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5 Historical Figures Who Mastered the Art of the Hustle



What separates the heroes from the one hit wonders? Why do the names of some men and women echo throughout history while others fade into background? While some might call it luck, we’d like to think it’s something else: Hustle.

Whether you’re building an empire or embarking on your own small business, there is much to learn from the creative thinkers of yesteryear. From Grace Hopper to Henry Ford, we’ve compiled a list of five innovators who mastered the art of the hustle and never took “no” for an answer.

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“Don’t Be Afraid to Fail,” a Conversation with Techweek CEO, Katy Lynch



In 2014, American startups saw the largest year-over-year growth in twenty years. New businesses are on the rise—helping reverse a five-year downward trend in startup activity, according to a Kauffman Index report. With 310 out of every 100,000 U.S. adults building a startup or small business, entrepreneurs make up a small but significant part of the American workforce.

No one appreciates this significance more than Katy Lynch, the new CEO of Techweek, a series of festivals celebrating entrepreneurs in cities across the world.

We caught up with Katy on the eve of Techweek New York to chat about her own experience launching and selling a successful social media agency and what excites her about her new role as CEO. 

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Everyday Tips for Achieving Bigger Wins


Everyday Tips for Achieving Bigger WinsAs an entrepreneur, one of the earliest lessons I’ve learned is that big wins are the collection of many small steps. Many people have asked me how, as a solo founder, I managed to build a company with a customer base of 70+.

I wish I had a glamorous answer, but I don’t. The truth is that my company is the outcome of five years of 13-16 hour days and many, many dead-ends, and a whole lot of hustle. My secret is that I’ve positioned each and every day as a baby step forward—an attitude that is even more critical now, since I’m working with my technical co-founder (and husband) to continue our core consulting and content creation business and bootstrap a series of products.

We stay sane by focusing on the small wins. Here are the tips that have helped us:
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Investing in The Next Generation of Superheroes


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Growing up, Paige Edmiston was surrounded by an innovative and dedicated family who helped her appreciate the importance of creativity and entrepreneurship. As an adult, she has found her passion in helping young people achieve their dreams.With help from GA’s Digital Marketing course, Paige has found a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who have helped her support and grow her startup, The Sidekick Collective, which seeks to identify and invest in the superheroes of tomorrow. Continue reading

The Winklevoss Twins Speak at GA on Bitcoin, The Future of Currency, and Gemini


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The Winklevoss Twins speaking at GA.

General Assembly recently welcomed Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to our headquarters in NYC for an enlightening interview about bitcoin, the virtual currency that’s been associated with the Dark Web.

Cameron and Tyler attended in their capacity as President and CEO, respectively, of Gemini, a new bitcoin exchange (the NASDAQ of bitcoin, they call it) that they have been developing. They were interviewed by Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and author of the recently released book “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.”

The Winklevosses had no shortage of stories about their past but reminded the audience that, for bitcoin, “it’s still the early days…It’s so young and there’s so much to do.”

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Define Your Passion to Love Your Job


“If I had 10 million dollars, what would I do?” This is the primary question that Ben Rattray, founder and CEO of Change.org, asked himself when he realized that he no longer wanted to work in investment banking, but had no idea what to do next.

Although common wisdom tells us that there is no such thing as too many choices, sometimes an overload of options may leave us paralyzed or push us toward decisions that are actually against our best interest. In this video, Rattray explains how he tapped into his innate passion for empowering others to pursue a career in social change.

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Top Entrepreneurs Share Their Most Valuable Career Lessons


Your next career move isn’t always an obvious one. For Premal Shah, his path to becoming the founder of Kiva.org took a distinct turn when he left his cushy consulting job for a job at a then-unknown startup (Paypal who?). For Janet Balis, partner and CRO at betaworks, she attributes her success to a state of mind. Click below to find out the most valuable thing both of these entrepreneurs have done for their career.

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Tech Summit Combines Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Science To “Re-Work” the Future


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Exponentially advancing technologies such as robotics, nanotechnology, sensors, 3D-printing and artificial intelligence are reshaping the future of society and business.

How are robotics going to impact transportation and assisted living in the home? What effect will sensors and big data created from the internet of things have in our future cities? How will nanotechnology and smart materials impact manufacturing? Will 3D printing create a new industrial revolution? How will augmented reality disrupt education?

The annual RE.WORK Technology Summit taking place in London on September 18-19 will bring together 300 technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders to answer these questions and more while they explore emerging technologies that are shaping the future of business & society.

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The Top 5 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs



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Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or already running one, you’ve probably looked at entrepreneurs who have found success and wondered, “How did they do it?” Of course, there’s no simple answer to that question; every path to success is different. But despite those different paths, it is possible to identify some common habits shared by successful founders.

From rap moguls to titans of agriculture—see how many of the below habits you share, and how many you need to embrace in order to reach your goals. Continue reading

18 Motivating Quotes from Top Entrepreneurs


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While it might seem strange that one of the most often cited “Top Entrepreneur” quotes comes from an anonymous student, the truth of the sentiment can’t be denied:

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” -A Student of Warren G. Tracy, Busted Knuckle Garage

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