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Ash Kumra on Crowd Funding – A New Source of Capital for Start-Up Businesses

Jim welcomes entrepreneur Ash Kumra of Ash discusses the dramatic effect of social media in business and particularly in recent IPO’s such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Ash and Jim also discuss “crowd funding”, and how it can be beneficial at every stage for young up-and-coming companies. He also notes how crowd funding is becoming much more common as a funding source for specific niche-business start-ups. As to the influence of social media in business, Ash believes it’s clearly here to stay, and is more of an enabling technology than a disruptive one.

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Source/Date: Financial Sense News Radio/July 30th

The Power Of Women In Technology

Women are changing the face of technology. More and more women are being noticed as developers in the technology space, from Silicon Valley to Silicon Prairie to nearly every major metropolitan area. These women are making the actual product, coding, and hacking (now there are female-only hackathons, where developers spend a short burst racing to develop a program).

In addition to creating, women are also running technology spheres like never before. From founding their own companies to leadership positions, it’s clear that technology isn’t a boys club anymore.

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Source: Huffington Post/December 2012

Forbes Column on How To Visualize Your New Startup Idea

As entrepreneurs, we dream big and see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But what exactly are you dreaming about? What tools are you using to live out those dreams? And how are you making it happen now? It’s time to start dreaming smarterabout entrepreneurship.

“Dreaming smart” is what I like to call the process of methodically identifying and developing ideas so that they become profitable, realistic businesses that manifest into what you truly dreamed them to be. It’s like creating your own luck. By simply visualizing the right dream to pursue, all the clutter and lack of focus go away, and you find yourself one step closer to success.

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Source/Date: Forbes – September 2012

American Express Open On College Entrepreneurship

The college years are lean times for most students, but this shouldn’t put a damper on your ambitions to think (and be big) with your new business. From social media and networking to pitch events and even volunteering, you can market yourself and your college business on a budget by employing some of these 10 simple, no-cost strategies!

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Source/Date: American Express Open Forum – August 2012

Entrepreneur Making A Difference

Ash Kumra took his first trip to the White House last week to address the nation about his success and to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.

The Irvine-based businessman and winner of the 2010 Irvine Entrepreneurial Forum was honored by Empact 100 for the success of DesiYou Inc., chosen as one of the top companies in the nation run by entrepreneurs under 30. DesiYou curates Indian entertainment and distributes it to content providers around the world.

“I want to help create, find and nurture game changing opportunities,” Kumra said in his speech. “At the end of the day, entrepreneurs are what makes the world go round. We are the poeple that move and shake our society. I want you all to feel proud of what you also are going to do.”

Being honored at the White House was more than an award, said Kumra, 30. He left Washington, D.C. with the drive to inspire the next entrepreneur and to continue doing what he’s already doing.

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Source/Date: Orange County Register/LA Times – November 2011