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5 book picks that are great reads for startup founders

The startup Product Hunt did a roundup of “Books for Founders” and had its community vote on which books they liked best. Here are the top 5 books from that list. Read more »

Lifestyle - Columbus Business First

Is Piada set to be the next big Italian fast-casual restaurant chain?

by Dan Eaton Piada

Piada one day no longer will have to explain what a Piada is.

That day is fast approaching.

The fast-casual Italian chain has built its brand in Columbus over the past five years and has been on a steady march to 22 restaurants today. Customers have lined up at restaurant openings in Central Ohio, Cleveland, Dayton, Indianapolis, Toledo.


2 hours ago

How to harness the awesome power of being nice

by Spider Graham Being nice

Several years ago, I heard some advice that changed my life. The idea was simple but it resonated with me, and has been a big part of how I interact with other people.

That advice was simply: “Treat people you come in contact with like they have the words ‘make me feel important’ written on their foreheads.”

Most of us have many opportunities to interact directly with other people all day  ...

5 hours ago
Innovation - Triangle Business Journal

Business head in the clouds: Red Hat takes a high-stakes risk

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst doesn’t look like your stereotypical gambler. Instead of slot machines, he’s surrounded by the Raleigh skyline. Instead of card sharks, he’s mingling with coders. In his typical uniform – a white button-up shirt and blue jeans – he sits at a desk in an office atop Red Hat Tower, the 19-story downtown nucleus of what some call the future of information  ...

8 hours ago
Startups - San Francisco Business Times

How this gift-giving startup came to be

by Tessa Love Roy Erez (left) and Alex Sirota, Loop Commerce

Three years ago, Roy Erez was trying to buy a gift online for a friend who just had a baby. But with credit card in hand, about to make the purchase, he realized he didn’t have his friend’s shipping address. “I was thinking, ‘this is incredible,’” Erez said. “I’m there, a consumer with my credit card, and I cannot purchase because I don’t know their address. That was this  ...

August 1, 2015 | 4:00pm EDT
Hot Shots - Austin Business Journal

How Robert Rodriguez plans to go from hip filmmaker to King of Cable

by Chad Swiatecki ABJ R2

Robert Rodriguez never planned on turning a spread of five idled airplane hangars owned by the state government into a film and television empire. To hear the acclaimed and commercially successful Austin director tell it, his Troublemaker Studios quietly evolved into a heavyweight entertainment outpost when he wasn’t really thinking about it.


August 1, 2015 | 10:12am EDT

How to know whether to focus on your products or your market (or both)

by Ken Cook Does your company focus on the market or on products?

When you look at your company, ask a simple question: Are we focused on the markets or on products?

For most businesses, it is not an either/or answer.

There is usually a blend of both that drives strategies and decisions.

However, one perspective is usually dominant. Consider the implications of each perspective.

Discovering focus

A market-focused business looks outside the company for the  ...

August 1, 2015 | 1:00pm EDT

Strength trainer for disabled inspired by long-ago observation at the gym

by Carrie Ghose

While in his third year at the University of Cincinnati, industrial designer Ryan Eder was working out when a man in a wheelchair entered the gym.

“He had a bag of homemade accessories he used to adapt the equipment,” he said. “I watched him spend more time transferring in and out of his chair and adapting the equipment than actually exercising. ... You could see the frustration on his face  ...

July 31, 2015 | 4:00pm EDT
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