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  • 4 is Greater Than 13

    Inc.com
    Christopher Cabrera
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Corporate Values Only Matter When Your Employees Live Them
  • 3 Things Your Startup Should Do ASAP For Success

    Verge
    Tim Hickle
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    This month, we’re extremely excited to have the One Click Ventures team launch their newest E-Commerce brand from the Verge stage. This is the third brand launch we’ve done in the past year and we love seeing the incredible entrepreneurs in the Verge community reach a point where they can do a large brand launch, but most of the entrepreneurs in our community don’t fit that bill yet. As a matter of fact, about half of the attendees at any given Verge event are just getting started on the journey of entrepreneurship. Many of them dream of someday launching a large tech brand…
  • Wage Versus Education Gap

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S.  The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at all levels of education, gets less attention. Also getting little attention is the fact that these two gaps are linked. Over time those that are better educated will be paid better. And as we've written about before, women currently comprise about 57% of all college students and it is expected this will grow to about 60% by 2019. Women also out number men in most…
  • Five Shopping Cart Mistakes That Will Drown Your Sales

    Tech Cocktail
    George Mathew
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What’s the goal of every online business? Make huge sales. You must pay attention to some essentials in order to accomplish that task. Have a persuasive landing page. Write a compelling sales copy. Organize a smooth checkout process. This last one is especially important — carrying your customers from first to the last step without them clicking away is no easy task. However, many business owners tend to overlook checkout process, deciding to pay more attention to the first two marketing pillars. Their choice. Shouldn’t be yours. However, if you want to be truly successful, you…
  • Networking lessons for introverts

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Rebekah Campbell, the CEO of Posse.com, writes that she's become a successful networker despite being an introvert.  -More- 
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    Fast Company

  • Quote Of The Week: Start By Getting Something Down On Paper

    Samantha Cole
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Feeling stuck, or scared to start? Here's a little push.Your blank page might be a stalled passion project, a heavily procrastinated expense report, a long delayed life change, or an actual page that needs to be filled with creativity and wit.Read Full Story
  • The Fascinating Evolution of Brogramming And The Fight To Get Women Back

    Jane Porter
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    In the 1960s women made up about 50% of all computer programmers, so what happened?Since her 20-year-old daughter told her she was dropping her computer science major in college, Robin Hauser Reynolds has made it her mission to understand why the coding industry can be so unwelcoming to women.Read Full Story
  • Grover And Kid President Campaign To Warm Up The Lives Of Homeless People

    KC Ifeanyi
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    ...Starting with this warm & fuzzy video.An estimated 600,000 people live on the streets every night in the U.S. It's a dismal statistic that 10-year-old YouTuber Kid President and lovable Sesame Street monster Grover simply won't stand for.Read Full Story
  • William Ronan, Who Masterminded NYC's Transportation Network, Dies

    Shaunacy Ferro
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Ronan, who passed away on Wednesday at 101 years old, was one of the most powerful officials in New York history.William J. Ronan, one of greatest power brokers in the history of New York City transportation, died this week.Read Full Story
  • Google Improves Search Engine To Battle Copyright Piracy

    Peter Wade
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Avast ye matey! Finding pirated content on Google is about to get more difficult.Google is rolling out an update to its search engine next week that will downrank websites containing pirated content.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Recurly takes $12M to end your software subscription headaches

    Jordan Novet
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Above: The Recurly team.Image Credit: RecurlyRecurly, a startup that does the hard work of managing customers’ subscriptions to online services, said today that it’s landed $12 million in new funding. As more and more software transitions into subscription-based software as a service, companies can call on tools from outfits like Recurly to manage specific accounts. Small wonder Recurly is getting new investment. Recurly will be using some of the funding to integrate with existing third-party tools and foster an ecosystem of partners, a spokesperson told VentureBeat. San…
  • “Spotify Family” lets family members share one Spotify account — for a price

    Chris O'Brien
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Image Credit: Photo illustration by Eric Blattberg / VentureBeatFinally, adults around the world no longer need to worry about their kids’ love for Taylor Swift or VeggieTales ruining their Spotify recommendations and playlists. But such peace of mind will cost you. Today, the company announced “Spotify Family” which will let up to four additional members of a family share one billing account. A user can add up to four extra family accounts to their billing account, and each additional user gets a 50% discount. So, according to Spotify, a family of five would pay $29.99. In…
  • Goldman Sachs Recognizes Eagle Eye Networks Founder & CEO Dean Drako as One of the ‘100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014′

    Business Wire
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Check 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.AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 20, 2014– Eagle Eye Networks today announced that Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) recognized Eagle Eye Networks founder and CEO Dean Drako as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Dean Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks in 2012, leading it to be the first cloud-based…
  • With earnings, Apple Pay, China iPhone sales, Apple faces many questions today

    Chris O'Brien
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    Image Credit: Yanki01/FlickrToday will be an unusually busy and complicated day for Apple fans and newshounds. The company is just coming off its latest event marking the launch of new iPads and Macs, plus the release of the new Mac OS Yosemite. On Friday, the company started selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus in China. Today, Apple Pay goes live. And after the market closes, Apple reports fourth quarter and annual earnings. Phew. We’ll stop there to let you catch your breath. Okay, let’s start with Apple earnings. Analyst consensus is that Apple will report $39.85 billion…
  • Transition to cloud forces SAP to slash earnings projections

    Chris O'Brien
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    Image Credit: Shutterstock/PavelkGerman software-maker SAP cut its earnings outlook today in a press release that will give fodder to both its fans and critics. The company reduced its outlook for its annual operating profit. Not happy news for investors, right? But it was cutting the forecast because more customers are switching to its cloud services. That’s good, right? Taken together, the latest update highlights the tricky balancing act that legacy companies like SAP face as big customers move away from their traditional packaged software business toward cloud-based services.
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Ingrid Lunden
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
     Jason Goldberg, the co-founder of Fab.com, says that the design marketplace was burning through $14 million per month at its peak before it went through a drastic round of layoffs and decision to pivot the business. Speaking at our Disrupt London conference, he said that the startup’s decision to pivot was inevitable after the company didn’t raise as much money as they had… Read More
  • Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Services

    Jon Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
     Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news coming your way. Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch]. That’s according to the sleuths at… Read More
  • Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Darrell Etherington
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
     Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More
  • Pitching A Means To Automate Data Processing, Xplenty Raises $3 Million

    Jonathan Shieber
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
     Selling itself as “Big data processing. Simplified.” the Tel Aviv-based Xplenty, which has developed technology to make data processing possible for professionals who aren’t versed in the arcane arts of Hadoop programming, has raised $3 million in a Series A round of financing. Hadoop, the open-source software project that’s used to process large data sets in… Read More
  • European Entrepreneurs Must Screw Their Courage To The Sticking Place, Says Neelie Kroes

    Natasha Lomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
     The European Commission’s Neelie Kroes has urged those with “interesting business ideas” burning a hole in their brain to “apply, apply, apply” for research funding from the EC — despite conceding that the application process can be a “jungle” to fight through. Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • I don't know

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Mark Suster: She reminded us that in the world we live in we are often expected to be experts. We are expected to know everything and many people rush to conclusions given a limited set of information. Learning comes from starting with a point-of-view that says, “I don’t know.” I said I learned this 15 years ago because that is when I stopped being a consultant. Mark explains how the "here's an answer/solution" posture can hurt your business and your investments. This is an essential lesson for all founders, particularly since we are frequently thrown into situations where posturing…
  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
  • The idea funnel

    Daniel Tenner
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Great, solid post by Stef Lewandowski explaining in some details how he goes about how to create lots of projects and then filter them down to a few working projects (an idea which I explored in this post, but which he seems to have taken to the next level!): This last eighteen months, I’ve deliberately tried to go for a strong idea, loosely held approach — to allow myself to be open to lots of things, and to not be too convinced that they will definitely be right. The strategy was to try out many tiny ideas at an early stage, do a series of quick prototypes, play with them, often in…
  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

    Salim Virani
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bill Barnett at Stanford comments how so many startup pundits fail to learn when observing failures. Indeed, not only are the lessons learned often lost, but also the opportunity to use others' failures as one of the fastest sources of actionable information. Unfortunately, most observers skip the logic part. It is mentally easier to jump to the “obvious” conclusion: If the business failed, the business model must be wrong. Full stop. You can easily tell when this skip happens. The person will name an example as if it were a reason. Is online grocery delivery a viable model? No: Webvan.
  • Non-violent communication

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    First Round Capital's written a thought-provoking guide to internal startup communication: When startups experience conflict — particularly between leaders — efforts quickly become uncoordinated, motivations get misunderstood, and results fall short of expectations. You simply can’t produce an incredible product if the team building it won’t agree on fundamentals. Avoiding problems only allows them to fester and impact more people, while hasty, non-strategic communication can turn a small fire into a blaze. It centralises around a commmon mistake: Watch out, because the jump from…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Snapchat ads have officially arrived

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    The ads will appear in Recent Updates and will disappear after 24 hoursFor a long time it seemed like Snapchat might be an outlier in the social media world, as in being the only one without advertising. Partially that was because it seemed like it would be difficult to incorporate them, given the nature of the app, and also because Snapchat seemed to value its position as being a new kind of social media company. Recent reports and statements from the company made it clear that they were coming in some capacity, though. And now, quicker than many likely assumed, they are  already here.
  • Facebook, Yelp, recent Internet IPOs buck downturn

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Despite market turmoil, recent IPO'd Internet stocks are showing positive returns, so far in 20142014 has seen a slew of high profile companies going public, or at least filing to. IPOs have included Candy Crush maker King, food delivery service GrubHub, video ad platform TubeMogul, online caregiver platform Care.com, cloud-based customer service software provider Zendesk, high-definition personal camera manufactuerer GoPro, digital coupon provider Coupons.com, online automotive information communications platform TrueCar and Chinese…
  • Satya Nadella is really, REALLY sorry, you guys

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Nadella sends out a memo explaining gaffe on women and pay raisesLast week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made what I’m legally obligated to call a “gaffe.” During a fireside chat with Microsoft board member Maria Klawe at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Nadella said that women should not ask for raises, but should rely on karma (read: managerial whims). He’s been backpedaling ever since, first with a tweet, then with an official statement. This week, it’s an internal memo. The memo leaked late Thursday and in it, Nadella apologizes once more…
  • Starbucks to roll out pre-ordering to cut down lines

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    The feature will be introduced in Portland before going national next yearOf all national retail chains, Starbucks seems to always be the one most ready to use technology to improve the experience of its customers. Yet there has been one glaring omission: Starbucks has yet to implement an way to order-ahead via mobile. While this seems like a fairly obvious route for the company to go, for some reason Starbucks never got around to it. So imagine my delight when I learned, in a report out from Bloomberg, that now Starbucks is about to do that very thing. The company is set to roll…
  • Event decks - Bill Gross: What makes a Startup Successful?

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    At Vator Splash LA, Founder of Idealab shares lessons about scaling By popular demand, here's the presentation by Bill Gross, Founder of Idealab, given at Splash LA.
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    Small Business Labs

  • Independent Work - Tastes Great, Less Filling

    Steve
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    At first glance comparing independent work with a beer commercial doesn't seem to make sense.  But segmentation data from the MBO Partners 2014 State of Independence study indicates there are similarities.   Miller's "Tastes Great, Less Filling" ad series, which they used to launch the lite beer segment in 1974, is considered one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time.  The goal of these ads was to communicate the two key consumer benefits of Miller Lite.  As part of the 2014 State of Independence research we conducted a cluster…
  • 5 Interesting Thought Pieces on the Future of Work

    Steve
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Really interesting set of thought pieces - they call them frameworks - from Society and Data on the future of work.  The 5 papers are: Understanding Intelligent Systems unpacks the science fiction stories of robots to look at the various ways in which intelligent systems are being integrated into the workforce in both protective and problematic ways. Much of what’s at stake in this domain stems from people’s conflicting values regarding robots, drones, and other intelligent systems. Technologically Mediated Artisanal Production considers the disruptions introduced by 3D…
  • Wage Versus Education Gap

    Steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S.  The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at all levels of education, gets less attention. Also getting little attention is the fact that these two gaps are linked. Over time those that are better educated will be paid better. And as we've written about before, women currently comprise about 57% of all college students and it is expected this will grow to about 60% by 2019. Women also out number men in most…
  • Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

    Steve
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital.   Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent more than $50,000 starting their business.   Our surveys of independent workers who work on their own as freelancers, independent contractors, etc. consistently show most of these solopreneurs spend even less. These solopreneurs report on average that spend $5,000 or less getting their businesses going. The Internet, cloud computing and the…
  • Will Superintelligent AI's Destroy Mankind?

    Steve
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new book - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies - says yes, or least says it's very possible. The books author, Nick Bostrom, is a professor at Oxford University and Director of their Future of Humanity Institute.  Bostrom's area of study is existential threats to humanity and he spends his time studying "human extinction scenarios and related hazards". This is either the coolest or most depressing job around, maybe both. Unlike most science fiction stories, Bostrom doesn't suggest evil superintelligent machines will destroy mankind out of malice or ill…
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    Mixergy

  • Raven + Lily, turning bullets into jewelry – with Kirsten Dickerson

    Joe Garcia
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    After this interview, I bought my wife a beautiful Raven + Lily necklace that’s made out of discarded bullets. It was created by Ethiopian women who were ostracized by their communities because they have HIV/AIDS. When Raven + Lily’s founder, Kirsten Dickerson, saw the quality of beads the women made from discarded artillery shells that war left on their land, she hired them. Now they work together and turn something that was intended to harm into something that gives hope. That’s the company’s business model. And I invited Kirsten to talk about how she build it into a…
  • How Conrad Egusa created a PR company that made more than $100,000 in its first year – with Conrad Egusa

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve got a Mixergy fan on here who I have been emailing for years. I just discovered some of his old emails in my inbox and thought his story is worthy of studying. His name is Conrad Egusa. He’s the founder of Publicize, a PR company that works for startups on a budget. I invited him here as part of my $100K series where I interview entrepreneurs about their first $100,000 in revenue. The cool thing about his business is that he undercuts all those expensive PR firms that charge $10,000 plus a month. He’s here to tell us the details behind the business. Watch the FULL…
  • Master Class: Never Eat Alone – with Keith Ferrazzi

    ArieSaint
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keith Ferrazzi wasn’t always good at building relationships. “In an earlier stage of my life, I had a chip on my shoulder from being teased, ridiculed for the clothes I wore, the car that [my family] drove, the economic situation we were in,” says Keith, tech entrepreneur and author of the newly expanded and updated book Never Eat Alone. “That was my fuel, the fuel to overcome those early disadvantages.” But as Keith got older, he realized that the chip on his shoulder that pushed him to succeed would only hold him back in his career. “By the time I got older, I no longer made the…
  • How to grow a side project into a startup (with no funding or experience) – with Ruben Timmerman

    Andrew Khalili
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    You know when you want a pizza how there are so many sites that will help you find the right one and even give you user reviews? Well, what if you want to take the right course? Today’s guest created a business that helps with that. Ruben Timmerman is the founder of Springest, an independent comparison website for training programs and courses. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Ruben Timmerman Ruben Timmerman is the founder of Springest, an independent comparison website for training programs and courses. Raw…
  • How to find opportunity for a startup in your 9-to-5 job – with Scott Hill

    Andrew Khalili
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What happens when a great business idea hits you like a bolt of lighting? Joining me is a founder who says that happened to him — and it led him to build a multimillion dollar business. Scott Hill is the co-founder of PERQ, a marketing technology and promotions company that helps businesses attract consumers with incentives. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Scott Hill Scott Hill is the co-founder of PERQ, a marketing technology and promotions company that helps businesses attract consumers with incentives. Raw…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Donna Smith

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    How do you get your employees to feel the brand? Robin Tooms interviews Donna Smith, director, marketing and communications for Forum Energy Technologies.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Byron Hebert
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Byron Hebert, CPA, CTP is back. In today’s vignette, he breaks down the five critical areas of the “Change Readiness” section of the Change Success Model.
  • Women Mean Business - Jane Henry

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Enron imploded, so she started her own firm. Leisa Holland-Nelson gets the genesis story from Jane Henry, founder and CEO of Xcution Inc., a management consulting firm.
  • David Peck - Fashion Designer

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Laura Max
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    He has an exciting contract with a major hotel, a new retail location in Montrose and business is booming. Life is good for David Peck and he is not taking any of it for granted. Laura Nelson gets an update from a Houston mover-n-shaker.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show about the artists and athletes of our free enterprise system, the innovators who find ways to improve our lives. We don’t mess around! (Well, yes, we DO mess around, but we’re very sincere about it.) Includes: our Quote of the Week—a clever comment from American author David Russell; This Week in Business History includes the first parachute jump (over Paris in 1797!), breaking the sound barrier, Black Monday and Bloody Friday; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you should know, but don’t.
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    Bplans Blog

  • Want to Grow? Know Your Numbers. Track Your Metrics.

    Candice Landau
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The content of this article is based upon an interview conducted on October 2014 with Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. For many small business owners—especially those who have turned a passion or hobby into a business—tracking metrics and numbers is a chore. If you’re not an accountant and you don’t have a background in... The post Want to Grow? Know Your Numbers. Track Your Metrics. appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What Defines Your Company Culture?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Company culture is a hot topic lately, and for good reason. Recent research shows that especially among younger generations, people want their employers to not only provide them with an income, but meaningful work, and a positive environment. We’ve all heard the famous phrase: Culture eats strategy for breakfast. In short, your company culture determines much of... The post What Defines Your Company Culture? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Entrepreneur’s Accounting Cheat Sheet

    Candice Landau
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to a study undertaken by the Small Business Administration, 28 percent of companies go bankrupt due to problems with the financial structure of the company. Many of these problems could be avoided by following good accounting practices. Keeping a record of your financial details IS important to the livelihood of your business. Not only will the correct... The post The Entrepreneur’s Accounting Cheat Sheet appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 7 Reasons Your Website is Scaring Customers Away

    Cidnee Stephen
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you are researching products and services online, do you ever notice how quickly you dismiss some websites because you don’t feel they will deliver? Well, what about your website? Will your potential customers run away in fear? What does an untrustworthy website look like? Have a look at this list of website trust factors. If... The post 7 Reasons Your Website is Scaring Customers Away appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Women at Work: 11 Reasons Why We Are Still Talking about This in 2014

    Jonathan Michael
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    We’re nearing the end of 2014, and it’s an unfortunate reality that gender discrimination is still an issue in our society. After all the progress women have made in the professional world, there are still plenty of reasons why we need to fight for workplaces that support women and men equally. In fact, we’re hosting a... The post Women at Work: 11 Reasons Why We Are Still Talking about This in 2014 appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • TrustCloud Provides Quality Assurance for the Sharing Economy

    Michael Sacca
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you were worried about how trustworthy your AirBNB host is, or if your Uber driver is going to attack you with a hammer, worry no more.  TrustCloud provides trust, safety, and quality assurance for the sharing economy. They have developed several solutions to help combat issues that have arisen as a result of the sharing economy and present them in three tiers: Safety: They’re providing background checks on service providers. Trust: They’ve built a social scrapper that checks for warning signs for 100 social data sources for both the service providers and the service…
  • Tech Cocktail Top Stories: 30 Founders Share Why Their Startups Failed, Periodic Table of Tech Startup Funding, Harvard & Babson are Top Colleges for Entrepreneurship

    Ronald Barba
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Did you miss out on one (or five) of Tech Cocktail’s posts from this week? It’s okay. We want to let you know that we forgive you; we totally get it. You’re a busy person, with a lot of things on your mind and equally as many things to do. You had people to meet, places to be, and tacos to eat. No worries, though, because we’ve curated this week’s top 10(ish) posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. Need more Tech Cocktail? Sign up for the Tech Cocktail newsletter today, and get the weekly wrap-up direct to your inbox. Here are this week’s Tech Cocktail Top…
  • Monkimun Arrives in San Francisco by way of Singapore and Spain

    Ann Diab
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Startup teams join the 500 Startups accelerator from all over the globe. Monkimun is no exception. Prior to being accepted into the program, CEO Cristobal Viedma was in Spain, after just having left Singapore upon the acquisition of his previous startup. “The whole project started as something to help my niece learn English, but as we were developing some edu-games based in Madrid, we saw there was a huge interest from people,” Viedma says. According to their website, Monkimun builds fun, educational games to make language learning fun for children. Check out this promo video for…
  • Five Shopping Cart Mistakes That Will Drown Your Sales

    George Mathew
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What’s the goal of every online business? Make huge sales. You must pay attention to some essentials in order to accomplish that task. Have a persuasive landing page. Write a compelling sales copy. Organize a smooth checkout process. This last one is especially important — carrying your customers from first to the last step without them clicking away is no easy task. However, many business owners tend to overlook checkout process, deciding to pay more attention to the first two marketing pillars. Their choice. Shouldn’t be yours. However, if you want to be truly successful, you…
  • Are You Protecting Yourself From Wi-Fi and Cellphone Radiation?

    Will Schmidt
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Although there were five solid finalists that pitched at the recent #GetStartedLV event in Las Vegas, there could only be one winner to walk away with the $15,000 prize package. Cox and Inc.com hosted the event, which crowned R. Blank and his startup EM Shield the victor after a hard fought pitch battle. Simply put, EM Shield makes products designed for people to reduce their exposure to harmful wireless radiation from sources like cellphones and Wi-Fi signals. The World Health Organization has actually designated said radiation as a class 2 carcinogen, and Sarah Evans had a chance to see…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • Using Your Culture to Attract Top Talent

    Chris Cancialosi
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chris Cancialosi discusses how company culture can be your greatest selling point or biggest hindrance with Fred Virgin, former SVP of HR at GE, and Carolyn D’Anna, Co-Chief Human Resources Officer at CohnReznick.
  • Cool Kits For Tomorrow's Technocrats As Skills Concerns Mount

    Trevor Clawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    When it comes to assessing the impact of digital technology, Britain’s 12 to 17 year olds are an optimistic bunch, but according to a new survey by consultancy Accenture they are also concerned that today’s education system is not equipping them to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and high-value employees.
  • Xenophobia Is Bad Economics: 5 Reasons Why Britain Should Welcome Immigration

    David Nicholson
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Like the United States, the British nation was built on successive waves of immigration.  It’s our strength and our distinction.
  • 10 Ways Employers Can Revamp 401(k)s

    Ashlea Ebeling
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    The dirty secret: no two 401(k) plans are alike. Here's how you can make yours better.
  • How One Technology Company Is Leading A Culture Of Change

    Jeff Boss
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Looking for a way to lead culture change in your organization? I spoke with, Divya Ghatak, Chief People Officer for GoodData, about the role company culture plays in leadership and business success. Divya was poached away from Cisco to help transform GoodData’s corporate culture. The CEO recognized that the lack of a strong, cohesive culture was holding the organization back from meeting its business objectives. After speaking with the CPOs of other major talent destination companies in Silicon Valley such as LinkedIn and Facebook, Divya developed a plan to reshape the internal culture and…
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  • How To Recognize The Greatest Boss You Never Had

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everyone can recognize a great boss a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around. Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager or executive in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises. In commemoration of Boss’s Day this past week on October 16th,…
  • How To Maximize Your Odds With A Part-time Startup

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many experts will tell you that you can’t succeed as a part-time entrepreneur, as any good startup will require a 100 percent commitment of your time and energy. But not many of us have enough savings to live for a year or more without a salary, fund the startup, and still feed the family. Thus I often recommend that entrepreneurs keep their day job until the startup is producing revenue. Of course, if you have investors anxious to give you money, or a rich uncle to keep you afloat, there is nothing wrong with a dedicated and full commitment to the startup, with commensurate more aggressive…
  • Ten Rules For Business Success Survive A Century

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this world of constant change, new technologies, and a thousand cultures, it’s evident and somehow comforting to me that the basic rules for business prosperity really haven’t changed in the last hundred years. Business success is still more about the people than the technology or idea involved. As an Angel investor and a mentor to entrepreneurs I still see this every day. I was just perusing a new book, “The Science of Success,” a collection of essays by and about Napoleon Hill, who is most recognized as the author of the best seller “Think and Grow Rich” from way back in…
  • Entrepreneurs Need A New Adaptive Innovator Mindset

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the business ironies that many entrepreneurs have learned the hard way in the past is that ideas which are truly disruptive carry the highest risk of failure, take the longest to gain traction, and thus are the least likely to get external funding. So some entrepreneurs stick with incremental solutions, avoiding more transformational or adaptive solutions implying disruptive change. In the past, only a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, maintained the passion, patience, and determination to accomplish disruptive change in the marketplace. Today with the growing number…
  • Public Company Executives Rarely Adapt To A Startup

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Mid-level or even top executives who “grew up” in large companies often look with envy at startups, and dream of how easy it must be running a small organization, where you can see the whole picture and it appears you have total control. In reality, very few executives or professional stars from large corporations survive in the early-stage startup environment. The job of a big-company executive is very different from the job of a small-company executive. The culture is different, the skills required are different, and the experience from one may be the exact opposite of what you need for…
 
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  • Bill Murray on storytelling

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

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

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

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

    Garr
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    With all the attention the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is receiving this past week, it is a good time to share with you the most touching and most important presentation I saw at TEDxTokyo back in May of this year. The presentation was by a young Japanese man named Hiro Fujita. In November of 2010, Hiro was working happily as Planning Director at McCann Erickson in Tokyo when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His TEDxTokyo talk is his story and a moving call to action. Perhaps we throw around the word "inspiring" too much. But Hiro inspires me...and thousands of others. After…
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    Great Demo!

  • Problem Solvers vs. Problem Finders

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    A simple way to tell where your customers are on the technology adoption curve is to assess the degree of proof they require prior to making a purchase.For example, very early in the development of a market, when you are presenting to Innovators and Early Adopters, they will buy after seeing brief Vision Generation demos:  “Oooooo, this looks really good – I gotta get me some of that…!”Early Majority prospects will require a deeper demo – a Technical Proof demo – to make sure that the capabilities they feel they need are present and work correctly.You’ll know that you are…
  • Corporate Overview Presentations Still In Use – Really?

    Peter E. Cohan
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    In spite of logic, rational thinking, and the guidance of many people, it appears that sales (and some presales) people still feel an obligation to flog their audiences with their stunningly misaligned corporate overview presentations.  Why is this still happening?  Is it because some vendors still believe their customers haven’t done sufficient research on their vendors before inviting a vendor in to consume an hour (or more) of their team’s time in a demo meeting?  After all, most customers probably haven’t yet learned how to “Google” the vendor and learn all about…
  • Other Vendors' Demos – Great Source for Learning

    Peter E. Cohan
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I’m occasionally surprised to find presales staff who have never seen another vendor’s demo – not even demos from a competitor…  (So, if you haven’t seen demos from other vendors, it is time to do so!)For everyone, occasionally watching demos from other vendors is a terrific way to regain the customer’s perspective regarding demos.  I typically suggest that you watch demos from vendors where you actually have interest in their products – this helps to make the interaction as real as possible – bea customer.  Sign up for a demo from the vendor’s website and see…
  • Great Demo! Reading List – Recommended Remarkable Books

    Peter E. Cohan
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A number of folks have asked for a Reading List (books that I often reference in Great Demo! Workshops) – here is a starter list.  You’ll note I’ve largely omitted books on sales methodology and presales-specific books – all great to read, of course – this list is designed to broaden and expand our thinking beyond our day-to-day activities!Brain Rules:  John Medinahttp://www.amazon.com/Brain-Rules-Principles-Surviving-Thriving/dp/0979777747/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375213373&sr=1-1&keywords=brain+rulesHow information is received, filtered and stored…
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  • 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Applications Open!

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

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

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

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

    kathykormanfrey
    28 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    An entrepreneur’s worst nightmare is that people drool when they tell someone about their business. (But, not in a good way. More like a catatonic way.) That is sooooo booooring Or, that they share something they consider so interesting about their business and – in return – get the “doe in headlights” look. Pitching, the Right Way. In the NFIB YEF Entrepreneur in the Classroom, one of the key steps in Module 2 is Pitching Your Business Idea. But, how can we make that pitch the most interesting and effective possible? Here are top tips from a globally-known “Intrigue…
 
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  • Osmo Finds $12M For iPad Toys

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Palo Alto-based Osmo, which develops a hardware device that lets kids play and interact with toys on the iPad, has raise $12M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The Series A funding was led by Accel Partners, and also included Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • MID Labs Sees $51M

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    San Leandro-based MID Labs said today that it has raised $51M in funding for its medical devices.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Canaan Partners Raises $675M Fund

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Menlo Park-based venture capital firm Canaan Partners said today that it has raised $675M for its tenth fund, Canaan X. The firm said the new fund brings its total under management to over $4.2 billion.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Checkr Gets $9M For Background Check API

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    San Francisco-based Chekr, which provides an online API for automating things like background checks and driving records checks, has raised $9M in a Series A funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Ensighten Buys Anametrix

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    San Jose-based Ensighten said Wednesday that it has acquired Anametrix, a developer of marketing analytics software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ensighten said it will use the buy to bolster its open marketing platform.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • StackEngine Launches out of Stealth to Manage & Automate Docker, Raises $1M

    Bryan Menell
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    StackEngine, the platform that gives organizations the power to simply and massively deploy, manage, and scale resilient Docker applications, today formally exited stealth mode and announced $1M in seed funding from Silverton Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners. StackEngine is currently in private alpha and plans to use the current round of funding to move towards general availability later in Q4 of this year.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour, Thurs Oct 16th

    Bryan Menell
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As you make your morning commute, you can feel the cool air. That usually means football season, ACL, Halloween, and our October Austin Tech Happy Hour! We'll have cool drinks and warm introductions for your networking pleasure. Stop by and network with all your friends from the technology community.
  • NuHabitat Targets Real Estate Agents With New Client Portal Powered By MLS Data

    Bryan Menell
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    NuHabitat, a residential real estate application (and Capital Factory Incubator company) designed with ease of use in mind, has just released its personalized Agent Contact Widget. The new website offers a suite of enhanced solutions for real estate agents and brokerages, with features like client access to timely and accurate sales data that have made property search sites like Redfin popular with consumers.
  • The Austin Technology Partnership Announced Today

    Bryan Menell
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Austin Technology Partnership (ATP), is a unique partnership formed between the City of Austin and the Austin Technology Council (ATC). The ATP positions Austin as the first market in the country to establish a public-private investment to study and strengthen tech as a key economic engine impacting the broader community.
  • SXSW Eco 2014 Startup Showcase Winners

    Bryan Menell
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    SXSW Eco, a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today congratulated the five winners of its third Startup Showcase. Open Water Foundation, Drinkwell, PAX Pure and Picasolar (tied for the win), and Lagoon, won in four categories, respectively: Social Impact - Not for Profit, Social Impact – For Profit, Greentech, Cleanweb.
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  • Pinterest and Ecommerce [Pinfographic]

    Linda Bustos
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    This week’s infographic (or “Pinfographic”) comes from Wishpond, highlighting how users interact with products on the popular social network.Tweetable Highlights80% of Pinterest users are women, 50% have children Tweet thisPins with prices get 36% more likes than those without #richpins Tweet this69% of Pinterest users have found an item they wanted to buy vs 40% of Facebook users Tweet thisPinterest referrals spend 70% more than customers referred from other channels Tweet this15% of engagement with brands on Pinterest is through brands’ own pin boards Tweet this
  • The Point of Using Rich Pins

    Linda Bustos
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Rich pins are to Pinterest marketing what rich snippets (Schema.org) is to search marketing.Adding metadata to your pinnable content such as pricing, Buy This calls-to-action, descriptions and stock availability gives Pinterest users more information than just the visual.One study found Pins with prices get 36% more likes than those without. Target saw a 70% increase Pinterest referrals after enabling rich pins. (YMMV – your mileage may vary).Pin droppingBut one of the most interesting perks of rich pins is that Pinterest notifies any user that’s pinned your product by email when…
  • How Tinder Tackles an M-Commerce Problem

    Linda Bustos
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Mobile shopping has exploded in recent years, and online retailers have responded by designing mobile friendly sites and apps. But rather than design these experiences for the mobile context, this often equates to adapting the catalog storefront for the smaller screen.The catalog storefront was introduced in the mid-to-late 90′s, created for desktop dimensions, at a time when tables-based Web design was de facto, pages took eons to load and if you wanted to take an action – you’d double click.Long live the catalog?15 years+ later, we’re still clinging to the catalog…
  • Men vs Women: How They Shop Online [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Contextual commerce is all about delivering a more relevant experience based on what you know about a visitor. New vs returning visits, geolocation, past browse and purchase history, device type and referring source are useful pieces of context. And if you can identify gender, this may also influence the contextual experience.The folks at Minewhat suggest certain features and content appeal more to the respective genders, presented in today’s infographic.While it’s risky to make generalizations based on this data (several stats are quite close between the sexes, and there’s…
  • Live from Shop.org: Our Big Ideas Session Replay

    Linda Bustos
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    If you missed Breaking Bag: Reinventing the Customer Experience at Every Touchpoint, our Big Ideas session at Shop.org, we’ve got the replay for you. This 20 minute discussion covered the concepts of reinventing the storefront, exploring contextual commerce and iBeacons.Email and RSS susbcribers – can’t see video? View the replay on Youtube.
 
