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August 2013

Entrepreneur | August 2013
August 2013
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Inside Nerdist's Media Empire for the Internet Age

Geek rebels Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin parlayed their passion for sci-fi, video games and superheroes into a new media empire for the Internet Age. All hail the Nerdist.

The Case for an Early Buyout

Being acquired by a bigger company early in your venture's life cycle can be a sweet deal in its own right.

5 Steps to Take Your Product From Concept to Reality

Practical tips for turning a product idea into a consumer must-have.

A Comfortable International Flight No Matter Where You Sit

Upgrading your overseas flight can be worth it, but if you aren't ready to pony up the money here's how to make your flight time more productive and comfortable.

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Reality TV Gives a Small Franchise a PR Boost

An appearance on the CBS show 'Undercover Boss' gives a Mr. Appliance technician a moment in the spotlight.

How a Beastie Boy's Food Truck Helped the Rockaways Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy

Mike Diamond (aka the Beastie Boys' Mike D), celebrity chef Sam Talbot and designer/hotelier Robert McKinley address the continuing needs of the economically devastated New York beach community by transitioning their Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck from a relief effort into a sustainable business and mentoring program.

3 Ways to Determine Your Own Salary

You probably didn't launch a business to make less money than you did at your last job. Here's how to answer the tricky question of cutting yourself a paycheck.

The Downsides to Cloud Storage

The cloud has changed the way we do business, but it's not all blue skies. Here are six not so great things about cloud storage.

How Established Businesses Can Benefit From Crowdfunding

Call it crowdfunding 2.0. Established companies are using Kickstarter and the like to launch new products, paid for by a built-in customer base before they hit the production line.

One-Stop Comparison Shopping for Moving Companies

Unpakt takes part of the pain out of moving by allowing customers to compare moving company prices online.

Menswear for Women Corners a Niche Market

Custom clothier Tomboy Tailors crafts bespoke menswear -- for women.

What Is the Real Survival Rate of Franchised Businesses?

It's known as 'The Stat,' and it's been misleading prospective franchisees for years, indicating wildly high rates of success. Why is it so hard to come up with accurate figures for the survival rate of franchised businesses?

New Crowdfunding Site Predicts Future Earnings

A new financing platform lets aspiring 'treps sell equity in themselves.

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.

4 Mini-Tablets That Make a Big Impact

Who says bigger is better? These mini versions of tablets cost less and can fit in one hand.

Stellar Customer Service Keeps Upscale Lingerie Shop in Business

This Denver-based small shop has weathered tough times by showing their customers that they care.

College Entrepreneur Creates App to Sync Music With Running Speed

Michigan State University students created TempoRun, an app that helps users run at their ideal pace by categorizing the music in their libraries from walking to 10 sprinting.

New Franchise Concept Puts Unused Gift Cards to Use

Gift Card Monkey sparks a new retail concept -- putting gift cards that would otherwise be forgotten to use for consumers and merchants.

Web Startup Sniffs Out E-Commerce Fraud

Sift Science is a cloud-based service that tracks consumer e-commerce behavior patterns and assigns every user a "fraud score."

Stop Chasing Sales and Get Your Web Content Right

Help your customers -- and your sales -- by producing meaningful, honest content.

Could an In-House Recruiter Be the Key to Success Your Startup Is Missing?

One entrepreneur shares why he's had greater success--and even saved money--since bringing in an in-house hiring professional.

Top Franchises You Can Launch for Less Than $50,000

You don't have to break the bank to get started in franchising. Check out our list of the top businesses you can launch for less than $50,000.

Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor

Power Mentors are super successful people who can offer startups a long-view perspective and wide network of contacts and resources. Here are some tips on how to find them.

Why iPads Are the New Retail Design Must Have

More commercial spaces are using tablets for everything from digital signage to point-of-sale systems. Here's how to create a great user experience.

Creating a Mobile Game: A Cautionary Tale

Entrepreneur wanted in on the multibillion-dollar mobile gaming business. So we decided to build our own iPhone game and share everything we learned with readers. Here's the painfully true story of Bosshole.

Editor in Chief Amy Cosper on Nerds and Mobile Games

Amy Cosper dishes on August's big stories: the importance of nerds and the creation of Bosshole.

The Best States for Entrepreneurs

We checked out the data and talked to the experts to find the best states that best cater to small business. Here, our look at the places that are going the distance for 'treps.

The Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

We looked at the data and talked to the experts to find the best cities for small business. Here are five emerging entrepreneurial hubs.

What Is the Office of the Future?

A look at the next wave of open workspaces, where transparency, collaboration and sustainability are coming together to create environments that drive innovation.

The Ethics Coach Tackles Thorny Issues of Ownership and If Pay-for-Play Is Ever OK

Our resident ethics coach tackles your tricky ethical dilemmas, such as is 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' ever an acceptable business practice?

5 Simple Tips for Marketing to Nerds

Nerds, geeks, eggheads and wonks are an influential audience -- Nerdist's Chris Hardwick offers tips to reach them.

How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company

When their border collie had trouble seeing during a game of fetch, Roni and Ken Di Lullo invented Doggles, tinted sport goggles for dogs.

When Overconfidence Backfires

A certain brashness has correlations to success. But how much is too much?

Who Cares About Costs? Here's How to Structure Your Business to Last

Many companies are too concerned with costs and operate shortsightedly. But a business who measures growth and progress in years, not months, is a much easier ship to steer.

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