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  • The Future Of Work

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    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by Dan Pink. In this book, he predicted that the typical corporate job would disappear over time and that in its stead, everyone would become an independent contractor who would work for themselves. There was no more conception of working for a company as an employee…
  • How You Can Be the Boss Who Goes From Good to Great

    Inc.com
    Lolly Daskal
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Anyone who's ever had a bad boss aspires to do better. It's fine to be a good boss, but honing your leadership skills can make you a great boss.
  • Radical Innovation, Part II: Managing the Unmanageable

    Knowledge@Wharton
    Knowledge@Wharton
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    A new BCG survey shows that corporate innovation works best when workers are part of a separate product development team.
  • Why your company shouldn't shy away from risk

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Companies must be willing to accept risk and failure if they are to achieve great things, writes Bill Carmody, founder and CE -More- 
  • Playing with numbers is serious business!

    EpicLaunch
    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    The online lottery business sees solid growth opportunities in the US with shifting regulatory landscape and the internet fast becoming the medium of choice for the tough-to-target 25-34 demographic group The US market has warmed up to the online lottery business in the last couple of years thanks largely to a shift from the federal all-prohibitive Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 2006 to state-controlled legislations. Illinois became the first state to formally offer online lottery ticketing, followed up with expressions of interest from at least 15 other states. While physical…
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    Fast Company

  • How An Ex-Inmate's Startup Is Improving Prisoners' Lives

    Carren Jao
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    With Pigeonly, Frederick Hutson is using technology to keep convicts connected to friends and family--and maybe turn their lives around.Entrepreneurs often tap personal experience for startup ideas. In Frederick Hutson's case, that experience was incarceration. "I just saw so many inefficiencies when I was in prison," he says. "The way the system worked was archaic. There was obviously a problem. I knew technology had advanced far ahead on the outside, but no one has built anything to address it."Read Full Story
  • Troy Carter's Hard-Won Tips For Handling Career Road Bumps

    Fast Company Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    Renowned music manager Troy Carter shares how unexpected change can make your business--and your brand--stronger than ever.If you ever think you're having a professional setback from which you'll never recover, consider the story of Troy Carter. After nearly seven years building the phenomenon that is Lady Gaga, he was unceremoniously fired as her manager in 2013. And that was the second time he was dumped by a successful, high-profile client.Read Full Story
  • Just Watch It: The History Of Nike In 3 Minutes

    FastCo Studios
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    From The Swoosh to sweatshops, see how the world's biggest sports brand stays on top.The team behind Portland-based Nike's marketing has been coming up with innovative ads since 23-year-old graphic designer Carolyn Davidson invented The Swoosh in 1971 (she was paid $35, but don't worry, she received stock options later). Watch the video above to see the evolution of the sports brand named after a victorious goddess, from the very first "Just Do It" ad to the crowning of His Airness, Michael Jordan.Read Full Story
  • How To Solve The Anti-Photoshopping Movement's Big Problem

    Elizabeth Segran
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Why brands are going beyond retouching to create body-positive messages.After receiving her Art History degree from Wellesley College in the late '90s, Eunice Gomes headed to the Big Apple in search of a career that would put her creative skills to work. She landed in the fashion world, carving out a place for herself in the nascent field of digital retouching. Using newly developed Photoshop software, she edited images for brands like Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, and Ralph Lauren, and photo spreads for magazines like Vanity Fair, Allure, and Glamour.Read Full Story
  • New Twitter App Detects Suicidal Tweets, Sends Alerts To Followers

    Peter Wade
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    If someone you follow is tweeting messages of distress or suicidal thoughts, Samaritan Radar will email you.Samaritans, a U.K.-based suicide prevention charity, has released Samaritans Radar, a new web app that will monitor a user's Twitter feed and alert them if someone they follow seems to be in need.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Moving beyond virtualized MS Office, CloudOn releases a mobile-first doc creation tool

    Barry Levine
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Above: A screen from CloudOn's new doc creation tool for mobile devicesImage Credit: CloudOnCloudOn, which made its name on its popular virtualization-for-mobile of Microsoft Office, is now transitioning to a new gesture-based document creation tool. “About two years ago, we realized that productivity for mobile had to be reimagined,” CEO and cofounder Milind Gadekar told VentureBeat. The new free app launches today for the iPad, and for the iPhone, by the end of this year. An Android version is under development, and a premium version goes for $3.99. Any of the approximately one…
  • Skype for iPhone now lets you save and delete photos, gets avatar, people, and chat improvements

    Emil Protalinski
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Skype today updated its iPhone app with a slew of new features and improvements based on user suggestions. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store. First off, the app now lets you save photos you received in chat to your camera roll, as well as delete sent photos from a chat. To perform either, press and hold the image for the options menu to appear. The Microsoft-owned company has also added avatars for all chats. This means you can see the images chosen for individuals as well as for groups. If they change on other platforms, Skype for iPhone will grab the…
  • Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place

    Harrison Weber
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Image Credit: Flickr Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Here’s a list of today’s biggest funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share. Gogoro sweeps up $100M to do energy-something Gogoro announced today that it has raised a whopping $100 million in Series B funding to “transform energy distribution and management in the world’s cities.” This is in addition to an earlier $50 million Series A. But what will they do with the funding? The…
  • Next Games acquires mobile game studio Helsinki GameWorks

    Dean Takahashi
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Above: Next Games is working on mobile game version of The Walking Dead Image Credit: Next GamesNext Games, which is making high-profile mobile games like the upcoming The Walking Dead, has acquired its neighbor, the mobile game studio Helsinki GameWorks. Helsinki is full of mobile gaming talent these days thanks to hit mobile games from companies like Supercell, the maker of Clash of Clans, and Angry Birds studio Rovio. Next Games wants to be, well, the next one to come up with a hit, but it isn’t waiting until it launches its first big game into a mobile market that’s expected…
  • In heartfelt Businessweek essay, Apple CEO Tim Cook says: “I’m proud to be gay.”

    Chris O'Brien
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Above: Apple CEO Tim Cook.Image Credit: DigitalTrendsAfter years of speculation, Apple chief executive Tim Cook published an essay today in which he proudly declared: “I’m gay.” “Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day,” Cook wrote in the essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek. “It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to 54M, Samsung Closing In On Apple’s iPads

    Ingrid Lunden
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
     Tablets — once thought of as the great disruptor to PC sales with their lighter form factor and cheaper price — continue to grow in sales, but at a far slower pace than in quarters past. IDC today published its Q3 numbers for tablet sales, and estimate that globally there were just under 54 million tablets shipped — 53.8 million to be exact — working out to a rise… Read More
  • Eco-Conscious Water Filter Company Soma Goes Back To The Well For $2.2 Million

    Jonathan Shieber
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
     Since the close of its $3.7 million seed round last July, business has been flowing smoothly for the Warby Parker of water filtration, Soma. The company will be selling its sleek, environmentally friendly water carafes and filters in Williams Sonoma, and has raised another $2.2 million in financing as it rolls out across the U.S. The round was led by Crosscut Ventures and included all of… Read More
  • Kamcord Users Have Shared 25 Million Mobile Game Clips

    Kyle Russell
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
     Kamcord, a startup that offers game developers an SDK that lets users record and share clips of their gameplay, has achieved a few milestones in the last few months that show the Y Combinator-alum is gaining traction as the non-streaming equivalent of Twitch on mobile platforms. Read More
  • Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M To Go After The Textile Market

    Ryan Lawler
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
     Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as giving its artists a platform for creating new storefronts. To realize that goal, the company has raised an additional $38 million in Series D funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. Read More
  • New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    Ron Miller
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
     The promise of the cloud, whether private or public, has always been the potential to bill users or lines of business for specific usage, but it’s proven difficult to do in practice. Today, Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360° that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. Cloudyn CEO Sharon… Read More
 
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  • I don't know

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Mark Suster: She reminded us that in the world we live in we are often expected to be experts. We are expected to know everything and many people rush to conclusions given a limited set of information. Learning comes from starting with a point-of-view that says, “I don’t know.” I said I learned this 15 years ago because that is when I stopped being a consultant. Mark explains how the "here's an answer/solution" posture can hurt your business and your investments. This is an essential lesson for all founders, particularly since we are frequently thrown into situations where posturing…
  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
  • The idea funnel

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

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

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

  • MPAA/NATO ban Google Glass in theaters

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Now you'll have to find another way to get a shaky bootleg with bad audioWelcome to your weekly edition of “This is a Thing People Do?” Today, we talk about the MPAA’s ban on Google Glass—because apparently, this is a thing people do. Like, people just walk into theaters with their Google Glass and they're all "it's so I can look up movie trivia." The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners released a joint statement Wednesday to announce that henceforth, wearables must be powered off and put away at show time, because obvs.
  • Twitter teams with IBM for business analytics

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    IBM will analyze Twitter data and turn it into something actionable for the enterpriseTwitter is one of the biggest treasure troves of user data on the planet, and it has businesses, most likely literally, salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on it. Just getting the data is  not enough, though. They need more. They need something actionable. And that's what they are about to get. Twitter announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with IBM to analyze Twitter data. The point is to go beyond just seeing what is trending or what people are talking about;…
  • Apple Pay competitor CurrentC suffers e-mail breach

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Luckily the hacked accounts were dummies that were only being used for testingYou know how CurrentC was, all of the sudden, being seen as a major threat to Apple Pay, a.k.a. Apple's new mobile payments system? Well, maybe Apple doesn't have all that much to worry about after all. That is because CurrentC, the mobile payments system that was developed by the Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX,has been hacked. The incident was revealed in a short post on Wednesday. The breacj  took place within the last day and a half, and, thankfully,MCX says that no actual users were affected by the…
  • Reddit launches crowdfunding platform called Redditmade

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Redditmade is a platform for moderators to create merchandise to sell to their communitiesThe thing that has always seemed to set Reddit apart from other communities on the Internet is loyalty. Reddit, in some ways, seems to have become a kind of haven for a lot of people seeking. It's not something that can be grown overnight; it takes years for something like that to foster. The community that Reddit has built is special, and now it is going to either capitalize on it, or reward it, depending on which way you want to look at it.  The company, which has already said it wants to…
  • Millennials are the startup generation, by default

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    They're narcissistic, creative, less likely to be team players & more likely to work for themselvesWith information at our fingertips, it's easy to feel empowered and at times narcissistic. The latter trait appears to be evident across the millennial generation (also known as Generation Y), according to hiring managers surveyed, in a recent study conducted by Elance-oDesk and consulting firm Millennial Branding.  It doesn't seem all that surprising. After all, this is the generation (21 yrs old to 33 years old) whose teenage and early-adult years have been filled with "selfies" - a…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Financially Challenges Millennials Changing Society

    Steve
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to several recent articles the financial problems of millennials is leading to changing behaviors and purchase patterns as well as broader societal shifts.   For example, the New York Times article No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting to Rent focuses on the shift away from home ownership and towards renting by young adults.  Key quote: Since 2008, the year Lehman Brothers collapsed and home prices dropped precipitously, there has been a steady increase in the number of people ages 18 to 34 renting instead of buying homes. About 875,000 more households are now made up…
  • The Emergence of Freelancer Management Systems

    Steve
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    "Freelancer Management Systems (FMS)" is a term used to describe cloud-based systems that allow businesses to better engage and manage independent workers, freelancers and other contingent workers. These systems allow users to search for contingent talent and then activate, manage and pay the independent workers they hire.  These systems also allow the creation of private talent pools that provide access to profiles of approved contingent workers.  Freelancer management systems are different from online staffing platforms such as Elance, Odesk and Freelancer.com in that…
  • Insight, Innovation and Finding Aha's

    Steve
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Harvard Business Review article Where to Find Insight provides a good primer on how to spot trends and create business insight that can drive innovation. The article defines insight as: ... an imaginative understanding of an internal or external opportunity that can be tapped to improve efficiency, generate revenue, or boost engagement.  Insights can be about stakeholder needs, market dynamics, or even how your company works. It describes 7 sources of insight: 1. Anomalies, or data that deviates from business as usual. 2. Confluence, when economic, demographic, and technological…
  • Freelancers Hire Lots of Other Freelancers

    Steve
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    We think one of the most important findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence research is that freelancers hire a lot of other freelancers.   In 2014 38% of independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, independent workers, etc.) reported spending about $92 billion over the past year hiring other independent workers on a contract basis. This is roughly the equivalent of hiring 2.2 million full-time workers via contract hiring. Hiring of this magnitude has been consistently reported over all four years of this study, which suggests independent work is not just a source of…
  • Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

    Steve
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference, large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.   It's not just the SIA forecasting this increase. Ardent Partners, a research firm focused on procurement issues, is also…
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    Mixergy

  • How talking to every customer helped build a $250K/yr startup – with Josh Pigford

    Andrew Khalili
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I wanted to know how long my customers were staying subscribed to Mixergy Premium and data like that, so I signed up for Baremetrics. After I signed up, I got an email from the founder asking if I wanted to jump on a call so he could show me how to use Baremetrics to grow my business. I was so impressive by what happened on the call that I invited the founder to come onto Mixergy. Josh Pigford is a Mixergy fan and the founder of Baremetrics which provides analytics and metrics for Stripe. He’s here to talk about how he built his business and how calls like ours grow his…
  • Master Class: How to get traction – with Gabriel Weinberg

    ArieSaint
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If your product is really awesome, your startup might fail. Wait, what? Gabriel Weinberg says that’s exactly what happened with one of his earlier startups, Groupomatic. “I made a product that people were interested in,” says Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of search engine DuckDuckGo and author of Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers. “There was clearly some need for it.” So Gabriel worked hard to build a great product, but there was just one problem. “I didn’t really focus on getting traction while I was building the product,” he says. “So I launched it to…
  • How a bullied newcomer built one of the largest free WordPress resources on the Web – with Syed Balkhi

    Joe Garcia
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of an entrepreneur from Pakistan who used to get made fun of for the way he spoke. Today, when he speaks or writes, people in the WordPress community listen. Syed Balkhi is the founder of Awesome Motive, which creates WPBeginner, the largest resource for the WordPress community and OptinMonster, which helps sites collect email addresses beautifully. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Syed Balkhi Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the largest resource for the WordPress community and OptinMonster,…
  • How to stand up to investors who rejected your idea – with Paul Gollash

    Joe Garcia
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I’ve got a Mixergy fan who had an idea that investors rejected because it was too much like vanilla. They said it was just too plain. But now he has grown it to over 3,000,000 users and has a great process for teaching those three million users. I invited him here to talk about how he did it. Today’s guest is Paul Gollash. He is the founder of Voxy, a multi-platform language learning company. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Paul Gollash Paul Gollash is the founder of Voxy which is a multi-platform…
  • How a car salesman launched an export company out of his house (and is now doing $50M is sales) – with Nathan Huskins

    Joe Garcia
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My whole goal here is to reach outside of Silicon Valley, outside of the stores that you already know and show you how other people are building businesses. You won’t believe this: Today’s guest says he started his company from his house and by selling cars online, he built a multimillion dollar business. I invited here to talk about how he did it. His name is Nate Huskins. He is the founder of Marshal Group, an automotive export company that resells cars that are sold in the US to overseas buyers. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format.
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Medical Adhesive Revolution

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Ashok Rao introduces the winners of the 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition. Medical Adhesive Revolution from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany is the first international team to win the competition. The group has invented a non-toxic, biodegradable crazy glue for internal use; they can now begin work to get FDA approval. It’s a game-changer in the medical devices industry and these young entrepreneurs have already caught the eye of the investor community.
  • Women Mean Business - Sushana Castle

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Extraordinary advice from another extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Sushana Castle, author of Rethink Food.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jeppe Hansgaard

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Internal influencers can be valuable. Robin Tooms visits with Jeppe Hansgaard, a partner with management consulting firm Innovisor.
  • School of Business 10/25/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present SHOW 490! Wow! Many, many episodes of loving our entrepreneurs and innovators. Includes: our Quote of the Week—an interesting observation by cartoonist Bill Watterson; This Week in Business History includes the opening of Macy’s (in 1858!), the opening of the New York subway and the creation of the European Union-; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you should know, but don’t.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Byron Hebert
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Byron Hebert, CPA, CTP is back. In today’s vignette, he dives into the Capabilities and Beliefs sections of the Change Success Model and shares how each will affect your business.
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    Bplans Blog

  • 8 Ways to Create Real Customer Loyalty

    JT Ripton
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    No matter the size of the business, customer loyalty is incredibly important. Repeat customers spend up to 67 percent more than new customers. Plus, it’s up to ten times more expensive to try to attract new customers than it is to keep the ones already doing business with you. If you’re looking for real ways... The post 8 Ways to Create Real Customer Loyalty appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Complete Guide to SBA Loans

    Candice Landau
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    What is an SBA Loan? The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 to help Americans start, build and grow their businesses. As an independent agency of the government, the SBA partners with both public and private organizations to deliver its services, including loans. An SBA Loan is not a direct loan from the... The post The Complete Guide to SBA Loans appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan

    Angelique O'Rourke
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When disaster strikes in your area and your business is affected, what’s next? For many small businesses, the future can be extremely uncertain. During the process of rebuilding, most small business owners will ask themselves if it’s time to apply for a disaster loan, or if that is a viable option for them. Let’s go... The post What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014

    Scott Gerber
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Whether or not you can believe it, 2015 is quickly approaching. What have you accomplished? Where has your business taken you? We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how they are spending the end of the year. 1. Saying Thank You Thanking your people. Our professionals are at the center of everything... The post 10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014 appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Employee Incentives All Business Leaders Can Afford

    Kayla Matthews
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    So many things in this world are about the almighty dollar, but job satisfaction doesn’t have to be one of them. Giving your employees raises may help their short-term happiness, but if you want those employees to stay on, you need to offer them incentives that they can’t get elsewhere. Anyone can hand out a... The post 10 Employee Incentives All Business Leaders Can Afford appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Why Wait for Google Inbox When MailDeck Already Offers a Tailored Email Experience?

    Ronald Barba
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Inbox! Inbox! Since the release of Google Inbox, I feel like talk of its features – and from whom one can score an invite – is one of the most prioritized topics among a certain subset of my social network (i.e. the tech/Internet/startup circle of connections). But should we be so excited? I mean, after all, only a very small percentage of the online population has access to Google Inbox – it’s not like we can take advantage of its features. Indeed while the launch of the tech giant’s new app to support one’s fight towards inbox zero is certainly…
  • Judge Strikes Down Uber Restraining Order in Las Vegas

    Ann Diab
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The powerful cab lobby, the Nevada Taxicab Authority, and the Nevada Attorney General did not prevail against Uber in a Las Vegas District Court today, when Judge Douglas Herndon, himself a former Prosecutor, said the Nevada Attorney General’s office failed to show that Uber was causing “irreparable harm” to public safety. However, judges in Washoe County (the county that hosts Reno as its county seat) and Carson City (the state capital, which is also independent of any county) granted orders without hearings, according to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. According…
  • When Seeking Corporate Funding or Partnership, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Startup Vision [VIDEO]

    Ronald Barba
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, there was a lot of focus on how public and private entities can support the development of startup communities. In one particular panel, titled “Corporations Embracing Startup Communities,” representatives from leading corporations discussed the various ways through which large companies are working with and alongside startups to develop today’s innovative tech solutions. Besides advising startups to be more picky when choosing corporate partners, panelists reminded founders that they shouldn’t have to sacrifice…
  • Thoughts on Disrupting the Mortgage Lending Industry from 500 Startups Alum Lenda

    Ronald Barba
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “At Lenda, our sole mission is to bring back the American Dream. But, this time, to do it in a way that doesn’t end up like the American Nightmare.” Jason van den Brand is the cofounder and CEO of Lenda, a startup that has made it its mission to change the way Americans think about and deal with mortgage lending. Formerly known as GoRefi, the San Francisco, California-based company offers consumers a new way to approach the refinance mortgage market by providing a platform that allows borrowers to complete the home loan process completely online and without the use of a…
  • Paul Singh: Millennials Will Eliminate Funding Barriers to Local Startups [Video]

    Camila Souza
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    How to attract capital for larger-stage startups to a growing tech community is a difficult but important step to any growing ecosystem. This is the only way to keep it sustainable. During Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, a panel of experts shared how their cities are dealing with creating a strong network of investment to local startups. Focusing on your city’s strengths and showcasing the successful exits were two methods commonly brought up in the discussion. “The biggest wealth transfer will happen within our lifetime [From Boomers to Millennials]. The good news is that…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 7 Ways Harry Potter Conjured Silicon Valley

    Prerna Gupta
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Without Harry Potter, Silicon Valley would not be what it is today. It might seem like a fantastical claim, but a close look at the seven tomes that filled our childhoods with wonder reveals just how much Harry Potter might have impacted our adulthoods, too. The millennials that run Silicon Valley today were Harry
  • The Small Big: Powerful Persuasion From Robert Cialdini

    Roger Dooley
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    If I wanted to persuade you to buy Dr. Robert Cialdini's latest book, The small BIG: small changes that spark big influence, I could describe the content: 52 short chapters, each detailing an example of a small change that has been proven to alter the behavior of others in a larger than expected way. I could talk about the practical business applications of this knowledge, and the accessible style of writing.
  • You're On Your Own: How to Prevent Your Company From Falling Victim To Fraudulent Transactions

    Liz Tilatti
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    You’re a small business, and you just got a $5,000 order one day when your average order is $1,000. It’s a wonderful thing. You have a brief communication with the customer confirming their order. You get the order ready for processing, you pack up the shipment, and then you ship it off to Canada.  You collect the funds from the order you’re shipping off, the bank approves the transaction, and the money is deposited in your account the next day. It’s pretty easy to prevent fraud because the bank approved the transaction, right? WRONG. One thing I’ve learned…
  • Israeli IPOs Continue to Impress in 2014

    Zack Miller
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Fresh after celebration of the Jewish New Year, it looks like it could be a record year for investors in Israeli technology companies.
  • Stealing The Secret Sauce: Intellectual Property

    Dave Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m always amazed when an employee steals intellectual property (IP) from their company. Only to take it with them as they head out the door for a new job. I wonder what is the thought process that they go through? I'm sure you may know a story or two about people who helped themselves. At one company that I was working for years back, I had set up SNMP (simple network management protocol) monitoring of the printers in the company. In turn that data was fed back into the centralized logging solution. One Friday afternoon I noticed a series of print jobs from a person who I knew had…
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Entrepreneurs Thrive On The Learning Curve

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    In today’s fast moving world of business startups, learning trumps knowing every time. What established businesses know through experience keeps them from looking for the new and innovative ways to do what they do better, cheaper, and faster. I’m convinced that’s why most mature companies are slowing down or buying their innovation through acquisition, rather than building it. In her new book, “Rookie Smarts,” Liz Wiseman, one of the top thought leaders in business, amplifies this point as it relates to hiring and cultivating the curious, flexible, youthful mindset in keeping a…
  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation. The good news is that a patent can scare off or at least delay competitors, and as a “rule of thumb” patents can add up to $1M to your startup valuation for investors or M&A exits (merger and acquisition). The bad news is that patent trolls (non-producing companies that make their money from licensing patents) can squeeze the lifeblood out of unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the recent mess around Lodsys suing small Apple IOS developers.
  • Entrepreneurs Work On The Business As Well As In It

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Over 25 years ago, Michael E. Gerber wrote a best-selling business book called The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. The E-Myth (“Entrepreneurial Myth”) is the mistaken belief that most businesses are started by people with tangible business skills, when in fact most are started by “technicians” who know nothing about running a business. Hence most fail. Some pundits argue that the E-Myth principle is now outdated, due to the instant access to information via the Internet, pervasive networking via social media, and courses on entrepreneurship at all…
  • Answer These Ten Key Questions To Beat Competitors

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been trained in change management, and don’t even know what questions to ask. A while back, I spotted a new book for change management leaders in large organization, and I realized that many of the issues they face are the same as ones faced in every growing startup. Phil Buckley, in “Change With…
  • Make Every Member Of Your Startup Act Like An Owner

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip. What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business. This commitment to hire people who think like entrepreneurs, or instill an “owner’s mindset” in every employee, should be a high priority in every business. It’s what every customer looks for in every transaction. Most…
 
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    Presentation Zen

  • Bill Murray on storytelling

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

    Garr
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies). As it's the harvest season here with very much a feeling of Autumn in the air, the majestic orange tint of the moon seen just above the trees lining our house seemed very fitting to the season. As you know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow or umbra. The orange Moon or "blood Moon" is really something to behold. But why does the Moon turn red/orange? It's a simple phenomenon and it's explained clearly and visually…
  • Communication lessons from Frank Sinatra, 1963

    Garr
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    The legendary Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) can teach us a thing or two about engaging an audience. I stumbled upon this 1963 Playboy interview with Sinatra recently, and it's pure gold. "When I sing, I believe," says Sinatra. "I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility." Whether we're talking about an entertainer or about life in general, you can't be indifferent, Frank says. People do not connect with indifference. "This isn’t a grandstand play on my part; I’ve discovered—and you can see it…
  • 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…
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    Great Demo!

  • Early Adopters vs. Majority Prospects: Features vs. Solutions – and Doing Discovery

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Early Adopters and Technology Adopters are inadvertently training us to deliver feature/function “Harbor Tour” demos…  But it’s not their fault; it’s ours…!Early Adopters and Technology Adopters love to hear and talk about new features and cool capabilities – and often identify problems themselves that can be solved, synthesizing solutions from the feature set articulated by vendors.  They embrace change and are excited about applying new capabilities to solve existing problems and new, previously unexplored arenas.  However, while important, this group represents…
  • Problem Solvers vs. Problem Finders

    Peter E. Cohan
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    The world today respects problem solvers – without question.  Intriguingly, however, many senior managers are now assigning even higher value to problem finders or problem identifiers.  In the current regime of big-data-what-question-would-you-like-to-ask, people who can identify insightful questions to ask may be providing higher value than those who find the ways to answer those questions.  It is argued – and I’d strongly agree – that identifying insightful new problems to address is often a harder task than  solving problems already identified. …
  • Technology Adoption Curve - And the Degree of Proof Your Customers Require

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    A simple way to tell where your customers are on the technology adoption curve is to assess the degree of proof they require prior to making a purchase.For example, very early in the development of a market, when you are presenting to Innovators and Early Adopters, they will buy after seeing brief Vision Generation demos:  “Oooooo, this looks really good – I gotta get me some of that…!”Early Majority prospects will require a deeper demo – a Technical Proof demo – to make sure that the capabilities they feel they need are present and work correctly.You’ll know that you are…
  • Corporate Overview Presentations Still In Use – Really?

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

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

  • Moka5 Lands $16M For Cloud Technology

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Redwood City-based Moka5, a developer of cloud-based technology for enterprise client virtualization, has raised $16M in a Series D funding. The funding came from existing investors, including Khosla Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, and NGEN Partners. Moka5 is led by Dave Robbins.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Wealthfront Wins $64M

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Palo Alto-based financial advice software developer Wealthfront, which offers up software driven, financial advice to consumers, has raised $64M in a new funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Personal Capital Gets $50M

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    San Francisco-based Personal Capital, which operates an online site to help provide financial advice to the consumer market, has raised $50M in a Series D funding round. The funding came from Corsair Capital, BBVA Ventures and USAA, along with IVP, Venrock and Crosslink.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Krimmeni Technologies Finds $11.7M For Cybersecurity Tools

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    San Francisco-based Krimmeni Technologies, a developer of cyber security software, announced this morning that it has raised $11.7M in a Series A financing. The funding came from Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • BigPanda Nabs $7M For IT Incident Management Tools

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Mountain View-based BigPanda, a developer of IT incidence management tools, said today that it has raised $7M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Mayfield, and also included Sequoia Capital. BigPanda says it has now raised $8.5M for its tools.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • Clarify Lands $1M Financing

    Bryan Menell
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Clarify, an Austin-based startup offering a platform for audio and video search and analytics announced today that it has closed a $1 million seed financing with enthusiastic participation from Projector Ventures and Silverton Partners, and additional notable support from Austin-based Blake Chandlee together with several other early Facebook executives; Michael Rauchman, a pioneer in electronic trading; Brett Hurt, the founder of Coremetrics and Bazaarvoice; and Sam Decker, a founder of Mass Relevance (now Spredfast) and now a Clarify Board Member. The primary use of funds will be to continue…
  • Spanning Acquired by EMC

    Bryan Menell
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc., the most trusted provider of data backup and recovery for cloud applications, today announced that it has been acquired by EMC Corporation. The company will continue to operate under the Spanning® Cloud Apps brand in Austin, Texas and will be the foundation of EMC’s “born-in-the-cloud” data protection strategy in its Core Technologies Division. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
  • 6Qube Secures $100k in Financing From Lighter Capital in Just 19 Days

    Bryan Menell
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    6Qube, a leading provider of internet marketing software and services, today announced that it has secured $100,000 in growth funding from Lighter Capital in Seattle. 6Qube will use the funding to fuel its sales and marketing efforts, and make key upgrades to its suite of technology products.
  • HireBetter Acquires Expiritis Consulting Group

    Bryan Menell
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    I'm excited to announce HireBetter’s third acquisition this year! We have expanded our presence in Texas by acquiring Expiritis Consulting Group, a Dallas-based firm specializing in providing growing companies executive search, interim search and talent management expertise. By combining forces, HireBetter and Expiritis will be better positioned to help our high-growth middle market clients scale and get to the next level - across Texas and beyond. Patrick Webster, Expiritis CEO, and his team share our professional service, business-first philosophy on recruiting, which is quite uncommon in…
  • WP Engine Reports Record Growth

    Bryan Menell
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    WP Engine, a leading platform as a service for websites and applications built on WordPress, today announced that the company has surpassed 23,000 customers with 200,000 + domains, representing a customer increase of 130 percent in the last 12 months. The company has expanded its offices in Austin, San Antonio and San Francisco to 195 employees – almost a 150 percent growth over the same time period. The company anticipates exiting 2014 with more than 220 employees as the company continues to add talent to its customer support, customer experience, development, sales and marketing teams.
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • 10 Scariest Things That Can Happen to Your Checkout

    Linda Bustos
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    What are the most frightening things that can happen in your checkout? These boners create all sorts of FUD that can fudge your conversion rates (Halloween puns intended).1. No persistent cookieWhat’s worse than your older brother stealing your best candy? When an online store dumps out the contents of your cart when you’re not looking.Online shoppers may take several visits before finalizing a cart. Forrester Research found 33% of men and 38% of women reported the last time they abandoned a cart, it was due to “not being ready to purchase.” It’s also common to use the…
  • Closing the Gaps in the Content + Commerce Trend

    Linda Bustos
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    “Content + Commerce” is a hot trend, as more online retailers are creating editorial content, instructive and story-telling video, merchandised photographs that show products in context, and “lo-fi” content crafted specifically for social networks.These forms of content marketing facilitate “merchandising beyond the storefront” — cultivating attention, interest and desire for what’s in your catalog, outside of the “typical” catalog experience. But unfortunately, unless natively commerce enabled, taking action requires a jump out of the content…
  • Optimizing Email Through The Customer Journey [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    This week’s infographic looks at email marketing optimization, courtesy of Easy SMTP.Click to enlarge infographicTweetable statsIncluding an offer in email can double revenue per click Tweet thisVague subject lines reduce email open rates by 80% Tweet thisSending a series of email can lift conversion by 40% over sending single messages Tweet thisThe avg revenue per email for welcome messages is $5.83 vs $0.53 per bulk email Tweet thisOpen rates rise 10% when product names are mentioned in triggered cart recovery emails Tweet thisCart recovery emails that suggest additional products…
  • Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger?

