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  • How to save a failing business

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Failure is a valuable learning tool, but it also has real-world consequences, writes Clay Clark, founder of Thrive15.com.  -More- 
  • 50 Smartest Things Ever Said About Starting Your Own Business

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    Thomas Oppong
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Starting a business is a big decision. It can be risky – but it can also be very rewarding. These are a few of the most inspirational and smartest things ever said about starting your own business.1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston2. “Don’t wait for the right moment to start the business – it never arrives. Start whenever. Now.” -Lauris Liberts3. “Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.” Charles S. Lauer4. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become…
  • Whisper used to document man's standoff with police

    VatorNews.tv
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Might Whisper become another Twitter, aka a social network that can affect social change?(Updated with further comment from Whisper) Well, this is definitely a new, and pretty interesting, way to use secret-sharing app Whisper. An incident occured on Thursday, in which a man in Grand Prairie, Texas, used Whisper, which allows people to share their thoughts anonymously, to detail a standoff he was having with the police. The situation was revealed in a post from Neetzan Zimmerman, Whisper's editor in chief.  (Note: Vator is holding its 4th Annual Splash LA event…
  • How a medical school dropout built and sold a bank alternative for $117M – with Joshua Reich

    Mixergy
    Andrew Khalili
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How did a medical school dropout build and sell a bank? In 2009, Josh Reich founded Simple, an online replacement for traditional bank checking accounts. It features elegant apps that make it easy for people to see how much money they have and manage that money. Simple eliminates the shocking fees that many customers are hit with. Less than 4 years later, it was acquired for $117 million. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Joshua Reich Joshua Reich is the CEO and co-founder of Simple which is an American banking company…
  • 35 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

    Bplans Blog
    Angelique O'Rourke
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to funding, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on where you’re at in your business, what type of funding you are seeking, and the amount you need, where you’ll look can vary widely. We’ve compiled a list from a variety of places to help you research and narrow down the options that... The post 35 Ways to Fund Your Small Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Fast Company

  • Reporter Quits Her Job On Live TV To Focus On Legalizing Pot In Alaska

    KC Ifeanyi
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    "F*ck It. I quit."We've seen some notable entries in the "How to Quit Your Job" category in recent times: There's been interpretive dancing, marching bands, and even a Super Bowl commercial. But somehow none of the above can touch KTVA reporter Charlo Greene's epic mic drop.Read Full Story
  • Watch Live: Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks At Climate Week NYC

    Peter Wade
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Tim Cook will address the international sustainability conference at noon ET.Today at noon ET, Apple CEO Tim Cook will address Climate Week NYC, a yearly gathering on environmental sustainability. This will be Cook's first speech at the conference, where executives from Ikea and Bloomberg are also slated to appear.Read Full Story
  • Can A Search Engine Make You More Creative?

    Rebecca Greenfield
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    "With Yossarian you can increase the diversity and frequency of your Ah ha! moments." Oh really?Type "beauty" into Google image search, and you'll see endless photos of white models. Search "beauty" in Yossarian, the metaphorical search engine, and it returns pictures of men shaking hands, a little boy dressed as a super hero, and burning money. Keep scrolling and new understandings of "beauty" pop up.Read Full Story
  • FastCo Studios Launches With 4 New Video Series

    FastCo Studios
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Point your browsers toward: Power Couples, The 29th Floor, Creative Director For A Day, and Brand Evolution.Here at Fast Company we not only cover innovation, we strive to be innovative ourselves.Read Full Story
  • Quote of the Week: Look Failure In The Eye And Keep Going

    Samantha Cole
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Get ready for a face-off with your past mistakes and present haters.Every Monday, tune in to Fast Company Leadership for a quote to get your week started right.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Activision moves to dismiss Manuel Noriega’s ‘absurd’ Call of Duty lawsuit

    Dean Takahashi
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Above: Manuel Noriega's character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.Image Credit: ActivisionCall of Duty games make $1 billion within a few weeks of launch every year. That’s no doubt one reason why former Panama military dictator Manuel Noriega sued Activision Blizzard for using his image without paying him royalties in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Activision Blizzard said in a press release today that it will file a motion to dismiss the “frivolous” lawsuit by “former dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega.” Former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudy…
  • Event pro platform HoneyBook scores $10M to make wedding logistics less memorable

    Barry Levine
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Above: The HoneyBook home pageImage Credit: HoneyBookA full-scale wedding is something you’ll remember your entire life – sometimes for the sheer logistics, if not the romance. San Francisco-based startup HoneyBook announced today it has raised $10 million to help make the logistics of weddings and other events less memorable. The invite-only platform is intended to redefine how event-oriented professionals conduct their business, including event planners, photographers, and florists. The customizable dashboard offers tools for payments to vendors, creative brainstorming, and decision…
  • Google’s HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet is coming soon

    Devindra Hardawar
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Above: Sprint's HTC One M8Image Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeatHTC is about to get back into the tablet game. After focusing on smartphones for the past few years, HTC’s long-rumored Nexus 9 tablet is expected to debut soon. The Wall Street Journal corroborates past reports of Google and HTC working together on the new Nexus tablet,  and sources tell the Verge that the device is apparently coming soon. Google will likely show off the Nexus 9 when it officially launches the next version of Android, which is currently nicknamed Android L. That could happen by the end of the month,…
  • Swrve finds that only 1.35% of players spend money in mobile games

    Dean Takahashi
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Above: Mobile games on display at the ChinaJoy 2014 event.Image Credit: Dean TakahashiThe number of players who pay for virtual goods in mobile games declined from 1.5 percent in January to 1.35 percent in July, according to a study of millions of gamers by mobile-marketing-automation firm Swrve. In an exclusive interview with GamesBeat, Swrve chief strategy officer Hugh Reynolds and Swrve CEO Christopher Dean said they found that 62 percent of all mobile-game revenues come from 0.13 percent of all players. Those are scary and depressing numbers for developers and publishers, as they rely…
  • Twitter engineer joins Mesosphere to push the open-source project he helped make

    Jordan Novet
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Above: Ben Hindman, the new lead architect at Mesosphere, giving a talk in 2013.Image Credit: Screen shotInside an academic lab, Ben Hindman created key parts of an open-source tool for efficiently running lots of applications in data centers. He found himself at Twitter for four years, putting the system in place. But now he is doing what he arguably was destined to do: working on the project for a living, to make it a standard everywhere. Last year a startup called Mesosphere began, with the goal of promoting and running a business based on the open-source project, Apache Mesos. Now Hindman…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • It’s Official: Alibaba Is The Biggest IPO Ever

    Jonathan Shieber
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
     Alibaba has officially become the largest public offering in history, according to a report from Reuters. The IPO was always going to be a blockbuster, but thanks to high demand which rocketed the stock up another 38% after its $21.8 billion opening, underwriters exercised an option to sell another 48 million shares. The sale means that Alibaba raked in $25 billion in its public offering,… Read More
  • Realty Mogul Gets A $73M Capital Commitment From Direct Lending Investments

    Anthony Ha
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
     Realty Mogul, a startup that allows accredited investors to back real estate projects, is announcing a new agreement with Direct Lending Investments — the investment firm has committed to invest $73 million in Realty Mogul projects. This is the startup’s first partnership of this kind with an institutional investor, but founder and CEO Jilliene Helman said she’s interested… Read More
  • Yahoo Acquires Bangalore-Based Bookpad, Makers Of Online File Editing And Collaboration Software Docspad

    Sarah Perez
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
     Is Yahoo working on its own online document creation and collaboration software? That’s the question which immediately comes to mind upon hearing news that the company has now picked up a Bangalore-based startup called Bookpad, makers of Docspad, a service aimed at developers looking to add document viewing, annotations and editing features within their own applications. What… Read More
  • Telenav Copies Foursquare’s Swarm With New Social App, HopOver

    Sarah Perez
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
     Telenav’s name tends to be associated with mapping and personal navigation, but today the company is trying its hand at something a little more social with the launch of an iPhone app that lets you see what your friends are up to, and if they’re nearby. The app is called HopOver, as it allows you to invite friends to join you and hang out by creating a “Hop” – aka… Read More
  • With Nexus 9, HTC Could Get A Crack At Making An Android Tablet To Get People Excited

    Darrell Etherington
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
     HTC is gearing up production of a Nexus 9 tablet device to showcase the Android operating system, a report from the Wall Street Journal claims. The report follows earlier rumors that this would be the case, and suggests a Nexus 9 from the Taiwanese device maker is almost a lock. But HTC is a strange bedfellow for Google in this case – the OEM swore off tablets altogether back in 2011.… Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • The idea funnel

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

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

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

    Salim Virani
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pamela Fox, from Khan Academy: These campaigns are telling students that “coding is easy,” and then they’re trying it, and now not only are they struggling to learn something new, but they’re feeling bad about themselves because hey, “coding is easy”, they shouldn’t be struggling. Nobody should feel bad for struggling to learn something new. They should be commended for trying to learn something new at all. It's interesting that most founders are brazen and keen to tackle a load of business challenges, figuring things out and learning new skills - but we often put "the technical…
  • More about NDAs

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

  • EMC and HP were reportedly in merger talks for a year

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    The deal fell apart, but the combined company would have been worth $130 billioWe all apparently just came THISCLOSE to seeing one of the most massive mergers in our lifetime. It would have been absolutely huge. Alas, it simply was not to be. Data storage company EMC had been holding talks with Hewlett Packard for the two companies to combine resources, according to a report out from the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. The talks had been going on for an entire year. If the two companies had gone accepted a deal, and been allowed to go through with it, the combined company would have been…
  • Kickstarter says it cannot be sued over failed projects

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Updated terms of use states contract is between pledgers and creators, and not KickstarterWhen someone donates to a Kickstarter campaign, they are obviously taking a bit of a risk since there is obviously always the chance that, for whatever reason, the project might never see the light of day. But what exactly happens to that money if the project ultimately does fail? And who is responsible for the money that was raised? Honestly, that's never been entirely clear to me. Well, Kickstarter is now making that much more transparent, announcing on Friday that it had…
  • Whisper used to document man's standoff with police

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Might Whisper become another Twitter, aka a social network that can affect social change?(Updated with further comment from Whisper) Well, this is definitely a new, and pretty interesting, way to use secret-sharing app Whisper. An incident occured on Thursday, in which a man in Grand Prairie, Texas, used Whisper, which allows people to share their thoughts anonymously, to detail a standoff he was having with the police. The situation was revealed in a post from Neetzan Zimmerman, Whisper's editor in chief.  (Note: Vator is holding its 4th Annual Splash LA event…
  • Alibaba stock debuts 36% above $68 IPO price

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The e-commerce company held off its IPO for a few hours due to the large volume of ordersIts pretty safe to say that Alibaba is not only the most anticipated stock debut of the year, but likely since Twitter went public in November of last year. In fact, the IPO is so large that trading was delayed for hours this morning due to the large volume of orders for the stock! (The company certainly did want to see a repeat of the Facebook fiasco when that company had its debut in 2012) Now it has finally begun trading and, so far, share are not disappointing: they opened at $92.70, or 36% above…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 9/19/14

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    LightSpeed, CrowdFlower, Docker, Bluebridge, Sidecar, eSentire, Auth0, JW Player, iVinci HealthSeed stage Bluebridge, a mobile-apps-as-a-service (MAaaS) company, raised a $1 million seed round of financing led by angel investors including Bill Godfrey and Tim Kopp, andangel investors with "deep software and operating experience." Auth0, an identity-as-a-service solution, raised $2.4 million in seed funds led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from K9 Ventures, Portland Seed Fund and NXTP Labs. Beauty and fashion community BeautyCon raised under $5 million in seed…
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    Small Business Labs

  • My Golf Watch & Forrester's Wearable Computing Forecast

    Steve
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of my favorite toys is my Bushnell golf watch. It uses GPS technology to give me the distance to the front, back and center of greens - and a bunch of other golf data - for over 30,000 golf courses across the globe.   It's incredibly easy to use. You just turn it on when you start your round and it's ready. It even figures out what course you are playing and what hole you are on. This amazing device only costs about $150 and there are no additional fees. It even tells time.   Because of the my experience with my golf watch, I'm not at all surprised by…
  • Mom and Pop Shops Moving to the Cloud

    Steve
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    CNBC's Mom and Pop Shops Flying to the Cloud does an excellent job of describing how and why small businesses are rapidly moving to cloud based tools.  Key quote: Welcome to a new era of computing, where silos are giving way to standards ... Small shops with little to no money to spend on technology can subscribe to modern software for a few bucks a month without the need for a separate consulting budget. The growth of cloud based tools is one of the key drivers of the shift to the cloud, particularly since most vendors have shifted their development efforts towards cloud…
  • The Rise of Fixed Term Contract Workers

    Steve
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few weeks ago we reported on the trends that are leading to more workers being on fixed term contracts, which means employment relationships with their employer that terminate after a specific period of time.  A new study by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk adds more information on this type of work. According to their Freelancing in America study, 5.5 million Americans work under fixed term contracts, which they describe as: Temporary workers: Individuals with a single employer, client, job, or contract project where their employment status is temporary. For example, a…
  • Excellent Presentation Explains Online Talent Marketplaces

    Steve
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Andrew Karpie's Online Work Arrangements Platforms presentation does a great job of explaining the changing ways contingent workers are sourced, engaged and managed by hiring organizations.  It also describes the rapidly growing and diverse online talent marketplace industry.  The key slide in this description is below, but going through the entire presentation is well worth your time. Online work arrangement platform (OWAP) is Andrew's fancy term for online talent marketplaces like Elance-oDesk, Freelancer.com, etc. He uses this term because the process of…
  • Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

    Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed. At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow. Cities across the country are liberalizing food truck laws in…
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    Mixergy

  • How a life-changing accident led an investment banker to quit his job and build a business – with Brian DeChesare

    Andrew Khalili
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of how a car accident lead a founder to finally do what excited him in life. Brian DeChesare is the founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street, sites that help people who want to get investment banking jobs. Brian’s sites help with blog posts, tutorials, courses, interview templates and more. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Brian DeChesare Brian DeChesare is the founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street, sites that help people who want to get…
  • How a medical school dropout built and sold a bank alternative for $117M – with Joshua Reich

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How did a medical school dropout build and sell a bank? In 2009, Josh Reich founded Simple, an online replacement for traditional bank checking accounts. It features elegant apps that make it easy for people to see how much money they have and manage that money. Simple eliminates the shocking fees that many customers are hit with. Less than 4 years later, it was acquired for $117 million. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Joshua Reich Joshua Reich is the CEO and co-founder of Simple which is an American banking company…
  • Master Class: How to buy ads – with Justin Brooke

    ArieSaint
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before Justin Brooke became an expert at ad buying, he was flipping burgers at Wendy’s. “I could barely afford to eat,” says Justin, the founder of IMScalable. “I was paying a bill or two with my online stuff, so it was real at that point, but it was nowhere near a business.” But then Justin took an unpaid internship and got the “education of a lifetime,” he says. “I worked with an information publishing multi-millionaire who…is kind of known for his marketing library. My job was to watch all that stuff and write affiliate reviews.” One year later, Justin went to work…
  • How big of a business can an entrepreneur build by selling headsets? – with Mike Faith

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How big of a business can an entrepreneur build by selling headsets? Mike Faith was having trouble when the headsets he bought weren’t working very well. And after a painful experience trying to return them, he thought, “Hey, if I can’t get what I want with headsets, there’s an opportunity there.” And six weeks later, he started a business selling headsets. Mike is the founder of Headsets.com, which sells headsets online. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Mike Faith Mike Faith is the founder…
  • Patrick Ambron is back with 5 major reasons BrandYourself is so successful

    Andrew Khalili
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was speaking all day at a conference here in San Francisco. During lunch, I ran into Patrick Ambron who told me, “Andrew, a lot happened since I taught a Mixergy course about how to building and protecting an online reputation.” I said, “Yeah? What happened?” That’s when he told me his revenue. So I stopped him and said, “You have to let me interview you about how you did it.” Patrick Ambron is the founder of BrandYourself, a company that helps you look great when employers, clients and even dates Google you. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio?
 
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    Venture Hacks

  • How to be an angel investor, Part 3

    Nivi
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This guest post is by Tyler Willis, an entrepreneur and angel investor. You can learn more about him on AngelList. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy. That said, investing in private companies is very different from investing in public companies. People who are just getting started in angel investing should get comfortable with the inherent risks and learn the strategies required to be successful angel…
  • Designers at AngelList

    Nivi
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:16 am
    Must be a 1-(wo)man startup. Must code. Must write good copy. Must be passionate about solving problems for our customers, not “designing.” Must fix other people’s designs and front-end code on production (people ship whenever they want). Must help our 1-(wo)man startups with their design problems. Must force your help on them when needed. Must take the words of our founders/whomever straight to mocks without worrying about whether we’re going to build it. Make the mocks, then start evaluating the idea. Pivot it when necessary (always).
  • AngelList new employee reading list

    Nivi
    26 Oct 2013 | 10:02 am
    I do the onboarding for all new AngelList team members. Part of it is asking them to read the following (many candidates have read these before they even come in for an interview). Culture Startups are here to save the world Things we care about at AngelList Doing the wrong things the right way Execution Ask forgiveness, not permission 1-(wo)man startups No email at AngelList 6-year vesting Customer service Internal 360 Review (redacted) Company Strategy (you wish) Internal Github engineering wikis AngelList Twitter Favorites Writings that have influenced us Engineering Management by Yishan…
  • Things we care about at AngelList

    Nivi
    11 Oct 2013 | 5:11 pm
    We care about: Eliminating frictions so startups can change the world Connecting startups with their ideal partners, on the best terms, fast Building tools for investors to help startups Telling startups and investors what we would want to know in their shoes Building products that scale, instead of manual processes or throwing bodies at the problem Having team members work on things they’re excited about, rather than what we think is important Some things we try to care about at AngelList. Learn More: Startups are here to save the world, The entrepreneurial age and No tradeoff between…
  • How much traction do I need to raise money?

    Nivi
    23 Apr 2013 | 11:23 am
    How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jay Steinfeld

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    An acquisition can be a wonderful thing when interests are aligned. Robin Tooms visits with Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Blinds.com.
  • John Ragan - Petra Nova

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The BusinessMakers visit with John Ragan, EVP of NRG, president of NRG’s Gulf Coast Region and now president of Petra Nova, an NRG company. The Petra Nova Project is a massive plan to capture CO2 from one of their coal-fired power plants. The CO2 will be moved down a 90-mile pipeline for use in an ‘enhanced oil recovery’ process for a mature producing oil field. It actually solves two problems with one solution. Coal-fired power plants must reduce their CO2 (greenhouse gas) emissions, and the oil industry needs CO2 for their enhanced oil recovery. It’s genius!
  • School of Business 9/20/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions the innovators and the entrepreneurs. Are you part of the pantheon that is the risk-takers? Includes: our Quote of the Week—words of despair from, well, Despair Inc.; This Week in Business History includes the first Supreme Court (in 1789!), Honda Motor Co. and the chaos of Hurricane Rita; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Women Mean Business - Leticia Van De Putte

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    How does one make the leap from small business owner to politician? Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, pharmacist and entrepreneur.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Cynthia Flake

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and Cynthia Flake, senior vice president, Comerica Bank, discuss how a trusted export finance advisor can help facilitate a company’s export process.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 6 Ways to Maintain an Impressive Online Reputation

    Jeremy Gin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Warren Buffett famously said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” For this reason and many more, there is often no worse feeling for an entrepreneur than to see the brand he or she spent years building tarnished by a bad review online. But take heart! There are... The post 6 Ways to Maintain an Impressive Online Reputation appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

    Mary Juetten
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information and nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Everybody makes mistakes, but some can be prevented. Read on to see five common mistakes regarding intellectual property, so you can avoid the pitfalls.... The post The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 35 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

    Angelique O'Rourke
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to funding, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on where you’re at in your business, what type of funding you are seeking, and the amount you need, where you’ll look can vary widely. We’ve compiled a list from a variety of places to help you research and narrow down the options that... The post 35 Ways to Fund Your Small Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Provide Stand-out Customer Service?

    Candice Landau
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Almost all businesses have a customer-facing aspect to them. Restaurants have waiters and cashiers. Boutiques have shop assistants. Software companies have project managers, sales people, and sometimes whole customer service departments. Even B2B companies need a point-of-contact to provide solutions. Often, these employees will mean the difference between a company that is perceived in a... The post Do You Have What It Takes to Provide Stand-out Customer Service? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Could Bitcoin Fund Your Business?

    Nick Chowdrey
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bitcoin is slowly but surely nosing its way into the mainstream world of business. About a year ago, it was only accepted by a handful of hipster coffee shops and a few artisanal food trucks. Today, huge websites like Overstock and Expedia have hopped on the boat—and the list is always growing.  A constant hum... The post Could Bitcoin Fund Your Business? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • What You’ll Learn Raising Capital

    AJ Agrawal
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Raising capital is one of the hardest jobs an entrepreneur has to do. Not only does it take time away from your company, but you also have to hear every reason about why your company will fail. “Your business model is garbage.” “I still have no idea what your company does.” “Yeah, that will never work.” While fundraising can be a long process and a confidence killer, the lessons you’ll learn will be priceless. Below are some of the lessons you’ll learn raising money for your startup. If you can hang in there and not take criticism too personally, you’ll come out a better…
  • 5 Tips to Easily Customize Website Templates

    Chelsea Baldwin
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sometimes it’s better — and certainly faster — to run your website on a pre-built template rather than design it from scratch. Especially when your website is an important part of your strategy. There are two main scenarios for choosing ready-made templates: you either test your website and want to see how it performs with your audience, or you want to launch it as fast as possible. However, choosing a cool, classy and sleek template that’s perfect for your business is only the beginning. Sure, it takes time to filter through all the choices, but if you have a semi-decent…
  • When Do You Need a CTO?

    Chaney Ojinnaka
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Had lunch recently with the CTO of a growing lead generation company and as we talked, it became apparent that this question is a growing decision point for Founders. When do you need a CTO? The question of whether you need a CTO and when, depends on three main factors: – your company life cycle – the type of product – the developer count and profile of your current team. Before delving into the details of the three factors, it is important to delineate the features of a basic CTO role: – it’s strategic – can be a Founder/CoFounder but not necessarily…
  • Asp.net Development Made Easier with Core Engine

    Ethan Millar
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Asp.net 4.0 offers an incremental set of enhancements to a platform that is already powerful to use. Most of the enhancements in Asp.net have to do with Web Forms, however a few features in the core runtime make the life of asp.net developers easier. Some of the core engine features are: Clean web.config files for development If you have used Asp.net 3.5, you must have noticed how the web.config file converted into a configuration settings mess between module mappings and custom handler for several web server variants. However, .Net 4.0 version supports clean web.config files by default,…
  • The Future of Links and the eCommerce Economy

    Drew Hendricks
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Trying to predict the future of online marketing and eCommerce is much like trying to predict the weather—although you can make an educated guess, you can never be 100% certain about the eventual outcome. Constant technological advances, ever changing online trends, and increasingly savvy consumers have made it difficult to accurately predict what’s in store for advertisers and publishers in terms of the relationship between links and the eCommerce economy. However, if we look at various current trends we can gather some insights into where eCommerce is headed, and the role that links…
 
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  • Great Startups Are Where Soul and Technology Meet

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Some entrepreneurs forget that they can’t use people the same way they use technology to build a startup. Inventors, for example, are skilled in manipulating technology, but may have little interest or experience engaging people to make an effective team. Unfortunately, startups are not one-man shows, so entrepreneurs need to study leadership as much as they study technology. In fact, we can all benefit from focusing on the keys to people leadership from time to time. A while back I came across the new edition of “Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future,” by…
  • How To Pick A Lifestyle Consistent With Your Passion

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Too many people, young and older, let their career and their lifestyle happen to them, rather than proactively making things happen based on their personal passions, skills, and interests. Others make decisions based on someone else’s interests, such as the father who wants his son to take over the family business, or dreams openly of having a doctor in the family. Neither of these approaches is likely to lead to a satisfying career or personal happiness for you. These days, with the instant access to information and experts in every field around the world, and the wealth of personal…
  • Startups Need To Build Solutions, Not Technology

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Instead, they need to validate a customer problem and real market need first. Don’t create solutions looking for a problem, since investors ignore these, and customers other than early adopters are hard to find. Exciting new technologies these days range from the easier to use social media software platforms I see almost every week, to new transportation models, like consumer space travel and hydrogen fuel autos.
  • 10 Entrepreneur Beliefs That Defy The Stereotype

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. Yet I have found that serious entrepreneurs usually go way beyond these platitudes in their actions and thinking, and often won’t volunteer their real views, for fear of alienating “regular” people, and being branded a fanatic. In his book from a while back “The Entrepreneur Mind,” by serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Johnson, he outlines 100 essential beliefs, insights, and habits of serious entrepreneurs. Most of these are predictable, like think big and…
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Can Save Any Business

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the realities of being an entrepreneur is that you have to keep learning and changing to survive. Everyone on the startup team knows there is no buffer, and no personal isolation from impact based on your job description that can save you. Thus everyone has to make sure they are focusing on what is important, and making leadership decisions to save the business. That is what business leadership is all about. Unfortunately, in mature companies, a larger and larger percentage of employees forget company survival and customers as the objectives, and focus only on their own personal gain.
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    Presentation Zen

  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Diateino publishes L’Ere du Contexte, French version of the Age of Context

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Diateino just published the French translation of The Age of Context by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel: L’Ere du Contexte. Here below is the English version of the preface I wrote for the French audience. When we speak  about the “context” of a phrase or an event, we allude to the circumstances and conditions that give that phrase or event its particular meaning, or import. The “context,” then, acting as a backdrop, allows us to understand, to explain, or to justify the things we encounter through resonance to particular times and/or places. Everything that we say and do is…
  • Women in HR should be thrilled about the appointment of Mary Barra as GM’s CEO

    admin
    11 Dec 2013 | 6:55 pm
    I just wrote a post on my company’s blog about Mary Barra: http://blog.talentcircles.com/2013/12/women-in-hr-should-be-thrilled-about.html Of course, I  was thrilled to hear that Mary Barra will be the new CEO of GM. The appointment of any woman at the head of a company is a victory for all women. My post on three takeaways for HR: The value of being able to keep talented interns. The power of internal mobility: Mary Barra was involved over the years with virtually every aspect of the business. The power of an being outstanding VP of GM’s human resources department, a position that…
  • APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch: a must-read

    admin
    10 Dec 2012 | 8:50 am
    APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to write a book and self-publish. It’s packed with information, advice, tips and resources. Even if you still dream of finding the ideal agent and the most prestigious publisher on the planet, chances are that you will be ignored. So don’t waste your time: take your fate into your own hands and go for self-publishing. This book tells you how to make it right. Is it easy? No… Self-publishing is not easy — but certainly easier than waiting for miracles. Guy…
  • Compete Now: The 2013 New Year Challenge for Entrepreneurs

    admin
    8 Dec 2012 | 11:44 am
    One Million by One Million (1M/1M)celebrated it’s 150th free and online roundtable mentoring session for entrepreneurs a few days ago, and announced its 2013 New Year Challenge. The Prize: The New Year Challenge will award twelve scholarships worth $1,000 each to twelve entrepreneurs. This scholarship allows entrepreneurs to join the 1M/1M premium program that offers private roundtable sessions, a comprehensive curriculum, and introductions to potential customers, channel partners, media, analysts, and investors. How to compete Complete the application process here by December 20. Get at…
  • Great book: Google+ for Small Businesses by Lynette Young

    admin
    3 Dec 2012 | 9:26 am
    I met Lynette Young at Guy Kawasaki’s party at SXSW earlier this year. She contributed to one of the chapters of Guy’s landmark book, What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us. No wonder, Lynette represents the elite of “female googlers,” with over 1.5M followers. Lynette just released an excellent short book. Google+ for Small Businesses. Her goal is to help you to realize that ”Google + makes it easy for the small business owner with limited resources to be on an “even playing ground” with large corporations that have seemingly unlimited…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Calithera Biosciences Sets IPO Pricing Range

