Tag: technology

Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women

In the early 2000s, the Yellow Pages just weren’t cutting it. At least not for Sheila Lirio Marcelo. Having recently given birth to her second child, she enlisted her parents to help with babysitting. But, those plans swiftly changed after her father suffered from a heart attack. Rather than being set, she was scrambling to…

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TripAdvisor’s Stephen Kaufer on Shifting from Founder to CEO

It all began with a trip to Mexico. Like many travelers in 1999, Stephen Kaufer’s vacation began with a travel agent. Seeking recommendations on where to stay in Mexico, he left the agent’s office with three beautiful brochures for three gorgeous resorts at three distinct price points. At the mercy of marketing materials that all painted…

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Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?

Peers Inc

In the not so distant past, people needing a car had just two options. They could either buy an entire car (a purchase that accounts for 17 percent of the typical American budget) or they could rent one in 24-hour bundles. Both cases were mismatched between the driver’s needs—for example commuting, or hauling a large…

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Changing the Status Quo in Venture Capital

Venture Capital Gender Cap

Imagine you’re one of the founding executives at a promising new software company. You’ve already built and sold two other companies, gaining valuable experience and skills. Together with your co-founders, you’ve steered this company to early success—it’s enjoying sustained growth, robust sales, and a strong valuation in the marketplace. Your office space is in a…

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One on One with Innovation Leaders

Innovation Interviews

Innovation is a mandate for companies. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed a 64% increase in how often the I-word cropped up in annual and quarterly reports since 2006. With so many organizations thinking about and fueling their business innovation engines, we went straight to the source for perspective from five Boston innovators about…

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Outgrowing the Startup

Outgrowing the Startup

Middle age often means sensible decision making, assuming responsibility for others, and a (mostly) wise perspective. Several decades of life experiences have taught lessons about perseverance and helped define priorities. As true as this is for people, it also is true for businesses. For startups with staying power, growing the business is often a primary…

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How to Ape Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki might balk at the label Legendary Marketing Guru, but his 1.2 million social media followers are voting with their tweets—his writing on marketing, evangelizing, social media, and more spreads far and wide. Recipient of an honorary doctorate from Babson College, Kawasaki was the original Apple chief evangelist and has written 12 books, including…

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Big Business, Startup Mentality

Intrapreneurship

Large corporations find it difficult to innovate. For all their advantages—access to capital, existing customer relationships, patents, strong operations that can bring ideas to marketplace quickly, and more—big companies are notoriously slow to come up with curve-jumping products and services. Only three of Fast Company’s top 10 “Most Innovative Companies” this year are big global…

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Amplifying Impact with AltruHelp

AltruHelp

Mathew Paisner is not your average social innovator. To start with, he began his career at Oppenheimer Funds, where he helped oversee its $20 billion taxable fixed income mutual fund product line. Not yet 30 years old and armed with a background in finance, an MBA, and a Lewis Institute Changemaker Award, Paisner now heads…

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Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II

Social Innovation

Three Models of Social Investing Social investment platforms are as diverse as the challenges they seek to address. They share a common goal of having a positive effect and supporting social causes, but approach community engagement and fundraising differently. Here are three distinct flavors of social investing, along with some of the success stories that…

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