Entrepreneurial

Tech Tonic checks in at Foursquare

By John Peabody
June 13, 2012

Have you used Foursquare to promote your small business? Anthony De Rosa and Tech Tonic recently visited Foursquare HQ to see how the newest version of the location-based app could change the way users find new restaurants, businesses and things to do.

In Berlin, a startup hub emerges

By John Peabody
May 30, 2012

All the elements of a thriving tech/startup scene are coming together in Berlin. The engineers are there. The VCs are there. The local tech blog, aptly named “Silicon Allee,” is there, and now a new office complex, built in the structure of an old brewery and designed to bring entrepreneurs together, will soon be there. But don’t expect to get office space anytime soon as it’s already oversubscribed without even being fully built yet, Reuters reports.

Small business owners are optimistic

By John Peabody
May 21, 2012


Small business owners are optimistic about the future of the economy. That’s the gist of a new Bank of America survey released last week. The first of its kind, the survey included some 1,000 small business owners.

GoCardless tries to disrupt the credit card industry

By John Peabody
May 15, 2012

For small business owners, frustration with credit card companies is nothing new.

Looking at the new crowdfunders and the JOBS Act

By John Peabody
April 30, 2012

The crowdsourcing site Kickstarter just turned three years old, and the New York Times has a nice profile that explores how the company has evolved and how its changed the way entrepreneurs, artists, and anyone else with an idea can raise capital online.

Q & A with MycroBurst co-founder Joe Witte

By John Peabody
April 27, 2012

Joe Witte is the co-founder and Executive Vice President at MycroBurst, a crowdsourcing site for companies and individuals who want custom logos and designs. Reuters Small Business interviewed Witte about building a tech startup and how Mycroburst balances work with clients and designers.

How to avoid getting swindled under the JOBS Act

By John Peabody
April 19, 2012

The new JOBS Act was aimed at making it easier for start-ups to raise cash, but critics warn the legislation makes it easier for criminals to do the same. In this Reuters TV video, Fred Katayama explains how you can avoid getting ripped off.

Looking at Greece’s entrepreneurs

By John Peabody
April 10, 2012

Maybe it’s Instagram-size payouts or maybe it’s just pure desperation and a lack of good opportunities that drives someone to start a business in the middle of a recession. Either way, instead of protesting or moving away in search of work, a group of entrepreneurs in Greece are tapping into that same spirit and defying the odds to launch their own startups, NPR reports.

Q & A: Uncovering the hidden agenda

February 6, 2012

According to Kevin Allen, we pitch business ideas every day. But how do we ensure our pitches will be successful? Allen’s forthcoming book, The Hidden Agenda, teaches readers how to connect to their audience on an emotional level in order to win pitches. Entrepreneurial spoke with Allen about how to find and connect to what he calls the hidden agenda.

Small business defense against cybercrime

December 29, 2011

Small businesses can innocently expose themselves to cybercrime when an employee opens an email that appears to be from the CEO, not updating the anti-virus program or having a laptop lost or stolen.