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Finding your niche in selling: How focusing on high-risk finance set me apart

by Don Siclari, founder of InChek Don Siclari

Life is all about “finding your thing” — whether that means finding your career, finding your partner, or even finding yourself. A laser focus goes a long way toward setting you apart and helping you figure out what you really want.

The same can be said in business and, in my case, sales. I’d been in the sales industry for a while, but until I carved out my own niche, I hadn’t found my  ...

8 hours ago
Loot - Silicon Nation: Cincinnati

Techstars backs startup that connects minority businesses with Fortune 500s

by Andy Brownfield PIC ConnXus

A Cincinnati startup that helps major corporations from McDonald's to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center connect with diverse small businesses has raised millions from Techstars.

Mason-based ConnXus has raised $2.5 million in what CEO Rod Robinson is calling a "seed-plus" round. The round was led by Techstars Ventures and included funding from CincyTech, Serious Change L.P., Impact  ...

9 hours ago
Hot Shots - Fitness entrepreneur

Oregon doctor's 'Smart' medicine ball exceeds Kickstarter goal

by Rivkela Brodsky Core Ball Compete

A Yamhill, Ore., doctor’s Kickstarter campaign for a “smart” medicine ball has exceeded its $40,000 goal.

Dr. Jim Rickards, creator of the Core Ball Complete — a 6-, 8-, or 10-pound medicine ball with color-coded info graphics that display how to perform 16 exercises for arms, legs, back, and core — raised $42,515 from 112 backers.

The Kickstarter campaign, which started in July and  ...

10 hours ago
Media - Brogrammer blues

Twitter, burdened by bro-grammer culture, promises to improve diversity

by Gina Hall Twitter

Twitter promises it will do slightly better by the close of 2016 when it comes to gender and ethnic diversity.

“We considered simply setting company-wide hiring goals, but we don’t want to stop at that,” Janet Van Huysse, Twitter’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, wrote in a blog post Friday. “If our aim is to build a company we can really be proud of — one that’s more  ...

11 hours ago

High-profile entrepreneurs look to up their marketing game with sparkling water product launch

by Chad Swiatecki RamblerSparklingWater

Selling cold, sparkling water in the middle of a Texas summer seems about as obvious a business opportunity as there’s ever been.

But the partners behind Austin-based Riptide Water LLC know they’ll have to be a little more savvy this fall when they launch Rambler, a new brand of limestone-filtered sparkling water set to debut in markets, cafes, hotels and bars around Austin.

The new venture  ...

14 hours ago

3 important skills schools should be teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs

by Young Entrepreneur Council Kid entrepreneur

I don’t have kids yet, but I think about them. And I’m already thinking about the skills they are going to need 25 years from now — in the event that they are anything like me, an entrepreneur. But how in the world can I help them stay ahead when I don’t even know what business is going to be like next week?

The iPhone is only seven years old. To date, there have been over a million apps  ...

15 hours ago
Startups - Swimming in success

Swimming company makes a big splash in franchising

by Caitlin Hendee SafeSplash Swim School

Few things are as important to many parents as making sure their child can swim — but busy schedules, hours lost to commuting and the hectic lifestyle of many families can make it difficult to squeeze in the time for swim lessons.

That may be one of the reasons why the growth of SafeSplash Swim School — which allows customers to meet weekly at a time of their choosing — has suddenly  ...

16 hours ago
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