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  • How to Build a Brand: Infographic

    Bplans Blog
    Candice Landau
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    You've validated your business idea, you've done your market research, and hopefully you've registered your business name. Now it's time for a bit of fun. It's time to build your brand! [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Airbnb Is The Latest Tech Company To Hire Big-Name Political Talent

    Fast Company
    Sarah Kessler
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Former Bill Clinton advisor Chris Lehane is Airbnb's new head of global policy and public affairs.Airbnb announced on Thursday that it had hired Chris Lehane, a former advisor to President Clinton, as its new head of global policy and public affairs.Read Full Story
  • Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

    TheFunded Founder Institute News
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Chellam explains in the video below, several themes are often common at the start of lasting human relationships, including vulnerability, social proof, and a shared worldview.   Misha is the Co-Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training…
  • Is Marketing an Art or a Science? [VIDEO]

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    Ben Parr
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Tweet Is marketing more of an art or a science? Or perhaps the better question is: how can you use the science of attention to master the art of marketing? In this video interview with Behind The Brand, I discuss the core triggers of Captivology, how the book got made, and the surprising things that captivate our attention. Have a question about Captivology or marketing in general? Post it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it!
  • Demo Days and the General Solicitation Conundrum

    Startup Lawyer
    Ryan Roberts
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    If you’ve been to accelerator or incubator demo days, you’ve likely seen a presentation that either flat out mentions the specifics of a financing round in progress or the details of a proposed financing.  In the last couple years, however, some incubators and accelerators have been concerned that their demo days constitute, for their portfolio companies, … Continue reading →
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    Fast Company

  • At Long Last, Instagram Ends The Tyranny Of The Square

    Harry McCracken
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The image-sharing service now lets you go wide—or tall—for photos and videos that don't fit into its iconic square frame.In its own way, it's been as defining a restriction as Twitter's 140-character limit. Instagram photos (and videos) come in one format: square. It forces the service's photographers into choosing thoughtful compositions, and provides an aesthetic link to the square snapshots that folks once took with Instamatics and Polaroids.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Dismisses "Dozens" Of Engineers Who Worked On Failed Fire Phone

    Pavithra Mohan
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    The e-commerce company is also cutting back on other projects from Lab126, its hardware research and development division.Amazon has sent packing "dozens" of engineers who worked on its ill-fated Fire phone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The e-commerce giant is also making other changes to Lab126, its consumer electronics R&D division, including putting the brakes on some of its more lofty hardware objectives.Read Full Story
  • Yes, Anti-Facial-Recognition Glasses Are Coming

    Victor Kotsev
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The perfect gift for that person in your life who wants to take their privacy protection offline, too. But is it just window dressing?Has the encroachment of facial-recognition software made you a little uneasy? Are you concerned that cameras are tracking your every movement in public? Are you not ready to commit to makeup-based camouflage? Well, the National Institute of Informatics (NII) of Japan is rolling out a first-of-its-kind commercial product next year that might be for you.Read Full Story
  • Airbnb Is The Latest Tech Company To Hire Big-Name Political Talent

    Sarah Kessler
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Former Bill Clinton advisor Chris Lehane is Airbnb's new head of global policy and public affairs.Airbnb announced on Thursday that it had hired Chris Lehane, a former advisor to President Clinton, as its new head of global policy and public affairs.Read Full Story
  • Yamaha's Player Piano Brings Auditions To The Cloud

    Sean Captain
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Students audition for music schools on the other side of the world with cloud-connected pianos that record and re-create how they played.Getting into a top music school like UCLA (where John Williams studied) or Boston College (where conductor Robert J. Ambrose studied) requires more than a demo tape. Tiny nuances distinguish the very top musicians from the merely great ones, and judges really need to hear and see an audition in person to tell the difference.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Don’t expect Apple to unveil a 4-inch iPhone on September 9

    Mark Sullivan
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    The rumors have been flying for months about a possible 4-inch iPhone, but the device will reportedly not be announced at Apple’s September 9 event. The good news is that Apple has indeed been developing the 4-inch screened device (which has the same features as last year’s iPhone 6), but it is not ready to ship, says 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, citing unnamed sources. Gurman says Apple has developed an even smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch screen, but that that device will likely never ship. Another Apple phone, 2013’s iPhone 5c will likely be discontinued by Apple, Gurman…
  • Instagram breaks out of the box with portrait and landscape support for photos and videos

    Ken Yeung
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Instagram is making it easier for people to post photos to its service without having to unnecessarily crop and adjust their work. The company announced that it’s adding support for landscape and portrait formats. This applies to both photos andvideos starting today. That’s right, folks. You no longer have to abide by the square ratio that Instagram has had for years. Although the company says that the iconic square format “has been and always will be part of who we are,” it’s more about the visual story that users want to tell, and sometimes constraining that to…
  • Commerce Sciences lands $4M to become the ‘Robin Hood’ of website personalization

    Barry Levine
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    EXCLUSIVE: For larger websites, the days of one-experience-fits-all-visitors are long gone. Today, Palo Alto-based Commerce Sciences announced it has scored a $4 million investment — including backing from Google executive Eric Schmidt’s fund — to make site personalization more available to small- to mid-sized businesses. “We’re the Robin Hood of website personalization,” CEO and cofounder Aviv Revach told me, describing his company’s goal of making website personalization — and A/B testing to judge what works — easier and cheaper to do…
  • The hidden costs of the on-demand economy

    Dylan Tweney
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
     Despite what economists like to think, people do not always make rational economic decisions. That’s nowhere more apparent than in today’s service-centric, app-based consumer Internet. The fact is, people are willing to pay more — often a lot more — for services that are pleasant to use. Uber, Zipcar, Munchery, and Washio all prove the point. They cost more than old-school alternatives that have been around for years, but make up for that by offering an experience that just feels nicer. What’s more, they bury their cost disadvantages by creating false…
  • Apple confirms September 9 iPhone event

    Mark Sullivan
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    As expected, Apple will hold its fall press event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco Wednesday September 9. Apple sent invites to the event out today. Apple included in the invite the information that Siri might be helpful in finding out about the event. It said “Hey Siri, give us a hint!” When you ask your iPhone that question, this is what you see: Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and may announce a new Apple TV as well. The new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus phones are expected to sport several significant improvements over the existing…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Techy Is An On-Demand Repair Service For Laptops

    Fitz Tepper
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
     While companies like iCracked have extensive repair networks allowing you to get a phone or tablet repaired in just hours, getting a laptop repaired normally requires making an appointment, dropping your device off, and eventually picking it up days later. Techy (a recent winner of our TC Radio pitch-off) solves this problem by providing an on-demand platform for laptop repairs.… Read More
  • The Next iPhone May Come With Animated Wallpapers

    Jordan Crook
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
     It would appear that the next-gen iPhone may come with some added flare. Sources told 9to5mac that the UI for the iPhone 6S may come with animated wallpapers, not unlike the animated watch faces that shipped with the Apple Watch. Those sources said that animated wallpapers could include animated fish in a koi pond, as well as ‘colorful arrays of smoke.’ Given that most… Read More
  • Workflow Lets You Put Shortcuts To Frequent Actions Right In iOS’s Notification Center

    Sarah Perez
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
     Workflow, the clever if somewhat geeky app aimed at iOS power users that helps you automate frequent tasks you perform on your iPhone or tablet, like ordering an Uber to your next event, making a GIF from your photos, creating reminders that alert you when you arrive at a particular destination, playing a favorite album, and much more, is out this morning with a notable update. The app now… Read More
  • Instagram Thinks Outside The Square, Now Allows Landscape And Portrait Photos And Videos

    Josh Constine
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
     One in five photos or videos on Instagram show up with annoying whitespace around them because people use other apps to letterbox their landscape or portrait imagery to fit in Instagram’s square cropping. So today, Instagram for iOS and Android is dropping the requirement that all photos and videos be squares. Now when users upload photos, they can pinch or tap a format button on the left… Read More
  • Have You Tried Asking Siri To Give You A Hint?

    Romain Dillet
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
     Hey Siri, give me a hint. Apple just invited journalists to his annual September press event. It’s happening on September 9th at 10am. But the best part of this invite is the attention to details and Apple’s easter eggs. Read More
 
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  • Which metrics do Valley investors tend to check first?

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    When investors see our business for the first time, they need to wrap their head around it. It's like films - they often start with a bit of scene-setting before jumping in with the plot. Investors also like to hear the main numbers up front. They're pitched all day -- certain numbers tell them if your business matches their selection criteria to avoid wasting time talking about bad fits. Andreesen Horowitz explains: When initially evaluating businesses, investors often look at GMV, revenue, and bookings first because they’re an indicator of the size of the business. Once investors have a…
  • Disrupt or compete

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Pontus Siren at Innosight illustrates the difference between direct competition and Disruption by looking at one of the most competitive industries - shipping. The basis of competition in the industry continues to be the efficiency of moving a metal box from harbor to harbor. In the last 50 years, ships have grown from 500 containers to 24,000, to the point where harbours are unable to cope. Even the sheer volume of ships is straining the world's main canals. The industry is highly competitive: Naval engineers are planning and building ever bigger ships. As the ships grow, their engines have…
  • Estimating your market size from non-technical sources

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Bart Doorneweert is a Dutch textile and agriculture entrepreneur who's operated in India and East Africa. Looking at situations where market data is unavailable and running experiments is expensive, he shows how it's important to learn from analogs. Market insights required to develop successful business at scale in emerging markets are already out there. They’re with shopkeepers, merchants, existing service providers, etc, currently running their businesses. Bart shares a thoughtful analysis on two startups deploying battery charging technology. ARED is explicitly promoting the…
  • How you grow affects your defensibility

    Salim Virani
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    There's a connection between how you choose to grow, and how defensible your business is from competition. Just like it's easy to throw gasoline on a fire to get it going with a boom, it's stoking the coal that produces all the heat in the long-run. Paul Bennetts looked at how Etsy grew to draw this distinction: At the IPO of a company, it’s easy to anchor on just valuation but its more useful to focus how it will throw off cash and how defensible is its earnings stream. In the long run, competition will always drive down returns on equity unless they are defensible. The majority of…
  • Hidden cofounders

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Suranga Chandratillake on partners, friends, etc, as hidden cofounders: I’ve found that “hidden co-founders” – husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and even parents – are often a crucial factor in the success of a startup. Why? Because being a founder and entrepreneur is not like a regular job. Startups are under-funded, under-connected and under-resourced compared to their competition. The way you beat these odds often requires super-human effort and commitment. This places you under strain, and the primary nature of this strain is physical. You have to travel, with no notice…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Mobile app retargeting startup Remerge raises $3M

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The company allows developers to re-engage their lapsed users inside other appsMobile advertising is big business. Gartner has forecasted global spending for mobile advertising industry will hit over $40 billion, and mobile app store revenues worldwide will hit over $75 billion, both by 2017. Spending on Mobile Display Ads is expected to reach $20 billion by 2016, with 70% of the spend on In-App purchases. Yet developers still lack the necessary tools to retarget their message into other apps, which would allow them to get back their previous users who had stopping using their app. Enter…
  • Jumpin Labs debuts Geronimo, a gesture-based email app

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The app allows for sorting e-mail with the flick of a wrist or the angle at which the phone is heldE-mail is such a strange phenomenon. It's the thing that everyone uses, but it's also the thing that everybody hates. Especially when they have to use it on their phone. It's also the thing that I hear most about either being dead and buried, or the thing that is most in need of disruption. And, yet, neither of those ever actually happens. E-mail hasn't changed in decades.  Now Jumpin Labs is taking a crack at it, with the launch of its new email app, called Geronimo, on Thursday, with the…
  • Looks like Amazon finally admitted defeat on the Fire Phone

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Amazon is said to be halting production of the smartphone, as well as laying off its engineersThe Amazon Fire Phone has had a rough life.  It was released in June of last year to pretty harsh reviews sales turned out to be abysmal. Any hope that it would repeat the success of Amazon's Kindle Tablet faded quickly and now it looks like the end of the line has finally come. Amazon has fired dozens of engineers who were working on the Fire Phone, the Wall Street Journa lreported on Wednesday, as it has halted production on the project The workers had been employed at…
  • Daily Funding Roundup - Daily funding roundup - August 26, 2015

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Fanatics secured $300M; Spoonflower announced $25M; Velostrata raised $14MVelostrata  provides on-demand hybrid cloud software that decouples compute from storage. What that does is enable enterprises to stream production workloads to and from the cloud in minutes, leave the storage on-premises and optimize performance end-to-end. The company, which came out of stealth mode on Wednesday, also announced that it has raised $14 million in a Series A funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners and Greylock IL Partners (83North). The company plans to use the funding to…
  • BlackRock acquires digital financial advisor FutureAdvisor

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    FutureAdvisor will retain its own brand and offices as part of BlackRock SolutionsPeople have been telling me to invest for years now. Sadly, with the amount of money I have to pay for student loans, that's been harder to do than it probably should have been. Hopefully I'll be done with that sooner rather than later, though, and then I'll be free to finally save a good amount.  For advice on that, one place to turn is FutureAdvisor, an automated investment advisory platform for “mass-affluent” families, described as those who have paid off their debts and are…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

    Steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals. These numbers suggest that your modal Airbnb host doesn’t live in the home they rent out. Some may actually live in…
  • The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

    Steve
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. As reported in the WSJ article 3D Printer Firms Fall Flat, both 3D Systems and Stratasys reported ugly earnings due to "an increasingly uncertain outlook as many potential buyers hold out for what they hope will be better, faster machines." Another reason for the general sales slow down is the long anticipated consumer market for 3D printers has not materialized,…
  • Amazon and the Growth of the Independent Workforce

    Steve
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people crying at their desks, sick people callously culled, lots of backstabbing, etc. The reason we care about this issue is how companies treat their workers has a major impact on the independent workforce. This is because most people go through a "mental math" process weighing the pro and cons of self-employment versus…
  • The Growing Importance of Managing Freelancers

    Steve
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Harvard Business Review's 7 Tips for Managing Freelancers and Contractors provides advice on how managers can successfully navigate their relationship with contingent workers.  Talent shortages and the shift to hiring more contingent workers means companies are becoming more reliant on contingent talent - even for core and/or strategic jobs. This means freelancers are often just as valuable as full-time staffers. Because of this, attraction and retention of highly skilled independent workers is becoming increasingly important. Doing a good job managing…
  • Retail and the Growing Experience Economy

    Steve
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers covers the growing consumer trend towards purchasing experiences over objects. Key quote: Analysts say a wider shift is afoot in the mind of the American consumer, spurred by the popularity of a growing body of scientific studies that appear to show that experiences, not objects, bring the most happiness ... Millennials — the 20- and 30-something consumers whom marketers covet — would rather spend their hard-won cash on out-of-town vacations, meals with friends, gym memberships and, of course,…
 
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    Ben Parr.com -- A Little Attention Can Change the World

  • Influencer Marketing: It Works

    Ben Parr
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Tweet The good people at eMarketer just published an analysis of influencer marketing campaigns, and they concluded something a lot of people have learned first-hand: influencer marketing works. According to eMarketer, the average EMV (earned media value) was 1.4x higher in the first half of 2015 than 2014’s averaged EMV. On average, companies gained $9.60 in EMV for every dollar spent. This was especially true in consumer goods, travel, beauty, and alcohol. This doesn’t surprise me — many influencers are YouTube, Vine, Snapchat and Instagram stars who specialize in beauty,…
  • You Shouldn’t Wear These Colors to a Job Interview [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Tweet Color has a profound effect on our attention and decision-making. For example, one color in particular will make you seem less credible to potential employers and clients. In this ABC News interview, I discuss the power of the Captivation Triggers from my book and how red and orange affect our subconscious. If you want to dive deeper into the psychology of color, I recommend checking out the Automaticity chapter in Captivology. What color question do you have? Post it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it!
  • No, I Will Not Write About Your Client on TechCrunch for $500 or Any Amount of Money

    Ben Parr
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Tweet Every once in a while, I receive an email that makes me say “WTF” and “EWWWWWW” at the same f**king time. Today, I received one of those emails from Sarah H., a PR freelancer who tried to LITERALLY BRIBE ME to write about her clients on TechCrunch for a few hundred bucks. Here, read for yourself: As a career journalist and a human being with morals, this email made my skin crawl. Seriously, this is NOT ok, Sarah H. This is the kind of stupid shit that gives real PR professionals a bad name. It’s completely immoral and unconscionable to bribe reporters and…
  • Is Marketing an Art or a Science? [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Tweet Is marketing more of an art or a science? Or perhaps the better question is: how can you use the science of attention to master the art of marketing? In this video interview with Behind The Brand, I discuss the core triggers of Captivology, how the book got made, and the surprising things that captivate our attention. Have a question about Captivology or marketing in general? Post it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it!
  • The Ashley Madison Hack App I Want

    Ben Parr
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Tweet Update: I’ve changed my mind on this, based on a lot of rational arguments and a little more thinking. I do not have much sympathy for cheaters for a multitude of reasons, but it’s no reason to brand them. And since some of the data is fake, it’s even more problematic. Not everyone who signed up for Ashley Madison was on it to cheat, and not everyone’s situation is the same. But overall, using a dating site like A.M. demonstrates bad judgement. Very bad judgement. That’s the opposite of the type of people I want to work with. So I want a simple Chrome…
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    Mixergy

  • How to make over $1,000,000 with Excel tutorials – with Purna Duggirala

    Andrew Khalili
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Purna Duggirala This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to make over…
  • Why a profitable company (with millions of users) really needs PR – with Sam Chandler

    Andrew Khalili
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Sam Chandler This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post Why a profitable…
  • How Tucker Max is disrupting the business of writing and publishing

    Andrew Khalili
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Tucker Max This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How Tucker Max is…
  • How a college student launched a social clothing venture with only $3K – with Ryan Westberg

    Andrew Khalili
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Ryan Westberg This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How a college…
  • How to recover after being sued by a big company – with Matt Warren

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Matt-Warren-Jura-on-Mixergy This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Steve Brody

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Brand strategy and business strategy really are intertwined, but it’s a challenging objective. Where do you start? Robin Tooms talks strategy with Steve Brody, group chair of Vistage International, an organization of CEOs.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Byron Hebert
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Byron Hebert introduces the Birkman Method® personality assessment. In today’s vignette, he explains how it can be used for hiring, assembling teams and conflict resolution.
  • School of Business 8/22/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and John host the show that champions entrepreneurship and BusinessMakers. These are the guys who work to improve our lives and our technology. We are not your business-as-usual school. Includes: our Quote of the Week—painful truth from Scottish judge Lord Francis Jeffrey; This Week in Business History includes the steamboat, Pennsylvania’s first oil find and poor little Pluto; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak to keep you cool with the Millennials; and Dumb Moments—John has an answer for the uninformed voters out there.
  • Alex Epstein - The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Alex Epstein is a logical voice among emotional issues, a thing he started as a young teenager. Ten years ago, he became intrigued by the global warming/fossil fuels controversy and immersed himself into all things energy. His search for truth ended in his authoring The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. He states his case eloquently and his perspective is air-tight. Could everything we know about fossil fuels be wrong? Yup.
  • Women Mean Business - Alexandra Pruner

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Never underestimate the importance of solid, technical research, especially in an energy investment bank. Leisa chats with Alexandra Pruner, Chief Financial Officer of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • A Simple Recipe for Startup Marketing Strategy

    Tim Berry
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Marketing for your startup will be a bit different than marketing for an existing business. How can you market your startup more effectively? An effective startup marketing strategy starts with sharp target market focus, then adds in specific identity and business offering, plus regular learning. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Build a Brand: Infographic

    Candice Landau
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    You've validated your business idea, you've done your market research, and hopefully you've registered your business name. Now it's time for a bit of fun. It's time to build your brand! [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Start Here If You’ve Never Searched for a Loan Online

    Meredith Wood
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’ve never searched for a loan online, you probably have no idea where to start. What should you consider? What do you information do you need in order to apply? What questions can you ask yourself to prepare? [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Apply for a Federal Tax ID Number

    Angelique O'Rourke
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you're starting a business, you're going to need a federal tax ID number (EIN). The application is easy and free. Here's how to do it. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Small Business News Roundup 8.21.15

    Michael X. Heiligenstein
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’ve got trouble at Amazon, more paid leave for workers, and the benefits of using cloud-based software. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Startup Lawyer

  • Demo Days and the General Solicitation Conundrum

    Ryan Roberts
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    If you’ve been to accelerator or incubator demo days, you’ve likely seen a presentation that either flat out mentions the specifics of a financing round in progress or the details of a proposed financing.  In the last couple years, however, some incubators and accelerators have been concerned that their demo days constitute, for their portfolio companies, … Continue reading →
  • 2015 StartupLawyer.com Upgrade

    Ryan Roberts
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    I am happy to present an upgraded StartupLawyer.com! While just a soft launch, we added a left-side navigation bar with the intent of making content more accessible.  Early reviews have been positive: About a year ago we released a Glossary.  Now with a custom plugin, we have integrated those defined terms into applicable blog posts.  If a glossary term is used in a … Continue reading →
  • Great Quality of Life: The Undercurrent of the Dallas Startup Ecosystem

    Ryan Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    There has been a lot of talk lately that Dallas is a great environment for tech startups because of (1) the very low cost of living (especially in comparison to the California or New York) and corresponding high quality of life and (2) the very high number of tech jobs. However, I think these points … Continue reading →
  • Crowdfunding as a last resort

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I recently wrote a commentary piece for the Dallas Business Journal regarding equity crowdfunding titled:  “Here’s Why Crowdfunding Should Be Your Last Resort”  I thought some of my readers would enjoy it. Please know that I *want* equity crowdfunding to be a boon for startups, I just can’t recommend it as a go-to option today. … Continue reading →
  • SXSW Happy Hours and Office Hours

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It’s that time of year again when a good portion of the startup world flocks to Austin Texas for SXSWi.  This year, I’ll be involved with two events: Dallas Drops the Mic — March 14th 6pm-8pm The official blurb about this event is: “Join the Dallas Startup Community in a truly epic happy hour where freestyles … Continue reading →
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    Tech Cocktail

  • The 5 Hottest Series C Startups from 2014 

    Kira M. Newman
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Mattermarkranked the five fastest-growing Series C startups from last year in its Startup Traction Report, and they are a snapshot of modern trends. We are taking our education into our own hands, learning new skills through General Assembly and Udemy. We are pursuing our passions and running our own jewelry businesses through Chloe + Isabel – not working for others. And all that takes a lot of time, so we need Blue Apron’s help with the cooking. Series C is typically the fourth round of funding that a startup raises, after seed and Series A-B.  The size of a Series C round varies,…
  • Financial Trading Data is More Accessible with Money.Net

    Lauren Zeien
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Financial trading is a long-told story, glamorized in movies and splashed across the news showcasing the highs and lows of its lifestyle. What’s rarely showcased is the technology behind what makes it all possible. For decades, trading floors have been a disaster of intertwining traders sharing a single screen to make split-second million dollar decisions. Talk about a gamble. Earlier this year, Former Global Head of Commodities at Bloomberg LP, Morgan Downey, decided enough was enough and invented money.net. Global markets are complex and ever-changing, so why would he want to invent a…
  • The Tech Bubble 2.0 is Cooling: How to Weather the Coming Slowdown

    Paul Grossinger
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    History is doomed to repeat itself: just as the golden years of Silicon Valley 1.0 ended in horrifying fashion in the 2000-1 bust, the boom times of the 2010-2015 tech bubble will end very soon. Always listen to the naysayers but with a caveat: the end is coming, sure, but it will be a slowdown not a collapse. Here are some tips to how to weather the coming slowdown with a burgeoning startup: Raise Capital Now, Even if You Don’t Need it Timing is the greatest ally of startup success, time is its greatest enemy. The best thing you can give yourself in a downturn is time: time to prove out…
  • The 4 Step Guide To Blogging As a Business

    Dianna Labrien
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Blogging can be hard. Especially for a business that has numerous other channels to cater – sales, user-experience marketing, etc. However, blogging for businesses is still most traffic-boosting and lead-generating content delivery platform. Here are 5 facts to prove the point of having a blog: Boost your SEO: Companies that blog regularly receive 97% more inbound links and 434% more indexed pages compared to those without a blog. Boost your traffic: I don’t even talk about the times when posts go viral, but in general, having a base of 21 to 54 articles increases your traffic by…
  • Fantasy Football’s History is a Metaphor for Your Startup

    Will Schmidt
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The official kickoff for the 2015 NFL season is right around the corner, we’re burning through preseason, but right now it’s all about fantasy football drafts. Literally everybody’s doing it: all you need is a laptop, internet, and one of the many free platforms to schedule a synchronized, online draft. Nowadays, it’s a piece of cake. It wasn’t always like that though. In fact, there was a time when people used to draft and play fantasy football purely by hand – computers weren’t a thing and the internet didn’t exist. However, in a world where fantasy football was just a…
 
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  • To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

    Murray Newlands
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Like most investors, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners is always looking for that next big thing to invest in and turn into a significant return. While the global venture capital firm has primarily invested in tech and health care, the fund has significantly ramped up its efforts around investing in space. He sat down with me to talk about boldly going where few people have gone before in investing and what he and his team look for when selecting a startup for funding.
  • Adaptive Insights: Don't Do An IPO Without It

    Tom Taulli
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    An IPO is certainly a huge achievement. But of course, it is not without its challenges. A company needs to have a defensive business that allows for durable performance over the long run. If not, it will likely get stuck in an awful treadmill, ignored by investors.
  • ZeroCater's $100M business: Changing How We "Do Lunch"

    Alexander Taub
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Interview with Arram Sabeti, the CEO and founder of Zerocater.
  • Respect: Aretha Franklin Nailed It, And So Can You

    David K. Williams
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    We respect people who demonstrate integrity, approach life with kindness in service, or reflect a genuineness and sincerity in all their interactions.
  • Now Any Entrepreneur Can Use this Asset Protection Strategy of the Rich

    Garrett Gunderson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    What do you think of when I say “Cayman Islands”? Besides the white sandy beaches, most people envision tax shelters for the rich. But truthfully the tax benefits aren’t as wild as you might think--money going in to the Cayman Islands was already taxed, and will be taxed again if you ever want to bring it home and enjoy it.
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 7 Principles Of Business Agility To Dodge Disaster

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most small businesses are trying to forget the last recession, and get back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone conversations, real product information spreads at astounding speeds. Entrepreneurs that are not listening, not engaging, and not changing will be left behind even in the best of times. Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. It is required today for new innovation strategies, analyzing markets for new opportunities, and organizational changes. Today’s…
  • Smart Startups Learn How To Create And Manage Hype

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Creating a successful startup is all about marketing these days, no matter how compelling your solution. Technologists have long believed that marketing is only required when selling the next pet rock, but in this age of information overload, even the most exciting solutions will be lost from view or assumed to have no value unless they are surrounded by hype. According to Urban Dictionary, hype is “a clever marketing strategy where a product is advertised as the thing everyone must have, to the point where people begin to feel they need to consume it.” Even technology solutions with a…
  • 6 Ways A Prototype Will Enhance Your Startup Idea

    23 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is cheap, but entrepreneurs who show you a working model of their idea know how to execute. In reality, it doesn’t take a huge investment of money and time to build a prototype today. If it is hardware, look for one of the ‘makerspaces’ such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost…
  • 7 Ways Smart Startups Tune In To Customer Feedback

    22 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Entrepreneurs and business executives seem to be even more focused on their technology than the rest of us, and less inclined to listen to the voice of the customer, even if they remember to ask. Real two-way conversations with real customers, including the all-important body language, are unheard-of these days. Being connected to the Internet many hours a day is not enough. In fact, being connected on the Internet has taken on a whole new meaning to me, since I noticed a study commissioned a while back by PC Tools, which found that more than a quarter of people using the Internet have no…
  • 7 Ways Founders Demonstrate They Can Run A Startup

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    When starting a new business, an entrepreneur has to take a “hands-on” role. Because there are so many unknowns, and things are happening so fast, this is no time to delegate or hire outside consultants to handle core functions. That fact eludes most executives from mature companies who have long depended on their staffs for real work, while their focus stays on strategy. Thus I don’t see many startups run in absentia or by big company executives. Startup founders need to see, touch and feel all the key elements of a new business as it evolves, much like an artist renders a new painting…
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  • Presentation Zen seminar in Paris October 5. Don't miss it!

    Garr
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    My friends at Ideas on Stage will hold the first ever Presentation Zen Experience seminar in Paris on October 5, 2015. The facilitator for the seminar is the incomparable Phil Waknell, co-founder of Ideas on Stage, the premier presentation design and training company in Europe, based in Paris. I will not be in Paris personally, but the content is all designed by me in cooperation with Phil and his team of storytellers and designers.This is the first time that a Presentation Zen seminar has been conducted publicly without me being the facilitator, but I have been impressed by the team at Ideas…
  • Hans Rosling: Upgrading our worldview via data visualization

    Garr
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Data and information are not inherently boring. The key is to select the appropriate (and accurate) data to support your message. Yet, it also matters how you bring the data alive, giving it context and meaning. One of the masters of displaying data in live talks is Swedish medical doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling, whom I've talked about often on this site and in my books (we were both keynoters at Tableau 2014 in Seattle as well; he's a wonderful man). His latest short presentation was posted this week and it's a great reminder of how to present a visualization in a simple, clear, and…
  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Garr
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • When a bar chart can be misleading

    Garr
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading. Here's an example: Back in the USA, on March 12, US Senator Ted Cruz and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went head to head at a hearing on the President’s FY2016 budget request arguing as to what they thought NASA’s priorities are today. Sen. Cruz is known to be a climate-change skeptic and has often said that NASA should focus on space exploration and leave earth science to other agencies. Although Cruz and Bolden disagreed strongly, reports are that the hour-long meeting was nonetheless cordial. The interesting…
  • Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

    Garr
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do. Even if you are a researcher or teacher or a medical doctor, and so on, and not a business person, it's still important to understand how people are (or can be) influenced and persuaded by your words and behaviors. Each…
 
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    Great Demo!

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We have one more Great Demo! Public Workshop currently scheduled in 2015:  October 14-15 in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-demo-workshop-on-oct-14-15-2015-registration-14382720103.This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. It will be a 1.75-Day Workshop, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! material and the second ¾ day addressing more advanced topics and techniques.  Public Workshops take place in the San Francisco…
  • How Do You Know When You've Done Enough Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    In your organization’s practices, do you have a measurement or method of determining when you’ve done enough Discovery with your customers?  Do you have a personal measurement that is different (and if so, what is it)?For example, what amount of Discovery do you require before delivering a Technical Proof demo (or customized or “deep dive” demo)?  Do you measure “sufficient” in terms of time, a completed document of questions and answers, a checklist of topics discussed, a gut feeling, or something else?
  • Results of Survey: What Percent of Your Team/Teammates Do a Good Job Doing Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Here are the results of survey (previous post - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TP6HK3B) as of Monday August 10):1. What percent of your team or teammates do a good job doing discovery, in your opinion? Results?  Averaging around 16%, ranging from 10-20%.  This suggests some SERIOUS challenges...!2.What percent think they do a good job doing discovery, but don’t really? Results?  Averaging around 60%, ranging from 30-80%.  This seems even more serious...!3.What percent of Discovery information gets adequately communicated within the sales…
  • What Percent of Your Team/Teammates Do A Good Job Doing Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Please respond to this Informal survey – I’m very curious to see the results (and I expect you might be as well):1.  What percent of your team or teammates do a good job doing discovery, in your opinion?2.  What percent thinkthey do a good job doing discovery, but don’t really?3.  What percent of Discovery information gets adequately communicated within the sales team?4.  What percent of Discovery information ends up in your CRM system or other shared location?5.  In what percent of sales opportunities was sufficient Discovery information collected?Please use…
  • Projector Connection Unpleasantness - And Related Surprises

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I rarely write about hardware issues, but this has become so prevalent that I find I must take (virtual) pen to (virtual) paper…How many times do we or a colleague connect a laptop to a meeting room projector (“Beamer” for some of our European friends…) and are surprised to find that screen resolution on the projector looks like 5 pixels by 3 pixels?  And the presenter can’t even FIND some of the commands that would normally appear on the bottom-right portion of their screen?  Or the “Extended” desktop has been moved somewhere but can’t be found?  Or that…
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    The Huffington Post | The Full Feed

  • 7 Reasons You're Failing Miserably at Professional Networking

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    In business today, one of the keys to long-term success in pretty much any field is effective networking. You might be enjoying all the business you can handle for now, but you're bound to lose clients over time. Competitors steal clients, technologies change, and just like that, a business can cease to exist. If you're not paying attention to networking on a constant basis, you're falling behind. Executives and company owners that actively network their services aren't necessarily out of the woods either. All-too-common mistakes can deny you networking success. The Seven Reasons Most People…
  • Hold On To Summer's Heat With These Spicy, Chill Cocktails

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    As we brace ourselves for autumn and the impending PSO (pumpkin spice onslaught), now's the time to hold on to whatever summer we have left by enjoying cocktails outside. We've rounded up some spicy drinks recommended for you from two liquor brands. First, Trevor Schneider, brand ambassador for Reyka Vodka, created drinks that are sure to keep you refreshed, cool and collected, incorporating everything from maple syrup to matcha. But when it comes to spicy drinks, there's almost no better ingredient to make them with than tequila. So Eddy Buckingham, a mixologist for Sauza…
  • Revoking 14th Amendment Birthright Citizenship: The Ultimate in Voter Suppression

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump and several of his Republican competitors have now endorsed the notion of doing away with the very first sentence of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, at least insofar as it has been interpreted to grant automatic citizenship to children born of undocumented immigrants. And, Trump adds, this policy should be retroactive with respect to those currently considered citizens. That Amendment provides that: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of…
  • Miley Cyrus Is Hardcore Trolling Us With Threat Of VMAs Debauchery

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    With its current lineup of performers, the 2015 MTV VMAs seem to be shaping up to be one of the most lackluster in recent history. That's why it's no surprise that Miley Cyrus' latest promo for the awards comes across as hardcore trolling, in an effort to make us believe some crazy shit is going to go down that will have everyone talking for months to come. While the Parents Television Council might be concerned by Cyrus' repetition of the words "fuck, shit, bitch," it seems a little desperate on MTV's part.  fuckkkk yeahhhhh!!!! #vmas #host @mtv #4days…
  • My top 20 worries today. Just today.

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    I worry about everything. I don't want to, but I do. My mom's the same way and her mom was the same way. I don't know about my mom's mom's mom, but I can't worry about that. I've too much else to worry about. The 20 worries I've listed here? They're just today's and they're just the ones I can recall. Yes, I'm starting to forget things, and that makes me worry. 1. I worry about finding the iguana my husband lost in the house before we were married. 2. I worry about road kill flying up and into my car window which is down because I'm sneaking a cigarette. 3. I worry about getting lung cancer.
 
