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Diana Ransom

Diana Ransom is the deputy editor of Entrepreneur.com where she manages the site's long-term projects. She's written about small businesses and startups for The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Daily News, SmartMoney.com and FastCompany magazine.

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Why This Company Wants You to Change Your UnderwearPlay Video

Why This Company Wants You to Change Your Underwear (Video)

You may have TOMS shoes on your feet and Warby Parker glasses on your face, but this company wants to get into your underwear drawer.
November 23, 2013 in 'Trep Talk
Hurricane Sandy and Its Aftermath: By the Numbers

Hurricane Sandy and Its Aftermath: By the Numbers

See just how brutal last year's superstorm Sandy really was.
October 24, 2013 in Business Management
The Single Most Important Trait for Any Successful Entrepreneur

The Single Most Important Trait for Any Successful Entrepreneur

You may not be as technologically brilliant as Jack Dorsey or Aaron Levie, but you can adopt their intense competitiveness.
October 11, 2013 in Startup Basics
New York's Business Community Waxes Sentimental for Its Departing Billionaire

New York's Business Community Waxes Sentimental for Its Departing Billionaire

Despite bans on sugary drinks, smoking and trans fats, the 'nanny mayor' is looking a lot better these days.
September 10, 2013 in Grow Your Business
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Mayor Bloomberg's Tenure

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Mayor Bloomberg's Tenure

In their own words, NYC-based entrepreneurs and business owners say what 12 years under the billionaire mayor was like for their companies and what their prognosis is for the city after Bloomberg leav
September 10, 2013 in Leadership

Aaron Levie on Box's $1 Billion Valuation and Solving the World's 'Unsexy' Problems

From college dropout to enterprise-software wunderkind, the CEO of Box dishes about working with Mark Cuban and his top success tips.
August 27, 2013 in Grow Your Business

Race to the Top Goes to College

President Obama laid out a plan for combating the rising cost of college, but passage is far from apparent. The plan is also not obviously advantageous for students.
August 23, 2013 in Startup Basics

New Student Loan Law Offers Short-Term Benefits and Potentially Long-Term Headaches

President Obama is expected to sign a new student loan bill into law today. While it stands to reduce costs for many in the near term, students could face higher costs down the road.
August 9, 2013 in Startup Basics

Why Obama Asked Amy Poehler and Jon Bon Jovi to the White House. Hint: It's Not a SNL Sketch

For millions of young Americans who don't now have health insurance, the president is leaning on celebs to spread the word about signing up.
July 25, 2013 in Marketing
The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's OdditiesPlay Video

The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's Oddities (Video)

From outcast toys to Victorian wigs, people crave variety and a release from cookie-cutter design. Fortunately for them, Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn of Obscure Antiques & Oddities are on it.
July 23, 2013 in 'Trep Talk
Business Unusual: The Hidden Cheese Caves of ManhattanPlay Video

Business Unusual: The Hidden Cheese Caves of Manhattan (Video)

As people's tastes widen for all things handmade and delicious, the old traditions of cheese making and aging have become big business. See how one cheesemonger is riding the (cheese) curl.
July 1, 2013 in 'Trep Talk
The Pitfalls of the Perpetual Startup

The Pitfalls of the Perpetual Startup

Misrepresenting your company's life stage could carry steep consequences.
June 21, 2013 in Startup Basics
After the Protests: What It Takes to Start Up in Turkey

After the Protests: What It Takes to Start Up in Turkey

Before protesters engulfed Turkey's Taksim Square, the country had become a rising star for businesses and entrepreneurs.
June 17, 2013 in Startup Basics
Reporter's Notebook: Visiting Istanbul at a Time of Tumult

Reporter's Notebook: Visiting Istanbul at a Time of Tumult

In heading to Istanbul to cover a business conference, Entrepreneur.com's Diana Ransom walked into what would become a nationwide protest. Here's her take on the week's demonstrations.
June 6, 2013 in Business Travel
Amid Istanbul Protests, Caution at a Conference

