The New York Times
4 min read
Entrepreneurship

In Silicon Valley, Working 9 to 5 Is for Losers

Silicon Valley prides itself on “thinking different.” So maybe it makes sense that just as a lot of industries have begun paying more attention to work-life balance, Silicon Valley is taking the opposite approach — and branding workaholism as a desirable lifestyle choice. An entire cottage industry has sprung up there, selling an internet-centric prosperity gospel that says that there is no higher calling than to start your own company, and that to succeed you must be willing to give up everything. “Hustle” is the word that tech people use to describe this nerd-commando lifestyle. You hear it
Entrepreneur
3 min read
Tech

This 25-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Trying to Do the Impossible: Make Sense of the Government

By age 19, Tim Hwang had worked as a field organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and served as an elected official on Maryland’s Montgomery County Board of Education. Now he’s 25 and the co-founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a Washington, D.C.-based tech startup that’s trying to do the impossible: Make sense of the government.  Related: How This Startup Helps People Find Common Political Ground What attracted you to politics? When I was young, politics seemed like a really big opportunity to take a small amount of your time and aggregate it into a larger impact. Whether it’s local politics or
Entrepreneur
2 min read
Entrepreneurship

Why Young Entrepreneurs Are Better Positioned to Succeed

Not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur. But for those who are, trying while you’re young is ideal. Your opportunity cost is lowest! Many people I know say, “Well, I’ll work two years in banking or consulting and then look at entrepreneurship.” The reality is, soon they’re getting married or having a family, and the chances of them leaving a steady salary to take this risk disappear.  Related: 7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs And if they make the leap, young entrepreneurs are especially well-positioned to succeed. In every other industry, age equals success: T
Bloomberg Businessweek
11 min read
Entrepreneurship

Ballers

ABOUT three years ago, in February 2014, Andre Iguodala spent a day during the NBA offseason at the offices of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in Menlo Park, Calif. Over the course of four hours in a conference room, the Golden State Warriors small forward heard pitches from a handful of startups in Andreessen’s portfolio. One shared its plan to disrupt the hair extensions business by selling directly to salons. Another explained how a mobile platform could help the secondhand clothing market move upscale. A third showed how an on-demand business model could transform the phone-screen
Inc.
3 min read
Entrepreneurship

Bankruptcy, Jail, and a Second Chance

AS TOLD TO KATE ROCKWOOD HEATHER BLEASE SaviLinx → Three-year growth 9,204.3% 2016 revenue $11.4 MILLION BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR wasn’t something I set out to do. I told my father my favorite subjects were art and gym, and he suggested I go to college for electrical engineering. I wasn’t really math oriented, so it was a huge struggle. When the manufacturing plant I worked at was sold, I couldn’t get a straight answer about what was going to happen to me or my team. I was sick of waiting for a decision. Then it occurred to me that I could start my own business. My first contract was with my fo
The Atlantic
5 min read
Entrepreneurship

Before Vibrators Were Mainstream

Nowadays, sex-positivity is mainstream: Amazon sells vibrators for as little as a few dollars, and the honest, open-minded sex-advice podcast Savage Love is consistently at the top of downloads charts. There was a time, not all that long ago, when such things were not quite so out in the open. In her new book, Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stories Changed the Business of Pleasure, Lynn Comella traces the link between the contemporary adult-toy industry and the small groups of feminist retailers who, starting in the 1970s, started their own vibrator stores explicitly for women. In the b
Fast Company
7 min read
Entrepreneurship

Uber’s Driving Lessons

Not long after Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick was forced to step down as CEO following a spate of scandals at his ride-hailing company, one influential venture capitalist tried to convince me that there were no larger lessons to be learned from the debacle. Uber, explained this VC, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, was not emblematic of some “rottenness” at the heart of Silicon Valley. Rather, Kalanick’s tenure at Uber was simply an “anomaly.” Across the tech industry, startup founders, employees, and investors have been grappling with how to interpret Kalanick’s stunning ri
Entrepreneur
4 min read
Entrepreneurship

