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  • Facebook won, right? Then why are so many joining Ello? – with Paul Budnitz

    Mixergy
    Andrew Warner
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    3 million people flocked to Ello within 2 months. How many sites do you know that grew that fast? Paul Budnitz says that’s because social media sites stopped being fun. Maybe it’s because they started caring more about advertisers than users. So Paul decided to create a site that puts users first and won’t accept ads. This is the story how he turned his vision into Ello, a social network that balances commerce with art, and care for people with the realities of the way the world works today. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format.
  • The Best Business Leaders Are Visible At The Front

    Startup Professionals Musings
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    True leaders realize that, by definition, the word "leader" places the leader at the front, and not the rear. Yet many, many executives try to lead through fear and intimidation. This isn’t really leading at all. It’s pushing. In all businesses, leading from the front means that you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, pitching in to get the job done. True entrepreneur leaders see the big picture and recognize that their business is only a small piece of a much bigger community. They lead their own small community to pull together in a way that galvanizes the entire ecosystem…
  • Some New Prescriptions for the Health Care Marketplace

    Knowledge@Wharton
    Knowledge@Wharton
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    In its second year, the health insurance marketplace will see higher premiums and consumers accepting narrower networks, but education on the choices is essential, say Wharton experts.
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

    OnStartups
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    It's #TBT. It's been a busy and exciting several months. Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process.  On October 9th 2014, after our IPO roadshow, I had the thrill of joining a few HubSpotters and ringing the bell on the NYSE.  $HUBS (NYSE:HUBS) was off to the races. Note: I'm the guy in the middle.  I'm easy to pick out because I'm the calmest one of the bunch.  That's not because I'm cool and collected, but because I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. In the intervening time between the S1 filing and the IPO, I was in what…
  • Use shortcomings to get customers involved

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A business can gain five benefits by discussing failure because no press is bad press, Sqeeqee CEO Jenny Ta says.  -More- 
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    Fast Company

  • Apple Hits $700 Billion Market Cap—A New Record

    Chris Gayomali
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    The last record was set in September 2012.Apple's last market cap peak was in September 2012, when it hit $658 billion. The last few years saw AAPL dip until June, when the company seemingly bowed to outside pressure and split its stock.Read Full Story
  • Self-Driving Cars Could Steal The Last Of Your Free Time

    Mark Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    New concepts from Mercedes and Ideo reveal something scary. Your commute could be claimed for you...or for your boss.We know self-driving cars are coming for us—in fact, by 2040, 75% of the cars on the road may be self-driving. But what will your commute look like when it doesn't require you to drive anymore?Read Full Story
  • Chase This Holographic Chicken Around Your House Before You Eat It IRL

    Sydney Brownstone
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    The "Future Hunter-Gatherer" allows the whole family to participate in a kind of gamified Seamless, if ordering dinner meant killing or harvesting it first.A lot tends to go missing from the modern dinner. How often do we sacrifice greens, whole grains, or a structured sense of communal ritual in favor of a quick slice on the walk home? But that's not all that's missing from one of the most important meals of the day. Dinner is also missing holographic animals that you can unleash in your house for your children to hunt and kill.Read Full Story
  • Inside The First Audio Library of Alcohol-Addled Speech (Which Just Might Help Stop Drunk Driving)

    Matthew Braga
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Since 2007, German researchers have been getting subjects drunk and recording them.You get into your car at 3 a.m., sometime in the not-so-distant future, and it won't turn on. It senses something...off. It asks how you're doing (okay), what you ate for dinner (good-but-not-great pad thai) and whether the Leafs won or lost that night's hockey game (the latter, but what else is new). And by this point, your car doesn't even have to ask, because it already knows you're drunk. It offers to call you a cab, doing everything short of pouring you into the waiting driver's back seat.Read Full Story
  • Can This Manic Cartoon Dog Make The Internet Safer For Kids?

    Elizabeth Segran
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    Ruff Ruffman is ready for his second act.It's not easy teaching kids about stranger danger these days. When you sit your little ones down to tell them not to talk to strangers, you need to somehow explain that this includes anyone they might encounter online. On the one hand, you don't want to scare them away from the wonders of technology; on the other, you don't want them accidentally handing out their location. It's a tricky line to walk.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Drchrono uses Apple Touch ID to let doctors into electronic health record

    Mark Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Apple opened up the Touch ID fingerprint reader to third-party developers when it released iOS 8. Drchrono, which makes an electronic health record optimized for use on iPads, has now used that capability to authenticate doctors into the patient record — and to keep unauthorized users out. This may be part of a wider push by Apple to get iPhone 6s and iPads into the tech arsenals of enterprises like large medical groups and hospitals. The new iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 now come with Touch ID, as do the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Where the medical record is…
  • Mozilla unveils Firefox will soon offer one-click buttons for all your search engines

    Emil Protalinski
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. Mozilla says the new additions are “coming soon to a Firefox near you” but didn’t give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after the company struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, Mozilla said a new search experience was coming in December, so it’s safe to say we’ll see the search revamp with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the next release, when you type a search…
  • Legendary Nintendo composer arranged a new Super Mario Bros. medley for ‘Dancing with the Stars’

    Jeff Grubb
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Dancing with the Stars had someone who is actually famous on last night: Super Mario. The ABC celebrity-competition show saw Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and her partner, Mark Ballas, do a choreographed dance to classic gaming music from Super Mario Bros. But the show didn’t just rip tunes from series. Nintendo confirmed on Twitter that its long-time in-house composer Koji Kondo arranged an original version of his beloved bleeps and bloops for the show. Check it out: If you dig this version of the Super Mario Bros. music, you can actually get it right now for free. Nintendo is…
  • Going my way? Lyft drivers, not the passengers, can now set the destination

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re driving, chances are that a nearby Lyft passenger wants to go to the same destination. Starting now, Lyft is helping the two of you share the ride with Driver Destination. With “regular” carpool feature Lyft Line, Lyft matches nearby passengers with similar destinations so that the driver can grab them and drop them off in one ride. However, with the new Driver Destination, enters a destination, and passengers can be paired with that driver. The service is available in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where Lyft Line is available. Here’s how it works, as…
  • LinkedIn details Gobblin, its best tool yet to get all relevant data ready for analysis

    Jordan Novet
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    LinkedIn is back at it, sharing with the world its tools to work with lots of different types of data. Today it’s providing insight into new data ingestion software it’s cobbled together to aggregate its own data with sources from outside the social-networking company, into a single tube of sorts. The software, dubbed Gobblin, hints at its supreme ability to gobble up bits, which data scientists can then use as they design new products and analyze website usage. LinkedIn won’t be keeping Gobblin private. Following in the steps of LinkedIn-initiated projects like Azkaban,…
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    Inc.com

  • Time to Tell Your Customers How Many Calories Are in That Jumbo Popcorn

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Under new rules announced by the FDA, convenience stores, restaurants and movie theaters will have to clearly label the calorie counts of their food items.
  • The Greatest Lesson I Never Learned -- Don’t Go Into Business with a Friend

    Dana Severson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    My Father taught me many great lessons, some stuck with me and others did not. Running a business with a close friend is one lesson I learned the hard way.
  • How to write emails people want to reply to

    Paul Jarvis
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Whether you were asking for a testimonial from an industry A-lister, making an introduction to a potential client, or probing the mind of someone you admire, we've all cold-emailed people we didn't know to ask for something.
  • 6 Companies Killed by Apple

    Drew Hendricks
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here's the thing about having a corner on the market: If you spot competition on the uprise, you need to put a stop to it.
  • 7 Ways to Maximize Productivity on Your Daily Commute

    Jayson DeMers
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you're like most business professionals, you're always mining for new pieces of time to use to get your work done, or improve your productivity. Most Americans drive 20 minutes or more, one way, to get to their jobs, meaning a significant amount of time is usually available to be productive.
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being A Indie Band

    John Biggs
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
     In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983 in income… and incurred $147,802 in expenses. Essentially, they lost a little over $11,000. But what does this mean for a modern Indie band? Conte writes that all is not lost. First, obviously, is the… Read More
  • Dropbox’s Mobile Apps Are Now Integrated With Microsoft Office

    Sarah Perez
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
     Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app among other things. Today, those integrations have gone live for users of both the Android phone and iOS Dropbox applications. Explains Dropbox in a blog post announcing the… Read More
  • Two Rallies

    Alex Wilhelm
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
     Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s… Read More
  • Lyft Appeals To More Casual Drivers By Matching Them With Passengers To Share Commutes

    Ryan Lawler
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
     With the launch of Driver Destination, Lyft will for the first time give its drivers some freedom in being able to accept rides based on where a particular passenger is going. It also could open up its service to a more casual group of drivers. Read More
  • Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

    Ingrid Lunden
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
     With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%. And… Read More
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • As Ferguson exploded, so did Twitter with 3.5M Tweets

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here are some of the most enduring from last night's protests around the countryLast night, after a Grand Jury voted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the country seemed to explode in anger and violence, with rioting, looting and burning buildings. There were images on my television that I never thought I'd see. While it made me very sad to see that type of anger and aggression boil over into such actions, but even sadder that for many of them they likely felt there was no other way to express how they were feeling. This was not…
  • This year, I'm thankful for all of the nude photo leaks

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Maybe people will now finally start paying attention to what they share and who they share it with!Wow, 2014 went by quickly, huh? So fast, in fact, that when I was assigned to do my annual "I'm thankful" story, I had to really think about what had happened this year that would make a good article. It went in the blink of an eye, and it seemed like almost nothing happened at all! One thing I kept coming back to was how many hacking there were this year. So. Many. Hackings! In fact, at some point I lost track of just how many there were. Among those companies that were targets in the last year…
  • Mobilize raises $1.2M in seed funding

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Community management platform counts among its early adopters Google, Uber and Intuit Mobilize, the San Francisco and Tel Aviv cloud-based community management solution startup announced today that it has raised $1.2M in seed funding. Mobilize first round of funding was led by Hillsven Capital, with participation from UpWest Labs and Eddy Shalev. A spokeperson for the company told me that it plans to use the money to grow the team, accelerate product development, and continue supporting the company’s beta customers, such as Uber, Google, and Intuit. Why the enthusiasm from the…
  • What's fit to share isn't always what's fit to print

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Why I'm thankful for the Internet, and concerned about the new worldThe three most intriguing and rapidly-shared media events of the past couple weeks, excluding the Ferguson story, have been a sensationalized article about someone’s passing, conversational suggestions to dig up dirt on journalists, social media’s indictment of America’s-wholesome-Dad-turned-accused-rapist, and a satirical story about Sarah Palin wanting to send immigrants across the ocean to Mexico. (Honorable mentions go to a certain derriere and an awesome catch.) The fact that these stories actually…
  • Freelance work platform Elance-oDesk raises $30M

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    The company has also released an report studying the social and economic impact of freelancersIt was almost a year ago that Elance and oDesk, two of the biggest websites dedicated to helping freelancers find work, announced that would be combining. Now the new company, called Elance-oDesk, is thriving. Since the merger was completed in March, it has 750 million users, with companies processing $900 million through the platform annually. As proof of the success of the merger, Elance-oDesk has just raised its first ever funding raising as a combined company. The $30 million…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Employee Misclassification, Labor Laws and the Sharing Economy

    Steve
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two cleaning ladies have filed a class-action lawsuit against Handy, claiming the maid-on-demand service violated a number of labor laws. The basis of the suit against Handy is the folks filing the suit claim they should be classified as employees, while the company claims they are independent contractors. If the courts find they have been misclassified by Handy and should have been classified as employees, Handy will face substantial fines and penalties. They will also have to comply with a raft of labor laws they currently don't have to deal with. Employee misclassification - claiming a…
  • The New Minorities

    Steve
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Citylab's March of the Non-White Babies covers the rapidly shifting (at least by demographic standards) racial composition of America. The key message is sometime between 2040 and 2050 America will be a minority - majority nation. This means Euro caucasians (the politically correct term for white people) will comprise less than 50% of the population of the U.S. The information in the article comes from Diversity Explosion, a new book from Brookings Institute demographer William Frey.  One of the more interesting aspects of the book is on what Frey calls the "New…
  • Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

    Steve
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    New Geography's 1099 Economy on the Rise features data from Zen Payroll showing: "the ratio of independent contractors to full-time employees has meaningfully risen among small and medium-sized businesses in states and major metropolitan areas across the country." In other words, small and mid-sized businesses are using more independent workers and fewer traditional employees.   The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge). This data comes on top of several recent studies showing large companies are increasing their use of…
  • Schedule Control and the Independent Worker

    Steve
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, etc.) consistently tell us they like the autonomy, control and flexibility independent work provides.  The National Journal article How Airbnb and Uber are Changing the Nature of Work explores one aspect of this - schedule control.  Key quote: It's hard to overstate how much an employee's control over his schedule, even if it's a small amount of leeway, changes the work experience. Almost three-quarters of adult workers (73 percent) said flexibility is "one of the most important factors they consider"…
  • The Rise of WeWork Coworking

    Steve
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inside the Phenomenal Rise of WeWork, from Forbes, covers the explosive growth of the coworking chain WeWork.  Key quote: Over the next 12 months the company expects to triple its membership from 14,000 to 46,000 and expand to 60 locations from 21 today and 9 just a year ago ... WeWork will gross an estimated $150 million this year with operating margins of 30%. Current plans will push revenue to more than $400 million next year.  Based on this performance, WeWork recently raised $150 million at an eye popping $1.5 billion valuation. Several years ago we wrote about the rise…
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    Mixergy

  • Facebook won, right? Then why are so many joining Ello? – with Paul Budnitz

    Andrew Warner
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    3 million people flocked to Ello within 2 months. How many sites do you know that grew that fast? Paul Budnitz says that’s because social media sites stopped being fun. Maybe it’s because they started caring more about advertisers than users. So Paul decided to create a site that puts users first and won’t accept ads. This is the story how he turned his vision into Ello, a social network that balances commerce with art, and care for people with the realities of the way the world works today. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format.
  • DC-based startup hit $1,000,000 in sales in its first year – with Hyungsoo Kim

    Andrew Warner
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is the story of how paying attention to a problem of a visually impaired classmate helped a Mixergy fan launch a hit product. Hyungsoo Kim is the founder of Eone Timepieces, a company that makes beautiful tactile watches that allow you to tell time without looking at them. In his first year of business he has sold $1M of The Bradley, a watch loved by both sighted and vision-impaired people including Stevie Wonder, who wore it to The Grammy Awards. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Hyungsoo Kim Hyungsoo Kim is the…
  • How HackerRank took off by helping companies hire great programmers – with Vivek Ravisankar

    Andrew Warner
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    Vivek Ravisankar’s HackerRank was down to its last 15 bucks. He was living in his parents house in India. How did he and his cofounder, Hari Karunanidhi, turn things around? That’s what this interview is about. Listen to how this duo discovered a product that businesses would eagerly pay for and scored over 700,000 users for HackerRank, the platform that helps hackers hone their skills and companies hire great programmers. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Vivek Ravisankar Vivek Ravisankar and Hari…
  • Master Class: How to use lean analytics – with Ben Yoskovitz

    ArieSaint
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When a startup fails, most founders wonder, “What happened?” That’s the situation Benjamin Yoskovitz was in a few years ago. “It was clear that what we thought was a solution to a problem that we were attacking was not resonating,” says Ben, a tech entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-author of Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. But he didn’t know why it didn’t resonate. “And so you’ve mentally and psychologically and financially committed to something,” he says. “And it’s very hard to…change it completely. Frankly, you’re…
  • How the startup you’ve never heard of is competing with Google Analytics – with Maciej Zawadzinski

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I have Maciej Zawadzinski. He is the co-founder and CEO of piwik PRO, which is Piwik for business. So what’s Piwik? It’s an open source alternative to Google analytics. We’re going to hear how he came up with this business idea, how he grew it, and about the challenges. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Maciej Zawadzinski Maciej Zawadzinski is the Co-founder and CEO piwik PRO, which is piwik for business. So what’s piwik? it’s an open source alternative to Google Analytics. Raw…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 11/22/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that is PRO-business. We are business friendly and we think the government ought to update the tax system. Just sayin… Includes: our Quote of the Week—words of wisdom from the late Nelson Mandela; This Week in Business History includes the innovation of plastics, soap, dynamite and Woody Woodpecker; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Chloe Dao

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    How is it different when YOU are your brand? Robin Tooms interviews Chloe Dao, women’s apparel designer and entrepreneur extraordinaire.
  • Sridhar Sudarsan - IBM Watson Ecosystem

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A team of geniuses created Watson specifically to compete on the Jeopardy! game show. In the process, they developed a new dimension of computing. What started as a light-hearted battle between man and computer, has prompted an entire industry to spring up around cognitive computing. And, oh, there is so much more to the story…
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Jake Morris

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    PKF’s Jen Lemanski and Audit Manager Jake Morris, CPA, discuss characteristics accounting students should look for in a firm when evaluating their career options.
  • Women Mean Business - Nishat Jones

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Extraordinary advice from an extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson visits with Nishat Jones, director of marketing, Victory Packaging.
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    Bplans Blog

  • Want to Run a Nonprofit? Start Here.

    Matt Kaufman
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Starting a nonprofit means you want to make a difference. You’re not starting your NPO to hawk silly mobile apps or book infomercial time, you’re trying to make the world a better place. And that’s great! But, since a nonprofit is meant to serve the public good, the government takes regulation of nonprofits a lot... The post Want to Run a Nonprofit? Start Here. appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now

    Scott Gerber
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    PR can do wonders for your startup or small business, but not all strategies have proven to be effective. Below, 16 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share the one PR strategy they think all startups and small businesses should stop using, and why. 1. Over-the-Top Self-Promotion Press releases are a tool for getting your company’s name out... The post 16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

    Candice Landau
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’re giving away 3 copies of ‘Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner’ by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn. If you’d like to enter the competition, skip to the end of the post. Not too long ago I compiled a list of 10 business books that every savvy... The post Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs

    Jonathan Michael
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’ve collected 21 quotes from women about the challenges and fulfillment they’ve found in entrepreneurship. Featuring iconic business women and trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, and Arianna Huffington, to small business owners who are etching out a path of their own and reaping the rewards. Do you have a quote... The post She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs appeared... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Here’s to You, Women in Business

    Angelique O'Rourke
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you’re an active part of your city or town’s community, you may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of activities and events relating to business and entrepreneurship. That’s because we’re now in the midst of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); a week wholly dedicated to inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the... The post Here’s to You, Women in Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • How to Stop Ebola with Bitcoin Next Tuesday

    Sarah Martin
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Why Tuesday? You know Black Friday and of course Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a social movement held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a day of giving back. Started in 2012 by the UN Foundation and 92nd St Y, #GivingTuesday has become a worldwide sensation, uniting nonprofits, CEOs, heads of state and everyday people in championing the causes they care about. The big hit is a viral “unselfie” campaign, where contributors snap photos of themselves holding signs showing what they support. Last year, everyone from Steve Case, to Bill Clinton, Heidi Klum and, well, me helped raise…
  • Neo Provides an Easier and Automated Way to Maintain Network Security

    Zainab Zaki
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you have ever depended on a computer and the Internet for your work – personal or professional – you are aware of the risks of security breaches and hacker attacks. That probably makes about 99.99% of us! Organizations spend thousands every year on expensive network security audits in an attempt to protect themselves from cyber attacks. It is often an expensive and once-a-year effort. But hackers change their modus operandi everyday and find new security holes. On top of it all, security audit firms offer some really boring material as deliverables that is better served as…
  • Community Management Platform Mobilize Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding

    Camila Souza
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    San Francisco-based startup Mobilize announced today that it has raised US $1.2 million in seed funding. The round of funding was led by Hillsven Capital, with participation from UpWest Labs and Eddy Shalev. The funding will be used to grow the team, accelerate product development, and continue supporting the company’s beta customers. Mobilize has developed a comprehensive solution to help businesses manage external communities by providing customers with tools that effectively engage and rally key external stakeholders. Although still in beta, Mobilize includes high-profile customers such…
  • SpaceX Testing Falcon 9 Grid Fins for Control During Atmospheric Re-Entry

    Ann Diab
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    A rocket needs to be reusable. That is the driving premise behind making space travel, and subsequent Mars colonization, accessible and affordable. As reported during MIT AeroAstro’s Centennial Symposium, Elon Musk and SpaceX are working feverishly to achieve both. This week, updates of progress on this endeavor were sent through Twitter by Elon Musk himself. By repurposing thrusters from deep sea oil rigs and fitting the craft with grid fins that stow on ascent and deploy on reentry, the ship can accommodate controlled landing, refuel, and reuse.   Musk noted in these updates…
  • 17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thanksgiving Work Hours

    Kira M. Newman
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Earlier this year, we had 19 entrepreneurs share what hours they work. But how does the Thanksgiving Day parade, a 10-pound turkey, and an apple pie coma change things up? We asked another group of entrepreneurs to share their planned work hours this Thanksgiving. I say “planned,” because I know the allure of email and work is like a drug. Faced with the choice between post-turkey coffee and a bout of email, sometimes the email looks more appealing. Here’s what they shared with us: No work “For Thanksgiving, my cofounder and I agreed to both ‘go dark’ for 24…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • Does Mobile Hurt Or Help Your Retail Store?

    AT&TVoice Team
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky According to a recent poll from Gallup®, 70% of Americans over age 18 regularly use either a smartphone or a tablet. How are these devices affecting the way consumers shop in brick-and-mortar stores? For more than half of Americans surveyed in the poll, the answer is, “not very much.” However, 19% reported to shop less at physical stores as a result of mobile technology, while 22% shop in person more often. Whose shopping habits has mobile technology affected the most? Younger Americans (18- to 29-year-olds) are almost twice as likely as other…
  • What Athletes And CEOs Have In Common That Can Help You Up Your Game In The Final Quarter

    David K. Williams
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    World-class athletes and high-performing CEOs know that the secret to achieving and breaking records comes from producing in “the Zone.”
  • Three Reasons Marketers Need Big Data Platforms During The Holidays

    H.O. Maycotte
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are officially less than a week away. Retailers are scrambling, holiday hours are about to go into place, shoppers are setting their alarm clocks, things are about to get real – and there's some serious cash on the table to be had by the brands and shops who appeal most to their customer. And, while the collection and usage of big data by marketing and customer service teams has become, more often than not, a "need to have," professionals across the country are waiting for 2015 to kickstart such efforts. Unfortunately, by doing so, those in the retail space…
  • Is Walmart's New Mobile App The Bridge To Real-World Search?

    Jayson DeMers
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    It seems like every business in the world has an app, but most of them seemingly exist solely so the company can advertise the fact that it has an app. These apps are usually just reiterations of a website with an updated design, particularly in the case of online retailers.
  • Black Friday Survival Guide

    Trish Gorman
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    How to safely and smartly navigate Thanksgiving day-after sales.
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything. People who can help you the most are actually smarter than you, at least in their domain. Top entrepreneurs spend more time putting the right team in place to accomplish their objectives than they spend on any other components of their job. Some entrepreneurs are so in love with themselves (narcissistic) that they insist on answering every question, and making every decision. That’s not only impossible, but also counterproductive. Effective entrepreneurs team with or employ people who can provide the…
  • Technical Entrepreneurs Often Fail By Early Adopters

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind. Unfortunately, for most solution markets, early adopters represent only 10 to 15 percent of the total opportunity, so it’s easy to get mislead on the real requirements of mainstream customers. Psychologists call this the confirmation bias. I call it failing by early adopters. The good news is that early adopters are never reluctant to sign up as beta customers and will provide you early feedback on product quality. The bad news is that they are not a good test…
  • The Best Business Leaders Are Visible At The Front

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    True leaders realize that, by definition, the word "leader" places the leader at the front, and not the rear. Yet many, many executives try to lead through fear and intimidation. This isn’t really leading at all. It’s pushing. In all businesses, leading from the front means that you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, pitching in to get the job done. True entrepreneur leaders see the big picture and recognize that their business is only a small piece of a much bigger community. They lead their own small community to pull together in a way that galvanizes the entire ecosystem…
  • How Entrepreneurs Must Prepare For The Unthinkable

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs are so convinced that they are the disruptive element, they fail to anticipate that unknown facts or events can and will occur to disrupt their own well-laid plans. While it’s true that there is no way of know specifically what might happen, you need to anticipate the worst, and actually build a Plan B. People who haven’t thought about a Plan B often don’t survive the shock. In my years of mentoring and working with startups, I’ve seen and read about some amazing disruptions, as well as recoveries, and I’m sure each of you could add your own. For example, you…
  • 10 Trust Secrets You Need To Practice In Business

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. Just because you dream it and build it, doesn’t mean they will come – that encompasses not only customers, but also investors, partners, team members, and even your own family. They won’t come if they don’t trust you. In my experience, trust is the most powerful tool that an entrepreneur can wield, both inside and outside of his own realm of control. I’ve seen many examples of this in my own business life, and yet…
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    Presentation Zen

  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

    Garr
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." But as I say early in the presentation, perhaps a better subtitle would be "Lessons from watching too many Pixar films." Below the video I list the ten (actually eleven) lessons. It's not an exhaustive list by any means. But it's a start. (Link on YouTube.)(1) Turn off the computer.Most people open a…
  • Bill Murray on storytelling

    Garr
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below. On story and storytellingAt 18:55 in the audo track above Howard asks Bill how it is that he makes…
  • Presenting a lunar eclipse

    Garr
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies). As it's the harvest season here with very much a feeling of Autumn in the air, the majestic orange tint of the moon seen just above the trees lining our house seemed very fitting to the season. As you know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow or umbra. The orange Moon or "blood Moon" is really something to behold. But why does the Moon turn red/orange? It's a simple phenomenon and it's explained clearly and visually…
  • Communication lessons from Frank Sinatra, 1963

    Garr
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    The legendary Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) can teach us a thing or two about engaging an audience. I stumbled upon this 1963 Playboy interview with Sinatra recently, and it's pure gold. "When I sing, I believe," says Sinatra. "I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility." Whether we're talking about an entertainer or about life in general, you can't be indifferent, Frank says. People do not connect with indifference. "This isn’t a grandstand play on my part; I’ve discovered—and you can see it…
  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

    Garr
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth started in George Dawes Green's living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame. From The Moth website: "Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • Podcast “You’re Doing Your Demo Backwards…!”

    Peter E. Cohan
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Here’s a link to a podcast with Tom Cooper of the BrightHill Group (http://brighthillgroup.com) discussing some key demo ideas:  http://brighthillgroup.com/geeks-youre-demo-backwards/Tom writes a delightful blog and offers services beautifully aligned with Great Demo! – Tom is all about “Helping Geeks Communicate With and Influence Others”.The podcast discusses the horrors of traditional demos and suggests a handful of solutions to make demos more engaging, more compelling, and more focused on the customers’ needs, issues, and interests.
  • Demo Tip: Application Toolbars – Start Hidden

    Peter E. Cohan
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Many software products offer a set of toolbars or palettes that are specific to the application.  I suggest starting your demos with these hidden, when possible, to reduce the apparent complexity of the offering.  I recently saw a demo where the presenter started with a “clean page” surrounded by no fewer than 5 icon-rich toolbars – looked pretty complicated to me…!  Interestingly, he only used 2 of the 5 toolbars during the course of the demo.  The 3 extra toolbars reduced the available screen real-estate and added to the perception of making the product look too…
  • “I’ve Saved the Best for Last…” – A Stunningly Awful Strategy…!

    Peter E. Cohan
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I can’t tell you how many times I hear the presenter say, in a demo, "I've saved the best part for last..."  And this is offered after (often) an hour or more of demo details and day-in-the-life feature-function-flow.  Who is left in the room at that point?  Certainly not the high-ranking people.  And how are the remaining customer participants’ brains?  Mush.So don’t save the best for last; instead Do the Last Thing First!  (What a great idea…)
  • Early Adopters vs. Majority Prospects: Features vs. Solutions – and Doing Discovery

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Early Adopters and Technology Adopters are inadvertently training us to deliver feature/function “Harbor Tour” demos…  But it’s not their fault; it’s ours…!Early Adopters and Technology Adopters love to hear and talk about new features and cool capabilities – and often identify problems themselves that can be solved, synthesizing solutions from the feature set articulated by vendors.  They embrace change and are excited about applying new capabilities to solve existing problems and new, previously unexplored arenas.  However, while important, this group represents…
  • Problem Solvers vs. Problem Finders

    Peter E. Cohan
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    The world today respects problem solvers – without question.  Intriguingly, however, many senior managers are now assigning even higher value to problem finders or problem identifiers.  In the current regime of big-data-what-question-would-you-like-to-ask, people who can identify insightful questions to ask may be providing higher value than those who find the ways to answer those questions.  It is argued – and I’d strongly agree – that identifying insightful new problems to address is often a harder task than  solving problems already identified. …
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    youngentrepreneurfoundation.wordpress.com

  • How to Think Big: An Entrepreneur’s 3 Step Guide

    kathykormanfrey
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Professor and Author Jim Collins took the stage at a Direct Selling Association conference. The room, a mix of entrepreneurs and corporate executives, populated the large ballroom. Major leaders  such as Pampered Chef, Avon, and Amway peppered the crowd. The industry also welcomed newer, trend-setting companies including Stella & Dot and Origami Owl. The words Collins shared united the audience, because it had to do with potential. Could we all rise from “Good…to Great?” Our companies…and ourselves? It’s the age-old question: Are we reaching our potential? Can we dream the big…
  • 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Applications Open!

    mollyvyoung
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation opens the scholarship application process for the class of 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards. Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2014. Each year, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur program offers non-renewable scholarships that recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative with college scholarship, ranging in value from $1,000 to $15,000. The program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and…
  • 2014 Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs – Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winners

    mollyvyoung
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) awarded budding business owners its highest honors, naming Lei Lei Secor the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Zach Haney, the inaugural Dan Danner Leadership Award winner. As the winner of YEF’s top two prizes, Ms. Secor, who resides in Hagaman, NY, will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, and Mr. Haney, who resides in Topeka, KS will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship to attend Washburn University. Ms. Secor owns and operates Designed By Lei where…
  • Three Research-Based Tips For Managing Stress, Multiple Priorities, and Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs

    kathykormanfrey
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This post, affectionately known as “Jedi Mind Control for Over Achievers” will teach you solutions that work for actual entrepreneurs. Whether you’re an educator, a young entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur, balancing multiple priorities is a reality. A much needed skill is HOW to effectively balance these priorities, but, it’s not a class in school. So, here, we lay out some proven solutions.   #1 Engage in 27 Minutes of Mindfulness a Day. Summary: Your Brain will Expand if you More Effectively Manage Stress, and Shink if you Don’t. In New York Times Best…
  • Thank you, Entrepreneurship Educators

    mollyvyoung
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    It’s summer break, which means you, as an educator should be enjoying your vacation. So instead of providing more entrepreneurial education resources, NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation would like to thank you for a job well done. Sparks and Honey has just released a report about Generation Z (born 1995 to present). The report is fascinating, and covers a wide range of topics about what makes Generation Z unique. Especially interesting to us is the idea that Entrepreneurship is in the DNA of this generation. We believe a lot of that DNA make up has to do with you. In the report, Sparks…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Accela Buys Decade Software

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    San Ramon-based Accela,/a>, a developer of software for the government sector, has acquired Decade Software, a provider of environmental health and safety software for health departments. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • SiTime Acquired By MegaChips For $200M

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Sunnyvale-based SiTime, a provider of MEMs-based, analog semiconductor chips used for timing, has been acquired by Megachips. The deal was worth $200M in cash. The deal had been announced in October.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Rentlytics Finds $4M

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    San Francisco-based Rentlytics, a developer of rental management software for multifamily apartments, has raised $4M in a funding round, the company disclosed today. The funding was led by Trinity Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners, and also included Cue Ball and Daher Capital.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Host Analytics ‌Finds $25M

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Redwood City-based Host Analytics, a developer of enterprise performance management software, has raised $25M in a funding round. The funding came from Centerview Capital Technology, and also included Advanced Technology Ventures, Next World Capital, StarVest Partners, and Trident Capital.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Yahoo Buys Cooliris

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Yahoo said last week that it has acquired Cooliris, a developer of visual messaging and other mobile apps. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • Experiment Engine Closes $1M Seed Round

    Bryan Menell
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Experiment Engine, an Austin-based SaaS start-up, proudly announces the close of a $1 million seed round. Founder Collective, based in NY and Boston, joined the seed stage round with other notable support from Texas-based Mercury Fund. Two former E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients also participated: Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign, and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Indeed.com.
  • Infocyte Raises $500K for Assessment Platform that Determines If a Network Has Been Hacked

    Bryan Menell
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Infocyte, Inc., a San Antonio-based cyber security startup, has secured $500k in additional seed funding to accelerate development of its’ assessment platform, Pulse. Led by Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners, the funding will be used to expand Infocyte’s development team ahead of their planned 1st Quarter 2015 product launch.
  • WP Engine and Facebook Combine to Enhance Speed, Stability and Performance for HHVM

    Bryan Menell
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    There has been a new technological advancement for PHP developers and the developer community as a whole. For the very first time PHP and HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine), an open-source project created by Facebook, can now run side-by-side on the same server, vastly increasing speed, performance and stability for websites in production environments. By doing so, modern websites and applications with dynamic content built on HHVM can see an average response time increase of 560%.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour Dec 4th

    Bryan Menell
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    When you feel the chill in the air, you know the end of the year is approaching. We are kicking off the holiday party season with our December 4th happy hour at The Dogwood. Come celebrate a fantastic year for the Austin technology community with a frosty beverage and some great networking.
  • Biggest Austin Presence at DEMO in History

    Bryan Menell
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Austin continues to make "Top 10" lists for everything, and break new records. Here's one for you from the legandary DEMO conference in San Jose this week. A record-breaking six Austin companies launched at DEMO this week, and three of the six are being incubated at Capital Factory with one being an ATI graduate.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • What is a real missed opportunity?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of my favorite quotes is actually an African proverb. It goes like this: When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to understand and equally easy to forget, unfortunately. With that in the background, let’s get to answering the question we started with: What is a real missed opportunity? In short, the “real missed opportunity” is your inability to proactively help people in your network to accelerate the pursuit of their dreams. Let me explain… Let’s take an example of John. He is a member of your network and someone you have known for…
  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
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  • Google To Highlight Mobile Friendly Sites in Search

    Linda Bustos
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    In order to improve user experience for mobile searchers, Google recently announced it’s rolling out a “mobile-friendly” label to mobile search results globally over the next few weeks.How do you qualify as “mobile-friendly”? Google cites the following criteria:Avoid software not common on mobile devices (i.e. Flash)Use text size that is readable without resizingScale content to the screen so user doesn’t have to pinch or zoomLeave enough space between links and tappable objectsIn addition to Google’s guidelines above, make sure you’re not…
  • Why Consumers Showroom and Webroom [Infographics]

    Linda Bustos
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Last post we looked at the showrooming threat and what you can do about it. This week’s infographics cover both showrooming and webrooming, from WisePricer and Merchant Warehouse.TweetablesOver 50% of smartphone owners have researched prices while in store Tweet this1 in 5 consumers practice showrooming, 96% plan on doing so in the future Tweet thisThe top reason consumers showroom is ecommerce merchants offer free shipping Tweet thisRetailers estimate 5% of sales are lost to showrooming Tweet this Tweetables75% of men and 63% of women “webroom” (research online, purchase…
  • The Showrooming Threat: 5 Ways to Fight Back

    Linda Bustos
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    With 71% of US mobile users owning smartphones, hundreds of thousands of consumers are carrying the Internet in their pockets, and 81% of them use their devices in-store.While some retailers are exploring iBeacon and other in-store digital goodness, most physical retailers are concerned about the threat of showrooming — when customers visit the physical store with the intent to order online (which increasingly involves a mobile touch).The threat of showroomingConsumers showroom in hopes of finding a lower price online, and of course, when it comes to low prices, the road often leads to…
  • The End of Facebook Like-gating and What it Means for Marketers

    Linda Bustos
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    The practice of “Like-gating” has been a social strategy for many brands for a handful of years, with some social marketing vendors offering their own solutions for implementing Like-our-page-to-get-access to Facebook Pages.Image credit: Jack AshmanBut the Like-gate party is now officially over. As of November 5, Facebook has updated its SDK and API, removing the ability to require a Page Like to view content, participate in contests or receive coupons and other special offers. (Facebook also laid the smackdown on asking for Likes on individual Timeline posts in April. Humbug!)From the…
  • 2014 Holiday Online Retail Stats [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    What’s “in store” for the 2014 holiday online shopping season? Invesp Consulting dishes in this week’s infographic: Holiday shopping: statistics and trends.TweetablesThis holiday season will have only 26 days between Black Friday and Xmas (+1 more than last year, -5 than 2012) Tweet thisUS retail commerce is expected to grow 16.6% this year, up from 15.3% growth last year Tweet thisThis year’s holiday sales are estimated to account for 23.7% of total retail ecommerce sales in the US Tweet thisMobile commerce is expected to account for 33% of US online holiday sales…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Q&A: When should a small business focus on growth over profits?

