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  • Social media nostalgia app Timehop raises $10M

    VatorNews.tv
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Timehop shows users what they were doing on social media on this date in historyThere has been a big movement toward privacy in social media over the last couple of years, with the rise of apps like Snapchat and Whisper and Secret. I get why this is appealing: it's hard to feel secure with what we put on the Internet, given what we now know about the NSA. Plus, if a message deletes itself after 10 seconds, there's much less of a risk of it coming back to bite you a decade from now. At the same time, though, I've been using social media for over a decade now and I get a kick out of seeing the…
  • Amazon Fire Phone Review: Ambitious and Inventive, But a Version 1.0 Product

    Fast Company
    Harry McCracken
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Even a company like Amazon can't build a fully competitive phone on its first tryIt's 2014. The dynamics of the smartphone business seem pretty well settled. The iPhone and handsets based on Google's Android have divvied up the market between them, leaving little room for underdog alternatives such as Windows Phone. Only a company of stratospheric ambition and audacity would arrive on the scene with a smartphone based on yet another new platform.Read Full Story
  • Impressions of Italy, 2014 Edition

    Ben Casnocha
    Ben Casnocha
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:06 pm
    (Beginning a long bike ride at the top of the Basilica of St. Frances in Assisi.) I was in Italy last week for a wedding. It was my third time to the country. What more can one say about Tuscany? It’s a stunningly beautiful part of the world. A few general impressions: Food. I’m trying to minimize bad carb intake. This makes Italy challenging. I ate more pizza in a week than I have in a long time. Italian pizza has few toppings on it — bread, bread, bread — but on the plus side, it is cheap. For one dinner we ordered 23 different pizzas and it cost less than 200…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 19 Edition

    Swedish Startup Space
    Anders Hassis
    18 Jul 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 Watch out Instabridge, there’s a new wifi player in town Oden offers a way for businesses (cafes, stores, bars) to offer “easy-to-access” wifi to it’s customers. The catch? As you probably guessed, you’re now open to receive “targeted” advertising and marketing content from those businesses. The idea is to also offer an “Analytics solution” which measures…
  • Google Announces $1 Million Engineering Challenge

    Fast Company
    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The task: Build a laptop-size power inverter.Google has $1 million with your name on it: All you have to do is prove you're nothing short of an engineering god.Read Full Story
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    Fast Company

  • Amazon Fire Phone Review: Ambitious and Inventive, But a Version 1.0 Product

    Harry McCracken
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Even a company like Amazon can't build a fully competitive phone on its first tryIt's 2014. The dynamics of the smartphone business seem pretty well settled. The iPhone and handsets based on Google's Android have divvied up the market between them, leaving little room for underdog alternatives such as Windows Phone. Only a company of stratospheric ambition and audacity would arrive on the scene with a smartphone based on yet another new platform.Read Full Story
  • Google Announces $1 Million Engineering Challenge

    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The task: Build a laptop-size power inverter.Google has $1 million with your name on it: All you have to do is prove you're nothing short of an engineering god.Read Full Story
  • The TSA Wants You To Redesign Its Slow Lines

    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    TSA PreCheck, the fast-lane program for frequent travelers, is far from ready to justify its $85 price tag. Enter crowd-sourcing.The Transportation Security Administration has been proudly touting its TSA PreCheck program for months, promising low-risk travelers "expedited, more efficient security screening" in exchange for $85 and a background check. Too bad nobody bothered to design how the two-tier system would work in practice.Read Full Story
  • iTunes Is Irrelevant. Now What?

    John Brownlee
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The beta release of iTunes 12 is as much of a mess as ever, but Apple doesn't think it's worth rebuilding.A tumorous coalescence of features added higgledy-piggledy over 13 years, iTunes is the definition of a Frankenstein app.Read Full Story
  • Museums And Heritage Sites In Syria Are Under Siege

    Ainsley O'Connell
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Experts are training locals to preserve and protect art and antiquities.The civil war devastating Syria and spilling into Iraq has claimed yet another casualty: museums and cultural heritage sites. As evidence of destruction mounts, the international community is moving to action. What we're doing is cultural triage.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Food-delivery startup SpoonRocket’s site isn’t down. Demand is just off the charts

    Larry Zhou
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Above: SpoonRocket Image Credit: Larry Zhou/VentureBeatLast night SpoonRocket’s website couldn’t hold up to a crazy traffic spike for its food deliveries in the San Francisco Bay Area — 100 orders every 10 seconds at one point. Tonight, the second night of the promotion, the site is buckling under demand once again. “Our site is not down,” SpoonRocket co-founder and chief technology officer Anson Tsui said in an interview with VentureBeat. “We are just limiting demand.” Some orders couldn’t get through as early as 5:03 p.m. Pacific, three minutes after the…
  • Taulia gives businesses discounts for paying their invoices early, gets $27M

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    It’s a tough economy out there, financing and managing supply chains can be challenging for some business, but one startup is providing them with an alternative means to keep the balance sheets going. Taulia is a San Francisco-based provider of software for helping suppliers manage their financing, and today it announced raised $27 million in new funding, the company’s fourth round. In short, the company’s suite of products includes cloud-based invoicing, dynamic discounting, and payment tools to help customers’ cash flow, so they need not resort to loans if payments…
  • Privacy Analytics raises $3.5M for health data anonymization

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Above: Your health may be Apple's next project.Image Credit: Shutterstock The privacy of health data has slowly crawled into the crosshairs of both investors and startups as health systems go digital. Several new companies, like Medable, offering to help health providers make their data private have appeared on the scene. One of them is Canada-based Privacy Analytics, which today said has raised a $3.5M in new funding in a round led by Vanedge Capital. Vanedge joins BDC IT Venture Fund and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) as the main investors in the company. Privacy…
  • Forever™ Launches Award-Winning iOS App for iPhone and iPad

    Business Wire
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    SPONSORED POSTCheck out our press release hub, powered by Business Wire. It's a one stop shop for industry announcements to help you stay on top of the latest technology and investment trends. Get the scoop here.PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 22, 2014– Forever, Inc., the first and only permanent online photo storage and sharing company, today announced the release and availability of its award-winning iOS App for iPhone and iPad. Thousands of current Forever members can now download the Forever App to access their accounts and utilize built-in features such as syncing,…
  • Funding Daily: Tracking apps, security intelligence, & the anti-Snapchat

    Tom Cheredar
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Above: The money is flowing to big data startups in a big way.Image Credit: Judy Baxter/Flickr Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Here’s our roundup of all the notable funding news of the day: AppDynamics takes $120M AppDynamics, a company with software for tracking the performance of applications, can keep spending money on product development and sales amid a competitive market thanks to $120 million in fresh financing. The company announced the new money, which includes $70 million in growth…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • The Amount of Content Produced Every 48 Hours Will Blow Your Mind

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re dealing with this much media, the most effective way to break through is to care! And the best part is that because of the infrastructure that social media (the plumbing of the internet) provides us, we can care at scale.
  • This is My Best Youtube Video Yet: Market Like It’s 2014!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    #Boom. My best YouTube video to date. This is how to use social media. This is how to use the internet to sell stuff. Don’t look forward, don’t look back. Look at what works NOW and double down.
  • I Don’t Give a Fuck! I Just Care About Right Now!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
  • Dark Posts, #Selfies, and Lawyers: A Q&A in Philly

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you haven’t seen the keynote that comes before this, do yourself a favor and check it out! 00:00 – Don’t you believe that marketers have ruined Facebook dark posts, yet? 2:25 – How did you land your Instagram-resistant CEO as a client? 7:05 – Can I come up to the stage and take a #selfie with you? 8:20 – How can we recruit freight agents using social media? 9:19 – How do we authentically tell our stories when we’re marketing to lawyers? 13:14 – Where do you draw the line to use your personal brand instead of your company’s?
  • Social Media State of the Union: EO Nerve 2014 Full Keynote

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guys this one got real. I honestly think this keynote in Philly set the benchmark for my new generation of talks. Check it out and let me know what you think!
 
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    TechCrunch

  • The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
     Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things. San Francisco is now at record employment levels after adding 60,000 jobs over the last four years. Commercial rents are hovering… Read More
  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    Greg Kumparak
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
     I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More
  • Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone

    Kyle Russell
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
     Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More
  • OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

    Julian Chokkattu
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
     Aimed at providing teachers with educational materials by making them open and competitive, OpenCurriculum, which launched in Pittsburgh, curates and organizes material from sites such as teacher blogs and lesson material publishers. Teachers can create lesson plans and more through OpenCurriculum.org. Read More
  • PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    Ingrid Lunden
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
     As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its first market for PayPal’s lending platform outside of the U.S., where it first launched the service in… Read More
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    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs

  • Fail fast, keep innovating

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    As innovation continues to drive the global economy, companies must find ways to pursue ideas while eliminating wasteful proc -More- 
  • How to avoid time-wasters and distractions

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Leaders need to learn to say no to time-wasting meetings, overly chatty colleagues, pointless e-mails, and other distractions -More- 
  • Key factors that shape startup branding

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Everything from the colors in your logo to the way you treat your customers will affect perceptions about your business, writ -More- 
  • How VCs determine the value of your business

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Factors such as the state of the market, company performance and your founding team will influence valuation, writes Sean Jac -More- 
  • Fashion consignment marketplace brings in $13M in investment

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    An online fashion consignment business called Threadflip is planning to use $13 million in funding to expand its workforce an -More- Market Insights from an Investment Pro Who do you trust when it comes to your finances? For us, it's Ron Joelson. The Northwestern Mutual Chief Investment Officer manages a portfolio larger than most countries' GDPs. And takes time to share his insights with you. Tune in to his latest investment podcast and hear for yourself. Subscribe today. >
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • LinkedIn experiments with a "find friends" feature

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    LinkedIn would likely add the feature to its Connected app, allowing users to find contacts nearbyThe idea of finding friends nearby has always struck me as a little... creepy. Like, I get the idea behind it, and I can see how it would be cool to see that someone you know is a block away. But, at the same time, it means that you're always on, and always have to be ready to "on." Maybe you just want to talk a walk, and not really be bothered by anyone. At least when Facebook added such a feature, it was understandable because, presumably, many of those people are your friends. But…
  • Social media nostalgia app Timehop raises $10M

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Timehop shows users what they were doing on social media on this date in historyThere has been a big movement toward privacy in social media over the last couple of years, with the rise of apps like Snapchat and Whisper and Secret. I get why this is appealing: it's hard to feel secure with what we put on the Internet, given what we now know about the NSA. Plus, if a message deletes itself after 10 seconds, there's much less of a risk of it coming back to bite you a decade from now. At the same time, though, I've been using social media for over a decade now and I get a kick out of seeing the…
  • App monitoring service AppDynamics raises $120M

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    With the new funding, AppDynamics is now valued at over $1 billionIt's hard to overstate the importance of app performance management. People have very, very little patience for malfunctioning, or just downright slow, applications, which can be absolutely deadly to the company's bottom line. That is why so many have been turning to application management companies to ID problems quickly, and have them fixed before they can cause any real damage. One of the biggest companies in the space is AppDynamics, and it has now raised $120 million in new funding, it was announced on…
  • Cloud service younity partners up with GoPro

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Younity will organize GoPro videos, and allow users to instantly playback their videos on mobileI've never had the opportunity to use a GoPro camera, but I have heard that they are quite amazing. That they are the kind of camera that makes people feel like they need to get out there and do something adventerous! There does seem to be a couple of downsides to them, though: first, the camera makes files that are so big that they cannot be stored on a mobile device so they cannot be rewatched right away. And, second, that the files are not organized or named; they just kind of get dumped…
  • Tango launches $25M gaming fund to expand platform

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Tango also hires GREE's Jim Ying as VP of game publishingMobile messaging is hot right now, but one of the more noteworthy apps in the space, Tango, the company that raised $280 million in March, is looking to branch out. Specifically it is looking to expand into gaming. The company launched its gaming platform in 2013, but is now stepping up development in that department, announcing on Tuesday that it launching a new $25 million fund to get the best game developers onto the platform. The gaming platform, the company wrote in a blog post, has 'been a big success." It includes…
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    Small Business Labs

  • For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

    Steve
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, collaborate on projects, meet new people and stay on top of their industry.     Most of this was not a surprise to us. But we were surprised that over half of the respondents listed "help me stay sane" as being an important or…
  • Part-Timers, Labormetrics and the Just in Time Workforce

    Steve
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home if business looks light.  The issue is nonstandard work schedules makes life much more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote: The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring…
  • The Rise of Social Commerce Platforms

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Chloe+Isabel is an online social jewelry retailer and they recently raised $15 million in venture funding. Their platform allows women to build online stores featuring their favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry, then market them via on and offline social networks. Think Tupperware parties going digital. They are one of many companies creating social commerce platforms targeted at women. Other examples include Stella & Dot (jewelry and accessories), Ruby Ribbon (clothing). The business model of these firms is straight forward. It used to be called multi-level marketing, but that got a bit…
  • Bitcoin Gaining Funding, Market Momentum

    Steve
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    CoinDesk, an online site that covers the Bitcoin industry, released their State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 report. It shows that despite setbacks and negative press, the Bitcoin industry continues its rapid expansion. The chart below (from CoinDesk's report) shows their summary of the key things that happened Bitcoin wise in Q2. Also released recently was Business Insider's analysis of the amount of venture capital flowing into the Bitcoin industry. They point out it's similar to the amount of money raised by Internet startups in the mid- 1990s. Bitcoins are clearly gaining momentum and…
  • The Tiny House Movement

    Steve
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bloomberg's Tiny Houses Big with U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom covers the nascent tiny home movement. Homes are generally consider tiny if they are less than 500 square feet in total and they can be much smaller - as small as 100 square feet.  They're also called micro-homes and as the article points out, most industry analysts think there are only a few thousand in the U.S. In addition to freestanding micro homes, micro-apartments are also becoming more popular. Generally anything under 400 square feet is considered a micro-apartment and some cities - San…
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    Mixergy

  • Master Class: How to use lean B2B ideas – with Étienne Garbugli

    April Dykman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if you validate an idea, and it still fails? That’s what happened to Étienne Garbugli when he launched one of his first b2b startups. “We [validated] the idea with true cold calls, a landing page, and surveys,” says Étienne, founder of Flagback and HireVoice. “We really focused on getting it right. Doing good validation.” And businesses said they were interested. But when he built the product, they didn’t buy it. Étienne realized that he needed a different strategy for tackling b2b markets. So he figured out where he went wrong and went on to launch two successful…
  • How did a struggling online marketer create a profitable software company? – with Kyle Graham

    Andrew Khalili
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How did a struggling online marketer create a profitable software company? Kyle Graham is the founder of 10 Minute Pages, software that allows you to create a website in under 10 minutes. His software is used to create landing pages that help you get email addresses and sales. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Kyle Graham Kyle Graham is the founder of 10 Minute Pages, software that allow you to create a website in under 10 minutes. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there,…
  • How a bootstrapped software founder faked it until he made it (By secretly doing the work by hand) – with Guillermo Sanchez

    Andrew Khalili
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a bootstrapped entrepreneur who built a multi-million dollar software company. And how did it all start? By secretly doing the work by hand while giving the impression that software was doing the work. Guillermo Sanchez is the founder of Publitas.com which is a software company that enables retailers to drive conversion with online and mobile catalogs. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Guillermo Sanchez Guillermo Sanchez is the founder of Publitas.com, a software company that enables retailers to drive…
  • First $100K Series

    ArieSaint
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    After running the First $10K Series, a couple entrepreneurs asked if we’d do a First $100K Series. We loved the idea and are now accepting applications from founders who made $100K in their first year in business. Is this you? Apply now. We’ll be accepting applications for two weeks after which we’ll start inviting superstars on Mixergy. If you are chosen, you will be prepped by one of our awesome producers just like all our past guests. Our producers are highly trained to help guests tell a great story and to prepare them for the real deal with Andrew. There are so many awesome…
  • How Hack Reactor has changed the dynamics of coding – with Douglas Calhoun

    Andrew Khalili
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, I’ve got a Mixergy fan who learned how to code and then built a school that now teaches other people how to code–and gets them extraordinary results. I invited him here to teach how he did it. Douglas Calhoun is the co-founder of HackReactor. It’s an immersive coding school that’s available right here in San Francisco, probably within walking distance of my office. And recently they decided they were going to do a small test to see if people can learn remotely. I’m going to find out how Doug built a business that’s so successful so quickly. Watch the…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Women Mean Business - Shushana Castle

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    She went from Wall Street to a third world country. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Sushana Castle, author of Rethink Food.
  • Jeff Friedman - Distinctive Life Cremations & Funerals

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Jeff Friedman believed that modern families—especially Baby Boomers—wanted to do more to honor their loved ones than the standard funeral in a dark and gloomy funeral home. The consumer had changed but the industry had not. He wanted to focus more on the experience of the celebration than the location of the chapel. He now has several locations, will sometimes meet at the family’s home, and will conduct a celebration of life almost anywhere the family wants it.
  • School of Business 7/19/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John are built for business and ready to bring innovation to the forefront. Our future success is tied to the success of our entrepreneurs, the innovators among us who are willing to take a chance. Includes: our Quote of the Week—true words from the folks at Despair Inc.; This Week in Business History includes such innovators as Mick Jagger, Fidel Castro and Buzz Aldrin; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should; and Dumb Moments—Venezuela has a new tax.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Donna Smith

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Multiple brands within the same company presents its own challenges. Robin Tooms interviews Donna Smith, director, marketing and communications for Forum Energy Technologies.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Keith Miceli

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Keith Miceli is back to explain how PKF Texas can assist exporting companies with everything from tax incentives to free trade zones and logistics providers.
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    Plan and Grow Your Business

  • Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You

    Sarika Periwal
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    To survive as a business you need sales, and to generate sales you need marketing. It is for this reason that most businesses set aside a sizable chunk of money for advertising, but wouldn’t it be grand if you could generate sales by getting your existing customers to do your marketing for you? If you... The post Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

    Trevor Betenson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whatever type of plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. I'll explain what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them. The post The Key Elements of the Financial Plan appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Baker’s Guide to Opening a Successful Bakery

    Lisa Furgison
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you the one that makes killer cakes for every birthday? Do you churn out to-die-for donuts? If you’re ready to turn your talents into a profitable bakery, you’ve come to the right place. There’s money to be made in the baking biz. The baking industry accounts for $311 billion in total economic output, according... The post The Baker’s Guide to Opening a Successful Bakery appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What Is the Future of Retail?

    Candice Landau
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you own a brick-and-mortar business, or are thinking of setting one up, you’ve likely seen plenty of reports that imply the future of shopping is online and that it is also “mobile.” You’re right to be concerned about what this means for your business, but perhaps not in the way you may think. Firstly,... The post What Is the Future of Retail? appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Run a Business in Prison (Orange is the New Black, Season 2)—Minor Spoilers

    Jonathan Michael
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, takes a gritty, poignant, and hilarious look at life inside a women’s federal prison. The show premiered in 2013 to critical acclaim, and in June 2014 Netflix released all 13 episodes of its second season. The show recently won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy... The post How to Run a Business in Prison (Orange is the New Black, Season 2)—Minor Spoilers appeared first on Plan and Grow Your Business. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Support for Startups: Tech Companies Receiving Grants

    Hailey Robinson
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Because they are essentially free money, grants are a godsend to fledgling businesses. Although finding appropriate grants and qualifying for them isn’t easy, you never have to worry about repaying a grant or paying interest. Typically, the government reserves grants only for businesses deemed vital to the state or country overall. Read on to learn more about the grant application process and what kinds of companies currently receive grants. Sources of Grants Depending on your business plan and preparation, grants can come from any number of sources. Here are five sources you might…
  • Starbucks New Charging Stations: Pros, Cons and Speculation

    Brian Meller
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Wireless charging is coming to Starbucks, starting with its San Francisco Bay Area stores. The coffee giant’s partnership with Duracell Powermat should cut down on brawls between latte swillers eyeing the same wall outlet. Starbucks plans to expand Powermat wireless charging over 2015, until it’s eventually available in every Starbucks and Teavana store. We salute them for supporting the public charging industry, and recognizing a growing demand for charging in public places. But a lot of variables will influence how successful this rollout is for Starbucks and how useful it proves for…
  • Dynamically Loading Code Securely with Android

    Timm Danny
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Android has quite a number of security features that are built into the operating system that significantly reduce the frequency and impact of security issues. The system is designed so that when you build your apps with default system and file permissions, you can avoid having to make difficult decisions about security. Some of the core security features that can help you build secure apps include The Android Application Sandbox that isolates all of your app data and code execution.An application framework that has robust implementations of common security functionality, including…
  • Macaw Releases Version 1.5 of Its Code-Savvy Web Design Tool, Offers it at Half-Price

    Ronald Barba
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Macaw, the DC-based company that offers a platform for code-savvy Web design, released version 1.5 of their highly popular tool and for a limited time (read: two days) you can get it for half its regular selling price. Back in February, Macaw won “Best Pitch” at our DC Mixer and Startup Showcase. The company has gotten a lot of attention because they’ve created a tool that essentially simplifies design and front-end development into one seamless process: designers can work the way they’ve always worked, while also being provided with simple tools to convert that design…
  • Women Get Interrupted More Than Men in Meetings

    Kira M. Newman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Kieran Snyder, a studio director of design/PM/operations at Amazon, wanted to test our belief that men interrupt more than women in conversations. So she spent 15 hours of meetings recording interruptions, along with the gender of both speakers. She released her informal study on her blog, and the most disappointing finding was how often women get interrupted. Of 314 total interruptions, 238 – 76% – were of women. 70% of men’s interruptions were of women, and 87% (!) of women’s interruptions were of women.  Let’s pause and dwell on this for a sec: in 15 hours of…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • Mission Statements That Aren't Bogus: A Corporate Culture Secret

    Micah Solomon
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    A company's culture can be built on words?but only if those words represent something the leaders of your corporate culture (not only your consultants) believe is core to the organizational culture you're striving to build. Examples from Zappos, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons.
  • CHOICE Claims Solution To Ending Poverty

    Devin Thorpe
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Dr. James Mayfield has spent much of his life working to end poverty and he thinks he's got it figured out.
  • Cambodian Civil Rights Leader Freed - Did Network Effect Help Her Cause?

    Tom Watson
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Mu Sochua's arrest by Cambodian authorities on charges of insurrection was hardly the biggest international news headline in a week of war, death and destruction on front pages and throughout news feeds. Indeed, after the elected opposition Member of Parliament and five others were taken into custody after a clash in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park over the rights and wages of Cambodian garment workers, coverage was understandably scant against the horrific backdrop of Gaza and Ukraine.
  • How Many Distributors Get Rich From Herbalife?

    Panos Mourdoukoutas
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Herbalife LTD (NYSE:HLF) has attracted a great deal of interest on Wall Street recently on the long and the short side of the market.
  • Mission Statements That Aren't Bogus: A Corporate Culture Secret

    Micah Solomon
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    A company's culture can be built on words?but only if those words represent something the leaders of your corporate culture (not only your consultants) believe is core to the organizational culture you're striving to build. Examples from Zappos, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons.
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 9 Ways To Inspire Your Startup Team To New Heights

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Startups provide business leadership with new products, services, and new revenue models, but leadership startups can only be built by entrepreneurs who are leaders themselves, and incent leadership in the team around them. Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called “contagious leadership.” John Hersey, in his book “Creating Contagious Leadership,” describes nine required skills or habits for inspiring a contagious leadership culture within a startup, as well as within other types of businesses, or even life in general. He and I believe that leaders have to make the…
  • When Are Business People Entitled To Be Entitled?

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Where did this sense of entitlement in our business culture come from? I’ve written about this before, but I was reminded again a while back at a conference for startups when an entrepreneur started berating investors for not funding early-stage startups. It sounded to investors like me that they felt a funding entitlement for their startup idea. Of course, I’m sure entrepreneurs sense that many investors feel entitled to deals with no risk. It’s bad news either way. As a society, we seem to think we've evolved to the point where we can fashion a large portion of existence according to…
  • Smart Entrepreneurs Know Customer Buying Moments

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before. Almost instantly, via the Internet or on their smartphone in the store, they can find the lowest price alternative or their favorite features, without waiting for push marketing or listening to your best sales person. This can be an advantage to startups who don’t have the resources and brand awareness of mature businesses, if they understand and position themselves to win in the decisive moments of the new customer buying process. These decisive moments,…
  • How Much Should You Get For Your Invention Idea?

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet. In fact, I often have to tell aspiring entrepreneurs that their inventions have zero value, at least not until they are put in the context of a business plan, with qualified people committed to executing the plan. Early-stage ideas fall in the same category. Don’t get me wrong. I have the greatest respect for inventors and idea people who think outside the box to envision and create solutions never before seen. But I have also learned from experience that there is…
  • Kickstart Your Startup Credibility With A Prototype

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is cheap, but entrepreneurs who show you a working model of their idea know how to execute. In reality, it doesn’t take a huge investment of money and time to build a prototype today. If it is hardware, look for one of the ‘makerspaces’ such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost…
 
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    Presentation Zen

  • 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…
  • 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

    Garr
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:03 am
    Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time. There is something quite special about Wilder's films. There's a simplicity, clarity, and naturalness that is above all else engaging and human. Even today Wilder is a hero to many filmmakers both young and old. In a 1999 interview with NPR, filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder's work. It is this…
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    Great Demo!

  • (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!
  • Remote Demos: Check for Screen Resolution Readability

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    During a Remote Demo today, where I was the customer on the receiving end of the demo, I asked the vendor to change his screen resolution because the text and images he was sharing were too small for me to see clearly.  He suddenly realized that this problem had been going on for quite a while – and that most of his customers have also been unable to see sufficient detail in his demos…!  I noted that most customers won’t say anything – they either assume that there is nothing that can be changed – that “it is what it is…”  They just live with it and make no…
  • "SC's are not paid by the word..."

    Peter E. Cohan
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Heard from a very wise presales manager recently:  “Presales folks are not paid by the word…!”
  • Another Cooking Analogy for Demos – Length of the Recipe

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    A recent Great Demo! Workshop participant observed that for most home cooks, a recipe that has a long list of ingredients and a long set of instructions is less likely to be chosen over one that is shorter.  He also pointed out that the longer, more complicated recipe presents more chances to make mistakes (“Damn, it wasn’t supposed to look like that…!”).  Clearly these ideas are directly applicable to demos!
  • “A Day in the Life…” Reduced to “A Few Minutes in Your Life…”

    Peter E. Cohan
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Many vendors’ software demos present “A day in the life” for a customer – generally consisting of trying to follow the activities of a series of confusing fictional characters as they work through a set of somewhat interrelated tasks, interspersed with loop-backs, “remember this from earlier?” statements, “if” and “or” pathways (“Now, ifyou want to do this, then you…” and “Or, here is another way to do the same thing…”), extensive excursions into “Setup Mode”, and lost time getting dragged off-track into the deep, thick weeds…Yes, these demos are still…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • LinkedIn Buys Bizo

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Mountain View-based LinkedIn said Tuesday afternoon that it has agreed to acquire Bizo, a company which develops technology for display and social advertising. LinkedIn said it will pay approximately $175M, including 10 percent stock and 90 percent cash for Bizo.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Yahoo Buys Flurry

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Mountain View-based Yahoo has acquired Flurry, which develops mobile advertising and analytics software. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. However, reports place the acquisition at more than $200M.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • icix Snags $25M For Supply Chain Risk Management

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    San Francisco-based icix, developer of software applications used for supply chain risk management, has raised $26M in a Series C funding, the company said this morning.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • VisiQuate Gets $6M In Series C

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Santa Rosa-based VisiWate, a developer of software-as-a-service used for business performance analysis, has raised $6M in a Series C round. The funding came from First Analysis. The company will use the funding for R&D and business develompent.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Dealflicks Finds $1.7M In Seed Funding

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Dealflicks, the operator of an online service for finding discounted movie tickets, has raised $1.7M in a seed funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • Mobile Commerce in Las Vegas – On the Ground at the Downtown Project

    Steve Guengerich
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Last year, Zappos’s CEO Tony Hsieh spent much of his keynote speech at SXSW V2V 2013 on the Downtown Project, the name he gave to his personal economic and cultural revitalization effort of several acres of the original, downtown Las Vegas. Tony made a considerable financial commitment to the Downtown Project of $350 million, to [...]
  • V is for Venture: Day 3 of V2V 2014

    Steve Guengerich
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    The final day of SXSW V2V 2014 was all about the “v” for “venture” in the name.
  • It Takes Leaving Austin to Know it Better at SXSW V2V

    Steve Guengerich
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Yesterday was a full day of programming, one-on-one meetings, and the great synchronicity of surprise meetings in the lunch-line hallway or at the Tech Cocktail reception at the Chandelier bar, as Day 2 of SXSW V2V unfolded.
  • SXSW V2V – Sophomore Year

    Steve Guengerich
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    I’m at SXW V2V for its sophomore year run this week. Monday (yesterday) was the first full day of programming, with Sunday mainly being devoted to the kick-off party and finding one’s hotel room.
  • Comfy Raises $600K

    Bryan Menell
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Comfy, the rental marketplace that lets students discover and secure the right housing, has announced an initial $600,000 round of seed funding led by Mike Lee, partner at Dominion Ventures.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

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

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

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

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

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • Twitter and Facebook Commerce: Will It Blend?

    Linda Bustos
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Last week was a hot one, with Twitter announcing its acquisition of cross-channel promotions startup CardSpring, and Facebook testing a “Buy” button, joining Twitter who launched the same feature last month.The CardSpring deal is just a deal for now – no indication of when or how this might be rolled into Twitter. There’s speculation that the service will allow social offers to be applied to a credit card or loyalty card that’s registered with the service, with the offer applied at point-of-purchase.For merchants, a clearer way to measure cross-channel response and ROI is…
  • How Data Impacts the Path to Purchase [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic from Baynote outlines how data influences the customer journey from discovery, to research / purchase intent, to checkout, post-purch and beyond.Click to enlarge infographicTweetables89% of consumers use search engines to research purchases Tweet this62% of all online searchers visit 1 of the top 3 results #SEO Tweet this79% of consumers follow brands on social networks Tweet this92% of consumers trust earned media (personal recommendation, reviews) over other forms of advertising Tweet this70% of shoppers trust product reviews Tweet this63% of consumers use…
  • Shoppable Video: Hit or Miss?