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Velostrata Finds $14M For Hybrid Cloud

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    San Jose-based Velostrata, a developer of hybrid cloud migration and storage software, said yesterday that it has raised $14M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Norwest Venture Partners and Greylock IL Partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • FutureAdvisor Acquired By BlackRock

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    San Francisco-based wealth management and personalized investment advice software developer FutureAdvisor has been acquired by BlackRock, the two said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • W2O Group Buys Fox Communications

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    San Francisco-based W2O Group said Wednesday that it has acquired Fox Communications, a communications firm also based in San Francisco. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Bessemer Venture Partners Promotes Ahlgren

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Menlo Park-based venture investor Bessmer Venture Partners said Tuesday that it has promoted Eric Ahlgren to Vice President.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Intercom Connects With $35M

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    San Francisco-based Intercom, a develops of a customer communications software platform, said this morning that it has raised $35M in a Series C funding. The funding was led by ICONIQ Capital, and also included The Social + Capital Partnership and Bessemer Venture Partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • Inside the Cross-Device Purchase Journey [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    Earlier this week we examined mobile context and mobile apps vs. websites. Today’s infographic looks at the cross-device purchase journey, courtesy of Signal.Tweetables67% of consumers move between devices when they’re shopping online. 98% switch devices within a single day Tweet this65% of consumers begin their online purchase path on smartphone. 61% continue on PC, 4% on tablet Tweet this2/3 smartphone users say they’re more likely to buy from a company with a mobile friendly site Tweet this74% of smartphone users say they’re more likely to return to a mobile-friendly site Tweet…
  • Do Shoppers Prefer Native Apps or Mobile Websites?

    Linda Bustos
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    Mobile apps are expected to drive over 40% of mobile sales for the top 500 retailers this year, not to mention mobile’s contribution to in-store sales.But research by Forrester commissioned by RetailMeNot suggests mobile shoppers prefer mobile websites to native apps for all but using stored-value cards in-store.For those that do prefer mobile apps, convenience, speed and stored settings top the list of benefits, followed by incentives/rewards, personalized content and access to “better deals.”With mobile app development costing upwards of $2 million per platform, and 80% of…
  • Understanding Mobile Context: At Home, On the Go and In-store

    Linda Bustos
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    Optimizing your mobile experience requires an understanding of mobile’s role in the purchase journey. Device detection only determines the experience format (e.g. responsive design), but it’s the context that best determines the content, offers and features you deliver, and your users’ satisfaction with your websites and apps.A mobile user’s context involves where he or she is, and his or her purpose for the site/app visit, e.g. product discovery, research, price comparison, purchase, or customer service.Because you can’t glean this information as easily as you…
  • Making Email Social [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    What wins, email or social media? Why not have both working together? Today’s infographic looks at email+social integration, from ReachMailTweetablesOnly 56% of marketers integrate social with their email marketing program Tweet thisEmail reaches its intended recipient 90% of the time vs. only 2% of Facebook Shares Tweet thisFacebook drives $1.10 in revenue for each social share, Twitter .97 and Pinterest .87 Tweet this78% of the avg brand’s Facebook fans are existing customers Tweet this42% of Facebookers like a brand’s page to receive discounts and coupons Tweet this
  • Unconversion: Optimizing Email Unsubscribe

    Linda Bustos
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    No marketer wants email subscribers to defect, but if and when a subscriber wants to opt-out, it’s best not to resist. Not only will your engagement metrics rise by letting the no-longer-interested go, it keeps up your list hygiene and reduces the risk of subscribers marking unwanted messages as spam, which can hurt your sender reputation and deliverability across the board.To conclude our 3-part series on retail email, today’s post covers how to optimize the unsubscribe process.In-email calls to actionMake the unsubscribe link easy to find. Conventional placement is at the bottom…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    You don’t have to be CPA or MBA to start or run a business. You don’t have to understand debits and credits, or be able to balance your books. But there are some financial facts you just plain need to know. Here’s a list. Every single dollar in Accounts Receivable (AR) is a dollar less in cash. AR is the standard for business-to-business transactions. You deliver the goods or service along with an invoice, and the client/customer pays you later. That money shows up as sales in the Profit & Loss (P&L), but it’s not in the bank; it’s in AR. This brings up AR aging,…
  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
  • Timing is the Key to Success? Do You Agree?

    Tim Berry
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one thing was timing. Timing accounted for 42 percent of the difference between success and failure. Team and execution came in second, and the idea, the differentiability of the idea, the uniqueness of the idea, that actually came in third. Take a…
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    Signal v. Noise

  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
  • Extra Drawings for The Distance

    Nate Otto
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance that have never seen the light of day until now. For just over a year, The Distance was dedicated to longform articles about long standing businesses. Under the editorship of Wailin and the art direction of Mig, I made a header illustration for each article and a building drawing that served as the footer. In recent months, The Distance has morphed into a podcast. I still…
  • A chart a day keeps the data in play

    Noah
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Every working day for the last month or so I’ve posted a single “chart of the day” to our Basecamp account. They’re posted internally without much commentary—just enough to explain what the chart is about. The topics are wide ranging: in the last month, we’ve covered browser uptake, search terms, The Distance, database performance, phone support, Nagios alert trends, demographics, classes, timezones, and even home energy usage and BMW torque curves. The charts don’t fit into a big picture narrative, and there’s no agenda behind them: I simply…
  • Grit is for cowboys

    David
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    The cattle has to be round up. Complaining about the weather or going without sleep for 16 hours isn’t going to do it. So clench your teeth and get the work done. That’s the grit needed to be a cowboy. But I’m a lot less sure that grit is such a positive trait in other professions, particularly creative endeavors like programming, design, or writing. If I had more grit, I would probably just have clenched my teeth and dug into that J2EE architectural hole with greater perseverance, rather than giving up and building Ruby on Rails. I would probably have spent more time finishing my math…
  • Less than perfect

    Nathan Kontny
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    I want to create something out of nothing but nothing isn’t a great place to draw from.Mitch Hedberg On February 21, 2006 a guy launches a video blog. The results, even by 2006 standards, were far less than perfect. The lighting is terrible. The camera unsteady. There’s a use of zoom and text effects that remind me of my mom’s VHS videos of my sister and I figure skating in 1990. Later episodes have funny text effects where the title of the blog swims into view like a novice PowerPoint presentation. There’s a glass picture frame behind him reflecting whatever light…
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  • An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).   A startup is a company designed to grow fast.”    Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But accordingly to Paul Graham, there’s a…
  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for MakeUpLeaders

    public
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Company / App Name: MakeUpLeaders http://makeupleaders.com/ Twitter – makeupleaders What does it do? We created MakeUpLeaders with one goal in mind–make it available and obtainable for each and every woman to look and feel beautiful. Thus we provide easy access to video tutorials in our website that teach women how to magnify their beauty! Why do we need it? Our modern and dedicated approach to beauty can help every woman from every angle of the world to learn and use simple tricks for achieving the desired look at home and with reasonable efforts. Is not this just what every woman…
  • Pitch for Ho Stevie!

    public
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Company / App Name: Ho Stevie! http://hostevie.com/shop/gopro-mouth-mount.html Twitter – hostevie What does it do? Our GoPro mouth mounts enable surfers (and anyone else with a GoPro) to capture hands-free POV footage. Why do we need it? Professional surfers have been forced to make their own mouth mounts for the last couple of years. They need to be on the cutting edge of videography, to maintain sponsorships. We stepped in to fill the gap. Now everyone can use profession Who is it for? Consumers – The post Pitch for Ho Stevie! appeared first on The Startup Pitch.
  • Pitch for Anygrowth

    public
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Company / App Name: Anygrowth https://anygrowth.com Twitter – anygrowth What does it do? Anygrowth is a Growth Hacking platform allowing web marketers to accelerate their online business. Anygrowth offers a dashboard and a suite of tools for marketing automation. Why do we need it? This will help marketers to easily manage their daily growth hacking campaigns (emailing , collection of data, management of social networks etc). The tools are offered at competitive price and users can suggest new features . Who is it for? For all web marketers who want to save time by automating…
  • Beta Pitch for Mailcloud

    public
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Company / App Name: Mailcloud http://www.mailcloud.com/download Twitter – @mailcloud What does it do? Mailcloud puts all your files in one place (really). See all the files and photos, from your email, Dropbox, GDrive, Slack or Box – neatly organised for you in one app by person, file type, topic and company. It’s secure, free and nice. Why do we need it? Currently, we have to search through emails to find attachments and rely on search to find files in our file services. Dropbox, GDrive and Box give you a space in the cloud, but nobody is organising it for you to find…
  • Beta Pitch for CloudSploit

    public
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Company / App Name: CloudSploit https://cloudsploit.com Twitter – cloudsploit What does it do? CloudSploit is a security-as-a-service scanner that continually monitors your Amazon Web Services accounts for misconfigurations, security risks, and potential vulnerabilities, alerting you to the issues, and providing remediation steps. Why do we need it? More and more companies are migrating traditional infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. While AWS provides many security controls, the onus is on the user to implement them properly. CloudSploit makes it easy. Who is it for? AWS users,…
 
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • UW-Madison Suspends 18 Year Old Business Plan Competition #entreed

    David J. Miller
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    In surprising news, the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition  at UW Madison has been called off for 2016.  From Judy Newman at the Wisconsin State Journal: A highlight of the UW-Madison’s School of Business for the past 18 years, a notice on the contest’s website says “due to budgetary constraints,” the Burrill competition is being “suspended.” “The impact of the Burrill Business Plan Competition on the local community is hard to understate,” said Joe Kirgues, co-founder of the gener8tor startup accelerator and a finalist judge for the Burrill the past two years.
  • Space Race Now Includes 12 Mile High Elevator

    David J. Miller
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    Stories of elevators into the sky have circulated for decades, now Thoth Technology has received a patent for an 12 mile high inflatable elevator/tower with a launchpad at the top. The idea being it will be easier and cheaper to launch from so high above ground. Its just a patent, but who doesn’t love big ideas? From Techcrunch…
  • Appearance on Let’s Talk Live : Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    David J. Miller
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Lucky enough to do a fun interview on entrepreneurship and innovation with Julie Wright on Let’s Talk Live (News Channel and WJLA-ABC7)
  • John Mackey: The conscious capitalist

    David J. Miller
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    David J. Miller:Really interesting article from Fortune on John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods. Great depth to his approach to business and impact. Will have to order his book and see what kind of material we should be sharing with our students, alumni and broader community around @georgemasonu and the #DMV. Let us know what you think. Originally posted on Fortune: A few years ago Whole Foods Market decided that organic food didn’t go far enough. Never mind that organic is the upscale supermarket’s largest product category, accounting for 25,000 items on its shelves. Never mind…
  • Local CEO Questions UC San Diego’s Approach to Entrepreneurship Education #highered #bizschool

    David J. Miller
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Today’s WSJ features a blistering critique of the recently shuttered Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship at UC San Diego’s School of Engineering. The tagline for the center was dream, design, develop and Ken Kuang’s WSJ piece, Teaching Entrepreneurs to Dream, mocks the center, its results, and higher education’s approach to entrepreneurship. While Kuang presents his personal experiences and opinions on entrepreneurship education at “prestigious universities,” his anger appears misdirected as he seems to be more upset that UCSD spent all of the money…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem. With applications for the Costa Rica Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the San Jose (Costa Rica) Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Costa Rica Founder Institute and local…
  • Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Chellam explains in the video below, several themes are often common at the start of lasting human relationships, including vulnerability, social proof, and a shared worldview.   Misha is the Co-Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training…
  • The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, see some recent director news below: Sergio…
  • Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experience so that we, in turn, can help share the invaluable information to fellow entrepreneurs on their path to success. Marketing is a hurdle that all entrepreneurs will encounter. Even with a perfect product or service, without marketing, the target audience might never be…
  • 50 Bootstrapping Hacks for Every Stage of Your Startup

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company. However, bootstrapping is also a very risky move, as doing so means you may not have lasting funds to cover operational costs. Too many promising startups have failed because the founders neglected to make informed decisions with their limited funds or utilize their available resources to their full potential. That is why we here at the Founder Institute created an exhaustive guide that shows you how to make…
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    OnlyOnce

  • The Joy of Coaching

    Matt Blumberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was the head coach of my two older kids’ little league team this past spring.  The whole thing was a little bit of an accident – I vaguely volunteered for something and ended up in charge.  The commitment was a little daunting, but I was ok with it since the season was only a couple months long, it was both Casey and Wilson, and both kids, especially Wilson, are really into baseball.  Other than helping out a bit here and there, I’d never coached a sports team before. What started off as an unclear assignment ended up as one of the most fun and fulfilling things I’ve done in…
  • ReturnShip Program, Part III

    Matt Blumberg
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    I’ve written a couple times this past year about our ReturnShip program, which is a 4-month paid internship program designed for women who have been out of the workforce for more than 3 year to re-enter and  build credible and relevant experience, and to expand the talent pool for our organization.  I wrote about the initial concept when we launched v2 of the program, and then again when v2 concluded with the hiring of four of the six participants. I’m immensely proud of our organization for inventing the program (Andy Sautins, our CTO, gets credit) and for managing it so well during…
  • The Phoenix Project

    Matt Blumberg
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Phoenix Project:  a novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford  is a logical intellectual successor and regularly quotes Eli Goldratt’s seminal work The Goal and its good but less known sequel It’s Not Luck. The more business books I read, the more I appreciate the novel or fable format. Most business books are a bit boring and way too long to make a single point. The Phoenix Project is a novel, though unlike Goldratt’s books (and even Lencioni’s), it takes it easy on the cheesy and personal side stories.
  • Everything Is Data

    Matt Blumberg
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Everything Is Data As our former head of People, Angela used to say during the recruiting process, “Everything is Data.”  What she meant is that you can learn a lot about a candidate from things that happen along the way during an interview cycle, not just during the interviews themselves.  Does the candidate for the Communications role write a thank you note, and is it coherent?  Does the candidate for an outside sales role dribble food all over himself at a restaurant?  Here are two great examples of this that have happened here at Return Path over time: Once we had a candidate in…
  • The Difference Between Culture and Values

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Difference Between Culture and Values This topic has been bugging me for a while, so I am going to use the writing of this post as a means of working through it. We have a great set of core values here at Return Path. And we also have a great corporate culture, as evidenced by our winning multiple employer of choice awards, including being Fortune Magazine’s #2 best medium-sized workplace in America. But the two things are different, and they’re often confused. I hear statements all the time, both here and at other companies, like “you can’t do that —…
 
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    Techstars

  • How to Become a Leader in Your Startup Community: Webinar 8/27 with David Cohen

    Kerri Beers
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you are interested in helping build your local startup community, you may want to check out this webinar the Founder Institute is hosting on August 27th.   On this “How to Become a Leader in Your Startup Community” webinar, they will outline the different resources needed to bolster your local ecosystem, and provide tips on how you can help startups and become a better startup mentor and advisor. This event will feature David Cohen (Founder and Managing Partner of Techstars), Sergio Escobar (Managing Director of The Founder Institute Montreal), and Adeo Ressi (Founder &…
  • Sponsorship in Action: MakersKit and American Airlines

    Cali Harris
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We recently chatted with Mike Stone, cofounder of MakersKit, a Techstars alumni (NYC ‘14). MakersKit was founded to inspire creativity. The company shares its favorite ideas and offers the best tools and supplies to make DIY a blast. While MakersKit was in the Techstars program in New York City, they met and partnered with American Airlines, a global sponsor of Techstars. Under their Innovators Initiative, American Airlines has been supporting Techstars companies within all of our US-based programs with marketing opportunities, connections, travel grants since 2013. Want to learn more about…
  • Bleeding Green Stars: Announcing the New Managing Director for Austin

    Amos Schwartzfarb
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    My formal introduction to Techstars was in early 2013 shortly after Jason Seats moved to Austin to start the program here.  Upon meeting Jason, two things quickly became apparent to me — first, that Techstars was going to be an amazing addition to the Austin startup community and second, that I wanted to become part of it! Jason asked me to be a mentor and I also become an LP in the first fund.  From the very first program in 2013, I was hooked! At the outset, I expected that I might spend a little time with a company or two but over the next two years, I found myself increasingly…
  • [VIDEO] Mentor Spotlight: Julia Austin

    Kerri Beers
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today’s mentor spotlight is on Julia Austin! Julia is an entrepreneur herself and an advisor and investor of early stage startups. Right now, she is advising a bunch of early stage companies in the Boston area and stewing on the next big thing. Julia has been a Techstars Mentor since January 2014 as well as an investor in several Techstars companies. Check out this one-minute spotlight video to learn what being a Techstars Mentor means to Julia! The post [VIDEO] Mentor Spotlight: Julia Austin appeared first on Techstars.
  • Guest Post: Techstars’ Basic Training for Veteran Entrepreneurs

    Tyler Matthews
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I spent the last weekend in July at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill at Patriot Boot Camp (PBC), a Techstars backed summit for service members and veterans interested in learning how to launch and build technology Startups. As a transitioning Army officer interested in entrepreneurship and tech, PBC was just what I needed.  From the Pledge of Allegiance Friday morning to Retired Army General George Casey’s keynote address Sunday morning, this three day “Boot Camp” was a high octane crash course in the fundamentals of starting Startups. Throughout the weekend, Techstars…
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    Valleywag

  • Burning Man Riddled with Brutal Pest Infestation 

    Kate Knibbs on Gizmodo, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Burning Man, favorite summertime gathering place for Silicon Valley’s VC-funded shirtless mollybros , is combating a large-scale pest infestation at Blackrock City, Nevada. Crawling over every surface of the pop-up desert city—biting, sowing mayhem and discontent—this scourge of pestilence has proven damn near impossible to banish from the once-peaceful windswept playa. Read more...
  • Snapchat Lost a Ton of Money Last Year

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2013, teenage attention-pit Snapchat turned down a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook, which is only not an insane and arrogant decision if you’re going to reap so much profit that you’re eventually worth more than that. Internal financial documents obtained by Gawker show Snapchat was very far from profitable last year.http://valleywag.gawker.com/confirmed-snap... Read more...
  • Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Uber, Silicon Valley’s prized amoral unicorn, is presumed to be a financial titan and a sure-thing IPO in the near future. Which may be true. But one thing that’s frequently missing from the conversation about its inevitable dominance over virtually every facet of our lives is the answer to a fundamental question: Does it make money? According to internal financial documents obtained by Gawker, the answer is a resounding no. Uber has lost tens of millions of dollars since 2012, and the documents suggest that CEO Travis Kalanick’s boasts about the company’s exponential revenue growth…
  • Here's What a Party for Elite White iPhone Daters Looks Like

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Have you heard of “The League”? It’s like Tinder, but for white people people who fancy themselves “elite” and aspire to white collar crime. Business Insider, a website run by an actual disgraced banker, recently attended a party thrown by The League.Read more...
  • No One Wants to Admit It, but Reddit Can't Be Saved

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    It’s looking more and more like Ellen Pao was, in some sense, set up to fail by her male board of directors. Her predecessor Yishan Wong says it. A top Reddit engineer said it right after quitting . It might sound conspiratorial if it weren’t about this particular site.http://gawker.com/top-reddit-eng... Read more...
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  • Fall is for Fundraising: 51 Tips from Danielle Morrill

    Alexander Muse
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    If you’re like many entrepreneurs (including me) you’re about to start visiting VCs in an effort to raise capital before the holidays. Danielle Morrill tweeted 51 tips for you and I couldn’t help but respond to each one last night. Following the thread on twitter is almost impossible so I’m reposting the tips and my responses here: Danielle: 1) Fundraising this fall? I have some unconventional tips for you to make your experience awesome. Me: my unconventional responses to ‘fall fundraising’ to follow… Danielle: 2) when visiting a16z show up…
  • Why is it cheaper to hire developers in San Francisco than in Dallas?

    Alexander Muse
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    You would assume that with a lower cost of living and lower taxes you’d be able to hire software developers in Dallas for less than you can hire them in San Francisco. Surprisingly, in my personal experience this just isn’t the case. I’ve had software developers on my payroll in both cities for years and without exception I’m able to recruit and retain developers in San Francisco for less money than I can in Dallas. On a per capita basis, there are a lot more developers in San Francisco as the city attracts coders and hackers like flies. When we’ve advertised…
  • Telling MORE Stories at StartupMuse

    Alexander Muse
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Ten years ago I began blogging about startups and entrepreneurship. I floundered around for a while until I shared one particular story about my own startup experience. Several years earlier my first venture backed startup had gone bankrupt after I raised more than $30,000,000 and I decided to share the ugly details with my readers (all ten of them). Something about telling that story helped me move to the next level of my career. Eventually, hundreds of entrepreneurs reached out to me to share their own stories and suddenly I didn’t feel as alone. While I’m not a writer, I…
  • Barns and Startup Communities

    Alexander Muse
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Listening to Tedd Benson and Ken Burns on PBS this morning I learned that barn raising is a uniquely American endeavor. It is a democratic and communal event that for some reason never happened in Europe or Asia. Timber framing goes back over 2,000 years, but outside of the United States you don’t find timber framed structures that required a whole community to raise. You can watch the three part series here. It got me thinking about startup communities and how they’ve fostered the growth of entrepreneurial endeavors throughout the United States. Building a startup is a lot…
  • How long should it take to build a mobile app?

    Alexander Muse
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you are like me (and condolences if that is the case) you wake up everyday with an idea for a mobile app. The hardest part about designing and building mobile apps is determining what NOT to include in the release. The app should be compelling enough to entice users to download it and reviewers to review it, but not too complicated to require months or years of development prior to launch. Eric Ries calls this the MVP or Minimum Viable Product. My goal is to launch an MVP within 45 days of design completion. This means that you’ve already completed the design…
 
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • Informational interview questions that create a lasting impression

    Ramit Sethi
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
      What if you lost your job today and needed a new job in a week? Could you do it? What if you just wanted some advice for a tough career decision? Is there someone you could ask? Or what if you wanted to make a big career change, like switching industries? Is there anyone you could call for help? The secret to solving all of these challenges is the same: informational interviews. Today, I’ll show you how to conduct excellent info interviews, including the exact questions you’ll want to ask. At a high-level, here’s how an informational interview works: You find someone…
  • Lol, thanks for the advice

    Ramit Sethi
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bahahaha…look at this email I got from a nice lady named Cathy: More nutty reader emails on instagram.com/ramit   Weird that she didn’t reply with her measurements… If there’s one thing I’ve learned about life, it’s that everyone is happy to give you advice. But how do you know when to take the advice…vs. when to ignore it? Do you have to agree with your parents who tell you to buy a house? Or your friends who wrinkle their nose that you read about self-development? Or people who tell you to stop thinking about starting a side business (because you should just…
  • How to read body language (and improve your own)

    Ramit Sethi
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are tons of articles out there telling you how to read body language. From Psychology Today to Business Insider, they give you tips on how to read someone’s face and posture, but they all seem to miss one key thing.   No one wants to read body language just for the hell of it! You want to know the specific changes that will help you improve YOURS. Here’s what I mean: When I was in high school, I applied for a lot of scholarships to pay for college, and I got a lot of interviews because I could nail the essays. Every time I showed up I ran into the same girl competing for all…
  • “Why don’t babies in Asia cry?”

    Ramit Sethi
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    When I took a vacation to Asia, I noticed something amazing: There were NO KIDS CRYING ANYWHERE. Nowhere, not even in outdoor markets with 105-degree heat. Finally, after 2 weeks of traveling around, I asked on Twitter if anyone knew why. Somebody replied that when she lived in Japan, she once asked a mother what she does when her baby cries. The mother looked at her quizzically, then said, “But why would my baby cry?” WTF!! My jaw dropped. I started Googling around for different parenting strategies, and I was surprised to find that the way we raise kids in America — the methods we…
  • Ramit learns to dance

    Ramit Sethi
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Confession: In high school, realizing I was an awkward guy, I asked my friend Christina to teach me how to dance. She took pity on me, put on some Blackstreet, and showed me how to dance one-on-one in her room. I don’t know how girls learn to dance, but guys aren’t magically born with the ability to grind. I bring this up because yesterday, I wrote about the myth of simply following your passion. If Christina loved dancing, could she turn that into something more than just a random interest? Some passions will never be more than a pet interest — for example, nobody would ever buy my…
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    Start Up Blog

  • Are you making money the cool way, or the uncool way?

    Steve Sammartino
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    There are two ways to generate lots of money – metaphorically, that is. The first way is through service to the many.  The second way is at the expense of the many. Put simply, we need to effect lots of people to generate lots of money. The theme for both of these is the same, but the methods are very different.  The second way is through taking advantage of people – their weaknesses, their disadvantages, their social status, their education levels…. To this day, in this modern world I could still name hundreds of legal businesses which choose the second path. Ashley…
  • 3 reasons global adoption of bitcoin is inevitable

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Before we start here’s a fact which is easy to forget: Currency is a form of technology Just like all technology, if an improved method comes along, there is a very good chance it will substitute what people where using beforehand. While it might not replace the alternatives entirely, at a minimum it will sit atop what is already being used. Another layer of technology. It is also worth remembering that new forms of currency have often arrived during a new economic age. Commodity money such as Cowry Shells arrived with Barter Economies. Grain Receipts during the Agricultural Era.
  • Two simple ways to grow your startup

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The two ways to grow your startup are the same two ways to grow any business no matter how established or formative it is. Same product sold to wider range of customers. New products sold to the current customer base. Either of these two options provide a simple strategy for growth. In addition they provide a succinct feedback loop of where our problems and opportunities are. They inform us of our Product – Market fit and tells us if it is right. The most important thing to remember though, is that it is pretty hard to do both at the same time. Trying both will just confuse us…
  • The ultimate template for business failure

    Steve Sammartino
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:58 pm
    There is actually a business template for business failure, and you know what it is? The template itself. Yep, that single powerpoint sheet with the company logo in the top corner that gets sent around to the team to fill in for their upcoming budgeting, marketing or strategy planning. It tells us so much about prevailing attitudes to change and anything different. Here’s a little story about when young Stevie (that’s me) was a brand manager at a very big consumer goods company. I don’t want to give away any names, but the company’s initials were Kraft Foods Ltd.
  • One thing we must learn from Tinder to create a successful app

    Steve Sammartino
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    The reason Tinder works is simple. It replicates human behaviour in the real world. The moment someone walks into a night club they look around at the faces of people and say to themselves, Yes, No, No ,Yes, No, No, No, No Yes, Yes. And the people they are looking at are doing the same thing back at them – assuming of course they are both looking to meet someone. But in the actual nightclub there is that awkward discovery process of trying to work out if the other party feels the same way. Which then becomes the business model of the nightclub – Sell people drinks for that…
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    Springwise

  • Live-streaming platform for artists and illustrators

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Add / Remove Since its launch in 2011, Twitch.tv has become synonymous with the now popular model of live-streamed, educational/entertainment sessions. Coders can already learn programming using a similar platform, while musicians can brush up using Boilerroom.tv. Now there’s something for artists and illustrators too — Sywork, short for “Show Your Work”, is an on-demand streaming platform for showcasing processes behind oil paintings, comic books, and other artworks. Artists can sign up to create their own channels, which viewers can then subscribe to. Viewers will then be notified…
  • Sat Nav uses child’s voice to encourage careful driving around schools

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Add / Remove One of the most powerful ways to remind motorists to drive safely in areas where there are kids, is to let them know who is at risk. That’s the reasoning behind If Insurance’s new Slow Down GPS, which switches to a child’s voice anytime the vehicle is near a school, day care centre or other area that is heavily populated with children. Despite most cities having signage, motorists are often driving on autopilot and fail to notice that they have entered a particularly hazardous area — this carelessness leads to almost 400 children under 15 being killed by cars…
  • Smart mirror continuously redirects sunlight into dark corners

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Add / Remove The benefits of sunlight is widely known, and we have seen a number of devices — such as a fake window and smart LED light — help those who spend a lot of time indoors get their daily dose of vitamin D. Now, Lucy is a smart adaptive mirror that uses robotics to follow the sun throughout the day, in order to redirect sunlight to any chosen area. Lucy is a portable, white globe, which uses an algorithm based on smartly positioned photosensors to continuously redirect sunlight into the home. Users first place Lucy in a spot with a view of the sun. Then, they point its…
  • Home swapping platform lets members earn free accommodation anywhere

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    Add / Remove Airbnb is often hailed as one of the leading platforms in the thriving sharing economy, but there is still money changing hands and profits being made. Now, a new home swapping site called Nightswapping takes money out of the equation — it helps users stay in other members’ homes for free, in exchange for opening up their own house to guests. Nightswapping already has over 100,000 members in 160 countries. Each nightswapper has listed their home or guest room on the site, inviting users to stay there in exchange for ‘Nights’ that they can spend somewhere else.
  • Top 10 business ideas from Travel & Tourism over the last 12 months

    Springwise
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Add / Remove 1 Fashion mini-bar in Belgian hotel rooms For many, a trip is not complete without some kind of retail therapy. But it’s often hard to find the time, especially on business trips packed with meetings and events. That’s why clothing brand Pimkie set up a Mini Fashion Bar at the Banks Boutique Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium, so guests can try on and purchase clothes in their hotel room. Since then we have seen many establishemnts follow suit, collaborating with local retailers to give customers a multi-faceted experience, as well as cater to the forgetful travelers who may be in…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Siri theories: Our predictions for Apple’s September 9 event

    Nate Swanner
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    Apple’s event invitation for its September 9 soiree only asks that you hit Siri up for more info. Just about everyone is doing it, and getting a mixed bag of feedback from our lady (or guy!) Siri. Reactions seem to be static for each person; asking Siri to give you a hint multiple times won’t get you different answers. The interesting thing here is that Apple is embracing viral marketing. We don’t actually know anything, but Siri seems to be playing a key role at this event. Below, you’ll see some screenshots of various reactions Siri is giving users who… This story continues at…
  • Instagram photos no longer have to be square

    Napier Lopez
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Instagram is making a huge change to the way photos and videos are posted on the platform: they no longer have to be square That means you can now share photos and videos in their full unadulterated glory, whether in landscape or portrait format. Instagram popularized the square image format, so this is a pretty surprising move, but it’s sure to be appreciated by photographers that were previously upset at always having to crop their images for the platform. To switch between formats, you just need to tap the icon to adjust orientation. It’ll still appear as a cropped square in your…
  • ReBoard brings multitasking to iOS — via the keyboard

    Nate Swanner
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    The apps on your phone operate in their own little fiefdoms. A new keyboard app for iOS, ReBoard, wants to help you tear down the walls between apps so you can get more done. The keyboard itself appears a bit plain, but has some useful functionality. The space bar can be used like a trackpad for scrolling through your text, and the delete button can remove entire words with a quick swipe upwards. The predictive text feature isn’t great, though, so your mileage will definitely vary. ReBoard also has a ‘Command’ icon that sits next to the predictive text suggestions, which… This…
  • Apple’s next event will be September 9 in San Francisco

    Nate Swanner
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Apple’s next event is September 9, and will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The invitation-only event is likely to bring us new iPhones, and perhaps even a big new iPad. While the actual invitation didn’t give us any clues as to what was going to be unveiled, Apple did suggest you ask Siri. When you do, she reminds you something is happening September 9. Now I have to wonder how long that little easter egg has been there. I should talk to Siri more often. The start time for Apple’s event is 10am PST.… This story continues at The Next Web
  • Astropad Mini lets your iPhone double as a graphics tablet

    Jackie Dove
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    First there was the Astropad, a graphics pen-tablet app for the iPad that mirrors and connects to your Mac. Think of the Wacom Cintiq, but at a fraction of the price. That app connects your device to the Mac desktop via Wi-Fi or USB. Today, that concept pushes further with the release of the Astropad Mini for iPhone. The new product is analogous to the existing iPad app — except that you can now carry this functionality in your pocket. Astropad Mini lets you use the same Mac tools for drawing, masking, tracing and retouching in real time — with Photoshop and Lightroom or other…
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    The Product Guy

  • Product Pricing in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Aditya Bhelande, lead a conversation around “Product Pricing”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for…
  • Check out these new Product Management Job Opportunities

    Jeremy Horn
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Strategist @ Tigerspike (New York, NY)Keywords: Design, Digital, Mobile, Strategy, Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1129&lf=twf Product Manager / Technical Project Manager @…
  • Crafting Collaboration, Reporting Researchscape and Speeding to September!