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  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

    Tim Berry
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    … don’t be confused. What they really mean is …  Don’t do a long static formal business plan. Do a lean, just-big-enough business plan. Deal with it as a constantly-renewing latest version, with a shelf life of a few weeks at most. Don’t fill it with excess supporting information. They won’t even look at a business plan until after they’ve understood the main points from a summary memo, and — in most cases — been through the pitch and met the people. The idea that potential investors would read a business plan as a first step, from somebody they’ve never met, without…
  • Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

    Tim Berry
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on “do what you love.” It’s radio audio, about seven minutes long. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the <a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”>Small Business…
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  • Podcast’s Back, November Marketing & Selling 30,000 Copies [Noise Reduction .81]

    Florence
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       Hope you enjoy this week’s Noise Reduction. Pete   Copywriting with Joe Sugarman [PreneurCast Ep146] http://noise.re/duction/preneurcast146 After a couple of months’ hiatus, we’re back with some amazing interviews and episodes, starting off with a conversation with a true direct-response marketing pioneer – Joseph Sugarman. Not only did Joe lead the way with the products he chose to market, but also in the way he marketed them – introducing the concept of using toll-free numbers to take credit card orders over the phone, which was unheard of at the time.
  • November 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [Opt-Ins & Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the newest installment of our series covering promotional calendar events for a specific month! November presents a slew of interesting promotional opportunities, particularly for those businesses operating internationally, as the USA ramps up into its holiday season with full force and many countries partake in “Black Friday” sales the day after Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Oddly enough, there are no official public holidays in Australia during November, but there are still plenty of chances to beef up your promotional efforts with some worldwide celebrations and…
  • Joe Sugarman on Direct Response Marketing + Copywriting [PreneurCast Ep146]

    Florence
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    This is a super exciting update to write, as this week we started the “new season” of the PreneurCast Podcast. After a couple of months’ hiatus, we’re back with some amazing interviews and conversations, ready to be shot out of the pipe – including Michael Gerber, Robert Allen, Daniel Coyle. It’s been so much fun chatting with some of these business and marketing legends, and I’m so excited for you to listen, learn, apply – and then get your feedback in the comments below! Now we decided to start the new season off with a conversation with a true…
  • Daylight Savings, Warren Buffett & Swipe Files Galore [Noise Reduction .80]

    Florence
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       So I heard a great quote this week, which I think was from my coach. At least that’s the page of my notebook I wrote it down on: “Don’t Allow Yourself to Live in the Fog” Too many people allow themselves live in the fog due to the lies they tell themselves, the clarity their goals are missing, or the stories they are telling. Where are you living in the fog right now? What “truths” are you not facing, that when you do, will inspire you into clear action? Pete   5 Website Alarms to Check When Daylight Savings Comes [Traffic, Opt-Ins…
  • 5 Website Alarms to Check When Daylight Savings Comes [Traffic, Opt-Ins, & Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On 5 October, much of Australia (and New Zealand) enters daylight savings time, and a global campaign urges you to check the batteries in your smoke alarms as you change out the backup batteries in your clocks, in conjunction with time’s leap forward. Even if you’re not in one of the regions that does adopt daylight savings, officially, the campaign still urges you to take action around this time of year – and so do we! Household safety should, of course, be your chief concern. But we’re going to add a few tasks to your to-do list each time you set your clocks forward…
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  • iPad Spinners

    Shaun
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
  • Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised.

    Dan Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work from afar for many years because it’s so honest and direct. I watched Mike’s entire talk – What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault) – and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so great, I wanted to say thanks—it’s the least I could do for something I liked so much. I looked through the crowd for a while, but was never able…
  • How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together

    Emily Wilder
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.” For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in the Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, a 10-leg, 175-kilometer race that follows the trail of the gold rush stampeders from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. Past oopsies include failing to renew passports on time, forgetting our running shoes, traveling with 11 people on an RV that sleeps 8, misestimating the correct…
  • Finding Apps: a Personal Experience

    Jamie
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This morning I needed an app, but I had no idea where to start. I knew what the app should do, but did it exist? Here’s my story. The Problem We received this in the mail this morning. It’s a ticket warning issued by the City of Chicago. I know what you’re gonna say. See, we do follow the speed limit. The thing is—this was issued to my better half. And she is way more cognizant of the speed limits around the city. What probably happened was the speed limit was 35 mph then in the speed camera zone it dropped to 30 mph. The City of Chicago issues you a ticket when…
  • Extra Drawings

    Nate Otto
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    For the last ten months at Basecamp I have been the guy that draws stuff. After making occasional contributions at 37signals over the years, they tapped me to make hand drawn images for the Basecamp marketing site that first appeared in February. Since then my drawings have crept into the app itself, into email blasts, onto banners at Pitchfork, all up in The Distance, plastered on the walls of the office, and into several employee’s avatars. We came up with a creative contract that allows me time to work on my other career as an artist while still providing substantial input at Basecamp.
 
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  • What Do Investors Want? Imperious Group Investing In 30 Startups in 2 Years.

    Sponsor
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Editor's note: This is a sponsored post for Imperious Group. The investment market is becoming increasingly competitive, and the Nordic/Baltic region is starting to attract special attention from VC's. Many major firms now have full-time principals and partners looking at startups everywhere between Denmark and Estonia and others often send representatives to local events. With this increased attention, comes the competition for finding and funding top startups. As a result it has become common for us to answer e-mails about the most interesting startups in the region and to talk to VC's from…
  • Mobile WiFi Community Instabridge raises $1 million

    Greg Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Stockholm-based Instabridge is back in the news again after raising a $1 million seed round (€780,000) from a group of investors led by Swedish VC Creandum. Getting the rest of the invesmtent news out of the way, the round also included GP Bullhound, business angels such as Niall Murphy, former CTO of TheCloud; Scott Bannister, early board member of PayPal; and Felix Hagnö, co-founder and former CTO of TradeDoubler. How the startup works is pretty cool. Instabridge provides a crowdsourced network of WiFi hotspots where users of one WiFi hotspot can share the credentials with other users of…
  • Reverse Pitching Is Here Again! Large Companies Seeking Partnerships With Startups

    Jan Ameri
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    As the times are changing and large corporations are struggling to keep up with the fast pace of the technological evolution, the smartest ones have realized that they simply cannot handle the progress just by developing stuff in-house anymore. They are getting more active in seeking possibilities from the outside. They are turning their eyeballs towards the startup world where things happen fast by using the latest lean and agile development methods they can only dream about implementing in their massive organizations. At ArcticStartup we’re proud to be part of linking startups and…
  • Cinetopia: Restaurant Day goes to the movies

    Greg Anderson
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    One of the most successful movements to come out of the Nordics is Restaurant Day - or the quarterly event where anyone can open up a pop-up restaurant on the street corner to sell whatever dishes you've been dying to make. When it first started in May of 2011 there were 45 restaurants in 13 cities but today it's grown to 2,017 restaurants in 30 countries. It's become a "big deal" in its native Helsinki. The concept works because people love food, and people want to show off their taste in food. The same thing might work with movies, which is the concept around Cinetopia, a…
  • Let's Play Politics. Join At 11:00 CET.

    Dmitri Sarle
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Politics, a game many of us refuse to follow and play. We just build great companies and get things done. That's what I thought of Politics vs. Startups for a very long time. Frankly, I rarely followed the news or wanted to participate in that whole mess. That being said, recently I had the chance to be involved with a few projects in Brussels and realized that in reality, what we say does matter. There are certain parts of the EU Commission and our local governments that can clearly make our lives easier. Take Neelie Kroes, Digital Agenda Commissioner at the EU, for example, a woman who is…
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up 10/12/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
      Tons of great content this week: Why Saying Is Believing: The Science of Self Talk [NPR] Why Founders Should Care About Happiness [First Round] How to Get Sleep Before a Big Race (Or Event) [Ben Greenfield] Financial Net Worth Is AboutTime, Not Money [AARP] The Problem with Long Term Thinking [Fool] Keith Rabois Interviewed on How to be a Great COO [DataFox > First Round] How To Be Efficient [Bakadesuyo] The Wisdom of Kevin Kelly [Ben Casnocha] The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears [Outside] Jason Calcanis Interviews Camath Palihapitiya [ThisWeekInStartups] How Hard do…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/05/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A round-up of interesting reads for performance optimizing fanatics (with an entrepreneurial bent): How to re-Grow Brain Cells with Dr. David Perlmutter (around 30 min in) [Fat Burning Man- Youtube] How CEO’s Should Lead [@mgallizzi] How Exercise Protects Against Depression [NYTimes] Blackstone Market Commentary from Bryon Wien [Blackstone] Tim Ferriss Interviews Ramit Sethi [iTunes Podcast] How Yogurt Affects the Brain [Atlantic] Paleo Lifestyle Way Way Back [NYTimes] Entrepreneurs Need Sleep [Forbes] Buddhism to Beat Depression [Aeon] Jason Calcanis Tweetstorm on Founder Mental…
  • Performance Round-Up: 9/28/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
      Here are last week’s interesting reads related to entrepreneur/executive/be-your-best-self performance: Instead of Romanticizing Entrepreneurship People Should Understand How Hard the Life Can Be [Economist] How Billionaires are Educated [Riholtz > CB Insights] The Brain that Changes Itself [Janav] Larry Ellison: The DNA of a Winner [Steve Blank] Google’s Email Rules [Time] Why Men Never Remember Anything [NYMag] Advice to 19 Year Olds [Sam Altman] List of Top Reasons Startups Fail [Equity Kicker > CB Insights] Mental Models [Think Mental Models] The post Performance…
  • Low Friction Spending & Responsibility

    Sam Huleatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Apple Pay has the potential to be a game changer. It was by far the most interesting thing IMO to emerge from the recent Apple announcement. Recall that great hardware is often simply a loss leader for the transactions it enables. Like a lot of people I love removing friction from transactions. I bought a Coin (possibly already extinct), love using things live Cover and Uber and pay with my credit card every chance I get. However — there is no doubt in my mind that the decreased friction increases my frequency of transactions. I’ve definitely found myself on Amazon buying things I…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/21/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Here are the week’s posts I enjoyed that all speak to performance or entrepreneurial performance. If I missed anything great – leave a comment or tweet me a link for next week. Get Over Your Fear of Sales (HBR) The History of Cognitive Overload (FarnamStreet) How Should a 22 Year Old Invest His/Her Times? (Quora) Reboot.io Podcast with Derek Flanzraich (Reboot.io) Four Things Millionaires Do (Bakadesuyo) What Everyone Reads (SethGodin) Why I Hope to Die at 75 (Atlantic) Uber & Entrepreneurial Psychology (SemilShah) Cultivate a Culture of Confidence (HBR) Anthony…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Linkly

    public
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Company / App Name: Linkly https://linklyapp.com/ Twitter – @almogdesign What does it do? Linkly makes it easy to share and discuss ideas thru links. Why do we need it? Links are at the core of the web and how we share content with our friends, family, co workers and pretty much everyone. At the same time links are the base of ideas, discussions and topics. This is exactly what Linkly is all about. Who is it for? collaboration What makes it stand out from the crowd? I want to share links with my co-founder about new startup ideas, with my team about our competitors, with my brother…
  • Pitch for Envitems Inc.

    public
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Company / App Name: Envitems Inc. http://www.envitems.com/ Twitter – @envitems What does it do? Envitems Inc. is a Finnish company specializing in cleantech, air quality measuring instruments, in particular. Envitems is an instrument manufacturer with extensive experience in the electronics industry and the cleantech sector. Why do we need it? We share the global concern about the environment and do our best to reduce emissions. We believe that our products will make the future a little better. Who is it for? Compact and easy to integrate, Envitems’ product is excellent for urban…
  • Pitch for Abimate

    public
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Company / App Name: Abimate http://abimate.ee What does it do? Abimate.ee is a person-to-person marketplace for services where anyone can post a task and have it completed by a reliable local performer or be the performer and earn some extra money – all with same account. Why do we need it? This is a new reliable and easy way of ordering services and outsourcing any tasks. No need to rely on anonymous ads, deal with expensive companies, or bother your friends in order to find the right person to do the job. Who is it for? You, me, our friends, their friends – everyone uses…
  • Pitch for Empire Flippers

    public
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Company / App Name: Empire Flippers http://empireflippers.com Twitter – empireflippers What does it do? Empire Flippers removes friction from buying and selling websites. For sellers, we ensure a profitable sale and an easy process. For buyers, we ensure that only the highest quality websites are listed. Why do we need it? Most buyers struggle with finding high quality investments and spend a lot of time sifting through a lot of dirt. Our curated marketplace makes the process much easier. Buyers and sellers both profit from our marketplace. Who is it for? Our Marketplace is for buyers…
  • Pitch for CareerQA

    public
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Company / App Name: CareerQA http://www.careerqa.com Twitter – CareerQA What does it do? CareerQA is a career exploration tool that allows users to browse, read and learn about careers with it’s question and answer platform. Why do we need it? Students are enrolling in college as undeclared. We believe it’s due to a lack of knowledge about careers available to them. Who is it for? Early careerists seeking a post secondary education What makes it stand out from the crowd? Each career section is followed by Questions and Answers about that specific career to learn more about a…
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • Thiel’s 7 Keys to Market Creating Innovation (Blue Ocean Anyone?)

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

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

    David J. Miller
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Awesome to see coverage of young Mason entrepreneur Jade Garrett, founder of Positive Deviancy, a firm building assistive technology out of stuffed animals for children on the #Autism spectrum. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Jade and she is a dynamic student, leader, and a fine example of today’s super innovative, productive and entrepreneurial students that take advantage of their campus. From George Mason University: Garrett, who is pursuing an applied information technology degree from the Volgenau School of Engineering, spent the summer working on a toy bear that is…
  • Watching My Students Grow

    David J. Miller
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    David J. Miller:Nice post that highlights the shift in thinking that #customer development / #lean startup demands. Also need Jason Force of EcowMowtech to read this story. Originally posted on Steve Blank: “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while some students pass by like mist in the night others remain connected forever. I get to watch them grow into their careers and cheer them on. Its been three and a half years since I first designed and taught the Lean LaunchPad class and…
  • News from the World of High Growth Student Startups | GrubHub | Packback Books | #Entrepreneurship #Dissertation

    David J. Miller
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Been awhile lots of research and busy with new opportunities at George Mason Universities. The Campus is indeed the frontier. Three items from the frontier… University of Chicago Booth School high growth startup GrubHub has filed for an IPO. From winning the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge to raising millions in venture capital, Matt Maloney‘s startup has been on the move. Big celebrations in Chicago and at 1871 as a student startup from Illinois State, Packback Books, appeared on Shark Tank last week. They closed a deal with Mark Cuban. The company, founded Kasey Gandham,…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Onevest hosts Startup Funding 101 webinar with Adeo Ressi

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Onevest, a partner of the Founder Institute, invites you to a Startup Funding 101 webinar on October 22nd from 1pm to 2pm EDT. Onevest, a vibrant platform to launch and invest in startups, is the product of a partnership between CoFoundersLab, the largest startup team-building platform, and RockThePost, a leading equity crowdfunding platform. Featuring Adeo Ressi, Founder of the TheFunded.com, the Founder Institute, and Expansive Ventures, this webinar serves as an introduction to startup funding and will cover such topics as starting the funding process, securing a lead investor, deal terms…
  • 5 Unique Reasons to Start Up in San Diego

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    With weather as steady as an arrow, and a community that is second largest in California, it’s no wonder why San Diego has obtained the nickname “America’s Finest City”. Although San Diego may not be known as a hotbed of entrepreneurship, the future seems bright for the “City by the Ocean”. If you're interested in starting up in San Diego, check out our free San Diego Startup Event Series this Fall! To prove our case, we’ve compiled five unique reasons why San Diego will soon be deemed one of the more promising startup communities in the near…
  • 15 Simple Hacks to Boost Your Productivity Today

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Entrepreneurs are notorious for taking on more tasks than they can handle, as, when it comes to launching and running a company, there is usually no other way to get things done. While this may be true, remember that there are still countless hacks that you can employ to make your work life a little easier. To prove this, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen ways entrepreneurs, and even “wantrepreneurs”, can improve their productivity starting today, according to Sajid Rahman. Sajid Rahman is an advisor and mentor for OPEN, the first accelerator program for rural entrepreneurs…
  • Why You Should Quit Your Job to Focus on Your Startup

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly. Whether you’re an aspiring app designer or seasoned engineering extraordinaire, you will have numerous questions along the journey of entrepreneurship that “Google” will not be able to answer precisely. For this reason, the Founder Institute has gathered our expansive network of entrepreneurs to solve the problems you encounter each day. In this installment of Ask an Expert, Adeo Ressi and Founder Institute graduates, address the…
  • 4 Reasons You Aren’t Committing to Your Job

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    If you’re an entrepreneur (or not), it’s possible you’re not working as hard as you can. However, if you want your startup to grow or if you want to move up in the company you work for, you must always commit to the tasks at hand. Failing to fulfill your duties can set your career back in more ways than you realize, so read on to find out if you need to change your professional habits. 1. Not Setting Priorities When you fail to set priorities, it dramatically increases your chances of becoming bogged down by your tasks. Thankfully, Rhett Power lays out several effortless yet…
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    OnlyOnce

  • Book Short: Way, Way Beyond Books

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

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Post Traumatic Job Disorder. As we have been scaling up Return Path, we have been increasingly hiring senior people in from the outside. We believe in promoting from within and do it all the time, but sometimes you need an experienced leader who has operated at or ahead of the scale you’re at.  Someone with deep functional expertise and a “been there, done that” playbook. When you get a hire like this right, it’s amazing how much that kind of person gets done, how quickly. One of the pitfalls of those hires, though, is cultural fit. Many of the larger organizations in…
  • The 2×4

    Matt Blumberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 2×4 I took a Freshman Seminar in my first semester at Princeton in 1988 with a world-renowned professor of classical literature, Bob Hollander.  My good friend and next-door neighbor Peggy was in the seminar with me.  It was a small group — maybe a dozen of us — meeting for three hours each week for a roundtable with Professor Hollander, and then writing the occasional paper.  Peggy and I both thought we were pretty smart.  We had both been high school salutatorians from good private schools and had both gotten into Princeton, right? Then the first paper came due, and…
  • Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II

    Matt Blumberg
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II Startup CEO the online course offered by the Kauffman Fellows Academy is back this fall starting September 15!  As many of you know, the course is based on my book Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Your Business. When the course first ran earlier this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Hundreds of students from six continents signed up, all eager to learn as much as they could about entrepreneurship and how to develop their startups.  The students worked together in teams to develop their startup ideas on the unique online educational…
  • Physical Therapist or Chiropractor?

    Matt Blumberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Physical Therapist or Chiropractor? I was talking to a good friend the other day who is an executive coach. He was telling me that his clients are all over the map in terms of role (CEO or functional senior exec), need (small issue to large issue), company size and stage. But most important, he noted that his clients have different ways of learning, and that he has to tailor his coaching style to the client. I had two main takeaways from this interaction. First, he had a particularly memorable way of phrasing the differences in client learning styles that inform his approach. Some of his…
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    Startup Houston

  • Finish Up, Houston: October 10-12

    Jeff Reichman
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    There are lots of events that celebrate the beginning of projects — Startup Weekend, 3 Day Startup, various hackathons — but none that celebrate finishing a project.  Until now. Finish Up, Houston (or FU, Houston) is a weekend-long event celebrating the milestones of your work.  Held at White Space Houston from October 10-12, the organizers put it simply: Get shit done while inspired by Startup Outcasts all around. Check out other people’s projects. Horse around, stuff your face, and then get a caffeine boost to power through your piles of undone shit. The event is…
  • 3 Questions for EasyPaint COO Oliver Harriehausen

    Tina Nazerian
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Startup Houston sat down with EasyPaint COO Oliver Harriehausen to learn more about his background, and what this unique startup seeks to accomplish in the paint industry, and what the founding team learned in beta mode. SH: I want to start off by hearing a little bit about your background, and how the idea of EasyPaint came to you. OH: I, back in 2007, went to work with Sherwin-Williams, a paint company, in Washington, DC. I did what’s called their management training program, and ran a few of their stores as a manager, and then became a sales rep in DC. So, I was constantly deailng…
  • SnapHealth: Direct Pay Healthcare

    Tina Nazerian
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    “In this country, the cost of healthcare is the fundamental problem,” David Wong said after an ER shift. Wong, the founder and Chief Medical Officer of SnapHealth, a direct pay healthcare system, says that part of the reason healthcare costs became a fundamental problem in the United States is because our entire way of paying for healthcare was an accident. “In the 1940s, 50s, providing health insurance was a way to get around the wage freeze,” Wong said. “Men working for high-end employers. Today, it’s now the currency of healthcare. Everyone thinks you…
  • Molecule: Success and Spontaneity

    Tina Nazerian
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    “Building an enterprise software business, especially one that is vertical specific – specific to energy – is not easy,” Sameer Soleja, the CEO of Molecule, an energy software company, said. “It may sound trite, but there are a lot of naysayers, because really, you’re trying to build something that is large, and unyielding, and confusing, and for which you don’t have all the answers, for which you don’t even know all the features when you start, for which there have been many successful people that have gone before.” And Molecule had…
  • A Look Inside of SnapStream

    Tina Nazerian
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    “We’re a team of 28 with our summer interns, and we’re a software company,” Rakesh Agrawal, the founder of SnapStream, said in the unique, colorful company office. However, Snapstream doesn’t do what you wuold think a typical software company does. Snapstream helps people in media no longer have to sift through recordings to find clips, which can become a tedious and time consuming task. “We make a product that lets people record lots of TV shows,” Agrawal said. “We make a product that’s like a DVR on steroids, or a TiVo on steroids. TiVo…
 
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    Techstars

  • High School Students and Future Entrepreneurs

    Andy Sack
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week we had the pleasure of spending a day with 22 students from the Lakeside school, who joined the 10 Techstars teams for a micro internship day. Each company had 2-3 students help them solve real business tasks. This is our 3rd year running the Micro internship and it continues to be a great success. The students get an insight to being an entrepreneur and get hands on experience with coding, market research and marketing, in return the companies receive unique insights and help from the students. One of the students, Mary Thomas, wrote a great blog post about her day working with…
  • Announcing the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars

    Dave Drach
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today we announce the latest Techstars vertical program with the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Qualcomm will host approximately ten companies on their campus for a four month Techstars program building the next generation of robots and intelligent machines. Techstars will be running the program with a full Techstars staff as with all of our other vertical programs. Techstars has seen plenty of success in the past with robotics companies like Sphero and Romotive. We are excited to work with Qualcomm to provide the kinds of resources required to truly innovate into the…
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day 2014

    Nicole Glaros
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Today 13 incredible companies will take the stage at the Boulder Theater to celebrate the culmination of their Techstars experience. Demo Day in many ways is the distillation of all the lessons, laughs, struggles and accomplishments that have been jam-packed into these past thirteen weeks, and we couldn’t be more excited for this cohort of entrepreneurs and what they’ve accomplished in such little time. Under rapid-fire, marketing plans have been created and executed, videos have been produced, logos and branding have been refined, pitches have been reiterated at least a thousand fold,…
  • Techstars is for everyone

    Sonya Caprio
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thinking of applying to Techstars? Do it! You have nothing to lose. Being part of Techstars is not just a three month mentorship-driven accelerator program but a massive interconnected network — with over 3,000 founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners – that you’re part of for life. No matter what stage your company is in, we have a program to suit your needs. We now have 13 horizontal and vertical programs worldwide, including 5 vertical programs that we run in conjunction with corporate partners (R/GA for connected devices, Kaplan for EdTech, Disney for media…
  • FinTech Demo Day: 11 Reasons to Celebrate

    Jess Williamson
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today our 11 FinTech startups will take the stage in a London theater near Buckingham Palace, and we could not be more proud or excited by what they have achieved. The first cohort of Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars has come at an incredible time, with the financial services industry experiencing the beginning of a tremendous transformation and here in London we get to be at the heart of it. To all of our mentors – old and new – we are especially grateful for the tireless contribution and energy you bring, and the support from the wider FinTech ecosystem. To our comrades at…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Selling the family business: legacy or leftovers?

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Family business owners who are considering selling are often discouraged by the question, ‘what will I do now?’ according to Dr. Tom Deans, former business owner and author of "Every Family’s Business." In an interview, Deans said that owners’ identities often get so wrapped up in the business that they find it difficult to imagine life after the company is sold.To overcome this barrier, it’s important to frame the question more personally. He recommends asking ‘who will I be?’ The answer can then form the vision for the family legacy and provide a critical piece of the puzzle.
  • 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…
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    Valleywag

  • ​Snapchat CEO Says Its New Ads Are Swell, Other Ads Are "Totally Rude"

    Nitasha Tiku
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Today Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel joins the grand tradition of tech CEOs who trashed talked ads in ways they later came to regret. In a blog post announcing new ads for American users, the company said it wants to harken back to the days before ads "got creepy and targeted."Read more...
  • ModCloth Just Laid Off Another 50 Employees, With More Layoffs To Come

    Kevin Montgomery
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    ModCloth, the fashion retailer with $63.7 million in funding from some of Silicon Valley's biggest investors, has announced another round of layoffs. According to TechCrunch, "around 40 or 50" jobs were axed yesterday.Read more...
  • New York Hipster Can't Find Anyone To Buy Her Unwanted Soylent

    Nitasha Tiku
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Adrianne Jeffries had a simple dream: to "hack lunch" by ordering a week's supply of Soylent, the food of the future for people who have better things to do than eat. It took five months for her order to arrive and now Jeffries, managing editor for Motherboard, can't get rid of it.Read more...
  • Teenage Party Planner CEO Now Promising One Hour Delivery of Liquor

    Kevin Montgomery
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Here's an idea: if you are a tech CEO who was once hit with over 160 misdemeanor charges for planning booze-filled parties for high schoolers , maybe your startup shouldn't offer to ship devil water to strangers.Read more...
  • Bay Area rents keep climbing thanks to the tech boom.

    Kevin Montgomery
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Bay Area rents keep climbing thanks to the tech boom. According to the Contra Costa Times, rental costs across the region have hit a new record: "Bay Area apartment rents have jumped 11.4 percent from last year to an average of $2,234 a month."Read more...
 
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    StartupMuse

  • Highest and Best Use (HBU)

    Alexander Muse
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I meet lots of entrepreneurs all of the time who are working on startups that are really cool, but after getting to know the individual I sometimes realize that their talents are being wasted or at least under utilized. It is almost impossible to find an appropriate way to tell someone that you think they should be doing something else. When you start a company you need to realize you’re going have to spend the next three to five years completely engrossed in the development of the company. Entrepreneurs only have time to start three or four companies during their careers if they are…
  • How big is your market?

    Alexander Muse
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Each week I’m working closely with my TEN companies and there has been a recurring theme recently – understanding the ACTUAL size of their markets. Has an investor ever asked you this question: “How big is this market?” If you’re like me you’d say something like: “According to Forester the XYZ market will be $20B by 2016.” Of course this answer is complete bullshit. The real number – the one YOU need to understand is very simple. Total # of customers * price = market size My conversations with my TEN companies are confidential so I…
  • How to Fix Healthcare: QUOTE!

    Alexander Muse
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    The quickest way to fix healthcare is to require that doctors provide quotes BEFORE delivering service. If most of us knew what our doctors PLANNED to charge before providing their services I suspect healthcare would cost a LOT less. Here is a recent experience I had with a service I would have rejected had I known the cost: In July my daughter was running around her aunt’s house and bumped her head on a chair sustaining a small cut above her eye. It didn’t appear that she needed stitches, but out of an abundance of caution I decided to take her to Doctors Express @ Frankford…
  • 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…
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    CollegeMogul

  • Do Teenagers Need a Car? When? New or Used?

