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  • Business Partners Abroad: Are Financial And Credit Checks Necessary?

    Young Upstarts
    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    For many companies, adding an international component to business is an important part of their growth strategy. However, finding the right partners to make this a reality can be easier said than done. After all, there may be a very different business culture in your target country and factors may exist that you have not yet considered. There are several things to think about before making a commitment to a foreign partner. For a start, you must carefully identify your potential partner. The starting point for this is to clarify your needs. Are you looking for a joint venture partner, an…
  • ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Startups Have Never Been Easier

    Startup Professionals Musings
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sponsored by VISA Business If you have a unique product or service, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start. The cost of entry has never been lower. Anyone can be an entrepreneur today, without a huge investment, bank loans, lawyers, venture capitalists, or Angels. In the early days (20 years ago), most new e-commerce sites, for example, cost a million dollars to set up. Now the price is closer to $100 if you are willing to do the work yourself. Here are the key steps for a personal home-based business website selling your consulting service or a…
  • How to Track Your Employees' Productivity Without Becoming Big Brother

    Inc.com
    Daniel Enthoven
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The Quantified Self movement has tremendous potential in the workplace--just don't use data analytics technologies to monitor people's bathroom breaks.People are going crazy for self measurement. Fitbits and FuelBands track our activities and sleep. Mobile apps have gone far beyond counting calories to support mood tracking, time spent meditating, and the progression of chronic disease. There are bathroom scales that feature Bluetooth so they can tell your phone how you're doing with your diet. (It won't be long before your phone reports back to your refrigerator.)But while the…
  • 3 Ways to Motivate Salespeople With More Than Just Money

    Inc.com
    Bob Marsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Sales contests can be a valuable opportunity to coach members of your sales team and get them to work together better.Stop for a second to think about what really motivates a salesperson. Recent research from Aberdeen Group found that the No. 1 motivator is money. (Shocker!) Following that is competition with peers and recognition for a job well done.Sales leaders focus on financial motivations by giving commissions and employee bonus plans that rightly reward the end result--closing business. However, capitalizing on salespeople's desire for competition and recognition is often…
  • How Companies Can Leverage Global Trends to Drive Growth

    Knowledge@Wharton
    Knowledge@Wharton
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    New global trends such as aging or geo-political risks compel companies to recast their growth strategies. Mauro Guillen of Wharton’s Lauder Institute offers ways to navigate these uncharted waters.
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    Fast Company

  • Airbnb Reportedly Closes New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $10 Billion

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    However, it's still unclear what the total amount raised is. Reports suggest it's between $450 million and $500 million.As widely speculated, Airbnb has reportedly closed a new round of fundraising that values the company at $10 billion.Read Full Story
  • Criminals Are Using Drones To Find And Rob Marijuana Farms

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The drones are equipped with infrared cameras to spot the lights used in grow operations.Borrowing a tactic from the police, some criminals in the U.K. are using drones equipped with infrared cameras to steal or extort from marijuana grow operations.Read Full Story
  • New Laser Communication System Could Speed Up Communication Between Astronauts And Earthlings, Thanks To SpaceX and NASA

    Neal Ungerleider
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    If a new SpaceX and NASA pilot program succeeds, astronauts will communicate with Mission Control via lasers... and the results could change how the Internet works.This afternoon, beneath a cloudy sky in Cape Canaveral, a rocket is scheduled to launch with some unusual cargo: a laser communications system for astronauts, the space equivalent of upgrading from dial-up to DSL. NASA's optical laser communications (known as opticom) technology could make it much easier for the International Space Station to share data with Mission Control-and it could change the way our own earthly Internet works…
  • Nest Expects To Make More From Its Data Than Selling Thermostats

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    A thermostat is a one-time purchase for consumers, but Nest can continue to make money off partnerships with utility companies.Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion earlier this year, but it turns out the company's most valuable asset isn't its hardware, but rather its data.Read Full Story
  • Food Delivery App Eat24 Sponsors Its Own Strains Of Weed

    Evie Nagy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    The food delivery app partners with San Francisco dispensary the Vapor Room to name 10 flavors of pot in honor of 4/20.As weed legalization spreads, there's a new story almost every day on the evolution of the business of marijuana. Now, enterprising brands are getting in the pot partnership game--in honor of 4/20, food delivery app Eat24 now has 10 branded strains at the Vapor Room, a San Francisco delivery-based medical marijuana dispensary. The flavors on the Vapor Room's menu range from Eat24 Silver Sour Chicken to Eat24 Blackberry Ice Cream Kush.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Here’s a look inside a typical VC’s pipeline (a must-read for entrepreneurs)

    Sean Jacobsohn, Emergence Capital
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: ShutterstockWhen I meet with entrepreneurs, I am often asked about the VC “pipeline.” How many deals do we see? How many meetings? How often do we conduct due diligence? How many of those companies do we invest in? I thought it would be helpful to provide visibility about the VC pipeline, while also outlining what helps a company move from an intro meeting into a closed investment. In order to make 10 investments, the average venture capital firm reviews approximately 1,200 companies.   Leads: These 1,200 come from network introductions, conferences, in-bound…
  • Which state has the best electric-car savings? (Hint: It’s not California)

    Stephen Edelstein, Green Car Reports
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Saving money on the energy used for every mile traveled is one of the most attractive aspects of electric cars. Yet varying incentives and other factors mean the savings can vary significantly by state. So which state’s drivers get the quickest return on their electric-car investment? According to a recent Navigant Research blog post, it’s not the green-car mecca of California. It’s Indiana. Hoosier drivers enjoy an average savings of $0.11 per mile over the average gasoline car. In the state with the lowest savings over gasoline — Hawaii — that number is much…
  • Chinese giant JD.com launches a smart-hardware accelerator

    Tracey Xiang, TechNode
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Image Credit: JD.comChinese online retail giant JD.com has become one of the first distributors that smart-hardware makers would turn to when they are about to ship products. When the maker revolution was about to explode, JD established a sub-channel for selling smart hardware products only. Then, the company launched JD+, an accelerator for smart hardware products, offering funding, marketing support, and other resources to which individual makers would otherwise have scant access. More recently, the JDCloud project was added to provide makers with WiFi or sensor solutions, cloud…
  • Two theses for building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your community

    Brad Feld
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    GUEST POSTYesterday, Kauffman Foundation released a study that provided empirical support for the Boulder Thesis that I came up with in my book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. The study is excellent if you are interested in this topic and can be read at ad “Think Locally, Act Locally: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” Kauffman did a study of 1 Million Cups, a community-building program that was launched at Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City and is expanding rapidly around the U.S.. It’s now in 33 communities in 21 states.
  • Chinese Twitter clone Weibo makes $285.6M in its U.S. IPO, shares up 19%

    Emma Lee, TechNode
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Image Credit: FlickrSina Weibo, a Twitter-like service under Chinese online media company Sina, went public on the Nasdaq Capital Market this week under the ticker symbol of “WB.” The company filed for this long-rumored IPO in March 2014. The company will issue 16.8 million American depository shares at the bottom of its planned range of $17 each to raise $285.6 million of capital. The company had planned to sell 20 million shares at between $17 and $19 per share. At the time of this writing, shares are trading at $20.24, up by around 19 percent. Sina held a 77.6 percent stake in…
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    Inc.com

  • How John Doerr and VC Firm Kleiner Perkins 'Swing for the Stands'

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    In a lecture at Stanford's business school, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner talks about the most important lessons he has learned in his years investing in new ventures.
  • 7 Productivity Apps You Can't Live Without

    Laura Montini
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Get even more done with some of these new and updated applications.Whether you're an avid user of personal productivity apps or you're downloading one for the first time, consider this refreshed list of options. -- Laura Montini A Magneto Calendar was designed for quick meeting scheduling. It gives users a clearer idea of one another's available times by allowing them to share snapshots of their calendars--with the option of leaving out all of the details. After one user draws a box on the calendar to propose a meeting time, the other accepts or rejects it. The iOS app syncs with both…
  • 3 Ways to Motivate Salespeople With More Than Just Money

    Bob Marsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Sales contests can be a valuable opportunity to coach members of your sales team and get them to work together better.Stop for a second to think about what really motivates a salesperson. Recent research from Aberdeen Group found that the No. 1 motivator is money. (Shocker!) Following that is competition with peers and recognition for a job well done.Sales leaders focus on financial motivations by giving commissions and employee bonus plans that rightly reward the end result--closing business. However, capitalizing on salespeople's desire for competition and recognition is often…
  • 3 Ways to Lead the Way in Your Industry

    Ilya Pozin
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If you aren't first, you're last. Don't let your company get left behind.No business can afford to blindly follow the crowd. Your company needs to be driving innovation, not sitting in the passenger seat. You need to be ahead of the trends.I recently talked to RED Interactive Agency's CEO, Brian Lovell, and president, Donny Makower, about leading the way. RED Interactive Agency is a full-service digital agency that works with big clients, from Disney and ESPN to MasterCard and Guggenheim Partners."A lot of people in our business are driven to either change audience behavior or follow it,"…
  • How to Track Your Employees' Productivity Without Becoming Big Brother

    Daniel Enthoven
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The Quantified Self movement has tremendous potential in the workplace--just don't use data analytics technologies to monitor people's bathroom breaks.People are going crazy for self measurement. Fitbits and FuelBands track our activities and sleep. Mobile apps have gone far beyond counting calories to support mood tracking, time spent meditating, and the progression of chronic disease. There are bathroom scales that feature Bluetooth so they can tell your phone how you're doing with your diet. (It won't be long before your phone reports back to your refrigerator.)But while the…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • [Video] My SXSW14 Keynote!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Honestly this could apply to any event or conference. Stick around for some really really solid Q&A and some even better beatboxing. This event was a blast.  
  • [Infographic] Pinterest Sells! Here’s How to Do It

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Interior design, food photography, weddings, and MASON JARS! This is how you take advantage of the strong intent to buy present in so many Pinterest users. I’ll also add that putting up a board full of awesome infographics works pretty well too
  • [Infographic] Getting Weird on Vine

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    If you’re talking to teens or people in their early 20′s, Vine is an absolute MUST. Get on there and get weird. You’ll be noticed for it.  
  • [Infographic] You Can Win on Google+ and Here is How

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Google+ isn’t just for Google employees! It’s the perfect place to show off your high-res photos and… ok it’s great for nerds, too.
  • [Infographic] What Works on LinkedIn? This Does.

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    LinkedIn: Log on. Make decks. Get money.
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

    Mike Butcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
     What kind of startups get into Accelerators? Well, according to new research, it’s startups with around 2-3 founders, most male, often SaaS platforms and ones who are persistent, applying for at least two programs. And on average, less than 4% of applicants ever make it in. Those are the findings of new research from F6S, a web portal which allows startups to apply for multiple accelerator… Read More
  • Crowdfunded Gadgets That Talk To Your Home And Charge Your Phone With Wind Power

    Ross Rubin
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.  Talk to your home and have it listen and respond with ALYT Part of the smart-home dream has always been being able to talk with a place of residence… Read More
  • Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

    Anamitra Banerji
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
     If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. I don't think messaging is a winner-take-all market globally. Read More
  • The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War

    Peter Relan
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
     Google recently announced up to 85 percent reduction in pricing for its PaaS and BigQuery services. Soon after, AWS and Microsoft followed suit. Welcome to Cloud 2.0. Read More
  • Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

    Todd McKinnon
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
     Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It’s a consumer app -- something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More
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    Knowledge@Wharton

  • How Companies Can Leverage Global Trends to Drive Growth

    Knowledge@Wharton
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    New global trends such as aging or geo-political risks compel companies to recast their growth strategies. Mauro Guillen of Wharton’s Lauder Institute offers ways to navigate these uncharted waters.
  • The Growth Strategies of Israel’s Burgeoning Medical Device Sector

    Knowledge@Wharton
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Israeli start-ups focused on medical devices are building a strong pipeline of innovations that are redefining the way different conditions are treated.
  • The Truth about Quotas: ‘You Get What You Pay For’

    Knowledge@Wharton
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    While quotas have proven to be a successful method for motivating employees in some situations, they also tend to spur a host of unintended consequences.
  • Sovaldi: Who’s to Blame for the $1,000 a Day Cure?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The eye-popping price tag for the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has insurers and patient advocates up in arms. The fault doesn't rest with drugmaker Gilead, Wharton experts say, but with the U.S. health care system as a whole.
  • China’s Ticking Debt Bomb

    Knowledge@Wharton
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Amid predictions that China’s GDP growth rate will slow to 7.5% this year, a recent report by Morgan Stanley suggests that the country will soon experience a “disorderly unwind” of private sector and local government debt.
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    swombat.com

  • How to work as a CEO/COO team

    Daniel Tenner
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    Sometimes, the best solutions are the simplest. Joel Gascoigne: I asked Leo to become COO in November last year. (...) The problem we found, was that it was almost impossible to clearly separate these two processes. If Leo was working with someone to try and set goals and keep to them, he inevitably had to make decisions which affected our direction. It felt like with the new structure we were suddenly both involved in every decision. The goal of the new role for Leo was to speed things up, but with both of us discussing every decision, things were sometimes grinding to a halt, especially in…
  • Hacker News transparency

    Daniel Tenner
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    dang, HN's new official moderator: Right! Let me try to set you at ease, at least a little. Yes, we will make an effort to make moderation more transparent. there's no one on the team arguing for secrecy. The question is not whether to be more transparent, but how. Great to see! That's a move in the right direction. I completely understand that the previous... opacity... was due to Paul Graham not having the bandwidth to deal with HN properly - but the result was the same: an arbitrary, fickle, un-transparent, unpredictable community site that feels like it's at the whim of a mostly…
  • An easy way to increase startup success rates

    Daniel Tenner
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:15 am
    Mike Thomsen writing for Forbes, about the culture of working ridiculous hours: The irony of this increase in working hours is that it usually comes in service of extraordinarily bad ideas, the majority of which end in failure. Yep. This is not a new point, unsurprisingly for such an endemic problem. A study in Sleep, the journal of the American Sleep Disorders Association, found significant declines on “divergent” thinking, a category of mostly creative brain functions. Sounds a bit like Modafinil's effect on me then. Here's a constructive and effortless suggestion if you want to easily…
  • Mutual Respect and the barking of dogs

    Daniel Tenner
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:13 am
    Yesterday, I got involved in a little twitter spat where someone attacked Dave McClure to try and censor his company. The conversation is not important, nor is the person who was attacking him and 500 Startups. I won't link to them to give them greater attention, because they don't deserve it, but if you're very curious and you're reading this shortly after publication, you can look through Dave's tweet history and see parts of the sad excuse for a "discussion" that occurred. In short, it involved someone getting terribly offended at what someone else was doing on the internet, and lashing…
  • Read advice in between the lines

    Daniel Tenner
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Dustin Curtis: When I watch experienced people talk today, I catch the little subtle notes in between the obvious pieces of advice, and I find myself constantly thinking–oh shit, yeah, I experienced that, and this person knows what they’re talking about; I wish I had known that two years ago! How is it possible that I missed all of these things in the past? Bingo. And this is why I think giving lots of context is essential for good startup advice article. Most of the value is not actually in the advice itself ("Hire for culture fit!") which anyone could write, but in your own, personal,…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Beats Music adds in-app subscriptions to iOS

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Apple is going to take 30%, but Beats believes it will lead to a significant increase in subscribersBeats Music may be the newest music streaming service on the scene, having launched in January, but its knows where the money is: mobile. The company updated its iOS app on Friday to include a very important new feature: the ability to buy in-app subscription. That also comes with account management via the users iTunes account. This move is a good indication of where Beats thinks it is going to make money. According to ReCode, Apple typically takes 30% of everything that users buy through…
  • Facebook gives Paper its first update

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Reader app gets event and birthday notifications, photo comment and nine new coversIt's been two and half months since Facebook debuted its new reader app called Paper. So I'd say it's about time it got an update, right?  Facebook agrees and so, for the first time in 10 weeks, Paper users are finally getting some new features, Facebook revealed in a blog post on Friday, though they seem to suggest that Paper is becoming a bit more like the original Facebook app. Here's what's new: The company has added notifications for birthdays and events, because "fife’s best stories often…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 4/18/14

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Squarespace, Enplug, Avvo, Work4, Citymapper, OwnZones, Nervana, FireHost, AgilOne, Greats, PreactSeed stage Talkwheel, a community and analytics platform, raised $1.2 million from Peter Horan, Randy Haykin, Roger Sippl, Young Soong, Payam Zamani, Larry Braitman, Tom Shields, David Jeske, and other angel investors.  Boxbee, a storage startup that delivers boxes to its customers, raised $2.3 million from Floodgate Capital, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Techstars, Jason Calacanis, and Ludlow Ventures. RealtyShares, a crowdfunding platform for real estate, raised $1.9…
  • LinkedIn reaches the 300 million user mark

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The social network now has only 3 billion users to go before it reaches the entire global workforce(Updated to reflect comment from LinkedIn) LinkedIn has made a major announcement regarding its user base. The company is picking up its growth, and is getting closer to the other social networks, but when you look a little closer it may not be as big of an achievement as you thought. The professional social network has reached a total of 300 million users, it was revealed in a blogposton Friday. That means the company has a mere three billion users to go to reach its goal of having every…
  • It's a great time to be an EdTech startup

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    The funding landscape bloomed in 2013 as $616M was poured into EdTech startupsWe’re still in the early days of figuring out how to boost learning with technology. K-12 school districts across the country are giving students iPads and Macbooks, but there remain questions about how to appropriately incorporate those devices into the lesson plan. There also remain questions about how effective these tools are in bolstering the learning process. A study presented last week at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia found that students’…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Cities, Economic Uncertainty and Job Hopping

    Steve
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    TechCrunch's How Burrowing Owls Lead to Vomiting Anarchists (or SF's Housing Crisis Explained) is a long and rambling article on why housing has gotten so hard to find and pay for in San Francisco. The part of the article I found most interesting covers the shift in jobs to cities. San Francisco is an obvious example, but as the article points out cities all over the country (and world) are seeing employers moving in. They are moving to cities because increasingly that's where the talent is located.  A key reason for this is jobs are no longer secure, so employees want to…
  • Microbusiness Owners and Second Jobs

    Steve
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new tracking survey by Sam's Club and Gallup has some interesting data on microbusiness owners and 2nd jobs.   According to their survey - which defined microbusinesses as having fewer than 5 employees: "one in three microbusiness owners (31%) depend more on a second job as their main source of personal income than they do on their business".   The chart below shows that even larger microbusiness owners often depend on a 2nd job as their main source of income. We've recently written on the growing number of people with side gigs and/or 2nd jobs.
  • The Rise of the Extended Workforce

    Steve
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The consulting giant Accenture has released a study showing the use of contingent workers and other external talent is growing in importance for major corporations. Accenture uses the term "extended workforce" to describe the many types of workers companies use. This definition includes internal employees, vendors, consultants, alliance partners as well as contingent workers who work for the organization on a project basis. Accenture's research shows access to skills and increased flexibility - and not cost - are the primary drivers of the increasing use of the extended…
  • Gardening Booming the U.S.

    Steve
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to the National Gardening Association, food gardening in the U.S. is at it's highest level in more than a decade.  Key stats: 35% of all households in America, or 42 million households, are growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% in five years Largest increases in participation seen among younger households - up 63% to 13 million since 2008 2 million more households community gardening -- up 200% since 2008 Key quote on millennial gardeners (ages 18-34): In 2008 there were 8 million millennial food gardeners. That figure rose to 13 million in 2013, an…
  • The Growing Just-In-Time Workforce

    Steve
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    CLASP, a policy shop focused on issues related to  low-income people, has an interesting paper on the impact of nonstandard schedules on workers. The quick summary is it makes their life more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote: Volatile, nonstandard schedules are a becoming characteristic of low-wage employment, increasing the child care challenges of workers who already face significant barriers to accessing affordable, quality child care. We've been following the shift towards the increasing use of on-call workers, just-in-time workers and nonstandard work…
 
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    Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings

  • Oculus Rift: Facebook’s $2 Billion Attempt to Seize Its Destiny From Apple and Google

    Ben Parr
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Tweet Can’t say I saw this one coming. Facebook, on the heels of its $19 billion blockbuster acquisition of WhatsApp, has dropped another $2 billion (plus a potential $300 million in earn-outs) for Oculus VR, the company that makes Rift. If you haven’t tried the Rift, it’s extraordinary. The first time I played with it, I was awestruck by the immersive experience. It brings not just gaming, but any type of virtual interaction to a whole new dimension that no other product has ever even come close to accomplishing. And now it all belongs to Facebook. Why? Here’s what…
  • Minecraft the Movie: Suggestions for Casting

    Ben Parr
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Tweet So Warner Brothers, thrilled with the performance of The Lego Movie, is turning another blocky adventure into a movie — Minecraft! Yes, the popular indie building game is coming to the big screen with the help of Vertigo Entertainment and Lego Movie producer Roy Lee. I’m not sure what kind of script you can make out of Minecraft, but I immediately knew who I wanted to play some of my favorite characters from the game. These are simply suggestions, nothing more. But if I were casting for this movie…. Human (main character): Denzel Washington Villager: Ken Watanabe…
  • The Floodgates Have Opened

    Ben Parr
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:54 am
    Tweet The floodgates have just burst open, not just in the world of technology, but in the entire free market. In the very way we view capitalism. I am, of course, talking about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion ($19 billion when you count the restricted stock units). It is the largest acquisition of a private, venture-backed company in history. This deal is worth more than the GDP of nearly half of the countries on earth. Let that sink in for a moment. We haven’t had an event this high on the Richter scale since AOL-Time Warner and the 2000 bubble. Of course, the…
  • Announcing “Captivology”, My Book on the Science of Attention (HarperCollins/2015)

    Ben Parr
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:25 am
    Tweet Dear friends, family, colleagues, and supporters, I’m thrilled to announce my first non-fiction book, working title “Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention“, due in early 2015 from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins. I hope you will sign up for updates on Captivology through my book’s website. You can follow @Captivology on Twitter or like Captivology on Facebook. You can also follow @BenParr for regular updates. And finally, here’s a link for sharing this announcement. Or you can just click this lovely button for updates:…
  • Tom Perkins on Bloomberg West [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    27 Jan 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Tweet Good job Emily Chang for a difficult interview. As for Tom Perkins… well, just remember that you can say crazy things on air too when your watch is worth a six pack of Rolexes.
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    Business tips for startups by proven entrepreneurs - Mixergy

  • Membership Series: Facebook marketing for dummies – with Amy Porterfield

    Andrew Khalili
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m doing a membership series where I talk to entrepreneurs in the space about how they built their membership sites. If you’re considering creating anything online and selling it online I will make this interview very useful for you. The heavy lifting in this interview is going to be done by my guest Amy Porterfield. She’s a social media consultant who created a membership site for people who want to learn about Facebook marketing. She’s also the author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and her membership site is called Facebook Marketing Profit Lab. Watch…
  • How being the “anti-social network” has grown Evernote to 75M users – with Dave Engberg

    Andrew Khalili
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, I’ve got a conversation about the founding and the growth of Evernote. If you’ve heard my interviews, you know I have a note on the guest with all my research and Evernote up on my screen. David Engberg is the CTO of Evernote, a technology company that is developing systems to help people capture and retrieve any information they want to remember. Here’s the story behind the company. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Dave-Engberg David Engberg is the CTO of Evernote Corporation, a technology company…
  • Master Class: How to find your business idea (Even if you’re afraid of starting something stupid) – with Richie Norton

    April Dykman
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Richie Norton quit his job as president of a financial services company to go on a three-month road trip. “I started really looking at my life and saying, ‘What am I doing and what do I really want to be doing?’” says Richie, author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret. During the roadtrip, Richie and his wife took on several paid projects, which led to the work he does today as an author, international speaker, and strategic advisor. “I started living the life I wanted to live instead of waiting to live that life…
  • First $10K Series: How Dwight Peters created a lead generation platform for Kickstarter campaign creators

    Andrew Khalili
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    How desperate are you to make it? Today’s guest is a Mixergy fan who had a failed company and was living on his friend’s couch. He says that’s when desperation led him to his first successful business idea. It wasn’t a direct path but it led him there. Dwight Peters is the founder of BackersHub. They negotiate flash sales on popular Kickstarter projects just for backers. Basically they take Kickstarter projects that have been extremely successful give people deep discounts on them. Here’s the story behind how he did it. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great!
  • How Pranit Banthia bootstrapped a college project into a $10M company with impressive clients

    Andrew Khalili
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we’ve got an entrepreneur from the other side of the globe. I want to find out how an entrepreneur in India built one of the top outsourcing companies in the world. In 1992, Pranit Banthia founded Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services which does non-voice-based, but knowledge-based services to global companies. You know those annoying phone calls you get from outsourcers? That’s not his company. You know how some companies need other companies to take phone calls for them? That’s not what his company does either. They started with simple data entry services and now provide…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Steven Ward

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Case study: Destination Zero. Robin Tooms discusses internal branding programs with Steven Ward, corporate director of HSE for FMC Technologies.
  • Brad Burke - Rice Alliance

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    It’s that time again! Russ co-hosts the opening of the Elevator Pitch competition with Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship. The Elevator Pitch competition is now in its 14th year, with 42 teams from around the world competing for cash and prizes totaling more than $1.6 million. The Rice Alliance, founded in 2000, is a nationally-recognized initiative that supports the launch of startup technology companies. Its Business Plan Competition is the world’s largest and richest of its kind.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Scott Soles

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Karen Love
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    What risks are you facing? PKF audit director and CPA Scott Soles is back to discuss with Karen Love how Enterprise Risk Management can support your business.
  • The Light Files - Rabbi Scott

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Laura Max
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Making tough choices: film school or rabbi? Laura Max visits with Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss, spiritual leader of Congregation Shma Koleinu.
  • School of Business 4/19/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and John host the show that champions entrepreneurship. This is serious business! Includes: our Quote of the Week—in honor of Earth Day, a vanity slap from American author Michael Crichton; This Week in Business History includes a variety of game changers like Eastman Kodak, mechanical pin setters for bowling and Mosaic 1.0; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you should know; and Dumb Moments—a discussion of global warming (or the lack thereof).
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

    Michael Kerr
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was a kid, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was going to be the next Boris Vallejo! (You know, the famous fantasy and sci-fi artist who always painted ripped, shirtless men and buxom, bikini-clad women atop flying dragons and Pegasuses… Yeah, I wanted to be him.) There were two problems with my future career plans though: 1) I wasn’t very good at art, and 2) my parents made it clear there wasn’t a snowball’s chance that they would pay for me to go to art school. With my adolescent dreams up in flames, I decided to get back at my unsupportive mom and dad…
  • 11 Things Only Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Business

    Scott Gerber
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are certain things that parents are uniquely equipped to teach their children. Most of those things, of course, are not about business. Yet, many of them can be applied to the working world. Below, eleven entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share lessons they plan to teach their kids, and/or lessons they learned best from their parents.   1. Never Quit As entrepreneurs, we face the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. One thing we can share and teach our children is to never quit when things get tough. That is the time where growth…
  • Lessons Learned: Why My Kickstarter Campaign Failed

    Lisa Furgison
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thousands of business owners have turned to Kickstarter, an online fundraising site, to help raise capital for new ventures. Raising capital for your business isn’t easy, which is why so many entrepreneurs are attracted to Kickstarter. If you’ve got an idea, you can create a page on Kickstarter, highlight your project, and ask backers to support the idea financially. The site so far has raised $988 million for more than 56,000 projects. While an online campaign may seem like an easy way to dig up grassroots funding, it’s not as easy as just setting up a site and collecting…
  • How to Start Your Business and Keep Your Day Job (Without Going Nuts)

    Kelly Gurnett
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Testing out your idea for a new business before you quit your day job is always a wise idea. It gives you a chance to make sure you really enjoy working for yourself and that your business is economically viable, while still allowing you the financial security of a steady paycheck. It can be a great way to “test-drive” your entrepreneurial dreams. That said, having a side hustle is by no means easy. In fact, one of the things it winds up testing, inadvertently, is whether you’ve got the dedication and motivation it will take to be an entrepreneur. If you can manage the stress of day…
  • Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs and Pursuing Entrepreneurship

    David Nilssen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entrepreneurial activity has also been on the rise as of late, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Could these trends be related? I’d say so. The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, and the number of entrepreneurs is growing, too. During the recession, Americans were staying put in their jobs even if they were unhappy. Recently, however, people are feeling much more confident in their ability to find a soft landing if they jump ship. Some of…
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    Startup Lawyer

  • Mock Series A Term Sheet Negotiation

    Ryan Roberts
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    My firm and Tech Wildcatters are co-hosting a live mock Series A term sheet negotiation on April 25th from 1-3pm. The event will take place at Tech Wildcatters at 2700 Fairmount St in Dallas Texas. Brad Hunstable, founder and CEO of Ustream, will play the role of the startup founder and a “TBD” VC will […]
  • Office Hours at SXSW

    Ryan Roberts
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    If you want to discuss liquidation preferences, vesting schedules, or anything startup-related, I’ll be holding an office hour session this Friday March 7th from 130-230pm at UP Global’s SXSW Startup Oasis. The office hour portion of Startup Oasis is blocks of time where you can meet with mentors across a diverse range of skill sets. […]
  • Unintended Consequences of a Long Additional Closing Period

    Ryan Roberts
    7 Feb 2014 | 9:36 am
    Some financing rounds close on one specific day. That is, all investors fund the full investment amount of the financing round on the same day. This is usually the case when a financing round has a small number of investors who can coordinate with the startup on a closing date (wires, exchange signature pages, etc.). […]
  • Introducing the Startup Law Glossary

    Ryan Roberts
    1 Feb 2014 | 3:42 pm
    In case you didn’t know, this blog contains a glossary of terms that startups may encounter anywhere from their initial startup to sale/IPO. You can reach it at the top of each page by clicking on ‘glossary’ or directly via http://startuplawyer.com/startup-law-glossary. We started out with about 150 terms but now we’re just shy of 500. […]
  • Premature Extensive Due Diligence

    Ryan Roberts
    21 Jan 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Occasionally, angel investors will send extensive due diligence requests to a startup way too early. By way too early, I mean an angel investor sends your startup an 8+ page due diligence request — without having made any sort of “commitment” to invest. This is problematic for a number of reasons. First, this could be […]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Cyber Security Breach: Phishing Site Steals Apple IDs

    Larry Alton
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    In yet another example of a cyber security breach, the EA server was recently hacked, and its website was used to host a phishing site intended to steal Apple IDs. Unfortunately, such online security breaches are becoming more common as hackers take advantage of vulnerable servers with inadequate security measures. How can companies protect against these attacks? In most cases, the answer may be as simple as investing in reliable web hosting. So, why are these breaches still happening if the remedy is so simple? The Security Breach According to experts at Netcraft, the security firm that…
  • Zoobean Exits Shark Tank With A Whopping $250K Investment From Mark Cuban

    Will Schmidt
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It was a long anticipated viewing experience for the Zoobean team as they showed their family, friends, and colleagues last night’s episode of Shark Tank. The Washington D.C. based company took to the sharks with the idea that education is everything, and if you get it right you can change the trajectory of your life. Jordan Lloyd Bookey and Felix Brandon Lloyd were seeking a $250,000 investment for 15 percent equity in their company. Despite a touching presentation, Zoobean got off to a bit of a rocky start. The sharks were all a bit concerned that the platform only had 85 users at the…
  • 5 Top Apps for Online Storage

    Deborah Jones
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    With the across-the-board adoption of smartphones, tablets and laptops, technology is seeing less and less need for bulky hard drives. People are ascending to the cloud. Need storage for your cellphone snaps? Fly to the cloud. Want to synchronize a file across your many devices? The cloud can do that. If nothing else, online storage has shattered the old system of paring down attachments to conform to email server limits. It has also changed forever the way people collaborate on work. You can tap into the cloud with many apps, depending on your device OS, how much space you need, and how much…
  • 4 Online Education Trends for 2014

    Rose Mary
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Looking ahead this year, business owners worldwide are definitely in board rooms steering up plans designed to ensure they have a successful 2014, and the world of online education is no different. The industry has a projected monetary growth of approximately 10 percent between 2012 and 2015, so educators and education startups should take notice of this year’s projected learning trends and leverage them for positive growth professionally and financially. Learning on the go As more and more professional educators and even students experience the “long nights, shorter days”…
  • iLumi Kills it on Shark Tank, Brings Home $350,000 From Mark Cuban

    Will Schmidt
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    We’ve been looking forward to watching Shark Tank all week to cheer on the fine folks at iLumi Solutions. Last night we turned the lights down, put our feet up, and watched Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora pitch their Bluetooth light bulbs to the sharks. “The most surprising thing was the rapid fire questions we had to work through,” says Egan. “It was difficult to stay on your toes and react and adjust to questions from all different directions.” Egan and Bora laid out their terms for a $350,000 investment for a 15 percent stake in their company, and immediately they grabbed the…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • IRS Targeting? How About Coerced Sex With IRS?

    Robert W. Wood
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    You Think Your Tax Audit Was Bad? A Lawsuit Claims One IRS Agent Demanded Sex.
  • Does Doing Good In Business Imply Doing Less Well?

    Martin Zwilling
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both categories.
  • Is Big Data A Potential Distraction?

    Adrian Swinscoe
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Many businesses would benefit from asking themselves if the time and effort that they are devoting to their ‘Big Data’ projects is the best use of their skills and limited resources. And, to ask what impact it is having on their ability to deliver a great service and experience to their customers.
  • Bank Deposits, Structuring, and Asset Forfeitures

    Stephen J. Dunn
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a version of an article originally published in the Winter 2014 issue of the White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter, Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association.  For the original article, including full legal citations, click here.
  • 3 Steps To Landing A Web Designer Internship

    Haris Bacic
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    As a web designer myself, I can relate to young web designers who are just starting out and looking for a way to get their foot in the door. I’ll show you a few simple steps you can take to land a web design internship as well as build your experience.
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 8 Guidelines For Friends And Family Startup Funding

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs have learned that it’s almost always quicker and easier to get cash from someone you know, rather than Angel investors or professional investors (VCs). In fact, most investors “require” that you already have some investment from friends and family before they will even step up to the plate. You see, investors invest in people, before they invest in ideas or products. Since they don’t know you (yet), their first integrity check on you as a person is whether your friends and family believe in you strongly enough to give you seed money for your new idea. If they…
  • Is An Ideal Entrepreneur Right Brain Or Left Brain?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Traditionally, the majority of entrepreneurs have been logical thinkers, problem solvers, and pay attention to details. These are the stereotypical left-brain engineers. Yet I see a big shift from the knowledge age, with its left-brain foundation, to a critical focus today on visualization, creativity, relationships, and collaboration, which are more in the domain of right-brainers. Of course, the best solution would be a new wave of so-called whole-brain thinkers, but this term is usually reserved for Einstein and Picasso, and no entrepreneurs that I can name. Even right- brain dominant…
  • ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Startups Have Never Been Easier

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sponsored by VISA Business If you have a unique product or service, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start. The cost of entry has never been lower. Anyone can be an entrepreneur today, without a huge investment, bank loans, lawyers, venture capitalists, or Angels. In the early days (20 years ago), most new e-commerce sites, for example, cost a million dollars to set up. Now the price is closer to $100 if you are willing to do the work yourself. Here are the key steps for a personal home-based business website selling your consulting service or a…
  • Team Member Competency Is Critical To Your Startup

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most people think that the Peter Principle (employee rises to his level of incompetence) only applies to large organizations. Let me assure you that it is also alive and well within startups. I see startup founders and managers who are stalled transplants from large organizations, as well as highly-capable technologists trying to start and run a business for the first time. Forty years ago, in a satiric book named “The Peter Principle”, Dr. Laurence J. Peter first defined this phenomenon. The principle asserts that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently.
  • How Stories Best Communicate Your Startup Value

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far. Stories often work better, because humans don’t always make rational decisions. Most people care the most about the things that touch, move, and inspire them. They make decisions based on emotion, and then look for the facts that support these decisions. Thus it behooves every entrepreneur to…
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    Presentation Zen

  • How to make a good (or bad) presentation

    Garr
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    This semester I'm teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan. On the second day, I have students share with the class what they think are the elements of a good presentation and what they think are the kinds of things that make for a bad or ineffective presentation. Students may still be quite young, but they have sat through years of classes in school and lectures in college, sat through orientation meetings, and they have seen many kinds of presentations online such as TED talks over the years, so students actually do have quite a bit of experience…
  • "The moment defines the creative expression."

