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Innovation via collaboration: The millennial way to launch a product

Most new food products are dreamed up by people in conference rooms and created by formulators in laboratories. The ingredients are sourced from whoever can supply them at the lowest cost with little thought ...

Are Green Conferences Getting Greener?

As the climate talks in Paris come to a close it’s worth thinking about the environmental costs of bring 22,000 people from around the world together to discuss climate change. The UN is actually quite good ...

5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Crowdfunding Campaign

I’ve spoken on panels about crowdfunding, written op-eds and generally thought of myself as an expert running a crowdfunding campaign. So when my campaign to raise $100,000 in 30 days failed, I was forced ...

Why Moms Make the Best Business Partners

When I was little, she was the one who bought the cups for my lemonade stand. When my Girl Scout Troop sold cookies, she stood behind me as I canvassed the neighborhood. Now I’m 27 and no longer living at ...

Why Millennial Women Open Their Own Doors

My father always insists on opening the door for me. It’s part of his philosophy on life, and it couldn’t be more quintessential of his generation. For him, opening doors is more than just an action. It ...

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Food Company

Part of The Barnraiser 'Future of Food' Series The future of food will not be determined by the mammoth food monopolies. The true innovation will come from people like you and I, sitting in our kitchens, ...

Move Over Tech Startups: Food Startups Are the Ones to Watch

The silicon is quickly disappearing out of Silicon Valley and is being replaced by something a little squishier: food. New food startups with millions of dollars in funding are attracting a new type of young ...

How to Be Good at Failure

This past year has taught me a lot about failure. By all accounts, it’s been successful year. My business grew from zero to over 200 stores, we’ve been featured multiple times on national television and we ...

Crowdfunding Your Social Venture

There is something ironic about scheduling back to back coffee dates when you don’t actually drink coffee. I’d hoped that a “coffee date” would be an easy ask for my wannabe investors that ...