    Jeremy Horn
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Nominate a great product manager you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @ http://youtube.com/TheProductWay Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at WeWork Chelsea, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Researchscapeexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from qualitative research to direct marketing (thanks to Tony Cheevers)…
  • NYC Product Manager, and More Great Job Opportunities

    Jeremy Horn
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Senior Product UX Designer @ Ancestry (San Francisco, CA)Keywords: Designer, Product Designer, San Francisco, User Experience, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1127&lf=twf Product Manager…
  • Check Out these 2 Companies Offering Product Management Jobs

    Jeremy Horn
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Manager @ ThinkingPhones (New York City)Keywords: apps, mobile, saas, voiphttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1126&lf=twf Technical Product Manager @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords:…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Book Review: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

    Ben Casnocha
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    While traveling to Africa a few weeks ago, I read Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux. Theroux is probably America’s most famous travel writer yet I had not read any of his books until now. Dark Star Safari was excellent and I recommend it for anyone taking a trip to the giant continent. It’s the travelogue of his overland journey — car, bus, animal — from the northern tip of Africa to the bottom. He does it on the cheap: he reports from wretched-smelling train cars, rat infested hotel rooms, and dusty, poor villages where clean water…
  • Live Chat on Product Hunt Tomorrow

    Ben Casnocha
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Erik Torenberg is a long time blog reader who’s become a friend. After he graduated from college a few years ago, it’s been fun seeing him break into the Valley and make a name for himself. As part of the founding team at Product Hunt, he’s been rallying product makers of all sorts into one of the most active online communities in tech. They just launched Product Hunt Live, a chat feature for authors and makers to connect with readers. I’m participating tomorrow — Wednesday Aug 19th at 11 AM PT. Join me there to ask me anything for an hour!
  • Visiting the Balkan Ghosts

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Graves in Sarajevo, with everyone’s death year around 1995. In his book Balkan Ghosts, a travel log and mini-history of the Balkan countries, Robert Kaplan writes: “The more obscure and unfathomable the hatred, and the smaller the national groups involved, the longer and more complex the story seemed to grow.” It captured perfectly my reaction after reading the book and learning about the histories of Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Albania, Turkey, and various other neighbors. So much fighting over territorial, ethnic, or religious differences that appear to be so…
  • Poem of the Day by Billy Collins

    Ben Casnocha
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Litany by Billy Collins. Oh, the power of metaphor… You are the bread and the knife, the crystal goblet and the wine. You are the dew on the morning grass and the burning wheel of the sun. You are the white apron of the baker, and the marsh birds suddenly in flight. However, you are not the wind in the orchard, the plums on the counter, or the house of cards. And you are certainly not the pine-scented air. There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air. It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge, maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head, but you are not even…
  • Impressions from an African Safari

    Ben Casnocha
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    I recently completed a six night safari in Tanzania (in addition to three nights at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro hiking around). I enjoyed the trip very much, in part because it was unlike any other travel experience I’ve had. Cities can blur together: I’ve been in a million churches, gone on a million city tours. Traversing the African Savannah is something else entirely. At the most macro level, being in the wild among the animals brought to mind one phrase: state of nature. Every wild animal is simply trying to survive. Well, that, and trying to breed healthy offspring. To achieve…
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    John Greathouse

  • This Hollywood Star Proves Entrepreneurs Should Be Clueless

    John Greathouse
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Sometimes being clueless makes you fearless. This was certainly the case with Hollywood star turned inventor, Hedy Lamarr. In 1937, Ms. Lamarr abandoned a successful European film career to become a Hollywood star. Although successful, she quickly became bored with the vapid nature of stardom, once saying, “Any girl can be glamorous. All she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” Unsatisfied with the intellectual limitations of Hollywood, Ms. Lamarr collaborated with an unlikely partner and together they created a fundamental…
  • How To Make (Almost) Anything Go Viral

    John Greathouse
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. There are two schools of thought regarding how to make anything go viral. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell emphasizes the importance of the messenger. In contrast, Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On proclaims that a properly structured message makes the messenger inconsequential. Which approach is correct? As with most business strategies which migrate from the classroom to the real world, the “correct approach” involves combining the appropriate elements from multiple theories and applying them to your specific…
  • When In Doubt, Let People Think You’re A Fool

    John Greathouse
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. The Beatles’ Manager, Brian Epstein, was a 30-yr old, former furniture salesman when Beatlemania hit America in 1964. When he was approached by savvy Nicky Byrne to license the Beatles’ name and likeness for various novelty products and toys, he firmly stated that he would not accept a penny less than 10%. Nicky had a difficult time hiding his surprise, as the typical range for such licenses was between 30% to 50% of the product’s price. Mr. Byrne quickly signed dozens agreements with merchandisers that subsequently cost the…
  • Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In 1987, a representative of Michael Jackson approached the modest Sycamore Valley ranch house and knocked on the door. The owner of the ranch was shocked by the visitor’s message. He told the homeowner that he represented someone who wanted to purchase the ranch at a substantial premium over its current fair market value. He also indicated that the offer was non-negotiable and the home owner had to respond either “Yes” or “No” in a matter of hours. Although this is a somewhat unusual real estate transaction, it reflects a…
  • Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS

    John Greathouse
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
      A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes When you can live where you want to live and make money doing what you love to do, you are, by my definition, a screaming success. Six outstanding entrepreneurs have created this sweet flavor of success in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara has become a high-tech startup mecca, rivaling cities many times its size. The latest evidence of the city’s dynamic startup ecosystem is the recent announcement by Citrix to investment significant resources in the Santa Barbara…
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    Young Upstarts

  • The Huge (And Very Small) Frontier For Venture Dollars

    Contributor
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    by Scott Petty, co-founder of Signal Peak Ventures When you think of the next big thing in venture funding, the corner store or local mechanic isn’t what comes to mind. Yet very small businesses (VSBs) are one of the last untapped bastions of innovation and, by association, venture dollars. Innovations in SaaS have made core VSB functions like lead conversion, scheduling, CRM and secure transactions available online for the first time ever. As VSBs are in a rush to adopt these solutions that larger businesses have had for many years, one thing is becoming clear: the opportunity to deliver…
  • [AD] Office Depot, A Hub of Products, Services And Solutions For Every Workplace

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Office Depot is a dominant provider of products, services and solutions worldwide. Office Depot Inc. was formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax. All sorts of products relating to a workplace, irrespective of the nature of workplace, are available in Office Depot. It offers a huge variety of options, including lucrative offers through coupons to the shoppers so that they can have the leverage to shop and save. Office Depot was founded in 1986 and opened its first store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After that, strong initiatives were taken for its expansion which were executed…
  • Enterprise Wizardry For Small Companies: Welcome To Oz

    Contributor
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    By Daniel DiGriz, CEO of MadPipe One day, we all look up and realize our businesses aren’t in Kansas anymore. In the past, we viewed company processes as static, because the economy was steady. The intervals between economic hills and valleys were shorter, the gestation period for new ideas was generous, and the rate of evolution of customer demands was slower. Now, change is like a twister out of Kansas that sweeps us up and drops us in Oz. As in Oz, the company that doesn’t grow dies. That external growth comes from internal transformation. A little wizardry can take us from…
  • A Guide To Deciphering Intranet Terminology

    Contributor
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Tim Eisenhauer, President of Axero Solutions Technology products have a tendency to come wrapped in jargon. We’ve all overheard (or participated in) conversations and read articles that are stuffed with so much technical terminology, they might as well be in Greek. Deciphering this terminology requires a certain degree of knowledge and experience, and it can be intimidating. Enterprise intranet software is not immune to “jargonization,” but learning common terms and abbreviations is actually easier than employees might expect, not to mention essential for unlocking the full value of…
  • Is Outsourcing Right For Your Business?

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Outsourcing remains a controversial topic in the business world. While preconceived notions of the subject may conjure up ideas of large scale manufacturing jobs heading overseas, the reality is a lot of smaller companies also partake in the practice as a way to stay competitive. Outsourcing non-essential tasks, like document management, help desks, and backend I.T. work, to both local and overseas companies allow business owners to focus more on high-priority goals that immediately improve their company. What Kind of Savings Can You Expect? It’s no secret that the primary reason many…
 
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    Startup Meme

  • Driving Digital Conversations and Capitalizing on them: #SonehraPakista

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    It’s great seeing all the brands out there doing their bit when it comes to using the Digital Media pretty actively. I recall many folks who turned down the idea of utilizing digital media for anything beyond making personal connections. Wasn’t a long time back, 2011, if my memory serves me right. Things have changed pretty rapidly, specially in the last year, where almost every brand is trying to grab whatever share of voice that may get on digital platforms. I will come to the detailed critic about that later, for now let’s focus on the entire trending fiasco. Won’t…
  • The Infinix Hot Note – Hands On

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So it’s been over a week since the unboxing of the Infinix Hot Note X551 and so far, the experience has been solid. I will be honest for a moment here, when I first received the Hot Note, I wasn’t too optimistic about what the phone’s performance will be. The experience has been contrary to my first thought; the Infinix Hot Note is a pretty solid device, both in terms of appearance and in terms of performance. Let’s not waste time here and get to write about its key winning points. Features’ Snapshot: Here are a few quick points on Infinix Hot Note’s specifications: 1.4 Ghz …
  • Unboxing: The Infinix Hot Note X551

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Infinix Hot Note, finally received and doing what any blogger would do; Unbox and see what’s inside! http://startupmeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Unboxing-Infinix-Hot-Note.mp4 Tags: hot note, infinix, infinix pakistan, mobile, pakistan, technology
  • Facebook Relaxes Rules For On-Page Competitions: Big News For Brands And Business

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    Saves the hassle associated to creating custom tabs on pages to run competition, especially those that required users to only comment or like to participate. We are talking about quick turn around time, leveraging key events on the go and removing the need to spend time exploring what new app to use. Thank you Facebook for being a bit lenient with the introduction of the change in policy. Facebook rolled out an update on the Page terms and conditions to enable businesses and brands to readily conduct quick promotions. There are however some restrictions associated to using native Facebook…
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    14 Jun 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Mobilink, Pakistan’s leading telecom provider has today revealed its new identity. Mobilink initiated its operations in Pakistan in 1994 and had recently come under the umbrella of Vimpelcom, when the Russian telecom giant acquired Orascom in 2011. Mobilink at present enjoys the leader position among the 5 telecom operators in Pakistan with over 36 Million subscribers. The process had been underway for quite some time and only recently did Mobilink initiate revealing hints about this new identity starting June 12th. This started with the Link that was showcased on all major newspapers…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Fundraising Advice from Mark Organ

    mark
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    There’s lots of noise out there on the twitter-sphere, but at least once/ day there’s gold. Today’s gold came in the form of a tweet-storm by Influitive‘s founder and CEO Mark Organ. Mark shares some great advice on fundraising. The thing with tweet-storms is they really should be blog posts. So, here you go:  Nail the Ying-Yang – absolute determination to win YET coachable/likeable/humble The closer you are to A16Z at Sand Hill Road, the more you gotta look a little nuts. Part of the pattern. your pitch should be Hollywood-esque. Joy/Pain. Hero/Villain.
  • The Zirtual fiasco

    mark
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    As a former part time CFO I’ve been following the sudden demise of Zirtual with great interest. If you haven’t been following along, the company shut down last weekend with no warning. The founder blames her part time CFO, Ryan Keating. Here’s my take: Whether you hire someone full time or part time, you can delegate but should never abdicate responsibility. Zirtual’s founder says her company failed because her part time CFO failed to forecast 3 payroll periods instead of 2 in a month. That’s BS. I will say that if you take on the CFO title, even part time, then…
  • Why you need Canadian VCs

    mark
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    I was sharing the news yesterday about Canada’s newest VC fund, Vistara Capital Partners, when my friend Boris Mann asked this question. My objective with this post is not to call Boris out. I’m sure many people ask the same question. But as a former Canadian VC and a huge fanboy of the Canadian startup scene, I feel pretty strongly that our companies should raise capital locally. Here’s why: Local networks: The best companies can get money anywhere. It all looks the same. So, it’s the other stuff that differentiates capital. One area where VCs look to help is in…
  • Only ask customers to make one buying decision

    mark
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    As a SaaS guy, I use a wide number of SaaS applications to run my business. Back when I was at FreshBooks, the finance team thought I was torturing them by always introducing new SaaS tools to streamline our workflow. One of the tools that I use to keep on top of email is Sanebox. This helps filter out non important emails so that I can be more responsive with the important stuff. I got this message in my inbox from them yesterday: My issue with this is that they’re asking me to make a purchase decision! No, I don’t actually need to do anything, but if I was on the fence about the…
  • Canadian M & A Review – 1st half of 2015

    mark
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    We’re into the 2nd 1/2 of 2015. So I thought it might be useful to look back on the exits that have taken place so far this year. This analysis is looking only at venture-backed information technology companies. i.e. no cleantech, energy or other sectors that I just don’t understand. All stats courtesy of Pitchbook. Deal Count There were 28 VC-backed acquisitions in the first half of the year. 3 of them were public companies, the balance private.         Deal Size 19 of the 28 deals had no reported deal size. This is usual. Of the remaining deals, here’s…
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    IttyBiz

  • The Only Sure Thing In Business Is …

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s any question I hear at least once per week, it’s this: “How do I know if my idea for my [business/product/viral blog post] will work?” That’s a valid question. No one wants to intentionally put years of hard work into a business and have it fail at the end. Here’s a secret for you: Most businesses don’t “fail.” I’ve been running this website since 2006. (Damn!) Out of all the blogs and small business ventures I remember in the first, say, three or four years of being online, I’d say 10% of them are still around…
  • “More” Is Not A Business Plan

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Today someone asked “How do you know what numbers to pick for your business targets?” (This was asked in response to an earlier post, If You Don’t Have This, You Don’t Have A Strategy.) In that post I talked about how people who succeed generally have some form of a concrete plan, with specific checkpoints and numbers included. For example, they’re going to get their list to 2,000 subscribers before they launch their first product. Or they’re going to write two books and then get on the speaker circuit. Or they’re going to build a platform of 25,000…
  • What Is Warm Traffic? (And What Should You Do About It?)

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “warm traffic.” What Is Warm Traffic? The very short answer is that warm traffic is what we call visitors who have some level of familiarity with you. Cold traffic, on the other hand, doesn’t know who the hell you are and couldn’t pick you out of a lineup. (Warm traffic may not necessarily be able to pick you out of a lineup either, but at least they’ll have some…
  • How To Confidently Raise Your Rates

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Raising your rates – whether you’re a freelancer, service provider, product maker or coach – always seems to bring out the squeamish side of people. I can see why. However, I’m not interested in dwelling on money issues and hangups. They do no one any good. So, let’s get practical and look at what it will take to raise your rates confidently, without fear of alienating your customers, going broke and/or dying in a gutter (alone). We will traipse through this process by asking a bunch of questions. Let’s begin! 1. Are you under-charging right now?
  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    This week, I would like you to pay attention to one simple thing that will teach you more than you ever thought you’d learn about your customers’ buying behaviour. I would like you to pay attention to when you say “no” to a commercial transaction, or a bid by a seller to look at something they want to show you. Let us lead with a few examples: Examples of saying “no” to a transaction: You see something interesting in a store, but decide outright not to buy it. You almost buy something small on impulse, and at the last minute put it back. There is something…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • How To Grow and Scale A Culture with Limited Funds – Alicia Navarro

    Joe Glover
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Scaling is a challenge which presents itself to any company starting out. Further to this, cash flow is the single greatest reason companies fail in the beginning. So how do you scale, whilst remaining respectful of your budget? Skimlinks is a company that in 2014 facilitated $625 Million worth of transactions, and over it’s lifetime has grown to a team of over 60 people. Alicia Navarro, CEO of Skimlinks describes how she got there, shedding light on how she maintains culture, particularly through her recruitment process. Video and Transcript below.  Join the Business of Software…
  • Guest Blog Post: Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden: Help Needed for Book Case Studies

    Joe Glover
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    We need your help. We’re working on a new book and we need your stories. Let me explain. In 2013 I was fortunate to present at the Business of Software conference in Boston. At that talk I discussed the organizational changes that had to take place to support a culture of continuous learning and innovation. The ideas in my talk were based on my personal experience and the work I had done for my first book, Lean UX. Written as a guide for designers struggling to work with agile software teams, the material found a broader audience with product managers, marketers, and  software engineers.
  • Customer Centered Innovation – Tony Ulwick

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    At Business of Software Conference USA 2014, Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jobs to be Done movement, looked at the tools and processes you can use to uncover innovation opportunities. What are your customers trying to achieve, and how can you help them get there? Simple questions, but creating a disciplined approach to uncovering and capturing the answers is a huge step forward for your business. Watch the video for answers, for those who prefer, transcript is below. For more great insight like this, Business of Software Conference USA 2015 is only a month a way. Full Schedule…
  • What SHOULD we be learning from games?

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Chris Massey gave a lightning talk at Business of Software Conference Europe 2014 on the topic of Gamification. In this guest blog post, he revisits his talk, offering further insight into why we should be thinking more like game designers. Video below, followed by Chris’ insights. I was privileged to be invited to give this lightning talk at BoS UK 2014 but, upon watching the recording, I realised that I really embraced the idea of a “lightning talk” and spoke improbably fast. If you were there and were struggling to decipher my gabble, I offer the idea in written format. Depending…
  • A trio of Google Hangouts: Patrick McKenzie, Alex Osterwalder, Peldi Guilizzoni

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Business of Software Conference USA is one month away. This year, we’ve refocused on the topic of growth and taking your company to the next level. You can see the full schedule here to see what we mean. To match the theme, we have a line-up of knowledgeable and experienced industry specialists, speaking on topics close to their heart. Before the conference however, you have the chance to hang out with them and preview their talks, as well as pitch your questions to them. We have a trio of hangouts coming in the next couple of weeks that you should know about. 1. Alex Osterwalder,…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • GOP Debate: No Mention of Manufacturing

    GREGG FRALEY
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    A short post to make an observation. Say what you will about the GOP debate last night — and there is much to say — there was no attention paid to manufacturing. Search the transcript, you’ll not find the word mentioned a single time. Wow, it’s a very big point to miss. In related topics innovation was mentioned once, and infrastructure, a huge problem, was not mentioned at all. Why is it important and a big missing that manufacturing wasn’t mentioned? Manufacturing, and the middle class jobs that accompany renewed manufacturing, are absolutely essential to…
  • Consumer Brutal, Chase Bank

    GREGG FRALEY
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Yesterday’s Innovation is Today’s Expectation I do my banking online, as much as is possible. As an innovation it’s remarkable — not having to mail checks to pay bills is wonderful. Online banking saves me time. Checking balances, transferring money, having online records to reference, it’s all very convenient. It’s magic. Until it isn’t. I bank with Chase, more formally known as JP Morgan Chase. To be fair, according to my colleagues in the innovation space, this true story could probably apply to any USA bank (“stuck in the 90′s”…
  • Three Sad Innovation Lessons From Radio Shack

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Keep Punching, Stay True to Yourself and Trends, Make Things The demise of Radio Shack., it’s depressing. Much like Kodak you read the history of events and can point to several ideas not done that could have saved them. You can also point to many ideas they tried that were clearly the wrong bets. Hindsight is better than foresight, but still, if they’d stuck to their original values they might have survived. Radio Shack substituted short sighted management tactics for real innovation and invention and that’s ultimately what killed them. They lost the sense of who they were…
  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Open for Business  It’s a real joy when a business opens its doors for the first time. “Open for Business” sounds and feels like hope and possibility to me. Starting a new business is where creativity blossoms and where innovation is made real. You’ve created something and you want to deliver that value for a fair payment in return. That’s what an entrepreneur does. Why would the government put anything in the way of a win-win business transaction? The law recently passed in Indiana (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is being fiercely debated. I really…
  • The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015 As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. I’ve written here previously about how effective their model is in getting broad-based involvement, participation, and attendance. This is arguably the most successful creativity conference in the world right now. Those interested in the creativity and innovation field should attend Creativity World Forum 2015 if at all possible. It’s affordable, the content is superb, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind!

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    First of all I wanted to thank you for following my blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind. I first started publishing this blog twelve years ago, and look forward to many more years of providing you with content at this site. We are in the process of launching a new site that will give you even more […] The post Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind! appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • B2(Small)B Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Branden O’Neil – Marketing Strategy Coaches helps small businesses strategize TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post B2(Small)B Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ron Samuels, founder and CEO of Avenue Bank, shares his insights about investor relationships TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Planning for Expansion into a New Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Greg Stephenson, PM Environmental, talks about the process of expanding this Michigan-based company into the Southeast. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Planning for Expansion into a New Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • The Ultimate Business Model Pivot

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Scrivner – Snapshot Interactive. This company offers a great example of the importance of adjusting and pivoting your business model when the market tells you what they really want. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Ultimate Business Model Pivot appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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  • Politics, Business, Metrics, and Winning

    Jay Turo
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Last week, I wrote about all of the amazing lessons of the world and science of Sports Metrics has to offer business.Well, with the 2016 Presidential Campaign heating up, let's talk how just as in sports the use of metrics in politics has jumped a full generation ahead of business.First, a little history and how perhaps the most famous use of metrics in politics is the one where the experts clearly got it wrong.The 1948 Presidential Election was famous for many reasons - for being the last pre-television election, for being the last election contested between candidates born in the 19th…
  • Sports, Business, Metrics, and Winning

    Jay Turo
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    The lessons and inspirations of sports and the sporting life have always had a deep hold on the business psyche.Some of my favorites here include the joy of competition, the virtues of teamwork, and of reaching Peak Performance through overcoming adversity and then sharing our “Best Stuff” with the world.And these days the “Hot Lesson” that sports has to offer business is the power of measurement and data - driven decision making.Some of this is obviously not new. Sports like running, swimming, and lifting has always been fundamentally defined and accomplished via tracking data - by…
  • Breaking Through Data Overwhelm (3 Easy Steps)

    Jay Turo
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Over the past few weeks, I have had the good fortune to speak to many executives and entrepreneurs about how the “Humans” in their companies grapple with data and information technology to improve critical work processes and business results. These processes include “New School” ones like formulating, launching, and managing multi-channel digital marketing campaigns - i.e. simultaneously advertising on Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook, and LinkedIn - and then utilizing various forms of re-targeting to ensure the right prospects see the right message at the right time.And “Old…
  • The Power of Advisors

    Jay Turo
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    A great best practice for all companies of ambition is to establish and hold regular meetings of a well-qualified and experienced Board of Strategic Advisors.Let’s set aside for now some of the mechanisms of setting up a quality board (of which more can be read about here) and instead focus on some of the “Tough Love” feedback a board can offer executives on what they are doing right……and far more importantly what they are doing wrong and how to fix it.1. That Often It is Better to Receive than to Give:  While advisory board members, unlike a formal board, do not have liability…
  • Getting the Right Things Done

    Jay Turo
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dave Allen, author of the great productivity best seller "Getting Things Done," has developed an almost cult-like following for his ideas, structures, and best practices around to-do list management, prioritization, and metrics and schematics that define what an effective and productive day should be.Without question, there are great benefits to his methods, and I especially like his best practice of always ending a meeting, conversation, or work on an open-ended project with the simple question of "What is the Next Action?" This discipline alone can greatly improve daily and meeting…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • From the Vault: Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

    Mike
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or wherever we can find a decent WiFi signal! Have a read and let me know what your thoughts are. On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #283 – Old Fashioned Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    I don’t travel all the time, but when I do travel, I love visiting libraries – and you’d be surprised how many incredible collections are scattered across the world. And you’d be doubly surprised by the incredible buildings that house some of the great libraries of the world. Business Insider has put together what may be the definitive list of the greatest libraries in the world (with pictures!); check this out and dust off your passport and your reading glasses, because you got some traveling to do! All those books and sooo little time! And even less time now,…
  • Lean Business: Why Comcast Stomps ADT’s Customer Service

    Mike
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Customer service ain’t easy. It takes a combination of the right people, the right training, the right tools, and the right attitude. Lots of companies get this right, but most just don’t haver a clue. I had to make a couple of calls this morning to a couple of different service providers: Comcast (yikes, right?) and ADT. Our office in Chicago is served by both of these vendors – we get our internet service via Comcast Business and our security system is from ADT. I have not had complaints for either company about the overall quality of their products and I have found the…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #282 – Profoundly Great Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our friends at the New York Times get to do stuff that, frankly, makes me jealous. For instance, the other night they got to go for a ride on the brand new carousel at Battery Park, in lower Manhattan. The $16 million dollar version of an old-school treat opens this week. The architects Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes have designed a magical undersea journey – an incredible ride for the senses. My head is spinning and I can’t wait to ride the SeaGlass Carousel! But, wait I must, because it’s time now for our latest set of links and articles that we shared with you over the…
  • Small Business and Startups: Build Teams, Have Fun

    Mike
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Who says business can’t be fun? Leadership is not just about productivity, strategy, and tactics – much more important is the fact that great leadership is about people. Strong leaders never lose sight of the individuals who make up their team and never stop working to make the team stronger. A great team is at once a reflection of its leadership, but it also defines its leaders. A leader should focus efforts on building community, creating and supporting company culture, and paying close attention to employees and their needs. This starts with valuing each member of your team as…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #33: The Daily Routine

    Usman Sheikh
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Entrepreneurs thrive on diversity. We have the ability to wear multiple hats and work on multiple interesting problems at the same time. I always believed that we chose this path to avoid the daily routine. At the end of 2014 I heard a podcast episode with Hal ElRod which changed my perspectives. He authored the book called Morning Miracle, which I promptly purchased after the episode. The book is a quick read and goes through 6 steps he recommends. They are; Meditation, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading, Writing. Incorporating all of these into your morning routine is…
  • The Week in Review #32: The Cockroach Theory

    Usman Sheikh
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    It takes a minute to have our world turned upside down. Often, this will happen when we least expect it. Our ability or inability to deal with such events has a massive impact on our life. The easy way out would be blame the world for all our problems. We can put our head in the sand and hope for things to become better. Following this path will most likely result in making the situation worse. The better play will be to pro-actively respond to the new circumstances. This will require us to avoid knee jerk reactions and evaluate the best course of action. Easier said than done. Most of…
  • The Week in Review #31: Playing to Win

    Usman Sheikh
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    We live in a society where conformity and staying within the lines is the norm. Anyone who ventures outside that circle is deemed a pariah; someone who has lost their way. The world does it’s best to bring you back within the fold. Family and friends will strongly urge you to take the tried and tested path. They will tell you it is for your own benefit. I can’t fault them, they are using their past as an indicator of what lies ahead. However, this is where the fork in the road comes into play. In life we have two options, we either play not lose or we play to win. Many of us do our best…
  • The Week in Review #30: Death to the Performance Review

    Usman Sheikh
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Nearly 5 years ago I started my business IDENTIFI. The goal was to build software that helped companies attract, recruit and retain their best people. In the earlier part of our journey we focused on the top end of the funnel, dealing with recruitment and employer branding. This is a space with lots of competition. Within the first year we started focusing more on helping employers retain their key employees. At a time when loyalty to employers is at record lows, every company is figuring out ways to keep their best people. One of our solutions that caught on with many employers was…
  • The Week in Review #29: HearthStone & Gamification

    Usman Sheikh
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    Late last year a team mate of mine saw me killing some time playing Clash of Clans on my iPad. It was something I would occasionally do when I had a couple of minutes to kill or just needed a break. He suggested that I test out this new game called HearthStone. It was a competitive card trading game that you play against other opponents. It took a week and I was hooked. The game looks deceptively simple when you first start playing it. However to become a top ranked player takes a lot of work and understanding of the games fundamentals. This month I am playing to enter the highest ranks…
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    Xconomy

  • Boston Tech Tidbits: C.A. Webb, DraftKings, Onapsis & More

    Gregory T. Huang
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    A smattering of technology startup and VC news around town as summer winds down: —New England Venture Capital Association head C.A. Webb is leaving the organization as of Aug. 31 to start a new venture firm. She will be working with Michael Skok, formerly of North Bridge Venture Partners, and John Pearce, formerly of Demandware and Actifio. “I’m glad to report that the NEVCA board is narrowing down a fantastic slate of candidates to lead the organization’s next chapter,” Webb wrote in a farewell note. Expect news on that, as well as her new firm, in the coming…
  • Achates CEO on Growth, Obama’s Climate Plan, Fairbanks Morse Deal

    Sarah Schmid
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    In April, San Diego-based Achates Power announced it was opening a Michigan office to capitalize on the market momentum of its opposed-piston engines. I caught up with Achates CEO David Johnson this week to find out how things were going. “We have a great facility,” Johnson said, referring to the company’s recently opened Customer Application Engineering Center in Farmington Hills, MI. “We are very, very busy. It’s a steady drumbeat in terms of growth. We have about 10 people working in Detroit but we have space for 25, and I’m sure we’ll fill it.” Last Spring, Johnson told…
  • Austin’s Yan Engines Raises $700K, Revs Up for UK Subsidiary

    Angela Shah
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Yan Engines, an Austin, TX-based startup that is building a more fuel-efficient engine, said Wednesday it has picked up an additional $700,000 to launch a subsidiary in the United Kingdom, which will focus on automobile engines. The company has focused so far on heavy industrial sectors such as shipping and fleet to build engines that it says can be up to 80 percent more fuel-efficient than current technology. Essentially, the company retrofits existing engines, but makes them more efficient by a process that “splits” the pistons. Yan Engines currently has a pilot program with the U.S.
  • For Streamlining Customer Service, Intercom Raises $35M

    David Holley
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    A San Francisco customer service and marketing startup called Intercom, which targets software companies, has raised $35 million in a Series C financing round as it attempts to distinguish itself in a crowded market. Intercom says it has developed a way to combine sales, marketing, product, and support systems into one platform. The company offers services like in-app chat that attempt to engage a businesses’ customers with its product and provide immediate assistance; profiling tools that help track how customers are using a businesses’ services; and various methods of surveying and…
  • Invenra Snags $2M, Expects to Raise $1M More in Next Month

    Jeff Buchanan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Biotech startup Invenra has raised $2 million in new equity financing. The cash will be used as “operating capital” as the cell-free antibody maker continues to add employees and line up sales prospects, vice president of business development Mark Kubik said Wednesday. The company, based in Madison, WI, is one of a select few using cell-free protein expression to develop therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. Twenty-eight investors participated in the latest round, all of whom had previously given Invenra money, said Kubik. “That’s a testament to the fact that we are being very careful…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • The Idea Stage is Broken and a Tool to Fix It

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Almost a majority of the time, when I pass on an investment opportunity, there's something wrong with the company that can be traced back to the moment the entrepreneur came up with the idea.  I find myself thinking, "You should really be doing something else."People are excited about the idea of starting a company, but don't spend nearly enough time vetting what to work on.  Frankly, I'm sceptical that the "picking an idea" thing has any decent likelihood of working out, versus having an idea pick you.What's your answer to "Did you pick this idea or did this idea pick you?"If…
  • 10 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Chance of Startup Failure

    Charlie O'Donnell
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    1. Don't bother creating any kind of cash flow model, because it's bullshit, right?2. Overestimate the value and volume of the "data" that you'll collect when lots of users are on your platform.3. Assume that lots of users will be using your platform when you don't even have a good plan to get the first 500.4. Skip talking to the specific person at that big customer who you believe will one day spend lots of money on your platform.5. Copy the strategies of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Uber, etc., because you fail to realize that those companies were developed in completely…
  • What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

    Charlie O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model.  Just about every analyst who looks at fund investing has built one.  You incorporate expected company returns, mortality rates, and fee structures to try to predict how a venture capital fund works from a cash in, cash out, and NAV standpoint.  It's basically the unifying theory behind all your assumptions about 10% of the investments driving most of the returns, needing certain multiples of return, and the basics of how many…
  • Backing someone pre-pitch: The story of how I backed Clubhouse

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    I'm excited to be able to finally announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Clubhouse, a company I agreed to back before I even knew what it was.   In 2010, a bunch of techies got together to do the next year's NYC Triathlon.  I had already done two and was looking forward to joining people from the tech community.  It was also right around that time when I started CTO School--a small five session series on how to go from being a developer to a technical leader, which blossomed into a not only a very active meetup, but also gave birth to a great conference series as…
  • When doing the right thing by people is also the better business model: Why I backed Homer Logistics

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Late last year, Adam Price opened by eyes to a group invisible to most New Yorkers--bicycling food delivery guys.  He told me about how they get their jobs, what they make, how they make it, and about all of the various problems that come with being a 1099 worker--or being completely off the books.  He told me months and months ago, before anything came out about Uber's workforce, how it was never going to work in a world of increased "on demand" services.  He outlined some of the issues in a recent blog post:Using 1099 workers--people who, by definition, you can't tell…
 
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • Peter G James Sinclair: How To Use A Blog To Become A Speaker, Top Earning Coach And Land A $100,000 Book Deal

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Peter G James Sinclair, the founder of MotivationalMemo.com, a blog he created to help motivate others and also motivate himself, came into my world first as a member of my Membership Site Mastermind training I ran a... The post Peter G James Sinclair: How To Use A Blog To Become A Speaker, Top Earning Coach And Land A $100,000 Book Deal appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Sarah Timmerman: How Fashion Website ‘Beginning Boutique’ Grew To $4 Million A Year In Sales And Became Australia’s Top Ranked Social Media Brand With Over 1 Million Followers

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] I love this interview. Sarah Timmerman is from my hometown Brisbane, she’s grown a $4 million a year women’s fashion online retailer, gathered a million followers on social media — and she has done it starting with... The post Sarah Timmerman: How Fashion Website ‘Beginning Boutique’ Grew To $4 Million A Year In Sales And Became Australia’s Top Ranked Social Media Brand With Over 1 Million Followers appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • When Should You Quit Your Job To Focus Full Time On Your Online Business?

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Over the years my motivation as an online entrepreneur has shifted from trying to make enough money to pay my living expenses, to then earn enough to move out of my parent’s house, to buying my own car and house, and having enough money to travel and live anywhere I... The post When Should You Quit Your Job To Focus Full Time On Your Online Business? appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Jessica Nazarali dabbled in entrepreneurship in her late teens, buying brand name items from second hand clothing stores and selling them for a profit on eBay. Blogging is what kick-started Jessica’s online career, which led her down... The post Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Mariana Fataccioli is a food, health and wellness blogger who has the impressive claim to fame for having amassed a following of 100,000 people in 6 months on Instagram. She has also pulled off the considerable feat... The post Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should

    James Chartrand
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should first appeared on Men With Pens ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to attach meaning to your money

    James Chartrand
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why you need to attach meaning to your money first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you writing the wrong words?

    James Chartrand
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
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  • When was the last time you gave your business a trim?

    James Chartrand
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! When was the last time you gave your business a trim? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    OnStartups

  • An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).   A startup is a company designed to grow fast.”    Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But accordingly to Paul Graham, there’s a…
  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
 
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    Startup Meme

  • Driving Digital Conversations and Capitalizing on them: #SonehraPakista

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    It’s great seeing all the brands out there doing their bit when it comes to using the Digital Media pretty actively. I recall many folks who turned down the idea of utilizing digital media for anything beyond making personal connections. Wasn’t a long time back, 2011, if my memory serves me right. Things have changed pretty rapidly, specially in the last year, where almost every brand is trying to grab whatever share of voice that may get on digital platforms. I will come to the detailed critic about that later, for now let’s focus on the entire trending fiasco. Won’t…
  • The Infinix Hot Note – Hands On

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So it’s been over a week since the unboxing of the Infinix Hot Note X551 and so far, the experience has been solid. I will be honest for a moment here, when I first received the Hot Note, I wasn’t too optimistic about what the phone’s performance will be. The experience has been contrary to my first thought; the Infinix Hot Note is a pretty solid device, both in terms of appearance and in terms of performance. Let’s not waste time here and get to write about its key winning points. Features’ Snapshot: Here are a few quick points on Infinix Hot Note’s specifications: 1.4 Ghz …
  • Unboxing: The Infinix Hot Note X551

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Infinix Hot Note, finally received and doing what any blogger would do; Unbox and see what’s inside! http://startupmeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Unboxing-Infinix-Hot-Note.mp4 Tags: hot note, infinix, infinix pakistan, mobile, pakistan, technology
  • Facebook Relaxes Rules For On-Page Competitions: Big News For Brands And Business

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    Saves the hassle associated to creating custom tabs on pages to run competition, especially those that required users to only comment or like to participate. We are talking about quick turn around time, leveraging key events on the go and removing the need to spend time exploring what new app to use. Thank you Facebook for being a bit lenient with the introduction of the change in policy. Facebook rolled out an update on the Page terms and conditions to enable businesses and brands to readily conduct quick promotions. There are however some restrictions associated to using native Facebook…
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    14 Jun 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Mobilink, Pakistan’s leading telecom provider has today revealed its new identity. Mobilink initiated its operations in Pakistan in 1994 and had recently come under the umbrella of Vimpelcom, when the Russian telecom giant acquired Orascom in 2011. Mobilink at present enjoys the leader position among the 5 telecom operators in Pakistan with over 36 Million subscribers. The process had been underway for quite some time and only recently did Mobilink initiate revealing hints about this new identity starting June 12th. This started with the Link that was showcased on all major newspapers…
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    Marketing Zen

  • Theft or Opportunism? The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Poaching

    Kristen Taylor
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    When I was in the fifth grade, I had a best friend named Michelle Larsen. She and I did everything together: we played on the playground together, we went to each other’s houses on the weekends, and we talked on the phone constantly whenever our parents didn’t need the landlines. She was my first really close best friend, and I was grateful—I’d seen how lonely recess felt when Michelle was sick, and not having a best friend was like, totally uncool. One day, Michelle and I had a fight over something stupid, in that way that little kids often do. All morning, I told everyone that she…
  • Stuck in the Middle: Marketing to Generation X

    Kristen Taylor
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    This is the third part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here and part two here. What is there to say about Generation X? Unlike the generations before and after, there isn’t a strong identity attached to those born between 1965 and 1980. As they reach middle age, this generation is truly caught in the middle of the battles between emerging and digital versus traditional and analog. With that said, marketing to Generation X can be tough, especially since most…
  • Peace, Love, and Rock n Roll: Marketing to Boomers

    Kristen Taylor
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is the second part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to digitally target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here. You know the image of a Baby Boomer that’s so often in the media: a 70 year-old man, sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner, scrutinizing the remote control he can barely figure out how to work. Of course, that’s not true for the majority of this extremely large, extremely diverse generation. A Baby Boomer is anyone born between the years of 1946 and 1964; a lot happened during those 18 years, and…
  • WTF Millennials: Tips for #ModernMarketing

    Kristen Taylor
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Generations are extremely broad—they homogenize vastly different people, values, interests, experiences based on having a birthday that falls within a 15 year range. Yup, not every Millennial is a mustachioed, plaid-wearing, PBR-drinking hipster—just like every Baby Boomer isn’t a crochety budget hunter who doesn’t know how to use a computer. Shocking, we know. People like to think of themselves as individuals, not as demographics. Still, there are some common experiences and traits among members of different age groups that can be used to help you develop your marketing strategies…
  • Cringeworthy or Genius: Should Your Company Take a Stance on Trending Issues?

