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Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide.

30 Recent Stories

4 Ways to Dominate a Pitch Competition

4 Ways to Dominate a Pitch Competition

Win or lose, entering a contest can be a good way to meet investors. But let's be honest -- it's better to win.
April 14, 2014 in Grow Your Business
3 Ways for Women to Close the VC Gender Gap

3 Ways for Women to Close the VC Gender Gap

Only 7 percent of U.S. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. Let's change that statistic.
April 10, 2014 in The 'Treps
Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?

Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?

It just might be. Here's how to win one at a local, state or federal level.
March 23, 2014 in SBA and Government Funding
Disposable Phone Numbers Are So Hot Right Now

Disposable Phone Numbers Are So Hot Right Now

The venture capital money came pouring in for Burner, a mobile app that doles out disposable phone numbers for calling and texting.
March 18, 2014 in Venture Capital
When to Say No to Venture Capital

When to Say No to Venture Capital

Instead of seeking financing, Ryan Smith spent four years bootstrapping to get his company off the ground. Here's why.
February 3, 2014 in Venture Capital
Thinking of Crowdfunding? This Review Site Helps You Choose Wisely

Thinking of Crowdfunding? This Review Site Helps You Choose Wisely

With hundreds of crowdfunding platforms online, it's hard to know which to choose. CrowdsUnite aims to cut through the confusion by providing a comprehensive review site of all the available options.
January 13, 2014 in Financing
A Chain of Brain-Fitness Stores Gets Big-Time Funding

A Chain of Brain-Fitness Stores Gets Big-Time Funding

After a false start, Lindsay Gaskin tweaked her business model and gained the attention of major investors.
December 24, 2013 in Financing
The Right Way to Ask Your Parents to Finance Your Business

The Right Way to Ask Your Parents to Finance Your Business

4 things to consider before asking mom and dad for money.
December 11, 2013 in Financing
Investing Trend for 2014: Equity Crowdfunding

Investing Trend for 2014: Equity Crowdfunding

No idea, no problem. Platforms like Upstart and Pave allow entrepreneurs to crowdfund from accredited investors in exchange for a small cut of their future incomes.
November 19, 2013 in Financing
Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter

Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter

A DIY crowdfunding app cuts out the middleman.
November 14, 2013 in Payments & Collections
Presentations Made Easy With Slide Tool App

Presentations Made Easy With Slide Tool App

Adam Tatt and Kevin Leneway wanted to put together a slick presentation without a design staff, so they invented an iPad app to do it for them.
November 11, 2013 in Apps & Software
Real World Work-Life Balance: How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Zen

Real World Work-Life Balance: How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Zen

Think entrepreneurship requires putting your personal life on hold and working 100 hours a week? Think again. We spoke to successful 'treps who've learned to prioritize life outside of work. Follow t
October 15, 2013 in Lifestyle
5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

Don't want your business to wreak havoc on your health and well-being? By planning ahead and working smarter, you can avoid short-circuiting.
October 15, 2013 in Lifestyle
Crowdfunding Site Makes it Easier For Startups to Stand Out

Crowdfunding Site Makes it Easier For Startups to Stand Out

SeedInvest aims to make it easier for startups to stand out from the crowd and give accredited investors the highest caliber of companies from which to choose.
October 7, 2013 in Financing
How Dwolla Disrupted the Digital Payment Industry

How Dwolla Disrupted the Digital Payment Industry

About 250,000 people use Dwolla, a payment network that charges just 25 cents for transactions of $10 or more. Dwolla's transactions on pace to total $1 billion in 2013.
October 2, 2013 in Sales
New Crowdfunding Site Predicts Future Earnings

New Crowdfunding Site Predicts Future Earnings

A new financing platform lets aspiring 'treps sell equity in themselves.
September 12, 2013 in Financing
College Students Bring Targeted Media to Doctors' Waiting Rooms

College Students Bring Targeted Media to Doctors' Waiting Rooms

Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah saw an untapped opportunity to bring video segments with tips on diet and exercise to patients in doctor office waiting rooms.
August 20, 2013 in Business Ideas
An Upscale Pawnbroker Offers an Alternative Form of Financing

An Upscale Pawnbroker Offers an Alternative Form of Financing

A men's clothing retailer pawns his Harley-Davidson to keep his store open.
August 13, 2013 in Financing
Everything You Need to Know About B Corporation Certification

Everything You Need to Know About B Corporation Certification

A Certified B Corporation is a for-profit business dedicated to social and environmental issues. Here, what the certification entails, and how your own mission-driven startup can benefit.
August 6, 2013 in Business Management
An Online Platform That Simplifies Investor Relations

An Online Platform That Simplifies Investor Relations

Gust gives startups access to potential accredited investors, and allows investors to manage their deals on a secure platform.
July 11, 2013 in Startup Financing
The $37 Investor: When Publicity Is Worth More Than Cash

The $37 Investor: When Publicity Is Worth More Than Cash

A web personality takes six budding startups under his wing and gives them each $37 in financing.
June 18, 2013 in Startup Financing
Green Pharma

Green Pharma

Medical marijuana is legal in 18 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. But entering the business can be tricky, since it's still a federal crime to grow, sell or possess marijuana.
June 6, 2013 in Business Ideas
A New Startup Financing Model and the Passionate Voices Behind It

A New Startup Financing Model and the Passionate Voices Behind It

Frustrated by the lack of access to startup capital, three serial entrepreneurs lobbied Congress to legalize crowdfund investing -- and won.
May 30, 2013 in Innovation
Free Online Service Matches Small Businesses With Lenders

Free Online Service Matches Small Businesses With Lenders

An art school uses an online lending matchmaker to find capital.
May 13, 2013 in Financing
Social Media Platform Allows Users to Crowdsource Relationship Advice

Social Media Platform Allows Users to Crowdsource Relationship Advice

Can't just let it be? WotWentWrong.com offers assistance for the dumped.
May 4, 2013 in Social Media
How to Quit Your Day Job Gracefully

How to Quit Your Day Job Gracefully

Here's what you need to know to navigate the transition from working for someone else to being your own boss.
April 22, 2013 in Starting a Business
A Mobile Game That Enables Real-World Microlending

A Mobile Game That Enables Real-World Microlending

Seeds, a free mobile game, lets players build a virtual civilization while microfinancing women entrepreneurs in Kenya.
April 8, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans
'Impact Entrepreneurship' Places Importance on Social Consciousness

'Impact Entrepreneurship' Places Importance on Social Consciousness

As a social-impact entrepreneur, you need more than a passion for doing good. Here's how some 'treps are putting their chops to work to run successful enterprises and make the world a better place.
March 6, 2013 in Business Ideas
Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Local Lenders

Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Local Lenders

SoMoLend has facilitated over 100 small-business loans totaling nearly $3.5 million.
March 4, 2013 in Financing
Online Microlenders Offer Capital to Young Businesses

Online Microlenders Offer Capital to Young Businesses

An eBay merchant quadruples his revenue with help from an online microlender.
February 11, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans