Alyson Shontell

Alyson Shontell

Editor at Business Insider, entrepreneur at heart

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Business Insider

Wall Street Should Fear 28-Year-Old Alexa Von Tobel - SFGate

When LearnVest launched a few years ago, it was a site that promised to teach women important financial information. [...] how big a business could financial content for women really be? The Harvard Business School dropout and former Morgan Stanley trader would use technology to shake up Wall Street. LearnVest launched a product that looked a lot like Mint to help its customers visualize their savings and spending. "Being a registered investment advisor allows us to start giving investment advice and to maximize all of our customers' investments," Von Tobel says. The Portfolio Builder package costs $599 and includes all of the 5-Year Planner benefits, as well as guidance around investment portfolios. There's a dual browser screen so financial planners and clients can access the accounts at the same time and walk through the planning together.

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Business Insider

10 Founders Under 30 Who Grew Their Startups To $100 Million+ ...

Others took their companies public ⠔ also before the age of 30. Mint is a financial tools and management platform that helps people keep track of their spending. In 2004, Levchin founded Slide, a platform for creating and sharing content.  In 2005, Catherine Cook and her brother David moved to a new high school.  QuePasa, a Latino social network, bought MyYearbook for $82 million in stock and $18 million in cash -- just enough to pay off the $17 million the siblings had raised from investors.

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14 Terrible LinkedIn Mistakes You're Making - Yahoo! Finance

There are some things you just shouldn't do on LinkedIn. Here are some of the most common mistakes.

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Business Insider

20 Incredible Images That Show Why Pinterest Gets 1 Billion Monthly

Even though it has yet to make a dime, the startup was called the "toast of the town" by Silicon Valley investors this summer. The pictures on the main page are a unique collection of fashion, design and inspirational photography. Incredible Images Competing In The National Geographic Photo Of The Year Contest11 Services That Don't Exist Anymore At The US Post OfficeThe 10 Unhealthiest States In America

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Business Insider

27-Year-Old Kellee Khalil Is Taking On Pinterest, The Knot, And ...

When users browse photos, they're given all of the purchase information they need.  Starting in April, Khalil will sell advertising across the network, like a Federated Media for wedding blogs, and split revenue with the publishers. Luckily, Khalil's sister is incredibly well connected in the wedding industry. Hundreds of thousands of photos have been uploaded and tagged, and a significant amount of traffic is already being generated for the partnering sites. Greg Smith Was Right, They Ruined My Great-Grandfather's CompanyTim Cook Dragged Path's Dave Morin Into His Office And Grilled HimWALL STREET'S WORST NIGHTMARE:

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Business Insider

After Making Millions, Two 20-Somethings Have Founded A Startup To

After Making Millions, Two 20-Somethings Have Founded A Startup To Help Fight Cancer [...] when they left Google in June, they started brainstorming ways to help find a cure. After their June brainstorming session, the two began meeting with dozens of oncologists every week to learn from them and see where the treatment process could be improved. Clinical trials are new, innovative cancer treatments.

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Business Insider

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest ...

A  woman named Kirsten decided to look into the legality of Pinterest.  After all, she's a lawyer with a passion for photography. What she found scared her so much, she shut down her Pinterest...

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David Tisch Is Leaving His Day To Day Role At TechStars New York ...

[...] as with most journeys, the time has come for me to move on to the next challenge and take a step back from my day-to-day role as Managing Director of the TechStars NYC program.  [...] with a deep level of appreciation for the experience and sense of pride, I have chosen to take this less-active role to focus on starting and building new projects.   TechStars NYC is the preeminent accelerator program in NYC with outstanding mentors, superb investors, a fantastic office, and a group of alumni founders building great companies.   Over the course of three programs, we funded 36 companies that moved into our office and made incredible product and business progress through their hard work.  34 of those companies are active, and they have raised over $50mm in follow-on capital and employ over 200 people.  TechStars⠙ 

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College Spun

EXCLUSIVE: SU's Brandon Reese Talks About His Experience, Dion

Brandon Reese did something most ordinary college students can only dream of: he walked on to Syracuse University's Division I basketball team. Reese was actually a

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Business Insider

Ex-Googlers Relaunch Their Startup Stamped And Get Ryan Seacrest

Last Spring, Robby Stein and Bart Stein (not related) left their jobs at Google to start a company, Stamped. Stamped received funding from Google Ventures and others to become a mobile app that would make restaurant and small business reviews more social. A slew of A-list investors are supporting Stamped's new vision; Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber, The New York Times, Columbia Records, Crunchfund, Eric Schmidt, ShoeDazzle's Brian Lee, and Pandora CTO Tom Conrad are all investors. [...] Stamped creates personalized guides for users based on their interests and their friends' recommendations. The three founders, Robby, Bart and Kevin Palms, are determined to build a long-term network where people help others discover amazing things.

Business Insider

HotelTonight Is A 1.5-Year-Old Startup That's Raised $36 Million To ...

Sam Shank founded HotelTonight a year and a half ago. [...] he's raised $36 million from investors for his mobile app.

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Business Insider

In Alleged New IMs From Harvard, Zuckerberg Says Facebook Is ...

In Alleged New IMs From Harvard, Zuckerberg Says Facebook Is 'Souped-Up' Version Of Someone Else's Idea (FB) Aaron Greenspan was a Harvard junior while Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg was a sophomore. For years, Greenspan has been trying to tell media outlets that Zuckberg's orginal idea for Facebook, a social network for Harvard students, was essentially a ripoff of a product Greenspan had put together at Harvard. Today, Greenspan published what he says are instant message conversations he had with Mark Zuckerberg in 2004.  In one alleged conversation, Zuckerberg approaches Greenspan to see if he'd like work with him on a project ⠓ a project that would turn out to be Facebook. Zuckerberg says he would like Greenspan to work on this project because he thinks it will be similar to a "facebook" site that Greenspan has already been working on ⠓ a Harvard-sanctioned Website called "Housesystem." Zuckeberg tells Greenspan his project is &quot

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The Huffington Post

Masters of the Attention Economy: What #Kony2012 and the Oregon Ducks Have in Common

What do a shoe and apparel billionaire and a college football team have to do with an indicted African War Criminal and a skyrocketing viral video? Everything.