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  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Planning, Startups, Stories
    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
  • Onboardly – helping startups with content marketing and PR

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    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    You hear people talking about content marketing everywhere. It’s just one of those things that is on everybody’s lips, and you can’t help but be curious about it, or even get a taste of it. So, startups from all over the world, get Onboard(ly)! Renée Warren, co-founder and CEO at…
  • The most dangerous time for startups

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    The most treacherous time for an entrepreneur isn't at the startup's launch, but when the business begins to scale up, write  -More- 
  • An $85,000 Profit Monthly Report: A Guest Post by AffEngineer!

    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey
    AffEngineer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Hello hello! To think one day, lil ol’ affiliate Mateen would be guest posting on TylerCruz.com… Who’s Mateen and What is He Doing on Tyler’s Blog? Before I forget, let me introduce myself, I run a blog called AffEngineer.com. I’ve been monitoring my progress from the day I spent my very first dollar on paid advertising up till today. From seeing 20 days of continuous red, to making a small profit, to turning an 85k profit month in March all within a year of being in this industry, it’s been a crazy roller coaster ride! AffEngineer was inspired by…
  • 8 Questions Business Leaders Should Ask Themselves Every Day

    Entrepreneur
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To take your operation to the next level, consider these powerful questions.
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    Fast Company

  • Dolby Is Bringing Its Atmos Movie Sound Technology Home

    Harry McCracken
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The home-theater and mobile versions aren't as immersive as the theater system--but still sound pretty darn good.Dolby has done a solid job of convincing Hollywood to embrace Atmos, its two-year-old system for creating sound effects which come at the audience from every which way. For instance, such blockbusters and would-be blockbusters as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers: Age of Extinction have all been released in Atmos mixes.Read Full Story
  • Humans Of New York Takes On The World

    Ainsley O'Connell
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the insanely popular Humans of New York website, leaves the five boroughs behind.At first glance, some of the faces look familiar: a proud father with his daughters; rambunctious boys out for a swim; a shopkeeper with his wares. But the captions, in the words of the subjects, make clear that Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton has left the five boroughs behind.Read Full Story
  • This Is Kuddle, The Instagram For Kids

    Chris Gayomali
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Norway-based startup just raised $2 million in funding.Did you know that there is an Instagram for kids? It's called Kuddle, and the photo-sharing application was designed by developers in Norway who built the thing with the noblest of intentions. It's designed, first and foremost, to teach kids manners and discourage online bullying.Read Full Story
  • To Simplify Mobile Shopping, PayPal Wants To Eliminate Filling Out Billing And Shipping Info

    Alice Truong
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The PayPal subsidiary is releasing a set of developer tools that reduce mobile shopping to one touch.In the age of smartphones and tablets, it may seem odd when a company that sells its goods online isn't optimized for mobile devices. But shopping on such gadgets remains so fraught with clumsiness and confusion that 68% of mobile carts are abandoned.Read Full Story
  • How Mailbox Brought Its Awesome Smartphone Gestures To The Desktop

    Mark Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The preeminent mobile mail app is coming to desktops. Here's how the team got the feeling just right.Do you remember the story of Mailbox? It was the iOS mail app that allowed you to control your inbox by swiping. Swipe left to archive, right to delete, etc. The approach was a huge hit. In just over a month, Mailbox had a million users and it was purchased by Dropbox for $100 million. And in what may be the greatest seal of approval, the iPhone's own Mail app adopted some of Mailbox's swipe gestures.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Uberflip intros scoring system to show marketers which content works (exclusive)

    Barry Levine
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Above: A score for all content in an Uberflip Hub.Image Credit: UberflipHow do you measure if the words, pictures, or videos you’re sending out are accomplishing your marketing goals? There’s a mountainload of data to answer that question. Which is the problem, since few marketers are prepared to climb that mountain. To reduce the mountain to a molehill, content-marketing software automation company Uberflip is today introducing its Content Score. The Content Score judges the effectiveness of all the content in a Hub on the platform, as well as any piece of distributed content,…
  • It’s time for advertisers to leave the wild west of data. Here’s why

    Rob Heiser, Segmint
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: Doug Kerr/FlickrIn the ongoing dialogue surrounding the issue of consumer privacy, one constant has emerged: Consumers today are more willing to trade their personal data for services, incentives and rewards that provide them with value. Why, then, do we continue to see consumer backlash in both traditional and social media against perceived misuses of personal data? The answer is simple. While consumers are theoretically willing to trade data for value, their willingness evaporates when either of the two pillars that support this trade-off, transparency and security,…
  • Dropbox unveils new tools for business customers

    Matt Milano
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Above: The Dropbox app on an iPod.Image Credit: Ian Lamont/FlickrOn the heels of an early-access program, Dropbox is publicly unveiling a number of new features for its Dropbox for Business customers. Dropbox first announced the new capabilities, including view-only permissions for shared folders, passwords for shared links, and expirations for shared links, a few weeks ago. Demand for the additions was high enough that thousands of people joined the early-access program just to test-drive the new features. Thanks to that testing and the feedback Dropbox received, the features are now out…
  • Aptible is a one-stop powerhouse of health data-privacy compliance

    Mark Sullivan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Image Credit: AptibleWith hospital chain Community Health Networks becoming a victim of major data theft yesterday, the problem of securing health data is serious. Healthcare organizations really aren’t very good at setting up strong security against attacks, as the FBI has pointed out. This might also apply to the thousands of digital health companies that will be handling and storing health data in the future. Aptible is a small three-person startup (one lawyer and two engineers) that helps digital health companies ready themselves to handle sensitive health data that’s…
  • Why Google’s Eric Schmidt calls Uber’s new political mastermind a ‘game-changer’

    Gregory Ferenstein
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    If anyone thought that Uber was going to take a more mild approach to government regulators, they can put that idea to bed. Today, the alternative car service announced that it has appointed David Plouffe, one of the masterminds of the Obama campaign, to its policy shop. “I’ve worked closely with David, and believe this is a game-changer for Uber. David is uniquely suited to scale and lead the same kind of insurgent campaign he did in 2008 for a Silicon Valley tech company, bridging the worlds of business and politics,” said Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who worked on…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • #AskGaryVee Episode 11: Diplomas, not GPAs

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? #LINKS: My AMA on Reddit – http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1svvca/iama_gary_vaynerchuk_serial_entrepreneur_nyt Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ Today’s Voiceover by Max Bass – https://twitter.com/maxthatbass #TIMESTAMPS 00:44 – If you owned a winery in Napa, what would your left jabs look like? 03:24 Do you respond to your post/tweets/emails/messages personally? or do you delegate? 04:52 What foods have you added to your lifestyle that you are enjoying the most? 05:23 How can I converge my vision of being…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 9: Ice Bucket Billionaire

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    #QOTD: Who in your family inspires you the most? Today we a very special episode of The #AskGaryVee show. I’ve been holding off on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for awhile now, but when my man Michael called me out, I knew I had to make the move! So now I challenge YOU, VaynerNation, to get out there, soak yourselves, and DONATE! #LINKS Donate to the ALS association – https://secure2.convio.net/alsa/site/Donation2?df_id=27420&27420.donation=form1 Special Guest: Michael! YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgDkZbewH3LBKZpqAvhL4fA Twitter –…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 8: Buy the Damn Cat!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #QOTD: What is currently your favorite single beverage? Things that I have decided are important: Keeping life spicy, wine, my health, and being honest. LINKS: Cyberdust – http://cyberdust.com/ Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ TIMESTAMPS: 0:39 Do you believe in Jim Collins belief that we can only focus on 3 things? 1:38 What is the best way to grow a following or community from nothing? 3:36 Tea or Coffee? or wine? 3:57 As a business leader whats one thing that keeps you up at night? 4:54 Center or Edge? 5:01 What’s the best way for a right hook to seem like a jab?
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 7: Parents, Patience, and Pie

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Getting into some long-winded answers today! It’s a really great sign, too, because it’s clear that you guys are asking me amazing questions, so I really want to give some of them the time they deserve. Also be sure to hit me up on CyberDust tomorrow (@garyvee) so I can answer some of your more personal questions. #QOTD: What other personalities in the video world are you enjoying content from? #LINKS: Cyberdust – http://cyberdust.com/ Matthew Santoro – https://www.youtube.com/user/MatthewSantoro Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ #TIMESTAMPS: 1:58…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 6: Friction Sucks

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    In this episode we talk about getting familiar with Facebook advertising, my love for my family, and the magic of red-headed quarterbacks. On top of that we get into being grateful, being right, and being patient. Three of my favorite things! LINKS: http://allfacebook.com TIMESTAMPS 0:27 - What’s the best way to use Facebook dark posts? 1:51 - Is it still necessary to drive traffic from social to your dot com? 3:57 - How’d you deal with working in a family business? 5:03 - What did you think of the Dalton trade? 5:38 - Does the demand for your attention get overwhelming?
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Ingrid Lunden
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
     Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s unprofitable mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on… Read More
  • Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    John Biggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
     Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More
  • New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    Kyle Russell
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
     During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More
  • In Memory Of Journalist James Wright Foley

    John Biggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
     James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist, is dead, killed far from home and alone. It is a tragedy and a horror. None of us have ever had to be as brave as James Wright Foley in our efforts as journalists and none of us here can understand the cost of his sacrifice. Foley was kept captive in Syria since 2012 and his image only now resurfaced in a terrible video taken by the… Read More
  • Sam Altman On His Inaugural Batch Of Companies As Y Combinator’s New Head

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
     “A lot of people ask what’s different this time,” said Sam Altman, who took over Y Combinator from Paul Graham at the beginning of the year. “But the main thing I’m trying to do is keep things running the same way. YC is on this unbelievable trajectory.” Today’s Demo Day marks the first batch of companies that Altman has shepherded through the… Read More
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    swombat.com

  • More about NDAs

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Stef Lewandowski takes a slightly different angle about NDAs. Whereas I previously explored why I wouldn't sign NDAs in initial conversations as a recipient of those documents, Stef looks at why he used to ask for NDAs and how he's changed his mind about it: Non-disclosure-by-default introduces the risk that your company culture could be poisoned by secrecy at an early stage. I distinctly remember moments in a previous “stealth startup” company where I and those around me were so tied down with non-disclosure that we didn’t tell our own families what we were working on. The effect of…
  • Building international relationships

    Salim Virani
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Irina Dzhambazova shares how Bulgarian startups deal with obscurity, and succeed building international relationships: Serendipity and true partnerships "Investing time in getting to know an organisation or a person, without looking for the immediate quid pro quo is the way to go. Just get to know people, interact with them in the manner you do with friends and leave the rest to chance." - Vesselina Tasheva Good partners understand each others goals and can act proactively on each other's behalf. This type of relationship is much easier when you can relate this way at a personal level.
  • Take pleasure in the journey

    Daniel Tenner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Jason Cohen: Rather, you must understand that it is the building, not the result of that building, that matters. Keep score, so long as you can distinguish between the game and life. Keep score, while also basking in the thrill of generating happy customers and launching unique products and gathering the energy and brainpower of brilliant humans tackling interesting problems. Or, to put it in the poetic words of Constantine P. Cavafy: When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction. The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, angry Poseidon - do not fear…
  • The Lean Canvas - wrong tool for the job?

    Salim Virani
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Benjamin Kampmann, a reputable hacker and product manager, relays his experience with the Lean Canvas over the past few years, in particular how it removed his attention from the customers that actually wanted his product: The likelihood of the end technology still being a great fit for the market you decided on at the beginning is rather small. Lean Thinking emphasises the principle of minimizing waste. The common interpretation of Lean Startup assumes that the lead cause of waste is always a lack of commercially-viable demand. But research shows there's a wider range of causes of startup…
  • How to ask for introductions

    Daniel Tenner
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Elad Gil on how to ask for intros: One of the key things you learn when building a consumer product is to make things as easy, streamlined, and friction free as possible for your users. When asking an angel, advisor, or other person to make an introduction for you, the same rule applies. The structure below saves a lot of pain & back and forth for you, as well as for the person being asked to make an introduction on your behalf. By spending a little bit of time up front you can make life dramatically easier for the person doing you a favor / offering an introduction. It also increases the…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Uber hires Obama advisor to fight taxis and regulations

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    David Plouffe will be in charge of Uber's branding, global policy and political activityEverywhere that Uber goes, it seems, politics get in the way of the rollout. Its either the local government, or taxi commissions, or both, that are constantly fighting to shut the service down. Well, Uber is sick of it and it is ready to come out fighting.. The company has now, finally, hired someone who knows a thing or two about rough and tumble politics. Uber has hired David Plouffe as its new Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, it was announced on Tuesday. Plouffe, of course, is famous…
  • Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to focus on The Clippers

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board of directors and rallies a new communitySteve Ballmer knows how to entertain and rally a crowd. His stage presence is larger than life. Now being in front of Clippers' fans all the time may be what he's best suited for. In a letter to new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, which was made public on Tuesday, the former CEO explained his reasons for leaving the board of the company. Microsoft had been his "life's work, he said, and, as such, he had not really given any thought to what he was going to do once he retired as CEO. In the…
  • Square gets new funding to expand Square Capital

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Victory Park Capital invests undisclosed amount in Square to build out its cash advance serviceSquare is one of those companies that seems to be perennially on the verge of an IPO. Like many other companies that are looking to enter the public market, it needs to diversify and broaden its revenue streams through new programs and services. One of Square's more recent new revenue streams has come in the form of its cash advance service, called Square Capital. Now the payment processing company is looking to expand that program further, and to do so it has taken funding…
  • Splash Keynotes - Startup lessons from Kevin & Julia Hartz of Eventbrite

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    At Vator Splash London, Brent Hoberman sits down with the husband and wife team behind Eventbrite At Vator Splash London, Brent Hoberman, who founded Lastminute.com, PROfounders (VC firm), and sits on a number of Boards, including The Guardian, sat down with Julia and Kevin Hartz, the husband and wife team that founded Eventbrite in 2006. Since bootstrapping their company for two years, and spending less than $250,000 of their own money, the company has since raised $200 million to achieve their mission to be "the world's marketplace for live experiences," said Julia Hartz. Among the…
  • Four new cities make India Uber's largest non-US market

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Uber is now operating in 10 cities across India, an expansion that happened in less than a yearIt's no secret that Uber sees Asia as one of its biggest market opportunities. I mean, the company has been on  tear across the continent in the last year. There is one country in particular, though, that Uber seems especially keen on: India. In fact, the company has just launched in four more cities in the country, it was announced on Monday. This is a big deal because, now that it is launching in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Kolkata, Uber will be active in 10 cities across India.
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    Small Business Labs

  • On-Call and Fixed Contract Work Becoming More Common

    Steve
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Working Anything But 9 to 5 covers the impact of erratic work schedules on low income parents. The erratic schedules are due to labrometrics systems, which the article nicely describes as “software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data” to figure out how many employees are needed day to day and hour by hour.   In other words, labormetrics systems are being used to turn traditional employees into on-call workers, who may or may work on a given day. Key quote from the article on the impact of these…
  • Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

    Steve
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've gotten a lot of questions about this forecast, so we thought we would explain it in more detail (Emergent Research worked with Intuit on this study).    For the purposes of this forecast, "fully adapted to cloud computing" means being completely or very confident using cloud tools to manage a business.  We chose…
  • Two Views of Independent Work in the Sharing Economy

    Steve
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two articles with very different points of view on work in the sharing economy were published this weekend. The New York Times article In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty presents an unflattering view. Key quote: ... peer marketplaces as part of a larger global phenomenon, in which labor brokers encourage people to work on contingency without basic employment benefits or protections. The companies essentially channel one-off tasks to the fastest taker or lowest bidder, he says, pitting workers against one another in a kind of labor elimination match. Tech…
  • TJ McCue's Excellent 3D Printing Adventure

    Steve
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    TJ McCue is crisscrossing the country in a an RV exploring the world of 3D printing. How cool is that! According to his trip website, over 8 months TJ will make hundreds of stops with the goal of: ... exploring the cities, towns and off-the-path byways to uncover a fundamental change in the way things are designed and made, and how this is bringing radical change to business and to society at large. At each waypoint, we are celebrating the creative process, while illuminating the impact of design through firsthand customer stories, consumer creativity and student innovations.  For those…
  • The New Entrepreneurial Mindset

    Steve
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The economy is clearly changing and to better understand these changes Emergent Research (that's us) and Intuit partnered on a year long study examining these shifts, the trends driving them and their impact on the small business economy. At a very high level, the major trends driving small business change are: Socio-economic uncertainty: Demographic, economic and social shifts - as well as automation and global competition - are leading to fewer “good jobs”, income inequality and increasing job insecurity, pushing more people to consider full or part-time self-employment or small…
 
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    Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings

  • My thoughts on TMZ’s iPhone “Scoop” on CNBC [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Tweet Yesterday, I hopped on CNBC to talk about TMZ’s new iPhone on Closing Bell. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t buying it. Check out the video:
  • Why Are Google Glass Users Such Assholes?

    Ben Parr
    24 May 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tweet Childish. Petty. Disrespectful. These were the only words I could muster after reading about how a group of Glass users destroyed the Yelp rating of a local NYC restaurant, all because they asked one person to take off her Google Glass in their restaurant. I’ve been asked to take off Glass before, and I’ve obliged without issue. After all, it’s their restaurant and their rules. If a restaurant asks me to put my cell phone away, I will. If somebody asks me to take off my shoes in their home, I respect their wishes. But Katy Kasmai didn’t take being asked to remove…
  • On Twitter and Short-Term Stock Fluctuations

    Ben Parr
    6 May 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Tweet Twitter has had a rough few weeks, but does that mean it’s destined to spiral downward? Hell no. 18% stock price drops are great for headlines, but they certainly don’t tell the story of a company’s long-term trajectory. So let’s get the obvious out of the way: Twitter’s getting punched in the gut at the moment: After a steady rise to over $45, shares in Twitter have plummeted to just a hair under $32. Ouch. It stings just a bit more when you read the news stories about today’s 18% drop particularly, thanks to the end of the IPO lockout for insiders…
  • When Two Apps Are Simpler Than One

    Ben Parr
    1 May 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Tweet If there’s one entrepreneurial mantra that Steve Jobs taught us, it’s this: Simplify! Complex products fail. The complex MySpace lost to the simple Facebook. The simplicity of Snapchat, Instagram and Dropbox transformed them into world-class products. Tumblr famously cut a feature when it added a new one, always keeping the interface clean as hell. Foursquare, in its current iteration, isn’t simple. It has multiple functions. Is it a social check-in app? Is it a restaurant search app? Is it a location discovery app? Frankly, I didn’t know, and it turned me off…
  • Oculus Rift: Facebook’s $2 Billion Attempt to Seize Its Destiny From Apple and Google

    Ben Parr
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Tweet Can’t say I saw this one coming. Facebook, on the heels of its $19 billion blockbuster acquisition of WhatsApp, has dropped another $2 billion (plus a potential $300 million in earn-outs) for Oculus VR, the company that makes Rift. If you haven’t tried the Rift, it’s extraordinary. The first time I played with it, I was awestruck by the immersive experience. It brings not just gaming, but any type of virtual interaction to a whole new dimension that no other product has ever even come close to accomplishing. And now it all belongs to Facebook. Why? Here’s what…
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    Mixergy

  • Master Class: How to Wow Your Customers – with Joey Coleman

    ArieSaint
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Making a sale is exciting. But Joey Coleman says that it’s what you do after the sale that really matters. “A great client of mine…makes a device that measures the ambient temperature in a room…a server closet, for example,” says Joey, founder of Design Symphony. “The actual profit model for them is in the recurring service subscription [that monitors the temperature].” But a lot of customers weren’t installing the device, “which not only left a lot of money on the table, but was contrary to what the entire business was started for, which was to help people monitor…
  • How Vipin Sahu bootstrapped WebKul from a one-room flat with a $12/mo food budget

    Andrew Khalili
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How does a Mixergy fan in India who has a MONTHLY food budget of just $12 bootstrap a profitable software company? Vipin Sahu is the founder of WebKul, which is a company that builds open source plugins for e-commerce and CMS platforms. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Vipin Sahu Vipin Sahu is the founder of WebKul, which is a company that builds open source plugins for e-commerce and CMS platforms. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there, freedom fighters. My name is Andrew…
  • How two high school buddies grew TaskUs to $13MM in 5 years – with Bryce Maddock

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I want to reveal something about business that most people don’t know. See, most people will pull out their phones and take a picture of a receipt and bot-a-bing, bot-a-boom, all the data–the amount from the receipt, the company’s name–just appears on their phone. And they think the company has this fantastic software that can read this crazy receipt. Well, it turns out it’s not fantastic software that’s doing it, it’s the company whose founder you’re about to meet today. Bryce Maddock is the co-founder of TaskUs provides customer care and…
  • How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger

    Andrew Khalili
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How does a former lawyer build a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Jordan Harbinger Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there, freedom fighters. My name is Andrew Warner. I am the founder of…
  • Master Class: Grow Your Email List – with Jon Morrow

    ArieSaint
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jon Morrow’s guest post went viral, but he didn’t get any subscribers. “My post got something like 100,000 visitors on the first day, and it sent about 15,000 visitors to my blog,” says Jon, founder of Boost Blog Traffic. “But…I didn’t get a single email subscriber from that.” So why wasn’t Jon getting subscribers? He didn’t even have a subscription box. “I thought if people liked your content that they would come back, and that was a huge mistake,” he says. So Jon learned from that mistake. He became an expert on growing email lists, and he worked for…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Jason Stirman - Medium

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Aimee Woodall
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    In the few years since he graduated with a computer science degree, Jason Stirman has been a programmer, designer, trainer, owned an automobile repair shop, did the corporate thing, was employee #7 at Twitter, and now is helping to build publishing site Medium. If you’re new to the working world, he will inspire you; if you’re a ”not-so-new” Baby Boomer, he will amaze you. Aimee Woodall, founder of The Black Sheep Agency, interviews a bright, articulate uber-entrepreneur of the new generation.
  • Women Mean Business - Shushana Castle

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Extraordinary career advice from an extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Sushana Castle, author of Rethink Food. Shushana shares with the audience her advice to the young women for achieving success.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jane Henry

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    How do you get your employees into the right mindset? Robin Tooms visits with the wonderful Jane Henry, CEO of Xcution Inc., a management consulting firm. Jane shares her insight with the internal marketing strategies for Xcution Inc.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions entrepreneurship and businessmakers. These are the innovators who make our lives better. Our show makes you look smarter. Includes: our Quote of the Week—humor from Despair Inc.; This Week in Business History includes many firsts like the first potato chip, the first adding machine, the first Cadillac and the first Michael Oxley interview on The BusinessMakers Show; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Cynthia Flake

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ Capper and Cynthia Flake, senior vice president at Comerica Bank, discuss how export financing—including working capital solutions and letters of credit—can aid a company during the export process.
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    Bplans Blog

  • When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

    Kristen Gramigna
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you’ve got to start earning yourself. Here are seven things to consider in order to determine if now is the right time to pay yourself a salary. 1. You’ve been better than “break even” for one year... The post When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

    Caroline Cummings
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever wanted to ask an angel for advice? Now you can. Apart from a collection of tips direct from angel investors themselves, we're opening up our comment stream within this post. Got a question for one of the angels listed? Share it and they'll reply. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AngelTip on Twitter! The post How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven” appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What’s the Difference Between a Small Business Venture and a Startup?

    Candice Landau
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I hear the word “startup,” my mind immediately begins playing a reel of a bunch of twenty-something year old web developers, huddled together in a retro office somewhere in the SF Bay Area. Drinking beer at midday, laughing about the epic, cool culture they’ve got going, and chatting about the fact that they spent... The post What’s the Difference Between a Small Business Venture and a Startup? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations?

    Katherine Halek
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve struck stones together and you’ve finally seen a spark. You’ve worked hard to develop your ideas and build something worthy of faith and investment. But finding natural ways to pitch your startup may still seem like the most daunting task you’ve faced yet. Your elevator pitch, for all that it can be perfected,  can come... The post Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Is It Time to Hire an Employee?

    Lisa Furgison
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you own your own business and find that you simply don’t have enough time on your hands to be able to do all the things you need to do, you may be asking yourself should you hire an employee?  If you’ve already got employees, your question will be similar, when is the right time... The post Is It Time to Hire an Employee? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • St. Louis Based Cultivation Capital Invests $500,000 in Life Sciences

    Will Schmidt
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Yesterday the St. Louis powerhouse Cultivation Capital announced that they will be investing $500,000 in Molecular Sensing, Inc. (MSI). The life sciences company is commercializing an industry changing solution for drug discovery, which grabbed the attention of Cultivation Capital. MSI has developed a new technique called backscattering interferometry (BSI) that is based on the principle that light slows down and scatters in solution when drug molecules interact with drug targets. New drug development finds new molecules that interact with the target in the body that usually functions…
  • Early Adopters Are Falling Head Over Heels in Love With the Navdy HUD

    Will Schmidt
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Last week the San Francisco based Navdy, a heads up display (HUD) that allows drivers to view information from their smartphone via a dashboard device, announced a major milestone in their journey. They reached $1 million in sales only one week into their pre-order campaign, far surpassing their $60,000 mark in just two hours. “Demand was so strong that during the first 24 hours of the launch a Navdy device was being ordered on average every minute,” says the team. They’re excited, as they well should be, because this early adoption validates their mission to make the experience of…
  • Only a Few Weeks Removed From Their Launch, Imoji Raises $2 Million in VC

    Will Schmidt
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I recently penned an article about Imoji and how they’ve been working to offer their users a refreshing twist on the traditional text message and selfie pic. A big part of my original story was how much traction and attention the Imoji platform has built up – they’re only a few weeks removed from their official launch. That traction has gotten them some major attention from organizations like the San Francisco Giants, but it’s also pulled the eyes of some venture capital. Forbes today published an article about how Imoji has just closed a $2 million round of funding.
  • What 29 Entrepreneurs Eat for Lunch

    Kira M. Newman
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    This is a follow-up to “What 50+ Entrepreneurs Eat for Breakfast” – read about all the smoothies, eggs, and granola here. When I was working in an office, one of my coworkers had a rule: you’re not allowed to start thinking about lunch until 10, and you’re not allowed to each lunch until 11. Thinking about lunch before 10 leads to distraction; eating before 11 leads to afternoon starvation. Lunch for startups may not be the heavenly blessing that it is in a boring 9-5 job, but it’s still pretty close. (I don’t know about you, but I definitely start…
  • Why the Washington Post’s Affiliate Links Are a Good Thing

    Guest Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    PandoDaily’s Paul Carr is fired up about links. Not just any links, but Amazon affiliate links that are now being included in journalistic content from the Washington Post – another company that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns. Some believe the sky is falling, as this is the end of “editorial independence.” I’m fired up, too. I think this is an absolutely brilliant move by the Post, but, I must admit, I’m biased because I’ve spent the last six years eating and breathing affiliate links. Why do I think the inclusion of affiliate links is a good move by the Post? Glad you asked! I…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • Lionel Messi Or 'Hot Lips' Kramer, Secrecy Can Spell Tax Evasion

    Robert W. Wood
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Code Words, Cash, Bearer Shares, Travelers Checks & Other Stealth Moves Can Be Self-Defeating, Making Your Conduct Look Far More Culpable. Avoiding Tax Evasion Is All About Transparency.
  • 14 Tips to Become a More Persuasive Interviewer

    Ken Sundheim
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    1 Be Approachable and Likable.  People want to work with those whom they like.  Therefore, the last thing you want to do is come across as rigid or overly demanding.  Go with the flow.
  • Deconstructing Management Fees In Alternative Funds

    Timothy Spangler
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Without a doubt, money is the primary driving factor in private equity and hedge funds. Lucrative fees are paid to talented fund managers by investors eager to earn high returns on their investments. Although much attention is paid to the 20% incentive allocation paid to successful managers, either in the form of “carried interest” for private equity funds or “performance fees” for hedge funds, management fees can provide for substantial revenue streams, especially as these funds grow bigger and bigger.
  • Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Loses Fight For Marshall Millions

    Daniel Fisher
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Dannielynn Marshall loses her last chance at winning money from the estate of her mother's husband, J. Howard Marshall II.
  • 7 Objections Against SEO (And Why They Aren't True)

    John Rampton
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Search traffic rocks. Even though just two years ago only 44% of shoppers began their purchase by using a search engine (Interconnected World: Shopping and Personal Finance, 2012), today I am sure this number is a lot higher. Moreover, 70% of these people click on organic listings instead of Adwords ads when looking for products (Marketing Sherpa 2012). Lastly, according to the same source, 76% of B2B companies receive 350% more leads from SEO than PPC (14% SEO vs 4% from PPC).
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Savvy Entrepreneurs Plan Both Business And Product

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Serious investors, on the other hand, look for a professional business plan or summary first, and hardly ever look at the product plan. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek? Just for clarification, I characterize a product plan as a formal description of your product or service, with a quick business description at the end for effect. A business plan is a careful layout of the…
  • 5 Clues To Investor-Friendly Financial Estimates

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with financial projections, not wanting to commit to numbers they can’t deliver, and having no clue what investors might consider reasonable. However, making no projections, or non-credible projections will get your startup marked as unfundable. I recommend a simple set of guidelines, which work for at least 80% of the business domains I see. Equally important, you need to make these projections first as goals for your own use, to convince the team as well as investors that you have a business which is achievable. Projecting the financials should be the last step…
  • Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Need High-Tech Partners

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are falling deeper and deeper in the hole. Even if they realize that they need real technical strength at the top, they are not sure how to attract and select the talent and expertise they really need. Should they go after high-tech nerds for partners, or professional technologists? The right answer for a good business partner today is neither of the above. Startups succeed most often when the founding partners know how to build and run a business, rather than how to build and run…
  • Investor Secrets For Smart Competitive Positioning

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises a big red flag with potential investors, who conclude that no competitors means no market, or you haven’t looked, and the new startup is likely not investable. They are looking for startups that have a sustainable advantage over direct and indirect competitor offerings, as well as obvious value to customers living without your product today. First to market, for example, is not normally a…
  • Every Small Business Founder Needs An Advisor

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Sponsored by VISA Business Friends tell you what you want to hear. Advisors tell you what you need to hear. When the message is the same from both, you don’t need the advisor anymore. In that sense, you should think of an advisor more like your mentor who has done all he can. You always need the friend. Also don’t confuse a business advisor with a business coach. An advisor’s aim is to teach you what to do and how, in specific situations, unlike a coach who helps you develop your generic skills for deciding what to do and how. The advisor helps the entrepreneur fill an experience gap,…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Robin Williams on the TED stage

    Garr
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC's "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage. When they went live with the show there appeared to be a major technical problem followed by several moments of dead air. As my friend Patrick Newell recalled the incident to me today (Patrick was in the audience that day), someone in the back of the room started heckling and dropping f-bombs, wondering why they can't get the technology to work at a technology conference. At first the audience was stunned but then broke into uproarious laughter…
  • 7 things good communicators must not do

    Garr
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    In this simple but informative TED Talk, Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list. They are not the only elements that can derail effective communication, but it is a good list from which to start. "I call them seven sins somewhat tongue in cheek," Julian says in the comments section on the TED Website. "I am not saying these things are bad or wrong, simply that they tend to make it harder for people to listen, especially when they become habits." Yes, suggesting that one avoid…
  • George Takei's bold story at TEDxKyoto

    Garr
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life. The famed Star Trek actor, activist, and social media star was in town recently to give a remarkable talk as part of a very special TEDxKyoto event. I was invited to watch the rehearsal just before the live event, so I arrived early and grabbed a front row seat. George did not give a speech in the traditional sense. There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George obviously was reciting the speech from memory—his live version was exactly the same as in the rehearsal—but the speech did not seem…
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

    Garr
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

    Garr
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens. Last week, Richard Dunn, a lighting designer in corporate entertainment who is originally from Canada, was heading back to his current home in Georgia from Las Vegas. But after volunteering to get bumped off his 11:00pm flight home, he found himself with seven hours to kill before the next flight out at 6:00am the next day. So what to do? Many people would…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!] Great Demo! Public Workshop

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Our next Great Demo! Public Workshop will take place October 15-16 – registration and additional information can be found at http://skmcohan141015-cohan.eventbrite.comThis is a 1.5-Day Workshop, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! material and the morning of the second day addressing more advanced topics and techniques.Public Workshops take place in San Jose, California, in conjunction with the folks at SKMurphy.  They are excellent opportunities for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. We’ve found that these sessions are most productive…
  • Uses (and Cautions) of Recorded Demos

    Peter E. Cohan
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Recorded demos offer some wonderful opportunities for delivering content – but need to be used with careful regards to your objectives and customer situations.  Here are a few quick guidelines to contemplate:Training:  -        Excellent application.  -        Recorded demos can provide guided instructions on learning software:  “Here’s how to….”  This is a terrific use for recorded demos, since the use scenarios tend to be reasonably consistent – they should focus on the high-probability tasks…
  • Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention Team

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention TeamOrThe Curse of the Hunter-Farmer ModelAre your sales teams traditional, better or truly great?  Contemplate the following (ugly) scenario:  A customer calls his sales person to ask for help implementing software he purchased recently – there seems to be a mismatch regarding the capabilities delivered vs. what he expected…He leaves a voicemail message, but hears nothing back from the sales rep.  He then calls customer service and describes his problem (again) to them.  Customer service promises to look…
  • When the Best Solution Is NOT Your Offering

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Have you ever found, when doing Discovery with a prospect, that the problem they face may not be best addressed by your offering – that another organization’s product would be better choice for them?  Do you go ahead and propose your offering anyway or do you suggest a solution from another company?  (Note – I’m not talking about direct competitors’ products, but other non-direct competitor alternatives…)A few thoughts:First, the quest for rapid revenue may not be the right choice, particularly if the main problem faced by the customer requires capabilities that you…
  • (Warning – Shameless Self Promotion Alert!) Great Demo! Intro Video

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    It’s my pleasure to offer this brief video intro to the Great Demo! methodology:  http://goo.gl/dL72VJ It provides a sample of the key ideas – an appetizer, not the full meal…!   Please contact me if you are interested in exploring further.I want to thank Demos on Demand for this video.  They provide an advanced B2B video platform that’s specifically designed for technology markets—and they do a wonderful job recording demos and whiteboards—really great stuff!
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    youngentrepreneurfoundation.wordpress.com

  • 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…
  • How to Pitch a Business – (or yourself): Top Tips from an Expert

    kathykormanfrey
    28 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    An entrepreneur’s worst nightmare is that people drool when they tell someone about their business. (But, not in a good way. More like a catatonic way.) That is sooooo booooring Or, that they share something they consider so interesting about their business and – in return – get the “doe in headlights” look. Pitching, the Right Way. In the NFIB YEF Entrepreneur in the Classroom, one of the key steps in Module 2 is Pitching Your Business Idea. But, how can we make that pitch the most interesting and effective possible? Here are top tips from a globally-known “Intrigue…
  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for… Lemonade?

    mollyvyoung
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s almost summer, which means educators across the country need to find a way to engage their students in creative and fun ways. As a way to teach entrepreneurship, why not have your students engage in a lemonade stand? Spring weather is great inspiration for both student salesmen and potential customers. How should an educator go about teaching entrepreneurship through a lemonade stand? Here are 5 easy steps: 1. Do market research. Is lemonade the right thing to sell? Is there another refreshment that will sell better? Who will their target audience be? How much should they charge for…
  • Leadership Exercises for Students

    kathykormanfrey
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Below is a leadership exercise from a nationally award-winning entrepreneurship class at the George Washington University in DC. This is an exclusive exercise designed developed to help bridge a leader’s vision of role model and mentors with their own vision, and is loosely based on a Harvard School of Education institutional problem-solving paradigm. Please click HERE for audio from exercise creator Kathy Korman Frey walking you through the exercise. Exercise steps:   Step 1: Aspirational Leader – Example Who is an “aspirational leader” to you? This could be…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Nirmidas Biotech Finds $2M

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    San Francisco-based Nirmidas Biotech, a company developing technology for detecting disease biomarkers, has raised $2m in a seed funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • ScriptRock Takes $8.7M For DevOps Monitoring Tools

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Mountain View-based ScriptRock, a developer of DevOps configuration monitoring tools said today that it has raised $8.7M in a Series A funding. The funding came from August Capital, and also included Valar Ventures and Square Peg Capital.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Skyera Loads Up With More Funding

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    San Jose-based flash storage array developer Skyera said that it has raised an additional amount of capital from its investors, as part of an expansion of its previous, $51.6M funding round. Size of the new investment, and source of that investment, was not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Comprehend Gets $21M For Clinical Trial Management Software

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    Redwood City-based Comprehend, a developer of data software used for clinical trial management, has raised $21M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and also included Sequoia Capital. Lightspeed's Peter Nieh joins the company's board.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Yahoo Buys ClarityRay

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Yahoo said last week that it has acquired ClarityRay, an Israeli developer of ad-malware detection and prevention tools. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ClarityRay said that the buy will enable the mass scaling of its technology. READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • UnLtd USA Selects First Cohort of Impact Entrepreneurs

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems, has selected its first cohort. Six impact enterprises have been chosen to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support. The entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants and went through a rigorous selection process that included pitching to two Final Selection Panels composed of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The year-long program kicks off in September. Entrepreneurs will receive seed funding, on-going mentorship and training from the…
  • Famigo Grows Network of Pre-Loaded Mobile Devices, Adds Two New Samsung Tablets

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Famigo, a company providing safer experiences for children on mobile devices, now comes preloaded via the Android platform on two new and popular tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Families can access educational entertainment—with new content added daily for constant engagement—and use Famigo’s optional child lock to keep tablets family-safe.
  • Parqer Brings Cashless Valet to Austin

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    A new, better way to pay, Parqer is an exciting new app enabling consumers to pay their valet through their mobile app. Simple, safe, and fast—no cash necessary. Founded by a University of Texas alum, Parqer launched in Dallas in May and has quickly expanded across the city and to locations in Arlington, Houston, and now - Austin.
  • Austin Technology Incubator SEAL Program Concludes with Industry-First Virtual Decision Day

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), part of the IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin, invites the public to attend the Virtual Decision Day of its summer accelerator for UT Austin student startups. Eleven of the most highly prospective UT Austin startups will present on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT. Each startup spent the summer working with mentors to arrive at a critical decision: go all-in or kill this venture and head back to the drawing board. Presentations will be live streamed here. The audience is encouraged to engage online with the founders in…
  • Austin Startup DrillingEdge.com Targets Upstream Oil and Gas Data as a Service

    Bryan Menell
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Austin entrepreneurs Jeff Chambers and Marshall Capps, Co-Founders of DrillingEdge.com, a data as a service platform, are simplifying the upstream oil and gas data market and taking it to the masses.
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • 9 Types and 6 Tips for Vine Video Marketing

    Linda Bustos
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    A few years back, I posted 17 styles of Twitter updates for online retailers, from branding to customer care to “transactional” tweets. Absent from that list (because it didn’t exist) was micro-video from Vine and Instagram.The micro-video format has a few different useful applications for brand and ecommerce content marketers, but is still fairly underused, perhaps due to its perceived difficulty to produce good content. But done well, they may be more attention grabbing, persuasive and shareworthy than some of your text-only social updates.If you’re looking for…
  • Are Your Cross-sells Killing Conversion?

