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  • There’s No Time Better Than Now to Become Your Own Boss

    Under30CEO
    Under30CEO
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no surprise to me that everyone and their friend is interested in learning more about what it takes to ditch the corporate drone power suit and become their own bosses. It took three months out of college at a consulting gig to know that corporate life was not for me: too much red tape, not enough professional autonomy, and moronically slow growth, all to be labeled an impersonal number in a sea of thousands. Halfway into my time at the consulting firm, I remember looking up at a clock one day and being reminded of two things that would prove to be life changing: first, that at 4:27 in…
  • Communication Mistakes to Avoid At All Cost

    Inc.com
    Lolly Daskal
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Communication is at the core of almost everything we do. If you want to build better communication skills, a good first step is identifying and avoiding these common problems.
  • The Secret Formula to the Perfect Viral Share [Infographic]

    Onboardly
    Guest Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    You’ve got your business set up with the essentials: a clear business plan, a fantastic idea that you know will sell, and a space on social media carved out for yourself. All you need now is a loyal army of followers. Really, in a nutshell what you need is to go viral. This takes more than luck. It’s both a skill and a science. The key is to tap into the psychology of your targeted clients, figure out what content will be most likely to move them emotionally, and once you strike a chord, you will know be able to spread content twice as fast with information that is practical, surprising,…
  • Tesla has ‘proved’ electric cars are better, analysts say

    VentureBeat
    Antony Ingram, Green Car Reports
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Above: Somewhere over the rainbow, there's a Tesla Model S.Image Credit: photo credit: jurvetson via photopin ccWhen industry analysts, financial analysts and the motoring press have all lavished praise on a car, there’s a fair chance it’s a pretty good car. That’s the case for the Tesla Model S electric car, particularly as two market analysts from Credit Suisse have seen fit to provide a point-by-point breakdown on just why the car is so good. They even go as far as to say that Tesla has proven electric vehicles are “inherently better,” even if the general…
  • How I Dramatically Improved My Online Productivity

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

  • Why This Company Wants To Take You On a Balloon Ride To The Edge Of Space

    Lydia Dishman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Jane Porter's World View Enterprises is pioneering travel to the top of the atmosphere. What might we see up there?If Jane Poynter has her way, a regular person will be able to ride up to the edge of space quicker than they could take a commercial flight across the country--without the hassle of a lengthy security line.Read Full Story
  • Wheeee! What It's Like To Wear A Virtual Reality Headset On A Roller Coaster

    Mark Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Why would you wear an Oculus Rift on a roller coaster? Why WOULDN'T you?!?You know how you go get froyo, and at first it seems like enough to just top it with a few pieces of fresh fruit. "This is perfection," you think, "the simple pleasures." And then you're beckoned to the sprinkles, Oreo crumbles, the radioactively pink frosted animal crackers, and piping hot caramel sauce that call your name like a siren. By the time you're done, it looks like a clown's intestines exploded all over your probiotic treat.Read Full Story
  • Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry

    Ainsley O'Connell
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The brand's five-piece collection is in keeping with a growing emphasis on "functional fashion."Rebecca Minkoff, the fashion brand known for elegant accessories with a downtown edge, is following in the footsteps of competitors like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch and designing a line of five wearable devices that will launch this fall.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Kc Ifeanyi, The Guy Who Won An Emmy And Won't Let You Forget It

    Fast Company Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Kc IfeanyiPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Kc Ifeanyi Role at Fast Company: Assistant Editor Twitter: @kcifeanyiRead Full Story
  • Hack Your Bike With These Smart Upgrades

    WILL SCHOLL
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Seven ways to bring your ride into the future.Earlier this week we covered a bicycle that can't be stolen because the lock is part of the frame. But what if you want to hack the bike you already have?Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Mobile payments — not that big sapphire screen — will be the iPhone 6’s killer app

    Dave Smith, Business Insider
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Image Credit: Feng forumMobile payments is an idea that sounds much better than it is in practice. At least for right now. The despite the efforts of PayPal, Square, and even Google Wallet, few people have actually replaced their wallets with their smartphones, which was the original idea behind mobile payments: Since most financial transactions are electronic these days (sorry cash), we should be able to make our wallets and our phones into one single product. Apple’s alleged mobile payments system, which was actually patented years ago as the “iWallet,” describes how users could…
  • Here’s the top 10 reasons that Apple rejects apps

    Dean Takahashi
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Above: The app storeImage Credit: FiksuIn the name of transparency, Apple has revealed the top reasons why it rejects apps from its App Store. The most common mistake that developers make when submitting their apps for approval isn’t censorship, as some folks might believe. About 14 percent of apps rejected during the seven-day period ending Aug. 28 were rejected because more information was needed. Apple’s decisions are often shrouded in mystery, but the post shows the company is making efforts to communicate better to the millions of developers who are submitting apps by the…
  • Google plans an accelerator in Seoul — while Samsung stands on the sidelines

    Nathan Millard, BeSuccess
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Above: Skyline of downtown Seoul, South Korea from Bongeunsa temple.Image Credit: Sean Pavone/ShutterstockGoogle, on an international mission to rapidly connect with the global startup community, has recently announced that it will open a startup campus in Seoul, Korea next year. This comes at a time when Korean entrepreneurs are beginning to show that they have what it takes to make an impact, as exemplified by a statement from Google’s Bridgette Beam: “Korean innovators and entrepreneurs are some of the best in Asia, and Korean startups are making headlines around the world,…
  • Why Burning Man courts the tech elite

    Gregory Ferenstein
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr user TydenceDusty tech billionaires may be the only thing that can help Burning Man, which came to its annual fiery conclusion this weekend, overcome a pleasant problem: Even after capping attendance at around 70,000 people, the interactive arts and music festival is having trouble handling its own overwhelming popularity. It’s hard to overstate how surprising this is. Despite the fact that the festival is held in a frustratingly inconvenient corner of the Nevada desert with some of the harshest weather in the country, curiosity still compels burners from every…
  • Tesla has ‘proved’ electric cars are better, analysts say

    Antony Ingram, Green Car Reports
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Above: Somewhere over the rainbow, there's a Tesla Model S.Image Credit: photo credit: jurvetson via photopin ccWhen industry analysts, financial analysts and the motoring press have all lavished praise on a car, there’s a fair chance it’s a pretty good car. That’s the case for the Tesla Model S electric car, particularly as two market analysts from Credit Suisse have seen fit to provide a point-by-point breakdown on just why the car is so good. They even go as far as to say that Tesla has proven electric vehicles are “inherently better,” even if the general…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • #AskGaryVee Episode 11: Diplomas, not GPAs

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? #LINKS: My AMA on Reddit – http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1svvca/iama_gary_vaynerchuk_serial_entrepreneur_nyt Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ Today’s Voiceover by Max Bass – https://twitter.com/maxthatbass #TIMESTAMPS 00:44 – If you owned a winery in Napa, what would your left jabs look like? 03:24 Do you respond to your post/tweets/emails/messages personally? or do you delegate? 04:52 What foods have you added to your lifestyle that you are enjoying the most? 05:23 How can I converge my vision of being…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 9: Ice Bucket Billionaire

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    #QOTD: Who in your family inspires you the most? Today we a very special episode of The #AskGaryVee show. I’ve been holding off on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for awhile now, but when my man Michael called me out, I knew I had to make the move! So now I challenge YOU, VaynerNation, to get out there, soak yourselves, and DONATE! #LINKS Donate to the ALS association – https://secure2.convio.net/alsa/site/Donation2?df_id=27420&27420.donation=form1 Special Guest: Michael! YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgDkZbewH3LBKZpqAvhL4fA Twitter –…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 8: Buy the Damn Cat!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #QOTD: What is currently your favorite single beverage? Things that I have decided are important: Keeping life spicy, wine, my health, and being honest. LINKS: Cyberdust – http://cyberdust.com/ Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ TIMESTAMPS: 0:39 Do you believe in Jim Collins belief that we can only focus on 3 things? 1:38 What is the best way to grow a following or community from nothing? 3:36 Tea or Coffee? or wine? 3:57 As a business leader whats one thing that keeps you up at night? 4:54 Center or Edge? 5:01 What’s the best way for a right hook to seem like a jab?
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 7: Parents, Patience, and Pie

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Getting into some long-winded answers today! It’s a really great sign, too, because it’s clear that you guys are asking me amazing questions, so I really want to give some of them the time they deserve. Also be sure to hit me up on CyberDust tomorrow (@garyvee) so I can answer some of your more personal questions. #QOTD: What other personalities in the video world are you enjoying content from? #LINKS: Cyberdust – http://cyberdust.com/ Matthew Santoro – https://www.youtube.com/user/MatthewSantoro Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ #TIMESTAMPS: 1:58…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 6: Friction Sucks

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    In this episode we talk about getting familiar with Facebook advertising, my love for my family, and the magic of red-headed quarterbacks. On top of that we get into being grateful, being right, and being patient. Three of my favorite things! LINKS: http://allfacebook.com TIMESTAMPS 0:27 - What’s the best way to use Facebook dark posts? 1:51 - Is it still necessary to drive traffic from social to your dot com? 3:57 - How’d you deal with working in a family business? 5:03 - What did you think of the Dalton trade? 5:38 - Does the demand for your attention get overwhelming?
 
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    TechCrunch

  • DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    Mike Butcher
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
     London-based DN Capital, which has invested in Shazam and Videdressing among others, has today announced it’s raised $200 million (€144 million) for its third venture capital fund, GVC III, a three time increase on its previous fund. Investors include family offices, large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds, including the European Investment Fund. The fund will, as… Read More
  • Uber Slapped With Nationwide Injunction In Germany

    Natasha Lomas
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
     Last month on-demand ride-hailing service Uber faced a ban in Berlin on passenger safety grounds. That ban was suspended days later while the court in question rules on the legality of the move. But Uber is now facing another injunction in the country — this time a district court in Frankfurt has issued a temporary ban against its service which applies nationwide. Read More
  • Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Match Maker

    Billy Gallagher
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
     In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new startup, Mashr, is resurrecting the feature as its central thesis. Read More
  • Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Invests $70 Million In Healthcare Group DXY

    Catherine Shu
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
     Chinese Internet giant Tencent has invested $70 million in DXY (also known as Ting Ting Group), which claims to be the largest online healthcare service community in China. In return, Tencent will receive a minority equity stake in DXY. Read More
  • How To Present A Successful Hackathon Demo

    Brandon Kessler
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
     It’s sad to stay up for three days building something awesome only to bomb the demo presentation. It’s no surprise it happens: you’re exhausted and racing to finish your project, with little time to plan your words, and only a few minutes to say them. So here’s some advice on how to give a great hackathon presentation. Read More
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    Knowledge@Wharton

  • Why Businesses Should Serve Consumers’ ‘Higher Needs’

    Knowledge@Wharton
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    American psychologist Abraham Maslow is best known for his seminal research on the hierarchy of innate human needs, but his work also has a surprising application for businesses models and shareholder value.
  • Using Pop Culture to Defeat Gender Inequality

    Knowledge@Wharton
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Mallika Dutt, founder of human rights group Breakthrough, discusses how she’s using the arts and multimedia to transform the social and cultural norms that promote violence against women.
  • How Physician Report Cards Can Improve Health Care

    Knowledge@Wharton
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Research by Wharton health care management professor Jonathan Kolstad finds that showing physicians how they rate against peers is a powerful motivator for improving their game.
  • Can Creativity Be Taught?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Can creativity be fostered in the workplace, and if so, how can it be managed?
  • Telecom Companies Tap Analytics for Growth

    Knowledge@Wharton
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Telecom providers worldwide face an enormous challenge: Even as traffic is increasing, revenues and profits are not keeping pace. Analytics can help.
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    swombat.com

  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

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

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

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

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

    Salim Virani
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Irina Dzhambazova shares how Bulgarian startups deal with obscurity, and succeed building international relationships: Serendipity and true partnerships "Investing time in getting to know an organisation or a person, without looking for the immediate quid pro quo is the way to go. Just get to know people, interact with them in the manner you do with friends and leave the rest to chance." - Vesselina Tasheva Good partners understand each others goals and can act proactively on each other's behalf. This type of relationship is much easier when you can relate this way at a personal level.
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Was your app rejected by Apple? Here's why

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The biggest problems involve not giving enough information, as well as buggy and misleading appsSay you're an app developer. You and your team have spent weeks, maybe months, perfecting your app, getting it just right to unleash it upon the world. You submit to get that coveted position in the App Store and... you’re rejected. Sorry, try again next time! Why did Apple decide that your app was not worthy? Well, there could be many reasons for that. And now Apple has put out a helpful guide showing the top ten reasons that it rejects apps. Think of this as a handy guide for how…
  • Microsoft will not comply with order to give up emails

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Judge lifts suspension of search warrant for user e-mails, but Microsoft will appeal the rulingMicrosoft was one of the many tech companies implicated by Edward Snowden last year in Prism program, in which it was accused of allowing the U.S. government, to essentially, take whatever data it wanted on any of its users. Now, like many others who were implicated, the company is fighting hard to reverse that image through both more transparency and public displays of defiance against government snooping. Microsoft is currently in a big fight with the United States government to keep their hands…
  • Twitter overhauls sign-in process to attract new users

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Twitter looks to reverse user growth problems it has seen in recent quartersUser numbers have been a sore spot for Twitter since it went public in November of last year. The company has seen its stock repeatedly slammed for slowing growth. CEO Dick Costolo has tried to paint it as something temporary, and has pledged to make the reversal of the trend one of the company's top priorities. So where to begin? The sign up page seems like a good place. Twitter has just updated the sign-up process on its homepage for the first time in three years, according to a…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 8/29/14

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Snapdeal, DreamsCloud, The Honest Company, Dynamic Signal, DraftKings, Brandnew, Bizible, WakieSeed stage Brandnew, a startup that connects brands with Instagram and Pinterest influencers to deliver native ads, raised $845,000 from a network of investors including Berlin Ventures, PubliGroupe and Lukas Kirche. The company also received a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin. Wakie, a wake-up call app, raised $1 million in funding from LETA Capital and Titanium Venture Capital. Rockbot, a virtual jukebox solution for businesses, raised an undisclosed amount of funding…
  • Angry Bird creator Rovio names new CEO

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Pekka Rantala will take over in 2015, while Mikael Hed will stay on as head of Animation StudiosIt's been a while since I've heard anyone really talk about Angry Birds, or its studio Rovio. It seems like the game's moment, which could only be called a phenomenon, has now seemingly passed. There's always a big question when a studio with a big, giant hit sees it begin to receed into history: what will it do to maintain that momentum? For Rovio it means a changing of the guard. The gaming studio announced on Friday not only that its long-time CEO Mikael Hed will be stepping down,…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Women, Seniors Leading Self-Employment Growth in UK & Canada

    Steve
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) released a report showing that self-employment in the UK is the highest its been since they started tracking it 40 years ago.   Their data shows the UK has 4.6 million people working for themselves, with 15% of workforce self-employed. This is up from 13% in 2008, and 8.7% in 1975.  They also report that: the number of self-employed aged 65 or older has more than doubled over the past 5 years. The number of women in self-employment is increasing at a faster rate than the number of men (although men still dominate self employment)…
  • Betting on Fusion Energy

    Steve
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tech Crunch's Y Combinator and Mithril Invest in Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup covers a $1.5 million investment in Helion, a nuclear fusion startup. What makes this really intriguing is Helion's claim that it can produce, in 3 years, a fusion generator that's: "1,000 times smaller, over 500 times cheaper, and realizable 10 time faster than other projects." They go on to say they will be able to generate electricity for less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour.   What makes these claims so bold is most observers believe fusion energy is several…
  • It's Not Just Cloud Price Wars Driving Usage

    Steve
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The cloud storage price wars being waged by Google, Amazon, Microsoft have been getting a lot of press this summer.   As the chart below from TechCrunch's Cloud Storage is Eating the World Alive shows, since March of this year the cost per gigabyte of cloud storage has fallen by more than 50%. As the article points out, the current price is not far from $0.   But the price declines are not just limited to storage. Amazon, for example, recently announced price cuts ranging from 28% and 51% across a variety of their Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud product line. Cloud…
  • Y-Combinator Goes Freelance

    Steve
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week was Demo Day for Y-Combinator's summer batch of startups.   For those not familar with Y-Combinator, it's the most successful startup accelerator in the U.S. According to their website, since 2005 over 700 startups have gone through their program and today these firms have a combined market valuation of over $30 billion. Well known grads include Dropbox, Airbnb and Reddit. Only 3% of the startups that apply to their program are accepted.   The program lasts 3 months and culminates with Demo Day, when the 70 or so participating startups each get 2.5 minutes…
  • The Rise of Digital Nomads

    Steve
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yahoo Travel's The New Digital Nomads - Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World covers the growing trend towards people professionals who are choosing a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the world. The Internet and a growing array of telework and online collaboration tools are the key enablers of the digital nomad lifestyle.   As long as they can find a decent Internet connection, laptop carrying nomads can work pretty much anywhere. Digital nomads who travel to exotic locations get most of the press, but more and more people…
 
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    Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings

  • My thoughts on TMZ’s iPhone “Scoop” on CNBC [VIDEO]

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

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

    Ben Parr
    6 May 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Tweet Twitter has had a rough few weeks, but does that mean it’s destined to spiral downward? Hell no. 18% stock price drops are great for headlines, but they certainly don’t tell the story of a company’s long-term trajectory. So let’s get the obvious out of the way: Twitter’s getting punched in the gut at the moment: After a steady rise to over $45, shares in Twitter have plummeted to just a hair under $32. Ouch. It stings just a bit more when you read the news stories about today’s 18% drop particularly, thanks to the end of the IPO lockout for insiders…
  • When Two Apps Are Simpler Than One

    Ben Parr
    1 May 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Tweet If there’s one entrepreneurial mantra that Steve Jobs taught us, it’s this: Simplify! Complex products fail. The complex MySpace lost to the simple Facebook. The simplicity of Snapchat, Instagram and Dropbox transformed them into world-class products. Tumblr famously cut a feature when it added a new one, always keeping the interface clean as hell. Foursquare, in its current iteration, isn’t simple. It has multiple functions. Is it a social check-in app? Is it a restaurant search app? Is it a location discovery app? Frankly, I didn’t know, and it turned me off…
  • 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…
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    Mixergy

  • How tapping a niche market took a razor company from less than $1M to $10M in revenue – with Todd Greene

    Andrew Khalili
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today’s guest has been shaving his head for years until he said, “What if someone created a better way to do it?” Sounds easy right? Well actually no, it wasn’t easy. I invited him here to talk about how he turned that idea into a business. His name is Todd Green. He’s the founder of Headblade, which makes razors that make shaving your head really easy. And their designs are so beautiful that they are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format.
  • How Ben Baldwin created ClearFit by systemizing how businesses hire

    Andrew Khalili
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a founder who kept getting hit up for hiring help from his friends and finally decided to create a company to systemize the kind of help he was giving. Ben Baldwin is the founder of ClearFit. You know how when you hire, you want to place ads on multiple job sites, like LinkedIn and Career Builder. But when you do, you get flooded with resumes that are hard to sort through? Well, ClearFit does the job posting for you and then goes through them and makes sure that you only talk to people who are a good fit for your company. We’ll find out how he built his company.
  • How a reluctant entrepreneur gained 500k users and instant profitability – with Gregg Pollack

    Andrew Khalili
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Joining me is an entrepreneur who says that he didn’t start out wanting to become an entrepreneur but he ended up building a great company. Gregg Pollack is the founder of Code School which teachers coding skills to software developers. I invited him here to tell us how he did it. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Gregg Pollack Gregg Pollack is the founder of Code School which provides continuing education for software developers. You can see his talk here. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by…
  • How to grow your revenue even when you’re not working – with Carl Hancock

    Joe Mixergy Editor
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This interview is about how to go from being a consultant who trades hours for money, to creating a product, which continues to grow your revenue even when you’re not working. Carl Hancock did that. He is the co-founder of RocketGenius which is the development company behind GravityForms, a plug-in that lets anyone with the WordPress site add powerful forms to their sites. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Carl Hancock Carl Hancock is the co-founder and partner at RocketGenius which is a web strategy, design, development…
  • How do you know when to let an idea go? – with Noam Schwartz

    Andrew Khalili
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What happens when you realize your original idea won’t work? This is the story of a founder who almost ran out of money pursuing a stalled business idea and what happened when he changed his mind at the last minute. Noam Schwartz is the co-founder of TapDog which aggregated data on companies, like how much traffic their web sites got & what was said about them in the news. It was bought by SimilarWeb, where he’s working right now. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Noam Schwartz Noam Schwartz is the CEO and…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • David Levin - CloudSpace USA

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    If your company has been operating for five years or so, you’re probably looking to expand your IT capabilities sometime soon. David Levin, founder and CEO of CloudSpace USA, has the service for you. CloudSpace USA is a boutique, turn-key IT service for small business. Besides Virtual Private Cloud services, the company offers custom cloud development and more.
  • Women Mean Business - Dorothy Gibbons

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Leisa Holland-Nelson hosts Dorothy Gibbons, co-founder and CEO of The Rose, a non-profit breast health organization. Dorothy introduces a partnership event with Massage Heights.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jay Steinfeld

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Should branding start with the employees? It does at Blinds.com. Robin Tooms visits with Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Blinds.com.
  • School of Business 8/30/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show about the entrepreneur class, the heavy lifters who are propping up our economy. We are rich beyond our wildest imagination! Includes: our Quote of the Week—a financial observation from American satirist P.J. O’Rourke; This Week in Business History includes unlikely compadres the Stars & Stripes, the Titanic and Google; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should; and Dumb Moments—a legal tax move.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Rassul Zarinfar

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Rassul Zarinfar, founder and CEO of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., talks with Jen Lemanski about trends in the brewing industry and how changes in the regulatory environment have spurred the growth of microbreweries in Texas.
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    Bplans Blog

  • [SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day…

    Jonathan Michael
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    When was the first Labor Day? When did it become a national holiday? Who “invented” it? Take a light-hearted look back at the origins of Labor Day, a holiday where we can kick our feet up, enjoy a burger or beer, and celebrate our own hard-working awesomeness. A Brief History of Labor Day: How will... The post [SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day… appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

    Scott Gerber
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,... The post 12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

    Arlene Soto
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    How do I decide if a business idea is likely to be successful? What is meant by “company culture” and how is it important to my business? Do I need to hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for my small business? How do I sell my products to the federal government? What's your question? The post The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Monthly Expenses

    Kim Whitley
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether your business is a brand new venture, or you’ve been up and running for years already, it’s likely that you’re on the lookout to reduce your expenditure as much as possible. A common fear that comes with saving money is the concept of “cutting back,” that a large-scale, dramatic change is necessary in order... The post 4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Monthly Expenses appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

    Jonathan Michael
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they’re in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom... The post Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • 5 Innovative Business Incubator Strategies

    James Murphy
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
      So you want to join a business incubator?  Here are 5 key strategies to help you compare options.   1. Stake it to make it  If the incubator doesn’t have a stake in the companies, they are just selling real estate.  That’s a fine model, and it is innovative as a real estate strategy- just not all that innovative as an incubator. Innovative business incubators have a stake in the companies they incubate.   They live or die, in the long term, based on their incubated companies’ successes.  The stake can come in equity, royalty debt, convertible debt, or some…
  • Could Connected Homes Hit the Mainstream in 2015?

    Sakshi Sharma
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Internet of Things has been picking up a lot of steam, and there are more connected home devices available now than ever before. But having many different manufacturers all providing individual solutions makes for a very fragmented experience—not entirely inline with the “connected” ideal. But there are two major players who may provide the solution. The first is Apple, a behemoth and a market leader. Where Apple goes, others will follow, and back at WWDC in June Apple announced HomeKit, a framework for securely connecting and controlling various gadgets. The other player is…
  • An Inside Look at the Amemo Slim One Silver 2000mAh-External Battery Pack

    Kevin Maddox
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    iPhone 6 will be released by September 2014 concurrently with Apple’s new operating system iOS 8. Lots of people will be adding another Smartphone into their life. If you own a Tablet, a Smartphone and a number of other mobile devices that require power, chances are keeping them fully charged is a dilemma you might be facing on a daily basis. It is possible your phone battery dies down way before your first break after lunch and you have to rush home to charge immediately after work. Charging at the busy office is usually not a choice for many considering how risky it is. Someone might just…
  • This is How Two Best Friends Successfully Pivoted – And Stayed Best Friends

    Will Schmidt
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You may remember Hunter Gray and Michel Bayan from their work on Atlas, a real-time scheduling platform we covered a little over a year ago. To date, they were one of the only startup companies to win hottest showcasing startup at two different Tech Cocktail events. But along the way Atlas began to stutter a little bit. To make the scheduling easier on Atlas, they built Atlas around a calendar. The issue was that users were using the bulk of their smartphone screen real estate for this calendar, and the other app features were shifted away from the main screen. One of the other main…
  • Design Your Mobile Strategy for the Future

    Bobby Emamian
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you had said the Facebook mobile app left something to be desired two years ago, you would find few people in disagreement. It was a slow, uninspired experience that failed not only to satisfy users, but also to make any money for the social media juggernaut. Then, in 2012, Facebook realized it needed to revamp its mobile strategy and released a new and improved app with a pledge to focus on a more native experience. Now Facebook has more than a billion mobile users with more than half of its revenue coming from mobile ads — before, there were none. Those numbers are directly related to…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • iCloud Data Breach: Hacking And Celebrity Photos

    Dave Lewis
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A few days ago a group calling themselves hackappcom posted a proof of concept script on the popular code repository called Github that would allow for a user to attempt to breach iCloud and access a user account. This script would query iCloud services via the “Find My iPhone” API to guess username and password combinations. The problem here was that apparently Apple was not limiting the number of queries. This allowed for attackers to have numerous chances to guess password combinations without the fear of being locked out.
  • How Accounting Firms Become Family Offices

    Russ Alan Prince
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    These days many accounting services are considered commodities; there are more competitors vying for the same business with no discernible difference between offerings and consistent downward pressure on fees in order to attract new revenue. Simultaneously, many clients, especially those with significant personal wealth, are demanding a higher level of service from their providers. This combination of factors means the accounting field is facing some critical dilemmas that can impact the long-term sustainability and profitability of its core relationships and business lines.
  • When The Rich And Famous Get Into Trouble

    Russ Alan Prince
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Everyone makes mistakes. It’s part of the human condition. According to Richard J. Flynn, managing partner of Flynn Family Office, “In working for the super-rich, there are going to be times when they or their loved ones do something that’s not very smart. There are other times when circumstances get out of control. And, other times when they’re being victimized. These are times I get a panicked call. When I get one of these calls, my job is to pull together the appropriate team of specialists and personally manage the process to remedy the problem.”
  • Serious Lessons From Comedian Chris Tucker's $14 Million IRS Bill

    Robert W. Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Chris Tucker Owes Millions in Taxes, and Interest and Penalties Make it Worse. Here's What You Need to Avoid Following the Same Path.
  • The Evolution Of The Employee

    Jacob Morgan
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This concept and the visual was taken from my new book which came out today called, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Will A Business Incubator Help Hatch Your Startup?