    Garr
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    A presentation is a moment in time. I have long referenced jazz and my own experience with jazz as having a great parallel to the act of a live talk or a presentation on the center stage. One thing that a live talk and a musical performance have in common—especially improvisational music—is that neither event is ever the same twice. They may be similar, they may cover similar ground, but they are never exactly the same. The message—the real meaning—is in the moment, in that interaction between audience and performer (or presenter). In this interview with London Real, famed…
  • Danny Hillis on his friendship with Richard Feynman (TEDxCaltech)

    Garr
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    In this 7-minute video below, Danny Hillis shares two wonderful short stories about the legendary physicist Richard Feynman. Hillis is a well known engineer, scientist, and inventor who, in his younger years, was lucky enough to spend a good deal of time with Feynman. There are many ways Hillis could have used his time to talk about the amazing Richard Feynman, but he chose to simply tell two short stories from his personal experience. And it was a very good idea to do so. A good story does not have to be slick or polished or augmented with amazing visuals. Often a good story just needs to be…
  • Richard Feynman: "The Great Explainer"

    Garr
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Even if Richard Feynman had not been a great communicator, he'd still be famous today for the incredible contributions he made to physics. The fact is, however, Feynman was indeed a great communicator as well as a Nobel-Prize winning physicist. Who knew the two could go together? Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and advocate of the public understanding of science, says in his "ASU Origins Project: Storytelling Of Science" talk that Feynman's abilities as a communicator inspired him to want to be a scientist. "What was amazing about Feynman was that he conveyed his excitement and his interest and…
  • Richard Feynman on the Scientific Method (in 1 minute)

    Garr
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:20 pm
    There is not a device invented that can measure the joy I have in watching a Richard Feynman lecture. The man was not only a brilliant, Nobel Prize winning scientist, he was a great teacher and communicator of science as well. In this lecture by physicist Brian Cox—in this case speaking to school children for an event at Manchester University—I noticed that Cox played a one-minute clip (14:45 mark) from a Richard Feyman lecture given in the 1960s. Cox set up the clip by saying that it was one of the best definitions of science, or the scientific method, that he'd ever heard. Clear and…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • Another Reason to Use a Discovery Document

    Peter E. Cohan
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Doing Discovery while working from a Discovery Document (a list of questions and/or topics you want to cover) enables you to relax and focus on listening to (and documenting) your customer’s answers to your questions – and frees you from trying to remember what questions to ask!
  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert] Great Demo! Public Workshop May 21-22

    Peter E. Cohan
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Our next Great Demo! Public Workshop is scheduled for May 21-22 in San Jose, California – Registration and additional information can be found at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-demo-workshop-on-may-21-22-2014-registration-8886783609?aff=cohan.This is a 1.5-Day Workshop, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! concepts and the morning of the second day addressing more advanced topics and techniques.  This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. Register using the link above or contact me for more information…
  • If Everyone Says Their RFP Win Rates Are Really Bad Then...

    Peter E. Cohan
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    It suddenly struck me, if everyone says that their RFP win rates are really bad, then … who’s winning all those RFPs?  Hmmmm…  In addition to losing to competitors, is it possible that a large percent of RFPs end up as “No Decision”?  I wonder what percent of RFPs do end up as a “No Decision” result?Either way, a few observations:1.       What an incredible waste of resources generally expended on RFP responses that go no where (which we already knew)!2.    Why aren’t more vendors choosing to NOT participate or at least…
  • Remote Demos - Who Else Is In The Room?

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    For Remote Demos (as well as face-to-face situations) I strongly recommend that you go around the virtual room and ask three questions, at the start of any demo meeting:1.       What is your name?2.       What is your job title?3.       What would you like to accomplish in our session today?In addition, for Remote Demos, a nice touch is to also ask of each named participant on the WebEx or GoToMeeting (or other online tool) participants’ list, “Anyone else in the room with you?”  This helps to…
  • Let’s Talk About Value – Uncovering the Delta

    Peter E. Cohan
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    To paraphrase Mark Twain’s comment about the weather, everyone talks about value, but very few people actually do something about it.  Clearly value is important:  Insufficient perception of value is one of the three main reasons that sales opportunities end up as a “No Decision”.Value vs. Value “If you use our product, you’ll save time and money…!” offers the salesperson.  “Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…” thinks the customer.“When we spoke last week, I believe you said you are hoping to recover $250,000 annually as a result of addressing your…
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    youngentrepreneurfoundation.wordpress.com

  • Leadership Exercises for Students

    kathykormanfrey
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Below is a leadership exercise from a nationally award-winning entrepreneurship class at the George Washington University in DC. This is an exclusive exercise designed developed to help bridge a leader’s vision of role model and mentors with their own vision, and is loosely based on a Harvard School of Education institutional problem-solving paradigm. Please click HERE for audio from exercise creator Kathy Korman Frey walking you through the exercise. Exercise steps:   Step 1: Aspirational Leader – Example Who is an “aspirational leader” to you? This could be…
  • How Much are You Worth?

    mollyvyoung
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Huffington Post recently wrote an article from the perspective of what parents should pay a babysitter. This article caused NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation to think that perhaps young entrepreneurs need to think about what to charge their customers for services too. Most young ladies have had babysitting jobs and most young men have shoveled a driveway or mowed a lawn. These small businesses are very different to price and market than selling candy bars or magazine subscriptions or jewelry. Young Entrepreneurs often do not know how much they should charge for a service and do not…
  • Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made: A Collection of Top Research

    kathykormanfrey
    30 Jan 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ever thought about starting your own business but wondered if you have what it takes?  Today we’ll review the top thinking in “Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made.” First…what YOU think? Are you passionate about an area? Do you want to start your own business some day? Are you willing to work hard? These are key questions to consider as you review the below viewpoints on “Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made.” Take Our Poll  By Jason Daley: …Multiple studies have indicated that there may be an “entrepreneur gene”–or at least that people with…
  • Successful, Unconventional Entrepreneurs

    kathykormanfrey
    26 Nov 2013 | 2:53 pm
    It’s not all about “graduate, get a job, and stay there for life” anymore. On the contrary, entrepreneurship is hot.  Small enterprises account for 52 percent of all U.S. workers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Even if just starting out, you’re in good company: Approximately 20 million of Americans are working for companies with 20 or fewer employees. Want to march to your own beat? Entrepreneurship may be the way. Check out these unconventional entrepreneurs for inspiration. Dr Dre Dr. Dre – a name you might know – was listed…
  • Decisions and Lessons for Young Entrepreneurs Post High School

    mollyvyoung
    23 Oct 2013 | 9:48 am
    Check out the different decisions these four high school business owners had to make after high school, and what they’ve learned from those business decisions. These are four great real world examples of what young entrepreneurs face each day. Andrew Varghese, Continues with New Business Ideas Andrew Varghese’s business, Awareness, took home NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur award in 2010. Varghese closed up shop when he left for Georgia Tech. But at age 20, he hasn’t stopped toiling in entrepreneurial fields. Working with student peers, Varghese is in the midst of launching Crutches.
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Fliptop Sells Social Data Matching Business Unit To D&B

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    San Francisco-based Fliptop and D&B said Thursday that D&B has acquired Fliptop's social data matching business. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two said that Fliptop will continue as an independent, non-affiliated company after the deal.... (more)
  • Dropbox Buys Loom

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    San Francisco-based Dropbox has acquired photo and video storage service Loom, Loom said Thursday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Loom said that its team will work on Dropbox Carousel. As part of the acquisition, Loom will be shutting down its service on May 16th. READ MORE>>
  • AgilOne Finds $25M

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Mountain View-based AgilOne, which develops predictive marketing software, said Thursday that it has raised $25M in a Series C funding round. The funding came from Tenaya Capital, Next World Capital, Four Rivers Group, Sequoia Capital and Mayfield Fund.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • One Medical Group Books $40M In Funding

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    San Francisco-based One Medical Group, which operates a network of doctor's offices aimed at primary care, has raised $40M in a funding round. The new funding came from Redmile Group, and also included Google Ventures, Benchmark, DAG Ventures, Maverick Capital and Oak Investment Partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • ForSight VISION5 Finds $15M

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Menlo Park-based Forsight VISION5, a developer of ocular inserts for treating glaucoma, dry eye, and allergy, said yesterday that it has raised $15M in a Series C funding round. The funding came from H.I.G.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • Socialware Bolsters Leadership Team With New Vice President of Product Development

    Bryan Menell
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Social media compliance and marketing experts Socialware today announced Matt Roberts has joined the company's leadership team as Vice President of Product Development, reporting to CEO Ken Naumann.
  • Bazaarvoice Acquires FeedMagnet

    Bryan Menell
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Bazaarvoice, the network connecting brands and retailers to the authentic voices of consumers wherever they shop, today announced that it has acquired FeedMagnet, a privately-owned social media curation company that enables brands to collect, curate and display consumer-generated images, video and social content on their websites and other marketing properties.
  • Gazzang Appoints Peter Schlosser as Vice President of Worldwide Sales

    Bryan Menell
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Gazzang, the big data security experts, today announced the appointment of Peter Schlosser as vice president of worldwide sales.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour on Thursday

    Bryan Menell
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    This will be our first event at a different venue in a long, long time. Our home venue, Molotov, has been purchased and is slated for shut down and re-branding. We don't want to get you too far out of your groove though, so we're heading next door to the Dogwood for your happy hour pleasure.
  • Global Survey Shows Austin Business Growth Outpacing Global Average

    Bryan Menell
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Austin chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization today announced results from the latest Global Entrepreneur Indicator, showing that Austin business leaders have experienced strong growth — far outpacing the global average — and expect continued success going into the second half of 2014.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

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

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

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

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

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Teaching is one of those evergreen triple-win opportunities. You rarely go wrong with it when you do it well. Think about it: If you teach something well, whatever you are teaching becomes clear in your own mind and you will become better at it. On the other hand, the people you are teaching to will learn something and they will grow. There is an additional bonus:  Teaching is a valuable gift and when you engage in teaching with genuine care, more often than not it will activate the power of reciprocation in the other person. When used right, it becomes your secret to high-leverage. Let’s…
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  • Gain Competitive Advantage with Attribution: Predictions from Adobe Summit

    Lisa Walker
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    A key takeaway from this year’s Adobe Summit is that if your business can capitalize on things that are out in the marketplace right now – sensors, mobile, social, wearables – you will be able to establish an immense competitive advantage and potentially radically shift your business model into something you may not even have conceived of yet.Peeking into the crystal ball was Tamara Gaffney, Adobe’s chief Digital Index prognosticator, and Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research, who hosted an enlightening session on Adobe’s latest insights and what…
  • Beyond Push Notifications: What Can Beacons Do For Retail?

    Linda Bustos
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    The obvious application of beacon technology is to push content – be it welcome greetings, discounts and special offers, product information, branded content or other alerts.What else can beacons offer in-store? Based on the research in Forrester Research, Inc.’s March 2014 report The Emergence of Beacons in Retail Get Elastic believes there are 5 reasons retailers should look into the technology.Customers as beaconsBeacons can facilitate person-to-person communication, which can be helpful for paging sales associates from within an app, rather than wandering around (like Uber for…
  • Profile of A Chief Marketing Officer [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    This week’s infographic comes from CMO.com and breaks down the details of the average Chief Marketing Officer in the United States.
  • Ecommerce Enters the Marketing Cloud: Insights from Adobe Summit 2014

    Lisa Walker
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Adobe Summit 2014 was a huge success. Over 7,000 marketers and technologists gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah to learn about the latest advancements in Adobe’s Marketing Cloud, see examples in action and liaise with those using the product.Elastic Path was there in full force, celebrating our new partnership with Adobe with our booth, experience driven commerce retail demo and well-attended session called “The perfect union: Adding commerce to Adobe Marketing Cloud.”Rising Consumer ExpectationsAs evidenced by the number of analytics-based session topics, Summit was a show more for…
  • What Customers Think About In-Store Tracking [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Will iBeacon and other in-store mobile technologies win favor with consumers? Not if the perception of privacy invasion persists.77% of consumers surveyed by Opinionlab believe in-store tracking is generally unacceptable, and only 38% are open to their favorite retailers tracking them. 88% don’t want to be tracked even if it will improve the customer experience! (Though free stuff and discounts apparently appeal to more than half). Via The Mobile Retail BlogClick to enlarge infographic
 
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  • Will Web Metrics Kill Professional Journalism?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The crumbling of mainstream journalism worries me. But am I just being nostalgic? Was it really that good in the past? The Portland Oregonian, one of the grand old daily newspapers they used to use an example when I was in J-school in 1971, and is still printing big paper newspapers every day, is changing the game for its reporters. They’re going to be paid for traffic. They have to post often on the live website. The should “stir up conversations among reader.” (More on that below) David Carr followed the announcement with a thoughtful New York Times post on the underlying trend.
  • I’m Too Busy To Read That Book on Busyness

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    This interesting book review came out this morning on slate.com: In her new book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte calls this cultural epidemic the “overwhelm,” and it will be immediately recognizable to most working adults. “Always behind and always late, with one more thing and one more thing and one more thing to do before rushing out the door.” I haven’t read the book and I probably won’t. But I certainly recognize the condition.  I also like the title on the Slate piece, which you can see in the illustration,…
  • What’s the Difference Between Angel Investor and VC?

    Tim Berry
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms “venture capital,” “venture capitalist,” and “VC” to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it’s really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else.  Venture capital means big-money investment managed by professional investors spending other people’s money. The money comes from extremely wealthy people, insurance companies, university endowments, big corporations, etc. Think of Kleinert Perkins et al., First Round,…
  • Do Customer Service People Really Want Autonomy?

    Tim Berry
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Throw away the script; give your people more autonomy to identify and solve problems. — Shep Hyken (@Hyken) March 4, 2014 Not that long ago I discovered, to my dismay, that some customer support and customer service people didn’t want autonomy. I always thought, like my friend Shep Hyken suggests in the tweet above, that everybody wanted to use judgment and decide things on a case-by-case basis.  But I was discussing this in a business owner workshop once when one of the owners in the group said: Actually that’s not really true. Lots of people want not to think about it, and not to…
  • Are you Running a LIFO Time Management Strategy? How Bad Is It?

    Tim Berry
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:29 am
    Do you do what I do? I suspect a lot of us do. With me it’s not just what’s urgent or important, but also what’s on the screen, which window is in the forefront, and what just happened.  It’s like urgent vs. important vs. recent. With a distortion filter for fun, or interesting.  The title of this post comes from basic accounting, handling inventory for accounting purposes as either last in first out (LIFO) or first-in first-out (FIFO). Lately I’ve been doing extreme LIFO. And I’m not sure that’s good.  Urgent vs. Important. It’s a really old paradigm, right? I bet…
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  • How I Plan To Give My Son, Eli, A Million Dollars.

    Matt Collins
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    “If only … ” If only. As far as I’m concerned, those two words represent the single most painful realization in all of personal finance and business. It’s something that came to me when I first started to assemble this Wealth Foundations Series, and it’s something I wanted to touch on in great detail before we really got too far along. At first, it will seem like a slight detour from the strictly entrepreneurial-sword-sharpening topics we’ve covered so far in the series, but I think succession planning, and instilling the right wealth foundations in our children…
  • Mystery Shopping… City Beach

    Pete Williams
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s amazing how much your perceptions change as you grow older. Back during those late night shifts at Athlete’s Foot, prior to Spotify and listening to the homemade mixed CDs, the mystery shopper was the one thing we all wanted to avoid each month. “What a waste,” we thought. “How does this help?” we groaned. The funny thing was that we always seemed to be able to remember who the mystery shopper was, after the fact… when the report came back with our “review”. They always seemed to behave in the same strange way, asking the same silly…
  • PreneurMarketing.com Internship Opportunity [Lots of Free Books]

    Pete Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    A recent New York Magazine story estimated the astonishing amount of swag a B or even C-list celebrity takes home each year: On average, a regular red-carpet walker will receive about $100,000 in free goods and services annually, some in all-gratis pop-up shops and some unasked-for in the mail. …and, if you take a look at the U.S. median household income figures,  you’ll see that the value of these celeb hauls is nearly double what the typical household earns annually. Insane. Now, I’m not saying we’re anywhere near that league. But as the size of our Preneur…
  • Content Marketing, The Preneur Hierarchy & A 5 Minute Business

    Pete Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    5 Minute Business – Mark Middo Content marketing. It’s the buzzword of now. Content marketing this, content marketing that. But here’s the problem: If you’re doing content marketing in hope that it goes viral, you are not going about marketing to “reach people when they are actively trying to solve a problem, with their wallets.” As we discussed during PreneurCast037, and I wrote in my first book: The key to effective marketing is not large headlines, bright colours or an eye-catching image. Sure these things will help attract attention to your ad, but the aim of a marketing…
  • Rich Dads, Sweepstakes, Bounce Rates + Finding a Mentor [Noise Reduction .71]

    florence
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Howdy, Folks… Well, we got past April 1 without too much shenanigans… however, it does mean the first quarter of 2014 is over, gone, never to return! So, how was the first 1/4 of the year for you? Are you 25% of the way to your goals? If not, you have a choice to make… you can either change your goals to align with where you are today, or you can change your actions for the remainder of the year. Which is it going to be? Now while you decide, make sure you check out this week’s Noise Reduction recommendations. Pete Inside the World of Robert Kiyosaki: The Full Rich Dad…
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  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

    David
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Performance tuning is a fun sport, but how you’re keeping score matters more than you think, if winning is to have real impact. When it comes to web applications, the first mistake is start with what’s the easiest to measure: server-side generation times. In Rails, that’s the almighty X-Runtime header — reported to the 6th decimal of a second, for that extra punch of authority. A clear target, easily measured, and in that safe realm of your own code to make it appear fully controllable and scientific. But what good is saving off milliseconds for a 50ms internal target,…
  • Marketing around situations

    Mig Reyes
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Before he made The Simpsons, Matt Groening’s famous comics and illustrations graced the covers of Apple brochures. The writing inside—from 1989, mind you—still does a great job selling the Mac. Instead of blanket marketing a one-size-fits-all message, Apple took the time to speak to every situation a person is in. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Mac is there to put order back in your life. If you’re unemployed, the Mac is there to help you chase a career. If you’re a habitual procrastinator, the Mac is there for your spark of productivity. They’re listening to us, and our…
  • Another Chapter

    Basecamp
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    So, a few years ago Dana Brunetti at Trigger Street Productions (Social Network and Captain Philips) got in touch with us after reading our book, REWORK. He loved the themes and the overall story of how our company came to be. Some time passed and we hadn’t heard anything… Until a week ago. We’re super-excited to let you know that Netflix Originals has decided to take on the project and turn our little book into a feature film! Martyn Burke was brought on to write the screenplay and Gwyneth Horder-Payton will direct. Filming is supposed to start sometime this spring and we…
  • Basecamp goes back to basics

    Jonas Downey
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that computers and user interfaces peaked in the 1980s. Everything was clear and simple, without all of our modern annoyances like portability, color, touchscreens, and the Internet. With that in mind, we took a long, hard look at Basecamp. We asked questions like: Is Basecamp as simple as it can be? Should we make Basecamp less colorful? What if Basecamp was stored on 800kb floppy disks? When is Knight Rider starting? So today, after months of work, we’re excited to announce that Basecamp is going back to basics. We’ve…
  • Basecamp network attack postmortem

    David
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    As we detailed in Basecamp was under network attack, criminals assaulted our network with a DDoS attack on March 24. This is the technical postmortem that we promised. The main attack lasted a total of an hour and 40 minutes starting at 8:32 central time and ending around 10:12. During that window, Basecamp and the other services were completely unavailable for 45 minutes, and intermittently up and down or slow for the rest. In addition to the attack itself, Basecamp got put in network quarantine by other providers, so it wasn’t until 11:08 that access was restored for everyone,…
 
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  • MA: Lets Nix The Non-Compete Here So We Can Compete Better Everywhere

    Dharmesh Shah
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Boston Globe reported this morning that Governor Deval Patrick will propose today a sweeping legislation to make it easier for workers in technology, life sciences, and other industries to move from job to job by banning the non-compete agreements companies use to prevent employees from jumping to rivals. I for one have been a proponent of just such a move — I think it's been a long time coming. There's expected to be some conflict as large companies continue to try and maintain this antiquated model of limiting worker mobility despite the fact that there is clear…
  • Corporate Development 101: What Every Startup Should Know

    Dharmesh Shah
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The following is a guest post by Chris Sheehan. Chris is COO of TrueLens, an early stage startup in the social marketing space. He is also a board member, advisor and investor in many Boston and NYC startups.  You can follow him on Twitter at @c_sheehan and his blog Early Stage Adventures What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development.  Our charter was simple: add significant market cap value through…
  • Expectations vs. Reality: 8 Lessons From The First Year As CEO

    Dharmesh Shah
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I started working on Foundersuite in the Fall of 2012, and we launched our MVP in early 2013. Prior to this, I'd spent 10 years consulting to startups as a fractional CFO / BD / Ops guy, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for my first real rodeo as startup CEO. I was completely wrong. Here are eight areas where reality diverged the most from my expectations. 1. Identifying customer needs is only a fraction of the product-market-fit battle. I'm a fan of the lean startup model and we are diligently striving to "build things that people want." But identifying customer needs…
  • Did The 900-Pound Gorilla Just Vanquish Your Startup Or Validate It?

    Dharmesh Shah
    19 Feb 2014 | 9:19 am
    The following is a guest post by Todd Garland, the founder and CEO of BuySellAds.  Todd is a long-time friend, and was one of the early employees at HubSpot before he set out to build his own startup.  This article is about how Google (the 900 pound gorilla) launched a product that directly competed with Todd's company.  The story is worth reading because almost every entrepreneur with any amount of success will have this happen some day. -Dharmesh A few week’s ago, Google launched a service that directly competes with what our business has been doing (very successfully) for…
  • Exit Strategy Is An Oxymoron

    Dharmesh Shah
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:09 am
    In early meetings, if a VC ever asks you what your exit strategy is, you should run, not walk to your nearest…um…exit. You want your investors to be more curious about how you're going to enter a market than how they're going to exit their investment. Thankfully, I hear much less talk about exit “strategies” in the startup world than I used to.  Back in the day, no business plan was complete without a discussion of exit strategies.  And, they almost invariably came down to the same two options: Here are the list of companies that might buy us…and we could go…
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  • Swedes behind Detectify hack Google for $10,000 bounty

    Greg Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Two fairly young Swedes behind the security startup Detectify (more on that later) set out one night with a goal of hacking Google. Finding potentially compromising exploits are their day job, and just for fun they wanted to see if they could get some of that hot bug bounty that large companies pay out if you find potentially compromising bugs in their code. The logic for a company like Google is that if they pay hackers, then they don't have the incentive to take advantage of the exploit themselves or sell it on the black market. "The whole hack started off when we decided to give it a go at…
  • Meeting Assistant launches Android App

    Greg Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Punos Mobile, the creator of the meeting app Meeting Assistant, has now launched an Android app to take their in-meeting app into meeting rooms and board rooms where the iPad isn't the only player in town. Many of the Nordic countries' Apple fanboy entrepreneurs (I'm talking about myself here) may have only seen iPads in meeting rooms, but there's a bigger demand for productivity tools on Android tablets than one might intuitively think. "It's what we learned from the U.S.. Some companies love Android tablets because its more adjustable for company needs - on iOS it's harder for companies to…
  • Finnish Matchmaking Platform Heebo Takes the Edge Off Recruitment

    Rafael Lemarchand
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Recruiting platforms have already popped up in our news feed a few times during the past week, so since we’re at it, why not expand our coverage of matchmaking startups a little more? Unlike Cruitway and Games Jobs Finland, which are, despite being highly specialized platforms, quite traditional in their matchmaking approach, Heebo takes recruitment processes towards a more philanthropic path. Heebo is a Helsinki based startup that started business in 2009. The company was founded by current CMMO (Chief Match & Meet Officer) Susanna Rantanen, a determined individual who clearly seems…
  • Are You Nearing Your Startup Launch Date? Go With A Bang.

    Dmitri Sarle
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Launches are a scary thing, whether it is a public beta, an MVP or a full blown launch. They require a lot of planning, there is usually a missed deadline or two and then there are all these people that use your product in a wrong way, or worse - no people at all. There are many strategies to a successful launch. Some startups organize parties, others quietly push it to the app store and hope for the best. There is no best way, but it helps to have a bit of help: a good article here, an event to attend there, investors looking at you everywhere. Unfortunately not many achieve that, and this…
  • Calling all Nordic & Baltic Android Developers

    Ian Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Oi yous lot! Shut up, sit down, close every other tab you’ve got open right now and focus on me. Go on, do it, I can wait. Done? Right, let’s talk. You’ve worked hard on building an app haven’t you. Probably the best damn app there ever was and ever will be, at least until you make the next one, amiright? Now you want that app to be accessible to as many people as possible and on a every store out there. Well there’s this new one you might have heard of called the Nokia Store. Yeah that Nokia. They’ve made their own Android app store because they’ve started building and selling…
 
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  • Pitch for VidFall

    public
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    Company / App Name: VidFall http://vidfall.com/ Twitter – @VidFall What does it do? VidFall is an online auction site where the prices of goods falls because members are watching sponsored ads. Why do we need it? We see ads all the time, everyday. Yet, we\’re not the ones who receive any of the revenues. Why is that so? Why can\’t these companies use their ad spends to help us pay for things we want in exchange for our time? Who is it for? People looking for a good bargain. What makes it stand out from the crowd? We make everyday items more affordable and fun to purchase.
  • Pitch for Datezr

    public
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Company / App Name: Datezr http://www.datezr.com Twitter – Datezr What does it do? Find ideas for exciting & new date activities in your area in under a minute. We make your decision super easy by showing you tailored date itineraries based on your interests, location and budget. Why do we need it? Creating a successful date involves challenges such as discovering unique locations, sourcing multiple platforms to put together a chain of activities and matching a date to a partner’s interests. Who is it for? Dating singles and couples have a need to generate ideas for date…
  • Pitch for Ambassador

    public
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Company / App Name: Ambassador http://www.AmbassadorApp.com Twitter – @AmbassadorApp What does it do? Ambassador allows pastors to record and share sermons from the pulpit to subscribed emails and their social media pages. Ambassador then reports listens, shares and downloads, allowing them to track their online ministry’s growth. Why do we need it? Smaller churches and busy pastors don’t have the resources or time to learn or purchase hi-tech recording equipment and sit around tweaking sound bytes. Ambassador allows instant sermon sharing and influence measurement within…
  • Pitch for Quizzn

    public
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Company / App Name: Quizzn http://www.quizzn.com/ Twitter – quizzn_com What does it do? Create quizzes/tests and practice it in a number of ways (currently two, multi-choice and flashcards). All quizzes are public by default, everyone can contribute by adding explanation, comment, or even ‘requiz’ in new quiz. Why do we need it? The idea is to make learning social and fun. Social makes it easy to find, subscribe, and practice a quiz, open to everyone. Fun part is done by implementing different ways to study, multi-choice and flashcards. This is app’s two trends. Who is…
  • Pitch for HumanRank

    public
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Company / App Name: HumanRank http://humanrank.us Twitter – . What does it do? “HumanRank is an automated evaluation tool that will revolutionize corporate recruiting. Professionals simply link to their Facebook or Linkedin profile, or they can upload their custom resume to allow HumanRank to rank them Why do we need it? TalentIndex is a multi-sided evaluation metric that can be used to help professionals improve their talents, and employers and recruiters can quickly and easily identify qualified candidates to fulfill essential company roles. Who is it for? People who have…
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  • News from the World of High Growth Student Startups | GrubHub | Packback Books | #Entrepreneurship #Dissertation

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

    David J. Miller
    31 Oct 2013 | 7:02 pm
    I’ve long wondered why so many schools support a business plan/VC model through contests and course work when most of their students will never be in the running for venture capital. Over the past few years through Startup Mason and other activities, we’ve moved to a more experiential model/process for entrepreneurship education. We’ve supported action, iteration and experimentation in lieu of planning. (Though many contests demand plans and/or executive summaries). Dileep Rao at Forbes.com has an interesting piece arguing against teaching business plans and competitions and…
  • DC Regional Universities Use Lean Startup in Healthcare | NSF I-CORPS

    David J. Miller
    10 Oct 2013 | 12:51 pm
    I have been following the NSF I-Corps experiment since its inception and have been pleasantly surprised by its growth and expanding reach. GWU, University of Maryland and Virginia Tech have taken the lead in our region (the DC I-Corps) and have some great people working on the program. I came across a piece from Stephanie Baum at Med City News highlighting some of the innovative teams and projects taking part. From Baum, Here’s a sample of the healthcare and device technologies involved in the program, which runs through November 19. University of Maryland, College Park Myotherapeutics is…
  • @GeorgeMasonU Alumni @GloboxRentals Launch International Film Kiosk Startup

    David J. Miller
    8 Aug 2013 | 10:40 am
    {DISCLOSURE: I have worked closely with this startup and am mentioned in the article below and am pictured} Great piece on Mason born and Mason Alumni run startup Globox Rentals, a kiosk DVD rental service making top international films available to various consumer markets. The team recently placed its first 10 kiosks, including one in the Johnson Center — the student union @GeorgeMasonU. From Rashad Mulla of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: This “Globox” movie rental kiosk, which stands over 8 feet tall, is the pride and joy of Asad R. Ali and Sammy Kassim, the…
  • Google and Their Programs in the Education Space | #highered $GOOG #edtech

    David J. Miller
    27 Jul 2013 | 10:41 am
    Emily Lucas of LifeHack.org has a nice post highlighting some of Google’s many initiatives in the education space.  From STEM and Social Entrepreneurship to Faculty Research and Marketing Competitions — Google is in the space. (Yes Brin and Page are two of the top 10 student entrepreneurs of all time). The entire post lists a bunch of their programs, below is a snippet and one of their interesting offerings. From LifeHack: As one of the world’s premier companies, Google has truly affected the way everyone accesses information and how people learn online. To further encourage…
 
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  • The Weekly Dose of Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network. This week's top articles include a Mentor Minute with TrueCar CEO Scott Painter; a pair of blogs from female CEOs talking about their experiences from both a female and non-technical perspective, respectively; 3 new business books for entrepreneurs; and more.   Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of April 13th. To Be a Nice CEO, or Not to Be, That is the Question There is no "one right way" to build a company. The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on…
  • The Biggest Misconception of Startup Funding, According to Scott Painter

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of [total_mentors]+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  On this week's Mentor Minute, Scott Painter, Founder and CEO of TrueCar (which recently filed for a $125 million IPO), describes how the biggest funding pitfall for new entrepreneurs is when they assume they can give up very little equity. In his career, Scott has started 37 companies and raised $1.25 billion in venture capital.  To hear more from Scott, join…
  • Get Ready to Blast Off at the Starship Showcase Casino Party, at NASA in Silicon Valley!

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join us on Thursday, May 15th and get ready to blast off at the exclusive Starship Showcase Afterparty, immediately following the Founder Showcase. This exciting event will be co-hosted by Moon Express at the NASA Ames Research Center and will feature Silicon Valley's finest enjoying a casino night of poker, blackjack, and craps.  Cards and dice will be flying like comets, bluff fields will be navigated through, and chip stacks will go supernova, so bring your best game face. First, second, and third place casino chip winners will also take home prizes from our sponsors as…
  • Where Do You Fit In? A Beginner’s Guide to Startup Roles

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    For many people who are considering a jump into the startup industry, there is one often mysterious question they must answer: "Where do I fit in?" As Jason Freedman says, "We startups are collectively still really bad at helping them break into our tight-knit community." Jason Freedman, is the founder of 42Floors, a search tool that helps tenants discover and create their dream offices, and was named one of the Founder Institute's top mentors at the 14th Founder Showcase.  The blog post, "I want to get into startups, but I don’t know where to start", originally appeared on the…
  • Pitch Your Ideas to Munjal Shah on Next Week’s Special Founder Hotseat Webinar

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Munjal Shah, Co-Founder & CEO of Like.com, which was acquired by Google to create Google Shopping.   During this webinar, which takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:45pm PDT (see your local time here), viewers can pitch their startup ideas to Munjal and get feedback. The best pitches will even be invited on screen, to pitch Munjal live, via webcam simulcast. Even if you don't want to pitch,…
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  • Understanding the Drivers of Success

    Matt Blumberg
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Understanding the Drivers of Success Although generally business is great at Return Path  and by almost any standard in the world has been consistently strong over the years, as everyone internally knows, the second part of 2012 and most of 2013 were not our finest years/quarters.  We had a number of challenges scaling our business, many of which have since been addressed and improved significantly. When I step back and reflect on “what went wrong” in the quarters where we came up short of our own expectations, I can come up with lots of specific answers around finer points of…
  • Book Short: Internet Fiction

    Matt Blumberg
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Internet Fiction It’s been a long time since I read Tom Evslin’s Hackoff.com, which Tom called a “blook” since he released it serially as a blog, then when it was all done, as a bound book.  Mariquita and I read it together and loved every minute of it.  One post I wrote about it at the time was entitled Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard The essence of that post was “I liked it, but the truth of the parts of the Internet bubble that I lived through were painful to read,” applies to two “new” works of Internet fiction that I just plowed through this week, as…
  • Secrets to Yawn-Free Board Meetings

    Matt Blumberg
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Secrets to Yawn-Free Board Meetings [This post first appeared as an article in Entrepreneur Magazine as part of a new series I'm publishing there in conjunction with my book, Startup CEO:  A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business] The objective of board meetings should always be to have great conversations that help you and your executive team think clearly about the issues in front of you, as well as making sure your directors have a clear and transparent view of the state of the business. These conversations come from a team dynamic that encourages productive conflict. There’s no…
  • Open Vacation

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    At Return Path, we’ve had an “open vacation” policy for years, meaning that we don’t regulate the amount of time off people take, and we don’t accrue for it or pay out “unused” vacation if someone leaves the company.  I get asked about this all the time, so I thought I’d post our policy here and also answer a couple follow-up questions I usually get about it. First, here’s the language of our policy: Paid Time Off You’re encouraged to take as much time off as you can while maintaining high performance and achieving your goals. We…
  • HR/People Lessons from Netflix

    Matt Blumberg
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It feels as if almost everyone in our industry has read the famous Netflix culture deck on Slideshare, and with over 5mm views, that may not be too far off.  If you haven’t looked at it before, and if you care about your organization’s culture and how productive and happy employees are the best kind of employees, then take the time to flip through it. As part of a benchmarking exercise we did on employers with unique and best HR/People practices a few years ago, a few of us did either site visits or at least live interviews with leaders at four companies, all of whom are pretty…
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    Techstars

  • Awesomeness – Finding a business model

    Nicole Glaros
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Last week was week 2 of Techstars Boulder’s 7 Weeks of Awesome, featuring Nate and Natty of Everlater (Techstars ’09, acquired by AOL) talking about how they found a business model.  There are same fantastic insights in here for how to develop and improve your own business model over time. For those of you who weren’t able to make it to last week’s awesome presentation, good news! We taped it! Thanks to Paul at 23rdstudios for capturing the awesomeness. If you like what you see, applications for Boulder 2014 are open.  You can apply here to Techstars.  The deadline…
  • Seattle 2012 Alumni Leanplum: How Techstars Helped

    Andy Sack
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Momchil Kyurkchiev and Andrew First crossed paths while working on the monetization side of Youtube. They decided to leave Google to start Leanplum, a service that helps product managers and marketers optimize mobile content and messaging by providing a platform for mobile A/B testing, personalization and analytics. I recently called the two founders to learn about their progress and how they have benefitted from being part of Techstars. How did you come up with the idea? Andrew: We used to run hundreds of A/B tests at Google. The Google culture is very data-driven, they constantly…
  • [VIDEO] Startup Stories: weeSpring, Having a Baby AND a Startup

    Nicole Glaros
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    weeSpring is a platform that helps you share advice with your friends about baby essentials, like bottles, strollers and diapers. They were part of the Techstars class in NYC last year and we’re so impressed with their traction and progress. Go, team, go! Watch more Techstars videos here.  You can also subscribe to our YouTube or Vimeo Channel. The post [VIDEO] Startup Stories: weeSpring, Having a Baby AND a Startup appeared first on Techstars.
  • Jason Mendelson and 10 Things That Will Screw Up Your Company

    Nicole Glaros
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    For those of you who weren’t able to make it to last week’s awesome presentation by Jason Mendelson on 10 (or 18) Things That Will Screw Your Company, good news! We taped it! Thanks to Paul at 23rdstudios for capturing the awesomeness. We have a treasure trove of presenters this month from Mitch Wainer of Digital Ocean to Howard Diamond of Mobile Day and our own David Cohen! Don’t miss these upcoming events.Thoughts and advice from rock stars like Jason Mendelson are just one of the many benefits to being in the Techstars program. Applications for Boulder 2014 are…
  • [VIDEO] Startup Stories: DigitalOcean

    Clare Tischer
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    Startup Stories is a series of short videos about Techstars companies focusing on a specific topics. In this video we learn about how DigitalOcean, from our 2012 program in Boulder, went from struggling in a saturated market to massive success. “As we were raising capital for the company, one of the hardest challenges was to pitch the story to investors and have them believe in our vision.” – Ben Uretsky. Follow @digitalocean Deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds over at DigitalOcean today. Watch more Techstars videos here. You can also subscribe to our YouTube or Vimeo…
 
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU

    John Ingrisano
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    by John R. Ingrisano Think of networking as mostly free, word-of-mouth, marketing.  Here are some ideas to make networking work for you: Be in touch.  Thanks to email, it’s never been easier to stay connected with clients and prospects.  Send out very, very short mini-newsletters (200 words at the most) once a month or so to remind them you’re still around. Be involved.  Join organizations — Lions, Optimists, etc. —  in your local community.  The personal and professional relationships are priceless. Polish your elevator talk.  Be prepared to tell people who you are and…
  • PRACTICE EXCEPTIONALISM

    John Ingrisano
    12 Jun 2013 | 10:34 am
    by John Ingrisano The Freestyle Entrepreneur We remember exceptionalism … and the people who do the exceptional. We remember the bad stuff:  Recently, while talking to a cell phone company representative, I was told I needed a ton and a half of special add-ons that would more than double the cost I was told I would pay.  I spent more time deflecting aggressive sales tactics than I did actually learning about what services were best for me and my business.  It was an unpleasant experience, at best.  I will avoid going through it again with that company, and I certainly will not…
  • OFFER: FREE PRESENTATION OR WORKSHOP

    John Ingrisano
    3 Jan 2013 | 7:46 am
    HERE’S A FREE OFFER … WITH A FEW STRINGS ATTACHED:  Do you need a quality keynote or motivational business presentation for your 2013 annual meeting?  Or a speaker for a sales or customer service session or after-dinner talk?  An established business journalist, public speaker and sales trainer, I am giving away a free one-hour program to the first two responders.  If you represent a business or business organizations (such as a Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Rotary, etc.), you are eligible to accept this offer. This offer is valued at more than $3,000.  And it is free.  TWO…
  • ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

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

    John Ingrisano
    12 Sep 2012 | 7:33 am
    by John Ingrisano The Freestyle Entrepreneur Hernando Cortez knew the value of total commitment.  In 1519 – just 27 years after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World – Cortez landed on the coast of Mexico, thousands of miles from home.  He arrived with 11 ships and about 600 men.  Their goal was to conquer the vast Aztec empire. They did.  Cortez and his men changed the course of history, marching across Mexico and starting what was to become a vast and rich Spanish empire in North and South America, one that dominated world affairs for nearly 400 years.  (Keep in mind that,…
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    StartupMuse

  • Announcing ‘TEN’

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

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

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

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

    Alexander Muse
    26 Sep 2013 | 2:05 pm
    This afternoon the folks from Aereo invited me and several other early adopters to lunch at the Ritz for their Dallas launch. The company has found a perfectly legal way of retransmitting over-the-air television via the internet to subscribers. The company is facing legal challenges by content providers, but they have successfully fought back each one time after time. The bad news? Content providers don’t make money when Aereo sells subscriptions to consumers. My business partner at HAUL, Robert Bennett, met with Chasey Carey the COO at FOX who indicated that they will end over the air…
 
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    Sparkplug CEO

  • Pinterest Tips for Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Pinterest is reported to have over 70 million users and has surpassed email as one of the top sharing platforms online according to Share This.  It’s no wonder why so may businesses are riding the wave of Pinterest. With these stats, I became curious as to what made this channel so darn powerful. So, after getting […]
  • Simple Ways to Manage Content Creation

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Welcome to Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homeprenuers a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: What tools and methods do you use to make your content creation manageable? Brenda Trott from Done4UMedia Marketing says: Spreadsheets! I use spreadsheets to list out topics so I never have to think about what […]
  • Ways to Learn Faster to Ignite your Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Welcome to Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homeprenuers a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: What have you learned recently that has helped you in your business and what are some tips you can offer for learning something quickly? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: My business has […]
  • Waiting for Perfection: How It Can Crush Your Business Dream

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I was in 4th grade when I learned that B+ in my report card was not good enough. The feeling of shame was incongruent with the honor roll certificate given to me by my teacher as she smiled and offered praise with a “Good job!” Yet, that wasn’t enough in my home and from that […]
  • Get Paid What You’re Worth in Your Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Welcome to Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homeprenuers a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: What is your strategy for pricing your offers so that you are getting paid what you’re worth in your business? Christa Jensen from ChristaJensen.com says: This is a very important topic and […]
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    CollegeMogul

  • How To Become a Chef?