    Linda Bustos
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    It’s generally believed that product recommendations on ecommerce sites increase conversion and average order value.But according to e-tailing group’s 16th Annual Merchant Survey, 59% of retailers don’t know what kind of conversion rates they achieve when shoppers preview upsells or cross-sells on product pages. When you consider that 9% don’t use such merchandising, that adjusts to 65% of those that do. And cart pages are not far behind.With so many retailers not measuring the effectiveness of product recommendations, we can imagine how few are testing and optimizing their…
  • 10 Ways to Use Psychology to Convert Customers [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    This week’s featured infographic examines the psychology of conversion optimization, from pricing to verbiage to segmentation.Via Helpscout
  • 3 Ways to Handle Email Unsubscribe

    Linda Bustos
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Nobody likes to cut an email subscriber loose, but when someone wants to go…you gotta let ‘em go.But it doesn’t mean the customer relationship is over. Some email defectors may simply just want to reduce their inbox clutter. A common tactic is to ask if the customer wishes to reduce the frequency of your emails, and many marketers remind customers that they can alternatively stay in touch through social networks.Mobile alerts, though more invasive, are another alternative, as are calls-to-action to download an app.It’s important to keep in mind that the design and…
  • Own Your Code: 10 Ways to Prevent Coupon Abuse

    Linda Bustos
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    For many online retailers, a world without coupon codes and promotions is unimaginable. Unless you have a brand unaffected by Amazon, coupons are likely part of your merchandising toolkit.As we’ve covered on Get Elastic in the past, coupon codes can cost you more than the margin you give away with the discount. Savvy customers know they can find coupon codes in Google, and even when not referred by these affiliates, will use them, causing you to pay out extra to affiliates, muddy your marketing attribution, and train customers to always find codes this way.Suppressing the coupon box in…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

    Tim Berry
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on “do what you love.” It’s radio audio, about seven minutes long. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the <a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”>Small Business…
  • Spot Quiz: What Percent of Small Business Owners Manage Cash Flow

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
 
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • Sales Letter Copywriting Cheat Sheet

    Pete Williams
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I can still remember the first and most powerful lesson in the science of copywriting I ever learnt.  I was in Year 10 or 11 of high school (that’s sophomore or junior for our North American friends), and my buddy Martin S. was writing some posters we were going to stick up around campus to get volunteers for a project. As we were trying to brainstorm what to put on the posters he said, “Well, we want as many people to read this as possible, so why not write ‘FREE BEER?’ It will at least get attention that way.” Now that powerful lesson wasn’t how to…
  • Copywriting, Sales Games + September Marketing Ideas [Noise Reduction .77]

    florence
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    “I’ve always believed writing ads is the second most-profitable form of writing. The first is ransom notes…” - Phil Dusenberry Hey Gang, As you may have seen, we’re having a little sales, influence and copywriting focus here in the Preneur Community at the moment… and that’s spilling over to today’s Noise Reduction below. Now, have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or international holiday, an awareness week, a cultural celebration, or a lead-up to a major sporting event? Have…
  • September 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know that 7 – 13 September 2014 is Migraine Awareness Week? Now, before you think of a million and one smarmy responses to that revelation, think about he marketing possibilities for such a week. As a solutions provider to your customers, you could put a clever spin on the oft maligned migraine by positioning your marketing efforts to offer relief for your customers’ headaches. Okay, so maybe that examples a little too easy, but there’s plenty of merit to the idea. Have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or…
  • Compelling Surveys & Questionnaires, Healthy Passwords & Lead Magnet Examples [Noise Reduction .76]

    florence
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang, I can’t wait for you all to hear some of the new podcast interviews I’ve been recording this week. As our active PreneurCast listeners would know, Dom and I are taking a short break from publishing new episodes, and rebroadcasting some of the best shows from our 3-year catalogue. But we’ll be back with all-new shows very shortly, including two I recorded this week: one with the direct-marketing legend behind the BluBlocker Sunglasses, Joe Sugarman, and one with Phil Barham, who is the man responsible for the My Family Sticker phenomenon. Until then, I hope…
  • Crafting compelling surveys and questionnaires [Opt-Ins and Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Client reconnaissance. Cool phrase, right? But what does it mean? “Preliminary surveying or research” is the strict answer, of course. And now that we’ve said that, you are likely to already know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you should be learning as much as you can about every lead that enters into your sales funnel. That may tempt you to put surveys allover your various webpages – and you no doubt see lots of businesses doing that. Buy something; hit with a survey. Complain about something; offered a survey. Read a FAQ entry; treated to a survey. Take a survey; how…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
  • The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
 
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    ArcticStartup

  • Estonian Public Transportation soon accessible with NFC chipped Driftband

    Rafael Lemarchand
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Some months ago we had a chat with Mihkel Tali, one of the co-founders of Driftband, the Estonian vision on fashion-ized NFC technology. We were well on our way on having the article pushed out, but then the launch got postponed (not to mention the website wasn’t responsive yet), and so began a long communication blackout. Fresh news kept on coming and required attention; Driftband slowly descended into the limbo of unfinished pieces. Yesterday, however, Tali got back to us with good news: Driftband is about to launch, and the website is very much up and running. Driftband is one of the…
  • Latvian social Q&A platform Ask.fm bought by Ask.com

    Marija Odineca
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Ask.fm, a Riga-based social Q&A platform where users receive anonymous questions and constitute their feed by answering them, was acquired by Ask.com on Thursday. With 180 million members in 150 countries and 40 million mobile app downloads, Ask.fm is world’s biggest Q&A social network and may seem an attractive deal. However, the unflattering publicity that Ask.fm has accumulated due to notorious stories of teenage suicides caused by anonymous cyberbullies and the abuse of platform’s anonymity by extremist organizations, makes many question whether Ask.com has made the right…
  • How should the region's startups attract London's investors? The top VCs tell us.

    Greg Anderson
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Editor's note: This post topic was sponsored by UKTI When thinking expansion, it’s clear many Nordic startups find themselves gazing at the UK, which many consider the first major stop before a full blown global (or U.S.) roll-out. However, startups need cash to keep their machinery on the move, and getting funded in the UK is a whole different story than in the Nordics. Or is it? We had our own suspicions, so we decided to do some investigation on the topic: we conducted several interviews with London-based VC’s to get our finger on the pulse of UK venture funding. We got very…
  • NaturVention raises €1.1 Million

    Greg Anderson
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    There are a few companies out there producing and maintaining walls with plants on them for interior design purposes, but Finnish startup NaturVention has taken a more scientific approach to indoor plants with the purpose of cleaning out the air. According to the company, their patented Freshwall has the air purification capacity of 6300 ordinary houseplants. Growth seems to be good for the company and as we mentioned from last week's article on Butterfly Ventures' H1 2014 activity, NaturVention has raised a €1.1 million round led by Sitra, with participation by Butterfly Ventures, Oy…
  • Hunt Yourself a new Job for the Upcoming Winter

    Rafael Lemarchand
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    It’s been a while since we wrapped up the open positions available in our startup region, so we figured it’s about time we straightened that out. If you’re interested in being part of the ever growing infogr.am team in Riga, Latvia, now’s your chance to do so (we've heard they’re going to open a fully equipped new office in downtown so you’ll be working in the hottest locale available as well): Product Manager Developer Sales Executive Marketing Associate (keep in mind this position is available in San Francisco) Helsinki has the following jobs to offer: WikiWebGuides Group:…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Prithly

    public
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Company / App Name: Prithly https://www.prithly.com Twitter – prithly What does it do? Prithly is a marketplace of models for 3D printers, where users can find free or low-cost models designed by professionals and designers can earn money from each model sold. Why do we need it? 3D printers are really useful, but most of us don’t know how to create 3D models. Prithly allows you to take advantage of your printer and download models created by professionals. And if you are a designer, you can earn some extra money Who is it for? Everyone that has a 3D printer or that is interested…
  • Pitch for Todoed

    public
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Company / App Name: Todoed http://weblab.preseed.in/projects/todoed/ Twitter – Todoed_pwl What does it do? Turn any text into task with just one right click. Todoed helps you and your coworkers to have a raw todo list while chatting, a way of quickly delegating tasks by highlighting and right clicking on any text, anywhere on the browser. Why do we need it? Users needs to coordinate with teams via mobile, where communication happens happens via fb chat, emails and similar tools. Todoed suffices as the first point of reference for organizing your tasks, being the fastest to-do listing…
  • Pitch for Rice

    public
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Company / App Name: Rice http://getmyrice.com Twitter – @getmyrice What does it do? Rice is a location-based marketplace for trading things with people around you. Users send and receive offers to each other using items they’ve uploaded to the app. Accepted offers become chats! Why do we need it? Post your things and let the offers roll in. Find out what people are trading in your neighbourhood! Who is it for? Rice is for anyone with more stuff than they need. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Rice features a beautiful user interface. It only shows you what’s around…
  • Pitch for BusyFlag

    public
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Company / App Name: BusyFlag http://www.busyflag.com What does it do? BusyFlag is a web application to help team members let each other know when they’re busy and when they’re available. It provides a simple status page for each user to check a colleague’s status before interrupting them. Why do we need it? Interruptions are highly detrimental to the productivity of knowledge workers who are trying to concentrate, yet many interruptions are not urgent and can wait until a more convenient time. Who is it for? BusyFlag is for teams that want to respect their member’s…
  • Pitch for Livegap Charts Builder

    public
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Company / App Name: Livegap Charts Builder http://charts.livegap.com Twitter – LiveGapCharts What does it do? LiveGap Charts Builder is a free online tool for quickly creating charts (9 different Chart Type) when you enter your data into the spreadsheet that appears. Your chart will change to reflect your data as you type. Why do we need it? Free,Online, Easily , Simple, get Good charts Who is it for? Build Charts Online What makes it stand out from the crowd? Lot Of setting to custmozize your charts. What’s next? add Gallery for charts. Pitch Video http://charts.livegap.com
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Finding your Startup’s Addressable Market

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    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.  Although researching a market is one of the first steps to building a company, not understanding the products viability within the actual addressable market can lead to failure down the road despite how well other aspects of the business are executed. Josh Konowe is the founder and CEO of Uppidy.com. He is an advisor to several companies, and in his spare time grades student start-up…
  • What is an Angel Investor?

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Often times, entrepreneurs feel that their idea or company will need funding, whether it is to produce a tangible product on a small scale, or to create an app or service. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think (See: Bootstrapping) the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what type of funding that you may need, it is important to discover what type of funding options you have. In our Startup Funding…
  • Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with new ways to monetize users. The Founder Institute, in conjunction with the PayPal Startup Blueprint Program, wants to support entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas on monetization. As a result, we are announcing the "Startup Blueprint Scholarship"…
  • Have a Startup Idea? Get Online Feedback from Silicon Valley on Wednesday

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either through text or on screen in a video conference. Adeo will provide blunt and detailed feedback on the idea, the pitch and the business. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.
  • Important Startup HR Lessons

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    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.  Your company is only as good as the people building it.  Hiring the right people is an expensive and time consuming process that is crucial to the success of a company.  In the video below, Janet Van Pelt explains that “hiring great people is expensive, but hiring bad people is very expensive,” so it is important to invest the time, and energy upfront in the…
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    OnlyOnce

  • How to Manage Your Career

    Matt Blumberg
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I gave a presentation to a few hundred Return Path employees in January at an all-hands conference we did called “How to Manager Your Career.” The presentation has three sections — The Three Phases of a Career, How to Get Promoted, and How to Wow Your Manager. While it’s not as good without the voiceover and interactivity, I thought I’d post it here…see the presentation on Slideshare. As I said to my audience, if there’s one thing to take away from the topic, it’s this: Managing your career is up to one, and only one person – you.  It…
  • Book Short: Best Book Ever

    Matt Blumberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Best Book Ever The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz, is the best business book I’ve ever read.  Or at least the best book on management and leadership that I’ve ever read.  Period. It’s certainly the best CEO book on the market.  It’s about 1000 times better than my book although my book is intended to be different in several ways.  I suppose they’re complementary, but if you only had time left on this planet for one book, read Ben’s first. I’m not even going to get into specifics on it, other than that Ben does a great job of telling the…
  • The Gift of Feedback, Part IV

    Matt Blumberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Gift of Feedback, Part IV I wrote a few weeks ago about my live 360 – the first time I’ve ever been in the room for my own review discussion.  I now have a development plan drafted coming out of the session, and having cycled it through the contributors to the review, I’m ready to go with it.  As I did in 2008, 2009, and 2011, I’m posting it here publicly.  This time around, there are three development items: Continue to spend enough time in-market.  In particular, look for opportunities to spend more time with direct clients.  There was a lot of discussion about this at my…
  • Book Short: Culture is King

    Matt Blumberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Culture is King Joy, Inc.:  How We Built a Workplace People Love, by Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, was a really good read. Like Remote  which I reviewed a few weeks ago, Joy, Inc. is ostensibly a book about one thing — culture — but is also full of good general advice for CEOs and senior managers. Also like Remote, the book was written by the founder and CEO of a relatively small firm that is predominately software engineers, so there are some limitations to its specific lessons unless you adapt them to your own environment. Unlike Remote, though,…
  • Democracy in Action

    Matt Blumberg
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    I went to our local high school gym last night to vote for a smallish ($12mm) school bond issue as well as another proposition I didn’t quite understand about paying for fire alarms in the schools. As is always the case in New York, I was somewhere between amused and appalled that the voting machines are pre-war vintage (possibly Civil, definitely WWI). But this election was a new experience for me. When I finished voting, I ran into a friend of ours who is on the school board, and he suggested I stick around because the polls were closing, and I’d get to hear the results. This…
 
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    Startup Houston

  • Medical Informatics: Saving Babies with JavaScript

    Tina Nazerian
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The colorful, dancing ballerina pig statues on the first level of the Texas Children’s Hospital‘s Abercrombie building provide an odd sense of visual harmony. Their floral tutus add extra shine, which is hard to come by in a building filled with sick – some of them really sick – children. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon, Samantha Jacques, Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Texas Children’s Hospital, took me to the Progressive Care Unit, to show me the importance of alarm management. As soon as we entered the hallway, I could hear numerous beeps in the…
  • A Look Inside of AMRI

    Tina Nazerian
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    AMRI, short for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute, is a fellowship program “dedicated to fostering collaboration between the open source Maker community, the DIY Bio community, and the scientific research communities. Fellows at AMRI use their familiarity with open source technology to develop tools used for forwarding scientific research. Mentors at AMRI use their background in scientific research to suggest strategies for overcoming engineering challenges encountered in development of open source technology. The goal is to use this collaboration to improve the general…
  • A Look Inside of AUGMENTe and The Future of Online Commerce

    Tina Nazerian
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    AUGMENTe TechStudio is a tech development studio that comes up with mainly augmented reality technological developments. I took an office tour with Director of Marketing Mel Mamula and learned more about their work. “It can be for businesses or customers; right now, it’s focused on businesses,” Mamula said. “The application that I probably would describe first is the seminal app for the company, and then the focus of the CX Solution Suite, or a customer experience solution suite. It’s called holistic media; it’s an app that is focused on improving the…
  • Q&A with IronYard Teacher and RailsConf Speaker Jesse Wolgamott

    Tina Nazerian
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down to speak with Jesse Wolgamott, a Ruby developer, IronYard teacher, and RailsConf speaker, about Ruby on Rails, open source, and RailsConf. Wolgamott is also involved with RailsGirls, an international, free workshop run locally in each location, that teaches women how to code in the span of two days. SH: I understand Ruby on Rails is a software framework. JW: So Ruby itself is a programming language. It was first started in Japan in 1993, it just turned 21. It existed just in Japan, just used by Japanese engineers for years. And then, in the early 2000s, Andy…
  • From a Catering Conundrum to a Startup: The Story of GrubSquad

    Tina Nazerian
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    “I was the person in charge of organizing where the food would come from, and who would pick up [what] from where,” Ogo Ifelayo said when we met at White Space Houston in the Heights last week. Ifelayo, the founder of GrubSquad, a web-based restaurant delivery service, was referring to picking up food for his family’s gatherings, including his brother’s wedding. “We probably had food from about 10 different caterers,” Ifelayo said. “So I was like, ok, and I was bringing some equipment stuff back to the event, to the people who’d cooked the food,…
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    Techstars

  • Startup Stories – Sketchfab “Having International Offices

    Megan Sweeney
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 2013 Sketchfab, a platform to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models, joined Techstars. The founders moved from Paris to New York City within a month and since the beginning Sketchfab has grown massively fast.  They started with about 50 visits to their site a day and are now 50,000+ visits a day. Below is a short video on how Sketchfab operates having international offices and an example of an interactive 3D image. Volkswagen Beetle by slavinek on Sketchfab The post Startup Stories – Sketchfab “Having International Offices appeared first on Techstars.
  • Announcing the Techstars Boston Class of 2014

    Semyon Dukach
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    We are thrilled to announce the next Techstars class in Boston! This will be the eighth Techstars program in Boston, and my first as Managing Director. Our session began this week, and will wrap up with a demo day on November 12th. We continue to be blown away with the quality of applications and love the diversity of their businesses, some of which have come to Boston from as far away as Australia, Holland, Croatia, France, Russia, and even San Francisco. This session the program includes five hardware and seven software companies that range from bringing cellular connectivity to the next…
  • No Vision All Drive

    David Cohen
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It was pretty fun to sit on stage recently with Techstars co-founder David Brown to tell our story in front of the newest class of Techstars founders in Boulder. Since it was our first time on stage together talking about how we built and sold our first company, Pinpoint Technologies, we put together a few short videos from the talk that highlight our entrepreneurial adventures. Together we’ve had successes and failures over the last 25 years, and we’ve laughed a ton along the way. Here’s the quick story: in 1993, we founded our first company, Pinpoint Technologies, which…
  • Reflections on my First Year Back at Techstars

    David Brown
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    At the one year mark of my full-time return to Techstars, I am releasing a second edition of the story of my first startup, called “No Vision All Drive” to include the founding of Techstars. In writing the update, I find myself reflecting on how much has changed since my return. When I co-founded Techstars in 2007 along with David Cohen, Brad Feld and Jared Polis, we set out to create a new model of how startups were created and funded. The idea was born from experiences of starting our own businesses and the frustrations we had with angel investing. While I was involved in the…
  • A 14-Step Guide to Being Consistently Pitch Perfect by David Brown

    David Brown
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    At Techstars, I see lots of pitches. I get them during the application process, when I first meet the companies, when I listen to presentations meant for customers, when I listen to founders pitch to investors, when I read job descriptions and at demo day. Your pitch is your message. You deliver it to all of your constituencies — mentors, employees, investors, family and friends. It’s a misconception to think pitching is what you do just for demo day. Maybe the best advice for putting together your pitch is one of my favorite quotes, from Albert Einstein. “If you can’t…
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    Valleywag

  • Techie Apartment Complex Declares San Francisco the "Promised Land"

    Kevin Montgomery
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    NEMA hadn't even opened before the luxury apartment complex became the recipient of San Francisco's collective scorn. The complex , which is conveniently nuzzled between the headquarters of Twitter, Square, and Uber, attempted to rename the poverty-stricken Mid-Market neighborhood "New Market"—ostensibly to help its posh residents forget they were paying $3,388/month for a one bedroom outside of homeless camps. Now NEMA is erecting an art piece entitled "Promised Land" along Market Street.Read more...
  • Uber Launches Corner Store Delivery In D.C.'s Whitest Neighborhoods

    Nitasha Tiku
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    It's been a busy day for Uber. In addition to adding a presidential mastermind to the payroll, the company also began an "experimental" delivery service called Corner Store "rolling out first to DC area customers." According to ThinkProgress, those customers all have something in common. (Spoiler: they're white.)Read more...
  • Legendary Investor Has No Idea If Delivery Apps Will Ever Be Profitable

    Kevin Montgomery
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Silicon Valley loves reviving the dead . Whether it's propping up publishing or resuscitating mobile app incubators , investors are hellbent pumping money into yesteryear's financial fiascos. And no where is that Culture of Resurrection quite as apparent as it is in the on-demand delivery market.Read more...
  • Obama Mastermind David Plouffe Is Now Uber's Machiavelli

    Sam Biddle
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    In 2008, David Plouffe helped Barack Obama win one of the most pivotal elections in American history. Today, he just announced he's going full-time at Uber , helping the transit startup try to conquer the world.Read more...
  • I Went To A Magical Kickstarter Party And All I Got Was So Much Bacon

    Nitasha Tiku
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    There is a mystical place in San Francisco where whiskey drinks are made with marshmallows, salads contain pork three ways, rows of grilled cheese are constantly replenished, and the pale beer option is saison. All of it is free. People are healthy as fuck. It's as if everyone stepped out of a PacSun commercial. Read more...
 
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  • RECOMMENDED READING

    John Ingrisano
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    FOR THE CHRISTIAN BUSINESS PERSON If you’re in business – a sales professional, manager, or entrepreneur – you read how-to books.  And the first thing you check out is the subject’s or the author’s credentials.  Makes sense.  After all, you don’t want biz advice from a person best known because “he once ran a lemonade stand; it failed.”  No, you want to hear from someone who knows the game. Well, how about a business how-to book about how Jesus would do it?  That’s what you’ll get in Dennis E. Hensley’s Jesus in the 9 to 5.  Hensley, the director of professional…
  • FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED

    John Ingrisano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    MY FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED As some of you know, I have been working on a novel about the sex trade.The working title is Daughters of an Abandoned Civilization.  It is more than half done and coming along nicely.  Along the way, I have also been carving out free-standing short stories and submitting them for publication.  Though a professional writer for around 40 year, I have never had any fiction published.  No takers … until now. So, I am pleased – more like delighted and thrilled – to announce that, finally, one of my stories, “The Prostitute,” has been accepted and…
  • MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU

    John Ingrisano
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    by John R. Ingrisano Think of networking as mostly free, word-of-mouth, marketing.  Here are some ideas to make networking work for you: Be in touch.  Thanks to email, it’s never been easier to stay connected with clients and prospects.  Send out very, very short mini-newsletters (200 words at the most) once a month or so to remind them you’re still around. Be involved.  Join organizations — Lions, Optimists, etc. —  in your local community.  The personal and professional relationships are priceless. Polish your elevator talk.  Be prepared to tell people who you are and…
  • PRACTICE EXCEPTIONALISM

    John Ingrisano
    12 Jun 2013 | 10:34 am
    by John Ingrisano The Freestyle Entrepreneur We remember exceptionalism … and the people who do the exceptional. We remember the bad stuff:  Recently, while talking to a cell phone company representative, I was told I needed a ton and a half of special add-ons that would more than double the cost I was told I would pay.  I spent more time deflecting aggressive sales tactics than I did actually learning about what services were best for me and my business.  It was an unpleasant experience, at best.  I will avoid going through it again with that company, and I certainly will not…
  • OFFER: FREE PRESENTATION OR WORKSHOP

    John Ingrisano
    3 Jan 2013 | 7:46 am
    HERE’S A FREE OFFER … WITH A FEW STRINGS ATTACHED:  Do you need a quality keynote or motivational business presentation for your 2013 annual meeting?  Or a speaker for a sales or customer service session or after-dinner talk?  An established business journalist, public speaker and sales trainer, I am giving away a free one-hour program to the first two responders.  If you represent a business or business organizations (such as a Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Rotary, etc.), you are eligible to accept this offer. This offer is valued at more than $3,000.  And it is free.  TWO…
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  • Business Resources that Simplify Your Workflow

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q: What are some business resources you’ve used that has helped you run or launch projects for your internet home-based business? Which ones can you not do without? Cindy Bidar from The […]
  • Homepreneurs Talk: Proudest Business Accomplishments

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q is: What aspect of your business, products or services are you most proud of and why? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: One of the things I pride myself on, is being […]
  • The Balancing Act Between Life and Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Q: How do you manage your personal and business life while working from home? What have you learned about the concept of work-life balance as it pertains to your business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get […]
  • What Is The Best Way to Get New Customers?

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: Q: What medium has proven to be the most successful for attracting clients and customers for your home business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get It Together says: The best medium for me over […]
  • How The Pros Make Real Money Online (From Home)

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q: Can you describe your business model and income streams? How has it evolved since you started? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: As long as I can remember, I’ve relied on multiple […]
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    BootstrapME

  • Comprehending Customer Relationship Management

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Yоur аbіlіtу tо еffесtіvеlу mаnаgе уоur сuѕtоmеr rеlаtіоnѕhір wіll dеtеrmіnе hоw fаr уоu саn gо іn buѕіnеѕѕ. Thіѕ іѕ bесаuѕе Cuѕtоmеr Rеlаtіоnѕhір Mаnаgеmеnt (CRM) іѕ аn оrgаnіzеd рrосеdurе оf kееріng trасk оf соntасtѕ аnd соnvеrѕаtіоn wіth уоur сuѕtоmеrѕ. In bіg соmраnіеѕ, vаrіоuѕ dераrtmеntѕ dеаl wіth thе ѕаmе сuѕtоmеrѕ аnd іt іѕ іmреrаtіvе fоr thеm tо ѕhаrе іnfоrmаtіоn wіth еасh оthеr. Aѕ а rеѕult оf thіѕ, CRM…
  • Content Management System Overview

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Sіnсе thе bеgіnnіng оf thе іnfоrmаtіоn аgе thеrе hаѕ bееn а ѕtrugglе bеtwееn IT аnd, wеll, еvеrуbоdу еlѕе іn thе соrроrаtе іnfrаѕtruсturе. Thе fасt іѕ thаt mоѕt buѕіnеѕѕ mаnаgеrѕ dоn’t undеrѕtаnd whаt thе аvеrаgе IT реrѕоn dоеѕ, nоr dо thеу wаnt tо trу tо. Thіѕ lеаdѕ tо undеrѕtаffеd аnd оvеrwоrkеd IT ѕtаff аnd а lаrgе сhаѕm bеtwееn IT аnd оthеr dераrtmеntѕ. I rеmеmbеr уеаrѕ аgо thеrе wаѕ аn аrtісlе іn аn IT іnduѕtrу mаgаzіnе thаt…
  • Cloud Applications

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Aѕ lоng аѕ уоu hаvе аn Intеrnеt соnnесtіоn, сlоud аррlісаtіоnѕ аnd сlоud-bаѕеd ѕеrvісеѕ аrе ѕuрроѕеd tо bе јuѕt а fеw сlісkѕ аwау – аnd thеу uѕuаllу аrе. Hоwеvеr, thе рublіс Intеrnеt іѕn’t nесеѕѕаrіlу thе fаѕtеѕt dеlіvеrу орtіоn оut thеrе. Nоt оnlу саn ѕеrvісе bе ѕроttу, ѕluggіѕh аnd іnсоnѕіѕtеnt Intеrnеt реrfоrmаnсе mеаnѕ ѕluggіѕh аnd іnсоnѕіѕtеnt аррlісаtіоn реrfоrmаnсе. Fоrtunаtеlу, іt іѕ роѕѕіblе tо…
  • Business Web Solutions

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sеаrсh еngіnе орtіmіzаtіоn, ѕеаrсh еngіnе mаrkеtіng, PPC, аnd орtіmіzеd wеbѕіtе dеѕіgn, thеѕе ѕеrvісеѕ аrе mеаnt fоr thе rісh аnd thе fаmоuѕ, іѕn’t іt? Wrоng. Tоdау, thеrе аrе іnnоvаtіvе аnd соmрrеhеnѕіvе ѕmаll buѕіnеѕѕ wеb ѕоlutіоnѕ thаt саtеr tо thе еvеr grоwіng SMB соmmunіtу. Thе fіrѕt аnd nоtісеаblе dіffеrеnсе bеіng thаt іt wоn’t соѕt уоu аn аrm аnd а lеg tо hіrе thеѕе соmраnіеѕ. Sесоndlу, thеѕе соmраnіеѕ оffеr…
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • Teachers Educate the Future Leaders

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
  • Some Financial Tips for Youngs

    JohnnyG
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Those that are going out in the world today may have some trouble getting by. It’s different when you live at home with your parents. You don’t have to worry about paying bills, buying and preparing food, or dealing with a lot of the challenges that adulthood throws at you. Even if you have a job through your high school years, chances are you still didn’t have as much responsibility as you probably do now. So what kind of financial tips can young people who are just starting out on their own use? The most important thing is that now that you’re an adult, you have financial…
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  • What you know vs Who you know

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I remember growing up having people tell me it’s all about who you know in life and business. I always thought it was kinda weird that it could work in your favour by just knowing people who could help you, especially if you happened to be a fool. Surely domain knowledge mattered more? And here is what I found out, they both have value. But what has even more value is when we use which ever we have more of to improve on the other. This tends to happen when we learn from those we’re lucky enough to know, or use our knowledge to help whoever we meet. NEW BOOK – THE GREAT…
  • Don’t be a resume

    Steve Sammartino
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The order of events in our careers and entrepreneurial endeavours is particularly important. Let’s take the resume. A truncated tiny nano percentage microcosm of a persons capability. And yet people put it in front of decision makers to sell themselves. The moment we do this the person reading the resume is looking for a reason not to like what they see. We are just one of possibly hundreds of the same thing, and the natural inclination of the reviewer is to ‘cut the numbers’.  On the flip side, when we meet someone in person, we are a human. They are also a human.
  • It’s already been done, or has it?