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. According to the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA), there are over 7,000 of these locations worldwide, and even new online versions like Pitchswag springing up here and there. Most of these are non-profits, set up by a university to commercialize new technologies, or a municipality to foster business development for the local economy. A few are still trying to make a profitable business out of nurturing startups, but it’s…
  • How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing). The implications of the decision you make are huge, defining your brand image, your funding requirements, and your long-term business viability. The revenue model you select is basically the implementation of your business strategy, and the key to attaining your financial objectives. Obviously, it must be grounded by the characteristics of the market and customers you…
  • Relate Your Technology Solution to Customer Values

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Young entrepreneurs often are so excited by new technology or their latest invention that they forget to translate it into a value proposition that their customers or potential investors can understand. They can become frustrated with investors, senior executives and even customers who don’t seem to “get it,” with the result that everyone loses. Senior business leaders, for example, are unlikely to relate when you pitch your latest web app that mashes up existing technology derived from early social-networking applications. Mashup probably reminds senior leaders of a train wreck, and…
  • Entrepreneurs Need To Be Experts On Social Change

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many entrepreneurs think that adapting to the new technologies, like smart phones and Internet commerce, are the key to attracting new customers. In fact, businesses need to adapt just as completely to the changes in the buying and social behavior of consumers. High-technology product startups, without customers, don’t make a business. Today’s customer buying dynamics are all about “user experience,” according to Brian Solis, in his recent book “What’s the Future of Business?.” This thought leader in new media asserts that every business needs to understand social psychology and…
  • 10 Calculated Risks That Lead To Startup Success

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same. Many risks can be managed or calculated to improve growth or provide a competitive edge, while others, like skipping quality checks to save money, are recipes for failure. The challenge is to avoid the bad risks, while actively seeking and managing the smart risks. There are no guarantees in business, but it pays to learn from the experiences of entrepreneurs and business experts who have gone…
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    Presentation Zen

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Other Vendors' Demos – Great Source for Learning

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

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

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

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention TeamOrThe Curse of the Hunter-Farmer ModelAre your sales teams traditional, better or truly great?  Contemplate the following (ugly) scenario:  A customer calls his sales person to ask for help implementing software he purchased recently – there seems to be a mismatch regarding the capabilities delivered vs. what he expected…He leaves a voicemail message, but hears nothing back from the sales rep.  He then calls customer service and describes his problem (again) to them.  Customer service promises to look…
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  • 2014 Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nexenta Gets Funding From Dell

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Santa Clara-based Nexenta, which develops software-defined storage sofware for the data center, has scored an investment from Dell Ventures, the venture capital arm of Dell. Size of the investment, and other details, were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Google Unveils Drone Delivery Effort

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Google revealed Thursday that it has launched a new effort to develop drones for delivery of goods, showing off a video of its drones delivering a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a couple of Australian farmers.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Google Buys Zync Render For Visual Effects In The Cloud

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Mountain View-based Google has expanded out its cloud services platform, saying today that it has acquired Zync Render, a service which helps movie studios render their special effects in the cloud. Financial terms of the buy were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Armetheon Finds $7M

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Menlo Park-based Armetheon, a developer of biopharmceuticals aimed at treating cardiovascular conditions, has raised $7.0M in a first round of funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Nutanix Gets $140M, Valued Over $2 Billion

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    San Jose-based Nutanix, a developer of products for the converged server, storage, and networking market, said this week that it has raised $140M in a Series E funding. The funding came from un-named, Boston-based public investors.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • SXSW Eco Announces Finalists for Startup Showcase and Place by Design Competitions

    Bryan Menell
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco), a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today announced the finalists for its third annual entrepreneurial pitch and and second annual public space design competitions, the Startup Showcase and Place by Design. SXSW Eco will take place October 6-8, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour Tonight at The Dogwood

    Bryan Menell
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Come to The Dogwood tonight, August 21st from 6pm - 8pm for Austin Tech Happy Hour!
  • Polygraph Media Acquires Offergraph; Harvard Data Science Expertise

    Bryan Menell
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Polygraph Media today announced it has acquired Offergraph, the predictive marketing technology company founded by Ian Karnell, Jeremi Karnell, and Dr. Edo Airoldi.
  • UnLtd USA Selects First Cohort of Impact Entrepreneurs

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems, has selected its first cohort. Six impact enterprises have been chosen to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support. The entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants and went through a rigorous selection process that included pitching to two Final Selection Panels composed of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The year-long program kicks off in September. Entrepreneurs will receive seed funding, on-going mentorship and training from the…
  • Famigo Grows Network of Pre-Loaded Mobile Devices, Adds Two New Samsung Tablets

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Famigo, a company providing safer experiences for children on mobile devices, now comes preloaded via the Android platform on two new and popular tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Families can access educational entertainment—with new content added daily for constant engagement—and use Famigo’s optional child lock to keep tablets family-safe.
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  • Ecommerce Links: August 2014

    Linda Bustos
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    To wrap up August, enjoy these informative ecommerce related articles from around the Web.Smart Insights shares 10 tips to create an effective Cart Recovery Programme.Think going responsive is a silver bullet for raising mobile conversion? Marketing Experiments shares a case where responsive did win the A/B test — in aggregate, but actually decreased on mobile devices.How To Make Mobile Convert: The Most Common Mobile Store Mistakes and How to Make Mobile eCommerce Convert: What’s Effective In Mobile Design Right Now from ConversionXL round out our mobile entries.Econsultancy offers a…
  • 13 xkcd Comics for Ecommerce Professionals

    Linda Bustos
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Get Elastic is on vacation this week, so in lieu of articles, enjoy this collection of xkcd comics that poke a little fun at our industry.(Click comics to view their original posts)Understanding star reviewsOnline package trackingDownload our app!Mobile marketingMarketing interviewCoupon codeHome page usabilityConsumer behaviorHow to annoy a web developerA dollar a day…A minus-minus Ebay feedbackQR code…Advantage AmazonAnd for more geeky-funny, check out the entire archive of xkcd
  • The United State of Social Commerce [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    This week’s infographic looks at social commerce statistics and trends in the US, courtesy of Invesp Consulting.TweetablesSocial commerce is projected to grow to $14B in 2015, compared to $3B in 2012 Tweet thisSocial commerce is forecast to reach 5% of online retail revenue by 2015 Tweet thisPositive reviews can bump a product’s price by 9.5% Tweet thisNegative reviews have an 11% chance of changing purchase intent Tweet this86% of the top 25 ecommerce sites use Facebook Like and Twitter buttons, 82% Pinterest Tweet this61% of online retailers use Pinterest buttons Tweet this42%…
  • 9 Types and 6 Tips for Vine Video Marketing

    Linda Bustos
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    A few years back, I posted 17 styles of Twitter updates for online retailers, from branding to customer care to “transactional” tweets. Absent from that list (because it didn’t exist) was micro-video from Vine and Instagram.The micro-video format has a few different useful applications for brand and ecommerce content marketers, but is still fairly underused, perhaps due to its perceived difficulty to produce good content. But done well, they may be more attention grabbing, persuasive and shareworthy than some of your text-only social updates.If you’re looking for…
  • Are Your Cross-sells Killing Conversion?

    Linda Bustos
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    It’s generally believed that product recommendations on ecommerce sites increase conversion and average order value.But according to e-tailing group’s 16th Annual Merchant Survey, 59% of retailers don’t know what kind of conversion rates they achieve when shoppers preview upsells or cross-sells on product pages. When you consider that 9% don’t use such merchandising, that adjusts to 65% of those that do. And cart pages are not far behind.With so many retailers not measuring the effectiveness of product recommendations, we can imagine how few are testing and optimizing their…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

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

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
 
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  • Breakthroughs, Triggers, Influence + Tested Methods [Noise Reduction .78]

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

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

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

    Todd Spear
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know that 7 – 13 September 2014 is Migraine Awareness Week? Now, before you think of a million and one smarmy responses to that revelation, think about he marketing possibilities for such a week. As a solutions provider to your customers, you could put a clever spin on the oft maligned migraine by positioning your marketing efforts to offer relief for your customers’ headaches. Okay, so maybe that examples a little too easy, but there’s plenty of merit to the idea. Have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or…
  • Compelling Surveys & Questionnaires, Healthy Passwords & Lead Magnet Examples [Noise Reduction .76]

    Florence
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang, I can’t wait for you all to hear some of the new podcast interviews I’ve been recording this week. As our active PreneurCast listeners would know, Dom and I are taking a short break from publishing new episodes, and rebroadcasting some of the best shows from our 3-year catalogue. But we’ll be back with all-new shows very shortly, including two I recorded this week: one with the direct-marketing legend behind the BluBlocker Sunglasses, Joe Sugarman, and one with Phil Barham, who is the man responsible for the My Family Sticker phenomenon. Until then, I hope…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Anqor a next generation of roaming hotspot devices

    Greg Anderson
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Data roaming in around the world is stupid expensive. On a recent trip to the States I turned on mobile roaming only a few times to quickly check Google Maps or to hop on and off Whatsapp, and boom - I get a text message from my Finnish carrier telling me that I've hit €60 in roaming fees already. I'm not the first person to get this "really guys?" feeling, as seen by the rise of mobile hotspot hacks like Finland's Goodspeed, Finland's Ukko Mobile, Sweden's Holliday Phone, and Latvia's Roamer App. These roaming devices generally hold a number of country-specific SIM Cards for you to take on…
  • Legal Tech meetup gets started in Stockholm

    Greg Anderson
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Despite the slow pace of the legal system, lawyers, programmers, academics, and general hackers are developing new solutions to help common folk and professionals to navigate the law. We've seen a few of these legal hacking projects pop up in the region, with a few notable ones popping up in Sweden including Matval (which we've been playing email tag with to get an article out), Swiftcourt, and Precisely - the startup by the new Stockholm Legal Hackers meetup founder Robert Gullander. With the rise of these startups, the new meetup group plans to bring together the right type of people for…
  • Catching up with Shark Punch's Masterplan

    Greg Anderson
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    With a name like Shark Punch and a team of ex-Rocket Pack founders recently freed up after being acquired by Disney in 2011, we were curious what was happening over at the game studio. So after firing off an open-ended email we were over at their Hakaniemi, Headquarters the same day to check out their first title, The Masterplan, which is being released as a Steam early-access on September 15 after quickly getting through Greenlight - PC game distributor Steam's democratic voting process for getting indie games onto their platform. There's no punching sharks in this game, but The Masterplan…
  • A castle built from Bitcoins rises in Estonia

    Marija Odineca
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    We know Estonia as a progressive and tech savvy country. Skype, #estonianmafia, favourable tax policy for startups, electronic ID, and internet declared as human right. What other tech news could possibly make us wonder? Well, there’s a 600 years old castle in North Estonia called Malla Manor that is set up to become a Bitcoin innovation centre, according to Finnish silver investor and Bitcoin entrepreneur Risto Pietilä. Risto is known for its Estonia-based investment silver enterprise SilverBank.net and using its proceeds to invest in Bitcoin. He is also an active member of Bitcoin…
  • Blueprint Genetics Raises close to €2 million

    Greg Anderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Genetics testing is certainly on the rise. Companies with large advertising budgets like 23 and Me has started to become somewhat of a household name in the States, and hospitals and individuals alike are digging into the new technology to see what timebombs might be hiding in our genes. A Finnish player in this space, Blueprint Genetics, looks like it's on a solid path after Inventure and Avohoidon Tutkimussäätiö, a Finnish foundation, announced that they've put close to €2 million into Blueprint, raising their total funding to €2.96 million. Previously the company was invested in…
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up

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

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

    Sam Huleatt
    16 Dec 2013 | 8:50 pm
    In an interview with Semil Shah, Keith Rabois remarks that he (Rabois) worries startup talent has become too fragmented. Rabois’ conjecture is that to have a true break-away company (a la Facebook, Twitter, etc) you need a concentration of very talented folks. For the most part I agree with this — although I think certain types of Internet driven companies may require less technical human capital than before*. Anyhow, a trend I have observed is that some A and/or B round companies seem to be raising large amounts of cash — more than they would seemingly need so early.
  • Are We Better Informed Than Ever Before?

    Sam Huleatt
    28 Nov 2013 | 8:09 pm
      I watched a recent Stocks and Scotch video featuring Howard Lindzon, Felix Salmon, Henry Blodget and two others discussing the future of media. One of Henry’s comments stuck out to me: “we are better informed than ever”. I’m sure overall it’s true — after all, information has been democratized. As recently as our parents’ generation, most Americans were limited to a couple of news sources (your local newspaper and a few TV channels). That said, I also find myself falling into the trap of consuming endless amounts of niche information –…
  • Startups as a Career

    Sam Huleatt
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:23 pm
    I’ve been reading a lot of opinions that there are “too many” startups right now. To many investors. I tend to agree. That said, I was thinking the other night about a contrarian view point. Facts: Every smart person I know wants to start a company (be an entrepreneur) There is already an (over)abundance of seed funds and angels Everyone I know who has exited a company wants to start a venture/seed fund (more funds coming!) Many feel startups are a safer bet than than the stock market. The traditional business model of working for a big cooperation/job security is finished…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Up for Coffee

    public
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Company / App Name: Up for Coffee https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/up-for-coffee/id891307781?mt=8 Twitter – upforcoffee What does it do? Simply makes it easy to invite anyone you know for coffee. Why do we need it? The app cuts out the back and forth of trying to plan a coffee meet up. The sender picks a time and place, and as soon as the recipient accepts the meeting automatically gets added to both users calendars, with a reminder! Who is it for? Anyone who sets up coffee meetings. What makes it stand out from the crowd? The app works seamlessly with your iPhone’s contacts and…
  • Pitch for notesmartly

    public
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Company / App Name: notesmartly http://notesmartly.com/ Twitter – notesmartly What does it do? A place to organize your documents , to dos , task lists and more. use it however you like it.Documents , drawing and board for collaboration are all in one place. Get Things Done using it. Organize Your World Why do we need it? We have many apps around productivity but this one is fast and secure . capture your thoughts , notes audio video journal everything in one place. Who is it for? Some one who finds it hard to be organized and equally for someone who reads OCD as CDO that obsessive…
  • Pitch for Swimmer Man

    public
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Company / App Name: Swimmer Man https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.CTRoberts.Swimmer_Man Twitter – Swimmer__Man What does it do? Swimmer Man is casual arcade game. Help Swimmer Man go as far as he can whilst avoiding the sharks who are trying to eat him. The longer you last the harder it gets. Become a master of the game and aim for the top of the leader-boards. Why do we need it? Because its fun addictive and great way to challenge your friends. The game will frustrate you every time you die, it plays with your mind, haunts you in your sleep until you become the best Who…
  • Pitch for Best Butt Exercises For Women – Android App

    public
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Company / App Name: Best Butt Exercises For Women – Android App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.healthbeckon.buttexercises Twitter – healthbeckon What does it do? Best Butt Exercises For Women FREE is an amazing butt and leg routine app that includes exercises for shaping and strengthening both at the same time. By simply spending 5-10 minutes daily, you can flaunt a well-toned and firm lower body. Why do we need it? to improve your health, body personality and better looks. Who is it for? For women only. What makes it stand out from the crowd? women fitness.
  • Pitch for Wthr :

    public
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Company / App Name: Wthr : Innovative World Weather Forecast & HD Radar http://www.r3app.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/r3applive What does it do? iWeather Pro perfect weather app to plan your day. iWeather Pro has all the relevant and important information you need, in an easy-to-read and intuitive layout. Why do we need it? One feature that you won’t find in too many other weather apps is Live Tile View. This allows users to view weather forecast for four different locations tiled at a time. Users can access HD radar feature with high-quality of images. Who is it for? Anyone…
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    Techday

  • One month to go until more choice in .nz domain names

    Contributor
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Sponsored Start-Up In exactly one month the second level .nz hierarchy you’re so used to seeing will undergo a major change.    Read More →
  • Canvas Network builds Minecraft knowledge with MOOCs

    Catherine Murray
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Educate "MOOCs have the power to tear down walls and bring our brightest contemporaries together. Through Minecraft and other engaging forums, we want to help teachers and students come together to advance education everywhere.”   Read More →
  • Counter Spy is a different kind of stealth game

    Damian Seeto
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Game Console Many stealth games have been made in the video game industry, although most of them are 3D-based. Counter Spy may be the first stealh-based game that is a 2D side-scroller.    Read More →
  • Gender debate continues as Absolute IT slams “very wrong” bonus claims

    James Henderson
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Featured IT Brief “Tech industry women can breathe a sigh of relief knowing there male counterparts are not necessarily taking home better salary packages."   Read More →
  • Videoconferencing remains relevant despite mixed market results

    James Henderson
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Featured Telco Review "Despite the mixed results, recent IDC survey data indicates that video is still a key component of collaboration and continues to place high on the list of priorities for many organisations."   Read More →
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs in Washington DC

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benefits and drawbacks of starting up in Washington, DC. Recently, we spoke with Dede Haskins, the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute. In addition to coaching some the most dynamic companies in the Metro DC area, she has also acted as the President of Women in…
  • Why You Should Launch a Startup in Washington DC

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benefits and drawbacks of starting up in Washington, DC. Recently we spoke with Dede Haskins, the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute. With more than 20 years of experience working with some of the most powerful and fastest growing companies on…
  • First Jobs of Successful Entrepreneurs

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    While the achievements of successful entrepreneurs are usually what make the headlines, it is too often overlooked that they started somewhere, often working typical blue-collar jobs. So if you think your current job is holding you back from launching that dream company of yours, don’t despair, because we have a list of industry leaders who managed to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur: Warren Buffett Widely considered to be the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. However, this…
  • The Eating Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in their daily -- or nightly -- routine. With advice from top entrepreneurs and innovative practitioners, these creative customs can help put you on the path to progress. For this installment, we take a look at some helpful, and healthful, eating habits that every…
  • Founder Institute Officially Launches in Costa Rica, our First Program in Central America

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Today we have some very exciting news - we are officially launching our newest chapter in San Jose, Costa Rica! Although the Founder Institute operates across over 65 cities and six continents, the new Costa Rica Autumn 2014 Semester will actually be our first in Central America. Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Costa Rica Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/san_jose.  In order to celebrate the launch, the Costa Rica Founder Institute will host a “Pre-Curriculum” of free startup…
 
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    OnlyOnce

  • Physical Therapist or Chiropractor?

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

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

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

    Matt Blumberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Gift of Feedback, Part IV I wrote a few weeks ago about my live 360 – the first time I’ve ever been in the room for my own review discussion.  I now have a development plan drafted coming out of the session, and having cycled it through the contributors to the review, I’m ready to go with it.  As I did in 2008, 2009, and 2011, I’m posting it here publicly.  This time around, there are three development items: Continue to spend enough time in-market.  In particular, look for opportunities to spend more time with direct clients.  There was a lot of discussion about this at my…
  • Book Short: Culture is King

    Matt Blumberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Culture is King Joy, Inc.:  How We Built a Workplace People Love, by Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, was a really good read. Like Remote  which I reviewed a few weeks ago, Joy, Inc. is ostensibly a book about one thing — culture — but is also full of good general advice for CEOs and senior managers. Also like Remote, the book was written by the founder and CEO of a relatively small firm that is predominately software engineers, so there are some limitations to its specific lessons unless you adapt them to your own environment. Unlike Remote, though,…
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    Startup Houston

  • MEST Conference Returns September 16

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

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

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

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

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

  • Techstars Descends Upon Austin, TX!

    Sonya Caprio
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Techstars is descending upon Austin, TX next week for two back-to-back events – our Austin Demo Day on Wednesday, September 3rd, followed by FounderCon on the 4th and the 5th. Check out the list of companies who will be participating in Demo Day, and to the Techstars Austin 2014 class, best of luck! FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions, and tons of opportunity to network with almost 400 Techstars founders and alumni from across our 36 programs to date. This year’s FounderCon theme is…
  • The 10 Newest Techstars Alumni

    Troy Henikoff
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Each year I look forward to Demo Day more than any other day of the year. Each year I am more and more amazed by the entrepreneurs and what they accomplish. Each year the bar is raised higher and higher. It cannot continue forever, but it certainly did yesterday, WOW! With the pressure on and the House of Blues packed, our ten companies gave the best presentations of their lives. They rose to the occasion, putting an exclamation point on months of intense hours and late nights. It has been my pleasure to watch our entrepreneurs grow and their products develop over the summer. It’s a…
  • Mentor Spotlights

    Megan Sweeney
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    It’s time to show off some more amazing mentors in the Techstars network.  Below are some super short videos with tips and recommendations from some of the most seasoned entrepreneurs from across the Techstars network. Jason Mendelson, Managing Partner at Foundry Group David Mandell, CEO & Founder at PivotDesk Howard Diamond, CEO at MobileDay Chris Moody, Data Strategy at Twitter Kevin Menzie, CEO & Founder and Jeff Rodanski, Partner & Creative Director of Slice of Lime The post Mentor Spotlights appeared first on Techstars.
  • Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars

    Taylor McLemore
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    We are excited to announce the next Patriot Boot Camp (PBC): Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars. (Apply here!) The event will be held in Madison, WI from September 26th – 28th, 2014. For those of you not familiar with PBC, it is a 3-day program focused on our nations’ veterans and their families, intended to be the catalyst to spark a company, find a co-founder, or connect with a business mentor. PBC leverages the Techstars network to provide entrepreneurial education and mentoring that helps participants solidify a business idea, improve their fundraising pitch,…
  • Techstars Boulder Informal Job Fair on 8/27

    Nicole Glaros
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Companies in the current Techstars Boulder 2014 class are trying to do more faster, and they need to hire immediately! On Wed, Aug 27th, from 6-7:30 pm EST, Techstars Boulder will open its doors to highly passionate and motivated people wanting to work for a startup.  You’ll meet the companies in the current class that are hiring over an informal beer. There won’t be an agenda for the evening, just networking with great startups! Available Positions include: Designer (UI/UX) Graphic Designer Business Development Growth Hacker Account Manager Inside Sales Person Sales &…
 
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    Valleywag

  • San Francisco Gets Lazier: An App for Valet Parking Everywhere

    Kevin Montgomery
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Another week, another app designed by the entitled techno-brats of San Francisco, for their entitled friends. Here's Zirx, an app that makes someone else park your car. Read more...
  • Angry Birds CEO Resigns Because Who the Hell Still Plays That?