    Linda Bustos
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Shoppable video isn’t new (Get Elastic first covered Youtube’s efforts to support click-to-buy for brands in January, 2009). And despite its potential pros, only a handful of brands and online retailers have experimented with it.So is shoppable video a flop, or is it just underrated?Why shoppable video makes senseLeverage existing content (including still images), turn them into transactional content marketingMake online advertising more actionable, transactionalCreate more engaging media content for affiliates and PR campaignsMerchandise “shopping walls,” digital…
  • 4 Ways to Collect More Customer Information

    Linda Bustos
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Required for effective personalization is knowing thy visitor.You can infer intent by referral campaigns and keywords, on-site searches, site navigation, wishlist activity and cart contents. Or segment customers based on profile information, device type, geolocation, new vs. returning visitor status, or past behavior. You can use the “wisdom of the crowds” to predict what a visitor will want to see or what action they are likely to take.But asking for information is an underused tactic that can help you target more creatively and effectively.Here are just a few ways to do so:Site…
  • The World Cup of Ecommerce [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Last post we looked at some data from the e-tailing group’s Annual Merchant Survey. Baynote combined scores from the survey into a soccer-themed infographic in the run up to the World Cup final.Enjoy!Click to enlarge infographicHighlights42% of ecommerce players have invested significantly in mobile30% of ecommerce players have invested significantly in omnichannel28% of ecommerce players have invested significantly in retargeting27% of ecommerce players have invested significantly in personalization27% of ecommerce players have invested significantly in Big Data or CRM81% of ecommerce…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 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…
  • Where Business Wisdom and Life Intersect

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • 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 about…
  • Insane Guarantees, Micro-Commitments, + Free-Image Sources [Noise Reduction .75]

    florence
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Team, So you may have seen the essay we wrote recently on Guarantees over on the Blog. Well, the team over at MagCast are right at the final stages of their 2014 intake, and have taken their guarantee to the next level: If you publish one issue a month for the next 12 months and you’re not thrilled with the results your digital magazine is getting, they’ll buy your licence back for double what you paid for it. Think about this offer for a moment: they are essentially guaranteeing a 100% ROI for their publishers — a guaranteed minimum exit price for their publishers’…
  • Five Examples of Profitable Marketing with Micro-Commitments [Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A good friend of the Preneur family, James Tuckerman, founder of Anthill Online and Not So Freaky University, has a great little anecdote about building profitable customer relationships. James explains the core of the relationship-building as follows: “You wouldn’t ask someone to marry you before you’ve shared a cup of coffee with them.” James is spot-on about this. Though he’s making a point about starting out baby steps when it comes to earning sales, his philosophy brings to mind a slight caveat. Building a profitable customer relationship is really about…
  • Selling Air, Doubling Conversions, & Acquiring 3.2 Million New Customers [Noise Reduction .74]

    florence
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hi Gang, Hope the start to the back half of 2014 is off to a flyer for you! This week’s Thought of the Week comes from a conversation during a recent Platinum Advisory Board meeting: You can’t control the “outcome” of making a baby, just the “actions and inputs” (bad pun intended). Same in business… we can’t sit down and actually make $10,000 unless we work at the mint printing the stuff. We can only sit down each day and do actions that are consistent with moving the business or project forward. So… what’s your next productive action? Pete…
  • Engaging Alternatives to ‘Can I Help you?’ [Increasing Retail Opt-Ins by Asking Better Questions]

    Todd Spear
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you’ve spent much time working in a face-to-face sales environment, you know that asking “Can I help you?” is the best way not to get a customer to take you up on your offer. In stores, the customary response to that greeting is “I’m just looking.” Generic questions like “can I help you?’ do nothing for encouraging the retail opt-ins you need to grow your business. You need better questions to ask your prospective customers. It goes without saying that “How can I help you?” is a closed-ended question – one that can only elicit a yes or no answer. And when it…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
  • Crossing Streams

    Jamie
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is super awesome (I wanna hang out with him). iOS is finally getting the Android features I love. Yesterday I was ready to switch back, but now I’m not so sure. Some iOS fans have pointed to Google’s Android as being a poor copy—thermonuclear theft. On the surface there are similarities, but conceptually Android started from…
 
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • Happy Birthday BASIC, Thanks For Making Me Possible

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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  • Google Acquires Helsinki Based drawElements for 8 Figures

    Dmitri Sarle
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Yet another exit for the Nordics. The normally slow summer is turning into a shopping spree by the big players as the Helsinki based drawElements is acquired by Google. The exact amount behind the transaction is not disclosed but we have narrowed it down to eight figures, which is definitely a great achievement for the founders in their 20's and for Finland in general. You probably never heard of the company, as they are a small but a very important one in the Mobile 3D Graphics space and Google needed them. Without going into the nitty gritty technical details, there are a lots of different…
  • $5 million Series B Funding Drove E-commerce Solution Ecwid to Form Partnerships

    Rafael Lemarchand
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Thinking of setting up store in the world wide web? Sure why not, pretty much everyone’s doing it these days. Not so fast though. Integrating an e-commerce solution is a big thing, as it can be costly, time consuming to mount and it would be beneficial if it stood out from the thousands of others online stores, which in turn might require customization via plug-in (also potentially costly stuff). However, there’s a good chance your company isn't a vast, nearly endlessly resourced megabrand, in which case building up an costly e-commerce from scratch won’t necessarily pose any problems.
  • Jens Nylander, Swedish Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Automile, has Succeeded Through Failure

    Rafael Lemarchand
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Some businesses fail, others flourish, but mostly they fail. That would be generally speaking of course, and figures do change depending on the industry, but it’s a well known fact that a significant portion of start ups will be filtered out within the first four years of their existence. But you can’t win unless you try. That mentality of perseverance is what I suppose has been dictating Jens Nylander’s, along with many others’, journey as an entrepreneur. Nylander is a Swedish serial entrepreneur who’s lived through an utter business failure, a success story and now the milestone…
  • ACTIVE Venture Partners Appoints two New Team Members after Busiest month to date

    Rafael Lemarchand
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It's been a hot, yet immeasurably valuable month of July for us all, undoubtedly due to the relaxing effect of the summer sun which recharges our internal batteries after a long winter. However, for venture capital firm ACTIVE Venture Partners, last month has been more than just recharging batteries. In fact, its been all about breaching corporate milestones and expanding as a company: to culminate their most active month in their history as a VC firm, ACTIVE has appointed two new members to its team, Sebastian Blum and Georg Stockinger. The announcement comes after a month of heavy…
  • Meet the company that's crowdsourcing Lapland

    Rafael Lemarchand
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Despite being a harsh wilderness with no room but to the toughest flora and fauna, Lapland is also home to unique landscapes filled with overwhelming natural beauty, yet to be fully touched by the destructive hands of mankind. So how about buying yourself a piece of Lapland? Sounds crazy? It’s not. Even more so, it’s relatively cheap as well, if you do the purchase through Geocollectors. Geocollectors is a Finnish company that made it to domestic headlines with a rather peculiar business model: they acquire land from exotic locations, in this case Lapland, after which they resell the land…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for PayWhirl

    public
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Company / App Name: PayWhirl https://paywhirl.com Twitter – PayWhirl What does it do? PayWhirl recurring payments widget enables anyone to create membership subscriptions & recurring billing plans with just a few clicks, and no monthly fees. Why do we need it? Current solutions charge HUGE monthly fees and are incredibly difficult to setup and integrate with existing websites. PayWhirl integrates with ANY website in minutes, uses PCI level 1 compliant processing and can be customized without code Who is it for? PayWhirl is for people that need to process recurring subscriptions or…
  • Pitch for Exceptiontrap

    public
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Company / App Name: Exceptiontrap https://exceptiontrap.com Twitter – exceptiontrap What does it do? Exceptiontrap is a hosted service that tracks errors and monitors exceptions for Ruby on Rails and PHP web applications. It groups similar errors, fetches the relevant information and notifies you about the problems in real time. Why do we need it? To know that your application runs smoothly in production. Without it, a programming bug or failing database service, … may affect all your users and sales. Who is it for? For everyone who runs a web application and wants to know that…
  • Pitch for Krowdprize

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    21 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Company / App Name: Krowdprize http://www.krowdprize.com/ Twitter – @Krowdprize What does it do? Krowdprize The Platform for Crowdfunded Innovation Competitions Why do we need it? Competition is the best way to incentivize progress Who is it for? Anyone can submit innovation competitions for consideration. The crowd decides the most worthy ones. What makes it stand out from the crowd? The selected innovation competitions go through a prize crowd-funding stage. What’s next? Inventors & entrepreneurs compete for the top prizes! Pitch Video
  • Pitch for Superstarred

    public
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Company / App Name: Superstarred http://www.superstarred.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/superstarredcom What does it do? Connecting video creators and viewers on a deeper level than ever before. We host 14-day talent contests where the audience can discover a selected group of star creators. Contestants are rewarded for replying to fan questions and requests. Why do we need it? Superstarred is a great story for these reasons: – Unique. First-ever talent contest where interaction is rewarded. – Engaging. Fans can learn the secrets of star creators. – No pain points.
  • Pitch for NC Browser Free

    public
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Company / App Name: NC Browser Free https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rsyastudios.ncbrowserfree Twitter – NCBrowser What does it do? NC Browser Free for Android is one of the smallest, fastest, lightweight browsers around. The smaller size of NC Browser Free lets it load pages noticeably faster than other android browsers. Why do we need it? NC Browser for Android: for those who dont want the cumbersome size of Firefox/Chrome, but want the features that come with them. Small footprint, Ad-Blocker, Incognito Tabs, Fullscreen mode, Adobe Flash, Bookmarks, >10 Search…
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    Techday

  • Destiny Beta is back up as Xbox gamers now join

    Damian Seeto
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Game Console The Destiny beta is back up after briefly going down for maintenance. The beta also comes one day earlier for Xbox gamers.   Read More →
  • Forza Horizon 2 races in the first car list for you to view

    Damian Seeto
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Game Console Microsoft and Playground Games have revealed the first 100 cars that will be playable in Forza Horizon 2.   Read More →
  • Trainee teachers to gain entry to Pond

    Catherine Murray
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Educate Network for Learning’s Pond can now be accessed by Initial Teacher Educators (ITEs), and will be available to teacher trainees from 2015. “Many of the teachers inside Pond are confident users of digital technologies in the classroom, and opening access will help ITEs keep pace with the innovative approaches being used in today’s modern classrooms," Nikki Kaye, Associate Education Minister says.   Read More →
  • Acronis aims to level playing field with local cloud backup move

    James Henderson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The Channel "Local service providers need a differentiator to effectively compete with global cloud companies."   Read More →
  • Satya Nadella… Cloud and Proud?

    James Henderson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Featured The Channel “We are galvanised around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world..."   Read More →
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • SimpleReach Raises $9M in Funding, Featured on TechCrunch

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Edward Kim and his company SimpleReach recently secured $9 million in Series A funding, as described in a TechCrunch article by Anthony Ha titled SimpleReach Raises $9M To Measure Content Marketing and Native Ads. SimpleReach, a company that allows marketers to determine the effectiveness of their content, is a Graduate of the New York Founder Institute.  The company says, [SimpleReach] can not only tell customers how well their content is doing on publisher websites and on social media, but also predict which articles will take off. SimpleReach then allows marketers to promote…
  • The Founder Institute is Hiring to Help Create 1 Million Startup Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles - including Regional Coordinators, Operations Associates, a Director of Sales, a Controller, Entrepeneurs in Residence, and various Marketing roles.  The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE MILLION new jobs. We are using entrepreneurship as a means to change the world, and we can use your help! APPLY NOW   What is the Founder…
  • Attend a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Startup

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey.  We have several events coming up in the next…
  • Have a Startup Idea? Get Live Feedback from Silicon Valley on these Free Webinars!

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:15 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.
  • Insights from a Founder Institute Dropout

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy -- which is why, as a program designed to turn would-be founders into bona fide entrepreneurs, the Founder Institute aims to make its semesters as challenging as possible. The rigorous program isn’t for everyone; fewer than 40% generally make it through and graduate. But what becomes of the fallen Founders, the dropouts who couldn't see the program through? In a recent article titled Lessons Learnt at the Founder Institute in Melbourne, Jo Sayer describes her experience at the Melbourne Founder Institute and what ultimately led her to withdraw…
 
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  • 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…
  • Book short: Life Isn’t Just a Wiki

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book short:  Life Isn’t Just a Wiki One of the best things I can say about Remote: Office Not Required,  by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, is that it was short.  That sounds a little harsh – part of what I mean is that business books are usually WAY TOO LONG to make their point, and this one was blessedly short.  But the book was also a little bit of an angry rant against bad management wrapped inside some otherwise good points about remote management. The book was a particularly interesting read juxtaposed against Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last which I just finished…
  • The 90-Day Reverse Review

    Matt Blumberg
    22 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 90-Day Reverse Review Like a lot of companies, Return Path does a 90-day review on all new employees to make sure they’re performing well, on track, and a good fit.  Sometimes those reviews are one-way from the manager, sometimes they are 360s. But we have also done something for years now called the 90-Day Reverse Review, which is equally valuable.  Around the same 90-day mark, and unrelated to the regular review process, every new employee gets 30 minutes with a member of the Executive Committee (my direct reports, or me if the person is reporting to someone on my team) where…
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    Startup Houston

  • Q&A with Primer Grey’s Chris Valdez

    Tina Nazerian
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down with Chris Valdez of Primer Grey, a design and marketing company nearing its 5-year anniversary, to talk about his background, the company, creativity, and Houston’s shifting economy. Startup Houston: What’s your background, and how did you end up here? Chris Valdez: I actually went to school for creative writing and architecture, and through a series of events, ended up at a couple of advertising agencies very early on, first as a copy writer. I had done school abroad in Mexico City and studied editorial design and composition. In the process of…
  • Q&A with Roland von Kurnatowski of TX/RX Labs

    Tina Nazerian
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down with Roland T. von Kurnatowski III, the secretary of TX/RX Labs, to learn more about this dynamic makerspace, situated in East Downtown. Startup Houston: Where did you start off? How did you end up at TX/RX Labs? Roland T. von Kurnatowski III: I went to Rice University for Computer Science and Sociology. I graduated and went to work for a consulting company called Bluware. I worked there for a while and then moved over to JP Morgan Chase, the investment bank, to work on some internal bank projects there. After I did that I decided I was bored with computer…
  • Cobblebot is Crushing it on Kickstarter

    Jeff Reichman
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Within three days, Houston startup Cobblebot has already exceeded its $100,000 Kickstarter goal. The printer offers a large build area (15x15x15) for only $299. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here!
  • From Abstract to Tangible: Bringing Grammar to Life with Grammaropolis

    Tina Nazerian
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    “Kids hated it,” Coert Voorhees said when we met in Salento on Rice Village, on a clear, sunny Friday morning. Voorhees, a tall, friendly man who used to translate plays for a Chilean playwright , taught 7th Grade Writing at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, California for six years. “The kids that I was teaching – half of them had come from the K-6 of this school, and were spectacular [at grammar],” Voorhees said. “The other half of the kids came from schools outside and around the community, and didn’t know grammar at all. I showed up, and had to…
  • How to Talk to a Houston Reporter

    Jeff Reichman
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I hear a lot of early-stage startups complaining that they struggle for media coverage. They can’t understand why their great idea or their new product launch isn’t news. I’ve had several conversations where people say that Houston media just “doesn’t get it” and only cares about oil and gas. But I don’t think that’s true. I’ve met a lot of reporters here in town. They write good stories, and they write a LOT of stories. So I emailed them and asked their opinion about startups earning media coverage. Here’s what they had to say:…
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    Techstars

  • [Video] Startup Stories on Hammerhead “A software company unafraid of hardware”

    Megan Sweeney
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    We’ve had a bunch of Startup Stories  coming out and here’s a new one! In this video we learn more about Hammerhead, a company who went through the R/GA Accelerator Powered by Techstars. By the way applications are open and the deadline is August 25th, 2014… so APPLY! Hammerhead is creating something amazing for cyclists.  Seriously amazing!  The Hammerhead is a tool that takes complex navigation information and it shows you where to ride using light signals.  They’re creating a way to discover great, safe, bike routes possible anywhere in the world.  You can…
  • Startup Stories – Enertiv “Transforming an Industry”

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here’s a new video from our Startup Stories series on Enertiv, recent grad of the R/GA accelerator.  Applications are open for this year’s connected devices program, so apply!  You have nothing to lose. Enertiv provides a combination of hardware and software that allows buildings to monitor their energy consumption in real-time to save energy and money.  Commercial buildings in the U.S. waste 30% of the energy they consume which costs them $40 billion each year! It’s amazing to think of what positive impact Enertiv has made on the world.  Watch this short video to learn…
  • Meet the 13 Companies Participating in the Boulder Class of 2014!

    Nicole Glaros
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Today is always an exciting day for me.  It’s the day I get to tell you all about the companies in this next Techstars Boulder 2014 class – and it’s day 1 of the Techstars program!  But before you read about them,  I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat to the teams who weren’t selected. I read every single application. I watched every single video. I read about their backgrounds and played with their applications.  I got to know many of the companies and their founders very well which always makes the decision gut wrenching and often heartbreaking.  This year was…
  • Additional Openings for Hackstars for the Boulder Class of 2014!

    Nicole Glaros
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Part of the fun of accepting a slightly larger than normal cohort of exciting and mind-blowing start-ups is being able to hire a few more Hackstars for the 2014 program! What is a Hackstar? A technical ninja who provides teams with his/her time and technical skills to help companies become viable businesses by the end of the three-month program What do we look for? ·       You are a code-slinging mac-daddy superstar guru at any one or more of the following: PHP, Java, .NET, Python, Objective-C, Ruby, JQuery, OR a rockstar designer or UI/UX pro. ·       You are willing to work…
  • Meet some mentors!

    Megan Sweeney
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Techstars is a mentorship driven program.  It’s that simple.  We have about 100 mentors for each of our programs and teams are paired with those they think best complement their business needs.  We’re incredibly thankful for our extensive network of mentors – with more than 1,000 – and the endless dedication they give to entrepreneurs in the Techstars program. These mentors are modern day super heroes and the relationships that founders build with their mentors can last a lifetime. Here’s the first in a series of videos about our mentors. Check out the trailer…
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    World Cup soccer has lessons that can be applied to how we choose to live our lives. The National Post has a great article on the topic:When Robin Van Persie jumped into the air and headed in the goal against Spain, the crowd went wild. Van Persie earned his reputation as The Flying Dutchman and one of the world's best players. But those astonishing plays are the exception, not the rule; teams can’t rely on them to win games. At the end of the day, good defensive soccer moves are equally important as jaw-dropping goals, although they’re often given less attention. If you want to win,…
  • 5 Ways investing is the same as running a business

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Many of my baby boomer clients wonder whether they should keep their wealth in their businesses, or sell and invest the proceeds elsewhere. While they understand the need to diversify, they find investing in other markets less appealing since they don’t have the experience and perceive it to be a greater risk.Working with business owners, my challenge is just as much about helping them invest money as it is helping them change their perception of themselves. You see, many of my clients view themselves as business owners when they should be thinking of themselves as family wealth managers.
  • River Cree with Crosbie issues the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation

    28 Jan 2014 | 6:53 am
    There has been a complete make over of the Thomson Reuter PE Hub website and the editor, Kirk Falconer, is scooping up stories on a usually closed industry of private equity. Here is his latest story on the innovative deal done by Crosbie with one of the leading First Nations casino enterprises:River Cree Enterprises said it has issued the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation-owned entity, tapping a group of Canadian and U.S. institutional investors. The bond issue, estimated by The Globe and Mailat $200 million, has helped facilitate the Enoch Cree Nation‘s…
  • Cover-FX discovers that Private Equity does take your business to the next level

    7 Jan 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The Globe and Mail has a story of value to entrepreneurs and business owners thinking about growing their company, but choking from lack of capital.Deals with Canadian firms are being closed by large and sophisticated investors that, at first glance, seem to fall well below the revenue threshold usually required for a chat over lunch – never mind an acquisition.Private equity and strategic buyers are dipping their nets into shallower waters and scooping up small companies. U.S. investors, in particular, are not waiting for businesses to grow organically because they recognize there’s a…
  • Barry Critchley, Financial Post: Sluggish tone of Canadian mergers and acquisitions

    28 Nov 2013 | 1:30 pm
    How is the Canadian economy's health? One measurement is to examine the number of mergers and acquisitions being sealed across the country. As usual, finance guru, Barry Critchley, Financial Post gives details in a great article in the Financial Post. It sounds as if it is a good time  to sell your business:Crosbie & Co. has crunched the numbers and the sluggish tone of the Canadian mergers and acquisitions continued in the recently completed third quarter.“According to Colin W. Walker, Crosbie, Strong value in the face of weak activity partly reflects the fact that that many…
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    Valleywag

  • Airbnb Finally Gets In the Game and Starts Poaching Politicos

    Nitasha Tiku
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    You wouldn't guess it from the ubiquitous subway ads or astroturfing campaigns , but Airbnb's legislative efforts are a little behind the times. For example, the company spent "tens of millions" on a New York "advertising blitz" after a judge first ruled on a subpoena from the state attorney general.Read more...
  • Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages

    Kevin Montgomery
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Apple is now facing a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages. The suit was originally filed on behalf of Genius Bar employees in 2009, alleging Apple denied workers their legally-required meal and rest breaks. Following years of litigation in California's Superior Court, the case was certified as a class action suit today.Read more...
  • The World's Most Pointless Uber Ride Costs $4.28

    Kevin Montgomery
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Despite an impressive "25% off uberX this summer" deal, one man's worthless 82 foot Uber journey around Houston still set him back $4.28.Read more...
  • A new Bloomberg survey considered 240 corporate 401k plans, ranked by generosity, matching, and othe

    Sam Biddle
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    A new Bloomberg survey considered 240 corporate 401k plans, ranked by generosity, matching, and other factors. Facebook came in last place.Read more...
  • NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Is Now a Venture Capitalist

    Kevin Montgomery
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    NBA forward Carmelo Anthony is already rich. The seven time All-Star just signed a five-year contract with the New York Knicks worth a reported $122 to 129 million. But Anthony wants to gamble with his wealth like everyone else, and is putting part of his fortune into Silicon Valley's startup scene.Read more...
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • 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…
  • ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

    John Ingrisano
    10 Dec 2012 | 7:49 am
    by John Ingrisano “Will somebody please do something?”  I’ve heard that phrase now and then over the years from frustrated parents, unhappy customers, even business managers. There’s only one problem with this complaint/demand:  It has no clarity, purpose or direction.  Do something?  Do what?  Please be a little more specific.  Seriously, I use the example in my seminars of being a customer who receives a lousy meal and rude service in a restaurant.  If the customer writes a letter of complaint that does nothing more than blow off steam and demand some vague form of…
 
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    StartupMuse

  • Update on ‘TEN’ my Mentoring Program

    Alexander Muse
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Back in April I announced my mentorship experiment I called ‘TEN’. The plan was simple, find ten entrepreneurs and spend a year working with them on their businesses. The idea was that by spending MORE time with FEWER entrepreneurs I could make a more significant impact AND have more time to work on my own startup. Time for an update. After announcing the program I had more than 40+ applications and quickly selected the first ten with plans to bring them on over three months. To date I have ‘turned up’ five entrepreneurs, had three drop out before starting and had one…
  • Announcing ‘TEN’

    Alexander Muse
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    For more than five years I’ve been actively involved in the Dallas startup community. During that time I have advised scores of entrepreneurs; however, I’ve often wondered how valuable my advice really was. For example, in the last thirty days I have ‘touched’ almost 100 different entrepreneurs. Touches include emails, voicemails, texts and face-to-face meetings – 100 unique connections over 30 days. I’m giving advice, making suggestions, referring employees and investors, but there is no way I have enough information about 100 entrepreneurs and startups to…
  • Investor Referrals – HELP ME HELP YOU!

    Alexander Muse
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Remember that scene from Jerry Maguire where he tells his client, “HELP ME HELP YOU!” Each day I get a message from an entrepreneur asking for help finding an investor for his or her startup. The message goes something like this, “Working on the next big thing, can you refer me to a few local investors?” In variably I will put this request in my ‘to-do’ mailbox and forget to respond. Sorry? Not sorry? Here are 9 things I need so that I can you can help me help you: Explain the stage of the product/service: idea, prototype, mvp, revenue, growth, exit……
  • Should you share your idea?

    Alexander Muse
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    You’ve got an idea for the next big thing, a new iPhone application that could change the world, and you’re looking for developers and/or looking to raise capital. You are not entirely certain where to turn so you reach out to local entrepreneurs who have ‘been there and done that’. I get calls like these all of the time. Prior to 2008 most entrepreneurs here in North Texas were scared to share their ideas without getting an NDA in place beforehand. This put them at a HUGE disadvantage over their peers on the West Coast where collaboration and community have a long and…
  • Please quit asking me to sign your NDA!

    Alexander Muse
    20 Jan 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Everyone in Dallas seems to be doing a startup and lots of these people call or email me to share their ideas with me. More than a few of these entrepreneurs ask me to sign an NDA before they are willing to ask for my feedback and/or advice. The quick answer is that I don’t want to sign your NDA. Feel free to solicit free advice from me, but please quit asking me to sign a contract. Anil Dash wrote a pretty good post titled, “One more time: No NDAs“. Anil points out that a lot of people feel the same way. His reasons were pretty good and worth repeating: When you ask me to sign your…
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  • 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 homeprenuers 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 homeprenuers 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 homeprenuers 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 homeprenuers 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 […]
  • Survey Says: Email Marketing is Alive

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homeprenuers a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q: What can you share about your experience with email marketing? What has worked and hasn’t worked for your business?  Tracy Roberts & Susanne Myers from Piggy Makes Bank say: We both […]
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  • Different Careers in Dentistry

    JohnnyG
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The healthcare industry has many different careers. One of these is dentistry. Everyone wants a healthy smile, and while you can do some things at home to help you maintain a great smile, in order to make sure your teeth stay healthy, you really need to see a dentist twice a year. A dentist as well as others working in this industry are very important. Not only do they help people keep their beautiful smile, they also help people fix problems they have with their teeth. These can be anything from braces, to dentures, or oral surgery. There are a number of dentistry fields, and while we…
  • Extreme Heat in Summer Affects Your Body

    JohnnyG
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    The extreme heat of summer can affect your body in many ways. It can be very dangerous, causing all kinds of health problems. While we can’t talk about all the problems and how to take care of them, here are some of the major ones and tips to help prevent them. One of the biggest problems people face during the summer is heat exhaustion, the beginning of the more fatal version, heat stroke. What is heat exhaustion? It’s when you are overworking yourself, through exercising, working in a place with high temperatures, or even playing sports. What happens is you start sweating profusely,…
  • Benefits of Air Conditioning in Summer

    JohnnyG
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:57 am
    Summer heat can be sweltering and if you are without an air conditioner, then you know how miserable things can be. But beyond the obvious benefit of keeping you cool, have you wondered what other benefits are associated with your air conditioner? Before you take a look at a HVAC Company, consider looking over the benefits of your system during the summer. During the summer, you will encounter allergens in the air that come from outdoor pollens, dust and other external factors. With your ac unit, the filtration system can help to reduce allergens in the air, leaving you comfortable in your…
  • Can You Learn Music On Your Own?