    Steve Sammartino
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    As soon as we think of an amazing startup idea the first thing we often do is trawl the internet to see if someone has already built the app, the service ,the hardware device. We want to know if it has already been done. Oft times, we are deflated to find out it has been. But if we have to search, has it really been done? If no one knows about a concept in market it raises a lot of interesting questions: Did they execute well against the idea? Is their product good, but the distribution poor? If the distribution is poor, does that mean the product is actually bad? If the distribution is poor,…
  • The tale of 2 bathrooms

    Steve Sammartino
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I spend a fair amount of time in large corporations – helping them transition from the industrial era to the technology era. I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes you can see the future of the organisation based on subtle hints in the physical environment. And hence the title of this post. Two different organisations I visited had signs on their bathroom cubicle walls which told me all I needed to know about these companies and their prospects. Bathroom 1 “Did you bring your best self to work today? Can you show us something new and amazing we haven’t thought…
  • The Autonomous Corporation

    Steve Sammartino
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Tonight I’ll be doing a presentation at the amazing  building above. The new Docklands Library – a library…. the original internet of knowledge transfer. It’s for the Future Crunch event, and I’ll be doing a talk I’ve never done before: The Autonomous Corporation: It’s kinda Star Trek. A short 20 minute presentation which will cover a few of these thought jams: Language is a technology Corporations are a form of technology Technology removes human labour Technology is designed to  serve humans Technology is a form of biology Corporations need to…
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    Springwise

  • Debit card holds both cash and virtual currencies

    Springwise
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Add / Remove The traditional wallet is under threat. Last year, we wrote about Coin, the credit card-sized device that stores up to 8 cards at once and can be used in their place. Now Shift has introduced a card that lets users pay with both traditional bank accounts, loyalty points and virtual currencies. The card appears and operates much like a standard debit card, except it’s tied to a Shift account, rather than a traditional bank account. Users can load a number of their money sources onto the card — whether it’s their bank account, digital currency wallet, ripple account…
  • App translates sports fans’ cheers from the armchair to the stadium

    Springwise
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Add / Remove During the height of the Arab Spring, the Tunisian government banned crowds from gathering at games played by the soccer team C.S Hammam-Lif. To enable fans to continue supporting their team, the Mobilizing the 12th Man campaign translated virtual clapping and cheering from an app into real sound played through speakers in the stadium. Although these were special circumstances, the average fan can also be locked out of supporting their teams in person thanks to extortionate ticket prices and the cost of traveling to away games. The UK’s Fanmode is an app that enables…
  • QR code badges could help lost seniors find their way home

    Springwise
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Add / Remove QR codes are proving to be an enduring method for easily attaching digital information to physical objects, and we’ve seen them used in a variety of ways. Australia’s StrayHat has made it easier for parents to find their kids’ lost stuff with QR code labels, and now a local authority in China has now issued QR code badges to elderly people, enabling passersby to help them back to their home if they get lost. China, much like other nations, is facing the problem of an aging population as better healthcare enables people to live longer. Diseases such as dementia…
  • Stockholm tourist guide is based on the city’s most popular taxi trips

    Springwise
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Add / Remove Travel guides have undergone a huge upheaval with the advent of the web, with more tourists than ever before relying on the opinions of people like them instead of more professional reviews. We’ve even seen real-time digital data such as social media trends and Instagram photos incorporated into guides before. Now Sweden’s Taxi Trails is offering another example, displaying the most popular cab destinations in real-time to offer city suggestions for tourists. Created by Taxi Stockholm, the platform uses GPS data from the 8 million trips the company’s fleet make…
  • Smart sensor alerts homeowners of water leaks as soon as they happen

    Springwise
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Add / Remove When a pipe springs a leak, it not only damages property and wastes resources, but can result in a huge bill for homeowners — especially if it goes weeks or months undetected. We recently wrote about the Everydrop LA app, which enables vigilant citizens to report instances of water leakage to help them get fixed, and now Wally is a smart device that connects to homeowners’ water system to let them know when a leak needs fixing. Much like other smart home systems, Wally consists of up to 6 sensors that can placed around the home, all of which report back to a central hub…
 
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    entrepreMusings

  • A Trip of a Lifetime – Sri Lanka

    Aruni
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Yes, the elephants did strike back!  The trip was amazing and despite me thinking I might have time to type up some blog posts on the plane, sleep, kids, and other distractions (free movies) got in the way. I think we took close to 900 photos in the many cities and tourist sites that we went to on the island.  The kid’s impressed me with their ability to tolerate the long travel and long days with different eating schedules.  I guess that means it was the perfect age for them to go! Last Friday I hosted a slideshow for the folks where I work (Querium).  Lots of people showed up in…
  • Elephants Strike Back

    Aruni
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Phone booths in DubaiThe title of this post comes from my son with affirmation from my daughter.  We are on a journey back to my homeland and plan to see and ride an elephant or two.  As usual, life has been busy and all the blog post ideas that fleet across my mind, never end up making it into a proper post.  I’m hoping that while we are on  numerous airplanes and airports that I will have a few moments to write up some posts to share after we return. I’m writing this post from the Dubai airport in a lounge that has WiFi included.  Thank goodness for WiFi and modern…
  • Magellan International School’s Entry for the Gigabot 3D Printer Giveaway. Happy Father’s Day!

    Aruni
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    My son’s 6th grade class at the Magellan International School, that was founded 5 years ago, is attempting to win a 3D Printer in the The Great Big Gigabot Giveaway!  Their video entry is on Vimeo here:  http://vimeo.com/97991510.  I was trying to find a way to embed the video, but it doesn’t work like YouTube so I included a photo of one of their 3D printers instead. Please watch the video to learn how they plan to use the 3D printer to design and create toys for children at an area hospitals or shelters as part of their community service endeavors.  Then please go to to…
  • Songs In The Wild

    Aruni
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I finally faced a big fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be indifferent about.  It’s been a multi-year endeavor, and I published them online via DistroKid back in March 2014.  Getting them on the sites below was the easiest part of this whole endeavor and apparently I’ve made $10.50 on them in March and April!  There’s a two month lag in reporting sales via DistroKid.  I wasn’t sure I’d even get $5, so I’m excited about the extra $5.50 that I can use to buy lottery tickets! I didn’t create the songs…
  • Thinking about Thinking

    Aruni
    31 May 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Thankfully, my life has been very busy with many good and sometimes challenging opportunities.  It’s kind of like waking up with a new puzzle at your feet almost every morning and thinking to yourself that someone must have decided that you love solving puzzles but they forgot to clue you in that you like them.   By the end of the day, you realize you do in fact like solving puzzles and you feel like you’ve accomplished something by solving part of the puzzle put at your feet that morning, but then the next morning it’s a whole new puzzle!  I think someone has done a…
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    The Next Web

  • Google adds some of Iceland’s breathtaking waterfalls and geysers to Street View

    Nick Summers
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Google has added yet more awe-inspiring imagery to its Street View repository. The latest batch of high-resolution photos were captured in Iceland, a beautiful island known for its gushing waterfalls, icy glaciers and explosive geysers. The new panoramic, 360-degree photos cover the raging Gullfoss Waterfall, located on the Hvítá river, as well as the Haukadalur Geothermal Area, known locally as the “Geysir.” The latter is notable for what’s been coined the Srokkur, a powerful geyser that erupts like clockwork every five to 10 minutes. Google’s Street View team also ventured to the…
  • Evermind allows you to keep tabs on a vulnerable relative from afar

    Nicholas Fearn
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    Launched last week by Nashville entrepreneur Dave Gilbert, Evermind is a smart system that allows you to monitor a vulnerable relative The idea here is that by using the device, you’ll be able to take a step back from constantly going round to a relative’s house, which can cause a lot of worry. It’s very easy to get to grips with, simply requiring you to plug each sensor into your relative’s AC outlet and then appliances they use regularly into that. What will happen then is that when they turn that device on, you’ll be sent a text message straight to... This story continues at The…
  • The 10 best startups from Y Combinator’s summer 2014 mega-demo day

    Roberto Baldwin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Something happens to you when you sit through 75 Y Combinator startups all vying for press coverage and investment dollars. Well, besides the fact that you body goes numb from sitting in a plastic chair for nearly seven hours, you see the patterns of a pitch: intro, product explanation, financials, team experience and a call to talk while they wander the event floor. But while the patterns are similar, this latest batch included companies that were vastly different. From valet services for commuters to nuclear fusion. From a fellowship for data scientists to a projector for furniture…
  • Report: Asia is mad for tablets that make calls, which now account for 25% of all shipments

    Jon Russell
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Fresh from last week’s Jana report claiming that emerging markets prefer large screens, there’s evidence that the appetite for big screens goes beyond smartphones in Asia. According to a new report from IDC, close to one in four of all tablets shipped to the continent (minus Japan) is equipped with cellular voice capabilities. More precisely, the analyst firm says 3.5 million of the 13.8 million tablets (with seven-inch screens) that shipped to Asia over the past three months were fitted with the ability to make calls like a smartphone. That, IDC says, represents an increase of more…
  • China’s Youku Tudou now serves 500 million users per month, half of YouTube’s reach

    Kaylene Hong
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Youku Tudou, often viewed as a Chinese version of YouTube, just announced that it is now reaching over 500 million monthly unique visitors. For comparison, YouTube says more than 1 billion unique visitors visit its site each month — but keep in mind that Youku Tudou caters largely to a much smaller net of Chinese-speaking audiences only. Youku Tudou’s latest milestone comes despite the immense competition from its rivals including Baidu-owned online video platform iQiyi. It also comes as mobile is gaining more importance for the company — in its first quarter earnings, Youku Tudou…
 
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    Entrepreneur Success Blog

  • How to Start a Successful Company in Healthcare

    Jared Reitzin
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Tomorrow I am speaking at a Meet Up in Pasadena across from the Huntington Hospital, or in a building at the Hospital; I cannot tell. The topic is about how to succeed in marketing your startup to the healthcare industry, but I plan on talking about how to win in general. I admit the start time is a little too early, but if you are creating a startup, or a startup focused on healthcare, you might want to join us. We can take espresso shots together. You can RSVP by going here. Here are just a few things I plan on covering tomorrow: It’s all about the relationship: If you…
  • The World’s Most Impressive Invitation Ever Sent Promoting a Grand Opening

    Jared Reitzin
    10 May 2013 | 12:34 am
  • Creating Culture, One Step at a Time

    Jared Reitzin
    28 Mar 2013 | 11:59 pm
    For the past decade I have been focused on a bunch of things, but besides selling, my top two priorities have been: 1. To develop a web-based software that companies can use to grow their business. 2. To create a very special company culture that makes mobileStorm a sought after place to work. mobileStorm’s Core Team My travel to India (still here actually), has allowed me to combine these two passions. I started mobileStorm, not because I thought mobile was going to be the next big thing (even though I knew it would be), but ultimately I didn’t want to work for anyone. I…
  • Going to the mHealth Summit in D.C. Next Week?

    Jared Reitzin
    28 Nov 2012 | 9:34 am
    I wanted to personally invite my readers to an awesome event we are hosting with Kony Solutions during the mHealth Summit in D.C. on Tuesday December 4th. We are taking over the Cherry Blossom, a replica of a 19th century Victorian riverboat. We will have a complete open bar, dinner, and great music that will have you dancing for the entire trip. We will dock for the first hour and then start our journey around D.C. taking in the sights and enjoying each other’s company. The boat will dock directly behind the Gaylord for easy access to the event. Spots are very limited so if you are…
  • How to Protect Yourself From Your Client’s B Player Employees

    Jared Reitzin
    5 Jul 2012 | 5:20 pm
    Everything is going great with your prospect. You think you have a potentially huge deal, and are way down the road on closing it — then bam; your prospect stops engaging and you get an email that they went in another direction. Or how about this; you have been working with your client on a huge upgrade, and the next thing you know they are going in a totally different direction and their reasons make no sense. You are blindsided because you thought everything was going to happen, but after a bit more thought you realize its because the decision makers had the wrong information. Do any…
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    The Product Guy

  • Guesterly, Execution and September Viewings!

    Jeremy Horn
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 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, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Guesterlyexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from the importance of every customer to beyond…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 9, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Product Management Instructor @ General Assembly (New York, NY)Keywords: Education, Mentor , Product Management, Startup , Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1008&lf=twf Product Manager – Web Analytics @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, Analytics, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1012&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1011&lf=twf Product Manager @ eFront (Boston or New…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 12, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Product Consultant @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Consultant, Digital, Product Manager, Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1007&lf=twf Product Manager @ DailyBurn (New York, NY)Keywords: consumer facing, fitness, subscription, video contenthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1006&lf=twf Director of Product Management @ Artnet (New York City)Keywords: Agile, Product Manager, Product Owner, Project Manager, Scrumhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1005&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ ALM (New…
  • Costs, Crowds and August Albums!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    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, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions. Please submit your nominations for 2014’s best product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator)     Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Grapevine.im (formerly known as Vintage)exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 5, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Product Manager, Data & Analytics – JW Player @ JW Player (New York City)Keywords: Advertising, Analytics, Big Data, Datahttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1003&lf=twf Product Manager, Video Workflow – JW Player @ JW Player (New York City)Keywords: Content Management, Media Workflow, Streaming, Videohttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1002&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Book Review: Stoner by John Williams

    Ben Casnocha
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    After posting an excerpt of John Williams’ novel Stoner, I knew I had to read the entirety of the book itself. I did, and it totally delivered on my high expectations. The protagonist, named Stoner, is an unglamorous professor at a small university in rural America. The story focuses on his life, his family, his petty academic disputes, his affair, his love of language, his career ambitions (or lack thereof). Nothing crazy happens. It is simply the story of a reasonably straightforward life as lived by one particular man. He accumulates quite a bit of wisdom along the way — wisdom…
  • Econtalk on The Alliance and Future of Work

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Having raved about Econtalk just the other month, and as a long time listener, it was a particular delight to be invited to go on the show and talk, with Reid and host Russ Roberts, about The Alliance and the history of LinkedIn. We also talked about whether you can explore the meaning of life while in the working world, and I predicted that the ethics of cognitive steroids will be hotly debated in the years to come. The show is an hour long. ### The Alliance is on the New York Times bestseller list for the fourth straight week. Thanks for the support. If you’ve read the book, please…
  • Book Review: Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Some months ago, I was driving, listening to the audiobook of Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff, a collection of short stories. I got home and pulled into the parking space for my apartment. It was nighttime and quiet — all the neighbors were asleep. I turned off the engine but kept the key in the ignition so the battery would power the audio system in the car. I switched off the headlights. I sat in my car, engulfed in darkness, and took in the rich voice the narrator until the story came to an end. They is. They is. They is. The story, “Bullet in the Brain,” which ends that…
  • Charlie Rose on The Alliance

    Ben Casnocha
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Reid was his usual brilliant, friendly self on Charlie Rose the other week. It’s a good 30 minute conversation about The Alliance, Silicon Valley, biology, and more.
  • Movie Review: Boyhood

    Ben Casnocha
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Boyhood, the new movie out from Richard Linklater, is now on my all-time favorites list. It’s an extraordinary film for several reasons. First, as a practical matter, it was filmed over 12 years with the same actors, shooting a few days each year. To see a 6 year old boy grow up on camera to the point where he heads off to college — along with the maturation of his parents over those formative years — is something that’s never been done before. (7 Up is a documentary, which has a similar setup, but that’s a documentary.) I can only imagine how difficult it was to finance and…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • This Comedian Discovered Jon Stewart AND The Secret To Entrepreneurial Success

    John Greathouse
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Bill Grundfest, Founder of the Comedy Cellar, Golden Globe winner and three time Emmy nominee, recently spoke to an audience of entrepreneurial students as part of UC Santa Barbara's Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Grundfest has a nose for comedic talent, discovering and the launching the career of many notable comedians, including Steven Wright, Bill Maher, Ray Romano and Jon Stewart. He was also instrumental in Richard Pryor's comeback campaign. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com…
  • Dynamic Duos – Are You Batman Or Robin?

    John Greathouse
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Balance is one of the most important aspects of skiing. A solid foundation formed by two strong legs is key, especially at a competative level. Balance is also an extremely important factor among a founding startup team. Although it is difficult, balance can be achieved on one leg. Just ask Paralympic Champion Michael Milton, who has hurled himself down mountains at 133 miles per hour on a single ski. His time compares favorably with the two-legged world speed record of 157 miles per hour. Just like starting a company…
  • Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

    John Greathouse
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Kurt Kutay, Founder and CEO of Wildland Adventures, believes that "luxury adventure travel" does not have to be an oxymoron. In fact, for the past 27-years, he has specialized in bringing exotic travel destinations to those of us who are healthy and active but whose competitive sporting days are long behind us. Ever fantasized about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro but aren't on speaking terms with any Tanzanian Sherpas? How about hiking in Patagonia without carrying a 60-pound backpack and eating freeze dried food? Kurt and his crew can make…
  • The Newest Source Of Startup Funding – The Sharing Economy

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The broad implications of the sharing economy are only beginning to be felt. The ability for people to turn their time, residences, cars and other personal assets into viable income streams is revising the traditional definition of "employment." The sharing economy is also proving to be a significant source of bootstrap startup capital. In the past, a struggling entrepreneur's options for paying the bills were limited. Part time jobs typically generated minimal income while requiring the entrepreneur be at a specific place at a specific…
  • Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000

    John Greathouse
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. With the 4th of July around the corner, Zack Brown had potato salad on his mind. As any enterprising entrepreneur would do, he initiated a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $10. His appeal is written in a hilarious, deadpan style. For instance, he notes in the Risks section of his campaign that, "It might not be that good. It's my first potato salad." At the time I am writing this, he has enticed nearly 6,000 backers to commit over $49,500, and counting. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 5 Things Your Business Should Never Stop Doing

    Contributor
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    by Joel Freimuth, CEO of Blue Pearl Consulting The plate of any business owner, whether the company is large or small is full and often overflowing. With a mind that must sift through all of the clutter rapidly, there are many important aspects that tend to fall by the wayside. The problem is that most successful people are aware of these neglected necessities, however they just do not place enough conscious attention on them. To be in a position of power in a company, there is so much investment, not just financially, but through effort and emotion. The everyday grind of running such an…
  • Promoting Back-to-School:  Get An “A” For Your Efforts

    Contributor
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    by Eric Groves, CEO and co-founder of Alignable Do you know what’s different about the “back-to-school” shopping season from most holidays throughout the year? Take a look at these two charts and see if you can tell the answer.  Both charts map the search traffic around holidays. On the left you have the curve of search traffic around the top 7 national holidays celebrated in the US.  On the right you have the back-to-school curve. They are different… nicely done!  But what causes the curves to have different shapes?  The top 7 national holidays all have a specific date on which…
  • 5 Tips On How To Turn A Bad Customer Into A Good One

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Frances Kweller, founder and CEO of Kweller Prep A successful business cannot be considered a success without the support of a good customer. How you treat your customers, especially if you own a service-oriented business, can make the difference between a loyal returning customer who will become an ambassador for your business and a lost opportunity or a negative influence for your company who is likely to cause more harm then good. Here are some tips on how to turn a bad customer into a good one: 1. Call the customer. When you know a customer is unhappy, don’t be afraid to call the…
  • [Infographic] The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups

    Daniel Goh
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    It’s not always true that the best way to run a startup is to find a team of similarly-minded and entrepreneurial-minded co-founders to help drive the business forward. The evidence? There are actually quite a number of startups in the world with just a single founder. Just take online commerce giant Amazon, for example, started by just one man, the driven Jeff Bezos. Likewise, e-Bay has also a single founder in Pierre Omidyar. But there are others as well, and you may be familiar with some of these Internet startups too. Here’s an infographic from OnlineClock.net – itself a…
  • Top Conferences In 2015

    Contributor
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Want to be where the action is, networking, creating awareness of your organisation, or learning about others? Then get flights arranged, prepare out that travel money card and get yourself in town for one of these major conferences taking place in 2015. One of the world’s leading events for members of the further education profession takes place in Washington, DC, from 15th to 18th February. The AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Annual Conference will bring education leaders from around the world together at the Washington Marriott Wardman for a series of…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • FreshBooks First Venture Round

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Today, FreshBooks announced that it raised $30M in its first venture funding round ever.  This is the single largest transaction I’ve been a part of and I am super excited to welcome our new investors to the team. The path to this announcement began many years ago. For years, we have fielded calls from VCs looking to learn more about us. We knew from the beginning we were looking to build an enduring market leader. So we knew that at some point, seeking institutional backing would become part of the story.  In taking the long run perspective we evaluated every investor we met across the…
  • Building your C Level Team

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back when I was a seed stage VC I was always amazed to meet founding teams where every one of them had a C level title. CEO, CTO, etc. Now the beauty of having your own company is that you can call yourself whatever you want. But when dealing with institutional investors its important to be open and self aware enough to judge whether you truly have a C level team in their eyes. I’ve been part of many startups now as either an investor or management team member. But FreshBooks is the biggest so far (Shopify is bigger but was much smaller when I was involved). We are at the growth stage,…
  • The Startup Treadmill

    mark
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Do you know why startups fail? Because they run out of money. Yes, there are lots of root causes: wrong market, timing, team, product, execution. But you can get past these sins and keep fighting as long as you have cash. Ironically, the reason why startups run out of money is because they raise capital too early. And they raise the wrong kind of capital too early. As soon as you raise institutional capital of any kind you get on a treadmill where the VCs want you to run harder and burn faster. They want you to use their capital to accelerate – spend, hiring, marketing and ultimately…
  • Operation ‘Hire a VC’

    mark
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    A year ago today I started full time at FreshBooks, completing my transition out of VC. People often ask me if I miss it. The short answer is ‘no’. It’s been a great move for me on every dimension. I was so positive my transition that a few months back I rescued another VC, hiring Russell Samuels away from Mantella Partners to come join our biz dev and corp dev team.  This has also gone really well. Russell is a happy camper and is kicking ass! On the strength of these two moves, I realized that we need more of this. We need to rescue VCs and bring them back from the dark…
  • Conviction

    mark
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    Conviction: This is a word we use a lot at FreshBooks. Why? Well, not because we like to hire ex-convicts, but because we are building a company for the long term and want to be a long term leader in our market. When you look at the World through that lens it clarifies things.  You realize first of all how difficult it is to build an enduring market-leading technology company. CB Insights published some stats last week telling us that 2 out of 3 tech exits last year were startups selling at Series A or earlier. That’s just the companies that even get to exit. If you lump in outright…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
  • How To (Honestly) Love Your Customers

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’re bringing back some old favorites by request. If there’s anything you’d like to see us run again, please get in touch. This one is for Jenny. Originally published December 7, 2009 as Crushed Hopes and Spicy Chicken. I’m not a big cook. I’m not a cook at all, really. I didn’t cook before I started IttyBiz and I sure as hell don’t cook now. My husband and I eat out a lot, and if we’re not actually eating in a restaurant, somebody’s going for takeout. One day, we were having one of those not-really-an-argument arguments, the kind you’ll often see in…
  • How To Ask For Feedback… And Get A Decent Answer

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I was in a conversation on Facebook recently with a woman I’ve known for a long time. This lovely lady has a new venture she’s working very hard on, and she’s wondering if she can send it over to get my feedback. (Incidentally, IttyBiz is on Facebook! Please come and click Like and validate our existence! Ahem. This was done for many reasons, most prominent among them that my mother and my kids have been nagging me for years. You’ll be happy to know that now IttyBiz is on Facebook, they have moved on to nagging me about Pinterest and YouTube, respectively. I believe…
  • Should We Stop Marketing When Tragedy Strikes?

    Naomi Dunford
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Imagine you’re at a party, and you’re watching a football game. Every time the Broncos score, a riotous cheer breaks out. Drunk 40-somethings trying to recapture their inner frat boys scream “YEEEEEEEAH!!!” a lot. Everyone’s loving the game. In calmer moments, people are tossing around stories. They’re cracking jokes. There’s a lot of good-natured ribbing. Then something terrible happens. Let’s say somebody has a seizure. The paramedics come. They get the guy onto a gurney. The ambulance drives off into the night. The door closes behind them.
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • A startup by any other name… Very limited half price tickets for Business of Software Conference from Balsamiq & Twilio

    Hermione Crease
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    What is a startup? Our recent conversations with BoS Alumni reminded us just how difficult it is to pin down a definition of, ‘startup’. We think Paul Graham is self interested in describing a startup as a potential billion $ business and it means far too much to other people. We also have a very special deal courtesy of Twilio and Balsamiq for a few lucky startups to attend Business of Software Conference for half price… Is a startup, run by massively experienced serial entrepreneurs and heavily funded, the same thing as a couple of kids in a garage bootstrapping an app?
  • The perfect storm

    Mark Littlewood
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Ever wondered what it is like to live without the Internet for a few days? I just did a week with no phone and no Internet in the middle of France. We went camping en famille. View from our tent - afternoon of arrival Some thunder, some lightning, some flash flooding and hey presto, no electricity, no Internet and very intermittent mobile phone signal. We lived like savages. We were reduced to fighting for food with locals and tourists at local markets where we found this excellent reminder about how the French felt about a Brit abroad with an Internet related predicament.   It turns…
  • Your minimum viable recruiting process

    Hermione Crease
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    John Knox, Austin’s finest, wearer of Google Glass and generous supporter of BoS student grants, recently sent us this short essay on recruiting which made us laugh so much we had to share Lets talk about recruiting senior developers. 34,295. That’s how many students applied to Harvard this year. Applying isn’t easy. Studying. Boring standardized tests. Writing essays. Working on homework. Begging for recommendation letters. Of those 34,295 students, 2,023 students were accepted. Each of those expect to pay more than $62,250 a year. When these students graduate, they’ll…
  • Where are they now? BoS speaker alumni….

    Hermione Crease
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Inspired by the line up of founders speaking at BoS this year, we’ve dug back through previous talks to find out what some of our more prominent speaker alumni thought was important five, six, seven years ago. And although there has been a surge of interest in entrepreneurship and software since 2008, it turns out that the ideas they were noodling on then are still pretty relevant. Squish Jason Fried, Alexis Ohanian and Joel Spolsky together and you get a BoS talk on ‘Ideas to build a number one software business and make the world suck less.’ Which could be worth watching.
  • The Patio11 trilogy

    Hermione Crease
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    Back at BoS2010 a young, rather nervous looking engineer in a green tee launched into his Lightning Talk. He’d rather shamelessly stolen his opening line. ‘Hello Ladies!’ Patrick McKenzie was way ahead of the curve in spotting that much of the software industry is busy making products for young white men and that that is a huge opportunity. But then he’s way ahead of the curve in a lot of ways and we’ve been benefitting from his meticulous and thoughtful approach to marketing for software businesses ever since. Here are his three talks from Business of Software.
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture

    Jeff Cornwall
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Tom Haarlander and Arciplex TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Healthcare Entrepreneur Jason Moore Stops by for a Visit

    Jeff Cornwall
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Moore TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Entrepreneur Jason Moore Stops by for a Visit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Rob Bellenfant TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • Teachers Educate the Future Leaders

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
  • Some Financial Tips for Youngs

    JohnnyG
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Those that are going out in the world today may have some trouble getting by. It’s different when you live at home with your parents. You don’t have to worry about paying bills, buying and preparing food, or dealing with a lot of the challenges that adulthood throws at you. Even if you have a job through your high school years, chances are you still didn’t have as much responsibility as you probably do now. So what kind of financial tips can young people who are just starting out on their own use? The most important thing is that now that you’re an adult, you have financial…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

    Delores Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Everyday someone hangs out their shingle declaring they are in business. It is a noble idea, a little exciting, and some admit they enter with a little too much optimism and not enough planning. Many have been sold on the idea that if they want to be wealthy they have to start their own business or invest in real estate. But, do some enter business without really thinking and planning it out? Yes. Businesses require planning or a person will jump from idea or strategy to another with little results to show for it in the end. It is one thing to sell stuff on the side on eBay, but the real…
  • Five Errors to Avoid in Business According to the Apprentice

    Delores Williams
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    I am sort of aficionado when it comes to the show The Apprentice. I have watched the show from every English speaking Country, and have learned quite a bit from the show. Some of the errors of candidates, regardless of the Country, seem to be universal. Could it be that those same mistakes make it into real business, which is why so many fail? The mistakes are:  Ignoring Market Research: Without a doubt this is the one that seems to be more about ego than the idea that the market is wrong. Let me give you two examples. One, there was a task to make a home exercise piece of equipment. The…
  • Google Plus is Not an Option

    Delores Williams
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have a friend who hates Google+. There's no real reason for this animosity, but she just hates it. My guess is because it takes time to develop relationships on it. It's not like Twitter where you can throw out some tweets on a popular Tweet and someone will possibly start a chat with you. Nope, Google+ takes work, but the spoils go to those who are willing to do the work. As you know, every platform has an audience and serves a particular purpose. Twitter used to be if you wanted to meet people, then you could send them a tweet, but with the rise of so called social media experts, the…
  • Umango the Personalized personal assistant

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
  • Opportunities Where You Are by Orison Swett Marden

    Delores Williams
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    No chance, no opportunities, in a land where many poor boys become rich men, where newsboys go to Congress, and where those born in the lowest stations attain the highest positions? The world is all gates, all opportunities to him who will use them. But, like Bunyan's Pilgrim in the dungeon of Giant Despair's castle, who had the key of deliverance all the time with him but had forgotten it, we fail to rely wholly upon the ability to advance all that is good for us which has been given to the weakest as well as the strongest. We depend too much upon outside assistance."We look too high For…
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    Growthink blogs

  • What Do Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and Starbucks have in common?

    Jay Turo
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Wal-Mart.McDonalds. Starbucks.What do they have in common? Well, for one, they are businesses that were not started and grown from scratch by their original founders.Rather, they were all started by others and then bought by ambitious and talented entrepreneurs (i.e. Sam Walton, Ray Croc, and Howard Schultz) who propelled them to a new stratosphere of growth.And while high profile, statistically they are not atypical. Census Bureau statistics show that a purchased business is eleven times more likely to still be in business 5 years from time of purchase as compared to those started from…
  • What Unifies All Great Businesses?

    Jay Turo
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The fundamental challenge of modern business is finding that right balance between tactics and strategy, between execution and innovation, between management and entrepreneurship.Typically, as companies grow and age, they naturally become more tactical, more execution - focused.In contrast, the “tabula rasa” of startups has traditionally been the best milieu for out-of-the-box strategy and innovation to thrive.Now in the old days, businesses could do ok by being very good at just one of these. Big businesses could sustain profitable franchises for years by leveraging their resource…
  • The Power of Failure

    Jay Turo
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”…
  • Chief Executives and Chief Shareholders: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

    Jay Turo
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Small business owners lead the most efficient and effective organizations ever designed by human hands - profit-seeking businesses where the Chief Executive Officer also happens to be the Chief (as in largest) Shareholder, too.Among many benefits, this business form fully addresses the Agency Problem - so often found in larger companies - where the interests of the professional managers do not always sync and align with those of the shareholders.This can cause various (and nefarious!) effects like:•    Managers seeking to maximize their shorter term "cash-out" - high…
  • Today’s B2B: Go Mobile or Go Home

    Jay Turo
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    How are the best business-to-business (B2B) companies and brands getting past the noise and the online clutter and connecting with their clients and customers?Well, marketing research firm Motista recently surveyed 3,000 purchasers of 36 B2B brands to find out.I encourage any executive whose business sells primarily to other businesses to read the full report here. It is chock full of fascinating and very high ROI B2B marketing and sales nuggets.In it, I found three particularly prescient ideas as to the Mobile Internet Revolution we are all currently living through, and how smart…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Cause Marketing on Ice

    Mike
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for. Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #230 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is a fun look at how some of the most famous scientists in history might have personally branded themselves.. Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships – crowdspring.co/1kb8kKm Small…
  • 12 Questions: Meet Connie Zegers (The Netherlands)

    Audree
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice. We’re very proud to feature Connie Zegers (crowdSPRING username: StudioZ) today. Connie lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1. Please tell us about yourself. I live and work in Amsterdam and…
  • Small Business Tips: Engaging Customers (Sell, Sell, Sell)

    Mike
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Last week I wrote about building lasting relationships with your customers and the critical importance of nurturing and maintaining strong ties over time with those most important to the well-being of your business. Today, I thought perhaps we could start from the beginning, with a discussion on how to start those relationships. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in business is to establish a relationship with a prospect, whether that person is visiting your office or store or website for the first time, or you are picking up the phone to cold call the latest lead. Sometimes they come to you…
  • Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships

    Mike
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    You started a business and slowly, surely you have been acquiring new customers. They buy your products, they pay their bills. And they bring you their problems. Not the kind of problems they share at home with their spouse or on the couch with their shrink. Rather they share the problems they have with whatever it is you sold them. They want you to do it differently. They want their money back. They can’t make your website work. Customers inevitably run into issues and expect that you will help them find resolution. And really there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, your…
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  • Anchors have priceless reaction to earthquake

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    Anchors have priceless reaction to earthquakeKAUT-TVEmily and Lacey are stunned at first -- but then, Emily (right) made a hilariously unexpected move.Warning: You'll watch these GIFs over and over Take a peek Man wears mugshot shirt to jail Naked intruder left 1 thing behind
  • Deadly landslide pummels Hiroshima

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    Deadly landslide pummels HiroshimaAPAfter heavy rains left slopes unstable, at least five valleys in the western Japanese city were violently swept with muddy waters Wednesday.Current death toll, missing countMore headlinesIsrael, Gaza trade fire, talks failNo charges in 3 deadly jail beatings
  • This isn't just any shark drawing

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    This isn't just any shark drawingCourtesy of Robin MaltzWhen Robyn was a secretary at a talent firm, Prince scribbled this for her. Inspired, more celebs started leaving her shark drawings. What culminated is a hilarious collection of celebrity shark doodles.Robin Williams got in on it tooMore to peepCelebrities loving their yachtsWhen parents text back
  • 4 hostages released in Harvey

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    4 hostages released in HarveyAPNegotiators worked late into Tuesday night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a Chicago home to end their standoff.2 police wounded in fire exchangeMore news headlinesU.S. patient tested for EbolaRick Perry turns himself in
  • 101-year-old’s unexpected refusal

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    101-year-old’s unexpected refusalAPHerman always said that when he turned 100, he’d make a big life move ... but now he realizes he’s not ready.What he’s done for 73 yearsIn other newsRetiring overseas? Tips to adaptMost powerful grandparents
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    Xconomy

  • NJ’s Medicine Chest Thins Again as GE Health Unit Heads for Mass

    Ben Fidler
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Ben Fidler Large pharmaceutical companies have been beating a path to Massachusetts over the past few years to get in the thick of the area’s bubbling life sciences cluster. Today, industry conglomerate General Electric (NYSE: GE) is joining the mix, dealing a blow to New Jersey’s life sciences scene in the process. GE is announcing that it’s moving the headquarters for its life sciences division, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, from Piscataway, NJ, to a new 160,000 square-foot campus in Marlborough, MA (a rendering of the new headquarters is pictured above). GE Healthcare aims to open the…
  • Sanford-Burnham Seeks Improved Pharma Ties with New CEO from GSK

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Bruce V. Bigelow Following an executive search that took about 18 months, San Diego’s Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute named a new CEO today. He is Perry Nisen, a pediatric cancer specialist who specialized in commercializing new drugs as senior vice president of science and innovation at GlaxoSmithKline’s campus in King of Prussia, PA. The nonprofit research institute is one of the biggest biomedical research institutes in San Diego, and operates a facility near Orlando, FL. Known informally as “the Sanford-Burnham,” the institute has an annual operating budget of about…
  • Detroit Aircraft Takes Flight With Lockheed Deal, Airport Renovation

    Sarah Schmid
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Sarah Schmid In 2007, Jon Rimanelli began researching Detroit’s history in the aviation industry as part of a proposal to convince organizers of the Red Bull Air Races to pick the Motor City as the host. The bid was successful and resulted in Red Bull race planes zipping up and down the Detroit River for the next three summers. But Rimanelli’s research also led to something bigger: the decision to launch his own aviation startup. “I found out there was a huge aviation sector in Detroit in the 1920s,” Rimanelli says. “Detroit Aircraft was once the biggest [airplane manufacturer] in…
  • Why It’s a Great Time to Be a Database Geek (and Entrepreneur)

    Martin LaMonica
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Martin LaMonica Database technology, while never the sexiest area, is attracting more money as legions of startups bet they can address a new class of big data-driven challenges—and dethrone database giants like Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. San Francisco-based Splice Machine topped off an $18 million Series B round earlier this month to advance its novel database, which it hopes corporations will turn to as a replacement for relational databases from incumbent providers. It’s just the latest in what’s been a lucrative year for entrepreneurs with clever ideas on how to architect the…
  • Shopping App Spring, Founded by Fab and Techstars Alums, Has Arrived

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth It may be the tail end of summer, but Spring has bloomed. The New York-based startup launched its shopping app late last week, giving consumers a mobile way to discover and buy products directly from brands and designers. Currently available for iOS devices, Spring is a bit different from other marketplaces that sell curated items, says CEO Alan Tisch. The service is mobile-only; the mix of products sold through the app includes luxury brands and up-and-coming designers in categories such as apparel, beauty, and house wares. New products are featured daily on the app and…
 
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • The Things that Fall Down

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    The other day, I found this neat inbox stats tool from Front App called Inbox Checkup.  (Thanks Product Hunt!) I've been wanting something like this for a while.   Apparently, I respond to 18% of my e-mails, way above the average of 11%, and was #62 out of over 4,000 in terms of e-mails sent.  It was happy to know that I'm getting to a lot of things.   Unfortunately, I was also #145 in actually getting e-mails, so what that also means is that while I'm getting to a lot, I'm also missing out on a lot.  What is painful is when I know there's that one note I should be…
  • Piers, Parks and Why White People Suck

    Charlie O'Donnell
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    There's a saying... "There's nothing worse than rich white people living in luxury housing in a park than the rich white people living in luxury housing protesting against them." Ok, well, there wasn't a saying, but there should be.   Maybe you've heard about "The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park."  It's a long and winding tale that basically amounts to this: There once were some unused commercial piers.  Someone decided they should become a waterfront park.  Parks are expensive to build, so it was decided to cleave off a little bit of the park for waterfront housing to pay…
  • Step Up

    Charlie O'Donnell
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I wrote this note to a young company that had recently raised some money and moved into a shiny new office after busting at the seams in a makeshift setup.  The company was full of super young, vibrant, and incredibly talented people with a huge opportunity ahead of them--and a lot of difficult challenges. Congrats on moving into your new office. While I'm there are still a few bugs, bells, whistles, and bandwidth to work out, let me be the first to officially point out... Shit just got real. You have a real office. You're all together. You're organized into teams that are basically…
  • Growth is a Commodity

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    If there's one thing we've basically figured out in the digital world, it's marketing.  There's no more well tread aspect of building an online business than marketing.  We've got more channels, tools, and analytics to tell you weather or not it's working than you can shake a stick at. It's table stakes.  You spend some dollars to get more dollars out.  It's not complicated.   That's why I care much more about engagement--do people like what you built, versus whether or not more people used it today than they did yesterday.  Plus, the startup world is littered…
  • Towercutting with goTenna

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    I'm excited to share that goTenna, a Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio company, has launched the presale of its point to point communications device.   Have you ever texted anyone in the same room and thought about the infrastructure behind it--about where that message travels to, the great distances it gets bounced around, all to travel ten feet, in just milliseconds.   It's pretty magical. It's also pretty stupid, technically speaking. When you can literally see someone else's phone, even a three year old would suggest that the message should go from point A to point B on a…
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • Whom Do You Lean On When Nothing Is Working?