    Linda Bustos
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Whether you call it the “hamburger,” “sandwich,” “hot dog,” “list icon” (or as I like to call it, the “Adidas”), that little 3-bar thing denoting mobile menus are growing in adoption. But we’re still not clear if it’s well understood by mobile users.About a year and a half ago, Get Elastic ran a post called Don’t make these mobile menu mistakes, with design guidelines for menu icon usability. Has anything changed since then?Cue the A/B testsNot long after we ran that post, Get Elastic reader and owner of Detailed…
  • Pinterest and Ecommerce [Pinfographic]

    Linda Bustos
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    This week’s infographic (or “Pinfographic”) comes from Wishpond, highlighting how users interact with products on the popular social network.Tweetable Highlights80% of Pinterest users are women, 50% have children Tweet thisPins with prices get 36% more likes than those without #richpins Tweet this69% of Pinterest users have found an item they wanted to buy vs 40% of Facebook users Tweet thisPinterest referrals spend 70% more than customers referred from other channels Tweet this15% of engagement with brands on Pinterest is through brands’ own pin boards Tweet this
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

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

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

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

  • Seven Steps to Exceptional Email Etiquette [CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ahh, anyone here remember that movie? Goodness! It was the Golden Age of the Web, and we were all (Internet) explorers, weren’t we? Email is nothing new. It’s been around for decades now and everybody (including your grandma) is using it. But think about how much it’s evolved. Now, for a generation of young people, the meaning behind the title of the 1990s classic romantic comedy, You’ve Got Mail, is all but lost, as no one – repeat: no one! – is still using the once-familiar audio notification from which the film gets its name. In the years since that film…
  • How to Add Another Month to Your Year [PreneurCast Ep148]

    Florence
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    What would you do if you had another month to work on your business every year? Pete and Dom discuss how anyone can easily achieve this, and what you can do to make the most of this time. Links From This Episode: Online: Download The 7 Levers Report – http://7leversreport.com/ Books: You can try out a lot of the books we recommend in audio format with Audible: http://audibletrial.com/preneurcast – Free trial with a free audiobook download for PreneurCast listeners Downloads:  Download Audio MP3 Never Miss an Episode: Subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher or RSS. Love the…
  • Creating Talent, Sneaker Marketing & Local SEO [Noise Reduction .82]

    Florence
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang! It’s a slightly little quieter Noise Reduction this week, as the whole team has been “heads down, bums up” focused on getting a new project ready for the public launch next week. Platinum Advisory Board members know we’ve been working on this for a while — and it’s something I am super excited to be doing. If you’re a cyclist, here’s a little preview and an early bird discount –www.earHeroSports.com.au/PreRelease Safer cycling is a project that’s close to my heart, and I am pumped to be back playing in that B2C space again as well.
  • Growing Talent with Dan Coyle [PreneurCast Ep147]

    Florence
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    “As Pablo Picasso (no slouch at theft himself) put it, “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal.”― Daniel Coyle Dan Coyle is the author of The Talent Code, a book about how some of the world’s most successful athletes train and develop their talent. There are a lot of lessons in the book for all walks of life, not just sport, and we discusses these in this episode of PreneurCast. Drawing on some crazy cutting-edge neurology, and firsthand research gathered on “field trips” to nine of the world’s leading talent hotbeds — from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a…
  • Podcast’s Back, November Marketing & Selling 30,000 Copies [Noise Reduction .81]

    Florence
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       Hope you enjoy this week’s Noise Reduction. Pete   Copywriting with Joe Sugarman [PreneurCast Ep146] http://noise.re/duction/preneurcast146 After a couple of months’ hiatus, we’re back with some amazing interviews and episodes, starting off with a conversation with a true direct-response marketing pioneer – Joseph Sugarman. Not only did Joe lead the way with the products he chose to market, but also in the way he marketed them – introducing the concept of using toll-free numbers to take credit card orders over the phone, which was unheard of at the time.
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • The Distance: Fantasy Costumes

    Wailin Wong
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes. You’ll find those items at Fantasy Costumes in Chicago too, but the store has a singular, massive inventory that’s the result of being in business year-round for 45 years. To visit Fantasy Costumes is to browse a museum of pop culture phenomena where everything is for sale or rent—a Garth wig from Wayne’s World (excellent!),…
  • Basecamp Meetup: October 2014

    Basecamp
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Twice a year everyone who works at Basecamp comes to our Chicago office for a week to work and catch up with each other. Last week was our Fall meetup. Here’s what happened: Shaun had a BBQ at his house for out-of town guests We welcomed 3 new employees: Conor, Eileen, and Sylvia Noah talked about customer demographics We had a company dinner at Half Acre Brewery JZ, Nick, and Zach talked about the Basecamp for iOS app Mig recapped last summer’s internship program James, Joan, Kristin, Natalie, and Sylvia shared customer feedback The Distance team planned the future of the…
  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    Jamie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing? http://t.co/xajitLBQLg— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
  • iPad Spinners

    Shaun
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
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  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • 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…
 
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    ArcticStartup

  • Yousician takes the whole team on the road for a month in Greece

    Greg Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    If the winter blues are already starting to drag you down, then you should probably stop reading right here. This morning Chris Thür, CEO of Yousician (the new name for Ovelin) rang me up to essentially brag about how they rented Greece's largest villa for a month, and have taken their entire team and families down there. He was nicer about it than that, but that's how I took it. The concept somewhat started off in July when Yousician took their entire team to Saarenmaa, the largest island off the coast of Estonia, for a little teambuilding and to spend some time focusing on how they could…
  • TRAFI founder Martynas Gudonavicius: ‘The more chaotic the city, the better for us’

    Marija Odineca
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Many of us are spoiled to have our phones do a lot of things for us, like telling us public transport route information when commuting or traveling. However, this is still not as easy in developing countries. Landing there and finding out that there is no way to plan your route electronically is unpleasantly sorbering but luckily, this is exactly what Lithuanian public transport app TRAFI is set out to solve with their next funding round. TRAFI is a Lithuanian app started by a strong team of four that had first entered public transport arena six years ago, when they established marsrutai.lt…
  • FIBAN and Inventure announce strategic partnership

    Greg Anderson
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Today FIBAN, the Finnish Business Angels Network and Inventure have announced a strategic partnership to enhance their Seed program for the Nordics and Baltics, which we wrote about earlier here. What this means in practice is likely sharing dealflow and running events together, but entrepreneurs only benefit between better links between institutional and private seed funders. In a press release, Sami Lampinen, Managing Partner at Inventure talks more about the partnership. "We are excited to join FiBAN’s network, meet new entrepreneurs and find new syndication opportunities for our…
  • Traplight raises $500,000 ahead of What on Earth!

    Greg Anderson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    We look at Helsinki as Finland's hub of gaming, but that isn't to say that other studios in the country aren't making some noise. Today it was announced that Tampere, Finland's Traplight Games has raised a $500,000 round led by Sunstone Capital, Finnvera Venture Capital, East Wings, and Henric Suuronen among other angel investors. Digging into those investors a little closer, you can see that there's some smart money getting behind the project. Sunstone's Nikolaj Newholm has served as an advisor to Minecraft, which was recently acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. Additionally Henric…
  • Starting a startup on the sea

    Karsten Deppert // Øresund Startups
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    This weekend Startup Weekend Oresund was held on the high seas. As is common at startup events like this, the energy was buzzing – teams where evaluating business ideas, researching competitors, designing prototypes. Unusual was the setting – being arranged on board the ferry between Sweden and Denmark – between Helsingborg and Elsingor. The ferry departs every 20 minutes, which makes for a setting where you every hour are both in Denmark and Sweden – and gives a sense of time passing that a normal event space cannot really create. I’M ON A BOAT The location was fitting – the 60+…
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up: 10/26/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Every week I pull out the best information relevant to optimizing your personal health, success and performance. Finding the links and reading the posts is easy. Implementing and taking actions to result in positive change is the tougher, but much more rewarding part: A look at the concept of “time” and how various people perceive our advances through life [Laphams] If you change your mindset can you change your age? [NYTimes Magazine] Infographic on the science behind extending longevity [NYTimes] Thoughts on “how to execute” [Barry Ritholtz] Jason Calacanis interviews Tim Ferriss…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/19/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    A bit late getting to last week’s links: A new book shows us better and more efficient ways to learn [NYTimes] A former trader explains why setting goals will increase your performance [Traderfed] More on poor sleep: your brain will shrink! [Sleep Junkies] Q&A with the author of Millennial Money. Good suggestions [A Wealth of Common Sense] More research on how resveratrol can extend life [LEF.org] Trend: Facebook & Apple offer to pay for women to freeze their eggs [Techcrunch] Author interview on the book: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human…
  • Performance Round-Up 10/12/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
      Tons of great content this week: Why Saying Is Believing: The Science of Self Talk [NPR] Why Founders Should Care About Happiness [First Round] How to Get Sleep Before a Big Race (Or Event) [Ben Greenfield] Financial Net Worth Is AboutTime, Not Money [AARP] The Problem with Long Term Thinking [Fool] Keith Rabois Interviewed on How to be a Great COO [DataFox > First Round] How To Be Efficient [Bakadesuyo] The Wisdom of Kevin Kelly [Ben Casnocha] The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears [Outside] Jason Calcanis Interviews Camath Palihapitiya [ThisWeekInStartups] How Hard do…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/05/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A round-up of interesting reads for performance optimizing fanatics (with an entrepreneurial bent): How to re-Grow Brain Cells with Dr. David Perlmutter (around 30 min in) [Fat Burning Man- Youtube] How CEO’s Should Lead [@mgallizzi] How Exercise Protects Against Depression [NYTimes] Blackstone Market Commentary from Bryon Wien [Blackstone] Tim Ferriss Interviews Ramit Sethi [iTunes Podcast] How Yogurt Affects the Brain [Atlantic] Paleo Lifestyle Way Way Back [NYTimes] Entrepreneurs Need Sleep [Forbes] Buddhism to Beat Depression [Aeon] Jason Calcanis Tweetstorm on Founder Mental…
  • Performance Round-Up: 9/28/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
      Here are last week’s interesting reads related to entrepreneur/executive/be-your-best-self performance: Instead of Romanticizing Entrepreneurship People Should Understand How Hard the Life Can Be [Economist] How Billionaires are Educated [Riholtz > CB Insights] The Brain that Changes Itself [Janav] Larry Ellison: The DNA of a Winner [Steve Blank] Google’s Email Rules [Time] Why Men Never Remember Anything [NYMag] Advice to 19 Year Olds [Sam Altman] List of Top Reasons Startups Fail [Equity Kicker > CB Insights] Mental Models [Think Mental Models] The post Performance…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Square Game!

    public
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Company / App Name: Square Game! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/square-game!/id914216503?ls=1&mt=8 What does it do? If you didn’t hate squares before this game, you will after you play it! In Square Game! you control a tiny square which you drag around trying to eat squares that are smaller than you, or your same size, to get bigger. Why do we need it? It is a fun time killer. Who is it for? To kill time and challenge friends What makes it stand out from the crowd? It is more polished than similar apps, as well as being developed by a 15 year old app developer What’s next? New…
  • Pitch for SmartGenies, Inc.

    public
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Company / App Name: SmartGenies, Inc. http://www.smartgenies.com Twitter – @SmartGenies What does it do? SmartGenies is an Interactive Content Creation and Distribution SaaS Software Platform which allows any sized company to create fully dynamic, interactive content and distribute that content via web, mobile, social and email channels. Why do we need it? Prospects, customers and employees are bombarded with huge amounts of digital information today. We all spend a large amount of time each day sifting through this high volume of static information, only to become exhausted and…
  • Pitch for cloudbooks

    public
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Company / App Name: cloudbooks https://cloudbooksapp.com/ Twitter – cloudbooksapp What does it do? CloudBooks is online invoicing with style. It has all the features you need and none that you don’t. Invoicing, estimates, client management, staff, contractors, and time tracking all in one easily accessible web application Why do we need it? Your clients can approve estimates or ask for revised estimates with one click. Convert approved estimates into invoices. Track your expenses against your clients so that you will never forget to invoice them to pass on the costs. Who is it…
  • Pitch for SaasCase

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Company / App Name: SaasCase http://www.saascase.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/saascase What does it do? SaasCase helps businesses improve efficiency by moving their unique offline processes, online. Design processes, automate customer journeys, securely store documents and audit history of all data. Why do we need it? SaasCase can help every business improve efficiency by moving their offline processes, online. From automating initial customer communications to progressing complex, multi-party transactions; SaasCase lets YOU design business processes t Who is it for? SaasCase is…
  • Pitch for Waved

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Company / App Name: Waved htttp://www.waved.io Twitter – https://twitter.com/wavedapp What does it do? Waved is a one-tap voice messaging application that allows rapid-fire and seamless conversations. It offers a lighter, faster and simpler alternative to existing messaging applications. Why do we need it? Waved provides simpler yet more meaningful communication than existing messaging applications. Who is it for? 25+ looking for meaningful and efficient communication, countries with non-english alphabets. What makes it stand out from the crowd? We offer the fastest and simplest…
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • Does the Campus Play a Role in the Creation of High Growth Student Startups? #Hackedu #Dissertation @GeorgeMasonU

    David J. Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    I am in the final weeks of finishing my dissertation. My research question investigates the role the campus plays in the opportunity recognition and startup processes of high growth ventures created by students at US universities and colleges. From Microsoft, Nike, and Dell to WordPress, Groupon, and Under Armour, many innovative and world changing firms have been conceived in the minds of students on the campuses of US universities and colleges. My data suggests that the campus does play an important role and that in recent years entrepreneurship infrastructure on campus have had an…
  • @TechCrunch Highlights Growth of Midwest Innovation Economy (And Case’s Rise of the Rest)

    David J. Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Beyond being born and raised in Chicago and spending many years on campuses in the Midwest (BA, MBA), I worked in the tech community during the Internet Bubble and love the Midwest’s continued growth. That said, the optimistic story in TechCrunch by Jonathan Shieber, seems to be a throwback to 15 years ago with the added focus on Case’s idea of the ‘rise of the rest.’ (BTW, we were the Silicon Prairie back then — Divine Interventures, May Report, Halo – Starbelly, etc) As the most populous city in the region, it’s no surprise that Chicago is the fastest…
  • Thiel’s 7 Keys to Market Creating Innovation (Blue Ocean Anyone?)

    David J. Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Peter Thiel, one of the ‘great’ wizards of Silicon Valley has some mortal elements Peter Thiel back in the days of PayPal as he too has written a book and gone on a speaking and interview tour. Zero to One, by Thiel (with Blake Masters), has many interesting insights and thoughts and Steve Denning of Forbes does a nice job covering the book. From Denning: In his book, Zero to One, serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel offers seven—sometimes surprising– tools for doing just that. They are what he calls, “the seven questions that every market-creating business must answer.” The…
  • Zuckerberg Backed Org Launches Contest to Help Grow Internet in India

    David J. Miller
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A massive 69% of India’s population does not have access to the Internet. A non-profit back by Mark Zuckerberg — probably the most successful student entrepreneur of the past 10 years — has put up $1 million in prizes for creative solutions to this problem. From TechCrunch: The contest from Facebook-backed Internet accessibility partnership Internet.org could help millions of people recognize the value of the Internet, pursue access, and gain knowledge and opportunities that can help them get better jobs and improve their lives. That could in turn help Internet.org’s…
  • @PositivDeviancy Featured on @GeorgeMasonU Homepage

    David J. Miller
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Awesome to see coverage of young Mason entrepreneur Jade Garrett, founder of Positive Deviancy, a firm building assistive technology out of stuffed animals for children on the #Autism spectrum. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Jade and she is a dynamic student, leader, and a fine example of today’s super innovative, productive and entrepreneurial students that take advantage of their campus. From George Mason University: Garrett, who is pursuing an applied information technology degree from the Volgenau School of Engineering, spent the summer working on a toy bear that is…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • FI Grad Spikes Security raises $11MM, featured on Forbes

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Spikes Security has raised $11 million in funding, as reported by Ben Kepes of Forbes in the article “Spikes Security Raises $11m To Remove Endpoint Browsers And Replace Them With Something Better”. Spikes Security and its Founder Branden Spikes are Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. Spikes, the former CIO of SpaceX and PayPal, formed Spikes Security in 2012 as a means to avert browser-borne malware attacks in Linux, Mac OSX and Windows platforms. Instead of running browsers directly on your computer, Spikes’ AirGap technology instead presents the user with a…
  • How Networking Incorrectly is Holding Your Career Back

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    When trying to advance your career, making connections is an essential part of being successful. But even if you do regularly make new connections, it is also very important to develop your relationships with the people that you are networking with. Not only can this enrich your personal life, but can improve your career by leaps and bounds. By having the right relationships you can do things such as get a promotion in your job, find a great business opportunity or find a better career for yourself. As we live in the time of social networks, most professionals have a seemingly very large…
  • Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur at a Free Founder Institute Event

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey. We have several events coming up in the next few…
  • Are Cofounders Necessary?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is best for them.  The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week's topic is about whether it is necessary to find a cofounder for your startup. This Week's Topic:Do you need a…
  • Crafting the Perfect Pitch: How to Find Your Secret Sauce

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Devising the perfect startup pitch is an essential yet too often overlooked aspect of creating a successful company. Pitching your idea is crucial for attracting co-founders, customers, and, more importantly, potential investors, and special care should be given to effectively communicating your idea. However, as Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, says, not only must your pitch clearly state a problem and solution, it must have what he refers to as a "secret sauce" - the one unique aspect that sets your company apart, if not above, your competition. The blog post, "Cheaper…
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    OnlyOnce

  • Does size matter?

    Matt Blumberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Does size matter? It is the age-old question — are you a more important person at your company if you have more people reporting into you?  Most people, unfortunately, say yes. I’m going to assume the origins of this are political and military. The kingdom with more subjects takes over the smaller kingdom. The general has more stars on his lapel than the colonel. And it may be true for some of those same reasons in more traditional companies. If you have a large team or department, you have control over more of the business and potentially more of the opportunities. The CEO will…
  • Book Short: Way, Way Beyond Books

    Matt Blumberg
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Way, Way Beyond Books The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone, was a great read.  Amazon is a fascinating, and phenomenally successful company, and Jeff is a legendary technology leader.  The Everything Store is a company and personal biography and totally delivers. Forget about the fact that Amazon is now almost $100B in revenues and still growing like mad.  I find it even more amazing that a single company could be the largest ecommerce site on the planet while successfully pioneering both cloud computing services and e-readers.  The stories…
  • PTJD

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Post Traumatic Job Disorder. As we have been scaling up Return Path, we have been increasingly hiring senior people in from the outside. We believe in promoting from within and do it all the time, but sometimes you need an experienced leader who has operated at or ahead of the scale you’re at.  Someone with deep functional expertise and a “been there, done that” playbook. When you get a hire like this right, it’s amazing how much that kind of person gets done, how quickly. One of the pitfalls of those hires, though, is cultural fit. Many of the larger organizations in…
  • The 2×4

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

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

  • Finish Up, Houston: October 10-12

    Jeff Reichman
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    There are lots of events that celebrate the beginning of projects — Startup Weekend, 3 Day Startup, various hackathons — but none that celebrate finishing a project.  Until now. Finish Up, Houston (or FU, Houston) is a weekend-long event celebrating the milestones of your work.  Held at White Space Houston from October 10-12, the organizers put it simply: Get shit done while inspired by Startup Outcasts all around. Check out other people’s projects. Horse around, stuff your face, and then get a caffeine boost to power through your piles of undone shit. The event is…
  • 3 Questions for EasyPaint COO Oliver Harriehausen

    Tina Nazerian
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Startup Houston sat down with EasyPaint COO Oliver Harriehausen to learn more about his background, and what this unique startup seeks to accomplish in the paint industry, and what the founding team learned in beta mode. SH: I want to start off by hearing a little bit about your background, and how the idea of EasyPaint came to you. OH: I, back in 2007, went to work with Sherwin-Williams, a paint company, in Washington, DC. I did what’s called their management training program, and ran a few of their stores as a manager, and then became a sales rep in DC. So, I was constantly deailng…
  • SnapHealth: Direct Pay Healthcare

    Tina Nazerian
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    “In this country, the cost of healthcare is the fundamental problem,” David Wong said after an ER shift. Wong, the founder and Chief Medical Officer of SnapHealth, a direct pay healthcare system, says that part of the reason healthcare costs became a fundamental problem in the United States is because our entire way of paying for healthcare was an accident. “In the 1940s, 50s, providing health insurance was a way to get around the wage freeze,” Wong said. “Men working for high-end employers. Today, it’s now the currency of healthcare. Everyone thinks you…
  • Molecule: Success and Spontaneity

    Tina Nazerian
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    “Building an enterprise software business, especially one that is vertical specific – specific to energy – is not easy,” Sameer Soleja, the CEO of Molecule, an energy software company, said. “It may sound trite, but there are a lot of naysayers, because really, you’re trying to build something that is large, and unyielding, and confusing, and for which you don’t have all the answers, for which you don’t even know all the features when you start, for which there have been many successful people that have gone before.” And Molecule had…
  • A Look Inside of SnapStream

    Tina Nazerian
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    “We’re a team of 28 with our summer interns, and we’re a software company,” Rakesh Agrawal, the founder of SnapStream, said in the unique, colorful company office. However, Snapstream doesn’t do what you wuold think a typical software company does. Snapstream helps people in media no longer have to sift through recordings to find clips, which can become a tedious and time consuming task. “We make a product that lets people record lots of TV shows,” Agrawal said. “We make a product that’s like a DVR on steroids, or a TiVo on steroids. TiVo…
 
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    Techstars

  • Where Are They Now?

    Megan Sweeney
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Since Techstars began in 2007, 500 startups have gone through our accelerator programs. These companies are changing the face of entrepreneurship and many have made a significant impact on the world. 80% of these companies are still active, and we have seen 53 acquisitions to date. Our new video series, “Where Are They Now?”, highlights the post-program adventures of some of these companies. Want more video? Please subscribe to our YouTube channel! Trailer Rapt Media Occipital RoundPegg The post Where Are They Now? appeared first on Techstars.
  • Techstars’ David Cohen Explains Everything You Need to Know About Accelerators

    Sonya Caprio
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Techstars’ Managing Partner David Cohen sat down with Inc.’s Scott Gerber to discuss the hidden benefits of accelerators, how to get accepted to one, and what he sees for the future of tech talent. Check out all the videos in the series! Techstars Founder Explains Everything You Need to Know About Accelerators The post Techstars’ David Cohen Explains Everything You Need to Know About Accelerators appeared first on Techstars.
  • Come Join Us for the NewCo Session in Boulder!

    Sonya Caprio
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the Techstars’ Boulder office? On Tuesday November 18th, we’ll be opening our office to the community as part of NewCo, a new kind of event experience: a mash up of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival. WHAT IS IT? In a single day, NewCo Boulder will take participants to Boulder’s most innovative companies for a true behind-the-scenes look at our world and what it means to work here. Although this is the first year that NewCo will be in Boulder, they have had extreme success in the past…
  • Techstars Twitterpitch Competition 2014

    Andy Aguiluz
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Tweet us your elevator pitch to get an interview!  Techstars in Austin, TX opened applications and is holding a competition on Twitter this year. Going over thousands of applications takes time, a long time. Applicants who also give their 140-character pitch will get reviewed quicker. The most qualified (read our FAQs) will be invited to an in-person interview for the Spring 2015 program. (see program details) Summary of the rules: 1. Make sure you start with #tspitch 2. Then follow this format For (who) we (what) to/by (why or how). In (time) we’ve (traction) by (how you sell)…
  • Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Demo Day: 11 Companies at the Top of their Class

    Don Burton
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today our 11 edtech startups will storm the stage here in New York City to celebrate their successes, present their educational solutions to investors and thought-leaders, and maybe even share some announcements they’ve been keeping up their sleeves for the big day. The startups of the 2014 Class of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars, are tackling a broad set of challenges on the K12, higher education, career readiness, and consumer and lifelong learning fronts. They range from learning how to code or speak a new language, gaining STEM skills or data literacy, and…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • What can you do today for your retirement?

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Saving for our children's university and retirement is one of life’s biggest savings, but surveys show these investments too often come last.What could you do if you can see yourself in one or both of these situations? Something. Start by trying to save just 2% of what you’re bringing in; put the contributions on systematic automatic contributions to be sure they make it into the designated pot. Here’s the deal. Someone is reading this and thinking, `What the heck. It’s too late for me.’ But you don’t have to make these changes all at once. Look at your long-term…
  • Just take the time and get your financial goals written

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "If your financial plan is not written & measurable...it's just hope!"http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • Wealth managers versus brokers

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Typically, wealth managers, also known as financial planners, earn their living either from commissions or by charging hourly or flat rates for their services. A commission is a fee paid whenever someone buys or sells a stock or other investment. You may want to avoid financial planners who rely on commissions for their income. These advisers may not be the most unbiased source of advice if they profit from steering you into particular products.A growing number of financial planners make money only when you pay them a fee for their counsel. These financial planners don’t get a cut from life…
  • How do you select a financial planner when you sell your business?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When you sell your company and all of a sudden, you have millions to invest, it can make you quite giddy. All of a sudden, your long last relatives will appear on your doorstep asking for a loan or an investment. Your niece will want you invest in her new app which is "brilliant".  Suddenly, you can access wealth manages who need you to have more than $2million to open an account. These wealth managers are the elite of financial planners.Financial planners advise clients on how best to save, invest, and grow their money. They can help you tackle a specific financial…
  • What to do a few years before selling your business

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    When his father was 67 years old, an unforeseen financial crisis forced the succession. Patrick Bermingham, Bermingham Construction, knew his father did not have the appetite to fight for the company’s survival; in one moment, his father shook his hand and Patrick was put in charge.“My father was the supreme leader, but after that handshake, he never questioned my decision making.” Stepping into a precarious financial situation meant that Patrick had to make rapid decisions and get a plan for survival.“I needed money. I bought a new suit from Harry Rosen. I got on a plane to Japan. I…
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    Valleywag

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to Be Gay"

    Sam Biddle
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Since he took control of Apple after the death of Steve Jobs, it feels like the only person who didn't say how Tim Cook is the most powerful gay executive in the world was Tim Cook. Today, he lets it all out.Read more...
  • Can San Francisco's Puppet Mayor Survive Despite His Techie Friends?

    Kevin Montgomery
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    For much of Ed Lee's first term as Mayor of San Francisco, he enjoyed both the popular support of the public and the financial backing of tech tycoons. Last March, a stunning 65 percent of local voters approved of Lee's handling of the job. Then the Google Bus protests happened, the cost of living kept rising, and evictions hit crisis levels. Within 13 months, Lee's approval rating sunk by 20 points. Read more...
  • Whisper CEO Insists That The Guardian "Got the Facts Wrong"

    Nitasha Tiku
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Whisper CEO Michael Heyward has turned more forceful in dismissing allegations from The Guardian that his anonymous app was tracking users , including people who opted out of geolocation before sharing their secrets.Read more...
  • Microsoft cut another 3,000 jobs today.

    Nitasha Tiku
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Microsoft cut another 3,000 jobs today. Meanwhile former CEO (and current Clippers owner ) Steve Ballmer is on stage at a Wall Street Journal conference singing lyrics that Fergie custom-recorded for his new basketball team. Read more...
  • Uber just got caught trying to play the LA Weekly.

