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  • SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 2: How to Identify Weaknesses

    Bplans Blog
    Lisa Furgison
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 2 of our 5 Day SWOT Analysis Challenge! Sign up for our daily updates during the challenge and complete your own SWOT Analysis. Click here to join the challenge for FREE. Invite others to take the challenge! Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and use the #SWOT hashtag. Whether you’re new... The post SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 2: How to Identify Weaknesses appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

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

    OnStartups
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • Business Insider and Mashable raise funds

    Financial Times - Entrepreneurship
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Financing from Axel Springer, Jeff Bezos and Time Warner highlights optimism in news start-ups
  • Digital Nomad Trend Taking Off

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Tanya Mohn's New York Times article Coworking on Vacation: A Desk in Paradise hit a cord with readers. It lit up social media with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts.  The article focuses on coworking facilities in exotic or tourist oriented locations that also provide accommodations. These spaces are targeted at people who want to take "workations". Key quote: These new centers are an offshoot of co-working spaces, which offer the benefits of an office environment on a temporary basis. But they also provide a place to sleep, have fun and mingle with colleagues…
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    Fast Company

  • Amazon Posts Strong Holiday Sales, Appeasing Impatient Investors

    Ainsley O'Connell
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    After two product flops, a red-faced Jeff Bezos is steering the company back toward its strengthsFirst, Amazon's Fire Phone tanked. Then, the company pulled its new line of diapers just weeks after they launched, due to design flaws. Investors, ever skeptical of CEO Jeff Bezos' aggressive emphasis on investments in growth and product innovation, began to lose the faith.Read Full Story
  • Google Admits Glass Didn't "Have The Impact We Hoped For"

    Tyler Hayes
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Google announced it's fourth quarter earnings Thursday.Google announced it's fourth quarter earnings Thursday with revenues of $18.10 billion—compared to analyst estimates of $18.46 billion. Overall, however, the search company did improve in several areas, including year-over-year revenue.Read Full Story
  • Qantas Will Offer Passengers Virtual Reality In-Flight

    Luke Dormehl
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    In-flight entertainment just got futuristic (for first class).From Wall Street to the Sundance Film Festival, virtual reality seems to be everywhere these days—and now there's application to add to that list.Read Full Story
  • Proposed White House Internet Privacy Bill Will Be A Thorn To Tech Companies

    Luke Dormehl
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Tech firms may be fined $16,500 for each privacy violation.Companies like Facebook and Google, whose business models rely on monetizing user-collected data, may be in for a rough ride.Read Full Story
  • Imgur Releases High-Quality GIFmaker

    David Lumb
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Imgur's new Video to GIF releases the highest quality GIFs we've seen to date—but their new .gifv format isn't super easy to share.GIF warriors dealing with the file format's crappy quality, take note: Today, Imgur released Video to GIF, a service that lets you easily snip clips from streaming video (like YouTube) and turn it into a GIF file—beautiful, high-quality GIFs, at that.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Apple generated more revenue in one quarter than Google did in all of 2014

    Jay Yarow
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Now that Google has reported earnings, we can add another incredible stat to Apple’s mind bending fourth quarter performance. For the December quarter, Apple generated $74.6 billion in sales. For all of 2014, Google generated $66 billion in sales. That’s really impressive. So is this… The combined fourth quarter revenue of Microsoft, Google, and Amazon was $73.9 billion. That’s less than Apple did over that same period. Just as impressive? Apple, against a bigger number, is growing faster than these companies. Apple’s sales were up 30 percent for the quarter.
  • A cloud for every industry — real estate, health care, & beyond

    Trevor Oelschig, Bessemer Venture Partners
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Jonathan Bush and Todd Park didn’t mean to start a software revolution. They just wanted to get paid. In 1997, the duo founded a birthing clinic in San Diego, with plans to franchise the model. Before long, things started to go wrong. Their company lacked a system to keep track of insurance claims. Jonathan and Todd quickly faced a cash flow crisis. They turned to Park’s younger brother, who created a cloud-based administrative system that made dealing with insurers less painful. The software let the founders focus on patients, rather than paperwork. It wasn’t long before…
  • Industrial Toys launches its Midnight Rises digital graphic novel

    Dean Takahashi
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Industrial Toys has released Midnight Rises, a free digital graphic novel for iOS devices. The comic book introduces the story of a new sci-fi universe, and it is the forerunner for the upcoming mobile action game, Midnight Star. Midnight Rises is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. It is the first graphic novel from Hugo-award winning author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War, Lock In), with illustration from veteran comic artist Mike Choi (Uncanny X-Men, X-Force). The goal of the novel is to introduce the back story for the first game from Industrial Toys,…
  • Why Singapore is hoping to attract U.S. startups

    Steve Glaveski, Hotdesk
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    GUEST:Singapore has aspirations to become the world’s first “smart nation” and extended a $200 million fund to U.S. startups earlier this month. The fund, managed by Infocomm Investments, the venture capital arm of the Singaporean Government’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), was previously restricted to Singaporean companies and citizens. The country hopes the move will attract U.S. startups to Singapore to help accelerate its Smart Nation initiative and develop new, sustainable and viable solutions that will improve all aspects of Singaporean society and meet public…
  • Amazon has more reason to become a mobile operator than Google does

    Mark Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Amazon is a technology company, not just a shopping company. At least that’s how Jeff Bezos sees it. And the next adventure Amazon may have in mind is becoming your mobile service provider. Sources have told VentureBeat for some time now of chatter within the wireless industry about Amazon becoming a network operator, and it may actually happen. In case you haven’t noticed, Bezos is an audacious character, and he’s got the money to try new initiatives that are ambitious to the point of being a little nutso. Case in point, of course, is the Fire phone. Nobody expected that…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek

    Alexia Tsotsis
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
     Tech has some issues. You read trade pub stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations so often it’s absurd. Newsweek, which just discovered there are only a few women in tech, sent accomplished author Nina Burleigh to investigate tech gender politics. She did an adequate job in her piece, “What Silicon Valley Thinks Of Women.” Read More
  • Secret Co-Founder Chrys Bader-Wechseler Steps Down Because It’s Not About Design Anymore

    Josh Constine
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
     One year after founding anonymish app Secret with fellow Googler David Byttow, Chrys Bader-Wechseler is leaving the company on amicable terms. He cites that Secret isn’t about design and curation as much now since it redesigned recently, dropping the artful photo squares with overlaid text in favor of a sterile text feed that looks just like competitor Yik Yak. Below you can see the… Read More
  • OnePlus Will Reveal Details Of Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12

    Jon Russell
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
     OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed it will unveil its own ROM that can be installed on to third-party Android devices on February 12. Read More
  • The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber

    Nadia Eghbal,Kate Harrison Brennan
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
     When today’s most successful founders are asked why they started their companies, they often give some version of the answer that they were “scratching their own itch.” Airbnb founders Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were renting out their floor space to help cover their rent. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook to help Harvard students find one another. Nest co-founder Matt Rogers… Read More
  • Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

    Jordan Crook
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
     Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It’s a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles and, of course, advertisements. Brands can buy advertisements against these Discover “Editions,” which play every three or four swipes. It’s really not all that bad. Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • True ecosystems

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    I somehow missed posting this last year, when it was published. An excellent article by our very own Salim Virani, on the topic of ecosystems. Sal and the rest of the FounderCentric team spend a lot of time working with incubators, accelerators, governments, outreach teams at large companies, etc, and helping them develop their startup scenes. Their mission comes from the heart (they really care about helping startup founders), and they are, as far as I know, the best at it at this point, in Europe. So their thoughts on the topic of how European ecosystems should develop are worth paying…
  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
  • Early stage capital in EU vs US

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've covered this topic before, obviously, but this seemed like an excellent article, worth linking to. In short, things haven't changed much since I posted those articles 4 years ago: European VCs are still slow to respond, slow to make decisions, risk-averse, overly focused on formalities like business plans, etc. But that doesn’t deter European investors from requesting a full deck, including a three-year business plan as a prerequisite to any form of conversation. If your path to profitability is not already proven, you will have a hard time getting as much as a phone call. From what I…
  • I don't know

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

  • Mature traits of startups that won't fail

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Blend your startup thinking with a mentality of your business as if it were a mature enterprise, writes Simon Lockyer.  -More- 
  • How to deduct the cost of launching a business

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    It's possible to deduct expenses incurred while performing research for a new business or setting up your operations, writes  -More- 
  • Entrepreneurs: What we'll do better in 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council discuss their biggest mistakes of last year and how they'll improve this year, incl -More- 
  • Online startup promises custom-fitted suits in 2 weeks

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A startup called SnapSuits enables shoppers to order custom-fitted suits, which arrive two weeks later.  -More- Expand your Capital Raising with Retirement Funds As an entrepreneur or private investment manager, one of the toughest parts of your job is raising capital to get your offering underway. But what if you could unlock billions in potential capital by allowing investors to use retirement funds to participate in your offerings? Learn more about expanding your capital raising with PENSCO Trust.
  • How to respond to a buyout offer

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Prepare for unexpected acquisition offers by researching the large companies in your industry, finding qualified legal help a -More- 
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Reddit jumps on the transparency report bandwagon

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The site only received 55 requests from the government in 2014, complied with more than halfI have mixed feelings about  Edward Snowden (that's a topic I won't get into here) but if there is one good thing he did (and I'd argue that there were many) it was to increase the level of transparency that our biggest Internet companies feel they owe their users. Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have all  started issuing transparency reports, finally showing that the government does want your information and, shocker, sometimes they get it. The latest to jump on this bandwagon is…
  • Cargomatic gets $8M to modernize the trucking industry

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The company wants to be "Uber for trucking" by giving both truckers and shippers mobile toolsThe local trucking industry is estimated to be worth $70 billion. And while small-fleet trucking companies handle 80% of deliveries in metropolitan markets, there's still no easy way to quickly connect shippers with truckers in their immediate vicinity who available cargo space.  To put it bluntly, the trucking remains very antiquated, reliant on rolodexes, landlines and paperwork. But Cargomatic, an app that instantly connects local shippers with local truckers, wants to…
  • Uber isn't done with the delivery business just yet

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    The company has to be hoping that adorable puppies will make up for all the recent scandalsUber may have dropped its same-day delivery experiment earlier this week, but that doesn't mean that the company is completely getting out of the space either. The company has always had an interest in on-off deliveries, like when it delivered kittens for National Cat Day, and then Christmas trees for the holidays in 2013. And now comes it's latest move: puppies. Uber announced on Wednesday that it has teamed up with Animal Planet to bring over puppies for people to play…
  • Zuckerberg: connecting the world means more than money

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Facebook CEO pushes back against investor who questions company's commitment to Internet.orgAs he typically does after each Facebook earnings release, Mark Zuckerberg got on the company conference call and talked about Internet.org and "connecting the world." I listen to every single one of these calls (it's what I get paid to do!) and he says pretty much the same thing. Every. Single. Time. Frankly, it has become somewhat hard to even cover these calls because the script so rarely deviates. Well, on Wednesday's call, an investor pushed back on hearing about Internet.org yet again and said,…
  • Facebook has 1.39B MAUs, 69% of ad revenue from mobile

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Facebook beats in Q4, posts $12.47B in revenue for the full yearShares of Facebook are remaining flat in after-hours trading on Wednesday, despite the company posting fourh-quarter and full year results that handily beat Wall Street expectations. Facebook seen its shares go up .61% or $0.46, to $76.24 a share during regular trading. "We got a lot done in 2014. Our community continues to grow and we're making progress towards connecting the world," Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, said in a statement. In the earnings report, Facebook posted fourth quarter revenue of $3.85…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Why "Total Talent Management" is Important to Freelancers

    Steve
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    One of key trends we follow is the growing awareness of the importance of contingent talent by corporate HR departments.  Long viewed by HR departments simply as a way to save money, the independent workforce (freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, etc.) is starting to be be seen as a strategic resource. Corporations large and small are increasingly turning to independent workers to improve workforce agility and flexibility, provide specialized and/or hard to find skills and as a way to add competitive advantage. This shift in thinking is leading HR departments to change how…
  • NBC Comedy to Look at Life in a Coworking Space

    Steve
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to Variety, NBC has ordered a pilot of the comedy "Sharing", which it describes as: “Sharing” is a single-camera entry from Universal TV about disparate groups of people who work side-by-side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson wrote the pilot and exec produces with Jimmy Fallon and Rick Schwartz. Damian Lanigan is a co-exec producer. I wonder if Fallon has ever worked in a coworking space?
  • Digital Nomad Trend Taking Off

    Steve
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Tanya Mohn's New York Times article Coworking on Vacation: A Desk in Paradise hit a cord with readers. It lit up social media with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts.  The article focuses on coworking facilities in exotic or tourist oriented locations that also provide accommodations. These spaces are targeted at people who want to take "workations". Key quote: These new centers are an offshoot of co-working spaces, which offer the benefits of an office environment on a temporary basis. But they also provide a place to sleep, have fun and mingle with colleagues…
  • Uber Study - Drivers Satisfied, Like the Flexibility

    Steve
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Uber released a survey of their drivers last week.  As with all things Uber, it's being widely covered. The key findings, at least from my perspective, are: 78% of Uber drivers are satisfied with their experience driving for Uber. 74% reported Uber has made their lives better by giving them more flexibility with their schedule. 81% of the drivers work part-time as Uber drivers As of December 2014, Uber had 162,037 active drivers on its platform. Not surprisingly, the satisfaction numbers echo the what we've consistently found in the many years we've been studying…
  • Sources of Contingent Talent Shifting

    Steve
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    DCRTrendline's New Sources of Talent covers research by Ardent Partners showing that hiring firms are shifting how they locate and hire contingent talent (freelancers, contractors, etc.). The Ardent Partners chart below from the article shows survey data on this shift. According to the article, the big shift is away from traditional staffing firms and towards: Private Talent Pools This source of talent is something that is already known to employers. It consists of alumni and former workers, retirees, and past contingent workers. Private talent pools are able to provide workers who…
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Captivology in the New York Post!

    Ben Parr
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Tweet You can pre-order Captivology before it hits store shelves on March 3rd!
  • Captivology Pre-Order

    Ben Parr
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Tweet “Parr gets it: To succeed in a world where attention is scarce, captivating audiences at every level is a skill that everyone needs. Captivology will show you how to capture other people's attention, whether you are teacher, entrepreneur, musician, or simply a dreamer with a big idea.” ~ Adam Braun, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil Pre-Order Your Copy of Captivology! Pre Order Here
  • Watch Bill Gates Try to Explain the Internet to David Letterman in 1995

    Ben Parr
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Tweet Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  
  • My thoughts on TMZ’s iPhone “Scoop” on CNBC [VIDEO]

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

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

  • How talking to customers can turn a company around – with Tim Sae Koo

    Andrew Khalili
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Tim Sae Koo 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 talking to…
  • Master Class: How to get featured in publications – with Conrad Egusa

    ArieSaint
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    For many startup founders, getting featured on a site like TechCrunch is their white whale. It’s not easy, but if you can manage to do it, it can skyrocket your traffic, credibility, and most importantly, sales. So how do you get sites like that to write about your startup? Conrad Egusa’s client wondered the same thing. “They were about to launch this Kickstarter campaign, and it was critical to the company,” says Conrad, founder of Publicize. And since they didn’t have a big mailing list, they needed the online media to get massive publicity for the campaign. So Conrad helped his…
  • How a Premium Member got to $1.4M in sales (without a ton of traffic) – with Susan Lassiter Lyons

    Andrew Khalili
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Susan Lassiter Lyons 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…
  • UGG: The Birth of a Brand – with Brian Smith

    Andrew Khalili
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Brian Smith 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 UGG: The Birth of a…
  • How to get your blog, your voice, and your reputation out there – with Peep Laja

    Andrew Khalili
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Peep Laja 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 Lead Pages – Lead Pages took my most successful page and turned it into a product that you can use—which magically converts strangers into leads. So if you want to use the page that I use to collect email addresses, check out AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. It will work on your site no…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Women Mean Business - Sallie Sargent

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    So, what does a host committee do? Leisa Holland-Nelson talks about Super Bowl LI with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Joel Tarver

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    How does digital marketing recruit great talent? It’s all about innovation. Robin Tooms gets specific with Joel Tarver, senior manager of digital marketing for Baker Hughes.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Andy Ray

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Karen Love
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Karen Love introduces Andy Ray, a principal on the PKF Texas EAS team. Andy shares the advantages middle market companies have and challenges they face during the life cycle of a business.
  • V.J. Singal - The Articulate Professional

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    How well do communicate? Do you use the spontaneous pause effectively? Can you make your point in three sentences? Are you able to use impressive words without sounding like a pompous jerk? When you Google a topic, do you get what you need the first time? We would all be more successful if we used more targeted—and more varied—words in our communication. V.J. founded The Articulate Professional in 1993 believing that effective communicators are also more effective in their jobs. He states his premise well.
  • School of Business 01/24/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions entrepreneurship and free enterprise. We want to start an event called Bicycling for Capitalism! Includes: our Quote of the Week—serious words from Scottish American industrialist Andrew Carnegie; This Week in Business History includes the creation of Scotch tape, Lego Bricks and Play-Doh; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
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    Bplans Blog

  • 4 Easy Steps to Increase Your Business’s Online Security

    Marc Prosser
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Cyber theft is no longer just a big-business problem, and the conversation concerning cyber security can be confusing and complex. The important question really is: What can you do to protect your business from cyber threats? Here are four easy steps you can take to make your business more secure and protect your customers’ sensitive... The post 4 Easy Steps to Increase Your Business’s Online Security appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 4: How to Identify Threats

    Lisa Furgison
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 4 of our 5 Day SWOT Analysis Challenge! Sign up for our daily updates during the challenge and complete your own SWOT Analysis. Click here to join the challenge for FREE. Invite others to take the challenge! Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and use the #SWOT hashtag. Small business owners... The post SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 4: How to Identify Threats appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 3: How to Identify Opportunities

    Lisa Furgison
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 3 of our 5 Day SWOT Analysis Challenge! Sign up for our daily updates during the challenge and complete your own SWOT Analysis. Click here to join the challenge for FREE. Invite others to take the challenge! Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and use the #SWOT hashtag. A good entrepreneur... The post SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 3: How to Identify Opportunities appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Starting a New Business? Here’s What You Can and Can’t Deduct

    Cameron McCool
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you’re planning to use your personal savings to launch a new business, you’ll be happy to hear that many of the costs you’ll incur are tax deductible. In this article, we’ll go through what you can and can’t deduct during the startup phase of a business, to help you spend strategically and get a... The post Starting a New Business? Here’s What You Can and Can’t Deduct appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 2: How to Identify Weaknesses

    Lisa Furgison
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 2 of our 5 Day SWOT Analysis Challenge! Sign up for our daily updates during the challenge and complete your own SWOT Analysis. Click here to join the challenge for FREE. Invite others to take the challenge! Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and use the #SWOT hashtag. Whether you’re new... The post SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 2: How to Identify Weaknesses appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • CEO of Snapchat to Speak at the Montgomery Summit

    Will Schmidt
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Recently the Montgomery Summit, presented by Macquarie Capital, announced the speaker lineup for their two-day conference designed to bring investors and leading executives from private growth tech companies together. The speakers are: Patrick Soon-Shion, founder of NantWorks Evan Spiegel, founder and CEO of Snapchat Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services Fred Luddy, founder of ServiceNow Paul Debevec, VR expert and USC professor “These speakers are the vanguard of some of the fastest growing technology innovations,” says James Montgomery, founder of The Montgomery Summit. “Evan…
  • Spreesy Turns Any Instagram Account Into a Business

    Will Schmidt
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Spencer Costanzo and Braydon Batungbacal might be two young college dropouts, but they’re two young college dropouts with a plan. Specifically, their plan is to make Instagram shopper-friendly via their platform, Spreesy. You see, there are quite literally tens of thousands of people selling products on Instagram. Costanzo and Batungbacal simply want to capitalize on that market by giving sellers a way to accept payments directly through Instagram. It’s a quick, three step process: Post as usual on your Instagram following the guidelines (link) to turn your post into a product that can…
  • Who is Tampa Bay’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

    Julia Fischer
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Tech Cocktail is returning to Tampa Bay and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’ve teamed up with our local Tampa Bay Ambassador Gracie Stemmer to bring Tech Cocktail’s Mixer & Startup Showcase to the Tampa Bay area on February 4th, 2015 as part of Tampa Bay Startup Week. Join us on this entrepreneurial CELEBRATION taking place at Startup Week Chase Basecamp, where you will meet industry leaders and hear from Tampa’s Hottest Showcasing Startups. But BEFORE the Tampa Mixer & Startup Showcase,  we want you to vote for your ONE favorite startup! That’s right, we…
  • Microsoft Ventures: What to Expect at the Accelerator

    Ann Diab
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Digital Work Accelerator in Seattle. The team from the Digital Work Accelerator has been traveling across the country to conduct pitch events and information sessions to help startups apply to the accelerator. Got a question? Add your question here: Click to Tweet:@MSFTVentures @techcocktail #digitalwork #QnA The final days are here! The Microsoft Ventures Digital Work Accelerator program is anticipating all final applications for the program from startups who are looking to change the way we work. The deadline is Friday,…
  • Draper University Appoints New CEO and Launches Draper Ecosystem

    Ronald Barba
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Draper University, the unique program established by renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper which aims to empower a new generation of entrepreneurs through education and mentorship, has announced today that it is bringing on current Draper Dragon Fund managing director, Andrew Tang, as its new CEO. In addition, it also announced the launch of the Draper Ecosystem – an expansion of available venture funds, education and mentor opportunities, and incubation programs for those within the Draper Network. “I am thrilled to have Andy on board; he has a fantastic blend of experience in…
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  • Tax Deductible Work Clothes? Yes For Lady Gaga, But Not For You

    Robert W. Wood
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    If you buy a wardrobe for work, isn't it a business expense you can write off on your taxes? It may depend on how unique you look, and who looks more unique than Lady Gaga?
  • What Happens When A Chinese Tycoon Stands Up Against The Government? Oftentimes You Fall, Hard.

    Heng Shao
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    In a country where political power easily makes or breaks a company, it is rare to see a private-sector business at loggerheads with a state-level government entity. That’s why the latest brawl between Alibaba, which is China’s biggest e-commerce company and is run by the country’s second richest person, and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce well deserves the intense spotlights that it’s getting.
  • Why Women Are Choosing Coding Bootcamps

    Stephanie Burns
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    My new husband and I got off the plane in Bali, super excited to get our honeymoon started. Our driver picked us up and drove us straight to the co-working space, Hubud. I was going to learn Ruby on Rails. I had been accepted into the Ruby On The Beach program in Ubud, Bali - and it started a few days after we got married. After some I do’s and a quick kiss, we were on a plane to Indonesia. The first day of class, I was pleasantly surprised that out of the 10 students, 4 were women. Kintan from Jakarta, Mona from Ubud, and Jenny from London. We had a great first day getting to…
  • New Study Of Retired NFL Players' Brains Shows Why Tackle Football Should Be 'No Children Allowed'

    Lee Igel
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    According to a new study, retired NFL players who started playing tackle football before they were 12 years-old performed about 20% worse on the tests than those who started playing when they were older. Is there any good reason for young kids to be banging their heads like the grown-ups do?
  • McDonald's Most Important Advantage

    Panos Mourdoukoutas
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
      McDonald’s has a new leader, a business insider who knows things inside out about the industry. Can he turn sales around? Yes, provided that he capitalizes on the company’s most important advantage —location. When talking about McDonald’s advantages, business strategists usually point to the company’s brand name, and franchise business model, which allows
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  • Startup Founders Face Serious Business Culture Myths

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people. In fact, they need an early focus on developing their moral compass, as well as setting the right ethical tone. Building an ethical business is more than just compliance and meeting legal requirements, and it has big paybacks. One 11-year study of over 200 companies, detailed in “Corporate Culture and Performance,” found that those working on their culture improved revenue by 516%, and increased net income by 755%. Conscious…
  • 7 Keys To Being Seen As A Superhuman Startup Founder

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).” A great jockey is a great role model. Like it or not, everyone looks to the entrepreneur as the jockey role model in a new business. Typically this energizes new startup founders, but some struggle trying to live up to their own, as well as everyone else’s expectations. In reality, nobody really expects anyone to be…
  • Check Your Startup For Symptoms Of This Malaise

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Founders almost always cite lack of money as the reason for failure, but if you look deeper, I believe the reason is more often about dysfunctional people and leadership. Sometimes it comes right back to the founder, in terms of a malaise often called “founder’s syndrome.” A few years ago I was intimately involved with a promising startup that taught me about this issue. I’ll be short on specifics here, to protect the guilty, but I hope you get the idea. It’s not a disease, but it can kill your startup. You can find a more complete discussion of founder’s syndrome on Wikipedia,…
  • Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, Or Destroy It

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs I meet are reluctant to disclose anything about their idea to investors before getting a signed confidential disclosure agreement (CDA). Professional investors and advisors, on the other hand, usually refuse to sign these agreements today due to the risk of litigation and administrative workload, and will walk away. How can you make this a win-win opportunity? First of all, I will admit that there is some risk involved with talking to any potential investors, even with an agreement, just as there is risk in all the elements of your plan, product and market opportunity. Yet…
  • The Right Marketing For A New Business Costs Least

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth. But startups need to remember that even zero paid media doesn’t mean that marketing is free. The case for zero paid media as the new marketing model was highlighted in a recent book, “Z.E.R.O.” by Joseph Jaffe and Maarten Albarda, both experienced marketers working with new companies, as well as larger firms.
 
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  • Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

    Garr
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The power of a live performance is not in the perfection of the mechanics but rather in the sincerity, authenticity, and quality of the contribution in the moment. This is not to suggest that one does not need great content — or in the case of a musical performance, great talent — but intangibles are important too. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. But it's our imperfections that make us human, and it's one's humanity that connects with and engages an audience. When there is a genuine connection and honest, engagement with the audience,…
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Garr
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Happy holidays, everyone. Below is a little video montage I put together just for family and friends a couple of years ago that captures a lot of the feeling of Christmases I had as a child. These images are from my grandma's 8mm film camera shot in 1958. This was a few years before I was born, but in the film you can see my three brothers, Mark, Matt, and Todd. Both my mom and dad are in there as are three of my grandparents. You never see my dad's mom because it was her camera and she shot all the film. My mom's birthday is December 24, so you can see some birthday clips in there too when…
  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

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

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

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

  • How Much Demo Do You Need? (“Just the right amount, please…”)

    Peter E. Cohan
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Imagine yourself as a customer in the following situation:  You’ve decided you need to improve your sales forecast and pipeline management system – you are using Excel today and it just isn’t sufficient anymore.  You’ve just started to explore what kinds of new tools are available and what options they provide.  You visit a number of vendors’ websites to learn about their offerings – you’d like to get an idea of what is out there and kinds of solutions are available.  What level of demo from these vendors do you need at this stage?Time passes, you’ve done…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Demo and a Joke?

    Peter E. Cohan
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    In some cases, nothing!  The best part of a joke comes (wait for it…) at the end.  However, the best part of a demo should be presented in the first few minutes (within 6 minutes, in the best cases).  Those who “save the best for last“ suffer from exhausted audiences (who are too tired to appreciate the best part), reduced audiences (the highest ranking customers have likely left the room), and running out of time (“Sorry, we didn’t have time to show you our reporting capabilities – our best stuff – but trust me, they’re really great…”).So, if you want your…
  • Land and Expand: The Importance of the Delta

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    No CFO will approve a major expansion of software without a clear understanding of the value equation.  The challenge, often, is that the people who bought the 1 or 2 seats of the original “Land” purchase generally don’t have the experience to uncover and communicate the value.  The vendor may be required to help the buyer with the process since many of these buyers have never orchestrated a large purchase.  Buyers who go to their CFO’s with incomplete information are likely to be denied their request.  I’ve seen inexperienced managers present to their CFO’s…
  • The REAL Buyer Stages...

    Peter E. Cohan
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Traditionally, vendors identify a set of Buyer Stages – the steps and thinking that a customer goes through en route to purchasing a product.  I think the traditional list is inaccurate and doesn’t reflect reality.  Here’s one example of the traditional list:“Classically, there are four main stages:- Awareness: Identify a business need;- Consideration: Determine possible solutions;- Research: Evaluate different solutions;- Purchase: Select a solution and negotiate purchase.”I’d suggest the following customer stages are more likely in buying enterprise software:-…
  • Cold Calls - Do Vendors Research You Before Calling? (Nope)

    Peter E. Cohan
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I am amazed at how many vendors cold-call me, without doing ANY prior research on me or my company.  A little web searching (very little, frankly) would have revealed that I am NOT a good prospect for these vendors.  In spite of that, they call to talk about their products and services (“Hey, we’ve just had a new release and I want to tell you all about it!  It’s all about us, and nothing about you…”).  Most callers offer a demo of their offering, nearly right away – and very frequently offer a free trial or evaluation.  I often take them up on their…
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  • Entrepreneurship Educators Need to be Rewarded too!

    mollyvyoung
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    A $1000 educator award for teachers who promote entrepreneurship in the classroom It’s that time of year when high school seniors are looking for scholarships to fund their college education. So teachers get to write all kinds of letters of recommendations. But this year is different. This year, teachers can get a scholarship too. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation is offering a scholarship dedicated to teachers who emphasize the importance of entrpreneurship in the clasroom. The Entrepreneurship Educator Award will grant a $1000 scholarship…
  • Top Five Skills for Success in the New Economy: Entrepreneurs, Students, and Careerists

    kathykormanfrey
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The New Year is a new beginning. Often, large companies, entrepreneurs, and disciplined individuals start the year with goals – resolutions of sorts. What are yours this year? If it’s time to go beyond surface resolutions to ones that will change your career and level of success, take this quick quiz. You might get some ideas to fill your list for meaningful New Years resolutions…toward a more successful you. Here’s the quiz: True/False In an organization or institution, I regularly seek to understand what is expected of me. If I do not understand, I ask follow-up questions.
  • Who are You and How does this Influence your Entrepreneurial Journey?

    mollyvyoung
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    The entrepreneurial journey is an intensely personal one. No fooling here. Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you that they live and breathe their work. At times they say that it feels like there is no separation. So any conversation about entrepreneurship ought to start in that place: Who you are and how you move from there. Here are some thoughts for the roller coaster ride you may be on or are considering. Know yourself This is really a starting point for life. Socrates said it well: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. It may sound harsh, but I find it encouraging. Because…
  • How to Think Big: An Entrepreneur’s 3 Step Guide

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

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

  • DataRPM Adds Cloudera Co-Founder As Investor

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    San Mateo-based DataRPM, a developer of statistics software which runs on top of Hadoop, said Wednesday that it has added Cloudera co-founder Dr. Amr Awadallah as an investor. Size of the investment round was not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Whistle Buys Tagg, Raises $15M

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    San Francisco-based Whistle, which makes technology products for pets, said today that it has acquired dog tracking device developer Tagg, and raised $15M in a Series B funding. The funding came from Nokia Growth Partners, Qualcomm, Melo 7 Tech Partners, and Queensbridge Venture Partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Shasta Ventures Promotes Flynn

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Menlo Park-based venture investor Shasta Ventures said this morning that it has promoted Sean Flynn to Managing Director at the firm. Flynn has been at Shasta since 2008, and became partner in 2012.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Adobe Completes Fotolia Buy

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    San Jose-based Adobe said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Fotolia, the online provider of stock photography, video, and images. Adobe had originally announced the acquisition back in December of 2014.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • CreoPop Finds Funding For 3D Pen

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    San Francisco-based CreoPop, which makes a pen that enables the creation of 3D objects using multi-colored inks, said this week that it has raised a round of financing. The funding was led by 500 Startups. The round also included Ruvento, a Singapore-based venture investor.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind The temple door said, “Leave your mind and shoes at the door.” Nodding his head, Ravi walked in. An elderly man stopped him, “Sir, can’t wear your shoes inside.” Ravi said, “Ah..sorry, when I left my mind, I forgot about shoes completely.” They changed the sign reordering the instructions. Sometimes, the order makes a big difference… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized…
  • Lessons from The Instigator Experience – Interview with Srinivas Rao

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    I have known Srini for a number of years and he never ceases to amaze me with his interviews (The Unmistakable Creative series)  and the projects that he pursues such as The Instigator Experience events. Being a co-host of a few Cerebrate events in the past, I am fascinated with the concept of The Instigator Experience. I asked Srini a few questions about the lessons learned from creating and hosting the last event. Here is that interview: RS: Srini, what is the Instigator Experience and more importantly what led you to create this event series? SR: It’s a 2 day bushiness event for people…
  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself Be true to yourself You can only be yourself, everybody else is taken Be You I can go on and also I agree with most of the statements but with a caveat. If you want to feel good about yourself and exercise freedom of speech or freedom of expression then go ahead by all means. Nobody can stop you. But… If you are thinking of meaningful accomplishments, the above theory paints only half the picture. There is a blind spot to avoid with the above approach and if…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
  • How to Handle Thankless Assignments

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
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  • Dropping Like it’s Dot: M-Dot Sites to Lose 50% Share in 2015

    Linda Bustos
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    M-dot sites aren’t dead, just dying.A recent report released by Pure Oxygen Labs surveyed the Internet Retailer 500 Guide (2014) and found use of m-dot sites for ecommerce dropped from 79% in 2013 to 59%, with dynamic serving and responsive sites increasing 12% and 15%, respectively, with share shifting away from first-generation mobile solutions even further this year.Dynamic serving is currently used more often than responsive among m-commerce sites, expected to pass 20% in 2015. Though responsive has several advantages, retailers are opting for dynamic serving to avoid…
  • Why It’s Like 1995 on the Mobile Web Right Now

    Linda Bustos
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Another post on mobile menus?You may recall, GetElastic posted Don’t Make These Mobile Mistakes and Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger already.And Conversion XL posted the excellent mobile menu A/B testing study just last month. (The testing gain amounts to a few hundred thousand dollars of mobile sales a year, not bad).So why another post?The Conversion Scientist Brian Massey summed up on Twitter why mobile menus deserve attention, testing and as many blog posts as the Interwebs can contain about fixing them.Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger?-GetElastic: Comments:It's like 1995 on the…
  • The State of Digital Marketing in 2015 [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    This week’s infographic dissects the state of digital marketing in 2015, from device usage, to customer lifecycle to digital marketing management. Courtesy of SmartInsights.Tweetables80% of Internet users own a smartphone Tweet this37% of consumers use game consoles to surf the Web Tweet this34% of consumers use a smart TV, and 9% a smart watch to surf the Web Tweet thisTablet and Kindle Fire add-to-cart rates are comparable to desktop Tweet this50% of marketers report they have no defined digital strategy Tweet thisMarketers report SEO is the top rated digital channel for 2015 Tweet…
  • The Head to Toe View of the Customer

    Linda Bustos
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    We know about the 360-degree view of the customer: a unified account of interactions across digital and physical touchpoints. Omnichannel Nirvana. But when it comes to in-store analytics, the head-to-toe view of the customer may be what’s next in one-to-one marketing. How are retailers using face and foot recognition to optimize operations? And how does this tie back into digital?The ‘thousand foot’ view of the customerA 29-year old Master’s student at University College London believes assumptions about gender and demographic segments can be made based on…
  • 3 Beacon Trends to Watch in 2015

    Linda Bustos
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Mobile is not just another access point for your online business, it’s an in-store shopping aid. According to SapientNitro, 53% of consumers prefer shopping in-store vs other channels. 81% of these shoppers want to interact with their phones in-store, and 61% want to use “any device” (PC, smartphone or tablet) to help them shop. And beacons are one of the ways to play in the phygital age of retail.What are some of the retail beacon trends to watch this year?Passive BeaconsMobileShopTalk’s Beaconing by Request Enters the Market outlines 3 different types of beaconing: active…
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  • Don’t Be Fooled By Mismanaged Data

    Tim Berry
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Here’s another great example of why you don’t blindly trust research. This illustration comes from this Gizmodo post. Post author Jesus Diaz is not saying this means what it seems to say (see his conclusion below). But here you are with another example of how easy it is to get the wrong conclusions, especially when the research is summarized to easy conclusions. Gizmodo author Jesus Diaz doesn’t say where this data comes from, nor does he define the terms, which is fine with me because the data makes the point. And I like the way he concludes: p.s. If you take this seriously,…
  • Q&A: What Do I Include in a 1-Page Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I received this question overnight from my ask-me-a-question page: I am entering a competition that is asking for a one page business plan and I am having a hard time trying to determine what to put on it and what not to include. What information is absolutely required? To answer this well I’d need to know the criteria set up for the competition. Some are more concrete than others. Some are more about the idea, but most emphasize investment potential. I think of what I want to see as I review submissions to an angel investment group. These are essential to me: The problem you solve. This is…
  • Q&A: Winning Business Plan for a Competition

    Tim Berry
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    How do you do a winning business plan for a business plan competition? I’m glad you asked. I’m a frequent judge of these competitions so it’s in my interest to help you improve your chances by developing a better business plan, pitch presentation, summary, and elevator speech. So that you know, I’m answering this question with reference to the mainstream high-profile business plan competitions I’ve judged many times, including the University of Texas’ Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition, and the University of Oregon’s…
  • Do We Want Our News Crowdsourced?

    Tim Berry
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    And what do we do if the Internet doesn’t disappear? Whether we want our news crowdsourced, or not, I don’t think we have a choice. The steady onslaught of rapid information via the new technologies – digital, social media, et. al. – is happening. In the background, traditional news media get less attention (readers, viewers, web traffic) and that means less money to pay for traditional journalism. And traditional journalism costs money. What real reporters do is work. I recently ran across Can Silicon Valley disrupt journalism if journalists hate being disrupted? by Emily Bell…
  • How do I make a good pitch deck for investors?

    Tim Berry
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    This is my answer to How do I make a good pitch deck for investors? on Quora. First you need to differentiate between the pitch deck you leave behind for its information value – which has more words – and the pitch deck you use when you are there talk, which should be much more pictures than words, ideally just a title and a compelling photograph. Don’t confuse the two: A pitch to be read must be very different from a pitch that supports a live presentation with you talking. Different media, different styles. In either case, what you want to show is something like this (but be…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Asking why

    Jonas Downey
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Last week I asked a question on Twitter: If you have a personal website, why do you have it? Some people used their site as a hub that collects their online identities. Others liked to fiddle with web tech or writing. Several treated it as a showcase for their professional work, to possibly get a job. Everyone else, it seems, didn’t have a reason aside from a general feeling of obligation. I think that last group indicates a sea change. In the early days of the web, your site was a big part of your identity. It was one of the best places to share information, prove your geek mettle, and…
  • Lead Android at Basecamp!

    Nick
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    We’re looking for a programmer to lead us on Android and push us further into the platform. This is a unique opportunity: we don’t hire often! We’ve got a serious foothold in the ecosystem, and we want you to take us to the next level. Here’s a little preview of Basecamp for Android right now: We’re happy to welcome applicants based anywhere around the world. Our office is based in Chicago, but our team is spread out over multiple countries and time zones. You can work from anywhere! We’re so serious about working remotely that we even wrote a book about it. Basecamp offers…
  • Effort in the Application: sites that got our attention and got Basecampers their jobs

    Mig Reyes
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    We’re really proud of the small-but-mighty team we’ve built here at Basecamp. Hiring is hard. Likewise, landing a great job is hard. In a sea of resumes, effort rises to the top. Here are a few of the websites and commissioned challenges that helped these Basecampers score their job here. Note: our company was called 37signals before we became Basecamp in 2014. Ryan Singer (Designer, Product Manager) was one of a few designer candidates that Jason picked in 2003 for a chance to join 37signals to work on client projects. The design challenge? Redesign the Verizon Wireless homepage. Ryan…
  • Sometimes there really is an easy button

    Noah
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    For a long time, I was frankly somewhat dogmatic about the tools I used to analyze data: Give me a SQL connection, R, and my trusty calculator and that’s all I need. If I need to make a report, I’ll just use Rails and HTML. Open source or bust. For most of my four years here at Basecamp, that was mostly how I worked, and it was fine. I think I was reasonably productive (or at least productive enough to stay gainfully employed). I built a lot of tooling and reporting for the rest of the company, and I did some analyses that I’m proud of. These tools were all I needed, but it…
  • One of Basecamp's Water Coolers is a chatroom dedicated to pets

    Kristin
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    As you can see from Dan’s post, lots of us are animal lovers. Back when I lived in Chicago, a few of us would take turns hosting a workday that we would call “Bring Your Work to [Pet’s Name] Day.” When Ann, Sam, and Trevor came to my apartment for “Bring Your Work to Clementine Horsetooth Day,” we worked from my couch and enjoyed the occasional interruption by Clementine, my elderly Siamese cat. She strutted around flirting with the newcomers: stretching and yawning and shaking her tail. At “Bring Your Work to Hector Day,” a bunch of us holed up in Sam’s loft with his…
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  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
  • 8 Unconventional Lessons From Quitting My Job At HubSpot

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

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

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

    Greg Anderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    The true measure of a VC firm is their return on investments, but you can't help but notice that Helsinki-based early stage VC firm Inventure has been making more and more noise in the past year, both with the quantity of investments and the growth of the organization. Today Inventure announces they've added on two new Venture partners who are working on expanding Inventure's presence outside of their native Finland. Taking a stake in Sweden Inventure has added on Daniel Lauren, who has been acting as an Angel investor as well as an entrepreneur; According to Inventure Lauren has founded or…
  • E-commerce veteran Dan Nilsson unveils two new ventures

    Iryna // Oresund Startups
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    The Swedish e-commerce scene is about to become stronger than ever as the year starts with two new initiatives launched. On the one hand there is launch of groundbreaking measurement tool for e-commerce sector that will help with in-depth analysis of industry’s performance, the E-handel Index. And on the other hand there is creation of new e-commerce park of Sweden a coworking space and logistics center that aims to solve e-commerce companies problems related to logistics, operations or warehouses. What is notable is that the name of Dan Nilsson, founder of Ehandel.se and former…
  • Rovio hit with big departure: Laes steps down as EVP of Games

    Greg Anderson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Talouselema reports that Jami Laes is leaving Rovio to start his own gaming company, stepping down as Executive Vice President of Games. Angry Birds merchandise has infiltrated ever corner of your local cornershop but Rovio has had trouble following up with gaming hits, putting up titles like Amazing Alex, Bad Piggies, and Angry Birds Go! with moderate success. Today Rovio's classic hit, Angry Birds, is their highest ranked title at #19 on the U.S. paid iOS charts, which translates to #236 on the Top Grossing charts. This December Rovio laid off 110 employees (less than their projected 130)…
  • Outracks' Fuse raises €2.47 Million for cross-platform apps

    Greg Anderson
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    You might roll your eyes when you hear that another cross-platform mobile app development platform has raised a couple million, but Norway's Fuse, created by Outracks Technologies, is pulling from their deep knowledge of app development and phone hardware to make it easier for developers to make parallel versions of apps for iOS and Android. Now Northzone has put €2.47 million in funding raised for Fuse, which should launch their beta later this quarter. With cross-platform app development tools all over the place, Fuse is getting into a crowded market but I would bet on the company's…
  • TechHub Riga aims for €40,000 to travel around the world

    Marija Odineca
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    Latvia's oldest co-working space TechHub Riga has filmed a video to promote startup culture and gather some funds for TechHub Riga fundraising campaign. The story of the piece revolves around tech heroes based in Valley of Spirit conquering new heights of success by traveling around the startup world. You can view the piece here: Since its inception in 2012 TechHub Riga has been home  for more than 40 startups, including great Latvian success stories like Cobook (now FullContact), Fastr Books, Sellfy, Froont, MaxTraffic and Infogr.am.To date TechHub Riga alumniare employing more than…
 
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  • Pitch for Blossom

    public
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Company / App Name: Blossom https://www.blossom.io Twitter – blossom_io What does it do? Blossom is a super lightweight project management tool for software developers. Why do we need it? Software is shipped continuously now, not in “Sprints” . Stand-up meetings no longer work, teams are distributed. Yet all dominant project management tools & methodologies fail to acknowledge this. Who is it for? What makes it stand out from the crowd? Blossom is as simple as Trello and built for people who work on software projects. We tightly integrate with Github feature branches…
  • Pitch for PlanDo

    public
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Company / App Name: PlanDo http://www.plando.so Twitter – PlanDoSo What does it do? PlanDo is a new application that will allow users with similar interests and hobbies to connect with each other for activities that they love doing. Why do we need it? PlanDo is trying to change that with a simple idea to connect people who have common interests and empower them to discover and engage in a community. Who is it for? What makes it stand out from the crowd? User experience is the essential element when we design PlanDo. From website to App to support channel, we put our customer first.
  • Pitch for SnappyStamp

    public
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Company / App Name: SnappyStamp http://www.SnappyStamp.com Twitter – SnappyStamp What does it do? The insanely easy was to post a letter! Securely post a letter in seconds from directly within Microsoft Word. The clever SnappyStamp task pane allows you to enter the address and post your letter via our 18 global posting stations. Why do we need it? We all use Microsoft Word but when we want to post a letter nothing has changed. We print the document, stuff it in an envelope, hunt for a stamp and head off to the post office. SnappyStamp is your very own post office right inside Word. Who…
  • Pitch for Fincus

    public
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Company / App Name: Fincus http://www.fincus.com Twitter – FincusApp What does it do? Fincus gives you the fastest solution to make hangout plans with your friends and preset meet-up destinations through text messages.No need to open any apps to figure out where you’re going. No need to even type. Why do we need it? How to make a hangout plan via text messages? Traditional: Message > Yelp > Google Maps > Copy Address > Paste Fincus: Message > Fincus This is what fincus can do for you: let your fingers be more focused. Who is it for? Everyone who wants to have best…
  • Pitch for Warewolf ESB

    public
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Company / App Name: Warewolf ESB http://warewolf.io Twitter – https://twitter.com/Warewolf_io What does it do? Warewolf ESB is the easiest service bus available and can be deployed by anyone, into any system, anywhere, anytime… it’s 100% open source and free. Why do we need it? Wouldn’t it be great to empower software developers to get out of the noise generated by complex, time-consuming applications and to be able to focus on the big picture? The world of Service Buses is overly complex and intricate. Who is it for? Software developers What makes it stand out from the crowd?
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • How to Create Your Minimum Viable Product

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So after you learn that the market for your business is validated, where do you go from there? It’s time to create a Minimum Viable Product. A hugely important concept to startups and entrepreneurs, the MVP can help set your business on the right track. But what exactly is an MVP? How do you use it and what purpose does it serve? In the presentation below, Raff Paquin discusses what is accomplished by creating a Minimum Viable Product, as well as how to turn an idea or prototype into an MVP and how to monetize the insights that you gain from your MVP. Raff Paquin was part of the…
  • Peerby Featured on fd, eMeter Highlighted on The Hindu, and more Grad News

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over [total_graduates] new technology companies across [total_cities] cities, [total_countries] countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over [total_jobs] new jobs.  In the past few weeks, Peerby was featured on fd., eMeter was highlighted on The Hindu, Heddoko was mentioned on I4U News, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Peerby featured on fd.: Centraal Beheer in zee met start-up Peerby (fd.): Peerby, an Amsterdam Graduate is an…
  • 3 Traits Every Successful Entrepreneur Must Have, According to the Experts

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Who doesn't want great advice?  But with the plethora of knowledge out there, who has the time to keep track of which advice is the have-to-know's or must-do's? We do! By sifting through recent articles, guides, top ten lists, and infographics written by experts around the web, we've distilled the Top 3 pieces of advice that entrepreneurs need to know on a key topic.  Featured across several sources, this week's topic features the traits of successful entrepreneurs (number of article appearances in parenthesis); 1. Successful Entrepreneurs are Resilient. According to experts around…
  • 4 SaaS tricks to Increase your Customer Engagement and Retention

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The following is a guest post from Dave Schneider, of Ninja Outreach. The post covers 4 techniques that they are currently using to increase their customer engagement and retention. Use this real life actionable business advice to increase your customer retention and engagement. Enjoy! At NinjaOutreach, our blogger prospecting and outreach software startup, we’re always interested in three things: Activation Engagement Retention Naturally data is always at the focal point of understanding how we can improve these critical metrics. While I always try to advocate speaking with customers…
  • Heddoko to Compete in Wearable Technology World Cup

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Heddoko, a Montreal-based startup that has won many awards, has raised $350,000 in funding. In addition, Heddoko will compete as finalists in Germany in the WT Wearable Technology World Cup in February of this year. They are one of 20 finalists, selected from 500 competitors. The founders of Heddoko are both Latin American, Alex Fainberg of Argentina, and Mazen Elbawab of Brazil. Despite the fact that they both had full-time jobs, they decided to pursue their ideas behind Heddoko full-time, which led to them attending the Founder Institute in Montreal to help get their ideas off the ground.
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    OnlyOnce

  • ReturnShip Program

    Matt Blumberg
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ReturnShip Program Today is a very exciting day for Return Path as we launch a new program we have been cooking for more than a year called the ReturnShip program. (Sometimes the name of our company comes in handy.) Return Path has always had a significant commitment to building a strong and diverse organization as well as supporting and encouraging women to pursue careers in technical environments.  To this end, I’m very excited to share progress on our ReturnShip program: after a small pilot last year, our inaugural group of six female returnees will join Return Path in a variety of…
  • How to Ask For a Raise

    Matt Blumberg
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How to Ask For a Raise I’m guessing this topic will get some good play, both internally at Return Path and externally.  It’s an important topic for many reasons, although one of the best ones I can think of is that most people aren’t comfortable asking for raises (especially women and more introverted people, according to lots of research as well as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In). My whole point in writing this is to make compensation part of normal conversations between a manager and a team member.  This requires the manager making it comfortable (without negative stigma), and the…
  • Typing as Core Competency

    Matt Blumberg
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Typing as Core Competency We just had our annual typing tournament in the Return Path New York office, and it got me thinking on this topic.  Fits, hats off to my colleague Rosemary Girouard for her smashing victory this year, even with an injury, and to fellow finalists Caroline Pearl and Nicole Niemiec for excellent showings. So this is going to sound silly, but I’m increasingly thinking that typing speed is a core competency for many jobs.  With special thanks to my 8th grade typing teacher, Mrs. Van Vranken, my typing training on an old-school typewriter has paid off.  I type 100…
  • 35 at 15

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    This was a big week for Return Path.  First we announced a $35mm financing led by Vista Equity Partners, an exceptional private equity firm that I’d never heard of before the middle of the fundraising process a few months ago.  We are happy to have them join our very strong board and syndicate and even happier to have additional investment capital to accelerate our growth, especially in newer businesses for us like Email Fraud Protection and our overall data and analytic capabilities. But in some ways even more important, or at least more sentimentally important news this week is…
  • Autocorrect for life

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Autocorrect for life I used to joke that life should have an undo button, the ultimate Control-Z for when something goes wrong. But lately, I’ve been more of the mind that life should work like an Apple device with a good Autocorrect function. Why just undo things when they can be fixed in the blink of an eye, before anyone even knows they went wrong? Press reply-all when you are bcc’d on an email because you forgot to look at the header closely enough?  No problem, Autocorrect for Life(AFL) will change it to a simple reply. Fender bender while parallel parking?  AFL is there to…
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    Techstars

  • Techstars Ventures Raises New $150M Fund

    David Cohen
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today, we are unveiling our third and newest Techstars Ventures fund. Techstars Ventures 2014 is a $150M seed and series A fund. The fund’s strategy is to invest in companies emerging from the Techstars ecosystem, which includes Techstars accelerator program graduates, new companies started by Techstars alumni, and companies formed by Techstars mentors. Since 2007, companies in our ecosystem of founders, alumni and mentors have raised more than $5 billion in venture capital from a diverse set of leading venture capital firms. We are incredibly proud of these existing portfolio companies,…
  • Disney Accelerator 2015 Applications are Open

    Cody Simms
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Today we are thrilled to announce that applications are open for the 2015 Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The program will run in Los Angeles from July 6 through our Demo Day on October 6, 2015. Now in its second year, the Disney Accelerator offers media and entertainment technology startups $120,000 in investment capital along with mentor support from top Disney executives, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and other notables from the entertainment and technology communities. In addition, all participants benefit from becoming part of the growing global Techstars network. Here is…
  • How Techstars Works

    Megan Sweeney
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Do you want to know what it’s really like to be in a Techstars program? Techstars provides a massive interconnected network that founders can access for life, but it begins with an intense three-month program and you may be wondering how it all works. With 15 programs across the world, including corporate accelerators with partners like Disney, Qualcomm, Barclays, Sprint, R/GA and more, there is an accelerator program for every kind of entrepreneur. Check out the schedule here and apply today! We hope this video shows the true essence of what it’s like to be part of Techstars. …
  • Squirrel Co-Founder On How Mentorship Supported His Business

    Mutaz Qubbaj
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Squirrel was one of eleven startups to take part in the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars programme – a growth accelerator funded by Barclays. Here, Co-Founder Mutaz Qubbaj explains how mentorship supported his business through a period of intense development and learning. Squirrel is a financial wellbeing platform designed to help people on low disposable incomes regain control of their financial lives. We do this by working with employers to provide simple saving, budgeting and bill management tools to employees that integrate directly with payroll systems. Squirrel is one of…
  • Where Are They Now – New Videos

    Megan Sweeney
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Towards the end of last year we started a new series of short videos on Techstars companies, Where Are They Now?  We profile some interesting companies, highlighting where they began, what they’re doing today, and some tips on how they got there.  Some Techstars companies we’ve already featured include SendGrid, DigitalOcean, Contently, Rapt Media, Nestio, Sketchfab, Plated, Occipital, Romotive, and more. As of today, 61 companies have been acquired across the Techstars portfolio and 78% are still active.  There are a ton of stories to be told and a lot to learn.
 
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    Valleywag

  • Watch A Google Scientist Try Very Hard Not To Call A Reporter An Idiot

    Dan Lyons
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    James Hamblin is a medical doctor who gave up doctoring to run a health channel for The Atlantic. Hamblin also studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and like every other twat who ever took a class at UCB, he thinks he's hilarious and should totally be on TV.Read more...
  • Elon Musk Turned Into Unwitting Hair Transplant Spokesmodel

    Dan Lyons
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    Billionaire robot-hater Elon Musk is known for having a pretty short temper and a pretty big ego. Which means he probably doesn't appreciate the fact that some website called CosmeSys used his images (above) in a post touting new hair replacement techniques, with the headline, "Elon Musk and New Technologies in Hair Transplant."Read more...
  • The future of humanity in one photo

    Jesus Diaz
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Someone posted this photo on Reddit with this title: "So I got a glimpse of the future this morning..." And indeed, we are going to see this more and more in a near future. I am a big fan of virtual reality that can really fool your brain. I want to live in other worlds, but the consequences are not going to be pretty.Read more...
  • Discuss: Tim Cook Is A Way Better CEO Than Steve Jobs Was

    Dan Lyons
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Apple just earned more profit in a single quarter than any company, ever, and the hacks in Silicon Valley press are fawning all over CEO Tim Cook and praising his genius. But you know what? They're right. Tim Cook is a brilliant CEO. He may, in fact, be way better at running Apple than Steve Jobs was. Let's discuss.Read more...
  • Warning: CEO Of Elite Dating Site Can Ban You Douchebags For Life

    Dan Lyons
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    Amanda Bradford just launched a dating app called The League, which is designed to be used by beautiful, ambitious, intelligent people — you know who you are! — while keeping out the riffraff. Are you in our league? No surprise that some people find this app silly. Or sad. Or offensive. But don't you dare point that out, because Amanda Bradford does not tolerate haters and will use her algorithm to ban you from The League, forever.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • What are ‘Common F’ or Startup Founder Shares?

    Alexander Muse
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Back in 2oo9 Adeo Ressi started the Founder Institute and came up with the idea of a new type of common shares for startup founders called Common F Shares (F stands for founder). These F shares were designed to allow a startup founder to maintain control of his company even if he didn’t own the majority of shares. Until Adeo proposed the idea of a share type that protected founders interests, venture financing documents hadn’t changed since the 1970’s. Wilson Sonsini lawyer Yoichiro Taku drafted the Common F legal documents and Adeo published them on his website (you can…
  • Selling Your Startup in 5 Steps

    Alexander Muse
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    You may have heard the old saying “companies are bought, not sold” and I tend to agree even if Bruce Milne doesn’t. There comes a time in almost every successful entrepreneur’s life when she will receive an unsolicited offer to buy her startup. This is the moment of truth. Should you take a bird in the hand or let it ride to see if you can build that billion dollar company your investors expect? In this post I’ll assume you’ve decided to sell and give you the benefit of a few of my experiences. First, you need to realize that there is a very real…
  • Startup Acquisitions in 17 Easy Steps

    Alexander Muse
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In my experience acquisitions are hard and often fall through. Given the recent spat of news about an acquisition that we may or may not making, depending on who you talk to (Houstonia, Dallas Business Journal, D Magazine), I thought it might make sense to outline the steps of an acquisition. Step One: Determine whether or not you want to grow your business organically or through acquisition. Spend a lot of time answering this question. Acquisitions really are disruptive and sometimes detrimental to your business. Step Two: Find a target acquisition. Most targets are private companies and…
  • Maintaining Control of your Startup

    Alexander Muse
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    When you launch your first startup and raise your first round of venture capital you should simply feel lucky. Only 1% of companies seeking venture capital actually receive any funding at all. But by the time you’re raising capital for your second startup you should really start thinking about securing control. Far too many of us have raised venture capital only to be encouraged or forced to make silly decisions by our boards or investors. You don’t have to believe me, take it from my of my current investors, Dave McClure who suggests, “Most VCs Are Stupid, Insufferable,…
  • StartupMuse Office Hours

    Alexander Muse
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Most mornings I do office hours either at Cafe Express (on McKinney) or Ascension (on Oak Lawn). When I get to either location I will tweet the venue and time period (follow me on Twitter @amuse). Office hours are primarily for members and applicants to my mentoring program. If you’re an entrepreneur you should consider applying to my mentoring program and even if it isn’t a great fit for you, you’ll be able to drop in and share a cup of coffee and some entrepreneurial fellowship.
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  • Startups are the new MTV – and 15 other thoughts for 2015

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    As we are now in 2015, midway through the second decade of the new millennium, I thought I’d reflect on shifts I am seeing in culture, commerce and technology. Many are counter intuitive to what we might read in Business Insider or Buzzfeed. It’ll take you about 12 minutes to read and it will be worth the effort. The first thought is pretty obvious. Startups are the new MTV. They’ve become a pop culture phenomenon. They are not only a cool thing to be involved in, but as like pop stardom in the 1980s, the promise of potential riches and global fame are part of the…
  • How to build financial wealth in 1 sentence.

    Steve Sammartino
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    The way in which all financial wealth is built, time immemorial is this: Find a way to make money when you are not in the room. This formula has never actually changed. All the traditional investments fit this definition. Property, Rents, Dividends, Interest, Equity and even creating a startup which becomes bigger than us. Essentially, we need to invent more than 24 hours in a day through the labour of others. We need revenue which is controlled rather than earned. We can build it, or buy it, either way can work. Some ways are faster than others. But if you want to generate money, then you…
  • A christmas story about how technology does not change us

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Yesterday I went shopping to buy all our favourite foods for Christmas. I paid a visit to the supermarket, the bakery, the deli, the fruit & veggie store and accumulated many guilty pleasures. As well as all of those foods we rarely let our kids eat. Most times we go shopping our kids love to come to the door and inspect the bounty of what we have brought home. They inspect the bags while we are trying to carry them into the kitchen tripping under our feet, hoping to see we have bought them a treat. But this week was especially bountiful. The bags were filled with DNA enticing high sugar…
  • So what really happened to newspapers – in data?

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    We know that newspapers are in decline. We know that we are shifting where we get our news, both in channel and in provider. Gone are the days when we have a few local TV stations, radio and newspapers to get our news from. News is more fragmented than any industry I can think of. But the truth is that we’ve never read more and watched more news per person than we do today. We just do it in different places and more of them. But how far have the printed version of newspapers really declined? Will they even exist in a few years or will they join the record stores and CD’s?
  • Little Data – Insurance, finance and digital footprints

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    General Thesis: Cheap technology is changing everything. There’s a deluge of data being created by all economic participants. But, this time buyers, sellers and employers all participate and have access. It’s no longer just top down business infrastructure, but quickly becoming horizontal. Access is now greater than ownership. This means that in a data driven economy, areas that previously did not affect insurance and finance industries are starting to. Their biggest competitors in 5 years is more likely to come from outside their industry, as is of course any new revenue…
 
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    Springwise

  • The dead can now pass on Bitcoin and Twitter followers in their will

    Springwise
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Add / Remove Vast areas of people’s lives are now lived out in the digital world. Social media profiles, financial accounts and professional and personal emails are now regarded as digital assets and they are closely protected in life by passwords and access codes. But these protective measures can become unwelcome obstacles when someone dies, leaving behind a complicated and confusing digital legacy. Often relatives and friends don’t know how much their loved ones have locked up in their e-wallets and PayPal accounts. But the UK’s Planned Departure is now offering users a…
  • Dudr turns smartphone photography into a 24-hour social game

    Springwise
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Add / Remove There are now so many photo-sharing apps that it’s hard to get too excited about yet another one hitting the market. However, a recent tendency for product developers to harken back to old processes in the digital age is producing interesting results. We recently wrote about PrintSnap, which uses barebones tech to mimic the functions of the classic Polaroid instant cameras, and now Dudr is a smartphone app which recalls the fun and spontaneity of the disposable camera. Developed by a German startup, the app requires users — usually groups of friends or guests of an event…
  • What Goldilocks can teach you about health care reform

    Springwise
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Add / Remove Remember Goldilocks, the fairy tale home invader who rifled through the three bears’ belongings before settling down for a comfy nap? While Goldie assessed the bears’ possessions as too big, too small or just right, business decision-makers are attempting to assess what they must do to comply with the changes brought about by health care reform. After all, how companies react to and implement the Affordable Care Act’s 1,000-plus pages of guidance, regulations and notices depends on how many full-time equivalent employees they have on staff. Aflac has compiled targeted…
  • Gadget library rents out wearables

    Springwise
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Add / Remove As property costs rise, people are attempting to cram their lives into increasingly small but affordable spaces. The lure of minimal living grows stronger, and in this climate, services which enable consumers to rent rather than buy their products are flourishing. We have already seen companies rent out everything from jeans to electric cars. Lumoid is a US photographic equipment rental service which has recently expanded its ‘library’ to include wearables and drones — enabling customers to try-before-they-buy the latest high tech gadgets. Lumoid’s catalogue…
  • Autonomous robot is personal assistant, cameraman and home security system in one

    Springwise
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Last year we wrote about Jibo — the world’s first family Robot — a friendly AI device which uses facial recognition and natural language processing to offer personal assistance in the home. Jibo is a table top device with more than a passing resemblance to Pixar’s endearing animated lamp, that is programmed to become a social and interactive member of the…
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  • Entrepreneurial Traits and Multi-tasking

    Aruni
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Happy New Year!  I thought I’d get a new post out before the 15th of January, but here we are half way through the first month of 2015! My boss shared this link: The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs (Tenacity, Passion, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Vision, Self-belief, Flexibility, and Rule-breaking) with our team a while back.  I was surprised that they said most entrepreneurs weren’t neurotic.  I’ve met more than a few neurotic entrepreneurs and have felt like one myself at times…maybe they define it differently than I have seen others exhibit it. There are so many…
  • Crossing the Corpus Callosum – Music & Analytics

    Aruni
    27 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Entrepreneurs can be a little conflicted at times.  Some of us are very analytical and logical.  Some are very creative (artistic, musical, etc.) and conceptual.  Some are both. For those of us who cross the corpus callosum often, it can cause some interesting right brain/left brain integration challenges and short circuits.  I know this from personal existential experiences…we can sometimes be misunderstood.  We know how to use a spreadsheet, but all of our ideas and feelings can’t always be confined to a logical process of deduction.  Maybe it’s like wearing bi- or…
  • Happy Boxing Day – 2014

    Aruni
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I wonder why we don’t celebrate Boxing Day (aka St. Stephen’s Day) here in the US?  It seems like a mighty fine holiday to me!  The weeks leading up to the holidays seemed extra busy this year, so I had to take “holiday card” off the list of things to do this year. In lieu of a festive blog post, here are some interesting reads: Women at Work: A Guide for Men - The Wall Street Journal – This is a very good article about women in business! Time’s Up for ‘Timeout’ – The Atlantic A progressive group of neurology researchers wants to…
  • Strengths and Weaknesses – How They Impact Our Worlds

    Aruni
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I read and took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment back in 2011, and what it told me my Top 5 strengths were seemed to make sense at the time, although I was surprised at what they call “Woo.”  I just joined a new company where strengths are valued, and I had the opportunity to take the assessment again, but this time it was the original version: Now, Discover Your Strengths(Amazon link). It’s a useful tool to help you understand yourself and others. Interestingly, two of my Top 5 strengths changed from the last time I took it.  The two that dropped out were Strategic and…
  • Transitions are Constant

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

  • OnePlus teases first in-house Android operating system: OxygenOS

    Owen Williams
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    After OnePlus had trouble with Cyanogen turning its back on the company in India, it started working on its own Android release for its phones. Today, it announced that the upcoming operating system will be called OxygenOS, following a competition the company ran asking for community members to suggest names. OnePlus says that “we will be launching our own ROM in the near future” and will be “software that is open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features.” More information on the company’s forthcoming software will be announced on February 12th. ➤ OnePlus ROM:…
  • This website will make you nostalgic with a musical timeline of your life

    Owen Williams
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    There’s nothing better than a little nostalgic music, right? Retrojam, a free website, generates a nice visual timeline of popular music from your childhood from just your birth date. Once you put in the date of your birthday, the website lays out a timeline with playlists from different eras of your childhood. Each playlist is built using Spotify, so you’re able to add the tracks from your high school year or from the year of your birth there easily for later reminiscing without using Retrojam. Some of the recommendations I received reminded me of tracks I had totally forgotten even…
  • iTunes 12 updated with Yosemite Notification Center Widget

    Roberto Baldwin
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Apple updated iTunes to version 12.1 with a new Notification Center Widget. The new iTunes Widget lets you see what’s playing, skip ahead to the next song and buy songs if you’re listening to iTunes Radio. Apple says the update also improves the syncing performance of iOS devices. ➤ iTunes
  • This 10,000 fps slow-mo video shows just how complex DSLR cameras are

    Napier Lopez
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Cameras are so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget what amazing pieces of technology they are, high-end DSLRs in particular. Check out this 10,000 fps footage from The Slow Mo Guys if you want to see just how complex. As the video explains, DSLRs use clever optical tricks to get everything done. A mirror bounces up the image coming through the lens through a prism so you can look through the viewfinder, for instance, while simultaneous redirecting some of the light to an autofocus sensor. As soon as you press the shutter button, however, that mirror array flips up, allowing a separate…
  • Dropbox’s Carousel gets new album and scrolling features for its Web photo app

    Jackie Dove
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    You know how convenient that speed scroller is in your mobile Carousel app? Well, now it’s arrived on the desktop version of Dropbox’s photo app. No longer do you have to plow through all your photos to find the right ones to share or to use for a new album. A mouse or a touchpad swipe can swiftly take you to specific dates in your photo collection. The speed scroller is automatically available to help you access your timeline as you hover your mouse on the right-hand side of the screen. Oh, and about those albums: Carousel now also has the ability to create… This story…
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    The Product Guy

  • Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers

    Jeremy Horn
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers”.  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…
  • Getting to Here with Great Mentors in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2014 tick? Getting to Here > What key people helped shape you into the product manager you are today? I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing and talented people over the last 16 years. One of them is Andrey, who was the CEO of a small startup company called Slando. He is an inspiring leader and a great friend, who sold his first online business at the age of 18 and…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 3 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:09 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… Interaction Designer @ Vitals (New York, NY)Keywords: Interaction Design, UI, User Experiencehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1058&lf=twf Senior UX Designer @ Vitals (New York, NY)Keywords:…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 3 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:28 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 Delivery Manager @ Viacom (NYC)Keywords: distribution, partnerships, product manager, syndicationhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1055&lf=twf Product Delivery Associate @ Viacom…
  • The Best Product Person of 2014 is…

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Out of the hundreds of nominations, and 3 amazing finalists, the 5th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Ladislav Bartos. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2014: Ladislav Bartos. (tweet) Ladislav believes that success is in simplicity. That’s why his aim is to help companies to make complex products simple for users. He lives in London,…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • My New Essay on Lessons Learned

    Ben Casnocha
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    I wrote a long essay about what I learned from Reid Hoffman over the past 4.5 years. I also describe some of what I did from 2012 to 2014 — a behind-the-scenes role I haven’t written about until now. You can read the full essay here.
  • Fortune Magazine: Treat Your Career Like a Start-up

    Ben Casnocha
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
    There’s a feature story in Fortune magazine this month with a suggested 2015 resolution for all professionals: treat your career as a startup. Delighted to see our book The Start-up of You as an anchor in the piece, and to see the career story of Nitin Julka highlighted as well. Nitin is featured on the Start-up of You web site as a case study in someone who used the principles of the book to transform his career: On a quarterly basis, he conducts a life assessment and reviews what he considers to be his professional competitive advantage. Among his “most unique” attributes he…
  • HR Magazine: 2015 Trendsetters

    Ben Casnocha
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Excited to be on the cover of HR Magazine this month as a Trendsetter for 2015. We certainly hope 2015 is the year of The Alliance!
  • Experiencing Hawaii for the First Time

    Ben Casnocha
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Having spent most of my life in California and loving to travel, it’s been an odd fact that I had never been to Hawaii. Well, it’s a fact no more. I had a lovely New Year’s in Maui with good friends, food, and books. And no email or Twitter for five full days, which is always a refreshing respite. Hawaii is indeed magical in winter time. A few theories. First, the climate: it’s warm there when it’s cold here, with no humidity. Second, the spirit of calm. It’s the natural Hawaain culture, I suppose. More important is the fact that pretty much all the…
  • Grammar Wars

    Ben Casnocha
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Joseph Epstein, one of my favorite writers, has a fun review of two new books on grammar. N.W. Gwynne argues for the old-school, strict approach to grammar, whereas Steven Pinker argues to relax the old rules and embrace the age of informality, baby. Pinker’s the kind of guy who likes to explode tradition, Epstein says: “Few things give him more pleasure than popping the buttons off what he takes to be stuffed shirts”: the word “whom,” the rules about can vs. may, split infinitives, and so on. The closing paragraph of the review: Rather than align myself with…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • Sorry Professor, The American Dream Is Not Dead

    John Greathouse
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I recently came across a disturbing article entitled, "The American Dream Is An Illusion," written by a college Economics Professor. The Professor argues that, "... recent evidence suggests that, in reality, social mobility rates are extremely low. Seven to ten generations are required before the descendants of high and low status families achieve average status." If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! If You Made It, You're An Outlier The Professor's argument impacted me…
  • Do Not Obsess On Names – Obsess On Delivering Awesome Customer Value

    John Greathouse
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. “With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good.” Really? If Smucker’s can annually generate hundreds of millions in sales for a variety of food products, there is little risk that a mediocre company or product name will preclude you from achieving similar success. The value of an ideal name, attached to a product or company that does not deliver an economically viable value proposition, is zero. Beyond names, the only thing you should spend less time obsessing over is your logo. Thus, do not obsess during the…
  • American Entrepreneurs – Be Happy You Are Not In Spain

    John Greathouse
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. One of my top former students, Fredi Fernandez, recently sent me a compelling email. After studying at UC Santa Barbara's entrepreneurial program, he returned to Spain, excited to start a venture and make a positive impact on his homeland. He founded Alpha Origins in 2011. Although he has helped a number of startups gain traction, he is now questioning if he should flee Spain, given the recent passage of the unprecedented Exit Tax, which seeks to tax potential, unrealized wealth. Fredi's email is worth reading, as it reinforces how…
  • Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

    John Greathouse
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In his premier film appearance in the blaxploitation send-up “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” Chris Rock inadvertently addresses a key pricing challenge faced by most entrepreneurs. Watch this 93-second clip and see if you can identify the pricing pitfall addressed in this humorous snippet. Caution: contains a bit of profanity (it is Chris Rock, after all). If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! How Much For A Rib? A recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the…
  • Honesty Is An Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon

    John Greathouse
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Standing on the courthouse steps, moments after receiving his permanent residency Green Card, John Lennon was asked if he harbored a grudge against the Nixon Administration for tapping his phone, putting him under surveillance and mounting a multi-year attempt to deport him. Without missing a beat, John smiled and said, “Time wounds all heels.” Truer words were never spoken. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Not only was the phrase apt in Lennon’s case, it is also…
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    Young Upstarts

  • How To Improve Internal Communications In Your Business

    Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    by Ian Cowley, managing director of www.cartridgesave.co.uk As your company grows and your workforce increases, it is vital that you have a robust internal comms strategy in place. All your employees should feel they can speak with ease to members of their team, as well as their senior managers. Miscommunication at home or in social situations can easily lead to arguments; in the workplace the repercussions can be far more severe – unmotivated employees, unsure of what the future may hold and ultimately a high turnover of staff. You’ve put the effort into attracting and training the best…
  • Commercial Current Accounts: A Primer

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Business current accounts offer various financial advantages over personal bank accounts, yet many businesses are not taking advantage of these. One of most important is, first and foremost; the ability to keep your business transactions separate from your personal finances. If you’re operating a small to medium size business, either online or physically as a sole trader and aren’t already utilizing your bank’s commercial account services, you could be shooting yourself in the foot financially. We’ve put together a guide below to answer some of the most commonly asked…
  • 5 Pointless Resume Practices Salespeople Should Avoid

    Contributor
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    by Robyn Melhuish, Communications Manager at MedReps.com For each corporate job posting, employers receive about 250 resumes, and using tired old resume tips could be keeping yours at the bottom of the stack. At one point in time, these resume tips were well-intentioned, but many of them no longer make sense for sales job seekers. Here are five outdated resume practices you should ban from your sales resume: 1. Writing an Objective. The time your resume has to impress a recruiter is precious. On average, recruiters spend just six seconds reviewing a resume. Including an objective statement…
  • iPhone 6 Fuels Record Growth For Apple: TBR

    Contributor
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    by Jack Narcotta, Devices Analyst at Technology Business Research With the release of each new version of the iPhone, Apple’s grip on the most lucrative segments of the mobile device market becomes even stronger, and with the success of the iPhone 6 during Apple’s calendar 4Q14 it is clear that Apple’s dominance of the premium smartphone market is uncontested. For the first time, iPhone revenue accounted for more than two-thirds to total revenue – iPhone revenue climbed 57% year-to-year in 4Q14 to $51.2 billion, accounting for 68.7% of Apple’s total $74.6 billion in revenue in…
  • Before You Start Your New Business, Ask Yourself These Essential Questions

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Launching a new business is one of life’s most exciting pursuits. The culmination of ideas and years of hard work are finally paying off. You’ve got a world-changing idea and a business plan in hand, ready to rock the planet. Most budding entrepreneurs want to jump straight into their new business. They’ll get started immediately and put themselves out there for all to see. Just hold up there a second. Remember that many businesses fail within their first year. The reason for this is a complete lack of planning. A good business requires serious forethought. It involves problem solving…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • 19,000 French websites have been targeted in retaliation for the Messenger of Allah Mohammad #opFrance

    news
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Muslim hacktivist groups have launched one of the largest hacking operations in the history of the Internet, the target is thousands of French websites in retaliation for the messenger of Allah prophet Mohammad (Saal Allah Alih W Salam.) The attacks started after justice has been severed according to many Muslims around the world to the criminals at CharliHebdo who insulted prophet Mohammad with hate cartoons that portray him as a homosexual man! Tunisian hackers group fallaga and United Islamic Cyber Mauritania Attacker and, Anon Ghost among other Muslim hacker groups participated in the…
  • Dubai Based Customized Travel Site HolidayMe Raises Series A funding of $4 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    HolidayMe is a Dubai-based online travel start-up which aims to simplify a user’s holiday by offering on-the-go customized travel options and giving the user the ability to design holiday packages or book standalone hotels, sightseeing, activities and transfers for destinations all over the world. Our website offers over 100,000 hotels and over 8,000 activities to choose from. It also has airport pick up and drop facility across 300 cities globally. The company says that thet intend at giving the control in the hands of the customers by allowing them to pick holiday packages and customise…
  • Breaking: U.S. Central Command’s Twitter Account Hacked By Pro Islamic State Hackers

    news
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    N U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account has been hacked, by what appears to be as Pro Islamic State hacker or might be hackers belonging to the Islamic State. The twitter account started tweeting : “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. “ AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK! “ “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad. “ “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. “ The account also published information of soldiers and commanders of the…
  • SALLA7NY a small device that lets you monitor & diagnose your car performance from your smart phone now crowed funded at Zoomaal

    Gaith Saqer
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    How many times did you face problems with your car while driving and couldn’t figure out what was wrong? How many times were you able to get your car checked in the same time and place where it broke down? How many times did you go to the car repair shop and felt they were overestimating the size of the damage, but didn’t have the needed knowledge or expertise to argue with them? Salla7ny is the answer to these problems, is a small pocket-size device that gives you access to your car-computer data and receive valuable information which you can read on your smart phone or tablet…
  • Teletimes International and 10s other Websites Hacked Pro ISIS Algerian Hacker Post “I Love ISIS”

    news
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    A Hacker team calling it self Team System DZ saying they are from Algeria hacked the website of Middle East regional Telecom and IT magazine Teletimes International and 10s other websites The hacker posted on the hacked sites “I love ISIS” according to his profile on facebook the hacker also managed to deface 10s other websites. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Two ways to grow your SaaS business

    mark
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    SaaS is a pretty simple business: You pay to acquire a customer on day one. Over time as you invoice that customer you recover your acquisition cost. From then on, the longer you keep that customer the more profitable they are. As the years go on and you keep more and more customers that you have already paid for, your business as a whole becomes profitable. Simple, right? Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint recently asked whether SaaS startups are less profitable these days. According to his data (below), no matter whether you sell to small companies or enterprise, over time the profitability of…
  • Why you need a CFO…

    mark
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I saw this gem from Prakash Ramachandran CFO, Polyera. This is especially true for early stage startups where CFOs have to wear many hats. If you don’t have one already, this is why you need a CFO: The many role of a startup CFO: • Chief Fund Raising Officer • Chief Accounting Officer • Chief Operations Officer • Chief HR Officer • Chief I.T. Officer • Chief Risk Officer • Chief Strategy Officer • Chief Negotiation Officer The post Why you need a CFO… appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod.
  • Your 2015 Personal Roadmap

    mark
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    At the end of December, I recorded a short video segment for the Toronto Stock Exchange along with someother “knowledgeable” types. Each of us were asked to take a minute to share the one piece of advice that we have for founders and executives as they prepare for the new year. It’s hard to limit yourself to just one piece of advice. There’s so much that  matters. As I thought about it, I went back to my own experience and what I am doing personally to grow in 2015 and picked the thing that matters most: developing ourselves. Many companies operate on a calender year end. If…
  • Down time

    mark
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Today’s my last day in the office for 2014. Tomorrow I will work from home,  wrap up my loose ends and make sure I’m ready to hit the ground running in January. Q1 is always a busy time for finance types and we have a lot to accomplish next year. I’m lucky. FreshBooks closes down between Christmas and New Year. There’s over 170 of us now. But we’re closed from the 24th till Jan 5. That’s a lot of down time and a big investment on our part, but we really believe that our team members need and deserve down time. We always need to be there for our customers,…
  • The importance of optionality

    mark
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    It seems like there is no end to the supply of venture capital these days. Funding rounds are getting larger. The time between funding rounds is getting shorter. For the most part this is all good. As a general rule, my advice to founders and CEOs is: raise what you can, when you can. And now is definitely  a time when companies can raise. But…it’s important to be mindful of the path that you go down by raising more and more capital. In today’s land of plenty it can be tempting to double down before your company is truly ready. That can lead to issues if you don’t…
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    IttyBiz

  • Success Generally Happens After This Part

    Naomi Dunford
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago a client brought us two domain names and asked which one he should choose. Both names were perfectly fine – one was a little more geared towards SEO keywords, and the other leaned towards being better for personal branding. Which one to choose? What choice would give better results? The answer is: It kind of doesn’t matter. People’s first tendency – and I mean all people, not “those stupid ones who are nothing like you and me” – is to overestimate the importance of a single decision. We like to believe in the power of fate and how one specific choice determines…
  • How We Launch, Part 9!

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is that a light at the end of the tunnel? Indeed it is. We have reached the very last part in our behind-the-scenes series on some of our biggest launches, and we’re capping it off with something a little more real-time. So, we’ve told you about eight of our big launches. We told you why and how we made our decisions, what our deciding factors were, and how the behind-the-scenes played out. What are we doing today?  Today, we’re going to do the same with the launch of our BIG LAUNCH class. The one you’re seeing right now. From start to finish, we’re going to tell you how…
  • How We Launch, Part 8: Launching over a holiday

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 8 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches.  You can start at the beginning right here. Today we’re going to talk about the Your Next Six Months class. This was one of my favorite classes to run because it had a lot of the classic IttyBiz flavor to it: Do something no one else is doing, at the weirdest possible time, and name it something obvious. It happened to be coming up on June (right at Memorial Day weekend), and we had been thinking about what we were going to be doing for the next six months. We’d also had a lot of recent clients…
  • How We Launch, Part 7: In which we sell 3 unrelated things and it actually worked.

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 7 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches. You can start at the beginning right here. Spring was rolling around and it was time to release a few new products. Since Dave and I had started working together, we had so many products in the production queue that it was a tough call to figure out when to release them and in what order. We had more products than we had launch slots, and the backlog was getting worse instead of better. We had three ebooks in particular we wanted to release next, though, and we wanted them out as quickly as possible. (You…
  • How We Launch, Part 6: The Launch That Kind Of Wasn’t A Launch.

    Naomi Dunford
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 6 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches. You can start at the beginning right here. Sometimes figuring out how to launch your stuff only comes to you at the last minute. Today we’ll talk about the launch that was actually a relaunch, and a pretty poor example of even that, but which still sold many hundreds of copies. This is where we learn that if you build enough loyalty and authority, you can totally suck and still make money. But first, we’ll flash back. Beginning of 2008, and I didn’t have any products. I had just started consulting…
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    Business of Software US

  • Joe’s First Blog: Review of Rob Walling – ‘The Number one goal of your website’

    Joe Glover
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    Hello dear reader. I’m Joe, I’m a 23 year old former SAP consultant and present day marketing nerd who has recently had the pleasure of joining The BLN. I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting some of the BLN community, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting more in the future. If we haven’t met, please say hi! As part of my assimilation into the BLN, one of my first tasks was to explore some of the content produced over the years by The BLN and BoS. I started with ‘The Number One Goal of Your Website’, delivered by a croaky one man analytical mastermind – Rob…
  • Steve Johnson of Under 10 Consulting: Have we leaned too far?

    Joe Glover
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    This is the link to register, and view Steve’s hangout after the event, the Google Hangout with Steve Johnson of Under10 to discuss his Business of Software Conference USA talk, ‘Have we leaned too far?’ on Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 15.00 GMT. Once the hangout is live you ask questions in two ways – either view the hangout in Google + and use the Q&A feature or use #BoS2015 to chip in on Twitter. Send us your questions on Twitter today and we’ll put them at the top of the queue. Watch the original Business of Software talk on Product Strategy here…
  • Google Hangout with Des Traynor: Recap and Highlights

    Joe Glover
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    “Nothing scales like technical debt” Last Thursday we had the pleasure of Des Traynor’s (Founder of Intercom and Product Strategy Genius) company for nearly an hour on a Google Hangout discussing his talk, ‘Product Strategy is about saying No’. Mark fielded questions to Des on a wide array of issues, whilst our audience also contributed questions using #BoS2015 on Twitter. The talk was informative and provided some deep insight from an expert in the field of product strategy. Des raised some great points which would have no doubt resonated with those attempting to create…
  • Have we Leaned too Far? Steve Johnson at BoS Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Steve Johnson was once described by my most cynical (and perhaps consequently most competent) product manager friend as the only product management guru worth listening too. All together now: Define, Design, Deliver, Refine. He shares a wealth of experience, in this talk where he questions the notion that Lean Methods work, not least because most people haven’t read the book… “With today’s methods, we can build the wrong product faster than ever.” Transcript below and slide deck here if you are short of time.   We will be ‘hanging out’ with Steve…
  • Des Traynor Intercom Product Strategy is about saying No Hangout

    Mark Littlewood
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    This is the link to sign up for, and view after the event, the Google Hangout with Des Traynor of Intercom to discuss his Business of Software Conference USA talk, Product Strategy is about saying, ‘No!’ on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 13.00 GMT. Once the hangout is live you ask questions in two ways – either view the hangout in Google + and use the Q&A feature (well hidden in the top right corner  of the hangout screen under the set of ‘google blocks’) or use the hashtag #BoS2015 to chip in on Twitter. Send us your questions on Twitter today and…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below. But first: If you’ve not got an innovation plan in the process of being executed, right now, you are treading water and will eventually drown. So what’s stopping you from kicking off an innovation initiative? I often hear resources. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects,…
  • Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

    GREGG FRALEY
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation This is an article length, comprehensive post on Mash-Ups for Innovation. To say the least Mash-Ups hold great promise in helping people and organizations find useful and sometimes breakthrough innovations. This article will likely be part of a book on the front end of innovation that’s in development, stay tuned. Meanwhile I hope you find this guide useful. To digest this in bits, simply use the index to go to the section that interests you. There is value to reading these sections in order, but for those with an urgent need, you’ll find…
  • Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

    GREGG FRALEY
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Death or Kryptonite? From Superman Wiki I have a  vinyl record with one of those strategic skips that has it repeating — it drives me nuts — but I still play the record because I love the song so much. The song is Jimmy Olsen’s Blues by the Spin Doctors. It’s a hard rocker about the lament of Superman’s pal who has a crush on Superman’s gal. In the song Jimmy Olsen is competing with the man of steel for the affection of Miss Lois Lane. He’s got a secret weapon, a pocketful of Kryptonite. Innovation ca feel a lot like that — your competition…
  • The Invisible Elephant of Non-Self-Expression

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Late Night Dream Anxiety Re: Self-Expression I had a dream last night about self-expression. I dreamed about writing a blog post. I wish I could recall exactly what I wrote in my dreams. The gist of the dream had to do with how pervasive a concept the lack of self-expression is in our lives — so much so that we usually ignore it. The elephant in the creativity and innovation room is a lack of full self-expression. The elephant in the dream — me — was trying to make itself known to an amorphous group in a meeting. I tried to speak but nobody heard my voice. I blew that…
  • Want Innovation? Ask.

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

  • Finding a Focused Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Floyd DePalma- DePalma Studios TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Finding a Focused Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Aids Inmate Reform

    Jeff Cornwall
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Turner Nashe- Innertainment Delivery Systems TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Aids Inmate Reform appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Transition from Programmer to Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ken Raetz- Think Data Insights. The transition from programmer to entrepreneur. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Transition from Programmer to Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Start-up Gains Traction

    Jeff Cornwall
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ben McIntyre, Belmont Student Entrepreneur TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Start-up Gains Traction appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Cameron Powell talks about building a runway with a day job as a way to bootstrap a startup TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    Growth Hacking for Technology Startups

  • How I use OmniFocus to reach a ZERO inbox every day

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    32 unread email. 7 unread Trello notifications. 12 unread Yammer threads. 8 to-do’s on Evernote. And a partridge in a pear tree. Welcome to the life of an entrepreneur, where the inbox is never empty, and the calendar is always full. For a long time, like most of you, life was always about playing catch up: there were never enough hours in the day, and I’d use the weekends to get some serious, uninterrupted work done. My attention was scattered and my priorities for the day were not immediately clear. The Tim Ferriss only-the-three-most-important-tasks-for-the-day-on-a-notecard…
  • Ultimate Guide: How to Create a Buyer Persona for Your Startup

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

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

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

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been involved with entrepreneurship since my senior year of college where I built and launched Bruin Consulting from the ground up.  Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to lead the marketing, branding, and acquisition campaigns for early-stage startups (where I was the founder) to the largest brands in the United States such as Sephora, Whole Foods Market, and the Los Angeles Clippers. There is a clear distinction between early-stage marketing, growth-stage marketing, and big-brand marketing Early-stage marketing: Early-stage startups must conserve cash at all costs.
 
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  • Dear Boss, Fear is Not Respect

    Delores Williams
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is a conversation I overhear way too often. It goes like this:Person: “You better do this or A will be angry.”Other person: “Oh, I will just explain blah, blah.”Person: “You know how she/he is. You know what will happen if you do/don’t do this.”It took me hearing this conversation a few times to get that people were being trained to fear the person in authority. I couldn’t help but think, “Why does that person need to be feared instead of respected?”We have all had our share of bosses, co-workers, and maybe even family members, who everyone jumped at just the mention…
  • Don't Be Like The Adobe PR Team

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

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

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

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

  • What CEOs Want

    Jay Turo
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This week, Axial came out with a great report on the challenges and opportunities facing small and middle market businesses in 2015.Compiled from interviews with over 100 CEOs, it is chalk full of great nuggets like:The #1 Thing keeping CEOs up at night is "finding capital to grow their businesses." This challenge has many dimensions - from receivables and cash flow, to commercial banks (in spite of the strong economy) still mostly on the sidelines, to the availability of private equity and other forms of risk capital to fund growth initiatives.Also ranked high on the list was properly…
  • Doing Financial Projections Right (A Five Step Process)

    Jay Turo
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Especially this time of year - when so many of us are assembling and committing to our professional resolutions and goals, questions arise as how to best develop financial (growth, revenues, and profits) projections for our businesses.Questions including:Should projections be “realistic” – i.e. feel “doable” and in line with past results or……should they be “aspirational,” not hot air by any means but also representative of goals that make us feel more than a little anxious as to our ability to attain them?What is the actual “projections-making” process? Is Microsoft…
  • Devising Bold Plans…and Doing Them! (2015 Version)

    Jay Turo
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Last week, I wrote about how some very positive economic factors - ranging from low oil prices to low interest rates to US technological leadership to just good old-fashioned confidence are coalescing to set up 2015 as one of the best years ever for US business.Now, positive “macro” conditions are nice, but all they really do is create the opportunity - but by no means the promise - for entrepreneurs and executives to prosper and profit.Now, paraphrasing the famous Bard of old, our business fates lie in ourselves and in the “micro” of our day-to-day mindsets, projects, and to dos.
  • ’15 is Gonna Be a Good One

    Jay Turo
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    With a little luck, 2015 could go down as one of the best years ever for American business. Here are seven reasons why:7. Low Oil Prices. For both businesses and consumers, $50 per barrel oil and $3 per gallon gas have both strong real and psychological benefits.Real, as in lower input costs for businesses and more disposable income for consumers, and psychological in removing that sense of scarcity and dread that high prices at the pump bring.6. And It’s U.S. Oil. And, oh yes, as opposed to that oil coming mostly from a collection of unsavory, overseas actors (see Putin, Vladimir), now for…
  • 2015 Words To Live By

    Jay Turo
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    The ending of one year and the beginning of another is a natural time to take stock of all that was accomplished in the past 12 months, and more excitedly, to dream and plan on the great promise of the New Year. In this spirit, below are a few of my favorite quotes regarding dreaming, planning, goal-setting, and "Going for It!” "You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'"- George Bernard Shaw(My comment: reflects the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit)"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow."- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe(My…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #3

    Usman Sheikh
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    It has been a busy week. I am amazed at the amount of great information that is churned out every single week. Having an index to look back on it all is going to be really useful in the future! The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies Brad Feld is another great VC to be following and reading for all entrepreneurs. This post is an interesting break down on the “Product/Market Fit” term. Investing in the Enterprise in 2015 As an entrepreneur who works in the enterprise software vertical, it is always interesting to read about the latest trends. This post gives a great…
  • The Week in Review #2

    Usman Sheikh
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Time seems to be moving at an accelerated pace this January. With the year’s planning in full swing, this is looking to be a great year. I have managed to get into a good routine which involves nearly 2 – 3 hours of reading everyday. Have a massive build up of magazines which I subscribe to that I want cleared out. I use Zinio as my magazine reader and can’t recommend it enough. With that here are some of the great reads from this week. 1. The Top 10 ‘Bleeding Edge’ Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2015 The world is changing dramatically and how we both find jobs and hire…
  • The Week in Review #1

    Usman Sheikh
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Over the last week I have been bookmarking some of the more interesting articles that I came across. Looking forward to sharing my thoughts on a weekly basis on things which are of interest to me. 1. Why are some people so good at persisting? This was by far the best article I read this week. It is about the entrepreneur who invented instant ramen noodles. The article was well written and had a strong message for anyone who is considering taking the dive into entrepreneurship. 2. Looking to Scale Your Sales? Seven Bullets to Dodge Sales is the life blood of almost all businesses. Building and…
  • 2014: A Year of Introspection

    Usman Sheikh
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.Abraham Lincoln 2014 was a most interesting year for me, due primarily to the fact that it started off with much introspective questioning about a lot of things in my life! Things such as, where I was in life, what I really wanted, fears about burnout and the fact that I had become a bit too comfortable in my ways. One thing I am sure of and that is…that the last thing I want to do is to lead an ordinary life! That is a trap which is all too easy to fall into once you have acquired a base set of expert skills. I had…
  • Radical Openess

    Usman Sheikh
    18 Feb 2013 | 8:49 pm
    This video by Jason Silva is brilliantly made. He talks about the birth of an idea and how it evolves over time. Anyone involved in creative pursuits knows the transformative power of a single ‘idea’. The ability for it to transform as we iterate to refine it further. To create something of value where there was nothing before. This video does a great job of encapsulating these ideas into a 2 minute video masterpiece.
 
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  • Browns' Josh Gordon writes explosive letter

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Browns' Josh Gordon writes explosive letterAPSuspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver fights back against criticism from Charles Barkley, Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter.'Yes, I have a problem, but ... 'More sports coverageFull coverage: Super Bowl XLIXMurder trial for Hernandez begins
  • Immigration is back in spotlight

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Immigration is back in spotlightGettyThe new Congress is attacking Obama's call to delay deportations, but the issue is more than just a partisan debate -- it's about money.Does it cost more to keep or deport illegal immigrants? More newsHow to clean up the NFL's imageCasting the women in Jobs' life
  • Disney Channel actor hands self over to police

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Disney Channel actor hands self over to policeAlamy Jean-Paul Manoux, 45, has been released from police custody after promising he will not leave Canada.Unsettling discovery in his condoTake a look Treasure hunter caughtPitt and Jolie to team up again?
  • 'It's a new low for actresses when you ... '

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 pm
    'It's a new low for actresses when you ... 'GettyYou'll never guess what a legendary actor had to say about Sharon Stone -- and other stars have traded even nastier barbs.Leading lady who disliked StoneMore from Purple CloverFaces before they were famousWedding snaps of screen legends
  • Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-run

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-runGetty A lawyer for the Death Row Records founder said Suge was at the wheel when he struck two men following a fight on a film set, killing one of them.Victim who died was his friendMore in entertainmentSean Penn on remarriageOffensive promo tweet deleted
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    Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive

  • Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The post Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For those of us in startups, opening up Twitter means seeing at least 1 or 2 funding announcements every couple hours. And the congratulations and retweets roll in, if you are any good, journalists and bloggers need a piece of you too. But the fanfare and congratulations fizzle out, and you are standing there with all that glitter and confetti on you,…
  • Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The post Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this It does not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not a stranger to getting into occasional passionate discussion. This weekend I made a statement which caused such discussion. Unfortunately, Twitter is the worst place to have a discussion. Arguments in 140 character format make people extremely susceptible…
  • Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    28 Aug 2013 | 9:31 am
    The post Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this This article has been brewing in me for a while. I credit some of the biggest wins in my career to the most diverse and smart people around me. Best decisions are made after hearing a broad range of perspectives. You can’t do that in an echo-chamber of people who are exactly same as you and think like you. As you have seen me…
  • On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    19 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    The post On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For the past decade and a half, I have read countless articles on how it is impossible to build a successful company and be a good parent at the same time. I call bullshit! Yes, I know, I now owe money to the swear jar, but I’m happy to pay. Here is the TL;DR for those of you with short attention spans – being a…
  • New Father, New Team, New Opportunities – Boston, Watch Out!

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    18 Feb 2013 | 8:12 pm
    The post New Father, New Team, New Opportunities – Boston, Watch Out! appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this The past few months have been the most eventful ones in my adult life. Most importantly, I became a father! I have been in startups my entire career, but this new “startup,” my beautiful daughter Greta, has tested my planning, troubleshooting, and iterating abilities while providing me with an incredible amount of “fire”,…
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  • West Coast Biotech Roundup: Qualcomm, Google X, Mapp, Onyx, & More

    Alex Lash
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Alex Lash Most of California hasn’t had rain in a month, Seattle had a few days of “Juneuary” this past week, and West Coast tech titans warmed up the life-science news flow. Qualcomm, with its interest in digital health, is teaming with Roche to monitor patients in clinical trials. Google, with its interest in, well, everything, will pair with Biogen Idec on multiple sclerosis research. All this and more, so let’s get to the roundup. —Two weeks after its deal with Novartis (NYSE: NVS) to provide wireless technologies to monitor patients in clinical trials, San…
  • Venture Funding Looms Large for San Diego Biopharma Startups

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Bruce V. Bigelow Venture capital funding in the San Diego area has recovered from a three-year plunge that accompanied the U.S. financial crisis, according to a recent analysis of a decade’s worth of VC deals. But venture investments in San Diego remain heavily concentrated in new drug startups, according to David Coats, the San Diego-based co-founder and managing director of Correlation Ventures. “The San Diego venture ecosystem looks very different than the rest of the industry,” Coats said in a recent presentation to the San Diego Venture Group. Correlation Ventures, based in San…
  • Austin’s Volusion Raises $55M to Further Develop E-Retail Software

    Angela Shah
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Angela Shah Volusion, an e-commerce software maker, has acquired $55 million in venture funding to boost development of its Mozu software aimed at mid-market to large companies. The Series A round of venture funds were raised from Main Street Capital Corporation, a Houston-based investment firm. Previously, Volusion had raised about $35 million in debt financings. “This funding is a major milestone in taking our organization to the next level as we move toward an IPO,” Volusion CEO Clay Olivier said in a statement. The Austin, TX-based company was formed in 1999 and released Mozu a year…
  • Data Storage Giant EMC Announces Restructuring Plan, Job Cuts

    David Holley
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    David Holley EMC, the Boston-area tech giant known for its acquisitive streak, has announced a restructuring plan that is expected to result in a steep charge and job cuts this year. The data storage provider expects to face charges of $130 million to $150 million because of a planned restructuring that EMC’s board approved Wednesday, the company said during an earnings presentation today. EMC (NYSE: EMC) also expects to cut an unspecified number of jobs in 2015—“a reduction in force which will be substantially completed by the end of the first quarter”—according to an…
  • MobCraft Sold on Virtues of Equity Crowdfunding Despite Missed Goal

    Michael Davidson
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Michael Davidson The results are in for one of the first equity crowdfunding campaigns in Wisconsin—and likely the nation—and the entrepreneurs behind it are pretty happy with the results, despite coming up shy of their goal. MobCraft Beer, a craft beer startup based in Madison, WI, recently closed the fundraising campaign it was running through CraftFund. The site, which is based in Milwaukee, is among the first allowing startups to find investors and sell shares in their businesses over the Internet. MobCraft snagged commitments of more than $75,000 from 57 investors, which was…
 
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • What happens when you find the right journalist for the story

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    I'm incredibly excited to announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Plum Print.  Plum Print turns your kid's artwork into buyable merchandise like coffee table books, and soon note cards, framed prints, and calendars.  While other apps store art for future printing, Plum Print is different because it doesn't require large amounts of time for you to do it yourself.  You throw everything in a box and Plum Print does the hard work for you, returning the art and a completed keepsake.  So, yes, they're conceding the market of parents who have enough time to scan…
  • A result. Faster.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    Why do startups fail? They run out of money, of course.  That's an oversimplification and actually it's more the result than the root cause.   A lot of times, it comes down to failing to produce results, and enough of them.  What I've realized recently, though, is that smaller, faster results are key--and it doesn't always matter whether those results are good or bad.   I know a few startups that are struggling with their execution and it strikes me that they don't have any enough small victories.  Their goals are all or nothing, like big product releases.  For…
  • Excited to be the Least Stylish Investor in the Most Stylish Company: Backing Bradford and Bezar

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    To date, I've backed three fashion related companies--Refinery29, chloe + isabel, and Ringly--and now I have the pleasure of joining the syndicate of investors in Bradford Shellhammer's new company, Bezar. Could I a less likely candidate for such a portfolio?  :) Bezar is where you find people who design the kinds of things that I see in other people's apartments and stop to pick up, inspect, wonder at and think, "That's awesome... I would have never thought of adding that to this place." It's the kind of place where you buy clothing that make people notice because it's cool and…
  • Turns at Albuquerque: How I Measure My Career

    Charlie O'Donnell
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    I love thinking about career paths and how people get from A to B.  It's my favorite thing to teach as well--and I'll be giving a class at Startup Institute this Tuesday night about it.  They're a career accelerator, which is a pretty neat concept--doing what YC and Techstars do for startups, but for your career.   Anyway, 2015 marks a couple of big career anniversaries for me.   Twenty years ago, I got my first job.  I started working in 1995 at the age of 15 in the mailroom at Waterhouse Securities (which became TD Waterhouse) at 100 Wall Street.   Ten years…
  • How Not to Let the Crazy In

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    A friend of mine is starting a huge new project.  She told me that 2015 is going to be the craziest year she's ever had. I suggested to her that it will certainly be the busiest, but that she didn't have to let the crazy in. We throw around the word "crazy" but in all seriousness, mental health is something that doesn't get much discussion in the startup world.  There seems to be a blog post, book or boot camp for just about everything you could hope to learn as an entrepreneur, but no one really seems to focus on how to mentally survive entrepreneurship. It bothers me that we just…
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    Men with Pens

  • How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer

    James Chartrand
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • Enter to Win Your Spot in the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's that time of year again: The Damn Fine Words writing course opens to new students on February 2, 2015. This writing course is changing the game for business owners around the world, because it teaches effective content-creation techniques that help cut down your writing time, make it twice as productive, boost your confidence, and target the right readers, with the right message. This writing course works. It’ll change your writing, your business – maybe even your life. As always, each time I prepare for a new session of Damn Fine Words, I also open up a writing contest that anyone…
  • 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year

    James Chartrand
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • The Truth about Content-Writing Mastery

    James Chartrand
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We all know how we'd like to feel when we write. We want to be transcendent. We want to craft breathtakingly compelling content that brings us piles of comments and eager new clients. We want words to flow from our fingers and magically appear on the page, dashing genius from our brows after four hours of taking dictation from gods on high. We just don’t want to do the work it takes to get there. That's the problem with writers. I can’t tell you how many people in my writing course, Damn Fine Words, tell me that they want to use the class to elevate their writing. To master it. To bend…
  • 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page

    James Chartrand
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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    OnStartups

  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
  • 8 Unconventional Lessons From Quitting My Job At HubSpot

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

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

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

  • Better Birthdays Through Technology, or Why Social Media Marketing Works

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane. Back before the explosion of social media, smartphones, and Skype, how many people would wish you a happy birthday on your big day? Probably your immediate family, maybe a couple other relatives, and the few friends and coworkers you saw that day who happened to be aware that it was your birthday. If you were looking for some extra b-day wishes, you might have made some strategic comments about how old you were now, or left a birthday card out on your desk for all to see – but broadcasting the fact that it was your birthday for everyone to hear…
  • Influencing Influencers – What Seed Content Can Do For You

    Richard von Weber-Hahnsberg
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Top of mind for most marketing directors is the eternal quest to create relationships with influencers. Capturing their attention, forging a relationship, fostering good will – and getting them to share your content. Every content marketer knows this is the alchemy that turns base metal into gold. But achieving this transmutation is often easier said than done. Value Is The Measure And it comes down to a simple reason: how can you even approach a famous (and busy) influencer without seeming self-serving and off-putting? Ask not, O despairing creator of content, what value you seek to gain,…
  • Insane Stats That’ll Make You Rethink Your Email Marketing Strategy

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Is your company’s email marketing running on autopilot? If the biggest change you’ve made to your email marketing strategy for 2015 was developing a new template to use for your newsletter, then you might just want to take a good hard look at the current research and data about email marketing, and use that to revamp what you’ve been doing. We’ve waded through the latest statistics and pulled out the most important new data to analyze, so that you can use the information to make your email marketing strategy more effective than ever. Here’s our expert advice, based on the cold, hard…
  • 9 Ingredients Every CMO’s Recipe Needs For Success in 2015

    Katie Herum
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    A pinch of social media, a dash of SEO, and few tablespoons of content. We all know the basic recipe for online marketing success. But 2015 has brought with it some interesting tweaks to the recipe, which are vital for CMOs to incorporate into the mix, if they want to end up with the perfect digital marketing dish. In our infographic below, we detail the most important changes in the 2015 recipe – bon appetit! Please feel free to post this infographic on your site. Click on the code below to copy and paste it to your site. By MarketingZen.comThe post 9 Ingredients Every CMO’s Recipe…
  • Yeah, Our CEO is Pretty Much the Coolest

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Just about everyone has a list of things they’d like to have accomplished by certain milestone ages. Maybe it’s starting a business, working their way up to a coveted position, writing a book, or achieving a certain net worth. By the time most people are 30, they have settled down and are actively working towards these goals. It’s not as common to see someone in their 20s single-mindedly pursuing a major goal – and even less common to see them achieve, and even surpass it. But that’s exactly what our CEO, Shama Hyder, has done. At 29, Shama has already been the successful CEO of…
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Press Release Success in a Post-Panda World

    Blogtrepreneur
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s no shortage of guides out there that will tell you how to format you press release or offer strategies on pushing out catchy headlines to catch the eyes of journalists. I should know, I wrote a pretty good one myself. Likewise, there’s also no shortage of advice out there about filling your release with keywords so as to positively influence search results and place your content higher up in Google’s rankings. I should know, I’ve been railing against such advice for years. But most sites aren’t to blame for this bad advice – nine times out of ten, they just have old…
  • 4 AdSense Alternatives Every Webmaster Should Use

    Blogtrepreneur
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Google AdSense is the best known method for generating an income from a website or blog. Google uses the browsing history and cookies in the browsers of your visitors to automatically display ads based on the interests of your visitors. Sites that optimize the placement and coloring of AdSense ad blocks to increase clicks can make more money from them through increased impressions and elevated click through rates. The more traffic you drive to your site, the more money you can make. Even if you are driving as many impressions as possible and have tested different placements for your ad…
  • 3 Social Media Icon Design Styles that Add Flavor to Your Website

    Blogtrepreneur
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Site visitors make snap judgments about you within seconds of loading your pages. They're likely to notice what your brand is all about, what your website's niche is and even what your take on your industry's hottest topics are. But the biggest things that will stand out are the visuals – your site's design, your logo and the images you use as illustrations and navigation cues. Humans process imagery far more efficiently than text. In today's web browsing culture of "bounce in, bounce out," you've only got so many milliseconds to grab people's attention and help them feel that they've…
  • Interview with Olivia Fabian, Founder of OFabz Swimwear

    Blogtrepreneur
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneur: Olivia FabianCompany: OFabz; http://www.ofabz.com/Age: 26Location: Fort Wayne, IndianaOlivia Fabian is the owner of OFabz Swimwear, manufacturer of cutie, retro swimwear sold at boutiques across the U.S., Australia, and Western Europe. This company, formed in 2010, is committed to its “made in the USA” label and designs and manufactures its swimwear lines from its Fort Wayne headquarters. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the fashion business? My interest in fashion began with my mother. She made figure skating costumes for competitive figure skaters…
  • Interview with Anton Babich, Founder of Anton Alexander Menswear

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Entrepreneur: Anton BabichCompany: Anton Alexander; http://antonalexander.com/Age: 28Location: Fort Wayne, IndianaAnton Babich launched the Anton Alexander line in 2011 for men seeking an edgier look. His shirts are bold and vibrant, yet top quality – incorporating innovative materials that keep the body dry. The custom clothing is handmade at his Fort Wayne production facility and ships within one day of ordering. Anton recently funded 130 percent of his operations by submitting his apparel ideas to Kickstarter.com, the world’s largest crowd source funding website. Tell us a little about…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • How to Create a Blockbuster Podcast

    Ian Robinson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    “What makes ‘good tape’? That is the question that has consumed my life for the past 20 years, and I have an answer for you…” – Alex Blumberg How do you create a blockbuster podcast? This episode explores the tips, tricks, and best practices of a master. My guest is Alex Blumberg, who cut his teeth on the king of all radio shows (This American Life) and recently co-founded Gimlet Media. Gimlet swiftly conquered the iTunes rankings with two blockbuster podcasts: Reply All and StartUp. Podcasters everywhere asked: how the hell does he do it?   This…
  • How to Be In My Next Big Book

    Tim Ferriss
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    Photo Credit: Sarah Dippity The 4-Hour Workweek is coming up on its 10th anniversary in a few years (insane), and the time is ripe for a killer companion.  Therefore… My next book will be a monstrous encyclopedia of success stories from readers of The 4-Hour Workweek.  There are innumerable stories I couldn’t have predicted. Taking multiple companies to IPO? Getting to the Super Bowl? Building a seven-figure muse and traveling the world with a family of 3-7…as a single parent?! That’s just the beginning.  Now, I want to hear your story.  And I want to put you…
  • How to Think Like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Dr. Peter Diamandis (center) floating with Elon Musk (r), James Cameron (l), and others. Dr. Peter Diamandis has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. You asked for an entire episode with him, so here it is!  The subject is simple: How to think big, and how to use the key strategies of Peter’s friends and investors, including Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Larry Page. How do they create maximum leverage? How do they think differently? We explore all of this. In the field of innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X…
  • Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance

    Ian Robinson
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    This episode was a real treat. It was one of the most enlightening and lucid conversations about physical training I’ve ever had.  If you want strength, power, endurance, and flexibility, it’s all covered in this one interview. [UPDATE: Pavel also answered your 15 most popular questions in a follow-up episode, now below] Pavel Tsatsouline is Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. and was born in Minsk, USSR, which is now part of Belarus. In the 1980s, he was a physical-training instructor for Spetnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units. Pavel is now a subject matter expert to the US…
  • What My Morning Journal Looks Like

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. But what on earth did they write about? Or perhaps you’ve seen examples of their writing and thought to yourself, “Goddamn, that reads like the Gettysburg Address!” and become demoralized. In this post, I’ll show you what my raw morning journal looks like. Why? Because it’s easy to imagine our heroes as unflappable juggernauts, who conquer insecurity with a majestic mental karate…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: October 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    It’s time for another affiliate marketing income report. I’ve been noticing a problem lately… I’ve been getting pretty complacent and lazy with my affiliate marketing efforts again. As I mentioned before, I usually tend to put in a lot more effort when my earnings are doing really well or doing really poorly – when they are just mediocre, I lose the incentive to make the added effort because I am comfortable where I am. This is something I need to overcome. I think the other part of it is that my mind has been more on real estate investment lately, so it’s hard to…
  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets – Tour #2

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:31 am
    11 days ago I published a post on my walkthrough tour of some rental properties I was interested in purchasing. A couple days ago I went out for a 2nd tour, this time for new properties I was interested in, and so I thought I’d share how it went again. As with the first time, I had an absolute blast again. It’s just so fun to go out and look at something physical to invest in. I’ve been working online nearly my entire working life and so the closest to any "asset" I’ve ever had was owning income-generating websites – but again that is still entirely…
  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets

    Tyler Cruz
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Heh, this title sounds like a reality TV show. As you know, I’ve been seriously looking into acquiring an investment property, specifically a buy-and-hold cashflowing rental. On Friday, after a lot of research and analysis, I finally went out with my investment agent to take a look at some of the leading properties on my list in person. I’ve always enjoyed looking at properties in person (having only done it for personal purchases before though), and looking at investment properties was no different. It’s just extremely fun for me… I get a huge high from doing it. Anyhow,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: September 2014

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

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

  • Get The Most Out Of Your Run With These 5 Gadgets

    Samantha Pankey
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    There isn't a part of our lives that technology doesn't touch in some way. Our workouts are no different, and the latest tech could mean more efficiency and better results. From smart socks to biometric clothing, the latest running technology can not only help you track your workouts, but it can help illuminate a lot about your running style and what you're getting out of your runs. Check out these 5 gadgets that will help you to get more out of your runs.
  • Marriage-Hunting Apartments Feature A Stripper Pole In The Living Room

    Steve Levenstein
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Japanese women looking to impress potential husbands should bring them home... but not to just any home. Each “konkatsu” apartment features a stripper pole and a bathtub right in the living room. Now that's what I call living!
  • Quiet Expressions Double Breast Pump Gives Moms a Free Hand To Multitask In Silence

    Amber Leventry
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    If a new mom chooses to breastfeed, her life revolves around the milk factory living in her breasts. Nursing, pumping, storing, and coveting ounces of stored milk is all done for the sake of what some call liquid gold. Breastfeeding is a very personal choice, and if breastfeeding is the plan, most women also need a breast pump. The Quiet Expressions Double Breast Pump made by The First Years gives mom the ability to pump in discreet silence. It also allows them to multi-task.
  • Want To Un-Boil An Egg? Science Has Figured Out How

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    You can't un-speak words and you can't un-ring a bell, but apparently you can unboil an egg -- well, sort of. Chemists from the University of California at Irvine and the University of Western Australia have found a way to return egg white proteins back to their original form that only takes a few minutes. Okay, this isn't something they were doing for fun just to prove that it can be done, though that would totally rock. This new technique has the potential for a wide range of applications from food production to cancer research.
  • Want A New Tent For Camping? How About A Doughnut?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Camping is a great hobby that many of us enjoy. And some of us like to go old-school with a tent and that can be a real hassle even with some of the newer ones. Designers Sungha Lim, Hyunmook Lim, and Han Kim have created a new concept tent that can provide camping in the round -- or a number of other shapes. Then tent is a collapsible tube that is known as The Camping Doughnut.
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Startup Diaries: Social Media or Bust

    Lorraine White
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Lorraine White of Hashtag Collective talks to The Next Women about utilising Social Media for your business.read more
  • Inspiring Change Through Design – The ABURY Design Experience

    Andrea Kolb
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Harper’s Bazaar Germany is presenting this unique open call to international fashion students and emerging designers to preserve world crafts and culture.read more
  • Virgin StartUps: Help For Small Businesses

    Coral Turner
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Having attended a Virgin Startup event, I say to fellow entrepreneurs ‘get involved’: it’s the best thing that you can do for you and your business.The line-up of female speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to share the ups, downs, and ultimate triumphs was more than just a rally call for female entrepreneurs to take their seed ideas, plant them, nourish them and watch them grow!read more
  • EntrepreneurCountry Global Forum – The Art of War – Sun Tzu

    Lucy Catten
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    3 February 2015 - 8:30am6:00pm Royal Institution of Great Britain, London Special Ticket Offer! On 3 February 2015, citizens of EntrepreneurCountry Global will come to the Royal Institution of Great Britain to share their stories of building their firms, engaging with David/ Goliath (depending on which one you are), overcoming near death experiences and getting to the breakthrough moments, and to get an update on the building of EntrepreneurCountry Global – that country founded to be the place where the future’s operating model for society and business already…
  • Tipping Points In Chocolate

    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl is a third generation social entrepreneur who works to evolve standards to influence food sovereignity and agroecology. She is the mother of BLYSSchocolate.com, which harvests cacao beans for foodies who expect more from chocolate. Here, she shares her predicted chocolate trends for the coming year. read more
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Che Brown’s 72-Hour Sales Leadership Livecast and Retreat

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Dr. Letitia Wright will be a speaker at the event live!  Globally acclaimed sales trainer Che Brown’s 72-Hour Sales Leadership Livecast is all set to start on February 6, 2015. It will be hosted over a period of three days at a private retreat in Ellicott City, Maryland. This sales leadership livecast will also be […] The post Che Brown’s 72-Hour Sales Leadership Livecast and Retreat appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Ever thought of Co-hosting?

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Many people have co-hosts for their podcasts, radio shows, web shows and television shows. Some even have co-bloggers for their blog. Why? Because you can create a great environment for your tribe when you have two people at the helm. There are a few people who do it really well. Think Regis and Kelley- Well, […] The post Ever thought of Co-hosting? appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Dr. Letitia Wright to Begin Taping the New Season of the Wright Place TV Show in Late January 2015.

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    The recording for next season of Dr. Letitia Wright’s popular television show the Wright Place TV Show will start in late January. Over a period of fourteen successful seasons, this show has had viewership in more than 6.5 million homes in Southern California. Renowned celebrity speaker and talk show host Dr. Letitia Wright has just […] The post Dr. Letitia Wright to Begin Taping the New Season of the Wright Place TV Show in Late January 2015. appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Time Clock Wizard

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
     Time Clock Wizard will make managing your employees a whole lot easier. Managing a number of employees online can be quite a handful. We spend a lot of time managing their schedules, timekeeping, absences, and payroll. We usually have to hire somebody or buy software to keep track of employees’ working hours and payroll. Time […] The post Time Clock Wizard appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Finding the Right Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Life as a writer is not as easy as it seems. Especially if you’re working for a media firm where you have to deal with gruelling deadlines and not to mention some occasional writer’s block during a day when you have to finish at least 10 articles in 20 different niches. To add more beauty to […] The post Finding the Right Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • It’s About Women Running Startups

    steveblank
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms. And she had a model for a new media company for mobile and wearables. I thought we were going to talk about her product progress, so I was a bit taken aback by her most pressing question, “Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a…
  • The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • There Are 4 Types of Startups

    steveblank
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are 4 types of startups. Which one are you? If you can’t see the video click here    Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Getting out of the building…by staying in the building!

    steveblank
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The landscape for how to turn life science and health care technologies into viable companies has changed more in the last 3 years than in the last 30. New approaches to translational medicine have emerged. Our Lean Launchpad® for Life Sciences is one of them. But a new class of life science/healthcare co-working and collaboration space is another. ———– The National Institutes of Health recognizes that Life Science/Health Care commercialization has two components: the science/technology, and the business model. The Lean Launchpad® for Life Sciences (the I-Corps @…
  • I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

    steveblank
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve received this post in an email the embedded videos and powerpoint are best viewed on www.steveblank.com We have learned a remarkable process that allow us to be highly focused, and we have learned a tool of trade we can now repeat. This has been of tremendous value to us. Andrew Norris, Principal Investigator BCN Biosciences Over the last three years the National Science Foundation I-Corps has taught over 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology and how to fail less, increasing their odds for commercial success. To see if this same curriculum…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • SYTYCD Interview with Ricky Udeba and Valerie Rockey

    First Class Fashionista
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    Back in mid-December 2014, your very own FCF had the amazing opportunity to attend the Season 11: So You Think You Can Dance tour performance in Broomfield, CO. You can read my review of the show and watch the videos here. Unfortunately, after the show, I wasn’t able to interview the top finalists but later, thru my PR connection, I was able to get some of my questions answered by non-other than the SYTYCD winner Ricky Udeba and Valerie Rockey! Ricky Udeba and Valerie Rockey answered all of my questions, take a look at what they said! Since Ricky went directly on to the show right after…
  • Denver RAW Visionary Showcase Review and Pictures

    First Class Fashionista
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Hosted by RAW, natural born artists. RAW Artists Denver presented their latest local event and showcase, Visionary, on January 22, 2015 at City Hall events venue. This RAW Denver event featured 30+ Denver creatives and local artistic talent in art, fashion, music, film, photography, modeling, performing arts, and hair & makeup artistry. The amazing revolutionizing organization, RAW, strives to expose independent artists and promote creative communities – It’s absolutely awesome. Needless to say, it was an ideal event for a Fashionista and an artistic lover’s dream. From…
  • OWNONLY Suit Review

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    “I’ve never looked this good in a suit,” my husband says as he finished off his custom suit look with dark sunnies. He’s 5’4 and usually buys a 42 short jacket and 30 in. inseam slacks, which both are often hard to find. On occasion, he gets his suits fitted but OWNONLY has convinced us that there’s a huge difference between a suit that is altered to fit and a suit that is made to fit. “The only thing about a well-fitting suit is you can’t eat,” the hubby jokes happily. Just in time for the New Year, I was presented with an exciting…
  • Denver Winter Street Style January 2015

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    January 2015 Denver Street Style with Robert Rice ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 26 12► Related PostsThe Best Fashion ShowDenver Style ExpoFall 2014 Denver Street StyleNina Flowers Interview on Rupaul’s Drag Race at Denver Style ExpoFall/Winter Fashion Trends for Colorado 2013
  • Exercise and the Art of Dance

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    We all know fitness is among any fashionista’s favorite things and with all the talk about introducing some fun and exciting new gadgets to enhance your workout here at FCF, I figured I would talk about my favorite form of working-out—Dancing! The art of dancing is not only my favorite form of exercise, but it’s also my favorite form of art; as it is the process of pure creation from within. Dance can take you on a journey of artistic experiences unlike any other athletic performance because it is simply characterized by resolute fearlessness. Dance is a way to be visually…
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • No to-do system can be a substitute for discipline

    jeffhilimire
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    I’ve been analyzing various to-do processes and applications for some time. Here are just some recent examples of things I’ve written about in this vein. But I’ve come to an important realization lately: No system is going to make you more productive. It’s your mindset and your ability to be disciplined that allow you to get stuff done. No undisciplined person has ever reached great success. As I look at the people around me that I respect from a business standpoint, the one trait they all have is the ability to execute. To get stuff done. To be disciplined. To focus…
  • 5 startup questions I was asked at the Founders Institute event last night

    jeffhilimire
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    Last night I spoke at a Founders Institute meetup located at FortyFour, a digital agency that a few friends of mine run. Somewhere around 40 people showed up, some of which had already started a business and some that were hoping to one day. After briefly telling them my story (in a nutshell: this + this + this), I opened it up for questions and for about 45 minutes I answered all sorts of great questions about starting companies. Here are five that stick out: Can you start a business with a general idea of what you’re going to do, or should you wait until you have the idea fully…
  • My Serial verdict

    jeffhilimire
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Alright, I have to weigh in on Serial (the greatest podcast ever). If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, put down your Palm Pilot and download it immediately! Plus, the rest of this won’t make any sense ;) I’ve had discussions with a lot of my friends about who they think killed Hae Min Lee, and I thought it would be interesting to have that same conversation with my social friends. So, here we go. Pretty much all we know for sure is that Jay was involved, pretty deeply, and that he lies a lot. He knew where the car was. He knew where she was buried. He confessed to helping dig the…
  • Let’s abolish voicemail, who’s coming with me?

    jeffhilimire
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    I feel like Jerry Maguire when he’s leaving the firm for the last time: I really despise voicemail. It’s a huge hassle and there are better ways to leave someone a message these days. In lieu of just deleting voicemail altogether (that seems kind of harsh), I just changed my voicemail to this: Hi, sorry I missed your call. Unfortunately, I don’t check voicemail that often so the best way to leave me a message would be either to text me at this number or send an email to me.  And to do my part, I’m not going to leave anyone voicemails any more. If I get their voicemail,…
  • I’ve switched to the iPhone 6+! The why and how of it.

    jeffhilimire
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Ah, here we go. I’m back to the iPhone. To recap… I was an initial iPhone guy, even at times a self-proclaimed Apple Fanboy. Then as Android started improving, I become Google-curious. Then a year ago I switched over to Android after I fell in love with the Nexus 5. And for the last year, I was all Android. Sure, toward the end of 2014 I went from the Moto X to the Droid Turbo, but switching back to the iPhone seemed far from reality. So far, in fact, I made a list of the things the new iPhone would need to win me back. And the iPhone missed the mark on most of the items on that…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • How to Create Your Minimum Viable Product

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    So after you learn that the market for your business is validated, where do you go from there? It’s time to create a Minimum Viable Product. A hugely important concept to startups and entrepreneurs, the MVP can help set your business on the right track. But what exactly is an MVP? How do you use it and what purpose does it serve? In the presentation below, Raff Paquin discusses what is accomplished by creating a Minimum Viable Product, as well as how to turn an idea or prototype into an MVP and how to monetize the insights that you gain from your MVP. Raff Paquin was part of the…
  • Peerby Featured on fd, eMeter Highlighted on The Hindu, and more Grad News

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over [total_graduates] new technology companies across [total_cities] cities, [total_countries] countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over [total_jobs] new jobs.  In the past few weeks, Peerby was featured on fd., eMeter was highlighted on The Hindu, Heddoko was mentioned on I4U News, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Peerby featured on fd.: Centraal Beheer in zee met start-up Peerby (fd.): Peerby, an Amsterdam Graduate is an…
  • 3 Traits Every Successful Entrepreneur Must Have, According to the Experts

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Who doesn't want great advice?  But with the plethora of knowledge out there, who has the time to keep track of which advice is the have-to-know's or must-do's? We do! By sifting through recent articles, guides, top ten lists, and infographics written by experts around the web, we've distilled the Top 3 pieces of advice that entrepreneurs need to know on a key topic.  Featured across several sources, this week's topic features the traits of successful entrepreneurs (number of article appearances in parenthesis); 1. Successful Entrepreneurs are Resilient. According to experts around…
  • 4 SaaS tricks to Increase your Customer Engagement and Retention

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The following is a guest post from Dave Schneider, of Ninja Outreach. The post covers 4 techniques that they are currently using to increase their customer engagement and retention. Use this real life actionable business advice to increase your customer retention and engagement. Enjoy! At NinjaOutreach, our blogger prospecting and outreach software startup, we’re always interested in three things: Activation Engagement Retention Naturally data is always at the focal point of understanding how we can improve these critical metrics. While I always try to advocate speaking with customers…
  • Heddoko to Compete in Wearable Technology World Cup

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Heddoko, a Montreal-based startup that has won many awards, has raised $350,000 in funding. In addition, Heddoko will compete as finalists in Germany in the WT Wearable Technology World Cup in February of this year. They are one of 20 finalists, selected from 500 competitors. The founders of Heddoko are both Latin American, Alex Fainberg of Argentina, and Mazen Elbawab of Brazil. Despite the fact that they both had full-time jobs, they decided to pursue their ideas behind Heddoko full-time, which led to them attending the Founder Institute in Montreal to help get their ideas off the ground.
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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…
  • New Year’s Questions (neé Resolutions)

    Jason
    27 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Do New Year’s resolutions work? Studies say “no.” Maybe asking good questions of yourself is a better way to lift your eyes to the horizon of possibilities for 2015. What good questions have you not taken the time to ask? For boot-strappers: How could you double your take-home profits without additional hires? (Hint: it’s usually increasing price, not cutting costs.) Since money is precious, it’s wise to save but unwise to save so much that it hurts the business, so what’s the single most impactful thing you could spend non-trivial money on? For example,…
  • The wrongness of relativism

    Jason
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Instagram had 13 employees when they sold for a billion dollars. Was there any startup founder who didn’t feel depressed when that happened? Yes, depressed. All those years of toil and sacrifice, the pain of scaling a complex organization and a complex product, scratching and clawing for revenue growth month after month, and you’ll never have that sort of exit, and 26-year-old Kevin Systrom did it in only 2 years, with 13 buddies, with $0 in revenue, never having had to worry about gross margins or hiring at scale or making sales calls or running out of money. “It’s…
  • For marketing early startups: Deep, not wide

    Jason
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Watch a bunch of interviews of founders of successful companies, and here’s what you don’t hear: We tried eight different marketing channels — AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, social media, events, retargeting, SEO, guest-posting, PR, and so on. All of them worked a little bit, so together it was substantial — a trickle from each that added up to a river. Then we optimized each of them, improving each a bit more every month, and sure enough revenue doubled every year. That’s never how it works. Spreading your precious money and even more…
  • The Lindy Effect on startup potential

    Jason
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs However long the project took to get “close to done,” it will probably take that much time again to really be done. It’s funny because it’s true. Why is it true? Here’s a novel way to frame it: When you’re exploring something new, where the terminus is unknown, you never know how far along the path you are. On average, however, you’re…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Now Get Settled

    Bryan Coleman
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Once you’ve leapt off the cliff, you have to adjust to the sensation of free fall. Like any good rollercoaster, the majority of the fear that you feel is in the moments leading up to that first huge plunge. After the drop, the feeling is exhilarating, but it’s all too easy to get lulled into a false […]
  • Three Experiments to Try in 2015

    Adrian Simmons
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    It’s that time of year: time for Thriveal Laboratory’s list of 3 experiments to try in 2015. Building on the idea that the phrase that will change your business’s future is, “I’d like to try an experiment. . .let’s see if this works,” we’d like to challenge you to identify one or two things you’ll […]
  • The Barbell Strategy (It’s a figurative barbell, so you can relax, CrossFit enthusiasts)

    Greg Kyte
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    On October 13, I wrote a blog post called “Without Risk, There is No Passion.” Melinda Guillemette left a very insightful comment that deserved its own post in response.   Greg – I’ve been thinking about this for a day or so. I know you’re right about the relationship between risk and passion, because I […]
  • Experiment 1 Lab Report Released

    Adrian Simmons
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    The first hypothesis tested by the Thriveal Laboratory is that “there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future.” This challenges the notion that all accounting firms are moving towards one new model. To test this hypothesis, we gathered a team of six CPA firms, surveyed the current landscape, acquainted ourselves with a […]
  • Book Review: Make Your Mark

    Scott Kregel
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    So, if any of you are like me, inspiration is a source of fuel and motivation. Leading a small firm is hard. Meeting the increasing needs of growing customers is challenging. Intentionally developing individual skills takes focus and precious time. And inspiring a group of smart people to work together toward a common goal is […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • How to Make Money Even If You Suck

    Catherine Morgan
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I am going to try to give some business owners the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they don’t actually know they suck? Maybe they have skills from some time past and haven’t kept up with changes in technology? Maybe it’s a matter of perspective and experience? I don’t know… What I do know is that [...]
  • The Strengths of Millennial, Gen X, Gen Y & Boomer Entrepreneurs

    Carol Roth
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to recent research by Bank of America, Millennials describe themselves as “confident” and “creative,” while Boomers and Gen-Xers call themselves “hardworking” and “dedicated.”  But one thing that each generation has in common with the other generations is a commitment to entrepreneurship. So, what advantages and challenges do Millennial entrepreneurs have over Gen X entrepreneurs?  [...]
  • 3 Tips to Prevent Business Regret

    Carol Roth
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    When I talk to entrepreneurs and business owners, a common theme that I frequently hear about is their business regrets- what they wish that they had known when they started their business. Hindsight is definitely 20/20, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from someone else’s regrets to avoid making those same mistakes and [...]
  • Five Time-Saving Shortcuts for Creating Kick-Butt Videos

    Lou Bortone
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I talk to scores of well-intentioned entrepreneurs who realize they should definitely be doing more marketing videos for their businesses but, as the saying goes, the path to Hell is paved with good intentions. Intending to produce more business videos and actually creating those videos is NOT the same thing.  And the culprit is usually [...]
  • How to Beat the Stereotype and Have a Booming Business

    Britt Raybould
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before moving into my new home last summer, I decided to freshen things up a bit. My changes were small, things like new paint, countertops, and flooring. The biggest project was adding a shower to my master bathroom, but I was using existing plumbing, so it was very manageable. Little did I know how fast [...]
 
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    Lessons Learned

  • MVPs and Excellence

    Sarah Rainone
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lately, I’ve been hearing from a lot of entrepreneurs experiencing pushback to the concept of minimum viable product. Their teams may disagree about what a product should look like, who the customer is, and which distributors to work with, but one thing they can all agree upon is: “We build high-quality products in this company. We wouldn’t even know how to go about building something ‘minimally viable.’”How can we assure our teams that they won’t be penalized for adapting an iterative approach—even if the first version bombs? How can we make it clear that our goal is nothing…
  • See More than 120 Speakers and Mentors at The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup ConferenceThe Lean Startup Conference is next week--and now that we can step back and see all the speakers and mentors, we have to say: Wow. When you look through the list, you’ll see big names that we’re very pleased we landed, epic companies we really want to hear from, and people we’re particularly excited to present because they have incredible stories to share--and you won’t hear them anyplace else.Here are a few speakers to look out for--though with more than 80 speakers and 40+ mentors, there are far too many standouts for…
  • Your Guide to the Complete Lean Startup Conference Program

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

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

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

  • The Simple Formula That Will Get You More Sales

    Sarah Shaw
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s been said that in life, timing is everything. And nowhere is this truer than in the product business. And when it comes to this business, here’s another truth: you may have the greatest product in the world, but if you try to sell it at the wrong time, you’ll struggle to make money. Fortunately, there’s a very easy way find out when you should be selling… and when you shouldn’t. Follow the seasonal trade shows. Throughout the year, hungry buyers flock to these trade shows, looking for the next best thing to add to their seasonal inventories. In this…
  • August Checklist

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, I know, it's only the end of June, but Holiday Gift Guide submissions are starting now…….so get on it sister, as it will end in July.  This can be a great way to get into magazines that might be more challenging for you in the "everyday" editorial world.  Gift guides often put in items that appeal to their audience, but might not have a good place in the monthly magazines.  Magazines try to appeal to a broad audience with the gift guides, so I would suggest being bold about your choices. Here is what you'll want to do: Figure out which…
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    Under30CEO

  • STOP Networking and Start Building Authentic Relationships

    Under30CEO
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I think we can all agree that it’s very important to connect with other people throughout life. This allows us to: Make new friends Discover more opportunities Develop business relationships Become more successful Learn more about ourselves and our lives Typically, and I’ve been guilty of this myself, the approach most people take is horrible. Commonly with networking, people use this old fashioned method of going into every interaction with the intention of seeing what they can get out of someone else. That’s such a horrible way to go about networking because it makes the connections…
  • Everything You Thought About Your Purpose in Life is Wrong

    Matt Wilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Under30Experiences Explore Costa Rica photo credit: Courtney Slade It’s the challenge of our generation. But is it too late? So many of us have joined the establishment. We were duped into thinking a college degree meant something. We’ve been tricked into debt, justifying it as an investment in our futures. Now, most young people feel that they have to join the “real world”, sign on the line for a paycheck that doesn’t fulfill them, that doesn’t challenge them, and that doesn’t make them tick– just so they can pay off their debt. Or worse yet, now that…
  • 9 Out-of-the-Box Refund Policies (and Why They Work So Well)

    theyec
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    What is one creative feature you include in your refund policy and why does it work? The following answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. No-Questions Refund Policy We have a zero-questions refund policy. You can use our software for a year and cancel (we really hope you don’t). But if you do, we always…
  • Trading College for Credit: Interview with Paul Gu of Upstart

    Michael Luchies
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Being young can be inexpensive if you choose to live out of your parent’s basement with little aspiration of improving yourself or going anywhere in life. If you desire to pursue an education, start a business, or go after your dreams in general, it’s usually going to take money to get there. The problem with being young and needing money is that no one wants to give it to you. Where do most Millennials turn? Credit cards. “About 50% of the population in America have credit card balances that rollover month to month,” said Paul Gu, young entrepreneur and co-founder of Upstart. Even…
  • How to Stop Taking Yourself Too Seriously

    Under30CEO
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      When you picture a a duck, what do you see? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re anything like me—a hopelessly devoted child of the 90s—you think first of Gordon Bombay, Charlie Conway, Julie “The Cat” Gaffney, and everyone’s favorite fat guy, Goldberg. You know, thatgroup of Ducks. The capital “D” DucksIf you’re a true fan, you may even catch a glimpse of Dean Portman stripping in the penalty box circa D3.   You think of the almost unimaginable precision of the “Flying V”, Team Iceland, Gunner…
 
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    Fizzle

  • Why You Can’t Afford to Be a Generalist

    Corbett Barr
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    If you consider yourself a generalist, here’s the good news: doing great work in the future will require the skills of a generalist, especially if you work independently or on a small team. And more and more of us are working independently these days. 40% of American workers will be freelancers by 2020 (and according to Freelancer’s Union, 33% of us already are) and freelancers need to be generalists to be successful. You have to know a little bit of everything. Company founders need to be generalists too. Running a business requires wearing so many hats! But here’s the…
  • Do Podcasters have to Blog? (FS089)

    Chase Reeves
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Adam is a podcaster. He’s good at it. He enjoys it. He also follows all the blogs and gurus you’re supposed to, and they all tell him: you’ve got to blog, got to tweet, got to facebook, got to be everywhere! He’s tired. He’s trying to do it all, and it’s time to hear our answer to his question: do I have to do everything? This question and 2 others from listeners on the show today. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download Dear podcasters…
  • Blog Strategy 101: The 14 Step Video Guide

    Chase Reeves
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Below is a blog roadmap that not only attracts a thriving audience, but also has the path to a product built right into the strategy. The video below is one that many Fizzle members consider the most helpful video in our entire library. (Fizzle has over 430 lessons at the time of writing.) It comes from a course on the Essentials of Web Design for Business Builders. A few of the references are specific to course concepts (resource pages, C.R.A.F.T. method, etc), so don’t worry about those (or try Fizzle for $1 and cancel when you’re done). The video is an honest-to-god sharing of…
  • 27 Ways to Stumble on Unbeatable Content Ideas (FS088)

    Chase Reeves
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    You may not feel like it, but you are absolutely skillful enough to create high performing and impactful stuff. (We’re talking about blog posts, podcasts, infographics, products, etc.) You’re capable of it, but if you’re like many of us indie entrepreneurs, you haven’t yet. The ideas are in your head, you want them to come out, you want to click “publish” and watch them spread, but they won’t come out on their own. They also won’t come out by staring within your own brain. You’ve got to knock them loose. In this episode you hear 27 ways to…
  • How to Painlessly Plan Your Next Business Project

    Barrett Brooks
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why don’t entrepreneurs just get started on the projects they talk about all the time? We hear from aspiring and current business owners all the time who have dreams of taking on projects big and small, often times hearing from them multiple times about the same project. The answer is simple: fear. It’s fun to talk about a project and see the reaction on people’s faces when they acknowledge how brave you are to take on such an awesome project. But then, when we sit down at our computers or in our workshop or behind the microphone, that evil voice of self-doubt reminds us to…
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    Strategy

  • Investor Heidi Roizen Shared A Disturbing Story That Shows How Difficult Silicon Valley Can Be For Women

    Richard Feloni
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Newsweek's provocative cover of a professional woman's skirt being lifted by a web cursor has reignited the decades-old claim that Silicon Valley is an unabashed boys' club. Nina Burleigh, author of the cover story, points to the fact that 96% of the Valley's venture capitalists are male, and a Babson College study determined that only 2.7% of the 6,517 companies that received venture funding from 2011 to 2013 had female CEOs. Burleigh argues that this male-dominated culture makes Silicon Valley feel like Wall Street in the '80s, allowing blatant misogyny to persist. She cites a particularly…
  • Poor People And Rich People Have A Vastly Different Outlook On Fate

    Business Insider
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Do you believe in fate? No, this isn't an online dating questionnaire, but your answer might be able to tell you something about your approach to money. Overwhelmingly, rich people view this kind of inevitability in the same way: They don't buy it. Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals," spent five years studying the lives of both rich people (defined as having an annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more) and poor people (defined as having an annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net…
  • Why You Should Strive For Mastery Instead Of Success

    Richard Feloni
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    For her first job, art historian and critic Sarah Lewis curated a retrospective of the late painter Elizabeth Murray at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was taken aback by how undeveloped Murray's early work looked and asked the artist what she thought about it. Murray said many of the first works on display had "missed her mark," and she had even thrown one of the pieces in the trash before a neighbor convinced her to keep it. "In that moment, my view of success and creativity changed," Lewis says in her TED Talk "Embrace the near win." "I realized that success is a moment, but what…
  • 9 Facts About Relationships Everybody Should Know Before Getting Married

    Drake Baer
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Although fewer young people are getting married today than ever before, research suggests that getting and staying married is one of the best things you can do for yourself. As the New York Times recently concluded, "being married makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who remain single — particularly during the most stressful periods, like midlife crises."If you wait until you're 23 to commit, you're less likely to get divorced. A 2014 University of Pennsylvania study found that Americans who cohabitate or get married at age 18 have a 60% divorce…
  • Seniors Told Us The One Thing They Would Like To Tell Young People — And Their Answers Were Mind-Blowing

    Devan Joseph
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    YouTube star Freddy Fair asked elders around the world one piece of advice they would give to the young people. To help struggling seniors apply for and receive benefits to keep them healthy, secure, and independent click here to donate to the National Council on Aging. Video courtesy of Freddy Fair Follow Freddy Fair on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Follow BI Video: On Facebook  Join the conversation about this story »
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  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

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

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

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
 
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  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

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

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

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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  • Judge denies Partners HealthCare expansion plans

    Jessica Bartlett
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    The state's largest health care system will have to go to court if it wants to expand, after a judge ruled that Partners HealthCare's proposed acquisitions of several community hospitals would create unfair competition in the marketplace. In a 40-page ruling issued Thursday afternoon, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders said the settlement would "cement Partners' already strong position in the health care market ... to exact higher prices from insurers for the services its providers render." Healey…
  • Tufts Medical School to host medical education hackathon

    Jessica Bartlett
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Medical school can only go so far to prepare future doctors for the world of health care, and developers often have little insight into what technology the medical education system may need to help close that gap. But Tufts University School of Medicine, in partnership with hackathon hosts Major League Hacking and Tufts' health care innovating program MedStart, is working to solve that problem, bringing the school's brightest minds and innovators together in a hackathon from Friday to Sunday to…
  • RunKeeper now lets users listen to Spotify songs in its mobile app

    Sara Castellanos
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Boston marathoners rejoice: You can now listen to your favorite songs on Spotify by using the RunKeeper mobile app. Boston-based fitness tracker mobile app RunKeeper announced Thursday its integration with Swedish digital music company Spotify. Now you'll never have an excuse to leave the RunKeeper app during workouts, marathon-related or otherwise. "This is just the beginning, and we'll continue working on ways in which RunKeeper data can power a more intelligent, personalized music experience,"…
  • BU buys Beacon Street building from Lesley University for $11.5M

    Mary Moore
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Boston University has bought a Kenmore Square building from Lesley University's for $11.5 million in a deal that closed Jan. 20, Lesley University President Joseph Moore has confirmed. The building at 700-704 Beacon St. had housed Lesley University's College of Art and Design. Until the late 1990s, the building had been known as the Art Institute of Boston until the Art Institute merged with Lesley University. In selling the Beacon Street building to Boston University, Lesley University also gave…
  • Vertex head of research, Broad co-founder David Altshuler to meet with Obama Friday

    Don Seiffert
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Vertex Pharmaceuticals has confirmed that its head of research, David Altshuler, will attend a gathering that includes President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss the president's new initiative to focus on precision medicine. Zach Barber, spokesman for Boston-based Vertex (Nasdaq: VRTX), said in an email to the Boston Business Journal that Altshuler received an invitation from the White House to attend a meeting which includes the president and which "highlight(s) investments…
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    James Clear

  • Announcing the Reading List: 100+ Good Books to Read

    James Clear
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I’m excited to share a new project with you today! It’s called the reading list and, as you would expect, it’s filled with good books to read. Our community has grown quickly from a handful of people two years ago to more than 125,000 people today. (Thank you so much for taking the time to read the free newsletter each week! It is an honor to share my work with you.) As we have grown, I have steadily received more requests to share my reading list with you all. Well, after some work, I have a list of more than 100 reading suggestions divided out by category and topic. Click…
  • 6 Famous Artists Talk About What It’s Like to Overcome Fear and Create Beauty

    James Clear
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Long before I was publishing articles for the world to read, I wrote in a private document. I did this for more than a year. There were a variety of reasons and excuses that I used to rationalize why I wasn’t sharing my writing with others, but in many ways it boiled down to fear. Here’s what I didn’t realize at the time: fear isn’t something that must be avoided. It is not an indicator that you’re doing things wrong. Fear is simply a cost that all artists have to pay on the way to doing meaningful work. Obviously, not everything that is thought or written or created needs…
  • Mental Models: How Intelligent People Solve Unsolvable Problems

    James Clear
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Richard Feynman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest physicists of all-time. (He was a pretty solid bongo player as well). [1] Feynman received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton. During those years, he became known for waltzing into the math department at each school and solving problems that the brilliant math Ph.D. students couldn’t solve. Feynman describes why he was able to do this in his fantastic book, Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (one of my favorite books that I read last year). One day [my high…
  • Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life

    James Clear
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
    In 1962, a young man named Joseph met a woman named Marina. They lived in Russia together. They shared a passion for art. He wrote poetry. She created paintings. They fell in love and had a child together. It was shaping up to be a good life until one day in 1972, the Soviet officials came knocking at the door. They stormed Joseph’s apartment, took him captive, tossed him on a plane to Vienna, and informed him that he was exiled from the Soviet Union. He never saw Marina again. Anti-Soviet Joseph was Joseph Brodsky, the famous poet. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. His poetry,…
  • Reducing Stress: What Scientists Learned From the Children Who Survived a Famine During the Deadliest War in History

    James Clear
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    There was nothing left to eat. The butter had disappeared in October. By November, adult food rations had been cut to 1000 calories per day. A few months later, in the dead of winter, rations dropped to 500 calories per day. Food stocks throughout the country were empty. If you were lucky enough to have food ration coupons, you could get 100 grams of cheese every two weeks. Meat was a fantasy. By April of 1945, each person was limited to 1 loaf of bread and 5 potatoes — for the entire week. [1] It was the middle of terrible famine known as the Dutch Hunger Winter. World War II was nearing…
 
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  • The Most Practical Reasons to Start Your Own Business (Right Now)

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    There are countless reasons why you may not be interested in starting a business;  It’s too risky, you might go into debt, you’ll probably lose your savings, your social life will suffer, and the list goes on. The potential for failure and loss discourages many would-be entrepreneurs from giving it a go. But with all the uncertainties about starting something new, there are equally practical reasons why you should. Most people who really want to go into business on their own will find every reason why they should give it a try. If you just don’t want to take that path, you…
  • Do What You Love: Tips on Turning Your Hobby Into Something Profitable

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    Are you interested in trading the financial markets but unsure where to start? It may be far removed from the slick city trader stereotype, but your arts and crafts hobby could come in handy when looking for opportunities to trade. A specialist subject is a good place to start Warren Buffet, the most successful investor of the 20th century, claims it’s best to invest in the things you know the most about. For example, you wouldn’t buy shares in a company without understanding the business model and how the company makes money. While you may need to develop your trading skills..
  • Startup Traction: Here is How to Go From 1 to 100K Users

    Thomas Oppong
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    Attracting users takes more than just launching something cool. If you build it, they won’t come unless people can’t possibly live without it. That doesn’t happen often. Only amazing habit-forming products get users hooked right from the beginning. Even that takes more than a simple feature. If you focus on building an amazing product, people will find it, use it and talk about it. That is the basic foundation you need. Companies like Twitter, Foursquare, Reddit etc. now have millions. People are activity using them on daily basis. And you wonder how that came about.
  • On Delivering Amazing Customer Service

    Thomas Oppong
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Companies out there that are looking to put their best professional face forward have a few different options. It can be challenging to present a professional face when a company has to handle customer inquiries from many different mediums. If a business wants to solicit contact from customers through phone calls, then it is imperative that those businesses have a phone number that represents their brand well. In addition, certain phone services, such as call forwarding and professional greetings, can transform a business’s image in the eyes of customers. People want the best customer…
  • Here is How Your Business Can Benefit From SIP Trunking

    Thomas Oppong
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Entering the global market enables companies and business to expand and grow. Marketing, shipping products and ordering systems all work in synergy to help companies compete in the worldwide market. Communication is an integral part of any business. And there are now better, faster and smarter ways businesses are staying connected and doing business even across borders. “There is no denying the world is moving to IP, and SIP has become the de facto solution of choice for businesses for IP connections. In North America, slightly more than 20% of the installed business trunks are SIP…
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    YourStory.com

  • How are you preparing for the largest shopping festival, the Valentine’s Day?