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    South San Francisco-based biopharmaceuticals developer Calithera Biosciences has set its estimated IPO range, saying in a filing that it now expects to price at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share. The company is selling 6 million shares of its stock.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • LightSpeed Lands $35M From Accel

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    LightSpeed, a Canadian developer of retailer commerce software, said this week that it has received $35M in funding from iNovia Capital and Accel Partners. The company said the funding will go towards expansion. Palo Alto-bvased Accel Partners is a prior investor in LightSpeed. READ MORE>>
  • EatWith Chomps Down On $8M In Series A

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    San Francicso-based EatWith, a startup which helps connect people with others for social dinners, has raised $8M in a Series A funding, the company said this week. The funding was led by Greylock Partners, and also included Genesis Partners and angels.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • SocialChorus Gets $7.5M For Social Marketing

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    San Francisco-based social marketing software developer SocialChorus said Thursday that it has raised $7.5M in a new funding round, led by Kohlberg Ventures. The company said the funding brings its total raiesd to $15.5M.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Swrve Finds $10M For Mobile Marketing

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    San Francisco-based Swrve, which develops mobile marketing automation software, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Acero Capital, and also included Atlantic Bridge and Intel Capital, along with the firm's other prior investors.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • Nominate Someone for CTO of the Year

    Bryan Menell
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Nominations are still open for the Austin Information Technologist/CTO of the Year. Below is information about the process and award. CTO’s won’t submit a nomination themselves, so we ask a member or team close submit the nomination for this worthy candidate by end of day October 1st.
  • Apply for SXSW Accelerator 2015

    Bryan Menell
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    SXSW Accelerator returns for its seventh edition to showcase some of the most exciting startup innovations in technology – do you know a company that could be presenting?
  • Infographic: The Startup Scene in Austin, Texas

    Bryan Menell
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A handy infographic about the startup scene in Austin, Texas.
  • College Retention Partner Upswing Opens Headquarters in Austin after Graduating from Dallas Tech Accelerator

    Bryan Menell
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Higher education in Austin, and the surrounding areas, may see an increase in student retention rates and technology-facilitated learning, if recently migrated company Upswing has anything to say about it.
  • Acxiom Opens Austin Office, Plans To Hire 150 People

    Bryan Menell
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    AcxiomAcxiom Logo, a publicly traded enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company, today announced that it will be opening a new office in Austin, Texas, to accommodate growing demand in its technology, engineering and operations. The company intends to fill up to 150 positions in technology fields including network engineers, security engineers, systems engineers, security architects, network architects, infrastructure architects, software engineers and project managers.
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  • How People Buy: The Evolution of Consumer Purchasing [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic comes from Hubspot, and timelines how the US consumer has bought, from 1900 to today – the “evolution of consumer purchasing.”How should your digital commerce strategy change to keep pace with the changing consumer? Join us in the Expo Hall at Shop.org Annual Summit, Tuesday September 30 at 11:45-12:15 for Breaking Bag: Reinventing the Ecommerce Experience at Every Touchpoint.
  • Storytelling Through the Category Page

    Linda Bustos
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    When you think of storytelling in an online store, what comes to mind? Product page copy? Embedded video? Blogs? Look-books?Certainly not on the utilitarian category page…But I found a fantastic example of storytelling right in the category results page on Burton.com, under its 13 Things feature. The page features several collections of “13 things” organized around various stories, for example:13 THINGS THAT WILL HAVE GUYS GRABBING FALL BY THE FOLIAGEBoom, summer’s over. It’s the perfect temperature for outdoor ventures like skateboarding, hiking, biking, or splitting…
  • Breaking Bag: Reinventing the Ecommerce Experience

    Linda Bustos
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
    This was Amazon’s home page in 1995.By ’98, it had adopted the “catalog” look:The ubiquitous format for most online shops today, one that few have veered from.The Web has changed since ’98Clearly the Web has changed even more dramatically from 1998 to 2014. It’s accessed by many different mobile “pieces of glass” like smartphones and tablets, each with their own dimensions across both portrait and landscape orientation.The way users interact with these devices have changed. UX professionals now must account for touch screens and gestures. Mobile apps have…
  • Your 12-Step Landing Page Recovery Program [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Today I and a few hundred digital marketing professionals from all over the map converge for Unbounce’s Call to Action Conference ( #CTAConf ) right here in Vancouver. We’re also happy here at Elastic Path to have Unbounce as our new downstairs office neighbours!If you’re not reading Unbounce’s conversion optimization blog – head on over and subscribe. This week’s infographic is courtesy of Unbounce, and covers the 12 steps to conversion rehab.Click to enlarge infographic
  • One Online Retailer’s Experience With Bitcoin

    Linda Bustos
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In January, we asked Is 2014 the Year of Bitcoin for Ecommerce?Since then, we’ve seen the likes of NewEgg, Tiger Direct, Dell, Dish Network, Lord and Taylor and BloomNation jump on board with Bitcoin. Even PayPal is dropping big hints that it will support Bitcoin soon, which could help the cryptocurrency’s mainstream adoption.The founders of BloomNation (think Etsy for flowers – a marketplace that connects consumers directly with local florists) reached out to Get Elastic to share the results of its foray into Bitcoin acceptance since its launch pre-Valentine’s Day.Why did BloomNation…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

    Todd Spear
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to our second instalment of essays focusing on promotional calendar opportunities for a particular month. In creating this essay about October’s awesome calendar of events (and, more importantly, the promotional opportunities it presents), we encountered some real gems – and some real head scratchers. In an example of the latter, we’ve learned that 3 October is Virus Appreciation Day. That’s right, as in viruses, like, you know, influenza and ebola. Yikes! Well, let’s rephrase that. No one is quite sure whether Virus Appreciation Day is meant to in some way celebrate…
  • Breakthroughs, Triggers, Influence + Tested Methods [Noise Reduction .78]

    Florence
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I know I usually rant and rave about the fact that your portfolio needs to be larger than your library. That you need to be taking action and building a portfolio of results — as opposed to spending all your resources on just learning and creating a dusty bookshelf. Well, I’ve learnt that no matter how much I preach, sometimes, as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So, in this week’s edition of Noise Reduction, I wanted to share with you a list of what I believe are some of the non-negotiable must-have books in your marketing library. No matter what…
  • Sales Letter Copywriting Cheat Sheet

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

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

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

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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

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

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

  • OEMs seeing value in Bitbar's Testdroid to reach developers

    Greg Anderson
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    App developing and automation are interests of ours, so it's been too long since we've gotten an article about Bitbar, the Finnish creator of the Testdroid services for testing how exactly your app runs android devices. The rise of Testdroid is the story of the gift and the curse of Android's open platform. While Android has a huge market share, you can't always be sure your UI will work on every Android device known to man due to differences in hardware and software, making testing a required part of building a polished app. So with some special software and a bunch of devices, Bitbar's…
  • Quit sending PDFs - Check out Denmark's PitchXO

    Greg Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    This startup is going to make you feel that sending a normal PDF is outdated. Check out PitchXO, a Danish startup that allows you to upload your presentations to their service, giving you branded hosting to pass on to your clients or investors, which comes with a few benefits. As you can tell by the name, the startup is scratching their own itch by targeting other startups at first, although it seems useful to any company. The concept was first started by Danish serial entrepreneur and Angel investor Morten Lund and his co-founder Markus Stefanko, who was swamped with sending and receiving…
  • GoMore revolutionizes car ownership with new leasing concept

    Emily Christiansen // Oresund Startups
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    GoMore‘s new leasing concept means that you can now lease a car for 6 months, renting it out 8 days of each month when not in use, to make a full return on your payment. Basically – lease a car for free! The Danish platform for private car-leasing is eager to get this show in the road: you can already sign yourself up for a lease online. It is expected that the first cars will be out and rolling in just a few weeks. The first model will be the 10 Citroën C1, with new models added over time. “We believe that this model has the potential to become mainstream in car ownership. Private…
  • Goo Technologies rises with WebGL

    Greg Anderson
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    The in-browser 3D technology WebGL is one of those technologies that got the world excited a few years ago but since then hasn't been making many headlines. Looking at the Google Trends graph below, the world got excited about the promise of the technology in 2011 when Chrome, Mozilla, Opera and others first decided to integrate the tech into their browsers. But after the initial buzz surrounding the technology, the tools needed a little bit of time to catch up to the hype. The applications of WebGL are pretty amazing, however. Looking at these links where you can row a rowboat through pretty…
  • The ArcticStartup Guide to: RIGA

    Marija Odineca
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    With the booming Batic startup scene being mentioned more and more frequently, some of you may want to actually put the boots on the ground and come for a visit. With that in mind, we have compiled a shortlist of your possible destinations and events all about and around the local startup culture. Let’s start with Riga. Hottest startups in Riga: As a shortlist of topics to discuss with local startup folks, here are a few Latvian startups that have recently made the headlines. AirDog - a fully autonomous personal drone filming action sports enthusiasts. The most funded Latvian Kickstarter…
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up 9/21/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Here are the week’s posts I enjoyed that all speak to performance or entrepreneurial performance. If I missed anything great – leave a comment or tweet me a link for next week. Get Over Your Fear of Sales (HBR) The History of Cognitive Overload (FarnamStreet) How Should a 22 Year Old Invest His/Her Times? (Quora) Reboot.io Podcast with Derek Flanzraich (Reboot.io) Four Things Millionaires Do (Bakadesuyo) What Everyone Reads (SethGodin) Why I Hope to Die at 75 (Atlantic) Uber & Entrepreneurial Psychology (SemilShah) Cultivate a Culture of Confidence (HBR) Anthony…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/14/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Lots of interesting reading material this week. Dan Harris: Your Brain on Mediation (SwissMiss) Dave Asprey Interviews David Epstein Author of the Sports Gene (Bulletproofexec) Be Humble, Become Wealthy (Psyfitec) Positioning Your Startup (FirstRound) Tim Ferriss Interviews Peter Thiel (Fourhourworkweek) Be the CEO of Your Job (Brad Feld) How To Tell If You’re Not Scaling as a CEO (SneakerheadVC) Three Mistakes Investors Make Again and Again (WSJ) An Interview with Charlie Munger (WSJ) “Warren [Buffet] and I [Charlie Munger] know better than most people what we know and what we…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Here’s a round-up of links from last week related to performance: What Does a 20 Year Old Need To Know About Personal Finance (Altucher) This simple sleep-hack turned my life around (Sleep Junkies) Using Music to Increase Mental Performance (Abel James) Blameless Post-Mortems (CodeasCraft) The Jack Ma Way (NYTimes) Texting Anxiety Caused by the Bubbles (NYTimes) The post Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014 appeared first on Leveraging Ideas.
  • Performance Round-Up 8/31/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Here’s a collection of links I’ve recently enjoyed. All links address the topic/notion of optimal or ‘peak’ performance. I’m hoping to post more of these regularly and I’m borrowing the format from The Big Picture. What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes? (Gigaom) Mauboussin: Untangling Skill and Luck (Riholtz) 3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier (Bakadesuyo) Tim Ferriss Interviews Kevin Kelly (Fourhourworkweek) Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth: How to Get Rich (Brain Pickings) Tyler Tervooren’s Strategy for Becoming…
  • Why Cards Matter

    Sam Huleatt
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I’ve been struggling for a bit now to really understand the significance of “cards” as a new unit of interaction. Fred Wilson and Benedict Evans have both discussed the significance of cards, but I feel like neither has been able to provide a concrete example that really highlights why a card isn’t simply a design trend. Several years ago Facebook released Open Graph Protocol. The idea was in part that any noun (person, place or thing) on Facebook could have its own Facebook Page, and thus, all the corresponding meta data that accompanied that Page. To me, the notion…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Cronitor

    public
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    Company / App Name: Cronitor https://cronitor.io What does it do? Monitoring systems are often complex and require a strong sysadmin background to properly configure and maintain. Cronitor replaces all this with a simple service that anyone can set up in minutes. Why do we need it? As one of our customers put it “Before we used Cronitor, we had a cron job fail silently for over a month. I use Cronitor so that will never happen again.” Who is it for? Developers at small to mid size companies who need monitoring, but aren’t ready to spend days or weeks setting up heavy duty…
  • Pitch for minpm

    public
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    Company / App Name: minpm https://minpm.com What does it do? minpm is a project management solution that allows you to manage projects using hashtags and a single text entry box. Why do we need it? Software companies need to move quickly to ship new features, keep customers happy, convert more prospects into paying customers, and stay ahead of the competition. Your project management solution should be built to help you and your team Who is it for? Our primary target is small-to-medium sized software companies. What makes it stand out from the crowd? minpm takes an entirely new approach to…
  • Pitch for 1World Online

    public
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Company / App Name: 1World Online https://1worldonline.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/1World_Online What does it do? 1World Online is an engagement applications, content, and analytics SaaS platform company selling to web publishers, enabling these firms and their readers to learn about what people really think. Why do we need it? Every serious web publisher or web site operator wants 1) more engagement from their site visitors, 2) to learn more about their audience, 3) options for more monetization (such as poll or venue sponsorships) Who is it for? B2B customers, in particular web…
  • Pitch for Leggy

    public
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Company / App Name: Leggy http://leggy.io What does it do? Leggy is a url shortener. It turns your long ugly links into short, usable urls. Leggy also has a free API that lets you shrink urls from inside your own apps. Why do we need it? There are a lot of URL shorteners out there, but few that offer an API and private links. There are many reasons that marketers may not want to use a service like goo.gl where all links are public. Who is it for? Social media marketers, content marketers, and app developers. What makes it stand out from the crowd? We are a fresh face on the scene and offer a…
  • Pitch for Distilld Whiskey Scanner

    public
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    Company / App Name: Distilld Whiskey Scanner http://getdistilld.com Twitter – @Distilld What does it do? Distilld Whiskey Scanner is an app to scan labels, check-in, rate, and discover new whiskey. Keep track of your favorites and share your new experiences, location, and photos with every check-in. Why do we need it? Struggling in the whiskey aisle and need help deciding what to buy? Simply scan a label to view details and reviews. A community of thousands of whiskey drinkers sharing their knowledge and preferences worldwide is right in your hands. Who is it for? The perfect tool not…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Sunday Night Blues: Why You Should Plan Your Work Week

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dreading the thought of returning to the office after a restful weekend? You’re not alone; in an international Monster.com poll, 78 percent of respondents reported experiencing the so-called "Sunday Night Blues,” with 47 percent saying they get it "really bad." To help combat this pervasive condition, we provide you with the motivation to look forward to the work week. With simple tips and advice from successful entrepreneurs and top experts, “Sunday Night Blues” is sure to cure what ails you. This week, we focus on the topic of planning. While nobody enjoys working on…
  • 7 Startup Lessons from Google: There's No Such Thing as Over-Communication

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this second installment, filmed at the…
  • 25 Inspirational Quotes on Building a Strong Startup

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Entrepreneurs are pulled in so many directions that they oftentimes forget to nurture the most important components that make for an enduring company. From hiring the right team to configuring costs, founders must continuously focus on the key ingredients proven to help startups prosper. To revive your focus, we’ve compiled a list of quotes from lucrative entrepreneurs who’ve discovered what it takes to launch and sustain a successful business. 1. “A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about – 1. What its product is. 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to…
  • Robin Chase on How You Can Build an Effective Startup Brand

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.As the Founder Institute continues its expansion in Europe, we look back at some of our best European sessions. In this video from the Paris Founder Institute, Robin Chase, Europe’s highest rated mentor, enlightens founders on the power of branding, and describes a brand as “a reality created through association”. Robin says that a company's brand will shape the way customers…
  • Do You Need to Go to College to be an Entrepreneur?

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is best for them.  The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week's topic is about whether college is necessary to become an entrepreneur. This Week's Topic:Should you go to college?
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    OnlyOnce

  • The 2×4

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

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

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

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

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

  • MEST Conference Returns September 16

    Jeff Reichman
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Houston’s homegrown medicine, space, energy, and technology (MEST) conference comes back to the Rice BRC for its second installment on September 16.  You can get your tickets here. Focusing on some of Houston’s core strengths, the MEST conference is designed to provide cross-industry exposure to startups and other new ideas.  This all-day event brings together 150+ of Houston’s finest physicians, entrepreneurs, technology experts, investors, and community members. We’ll provide additional coverage of the MEST conference through September.  In the meantime, check…
  • Learning Programming has Never Been Easier

    Ben Ochoa
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Are you tired of working the oil and gas rigs? Sick of your day job taking care of the sick at the local medical center? Looking for a new and exciting career away from the drudgery of 20th-century employment? Have you considered a captivating career in writing web pages, applications and other types of programming? It is no secret that Texas is #1 for tech jobs in the US and Houston is #4. Breaking into a tech career via programming has never been easier, thanks to a new type of school, the code academy. Every programmer I have ever known was taught via one of two methods: either they…
  • 3 Questions for Will Clifton of Procyrion

    Tina Nazerian
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    According to Will Clifton, Procyrion‘s Director of Research and Development, over 5 million people will benefit from their heart pump. “The only treatment options are currently medicine, and at some point the medicine is not enough, and these patients get really sick at home,” Clifton said.  “And by sick I mean – a heart failure patient is someone who can’t walk to the mailbox, they get out of breath, they get fluid overloaded, they get all this painful swelling in their bodies, and their heart can’t pump effectively enough. At some point,…
  • Medical Informatics: Saving Babies with JavaScript

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

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

  • R/GA Accelerator Hiring Design & Engineering Hackstars

    Alisha Templeton
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The R/GA Accelerator focuses on startups developing connected hardware products and software in the Internet of Things space. The second class of the three-month, immersive, mentorship-driven accelerator begins October 20 at R/GA’s headquarters in New York. We are currently hiring Hackstars who have the technical skills to help the companies in the program do more faster. Are you an industrial designer, a mechanical engineer or an electrical engineer? Do you want to work alongside ten of the leading IoT companies, with support from R/GA’s technical, product and marketing teams and at one…
  • Applications now open for the 2015 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars!

    John Fein
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2015 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars. Following the lead of the awesome 2014 class, we are once again focused on mobile health. If you have an innovative startup that’s health-related, and your product has a mobile component, apply for the 2015 program today! How do we define “mobile health” as we look for our next ten companies? It includes, but isn’t limited to, the following: Wearables – medical devices, movement tracking, vital monitoring etc. Sensor-driven devices and networks Products to help you…
  • FounderCon Keynote Videos

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Just recently we had our annual FounderCon event in Austin, TX. FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions. There were tons of opportunities to network with over 3,000 founders, alumni, mentors, investors, and corporate partners from across our 36 programs to date. We filmed the amazing group of keynote speakers for your enjoyment.  Here are just a few, stay tuned for more later this week. Learn more faster! Ellen Levy, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect Steve Catigan, former VP of Linkedin…
  • Apply to Techstars Cloud Class of 2015!

    Blake Yeager
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I am very excited to announce that this week we opened up applications for our third Techstars Cloud program which will be kicking off in San Antonio, TX this coming January. Our mission for this thematic accelerator is to help build companies that focus on cloud. What does that mean? If you are developing a cloud based technology or platform, a product that is complementary to the cloud, or really any technical product you are probably a fit. If you have an early-stage startup that meets this description, we would love for you to apply to the Techstars Cloud 2015 program. Our first two cloud…
  • Apply to the Techstars New York City 2015 Class!

    Alex Iskold
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    We are delighted to open the applications for our next Techstars class in New York City. The application deadline is October 19th, and the class will kick-off mid January, finishing off with Demo Day in April. To date, we’ve done five programs in NYC, and graduated over 60 companies including Contently, Timehop, Crowdtwist, Moveline, Lua, ClassPass, Plated, Placemeter, TriggerMail, Tutum, and MakersKit. Below is the calendar of our recruiting events. We’d love to meet with you, tell you more about the program and discuss how Techstars NYC can help you accelerate your business. Thu Sep…
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    Valleywag

  • Kevin Rose Is Competing With His Own Investment

    Nitasha Tiku
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    On September 4th, Kevin Rose, the Digg founder turned partner at Google Ventures, sent out a series of texts to the folks who were beta testing his new photo-sharing app, Tiiny. People were curious about the similarities between Tiiny and another photo-sharing app, Cap, made by Rose's protege Danny Trinh. Read more...
  • Are Investors Afraid of the Tech Bubble? Let's Read Their Emails

    Sam Biddle
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For the first time in a long time, some of venture capital's biggest names are openly worried . Sky-high valuations, easy money, and mounting burn rates are on everyone's mind (and in everyone's blog posts). But what's the private reaction?Read more...
  • Groupon Sneaks Out Horrible Diversity Report Before Alibaba IPO

    Kevin Montgomery
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Tech titans slowly began releasing their diversity numbers earlier this year as a well-intentioned conversation starter about the industry's troubling sameness. But as the disclosures pressed on, companies began burying their reports, hoping no one would notice how truly terrible their gender and racial breakdowns are. Why not? The tactic worked for Twitter .Read more...
  • Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

    Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer.Read more...
  • Knob-Wrenching Nightmare Tiesto Is Now a Venture Capitalist

    Kevin Montgomery
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Tech loves their celebrity-backed apps, even if they rarely pan out . Now the feverish push to spin every star into a startup has pulled in a group of DJs, anchored in part by the Dutch dance manbrand Tiesto.Read more...
 
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    StartupMuse

  • How to Fix Healthcare: QUOTE!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ways To Stay Healthy At College

    JohnnyG
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    College students usually have full schedules with their curricular activities, such as classes, laboratory work, and homework, and extracurricular activities including dates with friends. Staying healthy can take a backseat in the hustle and bustle of college life especially when Hell Week comes up. This should not be because a healthy body and mind are essential in keeping up with your full schedule. Keep in mind that when you compromise your physical or mental health, you are also compromising your curricular and extracurricular activities. Here then are ten tips on staying healthy while in…
  • When Your Computer Won’t Power On

    JohnnyG
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    In today’s technologically advanced society, computers are used for all aspects of our lives; for work, rest and play. Therefore, when you find that your computer won’t power on and is completely unresponsive, it can be an extremely irritating and inconvenient issue. As Kent based IT Support company Premier Choice Internet state; “The effect of unanticipated computer problems can be devastating to your business. Simple problems such as a failed switch can bring your entire network to a standstill”. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take in order to diagnose…
  • Safe Driving Tips for Teenage Drivers

    JohnnyG
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    Teens are often very excited about being able to drive. There is a sense of freedom, because now they don’t have to rely on their parents to take them places. It’s kind of embarrassing to have your mom or dad take you on a date, to the school dance, or even just to the mall. Now they can go just about anywhere, within reason of course, and don’t have to tell anyone where they’re going. However, some teenage drivers have problems, and are far more likely to get into an accident, or be pulled over for traffic infractions than older drivers. Here are some safe driving tips to help young…
  • Cost of Being Healthy and Trendy

    JohnnyG
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Everyone wants to look their best. To achieve that, you need to not only eat the right foods but to also wear the right clothing. Since branded clothes are not cheap and eating healthy can cost you an additional $1.50 per meal on average, there are some important things to keep in mind. Having a great hairstyle will take people’s attention away from your face. If you have minor lines and wrinkles but vibrant hair, this can be incredibly useful. When you are selecting colors, try to focus on darker colors that don’t bring out the pigments in your face as this can enhance the appearance of…
  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

    JohnnyG
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Doctors recommend a healthy diet as one of the three most crucial aspects of enjoying a healthy, rewarding and long life. The other two aspects are: first, a moderate exercise program consisting of cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises and; second, sensible lifestyle habits, such as sufficient sleep, effective stress management, and avoidance of cigarettes, illicit drugs, and other harmful substances. Healthy Diet and Disease Why is this so? With a healthy diet, you can prevent many diseases from taking root in your body, so to speak. Your healthy diet should consist more of…
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    Start Up Blog

  • The evolution of labour & where the rewards are heading

    Steve Sammartino
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    There is a clear evolutionary path for the type of labour that humans have done in our time on this planet. The over riding theme is that work is hard. Survival takes effort and the easier we can make survival, the better our lives will be. All of the tools we have invented from spears, to wheels, to spanners to computational devices have made more possible with less. Famed inventor R Buckminster Fuller called this phenomenon ephemeralization. He said that with enough knowledge, we’d be able to consistently do more with less, until we could eventually be able to do everything with…
  • Five for Friday

    Steve Sammartino
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Starting this week my posts on Friday will be 5 cool things to read, listen to or watch over the weekend. So here it is the inaugural  5 for Friday. Enjoy! 1. Podcast with Kevin Kelly: Best podcast I’ve heard in a while – 3 part series with polymath Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine. Here he is hosted by Tim Ferris. I learned a ship load from this. 2. Why leaders eat last: A great talk by Simon Sinek who finally uncovers why we are so disgusted with Bankers earning bazillions and the truth about what the deal is with leaders. Inspiring and jaw dropping…
  • Colors, Apps and Cognitive Shortcuts

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    I have my apps set up so that they will automatically update whenever I am connected to wifi. It’s pretty handy to have the latest version of something, assuming of course they make it better than the previous version. But what I’ve noticed recently, or more aptly haven’t noticed, is that apps have a habit of changing their logo, or colour scheme. Which most often means I can’t find it, and all of a sudden I have the chance to drop the habit of using their service, or even worse finding a replacement. It’s worth remembering that the shape and the colour of an…
  • recent thoughts

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I’ve been publishing a few thoughts for the good people at Pollenizer – two recent articles are below: History repeats: The seminal article written in 1960 by Theodore Levitt of the Harvard Business School called the Marketing Myopia is having a sequel. I wrote about it here and why startups are eating the lunch of many fortune 500’s. Why we don’t have to invent the future: Sometimes it is enough just to participate and facilitate – I wrote about the feeder startup here. In fact just yesterday I was doing a keynote for the financial services industry and…
  • Top 10 thoughts on independent living

    Steve Sammartino
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I recently gave a talk at the Melbourne Entrepreneurs Club. It was full of current and aspiring entrepreneurs – so I thought I’d lay out the top 10 things I think matter if we want to lead an independent life. Read here, one where you determine your own destiny, are not reliant on a corporation to feed you, and you have enough money (that little reality checker we have in our modern market place) to serve yourself and your family. It was just 10 ideas I wrote down on a piece of paper. I didn’t write an actual speech or have any slides. I just spoke from my heart after I…
 
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    Springwise

  • Portable, wireless cash register is designed for informal economies

    Springwise
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Add / Remove Running a business in environments such as Africa is a completely different challenge than in the Western world thanks to lack of access to electricity and unreliable internet infrastructure. In the past we've seen portable devices such as the eChaja enable anyone to sell phone charging facilities wherever they are. Now Nomanini has created a rugged point-of-sale register that can facilitate cash payments for airtime, electricity and insurance. The device is a light-weight, yet durable machine that doesn't require being plugged in or connected to a cell signal to operate.
  • Add-on turns bike helmets into a lock

    Springwise
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Add / Remove Sometimes bike riders just need to drop into a store or café to quickly pick up a coffee or something on their shopping list. Since most stores don’t like riders carry their bikes inside, they either have to risk propping them up with no security or go through the whole process of locking up. Now Belgium-based sportswear company Lazer has developed the Cappuccino Lock, a helmet strap add-on that enables bike owners to use their helmet to quickly lock both. The pocket-sized device works with any other helmet that uses a typical buckle fastener. When riders need to stop for…
  • In France, supermarket turns ugly fruit and veg into own-brand soups and juices

    Springwise
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Add / Remove The amount of perfectly edible food that gets thrown away is now well documented, and yet there still aren't too many options for retailers to ensure they avoid contributing to the problem. We recently wrote about the UK's Sainsbury's chain, which is powering one of its outlets entirely from the food waste it produces. Now Intermarché is now turning fruit and veg that's too ugly to sell into a range of new products. The supermarket has created a new line of soups and juices called Les Fruits & Légumes Moches that aims to teach customers about food waste. As…
  • Smart power adaptors track seniors’ daily routines to make sure they’re ok

    Springwise
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Add / Remove The population of the elderly is growing, and along with it the strain on nursing homes. Even if some seniors value the independence of living in their own home, they can still worry about the lack of help if an accident happens. We’ve previously written about Amulyte, a wearable emergency assistance button that helps seniors let family and caregivers know if they’re in trouble, wherever they are. While this could help the elderly lead more active lives, it comes with the price of having to wear it constantly. Evermind is a new system which tracks the seniors’ use of…
  • For premature babies, haptic mattress helps them feel their mother’s heartbeat

    Springwise
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Add / Remove Around 15 million premature babies are born every year, and many of those need to spend at least the first weeks of their lives in isolation before they can go home with their parents. However, during this time they lose the vital physical and emotional connection with their mother, who is often limited to one hour of holding time a day. Platforms such as BabyTime, which uses Apple’s FaceTime system to visually connect mothers with their newborns, have previously tried to tackle this disconnection. Now, Babybe is a system that translates mothers’ heartbeats into haptic…
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    entrepreMusings

  • Do You Care?

