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This VP quit his job to do his own thing, and got his old company to invest in his startup

by Carrie Ghose Ardina Young Shaun

Shaun Young spent two decades in huge corporations: Drug-maker Eli Lilly & Co., the retail health division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and most recently as vice president of consumer health care at Cardinal Health Inc., responsible for helping independent pharmacies increase retail revenue from all the products besides prescription drugs.

At the end of last year, he quit, deciding he had finally  ...

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News Wire

Study: Massive student loan debt hampers entrepreneurship, hurts economy

by Dan Norton PNC Cuts Free Checking

The rise of student debt correlates to a decline in U.S. small business formation, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia study. Fed researchers found that small firms consisting of one to four employees decreased by 17 percent in counties where relative student debt grew by about 2.7 percent.

Across the country, these small businesses account for about one-half of the private sector  ...

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Executive Forum - Guest Contributor

How to manage one business while you set out to launch a new one

by Evrim Oralkan, founder and CEO of Travertine Mart Juggling Act

There are a litany of reasons why someone may choose to launch a new business when he already runs one that’s thriving. In my case, I saw an opportunity to expand upon previous successes and enter a realm I felt passionate about.

But my partners and I didn’t just jump headfirst into this new project. We took our time and embarked on a lengthy planning process where we came up with every  ...

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Technology - Silicon Nation: Boston

Check out these Boston-born 'unicorns'

by Sara Castellanos

With $300 million in venture capital funding secured this week, online fantasy sports startup DraftKings became the most recent private tech firm headquartered in the Boston area to earn "unicorn" status — that is, venture-backed companies whose valuations are at least $1 billion.

In the photo gallery to the right, we take a look back at five other unicorns born in Boston during the years 2015  ...

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Lifestyle

4 ways to keep you original startup mission in sight

by Young Entrepreneur Council startup ideas

Julia Haines’ article “ The Ritual of Lean” recently got me thinking about how all the buzzwords, rituals and competition surrounding startups (or perceived competition among startups as a sector) contribute to a loss of the entrepreneurs’ initial intent as the company grows.

I was the CEO/co-founder of a startup, so I know from personal experience all the demands that come with growing a  ...

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Loot - Silicon Nation: Denver

3D sensor, manufacturing startups raise venture capital investment

by Greg Avery Occipital

In two days this week, the Boulder area saw a pair of interesting venture capital investment in emerging manufacturing and sensor technologies with local connections.

On Wednesday, 3D scanning and modeling company Occipital announced it raised $13 million in a Series B from investors including Foundry Group and Intel Capital.

The day before, Boulder’s TechStars VC fund announced it led a $2  ...

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Technology - Silicon Nation: Portland

Why Cloudability bought former Jive CEO's mystery technology

by Malia Spencer Cloudability Mat Ellis CEO

Cloudability’s acquisition of the stealthy startup RipFog brings valuable software as well as key talent to the growing cloud monitoring company, said CEO Mat Ellis.

As part of the deal, RipFog co-founder Erik Onnen is joining the team as vice president of engineering, a role that Ellis has worked to fill for some time. However, only four members of the small RipFog team will come on board with  ...

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