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Inside the July 2013 Issue


This One's on Us

From old-school to trendy and everything in between, here are the best bars for business in some of the best U.S. cities for 'treps.

Sound With Style

Frends has transformed a way to listen to music into a must-have women's fashion accessory.

Say Hi Via Wi-fi

Republic Wireless is a $19-per-month voice, text and data service that relies on Wi-Fi as its primary network.

Reward Programs

HitBliss, an online streaming site, allows users to pay for movies and TV shows with cash earned from watching ads.

Power Play

Julie Uhrman has created Ouya, an affordable, open-source console that can access a robust online gaming library.

The Revolution Will be Texted

Celly builds mobile social networks that can be accessed by any cell phone, unlocking possibilities for group communication during social and political protests.

Cash Machines on Wheels

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.

A Chemical Reaction

BeeSafe Organic Lawn Care is scaling up organic fertilizer for commercial and institutional use.

Make it Good--Officially

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.

A Face in the Crowd

Will public investments help the franchise world break free from the stranglehold of the credit crunch?

The Disrupters

Prepare to do things differently. These entrepreneurs are bringing big ideas that are shaking up seven major industries.

Insights: Succeeding in the Senior Market

'Being intuitively confident that you're right is the go-forward,' says entrepreneur Sheldon Zinberg.


Doing Good
Hari Mari donates $3 from each pair of flip-flops they sell to hospital units that accept uninsured patients.
Editor's Note
When you disrupt, you are rebelling and flying in the face of reason. And who doesn't want to be a rebel?
Franchise Ink
Sea Tow is a family-run company with nearly 200,000 members and 100 U.S. and international franchise locations, helping seafarers in lakes and oceans across the world.
American Giant is pushing the boundaries of Made in the USA, honing domestic manufacturing of its beloved hoodies--and more.
What retailers can learn from this innovative men's underwear company.
Brian Spaly's latest venture, Trunk Club, bucks conventional retail models.
Energy levels rise and dip every 90 minutes, here is how to make the most of your time.
Lead Gen
Creating buyer personas, which include customer demographics and behavior, can be enormously helpful in persuading potential customers to choose you over a competitor.
Greg and Meredith Tally, owners of Denver's Best Western Southwest, gave their hotel an unique new look.
The Ethics Coach
What to do when someone you trust betrays you and how to address a competitor who cops to unethical behavior.
Your Money
A record-high stock market exposes the suckers. Don't be one of them.
Our top global franchises are primed for growth.
All Up In Your Business
Escape starts with a simple question: What bores you about your business? Your mission is to kill the snooze and ratchet up the excitement.
Ask a Pro
The 'Shark Tank' investor and inventor of over 400 products offers her advice to move your product from idea to sales.
Ask the Esquire Guy
What annoying office behaviors need correcting and how to approach the subject delicately.
Business Unusual
Bandcamp simplifies music sales by handling all the back-end functions that enable artists to sell online without being forced into pricing structures.
Design It
The fast food Mexican grill franchise sets a standard for modern restaurants.
The Traveler
The modern office is wherever you happen to be. Here's how to take your work with you and seven tools to help you get it done.
Ask the Money Guy
What costs go into a safe work environment, and how important is it, really?
Who Has VC?
Crushpath's easy-to-use software connects social media feeds and Salesforce software into one convenient package.
Who Has VC?
How to understand venture capital's herd mentality.
You may have a great idea, but your company's fate depends in large part on the strength of your team.
Instead of boring slides with bullet points and clip art, Big Fish creates presentations that tell stories and resonate emotionally with viewers.
Startup Finance
A men's clothing retailer pawns his Harley-Davidson to keep his store open.
Wacky Idea
FieldCandy tents have offbeat graphics such as a block of cheese, leopard print and bubble wrap. provides online zen for the stressed.
Ask A Geek
Business owners and tech pros often have different views on IT needs. Here is how to strike a balance.
Mobile Tech
The Myo armband can control a computer from across the room, and it's just the beginning of what Thalmic Labs has planned.
Shiny Objects
These four devices do more than just free up your hands, they're also crammed with noise-canceling technology, and some are even easy on the eyes.
The Fix
Rather than lose money to customers who had installed ad blockers, the online dating site asks users to donate money to make the site ad-free.
The Online Trep
Zoom brings affordable, full-featured video meetings to small businesses, and created a tablet-based education platform that children can use.
Website to Watch
Wanelo is a online community of people who can link to products they like and share them with their friends, via a corkboard-like interface similar to Pinterest.
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