    Guest Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Editor’s note: This article has been contributed by Satya Ganni who is a co-founder at MartMobi, a startup that helps you sell online and they’re just getting ready for the Valentine’s shopping rush. This article gives good insight into how big the market is and how small businesses can prepare themselves. Valentine’s Day -one of the most popular occasions worldwide- is celebrated by giving gifts to loved ones. Until a few years ago, Valentine’s Day in India was men trying to woo women with red roses, but there is a lot more to it now. Indian men and women have become…
  • Husband-wife duo raise Rs 9 crore for their artificial intelligence startup Mad Street Den

    Alok Soni
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    One year old AI & Computer Vision startup from Chennai, Mad Street Den(MSD) has raised $1.5M (9cr.) from Reservoir Investments’ Exfinity Fund and GrowX ventures. Launched at MobileSparks 2013, MSD offers AI and Computer Vision as a plug and play solution to businesses around the world. Their cloud platform – the MADStack offers a wide range of computer vision modules to deliver exciting new experiences for their consumers. The company which claims to be one of first AI and Computer Vision companies from India was co-founded by Ashwini Asokan and Anand Chandrasekaran both of…
  • Ridesharing marketplace Tripda raises $11 Million Series A from Rocket Internet and others

    Jai Vardhan
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Ride sharing marketplace Tripda has raised $11 million Series A funding round by Rocket Internet and other investors. The Rocket Internet incubated venture plans to use the new round of funding to expand its global operations and grow its user base across 13 countries where it operates, as well as continuing to develop its web and mobile product for multiple markets. Tripda, which connects people who need rides with people who have empty car seats, fills the important long-distance (often inter-state) travel market as a perfect alternative to buses, trains and short flights. Passengers and…
  • [App Fridays] Crispify, an ‘Instagram’ for videos, automatically enhances the tempo and compresses videos on the go

    Harshith Mallya
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    People like sharing digital content in the form of photos, audio recordings and videos through their smartphones, but sharing self-shot videos poses problems for some users.These videos in their original form either have long durations or are too slow paced to provide an engaging viewing experience. Hence, this is one of the reasons people avoid sharing them with friends. Editing videos on the mobile is also not an easy task. It requires skill, effort and time. Indian developer Balaraman has come out with an app ‘Crispify’ to help people with this pain point. What is it? Crispify is a…
  • YS Meetup with Vodafone – new monetization opportunities for app developers and startups

    Team YS
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
    We, at YourStory, in collaboration with Vodafone Developer Program are hosting a meetup on 30th Jan at our Bangalore office. Vodafone Partner Program for Developers aims to provide developers a collaborative & direct to consumer digital services along with new monetization opportunities for developers & startups. This is a 1.5 hours invite only session and invitations are open only to 50 developers & startup CTOs. The meetup aims to bring together this select gathering of high-tech entrepreneurs to meet and greet with Vodafone team & explore possible partnership…
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    StartUpLift

  • ShiftZen – Restaurant Scheduling Software

    StartUpLift
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    ShiftZen is designed to make the schedule available to owners, managers and staff. Target Audience: Managers/Owners/Operators of Independent and Franchise Restaurants/Retail/Gyms Website URL: https://www.ShiftZen.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Did the look and feel of the homepage leave you wondering what the service does? 2) Is there too much/not enough text on homepage? 3) Is the signup call to action fairly obvious? 4) Go to search engine of your choice and find one other company that offers a similar service. Compare the two companies. Which on do you…
  • John Lundin, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    StartUpLift
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    John Lundin, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist treating adults, adolescent and children. Target Audience: Professionals and their children Website URL: http://dev2.smsdesignlab.com/wp/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page – what is your initial impression of what you see? 2) Think of something you want to find on this website. Now try to find it. Did you find what you were looking for? Was anything confusing? 3) Imagine that you are seeking psychotherapy. Are you encouraged to contact me? Is there anything that you…
  • Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs

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

    StartUpLift
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    A scalable easy to use task and team management tool. Target Audience: Aimed at B2B primarily, however any teams or businesses can make use of both the Web and Mobile app. Website URL: www.allthings.io 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 constructive feedback is not particularly…
  • GetScorecard – Painkiller for Sales Managers

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

  • Boline Apothecary Headed to New Location with Expanded Services

    Susan Post
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Clintonville herb shop Boline Apothecary is headed to new digs at 15 W Dunedin Rd. right behind Global Gallery in the heart of the neighborhood. For a store that opened in April of last year, an early move is a bit of an unexpected twist, but Proprietor Lily Shahar Kunning is turning it into an […]
  • 10Xelerator Company Panopticon Lands New CEO

    Susan Post
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A strategic new hire means big things for one of the companies spurring from the Founder’s Factory 10Xelerator program. Video game security software specialists Panopticon Labs recently brought former Director of Information Security, Risk and Security Architecture for Cardinal Health Mark Tomallo on as CEO. “I met Matt [Cook] and Amy [Szabo] (Panopticon founders) as part of the […]
  • Opal Stackhouse Builds Couch Bike for New Belgium Brewery

    Susan Post
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Columbus is getting a new beer and it’s very own couch bike. Yes, a couch bike is a thing and it’s here to introduce Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewery’s Slow Ride Session Ale. While the brewery isn’t from Columbus, local reinvention specialists at Opal Stackhouse were tasked with creating the love-seat-sized contraption that will travel […]
  • Urban Nature Creating Community Development Strategies

    Susan Post
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is certainly no shortage of urban development happening in Columbus. Mixed-use buildings and housing developments are cropping up in practically every neighborhood in the core of the city. But with each new building comes a change to the community in which it’s located. How is a building going to fit into an existing community? […]
  • OSU Forms University-Wide Initiative Focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Susan Post
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Universities are recognizing the rise of entrepreneurship and the value of innovative thinking in any industry or business. The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business announced the marriage of two of its centers of excellence – the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Innovation Initiative – into the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Center […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 5 Upcoming Startups Company

    VisionwizTeam
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    5 Upcoming Startups Company 1. Disk42 Disk42 is a new cloud storage startup that aims to help you sync your files across multiple devices which you can share securely with family, friends and co-workers.All your files are encrypted on your own device. Your password is saved on your computer. 2. MyTeam MyTeam is a new startup that  will help  you  to  track your team members locations and their time zones and then will work out your optimum meeting times. 3. Tracksy Tracksy is a new beta startup that aims to help bands, musicians and artists  to publish their music free. Tracksy is…
  • How To Give Funding Pitch To Angel Investors

    Martin
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor preparation. If you start by pitching your extended life story, that’s the wrong point. Equally bad is an extended pitch on your new disruptive technology. Investors are more interested in your solution and your business,…
  • Smappee-Smarter Way To Monitor Your Energy Consumption

    ajay
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that appliances, electronics and lighting account for more than one-third of home energy use. However, most Americans aren’t actively aware of their own habits. They may leave lights on while at work, forget to unplug devices such as televisions or rely on outdated appliances that drain energy instead of conserving it. This excess consumption can have harmful implications for the environment, because residential users account for more than 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. So ,what’s the solution ? Try…
  • How To Make Your Startup Company More Profitable

    Martin
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Successful entrepreneurs often start with a “random” idea, but they quickly focus their efforts and follow a “system” to organize their startup and maximize the clout of their activities. Too many entrepreneur “wannabes” never get past the idea stage, or strike out randomly in many directions, hoping that their passion will convince people to follow them and make their business grow. There are many systems for business out there, but all of them need a way to keep score on progress and impact. If your business is to be a thought leader in the social media world, the dominant…
  • 5 LifeCycle Phases Of Startup Company

    Martin
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up. Big company powerhouses, like IBM and Xerox, took fifty years to make the cycle, but new companies today, in the age of the Internet, often make the cycle in five to ten years, or even less. Consider MySpace and Webvan. Thus it behooves every entrepreneur to start watching these things more carefully from the very start. By definition, most startups begin as a result of some innovation in product, process, or service. The problem…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Happywork TV Episode 33: Thank You Designers!

    Chris Reimer
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
      In Episode 33 of Happywork TV, I say thank you to three artists who helped me with the design and look of my book Happywork. Steve Hartman (@creativille on Twitter) did the front cover design of my book. Judging from the reviews I’ve been hearing, it turned out well! I used to work with […] The post Happywork TV Episode 33: Thank You Designers! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 32: Thank You Proofreaders!

    Chris Reimer
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    In Episode 32 of Happywork TV, I say thank you to some people who lent me a huge hand as I was working to finish my book. Thank you to my proofreaders: Jenn Cloud, Greg Bussmann, Dave Gray, Eliot Frick, Mary Steinau, my mom, and my wife. Thank you also goes to my editor at […] The post Happywork TV Episode 32: Thank You Proofreaders! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork Pre-Sale Book Launch is a GO!

    Chris Reimer
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    In what might be the worst-kept secret ever, my book Happywork is debuting in less than a month (as of the time of this posting). FREAK. OUT! February 17 is the big day, the countdown clock is on, and I’m nervous, excited, and ready. I can’t wait to get this book in your hands! Even […] The post Happywork Pre-Sale Book Launch is a GO! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Book Review: Zombie Loyalists by Peter Shankman

    Chris Reimer
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Companies often churn through customers. Terrible and scary, but true. Through bad customer service (along with lousy product, weak branding, and a host of other challenges), the good customers leave, and new ones have to be harvested. In fact, one of the most important metrics you’ll often hear a publicly traded company cite is their […] The post Book Review: Zombie Loyalists by Peter Shankman appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 31: Mr Employer, NO You Can’t Have My Social Media Passwords

    Chris Reimer
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
      In Episode 31 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in The Happywork Agreement, the work code of conduct I’ve written to help bring happiness to the sorriest workplaces. And this one is a doozy. It goes like this: “I will not ask prospective or current employees for their social media passwords, nor […] The post Happywork TV Episode 31: Mr Employer, NO You Can’t Have My Social Media Passwords appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • An Interview with Joseph J Sherman: Leadership and Personal Development for Entrepreneurs

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    Today we’re talking with Joseph J Sherman, a marketing strategist with a hunger for spreading his knowledge to eager young entrepreneurs. Joseph lecturers on Leadership and Personal Development at Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College in Jerusalem, Israel. The course is based on The Rebbe of Piaseczna’s Chovas HaTalmidim, with case studies from Harvard Business School. By teaching these students the ways of becoming a powerful leaders, he believes he is giving them lifelong tools to be successful entrepreneurs. How and where did you get the idea for your course? Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg…
  • Supply Chain Management

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    Getting your MBA is the first step toward a multitude of new career opportunities, perhaps some that you hadn’t even considered before. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is one such opportunity . Described simply, SCM involves improving efficiencies and coordinating production, inventory, location and transportation among the participants in a supply chain, but there is a lot more to this rapidly growing sector. Based on a new MHI report, the logistics/supply chain business will be looking to fill 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 jobs per year through 2018. The major in greatest demand for…
  • A Latest Technology Used to the Secret of Success in Your Workplace

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    Productivity is a must when you are running your business or your own company. If you have employees to deal with and you want to be sure that they are being productive , you would do your best to make sure that they are actually doing their job. You are their boss and it is only right that you know if they are really working or just fooling around the computer. Now you ask, is there a way for you to find out if they are diligent enough in doing their work? Well great news because the answer to that is yes. What Is Spytector and What Exactly Does It Do? We all want productivity to happen in…
  • Modern Machines: Can a Barcode Scanner System Boost Your Business?

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    Believe it or not, there was a time and place when mail, products, and other consumer goods had to be sorted manually. Today, barcode scanners have made it easier for businesses to manage inventory and track letters. However, many businesses view barcodes as a simple necessity to help make business easier to do on a daily basis. In reality, barcode scanners can provide your business with numerous benefits. Greater Accuracy Without barcode scanners, your business and its employees would be forced to manually enter information about packages that arrive or products that are sold. In the…
  • Why You Should Still File for a PPI Claim

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    The question that is lately on the minds of consumers is whether it still makes sense to claim for mis-sold PPI now that it is already 2015. The answer is a definite yes. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that just because this PPI scandal has been going on for so along already that by now the banks have done their part to right all their wrongs. In spite of the millions of victims that have been successful with their claims, there are still millions that have either been unfairly rejected or have yet to realize that they are legible to make a claim. Banks Have Not Been So Willing…
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  • Thrive Content Builder Review – Building Beautiful Landing Pages

    Dilip Kumar
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever tried to build a landing page in your WordPress blog? I am sure, if you were not on the Optimizepress theme or, one of the other landing page creator themes, you will have had a tough time doing that! Now, have you ever tried to create a funky little post with a […] The post Thrive Content Builder Review – Building Beautiful Landing Pages appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why You Should Focus on Video Marketing in 2015 – Infographic

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    I have been a huge fan of video marketing ever since I started Internet Marketing. My first source of income was by creating simple review videos and uploading them to Youtube. I would promote all kind of affiliate marketing products from Amazon to Clickbank. I even promoted a few CPA offers and that gave me […] The post Why You Should Focus on Video Marketing in 2015 – Infographic appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Improve Email Open Rates by Cleaning Your Dead Email List?

    Dilip Kumar
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Okay! How much are you paying for your autoresponder services? What if I could help you reduce your auto responder service costs by almost 50%? One of the biggest expenses in an internet marketing business is on auto responder services. While you might get services that might charge you cheap, but that will be at […] The post How to Improve Email Open Rates by Cleaning Your Dead Email List? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Guest Posting for Traffic – Invitation for Guest Posting with DKSpeaks

    Dilip Kumar
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Have you been guest posting? I’m sure until about three months back you would have been spending a lot of your time in writing guest posts in order to get back links to your website. Guest posting has been one of the biggest sources of getting back links to blogs. There were a lot of […] The post Guest Posting for Traffic – Invitation for Guest Posting with DKSpeaks appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Create Viral Images to Share on Social Media Sites?

    Dilip Kumar
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    How do you make Google love you? That is probably the question that each one of us is would be asking ourselves. As we get close to solving it and finding a solution to it, Google quickly changes the game by changing their algorithms and we once again start on our search. But in all […] The post How to Create Viral Images to Share on Social Media Sites? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • The Walk In Customer & The Tailor

    Fadzuli
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I was looking for a tailor to make my suits last Sunday. As I happen to be Peninsula Plaza with the Ahemm cos she wanted to some sizing and alterations. I saw this tailor shop at the basement level. Looks old and rustic. An old man and old lady was in the shop. From where I stood, I saw many pictures of smart men in suits hung on the wall. Like any customer, you would first look around and ask a question. Sir how much does it costs to make a suit? By the way in my head, I already knew it was about $400-$500 to make one set in Singapore with good quality material. The old man having that…
  • Endurance

    Fadzuli
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    This is the first time I see a customer that is happy about their advertisements even though they were no sales on his end. He was willing to keep testing till it works. I admire his endurance. Only people who have tested advertisements and seen its results will be willing to put more effort. This client had spent hundreds of thousands on BH ads the last 10 years and he has seen fierce competition rising. He knows it will take time and much split tests to get it right as the online market is really new to him. Its easier to work with such people cos they know the risks. To more tests..
  • New Year New Targets

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Its my rare posts in this blog again. New Year New Targets.. Well before we set for new targets what have I achieved last year. When my biz partner and I  reviewed our goal settings last year, we realised we only managed to hit 7 / 18 of our targets. Its not so bad actually and knowing that each goal requires massive work to accomplished. Example.. Islamicevents.Tv. This goal itself is so big but we manage to acquire the equipment via Club Ethis investment program and get the weekly programs running. One more accomplishment that we manage to sort out is the Business Accounts. With 5-6…
  • The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start?

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

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

    guestbloggerSUD
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Intended to help you if you have recently started your own business or currently work for someone else and you’re seriously considering it, here are seven key lessons I’ve learnt in my 20-year career in technology and communications, a journey that has taken me from more junior level to senior corporate positions to CEO of my own successful business. 1 Despise the 9-5 working day. If you enjoy what you’re doing and you’re learning – keep going. Working for yourself often means making sacrifices and having to work long, hard days is often par for the course. But don’t be a martyr.
  • Could your hobby provide you with additional income?

    guestbloggerSUD
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Despite the ever-increasing demands of modern life and our changing leisure habits, thankfully, many of us retain our love for our hobbies, But it seems we’re a dying breed. Research carried out by Santander, reported by the Mail Online in December 2013, suggested that a quarter of us listed watching TV as our favourite pastime, with just 5% playing a team sport. Only 4% practised a musical instrument, while fishing, once one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, was enjoyed by just 2% of the population (the same percentage that still collected stamps or coins). According to the Mail:…
  • 2015 - the year you finally start your own business?

    Mark Williams
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    Why do so many of us bother with New Year’s resolutions, especially as so few of us ever stick to them? Somewhat shamefully, about 2% of UK adults who make New Year’s resolutions don’t even get to the end of New Year’s Day with their resolution intact (source: Think Money). Australian research published in December 2014 concluded that almost two-thirds of all New Year resolutions made Down Under are never achieved, while a 2007 University of Bristol study suggested a much higher UK failure rate of 88%. Common New Year’s resolutions If you resolved to lose weight in 2015, you’re…
  • Time to switch banks?

    guestbloggerSUD
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    It isn’t just personal current account customers who can take advantage of the free Current Account Switch Service to swap between banks, because small businesses up and down the country can make the most of the service, too. Launched by the banking industry in September 2014, the service ensures that existing payments such as direct debits or standing orders will be moved to the new account automatically, and any transactions that do go through to the old account will be redirected to the new one for 13 months, so payments won’t go missing. The company making or taking the payment using…
  • How to cut costs and become more profitable in 2015

    guestbloggerSUD
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Save money on accountancy fees Before you can cut your costs you need to understand your finances. Up until now, you may have been just bundling your paperwork into an envelope and sending it off to your accountant, crossing your fingers that you're in profit. But, obviously, that’s not a great idea. Use online bookkeeping software to enter and track your finances electronically in real-time. Once you're doing your bookkeeping online, you can then use a certified accountant to process your accounts quicker, directly from your online records. This way they don’t have to wade through a…
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  • Bootstrapper Breakfast: Real Recognizes Real

    Sean Murphy
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I had a great conversation with a first timer after today’s Bootstrapper Breakfast in Sunnyvale. He was a serious entrepreneur who had been bootstrapping for two years and he said, “Real recognizes real, this is the first entrepreneur Meetup I’ve been to where I have been able to talk about my challenges and get practical advice. Also, the other entrepreneurs weren’t just pitching, they were trying to help.” I said, “starting at 7:30am helps, so does sharing a meal. Moderating the discussion so that there is only one conversation also means that everyone…
  • Don’t Let Give-Aways Bury Interest From Real Prospects

    Sean Murphy
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Founders need leads and deals. Don’t pick give-aways that bury interest from real prospects. Have a real conversation and exchange cards or scan a badge afterward only if there is real interest. Fish Bowl Leads You are back from a tradeshow and have 400 business cards in a large pile on the table. Booth visitors had dropped them in a fish bowl you set out to request more information and win a chance at a cool device. Now the work begins–finding the good ones in the pile. Out of the 400 cards there may be 20 or 40 who are really interested in your product. You have to find…
  • 5 Ways To Start Customer Discovery Interviews

    Sean Murphy
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Customer discovery interviews are essential to testing key B2B product hypotheses and understanding your target customers’ needs. Broadly there are five ways that you can reach out to potential customers to have a discovery conversation. All of them assume that you have a clear picture of who your target is and a few key questions that they will be willing and able to answer that will indicate they have a problem or need your solution may address. Five Ways to Start Customer Discovery Interviews By introduction At a meetup In an on-line forum Via cold e-mail Via a cold call 1. Ask…
  • Six Excerpts From “Carve the Sky”

    Sean Murphy
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Alexander Jablokov‘s first novel, “Carve the Sky,” has a number of elegantly phrased observations and insights. It’s science fiction, set about four centuries hence in a world where humanity has survived a nuclear war and expanded into the Solar System at least as far as the Asteroid Belt. Here are six excerpts that I found memorable. Symbiosis of Effort “A group of men had come into the Great Hall and were gathered around Clavius. they looked like a corporate body of some sort, a board of aldermen, perhaps, or the chiefs of the local board of medical ethics, for…
  • Few–If Any–Silicon Valley Secrets

    Sean Murphy
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    I signed up for a mailing list a while ago from a reasonably famous entrepreneur and he sent me this mass email in late November promising to share “Silicon Valley Secrets.” I don’t know if it’s because I have worked in Silicon Valley for more than three decades but I found the whole thing kind of sad (of course, he’s probably laughing all the way to the bank). Sean, Seeing that it’s almost 2015, I wanted to create a special webinar for just for you. During this FREE webinar, I’ll share 5 killer strategies to double your business that I learned from…
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  • An Interview with Joseph J Sherman: Leadership and Personal Development for Entrepreneurs

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    Today we’re talking with Joseph J Sherman, a marketing strategist with a hunger for spreading his knowledge to eager young entrepreneurs. Joseph lecturers on Leadership and Personal Development at Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College in Jerusalem, Israel. The course is based on The Rebbe of Piaseczna’s Chovas HaTalmidim, with case studies from Harvard Business School. By teaching these students the ways of becoming a powerful leaders, he believes he is giving them lifelong tools to be successful entrepreneurs. How and where did you get the idea for your course? Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg…
  • Supply Chain Management

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    Getting your MBA is the first step toward a multitude of new career opportunities, perhaps some that you hadn’t even considered before. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is one such opportunity . Described simply, SCM involves improving efficiencies and coordinating production, inventory, location and transportation among the participants in a supply chain, but there is a lot more to this rapidly growing sector. Based on a new MHI report, the logistics/supply chain business will be looking to fill 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 jobs per year through 2018. The major in greatest demand for…
  • A Latest Technology Used to the Secret of Success in Your Workplace

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    Productivity is a must when you are running your business or your own company. If you have employees to deal with and you want to be sure that they are being productive , you would do your best to make sure that they are actually doing their job. You are their boss and it is only right that you know if they are really working or just fooling around the computer. Now you ask, is there a way for you to find out if they are diligent enough in doing their work? Well great news because the answer to that is yes. What Is Spytector and What Exactly Does It Do? We all want productivity to happen in…
  • Modern Machines: Can a Barcode Scanner System Boost Your Business?

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    Believe it or not, there was a time and place when mail, products, and other consumer goods had to be sorted manually. Today, barcode scanners have made it easier for businesses to manage inventory and track letters. However, many businesses view barcodes as a simple necessity to help make business easier to do on a daily basis. In reality, barcode scanners can provide your business with numerous benefits. Greater Accuracy Without barcode scanners, your business and its employees would be forced to manually enter information about packages that arrive or products that are sold. In the…
  • Why You Should Still File for a PPI Claim

    EpicLaunch
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    The question that is lately on the minds of consumers is whether it still makes sense to claim for mis-sold PPI now that it is already 2015. The answer is a definite yes. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that just because this PPI scandal has been going on for so along already that by now the banks have done their part to right all their wrongs. In spite of the millions of victims that have been successful with their claims, there are still millions that have either been unfairly rejected or have yet to realize that they are legible to make a claim. Banks Have Not Been So Willing…
 
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  • Tech policy expert Benjamin Wu named deputy DBED secretary

    Stephen Babcock
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The state’s economic development office is adding another tech expert. Gov. Larry Hogan named Benjamin H. Wu as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic and Business Development (DBED) on Wednesday. Wu will essentially be the department’s COO, overseeing the DBED’s efforts to attract new companies to the state and working to expand the presence of the firms that are already here. Wu, a Montgomery County native, has held a variety of senior technology policy roles at the U.S. Department of Commerce and as a staffer for former Republican Congresswoman Connie Morella,…
  • Annapolis is about to start cracking down on Uber drivers

    Stephen Babcock
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Come this weekend, Uber drivers and cab drivers won’t be considered different from each other in Annapolis. So, starting Friday, authorities will start asking Uber drivers for taxicab driver’s licenses. They’re threatening to issue tickets if the drivers don’t have a license, according to Eye on Annapolis. It’s the latest flashpoint in Uber’s attempt to stay in Maryland and hold onto its classification as a ridesharing app, rather than a taxicab company. Uber’s business model operates under the assumption that its pricing model wouldn’t be as…
  • Allovue wins pitch competition at Harvard [Startup Roundup]

    Stephen Babcock
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    WHO’S GETTING BUZZ Edtech startup Allovue bested 11 other startups at Harvard last weekend to win the LearnLaunch conference pitch competition, as CityBizList first reported. Allovue founder Jess Gartner emails: “We won some very tasty chocolates, as well as the chance to share Allovue’s vision and mission with the 600+ attendees of LearnLaunch.” Coming on the heels of Gartner’s inclusion in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Gartner said the national press over the last month has been “awesome to have opportunities to shine a national spotlight on the cool stuff that’s happening…
  • ZeroFOX acquires stealth-mode security startup

    Stephen Babcock
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    ZeroFOX, the cybersecurity startup that monitors social media networks, has a new R&D leader. The company wrapped up an acquisition of Vulnr, a Chilean “stealth-mode security technology company,” the two sides announced Wednesday. With the move, Vulnr founder Mike Price will become ZeroFOX’s Senior Director of Research and Development, and lead the company’s research and development team. Price formerly oversaw McAfee Labs’ first R&D branch in Latin America, which was based in Santiago, Chile. He then founded Vulnr, which focused on finding new…
  • Why you should attend NET/WORK, our tech jobs fair

    Catherine Sontag
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Next month, Technical.ly Baltimore is hosting the second annual NET/WORK, a technology jobs fair where organizations can show off their company culture and attendees can show off their personality. This is decidedly more than just a résumé exchange. NET/WORK will be held Thursday, Feb. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the Emerging Technology Centers. It will feature 25+ regional organizations (some of which are listed here) that are ready to hire. We know that great technologists have options when it comes to finding a job, so we’re building an environment where employers and attendees can test the…
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  • Podcast: inside-Startups Talks Portland Tech with the The PDX Beat

    Rich
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    I’m on the radio once again talking about the Portlandia Technology Scene with Amado Lumba and The PDX Beat.
  • Rich Brueckner Presents: Data and Goliath – Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data

    Rich
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    In this video from the Adaptive Computing booth at SC14, Rich Brueckner from inside-Startups presents Data and Goliath — Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data. Full Transcript: It is kind of weird for me to hear that I am a special speaker. But being here – I want to thank Adaptive for having me in. I apologize for my voice but I’ve been smoking cuban cigars at night, that somebody gave me. And I really enjoy that. So, here’s who I am. If you haven’t heard of insideHPC, it is a news portal for high performance computing. And I am the primary writer on this. I…
  • Podcast: A Preview of the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14. Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? SC14 will be in New Orleans this year, and we are holding our first meetup on Nov 17th in New Orleans. Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community. Register now for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
  • Vaynerchuk Presents on the Thank You Economy

    Rich
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    In this video, Gary Vaynerchuk presents on the Thank You Economy and how he got started as a teenage entrepreneur selling baseball cards. Recorded at the Social Mix 2012 conference in Toronto. Caution: Some language NSFW.
  • Speaker Lineup for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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

    Banksy
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Yes folks its that time of year again. While I’ve been a little light on posts in 2014 there is one that must be written. This one. 2014 has been an interesting year, one which has seen a lot of change in both my personal life and business dealings. In a year that saw Optix Solutions turn 15 and new ventures being started by my business partner and I (hopefully more on those in years to come) we may just have tried to do a little too much. As you probably know I’m a huge fan of change and believe it completely necessary for success however sometimes it can feel like you’re…
  • Are your ears and eyes always open?

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

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

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

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

    joshboyle
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Dan Abdinoor - Co-Founder, Grokky Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Today’s work environment is all about productivity. Your boss talks about staying focused, eliminating waste, and wringing more work hours from every week. Today’s work environment is all about productivity. Your boss talks about staying focused, eliminating waste, and wringing more work hours from every week. So, why is it that your manager insists on filling your schedule with unproductive one-on-one meetings? At face value, the one-on-one is…
  • Sleek University: An Intimate Digital Marketing Conference

    joshboyle
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  ast year Christina Inge founded Sleek Marketing University, a two-day conference teaching the latest digital marketing techniques to help startups, small businesses, and nonprofits reach new audiences cost-effectively. Last year Christina Inge, entrepreneur and Director of PR & Marketing for ENet: The IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs' Network, founded Sleek Marketing University, a two-day conference teaching…
  • AdTech Startup Launches New Avenue for Brands Through Messaging Apps

    joshboyle
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  There’s no denying that the advertising world is looking for new ways generate revenue and develop new solutions for their high paying clients. But that’s no easy task. There’s no denying that the advertising world is looking for new ways to generate revenue and develop new solutions for their high paying clients. But that’s no easy task. The amount of content consumed grows more and more every day. The…
  • Hiring With Courage For Startup Success

    joshboyle
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Kate Morgan - CEO & Founder, Boston Human Capital Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  “How long do you think it will take to hire someone?”  “How long do you think it will take to hire someone?”  That is a question I get a lot from executives, to which I can only reply, “It depends on you.  And since we have never worked together, I can’t even begin to speculate”.   It’s a tough market, but not impossible to find people.  What makes recruiting tough are the…
  • Why You Should Welcome Dogs Into Your Workplace

    joshboyle
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Premium Company:  America's Test Kitchen Release Date:  Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Jack Shea, Freelance Writer Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  It’s been known for decades that dogs can confer important health benefits on people in the workplace. It’s been known for decades that dogs can confer important health benefits on people in the workplace. But despite lowering blood pressure, relieving stresses, and even bridging interpersonal gaps between their human office mates, less than 20 per cent of U.S.companies embrace dog friendly…
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  • How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage

    Michael
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I advocate it and encourage people to do it. I have seen tremendous blessings as a result of it. One blessing that I’ve seen is the improvement of my marriage. Before I was a consistent tither my marriage was on its last leg. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and […] The post How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries

    Michael
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
      Since I embarked on this journey of giving I’ve been bombarded with extra mail. The letters above are the ones I received Tuesday. ( I crossed out my name for privacy’s sake. I like you but I don’t need you to know where I live ) The most intrusive one I’ve received is from […] The post The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved

    Michael
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for$50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. This $50 billion is from 10 million tithers–people who donate 10% or more their income to a church–across America. They make up 10-25% of a normal congregation yet they for 50-80% of church funding. The ole’ Pareto principle […] The post How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Use Technology To Effectively Teach Giving

    Michael
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tithing and/or giving is a delicate subject. It has the power to split churches down the middle. It is important though. According to the 4th Annual State of the Plate Survey of 2012 many ministries saw giving increase because of financial/generosity teaching initiatives. Not only that but many other ministries are looking for proactive and […] The post How to Use Technology To Effectively Teach Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How I Changed My Life With a One Year Tithing Experiment

    Michael
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m a tither. Despite the controversy surrounding it, I’m a huge advocate of it. And, honestly, before I got serious about it my life was a total mess. I couldn’t make ends meet. I had trouble holding a steady job. My wife (God bless her) loved me, but lost almost all respect for me. Our […] The post How I Changed My Life With a One Year Tithing Experiment appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • Entrepreneurs Answer: What’s the Best Startup Lesson You Learned?

