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3 Ways to Build Consumer Trust

image credit: Shutterstock Think of a brand you love — one you’d trust with your personal information, recommend to your friends, and loyally choose over a similar brand. As an entrepreneur in a skeptical market, creating that sense of trust takes an ongoing commitment to integrity. “The biggest challenge is the so-called fragility of trust,” […]

How to Shop for a Business Incubator

Several Months ago, prominent journalist Fareed Zakaria told Harvard University’s graduating class, “You don’t need an ethics course to know what you shouldn’t do.” It was good advice, as members of Duke University’s class of 2012 could attest. At Duke’s commencement 11 days before, Zakaria had uttered precisely the same words. Zakaria’s Harvard and Duke […]

The Mindblowingly Simple Strategies Any Startup Can Use for Meetup Success

Everybody’s talking about Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and yet no one wants to give Meetup its respect. Well…truth be told…they’re not going out of their way to disrespect Meetup…but they’re not giving meetup its share of the props. At first I thought…maybe Meetup didn’t really hold that much weight. When you do a Google Insights […]

The Untold Reasons Why Businesses Fail

Why do these reasons remain untold? Simple. Most of the time, the business owner doesn’t realize that these reasons are what caused their failure, and consultants generally don’t ask the kinds of questions that would identify them. There have been many articles written on the subject of why businesses fail, and most of them point […]

The Smartest Guy In The Room

Welcome back to VentureStart. Things slowed down a little over the summer, as they often do, but we’ve noticed a very quick resurgence of energy in the start-up space this week and expect the momentum to continue through the fall now that Labor Day weekend has passed. While a lot of people were relaxing, or […]

A truly thought-provoking blog post on one man’s journey to entrepreneurship and how his life experiences prepared him for the hardships of the start-up world. In every successful entrepreneur, there’s something deep inside that hardens us against the fear, the risk, the ambiguity, and the potential failure. Steve Blank explains how he found the courage […]

Apple’s iPhone Is Now Worth More Than All Of Microsoft

How important is disruptive innovation? When a stale old company reinvents itself and finds its creative, innovative roots, the possibilities are endless. Here’s what Forbes has to say about it: This is an entirely stunning statistic: Apple‘s iPhone sales are now worth more than all of Microsoft: One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five […]