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Here you will find articles on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystem, virtual incubation, and how to use IdeaGist.

How to protect yourself from the Idea Thief?

They’re out there. You know who… the idea bogeymen (and bogeywomen) - Just waiting to steal your ideas. That’s why you wrap up your brilliant, world-changing idea and stuff it to the back of your brain. Or you try and work on it in secret. Without anyone...

Minnesota Startup Ecosystem – We have a problem

Minnesota generates 220 startups per 100K of the population, which is 80% above the national average of 140 startups per 100K. We are very innovative and there seems to be no shortage of ideas. Unfortunately, if we look at the results from SBA, we see that...

Do you need a Co-Founder? A 4 item checklist.

Does thinking of finding a partner or co-founder to help convert your idea into a viable business leave you hopelessly confused or fearful? You are not alone. Everyone you ask will have a strong opinion. And each opinion is conflicting. Some would tell you that it is...

A New Currency for your Ideas: GIST-Points

IdeaGist Gist Points How many times has a colleague or fellow entrepreneur reviewed a project you're developing, contributed to your brainstorming sessions, or even provided their own blood, sweat, and tears to help you grow a business or product? How often have they...

Getting started with IdeaGist Digital Incubation

Thank you for signing up and Welcome to IdeaGist Digital Incubation Platform! IdeaGist platform helps people and communities to work on innovative ideas and bring them to reality. We host 100s of innovation communities worldwide. You may have signed up on our global...

Equity Crowdfunding – Step by Step guide

Equity Crowdfunding Check List for Legal Compliance in the United States We are in the process of launching our first crowdfunding campaign for IdeaGist Blockchain Incubator and our team was tasked to investigate the complex process of legal compliance. Here is our...

How secure is my idea on IdeaGist?

One of the things our team constantly respond to is the question about security and safety of ideas on IdeaGist. Many people reaction to a site like IdeaGist is “What! Do you want me put my idea on a website?”, This article is about the security of your idea on...

3 Ways to Talk About Your Big Idea Without Giving It Away

By Hassan Syed Big Idea! Your idea is brewing in your mind. You're excited and motivated to get it out there, but you need to be careful not to give it away to other people. Our ideas are very much like babies. We need them to grow and flourish, but we need to protect...

10 skills that are essential for every entrepreneur to learn

To help young entrepreneurs, IdeaGist has developed a self-paced training program that anyone can take for free. This training program will help you in getting a better understanding of the practical work that you will need to do along the way. To be successful in...

3 Things to help you in not losing that idea

By Hassan Syed ‘Everything begins with an idea.’ - Earl Nightengale We all come up with ideas on a regular basis. Some good ones, some silly ones and some inspiring ones. Many of our ideas come in our minds when dealing with an obstacle, a complex situation, or a...
ambition

The smell of ambition in the morning

Ideagist can help you stop and smell the ambition  

Simple ideas for solutions are all around, if you can see them

solution ideas You are surrounded by ideas for simple, obvious solutions that can dramatically increase your income, power, influence, and success. The problem is, you just don’t see them

Forbes Magazine has Released a list of the top 10 Best Books For Entrepreneurs In 2017

The top 10 books for entrepreneurs, according to Forbes According to Brian Rashid, a Forbes contributor, "Every entrepreneur needs an active reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources. Even the best podcasts and YouTube videos...
why startups fail

Why do startups fail? Here are the top 20 reasons

Why startups fail: a comprehensive research brief Most startups that fail do so for a multitude of reasons. Knowing the whys and hows of startup failure can help entrepreneurs plan ahead for success. From deficient product-market fit to team member conflicts, new data...
Memorial Day lead by example

Entrepreneurs and startup leaders can lead by example on Memorial Day

For most of us who have lost loved ones in service to our country, Memorial Day is a day of reflection and reverie. But over the years, the day set aside to remember our fallen veterans can feel like a contradiction when the holiday takes on a celebratory air as...
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Plant your tree now

The best time to plant a tree Learn how IdeaGist can help you plant your startup now plant your startup

Naming Your Start-Up: Techcrunch Looks at the Trends

"Startups put great effort into finding the perfect name. Ideally, it should be short, memorable, descriptive, and easy to pronounce." Techcrunch's article "The Bizarre Naming Trends That Modern Startups Follow" is the result of a search for naming trends among  more...
Marketing Strategies for Startup Success in 2017

Marketing Strategies for Startup Success in 2017

Startup Marketing Strategies A recent article in Forbes[1] about marketing trends that startups need to know about in 2017 is actually not about trends. In fact, it’s about anything but trends, which are never guaranteed. Instead, to mitigate susceptibility to market...

Channeling the First Thanksgiving for Innovation

Channeling the First Thanksgiving for Innovation

In 2013, Washington Post contributor Dominic Basulto offered innovative insight drawn from the first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago. Basulto’s insight still rings true: What innovators can learn from the first Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from Ideagist .....

Where is Digital Innovation Taking us in 2017 and Beyond?

Where is Digital Innovation Taking us in 2017 and Beyond?

This week’s guest blog is based on a recent article from IT Business Edge offering a detailed overview of what’s in store for digital innovation over the next 5 – 6 years. Brace yourselves, the findings are mind-boggling, awe-inspiring and a little bit intimidating....