    Matt Hunckler
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    What did I learn from that? This question is a powerful follow-up to every major action you take building a new product or business. But it’s not often that we slow down enough to ask this of ourselves. We recently asked a handful of entrepreneurs in the Verge community what was the most important lesson they learned in the last year. Luckily, they were able to slow their roll enough to share some thoughtful responses: It’s a tough question to answer because it often requires humbling introspection. It means giving ourselves a good hard look in the mirror and taking ownership of where we…
  • What to Expect from Verge’s Biggest E-Commerce Launch

    Tim Hickle
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The clock is ticking and the felix + iris launch is approaching. As we get closer to launch, the Verge team is getting more and more excited to be launching the next big name in online eye wear. As co-founders of an e-commerce powerhouse (and a power couple), Randy and Angie Stocklin are household names to many people in the Verge community. They are no stranger to the Verge stage, but this Wednesday, they’re going to be more familiar with it than ever.  So why would an e-commerce eyeglass supplier want to launch with Verge?  It’s a valid question. After all, we’re all…
  • 3 Things Your Startup Should Do ASAP For Success

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

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

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

  • The Future of Statistics….. Back to the Basics

    30SimpleSystems
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    THE FUTURE OF STATISTICS…BACK TO THE BASICS August 11, 2014 Last fall, Simply Statistics held an interesting panel discussion on the future of statistics and data analytics. Overall, I thought the discussion had a lot of great insights and gave an idea of where analytics is headed in the near future. This post explores some key-takeaways and implications. 1. We’re gaining the ability to do large scale experiments (think 6 degrees of separation at a massive scale). This will allow us to better understand the cause and effects of different actions. 2. Data analysis is about telling stories.
  • Needls : Get Notified of Leads in Real Time

    Bob Debbas
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Justin Hartzman”, Founder and CEO – of the Toronto – Canada based start-up “Needls.” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1- What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?   Along with my partners Jeremy Poriah and Michael Koral, I’m one of the co-founders of needls.com. I’m also the company’s CEO. What needls does is find and deliver targeted relationship-based sales leads in real time to our users. They choose their target keywords (they can…
  • Bankymybiz : Matching Network of Business Owners and Lenders

    Bob Debbas
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Nathan DauSchmidt”, COO of the Madison – US based start-up “Bankmybiz” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Bankmybiz.com is a matching network of business owners and lenders. We save business owners time and help get them the financing they need by informing them about which funding products they qualify for and then connecting the business owners directly with local and national lenders. 2. When has your startup been…
  • New 2 NY Tours : Tour Guide in NY

    Bob Debbas
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Pamela Fisher”, Co-Founder of the US based start-up “New2NYTours” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  I am a certified tour guide in NYC and offer my guests “outside the box, off the beaten path” walking tours to see how the coals live in NYC. we do not see the typical tourist attractions, but instead go to the heart of each neighborhood and talk about the culture, the food, and the people that make NYC so…
  • Virally helps marketers track and amplify their content marketing.

    Bob Debbas
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
      Bob Debbas    We had a quick chit chat with Mr. Alex Clifford; Marketing Executive at VirallyApp Many companies invest in content marketing e.g. blogs, guides, white-papers and infographics. But many marketers don’t know how to prove its ROI. They can’t show how their content has helped customers make a purchase. Virally tracks ‘who’ has seen ‘which’ pieces of content, so marketers can measure the impact of their content marketing. Virally helps marketers justify the budget they have spent on producing content. Virally encourages viral…
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    Planio Blog

  • Dogfooding. Why Planio does not have feature XYZ.

    janschulzhofen
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Legend has it that the President of Kal Kan Pet Food ate a can of his company’s dog food in front of everybody each year at their shareholder meeting. (Image by Lisa Yarost, CC BY 2.0) While we’re (luckily!?) not in the business of pet food, we at Planio are strong believers in the “Eat your own dog food” paradigm: We use all the components of Planio ourselves every day. From agile project management to issue tracking, from hosted Git repositories to documentation in wiki pages. We even use Planio exclusively for our customer support help desk and we’re dropping…
  • Planio Team Chat is coming (with IRC!)

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Simple Ways To Make Money Online in 2015

    Neet Narula
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
      While there are hundreds of ways to make money online that we discussed in the late end of 2014. These 8 simple but effective ways to make money online would work even in 2015. 1. Maximising eBay Network. Selling things that you no longer need in eBay is one option to startup your own home based business. However, this is only a startup and for soon, you will run out of things to sell. The key to sell items on eBay is to sell the items at the right price. Learn to make your item cheaper than the others for this will make you a winner among them. 2. Amazon Online Store. You can as…
  • 5 Must-Know Things For Branding Your Business

    Manpreet Kaur
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Branding isn’t about having a good logo, matching design and talking of your brand all the time. Branding involves much more than this… it involves building trust and credibility. You customers must know you and have trust in you. There’s a lot in branding that must know of… Here are some things that you should do for branding your business the right way. Be a storyteller: Human beings love stories and that is a business opportunity for you. Instead of selling your product, you must try to sell your story. The story of your brand is important for branding your business. If you…
  • 5 Simple Business Promotion Tips You Must Know About  

    Guest Author
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    So you’ve recently started a new business.  Naturally, that’s an exciting step.  But, now that you have your business set up and are perhaps beginning to define what your niche in the market will be, you need to take the next important step.  What would that be?  Well, that would be letting the public know about your company through intelligent business promotion techniques.  There are plenty of ways that a business owner can promote his or her company.  In fact, thanks to the internet and the online age we live in, the opportunities for business promotion have proliferated and…
  • 8 Things You Need to be a Successful Entrepreneur

    Manpreet Kaur
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Entrepreneurship is the new buzz word. It seems like everyone wants to get rid of those monotonous 9 to 5 jobs and be one’s own boss. While many of you would just dream about being an entrepreneur, there would be few who would actually work on it. This post is for the latter ones. If you want to know the secret and most important steps to become a successful entrepreneur, read on! Love what you do: Let me share one fact seldom people believe. Majority of the people are quite happy with their monotonous job. They love it and that’s why they are doing it. Focus on the word ‘love’. You…
  • How to create a positive environment within your office?

    Manpreet Kaur
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    If you feel as though you spend most of your waking hours at work, you’re not alone. The fact is, for many people the working week is getting longer. Figures produced in 2011 by the Office for National Statistics showed that full-time employees spent an average of 42.7 hours per week at work. This means that, as a boss, it’s more important than ever to provide your personnel with a pleasant and positive environment within your office. If you’re keen to improve your office, take a look at this brief guide. Invest in comfortable and attractive furniture No modern work space is complete…
 
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    Life-Long Learner

  • VISION: Winning In Your Mind – TCE 060

    Scott
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes What do Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzengger, and Oprah have in common? They practiced creating success in their mind, to make it happen in real life. They had a vision for the future that drove them, and they made sure to see it every single day. A big theme for this year and something that’s been a part of every single Peak State class is setting and seeing your vision everyday. If we don’t ever stop and remember why we’re grinding, what do you think we’ll do when things get hard? When self doubt sets…
  • Upgrade Your Performance Through Mindset with Satori Prime – TCE 059

    Scott
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listened to this podcast by now you’ve probably heard me say this over and over again, whether we’re talking achievement or happiness…it’s all an inside job. To win in business, you need to win in your mind first. Today’s conversion is all about mastering the internal dialogue and focus that shapes our life experience. I’m so fired up to bring two of the most stout guys I know in terms of mindset: Ilan and Guy Ferdman from Satori Prime. You might have heard of these brothers because their company Satori…
  • Achieving Peak Health and Performance with Ben Greenfield – TCE 058

    Scott
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Awhile back I asked one of my friends who the most impressive person he knew was… The reason I was curious is because he spends pretty much all of his time amongst tier 1 entrepreneurs who seemingly live extraordinary lives. Without hesitation he answered Ben Greenfield who I’m honored to have as a guest on today’s show. Ben is an absolute beast. He has competed in over 10 ultra marathons, his site BenGreenFieldFitness is one of the most popular & well researched sites on health and performance enhancement, and he…
  • Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans with Peter Shankman – TCE 057

    Scott
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes One of my duties at the first tech startup I was ever involved with was trying to find ways to get press for the company. I heard about the really cool service called Help A Reporter Out (HARO) where journalists would share the topic they were looking to get sources for and people could volunteer their expertise as credible sources. It was a spectacular service and I remember thinking that whoever invented this was a genius! Today’s guest is that man behind HARO Peter Shankman. Peter has done a lot since then and really…
  • Ecommerce and Building A Booming Business Abroad with Ryan Coisson – TCE 056

    Scott
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today we’re very fortunate to have one of my newer buddies Ryan Coisson on the show. Me and Ryan originally connected through an entrepreneur organization I’m involved with called the Broterhood. You’ll hear more about this in the episode, but I had heard about all these guys making a fortune launching ecommerce businesses on Amazon…and when I had questions my friends said that Ryan was the guy to chat with about all things ecommerce. Ryan is a serial entrepreneur that has started all kinds of successful businesses and…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Michael DeFranco – Founder and CEO of Lua

    IdeaMensch
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    I think you experience different types of failure every day and you learn, grow and build from there. Everything takes three times as long and twice as much money to build as you anticipate, so level set your expectations early on and don’t get discouraged. Michael DeFranco is the Founder and CEO of Lua, the mobile-first communications solution for high-performance organizations that facilitates streamlined collaboration = permeating all levels and departments. He began his career at iMapData, an enterprise software company that provides security solutions to the U.S. government and Fortune…
  • Kevin Castle – CTO and a Principal Partner of Technossus

    IdeaMensch
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I’m a sticky-note junkie. Any good idea, action item, thought, book to read, or anything of remote value goes onto a sticky note. Each week, I do a “purge,” when I run through all the items or queue them for future action. You can find a stack of 80 or more notes on my desk at any time. As CTO and a principal partner of Technossus, Kevin Castle has been responsible for the engagement and technical delivery for every executed software project. His ability to align technology offerings with the rapidly changing demands of the industry has been instrumental to the company’s impressive…
  • Laura Henderson – Founder and CEO of Epiphany Learning

    IdeaMensch
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Focus and flexibility might sound like contradictions, but most successful entrepreneurs are able to balance both. You have to possess the unique ability to focus on the big picture while staying tuned in and responsive to the details that matter. Laura Henderson is a successful technology executive who first made her mark in the industry as the General Manager of TEKLYNX Americas, Inc., the leading global provider of barcode and label software. As a strategic, results-oriented leader with a keen ability to create high-performing operating cultures, Laura has consistently achieved…
  • AJ Shankar – Founder and CEO of Everlaw

    IdeaMensch
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    I’m excited that design matters. Just because you use a niche enterprise product, you shouldn’t have to struggle with an ugly and hard to use experience. AJ Shankar is the founder and CEO of Everlaw, where he leads a team that is building the world’s most advanced litigation platform, beginning with ediscovery. Prior to Everlaw, AJ co-founded Modista, a company that made shopping for apparel more intuitive. AJ has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an A.B. in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Harvard University. Where did the idea for Everlaw come from? I worked as…
  • Per Bylund – Research Professor at Baylor University

    IdeaMensch
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I think the power of ideas lies in their application. Ideas are seeds of change, but what brings them to life is their use. What is a theory unless it brings about some improvement in people’s lives? This is where academia and entrepreneurship should overlap: bringing ideas to fruition by letting theory and reality collide through iterative implementation. Per Bylund is a research professor in the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor University, where he does research in entrepreneurship, management, and economic organization. He previously taught in the management department…
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    Storytelling For Startups

  • Setup Instructions for v2.41

    Mark Evans
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Welcome to Launch Effect Premium v2.41! Launch Effect Premium lets you create and customize an entire website at the click of a few buttons. Version 2.41 includes some important stability fixes and speed improvements, tweaks to the theme’s responsive styling, and large improvements to the way the theme handles the generation of meta data for Facebook sharing, as well as the theme’s ability to play nice with popular SEO plugins. Be sure to check out the Launch Effect > Designer > Global Settings panel for more information. Take a look around to see what’s new and launch…
  • Hello world!

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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  • Some Thoughts About the Box IPO

    jesusmrv
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Cloud storage company Box debuted in the public markets last Friday with a strong performance that pushed the price per share to $23.23 which represents an astonishing $2.7B market capitalization. The Box IPO represents the successful conclusion of a process that started last year when the company filed its first S-1 but later delayed the process to correct some of the concerns expressed by investors and analysts while also wait for a friendlier IPO climate. All things considered, the Box IPO has been both incredibly successful and very atypical. Talking to a few friends about the IPO on…
  • Scaling Enterprise Software Companies is Harder than Ever

    jesusmrv
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    There is a common misconception within the startup community that building companies is easier than ever. Part of the argument is the amazingly cheap costs of infrastructure available with cloud infrastructures such as AWS or Google Cloud, the relatively easy access to early stage capital as well as the free distribution and commercialization channels available to any company. More importantly, this argument has been fueled by some large exits recently experienced by small companies such as Instagram or Whatsapp in the consumer space. When we think about this argument, we can is about 75%…
  • Startup Lessons: Selecting the Right Tools and Processes

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

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

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

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    I somehow missed posting this last year, when it was published. An excellent article by our very own Salim Virani, on the topic of ecosystems. Sal and the rest of the FounderCentric team spend a lot of time working with incubators, accelerators, governments, outreach teams at large companies, etc, and helping them develop their startup scenes. Their mission comes from the heart (they really care about helping startup founders), and they are, as far as I know, the best at it at this point, in Europe. So their thoughts on the topic of how European ecosystems should develop are worth paying…
  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
  • Early stage capital in EU vs US

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've covered this topic before, obviously, but this seemed like an excellent article, worth linking to. In short, things haven't changed much since I posted those articles 4 years ago: European VCs are still slow to respond, slow to make decisions, risk-averse, overly focused on formalities like business plans, etc. But that doesn’t deter European investors from requesting a full deck, including a three-year business plan as a prerequisite to any form of conversation. If your path to profitability is not already proven, you will have a hard time getting as much as a phone call. From what I…
  • I don't know

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

  • The case against the Sharing Economy

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    A whole slew of labor platforms have come up over the last couple of years, powering what is widely referred to as the Gig Economy or (rather inappropriately) the Sharing Economy. Remote freelancing (Freelancer, Elance-Odesk) and micro-tasking (Amazon Mechanical Turk) platforms have been around for quite some time, as have classifieds (e.g. Craigslist), all of which enable service providers to find new gigs. But a whole new range of vertical-specific platforms have come up in recent times creating two broad classes of new opportunities: Higher end gigs: Consulting platforms like Clarity and…
  • The Platform Stack: For everyone building a platform… and for everyone else

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    In the fall of 2013, Paul Graham rattled out two tweets in quick succession: Exercise for founders: How would you describe your idea without using the word “platform?” — Paul Graham (@paulg) October 27, 2013 and 28.2% of the applications for the upcoming YC batch call what they’re building a “platform.” — Paul Graham (@paulg) October 31, 2013 This highlights an interesting issue. Because of what I do, I meet a lot of people who say they’re building platforms. The problem isn’t that they actually aren’t building one. The problem, often, is that:…
  • What the Uber-Lyft war teaches us about building the next Uber for X

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Note: Special thanks to Griffin Anderson who helped me draft this article. The on-demand economy is bringing together technology and freelance workers, to deliver us services in exciting new ways. We are increasingly using our cell phones as a remote control for the real world. In the past, you could sit on a sofa and flip through TV channels. Today, you can click on a button and request a taxi, get your home cleaned, or order a bite to eat. Every week, we see a new platform come up that connects consumers with freelance labor. New companies are forming in almost every service vertical.
  • Holiday Longreads: The best of Platform Thinking from 2014

    admin
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    2014’s been a great year for platforms. Cutting straight to the chase, here are the must-reads on Platform Thinking from the year as we come to a close.  Platform Disruption: How Android, Airbnb, YouTube and Elance-Odesk rewrote the rules of entire industries Platforms are eating entire industries and this opinion piece – originally published in Forbes – helps us understand exactly how. YouTube, Airbnb, Elance-Odesk, Wikipedia and many other platforms have all taken the same route from ridicule and criticism to success. This piece unpacks this repeatable pattern in the…
  • Interaction Limit: Real-world constraints on digital platforms

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Sangeet’s Note: While several factors determine the ability of a platform to enable an interaction, one of the factors is the real-world Interaction Limit for that particular interaction, as elaborated on by Devinder (guest writer) in the article below. This is specifically important for interactions where the exchange of goods and services occurs off the platform.  The Interaction Limit is the maximum geographical limit within which users from two sides of the platform would interact. The Interaction Limit for Uber may be a city. For HighLight, it may be the immediate vicinity. For Airbnb…
 
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    Business Start Ups

  • Exciting New Infographic: Work-Life Balance

    Caroline Baxter
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Work Life Balance. Can it really be achieved? Sage UK have produced an informative flow-chart guide to help you find out how you can enjoy your job more and how you can find balance with work and personal. Interestingly enough, this is always a hot topic with self-employed people, including myself. Trying to balance a home, […] The post Exciting New Infographic: Work-Life Balance appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Small Biz Guide to Social Media

    Caroline Baxter
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Looking for an up to date guide on what to post and how to use all the top social networks? This handy infographic shows you how. Created by Magic Logix, the guide encompasses all the essential networks for your business and gives a great overview of how you can use them for brand exposure, customer […] The post Small Biz Guide to Social Media appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • How To Increase Your Email Response Rates

    Caroline Baxter
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:28 am
    Email Marketing Best Practices Organising your email marketing should be a priority for 2014 You may have been sending emails for years now, but sending emails and getting them to be actually opened and read are two completely different things. Is your database organised? Do you write your emails or newsletters with a goal in […] The post How To Increase Your Email Response Rates appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Business Writing – The Secret Recipe [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Caroline Baxter
    22 Jan 2014 | 4:22 am
    Magentic Writing Always wanted to write a truly magnetic Blog post? The article readers come back for, time after time? Getting traffic to your website is only part of the recipe for business success. Essentially, there are many ingredients which count towards making your business website the connoisseur of the industry. My article How to get original […] The post Business Writing – The Secret Recipe [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress

    Caroline Baxter
    25 Sep 2013 | 6:09 am
    WordPress So how can you have the website you dreamed of, at little or no cost, with a fully integrated CMS (content management system) and thousands of ready to use, free or paid templates? Every business owner knows the importance of having an up to date website. You may also know that getting a new website […] The post WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress appeared first on Business Start Ups.
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  • Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The post Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For those of us in startups, opening up Twitter means seeing at least 1 or 2 funding announcements every couple hours. And the congratulations and retweets roll in, if you are any good, journalists and bloggers need a piece of you too. But the fanfare and congratulations fizzle out, and you are standing there with all that glitter and confetti on you,…
  • Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The post Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this It does not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not a stranger to getting into occasional passionate discussion. This weekend I made a statement which caused such discussion. Unfortunately, Twitter is the worst place to have a discussion. Arguments in 140 character format make people extremely susceptible…
  • Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    28 Aug 2013 | 9:31 am
    The post Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this This article has been brewing in me for a while. I credit some of the biggest wins in my career to the most diverse and smart people around me. Best decisions are made after hearing a broad range of perspectives. You can’t do that in an echo-chamber of people who are exactly same as you and think like you. As you have seen me…
  • On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    19 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    The post On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For the past decade and a half, I have read countless articles on how it is impossible to build a successful company and be a good parent at the same time. I call bullshit! Yes, I know, I now owe money to the swear jar, but I’m happy to pay. Here is the TL;DR for those of you with short attention spans – being a…
  • New Father, New Team, New Opportunities – Boston, Watch Out!

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    18 Feb 2013 | 8:12 pm
    The post New Father, New Team, New Opportunities – Boston, Watch Out! appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this The past few months have been the most eventful ones in my adult life. Most importantly, I became a father! I have been in startups my entire career, but this new “startup,” my beautiful daughter Greta, has tested my planning, troubleshooting, and iterating abilities while providing me with an incredible amount of “fire”,…
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    The Startup Videos

  • Switch.co – Better phone system built for Google Apps

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Switch.co is a cloud-based phone system built for Google Apps users. It helps you to make and take calls from anywhere, on any device. Yes they mean from anywhere anytime. So it helps your sales and marketing team as productive as office. Switch.co integrates with Google Apps to provide a contextual profile, including recent Gmail messages, shared Docs, and upcoming Calendar invites. Ring All Your devices iPhone, Android and any Business Number. Switch Devices on the move Auto Sync with Google Contacts Voice Mail, 3-way calling, Transfer, Record, Click to Call Learn more at www.switch.co.
  • Top 10 explainer video production companies to watch out

    Gayathri
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    Explainer video production houses are popping up daily around corners, similar to web design companies. But still there are some top explainer video production companies doing some awesome jobs to the client. If you are new to explainer video, It helps to sell your story in a short and simple way to get the best traction for your idea or explaining any complex idea in a simple way. Explainer video houses are usually selected by startups/clients based on different criteria to name a few : Budget(comes first) Reputation Location Industry / domain Knowledge Prior creative works Storytelling…
  • Christmas! Not just for Flipsters but for our customers as well, says Flipkart

    bhuvana
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Christmas brings to our mind cliché Father Christmas in his traditional red robes at the time of festive season. But a few days before Christmas day, Flipsters came up with some crackjack ideas, and finally decided on one – #XmasOutoftheBlue. So, they picked 22 lucky fellows from the special registered users of Mumbai and Bangalore cities. Flipsters in a blue costume marched along the streets and gifted those lucky customers, products from their Flipkart wishlist. Flipkart’s team was not sure about their customer’s reaction to this idea. But now you could see that awesome moment in…
  • 10 Startup Marketing hacks for 2015-No More False Promises

    bhuvana
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    They all say, to start with, a startup has to delve into zero money marketing and embrace content marketing and other inbound marketing techniques. But the fundamental truth is “everything is done at a cost” and there is no free lunch. Spending is enormous when it comes to marketing a startup. What do we spend? Lots and lots of time till we get it right. Here are a few hacks to get things right with lowest possible spending. Hack #1: Build exceptional content and resources. You want your customers to adopt your product but doing it without your help is like asking too much from them.
  • How Videos decide the fate of your Kickstarter or Indiegogo Funding

    bhuvana
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    When you are a startup looking for some crowdfunding on platforms like indiegogo and Kickstarter, a great video is mandatory. They say building a compelling video alone would ensure your funding on these platforms. The challenge is you got to tell all about your project which you had planned across for years (or just researched on for multiple sleepless nights) in just a few minutes through a video. It’s not that these platforms restrict you or something, you just cannot risk creating a longer video where you have lost your audience midway. A Staged development: One step at a time…
 
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    Onboardly

  • How to Win Friends and ​Get ​Press Coverage

    Heather Carson
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    This is an excerpt from The Ultimate PR Machine – a course that’s helping startups to get the media coverage that they need. Click here to join our growing community of DIY startup teams that are making the news. Imagine that someone walks up to you and says, “Can I ask you for a favor?” What’s your reaction? If you’re like most of us, chances are that your reaction would vary a great deal – depending upon who was asking the question. If it’s a random stranger, then your mind would probably be scrambling for a way to say “Sorry…” and move on. But what if the requester is…
  • 7 Things No One Tells You About a Career in Startup PR

    Crystal Richard
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    I’m a sucker for those posts. The “You Know You’re in PR When” or “10 Ways Agency Life Has Ruined You” posts. Because usually, they’re a good laugh and let’s face it – we can all relate. Has agency life ruined me? Pfft. Nah, I’ve got this. But I certainly did take a moment to stop and reflect on a life in PR, earlier this Fall, when a communications student reached out to interview me for a college project. She wanted to know what my life was like as Director of Public Relations at Onboardly. That’s when I panicked. Here’s someone who’s yet to join the crazy…
  • 22 Content Marketing Facts & Stats You Need To Know

    Renee Warren
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Content isn’t just king. It’s the entire monarchy. Let’s be honest: it takes an entire palace to build the relationships required for your startup to thrive in a competitive market made up of smarmy sales tactics and reluctant consumers. Relationships rely on honest, relevant, and respectful communication. The content you create and curate as part of your content marketing strategy is your first line of communication. Providing and parlaying valuable information about your product or industry in a way that respects your consumers’ preferences for consumption is the way into their…
  • Creating a Drool-Worthy Media List​

    Heather Carson
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    This is an excerpt from The Ultimate PR Machine – a course that’s helping startups to get the media coverage that they need. Click here to join our growing community of DIY startup teams that are making the news. Imagine that someone walks up to you and says, “Can I ask you for a favor?” What’s your reaction? If you’re like most of us, chances are that your reaction would vary a great deal – depending upon who was asking the question. If it’s a random stranger, then your mind would probably be scrambling for a way to say “Sorry…” and move on. But what if the requester is…
  • Mass Personalization: Today’s Marketing Oxymoron

    Rachel Storr
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Let’s hit the masses in a personalized (non-generic) way. Sound simple? Maybe. If we focus on the small details and keep an eye on the ROI. After all, personalized service from your local corner store or coffee hangout is often what keeps you coming back. Who doesn’t want a barista who doles out personalized foam art? Make mine with Grumpy Cat as Darth Vader … What is Personalization? I’ve been using a completely out of the way drugstore to fill my prescriptions for years because of the personalized service I get from a pharmacist who knows my name, my husband’s name and cares…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • How to Find The Perfect Small Business Consultant

    Kaleigh Moore
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Consultants are an important part of a small business owner’s game plan. Whether it’s to help manage SEO efforts, accounting, or content production, these people help alleviate much of the stress associated with those day-to-day tasks. But when you’re thinking about hiring your first small business consultant, it’s tough to know where to begin. Brad Farris of EnMast says, “A consultant can be your cheerleader, your task master, your sounding board and your advisor. In short, your consultant is there for you — to support and push you to achieve more.”…
  • Small Business Loans: 6 Myths Debunked

    Ty Kiisel
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Money, money, money. It makes the world go ’round. But getting money is easier said than done, especially if you’re a small business owner. Accessing capital is a huge challenge, and misinformation and some commonly accepted myths about small business lending don’t help. Here are six myths most small business owners accept as fact when looking for a loan: Myth #1: If My Banker Turns Me Down, I’m Out of Luck Although the first place many people go when they need a small business loan is the bank where they have their business checking account, depending on the…
  • Need-to-Know Changes for Small Business Owners (2015 Edition)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you screw up your taxes, it’s not going to be pretty. The nuts and bolts of business are a little boring, but taking note of changes can spell out the future of your business. Now that it’s 2015, there are a few things you need to know. We pulled together the most important, must-know information that you’ll need in order to be ready for the upcoming year. Here you go! Taxes 2014 was a year of change, and your 2014 – 2015 taxes will be no exception. If one of your many hats includes tax accountant, here’s what you need to know before you take a look at filing in…
  • 10 Questions You Should Be Asking As Your Business Grows

    Chad Halvorson
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the most exciting parts of being an entrepreneur is seeing your business grow. Growth is a sign that you’re doing something right, that people are excited about it, and that they want more. The problem is, growth isn’t enough to sustain your business. Growth will bring a whole new set of needs for your business: from personnel, to supplies and fulfillment, and you need to make sure you’re asking yourself the right questions to keep from drowning. Here are a couple questions you should be asking that can get you on the right path, and keep your business trending upward. 1. Who Are…
  • 15 New Business Books to Add to Your 2015 Reading List

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    January is here… and with it comes resolutions and a fresh start. What better time to pick up a book and read. I’ve pulled together some great books that were released in the past few months. These wonderful books are hot off the press and waiting for you. These guys are absolute must-reads for all entrepreneurs and small business owners. Add ‘em to your reading list and enjoy! 1. The Customer Service Revolution: Overthrow Conventional Business, Inspire Employees, and Change the World John R. DiJulius III There’s no denying that customer service is in its heyday in…
 
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    Eleanor Wall
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tech Tidbits is temporarily on sabbatical.
  • In the Spotlight - Sugarcube

    Eleanor Wall
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sugarcube- Wirelessly stream content from smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your television- Works with multiple platforms including Android and Apple- Works over Wi-Fi- Share photos, videos, homescreen, screenshots, etc.- Plugs into television's HDMI port- Connect to your home's Wi-Fi network or built-in Wi-Fi access point- Up to 4K video resolution decoding- Pre-orders already sold outGetSugarcube.comSugarcube OverviewWatch Sugarcube in Action Images/Videos Courtesy of Sugarcube/YouTube
  • In the Spotlight - SocialSensr

    Eleanor Wall
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you searching for one easy-to-use tool that lets you monitor social media trends, filter content relevant to your brand, and engage in conversations all on one central platform? Look no further than the multiple resources offered by SocialSensr.Social Inbox/Workspaces SocialSensr lets you engage in multiple social conversations at the same time, displays your conversations in easy-to-follow threads, and lets you monitor multiple accounts from one central Workspace. You can create custom filters and track niche-specific trends, create custom channels pulling data from Twitter, Facebook,…
  • In the Spotlight - Ear-O-Smart

    Eleanor Wall
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    New post on Digital Journal featuring Windsor wearables startup, Ear-O-Smart. Their talented team is bringing data-tracking technology to your earlobes.
  • MediaNest - Video Distribution Made Simple - In the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If the pundit predictions hold true, 2015 is set to see explosive growth within the video marketing sector. Due to a combination of factors including mobile-first viewers, increased viewership across multiple demographics, and massive growth within the video app sector, brands are likely to double-down on their video creation efforts. With a need to not only create video content but to distribute and analyze the ROI of their video creations, brand marketers will have their hands full trying to manage their video marketing efforts. Luckily, there is a young startup company offering a solution…
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  • Meet the top 10 Tyros: Part 1

    Ammarudin Hadi
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Get to know Tyro.VC’s top 10 finalists as they share thoughts on their journey on the reality show and the fellow competitors Tyro.VC’s Augustus Loi, Derrick Kwa, Jackson Kwa, and Benjamin Chua at The Pitch event You’ve probably heard of them. If you’re a regular at startup events in Singapore, you’ve probably already met them. They are the finalists in Infocomm Investment Pte Ltd‘s Tyro.VC. In our continuing coverage of the reality show, we will get up close and personal with the Tyros, gathering their thoughts and feelings on the Tyro.VC journey and their…
  • Why the world is closely watching Southeast Asia’s talents

    Evan Tan
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    As the SEA market is about to overshadow the giants, there is another reason, says Even Tan of Freelancer.com, to be positive As the ASEAN region prepares for this year’s integration, which is poised to solidify its position as the seventh largest economic superpower in the world, countries are sizing up the market that is about to dwarf even the European Union and North America. With the third youngest number of professionals in the world (just behind China and India), Southeast Asia’s highly capable workforce is in the running to overtake the aging populations of Japan and South Korea,…
  • 5 signs of a booming startup ecosystem in Thailand

    Jin Yao Kwan
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Regional qualifiers for Echelon’s Top 100 Startups will be held in 14 countries. After Vietnam, next stop is ‘The Land of Smiles: Thailand’ After years of political strife, the country of Thailand appears beleaguered. Yet amidst this perceived instability, it houses a booming scene of eager entrepreneurs and companies, a testament to their ingenuity and resilience. dtac – the country’s second-largest mobile operator – estimated in 2013 that there were around 2,000 startups in Thailand, and with rising affluence, this number should have increased over the past two years.
  • Glomp is scrapping cake emojis in online chats for real ‘treats’

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Glomp is looking to ‘humanise the conversation’ that has shifted into the digital age by replacing that latte emoji with the real thing Image credit: Glomp Hong Kong- and Singapore-based app Glomp allows users to ‘treat’ friends to real items like lattes, beer, or even a spa treatment — and pay in real cash. This is not about sending a cake emoji to your mate. “Glomp is really developed to enable the gestures of appreciation that we might want to make as part of our digital conversations, something more tangible and ‘next-level’ to what is available…
  • Printvenue raises US$4.5M in funding from Asia Pacific Internet Group

    Twishy
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    The investment will back growth across Asia Pacific and make Printvenue part of the APACIG network Rocket Internet-backed Printvenue, an online portal for printing and personalised products, has secured US$4.5 million in funding from Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG), a joint venture of Rocket Internet and Qatar-based telecom player Ooredoo. The investment will back growth across Asia Pacific and make Printvenue part of the APACIG network. Saurabh Kochhar, MD and Co-Founder, Printvenue.com said, “The new round of capital investment will be used to expand our business within the Asia…
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    Tech in Asia

  • First Xiaomi, now Alibaba: Ouya takes another step into China with $10M deal

    Paul Bischoff
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Towerfall, Ouya’s bestselling game Alibaba has invested US$10 million in California-based game company Ouya, according to the Wall Street Journal. Ouya originally created an open-source, Android-compatible game console that struggled to sell after a high-profile Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Ultimately, the company pivoted from hardware into primarily selling its library of games on streaming video devices. The deal with Alibaba looks to work along the same lines, as the two companies plan to add Ouya’s games to set-top boxes and smart TVs sporting its Yun OS. Yun OS, which is…
  • Uber gets more affordable in Indonesia with UberX launch in Jakarta

    Enricko Lukman
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Uber has had some tough times in Indonesia, but the company is not backing down. Despite Jakarta’s government insisting that Uber should follow the city’s regulations for taxi services or face shut down, Uber is still rolling. Today Uber launches its most affordable on-demand cars, UberX, in Jakarta. “All over the world what we’ve seen is that people are looking to save money on things and transport is a very important people’s budgets. We’re proud to say that UberX will be the least expensive way to travel around Jakarta other than walking or buses,” explains Michael Brown,…
  • 1.3 billion smartphones shipped in 2014; Xiaomi ends year ranked 5th globally

    Steven Millward
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    2014 was a blockbuster year for smartphones, with 1.3 billion shipped in 2014, says the latest data from IDC. That’s up 27.6 percent from the 1.02 billion figure in 2013. The final quarter of the year, Q4 2014, saw a total of 375.2 million smartphones shipped out, which is up 28.2 percent from Q4 2013. The big news is that Apple came amazingly close to toppling Samsung’s statue. Xiaomi remains in the global top five, though it dropped a couple of positions: Q4 2014 smartphone rankings 1st – Samsung remains the market leader, but now it’s by a very slim margin. IDC says…
  • Poor infrastructure in Myanmar is not stopping this startup from helping local restaurants

    Daniel Tay
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Myanmar might be one of the hottest emerging markets in the world right now, but its startup ecosystem continues to struggle to overcome growing pains on a daily basis. A great number of these problems stem from the dire state of the country’s infrastructure. For example, power shortages are common, especially during the summer, and backup power generators are a must-have for many businesses. If there is one area that looks promising in Myanmar, it is the telecommunications sector. Not only have foreign telcos Telenor and Ooredoo collectively signed up millions of Burmese for their data…
  • Mad Street Den raises $1.5 million to bring artificial intelligence to ecommerce

    Malavika Velayanikal
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Click a picture of somebody wearing a dress you like, and MADstack – the artificial intelligence platform of one-year-old Indian startup Mad Street Den – will find its closest match on an ecommerce site – after first seeing if the person whose picture you took is a man or a woman. That’s just one of the magical things that MADstack can do for ecommerce, adtech, and gaming. MADstack has also cast a spell on investors. Mad Street Den just raised US$1.5 million in seed funding from Exfinity Fund and GrowX Ventures. Exfinity was floated a little over a year ago by former…
 
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  • Join 60 of STHLM’s tech startups at Hotellet this Friday evening

    Anders Hassis
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Are you a entrepreneur, strategist, engineer, designer, PM and people who’d like to work at tech startups? Listen up, Tech Startup Night 5 is back The startup after work concept is back with an attempt to unite the whole tech startup community for the fifth time. Previously it was held at Collage with over 800 people attending. One of the organisers, David Prentell explains; Last times the atmosphere was amazing, so previous attendees will have high expectations, on top of that Tyler Crowley has raised the bar high with #sthlmtech. It will be hard to top these, but with possibly the…
  • Don’t miss Uppstart, it’s back with twice the size

    Anders Hassis
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    After a successful year in 2014 (with 1067 registered tickets) Uppstart is back and is set to roughly double in size for the next event in Feb 11th. The event will be held for the first time in Uppsala Castle, its set to attract around 600 people. There will be a full day of events, a special pre-event where selected start-ups across sweden will get a chance to do fast elevator style pitches in front of over 20 investors, including Creandum, Schibsted, Conor VC, Aggregate Media, Industrifonden, MOOR, STING and a good mix of angel investors also. A few limited spots are still available for…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – January 28 Edition

    James Pember
    27 Jan 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! Sparta are hiring a Sales Development Manager to exciting SaaS startup | Sparta Qapital are hiring a iOS Developer Qapital are hiring a Senior Android Developer Toca Boca are hiring a Product Manager – Cross Promotion Toca Boca are hiring a iOS/Android/Microsoft developers with Unity experience For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
  • Meet Mashcast, for those who just can’t wait to listen to a new podcast episode

    James Pember
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
    It feels like I’m writing about podcast related products almost all the time now. Ok, it’s been just a few times – but there is no doubt the podcast craze has hit big time. Not only are podcasts bigger than ever (in terms of listeners), but developers seem to finally be ready to jump on board too. Opinion, a Swedish creation, who help podcasters capture audio on the go and Acast, a Swedish podcast distribution network are just two examples of homegrown startups who are trying to capture some of that podcast momentum. Serial, a weekly crime-thriller that is now the fastest…
  • Events Around Stockholm and All You Need to Know

    Anders Hassis
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Just over a year ago we’d hear that there wasn’t enough community. Today, there are a couple hundred events each month, with thousands of everybody attending. Events have allowed us to shrink the community by befriending those in it, while growing the community be increasing our activity within it. Here are some upcoming events to look out for. Monthly Events The SthlmTech Meetup. Nowhere else will you find such a high level of engagement with the startup community on a weeknight. Nowhere else can you fill a bar with that many people on a weeknight. Pros: Free, with an option for…
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    Barcinno

  • Meet The 11 Newest Startups To Enter The Conector Barcelona Accelerator Program

    Scott Mackin
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    This week marks the official start of Conector Barcelona’s 3rd acceleration program for Spanish startups since they launched in December 2013. The 2015 class will welcome 11 new projects into the program, although only 7 will actually reside in Barcelona. The remaining 4 will be mentored and monitored virtually across Spain. There’s been a lot […] The post Meet The 11 Newest Startups To Enter The Conector Barcelona Accelerator Program appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Spain Startup Job Opening: C-Level Opportunity to Open the Spanish Market (@Drivy)

    Scott Mackin
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Company: Drivy Position: C-Level Location: Madrid or Barcelona Job Type: Full-time You are the first team member in Spain, you open our office in Madrid (start in co-working space or equivalent), coordinate with Paris HQ and build a team around you of 2-3 top profiles to quickly grow Drivy usage locally. Your main responsibilities: Product […] The post Spain Startup Job Opening: C-Level Opportunity to Open the Spanish Market (@Drivy) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Breaking News in Barcelona Startups & Tech: Mid-Week Update

    Scott Mackin
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Startups, Accelerators and Crowdfunding OH MY! Here’s Barcinno’s hump day update for Barcelona startups, tech and innovation during the week of January 19, 2015. With January back in full swing and everyone moving at light speed on their 2015 ventures, it’s easy to put the blinders on and forget to take a look around. When you […] The post Breaking News in Barcelona Startups & Tech: Mid-Week Update appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Engineering Job Opening: Sys Ops & Systems Reliability Engineer at CAPSiDE (@CAPSiDE)

    Scott Mackin
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Company: CAPSiDE Position: Sys Ops & Systems Reliability Engineer Place: Barcelona Job type: Full-Time CAPSiDE, Systems Engineering company with high expertise, is seeking a SysOps / Systems Reliability Engineer. CAPSiDE is a high-tech and high-growing company, with a solid, highly qualified and stable team. We are one of the few AWS Advanced Consulting Partners in Europe, the only AWS Training Partner […] The post Barcelona Engineering Job Opening: Sys Ops & Systems Reliability Engineer at CAPSiDE (@CAPSiDE) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Designing Wearable Technology That Matters

    Graham Rittener
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Those of us who work in the technology sector are all guilty of getting over excited about the next big thing. As the hype gathers pace, we mimic each other and repeat the same old jargon that everyone else is using. ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Wearables’, ‘Big Data’ are just a few of the current ones […] The post Designing Wearable Technology That Matters appeared first on Barcinno.
 
