walk into a room as a salesperson, even if you’re charming and engaging, the customer is thinking, ‘all right, when’s Johnny Salesperson coming out?’”   Salespeople, too, tend to think this way, Todd says. “B2B…