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Same-sex marriage. Transgender issues. These are topics that have consumed our nation for years, but which recently reached a fever pitch in the media with Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, and the Supreme Court’s historic decision to make gay marriage legal. As was to be expected, all that media coverage meant that businesses were bound to join the discussion, as well. After all, newsjacking is a tried and true technique for getting more clicks, more engagement, and more traffic. And with over 10 million people searching for “Caitlyn Jenner” on Google, according to Time Magazine,…
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How to Start a Blog and Make Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gone are the days when people relied solely on printed publications for their daily dose of news, information, and entertainment. This day and age has introduced the world to platforms such as blogging — a great way to impart ideas, to market businesses, to create a major following, and so much more. Blogging offers so many advantages, both to the readers and to the blogger. Running a blog is not only fulfilling; it is also a great way to earn money, as long as you know the necessary steps to take. If you’re thinking of starting your own blog and making money out of it but have no real…
  • 5 Useful Business Japanese Phrases You Must Know (with Hiragana and Katakana Scripts)

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    So you’ve aced the interview for the internship or transfer to the Japan branch office. Or you have an upcoming business meeting with your Japanese work associates. Japan has precise and sophisticated hierarchical systems, complete with a special language of politeness called honorific languagekeigo in Japanese. Keigo speech patterns are determined by the relative status of the speaker, the listener and the persons spoken about. In contrast, American English is built on the values of fairness and social equality. It has no specific speech patterns for communicating between hierarchical…
  • Top Apps for your Small Business

    Blogtrepreneur
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Starting and running a small business day to day can be a lot like juggling…while on a tightrope, in the air. It takes a lot to start a business and keep it successfully running, so anything or anyone that can help along the way makes a huge difference. Don’t be afraid to look for help in the not-so-obvious places, either. For example, utilizing apps on your phone or tablet can help save time and even money. Check out a few of our favorites that are ideal for small business owners. Evernote. Forgetful? You’ll never forget anything important again with Evernote. This app syncs between…
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective SEOs

    Blogtrepreneur
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Today’s corporate leaders are expected to stay on top of their organizations. Highly effective CEOs have several things in common, but adopt these seven habits to emulate their success. Listen to Yourself Image via iTunes.Apple.com Many leaders record themselves to improve their oratory skills or modify their tone. By improving self-awareness, you learn to communicate more effectively and you improve your organizational skills. Use an app like Voice Diary to record thoughts, conversations, or presentations on your smartphone, like the Apple iPhone 6 with voice memo capability and Voice…
  • Coffee Addict? We Reveal the Best Coffee Grinder

    Blogtrepreneur
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Looking for the best coffee grinder? You’ve definitely come to the right place. Below we’ve listed five coffee grinders that are all a cut above the competition. If you’re an espresso aficionado there’s no better way to brew delicious coffee than by grinding your own beans. But before we take you to our selections – which range in price from $289 to just $22 by the way – let’s quickly discuss why finding a good coffee grinder is so important. Want Great Tasting Coffee? You MUST HAVE a High Quality Grinder! Here’s the simple truth, if you don’t grind your coffee…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time

    Tim Ferriss
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo by Ron Herrman “Don’t dismiss people, don’t be a dick, and don’t rush. Play the long game.” – Tim Ferriss Welcome to a special edition of The Tim Ferriss Show. Back in 2007 I experienced a “Tipping Point” for The 4-Hour Workweek at South by Southwest (SxSW) that played a key role in the book becoming a worldwide bestseller. Ever since then I’ve been back almost every year. This is a presentation I recently gave at SxSW about a better, more effective way to network. My suggestions might surprise you or seem counterintuitive, but…
  • The “Wizard” of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez

    Tim Ferriss
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Robert Rodriguez, nicknamed “The Wizard.” Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician. He is also the founder and chairman of El Rey Network, the new genre-busting English-language cable network. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Rodriguez wrote the script for his first feature film while he was a paid subject in a clinical experiment at a drug research facility. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting his film. The film, “El Mariachi,” went on to win the coveted Audience Award…
  • The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice

    Tim Ferriss
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    “Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions, which went public as part of Shopping.com, and Vast.com. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 companies, including more than a few “unicorn” mega-successes. His deals include Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Postmates, Wish, Thumbtack, and OpenDNS, which Cisco just bought for $635 million in cash. BUT, even if you have zero interest in startups or…
  • 5 Things I’ve Been Loving, Using, and Reading

    Tim Ferriss
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
      Absolutely the best for flying. But which one? The booze, hat, squat, or weird footwear? Greetings, friends. Here are some popular links, thoughts, and articles that have appeared in my “5-Bullet Friday” e-mail newsletter, which is free and goes out every Friday.  I cheated in this post and gave you six. Enjoy! Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses by Elaine Pofeldt for Forbes.com Clothing I’m loving — Check out Myles’ “everyday shorts.”  I originally got these as a gift from…
  • Kevin Kelly on Artificial Intelligence and Designer Babies

    Tim Ferriss
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    “I do think we’ll have designer babies in the future. I’m not so sure people will want blue-eyed babies when they can make green or purple.” – Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) returns to the podcast due to popular demand. Kevin continues to be perhaps the Most Interesting Man in the World. He is Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine, which he co-founded in 1993. He also co-founded the All Species Foundation, a non-profit aimed at cataloging and identifying every living species on earth. In his spare time, he writes best selling books, co-founded the Rosetta…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Project "V", Income Taxes, and My First Deposit

    Tyler Cruz
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    It’s been 9 days since my last blog post so I thought I would give you an overall update on what’s happened since then. Although I’ve used my accountant’s firm to handle my income taxes since around 2003, it still takes a lot of time and effort myself. I have to dig up all my accounting history over the past year for both my personal self as well as the corporation’s income taxes. Next year, I will have to do this for the new holding corporation as well! When you add in affiliate marketing, it just makes all this even more time consuming as I have hundreds upon…
  • Raised $15,000 For My New Project So Far

    Tyler Cruz
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    In my previous blog post, I wrote about how I was thinking of launching a new website based on an idea I’ve had for a while now. There was a brief mention about how I might consider partnering with someone else on this project by taking on investors. It was just a small mention, merely a couple of sentences, yet I ended up receiving e-mails from a couple of different interested investors. The first was interested for coming in at $15,000 but after following up with him he has not responded, and so I deem him as uninterested or at least not serious about it. The second investor ended up…
  • I Have An Idea For a Website That I’m Considering

    Tyler Cruz
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    If you’ve only been reading my blog for 2-3 years, then you might think that I’m solely an affiliate marketer. The fact is, though, that I actually have a lot more experience with creating websites from scratch and monetizing them. It’s how I made my living from around 2004-2012, with my blog and affiliate marketing income taking over since then. The main reason I turned to affiliate marketing around 2012 is because in early spring of 2011 I sold my largest money-making website. I agreed to a non-disclosure regarding the actual sale price, but let’s just say it was…
  • I Am Finally on Facebook: Follow Me!

    Tyler Cruz
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    A couple of months ago I announced how I finally signed up to Instagram. While it took me a long time to do that, it took me even longer to sign up to Facebook! Sure, I have a couple accounts for advertising, as well as a personal account that has always been inactive with like 4 friends, but I never made a Facebook account for my blog or business side of things believe it or not. That is, until now. So, why the sudden change? Well, now that I am more or less actively blogging again, I want to start sharing my posts and build up my audience a bit. I also always wanted to keep separate…
  • Setting Up Property Management, The Smell of Marijuana, and a Scare

    Tyler Cruz
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    It’s been a week since my last post and since I’ve been getting slightly better with the post frequency over the past 2-3 months, I thought I’d better throw a new post up. There hasn’t been a whole lot that happened over the past week. I guess I took it a little bit easy once I got the keys in my hand which marked the completion of the property purchase. And of course, my health issues have really forced me to take it as easy as I can whenever I have the chance to do so. That being said, I did make some progress in setting up the property management of the property.
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • The Fotokite Phi Is The Perfect Drone For Beginners

    Josiah Motley
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    Flying your first drone can be very intimidating. There's so many things to keep up with and you definitely don't want to crash your $3,000 new toy. There are options out there for beginners, however, and the Fotokite Phi is one that is making waves. The Fotokite takes everything you like about drones, but keeps it on a small and manageable scale.
  • If You Want A Comfortable Convenient Means Of Commuting MOVEO May Be Your Solution

    Samantha Pankey
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Commuting can be a real pain. There's traffic, one-way streets and parking, just to name a few obstacles. And then there's you in your car, contributing to the greenhouse gas emissions. Want an environmentally friendly solution? Check out the MOVEO Foldable Electric Scooter.
  • Quantum Dots Will Turn Your Windows Into A Power Supply

    Julia Bobak
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    Imagine installing an air conditioner that won’t send your summertime power bills skyrocketing. That’s the promise of new quantum dot infused windows. These tiny specks of semiconductor will enable windows to capture solar energy and generate clean power while remaining perfectly transparent. Scientists call them a “game-changer” in the future of sustainable cities.
  • Slick Stabilizer Is A Motorized GoPro Steadicam

    Paul Fitzgerald
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Your GoPro just got ‘slicker.’ A team of inventors out of San Francisco, CA, have developed a brilliant GoPro accessory device. So, why is Slick now the rave among sports enthusiasts and filmmakers?
  • Like Football Or Hockey? Check Out These Collectors Helmets

    Samantha Pankey
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    If you're a hockey or football (American football) fan, you'll appreciate these collectors helmets from AMORI STEELE. Two collector's hockey masks and 6 collector's football helmets, covered in eye-popping art work, make up AMORI STEELE's Prestige and Home of the Brave collections.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Is Entrepreneurship Possible At Any Stage Of Life?

    Dina Yuen
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    An Interview with M&A Expert Shari Yocum, on the question whether entrepreneurship Is possible at any stage of life.read more
  • Startup Diairies: How I started an Online Eco-Fashion Brand

    Simone Brummelhuis
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    In the Startup Diaries series, Michele Helene Cohen, Founder and CEO,  Wabi Sabi Ecofashionconcept tells her story.read more
  • Meet the Women Championing R&D in Spain

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    TheNextwomen is glad to provide an update of the Esther Koplowitz Centre, which opened in Barcelona in 2010; in just five years the centre has played an important role in biomedical research into diseases in the areas of neurology, cancer, digestion and tropical diseases, and represents one of Europe’s largest ever private donations to biomedical research. Set forth below some of thenextwomen involved in the R&D efforts in Spain!read more
  • STARTUP AWARDS WINNERS: VASTARI AND PRINTR

    Simone Brummelhuis
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    THENEXTWOMEN STARTUP AWARDS, 2015 The prize winning pitches for the International Pitch Competition 2015 at The Next Women Innovation Summit have been named. Vastari - the jury prize winner - is a unique online platform from England for private art collectors and museums to aid the organisation and hiring of exhibitions.read more
  • TheNextWomen Innovation Summit is coming up next week

    Simone Brummelhuis
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Next week sees the annual TheNextWomen Innovation Summit: an event aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship and the creation of an ecosystem of innovative women. The keynote speaker is none other than Neelie Kroes. The good news is that it is almost fully booked. read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Cheryl Tan Interviews Dr. Wright on Crowdfunding

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    The post Cheryl Tan Interviews Dr. Wright on Crowdfunding appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • What is a Third Party Inspection Agency And What Are Key Benefits for Third Party Inspection

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    What is a Third Party Inspection Agency And What Are Key Benefits for Third Party Inspection ————————————————————————————————————————————— Third Party is an Independent inspection agency which provides facilities in the different type of field without discriminatory decision. In business third party play very important role…
  • A Thrilling Trip to the Nation’s Capitol

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    A Thrilling Trip to the Nation’s Capitol Washington, D.C. is a place that has history around almost every turn. The founding of the United States was no easy task. A trip to the capitol of the world’s biggest democracy will give you some insight into how this was accomplished. It took a lot a very […] The post A Thrilling Trip to the Nation’s Capitol appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • CROWDFUNDING AUXILRY — THE FIRST INTERCHANGEABLE BUTTON TECHNOLOGY

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Changing the buttons on a piece of clothing has long been one of the easiest and most fun ways to update your wardrobe. New buttons make any garment feel completely new. Auxilry has made an easier way to change buttons with new technology. No sewing is ever needed. You would remove your old button, the […] The post CROWDFUNDING AUXILRY — THE FIRST INTERCHANGEABLE BUTTON TECHNOLOGY appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Crowdfunding: DTSoft – Decom Telemetry Software

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    DTSoft – Decom  Telemetry Software Supporting software development for TM systems DTSoft designs and manufactures telemetry products for the flight test and antenna tracking communities. DTSoft intends to demonstrate its products at the prestigious International Telemetry Conference, ITC USA 2015, Oct 26 – Oct 29, at Bally’s in Las Vegas. DTSoft provides a way to get […] The post Crowdfunding: DTSoft – Decom Telemetry Software appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

    steveblank
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors. —– What Have We Lost? I’ve been working with Richard, a mid-level executive in a large federal agency facing increasing external disruption (technology shifts, new competitors, asymmetric warfare, etc.). Several pockets of innovation in his agency have begun to look to startups and have tried to adopt lean methods. Richard…
  • Innovation @ 50x in Companies and Government Agencies

    steveblank
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies trying to adapt and adopt Lean Methodologies.  In doing so I’ve learned a ton from lots of people. I’ve summarized my learnings in this blog post, and here and here and here and put it all together in the presentation below. if you can’t see the presentation click here. But the biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors.  More on that in the next post. Filed under: Big Companies versus Startups: Durant versus Sloan,…
  • Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

    steveblank
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital Part 1 of this post, here, was how Errol Arkilic and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science. Part 2, this post is my interview with Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla. I spoke with Steve…
  • How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

    steveblank
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital In my interview with Errol, we discussed the origins of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), how and why it was created, and how it changed the way the government commercializes scientific research. (Read my interviews with Steve…
  • Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

    steveblank
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas Oren Jacob, ex-CTO of Pixar and now CEO of ToyTalk —– The focus of our first segment was on Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas – how and why he created it and how startups and large companies are using it to search for repeatable, scalable business models. Alexander Osterwalder co-founded Strategyzer, a software company specializing in tools and content for strategic management and innovation. He is also author of…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Must-have Accessories Trending for Fall

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    This is a look at accessories trending this summer and into Fall 2015. It’s not too late to adopt these trends because they’re perfect for sweater weather. Click full story to see feature. Check out End of Season Accessory Trends Round Up by FCFashionista at Mode Post sponsored by Mode.com, where stories inform and inspire. Related PostsHow to Wear a Body Chain with ONYX XOXOHow to Style Alex and Ani: the Arm Candy with MeaningMy weekend shopping haulBurberry’s Blaze Handbag is to DIE forWhy your next bag needs to be a crossbody
  • Stephanie Carlson Trunk Show at Whorl

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Mark your calendars First Class Fashionista friends! Local fashion designer, Stephanie Carlson, will be revealing her collection of resort wear for curvy women on Saturday, September 12th at Whorl in Denver. This event will be held from 12-5 pm and will be located at 3326 Tejon St, Denver, Colorado 80211. One of the perks about attending this event is that Stephanie herself will be there, and she will be working one-on-one with clients to help style her pieces and deliver the best possible fit! I have personally known Stephanie Carlson for about five years now. We first met…
  • Stylish Back to Class Essentials for College Students

    First Class Fashionista
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    August is here, and with it, the return to school and university. I love school, and will have the pleasure of matriculating once more in Denver for another degree. This time around, I feel like I will have more of a chance to express my personal style (AKA I won’t have to just choose a bag based on what I can throw the most sewing stuff and fabric into), so I want to share my finds with you! This semester, let’s make geek look chic. Public Supply Blue Scale Notebooks Available at Zady These notebooks are completely unique. They are made from 10% post-consumer waste and certified…
  • The Big Fake Wedding in Denver Review

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    As Seen on the Today Show After attending The Big Fake Wedding this past Wednesday, August 5th, I have to say that a new precident for bridal shows has now been set. Unlike typical bridal events, this one was much more interactive and entertaining. It was wonderful to see both the vendors in action and taking part in a real vow renewal ceremony for 2 people who are still very much in love! As we pulled up to NOAH’s Event Venue, I knew this would be a more intimate affair than previous bridal shows I had been to. The venue is beautiful and understated, which helped to set the tone for…
  • Make a Statement with Robert Matthew Jewelry

    First Class Fashionista
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We’re back with a second Robert Matthew feature this summer. We adore everything this California-based brand has to offer. In June, First Class Fashionista reviewed their “Khloe Red Carpet Handbag”; which, by the way, is currently on sale for only $79. It’s a really gorgeous vegan leather bag. They have a “Long Hot Summer Sale” going on now online! In our first Robert Matthew post, we mentioned how they also design jewelry. The pieces are so beautiful, we wanted to do an exclusive feature on it. They sent this complimentary bangle with AAA cubic zirconium…
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    Begin the Begin

  • 7 steps to starting a company in 2 years for 20-year-olds

    jeffhilimire
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    What would you do if you were a 20-year-old today that ultimately wanted to start his/her own business? I heard this question asked on a podcast I was listening to last week, and I started to think about how I would answer it. My own personal experience is that at 20 I was in college, playing tennis and spending every other free moment building websites. Then at 22 I started Spunlogic with Raj and the rest if history. While I generally think that the best time to start a company is always right now, here is the advice I’d give to a 20-year-old who wanted to one day start a company: 1.
  • Listen up everyone, the land is that way!

    jeffhilimire
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Following up on my last post, If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it, there is another quote from the book, Creativity Inc., that extends the boat analogy: The director’s job is to say, “Land is that way.” Maybe land actually is that way and maybe it isn’t, but Andrew says that if you don’t have somebody choosing a course—pointing their finger toward that spot there, on the horizon—then the ship goes nowhere. The CEO of a startup…or a film director…or a ship…
  • If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it.

    jeffhilimire
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    The better, more subtle interpretation is that failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy—trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it—dooms you to fail. As Andrew puts it, “Moving things forward allows the team you are leading to feel like, ‘Oh, I’m on a boat that is actually going towards land.’ As opposed to having a leader who says, ‘I’m still not sure. I’m going to look at the map a little…
  • Does an entrepreneur have to be willing to risk personal debt?

    jeffhilimire
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    BW asked this question on my recent blog post, Ten Requirements of Successful Entrepreneurs: Nice post Jeff. I’m curious if you believe, as an entrepreneur, you have to be comfortable with going into personal debt. This has been a big deterrent among people I know that I believe are otherwise cut out to be entrepreneurs. Obviously there are alternatives and other best-case scenarios but do you feel like that willingness to go into debt is demonstrative of the appropriate level of risk appetite? Do you think it’s possible to have the drive and determination to be successful but…
  • Fiction on the Kindle, non-fiction on Audible

    jeffhilimire
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    I was always sort of against listening to books on tape, simply because I enjoy actually reading a book. And not actual books. No, in fact when I receive an actual book from someone as a gift, if I decide I want to read it, I just buy it on the Kindle. Carrying around an actual book to me feels like carrying around a record. Like, a music record. Like this: Where was I? Oh yeah, so I just wasn’t that interested in listening to books on tape until I realized it wasn’t an either/or situation. I could read books AND listen to books. So I started late last year listening to books…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem. With applications for the Costa Rica Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the San Jose (Costa Rica) Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Costa Rica Founder Institute and local…
  • Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Chellam explains in the video below, several themes are often common at the start of lasting human relationships, including vulnerability, social proof, and a shared worldview.   Misha is the Co-Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training…
  • The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, see some recent director news below: Sergio…
  • Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experience so that we, in turn, can help share the invaluable information to fellow entrepreneurs on their path to success. Marketing is a hurdle that all entrepreneurs will encounter. Even with a perfect product or service, without marketing, the target audience might never be…
  • 50 Bootstrapping Hacks for Every Stage of Your Startup

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company. However, bootstrapping is also a very risky move, as doing so means you may not have lasting funds to cover operational costs. Too many promising startups have failed because the founders neglected to make informed decisions with their limited funds or utilize their available resources to their full potential. That is why we here at the Founder Institute created an exhaustive guide that shows you how to make…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • Why it’s nice to compete against a large, profitable company

    Jason
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    A big, profitable company seems like the hardest thing for a small company to compete against. They have everything: money, brand, momentum, existing customers, press, product teams, distribution channels, expertise, market insight, analysts, sales offices, product features, and, by definition, a working business model. All a little startup has is a decent idea and extremely greasy elbows. But David has a clear path to slaying Goliath. The insight is: The profitable revenue stream is a prison. It’s the Achilles heel that allows the little guy to win. A company with a large, profitable,…
  • Zero-sum marketing channels: Good or bad for a startup to pursue?

    Jason
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Many marketing channels are “zero-sum,” meaning that if one company wins a piece of the channel, other companies cannot also use that piece. Example: AdWords, where the price is set by the highest (dumbest?) bidder, and the few companies who get the good slots will get the vast majority of the clicks, whereas the other companies cannot get enough clicks to materially impact their sales. Example: SEO, where the top three search results receive nearly all the traffic. Even getting 10 of the slots ranged 11-30 doesn’t add up to a fraction of what the winners get. Counter-Example: Social…
  • On the value of Judgement

    Jason
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’re told not to judge, lest we be judged. But we are judged, by our customers choosing between us and a competitor, by our employees choosing whether to entwine their careers with our fate, and by our peers, allies, and passive-aggressive antagonists on social media. We’re instructed to respect others, especially other cultures. And it’s true that new perspectives yield new insight, and that we’re generally plagued with a bias against the unfamiliar, especially when it’s convenient for our egos to deny that a new idea is superior to our own. But battling our emotional distain of…
  • Scaling by “delegation” isn’t good enough

    Jason
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Founding a company is a selfish act. It will consume every waking moment for the next 1-10 years. It’s an act of defiance and irreverence towards competitors and the status quo. That matches well with the life of a 20-something — fueled by the energy of youth, too young to be jaded, with no financial or social dependents. Not all selfish acts are bad ones! Young founders may fancy themselves wizards of coding, design, and salesmanship, because they’re individually excellent; I did! But it should be obvious that those skills don’t imply they can build a team of 75…
  • Fermi estimation for startup business models

    Jason
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Early in a company’s life, you don’t know anything. Often your best estimate of any metric or market behavior or business model component is at best accurate within a power of ten, for example “expected conversion rate between 0.5% and 5%” or “cost to acquire a customer between $50 and $500″ or “average monthly revenue per customer between $20 and $200.” Estimating with these extremely wide ranges can be surprisingly useful. In physics it’s called “Fermi Estimation.” It’s useful because it’s easy to get to a…
 
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Regulations and the Small Business Owner

    Britt Raybould
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Do you live in the county?” I stopped short at the question. After many attempts, I’d found a local recycler to take some old CRT monitors stashed in the basement. I’ll admit my first instinct was to lie. I really wanted to get rid of these monitors. But realizing they might ask for an address [...]
  • Silencing Your Biggest Critic

    Rich Gallagher
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many small business owners have an enemy. A critic who seems bent on making you fail. This person is unfailingly harsh, judgmental, and often just plain rude. In fact, far too often it seems like this person’s sole purpose in life is to humiliate you into giving up. Where do you usually find this person? [...]
  • Overcoming Big Business Obstacles

    Carol Roth
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    No matter how successful a business is or becomes, one thing is certain- there are always going to be obstacles, difficulties and stumbling blocks along the way. And since it can be so easy to get discouraged or want to give up, I thought that we should ask our successful CarolRoth.com contributor network of business [...]
  • The ABC’s of Recruiting Top Talent for Small Business

    Rikka Brandon
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    There’s no denying the ubiquity of big companies like Apple and Google—heck, when a company becomes a verb recognized in the dictionary, you know that they’re kind of a big deal. For small businesses, it may seem impossible to compete with the status of these companies, especially when it comes to recruiting talent. However, this [...]
  • Easy Ways to Entice People to Read (and Share) Your Content

    Catherine Morgan
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    When we create content, we want to do everything we can to get people to read it. There are several easy ways to structure your content so that people are more likely to click on it – and maybe even share it. And if their friends share it, your post could go viral. Carol’s latest [...]
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • How Investors Can Ruin Your Business

    Sarah Shaw
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    When I had my handbag line I just wanted to be successful.  I wasn't always sure what that meant….. it did include making lots of money….but I wasn't sure what the rest looked like for a while. Once I got some PR and got my products to famous Celebrities, people started to take notice of me.  Magazines wanted to interview me, and producers called asking me to be on E! and Extra.  Don't get me wrong, that was all fabulous and helped skyrocket my sales…..which made me more money…..which made me feel successful. (Full circle) But what really…
  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better

    Sarah Shaw
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
     I know a lot of people's dream is to see their products in big box stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, Target, Walmart and QVC……but the truth is, while you might enjoy gigantic orders from these behemoths, they can turn on a dime, throw you out with the trash, and cripple a company overnight if they are your biggest customer.  I have seen it happen to friends of mine…. and it's not pretty.  It's a lot of tears, and often bankruptcy. Yes, I sold my products to big stores like Bloomingdales, Sak's 5th Ave, Neiman Marcus and…
  • A Little Known Way to Quickly Build your Brand

    Sarah Shaw
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I had my handbag line I dreamed of being in stores like Henri Bendel's, Sak's 5th Ave, Bloomingdales, Fred Segal and many other "Superstar" stores.  But while I was still making a name for myself they seemed totally out of reach until a friend suggested that I try to do trunk shows to prove that their customers would like my bags. So I sent letters to the various buyers suggesting that I do a trunk show in their store……the wonderful thing about trunk shows is that they don't cost the store a dime…..you bring your products with you, and stand…
  • Build a Perfect List of Stores

    Sarah Shaw
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Back in the mid-1990’s, when I was working in the movie industry, Hollywood was rocked to its foundations by the infamous Heidi Fleiss scandal If you don’t remember her, Ms. Fleiss was the famed “Hollywood Madame”, who had an even more famous little black book, where kept the names of some of Hollywood’s elites… along with all of their naughty little deeds When she was finally arrested, the prosecutors tried everything they could to pry the names out of that book…. but to no avail. Ms. Fleiss would not reveal any of them. And that brings me to…
  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Business

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Running a product line is like conducting a symphony. You have to be able to coordinate a lot of different pieces and make them all fit together smoothly. When you get it right, your business sounds like sweet music. But get it wrong and the results are a noisy mess… In that spirit, I want to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes I made when starting my first handbag company… along with some simple ways to avoid them.   My Start When I first started out with my handbag company I was in the dark about pretty much everything, and it seemed that I was the only one who…
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    Under30CEO

  • How to Evaluate Yourself and the People Around You with Brent Beshore

    Under30CEO
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    Brent Beshore hanging with the Under30Experiences crew at the President of Iceland’s House   We often evaluate others but have you ever stopped to evaluate yourself? What do you base your evaluations on? Brent Beshore is the founder of Adventur.es where he invests in early and late stage companies. As an expert on evaluating small businesses and people he talks about the top 3 things he looks for when evaluating an entrepreneur and how he even evaluates himself. We dive into his journey to live a healthier lifestyle, and more importantly his thoroughness in getting to the…
  • We Are Defeated (and 25 Things to Improve Your Life Instantly)

    Under30CEO
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
      From https://unsplash.com We are f*cking defeated.  (2 minute rant coming up….) Just look at our postures.  Look at our diets.  Look at our addictions.  Look at our diseases. Scarier yet, look at our thoughts…. How many hours did you spend with your smartphone today? I woke up and spent every waking second with it in contact with my body.  If it wasn’t in my hand it was in my pocket.  Oh, cell phone radiation causes cancer?  Lemme put this thing right next to my nuts… The modern, western lifestyle is bullshit. We’re hunched over these computers 8+ hours per day.
  • Using Your Experiences To Create Success with Melody Hossaini

    Under30CEO
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    A war refugee from Iran, re-defining the label “disadvantaged” and becoming one of the most influential women in Europe. Melody Hossaini is the founder of InspirEngage International, and encourages people to view life as a series of experiences, each one making you stronger and unique. Listen in as we talk about some of the most difficult issues that plague our society today – racism, sexism, and the will to move forward. Melody talks about her childhood, and her experience with racist encounters, while also answering some vulnerable questions I ask regarding being a…
  • Do What Gives You Goosbumps with Rajiv Nathan of Idea Lemon

    Under30CEO
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    How do you stay as productive as Elon Musk? Do you want to be as great as Richard Branson? What’s the secret? In this weeks podcast, my friend Rajiv Nathan, co-founder of Idea Lemon, talks about discovering your inner awesome, spending time vs. investing time and doing what gives you goosebumps. Rajiv who is also a rapper in Chicago by the name Fenetik, talks about his latest endeavor: an epic roadtrip for Idea Lemon in partnership with Under30Experiences, and how he stays focused with so much going on using an ingenious method he calls “The Burner Method”. So listen…
  • Creating Systems to Successfully Follow Your Passion with Liz Presson

    Under30CEO
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    “Follow your passion” “Follow your bliss” “It will be great!” We all hear the same old advice about going down the shiny road of following our passion to create a life we’ve always wanted. But what if passion isn’t always enough? In this weeks podcast we debunk and defluff this idea of following your bliss with Liz Presson, founder of Pursuit and Working Remote.ly. She shares her story of taking the leap and how going solely on passion didn’t work out as planned. We dive into the exploration of systems, what freedom really is and why…
 
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    Fizzle

  • How to Create a Simple, Effective One-Page Business Plan (Use This Free Template)

    Steph Crowder
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    It’s been said that goals without plans are little more than daydreams. While it’s great to have dreams, my guess is that you’d like your business to be built on something more substantial than some hopes and wishes. You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, and a pilot wouldn’t fly an airplane without a flight map. So why doesn’t every single entrepreneur have a written strategy to serve as a guide through the ups and downs of business building? You need a plan for your business Conventional wisdom would have us believe that a business plan needs to…
  • 8 Pricing Strategies To Use On Your Product, Service Or Workshop (FS124)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How you price your product, service or workshop can have a massive impact on your sales. Unfortunately, it can also lead to a massive anxiety attack as well. In this episode we lay out 8 pricing strategies you should know about. More importantly, however, we share off the cuff, brutally honest ideas about how to price your offering. Other topics include: 7 pricing strategies for you to choose from 3 methods to price your first product When to use your gut and when not to What kinds of things should be on your sales page to help customers feel comfortable with your price…
  • 3 New Tricks For More Productivity & Focus (the song tip is my favorite)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I found a new productivity trick recently and was incredibly surprised by how well it worked. In this post I’ll share that trick as well as two others that will help you achieve more productivity and focus. 1. One song, again and again In his interview with Tim Ferriss, Matt Mullenweg (basically, the CEO of the internet) talked about this little music trick he uses: Find a song you like. Play it over and over on repeat while you work. He talked about the way a song can kind of turn into background noise when you do this. Not just background music Now, I'm used to the idea of music…
  • Business vs. Family — Why NOT to Become an Entrepreneur (FS123)

    Chase Reeves
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why are you pursuing a life as an entrepreneur? Is it for money? How about freedom? The ability to set your own schedule? Or is it about working on a problem that's important to you? Whatever your reason (btw, we get into our own answers to these questions in the show), is it taking you too long to get there? Is your life as an entrepreneur showing signs of wear and tear on your relationships? How would you know if it's not working well enough? These are the questions we get into in todays episode in response to Mark's question (written below). This episode will help you get into…
  • How to Build a One Page Website to Launch Your Business

    Barrett Brooks
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Building and launching the first website for your business is special. It represents the symbolic launch of your business. It also means it’s time to move on to building an audience and product. But before you can do any of that, you need a place to call home on the web. Most Entrepreneurs Try to Do Too Much It is so tempting to try to do too much with your first website. You get excited, you have a few (hundred) ideas, and all of a sudden you’ve wasted a week or more (or worse, thousands of dollars) building a website that won’t grow with your business. This is not the time…
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    Strategy

  • 6 people who landed the CFO job by age 30

    James Kosur
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Landing an executive-level job can take years of dedication and perseverance, especially if that position is in the C-suite. These six individuals not only made it to the top rungs of their organizations, they managed to land chief financial officer roles at large and rapidly growing companies before they turned 30 years old.  Whether working for hot tech startups or global fast-food chains, these savvy professionals have conquered the business world faster than the average exec. While some tech cofounders gave themselves the CFO title, that doesn't discount the massive billion-dollar…
  • Why the US presidential election is going to be determined by a bunch of cavemen

    Shana Lebowitz
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    If you've ever been swayed by a speech by President Obama, it might not have been his ideas that moved you so much as how he communicated them. Science suggests that we generally gravitate toward political candidates who, like Obama, can bust out the baritone. Now, a new study helps illuminate why: We perceive deep-voiced leaders as physically stronger and more competent.  The researchers say it probably comes down to evolution. Even if there's no plausible reason why the US president needs to be able to fend off a lion attack, this was an important attribute back in our caveman days.
  • A self-made millionaire says these are the 4 things you should do once you achieve success

    Jacquelyn Smith
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Almost everyone wants to be successful. Many consider it the ultimate goal in our personal and professional lives. But what happens once we reach it? Most people don't think that far ahead, says Paul Scolardi, a self-made millionaire who has figured out how to continue thriving after achieving success. Scolardi, who spent nearly two decades in corporate finance as a Certified Public Accountant, has been investing and trading in stocks for over 18 years ("I manage my own money in the stock market; I do not manage or touch other people's money in any way," he explains to Business Insider)…
  • Some of America's best TV shows have a problem with women

    Jacob Shamsian
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    The Director's Guild of America released its TV diversity statistics this week, and they're not looking too good.​ Of more than 3,900 episodes produced in the 2014-2015 television season, only 16% of directors were women, and only 18% were of minority ethnicities. The numbers become even more troubling when you look at the diversity statistics for first-time directors, which predict diversity over time. The percentage of female first-time directors dropped to 16% from 20%, and the percentage of minority first-time directors rose by just 1 percentage point, also to 16%. A full 10% of all…
  • 5 tricks one entrepreneur uses to boost her productivity at work and at home

    Steven Benna
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Husband and wife cofounders Rob and Renee Israel have their hands full. Between growing Doc Popcorn — their 11-year-old Boulder, Colorado-based business — and raising their three young kids, every day presents a new challenge. Rob came up with the idea for Doc Popcorn in 2003 when he came across some kettle corn at a farmers market in Boulder. It got him thinking about creating a better-tasting, healthier flavored popcorn. He returned home to New York City and began coming up with formulations. It was right around this time that he and Renee met, and the business started in a small…
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • ​BBJ Live: What my analysis of campaign giving from local biotech PACs shows (Video)

    Don Seiffert
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    This week I spoke to NECN’s Brian Burnell about what I discovered in an analysis of campaign donation records from the political action committees affiliated with the local large biotech firms. The result of my analysis was that, taken as a whole, donations from the three companies large enough to have their own PACs were split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. But that appears to be largely because the PAC affiliated with EMD Serono (the largest of them) leaned slightly in favor of Republican…
  • Check out the sleek 'jewel box' addition on top of this historic downtown bank

    Catherine Carlock
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    There’s a new seven-story office building coming to Boston. It has the look and feel of a shiny, glassy new Seaport office, but it’s smack dab in the middle of the Financial District. The office is a “jewel box” addition on top of 40 Water St., the original National Shawmut Bank building that dates back to 1908. It’s part of Related Beal’s Congress Square project, which aims to revitalize six former Fidelity Investments buildings with office, residential, retail and boutique hotel. When…
  • ​Organizers project L.A. could make $161 million from Olympics

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Organizers behind Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics say the city could make $161 million in profits from the Summer Games. According to the LA2024 Bid Book published by organizers, the games will cost $4.6 billion, only one-tenth of what the Sochi Olympics cost Russia, and reap $4.8 billion in revenue, reported Business Insider. Out of the total revenue, $1.5 billion is projected to come from broadcast revenue, International Olympic Committee sponsorships and an IOC contribution. Another…
  • ​Three things OvaScience has going for it, and three it has yet to overcome

    Don Seiffert
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    OvaScience, a Cambridge biotech firm developing ways to help women get pregnant that have a better chance of working than in-vitro fertilization, saw a surge in investor interest yesterday when it announced the first published, peer-reviewed report on the success of its Augment treatment. But considering that the company’s shares remain at half the value they were at the beginning of the year, it appears the company still has some challenges to overcome in terms of convincing investors. The Augment…
  • C.A. Webb to leave New England Venture Capital Association and start new venture firm

    Sara Castellanos
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    C.A. Webb, executive director of the New England Venture Capital Association, will leave her post on Aug. 31 to start "a new kind of venture capital firm," according to an email she sent to members of the NEVCA on Thursday. Webb had spent four years as executive director, and said in the email that the NEVCA, whose mission it is to make Massachusetts the best place in the world to start and grow companies, is in the strongest position in its more than four-decade history. "Leaving is not easy,"…
 
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    James Clear

  • World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov on How to Build Confidence in the Face of Fear

    James Clear
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Garry Kasparov and his long-time rival Anatoly Karpov—two of the greatest chess players of all-time—took their respective seats around the chess board. The 1990 World Chess Championship was about to begin. The two men would play 24 games to decide the champion with the highest scoring player being declared the World Chess Champion. In total, the match would stretch for three months with the first 12 games taking place in New York and the final 12 games being played in Lyon, France. Kasparov started off well, but soon began to make mistakes. He lost the seventh game and let…
  • Getting to Simple: How Do Experts Figure out the Correct Things to Focus On?

