Startups on the rise: Have they ever been more influential or transformative?

Andy Roe, SurePayroll

By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager The fascination with startups and desire to be part of a startup seems to be reaching a boiling point. Seemingly not since the tech boom of the late nineties has there been so much excitement around new, innovative companies. Startups like GrubHub, Spotify, Airbnb, Uber, Nest, and Tesla haven’t just been successful, they’ve become … [Read more...]

Startups lead charge for biggest 2015 trend: Analytics

Ramon Nunez, LiveHive2

By Ramon Nuñez, LiveHive founder and CEO Whether you describe it as big data, business intelligence, or data mining, analytics is the hottest trend for 2015—and startups are leading the charge. Take a look at the companies launching analytics solutions. Take a look at companies acquiring analytics companies, and the analytics companies being acquired. The overwhelming … [Read more...]

Startups and the new world of predictive lead generation

Doug Bewsher, Leadspace

By Doug Bewsher, Leadspace CEO Over the past few years, billions of dollars have poured into marketing automation tools. While these solutions, coupled with cloud computing and Big Data, have revolutionized the way startups find, attract, and retain customers, the real opportunity lies in predictive apps. These tools yield unprecedented new capabilities to fine-tune audience … [Read more...]

An unsexy but important topic for growing startups: Getting payroll taxes right

Andy Roe, SurePayroll

By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager As you start a new business, the calculations surrounding payroll taxes may not be the first thing on your mind. You’re more likely thinking about bringing in new clients, promoting your services and developing your business plan. However, you are aware that properly paying your employees is a core part of being an employer. You … [Read more...]

Don’t get stumped by financier questions: Techniques that will even satisfy the ‘Shark Tank’ investors

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By Richard Weinberger, Ph.D., CPA How many times have we seen small business entrepreneurs go before the investors on ABC’s hit show ‘Shark Tank’ and get tongue-tied when asked basic questions about their enterprise? It happens all the time, and the next thing we hear is: “I’m out.” That doesn’t have to happen to you. What every small business owner needs, and what the sharks … [Read more...]

Keys to startup success: Passion, drive…and the right IT plan

DanTully, ConduitSystems

By Dan Tully, Conduit Systems What Makes A Successful Startup? To be successful, startups need the passion, drive, commitment, and resolve to work through all the challenges associated with starting a new business. One method that startups are turning to is the Lean model of outsourcing. This model calls for startups to outsource functions that are not part of the core … [Read more...]

Focus on growth: The experience of one entrepreneur in a ‘growth-obsessed’ city

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By Bill Reilly, Hands-on Garage co-founder Over five years ago, my partners and I sat down to hatch a business, Hands-on Garage, after my car needed a new starter and we were trying to fix it in my driveway. We massaged that germ of an idea into a scrappy startup and now a growth-obsessed venture poised to surpass one million dollars gross revenue this year. We have watched … [Read more...]

Which is better for startups: In-house teams, outsourcing, or both?

George Deeb, Ensemble

By George Deeb, managing partner, Ensemble and Red Rocket Ventures Last summer, I introduced StartUp Beat readers to Ensemble’s ‘startup excubator’ model for ‘do-it-for-me’ entrepreneurs. In the last six months, we started to get calls from do-it-yourself entrepreneurs with their in-house teams saying: “What about us? We could use your help too!” This led to Ensemble … [Read more...]

It’s the people, not the space: Startups, culture, and ‘cool’ office spaces

Courtesy of Chicago Creative Space.

By Max Chopovsky, Chicago Creative Space founder We have highlighted some cool offices on Chicago Creative Space. Slides, bars, zip lines, graffiti, tattooed floors, you name it. Despite visiting dozens of companies, from startups to large corporations, I am still amazed at their innovation in creating such interesting office environments for their employees. And yet, I … [Read more...]

Lessons from the trenches: Startup success is all about the journey…and the decisions you make along the way

Courtesy of Innovid.

By Tal Chalozin, Innovid co-founder and CTO My friends and I love video games. We also love drinking beer. One day, I was playing Guitar Hero with some buddies and thought: “Life would be perfect if we could combine the two simultaneously.” So, we set out to turn this fantasy into a reality. We stayed up for a week crafting code and building a robot to play Guitar Hero so it … [Read more...]