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Starting a Business

The Email That Snagged an Investment from Shark Tank's Mark Cuban

You don't have to go on Shark Tank to catch the eye of a major league angel investor. Here's how one entrepreneur got funding by just sending an email.
Finance

Is Your Business Ready for an Incubator? 5 Tips from a 'TechStars' Grad

One of the reality show's most successful startups, Onswipe, offers advice on how they did it.
Growth Strategies

5 Things Your Family Business Can Learn From Animal Planet's 'Tanked'

Running a business with your family can be tough. The eccentric brood on Animal Planet's "Tanked" compromise to make it work.
Starting a Business

5 Things Startups Can Learn From 'Great American Food Truck Race'

The Food Network show highlights some of the foundations of building a business.
Starting a Business

5 Tips for Transforming Your Hobby Into a Business From the 'Toy Hunter'

What the reality show about toy collecting can teach you about turning your passion into a profitable business.
Starting a Business

7 Steps to Landing and Profiting from Celebrity Customers

What the team on Animal Planet's Tanked learned from working with Tracy Morgan
Marketing

What You Can Learn About Branding From 'Project Runway'

Putting a unique spin on your business can help you stand out from the crowd.
Marketing

Why Man vs. Food Is Worth Watching

How the Travel Channel show soared to success thanks to the host's winning personality.
Starting a Business

The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

'Everyday Edisons' producer Edison Nation has major connections and can help you bring your idea to market.
Starting a Business

The Art and Craft of Listening to Your Critics

Scathing feedback from experts is a staple of many a reality TV show. More business owners could benefit from hearing the brutal truth -- if they act on it.
Entrepreneurs

Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley

A new Bravo show that follows startups through their growing pains is riling the high-tech hotbed. A look at what may be behind all the griping.
Starting a Business

6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover

Does your restaurant or store need a face-lift? Consider these budget-minded tactics from a recent episode of 'Restaurant Impossible.'
Marketing

Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

The celebrity chef knows how to rev up his staff to perform at their best. Here are seven lessons from the season premiere of Fox's 'MasterChef.'
Finance

The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash

More business owners are looking to barter for what they need. Here are seven tips for negotiating favorable trades.
Finance

Shark Tank vs. KickStarter: How One Startup Used Both to Launch

When deals fall apart, it can often be for the best. For this business owner, the upside of losing angel funding was retaining equity and control over his company.
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