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  • Video Highlights From Live chat with Henry Balanon, Co-Founder of Protean

    Henry Balanon is the Co-Founder and CTO of Protean. The startup is creating the Glass Card, the next-generation payment card. The Glass Card is a skeleton key for your wallet. It consolidates all of your plastic cards into a single card that communicates via Bluetooth with a mobile app. Select a card on the app and Glass Card swipes as though it were that card. Henry has passion for startups, technology, culture, and above all: people. Previously, he co-founded Detroit Labs, a mobile app company that helped build the Domino's Pizza app. He's also worked at Bickbot as well as Cynergy Systems and Lockheed Martin in Washington DC.









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  • When making early-stage hires, is it better they beskilled at one thing or be a jack-of-all-trades and why?

    The following answers are provided by the YoungEntrepreneur Council (YEC) (http://theyec.org),an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising youngentrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab(http://mystartuplab.com/),a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs startand grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and emaillessons.

    1. Specialized, but Adaptable People

    When we hire people for our agency, we look for people whoare really strong in one particular area, but who are adaptable and can fill inthe blanks where needed. As the organization grows, we'll have amazinglytalented people in specific areas who can focus on their crafts while also leadingteams, driving projects and advising on what is happening in theirindustries/niches.

    - Erin BlaskieErin Blaskie, DigitalStrategist

     

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  • Prerna Gupta, Smule’s Chief Product Officer answers questions via live chat








    Prerna Gupta is Chief Product Officer at Smule, the leading developer of social music creation apps, like the #1 hit app Songify, an app that turns speech into music. Smule’s apps have over 100 million downloads and over 1 Billion songs created to date. Previously, Prerna co-founded Khush, the leading developer of intelligent music apps, and led the company to profitability and acquisition by Smule in 2011. She was also responsible for producing viral videos for her products that have reached over 200 million views. Prior to her foray into entrepreneurship, Prerna worked in consulting at Monitor Group and early-stage venture capital at Summit Partners. She studied Economics at Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2004. Prerna was voted one of FastCompany’s Most Influential Women in Technology 2011, and her writing has been featured in the New York Times and TechCrunch. She is also a budding angel investor and Resident Mentor at 500 Startups..

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  • Live Chat planned with Henry Balanon, Co-Founder of Protean

    We will feature a live chat with Henry Balanon here on Thursday September 12th at Noon PST. Henry is the Co-Founder and CTO of Protean. The startup is creating the Glass Card, the next-generation payment card. The Glass Card is a skeleton key for your wallet. It consolidates all of your plastic cards into a single card that communicates via Bluetooth with a mobile app. Select a card on the app and Glass Card swipes as though it were that card. Henry has passion for startups, technology, culture, and above all: people. Previously, he co-founded Detroit Labs, a mobile app company that helped build the Domino's Pizza app. He's also worked at Bickbot as well as Cynergy Systems and Lockheed Martin in Washington DC.




    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's mission to help more people start successful businesses Read More »from Live Chat planned with Henry Balanon, Co-Founder of Protean
  • What’s one thing first-time entrepreneurs should look for in an accelerator or incubator program?

    The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council(YEC) (http://theyec.org),an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab (http://mystartuplab.com/),a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

    1. Excellent Startups

    The quality of your accelerator class will have a larger impact on your startup than the investors and mentors in the program. Your fellow founders will help you work through early startup challenges. Your fellow startups will recruit the best investors to your demo day.Your fellow CEOs will become your strongest business network in the coming years.

    -Neil ThanedarLabDoor

     

    2. The Program's Alumni

    When I participated in an incubator program,

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  • Get ready for Live Chat with Prerna Gupta of Smule

    Announcing a live chat with Smule Chief Product Officer Prerna Gupta. Smule Chief Product Officer Prerna Gupta will answer questions from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, September 5th. As part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a virtual mentorship program, Prerna will appear live via video chat broadcast right here.

    Prerna Gupta is Chief Product Officer at Smule, the leading developer of social music creation apps, like the #1 hit app Songify, an app that turns speech into music. Smule’s apps have over 100 million downloads and over 1 Billion songs created to date. Previously, Prerna co-founded Khush, the leading developer of intelligent music apps, and led the company to profitability and acquisition by Smule in 2011. She was also responsible for producing viral videos for her products that have reached over 200 million views. Prior to her foray into entrepreneurship, Prerna worked in consulting at Monitor Group and early-stage venture capital at

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  • Are you in the process of hiring more employees for your company? Recruiting and interviewing candidates is a long and tedious process,but if you can perfect the hiring formula, your business can flourish and enjoy unprecedented success.

    They say that 80 percent of the work gets done by 20 percent of the people, and 80 percent of your problems come from 20 percent of your employees. Now think about what your business would look like if you identified the valuable 20 percent, and chose to expand that group exclusively.

    There is no limit to your success if you can just figure out how to hire and motivate the right people.

    Here are five fundamental tips to help you hire the right employees:

    1. It’s all about attitude. Assess candidates’ skills, certainly, but more importantly, look for those with the right attitude. The right attitude is that which fits the culture of your company. What attitude do we look for at Ajax Union? An ideal candidate has a positive, confident and can-do attitude,

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    Trying to get your small business off the ground can be as exciting as it can be nerve-racking. Here are some key actions to take while you are still in the earliest stages in order to protect your long-term growth and help your new business start out right:

    1.Plan for the unexpected.

    Take the time to create an in-depth business proposal that outlines a plan for your potential growth, accounting for turns that the industry might take. Many startups are so busy “treading water” that they don’t plan on having lasting, core strategies in place for major industry changes that could have been predicted.Companies that are quick to adapt will stand the test of time, and even well-established companies can lose out to smaller companies that learn to adapt quickly. Develop a balance of strong core services or products for your business, but also leave some flexibility in those plans.

    2.Scope out the competition.

    Learning as much as you can about your competition is very smart in business. This

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  • Young Entrepreneurs Live Chat with Influence and Co. Co-Founder and CEO John Hall

    The live chat with John Hall has now ended. Recorded video highlights will be uploaded shortly

    John Hall is the Cofounder and CEO of Influence & Co., a company that assists individuals and companies in growing their influence through products and services ranging from creating and publishing bylined articles to facilitating content marketing programs for large brands. Influence & Co. is now one of the leading providers of high quality expert content to the world's top publications. John is also the Co-creator of Contributor Weekly, a weekly newsletter for contributors, keeping them up-to-date on tips and trends for writing, publishing and sharing their content. www.ContributorWeekly.com. John is a Forbes Contributor and has contributed to more than 50 other reputable publications.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs.

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