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30 eBay Apps To Help You Run Your Business

Have you tapped into the potential eBay apps can offer your store?  There are apps to manage everything from shipping to finances. And you can use these apps to lift some of your burden in these areas, increase sales and keep your customers happy. These apps can save you time and effort that can take...

Cicret Could Turn Your Skin Into a Smartphone Display

The Cicret Bracelet may turn out to be the latest evolution in a rapidly growing wearable market — if the device ever sees the light of day. And what’s most interesting about this new gadget in particular, is that you already own half of it. Cicret is a bracelet that projects a fully-functioning Android tablet...

Brag Basket for the new year

The Brag Basket is open! This one is for January 1-15, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join […]

7 Easy Ways To Boost Social Engagement Today

Social media doesn’t have to be the big, scary monster in the room that business owners are afraid to utilize. Just because you aren’t a big Yelp or Facebook fan in your personal life doesn’t mean that you should feel intimidated when it comes to taking advantage of these online platforms for your business. By...

25 Free WordPress Plugins for Integrating Google Features

If you’re looking to enhance your website, or if you just want to make your site more easily found, you’ll want to check out these free WordPress plugins for Google integration into your site. Far from its search engine roots, the Goggle of today offers a wide array of tools to both businesses and individuals. From...

Ditch Advertising and Craft Real Stories to Create Marketing “Fizz”

Ted Wright had an incredible idea for a word of mouth marketing campaign to capitalize on Delta Airline’s advantage as an employer with strong Atlanta-based roots. What if employees created yard signs that said “Your Delta Neighbor, Thanks for Flying With Us” outside their home? Frustrated that management didn’t want to get involved, Mr. Wright...

Four Generations Maintain Pig Ear Sandwich Business

Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The founder of a popular restaurant responsible for one of the most unusual sandwiches built his business on an ingredient others were throwing away. Back in the 1930’s Juan Mora, also known as ‘Big John’, owned a tamale cart that he pushed up and...

DoYouGreen Can Turn Old Christmas Trees Into Lingerie

If you have a Christmas tree in your home right now, you’re probably planning to put it out on your curb with the rest or your garbage in a week or two. But in the future, you might be able to give your old tree a new life as something else. French company DoYouGreen has...

A Simple Concept Often Wins With “Awesome” Brand Names

Selecting a brand name is a very important activity for any business. It is so important that businesses pay naming firms and agencies thousands of dollars just to come up with a word (or possibly 3) that will define who they are and what they want to be. Many people unfamiliar with the process of...

The Best and Worst Business Leaders of 2014

2014 has had some excellent examples of good leadership, along with some notable fails.

10 ways to get the most out of conventions and trade shows

E very startup CEO needs to sell. Nothing is more important than getting your product out in the market and finding folks to pay real dollars for it. There's no shortage of sales approaches — emails, cold calls, networking events, catchy banner ads, knocking on doors, etc. Show More Summary

Our 7 favorite upstart animals of 2014

Who says animals can't be upstarts? OK, maybe it's a stretch, but we'd hardly be doing our jobs as curators of the Internet if a few animal videos didn't slip into Uplinks, our daily digest of useful, thought-provoking and random items for the entrepreneurially-minded. Show More Summary

Investors: Here's what Triangle startups should have learned in 2014

F rom Uber to the Yahoo boardroom, tech and entrepreneurship headlines bombarded 2014. Big talkers in Silicon Valley – take the issue of diversity in the board room – were big talkers in the Triangle. So, I asked entrepreneur activists...Show More Summary

How Microsoft boss Satya Nadella helped define debate over women in tech, thanks to a PR blunder

F reshly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was fairly new to the national spotlight when he took the stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event in October. That's when he suggested women shouldn't ask for raises,...Show More Summary

Zappos' Christa Foley can teach you a thing or two about how to make a company (even a really big one) fun

At Zappos, employees are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work, even their "weirder" quirks. For team-building activities, groups go sledding, play Cards Against Humanity, hike or attend Beatles LOVE shows. It's a fun atmosphere, full of people who embrace the unique work environment. Show More Summary

Ho ho ho! 9 Christmas links worth sharing this holiday

H appy Christmas! All the best to you and yours from all of us at the Upstart Business Journal. Without further adieu, a very merry edition of Uplinks. Santa, you've switched off your targeting computer. The forgotten Star Wars Christmas album. Show More Summary

Fresh off startup buy, SeaChange International CEO says 'It's not your grandpa's television anymore'

S eaChange International(Nasdaq: SEAC) is working to make the future of television. And the road to that future is happening faster than you might think, according to SeaChange chief executive officer Jay Samit. In October, the company named tech veteran Samit as its new CEO. Show More Summary

LikeCharity CEO ramps up efforts during the holidays

'T is the season for Irish entrepreneur Tadhg O'Toole. O'Toole, who moved LikeCharity's headquarters from Dublin to Raleigh earlier this year, just launched a national television campaign and is in the final stages of completing the company's latest investment round. It's no surprise that this is his busy time. Show More Summary

You need to know these 30 upstarts from 2014

U pstarts who caught our eye in 2014: Each week, we scour the print editions of business journals around the country in search of entrepreneurs with big ideas and strong execution. Here are 30 we think deserve another look, from one who's disrupting transportation with a three-wheeled car, to the youngest person ever to get VC funding, to a professional cuddler.

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