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

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

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

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

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

  • AT&T and Chernin’s Otter Media buys YouTube network Fullscreen

    Napier Lopez
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, today announced it had completed its purchase of a majority stake in the popular YouTube network, Fullscreeen. The network involves over 50,000 creators with 450 million subscribers, making it one of the largest collections of YouTube channels around. Together they generate around 4 billion monthly views. Founder and CEO George Strompolos remains at the helm of the company, and the deal is expected to complete next month. The move follows Disney’s purchase of Maker Studios earlier this year, which kicked off current…
  • Microsoft now lets eligible students sign up for free Office 365 subscriptions

    Josh Ong
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own. The offer is available first in the US and will roll out globally later this year. The new program builds on the Student Advantage initiative that launched last year. Previously, schools had to go through several steps in order to approve free Office subscriptions, but now students can sign up online using their school email address. In order to qualify, students need to be attending campuses that have purchased an organization-wide Volume…
  • Get 80% off the WordPress Theme Lifetime Plan from TeslaThemes

    TNW Deals
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Your next Web project deserves a beautiful design, and we’ve got just the thing; a great deal on lifetime access to all current and future WordPress themes from TeslaThemes. With gorgeous responsive layouts suitable for many different kinds of sites, the all-powerful Tesla Framework for easy customization, extensive documentation and access to all theme PSD files, this is one offer you don’t want to miss. TeslaThemes offers a wide ranges of themes that you can use on just about any project, including online magazines, business sites, creative portfolios, ecommerce stores and more. Plus,…
  • Skype gets the iOS 8 treatment, meaning you can now manage calls and messages from your lock screen

    Paul Sawers
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    In the wake of the iOS 8 launch last week, countless tech brands rolled out updates to their iPhone and iPad apps. Today it’s Skype’s turn, as the Microsoft-owned VoIP giant received a chunky upgrade in the iPhone realm, though the iPad incarnation hasn’t been given the refresh as of yet. As you’d perhaps expect, Skype’s optimization for iOS 8 brings interactive notifications into the mix, in the form of calls and messages on the lock-screen and banner notifications. You have to switch on notifications for Skype within Settings. If you miss a call now, you will see the name... This…
  • XPRIZE launches $15m contest to bring literacy and numeracy to 250m kids in the developing world

    Paul Sawers
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    XPRIZE has announced its latest initiative to fix our planet’s biggest problems – a $15 million private-sector led challenge to revolutionize global education through technology. To recap, XPRIZE launched back in 1995 with a view towards “solving the world’s Grand Challenges” through establishing high-profile incentive-based prizes. This covers Learning, Exploration, Energy & Environment, Global Development, and Life Sciences. Announced today by XPRIZE Chairman and CEO, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, at the Social Good Summit, the latest competition aims to bring literacy and…
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    The Product Guy

  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

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

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) Advice > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Failing is totally ok, so long as you know why you failed.  If you know, then you can adjust, and adjusting is product management.  > What is the hardest less you learned as a…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 30, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Director of Product Management @ Techpros (North of Boston)Keywords: B2B, Compliance, Data Governance, Product Management, Riskhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1028&lf=twf Ad Product Manager @ Hearst Digital Media (New York, NY)Keywords: Ad Operations, Advertising, Campaign, Digital, Producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1027&lf=twfFiled under: product management Tagged: product management
  • In the Now with Matthew Smith #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) In the Now > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why? I actually don’t have a single person in mind, but I have always wanted to be part of a “product person swap”.  Specifically, I’ve had this idea that it would be amazing to due a week of…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 24, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Product Developer @ FactSet (New York, New York )Keywords: financial analysis , market data , product management, project management, user experiencehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1025&lf=twf Director Consumer Product Management @ Mobile Technology Company (NYC or Pittsburgh, PA)Keywords: Consumer, Consumer mobile technology products, Get stuff done, Location based apps, Mobilehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1026&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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    Ben Casnocha

  • The Global Talent Crunch

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

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

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I loved Phil Jackson’s latest memoir, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, written with Hugh Delehanty. It’s full of interesting stories from his time coaching Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, amusing and at times inspiring riffs on his Zen spirituality beliefs, and smart advice on how to coach a bunch of individual talents to work together as a team. Jackson is one of the winningest coaches ever. And probably the most spiritually inclined. I found plenty of insights on teamwork, leadership, and meditation that are broadly applicable. That said, if you aren’t interested in…
  • Unintended Consequences of Messing with Complex Systems

    Ben Casnocha
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Ecosystems are complex. When you try to intervene and “fix” one discrete part of an interconnected ecosystem, you’ll likely incur unintended and unpredictable consequences elsewhere. An ecosystem can be a biological community; it can also refer to a large company or even an entire economy. I love Arnold Kling’s metaphor of a country’s economy being like a rainforest. It’s a metaphor that should humble any policymaker who thinks he can simply turn a knob here or a knob there to shape economic outcomes. In a recent episode of Econtalk on free market…
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Books. More books. 1. The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health by John Durant. A good introduction to all things paleo. I’m largely convinced that bad carbs are bad for you, and I’m trying to move to a more meat-heavy diet. 2. Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection by Ethan Zuckerman. Ethan is a longtime deep thinker on issues of the internet, and in his first book, he provides his usual astute analysis of what it means to live in the digital age. I enjoyed his emphasis on globalization and how that’s shaping our identities. He makes some…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • Forget Cash: What Will You Really Make At Your Startup?

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

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

    John Greathouse
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal During the early part of the 20th century, New York City’s Tin Pan Alley was the epicenter of American popular music. During its heyday, Tin Pan Alley musicians devised an inexpensive yet effective method to obtain free, expert advice – they played their  songs to elderly doormen. If the doormen could hum or whistle the tune after hearing it once or twice, then it was deemed suitable for release. Ultimately, this simple assessment became known as the “Old Gray Whistle Test” (OGWT), a reference to the doormen's…
  • 5 Time-Tested Success Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

    John Greathouse
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Amazon's Founder, Jeff Bezos has had an incredible entrepreneurial career. He has gone from simply selling books online to offering consumers tens of thousands of products. Not satisfied with conquering the online retail world, Amazon then productized access to its infrastructure, ushering in the era of the public cloud. This innovation has eliminated billions of dollars of annual costs previously associated with creating and maintaining web-based businesses. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of Amazon's founding. During the intervening…
  • This Comedian Discovered Jon Stewart AND The Secret To Entrepreneurial Success

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

  • Shortening The Small Business Software Selection Process

    Contributor
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Tim Handorf, Co-Founder and President of G2 Crowd When launching a new business, every second and every penny count towards the bottom line. Wasted time and money can mean the difference between a business becoming successful and profitable, and one that fails. According to the 2013 OfficeMax Small Business Efficiency Index, small business owners lose four billion hours each year managing time-consuming tasks. Many of these tasks – accounting, billing/invoicing, marketing – can be streamlined and, in many cases, automated with the right software. Not all tools are designed for…
  • [Review] Pebble Steel

    Daniel Goh
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Apple’s newly announced Apple Watch may be the product that will finally skyrocket the smartwatch category into massive popularity, but the real honor of being the first to really bring the idea of a wristwatch that could do so much more – since Casio in the 80s – should rightfully belong to Pebble. The smartwatch startup first burst unto the scene on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in 2012 raising over US$10 million from almost 70,000 backers in a very short time. It launched the original Pebble in January 2013, and earlier this year in January announced the Pebble…
  • Simple Considerations For Upstart Companies

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    No matter how local your business might feel, you’re living in a globalised economy. And, from the tiniest newsagents to the grandest superstores, exploiting your increased connectivity with the world could maximise your profits. Because, although it might seem like mega-corporations are the only people who can dominate the internet, the beauty of search engines is that you can corner your niche market without even breaking the bank. But if you want to tackle the global markets and create a higher cash flow for your business, here are the issues you have to consider: You’ve got mail.
  • Ways To Create Income While Waiting For The Ideal Career

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    It takes genius to succeed in many career paths, whether it be business, media or even creative arts, the path to success will be arduous and often includes many setbacks. So how exactly do you counter these negative influences on your dreams and ambition? Well, setting yourself up with multiple forms of income whilst waiting on prospective jobs and ideal careers is the perfect way to start. Here are some ways to enable you to afford to just sit back and watch the job interviews/offers flow into your inbox. Become a freelance writer. Many websites are now demanding that much content, that the…
  • Helping Veterans Gain New Jobs And Careers

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    As the President, CEO and Director of Activision, one of the world’s foremost creators and publishers of video games and other software for entertainment, Mr. Robert Kotick has consistently been an industry leader and a mentor. Since 2012, he has also been a director of the Coca-Cola company. He brought with him to the Coca-Cola company his vision, leadership skills and intuitive knowledge of the best ways to effectively run a successful business. Coca-Cola was happy to secure the type of financial expertise, business acumen and knowledge of digital systems that Mr. Kotick has brought…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Nina Curley Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda & American Citizen Becomes Managing Director of Startup Accelerator Flat6lab Abu Dahbi

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

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    When the Islamic State known back then as ISIS liberated around half of Iraq from American Iranian backed sectarian Shiat government in Iraq, Twitter started deleting ISIS official Twitter accounts, this comes when Obama ordered to send US military advisors to Iraq. But when Obama launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq which is an act of aggression against a state that did not do anything to the US and he promised to bomb the Syrian branch of ISIS and wage an all out war against ISIS with a aim of destroying it, Twitter started suspending thousands of Islamic State fans and…
  • Question Answering Engine Kngine Announces New Round of Investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center And Vodafone Ventures Egypt

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Investment in the Question Answering Application Coincides with their Release of Kngine 3.0 Which Outperforms Others By a Factor of 3 Kngine announced today it has received a new round of investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center, USA, and Vodafone Ventures Egypt. The investment round aims to help Kngine further revolutionize the question answering and search technology industry which coincides with their release of its third and latest version.  Sawari Ventures, the Cairo-based venture capital firm, was the first entity to invest in Kngine on the belief that it would create a…
  • Saudi Mobile Operator Mobily Launches VC Fund Invest in Easy Taxi & Anghami

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Saudi telecom operator Mobily announced today “Mobily Ventures”, that is the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the Telecommunication, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment industries. The focus will be on Early-Stage and Growth-Stage startups in areas including e-commerce & retail innovation, mobile financial services & payment, digital advertising, digital content & entertainment as well as IT & cloud services. As a strategic investor, the goal of Mobily Ventures is to build technological and…
  • Meet the 12 Startups that Just Started Acceleration at Jordan’s Oasis500

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Jordanian startup accelerator Oasis500 is still active and investing and accelerating startups. Around last week 12 new companies started the process which takes about 3 month with an investment of around 15,000 USD here are the companies 1- 3D Mena 3Dmena.com is an online marketplace and community where you can buy and sell custom products with 3D Printing. 2- Engezni Engezni is a website and app that helps consumers order food online and discover new restaurants. 3- Gaugez Gaugez is an online resource for cars and motorcycles. It allows you to research and compare, find workshops and get…
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The coming Canadian Tech Renaissance

    mark
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    This Monday I went to the Labour Day classic Argos vs. TiCats CFL showdown. As I watched the unfurling of the largest Canadian flag ever, listened the screaming CF-18 overhead and sipped my Molson Canadian I couldn’t help think about the state of our tech scene in Canada. I’ve been in this industry since the late 90s. When I showed up, the tech boom was in full swing. Everyone with a pulse was getting funded. Their was a booming tech IPO market in Canada. All good. We all know what happened when the bubble burst. No, ‘eyeballs’ did not = revenue. And maybe we…
  • FreshBooks First Venture Round

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Steps To Finding Your Writing Voice This Week

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By request, for the lovely Laura, who will be reading this in impossibly beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. In a world where content marketing is often (wrongly) considered the only way to do anything anymore, and when we’re constantly being told that if we don’t blog we’ll die, and everybody and their dog wants to get into indie publishing, one of the issues on a lot of people’s minds is writing voice. Are you struggling to find yours? I have always maintained that if you can competently speak – and by “speak” here, I mean “open your mouth and have…
  • It’s Freebie Friday! How to Get Great Testimonials

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To celebrate my love of alliteration, this Friday is “Freebie Friday.” What is the freebie, you ask? One of the modules from our launch class (BIG LAUNCH), which we’ll be re-opening in late December. Since December is a long way away, and I want my alliteration now, let the freebies begin! We’ll send out more over the next few months so that you can learn something new (pretty much) each week about increasing sales and conversion, and get a feel for if you’d like to join the BIG LAUNCH class this year. To give you some context, the freebies will be a selection of…
  • What Should You Wear To Work?

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Last year, we implemented a dress code at the office. (OK, I implemented a dress code at the office. Plural is probably not appropriate here.) I implemented a dress code and it had some cool effects and every now and again I think about writing an article about it. Then I read this article about what entrepreneurs should wear to work – and of course, as we all know, you’re only an entrepreneur when you are under 30 and attempting to sell software in California – and I thought, you know? Perhaps now is the time. Because dressing up has provided values I couldn’t have expected…
  • Let’s All Pretend The Internet Doesn’t Exist

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Woody Allen famously said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” That’s probably true. But when it comes to your ittybiz, the other twenty percent probably includes things like… doing what you do, competently, and also asking people for money in exchange for your goods or services. This last twenty percent is what seems to get a lot of people. They get caught up spending almost all of their time in the “showing up everywhere” arena. They set up their metaphorical shop, they hang out with people and make small talk, and they wait for the money to roll in.
  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    So, recently we posted the 6 unbreakable rules for contact pages. There was the threat of death, and also a kitten. Some time before that, we posted an idea of what to do if you don’t want to blog. This piece was borne of me being sick, and sad that the state of blogging is not what it once was. Well, I’m sick again. This time it was my fault. I broke a cardinal rule, which is: When the question is, “That should be okay to eat still, right?” the answer is NO. I ate something knowing full well I was taking my life into my hands, with predictable results. That leads me,…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

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

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
  • Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Follow next week’s Business of Software Conference USA, follow us on Twitter or follow hashtag #BoS2014. We will be posting some of the highlights here on the BoS USA 2014 Storify. View the story “Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014″ on Storify
  • Volunteers wanted for Business of Software Conference USA, Boston, 15-17th September

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hey, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to help us out with things at Business of Software Conference USA next week in Boston. The BoS Bad Ass Team needs a couple of extra hands to help out at Business of Software USA Conference next week. The conference runs 15-17th September at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel and is an incredible gathering of software entrepreneurs from around the world. We need a couple of good, friendly, reliable people, quite possibly students or startup entrepreneurs who would be able to help us set up on Sunday 13th and be around for the duration of the…
  • Business of Software Conference Europe, the 1 minute summary.

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Very short (1 minute) video. Captures the spirit of Business of Software Conference Europe held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Quick & Dirty Innovation

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

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

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

    GREGG FRALEY
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Innovation culture doesn’t change with assessment or analysis. You can learn a great deal about who you are and what your culture is like with the various assessment tools, but knowing isn’t changing. I’m a huge fan of KEYS, FourSight, and other assessment tools but they are not the answer. Training can help, but training alone will not do the job either. What changes innovation culture then? Doing. You change culture by Doing.  When employees are empowered to solve problems and those solutions are put into play, it’s motivating. It changes hearts and minds. And it…
  • Big Imagination is Blind Spot Remover

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

  • Sometimes Old Tech Still Works

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont alum Brock Fuller talks about his new business. A simple message brings success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Simple Message Brings Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company Jessica Alba, a successful actress, founded The Honest Company with the vision of pursuing the three “P’s” of a triple bottom line business: profit, people, and planet.  The Honest Company initially sold diapers online, but quickly expanded its product line and began selling through retail stores, such as Target and Costco.  Through its commercial success, the Honest Company has realized economic growth, which is the first “P” of a triple bottom line business.  In 2012, its first year in business, the company had revenues…
  • Entrepreneur Helps Brings Clean Water

    Jeff Cornwall
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Kathy Ku: SPROUTS of Water Kathy Ku, a graduate from Harvard University, applied the knowledge she gained during her college education to solve a pressing social problem.  Uganda has more than 10 million people without safe water to drink.  Ku launched SPROUTS of Water to provide affordable clay water filters to improve water quality and thereby help reduce waterborne illness, which is the leading cause of death among Ugandan children.  The idea for the business came to Ku when she was a nineteen-year-old volunteer at a clinic in Uganda.  Ku started her non-profit…
  • Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Chris Redhage talks about the niche his company is exploiting in healthcare TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    CollegeMogul

  • Ways To Stay Healthy At College

    JohnnyG
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    College students usually have full schedules with their curricular activities, such as classes, laboratory work, and homework, and extracurricular activities including dates with friends. Staying healthy can take a backseat in the hustle and bustle of college life especially when Hell Week comes up. This should not be because a healthy body and mind are essential in keeping up with your full schedule. Keep in mind that when you compromise your physical or mental health, you are also compromising your curricular and extracurricular activities. Here then are ten tips on staying healthy while in…
  • When Your Computer Won’t Power On

    JohnnyG
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    In today’s technologically advanced society, computers are used for all aspects of our lives; for work, rest and play. Therefore, when you find that your computer won’t power on and is completely unresponsive, it can be an extremely irritating and inconvenient issue. As Kent based IT Support company Premier Choice Internet state; “The effect of unanticipated computer problems can be devastating to your business. Simple problems such as a failed switch can bring your entire network to a standstill”. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take in order to diagnose…
  • Safe Driving Tips for Teenage Drivers

    JohnnyG
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    Teens are often very excited about being able to drive. There is a sense of freedom, because now they don’t have to rely on their parents to take them places. It’s kind of embarrassing to have your mom or dad take you on a date, to the school dance, or even just to the mall. Now they can go just about anywhere, within reason of course, and don’t have to tell anyone where they’re going. However, some teenage drivers have problems, and are far more likely to get into an accident, or be pulled over for traffic infractions than older drivers. Here are some safe driving tips to help young…
  • Cost of Being Healthy and Trendy

    JohnnyG
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Everyone wants to look their best. To achieve that, you need to not only eat the right foods but to also wear the right clothing. Since branded clothes are not cheap and eating healthy can cost you an additional $1.50 per meal on average, there are some important things to keep in mind. Having a great hairstyle will take people’s attention away from your face. If you have minor lines and wrinkles but vibrant hair, this can be incredibly useful. When you are selecting colors, try to focus on darker colors that don’t bring out the pigments in your face as this can enhance the appearance of…
  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

    JohnnyG
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Doctors recommend a healthy diet as one of the three most crucial aspects of enjoying a healthy, rewarding and long life. The other two aspects are: first, a moderate exercise program consisting of cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises and; second, sensible lifestyle habits, such as sufficient sleep, effective stress management, and avoidance of cigarettes, illicit drugs, and other harmful substances. Healthy Diet and Disease Why is this so? With a healthy diet, you can prevent many diseases from taking root in your body, so to speak. Your healthy diet should consist more of…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • Why NOT to Invest in VC – backed Companies

    Jay Turo
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    The typical wisdom regarding the appropriate financing course for a new company goes as follows:1. An entrepreneur starts a company in classic "bootstrap" fashion - with a combination of sweat equity and their own financial resources. This usually consists of personal savings, credit cards, and small loans from relatives (Mom, Dad, Uncle Bob, etc.).2. Through connections, or through a chance meeting at a networking or social event, an angel investor hears the entrepreneur's story, likes them and their technology, and on the spot, writes a check to provide the company with its first outside…
  • What We Can Learn from One of the Greatest Investors of All Time

    Jay Turo
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    On the cover of this week’s Fortune Magazine is PayPal founder and famed technology investor Peter Thiel. Within is an awesome 4,000+ word opus on Thiel’s views on technology, investing, education and innovation. Thiel’s career and successes span almost the entirety of the Internet Age - in 1998 he co-founded PayPal, sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. More impressively, the managers and engineers that Thiel attracted to PayPal went on to become some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our era – including at least seven that went on to build companies valued at more than $1…
  • The Paradox of Fear

    Jay Turo
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Michael Raynor’s great book - "The Strategy Paradox" - should be required reading for any investor or executive seriously interested in understanding the real connection between risk and return in the modern economy.Raynor’s basic premise is that almost everyone - because of how human beings are fundamentally wired – over-rate the consequences of “things going bad” and consequently default to seemingly safe strategies way too often. Raynor goes on to make the point that while this may be perfectly fine from a personal health and safety perspective, it is disastrous business and…
  • For Emerging Companies, Do Financial Projections Even Matter?

    Jay Turo
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    As any venture capitalist worth his salt will tell you, there is a chasm of difference between the mostly grounded-in-reality financial forecasts offered by public companies, and the almost never to come true "rosy scenario" projections offered as a matter of course by startups and small businesses.And while large public company CEOs and CFOs are judged as a matter of the highest honor on their ability to deliver on projections, exceedingly rare is the entrepreneurial executive that comes anywhere close to meeting forecasted results. For a sense of the extent of how bad this problem is, a…
  • RISK…and what to do about it

    Jay Turo
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    The four letter word in all conversations between entrepreneurs and investors is risk.Investors are always interested in getting ownership stakes in high potential companies but are also always weary of the considerable risk-taking necessary to actually do so.  The most successful investors and entrepreneurs I know take a dispassionate and detached approach.  They don’t get caught up in all of the “drama” around thinking and talking about risk. Rather, they view it for what it actually is - simply a measurement of the likelihood of a set of future outcomes.In the context of…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business and Startups: 6 Traits of Great Businesses

    Mike
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A few weeks back I wrote about 5 traits of leadership and some of the characteristics that great leaders share. Today let’s move away form the individual(s) that lead businesses and discuss the businesses themselves, shall we? Leadership is all well and good (not to mention completely necessary), but there is more to a business than simply the person or people who lead it. Organizations large and small can be strengthened and improved when certain business-wide traits are present or developed. Sometimes these traits are inherent to the business from day one, other times they are…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #235 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is from Megan MacKay. Megan takes a very creative approach in talking about a serious subject – spousal abuse (based on the recent events surrounding football player Ray Rice). Nicely done, Megan. Small Business Tips:…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: LuW

    Audree
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for LuW. Check out more great work on LuW’s profile page. Nicely done, LuW, nicely done!   Related posts: 12 Questions: Meet Emanuel Hărdăuț (Transylvania, Romania) 12 Questions: Meet Angus Griffin (England) Standing out from the Crowd in the Gallery
  • Small Business Tips: 5 More Great Online Tools (Have I Mentioned These Before?)

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A few weeks ago I offered up five online tools that I have tested or am currently using (and that I have never written about before). I like to explore these new apps, tools, and services every so often with an eye towards sharing and possibly implementing in our own business (Remember? Here, here, here, here, and here). Some of the best tools and apps we use are available online for little or no money. The best of these reduce workloads, improve productivity, increase capacity, and (yes) can pay for themselves through reduced expenses in other parts of the budget. Plus many of these are…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #234 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above shows 100 of the most iconic movie shots of all time. Some remarkable cinema is represented. What’s missing? Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership – crowdspring.co/1usla8G 8 Excellent Reasons to…
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  • This is definitely not your ordinary suit ...

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    This is definitely not your ordinary suit ...YouTube /Jesse HerzogDressing for work just got a whole lot easier -- and if you fall asleep on the job, there's no need to change.Nifty 'outfit' will blow your mindMore to watchCelebrities' favorite denim looksHow to wear riding boots this fall
  • 2 dead, dozens injured after bus overturns in Del.

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    2 dead, dozens injured after bus overturns in Del.APTwo people were killed and 49 others were taken to area hospitals for injuries varying in severity, officials said.'Everyone was in pain and crying out'In other newsFamilies sue Ukraine over MH17 crashDad delivers baby on Calif. freeway
  • Mysterious 'fairy circles' baffle scientists

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Mysterious 'fairy circles' baffle scientistsWeather.comA strange phenomenon occurring in Africa's Namib desert has scientists scratching their heads.Massive patches up to 65 feet in diameterMore to seeUnbelievable 'ice music' festivalExtreme swim around lighthouse
  • Reporter quits on live television

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Reporter quits on live televisionA miffed reporter for an Anchorage television station abruptly quit on air, using profanity and proclaiming her next move.Video clip may just live on foreverIn other newsCrews make progress on wildfiresLoud music case back to trial
  • Afghan soldiers went missing on day off in Mass.

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Afghan soldiers went missing on day off in Mass.APThe soldiers, who had been participating in a training exercise on a Cape Cod military base, were last seen at a mall on Saturday.New details on the searchMore news headlines'Ice Bucket' firefighter diesPerry: Rivers' death preventable
 
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    Xconomy

  • Avalon-GSK Collaboration Generates Two More Startups in San Diego

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Bruce V. Bigelow San Diego’s Avalon Ventures is taking the wraps off two new startups today, with each one getting as much as $10 million in Series A financing through the partnership that Avalon established early last year with GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK). Silarus Therapeutics is targeting a recently discovered hormone, erythroferrone, for treating disorders involving iron regulation in red blood cell production. Thyritope Biosciences is developing therapeutics for Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder caused by antibodies that over-stimulate the thyroid and cause excessive thyroid…
  • Cree CEO Tells Illuminating Tale of LED Bulbs, Innovation

    Frank Vinluan
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Frank Vinluan Cree’s entry into the consumer LED light bulb market sent waves through a lighting community that knew the Durham, NC, company as a supplier, not a seller of LED lighting components. The announcement last year was also news to a smaller group intimately familiar with Cree (NASDAQ: CREE)—the company’s employees. Companies often develop new products in stealth to keep them away from the prying eyes of competitors. But Chuck Swoboda, Cree’s CEO, says the LED bulb was a stealth project even within the company. A small team developed the bulb working from an unmarked…
  • Colorado Tech Roundup: Dream Chaser, Mars Mission, Web Security

    Michael Davidson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Michael Davidson There was some big news—and bad news—for Colorado’s startups and tech companies this week. The biggest was NASA’s decision to cut off funding for the Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, putting the future of the program in doubt. Meanwhile, a Colorado-built satellite is about to enter orbit around Mars, security experts gather in Denver, and a Techstars company raises more than $100,000 on Kickstarter. Dream over for Sierra Nevada? NASA made a big announcement this week, picking capsules made by Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to become the new…
  • Brad Feld, Blackstone, & ViaWest: Denver Tech Leaders Talk Community

    Michael Davidson
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Michael Davidson Along with the parties, networking, and workshops, Denver Startup Week is an opportunity to take a look at the city as a startup community, evaluate what it needs, and generate ideas about what should be done going forward. That was the topic Thursday, when influential leaders in the Colorado tech industry sat down to talk about the work it takes to create a startup ecosystem. Here are some highlights from their presentation. Just Do It: Denver Startup Week is a sprawling festival that encompasses more than 100 events and is on track to draw several thousand people. While it…
  • Epic Hopes WI Campus Can Help in Talent War with Apple, Facebook

    Jeff Engel
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Jeff Engel Epic Systems’ massive, rapidly expanding campus tucked away in the Madison, WI, suburb of Verona is well known among locals and those who follow the electronic health records software industry. It’s probably less familiar to many tech executives in Silicon Valley, even though Epic designed it partly to beat them in the war for young talent. Epic’s whimsical corporate headquarters—stretched over almost 1,000 acres of former farmland that now has an estimated real estate value of more than $700 million—is on par with famed California home bases for companies like…
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    Speaker, Trainer, Author & Human Change Expert

  • I hate CANCER

    Srini Saripalli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Precisely 6 weeks ago my mother was taken into emergency with immense pain in her chest. Subsequent tests confirmed she has lung cancer and that too stage 4. on August 27, 2014 I hosted my mother on my radio show … Continue reading →
  • LifeStyle Business Explored

    Srini Saripalli
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:40 am
    This is the recording from the radio show this evening. If you are an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur, I sincerely suggest you listen to this. Whoever told you that business is all about making money is wrong. Business is … Continue reading →
  • Happy New Year 2014

    Srini Saripalli
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:11 am
    Having trouble watching the video? here are the books I discussed on the video 1. The Art of Thought 2. Thoughts Are Things 3. Thinker or believer? 4. Think and Grow Rich 5. Man’s Search for Meaning 6. Emotional Intelligence: … Continue reading →
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • 25 Pieces of Bullshit You Hear About Startups

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    This list needs no explanation: 1) You need a technical co-founder. 2) We're really interested in what you're up to, but would love to see just a little more traction before we fund it. 3) No one else can do this. 4) We decided not to charge our initial customers. 5) It's easier to get funded on the west coast.   6) This is projected to be a $54 billion dollar industry by 2019. 7) Google can't do this. 8) We're oversubscribed in this round. 9) We wouldn't take $30 million if someone offered to buy us right now. 10) We only fund great entrepreneurs. 11) This accelerator is really hard to…
  • Setting Kids Up to Fail

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    The nature of work is changing--we all know that.  You're required to be a lot more entrepreneurial, which requires you to build your own networks in order to get customers and collaborators, since these functions won't be under the roof of a big company anymore. You'll need to be more mobile, nimble, and able to go where the work is.  You'll need to think globally.   You will need to be a continuous learner, willing to pick up new skills as the world changes around you--meaning that your sources of education won't necessarily be accredited academic institutions.  …
  • Five Tips for Getting PR for Your Startup

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Because, you know, who doesn't love a good startup list. 1) Figure out who has written about companies like yours and reach out--when you don't need something. Think about who else is in your space--other wearables companies, companies also focused on the smart home, you name it.  Those are going to be the reporters who are most likely willing to write about you.  When you've got that list together, just individually e-mail as many of them as you can.  Just introduce yourself and offer yourself up as a resource. "Hi, I just wanted to thank you for covering this space.  I…
  • Never ask for "Just 5 Minutes!"