    JohnnyG
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    These are important questions that parents ask themselves all the time. Teenagers can be aggressive behind the wheel. Most teenagers don’t like speed limits. They have a hard time dealing with stressful situations, especially those behind the wheel. In many cases they don’t take driving seriously, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on makeup or fixing their hair. They get distracted easily, and are much more likely to get into an accident. Yes teenagers will eventually need a car of their own, but when? It’s not about when they want a car, it’s about are they ready…
  • A Brief History Of The Dollar

    JohnnyG
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Some say the dollar is going by the wayside. More and more people are using debit and credit cards for everyday purchases, carrying less and less paper money on them. Is the dollar disappearing? No, because the dollar has a long history, and it will always be around because you will have to use paper money for some transactions, like tipping people who help you, or when POS (Point Of Sale,) systems are down. Some people even carry around some cash to help those less fortunate than they are. The ‘dollar’ has really been around for centuries, although not always in ‘paper’ form.
  • Reduce Stress with Music and Entertainment

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are under a great deal of stress, it might be time to organize a party have some snack and good music on hand. You can start looking for Brisbane bands for hire to have live music at the event if you want. This is a great way to just let go, dance the night away with some friends and forget the stress of life. Most people don’t realize that the best way to fight stress is with music and entertainment. Physical relaxation is one of the main benefits of music. Certain notes and melodies are very soothing and they can help the body to relax and to remove the tension from your muscles.
  • Fully Custom and Modern House Designs

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The popularity of modern house designs is on the rise for good reasons. Houses with contemporary architectural designs combine form with function in ways that truly make heads turn and minds spin from their sheer beauty, practicality, and durability. Furthermore, contemporary houses are a class of their own while also borrowing ideas from other architectural styles, such as French Eclectic, Neo-colonial, and Post-modern. When it comes to modern houses, the trick is in getting the design customized by the best leading architects in NYC Murdock Solon. Why let your house be a copycat of others…
  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

    JohnnyG
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is probably one of the most asked questions in business, how can you hire the right employee? It used to be that you would put an ad in the paper, or wait until someone came in looking for a job. This has all changed, you have the internet, for one thing, and now people are using this tool to get the people in positions faster. However, you also have a new business springing up, the Temporary Employment agency. Sure this isn’t a new concept, but these businesses no longer just offer secretarial services, you can find people that want all kinds of positions, from day laborers to…
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    Start Up Blog

  • The people we want to meet

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The people we want to meet, would probably be happy to meet us too, before everyone wanted to meet them. The problem with the people we want to meet, is really in the timing of when we want to meet them. Because we usually only want to meet them after they have done something notable. It’s not uncommon to read about a lunch with Warren Buffett being auctioned for more than a million dollars. Or for people having a list of people they want to meet who inspire them. But what’s interesting is that no one wanted to meet those people before their fame and success was evident. Yet…
  • Five for Friday v3

    Steve Sammartino
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Here’s another 5 things that are worth investing some weekend time postulating life, culture and commerce over. 1. Take the marshmallow test for grown ups. An intriguing look at an old study that was done on kids attitudes in the 1960’s. 2. Hey, just print your next car. More proof 3D printing laughs at the internet as childs play in terms of future global impact. This is the 2nd 3D printed car I’ve seen after the Urbee… Sh*t is gettin’ real. 3. Some timeless advice from 1956. Let Earl Nightingale open your mind to the secrets to happiness and success. The best…
  • Mindset & Tools

    Steve Sammartino
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    There’s a whole lot of tools we have at our disposal which didn’t even exist a few years ago. From a business perspective many of them present a counter intuitive option to the ‘Harvard Industrial Complex’. Yes, those established principals of what we thought we already knew about what worked in the market. Trust the crowd to co-design our product? Are you crazy? Get funding from future customers with out giving equity? How we going to do that? Share revenue with content creating customers? Don’t be silly let’s keep it all for ourselves. Co-opt with our…
  • You say ‘ello’, I say goodbye

    Steve Sammartino
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    While it is around 6 months old now, and still in beta, there has been a lot of noise about Social Networking Startup Ello. And rightly so. A decade or more deep into this social connection thing people are starting to realise, that corporations like Facebook and Twitter, are well, just corporations. They just have incredibly compelling and usable products, from which they’re motivated to deliver what all public corporations aim to do – increase shareholder wealth. Nothing new there. And while some of the founders may have had, and possibly even still have rather altruistic…
  • Self editing & the thought police

    Steve Sammartino
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I remember reading the Cluetrain Manifesto over 10 years ago, and it is fair to say it changed my life. It made me see that technology was creating access. I believed for the first time that the proletariat (like me) could buck the system and the power brokers. The over-riding theme of the book was this: Hyperlinks circumvent hierarchy While I still believe this to be true, I think it is at risk. The reason I think it is at risk is that I find myself moderating my opinion now, when I never did just a few short years ago. Just thinking twice before firing off a tweet or a text just in case it…
 
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    Springwise

  • Celebrate the Best of the European Web

    Springwise
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Add / Remove Do you appreciate creative, inspiring online work? Then get ready to cheer: After a long and exciting season, marked by nearly 1,500 entries from all across Europe, The Lovie Awards has officially announced this year’s winners. Those being honoured with Lovie Awards this year include Do It for Denmark, for Best Viral Advertising (Gold); SoundCloud iOS, for Best Mobile Visual Design (Silver); The Guardian for Best Documentary in Internet Video (Gold, People’s Lovie); Vice News for Best News & Information in Social (Silver, People’s Lovie) – and many more. Work…
  • Furniture is unwittingly designed by street artists

    Springwise
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Add / Remove While graffiti may be considered an eyesore for some, others appreciate street art for its energy and authenticity, and it's already becoming commodified. Projects such as Rebel Nell have taken pieces of crumbling graffitied wall in Detroit and turned it into unique jewelry. Now an Israel-based design studio has created Street Capture, which turns wood that's been painted on by anonymous graffiti artists into contemporary furniture. Conceived by Eran Shimshovitz and Ariel Zuckerman of Ariel Design, the project first fixes wooden boards to locations that are frequented by…
  • Wristbands let marketers know consumers’ real feelings

    Springwise
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Add / Remove Customer feedback surveys are one way to learn more about how users feel about a product or service, but they're often time consuming and depend on consumers' willingness to complete them. Is there an easier way to directly tap customer sentiment? We've already seen DJs use wearable tech such as Lightwave to track live audience reactions to the music. Now XOX is using similar technology to gauge the reaction of crowds through biometric wristbands. The UK-based company has created a piece of wearable tech that fits around wearers' wrists and includes a number of…
  • Digital lockers will take parcels and clean laundry

    Springwise
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Add / Remove Services such as LaundryLocker have been attempting to replace the traditional laundromat with a 24/7 automated service inside apartment buildings for years now. But now it has a competitor in NYC-based Clean Cube, which is adding secure package pick ups and drop offs alongside quick and easy dry cleaning services. Each Clean Cube kiosk is designed to be installed in the foyer of shared accommodation and features several compartments to be used for storage. After typing in their individual pin code through the touchscreen, tenants can open a locker and leave a bag of laundry.
  • In Australia, restaurant makes soup out of waste

    Springwise
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Add / Remove Half of all edible food gets sent to landfill instead of being eaten — that's about 2 billion tonnes. We recently wrote about France's Intermarché supermarket, which is turning ugly fruits and vegetables into sellable soups and juices. Now Brothl is going one step further by using food commonly considered as organic waste on its menu. Located in Melbourne, the soup kitchen wants to redefine what can and can't be eaten. According to the company, which is influenced by the 1930s research of Weston Price, there is a relationship between eating food that's past its…
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

  • The Four “P’s” : Panic + Pitch + Prepared = Positive PR

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

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

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

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

  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

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

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

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

    Aruni
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Do you care? It seems like a simple question, and the answer obviously differs based on what you are talking about.  For instance, do you care about your customers? Do you care about your kids? Do you care about the random person walking down the street? Do you care about lizards? There are many case studies of companies who have done well because they truly care about their customers and their employees.  There are writers that write about the critical importance of caring about customers and their readers.  They go so far as to say they “love” their customers. So why is it…
  • How do You do Your Homework?!

    Aruni
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The cutting edge education technology company (Querium), where I run client services and operations, has submitted a a Future 15 session idea for our CEO, Kent Fuka.  Here’s an overview: Ask any math instructor and they’ll tell you that while it’s nice to see a student’s answers to homework and test questions, what they really want to see is how the student got that answer. In this session we will demonstrate expert system technology that provides step-by-step tutoring assistance in a virtual, one-to-one experience. The system has students “show their work” by supporting…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Spotify announces family plans for up to 5 users

    Owen Williams
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features. Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music when someone else starts listening elsewhere, so the company is encouraging families to get an account for each family member. The new pricing is slightly cheaper than buying each family member a full subscription but still offers all the features of a premium subscription, such as offline support and no ads while allowing each family member to have their own playlists…
  • Chat app Yik Yak adds a map to let you browse anonymous conversations around the world

    Jackie Dove
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yik Yak, an anonymous chat app that has gained popularity among the college set, lets you track, view and contribute to conversations and posts without having to divulge personal information. An update, released today, adds a new mapping feature to the app’s Peek function that makes it easier to view posts in far-flung locations. The update lets users “peek” into any local area worldwide by dropping a pin on a map and viewing that location’s current Yik Yak feed. The company considers the ability to monitor and view posts in specific locations important for tracking local…
  • Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here

    Ben Woods
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Accept it: the weekend is over. It’s no use pining for those couple of extra hours you spent lolling (you remember the actual word lolling, don’t you?) about in bed yesterday, they’re gone too. And while it’s true that we can’t bring them back for you, we can still make your start to Monday a little easier by showing you everything you missed this weekend in one handy list. So make yourself a cup of something, mute your phone and spending the next ten minutes or so catching up on all the best tech news and features from The Next... This story continues at The Next Web
  • The BBC taps Doctor Who to bring the basics of coding to kids

    Paul Sawers
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Tying in with the new coding and computing content initiative announced by the BBC last month, the British broadcaster has announced a new Doctor Who-themed game designed to teach the basics of programming to kids. Available online in the UK from Wednesday 22 October, ‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ game is aimed at CBBC-age viewers, and is voiced by the good Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. Players guide The Doctor on a perilous pursuit through space, as he teams up with a Dalek he rescued to save all of creation. Though the game is aimed at kids, the adventure also delves into the Sontar…
  • The problem with problems: Google[X] chief on finding the right real-world issues to fix

    Paul Sawers
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    ‘Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world‘ isn’t the simplest job title you’ll ever see, but that’s exactly what Obi Felten at Google[X] gets to call herself. In more comprehensible terms, Felten is a director of product management for early stage Google projects, working alongside engineers, scientists and everyone else to help turn “science fiction-like technology into real world products and businesses.” Such projects include smart contact lens, airborne delivery systems and the much talked-about driverless car, in case you were wondering. Felten was at…
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 18, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Technical Product Manager / Owner Reporting and Data @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, big data, data warehousing, SDLChttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1032&lf=twf Associate Technical Product Manager / Product Owner, Enrollment and Security @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Education, Enrollment, SDLChttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1031&lf=twf Senior Product Manager @ ADstruc Inc (SoHo, NYC)Keywords: agile, full-time, platform, team-oriented, technicalhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1030&lf=twfFiled…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 11, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Education Product Manager, Technical Courses @ General Assembly (NYC)Keywords: back end, education, front end, learning, producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1029&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1011&lf=twf Product Manager – Web Analytics @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, Analytics, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1012&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • VitalsChoice, Activation and November Pearls!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Please submit your nominations for 2014’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: VitalsChoiceexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from managing deal flow to moving forward (thanks to Jessica Fredican)…
  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Please submit your nominations for 2014’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Ziggeoexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from API pricing models to moderation (thanks to Susan Danziger) Delightfulnessfrom…
  • Some Good Product Management Advice #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) Advice > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Failing is totally ok, so long as you know why you failed.  If you know, then you can adjust, and adjusting is product management.  > What is the hardest less you learned as a…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • The Wisdom and Wonder of Kevin Kelly

    Ben Casnocha
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    One of the most interesting people alive, for sure. Here are my extended notes from his epic book What Technology Wants. Here are his three appearances on Russ Roberts’ Econtalk. And here’s his recent interview with Tim Ferriss on Tim’s new podcast. All three parts are worth listening to. Kevin is a very wise man, and his perspective on the good life resonates deeply. Find yourself by creating yourself. Think through writing. Be the best version of yourself. And much more.
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Books, books, books. 1. How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts. An engaging summary and analysis of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith’s Wealth of Nations is more popular but Theory of Moral Sentiments is arguably just as profound. Russ quotes extensively from the original text and adds color on what Smith was expressing about human nature. If you struggle with old fashioned writing, as I do, this account is a great alternative or supplement to the original work. Russ quotes a Venetian proverb: “The sea gets deeper as you go further into it.”…
  • “Don’t Compare Yourself to Others” – The Envy Problem

    Ben Casnocha
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    “Don’t compare yourself to others.” It’s common advice. When you compare yourself to others, you are “comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides.” When you compare yourself to others, you’re more likely to become motivated by extrinsic, shallow reasons (fame/status/wealth) than intrinsic, sustainable reasons (meaning/purpose). When you compare yourself to others, you kill your joy. Indeed, Leo Babuta says, “One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people.” He analogizes the issue…
  • The Global Talent Crunch

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Michal Lev-Ram writes about The Global Talent Crunch in Fortune magazine, and quotes Reid and me discussing why The Alliance is part of the solution: The coming labor shortage is being fought head-on by a new generation of talent innovators—Silicon Valley… At LinkedIn, one of Setton’s former employers, the acknowledgment that employees won’t stay with the company forever starts before they even join and isn’t perceived as a negative. Kevin Scott, senior vice president of engineering at the company, based in Mountain View, asks an important question of every candidate he…
  • When Someone Believes in You

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Something powerful happens when a person who’s not a family member — and therefore someone you perceive as more objective — tells you, with their actions or their words, that he believes in you: You begin to believe in yourself. I’ve known Brad and Amy Feld for a decade. Technology has made it easier to stay lightly in touch with a lot of people, but it hasn’t changed what’s required to maintain close relationships over a long period of time, which is good old-fashioned face to face time. And face time can be hard to come by. People get married, have kids, get…
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    John Greathouse

  • Forget Your Elevator Pitch, What’s Your Personal Pitch?

    John Greathouse
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Accomplished entrepreneurs appreciate the importance of crafting a succinct, well rehearsed description of their venture. This concise summary can be comfortably told during the duration of a reasonably brief elevator ride. Hence the term "elevator pitch." In contrast, a Personal Pitch differs from the classic elevator pitch, as the focus is on you and not your venture. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Going Down? Elevator pitches are great vehicles for communicating with…
  • Startups Must Embrace Their Unfair Rookie Advantage

    John Greathouse
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. There are a number of disadvantages to being a rookie, irrespective of the profession. Rookies must learn on the job, having few relevant experiences they can draw upon to resolve the daily workplace challenges. However, rookies possess a key advantage: they are unknown, which often leads their opponents to underestimate their abilities. In the case of a startup, this relative anonymity results in a powerful Rookie Advantage. Late in the 1936 baseball season, a 17-year-old Iowa farm boy struck out fifteen St. Louis Browns’ batters in…
  • 5 (More) Battle-Tested Business Tips From Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos

    John Greathouse
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. My article 5 Time-Tested Success Tips From Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos  was so well received, I am sharing five more pearls of wisdom from Mr. Bezos. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! 6. Let Your Competitors Chase The Quick Buck “Sometimes we measure things and see that in the short term they actually hurt sales. But we do it anyway, because we believe that the short-term metrics probably aren't indicative of the long term.” As I discuss in Entrepreneurs Should Go For…
  • Forget Cash: What Will You Really Make At Your Startup?

    John Greathouse
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. I consistently remind my UC Santa Barbara startup students that for most people, money is not a sustaining motivator. They might start a venture with the money as a primary goal, but money alone generally isn't an adequate catalyst. For this reason, I encourage my young entrepreneurs to fully understand what they will "make" at their venture, beyond monetary riches. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Poet Slamming Before he became a four-time National Poet…
  • Operate Your Startup Like A Grateful Dead Concert

    John Greathouse
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Imagine the creativity and innovation you could unlock if you operated your company like a Grateful Dead concert. It may sound crazy, but it's possible, once you create a culture in which your employees are: collaborative yet autonomous, inspired and not managed, and motivated by a collective higher purpose. The factors which led to the formation of the Dead's culture offer a number of lessons entrepreneurs can apply to their ventures. One of the primary reasons the Grateful Dead have remained popular for over 40-years is due to the…
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    Young Upstarts

  • [Event] Hackatron Asia Singapore 2014

    Daniel Goh
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Do you have 32 hours to spare? If you do – and would like to showcase your coding chops to the world – you may want to participating in Hackatron Asia Singapore, and one and a half day hackathon that will bring brands, technologies and developers together to see what technological magic can ensue. Held on 6-7 December, the event will feature various challenges  fielded by companies with real technology offerings (APIs and SDKs) for developers to hack on, with mentors roving on-site to provide technology and platform guidance. Prizes are being offered for winners of each…
  • Office Design Elements That Can Boost Performance

    Contributor
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    By Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab A successful home office is a delicate balance – a little bit home and a little office. In designing my own, “home” definitely came first, but underneath that layer of the look I love is everything I need to get busy. As a business owner, my hours often go far beyond the traditional 9-to-5, and occasionally require seeing clients at home. Having a space in my home where I can easily and comfortably make that happen is part of what keeps my business running optimally. If your home office isn’t quite working, a quick tune-up can…
  • How To Save The Life Of Your Startup With Proper Financial Planning

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Every startup has its ups and downs and only someone who has never tried to start a business can say that it is not difficult to make something work in the beginning no matter how small or huge the business idea might be. Startups are difficult especially when those handling them have never worked in the business environment before. Hard truth time: Most Startups Fail! Proper financial planning is a must. Opening your own business requires a wide range of skills and proper financial knowledge if you are planning on handling everything on your own without hiring specialists for this important…
  • Seven Tips For Ensuring Startup Success

    Contributor
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    by Scott Gelbard Many entrepreneurs have aspirations about starting a company; however, they are not sure how to make it all work. There is so much conflicting advice to the point that it becomes confusing, causing startup business owners to question what advice to follow. Here are seven tips that are sure to dramatically improve the chances of success for startup businesses: 1. Constantly Test Ideas. Many startup entrepreneurs will prepare the plan to show to investors but will rarely test out product or service ideas. Business owners need to run their ideas by people who will actually be…
  • [Infographic] Habits Of Unsuccessful People Vs Successful People

    Daniel Goh
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Regardless of your definition of success, merely getting by in life is not what we were set on earth to achieve. But achieving success in life doesn’t quite happen through happenstance but require a combination of talent, timing, sweat as well as no small measure of luck. Studies have shown that successful people do share many common habits – for example these include the penchant to track progress, the ability to dissect and learn from mistakes, thinking long term and taking risks while maintaining balance in life. On the other hand, unsuccessful people unfortunately also share…
 
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  • (Updated) YouTube Brings Back IslamPost Channel After Deleting it, Which Publishes Evidence of Fabricated Anti Islamic State Propaganda in the Media

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Update: here is some good news we contacted Google and they brought back IslamPost channel said it was deleted by error before. here is Google spokesperson:  “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make mistakes. When an error is brought to our attention we act quickly to reinstate the videos in question.” Google is collaborating with NSA and CIA, we said that around 4 years ago and Julian Assang founder of Wikileaks recently confirmed this. A new evidence that Google collaborates with CIA, which deleting the Youtube Channel of IslamPost which achieved…
  • Yahoo is Closing its Office in Amman Jordan

    Gaith Saqer
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    After closing its offices in Cairo, Yahoo Maktoob or Yahoo Middle East is closing its offices in Amman Jordan by end of the year. Yahoo office in Jordan was the HQ of Maktoob before Yahoo’s acquisition. After the acquisition Yahoo kept Amman office and moved it to new location in Amman. The office had different type of employees mostly engineers. The closure is a sad news for the IT sector and economy in Jordan and further underlines the hardship the IT sector in Jordan is going throw. Intaj ICT Association of Jordan confirmed the news and released the following statement: “Yahoo…
  • Google Uses a Camera on a Camel to Capture the Beauty of Arabian Desert in UAE

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Google keeps taking street view to new places this time the Arabian desert specifically Liwa Desert in UAE. In doing so, google used a Camera on a camel to capture the beauty of the scene. “sorry for the music in the video” In blog google said “On your virtual trip through the desert, you’ll find sand dunes that reach an astounding height of 25-40 meters. These rolling sandy…
  • Nina Curley Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda & American Citizen Becomes Managing Director of Startup Accelerator Flat6lab Abu Dhabi

    Guest
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Egyptian Startups accelerator Flat6lab is expanding to Abu Dhabi, UAE after it expanded to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and they hired Nina Curley the former editor in chief of American government backed Wamda the startups media platform and a VC firm at the same time. After starting her doctoral degree in neuroscience/psychology Nina moved to the Arab world around 2009 she start looking for a job in the entrepreneurial/media industry. As a starter she joined SYNTAX who  Abraaj Capital with the funding from the US government out sourced it upcoming entrepreneurial social platform project Wamda to…
  • Twitter Collaborates with the CIA in its Propaganda: Deletes the Accounts of Islamic State #ISIS Activists While Keeping Fake Accounts that Claim to be ISIS & Spread Lies

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    When the Islamic State known back then as ISIS liberated around half of Iraq from American Iranian backed sectarian Shiat government in Iraq, Twitter started deleting ISIS official Twitter accounts, this comes when Obama ordered to send US military advisors to Iraq. But when Obama launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq which is an act of aggression against a state that did not do anything to the US and he promised to bomb the Syrian branch of ISIS and wage an all out war against ISIS with a aim of destroying it, Twitter started suspending thousands of Islamic State fans and…
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  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This post is by request from Beth. If you’d like to ask a question or suggest a topic of your own, you can do so at the Request Line. List bloat! The bane of online marketers everywhere! (Or so it’s said.) For the uninitiated, we’re talking about inactive subscribers on your email list. These may be truly inactive subscribers (abandoned email accounts or people who filter out your email) or de facto inactive people who tend to never open – or respond to – your emails. These inactive individuals create what’s called “list bloat” (well, at least that’s what we call it), and…
  • Should You Have A Signature Service?

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It is generally accepted as lore that if you want to be a Very Important Coach Indeed – or, in fact, be able to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones – you must have a Signature Service. A signature service, also known as “Off The Shelf”, “5 Step Program”, and a few other things that enterprising gurus have trademarked – basically means factory coaching. The client comes in one end, goes through a prefabricated set of steps in a pre-assigned set of time and hocus pocus alakazam, comes out fixed, whole, and ready to refer rich friends to you. So. Is a signature service…
  • Do I Really Need to Pick a Niche?

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The word on the street is (and kind of always has been) that you MUST pick a niche or your business will fall into obscurity, and you will end up in the streets panhandling next to all the other poor saps who didn’t pick their niche. (And all the while you’ll be begging for scraps, because one of your fellow panhandlers “niched down” his location to in front of the bus stop, thereby taking your best prospects before they even got to you. Oh, the humanity.) This is a particularly frequent piece of advices for coaches. And it should be, because many coaches articulate their target…
  • How Big Does My List Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While we’re getting the new coaches’ class ready to open up this week, we have another question for all you coaches out there. (Actually, this applies to everyone, so whether a coach or not, keep reading anyway.) So! You have a list, are getting a list started, or sitting around thinking “Eeek! I really need to get a list going. And the thing you’re particularly wondering about is how many people you need to get on this list so you can make the money already. The answer to that question is pretty simple, but it’s going to sound a little complicated. Let’s start from the…
  • Which Coaching Model Makes More Money?

    Naomi Dunford
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    As we get closer to the release of our upcoming just-for-coaches class, we have more questions in the proverbial mailbag to answer. (The two previous questions are here and here.) Today’s question is the ever-common, “What will make me the most money as a coach?” question. Mmm, money. There are more than a few different business models out there for coaches, but it’s probably safe to say that they can be boiled down to four different ways of making money. First, there’s the Big Group model. In the Big Group Model, you’re looking to get as many butts in the seats as possible. Live…
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  • 31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

    Mark Littlewood
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A guest blog post – a quick read with 31 real life lessons learned building a SaaS business. Introducing Duane L Jackson, he’s like ‘Startup Jackson‘, but real. Startup Jackson – Not Real   There is so much well meant ‘advice’ out there on blog posts about entrepreneurship and how to do this our that it is sometimes hard to find things that add genuine value. We get pitched some ‘valuable insight’ every day for a guest blog post and the overwhelming majority of it is awful, derivative nonsense from people that write about, or write…
  • “We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    I was very surprised to overhear this comment from a woman at BoS in September. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this is an environment where women feel that, then I can’t imagine how tough it is on other places. We can take some pride I hope in creating a community where people feel safe, introverts become extroverts for a few days. It is not perfect. BoS is a very welcoming community, or we try to be. Many people tell us it is the only conference they attend, or that there is a unique ‘family’ atmosphere (thanks, you noticed!). But we sure as heck have a…
  • Serious Pony, Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human.

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human. <3 Feeling sad and reflecting on why some people are just abominable. We should know Kathy for things like this.   2009 2012 2013 [View the story "Serious Pony" on Storify] . BoS talks to your inbox. Don't miss another talk! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Be the first to hear when new BoS talks go live Hear about chances to talk to speakers online to answer questions you have about their talks Reminders so you never miss a conference again Hear about scholarships and special…
  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are great believers in encouraging the next generation of software entrepreneurs! Sadly for her, my daughter, Violet has just started ‘big school’ so won’t be joining us this year. She had a brilliant time last year… If you are thinking of bringing your children here are some things that you might like to know: Use hashtag #BoS2014 to connect with other families at the conference. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to sit in on talks as long as they do not distract others. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to…
  • Product vs Problem Manager: the Up-And-To-The-Right Experience

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Speaker

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

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

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Many companies started 2014 with the good intention of “getting after innovation” this year. Was that your organization? How’s that going? Are you jumping for joy or singing the blues? Some companies have worked hard and consistently at innovation all this year. They started the year running and got things done. Look at the slew of announcements Apple just made (to be fair the watch took years). Other companies made a good start but got caught up in the red tape of too much process. So, it’s September now. For those of you who’ve been busy keeping up with…
  • Five Ways to Gain Story Fluency

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Story Fluency and Innovation Every time I blink these days I see another article on story. It’s something of a too popular buzzfad, but for good reason. Clearly, story is important in many aspects of marketing, communication, and innovation. The current literature tends to focus on understanding story, and, aligning a story with a brand, or an organization. There is also the related trend of story telling, ala The Moth. I’ve been involved this last year with a similar regional group, Indigan Storyteller here in Michiana, and its been a transformative experience. I’ve…
  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Three Essentials for Magical Innovation Facilitation An essential ingredient to successful innovation projects is good facilitation. Who could argue with that? Innovation combines individual and group activities. Good group collaboration is not a given. Even individual activities need coordination with the group effort. You really need an inspiring, confident, well-trained facilitator to enable innovation. I’m talking about running and managing strategy meetings, ideation sessions, virtual sessions (using IMS), concept writing sessions, and other group work. A good facilitator makes a…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Niche Market in Genetics

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind: Founder of NextGxDx, Mark Harris, talks about building up his business after noticing and underserved market in the genetics industry. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Niche Market in Genetics appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Military Experiences Applied to Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Alex Bertelli of Havenlock TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Military Experiences Applied to Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Leading a Startup Within a Family Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Luci Armitstead leads a startup within a family business TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Leading a Startup Within a Family Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Sometimes Old Tech Still Works

    Jeff Cornwall
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Millie Stubblefield talks about success with a print newspaper TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Sometimes Old Tech Still Works appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • A Simple Message Brings Success

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont alum Brock Fuller talks about his new business. A simple message brings success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Simple Message Brings Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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  • Do Teenagers Need a Car? When? New or Used?

    JohnnyG
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    These are important questions that parents ask themselves all the time. Teenagers can be aggressive behind the wheel. Most teenagers don’t like speed limits. They have a hard time dealing with stressful situations, especially those behind the wheel. In many cases they don’t take driving seriously, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on makeup or fixing their hair. They get distracted easily, and are much more likely to get into an accident. Yes teenagers will eventually need a car of their own, but when? It’s not about when they want a car, it’s about are they ready…
  • A Brief History Of The Dollar

    JohnnyG
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Some say the dollar is going by the wayside. More and more people are using debit and credit cards for everyday purchases, carrying less and less paper money on them. Is the dollar disappearing? No, because the dollar has a long history, and it will always be around because you will have to use paper money for some transactions, like tipping people who help you, or when POS (Point Of Sale,) systems are down. Some people even carry around some cash to help those less fortunate than they are. The ‘dollar’ has really been around for centuries, although not always in ‘paper’ form.
  • Reduce Stress with Music and Entertainment

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are under a great deal of stress, it might be time to organize a party have some snack and good music on hand. You can start looking for Brisbane bands for hire to have live music at the event if you want. This is a great way to just let go, dance the night away with some friends and forget the stress of life. Most people don’t realize that the best way to fight stress is with music and entertainment. Physical relaxation is one of the main benefits of music. Certain notes and melodies are very soothing and they can help the body to relax and to remove the tension from your muscles.
  • Fully Custom and Modern House Designs

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The popularity of modern house designs is on the rise for good reasons. Houses with contemporary architectural designs combine form with function in ways that truly make heads turn and minds spin from their sheer beauty, practicality, and durability. Furthermore, contemporary houses are a class of their own while also borrowing ideas from other architectural styles, such as French Eclectic, Neo-colonial, and Post-modern. When it comes to modern houses, the trick is in getting the design customized by the best leading architects in NYC Murdock Solon. Why let your house be a copycat of others…
  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

    JohnnyG
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is probably one of the most asked questions in business, how can you hire the right employee? It used to be that you would put an ad in the paper, or wait until someone came in looking for a job. This has all changed, you have the internet, for one thing, and now people are using this tool to get the people in positions faster. However, you also have a new business springing up, the Temporary Employment agency. Sure this isn’t a new concept, but these businesses no longer just offer secretarial services, you can find people that want all kinds of positions, from day laborers to…
 
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • Don't Be Like The Adobe PR Team

    Delores Williams
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    PR has a bad rep for the most part, and sadly most of it is justified. In my experience with the Adobe PR team, I waited an hour for them to send an email declining my press pass. If I had not been onsite at the time, and already been to the keynote, I would say no harm, no foul, but that is not the case.In this case, the woman took my papers and told me it would take five minutes. She then worked with at least 40 other people as she waited for this magical answer to appear from on high.Well, it turns out her only way to communicate with the PR person, Alex Moriconi was via text. She…
  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

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

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

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

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
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    Shalabh Pandey on Ideas, Inspirations and Innovation

  • Will Atlas shrug Facebook? (LinkedIn post)

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    This is a post I published on LinkedIn platform. Original can be accessed here: So Facebook (re)launched Atlas yesterday. The first thought that came to my mind was “What took you so long?” and the second thought was “Why Atlas”? The third thought was almost that of relief. Yes- a myriad of thoughts- all in a flash- and I will tell you why: (Atlas Shrugged is a novel by... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • LaunchHouse hardware accelerator

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    Heard the news that Japan is vying strongly for the 2020 Robot Olympics host. Add that to the trend of using robots and drones as the new marketing weapons. And then it will not come as a surprise that soon enough, the focus of a large group of investors and entrepreneurs will shift to the robotics (Hardware + Software confluence) sunrise industry. As a matter of fact, it is happening right now.... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • Perspectives: Festival of Media Asia Singapore 2014

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Festival of media Asia 2014 (Singapore) The Festival of media, in recent years, has been among my favorite media related conferences/gatherings. It does help to understand what is currently happening in the media/advertising sector, but more importantly, where is it all heading. You get to meet people of course, and that is always exciting. I am not too much of an extrovert, but do like meeting... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • [Book] Talented South East Asia

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    I haven’t attended many events lately. But when friends @Rice Communications invited me to a community gathering around the launch of a book titled “Talented South East Asia”- on talent management in SEA, I had to give in. A little time spent in the company of industry achievers and think-tank never goes unrewarded. While Asia as a whole is well celebrated in terms of high... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • NUS InnovFest: Asian innovations going global

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    National University of Singapore (NUS) is running Innovfest- an event dedicated to promoting innovation related activities. 2014 events are scheduled in mid April. Details in the above digital brochure. Thought I should share. Enjoy, participate, share. Related Posts:Infographic- PayTV trends in APACFestival of Media Asia Pacific 2014Festival of media Asia 2013 in Singapore[Book] Talented South... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
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    Growthink blogs

  • Why NOT Manage by Data?

    Jay Turo
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Last week, I wrote about the power of business intelligence dashboards.How, for the first time, smaller businesses can harness the power of big data to more efficiently and profitably manage their companies.Some readers expressed skepticism that this "stuff" actually works.  That it is just more "noise” that causes entrepreneurs to get “lost in the weeds” versus long-term thinking and planning.There is some truth to this. Heck, “Big Data” at its worst is probably best personified by Wall Street “quant jocks” who equate positive expected value "bets" with larger, more…
  • What Happens when Big Data Meets a Little Strategy?

    Jay Turo
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last week, in Las Vegas I had the opportunity to participate in a 2 - day “Mastermind-type” strategic session with a gathering of technology and Internet entrepreneurs and executives from around the globe.It was an impressive group - leaders of companies with average sales of $8 million and competing and prospering in industries than run the gamut - from consumer products, to healthcare IT, to energy and entertainment, to mobile apps and wearable technologies, to real estate, and more.To those who have never participated in a business mastermind, you don’t know what you’re missing!
  • A Unicorn of One’s Very Own?