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    I’m at a party. The pretext is simple, people drinking and chatting, attempting to form meaningful connections, to bond over shared interests. As expected, everyone asks what I do. When I answer that I “work online” the response is an expression like I just said something in another language. I... The post Whom Do You Lean On When Nothing Is Working? appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Tracy Raftl: How This Confident Adult Acne Blogger Makes $80,000 Year

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Long term readers of this blog may remember I published an interview with acne blogger Fran Kerr, whom I coached to help start her blog. Fran eventually became a leader in the field, making $4,000 to $12,000 a month thanks to her blog. Tracy Raftl came across Fran’s blog while... The post Tracy Raftl: How This Confident Adult Acne Blogger Makes $80,000 Year appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Barbara Turley: How A Non-Techy Started A Blog, Podcast & Online TV Show, And Today Makes $100,000+ Year Coaching Woman About Wealth

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Barbara Turley serves as inspiration to anyone who is currently working a job they like, yet want to quit because of a desire for the kind of freedom that comes from being your own boss. [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Barbara had... The post Barbara Turley: How A Non-Techy Started A Blog, Podcast & Online TV Show, And Today Makes $100,000+ Year Coaching Woman About Wealth appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Tom Menditto: Pittsburgh ADHD Coach Goes From $300 In The Bank To $30,000 A Month Applying Online Marketing To His Local Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get ready to be inspired… Tom Menditto is one highly passionate fellow! Tom rose from a previous life suffering from the mental illness ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He mastered his own condition and today helps other people do the same through his coaching practice based in Pittsburgh. [ Download... The post Tom Menditto: Pittsburgh ADHD Coach Goes From $300 In The Bank To $30,000 A Month Applying Online Marketing To His Local Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Nicola Lees: Founder Of TVMole A “How To Pitch Your TV Program Idea” Blog Explains How She Makes A Full Time Income In Such A Unique Topic

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nicola Lees started a blog, TVMole.com, about a very unique subject – she helps people who have an idea for a TV program learn how to pitch their concept to the people who can make it happen. Nicola makes a living from her blog thanks to all the opportunities that... The post Nicola Lees: Founder Of TVMole A “How To Pitch Your TV Program Idea” Blog Explains How She Makes A Full Time Income In Such A Unique Topic appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

    James Chartrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Each time I prepare for a new session of the Damn Fine Words writing course, I open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in... ... they'd finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients. ...they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page. ...they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word. I want to help make that…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
  • How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the Family

    Agent X
    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2013 was a good writing year. At least, for me: I wrote and self-published two books, began writing a third and had articles published as well. I was proud of what I'd accomplished and was determined to ride the momentum to make 2014 even better. I set my goals, made my plans, and on January 1st, I was off to the races. Then one morning in mid-February, I got the news that a cherished family member had died. All my writing progress came to a grinding halt. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the…
  • How to Find Your Muse – and Fire Her

    Agent X
    22 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Muse - the source of creativity and inspiration that all writers search for so desperately. I’d found mine a few years back, and oh, what a vision she was! Airy and beautiful, lulling me with dulcet tones. I was enthralled. No more writer’s block, no more floundering for inspiration and ideas. She was the answer to my literary prayers. I summoned my beleaguered Muse more and more often until we arrived at an impasse. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but this is untenable. Can’t you do any of this yourself?” I sought out the answers on how to find my own inspiration, but the…
  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

    James Chartrand
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The writing industry is rife with advice. Some of it is great advice. Some is good advice, even if it's fairly commonplace. But amidst the great and good advice is bad advice, and it's not always easy to tell the difference. The bad advice isn't just bad – it's often so bad that it does more harm than good. I've held the hand of many a writer as I coach them back out of the sucking quagmire of bad advice before they get pulled under by the quicksand. It's not always pretty. It's definitely always hard. Want an example of bad writing advice? You'll get it – and learn how to avoid it – in…
 
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
  • The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Truth About “Homeopathic” Medicine

    Tim Ferriss
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Homeopathy — effective, useless, or dangerous? (Photo: Marcos Zerene) [Audio version] [Text version] I routinely use an arnica gel for minor muscular strains. In fact, it’s one of my “go to” treatments. In 2010, however, I found myself swallowing Boiron Arnica Montana 30C pellets, an oral version that was the only option at the closest GNC. I started at five pellets, SIX times a day–TWICE the recommended dose. Risk of overdose? Not likely. “30C,” which I looked up that evening, tells you all you need to know. This consumable version of arnica, unlike the…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 22: Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, on Steve Jobs, Stories, and Lessons Learned

    Tim Ferriss
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Ed Catmull, President and Co-Founder of Pixar. NOTE TO E-MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Please see this post in your inbox for a recording of the recent 2.5-hour live Q&A. Not on the email list? Sign up here and get extras like this for free. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list.  You can also find all 20+ episodes of this podcast here. Some are sober and some are drunk,  so you can roll the dice. Now, on to our…
  • How to Never Check Luggage Again

    Tim Ferriss
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Travel has many joys. Luggage is not one of them. NOTE: If you signed up for my email list, please see this post in your email (perhaps on Saturday afternoon PT) for the Monday night Q&A info. This post will explore three options for never checking luggage again. Some of them are extreme; all of them are effective. In my next post, I’ll detail what I (and some friends) pack in carry-on. Some are surprising and hilarious. Given that I spend 100+ days of the year traveling, and that I’ve been to 40+ countries, I’ve tested just about everything. Hauling a five-piece…
  • Tim Ferriss Rethinks Email

    Tim Ferriss
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Pretty soon, many of you will get an email from me.  It’ll probably surprise you. See, when I sketched out the original 4-Hour Workweek site in 2006 (sorely in need of a redesign), I included an email capture field, as that’s what friends said I should do: Then I promptly forgot all about it. I hated email, so I didn’t want to send you email. Simple as that. Do unto others, right? But things have changed. Now, with Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and hundreds of clones, the Internet and mobile are a battlefield of noise. Even if you “like” my Facebook fan page, my…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 21: Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park – Making Art, Making Music, Getting To 60+ Million Albums

    Tim Ferriss
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list. Now, on to our guest… Mike Shinoda is best known as the rapper, principal songwriter, keyboardist, rhythm guitarist and one of the two vocalists (yes, an insane list) of Linkin Park, which has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy Awards in the process. Mike has collaborated with everyone from Jay-Z to Depeche…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • An $85,000 Profit Monthly Report: A Guest Post by AffEngineer!

    AffEngineer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Hello hello! To think one day, lil ol’ affiliate Mateen would be guest posting on TylerCruz.com… Who’s Mateen and What is He Doing on Tyler’s Blog? Before I forget, let me introduce myself, I run a blog called AffEngineer.com. I’ve been monitoring my progress from the day I spent my very first dollar on paid advertising up till today. From seeing 20 days of continuous red, to making a small profit, to turning an 85k profit month in March all within a year of being in this industry, it’s been a crazy roller coaster ride! AffEngineer was inspired by…
  • How I Dramatically Improved My Online Productivity

    Tyler Cruz
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    There was a time, around 6-7 years ago, when I was extremely productive when I worked. All you have to do is take a look at my archives page from 2007-2008 and you can see that I used to average a new blog post every day. I’m lucky now if I get a new one up every week. Go back even further, and I was even more productive. I could basically work the entire day, focused on my work, and be happy (albeit drained afterwards) about it. In fact, going back to around 2001-2002, back when I was still actively developing websites with HTML and Perl myself, I would even work on my own stuff while…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: May 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Well, I better get May’s affiliate marketing income report up before I start to fall too far behind on them again. If you remember, April 2014 did not bode well, netting only $336.55. And then I didn’t post another income report until just now, a month later. Things must have continued in a downwards spiral, right? Wrong. As explained in my previous blog post, I had just been busy looking into real estate investing. My affiliate campaigns did just fine in May, but even if they hadn’t, it’s not like I would purposely try to avoid posting about it. So how well did May…
  • So I’m Thinking of Investing $200,000…

    Tyler Cruz
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Another 3 weeks without a post. What happened? As per usual, I’ve been here all along. I didn’t go on vacation, there wasn’t an emergency, and everything has been going along as per usual. After tending to my e-mails and morning maintenance of my campaigns, I’ve been spending the rest of my work time looking into getting into the investment real estate business – specifically buy-and-hold rental properties. I’ve made my living for the past 10 years entirely from the Internet by working for myself, and have done moderately well as a result. So why the sudden…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: April 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    April’s Report! Only one more report to go and then I’m finally up-to-date! Unfortunately, that’s the only good news you’ll see in this report, as April ended up averaging only $11 net profit a day! Ah, the highs and lows of affiliate marketing. When things are good, things are really good. When things are bad, things are really bad. The swings are almost as bad as in poker, only it’s a lot harder to go into the negative territory in affiliate marketing as you have a lot more control over what happens. In fact, that’s why you have yet to see me finish a…
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • 7 Terribly Funny Children's Book Parodies For Adults

    Serena Dorman
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Parodies of classic children's books geared towards adults are all the rage these days.  Revisiting your favorite childhood stories with a unique and vulgar new spin is a great way to laugh your way down memory lane.  Check out these 7 terribly funny children's book parodies.
  • XStat Syringe: Instantly Stops Gunshot Wounds From Bleeding

    PaulFitzgerald
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A new syringe that stops gunshot wounds from bleeding in seconds is now being widely utilized by the U.S. military.
  • A Sauna In Your Pants: Delfin Spa Capris Will Make You Sweat

    Alicia Zuberbier
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Everyone loves a spa day. The massages and saunas flush out toxins, strengthen muscles and overall help with health. Now you can have a spa.....in your pants. Delfin Spa Bio Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Capris will make you sweat and work your leg muscles. It's like wearing a sauna around your waist, which sounds weird, but is worth it if it works.
  • The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ By The Numbers

    Ron Callari
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Internet trends come and go. They have their ephemeral day in the sun and dissipate almost as fast as they arrive. Everything from gyrating to the Harlem Shake to dancing Gangnam Style to planking and Tebowing, catching the world’s zeitgeist in a viral wave can cause a slew of social media activity where you almost feel left out if you don’t join in and/or critique it in some fashion.
  • Get Your Blood Pressure With Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are probably a thousand products on the market that will take your heart rate. There are fewer that will give you a blood pressure reading, and even fewer of those are available for in-home use. However, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is one that you can get for yourself and one that is designed for the tech geek.
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • The Client Gift They Will OPENLY Adore

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    There are a lot of products and systems that an entrepreneur can use to thank and support clients. You can send them thank you cards, candy, products with you logo on them. I used to work with a company that gave their clients beach kits in the summer. It consisted of a large towel, bag, […]
  • The Number One Solution For Your Hiring Woes

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    The Number One Solution For Your Hiring Woes The hiring process can be excruciating. From posting the position to sifting through the dozens of replies, it’s a process that requires time, money, and a lot of patience. In fact, the American Staffing Association estimates that hiring a worker can cost 7 to 20 percent of that […]
  • Increase Your Business Efficiency With Liquor Store Management Software

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Ever wish your business “ran itself?” Most people do. From the everyday tasks to monthly obligations, it all can be very overwhelming. Especially, if you have other priorities.Fortunately, liquor and wine store software can solve everything nowadays. It can store your data, track growth, process sales, and even drive sales. What a blessing! Yet, many […]
  • 4 Divas World Conference

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    This is a Virtual event airing on September 14, 2014. I’m excited to be the Keynote speaker for this event and look forward to hearing all the other speakers. Want to be a part of it? Just call me directly at 909 235 9744!
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    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crowdfunding 101 (July 23rd @ 10am) Crowdfunding 101 Workshop will cover: The Basics of Crowdfunding How Crowdfunding Works What are the latest developments Where should an entrepreneur start when raising capital When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00 am to Noon Where: Los Angeles SBA District Office, 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203 NO […]
 
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    Steve Blank

  • What Do Customers Get From You? 2 Minutes to Find Out

    steveblank
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
  • Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

    steveblank
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J. Elmore and Ann Winblad) – “I’m just a VC.”  Or one of the first women co-founders of a VC firm – “I co-founded a great firm.” She…
  • Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

    steveblank
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods. One of the conundrums is why does innovation take so long to happen in corporations? Previously Hank Chesbrough and I have written about some of the strategic issues that impede innovation inside large corporations here and here. Two methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development (the core of the Lean Startup) provide the tactical day-to-day process of how to…
  • Not All Startups Are the Same. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch here Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

    steveblank
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience. ——– The I-Corps program started when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) to commercialize their science. Earlier this month the National Institutes of Health announced I-Corps @ NIH, to help scientists doing medical…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Vera Wang Trunk Show at Nordstrom Park Meadows

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hello, all! As you may or may not know, in addition to my lovely posts here at First Class Fashionista, I also work at Nordstrom. More recently, I have made the move to the Park Meadows location, which is the largest Nordstrom in Colorado. Working in the Wedding Suite here has afforded me a lot of great opportunities, the foremost being able to be around beautiful gowns valued at thousands of dollars every day. I know, it’s fantastic. Bridal is one of the most meticulously detailed and structurally interesting- and difficult! – niches in the fashion market. I would be lying if I…
  • Family Ice Cream Night Compliments of Unilever and Walgreens

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Don’t Wait for the Truck! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It was family ice cream night at my house, compliments of Unilever and Walgreens. I absolutely love it when I can bring the people in my life in on super fun projects. Basically, I was sent a Walgreens gift card to experience and share the ease and convenience of purchasing Unilever brand ice cream and frozen treats at Walgreens, which includes Magnum, Breyers, Klondike, Fruttare and Popsicle. There are two locations, a few minutes from my house, and both are actually closer than the grocery store I like to…
  • Colorado Fashion Week Preview Market and Fundraiser Showcase

    First Class Fashionista
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I hope that I amped up the pre-promotion on this fashion show, because let me tell you, it was fantastic to be there. Colorado Fashion Week‘s first-ever preview market and fundraiser showcase did not disappoint. Thanks to the City of Denver, CFW has finally secured a venue worthy of the title: The McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. The layout was so perfect for this semi-intimate affair with some up-and-coming fashionistas and fashionistos of the area. Also, there were cupcakes…Delicious, totally-worth-bending-my-diet-rules. Fun fact: these were provided by The Dessert…
  • Get Glowing Skin and Salon Hair at Home with Conair

    First Class Fashionista
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    First Class Fashionista loves to know it first, try it first and share it with you, our valued readers, first. When FCF was asked to try the Infiniti Pro blow dryer by Conair and True Glow Sonic Skincare Solution, First Class Fashionista blogger and hairstylist Marissa L said she would show us how we can achieve glowing skin and perfectly styled hair at home! Ready, set, glow – No stylist or salon required… When I was asked to review two of the latest beauty products from Conair for FCF I WAS THRILLED! The first was a blow dryer, the new Infiniti Pro Conair 1875 Watt Salon…
  • Colorado Fashion Week Preview Fundraiser

    First Class Fashionista
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Colorado Fashion Week Preview Market and Fundraiser Showcase It’s almost that time again! Almost. Colorado Fashion Week 2014 is giving us a taste of cool fashion to combat the heat of the summer. Wow, did I just type that cheesiness? Moving along. Last year, despite the hours it took to get to the actual show, Colorado Fashion Week really impressed me. But! I feel like this event has a solution for my impatience. Before the actual runway presentation, there is a Fashion Market and Sales Event! Attendees actually have time to scope out some of the designs being shown or other pieces by…
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    Begin the Begin

  • It’s good to be back

    jeffhilimire
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Wow. That was some kind of break! It’s been over three weeks since my last blog post which I think is some kind of record since I started this blog in 2008. Where have I been? Well, we took our family on an Alaskan cruise and tour, which lasted from July 24th until August 6th. It was FREAKING AMAZING. My wife posted about it on her blog, but here is some of what we saw: Insane, right? Then a few days after we got back, I went to a massive game conference (Gamescom) in Cologne, Germany. That was a blast and we met a lot of great companies there. Plus, Cologne is a pretty cool place.
  • Taking a break for a while

    jeffhilimire
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    I’ll be taking a break, both from work and from blogging, for a bit of time. We’re taking the family on a much needed long vacation (where I intend to completely unplug) and then when I get back, I’m heading to a game conference in Germany for a week. So I’ll probably pick up with this blog in a month’s time. Until then… Send to Kindle
  • An example of how we should act as people, and an example of how we shouldn’t

    jeffhilimire
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    This is how we should act as people: And this is how we shouldn’t: Recently I was stopped at a stop light near my house and I saw a homeless man holding up a sign that he was hungry. I waived him over to my car so that I could give him the cash that I had on hand, sadly only $8. When the man was about 15 feet from my car, the light turned green. I decided to wait as he quickly made his way to me. The guy driving the car behind me became irate, honking and yelling. The homeless man tried to pick up his pace as he made his way to my car. After handing him the money, I proceeded to…
  • I use email and my calendar to manage my life. Here’s my calendar process.

    jeffhilimire
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    I’ve spent an enormous amount of time trying to optimize the organization of my life – both personal and professional. From basic to-do lists like TuexDuex to complex ones like Omnifocus, I’ve tried them all. I’ve even tried to force Evernote into being a task management tool (which its definitely not). The key with all of this is finding what works best for YOU. What I’ve learned about myself over the years is that if I have too many systems/apps to check to manage myself, eventually only the “must checks” are going to be used. Having separate…
  • How do you get your news?

    jeffhilimire
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    This week at a pitch event (where startups pitch their businesses), I met the creator of a Google Reader replacement called Minimal Reader. While we traded stories about how much we loved Google Reader (which Google killed off a little over a year ago), we started talking about the news / RSS apps we use currently. Today, Google Play Newsstand and a link to the ESPN homepage are the only “news” sites on my phone’s home screen. My phone is where I consume most of my news and articles. I do have a folder on my home screen that is called “Read”, which has several…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Finding your Startup’s Addressable Market

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    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.  Although researching a market is one of the first steps to building a company, not understanding the products viability within the actual addressable market can lead to failure down the road despite how well other aspects of the business are executed. Josh Konowe is the founder and CEO of Uppidy.com. He is an advisor to several companies, and in his spare time grades student start-up…
  • What is an Angel Investor?

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Often times, entrepreneurs feel that their idea or company will need funding, whether it is to produce a tangible product on a small scale, or to create an app or service. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think (See: Bootstrapping) the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what type of funding that you may need, it is important to discover what type of funding options you have. In our Startup Funding…
  • Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with new ways to monetize users. The Founder Institute, in conjunction with the PayPal Startup Blueprint Program, wants to support entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas on monetization. As a result, we are announcing the "Startup Blueprint Scholarship"…
  • Have a Startup Idea? Get Online Feedback from Silicon Valley on Wednesday

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either through text or on screen in a video conference. Adeo will provide blunt and detailed feedback on the idea, the pitch and the business. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.
  • Important Startup HR Lessons

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    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.  Your company is only as good as the people building it.  Hiring the right people is an expensive and time consuming process that is crucial to the success of a company.  In the video below, Janet Van Pelt explains that “hiring great people is expensive, but hiring bad people is very expensive,” so it is important to invest the time, and energy upfront in the…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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 vehicleMix clay to create a container In its emptiness, there is the function of a containerCut open doors and windows to create a room In its emptiness, there is the function of a roomTherefore, 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 BCE,…
  • The only way to guarantee startup success

    Jason
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Everyone said this would be the most embarrassing moment in the band’s eight-year career.Depeche Mode had decided to play the Pasadena Rose Bowl — capacity 60,000 — for the 101st show of their 1988 tour. To sell out would make it one of the largest music concerts ever played in America — highly unlikely for an English electronic band. Claiming they were popular enough to fill that stadium was an audacious act of bravado that critics were eager to see transform to humiliation as they played to a vast, near-vacant space, mocked by the each of the tens of…
  • No, *I’ll* tell you the answer!

    Jason
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you bet a startup will fail, you’ll be right most of the time, but not because you’re insightful. (The Critic)If you bet only on huge ideas, you’ll be wrong most of the time, but because in high tech the financial successes are orders of magnitude larger than failures, this is still a profitable bet. (The Professional Investor)If you bet only on small, conservative ideas, and stay focussed, you’re most likely to actually succeed, with normal-sized outcomes. This is the best bet for sustainable personal fulfillment and freedom, which after all is the core promise of…
  • Why startup biz dev deals almost never get done

    Jason
    28 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    As the founder of WP Engine, I receive weekly emails from startups proposing a “win-win” deal.  So far, approximately zero have resulted in an successful deal.Here’s the problem, and how you can change your approach to business development so that it can succeed.Distribution is the hardest thing for a young startup, defined as “getting in front of potential customers.” Large companies, on the other hand, have solved the distribution problem (proof: 100,000 paying customers).“Maybe,” thinks the startup founder, “I can tap that ass. I mean…
  • The public invisibility of running mid-stage successful companies

    Jason
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Keith Rabois famously quipped, “I don’t know of a single successful CEO or entrepreneur who blogs regularly.”That was five months ago, and people are still talking about it. And agreeing.But why?Sure the usual exceptions are trotted out – Rand Fishkin, Joel Gascoigne, etc.. But the examples outweigh the exceptions 100-to-1.Much easier is listing those who used to blog a lot, but trailed off as their companies grew — Joel Spolsky (who essentially stopped blogging after raising money for StackExchange), Dharmesh Shah (who trailed off substantially when…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Enthusiasm Is A Single Transaction Of Passion (Don’t Make It Dirty)

    Greg Kyte
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    When Jason and I interviewed Cal Newport on the ThriveCast, he called BS on following your passion.   Everybody’s been told – and most people believe – that you first find your passion, and then you find a way to make money pursuing that passion.   And we buy it, even though the logic’s clearly […]
  • 9 Things I Learned From Two Years As A Virtual Firm

    Jason Blumer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    July 1, 2014 was the Blumer CPAs 2 year anniversary of being a virtual firm. We messed some stuff up, but have also learned a lot. I believe our virtualness sets us apart, so we are committed to getting better at being a virtual firm. So that I can add to my learning around being […]
  • It’s Easier to Find a Drug Dealer Than To Hire a Business Coach

    Greg Kyte
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    The title of this post is a lie. We’ll get to that in a minute. Actually, we’ll get to a lot of crap in a minute. Like why it’s maybe not the best idea to post the following status on Facebook:   And also – just a heads up – it’s maybe not a good […]
  • Doodle in the Margins

    Adrian Simmons
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    When I’m reading for content, I’m all about the marginalia: underlines, questions in the borders, even one­ sided hand­written debates with the author. Which is why I was much relieved that the Kindle allows you to digitally underline text and add notes too — you can even export them to a PDF to save and […]
  • The Rise of Superman – Book Review

    Scott Kregel
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    In Thriveal we talk about many key tenants as we are building our practices… value pricing, results only work environments, business models and system design, and knowledge work. Part of knowledge work requires understanding how our brains function and how we build disciplines into our daily, weekly, monthly schedules so that when called upon, we […]
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    Brent Britton

  • Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

    bcjb
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    When first conceiving of a new startup idea, lots of entrepreneurs experience a measure of paranoia about it and start demanding that everyone with whom they discuss it sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). My opinion is: Don’t use an NDA until you must in order to protect highly sensitive, non-public information. NDA’s protect actual secrets, not things anyone can just look up online or read about in the news. Once you’ve written some key code or developed a secret sauce that no one else has thought of, then consider assaulting people with an NDA, but not before. It turns…
  • The Company You Keep

    bcjb
    13 Nov 2013 | 7:32 am
    With few exceptions, all business should be conducted from within a company that is properly formed and organized as a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), a limited partnership (LP) or the like. Why? Four basic reasons: a. Asset Protection. Deservedly or not, almost all businesses get sued. Forming a company around the business can shield the owners’ personal assets (and other business interests) from being attached to satisfy the company’s liabilities. b. Asset Creation. A “d/b/a” does not a company make. If you’re doing business without a company,…
  • Bi-polar IP Strategy for Startups: Protect What You Can, then Tell Everyone

    bcjb
    8 Aug 2013 | 8:02 am
    If you’re starting a company, you may wish to begin in stealth mode, keeping your business idea and plans secret for a little while. During this stealth phase, consider doing the following to protect your intellectual property: Think of a name for the company. Do a trademark search before you form a company. If it’s clean, form your company with that name and file a federal trademark application at the USPTO. Also file a state trademark application in your state. If you think you’ve invented something that’s never been done before, file a provisional patent on your…
  • Copyright Duration: How Disney Moved the Finish Line

    bcjb
    6 Aug 2013 | 2:26 pm
    This post is excerpted from Ownability – How Intellectual Property Works, now available for pre-order at a 20% discount at myownability.com. In 2002, Steam Boat Willy, the first major film in which the venerable Mickey Mouse character appears, was about to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its release. Under the copyright law in force at that time, which dictated a 75-year duration for copyrights held by companies, the copyright for Steam Boat Willy was set to expire on the 75th anniversary of its release.This would have thrust the movie into the public domain for all to copy and enjoy.
  • The Light Within

    bcjb
    3 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    The word “namaste” roughly translates to “the light within me honors the light within you.” Beautiful, right? A really awesome way to view the world and everyone in it. But what is this light within? Can we find it? Can we become the light within? There are voices in your head, incessantly chattering at you. They narrate your day; they have an opinion about everything. Your parents are in there somewhere, I bet. And your exes. But mostly the voices are yours. There are Oscar the Grouches in there too, always threatening to drag you into their garbage cans. They are…
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Best Type of Social Network? Not What You Think.

    Catherine Morgan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: As you probably know, Carol writes for several other sites. Her recent post on Entrepreneur.com is one that I think you will really enjoy. She talks about her father’s amazing social network that really came through and supported her book. It’s a great story – and a business lesson for all of us. [...]
  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Are Wasting Time On

    Brad Shorr
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Time is the entrepreneur’s most valuable commodity, and great entrepreneurs know how to make every minute count. Do you? Many small business operators teeter on the brink of failure because they are not using their time wisely – i.e., productively. Here are five of the most common time wasters. Social media. Social media marketing is [...]
  • How to Ride the Coattails of the Biggest Website

    Lou Bortone
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leverage the power of this site for more visibility, traffic and sales… YouTube recently passed Facebook as the largest social media site on the web.  And it’s been the second biggest search engine online for years. The traffic and exposure that YouTube generates is astronomical.  The numbers are almost too big to fathom.  (And yet [...]
  • Managing Risk

    Carol Roth
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In order for us to move forward in our lives and our businesses, we need to take on risk.  However, there seems to be a pervasive feeling that being willing to sink or swim is required to be successful. In my experience, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, one of the best [...]
  • Summer Camp, Red Boots, Lifetime Business Lessons

    Sheryl Kurland
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The summer heat reminds me of how and when my entrepreneurial spirit began: summer camp.  Not going to summer camp,  but holding a week-long summer day camp at my house for the neighborhood kids.  I was 12 years old and lived in Daytona Beach, Florida.  My house was perfect, with a large patio deck and [...]
 
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • August Checklist

    Sarah Shaw
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it can be hard to keep up. Believe me, I know. But I can tell you from experience, that being organized and having a checklist is one way to start tackling the hard stuff. What I like about a list, is that when I get a brain freeze and don't know what I should do that day, I can get some ideas from my task list and see what I can wrap my thoughts around and actually get something done, rather than sit there wondering……. yes sometimes sitting there is the best thing on the menu, but I bet you'll feel more full if you take charge and get ahead. Download my August…
  • How to Find Popular Celebrities Every Day of the Week

    Sarah Shaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get ready to learn a few more of my ninja tricks to get your products to celebs all year long so you can continue to turn yourself into a celebrity designer One of the fastest ways to get your product seen is to find the most popular celebrities each month.  What is the #1 fastest way to see who the most popular celebrities are? Magazines! Magazines tend to find their “favorites” and then stalk them.  Keeping track of who is popular is a fairly easy task. No matter where you live, here are a few ways you can find the hotties and get them your products.  The…
  • July Checklist

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it can be hard to keep up. Believe me, I know. But I can tell you from experience, that being organized and having a checklist is one way to start tackling the hard stuff. What I like about a list, is that when I get a brain freeze and don't know what I should do that day, I can get some ideas from my task list and see what I can wrap my thoughts around and actually get something done, rather than sit there wondering……. yes sometimes sitting there is the best thing on the menu, but I bet you'll feel more full if you take charge and get ahead. Download my July…
  • Pitching for Holiday Gift Guides

    Sarah Shaw
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, I know, it's only the end of June, but Holiday Gift Guide submissions are starting now…….so get on it sister, as it will end in July.  This can be a great way to get into magazines that might be more challenging for you in the "everyday" editorial world.  Gift guides often put in items that appeal to their audience, but might not have a good place in the monthly magazines.  Magazines try to appeal to a broad audience with the gift guides, so I would suggest being bold about your choices. Here is what you'll want to do: Figure out which…
  • Are you in love with your blog?