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    A few weeks ago, I was talking with a founder that I backed and he was telling me how excited he was about his company.  He said the path was so clear that he could literally see it--and that's the way he's always been since I met him.  He has a quiet confidence and he's excited to talk about his company--and he could go on and on if you let him. It's a stark contrast to people who beg for "just five minutes" of my time.  I understand that fundraising is hard, but if you do you best to leverage your network to connect to a bunch of investors, and you can't even get a first…
  • Invest in Karma for Above Market Returns

    Charlie O'Donnell
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Yesterday, I took my 96 year old Nana to Atlantic City.   As you can see from the photo, she didn't win, but I did.  Almost $200.  Still, she had an awesome time and was thrilled to go.  Protip: Don't bother with the valet at the Taj Mahal.  By the time they get to you, you could have walked over, gotten your car yourself and come back to the front.   Just this morning, someone on a rec sports team that I play on just told me that they lost their job and couldn't pay for softball anymore.  This season costs about $100.  House money, as far as I'm…
 
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    OnStartups

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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

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

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

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

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

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

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

    Adam Toren
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Buying and selling valuable domain names can be a great business if you know how to do it right. Just like buying and selling real estate, you have to know the tricks of the trade to get the right domains at the right price, and then be strategic about selling. You might think that the days of making a profit from securing domain names are long gone now that the internet has become such an integral part of daily life but if you do, you’re missing out on a profitable practice that could earn you some great returns. You just have to be willing to do the research and learn some of the moves…
  • Giving You Your Brain Back — How Passive Brain Fitness Will Change Your Life

    Adam Toren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know that training your body is important but what about training your brain? Active brain training mechanisms like Luminosity, Sudoku and other puzzles are made to give your mind a workout, which has been proven to improve and enhance neurological pathways. However, is active brain fitness the only method on the market worth practicing? According to Jeff Gignac the answer is no. While Jeff will be the first one to tell you the importance of active brain training, his passion and expertise has focused in on the often-overlooked science of passive brain training. What’s the difference?
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    (Photo: Ariel H.) “One of the rare noncharlatanic books in finance.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile “There is more to be learned from Jim Paul’s true story of failure than from a stack of books promising to reveal the secret formula for success…this compact volume is filled with a wealth of trading wisdom and insights.” – Jack Schwager, author of Hedge Fund Market Wizards The newest book in The Tim Ferriss Book Club (all five books here) is a fast read entitled What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars. It packs…
  • Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt…

    shanesnow
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Can you rewire your brain in two weeks?  The answer appears to be — at least partially — yes. The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company andauthor of the new book SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate SuccessLast year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments.  He knows how to stir up controversy. In this post, Shane tests the “brain-sensing headband” called Muse. It’s received a lot of PR love, but does it stand up to the hype?  Can it…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview with Peter Thiel, Billionaire Investor and Company Creator

    Tim Ferriss
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost This episode’s guest is the incredible Peter Thiel. Peter is a serial company founder (PayPal, Palantir), billionaire investor (first outside investor in Facebook, 100+ others), and author of the new book Zero to One. Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, or simply a free thinker aspiring to do great things, I highly recommend you grab a copy.  His teachings on differentiation, value creation, and competition alone have helped me make some of the best investment decisions of my life (e.g. Twitter, Uber, Alibaba,…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?

    Tim Ferriss
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This single interview — one of my favorites of all-time — was recorded in three short parts.  You can: Listen to all three on iTunes Download them as MP3s (right click “save as”): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Download the transcript. Or stream them now below (If you’re reading this in e-mail, please click here to stream): This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list.  You can also find all 20+ episodes of this podcast here. Some are sober and some are drunk, but the guests…
  • The Art of Strategic Laziness

    shanesnow
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    David Heinemeier Hansson (“DHH”) The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, a frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company.  Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments. This post is adapted from his new book, SMARTCUTS, and it will teach you a few things: How to use strategic “laziness” to dramatically accelerate progress How “DHH” became a world-class car racer in record time, and how he revolutionized programming (they’re related) A basic intro to computer programming…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • The Easiest Way to Watch Netflix Outside of The United States!

    BarryTE
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Disclaimer: The following is a “paid plug” and was not written by me, but by the advertiser themselves. If you’re interested in purchasing a paid plug, please visit my advertising page. I’ve decided to arrange with Tyler Cruz a guest post to help people unblock online services, so you can access Netflix, Spotify, Pandora and any other streaming service from anywhere in the world. Netflix is one my favourite video streaming services available today, it gives me access to thousands of TV shows and movies, from Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, to House of Cards and Battlestar…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: June 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Let’s get back to business folks. With May 2014 being a great month for me, I was once again motivated to put some effort into my campaigns in order to keep my numbers up. It seems that that effort didn’t go unnoticed, as June 2014 ended up being another great month for me. It’s interesting… at one point I was almost starting to get a bit "bored" of any month that did well, but didn’t set a new personal best, due to my competitive nature. Part of this stems from the fact that I’m still on a fixed salary that I pay myself; I haven’t increased it…
  • An $85,000 Profit Monthly Report: A Guest Post by AffEngineer!

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

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

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

  • SITU Is The Food Scale That Connects To Your iPad

    Samantha Pankey
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Food scales are great products for the health and fitness minded or anyone who's thinking about losing weight or even gaining weight. They make it easy for you to know just how much you're consuming. SITU Food Scale ramps up the idea of a food scale. It gives you the nutrition content of the food you're eating as well, and it connects to your smart phone.
  • Want A Pillow Covered With Rubber?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Pillows make a great decorating accent in just about any room of the home, and they can get pretty unusual sometimes. Perhaps the strangest pillow I have ever seen out there is the Rubber Band Pillow. It rather resembles an overgrown, hairy, terry cloth towel monster from the Twilight Zone. Do do do do, do do do do.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • Want A Kit To Help You Survive Public Restrooms?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Public restrooms are the source of a great deal of trepidation for many of us. This is especially true for women since we are always faced with sitting down. You can't be sure that the toilet seat covers have been restocked, that the bathroom has been cleaned often enough, or if they have been cleaned at all. To that end you can purchase a Public Toilet Survival Kit.
  • Gun Slingers Need Not Apply: Meet the New LD West Cellphone and Wallet Holster

    PaulFitzgerald
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A group of Canadian entrepreneurs have taken fashion and convenience to a whole new level. The new LD West cellphone and wallet holster, which just hit the market, is now the big rave among men and women of all ages.
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Clock Cards 4 Less

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Welcome to Clock Cards 4 Less   It is our mission to give you the most astounding nature of Clock Cards and Ink Ribbons at the least costs. We don’t just ensure the most reduced costs in the UK and Ireland on Clock Cards and Ink Ribbons however we likewise provide for you a 10% […]
  • LOS ANGELES YOUTH NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW HOME FOR FOSTER & HOMELESS YOUTH

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) opened its doors to a new home for foster and homeless youth in Hollywood. The 10,000 square foot 1919 Craftsman style home replaces LAYN’s current 30-year old barrack style emergency shelter and will enable over 300 foster youth (ages 12-17) a year to receive high quality enhanced services in […]
  • Credit Card Wisdom

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thinking about a credit counselor? Think again. Many entrepreneurs seek out information to get out of debt and find credit counselor scams. Here is how the scam works. They pay for articles to be posted on blogs with links to their pages. You read the article and feel like you got some great information. Then […]
  • The Client Gift They Will OPENLY Adore

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

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

  • How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

    steveblank
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. ——- I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind. “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like…
  • Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same

    steveblank
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    There have been 2 or 3 courses in my entire education that have changed the way I think.  This is one of those. Hobart Harris Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery at UCSF For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.  Close to 400 teams in robotics, computer science, materials science, geoscience, etc. have learned how to use business models, get out of the building to test their hypotheses and minimum viable product. However, business models in the Life Sciences are a bit…
  • How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle

    steveblank
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers. That’s all well and good if you already have an idea. But where do startup ideas come from? Where do inspiration, imagination and creativity come to bear? How does that all relate to innovation and entrepreneurship? Quite honestly I never gave this much thought. As an…
  • Why Founders Should Know How to Code

    steveblank
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” Book of Five Rings A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival. —- I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. Dave was building a mobile app for matching college students who needed to move within a local area with potential local movers. He…
  • What Do Customers Get From You? 2 Minutes to Find Out

    steveblank
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Why you should join the First Class Fashionista Team

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I have just recently celebrated my 2nd year with First Class Fashionista. I must say this has been a crazy ride being on this First Class team. You should join the FCF Team. In the beginning…I was friends with FCF on Facebook. At the time I was attending The Art Institute of Colorado for Fashion Design. My Facebook friend’s list was full of fashion people and brands- one of them being FCF. I never really knew what FCF was when adding as a friend. When I began looking for an internship in school, I was scanning over my Facebook feed and saw a post by FCF. I then messaged the owner…
  • Enter to Win: Suave Friday Family Selfie Sweepstake

    First Class Fashionista
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Walmart and Suave want to see how your family lives beautifully! This should be a lot of fun for everyone. Post a selfie picture of your family living beautifully to Instagram using these 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart, and enter for a chance to win a Friday Family Selfie prize pack from Walmart and Suave (valued at $175). Then, don’t forget to complete your entry form here. The Friday Family Selfie prize pack includes a Sponsor-selected camera lens, $100 Walmart gift card and a Walmart.com photobook awarded in the form of a $50 Walmart gift card. Each week until October…
  • Fashion Association of Denver Fashion Showcase and Fundraiser

    First Class Fashionista
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The Fashion Association of Denver presents ‘A Little Something on Top Plus Sprinkles’ Last Sunday was really sweet because the Fashion Association of Denver presented “A Little Something on Top Plus Sprinkles” fashion showcase and fundraiser with our very own Fashion Denver, Fashion Forward Radio and Little Man Ice Cream. This was the second of FAD’s very first events, and it was hosted at Lisa Ramfjord Elstun’s amazing Fashion Design Center. I love this creative space, which includes studios for rent. The event was a theme-based, local designer…
  • Bloom Jewelry Denver, CO Featurette

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to speak to a local entrepreneur, Lindsay Bloom, at the headquarters of Bloom Jewelry. Being able to get into the heart of the operation was a rare treat and the whole team was very welcoming; it’s always a delight when someone in the industry is willing to open up their personal space and share with you. Lindsay, as well as Stacy McElhany-Rodgers and Christina Argo all share a close-kit workspace, and work together to keep the brand running smoothly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing [or owning!] a piece of Bloom Jewelry, let me give you a…
  • Healthy Hair from the Inside Out with Hairfinity

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    At First Class Fashionista, we love to know it first, try it first and share it with you, our valued readers, first! I absolutely love saying that. So what’s new? As a beauty influencer I was asked to try Hairfinity, a healthy hair complex. Before I said yes, I did my homework. I googled the company website to learn more about the product and what was in it. Wow was the word I blurted out when I saw the before and after pictures submitted by actual customers. The ingredients made sense too. I’ve used biotin to stimulate hair growth in the past, but Hairfinity is a complete…
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • Yes, this.

    jeffhilimire
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
  • A contrary view on getting into business with your friends

    jeffhilimire
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    As is the case with every post on this blog, I can only speak from my personal experience. But in my experience, getting into business with friends is the best way to do it. I started my first company (Spunlogic) back in college with two of my best friends. We were such good friends that we were all groomsmen in each other’s weddings. We added a fourth partner about 5 years later and today he’s also one of my best friends. We went through the tough times of starting a company with no revenue and no real prospects for success, all the way to selling our business and working…
  • I was blown away when I visited the Center for Civic Innovation!

    jeffhilimire
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I get to hear about a lot of great non-profit / community efforts in Atlanta. One thing I love about this city is it really embraces “giving back”. This week I met with an amazing guy (Rohit) who has started The Center for Civic Innovation, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Freaking awesome concept. According to the website, it is: A physical space in Downtown Atlanta to regularly bring together leaders in government agencies, nonprofits, corporations, technology, arts, and community to address the current status and future challenges of civic issues. Essentially, its sort of an Atlanta Tech…
  • What it will take for the iPhone 6 to get me back

    jeffhilimire
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Will Apple introduce a killer iWatch tomorrow?  Tomorrow at 1pm EST is the big Apple event where there will be new iPhones, new iPads and likely, the iWatch. You can watch it live via the Apple website. I’ve been asked by a lot of my friends if I’m considering switching back to the iPhone after the event. Obviously this is a tough question as no one really knows what will be announced tomorrow. I get asked this because I was a devout Apple Fanboy from the moment the first iPhone came out in 2007, but then I switched to Android in March of 2013 and have been using Android devices…
  • Dragon Army – looking back on the first year

    jeffhilimire
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    What an amazing first year it’s been at Dragon Army. I’m so glad I made the decision to start this company and while I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made, I can honestly say we’re just getting started. Game on. Pics and thoughts on the Dragon Army blog ;)
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Sunday Night Blues: Why You Should Plan Your Work Week

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dreading the thought of returning to the office after a restful weekend? You’re not alone; in an international Monster.com poll, 78 percent of respondents reported experiencing the so-called "Sunday Night Blues,” with 47 percent saying they get it "really bad." To help combat this pervasive condition, we provide you with the motivation to look forward to the work week. With simple tips and advice from successful entrepreneurs and top experts, “Sunday Night Blues” is sure to cure what ails you. This week, we focus on the topic of planning. While nobody enjoys working on…
  • 7 Startup Lessons from Google: There's No Such Thing as Over-Communication

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this second installment, filmed at the…
  • 25 Inspirational Quotes on Building a Strong Startup

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Entrepreneurs are pulled in so many directions that they oftentimes forget to nurture the most important components that make for an enduring company. From hiring the right team to configuring costs, founders must continuously focus on the key ingredients proven to help startups prosper. To revive your focus, we’ve compiled a list of quotes from lucrative entrepreneurs who’ve discovered what it takes to launch and sustain a successful business. 1. “A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about – 1. What its product is. 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to…
  • Robin Chase on How You Can Build an Effective Startup Brand

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.As the Founder Institute continues its expansion in Europe, we look back at some of our best European sessions. In this video from the Paris Founder Institute, Robin Chase, Europe’s highest rated mentor, enlightens founders on the power of branding, and describes a brand as “a reality created through association”. Robin says that a company's brand will shape the way customers…
  • Do You Need to Go to College to be an Entrepreneur?

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is best for them.  The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week's topic is about whether college is necessary to become an entrepreneur. This Week's Topic:Should you go to college?
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Changing The Future of Public Accounting in Three Simple Steps

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

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

    Adrian Simmons
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    As a small business owner, you have one foot in the future and one foot in the the present: building your firm for the future, while serving the needs of the present. The difference between the two worlds is the gap: the space between where you are and where you’ll be. If you let that […]
  • Enthusiasm Is A Single Transaction Of Passion (Don’t Make It Dirty)

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

    Jason Blumer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    July 1, 2014 was the Blumer CPAs 2 year anniversary of being a virtual firm. We messed some stuff up, but have also learned a lot. I believe our virtualness sets us apart, so we are committed to getting better at being a virtual firm. So that I can add to my learning around being […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Be a Better Speaker: Tips from Carol and Catherine

    Catherine Morgan
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It isn’t often that Carol and I post on the same topic around the same time on different blogs – but that is exactly what happened recently. I suspect that many of you are speaking, or are considering speaking to grow your business. Here on Business Unplugged we strive to give you the information you [...]
  • Facepalm Marketing Moves: Brands and Tragedy

    Catherine Morgan
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There have been several facepalm marketing moments recently. Brands and tragedy just shouldn’t mix. On September 11 several brands displayed bad taste and worse judgment. And then there is the Urban Outfitters fiasco. Anybody who has ever worked for a big company – and I am guessing there are a lot of you reading this [...]
  • IRS Needs to Acknowledge Freelance Economy

    Catherine Morgan
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Carol’s recent post on the CNBC blog suggests that the IRS should revise employee and contractor definitions. She states: “As we look at ways to put people back to work and foster a pro-growth environment for small business, a simple definitional change in the tax code would go a long way towards helping our economy. [...]
  • Partnering with Your Partner: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    Catherine Morgan
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some of you may be thinking about starting a business with your significant other. Carol worked with her husband for 10 years and shares the plus points and the negatives in her recent post on entrepreneur.com – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on Partnering With Your Partner. There is no right answer for [...]
  • 10 Ways to Beat Business Burnout

    Brad Shorr
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Successful entrepreneurs burn as much energy as champion marathon runners; they not only run long, they also run fast. Some entrepreneurial ventures fail not from a lack of good ideas, but because they run out of gas. Here are 10 ways to avoid burning out before your race is run. Delegate. Trying to do it [...]
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  • 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…
  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

    Sarah Milstein
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceAt this year’s Lean Startup Conference, we seek to answer the difficult questions you face as an entrepreneur. To give you a sense of how we’ll do that, we’re introducing you to three of our speakers—all of whom are appearing for the first time at The Lean Startup Conference, and all of whom have advice you can put to work today. Note that summer sale pricing for the conference ends on Monday night, so register now for the best deal possible.Herewith, our introductions.Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz.
  • New Call for Speakers and Top Three Reasons to Bring Your Child to The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceWe’ve found more than half the speakers for The Lean Startup Conference, and we’re pretty excited about them. Ranging from Ben Horowitz, Mitch Kapor, Laura Klein and Cheryl Contee to entrepreneurs you probably don’t know but who have valuable stories to share, this year’s speakers—and mentors like Tim O'Reilly and Erin McKean—will help you become a more successful entrepreneur. We’re now seeking a few more speakers for the conference, December 8 – 12 in San Francisco, and we’ve opened a new…
  • A Few Surprising Facts about the 2014 Lean Startup Call for Speakers

    Sarah Milstein
    28 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    Post written by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceWe’re seeking speakers we don’t already know for this year’s Lean Startup Conference, December 10 -11 in San Francisco. Our call for proposals is open now, and if you know already that you want to apply, jump to it (but read the directions first!).If you’ve never applied to speak at The Lean Startup Conference before—or never even considered it before—here are a few things to keep in mind, some of them surprising:You don’t have to be on the speaking circuit already.In fact, we’re psyched if…
  • A New Approach to The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    21 May 2014 | 6:10 am
    Post by Lean Startup Conference co-hosts Sarah Milstein & Eric RiesWe’re excited to announce this year’s Lean Startup Conference, December 8 – 12 in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now, at the best price we’re offering this year, so we recommend registering today. But that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Instead, we want to focus on the themes of the conference. This year, we’re defining the conference program as a series of hard questions entrepreneurs commonly face, and we’ll address them in our talks and workshops. Below is our initial list of questions.
 
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    Under30CEO

  • 6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Start and Stay Positive All Day

    Under30CEO
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all the drama filled distractions that enter our life everyday, it can be a challenge to stay positive, and focused all day long. Negativity is a true motivation and drive killer! We all have our own “stuff” to deal with, and our daily drive can get lowered substantially when our peers bombard us with their problems as well. Here are my personal steps to staying positive all day. 1)   Start early.  When I wake up, I drink my one coffee of the day (like the commercials it puts a smile on my face first thing!) while moving around. 2)   Do not turn on the TV, check…
  • How to Land A Job At Google

    Under30CEO
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For most people, getting a job at Google almost seems unattainable. I mean, who actually gets to work at Google? That one nerdy genius kid from high school that you never talked to…but perhaps should have befriended, right? It’s unfortunate because such assumptions deter many people from applying since they feel as though they don’t stand a chance. The summer before my senior year in college I received an offer to intern at Google. It was hands down one of the best experiences of my life. I had a blast and worked my tail off.Although I had an internship, the process of…
  • Personal Finance Lessons From Former Athletes Who Went Broke

    GuestAuthor
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Professional athletes perform jobs that only a select few can accomplish — and are paid handsomely for it. Fans follow players’ every move on the field and, when things sometimes go wrong, away from the arena. Many athletes begin playing for a living while they’re still teenagers; others spend cursory stints in college due to pro leagues’ rules preventing earlier entrance. Consequently, most athletes aren’t trained to effectively budget their considerable earnings. Examining some notable financial blunders can help us avoid similar, smaller-scale pitfalls. Here are four former…
  • What Bali Taught Me About Life and How to Use It

    Matt Wilson
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pic from last week before being invited into the Balinese temple… I know what you’re thinking: “Oh great, another what I learned traveling the world, detached from real life” post. At this point, we’ve heard all the cliches: “travel changes you,” “helps you seek new perspectives,” “gets you out of your comfort zone…” But here’s the truth: For centuries, man has had incredible curiosity and desire to explore the world… and man still loves writing in moleskin travel journals. There is something about taking the train to Machu Picchu and following in the…
  • Tech VENTure: Interview with Ryan Fant of Keen Home

    Michael Luchies
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all had restless nights: staring up at the ceiling, hoping to fall asleep. As an air vent blew warm air into the face of Ryan Fant keeping him awake, he faced a dilemma. He could turn off the heat and freeze to death, or pile blankets and pillows over his head to avoid the annoyance. For Ryan, opportunity was staring down at him, and he chose neither option. Instead, he turned to fixing the problem on a wider scale with his own venture. Ryan is co-founder of Keen Home with Nayeem Hussain. Keen Home builds hardware devices that enhance the core functions of the home. The company’s…
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    Fizzle

  • Stagnation Stages (FS072)

    Chase Reeves
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    No matter who you are you’ve been stuck. In fact, we’ve noticed there are a few stages where lots of people building websites and businesses get stuck. In this episode we address each of those stages with some advice on next steps for each. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS The stages entrepreneurs get stuck in (podcast) Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Confidence in Your Business : zenhabits — “The urgent desire for a successful business, and the fear of losing business, drives many a good person to do sleazy things.”…
  • How to Write Amazing Headlines (with Leo Babauta)

    Caleb Wojcik
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    A thousand words down and you finish writing another post. You’re about to hit publish, but hold on a second. You forgot to title it. “Oh no, this is going to take forever. I hate this part.” Writing headlines can be intimidating and time consuming. You want to figure out the best title for what you made because you know people are more likely to click on a link in their email or on social media if their interest is piqued, but you don’t want to go overboard with a Buzzfeed style headline. 10 Cats With An IQ Over 200 That Also Look Like Game of Throne Characters! So…
  • How to Use Twitter’s Newly Opened Analytics to Find Great Blogging Ideas

    Corbett Barr
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Twitter announced (somewhat quietly) recently that Twitter Analytics are now open to everyone. This simple tool makes Twitter much more valuable to people who create and publish things online. Here’s how. If you’re logged in to Twitter, just visit analytics.twitter.com. You’ll see a bunch of interesting data on this page, including the following: Then, below that graph, you’ll get a chronological listing of your tweets, including numbers for impressions, engagement and engagement rate: If you click on an individual tweet, you’ll see the following expanded stats: This detail…
  • Feet on the Ground, Head Down (FS071)

    Chase Reeves
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you keep an eye on the business stuff while in the throws of a new creative endeavor? That’s one of 4 listener questions we get into in this episode. Our thanks to Myke, Greg, Nick and Tom for sending in your questions. Enjoy! (What are you struggling with right now? Ask us and we’ll help you get through it.) Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS How to keep your feet on the ground when your business is going nuts. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Relay FM — “An independent podcast network for people who are creative, curious and…
  • How I Got 100,000 Podcast Downloads in 62 Days (Without An Existing Platform)

    Grant Baldwin
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Towards the end of last year, I started mentally toying with the idea of doing a podcast. I regularly listened to various shows and had always enjoyed podcasts but for whatever reason, I had never really given any thought to doing my own. But the more I considered it, the more intrigued with the idea I became. For much of my career, I’ve made a living as a professional speaker, primarily talking to high school and college students. I had built a solid business offline but now was eager to start something online. On May 27, we formally launched the How Did You Get Into That?podcast. I had no…
 
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    Strategy

  • Here's A Breakdown Of The Speech That Won The World Championship Of Public Speaking

    Richard Feloni
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    On Aug. 23, Sri Lankan human resources consultant Dananjaya Hettiarachchi was crowned the World Champion of Public Speaking by Toastmasters International. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world. He and eight other finalists competed at the Toastmasters annual convention last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hettiarachchi took first place for his speech "I See Something," which clocked in at seven minutes and 20 seconds. You can watch the full speech below: We spoke with Hettiarachchi about his winning speech and…
  • LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner Reveals The Importance Of Body Language, Mistakes Made Out Of Fear, And One Time He Really Doubted Himself

    Henry Blodget
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Who is the best CEO in the country? According to one rating service, it's Jeff Weiner, CEO of social networking giant LinkedIn. In 5 years of running the company, Jeff has inspired his team, the industry, and Wall Street, and he has helped build LinkedIn into a $25 billion powerhouse. Jeff recently visited Business Insider to talk to our team. The following conversation has been edited for clarity and length. Henry Blodget: You write these wonderful essays on management and being a CEO. One of the most popular was your lesson that the pitcher never wants to come out of the game. It’s your…
  • 88 Quotes On Success From The World’s Most Accomplished People

    Jacquelyn Smith, Emmie Martin and Jenna Goudreau
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Success can be defined — and achieved — a million different ways, and there are endless perspectives on how to do both. Some of the world's most accomplished people have spoken out about their own journeys toward success, their thoughts on how to attain it, and their feelings on finally reaching it. Here are 88 quotes on success, from the world's most successful people: 1) "Eighty percent of success is showing up." —Woody Allen 2) "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." —Steve Jobs 3) "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you…
  • 5 Things You Should Do Now That You're An Experienced Professional

    Valerie Lai
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    This post is sponsored by FlexPath by Capella University. Once you've entered the working world, your goal is to gain experience as a serious professional with real-world skills and knowledge (and a salary to match, at least in theory). But sometimes, once you've reached a certain level, it can be harder to take things to the next level, to avoid falling into a rut and getting stagnant with your life and career goals. Ready for the next phase of your life? Hoping to achieve certain ambitions not just in your career, but in your personal life as well? We've suggested a few goals that you can…
  • This Guy Used Cupcakes To Help Him Land An Interview With His Dream Startup