    JohnnyG
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:44 am
    A common question amongst people is whether or not it is actually possible to become self –taught to play an instrument. The answer to that depends on who you are as a person. If you need someone standing over you and reminding you to practice and to advance your education, there is a good chance that you won’t be able to do it. However, if you are driven and passionate about the learning process, you do have a chance to actually achieve a degree of success with self – taught methods. A good idea to being this process is to go visit Florida Pianos or a similar business and find an…
  • Education in Modern Schools

    JohnnyG
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Education in modern schools has changed a lot. It used to be that all work was done on paper with pencils, using real books and other materials. Over the years books and other materials became more and more expensive, so many of the books used were outdated. Unfortunately, while many of these materials cost rose, school funding continued to decrease. More and more often parents had to cover costs, whether they themselves could afford it or not. Technology has made modern schooling much more effective. Instead of having to pay for materials like pens, pencils, paper, etc, these have been…
 
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  • Know who will miss you & act accordingly

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Let’s imagine something horrible for a few moments. Let’s imagine that you die. That something unexpected occurs and your life is over. The plans you had, the lives you’ve touched would all be thrown into disarray. It is incomprehensible to imagine this, our own death. It’s as if we have this built in mechanism to avoid the mere thought of it. But if it did happen, what would happen at the company you work at? Deadlines would be missed. Some stuff wouldn’t get done. Co-workers would be sad or even shocked. Friends we’ve made would be devastated.
  • Why Beacons will become the Pocket Spam of the web of things era

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    There’s a lot of talk about the amazing things beacons will be able to do at retail level. And all of it is true – at least from a functional perspective. For the first time products will be able to directly interact with potential customers at store level. Physical spaces people spend time in will be able to interact with the people inside those spaces. Department stores, farmers markets, concert halls and  football stadiums are all being filled with beacon technology. And it will give birth to a new era of pocket spam. I wonder if what we really need right now is more…
  • How to hack your ‘To Do’ list

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    To do lists are just one of those things. We know they matter, a lot. We know that having them and following them certainly leads to getting more done. Then why is it, that they tend to get longer and not shorter? It’s because not all tasks are created equal. It’s because our human operating system is a 200,000 year old piece of software not designed for a list based society. Let me explain. The Urgent and the Important Generally the things we do can be broken down into either Urgent or Important. If it’s neither of these things it shouldn’t be on the list. Urgent…
  • Loving your customers – celebrity style

    Steve Sammartino
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    At Tomcar we seriously love our customers. It’s a highly personal interaction at this early stage in the business, so we both take it personally, and make it personal. We care about how our cars perform for them, and how they make their working lives better. We’ve recently been documenting the delivery of our vehicles and making some short films about it. Yes, we know it doesn’t really scale as a business model. Yes, we know that major car manufacturers would never do this. Yes, we know that it makes us seem like small fry. But here’s something else we know: Doing…
  • Top 10 internet stocks – more than 1 trillion valuation

    Steve Sammartino
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In a very short period of time, opinions of anything can change. It wasn’t so long ago that these statements were made about the internet as a commercial platform: It’s for nerds. “Fine, you nerds can do what you want but normal people are never going to use this thing.” It’s completely decentralized, which means you can’t trust it. No business is ever going to do anything on it because businesses won’t work on an untrusted environment. There won’t ever be any e-commerce. There will never be any internet payments. No one will put their credit…
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  • Stick-on knobs let iPad DJs mix with physical dials

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile…
  • Business card doubles as a free train pass for recipients

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Add / Remove There’s a famous scene in American Psycho when Patrick Bateman and his colleagues compare business cards. The scene is humorous because business cards are seen as old fashioned in the digital age, but the truth of the matter is that a good one can still make a brand or client memorable. The Kokopelli hostel in Peru recently embedded its business cards with altitude sickness-curing medicine to help backpackers remember it’s name. Now the Russian arm of Greenpeace has created EcoCard, a business card that’s getting more people to use public transport by combining…
  • Zoo Jeans are ‘designed’ by lions, tigers and bears

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Add / Remove Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of Gaolhouse Denim, the social scheme that provides prison inmates with tailoring skills by getting them to create premium jeans for consumers. Now another charitable cause has developed Zoo Jeans, created with fabric that’s pre-ripped and chewed by dangerous animals before being fashioned into a pair of trousers. Conceived by Japan-based I&S BBDO for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, the raw denim used to create the jeans is first wrapped around the favorite toys of the lions, tigers and bears that live at…
  • Cat face detection helps track the health of multiple pets

    Springwise
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Add / Remove Facial recognition isn’t solely capable of identifying humans, as proved by ideas such as PiP — the database that uses the technology to reunite lost pets with their owners. Now Taiwan’s Bistro is a feeding device that uses facial recognition to track the unique health metrics of individual cats. Cats are individuals just like people, and they each have their own dietary needs according to their personal health. Bistro is a smart food hopper that is capable of holding water and feed, as well as tracking exactly how much cats take each time they use it. The device…
  • Smart thermometer enables old ovens to connect to smartphones

    Springwise
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one. Currently seeking funding on…
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  • Failure IS an Option

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

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

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

    CharlaKucko
    30 May 2014 | 8:41 am
    By: Virginia Smith Today, women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of new businesses in our economy.In fact, an analysis by American Express suggests that the number of women-owned businesses has risen by 200,000 over the past year alone, which is equivalent to just under 550 new women-owned firms created each day.Clearly, women-owned firms are growing greater in numbers, but challenges persist in scaling their operations and garnering market share.At the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we have the proven tools needed to bridge that gap and to ensure that all…
  • Employee Engagement on the Rise

    CharlaKucko
    4 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By: Lauren Dixon A Wall Street Journal article detailed a recent Gallup survey that found that one in three employees are “strongly attached to their jobs and organizations,” and 30 percent of employees are “engaged or involved, enthusiastic, and committed to their jobs,” –an increase of two percentage points from 2010. It is refreshing to know that workers are increasingly connected and happy on the job, caring about what they do at work and their co-workers. Studies have shown that happier employees are apt to do better work and apply more energy and effort to…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Google is rolling out a new Material Design-inspired version of Google Play for Android

    Jon Russell
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Google has begun rolling out a new, feature-rich layout for the Google Play store on Android, inspired by its new Material Design philosophy. Material Design homescreens have already landed for Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides services on the web, while we’ve seen a revamp teased for Chrome OS, and this is in line with them. Apps, music and content sports cover art, the menu for apps is brighter and details are more pronounced and easier to read, among other things. The image from Anandtech shows the previous previous of the Play Store app (left), compared to the new one (right).... This…
  • Microsoft earnings confirm that it decided not to ship a ‘new form factor’ Surface

    Roberto Baldwin
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Microsoft stated in its fiscal Q4 earnings report that it scrapped an additional Surface form factor. It might have been the oft-reported, but never actually released, Surface Mini. Of course, it could have been anything Surface related. In the report Microsoft states: Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor. Ahead of its May 2014 Surface event, rumors swirled that Microsoft was working on a 7-inch Surface tablet. When the company issued invitations to…
  • William Shatner reviews Facebook’s new Mentions celebrity app and finds it ‘ill-conceived’

    Josh Ong
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    When you were a kid watching William Shatner/Captain Kirk charm his way through the galaxy, did you ever wonder what the future would look like? Well, that future is here, and it includes Shatner reviewing a Facebook app on his new Yahoo-owned Tumblr page. Normally, we’d be posting our own review, but Facebook’s new Mentions app is only for “actors, athletes, musicians” and other public figures. Thankfully, Shatner considers himself “in the best position to compare” Mentions to the existing Facebook and Facebook Pages apps. Of course, there’s always the possibility that…
  • Kinomatic for iPhone offers pro-level video features without the complexity

    Jackie Dove
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Like many apps that at first appear to revisit the functionality of others in the same genre — which is especially true in the photo/video category — the new Kinomatic video app for iPhone was created to solve a problem that the developers encountered when trying to shoot their own stuff for friends and family. The resources they found — from the built-in iPhone camera to some of the App Store’s high-end video shooting and sharing apps — were either not enough or too much. It’s a common problem, which underscores that different situations demand different kinds of features,…
  • Apple has now paid $20 billion to App Store developers

    Josh Ong
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Apple revealed during its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings call that it has paid a total of $20 billion to App Store developers. That’s up from $10 billion in payouts as of June 2013, and $13 billion as of last October. During the first nine months of this fiscal year, Apple’s iTunes business has been its fastest growing segment, with the App Store playing a significant part in that growth. In the June quarter, iTunes brought in $4.5 billion in revenue, up 12 percent year over year. ➤ Apple Q3 2014 Conference Call Thumbnail credit: Apple
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  • 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
  • Using Lean Methodology

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Using Lean”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for 6 months…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of June 28, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Director of User Experience and New Platforms @ Viacom (New York City)Keywords: Product, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1001&lf=twf Product Manager – Content Platforms, Bloomberg Content Service @ Bloomberg LP (New York)Keywords: content, identify, licensing, management, technicalhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=998&lf=twf Product Operations Manager – Bloomberg Media @ Bloomberg LP (New York)Keywords: analytical, digital, organizational, projecthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=997&lf=twf E-commerce…
 
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  • “The Must-Read Book of the Summer”

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Two weeks in, here are some of the interesting reviews of The Alliance: Mike Bloomberg: “The Alliance offers useful strategies for combating this kind of complacency and creating environments where innovation flourishes. As the authors explain, it all comes down to people.” Arianna Huffington: “The Must-Read Book of the Summer That Could Change the Way We Work…What’s also great about The Alliance is how it gives concrete ways to implement these ideas.: Josh Bersin (Deloitte): “The big value of the book is that Reid and team clearly make this point: 21st…
  • Visual Summary of The Alliance

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We published a 60 slide slideshow that expresses the essence of The Alliance and Tours of Duty. Check it out on Business Insider. The combination of visuals and text works really well, I think. It’s already trending heavily on BI (500,000+ views). Thanks to Ian Alas for all his hard work on creating this deck. Update: Here’s the deck on Slideshare and embedded below. More than one million views on Business Insider.
  • How Do You Get Employees to Open Up?

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One key concept in The Alliance is “mission alignment”: managers and employees ought to  define a mission objective that aligns the employee career goals and values with the company’s. A far cry from the “company man” era, where a notion of an employee’s individuality and autonomy was nonexistent. In an interview with Chris and me at Inc.com, we explore some of the practical things managers can do to create the space for honest conversation about what your employees really care about. Here are are two excerpts: 2. Forget the notion that you and your…
  • Your Company is Not a Family

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Reid, Chris, and I wrote a post on HBR.org about the myth of company as family, and explained why in The Alliance we liken companies to pro sports teams. Here’s how it starts: When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise. In a real family, parents can’t fire their children. Try to imagine disowning your child…
  • Impressions of Italy, 2014 Edition

    Ben Casnocha
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:06 pm
    (Beginning a long bike ride at the top of the Basilica of St. Frances in Assisi.) I was in Italy last week for a wedding. It was my third time to the country. What more can one say about Tuscany? It’s a stunningly beautiful part of the world. A few general impressions: Food. I’m trying to minimize bad carb intake. This makes Italy challenging. I ate more pizza in a week than I have in a long time. Italian pizza has few toppings on it — bread, bread, bread — but on the plus side, it is cheap. For one dinner we ordered 23 different pizzas and it cost less than 200…
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  • 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…
  • Why You Should Hire A Gaggle Of Interns At Your Startup

    John Greathouse
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Steve Benson, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Badger Maps, intends to hire so many interns this summer that he will effectively double the size of his startup. According to Steve, "Startups are, by their nature, a great place for interns, because there are more essential things that must get done than there are people to complete them. At the same time, most startups are small enough that the interns are able to interface with people that actually have expertise, so they gain real-world skills while performing meaningful work."  If you…
  • What This Dive Bar Can Teach You About (Not) Marketing

    John Greathouse
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Dirty Franks is a dive bar located in Philadelphia, which is also home of The Wharton School. Although only a short Uber ride away, it is seldom frequented by the business students. Too bad, as they would be well served to study Dirty Franks marketing plan, which has withstood the test of time. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Brand Building The Old Fashion Way During my days at Wharton (long before Uber), the bar had no name, no sign - no indication of what lay behind its…
  • How To Network With Really Busy People

    John Greathouse
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It has never been easier to network with really busy thought leaders who can have a huge impact on your career. Ironically, the same tools that facilitate connecting with people beyond your current network, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora and Facebook, also make it more difficult for highly networked individuals to sort through their inbound messages and determine which are meaningful and which should be ignored. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Old…
  • Twitter Insights From A Guru With 113,000 Rabidly Active Followers

    John Greathouse
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. It should be no surprise that this social media guru has earned over 113,000 authentic Twitter followers. His bonafides are impressive: named by Forbes as a Top 50 Social Media Influencer, cited by LinkedIn as a Top 25 Social Media Market Expert and proclaimed by AdWeek to be a Top 50 Person Re-Tweeted By Marketing Leaders. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! You can watch my 14-minute conversation with Steve below. A Humble Guru In addition to Forbes naming Steve a top…
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  • How Depression And Stress In The Workplace Are Killing Productivity

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    by Graeme Cowan, author of “Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder“ In a hyper-competitive global economy, organizations must be “on” 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly push to get ahead and stay ahead—working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations — often with little acknowledgment for their efforts. The result is a workforce that’s not just disengaged (Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report revealed that…
  • How To Succeed As A Successful Entrepreneur Today

    Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    by Teddy Hunt Many view starting a business as complete madness. While venturing out on the road to entrepreneurship does present a high risk level, there are enough success stories to prove it’s not complete mania. In fact, some of the youngest entrepreneurs actually hold the most impressive legacies, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Mark Masters, and these fresh faces are quickly taking over start-up world. Here are a few tips, tricks, and guidelines to get you on the road to successful entrepreneurship. Promote Yourself. A product won’t sell itself, no matter how ingenious the idea.
  • Your 7-A-Day Diet For Business Fitness

    Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    by Catherine Filmer, Marketing Co-Ordinator at Access Back in April, NHS Choices published the results of a UK-based study that used information on more than 65,000 randomly selected adults who were participating in the Health Survey for England. The survey results suggested that seven portions of fruit and vegetables per day were more beneficial than the five that we’re all used to. This led us to thinking about how your business could adopt a similar 7-a-day diet to help business fitness. Having robust, lean processes and implementing the right software solutions to manage these processes…
  • Five Old Adages To Ignore When Starting Your Own Business

    Contributor
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    By Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think“ Aspiring entrepreneurs today are facing a different kind of world from their parents’ generation. This new kind of world requires a new kind of thinking. When looking to start up your own business, it is critically important to say good-bye to some seemingly harmless old adages of the past. If we stick with the thinking of the past, we could end up like so many who came before us did – those who let their fears of the risks of entrepreneurship keep them from becoming their own bosses. Today’s entrepreneurs know better. The…
  • Using External Influences Effectively

    Contributor
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Joel Freimuth, CEO of Blue Pearl Consulting When one is so invested in a company, it is easy to put the blinders on and focus solely on the operations happening in house. While keeping internal systems running smoothly will positively correlate to success; the best companies are able to maintain an inner strength and keep an eye focused on the external influences that can have a major affect long term. What can one learn from their competitors? Everything. However, what is typically learned, is very little. Because of this, history tends to repeat itself. Here are three of the major…
 
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  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s Twitter Account While Keeping “Israel Defense Forces” Account

    news
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Activists raised objection regarding Twitter’s decision to suspend Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s @Qassam_Arabic Twitter Account in while keeping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account ,as biased and unjustified.   It looks like biased @Twitter suspended @Qassam_Arabic while allowing terrorist account @IDFSpokesperson to keep functioning. — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 18, 2014 Qassam_Arabic was tweeting about Al Qassam military activists from launching rockets into “Israel” and from clashes with Israelis. While IDF twitter account is tweeting propaganda about…
  • Google Shuts Down its Arabic Q&A Site Ejabat

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Google is shutting down its Arabic Q&A site Ejabat, in a message posted on the site,google said it won’t accept answers and questions after 23 of next month however questions asked before that date and the answers on it will be available for web surfers. We asked google around 2 weeks ago about this decision but we got no answer we will try to ask again, however on the page announcing this event, google said the reason is that in emerging markets where it had Q&A sites, many local content sites in the local languages has emerged so the need for a local Q&A site is not…
  • Iraqis Government Blocks the Internet in Revolted Sunni Province and Parts of Baghdad, Iraqis Find Ways to Go Around

    news
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    3 days ago, Iraqi bloggers reported that the Iraqi government has shut down the internet in Sunni revolted province. Arabic tech blog Tech World confirmed this news with a document by Iraqi ministry of communications ordering ISP to block the Internet in: Niniwah province, Al Anabar province, Salah Aldeen province, Karkuk province, Diyala province and parts of Baghdad. The order from the ministry to ISPs is also to block as we reported before, social media sites and mobile messaging services: facebook, YouTube, Twitter, whatsapp, Viber and skype, Tango, weChat, instagram, didi. Activists say…
  • Twitter Deletes All Official Accounts for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (ISIL)

    news
    14 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    At a time of massive victories in Iraq by The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) Twitter deleted all ISIS official accounts on Twitter, this comes one day after the American and Iranian backed Shiat Nuri Al Malki government blocking of social media sites: twitter, facebook and YouTube. The suspension started on Tuesday, the @Nnewsi account live tweeted ISIS’ advance into Mosul was first suspended then followed by almost every ISIS other accounts. Activist say this decision by Twitter is because of CIA pressure on the social media site in order to silence ISIS voice and hide the accurate news…
  • Breaking: Defeated American Backed Shiat Government Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in Iraq

    news
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Activists in social media in Iraq has been reporting that facebook, Twitter and youtube are now blocked. AC’s sources inside Iraq confirmed that, also a source at Iraqi Ministry of Communications on Friday told Kuwait News Agnecy the decision by the American poppet Shiat government in Iraq to block those social media sites was implemented today. As it is not a secret anymore that Al Malaki government in Iraq is witnessing a huge defeat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) 10s of thousands deserted and around 3,500 has been captured by ISIS. Not to ,mention that military bases,…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • 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…
  • Two keys to building a massive SMB startup

    mark
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:34 am
    Late last year, I wrote about SMB being the “third market” for VCs. Lots of VCs fund consumer startups. Lots fund enterprise startups. Very few truly target startups serving the small business market. Why? The challenge and opportunity for startups targeting SMB is customer acquisition: there are 30 million small businesses in the US alone; 60M in the English-speaking World. Moreover, SMB is an evergreen market – more and more businesses start each year, more than replacing those that die. So, lots of customers, but historically they have been hard and costly to reach. As…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

    Mark Littlewood
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Jeff Gothelf left college to run away and join the circus. Not only does he have some great thoughts on keeping innovation fresh within larger, established organisations, he also spills the beans on how the human cannonball works. A great talk that looks at the three core elements you need to consider to give your in house innovation teams as much chance of success as you can in your company. Transcript Jeff Gothelf: Morning. Audience: Morning. Jeff Gothelf: Nice. Excellent. You have this sense that reminds of the psychology 101 course, I signed up for my first semester in the freshman…
  • Future Software Leader? Want to come to BoS? Apply here for an Avangate Scholarship

    Hermione Crease
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are an ISV – an innovative software vendor – or working on a cool new online service, and you would love to come to BoS but can’t finance it this year, we have some great news.The excellent folk at Avangate are once again supporting Business of Software scholarships that will allow you to join us in September. This is always a fascinating search and this year there are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders.We’re very excited to see who will be selected. As well as scholarships, Avangate will also be hosting a dinner…
  • Lightning Talk recommendations – doing a good deed for a friend.

    Hermione Crease
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    So – to borrow a Valley meme – here’s the thing. We know a lot of people out there have great stories that would make epic lightning talks. We know, because other people – their ‘friends’ – tell us so. Sometimes, when we approach these people, they say ‘oh no, I would rather spend the afternoon learning to play the bagpipes while undergoing root canal work than do a Lightning Talk.’ Which is fair enough so we strike them off the list. And sometimes they say: ‘Really? I’ve always wanted to try a Lightning Talk but never thought…
  • Where are they now? Four lightning talks to remember…

    Hermione Crease
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Our search for the 2014 lightning talk stars is continuing. We think every single person who gets on a stage at BoS and puts their story across in 7 and a half minutes is a hero. You can share the thrill (and win a free place at Business of Software) by applying for a Lightning Talk here before the 19th July deadline.  Officially we’re not allowed favourite Lightning Talks. But some talks do stand the test of time better than others – here’s four that have really stuck in our memories. 1. Alexis Ohanian, Reddit (2008) Or is it Pierre Francois of 74 signals? Cutting, funny…
  • What should attendees put up with a software conference? Nothing but the best according to Ian Clifford

    Mark Littlewood
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Ian Clifford, Founder of YouRock, attended Business of Software Europe Conference last week and we were delighted to receive this guest blog post. We LOVE the idea of an Attendee Manifesto. Perhaps we should have it printed on the back of one of these excellent cards from Alex Osterwalder? I attended the Business of Software Conference Europe event in Cambridge last week. It was a revelatory experience and has changed my view of conferences for good. I have a new life marker now. Everything will be measured as ABoS and PBoS (Ante-Business of Software and Post-Business of Software) and…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Big Imagination is Blind Spot Remover

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Coming back from a trip to Toronto (visiting with the amazing Min Basadur) I spotted an interesting billboard at O’Hare airport. IBM suggests they can help “Remove the Blind Spots from Your Business” — by using Big Data and analytics. The visual of a man at a kind of virtual desktop that has visibility to ships, trucks, retail, and factories indicates that if you can just know more about what’s going on out there you’ll have nothing to worry about. If only that were so. I’m not bad rapping IBM here, I’m sure they can indeed provide lots of…
  • Six Ideas for Creative Action

    GREGG FRALEY
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What kind of action can you take, today, to advance your dream? What action can you take today to make real your invention, your new business idea, or art project? This is a post about taking creative action. All the great ideas in the world, all the wonderful concepts, all the ground-breaking thoughts we have are useless unless we get into real world action. It’s an easy concept to forget for people who love ideas, concepts, and imaginative thinking. Somehow — we are such great rationalisers — the good vibes generated when we have those lovely thoughts feel like action. But…
  • Harvard’s Kodak Moment?

    GREGG FRALEY
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nitin Nohria, Dean of HBS — and man in the hot seat Have you ever been in the position where you thought, “gee, if only I was better educated, or just smarter, this complex decision in front of me would be easy.” In the innovation world the agonizing decision of whether to embrace a new trend and leave behind your old business model is always brutally dificult. Organizations have been torn to shreds in the conflict about what to do. Some have made those big choices and survived, like IBM, or, made bad choices and bit the dust, like Kodak. Part of the psychology of leadership…
  • Have You Made the Creative Choice?

    GREGG FRALEY
    28 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Have you made the Creative Choice? There is a ton of written material about creativity and innovation. I make an effort to keep up with the waves of literature — there’s a new methodology, a new process, fresh brain research, best practices, anti-best practices, etc. Some of this literature is quite good. There is also stuff about how creativity relates to mysticism and spirituality, also quite interesting. Finally there is also a good deal of useless, boring drivel that only reinforces unhelpful mythology about creativity. If you intend to be more creative and to use that…
  • The Year is Half Over, Where is Your Innovation?

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 May 2014 | 11:33 am
    The Year is Half Over, Where is Your Innovation? Underway? Running like a Swiss Watch? Missing in Action? Innovation Peeps: The year is nearly half over. Okay, in a month it will be officially half over. I’m doing this with seven months left this year so that you might get a running start on an innovation initiative — an “FEI Cycle” that you can complete by year end. FEI stands for Front-End-of-Innovation. This is the perfect time to take a half-year checkpoint on your innovation efforts because there is still time to get some significant work done in 2014. On July…
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    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.
  • Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate

    Jeff Cornwall
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Hill TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Also the seven dangers to human liberty… 1. Wealth without work 2. Pleasure without conscience 3. Knowledge without character 4. Business without ethics 5. Science without humanity 6. Religion without sacrifice 7. Politics without principle TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bailey Spaulding TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Founder of eSpaces Talks about Next Projects

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Phil Gibbs TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Founder of eSpaces Talks about Next Projects appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    CollegeMogul

  • Different Careers in Dentistry

    JohnnyG
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The healthcare industry has many different careers. One of these is dentistry. Everyone wants a healthy smile, and while you can do some things at home to help you maintain a great smile, in order to make sure your teeth stay healthy, you really need to see a dentist twice a year. A dentist as well as others working in this industry are very important. Not only do they help people keep their beautiful smile, they also help people fix problems they have with their teeth. These can be anything from braces, to dentures, or oral surgery. There are a number of dentistry fields, and while we…
  • Extreme Heat in Summer Affects Your Body

    JohnnyG
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    The extreme heat of summer can affect your body in many ways. It can be very dangerous, causing all kinds of health problems. While we can’t talk about all the problems and how to take care of them, here are some of the major ones and tips to help prevent them. One of the biggest problems people face during the summer is heat exhaustion, the beginning of the more fatal version, heat stroke. What is heat exhaustion? It’s when you are overworking yourself, through exercising, working in a place with high temperatures, or even playing sports. What happens is you start sweating profusely,…
  • Benefits of Air Conditioning in Summer

    JohnnyG
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:57 am
    Summer heat can be sweltering and if you are without an air conditioner, then you know how miserable things can be. But beyond the obvious benefit of keeping you cool, have you wondered what other benefits are associated with your air conditioner? Before you take a look at a HVAC Company, consider looking over the benefits of your system during the summer. During the summer, you will encounter allergens in the air that come from outdoor pollens, dust and other external factors. With your ac unit, the filtration system can help to reduce allergens in the air, leaving you comfortable in your…
  • Can You Learn Music On Your Own?

    JohnnyG
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:44 am
    A common question amongst people is whether or not it is actually possible to become self –taught to play an instrument. The answer to that depends on who you are as a person. If you need someone standing over you and reminding you to practice and to advance your education, there is a good chance that you won’t be able to do it. However, if you are driven and passionate about the learning process, you do have a chance to actually achieve a degree of success with self – taught methods. A good idea to being this process is to go visit Florida Pianos or a similar business and find an…
  • Education in Modern Schools

    JohnnyG
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Education in modern schools has changed a lot. It used to be that all work was done on paper with pencils, using real books and other materials. Over the years books and other materials became more and more expensive, so many of the books used were outdated. Unfortunately, while many of these materials cost rose, school funding continued to decrease. More and more often parents had to cover costs, whether they themselves could afford it or not. Technology has made modern schooling much more effective. Instead of having to pay for materials like pens, pencils, paper, etc, these have been…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • 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…
  • The Rise of the Machines

    Jay Turo
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Last week, I shared three themes percolating in the dynamic Internet of Things (IoT) movement: 1) Wearable Devices driving health and wellness breakthroughs 2) Embedded Sensors “incrementally” improving industrial productivity, and 3) The converging trends of miniaturization, affordability, and “de-wireization” driving energy efficiencies and cost reductions the world over.These are big themes - breathtaking in their “macro” - but sometimes very difficult to translate to specific opportunities from which we as entrepreneurs and investors can individually benefit.But try we must,…
  • The Spirit of America

    Jay Turo
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this great day when we celebrate America, our freedoms and our way of life, please enjoy (and please share on Twitter with the hashtag #SpiritofAmerica) this list of twenty - five of why this is the greatest country in the history of the world:#25. Lexington. Concord. Saratoga. Yorktown – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Fought for here.#24. The Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court. The Rule of Law. Justice served here.#23. The Stock Market. Home Ownership. Low Inflation. Assets built here.#22. Driverless Cars (and Electric too!). Wearable Devices (the iWatch!). The Internet of…
  • The Internet of Things

    Jay Turo
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I had the good fortune to attend GTK’s and Pillsbury’s amazing Internet of Things Private Executive Event in Palo Alto last week.It was a star-studded, technocratic affair - drawn from Kamal Ahmed’s and Ali Tabibian’s amazing Silicon Valley network, by the high-profile speakers and panelists including Qualcomm’s chairman Paul Jacobs, General Electric's Head of Software Bill Ruh, Cisco's Vice President Tony Shakib, Splunk CTO Todd Papaiaonnou and by the incredibly exciting and timely topic itself.Whatever name you want to call it - the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of…
  • Today’s Market: A Bubble Waiting to Burst?

    Jay Turo
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    The incredible prices paid for high flying technology stocks this past year - whether it be in the form of acquisitions, in the cases of Dropcam, Open Table, WhatsApp, OcculusVR, and Nest, or in the form of financings, in the cases of Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, has raised the age old questions, worries, and doubts about whether this market and these technology deals constitute a bubble.And if so, when and how it will burst.These concerns are mirrored in the recent price run-ups in both the stock and real estate markets.As detailed last week, since March 2009 the S&P index has almost tripled,…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Summertime Logo Fun

    Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Summertime, right? Business tends to slow, strategy meetings are put aside in favor of ling weekends and early-dismissal Fridays. Vacations crowd the schedule, choices have to be made about which music festivals to attend, the grill and that beautiful whole snapper await and, frankly, our focus gets a bit soft. Between the chilled cocktails and the (please pass the) guacamole we find it a bit hard to concentrate. So what better time to take a few minutes for a bit of business fun, right? And what could be more fun than looking at a few great logos and deciphering the meaning hidden in each…
  • Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

    Mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, habits and effectiveness, habits and happiness led me to ask myself: “Self, I ask, what are your habits? Are they effective? Do they lead to my own success and happiness?” “Hmmm,” I answer,…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    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 from a very interesting deconstruction of the impact Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi has on the teams for which he plays. Today, Messi is generally considered to be the top soccer player in the world. Amazingly,…
  • Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

    Mike
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon for small business owners and many have  told me they experience the same problem. I just returned from a 2-week vacation, which was greatly appreciated luxury. I visited places I had never been, experienced a culture that was brand-new to me, saw art and…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #228 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:21 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 was taken during the filming of the movie Titanic. Although much of the movie is set on the ocean, the “ocean” the actors jump into is just a giant, 3 feet deep pool. More strange and mind blowing movie facts in the…
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  • Town wonders: What happened to missing teen?