    JohnnyG
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Being a chef can be very satisfying and you can make a lot of money. Even chefs that are new out of culinary school can get paid $20 and more an hour, or if you are lucky enough to work in famous restaurants, you could earn six figures or more. Being a chef has become even more popular because of all the cooking shows on television, making it seem that just about anyone with a passion for cooking can become a chef. How do you become a chef? Can you take your love of cooking at home to working in a restaurant? Even though you may want to take your home cooking skills to the next level, getting…
  • How to Prevent Drug Addiction

    JohnnyG
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    The best way, of course, in preventing drug addiction to an illicit drug like cocaine and heroine is not to take the drug in the first place, not even for a smidgen. Even the use of addictive prescription drugs under your physician’s supervision should be done with care and caution – avoid taking in greater doses and for longer periods than recommended as well as report any adverse reactions. Understand Drug Dependence and Addiction Contrary to popular opinion, drug dependence and addiction are slow developments in the sense that their physical and mental symptoms develop slowly…
  • Financial Freedom – Advice and Tips to Achieve It

    JohnnyG
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    If you are close to utilizing the services of a Maryland Chapter 11 & 13 attorney, then it might be time to understand some of the options you have for achieving financial freedom before you reach that point. Since Bankruptcy can stay on your credit for 7 years, you need to weigh your other options. Additionally, not changing your habits now could have you sitting in front of another attorney before you know it. This begins with the first tip, which is sit down and find out where you really are. Often, we can fool ourselves into believing that our financial situation is better than it…
  • Working in the Garden – Things To Do in Spring

    JohnnyG
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    At this time of year people crawl out from under the winter snows and start thinking about working on their spring gardens. Some people have harder jobs than others, especially if you live in areas of the country that have been affected by severe weather. They probably have a lot of debris to clear out of their yard, tree branches, and garbage, and this is on top of clearing out their gardens to get them ready for replanting. So what are some of the things that people work on to get their garden and yards back up and running? The place to start is with the garden itself. Time to remove the…
  • Learning Self Defense is Important

    JohnnyG
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    There are many reasons why learning self defense is important. What is self defense? It is really any type of martial art discipline that helps a person defend themselves against someone attacking them. There is also many types of self defense programs out there, from Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, all that have been around for centuries. Comparatively, a relatively new discipline to the Western world is called Eskrima, a term used for many of the different martial arts disciplines out of the Philippines. These techniques include various weapons training with bladed weapons and sticks. It also…
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    Start Up Blog

  • Web startup principals apply to every kind of new business

    Steve Sammartino
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Recently I’ve been exploring the hardware space, especially now I’m deeply involvement in Tomcar Australia – a startup which builds cars. I’ve become more focused on what we can learn in the web / software / mobile space, and apply it to the hardware space – startups which build actual physical things or any non digital kinda startup. Turns out much of it applies, especially given the open access technology and connected society has provided. I’ve recently written a couple of posts for the good people of Pollenizer on this subject. This post – Beyond…
  • The 3 directions pulling on us

    Steve Sammartino
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    There are always three forces pulling on us which have a significant impact on our future. Backwards – the pull of the past, the regrets, the waste, the mistakes and our history. The negative thoughts that tell us we’re not smart enough, not tall enough, not pretty enough, not rich enough, not connected enough, not disciplined enough. These are thoughts which steal our dreams by convincing us that it isn’t going to happen for us because of pattern of events which have already happened. They pull us backwards. Sideways – these are the distractions which steal our short…
  • Virtual Classroom

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The thing that we are fortunate with today, is that it is easy to catch up. If we haven’t been paying attention to the world we make our living in, someone usually has been. And of those people who have been paying attention, these days they are often generous enough to share what they’ve seen. If we’ll take the time to invest a few minutes with a sharp mind, they can teach us what took them years to uncover themselves. I recently happened upon two Youtube videos which do just that – albeit in different ways. Then & Now This keynote from Seth Godin is the best…
  • Don’t create what you ran away from

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
    I’m betting that everyone reading this blog, either works in a business they helped build, or is planning to escape their corporate cubicle some time real soon. And the people who are planning exit from the big nasty industrial conglomerate they work for, are planning, most often – build a corporation. (Sounds a lot uglier than the word ‘startup’ – doesn’t it?) Ok, so the irony is clear. But the way to overcome the irony is to remember why we left our job / company in the first instance. It probably wasn’t because we weren’t earning a decent…
  • When something bad is good

    Steve Sammartino
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Today I was lucky enough to record a Beers Blokes & Business podcast with Wil Anderson – about funny business.  Turns out the business side of comedy has a lot of similarity with entrepreneurship. Comedians are, certainly in their early days – solopreneurs.  Wil was amazingly honest and generous with his insights and story, but there was one thing in particular which stood out to me. While I can’t remember the quote verbatim – it went something like this. Some people are not lucky enough to hate their job. Their job is not quite bad enough for them to pack it…
 
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    Springwise

  • Credit card automatically makes donations to the church

    Springwise
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Add / Remove Consumers aren’t good at remembering to put some money towards a good cause, whether it’s for themselves or for charity. While we’ve already seen the Acorns app automatically put small change towards an investment portfolio based on user spending, now Brazil’s Bradesco bank has introduced a credit card that donates a percentage of all payments made to the church. Those signing up for the card receive up to 40 days interest free and a percentage of all payments is matched and sent to the Igreja Internacional da Graça de Deus Nacional (The International…
  • Smart heating tool crowdsources the perfect temperature

    Springwise
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Add / Remove When it come to winter, people feel the cold in different ways — some can stand the chill, while others need to have the heating on full blast. CrowdComfort is a crowd reporting tool that helps facility managers discover where they need to deliver more or less heat to satisfy occupants. Building operators can get anyone who uses the facility — whether it’s an office, hotel or tower block — to download the CrowdComfort app. Through their smartphones, residents can then either rate their comfort level or report a maintenance issue. Users can report whether they’re…
  • Ethical lingerie helps women in South America gain entrepreneurial skills

    Springwise
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Add / Remove Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of Canada’s World Housing, the company that donates new housing to locations that need them every time a customer purchases a property. Now Naja is aiming to do the same for underwear, providing Colombian women with marketable skills and employs them to help create its luxury products. The Naja range includes a variety of bras and panties available in different prints, using Peruvian Pima cotton, nylon lace and even memory foam for its bras. Despite the use of luxury materials and attention to detail, items cost…
  • Simple device lets motor impaired kids know what it’s like to walk

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove For centuries now, those with neuromuscular disorders have had to rely on the wheelchair to get around and many spend their whole lives seated. In the past we’ve seen AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD wheelchair add-on make strides to help paraplegic people get up and stand unassisted. Now opting for a much more simple solution, Upsee is a harness that lets parents use their own legs as a support, in order to give their disabled children the sensation of walking. Created by UK-based product designer Firefly — which develops postural solutions for children — the kit comes…
  • Crowdfunded goods at crowd-determined prices

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Add / Remove Platforms such as Kickstarter and Etsy have enabled a whole generation of crafters and creatives to market their unique goods, and we’ve even seen retail outlets dedicated to only selling work from independent talents in the form of sites like TinyLightbulbs. Now Singapore-based Haystakt is offering a twist on the crowdfunded model, dropping the price of artisanal products for every purchase made after the funding target has been reached. Makers with at least a working prototype of their original product can launch a pre-order campaign through the site, setting an initial…
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

  • Ask the Entrepreneur: Jane Glazer, founder of QCI Direct

    CharlaKucko
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    by Jane Glazer Question: What made you decide to start your business? I started my business in 1983 for all the wrong reasons. I had been teaching mathematics for over seven years, and my three children were all the same ages as my students.  I felt that someone suffered daily–if not the students, then my kids. If not my kids, then the students. I don’t think anyone was meant to have that many 11-13 year olds at one time! So business sounded different and exciting, and my husband assured me it would be a part-time experience. He was right!  I only work the hours I am awake–so…
  • Ask the Entrepreneur: Sherri McArdle

    KristinBoyd
    10 May 2011 | 2:14 pm
    by Sherri McArdleQ. What did you expect when you set out on the journey to start your own business?Sherri: I’m not sure I had specific expectations but I did have specific goals. I wanted the freedom and flexibility to raise our two children. I also wanted to do work that I loved, to grow professionally and to generate a reasonable income.My partner Jim Ramerman and I had very modest expectations when we started, but our desire to grow the business evolved over time.Q.  Is being an entrepreneur everything you thought it would be?Sherri: Co-owning a business has been very rewarding. It has…
  • Ask the Entrepreneur: Lauren Dixon

    KristinBoyd
    2 May 2011 | 11:01 am
    by Lauren DixonQ. What did you expect when you set out on the journey to start your own business? Lauren: When I started Dixon Schwabl 24 years ago, I sought to create an ad agency unlike any other in Rochester.  I interviewed leaders of area firms and asked them what they liked and disliked about agencies they worked with, and launched my business applying their candid feedback.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I needed to listen to these leaders and adapt my agency in response.  I started by hiring the best and brightest people I could find to join me on this journey, and…
  • Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs!

    KristinBoyd
    26 Apr 2011 | 10:56 am
    Looking for some inspiration?  Check out this blog which features 15 inspiring women entrepreneurs.Related posts:Great News for Women EntrepreneursWomen Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon in Rochester Woman MagazineNew Media Women Entrepreneurs
  • Ask the Entrepreneurs!

    KristinBoyd
    19 Apr 2011 | 6:51 pm
    This month we’ll be doing personal interviews with our entrepreneurs.  We’ll kick off this  month with Yvonne DiVita…see what she has to say about being a women entrepreneur!Q.  What did you expect when you set out on the journey to start your own business?Yvonne: Well, I expected to be my own boss and to help people improve business by…learning to communicate better. I noticed, back then, that too many people weren’t trained in writing for the web. My goal was to help them understand the difference between writing for a print publication and writing for the…
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    entrepreMusings

  • This Is A Test Post Of The Blog System

    Aruni
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:48 pm
    As I try to resolve the issue of spam being inserted into my email feed, it seems the only way to test if the issue has been corrected (after making changes) is to write a test post and check my inbox in the morning. People will use this simply going online payment that viagra online without prescription viagra cialis be completely guaranteed and some lenders. A few of economy in to tell us viagra what is cialis even accepting an address you can. Have you only request and easy loans just log http://www.buy-viagra-au.com/ side effects of drugs in society and secure website to complete.
  • SXSW 2014: Edu, Music, and Pi Day

    Aruni
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    This is the first time in several years that I did not attend any SXSW interactive events…not a single one.  I don’t feel that I missed out on anything other than not seeing some folks in person who I usually “see” online.  Instead I attended SXSWedu and finagled a wristband for SXSW music, and I had a great time. I was at SXSWedu for my company and it felt to me like the early days of SXSW interactive.  There is so much going on in the world of ed tech.  I learned a lot and we all met some great potential partners.  A friend invited me to go with her to SXSW…
  • Happy Super Bowl Sunday & Groundhog Day!

    Aruni
    2 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’m not a big football or groundhog watcher, but this year the days have collided.  I don’t plan to watch any groundhogs, but I do plan to see part of the Super Bowl.  Because my son loves sports, we will be going to a friend’s place to the watch the game so he can be with others who like to watch football.   Ah, the things us mothers do for our kids that we don’t have the patience to do for other sports fanatics in our lives. I’m hoping with the recent WordPress update, there won’t be spam links in my email feed, but it’s a crap shoot.  I…
  • Go With The Flow – Happy New Year 2014

    Aruni
    1 Jan 2014 | 7:38 pm
    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo 2014! Another year has passed and boy/girl what an entrepreneurial year it has been!  I’ve been trying to figure out how to fix the spam (stupidity) hack that someone has done to my email feed, but after checking feedburner, feedblitz, WordPress, and staring into space, a solution/fix hasn’t surfaced.  Thank you to all of you who replied to my email feed noticing the insertion of random, annoying spam ads.  The emailed version of this post may have spam inserted, so please don’t click on the spam links…unless of course you are “looking for…
  • Thanksgivukkah and Black Friday

    Aruni
    1 Dec 2013 | 7:26 pm
    This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah collided.  In the US, apparently the retailers decided to start the crazy sales activity just that much earlier and open up Thanksgiving eve.  I guess the news folks will tell us if it was worth it.  I didn’t venture out or even online to purchase anything on “Black Friday,” Thursday, or whatever.  I know people who did.  I did venture out today (Sunday) to Target to return some things and get some basics, but there was only the normal crowd there. At any rate, I’m thankful that I can choose to shop or not shop.  I’m…
 
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    The Next Web

  • RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year

    Erika Trautman
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media. Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete. The HTML5 versus Flash debate has been a hot topic among Web developers for years – and even more so since Steve Jobs published his now infamous 2010 letter touting HTML5 as the future and Flash as “no longer necessary.”... This story continues at The Next Web
  • 11 Android apps to make notifications more interesting

    Ben Woods
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny. Sure, Facebook’s chat-head style notifications set a trend for a bobble-headed approach, but that’s not the only way you can modify how you get informed about new events, and for older handsets that haven’t been gifted with features like lock screen widgets... This…
  • The single biggest reason most entrepreneurs fail in 2014

    Ali Mese
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ali Mese is the CEO and founder of PIQERS. This post originally appeared on Mese’s Medium blog. Exactly two years ago today, I woke up at 5 in the morning. Yes, I was suffering from our generation’s new sleeping problem. It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was useless to try sleeping any further, so I decided to get up and start working. After checking my emails, I found myself on Twitter. One of the tweets... This story continues at The Next Web
  • How to grow an awesome community to fuel your social startup

    Nadia Hussain
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Nadia Hussain is the Community Director at Polyvore. When you’re starting a social company, building a loyal and engaged community is paramount. But that can also be one of the most nuanced and challenging elements of launching your startup. As employee #6 and community director at Polyvore, I’ve had the opportunity to watch our community grow and build relationships with many of our early users – some of whom have been on our site for more than six years now. Today, our site attracts 20 million unique visitors per month and our awesome community has created more than 100 million...
  • Nike has reportedly canceled its FuelBand hardware project [Update]

    Josh Ong
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Nike is said to have thrown in the towel on its FuelBand fitness bracelet hardware project, according to a CNET report. Update: Nike response added below. A spokesman told CNET that a “small number of layoffs” had taken place on its Digital Sports team to align with its business priorities. Moving forward, it appears that Nike will focus on fitness software efforts instead of custom hardware. Curiously, Nike just opened a Nike+ Fuel Lab in San Francisco last week that listed the FuelBand as part of its mandate. Nike released a new version of the FuelBand last fall, but changes to the…
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 12, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Product Owner @ Taskstream (New York, NY)Keywords: agile, education, scrumhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=947&lf=twf Senior Manager, Digital Product Development @ Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYC, United States)Keywords: analytics, digital, management, product, strategyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=964&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 5, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Product Manager (2) – General and Integration @ Case Commons (New York City)Keywords: agile, government, social_goodhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=961&lf=twf Director of Product Design and UX @ comiXology (512 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10018)Keywords: eCommerce, Mobile, Product Design, UI Design, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=963&lf=twf Product Manager @ ServiceChannel (New York, NY)Keywords: Analyst, Process, Product, Requirements, Softwarehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=795&lf=twfFiled under: product…
  • Product Management Advice from Adrian Jank

    Jeremy Horn
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2013 tick? Advice… > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? It was during a pragmatic marketing training session, and it’s one of their staples “Your opinion, while nice, doesn’t mean shit”.  > What is the hardest lesson you learned as a product manager? Tough decision! I…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of March 29, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:22 am
    Senior Product Manager @ FastBooking (Paris, France)Keywords: agile scrum, analytics, hospitality, lean startup, product managerhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=962&lf=twf Product Manager (2) – General and Integration @ Case Commons (New York City)Keywords: agile, government, social_goodhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=961&lf=twf Product Manager @ ZocDoc (New York, NY)Keywords: Producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=960&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • “In the Now” with Adrian Jank

    Jeremy Horn
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2013 tick? In the Now… > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why? Evan Spiegel just turned down 3 Billion from FB for a company that has little to know revenue, and while it’s done a great job acquiring and activating users, I’d love to see how their retention plays out. Is Snapchat really solving a big enough problem…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Is Employee Job Tenure Really Shortening? (Yes, It Is)

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Catherine Rampell, writing in the Washington Post, says churn in companies is down: The share of people getting laid off each month — as well as, more disturbingly, the shares getting hired and quitting their jobs — is near record lows. That’s according to Labor Department data released this weekand calculations from John Haltiwanger, an economist at the University of Maryland. Haltiwanger estimates that private-sector layoffs, hires and resignations are 21 percent to 26 percent below their rates two decades ago. But is it true? It seems counterintuitive. The new Five Thirty Eight…
  • My Favorite Podcast: The Always-Enlightening EconTalk

    Ben Casnocha
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Audiobooks and podcasts are handy when you’re on-the-go–while in the car as driver or passenger, sitting in an airplane (especially during meal time), or walking around outside. Both formats are experiencing a renaissance: audiobook sales are booming, and, more anecdotally, I’m told podcast listenership and ad rates are up across the board. The comparative advantage of podcasts over audiobooks is that they are short and self-contained, so unlike in a book, you needn’t remember where in a long narrative you left off. If you drive or fly every day, or have an especially…
  • 2 AM Friends

    Ben Casnocha
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:54 pm
    “I haven’t talked to Joe in years, but I know that if I were stranded and called him, he’d drop everything and come pick me up.” I hear that a lot. It’s great to have friends who will bail you out of a tough situation, who’ll always answer your call at 2 AM, who will fly around the world to help you in an emergency. Even if you haven’t spoken to them in a long, long time. These “2 AM friends,” as I refer to them, tend to be old childhood buddies, old roommates, or family friends who, for whatever reason, you no longer talk to or see often.
  • Happiness vs. Meaning, Continued

    Ben Casnocha
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:10 am
    I re-wrote my post last week on meaning vs. happiness in a more succinct form for LinkedIn. Pasted below. Also, here’s Chris Yeh’s rebuttal post. The things that make you happy (low stress, good health, sex) are not the same things that make your life seem meaningful (sacrifice, service, goals). Compare the effect that staying at a luxury hotel has on you (happy!) versus the feeling of training really hard for a marathon and completing it (satisfying and meaningful!). Adam Alter, in this recent online New Yorker piece about whether the poor have more meaningful lives than the…
  • Short Term Profit Taking vs. Long Term Value Creation

    Ben Casnocha
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Reid recently penned a piece about Carl Icahn’s ambitions to split PayPal off from eBay, and the broader difference between the short-termism of Wall Street vs. the long-termism of Silicon Valley. The piece generated a lot of attention and it advances some some important ideas. Give it a read. My favorite line: “Innovation comes from long-term thinking and iterative execution.”
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    John Greathouse

  • This Philanthropist Is Winning Skirmishes With Poverty By Tapping Into An Inner City’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

    John Greathouse
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Much has been written about social entrepreneurship; ventures in which an explicit goal is the betterment of society. However, far less attention has been applied to entrepreneurial philanthropy, in which a startup mindset and accountability is applied to issuing non-profit grants. Intrigued by the concept, I was turned onto one of the leaders in this emerging field of philanthropy, A Better Chicago (ABC), by friend and ABC Board Member, Brent Rasmussen. ABC is applying entrepreneurial principles to the art of charity. Even the organization's lexicon reinforces its startup mindset. It…
  • Puking On The Emotional Startup Rollercoaster

    John Greathouse
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Startups are an emotional rollercoaster; moments of sheer terror interlaced with bone-crushing, mind-numbing and highly addictive exhilaration. However, if unmodulated, the highs can become too high and the lows way too low. Long-hours, uncertainty and the never-ending pressure to survive can cause you and your team to overreact to wins, as well as setbacks. As Capitan of the startup rollercoaster, you must manage your company's mood swings, while doing your best to not puke (at least not while your team is watching).
  • How To Transform Your Mentor Relationships Into Lifelong Friendships

    John Greathouse
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Note: This is Part III of a series exploring the power of mentorships. Access Part I HERE and Part II HERE. My relationship with my friend and mentor, Bob Wood, has matured over time. When we first connected, I was in listening mode most of the time, much like a dutiful student. However, as we established mutual trust, the balance of our exchanges shifted to the point that I am now a respectful but outspoken contributor to our friendship. This transition from a unilateral, teacher/student paradigm is essential to sustaining a mentor…
  • A Dozen Team-Building Tips Inspired By The Dirty Dozen

    John Greathouse
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Stop complaining about how difficult it is to encourage well-mannered, highly educated, civilized professionals to work together. Instead, consider how difficult it would be to transform twelve convicted felons, with an affinity for violence and no desire to work together, into a cohesive, effective team. That is exactly what Major Reisman is forced to do in E.M. Nathanson’s World War II novel and subsequent film entitled, The Dirty Dozen. The steps Major Reisman takes to create this unlikely team are enlightening to entrepreneurs…
  • Want To Live Life With No Regrets? Follow These 43 Life Lessons

    John Greathouse
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. In the Fall of 1990, H. Jackson Brown sat at his kitchen table, pulled out a pad of paper and began writing advice to his son, who had just entered college. Mr. Brown's aphorisms eventually evolve into twenty one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. With Life's Little Instruction Book, Mr. Brown became the first author to simultaneously hold the number one positions on both of the NYT's hardback and paperback lists. Many of Mr. Brown's quotes have become so well known that they are often mis-attributed to historical…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 7 Things Entrepreneurs Don’t Realize They Need

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Dream of quitting the rat race and becoming your own boss? Better read this list first. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 50% of all new businesses fail in the first five years – probably because they didn’t have one of these essential seven items. 1. A successful business. Wait, what? You’re supposed to have a business before you start a business? If you plan on quitting your job to go into business full-time, yes. You need to give your small business at least a year of part-time work in the evenings and on weekends while you keep your current job. This…
  • [Infographic][UK] Keep Your Business Going, Rain Or Shine

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Just what exactly is going on with the weather at the moment? The UK being what it is, we’re not averse to a bit of rain. However, what we’ve seen over the last few weeks has verged slightly on the side of ridiculous. By now, the majority of us will be familiar with the infamous image of the railway line hanging mid-air in Dawlish, Devon, when the sea wall beneath it collapsed. It was eroded away very quickly, after being battered by the elements. That’s now exactly what’s happening to the business prospects of many firms across the country as well. The weather is…
  • Tablets: Changing The Future Of TV Viewing

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By Jessica Oaks Tablets have quickly become a pervasive part of modern life since the original iteration of the Apple iPad was introduced in 2010. In fact, tablets have become so popular that they have created a phenomenon that many in the tech industry are referring to as the “second screen” – a screen that, increasingly, allows for interaction with apps, games and the Internet while watching television or a movie. Tablets are becoming more and more prevalent. Statistics in a Business Insider report show that tablets are used far more often than smartphones as a second screen (that…
  • [Infographic] The Potential Of Social Media For B2B In 2014

    Daniel Goh
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    It’s often said that social media is much harder to crack for B2B businesses than it is for consumer-based ones. In many cases, it’s true – but increasingly social media platforms have become the choice for B2B marketers, and budgets have also correspondingly grown to take advantage of this space. For 2013, professional networking site LinkedIn has actually caught up with Facebook as one of the preferred social networks for B2B businesses at 86.4%, with Twitter coming in 3rd at 81.5%. Forums, previously a favorite online engagement platform for B2B businesses, have fallen to…
  • Business Partners Abroad: Are Financial And Credit Checks Necessary?

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    For many companies, adding an international component to business is an important part of their growth strategy. However, finding the right partners to make this a reality can be easier said than done. After all, there may be a very different business culture in your target country and factors may exist that you have not yet considered. There are several things to think about before making a commitment to a foreign partner. For a start, you must carefully identify your potential partner. The starting point for this is to clarify your needs. Are you looking for a joint venture partner, an…
 
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    ArabCrunch

  • Jawabkom.com like Quora for Middle East, attracts 2.4 million visitors last 30 days alone

    Gaith Saqer
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
     Raed Malhas CEO of a href=”http://Jawabkom.com” target=”_blank”>Jawabkom.com explains, the rise of the Arab Spring brought forth a surge in demand for new technology in the Middle East as residents clamored for more “Western” technologies. To that, there are now approximately 300 Million Arabic internet users — a number roughly equivalent to that of the U.S. Originally from Jordan, but schooled in technology domestically at Microsoft and then as a successful entrepreneur, Malhas saw this as an opportunity to not only get an early foothold in this…
  • BREAKING: Intel Closes its Office in Egypt

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Another sad and bad news for troubled Egypt, Intel is closing its offices in Egypt and firing all employees according to sources in Egypt. Intel confirmed the news and said its closing its R&D and engineering unit in a statement sent to the media Intel said that it is committed to the Egyptian market and the decision have nothing to do with political situation in Egypt or anywhere else, rather a consideration of operations Munich and Bangalore. In 2011 Intel made its first acquisition of an Egyptian company by acquiring Wireless startup SySDSoft Whatever Intel says about the motivation…
  • Anonymous Hacks 1000s of Israeli Websites Leaks 10,000s of Phone Numbers, Emails and Passwords #OpIsrael

    news
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Commemorating its last year major cyber offensive against “Cyber Israel” hacktivist group Anonymous and other hacking groups have launched a fresh and massive cyber attacks against Israeli websites, hacking, defacing, hijacking them. More Than 2000 Thousand Israeli Websites Defaced By AnonGhost Team here is the list of them. Hacker groups also leaked the database Disney International(http://disney.co.il  In the emails leak front 1350 Emails of Israelis Hacked By AnonGhost Team and their passwords were posted here. Another 25,000 ISRAELI emails and passwords from http://www.jeep.co.il and…
  • Facebook Acquires Virtual Relativity Startup Oculus VR For $2 Billion

    Gaith Saqer
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg CEO of facebook just announced that facebook is acquiring virtual realty startups Oculus VR with plans for the future of mobile and connectivity. the deal is for around $2B in cash and stock. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common. Here what Mark wrote about this news: “I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology. Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the…
  • Founded by an Egyptian entrepreneur Procured Health raises $4 million Series A funds

    Gaith Saqer
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Procured Health, a startup that offers help to hospitals better discover, evaluate and adopt quality medical device has raised $4 million in Serias A funds from health care-focused firm FCA Venture Partners. Procured Health is cofounded by Egyptian entrepreneur CEO of the company Hani Elias, it also previously raised $1.1 million in seed funding from a number of angels and VCs. Including Jordanian based VC Silicon Badia. Medical devices make up 20 to 25 percent of hospital expenses, spending on medical devices reached an estimated $150 billion in 2010. Most doctors are completely in the dark…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The Startup Treadmill

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

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

    mark
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    Conviction: This is a word we use a lot at FreshBooks. Why? Well, not because we like to hire ex-convicts, but because we are building a company for the long term and want to be a long term leader in our market. When you look at the World through that lens it clarifies things.  You realize first of all how difficult it is to build an enduring market-leading technology company. CB Insights published some stats last week telling us that 2 out of 3 tech exits last year were startups selling at Series A or earlier. That’s just the companies that even get to exit. If you lump in outright…
  • Two keys to building a massive SMB startup

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

    mark
    23 Jan 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I was just reading about Stripe‘s $ 80M investment today (full disclosure: Stripe is a partner of FreshBooks where I work. And we love them…). They raised $ 80M at a $ 1.75B pre-money valuation. So, what am I thinking about this? YCombinator has yet another company in the $B club Payments is super hot right now. Braintree was recently bought for $ 800M. The business of moving money around has never been hotter. Stripe has no choice now but to go for a unicorn size outcome. More on this point: If you run the math on this deal, the investors bought just over 4% of the company. Yep!
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    Polygraph Media Blog

  • Twitter and Gnip - A match made in data heaven

    Chris Treadaway
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Last week, Twitter announced the acquisition of Gnip in what will certainly amount to be a key milestone in the evolution of social media. 2008-2010 Young social media managers emerge at brands to help them navigate new social media tools. 2011-2013 Social media turns increasingly from an earned/owned media channel to a paid media channel. 2014-2016 Old skills become obsolete. Brands, who are now spending a lot of money on the now-mature social media channel, need to optimize their spend. Young social media managers are replaced by data-oriented internet marketers. If you believe this…
  • Polygraph Moroch Partnership -- Actionable Social Data for Brands

    Chris Treadaway
    4 Nov 2013 | 10:58 am
    Today, we're happy to announce our partnership with Moroch to bring actionable social data to brands. Over the last year to 18 months, we've talked with a lot of consumer brands about how they can harness Facebook data to better react to customer feedback, make data-driven decisions, and significantly improve the efficiency of media buys. Most companies know that the data is rich and prime for investigation, but they don't know how to get started. That's where we come in. We bring hard data to help inform decisions that are often made today by feel or by subjective…
  • Augmenting Opinion with Data

    Chris Treadaway
    17 Oct 2013 | 9:56 am
    For those of us who are more left-brained thinkers, it's a pretty exciting time right now in 2013. Silos to data have been broken down in many instances... and there are a plethora of data sources available for fee or for free that can be tied together. Data visualization tools have progressed well beyond the visual and data processing constraints of Microsoft Excel. Business people can make things happen in tools like Tableau or SiSense, and D3 is emerging for situations that benefit from significant customization and drilldown. And perhaps most importantly, the "data-driven"…
  • Data Proliferation and the rise of the Chief Data Officer

    Chris Treadaway
    8 May 2013 | 12:50 pm
    Quick update today -- the "data proliferation problem" is just a theme I've heard from a lot of conversations recently. A fellow "data" startup CEO mentioned to me the other day that he lamented just how hard it is to sell "data" and "data services" to people in brands and the enterprise.  Marketing departments have millions of dollars to spend on print advertising that they know does not work... but a modest $100,000 investment to help people understand their data opportunity requires significant explanation and is often met with blank stares.
  • SXSW Panel on OPD (Other Peoples' Data)

    Chris Treadaway
    5 Mar 2013 | 6:24 am
    SXSW Interactive2013 approaches... it's the the fifth year in a row I'm attending and the sixth in the last eight for me.  The event continues to thrive and is the one "must-attend" event of the year in my book. A few quick thoughts on the panel I was invited to join by Carter Rabasa of Twilio and Hung Truong of NewFoundry -- it's my first time speaking at SXSW.  I straddle marketing & technology professionally, and am speaking on the tech side in this session. Discussion will center on mashups and/or "OPD" -- other peoples' data.  To me, the…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • Why People Still Suck, No Matter How Hard They “Try”

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you are following the rules of the Internet Marketing Cool Kid, you have doubtless read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Alternatively, you have purchased Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and have read enough blog posts and articles about the anecdotes therein that you feel you may as well have read it, even if you have not. For those of you who have not read the book or the anecdotes from other people who have read the book, I’ll give you a brief executive summary: Some people are freakishly good. Now that your executive summary is out of the way, I’ll expand. Some people…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Dave’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Welcome to part two!  Yesterday, Naomi answered a question from a student taking the Emergency Turnaround Clinic.  Today, Dave gives his answer to the same question. “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer a giveaway for three free sessions, winners drawn at random, for anyone who shared the post on social media and left a comment. And… crickets. So I asked several…
  • How To Incentivize Something That’s Hard To Incentivize

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    File this one in the “When six students ask the same question in the same month, it’s probably a good idea to write a post about the answer” department. So, let’s talk about incentivization, which my spell check tells me isn’t a word, but is a hell of a lot more elegant than “sweetening the pot so more people will buy the stuff you’re shilling”. Some products are ridiculously easy to incentivize. Digital products tend to be the stock example. Giving a 25% price cut on a digital download is generally straightforward, because there’s nothing physical going out that’s going…
  • Jack, aged 7.5, on practice and perfection

    Naomi Dunford
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    “You know the saying “practice makes perfect”? I think it’s possible. I think it’s possible to practice so much that you’re perfect. But I think it would be a lot more right to say that practice might make perfect but it probably just makes you a lot better than you are now. Which is still good. It’s just not perfect. Like, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice. But you shouldn’t practice thinking you’re going to get perfect, because you’re probably not. And that would just be really disappointing. (And if you’re…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Support RAMI

    GREGG FRALEY
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Senator Roy Blunt We Can’t Get Serious About Manufacturing Soon Enough. I support RAMI. I read with interest a post on the congressional blog The Hill. In a rare example of cross party cooperation it would appear that the Senate is taking action on supporting growth in our manufacturing sector. Do read the piece but in essence the idea is to set up a national network for manufacturing innovation. This would build on the pilot center/hubs for innovation already set up by the Obama administration. Kudos to Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri). I like your…
  • Eleven Weird Ways to Create Innovation Culture

    GREGG FRALEY
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Eleven Weird Ways to Create Innovation Culture Lately I’ve been seeing the glass half empty when it comes to innovation topics. I want everyone to know that, wow, can I ever be positive. In fact, highly creative and insightful, when it comes to inspiring innovation. Are you an empowered leader who wants to make something innovative happen? Try these Eleven Weird Ways — they work to improve the innovation culture. Surprise and delight the team. There’s nothing like a good surprise to inject new energy into a group. It can be really simple stuff. I once gave everyone on the…
  • Employee Abuse is Poison to Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Abuse Poisons Innovation Efforts — and Innovation Experts Take Fairness as a Given The Five Forms of Employee Abuse (see below) One of the nice things about working for yourself is you don’t have to put up with abuse. Yes, sometimes I’m out there scrambling, sometimes clients are very demanding — but that’s a small price to pay for living or dying on the strength of my own ideas and work. I was reminded yesterday that the vast majority of people work for a company. A good friend suffered a demeaning and unfair incident at work — and it was devastating. I…
  • Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

    GREGG FRALEY
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One. Let’s put politics aside for a moment and pretend the minimum wage is not a party-centric issue. Let’s look at it from a pragmatic perspective if possible. Raising the minimum wage in Silicon Valley (beyond San Jose which has already done so) is a very important and rational thing to do for the economic health of the valley, California, and the USA economy as a whole. I’m sure a lot could be written about the class warfare aspect of this, but to me, the innovation guy, that’s not the key issue. The issue is…
  • The Innovation Metronome

    GREGG FRALEY
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Like a good guitar player — innovation has rhythm. There is no achievement without hard work. There is no breakthrough innovation without hard work. Innovation happens when you practice with discipline, with rhythm. We sometimes get lucky with things and shortcuts present themselves. Even then, one has to be ready to recognise luck when it’s sitting in front of you — on its hind legs begging for a ham bone. Even recognising a breakthrough innovation opportunity takes the hard work of understanding the market, the context. Call that deep research. Usually innovation is a bit…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • My Chat with Peter Smith of Golden Spiral Creative

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont Entrepreneurship alum Peter Smith TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post My Chat with Peter Smith of Golden Spiral Creative appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Hot Yoga Plus Founder on Social Media

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Breaking Business : Social Media TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Hot Yoga Plus Founder on Social Media appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • A Journey from Liquidator to Technology Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Peter Marcum Talking with Peter Marcum uncovers a secret history of Nashville’s tech business. Highlights include buying much of the Enron equipment in liquidation and building a fiber network across the country and Europe AND overseeing at one time the largest Ebay business in the country. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Journey from Liquidator to Technology Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • NDA Structure

    Jeff Cornwall
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    Breaking Business : NDA Structure and Meanings TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post NDA Structure appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • This Entrepreneur’s Path to Success Included U2 and Alan Jackson

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Scott Scovill A Nashville entrepreneur’s story that includes U2, technology and success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post This Entrepreneur’s Path to Success Included U2 and Alan Jackson appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • How To Become a Chef?