    Sam Biddle
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    There was a moment in recent history when Angry Birds, a smartphone game people play on the toilet, was poised to sweep all of pop culture. There would be Angry Bird theme parks, museums, stuffed animals, and tampons. Now, that dream is dead.Read more...
  • Bloomberg: Google Exec Headed to White House for Top Tech Job

    Sam Biddle
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    According to the usual anonymous administration sources, Bloomberg is reporting that Megan Smith, VP of Google's shadowy R&D lab, will assume the role of Obama's top tech advisor: Read more...
  • Apple Store Guards Stage Sit-In Demanding Higher Wages

    Kevin Montgomery
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Silicon Valley's top tech firms are infamous for paying their help borderline-poverty wages, including private security. Today, some of Apple's retail and corporate guards protested their low pay at the company's flagship shop in San Francisco.Read more...
  • LA Sheriff's Deputy Who Killed Former Napster Exec Won't Be Charged

    Kevin Montgomery
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. was killed while biking last December when a Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy lost control of his vehicle while using a laptop. Now, the L.A. County District Attorney is declining to bring charges against the deputy, saying there is not enough evidence to prove negligence.Read more...
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • RECOMMENDED READING

    John Ingrisano
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    FOR THE CHRISTIAN BUSINESS PERSON If you’re in business – a sales professional, manager, or entrepreneur – you read how-to books.  And the first thing you check out is the subject’s or the author’s credentials.  Makes sense.  After all, you don’t want biz advice from a person best known because “he once ran a lemonade stand; it failed.”  No, you want to hear from someone who knows the game. Well, how about a business how-to book about how Jesus would do it?  That’s what you’ll get in Dennis E. Hensley’s Jesus in the 9 to 5.  Hensley, the director of professional…
  • FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED

    John Ingrisano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    MY FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED As some of you know, I have been working on a novel about the sex trade.The working title is Daughters of an Abandoned Civilization.  It is more than half done and coming along nicely.  Along the way, I have also been carving out free-standing short stories and submitting them for publication.  Though a professional writer for around 40 year, I have never had any fiction published.  No takers … until now. So, I am pleased – more like delighted and thrilled – to announce that, finally, one of my stories, “The Prostitute,” has been accepted and…
  • 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…
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    StartupMuse

  • How to Fix Healthcare: QUOTE!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

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

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
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    Start Up Blog

  • What we get paid for

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    What we actually get paid for is all the work we did yesterday, and the day before that, and the year before that. In fact, what we get paid for is the work we did when no one was watching and no one was paying.
  • How to solve the busy problem

    Steve Sammartino
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I feel like no one should be permitted to call ‘busy’ anymore. If everyone is busy, then it is as if no one is busy. In classic algebraic form, we can strike it from both sides of the equation and just call it equal. But it does surprise me that people don’t employ the oldest rule in economics when they get too busy: Put the price up. Economics 101 tells us that increased prices reduces demand and equalises supply. And believe it or not we can do it with our time, our job, our freelance work and even our startup. It seems as though the first rule in economics is the one…
  • The average success story

    Steve Sammartino
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    While success is in the eye of the beholder, I heard an interesting fact recently about intelligence and financial independence.  And that fact was that the vast majority of financially independent people have average or below average intelligence. We are talking here about raw intellectual capability. This would seem counter intuitive to everything we are taught to believe in school, the corporate world and life. That we have to be ‘smart’ to accumulate financial advantage. Turns out the opposite is true and social researchers put it down to one simple thing: “People of…
  • My favourite entrepreneur hacks

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    I recently did I podcast with a friend Murray Galbraith who runs Dads.co – a place for dads to share and celebrate being a rad dad. I was particularly happy with the chat we had as it covered many of the important parts of being a dad, and being independent economically. I really think it’s some good ear candy. You can listen to it here. Also, this Wednesday night I’ll giving a talk at the Entrepreneurs Club in Melbourne, about how to transition from employee to entrepreneur. I’m really excited about this one as I’ll be sharing my top 10 “Hacks of…
  • How small changes in where we work can change everything

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    I’m going to tell you quite a personal story about how changing one simple thing last year changed my earnings and work life dramatically. It starts with a story I heard from an old 1960’s business coach called Bob Proctor. I was listening to a podcast of his where he described the following situation. A gentleman was the owner of a medium sized, $10 million dollar enterprise. He was the sole owner of the business and employed a large number of staff for the time. It was during the 1980’s. Unfortunately he passed away unexpectedly and all of the staff members and senior…
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    Springwise

  • Coffee stain? Menswear brand will deliver a fresh white shirt in under 90 mins

    Springwise
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Add / Remove The idea of an emergency wardrobe service isn't an especially new one — we recently wrote about the Closet S.O.S. campaign the Costa Rican branch of Forever 21, for example. However, these services are often aimed at women, but the fashion industry is increasingly moving towards the newly fashion-conscious male market and London-based tailor Thomas Pink's 90-Minute Delivery service helps customers quickly replace a smart shirt in the case of an emergency. Many people will have experienced the mishap of organizing an important post-lunch meeting, only to have gotten food…
  • Fire detector for tightly-packed slums alerts at-risk neighbors

    Springwise
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Add / Remove In an average-sized home, a smoke detector is useful for sensing the presence of a fire while distinguishing dangerous heat from cooking. However, in the shacks found in the slums of South Africa, for example, ovens aren't used and standard devices aren't as suitable for determining real threat. The country's Khusela startup has now developed a smart detector specifically for shacks, which enable community-wide warnings in the event of a fire. The device looks much like a typical fire alarm, but the technology inside caters to the specific needs of the slums. These…
  • Licensed images made free-to-use through embedded attribution

    Springwise
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Add / Remove Back in 2012, stock and news photography agency Getty Images embarked on the Watermark Project, which redesigned the way it protected images from being used illegitimately and added a shortlink to make them more useful. Now, it's investing in a new service called IMGembed, which provides an easy and free way for anyone to use a licensed image on their site through HTML embedding, while ensuring creators get credited. For a while now the web has posed a difficult dilemma for content creators — how can they take advantage of the exposure of online sharing while also being…
  • Tag for micro Bitcoin donations rewards online content creators

    Springwise
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Add / Remove The hype around new cryptocurrencies — particularly Bitcoin — has died down somewhat in recent months. However, rather than being the result of a falling out of fashion, it may be because Bitcoin has kept its market price fairly steady since the beginning of the year. It's also gaining traction as a digital tipping option, with platforms such as Cheers enabling buskers to accept the virtual currency. Now ChangeTip wants to encourage web users to show their appreciation for online content by sending a small Bitcoin donation with a comment tag. At it's simplest,…
  • Smart lightbulb features a HD speaker for music and room-to-room chat

    Springwise
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Smart lightbulbs aren't a new concept — we wrote about the smartphone controlled NXP system back in 2011 — but so far, they've mostly been limited to the task of illuminating a space. Recognizing that smart capabilities can enable devices to do much more than their original function, LightFreq has created a bulb that offers intelligent audio features on top of…
 
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    entrepreMusings

  • How do You do Your Homework?!

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

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

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

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

    Aruni
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I finally faced a big fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be indifferent about.  It’s been a multi-year endeavor, and I published them online via DistroKid back in March 2014.  Getting them on the sites below was the easiest part of this whole endeavor and apparently I’ve made $10.50 on them in March and April!  There’s a two month lag in reporting sales via DistroKid.  I wasn’t sure I’d even get $5, so I’m excited about the extra $5.50 that I can use to buy lottery tickets! I didn’t create the songs…
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    The Next Web

  • Sqwiggle now lets you use your iPad as a ‘second screen’ for always-on team video chats

    Ben Woods
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Sqwiggle, a platform for helping remote teams work together more efficiently by utilizing always-on group video chat, has just launched its first iPad app, building on its established Web and Mac apps. Soft-launched a few days back, the iPad app has been designed to work in tandem with the desktop app. So when you open it, all the potential video streams move across to the iPad, but all the text chat stays on the desktop. Closing the app automatically moves any conversations back to the desktop. Just like the desktop, the iPad app will also show still images of each team... This story…
  • Reddit’s new official ‘AMA’ app makes it super easy to browse its popular interviews

    Kaylene Hong
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Reddit is well known for its interesting AMA (Ask Me Anything) interviews – it reached a high in 2012 when Obama participated in an AMA on the site and subsequently has seen colorful characters including Bill Gates and Snoop Dogg Lion (twice). Now Reddit has released an official app for you to better browse and discover AMA interviews, which can be sometimes buried under the massive amount of content that the site sees every day (as spotted by The Verge). The app is now available for iOS and Variety reports that it is expected to land on Android devices “later in the week.” The…
  • Uber banned across the whole of Germany, appeal likely

    Ben Woods
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Car-hailing service Uber has been banned from operating its services anywhere in Germany, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel today. The report says that a Frankfurt court has blocked Uber from operating as it does not hold the necessary paperwork for carrying out a taxi service in the country – an official permit under the Passenger Transport Act is required. The decision follows a temporary injunction in Berlin that lifted four days after being issued. As was the case in Berlin, Uber is free to appeal the court’s decision, but the ramifications are more serious this time around…
  • Opera’s desktop browser now boasts over 1,000 extensions and comes with a tab preview feature

    Kaylene Hong
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    A new version of Opera’s browser for Mac, Windows and Linux has landed with a useful tab preview feature. This lets users see a large preview of a webpage by hovering the mouse over a tab, in the form of the most recent snapshot of the site. Opera 24 also comes with user interface improvements — Windows users with very dense displays can now get a sharper-looking UI (instead of the display being scaled), which the company says is “similar to what Opera for Mac users get on Retina screens.” In line with the release of Opera 24, the company... This story continues at The Next Web The…
  • YouTube’s new fan funding feature lets you donate to your favorite channel owners

    Jon Russell
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    YouTube is strongly rumored to be launching a subscription-based music service soon, but the Google-owned video site has quietly introduced a new (and far lower-key) payment service that lets viewers send donations to YouTube channel owners. First noticed by the astute folks at Android Police, the fan funding feature in initially available in four countries: the US, Australia, Japan, and Mexico. If you live in any of these places, then you may notice the below pop up appear inside Youtube.com or the service’s mobile apps if the channel owner has turned it on. A ‘tips jar’ is not…
 
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    Entrepreneur Success Blog

  • How to Start a Successful Company in Healthcare

    Jared Reitzin
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Tomorrow I am speaking at a Meet Up in Pasadena across from the Huntington Hospital, or in a building at the Hospital; I cannot tell. The topic is about how to succeed in marketing your startup to the healthcare industry, but I plan on talking about how to win in general. I admit the start time is a little too early, but if you are creating a startup, or a startup focused on healthcare, you might want to join us. We can take espresso shots together. You can RSVP by going here. Here are just a few things I plan on covering tomorrow: It’s all about the relationship: If you…
  • The World’s Most Impressive Invitation Ever Sent Promoting a Grand Opening

    Jared Reitzin
    10 May 2013 | 12:34 am
  • Creating Culture, One Step at a Time

    Jared Reitzin
    28 Mar 2013 | 11:59 pm
    For the past decade I have been focused on a bunch of things, but besides selling, my top two priorities have been: 1. To develop a web-based software that companies can use to grow their business. 2. To create a very special company culture that makes mobileStorm a sought after place to work. mobileStorm’s Core Team My travel to India (still here actually), has allowed me to combine these two passions. I started mobileStorm, not because I thought mobile was going to be the next big thing (even though I knew it would be), but ultimately I didn’t want to work for anyone. I…
  • Going to the mHealth Summit in D.C. Next Week?

    Jared Reitzin
    28 Nov 2012 | 9:34 am
    I wanted to personally invite my readers to an awesome event we are hosting with Kony Solutions during the mHealth Summit in D.C. on Tuesday December 4th. We are taking over the Cherry Blossom, a replica of a 19th century Victorian riverboat. We will have a complete open bar, dinner, and great music that will have you dancing for the entire trip. We will dock for the first hour and then start our journey around D.C. taking in the sights and enjoying each other’s company. The boat will dock directly behind the Gaylord for easy access to the event. Spots are very limited so if you are…
  • How to Protect Yourself From Your Client’s B Player Employees

    Jared Reitzin
    5 Jul 2012 | 5:20 pm
    Everything is going great with your prospect. You think you have a potentially huge deal, and are way down the road on closing it — then bam; your prospect stops engaging and you get an email that they went in another direction. Or how about this; you have been working with your client on a huge upgrade, and the next thing you know they are going in a totally different direction and their reasons make no sense. You are blindsided because you thought everything was going to happen, but after a bit more thought you realize its because the decision makers had the wrong information. Do any…
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 30, 2014)

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

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

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

    Jeremy Horn
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Please submit your nominations for 2014’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Guesterlyexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from the importance of every customer to beyond…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 9, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Product Management Instructor @ General Assembly (New York, NY)Keywords: Education, Mentor , Product Management, Startup , Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1008&lf=twf Product Manager – Web Analytics @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, Analytics, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1012&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1011&lf=twf Product Manager @ eFront (Boston or New…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Unintended Consequences of Messing with Complex Systems

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

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

    Ben Casnocha
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    After posting an excerpt of John Williams’ novel Stoner, I knew I had to read the entirety of the book itself. I did, and it totally delivered on my high expectations. The protagonist, named Stoner, is an unglamorous professor at a small university in rural America. The story focuses on his life, his family, his petty academic disputes, his affair, his love of language, his career ambitions (or lack thereof). Nothing crazy happens. It is simply the story of a reasonably straightforward life as lived by one particular man. He accumulates quite a bit of wisdom along the way — wisdom…
  • Econtalk on The Alliance and Future of Work

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Having raved about Econtalk just the other month, and as a long time listener, it was a particular delight to be invited to go on the show and talk, with Reid and host Russ Roberts, about The Alliance and the history of LinkedIn. We also talked about whether you can explore the meaning of life while in the working world, and I predicted that the ethics of cognitive steroids will be hotly debated in the years to come. The show is an hour long. ### The Alliance is on the New York Times bestseller list for the fourth straight week. Thanks for the support. If you’ve read the book, please…
  • Book Review: Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Some months ago, I was driving, listening to the audiobook of Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff, a collection of short stories. I got home and pulled into the parking space for my apartment. It was nighttime and quiet — all the neighbors were asleep. I turned off the engine but kept the key in the ignition so the battery would power the audio system in the car. I switched off the headlights. I sat in my car, engulfed in darkness, and took in the rich voice the narrator until the story came to an end. They is. They is. They is. The story, “Bullet in the Brain,” which ends that…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • 5 Time-Tested Success Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

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

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

    John Greathouse
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Balance is one of the most important aspects of skiing. A solid foundation formed by two strong legs is key, especially at a competative level. Balance is also an extremely important factor among a founding startup team. Although it is difficult, balance can be achieved on one leg. Just ask Paralympic Champion Michael Milton, who has hurled himself down mountains at 133 miles per hour on a single ski. His time compares favorably with the two-legged world speed record of 157 miles per hour. Just like starting a company…
  • Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

    John Greathouse
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Kurt Kutay, Founder and CEO of Wildland Adventures, believes that "luxury adventure travel" does not have to be an oxymoron. In fact, for the past 27-years, he has specialized in bringing exotic travel destinations to those of us who are healthy and active but whose competitive sporting days are long behind us. Ever fantasized about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro but aren't on speaking terms with any Tanzanian Sherpas? How about hiking in Patagonia without carrying a 60-pound backpack and eating freeze dried food? Kurt and his crew can make…
  • The Newest Source Of Startup Funding – The Sharing Economy

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The broad implications of the sharing economy are only beginning to be felt. The ability for people to turn their time, residences, cars and other personal assets into viable income streams is revising the traditional definition of "employment." The sharing economy is also proving to be a significant source of bootstrap startup capital. In the past, a struggling entrepreneur's options for paying the bills were limited. Part time jobs typically generated minimal income while requiring the entrepreneur be at a specific place at a specific…
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    Young Upstarts

  • [Competition] Applications For Halal Tech Power Challenge Officially Opens

    Daniel Goh
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Startup competition Halal Tech POWER Challenge, created by Malaysia-based technology startup incubator Halal Tech Venture Builder, has opened for applications. The challenge will take place as one of the events during the four-day entrepreneurial event GREAT2014 - which takes place from September 17-20 – and looks to empower aspiring entrepreneurs to build successful global technology ventures with the aim of positioning Malaysia as a global technology hub. It is essentially a bootcamp that seeks to put 100 aspiring entrepreneurs together for a chance to build 20 startups in those…
  • [Infographic] 10 Amazingly Awesome Warren Buffet Quotes To Live By

    Daniel Goh
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    We’re unashamed fans of legendary investor Warren Buffet, and for good reason too. After all, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is not only one of the richest men in the world, he definitely knows at least something about building and running businesses, as well as investing in them. Just consider this statistic: Buffett made $12.7 billion alone last year, or almost $37 million every single day (which is more than most people earn in an entire lifetime). Words may be cheap, but when it comes from someone as vaunted as Buffett we tend to take them as pearls of wisdom. For example, he once…
  • Open For Business: Everything You Need To Know About Brick And Mortar Marketing

    Contributor
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    by Peter Decker, owner and operator of BizCardXpress If you run a traditional retail store, you might feel just a little overwhelmed by the fact that online businesses are snapping up more and more of the market share in your industry. It’s almost a given – but it doesn’t have to spell the end for your company. Many consumers still like the ability to walk into a physical store and touch merchandise. They want to be able to try on clothes and handle gadgets before they buy. The Internet will never be able to give them that. Here’s how to beef up your marketing so that you can…
  • 5 Lead Generation Avenues You May Never Have Thought Of

    Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Frank E. Paterno, VP of Marketing at Intelliverse The Internet is a powerful channel that continuously develops the way people connect with brands, products, and services. In the age where the Internet is in full swing and people’s attention spans are slim to none, it’s important to ensure that your brand sticks out from the pack.  Looking beyond the typical lead generation avenues of your business can significantly increase the top of your lead funnel. Below are 5 simple and easy Internet based lead generation avenues every company should be taking advantage of: Twitter While…
  • Top 3 Do’s Online Before Starting that Job Hunt

    Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    by Lior Tal, co-founder of Repnup A job hunt isn’t the easiest task in the world, but if you have to get ahead, you have to look out for better opportunities. Hunting for a great job is inevitable in professional life, until you attain your elusive goals of success. But before you start applying to roles and companies for better professional growth, there are some very important steps you must take to improve your chances in landing that dream job. Read on to know more about things to do online before getting started with your job search. 1. Create and maintain an updated LinkedIn…
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  • Saudi Mobile Operator Mobily Launches VC Fund Invest in Easy Taxi & Anghami

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

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

    news
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Many people were optimistic about social media as a platform for free speech and a platform to bring people together and bring change to this world. But that is not the case, Twitter has made a massive suspension move against fans of ISIS or Islamic State accounts along with activist who are against the American and Iranian backed government in Iraq, not just that even the big accounts such as @Iraq_now1 that tweets news from Iraq not found on censored mainstream media has been cut off too. Whatever your point of view regarding  the Islamic State, but people have the right to speak their…
  • ArabCrunch is Back

    news
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dear ArabCrunch readers, we are sorry for not updating ArabCrunch with news and features in the last period. But we are now back again and we try to be very active, In reporting tech news that covers the Arab world and you free speech and Internet rights. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s Twitter Account While Keeping “Israel Defense Forces” Account

    news
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Activists raised objection regarding Twitter’s decision to suspend Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s @Qassam_Arabic Twitter Account in while keeping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account ,as biased and unjustified.   It looks like biased @Twitter suspended @Qassam_Arabic while allowing terrorist account @IDFSpokesperson to keep functioning. — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 18, 2014 Qassam_Arabic was tweeting about Al Qassam military activists from launching rockets into “Israel” and from clashes with Israelis. While IDF twitter account is tweeting propaganda about…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

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

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Contact page seems like such a simple little thing, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t think that certain death was even a possibility. Well! Aren’t you glad you read IttyBiz? Let’s discuss. We’ll start with the basics. Do you have a website? If so, does it have a Contact page? If so, please go to your Contact page now and read it. Go. Now. This will wait. The internet lasts forever. I will quietly hum in your absence. Ok. You’re back. Good. Now, I want you to think of the most exciting person or entity that could ever visit your website. Perhaps it’s the…
  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
  • How To (Honestly) Love Your Customers

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’re bringing back some old favorites by request. If there’s anything you’d like to see us run again, please get in touch. This one is for Jenny. Originally published December 7, 2009 as Crushed Hopes and Spicy Chicken. I’m not a big cook. I’m not a cook at all, really. I didn’t cook before I started IttyBiz and I sure as hell don’t cook now. My husband and I eat out a lot, and if we’re not actually eating in a restaurant, somebody’s going for takeout. One day, we were having one of those not-really-an-argument arguments, the kind you’ll often see in…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Business of Software Conference Europe, the 1 minute summary.

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Very short (1 minute) video. Captures the spirit of Business of Software Conference Europe held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.
  • Business of Software Conference Sunday Afternoon Photowalk 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    If you are getting in early for Business of Software Conference, this is the perfect way to see a little of Boston, meet some great people and get the inside scoop on Boston’s best bars. Arriving into Boston early? Join your fellow Business of Software attendees for the Fourth Annual Photowalk and tour around Boston. This is a great way to meet other attendees before the conference kicks off. All skill levels and all cameras/camera phones are welcome! Bring a camera… or leave it at home and just walk around town with us. Everyone is welcome on this tour. Rain or shine, on September…
  • What kind of AdWords user are you?

    Hermione Crease
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    The doyenne of Adwords wranglers, Dave Collins, has put together a nice little cheat sheet for anyone who is trying to use Adwords more effectively. If you use Adwords, here are Dave’s thoughts on how to get more from your adwords budget. Perhaps you don’t have time to learn the intricacies of the system, so instead play it safe. Or you may be the person who simply trusts Google, and assumes that their defaults will be more or less aligned with your own best interests. Or maybe you’re the type of person who’s happy to throw money at anything and then measure what…
  • How to scale an international software business successfully. Thomas Erickson, CEO Acquia at Business of Software Conference 2013

    Hermione Crease
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Last week, Acquia announced a $50 million funding round for its open source web business including investment from Amazon.com. As Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia spoke at Business of Software Conference 2013 on the topic of how to scale an international business successfully so this seems like a great time to share his insights. 7 companies, 7 million air miles. That’s a lot of experience in building successful international businesses to stuff into one head. Thomas Erickson, CEO, Acquia, unpacks his experience for the audience at BoS 2013 with some great examples of how it’s done…
  • Avangate scholarship winners for Business of Software Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Avangate announced the recipients of its 2014 Business of Software Conference Scholarship today. The three winners, CloudPress, Effective Computing and Pivotdesk, will receive complimentary passes to the Business of Software Conference USA taking place in Boston September 15-17, as well as the opportunity to attend an Avangate networking dinner with software industry leaders.
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

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

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

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

    GREGG FRALEY
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What kind of action can you take, today, to advance your dream? What action can you take today to make real your invention, your new business idea, or art project? This is a post about taking creative action. All the great ideas in the world, all the wonderful concepts, all the ground-breaking thoughts we have are useless unless we get into real world action. It’s an easy concept to forget for people who love ideas, concepts, and imaginative thinking. Somehow — we are such great rationalisers — the good vibes generated when we have those lovely thoughts feel like action. But…
  • Harvard’s Kodak Moment?

    GREGG FRALEY
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nitin Nohria, Dean of HBS — and man in the hot seat Have you ever been in the position where you thought, “gee, if only I was better educated, or just smarter, this complex decision in front of me would be easy.” In the innovation world the agonizing decision of whether to embrace a new trend and leave behind your old business model is always brutally dificult. Organizations have been torn to shreds in the conflict about what to do. Some have made those big choices and survived, like IBM, or, made bad choices and bit the dust, like Kodak. Part of the psychology of leadership…
 
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

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

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture

    Jeff Cornwall
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Tom Haarlander and Arciplex TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    CollegeMogul

  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

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

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

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

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

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

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
  • 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…
 
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  • For Emerging Companies, Do Financial Projections Even Matter?

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

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

    Jay Turo
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Wal-Mart.McDonalds. Starbucks.What do they have in common? Well, for one, they are businesses that were not started and grown from scratch by their original founders.Rather, they were all started by others and then bought by ambitious and talented entrepreneurs (i.e. Sam Walton, Ray Croc, and Howard Schultz) who propelled them to a new stratosphere of growth.And while high profile, statistically they are not atypical. Census Bureau statistics show that a purchased business is eleven times more likely to still be in business 5 years from time of purchase as compared to those started from…
  • What Unifies All Great Businesses?

    Jay Turo
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The fundamental challenge of modern business is finding that right balance between tactics and strategy, between execution and innovation, between management and entrepreneurship.Typically, as companies grow and age, they naturally become more tactical, more execution - focused.In contrast, the “tabula rasa” of startups has traditionally been the best milieu for out-of-the-box strategy and innovation to thrive.Now in the old days, businesses could do ok by being very good at just one of these. Big businesses could sustain profitable franchises for years by leveraging their resource…
  • The Power of Failure

    Jay Turo
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve never mentioned before)

    Mike
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If I took the time to analyze the number of hours I spend doing my job online, and then add in the number of hours I spend online doing non-work stuff, the result would probably choke a virtual horse. At any given time I have several dozen browser windows and tabs open and am logged into numerous sites, working on multiple apps, and using an abundance of tools. Most of these are for work, though some overlap into my personal life and others are purely for fun. All are great resources and all of these provide me value in the form of efficiency, economy, or entertainment. My online tools for…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #232 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 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! If you’re a little kid and your dad is a video animator, you can have quite a lot of fun, as the above video shows. Empower Your Small Business, the latest crowdSPRING SmallBiz Newsletter – crowdspring.co/1zL7c26 Labor Day! TCB…
  • Labor Day! TCB and TCP

    Mike
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” —Indira Gandhi Next Monday is not just a day off for our team, but is also the holiday that I believe matters most of all to businesses. This time last year I wrote about the protests that were occurring around the country in support of an increase in the national minimum wage rate and the movement to empower fast food workers. This is s subject that I care deeply about, and one that…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #231 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 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 Caesar’s movements as he defeated Pompey and allies in the civil was around 48 BC. You’ll find 39 more interesting maps that explain the growth and ultimately collapse of the Roman Empire, in the Other…
  • Cause Marketing on Ice

    Mike
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for. Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be…
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  • Man saves college friend 30 years later

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Man saves college friend 30 years laterWTVR They've been friends for three decades -- but the sacrifice Pat made to keep Matt alive has made them 'blood brothers.'Incredible act for his frat brotherTake a peek107-year-old secret to longevityPit bull saves boy from bee swarm
  • Can salt worsen symptoms of this disease?

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Can salt worsen symptoms of this disease? Getty Previous research suggested that people who suffer from this illness should reduce their salt intake, but now doctors may not be so sure. What they're recommendingMore from Everyday Health Energy-boosting foods Tips to recover after a concussion
  • US unleashes ground-shaking attack in Somalia

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    US unleashes ground-shaking attack in SomaliaAPAmerican military forces assaulted a stronghold of the extremist al-Shabaab network on Monday, the Pentagon said.Heinous crime they had committedMore in the newsUkraine shifts into retreatGolan Heights embroiled in battle
  • Who Are ‘The Boxtrolls’?