    Tim Berry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    This is my answer to an interesting question on Quora: When should a small business focus on growth over profits? As soon as you have the cash flow managed, you should focus on growth, not profits. Profits are today, and growth is tomorrow. You need today assured by cash flow, but don’t sacrifice more today than you have to when you pay for it with tomorrow. Find the right level. Cash is what’s real; money in the bank. That’s much more important than profit. Growth, meaning higher sales, more customers, is also real. Within reasonable, limits, growth is more important than…
  • Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

    Tim Berry
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those who voted on the answer collection: We did this analysis at Storm recently, trying to go back through 14 years of venture investments, all of them very early-to-pretty-darn-early stage, and most pre-revenue. Here was the learning: the #1 correlation…
  • You Have to Do Disappointment Twice

    Tim Berry
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Such a beautiful quote: I ask if stories are empires, you’ll say— ‘Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story . . . your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.’ ‘But you never answered the question,” Pasquale said. “Why you come here.’ Bender pondered the wine in his hand. ‘A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.’ ‘That’s only three.’ Alvis finished his wine.
  • Does an MBA Help in Running a High-Tech Business?

    Tim Berry
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Question (on Quora): Does an MBA help in starting up and running a technology-based business?  My Answer on MBA for High Tech I have an MBA degree and I bootstrapped a software company past $10M annual sales and was a co-founder of another software company that went public in less than four years. And the truth is neither yes or no, but somewhere in between. The value of the MBA depends on who you are, what you want, what other options you have, what you give up, and where you are in career and the more important rest of your life, like relationships, having children, etc. My MBA degree made…
  • Real Cases: Paths Female CEOs Took to the Top

    Tim Berry
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    This is interesting: Harvard Business Review just published some research on how large-company female CEOs reached the top. The authors looked at the career paths of 24 women who head Fortune 500 companies. They do say they were testing the standard assumption that these women took “the most competitive business tracks, like investment banking and management consulting.” It turned out, however, that the standard assumption wasn’t particularly accurate. Most women running Fortune 500 companies did not immediately hop on a “competitive business track.” Only three had a job at a…
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • 80/20 Sales and Marketing with Perry Marshall [PreneurCast Ep151]

    Florence
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Perry Marshall, AdWords Expert and Author of 80/20 Sales and Marketing talks to Pete about the 80/20 principle, how it can be applied to every part of a business, and why people often stop applying it too soon and miss out on the biggest wins. Links From This Episode: Download the 7 Levers of Business Report Perry Marshall’s site Direct link to the 80/20 Sales and Marketing “Shipping Only” book offer 80/20 Online calculator tool Books Mentioned in This Episode: You can try out a lot of the books we recommend in audio format with Audible: http://audibletrial.com/preneurcast…
  • Bootstrapping with Alec Lynch of DesignCrowd [PreneurCast Ep150]

    Florence
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Alec Lynch is one of the founders of DesignCrowd, a marketplace for crowdsourced design services. He talks to Pete about the challenges (and benefits) of getting investment and also gives some great tips on using the DesignCrowd service successfully. As a lot of you may know, a few years ago, Pete was one of the finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the telecommunications business he’s involved with. Well, Alec went through the EoY program this year, and did a little better than Pete – he was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern…
  • AdWords, Analytics + 8 Million Stickers [Noise Reduction .83]

    Florence
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       This edition of Noise Reduction is a little Google lovefest. As I mentioned in the last episode, we’re rolling out the new earHeroSports.com.au project. So, the team has been doing a little refresher on setting up the tracking and tagging of Google Analytics and AdWords to make sure we’re hitting the “best practice” mark. Whilst going through the process, we stumbled across a few great articles which we thought we’d throw together for this week’s blast. If you haven’t taken the time recently to review your data, this edition could…
  • Driving Massive Growth with Phil Barham [PreneurCast Ep149]

    Florence
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Phil Barham took My Family™ Stickers from an idea to a business that has sold 8 million stickers in 23 countries. Pete talks to Phil about the critical elements of identifying his market, supporting his retail outlets and taking massive action. From Australia, to Japan, and now North America, it seems the world can’t get enough of this episode’s guest, Phil Barham. Well, more accurately Phil’s quirky idea – My Family™ Stickers.  You know, the stick-figure drawings you’ve probably seen on the back window of cars — everywhere. Phil and his partner Monica have taken…
  • Seven Steps to Exceptional Email Etiquette [CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ahh, anyone here remember that movie? Goodness! It was the Golden Age of the Web, and we were all (Internet) explorers, weren’t we? Email is nothing new. It’s been around for decades now and everybody (including your grandma) is using it. But think about how much it’s evolved. Now, for a generation of young people, the meaning behind the title of the 1990s classic romantic comedy, You’ve Got Mail, is all but lost, as no one – repeat: no one! – is still using the once-familiar audio notification from which the film gets its name. In the years since that film…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Basecamp Stickers

    Shaun
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    I really dug Apple’s Stickers commercial and the other day I thought, “Heck! We have stickers and laptops and dubstep!” So, why not make one of our own? I found the song and created a short waveform animation which I used as a template for the stop motion. I took 900 separate images of the sticker positions and cut it down to the 30 seconds you see here. Check out the full 60-second video here.
  • Sharing a first draft

    Jason Fried
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Been working on some copy for the Basecamp site. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet – maybe on a new page, maybe it’ll replace something else, maybe we’ll even test it as the new home page. But I wasn’t thinking of where it was going to go when I wrote it. I was just thinking about what I wanted to communicate, what I wanted to say. It’s sort of an ode to project managers. So I wrote it. It’s not done, but I thought I’d share it so far. Here it is: You’re responsible for getting a project done. You need to pull together a variety of…
  • Writing-first Design

    Jonas Downey
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations. Seasoned designers know this can be distracting, so they might start by doing research or drawing in a paper sketchbook instead. Sketching is great, but before I start sketching, I start writing. Writing first has lots of advantages, regardless of the project you’re working on. Here are a few examples.
  • A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence

    Jamie
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled the appointment for 9:30 AM. Then he asked if he could send me an email confirmation. Normally I don’t give out my email address because I don’t want to get on another mailing list. However, in my past experience there’s been miscommunication between the corporate call center and the place of service. In truth, the $50 Safelite quote was way below the $140 dealer…
  • Art and Craft

    Wailin Wong
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group. Photo by Michael Berger Founded in 1980, The Icon Group is a specialized moving and storage business that performs the vital but unsung task of boxing up fine art objects and storing them safely. There’s an incredible amount of knowledge and skill that goes into handling an oddly shaped or fragile piece, and companies like The Icon Group only gain that…
 
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    OnStartups

  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    It's #TBT. It's been a busy and exciting several months. Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process.  On October 9th 2014, after our IPO roadshow, I had the thrill of joining a few HubSpotters and ringing the bell on the NYSE.  $HUBS (NYSE:HUBS) was off to the races. Note: I'm the guy in the middle.  I'm easy to pick out because I'm the calmest one of the bunch.  That's not because I'm cool and collected, but because I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. In the intervening time between the S1 filing and the IPO, I was in what…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This following article is a guest post by Rick Burnes.  Rick is the VP of Content Products at BookBub.  You can follow him on twitter: @rickburnes. Startup job searches are hard. There’s more risk (most startups fail!), there’s less information and the best opportunities are sometimes hidden and hard to find. So how do you navigate a startup job search successfully?   I learned about this over the last six months. Earlier this month, after six months speaking with Boston-area startups about new opportunities, I left HubSpot to begin a job at the Cambridge book…
  • You're Probably Wrong

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the right…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to experience…
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    ArcticStartup

  • Disco Fingers is a music creation app that doesn't hold back

    Greg Anderson
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    As someone that can't really play an instrument, I can get lost in music apps that helps you easily make catchy beats like you somehow know what you're doing. That's the fun part of Disco Fingers, a newly released iPad app that lets you crunch out tunes, throw in some voice filters, and share them with the community or your friends. The app was created by Oslo-based Propell, who we last covered as they launched a "Netflix for Children's books" targeting the Norwegian audience. CEO Per Harald Borgen tells while they saw the difficulties of scaling children's ebooks to more and more markets,…
  • Top 10 Startups Ready To Expand To The UK

    Dmitri Sarle
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    We have written several times about startups choosing London as their second base or moving there entirely. It is a logical step for many from the region. To assist them in this process, there is the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), a commercial arm of the UK government. Their goal is to basically help UK based companies succeed internationally, while attracting international companies to set-up base in the UK. They typically hold consultation sessions, events, participate in the local startup scene in order to show companies what their options and opportunities are. During Slush, they went a…
  • Apple opens new development office in Lund

    Iryna // Oresund Startups
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    Last week it became known that Apple established a new R&D unit in Lund. The office space is suitable for about 10 people and has been operational for a few weeks now, reports Rapidus. The confirmation of Apple’s moving in came from the property owner Vasakronan, Anna Stenkil. This is not Apple’s first appearance in the region. Back in 2010 Apple acquired image analysis developer Polar Rose which was followed by acquisition of algorithm specialists Algotrim in 2013. Both companies were based in the same region as the new development unit. Apple’s new office is located in Mobile…
  • Sayduck raises €350,000 to augment your reality

    Greg Anderson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Catching up with funding news, the folks over at Sayduck announced over Slush that they've picked up €350,000 for their augmented reality solution targeting the furniture industry. This past January the company also raised a €350,000 seed, suggesting they had to burn a little more equity before a proper series A, but their solution is cool enough that they should be the ones bridging the gap between online retail and the real world. This latest round of funding should bring some good connections to the company, led by Arteel Ventures as well as Finnish media house A-lehdet, Finnish Design…
  • What conferences have the best internet? Rotten WiFi crunches the numbers

    Greg Anderson
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    For startup folks at conferences, WiFi is our lifeline letting us get some work done during talks, stay posted with the buzz around the event, and gives us piece of mind that our servers aren't destroyed when we're distracted with networking. You don't really notice WiFi when it works, but you sure as hell notice when it doesn't. It's a big deal for conferences. At Dublin Web Summit the main stage room had no connectivity from being overloaded. Taking a taxi back to the apartment from the summit, the news soundbite on the radio was event founder Paddy Cosgrave saying that if the WiFi…
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up: 11/23/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Q4 has been busy, so I slipped with link updates for a couple weeks. Here are some of the best items I’ve read related to performance over the last few weeks: Welcome to the failure age [NYTimes] Ryan Holiday’s Morning Routine* [Ryan Holiday] Reid Hoffman on This Week in Startups [TWiST] A refresher on net present value [HBR.org] Podcasts are blowing up: Digiday + Chris Dixon Some thoughts on Longevity [Lef.org] The End of Ownership [a16z] Exponential Medicine [SingularityHub] 12 Lessons Larry Ellison taught me about business [25iq] Charlie Munger on the psychology of human…
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/02/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Here are this week’s links. Hoping to get to a few original blog posts soon. Please direct me to your blogs or podcasts dealing with performance.   Body: Aubrey De Grey on Upgraded Ape chats life-extension and gives his top seven actions to be proactive on extending your life [Upgraded Ape] Why your multivitamins should stink — and THE multivitamin Ben Greenfield recommends [Ben GreenField] Men’s fertility testing [Hunter Walk]   Mind: Top performers reveal their favorite books- (Tony’s Robbins, Peter Thiel and more [Tim Ferriss] Storytelling is…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/26/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Every week I pull out the best information relevant to optimizing your personal health, success and performance. Finding the links and reading the posts is easy. Implementing and taking actions to result in positive change is the tougher, but much more rewarding part: A look at the concept of “time” and how various people perceive our advances through life [Laphams] If you change your mindset can you change your age? [NYTimes Magazine] Infographic on the science behind extending longevity [NYTimes] Thoughts on “how to execute” [Barry Ritholtz] Jason Calacanis interviews Tim Ferriss…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/19/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    A bit late getting to last week’s links: A new book shows us better and more efficient ways to learn [NYTimes] A former trader explains why setting goals will increase your performance [Traderfed] More on poor sleep: your brain will shrink! [Sleep Junkies] Q&A with the author of Millennial Money. Good suggestions [A Wealth of Common Sense] More research on how resveratrol can extend life [LEF.org] Trend: Facebook & Apple offer to pay for women to freeze their eggs [Techcrunch] Author interview on the book: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human…
  • Performance Round-Up 10/12/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
      Tons of great content this week: Why Saying Is Believing: The Science of Self Talk [NPR] Why Founders Should Care About Happiness [First Round] How to Get Sleep Before a Big Race (Or Event) [Ben Greenfield] Financial Net Worth Is AboutTime, Not Money [AARP] The Problem with Long Term Thinking [Fool] Keith Rabois Interviewed on How to be a Great COO [DataFox > First Round] How To Be Efficient [Bakadesuyo] The Wisdom of Kevin Kelly [Ben Casnocha] The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears [Outside] Jason Calcanis Interviews Camath Palihapitiya [ThisWeekInStartups] How Hard do…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Shoppoke- Shopping Tools

    public
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Company / App Name: Shoppoke- Shopping Tools http://shoppoke.com What does it do? Shoppoke is an android app which contains all necessary tools required for shopping across hundreds of businesses on mobile. Why do we need it? Customer can not install too many apps in their smartphones because of limitations of space so shoppoke is a consolidation of many apps in this way customers can have free space in their smartphone and favorite store also. Who is it for? This app is for shopping lovers and businesses who want to pitch up their sales. What makes it stand out from the crowd? We call it…
  • Pitch for Referclick

    public
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Company / App Name: Referclick http://www.referclick.com/ Twitter – @referclick What does it do? Committed Professional Candidate Referral Service to solve Recruitment Problems of the Fortune 1000 Why do we need it? Referclick aims at solving the talent recruitment problem of the employers. They can hire faster with Validated references through our website at much lesser costs. Job postings are absolutely free. Who is it for? Companies in US who are looking to hire, HR Personnel in US who are looking to recruit, Candidates in US who are seeking jobs, Professionals who can refer someone…
  • Pitch for IRMFT – I Remember My First TIme

    public
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Company / App Name: IRMFT – I Remember My First TIme http://www.iremembermyfirsttime.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/IRMFTime What does it do? IRMFT (I Remember My First Time) is a sharing platform for fun and informational first time experiences (i.e. “I remember my first time buying a car”). Why do we need it? Users will appreciate IRMFT because there is no dedicated social site available to vote on and share first time experiences. Who is it for? The market we cater to is broad. Essentially, anyone looking to share or read up on first time experiences of all…
  • Pitch for Cron As A Service

    public
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Company / App Name: Cron As A Service http://www.cronasaservice.com Twitter – cronasaservice What does it do? We host your crontab with a beautifully simple api so you can worry about building your app. Why do we need it? Need to ping your search engine every night to rebuild or keep your heroku app up? We are the app for you. Our super simple API lets us grow with you. Who is it for? Startups, app developers and companies looking to let go of their dependency on crontab. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Our super simple API is so easy to use, you’ll be up and running in…
  • Pitch for Pocket Social

    public
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    Company / App Name: Pocket Social http://beta.pocketsocial.co.uk/?show=lp_short1col&ref=thestartuppitch Twitter – mypocketsocial What does it do? Turns the Pain of social media management into a Pleasure. Pop in > Browse > A couple of taps. Now you are on top of your social media activity in just a few minutes a day. Why do we need it? Small business owners can use this tool to give their small business the power of social media management for big business. Who is it for? Anyone who runs an owner-operated business. What makes it stand out from the crowd? It combines all the…
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    Techday

  • The Warehouse and Noel Leeming praised for 'family friendly values'

    Shannon Williams
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Featured Game Console Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for removing R18 games and DVDs from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers to do likewise.   Read More →
  • Slingshot launches data only plans for online messaging

    Shannon Williams
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Featured Telco Review Slingshot says many mobile phone users only use the call function when they need to get hold of people urgently, and that a growing number of their users prefer to communicate via messaging apps such as Facebook, email and Whatsapp.   Read More →
  • Uber adds larger vehicle option and updates Auckland pricing structure

    Shannon Williams
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    NetGuide Uber is scrapping its Airport to Auckland CBD flat fare. The flat fare was initially introduced as a way to protect Uber riders from potentially high fares during peak travel times, but after user feedback, the company has dropped the flat fee.   Read More →
  • OpenText platform to integrate SAP software to accelerate business processes

    Shannon Williams
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Featured IT Brief It is designed to extract data directly from incoming documents to populate, validate and browse many business objects in SAP software to help achieve a completely digital process.   Read More →
  • There’s an app for that: 5 of the weirdest apps on iTunes

    Catherine Knowles
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Featured MacGuide These days there’s an app for everything, including some that are downright weird and can help you nap at work, find the perfect watermelon or learn how to play the harmonica.   Read More →
 
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • WSJ On What College Can Teach Aspiring Entrepreneurs #highered

    David J. Miller
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A nice, thorough piece by Anna Prior of the Wall Street Journal on what aspiring entrepreneurs can gain through their choice and management of their college experience. From the WSJ: Going to college and starting a business can be expensive propositions. Business owners loaded with student debt may end up in a big financial hole—their families may have tapped out their resources helping to pay for school, leaving them unable to contribute to the business, and the entrepreneurs themselves may face a tough time qualifying for traditional business loans or other types of financing. That’s…
  • Does the Campus Play a Role in the Creation of High Growth Student Startups? #Hackedu #Dissertation @GeorgeMasonU

    David J. Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    I am in the final weeks of finishing my dissertation. My research question investigates the role the campus plays in the opportunity recognition and startup processes of high growth ventures created by students at US universities and colleges. From Microsoft, Nike, and Dell to WordPress, Groupon, and Under Armour, many innovative and world changing firms have been conceived in the minds of students on the campuses of US universities and colleges. My data suggests that the campus does play an important role and that in recent years entrepreneurship infrastructure on campus have had an…
  • @TechCrunch Highlights Growth of Midwest Innovation Economy (And Case’s Rise of the Rest)

    David J. Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Beyond being born and raised in Chicago and spending many years on campuses in the Midwest (BA, MBA), I worked in the tech community during the Internet Bubble and love the Midwest’s continued growth. That said, the optimistic story in TechCrunch by Jonathan Shieber, seems to be a throwback to 15 years ago with the added focus on Case’s idea of the ‘rise of the rest.’ (BTW, we were the Silicon Prairie back then — Divine Interventures, May Report, Halo – Starbelly, etc) As the most populous city in the region, it’s no surprise that Chicago is the fastest…
  • Thiel’s 7 Keys to Market Creating Innovation (Blue Ocean Anyone?)

    David J. Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Peter Thiel, one of the ‘great’ wizards of Silicon Valley has some mortal elements Peter Thiel back in the days of PayPal as he too has written a book and gone on a speaking and interview tour. Zero to One, by Thiel (with Blake Masters), has many interesting insights and thoughts and Steve Denning of Forbes does a nice job covering the book. From Denning: In his book, Zero to One, serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel offers seven—sometimes surprising– tools for doing just that. They are what he calls, “the seven questions that every market-creating business must answer.” The…
  • Zuckerberg Backed Org Launches Contest to Help Grow Internet in India

    David J. Miller
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A massive 69% of India’s population does not have access to the Internet. A non-profit back by Mark Zuckerberg — probably the most successful student entrepreneur of the past 10 years — has put up $1 million in prizes for creative solutions to this problem. From TechCrunch: The contest from Facebook-backed Internet accessibility partnership Internet.org could help millions of people recognize the value of the Internet, pursue access, and gain knowledge and opportunities that can help them get better jobs and improve their lives. That could in turn help Internet.org’s…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder. "Earn" One with These Tips

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Chellam explains in the video below, several themes are often common at the start of lasting human relationships, including vulnerability, social proof, and a shared worldview.   Misha is the Co-Founder & COO of Scanadu, a portable health device company working…
  • Pathgather Talks Social Learning with TechCrunch

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    In recent news, FI Grad and CEO of Pathgather, Eric Duffy, spoke to TechCrunch about his company’s vision and trajectory. Jonathan Schieber reports for TechCrunch in the article, “Pathgather Raises Looks to Bring Social Networking to Learning Management”. Pathgather and its Founder Eric Duffy are Graduates of the New York Founder Institute. Created to allow people to get the most out of what they learn online, Pathgather is a marketplace for online education that helps you discover and choose the right online courses for you. Pathgather provides a platform to create and…
  • Take the First Step to Becoming an Entrepreneur at a Free Founder Institute Startup Event

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey. We have several events coming up in the next few…
  • Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Take Your First Step Here.

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Are you thinking about leaving your job to start your own company? Don’t dive into the world of entrepreneurship just yet, as you should assess your goals and extensively test your startup idea in the real world before quitting your job. If you think you are ready to start up, follow the guideline below to begin your journey. Step 1 - Is This the Career for You? Pursuing entrepreneurship is not only a career choice, but a lifestyle choice, so be sure you are doing it for the right reasons. If you are starting up only to gain money or power, you will not likely achieve success. Good…
  • Startup Lessons Learned at Google: Think Money Last and User First

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this last installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
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    OnlyOnce

  • Book Short: Continuing to make “sustainability” a mainstream business topic

    Matt Blumberg
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Book Short:  Continuing to make “sustainability” a mainstream business topic The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by my friend Andrew Winston, is a great book.  It just got awarded one of the Top 10 business books of 2014 by Strategy+Business, which is a great honor. Andrew builds nicely on his first book, Green to Gold:  How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (post, book link) (and second book, which I didn’t review, Green Recovery), as I said in my review of Green…
  • Sources of Urgency

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sources of Urgency Sometimes I wish we were in the hardware business.  Why?  It’s not the margins, that’s for sure.  It’s because hardware businesses usually have externally-imposed deadlines that create urgency in an organization around deliverables. If you are making a chip that Dell is putting in all of its boxes, and your contract with Dell stipulates that the chip will be ready for testing on X Date and for shipping on Y Date, you darn well better hit the deadline.  If you are making software that gets installed or pre-loaded on all Samsung TVs, same thing.  Maybe it’s not…
  • Does size matter?

    Matt Blumberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Does size matter? It is the age-old question — are you a more important person at your company if you have more people reporting into you?  Most people, unfortunately, say yes. I’m going to assume the origins of this are political and military. The kingdom with more subjects takes over the smaller kingdom. The general has more stars on his lapel than the colonel. And it may be true for some of those same reasons in more traditional companies. If you have a large team or department, you have control over more of the business and potentially more of the opportunities. The CEO will…
  • Book Short: Way, Way Beyond Books

    Matt Blumberg
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Way, Way Beyond Books The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone, was a great read.  Amazon is a fascinating, and phenomenally successful company, and Jeff is a legendary technology leader.  The Everything Store is a company and personal biography and totally delivers. Forget about the fact that Amazon is now almost $100B in revenues and still growing like mad.  I find it even more amazing that a single company could be the largest ecommerce site on the planet while successfully pioneering both cloud computing services and e-readers.  The stories…
  • PTJD

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Post Traumatic Job Disorder. As we have been scaling up Return Path, we have been increasingly hiring senior people in from the outside. We believe in promoting from within and do it all the time, but sometimes you need an experienced leader who has operated at or ahead of the scale you’re at.  Someone with deep functional expertise and a “been there, done that” playbook. When you get a hire like this right, it’s amazing how much that kind of person gets done, how quickly. One of the pitfalls of those hires, though, is cultural fit. Many of the larger organizations in…
 
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    Techstars

  • Techstars Boston Demo Day 2014

    Semyon Dukach
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m thrilled to present the 12 companies that are speaking today at my first Techstars Boston Demo Day as the Managing Director. It’s been an honor and a privilege working with these founders over the past few months, and I’m excited for them to show off all their progress. One of the many awesome characteristics about this year’s Techstars Boston class will be that it is one of the most international classes out of Boston to date. With companies from Australia, Russia, France, Croatia, Hong Kong as well as Boston and San Francisco, this class brings a geographically…
  • Announcing the 10 Companies for the London Winter 2014 Class

    Jon Bradford
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Today Techstars London welcomes another exceptional group of entrepreneurs into our Winter 2014 Class.  From across a broad spectrum, companies come from a multiple of sectors including B2C and B2B, but also include for the first time hardware companies (IndyBo & Kynttan) and crypto-currency startups (Swarm). As a demonstration of the growing maturity of the UK ecosystem, a greater number of teams come from the UK including London, but also Edinburgh, Cambridge and Norwich!!  However, as with other programmes we have also attracted overseas teams from United Arab Emirates and…
  • Techstars Seattle Demo Day 2014

    Andy Sack
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    90 days have passed and the culmination of the Techstars Seattle program is here. Demo Day. 10 companies will be pitching their businesses in front of hundreds of investors. As Always, I’m excited. If you don’t have a ticket for the event you can follow Demo Day via Twitter: #TsDemoDay , #TsSeattle, and @Techstars. There are still tickets left for the Launch Party that follows Demo Day. You can reserve your ticket here: www.DemoDayLaunchParty.com  – The discount code: DDAY_25 will give you 25% off your ticket. Here are the 10 Companies and their one-liners: Garmentory A…
  • No Rest for FinTech – Applications Now Open for Cohort #2!

    Jess Williamson
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    There is never a dull moment in FinTech these days, and applications opened this week for our second cohort of Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. We are extremely proud of our alumni and are eager to get going again. Our first cohort saw startups come from Canada, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and South Africa, along with a diverse range of British and international founders making up companies in the UK. They tackled issues all across financial services, ranging from credit scoring to crowdfunding mortgages to opportunities addressing the unbanked. With application doors flying…
  • Web Summit Featuring Four Techstars Managing Directors

    Sonya Caprio
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This week, four of our Managing Directors will be speaking at the Web Summit conference: Semyon Dukach, Managing Director of Techstars Boston; Jon Bradford, Managing Director of Techstars London; Cody Simms, Managing Director of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars; and Greg Rogers, Managing Director of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Web Summit is a world renowned tech conference where the tech world meets. It is all about celebrating and exploring how technology is changing all kinds of industries. Currently, 500 speakers and counting from Fortune 500 companies to…
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    Valleywag

  • Tech Companies Stoke Fears of a Talent Shortage to Get Cheaper Labor

    Nitasha Tiku
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    How is Silicon Valley supposed to stay exceptional when its belief system keeps getting debunked? First empirical evidence proved there's no such thing as a meritocracy . Then they had to add a disclaimer that "change the world" may not mean for the better. Now the shortage of tech workers—a phenomenon used to justify both immigration policies and insane perks—"doesn't really exist."Read more...
  • Your Dating App Is Probably Not Going to Fix Dating for Women

    Kate Dries on Jezebel, shared by Nitasha Tiku to Valleywag
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Here's some hot tech news about a hot new app with a hot new idea: Bumble is a forthcoming app that appears to be yet another product devoted to creating "a safe and respectful community" for single women looking to find love. They're working to weed out the charming boneheads who frequent the dating apps you're already using. The trouble is, they're lying, to you and to themselves.Read more...
  • Airbnb Had Housing Activists Pushed Into a "Free Speech Zone"

    Kevin Montgomery
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    This weekend Airbnb held its first-ever conference for hosts in San Francisco. Inside, executives restated the company's goal to win a Nobel Peace Prize . Outside, local cops allegedly shoved housing activists who were protesting Airbnb's role in the eviction crisis, confining demonstrators into a "free speech" pen.Read more...
  • List of Salaries For Interns Who Can Code Will Burn Your Eyeballs

    Nitasha Tiku
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Earlier today Tiffany Zhong tweeted out a list of "top" offers for undergraduate internships at tech companies. Her use of a single paltry money bag emoji in the caption barely cover$$$$$$$ it. The hospital bill for internal organ corrosion after staring directly at this list will be smaller than what these kids cop in a month. Read more...
  • Airbnb Thinks It Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize

    Kevin Montgomery
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Airbnb, a company that operates as a vacation home middleman, thinks it's under appreciated. In fact, their "hospitality guru" believes the company should win the Nobel Peace Prize.Read more...
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  • Subscribe and Receive ‘Founders’ FREE!

    Alexander Muse
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Subscribe to my newsletter and get Founders for FREE! indicates required Email Address First Name Last Name The post Subscribe and Receive ‘Founders’ FREE! appeared first on StartupMuse.
  • The Texas Angel List

    Alexander Muse
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    There are more and more angel investors in Texas looking for deal flow. I am helping to build a comprehensive list of Texas-based investors. If you’d like to be included, simply complete the following form: Fill out my Wufoo form! Use Wufoo templates to make your own HTML forms. The post The Texas Angel List appeared first on StartupMuse.
  • SlideShare Reveals Our Pivots

    Alexander Muse
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Startup Pivots are super common, but often times they are done under the cover of obscurity. I was taking a look at my SlideShare account and realized it revealed just how much our startup had pivoted over the past year. Here is our first presentation when the company was called HAUL: Fast forward a few months and the model AND name have been changed. Here is our second presentation for the company: We are about to pivot a little more. You can look forward to a new SlideShare in the coming weeks. Should be fairly interesting. The post SlideShare Reveals Our Pivots appeared first on…
  • Aereo’s Chet Kanojia Hubris Cost $97M

    Alexander Muse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Last year I had the opportunity to meet with Chet Kanojia to talk about his ‘disruptive’ startup Aereo. It was clear he was facing HUGE problems with broadcasters who were suing him for reselling their content illegally. He was personally convinced he was right. He had figured out the perfect loophole to not pay content creators for their work. The idea was novel, but it was clear to me that he was stealing content from the actors, directors, producers and broadcasters who had paid to create it. He wasn’t the least bit interested in discussing the fact that he was making…
  • How to find female co-founders. . .

    Alexander Muse
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Last night Molly Cain texted me a picture from the Find a Co-founder event at the Addison Treehouse. She noted that there was only one other woman there and she wasn’t looking for a co-founder she was a recruiter. I received a LOT of feedback about my post titled, “Diversity Sucks” where I argued that “Investors need to invest their money in the BEST startups and founders regardless of race, creed, sexuality or disability.” Instead of complaining about the dearth of woman in startups I wish people who want more women in startups to actually do something about it.
 
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  • My smart phone killer app is…

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    …One which was already installed on my phone when I got it. It isn’t weather. It isn’t the web browser. It isn’t stocks, music, phone, mail or messages. But after paying attention for more than a week to which function I used most often on my phone, it surprised me to find out I use this the most. The clock. Yep, I take the phone out of my pocket to check what the time is. I use this more often than any other function on my phone. So for me, it is the killer app. And here is what is killer about it. When I do this, I unfortunately feel compelled to check out some…
  • Sack Your Boss – Wednesday night

    Steve Sammartino
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The thing that I’ve learned in the past 10 years more than anything else, is how transferrable many of our skills are. I started out my career working in the FMCG industry – Fast Moving Consumer Goods – think supermarket style brands. And while I chose to stay in the industry for more than 10 years, when I decided to leave, and even applied for jobs in other industries I kept getting the same barriers put up in front of me. The HR people and recruiters would say: “They are after someone which the industry X experience”. Even the surfing Industry rejected me…
  • Going back to the well

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This year I’ve been working steadily on my new book and sharing ideas with people who want to know about the technology revolution. And while it is true we are always learning while on the job, I feel like people in the information business need an off-season as much as professional sportspeople and musicians do. Problem is we don’t tend to plan for it on an annual basis as much as other ‘seasonal industries’ do. Which could lead us into a dangerous pattern of already knowing what we know, or at worst obsolescence through ignorance. The ironic thing is that this…
  • Five for Friday v4

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Here’s 5 pieces of information that got me thinking this week. Reading, viewing and listening pleasure for the impending weekend. Enjoy! 1. Are you suffering from Stuffocation? Author James Wallman takes about it here at Google. 2. Another reminder that the future is phygital – Both physical and digital have a place. One is not superior to the other. In fact, they are better together. 3. Crowdfunding the more important things in humanity – scientific research. Seems more important to me than a tricked up cooler. There’s hope for the internet yet. 4. This is BIG…
  • The people we want to meet

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The people we want to meet, would probably be happy to meet us too, before everyone wanted to meet them. The problem with the people we want to meet, is really in the timing of when we want to meet them. Because we usually only want to meet them after they have done something notable. It’s not uncommon to read about a lunch with Warren Buffett being auctioned for more than a million dollars. Or for people having a list of people they want to meet who inspire them. But what’s interesting is that no one wanted to meet those people before their fame and success was evident. Yet…
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    Springwise

  • Wearable phone for young kids straps onto their wrists

    Springwise
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Add / Remove One of parents’ biggest fears is not knowing what their children are getting up to, but they also don’t want to end up smothering them. We’ve already written about FiLIP, the watch-sized communicator that helps parents stay connected to kids. Now Sweden-based Tinitell is a wearable, voice-controlled phone for kids that are too young to own a smartphone. Self-described as the “world’s smallest mobile phone”, the device looks much like a wristwatch, except that it has no display. Instead, it comes equipped with a mic, speaker and SIM card slot,…
  • Health coaching app lets users choose between gentle encouragement and drill sergeant rigor

    Springwise
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Add / Remove Consumers can often have trouble sticking to dieting or exercise plans because they don't have motivation that a coach can provide. The problem is that not everyone reacts well to the same type of coaching. The strict military type might work for one person, but will just put others off. Health app Vida is now connecting users to personal coaches that suit their style through one-to-one live video chats. Those signing up to Vida can select the health programs — formulated by medical professionals — that they want to follow, whether it's to lose weight, get fit, reduce…
  • Platform lets anyone set up an online marketplace in 48 seconds

    Springwise
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Add / Remove The concept of peer-to-peer marketplaces has exploded in the past decade thanks to platforms such as eBay, Etsy and Airbnb. But their success has relied on feature-rich web tools that regular small businesses simply couldn't afford to build themselves. While we've recently seen The Grid offer instant website design using artificial intelligence, Sharetribe is now helping businesses get their own online marketplace up and running without any coding. For businesses that need to let their users sell or swap goods, rent out their bike or car, or find someone to walk their…
  • Baby, it’s cold outside

    Springwise
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Add / Remove This post is sponsored by Aflac. 1. Wash your hands regularly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should wet them with running water and soaping up for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying with a clean towel. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60%. 2. Keep things bright to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. If you’re among the 10 million Americans with a bad case of the winter blues, bundle up and seek the sun or consider purchasing a sunshine-emulating lamp. But…
  • Device enables commuters to donate to charity with their spare subway credit

    Springwise
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Add / Remove Topping up credit — whether it's for a mobile phone, travel pass or pre-paid credit card — inevitably leads to small amounts of change left at the end, which often simply goes to waste (or in the company's pocket). However, we have previously seen Singapore mobile carrier StarHub launch its #4Good scheme, which lets customers donate their excess data to good causes that can use it. Now a UK designer has created Common Pence, a system that can take leftover change off London's Oyster travel pass and give it to charity. Developed by Zander Whitehurst, the project…
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

  • Hey You. Your Uber is Arriving …

    CharlaKucko
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    by Sarah Plasky“As the fairy tale goes, Uber was born on a snowy night in Paris in 2008, when Kalanick and his friend Garrett Camp could not get a cab. The two vowed then and there to solve the problem with a revolutionary new app. The premise was dead simple: push a button and get a car.” Full ArticleI cannot remember which astute Simon Business School professor said, “If you cannot find something you want in the current marketplace, it has the potential to be a product.”  But the idea stuck with me and I learned first-hand with Aquavation® when I Googled to create a custom water…
  • The Four “P’s” : Panic + Pitch + Prepared = Positive PR

    CharlaKucko
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    by Sarah Plasky“If you wanna be an entrepreneur Sarah, you need to learn to pitch your idea in 3 minutes or less.”When I heard those words from an itchy and obviously ‘tapped out’ VC guy, all I could think was, “How do you encapsulate the inventor story of idea, innovation, prototype, technology and software, preferred vendors, market story, delightful anecdote in one measly, miniscule minute?”  Let’s face it, having your paragraph pitch or one-minute elevator speech is an impressive feat–and a necessity–for cocktail parties and start-up weekends, but I will…
  • Failure IS an Option

    CharlaKucko
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    By: Sarah PlaskyI believe you can only be great at something you love. Maya AngelouA curious thing occurred as I realized I had a calling to the social entrepreneurship uprising.I decided to leave my job.I mean who does that?“Really!” My husband wanted to know, “Who does that?”The day I walked away from my company with husband on-board to the change, Simon Business School Dean Mark Zupan invited me to dinner.  As we said goodnight he remarked, “It takes such courage to do what you did and to take on the risk of making an idea come to life. I am proud of you.”  Driving home my…
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Aquavation

