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Is your business idea ‘disruptive’? Find out on November 14.

Before Skype there was the long distance call, and before email you had to wait for the postman to arrive. Both innovations not only...
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Q&A on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Find out more about the exciting YLAI program to help young leaders in the Western Hemisphere build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.
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With her solar suitcase, she transforms health care

Shocked by the lack of reliable electricity in some rural health clinics, Laura Stachel and her husband designed a portable solar electric system.
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A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.
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America’s most successful entrepreneurs aren’t all from America

Googol. It means the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. It  also inspired the name of a certain search engine you may know: Google....

Pitching your idea to a U.S. investor? 5 tips for getting...

Teleconferencing is convenient, but nothing matches the effectiveness of a face-to-face meeting. If you have your business plan, you've made your contacts and are...

Small businesses are like plants: They thrive in a robust ecosystem

Rwanda, Colombia and other countries prove that places plagued by poverty can make progress when they establish an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Tech entrepreneurs inspire a new generation of Ukrainians

From social apps that teach kids about compassion to initiatives that support IT educational infrastructure, Ukraine's technology sector is thriving.
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This Asian-American tech entrepreneur tried harder

Asian-American entrepreneur David Lam quit academia and found success in Silicon Valley, where the culture tolerates failure and rewards good ideas. Trying harder helps too.