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Town wonders: What happened to missing teen? APThe 15-year-old is home today, but hometown residents who searched and prayed for Abigail Hernandez know little about her disappearance.'Everybody wants to know the truth'More newsMom confesses brutal crimeSelfie lands shopper in hot water
  • Obama's health care law hit with massive blow

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Obama's health care law hit with massive blow Getty A federal court delivered a serious setback to Obamacare on Tuesday that could affect millions of Americans insured under the law.Ruling's 'significant consequences' More newsBoehner hurls blame at ObamaClinton speaks out on Russia
  • Controversial type of bride going to 'school'

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Controversial type of bride going to 'school'GettyInstead of cracking down on the women, the South Korean government is stepping in to help them out.Kind of marriage that often falls apartMore news105-year-old throws out first pitch Thousands march in Chicago
  • Hillary was not the only one Bill advised in 2008

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Hillary was not the only one Bill advised in 2008APA new book makes the astonishing claim that another candidate was receiving campaign advice from Bill.'Backroom scheming' the author purports went onMore news headlines$2.7B bill proposed for 'alien children'Voluntary nationwide fruit recall
  • How to cut your electric bills now

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    How to cut your electric bills nowGetty We have eight low-cost and easy steps that will reduce your summer electric bills right away.Where to put your air conditionersMore in Finance Sharks boosting tourism High interest auto loans to watch
 
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    Xconomy

  • Fypio Aims at Online Real Estate Industry with Buyer-Centric Focus

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Bruce V. Bigelow When Michael Koh moved to San Diego in 2010, he expected to start a real estate business focused on luxury residential properties, much like the one he had created and sold in Argentina over the previous 11 or 12 years. Instead, he came up with an idea for a mobile app and Web-based technology that would be like combining Pinterest with Match.com for home buyers. Now, with this week’s official launch of Fypio on the iTunes App Store, Koh says his goal is to gain headway against the entrenched giants of online real estate—Seattle-based Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) and San…
  • Teradata-Hadapt Deal Signals Big-Data Buyouts as Big Firms Move In

    Gregory T. Huang
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Gregory T. Huang It’s a familiar storyline: Boston-area startup develops promising technology, starts to build a real business, and then gets snapped up by a West Coast giant. The startup in this case is Cambridge, MA-based Hadapt, which has been acquired by Teradata, the Ohio-based data warehousing company with big operations in San Diego. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but I’ve confirmed the price was $50 million in cash and stock. (BetaBoston’s Dennis Keohane broke the news last week.) It’s not a home run for investors—including Atlas Venture,…
  • Alphabet Energy Wants to Be the “Intel of Waste Heat Recovery”

    Martin LaMonica
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Martin LaMonica Alphabet Energy wants to make electricity from hot air. The Hayward, CA-based company later this year will release what it says will be the first large-scale thermoelectric generator to convert heat from industrial activities into usable power. Earlier this month, Alphabet Energy licensed a material developed at Michigan State University that will go into the company’s first product. If Alphabet can deliver a viable commercial product, it would be a breakthrough not only for the company but for the whole field of thermoelectrics, which remains caught in small market niches…
  • “Donut Settle” Recruiting Blitz Ruffles Feathers in Laid-back Austin

    Angela Shah
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Angela Shah The tech world is known for its rather unorthodox ways of doing things. But a recent gambit by Austin, TX-based Bigcommerce caused offense to some in the city’s famously laid-back tech community. Bigcommerce, a maker of e-retail software for small businesses, is on a growth streak, and to get the attention of hard-to-recruit engineers and programmers, its human resources executives recently dropped by its competitors’ offices—handing out doughnuts and flyers that stated “Donut Settle for Less.” (One Bigcommerce recruiter was dressed in a doughnut costume.) The…
  • Stanley Gives Broad Institute $650M Gift For Psych Research

    Ben Fidler
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Ben Fidler The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, MA, has struck a number of industry partnerships over the past few years to try to discover new drugs for cancer, bacterial and viral infections, and other diseases. Today, it’s landed one of the largest research gifts ever to try to unearth treatments in the notoriously difficult field of psychiatric disorders. The Broad Institute, the non-profit genomics and biomedical research institute staffed by Harvard and MIT scientists, is receiving a $650 million gift from philanthropist Ted Stanley to help spur research into central…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • 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…
  • My Role as a VC: What I am and what I am not.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    There's been some writing about how VCs and founders interact with each other and it inspired me to take a step back and reflect on what my role is supposed to be with regards to the investments I make and the founders I deal with. Here's what I came up with... First, I have a fiduciary responsibility to my investors who entrusted me with money in the first place.  If I don't do right by them, then I have no money, no fund, no career, full stop.  They count on me to be a good steward of their capital, and to take reasonable and appropriate risk with the expectation of a certain…
  • Reservationhate

    Charlie O'Donnell
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Just to be clear, Reservationhop--the line jumping fake name reservation making most hated startup idea on the internet right now--is not a particularly good idea.   - It's too small of a market with too little monetization per transaction. - It's rather easily foiled by ID checking. - It doesn't provide restaurants with any value. It is not, however, any more morally bankrupt than what a lot of other startup people fawn over.  I'm finding all the ethical hemming and hawing over this to be rather inconsistant.   Let's recap... Napster was totally cool because you got free…
  • The Strong Rejection

    Charlie O'Donnell
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:38 am
    When I turn down the opportunity to invest in a startup, I really turn it down. I try and say exactly what I don't believe will happen, or why I don't believe in what you're doing.  In essence, I'm setting myself up to either be spectacularly wrong or to be right. The last thing I want is to not have a view on the space.  My job is to have views--because not making a bet is making a bet.  If I don't have clarity on something, it means that I don't think the space and the opportunity size is big enough to get clarity.   What I never say is "I love what you're doing,…
 
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • Happy Birthday BASIC, Thanks For Making Me Possible

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
  • Four Ways You Can Succeed as a Social Media Superstar

    Matthew Toren
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why some small businesses seem to rock at social media whilst others (maybe even yourself) are anything but superstars? I am going to give you the secret formula in this post. People like to buy; they don’t like to be sold to. This can be a tricky proposition and has to be done with a well laid out strategy. The formula consists of four social media basics, that when combined will take your from a ho hum marketer to super stardom.1. Be ConsistentEverything about your social media strategy needs to be consistent––from your tone to the frequency of posts. There’s nothing…
  • Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

    Adam Toren
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging. While there may be challenges to business here in the states, there are plenty of advantages and opportunities, too. While some may find that sourcing your business abroad is the best course of action, there are many entrepreneurs who want to create their products and services at home in their local communities across America. To help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of making a business in America, here are three…
  • 25 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

    Matthew Toren
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter hit the scene in 2006 and since then most industry experts have taken notice and have tried to master the art of promotion through this valuable and widely used social network. In 2013, Twitter was one of the 10 most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet” according to Wikipedia. Updates have made the platform more valuable and given brands the opportunity to reach exponential limits. But, don’t we all wish we knew back in 2006 what we know now. Here are 25 tweetable Twitter tips you wish you knew years ago: 1. Tweet and tweet a lot. In the fast paced…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This story is about the launch of Harry’s, a new men’s grooming brand. Specifically, it will explain how they gathered nearly 100,000 email addresses in one week (!).  This post includes all the email templates, open-source code, and insider tricks that you can use to replicate their success.  It’s similar in depth to my previous how-to post, Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days. This post is of great personal interest to me, as I’ll be doing a ton of fun stuff with email soon.  For a sneak peek, click here.  Now, on to Harry’s……
  • How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

    Gabriel Wyner
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s spent the last two years refining his methods and putting them on steroids. Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired, was the one who told me, “You have to check this guy out. His new book is amazing.” Keep in mind that I’d previously told Kevin that I thought…
  • Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work

    Tim Ferriss
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    E-mail is the single largest interruption in modern life. In a digital world, creating time hinges on minimizing it. The first step towards controlling the e-mail impulse is setting up an autoresponse, which indicates you will be checking e-mail twice per day or less. This is an example of “batching” tasks, or performing like tasks at set times, between which you let them accumulate. In this post, I will share two of my own tried-and-true e-mail autoresponses, one short and one long. Your success with batching — whether laundry, phone calls, or e-mail — will depend on…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 18: James Altucher on How to Say “No”, Fail Better, and Build Businesses

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    James Altucher Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream it now below: This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is sponsored by Bluehost, which I used for my first WordPress blog, and I still use them for sites today. Click here for a special offer! Now, on to our guest… James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. 17 have failed, and 3 have made him tens of millions. He has published 11 books, the newest of which is The Power…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 16: Joe De Sena on Grit, Endurance, and Building Empires

    Tim Ferriss
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Listen on iTunes, download (right click and “save as”), or stream it in the below player now: This episode is brought to you by…you guys. To help keep this podcast going, please check out the Tim Ferriss Book Club, where, every 1-2 months, I highlight one book that’s changed my life. Here are the first four books. Now, on to our guest…Joe De Sena. Joe De Sena is the co-founder of The Death Race, Spartan Race (1M+ competitors), and more. Among other things, he has completed the famously grueling Iditarod dogsledding race…on FOOT. And what about the Badwater…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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…
  • An In-Depth Look at BoxOfAds

    Tyler Cruz
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    I had kept hearing about an ad spy service called BoxOfAds amongst the affiliate marketing crowd for a while now and finally decided to try them out about a month ago. My campaigns were starting to become a little bit stagnant and I wanted to try something new to get some fresh ideas and keep things alive and kicking. Within about an hour of looking into BoxOfAds, I found a couple of landing pages that looked like they had the potential to do well, and took them, made a few small modifications and improvements here and there to match my offers, and split-test them against a direct link (the…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: March 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:09 am
    See, I told you I’d be back up to date with these soon enough. Okay, okay – I’m not quite all the way caught up yet, but I only have 2 more to go and then I will be. So the question is: was February just an outlier and an especially good month, or am I starting to make progress with my affiliate efforts again? After months of crap, it was sure good to see that $10K net in February, that’s for sure. It’s a motivational booster. As with my last few reports, since this report is late in getting published, my memory is going to fail on the particulars of what went on…
  • A Tour of My New Office

    Tyler Cruz
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    It’s been a while since I published more of a personal type of post, and so I thought I’d post one to help change things up inbetween income reports and other affiliate marketing related posts. As you may recall, last November I moved from my condo into a house. One of the major selling points of the house for me was that it had a nice office, complete with a nice built-in desk in the corner. It’s located on the main floor close to the front door. Here’s a short video tour I made of my office for you guys: (Note: You may need to visit the post directly at TylerCruz.com…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: February 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Here we go, I’m up to February – only 3 more reports to go and I’ll finally be caught up to date with these reports. I haven’t been getting as many comments on my posts as I used to in the past (most likely a result of my less-than-stellar post frequency the past year), so hopefully these reports still interest some of you out there and aren’t just becoming boring repetitive blog post filler. I think part of the lack of response may also be due to my poor performance lately. It’s sure a hell of a lot more exciting when I’m pushing big numbers, and…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Smartshopping And Virtual Fitting Rooms: The Revolutionary Fitle

    Alicia Zuberbier
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    There's never been a paradox like online shopping before. How can something be so convenient and annoying at the same time? Shopping online for clothes is difficult because you can't try anything on. You gamble each time you click the "purchase" button. The inventors of Fitle had enough of that. Fitle is an online shopping platform that lets you create a 3-D avatar and allows you to virtually try on clothes. The guessing game of online retail is over thanks to Fitle.
  • Meet The Crazy Sloppy Joe Doughnut Invention

    Michael McParland
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What do you get when you fuse a Californian fried chicken king with a global doughnut chain? The answer is the perplexingly named Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Burger. Yes this is a mind-bending one, and something which has America's increasingly more health aware population divided. So is it harmless? Or another contribution to the country's very real obesity issue? Let us assess.
  • Stay Cool While Camping With The Coleman Lighted Tent Fan

    Samantha Pankey
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's always good to have a lantern while camping. It's always good to have a fan while camping in the spring and summer. It's best to have both in one gadget. That's exactly what the Coleman Lighted Tent Fan CPX 6 is--a lantern that doubles as a fan.
  • Palit Touts Fanless GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Cards

    Rey M.L.
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    “Pursue the silent-0dB gaming environment,” exclaims the marketing banner. Indeed, Palit's looking to provide all the performance of Nvidia's relatively powerful GeForce GTX 750 family graphics chips with none of the fan noise attached to most implementations.
  • Want This New Innovation? Stress Transforming Tea Bags

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    There are many ways to get your advertising message across to the public, but few are as unique as the one that BOH put out for the launch of their chamomile tea. For an herbal tea product that has been around for hundreds of years you have to get really creative to get the message across about just how soothing and relaxing a cup of tea can be. The result was a tea bag imprinted with a stressful image that melts into a relaxing one when dipped in hot water.
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    mokoyfman.com

  • "But when the new Umami Burger outlet opens down the street from you (or the new Ivan Ramen outlet,..."

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “But when the new Umami Burger outlet opens down the street from you (or the new Ivan Ramen outlet, or the new Roy Choi taco joint), you can say a little prayer of thanks (or not) to Chang, Bloomfield, and her partner Friedman. You can thank them for your strange, abiding obsession with brown liquor and craft beers, and the hamburger, and that fragrant vat of kimchee your Park Slope neighbor has kept buried for months in her backyard. You can thank them for that road trip you’re planning with your suddenly food-mad 10-year-old daughter, down through the ancient Foodways of Virginia and…
  • The cliffs, Montauk

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The cliffs, Montauk
  • "It’s also clear that the authors could not summon up the courage to stop referring to their audience..."

    27 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    “It’s also clear that the authors could not summon up the courage to stop referring to their audience as ‘readers’ and begin to call them ‘users’ – probably because some pedant was worried they’d be confused with dope addicts.” - What the New York Times Could Have Been | LinkedIn Nuff said.
  • Sift Science

    14 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    The Internet has enabled the seamless flow of commerce in an unprecedented fashion. But where transactions go, so do bad actors. We currently estimate online fraud to be a $40B problem, and it’s just getting worse. The few rarified Internet giants like Google & Amazon have built large dedicated teams and sophisticated technology solutions to combat fraud. But what about everyone else? Even our largest commerce and marketplace investments at Spark suffer from fraud and have turned to third parties for help. I am thrilled today to announce that Spark Capital is leading a $18MM Series B…
  • Welcome back cherry tree. We missed you. (at 16 Schellinger)

    3 May 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Welcome back cherry tree. We missed you. (at 16 Schellinger)
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Failing and First Drafts

    Misty W. Gibbs
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Misty W. Gibbs explores whether you need to fail or whether you just need a first draft... Fail fast and fail hard. Fail early and fail often. This message is drummed into aspiring entrepreneurs, almost like a badge of honor. The essence of the idea makes sense; you need to make mistakes to learn. And mistakes are unavoidable – you WILL make them. I have yet to meet an entrepreneur or businessperson who doesn’t have an answer to: ‘If I knew then what I know now…’read more
  • Startup Diaries: You Can't Do It Alone

    Kristel Kuit
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kristel Kuit, founder of personal assistant services company Headroom Assistance, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of finding the right people to be in one's start-up life, and shares her top tips for success in entrepreneurship.read more
  • Redressing Gender Imbalance In The Boardroom

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Helen Croft and Agnes Bamford from The Results Centre discuss the under representation of women at the highest levels of business.read more
  • Startup Diaries: 3 Reasons Why You Don't Have A Million £ Business

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Shweta Jhajharia explains why over two and half million UK businesses are unable to break the coveted £1 million threshold and highlights three areas that might just hold the key. The majority of businesses never reach the £1M turnover mark – a level often used to benchmark firms. This is significant because most business owners, when they first started, envisaged not just a multi-million pound business, but a multi-billion pound business. Statistically, only 4% of business owners ever reach the £1M mark and further, only 10% of these businesses (that’s 0.4% of all business…
  • Women In Logistics - Awards 2014 - Winners Revealed!

    Lucy Catten
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On the 18th June, The Next Women reported on the shortlist for the Women in Logistics Awards 2014. Read more here. Well, a few weeks on and we now have great pleasure in being able to follow up on the winners.read more
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • 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!
  • 12 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am

    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 […]
  • One Overlooked Thing About Your Lawyer If You Get Hurt at Work

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
     Being injured on the job can be a complicated situation. Many of my coaching clients became business owners because they were hurt on their jobs and needed to do something else. I’ve heard a lot of the stories. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference in the world. The […]
  • Quick Cash for Emergencies

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s a good idea to be able to get quick cash for personal or business use. Sometimes things come up and they are outside your budget. When you have the freedom of quick cash you can take advantage of new opportunities and good deals. You can use quick cash to pay off debt. Perhaps you […]
  • Want Better Performance and Mood? Start here

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    As a business owner, you need to be at your peak performance in order to run your business. How you run your business is often an by-product of your mood. It’s very easy to fall into a trap of not doing your best after lunch. Our moods can change at lunch because of what we […]
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    Steve Blank

  • What Job Needs to be Done? 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • How Big Is It Really? 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • The Path of Our Lives

    steveblank
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not?” Robert Kennedy/George Bernard Shaw I got a call that reminded me that most people live their life as if it’s predestined – but some live theirs fighting to change it. At 19 I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Out of electronics school my first assignment was to a fighter base in Florida. My roommate, Glen, would become my best friend in Florida and Thailand as we were sent to different air bases in Southeast Asia. An Enemy Attack May Make Your Stay Here Unpleasant On the…
  • Validation: Be Sure Your Startup Vision Isn’t a Hallucination. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Business Model versus Business Plan, Customer Development, Lean LaunchPad, Teaching
  • How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

    steveblank
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups – 1) great looking product demos, 2) compelling PowerPoint slides, and 3) a world-class team.  Other than “I’ll know it when I see it”, there’s no formal way for an investor to assess project maturity or quantify risks. Other than measuring engineering progress, there’s no standard language to communicate progress. What’s been missing for everyone is: a common language for investors to communicate objectives to startups a language corporate innovation groups can use…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Febreze Noseblind Test and Giveaway with $60 AMEX Gift Card

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I love the Febreze Cat Couch commercial, especially after recently being convinced to giveaway my comfy couch that I had for 9 years. My bestie happens to be a Yorkie…Was I sitting on a Yorkie couch??? LAUGH OUT LOUD…So when I was presented with the opportunity to take the Nose Blind Test with Febreze, I was really excited. To do so, I was asked to host a movie night and invite a few people over. When they arrived, the experiment began. I would soon learn what odor in home I had apparently become noseblind to. Fortunately, I just got new couches and refinished my floors, so I…
  • 303 Magazine Pool Party and Poolside Fashion Series

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Photo Credit: 303 Magazine Looking to lay poolside this summer with good music, people, food and a nice cold margarita? Well look no further, the 303 Magazine summer pool party series is back. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the second 303 Magazine pool party of the summer. With the sun shining and no rain in sight, it couldn’t have been a better day for a pool party. The sunny day brought out the hottest and most beautiful people from all over the state. It was held at one of First Class Fashionista‘s favorite pool party venues, The Breakers Resort in Denver. The…
  • Faded Image Barber Battle Winners, Pics and Video

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Sunday, July 6th 2014 was a battle competition unlike any other. Taking place in the beautiful Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, my co-workers and I, from Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, were able to witness this amazing competition. Prior to the competition, there was an Educational Seminar held from 9am-1pm at International Salon and Spa Academy. According to a source, the seminar really brought back the passion into the barbering industry. There, they released technical knowledge and new techniques. To begin the night of battles everyone gathered into the ballroom for mingling and…
  • Fashionable Activewear

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Okay, since graduating I have been fortunate enough to have some free time on my hands. I had previously agreed not to dive head-first into more work and jobs fresh out of college, so what to do with all that excess energy? Well, I have been channeling it all into getting more fit! It may also help that I’m off to Disney World soon in 100 degree Florida heat. The nicer I can look in shorts, the better; and I’m sure that applies to everyone, everyday, for just about everything we put on. Who doesn’t want to look their best? Wearing the same thing every day to the gym can be…
  • Pre-Fall Fashion Trend Forecast 2014

    First Class Fashionista
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    It’s almost time for … drumroll please… Pre-Fall! I know, it’s like 90 degrees outside. But we’re all about forward thinking here at First Class Fashionista, and I know all of our readers love to get the jump on what’s next. So, as a member of the retail community and a subscriber to fashion forecasting, let me tell you what looms on our Autumn 2014 horizon. Moto Style. It’s going to be huge, I promise. Although leather is a big hit for any fall/winter season. Look for new colors as well as a lot of moto embellishments to spice it up a bit this year.
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • 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…
  • Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.

    jeffhilimire
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    I saw this on Twitter recently and felt compelled to share it. On more than one occasion I’ve judged someone’s actions before realizing they were going through something difficult in their life, causing them enough pain to affect their behavior. Going forward I’m going to do my best to keep this in mind. Besides, even if they’re just a “mean person”, why not be kind to them and maybe your kindness will rub off. But in my experience, the mean people had battles early in their lives that made them that way, so even they deserve kindness. Ok, back to work :)…
  • Dragon Army update: Things are going great

    jeffhilimire
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    A funny thing happened this weekend. I updated my LinkedIn profile to include the non-profit that I co-founded, MATCH Atlanta. After updating it, I specifically moved the MATCH listing down a few pegs in the list of my “experience” because I didn’t want people to think that I was no longer with Dragon Army. However, LinkedIn sent a handy email out as an update to people and it said, “Congratulate Jeff on his new job!” So needless to say, I received a boatload of “congrats on the new gig, what happened with Dragon Army?” notes. And there were some…
  • What do you get when you mix the cast of Friends with a Windows 95 launch CD? #awesomesauce

    jeffhilimire
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • SimpleReach Raises $9M in Funding, Featured on TechCrunch

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Edward Kim and his company SimpleReach recently secured $9 million in Series A funding, as described in a TechCrunch article by Anthony Ha titled SimpleReach Raises $9M To Measure Content Marketing and Native Ads. SimpleReach, a company that allows marketers to determine the effectiveness of their content, is a Graduate of the New York Founder Institute.  The company says, [SimpleReach] can not only tell customers how well their content is doing on publisher websites and on social media, but also predict which articles will take off. SimpleReach then allows marketers to promote…
  • The Founder Institute is Hiring to Help Create 1 Million Startup Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles - including Regional Coordinators, Operations Associates, a Director of Sales, a Controller, Entrepeneurs in Residence, and various Marketing roles.  The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE MILLION new jobs. We are using entrepreneurship as a means to change the world, and we can use your help! APPLY NOW   What is the Founder…
  • Attend a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Startup

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey.  We have several events coming up in the next…
  • Have a Startup Idea? Get Live Feedback from Silicon Valley on these Free Webinars!

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:15 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.
  • Insights from a Founder Institute Dropout

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy -- which is why, as a program designed to turn would-be founders into bona fide entrepreneurs, the Founder Institute aims to make its semesters as challenging as possible. The rigorous program isn’t for everyone; fewer than 40% generally make it through and graduate. But what becomes of the fallen Founders, the dropouts who couldn't see the program through? In a recent article titled Lessons Learnt at the Founder Institute in Melbourne, Jo Sayer describes her experience at the Melbourne Founder Institute and what ultimately led her to withdraw…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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…
  • Smart Bear Live 8: Edwin from MeetingKing.com

    pfoley
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    Welcome back to Smart Bear Live … the show were Jason speaks with entrepreneurs looking to improve their businesses. In this episode, Jason talks to Edwin from MeetingKing.Listen to this episode if you want to hear about a founder who has a product and users and paying customers … and is trying to figure out how to take his company to the next level and grow faster.PRODUCER’S NOTE: Do you wish you could hear Smart Bear Live episodes more often? Well maybe you can help – the show needs a new producer! I’ve loved being part of the show, but now that I’m…
  • Come visit @asmartbear and the @wpengine gang at SxSW in our new office space!

    Jason
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:03 pm
    If you’re in Austin for SxSW, come say hello between 10:00 and 2:00 on Saturday, March 8. We’ll have an open lounge with food and coffee at our World Headquarters in downtown Austin.It’s an easy 5 blocks from the convention center, so there’s no reason not to hang out with us for a while, an oasis amidst the craziness.Address:  504 Lavaca, Suite 1000 (10th floor).Also: Interested in working at WP Engine, in any department?  We have a special event for that too. Hit me up at my first name at company dot com and I’ll shoot you an invite.
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • 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 […]
  • Deeper Weekend 2014 – Register Now!

    Jennifer Blumer
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    I love Deeper Weekend. Seriously, it’s right up there with other once a year special occasions to me. Big holidays, vacations, family gatherings. It’s in that category. I just love it. And Deeper Weekend 2014 is coming up in just a few months. It’s time to register! What is Deeper Weekend? It’s Thriveal’s event of […]
  • Lab Experiment 1: Business Model Prototyping

    Adrian Simmons
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    Today the Thriveal Laboratory launches its inaugural experiment: Business Model Prototyping. The experiment’s hypothesis is that there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future. Using the visual Business Model Canvas tool developed by Alex Osterwalder, a team of experimenting accountants will begin by sketching the traditional accounting firm model, and then ideate […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Gone Fishing: We’re on Vacation!

    Catherine Morgan
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re on vacation. We are going fishing – or going to sit by the pool – or something. It’s summer here in Chicago and Business Unplugged is taking the next two weeks off. We’ll be back on Tuesday, August 5. See you then!
  • When Your Biggest Strength is Your Biggest Weakness

    Carol Roth
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I advise and strategize with entrepreneurs, I am noticing a trend, particularly amongst those driven by creativity and passion. It’s that their biggest strength- the creativity that sets them apart- is often their biggest weakness in business. I have gone deep with the owners of some of the coolest, most interesting business concepts around, [...]
  • Online Marketing: What Not to Do

    Catherine Morgan
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: I was so sorry when Rich Gallagher, one of our favorite guest contributors, published this on his blog first. It is exactly the kind of smart and snarky post we like to publish here at Business Unplugged. Since you might have missed it, I highly recommend that you check out Online Marketing: How [...]
  • Who’s Your Girlfriend?

    Robert Holmes
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone is tempted at one time or another to be unfaithful. Those who run their own businesses are especially prone. We work long hours, oftentimes alone at the office with staff members of the opposite sex. I got home after one particularly harrowing day, kissed my wife, hugged my kids and was met with the [...]
  • The Paralysis of Freedom

    Carol Roth
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I talk to more and more entrepreneurs about their businesses, ironically, one of the biggest areas of constraint for them is having too many choices.  That’s right; they are bound by too much freedom in their businesses. There is always another idea, another path, or another distraction to take you down a rabbit hole. [...]
 
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • 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…
  • June Checklist

    Sarah Shaw
    4 Jun 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 June…
  • Finding more buyers

    Sarah Shaw
    13 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Building your buyer black book (AKA your bible of potential customers) can be a tedious task if you don't know where to look. Be sure you know who your target market is, and where they live. ONLY spend time looking for stores in those specific areas. Anywhere else is a waste of time. Only you can know the story behind who you sell to and where they live……Give it some thought.  If you sell a high end product in the $250+ range, then one thing to consider is where people live who would want and need your products, and if their lifestyle and job affords them the luxury of…
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    Under30CEO

  • Entrecelebrity: Interview with SpiritHoods Founder Alexander Mendeluk

    Michael Luchies
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Alexander Mendeluk always saw himself being in the spotlight, but as an actor, not as an entrepreneur. As the child of a Hollywood movie director, Alexander grew up on television and movie sets. “That whole world helped me explore my imagination.” That imagination fueled his passion and interest in storytelling, which led him into acting. After graduating from film school he moved to Los Angeles and became a professional actor (Alexander Mendeluk’s IMDB page). His breakout role was soon to come, but it wouldn’t be on a movie set. “Out of nowhere, literally, came SpiritHoods.”…
  • Top Business Books and Must Reads for Entrepreneurs

    Under30CEO
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Hey Under30CEO, This is our list of all time top reads and business books for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  It includes some new releases and best-sellers you should be reading now. Here’s our list of must reads! We are big fans of anything that gives us the edge in our personal and professional development or business.  We’ve authored over 4,000 articles here on Under30CEO and interviewed countless best selling authors including Seth Godin, Donald Trump, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Peter Shankman, Eric Ries, and Sharon Lechter. New Releases &…
  • The #1 Reason Most 20-Somethings Get Stuck

    danieldipiazza
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”. I had “played the game” just like I’d been told. Went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules. (I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me — we’ve all been there.) But as college ended and the real world started to loom closer and closer, I had to admit…I was terrified. Why? Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing… See, I knew how to operate within the system that had been laid out for…
  • 6 Steps for Perfecting Your Workplace Accident Protocol

    GuestAuthor
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Like the need to buy extra light bulbs or touch up your hair color, your company’s accident protocol is likely something you don’t think about until you’re in the moment, and it’s too late. Accidents happen, and it’s important for business owners to know how to address them appropriately when they occur. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 13 Americans are killed on the job every day, tens of thousands die every year from workplace-related disease, and nearly 4 million are seriously injured on the job. As a lawyer who specializes in personal injury,…
  • Why You Should Burn All Your Bridges and Never Have a Backup Plan

    Under30CEO
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What do you see when you look at a successful human? I see a determination, definiteness of purpose, and plan that most people are too afraid to ever create for themselves. Have you ever met anyone who achieved something important in life, something they would consider a dream, by dropping back to a plan B? It just doesn’t work that way. Backup plans are not for winners. A person with a backup plan is likely to use that backup plan. This automatically means they’ve settled for less than what they initially wanted. If you want to become a solopreneuer, you become one by deciding once and…
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    Fizzle

  • Pleasure Before Business

    Caleb Wojcik
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Have you been to a conference before where there are more people wearing a kilt and a Darth Vader helmet while riding a unicycle playing a bagpipe that shoots flames out the back than people wearing a suit and tie? That’s the kind of conference Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit is. It is a little different. A little “unconventional” if you will. So in the spirit of doing things differently, I won’t be showing off a bunch of my pictures of the amazing people and food or the four-hour long academy Fizzle led. These are my three takeaways from WDS 2014…
  • Money Isn’t the Point

    Corbett Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m decompressing from the World Domination Summit, trying to piece together the themes from this year, and understand what I’ll take away long-term. The older I get, and the longer I’ve been an entrepreneur, the more I keep asking myself “what’s the point?” As in, what’s the point of goals we work towards, and accomplishments we hold up and celebrate in ourselves and others? This can be a dangerous road. Sometimes you get deep into the meaning of life. I ended up in some deep existential conversations at this year’s WDS because of where my head has been. I think…
  • How to Delegate & What to get off Your Plate (FS063)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are things in all our businesses we hate doing. And at a certain point, we have to ask ourselves if we’re trapped working in our businesses without any time or energy to work on them. In the last episode we covered how to navigate these things when you can’t afford to pay for help. In this episode we share: How to decide what to delegate A few categories of tasks you could delegate Some tips and tricks for delegating and dealing with VA’s, vendors, partners and contractors What you shouldn’t delegate Enjoy! And if you have any questions please let us know in the…
  • Failure Is An Option

    Chase Reeves
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I received an email today that my good friend’s company is shutting down, pulling the plug, closing up shop. This is something he poured himself into… Rush prep for impromptu big meetings… Stressed late night presentation tweaks… Early morning service calls from the east coast… Blood. Sweat. Fight. Hustle. Muscle… and now tears, packing up, figuring out how to sell the servers, saying goodbye and good luck to employees. I’m gutted for them. Another app I enjoyed, Readmill, has this on their homepage today: “Readmill has closed. We can’t find…
  • The Multiple Hats of the Solopreneur (FS062)

    Chase Reeves
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    At first, you may need to wear all the hats in your business, doing all the work yourself because you can’t afford to hire people to help you. In this conversation we get some clarity about what those hats are, which ones are important and how to think about them. We also share a handful of hats we’re deciding never to wear again. Enjoy! Push Play: The Multiple Hats of the Solopreneur (FS062) / Listen to The Multiple Hats of the Solopreneur (FS062) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in…
 
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    Strategy

  • Here's What Your Handwriting Says About You

    Maggie Zhang and Mike Nudelman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Your handwriting reveals much more than you might imagine. There's a whole science behind analyzing handwriting for personality traits called graphology, which has been around since the days of Aristotle. Today, it's used for a variety of purposes, from criminal investigations to understanding your health. Some employers even use handwriting analysis to screen potential employees for compatibility. We talked to master graphologist Kathi McKnight about what the seemingly insignificant details in your writing say about you. "Just from analyzing your handwriting, experts can find…
  • How A Regular Employee Helped Put Amazon On The Path To Billions Of Dollars