    Jay Turo
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Last week, I wrote about the strong ambition across the globe to have a "Silicon Valley of One's Own," and to replicate the otherworldly innovation of a region that has produced more than 75% of the World’s Unicorns - technology companies started since 2003 that now have valuations of more than $1 billion.Then, on Monday I went deeper into the drivers of this remarkable concentration along with the macroeconomic drivers of today’s very hot IPO and M&A Markets: long-term low interest rates, the $1.5 trillion in cash held by big tech. companies and private equity firms seeking deals,…
  • Tech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot Markets [Webinar Invitation]

    Jay Turo
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    =====================Webinar InvitationTech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot MarketsMonday, September 29th=====================My Wednesday column as to tech. opportunities far from Silicon Valley was well-received, but frankly left a lot of folks wanting more.Mostly what was asked was a variant of a common theme: How can I apply the wisdoms and best practices of the Uber - successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to my business, or to the one I advise, or are invested in.It was almost a hope against hope, something that most unfortunately are almost too…
  • Far from Silicon Valley: From Startup to IPO?

    Jay Turo
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I had the good fortune to moderate a panel at last week's IBA Silicon Valley from Start-up to IPO / Exit Conference. With entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, and investment bankers from over 18 countries represented - from places as far afield as Switzerland, Singapore, and Spain (and Santa Monica and Silicon Valley!) - it was a truly international gathering.Predictions were shared ranging from the outcome of the Scottish independence vote (incorrect) to Alibaba’s 1st day’s trading closing price (correct!), to animated discussions on the differing perspectives on Internet…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business and Startups: Number One Leadership Skill

    Mike
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Let’s see. Strength? Nah. Productivity? Nope. Ability to instill fear? No way. The number one skill any great leader needs is the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and quickly. Great leaders do display strength and determination, that’s for sure; great leaders do lead by example and can get piles of work done in the time it takes to write this paragraph; great leaders can also be intimidating, no doubt (if in doubt about any of these characteristics read up on General…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #239 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we 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 we’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is a from a very special luncheon. A group of second graders was treated to lunch at one of New York’s finest restaurants, Daniel. Have fun watching Jeffrey Blitz’s video for The New York Times Helpful Tips…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: anci

    Audree
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for anci. Check out more great work on anci’s profile page. Nicely done, anci, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: Ender Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04
  • Small Business and Startups: Best Boss Ever?

    Mike
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” – a leader says “Let’s go!”” – E.M. Kelly There are plenty of ways to skin a cat. This applies not only to winning arguments and basketball strategy, but to business management as well. The idea in business, as with so many things, is to set specific, well-designed goals and design strategy to achieve those goals. Same goes with managing people. As a manager, define for yourself your goals with your subordinates and devise specific strategy and tactics to achieve them.
  • Twitter Link Roundup #238 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is a public service billboard that apparently failed to strike a chord with its intended audience. You’ll find other funny examples in the Other section below. Review. Rethink. React – crowdspring.co/1yHa1WB 12…
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    The Entrepreneurial MD

  • Every entrepreneurial physician needs a blog

    Philippa Kennealy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Okay, this is MY opinionated view ... coming from an entrepreneurial physician for whom a blog has been a hugely valuable business building tool! Most of you know by now what a blog is -- when I first started mine in 2006, they were not nearly as well understood -- but in case you aren't sure, it's "a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent 'post' (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom." (I'm quoting Darren Rowse, one of the earliest successful bloggers The upside of having a blog has been the abundance…
  • Tackle marketing your physician practice or business like a pro

    Philippa Kennealy
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Once in a while, a really useful book drops into my lap, courtesy of kind publicists and generous publishing companies, and "The One Week Marketing Plan" by Mark Satterfield (A) is one such book. Probably the most daunting task a small business faces - be it a medical practice or an entrepreneurial start-up - is how to market oneself effectively (get results!) and efficiently (not be hugely time-consuming or demand large budgets). The idea of marketing seems to bring on an attack of fear and dread in most of us, and as a result, we tend to proceed in a scattershot and highly unsystematic…
  • Physician entrepreneur minds the ankles by inventing a shoe

    Philippa Kennealy
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Dr. Barry Katz is a radiologist with ankles on the mind. And an entrepreneurial physician to boot (read on ... the pun will become obvious!) Having suffered ankle sprains when playing basketball as a younger man and noting the same problem in his son, he was bugged by the idea that there was no good way to prevent them ... at least, until now. Teaming up with his orthopedic and podiatrist colleagues, and scouring the medical literature, internet and other places for insights as to the cause of these ankle injuries, he invented a shoe to prevent the sprains from occurring. Ektio Shoes was…
  • Physician leaves medicine to found own software business

    Philippa Kennealy
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    As a neurology resident, Scott Zimmerman MD became aware that medical practice, beyond the rarefied atmosphere of training, was unlikely to fulfill the needs of his creative spirit. With this foresight, he began to teach himself coding, scouring as many resources as he could find, between call days and patient care hours. Zimmerman had spent his undergraduate years at Columbia University, cultivating an interest in economic development, poverty alleviation, and harnessing scalable instruments (namely software and tax policy) to address social ills. Driven by these passions, his first software…
  • Physician entrepreneur "serial student" with insatiable desire to learn

    Philippa Kennealy
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Dr. John Shufeldt is a driven man. While many might consider being driven to accomplish a key ingredient of success, in this case, John is driven to learn, by being a "serial student". His entrepreneurial bent manifested early – in the slew of moneymaking activities that marked both his childhood and his medical school days. While he always knew he wanted to be a doctor, he couldn't help his desire to improve processes and "things" that he noticed weren't optimized.  As he describes in his interview with me, his other overwhelming inclination -- his fierce desire to learn -- has…
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  • NASCAR's 'Texas Terry' takes a bow

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    NASCAR's 'Texas Terry' takes a bowGettyThe race car driver, 57, is officially putting it in park after Talladega on Sunday, closing a storied career that spanned 890 races. His most memorable victoriesMore in sportsWorld Series superstitions set inDucks' varied uniform changes
  • Dallas hospital apologizes for 'mistakes'

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Dallas hospital apologizes for 'mistakes' GettyThe hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan has addressed a string of criticism in a full-page ad published in two Texas papers.'Despite our best intentions ...'More on the Ebola crisisVictim's fiance may pen bookSpanish nurse's aid Ebola-free
  • Williams sisters targeted with offensive slurs

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Williams sisters targeted with offensive slurs GettyThe head of the Russian Tennis Federation has been suspended for one year and fined $25,000 for making 'insensitive' remarks. 'Sexist and racist' words he usedMore sports newsSurf icon lands historic '540'Kobe Bryant calls ESPN 'idiots'
  • HK leader's latest statement is turning heads

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    HK leader's latest statement is turning headsGettyFor the first time Sunday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made an eyebrow-raising allegation involving the city's unrest.Accusations immediately rejectedMore headlinesChina patrols disputed watersEuropean markets tumble
  • US makes unprecedneted drop of supplies

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    US makes unprecedneted drop of supplies GettyTo aid in the fight against ISIS, the U.S. military airdropped weapons, ammunition and more to Kurdish forces defending Kobani Sunday.Controversial move angers officialsMore news headlinesPentagon preps team for EbolaVicious attack on 3-year-old girl
 
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    Xconomy

  • BioPontis, Reborn as Nonprofit, Takes On Rare Disease Drugs

    Frank Vinluan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Frank Vinluan Of the more than 7,000 rare diseases that each affect just a sliver of the population, an estimated 95 percent of them have no treatment. The lack of treatments is an economic problem, not a scientific one, says Barbara Handelin, CEO of the BioPontis Alliance for Rare Diseases. Large pharmaceutical companies see little financial gain from the massive investments required to develop a drug for a small patient population, says Handelin. That’s because such research entails higher up-front financial risk, too high perhaps, even for a treatment with the potential for a stronger…
  • With Invesco’s Support, PureTech Boosts Power to Back Startups

    Ben Fidler
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Ben Fidler PureTech has always been tough to define. Though it was originally called PureTech Ventures, the Boston company isn’t a venture firm. Rather, it seeks out cost-efficient ways to create innovative life sciences startups in-house, instead of finding nascent companies and investing in them with others. It doesn’t raise the massive funds that a venture firm would raise. It’s been structured as an operating company with the budget to support itself and its subsidiaries, the startups it seeds—at least for awhile. Indeed, PureTech has typically stepped back and steadily…
  • Recurly Raises Another $12M to Grow Subscription Billing Platform

    Bernadette Tansey
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bernadette Tansey San Francisco-based Recurly, which untangles problems that arise with subscription revenue streams for companies including DishDigital, Groupon, and Zillow, said today it has raised $12 million in a Series B round from new and existing investors. Recurly launched its service in 2010 to troubleshoot for the growing number of businesses that receive recurring payments by selling video subscriptions, cloud-based software as a service, online publications, and other products. Those companies rely on frequent credit card payments from subscribers, who often authorize regular…
  • RoboBusiness: Workhorse Robots, Starter Kits, and Internet of Bots

    Martin LaMonica
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Martin LaMonica Roboticists who attend business conferences don’t always have kind words for humanoid robots. It’s not that walking, talking androids aren’t cool, particularly if one could take the trash out for you. But entrepreneurs and investors in robotics are looking for something far more practical—and profitable—in the near term. Commercial viability and pragmatism was one of the themes at last week’s RoboBusiness conference in Boston. The company that won the startup pitch competition was nLink, a Norwegian company that makes a machine to measure and drill holes…
  • Post-MassChallenge, Healthtech Startup ConsortiEX Growing in WI

    Jeff Engel
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Jeff Engel Consolidation is the name of the game these days in the healthcare industry, as hospitals, clinics, and private physician groups across the country are increasingly teaming up. While healthcare officials and critics of such mergers and acquisitions might disagree over the real motives behind them, there’s no question that healthcare providers are taking a hard look at how they run their operations. They face monumental changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the challenges of an aging population. “Hospitals are trying to reduce their costs in whatever way they can…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • Startup Culture Rot

    Charlie O'Donnell
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It starts early. You're a founder and you're super busy just keeping the company afloat.  You don't have a lot of time for much more than eating, sleeping, and selling--whether that means raising capital, pitching to investors, marketing your product or ringing the bell with early revenues. You don't have time to do things like write an HR handbook or a values statement.  That's for a bigger company down the line. You also don't have time to go out of your way to interview a diverse pool of candidates.  You posted a job, the candidates were mostly dudes, and a lot of them were…
  • Seed Round Pricing (Actual data warning!)

    Charlie O'Donnell
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    What should you price your seed round at? Well, it depends... I could probably write a book on venture round pricing dynamics.  It would have lots of philosophy, religion, theory, fiction, and pontification. However, since I only have time for a blog post, I'll settle for actual data. Since January of 2010, when I led my first seed investment in Backupify, I have led or committed to 27 investments.  That includes all the deals I did at First Round, with the exception of Refinery29, which was a Series A.  That also includes 16 Brooklyn Bridge Ventures deals done and five agreed…
  • How I learned to change the oil in my car and found a new office because of Shake Shack and a hackathon

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Random story that I recounted recently to someone the other day.  It's super interesting to go back and trace connections and relationships that led to new opportunities.  If nothing else, it serves as a good reminder that every thing you do now is an investment in the future.   In 2009, I was introduced to Havi Hoffman.  She was working as a developer evangelist at Yahoo! and got me on a panel at a hackathon she was working on.  In turn, I wound up inviting her to a 300 person event that I threw at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.  After seeing my ability…
  • Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Let's get one thing straight.  The world and every individual in it is a biased place.  We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. HOWEVER... It weakens your argument, whatever it is, when you use faulty logic.  So, if you're going to argue that the process of venture capital is inherently unfair to women, here's the logic that you *should not* use: "Less than 3 percent of the 6,793 companies that received venture capital…
  • There is No Such Thing as a Great Team, Only Great Habits

    Charlie O'Donnell
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Sometimes, an investor gets lucky.  They invest in a company with an idea that doesn't go anywhere, the company pivots, and you wind up in the next big thing.   In hindsight, an investor will tell you that they knew they had backed a great team and that was the key to the investment.  It's never luck.   I have a lot of trouble with the "great team" scenario, because it just doesn't seem to play out in real life.  What about when a company clearly makes a stupid acquisition?  When they spend hundreds of millions to buy you only to turn off your product and shut it…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

    Matthew Toren
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.” Most parents have experienced sleep issues with babies or toddlers, but one Texas couple took matters into their own hands and invented a solution to their daughter’s sleep problem. After two weeks of utter exhaustion, Stephanie was desperate to help her daughter sleep (which also meant mom and dad could finally sleep!). When their hand-sewn invention worked like magic and their baby sleep 12 straight hours the first night (and each night thereafter), the Parkers knew they had something special. The power mom and…
  • An Honest Look at Startup Health From U.S. Business Owners [Visual Survey]

    Matthew Toren
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The American Dream is alive and well with entrepreneurs starting their own business ventures left and right. While many aspiring entrepreneurs might be discouraged by the dismal survival rates of startups, others might be surprised that the beginning might not be as difficult as they thought. Intuit conducted a survey of 500 small business owners across the U.S. to better understand how startups get started, and to glean wisdom from entrepreneurs who have either succeeded or failed at starting a business. The results showed that 64% of small business owners start their business with less than…
  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

    Matthew Toren
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may think that programming all your social media messages for the weeks at a time is a good thing, but there are some serious mistakes to that strategy alone. Like any good marketing plan, a balanced blend is what’s needed to succeed and pre-programmed messages alone won’t cut it. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid scheduled social media disaster. Problem: You Look Fake When you schedule all your social media ahead of time through a service like Hootsuite, your posts all show up with a little line of subtext that discloses they’re coming from hootsuite, so everyone knows your faking…
  • 3 Reasons Not Hiring a Coach is Costing You Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may thinking a coach or a paid mentor is something you can’t afford, but the better question to ask yourself is can you really afford not to have one? Coaches come from every profession and can offer you valuable structure, insights and motivation to take your business and yourself to the next level. There is certainly a cost associated with a coach, however they can offer up time savings and experience that will super charge your success. Here are three reasons you need to hire a coach for success. Coaches Can Give You Shortcuts A great coach is someone who is occupying a position or…
  • Two Magic Marketing Tools Every Website Needs For Success

    Blogtrepreneur
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether your business is entirely online or your website compliments your retail space, there are some sales and marketing software integrations that your website needs for success. If you’re neglecting these aspects of your website, you’re letting dollars slip through your company every time a visitor comes to your site. Most of these software integrations will work with each other, which makes implementing easy and using them simple.Here are two marketing tools you need for website success and why. Mixpanel Mixpanel is an incredibly sophisticated data analysis tool that actually tells…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • NOBNOM Winners and Other Updates

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    2008 pic, RV breakdown en route to Burning Man. Shit happens, but that’s OK. Ladies and gents! A few updates: 1) If you missed instructions for the three quick-start videos from Tony Robbins, or his morning breathing routine and Cryotherapy, I’ve added the links here. 2) I’m so very sorry for the delay in announcing NOBNOM prize winners.  Many of you have rightly asked: What the hell, Ferriss?  Why the radio silence? To that, I answer: Mea culpa. Alas, I simply get my ass kicked sometimes. This time around, a few things happened: 1) Lyme disease completely annihilated my…
  • Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    “Our revenues are now over $5 billion annually. Without access to Tony and his teachings, Salesforce.com wouldn’t exist today.” – Marc Benioff, Founder of Salesforce.com “[Tony] distills the concepts of the best investors in the world into practical lessons that will benefit both naïve investors and skilled professionals.” – Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund Tony Robbins is the world’s most famous performance coach. He’s advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Serena Williams, and from Leonardo…
  • Ramit Sethi on Persuasion and Turning a Blog Into a Multi-Million-Dollar Business

    Tim Ferriss
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    If you want detailed tactics and hilarity, Ramit Sethi is your man. Here one quote from this episode, to give you an idea: “Indian people don’t get punched, dude. We don’t get into fights. We’re doing spelling bees.” Ramit Sethi built his personal finance blog up to 500,000+ readers per month, and has since turned it into a revenue generating monster. I don’t use that phrasing lightly. In this episode, we dig into the nitty-gritty tools, software, and experiments he’s used to turn a college side project into a multi-million-dollar business with 30+…
  • Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis (XPRIZE) on the Magic of Thinking BIG

    Tim Ferriss
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    If you want to 10x or 100x your results and impact, this interview with Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis is a must listen. Where else can you find two people who regularly advise everyone from Serena Williams to Bill Clinton, from NASA to the world’s fastest growing companies? Here’s their next project, if you want a sneak peek. Stream with the player below: If you can’t see the above, here are other ways to listen: Listen to it on iTunes. Stream here. Download is as MP3 by right clicking here and choosing “save as”. This podcast is brought to you by 99Designs, the…
  • How to Travel to 20+ Countries…While Building a Massive Business in the Process

    Breanden Beneschott
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    [Preface: The above is a pic of Necker Island, Richard Branson's private island. Would you like to join me and Richard Branson on Necker for a week of mentoring? Here are the details on how you can get an all-expenses-paid trip. It'd be great to meet you.] The following is a guest post by Breanden Beneschott, co-founder and COO of Toptal, a marketplace for top developers. I have no affiliation with the company, but I found Breanden’s story fascinating. This post covers how he traveled through 20+ countries while building a company, experiencing the best the world had to offer. His…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 9 Things I’ve Learned About Mobile So Far

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

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

    Tyler Cruz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Six and a half years ago, I commissioned for a custom mascot logo to be made of me for my blog. It wasn’t cheap as I went with the best designer in the field that I could find (Sergio from SOSFactory.com – it’s going to cost you upwards of around $1,000 now if you’re wondering). I then had my blog redesigned around the logo to match the look and feel of it, and the redesign did absolute wonders for my blog, taking it from zero to hero. It was phenomenal for my "brand" and identity and I even had alternate versions made of me such as for Halloween, Christmas,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: July 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    сондажи Yup, it’s another report. I don’t want to get too behind these things again, so I thought I’d go ahead and get July up before I let my procrastination get the better of me. With both May and June being great months for me (netting $18,249.99 and $17,658.23 profit respectively), I had a continued determination to keep my numbers up. I wrote about this before, but I have an odd sense of motivation; if my numbers are doing well or really poorly, then I feel urged to work more and get my numbers up. In contrast, if my numbers are…
  • An Update on My Real Estate Investing

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    A couple of months ago, I announced how I was thinking of investing $200,000 in real estate. It wasn’t just a passing thought. I am very serious about this and will likely be purchasing a property soon enough. If you haven’t read my other post yet, you might want to go and take a look as I explain why I’m taking such a large deviation from the online world. I’ve done a number of things and made decent progress since my last blog post, but am still taking things relatively slow. This post will focus on what I’ve done since my announcement on getting into the real…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • From Diaper Bags To Diaper Vests, DadGear Has Cool Manly Gear For Dads

    Amber Leventry
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The founders of DadGear were very clear about their mission when they started their company. As two dads who loved their kids and loved fatherhood, but hated the flowery diaper bags with low functionality, they wanted baby gear that was masculine and high quality. They wanted gear that fit their style as dads. Using their experience as parents they designed products convenient and necessary for a day out with the kids with a look more fitting of dads. From diaper bags to diaper vests, DadGear has Daddy covered.
  • Want A Natural Deodorant You Make Youself?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    You know the drill -- checking your pits before you leave the house and if you don't pass out from the stench you figure you are probably good to go. Of course you plaster on some deodorant to prevent such blackouts, but how many chemicals are you getting into each time you do that? Worse -- what if you have a serious sensitivity to those chemicals. Well, you can get this cool Make Your Own Deodorant Kit.
  • Forget The Unicycle, Try Lunicycle

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever wanted to learn to ride a unicycle? Ever tried? It's hard. It's painfully hard sometimes. The Lunicycle gives you the same experience as a unicycle (minus the seat), however it's much easier to maintain your balance on the Lunicycle, and it won't take you months to learn to ride.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Launching Your Brand Through Video

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Markus Wilson, Co-Founder of London based video production company Phink TV talks to The Next Women about launching your brand through video.read more
  • Startup Diaries: From Charity Worker to Business Owner

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nancy Johnston, Founder of Tengri gives us her three top tips on starting your own luxury fashion brand.read more
  • Client Retention: The Key To Business Success

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the world of business and commerce, anything that’s new is going to cost you… including gaining new customers.read more
  • Women Helping Women: HER Fund

    Megan Foo
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Some of the most phenomenal women-focused nonprofit organizations I have spotlighted authenticate a simple yet powerful message: women’s empowerment can be secured only when women are united in a common fight toward gender equality.read more
  • Lend a Helping Hand with Lendahand

    Lucy Catten
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Introducing Lendahand - a crowdfunding platform for Small to Medium sized entrepreneurs (SMEs) in upcoming economies. read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • The Life Leverage Television Show

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    There is a new movement towards Transformational Television. We are looking for stories that move people, chnage people and transform people. If you have a story that transformed you, then you know the event was to help you help others. We are creating a web series and TV Series. The Television series will be taped […]
  • Philippine Real Estate

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Philippine Real Estate Since the last few years, the Philippine real estate property market had experienced quite a boom, basically coming from local demand from the increasing number of overseas workers that see the merits of investing their hard-earned money in real estate. There is also a great demand for real property ownership in the […]
  • Reasons Why Cheap Printed Pens are Effective Promotional Tools

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Big corporations, small companies, and even universities need to promote their brands or names from time to time, so that people will be familiar with what they sell, trade, or offer. Common advertising strategies use pamphlets, pins, stickers, magnets and many other materials to promote the names of companies, but one of the most effective […]
  • Keeping Your Business Current with Technology

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Staying updated with the latest technology has been our cultural obsession for a long time now, and the world of business is no exception to this rule. However according to Neil Camenker unless your business model demands having the latest and greatest technological systems, I would encourage exercising a certain degree of restraint when it […]
  • Forget SEO focus on killer content

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    #182057914 / gettyimages.com By Peter Hanustiak I used to write plenty of articles. I thought at a time they were great and they were helping people, but they were just pure junk. This was my process of writing: Find topic that relates to my product such as email marketing Come up with catchy headline (5 […]
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    Steve Blank

  • No Business Plan Survives First Contact With Customers. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: Business Model versus Business Plan, Customer Development
  • Watching My Students Grow

    steveblank
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while some students pass by like mist in the night others remain connected forever. I get to watch them grow into their careers and cheer them on. — Its been three and a half years since I first designed and taught the Lean LaunchPad class and lots of water has gone under the bridge since then. I’ve taught hundreds of teams, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has taught close to 400 teams led by our nations top…
  • Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

    steveblank
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners. — Though I haven’t talked to Larry face-to-face for 20 years, and haven’t worked at Oracle for 30 years, he’s the yardstick I’ve used to pick entrepreneurs all of these years since. Larry had the DNA I’ve seen common with all the successful entrepreneurs I’ve backed in my 25 years…
  • The Woodstock of K-12 Education

    steveblank
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Describing something as the “Woodstock of…” has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators came to the ranch to learn how to teach Lean entrepreneurship to K-12 students. — We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand Over the last few years it’s become clear that the days of teaching “how to write a business plan” as the cornerstone of university entrepreneurship are over. We now understand the distinction between startups – who search for a business model – versus existing companies…
  • How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

    steveblank
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. ——- I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind. “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Holiday Gift Idea: GoPro HERO

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As a final hurrah to summer 2014, Labor Day weekend I hiked to the top of Chautauqua Park Trailhead #1 on Saturday and finished off the holiday celebration with a 38 mile bike ride to Eldorado Springs, both located in Boulder, CO. I’m not sure if I’m what you would refer to as an adrenaline junkie or a thrill-seeker, but I do love outdoor adventure and last summer I wished I had a GoPro to capture it all. At times it was too dangerous to take pictures or video…I remember asking during my Eldorado Springs’ homestretch. Of course, though, it couldn’t be done. My…
  • How to Read a Man by His Facial Hair

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Dear Men, Have you ever asked yourselves the question: What does my facial hair say about me? Whether you’re going on a first date or have an important interview or meeting…you can’t help but wonder what will they think of my facial hair? Well we at FCF have the answers to your burning questions. Let’s start out strong with the FULL BEARD… Maintaining a well groomed beard can mean all the difference between a professional beard or a wild and feral beard. The full beard or an “older” man’s beard can bring people back to religious associations such as Moses or Jesus. To…
  • The Best Fashion Show

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Denver Street Style with Robert Rice ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 58 123► Related PostsHow to Style Leather for FallFashion Association of Denver Fashion Showcase and FundraiserI Love Couture Fashion Show at Suite 200CSU Fashion Show: DestinationsColorado Women’s Bar Association Charity Fashion Show
  • The Great Bridal Expo in Denver

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Last Sunday, I was privy to be able to attend the Great Bridal Expo here in Denver at the Marriott City Center. Before the uproar of questions starts- no, I’m not engaged! It was for my work outside of FCF, and to get a better feel of what brides are looking for and what is popular as far as the industry in Colorado. It was definitely a new experience for me, a little bit out of the comfort zone, but if you know a bride-to-be (or you are one!) I highly recommend attending shows such as this one to check out your local vendors, venues and general options. Although I am not getting…
  • Enter to Win the Tresemme Hair Transformation

    First Class Fashionista
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    It’s officially fall now and everyone seems to be looking for a way to transform their style, and we mustn’t forget how important hair is in the way of revamping a look (FCF Blogger Serah Styles is an amazing hair chameleon. I swear. Changing her hair color, changes up her whole look.). After a long summer of fun in the sun and hitting the gym with my hair tied-up in a ponytail almost every day, I try to do a little extra to transform my hair for the weekends. I start with a shine boosting shampoo and an intensive restorative conditioner. Here’s one of my before and after…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Startups should embrace the “bend, don’t break” strategy

    jeffhilimire
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Some NFL team defenses employ the “Bend, don’t break” strategy. It means that its acceptable to give small amounts of yardage to the other team, as long as you stop them from scoring (or keep them to a field goal). If you can make it hard for the other team to get 3-4 yards, but concede 2-3 yards each play, it makes it tough for the other team to get a first down over and over again. As we move into the second year of Dragon Army, I realize that part of my strategy for running the company is similar to this “Bend, don’t break” philosophy. I think…
  • Dragon Army update: Paper Trail and our first… music video?

    jeffhilimire
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Things continue to be exciting at Dragon Army. Our second game is live – Paper Trail – and getting great reviews so far. It’s a brutally hard game, so high scores are hard to come by. Let me know your high score in the comments! We also have a music video for our next game, Defend the Dam, which should be out in November/December of this year. Check it out:
  • “It’s rare that someone screws up in an area that they’re passionate about. People generally screw up in areas they don’t care about.”

    jeffhilimire
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Terrific quote from Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire, in this Fast Company article. I have rarely seen people who are passionate about what they’re doing mess up in big ways. And personally in my experience, the times I’ve messed up the most have been when I wasn’t really into what I was doing at the time. Moral of the story: Find a way to be passionate about your job.
  • On getting advice

    jeffhilimire
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    I find that sometimes the answer is obvious, you just need someone else to tell you. This photo really captures that. Want to know if its windy? Is the rock swinging? Then its probably windy ;) I remember the importance of my advisory board with my first company, Spunlogic. They saved us from making a lot of big mistakes, like the time we thought we should open a second office in Charlotte. We would meet with them quarterly, over dinner, and share with them our problems and they would help us find our way. Invaluable. And I found myself reminded of those meetings when I was in my first…
  • A Google Docs interview with Richard Simms, co-founder of Tech Talent South

    jeffhilimire
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    This is my first “Google Docs” interview, which means I conducted it entirely over Google Docs. I realized that I enjoy interviewing startup friends about their business, but sending them a bunch of questions and having them reply didn’t allow for me to react to their answers, and honestly, if I actually interviewed them over Skype or something I think about eight people would actually watch the video. So when I wanted to interview my friend, Richard Simms, I decided to try it via Google Docs. I created a doc, sent Richard the link, and we went back and forth over a few…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Onevest hosts Startup Funding 101 webinar with Adeo Ressi

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Onevest, a partner of the Founder Institute, invites you to a Startup Funding 101 webinar on October 22nd from 1pm to 2pm EDT. Onevest, a vibrant platform to launch and invest in startups, is the product of a partnership between CoFoundersLab, the largest startup team-building platform, and RockThePost, a leading equity crowdfunding platform. Featuring Adeo Ressi, Founder of the TheFunded.com, the Founder Institute, and Expansive Ventures, this webinar serves as an introduction to startup funding and will cover such topics as starting the funding process, securing a lead investor, deal terms…
  • 5 Unique Reasons to Start Up in San Diego

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    With weather as steady as an arrow, and a community that is second largest in California, it’s no wonder why San Diego has obtained the nickname “America’s Finest City”. Although San Diego may not be known as a hotbed of entrepreneurship, the future seems bright for the “City by the Ocean”. If you're interested in starting up in San Diego, check out our free San Diego Startup Event Series this Fall! To prove our case, we’ve compiled five unique reasons why San Diego will soon be deemed one of the more promising startup communities in the near…
  • 15 Simple Hacks to Boost Your Productivity Today

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Entrepreneurs are notorious for taking on more tasks than they can handle, as, when it comes to launching and running a company, there is usually no other way to get things done. While this may be true, remember that there are still countless hacks that you can employ to make your work life a little easier. To prove this, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen ways entrepreneurs, and even “wantrepreneurs”, can improve their productivity starting today, according to Sajid Rahman. Sajid Rahman is an advisor and mentor for OPEN, the first accelerator program for rural entrepreneurs…
  • Why You Should Quit Your Job to Focus on Your Startup

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly. Whether you’re an aspiring app designer or seasoned engineering extraordinaire, you will have numerous questions along the journey of entrepreneurship that “Google” will not be able to answer precisely. For this reason, the Founder Institute has gathered our expansive network of entrepreneurs to solve the problems you encounter each day. In this installment of Ask an Expert, Adeo Ressi and Founder Institute graduates, address the…
  • 4 Reasons You Aren’t Committing to Your Job

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    If you’re an entrepreneur (or not), it’s possible you’re not working as hard as you can. However, if you want your startup to grow or if you want to move up in the company you work for, you must always commit to the tasks at hand. Failing to fulfill your duties can set your career back in more ways than you realize, so read on to find out if you need to change your professional habits. 1. Not Setting Priorities When you fail to set priorities, it dramatically increases your chances of becoming bogged down by your tasks. Thankfully, Rhett Power lays out several effortless yet…
 
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • You’re a company when…

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

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

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

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

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

  • Without Risk, There is No Passion

    Greg Kyte
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Read the title again. Sweet, right? I totally came up with that myself. And it’s totally true. Without risk, there is no passion. Prove me wrong, sucker. I googled “without risk there is no passion” to see if anybody else ever thought that same thought that I thought. Here’s what I found: Not even close. […]
  • CPAs Should Own the Profit Equation

    Adrian Simmons
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Great things can be accomplished by teams. And the best teams are made up of players who have unique roles that mesh and multiply their teammates.   What is the unique role of the CPA? The thing we bring to the table of business?   I propose that CPAs should own the “profit equation” – […]
  • Book Review: Multipliers – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

    Scott Kregel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    If we look back on our lives (the older we are the farther we may look), I would venture to say that at some point in our life we were influenced by an individual in ways that have marked us today. Maybe that individual challenged you, maybe they taught you, or maybe they simply encouraged […]
  • Changing The Future of Public Accounting in Three Simple Steps

    Jason Blumer
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I am very interested in changing the profession of public accounting. This task will probably mark the rest of my life’s work, in some form or other. How do we take on the big task of changing the profession of public accounting? 3 simple steps. First, we have to transform how public accounting does its work. This […]
  • Do All Entrepreneurs Piss Themselves When They Launch Their Business?

