What is Google for Entrepreneurs?

Back in September 2012, Google launched Google for Entreprenurs. There was buzz, it vanished, and I remained confused as to what it is and how it might help entrepreneurs. In today's post I'll help clear the way for you to understand what it is, how you might use it in your business, and if it is a fit for you. The official site for Google Entrepreneurs says You have an idea. Make it happen. Discover local programs and online resources to launch and scale your business. ...more

Who Inspires You?

Richard Branson inspires me. Not for the reasons you may think. No, he inspires me because of an answer he gave in an interview at the World Business Forum. When asked what made him an entrepreneur, Sir Richard replied "I was brought up in a loving family". That inspiring answer silenced the suit-filled audience....more

Interview with Jennifer Reuting, CEO of DocRun

Every small business owner has the need to create legal documents of some kind. For startups the cost of hiring a lawyer for document creation can be cost-prohibitive. Many small and solo entrepreneurs decide to just wing it and hope for the best forgoing any formal legal review. DocRun hopes to help business owners for whom formal legal document preparation is out of reach. I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with CEO and Founder Jennifer Reuting recently. Here's what she had to say about the inspiration behind DocRun. ...more

Live-blogging and learning at BlogHer Entrepreneurs ’12!

My first BlogHer conference was a virtual one; I attended in SecondLife. Tomorrow I finally make it to a face-to-face event. I've volunteered to  live-blog at BlogHer Entrepreneurs ’12 and I'm really excited! I'm going to cover three sessions: ...more
Glad to have your help today! I'm looking forward to experiencing the conference through our ...more

Dollar Shave Club: How to Launch a Startup with Creativity, Style, and Humor

I absolutely love hearing about startups, businesses, and work that people do that comes from them owning who they are and doing it with a sense of style and humor. Today my husband shared a new advertising video that one of our best friends sent him that was released this past Tuesday by a startup called Dollar Shave Club.   ...more
Humor is so important! Searching for examples of humor in social media and found this post, very ...more

The Latest Food Startups: At the Intersection of Food and Technology

Foodia. Foodzie. Foodily. Foodbuzz. Foodspotting. Foodista. Foodtree. Foodler. Foodoro. Fooducopia. Foodcaching. Food-Ex. Did I forget anyone?...more

Vanity Fair's "New Establishment:" Not New, Not Very Female

In its October 2010 issue, Vanity Fair did its 100 "new establishment" people - some of the 100 spots are occupied by teams, others by individuals or duos. The formal name of the list is "the 100 most influential people of the information age." Guess how many women are in the new establishment? A total of 14 women, and of those, six are paired with men, while only eight are recognized on their own, individually. The menz? A few men must share the spotlight in team settings, but those team props simply add to the total number of included men further dwarfing the total number of women. ...more
I have mixed feelings when it comes to encouraging women to enter the life of an entrepreneur. ...more

Chicks With Startups

My friend Ksenia started a blog / community site this morning. PregnantWithStartup, for women who are starting up businesses. Crazy women, that is. She asked me to play with her, so I guess we'll start using the plural pronouns..... birthing this community together. And we need it. Desperately. ...more