Starting a Business

How to Find Beta Testers
Starting a Business

How to Find Beta Testers

Before you launch a new product or service, enlist some early users to take your vision out for a test drive.
Mikal E. Belicove
CharityBuzz's Big Idea: Altruistic Online Auctions
America's Small Business Heroes

CharityBuzz's Big Idea: Altruistic Online Auctions

An upscale auction site offers ultimate access to big-name talent -- and charities reap the rewards
Gwen Moran
Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?
Starting a Business

Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?

There are some advantages to starting a new business in a downturn. On the reality-TV show Jump Shipp, host Josh Shipp helps would-be entrepreneurs take the plunge.
Carol Tice
The Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes
Starting a Business

The Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes

If you're thinking about writing a business plan, consider this list of common mistakes people make and expert advice for steering clear of them.
Tim Berry
Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?
Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

When you've got a business idea, it's easy to get excited and start talking it up to possible investors. But if it's too soon, that can mean missed opportunities.
Carol Tice
Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)
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Why Crowdfunding is Bad for Business (Opinion)

Should federal law be changed to allow crowdfunding to become more widespread? Here's why that may be a bad idea.
Carol Tice
Lawmakers Seek FTC Scrutiny of Google's Search Results
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Lawmakers Seek FTC Scrutiny of Google's Search Results

Even wonder why Google's own products and services appear at the top of search results? See how that could change if lawmakers get their way.
Mikal E. Belicove
The State of Venture Capital in 2012
Starting a Business

The State of Venture Capital in 2012

For young companies looking for venture investments in the New Year, finding capital may be daunting but not impossible.
Peter S. Cohan
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding
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The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

Wondering what makes investors back an invention? The new History Channel show 'Invention USA' points out a key factor that can make the difference in landing funding.
Carol Tice
The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga
Starting a Business

The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

It's been a banner week for Zynga with its long-awaited IPO. But there was a time when its founder was criticized for proposing a free-gaming business model.
Carol Tice
How a Startup's Social Vision Wins Customers
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How a Startup's Social Vision Wins Customers

Warby Parker donates a pair of eyeglasses for every one it sells, a "one-for-one" model that's helped the ecommerce business blow through sales targets.
Colleen DeBaise
A Complete Resource Guide to Start a Business in 2012
Starting a Business

A Complete Resource Guide to Start a Business in 2012

Use this list of free -- or almost free -- tools to turn your business idea into a reality in the new year.
Catherine Clifford
Idea for an Organic Potting Soil Business Hits Pay Dirt
Starting a Business

Idea for an Organic Potting Soil Business Hits Pay Dirt

Mark Highland's Organic Mechanics is blooming.
Margaret Littman
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