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Who Are ‘The Boxtrolls’?Sponsored ContentMeet the cave-dwelling crew who are the stars of animated flick 'The Boxtrolls.' Opening in theaters September 26.From the makers of ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’
  • First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealed

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealedAPImages published in a dual release on the covers of both People and Hello! magazines showcase the 39-year-old bride's unique choice of gown.Back of dress reveals surprise detailMore entertainment newsLatest victim of celeb photo leakRock band singer dead at 63
 
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    Xconomy

  • TranscribeMe, Nuance Fine-Tuning Audio Transcription For Hot Market

    Bernadette Tansey
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Bernadette Tansey In 1999, the futurist and speech recognition technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted that by 2009, deafness would be a mere inconvenience rather than a disability. That’s because deaf people would be carrying small machines that would listen to their companions and display real-time text transcripts of their conversations, Kurzweil imagined in his book The Age of Spiritual Machines. It’s five years past 2009, and we’re not there yet. No software company has yet offered a product that can deliver highly accurate, speech-to-text transcription of multiple voices. Such…
  • Which Countries Excel in Creating New Drugs? It’s Complicated

    Stewart Lyman
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stewart Lyman A lot has been written lately about innovation, or the lack thereof, in the world of biopharma. One question that often gets asked: which countries lead the way in creating new medicines? Many people think that drugs originate in the nation where the companies that produce them are headquartered. The truth, however, is much more complicated. Given that multi-national firms market the majority of medicines, figuring out where each one of their drugs originated requires digging through some extensive data vaults. A proper analysis requires the examination of company histories,…
  • FINSix Wants You to Ditch Your Laptop “Brick” for its Small, Stylish Adapter

    Martin LaMonica
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Martin LaMonica Some emerging technologies first come to market in business-to-business applications—LED lights, for example, took hold in TVs before consumer bulbs. Hardware startup FINSix has found the opposite to be true: its initial product will be squarely aimed at consumers, thanks in large part to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Early next year, the company plans to release Dart, a power adapter for laptops that’s one-quarter the size and one-sixth the weight of the “bricks” that normally come with laptops. The $79 device also features an integrated USB charger and a…
  • Twitch Buy Highlights Amazon’s $20B Bet on Technology & Content

    Curt Woodward
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Curt Woodward Forget all the corporate intrigue about how Amazon outfoxed Google in its head-turning $970 million acquisition of video-game broadcasting site Twitch. If you want to be truly impressed by the Seattle retailer’s ever-increasing ambitions, just take a look at how much it’s sunk into digital infrastructure and media projects over the past few years. Amazon has dramatically ramped up its spending on a category it calls “Technology and Content” in that time, from a mere $680 million in 2009 to more than $6.5 billion last year. Add the more than $4.2 billion spent in the…
  • Update: Ingress, LevelEleven, Rubicon, ArdentCause, Time Magazine

    Sarah Schmid
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Sarah Schmid We glide into the long weekend with a report from an Ingress event held in Detroit on Aug. 23, an update on three expanding local tech startups, and brief, gloating commentary on the new story about Detroit in Time magazine. Have a lovely holiday! —The Ingress XM wagon (pictured) stopped in Detroit last weekend for the first-ever Anomaly held in the Motor City, part of a series of events happening across the world under the #Helios tag. I attended the Anomaly’s cross-faction afterparty at St. Andrew’s Hall in downtown Detroit. Hundreds of people of all ages, colors, and…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • Invest in Karma for Above Market Returns

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

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    No one wants to be *that* founder--the non-technical founder poking around developer meetups asking for a unicorn with a Github account.  It's not that there aren't great technical people willing to take a lot of risk to join a small team--it's just that there are *so many* people out there looking for them that it's hard to figure out who to take seriously.  This is where a good technical advisor can help.  They can help vet what you're building, give you credibility in the hiring process and help assess candidates. Go find someone technical you could probably never hire.
  • The Things that Fall Down

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    The other day, I found this neat inbox stats tool from Front App called Inbox Checkup.  (Thanks Product Hunt!) I've been wanting something like this for a while.   Apparently, I respond to 18% of my e-mails, way above the average of 11%, and was #62 out of over 4,000 in terms of e-mails sent.  It was happy to know that I'm getting to a lot of things.   Unfortunately, I was also #145 in actually getting e-mails, so what that also means is that while I'm getting to a lot, I'm also missing out on a lot.  What is painful is when I know there's that one note I should be…
  • Piers, Parks and Why White People Suck

    Charlie O'Donnell
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    There's a saying... "There's nothing worse than rich white people living in luxury housing in a park than the rich white people living in luxury housing protesting against them." Ok, well, there wasn't a saying, but there should be.   Maybe you've heard about "The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park."  It's a long and winding tale that basically amounts to this: There once were some unused commercial piers.  Someone decided they should become a waterfront park.  Parks are expensive to build, so it was decided to cleave off a little bit of the park for waterfront housing to pay…
  • Step Up

    Charlie O'Donnell
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I wrote this note to a young company that had recently raised some money and moved into a shiny new office after busting at the seams in a makeshift setup.  The company was full of super young, vibrant, and incredibly talented people with a huge opportunity ahead of them--and a lot of difficult challenges. Congrats on moving into your new office. While I'm there are still a few bugs, bells, whistles, and bandwidth to work out, let me be the first to officially point out... Shit just got real. You have a real office. You're all together. You're organized into teams that are basically…
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • I Killed Almost All My Income Streams, And I Did It On Purpose…

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    It felt like deja vu. Two years ago I found myself in a place I didn’t think I could return to. I was lost. I didn’t know what to do next. The deja vu feeling appeared when I realised I was making mistakes I had made before. I was jumping... The post I Killed Almost All My Income Streams, And I Did It On Purpose… appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Whom Do You Lean On When Nothing Is Working?

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    I’m at a party. The pretext is simple, people drinking and chatting, attempting to form meaningful connections, to bond over shared interests. As expected, everyone asks what I do. When I answer that I “work online” the response is an expression like I just said something in another language. I... The post Whom Do You Lean On When Nothing Is Working? appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Tracy Raftl: How This Confident Adult Acne Blogger Makes $80,000 Year

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Long term readers of this blog may remember I published an interview with acne blogger Fran Kerr, whom I coached to help start her blog. Fran eventually became a leader in the field, making $4,000 to $12,000 a month thanks to her blog. Tracy Raftl came across Fran’s blog while... The post Tracy Raftl: How This Confident Adult Acne Blogger Makes $80,000 Year appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Barbara Turley: How A Non-Techy Started A Blog, Podcast & Online TV Show, And Today Makes $100,000+ Year Coaching Woman About Wealth

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Barbara Turley serves as inspiration to anyone who is currently working a job they like, yet want to quit because of a desire for the kind of freedom that comes from being your own boss. [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Barbara had... The post Barbara Turley: How A Non-Techy Started A Blog, Podcast & Online TV Show, And Today Makes $100,000+ Year Coaching Woman About Wealth appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Tom Menditto: Pittsburgh ADHD Coach Goes From $300 In The Bank To $30,000 A Month Applying Online Marketing To His Local Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get ready to be inspired… Tom Menditto is one highly passionate fellow! Tom rose from a previous life suffering from the mental illness ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He mastered his own condition and today helps other people do the same through his coaching practice based in Pittsburgh. [ Download... The post Tom Menditto: Pittsburgh ADHD Coach Goes From $300 In The Bank To $30,000 A Month Applying Online Marketing To His Local Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
 
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

    James Chartrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Each time I prepare for a new session of the Damn Fine Words writing course, I open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in... ... they'd finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients. ...they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page. ...they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word. I want to help make that…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
  • How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the Family

    Agent X
    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2013 was a good writing year. At least, for me: I wrote and self-published two books, began writing a third and had articles published as well. I was proud of what I'd accomplished and was determined to ride the momentum to make 2014 even better. I set my goals, made my plans, and on January 1st, I was off to the races. Then one morning in mid-February, I got the news that a cherished family member had died. All my writing progress came to a grinding halt. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the…
  • How to Find Your Muse – and Fire Her

    Agent X
    22 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Muse - the source of creativity and inspiration that all writers search for so desperately. I’d found mine a few years back, and oh, what a vision she was! Airy and beautiful, lulling me with dulcet tones. I was enthralled. No more writer’s block, no more floundering for inspiration and ideas. She was the answer to my literary prayers. I summoned my beleaguered Muse more and more often until we arrived at an impasse. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but this is untenable. Can’t you do any of this yourself?” I sought out the answers on how to find my own inspiration, but the…
  • 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…
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Two Magic Marketing Tools Every Website Needs For Success

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

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

    Adam Toren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know that training your body is important but what about training your brain? Active brain training mechanisms like Luminosity, Sudoku and other puzzles are made to give your mind a workout, which has been proven to improve and enhance neurological pathways. However, is active brain fitness the only method on the market worth practicing? According to Jeff Gignac the answer is no. While Jeff will be the first one to tell you the importance of active brain training, his passion and expertise has focused in on the often-overlooked science of passive brain training. What’s the difference?
  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?

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

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

    Tim Ferriss
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you can’t view the above video, please click here or here. To download the audio as an MP3, just right-click here and choose “save as.” There are dozens of topics covered in this bromantic episode of scatterbrained banter. Like what? To start off: tracking gut bacteria, favorite documentaries, keys for novice meditators, startup lessons, Kevin’s new obsessions, and more. O-tanoshimi dane! The last few blog posts have been rather serious, so this is intended as an informal (but still informative) mind snack. For all previous episodes of The Random Show, including…
  • The Truth About “Homeopathic” Medicine

    Tim Ferriss
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Homeopathy — effective, useless, or dangerous? (Photo: Marcos Zerene) [Audio version] [Text version] I routinely use an arnica gel for minor muscular strains. In fact, it’s one of my “go to” treatments. In 2010, however, I found myself swallowing Boiron Arnica Montana 30C pellets, an oral version that was the only option at the closest GNC. I started at five pellets, SIX times a day–TWICE the recommended dose. Risk of overdose? Not likely. “30C,” which I looked up that evening, tells you all you need to know. This consumable version of arnica, unlike the…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 22: Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, on Steve Jobs, Stories, and Lessons Learned

    Tim Ferriss
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Ed Catmull, President and Co-Founder of Pixar. NOTE TO E-MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Please see this post in your inbox for a recording of the recent 2.5-hour live Q&A. Not on the email list? Sign up here and get extras like this for free. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list.  You can also find all 20+ episodes of this podcast here. Some are sober and some are drunk,  so you can roll the dice. Now, on to our…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • An $85,000 Profit Monthly Report: A Guest Post by AffEngineer!

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

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

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Well, I better get May’s affiliate marketing income report up before I start to fall too far behind on them again. If you remember, April 2014 did not bode well, netting only $336.55. And then I didn’t post another income report until just now, a month later. Things must have continued in a downwards spiral, right? Wrong. As explained in my previous blog post, I had just been busy looking into real estate investing. My affiliate campaigns did just fine in May, but even if they hadn’t, it’s not like I would purposely try to avoid posting about it. So how well did May…
  • So I’m Thinking of Investing $200,000…

    Tyler Cruz
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Another 3 weeks without a post. What happened? As per usual, I’ve been here all along. I didn’t go on vacation, there wasn’t an emergency, and everything has been going along as per usual. After tending to my e-mails and morning maintenance of my campaigns, I’ve been spending the rest of my work time looking into getting into the investment real estate business – specifically buy-and-hold rental properties. I’ve made my living for the past 10 years entirely from the Internet by working for myself, and have done moderately well as a result. So why the sudden…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: April 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    April’s Report! Only one more report to go and then I’m finally up-to-date! Unfortunately, that’s the only good news you’ll see in this report, as April ended up averaging only $11 net profit a day! Ah, the highs and lows of affiliate marketing. When things are good, things are really good. When things are bad, things are really bad. The swings are almost as bad as in poker, only it’s a lot harder to go into the negative territory in affiliate marketing as you have a lot more control over what happens. In fact, that’s why you have yet to see me finish a…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Retro 2 Con Famicom Earphone Mic Channels Classic 1980's Gamer Design

    Steve Levenstein
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Retro 2 Con Famicom Earphone Mic from Datel Japan evokes the Eighties 8-bit era and Nintendo's groundbreaking Famicom without sacrificing the high-tech conveniences we've all come to know and love.
  • New Toyota Mark X Yellow Label – A Better, Brighter Camry?

    Motors.new
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Toyota's Mark X (pronounced “Mark EX”) offers Camry-class car buyers a front engine/rear drive alternative (with optional AWD) to the popular front-drive Camry. Now Toyota's sweetening the deal by offering specially-trimmed versions of the Mark X in a choice of colors including the lemon-hued Yellow Label.
  • Want To House The Homeless Behind Billboards?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The problem of people being homeless is ubiquitous around the world. A small design firm in Slovakia has come up with an idea to house these people in a small, but humane and dignified way. Design Develop, the design firm, has created what they are calling "Project Gregory." The idea behind the project is to use adjacent billboards to create simple, small homes for the homeless.
  • Want Your Bubble Wrap With Goldfish?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    There is just something about bubble wrap that is alluring -- all those plastic bubbles just waiting to be popped. This is especially true of the larger bubbles. The other side of the coin is the people who want to strangle people who are making that popping noise, such as when my brother threatened my life one Christmas. Of course if it was Goldfish Bubble Wrap it might be a little harder to just pop away when it looks like there is a cute little fish in there.
  • Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

    M Dee Dubroff
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • How I Got On TEDx And How You Can Too!

    Skyler McCurine
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Skyler McCurine talks to The NextWomen about her incredible experience speaking at a TEDx event and her journey to the stage.read more
  • Reigning as the Entrepreneur of Your Destiny: Inspiration from Career Contessa Founder Lauren McGoodwin

    Octavia Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Octavia Smith talks to Lauren McGoodwin, Founder of Career Contessa – an interview series showcasing women's career stories – about Lauren’s experience with guiding women to reign as the entrepreneurs of their professional destinies.read more
  • Two German Ladies Make An Eco-IT Bag In Poland...

    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    ...And maybe there is a revolution in that.Computers are the new social currency, and how we carry them around is as much our status as our choice between iOS and XP. Tatjana, from Germany, is the associate of mySTid and partner of Samka, the CEO of an innovative computer bag company based in Germany. Tatjana and Samka had been friends for years and lamented the inability to find trendy and sustainable bags for their busy corporate lifestyle.read more
  • Startup Diaries: From Farm Life to Glam Life

    Guest Author
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    SkinYoga is the brainchild of sister-trio: Radhika, Jagriti and Deepika. They were born in West Bengal in India and grew up in a 20-acre farm in Gujarat where they grew their own vegetables and milked the cows for their daily dairy. Later, they moved to other countries in order to pursue their respective college degrees. The transition from farm life to the concrete city life inspired them to create SkinYoga and to share with the world the importance of leading a yogic lifestyle.read more
  • Network to Net-Give?

    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    How do you decide which of those invitations to networking events, to accept? Alyssa Jade McDonald discusses...read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • The Client Gift They Will OPENLY Adore

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

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

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Ever wish your business “ran itself?” Most people do. From the everyday tasks to monthly obligations, it all can be very overwhelming. Especially, if you have other priorities.Fortunately, liquor and wine store software can solve everything nowadays. It can store your data, track growth, process sales, and even drive sales. What a blessing! Yet, many […]
  • 4 Divas World Conference

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    This is a Virtual event airing on September 14, 2014. I’m excited to be the Keynote speaker for this event and look forward to hearing all the other speakers. Want to be a part of it? Just call me directly at 909 235 9744!
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    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crowdfunding 101 (July 23rd @ 10am) Crowdfunding 101 Workshop will cover: The Basics of Crowdfunding How Crowdfunding Works What are the latest developments Where should an entrepreneur start when raising capital When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00 am to Noon Where: Los Angeles SBA District Office, 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203 NO […]
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    Steve Blank

  • What Do Customers Get From You? 2 Minutes to Find Out

    steveblank
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
  • Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

    steveblank
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J. Elmore and Ann Winblad) – “I’m just a VC.”  Or one of the first women co-founders of a VC firm – “I co-founded a great firm.” She…
  • Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

    steveblank
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods. One of the conundrums is why does innovation take so long to happen in corporations? Previously Hank Chesbrough and I have written about some of the strategic issues that impede innovation inside large corporations here and here. Two methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development (the core of the Lean Startup) provide the tactical day-to-day process of how to…
  • Not All Startups Are the Same. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch here Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

    steveblank
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience. ——– The I-Corps program started when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) to commercialize their science. Earlier this month the National Institutes of Health announced I-Corps @ NIH, to help scientists doing medical…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Mamma Chia Review and Giveaway

    First Class Fashionista
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I was invited to try Mammma Chia one week, and the very next week my daughter was telling me about it when I was helping her get settled in for another year of college in NYC. The day before I was to return home, I wanted to take her grocery shopping to fill her kitchen will healthy food. I met Annie in the morning at Trader Joe’s in Union Square and she happened to have a Mamma Chia Vitality drink in her hand! She asked, “Do you know about Mamma Chia?” Inquisitively I said, “No, I don’t.” Then I told her about my upcoming project, so she was super excited…
  • Amp Up Your Style with Tresemme Styling Tips on Walmart.com

    First Class Fashionista
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Beehive pony, loose waves to braided faux hawk, last Sunday Tresemme worked behind the scenes of MTV’s VMAs to create some of the most glamorous red carpet hairstyles. The good news is: Tresemme is not only a professional product, but it’s also an affordable product. Walmart and Tresemme want you to know that they’ve teamed up to help you get salon gorgeous hair this VMA season too. You’ll love the helpful how-to video tutorials featuring styling tips from Tresemme stylists posted on Walmart.com! Whether it was a center-part or slicked back, sleek and straight hair was…
  • Step Up Your Brow Game

    First Class Fashionista
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Although I’ve always had a personal obsession with my eyebrows, I’m starting to notice that there’s been more and more attention being diverted to our forehead friends as of late. If you haven’t been noticing, please take a moment to look up the hashtag #browgame on your favorite social media platform, and prepare for the mass amounts of posts that will follow. What is “brow game”? This new eyebrow trend not only embraces the often-times bushy brows of women, but actually works to achieve them. Young starlets like Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne are at the…
  • Old Spice Stairs Commercial is About Successful Combinations

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The Old Spice “head to toes” Stairs commercial is about a mandroid, half-man/half-robot, who says he loves human women and explains that he uses Old Spice products all over his body to smell like a real human man. Thanks to Old Spice anti-perspirant and deodorant, body wash and 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, mandroid is irresistible. He misses a step in a high-end restaurant and falls, landing atop an occupied table for two. He asks the woman, “Is this seat taken?” She gets a whiff of the Old Spice and replies, “It is now.” Yes, Old Spice Swagger does it…
  • Get Results with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’ve had my laugh lines as far back as I can remember, like almost forever. Looking at old photographs, I think they were there when I was six years old. I smile from ear to ear, especially when I’m laughing, and I’ve had the wonderful privilege in life to laugh at least one hardy laugh a day. So, the first question I had when I started using the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair kit, courtesy of Vogue, was: At what age should you start using anti-aging moisturizers or serums? This was an important question because my teenage daughter even wanted to try it! “I’ve…
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    Begin the Begin

  • When it comes to your job, passion should trump money every time

    jeffhilimire
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    I went to visit a friend at his new job recently and he seemed like an entirely different person. He lit up when he talked about the business and the work that he’s doing. Heck, I wanted to work there after hearing him talk about it! I felt like high-fiving people on the street after I left, I was so pumped up. And he had a really great job before, but I can now tell – and so can he – that it wasn’t fulfilling him. He wasn’t leaping out of bed excited to get to work the way he is now. And its hard to put a price on that! Its so energizing being with people who…
  • The disappointing Kreyos watch

    jeffhilimire
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    Way, way, way back in June of last year, I backed the Kreyos watch on Indiegogo. At the time, the Kreyos was positioned to be the most amazing watch the world had seen. And I blogged about it in my post, 11 Reasons I Backed the Kreyos Smartwatch. Unfortunately, after I wrote that post, 708 people clicked through to the Kreyos website and 16 people backed the watch, spending a total of $1,850. I say “unfortunately”, because so far the watch is a real dud. You can read more about why the watch completely stinks on this blog, this blog, or by searching things like “Kreyos…
  • Teaching an old dog (me) new tricks

    jeffhilimire
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m constantly studying entrepreneurs (both via media and in person), as well as successful startups and companies, in an effort to continue learning and growing as a CEO. Many of my favorite books are great examples of this. Dragon Army will be a year old in 11 days (September 1st). The amount of things I’ve learned over the last year about the gaming industry, about raising funds, about running a consumer-focused startup, is quite frankly staggering. I can’t believe some of the things I did not know before I started this company. And while I have more to learn, I feel…
  • Good Will Hunting’s story is a terrific example of the entrepreneurship journey

    jeffhilimire
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’re a fan of Good Will Hunting (and let’s be real, who’s not?), then you’ll probably really enjoy this story in Boston Magazine about how the movie was made. Ben and Matt went through a LOT to find a way to get the movie done their way, and many aspects of their journey are similar to the journey that a startup goes through. F0r example: ~ Good Will Hunting, a terrific film by all accounts (critical acclaim and the awards to back it up), started with a small team and a burning passion to bring their idea to life. Every great company we know started this way. ~ At…
  • It’s good to be back

    jeffhilimire
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Wow. That was some kind of break! It’s been over three weeks since my last blog post which I think is some kind of record since I started this blog in 2008. Where have I been? Well, we took our family on an Alaskan cruise and tour, which lasted from July 24th until August 6th. It was FREAKING AMAZING. My wife posted about it on her blog, but here is some of what we saw: Insane, right? Then a few days after we got back, I went to a massive game conference (Gamescom) in Cologne, Germany. That was a blast and we met a lot of great companies there. Plus, Cologne is a pretty cool place.
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs in Washington DC

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benefits and drawbacks of starting up in Washington, DC. Recently, we spoke with Dede Haskins, the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute. In addition to coaching some the most dynamic companies in the Metro DC area, she has also acted as the President of Women in…
  • Why You Should Launch a Startup in Washington DC

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benefits and drawbacks of starting up in Washington, DC. Recently we spoke with Dede Haskins, the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute. With more than 20 years of experience working with some of the most powerful and fastest growing companies on…
  • First Jobs of Successful Entrepreneurs

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    While the achievements of successful entrepreneurs are usually what make the headlines, it is too often overlooked that they started somewhere, often working typical blue-collar jobs. So if you think your current job is holding you back from launching that dream company of yours, don’t despair, because we have a list of industry leaders who managed to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur: Warren Buffett Widely considered to be the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. However, this…
  • The Eating Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in their daily -- or nightly -- routine. With advice from top entrepreneurs and innovative practitioners, these creative customs can help put you on the path to progress. For this installment, we take a look at some helpful, and healthful, eating habits that every…
  • Founder Institute Officially Launches in Costa Rica, our First Program in Central America

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Today we have some very exciting news - we are officially launching our newest chapter in San Jose, Costa Rica! Although the Founder Institute operates across over 65 cities and six continents, the new Costa Rica Autumn 2014 Semester will actually be our first in Central America. Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Costa Rica Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/san_jose.  In order to celebrate the launch, the Costa Rica Founder Institute will host a “Pre-Curriculum” of free startup…
 
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • In its emptiness, there is the function of a startup

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

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

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

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

  • Enthusiasm Is A Single Transaction Of Passion (Don’t Make It Dirty)

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

    Jason Blumer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    July 1, 2014 was the Blumer CPAs 2 year anniversary of being a virtual firm. We messed some stuff up, but have also learned a lot. I believe our virtualness sets us apart, so we are committed to getting better at being a virtual firm. So that I can add to my learning around being […]
  • It’s Easier to Find a Drug Dealer Than To Hire a Business Coach

    Greg Kyte
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    The title of this post is a lie. We’ll get to that in a minute. Actually, we’ll get to a lot of crap in a minute. Like why it’s maybe not the best idea to post the following status on Facebook:   And also – just a heads up – it’s maybe not a good […]
  • Doodle in the Margins

    Adrian Simmons
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    When I’m reading for content, I’m all about the marginalia: underlines, questions in the borders, even one­ sided hand­written debates with the author. Which is why I was much relieved that the Kindle allows you to digitally underline text and add notes too — you can even export them to a PDF to save and […]
  • The Rise of Superman – Book Review

    Scott Kregel
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    In Thriveal we talk about many key tenants as we are building our practices… value pricing, results only work environments, business models and system design, and knowledge work. Part of knowledge work requires understanding how our brains function and how we build disciplines into our daily, weekly, monthly schedules so that when called upon, we […]
 
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    Brent Britton

  • Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

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

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

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

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

    bcjb
    3 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    The word “namaste” roughly translates to “the light within me honors the light within you.” Beautiful, right? A really awesome way to view the world and everyone in it. But what is this light within? Can we find it? Can we become the light within? There are voices in your head, incessantly chattering at you. They narrate your day; they have an opinion about everything. Your parents are in there somewhere, I bet. And your exes. But mostly the voices are yours. There are Oscar the Grouches in there too, always threatening to drag you into their garbage cans. They are…
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Gone Fishing – Labor Day 2014

    Catherine Morgan
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s the end of the summer season here in Chicago. We are taking a few days off to unplug, recharge, and enjoy the Labor Day holiday. We will be back again on Wednesday, September 3. Enjoy!
  • How to Write with Clarity to Get Better Results

    Gus Hulander
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a business owner, you need to convey your messages directly and clearly. Whether it’s a short note, a business email or a blog post, you need clarity in your communication. Clarity, above all else, is king. If people don’t understand what you’re saying, they won’t get it. And when they don’t get it, they [...]
  • 5 Tips for Writing Faster and Better

    Catherine Morgan
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Love it or hate it, as a small business owner you will probably have to write. You may actually have to do quite a bit of writing! I thought you might find Carol’s recent post on entrepreneur.com helpful: 5 Tips for Writing Faster and Better.
  • How to Re-Launch Your Offerings to Save Your Sanity

    Catherine Morgan
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I have tried everything!” you may be screaming at the mirror. Are you at your wits’ end? This time of year we tend to get introspective as we look forward to September and getting back to work for real. Here in the northern hemisphere, we are back to school and back to work. But if [...]
  • You Are What You Eat

    Rich Gallagher
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The foodies are out to kill me. Seriously. As a public speaker, I often travel and have to eat out. Many people don’t realize that I have a cluster of food allergies and carry an epinephrine injector with me. And therein lies a tale of where many small businesses succeed or fail. You see, dining [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Milstein
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by Sarah Milstein, CEO of Lean Startup ProductionsThe 2013 Lean Startup Conference was a hit on several levels, with many people telling us it was the most valuable business conference they’d ever attended. To extend what we learned and help more people build and scale successful companies, we’re testing out two brand new events this spring:* Office Optional, a one-day conference on April 22 in San Francisco. One of our most popular talks at The Lean Startup Conference was my interview with Matt Mullenweg, in which he talked about Automattic’s unusual setup: They have no true…
 
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • August Checklist

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Are you in love with your blog?  That might sound like a funny question, but if you aren't, you may find figuring out what to blog about a big bore. Have you ever thought about a theme for your blog?  I find that once you have a theme in mind, it makes it sooooo much easier to come up with topics.   And, if you are not aware – it is super important that your target market (AKA Avatar) will like the theme that you pick.  We want her/him to be super psyched each time you write a new blog post and we want them to sit down and snuggle up to whatever you…
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    Under30CEO

  • 6 Unconventional Tips to Help You Stay Productive While Traveling

    Under30CEO
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It was only day four that the feelings of responsibility and guilt began setting in. I was halfway around the world, settling into life in Southeast Asia. It was a completely new reality. The culture was intoxicating and ready to learn more about this exotic world. The purpose of the trip was simply: to travel, work, and live the Freedom Lifestyle to the fullest. As you might guess, this isn’t an easy task, but it’s doable. You’ve been there, we all have. You finally break away from the day-to-day routine and get an opportunity to travel, work remotely, or just work from…
  • There’s No Time Better Than Now to Become Your Own Boss

    Under30CEO
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no surprise to me that everyone and their friend is interested in learning more about what it takes to ditch the corporate drone power suit and become their own bosses. It took three months out of college at a consulting gig to know that corporate life was not for me: too much red tape, not enough professional autonomy, and moronically slow growth, all to be labeled an impersonal number in a sea of thousands. Halfway into my time at the consulting firm, I remember looking up at a clock one day and being reminded of two things that would prove to be life changing: first, that at 4:27 in…
  • Pursuing Passion: 4 Things I’ve Learned From Passionate People

    Under30CEO
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    “…the saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all….” – Nicholas Sparks, Author of The Notebook These days, you’re urged to “follow your passions” – “follow your heart” – and “lean in”–but what if you’re not sure where your particular passion lies? What if you don’t know which way to lean? The modern definition of the term passion or passionate means to have strong feelings or a strong belief towards something, however, the root word of passion expresses the idea of being moved to action…
  • How To Start A Profitable Freelance Business In 24 Hours Or Less

    danieldipiazza
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Note: Today’s post is about a powerful method for finding freelance clients quickly, and it’s part of a FREE advanced class I’m teaching on 8/28 called “How To Make Your First $1,000 Freelancing Online.” It doesn’t cost anything to register, but you have to grab your spot. Click here to reserve your seat now. When I first started brainstorming different ways to make money, or possible businesses to start, I felt like taking a can of bright red spray paint, drawing an X on a concrete wall and smashing my head straight through it. Hopefully I would just hit a…
  • 3 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Robin Williams, Depression, & DNA That No Else Is Talking About

    Under30CEO
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As entrepreneurs, we know there are going to be ups and downs.  Lots of them. It’s an inevitable result of our responsibilities and occupation.  Sometimes though it feels like there’s a lot more downs than there are ups.  In a community that made it “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” cool (and then turned it into a popular verb for growing our businesses without outside funding with “bootstrapping”), there’s not a lot of room for complaining. Even when those downs make us feel really down.  What do we do in those times of downs?  I know one thing we don’t do much of……
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    Fizzle

  • Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069)

    Chase Reeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In certain circles there’s a stigma about working for others. These people believe everyone should be independent and work for themselves. Corbett has written passionately on this subject a few different times. In this conversation we explore whether or not you should work for yourself or for others (some of us don’t think what you may think we think… savvy?). Enjoy! Push Play: Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069) / Listen to Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for…
  • What I Learned from Two Weeks in Seth Godin’s Office

    Barrett Brooks
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    I saw the city through the small window next to my exit row seat and I felt a swell of creative energy, anticipation, and excitement well up from my gut. Here we go… The opportunity of a lifetime starts now. On July 21st, 2013, I landed at JFK airport for a two week project with a team of 16 other interns and Seth Godin. I had been chosen after applying via Seth’s Squidoo lens and the time had finally come to get started. While I knew I could expect the internship to change everything about the way I think about life and work, I don’t know if I fully understood what it would be like to…
  • When To Move On (FS068)

    Chase Reeves
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How long are you going to think to yourself “I need to give that a shot” before you take the leap and try it? In this episode we share our own stories about moving on, what we learned, how we did it, and how to do it better. We also tell, for the first time, a new story about someone near and dear to this podcast. We start the episode with that announcement. Enjoy! Push Play: When To Move On (FS068) / Listen to When To Move On (FS068) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in your podcast…
  • Should I Start a Blog?