    James Clear
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Peak performance experts say things like, “You should focus. You need to eliminate the distractions. Commit to one thing and become great at that thing.” This is good advice. The more I study successful people from all walks of life—artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, scientists—the more I believe focus is a core factor of success. But there is a problem with this advice too. Of the many options in front of you, how do you know what to focus on? How do you know where to direct your energy and attention? How do you determine the one thing that you should commit to doing? I…
  • First Principles: Elon Musk and Bill Thurston on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

    James Clear
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Bill Thurston was a pioneer in the field of mathematics. He was particularly known for his contributions to low-dimensional topology, 3-manifolds, and foliation theory—concepts that sound foreign to number-challenged mortals like you and me. In 1982, Thurston was awarded the Fields Medal, which is often considered the highest honor a mathematician can receive. One reason Thurston was able to contribute valuable insights to his field of mathematics was that he utilized a different set of mental models than his peers. In a paper he wrote for the American Mathematical Society—which,…
  • The Chemistry of Building Better Habits

    James Clear
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    There is a concept in chemistry known as activation energy. Here’s how it works: Activation energy is the minimum amount of energy that must be available for a chemical reaction to occur. Let’s say you are holding a match and that you gently touch it to the striking strip on the side of the match box. Nothing will happen because the energy needed to activate a chemical reaction and spark a fire is not present. However, if you strike the match against the strip with some force, then you create the friction and heat required to light the match on fire. The energy you added by striking…
  • August Reading List: 5 Good Books to Read This Month

    James Clear
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    It’s time for another edition of my reading list. In addition to the five books reviewed below, I maintain a complete list of the best books I’ve read across a wide range of disciplines. Here are a few of the top books I’ve read recently. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen Print | eBook | Audiobook The Book in Three Sentences: The only thing you have that nobody else has is control of your life. The hardest thing of all is to learn to love the journey, not the destination. Get a real life rather than frantically chasing the next level of success. Key Ideas: This is a…
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  • 6 Steps help entrepreneurs in an exceedingly tight spot

    Taffy Williams
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    Things often look rosy after you see a way through the maze! It may seem a bit odd for an entrepreneur to consider prayer as a means of managing a difficult situation, but the words of the “Serenity Prayer” may help in extremely stressful situations.  It reads as follows:“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,The courage to change the things I can,And the wisdom to know the difference.”The reality is that the prayer applies to many extremely difficult situations in life and in business.  It has been adopted by programs for drug and alcohol…
  • Startup Blog discussion on Leadership and Team Building - Insights with Taffy Williams

    Taffy Williams
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    Reference:  Agile leaders build team work for better performance Taffy Williamsis the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDCFacebook, and Startup  Group.    
  • Startup Blog Insights with Taffy Williams - How to Make Ideas Into a Viable Business

    Taffy Williams
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Reference Article:    3 Factors turn a great idea into a valuable business Taffy Williamsis the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDCFacebook, and Startup  Group.   
  • 6 Steps help generate great leaders

    Taffy Williams
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Leaders must be creative and agile in their thinking in order to create the leaders of tomorrow.  It is easy to stand back and give orders and assume all knowledge resides with top management of the business.  Working in this manner fails to utilize the skills and knowledge of the workforce, diminishes their critical thinking skills, and stifles their creativity.  Failure to encourage and demand more agile and critical thinking from the team results in management having to figure out everything all alone.Good leaders develop the skills of their teams and those leaders learn…
  • 5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

    Taffy Williams
    12 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Guess we should have checked before coming!  Small businesses are the back bone to our nation’s economy. But old-school business models are no longer cutting it when small businesses face unexpected changes. These changes could be large scale, affecting their industry or even the nation. They can also be local and specific to their individual business. Savvy business owners are often aware of the changes that can affect their business directly and plan for events such as vendor loss, product shortages and staff leaving. But changes in regulations, economic conditions and…
 
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  • NiftyImages – Get “Next Level” Personal With Your Audience Using Image Personalization

    StartUpLift
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Easy to use Image personalization tool used by email marketers to increase engagement. Target Audience: Email Marketers Website URL: https://NiftyImages.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 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 concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought:…
  • ideaphore – The Universal Social Suggestion Box

    StartUpLift
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    ideaphore is an advanced universal suggestion box that lets individuals leave feedback for any person, company, or product in the world and lets companies do high-quality market research. Target Audience: People that like to give feedback and companies looking for suggestions. Website URL: https://ideapho.re No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 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…
  • Vidpal – An Online Video Request and Demand Platform

    StartUpLift
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Vidpal allows users to see what’s going on in any destination in real time Target Audience: Travelers and Nightlife Website URL: http://vidpaltravel.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 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 concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought:…
  • Scrumbot – Your Agile Assistant for Slack & HipChat

    StartUpLift
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Scrumbot gathers data from your team and summarizes it for the PM or CEO every morning before the daily standup. Target Audience: Any size dev team that uses Slack or HipChat Website URL: https://www.scrumbot.co/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 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 concrete, constructive feedback…
  • Get Xperts – Search Advertising and Excel Experts

    StartUpLift
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    On demand help from excel and search advertising experts. Target Audience: Small and medium businesses Website URL: www.GetXperts.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 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 concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home…
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  • Women’s Business Center Spotlight: Vernita Johnson, Owner Shy-Stones

    Jonnel Ransom
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shi-Ly-Ku, which translates into “women of virtue, queenly anointed” is the inspiration behind Shy-Stones, a jewelry business owned and operated by Vernita Johnson. Flawed, semi-precious stones, metals and crystals are mixed together to create one-of-a-kind pieces of “wearable art” designed for women. Flawed stones are intentionally used to create this unique product line of bracelets, […]
  • ScaleUp Success: Mary Sharrett of Stone Environmental Engineering & Science, Inc.

    Your Management Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Breakfast is a great start to your day, but has it ever started your journey as a business owner? Not everyone can say ‘Yes.’ However, Mary Sharrett can. Breakfast with a potential business-teaming partner became a defining moment in owning a small business. “One moment I was having breakfast with a business owner, and the […]
  • Fitness for Everyone Really Means Everyone at Include Fitness

    Susan Post
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When a business says their product is for “everybody” that everybody normally comes with a few caveats. But in the case of Include Fitness and their Access Strength fitness machine, “everybody” is meant quite literally. “Our whole goal is to make fitness accessible for everybody. Period,” Founder Ryan Eder says.  Include Fitness is reaching that goal […]
  • Healthcare Startup CrossChx Looks to Change an Industry

    Susan Post
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For healthcare startup CrossChx, business isn’t about just being successful. It’s about fundamentally changing an industry. Founders Sean Lane and Brad Mascho have a billion dollar idea to own identity in healthcare. And they want to build it right here in Columbus. The story of CrossChx starts on the east cost. Both Lane and Mascho were in […]
  • Annual Small Business Friendliness Survey Gives Good Grades to Columbus

    Susan Post
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s generally good news for Columbus and Ohio as a whole in Thumbtack.com’s annual survey of small business friendliness. The annual survey that is in its fourth year calls on business owners to provide insights on small business friendliness in their states and cities, asking about topics ranging from overall friendliness to specific aspects like […]
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  • People as a Service is a New Freelancer Startup Platform

    VisionwizTeam
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    People as a Service: People as a Service is a new freelancer startup platform that aims to build  trusting relationship between companies that need to get things done, and the global, freelancing talent that wants to have rewarding and motivating work. Both parties need a flexible, dynamic, and cost-effective way to engage with each other. People as a Service makes that relationship happen. How It Works: This startup will focus on quality, which means that only qualified and verified freelancers are accepted. As a new freelancer to its database, they will invite you to an interview with one…
  • Create A Common Social Linked Card Through UserCard

    VisionwizTeam
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:04 am
    Usercard: Usercard is a new startup where you can create a linked “card” of all your social network usernames. By sharing this card  you can  let anyone know where you have social profiles and what your official handles are. Usercard will be a searchable directory of all these cards. The more users, the better the directory, so tell everyone you know to create a card for free today! How It Works: All you need to do is go tousercard.org and fill out the blank card by uploading a photo, filling in your name, location, and brief description details. Then connect your usernames by securely…
  • Innovative Way To Order Your Meal Via Kitchfix

    VisionwizTeam
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Now you can enjoy foods that are chef-crafted, made from scratch, sourced as locally as possible, approved by  in-house registered dietitian, and hand delivered by a team ready to take care of your every need. How? Through Kitchfix. What Is Kitchfix? Kitchfix  is a new startup  that  aims to provide  you  a wide variety of meals, snacks, beverages, and deli items to give busy people like you another option for eating healthy. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be enjoying flavorful and nourishing meals in the comfort of your own home, knowing that you are giving your body everything it…
  • Now Raise Funds For Your Product Via Kickfurther

    VisionwizTeam
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Kickfurther: Kickfurther  is a new startup that aims to help product companies fund their next inventory purchase to meet increasing demand by creating an unique offer on its site. By creating offers on Kickfurther, these (product) companies have an opportunity to connect with their customer base in a unique and compelling way. They raise the capital that they need, while engaging with their fan base. Backing an offer on Kickfurther is different than other crowdfunding sites. Each product on Kickfurther has a proven track record and is rasing money to help fund more inventory. How It Works:…
  • Find Buyers For Your Items Through SMS

    VisionwizTeam
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Gone: Gone is a new android based app that aims to find buyers for your items through sms. Gone will help you in the writing a listing, pricing, packing, negotiating with buyers, and shipping your items. How It Works Once its apps receive your items, they’ll inspect them and list them for sale within one day. From there, it may take from one to several   weeks, depending on the demand for your item. You will be able to monitor the entire process from within the application. Gone will charge a commission ranging from 7% to 15%, depending on the demand for your items. This commission is…
 
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  • Social Media Sundays Ep:5 – How to Use Twitter Lists to Find Targeted Followers in Any Niche

    Dilip Kumar
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    How many Twitter Lists do you have and how many do you feature in? Twitter lists is a very powerful tool if you know how to use it. But before we even discuss about how to use it, let us look at what Twitter Lists are straight from the horse’s mouth. This is what Twitter […] The post Social Media Sundays Ep:5 – How to Use Twitter Lists to Find Targeted Followers in Any Niche appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP14:How to Successfully Build Your SOLO Ads Business-Part 1

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Hello and welcome to Episode 14 of The DKSpeaks Podcast. In the last week’s Podcast, we discussed about buying traffic especially using SOLO ads. There are a lot more strategies in SOLO ad buying which can help you get better ROI, build a huge list and at the same time get clicks for FREE. We […] The post DKSP EP14:How to Successfully Build Your SOLO Ads Business-Part 1 appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP13: Solo Ads Buying Strategies – How to Build Your Email List for FREE!

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Hello and welcome to episode 13 of the DKSPeaks Podcast. IN todays episode we are going to discuss about SOLO ads – how to generate traffic with solo ads and what is the key to success with SOLO ads. SOLO ads is one of the best forms of driving traffic to your websites, to your […] The post DKSP EP13: Solo Ads Buying Strategies – How to Build Your Email List for FREE! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Social Media Sundays Ep 4 : Influencer Marketing – Engaging Influencers to Get More Retweets!

    Dilip Kumar
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How many of your tweets have been re-tweeted by an Influencer in your Niche? Influencer Marketing is probably the best way to increase brand awareness. It is also one of the best ways to promote your products. Conversions are normally high when influencers recommend your products, thanks to their influence value. How many times have […] The post Social Media Sundays Ep 4 : Influencer Marketing – Engaging Influencers to Get More Retweets! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP12: 10 Ways to Build Your Email List Fast from 0 to 10K in less than 90 days!

    Dilip Kumar
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Hello and welcome to Episode 12 of the DKspeaks Podcast. The last week was a happening one in Technology, thanks to the launch of the much awaited Windows 10. Microsoft was offering it as a free upgrade to all the windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users and considering that it was the first time that […] The post DKSP EP12: 10 Ways to Build Your Email List Fast from 0 to 10K in less than 90 days! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Five top tips to give your ecommerce site the best possible chance of success

    guestbloggerSUD
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    The ubiquity, democracy and power of the internet has enabled millions of people across the globe to enter the ecommerce marketplace, either as a consumer or a retailer. However, accessibility doesn't guarantee success and competition has never been so tough, so here are five top tips to give your ecommerce site the best possible chance of success. 1 Competitive pricing Consumers are smart; consumers are savvy. More so every day. The average customer is capable of comparing prices online in very little time and stats show there is very little brand loyalty. The products you have listed on…
  • Weighing up the risks of alternative finance

    guestbloggerSUD
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Alternative finance is fast becoming the go-to place for business loans, especially as there are so many options to choose from. A host of alternative lenders that provide invoice discounting, merchant cash advances, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and online business loans have been popping up over the last few years offering their services to SMEs and investors, mainly because banks have turned these businesses away. Since the recession, banks have become stricter with their lending and this has made it more difficult for small businesses to acquire much needed funding. Whether the…
  • How to choose the right web design agency for your business

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    If you've decided to pay to have a website built for your business, it's important to choose an agency that will listen to your needs, involve you in the planning and then produce a website that exceeds your expectations and attracts new customers. You'll be entrusting them with your brand, so you must choose a professional and well-established team. It can be quite overwhelming selecting which agency to use, because there are so many to choose from. However, here are six key questions you need to ask prospective suppliers. 1 How much will it cost? A good agency will discuss your exact…
  • A new way to trade in your old gadgets

    john
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    If your business has unwanted technology and gadgets to get rid of, there's a new option for you to try: you can now trade them in at Argos stores The retail giant claims this is the first initiative of its type offered by a generalist UK retailer. And it says it'll give you on the spot quotes for your old tablets and smart phones. If you're happy with what they offer, you can have the amount credited to an Argos gift card, which you can then spend on anything in the company's famous catalogue. Part of the circular economy Argos, in partnership with circular economy experts WRAP, has…
  • How to create an effective website landing page

    guestbloggerSUD
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    In a fiercely competitive market you must seize every opportunity to attract new business. At the first point of contact with a prospective client, it's important to demonstrate that your business has a credible offering that stands out above the competition. Regardless of how you decide to attract online traffic, that first point of contact is usually one of the key landing pages of your website. You need to follow a number of rules to ensure these pages are as effective as possible. 1 Make it eye-catching The design of your landing page makes an instant impression. Elements such as colour,…
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  • E-Book Summary For Lean Startup

    Sean Murphy
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Summer is almost over. If you have been putting off reading “The Lean Startup”  I have a time saving suggestion. If you have an hour and want to capture the gist I can recommend a good e-book summary for Lean Startup. If you have another hour I suggest a good summary for Four Steps. E-Book Summary For Lean Startup by Steve Kim There are a number of e-book summaries for Lean Startup but by far the best is “The Lean Startup: An In-Depth Summary” by Steve KimThis in depth summary runs about 1/6 of the length but captures the core insights of “The Lean…
  • Q: How Can I Calculate The Exit Value Of My Idea?

    Sean Murphy
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:07 am
    It’s pointless to try to calculate the exit value of idea that has not been reduced to practice and achieved some level of traction. The real question is how much time and effort to invest to achieve a level of traction that would allow place a value on the business that leverages the ideas. Often it’s not a single investment but a sequence of affordable loss bets–perhaps escalating in size. Q: I am a young entrepreneur working on a startup. A number of mentors have stressed the importance of calculating your exit–starting with the end in mind. How important is this?
  • Beston Jack Abrams: Recognize and Act On The Truth

    Sean Murphy
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    In “Abramisms: Lines of the Ancient Aphorist Volume 1” Beston Jack Abrams offers several aphorisms about recognizing the truth in a situation and acting on it. Here are 8 I have selected with some additional commentary for entrepreneurs. Recognizing and Acting On The Truth Several of Abrams’ aphorisms point to the importance of recognizing the truth, regardless of its source, and acting on it. He takes pains to point out that truth comes from a variety of sources, some of them overlooked through familiarity or distaste. “Truth, like a bitter tonic, is distasteful,…
  • Beston Jack Abrams on Aphorisms

    Sean Murphy
    15 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    Beston Jack Abrams has self-published 7 volumes of “Abramisms: Lines of the Ancient Aphorist” between 2011 and 2014. These slim volumes each contain 128  aphorisms, one on the opening page and three per page for another 39 pages: are a revelation and an inspiration. Volume 7 ends with this paragraph, leading me to conclude there is more to come: “I am 87 and in a few more years, I will probably exhaust all thoughts that are intelligible and acts that are of value hence, at that point death becomes less a tragedy than an act of good housekeeping.” Beston Jack Abrams…
  • Q: Can I Be My First Customer?

    Sean Murphy
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    It’s OK to solve your own problem first, to be the first customer. This at a minimum gets the idea out of your head and reduced to practice where it can be tested. The trick is to use this basic product to spark further discussions about the problem you solved, no your solution. Q:  I am just starting the planning for my first product. The inspiration came from a problem I have faced personally. I have talked to about 20 people and three can relate to the pain, but with small variations in preferences and priorities. I am now considering treating myself as the first customer and…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

    Heather Stewart
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    More people than ever are looking to become entrepreneurs – in fact, a recent article on Forbes even suggested that everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. There are many reasons for this – from the financial climate, to the lack of a ‘job for life’, to simply having a different outlook on employment from previous generations. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, the reality is that every business starts with an idea. But how do you come up with the perfect business idea for you? We’re going to talk about the key aspects…
  • 87 Ideas to Start a Side Business & Quit the 9 to 5 Job

    Heather Stewart
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Side Hustle (noun), Definition: paid work Something that brings in money, which is not your main job A task or series of tasks that helps you to earn more money, test out a new business idea or uses your specific skills and experience to bring in cash A side hustle – or side job – is work that you do that helps to boost your income, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, particularly since the financial crash in 2008.   Why Start a Side Hustle?   Earn Extra Money The desire to earn more money has become more common as people struggle to make ends meet with their…
  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

    Heather Stewart
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Maybe you’ve been running your business for a while and have already enjoyed some success. Perhaps you’re ready to move to the next level and achieve even more growth. What is the key to growing a successful business – and what might be holding you back from moving on to that next stage in your business journey? Let’s imagine that you’re a consultant. You’ve grown your business, have a healthy portfolio of client work and a growing number of passive income streams. But you’re stuck. You’re working to full capacity and don’t have any time…
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur With The Right Mindset

    Heather Stewart
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In a previous post, we looked at the skills that entrepreneurs have – and it is certainly true that our most successful entrepreneurs today have those skills. However, having the skills is only part of the story. The real key to success lies in your ability to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset – or the mental attitude that it takes to be an entrepreneur. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. - Howard SchultzClick To Tweet You may have already heard the term ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ – but what is it? And, more importantly,…
  • How to Start Your Own Small Business After College

    Heather Stewart
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    With continued uncertainty in the job market and an economy still in recovery, starting a business straight out of college is an option that graduates are increasingly considering. In fact, around 60% of recent graduates say they would like to start their own business. However, with college debt at an all time high and graduates concerned about lack of experience and networks, the start-up rate for this group is much lower at 23%, according to research by the Kauffman Foundation. There is no such thing as a career for life anymore. 60% of graduates are unable to find work in their field and…
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  • Another company wants to install cellphone antennae on Baltimore lightpoles

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    A second company is looking to deploy new antennae aimed to help improve wireless connectivity in Baltimore. Virginia-based Crown Castle has a hearing before the city’s Planning Commission on Thursday that would grant the company a franchise to construct distributed antenna systems (DAS) around the city. A Crown Castle proposal in San Francisco. (Via) The antennae, which can be attached to light poles and utility poles, are designed to help “wireless providers eliminate coverage gaps and increase capacity needed for emerging and future services,” according to a company…
  • Johns Hopkins startup making in-body ultrasound closes $500K seed round

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    A Johns Hopkins spinout created to develop an ultrasound that works from inside the body closed a $500,000 seed round. Perceptive Navigation, which is based at Johns Hopkins’ FastForward East incubator, received investment from the state-backed Maryland Venture Fund and the Abell Foundation. Todd Chappell. (Courtesy photo) With the new investment, the company named Todd Chappell as CEO. He previously served as entrepreneur-in-residence at the health-focused commercialization incubator BioHealth Innovation. Created by Johns Hopkins cardiologist Theodore Abraham, the company is developing…
  • Jason Hardebeck named Baltimore City Broadband Coordinator

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has hired Jason Hardebeck to work on internet access issues for the city. Hardebeck will serve as “Broadband Coordinator” for the city. He recently left his role as director of DreamIt Health Baltimore. The mayor made the announcement at a weekly media availability at City Hall. “I am confident that under his leadership, Baltimore City will take a greater advantage of emerging technologies, to become a smarter city,” Rawlings-Blake said. Jason Hardebeck. (File photo) After selling his social networking company WhoGlue to…
  • Johns Hopkins’ Social Innovation Lab is now accepting applications

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    The social entrepreneurship incubator at Johns Hopkins University is accepting applications for a new cohort. The Social Innovation Lab is looking for people using innovation to tackle social ills. The idea can either be to start a nonprofit organization or a for-profit business. There’s room for up to 12 applicants to be accepted. Apply by Sept. 30 While JHU’s name is in the title, the program is open to more than just Hopkins students. All Baltimore-area residents are eligible to apply. Teams or people who are accepted get $1,000 in funding, office space and access to mentors.
  • Pure Bang Games is crowdfunding for ‘MUD’

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Over the last year, Pure Bang Games has been working on a new open-world computer game that offers players a choice about how they want to build their world. With that comes the possibility that it could be destroyed, but Pure Bang’s Ben Walsh told us recently that the devs working at the Highlandtown studio are creating incentives and adventure so you don’t want to destroy it. With such willingness to place faith in the crowd, it’s perhaps not surprising that Pure Bang is turning to Kickstarter to fund further development of the game. This week, the studio launched a…
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  • Video: CareZone Startup Lead by Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz Helps You Care for Family Members

    Rich
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In this video, Robert Scoble interviews Jonathan Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of CareZone. The company provides a safe, private place to organize, store and manage everything associated with caring for a family member. Caring for someone in need is the world’s most important job. As a technologist, I wanted to make that job simpler. But why was it so hard to find a place to get organized, to manage small details and important information, store important documents, or just coordinate with other members of my family? Because organizing and managing a loved one’s information, such as a…
  • Video: Puppy-Powered Lead Generation

    Rich
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Hermione Way from The Next Web demonstrates a sure-fire way to get attention for your Startup at tech conferences.
  • Slidecast: BrandYourself Startup Lets You Control Your Own Google Results

    Rich
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    In this slidecast, Patrick Ambron from BrandYourself describes how the company lets you control your own Google results. Like any good company, BrandYourself started as a problem that turned into a mission we just couldn’t ignore. We hated the fact that reputation firms purposely mystified the Search Engine Optimization process, making their customers feel trapped. We hated that these firms overcharged customers for something they could easily do themselves if they simply had a platform that educated and empowered them to do so. So we made it our mission to create a Do-It-Yourself…
  • Video: Vintage Steve Jobs Presentation on the Founding of Apple

    Rich
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:43 am
    In this video, Steve Jobs presents on Apple Computer and Startup innovation in 1980. This video was gifted to Computer History Museum by Regis McKenna and can be found on their wonderful online exhibit about Steve Jobs.
  • Video: Startup America Connects Mentors to Entrepreneurs

    Rich
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, founding members of the Startup America Partnership board discuss how they connect mentors to startup business in a variety of sectors of the economy.
 
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  • The LEGO Theory of Job Fulfillment

    Peter Cauton
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:50 pm
      Who doesn’t love Lego? When I was a kid, Lego was my ultimate, favorite toy. After I would unbox a set, I would first try to build it as designed. But this wasn’t the fun part yet! This is sort of the boring requirement. After some time, these new pieces would gradually fall into my BIG PAIL of Lego blocks. Playtime commenced when I would pour the pieces on the floor – one big mess. Then, I would just…create. Cars, knights on steeds, robots with several points of articulation, you name it, I built it. Fun! Decades after, Lego is bigger than ever. People buy the…
  • Been Awhile, JGL

    Peter Cauton
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    After 8 months, I had all sorts of ideas on what my “first” post will be like. Some long, drawn out 5-parter on what I’ve learned all this time, perhaps? Some Michael Jordan “I’m back” one-liner? I was even mulling just hammering out a regular post and pretend the 8-month gap never happened. I had all sorts of ideas. Of course it came down to me just opening good old WordPress and suddenly just typing. And here it is. When Peter? I would get asked around a lot “when are you writing again?” or “when is the next open coffee?” And I…
  • Advent Thoughts On a Hospital Couch

    Peter Cauton
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    My wife has been in labor in the delivery room for the past 8 hours. We are eagerly expecting our fourth child. I can hear Typhoon Ruby’s din just outside the window almost seamlessly combine with the whir of the air-conditioning unit. I write this helplessly alone on a leather couch at St. Luke’s hospital, waiting for the signal to come in and hold my wife’s hand as she goes through the final birth stages. But not yet. I sit here, sleep-deprived, waiting and praying. It is Advent after all, I muse. Yesterday, here in the hospital, I had a call with my business partner Paolo…
  • What Is Your Fearlessness Quotient?

    Peter Cauton
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    At work, when we talk about hiring (which we talk about A LOT nowadays), I usually tell my co-managers that I am very interested in hiring “entrepreneurial-minded” people. Then I’d get often asked: What does that mean? That’s a question I’ve been mulling about for ages. What exactly is it? How do you evaluate if someone has it? How do you know if someone has the potential to have it? There are so many theories on what entrepreneurship is. Here’s one of mine. I think, when you distill it, when you boil entrepreneurship down to its basest levels,…
  • 15 Slots Available For STORM’S Private Recruitment Cocktails Tomorrow

    Peter Cauton
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    STORM is scaling fast. Founded in January 2013 (a spinoff from my original HR startup, STORM Consulting), STORM is bent on transforming the way companies manage benefits. I’m fairly confident STORM has been among the fastest growing local startups across these last 2 years, revenue-wise. We’ve been blessed. In 2013, we proved our new business model could work – an entirely new way for companies to manage their benefits. In 2014, we started growing fast. Very fast. We’ve quadrupled both 2013 revenue AND 2013 manpower. We’re set to AT LEAST quadruple revenue again…
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  • Traction Podcast: Scott Belsky - Co-Founder, Behance

    joshboyle
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Jay Acunzo - VP of Platform, NextView Ventures Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Brand. Mission. Emotion. These are things that, perhaps surprisingly to some, are still not widely preached, taught, accepted, or built around by investors and tech entrepreneurs alike. The NextView podcast Traction shares the incredible stories of the creative and unusual things entrepreneurs did to make initial progress in an important. Listen on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Stitcher. The founding stories of…
  • The Mobile Browser: The App That Is Eating All The Other Apps

    joshboyle
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:15 Author:  Jeff Williams - Co-Founder of Mobile Oxygen Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  It’s in the DNA of Americans to be mobile. Perpetually in motion. Advancing. Exploring. Moving ahead. The Always On Era Is OnIt’s in the DNA of Americans to be mobile. Perpetually in motion. Advancing. Exploring. Moving ahead. So it‘s no surprise that with the advent of modern mobile technology, we have embraced the ‘always on’ lifestyle. 77% of Americans are reachable by smartphones now (2015 marketingland.com).
  • Working In Boston Tech: Toast

    jackmulvaney
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Premium Company:  Toast Release Date:  Wed, 08/26/2015 - 21:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  You have to check out what it's like to work at Toast! There are a lot of amazing technology companies in and around Boston. Many of them are hiring like crazy! On our BIZZpages alone there are about 150 Boston area tech companies actively recruiting the best talent around. These companies are awesome and we want to help them show off what it's like to be a part of the team and the process a potential employee goes through to…
  • Tech In Boston Podcast: David Cancel - Co-Founder & CEO, Driftt

    joshboyle
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Release Date:  Tue, 08/25/2015 - 05:45 Author:  Dave Gerhardt - Founder, Tech in Boston Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  While at HubSpot, Cancel re-built the product organization and helped point the company in the direction that led to their IPO in the fall of 2014. Tech In Boston #50: Interview with David Cancel, CEO, Driftt   In January 2015, David and his co-founder Elias Torres raised $15M from CRV, General Catalyst Partners, NextView Ventures, Founder Collective and HubSpot founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah.You’ve heard the…
  • Julia Austin: Tech Veteran Playing an Integral Role in Boston’s Startup Community [Part 2 of 2]

    joshboyle
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    Release Date:  Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Julia Austin's career path, track record of success, immersion in startups and, of course, gender, give her a unique and highly valuable perspective... Last week, in part one of our profile of entrepreneur, investor, advisor and tech business veteran, Julia Austin, we shined a light on the remarkable journey that took Austin through the early days and rapid growth of two industry leaders, Akamai and…
 
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  • How Monthly Investor Updates Scored $10 Million in Funding for WedPics

    Matt Hunckler
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Before Justin Miller’s mobile company had 2.5+ million users, he was working out of a basement, searching for an industry where his tech company could thrive. Miller has since been kicked out of that basement office, threatened by large-scale companies, and faced several funding crunches. But Miller’s startup, WedPics now powers personalized photo-sharing for 10,000 weddings per weekend, with monthly uploads in the millions. Watch Justin Miller’s candid interview from Verge North Carolina and learn the real story behind how he grew WedPics (and exactly WHY monthly investor updates are…
  • From Broke to Breakthrough: Peter Voogd and 6 Months to 6 Figures

    Matt Hunckler
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I recently listened to the audiobook of 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd, and his perspective really resonated with me. And not just because we have a shared past of door-to-door sales (I sold vacuum cleaners, he sold Cutco knives). Voogd went from broke to a game changer who practically defines the word “hustle.” In his book, and in this interview, he shares keys to success for fellow entrepreneurs. “You only know how strong you really are until being strong is the only option you have. ” -Peter Voogd, Author of the Best Seller 6 Months to 6 Figure Watch the full…
  • Diversity in the Triangle – a list of women and minority entrepreneurs

    Will Hardison
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    As our community continues to grow, more and more women and minority entrepreneurs are launching, leading, and growing amazing companies. Take Tatiana Birgisson of Mati Energy Tea, she went out and crushed the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day and Anil Chawla, the founder of Archive Social, took home the $100K from Steve Case’s Rise of The Rest tour. These are just two of the many great examples of awesome people we have right here in the triangle. With the help from folks like Derrick Minor and Ellie Gamache of American Underground (much thanks!), I started to comprise a list of…
  • 8 Universal Qualities of Great Pitch Decks

    YEC
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    “Send me your deck.” Early entrepreneurs hear this a lot. And it’s because a pitch deck is a great way for an investor or potential customer to quickly size up your company.  So, don’t leave this important communications piece to chance. We interviewed eight experienced entrepreneurs to get their perspective on the important aspects of an effective pitch deck. Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free…
  • Midwest Vs. Silicon Valley: Tech Talent and Lifestyle

    Matt Hunckler
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    “We’ve got great talent,” says voicemail inventor Scott Jones. “We just need more of it. And frankly,” Scott continued, “I think many would say the same in Silicon Valley.” Watch the interview here: “I hear a lot of complaints from people on the coasts,” Jones laments. The cost of living and other inconveniences of cities like San Francisco have left many yearning for more. This makes areas like the Midwest not only more attractive to employees, but to business owners as well. “Once you find people, they stay put longer here,” Jones says. And with growing entrepreneurial…
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  • ZWOOKY : Innovative Contact System

    Bob Debbas
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Thomas Stoll”, CIO at the Uerikon – Switzerland based start-up “ZWOOKY ” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? ZWOOKY is an innovative contact system with focus on privacy, security and anonymity for its users. However ZWOOKY is not a social platform. The main focus is to contact a person which was seen in real life. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? The idea for ZWOOKY was…
  • shiyiku : Food Therapy Smart Assistant

    Bob Debbas
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Anna Na”, Co-founder of the Shanghai – China based start-up “shiyiku” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? MyChi is Shiyiku’s first product. It is the world’s first food therapy smart assistant. Consisting of a smart hardware(non-wearable) device and mobile app, MyChi helps users live a healthier lifestyle with daily, personal guidance on eating, acupoints (for message), and exercise. 2. When has your startup…
  • ApprovalQ : Email Project Management Platform

    Bob Debbas
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Sharif Aly”, Aly of the California – USA based start-up “ApprovalQ” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? The world’s easiest approval queue. Many companies struggle to manage workflow with email distribution lists or complicated project management platforms that take too much time and effort. No more. Create queues and add items to the queues by email. It fits with existing behavior and requires no integration. 2.
  • 716Labs : Helps App Developers In The Marketng Validation stage

    Bob Debbas
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Scott Falbo”, Co-Founder of the Buffalo – USA based start-up “716Labs” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? StartupApp.info is a platform that is being developed by 716 Labs to help app developers in the market validation stage.  We’re a team of developers ourselves and we often struggle with the idea validation stage and we’ve got ideas on improving this for other app developers. 2. When has your startup been…
  • UBERFORCE : Salesforce Consultancy For StartUps

    Bob Debbas
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Malte Warczinski”, Founder & Managing Director Berlin – Germany based start-up “UBERFORCE” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? We take start ups to the next level! UBERFORCE is a Salesforce consultancy for start ups with deep start ups experience, decades of Salesforce know-how, and competitive pricing. We tailor Salesforce-CRM extensively to cater to the needs of any business model imaginable. We strive to empower our…
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  • Working Remotely: 11 Project Management Experts Weigh In on the Pros and Cons

    thomaslcarney
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:24 am
    Imagine waking up, grabbing a coffee, and sitting down to your laptop with a view overlooking the beach.Work for a few hours, and then head to beach for a swim.That’s the dream of remote work. But how does it work in pratice, and what’s the impact on how teams work together? I asked 11 experts from the project management and agile/scrum world, “How do you feel remote work changes how teams work together?”.There were interesting differences in opinions. Some agile and scrum experts were more skeptical of working remotely. Project management experts focused on the need to…
  • Build Your Own Project Management Course

    thomaslcarney
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    What would being better at running projects mean to you? What if you became a project management expert?What if you built your own project management course, skipping expensive fees and jumped straight to project guru status?Well, you’d start to get a reputation for finishing projects on time, you’d feel more confident in your job and you’d have better career prospects.You’ll even have more success with side-projects or starting your own company one day.When someone suggests a new project, you’ll feel confident that you’ll be able to break it down into actionable items and set a…
  • When “Manual Automation” beats Coding up a Solution

    thomaslcarney
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    When you start a business, it’s all about throwing things at the wall and seeing if it sticks.You’ve launched a new app, and you get your first five paying customers. You excitedly chat with each of them as part of their concierge onboarding.Or you land your first Rails consulting gig, and you’re excited to start building this new thing.After a while, a little luck and a lot of sweat, the business starts going pretty well. The customers stick around, and a few more start joining them.Your identity goes from “I have no idea what I’m doing” to “I’m a business, man!”. You…
  • Hacks, Tricks And Tips for Project Management With Bruce Harpham

    thomaslcarney
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    I sat down with Bruce Harpham from ProjectManagementHacks.com for a chat about project management, meetings, checklists and even Oktoberfest.In the interview, you’ll hear about:why you should write an agenda for each meeting you run;using checklists to avoid common problems and issues;creating an atmosphere of trust within a team;making the move from an analyst/developer role into a project manager role; andhow to decide whether it’s time to earn a certification and how to choose the right one for you.You can listen to the interview here or read an edited version of it below: Thomas:…
  • 6 ethical persuasion techniques for project managers

    thomaslcarney
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    It’s tough managing projects. You get input from the CEO, sales, marketing, support and customers, while trying to come up with a realistic plan about how to make the project happen.Your role feels more like a cattle herder when you’re trying to coax people to attend meetings and to report their status on projects.And then one designer decides that such details such as tracking time, following a process or deadlines are helpful suggestions.An IT specialist suddenly decides that THEY should be the project manager, and in fact all this project management is just getting in the way of doing…
 
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  • Blogging for business – How it can improve SEO and sales?