    Greg Kyte
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    All joking aside, I’m scared, I’m insecure, and I’m worried that I’m making the stupidest decision of my life.   My mom sold drugs for 20 years on a street corner in Seattle because that’s what pharmacists do. She had a decent job, working part time at a drug store on the intersection of 56th […]
 
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    Brent Britton

  • All “A Board” — The Difference between Directors and Advisors

    bcjb
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    If you’re an entrepreneuryou’ve probably been told that your company needs a good board. You may have overheard other entrepreneurs speak — perhaps boastfully, perhaps resentfully — about their powerful or active (or activist) boards.  But what kind of thing is this board of which everyone speaks? It is probably one of two things: a Board of Directors or a Board of Advisors. And they are two very different things. In short: The Board of Directors oversees the CEO and sets the company’s overall direction; its members are elected by an annual vote of the company’s stockholders. The…
  • Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

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

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

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

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

  • Expose Yourself for Success as an Entrepreneur

    George and Mary-Lynn
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We reached our conclusion after reading the transcript of a speech about getting rich. It was delivered by scientist, professor and author Jared Diamond at the Museum of Natural History in New York. He talked about a natural experiment that highlights the cost of isolation. The isolation begins Around 10,000 years ago, Australia, Tasmania, and [...]
  • How Training and Practice Can Improve Your Speaking

    Catherine Morgan
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Public speaking is a major fear for many professionals, but love it or hate it, when you are looking for funding or clients, you are going to have to get comfortable speaking in front of people. I happen to love public speaking. I think it is a blast, and have actively been developing my skills [...]
  • Customer Service: Why Consistency Counts

    Britt Raybould
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “License and registration, please.” Just minutes earlier, I’d been cruising along minding my own business. Now, I was scrambling to find my registration and insurance papers. At the time, I wasn’t too upset, because I knew the trooper had caught me going the regular speed limit in a work zone. Granted, he was only parked [...]
  • How You Can Leverage the Rising Optimism, Revenue and Power of Women in Business

    Carol Roth
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If Small Business is the economic engine for America, then women are the engine’s fuel.  Women are starting businesses at twice the rate of their male counterparts and recent research by Bank of America highlights that women are increasingly optimistic about their businesses’ futures. So, with rising optimism, revenue and power amongst women in business, [...]
  • Tips for a Successful Business Blog

    Carol Roth
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    While having a blog can be a great way for businesses to get and keep customers interested, so many miss the mark. We’ve all seen them before- the blog that’s basically a series of advertisements for the company and their products, or the blog that’s a ghost-town where it seems that the only activity in [...]
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    Under30CEO

  • 6 Social Skills That Helped Me Escape Being Kidnapped Part 1

    Under30CEO
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most people know me, Jordan Harbinger, as one of the founders of The Art of Charm. We’re a company that shows guys how to hone their social skills, which for a lot of guys means meeting more women, making new friends and doing better at work. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have used these same social skills to get out of being kidnapped. Twice.  Yeah, you read that right. Not only have I been kidnapped twice, but I’ve also talked my way out of it both times. This was no small matter. Both times I was in very grave danger, not just for my immediate personal safety,…
  • Refusing to be Normal – 6 Unconventional Ways to Achieve Success

    Under30CEO
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I define success as maximizing my own physical and mental potential, while improving the lives of others around me. I didn’t set this as an objective and then change my behavior to match it – I always found myself testing the limits of my personal abilities and realized later that it was my primary source of motivation. I learned several things about myself and about life through this experience – many of which have stuck with me as guiding principles: 1 – Don’t let anyone decide your course in life (or at work). Define success for yourself. What sort of lifestyle do you want to…
  • 4 Reasons Why You’re Actually Killing it Being an Entrepreneur (even when you feel completely worthless)

    Under30CEO
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most days I feel like I’m sitting in my car, foot all the way down on the pedal. The engine is roaring. But I’m in neutral. I’m stuck just sitting in my driveway. And even with all of the gas and horsepower, I’m not moving an inch. If you’ve ever set out to do your own thing you know exactly what I’m talking about. Since freshman year in college I’ve had the burning desire to start a company I’m absolutely in love with and travel the world. And after reading The 4 Hour Workweek” (twice) I’ve spent countless hours sitting in the library racking my brain for my “big…
  • Best Advice Ever: Be Cool with Being Different via @Inc

    Under30CEO
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Hey Under30CEO, For years I spent my life trying to fit in.  I acclimated myself to my surroundings, tried to assimilate to society, and followed the straight and narrow path in hopes I would be accepted by the people around me. If you’ve read Under30CEO for a while, you know by now, I put an end to that noise, and now take pride in doing my own thing. After spending the last two weeks in Iceland with our team, 2.5 years after deciding to break free from the norm and start a travel company, things could not be more clear… We’re cool with being different. … and…
  • How to Attract People Who Are Ready to Work with You

    Under30CEO
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I work with business owners around the world who want to grow a lucrative practice of ideal clients. Nearly everyone I speak with has the same issues and more often than not they experience frustration around people approaching them only to tell them they aren’t ready to sign up yet. I coach my clients on becoming the “go to” person in their industry so that they naturally stand out as the person to solve their ideal clients problems. Being the “go to” person means you naturally become the choice person to work with on an issue or subject. When you position yourself in this way, you…
 
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    Fizzle

  • A Better Personal Brand (FS076)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everybody talks about personal brand. Some people have made their whole business about it. Others have made their whole business through it. I find that a lot of the time, when people ask about personal brand, they’re really asking about an “easy button.” “Can you help me look better than I actually am?” There’s a lot of bullshit in the world of “personal branding.” There’s also a lot of honest-to-god intentionality, forethought, hard work and perseverance. Dive into this conversation with us to get some of the nitty gritty about how to do…
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done

    Corbett Barr
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Fizzle team has been hyper-focused on growth over the past month, and we’re seeing encouraging results. As a team, we select a different “theme” each quarter to guide our project work. Our current theme is simply membership growth. We always care about growth, but these themes give us a chance to turn all our attention to one specific thing for a while to make new breakthroughs. When the growth theme began, I started by creating an all-new metrics dashboard (we use a great tool called Geckoboard to monitor our most important stats). On this dashboard, I added some basic…
  • What’s New in Fizzle

    Barrett Brooks
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Whew. It’s been a busy couple of months since we last updated you on what’s new inside of Fizzle. We’ve released an all new member dashboard, two new courses on video production and product creation and two new founder stories with inspiring entrepreneurs. If you’re not a Fizzle member, here are a few brand new things that might make you tempted to try Fizzle for just $1 for your first month » The New Member Dashboard and Paths As Fizzle has grown, so has our need to help our members know where best to start with our training. So we went back to the drawing…
  • Growth Tactics (FS075)

    Chase Reeves
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A Fizzler recently launched their product and achieved significantly lesser results than she expected. If you’ve been there you remember the heaviness of that realization. “That was my launch. These are my results. Now what? Does this product suck? DO I SUCK?” No. You don’t suck. Welcome to the “I’m an entrepreneur” party… bring your own booze crippling sense of worry. The good news is this: there are things you can do to grow your sales, revenue, audience, etc. We call these growth tactics. In this episode we discuss common growth tactics, what…
  • This Year’s Top 40 Blog Tips, Pt. 2 (FS074)

    Chase Reeves
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is the second and final part of the conversation where we each share our best advice for bloggers. (Here’s the first part.) I asked Corbett, Caleb and Barrett to prepare their top 10 tips for bloggers and bring them to these conversations. We critique, discuss and share stories. You’re gonna like this one. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” 1 of this year’s top 40 blog tips Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Chubby Kid Does a Fruit Gushers Food Review –…
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    Strategy

  • 28 Things You Should Never Say To Your Boss

    Jacquelyn Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Honesty is the best policy in the workplace — with a few exceptions. "It's important to be cautious with what you say to your boss, as even the slightest slip up could make or break your career," says Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of "Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad "There are the obvious things to hold back from saying to your boss, but the key is to dissect the little things in your interactions."  Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior…
  • Novelty Glasses Entrepreneurs Get Laughed At, But Still Land A $300,000 Investment On 'Shark Tank'

    Richard Feloni
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires a tremendous amount of confidence and determination. But it also requires moments where that passion gets dialed back for the sake of making a grounded decision. The founders of the novelty sunglasses company Sun-Staches learned that in the most recent episode of the sixth season of ABC's "Shark Tank," right in time to make a deal with fashion mogul Daymond John. Old friends David Levich, Eric Liberman, and Dan Gershon started Sun-Staches in 2011 as a way to expand on the idea of the classic toy disguise glasses with attached eyebrows and mustache.
  • 18 Phrases Professionals Use To Get People To Trust Them

    Business Insider
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Let's begin with a caveat: You can't fake trust. "Words not backed by action are meaningless," says Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc. and author of "Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results"You can use the right words and phrases to sound 'trusting,' but language is no replacement for being a trustworthy person. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you're saying.'" Price says the word "trust" comes the Old Norse word treysta, meaning "to rely on or have confidence in." "The basis for a healthy, productive…
  • Crumbs' Grand Reopening Doesn't Address Two Of Its Biggest Problems

    Hayley Peterson
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Crumbs Bake Shop kicked off its grand reopening, three months after the company suddenly shut down all 48 of its stores because it was running out of money.  Aside from a couple new freezers and a new paint job, the first store to reopen – located on Broadway and 37th street in Manhattan — doesn't look much different than it did several months ago.  Once the largest cupcake company in the world, Crumbs was saved from permanent closure by a joint investment from Fischer Enterprises, which owns Dippin' Dots, and Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World and host of CNBC's "The…
  • This Amazing Brooklyn Startup Office Looks Like A Jungle Gym

    Madeline Stone
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Farmigo, a startup that helps communities and other startups get access to farm-fresh grocery deliveries, recently moved into a brand-new office space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Farmigo is partnering with a number of companies in New York and San Francisco — including LinkedIn, SAP, Zendesk, Virgin America, and Etsy — to save employees time and money. Companies can set up a Farmigo drop location in their office so that workers don't ever have to go to the grocery store, and some even cover the cost.  Farmigo's office is just as quirky and cool as you would expect from a Brooklyn food…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

    dylan
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tweet How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts, Portfolio, 272 pages, $27.95, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781591846840 Many of my favorite books are about other books, whether it’s books on book collecting by Nicholas Basbanes and Milwaukee bookseller (and founder of the bookshop our company was born in) Harry W. Schwartz, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task on the writing of The Life of Samuel Johnson by Adam Sisman, The Man Who Made Lists about the creation of Roget’s Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall, or The Buried Book about the…
 
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  • B Corp As A Competitive Edge? by Rolfe Larson

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

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

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

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

    Jim Kinney
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Hampden Bank in Springfield once again faces a proxy challenge from dissident shareholders dissatisfied with the returns and calling for the bank to merge or let itself be acquired. Hedge fund investor Johnny Guerry, 32, of Clover Partners LLC in Dallas, wants a spot on the Hampden Bancorp board of directors for himself and for his associate, a former banking executive named Garold R. Base, 66. Hampden Bank's annual shareholder meeting, at which the vote will be taken, is Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at the…
  • Northampton eyes new rules for restaurants that cook with grease

    Mary Serreze
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Northampton restaurants without proper grease traps may soon have to change their ways. The city's Board of Health is crafting a bylaw that would require all food service establishments which generate fats, oil, and grease — or "FOG" — to install and maintain a compliant pre-treatment system. The idea is to prevent backups to the city's sewer system, said public health director Merridith O'Leary at last Thursday's Board of Health meeting. Under the proposed rules, any new restaurant, or restaurant…
  • Jury selection process could change in more than just Superior Court

    Mary Moore
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    In his State of the Judiciary Speech Thursday, Chief Justice Ralph Gants opened the door to the possibility of a wider application of attorney-conducted jury selection than what is currently called for in a new state law. The state law, enacted this summer, allows attorneys to handle the questioning of jurors during the jury selection process and specifically names the superior court as the judicial level on which this change would take place. Previously, judges have handled the jury questioning…
  • Documents show $415 million funding gap between state, federal health insurance expectations

    Jessica Bartlett
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Confidential draft documents from the state's health care waiver negotiations show the state and federal government are millions of dollars apart in federal funding expectations for the state's health care subsidy program. Known as the state wrap, the program seeks to fill in the gap between some of the higher subsidies that were available under Massachusetts health care reform in 2006, and the lower subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act. Yet documents show there is at least a $415 million…
  • Report: Investors seek to buy Reebok from Adidas

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Canton-based Reebok will be sold for the second time in eight years if a group of investors bidding for the company is successful, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper says investors in Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi are interested in acquiring the maker of sneakers and sports apparel. Reebok sales have flagged at time since the acquisition.
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  • 5 Founders Reveal What You Should be Doing to Survive Your First Year as a Startup

    Thomas Oppong
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Startups are hard. It takes a look of effort and hard work to pull it off. Even after throwing every possible resource at your new business, you could still fail. By default what you’re doing is difficult and hard to pull off, and your chances of success are minuscule by any objective measure. Having said that, there are ways to improve your odds and increase your likelihood of survival in the face of difficulty in your first year as a startup. 1. Jason M. Lemkin, co-founder/CEO EchoSign, acquired by Adobe. Co-founded NanoGram Devices, acquired by Greatbatch. To survive the full…
  • 4 Common Website Design Fails (and How Can You Fix Them)

    Thomas Oppong
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    It is now more important than ever to make sure that every aspect of your business is as good as it can be. Why? Well it has been reported that 80% of all new businesses fail within their first year. So, if you’re the new kid on the block, you should make sure you present your business as well as you can. This obviously extends to your website. However, we all know how difficult it is to launch a website without any mistakes or blunders. With that in mind, here are three website design fails that you need to watch..
  • 45 of The Smartest Things Ever Said About Being Remarkable (This Will Force You to Think Differently)

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    In a special series of cartoons, with short insights from both Hugh MacLeod and Brian Solis, gapingvoid.com helps you see things differently in life and in business. These are a few insights from Gaping Void that will force you to think differently and to question what you believe. 1. Sometimes the easy thing to do is the smart thing to do, but we’re too caught up in our own self-image to see it. 2. Invention is just as much about attitude as it is about talent. 3. If you want to see your business learn and thrive, respect people who admit to making..
  • The Psychology of Money: Is It Better to Be a Spender or Saver?

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Would you rather be a spender or saver? You are a saver if you are a chronic budgeter and keep record of your spending habit. Savers are likely to have a long-term outlook that likely includes smart retirement planning.  Savers tend to be naturally patient and more responsible, they hold back on giving or using money and have trouble spending. Others prefer to get what you want, when you want it. Spenders are spontaneous and have less holding them back. Some people love to spend but responsibility. spenders can make impulsive decisions and end up with nothing to show for their hard…
  • This is How to Stand Out Against a Bigger Competition (And Win More Business)

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Competition is healthy and makes for a more innovative market, which is essential for the discerning consumer in a globalised world. For startups however, the issue is how you can survive as a small fish with whales in a big sea. Competition in a business context is either direct or indirect for any startup or established company. Even if you have a product or business service that is completely niche or unique, it is impossible not to face some stiff competition. Most large companies have all the resources they need to compete with smaller companies that want a piece of the pie...
 
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  • Agile leaders take care in what they say to others

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

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

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

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

    Taffy Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reference Articles:Investors and partners may not think agile  CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spinTaffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
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  • The Uses of Signal Time Clock

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

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

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

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

    Jai Vardhan
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Delhi-based referral recruitment platform, MyRefers, has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-Series A funding from VC firm Bedrock Ventures. MyRefers is working towards creating a skills marketplace powered by referrals and enabled by data intelligence. The funds will be used in building the product and sprucing up the technological aspect. The company works on a subscription model, based on which it gets paid by the companies it has on board. Delighted at the development, Lalit Bhagia, Founder and CEO, MyRefers, said, “I am excited about the leap the product is expected to make with…
  • Five ingredients for global success, by Arvinder Gujral of Twitter

    Alok Soni
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    When Arvinder Gujral of Twitter stepped on stage at the TechSparks 2014 grand finale, little did the audience know that the discussion on ‘Ingredients for global success’ can be so tasteful and delicious. Arvinder, who heads business development for the microblogging site in India and South East Asia, has been working for almost two decades in big companies as well as startups. Having seen both the sides of the picture and as a key member of Twitter during its journey to global success, he had a lot to share at TechSparks. Arvinder Gujral, Director – BD, India & SEAsia, Twitter…
  • Manu Jain hints at setting up R&D centre for Xiaomi in India in the near future

    Harshith Mallya
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi Whether you love them or hate them, Xiaomi cannot be ignored. The ‘startup’, which is into its fourth year since inception, has disrupted the mobile market in a phenomenal way. When the company was in its infancy, many people were amused with what Xiaomi was trying to do — sell high-end smartphones at almost 50% of their market prices with zero investment in marketing and no brick and mortar stores. But the scenario has changed drastically now and almost all of Xiaomi’s strategies…
  • Lessons from a TechSparks panel: Retaining employees and building a culture

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Partnerships form the core of any business, whether it is between the founders or founders and employees. Getting the right set of people is only half the problem solved, the other half is retaining them. Sequoia MD Shailendra Singh explored the issue with Alok Goel, CEO, FreeCharge and Shashank ND, Co founder and CEO of Practo, at a panel discussion during the TechSparks Grand Finale. Shailendra Singh, Shashank ND and Alok Goel discussing Team building at TechSparks Some of the key takeaways from the discussion were - Be transparent across the organization – One of the biggest keys to…
  • Seven reasons why my first Startup failed

    Guest Author
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    We started our journey in wrong direction and we failed to change direction with time. Startups are hot talk these days and everyone want to start their own company. People read success stories but ignore the fact that more than 90% companies fail within 3 years of operation. Our startup SchoolGennie is one of R.I.P startup which we founded in 2013 but got shutdown in 2014. Let me share top reasons of our failure. No Market Validation We wanted to build zomato like platform for school listing & reviews but realized that parents research for schools in admission days only. Then we…
 
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  • SmartFinance.fi – New Age Loan Comparison Website

    StartUpLift
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    We are giving consumers the opportunity to compare small and short-term loans in Finland. Target Audience: People between 21 – 65 yrs Website URL: http://smartfinance.fi/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful…
  • ClipArtLord – Collector of the Finest Free to Use and Public Domain Clip Art

    StartUpLift
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    ClipArtLord.com is the place to find high quality clip arts Target Audience: Students, teachers, graphic designers, mothers Website URL: http://www.ClipArtLord.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will…
  • FobeSoft – Restaurant Management Software

    StartUpLift
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    FobeSoft is restaurant management software with 30+ years of industry experience baked in. Target Audience: independent restaurant owners and managers Website URL: http://www.FobeSoft.com/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not…
  • Cigars City – The Best Prices on In-Stock Premium CIgars

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

    StartUpLift
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Subscription service that provides users with 2 travel packages every week for 8 weeks. Trip options are once every three months. Target Audience: 18-35 active travelers with discretionary spending. College students and business professionals. Couples with no kids. Website URL: http://www.trveler.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written…
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  • At Work: The Smithery Offers Handcrafted Gifts, Showcasing the Process of Making It

    Anne Evans
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Sometimes it feels like every career-move you make has led to one thing. For Anne Holman and Jen Townsend, that culminating event is opening the doors to The Smithery this Saturday, October 18th in Grandview. “I had an epiphany last fall, realizing that all these experiences have led me to The Smithery,” says Holman. “It […]
  • Signs You’ve Got A Lawyer You Can Trust

    Bill Nolan
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I often write about how to be a smart legal consumer, and an important part of that is finding a lawyer you can trust. I don’t mean “trust” in the sense of being dishonest with you or your money, because I think it is a very short list of lawyers you cannot trust in that […]
  • Hemp & Honey Plus Building Awareness of Industrial Hemp Through Unique Body Care Line

    Susan Post
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    People think a lot of things when you say hemp, mostly its association with marijuana. It might not be the first thing you would expect to find in quality beauty and skin care products, but hemp seed oil is actually quite good for the skin. Hemp seed oil, and the coveted Manuka honey, are at […]
  • Entrepreneurs’ Organization Columbus Releases Indicators on State of the Entrepreneur in the City

    Susan Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new survey sheds positive light on the state of the entrepreneur in Columbus. The Columbus Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization recently released the results to their annual EO Global Entrepreneur Indicator (GEI) that identifies trends and information on the economic experience of entrepreneurs in Central Ohio and across the world. Taken by entrepreneurs on a […]
  • Bosco Center Creating New Community Center Downtown

    Susan Post
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The large brick building at 80 S. Sixth St. downtown has a storied past. It first opened in 1925 as a Knights of Columbus Hall – a mix of a men’s gathering place and the Catholic version of an event center. Then it was a Boys & Girls Club until 2008, and now it’s turning […]
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  • How To Identify A Great Boss

    Martin
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Everyone can recognize a great boss a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around. Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager or executive in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises. In commemoration ofBoss’s Day this past week on October 16th, let’s…
  • Ten Rules Of Science Of Success For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    In this world of constant change, new technologies, and a thousand cultures, it’s evident and somehow comforting to me that the basic rules for business prosperity really haven’t changed in the last hundred years. Business success is still more about the people than the technology or idea involved. As an Angel investor and a mentor to entrepreneurs I still see this every day. I was just perusing a new book, “The Science of Success,” a collection of essays by and about Napoleon Hill, who is most recognized as the author of the best seller “Think and Grow Rich” from way back in…
  • Now Talk,Draw & Point Over Images,Websites Or Documents Via Blrt

    VisionwizTeam
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Blrt: Blrt is an easy to use app that saves time by humanising digital communication. Unlike email, phone, meetings, video conferences or technology that requires a fast internet connection; Blrt enables visual and vocal communication – conveying emotions, permitting own time response and producing collections in the cloud. Easy To Use: Blrt supports multi-page PDFs, making it easier than ever to review and feedback on documents, drawings, wireframes, photos, websites and so much more. You simply talk, point and flip through pages of the document, just as if you were sitting next to…
  • How To Build Billion Dollar Startup Company

    Martin
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the business ironies that many entrepreneurs have learned the hard way in the past is that ideas which are truly disruptive carry the highest risk of failure, take the longest to gain traction, and thus are the least likely to get external funding. So some entrepreneurs stick with incremental solutions, avoiding more transformational or adaptive solutions implying disruptive change. In the past, only a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, maintained the passion, patience, and determination to accomplish disruptive change in the marketplace. Today with the growing number…
  • 7 Survival Tips For Top Executives Who Wants To Run Startup Company

    Martin
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    Mid-level or even top executives who “grew up” in large companies often look with envy at startups, and dream of how easy it must be running a small organization, where you can see the whole picture and it appears you have total control. In reality, very few executives or professional stars from large corporations survive in the early-stage startup environment. The job of a big-company executive is very different from the job of a small-company executive. The culture is different, the skills required are different, and the experience from one may be the exact opposite of what you need for…
 
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  • Happywork TV Episode 3: Don’t Rule With Fear

    Chris Reimer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In Episode 3 of Happywork TV, I take a quick break from discussing the 46 work commitments contained in my book to comment on an article I saw on Sir Richard Branson’s blog. Sir Richard was giving an external talk about Virgin’s new unlimited leave policy, and found that certain people in the room were […] The post Happywork TV Episode 3: Don’t Rule With Fear appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 2: Don’t Take Credit for the Hard Work of Others

    Chris Reimer
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    In Episode 2 of Happywork TV, I discuss the second of the 46 commitments in my upcoming book, “Happywork – A Business Parable About the Journey to Teamwork, Profit, and Purpose.” Number 2 is as follows: “I will not publicly take credit for my employees’ great ideas and hard work. This destroys employee morale even […] The post Happywork TV Episode 2: Don’t Take Credit for the Hard Work of Others appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 1: Don’t Make Rules You Can’t Follow Yourself

    Chris Reimer
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    In Episode 1 of Happywork TV, I discuss the first of 46 commitments featured in my upcoming book “Happywork – A Business Parable About the Journey to Teamwork, Profit, and Purpose.” Number 1 is this: “I will not ask my employees to do anything I would not be willing to do myself. And I will […] The post Happywork TV Episode 1: Don’t Make Rules You Can’t Follow Yourself appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Welcome to the World of Happywork TV

    Chris Reimer
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Consider this video above to be an announcement that I’m going to make a whole bunch more videos! If you hadn’t yet heard, my first-ever book, Happywork, hits the streets on February 17, 2015. I’m excited, nervous, scared, humbled, but mostly just eager to get it in your hands. Pre-order here on Amazon. In Happywork, […] The post Welcome to the World of Happywork TV appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Love Each Other – A Powerful Message

    Chris Reimer
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    You might not agree with everything he’s saying, but this message about love, tolerance, and compassion is worth consuming. The post Love Each Other – A Powerful Message appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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  • Fresh Focus: Choosing the Best Contact Management System for You

    EpicLaunch
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    One of the things you’ll often hear about in the real estate business is a contact management system. Contact management systems are software programs that help you better organize your professional life by managing appointments, contact information for clients, and automatically following up with prospects and clients in a systematic way. Here’s how to choose the right one for your practice. Get An Industry-Specific App In the world of CMS, there are a lot of choices. Most of those choices are generic options. And, yes, a generic option beats no option at all, but having a real…
  • The 5 Killers of Good Email Design and How to Keep them Away!

    EpicLaunch
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Email marketing campaigns are a serious, delicate business that can go wrong for all sorts of common or sometimes odd reasons. However, most of the problems you’re likely to face will consist of simple, controllable aspects that can be eliminated easily if you screen carefully. This is where we come in right now. Here we present to you an “Email Marketer’s Enemies” list of the five most common failure points presented as malicious personalities who will damage any email campaign and how you can avoid dealing with each of these “characters”. Here’s the text overview, but you…
  • Creating the Perfect Banner for Your Business

    EpicLaunch
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you own your own start up business, then you’ll know that first impressions matter. A first impression is a first chance to impress your customer , and a first chance to wow them. It is the ideal opportunity to make them choose your business over any other. So, how is this possible and what’s the best way to create the perfect first impression? This blog post looks to find out. Make Signage King In order to attract customers inside your premises, you first need something that attracts them towards the building. For this, you need signage, and planning the perfect piece of signage…
  • How to Optimize Your QuickBooks Experience

    EpicLaunch
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    If you own a small or medium-sized business, then there is a good chance you are already familiar with QuickBooks – after all, it is the most widely used accounting system in the world. Despite its popularity, many users only know basic functions to keep day-to-day financial transactions running smoothly. Using apps that integrate with QuickBooks is a great way to extend your accounting software to meet your business needs. Let’s go through some tips and tricks so you can get the most out of QuickBooks! Keeping the Customer Happy There is no point in having an immaculately organized…
  • Risky Businesses: Top Tips for Landing a Merchant Account

    EpicLaunch
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    There are not many businesses that have a completely risk-free profile and way of generating income. If you run an internet trading company then there is always the aspect of fraud to be wary of for example, but some business models are considered riskier than others. If you run a gambling or auction website or maybe offer gym membership subscriptions or have a group-buying website, all of these factors do represent more of a risk, when you are applying for a merchant account to accept card payments. Risky industries When you are applying for a merchant account through someone like Merchant…
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  • 15 Tools to Boost Your Productivity and Do More in Less!

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Internet Marketing is supposed to be a work-on-leisure kind of work that we all are supposed to enjoy. Is it what it really is? There were times, when I felt overwhelmed with work. There was so much to do. Yet at the end of the day when I sit and evaluate, I find that there […] The post 15 Tools to Boost Your Productivity and Do More in Less! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 5 Essential Social Media Tools to Organize Your Social Media Lives

    Dilip Kumar
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The first thing that I do when I wake up in the morning is search for my phone and check my Facebook and Twitter messages. I can already see you smiling. Statistics say that this is what 83% of all smartphone users do. As if, laptops and computers were not enough, smartphone added that aspect […] The post 5 Essential Social Media Tools to Organize Your Social Media Lives appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Optimizepress 2 Vs WP Profit Builder – Why I made the Change?

    Dilip Kumar
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    It’s been about 3 years that I have been using Optimizepress. I have been a customer since they launched their Version 1.0. Then towards the beginning of this year when they launched Optimizepress 2.0, I was pretty impressed with the features and the functionalities and I jumped straight into it. Obviously, I got it for […] The post Optimizepress 2 Vs WP Profit Builder – Why I made the Change? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks – What Next?

    Dilip Kumar
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Okay! Its another slap from Google and this time round it is on Private Blog Networks. For people who do not know what a Private Blog Network (PBN in short) is, it is a networks of blogs created by a person and hosted on different servers or, servers with different IPs which is then used […] The post Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks – What Next? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Configure Google Plus Interactive Posts in your Blogs?

    Dilip Kumar
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Have you been using Google + in your business marketing? Is it even part of your business strategy? I am sure 85% of you out there might not be considering it even when you are sharing something interesting on Facebook, because FB is the only one thing comes to our mind when it comes to […] The post How to Configure Google Plus Interactive Posts in your Blogs? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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  • Essential ADVICE for Getting Feedback

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    You know feedback is important. But how does one go about getting it? Here’s a blueprint. Feedback has always represented a critical part of our transactions and interactions – from cavepeople sharing monosyllabic banter, through the old-school suggestion box, and into the social media echo chamber. Indeed, businesses and organizations are constantly reminded that they need to be facilitating and responding to customer feedback. We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the articles. It’s important. We get it. But how does one go about facilitating feedback? We all know it’s…
  • Spotlight on Ben Parr: Elevate Chicago Speaker

    Stella Fayman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    He majored in Science in Human Culture in college and went on to become co-editor of Mashable. Now he’s a published author and has his own fund, Dominate Fund.  Self-described he is “an entrepreneur, journalist, adrenaline junkie and aspiring world changer.” Ben Parr has made a name for himself knowing everything that’s going on with tech, and recognizing trends in technology. At Mashable, he quickly rose through the ranks from guest blogger to staff writer to co-editor just as social media took off and became a household topic. Now, Ben uses all he’s learned…
  • Elevate Ticket Raffle: Week 2

    Christine Mortensen
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s the second week in our ticket giveaway! Will you be the lucky one this week? Win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’re give away one ticket and announcing the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Did you get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now before the price increases on October 14th. a Rafflecopter…
  • Want to go to Elevate for free?

    Christine Mortensen
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    You can win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’ll give away one ticket and announce the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now. a Rafflecopter giveaway  Get tickets to our full-day conference Elevate:
  • Spotlight on Bryan Johnson: Founder of Braintree and Elevate Speaker

    Stella Fayman
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Bryan Johnson knew there was something wrong with payments. He also wasn’t a stranger to building companies. As a part time salesman for credit card processing, Bryan quickly rose to the top of the company he worked for and contemplated starting his own. “I simply figured out that businesses were looking for thee things: honesty, education and reliable service. I filled that gap and was received warmly. I also worked my tail end off,” Bryan said in a 2011 interview with Basecamp. Bryan founded Braintree Payment Solutions while still in business school at the University of Chicago…
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  • Does 'business' have a serious image problem?

    Mark Williams
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The Apprentice is back for its tenth series and up for grabs is investment worth £250k and the chance to go into business with Lord (formerly ‘S’ralan’) Sugar. The most likely question on many viewers’ lips during the first few minutes of the first programme might have been which of the 20 candidates is the most annoying and immediately dislikeable. As usual, the first programme began with the candidates’ frankly laughable summaries of their skills and suitability for the role, which are intended to impress, but leave many of us cringing on our couches. “I get the job done. I…
  • Are your customers paying you what you’re worth?

    guestbloggerSUD
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    When you’re feeling the pinch and money is tight it’s easy to assume that everyone is feeling the same way. You transfer your money beliefs over to your potential customers, by thinking: “Surely they won’t pay that” or “They can’t afford those prices”. And your mind reinforces these beliefs by adding little comments such as: “Who do you think you are, charging those prices?” and “They’ll see through me and realise I’m not as good as they think”. This is what happened to someone I was chatting to recently. Instead of positioning herself as the true expert and…
  • Five top tips for business growth

    guestbloggerSUD
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    1 Create, create, create… Never sit back and admire what you’ve achieved – always look forward to what’s next. Innovation is progress and progress leads to further success, so don’t put a lid on your ideas and goals – however successful your current business. Continually evolve your offering, responding to clients’ needs and aspirations to keep clear water between you and your competitors. Regularly step back to view your business from your customers’ perspective and always seek to exceed their expectations. 2 Don’t take no for an answer… In the early days, cashflow was a…
  • What more should be done to help student entrepreneurs?