    Corbett Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word. When the little list of suggestions pops up, it’s usually either hilarious (like when I typed in “why does” and the third answer was “why does my husband fart so much”), or insightful, like in this case: So many people are asking the questions “should I start a blog?” and “should I start my own business,” and they’re related. (By the way,…
  • Insights About Customer Service That Will Change The Products You Make (FS067)

    Chase Reeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Customer service isn’t an afterthought for you. If it is, you’re already well on your way to being an uninteresting, middling, forgotten business. If, on the other hand, you have a deep understanding of the people you serve, that reality will be visible in so many delightful and visible moments in your customers’ interactions with you. In this conversation we share what we’ve learned about how customer service and the deeper philosophy we can all have about customers in general can revolutionize the way we build our business. Note: if you haven’t yet listened to…
 
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    Strategy

  • A Simple Brain Theory Endorsed By Bill Gates Supposedly Helps You Learn Anything

    Jack Dutton
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A small psychological change to how we approach challenges can dramatically change how successful we are at these tasks. That's according to Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University who coined the term "growth mindset" in her 2007 book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success." Microsoft magnate Bill Gates tweeted a video of Dweck explaining the growth mindset earlier this week: When you struggle to learn something, your brain actually grows. A researcher explains why you can learn anything: http://t.co/FC6DUlTQ2i — Bill Gates (@BillGates) August 26, 2014 In the video,…
  • 18 Prestigious Jobs With Surprisingly Low Pay

    Max Nisen and Aaron Taube
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the main reasons people go to college and graduate school is to find a high-paying job when they're done. But a college education and a prestigious job do not necessarily mean you'll be raking in the cash. Some of these gigs, like being an architect or an optometrist, pay well below what you might expect. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the mean salary of full-time civilian workers, we've picked out some of the most prestigious jobs that have surprisingly low earnings.Optometrists Average annual earnings: $111,640 Job description: They perform…
  • How A Comedian Tricks Small-Business Owners Into Outrageous Marketing Ideas On 'Nathan For You'

    Aly Weisman
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nathan Fielder, the 31-year-old Canadian comedian behind stunts like the "Dumb Starbucks" prank, just wrapped up Season 2 of his Comedy Central show, "Nathan For You." In the show, a deadpan Fielder offers outrageous advice to business owners, trying to help them increase revenue, but through the most extreme means.  In the show's intro, Fielder explains: "I graduated from one of Canada's top business schools with really good grades. Now, I'm using my knowledge to help struggling small-business owners make it in this competitive world."   We broke down one segment from last week's…
  • This Number Could Help Predict Your Happiness Later In Life

    Libby Kane
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    According to one financial expert, how happy you'll be after you stop working isn't just about how much money you have. It's based on how much money you have in relation to how much you need. Wes Moss, the chief investment strategist at Capital Investment Advisors and host of "Money Matters," interviewed over 1,300 retirees in 46 states. He details the findings of his survey in his book, "You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think: The 5 Money Secrets Of Happy Retirees," where he writes his observations of the happiest retirees, from how they think to what they drive. From all of that…
  • The Founders Of Chic Salon Chain Drybar Attribute Their Success To This Motto

    Jacquelyn Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sibling entrepreneurs Alli Webb and Michael Landau say they owe much of their small business' enormous success to the three-word motto they've embraced since day one: "We are family." In 2009, the brother-sister duo cofounded Drybar, a chic chain of hair salons that offers blowouts ("no cuts, no color, just blowouts") for $40 a pop.   Since its inception, they've opened 37 locations and hired over 2,200 employees — including Webb's husband, Cameron, who serves as the company's creative director, and Landau's wife, Sarah, Drybar's Spirit Director, recruiter, and "mother figure." But…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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  • Dankessprüche

    raik
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Worte des Dankes an Freunde oder die Familie Sie möchten ein Mal richtig Danke sagen? Dann machen sie es doch mit einem selbst geschriebenen Gedicht oder einen selbstausgedachten Spruch. Mit persönlichen Worten des Dankes können sie sich bei lieben Personen bedanken, die ihn immer zur Seite gestanden haben und die immer ein offenes Ohr für sie hatten. Ihn liegt das dichten nicht im Blut, sie möchten aber trotzdem mit einem einzigartigen Dankesspruch glänzen? Dann besuchen sie http://www.gedicht-welt.de/gedichte/dankeschongedichte/ dort finden sie ein sehr große Auswahl an passenden…
 
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  • Boston celebrity chef Todd English arrested in New York over Labor Day weekend

    Craig Douglas
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    Todd English, perhaps Boston’s most nationally recognized chef and restaurant owner, was arrested in New York’s Hamptons over the Labor Day weekend on charges of allegedly driving while intoxicated. According to a report by Reuters, English was released on $1,500 bail following his 3:30 a.m. arrest in Southampton Sunday morning. His attorney, Edwarke Burke Jr., said in a statement that his client was not intoxicated while driving and that English denies and plans to challenge the charges leveled…
  • Conservation Law Foundation's old support for gas gets new scrutiny

    Jon Chesto
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    For months, the Conservation Law Foundation has been criticizing a regional process that would bring more shale gas into New England. Now, it’s time for big industrial power users to strike back. The law firm of Preti Flaherty, representing the Industrial Energy Consumer Group and others, filed documents last week with the Maine Public Utilities Commission that portray CLF’s current stance as hypocritical given its strong public support for gas-fired plants 13 years ago. CLF, the petition states,…
  • Zuckerberg dines at Boston's Deuxave restaurant over Labor Day weekend

    Sara Castellanos
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg dined at Boston's Deuxave restaurant over Labor Day weekend, along with his wife and friends. Christopher Coombs, owner and executive chef at the contemporary French and American-style restaurant, said in a Facebook post: "At Deuxave we have been blessed to provide nourishment for many wonderful people over the years. Last night (after service) we cooked a feast for Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It was a great night." Coombs said Zuckerberg enjoyed the dining…
  • Gordon College puts student volunteer program 'on hold' after Lynn school vote

    Mary Moore
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Gordon College has put a student volunteer program on hold after the Lynn school committee severed ties with the Wenham college due to concerns that the college discriminates in its hiring practices. The program at issue is called Gordon in Lynn, through which Gordon College places college-age students in Lynn's elementary and middle schools as well as in community organizations. The students provided a range of volunteer services — including formal student-teaching help involving upper-class…
  • Lawyers with regulatory and data security skills are in high demand

    Mary Moore
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Times may be tough for the legal profession as a whole, but lawyers who specialize in certain areas are in high demand – and competition to hire them is strong. That’s among the findings of a report released this week by Robert Half Legal, which examined trends in the legal industry based on interviews with lawyers at the largest law firms in North America. The report includes interviews with hundreds of lawyers and law firms, corporate counsel and e-discovery experts. The legal specialists…
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    Alltopstartups.com

  • 19 of the Most Exciting and Promising Startups In the UK (This Year)

    Thomas Oppong
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    The startup ecosystem in the UK may not be as vibrant as the startup scene in the US but some startups have consistently caught the attention of the press, businesses and consumers.The UK startup community could see an exponential growth with the British government’s efforts to eliminate administrative barriers and ensure fast-paced growth.“Recent initiatives to help startups include a new grant to give small businesses access to super-fast broadband and the funding of four computer-science projects in schools to find the tech stars of the future” reports wired.These are 19 of…
  • Stop Promoting Your Business. Start Creating Useful Content!

    Thomas Oppong
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The time to be genuine and human as a business is now. Business is personal, make it personal. Educative content is one of  the best opportunities you can ever have as a business to attract and retain customers who can confidently trust you. There are just too many marketing messages without value. Prospective customers know the difference between messages that add value to their lives and infomercials that pretend to be useful but are actually sales pitches. The time to show the human side of your business is now more important than ever. You have a real opportunity to show your audience…
  • How Synergyse Grew Their B2B Startup to 1 Million Subscribers in 1 Year

    Thomas Oppong
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Originally published by Majid Manzarpour (Founder & CTO @Synergyse) on Medium. Synergyse is an interactive training system for Google Apps.This is our story to date of how we have built and grown our business to provide over 1000 organizations and 1 million people Google Apps training in 1 year.One of the main issues with training is getting people to take it, generally training is not viewed as an exciting activity and something you are forced to do. We decided that this was the problem we were going to solve, we were going to make training fun, interactive and available directly in…
  • Why Your Startup Should Consider a Coworking Space (Before Getting Locked into a Lease)

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    It is no big secret that money is a major concern for many startups. Unless they have a hefty investment or a fair amount of funding, startups often rely on bootstrapping. Startups need a space for their base of operations; however, a dedicated office space can exceed far beyond the entrepreneur’s budget. Many entrepreneurs rely on coffee shops, cafes, or even working from home in their early years.But there is another option for startups, who require a space without the high costs. Coworking spaces are an attractive alternative, providing a dedicated space at a cost-effective…
  • The Type of CEO You Don’t Need to Be

    Thomas Oppong
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Many people only dream of becoming a CEO, but most would agree that this is a great goal to aspire to. Good CEOs need to possess certain traits in order to lead effectively. Experience and education both make a difference, but must be used in conjunction with good leadership skills. Otherwise, a natural leader with a bright future could end up being the type of CEO who ends up failing.1. Maverick – One of the 6 types of bad CEOs, a maverick often ends up taking their independence too far. Some of the things done by maverick CEOs in the past that have caused problems include becoming too…
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    Startup Blog

  • Startup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile Success

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

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

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

    Taffy Williams
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    That CEO said WHAT?One of the many tasks a CEO performs is engaging and explaining the company to the investment community.  They may use a positive spin to present their data in the best manner.  Positive spin is a method were data, while factual, is presented in a manner to highlight the positive and down play any negative.  You may hear this term a great deal in politics as it is a means of trying to get public sentiment on the side of the politician.  Whether one is a CEO or a politician, there is a fine line between positive spin and over doing your…
  • Startup Blog Insights - Thinking Agile is Important to Your Business

    Taffy Williams
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:27 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photowebsiteGoogle+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
 
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    YourStory.com

  • Do You Want Game Developers To ‘Make (It) In India’ ?

    Vinay Dora
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    If Flipkart hadn’t happened we may well have its founders, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, into gaming and its development. If gaming in India was more rewarding, global investor Amit Anand would have continued with his Mumbai-based animation and gaming studio. Well if one digs in, we all have had our gaming dreams, many of which may not have seen the light of the day. We tried to explore the challenges of the industry by connecting with gaming professionals and community leaders like Joel Johnson and Gautam Narain. Based on their inputs, here are some of the difficulties gaming…
  • Suditi Industries bags the official apparel rights of Real Madrid CF in India

    Jubin Mehta
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Suditi Industries is a Mumbai based BSE listed company that is headed by Pawan Agarwal. It manufactures knitted fabrics and products and specializes in knitting, processing, printing, garmenting, embroidery and retail. RIOT is the retail venture by Suditi Industries Ltd with the aim of providing the ‘youth’ with quality fast fashion at affordable prices. Under the master Brand name ‘Riot’ the company caters to men and women across all casual apparel categories. The merchandise is available at exclusive brand outlets present in cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Vadodara, etc. and is also…
  • Trending tweets from TechSparks 2014 Bangalore

    Jayanth Ramesh
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    The Lalit Ashok Hotel in Bangalore was host to the first leg of TechSparks 2014. On 30th August, the first leg of this multi city entrepreneurial summit was off to a great start. The likes of Mohandas Pai and Alok Goel spoke at the event which is a meeting ground for young entrepreneurs, investors and all the other stakeholders of the startup ecosystem. Social meda was also ablaze and the event was trending in Bangalore within an hour. Here, we bring to you some of the Twitter Highlights from the event:   “@YourStoryCo: “Function for success in a start-up is super…
  • FreeCharge raises $33 million Series B funding from Sequoia Capital and others

    Abhash Kumar
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    FreeCharge, India’s leading online platform for recharge, utility payments, promotions and couponing, has raised a series B funding of 33 million USD. Existing investors Sequoia Capital, along with Sofina and RuNet took part in the fresh round. To the untrained eye Freecharge may look like a recharge site, but at its core it is building an advertising platform that captures online and offline purchase behaviour of consumers. By offering incentives and coupons to users to transact on its platform, the platform is able to capture the behavior and preferences of its customers. Mobile…
  • It’s no joke; Delhi-based Con Affetto creates edible bouquets

    Jai Vardhan
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Picking the right gift for someone is never easy, especially in a country like ours where we have a grand list of festivals and gifting occasions. One of the most popular gifts is flowers. But flowers wither, fade and die with clearly no lasting value or utility. And it is always painful to dump a gift, isn’t it? A regular flower bouquet these days on an average costs nothing less than Rs. 500-600. This value-for-money thought crosses a lot of people’s mind while ordering flowers. “We at Con Affetto, try to fill this gap,” says Upasana Mansinghka, co-founder, Con Affetto. Having faced…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Good Coffee Doing Good

    Susan Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a story behind each cup of coffee from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. The roastery is not only focused on brewing quality java, but helping the international communities in which their beans grow. Hemisphere imports coffee from across the world to roast at their Mechanicsburg facility. “Coffee is a commodity,” Hemisphere Founder and Owner Paul Kurtz says. […]
  • In The Company of Women, 2014

    Anya Sattely
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Women’s Business Center of Ohio (WBC), powered by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), has spent the last year and a half building a network of women business leaders in the Central Ohio community. The organization provides business counseling, training, networking and funding resources to assist women who are looking to successfully start […]
  • 45 Central Ohio Companies Make Inc. 5000

    Susan Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Forty-five Central Ohio Companies have been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Columbus boasts five companies in the top 500. Highest on the list is RevLocal, ranking at 108. Experiencing a three-year growth of 3,342 percent, the company helps businesses improve their online presence through local search, paid search, […]
  • Sculptify Shaking Up 3D Printing Industry

    Susan Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    3D printing is a rapidly growing industry and one in which the possibilities of what can be printed seemingly expand every day. Columbus-based Sculptify is upping the ante with their pelletized material 3D printer. “We started talking about how limiting the technology was and how powerful it could be,” says Co-Founder Slade Simpson of a […]
  • Beam Technologies Receives Investment from Drive Capital, Relocates to Columbus

    Susan Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drive Capital’s latest portfolio company is relocating to Columbus and has a unique niche in the technology industry. Beam Technologies focuses on dental technology and dental-related data. The product they are most known for that serves as the fundamental building block of the company is a smartphone connected toothbrush. The Beam Brush allows users to collect […]
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  • 4 Beta Startups For SignUp

    Vineet
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    4 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. Haus Haus is  a new startup  that aims to make your home life easier: from paying your bills on time, to remembering where you put that lease, to dealing with perpetually-late-paying roommates. 2. Zeplin Zeplin is a new startup that aims to help UI designers and frontend developers to communicate well, work together efficiently to build great product collaboratively. 3. Promoterstable Promoterstable is a new startup that aims to provide  exclusive free access to bottles and tables at premium venues 4. Mobilesuits Mobilesuits is a new app that aims to help…
  • How To Plan Revenue Model For Your Startups

    Martin
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing). The implications of the decision you make are huge, defining your brand image, your funding requirements, and your long-term business viability. The revenue model you select is basically the implementation of your business strategy, and the key to attaining your financial objectives. Obviously, it must be grounded by the characteristics of the market and customers you…
  • Why Every Business Needs To Understand Social Psychology

    Martin
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Many entrepreneurs think that adapting to the new technologies, like smart phones and Internet commerce, are the key to attracting new customers. In fact, businesses need to adapt just as completely to the changes in the buying and social behavior of consumers. High-technology product startups, without customers, don’t make a business. Today’s customer buying dynamics are all about “user experience,” according to Brian Solis, in his recent book “What’s the Future of Business?.” This thought leader in new media asserts that every business needs to understand social psychology and…
  • 4 Hot Startups From NewYork

    Vineet
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    4 Hot Startups From NewYork 1. Circumrent Circumrent  is  a new startup that aims to help you pay less when you move in and pay you more when move out from rental place. 2. LookBooker LookBooker is a real-time online salon booking network that brings together the availabilities of multiple salons (hairdressers, barbers, spas, tanning, massage, nails and more!) and lets consumers browse, book, and confirm appointments instantly from the comfort of their mobile or web device. Appointments can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – no waiting on hold, waiting for business hours or booking…
  • How To Take Calculated Risk For Your Startup Company Success

    Martin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    There is old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same. Many risks can be managed or calculated to improve growth or provide a competitive edge, while others, like skipping quality checks to save money, are recipes for failure. The challenge is to avoid the bad risks, while actively seeking and managing the smart risks. There are no guarantees in business, but it pays to learn from the experiences of entrepreneurs and business experts who have gone…
 
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  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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

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

    Chris Reimer
    15 May 2014 | 4:28 am
    I am elated to announce that I have joined Kaldi’s Coffee as their new Marketing Director. This is a newly created position that will have me creating and implementing marketing strategies, monitoring and posting on social media, and finding ways to sell more coffee (especially online). I’m thrilled to join the organization, while having mixed […] The post Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.” The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short […] The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

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

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

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
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  • Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest

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

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    On 20th January, Matt Cutts published a post with a weird title – “The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO”. This post and that day shook the entire blogging world, the after effects of which is still visible to a lot of bloggers. I keep getting emails even today from people who has […] The post Don’t Guest Post to Get Backlinks! Guest Posting Benefits from a better Strategy appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List?

    Dilip Kumar
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Another list building post.. you may think! One hard fact about internet marketing is that the basics just doesn’t change. So if you hear terms like list building, social media, customer engagement, sales funnel etc. you shouldn’t be too much worried. Because this is what Internet marketing is all about. These are some of the […] The post List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • CB Passive Income Review – The Readymade Make Money Online Program

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    One common problem that my students and subscribers approach me with is getting started with Internet Marketing. People spend thousands of dollars on hiring mentors and tutors, who teach them concepts after concepts in internet marketing. But, in spite of people learning all the concepts, they end up on the losing side when the actual […] The post CB Passive Income Review – The Readymade Make Money Online Program appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Create a Money Making Blog Without Writing Content for it?

    Dilip Kumar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    If you have clicked through the headline over to this article, I am sure that you first thought might have been Looks like an insane blogger playing gimmicks with his headline So, my first objective here will be to prove you wrong, if you had a similar thought. On the other hand if you are […] The post How to Create a Money Making Blog Without Writing Content for it? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Video Games Are NOT Free

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

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

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

    Christine Mortensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This month we answer the question: What are the benefits and risks of issuing equity in my startup and what should I look out for? Startups often compensate employees and/or service providers with equity in exchange for services.  The type and form of equity may vary based on your company’s desired outcome and goals, which come in various forms such as stock options, stock grants, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock to name a few. Advantages When you pay employees with equity, it affords your employees with an opportunity align their interests with those of your company. …
  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

    Christine Mortensen
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video brings a lot of value to the marketing table for entrepreneurs. Here are the facts: Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey says a one-minute video is equivalent to 1.8 million words. Online engagement measurement and usage site comScore says almost 50 percent of Internet users view at least one video online each month. Forbes says 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos each week. As you can see, incorporating video into your marketing strategy can potentially provide an enormous ROI. Avoid making a rookie mistake and seriously consider integrating videos into your…
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  • If not now then when?

    guestblogger
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    The excuses for not buying now are many: too small, too big, too soon, too fast, too slow, too expensive, too complicated. But sometimes hesitancy to buy is not about the seller and the seller’s service, but the buyer’s internal thought processes. More specifically, I am curious about why people don’t buy into a process that they know, in their heart of hearts, is one that they not only want, but also need for the development and growth of their business. The need for what is called ‘strategic planning’ is recognised as being a cornerstone of developing, running and growing an…
  • How to ensure high quality when working with a translation services provider

    guestblogger
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    When trading internationally, translation is an essential tool. Materials translated accurately by humans have the potential to greatly improve conversions when compared to computer-generated translations. There are numerous factors that underpin high-quality translation, so here is our advice if your business needs translation services… 1 Only work with mother-tongue translators Mother-tongue translators offer skill and knowledge that can’t be matched. They have an unrivalled familiarity with their own language, and can pick up on nuances that someone who’s only been speaking the…
  • Six tips to prevent important tasks from falling through the cracks

    guestblogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    Whether you’re a sole trader or manage many employees, you must ensure that important work gets done to a high standard and on time. So how do you prevent important tasks from being neglected? 1 Stop doing everything yourself Share the load with people who are stronger in areas where you are weaker. The work will get done; you’ll feel less stressed; and your business will benefit. 2 Give away low-skill, low-fun tasks first The tasks to delegate are the ones that are least enjoyable and require less-skill. Why? Because they are: easier to train others to do; cheapest to hire for; and often…
  • Four ways to guarantee fast and effective team meetings

    guestblogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Although they can sound like a waste of time, effective team meetings are essential for all new (and existing) businesses if they are to reach their potential. They can help you leverage the collective intelligence in your business, as well as move the team forward cohesively. Ideally you should have more team meetings, not fewer. This is because effective meetings lead to: Broader buy-in and consensus. Better understanding of complex problems and issues. Better understanding of individual contributions. Greater positive social obligation. But what should you avoid if you want to ensure…
  • How long can you bootstrap a start-up before real investment is required?

    guestblogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Battle lines have been drawn in the entrepreneurial world, with venture capital squaring up to its penny-pinching cousin, bootstrapping. Before budding entrepreneurs can reach the dizzying highs of business triumph, they must first launch their idea off the ground, and this requires finance. Venture capital (AKA private equity) is hard to obtain, competition is immense and investors can be reluctant to hand over their capital without evidence that the business can work and eventually bring a return. Most start-ups must go through a phase of bootstrapping before they can prove to investors…
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    EpicLaunch

  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

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

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

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
 
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  • Jobs: Tech/Media Sales Rep at Chesapeake HR, SQL Server Dev at nTech, more

    Cary Betagole
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Technical.ly’s Jobs Roundup is a weekly series that shares local and regional tech job postings. See the Technical.ly Jobs Board for the most up-to-date listings. Baltimore .NET Developer Full Stack Web Developer Data Analytics / Processing Engineer Python Developer DevOps Engineer Software Engineer Applications Development Project Manager Technology/Media Sales Representative WEb Developer SEO & Web Analytics Specialist Front End Developer Modeling & Simulation Software Engineer SQL Server Developer Software Engineer, Junior Job test Engagement Manager/Project Lead Web…
  • Education, health sectors prop up Baltimore business: report [Links Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    ‘Eds and Meds’ crucial to Baltimore’s economy, Moody’s says [Baltimore Business Journal]: “Baltimore is going to be OK, as long as it has its big name medical centers. That’s the big takeaway from a new report by Moody’s Investors Service that looked at the economic impact large medical and education systems have on the cities where they are based.” Maryland updates, eases business licensing, registration [MDBIZ News]: “Licensing and registering your Maryland business just got even simpler. The State of Maryland has released an updated version…
  • How FutureMakers is reaching young tinkerers in Baltimore city

    Keisha Reed
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    FutureMakers is a roving educational organization partnering with organizations from Rising Sun, Md., to Loudon County, Va. Founder Matt Barinholtz describes it as a mobile makerspace. The organization provides hands-on skill-building workshops for children — outfitting kids with tools, not just toys. FutureMakers was founded in 2012. For 2014, Barinholtz set his sights on Baltimore, with three main goals: Be based in the city. With the help of Baltimore tech scene connector Ed Mullin, FutureMakers moved into the Baltimore City Robotics Center, near the B&O Railroad Museum.
  • Baltimore undergrads boldly go into Tricorder XPRIZE finals

