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How Do Startups Hire?

How Do Startups Hire?

Mar 12, 2013

Once a startup begins formally hiring employees, it’s a reflection of success on many levels.  Full time employees are expensive, so a startup can only make such hires if they are profitable, if they have secured backers with deep pockets, or if they are plain crazy. For the early startup making their first hires, the process feels less like a badge of...

Netflix as a Parable for the Difference Between Discovery and Invention

Netflix as a Parable for the Difference Between Discovery and Invention

Mar 7, 2013

Many claim that Netflix is a disruption agent – Hollywood’s version of a startup. In a way, it is: Netflix has one of the most successful business models for capitalizing on existing trends. The company not only recommends films to users based on their past behavior, but also uses data to determine which shows to produce. The company launched its first...

Entrepreneurship in Research: ELLEN WINNER On Why We Need the Arts

Entrepreneurship in Research: ELLEN WINNER On Why We Need the Arts

Mar 6, 2013

Cambridge, MA  —  Meet Ellen Winner, one of the world’s leading authorities on arts education, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Boston College, and a principal investigator at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. Project Zero, founded in 1967 by philosopher Nelson Goodman, is a pioneer research and learning nexus devoted to...

The Green Light for Green Ray: Launching an LED Start-Up in a Competitive, Capital Intensive Market

The Green Light for Green Ray: Launching an LED Start-Up in a Competitive, Capital Intensive Market

Mar 3, 2013

In an industry long dominated by a few major players, entry is not only difficult but daunting.  For companies that ship fragile products half way around the world, cost oversight is always imperative but nearly impossible.  And for a CEO trying to sell a product far more expensive than the popular equivalent, it would seem he’s absolutely in the wrong...

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Jan 17, 2013

Chicago startup stars, such as Groupon, Orbitz, The Onion, GrubHub and 37signals, have helped make the city a new breeding ground for entrepreneurship.  These successful companies are charting the way for a new economy and an environment where high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation can thrive. Already, the city has over a thousand digital tech companies,...