    CharlaKucko
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    By: Sarah PlaskyEveryone needs water, why not make it an exceptional experience along the way? Aquavation was co-founded by husband and wife team and Simon Business School Alumni, Sarah Plasky ’99 and Marc Sachdev ’95 to test the notion that social entrepreneurship can draw upon the best thinking in both the business and non-profit worlds to serve a market desiring to make a difference.Several years ago, Marc entered the Highlander Cycle Tour, a grueling century length bike ride in the Finger Lake region of upstate New York. A few days before the ride, Marc and Sarah toured the…
  • Monroe County Economic Development & Entrepreneurship

    CharlaKucko
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    By: Judy Seil 1. Tell us about Monroe County Economic Development. The purpose of the Economic Development Department is to work with businesses which are investing in buildings and equipment and creating (and retaining) jobs.  We offer incentives to these companies in return for their investment in our community and the jobs created and retained. 2. What are the perks of doing business in Monroe County? Monroe County offers a talented and skilled workforce, great quality of life, and our department offers businesses many incentives not offered in offer counties.  For example, our Monroe…
 
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    entrepreMusings

  • Transitions are Constant

    Aruni
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Change is constant. We are always transitioning from one thing to another and/or from one stage of life to another.  I find that when those transition times happen for me, they tend to be good times to sort through and organize stuff I rarely make time to organize.  My home office is just a little more organized as of yesterday.  I’ve shoved things out of view into closets, file cabinets, and drawers which makes me feel better and helps create space to process the transition. I’ve also been cleaning out my email inbox, and I found some articles I’ve been meaning to post…
  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

    Aruni
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My 12 year old son made an interesting statement while we were driving to soccer practice today.  He said that Clash of Clans, a game he plays often on my iPhone and the mini-iPad that he and his sister share, is like business.  He said it out of the blue.  He hears me and his dad talk about businesses and companies often. I asked him why he thought that and he said because you can join clans, you have to find clans, and then sometimes people are nice or not nice in those clans.  You can leave clans, some you can just join, some you have to be invited to join, and others you have to ask…
  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

    Aruni
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Below are some really great, entertaining, and thought provoking posts & articles.  Please check them out and let me know what you think. Good at math (Seth Godin) – This post arrived in my in box after my 9 year old daughter told me she wasn’t good at math.  I told her she was too young to make that decision.  I told her that only after she has taken Calculus that she could she tell me she didn’t like math or it wasn’t her best subject.  She then asked me what Calculus was and she, her brother and I laughed out loud at that silliness. Reconceptualizing Your…
  • InnoTech Women in Tech Summit – October 15, 2015

    Aruni
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was fortunate enough to be invited to be one of the coaches at this year’s InnoTech Women in Tech Summit event.  InnoTech Austin, presented by Presidio, returns to the Austin Convention Center on October 15, 2014. The 11th annual event will include all new topics and speakers for a fresh and exciting conference. I have not had the opportunity to attend InnoTech in the past. I’m looking forward to the experience and to networking with a bunch of new and interesting people.  For those of you in Austin, I look forward to seeing you there!
  • Women@Austin Elevate Award – Jimmy Treybig

    Aruni
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Last night I attended a Women@Austin event where they gave the first Elevate award to someone who has had a great impact on women entrepreneurs.  It went to my long time mentor and adviser, Jimmy Treybig, founder of Tandem Computers. Jimmy is one of the few people to take a company from $0 to $2.3 billion. I feel so lucky to have had him as a mentor, friend, and adviser over the last 15 years. Check out page 26 for an article I co-wrote on him for the Rice Alumni magazine called Successful Companies Require Successful Teams! He gave a great speech last night on the importance of women in the…
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    The Next Web

  • Typegenius online app shows designers the best font match

    Jackie Dove
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Most designers pride themselves on their ability to choose the font combinations they use in their projects, thank you — except for when they need a little help in deciding which fonts look best together. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to get some extra visual input. Typegenius is a Website app that picks the perfect font combo for you when you enter a main font choice. Typegenius, a project from Muno Creative, draws from a curated collection of Google Fonts and Adobe Typekit selections to offer that single match. Some selections offer several variations on the theme,…
  • Mozilla shows off Firefox’s new search interface

    Owen Williams
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Mozilla recently announced that it was partnering with Yahoo to provide the default search engine in Firefox going forward. Today, the company has detailed what the future of search in Firefox looks like on its blog. Firefox’s search will feature an improved search suggestion design and buttons for alternative search engines at the bottom. The idea is that you won’t always want to use the default search engine and might want to directly search something like Wikipedia instead. Firefox allows you to toggle search engines as before, as well as adding more search providers as you please.  …
  • What next after the Jolla Tablet’s $1.2 million crowd-funding success? Maybe a smart watch

    Mic Wright
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    It took two days for the Jolla Tablet to break the $1 million mark on IndieGoGo and the campaign still has 17 days left to run. The crowd-funded tablet is the second product from Jolla, the company formed by a band of ex-Nokia employees who turned the MeeGo project into the open-source SailFish OS. Its first was the Jolla smartphone. We talked to Marc Dillon, co-founder and head of software at Jolla, to get the inside track on the Jolla Tablet and what’s coming next.  “We’ve kept a roadmap hot for a long time. The way a company like ours survives… This story continues at The…
  • Ideal Gifts: Adobe Ink & Slide pen-ruler set is the ultimate digital artist’s tool

    Jackie Dove
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. I’m one of those people who starts out doing things the most basic, low-tech way — mostly because I hate extraneous objects and clutter. Thus, my initial thoughts surrounding tablet styluses was, who needs ‘em? I have fingers. Happily, I’m still in possession of those fingers, but under increasing circumstances, I find myself gravitating to the Adobe Ink & Slide pen and ruler set for the precision it affords in my visual work. When I’m using the specific Adobe…
  • Pinterest’s Android app gets an update with faster load time and cleaner navigation

    Roberto Baldwin
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The unofficial “look book” of the Internet pushed an update to its Android app that brings it up to parity with the iOS version that was updated a few weeks ago. Available now, the update brings simplified navigation and Android-friendly visual tweaks. according to Pinterest. The app also loads faster which is helpful when you have a flash of brilliance and you need to pin it before the epiphany fades away. ➤ Pin Tip: Android Update [Pinterest]
 
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    The Product Guy

  • Announcing The Product Person Holiday Party 2014!

    Jeremy Horn
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Product Group is proud to announce The Product Person Holiday Party 2014!  RSVP TODAY! Join us in SoHo as we celebrate the Holiday season and a great year of Product!  In our 5th year of The Product Group — enjoy the drinks, make new friends, have a great, laid-back time! Share!Networking and Socializing w/ Fellow Product People Drink! Enjoy!RSVP Now Get to know your fellow Product People better in this year’s social event! (Not your regularly scheduled roundtable discussion. ) Don’t forget, you must be a member & RSVP to get in.  See you there! Jeremy…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Manager, UX Design (New York, NY)Keywords: content, delight, design, uii, uxhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1038&lf=twf Associate Product Manager, Video Integration @ FreeWheel (New…
  • Hot Girls Pearls, Quality and Party On!

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Please submit your nominations for 2014′s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Hot Girls Pearlsexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from new business models to physics (thanks to Constance Sherman)…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of November 8, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Product Manager, UX Design (New York, NY)Keywords: content, delight, design, uii, uxhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1038&lf=twf Director of Product Management @ AOL (New York, NY)Keywords: advertising, content, mobile, webhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1037&lf=twf SR. Product Manager @ AOL, Inc. (Dulles, VA)Keywords: Agile, Digital , Lean Start-up, Product Mangement, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1036&lf=twf Product Manager @ TechCrunch (San Francisco, CA)Keywords: product, SEO,…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of November 1, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Contract Digital Product Manager / Project Manager, Teen Vogue @ Condé Nast (New York, NY)Keywords: contract, product manager, project managerhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1033&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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    Ben Casnocha

  • The Writing Ability of James Wolcott

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It is, shall we say, quite high. His recent review of Lena Dunham’s book has several quotable lines within a well-constructed piece. And his 2007 review of Adam Gopnik’s book about raising children in New York contains various amazing turns of phrase. First, Dunham. I don’t know Dunham’s work at all, but I have heard of her. The media has perfected the art of building someone up, tearing ‘em down, building ‘em up, tearing ‘em down. I fear we’re in a “tear ‘em down” phase now with Dunham, which is not entirely fair. In any…
  • Speaking at San Quentin Prison

    Ben Casnocha
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I spoke this week to a bunch of inmates serving very long sentences at San Quentin prison, which houses the largest death row in America. They had all read The Start-up of You. It was a very rich experience for me, and I wrote about it on Linkedin. Check it out.
  • Questions About Life from Jonathan Safran Foer

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    What’s the kindest thing you almost did? Is your fear of insomnia stronger than your fear of what awoke you? Are bonsai cruel? Do you love what you love, or just the feeling? Your earliest memories: do you look though your young eyes, or look at your young self? Which feels worse: to know that there are people who do more with less talent, or that there are people with more talent? Do you walk on moving walkways? Should it make any difference that you knew it was wrong as you were doing it? Would you trade actual intelligence for the perception of being smarter? Why does it bother you when…
  • Lessons and Impressions from Korea

    Ben Casnocha
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Recently, I spent a week in Korea to speak at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. It was fun spending time with the other speakers, such as David Epstein, author of the provocative book The Sports Gene, and friends Tyler Cowen, Jeff Jarvis, and Andy McAfee. Prior to the event in Seoul, I spent a few days in Jeju island on my own, just reading and hanging out. My big picture, touristic impressions of Korea: It felt very similar to Japan, which isn’t surprising given the country was ruled by Japan in the early 1900’s. Korea is wealthy and boasts advanced infrastructure—just like…
  • “Waking Up” and My On-Going Meditation and Buddhism Explorations

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sam Harris has written an excellent new book called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion that I highly recommend to anyone interested in a hard-headed take on spirituality and meditation. This post contains highlights from the book combined with updates on my own evolving understanding Buddhism and meditation. Meditation feels like it’s at the peak of the hype cycle right now. The new Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco attracts flocks of suit-wearing business people, not spiritual loonies. Calm.com raised over a million bucks to bring a guided meditation app to the…
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    Young Upstarts

  • Catch Them On Thanksgiving, Convert Them Into Customers By Christmas

    Contributor
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    by Gil Ilani, CEO of Camilyo Beginning on Black Friday, and increasingly so later on Thanksgiving Day, online and traditional retailers alike enter a period that can make or break their business’ overall yearly performance. This is especially the case for SMBs without the cachet and powerful name recognition of the Amazons, Nordstroms, Macy’s and the like. While it’s true that at no other time are customers in as much of a shopping mood, SMBs cannot afford to sit back and follow a “Field of Dreams” business model. An operating website does not automatically translate into customers…
  • [Review] Turning Silver Into Gold

    Walter Lim
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    What is the fastest growing yet often neglected consumer group? One that has contributed to a demographic bulge of about 77 million people in the US? Yes, I’m talking about the Baby Boomers, i.e. those born from 1946 to 1964. Hitting their silver years over the next decade or so, Baby Boomers represent the largest age-related demographic group in the world today. In China alone, it is predicted that the 50+ marketplace will swell to a staggering 525.8 million people by 2025. While greying populations presents new challenges to global cities, aging authority Dr Mary Furlong views this as a…
  • [Infographic] 5 Tips For Starting A Small Business

    Contributor
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Starting a small business doesn’t have to be a perplexing task – with the right tools and understanding, you can follow your dream all while creating a profitable company. For those individuals just starting out, knowing your audience is key. By understanding your customers and what they want, it is easier to sell not only your product to them, but also your brand. Creating a strong presence in the minds of your customers will keep them interested while perfecting your product will help to ensure repeat purchases. In addition, it is important to serve your customers in a timely and…
  • How To Prepare Your Business For Black Friday

    Contributor
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Carla Freberg, Sales Manager – Vendor Services Group, Balboa Capital The beginning of the holiday shopping season starts on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is referred to as Black Friday, and it brings out shoppers in droves who are looking for special promotions, door-buster deals, one-day sales and free giveaways. This year, Black Friday is expected to once again set new sales records. If you own a business, particularly one in the retail industry, now is the time to prepare. Early planning for Black Friday’s frenzy can help you meet the needs and expectations of your…
  • How Mobile Payment Will Impact The Growth Of Mobile Commerce This Holiday Season

    Contributor
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Scott Hirsch, founder and CEO of Appsbar The growing consumerism of our society is always a hot topic this time of year. Discussions about whether or not retailers should open on Thanksgiving to the monitoring of ‘Christmas Creep’ by various blogs and websites can be seen everywhere. However what gets lost in the shuffle is the fundamental question involved – what do consumers want?   And based upon their behavior and the already strong start to the holiday retail season- the answer appears to be they want to start shopping. According to the National Retail Federation…
 
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • BREAKING: Japan’s Cookpad to acquire Lebanon’s Shahiya, the Arab world’s leading recipe website, for $13.5 million

    Gaith Saqer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Cookpad (TSE:2193) announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to fully acquire Netsila, the Lebanese company behind Shahiya.com, the leading Arabic recipe website, for $13.5 million. Shahiya is the go-to digital cooking destination in the Arab world, with more than 3 million monthly users of which 90% are women; in Saudi Arabia alone, Shahiya serves more than 1 million users per month. Tomoya Yasuda, Head of Cookpad International, commented, “This acquisition is in line with Cookpad’s mission of leveraging technology to make everyday cooking fun and accessible to everyone. It…
  • Egyptian Electronics Startup Integreight Wins Regional Final For The Olympics for Startups Get in the Ring Middle East

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Wednesday evening the winner of the Get in the Ring Regional Final of the Middle East, better known as ‘The Olympics for Startups’ was selected in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was the first ever Regional Final of Get in the Ring hosted in the Middle East after Get in the Ring started a strategic partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in September. After surviving a pre-selection round and a national final, the 8 most promising startups of the Middle East were selected to battle for the regional title of Get in the Ring: Middle East, STC Challenge. The winner would also secure a place in…
  • What are the Plans for the Successful UAE Based Luxury Watches E-commerce Startup Kanary Watches in the Next 5 Years

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mohamed Shawky the CEO Luxery Watches e-commerce startup Kanary Watches sent us the following Q&A as a profile for his company, mentioning the current status and achievements of Kanary Watches and his plans to expand into Kanary Gifts in Jan 2015 selling luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. 1. Describe your business Kanary Gifts is an online eCommerce portal that sells luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. Kanary Gifts is considered as a powerful expansion to Kanary Watches (kanaryluxurywatches.com) which is running for…
  • Facebook Admits to Censoring Content that Criticize Governments in the Arab World & in Collaborating with the CIA

    news
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    At AC we mentioned a lot about Facebook collaboration with the CIA and its censorship of Arab spring anti government pages and content specially those with Islamic flavor. Today facebook confessed to what we have been reporting and admitted that it is collaborating with Arab and “Muslim” governments in censoring content that critics these governments and also with the US intelligence agencies such as the CIA. In its Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests we received for the first half of 2014. facebook…
  • Jordan Based E-commerce Startup Wysada Completes Series A Funding Round of Over $5 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Wysada, the leading luxury online retailer of home goods, décor and interior furnishings in the Middle East, today announced it has completed a Series A investment round of over $5 million. The round was led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund belonging to Silicon Badia, a global group of venture funds based in New York City and Jordan, with participation from new strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alongside existing investors. The proceeds, which represents one of the largest Series A rounds raised by an early-stage…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • How many co-founders should you have?

    mark
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    My friend Austin announced yesterday that his company, Blockstream, just raised a $ 21M ‘seed’ round. While I was checking out their website to learn more about his company, I noticed that Austin is one of eleven co-founders. That got me thinking, how many co-founders should you have? Is there such a thing as too many? Back in my VC days it was prevailing wisdom in our fund that we would not invest in companies led by a sole founder. Why? Being a founder is tough. You need a partner in crime. You need someone to live through the highs and lows with. And investors need that too.
  • The role of a Seed Stage VC

    mark
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Seed stage VCs come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like 500 Startups, write small cheques into a large number of companies. Others, like Mantella Venture Partners make a small number of investments but get heavily involved in each of them (not sure if this is still true, but Mantella used to have all its portfolio companies in its office. That’s hands on involvement…). Now, the best entrepreneurs can choose who to raise money from. As a result, they look for things beyond money in choosing who to partner with. Usually they’re looking for some differentiated access…
  • Forget your idea, it’s the team…

    mark
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    In his seminal management book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins outlines the common foundations of great companies. One of them being, ‘first who, then what’. Basically, figure out who you need, then figure out what to do. I have witnessed this principle first hand many times. Perhaps the most striking example of this for me was one of our FounderFuel teams. We met Mikael and Stephanie back at the very beginning of their startup journey. We invited them to join FounderFuel despite the business idea they pitched us. In fact, we hated it. Fast forward a few weeks, and they had a…
  • Closing the gap in Canadian exits

    mark
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Techvibes reposted some extensive research from the folks at MaRS on exit outcomes in Canada along with a long list of observations and recommendations for all of us building startups in Canada. There’s much I dislike about this research. For one thing, it’s all very backwards-looking. Also, seeking the insights of a fund that has long since run out of capital and stopped making investments (in Canada or anywhere) just because they have the historical high water mark in terms of number of US investments seems silly. Finally, the conclusion that we need to go move (in whole or in…
  • Preparing for Stormy times

    mark
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
      The current climate for fundraising and exits can only be described as great. Slack, the latest $1B unicorn just raised  $ 120M  in funding  at a $1.12B valuation. Pretty crazy for a company with annualized revenue of $12M! And corporate buyers continue to have a strong appetite for acquisitions. Yahoo! on the strength of Alibaba’s IPO has approx ~ $10B in cash and will likely to accelerate it’s pace of acquisitions. All good, right? Thing is, capital markets go in cycles. Bull markets (when times are good) typically last 4.75 years. We are well into year 6 on this one.
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  • I can has all my Tabs Back!

    Bob Walsh
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I’m stitching together a new comprehensive productivity system presently – to go along with my new work focus of Ruby on Rails work + consulting + writing. It’s nowhere near ready to unleash on an unsuspecting internets, but I just found a chunk well worth sharing. If you use Chrome, then you’ve probably adopted the new bookmark “stars” functionality – and lost the ability forever to bookmark all tabs. This came as a nasty surprise – it’s gone, you can’t go back, you are screwed. Chrome extensions like Stash sort of give you back an…
  • Start every day with a line of code.

    Bob Walsh
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    I’m going to try an experiment: identify and implement 1 small habit each Monday that makes me a better solopreneur, and report the results back here. This week: Start the day with a line of Code. Earlier this morning as I was lying in beed, checking news and zite, texting my girlfriend, avoiding another week of building FlashCommand, and I can across this post, “12 Ridiculously effective techniques to mastering productivity as a startup founder”. Number 1? Start every day with a line of code That one line, that one act, will kickstart your day, focus your intentions, and…
  • An interesting Amazon innovation

    Bob Walsh
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
      I just saw something I never expected to see again: a mailman delivering a big heavy box to my doorstep on a Sunday afternoon. Seems Amazon has started using the USPS for big box deliveries seven days a week, at least here in California. I’m hoping this marks a revitalization of the USPS who since 1775 have been doing their neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night delivery thing but in recent years has become a fading anachronism in the digital age. Now, if the USPS wanted to pick up some easy change, they’d start selling a sticker you could put on your mailbox…
  • A Conversation with Sublime Text expert Wes Bos

    Bob Walsh
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    If you’re a developer who lives in Sublime Text, this conversation I had today with Wes has some great information – give it a watch.
  • Comparing yourself to startups when you’re a solopreneur

    Bob Walsh
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    One of the hardest aspects of being a solopreneur is dealing with the emotional impact of all those startups who, unlike you, seem to live on Easy Street. You hear about an app like Yo that sends just those characters to someone else raising $1.5 million on a valuation of $10 million and you ask yourself, “Am I stupid?”, “What’s wrong with me?”, “Why is it so easy for them and so damn hard for me?” We seem to be in an age where any random collection of lines of code can make money or get funded – except you. Objectively, we know there must be a reason for this, and those…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • Freebie Friday #6! (Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers)

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the…
  • “No Advice, Please”

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post by request from Laurie. “How do I show my ittybiz to the people I care about without getting advice I’m not ready for yet? I’m almost ready to go live with my business and I want to show it to some people I care about. The problem is, every time I’ve tried, they say something “helpful” which is not helpful at all!” - Laurie Back when I was dating, I used to have a little catchphrase that I would repeat back in my head whenever I went through a particularly disastrous disaster. “I try to learn something from everyone I date, even if…
  • Universal Specificity, or How To Write Blog Posts Everyone Will Like

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Sharise asks, “I want to work with people on a variety of things. The basic goal is helping clients make progress on the goals and projects that are important to them, but this can be anything from writing a book, to finding a relationship, to starting a business. Does this mean I’m limited in what I can talk about because covering too many different areas is going to look scattered and unfocused?” This is what we call a very good question. Here is our answer. (We are writing this answer from the perspective of coaches, so if you’re not a coach, use your wonderful powers…
  • Should you jump? (Will the net appear?)

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This repost by request from Julie. Every now and again, you’ll hear the expression, “Jump, and the net will appear.” This is meant to mean that when you are in a situation where you want to make a big change and that big change involves a lot of (real or perceived) risk – such as jumping off a cliff – you should take the risk. While you cannot see a net now – and indeed, the net is not there now – it will “appear” when you take the jump. (Causality, while unstated, is implied.) For obvious reasons, some people have trouble with this advice. I was…
  • Freebie Friday #5! (Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails)

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch Multipliers”, which are…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Want Innovation? Ask.

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Not everything about innovation is complicated. I recently gave a creative problem solving workshop to a group of scientists who all worked for the same outfit. It was a lively session. In addition to learning structured creative problem solving (Osborn-Parnes-Basadur framework) we did some short bits of ideation around new business concepts. This was more as a sampler than it was a real session. It wasn’t the goal of the session to reinvent their business, nonetheless, in a short time there were some relevant business growth ideas with potential on the table. An executive with the…
  • FAQ Re: Dr. Alan Black

    GREGG FRALEY
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Greetings from gray and chilly Three Oaks, Michigan. As gloomy as it is, I’m grateful to be here and free. Freedom is not something we should take for granted. Later this morning I’ll take a walk outside around my pond and say prayers for my friend Alan Black. I might take a photograph. When he’s released I hope he’ll come visit me here so we can enjoy a walk outside together — and photograph whatever catches our eye. Below is the latest information from Friends of Alan Black. The FAQ pretty much says it all. Much of this has been covered in news reports, but FAB…
  • Help Detained USA Citizen In Abu Dhabi

    GREGG FRALEY
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    This is a departure for this blog. While there is a direct connection to creativity and innovation it is essentially a press release written by concerned leaders in the creativity and innovation international community. One of our own, Dr. Robert Alan Black, has been detained in Abu Dhabi. The details are below. My request is that if you are so moved, please contact the offices of your elected officials. USA citizens can find contact information here.  Press Release For Immediate Release Contact:                     Rosemary Rein Phone number:       239-910-3354…
  • Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Speaker

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Keynoter Let this post work as a guide for meeting planners. You don’t have to hire me as your innovation speaker, but if you hire one, you’ll be well served if you pay attention to these four criteria and my comments in bold. Innovation is a complex, wonky topic and it has some special requirements that go beyond the classic things meeting planners look for in a speaker. Let’s keep this simple and as neutral as possible — my shameless personal plug is at the very bottom. I’m even going to suggest my competition here. So…
  • Rural Broadband Necessary for Rural Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tuesday– September 23, 2014 It’s nice to see that people are recognizing that innovation isn’t always in Silicon Valley. Writing you today from the countryside in Three Oaks, Michigan, aka “Michiana” — where my poky web access is satellite based. Steve Case’s article earlier this week in the Washington Post  – Why innovation and start-ups are thriving in ‘flyover’ country –  is spot on. Case, you may recall, was co-founder of AOL. He correctly identifies the reasons why Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, and other smaller cities…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • A Chat With the Founders of Talkapolis

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Talkapolis, John Bransford, and co-chair Kane Harrison take a break from staying behind the scenes of The Entrepreneurial Mind and come on as guests to talk about their progress. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Chat With the Founders of Talkapolis appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Independent Artists Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Drummer for hire Michael McManus talks with Dr. Cornwall about his numerous experiences, and how the career of a musician is not so dissimilar from that of an entrepreneur. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Independent Artists Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit

    Jeff Cornwall
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Paula Lovell, founder of Lovell Communications, talks the growth of her company and her exit strategy. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Dan Stephenson, talks about completely changing pace from corporate world to a bootstrapped food startup. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Elder Care as Consumer Product

    Jeff Cornwall
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : CEO and Co-Founder of Evermind, Dave Gilbert, talks about his transition into entrepreneurship, specifically medical technology, and the lessons he learned in the past that he’s applied to Evermind. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Elder Care as Consumer Product appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    Growth Hacking for Technology Startups

  • Ultimate Guide: How to Create a Buyer Persona for Your Startup

    Jun Loayza
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a young and relentless entrepreneur, I constantly prioritized tenacity, fierce execution, and speed over strategic thinking and planning. “Fail fast and fail often” was my mantra, and I followed it with blind obsession. Though speed is important, it’s critical to know in which direction you’re running towards. There are many important channels for growth: SEO, SEM, email, affiliate, WOM, and sales to name just a few. To maximize customer acquisition, you need to get into the head of your customer; you need to become your customer. The best way to do this is…
  • How lazy people can build a strong network

    Jun Loayza
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m a lazy networker. I don’t pack my days with meetings, I don’t go to conferences, and I don’t actively seek out introductions to people. However, I’m still incredibly effective at building a strong and powerful network. Who this post is for: startup founders who are shy and don’t actively build a network; professionals outside of a business development role that still want to build a network What you will learn: three lazy methods that I use to build a powerful network Utilize your “startup card” to connect with professionals on LinkedIn…
  • How to remove a manual Google penalty for $561.56

    Jun Loayza
    30 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the worst nightmare of an online marketer — the dreaded Google Manual Actions Penalty. It kills your search engine rankings, cutting off a vital source of traffic and leads. Worst of all, it can take up to 6 months to remove the penalty and even longer to regain your rankings. Do a simple search and you’ll find tons of agencies asking for tens of thousands of dollars to remove the penalty for you. Do yourself a favor and don’t hire them. You don’t need an expensive agency and you don’t need 6 months of work to remove the penalty. My credentials: our…
  • What I Would Do as CMO of Voice123

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been involved with entrepreneurship since my senior year of college where I built and launched Bruin Consulting from the ground up.  Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to lead the marketing, branding, and acquisition campaigns for early-stage startups (where I was the founder) to the largest brands in the United States such as Sephora, Whole Foods Market, and the Los Angeles Clippers. There is a clear distinction between early-stage marketing, growth-stage marketing, and big-brand marketing Early-stage marketing: Early-stage startups must conserve cash at all costs.
  • 7 Ways to Increase Communication with Your Remote Team

    Matt Boyd
    14 May 2013 | 6:00 am
    Working remote can be extremely difficult. In those moments when communication is less than ideal and the situation seems dismal, joining the ranks of a team in a physical office space can sound like a good idea. Everyone has these moments. When this happens, it’s important to stay calm and not make any decisions you may come to regret. I can assure you, there are several ways to connect your remote team and streamline your communication. I can recall, in great detail, specific instances where I felt like pulling my own hair out or just sleeping the day away. Time zones were the enemy and a…
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    Growthink blogs

  • The Power of NON Disclosure

    Jay Turo
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Every day I see entrepreneurs trying to find that right balance between keeping their intellectual property and business models confidential while sharing and promoting themselves to the investors, partners, and customers whose interest they so very much need to pique.My bias generally falls strongly on the side of transparency - both because it is a virtue unto itself - and because it takes a lot of effort in our “everything end up on the Internet for all to see” age to truly maintain confidentiality.However, I have a more fundamental reason why I generally advise entrepreneurs and…
  • Does Anybody Read Business Plans Anymore?

    Jay Turo
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It is hard not to laugh when I hear tired old refrains like "Nobody reads business plans anymore" or "In a world of lean startups, there is no time for strategic planning."Why do otherwise intelligent and well-meaning businesspeople say and think things like this?Well, for starters as human beings we all struggle to emotionally grasp the impact of the history not made, of the things that don't happen.You see, poor strategy does not manifest itself as much in high profile flame-outs as perhaps it did in days of yore (see Pets.com, eToys, etc.) as it does in nothing of note ever being…
  • The Living Company

    Jay Turo
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I had a good fortune this past week to moderate a strategic planning session with the CEOs of seven of the largest and most well respected highway construction firms in the country.These thoughtful executives meet on a regular basis to share strategies and best practices, to compare notes on equipment and technology systems, on asset and equipment management and perhaps more than anything else on leadership, management, and the “people” development within their organizations.Above all else, it was the conversations around this last point that struck me as to why these executives led…
  • Exploring Big Data and Executive Dashboards [Webinar Invitation]

    Jay Turo
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    In my posts over the past few weeks, I have talked about the power of business intelligence dashboards, and why companies that use them enjoy triple the revenue growth and double the profit growth of companies that don’t.This is driven by the simple two facts that a) businesses today collect more data than ever before and b) wading through and making sense of it all is overwhelming as this data is collected and stored in multiple locations, including in CRM and ERP systems, in accounting software, in advertising and marketing platforms, in social media sites, and so on.So it is the…
  • Finding the Signals in the Noise?

    Jay Turo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week, I shared why business intelligence dashboards are now a must have for executives seeking to better understand, leverage, and ultimately profit from the treasure troves of data surrounding their businesses.This data includes insight from their companies’ web and social media traffic, from its e-mail send and open rates, from its lead tracking systems and sales logs, from its product fulfillment records, and from its accounting software as it records revenues, expenses, and cash flows.Pretty basic stuff, eh?Well, maybe when viewed one source at a time, and/or over a limited time…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Why We Love Small Business Saturday

    Mike
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Holidays are here. How do we know? Well I have been seeing tons of holiday-themed commercials on television, I am hearing holiday music being piped through the speakers outside my local coffee spot, I am reading about how many retailers are struggling with whether they should be open for business on Thanksgiving day (not to mention making their employees work that day), and I am already getting emails and banner ads about the upcoming cyber Monday offers. For many retailers the shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas determine whether they will have a year to celebrate or a…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #244 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Today is Friday and I am off to pick up a new puppy! Yep, you heard me right, new addition to the family! Well enough about cute little balls of fluff – it’s time for our weekly roundup of the great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! I hope you enjoy! The will to survive is an amazing and powerful thing. Speaking of…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: otnielz

    Audree
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this special Give Back project. Let us start the slow clap for otnielz and ALL the talented Creatives who gave their time and talent for this worthy cause. We are so proud of the crowdSPRING community. Check out more great work on otnielz’s profile page. Nicely done, otnielz, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: 
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  • Small Business and Startups: The 3-Page Business Plan (and a short post to match!)

    Mike
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Well, it’s been a while since we last explored the topic of business plans and plenty has changed. The age of the 80-page plan has passed and has been replaced with the 140-character attention span. It’s not that potential investors and employees don’t want to know how you’re going to pull off this crazy, audacious idea of yours. They do. Its that they expect you to communicate it to them quickly and succinctly. In the spirit of the short business plan, this will be a short post; here are the three pages you need to include in your plan and some ideas for the type of…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #243 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Today is Friday – end of week and ready to relax; anyone gonna see Interstellar this weekend? Anyhow, it’s time for our weekly roundup of the cool, intriguing, and compelling links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our very own crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and various random stuff! Enjoy! Ever think about trekking in the Himalayas? Ever think about that bus ride to the trailhead? Check out…
 
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  • Woman cleared of fiance's death 10 years later

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Woman cleared of fiance's death 10 years laterCBSIn 2004, Candice Anderson lost control of her car, and the crash took her fiance's life.Shocking twist revealed innocenceMore to seePhone call sent woman into panicRivers of mud sweep Morocco
  • Wilson speaks out after grand jury decision

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Wilson speaks out after grand jury decisionSt. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's OfficeThe embattled cop wrote a letter to supporters, but asked that it not be shared with the media. But a local news station obtained it on Tuesday.Message not meant to go publicRelated coverageEvidence photos grand jury viewedTimeline following Brown's death
  • Hidden note found 40 years later

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hidden note found 40 years later Getty While looking through old toys, a man found a note that was somehow overlooked decades ago.Words that are turning heads todayMore to watchFDA ups calorie count rules'DWTS' Super Mario routine wows
  • Major nor'easter is barreling up the East Coast

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Major nor'easter is barreling up the East CoastNOAAA huge storm packing rain and snow is threatening to disrupt travel for millions of Americans just before the Thanksgiving holiday.Place that may see 16 inches of snowMore newsUVa to review campus cultureObamacare architect to testify
  • Outraged Brown family slams local prosecutor

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Outraged Brown family slams local prosecutorGettyLawyers for the slain teen's parents ripped St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch for mishandling the grand jury investigation Tuesday. Video of mom's emotional reactionMore Ferguson coverageCase garners world's attentionProtesters swarm courthouse
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    Xconomy

  • Spot On Sciences Aims to Take Pain, Hassle Out of Blood Tests

    Michael Davidson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Michael Davidson Take four years of work, some complicated scientific and medical research, and condense into 25-second nuggets that you will present before judges and a lively crowd as you “do battle” with nine other startups from around the world. That was the challenge Jeanette Hill, founder and CEO of Austin, TX-based Spot On Sciences, faced at the start of the Get in the Ring pitch competition. Fortunately, her company had a powerful idea: Creating a simple kit almost anyone could use to draw a few drops of blood that could then be safely sent to labs for analysis. The idea and Spot…
  • Big Data’s Cousin—Artificial Intelligence—is Growing up

    Martin LaMonica
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Martin LaMonica In a not-so-quiet way, the tech industry is placing new bets on artificial intelligence, reviving a long-sought technology by using massive data sets and powerful computers. San Francisco-based Sentient Technologies on Monday said it raised a $103.5 million Series C round, bringing its total financing to $143 million. The funding came from Access Industries and Hong Kong-based investors Tata Communications and Horizon Ventures. Sentient Technologies is applying large-scale distributed computing to artificial intelligence. The idea is to  have million or tens of millions of…
  • Startups and 13 States Jumpstart Equity Crowdfunding Without SEC

    Michael Davidson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Michael Davidson Ever wanted to own your own little piece of a startup, but found you don’t quite have the money to do it? Well, now you can buy a stake in a local brewery, restaurant, or software company—at least if you live in Wisconsin, Michigan, Washington, Colorado, or other states with new laws that let companies raise money by selling equity through online crowdfunding sites. Texas also recently passed new regulations that are expected to go into effect soon, while bills in California and North Carolina allowing “equity crowdfunding” were defeated but could be reintroduced…
  • How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Tap the Ways

    Gregory T. Huang
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Gregory T. Huang These days you can post updates about your life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other social media sites. You can send e-mails for private or targeted messages. You can text someone if it’s urgent (God forbid you actually talk to them). Indeed, we seem better connected to people we care about than ever before. But we aren’t, really. How else to explain the existence of something like Magnet? Magnet is a contradiction. It’s a wearable device, but it doesn’t track you or monitor your health. It’s for communication, but doesn’t really convey messages.
  • The Healthcare Summit 2014: The Photos

    Robert Buderi
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    View the Slideshow Robert Buderi It was a beautiful, brisk fall day last Tuesday at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. Xconomy took over the entire museum for the day for our second, invitation-only Healthcare Summit. The day featured a series of chats and interactive panels with leaders from around the country in everything from genomics to new models of patient engagement and the latest wearables to track your baby and yourself. We also had lots of networking time, accentuated by great food and drink, including a remarkable Fall Crush bourbon drink…but I digress.
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  • What Salary Means

    Charlie O'Donnell
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    When I was coming out of college, working in finance, I used to think a lot about my salary.  I wanted the best offer out of my classmates.  I wanted the biggest signing bonus.  I liked maxing out on raises and I liked the feeling I got getting to a six figure salary.   The funny thing was that I didn't even particularly care about the money itself.  It was, in my mind, what the salary meant.  It was a way of measuring performance.  It was score keeping. I missed the bigger picture of the other things that should go into career score keeping--autonomy,…
  • If I was an Uber investor... (besides the obvious fact that I'd be rich.)

