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‘Fail fast’ isn’t just tech startup jargon — it can make a huge difference for entrepreneurs in any field

Eu'Genia Shea CEO Naa-Sakle Akuete said she learned the hard way the importance of failing fast and failing often. Her company simultaneously supports female shea-nut pickers in Ghana and provides high-quality shea-butter products to customers in the US.
Get concrete data whenever possible. Pictured, Nicolas Martell and Jack Kramer, cofounders and co-CEOs of MarketSnacks, appear on Nasdaq.

The key to making good business decisions probably isn’t opinions or hunches

MarketSnacks CEOs Nick Martell and Jack Kramer, both former bankers, said they recently learned that asking customers for feedback can help clarify tough business decisions and resolve disagreements between them.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, is quickly becoming a health-tech hub.

San Francisco is so expensive that people are starting to look at these 10 US cities as the next tech hubs — here’s how much local employe...

Compensation monitoring site Comparably narrowed down the 10 cities that are emerging as the new tech hubs. Mid-sized cities like Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Phoenix top the list.

Klout, the $200 million website that measured how important you are on social media with one number, is shutting down

It's the end of an era, as Klout, the service that measures your social cred, is shutting down.

5 years ago, the stock-trading app Robinhood was rejected by 75 investors — now it’s worth $5.6 billion

Robinhood, a zero-fee stock-trading app popular among millennials, confirmed its most recent funding round of $363 million, placing the company's worth at $5.6 billion. Its cofounder Vlad Tenev also said Robinhood would buckle down on its crypto offerings in the coming months.
A sampling of digitized goods available for purchase on Rare Bits.

Blockchain startup Rare Bits wants to be the cryptocurrency-fueled Amazon for digital goods

Rare Bits is a marketplace where you can buy and sell digital goods using cryptocurrencies. In the future, the company hopes to be the main platform for buying digital goods.
It was tough going at first. Evgeny Milyutin, right, and Ivan Kolomoets are the founders of Happy Numbers.

The most basic business advice isn’t as easy to follow as it seems

Happy Numbers CEO Evgeny Milyutin said he learned that entrepreneurs need to put time and effort into understanding their customers in order to develop the best possible product for them.
They don't waste a minute. Ben Anderson is the cofounder and CEO of Amino Apps.

The best advice for entrepreneurs, from 16 real people who started their own companies

Good business advice is always useful. We asked entrepreneurs, startup founders, and CEOs to share some words of wisdom based on challenges they've faced and mistakes they've made.
They're breaking the mold. Jen Rubio, pictured, is the cofounder and president of luggage startup Away.

15 cool small businesses that make people healthier, wealthier, smarter, and happier

Cool small businesses pop up every day across the US. We put together a list of some of the most innovative — from a startup that helps students with the financial-aid process to a consignment bridal boutique.

Meet the Clear Cut, a couple who’s selling thousands of dollars worth of diamonds through their Instagram DMs

The Clear Cut is selling tailor-made engagement rings online. "A lot of the country is in a diamond desert," says The Clear Cut co-founder Olivia Landau.