An Experimental, Tuition-Free Program Is Teaching Business Lessons Using Hip Hop

In a modish co-working space overlooking downtown Philadelphia, Imowo “Veli” Udo-Uton has six minutes to persuade six investors to finance his startup. He has an event production company he wants to take to the next level, and, clad in a baseball cap and black-framed glasses, he outlines his plan -- his ticket sale models, room occupancy caps and the first few big venues he can get with more capital. He tries to keep it animated and conversational. But midway through, he falters. Related: 6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch “I feel like I’m talking too much,” he says. “I’m not presenting
Inc.
2 min read
Entrepreneurship

500 Dreams Come True. Are You Listening, Washington?

THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS BEEN taking its lumps lately. Researchers tell us that the gap between rich and poor, by some measures, is three times wider than it was just 30 years ago. Worse, only half of today’s Americans in their 30s earn more than their parents did at the same age, compared with more than 90 percent of that group a generation or two ago. Pessimism reigns: We now know that if you call the United States a “hellhole,” so many voters will agree that you can become president You could let that depress you. But I suggest you first read this issue of Inc. Consider our cover subject, Ar
Entrepreneur
13 min read
Entrepreneurship

How Glossier Hacked Social Media to Build A Cult-Like Following

On a Thursday afternoon in late spring, 32-year-old Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss rides the elevator to the penthouse level of her company’s downtown Manhattan headquarters. She’s a thoroughly millennial girlboss in jeans, sneakers and a royal blue sweatshirt with weiss embroidered in small white script. Her hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and for the founder of a beauty products company, she wears notably little makeup -- just some mascara and possibly a swipe of Glossier Lip Gloss, a recent product release touted online as having a “fuzzy doe-foot applicator.”  A former teen model,
Inc.
6 min read
Entrepreneurship

Immigration. Trade. Health care. Taxes.

Jan Willem van der Werff is reeling from his queasy ride on the “solar coaster.” That’s the insider nickname for the solar energy industry, which—while surging—remains vulnerable to the whims of policy and trade. Van der Werff is CEO of Ecolibrium Solar (No. 443 on the 2017 Inc. 500), a $27.2 million maker of hardware that connects sunlight-absorbing panels to roofs. In 2015, companies like his, which had packed their production schedules to take advantage of an expiring tax credit, found their timelines completely upended when Congress unexpectedly extended that credit by five years. Then c
TIME
12 min read
Entrepreneurship

Kid Sports Inc.

NAME_ JOEY ERACE AGE_ 10 SPORT_ Baseball “I love working hard,” says Joey, who lives in southern New Jersey but has suited up for teams based in California and Texas. His Instagram account @joeybaseball12 has more than 24,000 followers. NAME_ KING-RILEY OWENS AGE_ 9 SPORT_ Basketball King-Riley, who is ranked as a five-star prospect by the National Youth Basketball Report, lives in L.A. but has already played in tournaments in Utah, Texas and Nevada. His parents have used GoFundMe to help pay for the travel. If the NBA doesn’t work out, King-Riley wants to be a veterinarian. NAME_ MELA
Inc.
5 min read
Entrepreneurship

Bigger Faster Better

EVERY YEAR, THE INC. 500 celebrates founders and companies that have achieved rapid growth through careful planning and flawless execution. This year, we’re also honoring a slightly different breed—founders for whom good enough isn’t good enough, the ones who blast past what everyone else thinks are boundaries. Take Jared Isaacman. He might have been satisfied by the many years of profit his credit card processing company has generated. But how could that compare with zooming around in fighter jets? That’s what his newer company, Draken International, does to train U.S. military pilots. Draken
Mic
4 min read
Entrepreneurship

