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Innovation of the Week: Pokémon Go inspires new approach to buying and selling furniture online

Chairish’s mobile augmented-reality-enabled app was released on Thursday. | Photo by Chairish

March 8, 2017 - 11:38am

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Jennifer Odess

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Ag-bio startups harvest more funding

Hydro Grow LLC hopes to hit the market within the next few years with its vegetable-growing appliance. Founder Scott Massey, left, and associates Jimmy Carlson, center, and Ivan Ball, recently landed $25,000 from Purdue Ag-celerator. |  Photo courtesy Purdue News Service

February 23, 2017 - 11:00am

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

John Annakin

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Email signature marketer Sigstr develops tool for employee engagement

Call-to-action messages at the bottom of emails a company sends to its employees can be used to build their enthusiasm for the company’s products and services. In turn, those employees are likely to become stronger brand advocates in their social media postings to friends and family, said Sigstr VP Dave Duke. | Photo courtesy of Sigstr

                            

February 9, 2017 - 3:03pm

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Brian Powers

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A decade later, Future Fund investment in CoLucid pays off

Eli Lilly and Co.’s $960 million purchase of CoLucid validated the creation of the Indiana Future Fund, which invested $16.5 million in CoLucid a decade earlier, said BioCrossroads CEO David Johnson. “Nothing like that had ever been done before” in the region. | Photo courtesy of BioCrossroads.

February 3, 2017 - 11:51am

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Debbie Sterling

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Women business owners explain special set of challenges

Holly Tachovsky, CEO and co-founder of Austin-based BuildFax, believes that the quality of a company's idea and management team are more important than whether it is run by a woman. | Photo courtesy of BuildFax.

January 26, 2017 - 1:55pm

Do female-led businesses have more challenges in raising capital?

As a partner & co-founder of Foster City, Calif.-based Scale Venture Partners and the co-chair of the National Venture Capital Association Inclusion & Diversity Task Force, Kate Mitchell believes the venture capital industry needs to get practical about solutions to help women-led businesses connect with investors, and vice versa.|Photo courtesy of Scale Venture Partners.

 
January 16, 2017 - 11:59am

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