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Start-up and small business reporter at the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal's Small Business, Big Innovation competition

wsj.com — In July, the Journal invited entrepreneurs to share the ideas they've used to survive the downturn. The winner thrived by finding a new direction and new markets. Its story-and those of the other finalists-can be a model and an inspiration for small firms facing similar struggles.

Small Firms Aim to Raise Capital More Easily Under New Rules

wsj.com — Some entrepreneurs and business owners say they're preparing to raise up to $50 million in capital from investors, without facing the legal costs and financial reporting requirements of going public, taking advantage of new rules that kick in Friday.
Jun 17, 2015

RT @WSJbusiness: Small firms aim to raise capital more easily under new rules on.wsj.com/1Il2DPW via @WSJ by @angusloten

Jun 17, 2015

Mini IPOs: New 'Reg A' rules kick in Friday via JOBS Act. Is Title III equity crowdfunding up next? on.wsj.com/1Il2DPW @WSJ #startups

After Obama Trade Setback, Small U.S. Companies to Put Overseas Plans on Hold

blogs.wsj.com — President , with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , were unsuccessful in a last-ditch appeal to House Democrats to gain support for a key piece of legislation related to a trade bill that would ease trade barriers for large and small businesses. Reuters Many small U.S.
Jun 13, 2015

After Obama Trade Setback, Small U.S. Companies to Put Overseas Plans on Hold on.wsj.com/1GzLi9c via @WSJ

Man Settles With FTC Over Crowdfunding Case

blogs.wsj.com — A Portland, Oregon man has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges he used "unfair or deceptive acts" to raise $122,000 from more than one thousand online backers on Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding site.
Jun 11, 2015

A man settled w/FTC after using Kickstarter to trick people into paying his rent instead of funding a new board game blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/06…

Jun 11, 2015

A board game maker who raised $122K on Kickstarter settles with FTC over "deceptive acts" against backers on.wsj.com/1I7vd7c @WSJD

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Small Firms Shift Toward Cloud-Based Software

wsj.com — Owners of small businesses, from clothing retailers to restaurants, are increasingly signing up for subscriptions to cloud-based software, representing a fundamental shift in the way they use technology. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees last year spent about $630 on software, up from $590 in 2013, a 7% increase, according to Intuit, the maker of the popular TurboTax tax-preparation software.
Jun 03, 2015

Small biz is eating up cloud-based software, likely making @pmarca pleased with his prediction. wsj.com/articles/small…

Jun 03, 2015

#smallbiz owners poised to spend big on tech upgrades are shifting to the cloud on.wsj.com/1M5lbXt via @WSJ

Jun 03, 2015

RT @lesliejosephs: Small firms shift toward cloud-based software. “I don’t have time to be a technology expert" on.wsj.com/1M5lbXt by @angusloten

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Small-Business Lending Is Slow to Recover

wsj.com — CARROLLTON, Ga.-Brandi Shirey wants to borrow at least $20,000 to expand the birthday- and wedding-cake business she started four years ago after leaving her job as a bookkeeper. Demand for the cakes, which sell for $150 to $500, overwhelms her home kitchen.

Meetup.com Aims to ‘Get People Off the Internet’

wsj.com — Every time members of Twin Cities Museum Meetup get together-to visit museums, galleries and historical sites-Scott Heiferman feels he has helped to make the world a better place. And every month, Mr. Heiferman's business, Meetup.com, collects a flat fee of...
May 13, 2015

Q&A: How Meetup.com CEO Scott Heiferman wants to use the Internet to ‘get people off the Internet’ on.wsj.com/1RFiocp @WSJ

May 13, 2015

RT @angusloten: Q&A: How Meetup.com CEO Scott Heiferman wants to use the Internet to ‘get people off the Internet’ http://t.co/…

May 13, 2015

RT @angusloten: Q&A: How Meetup.com CEO Scott Heiferman wants to use the Internet to ‘get people off the Internet’ http://t.co/…

May 13, 2015

RT @angusloten: Q&A: How Meetup.com CEO Scott Heiferman wants to use the Internet to ‘get people off the Internet’ http://t.co/…

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Yelp Deal With Yahoo Has Small Businesses Crying Foul

wsj.com — A recent deal by Yelp Inc. to provide business listings for Internet searches on Yahoo Inc. is getting bad reviews from some small-business owners, who say years of positive feedback from customers have vanished from Yahoo. Colonial Hardwood Flooring of Lexington, Mass., amassed six years of mostly positive feedback on its Yahoo Local listing, says owner Dan Tringale.
May 07, 2015

remember, #Yelp has an existing deal with #Yahoo from last year that gives Yelp listings priority in Yahoo searches. wsj.com/articles/SB100…

May 07, 2015

RT @readDanwrite: remember, #Yelp has an existing deal with #Yahoo from last year that gives Yelp listings priority in Yahoo searches. wsj.com/articles/SB100…

A Startup Sours After A Falling Out

wsj.com — Investors often wield tremendous influence over a startup-and that can backfire if the relationship between investor and entrepreneur turns bitter. Just ask Virginia Barnett, of Lithia, Fla. Last year, she co-founded Gr8code, a business that offered bootcamp-style computer programming courses for beginners. A former Walt Disney Co.
Apr 22, 2015

What happens when a #startup founder has a falling out with an investor. on.wsj.com/1bjNoNX via @WSJ

Apr 24, 2015

Startup runs into trouble when a founder suffers a falling out with investor and cofounders. on.wsj.com/1bjNoNX via @WSJ

Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness

wsj.com — A closely watched Internet free-speech case is headed to the Virginia Supreme Court this month, with many businesses that live and die by online reviews rooting for the owner of a small, suburban carpet cleaner.
Apr 16, 2015

Court says Hadeed Carpet can't see its Yelp reviewers on.wsj.com/1b72UNH Here's @WSJ's April 2014 story on.wsj.com/1OIkcyE #smallbiz

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Jul 31, 2015

GitHub raises $250 million at $2 billion valuation on.wsj.com/1LRUHuA via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

Microsoft Partners With Jasper to Expand Internet of Things on.wsj.com/1MzmTnS via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

Hallmark Unit Tries Hyper-Converged Hardware to Help With Analytics Push on.wsj.com/1ItiH1L via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

Etsy Revamps Search Experience to Help Shoppers Pinpoint Products on.wsj.com/1DddzTC via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

Google appeals French order to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ globally on.wsj.com/1DckM6q via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

Thirsty for growth, liquor giant taps African market on.wsj.com/1IttN6Z via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

IKEA buys forests as hedge against rising timber prices on.wsj.com/1Itus8o via @WSJ

Jul 30, 2015

Watch the Roti-Making Machine in Action, No It’s Not Your Mom on.wsj.com/1DbkaOy via @WSJIndia

Jul 29, 2015

You can do OK selling bottled water on New York’s streets, but it’s a seasonal business on.wsj.com/1LpAQ5V via @WSJ

Jul 29, 2015

The Morning Download: Global Leaders, Led by China, Rush to Reduce U.S. Internet Influence on.wsj.com/1IqhFUd via @WSJ

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