    Sarah Shaw
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Are you in love with your blog?  That might sound like a funny question, but if you aren't, you may find figuring out what to blog about a big bore. Have you ever thought about a theme for your blog?  I find that once you have a theme in mind, it makes it sooooo much easier to come up with topics.   And, if you are not aware – it is super important that your target market (AKA Avatar) will like the theme that you pick.  We want her/him to be super psyched each time you write a new blog post and we want them to sit down and snuggle up to whatever you…
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    Under30CEO

  • How to Eat Healthy & Stay in Shape When Traveling Abroad

    Under30CEO
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    While I wouldn’t call myself a “seasoned” traveler, I have enough stamps on my passport to fill a couple of pages. From my 2006 study abroad trip to Belgium, to a Ugandan volunteer trip, to my trip with Under30Experiences to Nicaragua, I’ve been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of various cultures and ways of life around the world. During my travels, I’ve noticed various traveler types.  To many people, travel is about lounging on a tropical island beach with a steady flow of drinks. To others, travel is a non-stop itinerary full of bike tours, visiting castles and monuments, and…
  • Unchain From Your Desk & See The World! 4 Steps To A Life Of Adventure

    Under30CEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Imagine a day at the office. It may not be hard to do, since you’re probably reading this at the office right now. You’re surrounded by the lifeless stone-gray walls of your cubicle, the buzz of the fluorescent lamps above you and the glow of your computer screen in front of you. If you’re lucky you can get out of there at five, sit through an hour of traffic and get home in time to make some dinner, watch some Office reruns and go to sleep so you can do it all over again tomorrow. You’ve got an hour left so you take a break and click over to Facebook for a news feed…
  • 4 Encryption Terms Every CEO Should Know

    GuestAuthor
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Internet is a scary place. Between the NSA, malicious hackers, competitor spies, and even rogue employees, it’s hard to imagine how your company’s data could ever stay safe. In 2013 alone, 63,437 data breaches occurred, and 1,367 of them resulted in data loss. You might think your company is safe because you don’t work in the government, tech, finance, or health sectors, but these breaches occurred across a wide array of industries, from education to manufacturing to mining. Target, eBay, and Sally Beauty Supply have all been victims of highly publicized breaches.P.F. Chang’s…
  • 10 Simple Tips for Successful Informal Networking

    Under30CEO
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post in which I shared with readers my love for informal networking and how I seem to be a magnet for bizarre networking encounters (Hint: One such encounter happened as I was wrapped in a towel in the gym locker room!). As much as I seem to be a magnet for these random networking opportunities, I also make a conscious effort to put myself out there when it comes to making new connections.  Networking is important in the corporate world, but it is imperative when leading a start-up.  I was surprised by the number of doors that opened simply by…
  • Special Promo! Book Any Under30Experiences Trip for $195

    Matt Wilson
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey guys, do you need something to look forward to in 2015?  Check out our video above from our last trip to Costa Rica… If you are looking to escape the daily grind and make 2015 different… Consider zip-ling through the Costa Rican rainforest, snowboarding Mont Blanc, or snorkeling Belize’s barrier reef. Today is the LAST day for our special promo at Under30Experiences- all trips are now available at the early signup rate for just $195 down. Normally, you must pay in full you to take advantage of our early signup rate ($200 off!).  Now, you can book any trip for just…
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  • Should I Start a Blog?

    Corbett Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word. When the little list of suggestions pops up, it’s usually either hilarious (like when I typed in “why does” and the third answer was “why does my husband fart so much”), or insightful, like in this case: So many people are asking the questions “should I start a blog?” and “should I start my own business,” and they’re related. (By the way,…
  • Insights About Customer Service That Will Change The Products You Make (FS067)

    Chase Reeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Customer service isn’t an afterthought for you. If it is, you’re already well on your way to being an uninteresting, middling, forgotten business. If, on the other hand, you have a deep understanding of the people you serve, that reality will be visible in so many delightful and visible moments in your customers’ interactions with you. In this conversation we share what we’ve learned about how customer service and the deeper philosophy we can all have about customers in general can revolutionize the way we build our business. Note: if you haven’t yet listened to…
  • Are Your Customers and Fans Different People? Here’s how to find out.

    Caleb Wojcik
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you’re like us, your audience and potential customer are one in the same. If you listen to our podcast, you could be a Fizzler. But what if your audience/readers/fans and customers are different people? What if the people that visit your website aren’t the people that eventually help pay your bills (and vice versa)? In this video Josh Shipp, Youth Speaker and Teen Expert, shares how he found out the difference between the two in his business and what he does to cater to each of them. (Hint: the kids he speaks to aren’t his customer.) (If you don’t see the video above,…
  • Crave

    Chase Reeves
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Robin Williams died yesterday and this will not be a remembrance or tribute. It will be a short and sharp question to you about what you’re making and what it means to you. I was a big fan. His insanity and exuberance anchored me a bit as a kid. If there was a place for this guy in the world, maybe there’d be one for me as well. So, last night I find myself going through old videos on YouTube. I stumbled across one that was so confusing and painful and brilliant and terrifying. I want to walk you through a 10,000 ft view of this live performance and ask you a question the show…
  • How The Hospitality Mindset Revolutionized My Business (FS066)

    Chase Reeves
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    See that building up there? That’s the architecture of one of the best restaurants in the world. It’s family run, and this family’s perspective on business is contagious and jarring. They are the Canlis family. Their restaurant is called Canlis. It’s in Seattle, and on a recent trip I got to spend a little time with Mark Canlis, who runs the restaurant with his brother Brian. Listen, here’s the thing; the way this family thinks about their business, their perspective after 60+ years of serving people at an insane level of quality, has shaken stuff up for me. The…
 
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  • Here's Why Successful People All Learn To Love Failure

    Drake Baer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    When Carol Dweck was starting out as a developmental psychologist, she'd go into schools and subject children to a series of increasingly difficult puzzles.  She was astonished by what the kids did. As she writes in her book "Mindset":  Confronted with the hard puzzles, one ten-year-old boy pulled up his chair, rubbed his hands together, smacked his lips, and cried out, "I love a challenge!" Another, sweating away on these puzzles, looked up with a pleased expression and said with authority, "You know, I was hoping this would be informative!" What is wrong with them? I…
  • 5 Reasons Being A CEO Is Overrated

    Aaron Taube
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    For many, becoming a chief executive is a career-long goal. In addition to the amazing pay, you get to travel the world and enjoy the sense of fulfillment that comes with running your own operation. But being a CEO isn't just about drinking champagne while you recline in first class. It's hard decisions, long hours, and the knowledge that everything that happens inside your company is ultimately your responsibility. While the job affords people the opportunity to put their ideas into action and influence millions of people, it's not always everything it's cracked up to be. Here are five…
  • People Who Work In Tech Say These Are The 10 Best Business Schools In The World

    Melia Robinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    We recently polled 10,000 readers on the World's Best Business Schools, and for the second year in a row, they came back with a clear favorite: Harvard University. But depending on who you ask, you might get a different answer. We asked participants to rate the reputation of the graduates from top business schools around the world. We included responses only from professionals who said they had experience hiring MBAs at least half the time, and filtered the data to obtain better geographical balance. While the Crimson rang in at No. 1 for the second year in a row, even further…
  • Here's How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English

    Gus Lubin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyzes quirks and errors in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) essays to predict the author's native tongue, potentially unlocking new tools for translation and teaching and also producing an alternative map of language similarity. The breakthrough got us thinking: How do native speakers of different languages typically screw up English? Researchers Dr. Boris Katz and graduate student Yevgeni Berzak offered the following examples over email: In Russian, there are no determiners (no words…
  • 9 Tricks Casinos Use To Make You Spend More Money

    Libby Kane
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    If you've ever been to a casino, you know there's a lot going on. Between the sounds, the lights, and the drinks, it's practically an after-hours theme park. An expensive after-hours theme park. The University of Las Vegas found that the 23 Vegas casinos bringing in over $72 million each in the 2013 fiscal year ended up with over $5 billion of their visitors' money, altogether. That's an average of over $630,000 a day, per casino. No one who has ever held a checking account considers gambling a wise and prudent financial choice, so what's the deal? How come we're spending so much money in…
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  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
  • Warren Bennis | 1925-2014

    dylan
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    TweetAaron updated us last Wednesday with some dispatches we’ve received from a new generation of Authors On the Road, Changing the World. It is great to hear from the folks we’re working with, to watch them spreading their ideas and expertise, and see them slowly and deliberately effect real change as they do. But, we know they’re standing on the shoulders of giants, and as this new generation of authors and educators strengthens and broadens the scope of the business book genre, we have been losing some of those giants—the first generation of business book writers, the…
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  • Dankessprüche

    raik
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Worte des Dankes an Freunde oder die Familie Sie möchten ein Mal richtig Danke sagen? Dann machen sie es doch mit einem selbst geschriebenen Gedicht oder einen selbstausgedachten Spruch. Mit persönlichen Worten des Dankes können sie sich bei lieben Personen bedanken, die ihn immer zur Seite gestanden haben und die immer ein offenes Ohr für sie hatten. Ihn liegt das dichten nicht im Blut, sie möchten aber trotzdem mit einem einzigartigen Dankesspruch glänzen? Dann besuchen sie http://www.gedicht-welt.de/gedichte/dankeschongedichte/ dort finden sie ein sehr große Auswahl an passenden…
 
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  • Energy firm tries to build support for 68-mile underwater power line for Greater Boston

    Jon Chesto
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The warning that we could face rolling blackouts in Greater Boston in a couple years would seem like bad news to most of us. But for New Hampshire Transmission, it represents a major opportunity. The Seabrook, N.H.-based subsidiary of NextEra Energy is trying to build support for a proposed underwater power line that would bring 520 megawatts of power from southern New Hampshire into the Boston area. The underwater portion of the 68-mile line would be 50 miles long, leaving the shore in Salisbury…
  • More deals will follow Boston firm's purchase of 11 local solar projects

    Jon Chesto
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The sun is rising for Zaid Ashai and his team at Nexamp, the Boston-based solar developer and operator. The firm announced today that it has acquired a 4.4-megawatt portfolio of 11 Massachusetts solar projects from Broadway Renewable Strategies — collectively enough panels to power 650 homes in one year. The firms didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal. Ashai tells me that more acquisitions are on their way, as Nexamp looks to build its portfolio up to the 75- to 100-megawatt range…
  • Plane-sharing startup Flytenow tweaks business model following FAA letter

    Sara Castellanos
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Northeastern University-born startup Flytenow has tweaked its business model following a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration that effectively bans plane-sharing. In an Aug. 16 blog post, the startup's chief financial officer wrote that it will no longer allow pilots to use the Flytenow website to share flight expenses, though they can still use it to find others to fly with. Flytenow connects recreational pilots of single-engine, propeller-driven planes with those interested in short…
  • Millions of card numbers likely stolen during Supervalu data breach, security expert says

    Clare Kennedy
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Supervalu has not said how many consumers were affected by its data breach, but one security expert believes that the number of credit card accounts involved could be "in the millions." The Eden Prairie-based grocery retailer and wholesaler disclosed the data breach last week, saying hackers infiltrated the company's network and accessed customer credit card information from June 22 through July 17. The breach hit 209 Supervalu stores around the U.S., including 59 Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.…
  • Partners of the Year chosen for BBJ's Corporate Citizenship Summit

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Boston Business Journal announced today the selections for this year's Partners of the Year, honoring the connections between businesses and nonprofits in the region. The winners will be recognized at the BBJ's annual Corporate Citizenship Summit, which will be held Sept. 10 at the Westin Copley Place. This year's Partners of the Year are: • Third Sector Capital and Ropes & Gray • Boston Health Care for the Homeless and Hill Holliday • More than Words Bookstore & Cafe and Constant Contact…
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  • 5 of The Best Publicity Stunts in London: 2014

    Thomas Oppong
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    1. Paddy power go the full montyThe marketing department at Paddy Power must be an incredibly fun place to work at the moment as they continue to conjure up a sequence of headline grabbing stunt. Their gatecrashing of the Brit Awards red carpet in February 2014 was no different.  Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories was the talk of the town and when Daft Park turned up at the Brit Awards in their robot helmets and suits, stars such as Katie Perry and Beyonce were obviously keen to mingle with them. They shocked the onlooking superstars and paparazzi alike when, in true…
  • Why You Should Grow Your Brand with Facebook Advertising

    Thomas Oppong
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    There are many ways to market your business online, so when it comes to determining the best use of your advertising budget you could quickly become overwhelmed. Some business owners like to stick with what they know or those search ad campaigns that pop up the most. However, an important advertising resource that might get overlooked is the use of Facebook.Consider the following five reasons to use Facebook advertising. If you don’t know how to advertise on Facebook, today may be the day to learn.1. Reach Thousands of People on a Tiny Budget. In the US, the minimum spend for Facebook is…
  • The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Social Media Marketers

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Every successful social media marketer is required to stay engaged at all times. Social marketers connect with customers and manage multiple social accounts on daily basis. They stay up to date about industry trends. Social marketers do a whole lot of tasks to be successful at what they do. Most companies are yet to fully leverage social media tools for marketing purposes. And they are most likely to adopt social management systems in the near future to reach millions of prospective customers who are constantly using social apps.These are a few of the many things social media marketers do on…
  • 5 Strategic Ways You Should Be Using LinkedIn

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    LinkedIn is the leading business professional network you should leverage to increase your network of professionals. LinkedIn’s membership increased to 313 million from 296 million in the first quarter of 2014.You should not overlook the importance of LinkedIn for you and your business. If you are not using LinkedIn fully yet, it’s about time your took it serious to increase your business connections and expand your network. So many businesses are generating leads and making sales on LinkedIn today. Business professionals have made profitable connections, secured jobs, won…
  • These 10 Free Tools Can Significantly Improve Your Marketing Efforts

    Thomas Oppong
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Marketing has always been a difficult task for new startups. It takes time to get your products to the right audience. Even when you think you are doing everything right to get the attention you expect, conversion still fails to impress. You may be using all the marketing strategies, tips and tricks in the books but there is always room for improvement.Marketing never ends. As long as you are in business, you need to make it known to your target audience almost all the time. These are a few free marketing tools that can significantly improve your marketing efforts. You may be using some of…
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    Startup Blog

  • 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…
  • Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

    Taffy Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reference Articles:Investors and partners may not think agile  CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spinTaffy 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
  • CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin

    Taffy Williams
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    That CEO said WHAT?One of the many tasks a CEO performs is engaging and explaining the company to the investment community.  They may use a positive spin to present their data in the best manner.  Positive spin is a method were data, while factual, is presented in a manner to highlight the positive and down play any negative.  You may hear this term a great deal in politics as it is a means of trying to get public sentiment on the side of the politician.  Whether one is a CEO or a politician, there is a fine line between positive spin and over doing your…
  • Startup Blog Insights - Thinking Agile is Important to Your Business

    Taffy Williams
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:27 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photowebsiteGoogle+,   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
 
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    YourStory.com

  • How to lead a successful tech business from a small town: SDLC story

    Subodh Kolhe
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Far from the big-city glamourous world of startup culture, there are entrepreneurs toiling away in small towns with the sole aim of succeeding from their hometowns. Pankaj Chhajed, who hails from Bhusawal in Maharashtra, dreamt of doing something different from his small town. He started with a vision to make a top analysis company of India and to empower the rural educated youth. Today, his startup, SDLC, has completed 3 successful years, 300+ projects globally and has 25-member strong team. What does SDLC do? SDLC Services Pvt. Ltd. is a provider of niche Business Analysis (BA), User…
  • Ex Yahoo employees create ‘Sup’ app, a mashup of Snapchat and Live video Chat

    Shreyansh Singhal
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The human race has always been innately curious – always wanting to know what others in our life are doing, where they are, who they are with, what the latest is in someone’s life and an unending list of other things. Modern technology has been evolving rapidly to provide almost real time access to other people’s lives. The history of this evolution can be traced back to Instant Messengers such as ICQ which let anyone chat with others anonymously in various chat rooms in the 1990s. This evolved into the more structured chat with friends on Yahoo! and MSN chat. Next came the…
  • Showcase your hidden talent to the world with ItsShowTime

    Manu Shrivastava
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The talent marketplace in India is currently very fragmented, with very few platforms that are available for talent discovery. Here is a startup that is aiming to consolidate and become the single platform for showcasing talent – ItsShowTime.co.in The Genesis Sharan Makhija has been a part of the family’s advertising business which predominantly helps banks and other institutions in all of their advertising needs – from collateral creation to branding material. The business is already spread across multiple cities with many offices. Sharan has also founded an infrastructure company that…
  • Forgot to take your medicine, Kartavya Healtheon is here to help

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Apart from health issues and discomfort to patients, globally Pharmaceutical companies incur a loss of over USD 300 billion due to non adherence to prescription by patients. Ask any Chronic patient about their biggest issue and they will tell you that it is adhering to the given prescription and following up with the medicine. Kartavya Healtheon works hard to make sure that people do not miss their dosage and take regular medicine and adhere to the given prescription. Started by Vikram Srivastava in 2008, Kartavya Healtheon is a disease management company. Kartavya works by identifying the…
  • Contify is an intelligence platform for businesses to track competitors and more

    Jubin Mehta
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Contify is a New Delhi based product company focused in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing. Their flagship product is an enterprise grade competitive intelligence (CI) platform delivered through a SaaS model. The product has been designed for CI and market insight teams of large organizations that deal with the job of identifying, sourcing, curating, and disseminating critical business information, across several functions, which may impact the medium to long term competitiveness of their organization. The solution aims to enable any…
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    StartUpLift

  • ClipArtLord – Collector of the Finest Free to Use and Public Domain Clip Art

    StartUpLift
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    ClipArtLord.com is the place to find high quality clip arts Target Audience: Students, teachers, graphic designers, mothers Website URL: http://www.ClipArtLord.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups 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…
  • FobeSoft – Restaurant Management Software

    StartUpLift
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    FobeSoft is restaurant management software with 30+ years of industry experience baked in. Target Audience: independent restaurant owners and managers Website URL: http://www.FobeSoft.com/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups 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…
  • Cigars City – The Best Prices on In-Stock Premium CIgars

    StartUpLift
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Cigars City features the best cigars available to today’s modern aficonado – Arturo Fuente, Macanudo, Gurkha, Acid and more! Target Audience: Men, 18-34 Website URL: http://www.CigarsCity.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page – what is your initial impression of what you see? 2) Think of something you want to find on this website. Now try to find it. Did you find what you were looking for? Was anything confusing? 3) Are you encouraged to (create a new account, subscribe, sign up for a free trial, etc.)? Can you tell us why…
  • Trveler – Subscription Based Spontaneous Traveing

    StartUpLift
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Subscription service that provides users with 2 travel packages every week for 8 weeks. Trip options are once every three months. Target Audience: 18-35 active travelers with discretionary spending. College students and business professionals. Couples with no kids. Website URL: http://www.trveler.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups 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…
  • Dealhackr – Killer Android App for Salesforce.com

    StartUpLift
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Caller ID for Salesforce.com + Call Transcription Target Audience: sales professionals Website URL: http://dealhackr.co No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups 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) What do you think about…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • T.Y. Fine Furniture Hand-Crafting Quality Wood Pieces

    Susan Post
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    What started as an interest has now become a business. Tarik Yousef is the master woodcrafter behind T.Y. Fine Furniture. Each piece of solid wood furniture is designed by Yousef from the ground up. “We have custom furniture, which is kind of where we started, and we have our furniture collections,” he says. Most of the […]
  • Drive Capital Moving to New Space in The Joseph

    Susan Post
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Columbus-based venture Capital Firm Drive Capital is headed to a new space in the Short North. The firm will occupy 11,000 square feet of the newly constructed Joseph office building. The new space will be about double the square footage of Drive Capital’s current Arena District office. “We basically doubled our size so we could […]
  • Franklin University Debuts New Entrepreneurship Degree Program

    Susan Post
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Franklin University is debuting a new Entrepreneurship Degree program this fall, teaching students the formal processes required to build a business. Franklin sees three main targets for the program. It’s not only for students who want to learn how to launch their own businesses, “But also for existing managers who want to progress in their […]
  • Wild Mind Entertainment Creates Platform for Independent Artists

    Susan Post
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Creating a space where artists can feature their work, Wild Mind Entertainment provides a subscription-based platform for independent shows, films, and by the end of the summer, music. CEO and Primary Catalyst Eliah Thomas, along with Chief Strategy and Technical Officer Dontae Brodie, launched the network in May of 2014. The network for independents is garnering national attention […]
  • The Oilerie Columbus Features Variety of Imported Olive Oils

    Susan Post
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Providing a unique alternative to that housewarming bottle of wine, or basic wedding present, The Oilerie Columbus at 1409 Grandview Ave. provides a range of 30 imported olive oils and balsamic vinegars. “All the olive oils and vinegars come to us directly from Italy,” Owner Nathan Laslow says. The Oilerie carries six plain olive oils […]
 
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 5 Beta Startups For Signup

    Vineet
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    5 Beta Startups For Signup 1. Tap TAP is a new messaging app that aims to help you ping for anything, for ex; TAP when dinner is ready or TAP to just ping someone. You can send TAP by tapping on the phone, even if it’s locked or you can use the app. 2. Tila Tila  is a new startup that aims to help your teams design and manage their software projects from idea to launch. You can store everything from design documents to implementation tasks and maintenance issues in the same workspace, so that all aspects of the project can be visually and efficiently updated, tracked and measured. 3.
  • Best Product Plans For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Serious investors, on the other hand, look for a professional business plan or summary first, and hardly ever look at the product plan. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek? Just for clarification, I characterize a product plan as a formal description of your product or service, with a quick business description at the end for effect. A business plan is a careful layout of the…
  • How To Do Financial Projections For Your Startup

    Martin
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with financial projections, not wanting to commit to numbers they can’t deliver, and having no clue what investors might consider reasonable. However, making no projections, or non-credible projections will get your startup marked as unfundable. I recommend a simple set of guidelines, which work for at least 80% of the business domains I see. Equally important, you need to make these projections first as goals for your own use, to convince the team as well as investors that you have a business which is achievable. Projecting the financials should be the last step…
  • How To Convince Investors About Long Term Competitive Advantage Of Startup

    Martin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises a big red flag with potential investors, who conclude that no competitors means no market, or you haven’t looked, and the new startup is likely not investable. They are looking for startups that have a sustainable advantage over direct and indirect competitor offerings, as well as obvious value to customers living without your product today. First to market, for example, is not normally a…
  • 3 Smashing Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    3 Smashing Startups 1. Edgar Edgar is a  new social media scheduling tool like no other. Instead of publishing your updates just once and throwing them away like yesterday’s rubbish, they carefully catalogues them in a limitless library that you build over time. All of your updates are sorted into categories that you create and published on a schedule that you choose, so Edgar publishes what you want, when you want it. 2. Simplified Simplifyd is a new startup that  aims to manage your clients, invoicing and estimates. 3. Campadillo Campadillo is a new startup that aims to help students to…
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  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
  • Picture This: A Guide to Setting Up Your Best Video Conference

    EpicLaunch
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You could be forgiven for thinking that a “video conference” is an unglamorous ordeal occasionally witnessed during films from the 1980s. Surely everyone simply “skypes” these days, right? Well, that’s not quite true. Whilst there will be many circumstances in which a quick chat using your laptop’s built-in camera and microphone will do just fine, the formalised video conference still has its place. For larger business meetings and corporate events, it is crucial to get the audio visual setup just right. This is something the team at Perception Live know a lot about. Having been…
  • Office Harmony: Solving the Top 3 Comfort Conflicts

    EpicLaunch
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Every employer knows that the secret to staff productivity is keeping their employees comfortable and happy in the office. However, that is not always as easy as it seems. Environmental factors can affect the comfort levels of employees, and it is in the employer’s best interests to sort these out before they have a detrimental effect on productivity. There are many things that can affect the comfort of employees, but by far the biggest three are temperature, light and noise. As well as ensuring correct office health and safety at all times, you should also make sure your employees are…
  • A Few Top Tips to Trigger Trade Show Triumph

    EpicLaunch
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Is your business currently on the hunt for a new avenue through which you can market your product or service to the masses? You will probably find that you are already well aquainted with the obvious methods through which this can be done; social media, advertising, and mailing lists are only a few of the ways in which this can be done. However, one marketing method you may not have given a go is taking your business to a trade show. Many of you will already have an idea of what a trade show is, but to refresh your memory and provide those of you who haven’t heard about them, here is a…
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  • List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List?

    Dilip Kumar
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Another list building post.. you may think! One hard fact about internet marketing is that the basics just doesn’t change. So if you hear terms like list building, social media, customer engagement, sales funnel etc. you shouldn’t be too much worried. Because this is what Internet marketing is all about. These are some of the […] The post List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • CB Passive Income Review – The Readymade Make Money Online Program

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    One common problem that my students and subscribers approach me with is getting started with Internet Marketing. People spend thousands of dollars on hiring mentors and tutors, who teach them concepts after concepts in internet marketing. But, in spite of people learning all the concepts, they end up on the losing side when the actual […] The post CB Passive Income Review – The Readymade Make Money Online Program appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • How to Create a Money Making Blog Without Writing Content for it?

    Dilip Kumar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    If you have clicked through the headline over to this article, I am sure that you first thought might have been Looks like an insane blogger playing gimmicks with his headline So, my first objective here will be to prove you wrong, if you had a similar thought. On the other hand if you are […] The post How to Create a Money Making Blog Without Writing Content for it? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • Making Money with Affiliate Marketing – People Search Engines Products

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    When I started my internet marketing business, I was so confused with all the jargons – Niche, affiliate marketing, keyword research, buyer keywords etc.. that I would spend hours in front of my computer just trying to figure out where to start. I would take days to start , leave alone finding and researching a […] The post Making Money with Affiliate Marketing – People Search Engines Products appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous?

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Okay!… it is almost a month that I wrote my last post. While the first 15 days I was away vacationing, the other 15 days went in the vacation hangover.. You read that right. Even vacations can give you a hangover. So here is how it works. Once you are back from a vacation where […] The post Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
 
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  • The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start?

    Fadzuli
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start? In the past I’ve started my businesses with $20 and $150. Many others with even $0. Don’t think of capital when you begin. Think of getting your customers first. No customers no business. So you’ve got to know how to get your customers first. From there then you build your capital. If u want a $4000 salary that month then think of the number of clients u need to get. If that is still too hard, then divide it into days. So per day u need to make $120. If that is still too hard, then think of the…
  • 10th March 2014

    Fadzuli
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    10th of March 2014.. Another age catches up and I am already 32. Still a long list of targets to achieve. Career and family balance is something to look forward to. Perhaps I’ve gotta to start living life slower.
  • Happy Holidays

    Fadzuli
    30 Jan 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A long weekend for  everyone. Make sure you drive/ride safe if you are travelling up the peninsula.
  • The Tawakkal of a BOSS

    Fadzuli
    23 Jan 2014 | 7:05 am
    Tawakkal means “Trust in Allah swt” I realise there are many levels of tawakkal for a person and it actually boils down to his/her relationship with Allah swt.  To be a BOSS, the degree of tawakkal or trust in Allah is much higher than most people out there. The BOSS will never know the future although he has to plan for it. A BOSS is responsible for the people whom he is entrusted to such as his staff and have to always think of how to support them. And the BOSS needs to keep the company going. There is also so much that the BOSS can do. He will also have to rely on his staff…
  • 2014.. What Do I want..

    Fadzuli
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Alhamdulillah. Another year another fresh beginning. ~ Reflections this morning.. To take care of myself more. I guess in this world we called entrepreneurship, you can end up a slave to the community, we serve and serve yet personal interest haven’t really been taken care of. In my case then. So this 2014, I wanna delegate more, work lesser, pray harder, travel more for business and leisure and spend time with parents who are truly ageing fast. And who knows the right one might come along and weddings in this year. And also no more waiting and hoping that things will turn out right.
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  • The Benefits and Risks of Issuing Equity In a Startup

    Christine Mortensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This month we answer the question: What are the benefits and risks of issuing equity in my startup and what should I look out for? Startups often compensate employees and/or service providers with equity in exchange for services.  The type and form of equity may vary based on your company’s desired outcome and goals, which come in various forms such as stock options, stock grants, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock to name a few. Advantages When you pay employees with equity, it affords your employees with an opportunity align their interests with those of your company. …
  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

    Christine Mortensen
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video brings a lot of value to the marketing table for entrepreneurs. Here are the facts: Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey says a one-minute video is equivalent to 1.8 million words. Online engagement measurement and usage site comScore says almost 50 percent of Internet users view at least one video online each month. Forbes says 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos each week. As you can see, incorporating video into your marketing strategy can potentially provide an enormous ROI. Avoid making a rookie mistake and seriously consider integrating videos into your…
  • How To Use Mobile Devices For Entrepreneurial Success

    Christine Mortensen
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Today’s entrepreneurs do business and manage their enterprises on the go while traveling, visiting customers and vendors, or poolside during time with the family. It’s no longer necessary to spend eight or 10 hours every weekday in an office behind a desk and in meetings.The flexibility and accessibility that smart phones, tablets, and apps provide are staples of the modern work world. Smart Phones are the New Business Steering Wheel Not too long ago, keeping in touch with subordinates, meeting with customers and vendors, and talking to the banker were all done from a central location –…
  • Are Copywriting and Design Mutually Exclusive Skills?

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    A young, talented copywriter we’ve worked with at Sprk’d recently found an amazing opportunity on the creative team at one of the most well-know hotel brands out there. Even though she’s focused on writing she’s also always had an interest in learning design. She asked me a question: As a designer, do you think the two skills [design and writing] are mutually exclusive? People have told me, “you’re either a writer or a designer”, but I’m interested in both. Here was my response and I am curious to hear how you would have answered: I do not…
  • How to Make Your Workday Healthier and More Productive

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Working hard or hardly working? Rapidly growing technological advances have not only raised the bar for all of us, but also made us more inactive. We are now expected to be multitasking throughout the workday, and most of our tasks don’t require us to get off our seat!  Here are a few tips to help make you feel healthier, more alert, and more productive during your workday: 1. Have a meeting? Why not take a walk? Break out of the meeting room, and have walking meetings instead! Not only will the change in surroundings inspire new ideas and creativity, but the physical activity will also…
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  • Four ways to guarantee fast and effective team meetings

    guestblogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Although they can sound like a waste of time, effective team meetings are essential for all new (and existing) businesses if they are to reach their potential. They can help you leverage the collective intelligence in your business, as well as move the team forward cohesively. Ideally you should have more team meetings, not fewer. This is because effective meetings lead to: Broader buy-in and consensus. Better understanding of complex problems and issues. Better understanding of individual contributions. Greater positive social obligation. But what should you avoid if you want to ensure…
  • How long can you bootstrap a start-up before real investment is required?

    guestblogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Battle lines have been drawn in the entrepreneurial world, with venture capital squaring up to its penny-pinching cousin, bootstrapping. Before budding entrepreneurs can reach the dizzying highs of business triumph, they must first launch their idea off the ground, and this requires finance. Venture capital (AKA private equity) is hard to obtain, competition is immense and investors can be reluctant to hand over their capital without evidence that the business can work and eventually bring a return. Most start-ups must go through a phase of bootstrapping before they can prove to investors…
  • Do you have to give your employees time off for bank holidays?

    guestblogger
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Many of us look forward to that longer break that bank holiday weekends bring, because it can provide the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends, who we don’t see as much as we’d like due to the demands of our busy daily lives. But do businesses look forward to bank holidays? Each bank holiday is reported to cost the UK economy £2.3bn (according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research) and they can cause a headache for business owners, with some questioning the need for so many public holidays. But the UK has the lowest number of national public holidays of…
  • Getting the right technology to enable your employees to work flexibly

    guestblogger
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:14 am
    The right for employees to request flexible working is now in full force. With these new regulations, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills predicts that up to 20 million people across the country could be asking their employees to work flexibly. Employers can reject these requests, but whether they do or not, to have a happy, satisfied workforce, start-ups and small businesses must have the right technology and communication systems to accommodate modern working methods. Recently we conducted some research looking at the working habits of small businesses and it seems that…
  • Why isn’t your business selling to overseas customers?

