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bloomington-indiana-tech-combineKatie Birge

4 Reasons Every Hoosier Entrepreneur Should Attend the Combine

In its fourth year, the Combine brings speakers and attendees from across the country (and in this year’s case, the world!) to celebrate community, culture, capital and code in Bloomington. The event draws hundreds of participants from across the Midwest for an extended weekend of workshops, speakers, presentations, networking, parties and tours. Bloomington’s favorite event […]

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Justin Taylor

Lessons From Out West: How To Make Waves in the Tech Space

As I stared out at the ocean, from the little mountain overlooking our hotel, I reflected. The moon was setting on the Pacific Ocean and the Sun was rising over the mountains. There I was standing between these four great natural powers. And I felt powerful. Not just because of the physical environment, but because […]

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badaboom verge pitchTim Hickle

DreamShare takes on Video with BadaBoom

Video’s hot right now and everyone knows it. Trying to cash in on the gold rush is web app developer, DreamShare. Their new web app, BadaBoom, aims to act as a sort of Pinterest for video. Make it easy to make lists and share those list among your social networks. John, Josh, and Squid walked […]

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Matt Hunckler

The Most Valuable Sales Lesson I Ever Learned, I Learned from Selling Vacuum Cleaners

I piled into the van with 6 middle-aged men. Most of them smoked half a pack of cigarettes by the time we arrived at our first sales call. But these guys were professionals. I mean, they were good at what they did, which was to sell vacuum cleaners door to door. And I was right […]

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13 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Meeting Potential Advisors

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. What is the #1 mistake young entrepreneurs make when trying to pursue relationships with potential mentors […]

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customer engagementTyler Andrews

How Twitter Creates Customer Engagement

According to, there are numerous staggering statistics surrounding Twitter: 645,750,000-Number of active registered Twitter  users 135,000-Number of new Twitter users signing up everyday 195 million-Number of unique Twitter site visitors every month 58 million-Average number of tweets per DAY 9,100-Number of tweets every SECOND $405,500,000-Twitters Advertising revenue for 2013   So How Do I […]

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Santiago Jaramillo

The Secret to Turning Leads into Customers

Many have searched for a formula or foolproof method to convert leads, only to find one doesn’t exist. With every prospect comes a different set of circumstances, meaning a “one-size-fits-all” sales conversation is impossible. In our experiences at Bluebridge, the people we encounter are as diverse as the industries we serve with mobile apps. But […]

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Santiago JaramilloAlec Synnestvedt

Winning Startup Trade Show Ideas from The Innovation Showcase

It’s been a big year for Santiago Jaramillo and the BlueBridge Digital team. The kind of year that landed him on the Inc. 30 under 30 list. A year ago, BlueBridge had fifteen clients and three employees. They now have over 110 clients and more than fifteen employees, but that’s only the beginning–with plans to add […]

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Tim Flint

3 Lessons Learned About Getting Press From A PR Expert

“All startups have one thing in common: Great ideas. Small budgets.” Those where some of the first words of advice spoken by Kelly Hendricks, the CEO of BLASTMedia, at Smartups last month. Startups are often spending every dollar they have on the product; so with their small budgets how far can a bright entrepreneur stretch […]

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Tips for SXSWThe YEC

10 Ways to Actually Meet the Right People at SXSW

Question: What’s your best tip for a founder who wants to attend big events like SXSW and actually meet the right people? Learn Who’s Attending Ahead of Time “Check in with people you want to catch up with to see when they’ll be onsite, and get on their calendars in advance. Once the event starts, send […]

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