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YouGiveGoods Takes the Leg Work Out of Giving a Helping Hand

YouGiveGoods Takes the Leg Work Out of Giving a Helping Hand | Business Futures | Scoop.it

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, food banks are struggling to figure out how to keep up with the need for donations this time of year. In some areas of New York and New Jersey thousands of people remain out of their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. All too often, as the news cameras leave, the donations sometimes slow down.

How can you help? Perhaps you’ve thought, “I’ll buy a few extra items while I’m grocery shopping” but never do because you don’t know where to take them. Maybe you simply don’t have the time or can’t get to a shelter.

A start-up called YouGiveGoods is hoping to remove that barrier and get more items flowing to those in need. You simply go to the site, pick the area or drive you want to assist, and purchase what’s needed from the comfort of your warm home.

 

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Transferring Big Company Culture to Startups Online Course

Transferring Big Company Culture to Startups Online Course | Business Futures | Scoop.it
ALISON Free Online Courses: Transferring Big Company Culture to Startups...

This course will be of great interest to business professionals and entrepreneurs starting up their own business or growing an existing business and who are competing in a market dominated by large multinational companies.

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Entreprenuers With Choices - Forbes

Entreprenuers With Choices - Forbes | Business Futures | Scoop.it

"So you’re in your twenties and you want to be an entrepreneur. A Mark Zuckerberg. A Steve Jobs. A Bill Gates. After all, you devoted four years studying for it, another five years (or longer!) paying back student loans. And if you do start a business, you’re probably taking out another loan to kick-start it – and then spending another bunch of years trying to pay it back. Considering the options, a 9-5 job doesn’t sound so bad.

So who in their right mind would walk out of a stable career and risk everything? Well, me ..."

An interesting personal story of the trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur ...


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4 Web Design Tips for Startups

4 Web Design Tips for Startups | Business Futures | Scoop.it

Each week on Mashable, the Vungle team offers readers some tips and lessons learned from their own startup experience.

This week, Vungle met with design partners from Google Ventures, one the startups investors. 

And Jordan Batch, co-founder of the San Francisco-based design studio Takifugu, shares web design tips for startups. And he should know — he designed Vungle’s site.


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Startup Success: Is Hard Work Enough?

Startup Success: Is Hard Work Enough? | Business Futures | Scoop.it

A good friend of mine has long argued that startups can succeed through vision and hard work. Because I only partially agree with his position, we have had more than one heated argument on the subject. It is my belief that hard work and a great idea are required ingredients for success, but that those two elements alone are not enough for a startup to become a success.

 

Imagine a great Amazonian rainforest. As your mind floats along the banks of a surging river in this rainforest, pause for a moment and take in the strength and beauty of the mightiest of the trees that you can see in front of you. Reaching above all of the other plants and collecting a shower of precious sunlight, this tree is over 100 feet tall, with sinewy roots reaching deep into the rich forest soil. Beautiful isn’t it?

 

Did this tree get to be the the giant that it is because of hard work? Not hardly.

 

Read more: http://onforb.es/LwVu1O


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Trioh! The Flashlight You Can See When The Power Goes Out

Trioh! The Flashlight You Can See When The Power Goes Out | Business Futures | Scoop.it
Trioh! Kickstarter funds new innovative flashlight.

If you’ve ever lost power and fumbled around your junk drawers trying to find your flashlight, look no further. Trioh!‘s clever design keeps charging when the power is on, and knows when the power goes out. The sensor automatically turns the Trioh! on when it detects a power outage, making finding your way in the dark a whole lot easier and safer.

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How To Get Your Projects Crowdfunded And Created: The Kickstarter Alternatives

How To Get Your Projects Crowdfunded And Created: The Kickstarter Alternatives | Business Futures | Scoop.it
Kickstarter is popular, successful, and is basically a name brand in DIY project funding. But the market is big, and the alternatives meaningful. Here's the shortlist you should know.
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How Aunt Jemima Single-Handedly Changed U.S. Trademark Laws

How Aunt Jemima Single-Handedly Changed U.S. Trademark Laws | Business Futures | Scoop.it
You can't copy these pancakes....

 

"In 1915, the Aunt Jemima Mills Company filed a suit against Rigney and Company, which manufactured pancake syrup. While the case immediately dealt with breakfast foods, it would have large implications for trademark law in the U.S."


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OnStartups Beta - Stack Exchange

OnStartups Beta - Stack Exchange | Business Futures | Scoop.it

If you are an entrepreneur or if you want to become one, this site will give you lots of information and the opportunity to ask questions. [note mg]

 

This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for entrepreneurs looking to start or run a new business. It's a part of OnStartups.com, a blog on entrepeneurship by Dharmesh Shah. It's 100% free, no registration required.


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