Amid Istanbul Protests, Caution at a Conference

At the annual Dell Women's Entrepreneurship Network event in Istanbul, entrepreneurs found themselves waylaid by days of protests and tear-gas explosions.
June 4, 2013 in Business Travel
Preparing for an International Conference

Preparing for an International Conference

From safety precautions to avoiding cultural no-no's, here's how to plan for an international conference with ease.
May 30, 2013 in Exploring New Markets
Quirky and GE Team Up to Make Inventing Easier

Quirky and GE Team Up to Make Inventing Easier

The two companies announced a new partnership that'll give citizen inventors access to a portion of GE's patent coffers, as well as a co-branded effort that could effectively appify your home.
April 12, 2013 in News and Trends
Jack Dorsey on Launching Twitter and His Top Advice for Young Treps

Jack Dorsey on Launching Twitter and His Top Advice for Young Treps

The social-media site that's found its way into practically every entrepreneurs' toolkit recently turned seven. Here, we chat with the site's co-founder and get his best tips for newbie founders.
April 8, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs

Biggest Mistakes: Why Birchbox Says Timing Is Everything

When the grooming-products subscription service went looking for funding, it may have been too soon, says co-founder Katia Beauchamp. Here’s a better strategy.
March 25, 2013 in Profiles

Happy Birthday Twitter: Jack Dorsey on the Ubiquitous Site and His Top Advice for Young Treps

The social-media site that’s found its way into practically every entrepreneurs’ toolkit turns 7 years old today. Here, we chat with the site’s co-founder and get his best tips for newbie founders.
March 21, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
Millennials and Money: A Look at How Young People Shop and Spend in America (Infographic)

Millennials and Money: A Look at How Young People Shop and Spend in America (Infographic)

Young people tend to shop more than their older counterparts, and they use technology as they shop in greater numbers too. Here, check out other striking stats on millennials' shopping habits.
March 14, 2013 in Business Ideas

Biggest Mistakes: How Ginger + Liz Learned to Play Nice With Vendors

When the nail-polish making duo Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett began their production efforts, finding the right vendors to work with was easier said than done. Here’s why having a plan B can mean al
March 11, 2013 in Profiles
Can You Afford to Quit Your Day Job?

Can You Afford to Quit Your Day Job?

How to determine if you can afford to work on your startup full-time.
March 7, 2013 in Money Basics
Maintaining Your Startup's Focus

Maintaining Your Startup's Focus

Too many passions can derail you. Find one that sticks.
March 5, 2013 in Business Ideas

Biggest Mistakes: What Artsicle Learned from Its First Hire

When co-founders Scott Carleton and Alex Tryon of the art-rental and purchase platform needed help around the office, they soon learned that preparation and clarity are key in hiring employees.
March 4, 2013 in Grow Your Business

Biggest Mistakes: Skillshare on Knowing Your Strengths -- And Weaknesses

When the education-sharing platform began hiring employees, making benefits decisions soon became a priority. But co-founder Michael Karnjanaprakorn now says he should have left that task up to a prof
February 25, 2013 in Business Management
Angels in America: A Look at Angel Investment Growth Across the U.S. (Infographic)

Angels in America: A Look at Angel Investment Growth Across the U.S. (Infographic)

When it comes to raising financing, angel investors are increasingly spending with startups. Here's a snapshot of the angel-investor landscape.
February 21, 2013 in Financing
Where the Founders of Young Startups Find Inspiration

Where the Founders of Young Startups Find Inspiration

From Quirky's Ben Kaufman to Aaron Levie of Box, here's what inspires some of the hottest startups around.
February 21, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs

Biggest Mistakes: Paperless Post on the Need for Speed

When the invitation maker first started up, the focus was on creating perfection. Co-founder Alexa Hirschfeld now says she would have done things differently.
February 18, 2013 in Profiles

Biggest Mistakes: How JackThreads Overcame Its Growing Pains

When the menswear flash-sale site first started up, planning ahead for growth would have helped. Here, founder Jason Ross dishes on his company’s biggest mistake and overcoming it.
February 11, 2013 in Grow Your Business
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