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Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)
Finance

Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)

The Marketplace Fairness Act, expected to pass in the Senate on May 6, requires online retailers to charge shoppers their state's sales tax. Is the law a poor political move?
Scott Shane
The Internet Sales-Tax Showdown and Your Bottom Line
Finance

The Internet Sales-Tax Showdown and Your Bottom Line

The Senate is expected to vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 this week. If passed, online retailers would have to collect sales tax in all states, even if they don't have a physical footprint in the state.
Catherine Clifford
YouTube Co-founder Announces New Video Service
Technology

YouTube Co-founder Announces New Video Service

Having started and nurtured the online video revolution, Chad Hurley appears ready to take online video in a new direction.
Brian Patrick Eha
The Unusual Way One Media Startup Grew to 10 Million Readers in a Year
Growth Strategies

The Unusual Way One Media Startup Grew to 10 Million Readers in a Year

Upworthy's strategy: In with the old, out with the new.
Alyson Shontell
Biggest Mistakes: Paperless Post on the Need for Speed
Starting a Business

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.
Diana Ransom
What Retail Startups Can Learn From 'The Daily Show'
Marketing

What Retail Startups Can Learn From 'The Daily Show'

While retail sites like Warby Parker and Mr Porter are successfully blending discovery with good design, they're missing one key ingredient: humor. Here's a case for why retail sites should be funny.
Michael Phillips Moskowitz
Bringing Online Shopping to Life: How Etsy Experiments With Retail as a Brand Experience
Marketing

Bringing Online Shopping to Life: How Etsy Experiments With Retail as a Brand Experience

From free haircuts to wreath-making, Etsy's pop-up holiday shop re-imagines the traditional sales experience and brings online shopping to life.
Kathleen Davis
Web Startup Can Help You Plan Your Free Time
Starting a Business

Web Startup Can Help You Plan Your Free Time

Classtivity brings the online booking model to recreation.
Gwen Moran
How InstaEDU Is Tapping the Online Education Market
Starting a Business

How InstaEDU Is Tapping the Online Education Market

With $1.1 million in seed funding, a new startup is connecting students electronically with tutors from top universities.
Brian Patrick Eha
How to 'Split Test' Your Website to Engage Online Customers Better
Technology

How to 'Split Test' Your Website to Engage Online Customers Better

Improve your site's performance by determining which design features resonate most with your audience.
AJ Kumar
The Two Ps of Consumer Behavior: (Seeking) Pleasure and (Skirting) Pain
Starting a Business

The Two Ps of Consumer Behavior: (Seeking) Pleasure and (Skirting) Pain

Too many startups develop products and services for ‘assumed’ wants and perceived needs. What about designing solutions for deeper desires?
Michael Phillips Moskowitz
How to Choose the Right Host for Your Website
Technology

How to Choose the Right Host for Your Website

Look beyond price and determine which of many possible hosting options fits your website's needs.
AJ Kumar
3 Scary Online Security Mistakes to Avoid
Technology

3 Scary Online Security Mistakes to Avoid

Tips for protecting your information from hackers.
Brian Patrick Eha
5 Ways to Beat Your Competitors at SEO
Marketing

5 Ways to Beat Your Competitors at SEO

Be persistent in crafting new content for your own site and keeping tabs on competitors' SEO activities.
AJ Kumar