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14-year-old Alabama entrepreneur turns down $30M offer to buy his startup
Author: Mitchell Kilpatrick
Date: 16th May 2016
Published for: YellowHammer News

National headlines, orders from Six Flags, and multimillion dollar buyout offers: Just another day in the life of 14-year-old Alabama entrepreneur Taylor Rosenthal.

Rosanthal, a freshman at Opelika High School, came up with the idea for a first-aid vending machine last year as part of a Young Entrepreneurs Academy class. The idea grew into something much bigger, and Rosenthal is now turning the project into a fully-fledged business.

First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled
Author: Larry Greenemeier
Date: 14th May 2016
Published for: Scientific American

Nearly three years ago tech visionary Elon Musk outlined his vision for a new type of public transit that would be second only to teleportation in terms of speed, efficiency and “overall coolness.” The Hyperloop, as he envisioned it, would whisk commuter-filled pods hundreds of kilometers in a matter of minutes via tubes running either above- or belowground. The biggest flaw in his vision: he had no intention of actually building it.

Young entrepreneur to launch second venture
Author: Ellen McGann
Date: 13th May 2016
Published for: Business Quarter

Kyle Raffo registered his multimedia design business six years ago, when he was just 16 years old, and it now employs 12 people and is on track for a £1.2m annual turnover.

Kyle got started in business when he stumbled across a National Enterprise Academy event at his college, with the chance to pitch a business idea and qualify for a year’s coaching from Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.

Has Craig Wright proved he's Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto?
Author: Rory Cellan-Jones
Date: 3rd May 2016
Published for: BBC Technology

On 2 May, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright publicly claimed to be the creator of the Bitcoin virtual currency.

In interviews with the BBC, the Economist and GQ, he said he was the man behind Satoshi Nakamoto - the pseudonym used by whoever dreamed up Bitcoin in email exchanges with cryptographers and developers in the early days of the virtual currency.

400,000 people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 – and now the wait begins
Author: Matthew Hussey
Date: 21st April 2016
Published for: The Next Web

Elon Musk has just revealed that nearly 400,000 people have put down the $1,000 deposit required to be in line for Tesla’s Model 3 – its $35,000 assault on the mainstream motoring industry.

10 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
Author: Shobhit Seth
Date: 10th October 2014
Published for: Investopedia

What's it like to be an entrepreneur, and what qualities does the person need to have? This article gives you insight into some areas of entreprenial mindset.

The surprising habits of original thinkers
Author: Adam Grant
Date: 1st February 2016
Published for: TED2016 Talks

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Launching Your Startup in 2016
Author: Alex Chuang (@alexchuang72)
Date: 8th September 2015
Published for: Medium

How to get early users instantly with limited time and money?
At Launch Academy, we’ve helped accelerate the growth of more than 350 startups. One of the biggest questions I get is “how do I get early users FAST?”. There are plenty of blogs out there that talk about paid advertising, social media, offline distribution, content marketing, SEO, SEM, e-mail marketing and so on. But I will be focusing on actionable items you can do to get your first 1,000 users in a weekend’s time and with less than $500 of investment. Getting a solid first group of users will help steer your product towards a problem/solution fit.

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan
Author: Carolyn Sun
Date: 7th November 2015
Published for: Entrepreneur

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re bootstrapping it or looking for outside funding.

The single biggest reason why startups succeed
Author: Bill Gross
Date: 1st March 2015
Published for: TED2015 Talks

Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people's, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.

How to make a profit while making a difference
Author: Audrey Choi
Date: 1st November 2015
Published for: TED2015 Talks

Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. "We have more opportunity today than ever before to make choices," she says. "So change your perspective. Invest in the change you want to see in the world."