    Mark Williams
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Sacré bleu. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages has asked all political parties to include a new “framework for national recovery in language learning” in their 2015 general election manifestos. That framework should include pledges to “transform the reputation of UK citizens as poor linguists, reluctant to value languages other than English” and “actively encourage business and employers to get involved in tackling the crisis”. The good news for businesses is the group also suggested that employers might be offered tax incentives to “recruit or train…
 
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  • Q: Side Payment Requested In Negotiation

    Sean Murphy
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Q: We have been in customer discovery for a few months and have a situation in a negotiation that I am not sure how to deal with. A decision maker at a potential customer says he believes that our product can help but it’s not addressing a burning problem. The wrinkle that I have not encountered before: he says he would like to pursue this idea on his own so he wants us to compensate him for the ideas he is bringing. Any advice on how to look at the situation or how best to handle it? Some Questions to Consider: Who owns the ideas that he gave you? Has he disclosed them to his company?
  • Thought Leadership: Rotary Club Four Way Test

    Sean Murphy
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    When I spoke on Thought Leadership at the San Bruno Rotary Club on August 6 this “four way test” was printed on all of the placemats. It was the first time I had encountered it and I found it a useful insight for evaluating a course of action. Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? As I have reflected on the event in the interim I realized that this simple test, developed by Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 to turn around his failing company, was a great…
  • Few Against Many Requires Focus and Perseverance

    Sean Murphy
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    We Happy Few The fewer men, the greater share of honour. [...] We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; Henry V in Act IV Scene iii 18–67. “St. Crispin’s Day speech” A college kid in a dorm room starts assembling and selling person computers.. Two college dropouts–or recent graduates–start building hardware in a garage. A woman starts a software consulting business in her second bedroom, then creates a software product. Four men in a pie shop sketch a design for a personal computer. All startups by definition start small and attract founders who welcome the…
  • David Binetti On The Mind of the Entrepreneur

    Sean Murphy
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    In the mind of the entrepreneur the future is obvious and imminent. This  “reality distortion field” can be useful for making a better future possible, but it inclines the entrepreneur to minimize adoption risk–people will see the benefits of my product immediately and adopt it–and to be impatient. Customer development techniques allow you to identify expensive false positives for potential markets and to refine your approach. I have been reviewing the presentations from Startup Lessons Learned 2010 and 2011 again and realized that I had never blogged about David…
  • Don’t Get Distracted Raising Venture Capital

    Sean Murphy
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s not a mistake to accept venture capital if your business merits and requires it for growth. Don’t get distracted seeking it until then. “The seductive narrative of Silicon Valley stars a genius-hero who goes on a journey, overcomes myriad obstacles, has a flash of insight and is rewarded by wise and benevolent investors with Series A funding. This narrative is bullshit, but it’s everywhere. Venture capital is not a rags to riches story. It’s the inspiring tale of redeploying resources from a lower- to a higher-performing asset class. There’s nothing wrong with…
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  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
  • Picture This: A Guide to Setting Up Your Best Video Conference

    EpicLaunch
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You could be forgiven for thinking that a “video conference” is an unglamorous ordeal occasionally witnessed during films from the 1980s. Surely everyone simply “skypes” these days, right? Well, that’s not quite true. Whilst there will be many circumstances in which a quick chat using your laptop’s built-in camera and microphone will do just fine, the formalised video conference still has its place. For larger business meetings and corporate events, it is crucial to get the audio visual setup just right. This is something the team at Perception Live know a lot about. Having been…
  • Office Harmony: Solving the Top 3 Comfort Conflicts

    EpicLaunch
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Every employer knows that the secret to staff productivity is keeping their employees comfortable and happy in the office. However, that is not always as easy as it seems. Environmental factors can affect the comfort levels of employees, and it is in the employer’s best interests to sort these out before they have a detrimental effect on productivity. There are many things that can affect the comfort of employees, but by far the biggest three are temperature, light and noise. As well as ensuring correct office health and safety at all times, you should also make sure your employees are…
  • A Few Top Tips to Trigger Trade Show Triumph

    EpicLaunch
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Is your business currently on the hunt for a new avenue through which you can market your product or service to the masses? You will probably find that you are already well aquainted with the obvious methods through which this can be done; social media, advertising, and mailing lists are only a few of the ways in which this can be done. However, one marketing method you may not have given a go is taking your business to a trade show. Many of you will already have an idea of what a trade show is, but to refresh your memory and provide those of you who haven’t heard about them, here is a…
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  • Maven Medical aims to bring docs in on healthcare economics

    Ken Berlack
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sitting comfortably in the sleek but cozy common space in Baltimore’s Emerging Technology Centers-Haven Campus, Tony D’Agostino clearly enjoys discussing the ills and opportunities within the American healthcare system. With an almost professorial manner, D’Agostino, 55, aims to cut to the heart of the debate about efforts to bend the health cost-curve, improve outcomes and reduce costs for individuals and families. “They say as much as one-third of the $3 trillion spent on healthcare in this country could be unnecessary spending,” says D’Agostino. “It’s a crazy number.” And…
  • Now open in Baltimore, Securis knows how to destroy data

    Tyler Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Believe it or not, drilling a hole in a hard drive is not an effective way to make it unreadable. “All these old ways of driving a nail through it or driving a drill through it just doesn’t cut it,” said George Parks, co-owner of the new Baltimore outpost of Securis franchisee, located in Essex. “We’re an ultra-secure, environmentally responsible data disposition, data destruction and e-recycler,” Parks said. “We take care of hard drives, computers laptops, anything that’s an IT asset for companies and we destroy the hard drives through a shredding…
  • See summer projects at Digital Harbor Foundation [Events Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    This week, check out “Star Spangled Banner”-themed creations at the Digital Harbor Foundation’s Star Spangled Summer Youth Showcase. Get your C++ skills up to A+ at the Baltimore Code Craftsmanship meetup, or learn the basics of Android programming in Columbia at Android Development for Beginners. Star Spangled Summer Youth Showcase Check out the products of Digital Harbor Foundation students and Maker Camp attendees, including numerous projects built around the Star-Spangled Spectacular theme. Wednesday, Aug. 20 6:30-8:30 p.m. Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center…
  • Venture for America announces 2014 class of Baltimore fellows

    Tyler Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Venture for America announced Friday 15 fellows for its second class in the Baltimore area. The fellows will join local startups. Ten from this year’s cohort are headed to the Federal Hill-based cybersecurity firm ZeroFOX. Venture for America tasks young graduates with spending two years in a startup, with the goal of empowering them as entrepreneurs later on. This year’s fellows come from alma maters like Duke, Brown, Northwestern and Notre Dame. Recently, some members of Baltimore’s first class of VFA fellows worked together to crowdfund a new food market event.
  • 5 Baltimore Innovation Week events you should pencil in right now

    Kate Leshko
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The third annual Baltimore Innovation Week will again celebrate technology and innovation in Baltimore, Sept. 12-20. It’s part of an effort to grow the awareness and connectivity of the region’s technology ecosystem. New this year, Baltimore Innovation Week will be divided into six broad tracks: Access, Business, Civic, Creative, Dev and Media. Events in these tracks run each day around the city and region, in addition to specific daylong sets of programming in these tracks. Here are few track day highlights we recommend clearing your schedule for: Sharpen your skills or learn…
 
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  • Review: Sound Blaster Roar is One Great Bluetooth Speaker

    Rich
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    We love our music over here at inside-Startups, so when we got a chance to review the new Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth system, we jumped at the chance. It’s all about the sound If you don’t get much chance to read further, this is a great-sounding portable speaker that puts out incredible sound for the money. If you like to entertain on the patio, this thing will get your guest’s toes tapping without the blaring loudness you might remember from the Boom Box days. I’m not an expert audiophile or anything like that, but I really enjoy listening to the Roar outdoors. The…
  • Stephen Key’s One Simple Idea for Startups

    Rich
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In this video, Stephen Key, the entrepreneur behind the Teddy Ruxpin toys, describes his book One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs: Live Your Dreams and Create Your Own Profitable Company.
  • Video: Why You Should Move to Oregon

    Rich
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    In this video, Skip Newberry, President of the Technology Association of Oregon presents:  Why You Should Move to Oregon. Joining Newberry are Eric Sorenson, Open-Source Product Owner at PuppetLabs and Jared Wiener, Industry Liason at PDC. Attend this presentation to learn why technology professionals and entrepreneurs are relocating to Portland, Oregon. You will hear firsthand from Eric Sorenson, who recently left Apple in Cuppertino, California, to join Puppet Labs in Portland. You will also hear about economic trends, startup initiatives and unique industry resources that paint a…
  • Video: How GoodData Brings Insight to Big Data

    Rich
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    In this video, Robert Scoble interviews Roman Stanek, founder and CEO of GoodData, a business intelligence company. Companies are spending billions on BI, but aren’t getting the insight they need into their data. BizData Monetization is a new strategy used to generate business value from data. GoodData Bashes provide real-time, actionable insight to help monetize BizData.
  • Manifest Insights: Dashboards for your Data

    Rich
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Manifest Insights is new Startup from Portland that develops powerful dashboards that visualize today’s on-premise and off-premise data in a flash. In this video, we catch up with CEO Dan Blaisdell to learn more.
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Failure For the Win!

    Banksy
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    In a world that shouts about success, it’s a natural human trait to regard failure as a negative thing. People often cover up their mistakes and find them hard to admit to. In my business I’m a huge believer in and encourage my team to shout from the roof tops about their failures (ok sometimes its best to do that behind closed doors of course) so they can learn from them. I try and encourage an environment where they aren’t afraid to come forward and admit mistakes, after all if they don’t take responsibility for things, then no one benefits. I believe that my mistakes…
  • Not all clients are right for you

    Banksy
    14 May 2014 | 10:19 am
    What, people who pay me money aren’t necessarily right for me? Surely not. One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt over the years is that our business doesn’t suit everyone and everyone doesn’t suit our business. The problem I have is that as someone who has a fairly high need for approval (I like to be liked), I’m first to jump into situations I feel need saving and while good at this, its not always the right thing to do.  Customers, clients, people who aren’t right for your business cost you money, time, stress and the opportunity cost of doing better business. The question is…
  • Digital Marketing Tips for 2014

    Banksy
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Afternoon all. I trust you all had a fantastic start to the year? I’m sure, being driven people, that your goals are set, you know what you want to achieve in 2014 and now its just a case of making it happen. As the owner of a digital agency in Exeter I want to cover a few ideas for things you should look to implement within your digital strategy this year. If you take on board just a couple of these you’ll be ahead of the majority of the crowd. I know you guys are always looking for the edge, so please enjoy. Explore the world of Conversion Optimisation (CRO/Split Testing) Offering up…
  • Breathe for Jo

    Banksy
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Dear Friends, Its not often that I’d ask you to support something or give your time to a cause that you might not have any link to but I’d appreciate just 5 minutes of your time to read this and the article it links to. My good friend Jo Smith has two terminal illnesses, pulmonary hypertension and lymphatic cancer. She is thought to be the only person in the world to have both and sadly one stops her from being treated for the other. A possible breakthrough treatment has been found in Thailand but 30k is needed to send her there. A campaign has been launched by her friend Lacey…
  • What is Inbound Marketing?

    Banksy
    10 Jan 2014 | 5:32 am
    –Update to Post Mar 2014– For many years us marketeers have focused on outbound marketing. A one-way message, attempting to buy people’s attention. Think Radio, Think Advertising, Think TV Adverts. With Inbound Marketing the focus switches to ‘earnt’ attention. By providing your prospects with something of value they give you permission to keep marketing to them. For example, giving away tips in a blog article/whitepaper, which your prospect finds via Google is a good form of Inbound Marketing. They like your content, it sounds like you know what you’re talking about, so…
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  • Tackle Youtube’s Multi-Billion Dollar Industry with Bent Pixels

    Eric Strait
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Learn how digital media leader Bent Pixels will help you tackle Youtube’s multi-billion dollar industry.   As a Certified Youtube MCN, Bent Pixels hosts the channels of some of the world’s leading brands including UFC, Shaq Entertainment, Joe Rogan, Kevin Hart and America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV), generating 5 billion annual views from an audience of over 11 million monthly unique viewers.   For the first podcast of our Digital Media Series, I sat down with the Vice President of Operations at Bent Pixels, James Creech.  James’s experience as the…
  • Hire Fast, Fire Fast

    Eric Strait
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    Being an entrepreneur is like riding a roller coaster day after day, so unless you are Richard Rodriguez trying to break the break the World Record for the longest roller-coaster ride, you will want to get your startup to flat solid ground as soon as you possibly can–and keep it there. If you begin to hire fast and fire fast, you will add loops and turns to your ride by creating an unstable company culture and work-group disharmony. Hiring slow is a key ingredient to keeping your startup on stable ground. Because hiring the right employees is such a critical decision to make for…
  • 10 Tips for Getting Media Coverage

    Lorenzo Grandi
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Lots of journalists keep receiving bad pitches everyday. Help them out. Help share the word about engaging reporters the way they like. Keep in mind the following tips to please your media contacts and increase your chances of getting covered. Courtesy of PR professional Sally Saville Hodge, Hodge Media Strategies, Adventures in Communicating. 1. Learn how to tell a story If you haven’t already, consider starting a blog today. If you blog and read blogs constantly, you’ll become a better writer. You will understand what headlines get shared more than others and what stories are…
  • Starting your Dream

    Paul O'Brien
    21 Jan 2014 | 7:46 pm
    This article has been syndicated in partnership with Paul O’Brien of  SEO’Brien Just the other week, I had the distinct pleasure of joining Dreamit Venture’s kick-off of their spring 2014 class. The roster of incredible teams, including ChegginCollaborateCloudeyeQNotoriousOctane LendingStereoSwanTeleCog, and UserApp, set me wondering what role dreams play in one’s success as an entrepreneur. Thinking more about the shifting role of capital and the emigration of innovation from Silicon Valley, it’s hard not to turn to all of the startup dreams I’ve heard and…
  • Sideqik: Ultimate Growth Hack and Partnership Platform for Marketers

    Eric Strait
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Sideqik: The Best Partnership Platform for Marketers   First off, I do not say this lightly, but Kurt Uhlir is a friend and just a great person due to his genuineness, humility, and servitude. Now throw in brilliant visionary, and you have one tough business savant to tango with!   Kurt started his first company when he was 14 and has helped drive more than $8 billion in value creation and exits in Social, Location and Mobile.   He has 15+ years experience launching new businesses and effectively leading teams across six continents. During his tenure leading competitive strategy and…
 
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  • Intrastate Crowdfunding and the 499 Shareholder Problem

    Joe Wallin
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In prior posts I have lamented the problems with the federal crowdfunding law.  The SEC is still behind on finalizing rules implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act. In the meantime, Washington State and a handful of other states have pushed forward with crowdfunding laws of their own that are meant to offer a less expensive and more practical and usable alternative to the federal crowdfunding law.The Basis of State Crowdfunding – The Intrastate ExemptionState-level equity crowdfunding laws allow a company to equity crowdfund without having to comply with the federal…
  • How Does Private Equity Develop M&A Investment Strategies?

    Joe Wallin
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s Q3 session. This session will address questions such as:How does private equity develop M&A investment strategies?What is the investment life cycle of various different types of investments?How does private equity think about and apply M&A?The program will feature a panel discussion on the M&A process from the perspective of financial buyers of venture capital. The panel, moderated by Professor Jarrad Harford of the Foster School of Business at University of Washington, will include:Bradaigh Wagner, Principal, Endeavour…
  • WTIA Tech in Focus: Crowdfunding

    Joe Wallin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is hosting an event that brings together industry experts to answer questions for startups regarding the new Washington state crowdfunding law.Washington’s new crowdfunding bill will allow companies to up to $1 million from both non-accredited and accredited investors. However, there are strict rules that need to be adhered to in order to correctly execute a crowdfunding campaign.Topics Discussed Will Be:The contents of the crowdfunding billHow to actually use the new billImplications to the startup communityPanelists include:Joe…
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  • DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Alec Lynch, the founder and CEO of DesignCrowd, was recently named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern Region by Ernst & Young. While working as a management consultant at Booz & Co, Alec discovered that the traditional graphic design industry was slow, expensive and risky. Determined to do something about this, he started DesignCrowd in his [...] The post DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines?

    Dominic Collins
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    There is a saying, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. The implication being that each member of the committee advocates their own preferences and wants, compromises occur, and the result is uncomfortable, temperamental and not fit-for-purpose. The current approach to innovation in Australia appears to be something more like a camel than [...] The post Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines? appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Blue Sky is looking to raise a $30 million fund in Australia’s starved venture capital sector

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Blue Sky Venture Capital, a division of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, is looking to raise $30 million for a new fund in a bid to capitalise on Australia’s underpenetrated and cash-starved venture capital sector. It’s worth noting that $30million is a pretty considerable amount considering the fact that just $100 million was raised for [...] The post Blue Sky is looking to raise a $30 million fund in Australia’s starved venture capital sector appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • How to find the right investors for your startup

    Anthill Magazine
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the early days of starting up a business, it’s common for entrepreneurs to accept any money that comes their way. Yet, this can backfire if you end up working with investors who have a different agenda than you do. An investor-entrepreneur relationship is ideally a long-term one; so it’s important to craft a pitch [...] The post How to find the right investors for your startup appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Release Your Inner Kraken: The Folly of Hidden Talents

    Peter Cauton
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    For as far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing. I enjoyed paragraph writing in grade school. There was always a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I felt a paragraph was complete, when I felt every word I used was the right one. It was simultaneously art and science for me. This love for word construction continued throughout my high school and college stints. Writing assignments wouldn’t feel like homework. I would volunteer for writing tasks across my different subjects, projects, and the clubs I belonged to. In my first year after graduation, I taught…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job Now and Work for a Startup (With Traction)

    Peter Cauton
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    So, you want to put up a startup. You want to take the leap. But it’s sooooo hard to let go of the cushy job you’ve spent numerous years cultivating… You worry about the sudden disruption of that bi-monthly cashflow you’re now so accustomed to and built your life around. So what now? Here’s a solution – work for a startup. But don’t just work for ANY startup – work for a startup with traction. What’s traction? I like Naval Ravikant’s (Angelist founder) efficient definition of traction: “Quantitative evidence of market…
  • Thursdays Unplugged Postscript (July 31 Edition)

    Peter Cauton
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
      See that bottle of Pepsi in the picture? I started this Thursdays Unplugged session by accidentally dropping the closed bottle, and then proceeding to absent-mindedly open it. The result was an explosion of cola and pride, mostly on my shirt (which, incredibly, looks the same in the picture). It was all uphill from there though! With the third participant calling that he couldn’t make it the last minute, this became a 3-person session. Of course, I loved the result, as Jode, Gerome, and I not only got into the technicalities of the their startup ideas, but more importantly, we…
  • Risk Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

    Peter Cauton
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The older we get, the more permanent our decisions become. In high school, the biggest decision we made was probably what school to take (a lot of people I know didn’t have a choice in this matter as well), or perhaps what course to take. We could then easily shift courses. A lot of people I know even shifted schools. We also choose who to hang out with. This can change easily as well. Then one day, we graduate from college. Then we have to face the next big decision in our lives – what job to take. Not quite happy with our first job, perhaps we transfer to another firm. It…
  • UPDATED: Jobs in Our Startup Community!

    Peter Cauton
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    People! Lots of openings in our growing group! Check out this updated list for more information! Tired of the corporate life? Eager to contribute to a startup? Want to have some fun building stuff with great people? Do check us out!  Filed under: ANNOUNCEMENTS, TAKE THAT LEAP! Tagged: job openings, philippine startups, STORM Rewards, Strata
 
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  • The Five Most Important Productivity Tools For Freelancers

    joshboyle
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Kristin Dziadul - Founder, KDMedia Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Almost every day I’m asked what tools I use to stay organized, track my time, and collaborate with clients. I find the tools I use so valuable to my everyday work flow that I’d like to talk a bit about them here. Almost every day I’m asked what tools I use to stay organized, track my time, and collaborate with clients. I find the tools I use so valuable to my everyday work flow that I’d like to talk a bit about them…
  • Paul English’s Blade Launches Classy - Making it Painfully Easy for Students to Buy and Sell Stuff

    joshboyle
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    Release Date:  Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  By now you’ve likely heard of Paul English’s latest venture, Blade, the new incubator that doubles as a private event space... It’s been roughly three months since Blade opened it’s doors... By now you’ve likely heard of Paul English’s latest venture, Blade, the new incubator that doubles as a private event space. Before his launch, Paul let VentureFizz inside to share the story behind Blade and…
  • Talent on the Move! August 15, 2014

    Keith Cline
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - August 15, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - August 15, 2014Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Morris Porter, Vice President of Sales @ SiteSpect.  Previously, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Yottaa.  Link Girish Juneja,…
  • Harvard iLab: Venture Incubation Program Demo Day

    joshboyle
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Last night the Harvard Innovation Lab hosted its’ Venture Incubation Demo Day, which is a culmination of their Venture Incubation Program. Last night the Harvard Innovation Lab hosted its’ Venture Incubation Demo Day, which is a culmination of their Venture Incubation Program. The Venture Incubation Program, or VIP, is a 12-week program designed to help students make progress on their entrepreneurial…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: August 18 – 22

    joshboyle
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Premium Company:  Yesware Release Date:  Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to…
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  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

    mholmes
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
      So we’re finally here: the last installment. In this post we conclude my year of tithing and its results. In case you missed the first 3 installments here they are: My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 1) My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3)

    mholmes
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    In case this is your 1st time here, this case study is an unbiased account of my first year tithing. In my first post I spoke about being fired within my first 90 days of tithing (click here). In the 2nd post, I spoke about being disheartened not seeing the results from my tithing experiment […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

    mholmes
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As I stated in the last post I wanted to give an unbiased and truthful account of my first year with tithing. Up to this point in my life I had never seen anything done like this before. Most people when they talk about tithing are quick to talk about how much of a multiplication […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My first year results with tithing: a personal case study

    mholmes
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    I was hesitant to write this post. Why? It’s not something you read or hear. The fact is, when most people give their testimonies about tithing it’s usually with an instantaneous and positive ending. Most ministries tell how the person who gave received a 400% increase in a matter of months. Last year…that was NOT the […] The post My first year results with tithing: a personal case study appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin

    mholmes
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    The Christmas season is upon us. As a result, everyone turns their attention to a manger, a virgin mother, and a Baby that changed the world. As much as I am indebted to that Baby I wanted to focus on the mother–the Virgin Mary. I wanted to talk about her faith actually. When she heard […] The post After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • How to Win at Google’s Game

    Tim Flint
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Play their game. You need to embrace that they have a business model. Embrace it and the rules are there. Play the game.” – Ryan Mull, Partner and Director at Imavex In the game of business, the premise is simple: make more money than you spend. When you take your business online, the game gets more complicated. Cheats and shortcuts that were once overlooked can be taken away, and even the rules you were playing by can change and essentially leave you starting over. Google is famous for switching the rules of the game, especially when it comes to SEO. Why can this one company have such…
  • 5 Tips For Learning to Code

    Forest Good
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Like learning any new domain (be it music or a foreign language), there is a tremendous learning curve to programming.  At first, it seems like a massive mountain to climb, but the most important thing is to keep learning and not to give up when you feel discouraged.Here are a five tips for anyone considering whether they should take the time to learn how to program. Bet on any horse, because all of them will get you where you need to go – When it comes to which programming language to choose, think about what type of skill set you want to develop. Mobile – Objective-C (iOS),…
  • How To Re-Invest In Midwest Startups

    Matt Hunckler
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Indiana and the surrounding Midwest has an exciting history of software entrepreneurship. Large sales of companies like Software Artistry and Baker Hill in Indianapolis, and Resite in Bloomington, started a movement that has snowballed into a powerful Midwest startup community. In this interview from the The Innovation Showcase, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the Midwest share their perspective on how to keep the momentum going and re-invest in Midwest startups: First you have to have success. And early software successes in Indiana made way for even bigger wins for the state,…
  • Can Indiana’s New Crowdfunding Law Help Your Business?

    Chuck Switzer
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: LendingMemo.com As of July 1, Hoosier entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital (join the club, right) now have a new tool: crowdfunding.  Indiana’s new crowdfunding law sailed quickly and almost unopposed through the General Assembly—140 yeas to 1 nay.  Despite any instinctual suspicion some may have of a law that both parties agree on, this legislation may actually be useful to you.  Here are six questions to consider in deciding whether to Hoosier crowdfund: Can I raise capital from out-of-state investors? No.  For the time being, federal law still prohibits you from…
  • WATCH: Verge Organizer Jordan Updike Discusses Indiana’s Growth on IIB

    Tim Hickle
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Verge organizer and all around stud Jordan Updike made a visit to Inside Indiana Business to chat with Gerry Dick and Ike Willett about the growth of Indiana’s tech sector and the new capital the Circle City is seeing because of it. “The beautiful thing is we’re starting to get a reputation as an area that’s putting out quality companies and quality work.” - Jordan Updike Perhaps the greatest evidence of this comes from the Innovation Showcase. In the past six years, this event has grown from a small, niche event to a startup spectacle that attracts…
 
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  • Killer Tricks To Market Your New Business Online

    Gus
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Link to image When you are starting a new business, the chances are that you don’t have much of a budget set aside for marketing. Marketing your business can make or break the company as a whole. How will anyone even know that you exist if you don’t get out there and tell them so? They won’t. If you have a small budget for marketing then, online marketing might be your new best friend. Using the internet to get the word out about your business is cheap but will take some care and attention on your part. You need to invest a good amount of time into working out your online…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Publishing A Killer Startup Website

    Gus
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Credit Starting your own business could be the best thing you ever do. Not only will it allow you to choose your working hours, but you can even determine your wage to some extent. All you have to do is come up with a lucrative idea that is guaranteed to provide you with a stable form of income for years to come. In fact, the idea doesn’t even have to be original so long as you identify a gap in the market. You might think the whole endeavour would involve a lot of work, but that’s not always the case if you’re careful about your strategy. Firstly, you’re going to need an alluring…
  • Starting Out as a Web Designer: What to Do

    Gus
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    If you want to become a web designer, you have a lot of work ahead of you. It’s no good being a good web designer; you need to be a spectacular web designer in order to stand out from the rest of them! Not that I’m trying to put you off or anything. I recommend that you teach yourself what to do. Yes, you could do a course in a college, but this doesn’t make any real difference other than it costs you a whole lot more money. So, let’s talk about this as if you’re going to teach yourself. Here’s what to do: Know What You Must Do As a web designer, your job will be to create the…
  • 5 fascinating words that can do miracles at your negotiation

    Gus
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    The key to success in business is to use words to master negotiations. Some negotiators employ intimidating strategies to win deals and others use body language and gestures to distract attention. While there are many useful strategies we can use to succeed, vocabulary is the simplest, most efficient way of making ourselves understood. Some words can work miracles in business negotiations. Let’s have a closer look at 5 fascinating words that can help people win negotiations. Compromise Walking into a negotiation with the sole purpose of winning is not always a good idea. Compromise has…
  • 5 Basic Marketing Tactics to Attract Targeted Traffic

    Gus
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    When your marketing isn’t hitting the right audience, then you might as well be throwing away advertising money out the window because that’s basically what you’re doing. It’s time to stop wasting your precious ads on people who aren’t interested in what you’re selling and focus in on your target market. In able to find your target audience there are a few things you need to incorporate into your marketing. The following are 5 basic marketing tactics that’s sure to draw out your main audience and attract targeted traffic to your business. Customize Your Ads Toward Your Audience…
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  • Too Late To Start? Quarter Life Crisis and Late Bloomers

    Anna Vital
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Does success have a deadline?  And if yes, what is the best age to succeed? Here is a visualization of the relationship between age and success. Tap on the circles below and investigate for yourself. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. quarter-life crisis mid-life crisis by Anna Vital TOO LATE TO START? years of life “The Critical Period” – Do It Early or Bust? Language, it is believed, cannot be learned without an accent after the critical age (usually 16). Musical talent is usually apparent in the first ten years of life. Most people we know as successful programmers started coding as…
  • The Aha Moments – How Entrepreneurs Realized What To Do In Life

    Anna Vital
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Before any entrepreneur became successful there was a time they did not know what to do. And then the aha moment happened. How? About 2200 years ago Archimedes stepped into his bath and exclaimed, “Eureka!” It means “I found it.” At that moment Archimedes found a solution to a problem he had been pondering for a long time. It was a moment of sudden discovery. The eureka effect. A moment of deep insight. It’s an epiphany which translates as “striking appearance.” In that moment a previously unsolvable problem becomes suddenly clear and obvious. Before…
  • Serial Entrepreneurs – The Founders Who Pursue Multiple Opportunities

    Anna Vital
    23 Aug 2013 | 9:21 am
    Do most great entrepreneurs focus on one idea or pursue many? A quick look at billionaire entrepreneurs reveals that most of them are serial entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are known for being able to focus on one thing to the point of making it a reality. Entrepreneurs are also known for their ability to recognize business opportunities when they come. These two qualities can be at odds with each other: focusing on one thing while looking around for more opportunities contradicts itself. For many new entrepreneurs there is a real dilemma here. Should you start a lot of companies, or should you…
  • How Startup Valuation Works – Measuring a Company’s Potential

    Anna Vital
    1 Jul 2013 | 11:20 am
    How would you measure the value of a company? Especially, a company that you started a month ago – how do you determine startup valuation? That is the question you will be asking yourself when you look for money for your company. Let’s lay down the basics. Valuation is simply the value of a company. There are folks who make a career out of projecting valuations. Since most of the time you are valuing something that may or may not happen in the future, there is a lot of room for assumptions and educated guesses. Why does startup valuation matter? Valuation matters to entrepreneurs…
  • How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

    Anna Vital
    9 May 2013 | 11:30 am
    A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well. See how funding works in this infographic: First, let’s figure out why we are talking about funding as something you need to do. This is not a given. The opposite of funding is “bootstrapping,” the process of funding a startup through your own savings. There are a few companies that bootstrapped for a while until taking investment, like MailChimp and AirBnB. If you know the…
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  • How to Become More Charismatic With Charlie Houpert – TCE 035

    Scott
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today is an episode I’ve been looking forward to for a long time…. I am so excited to be having one of my best buds and former roommates Charlie Houpert on the show. Charlie is a brilliant mind especially when it comes to people and social skills. Teaching other people how to develop them is his passion and the focus of his current business Charisma on Command. I’ve been around a lot of social butterflies and people into self-development and I can’t say I’ve encountered anyone more on the cutting edge of charisma…
  • How to Go From Product Idea to The Shelves of Your Favorite Retailers with Brandon Rickman – TCE 034

    Scott
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Have you ever had an idea for a physical product or a way to make something that already exists even better? Maybe it’s something as simple as looking at a popular kitchen utensil and wishing it had your favorite sports teams logo on it… If you’ve ever hard an idea for creating a physical product and want to know exactly how to do it, today you are in for a special treat. We’ll be hearing from Brandon Rickman, an awesome entrepreneur whose literally brought hundreds of products to market. He’s has patented, licensed ,…
  • Doubling Testosterone and A Business That I Didn’t Start

    Scott
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    This is a story about being a testosterone guinea pig and a business I decided not to start. Just over a year ago, I decided to move to Brazil with some of my buddies from NYC. A few months prior to our departure, my future roommate Ben tried a new diet regimen called intermittent fasting which increased his testosterone by 30%. I knew testosterone was an important hormone for dudes,  but wasn’t really sure why increased levels were desirable. After he told me this, I did some more research…. A lot of people hear the word Testosterone and just think of aggressive males, bar fighting…
  • The Key Ingredients to Writing A Successful, Mainstream Book with Tucker Max – TCE 033

    Scott
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes 7 Years ago I bought a book in the airport that was funnier than anything I’ve ever read. It was called “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” and written by today’s guest on the show Tucker Max. Aside from pure hilarity, this book fascinated me because here was a dude who was making a million dollar living off writing about similar frat boy stuff that I was doing with. Sure beats playing excel like a keyboard on Wall Street which was the fate ahead for most of us. Tucker is 3X New York Times Best Seller and has done…
  • The Recipe for Explosive Growth Behind Onnit Labs with Aubrey Marcus – TCE 032

    Scott
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Onnit Labs definitely is a company I have a huge man crush and today we bring on the Founder Aubrey Marcus to talk about how he’s been able to make it one of the fastest growing companies in the human optimization market. You’ll learn the clever marketing strategy that catapulted Onnit sales out of the gates and how you can apply this to launching new products. We’ll also discuss some other marketing tactics and must know information for everyone creating physical products. This is a goodie. Enjoy : ) What…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Craig Handley – CEO & Co-Founder of Listen Up Español

    Mario Schulzke
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    However, if I was to start again I would charge more as a consultant; I made many people a large sum of money and charged very little because at the time I didn’t have the courage to ask for what I was worth. Craig Handley is a networking monster with an unstoppable combination of hard work, ingenuity, and creativity that has sparked the vision and growth that drives the success of both companies he leads: Listen Up Español and its sister enterprise, Revenue Enhancement Consultants (REC). Handley’s expertise in maximizing the sales process – and Listen Up Español’s impressive track…
  • Haroon Mokhtarzada – Co-founder of Webs

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Launch and get your first customer. The vast majority of businesses fail because they never get a customer. Haroon Mokhtarzada is the co-founder and vice president of innovation for Webs. Haroon has a passion for technology startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to his current role at Webs, he continues to engage with startups as an advisor and angel investor to a variety of consumer web and mobile technology companies. Haroon also serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. As an…
  • Robert Glazer – Founder of Acceleration Partners

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I try to block out two or three hours of what’s listed as “GSD” (get shit done) in my calendar, which is when I get about 80 percent of my work done, and the team knows to leave me alone.  Robert Glazer is the founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, a firm that partners with top global brands to create customized customer acquisition programs that deliver real profits. Robert was named to the Boston Business Journal’s 2013 40 Under 40 list, and his depth of industry expertise extends to consumer products and services, technology, retail, and clean technology. Robert…
  • Free Webinar – How To Use Events To Grow Your Business

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    How do you grow your business? Advertising? PR? What about events? In this free webinar, sales and marketing strategist Charlene DeCesare will teach us how to maximize events for business growth, regardless of budget. You will learn seven key lessons: Why conferences, trade shows, and networking events should be a key part of your integrated sales and marketing plan. What roles sales and marketing each play for maximum ROI & ROO with events, even if it’s one person. How to choose the right events and/or build your own. Secrets to event planning that even companies with the biggest…
  • Vladimir Gendelman – Founder and CEO of Company Folders

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    One of my greatest failures was starting multiple businesses at once. At the time, I thought this was a great idea, because I figured if one of them didn’t work out, the others would pull ahead. But what I didn’t consider was that spreading yourself thin prevents you from growing any of your businesses. With time, I realized that mistake, sold three of the businesses I started, and focused on Company Folders. Since then, we’ve been growing like never before. Vladimir Gendelman was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, where he rarely had access to the basic amenities that many of…
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    swombat.com

  • More about NDAs

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Stef Lewandowski takes a slightly different angle about NDAs. Whereas I previously explored why I wouldn't sign NDAs in initial conversations as a recipient of those documents, Stef looks at why he used to ask for NDAs and how he's changed his mind about it: Non-disclosure-by-default introduces the risk that your company culture could be poisoned by secrecy at an early stage. I distinctly remember moments in a previous “stealth startup” company where I and those around me were so tied down with non-disclosure that we didn’t tell our own families what we were working on. The effect of…
  • Building international relationships

    Salim Virani
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Irina Dzhambazova shares how Bulgarian startups deal with obscurity, and succeed building international relationships: Serendipity and true partnerships "Investing time in getting to know an organisation or a person, without looking for the immediate quid pro quo is the way to go. Just get to know people, interact with them in the manner you do with friends and leave the rest to chance." - Vesselina Tasheva Good partners understand each others goals and can act proactively on each other's behalf. This type of relationship is much easier when you can relate this way at a personal level.
  • Take pleasure in the journey

    Daniel Tenner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Jason Cohen: Rather, you must understand that it is the building, not the result of that building, that matters. Keep score, so long as you can distinguish between the game and life. Keep score, while also basking in the thrill of generating happy customers and launching unique products and gathering the energy and brainpower of brilliant humans tackling interesting problems. Or, to put it in the poetic words of Constantine P. Cavafy: When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction. The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, angry Poseidon - do not fear…
  • The Lean Canvas - wrong tool for the job?

    Salim Virani
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Benjamin Kampmann, a reputable hacker and product manager, relays his experience with the Lean Canvas over the past few years, in particular how it removed his attention from the customers that actually wanted his product: The likelihood of the end technology still being a great fit for the market you decided on at the beginning is rather small. Lean Thinking emphasises the principle of minimizing waste. The common interpretation of Lean Startup assumes that the lead cause of waste is always a lack of commercially-viable demand. But research shows there's a wider range of causes of startup…
  • How to ask for introductions

    Daniel Tenner
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Elad Gil on how to ask for intros: One of the key things you learn when building a consumer product is to make things as easy, streamlined, and friction free as possible for your users. When asking an angel, advisor, or other person to make an introduction for you, the same rule applies. The structure below saves a lot of pain & back and forth for you, as well as for the person being asked to make an introduction on your behalf. By spending a little bit of time up front you can make life dramatically easier for the person doing you a favor / offering an introduction. It also increases the…
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    Platform Thinking

  • Will peer lending platforms disrupt banking? Feedback loops may hold the key

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Earlier this week, I had an interesting tweet exchange with Giles Andrews, the founder of Zopa, one of the leading peer lending platforms. Clearly, Zopa and peer lending platforms of its ilk are going strong. The strong growth notwithstanding, they are a drop in the ocean of traditional lending models, as is often the case with emerging platforms. Will such platforms ever pose a compelling alternative to the banking industry? The answer to this question may lie in their ability to build a data-driven feedback loop. Feedback Loops A platform’s ability to use data often has a direct…
  • The Lepore-Christensen Debate: A repeatable pattern for Platforms and Disruptive Innovation

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Airbnb was recently valued at an eleven figure sum, which overshadows all, except the largest hotel chains. The usual criticisms to tech valuations aside, the impact of Airbnb on the traditional hotel industry is definitely being felt. But why did the industry fail to spot this threat for so long? How does something like Airbnb come out of the ordinary and change the rules of an entire industry? And how could something like this be repeated in another industry? Getting Blindsided By Platform Thinking Airbnb is the latest in a series of disruptions brought about by internet businesses over the…
  • From Twitter to Tinder: Why you should stop launching at tech conferences

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    If you’re running a tech startup, you’ve probably tried to (or would love to, if you could) do at least one of the following: - Get TechCrunch to cover you - Launch at SXSW Unfortunately, as launch channels go, the more unimaginative the channel, the less successful it is at getting you traction. This is because everyone else is trying to do the same thing as well and the audience has had too much of the same thing. But more importantly, these launch strategies are bumps, they’re not engines. As Paul Graham points out in his startup growth curve, the TechCrunch of initiation…
  • From Social Media to the Sharing Economy: The Three Drivers of Business Disruption

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    First we went wild about social media disrupting the world of business communications and media. Then the Sharing Economy sprang up and we talked about how the traditional ownership model was getting disrupted. We’re looking at the 3D printer as the democratization of manufacturing much like Twitter and blogging democratized publishing and YouTube democratized broadcast. Disruption isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s just getting started! But irrespective of which phenomenon you look at ( and even if you dismiss all of these as fads), the enduring shift that underlies all these disruptions is…
  • A SCALING FRAMEWORK FOR NETWORK EFFECT PLATFORMS

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    28 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    One of the most common misconceptions about running a platform business is that it’s all straight and easy once the initial chicken and egg problem of getting both producers and consumers is solved. Ironically, in an age where kicking off new platforms isn’t quite as difficult as it used to be, the most important platform management issues really come up once the platform starts working and delivering value. But let’s start this at the beginning: The original platform hassle Everyone loves a good network effect. The problem is often that it is quite difficult achieving it.
 
