Matt Villano

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.

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The Best Business Advice You'll Ever Get
Starting a Business

The Best Business Advice You'll Ever Get

We called on leading entrepreneurs to share the most valuable piece of advice they've received.
Want Last Night's Sports Game to Remain Spoiler Free? There's an App for That.
The 'Treps

Want Last Night's Sports Game to Remain Spoiler Free? There's an App for That.

Spoiler Shield lets users to block all social media updates pertaining to certain TV shows and sports teams.
An App That Unites Sports Fans in Any City
Apps & Software

An App That Unites Sports Fans in Any City

Fanatic connects geographically dispersed die-hards of college and pro sports teams.
An Online Marketplace Brings Made-to-Order Goods to the Internet
Online Marketing

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.
Ecommerce Trend for 2014: Buying Into the Subscription Service Model
Shipping Center

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.
A Football App Shares Strategies With Coaches
Apps & Software

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

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

The pros and cons of operating under stealth mode before launching a company.
Best Business Books to Get Cozy With This Fall
Forward Thinkers

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.
What Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Mean for Your Business
Startup Basics

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

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

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.
Young Entrepreneurs

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.
A New Way to Rent a Car
Innovation

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.
Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs
Business Ideas

Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs

Athletes and fans share memories through electronic autographs.
Startup Advice From 7 Successful Entrepreneurs
Success Stories

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.
A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple
Marketing Basics

A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple

KISSmetrics has crunched customer data for AOL, Foursquare, Microsoft, and other major companies.
Embrace Your Zany Side: Offbeat Ways Startups Win Over Hard-to-Reach VCs
Startup Financing

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.
Clif Bar Founders Get Into Venture Capital
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.
Culinary Pros Lend Credibility to a Dining App
Apps & Software

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.
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.
Web Startup Offers Fans Unique Experiences
Starting a Business

Web Startup Offers Fans Unique Experiences

Fandeavor.com puts sports junkies in the middle of the action.
How Reality TV Helped One Young Trep Jump-Start His Fledgling Brand
Business Ideas

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.
Why Bigger Isn't Better for Logo Design
Apps & Software

Why Bigger Isn't Better for Logo Design

Designing logos can be tricky. Designing logos for mobile apps can be downright confounding.
5 Foolproof Ways to Boost Your Public-Speaking Skills
Grow Your Business

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.
How to Turn Your Startup into the Next Campus Craze
Market Research

How to Turn Your Startup into the Next Campus Craze

Marketing new businesses to millenials requires creativity -- and a healthy dose of web savvy.
A Mobile App That Changes the Way Fans Watch Pro Cycling
Mobile

A Mobile App That Changes the Way Fans Watch Pro Cycling

Tour Tracker app provides fan with real-time tracking of racers.
The Changing Path to Entrepreneurship: A Look at Alternatives to Business School
Young Entrepreneurs

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

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.
6 Steps to Better Networking for Young Entrepreneurs
Networking

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

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

Vitaband gives exercisers a comfortable alternative to carrying cash or cards

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