Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

How To Use Design Thinking to Innovate Your Business

Katie Lundin | April 11th, 2017

“How did you come up with that? I could never think of that.” Creative people are often viewed as mysterious, whimsical and ineffable creatures. And yet, the innovation and solutions creativity generates have incredible value. What if I told you that there is a method to the madness? That you, too, can innovate and problem-solve […]

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13 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World

Katie Lundin | March 31st, 2017

There’s a revolution going on in the world of entrepreneurship. Though business is traditionally considered a man’s world, the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report shows that the number of women-owned businesses in the US has grown at a rate 5 times faster than the national average over the past 9 years. And women-owned businesses are […]

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The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Leading Successful American Companies

Arielle Kimbarovsky | March 29th, 2017

What do Google, eBay, Whatsapp, Instagram and thousands of other successful companies have in common? They were each founded by an immigrant entrepreneur. According to Partnership for a New American Economy, 40% of the top Fortune 500 companies were started by immigrant entrepreneurs. Smaller businesses are heavily impacted by immigrant entrepreneurs too: 1 out of […]

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How 5 Successful Entrepreneurs Stay Creative While Running a Business

Arielle Kimbarovsky | March 15th, 2017

Successful entrepreneurs share a common trait: they are creative. As I wrote previously: Startups are like roller-coasters. If you run or work at a startup, you experience many highs and lows and you can’t always anticipate what’s ahead. Education and experience help us overcome many difficult situations, but education and experience are rarely enough. To be […]

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Supercharge Your Startup or Small Business With A New Top-Level Domain Name

Arielle Kimbarovsky | January 9th, 2017

Naming a startup or small business is tricky. The company’s name sets the tone for how customers and prospects perceive the company and is a critical part of the brand. Of course, you also want people to remember your brand, so there’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect name. When we name companies […]

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The Scientific Approach to Fostering Durable Creativity (And How Crowdsourcing Can Help)

Lauren Nelson | December 19th, 2016

Creativity has long been viewed as this intangible mystery, but recent research suggests the opposite. Here’s how to ramp up creativity in your house.

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Design Lessons from a Pizza Craving

Lauren Nelson | September 12th, 2016

It’s just about lunchtime around Chicago, which means our minds are, inevitably, turning to food. Lots of food. Glorious food. And for this particular crowdSPRINGer, pizza is sounding pretty good right now. But because we tend to think a lot about design at crowdSPRING (duh), I found my mind wandering to random design questions related to […]

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The Creativity Conundrum: An Ugly Mix of Endorphins and Self-Sabotage

Lauren Nelson | September 6th, 2016

Whether you’re a graphic designer, marketing executive, or entrepreneur trying to launch the next big thing, we all have something in common: we’re creative souls. That creativity may not always manifest in the same way, but without an active imagination, none of us would ever achieve anything worth anything. Though science certainly plays a role […]

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Wind Up Your Productivity and Creativity by Winding Down

Lauren Nelson | August 19th, 2016

In today’s world, a huge premium is put on staying busy. How many hours are you working? How much are you getting done during those hours? What are you doing that’s productive when you’re not working?     These questions aren’t necessarily bad. You want to make sure you’re making progress towards goals. But that […]

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