    JohnnyG
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Being a chef can be very satisfying and you can make a lot of money. Even chefs that are new out of culinary school can get paid $20 and more an hour, or if you are lucky enough to work in famous restaurants, you could earn six figures or more. Being a chef has become even more popular because of all the cooking shows on television, making it seem that just about anyone with a passion for cooking can become a chef. How do you become a chef? Can you take your love of cooking at home to working in a restaurant? Even though you may want to take your home cooking skills to the next level, getting…
  • How to Prevent Drug Addiction

    JohnnyG
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    The best way, of course, in preventing drug addiction to an illicit drug like cocaine and heroine is not to take the drug in the first place, not even for a smidgen. Even the use of addictive prescription drugs under your physician’s supervision should be done with care and caution – avoid taking in greater doses and for longer periods than recommended as well as report any adverse reactions. Understand Drug Dependence and Addiction Contrary to popular opinion, drug dependence and addiction are slow developments in the sense that their physical and mental symptoms develop slowly…
  • Financial Freedom – Advice and Tips to Achieve It

    JohnnyG
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    If you are close to utilizing the services of a Maryland Chapter 11 & 13 attorney, then it might be time to understand some of the options you have for achieving financial freedom before you reach that point. Since Bankruptcy can stay on your credit for 7 years, you need to weigh your other options. Additionally, not changing your habits now could have you sitting in front of another attorney before you know it. This begins with the first tip, which is sit down and find out where you really are. Often, we can fool ourselves into believing that our financial situation is better than it…
  • Working in the Garden – Things To Do in Spring

    JohnnyG
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    At this time of year people crawl out from under the winter snows and start thinking about working on their spring gardens. Some people have harder jobs than others, especially if you live in areas of the country that have been affected by severe weather. They probably have a lot of debris to clear out of their yard, tree branches, and garbage, and this is on top of clearing out their gardens to get them ready for replanting. So what are some of the things that people work on to get their garden and yards back up and running? The place to start is with the garden itself. Time to remove the…
  • Learning Self Defense is Important

    JohnnyG
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    There are many reasons why learning self defense is important. What is self defense? It is really any type of martial art discipline that helps a person defend themselves against someone attacking them. There is also many types of self defense programs out there, from Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, all that have been around for centuries. Comparatively, a relatively new discipline to the Western world is called Eskrima, a term used for many of the different martial arts disciplines out of the Philippines. These techniques include various weapons training with bladed weapons and sticks. It also…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • Five Errors to Avoid in Business According to the Apprentice

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

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

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
  • Opportunities Where You Are by Orison Swett Marden

    Delores Williams
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    No chance, no opportunities, in a land where many poor boys become rich men, where newsboys go to Congress, and where those born in the lowest stations attain the highest positions? The world is all gates, all opportunities to him who will use them. But, like Bunyan's Pilgrim in the dungeon of Giant Despair's castle, who had the key of deliverance all the time with him but had forgotten it, we fail to rely wholly upon the ability to advance all that is good for us which has been given to the weakest as well as the strongest. We depend too much upon outside assistance."We look too high For…
  • The One Nelson Mandela Quote That Businesses Should Apply

    Delores Williams
    12 Dec 2013 | 12:05 pm
    Nelson Mandela said many things, which one would consider wise, but there was one quote I heard that I had not, before, and it applies to life and business.The story goes that when he was young, he and the neighborhood boys used to enjoy stick fights. He said that he was learned to "(defeat) win, but do not dishonor your opponent." A strategy he used throughout his life.So how does this apply to business? In the rush for market share, higher market earnings, and sales, some businesses have gone the route of dishonor.They go on review sites and bash their competition.They belittle…
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    Growthink blogs

  • What Every Investor Wants

    Jay Turo
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Last week my post on Silicon Valley - where I posed that the Valley as an investment hub had become overbought, and that the best opportunities were trending elsewhere - elicited some great responses.Perhaps my favorite was from a Midwest VC, in reference to one of his portfolios companies in the data center space..."Here is an excellent company which is part of our VC portfolio that is…in the midst of the cold Midwest in Rochester, Minnesota, a location where few Silicon Valley folks are brave enough to consider for investment."Another came from a well-known super angel from Dallas,…
  • Answers to the 5 Most Common Angel Investor Questions

    Katie Perratore
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    On Wikipedia, I found the word "angel" defined as "a supernatural being or spirit, often depicted in humanoid form with feathered wings on their backs and halos around their heads."While this might depict an "angel," it certainly is a far cry from the definition of an "angel investor."Below I define exactly what an "angel investor" is along with answers to the other most common angel investor questions.1. What is An Angel Investor? The term "angel investor" is officially defined as a private investor who offers financial backing to an entrepreneurial venture. When several private…
  • How Reverse Logic Doubled Profits

    Dave Lavinsky
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    I find it amazing how many entrepreneurs and business owners get burned by thinking about things incorrectly. Here’s an example from a recent conversation I had with an entrepreneur who sells professional services. His sales were strong, but his profits were weak. In trying to figure out a solution, he started by suggesting he layoff part of his staff. If he cut his staff, costs would go down and profits would go up. However, he then realized that if he had less staff members, he couldn’t close as many sales nor complete as many projects. So, sales would go down about the same…
  • Silicon Valley: Only Game in Town?

    Jay Turo
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    With 41% of all U.S. venture capital investing activity, Silicon Valley is the nation’s unrivaled tech early technology investing epicenter.As the innovations and wealth that have flowed from Valley Tech companies - from Apple to Cisco to Ebay to Facebook to Google to HP to Netflix to Pixar to Oracle to Yahoo and thousands more - have enriched the world beyond measure.And since the start of this year, almost impossible to believe stories of fortunes being made there have inspired us all (and provoked more than a little jealousy, too!).I profiled a pair of these stories - Jim Goetz of…
  • 1st Quarter 2014: Best for Investing in 15 Years

    Jay Turo
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Don’t you just love these booming markets? Well, if you don’t, try on these IPO, M&A, and financing stats from 1st Quarter 2014:Initial Public Offerings: 72 companies went public in the U.S. in the 1st quarter - the largest number of new issuers since 2000 -raising a total of 11.1 billion. And, as of Monday 54 of the 72 of them were trading above their IPO price.Mergers & Acquisitions: Global mergers & acquisition activity totaled $710 billion (Thomson Reuters), up 54% from last year.Private Equity. Private equity firms did 850…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #219 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 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 a parody commercial filmed in the style we’ve recently seen on television from AT&T. If you’re a fan of HBO’s show True Detective, you’ll enjoy it. Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it…
  • Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it Matters to Small Business

    Mike
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Unlike large corporations, small businesses are highly vulnerable to the peaks and valleys of the economy. In good times, when people have money to spend, small businesses can thrive as they attract more customers. Since the market crash of 2008, our economy has struggled to revive. Unemployment has remained at stubbornly high levels and the number of “long-term” unemployed workers has remained at historic highs. In the first quarter of 2014, 2.6% of workers  have been jobless for at least 27 weeks and have now run out of state benefits, leaving them at the mercy of their savings…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #218 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above shows a typical rush hour in Chicago in 1909. Few things have changed – rush hour is still insanely busy, but at least nobody is moving logs through the center of the city. Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing…
  • Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing Remote Vendors

    Mike
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The modern miracle that is the Internet provides us with tools that allow many of us to work anywhere, anytime. For instance, with the assist of a strong wifi signal and a headset, crowdSPRING’s crack customer service team can work their shifts from any random Starbucks or local cafe. And with SaaS project management software, such as Basecamp, chatrooms like Campfire, Help Desk tools like Zendesk, and video conferencing services like Google Hangouts, and internet based phone services like Skype and IfByPhone teams have the ability to work remotely, while fully engaging with their…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #217 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:28 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 a creative and fun take on the song “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry, performed in 20 different musical styles (as it would have been performed by Queen, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Sinatra, etc).
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  • Easter at the White House

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    Easter at the White HouseAPTake a look back at former First Lady's Easter festivities and styles.Plus, how Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama celebrateMore on Easter fashionEaster egg-inspired styleThe best nail art for Easter Sunday
  • Airlines' dirty little secrets revealed

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    Airlines' dirty little secrets revealedGettyIf you knew what nearly half of pilots admitted to, you'd want to take the train.What most passengers don't know Take a peek Yes, horse yoga is really a thingSleeping bag shut down road
  • Braves pitcher comes close to making history

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    Braves pitcher comes close to making historyGettyAtlanta starter Aaron Harang was on the cusp of pulling off something special ... ... but his pitch count got in the wayMore in baseballFriday night's 'Web Gems'Mets, Pirates make a trade
  • Facebook plea had incredible ending

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    Facebook plea had incredible endingKCCIThree days after posting this, Hannah was in touch with a woman who claimed to be her birth mom.What only she could know Take a peek Man goes to great lengths for dogWar-torn family finally reunited
  • Divers pull more bodies from S. Korean ferry

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    Divers pull more bodies from S. Korean ferryGettyDivers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies on Sunday.Latest death toll officials reportedMore in the newsIslamist militants claim blastEaster truce in Ukraine
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    Xconomy

  • Boston Roundup: Consumer United, StarWind, ezCater, Threat Stack

    Curt Woodward
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Curt Woodward A flurry of recent technology financing deals: —Consumer United, an online consumer insurance marketplace, has raised another $14 million in venture capital. BetaBoston reports the round was led by Spark Capital and Thayer Street Partners. The Boston-based company was listed last year on the Inc. 5000, with reported 2012 revenue of $10.2 million. —StarWind Software, a Wakefield, MA-based data storage software provider, has raised a $3.25 million Series B investment. Almaz Capital led the round, joined by ABRT Venture and AVentures Capital. The company says it has…
  • Boulder and Denver Firms Raise $112M From VCs During First Quarter

    Michael Davidson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Michael Davidson Venture capital firms invested nearly $112 million into the Boulder/Denver region during the first quarter, an increase of 12 percent from the previous quarter, according to the MoneyTree report of venture investments that was released Friday. MoneyTree reported a total of 20 deals in the area, which includes Boulder and the Denver metropolitan region, and the numbers might have looked stronger but for a decision by the report’s authors. The MoneyTree report is published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. It uses data collected from…
  • Minerva’s Plan to Disrupt Universities: A Talk with CEO Ben Nelson

    Wade Roush
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Wade Roush Traditional four-year universities have always had to compete for students. They’re vying not only against each other, but against community colleges, the military, online institutions like University of Phoenix, and, in an age of increasing economic pressure on the middle class, the work world. (Some 34 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2012 chose not to enter college, or could not afford to.) But now universities have a new and potentially more worrisome rival: Silicon Valley. I’m not just talking about the companies that are putting lectures online, such as Khan…
  • MoneyTree Reports $35.6M in MI Venture Deals Last Quarter

    Sarah Schmid
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Sarah Schmid Venture capital funding surged nationwide during the first quarter of 2014, driven mainly by substantial investments in expansion-stage IT and software companies, according to the MoneyTree Report being released today. That trend extended to Michigan, where MoneyTree reported that 14 companies snagged $35.6 million in venture capital investment during the first quarter of 2014. Though down from the last quarter of 2013, when MoneyTree reported $52.7 million in venture capital invested in 26 companies statewide, it’s still a significant amount of VC activity. The list of…
  • Vidyo’s Technology Tapped to Bring Video Calls to Swiss Companies

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth Swiss businesses are using a bit of U.S. know-how for their videoconferencing needs. Vidyo, based in Hackensack, NJ, said Thursday that Swisscom drew upon its software for a service for multi-person video calls. Swisscom, based in Ittigen, Switzerland, is a provider of information and communications technology. The company said it created a service called Vidia that uses Vidyo’s cloud-based platform. Vidia is aimed at small to midsize businesses, though bigger companies can use it as well. The service can be used, Vidyo said, for multi-person video calls with business…
 
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • Connecting the Sellers of NYC's Salesperson Community

    Charlie O'Donnell
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    What's easier to hire for in NYC?   Developers or salespeople? Well, let's see...  if hiring is a function of the top of the funnel--the number of leads you get, you have to imagine that at least finding larger pockets of those people is helpful to the process. There are two meetups of Ruby devs that total over 3,000 people in NYC.  There's an iOS developer meetup that hosts over 4,000--and two more than have more than 1,000 each.   In terms of companies, the average NYC founder can name a bunch of places off the top of my head that have over 50 engineers--Google, MLB,…
  • Female Founders: What the numbers mean and what they don't

    Charlie O'Donnell
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Last week, there was a Business Insider article measuring the percent of female founded companies that NYC seed funds invest in.   Brooklyn Bridge Ventures came in first, with a whopping 61%.   Lerer Ventures was second, with just under 20%.   So, clearly, I'm making some kind of a portfolio-wide bet there, right? Nope. Well, it's gotta mean something, right?   Nope. The funny thing about stats is that you can basically come up with a stat to justify any argument or position--and the whole female founders in tech conversation has a ton of numbers that people put out there…
  • Where's the seed?

    Charlie O'Donnell
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    The other day, I met up with one of my favorite investors.  We talked about some deals we had done and this investor brought up how they weren't really doing true first money in anymore.  Instead, they said that entrepreneurs should raise 200-300k on their own and get something up and off the ground first with traction and that they'd rather wait to see where that goes. That was on the heels of another conversation I had with an investor whose firm was about to raise a larger fund.  It was a big next step for them, but it also meant that putting 200k of 750k in a person and…
  • Why I applied to the Union Square Ventures analyst position

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    They say you can't go home again.  I think "they" are wrong. After much thought and consideration, I've decided that the best move for my career right now is a second stint as an analyst at Union Square Ventures.  By the end of the day, I will have formally completed their analyst application. Why now?  Why go back to a job I first took nine years ago when things are going so well for me and I'm running my own fund, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.   Well, that's part of it.  Things *are* going *incredibly* well.  After raising sizable follow-on rounds,…
  • How to Choose Your First VC

    Charlie O'Donnell
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    You've never run a company or raised money before.  Sure, you've built little projects and there was that lemonade stand when you were little, but this is for real.  Real money is showing up at your door and you're in the enviable position of getting to choose who you work with. Even if you haven't gotten offers yet, your time is valuable and you can't pitch everyone.  You feel like you have a decent shot of successfully raising, so you want to prioritize who to pitch to first. Here are five things you should consider when selecting which VCs to take on, and who to pitch in the…
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • How Much Traffic Does Your Blog Need To Make $100,000 A Year?

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    In the first two lessons I explained how you don’t need as much traffic as you think you do and revealed a smarter, more advanced model of making money from a blog. If you have not read this series from the start, I recommend you catch up here first: Part 1: The Myth Of “Being Everywhere” And The Smarter Path … Read the rest of this entry »The post How Much Traffic Does Your Blog Need To Make $100,000 A Year? appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • You Don’t Need As Much Traffic As You Think

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    In the previous lesson I debunked the myth that you need to be everywhere, on many different platforms, to succeed with a blogging business. If you have not read it, begin here: Part 1: The Myth Of “Being Everywhere” And The Smarter Path To Traffic Now in part two we continue to explore a better model to grow a … Read the rest of this entry »The post You Don’t Need As Much Traffic As You Think appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • The Myth Of “Being Everywhere” And The Smarter Path To Traffic

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    I may make enemies of some of my fellow bloggers by saying this, but it has to be said… The current best-practice idea that you need to “be everywhere” in order to build traffic is bad advice. It’s bad advice because most people follow it at the wrong stage of their business development and lack the capabilities to pull it … Read the rest of this entry »The post The Myth Of “Being Everywhere” And The Smarter Path To Traffic appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Blogging For Money Has Changed: Here Is How Smart Bloggers Can Profit In 2014

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    In October of this year it will be ten years since I started my first blog (not this one). The official ten year anniversary for this blog you are reading now is January 2015. No matter how you look at it, I’ve been doing this a long time, at least in internet years. Internet years are longer than dog or … Read the rest of this entry »The post Blogging For Money Has Changed: Here Is How Smart Bloggers Can Profit In 2014 appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • I Have 3 Questions For You (And A Bonus For Answering!)

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:10 am
    As you know if you read my recent article about common email mistakes and the 50+ comments along with it, a big part of my new advanced blogging formula involves getting to know my audience better. I am pleased to say that the first part of this process is now up and ready for your feedback. It begins with … Read the rest of this entry »The post I Have 3 Questions For You (And A Bonus For Answering!) appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
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    Men with Pens

  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

    James Chartrand
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The writing industry is rife with advice. Some of it is great advice. Some is good advice, even if it's fairly commonplace. But amidst the great and good advice is bad advice, and it's not always easy to tell the difference. The bad advice isn't just bad – it's often so bad that it does more harm than good. I've held the hand of many a writer as I coach them back out of the sucking quagmire of bad advice before they get pulled under by the quicksand. It's not always pretty. It's definitely always hard. Want an example of bad writing advice? You'll get it – and learn how to avoid it – in…
  • The Perfect Storm that All Writers Need to Avoid

    James Chartrand
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The perfect storm of epic writing failure is created by a specific sequence of steps that treacherously unfold for unwary, amateur writers. Each step forward seduces you in, making perfect sense in the moment - even as dark storm clouds begin forming on the horizon. You can spot the telltale signs that a storm is brewing, but you’ll need to develop your eye for the weather. And since the storm builds up insidiously in your mind, following your intuition isn’t always enough. Conscious awareness of what the storm pattern looks like and how it unfolds is essential. By the prickling of your…
  • Why some people make money writing and others never will

    James Chartrand
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    There are two types of writers in this world: the people whose writing has a positive net effect on their lives and their businesses, and the hobbyists. If you want to make money through writing, either by selling it or using it to sell your stuff, here are the 4 keys to being a pro writer who succeeds. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why some people make money writing and others never will first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2014, All Rights Reserved.
  • The Truth: What a Client Really Wants from You

    James Chartrand
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm a client. I get approached by designers, web architects and copywriters all the time. They pitch me the same pitch - over and over. I don't like being blunt, but the whining pitch to be hired just comes off as pleading. Painful, desperate pleading. Angry yet? Good. If you want to differentiate yourself from the rest of the poverty herd, here's a checklist of what a client really wants from you – directly from a client's perspective. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The Truth: What a Client Really Wants from You first appeared on Men…
  • Do you believe in ‘never give up’?

    James Chartrand
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's a shame that giving up is often seen as reproachable, even shameful. We're infused with the message that stopping what you've started is a bad thing to do. People are encouraged to see it through, no matter how hard, tough, difficult or complicated the situation. I see and hear it from people all the time: "I have to see this through," they say. "I can't give up on my dream." Yes. Yes, you can – and sometimes that can be the best decision of all. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Do you believe in ‘never give up’? first…
 
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    OnStartups

  • MA: Lets Nix The Non-Compete Here So We Can Compete Better Everywhere

    Dharmesh Shah
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Boston Globe reported this morning that Governor Deval Patrick will propose today a sweeping legislation to make it easier for workers in technology, life sciences, and other industries to move from job to job by banning the non-compete agreements companies use to prevent employees from jumping to rivals. I for one have been a proponent of just such a move — I think it's been a long time coming. There's expected to be some conflict as large companies continue to try and maintain this antiquated model of limiting worker mobility despite the fact that there is clear…
  • Corporate Development 101: What Every Startup Should Know

    Dharmesh Shah
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The following is a guest post by Chris Sheehan. Chris is COO of TrueLens, an early stage startup in the social marketing space. He is also a board member, advisor and investor in many Boston and NYC startups.  You can follow him on Twitter at @c_sheehan and his blog Early Stage Adventures What the heck is corporate development and why should I care? Back in the first wave of the Internet, I was part of the team at BEA Systems that built up in-house corporate development.  Our charter was simple: add significant market cap value through…
  • Expectations vs. Reality: 8 Lessons From The First Year As CEO

    Dharmesh Shah
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I started working on Foundersuite in the Fall of 2012, and we launched our MVP in early 2013. Prior to this, I'd spent 10 years consulting to startups as a fractional CFO / BD / Ops guy, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for my first real rodeo as startup CEO. I was completely wrong. Here are eight areas where reality diverged the most from my expectations. 1. Identifying customer needs is only a fraction of the product-market-fit battle. I'm a fan of the lean startup model and we are diligently striving to "build things that people want." But identifying customer needs…
  • Did The 900-Pound Gorilla Just Vanquish Your Startup Or Validate It?

    Dharmesh Shah
    19 Feb 2014 | 9:19 am
    The following is a guest post by Todd Garland, the founder and CEO of BuySellAds.  Todd is a long-time friend, and was one of the early employees at HubSpot before he set out to build his own startup.  This article is about how Google (the 900 pound gorilla) launched a product that directly competed with Todd's company.  The story is worth reading because almost every entrepreneur with any amount of success will have this happen some day. -Dharmesh A few week’s ago, Google launched a service that directly competes with what our business has been doing (very successfully) for…
  • Exit Strategy Is An Oxymoron

    Dharmesh Shah
    29 Jan 2014 | 10:09 am
    In early meetings, if a VC ever asks you what your exit strategy is, you should run, not walk to your nearest…um…exit. You want your investors to be more curious about how you're going to enter a market than how they're going to exit their investment. Thankfully, I hear much less talk about exit “strategies” in the startup world than I used to.  Back in the day, no business plan was complete without a discussion of exit strategies.  And, they almost invariably came down to the same two options: Here are the list of companies that might buy us…and we could go…
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    Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

  • The Top 5 Tech Investors For 2014

    Matthew Toren
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    The tech world is a myriad of brains, innovation, and big money. The last couple decades have produced hundreds of technology wonders all striving to be king of the hill. Goetz, Andreessen, Fenton, Thiel, and Hoffman are among the most powerful tech leaders around, and one thing is for sure, they all have one thing in common––they eat, sleep, and breathe tech. Here is our list of the top five most influential tech investors for 2014. Jim Goetz Jim Goetz has a resume that could turn many engineers and investors green with envy. Forbes Midas list, which came out on March 26 crowned Goetz…
  • The Top 5 Best Cities For Possibility

    Adam Toren
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Every year there’s a list of cities that have been researched to be the best of some category. There are the “most livable,” cities and the “happiest,” the “Best for VC Capital” and more, but can you put a measure on the cities with the most possibility? According to GOOD Magazine, you can. In their Winter 2013 Edition, the folks at GOOD created what they call the “Good City Index” which they believe comprehensively, if inexactly, measures the spirit of possibility in cities across the globe. It’s a fascinating idea that, according to their editors, they approached by,…
  • Snap for Cash: 8 Ways You Can Make Money Online With Photography

    Matthew Toren
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    A high quality camera, a little luck, and some ingenuity could lead you from dabbling in a hobby to making instant fast cash selling photographs online. Investing just a little bit of your time, say four hours a week, could have you snapping for cash in no time! Check out these eight ways you can make money online with photography and get paid today! Selling products online. You have heard the saying presentation is everything. This theory certainly applies to the art of taking a product and making it look its best in an effort to sell more onlineProducts sell much better when they are…
  • Creating New Worlds With MyDream

    Adam Toren
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Allison Huynh is a co-founder and CEO of MyDream — a 3D online social game where children and adults alike can control their environment and alter the game’s landscape to create their own imaginative world. Think of MyDream like Minecraft meets Kahn Academy: it has an educational aim toward K-12 without any of the prevalent violence found in other games. Users can explore MyDream and even shape it through its open platform nature, using their own real-life skills to explore and create their own personal worlds. Allison’s background with shaping her own world is not exclusive to her…
  • How SlugBooks.com Is Creating A College Movement Of Affordable Access To Books

    Adam Toren
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the very expensive aspects of today’s college education are the pricey textbooks. Most of the books students need aren’t widely available and that book monopoly means high prices and high demand for college bookstores. David Miller, CEO of SlugBooks.com encountered this very scenario as a student at UC Santa Cruz and decided to take action. Started in 2008, SlugBooks.com has grown to give college students access to more affordable textbook options to buy and rent from anywhere in the country. I caught up with David to ask him about SlugBooks.com, how it works and how he…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

    Tim Ferriss
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Preface by Editor This post will explain how heat can be used to increase growth hormone, muscular hypertrophy, endurance, and otherwise aid performance. It’s authored by Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D, and it’s comprehensive. But before we get started, you need to read some background and warnings… Heat is no joke. Ever since I was a premie, overheating and thermo-regulation have been my arch-enemies. On a few occasions, I’ve been hospitalized for heat stroke symptoms, and the symptoms hit suddenly and without warning. I’m extremely lucky I didn’t smash…
  • The Tim Ferriss Experiment Cometh! All 13 Episodes At Once, House of Cards-Style

    Tim Ferriss
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Let’s get this party started! For months now, I’ve wanted show you all of my TV episodes. Over the last year, the team at ZPZ (the production company behind Anthony Bourdain) and Turner Broadcasting have helped me capture incredible footage and characters all over the country. I’m thrilled with every episode. Alas, for reasons I won’t bore you with, the TV broadcasting puzzle piece is taking ages to sort out. I’ve been fighting hard behind the scenes, and it’s been a sumnabitch process for an impatient Long Island boy (me). The waiting has driven me…
  • 12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Preface by Tim Ferriss I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments with German, Indonesian, Arabic, Norwegian, Turkish, and perhaps a dozen others. There are only few language learners who dazzle me, and Benny Lewis is one of them. This definitive guest post by Benny will teach you: How to speak your target language today. How to reach fluency and exceed it within a few months. How to pass yourself off as a native speaker. And finally, how to tackle multiple languages to become a…
  • The Art of Learning: The Tool of Choice for Top Athletes, Traders, and Creatives

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:31 pm
    This post is about the third book in the Tim Ferriss Book Club, which is limited to books that have dramatically impacted my life. Enjoy! “I strongly recommend [The Art of Learning] for anyone who lives in a world of competition, whether it’s sports or business or anywhere else.” - Mark Messier, 6-Time Stanley Cup Champion “[This book] is a testimonial to the timeless principle of ‘do less and accomplish more.’ Highly recommended.” - Deepak Chopra “Josh provides tools that allow all of us to improve ourselves every day.” - Cal Ripken, Jr.,…
  • My Latest Obsessions: Voodoo Floss, Pu-Erh Tea, Electronic Gypsy Music, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    One video letter from my quarterly mailings. Every three months, I ship out a box of wonderful physical products, along with a video “letter” explaining how I found them and how I use them. One such video letter is above. The theme of these quarterly mailings is obsession–the ideas and objects I can’t get out of my head. Obsessions enter my life from odd places.  Currently, my gadgets and gear recommendations are coming from Cirque du Soleil performers, chess prodigies, Fortune 500 CEOs, and military snipers.  It’s the randomness that makes it fun. More than…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: November 2013

    Tyler Cruz
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Okay, let’s get back to business – I still have some catching up to do on these affiliate marketing income reports. November was a while ago, but better late than never, right? As with my last report, since this report is so long overdue, my memory is going to fail on the particulars of what went on with my campaigns, so I won’t be able to go into too much detail in this post apart from the numbers (which are 100% accurate). So, let’s proceed with my November 2013′s affiliate marketing income report, shall we? November 2013 Affiliate Campaign Income: $30,345.20 Yuck. This made…
  • It’s Time to Do Another 180

    Tyler Cruz
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    I better get another blog post up before I let it get too far away from me again. This post will still not be the "Where the hell have I been?" post that I plan to publish soon, but is somewhat related to it. Many years ago, I used to be super-focused when I worked. I was passionate about it, and was able to work what seemed like all day. It was fun. And when something is fun, it’s not work. Like my good buddy Confucius once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Now, don’t get me wrong; I still love what I do and…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: October 2013

    Tyler Cruz
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Hello. Remember me? I used to blog… Despite having gone AWOL for 5 months (good lord, has it really been that long?), this post is going to focus on October 2013′s income report for my affiliate campaigns, and won’t be touching on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing all this time. I’ll try to do a separate post for that later. That being said, since this report is so long overdue, my memory is going to fail on the particulars of what went on that month with my campaigns, so I won’t be able to go into too much detail in this post. The good news is…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: September 2013

    Tyler Cruz
    4 Nov 2013 | 2:11 pm
    As promised, I finally have for you guys my affiliate marketing income report for the month of September. Unfortunately, there is no good news to report. In fact, it is rather depressing, as all my campaigns basically crumble and I end up making virtually nothing. Only a few months prior in June, I had brought in a whopping $52,447.17 in net profit. 12 weeks later, I’m down to basically nothing. This is just further proof of how volatile affiliate marketing (and making money online in general) can be. It is devastating going through such a drop in income, but the one thing that makes it…
  • My New House

    Tyler Cruz
    28 Oct 2013 | 10:41 pm
    (Warning: Very image heavy. You may want to revisit this page on your computer if you’re viewing it from your phone.) Where the hell have I been, you ask? I’ve been here the whole time, but just haven’t posted in a while as I have been devoting my work hours to my affiliate marketing campaigns, since they took a nosedive and have been in critical status the past 2-3 months. I’ll report more on my affiliate marketing campaigns (including my monthly income reports – I haven’t forgotten!) in some upcoming blog posts. The other reason I haven’t posted in a…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

    Michael McParland
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.
  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

    Must Love Gadgets
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!
  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
  • Fitbug Orb: The Most Affordable Activity Tracker

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Activity trackers (or fitness trackers) are now a billion dollar industry, expected to double in the next year. With all of the trackers on the market, it seems like one is just as good as the rest. The Fitbug Orb offers much of the same as the other activity trackers, but what sets the Fitbug Orb apart from the rest is its affordability.
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    mokoyfman.com

  • Storefront

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Over the past number of years, there’s been an ad-hoc explosion in ‘pop-up’ retail spaces. We’ve also seen the emergence of meaningful brands being built online that are finding in-person experiences to be massively additive to their businesses. As our world becomes ever more digitally connected, I believe we are increasingly yearning for complementary in-person experiences that are uniquely rich, fresh, integrated and responsive. I’m thrilled today to announce Spark Capital’s Series A investment in Storefront, the world’s leading marketplace for…
  • @lousyleo is always right. #artshow (at The National Exemplar)

    7 Jan 2014 | 5:33 pm
    @lousyleo is always right. #artshow (at The National Exemplar)
  • "We promise never to ink out a pubic hair or chalk out an organ,” it read. “We will apologize for..."

    20 Dec 2013 | 6:35 am
    ““We promise never to ink out a pubic hair or chalk out an organ,” it read. “We will apologize for nothing. We will uncover the entire world of sex. We will be the Consumer Reports of sex.”” - Al Goldstein, a Publisher Who Took the Romance Out of Sex, Dies at 77 - NYTimes.com
  • Uncle Ace, Blood Orange

    30 Nov 2013 | 8:21 am
    Uncle Ace, Blood Orange
  • "As meditators, we had prepared for this – how to move the energy up from the belly and into the..."