    Kevin Montgomery
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Uber just got caught trying to play the LA Weekly. Within a day of publishing an expose on the company, a "PR handler" representing a former taxi driver contacted the Weekly, looking to publish a piece praising Uber. After the paper did some digging, they discovered the $17 billion startup was trying to plant the story.Read more...
 
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    StartupMuse

  • Highest and Best Use (HBU)

    Alexander Muse
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I meet lots of entrepreneurs all of the time who are working on startups that are really cool, but after getting to know the individual I sometimes realize that their talents are being wasted or at least under utilized. It is almost impossible to find an appropriate way to tell someone that you think they should be doing something else. When you start a company you need to realize you’re going have to spend the next three to five years completely engrossed in the development of the company. Entrepreneurs only have time to start three or four companies during their careers if they are…
  • How big is your market?

    Alexander Muse
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Each week I’m working closely with my TEN companies and there has been a recurring theme recently – understanding the ACTUAL size of their markets. Has an investor ever asked you this question: “How big is this market?” If you’re like me you’d say something like: “According to Forester the XYZ market will be $20B by 2016.” Of course this answer is complete bullshit. The real number – the one YOU need to understand is very simple. Total # of customers * price = market size My conversations with my TEN companies are confidential so I…
  • 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…
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    CollegeMogul

  • Do Teenagers Need a Car? When? New or Used?

    JohnnyG
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    These are important questions that parents ask themselves all the time. Teenagers can be aggressive behind the wheel. Most teenagers don’t like speed limits. They have a hard time dealing with stressful situations, especially those behind the wheel. In many cases they don’t take driving seriously, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on makeup or fixing their hair. They get distracted easily, and are much more likely to get into an accident. Yes teenagers will eventually need a car of their own, but when? It’s not about when they want a car, it’s about are they ready…
  • A Brief History Of The Dollar

    JohnnyG
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Some say the dollar is going by the wayside. More and more people are using debit and credit cards for everyday purchases, carrying less and less paper money on them. Is the dollar disappearing? No, because the dollar has a long history, and it will always be around because you will have to use paper money for some transactions, like tipping people who help you, or when POS (Point Of Sale,) systems are down. Some people even carry around some cash to help those less fortunate than they are. The ‘dollar’ has really been around for centuries, although not always in ‘paper’ form.
  • Reduce Stress with Music and Entertainment

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are under a great deal of stress, it might be time to organize a party have some snack and good music on hand. You can start looking for Brisbane bands for hire to have live music at the event if you want. This is a great way to just let go, dance the night away with some friends and forget the stress of life. Most people don’t realize that the best way to fight stress is with music and entertainment. Physical relaxation is one of the main benefits of music. Certain notes and melodies are very soothing and they can help the body to relax and to remove the tension from your muscles.
  • Fully Custom and Modern House Designs

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The popularity of modern house designs is on the rise for good reasons. Houses with contemporary architectural designs combine form with function in ways that truly make heads turn and minds spin from their sheer beauty, practicality, and durability. Furthermore, contemporary houses are a class of their own while also borrowing ideas from other architectural styles, such as French Eclectic, Neo-colonial, and Post-modern. When it comes to modern houses, the trick is in getting the design customized by the best leading architects in NYC Murdock Solon. Why let your house be a copycat of others…
  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

    JohnnyG
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is probably one of the most asked questions in business, how can you hire the right employee? It used to be that you would put an ad in the paper, or wait until someone came in looking for a job. This has all changed, you have the internet, for one thing, and now people are using this tool to get the people in positions faster. However, you also have a new business springing up, the Temporary Employment agency. Sure this isn’t a new concept, but these businesses no longer just offer secretarial services, you can find people that want all kinds of positions, from day laborers to…
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    Start Up Blog

  • Going back to the well

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This year I’ve been working steadily on my new book and sharing ideas with people who want to know about the technology revolution. And while it is true we are always learning while on the job, I feel like people in the information business need an off-season as much as professional sportspeople and musicians do. Problem is we don’t tend to plan for it on an annual basis as much as other ‘seasonal industries’ do. Which could lead us into a dangerous pattern of already knowing what we know, or at worst obsolescence through ignorance. The ironic thing is that this…
  • Five for Friday v4

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Here’s 5 pieces of information that got me thinking this week. Reading, viewing and listening pleasure for the impending weekend. Enjoy! 1. Are you suffering from Stuffocation? Author James Wallman takes about it here at Google. 2. Another reminder that the future is phygital – Both physical and digital have a place. One is not superior to the other. In fact, they are better together. 3. Crowdfunding the more important things in humanity – scientific research. Seems more important to me than a tricked up cooler. There’s hope for the internet yet. 4. This is BIG…
  • The people we want to meet

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The people we want to meet, would probably be happy to meet us too, before everyone wanted to meet them. The problem with the people we want to meet, is really in the timing of when we want to meet them. Because we usually only want to meet them after they have done something notable. It’s not uncommon to read about a lunch with Warren Buffett being auctioned for more than a million dollars. Or for people having a list of people they want to meet who inspire them. But what’s interesting is that no one wanted to meet those people before their fame and success was evident. Yet…
  • Five for Friday v3

    Steve Sammartino
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Here’s another 5 things that are worth investing some weekend time postulating life, culture and commerce over. 1. Take the marshmallow test for grown ups. An intriguing look at an old study that was done on kids attitudes in the 1960’s. 2. Hey, just print your next car. More proof 3D printing laughs at the internet as childs play in terms of future global impact. This is the 2nd 3D printed car I’ve seen after the Urbee… Sh*t is gettin’ real. 3. Some timeless advice from 1956. Let Earl Nightingale open your mind to the secrets to happiness and success. The best…
  • Mindset & Tools

    Steve Sammartino
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    There’s a whole lot of tools we have at our disposal which didn’t even exist a few years ago. From a business perspective many of them present a counter intuitive option to the ‘Harvard Industrial Complex’. Yes, those established principals of what we thought we already knew about what worked in the market. Trust the crowd to co-design our product? Are you crazy? Get funding from future customers with out giving equity? How we going to do that? Share revenue with content creating customers? Don’t be silly let’s keep it all for ourselves. Co-opt with our…
 
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    Springwise

  • Ambulance Drone is a flying first aid kit that could save lives

    Springwise
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Add / Remove When a medical emergency takes place, the response time can make all the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Unfortunately, ambulances can get stuck in traffic and on average they arrive 10 minutes after the emergency call has been made, in which time a cardiac arrest victim may have already succumbed to a lack of oxygen to the brain. We've already seen Germany's Defikopter use drones to ensure defibrillators are on scene by the time a medical professional arrives, but now the Ambulance Drone is an all-purpose medical toolkit that can be automatically flown…
  • AI websites design themselves

    Springwise
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Add / Remove Not everyone has an eye for good design, or the skills to pull it off. And yet it's an incredibly important aspect of any business, especially in the age of the web where judgments are made at lightning speed. Blogging platforms such as WordPress and Tumblr, along with WYSIWYG, do-it-yourself builders, have made website creation much easier in the last few years, but they still require a ton of human input and control. We recently wrote about Tailor, which uses AI to create contemporary branding, The Grid is a site-building platform that intelligently analyzes content and…
  • Smartphone-controlled coffee maker wakes you up with the perfect brew

    Springwise
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:29 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. When it comes to coffee, caffeine lovers are very particular about the specifics of their favorite brew. Once they've found a coffeeshop with a consistently good latté, a morning visit becomes part of the daily routine. When there's too much of a rush to enjoy barista-style coffee however, we've previously seen robot vending machines such as Briggo introduce…
  • Three key voluntary policies for women

    Springwise
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Add / Remove This post is sponsored by Aflac Today 4 in 10 women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families[1], and they do more than twice the amount of cooking and cleaning, and caring for children.[2] As an employer, you can help your female employees (and their male counterparts too) protect themselves and their families with three key voluntary policies: life, disability, and cancer/specified-illness insurance. Life insurance coverage is important to women because, without it, their loved ones’ standard of living might change dramatically. Benefits can be used to pay…
  • This truly smart suitcase could be the end of airport headaches

    Springwise
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:44 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. Aside from getting you from A to B in the shortest time possible, airlines can often seem like they’re working to annoy travelers as much as possible, and never more so than when it comes to luggage. Regular travelers will be all too familiar with oversize fees, lost bags or the TSA rummaging through their belongings. Innovations such as the hop! suitcase have enabled…
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

  • The Four “P’s” : Panic + Pitch + Prepared = Positive PR

    CharlaKucko
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    by Sarah Plasky“If you wanna be an entrepreneur Sarah, you need to learn to pitch your idea in 3 minutes or less.”When I heard those words from an itchy and obviously ‘tapped out’ VC guy, all I could think was, “How do you encapsulate the inventor story of idea, innovation, prototype, technology and software, preferred vendors, market story, delightful anecdote in one measly, miniscule minute?”  Let’s face it, having your paragraph pitch or one-minute elevator speech is an impressive feat–and a necessity–for cocktail parties and start-up weekends, but I will…
  • Failure IS an Option

    CharlaKucko
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    By: Sarah PlaskyI believe you can only be great at something you love. Maya AngelouA curious thing occurred as I realized I had a calling to the social entrepreneurship uprising.I decided to leave my job.I mean who does that?“Really!” My husband wanted to know, “Who does that?”The day I walked away from my company with husband on-board to the change, Simon Business School Dean Mark Zupan invited me to dinner.  As we said goodnight he remarked, “It takes such courage to do what you did and to take on the risk of making an idea come to life. I am proud of you.”  Driving home my…
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Aquavation

    CharlaKucko
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    By: Sarah PlaskyEveryone needs water, why not make it an exceptional experience along the way? Aquavation was co-founded by husband and wife team and Simon Business School Alumni, Sarah Plasky ’99 and Marc Sachdev ’95 to test the notion that social entrepreneurship can draw upon the best thinking in both the business and non-profit worlds to serve a market desiring to make a difference.Several years ago, Marc entered the Highlander Cycle Tour, a grueling century length bike ride in the Finger Lake region of upstate New York. A few days before the ride, Marc and Sarah toured the…
  • Monroe County Economic Development & Entrepreneurship

    CharlaKucko
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    By: Judy Seil 1. Tell us about Monroe County Economic Development. The purpose of the Economic Development Department is to work with businesses which are investing in buildings and equipment and creating (and retaining) jobs.  We offer incentives to these companies in return for their investment in our community and the jobs created and retained. 2. What are the perks of doing business in Monroe County? Monroe County offers a talented and skilled workforce, great quality of life, and our department offers businesses many incentives not offered in offer counties.  For example, our Monroe…
  • SBA & Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

    CharlaKucko
    30 May 2014 | 8:41 am
    By: Virginia Smith Today, women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of new businesses in our economy.In fact, an analysis by American Express suggests that the number of women-owned businesses has risen by 200,000 over the past year alone, which is equivalent to just under 550 new women-owned firms created each day.Clearly, women-owned firms are growing greater in numbers, but challenges persist in scaling their operations and garnering market share.At the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we have the proven tools needed to bridge that gap and to ensure that all…
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    entrepreMusings

  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

    Aruni
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My 12 year old son made an interesting statement while we were driving to soccer practice today.  He said that Clash of Clans, a game he plays often on my iPhone and the mini-iPad that he and his sister share, is like business.  He said it out of the blue.  He hears me and his dad talk about businesses and companies often. I asked him why he thought that and he said because you can join clans, you have to find clans, and then sometimes people are nice or not nice in those clans.  You can leave clans, some you can just join, some you have to be invited to join, and others you have to ask…
  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

    Aruni
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Below are some really great, entertaining, and thought provoking posts & articles.  Please check them out and let me know what you think. Good at math (Seth Godin) – This post arrived in my in box after my 9 year old daughter told me she wasn’t good at math.  I told her she was too young to make that decision.  I told her that only after she has taken Calculus that she could she tell me she didn’t like math or it wasn’t her best subject.  She then asked me what Calculus was and she, her brother and I laughed out loud at that silliness. Reconceptualizing Your…
  • InnoTech Women in Tech Summit – October 15, 2015

    Aruni
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was fortunate enough to be invited to be one of the coaches at this year’s InnoTech Women in Tech Summit event.  InnoTech Austin, presented by Presidio, returns to the Austin Convention Center on October 15, 2014. The 11th annual event will include all new topics and speakers for a fresh and exciting conference. I have not had the opportunity to attend InnoTech in the past. I’m looking forward to the experience and to networking with a bunch of new and interesting people.  For those of you in Austin, I look forward to seeing you there!
  • Women@Austin Elevate Award – Jimmy Treybig

    Aruni
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Last night I attended a Women@Austin event where they gave the first Elevate award to someone who has had a great impact on women entrepreneurs.  It went to my long time mentor and adviser, Jimmy Treybig, founder of Tandem Computers. Jimmy is one of the few people to take a company from $0 to $2.3 billion. I feel so lucky to have had him as a mentor, friend, and adviser over the last 15 years. Check out page 26 for an article I co-wrote on him for the Rice Alumni magazine called Successful Companies Require Successful Teams! He gave a great speech last night on the importance of women in the…
  • Do You Care?

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

  • Spotify brings its new dark look to iPad

    Paul Sawers
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Spotify unveiled a new darker look earlier this year, alongside a handful of refreshes, such as a revamped ‘Your Music’ feature which gives you a “frictionless way” to save, organize and browse music. Today, this update has arrived for iPad users too. This basically brings Spotify’s iPad app into line with its other platforms for a more consistent look, and you’ll note there is refreshed typography and rounded iconography too. You can read all about the redesign from our original post back in April. ➤ Spotify [iOS]
  • Lenovo completes $2.91bn acquisition of Motorola from Google

    Ben Woods
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Lenovo has today completed its $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility first announced in January this year. Formerly owned by Google, the completion is a mere formality but allows Motorola to go ahead at full force with its upcoming products with the support of Lenovo – one of the world’s largest PC suppliers by market share. “In Lenovo we have a partner that shares our mission and that brings global scale, a diverse product portfolio and a track record of seizing strategic opportunities and making the most of them,” Motorola said in a blog post. “With an impressive portfolio…
  • Homejoy expands beyond cleaning into other home services, kicking off in San Francisco and San Jose

    Ben Woods
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Homejoy, a platform for arranging a cleaner to visit to your house or apartment, has today announced an expansion into a range of other home services, putting it into direct competition with the likes of Handy and TaskRabbit. The new services include carpet cleaning, air conditioning installation or repair, moving and storage services, furniture assembly, painting and more. From today, these new services are available in San Francisco and San Jose, but the company said they would be available in major markets in the months to come. “Quality is our number one priority. We spent…
  • How to make your own wallpaper for any screen size

    Odes Roberts
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Odes Roberts is an in-house designer for Shutterstock. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Making wallpapers for desktops and other screens is easily one of my favorite things to do. I change my wallpapers frequently with found images and experiments with new visual techniques. Here are some fun ways that you can merge images together to make a quick and easy wallpaper that will fit any screen size. Abstract background by ilolab I enjoy bright, rich colors with a bit of texture, so I chose my images with that in mind.... This…
  • Flipboard launches a fresh new design and gives you 30,000 topics to follow

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Flipboard just launched v3 of its popular news aggregation app for iOS and Android devices, with a new UI and a host of smart new features to make it ‘more personal and more magazine-like’ than ever. The redesigned app now includes over 34,000 broad and specifc topics (like jazz, product design, and HDR photograpy) powered by Zite, for readers to add to their personal feeds, and content is pulled in from a range of publications, RSS feeds and social networks, and also ‘magazines’ curated by Flipboard users. There’s also a new Daily Edition: a specially curated roundup of the…
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 25, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    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=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 18, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Technical Product Manager / Owner Reporting and Data @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, big data, data warehousing, SDLChttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1032&lf=twf Associate Technical Product Manager / Product Owner, Enrollment and Security @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Education, Enrollment, SDLChttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1031&lf=twf Senior Product Manager @ ADstruc Inc (SoHo, NYC)Keywords: agile, full-time, platform, team-oriented, technicalhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1030&lf=twfFiled…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 11, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Education Product Manager, Technical Courses @ General Assembly (NYC)Keywords: back end, education, front end, learning, producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1029&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 – Web Analytics @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, Analytics, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1012&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • VitalsChoice, Activation and November Pearls!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Please submit your nominations for 2014’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: VitalsChoiceexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from managing deal flow to moving forward (thanks to Jessica Fredican)…
  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

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

  • Lessons and Impressions from Korea

    Ben Casnocha
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Recently, I spent a week in Korea to speak at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. It was fun spending time with the other speakers, such as David Epstein, author of the provocative book The Sports Gene, and friends Tyler Cowen, Jeff Jarvis, and Andy McAfee. Prior to the event in Seoul, I spent a few days in Jeju island on my own, just reading and hanging out. My big picture, touristic impressions of Korea: It felt very similar to Japan, which isn’t surprising given the country was ruled by Japan in the early 1900’s. Korea is wealthy and boasts advanced infrastructure—just like…
  • “Waking Up” and My On-Going Meditation and Buddhism Explorations

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sam Harris has written an excellent new book called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion that I highly recommend to anyone interested in a hard-headed take on spirituality and meditation. This post contains highlights from the book combined with updates on my own evolving understanding Buddhism and meditation. Meditation feels like it’s at the peak of the hype cycle right now. The new Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco attracts flocks of suit-wearing business people, not spiritual loonies. Calm.com raised over a million bucks to bring a guided meditation app to the…
  • The Wisdom and Wonder of Kevin Kelly

    Ben Casnocha
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    One of the most interesting people alive, for sure. Here are my extended notes from his epic book What Technology Wants. Here are his three appearances on Russ Roberts’ Econtalk. And here’s his recent interview with Tim Ferriss on Tim’s new podcast. All three parts are worth listening to. Kevin is a very wise man, and his perspective on the good life resonates deeply. Find yourself by creating yourself. Think through writing. Be the best version of yourself. And much more.
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Books, books, books. 1. How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts. An engaging summary and analysis of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith’s Wealth of Nations is more popular but Theory of Moral Sentiments is arguably just as profound. Russ quotes extensively from the original text and adds color on what Smith was expressing about human nature. If you struggle with old fashioned writing, as I do, this account is a great alternative or supplement to the original work. Russ quotes a Venetian proverb: “The sea gets deeper as you go further into it.”…
  • “Don’t Compare Yourself to Others” – The Envy Problem

    Ben Casnocha
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    “Don’t compare yourself to others.” It’s common advice. When you compare yourself to others, you are “comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides.” When you compare yourself to others, you’re more likely to become motivated by extrinsic, shallow reasons (fame/status/wealth) than intrinsic, sustainable reasons (meaning/purpose). When you compare yourself to others, you kill your joy. Indeed, Leo Babuta says, “One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people.” He analogizes the issue…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • ( Updated) Facebook closes users accounts who write in their status“ I beg forgiveness from Allah” in Arabic “استغفر الله

    news
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Update: facebook told AC that this was a bug the following is the statement from Facebook “Due to a bug in the system some users may have experienced difficulty trying to post استغفر الله. The technical problem has now been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience cause d”. Something weird happened today at facebook, users who write on their status update  beg forgiveness from Allah “ in Arabic استغفر الله had their accounts closed by facebook after showing this weird message, Egyptian news site Rassd reported. User got this message: Your…
  • Lebanese VC Middle East Venture Partners  Invests More than $10 Million in 5 Tech Startups

    news
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) has announced that it made 5 new investment in 5 new startups. The startups are” Mobinets raised $3M, Series B, Fuel Powered raised $2M, Series A, FADEL Partners (Undisclosed, Series A), Klangoo raised $1.5M, Series A, Bookwitty ($4M, Series B) closing soon. Here is a quick bio of each of those startups: Mobinets A $3M investment in “Mobinets” www.mobinets.com, a Telecom software provider launched in 2011 and specialized in next generation smart Operation Support Systems (OSS) solutions. Mobinets’ key product “NEP” (Network Enterprise…
  • Middle East Venture Partners  Raised The Largest Venture Capital Fund in Lebanon at $ 50 Million “IMPACT Fund”

    news
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) is one of the Arab world most active Vcs, it announced yesterday that it had raised the largest venture capital fund in Lebanon at $50 million, the fund name is the IMPACT Fund. MEVP said the fund complies with Banque du Liban’s (BDL) Intermediate Circular 331. The Circular was created by BDL specifically to support the growth of Lebanon’s Knowledge Economy, a sector that is expected to materially improve High Tech employment in Lebanon. The investment subsidy program outlined in the Intermediate Circular 331 is available only to Lebanese Banks; the…
  • EX-VP Yahoo Maktoob Ahmed Nassef Closes $825,000 Seed Funding Round for Social TV App Vyu

    Gaith Saqer
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
     Vyu, Inc., a company developing a personalized guide to entertainment that helps viewers follow, share and discover TV and video via their mobile devices, today announced it has raised $825,000 in seed funding to continue developing its products and launch its apps globally beginning with the US and Middle East markets. Jabbar Internet Group led the round with additional investors from the technology and media industries participating. “We look to invest in businesses that address the significant shifts in consumer behavior,”…
  • (Updated) YouTube Brings Back IslamPost Channel After Deleting it, Which Publishes Evidence of Fabricated Anti Islamic State Propaganda in the Media

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Update: here is some good news we contacted Google and they brought back IslamPost channel said it was deleted by error before. here is Google spokesperson:  “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make mistakes. When an error is brought to our attention we act quickly to reinstate the videos in question.” Google is collaborating with NSA and CIA, we said that around 4 years ago and Julian Assang founder of Wikileaks recently confirmed this. A new evidence that Google collaborates with CIA, which deleting the Youtube Channel of IslamPost which achieved…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The High performance CFO

    mark
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Here are the slides from my talk yesterday at Point Nine Capital‘s SaaS Founder Meetup.  Point Nine is a Berlin-based seed fund with investments across the Globe. Their partner Christoph Janz has a real focus on SaaS and as a result they have built a broad global SaaS portfolio. They were a seed investor in Zendesk and have invested in many other great SaaS companies. They co-invested in Unbounce with me a few year’s back. Yesterday’s event (still going on today) was full of amazing founders sharing vast amounts of knowledge. I’ll post some notes from it later this…
  • The coming Canadian Tech Renaissance

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

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

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

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

  • Seek Advice From People Who Aren’t Like You

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you start getting your feet wet in an industry – any industry – you tend to gravitate towards people who are a lot like you. This makes perfect sense. People who have attitudes, outlooks and approaches that feel like they’re a good fit for you are the easiest to relate to. If you’re in a learning space, then paying attention to “your kind of people” is likely to ease your learning curve in the beginning. After a while, though, you run a risk of becoming too insular for your own good. Soon you’re only taking marketing advice that come from within your…
  • How To Avoid Giving Away The Farm With Content Marketing

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    (Have a topic you want us to cover? Head on over to the Request Line.) “Dear Naomi – I’m a coach, and I’m struggling with what to write about on my blog. I have a lot of ideas, and there’s a lot I can write about, but I’m worried about giving away the farm. If I tell people how to solve their problems or explain my system, why would they hire me? I’d just be giving them the same advice as I do on my blog! How do you balance good content with not working yourself out of a job?” This is a good question. Content marketing can sometimes be trickier than people tend to let on…
  • Freebie Friday #3! (Clear, Not Clever Titling)

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last two weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You.  This week’s release is Clear, Not Clever Titling, which will help you in your quest to name your products and services in a way that increases the chance people will pull their Visa cards out. (Yay!) For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch…
  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This post is by request from Beth. If you’d like to ask a question or suggest a topic of your own, you can do so at the Request Line. List bloat! The bane of online marketers everywhere! (Or so it’s said.) For the uninitiated, we’re talking about inactive subscribers on your email list. These may be truly inactive subscribers (abandoned email accounts or people who filter out your email) or de facto inactive people who tend to never open – or respond to – your emails. These inactive individuals create what’s called “list bloat” (well, at least that’s what we call it), and…
  • Should You Have A Signature Service?

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It is generally accepted as lore that if you want to be a Very Important Coach Indeed – or, in fact, be able to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones – you must have a Signature Service. A signature service, also known as “Off The Shelf”, “5 Step Program”, and a few other things that enterprising gurus have trademarked – basically means factory coaching. The client comes in one end, goes through a prefabricated set of steps in a pre-assigned set of time and hocus pocus alakazam, comes out fixed, whole, and ready to refer rich friends to you. So. Is a signature service…
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    Business of Software US

  • The breakfast of champions: Feedback from BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    ‘Awesome people’, ‘My tribe’,’Quality of other attendees’, ‘Being surrounded by people smarter than me’. As ever, there is a theme to the feedback forms from BoS USA this year. And – as ever – it’s the people. Thank you all for being there and for participating so whole heartedly. It’s what gives BoS its unique atmosphere and believe me, we love it as much as you do. While we’re on the theme of participation, this year many of you got involved in the breakout sessions where you took time to think about your BoS…
  • 31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

    Mark Littlewood
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A guest blog post – a quick read with 31 real life lessons learned building a SaaS business. Introducing Duane L Jackson, he’s like ‘Startup Jackson‘, but real. Startup Jackson – Not Real There is so much well meant ‘advice’ out there on blog posts about entrepreneurship and how to do this our that it is sometimes hard to find things that add genuine value. We get pitched some ‘valuable insight’ every day for a guest blog post and the overwhelming majority of it is awful, derivative nonsense from people that write about, or write about…
  • “We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    I was very surprised to overhear this comment from a woman at BoS in September. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this is an environment where women feel that, then I can’t imagine how tough it is on other places. We can take some pride I hope in creating a community where people feel safe, introverts become extroverts for a few days. It is not perfect. BoS is a very welcoming community, or we try to be. Many people tell us it is the only conference they attend, or that there is a unique ‘family’ atmosphere (thanks, you noticed!). But we sure as heck have a…
  • Serious Pony, Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human.

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human. <3 Feeling sad and reflecting on why some people are just abominable. We should know Kathy for things like this.   2009 2012 2013 [View the story "Serious Pony" on Storify] . BoS talks to your inbox. Don't miss another talk! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Be the first to hear when new BoS talks go live Hear about chances to talk to speakers online to answer questions you have about their talks Reminders so you never miss a conference again Hear about scholarships and special…
  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

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

  • Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Dan Stephenson, talks about completely changing pace from corporate world to a bootstrapped food startup. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Elder Care as Consumer Product

    Jeff Cornwall
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : CEO and Co-Founder of Evermind, Dave Gilbert, talks about his transition into entrepreneurship, specifically medical technology, and the lessons he learned in the past that he’s applied to Evermind. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Elder Care as Consumer Product appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Niche Market in Genetics

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind: Founder of NextGxDx, Mark Harris, talks about building up his business after noticing and underserved market in the genetics industry. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Niche Market in Genetics appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Military Experiences Applied to Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Alex Bertelli of Havenlock TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Military Experiences Applied to Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Leading a Startup Within a Family Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Luci Armitstead leads a startup within a family business TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Leading a Startup Within a Family Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • Do Teenagers Need a Car? When? New or Used?

    JohnnyG
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    These are important questions that parents ask themselves all the time. Teenagers can be aggressive behind the wheel. Most teenagers don’t like speed limits. They have a hard time dealing with stressful situations, especially those behind the wheel. In many cases they don’t take driving seriously, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on makeup or fixing their hair. They get distracted easily, and are much more likely to get into an accident. Yes teenagers will eventually need a car of their own, but when? It’s not about when they want a car, it’s about are they ready…
  • A Brief History Of The Dollar

    JohnnyG
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Some say the dollar is going by the wayside. More and more people are using debit and credit cards for everyday purchases, carrying less and less paper money on them. Is the dollar disappearing? No, because the dollar has a long history, and it will always be around because you will have to use paper money for some transactions, like tipping people who help you, or when POS (Point Of Sale,) systems are down. Some people even carry around some cash to help those less fortunate than they are. The ‘dollar’ has really been around for centuries, although not always in ‘paper’ form.
  • Reduce Stress with Music and Entertainment

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are under a great deal of stress, it might be time to organize a party have some snack and good music on hand. You can start looking for Brisbane bands for hire to have live music at the event if you want. This is a great way to just let go, dance the night away with some friends and forget the stress of life. Most people don’t realize that the best way to fight stress is with music and entertainment. Physical relaxation is one of the main benefits of music. Certain notes and melodies are very soothing and they can help the body to relax and to remove the tension from your muscles.
  • Fully Custom and Modern House Designs

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The popularity of modern house designs is on the rise for good reasons. Houses with contemporary architectural designs combine form with function in ways that truly make heads turn and minds spin from their sheer beauty, practicality, and durability. Furthermore, contemporary houses are a class of their own while also borrowing ideas from other architectural styles, such as French Eclectic, Neo-colonial, and Post-modern. When it comes to modern houses, the trick is in getting the design customized by the best leading architects in NYC Murdock Solon. Why let your house be a copycat of others…
  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

    JohnnyG
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is probably one of the most asked questions in business, how can you hire the right employee? It used to be that you would put an ad in the paper, or wait until someone came in looking for a job. This has all changed, you have the internet, for one thing, and now people are using this tool to get the people in positions faster. However, you also have a new business springing up, the Temporary Employment agency. Sure this isn’t a new concept, but these businesses no longer just offer secretarial services, you can find people that want all kinds of positions, from day laborers to…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • Don't Be Like The Adobe PR Team

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

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

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

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

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
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    Growthink blogs

  • Exploring Big Data and Executive Dashboards [Webinar Invitation]

    Jay Turo
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    In my posts over the past few weeks, I have talked about the power of business intelligence dashboards, and why companies that use them enjoy triple the revenue growth and double the profit growth of companies that don’t.This is driven by the simple two facts that a) businesses today collect more data than ever before and b) wading through and making sense of it all is overwhelming as this data is collected and stored in multiple locations, including in CRM and ERP systems, in accounting software, in advertising and marketing platforms, in social media sites, and so on.So it is the…
  • Finding the Signals in the Noise?

