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Are craft beers running out of good names?

by Mason Walker Lagunitas Sierra Nevada IPA

I n January, two of California's most celebrated breweries found themselves on opposite ends of a trademark lawsuit.

While it was swiftly dropped following a public outcry, the move by Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing to file an infringement suit against Chico's Sierra Nevada Brewing offered a glimpse at a growing problem: We're running out of unique names and designs for craft beer.

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Is the One Spark crowdfunding festival really good for crowdfunding?

by Colleen Michele Jones One Spark

W hile the average number of funded projects, and the amount of money they received, went up from 2014 to 2015, overall just four percent of creators reached their optimal funding goals at One Spark, Jacksonville, Fla.'s crowdfunding festival.

That’s the takeaway of the lastest data crunching by Chris Markl, an economist who ruffled the feathers in One Spark organizer Elton Rivas’ cap  ...

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4 reasons companies that play together stay together

by Rugged Maniac COO Rob Dickens Rugged Maniac

I t’s long been known that the office isn’t the best place to get to know your co-workers. I mean, after all these years the coolest office location employees can think to congregate is around a watercooler.

With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to ditch the watercooler and the office for actual outside activities. There are so many benefits that can be gained from a simple outing with  ...

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AnswerDash aims to make your website smarter

by Steven Goldsmith AnswerDash cofounders Jake Wobbrock and Andy Ko

AnswerDash promises to save businesses money and boost their sales by making self-service Q&A more effective.

The service helps provide instant, context-sensitive answers to customer questions at the appropriate spot within the app or website.

This reduces the need for expensive customer-service calls. With each new question, an “answer layer” builds up, making it easier for future users.  ...

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This former Anheuser Busch exec has a taste for startups

by Brian Feldt Peacock,Dave001 2015

Y ou likely know Dave Peacock, the former Anheuser-Busch president, as the man leading the charge to build a new $950 million NFL stadium along St. Louis’ north riverfront.

But there’s another segment of St. Louisans who know him for something entirely different — startup funding.

Peacock over the last 12 months has increased his activity in helping finance local tech companies, most  ...

April 26, 2015 | 8:00am EDT

SlideBelt founders add coolness to a utilitarian accessory

by Sonya Sorich TaylorMichelle Brig SlideBelt 032015dm 5063A

T wo El Dorado Hills entrepreneurs have found success by marketing belts as a badge of coolness — rather than a utilitarian accessory.

Brig and Michelle Taylor are the top executives at SlideBelts, a company that sells belts without holes. Their belts have buckles that are ratcheted into ridges sewn into the strap. Priced at $39 to $65, the belts are more of an investment than some of their  ...

April 25, 2015 | 3:00pm EDT

Austin isn’t— and never will be — Silicon Valley, and that's great

by Christopher Calnan Live Oak Venture Partners 4195

E ntrepreneurs and investors often speak of the so-called capital gap.

They’re typically referring to the challenge that exists for a startup between the arrival of seed funding and more substantial institutional investment designed to take a company beyond concept to the customer.

In Austin, there’s also a perception gap.

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April 25, 2015 | 12:00pm EDT
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