    Richard Feloni
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Last year Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), brought the company $3.8 billion in revenue. As LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, along with entrepreneurs Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, illustrate in their new book "The Alliance," this multibillion-dollar business wasn't the brainchild of CEO Jeff Bezos or even an executive. It came from Benjamin Black, an employee who had been with the company a little over a year. It was 2003, and Black was recently promoted to website engineering manager. As Black explains in a blog post, he wrote a short paper that outlined a way to…
  • How Your Diet Is Stressing You Out

    Kevin Loria
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    If you use stress as an excuse for snacking on candy or eating fast food instead of a real meal, it's time to reconsider. A convenient snack might seem like an easy way to take one more stressful decision off your plate. But if the foods you opt for are sugary or loaded with refined carbohydrates, they might actually make you more stressed out — both in the short term and the long term. "When we feel stressed we seek foods that are going to comfort us immediately, but often times those foods lead to surges and crashes in hormones and blood sugar that increase our susceptibility to new…
  • Why Chasing 'Extrinsic Goals' Can Wreck Your Happiness

    Drake Baer
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Some goals make you happy. Others do the opposite. It comes down to whether your goals are intrinsic or extrinsic. The former is great for your happiness. The latter, not so much.  Here's the difference between the two:  • Stemming from the Latin for "inward," intrinsic goals relate to "goods of the soul," like personal growth, close relationships, and physical health. • Stemming from the Latin for "outward," extrinsic goals relate to "worldly goals," like money, status, or fame.  While we may have been told by our parents, religious leaders, and…
  • Here's The Danger Of Getting Things Done Too Early

    Maggie Zhang
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Procrastination is cited as a common problem for most people, but there's a new pitfall to watch out for: "precrastination." Precrastinators, as recently noted in the New York Times, have a tendency to finish tasks sooner than they need to, even if it costs them more time and energy than if they waited. New research from Pennsylvania State University shows that people are willing to expend large amounts of physical effort just to have the feeling of completing a task. In one experiment, students were asked to pick one of two buckets and bring them to the end of an alleyway. One bucket…
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    800 CEO Read

  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
  • Thinker in Residence – John Hope Bryant on Business and Books

    dylan
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Tweet “It’s not like we delivered ‘the memo’ and poor, working class and middle class folks flubbed it and failed the test. We were simply never given the memo.” ~John Hope Bryant Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, spoke of the Declaration of Independence as a promissory note “to which every American was to fall heir.” This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He went on to say that…
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    Business Planning by us

  • Women Entrepreneurs Bring Unique Strengths by Rolfe Larson

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

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

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

    Rolfe Larson
    1 Nov 2013 | 2:12 pm
    OK, you know this. You’re spending too much time answering emails. Getting interrupted by unimportant stuff. And worst of all, attending meetings, lots of meetings, sometime endless, pointless meetings. So here’s a suggestion: spend more time in your cave, every day, no interruptions, to increase your creativity. And others on your team. According to a recent FAST COMPANY article: “Creativity happens when you work independently [without distractions]. Individuals are really good at generating a whole lot of ideas, while groups are good at selecting, shaping and refining…
  • Crowd Financing Debuted Last Week (sort of) by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    7 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    First the good news: Starting Sept 30, US federal law allows small startup companies to raise equity on the Internet, without the expensive barrier to register the shares for public trading with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Companies can now raise unlimited amounts of capital simply by using social media sites or elsewhere on the Internet. This will help address the problem many small business owners face by creating a mechanism to connect with investors, which until had to be done “privately” — which for many small companies meant not at all.  Here’s…
 
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  • ObamaCare rulings could create disadvantages for Mass. businesses

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Health care experts are warning about the potential impact of two conflicting federal appeals court decisions focused on President Barack Obama’s health care law as state officials grapple with the contrasting rulings. Issued on Tuesday, the rulings dispute whether or not the government could subsidize health insurance premiums in three-dozen states that use the federal exchanges. While Massachusetts is in the midst of adjusting its problem-plagued state-based exchange, the state may potentially…
  • Rockport National shareholders approve merger with Institution for Savings

    Matthew L. Brown
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Rockport National Bancorp Inc. shareholders have approved the proposed merger with the Institution for Savings of Newburyport, and the banks say they expect to close the deal earlier than originally expected. In April, the Institution for Savings announced that it would lay out more than $28 million in cash to acquire Rockport, the parent of Rockport National Bank. The deal gives Rockport shareholders $138.58 per share, 29 times the bank's its earnings for 2013. Votes representing some 85 percent…
  • Here's why GateHouse Media's parent is paying $46M for The Providence Journal

    Jon Chesto
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    So the rumors turned out to be true: GateHouse Media — or, technically, parent company New Media Investment Group — confirmed this afternoon that it’s buying The Providence Journal. The Journal diverges from the standard acquisition strategy at New Media and its corporate predecessor, GateHouse. They have largely steered clear of the major metro papers with their acquisitions, preferring instead to focus on more out-of-the-way markets with less competition. Of course, they still do have papers…
  • Cancellation of flights to and from Israel's Ben Gurion airport will hit some Logan travelers

    Eric Convey
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The Federal Aviation Administration's extraordinary order today that U.S. carriers cease flights to and from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv will affect a number of passengers who normally would pass through Logan International Airport heading to, or returning from, Israel, an official said today. Carriers that run flights between the U.S. and Israel, including Boston legs, are: Air Canada, Delta, KLM, Air France, Delta, United Airlines and British Airways. No carriers fly…
  • Here's a peak at the NICU Brigham and Women's is building

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Here's a peak at the NICU Brigham and Women's is building
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  • 3 Creative Ways To Validate Your Business Idea (Before You Launch)

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    The biggest mistake you can ever make is to start a business without practical knowledge about its potential for success. Don’t build a product for customers who may not even need it. Create something people actually want by first testing it’s usefulness. Idea validation can help you find the weakest link in your logic, answer all questions you may have about the idea, know if customers actually have the problem you think they have and the best way to solve it. Once you are able to identify the value (a single reason someone would be willing to pay for it or use it) of your idea…
  • 8 Experts Reveal What Works Today In Content Marketing

    Thomas Oppong
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    There are now countless resources on the importance of content marketing for your business. Content marketing has proven to be very useful for companies like Buffer, Hubspot and KISSmetrics. Each of these companies are educating and informing their prospective audience and customers on topics they will find useful. Content marketing always pays off if you do it right. While the most common advice does apply to most people, I thought it would be interesting to gather expert advice on how your business can approach content marketing.1. Content is meant to create  loyalty, branding and…
  • Small Business Loans: Your Saving Grace or the Final Coffin Nail?

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    If you’re a small business owner or work for one that hasn’t been a slam dunk right out of the gate (as most small businesses are not) then you know how stressful it can become when the financial strain seems to be choking any future potential the company could have with its product or service. In these instances, many people make the naïve mistake of thinking a small business loan will solve their problems.Not unlike the way many unwed couples think getting married will solve their relationship issues, and not unlike couples who think having a baby will solve their marriage issues,…
  • Here Is How To Be Remarkable (When You Show Your Work)

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    You’re either boring, okay, good, great, remarkable or amazing. You have to want to be amazing. Being good isn’t the goal. Being amazing is! You can be incredible if you put your mind to it. The time to be amazing is now. Better isn’t good enough. Don’t spend your best part of your life on other people’s priorities, when you know you can pull that project off when you put your mind to it.Start doing what your future self will be proud of. We don’t find it remarkable when our expectations are met – only when they are exceeded. Start that business, begin that project,…
  • Why Better Communication Matters In Your Business

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    In the fast-paced corporate world, it seems that everyone hides behind their computer for every form of communication. From instant messaging to emails, it’s almost entirely possible to work with colleagues without even seeing them in person. The art of communication is slowly being lost in the traditional sense. As students learn in college communications classes, there’s still a need to work one-on-one with another employee without technology interfering.1. Face time Is critical. Regardless of the industry, employees are appreciative of personal interaction. People strive for…
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  • 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
  • Agile and non-agile entrepreneurs must communicate clearly

    Taffy Williams
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It is impossible to know what is being communicated in these!Some people are able to see a problem and rapidly determine solutions; the problem may be business or non-business.  Clear communication is required when describing a fix to a problem and information provided must be explicit; remember, you see the fix, they may not.Recently, I was asked to help repair a lamp.  The lamp was missing the knob that rotates when turning on a lamp.  My instructions were, “pick up the complete part from the hardware store. The complete part includes the piece that the bulb screws into and…
  • May Startup Blog Insights - Entrepreneurs Get Agile! with Taffy Williams

    Taffy Williams
    21 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photo  websiteGoogle+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group on Linkedin.  He writes the Startup Blog and articles for the Examiner: Charlotte, NC- small business. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Focus is important but so is agile thinking

    Taffy Williams
    20 May 2014 | 6:19 am
    You must learn when to take your "eyes off the ball"!Entrepreneurs must learn to balance two skills and know when to use them; a) Focus and, b) Agile Thinking.  Focus is driven into entrepreneurs by investors and experienced managers.  The ability to be more agile in one’s thinking comes from practice. When the situation dictates, agile thinking should take the lead over focus.  Examples of these two skills are found in discovery experimentation in a laboratory.  Scientists must conduct extensive literature to learn about the field they pursue.  They then develop a…
 
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  • USC’s Masters in Communication

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

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

    Vivek Krishnan
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:41 am
    The computers, laptops and personal workstations in the office are designed to operate in connection with the Internet. However, most companies cannot guarantee their Internet connection or reliability. When businesses want to stop their dependence on email, they should utilize a cloud network that is set up just for their company. When the cloud is designed properly, the business will have more than enough computing power to get all their work done. The many components of the cloud network make businesses more efficient regardless of the industry they operate in. The Speed There are many…
  • Claiming Insurance Money for Your Injuries

    Vivek Krishnan
    27 May 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Being injured in an accident can strike a devastating blow. In addition to the physical pain you may suffer, lost wages, severed social connections and emotional scars can destroy your life. The key to recovering quickly from a personal injury is to find the right attorney who can fight for your rights and help you get your life back on track. Take the Right Steps Immediately following your accident, you may be confused about what steps to take. For most people, being involved in a serious accident is a once in a lifetime occurrence. As soon as you are able, it is important to contact your…
  • The Top Gaming Headsets for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360

    Vivek Krishnan
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    If your into gaming and have had a look at the games that are coming out this year, you’ll be excited about what games are about to arrive. The last thing that you need now is to be unprepared for what’s coming, that is why we have put a list together of the top gaming headsets for 2014. Mad Catz – Starting from £58.49 at Box.co.uk Mad Catz have a wide range of gaming headsets to choose from. The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming headset for PC and Mac have intuitively placed on-ear controls, and a detachable noise-cancelling microphone that keeps your gaming sessions well-equipped…
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  • Indian smartphone users spend more than 3 hours a day on their phones

    Jubin Mehta
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Mobile has eaten the world and developing countries like India contribute largely to the smatphone penetration and increase in data consumption (see a list of made in India apps with a million+ downloads). A new report from Ericsson ConsumerLab reveals how growth in smartphones and app usage in India are creating new user habits. Indoor coverage, speed and network availability are the key factors shaping smartphone behavior. The study was carried out in April-June 2014 among 4000 smartphone users across 18 urban cities in India and some very interesting numbers have been revealed: Over the…
  • Journey to the Base Camp: Lessons from sustaining a startup for 3 years

    Guest Author
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    It has been three years building Hammer and Mop (read their story), and it seems like one long arduous trek- eventful and full of valuable lessons. There have been times when my limbs threatened to give up, but a look at the distant peak usually set things right again. Last year, it felt good completing two years out in the cold. We have now reached the base camp. There are some things I’ve learnt and thought it worthwhile to share: It’s all about people I cannot stress this enough. Right from the day I decided to start off on this trek, till the day I pitched my tent at the base…
  • Two IIT- B alumni’s startup Townista lets you to explore amazing vibes and experiences in Bangalore

    Jai Vardhan
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Snehal Nimje and Paras Jain are serial entrepreneurs who started Campustable and Engagedino in the past. Through these ventures the duo gained a lot of insight and industry connections. One Friday evening, the duo was bored sitting idle at home, so they decided to do something interesting. “We ended up opening 8-10 sites to get a complete picture of the town, which in total suggested more than 200 things to do. We had done many of them and some had incomplete/wrong info. Clueless about which one was the best, we gave up, bought some food, invited a few friends over and had a blast at home…
  • Casa Brands bids to organize Rs 175 crore unorganised domestic ware market with Bonita

    Preethi Chamikutty
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    In the ‘shrinking’ houses that get sold in cities, storage becomes a real problem when we have things in excess. In most cases we end up putting things in make-shift bags till the clothes or other items go back to their rightful place. Such make-shift storage interferes with the organised look of the house. Modern retail does offer some good options for storage, but this space continues to be largely an unorganized one. This is the opportunity that Casa Brands has set out to tap. Casa Brands has launched Bonita, a brand that will sell products in the laundry, organizing and storage…
  • [Techie Tuesdays] Dhananjay Kumar – Rather than create an app, I want to enable 100 people so that they can create 100 apps

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Dhananjay Kumar is a five times Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional). He started late and caught up pretty soon. For the last many years, Dhananjay has been writing about Microsoft Technologies and tutorials on his blog debugmode.net. He is also an active contributor of c-sharpcorner.com. Early days Dhananjay completed his schooling in Jamshedpur in 1999 and went on to do a polytechnic diploma in computer science. He was always fascinated with computers, its depiction in movies and TV fuelled his interest further. When Dhananjay first saw a computer in his computer lab during his…
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    StartUpLift

  • 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…
  • Build and Share Charts Online

    StartUpLift
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    ChartBlocks is an online chart builder that lets you create and share charts in minutes. Target Audience: B2B communications, financial reporting, data vizualizers Website URL: http://app.chartblocks.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…
 
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  • Good Vibes Winery Creates Urban Winery Experience

    Susan Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An urban, bustling street wouldn’t be the first place one would expect to find a winery, but Good Vibes Winery is making a plethora of wines from their Westerville location. Tony Klausing opened the shop almost two years ago, creating not only a quite place to grab a glass of wine, but a stylish event […]
  • ForgeX Building Innovative Partnerships Between Businesses

    Susan Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Marrying innovative entrepreneurs with established corporations, ForgeX is building a network aimed at accelerating high-growth businesses. Entrepreneur and mentor Victor Thorne is the connector behind the network looking to build disruptive technologies. Thorne describes the principle behind ForgeX as two ends of an hourglass. One end is large corporations with employees with ideas. The bigger […]
  • SCORE Providing Mentoring Resources for Entrepreneurs

    Susan Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A facet of the Small Business Administration, SCORE provides support for new entrepreneurs to established businesses through their mentoring and other business development resources. SCORE’s free consultation services help businesses get started, help them grow and help them solve problems. “The bulk of what we do is help startups with their business plans,” says Columbus […]
  • What You Should Know About the Attorney-Client Privilege

    Bill Nolan
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We have written here and here about how your email communications can come back to haunt you, and here about how you can often save legal fees by calling your attorney sooner. An important related topic often misunderstood by businesspeople is the attorney-client privilege. What is it? What does it mean? How can it help protect your business? I […]
  • Unlimited Media Building Websites for Small Businesses

    Susan Post
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A small business serving other small businesses, Unlimited Media offers full-service web presence, social media and graphics for local, independent business owners. Mayda Sanchez-Shingler is behind the enterprise that was recently named home-based business of the year by the Small Business Administration. From the site to the graphics, Sanchez-Shingler is capable of building it all for […]
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  • 5 Upcoming Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    5  Upcoming Startups 1. EmailBee EmailBee  is a new startup that adds friendly footers to your Outlook emails. The footers link to your webpages, tweets, facebook posts, blogs and more. 2. Room Room is a new beta startup that aims to help you have a free video conversion right within your browser without signup, download or installations. 3. Nuklius Nuklius is a new startup that aims to match great startup ideas with the people needed to fulfil them. 4. SupportYard SupportYard is a web application that converts all inbound email requests into simple tickets and their replies and keeps them…
  • When Entrepreneurs Or Business People Should Ask For Entitlement?

    Martin
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Where did this sense of entitlement in our business culture come from? I’ve written about this before, but I was reminded again a while back at a conference for startups when an entrepreneur started berating investors for not funding early-stage startups. It sounded to investors like me that they felt a funding entitlement for their startup idea. Of course, I’m sure entrepreneurs sense that many investors feel entitled to deals with no risk. It’s bad news either way. As a society, we seem to think we’ve evolved to the point where we can fashion a large portion of existence…
  • How To Make Your Inventive Idea Fundable?

    Martin
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Every inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet. In fact, I often have to tell aspiring entrepreneurs that their inventions have zero value, at least not until they are put in the context of a business plan, with qualified people committed to executing the plan. Early-stage ideas fall in the same category. Don’t get me wrong. I have the greatest respect for inventors and idea people who think outside the box to envision and create solutions never before seen. But I have also learned from experience that there is…
  • 4 Startups from AlphaLab

    VisionwizTeam
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    AlphaLab provides early-stage technology companies with an extensive mentor network, educational sessions with industry leaders, and a rich entrepreneurial work environment within a nationally ranked accelerator program. 4 Startups from AlphaLab 1. SitWith SitWith aims to bring people together for relaxed and interesting conversations over a shared meal. By encouraging in-person interactions with new people, SitWith shifts our focus away from online social networks to improve our feelings of connectedness to those in our community. 2. Easely Easely is a new startup that aims  to discover new…
  • How To Build A Prototype Startup

    Martin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is cheap, but entrepreneurs who show you a working model of their idea know how to execute. In reality, it doesn’t take a huge investment of money and time to build a prototype today. If it is hardware, look for one of the ‘makerspaces’ such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost…
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  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

    Chris Reimer
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A few months ago, I joined Mark Reardon on KMOX for a discussion on texting and driving. He noted that I posted about the subject on Facebook and foolishly challenged me to a debate. In all seriousness, I always enjoy going on Mark’s show, and I hope you enjoy the discussion we had. And I [...]The post Texting and Driving – Dangerous! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee

    Chris Reimer
    15 May 2014 | 4:28 am
    I am elated to announce that I have joined Kaldi’s Coffee as their new Marketing Director. This is a newly created position that will have me creating and implementing marketing strategies, monitoring and posting on social media, and finding ways to sell more coffee (especially online). I’m thrilled to join the organization, while having mixed [...]The post Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.”The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short [...]The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Year in Review – 2013

    Chris Reimer
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    I recently joined Angela Hutti on Fox 2 TV to discuss 2013′s social media trends. Here’s what I saw when I reflected on the year. MORE: Mobile – More people are living their entire lives on their mobile devices. And they’re comfortable doing so. Ads – Facebook rolled out ads in your newsfeed, and Instagram [...]The post Social Media Year in Review – 2013 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    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.
  • Vendorlock Hosting and Autoresponder Review

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    One of the biggest problems in starting off with an internet marketing business is the initial investment involved in the business.. If you are wondering about the contradiction in this statement, then let me clarify it for you. It is true that internet marketing is a business where the primary investment is your time. At […] The post Vendorlock Hosting and Autoresponder Review appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • The WordPress Basics Course – How to Start a Blog With WordPress

    Dilip Kumar
    28 May 2014 | 5:13 pm
    If you are running an online site, it would most likely be on WordPress. I might not be wrong in saying that, Am I? Just to put some facts together - About 74.6 Million Sites run WordPress About 18.9% of all self-hosted websites run on WordPress WordPress is the most popular platform to run Business […] The post The WordPress Basics Course – How to Start a Blog With WordPress appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • How to Research Buyer Keywords the right way?

    Dilip Kumar
    22 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Keyword research is a painful exercise. While there are thousands of articles out there on keyword research and researching buyer keywords, people like you and me find it the easiest to skip. This is primarily because of the fact that, keyword research takes a lot of time and is very tedious. So the thought process […] The post How to Research Buyer Keywords the right way? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review

    Dilip Kumar
    19 May 2014 | 5:22 pm
    If you are not aware of what managed wordpress hosting is all about, you might want to read the post that I wrote about managed wordpress hosting some time back. That post would have told you some of the aspects about a managed wordpress hosting. Now, what kind of hosting should you go with will […] The post GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
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  • 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…
  • Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

    Christine Mortensen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since that time, nothing has shaken the business world to that next level as email did in the 90’s, until now… PointDrive, a Chicago based company, has established a solid foundation transforming emails into powerful online sales presentations.  Below are five reasons why I love PointDrive: 1. Technical Integrations PointDrive easily…
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  • 10 tips to help entrepreneurs implement effectively

    guestblogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Ideas mean nothing unless you make them real. Real entrepreneurial ideas get turned into products and services and are sold to customers to make a difference. Yet, entrepreneurs are often not implementers, nor project managers. They’re often distracted by the next idea, development or new opportunity. Here are my 10 tips for entrepreneurs on how to become a better implementer… 1 Clarity on where you’re going Firstly, have clear goals. If you can’t tell everyone what you are doing, quickly and with passion, why would they care about it? If the picture you paint is of a future that…
  • How to avoid being overcharged for office space

    guestblogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    Operators and landlords will do their utmost to ensure they get the best possible deal from the start of a contract term. When you rent a traditional office space you’ll often be bound to an agreement for around three - five years. Therefore, if you sign up for services and facilities on a whim, it could affect your business for a very long time. If you’re currently on the hunt for suitable premises or if you’re about to sign a contract, you could save some money by following these simple steps. Find businesses that are subletting It may seem unethical to benefit from someone else’s…
  • Creating your small business online

    guestblogger
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    There are many options for small businesses when setting up online. You need to work out exactly what you want from your web presence. Will it be generating sales or selling products or will it be a point of reference for customers? Knowing what you want out of being online will help you narrow down the many choices you can take. If you are creating a website to be your online store you could consider getting a web design company to build you an ecommerce website. However, this is the most expensive route and options such as www.shopify.com and www.etsy.com offer a much cheaper online option.
  • The importance of effective cashflow management

    guestblogger
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    We see it all too frequently, businesses of all sizes getting into financial trouble and struggling to pay their suppliers, the taxman and their own staff. This can happen because the people running the business are so focused on their product or service or customers that they forget to take care of cashflow management, which is key to sustainable growth. Cash is the lifeblood of every enterprise, but although entrepreneurs want to make money, ironically, they sometimes forget about cash. Recently we saw a marketing services business that made lots of sales and had great service delivery, but…
  • Frogs are not small crocodiles – and small firms are not little big companies

    robertcraven
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Governments and blue chips think they're talking and marketing to smaller or owner-managed businesses, but they're not. They don't know how to talk to owner-managed businesses. They don't even realise that small businesses have a separate language and way of being. There are more than four million small businesses in the UK and they employ 12 million people. All of my qualitative research shows that owners of the so-called 'small and medium-sized' businesses feel ignored and sold to in an insulting manner. Small businesses are not the same as big businesses and they do not make purchasing…
 
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  • Neal Stephenson on Christianity, Grace, Sincerity, and Seeing Things as They Are

    Sean Murphy
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    I have started to reserve Sundays to write on spirituality, charity, and a higher moral purpose to our life as entrepreneurs. I was struck by the quote that Stephenson puts in Juanita’s mouth in Snow Crash and have concluded that he is performing a similar ministry in his science fiction writing. There is a sense of wonder and meditation on “some power like grace, like the Force, or Providence, or what-have-you, that had been at work in the world today” (Zula’s reflection on events in Reamde). Juanita has been using her excess money to start her own branch of the…
  • Q: We Already Have a Prototype, Can We Still Do Customer Development?

    Sean Murphy
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Q:  We have already implemented the first prototype of our product, but we need to know that we are either on a good course or need to change. A: If you long for certainty you should not be doing a startup, pick a regulated utility or government bureaucracy as a career. Lean Startup and Customer Development techniques can help you to reduce risks by identifying them and developing mitigation strategies but it’s not a guarantee. Any real market attracts competitors and you don’t get to write their plans so it’s not just a question of understanding the prospect’s…
  • John Gardner: Leaders Detect and Act on the Weak Signals of the Future

    Sean Murphy
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Some excerpts with commentary from “On Leadership“  by John W. Gardner. There is such a thing as the “visible future.” The seedlings of [future] life are sprouting all around us if we ahve the site to identify them. Most significant changes are preceded by a long train of premonitory events. Sometimes the events are readily observable.” John W. Gardner “On Leadership” Marcelo Rinesi advised “the future is an illusion, all change is happening now” and Peter Drucker told us to “systematically identify changes that have already…
  • Tony Schwartz: Notice the Good, Cultivate Good Habits, Slow Down, and Do the Right Thing

    Sean Murphy
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Tony Schwartz wrote a  great post on “Turning 60: The Twelve Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned So Far.” Here are my top four from his list (original numbering preserved). 2. Notice the good. We each carry an evolutionary predisposition to dwell on what’s wrong in our lives. The antidote is to deliberately take time out each day to notice what’s going right, and to feel grateful for what you’ve got. It’s probably a lot. I think this is a clever way of saying count your blessings, but a good habit to cultivate however you phrase it. 7. The more behaviors you…
  • Founder Story: Steve DiBartolomeo of Artwork Conversion Software

    Theresa Shafer
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Steve DiBartolomeo is co-founder of Artwork Conversion Software, Inc., an EDA software firm headquartered  in Santa Cruz CA with a development office in Manhattan Beach, CA. Founded in 1989, the company develops CAD translation programs, CAD viewers, plotting software and IC packaging software.  Artwork has over 5000 customers worldwide including Alcatel, AMD, Applied Materials, Agere, Bosch, KLA Tencor, Motorola, Ericsson, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Photronics, Siemens, Seagate, Sony, TRW.. Q: Can you talk a little about your background and how you came to…
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • LeBron James frenzy leads fans to Baltimore entrepreneur’s resume

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    When NBA forward LeBron James told Sports Illustrated last week he was “coming home,” many ecstatic Cleveland Cavaliers fans launched a full-court press to see more on LeBron.com. The problem? That led them to a search page topped with the LinkedIn resume of Baltimore entrepreneur Patrick Nagle, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Nagle, founder of sites including RateMyProfessors.com, bought the domain in 2008 and, like the hundreds of others he owns, he has it redirect to his LinkedIn profile. At James’ agent’s request, he has forwarded the domain to…
  • KoolSpan graduates from UMBC incubator [Cybersecurity Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    The National Security Agency named Towson University one of 13 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations earlier this month, as Technical.ly Baltimore reported. The designation, which comes with rigorous curricular requirements, makes Towson the first such center in Maryland. Mobile cybersecurity startup KoolSpan graduated from the bwtech@UMBC incubator, The Daily Record reports. The Bethesda firm now employs 40 and holds 20 patents. Bandura CEO Suzanne Magee says her company lost an investor due to Maryland’s tax credit laws, which prevent tax credits from…
  • Quantified Care opens crowdfunding for “21st century doctor’s bag”

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Imagine if it were as easy for a doctor to take your blood pressure as it was for you to check Facebook. That’s the dream of Shiv Gaglani and the folks at Quantified Care, the Otterbein-based health IT startup that sells smartphone-friendly medical devices, from scales to stethoscopes. On Monday, the company launched an Indiegogo campaign for what Gaglani called a “21st century doctor’s bag.” “It’s a bag that you can think of like was used to make house calls but is designed to carry the 21st century technologies,” said Gaglani, Quantified…
  • RenterResume is a platform to screen tenants

    Tyler Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    When Joshua Hines went to rent an apartment, his screening process once consisted of writing his name and Social Security number on a cocktail napkin. “I’ll give the landlord an application and apply, but then I wouldn’t hear back for two weeks, three weeks at a time, which was really frustrating because I had to move in a month,” Hines said. When Realtor Ashley Wilson advertised her own West Virginia property for rent, she found herself making the long haul only to meet with renters who weren’t qualified. The two met through soon-merging entrepreneur matchmaking…
  • Civic hacking group talks expungement app [Events Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    This week, you can learn about a new app, ExpungeMaryland, meant to help people with convictions who can clean them from their record. Also, you can learn about professional developing on Wednesday at Refresh Baltimore’s Going Pro. Speaking of developing, check out Android Development for beginners to learn the craft for that platform. ExpungeMaryland: An App to Help People with Criminal Charges In this Baltimore Civic Hacking meetup, learn about a new app meant to help people find out if they can expunge convictions from their criminal record. Wednesday, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
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  • Video: Startups Uncensored Interview with David Hornik, VC

    Rich
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    In this video, Startups Uncensored does a fireside chat with Venture Capitalist David Hornik from August Capital.
  • Video: CareZone Startup Keeps Family Health Organized

    Rich
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    In this video, Former Sun Microsystems CEO and co-founder/CEO of CareZone Jonathan Schwartz stops by the CNN Newsroom to talk about cloud-based health services. CareZone is a safe place to get organized, stay up to date, and coordinate with family and helpers. We provide a set of services (detailed below), oriented around the needs of caring for individuals — from managing information, to providing safe, archival storage, to keeping family and friends informed. Our focus is helping you, and your family, manage the information and communication associated with caring for another individual.
  • Video: Calyos 2-Phase Cooling for Electronic Components in HPC

    Rich
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In this video, Olivier de Laet from Calyos describes the company’s innovative two-phase cooling technology. Calyos is a provider of advanced 2-phase cooling solutions for electronic applications. Two platform products have been developed, one is already commercialized for power modules cooling and another one has been prototyped for electronic components cooling aimed mainly at the High Performance Computing market. Adapting its platform products designs, the company manufactures and integrates its solutions in collaboration with its industrial and corporate clients (B2B) in order to…
  • Podcast: inside-Startups Starts Regular Gig at The PDX Beat

    Rich
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    In this inaugural episode of The PDX Beat, Portland comedian Timothy Blackton revisits last week’s headlines; the Daily Blender‘s Jennifer Heigl delivers food and drink news; instant-Startup’s Rich Brueckner talks tech and the upcoming OSCON Conference; and special guest, Dan Halsted, catches us up on the Hollywood Theatre.
  • Video: Why Startups Need to Solve Real Problems

    Rich
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    In this video, Alexis Madrigal from The Atlantic presents: The Jig is Up – Why Startups Need To Solve Real Problems. Alexis Madrigal thinks our modern entrepreneurial climate has a problem: we’re not solving big problems anymore. The startup boom in the late 90s gave birth to revolutionary mobile devices. Now, the best we can do is Facebook. Madrigal offers two solutions: stop the pervasiveness of “free” web apps and increase the diversity among founding teams. Fresh perspectives, he argues, will bring a new paradigm for startups — and for creativity in general.
 