    17 Nov 2013 | 2:59 pm
    “As meditators, we had prepared for this – how to move the energy up from the belly and into the heart and out through the head. I have never seen an expression as full of wonder as Lou’s as he died. His hands were doing the water-flowing 21-form of tai chi. His eyes were wide open. I was holding in my arms the person I loved the most in the world, and talking to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn’t afraid. I had gotten to walk with him to the end of the world. Life – so beautiful, painful and dazzling – does not get better than that. And death? I believe that the purpose…
 
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    Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

  • Advice For Good

    Lance Weatherby
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Today Jeff Hilimire introduced Advice For Good, an idea that blossomed out of the time demands of offering coaching and counseling to budding entrepreneurs. Interesting concept. Pretty simple too. You donate at least an hour of your time to a non-profit or other charitable cause and then blog about your experience on this site, and in exchange you get to meet with one of the Advice for Good advisors. To fuel the charitable fire Advice for Good is also getting into the event business. A few times a year there will be event where advisors present at a selected non-profit’s location and…
  • TechSquare Labs

    Lance Weatherby
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    So the big news last week in Atlanta was the launch of TechSquare Labs. Artfully announced in the Atlanta Business Chronicle TechFlash the day before one of it's founders (Paul Judge) gave the keynote during the VIP lunch at the ATDC Startup Showcase, the new effort became quite the buzz. The other founder, Allen Nance, cleared up any confusion on what TechSquare Labs is all about on his blog.  Having known Allen and Paul for a bit it is pretty clear what they are doing. They are coming together and institutionalizing what they have been doing for a number of years. They formed a…
  • MBAs and Startups

    Lance Weatherby
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    From time to time the subject of MBAs and startups seems to raise its head and did so again recently by a few of my fellow inhabitants of Atlanta Startup Village. First John Melonakos mentioned how Business School is not Street Cred for Startups and then Kevin Sandlin followed on with why Getting an MBA is Stupid. Personally getting an MBA was one of the best investments I ever made. My MBA enabled me to understand at a very deep level business in general, finance, and marketing. When I joined a startup that went into hyper growth mode I was able to apply this theoretical learning and build…
  • How To Pitch Workbook

    Lance Weatherby
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A while back I wrote an article inspired by a Canaan Partners SlideShare deck on how to pitch. Having recently been asked to help out a few startups in the TAG/Venture Atlanta Business Launch Competition, I revisited the article only to discover that the embed was bad.  Seems Canaan updated the deck. It is below.  Once again the outline provided starting on slide 10 is golden and a great format. It is basically what I used to help two startups make it to the elite eight of the business launch competition. Might be worth taking a look at if you are in pitch mode.
  • Startup Genome Survey

    Lance Weatherby
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today in the Atlanta Tech Village newsletter (sign up here) the Startup Genome Survey was mentioned. Startup Genome and the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to conduct research on the Atlanta startup community. Taking the survey is quick and easy. At the end there is a link to this nifty startup map that is quite interesting if you play around with it. So go ahead. Take the survey.
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • When To Say NO To An Investor

    Alexandra Anghel
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Alexandra Anghel offers advice on when it's the right decision to say no to an investor.We have all heard the horror stories about how difficult it is to raise money, especially in Europe. Investors are used to saying no a lot and most of the time they have a valid reason for doing so. Not the right market, not the right product, not the right team.  So what do you do when you (finally!) get one of them to say yes? Do you analyze if they are the right match for your startup or if you have good chemistry? And when you get your hands on one of those coveted term sheets and it’s not…
  • The Art of Successful Negotiation

    Adriana Galue
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Adriana Galue considers the strategies and tactics involved in negotiation and the idea that adversarialism may not always be helpful when negotiating in business. Growing up in Latin America (LATAM), I was raised within  the framework that negotiating always involved adversarialism. Still today, when we talk about  “negotiating a good deal” in  LATAM, we think of a winner and a loser.Recently, while attending the Boulder, CO conference Startup Phenomenon, I had the great opportunity to expand my current perspective of what it means to successfully negotiate. During her…
  • Rormix Secures Funding From The North West Fund for Digital & Creative

    Emma Owens
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Manchester-based Rormix has secured investment from The North West Fund for Digital & Creative. Rormix helps users to discover music videos by independent and emerging artists via a mobile app and Youtube multi-channel network.read more
  • Lessons From A Scarecrow

    Bev James
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bev James considers how a countryside bike ride inspired her to think about the importance of innovation in business and how to deal with change effectively.  When I want to relax and unwind there is nothing I enjoy more than getting my bike out and going for long rides in the countryside around my home. As well as keeping me fit and healthy I find that regular exercise in the open air is a great way to clear my mind. read more
  • 5 Global Expansion Tricks for the Ambitious Entrepreneur

    Allan Watson
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Allan Watson outlines his 5 Global Expansion Tricks for the Ambitious Entrepreneur.Your company may only have three employees and be headquartered in your parents' home, but that doesn't mean you can't dream about globalization. Expanding your startup globally is an entrepreneur's dream that you cannot ignore, what with all of us living in an increasingly connected world. Here is a list of five global expansion tricks that will pique your ambitions and propel you towards the path of startup superstardom.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Expanding one’s knowledge of culture not only adds to your personal stature but it can also change your home environment Shozo Sato is a master of the traditional Zen Arts. He specializes in the tea ceremony, ink painting, flower arranging, and Japanese theatre. Sato conducts workshops through out the United States. I liked the chapter […]
  • New Internet Listing Service, Made for Students

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    New Internet Listing Service, Made for Students San Marcos, TX: There is a new player in the multi-billion dollar student housing industry. Rather than competing with management companies, StudentRentIt.com is here to help them while providing a service that students can relate to. Brenden Martin, CEO and Founder of StudentRentIt, LLC was working as a […]
  • Why Choose a Career in the Medical Field

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Why Choose a Career in the Medical Field There are many perks and benefits to working in any job related to the medical or healthcare industry. Here are several reasons why you should consider pursuing a career in the medical field. Good compensation A career in the healthcare industry would always be a lucrative opportunity. […]
  • HLIC The Movie

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:10 pm
    This spring I will be working on a new film called the HLIC- Head Lady in Charge. I am the director and one of the producers. The film idea is from Executive Producer Trevor Otts and Che Brown. Please take a moment to watch the trailer and give some feed back. Share it with others. […]
  • Money and You

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This exclusive interview  with DC Cordova on the Money and You Program. A deep dive into the real reasons you are not making the money you want to make. To join Money and You click here http://ow.ly/urle5 )
 
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    Steve Blank

  • New Lessons Learned from Berkeley & Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes

    steveblank
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Our Stanford and Berkeley Lean LaunchPad classes are over for this year, and as usual we learned as much from teaching the teams as the teams did from us. Here are a few of the Lessons Learned from these two classes. — Have each team talk to 10 customers before the class starts Each year we learn how to move more of the Lean LaunchPad class logistics outside our classroom so teams have more time for in-class learning. A few years ago, we moved the formation of teams’ to before the class started and in doing so, saved a week of what normally be an in-class time activity. To make…
  • ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

    steveblank
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen….Thank you for the kind introduction. I’m honored to be at a university noted for knowledge, and in a city with 2000 years of history –  home of Gaudí one of the 20th century’s greatest innovators. I’d like to start with a request. Everyone, hold your phone up in the air like this. Now look around.  In this sea of phones do you see any Blackberries? How about any Nokia phones? Ok you can put your phones down now but let’s keep exploring this a bit. Raise your hand if you…
  • Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups

    steveblank
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote  the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the  Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, at U.C. Berkeley in the Haas Business School.  Henry and I teach a corporate innovation class together. —— Thanks to Steve for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you all.  This post follows directly on Steve’s earlier excellent post, Why Companies are not Startups. The question of how corporations can be more innovative is one I have wrestled with for a long time.  For those who…
  • Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founder’s School: Part 2

    steveblank
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman Foundation is the largest non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the world. Giving away $80 million to every year (~$25 million to entrepreneurial causes) makes Kauffman the dominant player in the entrepreneurship space. Kauffman launched Founders School - a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies. In January 2014 Part 1 of the “Startups” section of Founders School went online. Now you can watch Part 2 “The Lean…
  • Beyond the Lemonade Stand: How to Teach High School Students Lean Startups

    steveblank
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation, the question we get is, “Can students in K-12 handle an experiential entrepreneurship class?” Hawken School has now given us an answer. Their seniors just completed the school’s first-ever 3-credit semester program in evidence-based entrepreneurship. Students are fully immersed in real-world learning during the 12-week Entrepreneurial Studies course. Here’s what Doris Korda Associate Head of School and Tim Desmond, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Studies did, and how they…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Brand Shigley and Sahar Pazirandeh Go on WordLove Tour

    First Class Fashionista
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Would you like to know the building blocks to changing the world in a positive way? Well…you have come to the right place because the WordLove Tour is on its way and it might be heading in your direction. Brandi Shigley and Sahar Pazirandeh are realistic idealist looking to empower people like you and I, and get us moving in a positive direction. They’re taking on the WordLove Tour to offer one-on-one guidance and group workshops. With your participation in the WordLove Tour, you’ll be taken over by an infectious power of positivity and strength. Each participant will be…
  • H&M Alexander Wang Collaboration

    First Class Fashionista
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Oh My! H&M x Alexander Wang Collaboration Yes, it’s true! At a private party on April 12, 2014 set at the Coachella Music Festival, H&M announced their next collaboration with none other than American designer, Alexander Wang. At age 30, Wang is the youngest designer the Swedish brand has collaborated with. Alexander Wang has made waves in the fashion industry in just a short amount of time; he launched his first full women’s collection just six years ago in 2007. Since then he has gained much earned respect in the fashion world, with many celebrities sporting his designs. The…
  • Shop Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Here in beautiful Colorado we have been experiencing unpredictable day-to-day temps. Today, in Denver, the high was 80° and this Sunday the high will only be 39°. But it’s mid-April, which means springtime weather and new FASHION TRENDS are finally here. Now that New York Fashion Week is long over, we can figure out what styles and colors we can keep, toss and what we should add for the season. Let’s start with the spring 2014 color trends. The spring 2014 color scheme includes: Placid Blue, Hemlock Teal, Sand, Cayenne, Radiant Orchid, Violet Tulip, Paloma Gray, Freesia Yellow,…
  • Kitty Bradshaw on Planning Your Hawaiian Summer Vacation

    First Class Fashionista
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Planning Your Hawaiian Summer Vacation #AlohaKitty Aloha First Class Fashionistas! What island(s) do you want to visit? – My name is Kitty Bradshaw, I am on vacation in Hawaii for 6 weeks. Today, as your guest travel blogger, I am going to talk about planning your Hawaiian Summer Vacation. If you are coming to Hawaii, the first thing you need to decide is what island(s) you would like to visit. There are 9 islands in total: Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Niihau, Kaula, and the Big Island, better known as Hawaii. Deciding which is the best fit will require some research on…
  • Guest Post: Denver Fashion Weekend Night Two Review

    First Class Fashionista
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    On night two of Denver Fashion Weekend Spring/Summer 2014, stylist and fashion writer Samia Satchell trekked all the way from Colorado Springs to attend DFW on behalf of First Class Fashionista! Please enjoy and, as always, thanks for reading! With no further ado, here’s what Samia thought of Denver’s fashion weekend… The City Hall Events center buzzed as Denver’s finest arrived for night 2 of 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend. The DJ set the mood for cocktail hour in the cue room and partygoers were treated by the partners and sponsors of the event. Happy Cakes…
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    Begin the Begin

  • And the hits keep coming at the Atlanta Tech Village as Jason Carter came to visit

    jeffhilimire
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    On Wednesday we (those of us at the Atlanta Tech Village) were honored to have Mayor Kasim Reed come and speak to us in the morning and Brad Feld in the afternoon. More on that. Then yesterday, Jason Carter (running for governor) came and spent several hours at the Village. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Jason several times and I’m a HUGE fan. The fact that he would come to the Village to hear the ideas of startup entrepreneurs means a great deal and he seemed to genuinely want to help our community. This picture was pulled from Jason Carter’s Facebook page.
  • 5 Questions For a New CEO: Joe Koufman, AgencySparks

    jeffhilimire
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    This is the ninth installment of my “5 Questions for a CEO” series. The list so far: Raymond King, Zoo Atlanta Devon Wijesinghe, Insightpool Mark Feinberg, Uruut Simms Jenkins, BrightWave Marketing Rob Kischuk, PerfectPost Kyle Porter, SalesLoft Brett Jacobsen, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Jacqui Chew, iFusion Marketing Joe Koufman and I worked together at Engauge (after I tried to recruit him for 3+ years he finally came on board!) and he’s the best business development/marketing leader I’ve ever worked with. He’s a rockstar, super nice guy and has started his…
  • Yesterday was a perfect example of why I’m building Dragon Army at the Atlanta Tech Village

    jeffhilimire
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    There are days at the Atlanta Tech Village where I’m blown away by the experiences we’re exposed to. Yesterday was one of those days. Mayor Reed came and visited, talking about the importance of technology and startups to the city and his plans to help us realize our full potential in those areas. He made a 15 minute speech and then did Q&A for a solid half hour. Then about an hour later, Kyle Porter (CEO of Village company, SalesLoft), somehow orchestrated a live Q&A with Brad Feld via video conference. Brad is amazing and to have someone like him talk to us was a truly…
  • I AM GOING TO CRUSH YOU

    jeffhilimire
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    It was early 2001 and we were a five person web design company. We’d been “in business” since late 1998 but we were still kids, having started Spunlogic from our dorm room at UNC-Charlotte. By 2001, one of our major strategies was to work with other firms to help them produce websites. There was one firm in particular, let’s just call it Blue Ocean, that was using us quite a bit. They were 20+ people and to me, they had made it. They were where we wanted to be and we thought it was terrific that they were working with us. Their CEO reached out to me one day and asked…
  • I’m starting to realize that this one thing might be the most important factor in creating a successful business

    jeffhilimire
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tonight I’m giving the keynote address at the Founder Institute (FI) graduation. FI is “the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program.” I’ve been a mentor and speaker throughout the current class and I’m excited about getting them pumped up about graduating tonight. As I’ve been reflecting on what to say, while at the same time going through a very pivotal moment in Dragon Army’s young history – we launched our first game last week – and I’ve come to one HUGE realization. It doesn’t matter how…
 
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  • The Weekly Dose of Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network. This week's top articles include a Mentor Minute with TrueCar CEO Scott Painter; a pair of blogs from female CEOs talking about their experiences from both a female and non-technical perspective, respectively; 3 new business books for entrepreneurs; and more.   Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of April 13th. To Be a Nice CEO, or Not to Be, That is the Question There is no "one right way" to build a company. The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on…
  • The Biggest Misconception of Startup Funding, According to Scott Painter

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of [total_mentors]+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  On this week's Mentor Minute, Scott Painter, Founder and CEO of TrueCar (which recently filed for a $125 million IPO), describes how the biggest funding pitfall for new entrepreneurs is when they assume they can give up very little equity. In his career, Scott has started 37 companies and raised $1.25 billion in venture capital.  To hear more from Scott, join…
  • Get Ready to Blast Off at the Starship Showcase Casino Party, at NASA in Silicon Valley!

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join us on Thursday, May 15th and get ready to blast off at the exclusive Starship Showcase Afterparty, immediately following the Founder Showcase. This exciting event will be co-hosted by Moon Express at the NASA Ames Research Center and will feature Silicon Valley's finest enjoying a casino night of poker, blackjack, and craps.  Cards and dice will be flying like comets, bluff fields will be navigated through, and chip stacks will go supernova, so bring your best game face. First, second, and third place casino chip winners will also take home prizes from our sponsors as…
  • Where Do You Fit In? A Beginner’s Guide to Startup Roles

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    For many people who are considering a jump into the startup industry, there is one often mysterious question they must answer: "Where do I fit in?" As Jason Freedman says, "We startups are collectively still really bad at helping them break into our tight-knit community." Jason Freedman, is the founder of 42Floors, a search tool that helps tenants discover and create their dream offices, and was named one of the Founder Institute's top mentors at the 14th Founder Showcase.  The blog post, "I want to get into startups, but I don’t know where to start", originally appeared on the…
  • Pitch Your Ideas to Munjal Shah on Next Week’s Special Founder Hotseat Webinar

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Munjal Shah, Co-Founder & CEO of Like.com, which was acquired by Google to create Google Shopping.   During this webinar, which takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:45pm PDT (see your local time here), viewers can pitch their startup ideas to Munjal and get feedback. The best pitches will even be invited on screen, to pitch Munjal live, via webcam simulcast. Even if you don't want to pitch,…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • The public invisibility of running mid-stage successful companies

    Jason
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Keith Rabois famously quipped, “I don’t know of a single successful CEO or entrepreneur who blogs regularly.”That was five months ago, and people are still talking about it. And agreeing.But why?Sure the usual exceptions are trotted out – Rand Fishkin, Joel Gascoigne, etc.. But the examples outweigh the exceptions 100-to-1.Much easier is listing those who used to blog a lot, but trailed off as their companies grew — Joel Spolsky (who essentially stopped blogging after raising money for StackExchange), Dharmesh Shah (who trailed off substantially when…
  • Smart Bear Live 8: Edwin from MeetingKing.com

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

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

    Jason
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:30 am
    People say the end of the year is a terrible time to raise money or sell a company, because “everyone’s only thinking about the holidays” and “monied people are off skiing in Aspen.”Except, my previous company Smart Bear was sold on Dec 20, 2007. And we completed our Series C round here at WP Engine on Dec 23, 2013. And no fewer then three other companies I was previously an investor in also raised a round that closed in December of 2013.Although it’s stressful and consumes all the hours of the day and night, I like closing at the end of the year. Why? For…
  • Visualizing the Interactions Between CAC, Churn and LTV

    Gordon Daugherty
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:30 am
    (Guest post by Gordon Daugherty. If you like this, go see his Shockwave Innovations blog)Anyone that has taken an accounting class or learned basic business financials knows the interaction between key elements of a P&L (revenue, cost, expense) and a balance sheet (assets, liabilities, equity). But it’s surprising to me how many companies with recurring/subscription revenue don’t understand the interactions between the elements that make up customer acquisition cost (CAC), churn and lifetime value (LTV). There are other important operational metrics to help steer your company…
 
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  • Turns Out Liberty Tax Screwed Me Big Time

    Greg
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    You’re totally not going to believe how this whole Liberty Tax thing continued to unfold.¹ QUICK RECAP: On Presidents Day, I had Liberty Tax prepare my 2013 individual tax return. The main motivation was to get a blog post (Done!) and a video (Nailed it!) and a photo opp (More phallic than intended!). Now, you […]
  • The Customer is the Product

    Adrian
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Those of you tracking the Thriveal blog for a while may have noticed one of the themes I’ve been exploring over time through my posts is: where is the practice of accounting headed? Entries on that topic include:  A Profession In Search of an Identity, The Firm(s) of the Future(s), Accounting Is Not the Language of Business, and the most recent: Accounting For What. In that […]
  • David and Goliath – A Book Review

    Scott
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:59 am
    Who doesn’t like a good David versus Goliath story? You know, the nerdy kid at school who has the last laugh at the expense of the most popular kid. Or the low seeded team defeating a high seed in a key game. Or what about the current Xero versus QuickBooks drama that is being played out in the […]
  • Strategy Impositions

    Jason
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Who owns the strategy of your firm? You do. No one else is responsible for the strategy you set as the owner of your firm. Before we dive in further, let me tell you how I define business strategy:   Business strategy is the intentional execution plan of your firm’s why. There are 3 key […]
  • Deep Undercover at Liberty Tax

    Greg
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I had Liberty Tax Service do my 2013 taxes. Don’t judge me. I went because of Walt Disney. I heard he was inspired to create Disneyland because he was grossed out when he took his kids to some nasty carnivals. So I thought about what would gross me out in the accounting profession, and decided […]
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  • Confirmation Bias: Don’t Believe Your Own BS

    Catherine Morgan
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As small business owners we need to believe in ourselves. Not only that, we need to believe in our products and services enough to make others believe in them too. Without a doubt we need to be completely committed to growing our businesses, but we also need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge reality. [...]
  • The Correct Way to Make a Business Introduction

    Catherine Morgan
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is the correct way and the less-effective way to make business introductions. A good business introduction is like a nugget of gold – and a deposit in the “karma bank.” It can strengthen your connection and value to and with the people you introduce. You look like a star because you were able to [...]
  • Stop Explaining Yourself to Customers

    Rich Gallagher
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I really only have two major vices in life: major league baseball and whirlpool suites. So I was really looking forward to combining the two on a trip to Pittsburgh last week, on a rare couple of days off. Late that night, after watching the Pirates and Cubs go into extra innings, I finally pulled [...]
  • The Ins-and-Outs of Finder’s Fees

    Carol Roth
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I talk to small business owners, one of the biggest issues that always comes up is how they can find new business.  I believe strongly in utilizing network referrals as a way to get that new business.  And, to make those referrals more concrete and valuable for your network to give or to gain [...]
  • Frenemies: Why Playing Nice with the “Competition” Makes Sense

    Maria Ross
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Befriend the competition? Mon Dieu! You spend so much time hiding from them, spying on them, stalking their Yelp pages and figuring out what makes you different. But take a step back and see the possibilities for your business. Smart small businesses that are clear on their brand strategy – who they are, who they [...]
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  • Contacting a Celebrity?

    Sarah Shaw
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you thinking of contacting a celebrity?  It's not as hard as you might think……..perhaps intimidating….. but not that hard.  If you are considering this, you might want to check out this interview I did with Jordan McAuley who owns Contact Any Celebrity – he gives a lot of insight.  Having a celeb that you can "brag" about is very cool and can really give you fuel for more PR and possible TV exposure too.   I also wrote a few blog posts that might give you some inspiration as well.
  • Photographing Your Line

    Sarah Shaw
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever wonder about some other ways to photograph your line?  I know I always did…..and it took some expensive shoots to teach me some simple tricks!  So here is my short list of what to include when shooting your new collection. If you are not an experienced photographer or can't fake it, I suggest hiring someone as your photos are soooo important. They are the first thing people see when looking at your line and they need to convey so much through the internet or a catalog.  You should be able to find someone on elance.com or even craigs list, if not at a local…
  • April Checklist

    Sarah Shaw
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wow Easter is just around the corner!   How did you do on your March Check List?  I know doing all these things might seem overwhelming but if you take small steps each day to stay on task, you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.  Try to set aside an hour a day, at least, to work on whatever you have left to do on my suggested checklist below.  These things will help your sales, exposure and overall brand. They are a MUST to keep up with today's fast moving world. Click here to download the April Checklist    Continue with Spring sales –…
  • Connecting through Facebook

    Sarah Shaw
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    How often do you post on Facebook?  Or maybe the better question is, how often do you check in on Facebook?  2-3 times a day?  10 times?  So many of my clients whine, moan and complain about using Facebook for business, yet love posting about their personal life.  I say, why not turn your business page into something FUN instead of a chore!! I like to use my FB page to gather information about upcoming blogs I am writing, programs I am considering launching, or just to touch base and take the temperature of my peeps.  What are they up to, looking for, or hoping…
  • Looking for a Road Rep

    Sarah Shaw
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever think about getting a road rep?  Do you even know what one is? Road Reps are independent reps that sometimes work for a larger group, or on their own, and don’t have a showroom. They travel around their “territory” showing products to the stores they service.  Pros? More cost effective as there is no showroom fee for road reps – they work strictly on commission.  Another bonus is they are always out and about so they often have more opportunity for a sale then someone sitting in a showroom waiting for a client to stop by.   Cons?
 
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  • 5 Pivotal Rules of Starting a Business

    Under30CEO
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Building a startup company is something that one can not understand until trying to do it.  It is painful, arduous and at times seems absolutely impossible.  Yet at the same time, it can be one of the most exciting and rewarding things one can ever take on in their life. As a serial entrepreneur, I have learned both from experiences and inspiring people who have taught me what it takes to succeed in business and grow as a person. The five pivotal rules of starting a business are: Fail. ~Robert T. Kiyosaki I am positive that my failures are my most valuable assets.  I have never met a…
  • What Separates the Men From the Boys

    Fueled
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    When it comes to choosing whom to work with in business, there’s a huge difference between choosing to partner with a small startup versus a large Fortune 500 corporation. Both have their own merits and it really depends on what the end result is meant to be. Check out our list of what really separates the little guys from the big corporate companies below. Decision Making Speed In a small startup, decisions can be made quickly because there’s less people chiming in with their opinions. Not to mention, moving fast is what startups are all about. The successful ones manage to make a big…
  • 5 Reasons Why All Entrepreneurs Should be Bilingual

    Under30CEO
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    To become a successful entrepreneur, you need lots of initiative and you must be ready to take risks. No entrepreneur can expect to achieve his or her goals without risks and initiative, even in a country like the U.S. where entrepreneurs and small businesses are become more and more common every year. In a report published by Forbes Magazine, six years worth of data based on small businesses in the U.S. (small business in the U.S. are defined by the SBA as companies which employ fewer than 500 employees) reveals that there are now almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S. Over 22…
  • What To Do When You Fall Out Of Love

    danieldipiazza
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I can still remember what it felt like to tell my first girlfriend, “I don’t love you anymore.” I’d just gotten back from traveling through Greece and the Middle East (read my adventures) and I thought I was such a worldly, cultured man now. I thought I needed to explore the world and see if there was anyone “better” out there. But the truth was pretty simple: I’d known before I left that we were going to break up. That’s why I filled an empty iPhone 3G case full of Trojans. Because…you know…what if they didn’t sell condoms in…
  • Best Meetups in NYC

    Fueled
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Don’t be scared of meeting complete strangers because they might be just the people you need to meet. Why? Well, for one, you get to see what cool new things people with similar interests to you are doing. From getting to attend cool seminars to meeting potential leaders in your field, you’ll find so many opportunities here. Clearly, meetups are the place to be. We, at Fueled, found some of the best meetups in NYC. Ready to go? NY Tech Meetup NY Tech Meetup was founded in 2004 by Meetup’s founder Scott Heiferman and became an independent nonprofit in 2010. Boasting 32,000 members, their…
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    Fizzle

  • Tactics To Understand Your Ideal Client, Reader or Market (FS050)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week was the first part of an excellent series where we bring experts in to shed light on how they discover, define and target their audience. We talked about how this process can make the difference between a product/service/article released into crickets (people ignoring you) or released into the hearts and minds of an engaged audience (ready to buy something from you). This episode is the second in the series featuring more honest answers from real entrepreneurs about how they discover, define and target their ideal clients and tribes as well as: Killer notes on Corbett’s audience…
  • Start With A Small, Intense Fire

    Chase Reeves
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Q: What’s the secret of growing a startup? “You’ve got to start with a small, intense fire. Suppose you’re the Apple I. They only made about 500 of those things, so, all they had to do was find 500 people to buy these computers, and they launched Apple. APPLE! So you gotta find a small number of people. It’s necessarily a small number of people. It’s impossible to make something that a large number of people want a lot. You’ve got to find people who want what you’re making a lot… and that’s necessarily going to be a small number. That’s okay. That’s how these giant…
  • Discover, Define & Target Your Audience (FS049)

    Chase Reeves
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s one question that can get to the heart of whether what you’re working on is a soon-to-be-failed side project or a business with a good shot at financial success. This is the question that kickstarted my career as a designer. After wallowing and fiddling with side projects for years, I finally grokked the bit I was missing. In this episode you get to hear a handful of experienced entrepreneurs, people who are actually earning a living doing something they care about (in many cases a handsome living), answer that question along with some insights from the Fizzle team about:…
  • How Contempt Breeds Business Cancer (& 5 Ways to Kill It)

    Chris Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Every business owner gets a Spidey Sense. You learn to see trouble before it starts. You wouldn’t need much of a Spidey sense to feel the danger from Jon’s presales email: Jon: “Does your product work with Powerdirector? I’m on a rush deadline—I need it to work with PowerDirector.” (Keys: word ‘need’, rush, budget software). My answer: “I’ve never had any Powerdirector requests — sorry. You could try to use our free version to see if it fits.” Jon’s response: “Real nice customer service.” … some time passed … Jon: “I bought it anyway. You promised 58 clips…
  • 3 Story Tools Your Brand Needs (FS048)

    Chase Reeves
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your brand could move people from bored, unmotivated, and ignoring you to driven, curious, interested, and dynamically involved in your business. Chances are that’s not happening for you. In this episode Chase shares insights about story that can help your brand do just that, including: 3 elements of story that will change how you look at your business The paradigm shift responsible for why the big guys (Pat Flynn, Steve Kamb, Corbett) wanted to work with Chase in the first place A simple equation for telling a compelling story (or tagline, headline, etc) Some jokes about Caleb’s…
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    Strategy

  • The 20 Least Stressful Employers In America

    Melissa Stanger
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    In addition to great pay and satisfying work, top companies offer working conditions that don't make their employees want to yank their hair out. We recently released our second annual list of the 50 Best Employers In America, based on exclusive data from PayScale. The companies that made this list know the value of a stress-free environment — or as close to stress-free as it can get, anyway — as a means of producing happy workers. Companies were rated on job stress based on a survey that asked employees, "How stressful is your job/work environment?” The higher percentage of…
  • The 50 Best Employers In America

    Melissa Stanger and Melia Robinson
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    When faced with the decision of choosing between a job you love and a job that pays well, remember this: You can have your cake and eat it too. The second annual list of the best employers in America by PayScale and Business Insider evaluates companies by both pay and happiness. Go straight to the companies » For the second year, New Jersey biotechnology company Celgene Corporation topped the list as the Best Employer in America. In fact, many of the best companies are in the health-care industry. The tech industry was booming last year, with typical top companies such as Google…
  • Here's What Successful People Do On The Weekend

    Kamelia Angelova
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
      Please enable Javascript to watch this video    Everyone wants more time in a weekend. Taking a look at how these successful people use the time might give you a few ideas. Produced by Robert Libetti. Originally published in August 2013.NOW WATCH: How To Know If Someone Is Lying To You Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »
  • JOB OF THE WEEK: Merchandise Director, Thomas Pink

    Business Insider
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Check out the Business Insider Jobs section >> As part of our new partnership with CareerBuilder.com, each week we'll feature one of the awesome jobs advertised on the Business Insider jobs board. To learn more about this opportunity click here Follow Business Insider Jobs on Twitter here  Join the conversation about this story »
  • Here's How Procrastinating Can Save You Money

    Libby Kane
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Procrastination and financial success don't typically go hand in hand. If you wait until the last minute to buy plane tickets, you'll usually pay more. If you put off going to the dentist for years, you might have to pony up for a root canal. But personal finance blog Frugal Fringe has a different take. The blogger known only as A. Noonan Moose explains in a recent post that in some cases, procrastinating can actually save you money. He calls the strategy "profitable procrastination." While it's not the right approach to expenses like saving for retirement or paying your bills (the…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Sally
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, author and journalist Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning can help us identify and solve problems, come up with…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    dylan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.” Heed Your Call by David M. Howitt “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what…
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Sally
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury)—both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask change-making questions, solve…
  • The 2014 Business Book Awards: Submissions Are Open

    Jon
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    TweetWe are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Business Book Awards. Thousands of business books are published each year, each with the potential to promote change and enlighten the way people think about business. We began recognizing these efforts in 2007 with the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, highlighting the best works in a number of categories. Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and the quality of its content. Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2014 is eligible within the following categories: Leadership Management…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    800-CEO-READ
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tweet The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard, Jossey-Bass, $28.00, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 9781118829424 When you see a book has a foreword written by Tom Peters,and an afterword penned by Clayton Christensen, you pay attention. When the author of that same book is the publisher of Forbes, you get your wallet out. And the return on the investment of time and money you put into Rich Karlgaard’s new book, The Soft Edge, will be well worth it. Karlgaard begins The Soft Edge by describing a “triangle of long-term company health.” The first two edges…
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  • Best Online SEO Services

    Online Biz
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Find The Top Tips For Locating A SEO Business In the event that you had a dollar for each service in the marketplace that states normally it takes your site in order to the very best of the ranks in only a couple weeks, you didn’t even have to be in internet company. You would end up being wealthy already. Avoid individuals services and deal with the particular SEO company in Flordia yourself. You can perform, especially if you merely stick to these SEO Jacksonville, FL  ideas to obtain you began and enable you to stay on track. In case you aren’t using one through the social…
  • Save Energy & The Enviroment

    Online Biz
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Save The Environment Using Some Basic Energy Saving Tips Lots of people wish to be green, but may not understand how to start. You will find a multitude of renewable energy solutions that are ideal for people to get electricity cheap. This short article contains ideas regarding the best way to use Eco-friendly power immediately. When creating the particular landscaping plans for any backyard path or outdoor, including solar-powered lamps in the plans is a great idea. These sorts of inexpensive lamps need no exterior source of energy and may operate completely on DIY solar power energy. A…
  • Home Improvement Tips

    Online Biz
    6 Feb 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Home Improvement Advice   Improving your home can be a daunting task. You have the option to have a professional contractor do it or you may opt to do it yourself. Whichever option that best suits you, several tips can come in quite handy. If you prefer to find a third party specialist  to help you out, the most essential tip is to ensure you have a firm that is up to the task. Before you decide to do any kind of improvement like swimming pool service it is important to have a general idea of what you intend to have in the end. Carry out an analysis and establish exactly what you need.
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    The Grain

  • On having been InOCULated

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Today Oculus is being acquired by Facebook in a fantastic deal that not only validates the team's vision and hard work but one that will also accelerate their ability to bring an unprecedented VR experience to all of us. There is no way to describe just how amazing the journey has been thus far, but it is fitting to borrow a line from Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash, a book I read 15 years ago in order to be ready for the day Oculus crossed my path: “See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places.” There is no doubt that this…
  • The Unbundling of stickiness

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    Last week the Echo Nest got bought by Spotify, the largest music service outside of iTunes while at the same time Apple launched "CarPlay" to support replacing the mess of antiquated electronics integrated into most cars with one that supposedly widens the moat competitors of iOS will have to cross in order to be relevant. I doubt it will really work, and not only because of how few CarPlay enabled cars there will be over the next 2-5 years compared to the numbers that are relevant in the smartphone platforms (only about 10M new cars in total are shipped world wide each year compared to close…
  • Christmas is Programming

    24 Dec 2013 | 8:56 am
    Over the years, I've tried all sorts of ways to get my kids into programming: from the watered down artificial environments with loads of pedagogical pedigree to over-hyped tiger mom summer camps. And until this past week they've all resulted in blank looks from the kids who wonder why I think it is so important for them to learn to master giving instructions to a machine. Even when the programming exercise involves their beloved Minecraft (I will have a blog post on that adventure coming). This week I found a project that seemed to work though, at least for this pair of 11 and 8 year old…
  • A good reminder: Steve's Style

    5 Oct 2013 | 9:56 am
    Today is the second anniversary of Steve Jobs's death and while I am not planning on joining the Apple has Lost Its Way chorus, it is somewhat sobering to look back at my favorite piece of technology speaking ever, a 1997 pre-heyday WWDC Jobs Q&A where he is not only amazingly lucid about the strategy he would go on to implement for the next 14 years, but where he is incredibly straight forward and direct in his communication style. If you are a student of superb public speaking, go and check it out. Compared to the ridiculously over-emphasized style of Cook and the other Apple execs of…
  • Sockets and usage

    28 Sep 2013 | 3:38 pm
    The posts about Android's overwhelming marketshare miss the greater story that Tim Cook tried to highlight during the iPhone 5S launch around about usage versus unit volume. We used to live this at HP, and especially in the printer buisness where most of the economics were not in the "placement of the socket" but instead in the number of pages printed after the "install" (and therefore the amount of ink consumed). It is why HP smoked Lexmark and has held the lion's share of the economics despite pressure from Epson and Canon in inkjet printing. Whereas analysts worry about socket marketshare…
 
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  • New Balance again tries to outflank Adidas with latest marathon campaign

    Jon Chesto
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Adidas is the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the Boston Marathon. But you would be forgiven if the signs around town made you think the sponsor was an entirely different running shoe company. It’s the fifth year in a row that Boston-based New Balance has launched its April campaign around Boston, and the press releases, tweets and out-of-home ads are carefully designed to make you think of the Boston Marathon without actually ever mentioning the word “marathon.” It’s a clever…
  • Here's why Verastem chose Needham over Cambridge for its new headquarters

    Don Seiffert
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Verastem CEO Robert Forrester says the company’s planned move to Needham from its current headquarters in Cambridge has as much to do with the changing nature of the company as with cheaper rent. “I think it’s a big deal. It recognizes the progress we’ve made over the past few years,” he said. The company revealed in a federal filing earlier today that it signed a lease for a 15,000-square-foot space on Kendrick Street in Needham, in an office park that is the home to a research lab for…
  • A sampling of photos from ABC's 'Shark Tank' auditions in Cambridge (slideshow)

    W. Marc Bernsau
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Entrepreneurs drove from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states to pitch their business ideas at Cambridge co-working space Workbar on Thursday in hopes of getting national exposure on ABC's "Shark Tank."
  • Rockland Trust reports Q1 hit from bad commercial loan

    Matthew L. Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Independent Bank Corp., parent of Rockland Trust, says first quarter operating income fell 9 percent thanks to a $2.1 million charge-off related to a bad commercial loan made by a bank acquired by Independent. The company said first quarter operating income was $12.1 million, or about 51 cents a share. A year ago, the bank booked a $13.3 million operating profit, equal to 61 cents a share. The bad commercial loan responsible for dragging down first quarter earnings was made by a bank Independent…
  • First quarter earnings at athenahealth lead to analyst downgrade

    Don Seiffert
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    At least one group of analysts have lowered their price target for Watertown health care IT firm athenahealth after it reported earnings and revenue for the first three months of the year that was less than analysts were expecting. Analysts at investment firm Oppenheimer cut its price target from $140 to $120 a share after athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) reported its first quarter financials after the close of the markets yesterday. As of 2 p.m. today, athenahealth’s shares were down less than 2 percent…
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  • [Infographic] What Does It Really Cost To Commute In The UK?

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    It’s certainly been a case of “when it rains, it pours” for the poor London commuter recently. A tube strike, a concrete-flooded control room and many, many delays have resulted in workers forced to seek out alternative modes of transport to get them to and from the office.The recent 48-hour walkout, which was the result of an ongoing dispute between the TUC and London Underground bosses, has seen further disruption to companies that are hoping 2014 will be the year of the Great British economic revival. According to this recent infographic from Buzz Conferencing, train…
  • Habits You Need To Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.  Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success (Daniel Goleman). Habits of emotionally intelligent people 1. Emotionally intelligent people tend to notice more. They have a candid and realistic understanding of themselves. It’s not just about knowing what to say and when to say it. Anybody can learn social skills, which are centered around acting…
  • Regeneration Aiding New Startups

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    The stormy weather and in particular the floods caused all sorts of expensive damages and wreaked havoc amongst small communities where local residents rely on tourism for the income. However it is not all doom and gloom as the government offered up a pot of £2 million to help refurbish and renovate the worst hit areas promising bespoke advertising campaigns to ignite interest in the area and help regenerate the businesses. And if you are thinking of setting up a new business, during a time of regeneration is the perfect opportunity. So if you’re considering a new start up then read on for…
  • 5 Of The Most Creative Video Ads Worth Sharing

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Most people don’t pay attention to ads anymore. People now expect ads to actually speak to them—to connect to their hopes and dreams, to flip their thinking in unexpected ways and to reflect the world they would like to see around them. Advertising can offer this because, every once in a while, you will  find yourself cracking up or wanting more after watching a commercial that connects with you. These are some of the most creative ads worth sharing. 1. A game of social thrones A rendition of the iconic opening titles of HBO’s Game of Thrones by Hootsuite. 2. Hands by…
  • 4 Great Places To Get Content For Your Blog

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Your blog is the lynch pin of your marketing strategy, but constant updates may be more difficult than you thought when you started. While guest posts from other bloggers may help to fill in the gaps on those days when you have nothing to post, they may be a tall order on short notice. However, there are for websites on the internet that have a large staff of writers ready and willing to generate a post for your blog within a few hours for a price you can afford. Check out these four great places to get content for your blog. 1. Blogmutt Blogmutt specializes in blog entries and is perhaps…
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  • The Top Gaming Headsets for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360

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

    Vivek Krishnan
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Customer service is an essential part of any business operation. Customers always expect to reach a representative that can resolve any minor or major issues with a particular product or service offered by a brand or company. Customer service training can be costly for many businesses. Fortunately, there are computer software solutions that can minimize the cost of training customer service agents. Customer service management software is an example of an innovative way to train representatives of a company. Computer programs essentially guide customer service agents through all of the…
  • Casino Games with the Best Odds

    Vivek Krishnan
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:13 am
    Many people will be seeing a casino this summer, whether on a trip to Vegas, on a cruise ship, or just in a nearby casino in a “staycation.” However, like any smart casino lover, it is smart to know which Casino games hold the best possibility of winning for you. If you think that you’d rather try play at online casinos, head over to Win.com. There are also options to play fun casino games on your iPhone, so it really depends on what you prefer. If you’d like to know the casino games with the worst odds, here is an article that better illustrates it:…
  • Furnished Apartments For Short Term Rent

    Vivek Krishnan
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    People that travel frequently on business trips often spend a lot of time, resources and money on trying to find the right lodging and accommodation. Hotels can be expensive, especially for extended stays such as a week. Motels and inns may be cheap but there is a compromise on quality and services. Business people that travel often can actually consider alternative lodging options such as furnished apartments or condos. Popular tourist destinations are lined with plenty of residential properties that are privately owned. Such units may include condos and apartments that are full of all the…
  • Business Law Firms for Your Business

    Vivek Krishnan
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:34 am
    There are three things you will need to successfully start your business, and then keep it going: Funds, either from private sources or from investors An accountant to help you manage the financial comings and goings of your business (you’ll really appreciate this person during tax season!) A lawyer Now, you may be just fine with the first two recommendations, but you may be wondering why a lawyer is on the list if you’re not currently dealing with a lawsuit or any other legal issues. But the truth is, even the best run of businesses that are managed by the most careful of owners…
 
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  • How to revive a declining brand – 7 lessons from Pope Francis

    Abhash Kumar
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    On February 11 last year, came an announcement of a resignation unlike any other. One of the rarest resignations in history, Pope Benedict XVI’s move sent 1.16 billion people into a state of shock. For the first time in 600 years, the leader of the largest organization on earth gave a two weeks’ notice – to God! At this time the Church was marred by scandals, had a demoralized workforce and saw itself losing followers to competing churches. It badly needed a leader who could turn around the fortunes – a leader with a Steve Jobs-esque despise for status quo and a determination to…
  • Is Your Brand Vision Realistic?