    Aaron Taube
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Looking to get your foot in the door with your dream employer? Try showing up to the office with a box of cupcakes. At least that's what worked for Jon Ebner, now the East Coast sales manager at catering startup Cater2.me. He shared with Business Insider the extraordinary steps he took to get his start at the company — a journey that included hand-delivered baked goods, a late-night letter writing session, and more than a month of working almost for free. Here's the full story: In late 2012, Ebner was living on Long Island running his family's Apple computer resale business, a…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Drizly expands on-demand alcohol delivery service to Quincy, Newton, Needham and more

    Sara Castellanos
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Boston-based Drizly, the creator of an alcohol delivery service mobile app available in several U.S. cities, announced Monday it has expanded its service to other Boston suburbs. Residents of Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Natick, Needham, Newton, Milton, Quincy, Winchester and Woburn can now order alcohol on-demand through the mobile app, according to the startup. “The demand for alcohol delivery goes beyond city limits, and being a Boston-based company, we are thrilled to be able to continue…
  • Wayfair IPO will value the e-commerce home furnishings giant at $2.3B

    Sara Castellanos
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Boston-based Wayfair's initial public offering — expected to occur any day now — will value the company at $2.32 billion, according to a Sept. 19 regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There are 82.8 million Wayfair shares available, and the proposed maximum offering price is $28 per share, according to the The company is expected to offer 11 million shares, expecting to raise an estimated $308 million, down from the original estimate of $350 million when the company…
  • Greentown Labs partners with French building materials firm Saint-Gobain

    David Harris
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Somerville cleantech incubator Greentown Labs announced on Friday a partnership with Saint-Gobain, the French-based building materials corporation, that will have Saint-Gobain share research and development space at Greentown. The announcement was part of Gov. Deval Patrick’s Massachusetts-France Innovation Partnership Mission, aimed at strengthening the state's relationship with France in order to create economic opportunities throughout Massachusetts. “This partnership between Greentown…
  • Quincy chef-entrepreneur Jimmy Liang is adding yet another restaurant

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Jimmy Liang, a super-successful Quincy-based chief-entrepreneur, is expanding his restaurant footprint, the Patriot-Ledger reports. Liang has a restaurant in Kendall Square in Cambridge and one under construction in Assembly Square in Somerville, the paper says.
  • Take a look at Red Hat's new $52 million office in Westford (slide show)

    David Harris
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    North Carolina-based open-source enterprise software company Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) recently celebrated the completion of a $52 million, 100,000-square-foot expansion of its worldwide engineering and product headquarters in Westford. The new building, which sits right next to its older 75,000-square-foot research building, will house Red Hat's growing workforce. The company currently has almost 300 employees. The company will grow to around 400 employees over the next year but the offices now have…
 
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    Alltopstartups.com

  • Business Technological Tools to Improve Your Company Efficiency

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Small and medium sized businesses account for a huge 99.9% of private sector companies in the UK. They’re also responsible for providing 60% of private sector jobs which puts a lot of pressure on SMEs to drive growth in the country, create new markets and generate more jobs.Amongst the challenges of coming up with compelling new ideas and building strong client bases, small business owners also need to keep up with demand and problems often boil down to a simple lack of time. As the lifeblood of the UK economy SMEs need to work extremely hard to ensure they’re running as efficiently as…
  • Considering a Tablet Purchase? It’s All About The Features

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    Many people seem to be looking for conveniences a lot of times. Let’s be honest, you may possibly do the same. Living without these, could perhaps cause things to go a bit haywire. Think about this experience. You are navigating through a complicated situation without user friendly instructions. Does this sound familiar? It’s been said for the most part, user friendly attributes for devices can definitely make these stand out from the rest. Face the reality of things.Life does not need to be more difficult then what it is meant to be. Attempting to utilize any gadget, for example, like a…
  • We Tried These 7 Startup Tactics to Grow Our Company But They Failed (Antavo)

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    In this post, (first published on Antavo blog by Andy Nemes, head of sales of Antavo), Andy list 7 things they tried to grow their company with so that you too will be brave to experiment, maybe try what they tried and learn from their successes and failures.You want to be the one who will do it. You want to prove to your employees, colleagues, friends and family that you are able to crack it.And when you really want something, you try a lot of things, right?We experimented with enthusiasm, and since it sometimes worked, we are doing well, thank you.But some of our trials failed miserably.I…
  • Use These (Must Have) Ingredients In Every Blog Post You Write

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Every great blog post has two things that can make it a success. A magnetic headline and an epic content. If the headline fails to convince the reader in less than 10 seconds, that content you call awesome won’t be read. That window of opportunity is all you have in the midst of the hundreds of thousands of posts that are published everyday.Some of the most successful bloggers can take hours to craft the best title for their content. Make no mistake, the reader has no time to waste. You either create the best headline ever for every post you write or your content will forever be hidden.
  • 50 Smartest Things Ever Said About Starting Your Own Business

    Thomas Oppong
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Starting a business is a big decision. It can be risky – but it can also be very rewarding. These are a few of the most inspirational and smartest things ever said about starting your own business.1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston2. “Don’t wait for the right moment to start the business – it never arrives. Start whenever. Now.” -Lauris Liberts3. “Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.” Charles S. Lauer4. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become…
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    YourStory.com

  • Israeli grandmom launches crowdfunding campaign to build tracker that merges tech and fashion

    Subodh Kolhe
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Crowdfunding hardware to simplify daily chores is the new ‘cool’ among the youth globally. But have you heard about the grandmother who launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to build add-on hardware? Tired of wasting time and effort looking for her lost glasses, this enterprising grandmom from Israel developed a product called, Look, which can track lost glasses among other things. Says grandma Dafna Ariely, “The idea for Look came when I couldn’t find my reading glasses. I found them the next day between the couch cushions. After the frustrating search, I thought that if I…
  • How SCOTT Sports is making sure we take no shortcuts when it comes to fitness

    Harshith Mallya
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”  Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity In this current day and age of fast food, fast cars, smartphones and smart watches one of the few aspects that we are not smart about are our health and fitness levels. In our quest for world domination, most of us either do not put health and fitness on our daily ‘To Do’ list or give it the lowest priority. I met Jaymin Shah, Country Manager of SCOTT Sports India, and got some insights and tips about what it takes to stay in the pink of health and also about a new fleet of bikes that…
  • Morpheus Gang is now a community of entrepreneurs, not an accelerator

    Jubin Mehta
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The Morpheus is the oldest accelerator in India and has accelerated 10 batches till now with more than 80 companies in their portfolio. Founded by Sameer Guglani and Nandini Hirianniah, who had earlier co-founded Madhouse Media, that sold to Seventymm, The Morpheus has genuinely helped early stage companies over the years. We’ve covered numerous startups from The Morpheus and continue to track their progress. In it’s old avatar, The Morpheus used to invest INR 5 lakhs in a company and a lot of education and connections in return for 6-9% equity. They’ve had some success…
  • We went to Israel. Here are some startups that are creating a buzz

    Subodh Kolhe
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    “If you go to the Middle East looking for oil, you don’t need to stop in Israel. But if you go looking for brains, energy and integrity, it is the only stop” so said Warren Buffett a long ago about the Israeli ecosystem. No one can sum up Israel’s innovative startup ecosystem better, as he speaks from his own personal experience, having purchased 80% of Israeli tungsten carbide tool marker ISCAR for $4 billion way back in 2006. Israel is a living example of the saying ‘Adversity is the mother of all inventions’. It’s stunning to see so many startups emerge from a country…
  • [Startup Watchlist] Bootstrapped, Profitable and B2B

    Jubin Mehta
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Subscribe to the newsletter | See archived newsletter from September 1 As we hit the 10th newsletter mark, it’s a great feeling to know that close to 1000 people have subscribed and hardly anyone unsubscribing (we’ve had one). I missed out sending the newsletter the last two weeks because once, we had a problem with the mailing service and I had to publish it in an article format and last week, travel with TechSparks made it hard for me to maintain the same quality and hence the skip (see event highlights from Bangalore, Delhi, and more details on TechSparks). We are now focusing…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Early Bird Food Truck Coming to University District this Fall

    Susan Post
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new food truck parked just north of OSU’s campus will be serving sweet treats come October. Early Bird will offer fresh beignet-style donuts, sweet and savory hand pies, as well as coffee and espresso drinks. Four and Twenty Blakbird Bake Shop Founder Libby Glover is using the truck to highlight the classical desserts she loves […]
  • TechColumbus Named One of Top University-Associated Business Incubators in the World

    Susan Post
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    TechColumbus was recently ranked third in the Top 10 university-associated business incubators in the world by UBI Index, a leader in performance analysis of business incubators. UBI Index analyzed a specialized range of variable factors and eco-systems to compile the Top 10 list. The comprehensive framework measures incubator performance by looking at job creation, talent retention, the value of the […]
  • Independents’ Day Grows from Bootstrapped Festival to Three-Day Celebration

    Susan Post
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s Independents’ Day this weekend. That’s right – Independents’ day in the middle of September, although ‘day’ doesn’t do the festival justice anymore. Bringing together all things local, from musicians to crafters, to foodie-preneurs and beer-brewers, not to mention businesses, startups, fashion designers and even two of the city’s most popular dance parties, “The festival […]
  • Tips To Telecommuting: 4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Remote Employees

    Doug Oldham
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Few entrepreneurs in 2014 expect all of their employees to sit in a fixed office space 40 hours per week. Rent is expensive, and businesses can slash overhead if they do not need to provide employees with full-time work space (some estimate that an employer may save over $10,000.00 per person by allowing its employees […]
  • FABRIC Creating Resource Center for Independent Local Designers

    Susan Post
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    FABRIC is adding a new element of innovation to the Columbus Idea Foundry. With a soft launch this weekend during the Independent’s Day Festival in Franklinton, The Alternative Fashion Mob is taking over a part of the second floor to build the fashion resource center that is truly one of a kind in Columbus. “We […]
 
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • Popular Career Assessment Tools For Budding Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Too many people, young and older, let their career and their lifestyle happen to them, rather than proactively making things happen based on their personal passions, skills, and interests. Others make decisions based on someone else’s interests, such as the father who wants his son to take over the family business, or dreams openly of having a doctor in the family. Neither of these approaches is likely to lead to a satisfying career or personal happiness for you. These days, with the instant access to information and experts in every field around the world, and the wealth of personal…
  • Ten Tips For “Wannbe” Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. Yet I have found that serious entrepreneurs usually go way beyond these platitudes in their actions and thinking, and often won’t volunteer their real views, for fear of alienating “regular” people, and being branded a fanatic. In his book from a while back “The Entrepreneur Mind,” by serial entrepreneur Kevin D. Johnson, he outlines 100 essential beliefs, insights, and habits of serious entrepreneurs. Most of these are predictable, like think big and…
  • Find Best Homes Through DwellAware

    VisionwizTeam
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    DwellAware: DwellAware is a new startup that aims to  find home which is best for you according to your budget,comfort and location. How It Works: They digitize and geo-code important proprietary information about the comfort, quality and costs of neighborhoods and homes. Then they  translate this information into simple scores that allow you to quickly and easily understand the most important aspects of a neighborhood or home. They also publish overall scores for each neighborhood and each home, as well as specific scores based on your most important purchase criteria: Comfort, Quality and…
  • How Good Entrepreneurial Leadership Can Save Your Startup

    Martin
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 pm
    One of the realities of being an entrepreneur is that you have to keep learning and changing to survive. Everyone on the startup team knows there is no buffer, and no personal isolation from impact based on your job description that can save you. Thus everyone has to make sure they are focusing on what is important, and making leadership decisions to save the business. That is what business leadership is all about. Unfortunately, in mature companies, a larger and larger percentage of employees forget company survival and customers as the objectives, and focus only on their own personal gain.
  • Doc.pm Will Drive Traffic To Your Site,Links & Its Content

    VisionwizTeam
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Doc.pm: Doc.pm  is a new startup that aims to help you share content & links on social media and it will feature your message on the page that you shared – driving traffic to your site. How It Works: All you need to do is sign up to doc.pm and drop the article URL into their URL converter, or use their Chrome extension to create your doc.pm short URL. Choose the style of your doc.pm window, then select the image or logo be featured in it. Add your message or description and decide on your click-through or call-to-action button. By sharing content with a doc.pm short link anyone who…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Love Each Other – A Powerful Message

    Chris Reimer
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    You might not agree with everything he’s saying, but this message about love, tolerance, and compassion is worth consuming. The post Love Each Other – A Powerful Message appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio

    Chris Reimer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are scheduled to ship any day now. The 6 is a 4.7″ phone, while the 6 Plus is a 5.5″ monster phablet. Which one am I going to buy? I am still undecided, but that big phone is so tempting. I use my phone for email, tweeting, texting, […] The post The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV

    Chris Reimer
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with my good friend Angela Hutti to discuss the results of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was only about two weeks ago that I spoke at length on the Mark Reardon show about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and at that time, it seemed like it was just […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Chris Reimer
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Click below to listen to my most recent appearance on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX 1120. We discussed the super-successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable campaign that’s generated well over $60mm in donations, and even more visibility and awareness. Has the backlash begun? How did this campaign take off? When people refuse to do […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

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

  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
 
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • How does the Facebook Newsfeed Algorithm change 2014 affect your account?

    Dilip Kumar
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Did you see a recent change to the way the Newsfeed appears on your Facebook wall? Then this post might be worth reading, because there has been a new algorithm change in Facebook and I am sure a lot of you would not even have noticed it. For people who are still trying to understand […] The post How does the Facebook Newsfeed Algorithm change 2014 affect your account? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Viral Lead Machine Review Video – Recommended Viral List Building Tool

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Okay! I agree it is another review and another post on list-building. If you are new to reading my blog, you will note that I write a lot about list-building. It is primarily because, that is one aspect that I never focused on when I started online and I paid for it by being unsuccessful […] The post Viral Lead Machine Review Video – Recommended Viral List Building Tool appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video)

    Dilip Kumar
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    WordPress released their latest version 4.0, nicknamed Benny about 10 days back. It is always great to know about a new version coming in be it a software, book, a course or, WordPress installs. With WordPress it is like an anxious wait primarily because of the changes and additions that the guys at Automattic introduce […] The post What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video) appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why is SumoMe WordPress Plugin One of the Essential Blogging Tools for Success?

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Blogging has changed over the last couple of years. There has to be a more in-depth strategy, if you are looking at making some money with it. And this strategy requires use of some essential tools and worst that the tools come for a cost that most bloggers would want to skip. While these tools […] The post Why is SumoMe WordPress Plugin One of the Essential Blogging Tools for Success? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    Amazon and eBay may provide you with an opportunity to reach out to millions of people by advertising your business or products on their websites, but you cannot do much with the limited space provided to you for convincing the potential customer or buyer. Pinterest, a newbie in the realm of social media, gives you […] The post Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Introducing The Hip New Venue For Elevate: Morgan Manufacturing

    Stella Fayman
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, I visited a place that truly embodied the Chicago maker philosophy. A large open space with light wafting in from skylights hinting at the gorgeous skyline not too far away. Jason, the owner, showed me around. An entrepreneur himself, it was plain to see the passion in his eyes as he gestured towards empty spaces that would soon be bustling with the energy of people. He described his vision of weddings, corporate events, and conferences booming in the multi-faceted space. His unbridled optimism matched what we normally see from both attendees and speakers at our events. This place…
  • Set Up Your Blog with a Focus on Conversions

    Guest Author
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Your blog is the hub of your content marketing strategy. It exists to provide value to anyone reading it. The ultimate aim, though, is to convert these readers into paying customers. After all, you spend a lot of time creating content and time is money. So your blog is really a lead generation machine. Value goes out and leads come in. If your blog isn’t converting visitors into leads or subscribers, then something is wrong. One of the biggest mistakes blog owners make is not designing the home page with conversions in mind. They might be collecting leads on their post pages with pop-ups or…
  • Video Games Are NOT Free

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait… Games Aren’t Free? Many people today consume their gaming entertainment via a mobile device (iPhone, tablet or Android device). When they download their game or app, the average price people commonly tell me they spend is FREE. I ask people all the time and a large percent of mobile users pay nothing for their games or apps. It is an unfortunate cultural norm that is generally expected on a mobile device. However, when I ask that same question, “How much do/did you spend on a video game for Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox?” People give me figures from $20 to…
  • 3 Marketing Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image credit It is an amazing time to be working in marketing. With the field evolving almost every day, client expectations have soared. There are, however, several diverse and innovative tools available today that help marketers meet their high expectations. The marketing arena has witnessed many changes in the recent years. Marketers are more alert than ever before with their number one priority being to create and strengthen marketing plans for the time to come. The way companies communicate with their customers goes a long in way in establishing how the former will be perceived. While…
  • Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    As your small business starts to grow and become more successful, you will probably find that your emails and other computer-based data are starting to overwhelm your computer. Small businesses require more room to store all of their data for a variety of reasons including government regulations that require companies to back up certain types of data, archived emails and large media files that take up a lot of storage space. In order to safely store all of this important information without rendering your office computers utterly useless, many entrepreneurs are starting to look to the cloud…
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    Start Up Donut blog feed

  • Are entrepreneurs born or made?

    marcduke
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    I’ve often wondered whether you are born an entrepreneur or whether you can you be made into one? Entrepreneurs see things differently. They’re happy to stick to their guns when everyone else tells them they’re wrong. They’re prepared to go it alone. Often they can spot a gap in the market that others don’t see. They’re also prepared to put in a lot of extremely hard work and cope with failure, however hard that might be. Recently I’ve started working with a brilliant organisation called Founders4School. Its mission is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in the UK.
  • Should SMEs look to alternative crowdfunding?

    guestbloggerSUD
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    2014 has been heralded as the year for crowdfunding. There are literally hundreds of platforms for people to choose from, but with share-based crowdfunding on the rise, consumers and small businesses are faced with a difficult choice. Traditional crowdfunding platforms have huge user bases, tailored for product-based start-ups, which means that if you are lucky enough to make it onto the ‘Popular’ feed, your business idea will be viewed by millions. If, on the other hand, you don’t instantly capture the imagination of would-be investors, your chances of getting funded through these…
  • Five tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance

    guestbloggerSUD
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    For many business owners, striking a happy work-life balance is like finding the pot of gold under the rainbow: it’s something we all strive for but never quite achieve. For anyone who works with family members, it can often seem like nothing more than a fantasy. According to the Institute for Family Business, family firms now account for two thirds of private sector enterprises in the UK and family-run businesses experience a range of unique challenges. Here are my five tips to help you and your family create a healthy work-life balance, as well as create a more productive workplace. 1…
  • Survival of the fittest? A new breed of entrepreneurs rises from the recession.

    guestbloggerSUD
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    How do small businesses started during the recession differ from those started before the economic downturn? Hiscox’s DNA of an Entrepreneur Report surveyed 3500 small businesses and the responses identified a new breed of business, dubbed Generation Recession. These recession start-ups are innovative, positive about the future and more likely to be run by women. Find out how they shape up against pre-recession businesses in the infographic below. Download the full report   Resources:  Is running a business really for you?
  • Dictator? Grumpy? Leachy? Barely There? Nice? Which type of boss are you?

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    From the Grumpy Boss to the Barely-There Manager and the “David Brent”, every manager has a different style of management. Officebroker.com looks at ten types of boss. Maybe you’ve worked for one. You may even be one of the following… 1 The 24/7 Boss They put everything into their job and are constantly willing to “take one for the team”. They have no concept of the word “holiday” and are in work regardless of the weather or ill health. They expect their staff to meet their high standards, so employees can forget about leaving early. Ever. 2 The Leachy Boss They are smarmy and…
 
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    SKMurphy, Inc.

  • Q: Is It Waste To Build A B2B MVP That Inspires Trust?

    Sean Murphy
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Q: I am preparing to launch a website for my minimum viable product (MVP). It’s a few pages and has has some forms and a file upload capability. Potential customers will be able to explain a particular type of problem that they have and then upload some relevant files for review. I will review their situation and send them a link for payment if I can fix the problem. My concern is that if I don’t have pages for “Contact Us”, “Services”, and “About Us then a potential customer may not trust the website to actually start a purchase. Is it waste to add…
  • Q: What Are Critical Tasks In A Startup?

    Sean Murphy
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Q: What is the target allocation for each of these critical tasks in a successful startup? Here is my list of critical tasks in a startup and a percentage allocation: Planning 10% Execution 50%  Ideation 20%  Talking to Potential Customers 15%  Recruiting 5% What Is The Real Decision? Can you clarify : At what stage of company? What time frame are the percentages averaged over? Is this just for the founders or total effort of all team members? What is the distinction between ideation and planning?  Can you please elaborate on this? How would you use or apply any answer that you…
  • If “Cold Calling” is Your Answer Please Reconsider

    Sean Murphy
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Q: I am launching a new live chat service and trying to decide the best way to acquire new customers from cold calling, email marketing, social media outreach by posting content to Facebook pages. What would you recommend? Technology vs. Business Model A live chat service is a technology, what is your business model? Who is the Customer? What Is Their Need? In particular who is the customer and why aren’t they using one of the several dozen live chat services already available? To determine the best tool for acquiring a new customer you have to have a clear hypothesis for who the…
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Create Value For Others

    Sean Murphy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Creating value for others is the core of the entrepreneurial mindset. It enables the exchange of value that fuels entrepreneurs efforts to bring new ideas and products to market. Dan Sullivan: Entrepreneurs Make Two Decisions Dan Sullivan wrote “The Great Crossover” in 1994. He offers the following insight on entrepreneurial mindset: Successful entrepreneurs differ from other people–not in their abilities but in their mindset. They have internalized two fundamental commitments, by making these two decisions: Decision 1: To depend entirely on their own abilities for their…
  • Guidelines For An Online Community of Entrepreneurs

    Sean Murphy
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Q: I am starting an online community for technology entrepreneurs. Can you suggestion some guidelines I can use to help set newcomers expectations for what constitute valuable content and comments? Here are some good guidelines and articles that I would start with, borrowing what makes sense and adapting it. Hacker News Guidelines would be a place where I would start. In particular: defining what is on and off topic, how to write titles, and guidelines for leaving comments. Your rules may be different, your focus certainly is, but it would be a place to start. The “Please Do” and…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • Ignite Baltimore #15: 3D printing, LGBT history, a call for better teachers, more

    Keisha Reed
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Crowdsourced 3D parts and death were just some of the topics presented at Ignite Baltimore #15 late last week. Sixteen technologists, artists and thinkers took on a sold-out crowd at the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art. At Ignite Baltimore, speakers tackle big topics of discussion in five minutes while slides automatically advance every 15 seconds. Here are some highlights from this edition of the always lively event: Courage to Code. Brigitte Warner, a former math and technology teacher in Baltimore city schools, was empowered by completing the Back-end Web…
  • Top topics from Baltimore’s first Bootstrappers Breakfast

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Many of the topics founders discussed at Baltimore’s first Bootstrappers Breakfast are no strangers to founders anywhere: time management, capital, hiring, scale. Around 20 attended the inaugural breakfast, held Friday at City Cafe in Mount Vernon. “I got to see some companies’ strategies,” said Tim Savage, founder of Talent Attach. Savage said he got exactly what he thought he was going to get out of the event, and found that many bootstrappers had the same issues he did, like workflow. “When you’re bootstrapping a company, you end up with…
  • Here are the winners of the 2014 Baltimore Innovation Awards

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Winners of the second annual Baltimore Innovation Awards included a civic hacker and a youth outreach organization. The awards, a centerpiece of Baltimore Innovation Week’s Innovation Celebration, held Friday outside Under Armour headquarters in Tide Point, were announced in a brief presentation by Christopher Wink, editorial director and cofounder of Technical.ly. He made a point of barring speeches by the winners. “We just want to thank them and drink beer with them,” Wink quipped to the crowd on Under Armour’s waterside promenade. “That’s what…
  • Tech-driven Baltimore on ‘launching pad,’ but ignition needed: panel

    Tyler Waldman
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Baltimore is in transition from a manufacturing hub to a knowledge center, and on Wednesday, five industry players and elected officials talked about the economic impact of technology on the area, in both the present and the future. The forum, held at the University of Maryland BioPark in Hollins Market, included state Sen. Bill Ferguson, new Baltimore Development Corporation President Bill Cole, AOL Networks Vice President Eliza Nevers, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and Seawall Development founder Thibault Manekin. The panel was moderated by Sheri Parks, associate professor of American…
  • Hunt Valley case maker keeps iPhone secrets [Links Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    VIDEO: InvestMaryland Challenge returns with new categories [MDBIZ News]: “The InvestMaryland Challenge is back. In its third year, the State-sponsored competition will again award $100,000 prizes to Maryland’s top early-stage businesses, Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown andMaryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Dominick Murray announced Wednesday.” This Hunt Valley iPhone case maker has to fit its products to Apple’s secret specs [Baltimore Business Journal]: “Every day is a gamble when part of your…
 
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    inside-Startups

  • StartupHPC Announces Meetup Agenda for SC14 in New Orleans

    Rich
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The newly formed StartupHPC community has posted the agenda for their first-ever Meetup at SC14. The event takes place Nov. 17 in New Orleans.  They invite you to meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community. We’re delighted to feature Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures, and Thomas Thurston of both WR Hambrecht & Co and Growth Science, as two keynoters. The agenda for the meetup will also include advice on how to go about forming a company, building a team, launching the company/product, and finding early…
  • What Matters when Delighting Your Users

    Rich
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    In this video, Evan Doll from Flipboard and James Keller from Walmart discuss how they approach the end user experience for their digital properties. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012.
  • PDX Keynote: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You

    Rich
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    In this video, Andrew McLaughlin of Betaworks presents: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You. How is Moore’s Law, ever-cheaper computing, and interconnectedness affecting our world? Activists, individuals, and governments are using digital technologies like social media as powerful forces for change. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama’s senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology,…
  • Startup Grind Interviews George Zachary

    Rich
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In this video, George Zachary from Charles River Ventures discusses his experience with VCs, funding, and entrepreneurs.
  • Technology as Inspiration for Startup Products

    Rich
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Lindsay Jo Holmes from MapleXO, Garett Stenson from Ziba, and Ken Tomita and Joe Mansfield from Grove discuss technology as inspiration for their Startup products. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience.
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • How to use LinkedIn to generate Sales Leads

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

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

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

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

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

  • Intellectual Property and Crowdfunding: Practice Safe Crowdfunding®

    Joe Wallin
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    By Mary Juetten, Founder and CEO of TraklightCrowdfunding, despite its popularity, is still misunderstood. Many people are familiar with rewards crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo based on widely publicized campaigns such as the Pebble Watch and the Veronica Mars movie. However, the intricacies of the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the federal equity crowdfunding legislation, continue to be a mystery to entrepreneurs and potential investors alike. Further, any link between all types of crowdfunding and intellectual property (IP) is less well known.The JOBS Act was…
  • Revenue Based Financing

    Joe Wallin
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Why It Works For Growing Technology CompaniesThere are multiple options to funding to fuel your growing technology business, but what if you need to:A) get funded fast, B) keep you in control of your company and, C) not risk your personal assetsWebinar: BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital, explains what revenue-based financing is, and why it is a more entrepreneur-friendly path to growth capital. Most startups need capital at some point to revitalize or fuel growth and it is always best to know your options. This webinar will explain:Who it’s designed for, and how to decide if…
  • Startup Public Policy with Congressman Adam Smith

    Joe Wallin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) will be joining us to discuss some of the very exciting state and federal public policy issues being bandied about both in Olympia and on Capital Hill in Washington D.C.A skilled lawyer and a longtime public servant–starting as a WA State Senator at the young age of 25–Congressman Smith has taken an active role in the advocacy of small business in his district and across the U.S.Currently there are many policies in the works that could benefit the startup community. His insights into how policy is written, some of the obstacles the new policies…
 
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • Australian crowdsourcing start-up DesignCrowd has hit $20 million in sales and is expanding to the US

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Sydney-based crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd recently hit a remarkable milestone of $20 million worth of payments to its designers. Now the most astonishing bit is that it took six years to get to $10 million last year and now, just one year later, the start-up has doubled that! “Last year we hit $10 million in payments, [...] The post Australian crowdsourcing start-up DesignCrowd has hit $20 million in sales and is expanding to the US appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    People in 75 countries have pre-ordered this cup. While that may be a sign of mega success, I’ve got a bit of an issue with the Vessyl. And, surprisingly, it’s not just the hip spelling of its brand name. This is a cup that ‘knows what you’re drinking’. It’s fitted with sensors and, according to [...] The post $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region

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

    Dominic Collins
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    There is a saying, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. The implication being that each member of the committee advocates their own preferences and wants, compromises occur, and the result is uncomfortable, temperamental and not fit-for-purpose. The current approach to innovation in Australia appears to be something more like a camel than [...] The post Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines? appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Billionaire, Peter Theil, Shares His Wisdom at Harvard Business School

    joshboyle
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  It was kind of ironic that Peter Thiel, who gives $100,000 to young entrepreneurs to forgo college, spent yesterday afternoon in front of a packed house at one of the world’s most prestigious universities… Harvard Business School.  It was kind of ironic that Peter Thiel, who gives $100,000 to young entrepreneurs to forgo college, spent yesterday afternoon in front of a packed house at one of the world’s most…
  • Talent on the Move! September 19, 2014

    Keith Cline
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:00 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - September 19, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - September 19, 2014Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Curt Bloom, Chief Revenue Officer @ Crowdly.  Previously, President & Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Crimson Hexagon.
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: September 22 - 26

    joshboyle
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their…
  • 10,000+ Reasons Why Boston is the Best Place to Grow Your Business

    joshboyle
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  So it’s been quite the week here in Boston. We often ask founders of Boston-based companies, “Why Boston? What makes this city the right place to build your business?” So it’s been quite the week here in Boston. We often ask founders of Boston-based companies, “Why Boston? What makes this city the right place to build your business?” There are a lot of different reasons, but there is one…
  • Five expert business and legal insights aimed at college students

    joshboyle
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Release Date:  Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:45 Author:  David Van Horne - Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Five Useful Tips for Undergraduate Entrepreneurs. At Founders Workbench, we talk to a lot of entrepreneurs who have plans to start their own business. Five Useful Tips for Undergraduate EntrepreneursAt Founders Workbench, we talk to a lot of entrepreneurs who have plans to start their own business. Many of these are “career entrepreneurs” with experience that can involve several startup ventures. Undergraduate…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing?

    mholmes
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
      Sometime ago I wrote that you WILL NOT be cursed if you don’t tithe. In fact I said: You will not be cursed. In fact, in Christ you’re eternally blessed! All the curses under the law came upon Christ…All the curses of the Law were laid on Christ at the cross. Period. So no […] The post Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing? appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

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

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

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

  • Why 11-year-old “Super Business Girl” Has an All-Star Pitch

    Matt Hunckler
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    “I’m asking for an eight dollar investment because not only are you investing into me, but you’re investing into my future and my business,” says 11-year-old Asia Newson. This kid has something that makes her pitch for her “Super Business Girl” business irresistible. See for yourself: What!? OK, take my money. I was in. The first time I heard Asia’s pitch on an episode of This American Life I knew this young lady had it. Young Newson has the most important part of any business pitch. Asia Newson has conviction about Super Business Girl. She is 100%…
  • Before You Start, Ask Yourself….

