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From Finance to Fountain: Mint Founder Aaron Patzer's New Move Is Making Expertise Accessible  click to view all 20 videos

Aaron Patzer moved to Silicon Valley at 25 to build Mint, a company that would go on to sell for $170 million. Now, he's back on the grind with Fountain: a micro-consulting marketplace that allows users to ask questions to experts through mobile video, voice and text.

Don't Fear Failure, Fear Regret

Natalie Young, founder of Las Vegas restaurant Eat, says her worst nightmare is waking up 20 years from now wishing she had done more to make her business work.

Why You Can't Put a Price on Creative Freedom

Natalie Young, founder of Las Vegas restaurant Eat, says there is no substitute for being able to make all the decisions about your business.

Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh: Entrepreneurs Need Creativity, Optimism, and Street Smarts

Two years after the launch of The Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Hsieh talks about the effort to transform part of the city.

The Downtown Project: Tony Hsieh's Dream to Revitalize Downtown Las Vegas

When Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh began The Downtown Project in 2012, he wanted to revitalize downtown Las Vegas through entrepreneurship and technology. Though rumors and bad publicity have recently plagued the project, it has to date invested in more than 100 local businesses in a variety of sectors. Here, a behind-the-scenes look at some of the entrepreneurs engaging in the new tech ecosystem.

The Best Advice Indiegogo Never Received

Slava Rubin, a co-founder of Indiegogo, discusses the guidance he wishes he'd heard while starting the crowdfunding platform in 2008.

Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann: 'Crowdfunding is Not About Dollars'

Co-founder of Indiegogo says the big payoff of a successful crowdfunding campaign is you get to be yourself.

Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann: Be Ruthless About Your Priorities

Indiegogo wants to be the crowdfunding platform that democratized access to capital. With a lofty goal like that, they can't mess around with distractions.

How Indiegogo Is Democratizing Access to Capital

Indiegogo founders Slava Rubin and Danae Ringelmann talk about pioneering an industry, finding the right employees for their company culture, and plans for growing their mobile and international audiences.

Steve Cody's 3 Crucial Skills for Entrepreneurs

The co-founder of New York City PR firm Peppercomm shares his definition of a great business leader.

Peppercomm's Steve Cody: Entrepreneurs Can Make the Crazy World Saner

Simply by creating a positive place for people to work, Cody says, entrepreneurs can make a huge difference.

Peppercomm's Steve Cody: Know When a Great Client Is the Wrong Client

As a startup PR firm in the mid-1990s, Peppercomm learned the hard way that when a fish is bigger than your boat, you need to know when to cut the line.

Company Culture Is More Important Than You Realize

Peppercomm co-founder Steve Cody talks about what it takes to launch and grow a business, land customers in a competitive environment, and get ranked by Crain's New York as the top place to work.

Why Recent Grads Are Ditching Finance for Tech Startups (Infographic)

In New York, tech startups are the new investment bank. Here's why.

The New Incubator: Mom and Dad's House?

These entrepreneurs live with their parents (and swear by it).

Find Retailers Who Are Committed to Your Product's Success

Landing shelf space will always be an important part of the sales game, but entrepreneur Jeffrey Hollender says it's also about forging the right relationships.

Get Rid of 'Unrealistic Expectations' When Launching Your Startup

Jeffrey Hollender, the co-founder of condom company Sustain, says you need to rein in your expectations of what you can accomplish and how long tasks will take to complete.

Father-Daughter Condom Company Founders Aim to Empower Women

Jeffrey and Meika Hollender launched Sustain with a goal of breaking down societal barriers that prevent people from talking about safe sex.

Sustain: What It's Like When the Family Business Is Condoms

Father-daughter founding team Meika and Jeffrey Hollender have built a fair-trade condom company aimed at women in their twenties. This is their grind, hustle and payoff.

Successful CEOs Spend More Time Focused on the Future

Matt Lehrer, the founder of Teamwork Athletic Apparel, says leaders need to take steps to avoid getting bogged down by their company's day-to-day issues.

Matt Lehrer: 'Solve a Problem That Has Never Been Solved Before'

The founder of Teamwork Athletic Apparel says he has to work harder and smarter than ever before to keep his new products ahead of the competition's.

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