Author Archives: Emily Pope

About Emily Pope

Emily Kate Pope is a digital marketer, writer, and life-long learner based in Brooklyn, NY.

From Dorm Room to Silicon Valley: ‘Shout’ Founder Reveals How He Got Into Y Combinator

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Twice a year, Y Combinator, a seed funder named the top startup incubator and accelerator by Forbes, invests $120k in dozens of promising startups in exchange for 7% equity. As of 2013, Y Combinator has funded over 500 companies, and according to founder Paul Graham, the average valuation of Y Combinator-backed companies is $45.2 million. The infantile startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 intense months and are given the space, advice, and network to whip their businesses into the best possible shape before presenting their ideas to potential investors.

The hopes, dreams, and tireless work of these startup founders, web developers, and designers all culminate in one daylong event that has the power to change their lives, and perhaps our lives forever: That event is Demo Day.

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The Difference Between a Startup and a Small Business

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If you work in the technology industry, or live in a tech hub such as Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, or New York —it’s likely that you or someone you know is in the process of conceptualizing or even launching his or her own startup.

A startup is often misunderstood for simply a small new business. The truth is, there is significant difference between the two.

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11 Top Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

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The path to entrepreneurial success is a treacherous one; full of sharp turns, menacing boulders, and forks in the road. Once you arrive at your destination (which may not be the one you set out for), it’s likely you’ve acquired some scrapes and bruises; life lessons that you’re happy to share with other brave souls who have the intensity, passion, and grit to follow in your footsteps.

This is certainly true for many of the business leaders who made it onto our Twitter list of both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Each member takes to their Twitter to share their unique perspective and expert tips on a number of promising industries.

Let these entrepreneurs guide you as you trudge the road to startup success.

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Hong Kong Startup Connects New Businesses With Talented Job Seekers

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Karena Belin is a recent GA grad, and co-founder of W Hub,  a profile-driven platform that showcases the entrepreneur and team behind the startup. Karena took the Business Fundamentals & Tactics course to build a foundation for her startup’s business plan. 

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Closing the Skills Gap: Do You Have What It Takes To Get Hired? [Infographic]

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We recently partnered with Internships.com, the world’s largest internships marketplace, to conduct a survey on recent graduates entering the workforce and the digital and technical skills employers are looking for in the war for talent.

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Women Who Code HK Co-Founder Launches New Startup

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Karen Farzam is a web developer, startup founder, and recent GA alum. She is the co-founder of W Hub, a profile-driven platform that showcases the entrepreneur and team behind the startup, and Women Who Code HK, a non-profit organization which inspires women to excel in careers in technology. 

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NYC Hackathon Disrupts Food Safety (In a Good Way)

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Two weekends ago, rabble-rousers from the foodservice industry joined forces with data scientists and design nerds to hack a better future for the dining industry during Food + Tech Connect’s annual Hack// Dining NYC. 

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Bright Lights, Startup City: GA Alum To Launch Quantified-Self App Late 2014

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Cindy Yen moved from Taipei to Hong Kong in pursuit of a finance career; but was soon diverted by the bright lights of business and design. When she decided to act upon her newfound interest, Cindy signed up for GA’s Front-End Web Development class. Now she’s using her skills to develop her first startup, a quantified-self app launching in late 2014.

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