    Matt Hunckler
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    How bad do you want it? Whether you’re building a business, writing software, or writing a book—you have no idea what your limits are until you push them. You only know how badly you want it until you look back and see. You’re consistent. You keep building the thing that only you can see on the horizon. It’s that image on the back of the napkin that keeps you going. It’s the release of a deep breath you’ll feel when you finally solve the problem, create the value, build the thing. You know you can see the future, so you keep chipping away at it. But inevitably, things don’t take…
  • The Overlooked Pitch - Your Online Presence

    Nick Wangler
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Today’s post comes from Nick Wangler, a recent addition to DeveloperTown. Every two weeks, Nick will be sharing stories of DeveloperTown startups and the lessons we can learn from them. Today, he’s introducing us to the overlooked pitch – our online presence. You know those videos where celebrities read angry tweets about themselves? If you haven’t seen them, imagine Will Ferrell sitting on a toilet reading tweets where he is heckled mercilessly and you’ve got the idea. There’s something surreal about the moment when words clearly intended for the internet are heard in…
  • Using Data to Change an Industry: The felix + iris Story

    Tim Hickle
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    We live in an era where “big data” is more of a buzzword than a business tool, especially for a small or medium-sized team. Solving problems with data is a noble, if cumbersome, task and many teams just aren’t up for it. The team at One Click Ventures, however, isn’t built like most teams. As the founders of the online retailer, Randy and Angie Stocklin saw a problem. They were providing world-class eye wear to their customers, but their customers weren’t nearly as satisfied as Randy and Angie wanted. It was extremely difficult to ensure that customers were…
  • Save the Date: Verge Wants You to Get Connected

    Tim Hickle
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    It feels like every month, there’s another big acquisition in the Indianapolis tech community. Hell, most times it’s a member of the Verge community getting acquired. As a tech entrepreneur, you can’t help but think about what that negotiation looks like. Personally, I do mock buy-out talks every morning in the shower. I think if you look at the numbers, you’ll see that conditioner’s ability to restore hair and add volume could really help shampoo engage with new markets. That’s why I’m so excited for this month’s event. This month, we get the…
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    Startup Flavor

  • Uber Recruiting Drivers During Paid Rides Is Awesome

    Alex Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Twitter exploded today (at least my feed did) with discussion about the fact that Uber pays teams of people to book rides via their competitor, Lyft, and then proceeds to recruit the drivers during those rides to leave Lyft and drive for Uber. I think this is a brilliant strategy. Before going any deeper on ...
  • Outdoor Products and Aviation — Partner With UCAID

    Alex Lawrence
    8 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    I get to work with a unique and diverse set of people at Weber State University. One of the most interesting groups is UCAID, which stands for the Utah Center for Applied Innovation and Design. UCAID serves the nation’s aviation and outdoor products industries by conducting contracted applied scientific and engineering research for our industry ...
  • The NBA – It’s A Franchise

    Alex Lawrence
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I’ve read a few posts lately from some celebrities like Mark Cuban as well as friends of mine via their FB and Twitter updates or comments. The theme of the ones I am referring to go something like this: “Sterling is a horrible person. Racism is despicable and cannot and should not be tolerated.” After ...
  • For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

    Alex Lawrence
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I wanted to get some feedback from the Utah startup community before we get too far with this idea. Some community members at Startup Ogden have come up with an idea for an “event”. I put that in quotes because all the world needs is *another* entrepreneurship event, right? Right. So this isn’t an event, ...
  • Summit: Outside — From The Inside

    Alex Lawrence
    29 Jul 2013 | 8:53 pm
    Much has been written about Summit, their events and the people that attend them. Summit, as a whole, now includes Powder Mountain and all of the property, employees and outdoor opportunities that come along with these terrific mountains of Northern Utah. They’ve been hosting events for years in different locations around the US but are ...
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    Startup Champ

  • A Crash Course On Building Your Brand Awareness Online

    Gus
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    It’s no secret. The World Wide Web is growing at a phenomenal rate! Growing numbers of people everywhere use the Internet on a daily basis. From catching up with gossip on Facebook to searching for jobs, there’s no denying that the Web is a useful and convenient tool. We live in a digital age. These days it’s not just computers that let us go online. From smartphones to smart TVs, there are plenty of gadgets that let us surf the Web. If you are trying to promote your brand, one effective way of doing so is to take advantage of the Web. But what if you know little about online brand…
  • E-commerce: A Rough Guide To Selling Your Products Online

    Gus
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The e-commerce industry is worth several billion dollars. More people are taking to the Internet when they want to buy goods and services. From pizzas to pallets of plastic piping, the Internet makes it easy for people around the world to buy stuff. One thing that is quite good about selling online is that anyone can do it! You don’t need to be a large corporation to sell your wares online. Websites like eBay, for instance, make it easy for people to sell anything they think has a value attached to it. Do you run a business that sells physical products? If so, this handy guide is for you.
  • Crucial Tips on Video Production and Strategy

    Gus
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The first and most important point in video production is the message. The reason why there are so many useless videos in YouTube that nobody watches is the lack of a clear message.  When producing the video it is really crucial to make sure that youdo not deviate from the main theme of the video. If you wish to make people laugh then make sure that you have the ability to come up with new comic material that has not been heard in other places. This will make people want to watch your videos for their quality and, again, their clear message. Video strategy is quite clear and one just has to…
  • $#!+, Somebody Dropped A Crappy Review Of Your Business Online. Now What?

    Gus
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Source: http://businessdefamation.com/ $#!+, Somebody Dropped A Crappy Review Of Your Business Online. Now What? You know what they say: “Sh-t happens.” And sometimes that sh-t comes in the form of a terrible online review or rumor — penned or pushed by a disgruntled client, partner or former employee. So, how can an entrepreneur or business owner bounce back after being struck by a bolt of bad publicity? If the statement at issue isn’t true, one option is moving forward with a business defamation or trade libel lawsuit. What Is Defamation? The main thing to understand about…
  • Startup Business Advice For Getting More Website Hits

    Gus
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Picture credit All business owners need to work hard to achieve a good online presence. Failing to do that for your company will almost certainly result in you falling behind the competition. Whether you know a lot about modern technology or not, now is the time to start your education. Within the next ten years, it will become almost impossible to run a successful firm without having a website and engaging in online promotion. Luckily, we’re experts in this field, and so we’re going to give you some great advice today. While the information you’re about to read won’t turn you into an…
 
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

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

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

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

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

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

  • MasterMind Talks: The Recipe for Creating A World Class Event with Jayson Gaignard – TCE 043

    Scott
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes When I moved back to the U.S. I traveled to a bunch of different cities to see friends and meet people that I’ve wanted to connect with for awhile. On this roadtrip, I kept hearing some of my entrepreneur friends mention this thing they went to  called Mastermind Talks… Multiple friends said it was the best event they ever went to and it was well worth every penny…and this wasn’t a 15 dollar meetup group either! My friends who went paid thousands of dollars to go to it. So after about the 3rd time someone…
  • Upgrading Your Productivity Using Virtual Assistants with Maren Kate Donovan – TCE 041

    Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes It is a big day competitive edge listeners. Why you ask? Because today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics – Virtual Assistants. I started working with virtual assistants two years ago and it’s changed my life. I get more done and get to do more of what I enjoy and who doesn’t want that! Today’s guest is Maren Kate Donovan CEO of one of my favorite companies, Zirtual. Zirtual is where I got my first dedicated virtual assistant and since using them I haven’t looked back. In this episode, you’ll…
  • Behind the Scenes of Shark Tank and Disrupting the Surfing Industry with Stephan Aarstol – TCE 040

    Scott
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes A few weeks ago I was at an entrepreneur dinner in San Diego that my friend Jason Gaignard who runs mastermind talks threw. It was a collection of amazing people and where I met today’s guest Stephan Aarstol. Once I found out that Stephan’s company Tower Paddle Boards was the fastest growing company in San Diego and named one of the top 10 companies to ever be on Shark Tank I knew I needed to have him on the show. It didn’t hurt that I love paddle boarding and was curious how to start a surfing company. Today Stephan is…
  • How to Naturally Increase Your Testosterone with Chris Walker – TCE 039

    Scott
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Some of you might know this already from my post on how to  double your testosterone and gorilla butter but over the past year I’ve been on a mission to naturally increase my testosterone. I know the T word might freak some people out, but truthfully this hormone is responsible for so many critical factors to a high quality life like our fitness level, energy, emotions, libido and sleep. Assuming we could improve all those things, what dude wouldn’t want to increase their testosterone!? After a year of experimentation I…
  • The Mindsets Behind Entrepreneur On Fire With John Lee Dumas – TCE 038

    Scott
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listening to the Competitive Edge Show odds are you’re a fan of podcasts…but you may be wondering whether creating that one is really that valuable for your business and if you can actually make some moula putting one out there? Well today my friend John Dumas is here to absolutely obliterate any of those doubts. John’s the host and founder of entrepreneur on fire which has been one of the top business podcasts on itunes over the past year. He’s making over 200,000 a month from his show and inspiring people all…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Monica Yearwood – Ayurvedic practitioner, author, healer and yogi

    Mario Schulzke
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    More and more so, keeping lists of what needs to be accomplished and learning how to delegate the things I am not best at to other people. Monica Yearwood empowers her clients with information fueled by an experiential practice. She emphasizes awareness. Her focus is digestive health, detoxification, and life transition. She believes each of us has an inner guide empowered intuitively that is able to determine our best course in every life realm, such as our choices in food and relationships. Monica’s programs integrate diet, herbology, and practices that cultivate awareness such as…
  • Jock Purtle – CEO of digitalexits.com

    Mario Schulzke
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Doing some work every day. Moving projects forward slowly. There is a great saying: “How do you eat an elephant?” and the answer is one bite at a time. I think success comes down to a couple of things. Firstly goals and then habits and persistence, combining all of those things and you are sure to succeed. Jock Purtle is the CEO of digitalexits.com a full service website brokerage. They help online business owners find a buyer when they want to exit their company. He personally exited his online business in 2013 and is on track to facilitate over 20 deals in 2014 ranging from $100,000 to…
  • DJ Muller – President and Founder of WebLink International

    Mario Schulzke
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Focus on the desired outcome. I think people tend to forget about what they are trying to accomplish too often DJ Muller is president and founder of WebLink International, the creators of WebLink Connect™ the innovative, insightful and intuitive association management software with superior customer support. WebLink empowers hundreds of trade and professional associations and more than 500,000 small and medium businesses to help them acquire and retain more customers. Where did the idea for WebLink International come from? My idea for doing association management software online came from…
  • Ajay Patel – Co-founder and CEO of HighQ

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Manage downward, never upward. Of course, the success of a company is dependent upon the performance of the entire team, but people by nature still want to be praised and recognized for individual achievements. Ajay Patel is the co-founder and CEO of HighQ, an enterprise cloud collaboration company that has been recognized in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the U.K.. Ajay and his co-founder, Veenay Shah, started HighQ in 2001 and bootstrapped the business with £20,000 in seed capital. Today, the…
  • Christian Barbosa – Founder of Goboxi

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Take the concept of your company and break it down: are there any mundane or monotonous aspects of it? Find a way to automate it. Christian Barbosa founded his first company when he was 14 years old and has been a serial entrepreneur ever since. A specialist in time management productivity, he is currently the CEO of Neotriad. Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Neotriad specializes in software to help teams and people achieve more efficient performance and balance in life. Barbosa is the author of six published books that include 60 Practical Strategies to Gain More Time, More Time More Money and…
 
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    jrodthoughts

  • 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…
  • Miami Gets Hot with the eMerge Americas Conference

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

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

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

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

    Salim Virani
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pamela Fox, from Khan Academy: These campaigns are telling students that “coding is easy,” and then they’re trying it, and now not only are they struggling to learn something new, but they’re feeling bad about themselves because hey, “coding is easy”, they shouldn’t be struggling. Nobody should feel bad for struggling to learn something new. They should be commended for trying to learn something new at all. It's interesting that most founders are brazen and keen to tackle a load of business challenges, figuring things out and learning new skills - but we often put "the technical…
  • More about NDAs

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

  • Engineering-as-marketing: How startups transform marketing

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

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

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

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

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

  • OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK!

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    We hope you had a great summer!This fall we are excited to be presenting OFFICE HOURS with SoftBank’s Jordan LevyMaven Ventures’ Jim Scheinman and Ariel PolerIf you would like to recommend a startup for a meeting with one of these investors please email me at michael@cdling.com.We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Startup Grind Toronto and a long list of collaborators for this ambitious program. Click here for all of the details.In January of last year we worked with Nir Eyal and Startup Grind Toronto on a workshop, introducing Nir’s HOOKED model of…
  • THE DIGITAL CURRENCY CHALLENGE

    24 Sep 2013 | 8:13 pm
    Cdling is proud to present … THE DIGITAL CURRENCY CHALLENGE: HOW BITCOIN CAN UNLEASH A POWERFUL NEW STARTUP WAVE GET YOUR TICKET HERE UPDATE, Oct. 15: Marc Andreessen: Bitcoin is like the early Internet.  "As late as 1994, many of the same things said about digital currency today were being said about the Internet: it can’t scale, the Fortune 500 will never let this happen, etc. Bitcoin has grown to $1.5 billion from $10,000 in three years.  But the opportunity is much bigger than currency speculation: in order for digital currency to succeed, there has to be an infrastructure…
  • ACCELERATE YOURSELF: Cdling sprouts global expert CTO & team

    3 Jul 2013 | 9:03 pm
    Here is the news release that we issued today … Happy Independence Day! “Everyone recognizes the billionaires in the startup world,” says Michael Cayley, Founder of Cdling Capital Services Inc., “but Cdling recognizes and rewards the talent that each and every mentor, expert and investor adds to a great startup community,” says Cayley. Today Cdling announced a self styled acceleration program that instantly gives it the passionate team and scientific know-how to deliver. To underscore its commitment to product excellence, it concurrently released a new prototype, based on…
  • Navigating Change for Angel Success

    11 Mar 2013 | 12:22 pm
    "Angel investing - one of the leading sources of capital for the innovation economy - is undergoing rapid transformation and growth, with new social media entrants, legislative changes, and the explosion of the start-up environment." - Angel Capital Association Summit 2013 At Startup Grind 2013 conference in Silicon Valley I hosted the “No Harps or Hallows in Angel Funding” section designed to explore the changing early stage funding context.  Coming up in April, ACA Chairman David Verrill and Board Member Jean Peters have invited me to join a related panel: Crowdfunding: Wisdom…
  • OSC Exempt Market Review - Comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710

    8 Mar 2013 | 12:49 pm
    March 8, 2013 John Stevenson Secretary Ontario Securities Commission 20 Queen Street West 19th Floor, Box 55 Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S8 Fax: 416-592-2318 Email: jstevenson@osc.gov.on.ca Dear Sirs/Mesdames, RE:OSC Exempt Market Review - Comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 As the Founder and owner of Cdling Capital Services Inc. and the Founder & Director of the Toronto Chapter of Startup Grind, I am pleased to provide these comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710. I am also the National VP of Startup Advocacy for CATAAlliance Invest CrowdFund Canada (ICC). My primary…
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    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.
  • Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes

    Caroline Baxter
    5 Sep 2013 | 4:08 am
    Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an online social media platform that could show you; Who the key influencers are in your field along with their contact details The exact keywords you should be using in relation to your skillset to optimize your profile What social groups you need to join to connect with […] The post Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes appeared first on Business Start Ups.
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    The Startup Videos

  • How to explain my Startup in 90 seconds

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

    bhuvana
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Pitching is all about gathering attention and creating an impression. When you perform your greatest trick in front of your VC, Explain the problem and address your start­up as the solution rather than directly pitching your product. You need to have the calmness and the composure of a magician. Provide your VC with some precise details rather than rough ones. Also don’t try to fantasize saying you will bring back the dinosaurs. Present a detailed statistics showing how much you are prepared for everything. Give a glimpse of your previous experiences and the mistakes from which you have…
  • Animated Videos Done Right: First look of Animaker.com

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

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

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

  • Can China Compete With Silicon Valley?

    AlleyWatch
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    The WSJ talks to the chief executive of Ren Ren, a Chinese social media service about the state of innovation in China and opportunities.
  • How to Build a Community for your Startup From Scratch

    David Spinks
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    How do you first get started building a community? It’s probably the most common question I hear. Communities are awesome, right? Every company wants one! But where do you start? Having built a...
  • 8 Principles For Getting Things Done In A Startup

    Martin Zwilling
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    We all know at least one entrepreneur who always gets things done and appears unstoppable in his quest. All of you probably know many others who talk incessantly about their great ideas, but never...
  • #NYCtech Week in Review

    AlleyWatch
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space. We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week...
  • NYC Startup DipJar Raises $420K Seed Round to Make Sure Your Barista Isn’t Short Changed

    AlleyWatch
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    With so many people paying with plastic these days and not getting any change back, the tip jar is often overlooked – and what’s a barista to do? Speaking of change, DipJar is changing all of...
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    Startup Freak

  • Yoda Learning

    StartupFreak
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Company Name : Yoda Learning Description : Project based Online Courses Company Overview : Yoda Learning has formed a group of dedicated instructors specializing in channeling education in the most interactive way possible through the use of available technology. They provide an enhanced learning experience as we focus on providing real value with a learning outcome. They have done extensive research on a wide audience to prepare our course layouts, such that our courses are a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical demonstration How are Yoda Learning courses different? Focus on…
  • WebhostingsitesIndia

    StartupFreak
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Company Name : WebhostingsitesIndia Description : www.webhostingsitesindia.in, a part of Hosting Raja Company, is one of the top web hosting companies in India and is the only Hosting & domain registration company in India provides supports in regional languages.We have been awarded and rated as one of the best & reliable & affordable hosting company operated in India using cutting edge technology available. Company Overview : There are number of choices available for Domain Registration and Hosting Services. This should be backed up by amazing value added services which includes…
  • Pick Smiles

    StartupFreak
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Company Name : Pick Smiles Description : Online flowers and gifts delivery services offered by Pick Smiles is very popular all across India as well among the Indians living in various parts of the world Company Overview : Picksmiles is a renowned flowers delivery services provider in India and cover all major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Nagpur, Agra, Kanpur, Bangalore, and many others. We strive to deliver the freshest flowers to your loved ones in a frivolous manner so that they can get maximum enjoyment out of them Homepage URL: http://www.picksmiles.com/…
  • Homestays.in – Book homestays and other accommodations in India

    StartupFreak
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Company Name : Homestays.in – Book homestays and other accommodations in India Description : Homestays.in is India’s leading booking website for homestays, bed and breakfasts, cottages, resorts, villas, houseboats, jungle lodges and other accommodations in India. Company Overview : Homestays.in brings inspired travellers and hosts together on India’s leading homestay booking platform. All our homestay accommodations and hosts are carefully selected and handpicked by our team of travel professionals to ensure good quality accommodations at reasonable prices for international and…
  • Neelkanth Power Solutions

    StartupFreak
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Company Name : Neelkanth Power Solutions Description : Transformers Manufacturer and Supplier in Mumbai India Company Overview : Neelkanth Power Solutions Mumbai is manufacturer and supplier of distribution transformers, servo controlled voltage stabilizer, furnace transformers, UPS systems, ultra isolation transformer, power conditioner, ground fault monitoring system and K rated transformer. Our company since 1979 is engaged in providing a quality range of transformers to customers. Products – 1. Servo Voltage Stabilizer 2. Ultra Isolation Transformers 3. Real Time Power Factor System…
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    Onboardly

  • Streamlining a Marketing Strategy Through Marketing Automation

    Guest Post
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today’s marketers are expected to do more with less money. This can put a lot of added pressure onto an already stressed marketing team. Thankfully there is something marketers can use to better manage their time and get marketing messages out at the right time: marketing automation software. Marketing automation software helps marketers discover prospects and develop relationships with them through meaningful, customized content designed to convert these leads into customers and brand advocates. Marketing automation software is useful for every part of the sales and marketing funnel, as…
  • 7 Entrepreneurs Name Their Biggest Inspirations

    Shanelle Mullin
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    What inspires you to wake up and GSD every day? That’s the question we asked a few of the entrepreneurs who so graciously agreed to do an interview with us. Did they get the inspiration from within? From their parents? From other people in the industry? If you’re struggling to find your “ah-ha” moment, read on for advice from the experts. 1. Shala Burroughs, @shalaburroughs My Dad. He started his consulting business at the age of 40 with two young children and a wife to take care of. Knowing what I know now about how stressful starting a business can be even without…
  • Announcing the #GetStarted2014 Winner: Social Belly

    Heather Carson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    You may recall a little while back we posted about #GetStarted2014, a great competition for which we teamed up with Simpleweb and Rackspace to find and cultivate the best new idea. With a prize offering of $70,000 worth of services to help make an entrepreneurial dream come true and some of the best judges around (including Cindy Gallop, Srinivas Rao, and Jessica Erickson) reviewing each of the submissions, this contest was well worth getting involved with. Overall, there were 150 awesome ideas submitted from all over the world and over 6,000 votes cast. The community has spoken, the votes…
  • Mommy, Read Me a Press Release? (Said No Kid, Ever)

    Heather Carson
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Chances are, you know – or have at some point known – a 5-year-old kid. There’s tons of them out there, so I feel safe in my assumption that you can picture what he looks like, what his mannerisms might be, and perhaps even what it might sound like for him to ask to be read to before bedtime. Have you ever heard a child ask to be read a press release? I’m guessing not. What they probably asked was: “Mom/Dad (or in my case, Auntie Heather), would you read me a story?” Kids, in the most innocent form of all human behavior, simply want to be entertained by a story. To be…
  • 15 Best SEO Posts of All-Time

    Renee Warren
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every month, we round up our favourite posts of all-time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We’ll cover everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Before 2014 is up, you’ll be a startup marketing superstar! We’ll make sure of it. So, without further ado, here are our 15 favourite SEO posts of all-time… 1. SEO Expert Quiz Takeaway : “This (SEO) is kind of fun. It may not shed light on the state of  SEO practices, but it’s fun.” 2. 101 SEO Experts Reveal Their Fave Plugins…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • The Best States to Form Corporations: A Concise Guide

    Grasshopper Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When entrepreneurs start businesses, they’re often ready to set up shop in their own backyards or basement offices, whether they’re in Oklahoma or Oregon. But before entrepreneurs incorporate in their home states, they should consider other locations. Why?  Well, each state differs in their incentives and penalties for doing business. Some states provide tax breaks to entrepreneurs, while others charge more heavily. Others just have a cheaper cost of living, making money go a little farther. So, what’s the best state to form a corporation? And what’s the cheapest state to…
  • Go Pop-up-less: Why You Don’t Need Pop-ups On Your Website

    Emma Siemasko
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Opt-in pop-ups. Modals. Boxes that appear after someone has spent a few minutes on your website. They’re bad news. As the internet becomes more and more inundated with stuff, it’s a struggle to stand out. Surely pop-ups that encourage people to download eBooks, subscribe to your newsletter, and buy your product, can help you get closer to your prospects, right? No. Pop ups are a marketing trick, not a real strategy. They may work for a little while, but in the long run they’re bad for your name, bad for your brand, bad for whatever you’re trying to sell. Pop-ups…
  • Grasshopper Customers! We’ve Partnered with Speek to Provide Conference Calling and Screenshare

    Len Bruskiewitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tired of horrible conference calls? So are we. That’s why we’ve partnered with Speek, a simple and smarter way to host virtual meetings. With Speek for Business, Grasshopper customers can host unlimited conference calls with a visual interface that allows you to see who’s joined, see who’s talking, share files, record calls, add/remove/mute participants, share your screen, and more. In addition to working on the web and any phone without requiring a download, Speek also has mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 8, and Blackberry. Speek has been named one of the Wall…
  • Reading Builds Business! Win a Kindle! [GIVEAWAY]

    Mary Mallard
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Learning rocks, so pick up a book. Even if you’re no longer a school kid, reading can give you perspective, improve your brain function, and help you improve your business. In the spirit of entrepre-learning, we’re giving away a Kindle PaperWhite! To enter to win, simply subscribe to our weekly business tips. You can improve your odds by sending out a tweet about the giveaway. How to Enter Subscribe to our business tips using the widget below by September 30, 2014. Improve your chances by tweeting about this giveaway. We’ll notify winners by email, so be sure to provide the…
  • 11 Ideas for Improving Your Small Biz Website TODAY

    Kiera Abbamonte
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You probably don’t have a team of developers and web designers in your back pocket. That’s okay. It doesn’t take an expert to build a great website for your small business. There are a bunch of quick fixes, easy adjustments, and super helpful tools that will improve your website in no time. Whether you want to improve organic search, user experience, conversion, or your whole site in general, look no further. Here are 11 ideas for improving your website today: SEO 1. Have a Healthy NAP I’m of the mind that a good nap fixes a lot. When it comes to your business website, it’s…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Intelisoles