    Jay Turo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week, I shared why business intelligence dashboards are now a must have for executives seeking to better understand, leverage, and ultimately profit from the treasure troves of data surrounding their businesses.This data includes insight from their companies’ web and social media traffic, from its e-mail send and open rates, from its lead tracking systems and sales logs, from its product fulfillment records, and from its accounting software as it records revenues, expenses, and cash flows.Pretty basic stuff, eh?Well, maybe when viewed one source at a time, and/or over a limited time…
  • Why NOT Manage by Data?

    Jay Turo
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Last week, I wrote about the power of business intelligence dashboards.How, for the first time, smaller businesses can harness the power of big data to more efficiently and profitably manage their companies.Some readers expressed skepticism that this "stuff" actually works.  That it is just more "noise” that causes entrepreneurs to get “lost in the weeds” versus long-term thinking and planning.There is some truth to this. Heck, “Big Data” at its worst is probably best personified by Wall Street “quant jocks” who equate positive expected value "bets" with larger, more…
  • What Happens when Big Data Meets a Little Strategy?

    Jay Turo
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last week, in Las Vegas I had the opportunity to participate in a 2 - day “Mastermind-type” strategic session with a gathering of technology and Internet entrepreneurs and executives from around the globe.It was an impressive group - leaders of companies with average sales of $8 million and competing and prospering in industries than run the gamut - from consumer products, to healthcare IT, to energy and entertainment, to mobile apps and wearable technologies, to real estate, and more.To those who have never participated in a business mastermind, you don’t know what you’re missing!
  • A Unicorn of One’s Very Own?

    Jay Turo
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Last week, I wrote about the strong ambition across the globe to have a "Silicon Valley of One's Own," and to replicate the otherworldly innovation of a region that has produced more than 75% of the World’s Unicorns - technology companies started since 2003 that now have valuations of more than $1 billion.Then, on Monday I went deeper into the drivers of this remarkable concentration along with the macroeconomic drivers of today’s very hot IPO and M&A Markets: long-term low interest rates, the $1.5 trillion in cash held by big tech. companies and private equity firms seeking deals,…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: 
ravitejabhukya

    Audree
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for ravitejabhukya. Check out more great work on ravitejabhukya’s profile page. Nicely done, ravitejabhukya, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04
  • Be of Good Cheer – Social Media for the Holidays!

    Mike
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    The holidays are (huh?) fast upon us and it is time to think through your company’s approach to the season. I’m not just talking about office parties, decorations, and vacation time. I mean strategy, marketing, and tactics. And the most obvious of these tactics? Social Media! That’s right, friends. There is no better opportunity to connect with your customers, entertain your followers, and create some buzz than there is in focusing your efforts ’round the old yule log. There is a reason that marketers start to salivate at holiday time, and it goes beyond the…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #240 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we 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 we’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is an object lesson in how, sometimes, what looks like a dumb idea can actually work out pretty well… enjoy! 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups – crowdspring.co/1t8KeUm Small…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav

    Audree
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for bokomoslav. Check out more great work on bokomoslav’s profile page. Nicely done, bokomoslav, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04 Fresh from the SPRING: Ender
  • 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups

    Ross
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Marketers are seeing an alarming trend. Although 122 billion emails are sent every hour, a large and growing percentage of emails are never read. This is not surprising – most marketing emails are simply pure spam without any creative or substantive value. Even worse, really bad marketing emails can easily destroy a company’s reputation and annoy even the most loyal customers. How can you get your customers and prospects to open your email? What can you do to help ensure that your email campaigns don’t anger loyal customers? We’ve previously written about Email Design…
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    The Entrepreneurial MD

  • Every entrepreneurial physician needs a blog

    Philippa Kennealy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Okay, this is MY opinionated view ... coming from an entrepreneurial physician for whom a blog has been a hugely valuable business building tool! Most of you know by now what a blog is -- when I first started mine in 2006, they were not nearly as well understood -- but in case you aren't sure, it's "a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent 'post' (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom." (I'm quoting Darren Rowse, one of the earliest successful bloggers The upside of having a blog has been the abundance…
  • Tackle marketing your physician practice or business like a pro

    Philippa Kennealy
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Once in a while, a really useful book drops into my lap, courtesy of kind publicists and generous publishing companies, and "The One Week Marketing Plan" by Mark Satterfield (A) is one such book. Probably the most daunting task a small business faces - be it a medical practice or an entrepreneurial start-up - is how to market oneself effectively (get results!) and efficiently (not be hugely time-consuming or demand large budgets). The idea of marketing seems to bring on an attack of fear and dread in most of us, and as a result, we tend to proceed in a scattershot and highly unsystematic…
  • Physician entrepreneur minds the ankles by inventing a shoe

    Philippa Kennealy
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Dr. Barry Katz is a radiologist with ankles on the mind. And an entrepreneurial physician to boot (read on ... the pun will become obvious!) Having suffered ankle sprains when playing basketball as a younger man and noting the same problem in his son, he was bugged by the idea that there was no good way to prevent them ... at least, until now. Teaming up with his orthopedic and podiatrist colleagues, and scouring the medical literature, internet and other places for insights as to the cause of these ankle injuries, he invented a shoe to prevent the sprains from occurring. Ektio Shoes was…
  • Physician leaves medicine to found own software business

    Philippa Kennealy
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    As a neurology resident, Scott Zimmerman MD became aware that medical practice, beyond the rarefied atmosphere of training, was unlikely to fulfill the needs of his creative spirit. With this foresight, he began to teach himself coding, scouring as many resources as he could find, between call days and patient care hours. Zimmerman had spent his undergraduate years at Columbia University, cultivating an interest in economic development, poverty alleviation, and harnessing scalable instruments (namely software and tax policy) to address social ills. Driven by these passions, his first software…
  • Physician entrepreneur "serial student" with insatiable desire to learn

    Philippa Kennealy
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Dr. John Shufeldt is a driven man. While many might consider being driven to accomplish a key ingredient of success, in this case, John is driven to learn, by being a "serial student". His entrepreneurial bent manifested early – in the slew of moneymaking activities that marked both his childhood and his medical school days. While he always knew he wanted to be a doctor, he couldn't help his desire to improve processes and "things" that he noticed weren't optimized.  As he describes in his interview with me, his other overwhelming inclination -- his fierce desire to learn -- has…
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  • Report: Former Rays manager lands new job

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Report: Former Rays manager lands new jobAPJoe Maddon has reportedly moved on after his nine-year tenure in Tampa ended abruptly last week.Team that agreed to hire star skipperIn other sports newsGordie Howe's condition 'guarded'Barkley: NBA better without Stern
  • Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine GettyPolice carefully watched as Kaci Hickox defiantly stepped outside of her home Wednesday night and even shook a reporter's hand.Reason officials didn't step inMore Ebola coverage21-day isolation ordered for troops Jeb Bush: Obama is 'incompetent'
  • Delivery man's behavior appalls sender

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Delivery man's behavior appalls senderWABCThe items in that box are worth $12,000 -- but the UPS driver sure didn't treat them that way.Reckless move employee made nextMore to watchDid missing fan walk 100 miles?Reporter pulls epic prank on fans
  • Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collision

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collisionGettyResidents braced for a slow-motion disaster Thursday as the molten stream crept dangerously closer into one area's commercial center.'It's like slow torture ...'More in the newsActress claims host beat herTaxi drivers compare Uber to ISIS
  • Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essay

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essayGettyIn a piece written for Businessweek, Apple's CEO addressed something he says he's never publicly acknowledged.'This wasn't an easy choice'More in the newsRussell Brand addresses questionMotorola officially gets bought
 
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    Xconomy

  • Chimerix Plans $105M Stock Offering to Finance Ebola Drug Trials

    Frank Vinluan
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Frank Vinluan Antiviral drug developer Chimerix (NASDAQ: CMRX), which recently received the regulatory go-ahead to begin human tests of a potential Ebola drug, is launching a stock offering that could pay for those clinical trials. The Durham, NC company on Wednesday announced plans to sell $105 million in stock, part of a $150 million shelf offering. Chimerix says underwriters also would have a 30-day option to purchase up to $15.7 million in additional shares. Chimerix disclosed on Oct. 16 that the Food and Drug Administration had cleared the company to start Phase 2 clinical trials…
  • Craft Beer and Coffee: The Rise of Dublin’s Innovation Culture

    Gregory T. Huang
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Gregory T. Huang Seamus O’Hara made the career leap from life sciences venture capitalist to full-time craft beer brewer. A more lucrative industry? Perhaps. O’Hara’s brewery is in County Carlow, about an hour south of Dublin. He started the Carlow Brewing Company with his brother in 1998, while working in the biotech sector. Back then, Ireland’s only other independent brewer was Porterhouse, which got started in 1996. Today you can find O’Hara’s and Porterhouse beers in many pubs and stores, including some in the U.S. (mostly on the East Coast). If you care about innovation, the…
  • Uber CEO Kalanick Takes a Victory Lap in Boston

    Curt Woodward
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Curt Woodward Two years ago, smartphone car-hailing startup Uber ran into the kind of bruising regulatory battle in Boston that it seems to start just about everywhere. Faced with a statewide shutdown for using an unapproved taxi meter, the company rallied fans and media boosters to its cause and won a swift reprieve from Gov. Deval Patrick. This week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick returned to Boston for a bit of a victory lap. In the short time since that initial regulatory dustup in Boston, Uber has grown to become the poster child for innovative business models in the mobile computing era. The…
  • Backed by Gates, Affinivax Ramps up Velcro-like Vaccine Tech

    Ben Fidler
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Ben Fidler Prevnar 13 is a vaccine that, as its name suggests, protects against 13 of the most common strains of pneumococcal bacteria, which can cause deadly pneumonia and meningitis infections. There’s just one problem: there are around 90 total strains of pneumococcus that can cause disease. What about the other ones? A new startup with backing by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called Affinivax claims it’s created a vaccine to protect against all 90. Now comes the hard part: scaling up, proving it in clinical trials, and making a successful business out of it. Cambridge,…
  • I Believe in Angels

    Jeff Draa
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    Jeff Draa My colleague and friend Jeb Spencer recently wrote a piece for Xconomy about angel investors looking for “Unicorns,” those rare early stage companies with valuations—justified or not—of $1 billion or more. He wondered if angels are flying too close to the sun by misunderstanding their chances of success and failing to do their homework on deals—and perhaps pumping up company valuations in future rounds. He’s right in one respect. Many angel investors, especially “super angels” do indeed selectively shop for that home run deal, relying mostly on their…
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  • Not All Startup and Venture Experience is Equal #getoffmylawn

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I probably do some kind of speaking event at least every other week.  This week, I've got three things on the docket.  Needless to say, I have a fair amount of startup event experience.   What I find a bit frustrating is how easily some people get onto panels and are put up in front of an impressionable crowd of new entrepreneurs as "experts".  You'll get a venture capital analyst from a brand name firm who has just recently taken his job talking about what makes a company successful.  You'll get an entrepreneur who has raised one and only one round of financing in…
  • Startup Culture Rot

    Charlie O'Donnell
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It starts early. You're a founder and you're super busy just keeping the company afloat.  You don't have a lot of time for much more than eating, sleeping, and selling--whether that means raising capital, pitching to investors, marketing your product or ringing the bell with early revenues. You don't have time to do things like write an HR handbook or a values statement.  That's for a bigger company down the line. You also don't have time to go out of your way to interview a diverse pool of candidates.  You posted a job, the candidates were mostly dudes, and a lot of them were…
  • Seed Round Pricing (Actual data warning!)

    Charlie O'Donnell
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    What should you price your seed round at? Well, it depends... I could probably write a book on venture round pricing dynamics.  It would have lots of philosophy, religion, theory, fiction, and pontification. However, since I only have time for a blog post, I'll settle for actual data. Since January of 2010, when I led my first seed investment in Backupify, I have led or committed to 27 investments.  That includes all the deals I did at First Round, with the exception of Refinery29, which was a Series A.  That also includes 16 Brooklyn Bridge Ventures deals done and five agreed…
  • How I learned to change the oil in my car and found a new office because of Shake Shack and a hackathon

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Random story that I recounted recently to someone the other day.  It's super interesting to go back and trace connections and relationships that led to new opportunities.  If nothing else, it serves as a good reminder that every thing you do now is an investment in the future.   In 2009, I was introduced to Havi Hoffman.  She was working as a developer evangelist at Yahoo! and got me on a panel at a hackathon she was working on.  In turn, I wound up inviting her to a 300 person event that I threw at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.  After seeing my ability…
  • Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Let's get one thing straight.  The world and every individual in it is a biased place.  We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. HOWEVER... It weakens your argument, whatever it is, when you use faulty logic.  So, if you're going to argue that the process of venture capital is inherently unfair to women, here's the logic that you *should not* use: "Less than 3 percent of the 6,793 companies that received venture capital…
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  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • 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…
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • What Can a Homeless Guy Learn From Sir Richard Branson?

    Matthew Toren
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wear a condom Actually, that’s what Richard Branson says is the best advice his father gave him. The world’s favourite billionaire’s dad was obviously a wise man too. So what can a homeless guy really learn from Branson? A lot. Then again, it’s fair to say we can probably all learn a lot from Branson. Many of us already have. His wisdom and philosophy inspire countless people around the world from all walks of life, from the very best people in business, politics, sports and the arts, to not so well-known people like homeless Kiwi, Jody Lloyd. That’s right, Branson’s…
  • Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

    Matthew Toren
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.” Most parents have experienced sleep issues with babies or toddlers, but one Texas couple took matters into their own hands and invented a solution to their daughter’s sleep problem. After two weeks of utter exhaustion, Stephanie was desperate to help her daughter sleep (which also meant mom and dad could finally sleep!). When their hand-sewn invention worked like magic and their baby sleep 12 straight hours the first night (and each night thereafter), the Parkers knew they had something special. The power mom and…
  • An Honest Look at Startup Health From U.S. Business Owners [Visual Survey]

    Matthew Toren
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The American Dream is alive and well with entrepreneurs starting their own business ventures left and right. While many aspiring entrepreneurs might be discouraged by the dismal survival rates of startups, others might be surprised that the beginning might not be as difficult as they thought. Intuit conducted a survey of 500 small business owners across the U.S. to better understand how startups get started, and to glean wisdom from entrepreneurs who have either succeeded or failed at starting a business. The results showed that 64% of small business owners start their business with less than…
  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

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

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

  • The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?  Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the success they achieve? Oftentimes…it’s books. On The Tim Ferriss Show (iTunes, SoundCloud), I dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use.  Here’s a full list of guests.  One of the questions I always ask is: “What book have you gifted most often to others, and why?”   Below is a list of answers from people like billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Pixar co-founder Ed…
  • Andrew Zimmern on Simple Cooking Tricks, Developing TV, and Addiction

    Ian Robinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.” – Andrew Zimmern Andrew Zimmern is a world-class chef, television host and producer, writer, and — at the end of the day — teacher. You’ve probably seen his shows Bizarre Foods or Dining with Death. In 2010 and 2013 he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award, which annually presents awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary television. But many people don’t know the earlier chapters in his life.
  • Is Beet Juice Really a Performance-Enhancing “Drug”? Digging In…

    markmcc
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    (Photo: Foodthinkers) The following is a guest post by Mark McClusky, the editor of Wired.com and founding editor of Wired Playbook. Previously, he was a reporter at Sports Illustrated and a member of the baseball analytics collective, Baseball Prospectus. Can “juicing” for performance enhancement sometimes involve juice alone?  Beet juice, spinach, celery, or chard, perhaps?  In this post, we look at fact versus fiction, dosing, and results you can potentially replicate. I’ve added some thoughts of my own in brackets. In other random news, I’m finally on Instagram!
  • Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    “Why put in the effort to explain why it isn’t a fit, if they haven’t done the homework to determine if it is a fit?” – Maria Popova [1:23:00] Maria Popova has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be BrainPickings.org. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut.  It’s a treasure trove. BrainPickings is Maria’s one-woman…
  • The $5,000 Secret Santa and Other Goodies

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is a housekeeping post with one time-sensitive update and smaller recommendations. It’s split into two parts: The $5,000 Secret Santa Bite-sized Recommendations: 2 Books, 2 Movies, 2 Tweets, and 2 Songs. The $5,000 Secret Santa The short version: I’ve decided to go crazy and do a one-time-only $5,000 Quarterly box. It’s limited to the first 1,000 people, and it will ship before December 25. For that reason, I’m calling it the “Holiday Mega-Box.” If you’re interested in learning more, please click here. (Note: This is completely separate from the…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Start a Logo Contest with LogoArena

    Michael Kwan
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The following is a paid review for TylerCruz.com written and reviewed by Michael Kwan. It is completely of Michael Kwan’s opinion and is not influenced by being paid. If you’re interested in having your site or product reviewed, please view my advertising page The monumental importance of good branding cannot be understated. The huge success that companies like McDonald’s, Apple and Starbucks have been able to enjoy can be partly attributed to just how recognizable their brands are in the marketplace. When you see a couple of golden arches or a characteristic white and green coffee…
  • 9 Things I’ve Learned About Mobile So Far

    Tyler Cruz
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I thought I’d take a break inbetween all my monthly income reports and real estate posts and actually write a blog post about what I’ve been doing in affiliate marketing lately (in more depth than the few paragraphs in my income reports). I’m a very slow adopter. I didn’t get a car until I was around 19 or 20. I didn’t get a cell phone until I was around 21, and as recent as 2 years ago I was still using a Blackberry. And so, it shouldn’t surprise you when I say that I’ve basically done no mobile affiliate marketing until now. I mean, I did try my…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: August 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Okay, I realize that my blog is now starting to become like 50% of just monthly income reports, so I will leave this one as the latest one for a while, even if it means falling behind on them again. Sadly, this income report won’t be very inspiring. In fact, it will be a little bit depressing, as I saw a big drop in profit in August – over half of what I did the previous month. This is even more noticeable when you consider that the past 3 months collectively brought in just under $50,000 in profit ($48,997.44). I feel really disappointed when I net under $10,000 in a month. After…
  • I’m the Face of Harvard, Indonesian Cuisine, and Indian Snacks

    Tyler Cruz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Six and a half years ago, I commissioned for a custom mascot logo to be made of me for my blog. It wasn’t cheap as I went with the best designer in the field that I could find (Sergio from SOSFactory.com – it’s going to cost you upwards of around $1,000 now if you’re wondering). I then had my blog redesigned around the logo to match the look and feel of it, and the redesign did absolute wonders for my blog, taking it from zero to hero. It was phenomenal for my "brand" and identity and I even had alternate versions made of me such as for Halloween, Christmas,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: July 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    сондажи Yup, it’s another report. I don’t want to get too behind these things again, so I thought I’d go ahead and get July up before I let my procrastination get the better of me. With both May and June being great months for me (netting $18,249.99 and $17,658.23 profit respectively), I had a continued determination to keep my numbers up. I wrote about this before, but I have an odd sense of motivation; if my numbers are doing well or really poorly, then I feel urged to work more and get my numbers up. In contrast, if my numbers are…
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Walk While You're Working With TrekDesk

    Samantha Pankey
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    More and more we are leading sedentary lifestyles. Technology is making it easier to accomplish tasks with minimal physical effort, and we are seeing our bodies develop bad posture, pack on the pounds and become more prone to injury and illness. Enter TrekDesk. Give your sedentary schedule a energetic boost with this treadmill desk.
  • Bounce Imaging Explorer Helps Save Lives

    PaulFitzgerald
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A new throwable ball that sends panoramic images to let soldiers and first responders know what they are in for during a crisis situation will soon be widely utilized by the military, fire fighters and police forces around the world.
  • 6 House Warming Ideas For Dog Houses This Winter

    Lady Bee
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It's been a long, hot summer but there are restless leaves blowing from cool breezes and, indeed, snow has already fallen in varioius parts of the northern hemisphere.  Our dogs are shivering in the cold even as they can't hide the delight in their eyes that cold has finally arrived.  A warm shelter is a perfect way for your pet to enjoy the winter weather.  Here are 5 of the top-rated insulated dog houses for your buddy, which promise to keep your dogs warm in winter and cooler in the summer.  For extra heat I've also listed a super dog-house heater for use when it's super cold outside.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech: These Mobile Devices Are Made For Walking

    M Dee Dubroff
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Out of the mouths of babes may be a common saying, but out of the minds of children is a horse of another color. Read all about a brilliant Indian 12th grade student named Rajesh  Adhikari,  who has invented a pair of shoes that charge mobile devices as the wearer walks. Meet also two high school students who have followed with their own invention in the wave of Rajesh's creativity.
  • Caped Cruise-saders: The Top Ten Low-Budget DIY Batmobiles

    Motors.new
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Has the Dark Knight fallen on hard times? Did Bruce Wayne raise the rent on the Batcave, forcing his alter-ego to rent a roll-up garage in Philly? Times may be tough in Gotham City but a crimefighter's still gotta get to the scene of the crime, amiright? Tune in next, er, right now for ten low-budget Batmobiles that won't require Robin a bank.
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Church

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Grab the Secret Video that tells Ministries how to succeed at crowdfunding!  First Name: Last Name: Email: Phone: Ministry: We respect your email privacy Email Marketing by AWeber
  • The Life Leverage Television Show

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    There is a new movement towards Transformational Television. We are looking for stories that move people, chnage people and transform people. If you have a story that transformed you, then you know the event was to help you help others. We are creating a web series and TV Series. The Television series will be taped […]
  • Philippine Real Estate

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Philippine Real Estate Since the last few years, the Philippine real estate property market had experienced quite a boom, basically coming from local demand from the increasing number of overseas workers that see the merits of investing their hard-earned money in real estate. There is also a great demand for real property ownership in the […]
  • Reasons Why Cheap Printed Pens are Effective Promotional Tools

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Big corporations, small companies, and even universities need to promote their brands or names from time to time, so that people will be familiar with what they sell, trade, or offer. Common advertising strategies use pamphlets, pins, stickers, magnets and many other materials to promote the names of companies, but one of the most effective […]
  • Keeping Your Business Current with Technology

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Staying updated with the latest technology has been our cultural obsession for a long time now, and the world of business is no exception to this rule. However according to Neil Camenker unless your business model demands having the latest and greatest technological systems, I would encourage exercising a certain degree of restraint when it […]
 
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    Steve Blank

  • The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

    steveblank
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it. —— The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently. It has three parts: a business model canvas to frame hypotheses, customer development to get out of the building to test those hypotheses and agile engineering to build minimum viable products. This week the author of the business model canvas, my friend Alexander Osterwalder, launched his new book Value Proposition Design, the sequel to his million copy best seller, Business Model Generation. His new book does three things: 1.
  • How We Used to Give Startups Very Bad Advice. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Big Companies versus Startups: Durant versus Sloan, Customer Development
  • No Business Plan Survives First Contact With Customers. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: Business Model versus Business Plan, Customer Development
  • Watching My Students Grow

    steveblank
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while some students pass by like mist in the night others remain connected forever. I get to watch them grow into their careers and cheer them on. — Its been three and a half years since I first designed and taught the Lean LaunchPad class and lots of water has gone under the bridge since then. I’ve taught hundreds of teams, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has taught close to 400 teams led by our nations top…
  • Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

    steveblank
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners. — Though I haven’t talked to Larry face-to-face for 20 years, and haven’t worked at Oracle for 30 years, he’s the yardstick I’ve used to pick entrepreneurs all of these years since. Larry had the DNA I’ve seen common with all the successful entrepreneurs I’ve backed in my 25 years…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Suave Family Perks and a $50 Walmart giftcard giveaway

    First Class Fashionista
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Suave is a brand that has been in my family for as long as I can remember. When I asked my mom what she liked about Suave she said it was affordable and, recalling when it was only a shampoo, mom believes the brand has done a very good job with keeping up with the needs of the consumer over the years. From deodorant to kid’s products, as well as men’s care, Suave has the family covered at unbeatable prices. Did you know that Suave has been around for over 70 years? Mommy told me that. Now, exclusively at Walmart, you can get rewarded for buying Suave products. Sign up for Suave…
  • Oscar de la Renta Retrospective

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    What a sad time for the fashion industry. On October 20th, 2014 we said goodbye to one of the most legendary fashion designers. Oscar de la Renta was known for his romantic style in dress, ball-gowns, men’s inspired women’s wear, unique textiles and embroidery. This amazing man spent half a century designing haute couture garments for first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton 1997, Laura Bush 2005 and Michelle Obama. He was also a big name on the red carpet for celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah Winfrey, Lea Michele, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway and most…
  • Oscar de la Renta – A Legacy of Beauty

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Brace yourselves, my friends. As many of you may already know, beloved fashion superstar and dresser of the stars Oscar de la Renta has passed away at 82 years of age. When I heard the news, I panicked with worry about who would take over his fashion house, and image searched every design I ever loved that was of his creation. After a few deep breathers and a nice soothing cup of tea in a moment of quiet reflection, I began to prepare a retrospective of the man who graced us with his designs for over 4 decades. De la Renta died at his home Monday, October 20th, surrounded by family, friends…
  • Holiday Gift Idea: GoPro HERO

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As a final hurrah to summer 2014, Labor Day weekend I hiked to the top of Chautauqua Park Trailhead #1 on Saturday and finished off the holiday celebration with a 38 mile bike ride to Eldorado Springs, both located in Boulder, CO. I’m not sure if I’m what you would refer to as an adrenaline junkie or a thrill-seeker, but I do love outdoor adventure and last summer I wished I had a GoPro to capture it all. At times it was too dangerous to take pictures or video…I remember asking during my Eldorado Springs’ homestretch. Of course, though, it couldn’t be done. My…
  • How to Read a Man by His Facial Hair

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Dear Men, Have you ever asked yourselves the question: What does my facial hair say about me? Whether you’re going on a first date or have an important interview or meeting…you can’t help but wonder what will they think of my facial hair? Well we at FCF have the answers to your burning questions. Let’s start out strong with the FULL BEARD… Maintaining a well groomed beard can mean all the difference between a professional beard or a wild and feral beard. The full beard or an “older” man’s beard can bring people back to religious associations such as Moses or Jesus. To…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Headed to China…

    jeffhilimire
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’ve had a hard time dedicating time to this blog over the last few months. There are a lot of reasons why (no excuses, I could have kept up with it better), but the main one is that we have been preparing to adopt a little boy from China. And I’m excited to say, tomorrow we leave to go get him! So this is my way of saying that my already slack blogging is going to become even slacker while we’re away (non-existent actually), and I’ll be looking forward to picking it back up in November.
  • Startups should embrace the “bend, don’t break” strategy

    jeffhilimire
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Some NFL team defenses employ the “Bend, don’t break” strategy. It means that its acceptable to give small amounts of yardage to the other team, as long as you stop them from scoring (or keep them to a field goal). If you can make it hard for the other team to get 3-4 yards, but concede 2-3 yards each play, it makes it tough for the other team to get a first down over and over again. As we move into the second year of Dragon Army, I realize that part of my strategy for running the company is similar to this “Bend, don’t break” philosophy. I think…
  • Dragon Army update: Paper Trail and our first… music video?

    jeffhilimire
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Things continue to be exciting at Dragon Army. Our second game is live – Paper Trail – and getting great reviews so far. It’s a brutally hard game, so high scores are hard to come by. Let me know your high score in the comments! We also have a music video for our next game, Defend the Dam, which should be out in November/December of this year. Check it out:
  • “It’s rare that someone screws up in an area that they’re passionate about. People generally screw up in areas they don’t care about.”

    jeffhilimire
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Terrific quote from Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire, in this Fast Company article. I have rarely seen people who are passionate about what they’re doing mess up in big ways. And personally in my experience, the times I’ve messed up the most have been when I wasn’t really into what I was doing at the time. Moral of the story: Find a way to be passionate about your job.
  • On getting advice

    jeffhilimire
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    I find that sometimes the answer is obvious, you just need someone else to tell you. This photo really captures that. Want to know if its windy? Is the rock swinging? Then its probably windy ;) I remember the importance of my advisory board with my first company, Spunlogic. They saved us from making a lot of big mistakes, like the time we thought we should open a second office in Charlotte. We would meet with them quarterly, over dinner, and share with them our problems and they would help us find our way. Invaluable. And I found myself reminded of those meetings when I was in my first…
 
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  • FI Grad Spikes Security raises $11MM, featured on Forbes

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Spikes Security has raised $11 million in funding, as reported by Ben Kepes of Forbes in the article “Spikes Security Raises $11m To Remove Endpoint Browsers And Replace Them With Something Better”. Spikes Security and its Founder Branden Spikes are Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. Spikes, the former CIO of SpaceX and PayPal, formed Spikes Security in 2012 as a means to avert browser-borne malware attacks in Linux, Mac OSX and Windows platforms. Instead of running browsers directly on your computer, Spikes’ AirGap technology instead presents the user with a…
  • How Networking Incorrectly is Holding Your Career Back