3 Seemingly Smart Moves New Entrepreneurs Make — That Are Actually Rookie Mistakes

Thinking of launching a business? You might already have the common sense to avoid blatantly boneheaded mistakes, like — as one venture capitalist recounted to Entrepreneur — showing up to a pitch meeting to raise money “visibly high and smelling of marijuana.” After all, starting a business is tough enough without rookie errors: A recent study from the venture fund Cambridge Associates found that the proportion of startups that fail is in the ballpark of 60%. But there’s good news, too. Many problems that befall new companies are largely avoidable, according to Ruth Blader, director of invest
Entrepreneur
2 min read
Entrepreneurship

Why Young Entrepreneurs Are Better Positioned to Succeed

Not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur. But for those who are, trying while you’re young is ideal. Your opportunity cost is lowest! Many people I know say, “Well, I’ll work two years in banking or consulting and then look at entrepreneurship.” The reality is, soon they’re getting married or having a family, and the chances of them leaving a steady salary to take this risk disappear.  Related: 7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs And if they make the leap, young entrepreneurs are especially well-positioned to succeed. In every other industry, age equals success: T
Mic
6 min read
Entrepreneurship

5 Ways Female Entrepreneurs Can Thrive In A Man’s Startup World

Have you heard about “Keith Mann,” the fake male co-founder that Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer, co-founders of e-commerce site Witchsy, told Fast Company they invented? After one too many condescending emails from male developers and designers, the female entrepreneurs created a fictional frontman who could step in and correspond with difficult (read: sexist) people. The result? “Kevin” got faster and more polite responses than the female co-founders, which essentially kicked down doors that had previously been closed to the female-led business. Whether you want to high-five Gazin and Dwyer fo
Inc.
9 min read
Entrepreneurship

The Ultimate Business Incubator PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia has long been known for an eclectic mix of history and hallmarks ranging from the Declaration of Independence and Liberty Bell, to the iconic cheesesteak sandwich, and sports teams like the Eagles and Phillies. Today, the nation’s second largest city on the East Coast has a new claim to fame: thriving business hub and startup incubator. Its success in launching new businesses shouldn’t be a surprise. From a well-educated workforce to a strong, pro-startup business culture supported by government and major corporations, Philadelphia has all the key ingredients needed for a thriving
TechLife News
5 min read
Entrepreneurship

As Robots Edge Into Workplace, Free Money Idea Takes Hold

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach -unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. What then? Enter the idea of a universal basic income, the notion that everyone should be able to receive a stream of income to live on, regardless of their employment or economic status. It isn’t an idea that seems likely to gain traction n
Apple Magazine
5 min read
Entrepreneurship

As Robots Edge Into Workplace, Free Money Idea Takes Hold

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach -unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. What then? Enter the idea of a universal basic income, the notion that everyone should be able to receive a stream of income to live on, regardless of their employment or economic status. It isn’t an idea that seems likely to gain traction n
NPR
3 min read
Politics

Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

When White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was pushed out of his job last week, it underscored the growing clout of President Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general. And when Trump announced he was increasing U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Monday, after suggesting for years that he wouldn't, administration officials were quick to note that he was heeding the advice of "the generals." Trump, who attended the New York Military Academy as a teenager, has made clear he admires the toughness and discipline of military life and has appointed four former generals to top
Financial Times
7 min read
Entrepreneurship

Technology: Macron Thinks Big in His Vision for French Unicorns

Last summer Michael Amar, a serial entrepreneur and investor, met Emmanuel Macron at a private networking event at the British Embassy in Paris. Mr Amar, a Frenchman who had swapped Paris for Palo Alto in California in 2008, recalls telling Mr Macron, who had recently set up a political movement, En Marche: "If you become president of France, I will come back." Following Mr Macron's election in May, Mr Amar was as good as his word and moved back to France this summer. "I had wanted to come back to France for a couple of years but the mood wasn't great," says Mr Amar, who once owned advertising