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    The Startup Videos

  • Animated Videos Done Right: First look of Animaker.com

    bhuvana
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Now, for creating high quality, interesting, compelling video, you don’t need to start spout a thousands of words of brilliant prose with your camera and also you don’t need a giant video production department. Then how its possible! you have this question in mind? But not certainly, we gonna talk about a video making tool. You may heard about several free and paid tools online that can help you create something that really stand out. An up-and-coming online tool (Its in Beta version) help you to hold your viewers attention and make them feel wow, called “Animaker”. the company…
  • Vizury Central: All Campaigns in one place

    bhuvana
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
          Vizury Central App, a simplified or complex process of tracking multiple campaigns across channels.       A campaign management app, which is also useful for reporting needs. With this vizury central app, now the campaign management became easier as we get the overview of our digital marketing performance all through a single interactive window. The main features of Vizury Central App: 1. Real-Time Campaign Management 2. Intuitive & Insightful Reporting 3. Meaningful Data Insights & Analytics 4. Smoother Marketing…
  • 10 gamification techniques that work for startups

    bhuvana
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:10 am
          Gamification – the term may be new but gaming tactics used in the businesses are not new. It is about taking the essence of games, and applying into real world, non-game situations. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”      – George Bernard Shaw       Today to engage users, game elements and game design techniques are start used in non-game contexts and thats how the unofficial term “gamification” arrived officially as a secret weapon…
  • Beginner’s Guide: 10 Simple steps for Startup Valuation

    anandarajan
    3 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    How will you evaluate a company’s value? Especially an organization, which you have kick-started a month, back. Start-up valuation is an art which you need to perform if you are expecting money from investors. This strategy helps to take your business to the next level. It is no rocket science. Adopting some simple steps helps you to easily assess the value of your start-up. Why start-up valuation is so important? As an entrepreneur giving significance to start-up valuation will help you to determine how much of your company‘s shares you would be giving to the investors in exchange for…
  • Interview with Explainer video Expert: Demo Duck

    bhuvana
    3 May 2014 | 2:25 am
          In today’s advanced online culture, video is the most valuable advertising tool for a particular product or service and Explainer videos are something quick, fun and simple. A well made explainer video consolidates all the business key information to explain simply in a minute or two and also adds the magic ingredient as storytelling.       People are definitely becoming more comfortable with the term “explainer videos”, often using it interchangeably with “marketing video” or “web video” and consumers have fallen…
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    AlleyWatch

  • 15 People In NYC Who Are Changing Advertising That You Need to Know About

    AlleyWatch
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    New York is an advertising town. Always has been, and the way that the AdTech companies here are changing up the game, it may well always will be. And lest we forget, a number of the New York based...
  • Why Good Startups Fail: Not Understanding Financials

    Lili Balfour
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    One of the top reasons companies fail is that they run out of money. That seems easy to avoid, right? Oddly enough, many entrepreneurs do not have clarity around their revenue sources and even fewer...
  • Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes to Avoid

    Under30CEO
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Getting a new business off the ground is never easy.  Increase your chances of success by avoiding these common business plan mistakes:   1. Giving top-down financial projections Don’t base your...
  • How Do You Get a Construction Project Finished On Time? GamePlan, Baby

    AlleyWatch
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    You know construction. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong. It’s no wonder: with all of the moving parts, vendors and workers working from different locations and on different part of the...
  • IBM’s Brain-Like Microchip

    AlleyWatch
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    IBM has developed a microchip that simulates functions of neurons, synapses and other features of the brain to perform calculations.
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    Startup Freak

  • TheTradeBoss

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Company Name : TheTradeBoss Description : TheTradeBoss.com is a Product Search Engine and a Shopping Portal offering free shopping resources for you, the consumer. Our aim is to offer you a unique shopping experience and help you make smart and informed purchasing decisions. Company Overview : TheTradeBoss.com is a Product Search Engine and a Shopping Portal offering free shopping resources for you, the consumer. Our aim is to offer you a unique shopping experience and help you make smart and informed purchasing decisions. How can I buy something? TheTradeBoss.com is not an online shop and…
  • Hungrytable.in

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Company Name : Hungrytable.in Description : food & beverages Company Overview : HungryTable.in is an online dining guide and reservation system which enables the customer to search, explore and book a table at their favorite restaurant. Homepage URL: http://www.hungrytable.in Industry : Restaurant/Food Service Number of Employees : 10 Location : 599/600 , Shubham Building, Rastha peth, Pune-11 Key People : Rishab Oswal, Aditya Ghanekar
  • Taj Door Bells(JMD)

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Company Name : Taj Door Bells(JMD) Description : Door Bells Manufacturers, Exporters, Suppliers and Dealers Company Overview : Taj Door Bells(JMD) Mumbai is manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and exporters of door bells, door chimes, ding dong bell, stereo bell, double sound gong bell, bird sound bells and musical bells. Products - 1. Ding Dong Bell 2. Stereo Bell 3. Double Sound Gong Bell 4. Bird Sound Bells 5. Musical Bells Taj Door Bells(JMD) Address - 19/14/F1, Gr. Floor, Seksaria Ind. Estate, Chincholi, S.V. Road, Malad (W), Mumbai – 400064 (India) Mobile – +91 9820629397, +91…
  • Aptitude Test Online Free By Gyanjosh

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Company Name : Aptitude Test Online Free By Gyanjosh Description : We are provides aptitude test online and best study materials for SSC and IBPS exams Company Overview : The best way to analyze the mistakes and flaws you have and also to recover them is to take the help of the aptitude test online. An aptitude test aims at measuring your skills to perform a particular task. The aptitude test online makes sure that you understand the all types of questions asked mostly all common exams. You can visit www.gyanjosh.com for more information about free aptitude test online. Homepage URL:…
  • ConfirmTkt.com

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    Company Name : ConfirmTkt.com Description : Predicts PNR Status and Train ticket confirmation chances Company Overview : ConfirmTkt.com solves the most biggest problem of Indian train travelers .It predicts the train ticket confirmation chances by analyzing the past ticketing trends for the trains.So,when ever people see a waitlist ticket then can predict the confirmation chances and decide whether to book/not. Here is our website link http://www.confirmtkt.com/ We have launched mobile app too@ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.confirmtkt.lite . We recently pitched @ start up…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Time Is Not On Your Side: The Truth About Content Marketing

    Renee Warren
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s 9:50 Tuesday morning. You normally publish your company’s weekly blog post at 10AM. You let out an exasperated sigh as you realize that, yet again, there will be no blog post going live this week, and there probably won’t be one next week, either. After all, the reason that this week’s post never got written is that you are in the middle of a major fundraising round with no time or brain space to spare, and it’s not looking like the hectic pace is going to slow down anytime soon. You know that content marketing needs to be a priority. You’ve had meetings about it, conducted…
  • How Not to Suck at Landing Page Optimization

    Renee Warren
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    You’ve seen them used to promote webinars. You’ve visited them to download free guides and ebooks. And you’ve probably used them to sign up to be notified about a product launch or two. Landing pages are a popular tool for companies looking to grow their reach and find new leads. These simple web pages, separate from your main site, typically have a single use and are created with conversion in mind. According to Omniture, “online advertising that uses landing pages typically sees a conversion rate improvement of at least 25%.” But the good news doesn’t stop there — they…
  • 9 Entrepreneurs Explain the “Why” Behind Their Decision to Start

    Jillian Miner
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Having that “ah-ha” moment can be one that changes your life. Many people have great ideas, but they never fully explore or execute on them. ‘Ideas are a dime a dozen’ – it’s true. The best ideas are the ones that are built, explored, torn down and rebuilt again. Sounds familiar? Maybe it’s something you are currently working on or not. Regardless of the stage of your startup, take a page from these nine entrepreneurs who explain why they started their companies and the inspiration behind their ideas. 1. Andrew Chen: Get Advice and Run With It I started writing as soon as I…
  • Your Media Release Was Just Banned to Hell

    Crystal Richard
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Whether you’re new to the PR game or you’re a seasoned expert, there’s one thing we can all agree upon: we’ve written a terrible media release or two in our time. No? You haven’t? Every single one has been perfect? I call you a liar. It’s not our fault. Sometimes, we simply don’t have much to work with. Deadlines are looming, launches are approaching – that funding round didn’t go as well as we’d hoped. Yes, all of these media releases have a reason to be a little lackluster. But even when the news is great, when the funding announcement is notable, and the product is…
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Full Stack Marketing

    Shanelle Mullin
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Growth hackers, full stack marketers, and ninja-rockstars – oh my! Full stack marketers are on the rise and in high demand, especially in the startup space. So, whether you’re a marketing pro or a startup in search of one, you definitely want to know what it means to be a full stack marketer. Let’s start with the basics, shall we? What is a “full stack marketer”? You’ve likely heard the term “full stack engineer” thrown around. It’s used to describe engineers who can complete a project from start to finish… all by themselves. They have a background in everything, but…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Should You Take a Workcation? Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Kaleigh Moore
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    When was the last time you took a real vacation? No— seriously— a real vacation. That doesn’t mean a few days away from work when you’re still chained to the emails that pop up on your phone. It also doesn’t mean a trip where you have to get up from your beach towel to race to your laptop to address some pressing issue. I’m talking about a real vacation, one where you’re totally work-free and shut off from the responsibilities that await you upon your return. Has it been a while? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Today, we’ll go over the pros and cons of these faux…
  • Is a BNI Membership Worth It For You and Your Business?

    Kaleigh Moore
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a business owner, you need to continuously network and always be making new connections. It’s how your business grows—relationships are at the very core of any business. But sometimes, that’s not as easy as it sounds. Cold calling is hard, and introducing yourself to strangers on the street doesn’t sound like a good idea. So where do you look? You’ve considered joining a club or organization, but you’re not sure where to invest your time and money. Is it the Chamber of Commerce? Or is it a more niche organization that’s focused on your industry? For some business owners, a…
  • 5 Great, White Business Tips From The Big, Bad Sharks

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s pretty clear that the entrepreneurs on ABC’s Shark Tank are the great whites of the business world. They’re cunning, successful, and they’re not afraid to bear their teeth, But these sharks are as diverse as the ones in the sea– they all swam different paths to success. This diversity resulted in knowledge and experience that they’re willing to share. The sharks’ advice is super useful– pretty much anyone can benefit from it, including small business owners and startup founders like you. Read on to learn from the guys at the top of the food…
  • 5 Lessons You Can Learn from Entrepreneurs on Shark Tank

    Kiera Abbamonte
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    For any business, getting on Shark Tank is a huge opportunity. You can get funding for your business and exposure on national television. But the Sharks are well known for being a bit brutal at times (Ahem, we’re looking at you, Mr. Wonderful). You can leave your scuba gear at home, though—plenty of other entrepreneurs have taken the bait and entered the Tank. Whether they come out with an investment or not, there are always great takeaways from the show. From pitching to investors to persevering through roadblocks to staying true to your mission, Shark Tank entrepreneurs have created a…
  • 10 Must Read Blogs on Entrepreneurship (2014 Edition)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reading blogs is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about entrepreneurship, small business ownership, and other trends. That’s why we wrote 10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading, back in 2009. Back in 2012, we updated the popular article, and now it’s time to do it all over again. It’s been five years since our first post, but blogs are as relevant as ever, so make sure you have these in your readers! It is our pleasure to bring you the 2014 edition, 10 Must Read Blogs on Entrepreneurship. These blogs are your go-to for all things entrepreneur. 1. Young…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • Business Bits - Tanzania - Mitikaz

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mitikaz- Online marketplace for developing countries- Users can place items for sale/for auction- Users can create classified ads- Payment methods include PayPal, credit/debit cards- Mobile payments available via M-pesa- Payments via eZyPesa and Airtel coming soon
  • Business Bits - South Africa - Enkore

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enkore- Bitcoin/P2P tipping to creators- Searchable database of creators (alpha)- Founded by Simon de la Rouviere
  • Can These 10 Tools Improve Your Content Marketing ROI?

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you searching for tools that can improve your content marketing ROI? Do you need resources that can ease your content curation duties, lessen the burden on your social media management team, or spread your branded content further? It might be time to investigate the intriguing array of fresh marketing tools at your disposal. Whether you are a small business owner, a brand marketing content creator, or a social media 'guru', paying attention to changes within the content marketing sector can have a long-lasting impact on your bottom line. Peruse the possibilities when you incorporate some…
  • Business Bits - Egypt - F16Apps' Neatly for Twitter

    Eleanor Wall
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Neatly for Twitter- Twitter timeline sorted by interest- Customizable- iOS, Android, Blackberry- From F16Apps- Based out of Cairo, Egypt
  • Business Bits - South Africa - Yoco

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yoco- Lets South African merchants accept chip/pin enabled cards on mobile or at point-of-sale terminals- Coming soon to Android/iOS- Merchant onboarding- Merchants are vetted by Yoco,not banks- Data tracking and sales tools for merchants
 
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    e27

  • Taiwan’s on the startup map, but it needs tough love: Part 1

    Jonathan Woods
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    The island is brimming with growth and interest that didn’t exist a few years ago. With right ingredients in the mix, positive results will yield in time By all accounts, Taiwan’s startup ecosystem is growing. Last year, a milestone was achieved: an exit that could both galvanise the willing and would-be entrepreneurs and get a portion of Taiwan’s considerable money out of conservative hands and into the game by communicating. Yes, companies can emerge from the island and provide a return. It could be the pebble that starts the compounding that sees Taiwan move from self-contained…
  • RedMart hires Perx Founder Jon Sugihara

    Twishy
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Sugihara will be responsible for the vision, creation and management of all new products and report directly to Roger Egan, RedMart’s CEO RedMart.com, a Singapore­ based online grocer, has appointed Jon Sugihara as the Head of New Products. Sugihara will be responsible for the vision, creation and management of all new products at RedMart, and will report directly to RedMart’s CEO, Roger Egan. He was previously the Founder and Co-­CEO of Perx, a Singapore mobile CRM and marketing automation  company backed by Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin, where he managed the product and…
  • foodpanda arrives in Pattaya with Door2Door partnership

    Elaine Huang
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Online food delivery marketplace foodpanda is working with delivery partner Door2Door to enter Pattaya, Thailand. How will it do? In a move to enter Pattaya, Rocket Internet-backed online food delivery marketplace foodpanda has today announced its partnership with 11-year-old local delivery company Door2Door. According to an official release, foodpanda will be delivering food to customers in the Central Pattaya, Jomtien, Na Jomtien, East Pattaya, Naklua, Banglamung, and Mapprachan Lake areas. Founded in 2003, Door2Door was started by Dez Chalice and Dave Bowers. It boasts a user base of more…
  • Snapdeal launches Capital Assist to help provide financing to sellers

    Twishy
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Banks and NBFCs can participate to provide low-cost financing to sellers on the Indian e-commerce marketplace Image Credits: MNSKumar/Shutterstock Indian e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal has launched Capital Assist, a platform to enable easier availability of capital for its sellers. It will help sellers meet their growing working capital requirement as they scale their businesses on the Snapdeal marketplace platform, said an official statement. Banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) can participate to provide low-cost financing to sellers depending on their current and future…
  • Flappy Bird to Swing Copters: Same same but different?

    Elaine Huang
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    If Dong Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird off the iOS and Google Play app stores for being “too addictive”, why did he create Swing Copters? The world might know Dong Nguyen as the man behind terribly addictive viral hit Flappy Bird, but it seems the Vietnamese developer is looking to shake off the shadows of his past. In fact, he’s back with a new title. He tweeted: My new game [Swing Copters] will be released on iOS and Android. — Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) August 19, 2014 The game, which bears some resemblance to Flappy Bird, will only be available on the aforementioned platforms…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Listed internet companies from Malaysia dominate ASEAN rankings

    Daniel Tay
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    A report that was published earlier today by Business Insider ranked the largest listed tech companies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) based on their market capitalisation. Out of the eight companies listed, six are from Malaysia, while the other two hail from Singapore. Patrick Grove’s iProperty Group comes in first place with a market cap of S$739 million (US$591 million), followed closely behind by MyEG Services at S$667 million (US$533 million). Singapore’s top listed companies iBuy Group and MigMe come in at 5th and 6th place respectively. Interestingly, a…
  • Singapore’s migme to be preinstalled in over half of Indonesia’s new smartphones

    Enricko Lukman
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    Remember mig33? It is a Singapore-based microblogging company which recently changed its name to migme (ASX:MIG). Just last week, migme debuted as a publicly traded stock on the Australian Stock Exchange. And today, migme announced that it has tied a deal with three big handset players in Indonesia, which the company claims gives migme “access to more than half of [Indonesia’s] new smartphone shipments.” To put things into perspective, Indonesia currently has about 270 million mobile phone users, with over 41 million of them owning a smartphone device (mostly Android). According to…
  • $12M in sales for user-generated stickers on LINE

    David Corbin
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Line’s DIY sticker shop is proving to be a respectable hit. The company behind the popular messaging app is reporting that user-created stickers hit JPY 1.23 billion (just under US$12 million) in sales for the three-and-a-half month period ending August 7. While that is still a small fraction of LINE’s overall revenues – US$177 million from April to June 2014 – it still shows remarkable growth. Starting in February, the company allowed users to register to create their own stickers. After going live mid-April, designers created 1.7 million sticker sets and generated JPY 150…
  • Terra Motors wants to help Iran curb air pollution with ebikes

    J.T. Quigley
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Tokyo-based Terra Motors, an electric vehicle (EV) startup that produces eco-friendly scooters and tuk-tuks, today announced that it has partnered with an Iranian distributor to bring its products to the West Asian market. The exclusive deal with Tehran’s Jahanro Industrial is for a period of five years and extends to Terra Motor’s flagship A4000i smartphone-connected scooter and unspecified new products to follow. “Jahanro Industrial started from just a small motorcycle shop, but now it successfully became a distributor of Kawasaki, Bajaj, and TVS – with 1,000 employees and 200…
  • Making Satoshi proud: This Bitcoin umbrella firm has released six companies in three months

    Ezra Ferraz
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    In the tiny Makati City office that Bitcoin universal company Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) calls its headquarters, there is a sign on the wall that reads: “Ready, fire, aim.” The deliberate botching of a battle cry is meant to convey SCI’s ethos of releasing products first, and refining them later on. The violent imagery is appropriate too, because SCI is fighting a war: The firm wants to bring Bitcoin to emerging markets, beginning with the Philippines, and they won’t let anything get in their way. Not competitors like Coins.ph or BuyBitcoin.ph, nor government regulations, not…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Fitbay Launches Their iPhone App – Attempts To “Fix” The Sizing Issue Within E-commerce

    Anders Hassis
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fitbay, a “body type” focused e-commerce platform by the ex-Creandum associate and backed by Creandum as well as Just Eat founder. Fitbay is one of many startups focused on fixing the “sizing issues” within e-commerce. Fitbay claims that 40% of all clothes sold online are returned due to incorrect sizing, which frankly is an astonishing number. Big problem, check. Big market, check. Now, whilst there are many players innovating in the space, including Stockholm-based Virtusize – Fitbay have decided to take a different approach. To make sure sizing is “never an…
  • Can Greenely help Swede’s reduce their utility bills?

    James Pember
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Greenely is a Swedish startup with a vision for sustainable development of the environment. They have created a mobile application that allows you to visualize and manage the energy consumption of your home. Energy consumption has always been a major concern on a worldwide scale. People are becoming more aware of alarming environmental issues and everybody wants to contribute their share to save energy. Greenely believe that technology can play a huge role in helping individuals take concrete action towards managing their energy consumption. Their technology is capable of tracking,…
  • It’s time to apply for the next Chalmers Innovation Startup Camp!

    Anders Hassis
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    During the 10 week program you will develop your idea with the guidance of experienced business coaches and inspiration from well-known speakers. Anyone may apply, as long as you have a tech-based idea. The objective is that you after the program have validated the customer/user need, identified (built) and verified the Minimum Viable Product, and have a crisp pitch to communicate your idea. A camp winner, the team that delivers that extra something, will be awarded an entrepreneurial trip. The spring camp winners from this year are going to Silicon Valley! After the camp, Chalmers Innovation…
  • Can Detectify help web developers to build more secure applications?

    James Pember
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Detectify is a Stockholm based software company that aims to help companies and developers keep their websites and applications more secure, and ultimately, help defend them against hackers. Despite another “-fy” name, I think this startup is one to watch. Security is obviously of the upmost importance to developers and organisations – and by providing an easy to use service (the company promises a 3 minute install), they should prove popular with their customers. In terms of the technology, what Detectify does is scan your website or application, performing…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – August 16 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    15 Aug 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 Meet Quick Posture, a med-tech startup looking to revolutionise diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems Quick Posture takes diagnosis to a whole new level. This state-of-the-art sensor technology precisely analyzes human movement and produces instantaneous animated on-screen feedback. Kulipa, Another player enters the mobile payment game About 6 months ago, we wrote about the battle of the Swedish restaurant…
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  • European Accelerator Startupbootcamp Announces New Data & IoT Program in Barcelona

    Scott Mackin
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    After much anticipation, Startupbootcamp, the pan-European accelerator, announced the launch of their newest program scheduled to begin accepting startups this January in Barcelona. The newest addition to the SBC family will have a core focus in accelerating Big Data and Internet of Things projects and is led by the tenured Barcelona-based entrepreneur and investor Angel Garcia. The Startupbootcamp Internet of Things […] The post European Accelerator Startupbootcamp Announces New Data & IoT Program in Barcelona appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Artificial Solutions (@ArtiSol) Front-end Developer with .NET

    Scott Mackin
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Company: Artificial Solutions Area: Software Place: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Artificial Solutions is looking for a Front-end developer with experience of both DOT NET user interface development and Web development.  Based in our Barcelona office, you will focus on GUI and system development helping to create our next generation natural language processing (NLP) platform. You will work inside the […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Artificial Solutions (@ArtiSol) Front-end Developer with .NET appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Kompyte (@Kompyte)

    Stewart Masters
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    As founders, we all have those moments where we go a little batshit crazy over the competition. We waste too much time researching and focusing on what our competitors are doing rather than on the goals of our own company. That’s why the folks at Kompyte have just rolled out a series of tools that […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Kompyte (@Kompyte) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Zinc Office Manager (Operations)

    Scott Mackin
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Company: Zinc Area: Design & Innovation Place: Barcelona Job type: Operations We are looking for an Office Manager Intern to support our team and Studio. The position is an administrative role with some Human Resources, IT and Project Management responsibilities. The Office Manager will report directly to the Founding Partners. We will start with an internship that will hopefully evolve […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Zinc Office Manager (Operations) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Why Human Creativity Will Thrive In A Robotic World

    Scott Mackin
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    The following is a guest post. Graham Rittener is a Founding Partner of Zinc, a Design & Innovation Lab in Barcelona that partner with companies to bring their ideas to life through user-centered design. Working across both the physical and digital realms, Zinc is currently designing a robot for a company in the Gulf region. Like […] The post Why Human Creativity Will Thrive In A Robotic World appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • JetRadar – flight search engine for Thailand

    Christian Walter
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A wave came over South-East Asia in the last couple of years, that can probably be summed up in two words: Rocket Internet. While Rocket is all over the news, there are other tech companies that have set foot into the local market, particularly from Russia. Last year we wrote about the SEO service UpToPromo, which is of Russian decent. Now Aviasales, the leading Eastern European flight search engine launched Jetradar.co.th, a fully localized flight search engine for the Thai market currently managed by CEO Max Kraynov. This went along with a recent 10million investment from iTech Capital.
  • Coworking Camp Event in Turkey November 2014

    Christian Walter
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    For those who would like to visit Turkey but need a good excuse, here it is. Founders, startups, digital nomads and freelancers will have the opportunity to network, work on new ideas, grow business and make new friends in Kemer, Turkey thanks to Coworking Camp. “Even though new coworking spaces are opening every day, and there is a flurry of startup events and incubation programs, it is sometimes difficult to make meaningful connections with other startups from different cities. Coworking Camp is specifically designed to let you meet founders that can help you to grow your network and…
  • Get Ready for I4-X – New Business Accelerator Coming to Bangkok

    Geoffrey Guyonnet
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    “I4-X“ is accepting applications for it’s first term starting  September 15th The 3 month accelerator program  was developed by the Singapore based Expara IDM Venture in collaboration with N-VEst Ventures. Expara is a leading provider of incubation and mentorship to early-stage interactive and digital media (IDM) companies across South-East Asia. I4-X will be based full-time at the co-working space Glowfish, where the companies can meet and discuss with the accelerator coaches and mentors. Each of the startups will receive a small pre-seed investment of THB 250,000 to cover the…
  • WearYouWant raises USD 1.5mil Series A

    Christian Walter
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Bangkok based e-commerce Startup WearYouWant has announced a USD 1.5mil Series A round to expand into South-East Asia. Unlike other e-commerce solutions WyW is unique in that it positions itself as a fashion community. WyW enables local fashion retailers to compete with the online only ecommerce solutions, such as Zalora, by selling their inventory online.   WearYouWant collaborates with local fashion brands in a very unique way. Labels that join the fashion community can sell their products online through the WyW websites. The shops decide which items should be sold online and the…
  • Startup Nation and Katherin Ventures Invest in MAD Incubator

    Christian Walter
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Malaysia’s Largest-Private Business Incubator, MAD Incubator (MAD) has secured an undisclosed sum of investments led by Singapore-based Start Up Nation’s Malaysian subsidiary and joined by Kathrein Ventures based in Singapore. The investment will be used to expand MAD to new markets and further establish MAD as the leading incubation play for South East Asia with the mission to grow the startup ecosystem in SE Asia. MAD and SUN inked an agreement for collaboration in 2013 and have been working together since the beginning of the year 2014. Their visions have grown even bigger, ever since…
 
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  • Instructor Led Training with WordPress

    Ryan Moore
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Facilitated training isn’t just for the classroom and complex Learning Management Systems. Even though WordPress learning solutions are primarily targeted at self-directed programs, it is absolutely possible to build facilitated learning with them. In this post I’ll share some of the ways we do this for our clients at Uncanny Owl. Let’s suppose you want to offer a 4-week paid course to the public. Each week, you want learners to go through some self-directed lessons (that include text, video, and offline readings), participate in online discussions with you and other learners, and then…
  • Keeping Client Sites Up and Running

    Ryan Moore
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    At Uncanny Owl we do everything we can to make sure our clients are happy before, during and after projects. We design simple, straightforward solutions that are easy to manage, yet the platforms will be do sometimes require periodic updates and oversight to stay secure and operational, just as any other software does. That’s why we build long-term relationships with our partners and help out proactively—so they can focus on their business rather than their systems. In the past we’ve managed ongoing maintenance on an individual basis. It worked, but coordinating everything on…
  • Chrome Broke Captivate

    Ryan Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Do you retest your elearning whenever a browser update is released? If you don’t, a recent issue affecting Chrome and Captivate HTML5 content might have you reconsidering. I was recently on our LearnDash demo site and happened to notice that the sample lesson with an embedded Captivate module stopped working. The module simply wouldn’t load. Fearing the worst (how long had visitors been staring at a broken site?) I tried the page in another browser and, lo and behold, it was still working. I did a bit of digging, searching for recent pages with the keywords “Chrome HTML5…
  • LearnDash Demo Video

    Ryan Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Our LearnDash demo site has been great to give people a taste of what can be done with LearnDash, but for companies interested in using LearnDash themselves, it’s not enough. They want to get behind the scenes and get a tour of things they might have missed on the front end. To help companies develop better explore our LearnDash demo and get a taste of what’s going on behind the scenes, we’ve created a 6-minute screencast that goes over some of the highlights. We hope it helps in your evaluation and use of LearnDash! Check out our LearnDash demo screencast below. Make sure…
  • 11 Reasons Hosting Your Own LMS Beats the Cloud

    Ryan Moore
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Businesses that need easy, out-of-the-box systems to deliver training online are increasingly turning to Learning Management Systems in the cloud. Startup costs are low, they’re scalable, they can be deployed quickly, and many of them provide a great learner experience. For small audiences, infrequent learning or when simplicity is paramount, a cloud LMS is likely the right solution. But they’re not right for every situation, and for many organizations, hosting their own LMS is an overlooked—yet potentially better—solution to learning. We put together a list of 11 reasons to explain…
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    NextShark

  • Angel Investor Makes Inappropriate Advance at Female Techie, Gets Exactly What He Deserves

    Sarah Lesnar
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    It’s no secret that there are many instances where females in the startup world are exploited by men. Unfortunately, it’s rare for any of these guys that cross the line to get called out as bad as this guy just did. Meet Pavel Curda. He is an European angel investor, contributor at TheNextWeb, and startup advisor. Back in July, during a networking event in Berlin, Curda had a quick meeting with Gesche Haas, a techie based in New York. After she got back to her room, this flattering email popped up in her inbox. It was from Pavel Curda. Image via Valleywag Haas was initially not…
  • Study: South Korean Corporations Spent Over $1 Billion on Prostitution in 2013

    Max Chang
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This news is straight out of “The Wolf of Wall Street!” According to The Korean Observer, a report from the National Tax Service revealed that the annual spending of Korean corporate credit cards at sexual entertainment establishments exceeded more than $1 billion in 2013. That’s an amount that would make Jordan Belfort proud. In a 2013 report released Monday by Rep. Park Myung-Jae of the Saenuri Party, businesses spent $733.1 million at “room salons,” $206.9 million at karaoke bars with hostesses, and $100 million at yojeong, which are high-class brothels where the…
  • This Guy Just Discovered a GENIUS Approach to Job Hunting We All Should Learn From

    Sebastian Dillon
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    It’s no secret that many college students today are struggling to find decent jobs after graduation. The market is simply not the same as it once was. One of these struggling graduates is 22-year-old Alfred Ajani, who’s applied to more than 300 jobs since graduating with a marketing degree earlier this summer. He’s been completely unsuccessful — until now. Ajani decided to put his marketing skills to good use by holding up a sign advertising himself at the U.K’s Waterloo Station. Why did he pick this particular station, you ask? Many big company bosses…
  • Everyone Needs to Adopt This Simple Gesture That’s Popular in Japan When Driving

    Max Chang
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    When you’re driving in big cities, traffic can be deadly. The constant waiting, combined with everyone being in a hurry is a breeding ground for road rage. However, I believe road rage mostly begins due to misunderstandings. It’s hard to communicate on the road beyond letting people know your stopping or turning. What about the times when you want to say “I’m sorry” or “thank you”? Drivers in Japan have a great way to show this, and it’s so easy that it’s just a push of a button. Check out the video below: That’s it! So, the next…
  • This New Business Card Design is a Complete Game Changer

    Editorial Staff
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Designer Andrew DePaula has created a new business card that transforms into a USB drive when folded a certain way. What’s amazing about his invention is that it isn’t a USB drive made into the card, it’s a new special patented technique that allows regular paper to be read by a USB drive. Every card has it’s own unique ID that goes to a webpage of your choice on the internet. This can include your social media pages, your company website, portfolio and more. You can also change which website to direct them to at anytime. For example, you can point a potential client…
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    StartUp Beat

  • SwipeStation is an on-premise marketing solution built to ‘close-the-loop’ for marketers

    Editor
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    A Q&A with SwipeStation co-founder Sam Fresco. The Hertfordshire, UK-based startup, which offers a mobile device-connected scanner and printer for on-premise event marketing, announced in late July that it has raised £300,000 in Angel funding from investors Neil Sikka and Adrian Grumi. It was founded in 2012 by Fresco and Syd Nadim, and spun out of digital marketing agency Clock. SUB: Who are your target markets and users? Fresco: SwipeStation targets environments with high footfall and rich dwell time. The product design of the unit helps to enhance the customer journey, not disrupt…
  • Pantry’s RFID-based technology powers vending machines with fresh food that you may actually want to buy

    Editor
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    A Q&A with Pantry co-founder Alex Yancher. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers technology that enables fresh food vending machines, announced the completion of a $1.3 million Seed funding round at the start of this month. Investors include 500 Startups, Menlo Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Arsenal Venture Partners and Angel investors. It was founded in 2012 by Yancher, Tony Chen, and Art Tkachenko, and is a graduate of the Lemnos Labs incubator. SUB: Please describe Pantry and your primary innovation. YancherPantry is a food retail solution that expands the hours and reach of a…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: RAZ Mobile wants to help nonprofits go mobile and make it easier for individuals to give

    Editor
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    By Dale Knoop, RAZ Mobile founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH RAZ Mobile seeks to disrupt the philanthropy space first by delivering an iTunes model for nonprofits. With credentials in the Cloud, any donor can give to any cause on RAZ Mobile in 20 seconds. Secondly, RAZ Mobile will encourage federal subsidies for online giving tools just as the use of direct mail is subsidized (and dying a slow death). Lastly, RAZ Mobile will seek to bring the carriers together to offer a welcome alternative to text-to-give. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION RAZ Mobile started in 2011 with one idea in mind: To launch a…
  • Advice Wallet plans for big expansion in Eastern Europe with its Settle mobile payments and loyalty app