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    At the Labour Party Conference in September, panellists from the world of business and politics told the audience at the Student Entrepreneurs Question Time (SEQT) event that technological advances meant today’s entrepreneurs have more available opportunity than ever. However, to succeed they must be prepared to fail, remain ambitious without spending beyond their means and seek expert advice when faced with more complicated challenges. The event was hosted by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and Santander, to enable would-be entrepreneurs to…
  • Five money-saving tips for start-ups

    guestbloggerSUD
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    As a business owner, I constantly remind myself of the age-old adage: “Turnover is vanity; profit is sanity; cash is reality.” At my start-up, whether we’re riding a wave or encountering a turbulent period in our growth, one question is always raised whenever a management meeting takes place: “How can we tighten our belt and cut out unnecessary expenditure?”. Here are my tips: Share space and costs When starting out, be very modest with your workspace. Share space with other new and established businesses to keep your costs down. A shared workspace enables you to explore ways of…
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  • Giacomo Vacca On Human Cell Analysis at CNSV Nov-4-2014

    Sean Murphy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The IEEE Consulting Network of Silicon Valley continues its tradition of inviting world class experts on leading edge technologies  to speak at their monthly meetings. On Tue-Nov-4-2014, Giacomo Vacca of Kinetic River will provide an overview on how flow cytometers enable a wide range of “Human Cell Analysis.” My work on BeamWise has allowed me to collaborate with Dr. Vacca, where he is the Chief Scientific Officer–in addition to his work as founder of Kinetic River. He has taught me quite a bit about laser -based instrumentation, biophotonics, and life science research in…
  • Do I Need To Be A Supplicant In a Sales Call?

    Sean Murphy
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Q: In your blog post “Four Presentation Traps to Avoid” (which drew on Mike Monteiro’s “13 Ways Designers Screw Up a Client Presentation” which I found overall to be very valuable) you highlighted his item 4  “Not setting the stage properly” which ends with “Start the meeting by thanking them for their time.” I feel this puts you below the prospect or customer as a supplicant. Your time is just as valuable. It’s a minor thing but I suggest “I’m glad we could all find the time to meet today.” or something that…
  • Four Presentation Traps to Avoid

    Sean Murphy
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Mike Monteiro offered “13 Ways Designers Screw Up a Client Presentation–And One Weird Trick” in a Sep-13-2014 blog post: many of these are also applicable to entrepreneurs making presentations to prospects. The whole article is worth reading, here are my top four presentation traps to avoid from his list (I have retained Monteiro’s numbering scheme). 3. Start With an Apology: Do not start the presentation with an apology or disclaimer. If you’re really not prepared for the meeting, then better to cancel it than to waste your clients’ time. (You can get away with…
  • Entrepreneurial Passion: Good Servant, Poor Master

    Sean Murphy
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Entrepreneurial passion has to be based on a desire to create value, to be of service to a set of target customers. There may be many things you are interested in learning and room enough in your life for several hobbies, but pursuing a passion without regard to your ability to provide value in a way that is competitively differentiated is to pursue a hobby. Mike Rowe on Entrepreneurial Passion Mike Rowe makes this clear in his answer to a question from Stephen Adams of Auburn AL: “I’m confused by your directive to NOT “follow your passion.” I think it can be safely…
  • Tips for Low Cost Marketing of Your Services

    Sean Murphy
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I took part in a great roundtable conversation at tonight’s PATCA meeting on “Low Cost Marketing and Advertising for Consultants” Here were a couple of suggestions that I made in response to situations or challenges that other consultants put on the table. Five Things to Consider You get hired based on what you say, what you write, what others say about you (case studies, testimonials, referrals), and getting found when prospects are looking (ads, SEO/SEM, Craigslist, tradeshows). if you are invited to speak at least make an audio recording so you can post excerpts on your…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Fresh Focus: Choosing the Best Contact Management System for You

    EpicLaunch
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    One of the things you’ll often hear about in the real estate business is a contact management system. Contact management systems are software programs that help you better organize your professional life by managing appointments, contact information for clients, and automatically following up with prospects and clients in a systematic way. Here’s how to choose the right one for your practice. Get An Industry-Specific App In the world of CMS, there are a lot of choices. Most of those choices are generic options. And, yes, a generic option beats no option at all, but having a real…
  • The 5 Killers of Good Email Design and How to Keep them Away!

    EpicLaunch
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Email marketing campaigns are a serious, delicate business that can go wrong for all sorts of common or sometimes odd reasons. However, most of the problems you’re likely to face will consist of simple, controllable aspects that can be eliminated easily if you screen carefully. This is where we come in right now. Here we present to you an “Email Marketer’s Enemies” list of the five most common failure points presented as malicious personalities who will damage any email campaign and how you can avoid dealing with each of these “characters”. Here’s the text overview, but you…
  • Creating the Perfect Banner for Your Business

    EpicLaunch
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you own your own start up business, then you’ll know that first impressions matter. A first impression is a first chance to impress your customer , and a first chance to wow them. It is the ideal opportunity to make them choose your business over any other. So, how is this possible and what’s the best way to create the perfect first impression? This blog post looks to find out. Make Signage King In order to attract customers inside your premises, you first need something that attracts them towards the building. For this, you need signage, and planning the perfect piece of signage…
  • How to Optimize Your QuickBooks Experience

    EpicLaunch
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    If you own a small or medium-sized business, then there is a good chance you are already familiar with QuickBooks – after all, it is the most widely used accounting system in the world. Despite its popularity, many users only know basic functions to keep day-to-day financial transactions running smoothly. Using apps that integrate with QuickBooks is a great way to extend your accounting software to meet your business needs. Let’s go through some tips and tricks so you can get the most out of QuickBooks! Keeping the Customer Happy There is no point in having an immaculately organized…
  • Risky Businesses: Top Tips for Landing a Merchant Account

    EpicLaunch
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    There are not many businesses that have a completely risk-free profile and way of generating income. If you run an internet trading company then there is always the aspect of fraud to be wary of for example, but some business models are considered riskier than others. If you run a gambling or auction website or maybe offer gym membership subscriptions or have a group-buying website, all of these factors do represent more of a risk, when you are applying for a merchant account to accept card payments. Risky industries When you are applying for a merchant account through someone like Merchant…
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  • Maryland firms hauled in $89M in venture capital in Q3

    Tyler Waldman
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Venture capital investments in Maryland are still working their way back up, according to a report released this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. In the third quarter of 2014, venture capitalists spent $89 million, up 34 percent from the second quarter’s $66.5 million, but far off the third quarter number from last year, which hit $142 million, according to the report. Maryland ranked eighth in dollars invested and 13th in number of deals for the third quarter, according to the report. Neighboring Virginia ranked 12th in number of deals, but…
  • Jobs: Front-End Dev at LMO Advertising, Rails Dev at NewsUp, more

    Cary Betagole
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Technical.ly’s Jobs Roundup is a weekly series that shares local and regional tech job postings. See the Technical.ly Jobs Board for the most up-to-date listings. Baltimore GIS Application Developer .NET Developer Java Engineer Sr Software Engineer Database Developer Senior Developer QA with TDM and EDI VMware Engineer .Net Developer Front-End Developer Ruby on Rails Mentor Philadelphia Labs Technology Intern Graphic Designer and Web Development Manager Senior UX Designer Web Project Manager iOS or Android App Developers Cloud Systems Integration Engineer Lead Mobile Software…
  • Baltimore group keeps fighting for fiber connectivity [Links Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Community group lobbying for fiber Internet investment in Baltimore [The Baltimore Sun]: “Baltimore was among dozens of disappointed cities when Google announced it had picked Kansas City, Mo., for a high-speed fiber-optic data network in 2011, but officials vowed to continue fighting for fiber nonetheless.” Tech Council of Maryland to use $225,000 grant for cyber job training [Baltimore Business Journal]: “The Tech Council of Maryland will use $225,000 in federal money to train job seekers for cyber and technology jobs.” VIDEO: CyberMaryland Conference to showcase the…
  • NewsUp raises $500K seed round

    Tyler Waldman
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Millennial Media’s cofounder, an Under Armour executive and a former Maryland lieutenant governor led a $500,000 funding round in this maker of online news quizzes. Correct answer: What is NewsUp, Alex? The startup, based at the Emerging Technology Centers’ Highlandtown incubator, offers quizzes based on current events and pop culture, from ISIS to Ebola to the Baltimore Orioles. NewsUp celebrated the latest iteration of its public beta at a launch party in Towson earlier this month. "We're focused on curating the best stories from around the web, distilling them into the most…
  • New group looks to put Baltimore edtech community ‘on the map’

    Stephen Babcock
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    A new nonprofit has been formed to bolster Baltimore’s fast-growing edtech community. EdTech Maryland, which grew out of the Greater Baltimore EdTech Advisory Task Force, will focus on bringing edtech professionals together through events, and growing the local ecosystem by attracting talent and providing support for research. The Task Force ran events like the EdSurge Baltimore Tech for Schools Summit. Now, the organization will throw its legal, nonprofit status behind that and other efforts. Along with events, the organization will drive a Research Consortium that’s focused on…
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  • Speaker Lineup for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    In this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald Stevens writes that the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 has an incredible lineup of speakers. Cydney Ewald Stevens, Director, StartupHPC At roughly six weeks out from SC14 and our first StartupHPC Meetup, if you aren’t registered yet, you should register now! It’s going to sell out and if you’re not there you’re going to be bummed out! How can I be so confident? This meet up is going to be unlike any other you’ve attended, first because it’s not really adhering to any hardened definition of ‘meet up’. I personally liken it more to an…
  • Video: Reltio Startup Powers Real-Time Big Data with Cassandra

    Rich
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    In this video, Manish Sood from the Reltio Startup presents: Cassandra – A Real Time Big Data Application. Recorded at the Cassandra 2012 Summit. Reltio provides the world’s largest enterprise customers with real-time Big Data Applications that help business users understand markets, drive revenue and reduce risk through actionable, real-time and predictive insights integrated into applications and dashboards. These applications require the ability to not only handle data scale, latency, and high availability but also deliver capabilities that address reconciliation of data from…
  • More Details on the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Entrepreneurs interested in high performance computing are encouraged to attend the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14, which will take place at the Royal Sonesta in the French Quarter in New Orleans on Monday, Nov. 17 from 9:00am-3:30pm. Registrations are now open for the event.  We hope you can attend! The inaugural event has just published their agenda. 8:30am Registration & Mixer 9:15am Get Ready to… StartupHPC Shahin Khan, Partner, Orion Advisors 9:20am Typical Startup Framework & Today’s Agenda Steve Campbell, Partner, Orion Advisors 9:30am Startup Lifecycle Adrian…
  • Video: Why Startups Need Independent Boards

    Rich
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Startups face unique pressures, from execs with skin in the game to investors pushing for quick returns. In this video, Lucy Marcus from Marcus Venture Consulting discusses the importance of having an independent board for your Startup.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Miss the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The StartupHPC Community will host its first annual Meetup at SC14 in New Orleans on Nov. 17. How can the community foster entrepreneurship in an HPC business environment that has been rather brutal to young companies in the past? To learn more, we caught up with Cydney Ewald Stevens, Director of the StartupHPC Community. insideHPC: What is the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 all about? Cydney Ewald Stevens, Director, StartupHPC Cydney Ewald Stevens: The StartupHPC Meet up is about getting smart people together. But it’s also not like your traditional meet-ups! Think of it more as an…
 
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Are your ears and eyes always open?

    Banksy
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    A few years ago, at a time when I was still able to drive around in an impractical car (before the requirement for a 5-seater family car), I faced a dilemma one morning when I managed to lock myself out of said motor. Luckily, my neighbour happened to be the owner of Lockfix24 (a local locksmith’s in Exeter), and after a quick search on Google for his emergency number – he quickly came to my rescue. Kenny was a complete life saver that day, turning up within the hour and “breaking” me back into my car without leaving a mark. He was reliable, quick and efficient, and I cannot thank…
  • Why I love the Ryder Cup so much

    Banksy
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lets face it the Ryder Cup is a sensational event for any sports lover. Apart from the fact its so different to its standard format of the game and pits the best players from either side of the Atlantic against each other for three days, its neither of these reasons I want to focus on. The main reason I love the Ryder Cup and especially the European effort is because of the passion and camaraderie that is clearly evident in their team. There is a lesson for us all to take from the way that team work and support each other over the weekend.  ‘Teamwork’ is an often overused term in…
  • How to use LinkedIn to generate Sales Leads

    Banksy
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    In the last 3-4 months I’ve generated more than 50k’s worth of direct business from my personal LinkedIn account. I spend around 2-3 hours a week on the website and I have a set process for how to get the most from it. At Optix, we spend a fair bit of time training our clients on the effective use of this tool. I recently headed to London to help a 12 man sales team optimise their usage of it so I thought I’d share a few of the key points from that session with you today. The Basics For those that don’t know, LinkedIn is a social media platform which started back in 2003. Boasting…
  • Failure For the Win!

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

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

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

    Jeremy Cairns
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    My team at Davis Wright Tremaine and I are excited and honored to be able to help kick off the first day of Seattle Startup Week 2014 with an intensive meetup about the legal ins-and-outs surrounding Washington State Equity Crowdfunding.As one of the ideators of the Washington State crowdfunding legislation, I will be passing along my knowledge of the rules. We will also cover the JOBS Act, 506(b) vs. 506(c), general solicitation of fundraising rounds, and other fundraising alternatives.Seattle Startup WeekThis is your chance to support the community and mingle with hundreds of Seattle’s…
  • FAA Grants Limited Exemptions Allowing Hollywood to Film With Drones

    Joe Wallin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Diana Marina CooperIn a surprising move last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted permission to six Hollywood companies to film using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The FAA is currently developing rules to integrate UAVs into the domestic airspace, and to date the agency has blocked virtually all commercial operations from taking place.Under the current system, those looking to operate UAVs for commercial purposes can only proceed if they receive an exemption from the FAA. Although numerous companies have attempted to obtain exemptions, the FAA has been reluctant to…
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  • Office Tour: Cambridge Consultants [Slideshow]

    joshboyle
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Release Date:  Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:00 Blog Slideshow:  Innovation Alley Creative Collaboration Open Floor Plan A Bed? Come on In! Innovative Products Surgery? Test Dummy Gadgets Huddled Up Demonstration Hoops Sound Proof More Surgery Welcome To Boston! It's the Mayor! Grand Opening Do you have a Mannequin? State-of-the-art Thanks for Coming Teaser:  Welcome To Cambridge Consultants! Thumbnail:  Home Page Image: 
  • Dance. Hack. Paddle. Support TUGG!

    joshboyle
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  TUGG is a busy organization doing important work for our community. Over the next several weeks there’s some fun events upon us. TUGG is a busy organization doing important work for our community. Many of you have been to their events in the past supporting inspiring non-profits in and around Boston. Well, the team behind the incredible Tech Gives Back initiative, which saw some 2,000 people offer up a day of…
  • Talent on the Move! October 17, 2014

    Keith Cline
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Premium Company:  Actifio Release Date:  Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:30 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - October 17, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - October 17, 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.Bill Burke, CFO @ Invaluable.  Previously, CFO at Ensyn Corporation.  LinkJoseph Schwendt, CTO @ Dispatch.
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: October 20 - 24

    joshboyle
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Rework that schedule of yours and get out to some of these events! VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few lined up for next week to help you schedule accordingly.  Rework that schedule of yours and get out to some of these…
  • Northeastern Grads Launch Waylz – Gamify the Stock Market

    joshboyle
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Competitive spirit lies within all great entrepreneurs... Competitive spirit lies within all great entrepreneurs. Competition itself has spurred many a startup and is omnipresent among our ecosystem. Want to know for sure who is the better kiteboarder among your group of friends? Get yourself a WOO. Think your business is better than the next? Sign up for Startup Rounds. Want to prove your agency is…
 
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • Keep Sowing

    mholmes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s not easy to honor God with your giving. I will be the first to admit that. Having to wrestle the doubt, uncertainty, fear, AND sometimes the financial strain doesn’t make it any easier. But when it truly becomes unbearable there is only piece of advice I can give: keep sowing. There are numerous people […] The post Keep Sowing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why Tithing is Not Giving

    mholmes
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
      Tithing is not giving. Ouch! I know… strong words… but its true. It’s the starting point but not the end all be all. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. The Tithe is God’s The Bible is clear the tithe belongs to God: “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of […] The post Why Tithing is Not Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money

    mholmes
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
      If you log on to ANY TV minister…or any media minister… for that fact you will see a call for funds. Whether you agree with the minister of their ministry their will be a call. The calls will come from the seediest of individuals to the most respected…   …and some calls with a […] The post Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing

    mholmes
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
      God is a God of covenant. He legally binds Himself to His Law.This is why He acts in the life of a believer who clings to and confesses His Word (or Law). Someone who believes and confesses His Word is literally laying claim to their legal rights. And He being who He is HAS […] The post The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime!

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime! appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • 3 Things Your Startup Should Do ASAP For Success

    Tim Hickle
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    This month, we’re extremely excited to have the One Click Ventures team launch their newest E-Commerce brand from the Verge stage. This is the third brand launch we’ve done in the past year and we love seeing the incredible entrepreneurs in the Verge community reach a point where they can do a large brand launch, but most of the entrepreneurs in our community don’t fit that bill yet. As a matter of fact, about half of the attendees at any given Verge event are just getting started on the journey of entrepreneurship. Many of them dream of someday launching a large tech brand…
  • How to Stand Out By Honing In (On Your Target Market)

    Tim Flint
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You’ve got to figure out, not how to make someone think you’re relevant, but figure out who you’re already relevant to.” -Lorraine Ball, Owner of Roundpeg In a world of competing messaging, there’s only one way to make your company stand out. Target the customers who you’re already relevant to. These are the customers who will become passionate about your product because it aligns so closely with their wants/needs. These customers will not only buy your product again and again, but will be so excited that they will share your product with others. Realize that you can’t be…
  • Verge This Month: Could We Be Launching the Next Big Brand In Eye Wear?

    Tim Hickle
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s time to dispel the myth that Indianapolis is B2B town, or at least that’s what the team at felix + iris believe. After years of playing in the B2C E-Commerce space, the folks at One Click Ventures have turned their sights on the eye wear space. They have built a new brand offering a data-driven approach to eye glasses that has the potential to change the way we all buy glasses. The felix + iris team just got back from Fashion Week in New York where they introduced their brand to the press and this week, they’ll be announcing the time and place of the local launch of…
  • Pitch: PactSafe is the 1st Application that Seamlessly Manages, Tracks and Deploys Website Legal Agreements

    Matt Hunckler
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    PactSafe is the first application that seamlessly manages, tracks and deploys website legal agreements. In his August presentation at Verge, Brian Powers unveils PactSafe to the world. Watch his 5-minute pitch here: PactSafe: Seamlessly Manage, Track and Deploy Your Website Legal Agreements What is website legal? Terms of Use Privacy Policies Terms and Conditions Disclaimers The problem: Enforceability Deployment and Management is a Huge Distraction Tracking is Non-Existent The solution (PactSafe): Maximizes enforceability of website legal agreements. Manages and deploys all aspects of…
  • How It Works: Silicon Valley Acquisition of a Midwest Software Company

    Matt Hunckler
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Brandon Fischer, Founder/President at Anacore, Inc. “The best advice I got… is to plan for the future and have a solid exit strategy from the beginning,” said Brandon Fischer, Founder of Anacore, an Indiana-based software development firm that was recently acquired. Earlier this year, Anacore was acquired by Prysm Inc., a Silicon-Valley-based company that produces video walls that use Anacore’s technology. The software company acquisition made headlines in Indiana and changed the game for what Anacore is able to do with their business. We followed up with Fischer to…
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    Planio Blog

  • 20% Discount on RMClient for Planio users

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

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

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

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

  • SEO and the Startup: Cost-Effective SEO Solutions

    Gus
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Getting started in SEO as a start-up can be complicated. What is more, if you have something of a meagre budget, it can make matters worse. But, you don’t have to forgo SEO in the early days of your enterprise in order to conserve cash. There are some great ways that you can deploy SEO campaigns within your business in the crucial, early days of your venture. SEO need not be expensive. In fact, it can be as cheap as you need it to be. There are some frugal ways that you can deploy an effective SEO strategy. Let’s take a look at them. SEO Planter On Page Optimisation Undoubtedly, you have…
  • How to Prepare Your Business for Emergencies

    Gus
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Unfortunately, accidents happen in the workplace. As the owner, landlord, or occupier of the business, you are responsible for incidents such as breaches in fire safety. This also applies if you have paying guests, for instance if you run a bed and breakfast company. Read on to find out the correct procedures you should take to reduce the chance of accidents in the workplace and how to limit the consequences of emergencies. What Are the Correct Procedures As the accountable individual, you are responsible for ensuring fire risk assessments of the premises are reviewed regularly, and to make…
  • How to Create a Memorable E-Commerce Site: The Key Considerations

    Gus
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    While the retail department store sector has enjoyed considerable growth during 2014, e-ecommerce remains dominant in terms of sales volumes and unique visitors. If you have an e-commerce business, however, a large part of your success will rest on you being memorable.  After all, you can have the greatest range of goods at the most competitive prices but you will not fulfil your potential sales if your customers do not remember your site.  The following tips will help you to ensure that your site is memorable all the key points of use; before, during and after visiting your site: –…
  • Data Protection: An Issue No Start-up Can Afford to Ignore

    Gus
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Data protection is something that no start-up firm can ignore. You must fully understand the significance of this issue if you’re to avoid potentially costly fines and reputational damage. Flickr image The law The laws governing data protection differ from country to country. For example, firms in the UK are subject to the Data Protection Act. This requires all organisations to safeguard sensitive information and to destroy it when it’s no longer needed.  Firms that fail to meet the rules can face fines of up to £500,000. So that you’re not caught off guard, make sure you read up…
  • 5 Startups revolutionizing the way we manage our workflow

    Tim Hinchliffe
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    As businesses and individuals have begun to steer away from the traditional office workspaces, the need for workflow optimization has become greater than ever. With people now working from home or on the go, the cloud has become the place for organizing, communicating, and sharing data. Here are five startups founded by serial entrepreneurs who aim to re-imagine the way we handle workflow. From Paul Rudeman, Founder of UpdateZen: In a bid to reduce the time that project teams waste through ineffective communication and coordination, the team at UpdateZen have released an effective iPhone and…
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • Why Prolonged Sitting And Standing Is Unproductive

    Anna Vital
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Sitting too much will probably shorten your life. Entrepreneurs sit a lot. No wonder recently this new smart cushion Darma became instantly popular on Kickstarter. The key to reversing the effects of sitting is not standing – it’s standing up regularly. Switch up sitting and standing every 30 minutes, advises Cornell University ergonomics team. How would you remember to switch? And who will tell you to keep your back straight? The Key To Sitting Is Moving Every 20 minutes for just 2 minutes. And movement is free. The absolute time that you sit is not as important breaking up…
  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

    Anna Vital
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Apple just announced its first new product category since the iPad. And since Steve Jobs. Follow his life path to see how he learned to create and think like a genius, as told by Walter Isaacson. How Steve Jobs Started – The Winding Path As people around the world wondered if innovation at Apple had stopped with Steve Jobs, we want to share with you a snapshot of the genius’s life.  How did Steve Jobs start? His life story is not a straight line, but more like a winding path. From his early years it’s clear that Jobs had no grand plan in the beginning. His search for…
  • Late Bloomers – Late In Life Success

    Anna Vital
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Late bloomers are people who achieved proficiency in some skill later than they are normally expected to. The key word is “expected.”   School Is a Machine, Learning Is Not Ever since the 19th century, when education was first standardized, learning in popular imagination is highly connected to age. The school system, back then and now, is modeled after a factory – people get education in batches, based on their date of manufacture. If you were manufactured seven years ago, that means it’s time to learn the multiplication table, for instance. And if you are ten…
  • Too Late To Start? Quarter Life Crisis and Late Bloomers

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

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

  • Unleashing The Power of Self-Understanding with Steve Sisler – TCE 047

    Scott
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Do you think if you understood how your brain worked and why you behave the way you do, you’d be better equipped to perform at a high level? If the answer isn’t at a resounding yes for you yet, that may change after today’s episode. I’m honored to have Steve Sisler founder of the behavioral resource group to take us through a deep dive on the power of behavioral profiling and how we can use it to level up work, relationships, and performance. There’s a lot of different behavior profile tests out there, but in my…
  • Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist with Steve Schlafman – TCE 046

    Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “A common effort, yields common results” Man I love that, and I think it’s so important to keep in mind in the pursuit of doing hard things. Today I’m so exicted to have my close friend on the show Steve Schlafman. Steve’s an investor at well known venture capital firm RRE Ventures and is someone whose work ethic and hustle I genuinely admire. We’ve had a lot of entrepreneurs on this show, but today I wanted to bring someone on the other side of the table on. Steve sees 100’s if not thousands of companies a year…
  • Abundant Joy: How To Be The Happiest Person In The Room

    Scott
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Two months ago I realized I’ve been doing my gratitude practice at about 25% of what it could be… I fell into this new ritual kind of by accident, but I’ve never been happier and held a more persistent sense of inner joy since I started this so I had to share it with you. I feel like I’ve beat this into the ground, but happiness (and everything else) is an inside job. To be filled with joy is a decision rooted in your ability to properly and consistently take an empowering perspective. Even though I…
  • Inside the Mind of A Dreams Dealer with Steve Sims – TCE 044

    Scott
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Tell me if any of these things sound cool… Riding exotic cars across the Mojave desert, traveling to space…getting to play a concert with Journey! I’ve always been a fan of spending my money on experiences versus stuff and I’m pretty sure today’s guest would agree. I’m so pumped to have Steve Sims, the founder of Blue Fish which is the premier executive concierge service in the world. Steve is what I call a dreams dealer. If you can think of an experience you want for you life, he figures out a way to create…
  • How to Make A Killer First Impression With Ben Altman – TCE 043

    Scott
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Ever met someone that left you inspired, energized and impressed? What was it about their behavior that left you feeling that way? Today we’re going to decode the art of making a killer first impression with my buddy Ben Altman. Ben is the founder of Charisma on Command and my ol roomie in Brazil. After going from average joe to social powerhouse by working on himself for 5+ years Ben now teaches presentation skills to people all over the world. And what presentation is more impactful than making a killer first…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Amanda McClellan – Founder and CEO of Moms Making It Happen

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I take action quickly, and work out the kinks later. Amanda McClellan is the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) and Founder of Moms Making It Happen. Formerly, a middle school history teacher, Amanda quickly realized she was passionate about teaching in a much different setting. After being raised in an entrepreneurial household, her own entrepreneurial drive led to her discovery of Internet and social media marketing in 2009. Since then, Amanda has been a full time entrepreneur, most of the time within the health and wellness industry. However, it was her experiences as a mom from which her…
  • Adam Stone – Founder and CEO of Speedlancer

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Writing down ideas when I think of them has been useful. But the trick is to leave the idea for a couple of months; If I’m still thinking about it, then it must be good! At the age of 12, Adam Stone starting his first businesses, importing and selling toys on eBay. Since then, he has continued his entrepreneurial journey. Last year, at the age of 19, Adam was awarded Australia’s 2013 Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, for the success of his business in the telecommunications space. He is now also Founder & CEO of Speedlancer.com, a revolutionary…
  • Jason Miles – Owner of Home Care Pharmacy

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Build relationships in the community you serve because referrals can come in a variety of different ways. Jason grew up in Simi Valley, CA. He studied his fathers work and quickly became a trusted pharmaceutical professionals in the local area. His hobbies include camping and travel. He lived and thrived in Spain for 2 years before returning to the United States. You can follow Jason’s company on twitter at @PharmacySV or visit his website at homecaresv.com to learn more about his life as a pharmacist and business owner! Where did the idea for Home Care Pharmacy come from? What does…
  • Christian Plagemann – Founder of Classic Trader

    Mario Schulzke
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Step away from your daily business and talk to your staff and the real people surrounding your business. Christian Plagemann is one of three founders and Managing Directors of the Classic Trader GmbH. The extremely classic car enthusiast is responsible for sales, customer support and cooperations at classic-trader.com . In the past 5 years, the trained banker and Master of Business Administration held various sales and business development positions at eBay and mobile.de and was responsible for various strategic alliances with partners in the automotive and media industries. Previously,…
  • Mike Honeywell – CMO of CivicPlus

    Mario Schulzke
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Get to know the people you work with really well. Walk around, ask them what’s going on, listen to their answers, and make a point to encourage them whenever you can. Mike Honeywell is the CMO of CivicPlus, a complete solution provider for local governments that facilitates desired outcomes by helping align the right people, processes, and structures. Mike’s background includes 20 years of marketing experience, including managing brands, gathering consumer insights, and researching new product ideas. He’s helped launch nine startups and consulted with management teams at several Fortune…
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    swombat.com

  • I don't know

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Mark Suster: She reminded us that in the world we live in we are often expected to be experts. We are expected to know everything and many people rush to conclusions given a limited set of information. Learning comes from starting with a point-of-view that says, “I don’t know.” I said I learned this 15 years ago because that is when I stopped being a consultant. Mark explains how the "here's an answer/solution" posture can hurt your business and your investments. This is an essential lesson for all founders, particularly since we are frequently thrown into situations where posturing…
  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
  • The idea funnel

    Daniel Tenner
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Great, solid post by Stef Lewandowski explaining in some details how he goes about how to create lots of projects and then filter them down to a few working projects (an idea which I explored in this post, but which he seems to have taken to the next level!): This last eighteen months, I’ve deliberately tried to go for a strong idea, loosely held approach — to allow myself to be open to lots of things, and to not be too convinced that they will definitely be right. The strategy was to try out many tiny ideas at an early stage, do a series of quick prototypes, play with them, often in…
  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

    Salim Virani
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bill Barnett at Stanford comments how so many startup pundits fail to learn when observing failures. Indeed, not only are the lessons learned often lost, but also the opportunity to use others' failures as one of the fastest sources of actionable information. Unfortunately, most observers skip the logic part. It is mentally easier to jump to the “obvious” conclusion: If the business failed, the business model must be wrong. Full stop. You can easily tell when this skip happens. The person will name an example as if it were a reason. Is online grocery delivery a viable model? No: Webvan.
  • Non-violent communication

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    First Round Capital's written a thought-provoking guide to internal startup communication: When startups experience conflict — particularly between leaders — efforts quickly become uncoordinated, motivations get misunderstood, and results fall short of expectations. You simply can’t produce an incredible product if the team building it won’t agree on fundamentals. Avoiding problems only allows them to fester and impact more people, while hasty, non-strategic communication can turn a small fire into a blaze. It centralises around a commmon mistake: Watch out, because the jump from…
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    Platform Thinking

  • Why New Payment Mechanisms Fail To Take Off

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

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

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

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a guest post by Justin Mares, the co-author of  Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers. Get the first 3 chapters free here. You (or your team’s) engineering talents can get your startup traction directly by building tools and resources that reach more people. We call this traction channel engineering as marketing: using engineering time to create useful tools like calculators, widgets, and educational micro-sites to get your company in front of potential customers. These tools then generate leads and expand your customer base. HubSpot, a marketing automation software…
  • Uber: The feedback loop disrupting transportation

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    When Uber was valued at tens of billions of dollars, there was significant criticism from valuation experts (Aswawth Damodaran, no less) and an equally compelling response from one of Uber’s earliest investors, Bill Gurley. One of the best things that emerged from these discussions (in conjunction with a back-of-the-napkin sketch tweeted by David Sacks, founder of Yammer) was a much more nuanced discussion of the feedback loop that drives Uber’s network effect. Uber is a classic two-sided marketplace where more cars on the network attract more travelers and vice versa. But as with…
 
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    The Startup Videos

  • 3 Fast Linkedin Sales Hack for new startup marketers.

