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What To Do If Y Combinator Rejects You

Rejected from Y Combinator? Congratulations. You might not be one of Sam Altman’s advisees anytime soon, but you’re certainly in good company. Yes, YC has produced unicorns like Twilio, Stripe and Airbnb, but they’ve also rejected a lot of now successful companies like SendGrid, Munchery and Buffer, who even published their rejected YC application. When you don’t have a lot of ...

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What Franchise Model Is Right for You?

Many years ago, the most common franchise was the traditional brick-and-mortar location such as fast food restaurants and storefronts. Modern technology has brought a variety of business models to the marketplace that offer several different models to choose from. Home-based businesses Home based businesses are very popular these days since technology has made it possible to perform many business activities remotely. These businesses ...

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16 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick

No matter what you think of Travis Kalanick, there’s no debating the success of the company he built. Users of Uber have hailed more than a billion rides in more than 600 cities across the globe since Kalanick co-founded the San Francisco-based company in 2009. It was recently valued at around $60 billion. Uber has changed the transportation industry, dragging ...

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Being an Entrepreneur Means Finding Profit in Your Passion

In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing battle day in and day out. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.) Who are you and what’s your business? I’m Victoria Cairl and I am the VP of Business Development at Show-Score.com, a 17-month-old startup that serves theater lovers in New York. You could think ...

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5 Ways to Innovate 21st Century Business

Anyone who lived in the time of legends such as Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein could be forgiven for thinking everything that can be invented already has been invented. Of course, if we’d stopped there, we wouldn’t have the computer or the internet. The past century of our history stands as a testament to human ...

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Turning 40 — Is It Ever Too Late to Startup?

Six months before I turned 40, I took the biggest risk of my career by leaving the world of large institutions and heading to a place where the only thing certain is uncertainty. I decided I wanted to get over my fear of failure before this big birthday. For previous generations, a mid-life crisis meant you bought an expensive car, ...

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Parking Ticket Chatbot Now Helps Refugees Claim Asylum

DoNotPay will automatically delete information within 10 minutes of completing a transaction, so it won’t store sensitive data after the fact. This isn’t a complete solution. Browder still wants to translate the bot into other languages (Arabic is next in line), and it’s not going to help much if there are problems with an asylum case. The developer would also ...

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3 Companies You Should Emulate If You Want to Bootstrap Your Business

There is plenty of hype in startup circles these days. But despite the whispered sightings of mythical beasts, there are no make-believe creatures that I know of. So, can we stop talking about unicorns? I want to hear about workhorses. Here are a few companies that found success by bootstrapping their own business. MailChimp The email marketing software company began as ...

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On-Demand Companies Disrupted Entire Industries. Now They Are Being Disrupted.

Free market forces reliably do one thing very well: they crush weak companies. That is good for the economy and scary for entrepreneurs. Thankfully there are a million books for entrepreneurs about how to cope with failure, but that is not what this article is about. Creative destruction. Creative destruction is changing the on-demand landscape. Creative destruction is the innovation mechanism by ...

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