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    Startup Law Blog

  • Is Title III Equity Crowdfunding Going to Work?

    Joe Wallin
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    I was invited to appear on HuffPost TV the other day, to talk about crowdfunding.The conversation quickly turned into a discussion of the potential negatives of crowdfunding, and the risks.Then there was this article in Salon, with the subtitle: “Equity crowdfunding was supposed to be an economic boon. Instead it’s a disaster waiting to happen.”I actually agree with the article of the Salon piece, at least in part. Because of the way Congress wrote the equity crowdfunding rules, Title III equity crowdfunding is going to be very expensive. This is going to reduce its…
  • How to Design for Humans

    Joe Wallin
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    by Bryce Merrill, SVP Fast Pitch Marketing TeamThe first SVP Fast Pitch Jumpstart Workshop, “How to Design for Humans” took place at Impact Hub Seattle on Wednesday, June 11.The Jumpstart Workshop series is designed to help social innovators refine their business plans and practices. This guides them toward determining if they should apply to Fast Pitch and further prepare for the upcoming competition.Photography by Bryce MerrillUniversity of Washington Professor Beth Kolkos and Shift Labs, a healthcare technology start-up, taught thirty-one attendees how to design products…
  • Come Meet Dan Levitan of Maveron

    Joe Wallin
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Seattle is privileged to have a number of outstanding VCs. In the select group that have put our community on the national/global map for venture capital is Dan Levitan. If you are not familiar with Dan, he’s the guy who co-founded venture capital firm Maveron with Howard Schultz.Dan has led many Maveron investments, including Seattle-based companies zulily, Trupanion and Cranium.  He has directed a number of successful exits, including eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY),  Potbelly (NASDAQ:PBPB), Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments Inc. NASDAQ: GPN), Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), Cranium…
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • 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.
  • Australia’s first dedicated Bitcoin fund has $30 million to invest in businesses that deal with Bitcoin

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    25 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The Future Capital Bitcoin Fund (FCBF), an Australian-based investment firm, has launched a $USD30 million global investment fund investing in companies that are leveraging services based on Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Keep in mind that the rise in popularity of Bitcoin over the past few years is due, in large part, to the growing ecosystem [...] The post Australia’s first dedicated Bitcoin fund has $30 million to invest in businesses that deal with Bitcoin appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into with The Big Pitch

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    14 May 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Oxygen Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by successful serial entrepreneur Larry Kestelman, is putting up $5 million for The Big Pitch, a start-up pitching competition. You may remember Kestelman from such companies as the internet service provider Dodo, where he was the founder, and Eftel. Last year, he sold Dodo, Eftel to M2 Telecommunications. [...] The post Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into with The Big Pitch appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Australian venture capital firm, OneVentures, recently officially launched its new OneVentures Innovation and Growth Fund II. This new fund aims to raise a total of $100 million from institutional investors and high net worth individuals over the next 12 months. The fund will invest in a portfolio of emerging Australian companies with ambitions of going [...] The post OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital appeared first on Anthill Online.
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    JUAN GREAT LEAP

  • Listening Is The New Reading

    Peter Cauton
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I rarely have time to read books anymore. I used to accumulate sizeable bills on my Kindle doing a book a week, now I don’t even remember the last book I read in print form. My babies, both actual and startup, have been occupying a whole lot of my time. I’ve also re-committed to writing on a particular blog. My weekends I’ve mostly closed off to family. I do have a LOT of wasted time in traffic. Living in Antipolo, sometimes I spend a good 2-3 hours a day in the car. 4 on bad days. (Waze sometimes I feel guides me INTO traffic) It didn’t take me long to put two and…
  • Soft vs. Hard Entrepreneurship and What to Prioritize

    Peter Cauton
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    You can divide all the elements of entrepreneurship into two distinct categories: hard and soft. Here’s what the HARD column can be populated with: Valuation Product-market fit Lean Startup Methodology A-B Testing Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C…. Pivot Runway Dilution MVP Growth Hacking Strategies Here’s what the SOFT column can be populated with: Passion Founder Dynamics Culture Maturity The entrepreneurial spirit Mentors Perseverance Following the heart Following the dream Motivation Taking a leap of faith Now, ask ANY successful entrepreneur what the reasons are for…
  • Why You Should Consider Staying The Course

    Peter Cauton
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The following is a guest post from Dino Alcoseba, newly-minted head honcho at the HR startup Strata.ph. I’ve known Dino for five years now and I’ve seen him develop since coming in as a fresh graduate working for STORM in 2008. Here, he shares about staying the course. I can remember the events Dino describes below (that YM Conversation!), and its a bit jarring to hear what exactly he felt.  Considering the state of young employee turnover not only in startups, but for the entire industry, I think what Dino writes here is pretty important to consider.  - Peter  Despite his…
  • Introducing Thursdays Unplugged – And Why I’m Limiting It to 4 People

    Peter Cauton
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    While I like organizing events like Startups Unplugged or Open Coffee, where I really get my kick is when I go on one-on-one coffee-talks. In the bigger events or in some of the speaking events I’ve done, I may be able to impart knowledge and help out, but obviously, the learning cannot be customized to the individual. Sure, after the event there can be informal networking and getting to know people, but I don’t really get to KNOW people that much. This is why I like doing one-on-one coffee-talks. More than just the startup idea, I get to know the entrepreneur’s story. I get…
  • The ONE book you need to read this year

    Peter Cauton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m a big fan of Reid Hoffman, Linkedin Founder and Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist. When he released Startup of You, a few years ago, I gobbled it up and came away quite impressed. He recently released The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. Naturally, I grabbed a copy. As an HR guy who’s also an entrepreneur, the subtitle piqued my attention even more. I chose to finish it off yesterday, during my Glenda-imposed house arrest when this tree blocked the only road going out AND took out the electric wires. (yes!) Now, I’ve read a lot of good books over the last…
 
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    Blog

  • Codeship: Ship Code Free

    joshboyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Premium Company:  Codeship Release Date:  Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Yesterday I got the chance to sit with yet another energetic and passionate entrepreneur – Moritz “Mo” Plassnig, the Co-Founder & CEO of Codeship. Yesterday I got the chance to sit with yet another energetic and passionate entrepreneur – Moritz “Mo” Plassnig, the Co-Founder & CEO of Codeship. Codeship provides hosted continuous integration and deployment…
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? (Part 1/5): Intro

    joshboyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Release Date:  Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Rishi Dean - VP of Product, Sittercity Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management... When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the…
  • Boston Startup Talent: Leaky Bucket or Everlasting Spring?

    joshboyle
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Lee Hower - Partner & Co-Founder, NextView Ventures Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  One of our portfolio companies, Plastiq, announced yesterday that they raised a $10M Series B led by Khosla Ventures and are planning to move their headquarters from Boston to San Francisco. One of our portfolio companies, Plastiq, announced yesterday that they raised a $10M Series B led by Khosla Ventures and are planning to move their headquarters from Boston to San Francisco.
  • Talent on the Move! July 18, 2014

    Keith Cline
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Premium Company:  Actifio Altisource Labs Bit9 + Carbon Black Localytics Threat Stack Release Date:  Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - July 18, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - July 18, 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. Lou Orfanos, GM @ Localytics.  Previously, Vice President, Products…
  • Advice: For the Entrepreneur by the Entrepreneur

    joshboyle
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz is all about Entrepreneurship.  It’s where anyone interested in entrepreneurship can go to explore the hottest tech companies in Boston, gain insight into latest trends, find rewarding new careers and perhaps, most importantly, pick up some much needed knowledge from like-minded people within our ecosystem. VentureFizz is all about Entrepreneurship.  It’s where anyone interested in…
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    Verge

  • 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…
  • How to Tell When Your Lead is Just Not that Into You

    Tim Flint
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    “So one trigger to understand is this person worth my time? Are they sharing information or am I giving it all?” –Aaron Prickel, Vice-president/Owner at Lushin It’s happened to all of us. You pitched a deal to a prospective customer and they seemed so excited about the project. “Yes, Mr. Jones. I just need to run this project by my boss, and then we’re good to go.” Before you know it, three weeks have passed and not only have they not gotten permission, but they are avoiding your phone calls. Chasing after customers who won’t commit is not only demoralizing, but it can…
  • What’s the Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching for Seed Funding?

    Matt Hunckler
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Seed funding isn’t easy to come by, especially when most founders handicap themselves from the get-go. Despite the wealth of knowledge online and platforms like Angel List and Gust, I hear that founders still make the same mistakes over and over. So, I asked several experienced investors from around the United States: What are the biggest mistakes founders make when pitching for seed funding? And here’s what I heard from these seed investors: most entrepreneurs make similar mistakes (and all can be avoided). Read the expert-investor responses below, and follow these 3…
  • When to Raise Seed Capital (and how to spend it)

    Matt Hunckler
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Angel has been a member of the Verge community since I can remember. When he first pitched at Verge back in 2010 with his original idea for Smarter Remarketer, he was ready to raise seed capital.  Since then, Angel Morales has grown Smarter Remarketer beyond  his original prototype and grand ambitions. They’ve grown a huge team of talented technologists, marketers, and operators. They’ve landed huge clients like SkyMall, Wet Seal, and Finish Line.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that they just closed a $7 million dollar investment round led by Battery Ventures. I recently…
  • Big News from Tesla and Amazon, and Other Stories in Verge’s Week-in-Review

    Kara Findley
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    The World Cup is in full swing, it’s almost officially summer, and the Innovation Showcase is just a few weeks away. Check out the best innovation and tech stories from this past week… Tesla Charges (and Recharges) Ahead Okay, this technically happened last week, but Tesla made headlines with CEO Elon Musk’s recent announcement that the company would open up access to its patents. Though a bold step, it echoes recent moves towards encouraging innovation from Twitter, Pixar, and other technology leaders. Bringing in more competitors will also help bolster the size of the electric car…
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    Planio Blog

  • Agile Project management with Planio

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

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

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

    janschulzhofen
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    It is 2014. We’ve all been using SSL for a long time now in order to access our favourite cloud services. Of course, Planio uses SSL by default and for everything. In fact, we also provide HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) for browsers that support it, so you cannot even attempt an unencrypted connection to your Planio account. However, there’s one giant loophole in most web services that we use everyday, and that is email. In fact, most cloud services will require SSL and ask you to create a secure password. But they will still send you updates including sensitive…
  • Learn Version Control with Git ( + Giveaway)

    janschulzhofen
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    Did you know that you can host unlimited private Git repositories on Planio? The hosting is included in all our plans, even the free-for-life Bronze plan! Now there is no more excuse to start learning Git! To make it even easier for you, our friends from Tower launched a new learning platform: Learning Version Control with Git. This beginner-friendly step-by-step course does not require a deep technical background. It aims at beginners of programming, web designers and project managers. Basic topics – from installing Git to a “Command Line 101″ – are covered, not expected. The…
 
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    Startup Champ

  • 4 Business Loan Alternatives for Your Company

    Artsyani
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Business loans are typical solutions to different problems. A business line of credit can be used to expand production, meet payroll or gain discounts for bulk purchases. Term loans allow you to buy equipment, company vehicles or refinance existing debt. However, many entrepreneurs do not qualify for financing. There are several reasons for this, which include: l  Industry (Bars, Restaurants, Contractors) l  Lack of  Income l  # of Years in Business l  Poor Credit l  Lack of Quality Collateral Have you been turned down for a business loan? It is important to understand why your…
  • Need Startup Capital? Try the Syndicate!

    Artsyani
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Capital is crucial to the success of any business. In many instances, capital is the first tangible roadblock the would-be entrepreneur must overcome. Some choose bootstrapping; others borrow on their credit cards, and an intrepid few seek out angel investors and vulture (I mean venture) capitalists. Fewer still, are sought out by VC’s and angel investors. Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to seek external funding because accepting outside money always means that something is surrendered. It may be a slice of ownership interest, an altered trajectory of one’s vision for the company or…
  • How to Stay Productive when Travelling for Business

    Artsyani
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you are in a job that requires a lot of travel then there’s often the temptation to treat that travel time as downtime. However, even when you’re away from the office or on some kind of transport, it’s possible to stay productive. The right tools If you arm yourself with the right tools then it’s going to be much easier to get on with work while you’re flying or travelling by train. A tablet or small laptop will enable you to complete reports, write articles and respond to emails. It’s also useful to have a smartphone that you can set up as a wireless…
  • Customer Service Tips for new Businesses

    Artsyani
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Starting a new business can be daunting enough without having to worry about whether or not your customer service is up to scratch. It’s important that you have a customer service plan in place before you customers even need your support. This means that when the first issue arises, you’re able to deal with it swiftly and efficiently. Schedule time for customer service duties It might seem like you’ve got 1001 things to do when you start a business but that doesn’t mean you should push customer services to the bottom of the to-do list. Schedule 10 minutes every…
  • Ideal Customer Profiling – Why It’s Essential to Small Business Success

    Artsyani
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Ask many small business owners who their target audience is and they will say ‘everyone’.What this often means is that they really don’t know. Defining your audience is an important thing to do in order to grow your business – and one of the most effective ways to do this is to create an Ideal Customer Profile. Creating Your Ideal Customer Profile An Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) is a description of the kind of customer who values your product or service, buys it because they value it and is most likely to continue buying from you in the future. In order to create your ICP, you…
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • 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…
  • Getting On The Right Line Of Thinking – Think Like an Entrepreneur

    Anna Vital
    1 May 2013 | 8:13 am
    How does one learn to think? If you get lost, here is a line of thinking map. “Forget everything you learned,” they told me on the first day of law school. Three years and $150,000 later they erased from my mind all the half-truths I learned from school and my family. They were not teaching law, they acknowledged, they were teaching thinking. As an entrepreneur, you, too, have to relearn everything from scratch. By yourself. As much as it seemed like a ripoff back in law school, I later realized knowing how to think is the most valuable thing. Period. You can do it yourself, for…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Behind The Scenes Of My First Tony Robbins Event, Unleash The Power Within – TCE 031

    Scott
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes I recently attended my first Tony Robbins event and wanted to share what it was actually like as well as the big takeaways for me. Tony has had a profound effect on the way I think about the world especially when it comes to self-development. This event was called Unleash The Power Within and was a 4-day seminar in San Jose. I went with 6 friends and had an absolute blast…if you couldn’t tell from the picture above of me about to throw a chair post incantation. I think there is some real gems in this episode like…
  • 8 Unique Marketing Strategies To Grow A Podcast To the Top of iTunes

    Scott
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Holy Snikey it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post. The primary reason for my hiatus is I’ve been focusing on creating content for my podcast The Competitive Edge as well as exploring new opportunities since moving back on American Soil a few weeks ago. I plan on writing a series of posts about some ideas and strategies for people who want to start and grow a podcast. This one is going to be about what seems to be the juiciest topic amongst current and future podcasters… How do I market and grow my podcast? I’ve tried a boatload of marketing tactics to grow my…
  • How to Attract World Class People and Mentors Into Your Life with Trevor Owens – TCE 030

    Scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes How does someone attract world class mentors, investors, and peers into his life without a ton of connections? Today’s guest Trevor Owens, CEO of Javelin.com, is going to teach us how he did it using cold emails. Trevor is a HUSTLER with a capital H and incredibly thoughtful when it comes to building relationships. In this conversation, you’ll get to go inside his head as we look at real example emails he sent to some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in the world that eventually catalyzed fruitful…
  • Upgrading Your Operating System with Sebastian Marshall – TCE 029

    Scott
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today you are in for an absolute treat… We’re incredibly fortunate to have Sebastian Marshall on the show from GiveGetWin and SebastianMarshall.com. You ever encounter someone on the internet and just wonder who the heck is this dude? Sebastian has been one of these intriguing characters for me. Mainly because he has a brilliant mind, is constantly creating cool things, and seems to always be in a different part of the world. In this conversation we get to spend some time in Sebastian’s mind and talk about a few…
  • Live Bootstrapping and Startup Mentorship: Spencer Fry and Biznobo – TCE 028

    Scott
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today’s episode is a little something something I’ve never seen done on a podcast before. In my experience one of the best ways I’ve found to learn new things and implement them is to get access to case studies of people who are trying to accomplish the same things I am. Today I wanted to experiment with a live case study on the podcast by inviting one of our listeners on the show to get real-time advice from a world class expert. Our first guest is Daniel Arzguara the founder of Biznobo, a social marketing platform that…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Sara Gulyas – Designer and Founder of Pikkpack

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Hard work will always pay off. You have to believe that if you put a great amount of time and effort in something, sooner or later you will see the results. Sara Gulyas is a Hungarian designer with a passion for shoes. She graduated as a leather-designer from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and studied also in Barcelona for six months during her postgraduate studies. She has been designing with leather for over 10 years and her work has been featured in galleries in Paris, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest. After experimenting with…
  • Zvi Band – Founder and CEO of Contactually

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Focus on revenue. This runs contrary to the traditional Silicon Valley mindset of “build something cool with a large audience, and the money will come later.” Zvi Band is the founder and CEO of Contactually, a relationship-marketing platform that maximizes value and drives greater ROI from personal and professional networks. A Washingtonian Tech Titan and Mindshare member, Zvi is a seasoned entrepreneur, developer, strategist, and startup advisor. He has unique expertise in both technical and non-technical operations and is an active public speaker.
  • Seibo Shen – Co-founder and CEO of VapeXhale

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Constantly do things that you aren’t good at. In doing this, you continue to develop your skill set, while keeping yourself humble. As you progress and refine different skills, you will discover that there are universal rules as to how one can become successful just by having the proper approach. Seibo Shen founded VapeXhale in 2009 with co-founder Chris Mucha and has served as CEO since the company’s inception. An active leader in the vaporizer community, Seibo works closely with VapeXhale’s product team to shape the technology behind the…
  • Naoki Yamada – Founder of Any Door

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Sleep well and wake up early. Naoki Yamada grew up in Japan and went to college in Los Angeles, California. After graduation, he started working for company in Japan as a system engineer. Naoki loves to watch and play sports and travels a lot to know the diversity of every culture. Where did the idea for Any Door come from? Many of my colleague need a translation for their jobs and I was sure that there is a big demand for affordable translation. What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive? I usually think a lot about the…
  • Peter Manning – Founder and CCO of Peter Manning NYC

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Keeping a written and running list of things to do. When I veer off keeping the list I am less productive. Period. Peter Manning is founder and chief creative officer of his eponymous company Peter Manning Five Eight/New York, a company founded in 2012 and dedicated to creating clothes for men 5’8” and under. Prior to creating his clothing company, he most recently completed 211 Elizabeth Street a 30,000 square foot, ground up, residential and commercial development in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. He oversaw the project through acquisition,…
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    jrodthoughts

  • Startup Lessons: Selecting the Right Tools and Processes

    jesusmrv
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Since the early days of KidoZen, I’ve been obsessing about using really different an innovative tools to improve the productivity of the team. With our rapid growth, we continuously revisit and sometime restructure some of the tools and processes we are using to improve the communication and efficiency of the different groups at KidoZen. Considering how difficult is to model the right productivity processes and selecting the right tools in fast growing startups, I’ve been surprised about how little has been written about the subject. In that sense, I’ve decided to write a series of blog…
  • Google Acquires Appurify: Our Perspective

    jesusmrv
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    Great post on the KidoZen website about yesterday’s Google acquisition of mobile testing vendor Appurify http://www.kidozen.com/google-acquires-appurify-perspective/
  • PR Lessons: The Difference Between Good and Great

    jesusmrv
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    These days our marketing team is going through the effort of selecting a new partner for our public relations(PR) and brand building efforts at KidoZen. This selection process comes after a failed attempt to work with a different PR agency which, despite their best efforts, turned out not to be the best fit for our current needs. After being incredibly frustrated with the experience with our former PR partner, I shared my thoughts with a few of my advisors and they almost laugh at me explaining that my frustration was just a symptom of not knowing how difficult is to find the right PR partner…
  • Miami Gets Hot with the eMerge Americas Conference

    jesusmrv
    8 May 2014 | 5:03 am
    This week I had the opportunity of delivering a session at the eMerge Americas Conference in Miami Beach. This time, my session wasn’t focused on technical or market analysis topic. Instead, I joined Michael McCord (CEO of Learner Nation) to speak to the audience about the experience of building companies in South Florida and other interesting topics related to the emergent tech startup scene in Miami. The session at the eMerge Americas Conference was a very important moment for myself and the KidoZen team. Two years ago, my good friend, the legendary founder to Terremark and now Medina…
  • Microsoft and Amazon Earning Reports: Two Perspectives of the Cloud

    jesusmrv
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Yesterday, both Amazon and Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations during their quarterly earnings reports. While reading many of the analysts’ reports during the evening, I couldn’t avoid noticing some key differences in the way their cloud services businesses is evolving. If is true that both companies reported very strong numbers in their cloud services business, it’s pretty clear that their current challenges and go to market strategies are quite different. AWS: It’s Growing but not as Fast as It Was As expected, Amazon’s AWS business continues to grow strong. For the fourth…
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    Platform Thinking

  • 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.
  • ANNOUNCING: THE PLATFORM THINKING WORKSHOP

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    25 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    I am pleased to announce that the first open Platform Thinking Workshop will be held in San Francisco on 12th June. The workshop is being held in partnership with 500Startups at their SF office. Tickets and Details available here. About the workshop How does one go about building the next Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber or Coursera? How do you design, grow and manage platforms, social networks and marketplaces? Successful platforms emerge as multi-billion dollar businesses but most efforts at building platforms either fail to get traction, fail to scale well or fail to monetize. Exploring repeated…
  • Piggybacking Mechanics: WhatsApp, Instagram and Network Effect Marketing

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Welcome to the age of the zero-dollar marketing startup. WhatsApp, and earlier Instagram, have officially become a permanent part of startup lore for having built multi-billion dollar businesses without (reportedly) spending a dime on marketing. Meanwhile, Airbnb has grown from a hipster community of mattress-renters to the world’s largest provider of accommodations without spending even a fraction of what traditional hotel chains spend in marketing. Marketing is dead! Or that’s what many would have you believe. A great product sells itself, of course! Fire the marketing team! Well… not…
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • 4 Metrics That You Need to Know That Will Make Your Startup Money

    Lili Balfour
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    The number one reason brilliant companies with stellar products and services fail is that they run out of money. They have rousing press. They have fervent customer acceptance. They revel in...
  • Wait Until You See Who the NYC Big Apps People’s Choices Were

    Bonnie Halper
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    NYC Big Apps is a competition that empowers the sharpest minds in tech, design and business to solve the city’s toughest challenges. And the competition in Brooklyn was pretty tough. Industry City...
  • 3 Deadly Traps That Wantrepreneurs Fall Into

    Under30CEO
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    In 2011, I went from working at a restaurant making $2.17/hour (plus tips…) to launching one…then two…then THREE successful, profitable businesses with literally no startup capital. How did I do it?...
  • This Bracelet Can Prevent Sunburn

    AlleyWatch
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    The $99 Netatmo June Bluetooth bracelet monitors UV rays and alerts you when you might be at risk of sunburn. Joanna Stern heads to the beach to see how much protection it really delivers.
  • The Round Is All Buttoned Up. Button Raises $2.25 Million

    AlleyWatch
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    With the growing popularity of on-demand services like Uber, Instacart and HandyBook, Button is launching the acquisition and retention platform built for the mobile economy. And the company is...
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    Startup Freak

  • Eltrivate

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Company Name : Eltrivate Description : Media Networks Company Overview : Eltrivate is a website which provides a platform for people to share their article by running their blog with us and also to promote their miscellaneous talents like Music, Dancing, Singing, Creativity, Shortfilms, Photography etc. Homepage URL: http://www.eltrivate.com Industry : Other Number of Employees : 10 Location : Hazratganj Lucknow-226001. Key People : Varul Mayank, Aparna Deb, Kartikey Misra, Mahima Khandelwal, Pulkit Bajpai & Anmol Verma Social Links Our vision and mission is clear by our name. Yes we have…
  • Resume Republic

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Company Name : Resume Republic Description : Resume Republic is online resume builder with awesome online resume templates. Company Overview : Resume Republic is online resume builder with awesome online resume templates. Resume Republic brings a whole new experience of creating, viewing and promoting online resumes. Our premium resume templates have everything that user needs to promote himself in the best possible way, whether he is a person who is actively looking for a job or he just wants to promote himself, his work and skills. Homepage URL: https://www.resumerepublic.com Industry :…
  • Quick Call

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Company Name : Quick Call Description : Assisted Browsing on Call, Astrology, News, Share Market, Location Help, Food & Restaurants, Personalised Alerts, Shopping, Bills and much more…. Company Overview : Quick Call has been created with a vision to rid every individual across the world of the hassles in accessing internet. Quick Call is a free assisted browsing service that opens the world of internet through a simple phone call. We connect to internet via phone call. So, to access internet it no longer matters if you don’t have a PC or a smart phone, you are stuck in a remote…
  • kslegal

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    Company Name : kslegal Description : Law Firm Company Overview : We are a full service law firm providing all kinds of Legal services . We are based in Mumbai/Pune/Nasik and expanding to other places very soon. We are team of professionals who are CAs, CS, Lawyers, Finance Experts, Advisory service experts etc. Homepage URL: http://kslegal.co.in Industry : Legal Number of Employees : 12 Location : Fort/Ulhasnagar/Lower Parel Key People : Adv Sonam Chandwani/Adv Komal Sugandh Contact Us: Adv Sonam Chandwani: 9096798916 Adv Komal Sugandh: 9967131009
  • Tyra Sarees

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Company Name : Tyra Sarees Description : The brand you are proud of. Company Overview : Tyra is a young and vibrant company that aims to provide superior quality and exclusively designed products. Tyra caters to the fashion demands of women clothing, getting them go gorgeous. Within a small span of time Tyra has become talk of the town and a brand every woman adores. Homepage URL: http://www.tyrasarees.co.in Industry : Retail Number of Employees : 50 to 100 Location : Dum Dum , Kolkata-700074 Key People : Social Links Tyra Sarees is on aggressive journey towards franchise expansion and plans…
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    Onboardly

  • The Ultimate Guide to Content Distribution

    Renee Warren
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When creating and promoting content, did you know that 80% of your time should be focused on content distribution? That means the 2 hours you spent writing and editing a piece, whether it be an infographic, video, guide or blog post, requires an additional 8 hours of work. Sounds absurd! Well, you can start cutting that time down by creating a detailed content promotion plan. When you are first starting out or looking to build a more robust and process oriented content marketing system, take the necessary time to research, organize, implement and execute a plan that includes everyone involved…
  • Know the Facts Before You Pitch the Journalist

    Crystal Richard
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You did it. You broke the cardinal rule of PR. I’m sure it wasn’t really your fault. Time wasn’t on your side. Your reliable contact was on vacation. Investors were on your back, pushing for you to take the plunge. And yet despite your better judgement, you hit send on that unresearched, Arctic chill pitch email to journalist XYZ with whom you’ve never spoken to in your life. And you’re likely never to again. So how do you avoid the PR world’s biggest faux pas? Start by knowing the facts. Research First, Pitch Second You need to practice what you preach. Whether you’re a PR pro…
  • Want More Conversions? Stop Giving It Away for Free

    Renee Warren
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s the sad tale of content marketing. You’re a content marketer who is running a high traffic blog, but no matter how much your traffic increases, you’re still not getting any conversions. The problem is that marketers create all of this great content and give it away for free. Yes, you should give content away to position yourself as a thought leader, but don’t give it away for free without optimizing for conversions. If you are a marketer and you’re still having trouble selling your CEO (or whoever) on content marketing, this is most likely the culprit. People normally…
  • Do What You Love: An Interview with Andrew Chen

    Renee Warren
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    This interview is part of our Entrepreneur Interview series. To think that some people get to do what they love as a job every single day doesn’t seem to happen very often, right? Well, not for Andrew Chen. He knew he loved writing about startups from a very young age which is why he chose to move to Silicon Valley. He began speaking with many different entrepreneurs to come up with great writing ideas, which is what triggered creativity in writing about startups and the entrepreneurial tech industry. Andrew shares with us his secrets and knowledge about entrepreneurship and how to grow in…
  • 7 Startups to Watch from #Startupfest 2014

    Heather Anne Carson
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    One of the highlights of my summer is always the International Startup Festival held in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Their world class event was designed to give up-and-coming startups the opportunity to hobnob with industry elite, fast-tracking the opportunity for feedback, serendipitous connections and – ultimately – awareness. For the second year in a row I had the privilege to be asked to MC the event, meaning I got a front row seat for the best the festival had to offer. While in the greenroom and during my downtime, I surveyed notable entrepreneurs, accelerator leads and…
 
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    Being Unordinary

  • TORONTO SERVICES – CARPET CLEANING

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
      It can be a hassle or not to clean your carpet depending on how you go about and clean it. You can always do it yourself if the damage isn’t that bad. Just do some basic carpet cleaning tips and you’ll be fine. There are also cases where you definitely need to avail of professional carpet cleaners. They can cost you some money but it’s always a good thing to do when the damage is too much or you’re unsure of what to do. Just avail them locally or search them up online. If you’re from Toronto then just look for “Toronto services – carpet…
  • Great Taste Coffee with Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      The best tasting coffee is not just produced by simple instantly packed coffee; rather it is a result of the manual grinding and brewing techniques done through centuries of times. Many believed the tales of producing great coffee through the process of grinding and brewing, that is why the grind and brew coffee makers are now in market to be sold and make the expected great taste coffee for the people who loves nothing more than a perfect hot cup of caffeine filled drink. Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Sold Online If you want to get a hold of this grind and brew coffee maker but…
  • P90X3 – Going for a Fit and Ripped body