    Charlie O'Donnell
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I like Uber as a service.  It just works. I also like the fact that it seems to provide a lot of work for a lot of otherwise underemployed people.  All of the drivers I've spoken to have said nothing but good things about it.  They seem to like getting the work. Do I think that all of the executives are bad people?  No.  In fact, I like all the people I know somewhat well who work there.  However, it does seem like the company has a culture problem that results in bad incident after incident.  The culture seems to create a situation where bad ideas seem to…
  • Valuing My Own Time and Saying No

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    The other day, I got a note asking whether I'd be willing to meet some "Head of New Things" at a big telecom. That wasn't their actual title, but it was something like that.   You've met them before.  They're new to the gig, super excited about all its potential, and getting out there selling founders hope for that one big gamechanging deal. But I've seen this movie before, so here's how I responded: "Hi! To be honest, these meetings never really work out and I've decided they're just not worth spending the time anymore. There's so much corporate bureaucracy in telco, and they can…
  • There are No Gatekeepers

    Charlie O'Donnell
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    One of the underlying dynamics I see in the venture capital, tech, and startup world--and where some of its worst behavior comes from--relates to underlying assumptions about power and influence.  Founders put up with bad VC behavior because they think a check from a certain investor is going to make or break their company.  VCs bend their rules with certain founders because they think this will be the one deal that got away--rules about oversight, governance, valuation, etc.   Even in the talent market, startup employees make too many consessions around culture and environment…
  • The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    The other day, I saw that one of my favorite products, Slack, just raised $120mm at a $1.12 Billion valuation.  The company is doing about a million a month in recurring revs.   Personally, I think it was kind of a bad idea--not necessarily because of the valuation, but because it seems like $120mm is way too much money for a software company at this stage, especially one that might even be cashflow positive right now.  I think it's likely that it will unfocus the company and what it definitely does is eliminate the possibility of exiting for anything less than two and a half…
 
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  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    It's #TBT. It's been a busy and exciting several months. Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process.  On October 9th 2014, after our IPO roadshow, I had the thrill of joining a few HubSpotters and ringing the bell on the NYSE.  $HUBS (NYSE:HUBS) was off to the races. Note: I'm the guy in the middle.  I'm easy to pick out because I'm the calmest one of the bunch.  That's not because I'm cool and collected, but because I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. In the intervening time between the S1 filing and the IPO, I was in what…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This following article is a guest post by Rick Burnes.  Rick is the VP of Content Products at BookBub.  You can follow him on twitter: @rickburnes. Startup job searches are hard. There’s more risk (most startups fail!), there’s less information and the best opportunities are sometimes hidden and hard to find. So how do you navigate a startup job search successfully?   I learned about this over the last six months. Earlier this month, after six months speaking with Boston-area startups about new opportunities, I left HubSpot to begin a job at the Cambridge book…
  • You're Probably Wrong

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the right…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to experience…
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Get Your Customers to Fund Your Business – NakedWines Did It!

    Matthew Toren
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many companies, particularly tech startups, get funding from venture capital groups or angel investors – individuals who fund a startup in exchange for a stake in the business or return on the investment. Crowdfunding is a less traveled road, but NakedWines.com, a company founded by Rowan Gormley, is blazing its own path in an industry known for its traditions. NakedWines.com has brought more than 200,000 wine drinkers worldwide together to invest more than $5 million a month in indie winemakers, giving winemakers a chance to follow their dream of producing their own wines while providing…
  • How a Drop-Out Became an Entrepreneur – 3 Lessons Randy Wyner Learned Along the Way

    Blogtrepreneur
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I founded Chronic Tacos with my friend Dan when I was 26 and I never spent a day in college. Anyone can do it, right? It sounds easy enough to skip the college degree in favor of pursuing your dreams. And with entrepreneurs out there, like Bill Gates and Richard Branson, acting as the perfect example of finding success as a dropout, the argument seems pretty strong against getting a degree. And while I share with those two the fact that we don’t have a degree, every entrepreneur has to find their own path and use those lessons they learn along the way to their advantage. I believe that all…
  • 24/7 Entrepreneur Education Takes U of Utah to Next Level

    Adam Toren
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    New $45 million facility will allow students to live, build prototypes and launch companies in the same place Entrepreneurship is not something that can be fully understood in a classroom. It’s something that must be experienced. It’s more of a mindset than anything, a confidence you can overcome what comes next. Universities everywhere are grappling with this problem as they adjust their curricula to keep pace with innovation and respond to how society glamorizes people, like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, who have found success by dropping out of college to start a business. The…
  • Here’s the Perfect Starting Point for New Online Businesses

    Matthew Toren
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    People start new businesses online every day, so it can’t be that hard right? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s maybe too easy to start a business online. To start a business that does well and lasts for more than six months to a year, however, that’s going to require a bit more work. You will have to put a few essential things in place to create a brand and business model, aggressively promote and prepare for the unseen to make sure it has structure and built for continuity. Here are some of the first steps you need to take once you’ve decided to start a business online. Creating…
  • Two Skateboarding Dads Invent Award-Winning Kids Products Now in Major Retail Stores

    Matthew Toren
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Two California brother in-laws, Jason Arriola and Will Regan, teamed up to start a business and now these two Skateboarding dads are living the dream of entrepreneurism. So how did they do it? Tired of always seeing his twin boys' heads bobbing around when they fell asleep in the back seat of the car, Jason Arriola looked for a solution and when he could not find one, decided to create a solution of his own. Their unique one-of-a kind product prevents the unfortunate head bobbing that occurs while sleeping in the car due to "noodle neck" as they call it (strange and uncomfortable positions:…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Nick Ganju on The Majesty of Ping Pong, Poker, and How to Write Hit Songs

    Ian Robinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    (Photo: Foxxyz) “It turns out that writing Tetris on your calculator doesn’t actually win you the cheerleaders.” -Nick Ganju  Housekeeping Note: The e-mail subscribers who won the SONOS PLAY:1 (The Best $200 on Sound) are Drew Glaser and Kristopher Chavez. Guys, keep an eye on your inboxes! Are you still not an e-mail subscriber? It’s free, no spam, and I send out awesome VIP exclusives. Click here to sign up, and you can always easily opt out. In this episode, I talk to my old friend Nick Ganju about ping pong, poker, hit songs, and tackling my most feared subject…
  • Margaret Cho on Comedy, Bisexuality, and The Slow-Carb Diet

    Ian Robinson
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “My dog thought I was a singer… because dogs don’t understand standup comedy.” -Margaret Cho [20:40] [Housekeeping update: The demand for my $5K Holiday Megabox exceeded expectations, so I’m opening up a few more slots. First come, first served, and deadline is 11:59pm PT today, November 11, 2014. Click here for more details.] Margaret Cho is a polymath. She is an internationally acclaimed comic, actress, author, fashion designer and singer-songwriter. Perhaps you’ve seen her on the big screen, or in TV series such as Sex and the City and 30 Rock. But…
  • Rolf Potts on Travel Tactics, Creating Time Wealth, and Lateral Thinking

    Ian Robinson
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” - Rolf Potts “If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting.” - Rolf Potts Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding (hear the audio book sample here), one of my favorite books of all-time.  It was one of just two books (the other was Walden) that I carried with me around the world from 2004-2005.  Those adventures led directly to The 4-Hour Workweek. World travel doesn’t have to be a wealthy person’s sport. In this often hilarious conversation, Rolf and I dig deep into travel…
  • The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?  Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the success they achieve? Oftentimes…it’s books. On The Tim Ferriss Show (iTunes, SoundCloud), I dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use.  Here’s a full list of guests.  One of the questions I always ask is: “What book have you gifted most often to others, and why?”   Below is a list of answers from people like billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Pixar co-founder Ed…
  • Andrew Zimmern on Simple Cooking Tricks, Developing TV, and Addiction

    Ian Robinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.” – Andrew Zimmern Andrew Zimmern is a world-class chef, television host and producer, writer, and — at the end of the day — teacher. You’ve probably seen his shows Bizarre Foods or Dining with Death. In 2010 and 2013 he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award, which annually presents awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary television. But many people don’t know the earlier chapters in his life.
 
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    Caroline Middlebrook (v3)

  • Is There Anybody Out There?

    Caroline Middlebrook
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Almost 3 years since my last blog post! I have been toying with the idea of blogging again for quite a few months; but not just random stuff – going back to the original subject material of Internet marketing. It’s now been over 7 years since I quit my day job to start an online business and started this blog. A year or so after starting I got an idea for a web-based software tool which I started developing in 2008 and finally released in 2009. That was IMAutomator. Around that time I decided to close down the blog so I could work full time on IMAutomator. I have started blogging…
  • Weeks 9 & 10 Weigh In – Forgot last week, oops :-)

    Caroline Middlebrook
    14 Feb 2012 | 2:06 am
    So my last weigh in was a couple of weeks ago. I have good news and bad news – the good news is that I have lost weight (half a pound) whilst not trying at all. The bad news is that I’ve fallen off the wagon quite a bit over the last week! Week 9 was pretty good. I ate well, I hit the gym 4 times and I was feeling good. Saturday night we had a night out in Brighton but I was well prepared – I had done a gym session in the morning and we had a very nice meal out in the evening but mine was actually pretty healthy. My starter was a salad and I don’t usually do salad! It…
  • Week 8: 2lb Gain, Ouch!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    31 Jan 2012 | 3:13 am
    So, I came off Atkins a few days ago and yes I rebelled a bit – quite a bit in fact. I had friends over for dinner on Saturday night and we ate quite a lot – all good food though but then we went out clubbing and I drank a fair bit of alcohol. The following day I was too tired to cook and ordered in a takeaway. I also ate some sugarladen trifle which turned out to be a BAD idea – more heart palpitations soon followed! Everybody told me that if I did Atkins I’d just put the weight back on. I really don’t know if I managed to consume 7,000 more calories than I…
  • I’m now on the ‘Caroline’ Diet!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    26 Jan 2012 | 7:22 am
    I’m done with Atkins and with Paleo! Can’t do it anymore! The last few days even though I didn’t have any actual physical cravings as such I just can’t stop thinking about all the yummy food I want to eat. I don’t mean junk food – I mean real, wholesome food. Honestly if wheat & rice are going to kill me off 10 years early or whatever then fine, I’ll take the tradeoff because I am a foodie! I have shelves packed full of cookbooks that I actually use, I watch food channels on TV and I even want to do some food related road trips! I can’t eat…
  • Week 7 (Week 1 Atkins): -3.4 Lbs

    Caroline Middlebrook
    23 Jan 2012 | 2:05 am
    I have survived a full week of the Atkins diet! It appears to have paid off – I have lost 3.4lbs in weight and dropped around 1.5 inches from my stomach. My hips & thigh measurement are about the same. I don’t know how much of this is actual fat loss and how much is water loss – I guess the 2nd week results will be more revealing. So, it’s not just calories in v calories out I read in my Paleo book a couple of weeks ago that calories do matter and I was hugely disappointed. I was under the impression that as long as I kept my carbs low, I could eat what I wanted…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: September 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    It’s time for another affiliate marketing income report! Hmm… how should I fill the next few introductory paragraphs? I know! How about we go back in time 1 year ago and see how September 2013 did? September 2013 was an interesting month because it was a complete shock to the system. Only 3 months prior, I generated over $52,000 in profit in June. Then September ended up bringing in a measly $467.12. You can view the September 2013 income report here. So, was this a seasonal thing? A September curse, perhaps? Let’s find out! September 2014 Affiliate Campaign Income: $29,935.71…
  • What I’ve Been Doing The Past Month

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Sorry for the lack of posting. And sorry if the title of this blog post led you to believe that I had some juicy secret to reveal, because I don’t. In fact, I’ve been doing nothing extraordinary at all. I’ve simply been working as usual. So why the lack of posts then? Well, my priority has been to focus on my campaigns and e-mail, and by the time I tend to those things I don’t feel like writing a blog post. If you go back a few years, my priority was 100% on my blog, and so I’d have great post frequency and content, but then my other projects were neglected as a…
  • Start a Logo Contest with LogoArena

    Michael Kwan
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The following is a paid review for TylerCruz.com written and reviewed by Michael Kwan. It is completely of Michael Kwan’s opinion and is not influenced by being paid. If you’re interested in having your site or product reviewed, please view my advertising page The monumental importance of good branding cannot be understated. The huge success that companies like McDonald’s, Apple and Starbucks have been able to enjoy can be partly attributed to just how recognizable their brands are in the marketplace. When you see a couple of golden arches or a characteristic white and green coffee…
  • 9 Things I’ve Learned About Mobile So Far

    Tyler Cruz
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I thought I’d take a break inbetween all my monthly income reports and real estate posts and actually write a blog post about what I’ve been doing in affiliate marketing lately (in more depth than the few paragraphs in my income reports). I’m a very slow adopter. I didn’t get a car until I was around 19 or 20. I didn’t get a cell phone until I was around 21, and as recent as 2 years ago I was still using a Blackberry. And so, it shouldn’t surprise you when I say that I’ve basically done no mobile affiliate marketing until now. I mean, I did try my…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: August 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Okay, I realize that my blog is now starting to become like 50% of just monthly income reports, so I will leave this one as the latest one for a while, even if it means falling behind on them again. Sadly, this income report won’t be very inspiring. In fact, it will be a little bit depressing, as I saw a big drop in profit in August – over half of what I did the previous month. This is even more noticeable when you consider that the past 3 months collectively brought in just under $50,000 in profit ($48,997.44). I feel really disappointed when I net under $10,000 in a month. After…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Want To Recover That Beloved Lost Toy?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    We all had a favored toy when we were children -- one that we would have been devastated to lose. One train company, First Great Western, in England has taken this thought to heart and has created a website where they post the photos of the stuffed animals that have been found lost on their trains. This way children can be united with their lost loves and parents can breathe a little easier.
  • Roominate Is A DIY Building Kit For Future Female Engineers

    Amber Leventry
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    What comes first, the toys we put into our children’s hands or the interests and skills of our children who play with toys? Our children are influenced by everything around them. Music, television, books and toys shape at least part of who they become. Inspired by their childhood toys to become engineers, two women created Roominate, wired, design-it-yourself, building kits. Roominate is not only meant to feed into the curiosity of a young female engineer, but also to decrease the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
  • The Aquarium Armrest: Worst. Auto Feature. EVAR

    Motors.new
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The WitStar Concept car might look smart but one particular feature is particularly half-witted: a transparent “Fish Pod” separating the vehicle's rear seats. While an in-car aquarium could be justified as luxury option, most would see it as at least frivolous; at worst outrageous... and one can just imagine what the fish think.
  • Nestle Working On "Exercise In A Bottle"

    Samantha Pankey
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What if you could get the benefits of exercise without stepping foot in a gym, on a track, a court, without waking up early to get in your run, make your yoga class, go for that bike ride? What if you could just drink something and get the kind of calorie burn you would if you put in a couple thousand meters on the rower? Nestle scientists may not be far off from developing that "magic potion."
  • Top 10 Ridiculously Fun Bearded Gift Ideas For Movember

    Serena Dorman
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    "No Shave November" is upon us.  This Movember, show off your beard and/or mustache pride with some of these Top 10 Rdiculous Bearded Movember Gift Ideas.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • From Employment To Entrepreneur...

    Guest Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Maleka Dattu Creator and Founder, MERUMAYA Integrative Effective Skincare®and 2014 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassador talks to The Next Women about her journey from employment to successful entrepreneur. read more
  • Startup Diaries: When The Time Is Right

    Guest Author
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Jemma Caldwell, founder of Tanami, encourages The Next Women readers to take the plunge into the business world.read more
  • Five Items to Include in New Employee Packets for Accounting and Payroll

    Simon Davis
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of the most rewarding experiences that a business owner can have is welcoming a brand new employee to their staff. In most cases, new employees being added to the fold is a sign that the business is growing in more ways than one – especially when it comes to the increasing demand of its customers.read more
  • Food As A Status Symbol

    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl talks to Manuela Rehn, founder of GrüneKöpfe, a popular Berlin-based food consultancy specialising in organic and ethical food systems, about how the concept of food has changed over the years.read more
  • NEW RESEARCH FINDS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN WOMEN BUSINESS ANGELS IN THE UK

    Guest Author
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of the largest surveys of business angels in the UK has reported an increase in the proportion of women business angels. read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Blabcake Messenger

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Blabcake Messenger brings the text messaging experience to a new level. Literally, a new world of expressions is now available in the messaging world. These sensors on iOS and Android smart devices, create an opportunity to bring a lot of real world interaction into the digital messaging space. Emoticons evolved to gave writers the opportunity […] The post Blabcake Messenger appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • The History of British Television

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Infographic: The History of British Television No invention has impacted human life as much as the television. While the Japanese hold a reputation or being the most technically advanced country on the planet and certainly lead the way with regards to television innovations, it’s the British who deserve most of the credit. Long before smart […] The post The History of British Television appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Crowdfunding Your Book with Dr. Letitia Wright

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    The biggest problems confronting authors seeking to become a traditional “published” author, is completing a flawless manuscript of your book. The next problem is the enormous amount of money required to secure a publisher. If you have the money, you will still need a literary agent. To get a literary agent you have to write […] The post Crowdfunding Your Book with Dr. Letitia Wright appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • The Wright Place TV Show: 10 Signs You should Invest in your Own Business

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Over the years with The Wright Place TV Show,I’ve interviewed many business owners. They have taught me the signs to know when it’s time to create your own business. I want to share this with you new business owners and those of you who know you should be starting your own business. At 6AM, your […] The post The Wright Place TV Show: 10 Signs You should Invest in your Own Business appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • The Wright Place TV Show & Project Best Seller 15

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    Imagine, your name followed by “the overnight success and best-selling author of…” appearing in press releases and blogs week-after-week! “Project Best$eller!” can deliver that before you have written a single word. “Project Best$eller!” is a 4-part webinar series, that will walk you through Peak Performer’s Publishing’s system for writing your book faster than you ever […] The post The Wright Place TV Show & Project Best Seller 15 appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

    steveblank
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts. Impact! —– In August 2011 I received an email from someone at NYU I never heard of. Frank Rimalovski, the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, had just read about the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) in my blog, and he absolutely had to meet me. To Frank’s credit he wouldn’t take no for an answer. When I said, “I’m too…
  • Users, Payers and Multi-Sided Markets

    steveblank
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
  • Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

    steveblank
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the 20th century corporate skunk works® were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations. By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have failed to master continuous innovation. Skunk works will be the signposts of companies that will be left behind.   ——– In the 20th century companies could be leaders in a market for decades by just focusing on their core product(s). Most companies incrementally improved their products with process…
  • How Do I Know If I Have The Right Customers? 2 Minutes to Find Out

    steveblank
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
  • Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook

    steveblank
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is everywhere, but everywhere isn’t a level playing field. What’s the playbook for your region or country to make it so? ———- Scalable startups are on a trajectory for a billion dollar market cap. They grow into companies that define an industry and create jobs.  Not all start ups want to go in that direction – some will opt instead to become a small business. There’s nothing wrong with a business that supports you and perhaps an extended family. But if you want to build a scalable startup you need to be asking how you can you get enough…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Your Best Beauty Holiday with Olay

    First Class Fashionista
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. Family gatherings and photo-opps are the hallmarks of the holiday season. Like with any reunion, we capture the moments in pictures to help preserve our most cherished memories, and we all want to look our best in photos that seemingly last forever and ever, and even end up on cousin so-and-so’s Facebook page for everyone to share. This year, let’s be camera ready when the family’s self-appointed photographer finally gets everyone to cooperate and snaps the annual obligatory…
  • AMAs Hairstyles How to from Jenny Balding

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    So, what did you think of the 42nd Annual American Music Awards last night? Today, Jenny Balding from Cutler/Redken salon shared with us two of her favorite hairstyles and tips on how to get each look. Julianne Hough To recreate this slick back bob: Start by blow-drying all your hair back and off your face. Create a deep side part of whatever side that suits you best. Starting at the back use a gel that has hold and creates shine for best results. Take small sections at a time and apply the gel and comb through each section. Continue until you reach the front hairline a sweep back off your…
  • Shop UGG Boot Alternatives

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Whelp, Denver, it’s officially cold. Like, I woke up and it was in the single-digits cold. I know, the temptation to bust out the ol’ Colorado go-to is rising. You know what I’m talking about. The UGG boots. This year, as with every year, I must implore you: please, no! These shoes are not only not created for the snowy weather we take them out in, but don’t do anything for us fashion-wise. If anything, the Denver fashion scene takes a clompy step backward every time we choose to throw these over our jeans and head out in the blizzard to our local coffee shop.
  • ArtDenver Opening Night Review

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    What did you do the weekend of November 14th? Guess where this First Class Fashionista was at? She was only at the greatest event EVER! ArtDenver produced one of the most fabulous fashion events Denver has ever witnessed, and this means a lot coming from someone who has been to Red Ball, WhiteOut, Wine Women and Shoes…etc. I can honestly say Denver is becoming a fashion capital and ArtDenver proved it at their opening night. As I strolled into the Colorado Convention Center, all I could notice was one thing…FASHION, FASHION, and, of course, ART! Everyone was dressed in their…
  • Red Ball 2014

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Are you ready, Denver? For what, you might ask? Arguably the biggest fashion event put on in Colorado annually–Red Ball! For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of enjoying a Red Ball event, let me give you the low-down. Red Ball, is a yearly fundraiser-slash-fashion-slash-hair show with the aim of raising awareness concerning the seriousness of HIV/AIDS and to embrace World AIDS Day, taking place November 30th this year. It’s a fun event to dramatically increase awareness for World AIDS Day in our great state, as well as provide funds to support programs provided by…
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    Begin the Begin

  • A reflection on the gigantic difference between failing and failure

    jeffhilimire
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Failing… Failing fast… Failing often… You’ve heard a lot of this talk in the startup world over the years. In fact, I have a slew of blog posts about failure. The general idea is that if you never fail – if everything you try works the first time – then you’re not trying enough new things. The only way to learn is by failing. But there’s a GIGANTIC difference between failing and failure. I was talking to another entrepreneur recently about some pivots we’re going through at Dragon Army, such as taking the control of what games we make out…
  • Learning to let go of the small things and focus on the important stuff

    jeffhilimire
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    I don’t know about you, but at times I seem to find myself barely able to keep up with everything that I have going on. I use tools – like Evernote, Trello, and super-optimized email and calendar processes – to help me manage through my day (both personal and business). But even with those tools and processes, there are times when I feel like I’m barely able to keep my head above water! When I was younger I would have let these times really bother me. I’m someone who likes to check things off a list, knock things out, and make visible progress. So when I feel…
  • Here is my bad advice when someone asks me, “when should I start a company?”

    jeffhilimire
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the circles I hang in, I get this question quite a bit, “When should I start my company?” And my answer is always the same. “Now.” I should point out that many entrepreneurs would disagree with me on this, and in fact, many have. So there’s that. There are loads of studies that show that 1 in 10 new companies will actually make it in any meaningful way. Those aren’t good odds. But what isn’t tracked is how many dreams are never even given a chance. I would say 1 in 10,000 companies actually get started. Maybe 1 in 100,000. Do I think you’re…
  • Question from a startup CEO: What are the top 3 books you would recommend I read right now?

    jeffhilimire
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    The CEO of a young company asked me this week what the three books I’d recommend he read right now. Without hesitation, I said: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis - And no, it doesn’t count if you’ve seen the movie. This book will make you think differently about everything, but certainly business. If you want to attack an industry from a new angle, this is the book for you.Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – This book will make you want to be a badass CEO. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh – This book will make you want to build an…
  • From the Nexus 5 to the Moto X and then quickly to the Droid Turbo

    jeffhilimire
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    This is the Droid Turbo I have (red, glass back). I loved the Nexus 5 for the 11 months that I had it. But in the end, it started to really struggle with battery life. It’s possible that was the result of how I use the phone as I have another friend who had no issues with the battery life of the Nexus 5. But so be it, I’m a battery hog, better to embrace it :) Because of that, battery life has become THE “killer app” for me. So when the second generation Moto X came out, which was a little better than the Nexus 5 in every way, I decided to jump on it. And the phone…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Pathgather Talks Social Learning with TechCrunch

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    In recent news, FI Grad and CEO of Pathgather, Eric Duffy, spoke to TechCrunch about his company’s vision and trajectory. Jonathan Schieber reports for TechCrunch in the article, “Pathgather Raises Looks to Bring Social Networking to Learning Management”. Pathgather and its Founder Eric Duffy are Graduates of the New York Founder Institute. Created to allow people to get the most out of what they learn online, Pathgather is a marketplace for online education that helps you discover and choose the right online courses for you. Pathgather provides a platform to create and…
  • Take the First Step to Becoming an Entrepreneur at a Free Founder Institute Startup Event

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey. We have several events coming up in the next few…
  • Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Take Your First Step Here.

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Are you thinking about leaving your job to start your own company? Don’t dive into the world of entrepreneurship just yet, as you should assess your goals and extensively test your startup idea in the real world before quitting your job. If you think you are ready to start up, follow the guideline below to begin your journey. Step 1 - Is This the Career for You? Pursuing entrepreneurship is not only a career choice, but a lifestyle choice, so be sure you are doing it for the right reasons. If you are starting up only to gain money or power, you will not likely achieve success. Good…
  • Startup Lessons Learned at Google: Think Money Last and User First

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this last installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign and Video Success Tips from Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Despite the abundance of stories of how startups far exceeded their crowdfunding goals, there are far more tales of campaigns that failed to match even the smallest target. Even worse, too little attention is given to just how much effort and tactical prowess is required when launching a successful crowdfunding campaign. Luckily, Ben Bateman, the Associate Director, Design & Technology Categories at Indiegogo, is here to lay out some helpful tips for devise an effective crowdfunding campaign strategy. The blog post, "Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman Shares Crowdfunding…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • The hidden benefits of Uniform Culture

    Jason
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This article originally appeared on the WP Engine Blog. I don’t mean “uniform” as in “identical.” (Although, that’s not a bad definition of culture: The attributes that we all share.) I mean “uniform” as in, “Wearing the same clothes, thereby reducing individuality.” We have a swag culture at WP Engine, particularly in T-shirts. Because we have a phenomenal Artistic Director (Seth), folks actually want to wear our shirts: After bad morning, I received an overly generous box of swag from WP Engine. Day: made. Thanks @shaptora…
  • Pricing determines your business

    Jason
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s often said that you shouldn’t talk about price during customer development interviews. The usual justification is that your goal is to uncover the details of your potential customers’ lives and pain-points, whereas a mention of price turns attention away from that topic, diverting the discussion to budgets and comparative value. But I disagree. Price is as important as any other feature to determine product/market “fit.” How many times have you heard someone agree that “it would be great if someone did X,” but when show them someone did do X, but…
  • Stubborn Visionaries & Pigheaded Fools

    Jason
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scenario 1 (S1) At time (A) you start an AdWords campaign. At time (B) it’s obviously not working; a waste of time and money. But you keep trying, and by time (C), you’ve figured it out; it’s working! Scenario 2 (S2) At time (A) you start an AdWords campaign. At time (B) it’s obviously not working; a waste of time and money. But you keep trying, but by time (C), it’s still not working, and you’ve wasted even more time and money. We’ve all experienced both scenarios, not just in AdWords but with life in general. But we misunderstand it. S1 we call…
  • You’re a company when…

    Jason
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    2,700 days ago, and 40,000 subscribers ago, I published my 13th blog post. Feedburner said there were 50 RSS subscribers, but at least 40 of them were directories or scrapers. It was: “You’re a real company when….” An existential question of when a startup becomes “real.”  At that time, I had decided it was when our sign went up on the building: By “the building” I mean a windowless loft of 1/14th of a small strip-mall in a cheap area of town, where rats ate through our Ethernet cables and a tin roof made a light drizzle sound like hail and…
  • In its emptiness, there is the function of a startup

    Jason
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    This article was originally published on the WP Engine Blog.   Calm your frenetic TL;DR twitchy-Twitter-brain for five minutes, and let some Chinese philosophy wash over you. Thirty spokes join in one hub In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle Mix clay to create a container In its emptiness, there is the function of a container Cut open doors and windows to create a room In its emptiness, there is the function of a room Therefore, that which exists is used to create benefit That which is empty is used to create functionality –Lao Tzu, Chapter 11, Tao Te Ching, ~600…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • We’re Thankful For Our Deeper Weekend Sponsors

    Jason Blumer
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    At Thriveal, we don’t take our partnerships lightly. We work hard to be valuable to our sponsors, and they expect the same thing from us. Like other accounting community conferences, our annual Deeper Weekend conference is made possible by the awesome sponsors in our community. I want to take a moment to publicly thank them, give […]
  • Happy Hour is Not a Billable Hour

    Greg Kyte
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    An advertising agency in Minneapolis is bribing its employees with beer to get them to turn in their timesheets. This officially puts time tracking on the same level as having unprotected sex — many people only do it when beer is involved.   The firm enacted the program by developing The Tapserver, a beer-for-timesheets robot. […]
  • Good Processes and Warm Fuzzy Feelings Go Together

    Jennifer Blumer
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I love planning Deeper Weekend. It is so fun to plan all the little surprises and details for our members and guests that make the trip to Greenville. And it’s my opportunity to interact with several vendors as the customer in a short period of time. That means I get to compare one customer experience to […]
  • The Future-Focused Firm

    Jason Blumer
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’m reading Peter Thiel‘s new book, Zero to One. Wow. He is truly a contrarian as most of his ideas fly in the face of doing business in any type of traditional way. Some would even say his ideas are scary. One overarching idea I’m noticing in the book is about his focus on building […]
  • Strategy, Puppets, and Marketing your Firm: Deeper Weekend 2014

    Jennifer Blumer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I know I say this every year, but I am really excited about Deeper Weekend this year. It’s my favorite three days of the year in Thriveal-land. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones is a joy to me. Really! I love it. It’s humbling that people come back each year, and we don’t take […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • How to Never Hire a Honey Badger

    Catherine Morgan
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You never know what random YouTube video will generate some deep business insights – even hiring best practices. Carol’s post from entrepreneur.com is a great example. She begins: A couple of years back, there was a phenomenal (and by phenomenal, I mean completely offensive, juvenile and NSFW) video about an animal called the honey badger, [...]
  • 2 Critical Questions to Ask Your Customers

    George and Mary-Lynn
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We took advantage of the beautiful weather in our area over the weekend. We love to get out of our small city and go for a drive. There’s an outlet mall about thirty minutes from us. So we stopped and shopped! We like to combine work and play. While we were playing, we got a [...]
  • Dead or Alive: Surviving the Busy (or Slow) Holiday Season

    Brad Shorr
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I started in the packaging business, November and December were dead. Customers dead like us were partying nonstop. Busy customers were packing 20 hours of work into 16-hour days. Nobody had time to talk about packaging. But with the Internet coming to town, e-commerce took off like Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Practically overnight, [...]
  • How Your Small Business Can Take Advantage of the Biggest Technology Developments

    Carol Roth
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Technology has really been democratized over the past few years, allowing small businesses to access many of the same tools previously only available or affordable to big businesses.  So, how can your business best capitalize on all of these technological developments?  Moreover, how do you know where to begin or where to focus? I recently [...]
  • Why You Might Need a Business Refresh

    Britt Raybould
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    People start businesses for many reasons, but my reason seems a little ridiculous in hindsight. I was bored. Unlike entrepreneurs with a driving passion to change the world, I wanted to see if I could make my day-to-day life more interesting. Granted, it’s probably not the best reason to turn one’s life upside down, but [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • Your Guide to the Complete Lean Startup Conference Program

    Sarah Milstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup ConferenceEleven months in the making, the full schedule for The Lean Startup Conference is at last complete, and we can’t wait to show you around! OK, sure, we’re still nailing down a couple more speakers and sessions, which we’ll announce as we finalize them. But other than that, it’s all there. Talk descriptions, speakers, workshops, evening events, Ignite, Office Hours…but we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let’s slow down and go over just what we have and for whom.We took the feedback we gathered in previous…
  • How to Get Your Coworkers to Care About User Research

    Sarah Milstein
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.If you build products or services, then having empathy for your users is part of your job. Good news: If you build products or services, then we have empathy for you. We talked with Laura Klein, a preeminent expert on user experience, about the questions she gets asked most often by other product pros. Laura is not only the author of UX for Lean Startup and the creator of the design blog Users Know, she’s also Head of Product at Hint Health, a software company working on healthcare affordability, and one of our most popular…
  • Learn Online This Fall

    Sarah Milstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.Boost your entrepreneurship skills withoutgetting out of the building this fall. With an online course from Stanford and a series of webcasts from the Lean Startup Conference team, you can learn a lot from your desk in the coming months.  First up: We’re excited to announce that Bob Sutton is joining as a speaker at this year’s Lean Startup Conference. Perhaps best known for his book, The No Asshole Rule, Bob was a terrifically popular speaker at Office Optional, and he’s written a number of best-selling business…
  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

    Sarah Milstein
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceAt this year’s Lean Startup Conference, we seek to answer the difficult questions you face as an entrepreneur. To give you a sense of how we’ll do that, we’re introducing you to three of our speakers—all of whom are appearing for the first time at The Lean Startup Conference, and all of whom have advice you can put to work today. Note that summer sale pricing for the conference ends on Monday night, so register now for the best deal possible.Herewith, our introductions.Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz.
  • New Call for Speakers and Top Three Reasons to Bring Your Child to The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceWe’ve found more than half the speakers for The Lean Startup Conference, and we’re pretty excited about them. Ranging from Ben Horowitz, Mitch Kapor, Laura Klein and Cheryl Contee to entrepreneurs you probably don’t know but who have valuable stories to share, this year’s speakers—and mentors like Tim O'Reilly and Erin McKean—will help you become a more successful entrepreneur. We’re now seeking a few more speakers for the conference, December 8 – 12 in San Francisco, and we’ve opened a new…
 
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    David Cancel

  • Creating A Customer-Driven Product Machine

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every company in the world will tell you they are customer-driven. They’ll believe in the principle. They’ll have framed posters on the wall about it. "Solve for The Customer." But none of that means anything unless you actually make the structural decisions to ensure it. When I rebuilt the product team at HubSpot, back in 2011, I wanted to see if we could get beyond slogans and mantras to structure it in a way that intrinsically placed the customer ahead of everything else. I made a few decisions, in form, process and culture, that were designed to safeguard the team against misdirection…
  • Micro Experts

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” - Socrates It feels like everybody is an expert these days -- actually, more like what I call a “micro expert” because their “expertise” usually only covers a niche within a niche. I was reminded of this recently while reading a piece in the New York Times. In an online conversation between two Times writers who have recently left San Francisco after many years of living there, one of them recalled a colleague walking out of a popular coffee shop because: “I was just standing in line behind two entrepreneurs that couldn’t…
  • My Golden Rule for Pitching Your Startup or Product

    19 Nov 2013 | 5:44 pm
    There's a simple rule I use when pitching a product or even a company to someone. I call it "No Ands." The "No Ands" rule is simple: You have to be able to describe your idea in a single sentence without using the word "and." I believe "ands" are crutches -- they add confusion and show you don't really understand your value proposition. The reason I've used this crutch in the past is probably the same reason that you've used it: I'm so excited about how big an idea can be that I want to share my excitement with everyone I talk to. I never want someone to walk away from a pitch unimpressed. I…
  • Should Entrepreneurs Get an MBA? Hell No.

