The myth of the overnight success

Angry Birds was Rovio’s 52nd game. They spent eight years and almost went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing websites in history, but struggled for a long time. Pinterest’s CEO recently said that they had “catastrophically small numbers” in their first year after launch, and that if…

Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches

If you’re like thousands of other designers, programmers and other creative professionals out there, at one point in time you’ve considered starting your own business. Unlike most, you’ve gone against common sense and decided to open shop for yourself. And not just freelance full-time, mind you, but file for the company name, get some stationery,…

Why LA Is the New, Hot Place to Launch

A boom in new incubators is helping to fuel a boom in new tech start-ups. Hollywood has a serious case of start-up fever. First Ashton Kutcher and Lady Gaga emerged as tech investors. Then other celebrities got into the business of moonlighting as angels. Now Los Angeles is spawning all kinds of incubators and start-up…

Are You Bad at the Internet?

A Kauffman study released Thursday illuminates how small businesses are struggling with using the Web to convert sales, while a few unlikely industries are finding success. In the world of start-ups, a website is a company’s lifeblood. But for the rest of small business owners in America, it seems, having a vibrant website is sometimes…

The Case Against the All-Male Start-up

Is your start-up starting to feel like a frat house? New research suggests that having more women at your company, and increasing diversity in general, can improve your chances of success. Women own about 40 percent of the private businesses in the United States, according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. But according to…

Elevator Pitch: Take the Interview

This HR start-up makes it easy to screen job candidates. Can it raise $1.25 million? FOUNDER: Danielle Weinblatt LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts EMPLOYEES: Five full time; three part time FOUNDED: January 2011 2011 PROJECTED REVENUE: $100,000 NUMBER OF USERS: 100 (including Cactus Restaurants, Harvard Business School, and Deloitte) VIDEOS RECORDED: 160 COST: $45 for one posting;…