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
      P90X is a workout routine that is developed by Tony Horton that provides comprehensive exercises that allows you to get a ripped and fit body within 90 days. The latest program that he has come up with is the P90X3 Review , which can provide you with better results within 90 days.   If you read through a P90X3 review, you can see the following benefits of the program: 1. Easy to follow exercise schedules – the whole program is good for 90 days and will take about thirty minutes each day to finish. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time going to the gym…
  • How Anti Snoring Devices Help You with Your Snoring

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
      This may not be your problem or something that you consider to be very uncomfortable but surely people close to you will definitely consider this their problem especially when it comes to sleeping at night. Yes, snoring has been that one disturbing sound in the middle of your deep sleep that has sent your relatives and loved ones to spend sleepless nights trying to find the quality sleep they deserve just simply because they couldn’t stand hearing the loudness of your snore.   It would definitely be your problem if you consider it alarming that those people whom you sleep…
  • Set up and Gameplay of Minecraft

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      Minecraft is a game without specific goals to accomplish by the players. It allows players freedom to select how they like to play the game.Therefore, there is also a system to achieve.      The set up of the Minecraft game:   ·         Players will be positioned floating up in a systematically generated game world. ·         Players able to walk around the terrain that comprise of plains, caves, mountains, forests, and a variety of water bodies.
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Increase Your Business Success By Copycatting from Big Brands

    Rohan Ayyar
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even as children in kindergarten, we are taught to be original, creative, and never, ever copy somebody else’s work. This is a great policy to have when you are 3 years old and every doodle you scrawl is considered a work of art by your adoring parents and teachers. Once you add a few decades to your life, originality becomes tougher. At a fundamental level, we all have pretty similar needs, problems, and aspirations. There’s a good chance that the brilliant idea that you woke up with yesterday was already thought up by someone else last year. Or five years ago. So if you can’t…
  • Finding The Perfect Mentor: Stories from 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

    Danielle Renton
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Figuring out how to grow a business from the birth of an idea to success is a challenge, regardless of how much funding or education you have. There is a lot to learn in the startup world, and one of the best ways to learn is from experience. But if this is your first rodeo, you might not yet have experience to learn from. That’s when you turn to a mentor. A mentor might be someone who pledges to coach you through a specific journey in life. They might be someone who you only met once or twice, but whose advice left a lasting impression. They might even be a close friend or family member.
  • Feeling Overwhelmed? How to Delegate Your Work to Get The Help You Need

    Mary Mallard
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you’re used to wearing a lot of hats. After all, you built your business from the ground up – no one knows it better than you do. But what happens when your business starts to grow? You can’t handle every single task forever. You’d get burnt out and overwhelmed, which isn’t good for your professional or personal life. Both of my parents have owned their own businesses, so I’ve seen this kind of thing first hand. It can be scary and nerve-wracking to hand over some of the day-to-day operations of your business, but it can be done. And once you have…
  • One Person Business Ideas For Aspiring Founders

    Emma Siemasko
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Looking to get your feet wet with your own business? There are tons of things you can do all by yourself– without the help of a college professor, coach, or business partner. These tried-and-true one person business ideas are perfect for aspiring founders looking to drop the 9-5 and try something new. There’s hope for the world’s want-rapreneurs. Here are some time-tested one person business ideas: Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Pet sitting is a great business model for those that already have a love for animals. While people are away on vacation or at work, you can take care…
  • Creative Marketing Ideas for a Tiny Budget (With Real Life Examples)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    When you’re just starting out, money’s tight. It’s easy for marketing to seem like a rich man’s problem. But not paying attention to marketing your business is what you really can’t afford. Marketing doesn’t have to blow the bank— you just have to put your creativity cap on. There are tons of neat tricks to help you keep costs down while getting the word out. Keep reading to hear all about our favorite awesome and creative ways to market on a (tiny) budget. Comment on Blogs and Answer Questions on Blogs and Forums Mashable hasn’t always been an authority on all things social…
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    Being Unordinary

  • TORONTO SERVICES – CARPET CLEANING

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
      It can be a hassle or not to clean your carpet depending on how you go about and clean it. You can always do it yourself if the damage isn’t that bad. Just do some basic carpet cleaning tips and you’ll be fine. There are also cases where you definitely need to avail of professional carpet cleaners. They can cost you some money but it’s always a good thing to do when the damage is too much or you’re unsure of what to do. Just avail them locally or search them up online. If you’re from Toronto then just look for “Toronto services – carpet…
  • Great Taste Coffee with Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      The best tasting coffee is not just produced by simple instantly packed coffee; rather it is a result of the manual grinding and brewing techniques done through centuries of times. Many believed the tales of producing great coffee through the process of grinding and brewing, that is why the grind and brew coffee makers are now in market to be sold and make the expected great taste coffee for the people who loves nothing more than a perfect hot cup of caffeine filled drink. Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Sold Online If you want to get a hold of this grind and brew coffee maker but…
  • P90X3 – Going for a Fit and Ripped body

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
      P90X is a workout routine that is developed by Tony Horton that provides comprehensive exercises that allows you to get a ripped and fit body within 90 days. The latest program that he has come up with is the P90X3 Review , which can provide you with better results within 90 days.   If you read through a P90X3 review, you can see the following benefits of the program: 1. Easy to follow exercise schedules – the whole program is good for 90 days and will take about thirty minutes each day to finish. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time going to the gym…
  • How Anti Snoring Devices Help You with Your Snoring

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
      This may not be your problem or something that you consider to be very uncomfortable but surely people close to you will definitely consider this their problem especially when it comes to sleeping at night. Yes, snoring has been that one disturbing sound in the middle of your deep sleep that has sent your relatives and loved ones to spend sleepless nights trying to find the quality sleep they deserve just simply because they couldn’t stand hearing the loudness of your snore.   It would definitely be your problem if you consider it alarming that those people whom you sleep…
  • Set up and Gameplay of Minecraft

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      Minecraft is a game without specific goals to accomplish by the players. It allows players freedom to select how they like to play the game.Therefore, there is also a system to achieve.      The set up of the Minecraft game:   ·         Players will be positioned floating up in a systematically generated game world. ·         Players able to walk around the terrain that comprise of plains, caves, mountains, forests, and a variety of water bodies.
 
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    Tech Tidbits

  • Expand Your Brand Globally with Fliplingo

    Eleanor Wall
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you want to grow your business online by targeting international markets, one tool you might want to integrate into your growth strategy is Fliplingo. Recently launched out of beta, Fliplingo offers both machine and human translation services for Twitter. You can tweet in over 30 languages with Fliplingo and can even schedule your translated tweets for the appropriate time zone for your target audience.Founded by Matt Aussaguel, Fliplingo lets you compose your tweet in your own language and then tweets your message in the foreign language of your choosing. Simply choose whether you prefer…
  • Bitcoin for Business - Discovering Your Options

    Eleanor Wall
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you considering integrating bitcoin into your business practices but don't quite know where to start? Intrigued by the potential of crypto-currencies and wondering whether there is a marketing opportunity waiting to be seized? Thanks to the growing number of bitcoin startups, there are now more tools than ever for business owners contemplating a crypto-currency integration. Check out the following selection of bitcoin startups to see which ones would be applicable for your business.eCash.ioeCash.io lets businesses accept bitcoin payments for products and services. Sell goods in your…
  • In the Spotlight - Social Recruiting

    Eleanor Wall
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Code CombatCode Combat is part social gaming platform and part social recruiting platform. Skilled developers can pit their coding skills against other teams on the Code Combat platform, creating algorithms to beat their worthy opponents. Top competitors can connect with prospective employers who are looking to hire talented developers.JobylonJobylon helps businesses create beautiful socially sharable job ads to target high caliber applicants. Features include applicant tracking, passive candidate outreach, embeddable ad placements, and mobile-optimized design.EmpaticoEmpatico provides…
  • Can These Video Marketing Resources Boost the Eyeballs on Your Brand?

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a growing number of marketers realizing the importance of video marketing as part of their overall content creation strategy, it is crucial that brands and content creators maintain an awareness of the video tools at their disposal. Entrepreneurs within the video space are creating an enticing array of tools that marketers can consider incorporating into their video production calender. The following list is just a small sampling of the resources available to marketers who are utilizing video in their branding efforts.Channel MeterCurrently accepting beta signup requests, Channel Meter…
  • Chui - Smart Technology Doorbell - In the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    27 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever contemplated living in the future where your face was your security password? Or thought about futuristic technology that enabled the following scenarios:-Opening your front door to an invited visitor, even if you were halfway around the world-Having your home's entry system turn on romantic music and turn the lights down low as you entered your home-Having your doorbell turn on your fireplace and turn up the thermostat on a cold autumn evening-Remotely informing a soon-to-be ex that their belongings were in a cardboard box and that they're no longer welcome in your home Now stop…
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    e27

  • StarHub’s crowdfunding site Crowdtivate launches 12 projects

    Terence Ng
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    The 12 projects are chosen from a total of 400 applicants, and are sorted in a variety of categories ranging from mobile apps and tech hardware to social enterprises and books/music Singapore-based telco StarHub’s rewards-based crowdfunding site Crowdtivate has been curating and evaluating applications since it was first announced in April this year, officially opening projects for public backing yesterday. Crowdtivate’s first batch of 12 projects have been chosen from a total of 400 applicants. To aid in the evaluation of projects, it has partnered with different…
  • [Singapore] JFDI Open House with Defining Creativity by Wouter Boon

    e27 Editorial Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFDI Open House hosts Wouter Boon, author of Defining Creativity, as he shares his theory on creativity   Synopsis: In conjunction with our open house, JFDI will be having Wouter Boon with his new book, Defining Creativity as he travels around Asia to give lectures on creativity. Wouter Boon will cover his personal process of writing the book combined with how this process links to the theory in the book. So, all in all, it will be a masterclass about creativity, told in a very personal way. The author Wouter Boon (1975) obtained his law degree at the University of Amsterdam. After a…
  • [Singapore] ITSM CoP: A journey of introducing ITIL – practical considerations

    e27 Editorial Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hear an IT Manager’s journey of introducing ITIL in the Singapore office of a Japanese MNC   Synopsis: ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)  is an attractive concept. Its best practice heritage promises much but implementing it is often not a straightforward affair. In the case of a smaller IT environment, implementing ITIL can be quite a challenge. This case study presents the experience of an IT Manager implementing ITIL in a SME-sized subsidiary of a Japanese MNC. He will share how he adapted ITIL into his greenfield environment with limited resources, and…
  • SeekSherpa raises seed fund through VentureNursery

    Twishy
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    The angel investors include Patni scions Amit and Arihant; Everest Flavours Founder Anand Ladsariya, Fame Cinemas Founder Shravan Shroff, among others SeekSherpa, a Delhi-based mobile marketplace connecting travellers with local people, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed investment from a group of angel investors. The company will use the monies to scale up its operations and grow the team size. The funds have been raised from VentureNursery‘s angels Patni scions Amit and Arihant; Everest Flavours Founder Anand Ladsariya; Fame Cinemas Founder Shravan Shroff; MAIA…
  • [Singapore] Singapore Online Marketing Launch Event

    e27 Editorial Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Singapore Online Marketing Launch Event Invitation – Innovation and Marketing Today and Tomorrow Synopsis: We are delighted to announce the launch of Singapore Online Marketing 101 community and we are celebrating the formulation of this community by welcoming you to our professional seminar and networking event #1 in 2014. The 21st of August is the day we gather together with some of our brilliant industry experts who will share their insights and knowledge on Online Marketing and related business strategies and trendy technologies. The ultimate initiative of this community and events…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Hands-on with the new Xiaomi Mi 4 (VIDEO)

    Paul Bischoff
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Xiaomi’s new flagship phone, the Mi 4, was revealed in Beijing yesterday, and Tech in Asia was on site to get a hands-on demo. On paper, the phone is pretty much what most expected: high end stats for a great value at just RMB 1,999 (US$322). You can compare the specs with Xiaomi’s previous flagship, the Mi 3, at the bottom of this article. This latest incarnation bears a stronger resemblance to the iPhone than its predecessors, thanks in large part to the rounded corners and the metal band made of a single piece of galvanized metal that borders the entire edge of the phone. But…
  • India has the world’s most upbeat consumers, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines

    Malavika Velayanikal
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The consumer confidence level in India currently is the highest in the world, according to a survey conducted by research firm Nielsen in 60 countries. The survey measures sentiment on parameters such as job prospects, personal finances and spending intentions. Any score above the base of 100 is considered a positive, and India recorded 128. A couple of Southeast Asian nations also have buoyant consumers – Indonesia (123) and the Philippines (120). China (111), Hong Kong (103) and Thailand (105) too were positive, but consumers in Singapore (98), Vietnam (98), and Malaysia (93) were not…
  • Nabilah Alsagoff and the story behind Doku, Indonesia’s epayments pioneer

    Leighton Cosseboom
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Nabilah Alsagoff, founder and COO of Doku After a battle with Jakarta’s evening traffic, Doku founder and COO Nabilah Alsagoff steps into the city’s upscale Luna Negra restaurant. All the guests momentarily pause their conversations. Heads turn, cameras flash and click, and each guest takes a moment to politely greet her. The mild-mannered but quick-witted Singaporean exudes a cheerful demeanour and offers some smiles and handshakes before settling at a corner table. “We got the idea and started the company right after the first first bomb went off in Bali,” says Alsagoff,…
  • MSeed is Thailand’s first game startup accelerator

    Terence Lee
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    MSeed, Thailand’s first startup accelerator for game developers, has chosen 10 teams to join its inaugural three-month bootcamp that started last week. The groups each received THB100,000 (US$3,145) in exchange for a small amount of equity, and they will get coaching from game industry veterans during the Bangkok-held bootcamp. The accelerator has already hosted workshops for bootcamp participants, run by Adrian Crook, a former producer at Electronic Arts, and Jordan Blackman, former lead designer at Zynga and a senior producer at Ubisoft. Participants can expect more mentors from game…
  • New Xiaomi Mi 4 unveiled: here’s everything you need to know

    Steven Millward
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    Upstart phone-maker Xiaomi revealed its newest flagship phone this afternoon at an event in Beijing. It’s the company’s fourth such annual event so it was only fitting that it served to launch the new Xiaomi Mi4. (There was also a fitness tracker called the MiBand). The Mi4 is an important phone as it will help propel Xiaomi to its target of 60 million phone sales in 2014 – and a whopping 100 million in 2015. For new markets like India (where Xiaomi launches this month), and Indonesia and Brazil (later this year), it acts as a halo device for increasing Xiaomi’s brand…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • In this digital age, can your customers even find you in person? PinMeTo is here to help you.

    James Pember
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    PinMeTo is a Swedish startup that helps companies find various locations generated by users on Social Media channels, and consolidate those into correct location tags. The company has developed a tool that collects location data and information about companies based on API’s from Facebook, Google, Foursquare and Instagram. Companies can correct any inaccuracies themselves using PinMeTo’s tools. A common problem nowadays for global companies is with the wrong information about their location and information on web search and other social media platforms. Many companies rely on in-person…
  • Singster, not to be mistaken with Sing Star, allows you to sing anywhere, anytime with mobile karaoke

    James Pember
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Singster, a Swedish/Finnish startup frees singing from its bounds of “time and place” with a Spotify-like interface to mobile karaoke. Mobile karaoke, now there’s an idea I like. Singster takes it’s cues from services like Netflix and Spotify to enable karaoke tracks to be streamed to mobile devices without any additional accessories (i.e microphones or speakers) or limitations that usually come with, for example, console-based concepts. The app is currently available for iOS. Interested users can subscribe for a monthly fee of 4,99€. “Everyone in the team have…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 19 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    18 Jul 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 Watch out Instabridge, there’s a new wifi player in town Oden offers a way for businesses (cafes, stores, bars) to offer “easy-to-access” wifi to it’s customers. The catch? As you probably guessed, you’re now open to receive “targeted” advertising and marketing content from those businesses. The idea is to also offer an “Analytics solution” which measures…
  • Rêve launches app for Android

    Einar Persson
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Stockholm shopping startup Rêve, which we wrote about earlier this year, has now taken another important step forward. A few weeks after releasing the app for iOS, Rêve has now made the leap to the Android platform. Rêve enables shoppers to scan barcodes in stores and find the products online. Why would anyone want to do that? Well, imagine if you would have all at hand when we shop – colors, availability, sizes, discounts, etc. – pretty neat. Rêve wants to hook up every item to the web and give the consumer a broader context, bridging the gap between physical and online shopping…
  • Cisco Completes Acquisition of Swedish Tail-f Systems

    Anders Hassis
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last week, Cisco announced it has completed the acquisition of  Tail-f Systems, one of the major players in multi-vendor network service orchestration solutions for networks. The last time Cisco was shopping in Sweden, was 2000 when they bought the optic company Qeytone (that later was taken off the market). Tail-f’s products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Tail-f’s technology also helps reduce the time-to-market…
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    Barcinno

  • Meet the 5 Winners of LinktoStart 2014

    Amy Derene
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Yesterday, the Inlea Foundation, following a jury-based elimination evaluation, saw 5 of its remaining startups crowned winners of its 6th annual linktoStart program. The program began on January with 29 technology-based business ideas from all around Spain. Only 8 reached July to present in front of the final jury. Those received online and in person […] The post Meet the 5 Winners of LinktoStart 2014 appeared first on Barcinno.
  • The potential of 3D printing

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Last week we talked about the emerging technology of Augmented Reality; the technology of this week is 3D printing.  Looking at potential, 3D printing is expected to be much more promising with a market up to $550M – $650M per year in ten years time (McKinsey / Gartner). The fields of application are enormous: fashion, manufacturing, […] The post The potential of 3D printing appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Quipu (@getquipu)

    Stewart Masters
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    I don’t know about you but I’d rather be tied in chains and roaming the lands of Hades than taking care of our accounting. I tried, I failed and I don’t want to do it again. Hearing the words “IVA”, “Social Security” or “IRPF” is enough to set me off. It’s pure evil I tell […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Quipu (@getquipu) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: MyTwinPlace (@MyTwinPlace) Ruby on Rails Developer

    Amy Derene
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Company: MyTwinPlace Area: Travel and Accommodation Place: Barcelona Job type: Developer Ruby on Rails Backend DeveloperMain responsibilities: As a Software Engineer you will own your projects and drive them from creation to deployment. You will play a key role working closely with MyTwinPlace Product Team to define and implement new set of features through short iterations. Build and ensure scalable and […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: MyTwinPlace (@MyTwinPlace) Ruby on Rails Developer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Yieldr (@yieldr) Publisher Business Development Manager

    Stewart Masters
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Yieldr Barcelona is looking for an ambitious Publisher Business Development Manager, who will be developing and maintaining relationships with key suppliers in our central sales countries; United Kingdom, Nordics, Poland and Turkey. About Yieldr  Yieldr thrives on creating and capturing demand for its advertisers by activating data into efficient programmatic marketing solutions. Whether it’s filling […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Yieldr (@yieldr) Publisher Business Development Manager appeared first on Barcinno.
 
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    BangkokStartup

  • LightRocket – A New Photography Platform for Enthusiasts

    Christian Walter
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Europeans like to make jokes about Asians and their cameras. When tourist groups from China, Japan, or Korea flood European cities, locals can identify the country of origin by the camera clicks per second. It’s true though, pictures and Asia go well together. Thailand is an Instagram hub, Filipinos are obsessed with selfies, and Japan is host to the top 3 camera manufacturers in the world, Sony, Nikon, and Canon – not to mention Pentax, Panasonic, Fujifilm…guess what, Japan too. So why is it, there is no major photography platform with an Asian origin – stock photography aside? Well…
  • HotelQuickly raises USD 4.5m from GREE and William E. Heinecke

    Christian Walter
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    HotelQuickly, a leader in last-minute hotel bookings in the Asia-Pacific region, today announced that it has raised US$4.5 million (THB 145m) in a Series A-1 financing led by GREE. William E. Heinecke, CEO and Chairman of Thai-based Minor International, participated in the round through his family office. The investment follows a US$1.15 million Series A round in August 2013, bringing HotelQuickly’s total funds raised to date to more than US$5.5 million (THB 180m). With the additional capital, HotelQuickly aims to accelerate its product development, marketing, and hiring to drive sales…
  • AngelHack Bangkok Spring 2014

    Christian Walter
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Pocketplaylab is hosting the 2014 AngelHack Bangkok. I’m not sure if it is still Spring but everything before midsummer night goes, so get your RedBull and join the largest Hackathon series, ever. AngelHack happens in 30 cities around the world and about 6,000 developers will join in to build a stronger developer ecosystem. If you attend Hackathons for the price then AngelHack is definitely for you. The winning team gets to participate in HACKcelerator, a global pre-accelerator program designed to help top hackathon teams turn their hacks into market ready products. The program…
  • The Hive – 24/7 work and play

    Christian Walter
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:14 am
    Slowly but steady Bangkok is becoming a co-working heaven. Every month new spaces pop up. In total there are now at least 10 places spread across the city, most of them around HUBBA at Ekkamai Soi 4, which is slowly becoming a startup village, and around Thong Lor. The latest addition to Bangkok’s buzzing co-working scene is The Hive, a co-working space with roots in Hong Kong. In the middle of the hip residential area of Sukhumvit 49 the Hive, located next to Grease, boasts Bangkok’s (probably) largest co-working space. The space has everything you can ask for, from private telephone…
  • Bookup.asia – Beauty, Education, Health and Sport

    Christian Walter
    14 May 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Thailand, or SEA for that matter, is slowly catching up with online services common in the western world. One thing that has been largely missing is booking things from the convenience of home without having to call. That time is finally over, at least for wellness and education. The startup Bookup.asia has developed a CRM and booking solution for beauty, health, sport, and education. Thai economy enjoyed an estimated earning of USD 997 million from medical tourism alone. Medical and wellness in Thailand is a huge market and so is private education. Tourists come to Thailand not only for the…
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    Uncanny Owl

  • Slashing LearnDash Consulting Costs

    Ryan Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    LearnDash is a great low-budget LMS, but getting it (and WordPress) set up just the right way can be surprisingly time-consuming and complex. More often than not, customizations and complementary tools are needed to deliver the right user experience. For someone jumping into WordPress, an LMS and PHP for the first time, it can all be a bit overwhelming. That’s why so many companies turn to Uncanny Owl, and it’s why LearnDash now represents about 40% of our work. Many people choose LearnDash because of the low price and simplicity compared to other Learning Management Systems. Going from…
  • Styling LearnDash Courses and Lessons

    Ryan Moore
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    As many of our LearnDash readers  will know, the popular LMS plugin for WordPress uses custom post types for course and lesson content. That’s great for people familiar with WordPress, since it makes adding and managing content easy, but many page layout tools for WordPress don’t recognize LearnDash objects out of the box. As a result, many users assume they’re relegated to the default WordPress editor. They’re not, and in the post we’ll explore how to use Visual Composer to improve the look and feel of your LearnDash materials. At Uncanny Owl we typically use…
  • Top Study Skills Program Goes Free

    Ryan Moore
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    We recently made the decision to adopt an open education model for Grade Hacks, our study skills platform. The program combines elearning courses, videos, downloadable resources, calculators and more to help high school, college and university students improve academic performance. The 30-day program has already helped hundreds of students achieve better grades in school. The shift to a free model was made for 2 reasons. First, we want it to help as many students as possible. Making it a paid program proved a significant barrier for many students (more so than expected) and we didn’t want…
  • Uncanny Owl Turns One

    Ryan Moore
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last June, Ryan and Ken founded Uncanny Owl to help companies improve training using technology—and we’re still doing it. Better yet, we’re still enjoying it! Over the last year we’ve had a chance to support some great local and international businesses. The Brick, the TSSA, the OCSTA, Transcription Express, ManchesterCF, Luminance, DisclosureNet, Envirogate and many more companies all use solutions developed by Uncanny Owl. From courseware to learning platforms to websites and everything in between, we’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of interesting…
  • A Better eLearning Voice Over Workflow

    Ryan Moore
    16 May 2014 | 7:04 am
    Editing voice over work can be tedious and painful. For one recent course, we received a single 1 hour audio file from our voice talent that had to be chopped up and incorporated into almost 100 slides in Articulate Storyline. Listening to a 1 hour file, cutting it up and saving it manually to individual files for each slide is far too time-consuming, so I wanted to share our approach in case it can help other people save time editing. For audio editing we use Audicity. It’s free and works well. After loading the source file up in Audacity, the first thing I do is double the playback…
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    NextShark

  • One of the Richest Men in the World is Promoting a Work Week You Are Going to Love

    Editorial Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is proposing a “radical overhaul” to the typical work week that might have you hoping your boss does the same. The 74-year old Telmex CEO is calling for a 3-day work week, where around 11 hours of work each day balanced by four days off would result in a better quality life for the employee and higher productivity for the company. “With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life… Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.” His…
  • 10 Things You Should NEVER Forget When You Become Rich & Successful

    Sebastian Dillon
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    The climb to the top of the success mountain is unequivocally a tough one. You put in sacrifice and long hours hoping that you can be better than average- or the best. However, once you finally reach your goals, there are certain things that you should never forget if you don’t want to potentially lose your mind and everything else you’ve worked for. Here are ten things you should never forget once you reach the high points in your life. Gambling is a game of luck, and the odds are always against you. It’s no secret that casino games are structured to where the house always has the…
  • Reddit Has Spoken! This Is The Best TED Talk Especially If You Love Music (Video)

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Yesterday, Reddit user sochalienForEver posted this question on AskReddit: “What is the most jaw-dropping TED Talk?” The overwhelmingly popular answer was musical artist Bobby McFerrin’s demonstration of how music is ingrained in our brains by “playing the crowd” at the World Science Festival in 2009. This 3 minute video is sure to brighten your Monday. Source: Reddit
  • Banana Republic is Teaching Geeks How to Dress with “The Startup Guy” Line

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    It’s a pretty well known fact that most guys in the startup scene can’t dress to save their own lives. Mark Zuckerberg set the dress code with hoodies, jeans, and sneakers/sandals. Now a team of San Francisco designers for Banana Republic are adding some much needed style to the industry with their new line appropriately titled “The Startup Guy.” San Francisco, the startup capital of the U.S., is known for its notorious rebellion from anything resembling high fashion with techies and geeks alike refusing to change the clothes they wore back in high school.  Even for…
  • How This 50 Year Old Book Taught Bill Gates and Warren Buffett an Unforgettable Business Lesson

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    We frequently forget that great works of literature can still teach us a lot about ourselves decades or even centuries after they’ve been written. That is just one of the points Bill Gates recently made in his blog titled “The Best Business Book I’ve Ever Read,” where he shares why an old collection of business stories from the 1960s he received from a friend still remains the best business book he’s ever read. It starts in 1991, shortly after Gates first met Warren Buffett. “I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: “It’s Business…
 
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  • Dealflicks raises $1.7M to help movie theaters fill empty seats

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Movie theater deals app Dealflicks has raised $1.7 million in new Seed funding from a group that includes Sierra Maya Ventures, Mogility Capital, Be Great Partners, Wefunder and Rubicon Venture Capital. The San Francisco-based startup describes its service as the “Priceline for movie tickets,” giving movie goers discounts on tickets and concessions by partnering with movie theaters to help them fill more empty seats during slow periods—adding extra revenue that the theaters otherwise would not have earned. It was founded in 2011 by Kevin Hong, Sean Wycliffe and Zachary Cancio. The team…
  • Peerlyst gets $3M for its social network for IT pros

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    San Francisco-based Peerlyst, a peer network for IT professionals, has completed a $3 million Seed funding raise. The round was led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners with participation from Illuminate Ventures. The company’s social network is designed specifically for IT and security experts to help address day-to-day issues at a more specialized level than other professional networks. It offers users an updates feed that includes verified product reviews, discussions, news, vendor announcements and user posts. Members can contribute their experience and knowledge to the community by…
  • Investors deliver $200K for Jinn’s local on-demand delivery service

    Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    London-based local delivery startup Jinn has raised $200,000 in Seed funding from individual Angel investors, according to reports. The company’s on-demand service is based around a mobile app that allows users to specify what they purchased and where from, and then a professional courier picks up the item and delivers it. The service is currently live in parts of London and the app is available for iOS and Android. It was founded by Leon Herrera, Joseba Mendivil, and Mario Navarro, and participated in the Ignite100 accelerator last year. The post Investors deliver $200K for Jinn’s local…
  • Succeeding as a startup in enterprise SaaS

    Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    By Eric M. Jackson, CapLinked co-founder and CEO Building an enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business bears little resemblance to launching a consumer web application. The product needs, economics, and distribution channels are unique, and can require a lot of trial-and-error to figure out. I’ve seen this firsthand. As the CEO of CapLinked, a secure collaboration and workflow solution for complex business deals, I’ve had to work closely with my co-founder to grow our SaaS company to the point where we’re closing six-figure contracts with large enterprise clients. Here are eight…
  • Unbabel lands $1.5M for artificial intelligence-based language translation with a touch of human

    Editor
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Unbabel, a startup that offers a translation app that combines artificial intelligence and crowdsourced reviewers, has announced the raising of $1.5 million in Seed funding. Investors include Jared Fliesler of Matrix Partners, Kevin Rose of Google Ventures, Elad Gil, Raymond Tonsing of Caffeinated Capital, Roger Dickey, Young Guo of IDG Partners, zPark Ventures, Stephan Morais of Caixa Capital, Shilling Capital Partners, Digital Garage, FundersClub and WeFunder. The Y Combinator-backed company offers its service via API, email, or online form, and runs text through machine translation,…
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  • Finally, A Decent, Shareable Todo App