    Editor
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    A Q&A with Advice Wallet co-founder Stas Matvienko. The Kiev, Ukraine-based startup, which offers a combined payments and loyalty app for consumers called Settle, announced the closing of a $1.5 million venture funding round at the start of August from Russian VC Life.SREDA. It was founded in 2012 by Matvienko, Anna Polishchuk, Pavel Matvienko, and Andrily Khavryuchenko, and this was its first round of outside funding. SUB: Please describe Settle and your primary innovation. MatvienkoCombining mobile payments and a loyalty scheme in one app, Settle makes it possible to both order and…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: By tapping into unused call center agent time, LiveAnswer offers small businesses access to live, 24/7 customer support

    Editor
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    By Adam Boalt, LiveAnswer founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH LiveAnswer improves small business customer service and sales by answering their phones quickly and accurately with a live person at an affordable price. LiveAnswer provides small businesses with a custom scripting tool that empowers them to decide how they would like each of their calls answered, and by routing their calls to the best call center agents in the country. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION LiveAnswer is the evolution of the antiquated call center model, providing affordable access to highly-trained agents from top call centers…
 
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  • Do It Differently

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Yoel Ben-Avraham / Flickr Apologies to Apple, but isn’t “Think Differently” more grammatically correct? When I was in elementary school, I used to get teased incessantly because of my last name. Kids would surround me in the playground and chant my name over and over and make faces at me. I guess at the time my last name was kinda long and strange sounding, considering everyone else around me was called either “Smith”, “Martin” or “Brown”. It was different from the other names. Of course nowadays my name would be considered one of the…
  • 6 Ways To Not Fall Asleep In Meetings

    Chris Kalaboukis
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Brian / Flickr Actually, I’ve nearly done it a number of times. And you have to wonder, is it me, or is it the meeting? A little while back, I read a blog post by someone who shall remain nameless. He was commenting that he would have to try and figure out how to work with people he called “older workers” after an incident where someone he called an “older worker” fell asleep in one of his meetings. He was going on and on about having to be more respectful of the knowledge these “older workers” had, but maybe that they just didn’t have the…
  • Automation Is The Key To The Future

    Chris Kalaboukis
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    JAM Project / flickr You guys! Remember The Jetson’s when George used to get home and his car would drop him onto a chair which was being pulled along by conveyor belt and he got given pretty much everything as he went by, even the slippers put on his feet by his loving wife? Some people have recently been writing that we are already in the world of the Jetsons – that many of the things that they envisioned on that show have come to pass – maybe not all in the same way – but in many ways (I’m still waiting for the automated kitchen – maybe a 3D food printer…
  • Chief Innovation Officers? We Don’t Need No Stinking…

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Boegh/Flickr Lately, it’s become de rigueur for companies to create the position of Chief Innovation Officer. Which is great, because, you think, that they have finally realized that innovation is truly important and fully worthy of having a full-time body in the C-Suite totally dedicated to innovation. So I ask you, what is the CEO doing? What is your CMO doing? What is the rest of your C-Suite doing, if not innovating? Is it not the core role of the CEO to be looking forward, to strategize, to innovate? This is all part of the weird (if you ask me) differential that many companies…
  • Hell Is Other Founders?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Aslak Raanes / Flickr / a Return Ticket To Hell Apologies to Jean-Paul Sartre but as someone who’s run a few startups of my own, I can sometimes agree. Sometimes I really think that one can do it on their own - but that takes a very special combination of skills in order to be successful. Most of us need co-founders, but sometimes they are more trouble that they are worth. All of my life growing up, my dad always had two jobs – his full time job, and the business he ran (or the family ran) on the side. Well, he did have one job before I and my brother came along – which…
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  • 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code

    John Gannon
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    When you’re working at a startup, even if you’ve never touched Python or Photoshop, you still need to be able to get stuff done when technical or design tasks come your way. See my post at The Daily Muse to find out why. The post 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 8/13/14

    John Gannon
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Bowery Capital published a list of top tools for startup job seekers on their blog. Figure 1, a network for health professionals to view and share medical cases, is hiring a Director of User Growth. 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 8/13/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Want to Work for a Startup? Start Something

    John Gannon
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    (Originally published at The Daily Muse on October 16, 2013.) So, you want to ditch the corporate life and go work for a startup. Cool! But do you really understand what that would mean? Steve Blank, one of the fathers of the Lean Startup revolution, defines a startup as “an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” What does that mean? Well, that the company either doesn’t have a working product, it has a working product that no one will buy, or it has a product that sells but can’t figure out how to market and sell the product…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 8/11/14

    John Gannon
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    HourlyNerd, an online marketplace that connects businesses to MBA alumni and students for short-term business consulting, is hiring an Enterprise Account Executive. Ellen Dasilva and Alexander Taub wrote a book about pitching and closing, and what you need to know about business development, partnerships, and making deals that matter that will be available on August 29th. 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 8/11/14 appeared…
  • I’m hosting a Venture Capital Job Search Workshop on August 20th

    John Gannon
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I’m offering a venture capital job hunting workshop in NYC on Wednesday August 20th. The last 3 times I’ve given this workshop it’s received 100% positive reviews. And I’m bringing even more content this time around to ensure that I can keep my perfect score If you’re looking for a startup job the workshop will also have lots of relevant content for you. After all, VCs are a central part of how people find jobs in the startup ecosystem! Click here if you’d like to learn more or register. And Tweet me or leave a comment if you have questions about the…
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  • News & Views (Week of 8/11 – 8/17)

    Catherine Stevens
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    News Learn about Udacity’s Differential Equations class, and why it’s not as daunting as many make it out to be. The Programming Languages class from Udacity is now eligible for the full course certificate and coaching option offered by the company. One edX MOOC’s creation spanned all the way across the globe from California to China. The edX blog has the full story of how Engineering Software as a Service CS169.1x came into fruition. edX recently participated in OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention held each year in Portland, Oregon. Futurelearn is giving away…
  • Spotlight: MRUniversity

    Elizabeth Randell
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tyler Cowan and Alex Tabarrok, economic professors from George Mason University, launched MRUniversity to offer education that is better, cheaper and easier to access.  Courses offered consist of multiple, short videos that allow you to watch between tasks.  Have 6 minutes to spare on the bus/train/subway?  You could watch a video and still have 30 seconds to spare! In a neat and unusual twist, some of the content is crowd-sourced!  Students are encouraged to vote for the next lot of content or to suggest new material.  Instructors are encouraged to create a flipped economics classroom…
  • Around the World in 62 Days: Day 52-56

    Elizabeth Randell
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tere tulemast!  Üdvözlet! Ласкаво просимо!  Welcome! All summer we have been travelling the world, and celebrating the national and independence days of each country as they have happened.  If you have missed any of the events, you can learn more here.  This week we are jetting off to celebrate Independence Day in Afghanistan, Hungary, Estonia, Ukraine and Uruguay – this is bound to be an exciting week!   Afghanistan Afghanistan is officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,  a landlocked country located in Central and South Asia that is bordered…
  • Upcoming Coursera Specializations

    Catherine Stevens
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Want a way to get certified for a group of knowledge that represents more than a single class? Then Coursera‘s specializations might be just right for you! They are sets of MOOCs which upon completion grant you a special certificate indicating more in-depth knowledge in a subject. Each specialization is made up of MOOCs from multiple universities Available in 10 subjects, ranging from teacher education to CS to music Cost: $29 or $49 per course plus a $49 capstone fee Financial aid available Here are the upcoming ones: Data Science 9 4-week classes and Final Capstone project Topics…
  • Make music with MOOCs!

    Catherine Stevens
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    History of Rock, Part Two Offered by Coursera 31 August 2014 to 12 October 2014  Estimated Workload: 2-4 hours/week This course covers rock in the US from the early 70s to early 90s, including punk and disco, the rise of MTV, heavy metal and hip hop. It is taught by John Covach, who has co-edited numerous books on the subject and also plays guitar around the US and Europe. You can also take Part One (self-paced, class already completed) here. World Music Offered by Open2Study 11 August 2014 to 9 September 2014 This class helps you discover the music outside the everyday tunes heard in the…
 
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • Insightera’s Deployment of Qubole Leads To Huge Savings Of Big Data.

    Kevin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Insightera’s Deployment of Qubole Leads To Huge Savings Of Big Data. Qubole, the award-winning provider of the next generation Cloud Big Data platform, is publicly discussing their success with Marketo’s Insightera for the first time. Insightera. Insightera’s technology leverages Big Data, machine learning and predictive analytics to display the most relevant content to targeted high-yield prospects in real-time. Their data requirements are huge, as volume rapidly grew past 3 terabytes, and fast processing is central to Insightera’s product and reputation. When the company settled…
  • Lead Liaison Further Expands Its Sales Team.

    Kevin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Lead Liaison Further Expands Its Sales Team. Lead Liaison, a private marketing automation company, recently announced expansion of its in-house sales team, doubling in size from the previous quarter. 2nd Quarter. After a highly successful 2nd quarter, Lead Liaison’s executive staff decided to move forward with hiring additional sales team members to bring in new business. With a strong Q3 expected, additional sales staff will allow Lead Liaison to compete with larger marketing automation companies for market share. New sales staff members are helping to collect, follow up on and close…
  • Swift Capital Announces $50M Credit Line To Fund Small Businesses.

    Kevin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Swift Capital Announces $50M Credit Line To Fund Small Businesses. Swift Capital, a leading direct provider of working capital solutions for small businesses, announced today that it has secured $50 million in new debt commitments, in addition to $27.5 million of junior notes already outstanding, to support the rapid growth of its small business funding programs. The new debt commitments give Swift Capital significant increased funding capacity to further advance its superiorly priced working capital solutions and provide small businesses with fast and simple access to funding where banks are…
  • Readyforce Acquires Chicago-based HireBrite.

    Kevin
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Readyforce Acquires Chicago-based HireBrite. Similar to The Common Application many high school students use to apply to college, HireBrite created a Common App for students to apply to multiple jobs and internships with one simple submission. Founded in 2012, HireBrite’s mission has been to make it easy for students and high-growth companies to connect on and off-campus. Entrepreneurship. As a graduate of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program, located at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the HireBrite team started powering student recruiting programs…
  • ILOOK Launches Branded TV App Platform for Small Business.

    Kevin
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    ILOOK Launches Branded TV App Platform for Small Business. ILOOK, an over-the-top (OTT) TV platform that converts YouTube channels into dedicated mobile video apps, is excited to announce the launch of their TV App platform for small businesses. SMB. Small businesses in any industry can now strengthen their current video marketing strategies by launching branded video content across screens in a TV-like manner through fully dedicated apps. ILOOK believes this will place small organizations on a level playing field, allowing them to act like major brands by being able to enliven their current…
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules

    Guest Blogger
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    This guest post is written by John McCarthy, CEO of Taxamo, a service solution for the 2015 EU VAT changes, outlines the EU VAT compliance challenges that await online merchants on January 1, 2015.  An … Read more The post What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    If you’re like most people, you probably want to do everything in your power to increase sales. Whether it’s through search engine optimization (SEO) or old fashioned banner ads – the goal is the same: … Read more The post 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 13 Glorious Tools For Content Marketing

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    Lets be honest. Content marketing is not easy! Sure, anyone can set up a blog, sign up for Twitter and open a MailChimp account. The challenging part however is creating relevant content your target audiences … Read more The post 13 Glorious Tools For Content Marketing appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • The Value of Support in Open Source

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:57 am
    Open source software has never been so popular. With GitHub becoming the “Facebook for Developers” we see a growing amount of new projects every week. Some are initiated by big companies and others by individual passionate developers. But what … Read more The post The Value of Support in Open Source appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift

    Yann Irbah
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    Apple had some interesting news for us at the WWDC 2014. But besides the new flat user interface (UI) OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 – the most surprising announcement was the new language Swift. This … Read more The post First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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  • iSPIRT launches BootUpINDIA on Independence Day, Celebrating Bootstrapping!

    Prateek Panda
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    We’ve always glorified venture funding and the media always jumps to report anything around venture funding. Honestly, there are two ways to run your company – the venture funding way and the bootstrapped way. There[...]
  • TastyKhana.in introduces ‘Express BOX’

    Team TechPanda
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    TastyKhana.in, India’s leading online food portal, has introduced yet another clutter breaking innovation in the food ordering industry – the “Express Box”. Patented by their holding company, Delivery Hero GmbH, the ‘Express Box’ will facilitate[...]
  • Life Beyond Shadow of Ecommerce Giants and their Big Funding!

    Guest Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The following is an unedited & candid post by Amit Gupta, Founder of OyeShoppy.com. Ohk , let me tell you first my intentions about writing this post is very personal in nature and not to market[...]
  • SocialCops Raises USD 320K from 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan and Manoj Menon

    Team TechPanda
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    SocialCops, a technology data company that aims to power decision making through high quality data sourced from the grassroots has announced USD 320k in seed funding from investors including 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan (MD, Google[...]
  • Think Twice Before you Start a Startup.

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    If you are an Indian working in an MNC drawing a fat pay check, then throughout your career you have been advised about how starting up is the right thing to do. I will tell[...]
 
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  • CREALOGIX Wins First Digital Banking Mandate in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Kevin C
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    CREALOGIX Wins First Digital Banking Mandate in the Asia-Pacific region. The universal bank BCI has opted for the product portfolio from CREALOGIX for the renewal and expansion of its digital customer channel. The acquisition of this first customer in the Asia-Pacific region proves the company’s recently launched international expansion is already taking effect. It was only in April of this year that the CREALOGIX Group opened a subsidiary inSingapore in order to actively deal with the Asia-Pacific region. Mandate. “We are delighted about the mandate from New Caledonia. It…
  • China Telecom Being Voted “No.1 Most Honored Company in Asia”.

    Kevin C
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    China Telecom Being Voted “No.1 Most Honored Company in Asia”. China Telecom Corporation Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has been voted by professional investors ”No.1 Most Honored Company in Asia” in Institutional Investor2014 All-Asia-Executive Team ranking.  Mr. Wang Xiaochu, Chairman and CEO of China Telecom was voted again “Asia’s Best CEO in Telecommunications Sector”, while Madam Wu Andi, Executive Vice President and CFO of the Company, was voted ”Asia’s Best CFO in Telecommunications Sector”. …
  • Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. Acquires Ship Management Company.

    Kevin C
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. Acquires Ship Management Company. Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd., an international shipping agency and logistic services provider, today announced that it has executed an agreement to acquire all of the equity of Longhe Ship Management (Hong Kong) Co., Limited (“LSM”), in a move to broaden Sino-Global’s service platform and gain expertise in the ship management business. In connection with the acquisition of LSM, Sino-Global appointed Mr. Africa Li, who has more than 30 years of experience in the shipping industry, as its new Chief…
  • INMOTION New Self-balancing Vehicle to Reveal at IFA 2014.

    Kevin C
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    INMOTION New Self-balancing Vehicle to Reveal at IFA 2014. INMOTION Technologies Co., Ltd., the leading manufacturer of sensor controlled vehicle, today announced it will be exhibiting at IFA 2014 fromSeptember 5-10 in Berlin, Germany. IFA 1. INMOTION will reveal its new product, an electric unicycle, S1 (which is an unofficial name) at IFA 2014. The electric unicycle applies the latest innovations in self-balancing. It is portable, easy to carry and has many user-friendly features. Based on advanced technology, just like R1EX, INMOTION S1 can stand without any support. Since the launch of…
  • NQ Mobile Named Finalist in 2014 CTIA E-Tech Awards.

    Kevin C
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    NQ Mobile Named Finalist in 2014 CTIA E-Tech Awards. NQ Mobile, a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, announced today that NQ Live was named a finalist in the Mobile Marketing & Advertising category of CTIA’s annual Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awardscompetition. Representing the most innovative and cutting-edge emerging mobile services, solutions and technology, the E-Tech Awards finalists feature the best in areas such as network equipment, M2M and the Internet of Things and the cloud. The E-Tech Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, September 10 from…
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  • Freekall

    Susmitha Kasaram
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Freekall is an excellent mobile service that allows us to make free calls, when we run out of balance and in urgent need of making a call. This service is free and we need not to pay a single penny. Some of the mobile services allow making calls for free but after installing the mobile […]
  • Yourcabs

    Susmitha Kasaram
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    To move from place to place we need some means of transportation. Typically, there are many alternatives for moving from one place to other place. One of the best choices is to take a cab. Why cannot it be Yourcabs.in! Yourcabs is the best platform to connect with the customers, who are in need of […]
  • “Internet For All” Tech challenge by Uninor

    Sarath Budam
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Uninor, one of the network providers in India launched “Internet for All(IFA)” challenge this week. Youngsters within the age group of 18-25 can participate in this challenge. Aim of this challenge is to find innovative and feasible solutions to present day social needs, empower societies, drive inclusive growth using the internet technologies. This challenge is […]
  • Babajobs-Are these job portals does only meant for white collor jobs?

    Susmitha Kasaram
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Every job portal shows formal jobs and it is restricted only to some jobs. However, Babajobs is a portal that allows informal job searching to the job seekers. It is one of the India’s largest informal and entry-level job portals. The main aim of babajob.com is to provide the job seekers better paying jobs that […]
  • Gungroo- A Safe Web for children

    Susmitha Kasaram
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
                            Parents want their children to explore  the world. However, with this running world there are many complications occurring at present. Children do not know anything and there are chances for them to deviate from their goals. But it is necessary to move on with the society. It would be better if there were some […]
 
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  • 3 ways to get into starting your own business

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    The first thing you need to think about when you’re trying to start your own business is to have a good idea that you can make into a commercial prospect. What this means is that you have to think about a problem or an issue that you think you can help solve.
  • StartHQ – Your Everyday Tools at your “New Tab Page”!

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Imagine all the specific tasks you have to do in one day. Now open your browser and look at your browser’s start page. Does this page help you complete these tasks? If your answer is NO, then you have to check out StartHQ.
  • How to Start Your Business: Some Lessons to Learn

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    If you are wondering how to start your own business and you don’t feel that you’re making any progress we’ve got some general lessons here that should help you out. Take into account the tips and approaches that we outline in this article and you should be able to easily manage starting your own business.
  • Hiring people - Part Two

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the last post in this short series we looked at the person specification that you would be putting together to attract people to work for your start-up. We looked at how it was important that you have certain expectations for your new employee, that you also didn’t push things too far to try and find the ‘perfect’ employee. A start-up is a natural incubator of talent, and this means that you need to lower your sights a little when you’re looking for new people, so that you can help to nurture them into becoming that perfect employee that you will need eventually.
  • Hiring people for your startup

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    One of the most exciting and the most challenging aspects of running a start-up is hiring staff. When you begin to become successful you will find that you need people to help you out. This means taking on new staff.
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  • Green Business: Upcycling in the Office

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    There are many green practices widely adopted by small businesses. Recycling is one of the cheapest and most cost-effective initiatives small business owners can implement in the office, but one less-than-conventional practice has gained significant steam in recent years: upcycling. Made popular by sites like Pinterest, more companies have discovered ways they can upcycle in the office. Unlike recycling, which involves sending raw materials to corporations for turning items into new products, upcycling is where an individual uses an old item to create a new one from the comfort of…
  • Getting Your Small Business Ready For Back-To-School

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Your school days may be in the past, but chances are, many of your consumers are either in school or affected by the back-to-school season in some capacity. Whether they've got young ones who are returning to institutions or their daily working conditions are altered due to the school schedules, your consumers would benefit from storewide promotions that pertain to this season. There are ways your business can use this time of year to its advantage. As you start planning your in-store and online marketing campaigns to reach this vast range of consumers, be sure to tailor your offerings…
  • 5 Things Your Small Business Can Learn From Shark Week

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    It's that time of year again. Whether you fear the chompy creatures or are fascinated by the fantastic fish, it's time for consumers and small business owners alike to gather around the television to enjoy the spoils of Shark Week. This worldwide television event has been running since 1988, providing interesting parties with a wealth of information pertaining to these swift swimmers. Over the past 27 years, the Discovery Channel has altered its promotional strategies, programming and marketing tactics to better reach consumers interested in learning about sharks. As you sit down to…
  • Marketing To The Millennial Generation

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Millennials, or people who were born in the 1980s and 1990s, have received a bad rap in the press recently. People in this generation have been called lazy, narcissistic and impatient - but chances are, they represent a large portion of your consumer base. This tech-savvy crowd is not only one of the most influential buyer groups currently on the market, but it has a wave of potential for small business owners looking to build long-lasting loyalty among young consumers. As you start revamping your marketing strategy, it's imperative to adopt tactics that are geared toward this crowd. Consider…
  • Encouraging Engagement: Pinterest Edition

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Social media is one of the most powerful tools a small business owner can employ when attempting to reach new consumers. Maintaining an active presence on popular sites is integral to your brand's success, especially if you're trying to boost engagement over the Internet.  Pinterest may not have the same reach as the larger sites, but this social network is ideal for reaching a particular niche of your consumer base. Consider these five steps when crafting your social strategy for connecting to consumers on this site. 1. Know your audience Unlike Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest is…
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  • Google APAC Test is Happening and You Should Participate

    Fatima Rizwan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Are you a current student in BS, MS or a PhD? You have a passion for working at Google.com? Then start tuning your logical engines, as Google brings to you the APAC 2015 University Graduates Test!Google APAC 2015 University Graduates Test is an online test designed to look for young talents majoring in Computer Science and related fields. Those participants who have high scores on the programming problems may be invited to interviews for Software Engineer, University Graduate, or other positions. It is only restricted to countries and territories in the Asia Pacific region for citizens or…
  • LCE Hosts Fireside Chat with Dilawar Syed

    Qurat Zafar
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Dilawar A.Syed is a well known name in the Pakistani Tech circles. He is not only a successful entrepreneur but also has an impressive career. Prior to joining Freshdesk, a startup that helps companies reach out to their customers through multiple platforms using a cloud-based product, Dilawar worked as the Head of Strategy and Operations at Yahoo and played a key role in transforming Yonja Media, helping its users expand their reach three-fold. He also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Dilawar recently participated in a Fireside…
  • LG Bags 9 RED DOT Awards for Intuitive UX in Product & Communication Design

    Uzair Ahmed
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    In a continuation of its winning streak, LG Electronics recently took home 9 Red Dot awards, mainly for the software features offered by its products. Having previously won 33 Red Dot awards earlier this year, this brings the total number of the prestigious industry awards won by LG in 2014 alone to over 40.This year’s flagship smartphone from LG, the LG G3, was a clear winner as three of the Red Dot awards received by the smartphone were termed ‘Best of the Best’, which are given to the products/features that excel well beyond other competitors in the same category. Announced this…
  • Microsoft to Hold 3-Day Windows Phone Hackathon at ITCN Asia

    Uzair Ahmed
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Microsoft has announced its plans to hold a Windows Phone Hackathon during the country’s largest IT and Telecom Expo —  ITCN Asia — which will take place in Karachi later this month. Microsoft is inviting students, startups and professional developers alike to build apps for Widows Phone platform in several categories, and try their luck at bagging WP smartphones as prizes.The Hackathon is being organized in collaboration with Microsoft Innovation Center, Karachi. Starting on August 26th, it will be three-day long competition which will commence parallel to the ITCN Asia event (August…
  • HTC Announces ‘One M8 for Windows’ with WP 8.1 On-board

    Uzair Ahmed
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    One of the long-running rumors finally materialized today as HTC officially took the wraps off HTC One (M8) for Windows, which is essentially an HTC One (M8) announced earlier this year with Windows Phone 8.1 on board instead of Android OS.There are only subtle differences apart from the OS, and those too on the outside, in the Android and WP variants. The brushed-metal body is there in all its glory with Windows Phone branding on the back-panel of the phone to differentiate the two variants, and rest of the specifications are completely identical to the original One M8, which include, as a…
 
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  • Jack Of All Threads – India’s First Crowdfunding Platform For T-Shirts

    Asish Das
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    Jack of all Threads is India’s first platform to crowdfund t-shirts.  JoaT makes it super-easy for absolutely anyone to make money by designing and selling t-shirts online, 100% free of cost, using the power of crowdfunding technology. Raisers design their t-shirts in minutes using JoaT’s online Designer and set their own selling price. JoaT handles the production, distribution, payment collection and customer support and transfers the profits to the Raiser. Best part, the Raiser pays NOTHING– all costs are transferred to the buyers. Founders, Jack Of All Threads Founded by four young…
  • GoPaisa – India’s Highest Paying Cashback Portal

    Asish Das
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    For a country which thrives on bargains and loves to save! Gopaisa.com comes as a relief to all the online shoppers who can not bargain face to face with their online sellers. For the best deals, discounts and a unique concept of added cashback gopaisa.com gives the customers a chance to save money all the way. Brainchild of brother duo Mr. Aman Jain and Mr. Sugam Jain GoPaisa is a team of youngsters who are driven to provide the best deals to their customers. Gopaisa.com boasts of the most up-to-date repository of working coupons and cashback deals at over 350+ online store in India. HOW IT…
  • Asia’s Largest Mobile Conference GMIC Expands to Bangalore, India

    Asish Das
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and developers at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. The latest edition of GMIC Beijing in May attracted more than 20,000 attendees. In addition to Beijing and Bangalore, GMIC is also hosted in San Francisco and Tokyo. With the theme of “The Next Wave of Mobile”, GMIC Bangalore will explore the current and emerging trends,…
  • HelpingDoc Raises $1.6 Million In Its Series A Funding

    Asish Das
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    HelpingDoc which helps the patients to connect with the healthcare providers has raised $1.6 million (approx. 10 crore) in its series A funding round from Senior Marketing Systems (SMS), a Singapore based investment company. The company said that, the infused funds will be used for strengthening the field force and enhancing the technology back-end of the company. The company wants to extend its services area and go beyond the Delhi-NCR region like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai within next 18-24 months. It also aims to scale up by 4-5 times and enroll over 20,000 doctors in the next…
  • How Social Media Affects Your Business [Startup Infographics]

    Asish Das
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Now Facebook has more than 1.3 billion registered users around the globe. Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram have also grown high in their number of registered users from last several years.  These numbers show that there is no denying that the social media can affect any startup or business to a great extent. These social media websites represent a huge potential for businesses to build a brand image and grab the attention of the customers globally. Use of social media to share and engage the potential customers is growing in a rapid rate, so the businesses should develop and…
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  • How to growth hack smartphone apps

    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    It seems like there is an app for everything nowadays. But the problem is that from the millions of apps out there, many of them don’t get that many downloads, hence the need to growth hack. Let me just tell you how I, for one, start my day. Obviously, I…
  • Lesson 3: 300 readers and Hashtag Research

    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Thanks for opening this lesson up for a good read. In Lesson 2, we started working on improving the way we post updates on social media to our followers. We basically showed you how we did it and made you implement the best tactics yourself. See? This is the best…
  • Onboardly – helping startups with content marketing and PR

    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    You hear people talking about content marketing everywhere. It’s just one of those things that is on everybody’s lips, and you can’t help but be curious about it, or even get a taste of it. So, startups from all over the world, get Onboard(ly)! Renée Warren, co-founder and CEO at…
  • Startup Pirates. Are you a pirate with a startup?

    Florin Muresan
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Ahoy there! Come on board of Startup Pirates! You need to have a daring heart, a great startup idea, or just initiative, and you must ‘be brave, be crazy, be a Pirate!’ Follow the Pirate Code and set sail! Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of Mad Jack the Pirate or Johny…
  • Lesson 2: The Road to 300 Readers – Followers, Hashtags and Communities

    Florin Muresan
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Last time, in Lesson 1 I told you that this course will be all about getting 300 readers to each blog article you write (or buy from agencies like ours). I also made a promise that all of this will be highly actionable. The first lesson was the only one…
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  • 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…
  • Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator Program By Akamai, Microsoft, JVP

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Startuptip news Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator Program By Akamai, Microsoft, JVP Akamai Technologies, Microsoft and Israeli venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners team up to launch a startup accelerator program specifically focused on the field of cyber security. Six startups, mostly headquartered in Israel, will be chosen to participate in the accelerator program which will run from September through January 2015 and will include mentorship, access to workspace and free software tools and funding. Startups accepted into the program will be announced Aug. 24, 2014, and the class…
  • Health Packs In Monthly Boxes

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Startuptip news race pak monthly health packs RacePak, a customizable monthly box of healthy bars, snacks and products for atheletes, sports and fitness freaks who live on these healthy snack bars and is door delivered every month. There is also option to send a gift pak. The Paks make it easy for active people to get great tasting, high quality nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. RacePak offers the option to customize a Pak complete with gluten-free, Paleo-friendly athletic-inspired treats or pick from any of the existing packs avaialble. The products are classified based on product types as…
  • Cubiq Launches Personal Warehouse And Storage Service

    Startup Tip
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Startuptip news Cubiq Storage – Store your personal goods Boston based Cubiq announced the launch of its warehouse storage service to store your physical goods. It is not just digital storage but boom time for physical storage services as the self storage market is estimated to be around $24 billion thanks to the increasing space constrains in the urban centers. “As more people flock to urban centers in living spaces with limited storage options, storage has emerged as one of the top concerns for Boston apartment and condo dwellers,” said Cappelletti, CEO. “We are providing…
 
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  • James Lopez: Building a Supporting Cast of Mentors

    Melinda Yeaman
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “Hey, closed mouths do not get fed” I think he just said that “Gary Vaynerchuck is the Jay-Z or the Puffy of the media world.” This is a fun energetic listen that really gives some great insight to finding mentors and making introductions,  even if you are not an entrepreneur in the music business. James shares with Melinda how hard it was to let go of his great corporate job with Random House and how he has learned from people he never thought he could meet. Highlights: How to make…
  • Skylar Topham: 4 Ways to Increase Revenue

    Melinda Yeaman
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Podcast:Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The fortune is in the follow-up” Skylar Topham is currently the co-founder of smartclinic.io, a software in the works that will help hearing practitioners run a far more efficient practice. He’s an avid reader and a surfer living 450 miles inland. While most are keeping up with the Kardashians, and listening to Maclamore, he’s reading to stay current in his craft (sales and marketing) and drives around pumpin’ podcasts. He and his small team also work for a handful of companies, helping them…
  • Joshua and Jill Stanton- Screw the Nine to Five with Affiliate Marketing

    Melinda Yeaman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “This is the moment we pivot” – Jill Stanton on Failure “If we build a vague audience eventually someone will buy something” -NOT! Jill tells us this was their “jaw-dropping failure” that caused them to pivot and create the process that began making them 10 grand a month in a year and a half. This fun couple enjoy location freedom by using a process for affiliate marketing that they developed together. Listening to Joshua and Jill is worth the time to figure out how they…
  • Claudine Hellmuth: Passive Income for Artists and Makers

    Melinda Yeaman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “Feeling the fear, but doing it anyway” Martha Stewart’s stalker decided to interview with us! Okay, so not really a stalker, but Claudine Hellmuth was determined to get on Martha’s show. This girl has tenacity and she shares her story of TV, licensing, webinars, blogs, and how she made it all work. Not only is this a fun episode to listen to, but there is a lot of insight into passive income streams and how to capture your audience. Highlights: Passive Income Streams How to get on TV Makers…
  • Anthony Tran: How to Grow an Online Audience

    Melinda Yeaman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “I always lead with value and I just don’t ask for anything” Let’s boil this down, according to Anthony Tran, people like to do business with people. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to understand that creating value to help others is just good business . The question is, HOW do you help people through social media? Seriously, how do you reach your global audience on a personal level? Listening to this podcast, Anthony has some great insight and specific, proven habits that have brought…
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  • Future of Live Customer Support

    Deepthi Ramdas
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    According to Wikipedia, Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This … Continue reading →The post Future of Live Customer Support appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Live Video Chat VS Live Text Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Live chat softwares are those softwares used by businesses to communicate in real time with their customers or clients. These live chat softwares could either be through text messages, audio … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat VS Live Text Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 2)

    Deepthi Ramdas
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    A QUICK WRAP-UP OF PART 1 In part 1 of this guide, I mentioned the concept of live video chat, its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a quick wrap up … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 2) appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 1)

    Deepthi Ramdas
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Here is the second guide from our publication house! This time it is all about live video chat – its uses, advantages, disadvantages, industries benefiting from it and the future … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 1) appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Are you still using live text chat?

    Deepthi Ramdas
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    I would like to repeat the question. Are you still using live TEXT chat? In the past few weeks, I have been talking about the various live chat softwares available … Continue reading →The post Are you still using live text chat? appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
 
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  • Cold Calling That Works

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    There is a lot of literature available about how to improve cold calls, but the suggestions are usually quite basic, covering things like “introduce yourself with your name and company”, “sound pleasant” and “know your product”-most of which are a given- and obsolete, in that they disregard the plethora of new tools and technology that have now become available to us. Here we’ve listed a couple of tried and tested ways that have been effective in 2014, and can make this process more effective and less of a pain: 1. Look It Up Before You Pick It Up Usually cold calls are…
  • How To Hire- Part III: Why Resumes are a Fresher’s Nightmare

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Job seekers have managed to make order amidst the chaos that is recruitment: identify the HR manager, write a cover letter, send across your resume, and pray. But for freshers, the prayer begins long before they’re done with college. For most recruiters, the idea of hiring someone without having a look at their resumes is unthinkable, with the likelihood of its acceptance being inversely proportional to the size of the company. They might be open to find a way to replace the interview round with a group discussion, or the technical round with an online assessment tool, but even ruminating…
  • 4 Reasons People Quit Startups

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Startups are everywhere and everything for so many people, but there are just as many workaholics who don’t find startups to be the ideal workplace. We talked to 4 young entrepreneurs as we analysed what might make someone want to quit a startup, and what it takes for them to be a perfect fit: 1. “Wait what… so… wait… SLOW DOWN!” Everything in a startup happens fast. There are no multiple managers or numerous needed nods to slow you down, and more often than not you’re going to have to take a decision in the few minutes after you’ve collected all the facts. You won’t…
  • How to Hire- Part II: Old vs New, but for Recruitment

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Kicking off every article ever written about Recruitment, is a starting line about how Recruitment might just be the single most important function any business carries out… Now that we’ve narrowly escaped that cliché, we must admit that we too subscribe to that notion. Think about it, what is a company with no employees, a brand name with no brand managers, a startup with no 5-15 people? It’s not enough to hire enough people though; you have to make sure they’re the ‘right people’. How does one find these ‘right people’ amidst the crowd of applicants? Recruitment! A…
  • Camp’US’ Hiring

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Campus Recruitment has survived economic slowdowns and political turmoil and educational reforms to emerge unscathed and ever booming, very much like the IT Industry, which has never been stronger than it is right now. Students clamber through the vacuum that is created when the four warm walls of college subside and make way for the professional fortifications. As recruiters, the task of hiring students is a peculiar one. The element that otherwise scores most highly in relevance while recruiting- which is past work experience- is suddenly replaced by a plethora of other subjective factors…
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