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02Dec

Satya Nadella Says Microsoft Is “Very Focused” On Diversity, Welcomes Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Push For Inclusion

At Microsoft’s annual shareholding conference today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cited diversity progress in relation to the executive team and board of directors. In the last year, Microsoft nominated two women to the board of directors. That said, Nadella recognizes that Microsoft is still not where it needs to be, nor […]

02Dec

Big Data Still Requires Humans To Make Meaningful Connections

Big data is a big deal, make no mistake about it, but it’s probably not as big a deal as it’s going to be eventually when we really figure out how to make good use of it. For now, we have this muddled middle where we understand the value of […]

02Dec

Culinary Events Biz Dinner Lab Buys Competitor Dishcrawl, Will Launch “Bar Crawls For Restaurants”

Dinner Lab, a supper club and culinary events business that has expanded to 75,000 members across 31 states over the past three years, is today putting its recent infusion of new capital to use: the company is acquiring a competitor known as Dishcrawl, which had been operating a similar service, […]

02Dec

Dave Chappelle Has Phone-Free Zone For His Shows Through Partnership With Tech Startup

Comedian Dave Chappelle seems to be fed up with people recording his shows and sharing his material on the Internet. Chappelle recently tapped tech startup Yondr, which makes cell phone cases that prevent people from using their phones, to help ensure audience members are more engaged during his performance at […]

02Dec

Cut the Naughty, Keep the Nice and Trim Your Email Marketing List

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). I get it: Cleaning that musty crawl space under the porch feels […]

02Dec

The Rules and Regulations of Being a Franchisor

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). In Franchise Your Business, author and franchise consultant Mark Siebert delivers the […]

Solopreneurs are a powerful and growing force in today’s career landscape. A solopreneur is “a business owner who works and runs his or her business alone.” Related: The Difference Between a Solopreneur and a Side-Gigger (Infographic) A solopreneur is also the proverbial chief cook and bottle washer, who started the business, […]

One might think that disrupting aviation would involve a breakthrough in faster aircrafts or high-tech airport security systems. But when Wade Eyerly founded Beacon, a Northeast-based all-you-can-fly subscription service, he was inspired instead by customer experience. In planning his startup, he took a close look at the tasks and stress passengers […]

02Dec

United Airlines Is Giving Its 6,000 Customer Service Reps The iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has advanced its relationship with United after the airline announced plans to outfit its 6,000 or so customer service reps with the iPhone 6 Plus. United has long been a flagship customer of Apple’s. The airline gave its pilots iPads back in 2011 and, late last year, United picked the iPhone […]

02Dec

Bluecore Marketing Automation Tool Secures $21M In Series B Funding

Bluecore, the data marketing platform for ecommerce brands, has today announced the close of a $21 million Series B round led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors like FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures. Bluecore offers data-based automation for ecommerce brands, letting them send more powerful emails at the […]

02Dec

Asana Poaches Diversity Manager From Facebook

Asana just announced that it’s hired Sonja Gittens-Ottley, formerly of Facebook, to serve as the productivity startup’s first-ever head of diversity and inclusion. Back in July, after someone called out Asana for its clear lack of diversity, Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz said that the company was aggressively recruiting a potential diversity lead […]

02Dec

The Unofficial Facebook Advanced Search Engine

Facebook doesn’t have an easy-to-use advanced search engine, so one guy built his own. “Search Is Back” lets you use familiar drop-down menus to find people by city, relationship status, school, first name, and more. Plus you can search for photos, events, posts, and other stuff. What’s special here is that […]

02Dec

Bringing an On-Demand Mentality to Employee Development

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). The training and development marketplace is flooded with sub-par providers. Institutions of higher […]

02Dec

6 Ways to Channel George Clooney When Delivering Your Pitch

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). A screening of Aaron Sorkin’s remarkable new film on Steve Jobs reminded […]

We were just finishing up an interview over lunch at Husk in downtown Nashville. The restaurant is a fine Southern restaurant with elegant pimento cheese, good-looking waiters, eggplant accent walls and James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock. I was interviewing Mike Butera, the founder of Artiphon, an all-in-one instrument device, […]

02Dec

Uber Hires Away Another Executive From Google Maps

Uber has poached a second executive from Google Maps. Manik Gupta announced on LinkedIn today that he is now Uber’s director of products for maps, after leaving a similar position at Google Maps. At his new job, Gupta will reunite with Brian McClendon, who led the development of Google Maps and Google Earth […]

01Dec

Why Self-Organization Is the Future of Software Development

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). The early years of any successful startup are marked by rapid, constant […]

01Dec

4 Ways to Balance Company Rules With Values

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). I recently interviewed Wade Eyerly, CEO of the new all-you-can-fly airline, Beacon, who […]


01Dec

10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine’s Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Seats are limited–Register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive reader rate (expires 12/8). When I started my company eight years ago, back when I was a student, […]

Autodesk is an old school software company, having launched in 1982 and gone public in 1990, but that doesn’t mean it’s too fixed in its ways to try something new. Today, the company is launching a new Platform as a Service it’s calling Forge.com and a $100 million fund to help prime […]

Today, at the Post-Seed conference in San Francisco, Alfred Lin, the former COO and CFO of Zappos and now a Sequoia Capital partner, was asked a variety of on-stage questions about the current market. Among them as whether Lin thinks it’s a good time to start a fund. “Probably not,” he […]

When Kobe Bryant decided to share his intentions to retire after this season, his 20th, the way he did it was…different. Even though he did a press conference later that evening, he chose to share the news via Twitter and Facebook. Both posts linked to a heartfelt poem about his […]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today said he and his wife would give away 99 percent of their shares to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” His shares are currently worth around $45 billion. His pledge was, still, essentially a footnote in a long letter addressed […]