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    When trying to advance your career, making connections is an essential part of being successful. But even if you do regularly make new connections, it is also very important to develop your relationships with the people that you are networking with. Not only can this enrich your personal life, but can improve your career by leaps and bounds. By having the right relationships you can do things such as get a promotion in your job, find a great business opportunity or find a better career for yourself. As we live in the time of social networks, most professionals have a seemingly very large…
  • Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur at a Free Founder Institute Event

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey. We have several events coming up in the next few…
  • Are Cofounders Necessary?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is best for them.  The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week's topic is about whether it is necessary to find a cofounder for your startup. This Week's Topic:Do you need a…
  • Crafting the Perfect Pitch: How to Find Your Secret Sauce

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Devising the perfect startup pitch is an essential yet too often overlooked aspect of creating a successful company. Pitching your idea is crucial for attracting co-founders, customers, and, more importantly, potential investors, and special care should be given to effectively communicating your idea. However, as Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, says, not only must your pitch clearly state a problem and solution, it must have what he refers to as a "secret sauce" - the one unique aspect that sets your company apart, if not above, your competition. The blog post, "Cheaper…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • Stubborn Visionaries & Pigheaded Fools

    Jason
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scenario 1 (S1) At time (A) you start an AdWords campaign. At time (B) it’s obviously not working; a waste of time and money. But you keep trying, and by time (C), you’ve figured it out; it’s working! Scenario 2 (S2) At time (A) you start an AdWords campaign. At time (B) it’s obviously not working; a waste of time and money. But you keep trying, but by time (C), it’s still not working, and you’ve wasted even more time and money. We’ve all experienced both scenarios, not just in AdWords but with life in general. But we misunderstand it. S1 we call…
  • You’re a company when…

    Jason
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    2,700 days ago, and 40,000 subscribers ago, I published my 13th blog post. Feedburner said there were 50 RSS subscribers, but at least 40 of them were directories or scrapers. It was: “You’re a real company when….” An existential question of when a startup becomes “real.”  At that time, I had decided it was when our sign went up on the building: By “the building” I mean a windowless loft of 1/14th of a small strip-mall in a cheap area of town, where rats ate through our Ethernet cables and a tin roof made a light drizzle sound like hail and…
  • 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 vehicle Mix clay to create a container In its emptiness, there is the function of a container Cut open doors and windows to create a room In its emptiness, there is the function of a room Therefore, 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…
  • 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…
 
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  • The Future-Focused Firm

    Jason Blumer
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’m reading Peter Thiel‘s new book, Zero to One. Wow. He is truly a contrarian as most of his ideas fly in the face of doing business in any type of traditional way. Some would even say his ideas are scary. One overarching idea I’m noticing in the book is about his focus on building […]
  • Strategy, Puppets, and Marketing your Firm: Deeper Weekend 2014

    Jennifer Blumer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I know I say this every year, but I am really excited about Deeper Weekend this year. It’s my favorite three days of the year in Thriveal-land. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones is a joy to me. Really! I love it. It’s humbling that people come back each year, and we don’t take […]
  • Without Risk, There is No Passion

    Greg Kyte
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Read the title again. Sweet, right? I totally came up with that myself. And it’s totally true. Without risk, there is no passion. Prove me wrong, sucker. I googled “without risk there is no passion” to see if anybody else ever thought that same thought that I thought. Here’s what I found: Not even close. […]
  • CPAs Should Own the Profit Equation

    Adrian Simmons
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Great things can be accomplished by teams. And the best teams are made up of players who have unique roles that mesh and multiply their teammates.   What is the unique role of the CPA? The thing we bring to the table of business?   I propose that CPAs should own the “profit equation” – […]
  • Book Review: Multipliers – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

    Scott Kregel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    If we look back on our lives (the older we are the farther we may look), I would venture to say that at some point in our life we were influenced by an individual in ways that have marked us today. Maybe that individual challenged you, maybe they taught you, or maybe they simply encouraged […]
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  • Video for Business: 10 Types You Can Create

    Lou Bortone
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video is fast becoming the way we communicate, the way we share, and the way we sell our products and services.  So I’m baffled when entrepreneurs complain that they don’t know what kind of video to make. I often suggest that it’s just a matter of finding your video “sweet spot.”  In other words, you [...]
  • Entrepreneurial Shame: Dreaming of a J O B

    Catherine Morgan
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am going to say what a lot of you are thinking: Sometimes I dream about getting a job. My fantasy includes the joy of just executing on someone else’s plan. What if I didn’t have to be the CEO, marketer, business developer, administrative assistant, and janitor? Ahhhhhh… The thought of just having to do [...]
  • Small Business: How to Use the News

    Catherine Morgan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week we published a post on how to get quoted in the media – so I thought it would be good to share Carol’s recent post on the Nextiva blog about how you can use information from the news to benefit your small business. Carol begins the article with: If you own a small [...]
  • Do You Feel Guilty When You Are Not Working?

    Catherine Morgan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but my work has been exploding lately, and any semblance of “balance” has flown out the window. I have had to consciously make time to step away from the laptop and unplug. And yes, sometimes I feel guilty about it. Carol wrote a post for entrepreneur.com about being a workaholic [...]
  • 7 Tips for Getting Quoted in the Media

    Ray Advani
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to promoting your business or building your brand, it often takes money to help move things along. Deep pockets can really help, and it’s often the case that you get what you pay for. To paraphrase my father, in one of his moments of sharing wisdom, “There’s no such thing as a [...]
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  • Get Off the Entrepreneur’s Rollercoaster

    Under30CEO
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Entrepreneurs will often talk about the “entrepreneur’s rollercoaster.”  Starting a company is certainly something that induces ups and downs, victories and defeats, failures and successes and a ride full of differing emotions. Allowing yourself to go through ups and downs is counterproductive, tiring, and unhealthy.  It is imperative to be so strong that nothing can knock you down and so humble that nothing can make you overly excited. Consider the 4 pieces of advice recognized hereinafter.  Get off the roller coaster and make your entrepreneurial adventure more like a ride in a…
  • How to Take Control of Your Life

    Matt Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo from Under30Experiences Iceland at Skógafoss Waterfall It’s all self inflicted. Trust me I know. After forcing startup idea, after startup idea, following every trend on Techcrunch, attending every douchey networking event, and living in a city where just trying to cross the street makes you think about how many different ways you could kill someone, I had enough. It’s really unsettling how many people we call idiots or assholes just because we are behind the wheel of a car, or trying to catch a train. But while it’s all self inflicted–we’re not to…
  • Are You A Lion Or A Gazelle?

    danieldipiazza
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you watch The Lion King growing up? Trick question…of COURSE you did. I liked that movie because it wasn’t all fairytales and rainbows. It was some REAL ish. Dude…Scar was a bad mofo. Definitely a gangbanger of the animal kingdom. Scar straight up killed his brother, then shamed his nephew into exile AND tried to get with his sister in law. OG. I saw it come on TV a few nights ago, and it got me thinking about how nature is a nasty business sometimes. For instance, watch one of those “Greatest Predator” shows on Animal Planet. They have all those really cool…
  • How to Use Asana to Be a More Productive Entrepreneur

    Under30CEO
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As entrepreneurs we are faced with some hectic schedules. These schedules aren’t made any easier when you factor in the random day-to-day tasks that pop-up from wearing multiple hats, random meeting requests, drop-ins, phone calls, etc. Being task oriented is critical to my success. I’m a “D” in the DISC model. So staying on top of my schedule and my to-do list is vital. I am someone that won’t end up doing something if it isn’t on my task list. If I have someone that wants me to do something I ALWAYS tell them to email it to me. I simply will not remember…
  • 7 Things I Learned From Almost Being Kidnapped

    Under30CEO
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been tuned in, you just read about my first kidnapping. “First,” because, yes, there’s a second one. This time, the type of skills we teach at The Art of Charm came even more into play. If you liked the story of my first kidnapping, strap yourself in for a bumpy ride. This one is a lot scarier. Whereas the worst thing that was going to happen to me when I got kidnapped in Mexico was having my bank account drained, this time I was lucky to escape with my life. To call my second kidnapping “intense” is the understatement of the year. Rather than being half-assedly taken…
 
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    Fizzle

  • 10 Ways to Make Your Online Community or Forum More Active

    Corbett Barr
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Running an active online community or forum isn’t easy. The natural tendency for forums is to start strong when everyone is new and excited, but to dwindle over time as people lose interest and move on. We know first hand. Before the Fizzle community, we had this exact experience. We started three different online communities (two private, one public) that followed this same pattern. Strong start… slow fade to ghosttown. The Fizzle community is a different story. Now after about two years in, our forums remain vibrant, engaging and useful to our members. People who join Fizzle…
  • How To Learn New Skills (FS077)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you go about building new skills when you need them but you don’t yet have them? Maybe you need to learn how to create a blog or podcast. Or maybe you want to get better at design. Maybe you need to do some customer research but you don’t know how. Or maybe you’re trying to write killer articles that get shared and make some serious impact. I’ve been stuck in that mire before. Too much to learn. Don’t know where to start. Don’t know what to expect. What I didn’t know then is that there are some stages to learning new skills, and, with a little…
  • 2 Questions to ask Yourself About the “Equal Odds Rule”

    Chase Reeves
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I watched Woody Allen’s Sleeper last night. It’s an early 70’s faux-future weirdness movie… in a good way. There’s an orgasm machine. (Which, by the way, I think we’ve come far enough into the future to deserve an orgasm machine. We all work hard, we deserve this. C’mon the future!) Ok, back to movies. Have you seen any Woody Allen movies? Whatever you think of Woody Allen, his love life or the quality of his movies you cannot argue with the sheer NUMBER of movies he’s put out over the course of his life. He’s averaged about one movie per…
  • A Better Personal Brand (FS076)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everybody talks about personal brand. Some people have made their whole business about it. Others have made their whole business through it. I find that a lot of the time, when people ask about personal brand, they’re really asking about an “easy button.” “Can you help me look better than I actually am?” There’s a lot of bullshit in the world of “personal branding.” There’s also a lot of honest-to-god intentionality, forethought, hard work and perseverance. Dive into this conversation with us to get some of the nitty gritty about how to do…
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done

    Corbett Barr
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Fizzle team has been hyper-focused on growth over the past month, and we’re seeing encouraging results. As a team, we select a different “theme” each quarter to guide our project work. Our current theme is simply membership growth. We always care about growth, but these themes give us a chance to turn all our attention to one specific thing for a while to make new breakthroughs. When the growth theme began, I started by creating an all-new metrics dashboard (we use a great tool called Geckoboard to monitor our most important stats). On this dashboard, I added some basic…
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  • Here's Exactly What A Hiring Manager Scans For When Reviewing Resumes

    Matt Johnston
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Hiring managers only spend six seconds on your resume before they decide on you — this is exactly what they look at. Produced by Matt Johnston Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
  • Why This Man Left His Fabulous $255,000 Job At Microsoft To Bootstrap A Startup (MSFT)

    Julie Bort
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Adam Herscher's deeply personal story about leaving a prestigious and high-paying job at Microsoft to found a startup called HasMetrics went viral on LinkedIn the past couple of days. It struck a nerve, read by more than 400,000 people (and counting) and attracting more than 1,300 comments (and counting) so far, most of them supportive (he's read them all), he told Business Insider. Herscher's story goes like this: For nearly the past decade, Microsoft offered him a stable career with a fabulous paycheck, a situation he would have once called his dream job. "My salary straight out of…
  • Bain Sends Its Interns To A Cape Cod Mansion Every Summer — Here's What It's Like

    Aaron Taube
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Career intelligence website Vault just ranked Bain & Company's summer associate program the country's fourth best internship, and we think we have a pretty good idea why. In addition to getting the inside track on a job at what is arguably America's best employer, Bain's 150 summer associates get sent to a Cape Cod mansion resort for three days of training, team-building, and luxurious recreation. Even better? The consulting firm's newbies, usually between their first and second years of business school, are also allowed to bring their significant others with them if they choose. Here's…
  • America's Small-Business Owners Of The Year Explain How They Came Back From The Brink Of Failure

    Richard Feloni
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In 2009, the husband-and-wife business team of Billy Taylor and Brook Harvey-Taylor hit a dangerous point. The year before, they'd brought in $12 million in revenue, but they lacked a solid foundation. The recession and an unexpected change in distribution channels hit their Portland, Oregon-based candle and perfume company, Pacifica, really hard. They needed to do something drastic or they'd lose their business. They realized that the only hope for their company's survival was to reinvent it, so they took on $1.5 million in credit and invested in a new direction. Billy says that…
  • Marry Someone With This Trait If You Want To Get Ahead In Your Career

    Emmie Martin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Career growth isn't usually something we consider when choosing a life partner. But as it turns out, your spouse can have a profound effect on your success.  For best results: Choose someone who's conscientious.  A study published in Psychological Science of more than 4,500 married Australian couples looked at how extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness affect individual success, finding a positive correlation between conscientiousness and higher salaries.  When researchers then examined how these traits affected an individual's…
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  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
 
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  • Watch the first prototype for Google's modular phone, developed by Cambridge's NK Labs (video)

    David Harris
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Google on Wednesday posted a video of a prototype of its modular phone project that's being developed by Cambridge-based electrical engineering company NK Labs. According to VentureBeat, the device features five removable components: an LED module, a battery, the application processor, loud speakers, and a USB charge port. The device is being developed as part of Project Ara, Google's project that allows developers to customize phones. According to the MIT Technology Review, more than 100 people…
  • Smart-lighting company Digital Lumens lands $23M

    Sara Castellanos
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Boston-based intelligent lighting firm Digital Lumens announced Thursday it has landed $23 million in Series C funding. That brings total funding to date for the company to $65 million. Investors in the latest round include Nokia Growth Partners, Aster Capital, Goldman Sachs, and existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners, Black Coral Capital and Stata Ventures. The new funding will be used to fuel growth for operations, expand product development, and boost global sales and marketing efforts,…
  • Brigham & Women's Atul Gawande on the speed of health-care innovation (VIDEO)

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Brigham & Women's surgeon Atul Gawande recently appeared on Bloomberg's "Charlie Rose" program to discuss the rapid speed of innovation in the U.S. health care system.
  • Affivinax launches to test new approach to vaccines in pneumonia

    Don Seiffert
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A new approach to vaccines developed at Boston Children's Hospital which aims to make them both stronger and cheaper to produce is the basis of a Gates Foundation-funded startup being launched today in Cambridge. Steve Brugger, CEO of the new company, called Affinivax, said research developed at Children's Hospital by Dr. Richard Malley has already been licensed to the startup biotech. Malley is scientific founder of Affinivax. The first disease to be targeted with a vaccine is in the leading cause…
  • Shoebuy founder's fund leads $4.3M round in e-commerce startup Print Syndicate

    David Harris
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Print Syndicate, an Ohio-based apparel and home goods e-commerce startup, said Thursday that it closed a $4.25 million Series A funding round led by Data Point Capital, the Boston-based fund started by Shoebuy.com founder and online retail expert Scott Savitz. Also joining in the round is Lightbank, started by Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, and Vegas Tech Fund, created by Tony Hsieh, known for building Zappos into the internet mega-store ultimately purchased by Amazon. Additional…
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    Alltopstartups.com

  • What You Can Learn From 6 of The Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Great entrepreneurs are changing the world as we know it. Some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs have made tremendous impact in the world of business. In the face of an unknown future, successful and innovative entrepreneurs are the trailblazers. They inspire others to dream and stay hopeful. Some of the most inspirational and entrepreneurial success stories have become the driving force behind amazing businesses we know today and they also offer a guiding light to others. These are six of the most inspiring entrepreneurs modern-day entrepreneurs. The infographic below shows how some of…
  • 4 of The Most Useful Tablet Apps for Running Your Online Business

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Maximizing the latest technology to make your online business run as efficiently as possible is essential in order to keep up with today’s busy eCommerce marketplace. As of June 2014, a survey of online retailers revealed that 62 percent of the respondents ranked eCommerce platforms at the top of their spending list in the technology department, according to Internet Retailer. Everyone is trying to keep up with the times, but it may be less expensive than you think. In addition to having a solid online store platform, you can also maximize your efficiency by using certain apps for your…
  • The Most Important Vocal Skill Sets You Need for an Amazing Customer Service (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Customers have options, lots of options. Your customer service should be outstanding to earn their trust and win their business all the time. Great phone manners is crucial to the success of your business. Do your employees have the right skills to handle customers with care? You could be losing business or missing out on lots of opportunities for new business because of how your customer service rep responds to your customers. Basic phone courtesies will go a long way to help increase sales. A warm, helpful, professional and friendly voice on the phone can build that customer loyalty you…
  • These Are The Best Ways to Manage Yourself and Your Startup

    Contributor
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Making the transition from working for someone else, to running your own business can be tough, but few would argue that the most difficult aspect of entrepreneurialism is being your own boss. While this is one of the main aspects of self-employment that appeals, as we get to make decisions for ourselves instead of being told what to do, it’s also the part of business ownership that requires the strongest determination to succeed. When you think about it, it’s a bit like being a teenager and heading off to university or college for the first time. Instead of being bound..
  • Ajumah (Selected to Join Start-Up Chile) Seeks to Change Online Freelancing in Africa

    Thomas Oppong
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Ajumah.com wants to transform how employers hire freelancers in Africa. The site enables employers to find, hire and use mobile payment systems to pay skilled African freelancers. Ajumah enables businesses to post their task or job to thousands of skilled freelancers in Africa to help them get more done while they save time and and prevent overhead administrative cost and permanent hiring cost. In an interview with Richard Brandt, founder of Ajumah about what they seek to achieve and why it matters, he said: “Our aim has always been to contribute to Africa’s socio economic growth by…
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  • Insights - 5 Fails Entrepreneurs May Regret

    Taffy Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
        Reference Article:  5 Fails agile entrepreneurs may regret and never recover     Taffy 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 leaders take care in what they say to others

    Taffy Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Take care in what you say!Many years ago a professor said something that altered my life.  Strange that in speaking with him recently he never realized the profound effect from a simple comment yelled at me when he was busy.  I have mentioned the comment in this blog previously and it can be found here. In a recent discussion with a friend, I relayed the story of the professor.  I was amazed the professor did not even remember the comment and said, “I hope I said it nicer than that.”  While my friend and I were talking, he brought up a key point; profound changes in…
  • Startup Blog Insights - 4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time

    Taffy Williams
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Reference Article:4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time  Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photowebsite,  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
  • 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…
 
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  • Bangalore-based iNurture Education raises INR 30 Crores funding from Bertelsmann India Investments

    Alok Soni
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) has concluded its 5th direct investment in the country, in a higher education services provider – iNurture Education Solution Pvt Ltd. iNurture Education has raised INR 30 crores in a fresh round of funding by Bertelsmann India Investments (BII), the strategic investment arm of the international media and services group Bertelsmann in India. iNurture previously raised funds from GVFL in 2009 and Ascent Capital in 2012. Since commencing operations in 2004, iNurture has pioneered a novel approach to solving India’s growing employability challenge…
  • What’s up at Blume Ventures and what does their portfolio have to say about them?

    Jubin Mehta
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Blume is an angel and seed venture fund that backs startups with both funding as well as active mentoring and support. Blume typically funds startups through multiple rounds, leading up to larger institutional rounds like Series A and B from Venture Capital firms. Founded by Karthik Reddy and Sanjay Nath, Blume has invested in more than 70 companies and is of the most active early stage funds in terms investing quickly and disseminating information useful for the ecosystem (blog). Blume regularly comes out with quarterly reports with views and trends from the startup space. It has now come…
  • Lean patenting strategy Part 2 – Where to file a patent to have an upper hand?

    Guest Author
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    This article is a follow up on the article about Lean Patenting Strategy Patents provide geographical rights to the owner, i.e., a patent is valid only in the country it is applied for. But what if your aspiration is to be a global player? Would you end up filing in each and every country to meet your aspirations? Do all the biggies follow the same path? To answer these questions, we are furthering our series of lean strategies to suggest the optimal strategies involved in narrowing down the countries in which you may aim to seek protection. The basic factors on which the patent filing…
  • How SmartPocket is looking to make the future a wallet-less affair

    Rakhi Chakraborty
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” said Roman philosopher Seneca. For 28 year old Mayank Shah that opportunity came knocking when he realized that his boss at Goldman Sachs harboured dreams of starting up, just like him. “Coffee breaks invariably turned into conversations on how technology was turning the world on its head, and the itch to play a bigger part in the tech revolution grew stronger.” Together they embarked on the adventure of a lifetime when they left the corporate world and started up with SmartPocket- a virtual wallet app that ‘disrupts wallets by making…
  • Twitter and IBM announce landmark partnership to help companies make smarter decisions

    Alok Soni
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Twitter and IBM today announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends – and inform every business decision. This alliance will let enterprises incorporate Twitter data into their decision-making through an established set of IBM tools, solutions and consulting services. The collaboration will focus on three areas: 1.       Integration of Twitter data with IBM analytics services on the cloud: IBM plans to offer Twitter data as part of select cloud-based services, including IBM Watson Analytics,…
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  • Bunchcut – Image Collaboration Made Super Easy

    StartUpLift
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Bunchcut is the “go to” enterprise solution for collecting and sharing images. Target Audience: Creatives, marketers, PR professionals, eCommerce companies, SMEs, product managers Website URL: www.bunchcut.com About Bunchcut: Bunchcut makes it super easy to collect and sort through images as a team. Watch the following video to learn more about Bunchcut.
  • Get Feedback. Generate Leads.

    StartUpLift
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Innubu is a survey tool that helps you get up to 10 times more responses and collect respondents’ contact details by adding sweepstakes to your surveys. Target Audience: Small business owners, especially those who don’t have a big audience Website URL: innubu.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 10 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor…
  • SmartFinance.fi – New Age Loan Comparison Website

    StartUpLift
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    We are giving consumers the opportunity to compare small and short-term loans in Finland. Target Audience: People between 21 – 65 yrs Website URL: http://smartfinance.fi/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful…
  • ClipArtLord – Collector of the Finest Free to Use and Public Domain Clip Art

    StartUpLift
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    ClipArtLord.com is the place to find high quality clip arts Target Audience: Students, teachers, graphic designers, mothers Website URL: http://www.ClipArtLord.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will…
  • FobeSoft – Restaurant Management Software

    StartUpLift
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    FobeSoft is restaurant management software with 30+ years of industry experience baked in. Target Audience: independent restaurant owners and managers Website URL: http://www.FobeSoft.com/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not…
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  • Lewis Center Business Association Looking to Build Its Network

    Susan Post
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over 1,000 businesses call Lewis Center home. As a part of Orange Township, the area is typically associated with Polaris and it’s mall-centric offerings. However, the Lewis Center Business Association is serving to build support among all businesses in the area. “Our mission really is to connect fellow business owners and support the local area,” […]
  • Rock Dove Farms Using Creative Funding Methods to Expand Operations

    Susan Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a small business raising capital, it isn’t all venture capital firms, pitches and high-tech companies. Local organic produce grower Rock Dove Farms is taking a more creative approach to raise the funds needed to take their business to the next level. Since its start in 2010, Rock Dove has worked to refine its offerings […]
  • Timely Tips: Chamber Provides Resources So Entrepreneurs Can Be In the Know on Election Day

    Kate Neithammer
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, you’re focused on your business, but public policy can drastically affect your ability to grow. Don’t have time to keep tabs on what’s happening in the halls of government? That’s OK…we do. The Columbus Chamber wants to make sure you are well informed when you go to the polls on Nov. 4, […]
  • The Bindu Project Builds Non-Profit Social Enterprise Accelerator

    Susan Post
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the number of social enterprises grows, so does the need for support resources for these unique ventures. Providing funding for charitable start-ups during their formative stages, The Bindu Project launched on Oct. 15 to serve as non-profit social enterprise accelerator. In speaking with a number of people in her everyday life, Founder Shelley Bird was meeting […]
  • Marysville Entrepreneurial Center Creating Community for Entrepreneurs in Union County

    Susan Post
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A community of like-minded individuals can be an invaluable resource for a small business owner. The Marysville Entrepreneurial Center is providing just that, as well as other training resources and office space for small business owners in Union County. Since its launch in 2008, the MEC has undergone changes, but is poised for continued growth […]
 
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  • MyDealerService- Connecting Automotive Service Departments To Customers

    Vineet
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    MyDealer Service: My Dealer Service is a new startup that aims to connect automotive service departments to their customers via TEXT or EMAIL with real-time updates on the vehicle status throughout the repair process. How It Works: It handle every aspect of repair order management in an automotive service department and can be integrated with any other automotive repair management system. By using this platform you can send your customers Text Messages / Email updates on the status of their vehicle and improve customer response time. You can also send photos to customers of potential…
  • Software Patent Is Good Or Bad?

    Martin
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation. The good news is that a patent can scare off or at least delay competitors, and as a “rule of thumb” patents can add up to $1M to your startup valuation for investors or M&A exits (merger and acquisition). The bad news is that patent trolls (non-producing companies that make their money from licensing patents) can squeeze the lifeblood out of unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the recent mess around Lodsys suing small Apple IOS…
  • Are You A Social Entrepreneur? Need Mentoring For Startup? Then Join PresenTense Accelerator Programme

    VisionwizTeam
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Are You A Social Entrepreneur? Need Mentoring For Startup? Then Join PresenTense Accelerator Programme The PresenTense is a community of innovators and entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders, creators and educators, from around the world,who employs entrepreneurship as a tool to enrich communal life, grow local economies and solve critical issues facing society. PresenTense has supported nearly 650 social entrepreneurs who have participated in 52 programs across the globe, with an estimated 300,000 individuals impacted by way of the 630 accelerated ventures. Ventures include nonprofits,…
  • Entrepreneurs Perspective Vs Technician’s Perspective

    Martin
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Over 25 years ago, Michael E. Gerber wrote a best-selling business book calledThe E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. The E-Myth (“Entrepreneurial Myth”) is the mistaken belief that most businesses are started by people with tangible business skills, when in fact most are started by “technicians” who know nothing about running a business. Hence most fail. Some pundits argue that the E-Myth principle is now outdated, due to the instant access to information via the Internet, pervasive networking via social media, and courses on entrepreneurship at all…
  • Steps To Follow From Innovation To Execution For Startups

    Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate need to understand the execution challenge if they expect their startup to carve out a profitable niche in the marketplace, and keep innovating to build and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage. Everyone thinks they know how to make innovation happen, but I can’t find much real research on the subject. At the same time, myths about innovation are commonplace in business. Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, in their book “The Other Side…
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  • R.I.P. Rizzo Tees (2008 – 2014)

    Chris Reimer
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hi everyone. This is going to be a weird blog post, perhaps too little too late, but I’ll do my best to make it interesting, understandable, and fun. Today, October 30, 2014, on the 6th anniversary of the birth of Rizzo Tees, I announce its death. Happy 6th birthday, old friend, and I hope you […] The post R.I.P. Rizzo Tees (2008 – 2014) appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 8: Give Your Employees Variety in Their Work Day

    Chris Reimer
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    p.s. Really sorry about the sound on this one. I was using my shotgun mic, but it was quite windy. Some gusts of wind really cut into the audio quality a few times. My bad! In Episode 8 of Happywork TV, I discuss the sixth of 46 commitments in my upcoming book “Happywork.” Here it […] The post Happywork TV Episode 8: Give Your Employees Variety in Their Work Day appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 7: Provide Performance Reviews to Your Employees

    Chris Reimer
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    In Episode 7 of Happywork TV, I discuss the fifth of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will give my employees constructive feedback, taking both their career advancement and feelings into consideration. Such feedback will be provided during the course of everyday business, or in an official performance review, […] The post Happywork TV Episode 7: Provide Performance Reviews to Your Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed

    Chris Reimer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In Episode 6 of Happywork TV, I discuss the fourth of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will provide my employees the tools and training they need to have a chance to succeed … I will remember that it’s not just the business owner who comes to work everyday […] The post Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Loving Soccer is Unamerican, According to Mark Reardon

    Chris Reimer
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Mark Reardon thinks soccer is Communist, and of course he’s crazy. But at least he let me plug my book. I always love going on KMOX radio – thanks so much Mark for having me in. Let it be known – soccer is an awesome spectator sport! —–> LISTEN HERE The post Loving Soccer is Unamerican, According to Mark Reardon appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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  • Playing with numbers is serious business!