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Intelisoles- Bio-feedback insoles- Sync to app- Record foot movement, force production, foot positioning- Can be used in shoes, skates, etc- Track data for race car drivers, athletes, seniors, rehabilitation patients- Potential to be used with virtual instructors- To be crowdfunded when/if launched- In developmentScreenshot via Intelisoles
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Sensilk

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sensilk- Smart technology clothing- Conductive fibers connected to mobile app- Analyze workouts- Fitness goal customization- Track heart rate- First product is smart technology braScreenshot via Sensilk
  • In the Spotlight - Pixlater

    Eleanor Wall
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pixlater- Upload photos once, distribute to multiple photo-sharing sites- Share images on 500px, Flickr, Facebook, etc- Schedule distribution- Pro subscription offers analytics, personal portfolio, app integration- All subscriptions offer 30-day free trialScreenshot via Pixlater
  • In the Spotlight - 300Editors

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    300Editors- Real time professional editing as a service- Add-on for Google Docs- Up-front pricing- Editors available in multiple time-zones- Corporate pricing availableScreenshot via 300Editors
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Healbe GoBe

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Healbe GoBe™ - Track caloric intake via skin sensor (glucose)- Pulse sensor (heart rate)- Impedance sensor (fluid level)- Movement sensor (accelerometer)- Smartphone data transfer (Bluetooth)- iOS/Android compatibleScreenshot via Healbe
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  • NewsHunt raises US$16.4M in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital

    Twishy
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Existing investors Matrix Partners India and Omidyar Network also participated significantly in this round of funding NewsHunt, India’s local language mobile platform, today announced its Series B funding of over US$16.4 million (INR  100 crore) led by Sequoia Capital India. Existing investors Matrix Partners India and Omidyar Network also participated significantly in this round of funding. NewsHunt is the destination for local language mobile internet users with a wide collection of regional content in over 12 languages and is a leading news app in India across app stores. Users pay…
  • Yahoo acquires Indian startup Bookpad

    Maneka Tanwani
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Few months after the Facebook – Little Eye Labs deal, another Bangalore startup has been bought by a tech giant. Bookpad has been reportedly bought for a little under US$15M Close on the heels of reaping benefits from the Alibaba IPO, tech giant Yahoo has bought Bangalore-based year-old startup Bookpad. The amount of the deal has not been disclosed. However, The Times of India reports it is just under US$15 million. The development comes just few months after Facebook bought another Bangalore startup Little Eye Labs. This shows that Indian startups are on the world map and…
  • Internet of Things is actually not too big for Indonesia

    DailySocial
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
     Indonesia wants to embrace IoT concepts in a big way. The hope of companies such as Telekom Indonesia is that Indonesia will have 20 IoT based cities by the end of the year People have been predicting that the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) will be the future of technology since 20 years ago. Smart city, one of technologies derived from the concept, has even been the main theme of modernization in Indonesia nowadays. Not to mention other inventions, like smart home and smart car. In fact, a prototype of the smart city is currently being built in Makassar. This Telkom…
  • Indonesia leads growth on digital advertising in APAC

    DailySocial
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
      Latest report by eMarketer states that Indonesia leads the Asia Pacific region in total media spending, ahead of powerhouses like Singapore and China eMarketer has just rolled out a publication about the state of digital ads industry in Asia Pacific, along with its projection until 2018. Interestingly, based on the total media spending, Indonesia is sitting nicely at the top of the list, having other countries like Singapore and China below it. This result may a big relieve for startups, considering the fact that most of Indonesia’s local startups are still relying on digital ads,…
  • [Singapore] Technology Seminar & SMP Dialogue 2014

    e27 Editorial Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    How can SMEs harness data and information management to enhance productivity and accelerate business growth? Synopsis: Businesses are often faced with unique challenges including rising business costs and tight labour market. To cope with these challenges, companies are encouraged to continually innovate and consider the adoption of innovative tools or solutions to raise productivity and accelerate business growth. How can information management and data be utilised to enhance productivity? What are some of the solutions and tools that others are already, or will be using to enhance business…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • Xiaomi pushes your buttons with new game controller

    Steven Millward
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Phone-maker Xiaomi unveiled a new game controller today that’s designed to work with the company’s own MiPad tablet and MiTV. The not-very-snappily-named Xiaomi Bluetooth game controller will go out to the first 300 buyers for the special price of just 1 RMB (US$0.16) on September 25. No word yet on the regular price, which games will work with all those extra buttons, and which of many protocols the Bluetooth gamepad supports. The layout will be more familiar to Xbox users than fans of the PlayStation. See: Xiaomi MiPad is a pretty package for just $240 – REVIEW After…
  • Oh hell no… Slow internet misery caused by broken undersea cable to last 20 more days

    Anh-Minh Do
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    If you’re in Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Guam, or Philippines, then you’re likely getting dismal internet speeds right now. That’s because one major undersea internet cable, called the AAG, was cut on September 15. The worst part is, you’ll be experiencing these depressing dial-up web speeds for another twenty days while cable operators from various nations scramble to repair it. Authorities close to the matter say that it’s likely anchors from local ships dragging along the Vietnamese shoreline that caused…
  • Rocket Internet has a ridesharing company called Tripda, and it just arrived in Southeast Asia

    Josh Horwitz
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Well, this is a surprise. Rocket Internet, the venture accelerator best known for taking proven business models and exporting them globally, has launched a carpooling service known as Tripda in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. We had no idea Rocket Internet even had a ridesharing company in its portfolio. But according to The Star Online, Tripda has been active in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico for some time. Tripda appears to operate less like Uber and Lyft, which get passengers in vehicles in under ten minutes, and more like a carpooling service for people…
  • Chinese IT education startup teaches you how to make your own Flappy Bird clone, gets $22M investment

    Paul Bischoff
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Jike Xueyuan (极客学院; literally translates to “Geeks College”) is an online education startup specializing in teaching IT-related career skills. The company just received a US$22 million series B round of funding from SIG Asia and BlueRun Ventures, according to QQ Tech. Launched just this year, Jike reports it has 120,000 users and over 300 courses on offer covering Android and iOS development, HTML5, Java, and more. With this latest round of funding, it will expand into more web development technologies such as PHP. The business model is similar to US-based Lynda, selling…
  • The game that saved Mixi, Japan’s Facebook rival, is coming to the US

    David Corbin
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Mixi, used to be known as the Japanese company that Facebook feared. Now, it could start to make game publishers nervous. Last Friday, the company announced it will release the smash-hit Monster Strike in the United States and South Korea (h/t to gaming industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto). Mixi, founded in 2004, was Japan’s social network of choice for about eight years. In 2012, after a couple of years of battling, Facebook finally topped Mixi’s user numbers. The defeat sent Mixi on a hunt for alternate revenue sources. Monster Strike was released in September 2013 and exploded in…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Versatile Security Wants To Expand Into America and Asia with their IAM technology

    Anders Hassis
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Versatile Security is a Swedish startup, developing and selling identity and access management (IAM) systems centred on the usage of smart cards. With state-of-the-art software managing verification devices such as smart cards, phones and tablets, this company intends to provide affordable top class security for businesses of all scale. In this technologically expanding era, businesses are often exposed to the risk of exploitation of their valuable employee information. Versatile Security can provide a safeguard solution with innovative smart card management systems, more cost efficiently…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – September 20 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Startup Grind founder to visit Stockholm and Gothenburg on his first Europe trip On September 25-26th, Derek Andersen, founder of Startup Grind, is coming to Sweden on his first trip to visit chapters outside of the U.S. Alongside Stockholm and Gothenburg, the cities of Dublin, London and Tel Aviv will have the honor of his presence for a few days. The Silicon Valley hype, values like giving before […] Tink…
  • Avoid car frauds with GarantiBil

    Einar Persson
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Swedish online service GarantiBil is a tool for making safe car deals. Having started in 2012 this startup has come a long way in two years. In the first quarter they have had over 277 000 visitors and sold more than 100 cars. CEO of GarantiBil, Patrick Juthberg, has with his team developed a fairly simple yet seemingly useful service for a specific customer problem. In the first quarter they have had over 277 000 visitors and sold more than 100 cars A large number of Swedish people are involved in car deals every year, and the company estimates an annual market size of about 80 MSEK.
  • New Media Unites Game Entrepreneurs In The Nordic

    Anders Hassis
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Games for mobile, tablet, console and computer is one of the fastest growing areas of the entertainment industry. By 2017, it is estimated that the games industry alone will generate more than 82 billion dollars in revenue worldwide. The same trends are prevalent in the Nordics, where game development is experiencing strong growth, with Sweden and Finland as the leading markets, and Denmark and Norway following close behind. With such a rapid growth, it has so far been very difficult to get a comprehensive overview of the industry in the Nordics. But that is about to change. By 2017, it is…
  • What you do when everything goes wrong? Find out at #ExpertNight

    James Pember
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s time for another #ExpertNight with the great team over at Elance-oDesk. The last event was a blast, with a capacity crowd gathered at SUP46. This time the topic of the night will be: “Mastering Conflicts” and the SwedishStartupSPace team will be on the ground, covering the event live. To explore this topic, they’ve invited successful entrepreneurs to help you figure out how to manage conflicts within your company. “Being a startup you are bound to go through change. You are disrupting industries. Your business is growing at an accelerated pace. Your…
 
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  • Heard@ Next Bank Europe: Disrupting The Banking Industry

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation in the Financial World.  Recently Temenos, one of the sponsors of the Next Bank Europe Conference, released a white paper on industry disruption in the banking sector. Their introduction depicts clearly the urgency to come up with new business models and value propositions. “Digitization is changing the industry’s […] The post Heard@ Next Bank Europe: Disrupting The Banking Industry appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Wins Bloomberg’s Innovation Challenge Award and The €5M Bounty That Comes With It

    Scott Mackin
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Another innovation prize? Just throw it over there with the others. Seriously though, Barcelona is starting to get a reputation as a world-leading innovative city, and we have the hardware to prove it. In March, Barcelona took home the iCapital Award, the first-ever European Commission prize that was awarded to Barcelona “for introducing the use of new technologies […] The post Barcelona Wins Bloomberg’s Innovation Challenge Award and The €5M Bounty That Comes With It appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Conductr (@C0NDUCTR)

    Stewart Masters
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    This post was written in collaboration with the founders of Conductr, Julià Carboneras Girgas, Oriol Rosell and Albert Minguell Colome. Music has been the pursuit of each generation to leave its stamp on the timeline of humanity. Each generation has advanced in music production capability using the best of the contemporary technology. A couple of decades back, music was an end result […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Conductr (@C0NDUCTR) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Job Opening: PHP Developer at Aether Consulting

    Scott Mackin
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    Company: Aether Consulting Area: IT & Media Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer   Aether Consulting was founded in 2011 to offer IT solutions for SME and Startups. We are looking for a talented and creative PHP Developer to join our MVP Startup Division. Where: Barcelona. (Please only apply if you have working visa for Europe, Spain) Ideally with […] The post #Barcelona #Job Opening: PHP Developer at Aether Consulting appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3)

    Orsi Tóth
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype Most trends and waves run the same course. A few crazy visionaries start it, followed by innovators and early adopters, and then the big ones eventually reach the tipping point, spilling over into mainstream consumerism. They become well known and available to the masses – think last autumn’s high street fast […] The post Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3) appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • Marketplaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • This Chinese Restaurant Gives Zero F*cks About What You Think

    Alan Van
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I’ve often heard complaints about Chinese people being rude (disclosure: I’m half Chinese – which means I only eat 50 percent of everything that breathes), but really, I think Chinese people just aren’t going to take your shit. In other words, yeah, they are rude, but it’s just because they’ve had it up to here with Communists, Nordstrom associates who won’t bargain with them on designer accessories and white people who want to know whether their roast ducks were vegetarian fed (and then complain that everything is “too spicy”). Case in point: The owner of a small Chinese…
  • 10 Motivational Tactics You’re Using That Are Actually Causing More Harm Than Good

    Alan Van
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Effectively motivating others is hard and can be a job unto itself — unfortunately, it’s a necessary skill almost everyone will find themselves having to do and do well at some point in their lives, whether you are a manager, a parent, a team leader, or a multitude of other roles that are both professional and personal. You may think you know what you’re doing when it comes to motivating, but you could also be sabotaging your (and their) long-term success if you are employing any of these 10 common “motivational” practices that actually KILL motivation. 1. Using threats and…
  • How a 13-Year-Old Launched a Successful Business in One of the Most Competitive Industries

    Benny Luo
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    What were you doing when you were 11 years old? If you’re Isabella Rose Taylor, you’ve already graduated high school and have a successful clothing business. Isabella was born with a genius-level IQ and has been academically accelerated in school for as long as she can remember. She discovered her passion for fashion design when she attended sewing camp, after which she started sewing clothes herself and selling them to friends. After seeing mostly positive reviews, Isabella, along with her parents, started believing that her passion could become a legitimate business. Fast forward two…
  • Hilarious Epic Meal Time Creator’s First Job Was Pranking High Schoolers

    Sebastian Dillon
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Epic Meal Time’s Harley Morenstein wasn’t always the king of high-calorie Jack Daniel’s soaked bacon cuisine. The current ruler of the Epic Meal Empire used to be a substitute teacher — the kind that wouldn’t be f*cked with and would put you in your place just when you assumed you had a mind-numbing movie day. Watch Harley explain how he pranked dim-witted high schoolers back in the day.
  • Finally, ’1984′ Clothes That Shield Your Phone From the Government

    Sebastian Dillon
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Didn’t you know? Big Brother is watching. Okay, it’s actually not that dramatic, but if you’ve read George Orwell’s “1984” recently, you might be thinking twice about things like federal surveillance and the government watching your every Google search. This company has got your back though, and their clothes have pockets that shield cellular, radio, GPS, and WiFi signals, taking your phone completely off the grid. “1984” is actually the name of the line of clothing, inspired by the novel of course, by Australian company The Affair; the designer and founder, Zoltan Csaki, is…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Disrupting research: Whale Path seeks to bring on-demand competitive intel to businesses of all types and sizes

    Editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Q&A with Whale Path co-founder Artem Gassan. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers an on-demand competitive research platform for enterprises, announced the closing of a $1.1 million Seed funding round at the start of September. Investors include TMT Investments, Kima Ventures, 500 Startups, Altair Capital, FundersClub, Wefunder and Ben Narasin. It was founded in 2012 by Gassan and Colin Gu, and this is the first significant outside funding round for the company. It is a past participant in both the Founder Institute and 500 Startups accelerators. SUB: Please describe Whale Path…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Backtracker wants to make the road a safer place for cyclists with its radar-based technology

    Editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    By Franz Struwig, Backtracker co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH Backtracker aims to change the face of road safety for cyclists by providing them with affordable, state of the art, military-grade radar technology to warn them of approaching vehicles from behind, while also warning drivers that a cyclist is up ahead. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION The single greatest cause of bicycle fatalities, and likely every cyclist’s greatest nightmare, is rear-end collision. Backtracker uses cutting-edge, military-grade radar technology to inform cyclists of traffic approaching from behind. In addition, it also…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Move over Vevo, Rormix is building an online music video platform for indie artists

    Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    By Emma Owens, Rormix co-founder and CMO ELEVATOR PITCH Rormix is a free app on which allows users to discover music videos from independent and unsigned artists. Officially launched in April, 2014, it has now been downloaded in 180 countries, 100,000 times. All the music videos are curated by a team of in-house music lovers to ensure a high-quality experience for users. Now VC backed and a team of nine and growing, Rormix aims to be the go-to platform for artists to promote themselves and users to discover new music videos. PRODUCT/FEATURE DESCRIPTION AND DIFFERENTIATION Rormix is the new…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Jerusalem-based ThetaRay taps big data to secure big networks

    Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    By Mark Gazit, ThetaRay CEO ELEVATOR PITCH ThetaRay helps critical infrastructure organizations and financial institutions detect and stop unknown threats. Covert APT attacks, fraud, money-laundering and operational faults like device malfunction or looming outage can be stopped before any damage occurs. SERVICE DESCRIPTION Leveraging the entire scope of data emanating across all critical assets, systems and environments in customers’ business and operations is the only way organizations can truly pinpoint what needs to be addressed in order to avert crisis situations. ThetaRay’s…
  • With a big funding round ($6M+) completed, OnBeep looks to bring its wearable, real-time group communications device to market

    Editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    A Q&A with OnBeep co-founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. The San Francisco-based startup, which is developing a wearable, gesture-based communications device, announced in late August the closing of a $6.25 million Series A funding round. It was founded last year by Robbins, CTO Greg Albrecht and lead designer Roger Wood. This is its first round of outside funding. SUB: Please describe OnBeep and your primary innovation. RobbinsOnBeep is a wearable communication device company that will aid in creating beautiful experiences through seamless, real-time group collaboration. The device can be…
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  • Apple Watch: A Triumph Of Incremental Innovation

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

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

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

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Iain Watson / Flickr The quote “80 percent of life is showing up” is widely attributed to Woody Allen, although the authority of the internet, Wikipedia, doesn’t confirm it – personally I think its true. But in business, showing up 100% of the time is table stakes. What I do see too much of though is a lack of follow up. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve not gotten as much as a acknowledgement email from someone – even from an INTERNAL person needing a response for an urgent matter, i’d be retired in Hawaii living in a huge mansion. You know what…
  • What Kind Of Innovation Is That?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr Last week, Forbes reported that the father of disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen, who wrote the original text on innovation – The Innovator’s Dilemma, said that he may have regretted the use of the word “disruptive”, and may now be working to replace it with something like “quantum” instead. Methinks that people are having a bit of trouble with the meaning of the word “disruptive” because if you ask me, its 100% accurate, and backtracking or revising isn’t going to solve the problem. If you ask me –…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Grovo, a company that teaches internet and modern professional skills with 60-second videos, is hiring a Junior Product Analyst. Eric Olson writes about employee stock options on his blog. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/8/14

    John Gannon
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    AngelList is hiring an Operations Associate. The Muse is taking one lucky winner and a guest on a tour of Silicon Valley this fall. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/8/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 9/4/14

    John Gannon
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Sean Johnson writes for Medium about how climbing the career ladder depends on what you do out of the office. Jean Walters offers 10 characteristics of great customer success hires. 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 9/4/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 9/2/14

    John Gannon
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Placemeter, a computer vision company, is hiring a Product Manager. Nitin Julka writes about how he got his first Valley-based Product Management job in 5 weeks. 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 9/2/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Ro knows: How to career switch from management consulting to startup business development

    Ro Gupta
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Ro Gupta landed his startup business development job by networking like crazy, catching a few lucky breaks, and crushing his interview with legendary venture capitalist Fred Wilson. Keep reading to learn how Ro successfully transitioned from the corporate world to leading business development at Disqus, one of the top discussion platforms on the web. You were the 1st business hire at Disqus. How did you hear about the role and what was your interview process like? Are there one or two things you felt were critical to finding the job or doing well in the interview process?  It was 2008 and…
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  • FutureLearn Courses Starting in October

    Elizabeth Randell
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Our friends at FutureLearn have once again delivered a wide assortment of courses for you this month.  There is something for everyone – from the Writer to the Sports Enthusiast to the budding Developer or Marketer. Check out these great options: How to Succeed at: Writing Applications Course Date: 06 October 2014 This course will help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college. Over the three weeks, we’ll look at different parts of the application process. We’ll help you to understand the skills you have…
  • Great Courses from NovoED -Starting October 1st

    Elizabeth Randell
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    NovoEd has been busy developing these courses which are starting in October.  Check them out for yourself! Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness (Secondary) Oct 1 The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and new English Language Proficiency Standards all include a focus on argumentation, requiring that students construct claims supported by evidence and/or reasoning. In this course, we will explore how to support all students but particularly English language learners,…
  • New Courses Announced by FutureLearn

    Elizabeth Randell
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    FutureLearn has recently announced adding five new courses to their already impressive selection of courses.  The following gives you a brief introduction to each course: Introduction to Cyber Security Course Date: 13 October 2014 Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life. Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Supply Chain Integrity Course Date: 17 November 2014 The challenges for food security in tracing and detecting food contamination whether it be by accident or as a result of fraud. Good Brain, Bad Brain:…
  • Introducing: Universiteplus

    Elizabeth Randell
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Universiteplus is an online learning platform that features quality education from leading Turkish universities aimed towards Turkish and English speaking learners.  The courses are self-paced, free, and have the opportunity to earn a certificate for a reasonable 69TL. As the first Turkish MOOC platform, Universiteplus has three main goals – to provide Turkey (and the world) with free, unique and vital opportunities to revolutionize education, to support the best Turkish professors by giving them a platform from which to teach, and to take advantage of international interest in…
  • Introducing Filtered

    Elizabeth Randell
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Are you proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint?” These are the words that can make even the most proficient users cringe.  No matter how good you are, you KNOW that the interviewer is about to ask for proof – either wanting results from a course or for you to take a skills test next.  Who among us has the certifications to show that we’ve learned so much since we started using Word? Some of us started back when WordPerfect was still the popular choice – and we learned by trial and (mostly) error.  To take a course has always meant napping for the first half…
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  • MA-Based Lean Enterprise Institute Announces 2 In-Depth Workshops.

    Kevin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    MA-Based Lean Enterprise Institute Announces 2 In-Depth Workshops. The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) today announced it will host two comprehensive workshops to help executives and managers launch and sustain the corporate cultures needed for lean management transformations. Both training sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LEI’s office, 215 First St., Cambridge, MA. The sessions are: Value-Stream Mapping: a Methodology for Sustainable System Improvement, set for October 14-15, 2014, will help managers, supervisors, lean management coordinators, and change agents…
  • LACI Ranked As Top 10 Global Incubator For 2014.

    Kevin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    LACI Ranked As Top 10 Global Incubator For 2014. The UBI Index has ranked the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in its world-renowned list of top 10 university associated business incubators for 2014 from among over 800 candidates in 67 countries. “The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator is one of the top business incubators in the world,” said Dhruv Bhatli, Co-Founder of UBI Index based in Sweden. “It provides exceptional value to its clients who have a higher survival and growth rate than the global average and become very attractive for buyers.” UBI Index. Based on the one of the…
  • “HeadwayExec” Launches New Programs for Upcoming Executives.

    Kevin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    “HeadwayExec” Launches New Programs for Upcoming Executives. “Headway Executive Coaching” announced today the launching of its coaching programs dedicated to first-time executives and new business owners. These programs help companies and executives to become great leaders. The coaching program can help business owners, managers, and business operators. Headway Executive Coaching a consulting company helps business professionals rise to new levels of work performance. The company is now offering consulting services to companies of all sizes. “We provide our clients with…
  • Total Security Recognized as Leading Provider of Security Systems.

    Kevin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Total Security Recognized as Leading Provider of Security Systems. For over ten years, Total Security Integrated Systems has built a reputation as the preeminent ‘go-to’ company in the New York area for security system installations ranging from security cameras to fingerprint recognition and intercoms. During that time, they have gained notoriety for their outstanding “A+” rating by the Better Business Bureau as well as their unique in-house capabilities to serve New York’s most discerning real estate management companies. Real Estate Service. Total Security’s real…
  • Sqrrl Increases Cybersecurity Capabilities with New Advisors.

    Kevin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Sqrrl Increases Cybersecurity Capabilities with New Advisors. Sqrrl has added two cybersecurity luminaries to its advisory board: Dr. Sameer Bhalotra and Richard Beijtlich. These additions reflect Sqrrl’s successes in positioning its Big Data platform as a next generation cybersecurity tool. Sqrrl. Sqrrl is the company behind Sqrrl Enterprise, a real-time platform for securely integrating, exploring, and analyzing Big Data to accelerate analyst search and discovery. One of Sqrrl Enterprise’s primary use cases is advanced data breach detection. Both Fortune 500 companies and large…
 
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  • Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Prateek Panda
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and[...]
  • Nurture Talent Partners with IIM Ahmedabad for Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Workshops

    Team TechPanda
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Gandhi beautifully captures the essence of what drives entrepreneurs to be changemakers. Budding entrepreneurs have ideas but often face difficulty in[...]
 
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  • DHL Reaffirms Long-term Commitment to Vietnam.

    Kevin C
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    DHL Reaffirms Long-term Commitment to Vietnam. DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, has announced the opening of its new DHL Country Office & South Service Center in Vietnam at 6 Thang Long Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. The investment of over USD 10 million makes it the logistics giant’s biggest to date in Vietnam, and reaffirms the company’s long-term commitment to the market. Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said, “Vietnam as a market has done exceedingly well and continues to show great promise. Industry data…
  • TUV Rheinland China Enters the Wearable Device Market with WeChat.

    Kevin C
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    TUV Rheinland China Enters the Wearable Device Market with WeChat. TUV Rheinland Greater China andTencent have cooperated to provide conformity certification for Bluetooth-based wearable devices. In August, WeChat of Tencent officially announced that it had added new equipment functions to the WeChat public platform to support smart wearable devices, and support for other hardware products will also be added. TUV Rheinland, which has preciously launched the world’s first wearable device certification standard, thus became one of WeChat’s first batch of partners in equipment…
  • SMART Offers the World’s Top Cities to Invest in Property.

    Kevin C
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    SMART Offers the World’s Top Cities to Invest in Property. SMART is a free to attend expo and seminar. For investors and property buyers there are several captivating reasons to visit SMART. They will get first-hand information and direct overseas property developers’ prices; see luxury properties from some of the best current investment destinations; get professional advice; take advantage of guarantee yields from “buy-to-lets,” be the first to buy low into hotspots with high return on investment; find winning strategies that meet your own risk assessments and the…
  • OIA GLOBAL Obtains Majority Ownership of TriMAX Joint Venture.

    Kevin C
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    OIA GLOBAL Obtains Majority Ownership of TriMAX Joint Venture. OIA Global, a leading worldwide logistics, materials management and packaging solutions provider, announced today that it has obtained majority equity in its TriMAX JV, and formed OIA Global Vietnam Co., Ltd. “This is an exciting time for OIA Global. We have operated in Vietnam for the past 10 years through our JV TriMAX. OIA’s clients will now experience a single brand, visibility through our operating system, and an expanded service offering. OIA Global gains the benefit of a majority owned company to enhance…
  • ChinaSoft and DoPT Sign An Agreement To Expand Big Data Analysis.

    Kevin C
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    ChinaSoft and DoPT Sign An Agreement To Expand Big Data Analysis. ChinaSoft ZhengTong, a subsidiary of ChinaSoft International, and the Department of Public Transportation Management Research Center (“the Department”) signed a strategic collaboration agreement to create a big data platform for localizing management as well as launching applications. This agreement is an important foundation for the Department and its future plans for transportation digital data disclosures and analysis. Both parties will work closely to research and share intellectual property rights, advocate…
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  • bigMobilityConference in Bangalore for mobile app developers

    Sarath Budam
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NextBigWhat is organizing a conference for mobile app developers in Bangalore on 13th September 2014. The aim of this conference is to bring insights into mobile application development. Venue : Infantry Hotel, Infantry Road, Commercial Street Near Shivajinagar Bus Stop, Bangalore. Contact : ashish@nextbigwhat.com For more details, you can visit http://events.nextbigwhat.com/bigmobilityconf/
  • Microsoft Azure Dev Camp in Bangalore

    Sarath Budam
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Microsoft is organizing its Azure Dev camp on 18th September at The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore. Microsoft Azure Dev Camps are fun and no-cost events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in an engaging, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned. You need to register in order to attend […]
  • Toptomato.in- online grocery store

    Susmitha Kasaram
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Toptomato is an e-commerce platform for grocery, personal care and household products. There are many online platforms for a variety of products but the one, which supplies grocery items etc, is a bit different. This makes it a unique concept. Apart from this, Toptomato has e-subscription, which is launched in India for the first time. […]
  • Reviewgist-A product review aggregator site

    Susmitha Kasaram
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Assume that you are planning to buy a gadget, what do you do? Some conventional things what we usually do are we will ask a friend, check some websites to review about the product and finally ratings of the product. But, do you think these things will provide the complete information about the gadget? May […]
  • Freekall

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

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    Business consulting, like any profession, is subject to trends that determine how much money you make and how you should diversify your services offering. In this article we will look at some common trends that are really starting to pick up pace right now.
  • Top 10 tips for consultants

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Your first tip that is important if you are a consultant is perhaps the most important one. The rest follow from it. Bear that in mind and you should be a top business consultant before you know it.
  • 7 reasons to help startups

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Helping start-ups is one of the great joys in a business consultant’s life. In this article we will look at 7 reasons why helping start-ups makes a lot of sense.
  • 5 ways to help a business

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    If you are setting up in business as a business consultant, then you have a fantastic opportunity to help a business in many ways. However, not every company is the same, so you may have to work hard to find out what the concerns are for that particular business and then find a way to help them. So the first job is to essentially take an audit of the company and see which aspects of their processes need some help. Once that is done, you can get down to the nitty gritty of providing support and insight.
  • Top Tips For Credit Control When Starting a New Business

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Almost 30% (of the 80%) of all new businesses that fail within their first year say that their reason for going bust was entirely down to their finances. Well-planned credit control practices are imperative to ensuring business continuity, and ensuring you have these in place at the very start will certainly ensure you don’t get into more trouble than you can handle.
 