    Guest Author
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Look for Proof Points and Imperatives What does a winning brand vision look like? As I noted in a recent post, the brand vision should reflect and support the business strategy, differentiate from competitors, resonate with customers, energize and inspire employees and partners, adapt to different markets and precipitate a gush of ideas for marketing programs. Creating a brand vision that meets these requirements is a great start to success. However, the brand vision implies a promise to customers and a commitment by the organization. It cannot be an exercise in wishful thinking but, rather,…
  • Growth Hacking SEO Tips for Startups

    Murray Newlands
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
      SEO is one of the most important marketing tactics for a startup because it’s how your customers will find you online. Thus, to be successful you must develop a great SEO strategy and try to get your site to the top of the search rankings. In a recent interview from Marketo‘s Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco, California, Murray Newlands talks with Chris Adams from gSHIFT Labs about ways to improve your SEO strategy and grow your budding new business. To find out more, watch the full interview below. These are the key takeaways from the video: In the interview, Chris…
  • Learn the ABC of Elections with Smartur

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Neeraj Jewalkar, founder, Smartur In this election season, how do you explain what is AAP or who is Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi to a 12 year old and also make sure that he is not affected by your bias towards a party or candidate? To solve this dilemma and educate the younger generation, Smartur has come up with a very innovative solution. Smartur (pronounced as smarter) is an organization which works in the space of education to provide affordable digital content solutions to schools. Recently, they came up with a unique initiative known as ‘ABC of 2014 Elections’. Named after the…
  • Trip planning startup Traverik enters enterprise space, launches Moxiter

    Jubin Mehta
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Traverik is a trip planning startup founded by Ashutosh Pande in 2013. The company showed promising growth and went on to become one of YourStory’s WebSparks. In a recent development, the company has pivoted and launched a product for travel agencies. The enterprise solution is called Moxiter and is based on the travel planning consumer product that they have with Traverik. Targeted at travel operators and destination management companies, Moxiter has been designed to simplify the things that matter to tour operators – sourcing and managing product efficiently, fast and accurate…
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  • Corkket – Buy and Sell Locally

    StartUpLift
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Corkket is a local peer to peer marketplace that handles payment. Target Audience: Buisnesses and Individuals who want to sell second hand items or crafts. Website URL: https://www.corkket.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page for about 5 seconds and answer the following two questions: (a) What is the site about? (b) Is it clear what is in it for you? In other words, as a visitor what do you “get”? 2) Now go back to the site and look around for about 30 seconds. What is your initial impression of what you see? 3) What is the very…
  • DontSendMeACard – Get What You Really Want

    StartUpLift
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    You can request that family and friends send you the cost equivalent of what they would have spent on sending you greeting cards. Target Audience: UK Facebook users that would rather their loved ones send them a cash gift than a greeting card for their special occasion. Website URL: http://www.DontSendMeACard.com/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in…
  • Movid HEP – Video Based Home Exercise Programs

    StartUpLift
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    Movid HEP allows physical therapists to send their patients video based home exercise plans instead of paper sheets. Target Audience: rehab professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists Website URL: http://www.movidhep.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any…
  • vizzop – See in Realtime What Your Clients Do and Chat with Them

    StartUpLift
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Monitor your clients in realtime and help them. Target Audience: All webpages can use it. Website URL: https://vizzop.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. Feedback tasks: 1)Visit Vizzop.com. As a…
  • Social Travel – Next Step in Social Travel

    StartUpLift
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Meet Travel Companions and Locals. Find Tour Guides and Homestays. Share Experiences! Target Audience: Frequent travelers, travelers in the discovery phase. Website URL: http://www.TouristLink.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful…
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  • Inc@8000 Continues to Build Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs in New Albany

    Susan Post
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    After three years, New Albany’s business incubator, Inc@8000, continues to build a collaborative ecosystem for startups. The space at 8000 Walton Parkway provides offices, conference rooms and other shared areas for its tenants, as well as an invaluable, built-in network. Inc@8000 focuses on attracting tech-based businesses with scaleable products, but also houses entrepreneurs that are more service-based. […]
  • What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach

    Bill Nolan
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the last 10 years, there has been an enormous amount of dialogue on the cost of legal services. What does it all mean, and how do you sort through it all so that your company can spend the greatest proportion of your resources on your mission rather than legal services? First, there are a […]
  • Proven Talent Behind New Firm, Fort, Help Organizations Create Brands

    Susan Post
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A strong brand and inspiring culture can propel a company’s success – as demonstrated by the founders behind new branding firm, Fort. Fort combines two creatives with proven talent – Tom Lennox, founder of Pelotonia, and Terry Rohrbach, founder of award-winning brand visualization company, and Pelotonia’s brand partner, Base Art Co. “This is a really good […]
  • Heroes2u Fosters Memorable Conversations for Meaningful Causes

    Susan Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    What well-known figure would you chat with if you had the chance? Taking this concept and adding technology and a charitable cause is the backbone of new startup, Heroes2u. The platform makes donating to charitable causes more accessible and appealing to younger generations. Most events in the non-profit industry come with a price tag that […]
  • Women’s Fund Study Examines Economic Security for Women in Central Ohio

    Nichole Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Columbus was ranked the seventh-best city for female entrepreneurs in 2013 by a Forbes study. While Columbus provides a strong platform for female business creators, a recent Women’s Fund of Central Ohio study paints a bigger picture of the economic status of women in Columbus. Below, the organization’s president, Nichole Dunn, answers The Metropreneur’s questions […]
 
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  • 4 Ways To Bring More Customers To Your Retail Store

    ajay
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    4 Ways To Bring  More Customers To Your Retail Store 1. Geotoko Geotoko is an easy to use platform that allows brands, businesses and agencies to create their own branded location-based promotions (e.g. sweepstakes, contests, give-aways) and to simultaneously publish them on multiple location-based services like foursquare, gowalla, facebook places, yelp, twitter etc. Not only it will market your location based campaign instead it can also help you to know what impact your market campaign has on people and how they have received your products or services. Its also providing live visitor…
  • 4 Interesting Crowdfunding Platform for Students

    ajay
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    4 Interesting Crowdfunding Platform for Students 1. Xeelion Xeelion  is a new crowdfunding platform that aims to connect students entrepreneurs and investors with an exclusive device-friendly platform. Xeelion allows to fund only scientific projects which meet requirements of sustainability in high-growth fields like IT, cleantech, life science, healthcare, medical devices, and mobile. 2. Upstart Upstart is a new platform that allows students to get unsecured funding in return for agreeing to share a portion of their income for 5 or 10 years, as such term may be extended, pursuant to the…
  • Which Side Of Brain Is Good For Entrepreneurs? Left Brain Or Right Brain?

    Martin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Traditionally, the majority of entrepreneurs have been logical thinkers, problem solvers, and pay attention to details. These are the stereotypical left-brain engineers. Yet I see a big shift from the knowledge age, with its left-brain foundation, to a critical focus today on visualization, creativity, relationships, and collaboration, which are more in the domain of right-brainers. Of course, the best solution would be a new wave of so-called whole-brain thinkers, but this term is usually reserved for Einstein and Picasso, and no entrepreneurs that I can name. Even right- brain dominant…
  • New Apps For Tenant Self- Service

    VisionwizTeam
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    New research estimates that typically on average, each call to a social housing organisation’s call centre costs somewhere between £5 and £6 and that each personal visit costs around £14. As many of the issues handled by these call centres can be dealt with online, the potential savings from the self-service tenant app are huge. So do you want to try out new app which is solely made for tenant management? Then try 1stTouch’s Teant Self-Service App. What Is Tenant Self- Service App?: New Tenant self-service app aims to solve all issues related to your housing. This app can be fully…
  • Why Its Best Time To Start Your Own Business

    Martin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    If you have a unique product or service, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start. The cost of entry has never been lower. Anyone can be an entrepreneur today, without a huge investment, bank loans, lawyers, venture capitalists, or Angels. In the early days (20 years ago), most new e-commerce sites, for example, cost a million dollars to set up. Now the price is closer to $100 if you are willing to do the work yourself. Here are the key steps for a personal home-based business website selling your consulting service or a few products (as an…
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  • The future of the workplace in three points

    EpicLaunch
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    “The workforce is getting away from the idea that you have to work at a fixed place at a fixed time. Travelling into the office increasingly seems like a 19th Century practice particularly to the generation of workers for whom communication electronically while on the move is second nature.” These are the words said by Peter Thompson, Director of the Future Work Forum, in 2006. Beyond doubt, the world of work has been and still is in the midst of radical change. Central to this “revolution” are the word “flexibility” and “mobility”: the number of new startups and work-at-home…
  • 5 Ways to Have Your CPAs Pay for Themselves

    NatalieBracco
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    When it comes to small businesses, it’s important to know everything that can be deducted. You may be paying way more than you actually should. Here are a few ways to have your CPAs pay for themselves by discovering these deductions. Your Home Office There’s a shocking number of people who work from home that choose to not deduct the cost of doing so. There are many reasons for this, the primary of which is that many small business owners believe that this is a red flag for an audit. That’s not the case. If you have an area of your home that you use exclusively for business,…
  • How To Plan For Company Growth & Avoid Growing Pains

    EpicLaunch
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    “One of the greatest achievements a person can strive for is starting a successful business. Once that business is up and running, many people believe that the hardest part is over,” stated CEO and Internet Guru Danny DeMichele.“However, businesses, not unlike humans, are living entities that must be nurtured properly over the years. As a business expands, growing pains debilitate some companies, stifling their success until problems smooth out. Preparation and planning are key elements to avoid company growing pains to move business forward swiftly.” Here are a few helpful tips from…
  • Do Transactional Emails Work More Effectively Than Bulk Emails For Business Owners?

    EpicLaunch
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    If you’re an online marketer, you might know a bit about the difference between bulk emails and transactional emails. In case you don’t, here’s the essential scoop. Bulk promotional emails are the kind of messages that all marketers who do email marketing know intimately; they’re all the messages you send on a regular basis as part of an opt-in subscription model of email addresses collected from your blog or site. These could be weekly newsletter messages, regularly scheduled sales offers or anything you’re promoting to your readers on a regular basis. By nature these kinds of…
  • Your Remote Team Will Fuel Your Success

    Kuty Shalev
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:26 pm
    These days, the abundance of freelancers and cloud computing allows you to manage your well-running engine of a company from the comfort of your home — but not without clear communication, set goals, and the right team. To find success, you need to follow these fundamentals of maintaining productivity while managing your team remotely: 1. Start With the Right Team The first thing I look at when hiring remote team members is their list of past accomplishments. I need to see not only what they’ve done in the past, but what they learned from it. For example, if you’re looking for a good…
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  • How To Get Past Gmail’s “Promotions” Tab?

    Dilip
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Since the time Gmail introduced the tabs in their mail service about an year back, marketers are faced with a challenge – How to get past the “Promotions” tab in their subscribers’ mails? Gmail revamped its mail service some time back. While there were a lot of  changes which were very refreshing, there were some […]
  • Why You Might Be Losing 38% of Your Prospective Customers – Retargeting How To!

    Dilip
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Before we even start discussing about retargeting, let me ask you a question. Have you ever tried to check, what happens to that visitor who came to your website and spent some time browsing through the variety of content that was available on it? Most people do not.. So you need not think that you […]
  • Managed WordPress Hosting – Do You Really Need it?

    Dilip
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:39 pm
    WordPress is evolving with every day. I still remember the day, about 5 years back when I first installed my WordPress blog. The dashboard was a plain and simple control panel. With very few features, a plain WYSIWYG editor and some very basic themes, WordPress was a blogger’s heaven. A very basic hosting plan was […]
  • 7 Essential Tools for Content Idea Creation!

    Dilip
    15 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Expertly crafted search engine optimized content is the gold standard when it comes to web traffic. Simply put, if you’re showing up on Google’s first page, and especially within the top-5 results, then your site is doing extremely well and new, unique visitors will generously flow in your direction. With Google (and Facebook) changing their […]
  • How to Really Build Backlinks and Dominate Google?

    Dilip
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:01 am
    Back-linking has been one of the key aspects in Search Engine Optimization. Panda or, no Panda… Google has always stressed the importance of backlinking. What could have changed with the change in algorithms, is the quality of backlinks that are acceptable or, maybe the quantity of backlinks as well. Search the internet and you will […]
 
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  • Legal Matters: What Are the Benefits of Where You Form an LLC?

    Christine Mortensen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    We asked our community what legal questions we could have answered for you and Heather Harper, who is speaking at our upcoming Law Summit on May 3rd responded: What are the benefits of forming an LLC in Illinois vs a foreign LLC in Delaware? Even though the initial filing is more expensive, if you are just starting out does the more simpler tax filings, etc. make up for it? If you file as an Illinois LLC will venture capitalists be ok restructuring the company into a Delaware Corp in order to invest? Or will this create an unnecessary barrier? This question presents several discreet…
  • Wrongful Termination or Rightful Firing? A Business Owner’s Perspective

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Hiring employees can be fun and exciting.  You bring a great new person on board and you’e excited about showing them the ropes.  But, as we all know, not everyone who shines in an interview is quite as impressive on the job.  And the firing process isn’t usually so fun. No matter what the situation is, letting someone go is never pleasant, and often results in a bit of anxiety for both parties.  You worry about your soon-to-be former employee’s reaction, and she worries about her future.  It’s an emotionally-fraught exchange, certainly, but the law shouldn’t necessarily come…
  • The Top 5 Signs You’re Being Overlawyered

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    How to Avoid Paying for Unnecessary Legal Fees Some people fear dealing with attorneys for the same reason they fear dealing with mechanics. If you’re not a car expert yourself, you tend to worry that the mechanic may take advantage of you, fixing things that were never broken and charging you for unnecessary labor.  The problem is, you might not know enough about cars to call the guy out, so you grudgingly pay. It’s the same kind of underhanded activity that gives attorneys a bad name and it’s called “over-lawyering.”  As an individual or small business owner, legal fees could…
  • The Hidden Danger Being a Solo Entrepreneur

    Melanie Grillet
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    So I’ve achieved my dream of owning my own business, helping people through our coaching, and having an entirely free and mobile lifestyle. It’s AWEsome. I love it so much, I’m fueled daily to work on my business from the early morning to the wee hours, unless I’m hanging with my hubby or doing something else cool. So what’s the problem? Well, I’ve noticed in my intense devotion toward my solo entrepreneurial pursuits, that that’s exactly what they are… solo. Running an online/over-the-phone business, it’s easy to lose social connections as you work work work on all the…
  • Explainer Videos 101

    Guest Author
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    1. What is an explainer video? Explainer Videos. Ok, by now you’ve probably heard this term a million times. Especially since, as an entrepreneur, you’ve probably worked hard mastering ways in which to get the word out on your company’s product or service. You may even have your own video on your homepage that shares with the world what you do. If so, great work But maybe you’ve heard about them, but are still wondering what all the buzz is about. Don’t worry. It’s not too late. (The rest of this post is for you.) So, what is an explainer video you ask? An explainer video is a…
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  • Don’t let bookkeeping become a burden for your start-up

    guestblogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    For most start-ups, bookkeeping might seem like a daunting task. However, when carried out properly, up-to-date financial records can bring about huge benefits to a business.  Apart from ensuring that financial records are correct for the end of the financial year, it can also provide businesses with a realistic and forward-looking view of how the company is performing. Fortunately, there is technology available to relieve the burden of bookkeeping. And with the right system in place, online accounting systems can enable small business owners to stay on top of their books. Although some…
  • Streamlining processes with everyone on the same IT page

    guestblogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    When I started my business, the biggest drain on my resources was time. Many people say the flexibility of being your own boss is a major reason why they start up, but budding business owners be warned – it could be a while before that flexibility comes into play. Of course, initial start-up capital also proved to be quite a shock. No matter how many friends you have giving you advice, nothing quite prepares you for the shock of the amount of capital you need to start up. Thankfully, I was able to sell my car, which gave me a decent amount of capital to begin with. Now, however, as my…
  • How to free up your time so you can grow your business

    guestblogger
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    There are only so many hours in a day and there’s only so much you can charge for your products or services. Once your start-up hits these inherent ceilings, you’re at full capacity in terms of financial return. You’re probably near the end of your tether, too. But there is a way to expand your business beyond this point, without the responsibility of employing staff. Gone is the need for an endless list of “Stuff I need to do”(aka everything). Instead, have two lists: 1 Stuff I will do As a start-up, you’re probably wearing many hats: marketing guru, accounting wiz, rainmaker and…
  • Sophi Tranchell of Divine Chocolate on how to set up a successful social enterprise

    guestblogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Divine Chocolate, shares her tips for starting a social enterprise that will not only survive, but also prosper in a global market. When we originally pitched our concept of a delicious fair trade chocolate owned in part by Ghanaian cocoa producers, many people told us it was a wonderful idea but unlikely to ‘have commercial legs’. Luckily we persevered and set about challenging the commonly held misconceptions about social enterprises – that they are socially responsible, but not commercially viable. Years later, I’m enormously proud to say that…
  • Have you signed up for Growth Vouchers yet?

    guestblogger
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    At the beginning of the year, the government announced a 15-month, £30m small business growth scheme. Qualifying small businesses can register for up to £2,000 of funding support for: finance and cashflow; recruiting and developing staff; improving leadership and management skills; marketing, attracting and keeping customers; making the most of digital technology. Small businesses must match the government’s funding and those that are selected randomly must work with the Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insights Team, which has been tasked with finding out how the funding helps businesses…
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  • Tristan Kromer’s May Workshops Promises To Help You Reframe Your MVP

    Theresa Shafer
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Tristan Kromer offers a great workshop on taking your big idea and break it into a series of small steps to test. Your MVP Sucks! – How to crush your dreams and embrace reality Monday, May 5, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)   more info Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) more info You should attend if: Have an understanding of lean but are looking for a deep dive; You do not currently have Product / Market Fit; Keep running experiments but either aren’t making progress or can’t tell if you’re making progress.  
  • Recap of “How To Give a Great Demo” at CoFounders Club Wed-Apr-16-2014

    Sean Murphy
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    I had a great time at the Cofounder Club last night. Dea Wilson, founder of  Lifograph and organizer for the Meetup, invited me to talk about “Giving a Killer Demo.”  We had  a lively discussion upstairs at Procopio: starting with some introductions and then short demos by the attendees, then I gave a formal recap of the Great Demo methodology and how to apply it. The key to a Great Demo is to “Do the Last Thing First” and get to the point immediately about the critical results that your software will deliver to the prospect. This is counter to many…
  • Silicon Valley Robot Block Party 2014

    Theresa Shafer
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Recently, I attended the silicon valley robot block party. Like a mini-makers faire, it was alot of fun.  Folks were there with business robotics, home robotics, toy and entertainment robotics, and homemade robotic products by hobbiest and students. Some of the robots showcased. source: http://toyology.co.uk and orbit.puzzlebox.info source: Techykids.com NASA source: Anki.com source: Otherlabs source: Romibo SRI Taurus Early this year, I interviewed the organizer of the event, Andra Keay, about the opportunities and challenges she sees in the robotic community. She is an Managing Director…
  • Quotes For Entrepreneurs–March 2014

    Sean Murphy
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    You can follow @skmurphy to get these hot off the mojo wire or wait until they are collected in a blog post at the end of each month. Enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you. “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” John Dryden “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” T. S. Eliot “It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?” Henry David Thoreau Other versions of this exist but this version is taken from Thoreau’s letter to his friend, H.G.O. Blake, on 16 November…
  • Building a Business Requires Building Trust

    Sean Murphy
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:04 pm
    “Don’t take business advice from people with bad personal lives.” Frank Chimero “Some Lessons I Learned in 2013“ One of the hallmarks for success in a business-to-business market is the ability to form personal relationships as well as professional business relationships. I am always dismayed when I read advice that advocates bait and switch or other forms of con games that erode trust and make it difficult for any startup to build relationships. Anyone who always puts themselves first ends up with bad personal life. Startups that are only clear on their own needs…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • The future of the workplace in three points

    EpicLaunch
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    “The workforce is getting away from the idea that you have to work at a fixed place at a fixed time. Travelling into the office increasingly seems like a 19th Century practice particularly to the generation of workers for whom communication electronically while on the move is second nature.” These are the words said by Peter Thompson, Director of the Future Work Forum, in 2006. Beyond doubt, the world of work has been and still is in the midst of radical change. Central to this “revolution” are the word “flexibility” and “mobility”: the number of new startups and work-at-home…
  • 5 Ways to Have Your CPAs Pay for Themselves

    NatalieBracco
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    When it comes to small businesses, it’s important to know everything that can be deducted. You may be paying way more than you actually should. Here are a few ways to have your CPAs pay for themselves by discovering these deductions. Your Home Office There’s a shocking number of people who work from home that choose to not deduct the cost of doing so. There are many reasons for this, the primary of which is that many small business owners believe that this is a red flag for an audit. That’s not the case. If you have an area of your home that you use exclusively for business,…
  • How To Plan For Company Growth & Avoid Growing Pains

    EpicLaunch
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    “One of the greatest achievements a person can strive for is starting a successful business. Once that business is up and running, many people believe that the hardest part is over,” stated CEO and Internet Guru Danny DeMichele.“However, businesses, not unlike humans, are living entities that must be nurtured properly over the years. As a business expands, growing pains debilitate some companies, stifling their success until problems smooth out. Preparation and planning are key elements to avoid company growing pains to move business forward swiftly.” Here are a few helpful tips from…
  • Do Transactional Emails Work More Effectively Than Bulk Emails For Business Owners?

    EpicLaunch
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    If you’re an online marketer, you might know a bit about the difference between bulk emails and transactional emails. In case you don’t, here’s the essential scoop. Bulk promotional emails are the kind of messages that all marketers who do email marketing know intimately; they’re all the messages you send on a regular basis as part of an opt-in subscription model of email addresses collected from your blog or site. These could be weekly newsletter messages, regularly scheduled sales offers or anything you’re promoting to your readers on a regular basis. By nature these kinds of…
  • Your Remote Team Will Fuel Your Success

    Kuty Shalev
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:26 pm
    These days, the abundance of freelancers and cloud computing allows you to manage your well-running engine of a company from the comfort of your home — but not without clear communication, set goals, and the right team. To find success, you need to follow these fundamentals of maintaining productivity while managing your team remotely: 1. Start With the Right Team The first thing I look at when hiring remote team members is their list of past accomplishments. I need to see not only what they’ve done in the past, but what they learned from it. For example, if you’re looking for a good…
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  • Majority of VC money invested in D.C. region in Q1 went to software firms

    Andrew Zaleski
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Software firms hit it big with venture capitalists to start off 2014. New data from The MoneyTree Report shows that VC firms poured $133 million of a total $217.5 million invested in Q1 in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region into software companies. And of that $133 million, $128 million went to just six companies, four of which were software firms. The D.C. region represented in the report includes startups in Baltimore, edtech startup Citelighter and health IT startup WellDoc among them. The report is from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based…
  • TechShop DC-Arlington Opens in Crystal City [Links]

    Andrew Zaleski
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    TechShop DC-Arlington Opens in Crystal City [Tech Cocktail]: “TechShop, a membership-based facility that’s a do-it-yourself fabrication and prototyping studio, hackerspace, and learning center, announced today that it has officially opened its DC location in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va.” Under Armour knows when you post photos of its gear to social media [Philadelphia Business Journal]: “Under Armour is among 400-plus clients of a Philadelphia tech startup called Curalate, which helps companies use visual analytics to ‘identify trends, track…
  • Contract Web Application Architect & Developer, Contract UI/UX Developer, and more

    Peter Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Technical.ly’s Job Roundup is a weekly series that shares local and regional tech job postings. See the Technical.ly Jobs Board for the most up-to-date listings. Baltimore Contract Web Application Architect and Developer Contract UI/UX Developer Technical.ly Engagement Coordinator Technical.ly National Editor
  • First Baltimore conference for multi-device web changes venues

    Andrew Zaleski
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Baltimore city’s first conference dedicated to responsive design across multiple devices doesn’t happen until May 9, but it already needs a bigger space. Bmoresponsive was originally scheduled to take place at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in the Jonestown neighborhood, but organizer Michael Jovel said the conference is being moved to the 2640 Space in Charles Village. The reason for the switch: higher registration numbers than expected, as well as some logistical problems with columns in the Flag House that would’ve obstructed the views of attendees. “We are at…
  • Protect against the Heartbleed bug: Brian Sierakowski of TeamPassword

    Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Roughly two-thirds of the Web is encrypted by OpenSSL a technology that the world learned this month suffers from a major flaw nicknamed the Heartbleed bug. When exploited, the Heartbleed bug enables a hacker to see sensitive data, like passwords and personal information, on the affected server. While many previously vulnerable websites such as Gmail, Dropbox and Facebook have since updated their services to protect from the Heartbleed bug, there is still a need for Internet users to protect themselves. Brian Sierakowski. Whenever a major security news story breaks it’s important, of…
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  • ExtremeTechChallenge Offers Grand Prize Time with Richard Branson

    Rich
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
      While there are all kinds of Startup contests out there, few can offer a prize as compelling as time with Billionaire Richard Branson. That’s the tempting prize being offered by the ExtremeTechChallenge. The ExtremeTechChallenge aims to bring out the best entrepreneurs and provide them with cash, infrastructure and world-class mentorship to launch groundbreaking ideas. Whether you’re just starting to put your ideas to paper, or have customers already using your product, participating in this contest may end up changing your life.   Who should apply? “We are…
  • MapD Startup Wins $100K with GPU-Powered Big Data

    Rich
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How would you like to win $100 for your Startup? In this video from GTC 2014, Todd Mostak from MapD demonstrates the company’s GPU-powered in-memory relational database software for Big Data. The company was declared as the winner of the GPU Technology Conference’s Early Stage Challenge this year, and they will be going home with a cool $100,000 check.
  • Video: Technology So Advanced, it’s just Gibberish!

    Rich
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Here is an early April Fool’s video. Tech Startups sometimes get enamored in their own jargon. In this parody video, Sun Microsystems employees talk shop. The company had its own technology dialect, and those who couldn’t understand it were expected to issue a Purchase Order anyway. Maybe that’s why the company failed. Produced by Rich Brueckner of insideHPC. Note that this script is a parody of a parody. Check out the Turbo Encabulator from 1946.
  • Map Your Trips with Go Pro Travelling

    Rich
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    While inside-Startups is my hobby, my day job at insideHPC keeps me busy traveling the globe. At the moment, I’m on a bit of a March Madness Road Trip for nearly a month straight covering the very latest in High Performance Computing. And now with help from the Startup folks at Go Pro Traveling, you can follow along. Go pro travelling allows you to plan your travels whether you have dates or not and automatically make an animated map of your journey for you to keep. With Go Pro Travelling you can plan day by day, determine walking distances to nearby places of interest or vehicle routes…
  • Why It’s Smart to Work at a No-shot Startup

    Rich
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    Randall Bennet over at the Startup Foundry writes that your best bet may be to go to work for the Startups that aren’t getting the money and attention from VCs: While some companies do fit the Valley pipe-dream, we think there are many more startups who don’t have a shot at VCs, the top engineers in the world, or an ice cube’s chance in Hell at realizing those paper stock options. And guess what: We think it’s still a smart idea to work with them. We call them the no-shot startup, and it can be an invaluable experience, just as long as you know what to expect and when to quit.
 
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • 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…
  • What is Inbound Marketing?

    Banksy
    10 Jan 2014 | 5:32 am
    –Update to Post Mar 2014– For many years us marketeers have focused on outbound marketing. A one-way message, attempting to buy people’s attention. Think Radio, Think Advertising, Think TV Adverts. With Inbound Marketing the focus switches to ‘earnt’ attention. By providing your prospects with something of value they give you permission to keep marketing to them. For example, giving away tips in a blog article/whitepaper, which your prospect finds via Google is a good form of Inbound Marketing. They like your content, it sounds like you know what you’re talking about, so…
  • 7 things that changed my life in 2013

    Banksy
    1 Jan 2014 | 9:02 am
    So it’s that time of year again where I look back and reflect on the year just gone. The intention? To reflect, to learn and to take some positivity into 2014. I’m hoping that these points may help/raise some questions/give you ideas too. Ok, so you won’t be getting married to my wife (or at least I hope not) but you might pick up a few take-aways from the list below or at least add a few of your own in the comments that follow. If you’re interested in my posts from the last few years, you can find them here: ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12 (can’t…
  • When the chips are down…

    Banksy
    19 Dec 2013 | 10:08 am
    Yesterday I said my final goodbyes to one of my closest friends, Pete Pope. Pete was only 38 and was taken from us far too early. He was an inspirational guy and one that we can all learn from. If his short life can inspire just one or two people to take action and change the way they perceive life when the chips are down then he would be very happy. Pete had a horrendous medical history. Among many other ailments, he suffered from Cancer twice and in his early 20′s had a stroke which almost left him completely paralysed. He lost the ability to use one arm. He then went on to suffer…
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    Tech Hustlers

  • 10 Tips for Getting Media Coverage

    Lorenzo Grandi
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Lots of journalists keep receiving bad pitches everyday. Help them out. Help share the word about engaging reporters the way they like. Keep in mind the following tips to please your media contacts and increase your chances of getting covered. Courtesy of PR professional Sally Saville Hodge, Hodge Media Strategies, Adventures in Communicating. 1. Learn how to tell a story If you haven’t already, consider starting a blog today. If you blog and read blogs constantly, you’ll become a better writer. You will understand what headlines get shared more than others and what stories are…
  • Starting your Dream

    Paul O'Brien
    21 Jan 2014 | 7:46 pm
    This article has been syndicated in partnership with Paul O’Brien of  SEO’Brien Just the other week, I had the distinct pleasure of joining Dreamit Venture’s kick-off of their spring 2014 class. The roster of incredible teams, including ChegginCollaborateCloudeyeQNotoriousOctane LendingStereoSwanTeleCog, and UserApp, set me wondering what role dreams play in one’s success as an entrepreneur. Thinking more about the shifting role of capital and the emigration of innovation from Silicon Valley, it’s hard not to turn to all of the startup dreams I’ve heard and…
  • Sideqik: Ultimate Growth Hack and Partnership Platform for Marketers

    ericestrait
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Sideqik: The Best Partnership Platform for Marketers   First off, I do not say this lightly, but Kurt Uhlir is a friend and just a great person due to his genuineness, humility, and servitude. Now throw in brilliant visionary, and you have one tough business savant to tango with!   Kurt started his first company when he was 14 and has helped drive more than $8 billion in value creation and exits in Social, Location and Mobile.   He has 15+ years experience launching new businesses and effectively leading teams across six continents. During his tenure leading competitive strategy and…
  • The eCommerce Game Goes to Austin

    Paul O'Brien
    15 Jan 2014 | 10:38 pm
    This article has been syndicated in partnership with SEO’Brien The eCommerce Game Goes to Austin   Leave it to me to spend 14 hours in Dallas on the very day that 3 of my favorite industries crush capital… * Social marketing, with $14M through Bessemer Venture Partners and Harrison Metal Capital to Main Street Hub * WordPress, by way of $15M via North Bridge Growth Equity in WPEngine * eCommerce, as Volusion wraps up $35M with Silicon Valley Bank Though, I’m glad that I did.  The morning, spent with the incredible group of entrepreneurs fostering #bigDOCC (Big…
  • How to Connect With Your Customers

    ericestrait
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Courtesy of: Quick Sprout The post How to Connect With Your Customers appeared first on Tech Hustlers.
 
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    Startup Law Blog

  • How is corporate M&A strategy developed?

    Joe Wallin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    How do strategic M&A events germinate? When does the corporate development process for major companies begin? How is corporate strategy developed?Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s inaugural session answers these questions and more. Moderated by Joe Wallin, representatives from Starbucks, Microsoft, and Boeing form a panel to examining the issues surrounding complicated Mergers and Acquisitions.PRMAI is a joint effort of Davis Wright Tremaine, the University of Washington School of Law, and the University of Washington Foster School of Business to create best practices and…
  • Crowdfunding : Key Decisions and Strategies

    Joe Wallin
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Crowdfunding has become a reality in Washington State. This is a great opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to finally get the funding they need to move forward with the support of many small contributors. But there are still strict SEC and State rules that must be abided by. That’s where a solid strategy comes in.Join us to hear first hand from the experts regarding the key decisions you need to make and strategies you need to adopt to Crowdfund your next venture. The evening will start with 1 hour of networking for entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and the startup community,…
  • What Does the New Washington Crowdfunding Law Allow?