    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    The online lottery business sees solid growth opportunities in the US with shifting regulatory landscape and the internet fast becoming the medium of choice for the tough-to-target 25-34 demographic group The US market has warmed up to the online lottery business in the last couple of years thanks largely to a shift from the federal all-prohibitive Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 2006 to state-controlled legislations. Illinois became the first state to formally offer online lottery ticketing, followed up with expressions of interest from at least 15 other states. While physical…
  • Eye Catching Banners for Exhibitions

    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Trade exhibitions are suddenly places where the gloomy atmosphere of recent years has been lifted. The UK economy has been growing and consumer spending increasing. It means that companies that have regularly taken stands at specific events can expect more people attending and more actually coming onto their stand to discuss business. What they hear from the stand staff will determine whether it will actually lead to business. Such exhibitions attract people that have an interest in the particular sector which is a definite reason for booking a stand. They are also occasions when much of the…
  • UK Halloween sales up from £12m in 2001 to £350m in 2014

    EpicLaunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The business of Halloween in the UK has boomed in the last decade; so much so that it has overtaken Bonfire Night as arguably the biggest sales event after Christmas and Easter. The UK’s Halloween industry is expected to rake in upwards of £350m in 2014 and underlines the fact that Halloween is no longer just big business in the United States. In 2001, UK Halloween sales peaked at just £12m and goes to show how quickly the event has become such an important part of people’s social calendars. Between 2005 and 2013, the increase of Halloween spending per head in the UK was at 263%…
  • Increasing Market Share of Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Video calling and video chat is gaining popularity in today’s technology oriented world. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in 2010, around 19 percent of the American population has tried video conferencing either through their cell phones or computers. Many of the respondents had made a video call through both mediums, showing how the usage of video calls, teleconferences, and chats has increased in the past few years as well as its potential for growth in the upcoming ones. Many internet service providers such as Blue Jeans…
  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

    Patrick Foot
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in 2008, predicting how long the global financial slowdown may last was a tough proposition. That didn’t stop many commentators and analysts from giving the recovery a duration though, and those who plumped for 2015 as the year we finally see light at the end of the tunnel may now be gearing up for a deserved pat on the back. There have been many twists on the road to economic recovery so far, and with Germany’s alarmingly poor economic figures over the past few weeks it would appear that the eurozone is not yet ready to resume business as usual. But despite numerous false dawns,…
 
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  • 10 Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs Using Content Upgrades

    Dilip Kumar
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Selling Combs to Bald Men.. eh? If you are here after reading my guest post on content upgrades at Daily Blog Tips, then I am sure you know what I meant with the above question. If you haven’t yet read my guest post, then I will recommend that you read it first. Okay. So, you […] The post 10 Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs Using Content Upgrades appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why Your Non-Mobile Friendly Blog Could be Facing The End of the World?

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    “Smartphone are becoming smarter and will be smarter than you by 2017″ said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. That reminds me of an article in one of the leading dailies that was titled, “Smartphone are becoming smarter and people are getting dumber”. Unfortunately I was reading this article on my smartphone. Today, I […] The post Why Your Non-Mobile Friendly Blog Could be Facing The End of the World? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 15 Tools to Boost Your Productivity and Do More in Less!

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Internet Marketing is supposed to be a work-on-leisure kind of work that we all are supposed to enjoy. Is it what it really is? There were times, when I felt overwhelmed with work. There was so much to do. Yet at the end of the day when I sit and evaluate, I find that there […] The post 15 Tools to Boost Your Productivity and Do More in Less! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 5 Essential Social Media Tools to Organize Your Social Media Lives

    Dilip Kumar
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The first thing that I do when I wake up in the morning is search for my phone and check my Facebook and Twitter messages. I can already see you smiling. Statistics say that this is what 83% of all smartphone users do. As if, laptops and computers were not enough, smartphone added that aspect […] The post 5 Essential Social Media Tools to Organize Your Social Media Lives appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Optimizepress 2 Vs WP Profit Builder – Why I made the Change?

    Dilip Kumar
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    It’s been about 3 years that I have been using Optimizepress. I have been a customer since they launched their Version 1.0. Then towards the beginning of this year when they launched Optimizepress 2.0, I was pretty impressed with the features and the functionalities and I jumped straight into it. Obviously, I got it for […] The post Optimizepress 2 Vs WP Profit Builder – Why I made the Change? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Spotlight on Jimmy Odom: Founder and CEO of WeDeliver

    Christine Mortensen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jimmy Odom has been described as energetic, passionate, dynamic, optimistic, inspiring and driven by vision and purpose. After nearly 5 years in leadership roles with Apple Retail, combined with years of logistics management and several National Start-up Awards, Jimmy has once again transformed the entrepreneurs experience and expectations. As Founder and CEO of WeDeliver, Jimmy has continued to win local Chicago start-up awards along with continually growing a start-up business since 2012, and connecting to other entrepreneurs in the Chicago area. His mission is to build a brand whose…
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Inspiring Entrepreneurs

    Guest Author
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When attempting to find the market sweet spot for your startup, entrepreneurs often walk the line of embracing history, and forging their own path. As the late Steve Jobs so eloquently stated, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Obviously, there is no denying the success that Steve Jobs enjoyed, and the history…
  • If you could ask them anything what would it be?

    Christine Mortensen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    No matter how you look at it—this crop of entrepreneurs has seen success! If you had the chance to ask them anything about how they achieved that success what would you want to know? Send us your questions and we’ll get the answers for you from our Elevate Chicago speakers. You can submit your questions via a: comment on this post tweet to @EntUnpluggd email to christine@entrepreneursunpluggd.com You do, by the way, have a chance to ask your questions to our speakers listed below in person.  You can join us for a full day of actionable insight and the raw storytelling…
  • Elevate Ticket Raffle: Week 3

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s the third week in our ticket giveaway! Will you be the lucky one this week? Win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’re give away one ticket and announcing the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Did you get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now before the price increases on Tuesday October 21st. a Rafflecopter giveaway  Get…
  • Essential ADVICE for Getting Feedback

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    You know feedback is important. But how does one go about getting it? Here’s a blueprint. Feedback has always represented a critical part of our transactions and interactions – from cavepeople sharing monosyllabic banter, through the old-school suggestion box, and into the social media echo chamber. Indeed, businesses and organizations are constantly reminded that they need to be facilitating and responding to customer feedback. We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the articles. It’s important. We get it. But how does one go about facilitating feedback? We all know it’s…
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  • Six ways to grow your business with extra hands on deck

    guestbloggerSUD
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    The world of work is changing. The Connected Age has enabled business to become more agile. Online work platforms provide access to professional talent quickly and affordably, meaning businesses can staff up when they need to, and quickly respond to changes in market demand. So how can you, as a small business, tap into this talent pool and use online workplaces such as Elance and oDesk to grow your business? Here are a few tips to get you started… 1 Write a clear and detailed job post Outline exactly what’s expected and try to answer the freelance’s questions up front. For example, if…
  • The perils of overtrading

    guestbloggerSUD
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Overtrading is where a business takes on a lot orders without having sufficient capital to fulfil them. This often happens when suppliers or deliveries are delayed, which can create serious cashflow problems. It can be easy to fall into the trap of taking on more orders than you can fulfil. In balance sheet terms, your liabilities outweigh your assets (ie debt outweighs cash in your business). The business will likely be viable, with lots of interest in services or products, but without sufficient working capital, the business experiences a serious problem. Working capital is actual cash or…
  • What more should be done to help student entrepreneurs?

    guestbloggerSUD
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    At the Labour Party Conference in September, panellists from the world of business and politics told the audience at the Student Entrepreneurs Question Time (SEQT) event that technological advances meant today’s entrepreneurs have more available opportunity than ever. However, to succeed they must be prepared to fail, remain ambitious without spending beyond their means and seek expert advice when faced with more complicated challenges. The event was hosted by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and Santander, to enable would-be entrepreneurs to…
  • Does 'business' have a serious image problem?

    Mark Williams
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The Apprentice is back for its tenth series and up for grabs is investment worth £250k and the chance to go into business with Lord (formerly ‘S’ralan’) Sugar. The most likely question on many viewers’ lips during the first few minutes of the first programme might have been which of the 20 candidates is the most annoying and immediately dislikeable. As usual, the first programme began with the candidates’ frankly laughable summaries of their skills and suitability for the role, which are intended to impress, but leave many of us cringing on our couches. “I get the job done. I…
  • Are your customers paying you what you’re worth?

    guestbloggerSUD
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    When you’re feeling the pinch and money is tight it’s easy to assume that everyone is feeling the same way. You transfer your money beliefs over to your potential customers, by thinking: “Surely they won’t pay that” or “They can’t afford those prices”. And your mind reinforces these beliefs by adding little comments such as: “Who do you think you are, charging those prices?” and “They’ll see through me and realise I’m not as good as they think”. This is what happened to someone I was chatting to recently. Instead of positioning herself as the true expert and…
 
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  • Joseph A Murphy 1925-2007, 7 Years On

    Sean Murphy
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Further Reflections on My Father Some further reflections on my relationship with my father seven years after his death. I figured he had lived through so many things that as long as he stayed indoors and avoided getting hit by lightning he would come to my funeral in a decade or two. At the time I told close friends that it hadn’t really hit me yet. I would normally talk to him once a week for an hour or so. Now I mainly talk to him in the shower when he chews me out from time to time for a recent stupidity. He asks me what I am going to do to fix or improve a situation and my most…
  • Giacomo Vacca On Human Cell Analysis at CNSV Nov-4-2014

    Sean Murphy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The IEEE Consulting Network of Silicon Valley continues its tradition of inviting world class experts on leading edge technologies  to speak at their monthly meetings. On Tue-Nov-4-2014, Giacomo Vacca of Kinetic River will provide an overview on how flow cytometers enable a wide range of “Human Cell Analysis.” My work on BeamWise has allowed me to collaborate with Dr. Vacca, where he is the Chief Scientific Officer–in addition to his work as founder of Kinetic River. He has taught me quite a bit about laser -based instrumentation, biophotonics, and life science research in…
  • Do I Need To Be A Supplicant In a Sales Call?

    Sean Murphy
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Q: In your blog post “Four Presentation Traps to Avoid” (which drew on Mike Monteiro’s “13 Ways Designers Screw Up a Client Presentation” which I found overall to be very valuable) you highlighted his item 4  “Not setting the stage properly” which ends with “Start the meeting by thanking them for their time.” I feel this puts you below the prospect or customer as a supplicant. Your time is just as valuable. It’s a minor thing but I suggest “I’m glad we could all find the time to meet today.” or something that…
  • Four Presentation Traps to Avoid

    Sean Murphy
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Mike Monteiro offered “13 Ways Designers Screw Up a Client Presentation–And One Weird Trick” in a Sep-13-2014 blog post: many of these are also applicable to entrepreneurs making presentations to prospects. The whole article is worth reading, here are my top four presentation traps to avoid from his list (I have retained Monteiro’s numbering scheme). 3. Start With an Apology: Do not start the presentation with an apology or disclaimer. If you’re really not prepared for the meeting, then better to cancel it than to waste your clients’ time. (You can get away with…
  • Entrepreneurial Passion: Good Servant, Poor Master

    Sean Murphy
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Entrepreneurial passion has to be based on a desire to create value, to be of service to a set of target customers. There may be many things you are interested in learning and room enough in your life for several hobbies, but pursuing a passion without regard to your ability to provide value in a way that is competitively differentiated is to pursue a hobby. Mike Rowe on Entrepreneurial Passion Mike Rowe makes this clear in his answer to a question from Stephen Adams of Auburn AL: “I’m confused by your directive to NOT “follow your passion.” I think it can be safely…
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  • Playing with numbers is serious business!

    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    The online lottery business sees solid growth opportunities in the US with shifting regulatory landscape and the internet fast becoming the medium of choice for the tough-to-target 25-34 demographic group The US market has warmed up to the online lottery business in the last couple of years thanks largely to a shift from the federal all-prohibitive Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 2006 to state-controlled legislations. Illinois became the first state to formally offer online lottery ticketing, followed up with expressions of interest from at least 15 other states. While physical…
  • Eye Catching Banners for Exhibitions

    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Trade exhibitions are suddenly places where the gloomy atmosphere of recent years has been lifted. The UK economy has been growing and consumer spending increasing. It means that companies that have regularly taken stands at specific events can expect more people attending and more actually coming onto their stand to discuss business. What they hear from the stand staff will determine whether it will actually lead to business. Such exhibitions attract people that have an interest in the particular sector which is a definite reason for booking a stand. They are also occasions when much of the…
  • UK Halloween sales up from £12m in 2001 to £350m in 2014

    EpicLaunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The business of Halloween in the UK has boomed in the last decade; so much so that it has overtaken Bonfire Night as arguably the biggest sales event after Christmas and Easter. The UK’s Halloween industry is expected to rake in upwards of £350m in 2014 and underlines the fact that Halloween is no longer just big business in the United States. In 2001, UK Halloween sales peaked at just £12m and goes to show how quickly the event has become such an important part of people’s social calendars. Between 2005 and 2013, the increase of Halloween spending per head in the UK was at 263%…
  • Increasing Market Share of Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Video calling and video chat is gaining popularity in today’s technology oriented world. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in 2010, around 19 percent of the American population has tried video conferencing either through their cell phones or computers. Many of the respondents had made a video call through both mediums, showing how the usage of video calls, teleconferences, and chats has increased in the past few years as well as its potential for growth in the upcoming ones. Many internet service providers such as Blue Jeans…
  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

    Patrick Foot
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in 2008, predicting how long the global financial slowdown may last was a tough proposition. That didn’t stop many commentators and analysts from giving the recovery a duration though, and those who plumped for 2015 as the year we finally see light at the end of the tunnel may now be gearing up for a deserved pat on the back. There have been many twists on the road to economic recovery so far, and with Germany’s alarmingly poor economic figures over the past few weeks it would appear that the eurozone is not yet ready to resume business as usual. But despite numerous false dawns,…
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • City’s acting CTO on Baltimore’s IT agenda: open data, WiFi

    Tyler Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    L. Jerome Mullen is still just the acting CTO of the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology. But he isn’t using his status as an excuse to just keep the lights on and maintain the status quo, he said in a recent interview with Technical.ly Baltimore. “What I’m basically trying to do is ensure the success of the current initiatives, while laying out a start that is not specific to information technology in and of itself, but that is business-aligned,” Mullen said. “It’s not about cranking out a bunch of shiny things. It’s about aligning IT with those…
  • State cyber survey finds Maryland firms eyeing growth plans

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    At the Wednesday kickoff of CyberMaryland, state Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray unveiled Maryland’s annual Cyber Industry Survey. The survey is based on questionnaires sent to IT firms engaged in cyber activities and includes questions on demographics, business conditions, workforce issues, entry-level jobs, customer location and industry and innovation. Read the full survey According to this year’s report, most cyber firms in Maryland are small businesses with more than three-quarters employing 24 or fewer. Almost half employ fewer…
  • 6th Street Commerce parks $1.5M in funding [Startup Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Who’s getting funded? Cyber Reliant, an Annapolis-based cybersecurity firm, raised $608,000 in debt of a $1 million offering, according to an SEC filing. 6th Street Commerce raised $1.5 million in debt in a $1.8 million offering, according to an SEC filing. The company, currently based in the Emerging Technology Centers’ Haven Street incubator, works to streamline ecommerce through its proprietary SalesWarp platform. IT consultancy Mind Over Machines, with offices in Owings Mills,was awarded a $15 million contract to handle maintenance and application development for…
  • TEDCO’s tech transfer fund has served 15 firms this year

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Animal health IT and recipe hunting are among efforts each to receive $100,000 grants this year from TEDCO’s Technology Commercialization fund. On Tuesday, officials announced the program has distributed $1.5 million so far this year. That’s 15 different companies supported by the initiative this year. “Early-stage companies in Maryland benefit immensely from the investment of capital the Technology Commercialize Fund is able to provide,” Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO, said in a release. “The portfolio of this core TEDCO program includes some of…
  • Sid Meier opens BMI exhibit on video game development

    Tyler Waldman
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Kids often ask video game legend Sid Meier how to get into game development. The Firaxis founder recently helped put together an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry exploring what game development actually entails. The Baltimore Sun reports the exhibit — titled “The Video Game Wizards – Transforming Science and Art into Games” — opened Thursday. “Young people ask me all the time ‘How do I get into game development?’ Now, people can see a video describing what people who work on games do. You can see what an artist does and that people in Quality Assurance…
 
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    inside-Startups

  • Podcast: A Preview of the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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

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

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

    Rich
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    In this video, Manish Sood from the Reltio Startup presents: Cassandra – A Real Time Big Data Application. Recorded at the Cassandra 2012 Summit. Reltio provides the world’s largest enterprise customers with real-time Big Data Applications that help business users understand markets, drive revenue and reduce risk through actionable, real-time and predictive insights integrated into applications and dashboards. These applications require the ability to not only handle data scale, latency, and high availability but also deliver capabilities that address reconciliation of data from…
  • More Details on the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Entrepreneurs interested in high performance computing are encouraged to attend the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14, which will take place at the Royal Sonesta in the French Quarter in New Orleans on Monday, Nov. 17 from 9:00am-3:30pm. Registrations are now open for the event.  We hope you can attend! The inaugural event has just published their agenda. 8:30am Registration & Mixer 9:15am Get Ready to… StartupHPC Shahin Khan, Partner, Orion Advisors 9:20am Typical Startup Framework & Today’s Agenda Steve Campbell, Partner, Orion Advisors 9:30am Startup Lifecycle Adrian…
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Are your ears and eyes always open?

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

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

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

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

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

  • SEC Advisory Committee Makes Accredited Investor Recommendations

    Joe Wallin
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    SummarySEC Investor Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the SEC regarding “accredited investor” definition and related considerations No specific changes to financial thresholds recommendedNew “financial sophistication” basis for accreditation proposedInvestment amount limitations suggestedAlternative means of verifying accreditation encouragedAdditional standards for purchaser representatives and protections to non-accredited investors urgedAccredited Investor RecommendationsLast week the SEC Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss and consider whether the SEC should…
  • Crowdfunding! @ Seattle Startup Week

    Jeremy Cairns
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    My team at Davis Wright Tremaine and I are excited and honored to be able to help kick off the first day of Seattle Startup Week 2014 with an intensive meetup about the legal ins-and-outs surrounding Washington State Equity Crowdfunding.As one of the ideators of the Washington State crowdfunding legislation, I will be passing along my knowledge of the rules. We will also cover the JOBS Act, 506(b) vs. 506(c), general solicitation of fundraising rounds, and other fundraising alternatives.Seattle Startup WeekThis is your chance to support the community and mingle with hundreds of Seattle’s…
  • FAA Grants Limited Exemptions Allowing Hollywood to Film With Drones

    Joe Wallin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Diana Marina CooperIn a surprising move last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted permission to six Hollywood companies to film using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The FAA is currently developing rules to integrate UAVs into the domestic airspace, and to date the agency has blocked virtually all commercial operations from taking place.Under the current system, those looking to operate UAVs for commercial purposes can only proceed if they receive an exemption from the FAA. Although numerous companies have attempted to obtain exemptions, the FAA has been reluctant to…
 
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    Blog

  • Entrepreneurship Takes Center Stage for MassChallenge Awards Ceremony 2014

    joshboyle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Last night MassChallenge took the BCEC in the Seaport District by storm. In front of nearly 2,000 people they handed out over $1.75 million in cash and $10 million+ in in-kind deals. Last night, MassChallenge took the Innovation District by storm. In front of nearly 2,000 people at the BCEC they handed out over $1.75 million in cash and $10 million+ in in-kind deals. It was an evening to meet entrepreneurs (all 128…
  • Boston or Bust: Why Unitrends is Proud to Call Massachusetts its Home

    joshboyle
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Mike Coney - President and CEO, Unitrends Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  One of the first major decisions I had to make after becoming CEO of Unitrends in 2009 was: Where do we locate our sales and marketing offices? The two most obvious cities were Boston and San Francisco. One of the first major decisions I had to make after becoming CEO of Unitrends in 2009 was: Where do we locate our sales and marketing offices? The two most obvious cities were Boston and San Francisco. After some debate, we leased a small…
  • The 20th Cyberposium Conference at Harvard Business School is this Saturday, November 1st

    joshboyle
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Matt Holzapfel - Co-Chair, 2014 Cyberposium Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  When we first started thinking about who we want to hear from at the Harvard Business School Tech Club’s annual conference on November 1st, we hit the history books to see if there were any patterns amongst past keynote speakers. When we first started thinking about who we want to hear from at the Harvard Business School Tech Club’s annual conference on November 1st, we hit the history books to see if there were any patterns amongst…
  • 6 Lead Generation Strategies from Fast-Growing Startups

    joshboyle
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Premium Company:  WordStream Release Date:  Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Larry Kim - Founder & CTO, WordStream Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  I recently had the pleasure of hosting a webinar on lead generation strategies with the incredibly knowledgeable Tim Paige, Conversion Educator at LeadPages. I recently had the pleasure of hosting a webinar on lead generation strategies with the incredibly knowledgeable Tim Paige, Conversion Educator at LeadPages.LeadPages is a dynamic software company headquartered in Minneapolis – and they're…
  • Tech in Boston Podcast: Nick Rellas - Co-Founder & CEO, Drizly

    joshboyle
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Dave Gerhardt - Founder, Tech in Boston Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Tech In Boston Podcast #20: Interview with Nick Rellas, Co-Founder & CEO, Drizly. DRIZLY BRINGS BOOZE TO YOUR FRONT DOORTech In Boston Podcast #20: Interview with Nick Rellas, Co-Founder & CEO, Drizly.Click here to download this episode on iTunes.Nick Rellas is Co-Founder & CEO of Drizly. Drizly is an on-demand service started by three Boston College grads that makes it easy (and legal) to order alcohol from your…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • Keep Sowing

    mholmes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s not easy to honor God with your giving. I will be the first to admit that. Having to wrestle the doubt, uncertainty, fear, AND sometimes the financial strain doesn’t make it any easier. But when it truly becomes unbearable there is only piece of advice I can give: keep sowing. There are numerous people […] The post Keep Sowing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why Tithing is Not Giving

    mholmes
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
      Tithing is not giving. Ouch! I know… strong words… but its true. It’s the starting point but not the end all be all. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. The Tithe is God’s The Bible is clear the tithe belongs to God: “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of […] The post Why Tithing is Not Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money

    mholmes
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
      If you log on to ANY TV minister…or any media minister… for that fact you will see a call for funds. Whether you agree with the minister of their ministry their will be a call. The calls will come from the seediest of individuals to the most respected…   …and some calls with a […] The post Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing

    mholmes
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
      God is a God of covenant. He legally binds Himself to His Law.This is why He acts in the life of a believer who clings to and confesses His Word (or Law). Someone who believes and confesses His Word is literally laying claim to their legal rights. And He being who He is HAS […] The post The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime!

    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 Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime! appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • What to Expect from Verge’s Biggest E-Commerce Launch

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

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

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

    Tim Hickle
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s time to dispel the myth that Indianapolis is B2B town, or at least that’s what the team at felix + iris believe. After years of playing in the B2C E-Commerce space, the folks at One Click Ventures have turned their sights on the eye wear space. They have built a new brand offering a data-driven approach to eye glasses that has the potential to change the way we all buy glasses. The felix + iris team just got back from Fashion Week in New York where they introduced their brand to the press and this week, they’ll be announcing the time and place of the local launch of…
  • Pitch: PactSafe is the 1st Application that Seamlessly Manages, Tracks and Deploys Website Legal Agreements

    Matt Hunckler
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    PactSafe is the first application that seamlessly manages, tracks and deploys website legal agreements. In his August presentation at Verge, Brian Powers unveils PactSafe to the world. Watch his 5-minute pitch here: PactSafe: Seamlessly Manage, Track and Deploy Your Website Legal Agreements What is website legal? Terms of Use Privacy Policies Terms and Conditions Disclaimers The problem: Enforceability Deployment and Management is a Huge Distraction Tracking is Non-Existent The solution (PactSafe): Maximizes enforceability of website legal agreements. Manages and deploys all aspects of…
 
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    Planio Blog

  • 20% Discount on RMClient for Planio users

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

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

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

    janschulzhofen
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Starting today, Planio is available on StartHQ and fully integrates with its awesome new Search feature! We’re great fans of StartHQ here at Planio. It makes work with all the different tools we use so much easier. Once signed up, you can add all your favorite services and access them with just a single click. After adding Planio, you’ll immediately get access to your Projects, Issues, Activity, My Page and Spent time reports. Pure awesomeness ensues after installing the StartHQ plugin for your browser: With StartHQ installed, you can search content across all your web apps using…
  • Closing the email encryption loophole (with OpenPGP!)

    janschulzhofen
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    It is 2014. We’ve all been using SSL for a long time now in order to access our favourite cloud services. Of course, Planio uses SSL by default and for everything. In fact, we also provide HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) for browsers that support it, so you cannot even attempt an unencrypted connection to your Planio account. However, there’s one giant loophole in most web services that we use everyday, and that is email. In fact, most cloud services will require SSL and ask you to create a secure password. But they will still send you updates including sensitive…
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    Startup Champ

  • Guide: Why Going Green Helps Your Bottom Line as Well as the Environment

    Guest Author
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    In the current dog-eat-dog world of business, it’s more difficult than ever make a profit, or even just to break even. With the perhaps shocking statistic that 80% of all small business start-ups fail in their first year, it’s crucial that all businesses do what they can to improve their chances of keeping their heads above the water. Although many plans might strike you, going green with your business might not be the first thing to strike you as being an effective way to get a better handle of your company’s finances. However, going green can have a real positive impact on your…
  • Business Idea: Start Your Own Property Conveyancing Business

    Guest Author
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    If you want to work in the property market, then you might consider a job as a licensed conveyancer. Better yet, you could start your own property conveyancing business! However, you will need to get your foot on the ladder first and work your way up to the top. This guide will talk you through what you must do if you want to start a business such as this: photo source Your Role A licensed conveyancer use the legal process in order to transfer a property from one owner to the next owner. You will basically be a specialist lawyer who focused on property, dealing with paperwork and other…
  • Breaking Away From The Ego – Thoughts On Creating a Startup That Lasts

    Guest Author
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    What does it take to have an idea and create something tangible out of it? What does it take to create a startup that will sustain past the first year? It’s estimated that a majority of businesses will fail within the first year. What is it about those companies that do succeed that makes it possible for them to sustain past that one-year mark? Entrepreneurs Cameron Chell and Jamie Clarke try to answer these questions in their book, The Sustainable Startup, which details 7 principles that create the difference between an unsustainable and a sustainable startup. The underlying idea behind…
  • Five Inner Secrets All Startups Should Know But Probably Don’t

    Neet Narula
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    The wealth of information that exists on the World Wide Web concerning the dos and don’ts for budding entrepreneurs thinking of starting their own company is enough to keep them reading for the rest of their lives. And as we all know, running your own company is an extremely time consuming, at times unrelenting process that gives you little time for rest. Billionaire entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson may have time to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon, fly a plane into space or kitesurf across the Channel, but make no mistake; for a long time in the early days even he…
  • 3 Key Things To Know About Modified Shipping Container

    Neet Narula
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    For most people or companies, purchasing a shipping container is quite a substantial investment. If you take good care of your shipping container, you can make sure that it is in excellent condition for many years to come. There are shipping containers for sale in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and everywhere else in Australia; and they are available in a range of different sizes and configurations. If you are looking for a modified shipping container, then that is even more reason to make sure that it is looked after properly as these are more expensive than your standard types of shipping…
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • Why Prolonged Sitting And Standing Is Unproductive

    Anna Vital
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Sitting too much will probably shorten your life. Entrepreneurs sit a lot. No wonder recently this new smart cushion Darma became instantly popular on Kickstarter. The key to reversing the effects of sitting is not standing – it’s standing up regularly. Switch up sitting and standing every 30 minutes, advises Cornell University ergonomics team. How would you remember to switch? And who will tell you to keep your back straight? The Key To Sitting Is Moving Every 20 minutes for just 2 minutes. And movement is free. The absolute time that you sit is not as important breaking up…
  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

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

  • Bitchin Sauce: Creating The Tastiest Sauce in the World! – TCE 049

    Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes This is bar none, the most Bitchin’ episode of this podcast. Most Saturdays while I was living in San Diego, I’d go to the farmers market in little Italy where I live. During my first visit, I remember seeing these guys at their stand and they looked like they were having the time of their lives. Their product was called Bitchin’ Sauce, people were flocking around their booth and the entire team was rocking tank tops….naturally I had to go and see what this was all about. I tried a sample of their Bitchin’ sauce…
  • Mark Manson on The Psychology of Achievement – TCE 048

    Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.” This is the start of a great piece called The Most Important Question of Your Life written by today’s guest, author Mark Manson of MarkManson.net. In this episode of The Competitive Edge we dive into the…
  • Unleashing The Power of Self-Understanding with Steve Sisler – TCE 047

    Scott
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Do you think if you understood how your brain worked and why you behave the way you do, you’d be better equipped to perform at a high level? If the answer isn’t at a resounding yes for you yet, that may change after today’s episode. I’m honored to have Steve Sisler founder of the behavioral resource group to take us through a deep dive on the power of behavioral profiling and how we can use it to level up work, relationships, and performance. There’s a lot of different behavior profile tests out there, but in my…
  • Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist with Steve Schlafman – TCE 046

    Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “A common effort, yields common results” Man I love that, and I think it’s so important to keep in mind in the pursuit of doing hard things. Today I’m so exicted to have my close friend on the show Steve Schlafman. Steve’s an investor at well known venture capital firm RRE Ventures and is someone whose work ethic and hustle I genuinely admire. We’ve had a lot of entrepreneurs on this show, but today I wanted to bring someone on the other side of the table on. Steve sees 100’s if not thousands of companies a year…
  • Abundant Joy: How To Be The Happiest Person In The Room

    Scott
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Two months ago I realized I’ve been doing my gratitude practice at about 25% of what it could be… I fell into this new ritual kind of by accident, but I’ve never been happier and held a more persistent sense of inner joy since I started this so I had to share it with you. I feel like I’ve beat this into the ground, but happiness (and everything else) is an inside job. To be filled with joy is a decision rooted in your ability to properly and consistently take an empowering perspective. Even though I…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Rick Farnell – Co-Founder & President of Think Big Analytics

    Mario Schulzke
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    I would take more pictures. Pictures tell a great story and we have a tradition in our offices where we hang up photos of good times that we’ve had inside and outside the office. As co-founder of Think Big, Rick brings 20 years of management experience in scaling technology consulting organizations in North America, EMEA and APAC. He is responsible for Think Big’s sales and services business. Previously, Rick directed a global division within Sun Microsystems and in 2009, he led Sun’s cloud open source software go to market strategy with Amazon Web Services. Rick played a key…
  • Di Huang – Co-Founder and CEO of cloudcade