    Manpreet Kaur
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    It has been two years since I have been working with a fashion brand to strategize their social media and manage their blog. With a very unusual project on Freelancer, I was quite intrigued about the brand and what it was doing to establish itself in the retail industry. Of course, there were some loopholes and one of them were not considering Blogging for business Blogging is very popular these days but having a business blog is an idea that doesn’t come to many. In fact, only the big players in the market use this tactic but you know what! That’s what differentiate you from them.
  • WOW – How This Guy Did 400K In 3 Months With A Simple System

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    Hey Guys, Our good friend Joel Peterson, one of the most respected online teachers, made $400K in just 3 months with a system he created and now he is practically giving away his entire webinar software for almost free today at 97% off. This is the system his students have used to create 5, 6 and even 7 figure incomes on a consistent basis. We have personally used this to conduct our own webinars and it’s awesome. READY TO MAKE BIG MONEY Today we wanted to share with you what holds most people back and prevents them from making decent profits online. We know for a fact that 99% of…
  • 4 surprising things you have to be good at to be successful at anything

    Dr. Frank La Pira
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    There is so much talk about what you must do to succeed in business. Everything from sales to marketing to measuring your performance to developing the right personality, knowing the right people, having a good brand, knowing your audience, and too many other things to mention. You name it; someone has declared that it’s important to be successful. And while I agree that some of these things are important I believe that if you don’t do these four things everyday everything else is a waste of time. You can spend thousands of hours on learning to sell, or developing a marketing strategy,…
  • 5 business ideas for book lovers

    Manpreet Kaur
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    Book Lovers are one of my most favourite people and they’re seriously adorable. Now, what true book lovers do when they want to start a business? They look for business ideas for book lovers. Don’t they? But are there some good enough business ideas for book lovers that would really work and help them grow? Yes there are. A few days back, a friend of mine insisted on discussing about such business ideas but due to my office hours, I wasn’t able to finish that conversation. But I certainly did have some really good business ideas in mind. They’re good because they’re cool and not…
  • You think your offline business won’t work? Think again!

    Manpreet Kaur
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:25 am
    With the rise of online businesses, the thought that there is no scope for the usual offline business or brick and mortar businesses to succeed. This has led to people looking forward to fit in the already crowded online marketplace while completely ignoring the offline business opportunities that knock on their door. Take an example of bookstores. My city, though it is now getting crowded with malls and urban population, doesn’t have a proper bookstore. Yes, there is no place where you can just pick up a novel, go through a couple of pages and buy the book. Even though the market of book…
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  • Pete Wheelan – CEO at InsideTrack

    IdeaMensch
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Ideas are a dime a dozen. The greatest products and companies rarely got that way based on the uniqueness of ideas. Pete Wheelan has dedicated his career to leading mission-driven, high-growth companies focused on helping individuals live up to their full potential. Before joining InsideTrack, he served as COO and Chief Revenue Officer at Blurb, a groundbreaking leader in unleashing creative expression through self-published books. Prior to Blurb, Pete held the position of SVP of strategic marketing and business development for Lonely Planet, once the world’s largest independent publisher…
  • Ray Harding – Mediator and Arbitrator

    IdeaMensch
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Ray Harding received his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1978. He then practiced law for 17 years before being appointed to serve as a District Court Judge in Utah where he served for 7 years. Following that service, he has now been successfully mediating cases for the past 12 years where he has become widely recognized for his ability to settle difficult cases that others thought could not be settled. As a former Judge Ray Harding is able to combine his judicial insight with his mediation skills to bring a successful resolution to even the most difficult cases. Ray Harding stays…
  • Saar Yoskovitz – Founder and CEO of Augury Systems

    IdeaMensch
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Basically, don’t be afraid to ask more questions. Once you start asking questions, you might understand how much you don’t know. It opens up your world to new ideas and new feedback. Saar Yoskovitz founded Augury Systems in 2011 and currently serves as CEO. An avid entrepreneur, Saar has extensive experience in machine learning, signal processing algorithms, and system architecture. Prior to founding Augury, Saar worked as an analog architect at Intel. Saar holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. During his…
  • Kashif Aftab – Founder and CEO of SkillGigs

    IdeaMensch
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    I’m always taking notes. I sketch ideas out on paper, then I use Excel to hash them out further. Then, I come up with a framework for how I’ll execute the idea, and I create a working prototype to test my assumptions. Once I have data to prove the idea is worthwhile and will have an impact on users, I add it to my task list for execution. Kashif Aftab is a consummate innovator and the founder and CEO of SkillGigs. He caught the entrepreneurial bug at age 10 while visiting his father’s manufacturing facility, and he developed a love for programming after writing his first lines of code…
  • Brooke Moreland – Co-Founder & COO of Jewelbots

    IdeaMensch
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
    For me, to actually get something done, it helps to just commit right away. To decide to do something, and know that all of the details can get figured out later, because they always do. Brooke Moreland is a co-founder and the COO of Jewelbots. A powerhouse fashion-tech entrepreneur, Brooke Moreland joined forces with Sara Chipps in 2014 to create Jewelbots, a design-conscious wearable tech brand that helps teenage girls connect with one another and with technology. Previously, she founded a style-focused photo-sharing app, Fashism, that launched in 2009 and was backed by Ashton Kutcher and…
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  • Beyond .NET and J2EE: The Emergence of a Third Application Development Platform in the Enterprise

    jesusmrv
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:53 am
    A few days ago, I published an article on ReadWrite about trends that are destined to change the future of enterprise software. The article includes 14 trends that we consider relevant consider its maturity in the industry. enterprise hardware the industrial Internet of Things applications powered by the blockchain proactive analytics 3D printing enterprise marketplaces domain-specific data science augmented reality in industrial settings mainstream machine learning drone platforms next-generation cybersecurity platforms for microservices the Docker ecosystem new application-development…
  • 6 Best Practices of Successful Enterprise Data Science Projects

    jesusmrv
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    During the last decade, data science projects in the enterprise have developed a reputation for being complex and expensive. However, the last few years have seen an explosion in new machine learning and big data infrastructure technologies that have helped lower the entry point for implementing data science solutions in the enterprise. Despite the technical evolution, enterprise data science projects remain relatively complex compared to traditional areas of investment in enterprise IT. Similar to other groundbreaking technologies in enterprise IT, implementing successful data science…
  • 5 on 5: Demystifying Machine Learning in the Enterprise

    jesusmrv
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Machine learning is become one of the most important trends in the next generation enterprise data solutions. The evolution of machine learning platforms as well as complementary technology movements such as big data has lowered the entry point for organizations embracing machine learning models to drive more effective business intelligence. Despite the remarkable technological advances in the last few years, enterprise machine learning remains surrounded by strong myths. We regularly encounter those myths during our work with large enterprises around the world implementing data science and…
  • Microsoft and IBM Earnings: The Battle of New vs. Legacy Businesses

    jesusmrv
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    IBM and Microsoft reported earnings last week and the reports clearly highlighted the current stage in the transformation of each companies. Arguably the two most important software companies of the last 40 years, Microsoft and IBM used to exhibit similar patterns in the earnings reports a few years ago. However, those days are long gone. Microsoft and IBM are companies in the middle of aggressive transformations to adapt their business models to a world dominated by technology revolutions in areas such as mobile, cloud, data science, augmented reality etc. The earnings reports clearly…
  • Enterprise Software Platforms are Entering their Third Generation

    jesusmrv
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Overview Enterprise software might be entering its golden era. The confluence of technologies movements such as cloud computing, mobile, big data as well as the raise in popularity of open source delivery models are pushing the boundaries of enterprise software solutions. As these technologies continue to rapidly gain traction in the enterprise, they are called to become foundation blocks of any enterprise software application. We call this movement: the third generation enterprise application platform. The First Generation: Mainframes Mainframes architectures were the first movement that…
 
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  • Which metrics do Valley investors tend to check first?

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    When investors see our business for the first time, they need to wrap their head around it. It's like films - they often start with a bit of scene-setting before jumping in with the plot. Investors also like to hear the main numbers up front. They're pitched all day -- certain numbers tell them if your business matches their selection criteria to avoid wasting time talking about bad fits. Andreesen Horowitz explains: When initially evaluating businesses, investors often look at GMV, revenue, and bookings first because they’re an indicator of the size of the business. Once investors have a…
  • Disrupt or compete

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Pontus Siren at Innosight illustrates the difference between direct competition and Disruption by looking at one of the most competitive industries - shipping. The basis of competition in the industry continues to be the efficiency of moving a metal box from harbor to harbor. In the last 50 years, ships have grown from 500 containers to 24,000, to the point where harbours are unable to cope. Even the sheer volume of ships is straining the world's main canals. The industry is highly competitive: Naval engineers are planning and building ever bigger ships. As the ships grow, their engines have…
  • Estimating your market size from non-technical sources

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Bart Doorneweert is a Dutch textile and agriculture entrepreneur who's operated in India and East Africa. Looking at situations where market data is unavailable and running experiments is expensive, he shows how it's important to learn from analogs. Market insights required to develop successful business at scale in emerging markets are already out there. They’re with shopkeepers, merchants, existing service providers, etc, currently running their businesses. Bart shares a thoughtful analysis on two startups deploying battery charging technology. ARED is explicitly promoting the…
  • How you grow affects your defensibility

    Salim Virani
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    There's a connection between how you choose to grow, and how defensible your business is from competition. Just like it's easy to throw gasoline on a fire to get it going with a boom, it's stoking the coal that produces all the heat in the long-run. Paul Bennetts looked at how Etsy grew to draw this distinction: At the IPO of a company, it’s easy to anchor on just valuation but its more useful to focus how it will throw off cash and how defensible is its earnings stream. In the long run, competition will always drive down returns on equity unless they are defensible. The majority of…
  • Hidden cofounders

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Suranga Chandratillake on partners, friends, etc, as hidden cofounders: I’ve found that “hidden co-founders” – husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and even parents – are often a crucial factor in the success of a startup. Why? Because being a founder and entrepreneur is not like a regular job. Startups are under-funded, under-connected and under-resourced compared to their competition. The way you beat these odds often requires super-human effort and commitment. This places you under strain, and the primary nature of this strain is physical. You have to travel, with no notice…
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  • Interview: How data helps large enterprises move to platforms

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    I was recently interviewed by Business Today, a leading business magazine, on the implications of platforms for large enterprises. This interview captures a lot of thinking from my upcoming book Platform Scale whose public launch is scheduled for early September. BT: What exactly is platform thinking? Choudary: Traditionally, businesses worked on a very linear model. Firms would assemble and deliver products and services to a market of consumers. Producers and consumers held very distinct roles. And this value creation happened inside a firm and was managed through a hierarchical…
  • G20 Summit: Emerging Opportunities in Platform-enabled disruption

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    The last article posited that pipe-based business models will continue to exist with platform-based business models. This is an important issue that both, pro-disruption and anti-disruption camps, fail to appreciate entirely. As the world gets more connected, every industry will open up opportunities for platform disruption and digital transformation. As the popular saying goes, in the future (and even now), every industry is a tech industry. I was invited on a panel at the G20 World Summit’s Global Cafe stage last year in Brisbane to discuss the impact of platform-based business models…
  • How platforms reconfigure industries: A pattern for upcoming platform opportunities

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    Will everything become a platform? Is a platform even the right model in all cases? History shows that platform-based and pipe-based business models will probably co-exist. Business models based on linearity are still going to be very important, but there will be opportunities for platforms to create greater scale than the traditional approach. Over the last decade the media industry has been repeatedly reinvented. Traditionally, the media value chain has been extended across the following parts: Content Creation Editorial Distribution Consumption The media value chain is a classic pipe…
  • Interview: Opportunities in digital transformation and regulation in a platform world

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    “I was recently interviewed by Ansgar Baums, Head of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at HP Europe. The below is a reproduction of the interview, with takeaways especially relevant to new business models emerging in manufacturing and more industrial sectors.” Ansgar: Sangeet – You are consulting companies worldwide on the questions how digital platforms transform business. On a very general level: Which companies typically do approach you? And what do they want to know? Sangeet: Two types of companies typically approach me. Startups that are building platforms…
  • APIs and Platforms: How interfaces and access enable the networked economy

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    This article was co-authored with Manfred Bortenschlager, API Market Development Director at 3scale Much has been written about the benefits of platforms as a basis for building successful and scalable businesses. Great examples about organizations that successfully deployed platforms include Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Google, eBay, Flickr, Airbnb, and Spotify. The word “platform” is often used in a variety of situations. In an earlier article The Platform Stack, i had elaborated on different platform configurations using the platform stack as a design framework. Platforms have…
 
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    Startup Freak

  • StayWithUs, a boutique style B&B ( Bed & Breakfast) in Bangalore by Smita Agrawal

    StartupFreak
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    Entrepreneurial Story of Smita who founded StayWithUs located in bangalore About: SMITA AGRAWAL : FOUNDER: An Engineer by academics and an MBA drop out; a certification in Psychology from Harvard and about 12+ yrs. of professional slogging in the corporate world of IT & Investment Banking, Smita currently does something even remotely unrelated to any of these credentials. Embarking on the hospitality journey about 3 yrs. back, she is the founder of StayWithUs, a boutique style B&B ( Bed & Breakfast) in Bangalore. In her free time, Smita likes to dabble with colors on a canvas or…
  • Mirraw Online Services

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Company Name : Mirraw Online Services Description : Indian Ethnic Wear Company Overview : Mirraw is a marketplace where social media aware fashion designers set up boutiques and showcase their fresh new designs to a wide audience on the web. Consumers get easy reach to designer jewellery, bags and sarees, which is the current line of products, expansion to men’s apparel and other categories for women being worked upon. Homepage URL: http://www.mirraw.com Industry : Ecommerce Number of Employees : Location : Mirraw Online Services Pvt. Ltd, Room No. 4, 2nd floor, 252, Lucky Mansion, Bazaar…
  • PowtoonPRO

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Company Name : PowtoonPRO Description : Get Awesome Animated Videos & Engaging Presentations at Affordable Prices Company Overview : PowtoonPRO provides awesome affordable animated videos & engaging presentations to startups, entrepreneurs & trainers. It provides end-to-end video designing services starting from script writing, voice over recording to delivering awesome animated videos. It designs explainer videos, product demos, season greetings, company introduction video. social media clips, etc. Homepage URL: http://www.powtoonpro.com Industry : Marketing Location : 63, Govind…
  • Build99

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Company Name : Build99 Description : Build99 is India’s largest building and construction materials procurement website. Find B2B directory and listing of suppliers, dealers and manufacturers in India. Post your requirement to get best deals and lowest price for construction materials and services. Company Overview : Build99 is a pioneer in providing one stop solution for building construction materials in Indian market through e-commerce. Our main focus is on rendering the services for procurement of materials in construction industry. E-commerce, an effective tool is used to build our…
  • QA Testing Trainings-Powered by H2KInfosys

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Company Name : QA Testing Trainings-Powered by H2KInfosys Description : One Time Pay-Life Time Access Company Overview : QA Testing Trainings is powered by leading Software Testing course programs provider H2KInfosys. Indeed, we are the leading platform for QA testing learning and provide comprehensive training, IT education as well as assessment and hone all our students to develop abilities for writing real codes as well as real life projects. Our online training courses are one of the best in the industry and our instructors take every effort to ensure all the candidates grasp the…
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    Onboardly

  • Screw Productivity: Find Happiness as a Startup Founder on Your Own Terms.

    Renee Warren
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    If you’re anything like me, your mind whizzes a mile a minute. “OK, so this month’s revenue… are we on target?” “Did that journalist respond? Is the article happening or not?” “Am I a strong enough leader? Should I push harder?” “Why haven’t those videos converted any leads yet? They’ve been up 10 minutes!” “Squirrel.” It’s the nature of the beast for a startup founder -- and most entrepreneurs, for that matter. There are hundreds of things that need to be done. There are long and short term tasks, big picture ideas to formulate, short term crises to manage,…
  • 10 Free Tools to Track the Social Media Metrics That Matter

    Rachael Keetch
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Social media metrics are often seen as elusive -- and that’s because many startups and small businesses aren’t quite sure where and how to measure the digital marketing tools that fall in the social media arsenal. This elusiveness isn't helped by the ugly side of social media metrics: vanity metrics. Years of tracking metrics that simply don’t matter (think: follower count) has given the mere illusion of success or failure. We want to change that for you. In this post, we’re going to share 10 of our favourite tools for collecting data that can help your startup reach its social media…
  • Startup Beat: August 2015 Edition

    Renee Warren
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Welcome to Onboardly’s Startup Beat, a roundup of what’s going on in the startup neighborhood. Each month, we put our ears to the ground so we can introduce you to new startups or developments, and why they matter. Discover something new and noteworthy yourself? Leave it in the comments below! MeterHero Elevator pitch: Get paid for saving the environment! Yes. It sounds too good to be true. When you create an account, you’ll be able to access a sleek and smart dashboard to view and help reduce your energy consumption. By connecting your utility accounts or uploading your meter…
  • The Key to PR Content That Actually Gets Picked Up: Think Like a Journalist

    Crystal Richard
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    PR pros: at its core, media relations is simple. Getting your story told by the media requires one thing and one thing only: it requires you to put your reporter cap on and think like a journalist. Sure, you are proud to be a public relations professional. But you need to start thinking like a journalist to increase your chances of telling your company’s story via traditional and online media outlets. Why is that? As a startup founder or business owner, your main priority is to sell a product or a service. A journalist approaches that same product or service with a different priority:…
  • The All-Time Best Thought Leaders You Need to Know

    Heather Carson
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    Every month, we round up our “best” of all time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We delve into everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Earlier this year, we published a pillar piece on what it takes to be a thought leader. (Hint: it doesn’t happen overnight.) This August, we’re looking at the people who’ve put in the blood, sweat, and tears to become the top thought leaders in the business world: individuals who establish precedence, constantly inspire, and give us outlets to turn to when we need…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Is My Small Biz Marketing Actually Working?

    Kaleigh Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    You can have the best small biz marketing strategy in the world, but if you aren’t measuring that performance on a regular basis — what’s the point? Knowing where you stand with your marketing efforts allows you to identify what’s working, what’s not, and where you should invest your time and money moving forward. If you have a robust small biz marketing plan, you’ll need to monitor it through many different means. Here are a few places to get started. Website Traffic Having a free, simple tool like Google Analytics integrated with your website will provide great insight into the…
  • Ideal Customers: Who Are They and Where Can I Find Them?

    Kiera Abbamonte
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    No matter how many customers you have, some are going to be better than others. Certain customers tend to spend more money, stick around longer, and help spread the word about your business – if you had it your way, all of your customers would be like this. Since these ideal customers are so valuable, you want to focus a good portion of your marketing strategy on attracting them, and your customer service should aim to keep them around. But how can you tell who these people are? And once you know who they are, how do you best reach them? Settle in because we’re about to tell you just how…
  • What To Do When You Have Too Many Customers

    Kaleigh Moore
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Your business has too many customers? Well, that’s a great problem to have! The bad news: You’re overwhelmed, and there’s not enough supply to meet the demand. If your business offers a service or a product, and you have too many customers — you’re in trouble. (Unless you’ve figured out how to clone yourself or have an amazing manufacturing hook-up.) So what are you to do when you have too many customers? The way I see it, there are three ways you can fix the issue. 1. Raise Your Prices Economics 101 tells us that if the supply decreases, and the demand remains the same, there…
  • What To Do When You Don’t Have Enough Customers

    Elizabeth Wellington
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A struggling customer base can not only hurt your numbers, but it can affect your confidence as a small business owner. Regardless of your current circumstances, getting back on track is easier than you think. As you set your sights on higher customer engagement, use these basic steps to carve a new path: Go Back to Your Intention What was your original intention in starting your business? As an entrepreneur, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of your company and miss the big picture. If you’re struggling with your number of customers, go back to your motivation…
  • Design Best Practices to Help You Craft a Beautiful Small Biz Website

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s 2015 now, so there’s no denying that your business website is a super important component of your digital marketing. No matter what industry you’re in or how small your business is, you need a great website in order to really rock your online presence. Big companies can hire 100 design experts to make their site awesome, but what’s a small business to do? Here are a few simple best practices you can follow to make your own beautiful website. K.I.S.S. When it comes to website design, simplicity is the one, overarching principle that all great websites follow, and it’s hard to…
 
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  • Indonesia scores fastest growth in Southeast Asia’s mobile gaming industry

    Anisa Menur
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Chinese and Indonesian game developers gathered at the Mobile Game Conference, Jakarta yesterday to discuss the industry’s next steps Hundreds of game developers from China and Indonesia gathered at the Century Park Hotel, Jakarta yesterday, for an annual event to discuss the future of Indonesia’s gaming industry. The event was pioneered by the China-ASEAN Mobile Internet Industry Alliance (CAMIA) in partnership with Baidu Indonesia. It brought together companies, startups and entrepreneurs working in the field of mobile game and app development. As a follow-up to last year’s event…
  • MyRepublic wants to give Singapore unlimited data for a year

    Kevin McSpadden
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    On October 22, a lucky few will be able to test out MyRepublic’s free unlimited data zone Most of MyRepublic’s free unlimited data zone Now here is a campaign to get behind. If broadband startup MyRepublic gets approved as Singapore’s fourth telco company — after M1, Singtel and Starhub — the company plans to celebrate by offering free unlimited data in the city, it announced today. “The freedom of unlimited data has been a cornerstone of our 4th telco campaign,” said Malcolm Rodrigues, CEO of MyRepublic, in an official statement. To take advantage of the deal,…
  • Coming soon: Indonesia’s own Instagram especially for food

    Anisa Menur
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    Sembako, a new Android app that combines photo-sharing and shopping, is set to launch in November 2015   Staring longingly at food pictures on Pinterest and wondering if you will ever get to eat them in real life is now passe. A new Android app called Sembako will allow you to share images of your favourite food whilst also received exciting dining offers at said restaurant. “We want to make shopping for food more fun and collaborative. The more you shop and share, the more opportunities are opened to explore new food,” explained Walesa Danto, CTO of Sembako. He also added that…
  • Can real estate crowdfunding platforms thrive in Asia?

    Yon Heong Tung
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:54 am
    Is Asia’s real estate market conducive for online crowdfunding platforms? InvestaCrowd’s Founder Julian Kwan gives his two cents Investing in real estate is a challenging and costly endeavour. Buying a piece of real estate requires consistent management on two levels to ensure smooth operations and to keep track of its market position. On top of that, the investor has to have substantial capital to not only buy up the property but also pay for its upkeep. Indeed, the traditional framework of real estate investments is structured in a way that it grants entry to only wealthy…
  • HelloSign’s Joseph Walla: How my business hit US$1M in revenue

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    To build a healthy revenue-generating model, sometimes you have to go against conventional wisdom The other day I realised that my team and I have grown two separate products (HelloSign and HelloFax) from nothing to US$1 million in revenue. While it happened a long time ago, I was recently reflecting on the lessons I learned. I found a lot of growth truisms to be false. Some lessons were painfully won, which is why I may seem strongly opinionated about them. They also may be slanted towards B2B products, but I wouldn’t discount them if you’re not in that space. They are as follows: Also…
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    Tech in Asia

  • The Infosys old boys’ club spawns a new fund for startups in India

    Meghna Rao
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Startupxseed Ventures announced the launch of Aaruha Technologies today.  Aaruha is a US$4.5 million seed fund that focuses on early stage technology investments within India and is Startupxseed Ventures’ first fund. Its first investment went into bot prevention product ShieldSquare. ShieldSquare protects companies from “web scraping,” an epidemic that duplicates website content either manually or through a scraper program. Not all web scraping is bad: For example, Google and other search engines scrape content from websites to create the metrics behind their SEO. When web…
  • Line halts plan for IPO: report

    Steven Millward
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Line’s much-vaunted, on-off-on-off IPO has been scrapped, according to sources talking to the Wall Street Journal. Former Line CEO Akira Morikawa said in December 2013 that the messaging app would benefit from a high-profile IPO. Another executive said Line – a Japanese-headquartered spin-off from Korean web giant Naver – was considering the US, Japan, and Korea as possible locations for going public. Today’s report in the WSJ says Line has put on hold the offering until “at least next spring.” A Line spokeswoman told the paper that the company did not have…
  • Otaku dream: this smart anime body pillow responds to your caress

    J.T. Quigley
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Japanese manga and anime are two of the country’s most recognizable pop culture exports, with the likes of One Piece and Attack on Titan attracting die-hard followers across the globe. Obsessed fans – often referred to as otaku – pay tribute to their favorite two-dimensional characters in a variety of ways. On the milder side are those with sprawling action figure collections, and others who play dress-up at cosplay conventions. Hardcore otaku take the obsession further: “marrying” their 2D crush, and even sleeping with objects bearing the character’s resemblance. Japanese…
  • Want to see an all-star K-pop concert in your hometown? Crowdfund it

    Elaine Ramirez
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    K-pop is huge. Sometimes called “Korea’s greatest export,” it’s a US$3.4 billion industry and counting. Well-choreographed supergroups like Girls’ Generation and Big Bang made the music phenomenon huge well before the invisible-horse rider broke YouTube, and the craze has spread beyond Asia to all corners of the world. Look at this guy who took the K-pop obsession to the next level. Investors are also seizing opportunities in the startup scene, with Softbank acquiring DramaFever, Rakuten acquiring Viki and, in turn, Viki acquiring Soompi just last week. Krowdpop encourages the fans…
  • This guy turned Go-Jek from a zombie into Indonesia’s hottest startup

    Leighton Cosseboom
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Go-Jek founder and CEO Nadiem Makarim We arrive at a basketball court in West Jakarta, Indonesia, squeezing through a mob of excited, young working class Indonesian men. Straight ahead, thousands of them are being herded into lines, but the sheer number of bodies makes the crowd difficult to control. These guys are here because they want to become Go-Jek drivers. In case you’re new to the scene or have been living in a remote cabin somewhere, Go-Jek is one of the fastest-growing and most visible tech startups in Indonesia. The courier, transport, and shopping service legitimizes previously…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Cloapp ramps up team, hires ex Microsoft Sales Manager as CMO

    Anders Hassis
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Cloapp, the Swedish tech startup company developing the Personal Relationship Management app Closr, announced today the hiring of new CMO, Peter Eriksson. Peter has a background from Microsoft where he was Sales Manager for more than seven years, responsible for setting up their solution based selling, before leaving in 2010. He was the CEO and International Sales Director at Getupdated for three years before he turned entrepreneur, building the successful Nordic SEO/SEM company Remarket where he is still the Chairman. Peter has already started and his primary role will be overall customer…
  • Swedish ‘project management for construction’ SaaS Fieldly raises $630,000 USD seed round

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A Swedish SaaS company Fieldly, has just closed a $630,000 USD seed round and according to the company, “is now poised to service the needs of every size and type of construction company on a very large scale”. Fieldly develops and sells an online software service that is directed at companies in the construction industry with employees in the field. Fieldly’s project management system improves all operations and communications between the office and the jobsite by eliminating administrative paperwork, improving necessary workflows and managing records in a highly safe,…
  • RymdResa for Windows and Mac

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Morgondag a two-person studio, based in Stockholm, Sweden are today announcing a 20th of August Steam release date for theirgame RymdResa for Windows and Mac. The duo describe the game as “a poetic, roguelike space odyssey in a procedurally generated world”. RymdResa is a challenging and evolving space adventure, based on randomness, with RPG elements. Abstract poetry and art are expressed throughout a lonesome and calm journey in space. The game will be released on the 20th of August and you can follow the team on Twitter in the meantime for updates.  
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 18 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 15 Edition Locaprint AB, 46elks, Attach, Helion, Jobylon are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 11 Edition 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! Spotscale…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 15 Edition

    James Pember
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sweden is a brilliant place to work, especially at a startup and the community is buzzing! These awesome Swedish startups are currently looking for talent, so check out what’s available and if you like what you see – apply! Locaprint AB are hiring a Account Manager 46elks are hiring a Growth Hacker / Content Expert Attach are hiring a Meteor Javascript Software Engineer Helion are hiring a Mystery shoppers needed around Stockholm, Malmo, Goteborg Jobylon are hiring a Sales Account Manager till växande startup i Stockholm For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
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    Barcinno

  • 5 Tips For Startup Branding On A Budget

    Nicolas Deskos
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    Building a brand is often an afterthought for startups, and it’s easy to see why. As an entrepreneur starting a business for the first time, you probably have a million and one things to think about. When you’re not balancing product management with managing a team, you’re probably working out how to promote your product […] The post 5 Tips For Startup Branding On A Budget appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Meet MIU: Barcelona’s Urban Robot Designed To Help People

    Graham Rittener
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    There seems to be some fear in the world about “the coming of robots” that will take over humanity. This was taken to a new level recently when the famous pioneer, Elon Musk, described Artificial Intelligence, as being the greatest existential threat to humanity. Well, like many others, we think his comments are way off […] The post Meet MIU: Barcelona’s Urban Robot Designed To Help People appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Bitcoin And Other Electronic Currencies Exempt From VAT In The EU

    Willow Novell
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Many things have been said, written, speculated upon, rumored, and of course imagined when talking about electronic currencies (the vast majority referring to Bitcoin). The instability, the volatility, the uncertainty, and not to mention the early adopters bringing infamy to electronic currencies with their shady business dealings, have given us at least some kind of footing to start creating official policy. […] The post Bitcoin And Other Electronic Currencies Exempt From VAT In The EU appeared first on Barcinno.
  • There’s A Glass Ceiling for European Virtual Reality Startups

    Hector Manzano
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Let’s face it: Europe’s reputation has never been that of a vibrant tech startup continent. Many factors can be named as the underlying reasons for this: brain drain, scalability problems across countries, a general tendency of people to focus on less risky ventures and a proclivity towards proven business models, just to name a few. […] The post There’s A Glass Ceiling for European Virtual Reality Startups appeared first on Barcinno.
  • See How Barcelona Is Inspiring New Collaborative Consumption Platforms

    Hector Manzano
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    A new economic trend is on the rise and rapidly transforming our relationship with our consumerism. After a surge of environmental concerns, a global recession, and years of extreme consumption, people are realizing that it is not the stuff that they need, but the experience that the stuff fulfills. We all have so many possessions […] The post See How Barcelona Is Inspiring New Collaborative Consumption Platforms appeared first on Barcinno.
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    NextShark

  • Floyd Mayweather Strikes Back, Says Ronda Rousey ‘Will Never Be at My Status’

    Jacob Wagner
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Floyd Mayweather has hit back at Ronda Rousey’s claims that she makes more money than him (along with calling him illiterate), continuing their trash-talking saga. Yesterday, Rousey claimed she made more money than Mayweather per second by saying, I think I actually make two to three times more than he does per second, and so when he learns to read and write, he can text me then.” A representative of Mayweather’s promotional company, TMT, fired back at Rousey’s comments with this statement to TMZSports “Big bank take little bank. Let’s play and see how much money you got.
  • Meet the 27-Year-Old Who’s Survived the Last Four Months Without Eating Food

    Editorial Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Meet Alex Webber. He’s a 27-year-old San Francisco-based techie who works in cyber security for Robert Half, a human resource consulting firm. Like most workers, Webber works the typical 9-5 schedule. However, there’s one thing about Webber’s lifestyle that differs from his peers — for the last four months, he’s been surviving without eating food. Well, sort of. Webber drinks Soylent, an FDA-approved powdered drink that’s advertised as a meal replacement. It supposedly provides all the necessary nutrients for the average adult. It also has a long ingredients list Soylent was…
  • Prankser Drops ‘Rent Money’ in Front of Strangers to See What Would Happen Next

    Editorial Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    What would you do if found someone else’s rent money? This is what YouTube prankster That Brown Nerd wanted to find out in a recent prank video. In the video above, he puts fake money inside an envelope with “rent money” written on it, then proceeds to drop it near strangers. Watch how each person reacts when they’re confronted after picking up the envelope. The post Prankser Drops ‘Rent Money’ in Front of Strangers to See What Would Happen Next appeared first on NextShark.
  • An Italian Company Just Revolutionized the Way You Put on Shoes

    Jacob Wagner
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Italian shoe maker Vibram is now using a traditional Japanese method of wrapping cloth to revolutionize the way people wear and fit in shoes. Vibram is previously famous for introducing the world to their FiveFingers shoes, the rubber shoes with pockets for each toe that were beloved by people who believed it was smart to run on hard surfaces without a cushioned support for your feet (not smart at all). Vibram’s new Furoshiki shoes were created by designer Masaya Hashimoto to wrap around the foot and be secured by velcro. Furoshiki shoes are named after the traditional and eco-friendly…
  • Millionaire Zappos Founder Uses Seduction Techniques to Grow His Downtown Project

    Max Chang
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    The typical entrepreneur might think it’s smart to absorb business wisdom from the billionaires of the world (and it is), but for Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos, it’s the seduction techniques commonly used by pickup artists that are helping him to grow his Downtown Project In a 2014 interview with Playboy, Hsieh explained how some of the techniques he’s been using to attract people to move to the Downtown Project, his Las Vegas-based entrepreneurial hub for small businesses and tech startups, are derived from books like Neil Strauss’s “The Game,” which Hsieh…
 
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    Yapsody Blog

  • THE LIFECYCLE OF EVENT CONTENT – BIRTH, LIFE, AND AFTERLIFE

    Yapsody
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    THE LIFECYCLE OF EVENT CONTENT – BIRTH, LIFE, AND AFTERLIFE A few years back if you came up to me flaunting the passes you managed to somehow seize for a very important upcoming conference, I’d probably be charred out of jealousy. Today, if you do the same, both of us can have a good laugh as I show you the YouTube channel that’ll let me witness the same conference live at 1080p resolution sitting miles away from the actual venue. Plus, I can watch it in my pajamas eating popcorn and I won’t even have to pay for the passes! Back in the days when men had just discovered fire (hyperbole…
  • EIGHT-ENTION, PRESENTERS!

