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Create a Platform for your Business

The Internet is run primarily by four platforms: Amazon, iTunes, Google, and Facebook.  The valuable lesson that I’ve learned about this is that owning a platform is critical in developing a sustainable business strategy.  What is a platform? According to Phil Simon (author of The Age of Platform), a platform is defined as “an extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that […] scales, morphs, and incorporates new features, users, customers, vendors, and partners.”   A platform gives entrepreneurs a greater opportunity to scale their business for sustainable growth. For example the NewMe Accelerator (Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton), TechStars (Brad Feld and David Cohen) and The Lean Startup (Eric Ries) are great examples of platforms that were developed by entrepreneurs.

NewME Accelerator Announces Pop-Up Tour Schedule

Starting in our nation’s capital, the pop-up tour will hit 8 cities

Kicking off in Washington, DC, NewME Accelerator announced its eight-city tour on Wednesday.

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New Mailbox App for iPhone Helps You Better Manage Your Gmail Inbox

Free app helps keep your messages in order

Mailbox, a free iPhone app, is designed to fix email clutter by organizing your Gmail.…

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Privacy Policy: Is Gmail Reading Your Emails?

Microsoft claims Google is snooping in your email

Microsoft is making waves with their website Scroogled.com. The website focuses on dissuading Gmail users…

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Swizz Beatz Announces Co-Ownership Of A “Monster” Headphone Company

Swizz Beatz adds his vision to Monster

A week after his wife Alicia Keys joined BlackBerry, Swizz Beats announced his own “Monster”…

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Facebook Fatigue: Most Americans Take a Break From the Site

Survey finds 61% of Facebook users have taken a break from the service

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project revealed that…

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Study Finds Google Search Ads Are Racially Biased

Harvard University researchers make disturbing discovery

Study reveals that personalized ads posted next to search results for African-American names were more…

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4 Lessons From Successful Social Media Ninjas

Tips to tackling social media like a pro

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to several social media savvy folks to get their take on the precision…

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Love & Tech: 48% of Single Women Research Dates on Facebook

Recent Match.com survey shows women engage in pre-date research--and Facebook is their source of choice

Match.com, which asked over 5,000 single and married people about their dating habits, revealed 48%…

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All Hail Queen Bey! Beyonce Announces ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ World Tour On YouTube

The “Crazy in Love” songstress serves up the royal treatment in video teaser

Beyonce released a video teaser for her tour titled “The Mrs. Carter Show” on YouTube.…

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By the Numbers: Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show A Social Media Success

“The Queen of Pop” blazed the stage and the social networking scene with her electric performance

A by-the-numbers social media breakdown of Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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In 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12 week program to teach people how to build websites and mobile apps.

The Starter League to Train Chicago Teachers on Web Development Curriculum

Chicago-based startup partners with Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago

The Starter League (formerly Code Academy), a Chicago-based beginner-focused software school that teaches people how…

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Fill it out NO matter what 	Never second-guess your decision to fill out the FAFSA. Regardless of your family’s income, filing out the document qualifies you to receive various forms of financial assistance. According to a Minnesota Office of Higher Education report, in 2007-2008, of the 8.4 million students who did not file a FAFSA, an estimated 2.3 million students were estimated to have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)—the amount of money one’s family is expected to pay toward his/her college education per year—that would have made them eligible for a federal Pell Grant, with 1.1 million potentially qualifying for a full Pell Grant.

White House Tech Inclusion Summit Unveils Private-Sector Initiatives to Bridge Gap in STEM

Follow up to the Tech Inclusion Roundtable sets foundation for change

The White House Tech Inclusion Summit, which took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building…

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Tea Party Republicans Leave Facebook, Launch Own Community

Members of new site say they were "bullied by liberals" on Facebook

Tea Party Repubs defect to a new conservative alternative to Facebook

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‘Boondocks’ Creator Launches Kickstarter Campaign

McGruder's 'Uncle Ruckus' movie would be an R-rated comedy

Aaron McGruder hopes to bring the “Boondocks” to a theater near you

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Social Media Impact on Super Bowl Advertisements

The chief executive delves into crowdsourced content

CEO of Freshwire Shawn Amos talks about the rise in crowdsourcing content and what viewers…

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‘If You Are What You Say You Are’…4 Useful Verification Tools Online

Use these tools to prevent from getting Manti Te’o-d in business

Take precaution by using these reliable business/identification verification tools online.

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Viewers Choice: 5 Super Bowl Moments You Helped Create

Social media users help brands pick Super Bowl spots

Here, BlackEnterprise.com take a look at how several well-known brands are building interactive social campaigns…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Stipple Brings Photos to Life Through Tagging

Rey Flemings found a way to see past the limitations of computer vision

Image-based advertising and e-commerce company Stipple is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week.

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Mark Zuckerberg Ends Facebook Phone Rumors

While the social network continues to grow with mobile, there’s no sign of a smartphone in its future

On the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday Mark Zuckerberg ended all the speculation by dismissing…

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IncubateNYC: Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs

Former Wall Streeters follow passion and create a startup incubator

BlackEnterprise.com speak with IncubateNYC founders Brian Shields and Marcus Mayo on quitting their jobs on…

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How to Invest in Cannabis Stocks

While some stocks in these sectors have been high fliers, even more have gone bust…

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Dealing with a Recruiter: 5 Simple Do’s and Dont’s for Landing the Final Interview

Aisha M. Taylor, co-founder of TAYLORMade Professional Career Consulting, shares tips for job candidates going…

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