How persistence, pivots led to a $1B sale to Google for Twitch's founders

Twitch's cofounders embarked on a long, twisting road when they launched in 2007. That road has ended in a huge pot of gold from Google. Read more »


This company wants to put Sheryl Sandberg in your pocket

by Gina Hall Caroline Ghosn

I t was only a matter of time before tech solutions started cropping up to solve women's issues in the workplace.

Part algorithm and part social movement, Levo is building a brand on connecting women to information and mentors to ease the transition between college and the workforce.

"Education has rules and parameters," Caroline Ghosn, CEO and co-founder of Levo, tells me. "Women outperform men  ...

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Interactives - Infographic

Ready, set, go! 200 ideas for making money online

by Alex Dalenberg

Spencer Mitchell of Nebraska doesn't have the world's most glamorous job, he makes his paycheck through a combination of blogging and paid surveys, but he does set his own own schedule. If you're looking for some inspiration starting a work-from-home freelancing practice or micro business, or are just interested in earning some side income, this infographic Mitchell designed for his site  ...

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WATCH: Stephen Colbert goes head to head with Tim Draper over 'Six Californias'

by Alex Dalenberg

Tim Draper's scheme to split California into six different states (including one for Silicon Valley) will go before the voters, but first it has to get past Stephen Colbert. The billionaire venture capitalist and cofounder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson would like everybody to know that it's not a joke, which of course means the ritual rite of passage on a comedy television show. How'd he do? You be  ...

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Lessons learned from a “dream” lifestyle business entrepreneur

by Young Entrepreneur Council Savvy Media founder Alexis Levine

M y definition of success has changed over the years. We learn from experience. Although one can make so many mistakes that repeat offenses are a rarity, I’ve made them all — repeatedly. At least we can leverage these painful lessons to craft our slightly more mature lifestyle ideal. Ultimately, life is about knowing when to fold em’.

  • Follow author Alexis Levine on Twitter, @c0mplexis
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Ask Shama

Ask Shama: Can social media marketing bring my business a valuable ROI?

by Shama Hyder Impact social media marketing has on ROI

D ear Shama,

I know that social media marketing is not just beneficial, but necessary for business success today. But it seems difficult to determine a quantifiable ROI in this arena. Sure, you can easily see how many likes or followers you have, but what does that really mean in terms of conversions? How can I be sure that my social media marketing efforts achieve a real, demonstrable  ...

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14 questions to ask before issuing equity to employees

by David G. Bates

After representing entrepreneurs for more than 20 years, I remain dismayed at both how quickly and how often they issue equity ownership of their business to co-founders, employees, strategic partners, consultants, and vendors.

Overeager entrepreneurs too often use equity as currency without considering the legal and tax consequences, without written agreements specifying defined vesting  ...

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News Wire

Back 9 Links: Why 'public' is complicated

by Alex Dalenberg Public and Private

Useful, thought-provoking and random links for the entrepreneurially-minded that caught our eye on Thursday, July 24:

  1. What is public? It's not that simple.
  2. The tech utopia nobody wants.
  3. Study: Employees are penalized for promoting diversity in the workplace.
  4. How Ira Glass of "This American Life" works.
  5. If TaskRabbit is the future of employment, the employed are in big trouble.
  6.  ...

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