    Yapsody
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:26 am
    EIGHT-ENTION, PRESENTERS! I may not be the queen of puns, but I’m sure that title caught your attention. Oh, wait, eight-tention! What’s with the eight, you ask? We figured that with Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter taking on the virtual world like hurricanes (but, in a lot nicer way), emails just look outdated. Yes, they just LOOK outdated, but they aren’t. If you can still manage to jam eyeballs onto your email notification with a crazy subject line, your pre-event email can nail it. And it can nail it way better than other social media websites can. We’ll show you eight ways to…
  • GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY? LET US HELP!

    Yapsody
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY? LET US HELP! And we are going to do that by slashing our prices by half for Reserved Seating Events by Non-Profits. Of course, our General Admission events are still free (and always will be, like we’ve never failed to mention), but if you are a non-profit event organizer looking forward to creating a Reserved Seating event, you’ll get a 50% discount on the fees. And all you need to do to apply is send us official documentation of your Non-Profit Organization and we’ll set up the discounted plan right away! What IS the plan? Unless you are charging fees for…
  • TRICKS-N-TREATS!

    Yapsody
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    TRICKS-N-TREATS! Yes, yes, let me explain. No, it has nothing to do with Halloween. Yes, it is about event promotion. In fact, it’s ONLY about event promotion – these are some handy “tricks” you can use to host a successful event, and success is always followed by “treats”, isn’t it? Hence, the title. (Please continue reading, I swear it gets better than this.) Get Site-d! Your website, or your online ticket store, will probably be the first SIGNIFICANT impression that you’ll make on your customers. So, make sure you make a good one. When you register with Yapsody, we don’t…
  • Yapsody YapStats Is Now “Smarter”!

    Yapsody
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Yapsody YapStats Is Now “Smarter”! Literally smarter, as it is now available on your smartphones and other Android devices absolutely for Free! Yeah, but not all free things are useful, are they? You often get a whole woman free with a wedding gown, but honestly, is THAT what you signed up for? (No offense meant…to wedding gowns. You are too pretty!) So, this article aims to cover what exactly YapStats is, why it makes work easier for an event organizer, and how to navigate your way through it. YapStats – What it does and What it doesn’t Basically, YapStats will figure out all the…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Featured Startup Pitch: ProjectVision – Proactive data-based weight loss technology

    Editor
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    COMPANY: ProjectVision ELEVATOR PITCH Personalized, data-driven preventive care. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Our flagship product, Yabbit, focuses on helping patients overcome the key environmental,... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • Hinted launches free talent analytics app

    Erik Wittreich
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Moneyball for Professionals: From Feedback to Job Searching PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA — Hinted, a people analytics app, has launched and is available in the Apple App Store. This new social network... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • Featured Startup Pitch: RedraftHero – Seeking to ‘revolutionize’ the daily fantasy sports community

    Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    COMPANY: RedraftHero ELEVATOR PITCH All-in-one fantasy sports platform. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION As daily fantasy users, we’ve grown tired of the standard salary cap and platforms... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • Video Pitch: Glisser

    Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    “Makes presentations interactive.”   HEADQUARTERS: London WEBSITE: glisser.com YEAR FOUNDED: 2014 FOUNDER: Michael Piddock TWITTER: @GlisserApp FACEBOOK: facebook.com/glisserapp LINKEDIN:... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
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    25 Aug 2015 | 3:57 pm
    “The world’s smartest keyword rank tracking tool.” WEBSITE: smartserp.com YEAR FOUNDED: 2015 FOUNDER: Riyaj Rahmathali TWITTER: @SmartSERP FACEBOOK: facebook.com/pages/SmartSERP/614201638721815... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
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    thinkfuture

  • Data Driving Freedom & Slavery

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
       In two of the top stories this week, we heard about the “dating apocalypse” which apps like Tinder have facilitated, and the seemingly relentless data driven life of the typical white collar worker (and by the description they do sound more like workers than employees to most) at Amazon. We heard about how cutthroat […] The post Data Driving Freedom & Slavery appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Is Interesting A Bad Thing?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
      If “may you live in interesting times” is a curse, if someone says to you, while perusing your resume “you have an interesting background” is that a curse as well? I’ve always thought that the number one skill one needs to have, in fact, the only skill you really need, is the ability to problem […] The post Is Interesting A Bad Thing? appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • ABC.XYZ, or the new Google

    Chris Kalaboukis
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why is it every time I hear ABC.XYZ, I think of the Jackson Five? Some thoughts on the restructuring, renaming, rebranding of Google. First of all, I think it’s great for science fiction authors like myself, how many times have we envisioned a future company which provides and runs everything, and are having trouble coming […] The post ABC.XYZ, or the new Google appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Does Fairness Actually Exist?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about how “fair” his father was. He came from a family with three brothers, and his father was so far, he actually had a ledger set up with the names of the 3 boys. Each time one of the boys borrowed money, he would […] The post Does Fairness Actually Exist? appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • I Failed, But That’s OK

    Chris Kalaboukis
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everyone is all into failing nowadays. You hear a lot of “fail early, fail often” or “fail fast” or “every failure is an opportunity to learn”. It almost like failure is so awesome, we should shoot for it. Personally, I think that all of those who think failure is so awesome never really actually failed […] The post I Failed, But That’s OK appeared first on thinkfuture.
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • A Linkedin hack to build your startup network

    John Gannon
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    Here’s a cool hack I’ve been using to connect with interesting people on LinkedIn and build my startup network in the process: Look at your ‘People who have viewed your profile‘ page. Ask yourself: “Would this person be interesting to connect with?” I’ll leave it to you to define what interesting means. Maybe it’s a VC or a startup founder or someone who just seems like they’d be good to know. Send them an InMail that looks like this. Wait for a response. If they don’t respond, don’t bug them.  If they do respond, the door…
  • How I stumbled into a job at VMware before it was “VMware”

    John Gannon
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    12 years ago I had the good fortune of joining a (then) ~300 person software startup. Soon after I came on board, that little company on Porter Drive was acquired for $625 million. 5 years later the acquirer spun them out in a $19 billion IPO. I’d love to be able to say that I knew that VMware would be a huge success. The truth? I had no clue what I was getting into. Witness the not-so-scientific criteria I used to figure out if I should work for them: Competitive salary and bonus? Check. Stock options? Check.  Interesting product? Check. Revenue generating? Check. Nice people? Check.
  • Four Small Steps to Your Next Big One

    Charles Bonello
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    I’ve spent some time here talking about just how lucky I am to be able to wake up every morning and go to work at a place where I’m continually inspired by the people I find myself working with and humbled by the mission we’re striving toward. Given the enviable position in which I find myself, in any given week I get a LOT of requests from people looking for career advice on how to break into to the tech ecosystem. And I’m generally happy to help, not least of which because I’ve been the beneficiary of advice, introductions and time from mentors in the past (that I’d note…
  • Startup Career Advice for 8/17/15

    John Gannon
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    David Jackson, founder of Seeking Alpha, posts key metrics for startups by industry on his blog. Jason M. Lemkin writes for SaaStr about the “Get In Early” startup phenomenon as it relates to SaaS company Entelo. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Career Advice for 8/17/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15

    John Gannon
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Springwise blog posts about Free Code Camp, which allows anyone to learn coding for free by completing projects for nonprofits. Decoded Fashion in NYC is hiring for Community, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Nibletz

  • The Dodgers Accelerator announces 1st cohort

    Drew Thompson
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    The L.A. Dodgers have just announced the 1st class of their surprisingly unique accelerator program. The post The Dodgers Accelerator announces 1st cohort appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Zingtree: Create decision trees for support staff

    Brian Sanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:20 am
    Zingtree   What is Zingtree? Zingtree makes it easy to create interactive decision trees that lead anyone through complicated processes. Web site visitors or internal agents simply navigate your trees by clicking buttons to answer questions. You get detailed analytics on how your trees are being used to guide product, service and process optimizations. Who is your […] The post Zingtree: Create decision trees for support staff appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Hatch: A quick and easy way to build marketing plans

    Brian Sanders
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    Hatch Marketing Plans     What is Hatch? Hatch is a marketing planning tool that enables businesses to quickly create calendars, dashboards and campaign outlines. Who is your target user? Marketing teams of mid-sized companies and marketing agencies. Why did you build Hatch? What problem are you taking on? We are addressing the problem that the majority […] The post Hatch: A quick and easy way to build marketing plans appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Drunk Mode: A companion app for your night out

    Brian Sanders
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Drunk Mode What is Drunk Mode? Features (Presently Available) 1) Find My Drunk – Use GPS to track drunk friends, keeping you and them safe 2) Stop Drunk Dialing – Block selected contacts to hide them Sent from my iPhone 3) Breadcrumbs – Track your night to retrace your steps the next day (Lost Keys?) […] The post Drunk Mode: A companion app for your night out appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Crowdfunding: Alternates to the Kickstarter model

    Drew Thompson
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    While Kickstarter and Indiegogo are far and away the most popular, the structure of the platforms, the structure of the fees, and the rewards are not one size fits all. As such, we took a look at some alternative platforms using some different approaches. The post Crowdfunding: Alternates to the Kickstarter model appeared first on Nibletz.
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    PAYMILL Blog » Languages » English

  • 19 Facts E-commerce Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Mobile

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    You only need to look outside to see how prevalent mobile devices are in use. Ever since the introduction of smart devices, their adoption has been rising and is still going strong. For e-commerce businesses a desktop-only approach is no longer enough. They’ve had to factor in the emergence of mobile and the effect it can have on their business in driving additional sales. But what’s the current state of mobile? E-commerce entrepreneurs and marketers will find this infographic from JBH Marketing and Smart Insights quite insightful in determining what their strategy for mobile will…
  • 5 Quick Tips To Speed Up Your E-commerce Website

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Did you know that for every second a customer waits for your website to load reduces your conversion rate by 7%? Apart from that, you’ll also get 11% fewer page views and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction. Those numbers are hardly anything to boast about, and they’re all not that surprising. It’s like waiting in a long, and slow queue to pay for your groceries – nobody enjoys that. You can imagine how impatient we can be online. So what can you do to make your e-commerce website load faster? In this post you’ll learn a few tricks that will speed up your website so you…
  • Hacker’s Summer Guide: Editing Skills – Part 3

    Yann Irbah
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Editor’s note: Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of the Hacker’s Summer Guide A great philosopher once said: Programming knowledge is nothing if you can’t move your fingers on the keyboard fast enough. Not sure about the author of this quote but it doesn’t matter and it’s still true. I used to be very frustrated. I knew a lot about languages, computers theory etc. But when it came to typing code I was so inefficient that it was a pain. I wrote some very bad code because of that. Then I thought about the situation. I’m a guitar player. I know some music theory but…
  • 7 Must Read E-Commerce Blogs For Entrepreneurs

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    With all the blogs out there, it’s easy to get overloaded with information and can be difficult to know what you should be reading and which resources are genuinely going to help you and your online business to grow. For this week, we decided to make things easier for you and list some of the best blogs focused on e-commerce that we follow. We chose the blogs below based on their expertise and how actionable their content is in helping your business. We’ve also learnt a great deal ourselves from these sources and believe you can as well. Here are seven blogs every entrepreneur should…
  • The Hacker’s Summer Guide: Frameworks and Libraries – Part 2

    Yann Irbah
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    Where I live people say “The sun that doesn’t rise in the sky, rises in our hearts”. We’re in the middle of Summer and this has never been so true. I don’t know about your place but if you barely remember what sunny means I’ve got good news for you. Our training plan doesn’t require outside workouts. In the first part I showed you a list of cool languages you should definitely try. But as every developer I want to be productive so I also have plenty of frameworks and libraries in my tool belt helping me in my daily work. Web Frameworks Knowing languages is…
 
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    Blog About Ruby on Rails Web Development, Mobile Development and Startups

  • All Technical Details You Need for Our RoR Workshops

    Netguru
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    We hope that you’ll have a great time coding with us over the weekend during the Ruby on Rails workshop. But before we start, your machine will need to be ready for the challenge. Here is a quick checklist of what you should set up beforehand.
  • How to Communicate Your Ideas to Developers

    John Waldron
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    When it comes to communicating your ideas about a new piece of software to developers, it’s not unusual for entrepreneurs to feel a little flustered when trying to relay the finer details of your vision. It can be done quickly and effectively if you follow this simple manual. Enjoy!
  • Learn the Ember Run Loop, Part 1: Getting Started

    Jakub Niechciał
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    The Ember Run Loop is one of the most interesting mechanisms in the Ember framework. Unfortunately, it is not well documented in official guides. Here I’d like to share a summary of an Ember Run Loop webinar that I held for the Netguru team. That's the first part out of 4, so stay tuned for more!
  • How Scoping Sessions Can Help You Launch a Better Product

    Paulina Tomaszewska
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    You’ve hit on a great idea for a startup. Do you know where to start and how much it will all cost? These are probably the most common questions all investors ask themselves, and we have just the right kind of magic to sort them out: our scoping session.
  • Netguru Joining Level39: at the Heart of London Fin Tech Hub

    Wiktor Schmidt
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:37 am
    FinTech is the new digital landscape for the world of finance. In London, UK, there is a thriving FinTech community, with a specialised hub of innovation found at Level39 on Canary Wharf. Netguru can now proudly announce that we have become official members of Level39. 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Avoid These 5 Outsourcing Mistakes

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    As a small business owner, you probably have to juggle a number of responsibilities on your own. Once you feel that your company stands on a solid foundation and you have the finances to invest in a few additional workers to assist you with time-consuming tasks, it's important that you aren't making outsourcing mistakes. Many of the most common outsourcing errors can have serious impacts on the success of your business if you're not careful. Avoid these five mistakes as you start outsourcing work. 1. Unclear communication Before you reach out to an external source for help with a…
  • 3 Interview Questions Small Business Owners Should Ask

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    As a small business owner, being the manager of your company is just one of the many roles you take on. You will probably have to be the one who recruits and hires new staff members, a process that should not be taken lightly. Although you may be eager to establish a team to help you with tasks you don't have time for, this doesn't justify rushing the interview process. You need to take the time to get to know the person you're considering welcoming to your staff. Asking the right interview questions plays a big part in this. If you're looking for hiring tips for small businesses, ask…
  • Are The Colors You're Using For Promotions Impacting Sales?

    17 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    A lot of thought goes into marketing campaigns, as a small error could make or break how well business owners attract their target audiences. Marketers know how important the colors they choose are when it comes to grabbing the attention of potential customers. However, colors do more than simply catch consumers' eyes. Research has shown that each hue evokes certain emotions and influences individuals in different ways. Before you establish a new marketing campaign to grow your small business, take note of how each shade may impact your target audience to get better results from your…
  • Give These Small Business Marketing Promotions a Try Before the End of Summer

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Summer is almost over. For most people, that means preparing for school or saying goodbye to sun-soaked beach days as the change of seasons approaches. For small business owners, however, the end of the summer is an exciting time filled with unique opportunities to attract and engage customers. After all, consumers often view major seasonal transitions as times to start fresh, which means business owners will see their sales increase with the right promotions as customers make more purchases. If you're a business owner and are looking for ways to integrate the season's energy and…
  • 4 Time Management Tips For Small Business Owners

    12 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Running your own business is no walk in the park. You may have to juggle multiple roles and put in long hours every day. This is why managing your time properly and ensuring that you're making the most of your work day is crucial to the long-term success of your company. After all, time is one of the only things in the business world that can be wasted without any hope of getting it back. How do you get everything accomplished on a daily basis? It's all about time management. Here are a few small business tips for owners who are having trouble balancing their workloads with frequent…
 
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    TechJuice

  • Facebook’s M is a potential rival to Siri & Cortana

    Maryam Dodhy
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    Facebook is testing a new virtual assistant nowadays, called M. Once launched, it will give you a new reason to read more The post Facebook’s M is a potential rival to Siri & Cortana appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Windows 10 Reaches a whopping 75 Million Devices

    Rehan Ahmed
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
    Microsoft finally launched Windows 10 last month and despite some glitches in updating for some people, the PC Operating System read more The post Windows 10 Reaches a whopping 75 Million Devices appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Universities cannot hold their admission test through NTS anymore

    Maryam Dodhy
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    According to the Higher Education Commission (HEC), universities are no longer under an obligation to conduct Graduate Assessment Test (GAT) read more The post Universities cannot hold their admission test through NTS anymore appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Cyber-blackmail: A challenge for Pakistan

    Kamran Khan
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    While the government is busy in developing a new cyber law,  many from Media, internet service providers, NGOs and members read more The post Cyber-blackmail: A challenge for Pakistan appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator names Qasar Younis as the COO

    Rehan Ahmed
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    One of the biggest business program in the tech industry, Y-Combinator, has named a new Chief Operating Officer(COO) that happens read more The post Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator names Qasar Younis as the COO appeared first on TechJuice.
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Food Talk India Raises $500K Seed Investment; Plans To Launch Mobile App

    Asish Das
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Food Talk India, a Gurgaon digital food community owned  by Digital Food Talk Pvt. Ltd, has raised $500K (Approx. INR 3.3 Cr) in its first round of funding from an undisclosed investor. The raised funds will be used to scale up its hyper-local dish discovery mobile app “Food Talk Plus” . “The seed investment has brought forward opportunities for the brand to launch their new product- Food Talk Plus – A hyper-local dish discovery Mobile Application. To spearhead their strategies in this space, Himanshu Vaishnav of Airocorp, an artificial intelligence company has joined the Food…
  • Stop Paying So Much For Glasses – Check Out Glassic

    Siddhartha Sarma
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    “Do you ever wonder why you pay *so* much for glasses? Have you ever tried to buy glasses online looking for “cheaper” solutions, but they’ve turned out to be a bit too cheap? Or you’ve found something that looks good on screen, but didn’t know if that pair would suit you? Or realized that the designs of the frames & the site were just so bad that it made you shut the site & never visit again?! ` To begin with, let me throw some light on the first question by asking you another question: which is your favorite eyewear brand? Ray-Ban? Oakley? Prada?
  • rBus Raises Seed Funding From IndiaQuotient, Anupam Mittal And Others

    Team TSJ
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    rBus, a startup offering AC bus service in Mumbai, has raised an undisclosed seed funding round from IndiaQuotient, People Group founder Anupam Mittal and others. The Mumbai-based startup was founded this very year  by Siddharth Sharma, Anshul Khandelwal and Vivek Choksi. Raftaar Technologies (which operates rBus) currently offers services in Mumbai. With over 40 trips daily trips, the service caters to more than 500 commuters. With wi-fi, app-enabled payments and live tracking of buses, rBus claims that it provides a commute experience akin to having one’s own car at a fraction of the…
  • Home Based Startup? 5 Things To Keep In Mind

    Sonal Gupta
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    My role as co-founder of Eazelly, The Collective for all things Hand-made, Heart-made and Thoughtfully Sourced, involves me talking to young budding entrepreneurs in India on a daily basis.  Most of these businesses are start-ups initiated by women, primarily working from home.  This has got me thinking about their stories – what has worked for some them, what hasn’t and in general, what skills are needed to build a successful heart-made Home Business in India. So, for what it’s worth, here’s my two-pence on what any home-grown aspiring start-ups in India should keep in mind.
  • This Startup Eases Financial Planning For Masses With A Few Clicks

    Asish Das
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:48 pm
    It’s an unfortunate fact that the people who need the honest financial advice often cannot afford it, or they don’t realize that their so-called adviser isn’t an adviser at all, but a salesman. When Krishna’s neighbor, a 60 year retiree, was sold a ULIP and his mother was sold a dynamic bond when she went to a bank to update her passbook, it got him thinking on how commission based selling takes place without any consideration to the customer’s risk profile and financial needs. He started doing some research and the more he dug in, the more he realized the level of financial…
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    SEO Plugin for Wordpress by Squirrly

  • Why is Keyword Research Important When Writing a SEO Optimized Article

    Florin Muresan
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    The majority of our SEO Plugin users are just getting started with learning about SEO, keywords, and how to write SEO optimized articles. Because I’m also part of the customer service team, I am able to see what the most common questions are that people ask when they’re using the…
  • 7 Proven Tips For Writing Engaging Content

    Florin Muresan
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    You go online and all you can see is content. Bad content, good content, engaging content. It’s all there. It’s like being in Times Square in New York City. All you see around you are gigantic colorful billboards that want to suck you into their fantasy. It’s a battle of who’s…
  • Why Content Marketing Startups Need to Have a Mobile-Friendly Website

    Florin Muresan
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    There is no denying this. If a content marketing startup is to have any success in this day and age, then investing in a mobile-friendly website needs to come first on your to-do list. You might not consider this a priority, but keep in mind that 2013 was the year mobile users…
  • 7 Social Media Tools You Will Need in 2015

    Florin Muresan
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Recently, online marketing pivoted and began to focus more on behavior and engagement on social media. Therefore, in order to make the best of your strategy when promoting your product, you need a few helpers. Not furry, adorable, ones like in stories, but close enough. They range from user analytics…
  • Scrum Board for Content Marketing :: it Works Like Magic

    Florin Muresan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    We’re squirrly enough to try out new #winning strategies, as we’re growing from 11 people to 15, and then even more in the near future. Our Content Marketing client base got even bigger, which required us to innovate our company procedures, and Alexandra (Lexxy) helped a lot in this area.…
 
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Liz Lockard Interview – The Google Analytics Chick

    Paige Sevier
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    “Tune into your ideal client…who are they, what do they want…and where are they online?” – Liz Lockard About: Liz Lockard – Marketing Consultant, SEO and Google Analytics Expert Overview: Liz is an SEO/Marketing pro who is here to make your online presence a smoother ride. Throughout this interview, Liz provides us with some insight tips, tricks, and how we can fix mistakes we may be making with our websites. Highlights: Background: Liz’s business background started as an in-house marketer for a corporate law firm. Once Google analytics stepped into…
  • Lane Kennedy Interview – Finding Your North Star

    Paige Sevier
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:53 pm
    “My calling is to help people find their north star.” – Lane Kennedy About: Lane Kennedy – Podcaster, Online Business Coach, and Founder of Game Changer Society Overview: Lane is a serial entrepreneur and is here to help you find your true calling in life. Highlights: Game Changer Society: This online community is for people out there who see the world a little bit differently. It’s for people who live on the edge and are pushing the envelope. Lane’s goal is to really help empower people, find their calling, use their voice, and to get out into the world.
  • Julie Bishop Interview – The Social Jobseeker

    Paige Sevier
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    “I love working with young candidates…because they have so many skills. However, they don’t realize that they can use these skills in businesses.” – Julie Bishop About: Julie Bishop – Founder of Jobhop Julie Bishop is the founder of Jobhop.co.uk, the site where great companies and great candidates meet, the site which makes employment human. Julie is passionate about showing companies how to attract talent and keep them, as well as showing candidates how to market themselves. Author of “The Social Jobseeker” she’s also a regular speaker on social…
  • Andy Weir Interview – The Martian

    Paige Sevier
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    “It’s easy to stay motivated on something you’re really enjoying.” – Andy Weir About: Andy Weir – Computer Programmer, Author, and #1 New York Times Best Seller of The Martian Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. Overview: With 20 years of dedication and experience,…
  • Christine Hauer Interview – Your Networking Sidekick

    Paige Sevier
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    “Make people love you at an event…” – Christine Hauer About: Christine Hauer – Founder of Hifive Overview: Christine is a fun-loving, energetic, entrepreneur who is here to coach you at social events. Christine Hauer started up Hifive, a social skills and networking consulting company featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company. Coaching those looking to gain better event-working and people-meeting skills, she provides individual consulting and workshops to people/companies/universities breaking down how to work a room, make conversation, and feel…
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech

  • If The PTA Shuts Down Blackberry Messenger, What Other Options Do You Have?

    Dan Smith
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    According to recent reports, Blackberry is facing considerable problems in Pakistan at the moment, due largely to a range of security issues. Offering an extremely popular communication service by way of its Blackberry Messenger, the threat of its closure by the PTA is one that’s cause for concern for a lot throughout the country. But... The post If The PTA Shuts Down Blackberry Messenger, What Other Options Do You Have? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • TPL Launched Personal Trakking Device

    Babar Khan Javed
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Today TPL Holdings announced the launch of a new location tracking product, the portable P1, a hand held device that track locations with applications for – children, geo fence and learn when they have reached their destinations – drivers, know if they are under your prescribed speed limit – field teams, so their supervisors know... The post TPL Launched Personal Trakking Device appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • The Two Hour Network: How To Build Your Network Each Week

    Bruce Harpham
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    The people you know and trust you are one of the most important factors in reaching business success. Many of us have met a friend who knows all the right people. With a strong network, you will be presented with opportunities every day. That means we just have one question – how do we get... The post The Two Hour Network: How To Build Your Network Each Week appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • 15 Books Every Startup Founder Needs To Read

    Bruce Harpham
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Reading books for startups is an inexpensive and fast way to gain business ideas and inspiration to grow your business. Starting A Business Basics What exactly do you need to get a business started? These books for startups will help you find and develop your business idea. 1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use... The post 15 Books Every Startup Founder Needs To Read appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Pakistan And India United Through… Taxi Seats?

    Siobhan Harmer
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:53 am
    When was the last time you got into a taxi and actually paid attention to what the seats looked like? Moreover, when was the last time you paid attention and actually liked what you saw? An innovative project entitled Taxi Fabric wants to change the way we see taxi seats, particularly in Mumbai, by using... The post Pakistan And India United Through… Taxi Seats? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
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    1CLICK Blog

  • 1CLICK JOINS FRESHDESK

    Clifton Lobo
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
      Dear Customers, 1CLICK is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by Freshdesk. By joining a larger platform, we will be one step closer to our goal of delivering a world class customer service software to businesses … Continue reading →The post 1CLICK JOINS FRESHDESK appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Chat Applications Online

    Clifton
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Today, chatting online is an integral part of the internet. It can be done using your phone, laptop  or tablet. Time and location are not of any concern while chatting. Live Chatting has had an interesting effect on our lives. Thr … Continue reading →The post Live Chat Applications Online appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Customer Service And Its Applications in E-commerce Websites

    Clifton
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Nowadays, everybody’s talking about live customer service. And rightly so, because it has forever changed the way we shop online.We all know that it has plenty of uses in today’s inter-connected world. It has made shop … Continue reading →The post Live Customer Service And Its Applications in E-commerce Websites appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment

    Clifton
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Online shopping has become a major part of our lives today. It’s convenient, hassle-free and delivered right to your doorstep. This doesn’t seem so bad at all! Yet, in the days before Co-browsing and other fantastic te … Continue reading →The post How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Co-browsing vs Screen Sharing

    Clifton
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The ability to project your screen onto other devices in different parts of the world is truly a remarkable technology. Co-browsing is a relatively new technology when compared to screen sharing. Tech-savvy people all around the w … Continue reading →The post Co-browsing vs Screen Sharing appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
 
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    SuperbCrew

  • BYTE Helps Restaurants To Become Mobile And Gain Deeper Insights Into Their Customers’ Experience

    SuperbCrew
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    Austin, TX based startup BYTE helps users to find great restaurants and locate individual menu items or establishments that cater to special dietary needs. BYTE is restaurant discovery app that helps restaurant owners to engage with customers in a more meaningful way in order to increase visit frequency and sales while improving the dining experience and guest satisfaction. Here is our recent interview with Ramiz Khan from BYTE: Q: For those who have never heard of it, how would you describe BYTE? A: BYTE is a mobile feedback driven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for restaurants that…
  • BankerBay Becomes The Fastest Growing Investment Banking Network In The World

    SuperbCrew
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    BankerBay connects qualified corporate deals with institutional providers of capital around the world. Startup BankerBay has recently raised $2 Million in seed funding and announced opening of its third office, in New York. Here is our recent interview with Romesh Jayawickrama, CEO & Co-Founder of BankerBay: Q: How did the idea behind BankerBay come about? A: BankerBay was the result of many years of frustration – frustration working within the inefficiencies and business models at the large banks, then even more frustration running my own boutique IB firm. The experience over the…
  • Biggerpan Aims To Revolutionize The Way People Search

    SuperbCrew
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Biggerpan is a browser extension that helps users discover relevant content recommendations based on the context of the pages they are browsing on. They can easily find more interesting content without searching for it. It also allows users to perform searches without needing to leave their current browsing page. Below is our interview with Eric Poindessault, CEO of Biggerpan: Q: For those who have never heard of it, how would you describe Biggerpan? A: Biggerpan is an augmented browsing app that redefines the experience of web search. It consists in a browser extension that has two main…
  • Greater Intell – Innovative Software For IT Management Platforms

    SuperbCrew
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    Greater Intell is a software developer focused on helping Managed Service Providers and IT teams to maximize their productivity and the return on their IT investment. Below is our interview with Kirk Feathers, CEO of Greater Intell: Q: Kirk, tell us something more about Greater Intell and your history? A: I was originally a Kaseya customer. As CTO for a large MSP, we used Kaseya to transform our business from traditional Break/Fix to very profitable true “Managed Services” before I moved over to work for Kaseya as their senior IT Analyst for nearly 6 years. Our President and CTO Corey…
  • Startup Movidiam Reimagining The Way Films Are Created

    SuperbCrew
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
        Written by: George Olver, Co-Founder of Movidiam;     Movidiam is a professional creative network that allows brands, agencies and filmmakers across the globe to connect, collaborate and create incredible films. Over recent years the media industry has undergone a seismic shift, with the cost of equipment dramatically reducing and the quality of the image produced by a $2000 camera comparable to feature films, the focus has now firmly shifted towards the creative talent. On the flipside brands are looking for new ways to engage their customers across multiple channels…
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Meet Crescerance, Your Partners In Mobile School Communication

    KARAN CHOPRA
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    ‘There is an app for that’ is what Apple said when they launched their App Store and filled it with Apps from all over the world. But while there are apps to communicate, manage your team, follow your favourite sports team, pick your restaurant, do you have anything that connects you to your school or University? Well, if there isn’t, it is because you have not contacted Crescerance yet. Crescerance is the team of experienced developers that work closely with schools and other educational institutions to make customized apps for them.  The App can have multiple purposes like allowing…
  • Flip Technologies Lets You Track All The Tricks You Do While Playing Games

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    How is it that we have compared our FarmVille and Candy Crush scores even with acquaintances but do not speak of our sporting abilities of our real life? Flip Technologies is a start up company looking to change just that. The team at Flip Technologies is passionate about Flip Boarding and wants to take the sport to a new level altogether. This is why; these young men have come up with Ride Block, an innovative device that snugly fits into your Flip Board quite easily. This water proof and shock proof device simply replaces your conventional riser and nobody will even notice. With a simple…
  • The Astounding Impact Of Comic Book Characters

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    For many decades, comic book characters have fascinated and entertained the world in many different ways. These characters, introduced to the world by comic book giants such as Marvel and DC Comics, have been taken from the pages of the comics onto both the small and big screen and their popularity over recent years simply seems to have increased with new generations enjoying the change to delights in both the superheroes and the super-villains that were created all those years ago. One of the best known brands in the world is Marvel, which has brought some of the most well known characters…
  • Meet Moboboost, Your Personalize Mobile App Delivery Partner

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Have you created an app for a specific market? Have you spent a fortune on advertising but the app is yet to take off? Most often than not, people don’t take up new products such as apps, unless someone they know tells them about it. And this could be the problem with your app as well. This is where Moboboost comes in, which takes your app promotion offline. You may ask if promoting a mobile product offline does not makes sense in today’s world. The fact is that mobile users are more likely to trust their friends, the guy who sells them SIM cards and recharge cards about which apps to…
  • Shop SnobSwap For The Top Luxury Consignment Boutiques In The World

    KARAN CHOPRA
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    If one could stay at home his whole life, all we would need to buy is pyjamas. But in reality, going out and meeting people is an extremely important for our social growth. Being well dressed is your first step to social growth and luckily for us Lous Vitton, Gorgio Armani, Chanel, Tiffany are doing a great job for us all. But buying from these high end stores can easily pile up your credit card bills. But if you are buying from Snobswap, you can get a great deal and dress well everytime. Snobswap is the ultimate collection of boutiques that allows you to scan through the newest trends and…
 
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    Playme AR

  • How to hack your Blog Traffic in 5 Ways

    Alvin Ooi
    7 Aug 2015 | 2:27 am
    How to hack your Blog Traffic in 5 Ways: How this blog tactics should change as your blog grows. We decided to study some of the different situation of blog posting so that we at Playmear.com can also build a blog that is not only converting hundred of thousands of visitors per month but also meaningful for our readers. As some of you have known, we are in the augmented reality business but it doesn’t mean we only focus on augmented reality enthusiasts. Okay, lets start with the strategy. Creating a blog is a great way to build organic traffic no matter how strong your financials are, blogs…
  • 20 Digital Marketing Tools that helps Online Marketers

