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Matt Villano

Matt Villano is a freelance writer and editor in Healdsburg, Calif. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur, and has covered startups and entrepreneurship for The New York Times, TIME and CIO. He also covers a variety of other topics, including travel, parenting, education and -- seriously -- gambling. He can be found on his personal website, Whalehead.com.

30 Recent Stories

An App That Unites Sports Fans in Any City

An App That Unites Sports Fans in Any City

Fanatic connects geographically dispersed die-hards of college and pro sports teams.
December 15, 2013 in Apps & Software
An Online Marketplace Brings Made-to-Order Goods to the Internet

An Online Marketplace Brings Made-to-Order Goods to the Internet

On CustomMade.com, buyers post a photo or a description of what they want and craftspeople bid on the project.
November 21, 2013 in Online Marketing
Ecommerce Trend for 2014: Buying Into the Subscription Service Model

Ecommerce Trend for 2014: Buying Into the Subscription Service Model

Companies like Birchbox and Bitters + Bottles illustrate the benefits of subscription services: recurring revenue and deep customer relationships.
November 19, 2013 in Shipping Center
A Football App Shares Strategies With Coaches

A Football App Shares Strategies With Coaches

Former NFL assistant coach Charles Coiner launched FirstDown PlayBook DropBack for middle-school, high-school and college teams. The app has a database of more than 5,000 plays--many used in real-game
October 17, 2013 in Apps & Software
Why Startups Launch in 'Stealth Mode' and Others Don't

Why Startups Launch in 'Stealth Mode' and Others Don't

The pros and cons of operating under stealth mode before launching a company.
October 17, 2013 in Startup Basics
Best Business Books to Get Cozy With This Fall

Best Business Books to Get Cozy With This Fall

Looking to take your business to the next level? Look no further than these seven works that will make you a better entrepreneur.
October 16, 2013 in Forward Thinkers
What Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Mean for Your Business

What Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Mean for Your Business

Can entrepreneurship thrive within corporate constructs? Here, the ins and outs of corporate incubators and accelerators--and why they should matter to you.
October 1, 2013 in Startup Basics
The Big Idea Behind the Tony Hsieh-Backed 'Life is Beautiful' Festival

The Big Idea Behind the Tony Hsieh-Backed 'Life is Beautiful' Festival

In an on-going effort to rehabilitate Sin City, the Zappos CEO is throwing his support behind yet another Vegas-based startup event.
September 24, 2013 in Networking
Web Startup Scores $28 Million to Simplify A/B Testing

Web Startup Scores $28 Million to Simplify A/B Testing

Optimizely found a way to make website optimization easier and everyone from Obama to venture captalists took notice.
September 11, 2013 in Your Website

The Business of Turning Sports Fantasies into Cold Hard Cash

Increasingly enthusiasts are keeping up with the sport with the plentiful online Fantasy Sports Leagues. Here, one fantasy league founder gives us the low-down on his vibrant business.
July 18, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
A New Way to Rent a Car

A New Way to Rent a Car

Two San Francisco-based startups, RelayRides and Getaround, have teamed up to create a new kind of car-rental company -- one that allows car owners to rent out their vehicles.
June 28, 2013 in Innovation
Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs

Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs

Athletes and fans share memories through electronic autographs.
June 14, 2013 in Business Ideas
Startup Advice From 7 Successful Entrepreneurs

Startup Advice From 7 Successful Entrepreneurs

We spoke with entrepreneurs we admire to cull the single best bit of startup advice they could muster -- and the experiences that led to it.
May 28, 2013 in Success Stories
A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple

A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple

KISSmetrics has crunched customer data for AOL, Foursquare, Microsoft, and other major companies.
May 23, 2013 in Marketing Basics
Embrace Your Zany Side: Offbeat Ways Startups Win Over Hard-to-Reach VCs

Embrace Your Zany Side: Offbeat Ways Startups Win Over Hard-to-Reach VCs

Having a killer business idea is key, but it won't necessarily help get your foot in the door when you're looking for funding. Sometimes the best way to grab someone's attention is to get creative.
April 24, 2013 in Startup Financing
Clif Bar Founders Get Into Venture Capital

Clif Bar Founders Get Into Venture Capital

The founders of Clif Bar set out to fund more altruistic success stories with their venture capital firm White Road investments.
April 15, 2013 in Venture Capital
Culinary Pros Lend Credibility to a Dining App

Culinary Pros Lend Credibility to a Dining App

Chefs Feed has a network of more than 600 chefs that rate and review items at restaurants in 15 U.S. cities.
March 31, 2013 in Apps & Software

An App That Moves Sports Fans to Better Seats

Evan Owens designed Pogoseat, an app that helps fans at an event swap seats.
March 27, 2013 in Apps & Software
Web Startup Offers Fans Unique Experiences

Web Startup Offers Fans Unique Experiences

Fandeavor.com puts sports junkies in the middle of the action.
February 16, 2013 in Starting a Business
How Reality TV Helped One Young Trep Jump-Start His Fledgling Brand

How Reality TV Helped One Young Trep Jump-Start His Fledgling Brand

Ben Flajnik, star of ABC's hit show 'The Bachelor,' describes the rigors and advantages of starting up in the spotlight.
February 7, 2013 in Business Ideas
Why Bigger Isn't Better for Logo Design

Why Bigger Isn't Better for Logo Design

Designing logos can be tricky. Designing logos for mobile apps can be downright confounding.
December 27, 2012 in Apps & Software
5 Foolproof Ways to Boost Your Public-Speaking Skills

5 Foolproof Ways to Boost Your Public-Speaking Skills

From pitching investors to wowing to potential customers, speaking before an audience is a key skill to acquire. Here are some tips.
December 17, 2012 in Grow Your Business
How to Turn Your Startup into the Next Campus Craze

How to Turn Your Startup into the Next Campus Craze

Marketing new businesses to millenials requires creativity -- and a healthy dose of web savvy.
December 10, 2012 in Market Research
A Mobile App That Changes the Way Fans Watch Pro Cycling

A Mobile App That Changes the Way Fans Watch Pro Cycling

Tour Tracker app provides fan with real-time tracking of racers.
October 9, 2012 in Mobile
The Changing Path to Entrepreneurship: A Look at Alternatives to Business School

The Changing Path to Entrepreneurship: A Look at Alternatives to Business School

To become an entrepreneur, it might behoove you to study something different. Here's more about some of the alternative courses and programs picking up steam among aspiring entrepreneurs.
August 15, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Business-Plan Competitions

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Business-Plan Competitions

For startups seeking critical seed money, business-plan competitions can be both a blessing and a curse.
July 25, 2012 in Startup Financing
6 Steps to Better Networking for Young Entrepreneurs

6 Steps to Better Networking for Young Entrepreneurs

Most people don't enjoy networking events, but few regret attending once they've made keen connections. Here are several insider tips to help you make the most out of networking events.
July 6, 2012 in Networking
Startup Offers A New High-Tech Way to Pay on the Go

Startup Offers A New High-Tech Way to Pay on the Go

Vitaband gives exercisers a comfortable alternative to carrying cash or cards
June 29, 2012 in Success Stories
A Mobile Compression App for Data Misers

A Mobile Compression App for Data Misers

Avoid busting your wireless allowance with a new compression service.
June 12, 2012 in Mobile
Reinventing the Fast-Casual Dining Scene with Technology

Reinventing the Fast-Casual Dining Scene with Technology

How popular sandwich chain At the Melt is using smartphones, QR codes and kiosks to build a brand.
May 23, 2012 in Profiles