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    U.S. Presidents and Small Business: A Mixed Record of Success

    by on February 20, 2012

    The importance of small businesses to the nation’s economic recovery has been the focus of serious debate in the 2012 presidential race, which made us wonder: How many U.S. presidents have had actual experience leading a small business? How many have done we…

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    Stephen Denny on Squashing Giants in the Business World

    by on February 16, 2012

    Although Stephen Denny helped shape big brands like Sony, OnStar, and Iomega, the marketing guru also champions small businesses. In his first book, Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath in Your Industry, he tackles million-dollar questions, such…

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    4 Small-Business Lessons from 'Moneyball'

    by on January 23, 2012

    The award-winning 2011 film Moneyball — a potential Oscar nominee for best picture — isn’t just an entertaining flick. It can also offer insight into how to run a business.

    Based on Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, c…

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    Steve Blank on Launching a Lean Startup

    by on January 17, 2012

    Steve Blank, a retired serial entrepreneur, has had his share of hits and misses: He founded the business software firm Epiphany, which was later acquired for $329 million, and he’s also started duds, such as the video game company Rocket Science.

    Based on hi…

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    Small-Business Owners: What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

    by on January 16, 2012

    If you’d only known then what you know now, you would have done a few things differently, right? As the saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20″ — and perhaps your small business would have gotten off to better start if you’d had broader perspective.

    To help bud…

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    Polyvore's Jess Lee on Taking the Startup Leap

    by on January 10, 2012

    When Jess Lee left Google in 2009 for a little-known fashion website called Polyvore, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But she loved the site. On Polyvore, fashionistas create collages that mix clothing, accessories, and other items, and share them with their…

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    CloudFlare Founder on "Supercharging" Websites and Her Soaring Success

    by on December 22, 2011

    Michelle Zatlyn (pictured) is a go-getter, in every sense of the word. Armed with a degree in chemistry, she worked for Google and Toshiba, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, launched two successful startups, and then co-founded the website-protection…

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    How Tour Manager Steve Lopez Keeps Widespread Panic's Wheels Rolling

    by on November 29, 2011

    When you’re a touring rock band, your to-do list is never done. You travel to the venue for soundcheck, give interviews, do radio promotions, perform a concert, meet fans, and then head back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep, so you can start the whol…

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