Startup Incubators: 4 Proven Advantages, Guest Blog by Jay Samit

Startup Incubators: 4 Proven Advantages, Guest Blog by Jay Samit

In his blog “4 Proven Advantages of Startup Incubators,” serial entrepreneur, disruptor, and innovation expert Jay Samit makes a case for getting startups funded by partnering with a successful incubator as this week’s guest blogger for Bir Ventures. There is no...

Getting started with IdeaGist Digital Incubation

Thank you for signing up and Welcome to IdeaGist Digital Incubation Platform! IdeaGist platform helps people and communities to work on innovative ideas and bring them to reality. We host 100s of innovation communities worldwide. You may have signed up on our global...

Features vs Benefits – Know the difference

Features vs Benefits – Know the difference

By Laura Clampitt Douglas This story first appeared in the December 2000 issue of Startups.  To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. There isn't a business owner in the world who hasn't wrestled with the features vs. benefits dilemma tossed at them by...

The BOOTSTART Manifesto

The BOOTSTART Manifesto

There’s never been a better time to act on your “big idea”. And this manifesto will show you how. 1. Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere While we may look different and speak different languages, the world is flatter than it’s ever been. We are living through a global...

8 Ways It’s Easier to License Ideas Today

8 Ways It’s Easier to License Ideas Today

By Stephen Key - Co-founder, InventRight@stephenkeymedia    When it comes to licensing ideas, things have changed in the past 30 years. I think it's an absolutely fantastic time to be an inventor. The ideas I'm seeing from my students, they blow me away. Rapid...

The 12 Things That Successfully Convert a Great Idea Into a Reality

The 12 Things That Successfully Convert a Great Idea Into a Reality

By Glenn Llopis How many times have you been in a meeting and someone says to you, “That’s a great idea, you should take the initiative and make it a reality.” What typically happens? Most of the time – nothing.  Most great ideas remain dormant because people don’t...

Equity Crowdfunding 101: Is It Right For Your Startup?

Equity Crowdfunding 101: Is It Right For Your Startup?

By Eric T. Wagner To get your arms around this, last year the global online crowdfunding industry raised $5.1 billion for thousands of cash strapped businesses, charities, and startups. In fact, according to Massolution’s 2013 Crowdfunding Industry Report,...

How-to share your idea with your trusted friends

How-to share your idea with your trusted friends

Your idea is brewing in your mind. You’re excited and motivated to get it out there, but you need to be careful not to give it away to other people. Our ideas are very much like babies. We need them to grow and flourish, but we need to protect them until they’re...

How secure is my idea on IdeaGist?

How secure is my idea on IdeaGist?

One of the things our team constantly respond to is the question about security and safety of ideas on IdeaGist. Many people reaction to a site like IdeaGist is “What! Do you want me put my idea on a website?”, This article is about the security of your idea on...

3 Things to help you in not losing that idea

3 Things to help you in not losing that idea

By Hassan Syed ‘Everything begins with an idea.’ - Earl Nightengale We all come up with ideas on a regular basis. Some good ones, some silly ones and some inspiring ones. Many of our ideas come in our minds when dealing with an obstacle, a complex situation, or a...

How-to Add an Idea on IdeaGist Safely and Securely

How-to Add an Idea on IdeaGist Safely and Securely

How-to store an idea safely and securely on IdeaGist  ‘An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.’ – Edward de Bono Your idea is brewing in your mind. You’re excited and motivated to get it out there, but...

How-To Complete Your Basic  Profile On IdeaGist

How-To Complete Your Basic Profile On IdeaGist

What is an IdeaGist Profile An IdeaGist profile is your introduction to other IdeaGist users. It is just like your LinkedIn profile, providing details of your experience, expertise, interests and what are willing to offer on IdeaGist Collaboration Platform.   Why...

If you are designing for many, you need to speak to many.

If you are designing for many, you need to speak to many.

Often times we come up with a brilliant idea - and it flops. In many of those situations, the idea really is brilliant, and with a bit more nurturing, it could be the next big thing to storm the markets. But for some reason, it just didn’t not work. Maybe it didn’t...

Full of Ideas but no Money? 7 Sources of Funding

Full of Ideas but no Money? 7 Sources of Funding

One of the biggest challenges many aspiring entrepreneurs face is the dreaded F word. FUNDING. This is often the major deciding factor to start their own business and sadly, often many will let their dreams wither away and their brilliant ideas remain fond memories....

Do you need a Co-Founder? A 4 item checklist.

Do you need a Co-Founder? A 4 item checklist.

Does thinking of finding a partner or co-founder to help convert your idea into a viable business leave you hopelessly confused or fearful? You are not alone. Everyone you ask will have a strong opinion. And each opinion is conflicting. Some would tell you that it is...

Deciding to Take the Leap: 4 Questions to ask yourself

Deciding to Take the Leap: 4 Questions to ask yourself

It's your dream. You've thought about it for years. You've done your homework, have faith in your product or service, and you're so tired of working for someone else. Is now the time for you to take that leap and quit your job to start your own business? Apple...

5 Types of Funding for Your Idea

5 Types of Funding for Your Idea

On a daily basis, I encounter entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners that are in need of start-up capital. There are many ways that you can fund your idea and you need to be clear on which type of funding would actually work for you.  Let’s have a quick look at 5...

3 Ways to Talk About Your Big Idea Without Giving It Away

3 Ways to Talk About Your Big Idea Without Giving It Away

By Hassan Syed Big Idea! Your idea is brewing in your mind. You're excited and motivated to get it out there, but you need to be careful not to give it away to other people. Our ideas are very much like babies. We need them to grow and flourish, but we need to protect...