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  • Does Humor Help or Hurt My Brand?

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Humor can be a powerful tool for many small business owners - if you know how to use it. Some companies make their living on entertaining consumers on a regular basis while others strike social media gold with well-timed tweets. Although comedy can have a drastic impact on your consumer base, small business owners should exercise caution when implementing it in their operations. As beneficial as comedy can be for your brand, it can have the opposite effect if poorly executed. Businesses that attempt to leverage humor during inappropriate events or merely promote content that many people do…
  • 5 Things Your Business Can Learn from U2's Surprise Album

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Beyoncé revolutionized the realm of digital music in December 2013 when she dropped her self-titled album on iTunes without any warning - fans flocked to their social media profiles to discuss the songs and downloaded the hit album in droves. Recently, Grammy-winning band U2 made a similarly bold move with its latest album's release, and while the group is arguably one of the most well-known in the world, its attempt was met with a great deal of adversity from fans and smartphone users alike.  U2 partnered with tech giant Apple to provide a free copy of its latest…
  • Infographic: The Small Business Content Marketing Toolbox

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Content marketing is one of the most valuable tools small business owners have at their disposal. Generating online materials to reach your digital audience is crucial for attracting new consumers and establishing your brand as a thought leader within the industry. After you've learned the secrets to success for content marketing, discover the following ways your business can use these resources to expand its online presence. List articles This type of content is among the most commonly employed by popular websites. Generally, list articles present a burst of information about…
  • 5 Ways To Keep Employees Engaged During Meetings

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Company meetings are crucial for small business owners looking to discuss an issue, talk about new policies or simply present the business' state of affairs to the staff. While meetings are necessary for a variety of reasons, oftentimes, they can become mundane, especially if you're discussing something that isn't necessarily intriguing. Next time you gather your employees at a company meeting, consider these five ways to keep them from dozing off during your talk. 1. Vamp up the visuals Visuals are an important component of your small business' strategy, from the content you post to your…
  • Infographic: Small Business Content Marketing - The Secrets To Success

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    As more businesses develop their digital strategies to reach a wider online audience, high-quality website content has become essential for attracting visitors and turning them into sales leads. Developing a content marketing strategy can make your brand more successful in its conversion tactics, and there are several ways to ensure your copy is both effective and intriguing for online visitors. Tailoring your content Before you can decide what content to put on your site, you must first identify your target audience. Choosing your market allows you to more accurately provide content to…
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  • Plan9 is all Set to Host GITR – Investment Battle Pakistan!

    Qurat Zafar
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Plan9, one of Pakistan’s biggest incubators, is hosting Get in the Ring, Investment Battle Pakistan. The event which is to be held on 25th September will feature 8 shortlisted teams who will compete in a National Battle and subsequently the finals in Netherlands. The competition which will feature startups and teams from all over the world will involve some exceptional pitching sessions in the battle to raise over 1,00,000 Euros! Investment Battle is an idea developed by Erasmus Centre where startups take part in pitching battles. Two startups confront each other in what is known as a…
  • 5 ways Kamata Pakistan could have done a better job!

    Mujtaba Ayub
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Till earlier this year, I was working in an ambitious new startup that attempted to provide a Rozee.pk-like online portal for the blue-collar job market, called Kamata Pakistan. Unfortunately, it has since been put on hold. In many ways, we have failed. Being part of a startup that did not quite worked out, as you would have liked it, can be a tough proposition to deal with. There is a lot of disappointment, soul-searching, and self-doubt going around, and finding a way through murk towards a positive course of future action can be difficult. Of course, a startup failing is not news.
  • 10 Things Fresh Graduates Need to Know Before Starting a Job

    Immad Khan
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    As another year is about to come to a close, a new bunch of fresh graduates are going to enter the workforce. While they might be focusing on how to score a job and excel at interviews, but they should also have an idea of what await them once they get a job. There’s going to be plenty of new things they’ll be learning about the professional world out there, some might be pleasant (monetary benefits) and some of it less so. Here is a list of 10 things fresh graduates hardly realize during their first break – but will be figuring out quite sooner, hopefully. 1. The Year long…
  • Workplace Harassment – A menace within our Society

    Immad Khan
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    Not everything about jobs and workplace is as green as it looks from the outside. With a lot of mounting economic pressures, stressful working environments, lack of knowledge about one’s rights and the ever evolving nepotistic nature of work in our country, unfortunately, harassment at workplace is also evolving as a menace. Mehreen* had just returned to her home country after completing her Bachelors in Communication Designs and was lucky enough to have scored a job. She has a sharp and bright mind, with aesthetic sense to complement her artistic skills. Although, a start-up which came…
  • Taazi.com: Pakistan’s first Digital Music Delivery Service

    Immad Khan
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Taazi.com in collaboration with Ufone is providing Pakistan’s first web-based platform for emerging and seasoned musicians to showcase their talents and retain intellectual property rights, and raising a voice against piracy. When the era of the walkman started to fade away, and iPods became a part of every pocket (or mp3 players), there was a major shift in the business models of the music industry. Music also became more digitized than before. iTunes, Reverbnation, Google Play, Youtube and SoundCloud made it easy for listeners to buy music and share their favorite tracks. However, due to…
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  • Naughty Strands – Helping Women Get Dressed, In Style

    Akanksha Samar
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Young entrepreneurs are starting up in areas unheard of. For instance, fashion segment which was once considered the domain of women is slowly giving way to men. And betting big on this shift is Bhuvan Bansal, who has founded Naughty Strands. Sharing the concept of business, Bansal says, “Fashion conscious women want clothes that fit them well and they want a good deal of variety. I found a huge gap in terms of fast fashion which was not available in India time at affordable prices. So there was Zara, Mango which cost Rs 2,500 or more, then Chemistry was in the range of Rs 1200-1300.But if…
  • FreeCharge Raises $33 Miilion Series B Funding From Existing Investor Sequoia Capital And Others

    Asish Das
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    FreeCharge.in, India’s leading online mobile, DTH recharge company has raised 33 million USD in its series B funding. The investors for the fresh round includes existing investor Sequoia Capital along with  Belgium bases Sofina and Russia based RuNet investment firms. FreeCharge was founded in 2010 by Kunal Shah, Sandeep Tandon and Alok Goel which gives free coupons for each recharge done through the website. These coupons are delivered through e-mail, mobile phone which can be redeemed at various foods, entertainment, clothing stores like Dominos, KFC, Flipkart, Amazon, eBay etc.. The…
  • i-lend.in – India’s First Online Peer-To-Peer Lending Platform

    Siddhartha Sarma
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    www.i-lend.in is an innovative startup in the financial space in India and is likely to be a game changer in the largely conservative, regulation driven financial products market in India. In a sector dominated by banks and large NBFCs, www.i-lend.in ’s disruptive capability is attracting interest in this sector which has seen little or no innovation since the advent of micro-finance. i-lend is a marketplace for peer-to-peer loans and seeks to match people who need money with people who have surplus money. This way i-lend eliminates the middleman, in this case, banks or NBFCs who raise…
  • [Exclusive] Quintessential Online Tools For A Successful Dream Home Hunt by Sumit Jain, Co-Founder, CommonFloor.com

    Asish Das
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    This article has been authored by Mr. Sumit Jain, Co-Founder & CEO of CommonFloor.com exclusively for The Startup Journal Despite the evolution of the real estate landscape in India, finding the right property in accordance with several parameters like livability, connectivity, proximity to one’s work place, value for money, returns on investment among others continues to be a daunting task. On one hand the massive increase in real estate activity (fueled by spectacular returns on real estate investments in the early and mid-2000s) has resulted in mind boggling choices for the property…
  • How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics]

    Asish Das
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Everyone knows that Google is the search giant and hires the best possible candidates for the company. Many of us dreamed about working at Google. But what does it take to get a job at Google? How hard it is to be selected for it? Does your college percentage or high qualification really matters when applying for the search giant? Did you know? It takes an average of 37 days to complete an interview process at Google  with about 5 interviews? How Hard It Is To Get A Job At Google The post How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics] appeared first on The Startup Journal -…
 
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  • How to recognize the jerk at a startup event

    Florin Muresan
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    We all go to a startup event thinking that it will be awesome, and that we’ll meet a bunch of interesting and awesome people. But as it happens at any event, there will inevitably be some participants whose behavior will not be the most suitable one. Greg Anderson wrote a…
  • The knowledgeable crowdfunding: School crowd-funding

    Florin Muresan
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    The knowledgeable crowdfunding Have you ever thought how the future of education looks like? Education has a direct impact on our lifestyle and well-being. Poor education means poor quality life. When tuition fees increase, when education becomes more expensive year by year, we enter a dark side of life. Fewer…
  • 7 tactics you too should use for your growth hacking strategy

    Florin Muresan
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    It seems that growth hacking is becoming more and more popular. Since it has established itself as a buzzword, the haters just have to embrace and accept it. I personally like to read about strategies and tactics used by growth hackers. They surely do have a brilliant mind. I put…
  • How does KISSmetrics engage with its public through content marketing

    Florin Muresan
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    If you search on Google “KISSmetrics”, you will get approximately 733 000 results. And if you search “KISSmetrics content marketing” you will get around 135 000 results. That’s amazing! There are a lot of websites out there that write about KISSmetrics, and what they do. The story behind KISSmetrics First…
  • Startup Events and Sport Events. The missing link

    Florin Muresan
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Two big events: startup events and sport ones. Two gatherings at which people come in bulk. Two events which attract a lot of advertising, expectation, nervousness. Both highly appealing. Their major points of difference occur in their theme and key public, even so, while attending Techsylvania this spring, which was held…
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  • The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups

    Ever Gonzalez
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    We want to thank the team at OnlineClock.net for the awesome infographic. CHECK THEM OUT! http://onlineclock.netThe post The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups appeared first on .
  • Sarah Young – Being a Continuous Learner

    Melinda Yeaman
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The more I learn, the less I know” Albert Einstein Do you know what you get when you Google “Sarah Young and Rock Your Block”? You can easily happen upon a picture of her wearing a Scoopie the ice cream cone mascots costume! Yes ladies and gentleman, she was a giant ice cream cone. In her youth Sarah had many jobs, including working at a burger and custard joint called Culver’s, which is where some of her passion originated from as she dreamt up the idea of Rock Your Block.    …
  • John Richards: Avoiding Common Blunders

    Melinda Yeaman
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The magic answers to success are buried in the brains of the customer” -John Richards This interview is all about the things that investors are wishing you knew. Are you asking the right questions to get legitimate customer validation? John walks us through specific strategies to get it right. Are you solving a problem in the world that is a monetizable pain? Listen to this podcast and ask yourself some hard questions; you will be glad you did. Highlights: Customer Validation Seed Funds Angel Investors…
  • James Lopez: Building a Supporting Cast of Mentors

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

    Melinda Yeaman
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Podcast:Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The fortune is in the follow-up” Skylar Topham is currently the co-founder of smartclinic.io, a software in the works that will help hearing practitioners run a far more efficient practice. He’s an avid reader and a surfer living 450 miles inland. While most are keeping up with the Kardashians, and listening to Maclamore, he’s reading to stay current in his craft (sales and marketing) and drives around pumpin’ podcasts. He and his small team also work for a handful of companies, helping them…
 
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    1CLICK.io

  • 1Click’s webRTC application now on App Store

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

    Deepthi Ramdas
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    It has been almost two years since 1Click’s live video chat came on the web portal. And fr a startup, we have garnered a good number of client list who … Continue reading →The post 1ClickRTC iOS application – A General Overview appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Five Live Chat Softwares to boost any business’ Customer Support

    Deepthi Ramdas
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    A live chat software, like I mentioned earlier, is any business’ best friend. It helps business’ stay in constant touch with their customers, giving birth to a healthy and steady … Continue reading →The post Five Live Chat Softwares to boost any business’ Customer Support appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • 1Click’s Live Video Chat iOS Application now Available on App Store

    Deepthi Ramdas
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    1Click’s live video chat has been a success on the web portal. However, in one of my article on the features of 1Click’s live video chat, I had written that … Continue reading →The post 1Click’s Live Video Chat iOS Application now Available on App Store appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Context based Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but legendary,” – Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart Well clearly not just a good … Continue reading →The post Context based Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • Why do startups find it so hard to find good talent?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Potknox Co Founder, Pottu Venugopal, tells us why finding talent for startups is a lot like, and as tough as, finding clients, wherein making a hire resembles making a sale. Here’s what he and a number of other startup CXOs had to say about this worldwide worry! “Having been part of a number of startups, I strongly feel that in a startup, ‘finding talent’ is sometimes just as challenging as ‘finding clients’. The sales process is fairly standard: Generate Leads, Follow Up and then Convert Leads i.e. make a sale. Similarly, hiring involves: 1.
  • Summer Recruitment Drive 2014

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    1000 programmers. 28 startups. 10 days. 7 distinct profiles. All from 1500 miles away. The Start of Something On August 1st, 2014 at 10 AM, we met in the room with the big table and chairs. Usually, all five of us would have taken the discussion in five different directions, but today our voices were unanimous. It had been two weeks we’d been waiting to have this conversation, and the moment was finally here. The Believers 14 days earlier, sitting in our Delhi based dream, we had come up with the Summer Recruitment Drive, our very own innovative way of getting startups to explore the…
  • 7 Problems Startups Face with Campus Recruitment

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Campus  Placements and Working at Startups are two equally promising trends in recruitment that are shaking things up for the corporate world. Question is, why don’t they go together? What’s stopping startups from tapping into this wide pool of talent that’s so much like them- new to nuances, eager to excel, and intelligently innovative? Here are 7 problems startups face with campus recruitment: 1. Lack of Brand Value By far the biggest reason startups avoid/fail at campus recruitment is the lack of brand value attached to them. Especially at particularly prestigious…
  • 4 Alternatives to Resumes

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Dear Employers and Employees alike, to quote Phoebe Buffay as she *pwned* Ross Geller, “Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?” What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time you spent hiring? These four…
  • Startups and Interns Are Made For Each Other

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Interns are to Employees what Startups are to MNCs; both the smart new kid on the block giving the older kids a run for their money. We spoke to 3 young, successful entrepreneurs who agreed that interns have been invaluable to them, when handled with care. But what is it about interns that make them so perfect for startups? Are startups and interns really made for each other? 1. They’re Useful- I solemnly swear I’m up to some good. Interns have been found to be the source of some truly brilliant ideas, thereby giving fantastic returns on investment. Call it beginner’s luck or a…
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    SuperbCrew

  • Notion – Smart Sensor Has Raised $134k On Kickstarter

    SuperbCrew
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    With Notion home intelligence is now a reality. Notion is a home intelligence system that uses a small, smart, multi-function sensor to detect things for you. Now, you can know things like how full a propane tank is, when your child returns from school, the second there is a water leak, if a gun safe has been accessed and much more. Notion has already received more than $134.000 from Kickstarter backers. Here you can support Notion team and pre-order your Notion. The 7 advanced sensors inside each Notion multi-function sensor are: – Accelerometer can tell you if your garage door is…
  • AirVR – iPad and iPhone Enabled Virtual Reality

    SuperbCrew
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The AirVR is a head mounted display made to work with the iPad Mini or iPhone 6+ to deliver a high quality virtual reality experience. There are two aspherical lenses mounted above the iPad’s screen, allowing your eyes to focus on the screen at such a close distance. The iPad slides into the front of the AirVR, leaving all the ports and buttons exposed, as well as a thin strip of the touchscreen which can be used to interact with apps while the iPad is in the unit. AirVR and AirVR+ are available for pre-orders ($49 + shipping) on Kickstarter. Activate Social Media:The post AirVR –…
  • Feedbac – Changing The Way You Make Videos

    SuperbCrew
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Feedbac is a new product that aims to reinvent video editing. Feedbac helps your manage video projects by collaborating simply and seamlessly in real-time with clients and teammates. Below is our chat with Dara King Co-Founder and CEO of Feedbac: Q: What is Feedbac? A: Feedbac is a SaaS product and allows teams that create video to collaborate. The number one goal of Feedbac is to help teams get their video out of production and in front of their audience…we say Feedbac helps teams avoid production purgatory. Q: Where did you get the idea for the feedbac? A: We are actually an…
  • Trunx App – Lets You Organize And Store Your Precious Photo Memories

    SuperbCrew
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Developed by San Francisco based startup Lifetime Memori, Trunx is a photo sharing and storage app that saves space on your phone by putting and organizing your photos on a secure cloud. Sleek user interface and interesting features make this app stand out. Sandra Ponce de Leon, from Trunx team, shares more details with us: Q: Trunx lets users store and organize photos and videos – how would you describe Trunx in your own words? A: Trunx is my whole visual life story kept safe, secure and organized as a part of the biggest memory bank in the world. Trunx is a place where I can always…
  • Paraglide – Increase Productivity And Improve Employee Happiness

    SuperbCrew
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    New startup Paraglide helps employers to increase employee productivity by delivering unique and interesting perks. Paraglide’s platform makes it simple for employees to discover what perks they have at their disposal, and offers employers the ability to reward their employees for engagement in perk programs. Below is our recent interview with Alex Gibson, Co-Founder of Paraglide: Q: Alex tell us your story and something more about Paraglide? A: Myself and my co-founder both have multiple startups under our belts. Personally, I have two prior successful exits, and Paraglide is my…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

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

    ventureosity
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A dairy farm fired all employees and referred the offenders in the video to law enforcement, according the the Associated Press. They have also stopped dairy shipments and milking operations and sent cows to other area farms. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals captured video secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing […]
  • BABA for ALIBABA: September 19 at 9:30 a.m

    ventureosity
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    On Friday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the NYSE stock exchange will begin the process to determine the opening price for trading Alibaba’s IPO. “Whether it’s 15 minutes to get to that solution or an hour and 15 minutes, we don’t really care,” David Ethridge, the senior vice president at NYSE Group Inc. “We’ve […]
  • $6.8 BILLION SPACE TAXI CONTRACTS TO BOEING AND SPACEX

    ventureosity
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Good to see some news like this, Nasa is handing contracts to Being and SpaceX to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.  “We welcome today’s decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of purpose,” Musk said in a statement. The American-built rockets and spacecraft would replace the Russian systems […]
  • Start-ups: Build a strong team first

    ventureosity
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    What is the most valuable in a start-up, the product or the team, in this post, the culture of a start-up should focus in building a strong team with high level of communication between its members in order to build a strong product, read more : Your team is more valuable than your product.
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    Spectafy Blog

  • 5 Steps to a Badass Startup Team

    Ben Watson
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    As a co-founder, building a badass startup team will not only be one of your first challenges, but also the most important one to get right. Here are some of the tidbits we learned while forming our current, and (I think) extremely badass, team. 1. Identify your Weaknesses The team has to start with me, myself, and I.  We mean this in the most humble of ways.  The reality is that nobody is going to put in more blood, sweat, and tears to execute your vision than you–although great team members may get close.  Remember, in the wise words of Mark Suster, “Shit happens. Great teams…
  • Utility Isn’t Enough, How Social Should Compliment Utility to Drive App Engagement

    Eric Watson
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    If you’re trying to make a big splash in the app world, utility itself is simply not enough anymore.  A bit of background on our app Spectafy connects people to location-specific answers, visually. It’s meant to get people moving, and get them information about locations in real-time without having to leave where they are – so that they can plan and move more efficiently. One of the biggest superpowers of our app is its focus on community, on togetherness, and helping each other. It’s also the biggest thing we weren’t executing on at the beginning of our beta. The funny thing is we…
  • 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Visual Memory and How We Recall Information [SlideShare]

    Eric Watson
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Visual information is incredibly powerful. Here are some interesting things about how we are all wired to consume and remember visuals. Hopefully it’s not only interesting, but helps you learn, design, teach, and more. A picture really is worth 1000 words. Check out this SlideShare: The post 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Visual Memory and How We Recall Information [SlideShare] appeared first on Spectafy Blog.
  • The 7 Best San Francisco Events You Don’t Want To Miss in September

    Sean Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    We are deeply routed in San Francisco, it’s where our community is centered, it’s where we’re headquartered, it’s where we are launching first, and SF just an awesome place! One of our goals is to increase our community’s awareness of interesting things happening around them all the time. There are few things we enjoy more than attending local events in San Fran, and with the breadth of culture in San Francisco, there’s always something interesting to participate. This is why we are putting together a new recurring blog segment that we are going to be…
  • Photos And The Future of Real-time, On-demand Information

    Eric Watson
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Real-time photos, we believe, are going to be a huge part of how we gain information in the next year. We are so connected technologically through our mobile phones and mobile devices that pictures are just an obvious commodity that we can use for more than just selfies. We can use them to plan, to be productive, and to help people. We can use them as we already do to engage in communities, but also to benefit communities. We knew when we got started building our startup, Spectafy, that we would learn a lot about real-time photo sharing and boy have we ever! Just to give you a bit of…
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Access Any News Story From Around The World With AllNewspapers.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Quite a time, we often find ourselves interested in accessing the news from around the world. Although there are numerous resources available but this is not it as sometimes we get ended in engaging ourselves with one or two sources only. In our today’s startup review, we are covering AllNewspapers.com. AllNewspapers.com is a site which allows everyone who is keen to know what is happening in different part of the world. The site divided into different regions, sharing the top stories. While with these stories available over the web, it makes much easier for anyone to get rid of physical…
  • Now Compare Countries Economy With TheGlobalEconomy.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Students, faculties, researchers, business people, journalists and others around the world often finds and looking out for information about world economies from different sources. While there are number of options available to find about world economies, but the one which we are planned to talk about today is TheGlobalEconomy.com. TheGlobalEconomy.com is an open educational resource on the world economy used by students, faculty, researchers, business people, journalists, and others around the world. The website offers interactive tools, including global maps and charts, offering users to…
  • Security Android Apps You Must Carry While Traveling Alone

    Victoria Andrea
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    They say that traveling the world is the one thing that everyone must do in their lives as there is nothing else that is quite fulfilling. The new connected world we live in has also made it possible to stay safer than ever before with the help of just a few applications installed on your phone. Here are a few must-have applications on your Android phone while you are traveling. Location alert Applications These are applications that utilize the GPS navigation system on all smart phones these days and in case of an emergency send out an alert to pre-programmed numbers with your location.
  • Want To Find Someone, Check Anywho.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Often a need arise that you need to find people for one-to-many times, sometimes even higher than this also. In such a case instead of just roaming here and there and looking forward for the solutions, it is better to go for one single place which helps you attain this. In this review article, I am going to share with you a website name Anywho.com. This site Anywho.com helps end users to find individual people as well as different businesses while it comes equipped with search capabilities like that of white pages, reverse lookup by phone numbers, yellow pages and others. Moreover, one can…
  • Meet SchoolShape, A Tech-Fluent Language Lab That Got People Talking

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    No doubt with a way by which technology makes it stands clear on every possible outlook of life, the very same it makes it entrant in the world of education also. This is because the today’s company which we are featuring belongs to education niche and is name as SchoolShape. If sharing what this start-up does, then in simple words, SchoolShape is a cloud-based language learning platform which helps making teachers lives easier with by integrating different strategies in hand. SchoolShape basically creates a virtual language lab where teachers can give assignments, test and moreover even…
 
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    The Leanometry Blog

  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

    leanometry
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Pitch Grub: Create the perfect startup elevator pitch. Your audience will eat it up. We noticed that one of the main problems that entrepreneurs had when coming to us to present their ideas was to concisely and clearly present their product. Many of them get lost in lots of details regarding what the product will … Continue reading →
  • How to serve your customers while following your product roadmap?

    leanometry
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Guest Blog Post by Krish Subramanian Explosive user growth. Backing from the venture capital elite. Seemingly, never ending interest from media entities. They’re rocketships of the startup world. Startups like Hubspot have seen unbridled growth. For startups that cater to the needs of other businesses, it is a dream to serve customers who’ve attained exponential … Continue reading →
  • 5 Ways Content Creators Get More Shares Using Sharewalla

    leanometry
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Getting more shares on your content is hard. We’re making it easy. Why not ask your most passionate followers to share your downloadable content in order to get access to it? We do this all the time with email marketing (i.e. provide your email for a free ebook). Now let’s do it for social shares, … Continue reading →
  • 5 Good Reasons Why It’s Better To Hire A Conversion Rate Consultant

    leanometry
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest Blog Post by Andy Hunt Hardly a day goes by now when there isn’t another conversion rate optimization startup that launches (including us). Just this past week we were comparing Evergage, Barilliance, Visual Website Optimzer, Optimizely and a handful of other SaaS providers who all claim to make it easy to increase your site’s … Continue reading →
  • Introduction to Angular JS

    leanometry
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Introduction to angular js july 6th 2014 from Simona Clapan
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    Advice for Early-Stage Startup Founders - TimOsterbuhr.com

  • Top 10 Video Courses To Become A Growth Hacker

    Tim
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    In recent years, the traditional marketing role at most companies has shifted to become more tech-focused. It is no longer enough to preach the gospel taught in most university marketing classes. I love Super Bowl commercials, but have those convinced you to buy a KIA? Yeah me neither… This change has led to the development of a “marketing” position that is thought after by many, the growth hacker (especially startups). [Or the marketer with an understanding of how technology and marketing work together, to help a company gain traction at high speed.] I’m assuming, you…
  • How To Get A Job At A Startup (Even If You Cannot Code)

    Tim
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Even before the success of HBO’s TV show “Silicon Valley,” there has been great demand for startup jobs. Many people have asked me in the past about taking the right steps to find a startup job. Given a recent increase of questions, I spend some time drafting this post to provide you with a good base to get started. What you will learn: – The different early startup stages – When to get in – Job options at a startup – There are also non-engineering jobs – Where you can find startup jobs – Don’t even think about monster.com – Hacks and tips to get ahead…
  • Top 10 productivity extensions and websites for Entrepreneurs

    Tim
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Over the last months I have been obsessed with improving the speed at which I can complete repetitive and boring tasks. Nevertheless, organizing your work and day takes time – So you need to find a good balance between saving time and being organized to become hyper efficient. When I first started writing this post, I wanted to post only 5 useful tools. However, I had a pretty tough time identifying even 5 good ones, because most of the extensions and programs I use are now a big part of my daily routine. So to get the ball rolling… I took a step back and checked every app, plugin,…
  • How to Create an Android/iOS Game Without Knowing How to Code

    Tim
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Did you know that you don’t need to know how to code to create amazing android and iOS games? In this review, I will show you software that makes it really easy to create simple and advanced games. Plus I’ll show you some really cool games that were made using each program. What You Will Learn 1. Which programs are available and how much they cost 2. What does the UI look like 3. How can I learn to make games 4. What are some popular games made using each software 5. Which one is the best program to make games There are various programs to create games and covering all of them in this…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Online Store using Shopify

    Tim
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    This is the first video in my series of tutorials that teach you, how to create your own online store without knowing how to code. In this video I’m diving into Shopify a very popular shop system that is highly customizable and easy to setup. The best way to follow the tutorial is by signing up for a Shopify trial account, which you can do here. What you will learn in this tutorial: – Setting up an account – Adding products to your store – How to change the design of your store – Creating and publishing blog posts – Adding pages (like FAQs and a Contact…
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