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As online shopping, and increasingly, online grocery shopping, has become ubiquitous in the lives of consumers everywhere, supermarkets and grocery stores are jumping in line to serve the needs of today’s busy consumer. From Webvan to Amazon Fresh, online grocery shopping sites have come and gone over the past 10-plus years. Still, Zach Buckner, CEO of Charlottesville, Va.-based Relay Foods, saw a need to feed consumers’ growing hunger for convenience, and started the online food marketplace focused on delivering groceries, local and organic produce, and specialty items in 2009.[…] Continue Reading »

In one of the stranger inversions of the tech industry, failure has become chic. The founder of a failed startup, instead of feeling a little sheepish, now has bragging rights and a badge of honor. Indeed, one CEO of a failed startup recently bragged to a New York magazine writer that more people than ever now want to talk to him because of his failure.[…] Continue Reading »

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and e-mail lessons. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.[…] Continue Reading »

I’ve been thinking a lot about wrecking balls lately, and no, not because of Miley Cyrus.

I’ve been thinking about wrecking balls because this year my company went through our own demolition. We took the momentum from a year of hard work and used the force of our collective strengths to deconstruct what we originally built and start all over again.[…] Continue Reading »

If you believe the stats, then most startups are doomed to fail. And depending on who you ask, there are a lot of reasons why most don’t make it. So, what’s the best way for a startup to measure its progress during those pivotal first couple of years?

Simple: customer growth and satisfaction.

To me, what’s always exciting about startups like Instagram for example is how many new customers they’re onboarding and how much users like the platform.[…] Continue Reading »