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    BangkokStartup

  • Updates

    Christian Walter
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    Happy new year. I wish you all millions of funding in 2015 and lots of billion dollar (or at least THB) exits, plenty of happy customers and little to none bugs and bankruptcies. To kickstart the year, in mid-January, I did some changes to the page, started some collaborations and added some fine (at least I hope) plugins. Collaboration with DrinkEntrepreneurs & #startuplife There is a new, well relatively new, event in town called DrinkEntrepreneurs. The event is organized by a team around Djoann Fal who is currently working on his startup #Links. I don’t know where he gets his…
  • Uber declared illegal in Thailand

    Christian Walter
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    The “startup” Uber has been declared illegal in Thailand and drivers will now face high fines if they continue to service passengers. Department of Land Transport director-general Teerapong Rodprasert said the reasons are that vehicles are improperly registered fares not in line with regulated rates drivers do not own proper licenses and discrimination against customers without credit cards. The outrage among consumers is huge, and the Facebook page of Voice of Taxis is flooded with discussions and comments. Thailand’s has seen Easy- and Grab- Taxi entering the market before Uber…
  • New beginnings

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

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

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

  • A Beginner’s Reaction to Using WordPress LMS Plugins

    Ryan Moore
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    As experienced users of WordPress LMS plugins like LearnDash and Sensei, we at Uncanny Owl sometimes overlook the challenges that new users face when building a learning-enabled website. Documentation and support for LMS plugins vary widely, and for many small businesses interested in delivering learning, both their knowledge of WordPress and instructional design may be quite limited. To reconnect with how new users experience WordPress LMS products, we thought it might be a fun experiment to set an inexperienced WordPress user up with a basic site that only included a theme and an LMS…
  • Drip LearnDash Lessons by Group

    Ryan Moore
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    We were very excited to see lesson dripping by calendar date in the most recent LearnDash update. It’s an easy way to unlock course materials for all learners on a specific date. But what about time-bound courses delivered to multiple groups? It’s common in school and other facilitated programs to have a set of students start on one day, have course materials released every week, and then have other groups start the program later. For anyone wanting to use LearnDash in this scenario, the Drip Lessons by Date functionality won’t work, because selecting a date means that date applies to…
  • Breadcrumb Navigation for LearnDash

    Ryan Moore
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Out of the box, navigating complex courses in LearnDash can get confusing. With potentially dozens of topics, lessons and courses, it’s easy to get lost. Sidebar navigation helps, but it’s mainly for navigating within the same level rather than getting back to higher levels. What’s missing for some courses is context and being able to go up levels easily. We ran into this challenge with a recent LearnDash project. What it needed were breadcrumb links, but without customization, theme breadcrumb generation is broken for LearnDash. The problem is WordPress usually thinks…
  • WordPress Developer Needed

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

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

  • Why This $2.25 Action Figure Just Sold For $27,000

    Alan Van
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Again proving that the nerds you beat up in high school are now the ones with all the money, a Star Wars action figure recently sold at auction for 18,000 pounds (over $27,100). The figure, of fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett, was put up for auction by Craig Stevens, a former chairman of a UK Star Wars Fan Club, according to the BBC. The unopened figure originally sold for only 1.50 pounds ($2.25) 35 years ago, and was bought as a bargain by Stevens for 50 pounds ($75) in 1990. Stevens, who is 45 and hails from London, England, has a memorabilia collection with up to 10,000 items that…
  • How Courtney Love Managed to Impress This Tough Shark Tank Investor With Her Business Knowledge

    Jacob Wagner
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    What would Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and Courtney Love, of all people, be doing on a dinner date in West Hollywood? Talking business, apparently. According to the Huffington Post, Mr Wonderful himself was spotted with Courtney Love as they were leaving Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood after a four hour dinner — O’Leary told the paparazzi waiting outside that the two were “not at all” dating. So what kind of business were they talking about? O’Leary told TMZ in a video interview that Love was just “shopping some assets” and revealed that he, the Shark who…
  • New Study Gives Us Another Great Reason to Drink Beer

    Max Chang
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Maybe it’s for the Super Bowl, maybe you’re an alcoholic, or maybe you just like beer, but a new study will make you a little “hoppier” about drinking a cold one. The latest finding is that a substance in beer can protect your brain from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. According to a Chinese study by the American Chemical Society, a substance known as xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and oxidative qualities, and promotes cardiovascular health. Jianguo Fang and his team of scientists isolated molecules of xanthohumol and tested…
  • Single Mother-of-Eight ‘Forced to Work’ After Government Benefits Lowered From $40,000 to $34,000

    Editorial Staff
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    A single child can be a huge drain on a couple’s resources, but what about when there are eight children and you’re a single mom? Marie Buchan, a 33-year-old woman from Birmingham, England, has spoken out against the country’s recent decision to cap welfare handouts at 23,000 pounds ($34,700). Buchan had been receiving over 2,227 pounds ($3,357) a month — or about 26,724 pounds ($40,289) annually — in benefits for her and her eight children, but is now afraid the cap will force her young family to go hungry, according to the Daily Mail. While Buchan has been told she would…
  • Zuckerberg Shuts Down Wall Street Analyst, Shows He Has Something in Common with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs

    Jacob Wagner
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has proven yet again why he’s such a capable entrepreneur. During a conference call this week, a Wall Street analyst criticized Zuckerberg’s efforts to provide free internet access to poor countries in Africa. The analyst’s main concern was that  those efforts wouldn’t matter to investors. Translation: It doesn’t make money so why are you doing it? Here was Zuckerberg’s answer: “It matters to the kind of investors we want to have … If we were only focused on making money we might put all of our energy on just increasing ads to people in the…
 
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Yapsody Integrated India’s Leading Payment Gateway CCAvenue!

    Yapsody
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    We are happy to inform you that we have integrated CCAvenue, India’s leading payment gateway solution. Now you can use CCAvenue to sell your event tickets. CCAvenue is a fast, secure & simply the best multi-currency online payment gateway providing solutions to event presenters of all sizes. Through our integration with CCAvenue, attendees can purchase tickets to your event. We will continue to expand our payment methods and payment gateway options. If you have a request for a particular payment gateway, we’d love to hear it. Just Click here to let our support team know. To get…
  • Tips to Boost your online event ticket sales

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

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

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

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

  • Featured Startup Pitch: Minneapolis-based BoomBoom Prints wants to be the go-to marketplace for customizable products for kids

    Editor
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    By Brett Brohl, BoomBoom Prints co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Looking for unique items to transform your baby’s first bedroom, or artist-designed baby shower gifts for nieces and nephews? Enter Twin Cities-based BoomBoom Prints—an online marketplace that links parents with graphic designers and other artists to deliver customizable nursery decorations and other cool stuff for children. The site is a dream mashup of Etsy, Pinterest, and Café Press—all in one convenient place that is proving popular with both artists and parents. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION For trendy, one-of-a-kind…
  • Venture capital boom provides opportunities for startups

    Editor
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager Venture capital is experiencing a boom, with funding hitting its highest levels since 2001, according to CB Insights’ venture capital year-in-review report. There was $47.3 billion in VC funding last year for 3,617 deals. And yet despite the headlines of venture-backed startups and IPOs, the actual process remains murky. What exactly is venture capital and how does it work? First of all, there are two different types of venture capitalist—firms consisting of a group of investors, and high net worth individuals (aka ‘Angels’). In both cases,…
  • Lightning Pitch: TrustLeaf

    Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    COMPANY: TrustLeaf PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Turning social capital into startup capital. TrustLeaf helps early-stage startup founders get funding from the people who believe in them most—their friends and family. With funding campaigns that anyone familiar with crowdfunding would understand, TrustLeaf lets entrepreneurs turn their social capital into startup capital. Friends-and-family loans can be the best source of funding for startup founders. Why? Not only are these loans often the most accessible source of funding, but they protect founder equity and require very little legal…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Fashion apps for women are big business—startup myDiModa looks to tap into the men’s fashion market with its outfit matching app

    Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Terrence Carroll, myDiModa founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH myDiModa has just introduced a new men’s style app, myDiModa, which uses innovative patent-pending artificial intelligence technology to detect colors and patterns to create stylish outfits from a man’s closet (existing or new). Unlike other style apps on the market, myDiModa uses proprietary algorithms to automate the outfit matching process, and was designed from the ground up for men’s unique style needs. The Android version of myDiModa is available here, with the iOS version available shortly. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION…
  • Lightning Pitch: Mindfulogy

    Editor
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    COMPANY: Mindfulogy PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Mindfulogy Zen Vibez – Self improvement you can feel. Mindfulogy, contraction of ‘mindful’ and ‘technology,’ is a young startup harnessing state-of-the-art science and tech to provide disrupting self improvement solutions. Our first product, the Zen Vibez, is a wearable device taking advantage of a recent technological development made in another industry and adapted to neural stimulation. Our technology innovatively uses the human brain’s natural response to certain external stimuli to elicit desired neural reactions and leads to…
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  • No Business Card? Seriously?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    popupology / flickr After navigating for 3 whole days the innards and outards of CES this year, I ended up with a nice stack of business cards from people who I talked to who built interesting technologies and services who I wanted to follow up with. Even though the show was huge and I made sure to hit every building, I noticed that my stack this year was much smaller than previous years. I don’t think it was because I’m more discerning now (I think I must have visited at least 20 drone booths) but that people are no longer carrying cards (or as many cards – since a lot of…
  • Droning About Drones

    Chris Kalaboukis
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Something that was in huge supply at CES were drones – little itty-bitty drones which can fit in the palm of your hand (the Nixie and the ZANO) all the way to huge drones which could deliver packages (I wonder if Amazon will be shipping via drone anyways, even though they said they weren’t – its super efficient) While I can’t compare it to previous years, its seemed that they are finally coming into their own as “gotta have” devices. Which is great. Do you remember a few years ago when there was a company in San Francisco who wanted to deliver Mexican food…
  • Big Brothering Ourselves At CES

    Chris Kalaboukis
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Specifically looking for interesting examples of internet of things (IoT) implementations at CES, I was struck by all of the devices that basically allow to us watch ourselves, take pictures of ourselves and video ourselves. Ultimate donut selfie, anyone? There seemed to be a huge undertone of “security” all over the place – there were plenty of crowd-funded devices (like Homeboy) that we could use to feel more secure by watching over our homes (higher tech versions of the camera in the teddy bear which people used to use to watch over their nannies to make sure that they…
  • Most Disruptive Tech : The Internet Of Things

    Chris Kalaboukis
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    I was honored to be asked to be a panelist at the SIME conference in Miami a month ago – it was a very cool conference – a bit like a mini TED, where I shared the stage with a group as amazing and diverse as UFC fighter Royce Gracie, considered by some as the most influential figure in MMA & North Korean activist Yeonmi Park, who escaped North Korea with her family by making her way across the Gobi desert, into Mongolia, China and eventually back to South Korea. Some amazing stories and incredible people. I appeared on a panel discussing Managing Exponential Growth with…
  • 2015: The Year Of YOLO

    Chris Kalaboukis
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Maria Ly / flickr I love the term YOLO*, of course, not before you do some kind of physically dangerous thing like jumping off your roof with an umbrella to see if you can fly. (Everyone knows you need a cape for that.) No, I mean more like a mentally or psychically dangerous thing. I love thinking YOLO because its a fact that we seem to forget from time to time. We seem to forget that YOLO when we are spending time doing something we don’t enjoy or that moves us forward in our careers or life. We also seem to forget that YOLO when an opportunity to do something which may only…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 1/28/15

    John Gannon
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Silicon Valley Bank is hiring an Early Stage Banking Associate II. Mark Suster writes about how to build online relationships into meaningful networks on his blog. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 1/28/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 1/14/15

    John Gannon
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    ‘A VC’ writes about the question of doing things yourself vs. delegating. Ruben Harris writes for Medium about breaking into startups. 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 1/14/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • 5 things you need to know to get an ad tech startup job

    John Gannon
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Words to live by in ad tech Mad Men. Cannes. Upfronts. If you get excited about these things then you might want to work at an ad tech startup. Here are some resources you can use to quickly educate yourself on the landscape – and get on the road to finding an ad tech startup job you’ll love. Ad Tech Companies LUMA Partners created and still maintains a well known diagram about the ad tech space called the LUMAScape or ‘The Kawaja Diagram’. It shows all of the large and small companies in the ad tech space segmented by focus area. It’s a great starting…
  • Startup Career Advice for 1/12/15

    John Gannon
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Alex Iskold writes on his blog about how to ask for an introduction. Jake Furst from Foursquare, Joshua Goldstein from Underdog.io, and Michael Karnjanaprakorn from Skillshare, among others, answer “What is the best way to get hired by a startup in New York City?” on Quora. 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 1/12/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 1/7/15

    John Gannon
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Appboy is hiring interns and recent grads in NYC. Lynxsy lists the top 20 startups hiring for non-technical jobs in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs for 1/7/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Accredible

  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • Happy Bubble Bath Day!

    Elizabeth Randell
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to a new series, one in which we will celebrate offbeat (and often unofficial) holidays. We won’t celebrate them all this year (there are hundreds, even thousands of them!!), but we will investigate several. If you know of a fun holiday that we should cover, let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+. Happy Bubble Bath Day! Celebrated around the world on January 8th, this unofficial holiday was likely created by someone who had a long, stressful day! If you have never experienced a bubble bath, it is a treat to indulge in!  All that is needed is a tub…
  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 9

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

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

  • 5 Testing Tools For Checkout Optimisation

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Thomas Peham, who is a Marketing Manager at Usersnap When it comes to developing an ecommerce site, everyone is aware of the importance of testing the web pages before going live. Due to a variety of reasons, the testing process isn’t well prepared and executed in a great amount of projects. Whether there are smaller errors, or more critical ones, with the great number of different browsers and devices, it is our responsibility – as web developers, designers and project managers – to ensure that our website or application is performing…
  • How To Make Your Checkout Stand Out

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Being at an online payments provider, we tend to come across many different online shops everyday. And it’s always refreshing when we come across something we haven’t seen before and concepts that significantly improve the buying experience. With so many online shops out on the web, shop owners can have a tough time standing out and being remembered. Typically, a major thing that attracts returning customers, is a good user experience (UX). And in the past, we highlighted nine things that make online shops successful, which were: Product reviews Quality images Easy checkout…
  • Vegetables, cosmetics, socks, dog food? There’s a subscription for that!

    Katrin Hana
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    No matter what fast moving consumer good you’re purchasing – in most cases you can always find a subscription for it. The busy consultant, who gets new black socks every month (London Sock Company), the girl next door, that wants to try out cosmetics every month (LoveLula), the old lady whose subscription is filled with treats and food for her dog (Barkbox). Everything seems to be “subscribable” nowadays. The old-school model of newspaper-subscriptions is not even considered as an example anymore. Subscriptions have conquered almost every online business and guys can now also…
  • The Lithuanian Startup Scene Explained

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Edvinas Mancas, who is Business Development Manager of Lithuanian startup BatCrab. Vilnius, Lithuania by Eugenijus Radlinskas via Flickr Who could foresee Lithuanian economy transformation from a post Soviet industrial era to a very efficient, fast-changing and extremely profitable startup ecosystem? When Skype was invented in 2003 by a group of enthusiastic Estonian IT entrepreneurs, not many people foreseen the startup boom in Baltic countries and especially in Lithuania. However, the foundations for developing a very efficient, fast-changing…
  • 10 Steps To Increasing Your Productivity In A Startup

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Anybody who thinks startups are all about fun and free Red Bull is deluded! Sure we manage to play a game of table football at the office, but it’s back to work after recharging our batteries. Startups are about growth! And that usually includes a massive list of to-dos, very little time and limited resources to finish them all. In a startup you need to be delivering everyday. Otherwise you can say bye bye to growth. What’s more is that your role and ability to execute quickly also has an effect on the others around you. Others are relying on you to get things done, and if you…
 
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • From 100 sqft to 25000 sqft – The Incredible Journey of TaxiForSure

    Team TechPanda
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    TaxiForSure, the Bangalore-based taxi aggregator that saw a humble beginning in a 100 sqft garage-equivalent room, has just moved to their swanky new corporate office that boasts of a 19000 sq.ft office space along with[...]
  • Startup Weekend Education Hyderabad – Feb 6th-8th 2015

    Team TechPanda
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    Startup Weekend (swhyd.in) is coming back to Hyderabad on Feb 6-8th 2015 at Progress. After having had 100+ people at the 1st Startup Weekend Education in Bangalore, the event is now ready for Hyderabad. There’s an awesome list of speakers, coaches, judges, participants (you),[...]
  • India’s First Business cum Social Networking platform: TrackNext.com

    Kartik Jha
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    TrackNext Team TrackNext.com was co founded by Shibam and Ankit. Few Month back when prime minister of India introduced the word #makeInIndia; every media was buzzing that news & whole India was discussing about this, except[...]
  • How to End your Hunt for Property in India?

    Suumit
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Anyone searching for property in India should first of all learn about the prevailing trends in the country. There are some territories which are hot and there those which are not. Any potential investor has[...]
  • The Low Cost Housing from Tata Value Homes

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

  • A Startup Directory (or 33) You Probably Didn’t Know You Should Be Listed On

    David Arnoux
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! If you subscribe to the notion “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, however, you know that the deluge of apps and online startups means that great ideas really do get crowded out, then read on! Your startup needs all the help it can get. From my experience with growing Twoodo in a very competitive field I know it’s worth finding out where your business can be listed or reviewed in order to maximize traffic. Nothing wrong with that at all. The challenge, though, is that I never really believed that all these listing website…
  • Collaborative Problems – We’re Not All Social Networkers

    David Arnoux
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Social tech in the workplace: the new way to work We can stop arguing that only young people use social media: the average across all age groups is 72% (with 30 – 49 year olds also at 72% in their own right). So, not only are employees using it but so are (probably) most of your customers. It can be leveraged both ways to improve access to information, have discussions and allow for more accountability. But what about those who don’t like social media, and by extension, social collaboration tools? There is a massive assumption that we all enjoy or are…
  • The Surprising Secret To Team Productivity Improvement

    David Arnoux
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Productivity improvement in your team and company… it’s not as clear-cut as you think If you’re like me you also think that “productivity” is doing the ‘right thing’, the ‘right way’, at ‘all times’. In this way you achieve quality for free. But how do you convince the rest of your team or company to be in that frame of mind at all times? There are different kinds of people searching for ways to improve their productivity. First, there are the people fascinated with making every aspect of their lives more productive, from…
  • A Video Marketing Win – Why B2B Companies Should Use Video Content

    David Arnoux
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! 28000+ views on youtube, 1530 unique leads and first page Google rankings for over 15 expressions… Our [accidental] video content success story There’s no denying the engagement that video uniquely commands. It is the one format that stands out in people’s memories, far better than written or audio-only versions of information. The Video Brewery states impressive numbers with regard to video: 80% of people remember watching a video ad, and 46% took action after watching. You can argue that those numbers are coming from a biased source – but you…
  • “It’s not an immediate priority” Security Advice for B2C and B2B Tech Startups

    denis
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! 2014 is yet another year filled with largely publicised security breaches of big and strong companies. Ebay, Apple and Sony are a chilling reminder of how vulnerable tech giants are to attacks. But don’t feel safe just yet, it’s not only the giants that are under threat. Our smaller companies can also be targets. While building our startup we were amazed that security was not something our first users asked us about. I mean, in building what we call the future of teamwork, we handle a large amount of our customer’s sensitive…
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  • Refactoring - How?

    Marcin Stecki
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    In my previous post, we established that the need to refactor may arise from different situations. Once you are sure refactoring is in order, you should first make sure the rest of your team knows about the ref you are going to do.
  • The Startup Guide to Giving Productive Feedback

    Paulina Tomaszewska
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    The style and way that we choose to communicate feedback to other people is one of key ingredients of today’s culture of work. We want to know if they are delivering their tasks correctly but from the other side, we are afraid to hear that we didn’t do our job right, or maybe the client isn’t happy. The problem occurs because feedback is often mistaken for personal criticism.&#13;
  • Internet of Things: How Technology Makes Our Homes Smarter

    John Waldron
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    The smart home revolution has in fact already begun. According to Gartner Inc. there are already more than a million homes in the US that are currently outfitted with some kind of smart technology**. And by 2022, Gartne says, a typical family home will be equipped with around 500 connected devices.
  • 5 Communication Hacks for Better Business Relationships

    Netguru
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    How many times have you finished a call and felt full of excitement about the plans discussed, only to struggle to remember a few days later what you discussed? Forgetting details is something that everyone does, but there’s a simple solution: get into the habit of writing a short summary of every call, and then adding it to the email thread about the project.
  • 3 Things To Keep In Mind When Building A Multilingual Website

    Netguru
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Making sure a website is friendly and welcoming to customers and readers of all cultures and language backgrounds is a great way to allow your website to grow into a multinational phenomenon.
 
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  • Find the best service provider near by – ServiceSutra

    Sarath Budam
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    ServiceSutra a platform for people to find service providers, request quotes, compare based on other customers feedback/reviews and decide on the one who suits your requirements. As of now, the platform supports service providers in the below domains Packers and Movers Interior Designers Pest Control This type of platforms are extensively used in countries like […]
  • Bring Your Ideas to Life Over a Weekend, In 50 Hours at Chennai

    Sarath Budam
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    In50hrs is a startup event where you can walk in with an idea and walk out with a working prototype. The next In50hrs event is scheduled at Chennai and the details are as below. Venue: OrangeScape Technologies, Tidel Park, Unit #305, D-Block, North Wing, 3rd Floor,,Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. You can register for a […]
  • No Talk, Only Action, Launch a Startup in Visakhapatnam in 54 hours

    Sarath Budam
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    “No Talk, Only Action, Launch a Startup in 54 hours” is the tag line of Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a global network of leaders, entrepreneurs who are passionate of empowering individuals, teams and communities. t is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1,500 past events in 120+ countries around the world so […]
  • INNOV-A-THON, A startup pitch event in Bangalore

    Sarath Budam
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    TURN8 seed accelerator is organizing a Startup Ideas pitching championship “INNOV-A-THON” in Bangalore Diamond district. TURN8 seed accelerator program is designed to encourage innovative entrepreneurship worldwide, starting with Dubai. Selected idea owners come to Dubai for the accelerator program, which has three phases Design (30 days) : You gather a team and receive leadership instruction. […]
  • In50hrs – Bring your ideas to life

    Sarath Budam
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    In50hrs A weekend idea 2 prototype event is scheduled on Jan 9th-11th at Pune. This event is spread across a weekend starting on Friday evening and ends on Sunday evening. The main goal of this event is to Form teams around awesome ideas, Build a Prototype over 50 hours. Learn to build. Everyone from developers, […]
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  • How to build a successful IoT startup

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Berg, a pioneer in design and user experience in the Internet of Things, closed down. The company received considerable media attention when it launched the Little Printer; an emotionally-appealing, connected product that was the result of a long design and development journey.
  • Tertiary education and startups – Part 1 of 2

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Entrepreneurship and startups as a research field attracts the interest of many researchers because it is a tool of development for many economies in the world.
  • Entrepreneurial Intentions - Conceptual approaches and new directions

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    During the past few years investigation of the social and economic phenomena are creating an interest for many researchers, and especially with regards to the impact that these have on people and social growth.
  • Your Digital Marketing Team is Now Your Sales Team

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    In order to sell to the Millennial generation, you must understand us. Discovering how we think, act, and purchase is only the first step to finding new opportunities to engage with our community.
  • Does education affect the intentions for startup?

    12 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    The study on entrepreneurial intentions constitutes a primary step in the further analysis and comprehension of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship and in particular of the conditions and individual characteristics that influence the uptake entrepreneurial action.
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  • Infographic: How to Spot Trends and Capitalize on Them

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    Your small business recognizes the importance of posting content tailored to trending topics, but how exactly can your brand learn which subjects are popular at the moment? Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have small boxes that feature highly discussed information at the moment, from phrases that have been posted frequently to articles that have been shared the most. But recognizing these topics is only half of the battle. Small-business owners should seek to post about trends that pertain to their company and their target audience, ensuring their content reaches the maximum…
  • Infographic: How to Make Sure Your Content is Dynamic

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:18 am
    Your content should be as vibrant and unique as the various consumers your brand services each day. While your business' message should remain consistent, the means by which your company communicates with its consumers should differ to meet the tastes of your diverse customer base. Dynamic content changes regularly, presenting information to an audience over a variety of platforms, including video, text, animation and audio. To ensure your content has the possibility to reach each individual found within your target audience, you need to constantly shift your website to reflect their…
  • New Whitepaper: Define Your Sales Process to Grow Your Business

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Your sales team is a major asset for your company. We rely on them to find, develop, and close the leads that keep our businesses running. So how do develop the best team possible? Do you just throw new people in the mix and hope they can cut their way through the briar patch of cold calls and unqualified leads? Or do you slowly introduce them to an established sales process to show them exactly how to turn leads into customers? A sales process is a systematic and tested approach to capturing and developing leads. Every company can and should have a different one, but there are several…
  • Customer Service Spotlight: Which Platform is Best?

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    When it comes to customer service, your business probably understands the importance of responding to consumers in a timely manner, but the platform by which your company connects to its buyers has likely changed over the past several years. While concerns, complaints and suggestions have conventionally been handled over the phone, digital services have made these forms of customer service a thing of the past. Nowadays, consumers prefer communicating with businesses via platforms that are conducive to quick and easy responses, which include email, text messaging and live chat. Some of these…
  • Small Business Software: 3 Tools to Make Budgeting a Breeze

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Managing a small business requires a great deal of expertise - from knowing how to hire the best employees to understanding how to account for your company's operations, every small-business owner deserves a little help every once in a while. If you don't consider budgeting and accounting to be among your strong suits, it may be wise to invest in a software tailored to small businesses that can track, report and manage your company's financials. These types of online services can be of significant use to those who may not have the time or capability to track and comprehend the intricacies of…
 
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  • Mobicash Entrusted to Disburse Funds to Millions of TDP’s

    Sarwat Fatima
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Mobilink Mobicash has been entrusted to disburse million in funds to Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDP)’s in the KPK province. The initial phase of the project will be launched in February to accommodate 103,000 families moving back to their homes. Mobicash will distribute funds to 52,000 families paying PKR 8,000 to each family as a transportation allowance in the first phase of the project. The “Beneficiaries” will cash-out the rehabilitation funds using Mobicash’s standard “Money Transfer” facility from any of the retail channel outlets. The total size of this disbursement…
  • Samsung Printers Receive Several Outstanding Achievement Awards

    Sarwat Fatima
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has received the coveted Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, along with five awards for Outstanding Achievement at the 2015 Buyers Laboratory (BLI) Winter Awards. On the occasion, David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Sales for Printing Solutions at Samsung Electronics said, “Samsung has been working relentlessly to develop printing solutions that not only increase productivity and efficiency, but are also cost effective for our consumers. We are delighted and honored…
  • Apple Breaks the Record of Biggest Quarterly Profit in Corporate History

    Uzair Ahmed
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Every year, Apple announces the new installments in its series of technology products. The announcements are followed by analysts’ estimates on how many of these will sell, the actual release, people flocking to the iconic Apple stores, millions of units getting sold, and finally, Apple announces strong quarterly profits which unsurprisingly beat all the estimates. And the cycles continues. In a continuation of this streak, the Cupertino-based technology giant has broken the record of the biggest quarterly profit ever announced by a publicly-traded company. Apple, this Tuesday, posted its…
  • Pakistani Startup Screenhero Has Joined Communication Platform Slack

    Sarwat Fatima
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:14 am
    Startup Screenhero, a brainchild of Pakistani Entrepreneur Jahanzeb Sherwani and a Y-Combinator alumni, has joined a team communication platform – Slack. Screenhero will provide Slack its unique voice, video and screen sharing functionalities, not to mention its ever growing user base. The acquisition will be completed in a few months, gradually shifting the startup’s employees, functionality and users over to Slack. Slack and Screenhero joined forces to bring a better team collaboration tool to the market. All the Screenhero’s features will be migrated to Slack over the next…
  • The Man Who Quit Google, AdMob & Khosla Ventures to Pursue his Entrepreneurial Dreams

    Fatima Rizwan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    Stories beyond the border is a TechJuice exclusive feature in which we will be interviewing, conversing or getting insights from some of the exceptional Pakistanis from abroad, who are making us proud through their work. When Lionel Messi said, “It took me 17 years & 114 days to become an overnight success.” He really wasn’t kidding. Achieving goals is not an easy process, at least not how the usual articles, stories on internet make them appear. Entrepreneurship has become a fancy and glamorous industry, all thanks to different initiatives taken throughout the world to…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Carpooling Start-up Tripda Raises $11 Million In Its Series A Funding

    Asish Das
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Brazilian carpooling startup Tripda has raised $11 million (approx. 68 Crore) in Series A funding from an undisclosed New York-based venture capital firm and German incubator Rocket Internet, which will be primarily used to fuel expansion in India. “A lot of this capital will be invested in India to get closer to our uses base. We will also use funds to improve our product and consider expanding to other markets,” said Pedro Meduna, co-founder and CEO of Tripda. The start-up, which made its India debut in November last year, plans to use the funding to expand its global…
  • Zomato Acquired Turkey’s Popular Restaurant Search Service Mekanist

    Asish Das
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    Zomato,  the restaurant search app, announced today that it has acquired Mekanist in an all-­‐cash deal.  With the acquisition of Mekanist, Zomato will become the popular choice for anyone searching for places to dine out or order in from, across various cities in Turkey. Zomato’s restaurant coverage will increase from about 27,500 restaurants in Istanbul and Ankara to more than 50,000 restaurants across Turkey. Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO ofZomato, said, “Mekanist has established itself as one of the heavyweights in the online restaurant search and discovery space in…
  • Facebook Launches ‘Facebook Lite’ App For Low-end Phones

    Siddhartha Sarma
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    World’s largest social networking website Facebook has launched an app called Facebook Lite, which is optimized for low-end Android devices. Facebook Lite launched in a limited number of countries across Asia and Africa over the weekend. Depending on the app’s feedback, Facebook Lite may expand to other countries. One of the biggest complaints about the current Facebook application is that it takes up too many resources and is of 25MB for Android devices. Which is probably why Facebook released Facebook Lite, a super lightweight version of its app directed at developing markets. The…
  • iGrad Global: The Most Efficient Medium For Students To Study Abroad

    Akanksha Samar
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    According to sources a recent report by Brookings Institution, USA revealed that as of 2012, 15% of the International students in USA belong to India. Indian cities accounted for 8 out of the top 10 source cities, especially in engineering and pure science streams. At this time when millions are aspiring to pursue their study abroad, startups like iGrad Global have begun an enriching journey to help students make their admission process experience quite hassle-free and smooth. iGrad Consulting Pvt Limited which comes with a punch line “for the best by the best”, totally proves it in this…
  • Passionately Persistent: An Interview With Ashay Sawalkar

    Amit Ghosh
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    His small-town upbringing notwithstanding, entrepreneur Ashay Sawalkar’s focus and ambition has him headed for big things. Sawalkar, the son of a Central-government employee father and a doctor mother, began working at the young age of 17 and was the youngest team leader working for the Serco Company Intellenet. Ashay Sawalkar With the aim to get more hands-on business exposure, Sawalkar quit his multinational-company job at the age of 21 and joined a local company as a business analyst. He later joined Amdocs as SME for level-two support in order to get to know how global practices work.
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  • Startup tools list – the amazing free services that will improve your work

    Florin Muresan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    Coming up with a startup tools list is a challenging task if you want to actually mention tools that offer the most for the smallest price. Useful features for free or companies that consider $0 per month pricing for startups are not found on every corner. But if you search enough you…
  • Is website analysis influencing your articles ? It should

    Florin Muresan
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    When thinking about website analysis many people consider the graphics and metrics but don’t actually have an understanding of how this information influences their creation process. Knowing how to interpret the information means you’ll identify what the problems are and also some solutions. Why website analysis information can influence your…
  • Buyer personas help you write more quality content

    Florin Muresan
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    You know how sometimes you read an article and you go “wow, this person can really read my mind!”? This means that the author of the article had you in mind when he wrote that piece of content, and you are one of their buyer personas. The quality of the…
  • How to increase LinkedIn engagement

    Florin Muresan
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    LinkedIn is known as a social media platform, which is used mostly by business people. At the same time, it is a great place where you can share your content, drive traffic to your website, network with professionals, and build relationships. [ Photo credits: Mark Jen’s Flickr ] Why does LinkedIn engagement matter? You…
  • Can you buy unique content?