    Tyler Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    A group of Johns Hopkins University undergrads is one of 10 finalists in a $10 million competition to reach the final frontier of health IT. Team Aezon is vying for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. The challenge tasks groups with creating a real-life version of the Star Trek tricorder, a gizmo that could diagnose 15 different conditions and diseases. In March, the group of 30 students cleared the preliminary round. Actual science not included. (Photo by Flickr user Joe Haupt, used under a Creative Commons license) Aezon’s system includes a vitals monitoring unit (developed…
  • Pharmaceutical firm Vaccinogen to move to Baltimore

    Tyler Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Frederick, Md.-based pharmaceutical firm Vaccinogen will move to Baltimore following an $80 million round of funding, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. On Monday, Vaccinogen officials announced the funding had been secured from a “Stockholm-based investor group known as The Investment Syndicate (‘TIS’).” Additionally, celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson was named chairman of the company’s board. “We believe this level of financing is very significant and the market will be very receptive to us at this time as we go through rapid…
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  • Technology as Inspiration for Startup Products

    Rich
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Lindsay Jo Holmes from MapleXO, Garett Stenson from Ziba, and Ken Tomita and Joe Mansfield from Grove discuss technology as inspiration for their Startup products. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience.
  • Slidecast: Newvem Startup Analytics Help You Know Your Cloud

    Rich
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    In this slidecast, Zev Laderman from Newvem presents: Newvem – Know Your Cloud. Newvem is the leader in enhancing cloud usage effectiveness through data analytics. Newvem’s suite of tools utilize both cloud data analysis and crowd sourcing to enable DevOps, IT Managers and other Cloud Stakeholders to get to the bottom of their cloud faster by operating more efficient, secure, and cost effective clouds.” Read the Full Story * Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes
  • Puppet Labs – Making System Administrators More Productive

    Rich
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    In this video, Puppet Labs Founder Teyo Tyree describes how the company’s datacenter automation software makes system administrators more productive.
  • Review: Sound Blaster Roar is One Great Bluetooth Speaker

    Rich
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    We love our music over here at inside-Startups, so when we got a chance to review the new Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth system, we jumped at the chance. It’s all about the sound If you don’t get much chance to read further, this is a great-sounding portable speaker that puts out incredible sound for the money. If you like to entertain on the patio, this thing will get your guest’s toes tapping without the blaring loudness you might remember from the Boom Box days. I’m not an expert audiophile or anything like that, but I really enjoy listening to the Roar outdoors. The…
  • Stephen Key’s One Simple Idea for Startups

    Rich
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In this video, Stephen Key, the entrepreneur behind the Teddy Ruxpin toys, describes his book One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs: Live Your Dreams and Create Your Own Profitable Company.
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    Tech Hustlers

  • Tackle Youtube’s Multi-Billion Dollar Industry with Bent Pixels

    Eric Strait
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Learn how digital media leader Bent Pixels will help you tackle Youtube’s multi-billion dollar industry.   As a Certified Youtube MCN, Bent Pixels hosts the channels of some of the world’s leading brands including UFC, Shaq Entertainment, Joe Rogan, Kevin Hart and America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV), generating 5 billion annual views from an audience of over 11 million monthly unique viewers.   For the first podcast of our Digital Media Series, I sat down with the Vice President of Operations at Bent Pixels, James Creech.  James’s experience as the…
  • Hire Fast, Fire Fast

    Eric Strait
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    Being an entrepreneur is like riding a roller coaster day after day, so unless you are Richard Rodriguez trying to break the break the World Record for the longest roller-coaster ride, you will want to get your startup to flat solid ground as soon as you possibly can–and keep it there. If you begin to hire fast and fire fast, you will add loops and turns to your ride by creating an unstable company culture and work-group disharmony. Hiring slow is a key ingredient to keeping your startup on stable ground. Because hiring the right employees is such a critical decision to make for…
  • 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

    Eric Strait
    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…
 
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  • Startup Public Policy with Congressman Adam Smith

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

    Joe Wallin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    By Tabitha CreightonFinding capital for a startup can be as tough as any other part business and sometimes emotionally draining, since everyone seems to have an opinion on your concept. Borrowing money from a bank can be just as harrowing, however, borrowing money from “the crowd” via the Internet is one of the fascinating new ways for businesses to raise capital.Who is the Lender in Crowdlending?It is way of raising capital that permits high net worth individuals (corporations, trusts, other institutions, etc) to invest in businesses through debt.Lenders discover opportunities to invest…
  • Intrastate Crowdfunding and the 499 Shareholder Problem

    Joe Wallin
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In prior posts I have lamented the problems with the federal crowdfunding law.  The SEC is still behind on finalizing rules implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act. In the meantime, Washington State and a handful of other states have pushed forward with crowdfunding laws of their own that are meant to offer a less expensive and more practical and usable alternative to the federal crowdfunding law.The Basis of State Crowdfunding – The Intrastate ExemptionState-level equity crowdfunding laws allow a company to equity crowdfund without having to comply with the federal…
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO]

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

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

    Dominic Collins
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    There is a saying, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. The implication being that each member of the committee advocates their own preferences and wants, compromises occur, and the result is uncomfortable, temperamental and not fit-for-purpose. The current approach to innovation in Australia appears to be something more like a camel than [...] The post Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines? appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Blue Sky is looking to raise a $30 million fund in Australia’s starved venture capital sector

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Blue Sky Venture Capital, a division of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, is looking to raise $30 million for a new fund in a bid to capitalise on Australia’s underpenetrated and cash-starved venture capital sector. It’s worth noting that $30million is a pretty considerable amount considering the fact that just $100 million was raised for [...] The post Blue Sky is looking to raise a $30 million fund in Australia’s starved venture capital sector appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Machine Failure!

    Peter Cauton
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    So sorry for the lack of posts last week. I poured water over my laptop. Of course, I did something phenomenally short-sighted when I tried turning it on to see if it still worked. It did. For around 2 minutes. Until it permanently died. I tried writing on my tablet, something less comfortable than writing on a real keyboard, but still palatable. There was just something seriously demotivating typing on something which had major cracks on the screen. You see, a friend of mine accidentally dropped it a few days ago. I found it amusing that after years and years of surviving multiple crazy…
  • Release Your Inner Kraken: The Folly of Hidden Talents

    Peter Cauton
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    For as far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing. I enjoyed paragraph writing in grade school. There was always a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I felt a paragraph was complete, when I felt every word I used was the right one. It was simultaneously art and science for me. This love for word construction continued throughout my high school and college stints. Writing assignments wouldn’t feel like homework. I would volunteer for writing tasks across my different subjects, projects, and the clubs I belonged to. In my first year after graduation, I taught…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job Now and Work for a Startup (With Traction)

    Peter Cauton
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    So, you want to put up a startup. You want to take the leap. But it’s sooooo hard to let go of the cushy job you’ve spent numerous years cultivating… You worry about the sudden disruption of that bi-monthly cashflow you’re now so accustomed to and built your life around. So what now? Here’s a solution – work for a startup. But don’t just work for ANY startup – work for a startup with traction. What’s traction? I like Naval Ravikant’s (Angelist founder) efficient definition of traction: “Quantitative evidence of market…
  • Thursdays Unplugged Postscript (July 31 Edition)

    Peter Cauton
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
      See that bottle of Pepsi in the picture? I started this Thursdays Unplugged session by accidentally dropping the closed bottle, and then proceeding to absent-mindedly open it. The result was an explosion of cola and pride, mostly on my shirt (which, incredibly, looks the same in the picture). It was all uphill from there though! With the third participant calling that he couldn’t make it the last minute, this became a 3-person session. Of course, I loved the result, as Jode, Gerome, and I not only got into the technicalities of the their startup ideas, but more importantly, we…
  • Risk Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

    Peter Cauton
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The older we get, the more permanent our decisions become. In high school, the biggest decision we made was probably what school to take (a lot of people I know didn’t have a choice in this matter as well), or perhaps what course to take. We could then easily shift courses. A lot of people I know even shifted schools. We also choose who to hang out with. This can change easily as well. Then one day, we graduate from college. Then we have to face the next big decision in our lives – what job to take. Not quite happy with our first job, perhaps we transfer to another firm. It…
 
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  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: September 1 - 6

    joshboyle
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Premium Company:  Constant Contact Release Date:  Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to…
  • Talent on the Move! August 29, 2014

    Keith Cline
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:30 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - August 29, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - August 29, 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.Karen Rubin, Director of Product @ Quanttopian.  Previously, Product Management at Quanttus.  Link Keith Frankel, Chief Digital Officer @…
  • Profile - Dan Sullivan: Crowdly Founder & CEO Takes Advocate Marketing to New Levels

    joshboyle
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Earlier this month Crowdly, the innovative advocate marketing platform, announced strong company momentum, a new platform launch and customers wins that include SodaStream and William Grant & Sons’ brands... Earlier this month Crowdly, the innovative advocate marketing platform, announced strong company momentum, a new platform launch and customers wins that include SodaStream and William Grant…
  • Techstars Boston Fall 2014 Class [Slideshow]

    joshboyle
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:00 Blog Slideshow:  Techstars Boston Fall 2014 Class Welcome New Managing Director, Semyon Dukach Codeanywhere CoolChip Technologies EdTrips Fairwaves Fortified Bicycle Headtalk Helloblock Indico ROCKI Spitfire Athlete Splashscore Steamroot Teaser:  This session the program includes five hardware and seven software companies that range from bringing cellular connectivity to the next billion people in the developing world, to sparking a new generation of innovation in data science through a machine learning platform. Thumbnail:  Home Page…
  • How to Balance a Startup With Parenthood

    joshboyle
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Apollo Sinkevicius - COO, Robin Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  A look at balancing parenthood with the demanding schedule of a startup. One of the common startup myths is that single 20-somethings are the most successful entrepreneurs and that they are the demographic that starts the most companies. A look at balancing parenthood with the demanding schedule of a startup.One of the common startup myths is that single 20-somethings are the most successful entrepreneurs and that they are the demographic that…
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  • How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Win at Google’s Game

    Tim Flint
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Play their game. You need to embrace that they have a business model. Embrace it and the rules are there. Play the game.” – Ryan Mull, Partner and Director at Imavex In the game of business, the premise is simple: make more money than you spend. When you take your business online, the game gets more complicated. Cheats and shortcuts that were once overlooked can be taken away, and even the rules you were playing by can change and essentially leave you starting over. Google is famous for switching the rules of the game, especially when it comes to SEO. Why can this one company have such…
  • 5 Tips For Learning to Code

    Forest Good
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Like learning any new domain (be it music or a foreign language), there is a tremendous learning curve to programming.  At first, it seems like a massive mountain to climb, but the most important thing is to keep learning and not to give up when you feel discouraged.Here are a five tips for anyone considering whether they should take the time to learn how to program. Bet on any horse, because all of them will get you where you need to go – When it comes to which programming language to choose, think about what type of skill set you want to develop. Mobile – Objective-C (iOS),…
  • How To Re-Invest In Midwest Startups

    Matt Hunckler
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Indiana and the surrounding Midwest has an exciting history of software entrepreneurship. Large sales of companies like Software Artistry and Baker Hill in Indianapolis, and Resite in Bloomington, started a movement that has snowballed into a powerful Midwest startup community. In this interview from the The Innovation Showcase, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the Midwest share their perspective on how to keep the momentum going and re-invest in Midwest startups: First you have to have success. And early software successes in Indiana made way for even bigger wins for the state,…
  • Can Indiana’s New Crowdfunding Law Help Your Business?

    Chuck Switzer
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: LendingMemo.com As of July 1, Hoosier entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital (join the club, right) now have a new tool: crowdfunding.  Indiana’s new crowdfunding law sailed quickly and almost unopposed through the General Assembly—140 yeas to 1 nay.  Despite any instinctual suspicion some may have of a law that both parties agree on, this legislation may actually be useful to you.  Here are six questions to consider in deciding whether to Hoosier crowdfund: Can I raise capital from out-of-state investors? No.  For the time being, federal law still prohibits you from…
  • WATCH: Verge Organizer Jordan Updike Discusses Indiana’s Growth on IIB

    Tim Hickle
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Verge organizer and all around stud Jordan Updike made a visit to Inside Indiana Business to chat with Gerry Dick and Ike Willett about the growth of Indiana’s tech sector and the new capital the Circle City is seeing because of it. “The beautiful thing is we’re starting to get a reputation as an area that’s putting out quality companies and quality work.” - Jordan Updike Perhaps the greatest evidence of this comes from the Innovation Showcase. In the past six years, this event has grown from a small, niche event to a startup spectacle that attracts…
 
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    Startup Flavor

  • Uber Recruiting Drivers During Paid Rides Is Awesome

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

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Tips for Managing Your Best Business Assets: Employees

    Gus
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Image credit – Calita Kabir (Flickr)   Your employees play a large part in the success or failure of your business — and it’s up to you to motivate them to give their best efforts. These six tips will help you to succeed with managing your employees. These tips were compiled by a retail store manager with extensive experience incorporating methods suggested by Gallup’s business journal in their “Feedback for Real” study. However, the same tips will work for most managers in just about every sort of business environment. 1. Empower Your Employees to…
  • The Benefits of Flexible Office Space for Startups

    Gus
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Link to image The reality of being a start-up business is not quite as glamorous as you might first imagine. You may not be able to afford a super hot business premises immediately. In fact, you may have to start a business in your bedroom and basement. When you begin your career in the world of business, you need to have as few overheads as you can. One way you might consider cutting down on your start-up costs is by having a flexible office. Having a flexible office means that you and your staff members can work from anywhere in the world. You can get short-term office lets when you need…
  • From Start Up To Success – Making It To Ten Years In Business

    Gus
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    In today’s modern society, it’s somewhat easy to be sceptical about businesses based on a ‘traditional’ business model. Everything’s about digital these days, after all. But that isn’t to say that we don’t need traditional businesses. For example, Paperstone, the office supplies company, are currently celebrating ten years in business. Selling paper, pens and all things ‘non-techy’ can be a bit of a struggle in this day and age. Of course they sell all kinds of other stuff too, like printers and so on, but it’s a struggle nonetheless. We do need these products though, so…
  • The Importance of Window Displays and How to Get Them Right

    Gus
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    Does your business involves selling from a physical location, where you need to attract customers off the street? If so, you need to be giving some serious thought to your window displays. Your shopfront and the display in its window is the first impression that your potential customers get of you business. Much like someone buying a house, they aren’t going to walk inside if the exterior doesn’t impress them. Your window display is your chance to let the people walking past know who you are. You should use it as an opportunity to display your brand and tell passersby what you can…
  • Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

    Gus
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • Late Bloomers – Late In Life Success

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

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

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

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

    Anna Vital
    1 Jul 2013 | 11:20 am
    How would you measure the value of a company? Especially, a company that you started a month ago – how do you determine startup valuation? That is the question you will be asking yourself when you look for money for your company. Let’s lay down the basics. Valuation is simply the value of a company. There are folks who make a career out of projecting valuations. Since most of the time you are valuing something that may or may not happen in the future, there is a lot of room for assumptions and educated guesses. Why does startup valuation matter? Valuation matters to entrepreneurs…
 
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  • Speedreading People With Vanessa Van Edwards – TCE 037

    Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today is an absolutely fascinating episode and one that I think has the ability to change the way you interact with people ipso facto the quality of your life experience. Our guest Today is Vanessa Van Edwards founder of the Science of People. What the heck is the science of people…well, you’ll find out in a minute when we hear from Vanessa, but I know some people hear the word science and immediately think BORING and I can assure you today’s episode is far from it. A blaring majority of how people perceive us is tied to…
  • Zero to Hockey Stick Growth: How to Get Startup Traction with Justin Mares – TCE 036

    Scott
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today we have a good old fashioned roommate special. My current roommate Justin Mares, who is one of the most interesting and accomplished young studs I know, just released a new book called Traction Book with Duck Duck Go founder Gabe Weinberg. Today I brought him on the show to discuss the theme of the book how startups can acquire customers. This conversation which was done on the ol kitchen table of our apartment covers some of the meatiest concepts in the book. We’ll touch on everything from how to think effectivelty…
  • How to Become More Charismatic With Charlie Houpert – TCE 035

    Scott
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today is an episode I’ve been looking forward to for a long time…. I am so excited to be having one of my best buds and former roommates Charlie Houpert on the show. Charlie is a brilliant mind especially when it comes to people and social skills. Teaching other people how to develop them is his passion and the focus of his current business Charisma on Command. I’ve been around a lot of social butterflies and people into self-development and I can’t say I’ve encountered anyone more on the cutting edge of charisma…
  • How to Go From Product Idea to The Shelves of Your Favorite Retailers with Brandon Rickman – TCE 034

    Scott
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Have you ever had an idea for a physical product or a way to make something that already exists even better? Maybe it’s something as simple as looking at a popular kitchen utensil and wishing it had your favorite sports teams logo on it… If you’ve ever hard an idea for creating a physical product and want to know exactly how to do it, today you are in for a special treat. We’ll be hearing from Brandon Rickman, an awesome entrepreneur whose literally brought hundreds of products to market. He’s has patented, licensed ,…
  • Doubling Testosterone and A Business That I Didn’t Start

    Scott
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    This is a story about being a testosterone guinea pig and a business I decided not to start. Just over a year ago, I decided to move to Brazil with some of my buddies from NYC. A few months prior to our departure, my future roommate Ben tried a new diet regimen called intermittent fasting which increased his testosterone by 30%. I knew testosterone was an important hormone for dudes,  but wasn’t really sure why increased levels were desirable. After he told me this, I did some more research…. A lot of people hear the word Testosterone and just think of aggressive males, bar fighting…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Ryan Rogowski – Creator and CEO of Waygo

    Mario Schulzke
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I make it a point to be mindful so if I am deviating from my focus, I can recognize it and act on it. Ryan is the creator and CEO of Waygo, an instant visual translation service. Recently named Singapore’s 30 under 30, he lead Waygo to win the 2013 Echelon award. He was recently a speaker at the 2013 Machine Learning Conference as well as China’s largest mobile conference, the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC). He is an avid traveler with over 22 countries under his belt and he once ate 10 warheads simultaneously at the age of 9. Before Waygo, Ryan worked in Beijing at Thinknao…
  • Melissa Steach – Design & BDM of CORT Interiors

    Mario Schulzke
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Art cannot exist in your head, only ideas, and ideas are of no use if not enacted. You have to be willing to make ugly if you’re ever going to make good. Melissa is a Designer, Author and I-O Psychologist. As an overall “Business Creative”, she combines her formal education with life experience for a fresh approach to the use of creativity in workplace environments and leadership models. Her unique perspective led her to successfully develop a new interior design service for CORT Furniture, a Berkshire-Hathaway company, creating a new stream of revenue resulting in a half million…
  • Isaac Morehouse – Founder and CEO of Praxis

    Mario Schulzke
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    If I do at least one thing every single day to get an idea closer to life, it has a far higher likelihood of success than if I wait around for a time when I can make one big move. I see it like exercising. If the idea is a healthy body, you’re better off doing one thing every day, even if it’s just twenty push-ups, then waiting for the perfect day to spend two hours in an elaborate workout at the gym. Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, and intensive ten-month program for entrepreneurial young people who want more than college. Isaac has tried just about every form of…
  • Kerrie Kelly – Founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

    Mario Schulzke
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I touch things once. I open the mail, schedule the bill payment and file it. You won’t see heaps of paper on my desk or a full inbox of unanswered emails from me. I value time and efficiency and this is how I honor that. Northern California interior designer Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. She is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant, helping national brands reach the interior design market. She is a certified interior designer with an Interior Design degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has a Master’s in Business Administration…
  • Sandra Lewis – Founder and CEO of Worldwide101

    Mario Schulzke
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    I would probably put systems in place much earlier on. I wish I had created procedures early on, so that the work didn’t depend on me so much and for so long! Sandra Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Worldwide101, a virtual assistant company with team members located in the US, Canada, and throughout Europe. During her career, Sandra has worked as operations manager for companies such as Regus and BuroServices, with a focus on supporting small businesses to be effective as they scale. Where did the idea for your company come from? I noticed how hard it was for successful business owners, and…
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  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

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

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

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

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

    Salim Virani
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Irina Dzhambazova shares how Bulgarian startups deal with obscurity, and succeed building international relationships: Serendipity and true partnerships "Investing time in getting to know an organisation or a person, without looking for the immediate quid pro quo is the way to go. Just get to know people, interact with them in the manner you do with friends and leave the rest to chance." - Vesselina Tasheva Good partners understand each others goals and can act proactively on each other's behalf. This type of relationship is much easier when you can relate this way at a personal level.
 
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    Platform Thinking

  • Uber: The feedback loop disrupting transportation

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

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

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

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

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    First we went wild about social media disrupting the world of business communications and media. Then the Sharing Economy sprang up and we talked about how the traditional ownership model was getting disrupted. We’re looking at the 3D printer as the democratization of manufacturing much like Twitter and blogging democratized publishing and YouTube democratized broadcast. Disruption isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s just getting started! But irrespective of which phenomenon you look at ( and even if you dismiss all of these as fads), the enduring shift that underlies all these disruptions is…
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    Business Start Ups

  • Small Biz Guide to Social Media

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

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

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

    Caroline Baxter
    25 Sep 2013 | 6:09 am
    WordPress So how can you have the website you dreamed of, at little or no cost, with a fully integrated CMS (content management system) and thousands of ready to use, free or paid templates? Every business owner knows the importance of having an up to date website. You may also know that getting a new website […] The post WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes

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

  • Animated Videos Done Right: First look of Animaker.com

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

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

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

    anandarajan
    3 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    How will you evaluate a company’s value? Especially an organization, which you have kick-started a month, back. Start-up valuation is an art which you need to perform if you are expecting money from investors. This strategy helps to take your business to the next level. It is no rocket science. Adopting some simple steps helps you to easily assess the value of your start-up. Why start-up valuation is so important? As an entrepreneur giving significance to start-up valuation will help you to determine how much of your company‘s shares you would be giving to the investors in exchange for…
  • Interview with Explainer video Expert: Demo Duck

    bhuvana
    3 May 2014 | 2:25 am
          In today’s advanced online culture, video is the most valuable advertising tool for a particular product or service and Explainer videos are something quick, fun and simple. A well made explainer video consolidates all the business key information to explain simply in a minute or two and also adds the magic ingredient as storytelling.       People are definitely becoming more comfortable with the term “explainer videos”, often using it interchangeably with “marketing video” or “web video” and consumers have fallen…
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

    Martin Zwilling
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology or money. The first...
  • #NYCtech Week in Review

    AlleyWatch
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Extra bonus points to anyone who can correctly identify the location of the image in this piece. Another busy week in NYC Tech with no holiday slowdown edition… With so much going on in the city’s...
  • 8 Traits of a Great Startup Product Manager

    Iain Grant
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Many a startup was founded on a great idea, but it takes a great team to make sure that idea doesn’t falter before hitting the go-to-market finish line. The companies that end up with the best...
  • Hackerspace Provides Hackers Creative Haven

    AlleyWatch
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    HeatSync Labs, a so-called hackerspace in Mesa, Arizona provides members and the public alike a space to allow their creative juices to flow and make their tech dreams into a reality.
  • Freelance Bike Delivery Guy for NYC Startups Makes $50,000 a Year

    Uptin Saiidi
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    It’s becoming faster and easier to get anything you want, when you want it. A lot of the thanks go to people like Sean Lyons, a 23-year-old bike messenger in New York City who rides between 20...
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    Startup Freak

  • Srikrishna Polymer Industries

    StartupFreak
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Company Name : Srikrishna Polymer Industries Description : PU Adhesives Manufacturers and Suppliers in India Company Overview : Srikrishna Polymer Industries(SPIPL) is manufacturers and suppliers of PU adhesives, polyurethane adhesives, flex pack adhesive, gravure inks, aromatic hardener, polyester polyol for shoe sole and pigmented adhesives for flex pack. Established in the year 2009, as Sri Polychem Industries with a capacity of approximately 100 mt of production and then becoming a private limited company in 2012 as SPIPL. Our Products - 1. Laminating Adhesives 2. Adhesive for Paper Foil…
  • Pall Mall Estates

    StartupFreak
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Company Name : Pall Mall Estates Description : Low cost, high value business space to let throughout the UK. Company Overview : Pall Mall Estates have a huge portfolio of commercial property available to rent across the UK. Whether a you’re a new business looking for a first time office space or a large company looking to expand, Pall Mall Estates can help you to find your perfect property. Contact our property experts today to discuss your property needs or visit our website to browse our portfolio of available commercial space! Homepage URL: http://www.pallmallestates.co.uk/ Industry :…
  • Ashopi.com

    StartupFreak
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Company Name : Ashopi.com Description : Ashopi.com is fastest growing company and trust worthy shopping site in the Decorative Handicrafts field we are provides Handmade Gift Shop, Online Gift shopping, Online Brassware, Online Corporate Gifting, Online Scarf Company Overview : We are the fastest growing Online retail company in the Decorative Handicrafts, Home Furnishing and life style category in INDIA. All of our products are direct from manufacture. We have wide range in each category. We continue to power ahead with your support. Our Mission is: 1. To provide best discounts to our…
  • 2 College Square

    StartupFreak
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Company Name : 2 College Square Description : Grade A office space to rent in Bristol’s Harbourside complex Company Overview : Grade A, open plan office space now available to rent in Bristol’s Harbourside complex at 2 College Square. 2 College Square is a brand new office building in Bristol’s finest mixed use area – the Harbourside complex. With space available from 6,712 19,670 sq ft, 2 College Square offers a great range of spaces for all business sizes in a fantastic and growing area. For more details on the features and space available check out the website!
  • Redheughs Rigg

    StartupFreak
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Company Name : Redheughs Rigg Description : 6 Redheughs Rigg offers quality office space to rent in Edinburgh Company Overview : RedHeughs Rigg offices provide open plan office space in South Gyle, Edinburgh. 6 Redheughs Rigg offers office suites to let from 3,902 – 17,622 sq ft. Based in one of Edinburgh’s popular business parks, Redheughs Rigg has high quality, open plan, office space to suit a range of businesses. The open plan offices are spread over 3 floors and will suit any small business looking to relocate into a modern refurbished commercial property. RedHeughs…
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    Onboardly

