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What can I do if I can't afford to start a startup? Get someone to pay you for something, and you have a business.

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This is the first article in my startup series.

Sustainable fashion is part of a growing trend towards sustainability.

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I'm the president of what I like to call a 24-year-old startup. We have a highly loyal community of more than 65,000 members in over 150 countries, supported by a team -- our "family" -- spread across 20-plus countries.

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A robust invoicing system is important for every business to have in place.

Square is one of the most popular payment processors, and Square Invoices allows their users to send invoices to clients directly from the mobile interface or from their Square Dashboard.

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Economic empowerment is a commonly used term these days.

Building upon work done by organizations and economic development professionals, tothemarket.com (TTM), takes the concept of economic empowerment one step further by, as the name suggests, providing market access to budding entrepreneurs.

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Startups, food trucks and spoken word intertwined as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate local innovation. No, this wasn't another San Francisco pitch event, it was Oakland's Indie Awards, designed to celebrate businesses and artists that have built a prosperous and unique local economy.

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Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our team at The Pollination Project is happy to share the extraordinary people and projects that our community of daily givers is honored to support this week.

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When people hear the word philanthropy, what usually comes to mind are wealthy donors and seven-figure donations. If we do not continually replenish this giving, then growth in society will diminish.

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Is there a more oxymoronic culture than the startup culture? But I am driven by the fact that the startup culture is the future.

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Like every business big or small, Facebook is one of the channels we use to get the word out about our services that help consumers make responsible decisions about their energy (particularly electricity expenses). Last year Facebook IPOd and there was a lot of noise about a few big businesses stopping Facebook advertising because "Facebook was not working" for them.

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If you haven't looked at Pheed yet, now might be the time to do so.

All indications point to teenagers as fueling Pheed's growth.

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Everyone's favorite election guru, Nate Silver, crunched the numbers and provided a fascinating look at how insurgent Tea Party candidates were able to take on the Republican establishment with relatively little funding.

In this way, Tea Party candidates operate much like a venture capital backed startup company -- highly focused (nearly single issue) candidates who use very small amounts of funding to make a huge impact.

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You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Though it's related to film and television production (hence my initial involvement), the applications for this simple yet incredibly effective software extend well beyond entertainment.

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While start-ups that address the new social media trend are a dime a dozen, sometimes a new idea comes along that not only does something truly different, but actually quite brilliant. A start-up that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 and was started by a married couple, Yael Givon and Gil Rimon, aims to bring the best of the Web and combine it with the experience of "kicking back" on your couch to consume content in the form of a TV show.

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According to my Facebook profile, on Aug. 2 I read articles about Gabby Douglas's Olympic win, a pharmaceutical exec charged with insider trading and Congress' failure to pass cybersecurity legislation.

Scoopinion, a Finnish startup that dubs itself a "personalized magazine," is trying to shift the focus away from clicks and toward cogitation with a tool that tracks how carefully readers read stories online.

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Skillshare is based on the idea that anyone with a real-world skill -- whether it's starting a business or making Chinese dumplings -- can be a teacher.

Skillshare, which calls itself a "marketplace" for education, has more than 5,000 instructors who teach a variety of subjects.

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The majority of U.S. mobile phone users have smartphones and many of those users are part of a growing and savvy mobile workforce. Between iOS and Android alone, there are over a million apps that people are choosing from and many users are finding that apps they adopted for personal convenience convert into professional productivity assets as well.

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This question originally appeared on Quora.

I don't think we can safely say the release of iOS6 will kill any apps (other than Google Maps, which is not made by a startup).

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The emails from Know About It stopped coming at the end of March.

As it turns out, many of the entrepreneurs who create -- and close -- these sites are also hazy on the details concerning where our data goes when their dreams die.

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In the summer of 2001, as a high schooler living in the suburbs of Atlanta, there was one movie I simply had to see the very moment it was released.

That movie was "Pootie Tang.

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