    Florin Muresan
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Unique content in an online world it’s a challenge Many people have blogs. WordPress gives us an insight into how many people read blogs and how many publish online. The fact is “over 409 million people view more than 16.3 billion pages each month.” and “users produce about 63.7 million new posts and 58.6 million new comments each…
 
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Hasan Mirjan – Connecting Startup Communities

    Paige Sevier
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    “A failure is a failure when you fail and you don’t get up again.” – Hasan Mirjan About: Hasan Mirjan- Founder of SpherePad, &  SphereMail Overview: Hasan shares with us the struggles of immigrating from Iraq to America and the ups and downs of doing what you love. He had to be very patient along the way until he could create the company he was so passionate about. We learn all about SphereSpace and their sister companies, and how a co-working space can help any entrepreneur. Hasan Mirjan | Melinda Yeaman  Highlights: Background: Hasan’s story goes back 25 years or so. He…
  • Melody McCloskey – The Beauty in Technology

    Paige Sevier
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
    “Technology is the most extensible and scalable thing that you can leverage to build almost any type of idea.” “We were the black sheep of startups… in an industry that a lot of guys in tech just didn’t get.” – Melody McCloskey About: Melody McCloskey – Founder of StyleSeat Overview: Melody is a young, technology driven entrepreneur. She started StyleSeat to help provide hairstylists and salons a successful platform that will increase their business by 70%. Melody McCloskey Highlights: Background: Starting in her early 20’s, Melody has been involved in the tech…
  • Peter Horan- Changing with Technology

    Paige Sevier
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    “Technology doesn’t create new behaviors, what it does is it facilitates and accelerates behaviors people already have.” “Technology changes fast, and people change slowly.” “The only reason we succeeded, is because no one took us seriously.” – Peter Horan About: Peter Horan – Founder of Horan MediaTech Advisors Peter C. Horan is an entrepreneur with a history of building successful media and internet businesses. He has played a role in five major revolutions in media and technology including: home video games; personal computers; cell phones; Windows computing; and the…
  • Michael Chertok – Providing Resources to Clients and Employees

    Paige Sevier
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    “The most rewarding experience that I’ve had is the chance to know some of the young people when they started in their first year working for us [DDD], and to see them through the 4 years of work, and to have them go on to better things.” – Michael Chertok About: Michael Chertok- Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Digital Divide Data Overview: Michael shares his experiences with DDD, which is a technology company that focuses on providing high quality services to companies large and small. He discusses with us the benefits of having employees in…
  • Kym McNicholas – The Unconventional Road to Success

    Paige Sevier
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
     “There are no losers in innovation.” -Kym McNicholas About: Kym McNicholas – Emmy Award Winning Journalist Overview: Kym is a feisty go-getter and long-time broadcaster. She has worked as a journalist for Forbes and PandoDaily. Currently, Kym is involved as the Executive Director for the Extreme Tech Challenge. Kym McNicholas | Melinda Yeaman Highlights: Kym’s Background: Kym has quite the resume, from professional water skier, to executive director of the Extreme Tech Challenge, Kym takes the cake on diversity. She graduated with a Communication Studies degree from Sacramento…
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  • Top 10 Educational Websites and Apps for Children

    Maham Iqbal
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
    Gone are the days when technology was only employed for a specific function. Today people of all ages use it for infinite reasons. Some people use it constructively, while others use it just to pass the time most commonly by  playing games or socializing. Especially when we talk about children, it is easy to understand...
  • 5 Great Tools for Your Home Office

    Brianna Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 am
    A home office sounds luxurious. Who wouldn’t want to lounge around at home and earn money every day? Home-based businesses are growing rapidly in many parts of the world- Pakistan included. But having a home office isn’t as simple as plugging your laptop in at a desk and sitting there from 9 to 5. The more efficiently...
  • Game Changers – Taimur Butt, CEO of Zamzama Mall

    Babar Khan Javed
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Raking nearly half billion rupees per month, Dolmen Group’s “City Mall” at Clifton-Sea View has shattered retail records nationwide, both in footfall and conversions. That said, Zamzama still retains mind share as a fashion, textile and apparel hotbed in the psyche of the Karachiite. We caught up with the heir to a real estate empire to learn about his...
  • Pakistani Entrepreneur Is One of America’s Wealthiest People

    Brianna Johnson
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    When talking about wealthy businessmen in the United States, faces like Warren Buffet and Donald Trump are likely to come to mind. But as globalization brings professionals from all over the world together, the homogeneity of America’s wealthiest entrepreneurs has begun to shift. Pakistani entrepreneur, Shahid Khan, personified this shift when he became one of...
  • Connect Online With Dutch Embassy

    Maham Iqbal
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Getting in touch with an embassy is always a tedious ask in our country. One needs to cross a number of checkpoints to reach desired people and receive the response. The scenario is applicable on most of the embassies, but not entirely. Dutch embassy has announced that it will entertain live Skype calls for the...
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  • How video interactions build trust for your business

    Shruti Diwan
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    “One customer well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10000 worth of advertising”, said Jim Rohn. Each one of us will acknowledge the above quote, for customers are … Continue reading →The post How video interactions build trust for your business appeared first on Blog.
  • 6 ways to grab the customers emotions while buying

    Shruti Diwan
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    People these days are spending unprecedented amounts of money. Especially online, as evidenced by the expenditure rates provided by The US Government, and this study says there is a 4.4% … Continue reading →The post 6 ways to grab the customers emotions while buying appeared first on Blog.
  • Catching the Million Dollar Fish

    Shruti Diwan
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Ever been in a dilemma of whether you should take a risk or not? Whether this risk will return considerable advantages for all the apprehensive moments you’ve spent on it? … Continue reading →The post Catching the Million Dollar Fish appeared first on Blog.
  • Customer Journey Map Online

    Shruti Diwan
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The online Journey from visitor to customer A product or service is merely a solution, an end and by no means anything close to what consumers are trying to achieve. … Continue reading →The post Customer Journey Map Online appeared first on Blog.
  • Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites

    Shruti Diwan
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    Do you have the Perfect E-Commerce Website equipped with Live Video Chat Support? Customer demands are evolving with technology while the B2C E-Commerce Sales worldwide has crossed $1 Trillion. It’s easier … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites appeared first on Blog.
 
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  • Saluting The Woman Entrepreneur: Why They’re Awesome

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    With roughly 8.6 million businesses in the United States led by women, female entrepreneurs are setting a strong example not only for the business world, but in particular for women – women with aspirations, dreams and goals. It’s a combination of risks, courage, rewards, talent and persistence that creates successful women, whether they are entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, students who are just realizing their dreams or women looking to change their lives for the better. Jessica Alba Proves Her Doubters Wrong: http://bit.ly/1yQzrBr Take, for example, Miss Sara Blakely. When she was 29,…
  • How to Hire & Keep the Best Employees

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    It’s widely accepted that for something as artful as hiring the right people for a particular organisation, one must keep in mind a number of variables when arriving at the perfect equation. A number of “to-do’s” have emerged, and have been proven to be more than useful in steering employers in the right direction. The talented researchers at http://backgroundchecks.org/ devised 5 steps that can help your company- from small to big- find, recruit, hire and keep the best employees. How to Find, Hire and Keep the Best Employees [INFOGRAPHIC] Compliments of…
  • 6 New Year Resolutions For Job Seekers in 2015

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Job Seeking has become a stage of life in itself- it takes skill and guile to survive sometimes snoopy employers, judgmental recruiters and competitive peers who make it harder to demand what you truly deserve and get an opportunity that truly challenges you. Unfortunately, job seekers aren’t great at taking the leap to the next stage. The going may be tough- where one wrong move can give you an indelible label and one smooth sentence can take you over to the bright side- but there are some things that can make it even tougher to get out of this most undesirable of situations, and…
  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one thing, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame of wanton wastage, one that can throw you off of yours. Not only are freelancing and work-from-home becoming…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
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  • New Startup Servant: A Servant Is Your Internet Assistant

    SuperbCrew
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    New startup Servant helps you manage your data and put it to use. A servant is a simple cloud database for all your data and an awesome system to build cool new apps on. Here is our recent interview with Tom Bergen, Co-Founder of new startup Servant: Q: Could you tell us your story and something more about Servant? A: Servant’s goal is to make building and managing a cohesive web presence easier, while allowing users to remain in complete control of their data. We don’t want it to just be a great tool for users, however. We also want to make it an awesome system to build cool new apps on.
  • Tipping made Easy with new tipping app, Tip.ly

    SuperbCrew
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
        Written by: Dan Roberts, from Tip.ly startup team.     Picture this: you’re finishing up the best first date of your life. As you walk your potential new love to her car and offer to tip the valet, you feel your cheeks quickly turn a shade of red as you realize that you have no cash. Or, you’re thanking your favorite hair stylist for another amazing job – especially since she squeezed you in for your hair emergency. You want to leave her a larger tip than usual to show your appreciation however; you fill with embarrassment as you realize you only have your credit…
  • CapLinked – Secure Solution For Managing Deals And Sensitive Projects

    SuperbCrew
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    CapLinked is a cloud-based platform for managing complex deals and sensitive projects. It’s intuitive platform makes it easier to manage and close sensitive business transactions. CapLinked has received $5.9 Million in venture capital funding. List of investors in CapLinked includes 500 Startups, Peter Thiel, Siemer Ventures, Indicator Ventures, etc. Below is our recent interview with Kirk Gale from CapLinked team: Q: CapLinked enables clients to manage deals and business transactions in the cloud, tell us something more about the company and your solutions? A: CapLinked is useful for…
  • Reachpod – Social Media Management For Professionals

    SuperbCrew
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Reachpod is social media management tool that helps businesses more effectively manage their social media accounts. With Reachpod, you can monitor your brand and reach your target audience, moderate activity of your brand pages, create and manage teams, assign tasks, manage accounts for your clients and monitor your performance metrics through visual reports. Below is our interview with Nihat Tanfer, Founder of Reachpod: Q: How did the idea for the Reachpod come about, and when did you launch? A: The idea of Reachpod came from Inovaktif, a social media agency I founded in 2010. The idea…
  • Startup Centrallo – A Better Way To Organize Your Life

    SuperbCrew
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    Centrallo is a productivity tool for anyone who wants to be better organized. With Centrallo you can quickly view your priorities and focus on what matters most. Below is our interview with Centrallo Co-Founder, Michael Sher: Q: What is Centrallo? A: Centrallo is a global, cross platform productivity tool that lets people organize, centralize, prioritize and share their lives.   – What are main benefits of using it? – Structure and organize information better – Focus on priorities that matter – Retrieve anything, anywhere – quickly – Centralizes cloud…
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • King Abdullah has died at 90

    ventureosity
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state television. Abdullah’s designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother. Reuters reports that King Abdullah had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from … Continue reading King Abdullah has died at 90 →
  • MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype

    ventureosity
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Dotcom, said he’s launching an encrypted video calling service called MegaChat. Kim Dotcom first announced MegaChat in December, when he declared that it would dominate Skype and provide a secure alternative to the Microsoft-owned service, which has been targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency. Dotcom will introduce MegaChat beta step by step, “starting … Continue reading MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype →
  • Metal ‘bounces’ water … New materials in the horizon

    ventureosity
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Recently, studies have shown that femtosecond laser surface processing can produce surface structures that can significantly modify optical or wetting properties of metals. However, the metal blackening and wetting effect were each demonstrated individually. This have open the way to Physicists in the US to create metal surfaces that repel water to the extent that … Continue reading Metal ‘bounces’ water … New materials in the horizon →
  • £1m grant handed to The internet of Things #ioT

    ventureosity
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    £1m grant handed to IoT (Internet of Things) competition winners A grant of £1m has been given to seven startup companies that won a competition to create innovative internet of things (IoT) projects. IoT is predicted to become a $500bn global technology market by 2019, while the industry is estimated to be made up of … Continue reading £1m grant handed to The internet of Things #ioT →
  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

    ventureosity
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Le Dormeur du val by Arthur Rimbaud was inspired by the war Franco-Prussian, particularly the battle of Sedan: Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ; Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit. (Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val, octobre 1870) Years … Continue reading Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent? →
 
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    Spectafy Blog

  • Spec of the Month – January 2015

    Ben Watson
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    This month we are highlighting the utility of Spectafy as a planning tool…and showing you how to use the app to make sure your beer drinking experience is everything you want it to be! Whether you prefer a dark bar with plenty of pool tables and neon signs, or a nice sunny park-like setting, Spectafy let’s you see what’s happening before you head out. Both Britt S and Jane P. wanted to check out the scene at Biergarten a couple of days apart, and here are the results: If you want to make sure there are table spots, want to see if the sun is peeking out, or want to make sure…
  • Our New and Improved App!

    Ben Watson
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    On the heels of our feature roll out last month, we are excited to report that we have added even more awesome features to the Spectafy app! We heard your suggestions and are working hard everyday to make the app as fun & useful as possible. To leave us comments or feedback, or to interact with the Spectafy team, head on over to our Support page or our Users Facebook Group! Here are the new features we are most excited about: Get Your Swipe On! Everyone loves a good swipe, so we made it easier to navigate between the most popular features with the simple flick of your finger.  You can…
  • Spec of the Month – December 2014

    Ben Watson
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The community found so many cool uses for Spectafy in December that it was tough to pick just one….so we picked two! The Spectafy app is the perfect tool to explore your city, or even to explore a city you have never been to. Everyone has a camera in their hand today, why not use them to your advantage and see what’s happening before you go!? Rockstar user Michelle A. was out on the prowl near Pier 39, and used the opportunity to answer a couple of other users’ questions that happened to be nearby. First, Jordan G. wanted to know what kind of critters might be out and…
  • Fun with Our App Intro Video

    Eric Watson
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    We had some fun creating our iOS app intro video. Check it out! You’ll also be able to check it out in the App Store as soon as our next version hits (should be very soon!) The post Fun with Our App Intro Video appeared first on Spectafy Blog.
  • Best Events in the City – January, 2015

    Ben Watson
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:36 pm
    With the beautiful weather and no rain on the horizon, January looks like it will be a great month to get out and enjoy all that the City has to offer!  Below are a few of the events we are most excited about for January 2015. Make sure you download the Spectafy app for Android or iOS and see what’s happening before you leave your house! 14th Annual “No Pants” BART Ride Day If you have a secret public nudity fetish, hop on BART on January 11th without your pants! This event is put on by Improv Everywhere and happens simultaneously in cities nationwide. The idea is to keep a…
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  • Meet WePow, An Amazing Job Seekers Tool

    KARAN CHOPRA
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    While there are a number of tools online for job seekers, relatively few are available for those looking to hire. With special attention given to the little things that matter in a job, Wepow is a boon for those looking for the right candidate to fit the right position. Not only can you choose from potential candidates, you can also design a video interview that will help better assess the skills needed for the required job. Apart from that Wepow offers a variety of tools that can be used to assess potential candidates, as well as compare each candidate, thus zeroing down on who best fits the…
  • Transfer Money Cheaper And Faster With CoinPip

    KARAN CHOPRA
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Thanks to the way the world adopted the power of internet, more and more new companies are making it way to ecosystem. There are some who specializes in some expertise while other does in something else while if one thinks properly the core of all is money. Our today startup masters in that only. CoinPip lets you send money to any country worldwide while the best part it uses bitcoin technology to send your money right through. Further, it lets even you to use any mobile device to follow the suit. Sounds good, huh? Better, simply enter your receiver’s email, currency and amount and you are…
  • Meet Doorman, An Uber For Package Delivery

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We all know pretty well that what Uber offers while if you don’t know then to give a brief – you require a cab, simply download Uber app, fill up your details and share where you are present at the moment and the cab will come to pick you up. The similar way, if you got packages which you want to deliver at doorstep, then our today’s startup Doorman is for you. Say, you shop online and want to have your product shipped to you, Doorman make this possible by shipping to your personal Doorman shipping address. Moreover, the service will notify you once your packages arrive at a secure…
  • Build Realtime Search With Algolia

    KARAN CHOPRA
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We all know very well that search is a key element of your user experience. But have you ever wonder that how one can build things in realtime. Some thinks that yes it is possible, thanks to technology driven world in which we are living while other thing no it still not possible. Well our today’s startup does the same. Meet Algolia, a powerful API which has been built for developers. It delivers relevant results in your mobile apps and websites from the very first keystroke, keeping your users engaged. It gives you the power to index your database records with our API and get results in…
  • Freelance Music Production With SoundBetter

    KARAN CHOPRA
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    We have seen multiple freelancing websites over the web, some specializes in offering some, and others in something else but the one we are sharing today masters in offering freelance music production to you. Meet SoundBetter, the one stop-freelancing-shop for all your music production needs. SoundBetter offers over 9,000 Top Recording Studios, Freelance Mixing & Mastering Engineers, Producers and Session Musicians for hire. All you have to start with by describing your project in seconds, followed by getting proposals from top pros. Once you have proposal, you can start by picking and…
 
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 037: How Rand Fishkin Built an 8-Figure SaaS Business

    Omer Khan
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Rand Fishkin is the Co-Founder of Moz, a Seattle-based SaaS company that sells inbound marketing & marketing analytics software. The company was founded in 2004 as a consulting firm and shifted to software development in 2008. The Moz website has an online community of more than one million digital marketers. To date, the company has raised just under $20M in funding. Success Quote “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” — Abraham Joshua…
  • 036: How to Launch a 6-Figure Startup in 7 Days

    Omer Khan
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Dan Norris is co-founder of WP Curve, one of the world’s fastest growing WordPress support companies. He’s an entrepreneur with an obsession for content marketing and was voted Australia’s top small business blogger by ‘Smarter Business Ideas’, Australia’s largest business magazine. He’s also the author of ‘The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch’. Success Quote “Every great entrepreneur is first and foremost a designer.”…
  • 035: How This Startup Pivoted Its Way to a 7-Figure Business

    Omer Khan
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Ryan Hamlin is the Founder & CEO of PlaceFull, an online marketplace that allows merchants to offer real-time booking of their spaces, services, camps & classes. PlaceFull was founded in 2011 by Ryan and his co-founder George Webb. To date, the company has raised over $2.5M in funding. Success Quote “Balance is the key to life and variety is the spice of life.” — Dr. Edwin Louis Cole Book Recommendation “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm…
  • 034: How to Get Startup Traction & Acquire More Customers

    Omer Khan
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher This is part 2 of the interview with Gabriel Weinberg. In this episode, we talk about his book “Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers”. And Gabriel shares his advice on how startups can use the strategies and tactics in this book to acquire more customers. If you missed part 1 of the interview, then here’s the link: Part 1: How DuckDuckGo Is Making Search Better Than Google. Gabriel Weinberg is the Founder & CEO of DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you,…
  • 033: How DuckDuckGo is Making Search Better Than Google

    Omer Khan
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Gabriel Weinberg is the Founder & CEO of DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you, with over a billion searches in 2013. He is also an angel investor and co-author of Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers. Gabriel has been featured on CBS, FOX, the Guardian, the Washington Post and many more. Success Quote “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.” — Charlie Munger Book…
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    How Startups Build a Community

  • 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider

    Erik
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Building a marketplace is HARD. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem where you need to consistently acquire new customers (buyers and sellers) on both sides of the market while continuing to offer benefits for both to adopt. Successful marketplaces all have a natural pull on the buying and the selling side of the market. Ideally, all marketplaces should aim to … Continue reading 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider → The post 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know

    Erik
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    The following guest post is by Matt Ward of ‘Art of the Kickstart’. His detailed bio can be found at the end of this post: Angelbacker’s building something awesome. With an idea seriously similar to crowdfunding and crowd equity funding it’s the evolution of the lean startup for software companies from getting off the ground and gaining traction. My name’s … Continue reading 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know → The post 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • How Craigslist got started?

    Erik
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Craigslist. Another company we hold close to our hearts is ranked #59 globally on Alexa at the writing of this post. The picture below says it all, they deliver value in the form of a open board for any and all classifieds. Craigslist was founded by Craig Newmark. A programmer who worked at IBM for … Continue reading How Craigslist got started? → The post How Craigslist got started? appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea.

    Erik
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the startup community often “exchange” ideas. The reason is simple, at the core of every startup is an idea. This idea is typically a hypothesis because startups are delivering uncertain value (see previous post). For Airbnb, the idea is anyone can rent out their extra room to visiting guests. For Uber, the … Continue reading Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea. → The post Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea. appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist

    Erik
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    This post is our startup interview with Rohey Livne, founder ceo of Jigglist. Feel free to ping us at ‘erik@angelbacker.co’ if your startup is interested in being featured on our blog.  -   Q. What is Jigglist?  Jigglist is a mobile messaging service that helps friends get together in a simple and fun way. It’s … Continue reading Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist → The post Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
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    Digsy Blog | Digsy makes it easy to find Office, Warehouse & Retail Space

  • Fun Ways To Kill Your Startup

    Romy Maxwell
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    It was a beautiful feeling. We had just raised our first after-seed round of investment, bumping my salary as cofounder and CTO from a voluntary $24k a year to a healthy six figures, while simultaneously driving up the value of my stock equity. The rest of the team, my comrades in arms, were similarly bumped and positively impacted. Flash back to around 2011 at my previous company. We had a great team, a solid product, and even some paying users. We’d all been slaving away at sub-market wages for quite some time, putting in sweat equity to build something real. To reward ourselves…
  • OC Industrial Warehouse Space Prices & Vacancy Q1, 2015

    Digsy Team
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Digsy Expert, Allen Buchanan, shares the current average pricing & vacancy rates of industrial warehouse commercial real estate space for lease and sale in Orange County, CA. Allen provides great advice to business owners & entrepreneurs on how to successfully find industrial & warehouse space for lease and sale, given the competitive state of the market. Highlights: Industrial warehouse space vacancy is only 3% (only 3 out of 100 buildings are available for lease) Asking lease prices for industrial warehouse space are up Industrial warehouse building sale prices have increased…
  • 7 Blog Posts that Changed Our Startup in 2014

    Alex Bloore
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Stand on the shoulders of giants. That’s a motto that we live by at Digsy. Whenever we run into a problem, we first look to the pros to see how they’ve handled similar issues. Chances are, another company had the same issue, tested dozens of solutions, and chose the best one. Why should we spend our valuable time and resources going through that pain, when we can ride on someone else’s coattails, so to speak? With that in mind, we read. A lot. There’s the usual suspects: books, articles, and blog posts. But Quora and podcasts (such as Justin Jackson’s excellent Product People) have…
  • The Growth Hacks Fueling Tidy’s Explosive Growth (Video)

    Andrew Bermudez
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Tidy is one of the fastest growing local services startups in Southern California. You’ll be surprised to learn how their Founder & CEO, Kristen Schmitt is growth hacking Tidy’s explosive growth without SEO and SEM. Highlights: Tidy recreates the Ritz Carlton experience in your own home Tidy uses several growth hacks yielding amazing ROI for the company Kristen shares the tools they use at Tidy to communicate and be more productive   Mentioned in this Interview: Tidy Slack ZenDesk ZenPayroll Google Drive Sponsor: This episode was made possible by…
  • Why Small Customers are Huge

    Kyle Pinzon
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    You’re sitting at your computer, working on your daily tasks when all of a sudden you get excited. A new customer just converted on your website. Not just any customer, I’m talking about a whale. Someone who will generate tons of revenue for your company, be it a one-time deal or on a recurring basis. You immediately stop what you are doing and turn to your co-worker: “Holy crap, did you see the customer that just converted? This could make us a lot of money.” You decide to give this customer 5-star service. They ask a question that could take 30 minutes of your time to answer? Who…
 
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    Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors

  • Software patents in Europe: how do they affect startups?

    Jaime Novoa
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:11 am
    For a long time, software patents were the talk of the town. Especially in the US, many tech corporations and patent trolls used software patents to defend their businesses. Or even worse, in some cases to attack other people’s businesses without having much to offer besides a patent. There’s a reason why this has been […] The post Software patents in Europe: how do they affect startups? appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Key differences between startup syndicate funding and equity crowdfunding

    Jaime Novoa
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    As many of you might already know, at Startupxplore we’re firm believers in the impact that syndicate funding can have in the overall startup investing landscape. In fact, it’s our main business model and we’ve already started testing it in Spain with a limited number of startups and investors. Syndicate funding is not the only […] The post Key differences between startup syndicate funding and equity crowdfunding appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • “Fundraising is all about Darwinism: only the most persistent will raise money and survive”

    Jaime Novoa
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    If fintech is transforming the financial services industry, Barcelona-based Kantox is right in the middle of such disruption. The four year old foreign currency exchange company is trying to transform the way companies and institutions operate, offering a less expensive and more transparent service than banks and traditional financial institutions. To know more about the company and […] The post “Fundraising is all about Darwinism: only the most persistent will raise money and survive” appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • How does a Venture Capital firm work?

    Jaime Novoa
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    There’s more money than ever in the startup funding market across all funding stages. In previous articles we discussed the financing options available to startups and also the criteria used by investors when deciding which startups to back. Now it’s time to get a little bit closer to the elephant in the room: Venture Capital […] The post How does a Venture Capital firm work? appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • What these startup founders and tech media people shared in 2014

    Jaime Novoa
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    As we start to say goodbye to 2014, we think it’s the right time to look back at what we have done in 2014 and what startup founders, CEOs and journalists have told us about the sector. Last week we looked at what investors and policy makers told us in our 2014’s interviews with them. […] The post What these startup founders and tech media people shared in 2014 appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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    MAQTOOB

  • 22 Things Digital Nomads Need to Pack While Travelling the World

    Adil Gherib
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
      I managed to work and travel around the world for 3 years with these 22 basic but essential things in my backpack. I hope the list will help you once you make the bold decision to set off on the road and make the world your office.   1. Send a scanned copy of your passport, international driver’s license, credit cards, and international health insurance to your email. And of course don't forget to take the originals along.         2. Deuter Traveller 70 + 10 Backpack – a comfortable backpack to carry, with enough space…
  • 19 Places to Get Free Beautiful Photos for Your Blog

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
      1. Public Domain Images – New 100% free stock photos, every single week. Everything you need for your creative projects, all public domain images.     2. Life of Pix – Free high-resolution photos, no copyrigths restrictions. Images for personal & commercial use. New photographies added weekly.     3. Pexels – All photos are hand-picked from free image sources. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.     4. Raumrot – Free, handpicked, stockphotos for…
  • 5 Cool Videos No Wannabe Entrepreneur Should Miss

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
      “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”     (Albert Camus)   Once in a while, all aspiring entrepreneurs find theselves mired in doubt, wondering if the path they are about to embark on is going to lead to success or inevitable doom. Usually, when you feel blue, you may reach for a cup of hot chocolate, buy new clothes, or go running. But what if it feels like you are the only person around who has no clue what she or he is doing? Or what if you get up every morning for the sake of work that feels utterly…
  • Happy Holidays!

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:43 am
      When we launched MAQTOOB 5 months ago, we could have only dreamt of such an extremely warm reception we got from you. Thanks a ton for all your support and we wish you the most joyful holidays and an even better new year.Kristyna, Tomas and Adil Šťastné a veselé – Joyeux Noël – ميلاد مجيد    
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Dan Martin

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Dan Martin Editor of BusinessZone, UK's leading business community     1. Hootsuite – Get serious about social   "I can’t go anywhere without tweeting so Hootsuite is an essential business tool."       2. Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design   "A brilliant website for creating social media images and other graphics."  …
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    MGeeky

  • Seene Now On Android

    Daniyal Sheikh
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Seene is a application which allow its users to take 3D pictures and share them on social media platforms. Seene is probably the first app of this concept and now …The post Seene Now On Android appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Official 5.0 Lollipop Firmware For Galaxy Note 3 N900

    Daniyal Sheikh
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Recently the official OTA update of 5.0 lollipop hits the samsung galaxy note 3 SM-N900 in Russia. Just right after the ota updates, SamMobile updated their website’s firmware downloads section …The post Official 5.0 Lollipop Firmware For Galaxy Note 3 N900 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Dark R Color Theme For CM 12

    Daniyal Sheikh
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    In the starting unofficial builds of CM12 there was no theme engine included in them and this feature was really a drawback. But recently as the cyanogenmod 12 goes official …The post Dark R Color Theme For CM 12 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Oppo U3 Phablet With 64 bit Octa-Core Processor

    Daniyal Sheikh
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    There were many rumors about this phone that it will featured a 4x Optical zoom at the back but as this phone officially announced recently, all the rumors get wrong …The post Oppo U3 Phablet With 64 bit Octa-Core Processor appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How to limit login attempts to secure WordPress

    Attiq Haroon
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Limiting login attampts is a must have security measure in wordpress. There are hackers everywhere trying to get into your wordpress installation and that is why it is recommended to …The post How to limit login attempts to secure WordPress appeared first on MGeeky.
 
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  • Discover Promos and Services From Telcos in Ghana on Promolante

    AntwiGambrah
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Tracking all the the promotions that ones network offer is a difficult thing to do if one would like o get the best out of it.Promolante offers an easy way to find and read more on a particular service or browse through services other telcos      offer for decision making purposes. Considering the number of mobile phones people use in the country and the promotions that telcos give out to its subscribers,Promolantes platform  makes it easy  to find, review and talk about  the performace of the telcos and the promotions they offer,services and …
  • 9 Startups makes it to ALN Ventures Accelerator Programme

    AntwiGambrah
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    African Leadership Network (ALN) Ventures has announced  its 2015 inaugural class.The accelerator picked nine startups for its nine-month accelerator programme beginning next month in South Africa. The nine-month accelerator programme begins with an intensive two-week series of workshops, speakers and events. These early-stage companies will be offered  US$20,000 each  if they make to stage 2 of the programme.There will be curated introductions to investors, and a formal pitch day with a vast network of investors – offering numerous chances to get funded. The selected startups include…
  • Facebook’s Internet.org App Brings Free Mobile Internet to Ghana

    AntwiGambrah
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Social media giant Facebook has annouced that it is making its Internet.org app available in Ghana.Ghana is the fifth country to be connected through Internet.org  after Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Colombia. At the moment,the service will only be  available to Airtel users.Users of the Internet.org app will be able to access ree basic internet services for education, health, jobs and communication. “By connecting everyone, we hope to unlock even more opportunities for Ghana and people like Dauda Musa, pictured here,” “Dauda runs a mobile money transfer business in Accra,…
  • 7 African Startups to Pitch at Seedstars World Global Startup Competition

    AntwiGambrah
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Seven African startups will join 36 startups from emerging tech hubs around the world to compete for an  equity investment up to $500,000 at the Seedstars World global startup competition to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on February 4 . The seven African startups include   Beam from Ghana, OkHi from Kenya, Green Energy from Nigeria, Torque from Rwanda, Poeyek from Senegal, Lumkani from South Africa, and Remit from Uganda. “By attending our final event, you will be able to invest in the most promising startups sourced from over 1,500 applicants and 600 pitches in return for equity…
  • Whatsapp is Finally Available on the Web

    AntwiGambrah
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Popular messaging app Whatsapp ,has finally launched its web client called “Whatsapp Web” available only on Google Chrome excluding iOS users due to the limitations of its platform. To be able to access this web client,users need to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone.To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser.Users will see a QR code  inside of WhatsApp which will automaticcaly pair the mobile WhatsApp with the WhatsApp web client when scanned .Your phone needs to stay connected to the…
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    Make Money Online: Start a Home Business

  • How to Design a Website or Blog: Create a $30,000 Web Design for under $60 (Part 2 of 2)

    Sam Oh
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    If you followed my tutorial on how to make a website in under 5 minutes, then you should have your WordPress site set up and running rather bland. Rather than leaving you at a dead end with your WordPress design, I’ve decided to create this tutorial that will show you exactly how to design a website, and not just add a picture here and there, but to make your website look like a $30,000 web design for under $60! You don’t need to know how to code or know anything about graphic design, although they’re never bad skills to have.If this is your first website? Try my FREE…
  • How to make a Website or Blog: 5 Minute WordPress Install to a Full Blown Web Production (Part 1 of 2)

    Sam Oh
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Finally, the day has come where we can make a website or blog like a baby makes a lady go gaga! Yes, I know… That doesn’t make any sense, but my heart is jam packed with excitement to share one of my greatest secrets on how to make a website without any coding or programming knowledge! This is the stage where you get to see your vision and business plans come to life and grow to be your evergreen tree – big, bold, consistent and lasting! Here are some examples of what you can expect to be able create by the end of this series:Is this your first website? Try my FREE course…
  • A Hefty Google Keyword Planner Tutorial for your Keyword Research

    Sam Oh
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    If you own a website, you’ve probably heard of keyword research at some point. If not, then no worries, because by the end of this detailed spiel, you’ll understand everything that you need to know about it.Before you continue with the Adsense Keyword Planner, you should have a good grasp of these concepts to get the most out of this keyword planner tutorial:The  difference between on page SEO and off page SEO (hover to find out) The  difference between a website and a web page The basic structure of a web page and how Google and other search engines view your website.Need a…
  • What is Google Analytics and why use it? – 3 Bare Necessities for Setting up Google Analytics Effectively

    Sam Oh
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Google Analytics (GA) has become an asset for literally every blog and business that has an online presence. For someone who is starting a website for the first time, the last thing you think about are web analytics. If you’ve heard of this invaluable tool before, you’re probably wondering…What is Google Analytics and why use it?Before we dig deep into setting up Google analytics, take a look at a quick search that I did for jobs requiring Google Analytics on Monster. Companies are willing to pay a salary of $130,000 and guess what … Google Analytics is a…
  • On Page SEO Copywriting Tips – Streamlining your Blogging Strategy

    Sam Oh
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has evolved from a purely content ranked system to a social system. People go on and on about on page SEO and its importance. The fact of the matter is, search rankings happen primarily because of external factors like link building and other social signals. Google and other search engines are continuously updating their algorithms with more of an emphasis on domain, page and trust authority.If you think about it, it makes sense. Think about when you post something on Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook. Some of us hold our phones in front of us…
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  • The Changing Anatomy of Start Up Investing

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    On the surface the investment outlook for technology start ups has never been better. VCs invested $48.3Bn (Money Tree Report) in US start ups last year, a whopping 60% increase year on year. Most of this torrent of cash went into software and biotech companies. Start up investment has become one of the hottest business trends across the world with Governments and commercial bodies vying to establish incubators, accelerators and other schemes. Seed funding is actually falling A couple of recent reports have highlighted a trend underlying this growth which gives cause for concern.
  • What No-one Tells You About Enterprise Sales 

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    The model for sales in a Start Up We now have a great model for the building and growing the sales, marketing and business development of start ups. Focus on finding and validating customers and the whole cycle of testing, learning, iterating and necessary executing a pivot. When we combine the thinking of Steve Blank and Eric Ries with the lifecycle model proposed by Geoffrey Moore in Crossing the Chasm we also have a method for taking the next step and creating a large company.Like software, hardware and user experience, business thinking has experienced great innovation…
  • 4 questions to define the problem your business solves

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
    Many years ago, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, my wife was lounging on our patio quietly working her way through the crossword in the newspaper. The lovely lady who worked for us at the time looked over her shoulder and asked her what she was doing. “Just solving this little grid of problems” my wife replied. Anna then asked the killer question “Aren’t there enough problems in the world for you to solve?" Start a business to solve a problem I always think of this little memory when considering Number 1 in my list of tough questions that you must answer…
  • Of sales and sieves and stepping stones...

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    How do you imagine your sales process? How do you picture the sales engine for your business? I facilitated a workshop on conversion for 9 SaaS companies this week. We had a great discussion and there was no shortage of great ideas from the entrepreneurs. Everyone recognises that revenue generation is an end to end process but there is a wide range of different ways of imagining how it works. Images are incredibly powerful and sharing the strengths and weaknesses of different visuals is a fascinating way of illuminating some important messages. Is it a funnel or is it a sieve? The sales…
  • Why bother with a business plan?

    4 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Great ideas for 2015 2015 has arrived and we are awash with predictions and resolutions. Many aspiring entrepreneurs and ambitious engineers will also have started the New Year with ideas for great new businesses. Others who are already on the start up journey will have woken on 1 January with a renewed determination to take their business to the next level. Hopefully we will see many of these dreams become reality over the next 12 months. But if you are excited by a new idea, how do you turn that passion into action?Many advisors will tell you that creating a business plan should be…
 
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