Worth Reading 6/21/13

As most of you know, the Dingman Center doesn’t shut down during the summer. We’ve had another exciting week including: Elana Fine teaming up with Rami Essaid for a Live Chat with the Washington Post, Entrepreneur-in-Residence Liz Sara advising students on their business ideas, and the Smith School hosting a fun BBQ for faculty and staff. Make sure you stay connected with the Dingman Center on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates on our community of entrepreneurs. Now, let’s check out what’s worth reading this week.

According to a recent article on Forbes.com there is an entrepreneur zombie movement in which, unlike the fearless risk takers of the past, “forced entrepreneurs” are simply starting businesses in response to a tightening job market. Here’s how you cure a zombie entrepreneur.

Social media is the fastest and easiest way to reach a large number of people and platforms like Facebook and Twitter are key in the marketing strategies of the country’s most successful startups. What makes the difference between a few hundred and a few thousand followers? Here are 5 Social Media Rules Every Entrepreneur Should Know.

Washington DC is continuing to thrive as an entrepreneurial ecosystem with the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that will be built on the National Mall. The center will become a national landmark highlighting the country’s risk takers and innovators and hopefully inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.

In case you missed this week’s Business Rx column, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Harry Geller gave advice to Chase Kaczmarek of Wheel Shields on addressing an international market. Chase is a member of the Dingman Center’s EnTERPreneur Academy, winner of a Pitch Dingman Competition and was voted one of the 5 coolest booths at the Business & Innovation Showcase during Cupid’s Cup.

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