    21 May 2013 | 7:52 am
    Should you get an MBA before founding a startup? Hell no. If you intend to found a tech startup I believe that an MBA is a complete waste of money. There is one exception to that rule. An MBA from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Wharton, and maybe 1 or 2 other schools in the entire world might be somewhat useful. An MBA from one of these schools may be useful not for what you learned at those schools but because of the social connections you made with some of your fellow students and professors. If you’re lucky you might make some alumni connections to people not in the startup world but working at…
  • Customer (not Competitor) Focused

    6 Dec 2012 | 8:56 am
    I was recently speaking with an entrepreneur whose company is in the same space as my previous company, Performable (which was acquired by Hubspot). He was asking how I thought they should compete with a particular competitor. This competitor is good at producing software quickly and extremely adept at copying its competitors -- they went as far as copying much of Performable's copy and product names after we were acquired. The situation this entrepreneur is in is not unique -- this happens to most companies in competitive markets every single day. If you are doing something worthwhile,…
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    Under30CEO

  • Playing Loud – Jason Lucash of OrigAudio

    Michael Luchies
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I love working for myself. I love the fact that if I want to wear shorts and flip-flops to work today, I’ll do it. If I want to bring my dog to work, I’ll do it. If I want to make cool products and have them on shelves in Japan, I’ll do it. I like the freedom involved with being an entrepreneur, and that’s what motivates me as an entrepreneur.” “I like to think we make really cool stuff all day every day,” says Jason Lucash, co-founder and Business Development Director of OrigAudio. Just three months after their initial product launch in August of 2009, it was clear that…
  • How To Create A $1 Million Invention (The Easy Way)

    danieldipiazza
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How many times have you watched Shark Tank, or gone to the store and seen a product on the shelf that made you scratch your head and say, “DAMMIT! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!” Or worse yet — you go to the store, and see something that you’d already thought of, in some form or fashion, but never executed on. Hey! That’s my idea!!!! It’s literally like someone is STEALING money from you. It sucks. Of course, the barriers to getting our ideas out of our heads and onto store shelves is usually a combination of factors: We don’t know if our idea is any…
  • 6 Quotes to Inspire Creative Leadership

    GuestAuthor
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    You probably don’t think of making a sandwich as a creative act. And yet when I asked my 10-year-old son for an example of a business he considered creative, he said Subway. When you think about it, every aspect of Subway’s business model is highly creative — from the order flow to the pricing to the way the bread is prepared. Subway has positioned itself as the go-to place for a sandwich like you would make at home. And with more than 40,000 stores around the globe, it’s the world’s largest sandwich chain. It takes imagination to see how a sandwich assembly line could expand to…
  • Master Your Reality: 5 Steps Towards Miraculously Manifesting Your Vision NOW!

    Under30CEO
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. Clarity of Vision When the entrepreneur or creator can become clear on the vision they have for what they are inspired to create, they will instantly begin to shift their reality towards a greater purpose and awareness. This awareness shift is created by clarity around your vision. When you begin to see how your life will look when you are living at your highest purpose and highest potential, you can step into that power easier each day. Also, when creating this vision, detail can help with creating clarity. 2. Confront Any Fears Revolving around Your Vision Many times, when people begin…
  • Why You Need to Throw Away Your Goals

    Under30CEO
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As entrepreneurs we are supposed to be goal-getters, achievers and risk takers. On the internet you will find over a million blog posts having something to say about the successful and unusual day-day-day habits of entrepreneurs. I am not trying to condemn other blog posts. I am just trying to focus on the nitty-gritty and what elements could make you a better entrepreneur, something that will give you a defining edge. Entrepreneurs are different. Sometimes what sets them apart is more of a sustaining factor rather than a singular moment of chance. What does setting goals have to do with…
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    Fizzle

  • What it Takes to Love the Work You Do as an Entrepreneur

    Barrett Brooks
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    As Chase says so often on The Fizzle Show, even as an entrepreneur, it’s so easy for your business to become just another job. You get down in the weeds, working on the never ending to-do list and before you know it, you’re wondering why you ever started a business to begin with. Before I joined the Fizzle team, I ran a company called Living for Monday. There I immersed myself in the research behind what it takes to find incredible career opportunities and make the most of them once we have them. After a series of events, I knew I would be winding the company down just as I was…
  • How do I know if my business idea is viable (FS081)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Several listeners asked questions about choosing between multiple business ideas. What can you do to tell which ones are viable and which aren’t? We get into that, a youtube video editing hack, Barrett’s “LPC” strategy and a couple other bits on the show today. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download (Podcast) How to tell if your business idea is viable. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Emma Davies’ suggestion for a fun bit on this…
  • Start a Blog with Me?

    Corbett Barr
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Blogging has been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done in my life. As I said back in August (when I wrote Should I Start a Blog?), I don’t know of many other ways to spend your time that can lead to a bigger impact or payoff. I’ve been itching to get back to personal blogging for a long time. I miss the fun of writing, and of connecting with people over ideas and words. Writing here at The Sparkline is great, but I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like, and I don’t get to cover as many topics as I’d like. Blogging has changed my life in more…
  • Essential Habits and Motivation for Entrepreneurs (an Interview with Leo Babauta)

    Corbett Barr
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Click play on the video above. Staying motivated and changing ineffective habits are both essential skills for anyone working to become self-employed. When you don’t have a boss or team to keep you on track, being able to change your behavior yourself can literally equal the difference between success and failure. Leo Babauta of the massively popular Zen Habits blog knows a thing or two about motivation and habits, especially as they apply to entrepreneurs. Leo just finished a new book about habits and launched it via Kickstarter. He has also interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs and…
  • Top 10 Mistakes in Starting an Online Business (FS080)

    Chase Reeves
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs over the past 3 years and in this episode we showcase the top 10 mistakes we see self employed people make. This episode corresponds with a brand new guide we made on the subject. It’s free, it’s got tons of great quotes and images and some next steps to take for each of these mistakes. Get the 10 mistakes guide and follow along through this conversation as we add more stories and commentary to each of these mistakes. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to)…
 
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    Strategy

  • IGNITION 2014, One Week Out — Into the Shark Tank!

    Spencer Reiss
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Where are you going next Monday night? How about heading deep into Silicon Valley with VC legend — think Facebook, Dropbox, Spotify — Jim Breyer. Or maybe back to the future with Steve Jobs' dueling partner, former Apple CEO John Sculley. And wrap up with Mark Cuban, going deep on everything from net neutrality to cyber dust and privacy apps with BI's own Henry Blodget. Plenty to talk about at the reception that follows. Tuesday? Blodget's back bright and early with his trademark "Future of Digital" deck, followed by Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr. YouTube phenom Bethany Mota. Pandora's…
  • Google HR Boss Says This Is The Secret To Happiness

    Jacquelyn Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Thanksgiving is upon us, which means millions of Americans will spend the next few days eating, shopping, and, most importantly, saying "thanks." But, according to Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations, an "attitude of gratitude" is "way more powerful than just saying 'thanks.'"  In fact, he says in a recent LinkedIn post that expressing gratitude will make you happier in both your professional and personal lives — and can even make you live longer.  He explains that people typically get happy or sad when "stuff happens," but over time we gradually…
  • 9 Books That Will Help You Find Work You Love

    Drake Baer
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Tons of people hate their jobs. In America, job satisfaction hovers around 45%. In Europe, 60% of workers say they would choose a different career if they could start all over again. A recent global survey found that only 13% of people are actively excited about going to work in the morning.  With this problem in mind, we put together a list of the best investigations into what makes work work by a range of psychologists, philosophers, venture capitalists, and other deep thinkers.  We think it will help.'Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work As A Pilgrimage Of Identity' by David Whyte…
  • The 24 Coolest New Businesses In Berlin

    Melissa Stanger and Emmie Martin
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Increasingly known as the hipster capital of Germany, Berlin is home to its fair share of trendy bars, concept restaurants, and contemporary street art. We rounded up 24 of the coolest new places the city has to offer, from a latex-only boutique to a swimming pool-turned-nightclub to a restaurant that doubles as a tattoo parlor. For this list, we focused on Berlin-based businesses that opened within the past five years or so. Know a cool business we missed? Let us know in the comments.25 Hours Hotel Bikini Budapester Straße 40, 10787 What it is: A boutique hotel with a playful…
  • Why Spotify's CEO Works In 5-Year Spurts

    Aaron Taube
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    One of the big problems employers have these days is getting their top young talent to stay with them. Increasingly, millennials are looking to hop from company to company, rather than stay with the same firm for decades as members of older generations did. But 31-year-old Spotify cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek has an interesting strategy for giving himself the flexibility his fellow 30-somethings enjoy, without being so flighty that he can't sink his teeth into his work. In a recent story in The New Yorker, Ek describes himself as a "missionary" because he likes to commit to taking on a work…
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  • Best ways to get more income online

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    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

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    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
      Do you have desires to use SEO services to promote your business online effectively?  You have to be careful while choosing companies that provide search engine optimization services. Many companies have started to provide these services without professional expertise and trained staff members. You have to choose the most reputable SEO Company online to get the desired support to make use of professional services at competitive prices. It is time to use the most advanced services from experts in the SEO. You have to be sure that you have a valid reason and goal to use a service from a…
  • Earthquake

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    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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    Program is divided into “I of dream”, and “insisted dream”, and “exploration dream”, and “China dream” 4 a chapter, rice of parent Yuan longping academician, and flight hero Li Zhonghua, and e-commerce application master Ma, and martial arts master Jet Li, and movie star CHAN, celebrities participation has recording, a juvenile hero stage debut, with students loved of form, guide students will personal ideal and country development close combines up. Programsalsorecruitedthrough the networkofprimary and secondary school…
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    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

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    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
      Do you have desires to use SEO services to promote your business online effectively?  You have to be careful while choosing companies that provide search engine optimization services. Many companies have started to provide these services without professional expertise and trained staff members. You have to choose the most reputable SEO Company online to get the desired support to make use of professional services at competitive prices. It is time to use the most advanced services from experts in the SEO. You have to be sure that you have a valid reason and goal to use a service from a…
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    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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    5 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
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  • Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    dylan
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tweet “All too often, automation frees us from that which makes us feel free.” ~Nicholas Carr About Nicholas Carr I wrote in my recent Jack Covert Selects review of The Glass Cage that “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity.” That’s true, but in the original draft of that review, I wrote it a bit differently: “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, enlightening, and sometimes scary books about the history of technology and its relationship to the human civilization that…
  • An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    dylan
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    TweetTim Clissold’s Mr. China, released almost a decade ago, is one of the great books on China’s rise as an economic power. An in-the-trenches account of the business boom that he was in the belly of during his more than twenty years there, Mr. China was an international bestseller translated into twelve languages and was one of the Economist‘s books of the year in 2004. The growth of China hasn’t slowed much since then, and Clissold is now back with a new book, Chinese Rules: Mao’s Dog, Deng’s Cat, and Five Timeless Lessons from the Front Lines in China…
  • The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    Ryan Schleicher
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    TweetIf you’re a regular 800-CEO-READ reader or follower, you know that we always look forward to strategy+business revealing their picks for best business books of the year, in part because the s+b list is decidedly different than most other lists. Their categories often change to reflect the most important business topics of the year, and instead of relying solely on an internal editorial team to choose the winners, they reach out to experts in each category’s field. But what we most appreciate in the s-b list is that each book is accompanied by an essay explaining the the…
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Aaron
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    TweetWe do business in a world where it’s not uncommon for the authors we promote and whose books we sell to share their expertise with groups for a speaking fee in the range of what most middle class families make in an entire year. Sometimes it’s hard not to scratch one’s head in disbelief that an hour keynote can demand such a high price tag and to ponder what value attendees take away from that experience. A similar head-scratcher is the fact that for fifteen straight years, Warren Buffett has auctioned off private lunches with individuals, bids starting at $25,000 — and in…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
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  • Is Balance Possible? by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Now here’s a frank perspective: Balance doesn’t work.  So don’t even try. Accept the fact that the only way to really make something happen is to go “full out” at it, with everything you have. Such is the claim by Chuck Blakeman in his recent article in Inc. magazine.  He writes: “Momentum doesn’t come from balance, but from giving it your all up front.  An airplane burns up to 50% of its fuel just getting to cruise altitude. Most businesses do too.”  And: “Live out your highest priorities — everything else should play 2nd fiddle…
  • B Corp As A Competitive Edge? by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Last week, I attended a celebration for B corps in Colorado. These are for-profit companies certified by a nonprofit called B Lab for achieving social and environmental goals along with business ones. What I noticed differently from other discussions among B Corps in the past, was a stronger focus not only on this vibrant community of like-minded business people — there are now more than 1000 B corps in the US, including Patagonia, Etsy, and Seventh Generation, and dozens in Colorado, including New Belgium Brewing, GoLite, and Teatulia. I also noticed folks talking about the B corp…
  • Women Entrepreneurs Bring Unique Strengths by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The corporate “glass ceiling” prevents many women from advancing above a certain level in Corporate America.  For example, men hold the top position in 98% of Fortune 500 companies. So increasing numbers of ambitious female entrepreneurs have opted to increase their influence and impact by running their own company.  And in so doing, they bring unique strengths that deliver new vitality to their companies and to the world. One of those strengths is deep emotional commitment to their communities. A recent report entitled Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One,…
  • Business Plans vs. Strategic Plans by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    1 May 2014 | 10:04 am
    There is often a great deal of confusion about the difference between business plans and strategic plans.  And, frankly, they are similar in many ways, and since each plan has to be tailored to the organization it is prepared for, one can easily blur into the other. In both cases, you begin with internal and external research (often called a “scan”) to get clarity on the best direction for the organization and where its best opportunities are to obtain the funds it needs to succeed.  What sets a business plan apart is its singular focus on market and operational feasibility. In…
  • Mindfulness as a Competitive Strategy by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:13 am
    One emerging trend we’re noticing in our work is the number of companies using meditation and mindfulness practices to increase individual and group productivity, improve well-being and health, and reduce stress in the business environment. Moreover, recent neuroscience research demonstrates at the brain’s molecular level that meditation and mindfulness, even if practiced for just 20 minutes per day, can have dramatic effects on brain function as measured by brain scans and brain function testing.  Mindful Entrepreneurs There are now many examples of this in the corporate and…
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  • Label changed on Biogen's top MS drug to reflect patient death

    Don Seiffert
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Investors appeared unphased today after news that the labeling for Biogen Idec's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug will be updated to reflect the death of one patient from a rare brain disease which is possibly related to the use of the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a warning on its website today stating that a patient who was taking Biogen's daily pill, Tecfidera, developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, and later died. The death was already disclosed…
  • Boston home prices are climbing more slowly than nation's as a whole

    Eric Convey
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Homes in Greater Boston gained value more slowly over the past year than did homes across the country as a whole, according to the widely respected Case-Shiller home price index. A home sold in the Boston market in August 2014 fetched on average price 5.0 percent higher than the same home sold in August 2013, according to Case-Shiller. The national growth rate was 5.1 percent. The index tracks the re-sale value of unaltered homes over time. The latest figures were released this morning. The major…
  • Northeastern University using microwaves to diagnose breast cancer

    Jessica Bartlett
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The same kinds of microwaves used in air traffic control radar is being used by researchers at Northeastern University to better see and diagnose breast cancer. Since microwaves bounce back differently depending on what they hit and where they hit it, electrical and computer engineering professor Carey Rappaport says the technology is ideal to look for breast tumors. "We try to pick out the tumor relative to the healthy background based on the observed measure of tumor characteristics," said Rappaport. The…
  • Ongoing shortage of lab space brought on by growth at biotechs large and small

    Don Seiffert
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    When one of the state's largest biotech firms vacated 600,000 square feet of space in Cambridge early this year, many users of lab space were hoping it might ease up the shortage of supply in ground zero of the world's hub of biotech activity. Those hopes were dashed. Rather, in the past six months, the explosion of new biotech firms combined with the virtual stampete of big pharma companies who want to move or expand here has gobbled more than that amount of space. That's left Cambridge with the…
  • CyberArk shares fall 5 percent following downgrades

    David Harris
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Shares of newly-public cybersecurity firm CyberArk Software (Nasdaq: CYBR) were down around 5 percent Tuesday after the company's stock was downgraded by two separate analysts who believe it's overvalued. Nomura and William Blair downgraded CyberArk to neutral ratings. In addition, Imperial Capital launched coverage with an underperform rating and $40 target. Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund said that CyberArk shares had a higher valuation than other comparable companies such as FireEye (Nasdaq: FEYE)…
 
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  • These 21 Sites Can Improve The Odds of Success for Your Startup

    Thomas Oppong
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Starting a business is hard. There are no guarantees. You can fail. But that’s alright. You are not your failure, hence you can always move on to start a new project. There are many business resources out there that can help you grow a bigger and better business. Chances are you know some of these sites already. Don’t get distracted by too many business related posts. You should be spending most of your time building an actual business. But in case you need knowledge, ideas and success stories to boost your chances of success, these sites can help. There are tons of…
  • These 29 Smartest Pieces of Advice Reveal Why Visual Marketing Rules

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The rise in popularity of visual social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, SlideShare and Vine have ushered in an era welcoming visual storytelling. Visual content has gone mainstream. Images are the new call to action (CTA). If you are still not sure how to get started, these are a few ideas for getting right into visual marketing. 1. The human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text, offering a powerful advantage to companies that can curate social media-friendly visuals. 2. When embedding @YouTube videos into your blog, make sure they’re optimized for…
  • The Types of Online Presence That Works Best For Small Businesses

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of .com & .net, powered by Verisign. All opinions are 100% mine. Trying to get the word out about your business in a competitive marketplace? No matter what size business you have, the Internet is a perfect way to grow your business. With multiple online presence options available to you, one or more are sure to help your business stand out in the crowd! It’s essential for all small businesses to have an online identity in today’s digital world. The advantages the Internet offers are numerous and can help a..
  • Why SSL Certs Are Important and How to Strengthen Your Website’s Security

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a widely accepted technology for establishing a secured connection between a web server and a web browser. Thawte puts it in a much simpler way to understand “An SSL certificate is a bit of code on your web server that provides security for online communications. When a web browser contacts your secured web site, the SSL certificate enables an encrypted connection. It’s kind of like sealing a letter in an envelope before sending it through the mail.” SSL protects sensitive online data as it travels from one site to another. Here is how SSL works…
  • The Future of Marketing: Glimpsing The Future Through Trends of Today

    Contributor
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Well, 2014 is drawing to a close. It was a big year, full of interesting developments. From the Ice Bucket Challenge to the #motelBK, it’s safe to say that it surprised us. But now the time has come for one of those year end lists, an ambitious survey of the current contours of the industry and a prediction about what lies ahead in 2015. The end of 2014 was very fruitful for this endeavor, because it happened to contain quite a few last-minute product and feature announcements that give us a taste of what we can anticipate in 2015. In..
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  • Insights - 5 Fails Entrepreneurs May Regret

    Taffy Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
        Reference Article:  5 Fails agile entrepreneurs may regret and never recover     Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861,  ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Agile leaders take care in what they say to others

    Taffy Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Take care in what you say!Many years ago a professor said something that altered my life.  Strange that in speaking with him recently he never realized the profound effect from a simple comment yelled at me when he was busy.  I have mentioned the comment in this blog previously and it can be found here. In a recent discussion with a friend, I relayed the story of the professor.  I was amazed the professor did not even remember the comment and said, “I hope I said it nicer than that.”  While my friend and I were talking, he brought up a key point; profound changes in…
  • Startup Blog Insights - 4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time

    Taffy Williams
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Reference Article:4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time  Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photowebsite,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and  Examiner Charlotte,  NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Startup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile Success

    Taffy Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Referenced Articles:Agile thinking requires forward contingency planningAgile success generates great feelingsTaffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Agile success generates great feelings

    Taffy Williams
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Yes, it is a bit like THIS!Highs and lows are part of being an entrepreneur.  No matter how hard you try there will be failures and successes.  Finding ways to convert failures to successes generates a great sense of satisfaction.  The process can be arduous and create lots of stress, but it is an essential part of developing a business.It is easy from the start of the endeavor to believe that the company will be wildly successful.  You go on the road and try to raise funds.  The road trip seems to take much longer than you imagined and the people you meet range from…
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  • 3 Basic Tips to Find A Great Job for Yourself

    Vivek Krishnan
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Trying to find a job in today’s market can be a little scary. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find the job of your dreams. In the vast majority of cases, a great job isn’t going to fall in your lap, but you can improve your chances of finding satisfying employment by keeping these tips in mind. Research Job Requirements Early Many students start really researching job options as they near the end of their schooling. However, it’s better to start researching job requirements before you even begin higher education. When you know what type of job you…
  • The Uses of Signal Time Clock

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Factories and shops require their workers to give their full attention to the job at hand. It is fairly easy for employees to lose track of time when they are fully engaged in their daily tasks. Supervisors want to make sure that their employees can tell when their shift has ended or when it is time for a break in noisy job conditions. Workers who can plan their break times more effectively in a busy environment work better.A busy environment is where a signal time clock becomes useful. The horn or bell sound is easy to hear above the noise of industrial equipment. In factories or other…
  • Opening & Running A Franchise

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    An ice cream shop franchise is a lot of fun both for the owner and their customers. One of the advantages of this business option is that it is in such high demand that you’re certain of seeing a good return on your investment. Many people visit ice cream chains when they’re traveling and want ice cream from shops they frequent in their area. Opening a franchise is the perfect way to fill this need.Cold Stone franchise opportunities are among some of the most popular options for those who want to start up a business. One of the reasons why many prefer to start a franchise is…
  • USC’s Masters in Communication

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Many people who earn master’s degrees in communications seek positions that are traditionally linked to such degrees, including journalism, television or radio. However, there is no need for them to limit their career choices to the standard professions that most communications majors seek. Jobs such as lobbyists, grant writers and personnel specialists have strong links to communication skills, yet few people think of them as such. There are many industries that benefit from the skills and knowledge of lobbyists, including private corporations, consulting firms and various institutions.
  • Industry Leaders Share Top Apps & Programs

    Vivek Krishnan
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    We look at companies and popular figures and wonder, what is the secret to their success? Is it their personality, their upbringing or do they hold key insights that the rest of us will never know? I guess, until we find out that information, there are things that we can learn from them by looking at what applications and programs are beneficial to their industry and how it boosts their productivity and simplifies their everyday tasks. Some of these save time and money. Some allow for better planning, task assignment and organization. Where others aid in creation, idea logging and…
 
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  • [Techie Tuesdays] Meet the techie behind the ‘Chota ATM’

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    Bhaktha Keshavachar, a hardware veteran from Intel, is the Co-founder and CTO of Ezetap, a mobile POS company. The company manufactures a device which enables any smartphone or tablet to become a full-fledged ‘Point-of-Sale’ terminal by the adding the Ezetap Card-Reader. His journey is nothing less than a dreamy tale spanning decades. Born and brought up in Bangalore during the time when there were more gardens in the city than IT companies, Bhaktha’s tryst with technology began during a summer camp organized by Vishveshwarya Technological Museum, where he first discovered…
  • Veteran investor and entrepreneur Srikanth Iyer ventures into interior design with HomeLane

    Shradha Sharma
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Buying a house is one thing, making it a home is another. After Srikanth Iyer bought a house he had barely heaved a sigh of relief when he realized that furnishing his house was a different ball game altogether. As most Indians are low on DIYs, we end up relying on carpenters and interior designers to give shape to our vision of a dream home. And that in one word spells ‘trouble’. Like Srikanth, his four other friends had also faced the same problem — the daily hassle of dealing with carpenters, getting exact fixtures for the kitchen and wardrobes, and getting all the elements to…
  • Scrollback raises INR 3 crore seed round to reach 5000 communities by 2015

    Emmanuel Amberber
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Scrollback is a Bangalore based startup tht helps build real time conversations online. It was incubated at JFDI-Singapore in 2013. Yesterday, Scrollback announced fund raise of INR 3 crores led by Singapore-based Jungle Ventures. Amit Anand, managing partner at Jungle Ventures says Forums are probably the last frontier to get a Web 3.0 makeover and Scrollback has the right design and social elements to be a winner in the space How is this different from other chat tools? Scrollback real-time chat widget has the ability to create forum like threads in chat where anyone can participate in. The…
  • Small town boys from Kerala bootstrap ‘product’ by making apps around Malayalam movies

    Jubin Mehta
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Mohammed Aboobacker is from Pallakad in Kerala. He is a final year student pursuing a degree in Mechanical engineering at the Rajagiri College of engineering and technology. His friend Navaneet is from Calicut and is in his second year of Computer Science engineering at FISAT. These two curious youngsters had met at a developer event organized by Startup Village. “I was very much motivated by Startup Village and the things that happened here. So I decided to do something on my own,” says Mohammed. Taking inspiration back in March 2013, he started click clap- a digital marketing agency for…
  • In India, we don’t have garage startups. We start up in apartments!

    Subodh Kolhe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    What do Microsoft, Apple, HP and Amazon have in common? All four of them began in the garages of their founders. Silicon Valley is full of stories of technology giants with such humble beginnings. In fact, this picture of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sitting together and building the first Macintosh computer is almost an icon of innovation and enterprise in Silicon Valley. Bangalore, long known as India’s Silicon Valley is no different. Only, in a country where the cities have apartment complexes rather than landed houses,, we have flats instead of garages. The start-up ecosystem is full of…
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  • Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs

    StartUpLift
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs Target Audience: Digital Natives Website URL: http://www.madrassa.co No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. 1) Look…
  • GetScorecard – Painkiller for Sales Managers

    StartUpLift
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Predictive CRM that monitors customer health to prevent churn Target Audience: SME Sales Managers Website URL: http://www.GetScorecard.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. 1) Look…
  • CallerSmart – Outsmarting Unknown and Unwanted Callers, Together

    StartUpLift
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    CallerSmart is a revolutionary free Caller ID app for your iPhone that helps you identify mystery numbers and block those you don’t want to hear from ever again Target Audience: Anyone who’s ever received a call from an unknown number Website URL: http://www.CallerSmart.com/ About CallerSmart: CallerSmart helps you identify mystery callers and block those you don’t want to hear from ever again.
  • Donatello Doors – Wrought Iron Doors

    StartUpLift
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Donatello Doors makes wrought iron entry doors and wine cellar doors which we sell online to contractors and public. Target Audience: Contractors and Home-Owners Website URL: http://www.DonatelloDoors.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback…
  • Bunchcut – Image Collaboration Made Super Easy

    StartUpLift
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Bunchcut is the “go to” enterprise solution for collecting and sharing images. Target Audience: Creatives, marketers, PR professionals, eCommerce companies, SMEs, product managers Website URL: www.bunchcut.com About Bunchcut: Bunchcut makes it super easy to collect and sort through images as a team. Watch the following video to learn more about Bunchcut.
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Sage Sustainable Electronics Giving Gadgets New Life

    Susan Post
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chances are you have an old laptop or early generation iPhone stored in a desk drawer somewhere. Whether it’s there just in case or because you’re not sure what else to do with it, a new Columbus-based company is giving everyone from individuals to large corporations an outlet to recycle their old electronics. Sage Sustainable […]
  • Small Business Saturday Is Coming – Is Your Business Ready?

    Susan Post
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Small Business Saturday is less than a week away. With only a few days to spare, is your business ready? And are you targeting the right customers? Columbus-based AudienceSCAN recently performed a survey over 14,000 people nationwide to gain insights into their Small Business Saturday shopping habits. Holiday shopping used to culminate with Black Friday […]
  • VidaFit Offers Suite of Services to Help Clients Build Healthy Lifestyles

    Susan Post
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Whether you are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle or in the greatest shape of your life, making the time to eat right can be a huge challenge. Combining a healthy food delivery service and wellness programs, VidaFit is helping those looking to make a lasting change in their lifestyle do so conveniently and easily. […]
  • Why You Can (And Should) Destroy Documents

    Catherine Jopling
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nowadays, it’s easy to create a document. Think about all the automatically generated documents associated with your business: invoices, confirmation emails, receipts. What used to require a phone call now requires an email. Our inboxes are overflowing. It may be tempting to just keep everything, forever. The cost of holding on to every file your […]
  • Endeavor Forward Takes a Unique Approach as a Business Incubator

    Susan Post
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A concept over 18 months in the making, startups and entrepreneurs now have a new incubator program to help them build their business in Columbus. Luke Westerman of venture capital firm Solomon Global Holdings and a team of seasoned entrepreneurs introduce Endeavor Forward. Taking a hands-on approach to provide strategic direction and planning, the program […]
 
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  • uCiC – Connecting People At Right Place & At Right Time

    VisionwizTeam
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    UCiC: UCiC is a new upcoming startup that aims to help you to  connect with  people at right time and  at right location from any part of the world. How It Works: You can log in using any of your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts. OR simply use your email to create a log-in. Once log in then you can select any area in the world and reach out to fellow users, whether you know them or not, to complete an image requests for you. Along with reward of good deed, they receive in- app Karma Points that they can further use to make their own requests. Karma Points are the in-app currency with…
  • What Startups Should Learn From Early Adopters & Late Adopters

    Martin
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind. Unfortunately, for most solution markets, early adopters represent only 10 to 15 percent of the total opportunity, so it’s easy to get mislead on the real requirements of mainstream customers. Psychologists call this the confirmation bias. I call it failing by early adopters. The good news is that early adopters are never reluctant to sign up as beta customers and will provide you early feedback on product quality. The bad news is that they are not a good test…
  • Why Gaining Trust Is Most Important Task For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. Just because you dream it and build it, doesn’t mean they will come – that encompasses not only customers, but also investors, partners, team members, and even your own family. They won’t come if they don’t trust you. In my experience, trust is the most powerful tool that an entrepreneur can wield, both inside and outside of his own realm of control. I’ve seen many examples of this in my own business life, and yet…
  • 5 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    6 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. StartupStash StartupStash is a new curated directory of resources & tools to help you build your startup. 2. Strumly Strumly is a new beta startup that aims to discover local music artists. 3. DocRoks DocRoks is a new beta startups that   aims to analyze your docs and can tell you how your documents are made up: predominant colors, lines, number of pages, blank percentage, text, histogram. 4. Sharingear Sharingear is a peer-to-peer marketplace that lets you rent instruments and equipment from other musicians. 5. Suitor Suitor is a new beta startup that aims…
  • Now Get Paid For Social Sharing Via TSU

    VisionwizTeam
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Tsu: Tsū is a free social network and payment platform that shares up to 90% of revenues with its users.  On tsū, you will get paid for your content. Half of your earned revenue is in the form of royalties generated by the content you post. How It Works: Tsū shares social revenues that come from third party ads, sponsorships and partnerships. Once economics are created, tsū receives 10% to maintain the platform. Half of the remaining earned revenue is paid to the user who created the content. The other half of the remaining earned revenue is distributed to the user’s network Family…
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  • They Didn’t Quit, Even When Their Jobs Were Gone

    Chris Reimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I love this StoryCorps piece. An assisted living facility abruptly shuts down, and two employees remain behind to take care of 16 residents who would have never survived without round-the-clock care. Just incredible. It speaks to me about courage – stepping up when no one else will. If there’s litter on the street in front […] The post They Didn’t Quit, Even When Their Jobs Were Gone appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 16: Show Up To Your Damn Job On Time

    Chris Reimer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In Episode 16 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their employers. It goes like this: “I will show up to work on time, or will communicate when I can’t.” That’s it! Freakin’ show up to work […] The post Happywork TV Episode 16: Show Up To Your Damn Job On Time appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 15: Your Job is Not a Right, So Stop Acting Like It Is

    Chris Reimer
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    In Episode 15 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their employers. It goes like this: “I understand my job is not a right, nor a privilege.” For me, this is a matter of employee attitude. If […] The post Happywork TV Episode 15: Your Job is Not a Right, So Stop Acting Like It Is appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 14: Owners May Be More Enthusiastic About The Business Than Employees

    Chris Reimer
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    LOL HIT “PLAY” ON MY FOREHEAD! In Episode 14 of Happywork TV, I introduce the next commitment contained in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” (which is in the book! The Agreement itself was where the whole idea for this book started) Here it is: “I will keep in mind […] The post Happywork TV Episode 14: Owners May Be More Enthusiastic About The Business Than Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • I Heart Kenny Wallace!

    Chris Reimer
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    I started reading and could not put it down Kris ……. “@KrisJohnson_NI: @ChrisReimer will check it out pic.twitter.com/ZfThyQ6DkK — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) November 14, 2014 The post I Heart Kenny Wallace! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • Top Tips for a Memorable After-Dinner Speech 

    EpicLaunch
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    So you have been invited to deliver an after-dinner speech, be it for a corporate dinner, a product launch, an academic event, or other similar gatherings. You know very well that what you say at an after-dinner speech can – and most often will – be held against you, and this is a definite cause for concern. But, fortunately, there are ways to make your after-dinner speech memorable and entertaining at the same time without having to go through a nervous breakdown. You simply have to keep some tips in mind to arrest your audience and leave them with something that makes an impact. The…
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Could you make money from a festival?

    EpicLaunch
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    You have grown tired of your nine-to-five routine and want to get out off the office. You dream of being self-employed and would like to establish your own festival but are not sure where to start, or exactly what it entails. Read on for advice and industry essentials. Find Your Niche in the Market What is the aim and focus of your festival? Music? Literature? Film? Sports? Perhaps it will be a charitable, non-profit event aimed at raising awareness. Or to celebrate a genre of the arts. Research existing festivals and ensure that your venture will fill a gap in the market. Location, Location,…
  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

    EpicLaunch
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whether you are a manager or an employee working in an office, it can pretty much be considered your second home. You spend a significant proportion of your time there and as any office worker will tell you having something interesting or a little different in your workspace can make a huge difference to morale. On the most part this may just be a simple touch like motivational slogans or artwork dotted about the wall space, or even something as basic as a vending machine in the corner; there are however certain offices around the world that have invested in making their workspace both unique…
  • Promotion and Expansion

    EpicLaunch
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The commercial environment has been difficult. Worldwide recession meant there were few places that a business could go to search for new markets to expand turnover. At times the failure of competition meant that there were people looking for new suppliers but often the important thing was simply to hold on to existing clients and market share. It was not much fun for the sales personnel either, especially if a good proportion of its remuneration was commission based on performance. While few CEOs had much room for manoeuvre when finance was tight there was still a case for thinking about how…
  • How the Right Partnerships can drive your Business Venture Forward

    EpicLaunch
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
 
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • Video WP01 – How to Install WordPress Complete with all the Essential Plugins and Themes

    Dilip Kumar
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    And you thought you knew everything about how to Install WordPress! Not to offend you. But in a minute you will start to thing if that statement was actually meant for you. WordPress is one amazing platform. I still remember the time when I was not aware of WordPress. I would spend hours coding each […] The post Video WP01 – How to Install WordPress Complete with all the Essential Plugins and Themes appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Facebook Atlas Ads – Your Guide to this Targeted Ad Service from Facebook

    Dilip Kumar
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
    Facebook Advertising, to date, hasn’t been a terribly impressive source of leads and sales for most small businesses. Sure, you can find a few success stories. But for most, Google Adwords is the only game in town. Google attracts at least 67% of search traffic and Adwords really is a fantastic product. Adwords has earned […] The post Facebook Atlas Ads – Your Guide to this Targeted Ad Service from Facebook appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Resolve “Are You Sure you want to do this?” WordPress Error!

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    About 2 days and 5 re-installs. That was what it took me to find a solution to a problem that not too many sites were able to help me with. For a moment I felt like Captain Jack Sparrow. I remember his dialogue, “You know the feeling you get when standing in a high place, […] The post How to Resolve “Are You Sure you want to do this?” WordPress Error! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 10 Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs Using Content Upgrades

    Dilip Kumar
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Selling Combs to Bald Men.. eh? If you are here after reading my guest post on content upgrades at Daily Blog Tips, then I am sure you know what I meant with the above question. If you haven’t yet read my guest post, then I will recommend that you read it first. Okay. So, you […] The post 10 Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs Using Content Upgrades appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why Your Non-Mobile Friendly Blog Could be Facing The End of the World?

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    “Smartphone are becoming smarter and will be smarter than you by 2017″ said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. That reminds me of an article in one of the leading dailies that was titled, “Smartphone are becoming smarter and people are getting dumber”. Unfortunately I was reading this article on my smartphone. Today, I […] The post Why Your Non-Mobile Friendly Blog Could be Facing The End of the World? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Spotlight on Brad Flora: Founder of Perfect Audience

    Christine Mortensen
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Brad Flora founded Perfect Audience in 2012 to create the easiest way for marketers to retarget lost visitors and get more sales. After parting ways with his co-founder and several attempts of finding a new developer he packed up and headed to Silicon Valley. “I tried to build the company 100% in Chicago and failed,” Flora said in an email. “I just couldn’t convince any developers in Chicago to join. And a software company without developers isn’t much of a software company.” He raised seed funding from YCombinator, SVAngel, and top angel investors in San Francisco,…
  • Spotlight on Jimmy Odom: Founder and CEO of WeDeliver

    Christine Mortensen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jimmy Odom has been described as energetic, passionate, dynamic, optimistic, inspiring and driven by vision and purpose. After nearly 5 years in leadership roles with Apple Retail, combined with years of logistics management and several National Start-up Awards, Jimmy has once again transformed the entrepreneurs experience and expectations. As Founder and CEO of WeDeliver, Jimmy has continued to win local Chicago start-up awards along with continually growing a start-up business since 2012, and connecting to other entrepreneurs in the Chicago area. His mission is to build a brand whose…
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Inspiring Entrepreneurs

    Guest Author
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When attempting to find the market sweet spot for your startup, entrepreneurs often walk the line of embracing history, and forging their own path. As the late Steve Jobs so eloquently stated, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Obviously, there is no denying the success that Steve Jobs enjoyed, and the history…
  • If you could ask them anything what would it be?

