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FastCompany.com - Where ideas and people meet. Sparxoo Why Should Entrepreneurs Start a Social Mission? By Ethan Lyon, Senior Writer It’s a simple question many entrepreneurs are asking themselves.

Sparxoo Why Should Entrepreneurs Start a Social Mission?

Increasingly, entrepreneurs are pushing beyond purely self-interest-driven business to focus on ways in which they can leverage influence and expertise to impact social change—whether it’s a national video contest or a local blood drive. In an ideal world, genuine passion is the key call-to-action. Beyond your personal connection to a cause, there are many business benefits.

The primary business benefit of a social mission is to engender goodwill amongst core segments, though there are many secondary benefits. Primary Business Benefits. Young Entrepreneur – Small Business & Entrepreneur Community. 45 Kick-Ass Resources for Online Entrepreneurs. Few people talk about this great productivity tip… You will reach your goals faster and easier if you’re willing to learn from others.

45 Kick-Ass Resources for Online Entrepreneurs

Using brilliant, well-crafted resources created specifically for online entrepreneurs improves your online productivity. The 4 M's of Attracting Investors to Your Startup. Mark Suster is one of those unique venture capitalists in that he has experience as an entrepreneur prior to joining the VC world (or the "dark side" as he calls it).

The 4 M's of Attracting Investors to Your Startup

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TechStars Outshines Y-Combinator As The Top Startup Accelerator Program In The US. When you mention startups, funding, mentoring and networking are the most essential ingredients needed by each aspiring founder.

TechStars Outshines Y-Combinator As The Top Startup Accelerator Program In The US

There are great ideas waiting to be put into practicality and the only thing that keeps them from shooting from their roots has been the absence of incubators and accelerator programs. Things have been changing and a number of startup accelerator programs and incubators have surfaced, this is where ideas are carved into reality, founders are provided guidance, the essential tips to direct them towards success and the ever needed funding. Startup Advice: How Entrepeneurs Gain Credibility. While talking with young founders in Europe and the US over the last couple months, I have been asked the same question repeatedly -- how can an entrepreneur just starting out gain the necessary credibility to attract capital?

Startup Advice: How Entrepeneurs Gain Credibility

It is an important question because, at its heart, a startup investment is an investment in the entrepreneur. And the earlier stage the investment, the more so this is true. We all know the allure of the elusive "serial entrepreneur" -- the rare breed who has done it before (successfully) and will not fall victim to the same business pitfalls (he'll have to discover new ones). I have backed serial entrepreneurs before and will continue to back them. They have valuable startup knowledge to bring to bear on the company building process that we in the venture business clearly covet. Entrepreneur Magazine: Advice on Entrepreneurship for Starting and Growing a Business. Blowing up Startups Since 2010. Excelerate Labs.

Kicklabs: San Francisco's home to the best and brightest startups in the business. Startup Weekend Set for Rapid Growth with Kauffman Foundation Grant. Startup Weekend, an organization dedicated to the worldwide education and proliferation of entrepreneurship, has made a name for itself over the last few years with its unique weekend-long events.

Startup Weekend Set for Rapid Growth with Kauffman Foundation Grant

Over 17,000 participants have attended one of the organization's 120+ global events, from which over 560 new startups have launched. Thanks to a grant announced today from the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekend to continue to grow and better educate entrepreneurs in more cities around the globe. For those unfamiliar with the Startup Weekend model, the 54-hour event takes place, as its name would suggest, over the course of a weekend. On a Friday night, attendees meet up for the first time and pitch their ideas for startups, eventually breaking into groups. Please, please, please stop asking how to find a technical co-founder.

Listen guys, I'm sorry.

Please, please, please stop asking how to find a technical co-founder

But, I just can't do it anymore. I can't keep having this conversation with every non-tech founder. Surprising truths and misconceptions about entrepreneurship. Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic] Share:

Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic]

Entrepreneur Magazine: Advice on Entrepreneurship for Starting and Growing a Business. Business & Small Business. What is Lean about the Lean Startup? The first step in a lean transformation is learning to tell the difference between value-added activities and waste.

What is Lean about the Lean Startup?

That foundational idea, so clearly articulated in books like Lean Thinking, is what originally led me to start using the term lean startup. I admit that I haven't always done such a good job emphasizing this connection; after all, there's an awful lot to the lean startup theory, and I'm always struggling with how best to explain it fully. Luckily, I've had some excellent backup. The following is a guest post for Startup Lessons Learned by the legendary Kent Beck. 9 Best Podcasts For Entrepreneurs & Startups. 1.

9 Best Podcasts For Entrepreneurs & Startups

This Week in Startups (TWiST) Jason McCabe Calacanis hosts ‘This Week In Startups’ on the ThisWeekIn network and is the founder and CEO of Mahalo.com, a human-powered search engine focused on the top English-language search terms, including verticals such as travel, products, news, entertainment, sports, food, and health. Prior to Mahalo.com’s launch in alpha in May, 2007, he was an “Entrepreneur in Action” at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firm, a position he held since December 2006.

Calacanis co-founded and was the CEO of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular weblogs that was sold to AOL in November 2005. Upon joining AOL, he was appointed senior vice president. Eight Questions To Ask Before You Start A Business. Are you thinking of starting a web business? Starting a PPC Management agency? Setting up your own site and selling things, or building a web publishing empire? Before you start, ask yourself the following eight questions. 10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011. Embed this infographic on your site!

<a href=" src=" alt="10 Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />From: <a href=" Y Combinator. Kick-off for Start-ups.