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Social-selling is hot, especially for startups who have no budget. But do we really sell our stuff using Facebook and Twitter. If it is B2B then no way, you have to look into Linkedin. Linkedin is a great sales tool. No wonder, even Fortune companies close deals via Linkedin. As a startup, sales will always hit your head once your products are out. These 3 fast hacks cannot skyrocket your sales but sure will let you go in the right path to get everything done faster in linkedin sales. “Help the people in your network. And Let them help you.”      – Reid Hoffman, Founder of…
  • How to scale your startup like Google from Eric schmidt

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Eric Schmidt with his latest post in slideshare came up with something exciting to read. Yes, it is all about how Google scaled from a startup to an uncompetitive world brand. Highlights from Eric Post Any old business rule won’t work, especially the most successful rule. Big Brands are scared of small startups. Even a small startup from any part of the world will get the equal opportunity to grow like a Silicon valley startup. How to do amazing things at amazing speed? Your idea is just an idea until you have the right team. Attract smart people, since smart people can build smart…
  • Secret of the Startup Pitch To a VC- The right cast is the Hero or the Heroine?

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    If you explore the adventurous world of a Startup Entrepreneur (SE), you can observe that it is driven by a fairy tale with its own triumphs and disasters. He has his own story to tell and to sell. How mighty is his wing or how high can he fly? Like the hero of his tale his endeavor is to “steal” golden treasures from the Giant’s den; that is the Venture Capitalist (VC); which is no easy task. Yet, these very stories show us that something more than a random distribution of luck will determine the success of an entrepreneur. Let us first see how he tries to churn that tale to attract a…
  • Startups Mentored by Chennai Entrepreneur Have Raised in Excess of $30M – An Interview with Aspire Swaminathan

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Learning never stops. But many a times, listening to experiences, perhaps, gives you the luxury of not going through the learning curve to gain expertise and be very successful in the chosen area. There are great entrepreneurs out there who have gone through enough to reach a stage of impacting global economy. It’s a life time opportunity for startups to listen to every one of them. Now, you are going to listen to one such Mentor and a Serial Entrepreneur from Chennai, Aspire Swaminathan, the Founder and CEO of Aspire Ventures who has been helping startup companies to create world class…
  • How to explain my Startup in 90 seconds

    bhuvana
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
          90 seconds would be effective in extending your product’s reach. Because it’s the threshold limit to grab a person’s attention after which they turn into some ferocious animals. First analyze who your audience is. So make a small story for your brand. Craft the first 30 seconds well, since it is going to decide the fate of your video. Present a problem that connects with your target audience instantly. That’s your hook to make them stay till the end. Then it’s show time, bring your brand into the picture. Show how your brand solves their…
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    AlleyWatch

  • The 3 Stages of Successful Fundraising

    Andrew Vest
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Fundraising: Love it or hate it, unless you are independently wealthy, it’s key to the success of your new startup. When done right, it can lead to lucrative partnerships with angel investors and...
  • 3 Common Startup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Jason Grill
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Growing up I admired Michael Jordan. In my opinion, he is the best player in basketball history. At the time he was playing professionally, I never imagined him making mistakes. But recently, I came...
  • A Great Product Will Fail Unless You Price it Right

    Martin Zwilling
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will...
  • You Will Not Believe What is Really Going Through An Investor’s Mind While You Pitch Them

    Christopher Quiles
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
      Have you ever wondered what goes through an investor’s mind when you pitch an idea to them? If the answer is yes, then look no further. There are many things, such as: what the ideal...
  • #NYCtech Week in Review

    AlleyWatch
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space.  We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week...
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    Startup Freak

  • Cashlele.com

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company Name : Cashlele.com Description : Cashback and Coupons offers Company Overview : Cashlele.com is India’s one of the best Cashback and Coupons website. We aim to maximise your savings by providing you cashback and offer on your online purchases.Our Cashback and Coupon partners include the best brands like Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong and 500 more. When you purchase from your trusted brands through Cashlele,we provide you with cashback and exciting offers and coupons. Homepage URL: http://www.cashlele.com Industry : Ecommerce Number of Employees : Location : Bangalore…
  • Websoftex Software Solutions Pvt Ltd

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company Name : Websoftex Software Solutions Pvt Ltd Description : Websoftex Software Solutions Private Limited is a Software company, extending its services in Website Designing & Development, Custom Software Development and Mobile. Company Overview : Websoftex Software Solution Pvt. Ltd is a software company, extending its services in Website Designing & Development, Custom Software Development and Mobile. Our company is committed to provide Creative, Innovative and quick & quality Website Design, Chit Fund Software, RD FD Software, Android Application, MLM Software, Microfinance…
  • Wishary Co. Ltd.

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Company Name : Wishary Co. Ltd. Description : Fashion Product Discovery Platform Company Overview : Wishary is a shopping advisor and product discovery platform where users can initiate requests for product recommendations by posting images of their desired product. Wishary harnesses the power of social media to enhance reachability, maximize convenience and improve quality of options for its users. Wishary is unique in the way that it is not merely a product discovery website that groups products from other e-commerce websites as per its own categorisation but a recommendations driven…
  • Take My Class

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Company Name : Take My Class Description : Divide and prioritize your work by hiring our services! Company Overview : USA-Sept 27, 2014- Among many reasons that students seek the services of an online writing forum, includes one when they are struggling to write themselves. Often students who are capable enough of working and writing good quality essays find themselves blank and out of ideas. This is normal for any student with the ample amount of stress they feel every day. Also at times students have several submission due round about the same time. They have trouble trying to figure out…
  • Agriya

    StartupFreak
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Company Name : Agriya Description : Web and Mobile Application Development Company Company Overview : Agriya is a web development and mobile app development company which creates simply innovative websites, scripts, mobile applications and online softwares. Our Vision To become the one and only distinguished Web and Mobile development outsourcing company locally and internationally with the aim of developing the latest and clear cut technology solutions to help our partners achieving strategic growth and excellence in the competitive online business environment. Our Mission To optimise and to…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Startup PR Is Like Dating: Why You’re Not Getting Past the First Date

    Crystal Richard
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    There’s one in every office. That token single person who will brave the dating world and return to the office with tales ranging from first date butterflies to horror stories from the trenches to 50 shades of you did what?! Having both been that token single girl and witnessed others around me, I recently made a very keen observation: the parallels between dating and startup PR are not so unalike. Those feelings you get when you’re about to a pitch a journalist – sweaty palms and nervous knot in your stomach? The high you get when it results in perfect coverage. How alone you feel…
  • The Differences Between Traditional and Startup Marketing

    Renee Warren
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve spent months, possibly even years, testing and perfecting your product. Now you’re faced with the task of telling the world about your amazing thing. If you’re a typical startup,  you probably have a small budget, a tiny, hard-working team, and an audience different than an already-existing brand. The truth is, traditional marketing doesn’t always work for startups. How you market your startup must be different from the marketing strategy of a larger company. The Unique Needs of Startups With an “unproven” product, startups are often taking a risk allocating time and money…
  • 99% of Startup PR is Showing Up

    Heather Carson
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Speaking at a conference in South Dakota last week, I had the chance to meet a former AP reporter who approached me to discuss the interesting relationship between journalists and PR people. He and I agreed that while our differences have often been at the forefront of debate and banter, when a PR person and a journalist really work to ‘get each other’ – it’s a beautiful thing. The key takeaway from my presentation at the event was straight-forward, but a good reminder for all in this business – in order to be successful in Startup PR, relationships are paramount. It’s the…
  • Normal Gets You Nowhere – Why Your Pitch Isn’t Standing Out

    Crystal Richard
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve spent loads of time perfecting your pitch, making sure it’s not only interesting, but also absolutely bulletproof. Your media kit is a shining example of perfection, if only they gave out awards out for this sort of thing… Unfortunately though, with all of the pitches that journalists are hit with every day, it takes something really special to stand out amongst the thousands of other pieces of breaking news. So what to do? How do you craft a pitch that is destined for greatness? One that will make it past the overcrowded inboxes of delete-happy journalists? By being, dare we say…
  • Content Upcycling: How One Blog Post Can Last You Months

    Renee Warren
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    We have some good news, and some not-so-good news about your content marketing. The good news: Your company has a powerful asset that renews itself on a regular basis. The not-so-good news: It’s not doing you any good because you’ve left it completely untapped. This mysterious hidden asset is your existing content. Blog posts and infographics collecting dust in archives, or that YouTube account that has been all but forgotten about. Content that generated leads, clicks, and shares when it was originally published, but has been sitting idle ever since. Content that you invested time,…
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  • 10 Tips For Scaling Up Your Business When Life Gets Crazy

    Kiera Abbamonte
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Scaling your business might seem like a big, overwhelming task. When you’re already busy with work and home life, it can be hard to find the time to focus on properly scaling. It’s easy to fall into the trap of only worrying about tasks that provide an immediate monetary return, but spending time on planning is the only way to find long-term success. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that hard. A good bulk of the work that goes into scaling a business consists of getting your ducks in a row before you start ramping up business. We pulled together 10 tips that will help you tackle the…
  • The Best Accounting Apps for Your Small Business: Reviewed!

    Kaleigh Moore
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Small business owner = wearer of many hats. One of those hats is the Accounting hat. If you’re like me, that hat is particularly daunting. As in, it’s a big scary hat that makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and cry. Why is that? Well, I never had any formal education on the subject. Accounting is an unknown world to me. Yet, I find myself assigned with accounting duties as part of my small business. So when it came time to find the perfect app to help simplify the accounting process (and make that particular hat less scary), I wanted to check out my options to see which option…
  • Clean vs. Messy Desks: What Does Your Style Say About You?

    Grasshopper Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    You have a style. You just don’t know it yet. Sure, you’ve labored over the choice of a light autumn jacket. Or maybe you’ve perused the Internet many a late night, wrapping your noggin over the quandary of which pair of work boots best expresses your taste in, well, work boots. But as it turns out, the clutter on your desk (or lack thereof) may have just as much to say about your personality as the deepest of your consumer choices. A number of intriguing and eye-opening studies into the world of clutter have revealed that your leftover bottle of Coke Zero or mishmash of half-completed…
  • Loans, Credit Cards, Grants? Funding a Business Without Investors

    Kaleigh Moore
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the world of small business, not everyone plans on having angel investors or working with Venture Capitalists. That’s just not realistic for everyone, right? However, it still takes money to make money. So how does a small business get funding before it becomes profitable? Should it use loans, or credit cards, or maybe crowdfunding options? Here’s the truth: There are many ways to help get your financial footing when you’re just starting out. But finding the best fit for your business is going to depend on your needs. Let’s take a look at a few possible options. Small Business…
  • Solutions that Rescue Super Small Businesses and Startups

    Grasshopper Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    “Streamline your scheduling! … for companies with 500+ employees.” “Manage your customer service! … for just eleventy billion dollars per month.” “Project management software for free! … unless you have more than one project to manage.” Sound familiar? If you run a super small business—say, 1-5 people—then you’re no stranger to these types of services. They’ll offer you a great way to manage customers, or they’ll offer a great SaaS program…only for you to find out that their solutions are tailored to mid-size companies with huge budgets and monstrous employee…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Waldo

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waldo- Smart technology bike alarm with motion detection- Receive smartphone notifications if bike is being tampered with- Track bike if stolen via GPS technology- Audible alarm- Protective housing affixes alarm to bike- Find local bike shops via smartphone app- Waldo.bike
  • In the Spotlight - Linknovate

    Eleanor Wall
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Linknovate- Smart search engine for science/scientists- Beta focused on energy sector- Discover research, experts, trending research- Explore research by university affiliation- Uncover recent discoveries in multiple technologies- Connect with expert sources (media publications, legal proceedings, testimonials)- Data discoveries include grants, documents, conferences, corporations, institutions, startups- Connection capabilities + data discovery (like LinkedIn for science and engineering)- Linknovate.com
  • In the Spotlight - Deskbeers

    Eleanor Wall
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Deskbeers- Craft beer, delivered to your office- New craft beer each Friday- Weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly delivery- Free delivery- Cancel subscription any time - Currently only available in London and Brighton- Discover new brews from London and UK craft brewers- Friday afternoon unwind for staff, made easy + new brews to rate/discuss- Deskbeers.com
  • In the Spotlight - TreeJoy

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    TreeJoy- Christmas trees as a service- Select, order, and pay online- Payments powered by Stripe - Handpicked trees- Tree guarantee - Free delivery- Additional setup service- Supports local tree farmers - Currently available in Milwaukee, WI and Bend, OR- GetTreeJoy.com
  • In the Spotlight - Starry

    Eleanor Wall
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Starry- Chrome extension for startup details- Toggles data in your sidebar- Offers data details from Crunchbase, AngelList, and Alexa- Mark favorite startups- Links to investor information and company news- Currently in public beta testing- Bug reporting capabilities- GoStarry.com
 
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    e27

  • Hong Kong startup scene is heating up: Sensbeat’s Leo Wong — Part 2

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    The number of people who want to do startups is increasing. Growing integration centres and co-working spaces are proof, says the Co-founder Image credit: Leo Wong This article concludes the two-part Q&A with Sensbeat’s Co-founder Leo Wong. Read Part 1 here Are you looking to expand the Sensbeat team? Yes, but I think the most challenging part is hiring engineers in Hong Kong. We want to hire one or two engineers from Hong Kong because we want to work at the same location. We also want to hire business development associates to support the non-technical side, basically growth,…
  • Taobao Marketplace launches self pick-up service with SingPost’s POPStation

    Elaine Huang
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Always missing parcels? This particular partnership might make Taobao customers in Singapore very happy Remember Alibaba’s US$249 million investment in Singapore Post (SingPost) earlier in May 2014? Well, that particular deal is already bearing fruit for the Chinese e-commerce giant. Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace Southeast Asia has today launched a self pick-up service with SingPost. Customers in the city-state can pick up their goods from more than 70 POPStations across the country. According to an official statement, this new service will run alongside the existing option for…
  • [Singapore] Backstage Pass – Using event spaces creatively

    e27 Editorial Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Latest Backstage Pass event by Peatix will be about using event spaces creatively: Spontaneous pop-ups vs. Planned conservation Synopsis: Backstage Pass by Peatix is a community event for event organisers – exchange lessons, connect with people who enable events and grow as a group. —— In land-scarce Singapore, event organisers have to be creative in their use of spaces. Come listen to two groups of organisers: one championing planned conservation and the other spontaneous pop-ups. Spontaneous Pop-ups: An Eminent Takeover Pop-up events have been all the rage in the past…
  • Bill Tai wants to ‘empower the next generation’ of Zuckerbergs

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    In this e27 exclusive, Tai talks about the OzAPP Awards, his MaiTai community, books he recommends, tech’s fifth wave and much more Venture Capitalist Bill Tai This is part one of a two-part e27 exclusive with Bill Tai Legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Tai, who established the West Coast office of Charles River Ventures in 2002 and seeded Twitter as it was just forming, was in Hong Kong last week for the OzAPP Awards Road Show. e27 had an opportunity to sit down with Tai for an exclusive conversation. Here are the excerpts: What’s your involvement with the OzAPP…
  • GNum raises US$5.6 million in seed funding from Tembusu Partners

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    The Singapore-based startup will use the funding to expand operations globally over the next two years, and improve product pipeline and technologies Image credit: GNum Singapore-based tech startup GNum announced today that it has raised S$7 million (US$5.6 million) in seed funding from private equity firm Tembusu Partners. An official release said that GNum has developed a patent-pending technology that allows calls from any electronic device (PC, tablet and other mobile phones) to be routed to a GNum user’s mobile phone. “GNum is a tech startup. We develop a technology enabling…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Truecaller partner with Microsoft in exclusive Windows Phone deal

    James Pember
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Truecaller are on a roll. A week after announcing a massive $60M round of funding led by Sequoia and Skype-founder Niklas Zennström, they’ve this past week announced that they’re partnering with Microsoft to bring Live Caller ID to Windows Phones, exclusively. Essentially, users can now identify unknown numbers during incoming calls, even if the user has not stored that phone number in their phonebook. These kinds of native integrations are crucial for Truecaller, who rely on these partnerships to provide a quick and easy lookup service for the user. Whilst their product has…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – October 18 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    17 Oct 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 Wifi community Instabridge raise $1M from Creandum Instabridge, a wifi community and wifi client company based out of Stockholm, have today announced a $1M financing round led by Creandum, The round also included GP Bullhound and business angels Niall Murphy, Scott Bannister, early board member of PayPal and Felix Hagnö, co-founder of TradeDoubler. Are you looking for an apartment? Hittebo at your service…
  • Purchase parking tickets at your convenience with Parkster

    Anders Hassis
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Parkster is a digital service that serves the purpose of enabling people to purchase parking tickets at their convenience. Instead of having to manually reach a parking machine you can now easily buy tickets using your mobile phone. For most people, purchasing parking tickets can be quite a bit of a hassle when parking their car and also the parking industry as well. Searching for the parking machines and having to stand for a long time in queue for the tickets is very unpleasant and time consuming. Parking companies also do not like to have unhappy customers like any other organizations.
  • Kanban + Basecamp = KanbanBase

    Einar Persson
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For those who are unfamiliar with to the term kanban, it’s a simple yet sophisticated scheduling system. The concept was picked up by Toyota in order to improve and maintain a high efficiency level of production. The system has been faithfully used in software development for quite a while now and has resulted in improvements in flow and productivity. I remember myself falling in love with the concepts of kanban once upon a time, plowing through books and a bunch of online courses on the subject. Eventually it utterly failed despite my efforts, but nevertheless the basic ideas of kanban…
  • Wifi community Instabridge raise $1M from Creandum

    James Pember
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Instabridge, a wifi community and wifi client company based out of Stockholm, have today announced a $1M financing round led by Creandum, The round also included GP Bullhound and business angels Niall Murphy, Scott Bannister, early board member of PayPal and Felix Hagnö, co-founder of TradeDoubler. The company, who’ve been growing their product and user base under the radar have had a solid year. The team tell us that their users add over 1000 new wifi networks each day, that 20,000 connections are made each day and that their biggest markets are emerging ones, such as Mexico,…
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  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: GetYourHero

    Stewart Masters
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a bit of a clean freak. To the point where a room full of dirty laundry and a sink overflowing with crusty dishes is enough to send me over the edge. Given that cleaning isn’t topping the list of my most loved pastimes, finding a cleaner […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: GetYourHero appeared first on Barcinno.
  • To Do or Not To Do, There Is No Trying

    Scott Mackin
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    The following is a guest post created by the team at Tetuan Valley Startup School Barcelona, a 6-week program for young wanna-be-entrepreneurs who want to experience what is it like to build a startup. Many of us are struck with one of those ideas that we are convinced will change the world. We can’t wait to […] The post To Do or Not To Do, There Is No Trying appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Salespoint (@Salespointapp)

    Stewart Masters
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Salespoint I used to find myself in a position before a sales meeting where I’d be scrambling around on my phone like a maniac, trying to access information on the person I was about to meet. That was more often that not, a pretty daunting tasks given that the classic CRM systems […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Salespoint (@Salespointapp) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Content Strategy For The Web: An Interview with Kristina Halvorson

    Scott Mackin
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I first picked up Content Strategy For The Web in the summer 2012 and immediately I was hooked right in. My eyes were suddenly opened to the tangled mess the internet had become and that, when it came to companies creating content online, common sense had left town a long time ago. Fast forward to […] The post Content Strategy For The Web: An Interview with Kristina Halvorson appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Heard@ Techscout 2014: Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    An update on innovation strategy Another conference on innovation landed last month in Barcelona: the European Networking Group with its Techscout 2014:  Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence. Open Innovation directors from large corporates as Nestle, Unilever, General Mills, Shell and DSM shared their experience. The central question was: are we entering innovation maturity? Behind this […] The post Heard@ Techscout 2014: Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • New beginnings

    Christian Walter
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    It has been a while since the last post on this page, as you can see. From now on the focus of the page will shift a bit. Andrey and I originally had the idea to write comprehensive articles about the community, but since we never intended to make money out of this, it has always been a side project. At the end of last year Andrey decided to leave to Copenhagen, which left me writing by myself – apart from rare cases were my friends contributed to the blog (much appreciated!). Interviewing a startup and publishing an article takes about a week and that is just not feasible at the moment.
  • Marketplaces

    Christian Walter
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    Marketplaces are on the most exciting business models out there, and not surprisingly one of the most profitable ones as well. A marketplace is effectively a platform that allows Party A to sell to Party B. What sounds simple is that simple, and that is probably why it attracts so many entrepreneurs, and investors – or the other way around, who knows. The beauty of a marketplace is that it decreases inefficiencies, transaction cost, and fragmentation, eventually saving a lot of time. Ideally a marketplace provides the infrastructure, trust, and governance to make transactions more…
  • JetRadar – flight search engine for Thailand

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

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

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

  • WP Courseware 3.0 Released

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

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

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

    Ryan Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I recently decided to build a new LMS demo site with WooThemes Sensei, which gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time setting Sensei up and integrated it into an existing site for this review. Since most of Uncanny Owl’s platform consulting work involves LearnDash, it was great to explore a different approach to a WordPress LMS solution. In this quick review I’ll discuss some of what I really liked about Sensei (compared to LearnDash) and where I  have concerns about using the plugin to deliver training. First, some history. Uncanny Owl started working with WordPress LMS…
  • WooThemes Sensei LMS Demo Site

    Ryan Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Ever wanted to see what Sensei looked like with a third-party theme? Maybe try it out on a platform where it could be more directly compared to LearnDash? Now you can! Uncanny Owl now has a completely functional Sensei site up at http://sensei.uncannycloud.com/. Sign in and check out some demo courses and lessons created with Sensei! If the new Sensei site looks familiar, that’s because it’s a clone of our LearnDash demo site. We took a snapshot of that site, replaced LearnDash and iThemes Exchange with Sensei and WooCommerce (and a whole lot of other stuff) and then rebuilt the same demo…
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    NextShark

  • Obama’s Credit Card Was Declined at a Fancy NYC Restaurant During Dinner With The First Lady

    Sebastian Dillon
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Most people have experienced having their credit card declined during a purchase — some of us have even suffered the embarrassment of experiencing it during a date. It seems our beloved president is not immune to this either. Last month, President Obama was dinning with the first lady at a fancy restaurant in downtown Manhattan when his credit card was declined. “I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on,” he told CNN. “Luckily, Michelle had hers. Obama then defended himself to the waitress. “I was trying to explain to the…
  • Here’s the Difference Between What Men and Women Do When Flying

    Editorial Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Everyone has their own unique set of experiences and thoughts before they fly. A study done by the Airline Passenger Experience Association gathered together data explaining some of the major differences in how men and women experience flying. Check out their infographic below. Source: Airline Passenger Experience Association  
  • Take a Tour of Billionaire Ted Turner’s $23.7MM Private Island Up For Sale

    Alan Van
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    One of the business world’s favorite crazy uncles is letting go of one of his estates (yes, plural) for, what is to him, spare change — $23.7 million spare change to be exact. With a net worth of $2.2 billion, tens of millions of dollars really are just a drop in the bucket to TBS and CNN founder Ted Turner. The 75-year-old media magnate once cavalierly, and rightly, said, “Every few seconds it changes – up an eighth, down an eighth – it’s like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.” Turner is asking $23.7 million for his 4,680-acre private…
  • Take an Intimate Look Into the Life of a Real Sex Worker [PHOTOS]

    Editorial Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    This is Eden, and she has sex with with people for money in San Francisco. Working as a sex worker (a nicer word for a prostitute) means you aren’t just hustling, you are the hustle. It’s not glamorous or safe, but sometimes your circumstances in life leave you with little else to bet on. Photographer Alicia Vera was afforded an opportunity to observe and document Eden’s everyday life, from her daily work, telling her mom she was a prostitute, to her struggles with the law. This is as raw as life gets in pictures. Eden takes her wig off after finishing with a customer to…
  • See How Your Favorite Company Logos Have Changed Over the Last 100 Years

    Editorial Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s almost hard to believe that some of these companies are over 100 years old, so it’s no surprise that their logos have become nostalgic staples in our society. This infographic documents how some companies have evolved — and how some haven’t. Check it out! Source: Taxi
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Reserved Seating BETA

    Yapsody
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event put on sale by October 31st 2014 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Integrated Canada’s leading payment gateway – Moneris!

    Yapsody
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    We at Yapsody believe in integrating the best service providers and industry leaders to increase the effectiveness of our event ticketing system.  Since the launch of Yapsody, we have continuously released new features and services every month, and this time we are happy to inform our Canadian presenters that we have integrated one of Canada’s leading payment gateways, Moneris. Now Yapsody presenters in Canada can select from Moneris, PayPal, Braintree and Stripe. Moneris provides hassle-free, advanced, and secure service to over 350,000 businesses as well as simple procedures for setting…
  • Pay Later – A New Payment Method to Increase Your Profits!

    Yapsody
    21 May 2014 | 9:29 pm
    We at Yapsody are excited to announce yet another new feature called “Pay Later” for our event presenters; this will offer your customers an alternative option of payment method while buying tickets for your event.  The new Pay Later feature will offer you to add offline payment method in addition to credit-card-payment options and let you sell tickets online if you don’t have any payment gateway account. Also, by using Pay Later feature, you don’t have to pay any transaction fee or any service fee to payment gateway providers and you get the entire amount of event ticket sales as…
  • Yapsody Participates at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) 2014 Trade show & Convention!

    Yapsody
    16 May 2014 | 1:25 am
    Yapsody participated in the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual Tradeshow & Convention with Chubby Checker performing his all-time classic hits “The Twist” and “Twist Again” in the Yapsody exhibition booth. NIGA’s Tradeshow & Convention is the premiere North American Native Indian gaming event where Indian gaming executives, buyers, and industry professionals meet up in San Diego, California each spring to support the Native American Indian Gaming industry and celebrate Native American Indian sovereignty. There were hundreds of booths present at NIGA.  But thanks…
  • Pinterest is an awesome tool for event promotion!

    Yapsody
    9 May 2014 | 2:51 am
    Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking websites.  It acquired 10 million users in 9 months and recently they unveiled their newest feature, Place Pins. In this blog, we will explain you can utilize Pinterest and its “Place Pins” feature to promote your event and get maximum exposure. Pinterest added a new type of pin called Place Pins, enabling users to map out the locations of all the items they share on their pinboards. For example, if you pin a photo of your event or the artist performing in your event, you can also add the venue location to a map on your board.
 
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    StartUp Beat

  • Authy wants to kill the password with two-factor authentication that’s built for ease-of-use

    Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    A Q&A with Authy founder Daniel Palacio. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers a two-factor authentication platform built to be easy-to-use, announced in September that it has closed on $3 million in new Seed funding. Investors include Salesforce Ventures, Startcaps Ventures, Data Collective and Digital Garage. The company was founded in 2011 and raised $750,000 in initial Seed funding in 2012. It is a graduate of the Y Combinator accelerator (Winter 2012). SUB: Please describe Authy and your primary innovation. Palacio: Authy is a Strong Authentication Platform. The primary goal…
  • Six rules of the startup CTO playbook

    Editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    By Jinesh Parekh, Idyllic Software CEO What is it like being the CTO of a startup? Titles mean zilch in the startup frame of things. You know it’s true. Sometimes roles get so mixed up it’s difficult to figure out what anyone is expected to do. A startup CTO is a large company’s CTO, CIO, and VP of engineering, all rolled into one. And that is an indication of the high degree of responsibility the CTO is expected to shoulder. Understandably, a CTO’s primary contribution is technology expertise. However, it would be unwise to assume that that’s all she is expected to offer in the…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Braineet enables brands to elicit proactive feedback and new ideas from customers

    Editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    By Jonathan Livescault, Braineet co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Braineet is a web and app platform to share your smart ideas—in 140 characters starting with ‘What if’—with every brand to improve the products and services you use every day. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Today, millions of customers are lost…while brands are desperately looking to hear them. It’s time to put an end to this. With Braineet, people and brands co-create a smarter world and everyone benefits. People are valued for what they think, rewarded by brands, and they contribute to improve the lives of millions.
  • Authorea wants to remake the academic collaboration process with its cloud-based platform for researchers and scholars

    Editor
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A Q&A with Authorea co-founder Alberto Pepe. The New York City-based startup, which has built a cloud-based collaboration platform for academic and technical documents, announced in late September that it has secured $610,000 in Seed funding. Investors include ff Venture Capital and NY Angels. The company was founded in 2012 by Pepe and Nathan Jenkins, and previously received a $33,000 grant through the Digital Science Catalyst competition. SUB: Please describe Authorea and your primary innovation. Pepe Authorea is a place to write technical documents in collaboration. Authorea allows…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Health food for pets: Barker Kitsen brings specialized pet brands to the masses

    Editor
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Barker Kitsen founders Candace and Mike Dannenbaum. By Candace Dannenbaum, Barker Kitsen co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Barker Kitsen is a discovery platform for urban pet parents to discover under-the-radar brands, new services and ultimate experiences. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Barker Kitsen is a resource—a dog lover’s guide to find the best under-the-radar products, newest services, and fun experiences in their city. The discovery ecommerce platform connects in-demand and undiscovered small businesses with pet parents who seek innovative, high-quality, socially responsible pet…
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  • The Future Of Work

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

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

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Always interested in bold new innovation, I watched with bated breath as the new Apple products were revealed this week – once again I was disappointed that Apple took the super safe, non-innovative route to simply copy their Android competitors and simply release a larger version of more or less the same thing, for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that is. If you ask me, there is no real new ground broken here – yes, even Apple Pay – which so many people are now lauding as the “insert_payment_solution_here killer” doesn’t really innovate. Android phones have had…
  • Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Jonathan Philips / Flickr As someone who’s been steeped in the culture of innovation most of my career and in Silicon Valley for the last 15 years of my career, I sometimes find that those two ethos’s (ethii?) sometimes compete with each other. After all, the Silicon Valley ethos is one of entrepreneurs sacrificing all sorts of things (social life, time, money) in order to build the next big amazing new thing and change the world. This place is rife with stories of people pulling months and months of all nighters and sleeping under their desks in order to just get world changing…
  • The Top 100 Least Innovative Companies

    Chris Kalaboukis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Now, you didn’t really think that this was going to be a post with a list of the top 100 least innovative companies in it, did you? I mean, how would I go about doing that anyways – call up companies that I think are not innovating and ask if they want to be on this list? I doubt if anyone would admit to it. But I’ll bet that when you saw that headline you probably thought to yourself – hmm – I wonder if MY company is on that list? Tell the truth, how many of you clicked on that link thinking that you’d see your company at the top of that list – or…
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Build iOS apps on a budget without learning to code

    Angus McLeod
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    One month. $5,000. And no coding skills! Would you believe that’s all it takes to go from idea to an iOS MVP? My friend Angus McLeod at Knotable has used the process below to build his own iOS MVP and has seen other non-engineers use it to build their own, too.  What I love about this process is that you see progress on your app every day. Can’t say that about many outsourcing projects. Here’s Angus breaking it down… 1. Put your idea onto “paper” This means visually mocking up the whole app flow using your tool of choice. By “app flow” I…
  • How to interview with a startup CEO (by a startup CEO)

    Oliver Pomel
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    What do you look for when you interview startup sales/marketing/product management candidates? I’ve found that in the best interviews with non-technical people I’m usually the one doing most of the talking. For example, the best product managers asked lots of questions to help them understand: what exactly we did for whom what we were good at what we were struggling with In other words, be prepared for your interview, ask a lot of questions, listen, and learn. Then you have what you need to sell your unique fit with the startup and the specific role you’re targeting.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/24/14

    John Gannon
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Praxis Health, a healthcare startup that provides lay caregivers with the skills and tools needed to better recognize and manage disease, is looking for a BD and tech candidate to help scale their operations. 500 Startups writes about how to get hired at a startup (even if you’re not technical). 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 9/24/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/22/14

    John Gannon
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Klink, a data company, is hiring a Sales Development Rep in SoHo, NYC. Ryan Hoover writes for Medium about not learning to code. 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 9/22/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Grovo, a company that teaches internet and modern professional skills with 60-second videos, is hiring a Junior Product Analyst. Eric Olson writes about employee stock options on his blog. 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 9/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
 
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    Changing Field

  • Gamification

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Benjamin Bressington of http://www.aussieben.co explains gamification and its role in attracting new customers and new clients. It’s especially useful if your demographic consist of young people who need more to engage their attention.
  • Business and Social Gaming

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Social gaming offers various challenges for game developers. Game developer must ask the best business models for their games. Watch this video wherein a panel of experts share their thoughts on different business models and choosing the right one for any given game.
  • Image

    admin
    16 Dec 2013 | 11:47 pm
    Starting on crafting your image doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to set a big budget all at once. Figure out the key elements that the public would see immediately. If sales calls attract more clients, then an investment on business cards may be priority. If your business would entice customers through signs, put money there. A website or social media presence would also add extra exposure in these online and mobile age.
  • Inventory Control

    admin
    7 Dec 2013 | 9:04 pm
    Inventory control isn’t limited to counting them. You may also need to take physical control of inventory, restricting access or locking it up. Inventory is money.
  • Marketing Plan

    admin
    7 Dec 2013 | 8:11 am
    Market conditions change. You can never predict all of tomorrow’s challenges but you can anticipate some. It is in this context that your marketing plan should be an ongoing process. Taking a look at it every quarter and every six months should help you get on track. Has the market changed radically, or is your thinking different from when you started out? Check and measure the path or paths you’re gonna take from every time you look at your plan.
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    Accredible

  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 6

    Swati Kumar
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   Social Media:  I’ve never been hugely involved with social media, but my later years in college…
  • Welcome Back Hockey! Four Must See Courses for Couch Coaches!