    Mario Schulzke
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    The moment you decide that you no longer need to learn, someone else will inevitably surpass you in your endeavors. Di Huang is a serial entrepreneur from San Francisco. He is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of cloudcade, a tablet-first mobile games developer aimed at creating fun, original and deeply engaging free-to-play games for a global market. Prior to founding cloudcade, Di founded two other startups leveraging technology to improve consumer lifestyle, SoWink & CosmeTrend. Coming from a diverse consumer app and finance background, Di is always looking for the next BIG thing, and…
  • David Brian Ward – CEO & Founder of Telegraph Hill

    Mario Schulzke
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Checklists. Checklists keep you focused on good process even as you are whipsawed by interruptions and context switches. David Brian Ward’s career spans three decades as an entrepreneur and leader of software innovation at firms both large and small. After a successful start in software management at GE, Mr. Ward began his consulting career at a startup incubator, which spawned successful firms such as Tibco Software. After leading product development at Arbor Software/Hyperion, Mr. Ward became CEO at venture capital-backed startups, and a sought-after technical management consultant. Mr.
  • Brian Heider – President at Culinary Consultants

    Mario Schulzke
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Don’t ever get complacent. Always think outside the box, and continue to expand and grow on your ideas — even if things are working for the time being. Brian Heider is the president at Culinary Consultants , a purchasing solutions organization that’s devoted to helping fraternity, sorority, and food service management companies throughout the country that operate within the college and university market. Culinary Consultants aims to help increase purchasing power while providing additional service benefits that help each client’s food program flourish. Brian is also the managing…
  • Yali Saar – Co-Founder & CEO of TailorBrands

    Mario Schulzke
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    When you swim long enough you understand that there isn’t a real way to win over other people in the pool, the only thing that matters is beating your own time over and over again. Yali is a former TV actor turned entrepreneur. He has also spent three years as a war correspondent in different parts of the Middle East, a political spokesperson, and general havoc maker that once hitch hiked on tank to get dibs on a story. In his current role, Yali is the Co-Founder & CEO of TailorBrands.com, a branding-technology company that uses advanced machine learning capabilities to teach computers…
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    swombat.com

  • I don't know

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Mark Suster: She reminded us that in the world we live in we are often expected to be experts. We are expected to know everything and many people rush to conclusions given a limited set of information. Learning comes from starting with a point-of-view that says, “I don’t know.” I said I learned this 15 years ago because that is when I stopped being a consultant. Mark explains how the "here's an answer/solution" posture can hurt your business and your investments. This is an essential lesson for all founders, particularly since we are frequently thrown into situations where posturing…
  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
  • The idea funnel

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

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

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

  • Why New Payment Mechanisms Fail To Take Off

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Note: This is a guest post by Karthik Shashidhar, a reader of the Platform Thinking blog and a Bangalore-based quant consultant. Karthik is a Resident Quant at the Takshashila Institution and is fascinated by the concept of liquidity, outside the financial markets, and particularly applied to platform markets.   Kenya’s hugely successful payments platform m-pesa was brought to India a couple years back by Vodafone, in association with ICICI Bank. This allows an m-pesa account holder (who is a customer of both Vodafone and ICICI Bank) to transfer money to another m-pesa account holder.
  • An 8 minute primer on Platform Thinking

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What happens when industries start moving towards platforms? Which kinds of firms manage the transition well and which ones get left behind? What are the key factors that drive success for a firm moving towards platforms. At SIBOS 2014 in Boston last week, I was invited to deliver a short keynote on applying Platform Thinking in the Banking Industry. The keynote was followed by a TV interview with former BBC anchor Daisy McAndrews, where we discuss the basics of Platform Thinking and the characteristics of industries that manage this transformation. In particular, we discuss the following: -…
  • City-as-a-platform: Applying platform thinking to cities

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Note: This is a guest post by Barbara Thornton. Barbara attended my lecture at Harvard Business School in July and has been applying principles of Platform Thinking to her work with cities and municipalities. This post leverages the Magnet – Tools & Rules – Data framework that I first alluded to in my Harvard Business Review article here and have since expanded over the course of my lectures and workshops. More on that coming in the subsequent posts. In this post, Barbara uses this Platform Thinking framework to layout a structure for thinking of the…
  • Engineering-as-marketing: How startups transform marketing

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

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

  • 10 symptoms that a Startup’s final days are approaching: Winners do quit

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    The Startup world is an unknown battlefield full of landmines. People say that the greatest glory is to get up every time we fail. It is true, we agree, yet, do not make failure a habit. Every big company has been a struggling startup once and had seen their bit of failures and persistence during their hard times had trained them to reach heights. There is a saturation point in failures too which indicate that you need to let it go. We analyze the most fatal symptoms which indicate the time to pull the plug and say “good bye!”. It is easier said than done with a lot of emotional…
  • 7 Twitter Accounts for Startups to Upgrade their Marketing Strategy

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Startup entrepreneurs can utilize the microblogging service as a huge resource for their business’s day-to-day operation. However, small business folks must know the right accounts to follow in order to benefit from all that Twitter can offer. In this article we had listed out the best Twitter accounts that every small entrepreneur should for sure follow to enhance their marketing skills.   1. Brian Clark Follow Brianclark 170k followers He is one of the top 10 social media marketers to follow on Twitter. The sole genius behind Copyblogger Media which is an astounding and important…
  • Top 10 Live Action Explainer videos to get inspired.

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Explainer videos has become a must use tool for any startups or brands with a new product launch. Can Explainer videos be connected well with live action than animated videos? It is always a very good debate on  what style of explainer videos should I adopt? Even we have written an article on 12 different types of explainer videos. But explainer videos are mainly differentiated into 2 types: Animated Videos and Live Action Videos. Choosing which style can fit for my next project is always tough decision. Even worth reading the comparison posted in wistia blog. Live Action explainer videos,…
  • 5 Myths of Content Marketing every Marketer should know

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    In this current online marketing trend, Content Marketing plays a vital role. It may be of any form starting from inbound marketing to Social Media. You need a very good content to make your brand standout. Most of the content marketing effort is being wasted.  According to Business2community  “50% of content marketing efforts are waste in 2014″.  To make things worse,  the  5 myths stated below will hurt your content marketing effort or even  back fires. It means content marketing is like old SEO, if we did it wrong then our site will face the consequences eventhough it…
  • Stop using Gmail says Google with all new reinvent Google Inbox

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Did Google really ask people to stop using Gmail? A big NO. Google comes with a new product called Inbox which works inside Gmail. What it means to Gmail users? It means a lot to them. Key Highlights Read Mail without opening it It comes with Flight details, Reservation status and images. Without opening the mail, we can read them instantly. Bundle It We always worry, how to and fro mails and other related mails can be seen together. No worries. Google Inbox will take care of that as well. To -Do -List built-in with Inbox. To know more check out at Google Inbox To Google test this out in…
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    AlleyWatch

  • Why Weather-Driven Personalization is Hot Hot Hot

    Linda Bustos
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    An estimated 3 trillion dollars worth of private sector business is driven by the weather, and thanks to climate change, the traditional four-season model is not a reliable predictor of sales. The...
  • 3 Reasons Professionals in Financial Services can Profit from FinTech Startups

    Josh Elwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    FinTech disruption is in its early innings, particularly on the institutional side, but the number of exciting startups is growing. You’ve likely heard of companies like Lending Club in the lending...
  • The 7 Cardinal Sins of Startup Founders

    Jay Deng
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Cardinal Sin #1: Delusions of Grandeur The worst kind of founder is one who thinks they are the second coming of Christ. NO, your company isn’t going to be worth billions. NO, your idea won’t change...
  • Investor Secrets for Smart Competitive Positioning

    Martin Zwilling
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises...
  • Raw: NYC Mayor Eats at the Meatball Shop

    AlleyWatch
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had lunch at The Meatball Shop in Manhattan, four days after Dr. Craig Spencer ate there. Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday.
 
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    Startup Freak

  • DealsCompile

    StartupFreak
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Company Name : DealsCompile Description : DealsCompile will take your greediness to the next level for shopping. Company Overview : DealsCompile is an online shopping community completely free for ‘Aam Aadmi’ . It brings to you the most hottest deals live in the world of online shopping. It will help you in making the correct decisions for purchasing on online shopping e-commerce sites. We strive hard to provide you the best deals at the right time and at the right price from the various reputed online shopping sites. Deals will be present for each and everyone.Subscribe Us for…
  • TruckSuvidha

    StartupFreak
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Company Name : TruckSuvidha Description : Trucksuvidha.com is a leading portal for the transport industry. Connecting transporters, truck drivers, customers and other related entities. Company Overview : Simplicity, speed and efficiency drive your business and this is our focus as well. We allow the users to share the information for expansion of services to the customers by providing better rates and vehicles. Our service is aimed for the brokers / transporters / logistics heads / delivery heads to make the use of this technology. This service will make the movement of the vehicle and…
  • Tamilnad Aluminium Company

    StartupFreak
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Company Name : Tamilnad Aluminium Company Description : Aluminium Foils Manufacturers and Suppliers Company Overview : Tamilnad Aluminium Company Chennai is manufacturer and supplier of aluminium foil, aluminium extrusion profile and aluminium rolled products in India. Tamilnad’s management staff has a combined experience that spans for over 35 years. Our company’s management team consists of technically skilled individuals who have been working with the top aluminum manufacturers in the business. Products – 1. Aluminium Flat Bars 2. Aluminium Hexagon Rod 3. Aluminium Round Rods…
  • Cashlele.com

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company Name : Cashlele.com Description : Cashback and Coupons offers Company Overview : Cashlele.com is India’s one of the best Cashback and Coupons website. We aim to maximise your savings by providing you cashback and offer on your online purchases.Our Cashback and Coupon partners include the best brands like Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong and 500 more. When you purchase from your trusted brands through Cashlele,we provide you with cashback and exciting offers and coupons. Homepage URL: http://www.cashlele.com Industry : Ecommerce Number of Employees : Location : Bangalore…
  • Websoftex Software Solutions Pvt Ltd

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company Name : Websoftex Software Solutions Pvt Ltd Description : Websoftex Software Solutions Private Limited is a Software company, extending its services in Website Designing & Development, Custom Software Development and Mobile. Company Overview : Websoftex Software Solution Pvt. Ltd is a software company, extending its services in Website Designing & Development, Custom Software Development and Mobile. Our company is committed to provide Creative, Innovative and quick & quality Website Design, Chit Fund Software, RD FD Software, Android Application, MLM Software, Microfinance…
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    Onboardly

  • There’s Nothing Different About Your Blog, Except This 1 Thing

    Tanya McGinnity
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    There are a billion blogs out there. Well, 152 million, to be exact. It may seem easy to get lost in the noise, but the truth is, it’s not that difficult to set yourself apart from the pack. Your blog is a powerful content marketing channel. A recent study indicates that small businesses that blog have 126% higher lead growth. Marketers who prioritize blogging are 13 times more like to generate ROI. You don’t need to be a small business to benefit from the impact of blogging – one in three Fortune 500 companies maintain active blogs. There are countless other benefits to blogging,…
  • Ascend to New Heights in Content Marketing [Infographic]

    Tanya McGinnity
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The fine folks over at Captora have compiled a sweet infographic on the topic of content marketing measurement that we just have to share with you. While the topic of content is on everybody’s radar, and sure, it’s fun to create, what many are missing out on is the actual ROI of what is being produced. Without measurement, it’s hard to know if you’re just yelling into the echo chamber or hitting the target. This infographic offers up everything you’ll need to know on the subject. Why content marketing is necessary, which types of content offer the best ROI, what…
  • Startup PR Is Like Dating: Why You’re Not Getting Past the First Date

    Crystal Richard
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    There’s one in every office. That token single person who will brave the dating world and return to the office with tales ranging from first date butterflies to horror stories from the trenches to 50 shades of you did what?! Having both been that token single girl and witnessed others around me, I recently made a very keen observation: the parallels between dating and startup PR are not so unalike. Those feelings you get when you’re about to a pitch a journalist – sweaty palms and nervous knot in your stomach? The high you get when it results in perfect coverage. How alone you feel…
  • The Differences Between Traditional and Startup Marketing

    Renee Warren
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve spent months, possibly even years, testing and perfecting your product. Now you’re faced with the task of telling the world about your amazing thing. If you’re a typical startup,  you probably have a small budget, a tiny, hard-working team, and an audience different than an already-existing brand. The truth is, traditional marketing doesn’t always work for startups. How you market your startup must be different from the marketing strategy of a larger company. The Unique Needs of Startups With an “unproven” product, startups are often taking a risk allocating time and money…
  • 99% of Startup PR is Showing Up

    Heather Carson
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Speaking at a conference in South Dakota last week, I had the chance to meet a former AP reporter who approached me to discuss the interesting relationship between journalists and PR people. He and I agreed that while our differences have often been at the forefront of debate and banter, when a PR person and a journalist really work to ‘get each other’ – it’s a beautiful thing. The key takeaway from my presentation at the event was straight-forward, but a good reminder for all in this business – in order to be successful in Startup PR, relationships are paramount. It’s the…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 5 Ways to Get Your Finances Organized in 5 Minutes or Less

    Sara Rosenfeld
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you run a small business, you want to focus on following your passion. Unfortunately, all of those pesky back-office tasks still need attention. Ugh. Keeping your accounts balanced is the single most important thing you can do for your business, so don’t neglect it. Once you have a perfect system, you’ll be on your way to success. All of the steps below take less than five minutes: Minute #1: Capture Those Receipts You get a receipt for a key business expense, and you keep it in your bag, wallet, or binder to file later, right? Wrong! Use a receipts tool to immediately store…
  • The Small Business Holiday Planning Quick Guide

    Emma Siemasko
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trick or treat. Merry Christmas. Be thankful. Happy Hannukah. It’s that time of year. The holidays are sweeping in with a vengeance. When it comes to friends and family, you might have an action plan, but do you have a plan for your business? Whether you sell stuff that people would put under the tree, or are marketing to other businesses, you need a plan. We’ve got a step-by-step holiday planning guide for you and your small business: Step 1: Get Inspired As a business, you want to at least recognize the holidays. You don’t need ten years to come up with the greatest idea ever.
  • Remote Employees: Should I Have Them At My Business?

    Kaleigh Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remote work is becoming increasingly popular in the business world as a means of cutting down on overhead. It’s also a nice perk for team members who are in search of greater flexibility (and less commuting.) But many small business owners are still unsure if this working relationship is appropriate for their company culture. Questions like, “Won’t they be distracted working from home?” or “How can I build rapport if they’re not physically in the office?” are common on this subject. That’s why today, we wanted to go over a few ways you can better identify if this type of…
  • 10 Tips For Scaling Up Your Business When Life Gets Crazy

    Kiera Abbamonte
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Scaling your business might seem like a big, overwhelming task. When you’re already busy with work and home life, it can be hard to find the time to focus on properly scaling. It’s easy to fall into the trap of only worrying about tasks that provide an immediate monetary return, but spending time on planning is the only way to find long-term success. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that hard. A good bulk of the work that goes into scaling a business consists of getting your ducks in a row before you start ramping up business. We pulled together 10 tips that will help you tackle the…
  • The Best Accounting Apps for Your Small Business: Reviewed!

    Kaleigh Moore
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Small business owner = wearer of many hats. One of those hats is the Accounting hat. If you’re like me, that hat is particularly daunting. As in, it’s a big scary hat that makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and cry. Why is that? Well, I never had any formal education on the subject. Accounting is an unknown world to me. Yet, I find myself assigned with accounting duties as part of my small business. So when it came time to find the perfect app to help simplify the accounting process (and make that particular hat less scary), I wanted to check out my options to see which option…
 
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Winnipeg's Permission Click

    Eleanor Wall
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Permission Click- Digital permission slips for parents/schools- Parental approval/payment online- SSL & PCI Level 1 compliant- Principal/administrator approval - Teacher notifications/event tracking- Permission slip creation & templates- Form templates for school districts - Event archiving- PermissionClick.com Screenshot via Permission Click
  • In the Spotlight - Pitchstack

    Eleanor Wall
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pitchstack- Pitch presentations made easy- Over 100 pitch presentation templates- Drag-and-drop editor- 1,000,000+ images for your pitch presentation- Step-by-step instructions- Free on-demand pitch specialists- Export data - Find local pitch events - Apply directly to incubators/accelerators- Sign up for early access invites- Pitchstack.comScreenshot via Pitchstack
  • In the Spotlight - hytch

    Eleanor Wall
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    hytch-  Marketplace for professionals (software, data, design)- Companies compete for talent- Employers bid on IT professionals- Candidates review offers and schedule interviews accordingly- Smaller companies can compete by offering innovative perks - Signing bonus for using hytch - Companies can review code samples prior to bidding- hytch.io
  • In the Spotlight - SoloLearn

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    SoloLearn- Gamified learning platform for mobile- Practice skills anywhere, anytime for free- Interactive learning- Courses include programming, business, life skills- Available for Android, Windows (iOS in development)- 450K installs, 80K active learners (month over month) - Based out of Armenia/USA (Pleasanton/Silicon Valley) - 100K in funding from Granatus Ventures - www.SoloLearn.com
  • In the Spotlight - Waldo

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waldo- Smart technology bike alarm with motion detection- Receive smartphone notifications if bike is being tampered with- Track bike if stolen via GPS technology- Audible alarm- Protective housing affixes alarm to bike- Find local bike shops via smartphone app- Waldo.bike
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    e27

  • Selfie camera app Selfit soft launches in Singapore

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    The app offers users virtual characters, animations and live effects to play with. It is available in the iOS App Store Image credit: Selfit Selfit, a free augmented or ‘mixed reality’ selfie camera app from Nextstop-studio, has soft launched in Singapore today, shared the company exclusively with e27. The app offers users virtual characters, animations and live effects to play with, as well as ‘great sharing incentives’. “The idea came to mind when I was looking to make a video clip, cheering up a friend in the hospital. I wanted to do something entertaining but…
  • Rant and rave for a good cause

    Min Jie Yaw
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    This Singaporean travel startup wants your reviews as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative When one is travelling, accommodation is often one of the most pressing concerns. Comfort and cleanliness is key to the experience and sometimes expectations fall short. In other cases, expectations are exceeded when you get more bang — the rooms are lush and the service is inviting. travelmob, a Singaporean-based startup, wants to know if your stay hits the spot. As part of its corporate social responsiblity (CSR) initiative, it will be donating US$1 to Project Hammer for every…
  • [Singapore] Filing company tax and PIC claims: Intermediate

    e27 Editorial Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hello November. It’s the time of the year that every Singapore company is required to file tax. Synopsis: Join us for a 1.5-hour tour on Singapore’s corporate tax filing, sponsored by Plug-in@Blk71. Following our introduction to Singapore corporate tax regime, this is an intermediate session that will look more in-depth at tax planning and optimizing PIC claims. Event details: Start: Thursday, 13 November, 2014 06:30 p.m. End: Thursday, 13 November, 2014 08:00 p.m. Venue: Plug-in@Blk71, Block 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18, Singapore 139951 Country: Singapore Register here Organizer:…
  • Indonesian government intends to establish creative economy agency

    DailySocial
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Following the lead of regional governments, Indonesia is establishing its own agency to boost creativity Image Credit: Shutterstock After getting parted from the Ministry of Tourism, the Directory General of Creative Economy’s fate has finally been decided. As Kompas reported, the National Secretary of Indonesia, Pratikno, gave his words that the government looks for an option of establishing a special agency, which is called the Creative Economy Agency (CEA), to administer such matters. This agency will be one level below the Ministry and it should directly report to the President.
  • Korean government doing too much in support of entrepreneurship?

    beSUCCESS
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Can too much government “hand-holding” be detrimental to the startup ecosystem? “We look forward to another success story with startups here in Daejon,” said President Park Geun-hye during a ceremony to launch yet another innovation centre in Korea. While government support for Korean startups has been impressive, is it time for the politicians to take a step back? At some point the ecosystem must be allowed to develop of its own volition and startups surviving off the back of government handouts alone must be allowed to perish. That’s the real world. At home and away While…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Project Ara developer conference to hit Singapore, Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai

    Terence Lee
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The second Project Ara Module Developers Conference is coming to Asia. The first event will be held on January 14, 2015 in Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, with satellite events in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. It will then hit Asia a week later on January 21, 2015 in Singapore with the same agenda. Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai will serve as the satellite locations connected via bi-directional video. The speakers will be located in Mountain View and Singapore, although other locations won’t be left out as Project Ara team members will be present.
  • Steal like a game developer

    J. Sexton
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cloning in games is nothing new. It’s as old as the industry itself. In fast-growing markets, cloning incidences, or accusations thereof, are at their highest. We saw it in Japan and North America with arcade games in the eighties, and we’re seeing it now with the explosion of mobile games. This is now especially true throughout mobile-mad Asia. Despite the huge influx of games, I’d argue that instances of full-on cloning are rarer than many think. This doesn’t mean the borrowing of ideas from others isn’t rampant. It is. Rather, human nature, laws, and I’d argue…
  • Indie game dev is tough whether you’re funded or not

    Mary-Anne Lee
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Is it tougher or easier to develop a game when your team doesn’t have to worry about funds and cash flow? In our Games in Asia Malaysia Meetup last night, all three of the indie devs speaking said that cash flow was always an issue. Worrying about funding is undoubtedly a big distraction. How can you develop a game when you have to wonder whether you can put food on the table, be it for yourself or for family? The SUTD Game Lab, developer of Singapore’s first Playstation 4 game, One Upon Light, which launched this week, doesn’t have to be concerned with that. Backed by the Singapore…
  • For first time ever, Baidu now sees most of traffic come from mobile

    Steven Millward
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Baidu, China’s top search engine company, now gets more traffic on mobile than it does on desktop computers. This little nugget of info is hidden in plain sight in Baidu’s Q3 earnings report (PDF link), which came out last night. “This is quite significant,” says Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, in an email exchange with Tech in Asia. “To be a bit more specific, average daily mobile traffic surpassed average daily PC traffic,” he adds, emphasizing that this refers to total traffic, not just search queries. Baidu’s Q3…
  • Fortumo opens Singapore office, emphasizes Asia Pacific’s leading role in digital purchases

    J. Sexton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Another player in mobile gaming has expanded to Southeast Asia. This time it is Estonia-based mobile payments company Fortumo, which has announced the opening of a new office Singapore. The company provides carrier billing services throughout Asia. At present, this includes 12 different Asia Pacific markets, from Australia to Vietnam. Gerri Kodres summed up the rationale for the move in a press release sent to Games in Asia. Kodres, the SVP of business development and carrier relations at Fortumo, says: Carrier billing has grown to be one of the most popular payment methods for users in the…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • STHLM Tech Meetup with Index Ventures

    Marwan Ayache
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    THE Sthlm Tech Meetup is meeting up again, and more than four hundred million people are here on this cozy Tuesday evening at the Hilton in Slussen, Stockholm. Ben Holmes from Index Ventures is our guest tonight. Index Ventures are a Europe & US-based VC firm who invest mostly in IT and life sciences companies, like Facebook, iZettle, King, Mysql, Nastygal, Playfish, Rebtel, Secret, Skype, Sonos, Soundcloud, Squarespace, Stack Exchange, Stardoll, and Supercell….to name but a few. It’s no wonder they’re so interested in Stockholm. The full list of companies is on…
  • Was Swedish startup Merchii acquired by Indian social-question company Flipsicle?

    James Pember
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Whilst the number was probably fairly modest, it definitely slipped under the radar that it looks like an Indian app company Flipsicle recently bought the team behind Merchii – a Stockholm-based startup who’ve been working on a number of fashion-tech-related ideas for a few years now. I can’t see any official statements or announcements, there are a number of hints that point to the fact that the two-man Merchii team have definitely joined Flipsicle, who are working on a social-question app. First, an article appeared in the Bangalore Mirror, where it’s clearly…
  • A friday night story from Gothenburg

    Johannes Tveitan
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s Friday afternoon and I’m heading down to Recorded Futures office for the first gathering of the GBG Startup Hack people and friends. Entering the offices there is already a buzz in the air, people meeting friends from the hack, new acquaintances. But most notably, the spirits are high and there has come a lot of people. Entering the door the Startup Hack crew had made a plan to kickstart people into connecting, everyone got a tag to write either “Developer”, “Designer” or “Visionary” – the goal of the evening is to at least strike up…
  • 5 ways to boost your STING FastForward application

    Anders Hassis
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Thinking about applying to the next batch of STING’s accelerator program? Here are 5 useful tips to improve your chances of getting chosen for the program: 1. Show us that you have a strong team STING invests in people, not companies. One thing that truly impresses us is an experienced team with complementing skills. Show us that your team represents business, marketing and sales competencies, as well as a solid set of techies. 2. Think visual Another thing that excites us – and makes you stand out – is video. Tell us about your team and business concept in a three-minute video pitch.
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – October 25 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    24 Oct 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 Truecaller partner with Microsoft in exclusive Windows Phone deal Truecaller are on a roll. A week after announcing a massive $60M round of funding led by Sequoia and Skype-founder Niklas Zennström, they’ve this past week announced that they’re partnering with Microsoft to bring Live Caller ID to Windows Phones, exclusively. Codarica exit Walt Disney accelerator, launch first iPad app Codequest…
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    Barcinno

  • No Excuses: Get FREE Expert Feedback On Your Project At The Mobile Jazz UI/UX Workshop

    Scott Mackin
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Mobile Jazz, arguably the most talented design and development team in Barcelona, are opening their doors for a Web UI/UX Workshop on Thursday November 6th.  Mobile Jazz is the well-known and highly respected digital team behind award winning mobile and web projects. One of their mobile apps has over 100M users worldwide – yes, that’s a ONE, with […] The post No Excuses: Get FREE Expert Feedback On Your Project At The Mobile Jazz UI/UX Workshop appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Hubbl

    Stewart Masters
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    You’ve just ordered that awesome item you’ve been wanting for as long as you can remember. All you want is to get the package in the post, tear it open and start the fun times. You want nothing else, not even sleep. But then you get home from work and find that dreaded slip in the […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Hubbl appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Startupbootcamp Barcelona Swings Into Action With Its First Pitch Day in BCN

    Scott Mackin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    On November 7, Startupbootcamp  Internet of Things & Data is welcoming promising young startups to their first Barcelona Pitch Day. The Startupbootcamp Barcelona team will select the 10 best teams from all of the applications, and those teams will be invited to pitch, get feedback and learn more about the Startupbootcamp program. The teams chosen for the […] The post Startupbootcamp Barcelona Swings Into Action With Its First Pitch Day in BCN appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Trip4real (@trip4real) City Manager

    Scott Mackin
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Company: Trip4real Industry: eTravel Area: City Managers (4) Place: Barcelona Job type: Full time ROLE: We’re seeking city managers to manage the growth of trip4real into London, Lisbon, Paris, Rome,… from our Barcelona offices: (Duties include: business developement, customer aquisiton, industy & market networking, local PR support, customer/client service, content generation, and all-round hustling etc.) Trip4real […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Trip4real (@trip4real) City Manager appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: MyTwinPlace (@MyTwinPlace) Inside Sales/Customer Support

    Scott Mackin
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Company: MyTwinPlace Area: Travel, Collaborative Consumption Place: Barcelona Job type: Sales/Customer Service About the Role: MyTwinPlace is growing! We are looking for an Inside sales/Customer Support Assistant to join our team of enthusiastic, travel loving experts. The only thing is, you must be an English/Italian/French native. Purpose of Role: Lead Generation – Finding and getting in touch with new […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: MyTwinPlace (@MyTwinPlace) Inside Sales/Customer Support appeared first on Barcinno.
 
