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Moving On

By on January 20, 2015 in Starting a Business
Moving On

Dear Readers, This is our final post on The Venture Edge. We began this blog a little more than six years ago, with Kathy’s post titled “Looking up in down times.” If you recall, that was the start of the financial crisis and we had a lot to talk about. The primary goal driving The […]

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StartupBlink — A Global Map of the Startup Ecosystem

By on January 2, 2015 in Starting a Business
StartupBlink — A Global Map of the Startup Ecosystem

I was recently introduced to an interesting new website, StartupBlink, which bills itself as a global map of the entire startup ecosystem. Check out this screenshot to get a feel for what this looks like: StartupBlink, is based in Switzerland, and the company has already mapped tens of thousands of startups, each of them sorted […]

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3 Ways Universities Can Deal with the Valley of Death

By on December 29, 2014 in Starting a Business
3 Ways Universities Can Deal with the Valley of Death

Just before Christmas the Wall Street Journal posted an interesting article titled, “Universities Push Harder into Realm of Startups.” Not exactly a catchy title, nothing new implied by it—after all, universities have been involved in startups for years. Nevertheless, the article is worth a read because it sheds light on a real problem that universities […]

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7 Powerful Ways to Create Buzz with Your Brand Name

By on December 18, 2014 in Business Smarts
7 Powerful Ways to Create Buzz with Your Brand Name

When it comes to creating brand names that really pack a punch, Alexandra Watkins has built a track record that’s hard to beat. Some of the particularly memorable names she has created (by way of her San Francisco-based firm, Eat My Words) include: Spoon Me (a frozen yogurt business), Eat My Dust (a janitorial service), Power Supply (paleo […]

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3 Ways to Ensure a Great 2015 for Your Business

By on December 18, 2014 in Starting a Business
3 Ways to Ensure a Great 2015 for Your Business

Business owners often find themselves in reflection at this time of year, assessing how much they accomplished—what went right, what didn’t go so well. If you have a retail business, the fourth quarter is your report card for the year, and you’re probably hoping that holiday sales will put you over the top with your […]

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YouTube: 2 Ways to Worry a Giant

By on December 8, 2014 in Business Smarts
YouTube: 2 Ways to Worry a Giant

Google’s YouTube platform is clearly the leader in streaming video services with more than one billion people per month visiting the site. Every minute  creators from all walks of life upload 100 hours of programming; and this year alone YouTube will enjoy a projected $3.4 billion in advertising revenue, according to EMarketer. So what’s the […]

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