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2014's funniest videos about tech, startups and entrepreneurs

Here are the most hilarious videos we curated in 2014 about business, entrepreneurs and technology including takes from Jon Stewart, Funny or Die, Stephen Colbert, College Humor and, of course, HBO's John Oliver. Read more »

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How a family's clever idea grew into a hot business

by Cheryl Sarfaty, correspondent Kamp-Rite

H ow many families can say they grew a business out of something they love to do? The owners of Kamp-Rite Tent Cot Inc. sure can.

"I have three sons who are all avid outdoorsmen," said Andrea Visger-Ferrari, vice president of Kamp-Rite. "When I saw this product, I realized how useful it would have been for them throughout their growing-up years."


8 hours ago

Forklifts make a better bet than Formula One for this entrepreneur

by Wendy Culverwell Lester Erlston

L ester Erlston once had dreams of developing the next great braking technology for Formula One racing.

Unfortunately, it never came to be. But that work inspired research that could revolutionize a completely different part of the automotive industry.

Erlston is the CEO and founder of KersTech Vehicle Systems, a six-year-old Beaverton, Oregon, startup that is developing an innovative dual  ...

11 hours ago
Hot Shots

Angel of Optimism

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge David Gardner

I t's an unassuming suburban street in Cary.

But tucked at the end of a hidden, tree-lined driveway is David Gardner's $2.2 million mansion, overlooking a lake totally hidden from passers-by.

The property used to be a fish hatchery, he says, motioning through the glass toward the water, tinted orange and yellow from the fall leaves. The transformation came in 2006, when Gardner's checks and  ...

14 hours ago

Amid support for mayo disrupter Hampton Creek, food giant drops lawsuit

by Annie Sciacca Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek

A fter its recent lawsuit against startup Hampton Creek generated a backlash of support for the maker of egg-alternative products, Unilever United States today announced that it has withdrawn the suit over Hampton Creek's Just Mayo product.

Unilever, a food giant who owns mayonnaise brands Best Foods and Hellmann's, had claimed in the suit that the plant-based food startup's mayo product, Just  ...

December 19, 2014 | 4:09pm EST
Ask Shama

Ask Shama: Should I really still be putting money into email campaigns?

by Shama Hyder Email marketing

D ear Shama,

It seems that many companies are actively investing a large portion of their marketing budgets in email marketing. With so much spam email, and other, more exciting marketing tools available, it seems like an unnecessary part of the budget. Do you think it is worth it to invest in email marketing?



D ear Sarah,

Yes, it is most definitely worth allocating a portion of  ...

December 19, 2014 | 4:08pm EST
News Wire - Big deals and bold moves from around the country

The Pipeline: Mixpanel tells all about raising $65M, Google preps Android for autos, Buzzfeed bulks up on office space

by Kent Bernhard Jr Mixpanel

A look at the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for December 19 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

San Francisco… Analytics firm Mixpanel scores $65 million at an $865 million valuation, solely from Andreessen Horowitz. The startup's CEO, Suhail Doshi, also made the kind of cool move of  ...

December 19, 2014 | 2:33pm EST
Hot Shots

Instagram is worth $35 billion. Think Kevin Systrom has second thoughts about selling?


K evin Systrom probably wishes he'd held out a little big longer before selling Instagram to Facebook. Although, who could blame him? In 2012, $1 billion seemed like a phenomenal sum for a company with no revenues.

Of course, these days, a billion doesn't buy what it used to. Considering that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid $21.8 billion for WhatsApp, another high-growth, no revenue company at  ...

December 19, 2014 | 2:30pm EST
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