Rethinking the Tip Tax Credit for the Beauty Industry

Originally printed by Stacey Soble on SalonToday.com On a rainy October morning, salon owners gathered at Five Senses Salon, Spa and Barbershop in Peoria, Illinois, for a community roundtable with U.S. Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL) on legislation he is co-sponsoring that would expand the tip tax credit to the salon industry. Currently, salon employers are required to pay FICA taxes on tips, even […]

Big Ideas Get Cash Infusion at UTD Competition

Originally published here by Jeanne Spreier Celebrity judges weigh on student pitches at the annual Big Idea Competition at UT Dallas. UT Dallas finance-economics sophomores Jason Tran and Konan Mirza and electrical engineering student Yosias Kassaye are Alta Air founders (left to right). Their team won 3rd place and $2,500 for the best undergraduate idea. […]

ShearShare Named On Tech Street’s App of the Week

Business success is about finding the sweet spot where supply meets demand. The right recipe mixing supply and demand creates opportunity. Thats is why ShearShare is the App of the Week and Start Up of the Year. ShearShare is the brainchild of Courtney and Tye Caldwell. This ingenious couple created an app that allows barbers, beauticians, […]

ShearShare: Has This Husband-and-Wife Team Stumbled Onto the Next Airbnb? (#29)

Listen to this great podcast! When Tye and Courtney Caldwell were having trouble renting space in their salon, they thought: why isn’t there an app for this? So they created one. But can they convince investors that their skills will transfer from the barbershop to the boardroom? Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil […]

Behind the scenes with startup founders at Google Demo Day

by Genna McKeel, Senior Partnerships Manager, originally published on Google’s blog Companies all over the world—not just in Silicon Valley—are thinking up their next big idea. Working on the Google for Entrepreneurs team, we see these passionate founders building innovative companies in their hometowns. Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google’s resources to dozens […]

“I went to Google Demo Day in San Francisco for the First Time”

by Roya Sabeti, originally published here This was my first time attending! 🙂 What is Google Demo day? Each year, Google brings together a group of compelling investable companies, from around the world to highlight innovative technology and drive investment beyond Silicon Valley. Besides lunch on the beautiful google rooftop…. It’s never actually this sunny in SF! It’a […]

For Women And Non-White Entrepreneurs, The Idea Comes Easy — The Money Does Not

by KRYSTINA MARTINEZ Josh Baer, left, announces Shearshare founders Courtney and Tye Caldwell the Dallas winners of the Diversity & Inclusion Investment Challenge. Starting a successful business requires a great idea, paying customers and access to capital if you want it to grow. The business world is tough, but even tougher for people of color and […]

ShearShare Wins $100K in Diversity & Inclusion Investment Challenge

by Sequoia Blodgett | [ BIO ] February 3, 2018 Co-founders, Courtney and Tye Caldwell (Image: ShearShare) ShearShare, a platform that connects salon and barbershop owners to independent stylists to fill unused suites and stations on-demand, recently won $100K in the Diversity & Inclusion Investment Challenge presented by Capital Factory in partnership with the DEC (the Dallas Entrepreneur Center), […]