    Christine Mortensen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    No matter how you look at it—this crop of entrepreneurs has seen success! If you had the chance to ask them anything about how they achieved that success what would you want to know? Send us your questions and we’ll get the answers for you from our Elevate Chicago speakers. You can submit your questions via a: comment on this post tweet to @EntUnpluggd email to christine@entrepreneursunpluggd.com You do, by the way, have a chance to ask your questions to our speakers listed below in person.  You can join us for a full day of actionable insight and the raw storytelling…
  • Elevate Ticket Raffle: Week 3

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s the third week in our ticket giveaway! Will you be the lucky one this week? Win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’re give away one ticket and announcing the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Did you get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now before the price increases on Tuesday October 21st. a Rafflecopter giveaway  Get…
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  • How GREAT is your British business?

    guestbloggerSUD
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    The Government’s Business is GREAT Britain campaign and BT Business have come together to launch the GREAT Faces of British Business competition, which seeks to recognise British “businesses with exciting innovation, growth and export stories”. Winning entrants will be crowned champions of their region, before going forward to compete for national honours. The overall winner will win an exclusive package worth more than £30,000, including a bespoke advertising campaign, national and regional media coverage, an iPad Air and unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months, as well as a package of…
  • 30-second guide to guarantor loans for business

    guestbloggerSUD
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    Guarantor loans are a type of unsecured loan and they can enable you to borrow from £500 to £10,000. They are a relatively recent innovation in the UK unsecured loan market, with the first lender appearing in 2004. They differ from normal unsecured loans in that they do not require someone to be credit scored before they’re considered for a loan. With traditional unsecured loans, a lender will make a decision as to whether to offer a loan based on the applicant’s credit history and their current credit score. Not so with a guarantor loan. The lender says if the applicant can offer…
  • IP funding competition

    Mark Williams
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Enterprising university students who enter the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards 2014 could win funding for their projects thanks to a competition launched in October, but the deadline for entry is fast approaching. The StudentshIP Enterprise Awards 2014 will provide funding worth between £10,000 and £100,000 for projects that “bring together enterprising students, businesses and their local community to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property will all be considered.” The…
  • Not all graduates dream of a job with a large corporate in London

    Mark Williams
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    “More than ever, students go to college [university] because they want to get jobs – good jobs,” states Navneet Kapur (“Product Innovator, Higher Ed Data Vigilante at LinkedIn, San Francisco Bay Area”), writing on the LinkedIn Official Blog. “To that end, students and parents want to know which schools give them the best chance at getting a desirable job after graduation. This is where we can help.” He continues: “By analyzing employment patterns of over 300 million LinkedIn members, we figured out what the desirable jobs are within several professions and which graduates…
  • Get connected during Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Mark Williams
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    According to its organisers: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting their own business.” This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from 17-23 of November and it will seek to inspire “people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect…
 
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    SKMurphy, Inc.

  • Customer Interviews: How To Organize Findings

    Sean Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I sat down with Bruce La Fetra of La Fetra Consulting for a conversation on customer interviews. We compared notes on qualitative conversations versus quantitative surveys and exchanged tips and tricks. Bruce presented some great insights on how to organize findings and how to take best advantage of insights gleaned from interviews. What follows is an edited transcript with some hyperlinks for clarity. Download: BruceLaFetra140926.mp3 La Fetra Helps Experts Understand Customer Needs Bruce: I focus on expertise-based professionals such as consultants and architects and engineers and…
  • Preventing & Managing Challenging Customer Situations

    Sean Murphy
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Here are my notes from tonight’s Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA) meeting on “Handling Difficult Client Scenarios in an Agile and Effective Manner.” It was a candid discussion among primarily experienced consultants about real situations that were challenging–and frequently painful. Several good suggestions for preventing and managing challenging customer situations: To maintain lines of communication consider what are the most appropriate methods to use based on the urgency, information content, and emotional overtones of a conversation:…
  • Good Content Answers Real Questions

    Sean Murphy
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Q: How do you develop good content for blog posts and newsletters on a regular basis? One rule of thumb for sources of good content for an e-mail newsletter is to revise something that you have already written that would be appropriate for your target audience. Some examples: A question you have already answered in an e-mail to a prospect or a customer, perhaps edited to make it more general and less tied to the particular situation but still useful. A comment you have left on another blog post. A comment or post you have left in a forum or newsgroup that is relevant for prospects or…
  • Managing Sales People

    Sean Murphy
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Q: I work at a SaaS company in the services team, we often  team often finds that customers mistakenly believe that: Certain features are included in the product package they bought. Certain services projects are included in the services package they bought. What are some ways to prevent this from happening? Managing sales people is straightforward: you get what you reward. Any time you see sales behavior you want to change (or create) carefully analyze the compensation package and see if it isn’t either incentivizing what you don’t want or discouraging what you do. Your sales…
  • Crafting a Value Proposition

    Sean Murphy
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Q: I struggle with the value proposition for our product. Either I am too abstract “we offer a positive return on time invested” or too vague “help increase your ability to manage critical challenges.” Do you have any suggestions for how to frame or formulate a value proposition? Here a few questions that a value proposition normally addresses Who is the customer and what is the critical business need you address Quid pro quo: what do they invest (time, money, expertise, other opportunities not pursued) What impact do they see when and how do they scale it up if they…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Top Tips for a Memorable After-Dinner Speech 

    EpicLaunch
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    So you have been invited to deliver an after-dinner speech, be it for a corporate dinner, a product launch, an academic event, or other similar gatherings. You know very well that what you say at an after-dinner speech can – and most often will – be held against you, and this is a definite cause for concern. But, fortunately, there are ways to make your after-dinner speech memorable and entertaining at the same time without having to go through a nervous breakdown. You simply have to keep some tips in mind to arrest your audience and leave them with something that makes an impact. The…
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Could you make money from a festival?

    EpicLaunch
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    You have grown tired of your nine-to-five routine and want to get out off the office. You dream of being self-employed and would like to establish your own festival but are not sure where to start, or exactly what it entails. Read on for advice and industry essentials. Find Your Niche in the Market What is the aim and focus of your festival? Music? Literature? Film? Sports? Perhaps it will be a charitable, non-profit event aimed at raising awareness. Or to celebrate a genre of the arts. Research existing festivals and ensure that your venture will fill a gap in the market. Location, Location,…
  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

    EpicLaunch
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whether you are a manager or an employee working in an office, it can pretty much be considered your second home. You spend a significant proportion of your time there and as any office worker will tell you having something interesting or a little different in your workspace can make a huge difference to morale. On the most part this may just be a simple touch like motivational slogans or artwork dotted about the wall space, or even something as basic as a vending machine in the corner; there are however certain offices around the world that have invested in making their workspace both unique…
  • Promotion and Expansion

    EpicLaunch
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The commercial environment has been difficult. Worldwide recession meant there were few places that a business could go to search for new markets to expand turnover. At times the failure of competition meant that there were people looking for new suppliers but often the important thing was simply to hold on to existing clients and market share. It was not much fun for the sales personnel either, especially if a good proportion of its remuneration was commission based on performance. While few CEOs had much room for manoeuvre when finance was tight there was still a case for thinking about how…
  • How the Right Partnerships can drive your Business Venture Forward

    EpicLaunch
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
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  • BWI airport had backup generators for Monday’s power outage

    Stephen Babcock
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    The busiest travel week of the year began with a power outage at BWI on Monday. The two-hour power outage at the Baltimore-Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport terminal added delays and stress to the already hectic travel week. Power went out around 10:20 a.m. at the airport’s A, B and C concourses. That brought ticketing and security screening to a halt in the terminal. On the runway, travelers were also stuck on planes because they needed power to open the doors. Even after power came back on around 12:30 p.m., delays continued throughout the day. The cause of the power…
  • Watch 100 Japanese test the 311 mph train that could come to Baltimore

    Stephen Babcock
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    No matter what the roadblocks might be in America, Japan is moving full speed ahead with testing on the super-fast Maglev train that it hopes to bring to the U.S. northeast. According to BBC News, 100 Japanese citizens were selected by lottery to ride the 27-mile test-run between Uenohara and Fuefuk. The Central Japan Railway Company is running the tests over eight days. The Maglev trains, which rely on superconductor magnetic levitation technology that allows them to literally float above the track, clocked in at 500 km/h, or 311 mph. The BBC captured how happy this made people: The…
  • Securityhunter, Groove top list of fastest-growing area firms

    Tyler Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Baltimore startups like Groove, Mindgrub Technologies and Securityhunter are making waves and being recognized for their fast growth. More than 50 Baltimore companies made this year’s Inc. 5000 in Inc. Magazine. The list tracks the nation’s fastest-growing firms. Securityhunter, a cybersecurity firm in Windsor Mill, topped the list. Here’s what Inc. had to say about them. The No. 1 fastest-growing, private company based in Baltimore serves the U.S. Department of Defense, among others. Securityhunter manufactures and installs electronic and physical security systems, which…
  • Crowdfund the Mega Bar, ‘the most versatile workout product’

    Tyler Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Obidi Orakwusi was turned down by both of the jobs he applied for during the summer between his junior and senior years at the University of Maryland in 2011. So the Owings Mills resident got creative. A look at the Mega Bar (Photo courtesy Kickstarter) One, a fitness center, required that he be a certified personal trainer, which Orakwusi wasn’t. So, he started sketching on the back of the application. The result became the Mega Bar, an exercise device more than halfway to its $12,000 Kickstarter goal. Support here.   The mountable device is highly versatile—it can be…
  • Haystack parking app founder ‘taking a hard look at our model’

    Tyler Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The controversial Canton-born parking app Haystack, long needled by its local markets in its nascent time on the market, is going back in the barn. It fits neatly into the creative destruction around the sharing economy generally that is touching house rentals, car delivery and more. Though the app’s website is still up, its Twitter and Facebook pages are down, and the app is no longer available on the iTunes App Store. “We’re taking a hard look at our model following actions taken against our technology in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Santa…
 
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    Startup Law Blog

  • Crowdfunding Industry Panel

    Jeremy Cairns
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Earlier this year Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 2023 into law making equity Crowdfunding legal in Washington State and giving startups an innovative new way to raise funds. Under the bipartisan measure, a Washington business could raise up to $1 million a year from Washington investors by selling securities of relatively small value. This exciting piece of legislation will certainly change the way entrepreneurs fund their companies in the future, but there is a lot more to it that creating your Crowdfunding campaign.Chicago Booth Alumni and Penn Wharton Alumni Panel DiscussionJoin club…
  • M&A from the CEO’s Perspective

    Joe Wallin
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s Q4 session. The program features a panel discussion about M&A from the CEO’s perspective. The panel, moderated by Associate Professor, Anita Krug of the University of Washington School of Law, will include:Gary Rubens, Current Venture Capitalist and former CEO of ATG StoresDavid McCann, Current Director and former CEO of Varolii CorporationGreg Mount, CEO, Red Lion Hotels CorporationWe look forward to seeing you at this next PRMAI discussion session.Register Now*Seating is limited, so be sure to register early.Thursday,…
  • SEC Advisory Committee Makes Accredited Investor Recommendations

    Joe Wallin
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    SummarySEC Investor Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the SEC regarding “accredited investor” definition and related considerations No specific changes to financial thresholds recommendedNew “financial sophistication” basis for accreditation proposedInvestment amount limitations suggestedAlternative means of verifying accreditation encouragedAdditional standards for purchaser representatives and protections to non-accredited investors urgedAccredited Investor RecommendationsLast week the SEC Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss and consider whether the SEC should…
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • This tech start-up has secured initial seed funding and plans to raise another $750,000 in 2015

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sydney-based tech start-up OneFitStop recently announced that it has received early stage seed funding as it puts final touches on its technology and prepares its initial rollout in the Australian fitness industry. The investor behind this initial funding is Lewis Bloch, a vastly experienced Sydney-based entrepreneur. However, the amount raised remains undisclosed. The start-up plans [...] The post This tech start-up has secured initial seed funding and plans to raise another $750,000 in 2015 appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Horse pants. It’s a startup pitch that you really should see [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Jimmy Kimmel is a U.S. talk show host. He first came to my attention when his then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, sang a song about Matt Damon and breaking up with Kimmel. What followed was not only comedic gold but, also pitched Damon against his old buddy, Ben Affleck. I digress. Kimmel is big in the [...] The post Horse pants. It’s a startup pitch that you really should see [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Australian start-up success story and leading document productivity company, Nitro has secured US$15 million in funding (Series B round) from top tier US venture capital firm Battery Ventures to accelerate its vision of bringing smarter documents to everyone. Prior funding comprised a Series A round of $6.6 million from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures [...] The post Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Oneflare has secured a further $1 million in venture capital funding

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Local services marketplace Oneflare recently announced that it has secured a further $1 million in venture capital funding. This brings the start-up’s total capital raised to $1.5 million, having raised $500,000 mid last year. This also comes just after recently hitting a major milestone in its growth, signing its 50,000th business, doubling from 25,000 last [...] The post Oneflare has secured a further $1 million in venture capital funding appeared first on Anthill Online.
 
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    Blog

  • Up Rounds & Simpler Terms – Q3 Tale Of The Tape

    joshboyle
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Mike MacKeen - Managing Director, Bulger Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Analytics are out on the private financing market during Q3.  We should all appreciate that Wilson Sonsini and Cooley each make the effort to aggregate and publish term sheet analytics... Investors are Pricing Rounds Up, but Fearing the BubbleAnalytics are out on the private financing market during Q3.  We should all appreciate that Wilson Sonsini and Cooley each make the…
  • Tech in Boston Podcast: Brent Grinna - Co-Founder and CEO, EverTrue

    joshboyle
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Premium Company:  EverTrue Release Date:  Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Dave Gerhardt - Founder, Tech in Boston Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  The Real Risk Is Not Getting Started. Tech In Boston #24: Interview with Brent Grinna, Co-Founder and CEO, EverTrue. THE REAL RISK IS NOT GETTING STARTEDTech In Boston #24: Interview with Brent Grinna, Co-Founder and CEO, EverTrue.On November 13th, General Assembly Boston hosted the first ever Tech In Boston Live.  In this episode, EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna talks about building a…
  • Boston Startup Weekend Education: A Recap

    joshboyle
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Release Date:  Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Julie Zhou - Contributor, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Boston hosted Startup Weekend Education in WeWork Fort Point this past weekend.  There were more than seventy attendees, and they came from all over North America with varied backgrounds... Boston hosted Startup Weekend Education in WeWork Fort Point this past weekend.  There were more than seventy attendees, and they came from all over North America with varied backgrounds, such as educators, developers, designers, businesspeople,…
  • Last Week in Tweets: Nov. 17th - Nov. 23rd

    joshboyle
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  What Did You Miss Last Week? Our Top Tweets of the Week! What Did You Miss Last Week? Here Are Our Top Tweets of the Week![View the story "Last Week in Tweets: Nov. 17th - Nov. 23rd" on Storify]
  • Top Tax Tips Every Startup Needs to Know

    joshboyle
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Chris Fitzpatrick - CPA, MSA, Entrepreneur Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Tax Compliance can be a pain. It’s not convenient for startup founders to think about taxes. Valuable time taken away from beating at your craft can be costly. Tax Compliance can be a pain. It’s not convenient for startup founders to think about taxes. Valuable time taken away from beating at your craft can be costly. Many tech startups even put their tax strategy on the back burner because the hope is they will get acquired before…
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    Start-Ups.Co

  • XCitego : Marketplace For Hotel Stays

    Bob Debbas
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:32 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Barry Hayut”, Founder, CEO of the Atlanta based start-up “XciteGO” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? XciteGO is the NextGEN marketplace Xchange for hotel stays. Our model enables efficient pricing and provides travelers with lower rates and ease of use. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?   Founded in August 2012, our mobile application for iOS and Android and web…
  • Lapkin : Biodegradable Laptop Keyboard Cover

    Bob Debbas
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Mihaela Muruianu”, Co-Founder of the London based start-up “Lapkin” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1.What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  Laptops are an indispensable item for many of us. We eat, work, play and travel with our laptops, however few know that laptop keyboards are actually dirtier than toilet seats. Lapkin is the only biodegradable laptop keyboard cover that protects your device from spills, grease and crumbs and prevents cross-contamination.
  • Pushstartr : Database Management Platform

    Bob Debbas
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Ryan Nutley”, CEO of the Ireland based start-up “Pushstartr” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Pushstartr is a database management platform that simplifies databases for developers. Databases at the best of times can be a headache. We take the intensive tasks facing developers and DBA’s and make them simple. This saves time and makes databases more accessible. At the moment we are working on two products, a Data API for…
  • ShareWhere : Social Sharing Application

    Bob Debbas
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Geoffrey Chan”, Founder of the Miami based start-up “ShareWhere” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? ShareWhere is a new anonymous social sharing application, it is location based and tied to the places and people around you. There are no usernames and it is 100% anonymous. Users can go on and post a picture or text and say what’s on there mind about a specific location or place in there area. You can mention something that…
  • Start-Ups Funds for New Business

    Bob Debbas
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    There are number of ways a person can start a business without having a lot of funds in his pocket. This article describes those types of funds. Before try for the collection of funds you got to have a sound business plan. For a better business plan the most primary things is to have a highly innovative and attractive business idea. The business ideas also must be related to your qualifications, experience, capabilities, abilities and possible resources. After selecting the most suitable idea for your possible business, you got to make a business plan report which is highly practical instead…
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    Planio Blog

  • Planio Team Chat is coming (with IRC!)

    janschulzhofen
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    We’re so excited about this that we won’t be able to keep it secret any longer: Planio is getting a Team Chat feature very soon and here’s a sneak peek: Of course, everything in Team Chat will be tightly integrated with Planio, so you’ll be able to search past chat logs and see them side by side with issues and other Planio items you’re discussing in the chat. Oh, and you’ll be able to connect with your favourite chat client thanks to full IRC support. Would you like to beta test Planio Team Chat? Leave us a reply in the comments.
  • 20% Discount on RMClient for Planio users

    janschulzhofen
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    We are pleased to introduce a special discount on RMClient. RMClient is fully Planio-compatible desktop app for time tracking which helps you to easily navigate the stream of your tasks. The app displays a list of all assigned issues, allows you to filter and search for a specific task, as well as change its status and reassign it to another user. We’ve tried RMClient with Planio and it works great! It comes with a free 30-day trial version, after this period all Planio clients who are subscribed to one of our paid plans are eligible to purchase a license at 20% off. This special offer…
  • Agile Project management with Planio

    janschulzhofen
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    It took some time, but we believe it was worth the wait: Planio now fully supports Agile Project Management approaches such as Scrum and Kanban! We know that many of our clients have been working in agile teams for quite some time and are having great success with Planio. However, up until now, Planio didn’t particularly support agile projects. The builtin Gantt charts and roadmaps are primarily geared towards traditional project management. Planio’s flexible task management features could be used by agile teams but we always felt that the builtin support could be improved. Enter…
  • Planio is updating its Terms of Use

    janschulzhofen
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    How time flies: it’s been almost exactly five years since we first started working on Planio. A lot has changed in those five years. We took Planio from side project to full on business venture with actual revenues, real employees and - above all - a whole lot of awesome clients. To be honest, we couldn’t quite imagine what kind of adventure would lie ahead of us and this showed in our old terms and conditions: many of the situations we encountered over the years weren’t properly covered. When we took on updating our terms this year, we had two main goals:  Be clear about…
  • Easy access to Planio on StartHQ

    janschulzhofen
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Starting today, Planio is available on StartHQ and fully integrates with its awesome new Search feature! We’re great fans of StartHQ here at Planio. It makes work with all the different tools we use so much easier. Once signed up, you can add all your favorite services and access them with just a single click. After adding Planio, you’ll immediately get access to your Projects, Issues, Activity, My Page and Spent time reports. Pure awesomeness ensues after installing the StartHQ plugin for your browser: With StartHQ installed, you can search content across all your web apps using…
 
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Casper: Innovating on The Sleep Industry with Philip Krim – TCE 053

    Scott
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes So I just moved to a new apartment and I had to haul my mattress from my parents house in PA all the way to New York City… The whole process was a pain and trying to fit my queen size bed up the stairs into my place was an experience I don’t wish on anyone. Fortunately there is a company out there called Casper that is helping fix that. Today we have Casper’s CEO Phillip Krim on the show. We’re going to talk about how Casper is innovating on the entire buyer experience of purchasing a mattress. The thing that really…
  • Growth Hacking and Standup Comedy with Matt Ellsworth – TCE 052

    Scott
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today I think we have a little something for everybody. I’ve brought my friend Matt Ellsworth on the show to talk about a slieu of topics including growth hacking and how he went from being laser focused on startups to pursuing a career in standup comedy. I wanted to bring Matt on the show because the tactics he used as VP of growth at his last company Storefront are brilliant and I think this episode will really open people’s eyes to some of the tools you can use to develop a scalable lead generation process. Matt also has…
  • Paleo: Why Living Like A Cavemen Is All The Rage With John Durant – TCE 051

    Scott
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you’re not living in a hole, you’ve probably heard about the Paleo movement…or maybe you’ve just been wondering who all these guys that look like the actors in Geico commercial wearing crossfit shirts are… If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that is cool too because today’s show is the Paleo episode. I’ve brought on my buddy and now roommate John Durant. He’s the author of The Paleo Manifesto and has been called New York’s Caveman by The New York Times. John first got on my radar when…
  • How to Build Habit Forming Products with Nir Eyal – TCE 050

    Scott
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Have you ever wondered why you check email 20X a day or apps like Instagram constantly? I sure as heck have. It’s like there is the little urge I can’t control that I feel the need to satisfy when I’m not doing something. It turns out there is a method to many of these successful companies madness when it comes to designing addictive products and today I’m pumped to bring on  Nir Eyal, one of the foremost experts on designing habit forming products and technology. After a successfully starting his own tech…
  • Bitchin Sauce: Creating The Tastiest Sauce in the World! – TCE 049

    Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes This is bar none, the most Bitchin’ episode of this podcast. Most Saturdays while I was living in San Diego, I’d go to the farmers market in little Italy where I live. During my first visit, I remember seeing these guys at their stand and they looked like they were having the time of their lives. Their product was called Bitchin’ Sauce, people were flocking around their booth and the entire team was rocking tank tops….naturally I had to go and see what this was all about. I tried a sample of their Bitchin’ sauce…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Mike Russell – Co-Founder and CEO of Paintzen

    IdeaMensch
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    I recommend running a list of ideas at any given point of time – general entrepreneurial ideas that pop up in my head. I keep it current, check it often and take out the ideas that no longer interest me. Mike Russell is the co-founder & CEO of Paintzen, a revolutionary painting service that makes the process of finding trustworthy painters effortless via technology. Prior to Paintzen, Mike co-founded MyClean, a full service cleaning and janitorial company with a platform enabling quick quoting, booking and financials for all cleaning functions. Myclean has over 200 employees and has…
  • Kathryn Starke – Founder of Creative Minds Publications

    Mario Schulzke
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    I understand that big ideas take a long time to really happen, so I remain both patient and diligent in seeing an idea into fruition. Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, keynote speaker, and author. A native of Richmond Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture. She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Richmond, Virginia. Kathryn travels to schools and…
  • Chris Rither – Founder of OneMeanDream.com

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I keep it all productive and in sync by organizing each day’s activities with my morning coffee. I bought my first day-planner in 1988 and I still use a physical day-planner in large folder size on a daily basis to keep each day on task. Christopher Rither was born and raised in Riverside California, where he started his first business at 13 by providing lawn services and painting houses in his neighborhood. After high school he attended Humboldt State University and then graduated from the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute of Southern California. After graduation he moved to Hawaii and…
  • Francesca Miazzo – Founder of FOODLOGICA

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I find someone that shares my enthusiasm and we commit one day per week to the idea, for as long as it takes to get it running. It is a simple method, which has been working very well. Francesca Miazzo is the managing director and co-founder of CITIES Foundation. Originally from Italy, Francesca is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where 
she completed a Research Masters in Metropolitan Studies. Francesca manages and coordinates
 CITIES’ multiple projects, initiatives, events and studies. She continues managing several global urban research studies on industrial renewal, food and the…
  • Andrew Hsu – Co-Founder of Spotlight

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    If at all possible, hire the most talented people as soon as you can. Hiring ahead means solving problems before they occur, which means having fewer things to fix. Constantly apologizing to the market while you build your team is a terrible way to build a reputation. Andrew Hsu is the co-founder and managing partner of Spotlight. Spotlight, an analyst relations firm, connects digital agencies and technology vendors with influential industry analysts to create meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. Much like an agent helping a talented actor get his big break, Spotlight provides an…
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    Platform Thinking

  • How Alibaba, Android and Airbnb change the geometry of business

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    One of the central concepts I talk about on this blog is the shift from linear business models to networked business models: from Pipes to Platforms. The business priorities while building these two contrasting forms of businesses are very different and I’ve explored that in detail in an earlier essay here. We also note that this shift has already happened in several industries. I explore that in detail in the essay here. (I would highly recommend reading both essays in tandem even if you’ve read them separately earlier.) Media has already been transformed by this shift and become…
  • Why social networks that pay you may be a bad idea

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    One of the most common questions I get asked, while talking about platforms, relates to the issue of labor on platforms. Facebook and Twitter, among others, get a lot of value from their users and make billions of dollars, but the users don’t see much kickback.   The economics of free-labor platforms Social networks like Facebook and Twitter leverage free labor from a global talent pool to deliver a business that has near-zero marginal costs of value creation. A mouthful of words but it essentially means the following. In traditional Pipe models, every act of value creation has an…
  • Why New Payment Mechanisms Fail To Take Off

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Note: This is a guest post by Karthik Shashidhar, a reader of the Platform Thinking blog and a Bangalore-based quant consultant. Karthik is a Resident Quant at the Takshashila Institution and is fascinated by the concept of liquidity, outside the financial markets, and particularly applied to platform markets.   Kenya’s hugely successful payments platform m-pesa was brought to India a couple years back by Vodafone, in association with ICICI Bank. This allows an m-pesa account holder (who is a customer of both Vodafone and ICICI Bank) to transfer money to another m-pesa account holder.
  • An 8 minute primer on Platform Thinking

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What happens when industries start moving towards platforms? Which kinds of firms manage the transition well and which ones get left behind? What are the key factors that drive success for a firm moving towards platforms. At SIBOS 2014 in Boston last week, I was invited to deliver a short keynote on applying Platform Thinking in the Banking Industry. The keynote was followed by a TV interview with former BBC anchor Daisy McAndrews, where we discuss the basics of Platform Thinking and the characteristics of industries that manage this transformation. In particular, we discuss the following: -…
  • City-as-a-platform: Applying platform thinking to cities

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Note: This is a guest post by Barbara Thornton. Barbara attended my lecture at Harvard Business School in July and has been applying principles of Platform Thinking to her work with cities and municipalities. This post leverages the Magnet – Tools & Rules – Data framework that I first alluded to in my Harvard Business Review article here and have since expanded over the course of my lectures and workshops. More on that coming in the subsequent posts. In this post, Barbara uses this Platform Thinking framework to layout a structure for thinking of the…
 
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    The Startup Videos

  • The CII Startupreneurs awards, 2014- ReBooting Entrepreneurship

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    In case, you had missed this event, TheStartupVideos did a brief coverage on the event, Startupreneurs organized by CII. Many of the Bigwigs from the Industry had attended the event and shared their startup journey and success stories enabling the startups to take their ideas off the ground and kickstart. The event was attended by 130 startups who were shortlisted from among 500 applications, 200 delegates, 30+ investors and mentors and speakers who are big names in the Industry like Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys, Lakshmi Narayanan of Cognizant, Arun Jain of Polaris, Naval Gupta from IOB and…
  • Mercedes Benz imports car building to Instagram

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Sharing photos and striking comments on Instagram is nothing new. Did you know you can build your Mercedes Benz car on Instagram? In an attempt to clear the crowd and place its new car in the front, Mercedes has transferred the feature of car customising to Instagram. Build your own GLA My car, My colour, My style. Yes. Build your own GLA is just about this. A sense of belonging and an emotional factor is tagged to the product by this exclusive feature of Mercedes that enables the user to, Form customised versions of cars. Pick their prefered colours, wheels, roof and grill options from among…
  • Why we think FileInvite Revolutionizes Office Communication?

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    What is the easiest way to communicate with your clients? Yes, you got that right, through the omnipresent Email. All over the world, and for many different purposes, thousands of people are doing exactly that. What happens when you are expecting information from many clients through Email. It becomes hard to track them- files are either too big, wrong files, late files and sometimes no files. You have this painful task of sending reminders and keeping track of all mails. FileInvite has got a simple solution that will transform the way you collect information, forever. All you have to do is…
  • Why startups should attend CII startupreneurs 2014 in Chennai

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    About Startupreneurs Startupreneurs is an event organized by the CII in Chennai. The event is scheduled on 24th November 2014 which would attract educated enthusiasts, experts, creators, current or future entrepreneurs. It is a platform to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. CII, through this event, aims to raise the profile of the Startups and bring vibrancy to our economy by creating jobs. The event would help startups take the next step in their business and Startupreneurs Expo is targeted at being the largest celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in Tamil…
  • Zoho turns to Indian Market with a style.

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Zoho has come up with an interesting TV commercial which has gone viral in the online space. We could see that Zoho has emerged as a strong competitor against the well established giants like Salesforce, Google and Microsoft in office apps worldwide. Now, zoho has turned its head towards its Home country, India. We can see that the brand had done a significant spending on online banner ads, TV promotions and conferences(zoholics) to attract more users in India. The Indian market is now witnessing an increase in the demand for office apps with a number of startups like FreshDesk and Chargebee…
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    AlleyWatch

  • Are Women Entrepreneurs Risk Averse?

    Under30CEO
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    In a recent blog post Dr. Helen Smith raised a question about the differences between men and women in business. She asked, if women are more risk averse than men in business, will they be less...
  • Google’s Massive NYC Android Ad

    AlleyWatch
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Google's 25,000-foot digital billboard, launched on Nov. 24, is the size of an entire city block and has a ridiculous pixel density. Avoid the trip to Times Square and see the monstrous billboard...
  • This NYC Startup Just Raised $6.5M and Wait Until You Hear the Story

    AlleyWatch
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Speakaboos is an award-winning multilingual interactive storybook subscription service that facilitates early childhood literacy and language learning. But the real story is the team they’ve...
  • Building a Startup is Like Running an Ironman

    Dave Carvajal
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    The Ironman US Championship race is being held in the greatest city in the universe this year, and it sold out in less than 11 minutes! Champions from all walks of life make their home in NYC....
  • A 3-D Holographic Display for Medical Procedures

    AlleyWatch
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Israeli-based start-up RealView Imaging has developed a 3-D holographic display for use in medical procedures.
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    Startup Freak

  • Online School Management System – PenPencilEraser

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Company Name : Online School Management System – PenPencilEraser Description : PenPencilEraser – First Custom-built online School ERP Management Software with free school website. Multi-board administration system, parent and student portal, 24/7 access anywhere and complete user friendly management system for schools of any size. Company Overview : PenPencilEraser – First Custom-built online School ERP Management Software with free school website. Multi-board administration system, parent and student portal, 24/7 access anywhere and complete user friendly management system…
  • Caro & Associates, LLC

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Company Name : Caro & Associates, LLC Description : Best Business Accounting Solution Company Overview : Caro & Associates, LLC is a leading firm provides personalized bookkeeping Service in North Seattle, Washington. It also offer first month bookkeeping services free to its clients. Contact details : Jose Diaz 18820 Aurora Ave. North, Suite 204 Shoreline, WA 98133 Phone: (206)497-0671 Fax: (206)319-5448 Email: info@caroandassociates.com Website: http://www.caroandassociates.com Homepage URL: http://www.caroandassociates.com Industry : Accounting/Finance Number of Employees :…
  • H2kinfosys, LLC

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Company Name : H2kinfosys, LLC Description : H2kinfosys provides job oriented online training on several technologies such as QA, BA, JAVA, and more. Company Overview : Qatraininginusa.com is a placeholder of H2kinfosys that is emerged as one of the top players in Quality assurance training with standardized training methods and expertise faculty as trainers. We have years of experience in testing training and we are leading as the unique training providers in IT industry. We provide training for QTP, manual testing, automation testing, QC, loadrunner, selenium and other testing tools with…
  • CompComputerTrainingsOnline

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    Company Name : CompComputerTrainingsOnline Description : IT Online Training and Job Placement Assistance from Real Time Industry Experts Company Overview : ComputerTrainingsOnline is offering software Testing Online Training and Job Placement Assistance from Real Time Software Testing Industry Experts Homepage URL: http://www.computertrainingsonline.com Industry : Education/Training Number of Employees : 50 Location : Johns Creek 4640 Valais Court Suite 101-A Johns Creek, GA 30022 United Sates of America Key People : Social Links Contact us: www.computertrainingsonline.com Email:…
  • Aida.io

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    Company Name : Aida.io Description : Branded native mobile apps for events Company Overview : We build native mobile that are context-aware for retail, travel and event domain. Carrot helps event organizers build iOS & android apps within hours. Event apps that create value for sponsors, increase interactivity, maximize networking, track engagement metrics and most importantly create new revenue for the event. Take your events to new levels of excellence with our modern designs, proximity sensing and instant setup. Homepage URL: http://www.aida.io/products/carrot Industry : Mobile Apps…
 
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    Onboardly

  • How to Make Transparency Work in Your Startup

    Renee Warren
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Let’s say you’re at a dinner party and making small talk with a few guests seated near you. One guest talks loudly and excitedly about their work, dishing dirt on their boss and office drama. The other responds to questions with single word answers and smiles enigmatically, not revealing much about their life. And the third guest shares entertaining anecdotes about their children, and speaks openly and honestly about their passion for local politics. Who would you want to spend the rest of the evening talking to? Who would you trust with your own views and opinions? It’s likely that you…
  • Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs This WED Day

    Heather Carson
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    Today is WED day. Yes. You read that right. It’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, this is the day that women step into the spotlight and celebrate their accomplishments. The Global Entrepreneurship Week website notes that, “WED focuses the entrepreneurial community’s attention on female development and empowerment to help strengthen the ecosystem as a whole.” The world could use a bit more of this for sure. Not so long ago, my co-founder Renee and I decided to come together to build something really special. You guessed it: Onboardly. Armed…
  • Timbre Cases: A Kickstarter Campaign to Eliminate Broken Guitar Syndrome

    Renee Warren
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of our amazing clients, Timbre Cases just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them develop a product that will help put an end to broken guitar syndrome. We’ve all heard the stories (and heard the “United Breaks Guitars” song). Chances are we know someone who has had this happen to them. Well fret no longer. The DNone case is on its way! Timbre Cases are different than your average guitar case. Made via thermoforming, a process widely used in the aerospace and auto industries, the cases are designed for easy travel and two-way humidity control. Check out their video for all of…
  • What to do When Taylor Swift Hates Your Startup

    Heather Carson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s no doubt that some of the best advocates for your startup are celebrities. Having someone like Taylor Swift tweet about your product is priceless. You get extra press coverage, people find out more about you, and your exposure is exponentially higher. Unfortunately, some of the same things happen when a major celebrity hates your business. You get extra press coverage, more exposure, and more information about your company gets out, but in all the wrong ways – as Spotify is currently seeing. Understanding the Taylor Swift – Spotify Feud If you haven’t heard, Spotify is a music…
  • The 15 Best Product Development Posts of All-Time

    Renee Warren
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Each month, we round up our favourite posts of all-time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We’ll cover everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Before 2014 is up, you’ll be a startup marketing superstar! We’ll make sure of it. So, without further ado, here are the 15 best product development posts of all-time: 1. Six Myths of Product Development Takeaway: “Product manufacturing and product development are two very different things.” 2. Launching a New Product? A 4-Criteria Checklist…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • No Advertising Money? Here Are 10 Helpful Solutions

    Grasshopper Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Free advertising.” It’s a phrase that gets tossed around a lot, especially if you work in public relations. And if you’re a company with a minimal—or even nonexistent—advertising budget, the phrase might appeal to you. But when people talk about “free advertising,” they’re often referring to PR debacles and negative stories that went viral. “Sure, that company lost a lot of money, but they made up for it in free advertising.” Anyone who says that any publicity is good publicity never worked in a small business. And that’s not the kind of free advertising you need as…
  • Find and Train Awesome New Peeps When You Don’t Have Time

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business, growing pains are something everyone is hoping to have. But that doesn’t make them any easier to solve. One of the biggest hurdles you’ll have to jump comes when it’s time to start bringing on employees. From making the decision to hire to the candidate search and onboarding, hiring your first few employees can seem like a huge time and energy suck. Like most things, you’ll need to put in a little extra time, so you can save a bunch in the long run. The good news is that if you put in the time where it really matters, you can save yourself a lot of hassle. Have no…
  • 10 Best Entrepreneurship Stories in American History  

    Emma Siemasko
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    America has always been a place of progress and possibility, so we should recognize the people who helped us get here. In honor of National Entrepreneurs’ Day, I’ve dug around to find history’s most inspiring business-people. Some of them are old favorites like Ben Franklin, while others are unexpected risk-takers and dreamers. What do they have in common? They helped build our country to what it is today. I’m proud to share a home with these inspiring entrepreneurs: 1. Benjamin Franklin Being Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin can be thought of as America’s original entrepreneur,…
  • 7 Tricks to Becoming King or Queen of Your Industry

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter what industry you’re working in, there’s probably a handful of people who are experts. They’re each seen as a go-to resource and unquestioned thought leader, a royal of the industry. There are countless benefits to leading the industry, like increased visibility for your business, expert status, and even a bump in sales. Do you ever wonder how those leaders got to be king or queen? Or how you can get there? We’ve pulled together seven tricks you can use to help you become the reigning king or queen of your industry! 1. Engage With Industry Leaders It makes sense that…
  • Does Your Business Need Content Marketing?