    Joe Wallin
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    The Washington State legislature has passed a crowdfunding bill, HB 2023.  The Governor has yet to sign the bill, so it is not yet law.  But hopefully it will be law soon.If you are wondering what the new law will allow, I have put together the following summary for you.The bill would allow companies to raise up to $1M during any 12 month period.Companies could raise those funds from accredited or non-accredited investors.Companies would have to be organized or incorporated in Washington and doing business in Washington to use this law.Only Washington residents could invest (investors would…
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  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead

    joshboyle
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:30 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 lined up for next week to help you schedule accordingly. VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston…
  • Sharks Circle Entrepreneurs in Cambridge

    joshboyle
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  ABC’s Shark Tank is currently in its 5th season… Most of you entrepreneurs have watched every episode since it began and I’m right there with you. Fortunately for me, I got to take it a step further yesterday thanks to the folks at Workbar. ABC’s Shark Tank is currently in its 5th season… Most of you entrepreneurs have watched every episode since it began and I’m right there with you. Fortunately…
  • Talent on the Move! Apr 18, 2014

    Keith Cline
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - April 18, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - April 18, 2014Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.  Jim Lawton, Chief Marketing Officer @ Rethink Robotics.  Previously, SVP and Strategic Alliances Group President at Dun & Bradstreet. …
  • Five Trademark Myths Debunked

    joshboyle
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:15 Author:  Ryan E. Thomas - Attorney, Goodwin Procter LLP Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Naming a business, designing a logo, writing a company slogan; there are many elements involved in building a company brand, and many of these elements can, and should, be trademarked. Naming a business, designing a logo, writing a company slogan; there are many elements involved in building a company brand, and many of these elements can, and should, be trademarked.Before you consider choosing or registering for…
  • What's your customers' CLV?

    joshboyle
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Jonathan Steiman - Operations, TalkTo Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  I built this quick and dirty model to calculate an advertisers' willingness to pay for an ad unit. This framework has come in handy as I think about TalkTo, so I wanted to share it. I built this quick and dirty model to calculate an advertisers' willingness to pay for an ad unit. This framework has come in handy as I think about TalkTo, so I wanted to share it.Please note that this a back-of-the-envelope calculation to…
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    Verge Startups

  • Verge Reviews Lesson.ly; Lesson.ly Responds

    Max Yoder
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this week, Tim Hickle of Verge reviewed Lesson.ly. The post was very kind, but there were some critiques that Tim had on the product that we wanted to talk about, so we sat down and crafted The Official Lesson.ly Rebuttal to Verge’s review. Thanks again for the write-up, Tim. Here’s our response:
  • How Passion and Prototyping Led to The Pocket Drone

    Alec Synnestvedt
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Kickstarter smash hits like the Pebble Watch or Oculus Rift rise above the 59,000 other funded projects on the platform because they carry a certain polish, a “finished” feel, that backers love to buy into. The Pocket Drone was one of those blockbuster projects. The team behind The Pocket Drone, AirDroids, raised $929,212 on a $35K ask and attracted national media attention from Tech Crunch, Wired, Popular Science and The Wall Street Journal with their Kickstarter Campaign that aimed to “democratize the sky”—but The Pocket Drone wasn’t always a headline grabber. Like many…
  • The Most Important Skill in Sales and Marketing (and Business, for that Matter)

    Matt Hunckler
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    “I’ll have the proposal to you by end of the day next Friday,” I said as I left my first business-to-business sales meeting. I was 19 years old and about to learn a lesson that would be the key to my new web agency’s growth. “OK, perfect. Our other bids will be in by Friday, too. We’ll give you a call next week to let you know which way we go,” my potential client replied, smiling. Let me know!? I thought I had this one in the bag! But I didn’t have it in the bag. I had a shot at the business, just like everyone else that this company had talked with about their upcoming…
  • 12 of the Most Powerful Questions You Can Ask a Mentor

    The YEC
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    We all need mentors in order to be successful, but how can you make the most of that relationship and make sure the setup is fulfilling for your mentor as well? Today, we invited in our friends from the Young Entrepreneur Council to answer one question: What’s the most valuable question you could ask a mentor? 1. How Would You Like Me to Follow Up? A lot of mentors want to know they made a difference. They want to know what you did as a result of the conversation you had with them — even if you didn’t take their advice. They want to know that their time was well-spent and…
  • Meet the Indianapolis Startup Striving to Teach Corporate America a Lesson: Verge Reviews Lesson.ly

    Tim Hickle
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
      If you’ve been following Indianapolis startups in the past year, you’ve probably heard about the corporate-educational tool, Lesson.ly. Founded by the goofball on the left, Max Yoder, Lesson.ly has made some big moves recently. They’ve started expanding to the tune of one new client per week and have relocated to a plush downtown office like the fat cats they truly are. As they continue to expand, I wanted to take a deeper look at their product to see what all the buzz is about. Here’s my review of the Lesson.ly education software. Lesson.ly’s Strengths As…
 
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  • SmartUse: Mobile Application To Handle Construction Projects

    Bob Debbas
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Bob Debbas    Start-Ups.Co really enjoyed interviewing the brilliant entrepreneur; Ms. ‘Lucie Perrier’; Marketing Director of the New York-based start-up “SmartUse”. Below, is the full interview that we have conducted : 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? SmartUse is a mobile application to handle construction projects on IPad and PC tablets. It can also be used on regular Windows desktops.  It is a very professional application designed to manage plans, markups and punch lists, and aiming to optimize workflows. Information…
  • GetEchoed : A Social Platform For People To Act On Their Goals

    Bob Debbas
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Bob Debbas    Start-Ups.Co really enjoyed interviewing the brilliant entrepreneur; Mr. ‘Arpita Chakraborty’; Co-founder of the Indian-based start-up “getechoed”. Below, is the full interview that we have conducted : 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? GetEchoed is a social platform for people to act on their goals, superfueled by communities of like minded people. People plan action and leverage experience of similar people / experts in the community; based on similar interests and goals. Fellow members suggest milestones,…
  • Pollfish : A Survey Web Platform

    Bob Debbas
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:33 am
    Bob Debbas    Start-Ups.Co really enjoyed interviewing the brilliant entrepreneur; Mr. ‘Giannis Zaoudis’; CTO of the Cyprus-based start-up “pollfishCom”. Below, is the full interview that we have conducted : 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Pollfish is a survey web platform that allows anyone to create a survey, select audience from Pollfish distribution and get answers. Pollfish builds its distribution with mobile app developers who embed Pollfish SDK into their apps, in order to gain revenue. Pollfish can be considered…
  • Airwalk Design : Pinterest For Designers

    Bob Debbas
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    Bob Debbas    Start-Ups.Co really enjoyed interviewing the brilliant entrepreneur; Mr. ‘Daniel Schwarz’; Founder & CEO of the London-based start-up “Airwalk Design”. Below, is the full interview that we have conducted : 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Airwalk Design is like Pinterest for designers, a creative platform for sharing design inspiration. We also have fresh, undiscovered writers with specialist knowledge in certain genres of digital design. We call them our ambassadors! Our mission is to inspire and spark…
  • Shradhanjali.com : Portal In Memory of The Deceased

    Bob Debbas
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    Bob Debbas    Start-Ups.Co interviewed Mr. ‘Vivek Vyas’; Co founder in India start-up “shradhanjali”. “shradhanjali” is India’s first memorial portal which helps us relive lives and memories of our departed loved ones and ancestors. Below is the full interview that we have conducted : 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Shradhanjali.com is India’s first memorial portal which helps us relive lives and memories of our departed loved ones and ancestors. one can publish, post and share biography,…
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    Planio Blog

  • Security: OpenSSL Heartbleed announcement

    janschulzhofen
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Earlier this week, security experts have detected a significant security problem in some versions of the widely-used OpenSSL software. This problem is now commonly referred to as Heartbleed. At Planio, we have taken steps immediately to mitigate the risks and to safeguard our services to you. We completed upgrading all of our servers to a new OpenSSL versions at 10:30 UTC on April 8, 2014 and we replaced our existing SSL certificates at 19:41 UTC on the same day. Additionally, we have investigated and audited all of our infrastructure here at Planio and have no evidence that the security of…
  • The all new Planio has arrived!

    janschulzhofen
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:25 am
    I am happy to announce that we have rolled out a major new version of Planio today. We have been working long and hard behind the scenes for this release. As it also encompasses some major technical framework upgrades and switches, we should see a positive impact on Planio’s overall robustness and performance. Above all, it will allow us to further accelerate our development process and bring you new features faster. What has changed? A few areas in Planio have changed and improve overall usability. First and foremost, we made the creation of new content (issues, milestones, wiki pages,…
  • Introducing Planio Issue Short Links

    janschulzhofen
    26 Dec 2013 | 4:35 am
    Happy holidays everyone. This is a short feature update we released over the holidays. Following our eat your own dog food approach, we mainly built this for ourselves here at Planio, but we thought it may be worthwhile sharing it with you as well.  So here it is: Starting today, you can simply link to any issue in your Planio account using plan.io/<issue number>. For instance, issue #123 in your account becomes plan.io/123. How does it work? If you have accessed your Planio account before, we store a cookie in your browser pointing to your Planio domain, and when the URL is expanded,…
  • Repository Web Hooks are here!

    janschulzhofen
    7 Dec 2013 | 7:33 am
    You’ve asked for it and we listened. Many of you are using Planio’s hosted Git and Subversion repositories in combination with external services, such as continuous integration or build servers. In order to avoid polling in these scenarios, it is helpful when your external services get notified about new commits pushed to your repositories on Planio. Enter web hooks. As a project manager, you can now specifiy a URL in your repository settings which Planio will send an HTTP POST request to whenever a new commit is pushed to our servers. The payload of these requests is JSON and…
  • New API for Planio customer companies and contacts

    thegcat
    19 Nov 2013 | 6:23 am
    I am pleased to announce that we have added a REST-style API for customer companies and customer contacts to Planio. Using this API, developers can programmatically list, read, create, update, and delete companies and contacts in Planio. This could for example be used to synchronize your customers from a third-party application with Planio. The API works pretty much the same way as the rest of the Planio REST API, which as you might know is 100% compatible to Redmine’s. As such, the General Topics of the Redmine REST API documentation apply to our new customer API as well. If you…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • How to Shift The Way You Communicate To Get More of What You Want…Leaked Podcast

    Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    I’ve been trying to figure out what my next big project was for awhile… Honestly it’s been a source of stress up until some recent clarity. My “aha moment” came to me on the heels of my first trip to SXSW a few weeks ago.  I was drinking some complimentary boxed vino with my roomie Ben on the flight back to Rio rapping on questions like: What activities currently excite me? What would be the most fun and impactful thing that I could create with what I already have? Would I be consistently excited about working on this for the next year? I’ve been geeking…
  • The Most Effortless and Effective Outsourcing System I’ve Used

    Scott
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Two years ago I started my outsourcing journey. Since then I’ve tried a ton of different companies and works to offload as many tasks that I shouldn’t be doing as possible. Today I want to share the most effective business outsourcing setup I’ve come across. It’s what I use today and has massively increased my output…. Here’s the deal. If you’ve heard of outsourcing, you know there is probably specialists who could be executing tasks you’re currently doing. Odds are they can probably do a better job for less than your hourly rate as well. So why the heck…
  • How to Get International Media Coverage

    Scott
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    “You’re going on in 5…and relax. You’re only going to be in front of a few million people.” I wasn’t quite sporting the same grin as the Channel 7 camera guy. I was about to do a live interview on their Sunrise breakfast program. It was Australia’s most popular morning show. Similar to Good Morning America, but for the land down under I suppose. Two hours before that I was at an ABC studio filming for FusionTV on the heels of a call with Radio New Zealand. How the heck did this happen from a single blog post? Below is the story of how I accidentally got international, mainstream…
  • My Goals For 2014

    Scott
    6 Jan 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I strongly believe the main reason that 2013 was the most productive, fun, and interesting year of my life was due to the goal setting exercise I performed below… A few days ago, I published the framework I used to create holistically ambitious goals last year. Below is a transparent view of my thought process to craft my goals for 2014 culminating in a list that displays all of them. The Goal Setting Process The first step was to revaluate and confirm the areas of my life that are most important to me. In no particular order they are: Family / Personal / Social Well-Being Personal…
  • How to Set Goals for 2014

    Scott
    22 Dec 2013 | 9:26 pm
    This post will teach you how to create goals for this upcoming year that won’t leave you empty when you achieve them. This actually happens a lot because “goal lists” are rarely accountable to all areas of our lives that are important to us. If you have a bunch of goals that are solely focused on one area of your life (cough work), you’ll probably end up feeling unhappy even if you crush them. Did you enjoy this article? Tweet Share the Love Get Free Updates Below is a methodology you can use to set goals for 2014 that are holistically ambitious. It relies heavily on a 400…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • James Cummiskey – Managing Director of Cima Coffee Farms

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs If I were to start again, I would hire a bit slower and more deliberately. Companies don’t make profits. People do. Take care of your people first and only hire people that truly inspire you. Regardless, leaders eat last. James Cummiskey has over thirty years of achievement and executive responsibility in the defense, aerospace and high technology industries. While living in Colombia and seeking his next adventure, James became interested in coffee and learned about the industry and its inefficiencies. With previous executive experience from…
  • Joshua Conran – Senior Partner at Deksia

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs If I were to start my entrepreneurial trek again, I would start by deliberately seeking out individuals who’d developed the skills or the level of success that I want to perfect. I would get a job with them to develop my skills while getting paid to do so. Joshua Conran is a senior partner at Deksia, a branding agency that has been successfully developing companies for the past decade. Joshua’s focus is on winning for the client while expanding Deksia into multiple markets by utilizing systems and processes. Other than growing businesses, Joshua…
  • Jason Grill – Principal and Founder of JGrill Media

    Mario Schulzke
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs Be a good listener and get involved in your community! Jason Grill has extensive experience in media relations, public affairs, public relations, government affairs, law and the media. He is the principal and founder of JGrill Media, LLC. A Kansas City based, but national consulting firm that specializes in media relations/pr, public affairs, government relations, relationship building and development and strategic partnerships. Jason has worked with and consulted with numerous startups, entrepreneurs, businesses, accelerators, foundations, non-profits,…
  • Derek Flanzraich – Founder and CEO of Greatist

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs “JFDI” is my philosophy. At Greatist, we’re firm believers in just getting things done. That means prioritizing the toughest tasks first and knocking them out when you’re fresh. When it’s something creative, I literally build “be creative” blocks into my schedule every week. It may be a little weird to schedule creativity, but I find that creativity is often best borne from constraints.  Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a media…
  • Sune Diernaes and Jesper Jarmann – Founders of HELMMATE

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs Understand what motivates your customers by talking to them. Sune Diernaes and Jesper Jarmann are both passionate bikers and where both annoyed with carrying around their helmets when not riding their bikes. At the time in management consulting positions and with waaaay to little real “dirt” on their hands, they decided that this “helmet hassle” was theirs to eliminate – and the HELMMATE resulted. Before becoming entrepreneurs, Sune held various positions within strategy, finance and it, holds a a master in political science and a CBA and has…
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    swombat.com

  • How to work as a CEO/COO team

    Daniel Tenner
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    Sometimes, the best solutions are the simplest. Joel Gascoigne: I asked Leo to become COO in November last year. (...) The problem we found, was that it was almost impossible to clearly separate these two processes. If Leo was working with someone to try and set goals and keep to them, he inevitably had to make decisions which affected our direction. It felt like with the new structure we were suddenly both involved in every decision. The goal of the new role for Leo was to speed things up, but with both of us discussing every decision, things were sometimes grinding to a halt, especially in…
  • Hacker News transparency

    Daniel Tenner
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    dang, HN's new official moderator: Right! Let me try to set you at ease, at least a little. Yes, we will make an effort to make moderation more transparent. there's no one on the team arguing for secrecy. The question is not whether to be more transparent, but how. Great to see! That's a move in the right direction. I completely understand that the previous... opacity... was due to Paul Graham not having the bandwidth to deal with HN properly - but the result was the same: an arbitrary, fickle, un-transparent, unpredictable community site that feels like it's at the whim of a mostly…
  • An easy way to increase startup success rates

    Daniel Tenner
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:15 am
    Mike Thomsen writing for Forbes, about the culture of working ridiculous hours: The irony of this increase in working hours is that it usually comes in service of extraordinarily bad ideas, the majority of which end in failure. Yep. This is not a new point, unsurprisingly for such an endemic problem. A study in Sleep, the journal of the American Sleep Disorders Association, found significant declines on “divergent” thinking, a category of mostly creative brain functions. Sounds a bit like Modafinil's effect on me then. Here's a constructive and effortless suggestion if you want to easily…
  • Mutual Respect and the barking of dogs

    Daniel Tenner
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:13 am
    Yesterday, I got involved in a little twitter spat where someone attacked Dave McClure to try and censor his company. The conversation is not important, nor is the person who was attacking him and 500 Startups. I won't link to them to give them greater attention, because they don't deserve it, but if you're very curious and you're reading this shortly after publication, you can look through Dave's tweet history and see parts of the sad excuse for a "discussion" that occurred. In short, it involved someone getting terribly offended at what someone else was doing on the internet, and lashing…
  • Read advice in between the lines

    Daniel Tenner
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Dustin Curtis: When I watch experienced people talk today, I catch the little subtle notes in between the obvious pieces of advice, and I find myself constantly thinking–oh shit, yeah, I experienced that, and this person knows what they’re talking about; I wish I had known that two years ago! How is it possible that I missed all of these things in the past? Bingo. And this is why I think giving lots of context is essential for good startup advice article. Most of the value is not actually in the advice itself ("Hire for culture fit!") which anyone could write, but in your own, personal,…
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    Platform Thinking

  • Platform Metrics: The core metric for platforms, networks and marketplaces

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    You become what you measure. From my experience working with clients across enterprises and startups, the most common reason for failure and inefficiency is the focus on convenient, but inappropriate, metrics. Your technology doesn’t determine the business you build. Neither does your organizational capability. The metric you optimize for is the single biggest factor that determines which business you end up building.   METRIC DESIGN The importance of choosing the right metric is more far-reaching than we often believe. A metric is a bit like a commander’s intent in an army.
  • Platform Thinking Workshops in the Bay Area

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    You’ve been reading about it, you’ve applied the principles to your startup. Now’s the time to get it all together with a series of hands-on workshops that bring all these principles together in actionable frameworks and apply them to solve live problems at your company. I will be conducting a series of workshops on Platform Thinking in the Bay Area on the 12th and 13th of June. Topics covered would include the following: 1. Business design and architecture for new platform ideas 2. Solving chicken and egg problems at launch 3. Structuring organic virality in social products…
  • The Core Interaction: What Platforms and Marketplaces can learn from Super Mario Bros.

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    This essay is part of the ongoing series on The Fundamentals of Platform Thinking. A good part of my childhood was spent glued to the Telly playing Super Mario Bros. A generation that never swiped screens spent its childhood wielding joysticks and clicking on handheld controls. Try as she might, my aunt never understood what the obsession was all about. “All you do is click that one button all day. What do you get out of it?” That one statement captures the brilliance of game design. I may have the lofty goal of saving the princess, I may get a kick out of crossing multiple levels, I may…
  • How to design the Airbnb for X, the Uber for Y and the Twitter for Z

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:15 am
    This is post #6 in the ongoing series on Platform Design Principles.  Are you building the Airbnb for X, the Uber for Y or the Quora for Z?  Well, then this article might just be for you. I work a lot with startups/enterprises building marketplaces and platforms to solve diverse problems. But these startups often have a problem. Most platforms and networks fail. Well, to be fair, most startups fail; irrespective of what they’re trying to build. But the challenges to executing a platform are all the more complex. When users are the main contributors to value created on the platform,…
  • How small ideas like Twitter, WhatsApp and Airbnb create large value through network effects

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:23 am
    This is post #5 in the ongoing series on Platform Design, and is probably the most foundational post for all the work on this blog.     Twitter: You can use this to type 140 characters WhatsApp: Just like SMS but doesn’t cost much Airbnb: Rent out your spare mattress Uber: Just another taxi company to many Over the last week, I’ve been hearing people in the startup world repeatedly scratching their heads on how a simple app like WhatsApp got bought for $19B. There is a lot of speculation in non-tech circles on why a software that does nothing but let you type 140 characters is…
 
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    The Startup Videos

  • eWellness – Telemedicine Today to protect you from diabetes

    anandarajan
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    eWellness, a Telemedicine organization is known for its pioneering DMpt (Distance Monitored Physical Therapy) program. This 6 month, fully insurance reimbursable program is intended for the welfare of a pre-diabetic person. It protects him from becoming a fully diabetic patient. DMpt is a combination of in-office direct-contact physical therapy assessments, re-evaluations and physical performance testing along with online telemedicine program which is completely monitored by in-house physical therapist. This helps to enhance the patient engagement and program accomplishment. The eWellness…
  • 10 Video presentation tips for startups

    bhuvana
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
          Nowadays, presenting effectively is a big challenge, because of “always online” culture. It is no shock that video is taking over the world! Whether you may be the keynote at an event, doing academic presentation, pitching to potential business partners or trying to virtually present your company’s core values then video will be the option to add extra values to your presentation. Why video presentation?       Video puts your audience aside from the everyday’s usual PowerPoint. With a video presentation, you can enrich…
  • 10 Killer Tips to Startups Who Launch In the Next 2 Months

    anandarajan
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:07 am
          Are you adding wings to your exciting project or product which you have been working for some time, and preparing it for a startup launch? If yes, then it’s an awesome idea! But if you intend to do in the next two month, then it is somewhat a tricky and tedious task. However adopting some smart and proficient strategies, will alleviate your burden, and help you to have your launch even at the earliest, wondering how? Well, this article throws some light on it. 1. Know your target audience       You need to know your target…
  • 6 out of 10 VCs hate text

    bhuvana
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:04 am
          When VCs are hunting for the next Google, Facebook, or Twitter, some entrepreneurs create lengthy PowerPoint’s that leaving investors bored and make them feel their pitches unrealistic.       Your pitch deck is a great snapshot of your company story, so you need to prepare your company’s financial or business model compelling and eye catchy to get the deal done.       Silly question it may sound, but do you think that an investor would benefit from seeing a visual presentation of your business…
  • Phonnix: Never be without your smartphone

    bhuvana
    20 Jan 2014 | 2:36 am
          Phonnix is an android app (For other platforms like iOS, Windows will be available in future). No worries here after if you don’t have charge in your mobile or if you forget your phone to carry along with you.       With phonnix app, in Host Mode you can remotely activate call forwarding and diverting to any number, any desktop browser or any other device that running the Phonnix in Client Mode through VoIP numbers.       Call diverting can be achievable at the mobile operator levels, even if the…
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    AlleyWatch

  • The Two Generations of VCs At #StartupColumbia: The More Things Change…

    Bonnie Halper
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    There’s something to be said for experience, and last week Columbia, one of the oldest colleges in the country, kicked off its first annual #StartupColumbia entrepreneurs competition with a fireside...
  • How Much Should You Invest in Marketing?

    David Ehrenberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    If you’re wondering what your marketing budget should be, you’re not alone. This is the million dollar question: How can you be sure you’re spending the right amount of money on the right types of...
  • 10 Ways To Learn At a Startup To Be An Entrepreneur

    Martin Zwilling
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Everyone knows that startups are risky, but they also expect that the job will be exciting and potentially very lucrative (think early employees at Facebook and Google). Yet, we have all heard...
  • Funded in the Alley: KeyMe Locks In a $7.8 Million Series A Round

    AlleyWatch
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    You’ve locked yourself out of your apartment – again. You pull out your phone, find a locksmith, make the call, wait forever for the guy to show up. Door’s open, you’re in – but you’re also out...
  • Stanford in the Alley: How to Build a Better Startup

    Christopher Quiles
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Entrepreneurship has changed dramatically in recent years. Through the advancement of technology, what used to be a multimillion dollar development process, can now be developed rather cheaply with a...
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    Startup Freak

  • Vanaz Creation

    StartupFreak
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    Company Name : Vanaz Creation Description : Vanaz Creation is a specialize maker of cotton kurtis Company Overview : Vanaz Creation is a specialize maker of cotton kurtis, these kurtis are design under the well experienced team and according to the latest trend. our cotton kurtis can wear with jeans, trousers and salwars to get a fabulous look. Homepage URL: http://www.vanazcreation.com Industry : Consumer Goods Number of Employees : 10 Location : 202-203, Shivam Complex, Behind Jivraj Tea, Dukad Pole, Bhagal Char Rasta, Bhagalpar Key People : ladies wear Social Links The Team!
  • Webiners

    StartupFreak
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Company Name : Webiners Description : Webiners is a platform where anyone can publish and promote webinars, webcasts, workshops, recorded seminars and lectures with just one click. Company Overview : Webiners makes all processes as simple as possible from creating, advertising, promoting, generating and managing leads, to scheduling, hosting, tracking and getting feedback from your webinars. If you want to promote webinars, you can find it quite challenging. It’s a long process that requires a lot of work and money, you even may need expensive technology and software. But not only that:…
  • viCloning

    StartupFreak
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    Company Name : viCloning Description : Helpdesk solution Company Overview : viCloning is a sophisticated business tool that combines the power of an intelligent multi-channel virtual agent and intelligent chat to help companies reduce costs, increase sales and enhance customer experience. It is a refined tool that learns from the answers you give to customers through the live chat to automatically build a knowledge base. The result is an automated chat software that can answer all of your customers’ questions around the clock without human involvement. Consumers like to get answers to…
  • BombaySmiles.in

    StartupFreak
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Company Name : BombaySmiles.in Description : An online infotainment website Company Overview : The only jewel that costs nothing: Smile! At Bombay Smiles the world is our oyster and we bring you pearls of entertainment! From fashion, food, music, movies, books, cricket and parties you swim with us into the scintillating and fabulous ocean of fun and madness! Just like the dynamite and inexhaustible current of energy that Bombay the city is, Bombay Smiles covers adventures, art, photography, films, books, TV, concerts, interviews, theatre, cricket, music, fashion, advices and so much more….
  • Freemium Health Private imited

    StartupFreak
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Company Name : Freemium Health Private imited Description : A Healthcare Web Portal which provides discount on medical expenses to its users absolutely FREE Company Overview : Imagine a visit to a hospital where you are billed for an amount of 50000 Indian National Rupee for a surgery and the billing department requests you to pay just 45000 Indian National Rupee. Isn’t this another reason to smile other than to get discharged? www.freemiumhealth.com is a healthcare web portal which is exactly doing this for its users and the good thing here is that we are doing this absolutely FREE for…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Reinventing the Traditional Customer Acquisition Model

    Renee Warren
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    An old adage defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. It doesn’t take common sense to figure out that something that didn’t work out a thousand times before, will all of a sudden work. Unless, of course, you are Thomas Edison. In which case, carry on. Sometimes when you’re not accomplishing your goals, you need to wipe the slate clean and shake things up to reach success. The same goes for your approach to customer acquisition. In order to reach customer’s today, it requires a steadfast, yet incredibly impactful approach to…
  • I Always Knew I Wanted to Start My Own Company: An Interview with Katherine Hague

    Renee Warren
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is part of our Entrepreneur Interview series. A born entrepreneur, Katherine Hague fought hard to get what she wanted from a young age. With a firm belief that everyone has to start somewhere and in the face of the unknown, self-doubt, and rejection – Katherine has proven that everything really does happen for a reason. At 23, her first company, ShopLocket, has already been acquired.  Below, she shares with us her journey and some valuable lessons learnt along the way. Testing Your Product is Key 1.  In a nutshell, Shoplocket is about helping people sell their products. A…
  • It’s Not You, It’s The Pitch: How to Make Rejection Work For You.

    Heather Anne Carson
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    You’ve spent hours crafting what you think is the perfect pitch, making sure your correspondence with this journalist is on point – perfectly positioned, it’s the perfect length (not so long that they don’t read the whole thing or too short that it doesn’t contain vital information), and it’s well-timed. Like Goldilocks, you’ve put together what you think is “just right” to garner a warm yes from a journalist. No one could turn this pitch down, you think to yourself after staring at the screen for so long that your eyes start to twitch. You hit send with the satisfaction…
  • The Speed of Trust and How Content Helps

    Renee Warren
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    You have probably heard the saying: “Fake it until you make it.” Well, it may be a great mantra to repeat to yourself when you’re trying to gain confidence for that presentation or networking event, but it doesn’t apply to earning customers’ trust. You can’t cheat your way into letting customers trust your brand. Your brand actually has to be trustworthy. And this doesn’t only apply to your company’s relationship with customers. Business happens better and faster if you trust the people you’re working with, whether it’s within the organization or with customers.
  • Have a Big Startup Idea? Would $70K help?

    Heather Anne Carson
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you have a startup idea that you’ve been sitting on? Something that you think is absolutely awesome, but you’ve just never had the resources to bring to life? We know there are a lot of little-known amazing ideas out there, which is why we’ve teamed up with Simpleweb and Rackspace to bring you #GetStarted2014. If you have a great web or mobile app idea, tell the world and you could win $70,000 to make your idea a reality [Click to Tweet]. Here’s how it works: 1. Enter your idea on the #GetStarted2014 website by June 30th, 2014. 2. Once all entries have been submitted, voting…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • How to Use Your Friends, Family, and High School Football Coach to Market and Grow Your Business

    Sherice Jacob
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    It might sound like a ploy from the latest flavor of MLM or pyramid marketing scheme out there – but you actually use the people closest to you to market your business. Throwing a catalog or website in their face and begging them to buy isn’t the answer. There’s a better way to encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to help you out. The key is in how you approach them. Think of these people as your rock. They’ve been there for you during good and bad times. You’ve probably told them a bit about your business. You’re excited, and they’re excited for you. But how…
  • Social Media in Real Estate: Do It Yourself or Outsource It?

    Grasshopper Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a real estate agent, you’re always juggling. You work with buyers and sellers, but you’re also tracking your finances, marketing yourself and your business, and– oh ya– there’s your family and friends. Life is busy. You’re hearing more and more about the professional possibilities of social media, how networks like Facebook and Twitter amplify the power of word-of-mouth advertising, but how do you take full advantage of those possibilities? Or, more appropriately, when? Are your social media profiles so important that you should keep them in-house, under a watchful eye?
  • 6 Ways to Build a Business-Boosting Network of Friends and Buddies

    Emma Siemasko
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was searching for my first job, everyone told me to get out and network. “Networking,” they said, “that’s how you get a job,” they said. But you know what? I didn’t even know what that meant. I imagined people in suits using buzzwords like “synergy” trying to get hired. Once I actually started networking, I realized that networking is really about knowing a bunch of people. These people are around to recommend you for jobs, ask for advice, and generally help you out.  Networking is really about knowing a bunch of people. Click to tweet this They’re not people…
  • How to Really Network at Conferences and Events

    Sean Morrow
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Connecting with people is one of the few things that is important to all industries and businesses, but the word networking makes many of us shiver. Putting yourself out there, “bragging” about your industry, and shaking hands with tons of people you don’t know can be totally nerve-racking. However, successful business owners will tell you about how valuable human connections are. And one of the best opportunities you’ll have to network with new people in your industry (or old colleagues!) is at conferences, trade shows, and other events. Events like these bring together…
  • How We Increased Our Social Media Interactions by 45% (And How You Can, Too)

    Mary Mallard
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    You’ve heard that social media is an important part of your marketing strategy, but as someone who runs a small biz or startup, it’s hard to actually get there. That, my friends, is where I come in. When I started here at Grasshopper in October of 2013, our social media didn’t have a dedicated person to manage it, so there wasn’t a set strategy or goals. After surveying the landscape, I basically growth hacked our strategy and our content to where we are today – and I’m continuing to grow our networks to reach continuously higher goals. For you data lovers out there, over the…
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  • 10 Agriculture Innovators to Discover

    Eleanor Wall
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Big data for dairy cows. Drones for crop management. Mobile apps for farm machinery management. Yup, that's the future of farming. Gone are the days of Grant Wood's American Gothic. Today's farmer is much more likely to be holding a smartphone instead of a pitchfork. Innovators in the farming and agriculture sector or creating tools for farmers in a variety of ways. Drones used to monitor water distribution and crop growth. Data analysis software to measure plant circumference. SaaS solutions to help farmers connect with consumers 'hungry' for their offerings. Herd management software to…
  • Collaboration Tools for Business

    Eleanor Wall
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day to accomplish all the tasks necessary to grow your business? Do you have those days where you think you are #winning at this building a successful business thing, only to be bombarded by crucial tasks you know you can't afford to ignore? You don't need to be a jack/jill-of-all-trades when you are attempting to grow your business if you consider incorporating collaboration tools into your standard operating practices. Thanks to the increasing number of available collaboration resources, completing those every day tasks is now…
  • 15 Lead Generation Tools Your Competition Might Not Have Discovered

    Eleanor Wall
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you looking for tools to help your top sales staff  'pump up the volume' on their sales? Or do you need to boost your own conversion rates? Are you having a tough time growing your network as a professional consultant? It might be time to shake up the status quo and investigate new lead generation tools. From outbound sales automation resources to customer care widgets for your website, there are plenty of sales tools waiting to be discovered. Could one of the following resources be the tempting tidbit your sales staff need to ratchet up sales volume?
  • Wearables for Seniors

    Eleanor Wall
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When you think of wearables, do you instantly think of tech toys for the jock at the gym? The techie out for a run, measuring their mileage so that they can share it on Twitter? Did you know that wearable devices are being developed specifically to help seniors? From keeping seniors safe in their own homes to helping them hear better, there are a number of smart technology devices available (or in development) for the 'more experienced' among us. Check out the wearables for seniors below (full info on each device is available via link provided). Will you be considering one of these wearables…
  • XTouch in the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Imagine being able to prop your tablet up in the kitchen while you're baking and being able to flip through recipe pages simply by tapping on your counter. Or placing your tablet on your coffee table and allowing your little ones to play a multi-player video app without any of the children having to touch your tablet. No, you're not fantasizing about life in the future or seeing life in an altered dimension. What you're imagining is happening in real life; your new reality is XTouch. Apps with XTouch technology allow users to interact with the app simply by touching a flat surface. With their…
 
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  • Echelon 2014: First 25 startups confirmed for Startup Marketplace!

    e27 Editorial Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    25 out of 50 exemplary startups have been confirmed to exhibit at Echelon 2014 Startup Marketplace. Check out what they do here This year, everything will be bigger and better. At the moment, the e27 team has travelled to 10 out of 12 countries to hold Satellites, a preliminary pitching competition to pick 10 stellar companies for our flagship tech conference Echelon this June 10-11 in Singapore. At Echelon, delegates will also be able to hear from exemplary speakers from all over the world, and check out more than 100 companies exhibiting at Startup Marketplace and Tech Alley. You must be…
  • StarWorld, Clozette partner to bring original content to users in Singapore, HK, Malaysia

    Terence Ng
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    The partnership aims to help the entertainment channel and the social shopping portal expand presence and fan base across multiple platforms Clozette and StarWorld, an Asian entertainment channel from media giant FOX International, have announced a new partnership to bring original short productions on both, StarWorld and Clozette’s fashion social digital platform. Targeted at young, smart and sophisticated Asian female viewers, StarWorld features renowned Western drama series, reality shows and covers various major live events. At the same time, social shopping portal Clozette brings…
  • The Toad @ JFDI: It’s not all work for startups; e27 captures some fun moments

    Theon Leong
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    We bring to you a photo collage that summarises all the fun at JFDI — both when the teams are playing hard and working harder The startups are already more than one-fifth through the acceleration programme at JFDI, and in many ways, it feels that time is passing too fast. However, this week at JFDI, life seems to take a slower turn, as Friday is a public holiday, it being Good Friday. I think it’s a great time to compile all the fun moments through a photo collage, to bring in the long weekend. The JFDI teams play hard, through music, sports and group excursions The teams work…
  • [Singapore] Meet-up with Dr Werner Vogels, VP & CTO at Amazon.com

    e27 Editorial Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Meet-up with Dr Werner Vogels, VP & CTO at Amazon.com Synopsis: JFDI.Asia and Amazon Web Services jointly invite you to an exclusive meet-up with Dr. Werner Vogels, VP & CTO at Amazon.com. During this informal gathering, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with Dr Werner Vogels, get his insights on tech startups in Silicon Valley and Asia Pacific, and hear him in conversation with some of the key players in Singapore’s startup-eco-system. The event will take place on Wednesday, 23 April. The agenda will be as follows: Event details: Start: Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 06:00…
  • Bootstrappers EP#02: Side projects give you confidence: EventNook’s Kyaw Lin Oo

    Elaine Huang
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The journey is especially lonely, said Kyaw, who has bootstrapped since 2010. He talks about the value of friendship and side projects Is this thing on? Last week, we announced that e27 has entered the audio space with our very first podcast series Bootstrappers. We loved our chat with Ian Tay, Co-founder, Pixaroll! To recap, he spoke about how entrepreneurs who are on the path of self-funding should find a market and understand how to make money before anything else. This week, we are rolling up our sleeves with Kyaw Lin Oo, a Burmese entrepreneur in Singapore who has founded EventNook.
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    Tech in Asia

  • 8 must-read tech stories in China this week

    Steven Millward
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:05 pm
    China’s biggest ever social media IPO – yes, Sina Weibo – was the hot topic of the week, but there were plenty more things happening too. 1. 200 million Chinese people use Tencent’s QQ… at the same time We always talk about WeChat, but Tencent has another social network that’s huge in China. However, the 15-year-old QQ messenger, which has plateaued in terms of its user numbers, might have hit its final major milestone as 200 million people used the service simultaneously. 2. Xiaomi looks to steal thunder from OnePlus with launch of mysterious new gadget on same…
  • KakaoTalk reveals it has 140 million users, made $203 million in revenue last year

    Willis Wee
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Korean chat app company, Kakao, has disclosed that its 2013 revenue hit $203 million, netting $59 million in profits. 84 percent of the revenue was generated from commission through games, commerce, and digital content. The remaining revenue was generated from ads. Compared to 2012, Kakao’s revenue grew by 4.6 times while profit grew by 10 times in 2013. Total registered user count on KakaoTalk is at 140 million with over 426 games on its games platform contributed by 217 game developers and partners. Despite posting strong figures, Kakao’s revenue still falls behind Line which…
  • 10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend reading

    Steven Millward
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Here’s a mix of the most popular tech news, features, and lists from the site this week. Let’s start with the newsy bits: 1. Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform Canva Apple’s former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki has finished his contract with Motorola and Google and has joined the Canva team full-time – in the same role he performed at Apple. 2. As Pakistan prepares 3G and 4G roll-out, country expects up to 45 million high-speed data subscribers by 2020 3G licenses and two 4G licenses will be sold at an auction next week, and some telcos…
  • Do you think you have enough knowledge to dominate Indonesia’s market? (Startup Asia preview)

    Enricko Lukman
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    If you’re looking to compete in a high population country with lots of young people spending time on the internet, then you might want to consider Indonesia. With a total population of 250 million people, the country alone already makes up one-third of Southeast Asia’s entire populace. At our upcoming Startup Asia Singapore next month (May 7 and 8) we’ll be hosting a Market Expansion Track (MET) session focused on the topic of entering Indonesia. If you have questions regarding Indonesia, then you might be able to find a number of answers there. We hope that startups, investors, as…
  • Online grocery shopping on the rise in Pakistan

    Steven Millward
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    It’s still early days for Pakistan’s ecommerce market, as general-purpose estores like Kaymu.pk and Homeshopping.pk grow in line with the nation’s wired citizens. But that’s not deterring highly specialized sites from entering the country’s online shopping market. Online grocery shopping is one area with a lot of potential – because we all need groceries, they’re not a luxury, and they’re such a tedious commodity to go out and buy. A number of online grocery stores have popped up in Pakistan in the past year. These sell staples like rice,…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Happy Easter from SSS!

    James Pember
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    Happy Easter to all of you! The year has been great for us so far and we are super grateful for being a part of this community. Let’s all keep going next week! If you have any feedback, ideas or want to get involved with SSS – contact us at info[at]thestartupspace.se Cheers, /Anders, Pär, James & Einar
  • Who will receive Framtidspriset this year?