    Alvin Ooi
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Digital Marketing is very rooted into online businesses and to the businesses that rely heavily on online for revenue and business. We’ve break this article into 3 parts that allows easier tools for online marketers or even any individual marketers from home that needs that extra tools to help enhance their online business.  We will focus on 3 main core ideas we believe is essential for everyone to start first with online marketing. 3 Categories: • Email Marketing • Content Curation • Content Creation • Keyword Research • Website Analytics Tool Each category has 3 tools…
  • 10 Brilliant Augmented Reality Marketing Ideas

    Alvin Ooi
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Augmented Reality Marketing is being used by many brands to enhance their awareness, increase sales, improve customer experience and much more. It is not just a gimmick as it was 4-5 years ago. There are many ways to utilize augmented reality and allow them to stay as brand loyal advocates. We will share with you how Playme AR Creator is able to allow you to do all these 14 amazing marketing ideas using the Augmented Reality as a leverage tool to better excite and engage customers through digitalisation. Those that are not familiar with what augmented reality really is can refer to the…
  • Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality Saga Will Be Decided By Content

    Alvin Ooi
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Playme AR being in the market for a year and more, We’ve seen somethings that are eye opening and also amazing along the way. Many asked us why bank on Augmented Reality when Virtual Reality is so much bigger in hype, media, and popularity. Simple, we believe in the unlimited possibilities of mixing both together to form something that is close to Minority Report or even better Iron Man HUD system JARVIS. First things first. AR & VR is growing.  Many critics say that its just a fad and it’ll die down. We believe these space is just in its infancy as it is with the era of…
  • Playmear.com in e27, Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015, June 23 – 24

    Alvin Ooi
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Playmear.com was honoured to have been selected as Malaysia’s MaGIC Top 15 Startups for Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015! We are delighted to have been selected and being able to showcase Playmear.com to the Singaporeans and the global audience there with MaGIC. E27’s Echelon Asia Summit Singapore boast a wide array of audiences with more than 2500 spanning from across Asia with investors, business partners and startups from Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh and more! Some little meaning behind the word of MaGIC or “Malaysian Global…
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 092: How Nick Kellet Sold His Startup for Millions & Created a Board Game

    Omer Khan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
     Listen to this episode on iTunes Nick Kellet is the co-founder of Listly, a product that helps bloggers & publishers engage their ready with continuously evolving lists. According to Listly, 30% of all content on the web is built around lists. But these lists can quickly get stale and don’t do much to engage the audience. So Listly, allows bloggers, content marketers and publishers to create interactive lists which they can embed on their own site or syndicate across other sites. In 1999, Nick sold his software product called AnswerSets to Business Objects for over $8 million. A…
  • OptimizePress: A Customers’ Critique of a Painful Customer Experience

    Omer Khan
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
    I’ve been an OptimizePress customer for a couple of years and generally have been happy with the product. I go back and forth between OptimizePress and LeadPages and have ended up using both across my sites. Today, I had a particularly frustrating experience purchasing a new template from OptimizePress… …and I want to share that with you, along with my thoughts on what they could do better. I’m going to try and be as constructive as possible with this post and provide some actionable recommendations that the OptimizePress team should consider implementing. And I hope you’ll…
  • 091: What You Need to Know About SEO in 2015 to Generate Leads

    Omer Khan
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:49:13) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Listen to this episode on iTunes Adam Dicker is a serial entrepreneur and former VP of GoDaddy. He’s a prolific domainer with a portfolio of over 30,000 domains. He’s sold many of them for 7 figures and one for 8 figures! He own a number of online businesses, including DNForum, the most popular domain name forum on the internet, with over 500,000 members. Book Recommendation “Body Language” by Julius Fast Links, Resources & People Mentioned Digital Intelligence, Inc. DNForum AdamDicker.com…
  • 090: How a Night Sleeping on an Air Mattress Changed Benji Rogers’s Life

    Omer Khan
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Benji Rogers is the founder and president of PledgeMusic, an online music platform that allows artists to pre-sell, market and distribute recordings, music videos and concerts directly to their audience. He’s an independent musician from London, who has been making his own records since 1999. He founded PledgeMusic in 2009 as a way to engage directly with music super fans who drive the bulk of spending in the music industry. He came up with the idea for PledgeMusic while lying on an air mattress in his mother’s spare bedroom. Almost 6 years later,…
  • 089: 7 Proven Strategies for Launching an Online Marketplace

    Omer Khan
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Aaron Epstein is the co-founder of Creative Market, an online platform that lets you sell and buy handcrafted, mouse-made design content such as fonts and graphics. He launched his first software product called Color Schemer when he was still in college and went on to grow that into a 6-figures a year business. A few years later he met his co-founders and combined forces to work on an online creative community called COLOURlovers and eventually went through Y-Combinator. COLOURlovers grew into a community with over a million users. In 2012, they launched…
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • 7 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Campaigns are more than just Money

    Erik
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Raising funds is one of many reasons why every entrepreneur should consider a running a crowdfunding campaign. The journey itself promises a variety of rewards for those who put in the time and effort to make it a success. Successful project creators would agree the benefits are directly proportional to what you put into your … Continue reading 7 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Campaigns are more than just Money → The post 7 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Campaigns are more than just Money appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Startup traction stories from the best startups

    Erik
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Ah. Traction. The biggest challenge faced by early startups of all types. Getting traction is solving one huge chicken and egg problem consisting of many smaller chicken and egg problems. The thing about traction is that it will never be straightforward to achieve. Lets face it, starting a company will never be about certainty. If it were … Continue reading Startup traction stories from the best startups → The post Startup traction stories from the best startups appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Your customers hate your product & maybe you too

    Erik
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We launched RocketClub’s first campaign ‘Earn Startup Shares trying Cool Products‘ to much excitement and a bit of embarrassment last Friday. According to Reid Hoffman, I suppose we did the right thing -we pushed for a launch even though we needed more time. It wasn’t until our site was getting real usage and we were doing everything … Continue reading Your customers hate your product & maybe you too → The post Your customers hate your product & maybe you too appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention

    Erik
    20 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Part 1. Press is Credibility Part 2. Press is Visibility Many startup company founders confuse the two statements above. As per getting press is concerned, the two statements actually exist in that order. Without credibility, your company/campaign will not get visibility. The reason why founders often confuse the two is because they’re focused on the goal (the end-result), … Continue reading 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention → The post 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership

    Erik
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    What is Crowd Ownership Crowd ownership is real stake held by the community itself. This is usually in the form of a large partnership or distribution of company shares to the community. Crowd ownership works because long-term incentives are aligned. It powers further adoption as well as sustains the livelihood of the community. Crowd ownership refers to the … Continue reading Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership → The post Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
 
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    MAQTOOB

  • 11 E-Commerce Tools That Are Definitely Worth Checking

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
      Starting an online business is not only a quite popular but also a very easy way of either making small money on the side or earning a living without a 9 to 5 job. There are dozens of smart online store builders on the market to allow any person, regardless of their previous experience or coding skills, sell their products or services via Internet practically immediately. Many of them are completely free, such as Tictail, which charges only if you opt for any of the advanced features (such as custom domain, live chat, password protection etc.). Besides, apart from apps that…
  • Iran: On Scolding Heat, Trendy Hijabs, and Big-Hearted People

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
      Our month-long stay in Iran finished just one day after the historical US-Iran nuclear deal. The night before our departure, many Iranians flocked to the streets and celebrated lifting of sanctions that had been hampering the state's economy for years. The country certainly isn't favored with a positive public image but both my-cofounder and I have always dreamt about visiting this fascinating part of the world.   Our journey started off a bit dramatically since we missed our flight in Marrakech and had to drive south for several hours to catch another plane to Belgium, from…
  • Say No To Ukulele: 6 Terrific Startup Videos

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
      Ukulele tunes, dull stock images, tacky animations, cliché declarations...we have seen that all. The videos we list below demonstrate that it's very possible to stand out, entertain and inform without putting your audience to sleep or making them smash their computers in frustration.   1. TAGPACKER – If I drink 155 shots of espresso, I'm dead       2. ZENDESK – I like it when he gives me the business        3. CHARTCUBE – We design and sell socks       4.
  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Morocco

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
  • Technology Belongs to You, Regardless of Your Age, Gender, or Origin

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
      I'm not a man.   I'm not a programmer.   And I was not born in the United States.   And here I am, a founder of one quite successful tech startup.   To be completely honest, I was born in Central Europe. I studied diplomacy. And when I decided to build my first business, I was living in Lebanon, language of which I didn't speak and where I barely knew anyone. The only things I had were my laptop and very poor Internet connection.   Actually, these proved to be rather powerful tools in the end. They helped me to learn everything about online marketing, to build…
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    MGeeky

  • Samsung Pay is already proving popular in Korea

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Samsung Pay may only have launched in Korea last week, but the mobile payment service is already proving highly popular, according to sources in the South Korean credit card industry. The service apparently logged 10,000 credit and check card registrations on its launch day, which jumped up to around 80,000 cards within the following four The post Samsung Pay is already proving popular in Korea appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Huawei Mate 7S release date, price, specs and rumors

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:39 am
    Huawei Mate 7S release date It is believed that the Huawei Mate 7S release date will be September 2, and that the device will be launched at IFA 2015. There is still some doubt about what it will be called, but S Mate and Mate 7S are the two front-runners. The choice of name will largely depend on The post Huawei Mate 7S release date, price, specs and rumors appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: The Best Android Phone That Spares No Expense

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The original smartphone-with-a-stylus is all grown up. It’s easily the best smartphone Samsung has ever made, and it looks and feels the part. The Galaxy Note has been through five years of changes. Better screens, better processors, better software. And like any new smartphone, the Note 5 represents the very best of what’s come before. The post Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: The Best Android Phone That Spares No Expense appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Professionals: Technology addiction is real

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As technology becomes increasingly omnipresent, some people have begun to ask if we own our technology or if it owns us. For some of us, has technology become an addiction? “There are questions about your smartphone you need to ask,” said Danielle Moreggi, a clinical psychologist and director of counseling and psychological services and disability The post Professionals: Technology addiction is real appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Uber working on mapping and safety technology

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Uber is turning to the University of Arizona for help in developing its mapping and automotive safety technology. Uber plans to work with experts in lens design at the university to improve the imagery it captures, it said on Tuesday. The joint effort will also support Uber’s development of self-driving cars and related technologies. The The post Uber working on mapping and safety technology appeared first on MGeeky.
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    Life Beyond Numbers » Startups

  • Mocept And Their Story Of Making The World’s Largest Video Dictionary And Beyond

    Sheetal Rao
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:52 am
    A small town simpleton with a Masters degree in engineering from IIT Kanpur set out to begin his own startup venture with only one dream, of making learning fun and interesting. He began Mocept against many odds to help and provide students with a learning experience using interactive media content. Speaking about his business idea, Gomathi Sankar, Founder and CEO, Mocept says, “For a long time, I had an idea to start a business which will make learning fun for students and candidates preparing for competitive exams. The best way to make it interactive is through an audio visual medium and…
  • 9 Things I Learned From Working In Venture Capital For 6 Months

    Omar Hmaissy
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:56 am
    In January, I participated in the Chicago Booth Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab, where I had the opportunity to work with the great team at Second Century Ventures, a consumer and SMB tech focused VC based in Chicago, for 6 months. Having spent a considerable amount of time talking to entrepreneurs, sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, and developing investment theses, I thought I would share my learnings with all those interested in Venture Capital as a career path. Below are my thoughts on what working in Venture Capital is about, what is expected from the investing team, and…
  • Red Polka – For Every Woman Who Can’t Part Ways With Window Shopping

    Sheetal Rao
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:14 am
    Vishakha Singh, a marketing professional with 15 years of experience of working with top media conglomerates like The Times Group and Network 18, decided to turn an entrepreneur this year. Obviously, it surprised a few but Vishakha has been known among her friends and family to take the road less travelled. Vishakha founded Red Polka, an online window shopping portal, in Jan 2015. Vishakha’s strength lies in shopper behavior and brand building, and her thinking has been shaped up on a single philosophy of ‘Jo Diktha Hai Woh Bikta Hai‘. She believes that brand building should…
  • NoMyID – Empowering You To Email Without An Email Address

    Syed Muksit
    5 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    With the world shrinking into the mobile phones, have you realized that it has paralyzed us in a way? We don’t even remember the phone numbers and email addresses of our dear ones. And we bet that out of all the phone numbers you have stored in your mobile, for 80% of those people, you don’t have their email addresses. If in case you want to mail them something or anything urgent, all you have to do is call them up or text them asking for their email address. But what if we can email them via their phone numbers without the need of actual email addresses? NoMyID, a mobile…
  • GuideTrip – Empowering You To Travel More Like A Local

    Syed Muksit
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    A new place is more interesting if you can explore and know more about the people living there, languages they speak, different things they do and lot more. They make you rich in terms of experience and knowledge apart from the basic new things you have seen there. And if you are one of those who loves to pack up your bags to travel to a new place at every possible opportunity, you are not alone. Almost all of us love to break away to an unseen place to unwind, to create more memories and start planning the next trip before the current one finishes. However, there is a thin line that…
 
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    AfrotechAfrica

  • Apply To Win $50K At The Village Capital and Gearbox Hardware Accelerator Program

    Antwi Gambrah
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Village Capital has partnered with  Gearbox to launch its first hardware accelerator program  in Africa with support from The Lemelson Foundation, The Doen Foundation, SGII, and VC4Africa . The accelerator seeks 12 hardware invention-based ventures  to participate and receive extensive feedback from their peers, potential customers, investors and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to peer-select two participating ventures to receive $50,000 each in pre-committed investment. The program is structured as three intensive 4-day sessions over 3 months with additional remote…
  • Meet Eric Vondee,CEO Of MyHomeTeacher

    Antwi Gambrah
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Most people who graduate from tertiary schools in Ghana to be precise, find teaching as a job which receives little attention and low remuneration compared to other white-collar jobs. Eric Vondee has defied all odds to establish “My Home Teacher” ,a  business organization which operates as a sole-proprietorship. The idea behind “MyHomeTeacher”, is to connect parents who need home tutoring for their children to well-qualified teachers. These well-qualified teachers go to the homes of the parents in order to teach the children privately.So in this instance the school is…
  • Google Brings Android One To Africa

    Antwi Gambrah
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Google is expanding the Android One program to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco with the launch of the Infinix HOT 2. This is the first Android One device made with their hardware partner Infinix, one of the hottest, fastest growing smartphone brands in Africa. Starting today, the HOT 2 is available in Nigeria at select retail outlets and online through Jumia at a recommended retail price of N17,500* (~88 USD), and it will become available in the other countries over the next few weeks. Infinix  the HOT 2 combines a high-quality hardware experience with pure Android…
  • Youtube Offline Support Is Also Coming To Africa

    Antwi Gambrah
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After releasing Android one in Africa through Infinix ,Google has promised to extend YouTube offline to Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Egypt within the next few months. This feature of the YouTube app lets you store many of the videos on YouTube for up to 48 hours, so you can watch them later when your connection may be slow — or non-existent. And if you want to quickly re-watch a video with friends without waiting for it to load, that works great too. Nearly one year ago, Google introduced the Android One program and YouTube Offline in India. Today, 6 countries in Africa — with combined…
  • Aliko Dangote To Speak At Demo Africa 2015

    Antwi Gambrah
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The chairman of the local organising committee (LOC) of DEMO Africa, Yele Okeremi has confirmed that Africa’s richest man and chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, will be speaking  at the 2015 edition of DEMO Africa on September 24-25, 2015, in Lagos. The business mogul will be sharing  his entrepreneurship and startup experience with 30 technology startups that have been selected to demonstrate how their products will positively impact the world. DEMO Africa recently released a list of 30 technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch at the Demo Africa 2015 .
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    Make Money Online: Start a Home Business

  • 14 Best WordPress Plugins to Boost Conversions (CRO)

    Sam Oh
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    If you’ve spent more than ten minutes configuring a WordPress site, you know that finding the best WordPress plugins is a headache and a half.In a perfect world, we would install every single WP plugin out there, but this would cause some serious problems.Here’s why:As your active plugins increase, your site’s page speed can decrease.With more active plugins, the greater the security risks.A higher probability of conflicts between plugins and theme.So how do we find the right balance between necessities, site performance and everything in between?What separates the best from…
  • Bluehost Review and Case Study with Page Speed Metrics

    Sam Oh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Before we dive into a quick case study, an epic Bluehost review, and a clash of the titans (Bluehost vs. Hostgator)…I need you to know one thing:I understand what you’re looking for.We all want to save money without compromising quality. And we all want web hosting services that will never crash.Let me tell you a story about how I and many of us shop for web hosting.I started my first online business in January, 2009. I was a new college graduate with a health science degree, a few hundred dollars in my bank account and tens of thousands of dollars in student debt.Every nickel…
  • Selling on Amazon for Easy Automated FBA Profits

    Sam Oh
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    The Amazon marketplace is the most underutilized online source of revenue. People generally look for a cash transaction on Craigslist or for a simple way to sell on eBay.What they don’t realize is that selling on Amazon generates passive income.Like anything else in life, there are learning curves.Think back to the first time you learned to tie your shoes. It was frustrating, and you probably thought you would never get it. But then that glorious day came when you said bye bye to Velcro (I hope).Selling on Amazon is no different. There will be learning curves.But if you follow this…
  • 7 Viral Tips #TheDress Taught us and the SCIENCE of Sharing

    Sam Oh
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    What would you say if you found out that #TheDress didn’t go viral because of online social shares? Would you be surprised?I certainly was.You probably know that viral content all have things in common. Some are LOL funny, others are WTF shocking and the best are OMG cute. Right?Is that what made the “Charlie bit my finger” video get more than 813 million views?Or the original Tumblr post of #TheDress get more than 56,000 engagements on Facebook?But what caused an article on American’s not saving enough for retirement make the New York Times most emailed list with…
  • How to Sell on eBay and Profit: Zero to 300k Case Study

    Sam Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Learning how to sell on eBay is the easy part. You make an account, set up a listing and wait for the sale.Easy, right?Profiting and building a business is the area that no one ever seems to talk about. So the million dollar question still stands:Can you make money on eBay and afford to eat more than Pizza Pops and Kraft Dinner?Here’s the good news:You can be the least sales savvy marketer, the most socially awkward person and still run away with a profit killing machine selling butterflies and rainbows.Selling on eBay is easier than it looks and profiting happens before you reach the…
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    Viola Notes

  • “No Obvious Bugs”: When complexity becomes a risk to your startup

    Ofer Brandes
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Over several decades of developing software, one of the statements that has stood out for me most says that “There are two ways to develop software: Make it so simple that there are obviously no bugs, or so complex that there are no obvious bugs.” After researching the origins of this statement, I have traced it back to an essay written in 1981 by Turing Award winner Tony Hoare. Here’s the actual quote: “I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO at Perfecto Mobile

    Noya Lizor
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO at Perfecto Mobile Age: 51 Lives in: Ramat Gan Significant others: Married + 3 Company’s main offices: Headquarters in Woburn MA, US (near Boston) R&D and some Ops – Rosh Haain (Israel) Data centers in US (2), Canada (2), UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, China, India, Brazil, Mexico Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO of Perfecto Mobile What does your company do and why is it unique? Perfecto Mobile provides a cloud-based test lab that enables today’s largest global Enterprises to ensure they are releasing high-quality mobile apps. The lab, called…
  • How Israel came to be at the forefront of FinTech Innovation

    Avi Zeevi
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Having been involved in the world of FinTech for over 35 years, I believe that there has never been a better opportunity for Israel to become an even more significant player in the world of FinTech, which has been an important focus for us here at Carmel since the fund’s inception. The success of Israel’s FinTech industry is already widely recognized by leading global financial institutions and service providers, and the future is still full of possibilities. In fact, the Israeli FinTech industry continues to grow so impressively that it’s attracting more and more entrepreneurs and…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Ofer Druker, Co-founder & CEO at Matomy Media Group

    Noya Lizor
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Ofer Druker, Co-founder & CEO at Matomy Media Group Age: 49 Lives in: Ramat Hasharon and moving to New York in 2 weeks Significant others: Married + 3 Company’s main offices: Tel Aviv, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Denver, London, Vienna, Munich, Mexico City, Toronto Ofer Druker, Co-founder & CEO of Matomy Media Group What does your company do and why is it unique? Matomy Media Group is one of the world’s leading digital performance-based advertising companies. We offer a unique single multi-channel getaway to 8 media channels (web, mobile, video, email, domain monetization,…
  • What’s it like working in a Private Equity fund? An interview with Viola Private Equity’s Natalie Refuah

    Noya Lizor
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    Natalie Refuah is a Senior Principal at Viola Private Equity who has been with the fund since its inception in 2008. I sat down with Natalie to ask her about what it’s like to work in Private Equity: What she spends most of her time on, how the work has changed over the years, challenges, highlights, and more. Q. Natalie, how has your work changed during your time at Viola Private Equity? A. I have been with Viola Private Equity since its inception in 2008 which means that I’ve had the privilege to witness the evolution of the fund in parallel with the evolution of the technology…
 
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  • How you can Learn from Social Media Marketing Mistakes

    Cristian Worthington
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Alexander Fleming returned to his laboratory from vacation in September, 1928.  He noticed a fungus had grown on one of his lab experiments. The fungus had killed disease causing bacteria in one of the petri dishes. He famously remarked “that’s funny”. Fleming had discovered the world’s first antibiotic – penicillin, by simply being observant. While most of the learning we do in our social media marketing campaigns results from A/B testing and careful analysis of metrics, we learn a surprising amount from our mistakes. Social Media Marketing has many moving parts. It’s very…
  • 5 Habits for Successful Content Marketing

    Cristian Worthington
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Sometimes I find myself in social situations where a friend or acquaintance learns about my success with social media marketing and content marketing. I always get the same questions: How do you sell your product with social media? How can I deliver my message on a small marketing budget? What tricks can you teach me about content marketing? People want a silver bullet, a magic solution. They focus on tactics and strategies. Tactics and strategies are extremely important but decades of marketing experience have taught me one fundamental truth.  Tactics and strategies are useless if you…
  • 4 Dos and 4 Don’ts for Writing Ad Copy

    Cristian Worthington
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    I found an ad in my snail-mail today (pictured above). There’s nothing like bad ad copy to make you think! This ad is professionally intriguing, because it is so beautiful and yet so ineffective. I asked several people to tell me what the ad was promoting and I got a different answer from each person. I’ve spent my career writing ads to attract buyers for my startups and these are a few things I’ve learned: Have a Clear Objective Focus on your target. Write your ad copy and then imagine the person who reads your copy has mentioned your product to a friend. What will he/she say to…
  • 3 Customer Service Lessons for Startups

    Sandra Giffin
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Eating at restaurants is a common experience for busy startup people.  Over the past few months I have made some interesting observations about the customer service I have received at some of my favourite restaurants. Restaurants and startups have a lot in common.  They are chaotic environments, things go wrong on a regular basis, they are struggling to find product market fit and they have a short time to impress their customer. 3 Customer Service Lessons a #Startup can Learn at Lunch  #growth…Click To Tweet Here are 3 Lessons I have learned at Lunch: Don’t Serve your Customer…
  • How to use Twitter to Find your Product/Market Fit

    Cristian Worthington
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Finding Product/Market Fit is one of the most important challenges faced by a startup. Here’s how we used Twitter to find a solution. Product/Market Fit Every startup begins with a vision. There is no guaranteed way to verify your vision. No hypothetical market in which you can confirm whether you’re dreaming or having a delusion. Focus groups and surveys rely on small samples of people. But small samples of people are unreliable and often can’t envision the use for a revolutionary new product. Imagine … Why would anyone want to carry their whole music collection around in…
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    OK, Intrnt

  • Travel The World While Making It A Better Place : U2Guide

    Ok, Intrnt
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    We hear a lot about responsible tourism and sustainable tourism, but we often find that in the developing world, very… The post Travel The World While Making It A Better Place : U2Guide appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Get Worm, Be An Early Bird

    Ok, Intrnt
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:18 am
    As has been discussed around the world in the world of startups, it is getting the first bunch of loyal… The post Get Worm, Be An Early Bird appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • This ‘Rocket’ to propel startups into trajectory

    Ok, Intrnt
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Remember that time when you came across an amazing idea and you thought ‘I wish I could be a part… The post This ‘Rocket’ to propel startups into trajectory appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Crowdsourcing Knowledge For Medical Professionals – Figure 1

    Ok, Intrnt
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    In an age where information is abundant and so are the needs, technology has stepped in beautifully to ensure the… The post Crowdsourcing Knowledge For Medical Professionals – Figure 1 appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Humanizing Help On The Internet – Volley

    Ok, Intrnt
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    When you realize that people use the words “Real World” to refer to the actual world while differentiating from the… The post Humanizing Help On The Internet – Volley appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
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    SnapMunk

  • Crowdfunding: The Good and The Ugly

    SnapMunk
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Crowdfunding has such huge potential, but what is crowdfunding? It is a way for businesses and organizations to raise money for their ventures. The unique thing about crowdfunding is that the money usually comes not from investors, but everyday users who actually care about the product. Crowdfunding is amazing because of the fact that there is... more The post Crowdfunding: The Good and The Ugly appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Marketing Automation Startups To Discover

    SnapMunk
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    One of the fastest growing sectors in brand building is the marketing automation sector. A quick scan of Google Trends from January 2013 to July 2015 shows the meteoric rise of this exploding market. Savvy brand builders are filling their quivers with a multitude of outreach arrows, utilizing everything from big data analytics to lifecycle... more The post Marketing Automation Startups To Discover appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Startups for Students

    SnapMunk
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Entrepreneurs are building startup companies in a myriad of marketplaces. From on-demand transportation to ecommerce and software-as-a-service, entrepreneurs are pursuing their business passion in multiple verticals. One sector seeing increased interest is the university student sector. On-demand textbooks and on-campus recruiting for startup... more The post Startups for Students appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • 6 Steps to Total Blog Domination

    SnapMunk
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Blogs get made fun of, overlooked, misused and misunderstood. While blogs may have had humble beginnings as digital soapboxes for disgruntled people in their basements, blogs have turned into serious business tools that can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Having a solid content strategy is becoming more of a necessity for any business... more The post 6 Steps to Total Blog Domination appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • 5 Must-Discover Tools for App Developers

    SnapMunk
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Whether you are writing code for a startup company or programming your own mobile or web applications, understanding how users interact with your code is crucial for success. From download abandonment at your permission screen to interactions with popular app functions, your ability to analyze consumer engagements can impact everything from your... more The post 5 Must-Discover Tools for App Developers appeared first on SnapMunk.
 
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    Techbloke

  • Beginner SEO: What Every Small Business Needs to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

    Sara F
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Do you have a website or a blog with great content that no one seems to be noticing? You’ve been working really hard for months but don’t see any real results? You’re starting to get frustrated because you can’t draw enough visitors to your site? If you’ve answered “yes” to at least one of these […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Create a Killer Marketing Plan & Strategy

    Sara F
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    In business, planning ahead is everything. You need to look ahead into the future and envision your success, in order to actually achieve it. Typically, your marketing plan should cover a one-year period. A plan that is applicable only for a couple of months is too shortsighted, while one that is too extended won’t allow […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Start a Blog for Your Business

    Sara F
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Every day, millions of people are participating in a creative hobby that is blogging. It all started as a form of an online diary where individuals would write about their day-to-day experiences and activities. Oh, what an innocent hobby it was! But somehow, other people wanted to know more and started paying close attention to […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Build a Strong Social Media Presence for Your Business

    Sara F
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    It has become common practice for brands to engage with their customers on social media; whether it’s tweeting about a special campaign, posting behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram or live streaming on Periscope, companies are capitalizing on this phenomenon. No matter which kind of a business or startup you are running, at this day and age, […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Find Your Unique Selling Proposition

    Sara F
    15 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Before you actually start selling products, you need to figure out how to go about it. Most businesses are not one-of-a-kind, so in order to attract customers, they need to find their Unique Selling Proposition (USP). Your USP is one of the cornerstones of running any kind of a successful business. It is the caffeine […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Indianbizparty

  • How to successfully move a large website to a new domain?

    Love Chopra
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
    Change is the way of life and there are certain changes which have the power to redefine lives! Here I would like share a change which we did recently by migrating our domain name from MeraCareerGuide.com to CareerGuide.com and I believe with this we can make an impact in millions of lives by helping themThe post How to successfully move a large website to a new domain? appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • 3 Decisions that Can Make you Next Billionaire

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    As an Entrepreneur, we always dream to create something Big that can change the human lives in better way and get you big Money. But How many of the startups really succeed in this? Very Few ( Read Successful Indian Entrepreneurs Stories ) Do you know that 7% of individuals living across the face of theThe post 3 Decisions that Can Make you Next Billionaire appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Ola to Offer Benefits Worth Rs 1 Lakh to Drivers to Switch to CNG Vehicles

    Team Indianbizparty
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Taxi hailing app Ola on Wednesday said it will offer benefits worth up to Rs. 1,00,000 to enable its driver partners to switch to CNG vehicles. The move will help the Bengaluru-based firm comply with a Supreme Court ruling that says commercial vehicles cannot ply in Delhi unless converted to the single fuel mode ofThe post Ola to Offer Benefits Worth Rs 1 Lakh to Drivers to Switch to CNG Vehicles appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Gurgaon Based SVG buys Komli Media’s India business

    Vikas Rathee
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    A Gurgaon Based SVG Media (Smile Vun Group) has bought the India business of Komli Media. SVG Media founder and CEO Manish Vij has tweeted about the development. Following the deal, Komli will continue to operate as an independent unit along with SVG Media’s other units—Tyroo Technologies, DGM and SeventyNine. Read more news : Hacks toThe post Gurgaon Based SVG buys Komli Media’s India business appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Mobile travel search firm ixigo acquires inter-city cab marketplace Rutogo

    Nitin Kaushik
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    ixigo, India’s leading mobile travel search marketplace has acquired Square Hoot Hikes, the company that owns the Gurgaon-based intercity cabs aggregator Rutogo, for an undisclosed amount. This is the second acquisition in the past one month for ixigo, which had earlier acquired backpacking startup The Indian Backpacker. The Rutogo team will be joining Ixigo, run by LeThe post Mobile travel search firm ixigo acquires inter-city cab marketplace Rutogo appeared first on Indianbizparty.
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    MyStartupLand

  • The Basics Of Sales Negotiation

    mystartupland
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    Negotiation is at the basis of every successful sales situation. You can negotiate pretty much everything in life. There are some exceptions, of course. However, most of the time, you might be able to negotiate somehow something. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money, it can also be time or commitment from someone else. Learning the basics of sales negotiation is crucial in both sales and life. If you are running a startup and you are not reading about sales negotiation, then you will find yourself in troubles. I don’t believe negotiation can be taught through a blog post or a…
  • 6 Common Misconceptions About Sales

    mystartupland
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    I have been doing sales for most part of my life. I started “selling” when I was a kid, exchanging football cards with friends and trying winning the best deals for myself. I wasn’t getting money, of course, but I was training myself in understanding what a good deal was. Sometimes I won, sometimes I lost. Most importantly, I learnt. I lived big part of my life next to best salesman I have ever met. My mom! Yes, I know, you might be thinking I am biased, but I am serious, she was good. Damn if she was good (and still is by the way)! Obviously we are talking about simple…
  • Why Your Startup Culture Matters

    mystartupland
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    In a world of startups, serial entrepreneurs and crazy funding rounds, startup culture is just another buzzword, as much as disruption and innovation. It has lost completely its original meaning becoming a “must-do” thing, rather than an inspirational guide for success.   The definition states: Organizational culture encompasses values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization (or a startup).   Although fairly simple to understand, many startups founders fail at creating the right startup culture, simply…
  • The ultimate list of FREE CRM alternatives to SalesForce

    mystartupland
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    [This post is part of the series “Sales For Your Startup”. This time we talk about free CRM tools]   Sales is all about lead generation and the ability to manage these leads through the sales funnel, i.e. your pipeline. To properly manage leads and make sure these convert into a closed deal, tracking activities is crucial. Regardless of how complicated sales is and how most people think about it, organization is key to successful sales people. If you are running a startup, you will be doing sales, my friend, so better get organized and start closing some deals. When you…
  • 5 Must-Understand Sales Activities

    mystartupland
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Sales is probably the most hated activity among startups. You have built a product and now you need to find customers (paying ones as well). Founders, usually shy away from sales, because they are scared. Scared of being rejected. Scared of receiving a no. Scared of being perceived as one of those incredibly annoying door-to-door salesmen. So they opt for other activities, such as Facebook or Google advertising. They do everything possible to stay away from people and catch that sales virtually. “If they click, but they don’t buy, it means that they might be…
 
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    leanmobileapps.com

  • What’s New With Swift 2

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Swift 2.0  is for iOS 9 & is full of enhancements you’ll appreciate in daily life. Your apps become more essential. New iPad multitasking features makes you even more productive. Siri  can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask. Improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life, and security. The more you do with iOS 9, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. English: Easier Japanese: Yori kantan ni   Swift 2.0 is here, and packed full with cool features to make life for…
  • Wonder Workshop Apps: Dash and Dot

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    I’m a Mac Man in every way.  My less than one year old MacBook Pro crashed.  Yes, I know what does this have to do with Dash and Dot Robots?  Be patient, I’m getting to it.  So I go forward to meet with my Apple Business Consultant to talk about some options and business solutions.  I’m a heavy Mac user so I will probably need a new machine sooner rather than latter.  That said, I noticed this shinny new object slightly out of place in the Mac Store.  It was a tiny object that looked like it had two eyes; Dash and Dot. Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Wonder…
  • G is also for Genericization Apps

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    Google is the an OG in the Android App game. In the vein of #StraightOutOfCompton’s success, the timing of google keeping it’s G a capital; keeps it 100 & original.   Originally Google started with a capital G and in spite of the Alphabet new name; Google  Alphabet plans to keep its OG connection.   G in this case is also for genericization. What is Genericization you might ask.. Great questions… English: Genericization Japanese: Jenerikku Ok what… is Genericization still.. When it comes to apps, you make it generic when anyone can do what you do and it…
  • What is a Startup Weekend?

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    My mastermind group member attended a Startup Weekend that inspired me to see exactly what it is.  A Startup weekend is a business model Hackathon for everybody. What is a Hackathon? Its an event where you take an idea and develop and app around that idea to present at the end of the session. With a Startup Weekend, you usually work from a Lean Startup based business model canvas. What is a Business model canvas?  A business model canvas is a #LeanStartup way of analyzing a problem. What is a Lean Startup?  See the LeanMobileApps.com About us Page. English:  Startup Weekend Japanese:…
  • Kore Douzo App

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sometimes I wonder what’s right for me. It will be so much easier if someone was to tell you this is for you. Japanese: Kore douzo. これどうぞ。 English: This is for you. I spoke to someone the other day. They were the founder of a small start up. They called me up and wanted to know if I can help them raise some capital. The end of the day that’s what I do for a living. What they are attempting to do is very powerful. The fact remains we all have the ability to reach and achieve goals.  It takes commitment, dedication and sticktutitiveness. Without question any founder has…
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