  • Labour Day Marketing Tips to Get You Ready for Fall

    Renee Warren
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you need some last minute inspiration on this holiday Monday to help gear up for your fall marketing plans, Onboardly has come together to provide you this list of ‘last minute’ tips. Whether you are using up the remainder of this years marketing budget or need a quick hack to get more customers through your (virtual) doors, we think you’ll enjoy this list. 1. Christmas Promotion Starts Now Start planning your Christmas marketing campaigns now. I know, WHAT?! Christmas is, what, 114 days away, which gives you plenty of time to market. But really, you need to start getting the wheels…
  • Pop-Up Shops: Your Key to Quick Customer Acquisition

    Guest Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The benefits of pop-up shops are easy to see on the surface. Look a little deeper, and they also present more subtle, yet just as valuable, opportunities. In some respects, a pop-up shop is analogous to a Swiss Army knife. It’s a marketing tool, a demographics tool, a revenue enhancement tool…you get the idea. If you have a pop-up shop, use it often and exploit every opportunity to acquire new customers. What are the benefits of a pop-up shop in regard to quick customer acquisition? Show Me It’s a space where retailers can conduct a “show and tell” of their products and for…
  • How to Not Suck at Hootsuite

    Shanelle Mullin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    If you think that social media managers just get paid to sit around refreshing Twitter all day, let me take this opportunity to correct you. We also refresh: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Quora Reddit And sometimes even Google+! The task of managing social media for a brand is becoming increasingly complex. Those with this role are responsible for creating content, engaging in conversations and monitoring ROI for a huge variety of platforms — each with their own intricacies. Enter social media management tools like Hootsuite, Buffer, and Tweetdeck that allow brands to create, schedule,…
  • The Secret Formula to the Perfect Viral Share [Infographic]

    Guest Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    You’ve got your business set up with the essentials: a clear business plan, a fantastic idea that you know will sell, and a space on social media carved out for yourself. All you need now is a loyal army of followers. Really, in a nutshell what you need is to go viral. This takes more than luck. It’s both a skill and a science. The key is to tap into the psychology of your targeted clients, figure out what content will be most likely to move them emotionally, and once you strike a chord, you will know be able to spread content twice as fast with information that is practical, surprising,…
  • How to Not Suck at Befriending Journalists

    Crystal Richard
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Making friends. It starts at our first play date. Evolves onto the playground. Carries us through to frosh week and follows us into our career. Of all the survival skills one doth possess in life – making friends is an invaluable talent. So what happens if you really suck at it? Or if you just suck at communicating with strangers in general? It’s not news that connecting with journalists is trying in itself. Making friends with them first is always encouraged, but that can be easier said than done. Especially for those who find social interaction tricky on their best of days. Do you…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Sponsored Posts on LinkedIn: The Small Business Owner’s Quick Guide

    Kaleigh Moore
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve been using LinkedIn as a professional resource for a while now. As a business owner, you use it to connect with others you know and have worked with—and it’s a great tool for networking. But have you ever noticed the sponsored content pop up toward the top of your LinkedIn feed as you scroll through? Probably so. You may have even clicked through to read more about a relevant piece of information or discovered a new product. Like many other social networking platforms, LinkedIn has opened up advertising for businesses small and large. And with over 313 million users, sponsored…
  • Sponsored Facebook Ads: The Small Business Owner’s Quick Guide

    Grasshopper Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You know those sponsored ads you see when you’re browsing your personal Facebook page? Sometimes they’re not so relevant. You tell Facebook that you enjoy “Game of Thrones” and NFL football, and they deliver you ads for gardening tools and baby clothes. But sometimes they are relevant, and you find yourself clicking through anyway. If you’re a small business owner, you’re highly interested in switching roles—instead of being the person to click the ad, you want to be the person behind the ad. And why not? Facebook allows you to target highly specific audiences: people who have…
  • The Small Business Owner’s Quick Guide to Sponsored Twitter Ads

    Grasshopper Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you’re a small business, investing a lot of time and effort into social media can be frustrating. Even if you’re somewhat Twitter-savvy, there’s no guarantee that your Twitter account is going to spread like wildfire right away. And those web-exclusive promotions you’ve been offering won’t generate a lot of buzz if you only have 35 followers, many of whom are only half-interested in your Tweets to begin with. The quickest and most direct route to more followers, more clicks to your website, and more Twitter success is simple: sponsored Twitter ads. We know what you’re…
  • What Should a Small Business Post on a Blog? (And Should You Even Have One?)

    Kaleigh Moore
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re like me, you probably have a few blogs you read religiously each week, so you appreciate the content and understand the premise of having a blog. But when it comes to creating and maintaining a blog for yourself— maybe you’re not sure where to start…. or maybe you don’t think it’s worth it. Guess what? You’re not alone. Lots of small business owners are asking themselves, “What the heck do I post on a blog? Should I ramble on about my services or share a few photos from a recent event? And what’s the point of taking the time to do that?” No more…
  • Perfect Voicemail Greetings: 10 Tips for Recording Effective and Professional Messages (Plus Examples!)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most business advice highlights tools, tricks, and other fast tracks to success. Before you go there, you need to have the basics right. If you’re going to effectively market your new business, then your email signature, voicemail, and tone of voice need to be considered. These things seem small, but put together they make up your brand. So, yes, of course you have voicemail, but are you leveraging it to its full potential? Are you presenting yourself professionally? These 10 tips are a surefire way to maximize the value you’re getting from your voicemail service and delight callers…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Virtual Goggles

    Eleanor Wall
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Virtual Goggles- Connect wirelessly- Removable media- Multiple versions available- High-end headphones- Battery is rechargeable- Multiple patentsYou might also like: Wearables to DiscoverScreenshot via Virtual Goggles  
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Strap

    Eleanor Wall
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Strap- Software for wearables developers- StrapKit: Cross-platform SDK- Strap Metrics: Wearables analytics- Pebble devices at first- Eventually available for Android Wear, Google Glass, and more You might also like: Wearables to DiscoverImages via Strap
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Hush Smart Technology Earplugs

    Eleanor Wall
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hush- Smart technology earplugs- Block out unwanted audibles- Receive only pre-determined smartphone alerts- Charging dock/carrying case w/ USB port- Proximity-sensing Hush app- Android (BLE) & iOS compatible - Water resistant- Will ship internationally- Crowdfunding campaign coming soon - Early adopters can sign up here You might also like: Wearables to Discover Screenshot via Hush Technologies
  • Business Bits - Kenya - Illuminum Greenhouse

    Eleanor Wall
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Illuminum Greenhouse - Sensor technology for greenhouses- Farmers receive irrigation SMS messages- Monitor greenhouse temperature- Monitor soil conditions- Also provides soil testing/fertilizer recommendations
  • Business Bits - Tanzania - Mitikaz

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mitikaz- Online marketplace for developing countries- Users can place items for sale/for auction- Users can create classified ads- Payment methods include PayPal, credit/debit cards- Mobile payments available via M-pesa- Payments via eZyPesa and Airtel coming soon
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    e27

  • [Singapore] NICF – Technopreneurship

    e27 Editorial Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Learn to set up a technology business and manage its growth Synopsis: If you have a strong interest in setting up high-growth technology-based ventures, this course is provide you with the right set of skills, attitudes and knowledge to get you started. Taught by Dr Virginia Cha, the technopreneurship course will give you a hands-on introduction to the venture management through a mix of experiential learning, skill building, and most importantly, mindset shift. This fast-paced programme follows a structure that covers the major elements of start-up or entrepreneurship activity, focusing on…
  • What is stopping you from making mobile payments?

    Andrew Stott
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    With eight billion global mobile cellular connections, why are we yet to see mainstream adoption of a plethora of m-payment services available today? Global mobile cellular connections are expected to hit eight billion by 2016, whereas of the world’s seven billion people only two billion have bank accounts. Consequently, m-payments occupy a unique place in current technology, being seen as a ‘next step’ and with Asia’s growing mobile user base it’s not surprising that we are constantly reading about new m-payment apps. Take Singapore for example: in June this year, SingTel and…
  • Thailand’s Priceza wants more of that Southeast Asia pie

    Elaine Huang
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    After Thailand and Indonesia, price comparison service Priceza wants to enter Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines Thailand-based price comparison website Priceza recently announced plans to further expand in Southeast Asia, with its sights set on Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. To do so, however, it will be raising US$2 million to US$3 million in a Series A round next year. For background, Priceza was founded in 2009. In 2013, it received an investment of about THB 20 million (US$625,000) from Japanese investment firm CyberAgent Ventures. In the same year, the…
  • FreeCharge raises US$33M in Series B funding from Sequoia and others

    Twishy
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The online pre-paid mobile recharge platform will use the funds to build a transactional advertising platform for India and emerging markets FreeCharge, an Indian online platform for recharge, payments and couponing, has raised US$33 million in Series B funding from existing investor Sequoia Capital, with participation from Belgium-based investment company Sofina and Russian VC firm ru-Net. The funds will be used to build a transactional advertising platform for India and emerging markets. The platform captures online and offline purchase behaviour and brand preferences of consumers by…
  • [Singapore] ISS-Cloud Sherpas Seminar

    e27 Editorial Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Learn to use the cloud & wearable technologies to transform customer service Synopsis: Continuing economic uncertainty and unforeseen business conditions require operational flexibility to support growth, whether organic or via acquisition, while enabling innovation. The cloud provides the infrastructure and pay-as-you-go consumption model to contend with — and thrive under — today’s fast-changing business environment. Cloud Computing is a key model that could change the way people access services and computing resources. Cloud computing enables rapid provisioning with minimal…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • Razer picks ecommerce partner to sell Nabu smartband in China

    Steven Millward
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    The gaming ninjas at Razer revealed today that its Nabu smartband will arrive in China in Q4. There’s no specific launch date or price yet, but Razer will work with JD (NASDAQ:JD), China’s second biggest ecommerce site, for exclusive online sales. Other details about the long-awaited bit of wearable tech – which combines an activity tracker with notifications piped from your smartphone – are stuff we know already from July or August, such as how it’ll integrate with WeChat, China’s top messaging app. Razer has also baked in support for Timi Run Everyday,…
  • KreditGoGo is the latest online financial comparison site to enter the very hot Indonesian market

    Tinnike Lie
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A McKinsey report suggests that Indonesia’s savings and investments industry is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years. While financial services have penetrated Indonesia’s consumer markets far less than in other Southeast Asian countries, the industry has grown by six percent a year over the past decade and today contributes eight percent of Indonesia’s GDP. We covered seven financial comparison websites that emerged in Indonesia a few months back. These sites provide comparisons for various products such as home loans, credit cards, insurances, and more. And the surge isn’t…
  • With $33M funding, Sequoia-backed FreeCharge pivots to targeted advertising

    Malavika Velayanikal
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Everybody loves a reward. Even more so if you get rewarded for something you would’ve done anyway. That’s the premise that FreeCharge, one of India’s hottest startups, began with. It gifts freebies to users who recharge their prepaid mobile phones, direct-to-home satellite television connections, or data cards through the Freecharge platform. Thanks to the mobile explosion in India, the Bangalore-based startup has been growing exponentially – mobile transactions on the FreeCharge app have grown 30 times since January. It now has over 10 million registered users, and is…
  • Why are so many Japanese investors coming to Southeast Asia? (#StartupAsia preview)

    Terence Lee
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Japanese venture capitalists have been flocking to Southeast Asia in the past couple of years. To give you a sense of how rapid their expansion is, here’s a list of new Japanese funds that have launched recently to invest in the region: July 2014: Rakuten Ventures’ $100 million fund for Asia, United States and Israel June 2014: Cyberagent Ventures’ $50 million fund for Asia June 2014: Softbank’s $20 million fund for the Philippines May 2014: Softbank’s $50 million fund for Indonesia May 2014: Gree Ventures’ $50 million fund May 2013: Rebright Partners’ new fund in Southeast…
  • This startup gives rural entrepreneurs the tech to operate their own mobile networks

    Leighton Cosseboom
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Kurtis Heimerl, co-founder and CEO of Endaga Although the northernmost American state of Alaska is the largest US territory by size, its population is less than 732,000. With rugged wilderness, sub-zero temperatures for half the year, and a lack of telecommunications infrastructure in the majority of its areas, Alaska fits the very definition of the word remote. 30-year-old Dr. Kurtis Heimerl grew up in Alaska. For this reason, he understands the value of communication in remote areas. To say Heimerl is smart is an understatement. In the past, the long-haired techie held internships at Amazon…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Studylore – Another Player Enters The Educational Tech Segment

    Anders Hassis
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    StudyLore is a platform for teachers to connect, share and teach. The service offers creation, editing and sharing of resources among teachers, as well as a channel to teach the content to students (K-12) in online classrooms. The team consists of two brothers, born in Jönköping and living in Stockholm. I decided to catch up with one of the founders, Alexander, and have a chat. StudyLore is the second attempt at creating a sustainable business together. The first attempt was to create a hub to connect swedish lawyers with potential customers. Alexander continues: “That was never…
  • Are tech-assisted legal services the next big thing in #swedentech?

    James Pember
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There’s little doubt. The “legal-tech” space in Sweden is absolutely heating up. In the past few months, Precisely.se won the Venture Cup competition, contract-marketplace Avtal24 continues to expand into European markets and Swiftcourt announced a few months ago the launch of the first digital court in Sweden. For anyone that has had to deal with multiple teams of lawyers (which plenty of entrepreneurs reading this site have with fundraising) – you know it’s a pain to have two different teams in sync when it comes to signatures, document changes and general status…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – August 30 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Startup Grind: Karin Nilsdotter & Spaceport Sweden Kiruna. One hundred and forty five kilometers north of the arctic circle. Home of the midnight sun, reindeer, iron ore….and orbital space tourism. On actual spaceships. To actual space. It’s a quiet town-so quiet that if you listen closely at times you can literally hear the sky crackling, making it the perfect place for astronomical…
  • Biohacking – the next big thing?

    Einar Persson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A biohacking community was launched in Stockholm last week. But what is biohacking? Read on and get ready to mingle with cyborgs. There is a new kind of hackers in town – biohackers. The biohacking community BioNyfiken (eng. Bio curious) was officially announced last week. Biohacking can be described as a wide spectrum of futuristic practices including do-it-yourself biology and high tech body implants. What about hacking your own yogurt? Or why not upgrade your finger with a RFID tag? What about hacking your own yogurt? Or why not upgrade your finger with a RFID tag? To be honest, I…
  • Should we teach programming in Swedish schools? Codarica think so.

    James Pember
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If children are our future, we better make sure they’re well equipped to succeed in the society they’ll grow up in. As our society becomes increasingly “tech-driven”, there is a strengthening school of thought that says programming and technology needs to demand more attention from the education system. If children need to learn to code, Codarica want to be the platform to make that happen. The team believes that programming is the literacy of the 21st century and an early start to learning basic programming and technology is an essential skill for the future.
 
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    Barcinno

  • Why Confab Europe Is The Most Important Event That You Will Attend In 2014

    Scott Mackin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s all around you and, by all accounts, it’s the very lifeblood of your organization. It’s the stuff that guides your team’s decision-making, attracts new customers or causes you to burn money like it’s going out of style. Sometimes it’s good, once in a while it’s great, but the vast majority globs together as an […] The post Why Confab Europe Is The Most Important Event That You Will Attend In 2014 appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: MarsBased (@marsbased) Engineer

    Scott Mackin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company: MarsBased Area: App Development Place: Remote Job type: Engineer About the opportunity: We need a developer fluent in Javascript, AngularJS & Rails for a permanent position. You’ll be directly involved in the development and product design of a global platform.Position is remote, so you’ll be able to work from wherever you like, flexible schedule, unlimited […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: MarsBased (@marsbased) Engineer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Startupbootcamp IoT & Data (@sbcIoT_Data) Marketing & Events Manager

    Scott Mackin
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Company: Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Area: Global Startup Accelerator Place: Barcelona Job type: Marketing About Startupbootcamp IoT & Data: Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data is the leading global startup accelerator with a focus on Internet of Things & Smart Data delivering unparalleled support, mentorship, and connections to world class startups building disruptive solutions with connected devices and the […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Startupbootcamp IoT & Data (@sbcIoT_Data) Marketing & Events Manager appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Qipp (@weareqipp) HTML Javascript Developer (f/m)

    Scott Mackin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Company: Qipp Area: IT/Internet of Things Place: Barcelona Job type: Engineer HTML/JavaScript developer (f/m) Show us what you are made of. You have fresh ideas, you are excellent in your field and you would like to work with experienced developers in an IT start-up? Then the perfect employer for you is qipp, an award-winning, well financed German-Swiss start-up. Part […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Qipp (@weareqipp) HTML Javascript Developer (f/m) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Qipp (@weareqipp) HTML Javascript Jr Developer (f/m)

    Scott Mackin
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Company: Qipp Area: IT/Internet of Things Place: Barcelona Job type: Engineer ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Show us what you are made of.You have fresh ideas, are excellent in your field and would like to work with experienced developers in an IT start-up? Then the perfect employer for you is qipp, an award-winning, well financed German-Swiss start-up.Part of your every-day tasks […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Qipp (@weareqipp) HTML Javascript Jr Developer (f/m) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • JetRadar – flight search engine for Thailand

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

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

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

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

    Christian Walter
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Malaysia’s Largest-Private Business Incubator, MAD Incubator (MAD) has secured an undisclosed sum of investments led by Singapore-based Start Up Nation’s Malaysian subsidiary and joined by Kathrein Ventures based in Singapore. The investment will be used to expand MAD to new markets and further establish MAD as the leading incubation play for South East Asia with the mission to grow the startup ecosystem in SE Asia. MAD and SUN inked an agreement for collaboration in 2013 and have been working together since the beginning of the year 2014. Their visions have grown even bigger, ever since…
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    Uncanny Owl

  • LearnDash Review Revisited

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scientists Have Discovered the Shocking Difference Between Organic and Conventional Foods

    Max Chang
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Just how beneficial is eating organic food for you compared to conventional food? A new study reviewing 343 scientific cases of eating organic foods now gives us the most definitive answer. The conventional skeptic believes that the only difference between organic and conventional foods, other than the price tag, are the legal amounts of pesticides you can use in order to maintain the label “organic.” It may come as a surprise to some, but eating organic foods, vegetables specifically, is indeed much healthier than eating “non-organic,” but the difference is actually more significant…
  • Trusted Technology Reviewer Explains Why Beats by Dr. Dre Cost “as low as $14” to Make

    Sebastian Dillon
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    It’s widely known that the massively popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are certainly not the best headphones on the market, despite their premium cost of up to $2500 for the Collector’s Series Gold Studio headphones. According to a New York Times article, much of that price tag doesn’t even go into the cost of making quality headphones. “Headphone designers estimate the cost of making a fancy headset is as low as $14.” Marques Brownlee, regarded as “the best technology reviewer on the planet right now” by former Google VP Vic Gundotra, explains why Beats by Dr. Dre cost so…
  • A New Dating Service Now Matches You By Markers in Your DNA

    Sarah Lesnar
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    The future is now, or at least we have finally evolved beyond dating via Tinder swipes. New dating service Singld Out, with the help of Instant Chemistry, now matches their clients based on their immune systems, HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) systems, and seretonin transporters. “We are the first in the online dating industry to bridge the gap between the digital and biological world of Love.” The idea behind the method is that couples with different immune systems tend to work well together. The HLA system helps our brain identify differences by producing a unique scent for each…
  • You’ll Love Why Russia’s Biggest Bank is Lending Cats to New Homeowners

    Max Chang
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    In Mother Russia, you don’t own cat. Cat owns you. Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, is revolutionizing the banking industry with a promotion to lend cats to customers who take out home mortgages. It all stems from a Russian superstition that letting a cat walk through your new home before you move in will bring you good luck. According to the state-controlled bank’s website: “Order a cat for your housewarming, and bring happiness and luck to your home.” Customers are allowed to choose from 10 cat breeds on the website, including an exotic hairless cat. The cats are donated by…
  • A Night At This Epic Hotel in Japan Includes an All-You-Can Eat Seafood Buffet for Under $100

    Max Chang
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido lies one of the country’s most well-known vacation spots. However, according to RocketNews24, a big negative of traveling to the island is that it’s extremely expensive to fly there. Such a drawback could force you to use up much of your travel budget. However, there is an awesome hotel that includes much of what Hokkaido has to offer. The hotel is in the city of Otaru, a city known for it’s great food and scenery. In the city lies the hotel Akari No Yu Dormy Inn Premium Otaru. The guys over at RocketNews24 paid a total of 14,400…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Featured Startup Pitch: The Baby Burp is a marketplace for independent baby- and mom-focused retailers that features an integrated gift registry

    Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Amy Lingawi, The Baby Burp founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH The Baby Burp is an online marketplace of everything baby, toddler and mommy. It is unlike any other baby-related marketplaces that are found on the web that focus on used or gently-used baby items. The Baby Burp has new, handmade, custom and innovative products. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION The Baby Burp is a marketplace website, so all products are from sellers who consist of mostly moms and small businesses. The products range from handmade hair bows to new products on the verge of retail stardom. Since all products come from small…
  • As mobile video advertising grows by leaps-and-bounds, Conversion Logic offers advertisers analytics across platforms and devices

    Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A Q&A with Conversion Logic co-founder and CEO Trevor Testwuide. The Santa Monica-based startup, which offers video ad performance insights and analytics across platforms and devices, earlier this month announced the closing of a $1.1 million Seed funding round from Angel investors. It was founded early this year by Testwuide and COO Allison Lohse. This is its first round of outside funding. SUB: Please describe Conversion Logic and your primary innovation. TestwuideConversion Logic is building a next-gen attribution platform with deep focus on cross-platform video. We are modeling…
  • Why be ‘lean’ when you could run a ‘fat’ startup?

    Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Sagi Bakshi, GM of installCore at ironSource From diets to startup advice, everyone is promoting the idea of ‘lean.’ But being told to create a lean startup was one of the first (of many) rules we ignored when we established ironSource. Instead of concentrating on one product for a sustained amount of time, we quickly developed four core products with unique revenue streams. Instead of remaining content with those, we also established our own internal innovation lab to grow mini-startups within the larger company. Running a ‘fat startup’ has its advantages. By diversifying your…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: SEWORKS is on a mission to help developers identify and fix real vulnerabilities in mobile apps

    Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Min-Pyo Hong, founder and CEO, SEWORKS ELEVATOR PITCH The mobile app client is often the weakest link targeted by hackers, yet a majority of security solutions focus exclusively on protecting the device or the server data. SEWORKS provides layered, comprehensive security for mobile developers that secures apps against the widest possible range of hacking threats. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION SEWORKS provides comprehensive security technology for mobile developers that protects the mobile app client from hacking attacks. We’re a team of internationally-renowned white hat security experts who…
  • StrataCloud’s enterprise IT solution is built to make data centers more manageable

    Editor
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    A Q&A with StrataCloud CEO Brian Cohen. The Atlanta-based startup, which offers enterprises a unified IT infrastructure management solution, announced a couple of weeks ago that it has raised $2 million in Seed funding from investors Hallett Capital and BLH Venture Partners. The company was founded earlier this year after the team acquired the assets of Reflex Systems. SUB: Please describe StrataCloud and your primary innovation. Cohen: StrataCloud provides a unified infrastructure management solution for virtual, converged and cloud environments. Our primary innovation is through our…
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  • Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

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

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

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

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

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Yoel Ben-Avraham / Flickr Apologies to Apple, but isn’t “Think Differently” more grammatically correct? When I was in elementary school, I used to get teased incessantly because of my last name. Kids would surround me in the playground and chant my name over and over and make faces at me. I guess at the time my last name was kinda long and strange sounding, considering everyone else around me was called either “Smith”, “Martin” or “Brown”. It was different from the other names. Of course nowadays my name would be considered one of the…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Ro knows: How to career switch from management consulting to startup business development

    Ro Gupta
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Ro Gupta landed his startup business development job by networking like crazy, catching a few lucky breaks, and crushing his interview with legendary venture capitalist Fred Wilson. Keep reading to learn how Ro successfully transitioned from the corporate world to leading business development at Disqus, one of the top discussion platforms on the web. You were the 1st business hire at Disqus. How did you hear about the role and what was your interview process like? Are there one or two things you felt were critical to finding the job or doing well in the interview process?  It was 2008 and…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 8/27/14

    John Gannon
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Carrie Melissa Jones writes for CMX about 8 community jobs you can apply for right now. Andy Rachleff and Avery Moon write for the Wealthfront blog about the two types of job offers. 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 8/27/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 8/25/14

    John Gannon
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Jared Cohen, COO at See.Me, writes on LinkedIn about his transition from lawyer to startups. Alexander Taub writes on his blog about the fear of getting fired. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Career Advice for 8/25/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 8/21/14

    John Gannon
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Shyp, a company focused on improving the customer experience of shipping, is hiring for numerous positions. CloudBees, a cloud services company, is hiring a Business Development Representative. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs for 8/21/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code

    John Gannon
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    When you’re working at a startup, even if you’ve never touched Python or Photoshop, you still need to be able to get stuff done when technical or design tasks come your way. See my post at The Daily Muse to find out why. The post 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Accredible

  • Exploits in Education: Discovering Business in Society – An Introduction

    Elizabeth Randell
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome!     We are about to embark on an expedition to discover more about business in society.  Our guides through this journey will be FutureLearn, the University of Exeter Business School and the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).  Our mission is to find a greater understanding of various aspects of business – from regulations to ethics to behaviours and perhaps, a greater understanding of ourselves and our own roles within the businesses that effect society.     So, who is this MOOC for?     The short answer is everyone!  The…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 0

    Swati Kumar
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Path to Programming When people ask me what I want to do with my life, I tell them I want to build [game-changing] software in Silicon Valley. They think that’s pretty cool and the next question is always about where I got my computer science degree. Erm…I didn’t. I got a Business Administration degree and had no credentials, training, or even background reading in software development until about 4 weeks ago – which is when I Googled ‘difference between front-end and back-end development’. So yeah…’novice’ was kind of written on my forehead.
  • Spotlight on Code School

    Elizabeth Randell
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Code School is an online learning platform that allows you to learn by combining video, coding in the browser and gamification to make the learning fun.  If you have an up-to-date browser, then you are ready to learn how to code!Advancement through the course happens only once you have completed a series of interactive exercises so you can master one component before learning the next. Here are some fun, free starter courses to help you learn to love coding!  Additional courses are available at a reasonable $29 per month.     Try jQuery Self-paced — no deadlines free Learn the basic…
  • edX Courses Starting in September

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    EdX is bringing many new courses to you again this month, including several from Peking University (PekingX) and one from Université catholique de Louvain (LouvainX).  Topics vary from the Civil War to the War for the Greater Middle East and many subjects in between.  What courses will interest you?     A Global History of Architecture — Part 1 – Sep 23 Anthropology of Current World Issues - Sep 1 Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health – Sep 9 Civil War and Reconstruction – Part 1 A House Divided: The Road to Civil War, 1850-1861 – Sep 17…
  • Coming to Canvas in September: Part Two

    Elizabeth Randell
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    We are heading into September with images of bright yellow school buses, new backpacks and brown bagged lunches in our heads.  The school supplies are purchased, the first day of school clothes are picked out and the kids have decided who they will sit with in the class.  Ahhh…September and Back to School… But it’s not just the kiddies who are headed back to school!  Grab your calendar and a pencil and schedule in YOUR back to school plans for September!  Canvas has 15 new courses to choose from this month – so whether you want to study Laura Ingalls Wilder books,…
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  • Storage.com Partners with Pogoda Companies to Market Self Storage.