    James Pember
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    Have you heard of Framtidspriset? This entrepreneurship award consists of 100 000 SEK and a strong networking opportunity, and is financed by Swedbank, Teknikföretagen, Svensk Energi and Världsnaturfonden (WWF). The nomination is open until May 12th. 2014 marks the third year that Framtidspriset will be awarded to an entrepreneur working on a project with a positive impact on our future society. The nomination is open until May 12th, so head over to the application if you know just the one – or maybe it is you who should be nominated? Swedbank, Teknikföretagen, Svensk Energi and…
  • Don’t forget to vote in SvD’s “Alla tiders entreprenör”

    James Pember
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Our great partners over at SvD are currently holding a vote to decide who is Sweden’s ultimate entrepreneur of all time. There are some pretty impressive names on the list – including #sthlmtech’s own Daniel Ek, Sebastian Siemiatkowski and Niklas Zennström, of course joined by names like Ingvar Kamprad, Clas Ohlson and Filippa Knutsson. Over 3980 people have voted so far and the winner will be announced on the 26th of May. Don’t forget to check out the site and vote now!
  • Rocket Internet’s CupoNation launches mobile friendly site, sets up shop in Gothenburg

    James Pember
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    CupoNation, the leading online coupon platform worldwide, today announced the launch of its enhanced mobile website. Online shoppers in Europe, Latin America and Asia are now able to save money when shopping on the go via the reliable and well-structured couponing page. Adrian Renner, co-founder of CupoNation: “Since our launch in 2012 we successfully implemented our services in several markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia and are constantly extending and improving. However, mobile shopping meets the needs of our today´s society best, as it offers quick decision-making at any place…
  • Klarna awards 100 000 SEK for the best idea in e-commerce

    Anders Hassis
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Klarna just announced “Tillväxtjakten 2014″ at the #sthlmtech meetup, a competition that aims to bring out all business ideas and start-up companies that have the potential to build global e-commerce companies. The competition is being held for the fourth year in a row and will be judged by Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski, SUP46 CEO Jessica Stark and Tictail CTO Siavash Ghorbani. The winner will receive 100 000 SEK, tutorship by Nordic e-Commerce Knowledge (worth around 45 000 SEK) and mentoring by experts within the e-commerce space. Who can apply? Both well established…
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    Barcinno

  • The Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Rallies Around Fest-UP!

    Scott Mackin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Fest-UP, running May 5th–10th, 2014, is a PLATFORM for the Barcelona Startup Ecosystem to show off their projects, share their knowledge and get to know one another a little bit better.  It’s also making history as Barcelona’s first-ever CROWDSOURCED startup festival! Since the call went out, there have been over 40 confirmed events taking place during […] The post The Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Rallies Around Fest-UP! appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Foundum and White Bull Join Forces To Connect Global Startup Ecosystems

    Scott Mackin
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Foundum, the first online platform that matches innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs with relevant investors, advisors and startup supporters; and White Bull Summits, renowned for its intimate, high-caliber events, connecting top entrepreneurs with global investment have announced their partnership. The mission: to create the world’s most comprehensive platform for global entrepreneurship – bringing local innovation ecosystems closer […] The post Foundum and White Bull Join Forces To Connect Global Startup Ecosystems appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Cookbooth

    Stewart Masters
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    With over 90 million photos using the #food hashtag and more than 40 million people using cooking apps in Latin America, Europe and the US, it’s safe to say that people like food. If you like to cook, then you have a gluttonous supply of apps at your fingertips such as Epicurious, Big Oven and […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Cookbooth appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Jobs: Icevault – Chief Technology Officer

    Scott Mackin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Company: Icevault Area: Security Place: Barcelona Job type: Permanent Title:  Chief Technology Officer The Chief Technology Officer’s role is to assure the successful execution of the company’s business mission through development and deployment of the company’s web presence and technical backend. This requires envisioning the company’s service offerings as a web-based business, leading implementation of web applications, and planning […] The post Barcelona Jobs: Icevault – Chief Technology Officer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Uber Barcelona – Community Manager

    Scott Mackin
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Company: Uber Area: Mobile Place: Barcelona Job type: Permanent Build the Uber brand in Barcelona & wow users with great support! At Uber, amazing service is our core. We’re a game-changing startup, providing quality, on-demand car requests from the touch of your phone. A tenacity toward surprising our users with an awesome experience is critical to our success. We’re looking […] The post Uber Barcelona – Community Manager appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • Interview with Boonmee Lab – The people behind Wityu.fm

    Vitavin Itti
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Founded in mid-2013, Boonmee Lab has already launched three products within half a year and gained reputation as a highly creative tech startup. Cityscape (launched September’13) is a free soundscapes collected from various places around the world to boost creativity while working. Ratchadamnoen.org (launched November’13) is a one-stop Thai political news timeline feeds from all sides for people who’re interested in hearing and comparing news from all perspectives without bias. Wityu.fm, their main product, is a curated and personalized radio experience that learns and plays music…
  • White Card Asia – Interview with Jan Rohweder

    Martin Olczyk
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Jan Rohweder is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Marketing Bear Co., Ltd., the company behind the new startup White Card Asia. Jan attained a degree in International Management and Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Southern Westphalia in Germany. During that time he joined “SHBB” near Hamburg, one of the leading German tax consultancies. When he did his exchange semester in Bangkok he realized quickly the potential of South-East Asia. That is why he left Germany and joined the team of “Interact Education” as the Management Assistant in 2012. His…
  • Startup Asia Singapore 2014

    Christian Walter
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:23 pm
    TechInAsia is holding Startup Asia Singapore 2014 on May 7 and 8 in Singapore this year. The two day startup conference will showcase newly launched and product-ready tech startups, a large line-up of interesting keynotes investor dating opportunities, as well as a Hackathon and a Startup Arena. As always networking with friends and competitors is all inclusive and so are the fresh insights into the South-East Asian Startup scene. Startup Asia has gathered a lot of high end speakers, among them Singapore Minister of State Teo Ser Luck, Dave Morin (founder and CEO of Path), Min-Liang Tan…
  • Startup Weekend BKK – Creative Edition

    Christian Walter
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Startup Weekend Bangkok Creative Edition 2014 invites designers, business professionals and developers to join the world’s biggest and best known experiential learning event at PAH CREATIVE SPACE, Bangkok’s newest co-working space for creative, artists and designer. Are you a designer, developer or working in business and marketing and looking to form a team of like-minded, passionate individuals? Do you have great ideas for a startup that you want to make it real in less than 54 hours? Now is that chance to go “No Talk, All Action”! Startup Weekend Bangkok Creative Edition 2014…
  • Page365 receives funding from Galaxy Ventures

    Christian Walter
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:11 pm
    News broke a couple of days ago that Thai Startup Page365 received an undisclosed investment from Galaxy Ventures, headed by Adrian Stewart. Page365, co-founded by Lusarun Silpsrikul (“Trumph”) and Prathan Thananart (“Pop”) is a social commerce solution that allows instant purchase on social platforms. It features an interactions dashboard for sellers to manage all interactions with their customers and complete transactions right away. The clue is the proprietary natural language processing engine, which allows the software to handle automated responses and provide in-dept analysis of…
 
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    Uncanny Owl

  • Screencast Workflow Best Practices

    Ryan Moore
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    We recently created a number of screencasts for clients to support software training. As public-facing screencasts for enterprise software, the standards had to be very high. That meant 1 single person couldn’t do everything; we needed a professional voice actor, a software SME, and someone from our team to take care of instructional design and editing. While we’ve certainly created many screencasts, I looked online for workflow best practices for creating high-quality screencasts with multiple resources. Unfortunately, very little guidance and a lot of complaints were all that I could…
  • How to Save Money on eLearning Projects

    Ryan Moore
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Sometimes the elearning solution you want costs more than you want to spend (or more than you can spend!). Balancing budget and scope is always a challenge, and the cost of elearning can vary widely depending on the context and requirements. According to a 2010 research report by the Chapman Alliance, the cost of a 1-hour elearning course might average as little as $10k for a basic, linear course with static media to as much as $50k for a highly interactive and dynamic program. In this article, we’ll look at some ways to keep your project costs lower when you work with elearning…
  • Directory Experiments and Social Content Creation

    Ryan Moore
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    We covered the launch of www.torontoelearning.com in a previous post and just completed some updates for April. Since stabilizing the platform, we decided to test it with a completely different market—regional track events. The new website, www.torontotrackdays.com, has already seen huge interest from the local racing community (250+ organic likes on Facebook within 6 weeks of launch!) and has become the most complete source of track event information for the Toronto area. So far, we’re very pleased with the results and its positioning for the upcoming track season. Toronto Track…
  • WordPress the LMS: Working with LearnDash

    Ken Young
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:19 am
    LearnDash is a low-cost Learning Management System (LMS) plugin for WordPress.  Installing it adds LMS features to your WordPress instance, including courses, quizzes, certificates and progress reports.  In this post, I’ll review some of the ins and outs of working with LearnDash and how we used it to create Grade Hacks, our study skills program. Installation The WordPress admin menu after installing LearnDash. Installation of LearnDash is as straightforward as installing any plugin in WordPress.  You purchase the plugin at learndash.com, download the .zip file, and upload it to…
  • Toronto eLearning Hub Updates

    Ryan Moore
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    Looking for the latest Toronto elearning events and job postings? Toronto’s elearning hub has had its first monthly refresh, so all of the new listings are now available online! If you notice anything missing, please submit them and we’ll make sure they’re included on the site. Torontoelearning.com has now been up for a month and we’d love to get your feedback. Is it helping? How can we make it better? The post Toronto eLearning Hub Updates appeared first on Uncanny Owl.
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    NextShark

  • Payal Kadakia: How She Turned Her Love of Dancing Into a Startup Venture

    Waylae Gregoire
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Every successful entrepreneur should be inspired by art in some way; the aspect of creativity is essential for staying ahead of the market. For a bright female entrepreneur like Payal Kadakia, who has danced all her life, the art she loves is the market, and continues to serve as an inspiration and stress reliever within the hectic startup lifestyle. Here we learn how can we turn an art we love into a successful business. Payal graduated from MIT with a degree in Operations Management and Economics. During her time climbing the corporate ladder full time, dance steadily grew from weekend a…
  • This is How Money Can Buy Happiness

    Editorial Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Everyone has heard of the saying “money can’t buy happiness.” Happify recently came out with a new infographic challenging this notion. You can in fact, buy happiness, but the level of it is dependent on how you spend it. Check out the infographic below. The general idea is basically that you get happier over time if you buy experiences instead of material things. For example, you’re said to be happier if you purchase trips to travel instead of using that money to buy new jewelry. H/T: Business Insider
  • This New Classical Music Video is Genius Marketing We Can All Learn From

    Editorial Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    I have never seen a “classical music video” before this, but after watching, I’d like more please. With a genre that typically puts people to sleep, marketing something boring might take a pro like Ryan Holiday, but B Classic has just proven that you can add sex appeal to anything. You’ve never seen something like this before- here is the music video for Antonin Dvorak’s (pronounced “d-voor-jak”) Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco:
  • Top 50 World’s Most Amazing Restaurants With Breathtaking Views

    Rob Rebelo
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Even the most amazing food in the world wouldn’t have quite the same clout if you were forced to eat it while staring at a brick wall.  A restaurant with a view can take a dining experience from mediocre to magnificent: giving it that lift that makes it a life-long memorable meal. Whether you’re looking out over a city’s silhouette, the glittering coastline or acres of rolling countryside, check out some of the world’s best restaurants with views, for memories that last long after your plate is cleared. Asiate - New York, USA Photo by Asiate Dasheene - St. Lucia, West Indies…
  • Chipotle is Raising Their Prices in the Next Few Weeks

    Editorial Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Chipotle has announced that they’ll be raising their prices by 3% – 5% per menu item starting in the next few weeks. This will be their first price increase in three years. According to Chipotle Chief Financial Officer John Hartung, the price of steak has increased 25 percent in the past three months. Additionally, cheese and pork prices are also said to increase this year. Overall, Chipotle did pretty well for the quarter. The company reported a profit of $83.1 million compared to $76,6 million a year earlier and revenues jumped 24% to $904.2 million. They also have plans to…
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Yapsody Security Update: Safe from Heartbleed!

    Yapsody
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    On Monday, April 7th, the OpenSSL project issued a Security Advisory that detailed a serious bug in the encryption library. The bug in OpenSSL; nicknamed “Heartbleed” would allow attackers to capture data from encrypted SSL endpoints. Yapsody event ticketing system was built to meet the highest security standards to protect you and your customer’s information and that’s why our technical team quickly identified and deployed the security patch before any possible attack on our system. This mean Yapsody and all event presenters associated with Yapsody are secure from “Heartbleed”…
  • What Fans Like about An Online Event Ticketing System!

    Yapsody
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    There are many online event ticketing companies that offer some unnecessary features and services that are not much help for your event or your fans. While features and services are always important for any event presenter while evaluating an online event ticketing system, the most important factor is to understand what exactly fans wants from an online event ticketing system. For any event presenter, their fans are their king, and the more difficulty a fan faces when booking a ticket, they greater likelihood he/she will abandon the sale. In this blog, we will share a report that we have…
  • Raise Donations for Your Fundraising Event!

    Yapsody
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here is another exciting feature from  Yapsody  which  allows  your  customers to donate money to your cause directly through your online ticket store and through your box-office. Many nonprofit organizations use Yapsody to promote and sell tickets for their fundraising events, but now with Yapsody’s new donation feature you can enable customers to enter their desired donation amounts.  This makes Yapsody a great solution for any nonprofit organization wanting to use its Yapsody Online Ticket Store to raise funds in addition to selling tickets. So if you want to start accepting…
  • Yapsody now support Braintree payment gateway!

    Yapsody
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Great news! We recently added a new payment gateway, “Braintree”, to our list of supported gateways.  So now, presenters around the world have more options for selling tickets in the multiple currencies that Braintree supports. Braintree is a payment provider that enables your Yapsody Online Ticket Store a quick and easy way to accept credit card payments online. Event presenters can start using Braintree immediately after filling out their signup form at Braintree.com and use Braintree to accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB and Diner’s…
  • Yapsody Reports App: Ticket Sales Report At Your Fingertips!

    Yapsody
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:52 am
    As an event presenter you could probably name a dozen of mobile apps you’ve worked with over the past year. You can use mobile apps for event planning, registration system or ticket scanning but when it comes to ticket sales report for your event; you have to depend on your desktop or laptop to track the report, nothing to view your reports on the go and it’s something we wanted to change. After Yapsody YouScan app, we are happy to announce our new app; Yapsody Reports App for iOS users which will turn your iPhone into a fully functional event stats tracker. Yapsody Reports App…
 
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    StartUp Beat

  • Airbnb of the sea: France’s Click & Boat secures $200K to expand its peer-to-peer boat rentals marketplace

    Editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    A Q&A with Click & Boat co-founder Edouard Gorioux. The Paris-based startup, which is a peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace, announced the closing of a €200,000 Seed funding round last week from unnamed Angel investors. It was founded late last year by Gorioux and Jeremy Bismuth, and is currently available in Europe. SUB: Please describe Click & Boat and your primary innovation. Gorioux: Click & Boat is the French leader in the peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace. Our main innovation is that we offer daily insurance to reassure both the boat owner and the renters. We are…
  • A note from the editor…

    Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    You may have noticed that there are no new postings over the last 24 hours or so. Don’t worry, StartUp Beat is on a brief, two day hiatus in order to make some important new site changes and add some new features that will add real value for readers. Thank you for your patience—I hope you like the changes, and as always, I welcome all comments and suggestions at brian (at) startupbeat.com. Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat Editor and Publisher The post A note from the editor… appeared first on StartUp Beat.
  • Don’t get stumped by financier questions: Techniques that will even satisfy the ‘Shark Tank’ investors

    Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    By Richard Weinberger, Ph.D., CPA How many times have we seen small business entrepreneurs go before the investors on ABC’s hit show ‘Shark Tank’ and get tongue-tied when asked basic questions about their enterprise? It happens all the time, and the next thing we hear is: “I’m out.” That doesn’t have to happen to you. What every small business owner needs, and what the sharks want to know, is that you have the operational knowledge to understand what it takes to run a profitable business. Every small business owner should have a wide diversification of knowledge in many…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Beveragewala wants to tap the huge demand for premium tea and coffee in India

    Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    By Manish Hada, Beveragewala co-founder Elevator Pitch: Beveragewala is a one-stop for all your tea and coffee purchase requirements. We have the widest variety and offer convenience to our customers. Product/Service Description Beveragewala, as the name suggests, is your online provider of premium beverages, particularly teas and coffees, right at your doorstep in India. We feel that with India opening up to globalization, a lot of brands are slowly entering the market and are not very readily available. We wish to provide these to our highly esteemed customers to offer a solution which…
  • AlldayInternet wants to keep travelers connected while avoiding roaming charges and sub-par hotel Wi-Fi

    Editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A Q&A with AlldayInternet co-founder Julio Astarloa. The Santander, Cantabria, Spain-based startup, which offers a wireless Internet access service for travelers in Europe, landed a €240,000 Seed funding round at the start of April from unnamed investors. It was founded in 2013, and plans to use the funds to expand its service footprint across Europe. SUB: Please describe AlldayInternet and your primary innovation. Astarloa: AlldayInternet is created to meet the need tourists have outside their home countries to stay connected to the Internet without having to pay expensive roaming…
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  • RIP: Windows XP

    Chris Kalaboukis
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I was at COMDEX  in Las Vegas when Bill Gates strode purposefully onto the stage back in 1995 and did a demo of Windows 95. I still remember thinking that I saw beads of sweat on his brow when he was demoing that “brand spanking new Plug and Play technology” (which at the time Apple had already nailed). Bill plugged a drive into the computer and patiently waited for the icon to appear. In front of thousands of people. Just when I thought he was going to flip out from the stress of the moment, the icon appeared and you could see him visibly relax. He also played a video of…
  • Innovation Is Not Marketing

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Too often, the whole concept of innovation, and I mean, real, true innovation, is kind of a foreign thing to many companies. They treat their whole innovation function as simply a marketing play, not even an R&D play. They spend a ton of money, time and resources to develop cool new things, only to kill them before they can get into the development pipeline. The reasons for this are numerous: The established order within the company sees innovation as a fun toy to be played with, but not a serious business The established order is aware that the innovation is the next true path of the…
  • Humanity Cannot Progress Without Heaps

    Chris Kalaboukis
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Bill Gates seems to be in the news a lot lately – just a few days ago he said that its OK if half of the startups which comes out of Silicon Valley are “silly”, and just yesterday he came out with a statement saying that its preposterous that there has been a “pause” in innovation – that innovation is slowing down. Well, Mr. Gates, I beg to differ. If you ask me, not only has innovation slowed down, in some areas, its been completely immobilized. And its not the technology which has slowed us down – if you ask me, that rocks on even better than ever.
  • The Web Is 25 Today

    Chris Kalaboukis
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:14 pm
    If you think about it – not a lot has changed since the web was born 25 years ago – we still use browsers – even though some have come and gone and have been reborn again – even thought we’ve seen a huge uptick towards mobile, even there we use mobile browsers to view the internet. In fact, I’m typing this blog post in a browser – of course no one at the time would ever imagine how the browser and the web would fully disrupt software as we know it. If you look a Mosaic today, what you see is a very, very crude versions or what I’m using to write…
  • Lightning Strikes: Why WhatsApp’s Success Isn’t Repeatable

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A long time ago, back before a time which we aren’t supposed to talk about (pre 2007), I used to have a podcast which talked about many different things, among them the future, innovation and politics, which I recorded on the road in the car on my way to work. I would rant and rave about all sorts of stuff, pointing out things that were happening, calling out stupid drivers on the road, and just talking generally about things that annoyed me. At the time, there was this guy in the news who called himself a “reallionnaire” (found out recently that the guys name is Farrah…
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  • These top startups are all hiring people like you

    John Gannon
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Today I want to help you answer the million dollar question that I hear over and over again from the hundreds of people on our startup job hunting mailing list… What startups are kicking butt and are hiring people like me (early career professional without a tech background)? Well, recently Wealthfront did a bunch of hard work  putting together a great list of 100 career launching startups. We took that list, went to every single company’s jobs page, and identified which companies are hiring folks with a background like yours. We then linked to the company’s jobs page and…
  • 5 ways to rock any startup job fair

    John Gannon
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Are you going to the NYC Startup Job Fair on Friday? If so, awesome! I’ll be there and maybe we can catch up (you won’t have any problem finding me – trust me on this one). But since I won’t have a chance to talk to you before then, I want to give you 5 tips to make sure you make the most of the experience. (Make sure you get to tip number 5 – it’s the one most people don’t think about.) Target 5-10 ‘must meet’ companies Don’t ‘spray and pray’. Do your homework and pick 5-10 companies that seem like they’d be…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 4/7/14

    John Gannon
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Darren Herman writes on his blog about the apprenticeship he would want to have. Betterment currently has the following job opportunities: PR Associate Acquisition Marketing Associate Product Marketing Associate Office Associate Operations Associate Mark Suster writes for Both Sides of the Table about one of his most frequent pieces of advice: being politely persistent. 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 4/7/14 appeared first on…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 4/2/14

    John Gannon
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    ToutApp, a fast-growing B2B SaaS company, is hiring an MBA intern. MakeSpace, a cloud-integrated storage company, is hiring for multiple positions. Dave Girouard writes for the Upstart blog about how to negotiate a startup job offer. 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 4/2/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/31/14

    John Gannon
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Grand Central Tech Accelerator  is accepting applications for its first class until May 1.  GCT is housed in Facebook’s former NY HQ (43rd and Mad), and gives participants a year of free office space, free interns and access to great mentors — without taking any equity. The NYC Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best New York-based startups. The event is largely run by volunteers looking to foster a thriving startup community and to raise awareness about startup jobs in NYC. Steve Blank responds with introspective advice on his blog to a question he…
 
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  • Accredible: a good alternative to free certificates

    Catherine Stevens
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Many online classes offer different types of certificates upon completion, as a way of “proving” that you’ve taken the class, or lending credibility to your work during the class. Since January, Udacity has offered both paid verified certificates (provided by verifying your identity and paying $150/month during the class) and free ones. On Wednesday, however, they announced that next month they will only offer verified ones. This change means that if you’ve been relying on free certificates to show what you’ve learned, it’ll be a little harder to do so. That is,…
  • Introducing the new Accredible

    Catherine Stevens
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    We are really excited to announce the brand new Accredible! Our goal has always been to make any and all knowledge credible, regardless of where you learn it, and with this new update we’ve come one step closer to that. We have improved the community aspect of the site, as well as made it possible to showcase many more types of learning. We’ve also added lots of new features, fixed some bugs, and generally improved the speed and simplicity of navigating the site. Meet other learners & talk to the community You can now ask your course mates questions Your online learning community is…
  • Startup Spotlight: Quizlet

    Accredible
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Sophia, Quizlet’s user experience manager, shares ideas and laughter with the team We’re kicking off an exploration of start-ups with a well-known favorite: Quizlet. Quizlet, offers innovative digital study tools that help students around the world do better in school – they grew out of a simple flashcard web app written by founder Andrew Sutherland when he was just a high schooler. Now, according to Quantcast, Quizlet ranks in the top 100 most visited sites in the U.S.! They’ve certainly come a long way, and some might question its claim to being a “startup,” but we’ve got…
  • 5 Trends in Online Graduate Education

    Stephen Longo
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:05 pm
    First and foremost, online graduate education is on the rise (1). This has been true for the past 10 years and shows little sign of stopping. Where education used to function primarily to give prospective employees a marketability advantage, it now may serve as a prerequisite for any number of jobs. The second trend is that colleges and universities across the country are expanding their online programs. With the rise of technologically fluent students as well as an ever increasing IT force, focusing more capital and human resources into the online sphere is only practical. In recent years,…
  • Turn education into play: learning through games

    Accredible
    28 Jan 2014 | 8:09 pm
    From an early age, today’s generation of children develop a keen interest in computer games. By the time they are in full time education, they are often very competent in playing consoles and online games. As a result of this, schools are beginning to channel this interest in computer games into new engaging methods of learning. This involves using educational online games through which children can interact with other pupils using a new exciting medium which increases their interest in learning. There are wealth of free educational online games which offer new engaging ways to captivate…
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  • How Tech Startups Are Like Major League Baseball [Infographic]

    Bryan Clayton
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Chances are good that you won’t ever win the World Series. But, our friends at Your Green Pal realized that developing a tech startup from idea to IPO is a lot like training for the World Series. First, you have an idea. Or, in baseball terminology, you start t-ball. At the beginning it’s all new and exciting, and you have lots of time to learn and figure things out. As you grow, you progress things get more intense and difficult, but also more rewarding. High school and college baseball look almost nothing like t-ball. By the time you get to the beta stage of your startup,…
  • 3 Quick Lessons from the Startup World Series

    Nibletz Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Last weekend in Houston, TX the best young entrepreneurs in the world gathered for the annual Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC), called the “Super Bowl and World Series for student entrepreneurs” by FORTUNE magazine. Since the competition began in 2002 it’s helped launch over 150 businesses that collectively raised $850 million. One of those businesses, Auditude, was started by SIVI co-founder, Nik Seet, and the company became the largest exit in the RBPC’s history when it was acquired by Adobe in 2011. The RBPC is not another academic exercise for…
  • Greek Startup Mageca Builds the First App Store for Interactive Apps

    Nibletz Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
      What’s your startup called and what’s your big idea? Mageca is the first app-store for interactive applications using 3D Sensors that recognize gesture, voice & vision. Our main goal is to create a web space where applications for a variety of uses can be found from the end-user. The latter can vary from a parent playing with its kids at their living room or a healthcare institute that needs a touchless solution for the sterilized environment of an operating room. Mageca’s mission is to bring HCI technologies into people’s everyday life. We aim to become the…
  • How to Build the Right Team for Your Startup

    YEC
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    I’ve been spoiled throughout my career of building teams in large tech companies. I’ve had all the luxuries: infinite resources, time, and large pools of qualified candidates. At Google, we always had a steady stream of graduates from top schools flowing into the organization in entry-level positions. When it came time to build a new functional team, I would simply pull from the group of internal all-stars we had at our fingertips. In the startup world, things are different. When the momentum is building and things are moving fast, your company begins to feel the push that comes with an…
  • 5 Reasons Startups Should Never Work in Coffeeshops

    Nibletz Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
      For many entrepreneurs that are tired of working from home, the corner coffee shop has become a haven for getting plugged-in to get productive with laptops out and headphones on. I can see why many entrepreneurs make coffee joints their place of biz; they’re from open morning til night, offer a warm atmosphere and have plenty of startup fuel  flowing. However, I personally have never been a fan of this work environment and have not fallen under the spell of the cafe mystique. Leaving reeking of the smell of coffee grounds is not all it is cracked up to be. I say its time to realize…
 
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  • Burgeon, An Online Personal Development Platform That Will Assist Youth.

    Kevin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Burgeon, An Online Personal Development Platform That Will Assist Youth. A young passionate entrepreneur along with this wife had made it their goal to launch an innovative global personal development platform named Burgeon, JC DE Jongh. This startup business will provide a wealth of information that will help youth get started on the right track when it comes down to business training. personal health, and spiritual growth. The Story. After having come to realize how many people close to them had given up on any life long dreams and passion for an average 9 to 5 job, JC and his wife decided…
  • Fundable.com Announces $100 Million Funding Commitment Goal.

    Kevin
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Fundable.com Announces $100 Million Funding Commitment Goal. The largest business crowdfunding platform, known as Fundable.com, has recently announced that over $100 million in financial funding has been made through the sites. Crowdfunding. During the past 18 months, startups from all over the industry have utilized Fundable to grow their business forward. Different from any other crowdfunding platform, Fundable is dedicated on exclusively helping out business that are seeking an early stage growth capital. Fundable offers both rewards and equity crowdfunding option up to 500,000 startup…
  • Data Analytics Startup Beckon Secures $8 Million In Series A.

    Kevin
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Data Analytics Startup Beckon Secures $8 Million In Series A. The leading Provider of marketing analytics software, Beckon has recently announced that it has managed to secure over $8 million round of Series A funding, bringing the total amount raised to date up to $10 million. August Capital, who led Beckon’s $2 million Seed round, has now joined on with Beckon board by Canaan Partner. Funding. The funding shall be used to solidify Beckon’s position as the leading innovator marketing analytics software and to accelerate development of the Beckon platform. Created by and markets,…
  • Nike Halts FuelBand Development, Staff Got Fired.

    Kevin
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Nike Halts FuelBand Development, Staff Got Fired. After only recently announcing its new Nike+ Fuel Lab initiative earlier within this month, Nike has stated to have dismissed a large amount of its employees from FuelBand’s hardware team. CNET had gotten there hands on this recent development including a quote from Brian Strong, Nike’s spokesperson, who in an email he commented:  ”As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities. As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a…
  • Facebook Integrates New Geatures to iPhone App Paper

    Kevin
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Facebook Integrates New Geatures to iPhone App Paper Facebook has decided to release their latest installment of its Paper application on Friday, throwing in some quite familiar aspects, like event reminds and photo comments, for members who cant’ absolutely live without these social networking mainstay in the separate application. Preparations. Paper is a two month old iPhone application released by Facebook, for reading the news, or rather “preparing for your day”, according to Michael Reckhow. The application is meant to be the archetype of the company’ new stand…
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  • 7 key SaaS metrics to keep a close eye on

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Gut feelings are one thing, but it’s cold hard numbers that quantify your progress and show whether you’re on the right path. To find out how your software as a service (SaaS) business is performing, you will need to start collecting and measuring some key metrics very early on – ideally at the very beginning. The main benefit here is it gives you the whole picture instead of just a snapshot of your business performance. Equally important, you’ll discover whether you’re building the right things or just wasting your time on something nobody is going to use. While…
  • Our response to the recent OpenSSL vulnerability

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    By now you’ve probably heard about the OpenSSL vulnerability named Heartbleed. A bug which is estimated to have affected two thirds of the internet. But in true startup-fashion we moved quickly to make sure all your data stayed safe. The response We first became aware of Heartbleed early Monday morning (7.4.2014) when we moved fast to update and patch our systems which store sensitive information. We have been updating our SSL Certificates, and are monitoring the ongoing implementation and testing of our service providers. Our blog, status page and other applications we use were also…
  • 49 things you can do to build trust for your online shop

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    You’ve spent countless hours getting your products ready to ship. Now it’s time to start converting visitors into paying customers – after all that’s the lifeblood for every business. But what happens when you’re conversion rate is demoralising low. According to research by Statista the number one reason for shopping cart abandonment is customers being presented with unexpected costs. Imagine for a moment you’re shopping online and about to hand over their credit card information, when suddenly the total value of your order goes up in the final steps – no…
  • 76 statistics on how social media is affecting e-commerce

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    Today you’ll hardly come across a business without a social media presence. Yet finding out what the return of investment (ROI) on social media is something folks still struggle with – after all time is money and you want to be sure those tweets are converting people into paying customers. Social media lets customers have a direct way of contacting you and vice versa – making businesses more approachable. Additionally marketing, lead generation, and customer care can be handled through social media. It’s just a more efficient way of reaching a wider audience and facilitates…
  • 9 Books on Entrepreneurship Everybody Must Read

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Image by Abhi Sharma Sometimes the biggest hurdle keeping folks from starting a business is the first step. And it’s a big one for anyone. But it’s usually the fear of failure and the unknown holding people back. Fortunately, we live in an age where people freely share their experience with the rest of us online. Experiences that can inspire people to take on the challenge of creating something new. But while you’ll be on autopilot after you’re committed, the reality is that it will be a bumpy ride. You’ll come across various challenges along the way that you…
 
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    Blog About Startups and Web Development in Ruby on Rails

  • Let's Start The Easter Egg Hunt!

    Netguru
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Our Cute Chick wishes you all a blast into the 2nd quarter of the year! Have you already spotted where is he hiding?
  • How Sass 3.3 Will Solve Your RWD Problems

    Mateusz Czajka
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    At netguru we use Sass a lot. In this blog post I'll write about my favorite new features in Sass 3.3, and how it helps us with creating responsive web pages.
  • Designing The Invisible Experience (15 minutes workshops)

    Dawid Woźniak
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Lately we had an interesting course about Designing The Mobile Experience at UXD. I found it very inspiring and thus I’d like to share that with you and ask for your thoughts.
  • Add a Q&A Section to your Spree Store!

    Netguru
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you're shopping online, from time-to-time you probably have some additional questions to ask before buying. What fabric is used for this cool t-shirt? Can I return or exchange an item? Do you ship to Canada? Is that pink really that pinky as it looks on the photo? Our new open source extension allows you to interact with users and quickly add a Q&A section to your Spree store. Yey!
  • Our Free Ruby on Rails Workshops Tour Starts So Soon

    Ola Pszczoła
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Are you hungry for more Ruby on Rails knowledge? It’s now easier than ever before! We’re going on tour to bring you free Ruby on Rails Workshops. Take the jump and come code with us!
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  • Xiaomi Ongoing Piracy Problems Continue To Run Rampant.

    Kevin C
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    Xiaomi Ongoing Piracy Problems Continue To Run Rampant. Chinese smartphone creator Xiaomi has recently put the blame on counterfeits for recent claims of exploding battery chargers, according to reports done from various sources. Fake Battery. Sometime during the early hours of April 14, a Chinese netizen had claimed that a Xiaomi portable battery charger had exploded twice when it was not even being used. The power pack first exploded while on the dining table and then show onto the sofa, where it exploded for a second time, causing a small fire to erupt, the netizen said. With…
  • The Holding Company of Cocos2d-x and CocoaChina Files For IPO

    Wilson Peng
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The Holding Company of Cocos2d-x and CocoaChina Files For IPO The startup of one of the most used and known mobile game development engines Cocos2d-x and CocoaChina.com files for IPO. The startup that developed Fishing Joy named, ChuKong announced that they will be filing for IPO in the USA. As of now, the gaming startup owns 82 licensed mobile games and still have plans to launch a few more within this year. In addition to the licensed games, they host a strong gaming community, events, game engine, advertising platform and many more. More than 98% of Chukong’s revenue come from their…
  • Bollywood Strongman Sonu Sood to Endorse Yepme Sportswear.

    Kevin C
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Bollywood Strongman Sonu Sood to Endorse Yepme Sportswear. India’s first online fashion brand, Yepme.com has recently jumped on board popular movie star Sonu Sood to endorse their line of sportswear and sports shows. Sonu will begin to endorse ‘PlayCool”, Yepme’s own brand of sportswear line that includes the latest fashion for men, such as Crew neck tee, Polos, Muscles tee, workout Vests, Tracksuit and Sports shoes. Mr. Vivek Gaur, CEO, Yepme.com, said, “Young men and women between the age of 20 and 29 have become extremely fitness conscious today, with sports and…
  • Why Gamer Behavior Analytics Is Key To F2P Success, By 5Rocks

    Wilson Peng
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Why Gamer Behavior Analytics Is Key To F2P Success, By 5Rocks If you happen to be around Singapore or have an extra Thursday to make a trip up to Singapore, visit Games solution Centre event called “Why Gamer Behavior Analytics Is Key To F2P Success.” This event will be held by the gaming analytical startup 5rocks. CEO, of 5rocks, Changsu , will be going over why behavior analytics is important for gaming startups or gaming developers. 5rocks will also go over the best practices for analyzing gamer behavior using advance data. Other topics at the event will include how to grow and…
  • Grabhouse, The Real-Estate Portal That Aims To Cut Off Brokers.

    Kevin C
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Grabhouse, The Real-Estate Portal That Aims To Cut Off Brokers.  Real estate portals have made it a lot more simpler for consumers to find properties that they can either purchase or rent. Although one thing that has yet to be done is eliminating the need for a broker to complete the transaction. This problem is what this nine-month old startup named Grabhouse aims to complete. The Mumbai-based company has recently managed to raise a financial round of Rs 60 lakh cater to the large population of young Indians who are looking for a place to rent or flat mates to share one. The Story.
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  • Unitus Seed Fund is looking for BOP startups to invest 7 Crore rupees

    Sarath Budam
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Unitus Seed Fund makes seed-stage venture investments in “BoP startups” … startups that serve large, underserved low-income populations. Their portfolio companies have high-potential for scale, profits, and built-in positive impact for the 1 billion people in India living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP).  Unitus is planning to invest up to 7 crore […]
  • Catalyzer Startup 101 Accelerator Program

    Sarath Budam
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Catalyzer Startup 101 Accelerator Program is a 101 days mentorship driven entrepreneurship cohort accelerator program for startups. Startup founders working in Technology space in any of the below categories Enterprise Software Mobile Applications Software as Services Web Applications and in Non-technology areas such as Education Environment Media Finance Healthcare and Social Enterprises working for-profit or […]
  • UnPluggd 2014

    Sarath Budam
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    UnPluggd is a Startup event where you can meet fellow entrepreneurs, investors and geeks.  UnPluggd 2014, 9th edition is scheduled on May 24th. If you are a startup and planning to launch it in some time soon, then you should consider “PitchStop” as one of your options. PitchStop is a platform for new companies to […]
  • Digital Media Marketing for Startups

    Sarath Budam
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    NSRCEL is organizing a seminar on Digital Media Marketing.  I don’t need to tell the importance of digital media marketing for entrepreneurs and startups. You can get inputs, ideas on how you could leverage this crucial marketing tool to make your business more successful. Venue: Auditorium, IIMB Dates: Saturday, May 03 Time: 09:30 AM to 01:30 […]
  • Latest 200 Tech Crunch posts and whats trending?

    Sarath Budam
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I am a big fan of data analytics.  That is also a part of my job responsibilities at my work place. I applied a similar but very very simple technique that i applied to the recent(as of 14:35 April 16th 2014) 200 TechCrunch posts. I am a huge fan of TechCrunch and has been a […]
 
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