    Kaleigh Moore
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve probably heard people talking about their content marketing strategy and how it helps their businesses in various ways. But if you’re like me, you might’ve heard the phrase ‘content marketing strategy’ and had to Google what that actually means. It seems like all marketing is content marketing when you first think of it, right? Not quite. Content marketing strategy is what many business owners employ to help attract customers. In this post, we’ll talk about what content marketing strategy is, when it is (and isn’t) necessary, a few success stories, and the tools you can…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Startup Mauritius

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Startup Mauritius- Initiative of Board of Investment- Encouraging discovery of, and investment in Mauritius' startups- Investment opportunities include logistics, media, healthcare, aquaculture, agro-industry, renewable energy, and more - Business set-up assistance available (including investors)- Residency permit options include Occupation Permit, Residence Permit, and Permanent Residence Permit - InvestMauritius.com
  • In the Spotlight - Down to Chill

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Down to Chill- Like Tinder for friends- Swipe to meet up- Put an end to Facebook texting- Connect with multiple Facebook friends at once - Hashtag activities you're up for- Arrange anything from a gym workout to an evening out on the town - Designate times you're free to meet- See which times work best for all parties - Available for iOS and Android - DownToChill.com Screenshots via Down to Chill
  • In the Spotlight - Ocho Video

    Eleanor Wall
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ocho Video- 8 second videos and video replies- Add voice- Swipe to add filters to images- Upload from camera roll or record fresh- Timelapse-enabled- Customize video/edit images- Videos are #hashtag and @mention enabled- Social media enabled; like, re-echo, video replies- Wide screen images- No text comments- iOS 7.0- Ocho.co- Download for free on iTunes Screenshots via Ocho Video
  • In the Spotlight - Dispatch

    Eleanor Wall
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dispatch- On-demand services, as a service- Mobile technology for field support services- Technician dispatching, made easy- Mobile appointment notifications for customers and technicians- SMS technician ETA updates for customers- Mobile job status updates for dispatch (text, photo, video)- Mobile on-the-spot estimates/invoices/payments- Mobile customer after-care tools- Time-tracking tools for technicians/dispatch- On-the-spot inventory look-up tools- Integrates with existing business infrastructure tools (Salesforce, Intuit, Google Maps, Stripe, etc.)- Web and mobile-enabled- Scales for…
  • In the Spotlight - SwarmBuild

    Eleanor Wall
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    SwarmBuild- Prototyping as a service- 'Turn your ideas into products'- Upload design idea- Connect with consulting engineers - Connect with fabricators (CNC, laser, 3D)- Product delivery via shipping partners- SwarmBuild.comScreenshot via SwarmBuild
 
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    e27

  • DoPartTime if a 9 to 5 does not excite you

    Twishy
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    Ever wanted a part time job in your chosen field but did not know how to go about it? This startup can help The DoPartTime team Mohankumar Swaminathan always heard his friends, who travelled abroad to study, taking up part time jobs to manage their living. This ignited his curiosity to discover the potential business opportunity in the Indian part time job market. India, as other developing countries, has seen a rise in the part time and temporary wage employment. The Indian flexible staffing industry is expected to grow from 1.3 million to nine million and represent 10 per cent of the…
  • Korean game startup IDIOCRACY secures US$500K investment

    beSUCCESS
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    After an eight-week course on entrepreneurship and company building, IDIOCRACY secures funding from Hong Kong-based investors Korean game startup IDIOCRACY has secured US$500,000 investment from Hong Kong-based investors. IDIOCRACY is a cross format game that allows both PC and mobile users to play simultaneously. As a board game it is also accessible to players of all groups of ages. “I was very happy with the reasonable terms of investment from our Hong Kong investors, and the quick turnaround process,” stated a company representative, adding, “we are now adding the final…
  • OPT SEA signs joint venture with e-frastructure to introduce Lead Commerce

    Elaine Huang
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    Lead Commerce will operate two websites: Comparison.Asia and Happywedding.life Japan-based digital advertising agency OPT SEA and Thailand-based company e-frastructure today announced a newly established joint venture to introduce Lead Commerce, an online lead generation media company. Lead Commerce will be headed by Pawoot Pongvitayapan, CEO, e-frastructure and Managing Director at Rakuten TARAD, and Soonhee Kim, COO, OPT SEA. Its headquarters will be located in Singapore. According to Pongvitayapan, Lead Commerce has a headcount of 10 people. It is currently hiring and looking to expand…
  • [Singapore] Powering Women in Business 2014

    e27 Editorial Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
    Get inspired, develop your skills, and check out the most successful women entrepreneurs at Powering Women in Business 2014!   Synopsis: Connected Women is a community dedicated to driving technology adoption by women-led businesses and startups. Organised by Connected Women in association with The Athena Network Singapore and National Youth Council Singapore. Community Get inspired and engaged #PWIB14 is all about community! Get connected with women led SMEs, startups, entrepreneurs and technology influencers! #PWIB14 is a day to meet, tweet, interact, learn, network and…
  • Accounting SaaS Japan raises US$8.5 million in Series B round

    Elaine Huang
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    Investors are Fidelity Growth Partners Japan, Arbor Ventures, iMercury Capital and Mobile Internet Capital Japan-based accounting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider Accounting SaaS Japan (ASJ) today announced raising JPY 1 billion (US$8.5 million) from Fidelity Growth Partners Japan, Arbor Ventures, and iMercury Capital, as well as existing investor Mobile Internet Capital. The company will use the funds to invest in product development, public relations and marketing activities, according to Tetsuro Sano, CEO, ASJ. Currently, the five-year-old firm has a headcount of 68 employees.
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    Tech in Asia

  • Love Yo, but want to say more? Tapp out a hundred other messages or emojis with this app

    Malavika Velayanikal
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few months ago, Israeli startup Yo shocked the tech world when its one-action app went viral. Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, Betaworks, founders of China’s Tencent, and a few others pumped in US$1.5 million into Yo at a surprising US$10 million valuation. Now, here’s something for those who love the ease of Yo but want to say more than just a yo in a “one-bit communication.” Silicon Valley-based address book app Addappt just launched a new feature called Tapp, where one can send 100 customizable characters and emojis with a single tap. For instance, you can send an emoji with one tap…
  • Which tech regulations in Indonesia should the government amend? (#StartupAsia preview)

    Enricko Lukman
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    With a new president in charge comes new hope. For Indonesia’s tech industry, that face of new hope comes in the form of new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) minister Rudiantara (pictured right). Already consistently engaging tech players in the country, Rudiantara so far looks more open to receiving feedback than his predecessor. However, it’s still early days to say that Rudiantara is going to be a better successor to the ICT minister throne, because in the end, what matters is results. One of Rudiantara’s first big projects involves Vimeo. The government…
  • 10 new startups graduate Chinaccelerator’s 6th batch

    Paul Bischoff
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    China’s premiere startup accelerator, Chinaccelerator, today announced its sixth batch of graduate startups. This is the second round since the program relocated from Dalian to Shanghai. Chinaccelerator claims to offer “the Silicon Valley experience in Shanghai” and wants to thrust more startups onto the world stage. Here’s an overview of the 10 graduates: BootDev BootDev leverages Drupal and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create a backend as a service. Using this, companies building websites only need to focus on front end development. BootDev is code-free and provides…
  • Toyota gains ground in fight against Tesla as Japanese government clears new hydrogen laws

    David Corbin
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. “Mirai” means “future” in Japanese. Last week, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry quietly revised critical technical standards for compressed hydrogen filling stations. The revisions will make it easier to establish those stations, a major coup for companies like Toyota which have chosen to back hydrogen fuel-cell cars as the future of automobiles. This decision fans the flames of the hydrogen vs. electric car debate due to its timing. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk was in Tokyo last month to commence…
  • Netflix sets sail for Asia-Pacific with launches in Australia and New Zealand

    Soham Adwani
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    Currently, there are around 340,000 people watching Netflix in Australia. This would be considered normal, except for one very odd fact: Netflix isn’t officially available in Australia as yet. At the moment these users are accessing the US version of Netflix by using a VPN and paying with a non-US credit card which Netflix, unlike competitors such as Amazon, allows you to do. Netflix has taken notice of its gaining popularity down under and has decided to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March of next year. Netflix will have little competition in the region, as only a few services…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • SelfieJobs takes 1M SEK in funding

    Anders Hassis
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Selfiejobs just launched a service that allows job seekers and employers to quickly find each other using smart phones. Social media and dating apps have set the expectations of users to quickly find, connect and get feedback. SelfieJobs takes this one step further by using short video presentations. The team just announced an investment of 1M SEK led by Jan-Eric Ramberg, angel investor and former Microsoft. The service is free for job seekers.
  • The Nordea Innovation Challenge wants to reinvent banking in the digital age

    Anders Hassis
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Nordea Innovation Challenge invites individuals, university teams and tech start-ups to help them reinvent banking in the digital age. The teams will be challenged to create the next consumer banking App or Analytical insight of future customer services in a 48 hour contest between Stockholm and Helsinki. This is a 48 hour event run in Helsinki and Stockholm from Friday 28th November to Sunday 30th November. The challenge is divided into two areas. They are looking for the Best Mobile App and the Best Data Insights. This challenge is about banking, but it does not require you to be a…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – November 22 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Top Swedish Startup Jobs – November 18 Edition Tink, Billogram, Publit, AppSpottr, Sinch and Lifesum are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Plick Launches Funded By Me Campaign and Gets Funded Moments Later Heard of Plick? You probably have, since aside from gaining traction for their second hand vintage marketplace app for some time (which was covered on…
  • Plick Launches Funded By Me Campaign and Gets Funded Moments Later

    Jason Dainter
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Heard of Plick? You probably have, since aside from gaining traction for their second hand vintage marketplace app for some time (which was covered on Swedish Startup Space a year ago), they have been spotted pitching at both tech events STHLM Tech in Stockholm and Uppstart in Uppsala in the last year. Plick have been looking to close a seed round for their start-up and co-founder and CEO Jimmy Heibert decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Funded By Me which went live yesterday. Less than 24 hours later, they announced a 1.25 million SEK investment from Aggregate Media. I caught up…
  • Curator turns one and Launches for iPhone

    Anders Hassis
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Curator today released the latest version of their creativity app bringing it to the iPhone for the first time. It mixes the best of Evernote, Pinter- est and Powerpoint with the aim of making a mobile tool as powerful as desktop software. Curator & Co was founded in London, UK by architect Daniel Nordh, previously working for the Mayor of London, for the City of Stockholm, Sweden and as a record label manager launching the career of Little Dragon amongst others. Co-founder Jerome Rigaud is a designer and developer that has previously worked with MoMa, Barbican, Daft Punk, the Bouroullec…
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    Barcinno

  • Is Barcelona The Smartest City of Them All?

    Jennifer Riggins
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Big data versus Big Brother. Do we want Barcelona to be the smart city to lead all smart cities? Or should the Catalan capital simply save time and money by utilizing open source code to copy other pioneering cities? The 2014 Smart City Expo at Fira Barcelona definitely talked about success being found in a […] The post Is Barcelona The Smartest City of Them All? appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Job Opening: iOS Developer at GLOVO App (@GlovoApp)

    Scott Mackin
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    Company:  GLOVO Area: Mobile App – Instant Delivery Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Position: iOS Job Offer About GLOVO Glovo (www.glovoapp.com) is a new and exciting project in Barcelona. We are the first mobile app that offers an express and collaborative delivery service. We will launch the iOS version of the app in mid-December, and we will be fully operating […] The post Barcelona Startup Job Opening: iOS Developer at GLOVO App (@GlovoApp) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Teams Up With Adobe To Build The World’s First Digital Branding Lab For Cities

    Scott Mackin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    The Barcelona City Council and Adobe Systems, the multinational software company, have inked an agreement to build the City Branding Lab in Barcelona. The objective: Innovate and experiment with solutions that favor the city’s competitiveness, while simultaneously improving the quality of life for its citizens. As we move ever closer towards a global society and the […] The post Barcelona Teams Up With Adobe To Build The World’s First Digital Branding Lab For Cities appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: @Clubkviar PHP Frontend/Backend Developer

    Stewart Masters
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Company: Clubkviar Area: Online restaurant bookings Place: Barcelona Position: PHP Frontend/Backend Developer   The Opportunity: We are looking for a front-end developer with good knowledge of PHP back-end development using the Symfony 1 framework. We are continuously evolving our product and rolling out new awesome features and optimizations on a weekly basis and will be expanding to new cities in 2015. You will work […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: @Clubkviar PHP Frontend/Backend Developer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Runator (@runator)

    Stewart Masters
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The start of this tale goes back to a wintery day during Christmas of 2013. A team of keen Spanish runners had just signed up for the 2014 New York Marathon and were planning their training to make sure they were in ship-shape for race day. Understandably as the team began to get together to […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Runator (@runator) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    Uncanny Owl

  • WordPress Developer Needed

    Ryan Moore
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Right now we’re really busy at Uncanny Owl, so we’re building out the team to improve our capacity and capability. That means we have an immediate need for a part-time WordPress developer, ideally in the Toronto area. We need someone who’s done a lot of work with WordPress customizations. Great PHP and CSS skills are critical, but we need someone who’s comfortable interacting with clients and who can work independently too. If you or someone you know wants to work with us, check out all of the details at http://www.uncannyowl.com/contract-wordpress-developer/. The post WordPress…
  • LearnDash Demo Site Update

    Ryan Moore
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We launched a big update to our LearnDash demo site earlier today. At first glance, the updates might not be obvious; after all, the site is less about look & feel than it is about showcasing what can be accomplished with LearnDash and WordPress. What you will definitely notice is that an account is now required to use the demo. While this does mean an extra step is required to use the site, it also means that it’s a lot easier for visitors to reliably test progress tracking, achievements and more. So what else has changed? Our old login page is gone; we had a handful of issues that we…
  • WP Courseware 3.0 Released

    Ryan Moore
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Fly Plugins released a big update to WP Courseware on Thursday, bringing it up to version 3.0. The update primarily brings enhancements to quizzes that help to bring it more in line with what competitors like LearnDash and Sensei are offering. Question pools, randomization, timed quizzes, feedback and more are all now available. The video below outlines some of the highlights. If you already have a WP Courseware site, you’ll notice a number of changes to quizzes after you upgrade. The quiz creation interface is quite different; everything is divided into tabs. Of course, there’s still…
  • WP Courseware LMS Demo Site

    Ryan Moore
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Now that we have demo sites available for LearnDash and WooThemes Sensei, we thought it was only fair to include WP Courseware in the mix. These 3 products are, after all, the bigger players in WordPress Learning Management Systems. The new WP Courseware demo site is available at http://wpcourseware.uncannycloud.com/. Once again, we stuck to the same type of platform to make it easy to compare the 3 LMS platforms. Try signing in to all 3 and note the differences for yourself. (Note that this will only work for about 3 weeks; we’re planning on making some significant changes to our LearnDash…
  • LearnDash Review Revisited

    Ryan Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    A few months ago, Ken wrote a brief review of his experiences using LearnDash to develop Grade Hacks, Uncanny Owl’s study skills program. It remains our second most-visited page on this website and attracts a lot of traffic for people searching for LearnDash reviews. Since that article was originally published 6 months ago, LearnDash has gone through a number of big changes, including the release of version 2.0. Ken’s original article is now outdated in a number of areas and we thought it was time to revisit some of the problem areas to see where things stand in the current release (2.0.3…
 
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    NextShark

  • Newest Study Reveals the Terrifying Result of Long-Term Cell Phone Use

    Max Chang
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    This isn’t good news for wireless phone users. In a recent study out of Sweden, researchers found that talking on cell phones, including cordless phones, may be linked to a certain form of brain cancer as reported by Huffington Post. The Study 1,498 cases of people with malignant brain tumors and 3,530 controls were analyzed to determine whether wireless phone use had any link to cancer. They found that the longer a person used a cell or wireless phone, the more likely they were to develop a type of tumor called a glioma, which typically starts in the brain or spine and becomes malignant in…
  • 5 Exhausting Situations That Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Put an End To

    Tim Nguyen
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Imagine … its 1876 and you’re making your way across the Wild West in pursuit of new opportunity. You stop by the local saloon and join a game of five card draw. It’s an intense game as you can imagine. Back and forth verbal jabs eventually lead to an argument which will undoubtedly escalate into violence. When do you grab your .45 caliber, pull the trigger and end it all? Gabe Leonard’s “I’m Talking About It”   Gabe Leonard’s painting, “I’m Done Talking About It,” captures this fantasy, but for us entrepreneurs it’s a reality we face every single…
  • Interns for These Companies Make a Disgusting Amount of Money Every Month

    Sarah Lesnar
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Facebook Intern Michael Sayman If you think you are having a bad Monday, it’s about to get super depressing unless you are lucky enough to be a prospecting software development intern. Tiffany Zhong, entrepreneur and “Hustler” at Glimpse Labs, tweeted out a list a friend sent her of internship offers for technical majors right now and the numbers are staggering. Here is the list: We might as well tell you that internships don’t even last up to a year, but the monthly is so large it’s irrelevant at this point. But uh, yeah … it’s time to learn how to code.
  • 4 Things We’ve Learned From Carmelo Anthony’s First Year as a VC

    Sebastian Dillon
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Being a pro athlete might be a dream job for many, but it certainly comes with an expiration date. Life after the court is just as critical as life on it, and some athletes have found a new career in entrepreneurship. Of course, everyone nowadays wants to be an entrepreneur — legends like Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson became entrepreneurs after basketball. Even Kobe Bryant is planning to retire into entrepreneurship. Carmelo Anthony is no exception, and 2014 marks his debut as the Knicks’ forward turned venture capitalist. Earlier this year, Anthony and his…
  • How to Reject People Who Want to ‘Pick Your Brain’ Without Looking Like a Douche

    Jacob Wagner
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    As you become more and more successful in life, more people will want to try and be your friend so that they can be successful too. Many of us have been asked by friends and strangers whether they could “pick your brain” over lunch or coffee. While this seems like a harmless request, they are pretty much asking for the secrets to your success that you’ve worked tirelessly to get over the years. This is information that’s worth money and there are people out there that would gladly pay you for it. While it’s good to help friends and lift others up, you have to…
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Tips to Boost your online event ticket sales

    Yapsody
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    When you make a decision of creating an event, the first and the foremost thing is to analyse how to sell those tickets. The extraordinary thing about creating an event now, rather than 10 years back, is that, at present it’s so easy to sell tickets online. There are number of ticketing platforms that makes our job easier by selling tickets online. But then…Is there a possibility of doing it in a much better approach? And the answer to this question is to just go ahead and simply feel free to do it. Everything depends on what are your goals for the event. If someone is planning to…
  • Yapsody In Your Local Language

    Yapsody
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
      Yapsody In Your Local Language Yapsody is now available in English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish language, and we are trying to add as many languages as possible. Yapsody has always been expanding its capabilities by translating its online ticket store in local languages.Thus helping you to sell event tickets in your local languages for maximum exposure to boost ticket sales. You will get free access to Premium Features until the end of 2015, if you help Yapsody in translating the online ticket store in your local languages. Follow the link to translate. http://bit.ly/1sxPNFv
  • Reserved Seating BETA

    Yapsody
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event published before 1st January 2015 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo

    Yapsody
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo Join us for a Free Live demonstration on how you can use Yapsody to sell out your events through innovative techniques of promotion. Launch Date: 12th November 2014. Timing: (11:00 AM PST) / (7:00 PM GMT) Frequency: (Every Wednesday) During this webinar you will discover: • Yapsody Latest Features. • Yapsody Mobile Apps. • Social Media Integration to boost your event ticket sales. • Access Real-time data: Identify trends to adjust sales and marketing strategy. After the demo, our Yapsody expert will answer to all your questions. We look forward to…
  • Engage with Yapsody!

    Yapsody
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
      Engage with Yapsody! Here’s an opportunity to get free access to all the upcoming #premium #features of #Yapsody. All you need to do is help Yapsody translate the #Online#ticket #store in your #local #language. For more information on how to grab this awesome opportunity. Follow the link:  https://www.yapsody.com/ticketing/features/
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    StartUp Beat

  • Featured Startup Pitch: Beyond Pricing enables Airbnb and HomeAway hosts to implement dynamic pricing to maximize revenue

    Editor
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    By Ian McHenry, Beyond Pricing co-founder and president ELEVATOR PITCH Beyond Pricing is a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tool to maximize revenue from your homeshare with data-driven pricing. We automatically update your rates daily on sites like Airbnb and HomeAway to capture local demand peaks, price each night perfectly and win last-minute bookings. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Beyond Pricing maximizes revenue for hosts on homesharing and vacation rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. Our pricing software automatically updates rates every day using real-time occupancy data to capture local…
  • AllUnite seeks to challenge iBeacon with its free Wi-Fi-based proximity mobile marketing platform

    Editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    A Q&A with AllUnite co-founder and CEO Esben Elmoe. The Copenhagen-based startup, which offers a proximity marketing solution based on free Wi-Fi, completed a $3.7 million Series A funding round led by Northzone, which it announced earlier this week. It was founded in 2013 by Elmoe and Kasper Gevaldig. SUB: Please describe AllUnite and your primary innovation. Elmoe: In AllUnite we are injecting banners from local shops while the users are surfing on the AllUnite network. We also provide business intelligence for our customers in terms of number of people passing the shop, recurring…
  • AccuSure launches to help SMBs find the best deal on insurance

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A Q&A with AccuSure co-founder and CEO Jamie Reid. The San Diego-based startup, which offers small- and medium-sized businesses a solution for simplifying the process of comparison shopping for insurance, launched today at the DEMO Fall conference in Silicon Valley. It was founded in 2009 by Reid and Mike Shambach. SUB: Please describe AccuSure and your primary innovation. Reid: AccuSure is a cloud-based solution that helps small- and medium-sized business (SMBs) streamline and simplify the process of obtaining insurance quotes, saving them valuable time and money. We do this in four…
  • With a significant new funding round completed, Paracosm is working to make the world robot-friendly

    Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    A Q&A with Paracosm co-founder Anna Williams. The Gainesville, Florida-based 3D mapping augmented reality startup announced earlier this month the closing of a $3.3 million Seed funding round. Investors include Deep Fork Capital, New World Angels, iRobot and Atlas Venture. It was founded last year by Williams, Amir Rubin, Christian von Kleist, Karl Dockendorf, and Ian Taylor, and the team previously raised $350,000 in initial funding through two different rounds. SUB: Please describe Paracosm and your primary innovation. Williams: Paracosm is focused on bridging the gap between human and…
  • An unsexy but important topic for growing startups: Getting payroll taxes right

    Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager As you start a new business, the calculations surrounding payroll taxes may not be the first thing on your mind. You’re more likely thinking about bringing in new clients, promoting your services and developing your business plan. However, you are aware that properly paying your employees is a core part of being an employer. You want to make sure you get the basics right so your employees don’t have trouble with their paychecks. And you don’t want to get tangled up in a web of corrections for mistakes you could otherwise avoid. Let’s go through…
 
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  • Exponential Organizations: A Book Review

    Chris Kalaboukis
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I think I must have recommended this book to at least 15 people, and that’s only in the last few days. I can’t remember the last time I did that for any book. I used to work at Yahoo! during Salim’s tenure at Brickhouse (I ran the internal innovation group, shepherding ideas from employees to product or patent ) and in this book, he and his co-authors hit the nail on the head. Even though they don’t say that this is a blueprint to envisioning, developing and launching an exponential organization like Uber, AirBnB it may as well be one. This is a powerful book. I read…
  • Kennedy Goes Back To The Future

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Does anyone here remember when President Kennedy announced that we would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade? Probably not – was before most of our time: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. and what happened? We got a man on the moon before the end of the decade… Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18…
  • Google Is Your Dad

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Flickr / Prupert Do you remember the days when you used to go to your dad – or your mom – or your extended older family – in order to get advice and information on things? Your dad seemed to know everything, right? If you had a question on almost everything – why is the sky blue – why is the grass green – all of those how and why questions, he knew the answer. Weren’t we always in awe of his seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of everything?  He’d teach you how to iron shirts and shine your shoes (do people still do that?), barbecue meat, and not…
  • The Future Of Work

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by Dan Pink. In this book, he predicted that the typical corporate job would disappear over time and that in its stead, everyone would become an independent contractor who would work for themselves. There was no more conception of working for a company as an employee…
  • Does Hyperpersonalization Impede Innovation?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
      I was at a conference the other day about the future of the enterprise. Of course, my crazy futurist side kept on talking about how the enterprise itself is an outmoded concept of work, and in the not too distant future, all types of work will be carried out by more loosely connected individuals, who come together for a project, then disband. But that’s a topic for another post. One of the speakers at the panel prior to mine mentioned something about hyperpersonalization – which of course is completely on its way – with more and more data collected about what one does…
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  • How to tell if a startup needs you

    John Gannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    Looking for a quick way to see if a startup might need someone like you for their team? The table below shows you the kinds of jobs that are likely to be available at a startup based on the startup’s funding status. Use it as a first filter in your startup job search so that you’re not burning a lot of time with companies who aren’t at the right stage to hire you. When reading the chart, keep in mind: This chart covers the majority of cases but there can be exceptions based on founder preference or the sector where the startup plays. This chart only applies to…
  • This startup raised a ton of money so it must be doing well

    John Gannon
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    #134027445 / gettyimages.com One of the biggest misconceptions that folks new to the startup world have is that companies that have raised a ton of money are crushing it. There are plenty of examples of “lots of money raised” flops abound in the venture/startup world. For instance: Color ($41MM raised – sold to Apple for probably pennies on the dollar) Fab (OK, not a total flop but going through a big time retrenching) 75% of the companies funded during the last bubble And on the flip side there are companies that are killing it that have not raised that much money.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 11/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Satya Patel writes about what makes a great project manager on his blog. Sabrina Bruning posted 15 great community manager job openings on CMX. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 11/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 10/27/14

    John Gannon
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Zapier Learning Center has a free introductory course on APIs, which allow companies to link their app systems together. Jason Freedman writes for 42Floors about wanting to get into startups, but not knowing where to start. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 10/27/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 10/22/14

    John Gannon
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    SoundCloud, a leading online audio platform, is hiring a Product Manager for Connected Devices in New York. Intent Media is hiring an Associate Partnerships Manager and a Director of Strategy in New York. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs for 10/22/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 9

    Swati Kumar
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    << Week 8 Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development.    A Reflection on the Value of a Programming Bootcamp: It is hard to believe over 2 months…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 8

    Swati Kumar
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    << Week 7 Week 9 >> Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   The Wonders of Firebase:  Before I build (or rebuild without the…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 6 and 7

    Elizabeth Randell
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Welcome Back! One of the best things about MOOCs are their flexibility.  If life gets in the way one week, you pick up and continue on in the next.  Discovering Business in Society has been a thoroughly enjoyable course – but I feel like it deserves my best focus and attention and sometimes…a week slips by…. This week we are going to look at a few points from week 6 and 7.  There were a couple of points that I wanted to explore further : Just because it is legal, is it Ethical?, Tax Avoidance, Auditors: Who do they really work for?  Get settled and lets set off on this…
  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 7

    Swati Kumar
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    << Week 6 Week 8 >> Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   Confidence:  I am a junior developer, which means that I have learned…
 
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  • Gilson Boards Launches Online Sales for Innovative Snowboard Design.

    Kevin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Gilson Boards Launches Online Sales for Innovative Snowboard Design. Gilson Boards, a designer and manufacturer of artisan-crafted snowboards featuring a patent-pending contoured base design, today announced the launch of its expanded e-commerce portal allowing customers to configure and order their boards online. Entering its first full snow season, Gilson Boards’s e-commerce portal is the latest upgrade for the rapidly-growing start-up which recently expanded its manufacturing capabilities to meet growing demand. Riders looking to explore the next-generation Gilson Boards can find the…
  • Mintigo Launches Native Oracle Marketing AppCloud Application.

    Kevin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Mintigo Launches Native Oracle Marketing AppCloud Application. Mintigo, a leading enterprise predictive marketing platform, announced today that it has launched a native predictive marketing and lead scoring application built into the Oracle Marketing AppCloud. This new application enables real-time predictive marketing, including robust data enrichment and predictive lead scoring, directly into Oracle Eloqua, a component of Oracle Marketing Cloud. Mintigo enables Oracle Eloqua customers to easily enrich data, predictively prioritize sales leads, create segments, and run targeted…
  • Crimson Cup Gift Boxes Bring Handcrafted Coffee Home for the Holidays.

    Kevin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crimson Cup Gift Boxes Bring Handcrafted Coffee Home for the Holidays. Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is ringing in the season with two gift boxes for discriminating coffee lovers. The $45 Global Coffee Tour Gift Box includes 12-oz. bags of handcrafted coffees from three different continents. The $75 v60 Home Brewing Box offers everything needed to start crafting hand-pour coffee at home, with the same trio of coffees plus a Hario v60 ceramic drip brewer and filters. “We’ve made gift-giving easy this year for the coffee lover on your list,” said Crimson Cup Founder and…
  • Kiva City Louisville Launches to Fuel Local Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship.

    Kevin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Kiva City Louisville Launches to Fuel Local Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship. Kiva announced the launch of Kiva City Louisville, an initiative that brings crowdfunded microloans to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Louisville area. Kiva City. Through Kiva City Louisville anyone can support small business growth and local job creation by visiting Kiva.org/Louisville and choosing an entrepreneur that they want to lend $5 or more to. Small business loans crowdfunded through Kiva City Louisville are offered at 0% interest, with no fees. Loans sizes up to $5,000 and…
  • Apto Raises $1.4 Million in Series A Funding.

    Kevin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Apto Raises $1.4 Million in Series A Funding. Apto, the leading provider of cloud-based CRM and pipeline tracking software for the commercial real estate industry, announced that it has raised $1.4 million in a Series A round of funding led by Mercury Fund. The new capital will help the company execute on strong market demand, expand its sales and marketing efforts, and broaden and accelerate product development. Real Estate. Apto is a business application developed by commercial real estate brokers that gives brokers and teams a simple-yet-comprehensive tool for managing people, properties…
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  • One Year With Direct Debit

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    When you’re in a startup it’s very easy to get caught up in the thick of things – making time fly by so quickly and things easy to forget. This time last year we introduced … Read more The post One Year With Direct Debit appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    It’s hard enough creating content without having to worry about finding the perfect image for your blog post, website, or presentations. And the big question is always, “where do I find free high quality photos?”. Ideally you … Read more The post 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Our response to the POODLE bug

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    A new security flaw was discovered yesterday which affects the SSL 3.0 protocol. For a brief summary, the POODLE bug – which is Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption for short – makes it possible … Read more The post Our response to the POODLE bug appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • The Hackathon Survival Guide

    Yann Irbah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Hackathons are one of my passions. They remind me of my student days when I was pulling all nighters with my friends to finish up coding a project on time. Except you don’t struggle for … Read more The post The Hackathon Survival Guide appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview)

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    While it’s often multi-million dollar exits that grab all the headlines – it’s very easy to overlook some of the great work small medium enterprises (SMEs) are doing. In fact, the European Commission states 99% … Read more The post Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview) appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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  • The Low Cost Housing from Tata Value Homes

    Suumit
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Tata Value Homes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata housing company. This company( Tata Value Homes) was established in 2010 to meet the housing needs of the masses. Its objective since has been to[...]
  • How to make money fastly 2014 and Why Teespring?

    Akansha Naredy
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
      Are you a bored home worker or SEO Expert? Are you still a student looking for a part time job or manager?… We bring you some great ideas about the easiest way to make[...]
  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: D-Day

    Kartik Jha
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    It was the D-Day today when the SIIB Leadership Series finally unfolded. Days of planning, creative teamwork, promotions and the pre-events created an aura which finally was supported by excellent execution by the core team[...]
  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: Day 2

    Kartik Jha
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    “Teachers can change lives with just right mix of chalk and challenges” So aptly quoted by Joyce Meyer. Day 2 of Leadership Series at SIIB was not just about Model United Nations. It started off with[...]
  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: Day 1

    Kartik Jha
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” - Bill Gates Why did terrorist attacks like 26/11 has become so prevalent in recent times? How the reason for the[...]
 
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  • A Simple Dissection of Online Team Collaboration

    David Arnoux
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! At Twoodo we’re continually obsessing over how to make online collaboration better and more human. Part of this is looking at usage data to understand how people use our online collaboration platform. What is the DNA of online collaboration? We played around with some numbers this weekend to uncover this simple dissection of online team collaboration. Based on 100000′s of events carried out by users on Twoodo over a 2 month period and due to the fact that Twoodo allows to integrate actions into conversations, we came up with this very simple pie…
  • Talking with your users and customers is a bad idea!

    David Arnoux
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! …unless you want to succeed. You’ll have to excuse my click-bait title, but doesn’t it seem strange that talking to users is so blatantly important yet so many companies are doing an very poor job of it? A live chat on your landing page can increase your conversion rate for initial buy-ins, questionnaires and surveys will help you unlock the core unique value that your best users see in your product, in-app messaging can help you trigger feature notifications at the best possible times and smooth conference calling may help you concierge…
  • The Best B2B Growth Hacks – 21 Tactics to Test

    David Arnoux
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to grow a company. It is data-driven and dovetails quite a bit with online marketing. Each of the 21 B2B growth hacks listed here is an article in itself, but I’m going to keep it brief. Many B2C growth hacks can be creatively tweaked to be valuable as B2B growth hacks. For example, the first growth hack (content) specifies certain types of content that will work best for B2B. Remember – whether B2C or B2B, you…
  • The beginner’s guide to creating conversion funnels and analyzing data

    David Arnoux
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:16 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Confused with analyzing data? Conversion funnels are here to help. You’ve probably been reading tons of articles telling you to start setting up metrics for your website, measure your website KPIs and take data-driven decisions. If you’ve already begun setting up metrics and tracking events on your website you probably know that it’s not easy. At Twoodo we spent quite a bit of time getting it right! In this article we’ll try to explain what you should be measuring, how to measure it and what types of tools you can use to measure them. This is in no way…
  • The 18 greatest tips for conducting effective meetings

    David Arnoux
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! This post is about the best tips we could find on conducting effective meetings. Meetings remain one of the biggest time-wasters in companies today, compounding to huge annual losses of productivity year after year. Give time back to the team to get things done by implementing these tips. 1. The meeting is defined – scrum? Sales? Weekly catch-up? What is the point of the meeting? What is the style? What am I expected to bring to the table (literally and figuratively)? How relevant is the meeting to me? After-works drinks and a sprint-planning meeting are…
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • The All-New Knife Supreme Peanut Oil Enables Mothers to Cook Like Gourmet Chefs.

    Kevin C
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    The All-New Knife Supreme Peanut Oil Enables Mothers to Cook Like Gourmet Chefs. Knife Cooking Oil is a well-known edible oil brand in Hong Kong, trusted by mothers of different generations. Knife Peanut Oil is ranked No. 1 in the Peanut Oil Segment of the edible oil market in Hong Kong (October 2013 to September 2014) by the Nielsen Edible Oil Market Track Research. To enable mothers to cook like gourmet chefs at home, Knife launched the all-new Supreme Peanut Oil in October this year. The Knife Supreme Peanut Oil, made from superior quality peanuts with rich peanut aroma and appetizing…
  • PocketMath Raises US$10 Million from Rakuten.