    Elizabeth Randell
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    “Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” – Foster Hewitt, Hockey Night in Canada. Hello hockey fans around the world!  Welcome to the 2014-2015 NHL season – if you are a  fan, you are glued to the screen!  With four games scheduled for opening night, hopefully your favourite team is playing. http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyday.htm?navid=nav-sch-today You’ve probably studied your team’s stats from last year, know the details on the key players on your team and have your favourite blogs bookmarked to prepare you for the…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 4

    Elizabeth Randell
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Welcome back! Congratulations on making it to the halfway point in the course! This week we met David Boughey as we learned more about how large business functions, Rogue Traders and the Financial Crisis. Now, to clarify one point for any of us who grew up in the ’80s – we are learning from David Boughey not David Bowie – which to my Canadian ears sounds exactly the same…just saying (and yes, I did half wonder in a pre-coffee moment if I should be expecting eye-liner, wild hair and spandex and then I woke up…LOL).  Grab a beverage and let’s jump…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 5

    Swati Kumar
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   Angular.js:  I’ve been very interested in everything I’ve learned about the MEAN stack…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 3

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Welcome back! Last week we worked through the concept of companies (or corporations) as a person; rules, regulations and laws and ways they can help the economy; taxation of companies; and finally what Canada is doing to promote economic growth via taxation.  This week we are tackling Cattle Markets and the Stock Market. Grab a drink or a snack and let’s jump in! How Much Should We Trust Business Leaders? This topic was quite interesting – I’m always torn personally.  Frankly, we know there is a lack of transparency – just consider the Global Financial Crisis of…
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • Trimr Spotlights Healthy Beauty Through Hydration with Fashion and Lifestyle.

    Kevin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Trimr Spotlights Healthy Beauty Through Hydration with Fashion and Lifestyle. On Instagram, it’s all about the outfit of the day (#OOTD), and Trimr knows everyone looks their best when they’re properly hydrated. Collaborating with a bevy of fashion and lifestyle bloggers, Trimr is promoting “Healthy Beauty” through proper hydration. Whether that comes from water infusions, protein shakes, or fruit juicing, sipping liquids throughout the day can be fashionable and healthy with a Trimr bottle. Bloggers across the nation will be posting about fitness routines, workout attire, and…
  • 8 Podcast All Entrepreneurs Must Listen Too.

    Kevin
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    8 Podcast All Entrepreneurs Must Listen Too. Here’s a list of 8 podcast that should be listened to all entrepreneurs. I’d highly recommend listening to these podcast if you haven’t already began too. Podcast are an amazing way to learn while on the move, whether you are at the gym, commuting towards work, or simply out walking the dog. The audio podcast are free and provide some highly valuable information to help and inspire you in any aspect of life.  Entrepreneur on Fire with John Dumas Entrepreneur on Fire is filled with chock full of information from various successful…
  • Platformz Music App Introduces Aggregated Search of Indie Music on Mobile.

    Kevin
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Platformz Music App Introduces Aggregated Search of Indie Music on Mobile. Platformz LLC announced today the launch of its flagship mobile music app, Platformz, available now on the app store on iTunes. Platformz is the first mobile app to enable cross-platform music search on mobile, driven by some of the largest digital distribution portals like Audiomack, Soundcloud and Mixcloud, providing direct access to content and new music discovery like never before. Platformz offers music lovers a simple approach to connecting with independent artists. “Considering the immense amount of music…
  • Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Brings Cross-Platform Personalization.

    Kevin
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Mobile A/B Testing Service Taplytics Brings Cross-Platform Personalization. Taplytics, the leader in mobile A/B testing, today releases the next generation in cross-platform personalization on mobile. With the public release of their Android SDK and User Insights platform, Taplytics now enables mobile app publishers to gain an understanding of their mobile users that was previously not possible. Delivering a greater level of personalization and understanding about their users, Taplytics enables mobile designers and developers to deliver tailored, personal experiences to all of their users…
  • HeartValveSurgery.com Relaunches With 200+ New Features.

    Kevin
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    HeartValveSurgery.com Relaunches With 200+ New Features. HeartValveSurgery.com, the largest educational resource and online community of patients with heart valve disease, announced today that it has re-launched with 200 new features and capabilities. “Our mission is to educate to empower patients throughout their surgical cycle,” stated Adam Pick, a double heart valve surgery patient and founder of HeartValveSurgery.com. “This new platform was designed to amplify that mission.” According to Pick, the new HeartValveSurgery.com leverages the latest social capabilities, mobile…
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • Our response to the POODLE bug

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

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

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

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    When it comes to life in a startup, it’s very easy to get caught up in things and work long hours – after all you need to be growing each month. But as you know, … Read more The post Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules

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

  • How to make money fastly 2014 and Why Teespring?

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

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

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

    Kartik Jha
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” - Bill Gates Why did terrorist attacks like 26/11 has become so prevalent in recent times? How the reason for the[...]
  • Leading Mobile Industry Leaders to Convene at GMIC Bangalore on September 26, 2014 

    Prateek Panda
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and[...]
 
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • ReputationChief.Com Introduces an Online Reputation Management Service.

    Kevin C
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    ReputationChief.Com Introduces an Online Reputation Management Service. ReputationChief.Com, a leading online reputation management company, has introduced a service for business people to protect their online reputation. Through this service, the company will protect the image of business people as well as their business organization. The company has named the service ‘Online Business Reputation Management’. Management. The company management is confident about the success of the service since it has invested lots of energy, time, and money to design this service and expects the service…
  • Diversified Communications Acquires HRM Asia in Singapore.

    Kevin C
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Diversified Communications Acquires HRM Asia in Singapore. Diversified Communications today announced the acquisition of media company HRM Asia of Singapore, its fifth international acquisition of 2014. The acquisition establishes an operating division in Singapore and adds HR Summit, Asia’s largest human resources event, as well as the HRM Congress series, HRM Magazine and HRM Online to Diversified’s portfolio of over 175 events, eMedia products and print magazines. “We are acquiring HRM Asia because it fits well with our model of working across a variety of touch points within a…
  • Milanoo Introduces Limited Period Promotional Campaign on Boots.

    Kevin C
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Milanoo Introduces Limited Period Promotional Campaign on Boots. Noted online fashion shop Milanoo has hit the headlines once again by launching an attractive sales promotion. This deal is valid on select items from the company’s huge collection of boots. These stylish boots can be purchased for 30% off before the campaign comes to an end on the 30th of October. Milanoo is a trusted online shopping destination with an enormous collection of fashionable clothing, footwear, and accessories for both men and women. Milanoo’s products are highly preferred in more than one hundred and…
  • Hotspots of AndroidWorld Global Developers Conference 2014.

    Kevin C
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Hotspots of AndroidWorld Global Developers Conference 2014. The latest agenda of AndroidWorld Global Developers Conference 2014 is now public. Excellent guest speakers will be invited, including elites from Autonavi, Unicom, Tencent, Haier, Domob, Baidu, Wandoujia, Zshouyou, AVOS CLOUD, Qiniu, ARM, Microsoft, Yunba, Jikexueyuan and etc. On site, you will witness a signing ceremony for “Future Family Fun Alliance” jointly initiated by IDG and China Unicom and have a face-to-face exchange with Guo Lie, CEO of Myotee who is a popular figure in China, and listen to his amazing…
  • What is COC and Why It’s Important For Your Startup.

    Kevin C
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    What is COC and Why It’s Important For Your Startup. Lets say that your monthly cancellation rate, in terms of MRR, is c. For instance, if 2% of your monthly revenue cancels during a single month, c= 0.02. Now, to simply stay even within revenue, you have to replace c Dollars of MRR. and each of MRR cost you a p dollar to acquire. Hence the formula that is known as COC (Cost Of Cancellations) – the fraction of revenue you must spend merely to keep your revenue flat: COC = pc Some examples have made the utility of this metric clear: If the cancellation rate is over 2%/mo (c=0.02),…
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • 4 Ways Small Business Owners Can Use The Apple Watch

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Tech giant Apple continues to develop new products that may have a significant impact on how companies are run in the future. While many people are currently enamored with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, small business owners should be learning more about the recently unveiled Apple Watch and how it can streamline operations in the coming months. Set to be released in early 2015, developers have already revealed several features that can be expected from the Apple Watch. The smartwatch will obviously be invaluable for those looking for a simple clock, but its benefits extend far…
  • Storytelling, Marketing and Your Small Business

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Storytelling is at play in nearly every aspect of your daily life. From the way your favorite Thursday night drama unfolds to the connection you foster with your insurance carrier's fictional brand ambassador, storytelling has a significant impact on the way you view many elements of the world. But what kind of an impact does this have on your marketing efforts? When done correctly, storytelling can be one of the most powerful tools your small business has at its disposal, as this tactic humanizes your brand and allows consumers to connect on a more personal level. But before you adopt a…
  • 3 Ways To Use Personality Profiles In Your Small Business

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    You've seen online quizzes that can match you to your celebrity spirit animal or tell you which character from "Friends" most accurately suits your personality, but can these assessments prove to be a valuable asset for your business? Yes and no.  Quizzes from popular online sites may be a great way for employees to take a quick five-minute break during the work day, but they may not offer the in-depth insight you're craving. However, reputable personality profiling assessments - such as the Myers-Briggs personality test and S.T.A.R. personality profiles - may be the difference between…
  • Unbelievable Benefits That Come From Breaks

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Company culture has a massive impact on your store's environment. From the way your employees interact with each other to the way consumers perceive your brand, company culture is largely guided by those who work in your business and what luxuries they're provided.  The best businesses don't necessarily shower their workers with perks and gifts on a weekly basis, but there is one important amenity that can significantly impact the way your workers view the company: breaks. Vacation days, lunch breaks and coffee stops are all important for boosting employee morale and productivity.
  • Retail Resources: Turning Over Leads With Tablets

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Tablets and smartphones allow your consumers to interact with your brand at the touch of a button. Mobile users can access your content from a variety of locations around the globe, without having to visit your store to sample your offerings. But is there a way to use these mobile devices to drive more consumers to your physical site? If you know how to use them, the answer is a resounding yes. Tablets in particular offer a range of benefits for small business owners, as they allow consumers to interact with many of the store's services on a technologically advanced surface.  Wondering…
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    TechJuice

  • Oppo N3 Invitation Cards Hints Exceptional Camera

    Fatima Rizwan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Oppo phones have been eye candy for many smartphone users specially for the females because of their extraordinary selfie taking capabilities. Oppo definitely has hit the sweet spot and now is taking these selfie taking smartphones to the next level with the release of their upcoming Oppo N3 phone. If the rumors are to be believed Oppo N3 will host a 16 megapixel swivel camera on top with a sensor of 1/2.3-inch. TechJuice recently got the invitation to the grand launch event going to be held at Singapore on 29th October. Keeping the traditions alive, Oppo has smartly designed this invitation…
  • Bitchy Urdu Cards – ecards with witty desi captions

    Uzair Ahmed
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed the idea of snarky ecards with witty desi captions instead of English ones, and slapped an innocent-looking illustration on top — all of which adds up to deliver a hilariously quirky (and bitchy) overtone? Abdullah Syed, a multi-talented Karachi-based artist, activist, and social media guru discussed the same question over a cup of coffee with his friends and thus, the idea of “Bitchy Urdu Cards” was born. Officially launched only in August this year, the official Facebook page of Bitchy Urdu Cards flaunts 18K+ “likes” at the…
  • Facebook Introduces ‘Safety Check’ to Keep Users Informed Amidst Crisis Situations

    Uzair Ahmed
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Social media platforms have become a swift source of breaking news and updates in the 21st century mainly because of the ubiquity and all-time connectivity enjoyed by their users. Apart from informing others about emergency situations, social media are also used to contact the loved ones in circumstances such as natural disasters. Facebook is looking forward to put this trend to some good use by introducing ‘Safety Check’, a built-in feature for users to keep a check on their friends and family in times of crisis. Safety Check is a tool that can be used by people, when an emergency,…
  • Is Your Device Eligible for the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update? Check Here…

    Uzair Ahmed
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Google has officially announced the name for the next big release of its Android operating system and it will be coming to Nexus devices in the upcoming few weeks. But apart from the Nexus devices, which Android smartphones and tablets will be able to taste the sweet update? We’ve compiled a list of all the models which have been confirmed or are rumored at this point to receive the update in near-future. Take a look and see if yours is on the list! Note: Models mentioned in regular text have been confirmed by their respective manufacturers, while the ones mentioned in italic text have only…
  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Apple’s iPad and Mac Event

    Uzair Ahmed
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Apple staged its third key event of the year this Thursday, following WWDC in June and new iPhones’ reveal in September, to introduce the new line-up of its iPad and Mac products. Most of the event details had leaked a day earlier and the event itself was lacking the vehemence we witnessed during the September event but there were a couple of surprises too, nonetheless. Here’s a round-up of all the major announcements made by Apple during the event for the readers who missed it or would like a refresher on all the updates. 1. OS X and iOS The latest version of Apple’s operating system…
 
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • How To Manage Real-time Customer Interaction While Doing Market Research

    Arundhuti Roy
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Customer Interaction is an important part of customer experience. There are multiple conversations happening between a customer and a company via telephones, social media accounts, emails, etc. But an organization must confirm that these conversations yield fruitful results, meaning these discussions should be effective in engaging people and develop their interests. Usually, companies converse with their customers to learn about the market , the requirements and whether the existing product is meeting their wants. A business should aim at fulfilling customer expectations. Therefore, a market…
  • SoftwareSuggest Is Disrupting the Software Selection Process In India

    Siddhartha Sarma
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Selecting a software is a humongous task for any organization. There are multiple software choices available but, SMBs are never sure of the one that will perfectly fit their requirement. Large companies have full time CTO and hire consultants to help them select the right software, but for small and mid-size companies, more often than not the computer admin acts as the consultant and the CTO. This leads to wrong selection of software, ultimately results in unnecessary hassle. “The core of the problem is lack of organised information and reviews on the software options available”, says…
  • Six CEO’s Share 6 Things That Entrepreneurs Should Learn Before Launching Their Startup Career

    Philip Acuna
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    For young entrepreneurs, launching a startup is largely an exercise in trial and error, and unfortunately, the most important lessons can only be learned by making mistakes. Though you can try your best to prepare for success and minimize the risks of failure ahead of time, the only way to really gain experience is by taking the leap. The biggest difference between those who fail and those who succeed however is their ability to learn from the experiences of other entrepreneurs. By paying attention to what these entrepreneurs did, and most importantly, what they should have done differently,…
  • Commerce Ministry Steps Into Flipkart Sale; Says Will Examine In Details

    Asish Das
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    After receiving many complaints from the traders on Flipkarts’s Big Billion Day sale debacle on 6th October, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has stepped into the debacle happened on 6th Oct. Flipkart offered massive discounts on various products across the store on this bumper offer day. “We have received many inputs. Lot of concerns have been expressed. We will look into it”, said Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “As now there are many complaints,we will study the matter. Whether there is a need for a separate policy or some kind of clarification…
  • Flipkart Achieved $100 Million In Sales On Big Billion Day

    Asish Das
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The biggest Indian e-commerce player Flipkart announced their Monday Big Billion Day sale as a huge success, even though the company faced lots of negative feedback from its customers on this very event. “The Big Billion Day is an unprecedented day for us as this is the biggest sale ever in India,” said Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, co-founders, Flipkart. “We are delighted by the overwhelming response from our customers since 8 am today. With a range of exciting offers on quality products at disruptive prices available throughout the sale period, we have created history in…
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  • Startup events for women. Who, why, where, how?

    Florin Muresan
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Women are inspired by other women’s success. In the tech world, most women can feel intimidated by men, since tech world is seen as a men’s world. Still, women are great leaders, have a natural know-how of negotiation techniques, and are overall better at socialization. To encourage them to enter…
  • 5 projects on Kickstarter that were funded within days

    Florin Muresan
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    I’ve already told you about His idea of crowdfunding. A potato salad! Now that’s a successful crowdfunding campaign which was financed within days. So, I wonder what are some other hilarious, serious, interesting projects on Kickstarter that were funded fast enough and achieved a sky-rocketing success? Let’s take a look…
  • What marketing people can learn from growth hacking

    Florin Muresan
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Are you sick of hearing about growth hacking yet? If you must know, it was the most searched term on Google in 2013, so I will assume it won’t go away any time soon. Growth hackers use many different innovative techniques, not to mention, low-cost, which focus on getting more…
  • Shopify – the most successful startup story in e-commerce

    Florin Muresan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Ecommerce is an industry on the increase. It’s a powerful market, with hundreds of billions of sales made every year in the world. Most brick and mortar stores have established themselves in the online environment as well, because of the demand, and the changed customer behavior. Shopify proves this. Though…
  • How to organize your own startup event

    Florin Muresan
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Do you want to be a startup host? Your wish to run a startup event is only natural and admirable, but in order for your passion and dedication to be in the spotlight, you must make sure the event go on smoothly. People who are really passionate about their startups always…
 
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  • Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth

    Deepthi Ramdas
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Want to become a successful leader and entrepreneur? Here are two options. Option 1: Go to Google and either type ‘keys to success’ or ’8 ways to think like Warren … Continue reading →The post Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Fifteen facts about Mangalyaan that will fascinate you

    Deepthi Ramdas
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    “History has been created” – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi It has been a proud week for India and Indians around. After years of deliberation and months of hardwork, India’s … Continue reading →The post Fifteen facts about Mangalyaan that will fascinate you appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Five interesting iOS applications for Apple Customers

    Deepthi Ramdas
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Starting a business, recruiting an employee, want to play a game, want to know the weather outside, time in Paris, how do you make the perfect cheese cake so on … Continue reading →The post Five interesting iOS applications for Apple Customers appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application

    Deepthi Ramdas
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The iOS App Store has a new addition to it – 1Click’s webRTC application, 1ClickRTC. The webRTC application provides developers with features to build live video chat software. This provides … Continue reading →The post Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • 1Click’s webRTC application now on App Store

    Deepthi Ramdas
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    For every business, the customer is the King. And it is of utmost importance that the business listen to their customer’s demands and work towards achieving them and satisfying the … Continue reading →The post 1Click’s webRTC application now on App Store appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider

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

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
  • The Latest, Smartest Anti-Cheating Mechanisms

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Jack is going through the Java test scores of the 100 or so job applicants who took the online screening test he created with Potknox. 30 candidates scored above 80%, 12 above 90, and 2, a whopping 100%. He is tempted to call in those two- Drake and Josh- for interviews, immediately. But then he sees something strange. At the 33rd minute of the test, a generated screenshot shows Jack that Drake was looking at Wikipedia to answer an MCQ question. At the 47th minute, he notices Drake is having a telephone conversation with someone and noting down what he is being told. At the 56th minute, Drake…
  • Up In The Clouds: The Rise of SaaS

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Cloud computing has revolutionized the way people store and access data, making life unimaginably simpler for a large number of us. People can now store their data on an offshore server and access it from anywhere at any time, which means there is no need to carry bulky storage devices around to make sure you have the data you need. Cloud computing is all about accessing data at the exact moment you need it, and not a moment later. But for many of us, the transition is too big to stomach up so soon, and there are still some gaps in our understanding. Well, let’s jump on the knowledge…
  • Lateral Hiring: How Online Skill Assessment Helps

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Hiring experienced professionals is an incredibly demanding task for any recruiter. The most important thing when making an impactful decision such as this, is: Am I missing out on Talent?  So how can you reduce the risk of making a bad hire, or worse, missing out on a good one? Can a Skill Assessment Tool like Potknox really capture the essence of an experienced candidate’s abilities- not just the possession of a faculty, but the ability to productively apply it? Yes, and here’s how: 1. Multi-Competency Assessments Tests created with Potknox test technical, aptitude,…
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    SuperbCrew

  • Interview With Ron Miller, CEO Of Los Angeles Based Accelerator StartEngine

    SuperbCrew
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Los Angeles based StartEngine is a startup accelerator focused on helping tech startups with resources and mentorship. They know how hard it is to start a startup, especially your first one, so they try to make it as easy as possible by giving you access to the two things you’re probably missing – the right network and money to get started. Below is our interview with Ron Miller, CEO of StartEngine: Q: What are the core benefits of the StartEngine program? A: The first advantage is the ability to leverage our extensive mentor network. StartEngine currently has over 230…
  • Block.io – Next Generation Of API And Wallet For Bitcoin, Dogecoin And Litecoin

    SuperbCrew
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Blockchain API startup Block.io has recently launched the next iteration of its API and wallet for Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Litecoin. Block.io’s API V2 features highly secure multi-signature addresses that provide an exponential security improvement over traditional Bitcoin/Dogecoin addresses that require just one signature. Block.io says that because every transaction requires the owner’s signature, as well as Block.io’s signature, Block.io can assure you that money spent in one transaction cannot be spent again. Block.io says its multi-signature API allows it to provide Green Addresses,…
  • Matchstick – (Play Any Content On TV) Raises More Than $380K

    SuperbCrew
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    Matchstick is the world’s first open software and hardware HDMI streaming stick based on Firefox OS. It lets you fire up online content from a mobile to a TV. Matchstick simply plugs into an HDMI port on your TV or Monitor and connects to your Wi-Fi network. Done. With Matchstick, you can “fling” your favorite content from any smartphone, tablet, or laptop to stream to a big screen TV. Matchstick has already raised more than $380.000 from Kickstarter backers. Open source hardware and software means there are no limitations to what you can do with Matchstick. The dual-core Rockchip…
  • Startup Braggie – Launches iOS app

    SuperbCrew
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
      Written by: Forrest Smith, entrepreneur and co-founder of new startup Braggie:     Now that the #selfie is fading, you must have wondered what the next big social media trend will be? Well look no further than #braggie. Let’s face it, every photo we post is a brag and the digital world has swiftly embraced this fact. With the catchy hashtag #braggie already proving very popular across the globe, social media users are unashamedly sharing their jealousy evoking experiences! Related: Startup Braggie – Born Out Of A Love For Adventure Brag about anything you like whether…
  • AppVested – Connecting Serious Investors With Carefully Vetted, Mobile App Ideas

    SuperbCrew
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Written by: Jeff Brokaw, Co-Founder of new startup AppVested   Have you ever had a great idea for a mobile app? Ever since the concept hit us for AppVested, we have heard the phrase “I’ve got a great app idea!”, from what seems like 9 out of 10 people we spoke with. The fact is, most people have what they think could be a great new app idea, but very few of those same people have the time, money or skill-set to see their idea through. It usually ends up fizzling away into oblivion or someone else with the resources to bring the idea to life does just that. We are AppVested, a first…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • Nobel Peace prize goes to Malala youngest ever to receive such honor

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

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

    ventureosity
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

    ventureosity
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman from Carnegie Mellon University first proposed using the emoticon  to mark jokes from serious posts in online message boards. It dominated a large part of our daily life, drove business, the most common one we know is the yellow guy. According to wikipedia, The smiley was first introduced to popular culture as part of a […]
  • New Mexico Dairy Farm: Everyone, you are all fired (reason: animal cruelty )!

    ventureosity
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A dairy farm fired all employees and referred the offenders in the video to law enforcement, according the the Associated Press. They have also stopped dairy shipments and milking operations and sent cows to other area farms. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals captured video secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing […]
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    Spectafy Blog

  • How We Screwed Up Doing Market Research

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

    Eric Watson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Crowdsourcing is the process by which the power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the province of a specialized few. -Jeff Howe We are aerospace guys at heart. We see a huge opportunity for crowdsourcing to improve a big part of Earth remote sensing: ground truthing. Meet Ground Truthing Through crowdsourcing, satellite and aerial imagery providers have cost effective access to many, many more data points, all over the world. Ground truthing is the process of comparing data collected on the ground to data collected using remote sensing techniques (typically…
  • Top Travel, Adventure, and Exploration Resources!

    Eric Watson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    We know that, like us, all of you guys like to adventure, explore, and get the most out of life! Due to popular demand, we created this guide with valuable resources whether you are looking to travel the world or just explore your own hometown more. Also, check out our How to Explore a City in 10 Easy Steps guide. This page will be continually evolving as we find more useful resources, so come back frequently! Blogs NomadicMatt: actionable and all encompassing backpacking blog ExpertVagabond: a healthy mix of adventures and helpful advice AdventureJournal: lots of inspiring adventures and…
  • Don’t Miss These October San Francisco Events

    Eric Watson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    As promised, here is our next installment of the Best San Francisco Events You Don’t Want to Miss!  We love San Francisco and the bay area. That’s why we live here, work here and are launching in SF first! Our goal is to help you be in the know about cool events, and for us all to be more social and involved in the community. Here are our favorite events in the greater San Francisco area for October, 2014.  See you out there! Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Who on earth doesn’t want to check out 100+ lives bands on 7 stages for FREE?  Get to Golden Gate Park October…
  • How to Explore a City in 10 Easy Steps!

    Sean Smith
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    We care about movement. We care about you seeing things you wouldn’t normally see, experiencing things you wouldn’t normally experience, doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Every city has its hidden secrets, its own hidden gems, its own mysteries. Whether the city is new to you or not there are certain ways to explore it that will unlock far more than the normal everyday hot-spots. We put together this simple, quick guide to show you the 10 steps you can follow to truly unlock and explore any city, whether it’s new to you or not! You can also download the guide pdf…
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  • Get Dell Software At Asap.com Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are from one among those whose love for Dell is huge or if you are a huge Dell fan, then the website which we are going to share today would be your Dell one stop shop. The website ASAP.com specializes in selling Dell goodies all at one place. No doubt Dell holds a huge reputation in the market and so as its product lineup. The same make more sense for this website as it contains information one requires on purchasing, decision making, discussing and so on. The site ASAP.com helps you fulfil all your customer needs in one single go and all in simple manner. Here you will see computer,…
  • Meet Approved.com, Your source For Residential Mortgages, Home Loans And Refinancing

    KARAN CHOPRA
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are looking out for some source of place where you can find useful information on refinancing services by Capital Mortgage Services, then the startup which we are going to talk today specializes in the same. The startup name is Approved.com and is masters in offering reverse mortgages information. Approved.com masters in offering reverse mortgages information as well as the things which one consider or required when buying or refinancing your home. Other than this, the site also offers a loan center, where one can find funding for commercial loans. While the site also includes…
  • Create Email Marketing Campaigns With 1And1Soft.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    If you are running a business, it is sure that you do wish to run one-to-many marketing campaigns too in between. While what be the case is that not everyone is ready for spending even small amount of money on running email marketing campaigns. Well to help you in re-thinking your decision again is to check about the startup which we are going to talk in our today’s article. Affordable in hiring and practical in long run, 1And1Soft.com offers you to run the most dynamic email marketing campaign. It lets you create, schedule and send customized email campaigns using a really simple…
  • Fulfil Your All-in-One Business Phone System Needs With SendHub

    KARAN CHOPRA
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Whatever kind of business you are running, today or tomorrow, you do feel like a need of business phone system. Thanks to the world in which we living today, which is full of huge tech things around us. Although many options are available for one to choose from but today we are going to talk about the company name SendHub which expertise in the niche. SendHub basically works on principle of simplicity, affordability and multi-channel customer service to business telephony. The company offers the flexible and adaptive solution in context to what small and midsize companies are looking for…
  • Meet MyLikes, A Social Website Network

    KARAN CHOPRA
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Whether it is you, me or any other person in the world who is running a business (small or big) often looking out the ways on how s/he can promote their brand to the masses. While thanks to the world in which we are living in, we got a lot of options available to us. But in today’s article, the startup which we are going to talk about works on principle of social media advertising platform. The startup name MyLikes let you empowers publishers to promote what they like and engage their audiences while making money. MyLikes lets you create a social website as well as create or share viral…
 
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  • Stories Behind the Apps – WittyLater

    Peter Ferioli
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Tell us about being WittyLater! WittyLater was the natural choice for our inaugural app. It perfectly demonstrates our sense of humour, it allows us to use unusual words like “jape”, and it even let us make up a word (kaflabble) when we ... Read More
  • 5 Strategies for Strengthening Your CFO’s Connection to Business Metrics

    Guest Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post by Asha Saxena of Future Technologies Inc.   If your CFO isn’t engaging with business metrics at a departmental level, she may be missing the bigger picture. When you’ve got a great CFO, it’s tempting ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – Sudoku in Space

    Peter Ferioli
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Tell us about your game! Sudoku In Space launches the classic paper-and-pencil game into orbit with its sleek design and stellar graphics and sounds. Its colors-only mode is a brilliant alternative to the traditional sudoku with numbers, providing an entertaining twist ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – Posture Aware

    Peter Ferioli
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Tell us about your app! Posture Aware was designed to improve postural awareness and develop new posture habits.  Posture impacts so many facets of our health, like our ability to breath, and how well we age. We really wanted to try ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – Flock

    Peter Ferioli
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Tell us about your app! Flock is a messaging app for making group plans. It allows people to let their friends know of casual plans (i.e. “I wanna grab brunch in the East Village this weekend”) and then figure out the ... Read More
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