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Entrepreneurs who caught our eye: Jesse Stauffer, who sent an e-mail to Mark Cuban and got backing; Jay Haladay, who chose staying private over going public; Ross Lister, who created his own job, and company, after losing out in the Great Recession; and James Norris, whose conscious capitalism has drawn the attention of Peter Thiel and Tony Hsieh. Read more »

Media

Snapchat stars make bank on disappearing messages

by Alex Dalenberg Snapchat

D on't look now, but a handful of Snapchatters are getting rich off disappearing messages.

Snapchat isn't typically thought of as a destination for finding content, but the app's most influential users are stealthily making it a platform to rival Twitter-owned Vine and Facebook-owned Instagram where top users regularly land lucrative endorsement deals.

Time magazine has a revealing look at the  ...

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Startups

Will the third startup be the charm for this founder?

by Carrie Ghose EduSourced

D avid Comisford is living the startup mantra that failure can be the best thing to happen to an entrepreneur – but only if it leads to listening and learning.

Two years after completing the 10x business accelerator program in its last year at Ohio State University, Comisford is making sales with higher-education software startup No. 3.

EduSourced LLC launches this fall with subscriptions from  ...

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Sarah Palin launches online channel to cut through "politically correct" media filters

by Teresa Novellino Sarah Palin

S arah Palin says she has grown so tired of what she calls “politically correct filters” used by traditional media, that she is starting her own online TV channel, SarahPalinChannel.com.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee took to Facebook to announce her latest project Sunday.

“Are you tired of the media filters? Well, I am,” Palin says in a video on the site. “I always  ...

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Loot

The quiet man behind Zillow's acquisition of Trulia

by Rachel Lerman Rich Barton Seattle

T he Seattle tech scene is hot. There's no doubt about it. Every week we hear about another Seattle company going public, raising tens or million of dollars or acquiring or being acquired by other firms.

The latest is that Zillow is acquiring its top competitor, San Francisco-based Trulia, for $3.5 billion. That's one of the biggest acquisitions by a local company, especially a non-Microsoft  ...

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Loot

Maveron's Dan Levitan on elephants under the table, Howard Schultz and startup CEOs

by Rachel Lerman IMG 2544

D an Levitan founded venture capital firm Maveron in 1998 with his friend, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Levitan said he was under the impression at that time that the world did not need another venture capital firm — so they set out to find what they could do differently.

Levitan spoke at an event hosted by Joe Wallin of Davis Wright Tremaine, an attorney who works with startups. The room was  ...

2 hours ago
Advice

10 tips on how to not speak like a geek

by Bill Rosenthal, Special to Upstart Business Journal Geek-speak

G eek-speak can torpedo your communications.You can’t present effectively to customers, employees, funding sources or any other audience that is vital to your business's success if they don't understand what you're saying.

Speaking like a geek doesn’t impress non-techies.It usually turns them off.But clueless technical professionals, engineers and scientists keep talking like geeks to  ...

2 hours ago
Advice

Entrepreneurs recount the advice that stuck with them

by Young Entrepreneur Council YEC mentor advice

W hat is the best piece of advice a mentor has ever given you -- the kind that sticks, time and again?

Sell Once, Sell Again and Scale

"A few years ago, I saw Mike Evans from GrubHub speak, and the way he described business stuck with me to this day. He said, 1) sell the first dollar, 2) get the customer to buy again and 3) hire the right people to scale. When you think about it, that's all you  ...

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