    Kevin C
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    PocketMath Raises US$10 Million from Rakuten. PocketMath, the world’s largest self-serve mobile advertising platform, announced today that it has raised US$10M from Rakuten Ventures. This is the largest first-round funding of any startup in Singapore and biggest single investment by Rakuten Ventures to date. Series A. The Series A round will help PocketMath bolster talent acquisition, accelerate product development, and establish a deep strategic partnership with Rakuten. The Managing Partner of Rakuten Ventures, SaeMin Ahn, will join the company’s board alongside the founders JD…
  • Startup Gives Chef’s Treatment For New Gourmet Salt Collection.

    Kevin C
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Startup Gives Chef’s Treatment For New Gourmet Salt Collection. Pooki’s Mahi announced today it kicked off a pilot to finalize packaging sizes for etail and food service customers for its gourmet salt collection. The new packaging sizes will offer salts in a flip top jar making it easy for foodies and cooks to season food during food preparation. “Pilots are end-to-end tests widely used by manufacturing organizations in high tech corporations. Pooki’s Mahi’s second pilot will test the entire eco-system for the gourmet salt product line for a few specific channels. We’ve renewed…
  • Innovative Qi teamaker Reinvents the World’s Tea Brewing Experience on Kickstarter.

    Kevin C
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Innovative Qi teamaker Reinvents the World’s Tea Brewing Experience on Kickstarter. Keyway Innovations, a startup company based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, has introduced the Qi teamaker, the world’s first app-enabled tea maker with an innovative patent-pending brewing system that aims to reinvent the world’s tea brewing experience. They have just launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and needs your support to help bring their product to tea enthusiasts and supporters all around. Kickstarter. Next to water, tea is the most popular drink in the world and is appreciated…
  • Youku Tudou Awarded MVNO License.

    Kevin C
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Youku Tudou Awarded MVNO License. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on November 20 issued a fourth batch of licenses as part of its large-scale trial of opening the Chinese mobile sector up to MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), and Youku Tudou, China’s leading internet television company, has been a recipient and the only company whose main business is Internet entertainment services and content out of all the recipients. MVNO. As required by the qualification process of the MVNO license, Youku Tudou has earlier reached an agreement with China Unicom to…
 
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  • NASSCOM Session on Building Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills

    Sarath Budam
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Venue: MR2.3 2nd Floor, HICC Novotel Hotel, Hitech City, Hyderabad,India Timings: 2:00 pm To 5:30 pm, Thursday, 27 November, 2014 For more details look at http://www.nasscom.in/building-entrepreneurial-leadership-skills-hyderabad
  • Strategies for Scaling Your Product

    Sarath Budam
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    NASSCOM is organizing a session on “Strategies for Scaling Your Product”  as part of NASSCOM Product Forum. The focus of this Product Sessions is to help the company leadership develop a keen sense of what needs to be done to take the business model to the next level. To derive full benefit from this you […]
  • UNPLUGGD Bangalore is back

    Sarath Budam
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    unpluggd is a startup conference and this year it is going to happen on Dec 6th 2014. Venue: Hotel Park Plaza, Marathahalli, Bangalore You can get upto 40% discount on the ticket price if you use the copon code “NEXTBIGWHATTWO ” The registration url is http://events.nextbigwhat.com/unpluggd2014#registration
  • bigMobilityConference in Bangalore for mobile app developers

    Sarath Budam
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NextBigWhat is organizing a conference for mobile app developers in Bangalore on 13th September 2014. The aim of this conference is to bring insights into mobile application development. Venue : Infantry Hotel, Infantry Road, Commercial Street Near Shivajinagar Bus Stop, Bangalore. Contact : ashish@nextbigwhat.com For more details, you can visit http://events.nextbigwhat.com/bigmobilityconf/
  • Microsoft Azure Dev Camp in Bangalore

    Sarath Budam
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Microsoft is organizing its Azure Dev camp on 18th September at The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore. Microsoft Azure Dev Camps are fun and no-cost events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in an engaging, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned. You need to register in order to attend […]
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  • How to Capitalize on Cyber Monday

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the biggest for companies and consumers alike, as it presents three unique holidays filled with door-busters, super sales and unbeatable discounts. Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, customers are set for all their holiday shopping needs. The holiday is a little trickier for businesses. While your company can offer similar sales on all three shopping holidays, consumers expect tailored deals on each of the days. Save your in-store promotions for this Thursday and Friday, but when it comes to engaging your virtual audience,…
  • The Small Business Owner's Guide to Apple Pay

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Apple Pay has significantly changed the way business owners and consumers interact with each other. The new digital payment format offers a simple way for consumers to transfer money to retailers, allowing them to pay for goods with the tap of their smartphones. Since its unveiling in late October, many large corporations have started using it to accept payments from consumers. McDonald's, Walgreens and Whole Foods are among the various companies that now accept this form of payment. As the list of these businesses continues to grow, small business owners have begun to learn more about…
  • Retail Resources: Is Your Brand Ready for Small Business Saturday?

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    It's that time of year again - as families are preparing their homes and kitchens for Thanksgiving, small business owners are prepping for the shopping rush that takes place every year during the weekend following the holiday. Most people are familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but one retail holiday that has gained impressive steam over the past several years is Small Business Saturday - or the day directly after Black Friday. During this time, small business owners are urged to promote their own unique deals for the holiday season to encourage consumers to take advantage of…
  • How to Gobble Up More Sales with Retail Thanksgiving Promotions

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show your consumers just how thankful you are for their continued patronage. In addition to adopting online deals on your social media pages, there are many in-store promotions you can set out during this holiday. These deals may not only get more people to visit your store around Thanksgiving, but also show your preexisting consumer base how much you appreciate their continued business. Consumer rewards traditionally perform very well for small businesses. Whether you're giving out holiday-specific gifts or adopting a long-term loyalty program, use…
  • Green Business: The Guide to Recycling Electronics

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    As prominent tech companies continue releasing new technologies that shape the corporate world, small business owners are constantly examining which devices should be adopted and swapped in their stores. Instead of throwing these electronics out for good, it's important to examine the impact of recycling and how it can be implemented in your business. Recycling electronics - as opposed to merely throwing them out - can not only prevent harmful materials from being released in landfills, but it can also return certain materials to companies that can repurpose them for better…
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    TechJuice

  • Journal Accepts Paper With “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List” Repeated 863 Times

    Sarwat Fatima
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The research paper above, titled “Get me off your fucking mailing list,” and containing this phrase repeated 863 times, was accepted by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology (IJACT). Dr Peter Vamplew, a computer scientist at Federation University Australia was frustrated when he got one too many invites from IJACT. He decided to send them a research paper which contained the phrase “Get me off your fucking mailing list” repeated over and over along with headings, citations, flow chart and graph. What happened next was hilarious, unexpected and thought…
  • First-ever Data Management Summit to be Held in Karachi

    Uzair Ahmed
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Pakistan-based premier software solutions development firm, Systems Limited will host a Data Management summit in Karachi next month. The summit will be organized in collaboration with Informatica Corporation, which is a world-renowned provider of data integration software. The summit is set to take place on December 9th, 2014 in Karachi as an exclusive, invitation-only event. Members of the executive leadership teams from both Systems Ltd. and Informatica Co. will address the audience during the event. The event is being organized with an aim to ‘discuss the role of data in the…
  • Zameen.com celebrates 1 million visitors per month

    Reporting Desk
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    Zameen.com, Pakistan’s leading property portal, recently celebrated 1 million monthly traffic. November has been a record month in terms of traffic for the property portal as it continues to see higher and higher numbers of visitors. Over the past 12 months, Zameen.com has experienced monumental growth. The portal’s traffic alone has gotten a boost of 166% year-on-year, from 425,000 visits per month to 1.1 million monthly visits. The website’s unique visitors and pageviews have more than doubled during this time period. With the recent introduction of 3G and 4G services in the country…
  • After E-Bike, Electric Rickshaw To Be Introduced In Pakistan Soon

    Sarwat Fatima
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Earlier this month, we reported E-Bikes which were launched and test-drove in Pakistan for the first time. Though, it seems motor companies have not yet seized to surprise us even more. Zar Motors have planned to launch an Electric Rickshaw in Pakistan which will be available in the market soon. This Electric Rickshaw has already been tested and drove by Mr. Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, Advisor to CM Punjab at CM Office Lahore. Electric vehicles do not require petrol or any other fuel to run since they have an electric engine powered by rechargeable batteries. This is beneficial in a country like…
  • Orient unveils Orient Smart LEDs

    Reporting Desk
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Recently Orient unveiled their latest innovation. Orient Smart LEDs are now equipped with Orient Play Hub; the first of its kind in Pakistan. In the recent years Orient has emerged as a manufacturer of one of the most cutting edge and innovative products in Pakistan. Innovation has always been the key driver at Orient. Be it an air conditioner or an LED TV, Orient has always strived to leave its mark by introducing something new and unique for its consumers. Orient’s Smart LED TV is Pakistan’s first quad core powered TV with android technology. Orient Play Hub gives you a one screen…
 
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  • Milk Mantra Acquires Westernland Diary For 10 Crore

    Asish Das
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Odisha based dairy startup Milk Mantra has acquired Sambalpur-based Westernland Dairy as its first acquisition. With this acquisition the company seeks to expand operations, which comes at a time when an increasing number of emerging ventures are taking on the established players in the Indian dairy space. Founded by Srikumar Mishra in 2009, the company has acquired Westernland Dairy for about Rs 10 crore. Milk Mantra is looking to expand its operations further into Odisha, and enter Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The company produces a variety range of dairy products like milk, curd, lassi,…
  • Flipkart Raises Another Round; Valued At $10 Billion

    Asish Das
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    India’s biggest e-commerce player Flipkart has raised another $500-600 million fresh financing round led by its existing large investors at a whooping pre-money valuation of $10 billion. According to a TOI report, Tiger Global, South Africa’s Naspers and Yuri Milner’s DST Global, along with others, have pumped in $50-100 million each in the new round with a new investor chipping in a nominal amount. At the company’s board meet in Singapore recently, the fund-raise was formalized and an announcement could be made very soon. This is the third fund raising round by…
  • How I Survived Failure And Stood Up Again As An Entrepreneur

    Akanksha Samar
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Back at the end of 2010, I had my Lexus taken back and was being kicked out of my 2,600 square foot loft. I was spending all my money on Jameson and spending all my time watching movies off a projector on my wall. I reached a point where I had basically given up on life and was ready to go homeless. No more friends. No more business. No more investors. No more money. Free to live and roam free under a bridge for the rest of my life. Oh how joyous that day would have been. Yet it never came. I called my mom and told her I was going homeless. She called my grandma. My grandma forced me to live…
  • Want To Make A Tasty Startup? Never Forget A Business Plan

    Aishwarya Jain
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    You sitting on a couch, watching T.V., driving, taking bath, when about to sleep on bed, when you not doing anything at all, when you read about a businessman! What happens? An entrepreneur just thinks about his/ her new business idea all excited! My friend Tanuj was the same. Crazy, dreamy entrepreneur! Had his mind just involved into his new business. Always thought it is killer, nothing can be like it, started thinking he’s going to a millionaire soon! He started making theories, reading, collected fund from his friends and family, rented an office and started his business. He ran his…
  • Baar Baar Dekho, Hazzar Baar Dekho; Corporate Film And Better Brand Value

    Aishwarya Jain
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Hi! I’m Miss corporate! I have a story to share, which is really close to my heart. My childhood days were functional. I was learning things in business, for sales used pamphlets, hoardings and recruitment again very simple.  In teens got matured, started getting deeper understanding. I applied various stunts for my business like spending heaps in logo designing, taglines, TV ads etc. Well I’ve grown up to a decent level now, but things now have saturated and my family says we need more customers for more profits! Oops I forgot to introduce you to my family.  My family is…
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  • The startup success story of a sneaker head: SPTERO Knows SB

    Florin Muresan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    This week’s startup success story is one of a kind. Reniel Monsale is just a sneaker head (i.e. A person who collects limited, rare, OG, or flat out exclusive kicks. Usually the collection consists of Jordans or Dunks. – Urban Dictionary ) who succeeded in selling more than a thousand pair…
  • What to learn from startup events

    Florin Muresan
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    No matter your reason for attending startup events, there is always something to learn from them. The great thing is that it doesn’t even matter what your background is. Everybody is welcome to see what they are all about. Even if you don’t work in the startup world, you would…
  • Will crowdfunding change the world? How?

    Florin Muresan
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    On Crowdfunding and New Horizons Often times when I’m at the beach, I like staring far into the horizon, where the sea’s border, as straight as a blue line, passes into that of the clear sky. Our fast-forward driven world can be compared to this image. You can stretch what has…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Online communities for growth hackers

    Florin Muresan
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Communities are great places where people that have the same interests can share, and exchange ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Growth hackers also have online communities of their own. These communities are mainly used for networking, sharing awesome posts, they are used as a valuable resource, and it’s also a place…
  • The benefits of niche marketing for your startup

    Florin Muresan
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The success of their startup is probably every entrepreneur’s aim. There are many strategies worth considering, such as content marketing and promoting on social media, gaining finance from VCs, angel investors or crowdfunding, but today’s post will discuss the benefits of niche marketing for your startup. Focusing on a specified and targeted…
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  • 43North Announces $1 Million Grand Prize Winner

    Startup Tip
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Startuptip news   43north 2014 winners The 43North contest organized as a part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative for the western New York city announced winners for the 2014 edition. ASi LLC was chosen from among 11 finalists and won $1 million in prize. The company, based in nearby Tonawanda, has developed a rapid metal forming process that will produce more durable components for things like engines and medical devices at a lower cost than overseas competitiors. He expects the company will employ 40 people within five years. Six runner-up…
  • Trackable Inhalers For Asthma and COPD Patients

    Startup Tip
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Startuptip news Amiko Inhalers Amiko.io is all set to launch its wearable, trackable device for inhalers typically used for asthma and COPD. Taking medication at the right time every day is a challenge many patients face which leads to health risks and poor treatment outcomes. The Amiko inhaler manages and measures the actual medicine used, and also guides the user through the inhalation process which is performed incorrectly up to one-third of the time. Amiko determines if the inhaler is held and loaded correctly and provides step-by-step real-time feedback as the medication is being…
  • 20 Startups To Watch

    Startup Tip
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Startuptip news  The following is the list of 20 startups to watch out for in 2014, 2014 based on the BBVA Open Talent. The BBVA Open Talent an international competition aimed at entrepreneurs and startups has reached its final stages with 60 companies shortlisted from among 870 projects submitted. There are prizes worth more than 180,000 euro to be won by these startups. The finals of each edition will be held in September and October to pick winners from New Banking and Digital Life categories. These startups will now pitch before an audience of business executives, entrepreneurs and…
  • Startup Competition For Gaming Companies

    Startup Tip
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Startuptip news New Zealand Game Developers Association KiwiGameStarter The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched KiwiGameStarter. KiwiGameStarter 2014 is a business start-up competition for New Zealand-based game development teams. Its purpose is to support the commercial success of one high-potential team or project. The startup that wins the contest will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. To participate in the contest teams must submit a playable demo or prototype for any popular platform, and a four page pitch proposal…
  • It Is Time To Brew Your Own Beer

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Startuptip news Brewbot is a startup that wants you to brew your own beer. Brewbot is the world’s smartest personal brewery. Brewbot raised more than 100K dollars backed by 381 people on Kickstarter. Brewbot uses sensor technology to track and automate the brewing process. Simply follow the instructions in the app, add the ingredients when prompted and your brew is ready. Brewbot currently produces 18 litres depending on the type of beer you are producing while stronger beers may produce less. The fermentation on average takes 2-4 weeks depending on the type of beer while some aged…
 
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  • Scott Warner – Creating a Platform of Opportunities

    melindayeaman
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    “I believe that if you’re passionate about something, you believe in it, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, it’ll work.” – Scott Warner Scott Warner, founder and CEO of Gigg believes that music inspires, motivates, transports and heals us. “Above all, it connects us”, he says. Find out why Scott and his team at Gigg are dedicating their time and resources to build the tools that will help artist build their careers. Listen as he discusses building a platform that put artist first. Scott explains how new ideas keep him up…
  • Cameron Treu & Scott Warner – Authentic to the Bone

    melindayeaman
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    “Even as the business grows it has to keep the same soul” – Cameron Treu Cameron Treu, the talented co-owner and pit boss at Bam Bams BBQ explains why being authentic and real in life and in business pays off. Find out why people are willing to pay a higher price at Bam Bams BBQ. Here’s a hint, it has to do a lot with Cameron’s personality and of course the delicious food. Scott Warner thinks that it’s just a matter of time before Bam Bams BBQ dots the map with its brand. Find out how. Highlights: BYU Bronco Mendenhall’s Podcast Networking Authentic…
  • Syncapart – Disrupting the Entertainment Industry

    melindayeaman
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Bringing an antiquated industry into the new world” – Sumant Yerramilly Sumant Yerramilly and Adam Hua of Syncapart are truly bringing an antiquated industry into the new world.  Their company Syncapart is trying to disrupt the entertainment industry by building a platform for entertainers to find their next gig and for recruiters to find talent. Find out how these entrepreneurs are trying to help others find more work, book more projects, and create more content. Their noble and audacious goal is to help entertainment professionals by providing them data and analytics to…
  • Curtis Funk: SaaS for a Niche Market

    melindayeaman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Curling up on the floor on the night before payroll.” -Curtis Funk A Jeep driving, mullet sporting maker of funeral videos…….and that isn’t an intro to a joke. This funeral video company advertises in a tiki hut. The biggest bummer of this video was that Curtis trimmed up his noteworthy mullet 2 days before the interview! Curtis Funk has an intriguing front to a very legitimate business with some great insight to a niche business. Here are some nibbles: Take the Tukios test! How quotations broke the whole system “We are going to kill…
  • Alex Doman – Listening to Your Customer through Engagement

    melindayeaman
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “If you are reacting, you are too late.” -Alex Doman Famous last words, “We thought we would build it and they would come.” Founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, has some sage advice when it comes to mobile health technology. Alex is also the co-founder of the Sleep Genius app and author of the bestselling book Healing at the Speed of Sound. Highlights: Track and Treat Research Bias Scalability Timing of market entry Healthy Sound Practices Mobile Health Technology Research Bias Take Away Listen to your customers through engagement. Connect…
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  • 4 Most Exciting Things About Working at a Startup

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Being startup enthusiasts ourselves, and having more than a few serial entrepreneurs in the house, we have had our fair share of the excitement and thrill of adventure that comes only with working in a startup- you gotta live it to believe it.  Here are 4 super exhilarating things about working in a startup, that make us want to get out of bed every morning: Get Ilk? When you’re sitting at the same table or in the same room for hours at a stretch, you’re bound to find out things about each other that you wouldn’t in a regular office with cubicles and distance, like the…
  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
  • Remote Campus Recruitment for Startups: How to Make it Work

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In our post 7 Problems Startups Face With Campus Recruitment, we explored the major issues that hold startups back from conducting this exercise. In addition to it being a relentless use of time, money and effort, for small to medium sized companies, going anywhere further than Tier I or Tier II cities is near impossible, given the amount of resources they would have to dispatch. Through our own experience, however, we have discovered that it’s not only possible for startups to delve into this large pool of talent, it’s easy, no matter how funded or unfunded you may be. With…
  • Why SaaS Providers Need To Focus on Customer Service

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Customers are staring at their computer screen, trusting that they can navigate your carefully set up website- sifting through the various messages you are trying to convey- till they finally reach what they are looking for. They cannot touch or feel anything, and are just hoping that when you say you have “the best product in the market”, you really do. They trust testimonials, the list of clients you have displayed, and the first five links they find when they type your name in Google. But what if they hit a stumbling block? Customer Service has taken on a whole new meaning in…
  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
 
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    SuperbCrew

  • Cocoon Is Protecting Your Whole Home By Sensing Activity Through Walls And Doors

    SuperbCrew
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Cocoon is single smart home security device which combines sensors like a HD Camera, Motion Detection and Subsound Technology to sense activity anywhere in your home and notify you via your smartphone if anything unusual happens, so you can take action and feel safe. Subsound technology senses activity, even in other rooms and learns what’s normal for your home to filter out false alarms. The study of low frequency sounds outside the range of human hearing, or infrasonics, has long been used by seismologists for earthquake detection. The same technology used to detect shock waves…
  • StoneTether – Over 1220% and approaching 4,000 Kickstarter Backers!

    SuperbCrew
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    With StoneTether bluetooth tracking system, never lose your keys, purse, or wallet again. Never lose sight of your children with StoneTether alerts, and never forget anything on a trip again. With more than $183.000 raised from over 3700 Kickstarter backers, StoneTether does everything at an industry leading 500 Feet. Below is the message from the StoneTether team: Hello Everyone!! First of all, we hope you aren’t tired of us saying Thank You because it’s not going to stop! Haha! Well, from all of us at StoneTether, here comes another one, Thank You!! We could not have achieved…
  • Everykey – The Wristband That Replaces Keys And Passwords

    SuperbCrew
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The Everykey wristband is an attractive Bluetooth enabled band that allows immediate access to a user’s password-protected electronics such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer, as well as physically locked items including doors, car doors, bike locks, and other controlled access devices. Everykey began as an innovative project for an entrepreneurship class at Case Western Reserve University in September, 2012. The class professor was so impressed with the concept that he invested his own money into the startup. Christopher Wentz, CEO of Everykey: “Our product utilizes military grade…
  • Customplayer.io – Free, Customizable HTML5 Video Builder

    SuperbCrew
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    Developed by Manchester based software startup Igniso, Customplayer.io is a free customizable HTML5 video builder. Customplayer.io helps you create branded video players, capture email leads and drive conversions. Mike Cunsolo from Igniso team, shares more details in the interview below: Q: What is Customplayer.io? A: Customplayer.io is a customisable HTML5 video builder. We make it easier for anyone to brand their videos and embed it into their site. You can connect a Amazon S3 account and host your videos there, add MP4s directly or pull in your videos from Youtube.   Q: How did the…
  • itlbe – The Easiest Way To Find Your Dream Home

    SuperbCrew
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Innovative startup itlbe provides consumers with the first of its kind natural, lifestyle search ability for the online real estate buyers, sellers and professionals. itlbe organizes and presents the data in a consumer friendly online platform that encourages social media interaction and delivers properties to the consumer based on emotional and lifestyle criteria. Below is our interview with Sammi Johnson from itlbe team: Q: itlbe offers unique lifestyle search for real estate, can you tell us how the company started and where did the idea come from? A: Founder, Laura O’Connor has spent…
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  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

    ventureosity
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Le Dormeur du val by Arthur Rimbaud was inspired by the war Franco-Prussian, particularly the battle of Sedan: Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ; Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit. (Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val, octobre 1870) Years […]
  • Why now? On Tim Cook Sexual Orientation

    ventureosity
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    This week Tim Cook come publicly in his article on the Bloomberg Businessweek talking openly about his sexual orientation: “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God […]
  • Nobel Peace prize goes to Malala youngest ever to receive such honor

    ventureosity
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize. The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland – on Friday morning. On October 9, 2012 Taliban […]
  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

    ventureosity
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people’s mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday. To install the app, customers needed physical control of the target’s phone for just a few minutes. It then sent all […]
  • Denza: China’s BYD new electric car with Daimler

    ventureosity
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
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  • The Art and Science of the Long Hold

    Eric Watson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    The long hold is half art and half science. This puts it in the same very special category as the three finger track pad swipe and the basketball finger roll. With that said, it’s actually really easy and intuitive once you get the hang of it. To a lot of us it’s already completely normal to do on our phones thanks to selecting locations in Google maps, copy/pasting in text editors, and many more apps. But – it’s an acquired action and not 100% intuitive. So, let’s jump into how it works and why we care so much about the long hold! In both the Android and iOS…
  • Spec of the Month – November 2014

    Ben Watson
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    As the Spectafy Team has been checking out the activity in the app over the last month, we have realized something important:  Spectafy users are seriously creative, and the content is as diverse as it is amazing! We have decided we can’t afford not to share some of the best specs with the whole community, so we have decided to feature a Spec of the Month! We are going to pick a cool spec each month, give a little street cred to the Questioner and the Photographer, and share it with you! This month, we’d like to give a big thank you to Andy F. for asking what was going on in McCovey Cove…
  • As the Leaves In the City Change To Giants Orange, Don’t Miss These Fall Events!

    Ben Watson
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    The leaves are changing to Giants Orange, which can only mean one thing – it must be fall in the City!!  Now that you’ve enjoyed the World Series victory parade and a fun Halloween night dressed up as Heisenberg (and hopefully some of the cool events we went to in October) here are some of our favorite events and happenings for November. Come on out and join us!  Want to see what’s going down before you go?  Get the Spectafy app, now in the Play Store and the App Store, and ask somebody who is already there! Friday Nights at the De Young Head on over to the De Young Museum…
  • Spectafy Beta is here!

    Ben Watson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are excited to report that Spectafy Beta has arrived!!  We launched in San Francisco at the beginning of October (for Android), and the response has been incredible.  A huge thank you to all of our Beta users for helping us get the bugs worked out and building the foundation of what we hope will be an incredible community of users! As we expected, the last few weeks have been a serious learning experience.  We have gained tons of insight on design and usability, and have been thrilled to get a better feel for what the community wants to use Spectafy for.  The beauty of a user-driven…
  • How We Screwed Up Doing Market Research

    Ben Watson
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    At Spectafy, our Team members come from a pretty diverse background of education and career types. One thing that none of us had any particular education or training in was doing “market research” or marketing. I put the term “market research” in quotations because it sounds really formal, and when I hear it I picture being at a big table in the middle of the night with bespectacled and bloodshot eyes, stacks of spreadsheets and financial reports spread before me. In reality, “market research” can be as simple as meeting a potential client/consumer/competitor at Starbucks, or…
 
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  • Discover The Ins And Outs Of Your Body Weight Via Am-I-Fat.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Tired of hearing all the time from others that you need to lose weights? Well, this happens with almost everyone one-to-many times in life and reason is simple at some point of life, we make our body so much in limelight that we don’t care that we are gaining weight. In our today’s offering review, we are going to talk about one such service which will help you out with losing your body weight. Meet Am-I-Fat.com, the site which helps anyone who wants to lose weight. The site comes with many things, including weight loss tables, tools to help you know that you are overweight. Helping you…
  • Online Research Made Easy With QuestionPro

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Brining up a new product in the market, but want to ask people about their opinion on what they really want. Well, this would be the case of every company who is planning to bring something new and amazing, but in order to ease this job of market research, we got a tool today for you which we about to review in this article. The tool name QuestionPro specializes in online research will ease both your job and life. You can create online surveys, polls with the help of QuestionPro’s intuitive web based software tool. With more than 30 question types, dozens of color themes, QuestionPro makes…
  • Receive Mails On Your Phone With MailBliss.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    While with recent change in technology shift, more and more new email apps are coming up, but what about a service which will offer you an email address for your phone. Yes, you heard correct, email address dedicated to your device. Recently only we came across the service name MailBliss.com which offers a free email service. The phenomenon goes like this, say, any person who emails you to your MailBliss.com email address, the company will make it forward to your phone in the form of text message, means you will be able to receive emails in the form of texts. Moreover, it gives you an option…
  • Visit RatedPeople.com For Quality, Local Tradesmen

    KARAN CHOPRA
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    There are one-to-many times that we are looking out for quality people who can work for us but the problem comes when we are not able to locate them. Well one can possibly try searching for such tradesmen from number of sources but the resource which we are going to share today specialize in this only. Meet RatedPeople.com, an amazing business directory which being designed to help one choose the recommended tradesmen in your area. The directory contains tradesmen details, reviews written by people who in real used the tradesmen before. You can find builders, plumbers, decorators,…
  • Meet JetPac.tv, An Amazing Video Platform

    KARAN CHOPRA
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    With the growing trend, more and more companies are opting for video marketing. Thanks to both YouTube and DailyMotion as because of whom only the power of video actual comes into picture. While just like any industry, there are many video platforms out there but the one which we are going to talk today is name as JetPac.tv. The JetPac.tv video platform allows you to have HD quality, large screen dimensions and massive file size upload all in one go. Plus, further it all goes well on a proprietary basis worldwide content delivery network which further ensures that the content will reach…
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  • How To Start An Etsy Blog In Only 10 Minutes: The Fastest Etsy Blog Video Tutorial

    Tim
    8 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Many Etsy shop owners have contacted me, because they saw a steep decrease in their sales over the last couple of months. Today, I want to share with you how I worked with some of these shops to turn their numbers around and in one case triple their sales. There is nothing better to increase sales than starting a blog. For most of you, Etsy has full control over your sales. Etsy decides whose products are shown in the search results and therefore control, which shops make the most money. I will show you, how you can create an additional way to send customers to your shop in only 10 minutes.
  • Etsy SEO: Increase Your Traffic In 4 Steps

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization can help you increase the number of customers that find their way to your Etsy shop by ranking your store higher in Google, Bing and Yahoo. The basics are not very difficult, but if you are targeting very competitive keywords it can get complicated. This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started: How to choose the best keywords for your store Optimizing your Etsy titles and descriptions Link building for Etsy What else should I be doing? Google determines the rank of a website by looking at hundreds of factors; some of the…
  • Top 10 Video Courses To Become A Growth Hacker

    Tim
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    In recent years, the traditional marketing role at most companies has shifted to become more tech-focused. It is no longer enough to preach the gospel taught in most university marketing classes. I love Super Bowl commercials, but have those convinced you to buy a KIA? Yeah me neither… This change has led to the development of a “marketing” position that is thought after by many, the growth hacker (especially startups). [Or the marketer with an understanding of how technology and marketing work together, to help a company gain traction at high speed.] I’m assuming, you…
  • How To Get A Job At A Startup (Even If You Cannot Code)

    Tim
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Even before the success of HBO’s TV show “Silicon Valley,” there has been great demand for startup jobs. Many people have asked me in the past about taking the right steps to find a startup job. Given a recent increase of questions, I spend some time drafting this post to provide you with a good base to get started. What you will learn: – The different early startup stages – When to get in – Job options at a startup – There are also non-engineering jobs – Where you can find startup jobs – Don’t even think about monster.com – Hacks and tips to get ahead…
  • Top 10 productivity extensions and websites for Entrepreneurs

    Tim
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Over the last months I have been obsessed with improving the speed at which I can complete repetitive and boring tasks. Nevertheless, organizing your work and day takes time – So you need to find a good balance between saving time and being organized to become hyper efficient. When I first started writing this post, I wanted to post only 5 useful tools. However, I had a pretty tough time identifying even 5 good ones, because most of the extensions and programs I use are now a big part of my daily routine. So to get the ball rolling… I took a step back and checked every app, plugin,…
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  • Should You Be An Industry Expert To Be Successful In Your Business?

    Anand Srinivasan
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    There is one mantra that successful entrepreneurs often offer to aspirants – ‘Fail, and fail fast’. The premise is that you do not have to be an expert while launching a business. Rather, what matters is that you need ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – Trivios

    Peter Ferioli
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Tell us about being triVios! triVios can be summed up very simply; It’s a real-time trivia game that allows players to win awesome prizes by playing one of four unique trivia game modes.  Players can also engage socially via ... Read More
  • Switching from iOS to Android

    Kimberley Castlemain
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
      Thinking of switching from iOS to Android? This post will help by addressing some of the areas of hesitation or concern, particularly as it relates to the new iOS continuity announcements. Those before you who have made the ... Read More
  • 4 Surprising Benefits of Being a Cash-Strapped Startup

    Guest Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s hard to deny that a little seed money, a line of credit, and a few investors can make starting a company a whole lot easier. Instead of setting your sights on securing funds, you can focus on the things ... Read More
  • How Do You Find Your First Customers?

    Anand Srinivasan
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Two strategies to find prospects for your startup business As any business owner will tell you, finding those first ten or twenty customers is always the hardest. For one, you are not an established business – so there ... Read More
 
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  • 10 Project Management Tool for Home & Work | PlaymeAR

    Alvin Ooi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Managing projects are a pain for most people. Project managers have to juggle a lot to ensure projects are organized whether it is a one man show or managing a group effort.  Sometimes its a wrestle to ensure multiple projects are ongoing at the optimum levels and when management goes wrong it can cost productivity and efficiency. With today’s technology, developers are innovating softwares, tools and hacks to help you organize your projects. So below are 10 Tools to help boost project management whether at work or home. Some are used by big corporations to handle transnational team…
  • Top 5 Augmented Reality Games of 2014

    Ken Gee
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you ever think that video games would come alive in 3 Dimensional (3D) space instead only been displayed on the computer monitor or television? Well here it goes… With Augmented Reality games, this would become imaginable. Fresh ideas and innovations are captivating almost every month on Augmented Reality (AR). Together with that, gamers are able to delight more interactive and user experience in a different way than normal gamers. It brings out the different gameplay options, perspective, and the ability to work together with games directly rather than through keyboards, joysticks or…
  • 5 Amazing Augmented Reality Apps

    Ken Gee
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    Gesture-based interface? Kinect? Hologram? Virtual reality?  Have you seen and watch Minority Report movie before? Now, we can imagine that Augmented Reality apps and it trends has been tremendously emerging to the next level. Here’s are the lists of 5 Amazing Augmented Reality apps that provides something interesting to the users around the world. 1. Google’s Ingress Some users might disagree it. Eventually, we can see Ingress is one of the top AR apps of the year because it suspend disbelief and intellectually immerse the person in to the virtual world.  It is an immersive,…
  • How does Augmented Reality Work?

    Ken Gee
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Computer games and video games have been entertaining us for almost 30 years, ever since PlayStation One video game console was introduced back to 1986 and was released in Japan and other countries on December 1994. After that, computer graphics have become more advanced and developed to a high degree of complexity since then. And now, developers, engineers and researchers are obtaining the graphics out of the computer display and turn them into live direct and indirect view of physical world environments. What is Augmented Reality? Some people already know what AR is all about, but some of…
  • Go around in Tokyo with augmented reality Penguins

    Alvin Ooi
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    Ever been travelling and always end up holding a map or looking at the subways map for more directions to your destination? Never be lost again if your destination is Tokyo Sunshine Aquarium. How so? Because you now have augmented reality penguins to guide you to the aquarium in Tokyo! Sunshine Aquarium is a state of the art metropolitan aquarium located inside the Sunshine City of Tokyo. Finding your way to the aquarium can be a little tricky for foreigners and the management decided to use their main attraction “Penguins” to guide you through the busy roads of Tokyo to its…
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    How Startups Build a Community

  • Does your startup need funding or core users?

    Erik
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Funding is important because its credible and demonstrates validation. Real customers your business can rely on time and time again, however, is just as important if not more. Here is why: Feedback and insight for Product Market Fit “Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market.” -Marc Andreessen The above statement sounds simple, but it is cited as the number one reason why startups fail. This is particularly true if your product is unique and innovative, and no one has tried to propose such a solution before. The one and only way to…
  • Getting Early Adopter Users for your Startup

    Erik
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Inexperienced startups often make the mistake of assuming early adopters are anyone who will try and (hopefully) use their product. They submit to sites like Betalist, Startuplist, or Product Hunt, but don’t actually spend the time to consider whether users who will become their core users live there. In many cases, such a shotgun approach to how a startup thinks about getting early adopters is a terrible idea. An extreme analogy of such approach is like rolling a 8 billion sided dice, and hoping the dice lands on a side represented by your ideal customer in this world. Startups…
  • Startup Explainer Video DIY in 4 hours and $34

    Erik
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    We’ve had a few people ask us about our startup explainer video since it published last week. In fact, many of them were amazed when we explained it was completed in four hours and cost us $34. This post will explain the entire process to creating your startup explainer video. First of all, here is our final resulting video: How did it cost $34?  $5 on Fiverr.com for voice over (technically, we could have saved $5 here but we wanted a more authentic American sounding voice) $29 for a monthly subscription to Videoscribe.co Doing it yourself (DIY) is much cheaper than hiring a…
  • One thing every entrepreneur must know to become great

    Erik
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, held a town hall Q&A about the future of Facebook. And towards the end of the event, an 8th grader asked him how how he got through the hard times in the early days of Facebook. Zuckerberg’s answer was simple: find help, different kinds of help. “No person knows how to deal with everything. But if you can find a team of people, friends, or family, -and there will be different people over time because different people like to focus on different problems or different scales of the problems – then that’s what’s really going to get you through,…
  • My startup is going to kill it. And I won’t tell you.

    Erik
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Every so often, we come across startup founders who believe their idea is so original and special they won’t want to tell anyone about. They’ll say their company is in stealth, they’ll keep their mouth zipped, and often ask for a NDA before they divulge on anything about their next big thing. A quick google search results in a dozen of comments and articles about why keeping your ideas to yourself are a bad idea. And instead of banging on that same drum, we’ve decided to curate the Internet’s opinion on this subject to make their points clear. “You should…
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