Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

This Founder Says To Not Be Afraid To Pivot Your Startup

Customer support is a critical, yet tricky function for an enterprise company to perform well at scale. Sinan Ozdemir, 26, and Jamasen Rodriguez, 25, saw an opportunity to use artificial intelligence (AI) to automate communications, uses AI to help train and support customer support agents, as well as automate communications on their behalf to quickly assist consumers in need of help. Read more>>

Being a young startup founder was isolating—here’s how I coped

One thing I never expected when I founded a startup on my own shortly after college graduation was the level of isolation I felt at times. Almost five years later, it’s safe to say that workplace isolation is no longer a concern—my company, Parcel, was acquired by Walmart in the fall of 2017. Still, the techniques I learned for coping with those lonelier early days remain fundamental to my working style. Read more>>

Why I chose customer-funded growth over taking VC money

It’s the first page in a familiar story. A college kid comes up with a clever idea and starts building it in his spare hours. He goes all-in to focus on building the product and works 80-hour weeks, keeping his eyes firmly on the prize. Soon, he’s creating pitch decks and dazzling VCs. The valuations soar. He’s a media darling. That’s how you accomplish big things, right? Read more>>

There are very real differences in how women and men (and VCs) view entrepreneurship, underscores a new survey

Feminism concept. Gender Pay Gap for Work of Equal ValueIn the increasingly crowded world of venture capital, many more firms are producing research as a way to differentiate themselves from the pack. Now Illuminate Ventures, a nine-year-old, woman-led, early-stage venture firm, has produced some thought-provoking research of its own around how women and male founders view entrepreneurship, from why they do it to how much support they receive from family members. Read more>>

Steven Pinker, Author of Bill Gates’s Favorite Book, Says Entrepreneurs Should Trust Stats, Not Their Intuition

Steven Pinker, Author of Bill Gates's Favorite Book, Says Entrepreneurs Should Trust Stats, Not Their IntuitionSteven Pinker is the author of several books, including Enlightenment Now, which published earlier this year and immediately became Bill Gates’s “new favorite book of all time.” Pinker spoke with Entrepreneur at OZY Fest in New York City this past weekend about capitalism, the complementary and potentially evolving roles of businesses and governments and how entrepreneurs should approach problem-solving. Read more>>

Liberty, equality, technology: France is finally poised to become a tech power

pantheonOnce America had an unassailable advantage, an economic flywheel that spun off innovation and Fortune 500 companies like a perpetual-motion machine. Enter Brexit. Enter Donald Trump. Enter their implicit and explicit rejections of immigration, including serious barriers to and discouragement of legal and skilled immigration, such as H-1B visa holders and international students. Read more>>