    Kevin
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Storage.com Partners with Pogoda Companies to Market Self Storage. Storage.com, where storage seekers throughout the United States can find, compare, and rent storage, has added Self Storage Specialists storage facilities to its online storage directory. The properties, which are owned and operated by Pogoda Companies, are located throughout Michigan and Ohio. “Self Storage Specialists is a premier self storage operator in Michigan, and we look forward to providing their locations with additional online exposure by listing them on Storage.com,” said Nick Bilava, Director of Sales and…
  • OYea 2 Enterprises, LLC Focuses on Copywriting Business Launch.

    Kevin
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    OYea 2 Enterprises, LLC Focuses on Copywriting Business Launch. OYea 2 Enterprises has purchased the rights to web property OyeaMedia.net in preparation for the grand opening of the copywriting business of the same name. “This was a summer long project . Everything is in place and on schedule for a September 15 launch.” Gerald Woodson, Director of OYea 2 Enterprises, LLC. With 38 years of study and practice in the natural healing niche and 3 years in web writing and internet marketing research, OyeaMedia will kickoff with projects for NyabinghiAfrica.com and CommFirst.net. The web writing…
  • St. Louis Startup Aims to End Drowning with The Wingman.

    Kevin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    St. Louis Startup Aims to End Drowning with The Wingman. Hyde, a premium manufacturer of water safety products, addresses one of the world’s leading causes of death, drowning, through the introduction of its new swim safety vest, the Wingman. The Wingman is a new American-made inflation vest designed to exceed the capabilities of all existing life jackets and allow swimmers to rescue themselves in an emergency. As boats, surfboards, and kayaks have seen huge advancements in technology and brought millions of new users to the water, the life jacket industry has remained stagnant and hasn’t…
  • TrueShip’s Amazon Shipping Plugin Now Supports Multiple Accounts.

    Kevin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    TrueShip’s Amazon Shipping Plugin Now Supports Multiple Accounts. TrueShip is pleased to announce that their popular Amazon shipping plugin for ReadyShipper now fully supports multiple Amazon accounts. This multiple account feature is ideal for shopkeepers who are hosting more than one store on Amazon. It allows them to manage their order and fulfillment from a single copy of ReadyShipper, even if they host more than one Amazon account. ReadyShipper. ReadyShipper’s multi-carrier shipping solutionsis designed to integrate into the most widely used ecommerce sales channels. Amazon is one…
  • Source Marketing Direct Launches Marketing Campaign for New App.

    Kevin
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Source Marketing Direct Launches Marketing Campaign for New App. Source Marketing Direct is at the forefront of a brand new B2B marketing campaign that promotes an app for retailers and restaurants. Moving into a brand new industry is an exciting prospect for the firm, which specialises in sourcing new customers for clients across a range of markets. The average person spends 2.1 hours a day on their mobile phone, that is more than, TV, PC use and radio, so it makes perfect sense for Source Marketing Direct to evolve their client base to include Applications and Technology. Managing…
 
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  • What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules

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

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

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

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

    Yann Irbah
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    Apple had some interesting news for us at the WWDC 2014. But besides the new flat user interface (UI) OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 – the most surprising announcement was the new language Swift. This … Read more The post First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
 
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  • FPT’s Citus Cloud Load Test Now Available.

    Kevin C
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    FPT’s Citus Cloud Load Test Now Available. FPT Corporation, Vietnam’s leading IT company, today announced that its Citus Cloud Load Test for Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available on AWS Marketplace. In this edition, users can experience and review the product with the limit of 200 virtual concurrent users. Citus Cloud Load Test. Citus Cloud Load Test is a powerful yet affordable and on-demand test tool that allows developers and testers to simulate hundreds of thousands of concurrent users to create, schedule, and run performance tests with comprehensive reports through a single…
  • Social Media Week Releases List of Eminent Speakers for 2014.

    Kevin C
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    Social Media Week Releases List of Eminent Speakers for 2014. Approaching its third edition in India and second edition in Mumbai, Social Media Week (SMW) has announced key speakers, who are set to captivate the audience this September, in Mumbai. The line-up of speakers includes social media influencers, bloggers, politicians, authors and international experts, each of whom will share their views on the domain, through presentations panel discussions, debates, workshops, and more. Some of the experts expected at the event, include: Rishi Jaitly: Head, Twitter India Vikram Menon: President…
  • Yellowfin to Present at Data Storytelling Day 2014.

    Kevin C
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Yellowfin to Present at Data Storytelling Day 2014. Global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor Yellowfin, the first BI provider to integrate a dedicated module for data storytelling and BI presentations within its BI platform (Storyboard), will present at Decideo’s Data Storytelling Day 2014. Data Storytelling Day. Data Storytelling Day 2014 is a web conference coordinated by French business analytics and news forum, Decideo, which is dedicated to exploring the combined importance of data visualization and storytelling in the context of BI. Presentations will be…
  • 2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey of American Companies Shows Optimism.

    Kevin C
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey of American Companies Shows Optimism. U.S. companies remain optimistic about business prospects in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to new survey results released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce inSingapore (AmCham Singapore).  In a poll of 588 senior executives representing U.S. companies in all ten ASEAN countries, 74% reported that their company’s level of trade and investment in ASEAN has increased over the past two years, and an overwhelming 89% of respondents expect it to…
  • Yamaha Motor Launches “RevTranslator” App of English Version.

    Kevin C
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Yamaha Motor Launches “RevTranslator” App of English Version. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced on September 1 the release of the English-language version of RevTranslator, a smartphone app that analyzes sounds and operating environments to enable engines to “speak” to their owners. The app is now available at App Store and Google Play for free (data charges may apply). Visit the special site: http://global.yamaha-motor.com/about/brand/apps RevTrasnslator. RevTranslator analyzes engine sounds and then converts them into computer-generated speeches using a database of…
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  • Five Problems That Paralyse Business Start Ups

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Small business start-up problems are unavoidable. The majority of problems can be put down to technical issues, associated with getting your business online, or a lack of experience in marketing, financing and overall management. It is a fact that the majority of new business will never see it through the first couple of years; this is in the majority down to the five problems that paralyze business start-ups...
  • Accounting for small business startups

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Accounting, by far, is one of the most important elements of both starting, and operating any small business. It is very easy to be caught up in the glamorous start-up tasks of business card creations, name choosing, website design and so on, yet without a genuine understanding of the accounts, your business will simply not survive.
  • 5 Reasons You Haven’t Started Your Business Yet

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Starting a business can be a challenging, yet amazing experience. It’s a shocking statistic that 80% of new businesses will fail within their first twelve months, so the level of risk people take when starting a business can’t be taken lightly. For all new business owners it’s a gamble, but for those with responsibilities such as a family to support, or people who have left secure employment to venture out alone, there’s a significant amount riding on your business succeeding. The key is to have a clear purpose, a passion and determination.
  • 3 ways to get into starting your own business

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    The first thing you need to think about when you’re trying to start your own business is to have a good idea that you can make into a commercial prospect. What this means is that you have to think about a problem or an issue that you think you can help solve.
  • StartHQ – Your Everyday Tools at your “New Tab Page”!

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Imagine all the specific tasks you have to do in one day. Now open your browser and look at your browser’s start page. Does this page help you complete these tasks? If your answer is NO, then you have to check out StartHQ.
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  • Everything You Need To Know About Live Tweeting

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    In recent years, social networks have expanded features to provide users with the highest quality tools to enhance their online presence. Twitter, one of the most influential and heavily populated social media sites on the Web, offers a range of resources ideal for small business owners.  Since Twitter allows people to quickly and easily upload short posts, many users have found unique ways to express themselves on this format. One practice frequently adopted during major events is live tweeting, or the act of sending a series of reactive tweets that respond to certain occurrences during…
  • Infographic: How to Create Influential Brand Advocates

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    A satisfied customer is a powerful customer, at least with regards to how other people view your brand. Consumers who have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with your brand are far more likely to talk you up among their friends, family and followers on social networks.  In this sense, your consumers transform into brand advocates - essentially acting as walking advertisements for your business. Developing and fostering these strong relationships is crucial for the success of any small business, especially those looking to make their mark in their respective industries. …
  • Protecting Your Brand From Digital Hackers

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    Business owners are susceptible to a variety of thefts that may hamper their daily operations. While criminals who enter the business' physical site can be easily spotted, those that steal valuable information digitally may be much harder to catch.  As the number of companies that have adopted more complicated technology to supplement their business efforts grows larger, the risks associated with digital software have risen as well. Businesses must now safeguard their virtual assets as well as their physical ones, as the threat of cyber theft has only gotten greater in the recent…
  • Infographic: How to Run a Successful Facebook Ad Campaign for Your Small Business

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Facebook is a gold mine for small business owners. The king of social networks poses a range of features ideal for companies looking to promote their brands - some of the most effective of which are its ad campaigns. Launching a successful advertisement campaign on Facebook is as easy as 1-2-3 - literally. Follow these steps to ensure your small business gets the most it can from its online marketing efforts on this site.  Choose your method There are three separate forms of advertisement your business can create on Facebook: engagement ads, promoted posts and page post ads.
  • Retail Resources: In-store Promotions

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Small business owners are constantly trying to attract new consumers to their stores. Buyers are often intrigued by promotions, sales and displays - all of which can be tailored to your target demographic, whether you're reaching them on a virtual platform or trying to attract onlookers from the street. As you're plumping up your physical location, it's important to place several in-store promotions around in order to attract and intrigue visitors. There are many options from which small business owners can choose when selecting the ideal display. Depending on the type of buyer you're…
 
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  • Why I think facebook Days are over

    Immad Khan
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Over the years Facebook has been a major part of my social and family life. The mode we used to invite friends and families to events, saving costs of printing cards. It was the homepage of most my cousins and friends, we didn’t even bothered signing out of our accounts, on our personal computers of course. It had slowly turned into an obsession. If anyone didn’t had a profile, that anyone seemed non-existent. Slowly and gradually, Facebook became the most “reliable” source for finding out any source of information one needed to know about someone, along with plenty of…
  • LCE opens applications for 2nd Cycle of Incubation

    Immad Khan
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, launched in May 2014, is about to bid farewell to their inaugural class, scouted from all over Pakistan. And now the applications to induct the second batch are being called for. The startups will either be selected through direct applications or through platforms that bring entrepreneurs and innovators together.So, if you have a high impact business idea, and looking for some mentoring and funds, then here’s your chance. The scouting season has just begun. They are accepting applications for the second batch of the Foundation program. You can apply by…
  • Why People Hate QMobile so much?

    Immad Khan
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    A few days back, I wrote about 5 reasons as to why Q-Mobile should be your next phone. Now, just to make things bit clear here, I am not a die-hard fan of Q-Mobile and neither is this platform endorsing Q-Mobile. Neither is this some kind of a marketing stunt. Just like everyone has their right to opinion, I have mine. When I bought my A2, it was from the first batch of products being marketed by Q-Mobile. Condition and after sales service has never been an issue for me because I kind of became a word of mouth for them, especially in my close social circle. I used that to my advantage quite…
  • Wi-Tribe Launches Hi App Pakistan’s First Communication Application

    Immad Khan
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Wi-Tribe, the no.1 ranked company in terms of quality by PTA, recently unveiled Pakistan’s first ever, locally developed communication application for smartphones. The app, available on the play-store by the name of Hi App, was made available to the public at the recently held ITCN Asia 2014.The app, positioned against Skype, Line, Viber, Google Hangouts and other voice communicating applications, features voice communication between groups on smartphones – via the internet – and landline – via Wi-tribe scratch cards and credit cards – the users would have to…
  • Zameen.com rolls out mobile app for iOS users

    Reporting Desk
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    PRESS: Lahore: Adding to its recent string of successful initiatives, Pakistan’s leading real estate portal Zameen.com has launched its mobile app for iPhone users to explore its extensive property database on the go.“Zameen.com is proud to present the Zameen App, which is available for download from the App Store. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to add value to our users’ experience, and this app is a great new avenue for us to do that,” said Imran Ali Khan, Co-Founder of Zameen.com.The app allows users to interact with the Zameen.com database, save their searches,…
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  • FreeCharge Raises $33 Miilion Series B Funding From Existing Investor Sequoia Capital And Others

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

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

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

    Asish Das
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Everyone knows that Google is the search giant and hires the best possible candidates for the company. Many of us dreamed about working at Google. But what does it take to get a job at Google? How hard it is to be selected for it? Does your college percentage or high qualification really matters when applying for the search giant? Did you know? It takes an average of 37 days to complete an interview process at Google  with about 5 interviews? How Hard It Is To Get A Job At Google The post How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics] appeared first on The Startup Journal -…
  • Jack Of All Threads – India’s First Crowdfunding Platform For T-Shirts

    Asish Das
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    Jack of all Threads is India’s first platform to crowdfund t-shirts.  JoaT makes it super-easy for absolutely anyone to make money by designing and selling t-shirts online, 100% free of cost, using the power of crowdfunding technology. Raisers design their t-shirts in minutes using JoaT’s online Designer and set their own selling price. JoaT handles the production, distribution, payment collection and customer support and transfers the profits to the Raiser. Best part, the Raiser pays NOTHING– all costs are transferred to the buyers. Founders, Jack Of All Threads Founded by four young…
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  • Be less busy – Zapier success story

    Florin Muresan
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    Another day at the office, another day full of tasks, which you need to juggle with. Well, not anymore. Zapier is here to the rescue! It is a company that was born so that computers should do more work, and not we, humans. I totally agree with that! We use so…
  • A beginner’s guide to Hackathon

    Florin Muresan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I have to admit. I went to a hackathon only once, but as a volunteer, for Techylvania. Does that count? I’m not quite the tech girl, so programming or developing are not among my skills. But the experience surely gave me a little bit of insight as to what to…
  • What it takes to be a zombie VC firm

    Florin Muresan
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    We’ve all noticed the wide apocalyptic scenarios spread in the media and fiction. I’m sure we all have our fears, doubts and probably our own world-destructive phantasms. One of these scenarios, funny, crazy and terrifying at the same time, is the zombie apocalypse. Oh, sure, we’re here to talk business.…
  • Lesson 5: Moment of Truth. Showing our OWN stats and teaching you how to get yours

    Florin Muresan
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hey,Such a great time to be in class today. You will get answers to some of your most burning questions like:“Is this guy for real? I mean yeah, Squirrly does have almost 600,000 downloads for their software, but do they really get that much traffic to their blog articles?”And:“How do…
  • 5 startup resources for dummies

    Florin Muresan
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    When you’re building a startup it’s not that easy to know what to do and whom to speak to. Sometimes you don’t have the time, sometimes the idea, other times the inspiration. Well, it’s ok. You’re a beginner. Following Ben Parr’s “20 of the Best Resources to Get Your Start-up…
 
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  • Startup Competition For Gaming Companies

    Startup Tip
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Startuptip news New Zealand Game Developers Association KiwiGameStarter The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched KiwiGameStarter. KiwiGameStarter 2014 is a business start-up competition for New Zealand-based game development teams. Its purpose is to support the commercial success of one high-potential team or project. The startup that wins the contest will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. To participate in the contest teams must submit a playable demo or prototype for any popular platform, and a four page pitch proposal…
  • It Is Time To Brew Your Own Beer

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Startuptip news Brewbot is a startup that wants you to brew your own beer. Brewbot is the world’s smartest personal brewery. Brewbot raised more than 100K dollars backed by 381 people on Kickstarter. Brewbot uses sensor technology to track and automate the brewing process. Simply follow the instructions in the app, add the ingredients when prompted and your brew is ready. Brewbot currently produces 18 litres depending on the type of beer you are producing while stronger beers may produce less. The fermentation on average takes 2-4 weeks depending on the type of beer while some aged…
  • Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator Program By Akamai, Microsoft, JVP

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Startuptip news Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator Program By Akamai, Microsoft, JVP Akamai Technologies, Microsoft and Israeli venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners team up to launch a startup accelerator program specifically focused on the field of cyber security. Six startups, mostly headquartered in Israel, will be chosen to participate in the accelerator program which will run from September through January 2015 and will include mentorship, access to workspace and free software tools and funding. Startups accepted into the program will be announced Aug. 24, 2014, and the class…
  • Health Packs In Monthly Boxes

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Startuptip news race pak monthly health packs RacePak, a customizable monthly box of healthy bars, snacks and products for atheletes, sports and fitness freaks who live on these healthy snack bars and is door delivered every month. There is also option to send a gift pak. The Paks make it easy for active people to get great tasting, high quality nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. RacePak offers the option to customize a Pak complete with gluten-free, Paleo-friendly athletic-inspired treats or pick from any of the existing packs avaialble. The products are classified based on product types as…
  • Cubiq Launches Personal Warehouse And Storage Service

    Startup Tip
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Startuptip news Cubiq Storage – Store your personal goods Boston based Cubiq announced the launch of its warehouse storage service to store your physical goods. It is not just digital storage but boom time for physical storage services as the self storage market is estimated to be around $24 billion thanks to the increasing space constrains in the urban centers. “As more people flock to urban centers in living spaces with limited storage options, storage has emerged as one of the top concerns for Boston apartment and condo dwellers,” said Cappelletti, CEO. “We are providing…
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  • Sarah Young – Being a Continuous Learner

    Kim Struck
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The more I learn, the less I know” Albert Einstein Do you know what you get when you Google “Sarah Young and Rock Your Block”? You can easily happen upon a picture of her wearing a Scoopie the ice cream cone mascots costume! Yes ladies and gentleman, she was a giant ice cream cone. In her youth Sarah had many jobs, including working at a burger and custard joint called Culver’s, which is where some of her passion originated from as she dreamt up the idea of Rock Your Block. Highlights:…
  • John Richards: Avoiding Common Blunders

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

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

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

    Melinda Yeaman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “This is the moment we pivot” – Jill Stanton on Failure “If we build a vague audience eventually someone will buy something” -NOT! Jill tells us this was their “jaw-dropping failure” that caused them to pivot and create the process that began making them 10 grand a month in a year and a half. This fun couple enjoy location freedom by using a process for affiliate marketing that they developed together. Listening to Joshua and Jill is worth the time to figure out how they…
 
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  • Customize your 1Click Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    You can look at any successful business. You can ask any successful entrepreneur. You can ask Apple’s Steve Jobs or Facebook’s brainchild Mark Zuckerberg. And they are all going to … Continue reading →The post Customize your 1Click Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • How secure is your 1Click Live Video Chat?

    Deepthi Ramdas
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    According to a Forrester report, the general features of any good live video chat software are customization, routing, efficiency, chat interface, systems integration and reporting and analytics. However, no live … Continue reading →The post How secure is your 1Click Live Video Chat? appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Failed Text Chat Support-how a Video Chat can solve the problem

    Deepthi Ramdas
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    I was thinking of topics to write on when I came across an article about how a text chat support failed. A lot of my recent articles spoke about video … Continue reading →The post Failed Text Chat Support-how a Video Chat can solve the problem appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • World Entrepreneurship Day – a day for Entrepreneurs

    Deepthi Ramdas
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
    Today is 21st of August, a very special day for entrepreneurs. For all those who are unaware, today is World Entrepreneurship Day, a day for entrepreneurs, a day to celebrate … Continue reading →The post World Entrepreneurship Day – a day for Entrepreneurs appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Future of Live Customer Support

    Deepthi Ramdas
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    According to Wikipedia, Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This … Continue reading →The post Future of Live Customer Support appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • 4 Alternatives to Resumes

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

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

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    There is a lot of literature available about how to improve cold calls, but the suggestions are usually quite basic, covering things like “introduce yourself with your name and company”, “sound pleasant” and “know your product”-most of which are a given- and obsolete, in that they disregard the plethora of new tools and technology that have now become available to us. Here we’ve listed a couple of tried and tested ways that have been effective in 2014, and can make this process more effective and less of a pain: 1. Look It Up Before You Pick It Up Usually cold calls are…
  • Why Resumes are a Fresher’s Nightmare

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Job seekers have managed to make order amidst the chaos that is recruitment: identify the HR manager, write a cover letter, send across your resume, and pray. But for freshers, the prayer begins long before they’re done with college. For most recruiters, the idea of hiring someone without having a look at their resumes is unthinkable, with the likelihood of its acceptance being inversely proportional to the size of the company. They might be open to find a way to replace the interview round with a group discussion, or the technical round with an online assessment tool, but even ruminating…
  • 4 Reasons People Quit Startups

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Startups are everywhere and everything for so many people, but there are just as many workaholics who don’t find startups to be the ideal workplace. We talked to 4 young entrepreneurs as we analysed what might make someone want to quit a startup, and what it takes for them to be a perfect fit: 1. “Wait what… so… wait… SLOW DOWN!” Everything in a startup happens fast. There are no multiple managers or numerous needed nods to slow you down, and more often than not you’re going to have to take a decision in the few minutes after you’ve collected all the facts. You won’t…
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    SuperbCrew

  • Blink: The First Affordable Home Monitoring System Has Raised $920K

    SuperbCrew
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Blink is the first affordable, totally wire-free smart HD home monitoring and alert system. It’s battery-powered and truly wire-free. Once Blink’s motion detector is triggered, you’ll quickly receive an alert and link to an accompanying video clip on your iOS or Android device. Blink has received more than $920.000 from Kickstater backers. Here is the massage from Blink team to its supporters: “We continue to be overwhelmed and excited by the response to Blink! With three days left, the community has grown to more than 6,000 backers; many of you have provided fantastic…
  • Hotjar – Helps You To Truly Understand Your Website Visitors

    SuperbCrew
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    Hotjar Insights is a new service that helps you understand how visitors are really using your website. Using Hotjar you can reveal true website user behavior and experiences with one central tool – giving you the big picture of how you can improve your site’s UX and conversion rates. Below is our recent interview with Dr David Darmanin, Founder and CEO of Hotjar: Q: David tell us please what is Hotjar? A: Hotjar is disrupting the ‘site feedback and optimization’ industry. We want to make it easy and affordable for any site owner or organization to quickly understand…
  • AnyMote Home – The Ultimate Universal Remote

    SuperbCrew
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    AnyMote Home fills the gap in home automation by bringing you full control over InfraRed controllable electronics like your TV, DVD/BluRay player, amplifier, air conditioner and even IR-controlled power plugs. Through extreme power efficiency algorithms, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity and 360° control, AnyMote Home makes it easy for you to control your entire living room, using only your smartphone or tablet! AnyMote Home has received more than $62.000 from Kickstarter backers. Here you can support AnyMote team and pre-order your Universal Remote. Activate Social Media:The post AnyMote…
  • Startup Linkredirector – New Way To Manage Your Links

    SuperbCrew
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    Linkredirector is a URL shortener with unlimited ability to route internet traffic based on the user profile and telemetry, such as: device, OS, browser version, country and operator. Here is our recent interview with Bogdan Grishin from Linkredirector team: Q: What is Linkredirector? A: Linkredirector lets you create dynamic short links that forward your visitors to the correct destination depending on what device they use, what country they are from and much more. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Linkredirector? A: With a background in the mobile industry, it became apparent to us…
  • Noke: Bluetooth Padlock – No Key. No Problem.

    SuperbCrew
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    Noke is the world’s first bluetooth padlock. Once you’ve downloaded our iOS or Android app, Noke automatically finds and pairs to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. To unlock Noke, simply press the shackle. Noke wakes up and searches for your phone or a shared phone. If the phone is within 10 feet, Noke will instantly unlock so you can be on your way. If you have a specific reason to limit the range or turn off the auto-unlock feature, you can do this within the app. In order to unlock with the auto-unlock feature turned off, you can simply press unlock button in the app or…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • Have a Good Business Venture Day

    ventureosity
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is not a costume, tradition or a real day, it was just a day just any other day, where had the idea that in a day we should look back to all the connection we have, all business relation, all leads and stop for few minutes and just look to everyone as a person […]
  • Luvalgio: The $1 million laptop

    ventureosity
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    What would you do with money if you have gadget collection  as an obsession, Lisa Eadicicco list 8 unbelievable gadgets among them this Laptop, Luxury manufacturer Luvalgio grabbed headlines a few years ago when it claimed to be making a high-end laptop falling into the $1 million price range. The company showcases its premium laptop, which appears to […]
  • Alibaba VS Amazon

    ventureosity
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:18 am
    China’s Alibaba Group is becoming a serious threat to Amazon. The e-commerce giant is expected to make an initial public offering in September at a valuation of at least $150 billion. Hayley Peterson posted on Business Insider how Alibaba can present a serious threat to the position of Amazon,  Here’s a brief breakdown of the two […]
  • DrinkMate an App that can save your life

    ventureosity
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Be safe and make the right decisions. That’s the inspiration behind DrinkMate, a new and convenient way to be responsible while having fun. It’s the smallest breathalyzer in the world! Oh yeah, and it plugs into your Android smartphone to display your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). With these words DrinkMate welcome vistors to their page […]
  • The 10 commandments For Stastup Success

    ventureosity
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    In Business you must set a discipline almost like in religion,  but Marty Zwilling set them as a risk to take in order to reach success, in his post  10 Calculated Risks That Lead To Startup Success he listed some risks that a good businessman should be able to spot. We inforgaph these good risk as commandments to […]
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