    Chris Kalaboukis
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I guess I’m going to have to give up my kingdom since I think I may have said “My kingdom for a decent, share-able, to-do list app” since I think I may have finally found one…. A while back, one of my colleagues commented how his smartphone was his backup brain – that if he didn’t have that to throw things into, then we would forget most everything. I pretty much do the same thing, of course, as I get older I tend to put more and more into it – my current app for saving things like that is Evernote (which wasn’t my first choice – I loved…
  • Don’t Go To College

    Chris Kalaboukis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the very first episode of Silicon Valley on HBO, eccentric billionaire Peter Gregory is doing a TED Talk (of course, what else do eccentric billionaires do?) completely dissing the whole concept of going to college. He is heckled by someone in the audience, an older, white haired bearded gentleman who shouts that he’s a “dangerous man” and after a short exchange, storms out of the hall, calling him a “fascist”. Even though I’m sure that the producers were doing this satirically – as in – who in their right mind SHOULDN’T go to college…
  • These Wearables Are Shocking

    Chris Kalaboukis
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    At the Glazed conference a few months ago, we were all told that the lifespan of the use of wearable devices was much, much shorter than say the lifespan of use of our smartphones. I think speaker after speaker mentioned something like 90 days to 9 months, then our wearables sit in a box, unused. (Personally, I’ve worn my Fitbit Flex everyday since I bought it, gave and take a few days for charging, swimming etc). Of course, I think they were talking more fitness wearables, I think maybe the sex wearables might have more staying power. What is the issue here? Simple, if you ask me.
  • 3 Ways To Kill Innovation

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    KILL MONDAY / BERNAT CASERO In order for a culture of innovation to thrive at your company, you need to do much than simply say that you are innovative or that you support innovation. Innovation can be in all of your talk, but it needs to be in your walk otherwise it will walk out of that door. Here are three ways to ensure that innovation will never flourish at your company: Talk about it incessantly, but do nothing about it: There are many, many companies in this space – they talk the talk but when it comes to walking the walk, there is no way for employees to innovate. The most…
  • 5 Ways To Have Sex With Your Apple iPhone

    Chris Kalaboukis
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Yes, in this article, we will reveal 5 ways in which to have sex with your iPhone. Don’t worry, none of them require any special positions, unless of course you happen to be into any of those positions, that is. But before I do that, I’m curious, did you read this article BEFORE you forwarded it on? Pretty interesting. Who was it, NPR that wrote a fake headline about Americans reading less than ever before was virally forwarded without most people reading it. Maybe the same will happen with this article. Just to make it even more viral, let me add a photo: There you go. This…
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Top 10 startup career advice posts from the past year

    John Gannon
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    We’ve been live for about a year so I thought it was high time to share the most popular content on StartupCareerAdvice.com. When I looked at the list I wasn’t surprised to see that advice on negotiating startup job offers was at the top of the list – and made up 3 of the top 10! On the other hand, I was a little surprised to see this networking tip from Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha in the Top 5. OK, enough from me. Here’s the most popular content from the last year. Enjoy (and more importantly, use!) it. Negotiating Startup Job Offers - Learn how to get a…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/21/14

    John Gannon
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Kiip, a mobile advertising platform, is hiring a Sales Growth Associate. Buzzfeed, the social news and entertainment website, is hiring a Production Accountant. 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 7/21/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/16/14

    John Gannon
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Expa, a startup studio, is hiring an operations manager. Kiip, a mobile advertising platform, interviews Anand Iyer, CPO of Threadflip, about product management. 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 7/16/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/14/14

    John Gannon
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Fog Creek Software is hiring a Product Marketing Manager to propel the growth of their developer tools division. Steve Blank, a technology startup entrepreneur, writes on his blog about how to perceive the paths our lives take, and how our attitude about whether or not we can change things can affect our lives. 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 7/14/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/2/14

    John Gannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    First Round Review interviews Heidi Rozen, an investor with DFJ Venture, about her life and career. Baydin, the developers of Boomerang for Gmail, are looking for a Marketing Mad Scientist. 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 7/2/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
 
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    Accredible

  • Around the World in 62 Days: Day 22-28

    Elizabeth Randell
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Welcome back!  This week we visit Africa, the Caribbean and South America as we celebrate Independence and National Days around the world.  How many countries have we visited thus far that were (or are now!) on your Bucket List?  Have you kept up with where we’ve been in the past 3 weeks?  If not check out Days 1-5, Days 6-14, and Days 15-21!   The Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the north-east corner of Africa and south-west corner of Asia. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern state, tracing its heritage back to the 10th…
  • There’s More to Sports Than Meets The Eye

    Catherine Stevens
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The World Cup has just ended (congrats Germany!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue riding the sports wave by learning about them! Here are some MOOCs to check out to learn more about the sporting world and how big events like the World Cup are put on. Sports and Society examines all facets of how sports affect society. Drawing upon many social sciences, including anthropology, history and sociology, this class also includes guest speakers and live Google Hangouts so students can interact with the professor and notable sports people. The Coursera class starts September 1.
  • Adventures in Gamification: Wrapping it up!

    Elizabeth Randell
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Welcome back!! Well, we’ve worked through the six modules that make up Gamification in Education.  We’ve learned a lot and had fun – but now comes the big question…how do we SHOW and TELL anyone what we’ve learned? By creating an e-portfolio to display your incredible learning!  During a previous course, I learned and blogged about e-portfolios as I searched to find one that best fit me – which is how I found Accredible…learn more about that here! Gathering Your Game Pieces (This is Always the Trickiest Part)… Using your Accredible Learning…
  • How to Get Your Dream Job Without the Required Experience

    Swati Kumar
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Right major?  Check.  Enough software knowledge?  Check.  Cultural Fit?  Check.  Sufficient years of experience?  Uh-oh. You’re looking at the job listing for your ideal gig just a little while after graduation and feel the excitement mounting inside of you with every requirement you know you can fulfill.  Then you see that you need 2 years of work experience – which you don’t have as a new grad.  Ugh.  Do you pull back and look for a position that you don’t want as much?  Do you resign yourself to a job you know will bore you for the next couple of years? No.  Stop…
  • Buzzwords Decoded: Dynamic

    Swati Kumar
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Welcome to another week of Buzzwords Decoded with Accredible!  Last week we cleared up the ruckus around ‘motivation’ and are back again with ‘dynamic’ to take your resume up another notch.   Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary : always active or changing : having or showing a lot of energy : of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force   How to Use it Incorrectly Saying that you are a dynamic person can mean a lot of different things in a lot of different contexts.  Usually, ‘dynamic’ refers to something that changes.  In the workplace, that may not…
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • Microgrid Testing Has Reached A Height of Simplicity.

    Kevin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Microgrid Testing Has Reached A Height of Simplicity. Typhoon HIL Inc., the leader in ultra-high fidelity Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing and real-time simulation for power electronics and microgrids, just released the Typhoon HIL Control Center 2014.2, the latest version of the software suite for its Hardware-in-the-Loop test and real-time simulation that makes microgrid and power electronics converter testing even easier and more streamlined. With the HIL Control Center 2014.2 software release, Typhoon HIL continues to integrate latest technologies into software and firmware to help the…
  • Kimbia’s New Online Fundraising eBook Helps Nonprofits Go Beyond the 10%.

    Kevin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Kimbia’s New Online Fundraising eBook Helps Nonprofits Go Beyond the 10%. If a nonprofit organization is raising 10% of their total revenue online they are doing well, right? Not. Although “10% is good” is a commonly held industry belief, organizations without a higher goal and better results are losing more than just revenue. They are missing out on acquiring and retaining the highest value donors – those who are acquired online and then give to and share the nonprofit’s mission across many channels. To help nonprofits go beyond 10%, today Kimbia announces their free eBook: 10% is…
  • AppAudience Mobile Targeting Data Layer Announces Strategic Alliances.

    Kevin
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    AppAudience Mobile Targeting Data Layer Announces Strategic Alliances. AppAudience, the leading mobile audience data layer leveraged by advertisers to increase addressable inventory, improve efficiency, generate significant performance lift in a privacy friendly manner, today announced its initial partners – Nexage Connect, Inneractive, AerServ, Motrixi Media Group, and Matomy and its technology provider AppNexus. AppAudience. AppAudience’s proprietary data layer enriches mobile bid requests and ad requests in real-time, providing marketers the ability to have audience insights on…
  • New ZIPmagic 12 Doubles Storage Space for Tablets, SSDs, and Servers.

    Kevin
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    New ZIPmagic 12 Doubles Storage Space for Tablets, SSDs, and Servers. ZIPmagic 12 is the the first and only data compression product for Microsoft Windows with transparent disk compression. ZIPmagic 12 includes not one, not two, but three full disk compression solutions. All together, these solutions cover an entire gamut of applications – from virtual or private servers on the cloud, to consumer applications in the form of fixed storage tablets or small SSDs. ZIPmagic 12 effectively doubles all storage space, in all scenarios, and in a single click. “Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • MailPix.com Launches Their New Crowdsourced Logo.

    Kevin
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    MailPix.com Launches Their New Crowdsourced Logo. MailPix.com, the photo-printing and gifting site, announced a new logo, which was designed and selected by users and fans. The new logo was designed by a CrowdSpring.com user and chosen by the company’s Facebook fans. “This experience was really about listening to customers and gathering feedback,” says Fred H. Lerner, founder and CEO, MailPix. “The fascinating take-away is the fact our customers understand our brand so well. They know MailPix provides prints from mobile phones, instantly.” Portfolio. The CrowdSpring listing…
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    SharesIf 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
    SharesLets 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
    SharesOpen 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
    SharesApple 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.
  • Former Alibaba VP Porter Erisman talks entrepreneurship and e-commerce

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    22 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    SharesOn May 6th, Alibaba one of China’s first internet businesses filed papers to go public in the United States, in what may become one of the largest IPO’s in American history – with analyst estimating … Read more The post Former Alibaba VP Porter Erisman talks entrepreneurship and e-commerce appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • Housing.com – Revolutionary Map Based Real Estate Portal

    Suumit
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    There was a time when ‘Brokers’ were considered to be the backbone of the real estate industry. With the growth of real estate industry past a few decades made several Internet entrepreneurs to come up[...]
  • Top Office Software for Productivity and Efficiency

    Team TechPanda
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Alongside the shortage of disposable money, a lack of time is a challenge common to all startups in the early months. Between setting up and running an online presence and contacting investors; creating a business[...]
  • 5 Inspiring Indians at TEDx Talks

    Harshal Gupta
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Technology, Entertainment, Design i.e. TED, a non-profit organisation focused and devoted to organizing conferences across the world. The TED conferences are known for their varied topics and well known speakers quite remarkable in their respective[...]
  • How SaaS platform MyParichay tapped the market of Social Media Recruitment

    Anmol Sabherwal
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In search of quality hires, companies mostly opt for traditional recruitment platforms such as job boards, sites, and consultants. However, most job aspirants are not active on job sites but are assuredly active on social[...]
  • ProfitBooks: Accounting in the Simplest Way Possible

    Aparna Deb
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:23 am
    The company started as a software development company in year 2010 and used to develop customized ERP solutions for medium sized companies. One of their clients had offices in 3 different cities in India and[...]
 
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • delivery.com Connects Merchants with Customers Through A HK Delivery Network.

    Kevin C
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    delivery.com Connects Merchants with Customers Through A HK Delivery Network. One of the U.S.’s leading online ordering platforms, delivery.com has expanded internationally for the first time with a Hong Kong debut. Soft launched this past spring, delivery.com Hong Kong (hk.delivery.com) is now publicly available to corporate customers to satisfy a hungry demand amongst corporate employees who wish to order meals from their favorite restaurants to their offices. The platform offers a user-friendly, online ordering experience that aggregates a curated selection of high-quality…
  • South Korea Plans to Ban Car Booking Service Uber Due to Safety Concerns.

    Kevin C
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    South Korea Plans to Ban Car Booking Service Uber Due to Safety Concerns. The Seoul Metropolitan government has gone under consideration of banning the smartphone application-based car booking service Uber in fear of passenger safety and leakage of financial information of the users of said application. Illegal. During July 21st, the city government responded sternly against the illegal call taxi operating application Uber and urged its citizens to utilize the service as it’s difficult to receive compensation when any sort of accident occurs and the maintenance of the vehicles in the…
  • Xiaomi Announces Its First Wearable Device.

    Kevin C
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Xiaomi Announces Its First Wearable Device. Famously known Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has teamed up with the wearables fray as its revealed recently its very first wearable device, as fitness band for a total of CNY79 ($13). The Mi band comes along with a sensor for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock. Fitness Band. CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, recently went up the stage to show off the company’s latest fitness band, explaining that the had tried all sorts of competing device in the past but none of them ever appealed to him. To spurn its…
  • Xiaomi Reveals Its New Flagship Smartphone, The Mi 4.

    Kevin C
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Xiaomi Reveals Its New Flagship Smartphone, The Mi 4. After a long campaign of leaks and teasers, popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has finally unleashed its new flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, recently. CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has taken the stage among the euphoric applause from its fans to announce the new Android device, which takes a large step up from its predecessor by finally utilizing metal, though for its frame only. It’s still quite the step up from its android competitor Samsung, who only manufacture plastci device.Although, The Mi 4 looks somewhat similar to the…
  • Internet’s Newest and Most Cutest Extension, “.moe” Is Now Available.

    Kevin C
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Internet’s Newest and Most Cutest Extension, “.moe” Is Now Available. Interlink Co., Ltd., a new Domain Registry Operator, announced on July 22 that it has opened the Internet’s most unique Top Level Domain (TLD), “.moe”, to the public for live registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. For the first time ever, users will finally have an online platform worthy to express their MOE (passion) with! Moe. The word “moe” (pronounced as “moh-ay”) comes from the Japanese Otaku (geek) culture and is used to deeply express…
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    Technora

  • NowFloats- Creates a Website just in 13 minutes

    Susmitha Kasaram
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
      How do you highlight your business? On the other hand, what do you do to get others know about your business?? The answer is we simply advertise it. However, in today’s internet world, everything is donning through the internet. Even a grocery shop has a website in these days. Every business either small scale […]
  • Hirerabbit

    Susmitha Kasaram
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Being hired by a company is a long process. First, you have to search for the company and has to upload your resume, wait for the interview and then selection process. In some of the web sites, you will not get complete information about the company and about the job description. It is better if […]
  • Nirvana Information Inc- Innovation made in china

    Navya S
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Nirvana Information Inc-It works in direct marketing and financial service industries, NI is to give the creative large scale web solutions to the customers. Its main motto is “innovation made in china”. Nirvana Information Inc. was founded in March 2007 by executives from the Silicon Valley start-ups and leading Chinese enterprise software companies.It has breath […]
  • HealthifyMe

    Susmitha Kasaram
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Health plays a vital role in our life. It is a dynamic process and goes on changing day by day. As our lifestyle changes, health condition also changes. If our life style improves to a better level, our health also improves and we experience less diseases and sickness. Physical health is the only one thing […]
  • Deck-One touch presentations

    Susmitha Kasaram
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Presentation plays a principal role to convey our views to others. It is the mode of exhibition to our ideas, views, messages etc. In order to attract the audience attention, your presentation should be distinct from others. In addition, it needs your time. Therefore, for busy scheduled people this process may be little strenuous.   […]
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  • Cashflow, the biggest challenge for any startup

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    One of the most important aspects of your startup is the cash flow. Cashflow is one of the ultimate deciders of business success. As a business grows, borrows and makes profit, it will begin to accumulate costs and income streams. All of these combine together to form cashflow. If you’re not in control of cashflow, however, you will soon find your startup falling down.
  • Making a Business Plan for a Small Business (Part Two)

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    In the first part of this article we looked at a couple of aspects around creating a business plan. We also talked about how creating your business plan for your small business is not necessarily a difficult matter. It’s more about knowing what could possibly stand in the way and knowing the costs for the basic operations of your business. We made it clear that unless you know the costs for your business it will prove very difficult to receive any kind of investment. We also explained how knowing your market is vital to understanding whether or not you’ll have a business that will make a…
  • Making a business plan for a small business

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you start out to create a business as an entrepreneur, there are a ton of problems and challenges that you have to address. These become more pronounced as your business grows and begins to make profit.
  • 3 questions to ask yourself before you become an entrepreneur

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    So you would have thought long and hard about it and you are pretty certain you want to be an entrepreneur. Well done, not many people come to the stage where they feel so certain about this particular change of lifestyle.
  • What Kind Of A Risk Taker Am I?

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    If you have always dreamt about becoming an entrepreneur, it comes without saying; you would have to start taking calculated, positive risks. Bringing business is all about taking chances to achieve new heights in life. However, many are scared to take their first step.
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Infographic: Creating an Effective Landing Page for Your Small Business

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    When you're developing content to fill your online presence, there are many different formats, programs, sites and tactics to undertake during the creation process. Aside from social media marketing campaigns and proper forms to include on your website, small business owners should be sure to study up on their landing pages - or the pages consumers land on after clicking on a link. Depending on the landing page's purpose, this website form may be integral for collecting leads and connecting consumers to relevant information. Landing pages are frequently the first form of contact your small…
  • Going Green: Switching To Paperless

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Many small businesses have searched for ways to adopt greener practices in their operations. There are several alterations that can be made to the outside of the building - such as installing solar panels or painting the roof white - but there are a variety of ways small business owners can make their offices more environmentally friendly. Telecommuting, sourcing from local vendors and adopting paperless practices may significantly help your business transition to more eco-friendly operations. Reducing the amount of paper waste your business creates each year is essential for saving the…
  • 3 Content Marketing Lessons From Comic-Con

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Each year, the world's largest fandoms meet under one roof, discussing their shared love for a particular comic, TV, movie or book series. Comic-Con International takes place just once per year, but it draws thousands of celebrities, writers, journalists and consumers, many of which display their fandom fervor through their fashions. The event is typically sponsored by some of the world's largest and most important media influencers, including Marvel, DC Entertainment, Nintendo, AMC, Ubisoft and Xbox. Over the course of the extended weekend, visitors have the chance to participate in a…
  • 2 Ways Google Can Help Workers Telecommute

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Telecommuting is one of the biggest buzzwords of 2014, as more millennials entering the workplace request and expect access to this type of virtual working environment. While some business owners already employ some form of telework, many have just begun to examine this option.   Staples recently conducted a survey among nearly 300 employees and executives across the U.S. and Canada, examining how people viewed telecommuting in the workplace. The organization found that a rising number of people were in favor of this practice, as it provides a great deal of physical, emotional…
  • Infographic: Sizing Up Your Options For Small Business Loans

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    When you’re running a small business, there is a multitude of events that could spur the need for extra funds. If your business has the cash flow, it’s often more affordable and beneficial to choose a short-term loan over alternatives. Deciding between loan options can be tricky, especially if you don't have an extensive knowledge of APRs, interest or payment plans. While some companies push options that seem appealing, there are many pitfalls and hidden fees that may lead to constant headaches for small business owners. A longer loan may appear to be the most appealing option,…
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    TechJuice

  • Facebook and Twitter Get Banned in an Agriculture University

    Fariha Muazzam
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Social media plays an important role in every walk of our life, but it does have a negative side to it. In the past few years, since the launch of Facebook and Twitter, use of social media has been on the rise; however, the misuse of it such as cyber bullying has been rapidly increasing too. Pakistan like any other country does not fail to fall victim to such darker face of social media.We see Indian and Pakistanis fighting on Facebook pages, Lahoris and Karachites fighting on Twitter and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banning YouTube in the wake of anti-Islamic video. Also, who can…
  • 10 unconventional applications that made it big

    Zain Peracha
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    In today’s cat-eat-dog world, making a successful mobile apps is a process full to the brim with countless ingredients, carefully crafted procedures, complex calculations, state-of-the-art graphics and a clear well-defined purpose. Right? Wrong. There are guides all over the internet populating even the remotest of crevices and dictating exactly what you need to do if you want your apps to go viral, there are interviews and testimonies of developers who have made it big and there are entire sections devoted to the art on the biggest tech websites out there. The reality, however, is that…
  • Punjab Government’s Mobile Reforms Receive Praise

    Fariha Muazzam
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Pakistan has been stormed by corruption in every sector, and being a developing country it has been affected by it adversely. With our national dilemma of being unable to eradicate polio virus, or widespread of dengue virus in 2011, it has been necessary for government to ensure sustainable plans to tackle with such problems successfully. The inefficiency cannot be solely blamed on Government’s neglect or lack of resources but also on workers’ neglect towards their work that we have become drenched in such crisis in the first place.So in the aftermath of chronic absenteeism that has…
  • PITB Introduces the Hajj Monitoring System

    Fariha Muazzam
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    Haj being one of the pillars of Islam, motivates many Muslims around the globe to fly to Saudi Arabia in the month of Zil-Hajj to perform the religious pilgrimage. Pakistan being a Muslim-majority country encounters huge outgoing airline traffic during that period, and that calls for an efficient system to help people in the application process to a comfortable stay in the foreign country.Where Pakistan Information Technology Board has undertaken various civil service projects, it has now introduced the Hajj Monitoring System; the android apps that aim to facilitate Hajjaj in every way…
  • How to Register a Trademark in Pakistan

    Uzair Ahmed
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As a part of our effort to make the common public more familiar with a local perspective of general business terms and procedures, we have covered registration procedures of companies, partnership firms and patents in the recent past. Moving in the same direction, we’d like to introduce another unit of Intellectual Property (IP) to our readers with this post, viz. Trademarks. (For an understanding of Intellectual Property, you may visit our previous post on Patents or Pakistan’s IP Organization’s official website).TrademarksA trademark, as defined by Wikipedia, is a…
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  • Volunteering Solutions – Connecting Students With International Organizations

    Siddhartha Sarma
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    With a thriving economy and the desire to do something big, Saurabh Sabharwal started Volunteering Solutions to give the students an opportunity to do volunteering and internships abroad in various fields. The startup was launched in 2007 in India and now spanning across 21 destinations in the world. The founder always wanted to do something challenging, to setup a company and provide employment to people for his own satisfaction. VolSol comprises a team of 32 associates off-shore and onsite. Saurabh completed his higher studies in Australia and with an experience of working with Hilton in…
  • SayOut.in – Makes Your Promotional Campaigns Go Viral

    Siddhartha Sarma
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    SayOut is a platform to target the wide Indian audience for advertising and promotion campaigns. This Mumbai based startup was founded by Raushan Jha, a Bachelor of Management studies on 11th June, 2014. Within one month of its launch, SayOut has employed over 25 young dynamic talents from various urban centers with varied educational backgrounds and diverse expertise. Nobody counts the number of advertisement campaign you run. They just remember the impression you make and the SayOut team – a pack of quirky characters with a representative tactic helps you in making the campaigns go viral.
  • Rs. 10,000 Crore For Startup And Entrepreneurship Development; Union Budget 2014

    Asish Das
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    This year the Indian Government is paying high attention towards entrepreneurship. While a month ago Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi announced to form a separate department for Entrepreneurship lead by Mr.Sarbananda Sonowal , today the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his debut finance speech announced Rs. 10,000 crore to boost entrepreneurship in India. Mostly small enterprises and startups are self funded or bootsrapped. Acceptiing that promoting entreprenurship still remains a challenge, Mr. Jaitley said one of the biggest hurdles has been the availability of capital by way…
  • Pennyful.in – Gifting you, your money!

    Siddhartha Sarma
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Today in India, two terms are widely used in online shopping, discount coupons and cash back. While there are many such websites offering this, Pennyful is one of the first websites to offer cash back to the online shoppers in India. Funded by family and friends, Ravitej Yadalam founded Pennyful in May, 2010. Yadalam, an Electronics and Communication engineer from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore believes that the entrepreneurial spirit was always in him. Always wanting to become an entrepreneur, and during his college days the idea – Pennyful, stuck his mind. Ravitej Yadalam, CEO and…
  • Finding The Perfect Co-Founder For Your Startup; How And Where?

    Siddhartha Sarma
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    At times, a startup entrepreneur has a great venture idea, but doesn’t know how to go about it. Or that, the entrepreneur has in-depth knowledge as well as skills in on segment of the idea, but is lacking heavily in the other. This is mostly the situation with many startup ventures in technology – the founder is often skilled to build the product but lacks the skills to get it in the market. He fails to compete and hence loses even before he started. In cases, these entrepreneurs are on the pursuit for co-founders to help them shape their idea into a business. The problem is, many…
 
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  • [Infographic] 5 Most Inspirational Growth Hacks of All Times

    Florin Muresan
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Growth hacking is great when you have a startup and you want to make it big in a short amount of time. To do that, you need a brilliant idea, of course. Today, I will tell you a little bit about 5 growth hacks that have been used by the biggest…
  • The secret behind Mint success story

    Florin Muresan
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Mint is one of those startups that falls into the category of successful stories. It is a free software available in Canada and USA, which deals with your personal finance. How many of you are currently having trouble saving money? I am positive that you’ve been postponing that trip to Paris…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] How to maximize your networking skills at a startup event

    Florin Muresan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Who doesn’t like to go to events? I personally love to go out and meet new and interesting people. A startup event is definitely something you don’t want to miss, if you’re an entrepreneur or you already have your own start up. I am sure that you’ve already went to…
  • Top 5 VCs that invest through content marketing [Infographic]

    Florin Muresan
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Content marketing isn’t just for an entrepreneurial business, it also gives a helping hand to Venture Capitals, in order to share the business concepts they would like to find in their future investments. A great list of VCs is presented on the Business Insider in order to guide entrepreneurs towards…
  • Installing Squirrly SEO Plugin on a new site – Video and All

    Florin Muresan
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hey, What’s up everybody? I’ve decided to write a post that will help you see how to fix this issue you may be encountering: “I have a Squirrly SEO Plugin PRO version, but it isn’t letting me use it on a second blog on wordpress.  Please help.  Thanks,  [customer-name]. ”…
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  • iPhone Android Texting Without Wifi, Cell, Satellite

    Startup Tip
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Startuptip news Lost in a place without cell phone towers, routers or satellite connection but still want to communicate well goTenna is what you need. goTenna pairs wirelessly with iPhone or Android smart phones enabling users to text and also share location with anyone who has the device even if there is no cell phone service. No towers, routers or satellites required! The iPhone or Android smartphone send messages to goTenna, which will then send it out, via long-range radio waves (151-154 MHz), to the  intended goTenna(s) and than the recipient’s goTenna sends message over BTLE…
  • Circuit Board Printer – Squink

    Startup Tip
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Startuptip news Circuit board printer squink Print circuit boards in minutes, from home, at the cost of a cup of coffee and that is the pitch with which Squink from BotFactory has launched its Kickstarter project. Squink circuit board printers print and assemble electronic circuit boards, from your desktop by printing conductive ink and assembling circuit within minutes. The circuit board printer cuts down the time required to build circuit boards and will help to create electronic devices quicker at lower cost. This can revolutionize electronic industry and make it more productive and…
  • Transfer photos with a swipe

    Startup Tip
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Startuptip news FotoSwipe Android Photo Sharing Raleigh based technology startup FotoSwipe launched its photo transfer app that allows users to share photos by simply swiping them from one screen to another. The app works both on iPhone and Android devices and also has cross compatibility, meaning you can even swipe photos from an iPhone to an Android and vice-versa. To share photos users will have to place phones next to each other and launch FotoSwipe on both phones. After choosing the photos to be transferred users will have to tap and hold the photo to be shared and drag it from…
  • wheripark an Airbnb for renting parking space

    Startup Tip
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    Startuptip news Find parking Space Toronto based startup WhereiPark launched its services connecting parking lots, having spots to spare, with those looking for monthly parking. This helps vehicle owners to find monthly parking, compare rates, and reserves a spot near their area. People who have extra spots parking owners/operators can list their spots and showcase it to an audience searching for a place to park. The users just needs to enter the location where they are looking for a parking space and the site will list spots available nearby for parking. With the launch of its service…
  • Car That Hates Vanilla Ice Cream And Lesson For Startups

    Startup Tip
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Startuptip news GM pontiac car that hates ice cream Every startup working out there needs to take the lesson home. A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors (GM): “This is the second time I have written you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I kind of sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of ice cream for dessert after dinner each night. But the kind of ice cream varies so, every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have and I drive down to the store…
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  • 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…
  • Mobile Tech News Served Up Hot

    Melinda Yeaman
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “I never really though of mobile devices being controlled by IT, but that’s the exact route that Google is using.” Are you walking around with a shattered iPhone screen because you would rather wait for the new one rather than repair it? This podcast is serving up piping hot updates on the new iPhone screen and much more. Highlights: Sapphire Corning Google Iphone 6 updates More from Jason: http://www.idoidevices.com/ http://www.imthemobile.guru/ If you enjoy Outlier On Air, please Subscribe &…
  • David Waring – Helping Brick and Mortar Businesses Thrive Online

    Melinda Yeaman
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “About 90% of businesses are still dealing with people in person in brick and mortar type businesses. This is really, in our opinion, a lacking of information around that.” How can it be that 50% of businesses don’t have a website!? In today’s market, brick and mortar businesses need to understand the basics of what it takes to manage their online presence. This is easier said than done, I would venture to say that most businesses know they need to have a website, but they think it’s…
  • Jill Hunt – Escaping Toxic Environments

    Melinda Yeaman
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “If I loved myself more, I would have left a long time ago.” Jill Hunt is a genuine, altruistic, hardworking person that learned a hard lesson. She tells us about her unexpected leap into entrepreneurship and what she has learned along the way. Highlights: Direct Mail Marketing Print Advertising Sales Bullying Conflict in the workplace Facing Challenges Target Goals Take Away “I marked my “bully boss” with and “X” on the day that I quit. I don’t wish him any ill-will. I…
  • All Sapphire iPhone 6?

    Jason Yeaman
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    In May, we talked about Apple investing over a half billion dollars in a different material to protect the displays and other components on iPhones. I use the term “different” because sapphire lens covers are not a new technology. They have been around for decades in defense systems like drones and satellites, and are used at the grocery store self checkout. But the requirements for application on devices in a market where the reduction of the physical dimensions of depth and weight are so competitive, 2.5 millimeters and 30 grams can separate 3 generations of devices.  Also, the…
 
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