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    BangkokStartup

  • New beginnings

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

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

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

  • LearnDash Demo Site Update

    Ryan Moore
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We launched a big update to our LearnDash demo site earlier today. At first glance, the updates might not be obvious; after all, the site is less about look & feel than it is about showcasing what can be accomplished with LearnDash and WordPress. What you will definitely notice is that an account is now required to use the demo. While this does mean an extra step is required to use the site, it also means that it’s a lot easier for visitors to reliably test progress tracking, achievements and more. So what else has changed? Our old login page is gone; we had a handful of issues that we…
  • WP Courseware 3.0 Released

    Ryan Moore
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Fly Plugins released a big update to WP Courseware on Thursday, bringing it up to version 3.0. The update primarily brings enhancements to quizzes that help to bring it more in line with what competitors like LearnDash and Sensei are offering. Question pools, randomization, timed quizzes, feedback and more are all now available. The video below outlines some of the highlights. If you already have a WP Courseware site, you’ll notice a number of changes to quizzes after you upgrade. The quiz creation interface is quite different; everything is divided into tabs. Of course, there’s still…
  • WP Courseware LMS Demo Site

    Ryan Moore
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Now that we have demo sites available for LearnDash and WooThemes Sensei, we thought it was only fair to include WP Courseware in the mix. These 3 products are, after all, the bigger players in WordPress Learning Management Systems. The new WP Courseware demo site is available at http://wpcourseware.uncannycloud.com/. Once again, we stuck to the same type of platform to make it easy to compare the 3 LMS platforms. Try signing in to all 3 and note the differences for yourself. (Note that this will only work for about 3 weeks; we’re planning on making some significant changes to our LearnDash…
  • LearnDash Review Revisited

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

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

  • BEHOLD! T-Pain Singing WITHOUT Auto-Tune

    Editorial Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    T-Pain has always been known to perform his songs with auto-tune. Because of that, we all just assumed he can’t sing. Watch his latest live performance with NPR, we guarantee that it will be the weirdest thing you’ll hear all day.
  • New Stanford Study Reveals Why New Entrepreneurs Should Never Stop Hustling

    Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    New research from the Stanford Graduate School of Business lends credence to the proverb “If at first you don’t succeed: Try, try, try again.” After examining the records of 2.8 million small retailers in Texas, Professor Kathryn Shaw concluded that while “failure is very, very common” for even serial entrepreneurs, successive new ventures were likely to experience more and more longevity. “Failures,” then, can be reframed as lessons to benefit entrepreneurs’ new operations — the more experienced the entrepreneur, the more successful the business. “If you are an…
  • Young North Koreans are Now Using Cell Phones for Wedding Rings

    Max Chang
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Nothing says, “Will you spend the rest of your life with me?” in North Korea quite like a cell phone. Cell phones have replaced engagement rings as the most popular gift to give someone when you ask them for their hand in marriage. In North Korea, there actually was no set tradition on wedding bands, but rings have pretty much been the default gift until now. Having an almighty cell phone in North Korea, after all, is a status symbol. A source for Daily NK explained: “Apart from women in affluent families, if you’re from a poor family or single, it’s hard to own a mobile phone ……
  • A Former Spice Girl is Named Top Entrepreneur in Britain

    Alan Van
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Britain’s top entrepreneur has been crowned, and it’s none other than … get ready for it … Posh Spice? Former Spice Girl and current David Beckham wifey Victoria Beckham heads the list of the U.K.’s top 100 entrepreneurs and family businesses put out annually by business magazine Management Today. What makes the 40-year-old Beckham the No. 1 “business hero,” according to MT, is her Victoria Beckham fashion brand and stores, whose profits have risen nearly 3,000 percent over a five-year period from 1 million pounds (approximately $1.6 million) to 30 million pounds…
  • How to Get Mark Cuban to Give You $1 Million

    Sarah Lesnar
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Many entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank” have failed pitching their products a because their startups were deemed not up to par with the standards of the sharks on the show. However, a team of entrepreneurs from Austin, Texas was recently able to secure an investment from the show’s biggest shark, Mark Cuban, for a whopping $1 million. The product that the three co-founders pitched was BeatBox Beverages, which is basically a fun twist on boxed wine. While one particular shark, Kevin O’Leary, simply didn’t get it and went as far as saying the product “tasted like shit,”…
 
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    StartUp Beat

  • Zenedge’s security solution targets large companies that need comprehensive protection against cyber attack

    Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    A Q&A with Zenedge co-founder and CEO Yuri Frayman. The San Jose-based cyber-security startup launched out of stealth mode earlier this month with $3.5 million in Series A funding. Investors in the round include serial entrepreneurs Yehuda Neuberger, Fred Sorkin and Needham & Company chairman Andrew Malik. It was founded this past summer by Frayman, Laurent Gil and Leon Kuperman. SUB: Please describe Zenedge and your primary innovation. FraymanZenedge delivers an attack-ready, first line of defense for web application security and DDoS mitigation. We have created a distributed, global…
  • With $6M in funding now in the bank, mParticle offers mobile app owners an end-to-end solution for data

    Editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A Q&A with mParticle co-founder and CEO Michael Katz. The New York City-based startup, which has created a data management and analytics platform for mobile app developers, announced earlier this month the completion of a $1.5 million Seed funding raise. Investors include Battery Ventures, Harbinger Capital Partners and Bowery Capital. It was founded in 2012 by Katz and his brother Andrew. The pair previously started interclick, which they sold to Yahoo back in 2011. mParticle previously raised $4.5 million in initial Seed funding. SUB: Please describe mParticle and your primary…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: DataRPM wants to enable business to ‘talk’ to their data, literally

    Editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    By Sundeep SanghaviDataRPM co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Leveraging the power of cognitive computing, DataRPM’s smart machine analytics solution delivers the unprecedented ability for business people to talk—literally—to their data in plain English and immediately receive visually intuitive answers. DataRPM uses this same advanced computational approach to automatically model multiple disparate data sources, delivering huge reductions in labor and cost associated with IT support of Big Data initiatives. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION DataRPM is an award-winning, industry pioneer in…
  • Atlas Wearables looks to take fitness tracking and analytics to the next level

    Editor
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    A Q&A with Atlas Wearables co-founder and CEO Peter Li. The Austin-based fitness wearable startup revealed earlier this month that it has raised $1.1 million in new Seed money as a combination of funding from Crowdfunder, Fundable and Angel investors. The TechStars accelerator graduate was founded in 2013 by Li and Mike Kasparian. SUB: Please describe Atlas Wearables and your primary innovation. Li: Atlas Wearables is an Austin-based data analytics company, and our first product is for fitness use. It is the most scientifically-advanced fitness monitor designed to improve indoor and…
  • With a $4M funding infusion, 10 Minutes With is bringing its career matchmaking platform to the U.S.

    Editor
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A Q&A with 10 Minutes With founder and CEO Manfredi Di Cintio. The London-based career matchmaking startup for students and recent college grads announced in early October the closing of a $4 million Series A funding round from a group of undisclosed investors. The company was founded in 2013 and previously raised $400,000 in Seed funding last year. SUB: Please describe 10 Minutes With and your primary innovation. Di Cintio: 10 Minutes With was created to inspire students and match them to their ideal jobs worldwide. The platform helps students learn directly from the experience of senior…
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    thinkfuture

  • Kennedy Goes Back To The Future

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Does anyone here remember when President Kennedy announced that we would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade? Probably not – was before most of our time: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. and what happened? We got a man on the moon before the end of the decade… Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18…
  • Google Is Your Dad

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Flickr / Prupert Do you remember the days when you used to go to your dad – or your mom – or your extended older family – in order to get advice and information on things? Your dad seemed to know everything, right? If you had a question on almost everything – why is the sky blue – why is the grass green – all of those how and why questions, he knew the answer. Weren’t we always in awe of his seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of everything?  He’d teach you how to iron shirts and shine your shoes (do people still do that?), barbecue meat, and not…
  • The Future Of Work

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by Dan Pink. In this book, he predicted that the typical corporate job would disappear over time and that in its stead, everyone would become an independent contractor who would work for themselves. There was no more conception of working for a company as an employee…
  • Does Hyperpersonalization Impede Innovation?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
      I was at a conference the other day about the future of the enterprise. Of course, my crazy futurist side kept on talking about how the enterprise itself is an outmoded concept of work, and in the not too distant future, all types of work will be carried out by more loosely connected individuals, who come together for a project, then disband. But that’s a topic for another post. One of the speakers at the panel prior to mine mentioned something about hyperpersonalization – which of course is completely on its way – with more and more data collected about what one does…
  • Apple Watch: A Triumph Of Incremental Innovation

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

  • Startup Career Advice for 10/27/14

    John Gannon
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Zapier Learning Center has a free introductory course on APIs, which allow companies to link their app systems together. Jason Freedman writes for 42Floors about wanting to get into startups, but not knowing where to start. 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 10/27/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 10/22/14

    John Gannon
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    SoundCloud, a leading online audio platform, is hiring a Product Manager for Connected Devices in New York. Intent Media is hiring an Associate Partnerships Manager and a Director of Strategy in New York. 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 10/22/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 10/20/14

    John Gannon
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    TheLadders, a job-matching service and employment website, is hiring a Product Manager in New York. Fiverr, the marketplace built around five-dollar gigs, is hiring a Local City Manager in New York. 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 10/20/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Build iOS apps on a budget without learning to code

    Angus McLeod
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    One month. $5,000. And no coding skills! Would you believe that’s all it takes to go from idea to an iOS MVP? My friend Angus McLeod at Knotable has used the process below to build his own iOS MVP and has seen other non-engineers use it to build their own, too.  What I love about this process is that you see progress on your app every day. Can’t say that about many outsourcing projects. Here’s Angus breaking it down… 1. Put your idea onto “paper” This means visually mocking up the whole app flow using your tool of choice. By “app flow” I…
  • How to interview with a startup CEO (by a startup CEO)

    Oliver Pomel
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    What do you look for when you interview startup sales/marketing/product management candidates? I’ve found that in the best interviews with non-technical people I’m usually the one doing most of the talking. For example, the best product managers asked lots of questions to help them understand: what exactly we did for whom what we were good at what we were struggling with In other words, be prepared for your interview, ask a lot of questions, listen, and learn. Then you have what you need to sell your unique fit with the startup and the specific role you’re targeting.
 
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  • Gamification

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Benjamin Bressington of http://www.aussieben.co explains gamification and its role in attracting new customers and new clients. It’s especially useful if your demographic consist of young people who need more to engage their attention.
  • Business and Social Gaming

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Social gaming offers various challenges for game developers. Game developer must ask the best business models for their games. Watch this video wherein a panel of experts share their thoughts on different business models and choosing the right one for any given game.
  • Image

    admin
    16 Dec 2013 | 11:47 pm
    Starting on crafting your image doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to set a big budget all at once. Figure out the key elements that the public would see immediately. If sales calls attract more clients, then an investment on business cards may be priority. If your business would entice customers through signs, put money there. A website or social media presence would also add extra exposure in these online and mobile age.
  • Inventory Control

    admin
    7 Dec 2013 | 9:04 pm
    Inventory control isn’t limited to counting them. You may also need to take physical control of inventory, restricting access or locking it up. Inventory is money.
  • Marketing Plan

    admin
    7 Dec 2013 | 8:11 am
    Market conditions change. You can never predict all of tomorrow’s challenges but you can anticipate some. It is in this context that your marketing plan should be an ongoing process. Taking a look at it every quarter and every six months should help you get on track. Has the market changed radically, or is your thinking different from when you started out? Check and measure the path or paths you’re gonna take from every time you look at your plan.
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  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 8

    Swati Kumar
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   The Wonders of Firebase:  Before I build (or rebuild without the bugs!) the backend of myCard, I have…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 6 and 7

    Elizabeth Randell
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Welcome Back! One of the best things about MOOCs are their flexibility.  If life gets in the way one week, you pick up and continue on in the next.  Discovering Business in Society has been a thoroughly enjoyable course – but I feel like it deserves my best focus and attention and sometimes…a week slips by…. This week we are going to look at a few points from week 6 and 7.  There were a couple of points that I wanted to explore further : Just because it is legal, is it Ethical?, Tax Avoidance, Auditors: Who do they really work for?  Get settled and lets set off on this…
  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 7

    Swati Kumar
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   Confidence:  I am a junior developer, which means that I have learned about 1% thus far of what there…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 5

    Elizabeth Randell
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Welcome back! Grab a tall, refreshing drink, sit back, relax and settle in for a read!  This week we are looking at leadership.  What is a leader?  What is the role of women in leadership?  These are tough topics… Before we begin, let’s clarify a few points for the sake of transparency.  I am a woman.  I am a woman who has been in leadership roles in business, in various organizations and at home.  I can’t give you a straight answer on what a leader is, what makes a good leader or how to get more women in visible leadership roles I hope you noticed the word…
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  • Brickstream Acquires NOMi to Increase Its Position on In-Store Analytics Space.

    Kevin
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Brickstream Acquires NOMi to Increase Its Position on In-Store Analytics Space. Brickstream, the in-store analytics market leader, announced today that it has acquired the fast-growing location analytics company NOMi. Together, the company now dominates the market with the largest number of global deployments, partner network, application suite, and offering of smart devices. This integrated platform provides the most complete view of the customer journey across both digital and in-store channels. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “With more than 100,000 smart devices installed…
  • StackUp Launches To Score Online Reading & Learning To Help You Get a Job.

    Kevin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    StackUp Launches To Score Online Reading & Learning To Help You Get a Job. The StackUp Report is built from data captured by the free StackUp Web App & Plug-In, which can be used on Mac and Windows (IOS & Android coming soon). When turned on, StackUp captures and scores time spent anywhere online and categorizes it into sixty different subject areas such as News, Finance, Engineering, Fashion, Technology, Sports, and Online Classes. “We’re very excited to launch StackUp as a metric that can help both job seekers and employers understand the commitment an individual has…
  • MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Spring 2015 Session.

    Kevin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Spring 2015 Session. The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2015 (S15) Cohort beginning March 2nd. The MACH37 program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market. Entrepreneurs. MACH37 encourages entrepreneurs with emerging…
  • Zift Solutions Acquires Marketing Advocate.

    Kevin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Zift Solutions Acquires Marketing Advocate. Zift Solutions, a leading provider of channel marketing automation solutions, today announced that it has acquired Marketing Advocate (a Teakwood Capital Company), a fellow Gartner “Cool Vendor” and longtime innovator in the channel marketing and Through Partner Marketing Automation (TPMA) space. The acquisition accelerates Zift Solutions’ commitment to delivering the most comprehensive and compelling solutions for increasing channel sales by supporting collaborative sales and marketing initiatives. “As Marketing Advocate has been working…
  • Startup Boomers For Boomers Launched To Coach Advertisers.

    Kevin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Startup Boomers For Boomers Launched To Coach Advertisers. Startup Boomers for Boomers (B4B) creates a unique network of consultants, researchers and strategists aged 50 and older. It aims to help advertisers better relate to and engage American Baby Boomers, a marketplace the firm has discovered is even larger and more important than previously thought. B4B. New B4B research extends the starting point of the socio-cultural Boomer generation from 1946 back to 1940, when the Depression-era slump in the U.S. birth rate finally turned around (Source: CDC.). The firm’s analysis concludes…
 
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  • Our response to the POODLE bug

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    A new security flaw was discovered yesterday which affects the SSL 3.0 protocol. For a brief summary, the POODLE bug – which is Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption for short – makes it possible … Read more The post Our response to the POODLE bug appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • The Hackathon Survival Guide

    Yann Irbah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Hackathons are one of my passions. They remind me of my student days when I was pulling all nighters with my friends to finish up coding a project on time. Except you don’t struggle for … Read more The post The Hackathon Survival Guide appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview)

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    While it’s often multi-million dollar exits that grab all the headlines – it’s very easy to overlook some of the great work small medium enterprises (SMEs) are doing. In fact, the European Commission states 99% … Read more The post Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview) appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy

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

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

    Akansha Naredy
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
      Are you a bored home worker or SEO Expert? Are you still a student looking for a part time job or manager?… We bring you some great ideas about the easiest way to make[...]
  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: D-Day

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

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

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

    Prateek Panda
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and[...]
 
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  • YJP Entrepreneurship Incubation Plans to Support Young Businessmen.

    Kevin C
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    YJP Entrepreneurship Incubation Plans to Support Young Businessmen. The entrepreneurship competition named “China Dream· Entrepreneur Dream – Intelligence Yujiapu (YJP)” was held in the central business district of Tianjin Binhai New Area. Jusfoun Financial Information (Beijing) Co., Ltd. won the first prize of RMB1 million; the two second prizes (RMB500,000 each) went to Tianjin Jika Technology Development Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Xingju Industrial Development Co., Ltd.; and the other three contestants were each awarded with a third prize of RMB200,000. Competition. Since…
  • Chinese E-commerce Enters a Successful Era.

    Kevin C
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Chinese E-commerce Enters a Successful Era. Alibaba has attracted the attention of the global media for roughly a month, because it created the biggest American IPO. Although glory and questions coexisted, it’s undeniable that the Chinese enterprise brought enormous room for imagination to the world. It changed China’s model of consumer behavior in only 10 years and thus promoted the spontaneous transformation and upgrading of China’s economy. A report by Ehaier as follows: Appeal. The largest contribution of Alibaba is that it greatly enhances the acceptance of the Chinese…
  • Perfect World Announces R&D Restructuring.

    Kevin C
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Perfect World Announces R&D Restructuring. Perfect World Co., Ltd. , a leading online game developer and operator based in China, today announced its restructuring of R&D teams under which five new subsidiaries have been formed. The structure of forming new subsidiaries that are majority-owned by Perfect World is aimed to help attract and motivate top talent by granting them direct stake in the subsidiaries under the new incentive scheme. Perfect World will support these subsidiaries with the Company’s proprietary technology, graphic design, integrated platform, distribution…
  • 5 Growth Hacks Small Business Owners Can Enact.

    Kevin C
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    5 Growth Hacks Small Business Owners Can Enact. Growth hacking is a mixture of product design, marketing, and data with the overall aim of driving customer growth. Initially popular among the rapidly growing startups, the principles of growth hacking have since manage to expand towards the larger business world. With a focus on understanding the customer and designing the correct product, successful growth hacking develops growth in both the short and long-term. So how can you possibly apply a growth hack to build up your own business? Lets look at these five innovative and data-driven growth…
  • Online Fashion Store Milanoo Welcomes the Party Season with New Line.

    Kevin C
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Online Fashion Store Milanoo Welcomes the Party Season with New Line. Milanoo proudly announces the official launch of their new collection of little black dresses just in time for the upcoming party season. The year’s biggest festive time is knocking at the door, and party animals all over the world are now in the final stages of shopping for the upcoming festive days. As always, Milanoo has come up with an exquisite range of products that will certainly add more color to their celebrations without spending a fortune. Collection. The new collection from Milanoo boasts of over two…
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  • The Impact of Snapchat on Small Business

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Snapchat may not have the same time-tested reputation of Facebook or Twitter, but with 100 million monthly users and counting, its ever-growing impact cannot be denied, especially by small business owners. While many use the photo-sharing app to send silly pictures to friends, companies have found ways to leverage its features to further attract and interact with consumers. As with most other social sharing communities, your Snapchat is only as effective as the content you upload with it. If you're thinking about expanding your virtual reach, consider adopting a Snapchat strategy to ensure…
  • The Importance of Maintaining a Positive Brand Image

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Your brand image represents everything your company stands for. From the content it posts on social networks to the way it responds following a controversy, your brand image shapes the way consumers interact with and view your company. But how do you develop a positive brand image? For some companies, the process is much easier than others - treating employees with respect, addressing consumer concerns as they arise and avoiding controversial decisions can contribute to a positive image. If you're looking to boost your brand's image, or learn about the ways you can further improve your…
  • 5 Halloween Promotions to Draw Consumers to Your Store

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's nearly time for Halloween, and that means your consumers and followers will be expecting fun and festive promotions to ring in this spooky occasion. In addition to breaking out the black and orange decorations, you'll need to adopt a few promotions to get your customers in the holiday spirit. Looking for a quick and easy way to attract more consumers this Halloween?  1. Call for carved pumpkins Your business is looking for decorations to line the windows and walls, so why not ask your consumers to help out? If you're feeling particularly crafty, consider setting up a pumpkin…
  • Infographic: How to Run a Successful Facebook Photo Contest

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Spookiest Pooch: How to Run a Successful Facebook Photo Contest Your business has likely already decorated its store and stocked up on candy for the trick-or-treaters, but there are many other ways to attract those costumed consumers using your online social sites. Facebook provides small business owners with an ideal platform on which they can create and promote contests perfect for winning over new site visitors. As you're searching for a spooky promotion guaranteed to wow consumers this Halloween, consider a photo contest that calls for likes, shares and comments for your brand. …
  • Retail Resources: Mobile Marketing

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    From the way we receive breaking news to the methods by which we pay for goods, smartphones continue to revolutionize the way consumers interact with different companies around the world. As businesses develop their mobile marketing strategies, it's imperative that small business owners look to their own tactics and examine the way mobile devices can be used to drive more foot traffic to their stores. But before you can adopt the perfect mobile marketing strategy, it's important to learn about the different tactics currently in use and how your target demographic responds to certain marketing…
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  • World’s Thinnest Smartphone Oppo R5 Doesn’t Have a Headphone Jack

    Fatima Rizwan
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Following a non-stop torrent of teasers, leaks and rumours, Oppo finally launched its latest flagship N3 smartphone at their global event in Singapore, but it wasn’t the only star of the show. Besides Oppo N3, whose unique selling point is a swivel motored camera, Oppo also announced a second device, Oppo R5, which is being dubbed as the World’s Thinnest Smartphone. In order to become the thinnest smartphone manufacturer Oppo had to compromise on an important aspect which is the device doesn’t have a headphone jack; instead, a USB-to-3.5mm adapter has been provided…
  • 5 Pakistanis Make it to the BBC 100 Women 2014 List

    Uzair Ahmed
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    BBC’s 100 Women is an annually-published list that honors women who are striving to change the world as we know it using their art, activism, profession, knowledge, and talent for the betterment of society. The list compiled by BBC in the second consecutive year of publishing has more women associated with science and art than the earlier edition, and it also brings good tidings for homeland as 5 Pakistani women have also been featured on the list. The 5 Pakistani ladies who made it to the BBC 100 Women 2014 list are Nigar Nazar, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Sana Saleem, Sarah Khan, and Saadia…
  • How to Protect Against Workplace Harassment

    Immad Khan
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Last month I reported a case, where a recent graduate was subjected to the most inhumane form of harassment at workplace. Many people deny its existence within our society and workplaces; however, it is a sad reality. It’s a menace rooted within our society and can envelope anyone at anytime. So, how can you protect yourself from this evil? What should a victim do in such instances? I have tried to incorporate as much real information as I could on how you can protect yourself from workplace harassment in this one piece. Before I move on to the tips, here are a few myth busters from…
  • 12 Lessons Young Entrepreneurs can Learn from Winnie-the-Pooh

    Uzair Ahmed
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A. A. Milne was a genius in the word’s truest sense: he stuffed the most important life lessons into the simplest of words and ideas, and used the characters he created like Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet and Tigger to communicate them to the young minds. We’ve collected a number of such quotes which relate not only to daily-life but also to the world of entrepreneurship. Following are our top picks of lessons which can be learned by young and budding entrepreneurs to be applied in their ventures; scroll away! 1. “Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for…
  • Register Now to Attend PASHA ICT Awards & Annual Conference 2014

    Uzair Ahmed
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    PASHA ICT Awards, hosted by All-Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), one of the most prestigious IT industry awards in Pakistan, are given to software and services apps development companies and individuals who implement innovative, workable ideas and show genuine promise to further the scope of ICT ventures in Pakistan. The nominations for the 2014 episode of the awards closed in September and the ICT Awards 2014 ceremony is all set to take place in Karachi next month. Interested individuals who wish to attend P@SHA ICT Awards 2014 ceremony and P@SHA Annual Conference 2014 (which is…
 
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  • Jugnoo – A On Demand Platform For Auto

    Asish Das
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    In the midst of all the cab services available in India, there are a multitude of people commuting via autos every day and their rides are fret with logistical issues. Tardiness, rude behavior, haggling for fare rates and unavailability are common problems faced by the economical commuter who wants the streamlined process of an Uber cab but cannot afford it. Keeping eyes on all these problems faced, Jugnoo was launched with the thought of using on demand technology and bring an app which can be used to call an auto anywhere, anytime with click of a button while ensuring that the rates are…
  • Product Research Site for Gadgets, 91mobiles.com Raises $1 Million Funding

    Asish Das
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    91mobiles.com (91Digital Web Private Ltd.) has raised close to USD 1 million in a pre-Series A round from a set of investors led by India Quotient. 91mobiles.com is the largest gadget research site in India, with over 7.5 million visitors per month. The website provides information & interactive tools to help users research which mobile phone or gadget best suits their needs. The company was launched in mid-2010, with a small team of 4-5 people, and was able to build reach to 30,000 users per day, in its first year of launch. The user-base has doubled every year since then, to reach over…
  • Snapdeal To Raise $627 Million From Softbank Corp

    Siddhartha Sarma
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    On Tuesday, Snapdeal announced that the Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Corp will invest $627 million (approx.. INR. 3,762 crore) in the company. This investment is considered as the latest investment ever by any investor in Indian e-commerce industry. Snapdeal will use the investments in expanding its chain of fulfillment centres and make acquisitions in the coming few months, specifically in the area of mobile technology as the mobile e-commerce is gaining pace in India. The company also plans to set up an incubation centre to hone and harness start-up businesses in the mobile technology…
  • How Much Does It Cost To Run a Startup?

    Asish Das
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    As a startup, the first and foremost problem is to estimate the exact investment it requires to run the whole business. The below info-graphic shows how much does it cost for a startup to set a small office and hire 2 developers and 1 designer. The info-graphics was shared by John Larase of Staff.com with The Startup Journal. The post How Much Does It Cost To Run a Startup? appeared first on The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews.
  • The Purple Turtles – Innovative Lighting Startup With Google and Facebook As Clients

    Akanksha Samar
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Bangalore has always been known to be a hub that has inspired entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. We have seen companies like Infosys be examples of the above. Today, The Purple Turtles can also be considered as another shining instance of the entrepreneurial mindset of Bangaloreans.  The lifestyle boutique, which was launched in 2009, has now become synonymous with high end designer lighting and quirky eye catching furniture. From the creative mind of Radeesh Shetty, founder-owner, The Purple Turtles was conceived to address the need for an out-of-the-common decorative lighting…
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  • Is crowdfunding replacing fundraising?

    Florin Muresan
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Fundraising yesterday. Crowdfunding today. There’s a lot of rumor that crowdfunding might be either making fundraising become extinct or improving it by taking away from it its face-to-face quality. The truth of the matter, I guess, is somewhere in between. Traditional fundraising involved going on streets, knocking on people’s doors and…
  • Guide: Growth hacking and ecommerce

    Florin Muresan
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I’ve mentioned Sean Ellis in a couple of my articles, where I talked about what growth hacking is. He is the guy that started this madness. A viral madness, I might add. Everyone is talking about it, whether to say good and even bad words about it. Until now, we’ve…
  • Airtime.com. On the verge of being a failed startup

    Florin Muresan
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Airtime. Success or failure in the spotlight? Lots of attention, stirring the news and a complete fiasco. This is how Airtime.com launched in 2012.  The demo event was celebrity-packed and this managed to save a bit the embarrassing situation. Even so, the video-chat website didn’t manage to keep it going and…
  • Are there any downsides in attending startup events?

    Florin Muresan
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Startup events are a never ending issue. Every entrepreneur, or even people that aspire to become one, think of a startup event as the place to meet mentors, investors, or simply share ideas and make new friends. Still, everybody talks about the nice part of going to a startup event.…
  • Why Video marketing on Social Media is a Tactic That You Need to Apply

    Florin Muresan
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    You Gotta See This Social video is hotter than the bulb in your grandfather’s Super 8 projector. Social media reaches over a third of the entire global population-this reach is enormous. The chances of your target audience not being part of a social media network are getting smaller every day.…
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  • 20 Startups To Watch

    Startup Tip
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Startuptip news  The following is the list of 20 startups to watch out for in 2014, 2014 based on the BBVA Open Talent. The BBVA Open Talent an international competition aimed at entrepreneurs and startups has reached its final stages with 60 companies shortlisted from among 870 projects submitted. There are prizes worth more than 180,000 euro to be won by these startups. The finals of each edition will be held in September and October to pick winners from New Banking and Digital Life categories. These startups will now pitch before an audience of business executives, entrepreneurs and…
  • 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…
 
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  • Stand Out: Visualize Your “About” Page for Better Branding

    Ann Smarty
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Story telling is one the most effective ways to growth-hack and stand out. Stories and anecdotes spread easily through the word of mouth: They...
  • Blue Saint – Handmade in Pakistan

    Hummayun Javed
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blue Saint is one of the start-ups in Invest2Inovate’s 3rd (latest) batch. Their business model is similar to the extremely successful Markhor start-up that...
  • Inaaya: Artisanal Fashion from Pakistan

    Hummayun Javed
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    Inaaya is one of the start-up businesses part of Invest2Innovate’s (i2i) third batch. Their business model is based on connecting artisanship in Pakistan to...
  • Dheere Bolo: Stories from Pakistan

    Hummayun Javed
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Dheere Bolo is one of the five startups that made it to Invest2Innovate’s (i2i) latest class for 2014-2015. In addition to the networking potential...
  • 8 Ways to Make Boring Tasks More Bearable

    Daniel Wallen
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Your dishes aren’t going to wash themselves. The next time you catch yourself putting off a chore you hate, try out one of these...
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    Potknox Blog

  • Remote Campus Recruitment for Startups: How to Make it Work

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In our post 7 Problems Startups Face With Campus Recruitment, we explored the major issues that hold startups back from conducting this exercise. In addition to it being a relentless use of time, money and effort, for small to medium sized companies, going anywhere further than Tier I or Tier II cities is near impossible, given the amount of resources they would have to dispatch. Through our own experience, however, we have discovered that it’s not only possible for startups to delve into this large pool of talent, it’s easy, no matter how funded or unfunded you may be. With…
  • Why SaaS Providers Need To Focus on Customer Service

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Customers are staring at their computer screen, trusting that they can navigate your carefully set up website- sifting through the various messages you are trying to convey- till they finally reach what they are looking for. They cannot touch or feel anything, and are just hoping that when you say you have “the best product in the market”, you really do. They trust testimonials, the list of clients you have displayed, and the first five links they find when they type your name in Google. But what if they hit a stumbling block? Customer Service has taken on a whole new meaning in…
  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
  • Are Your In House Screening Tools Failing You?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
  • The Latest, Smartest Anti-Cheating Mechanisms

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Jack is going through the Java test scores of the 100 or so job applicants who took the online screening test he created with Potknox. 30 candidates scored above 80%, 12 above 90, and 2, a whopping 100%. He is tempted to call in those two- Drake and Josh- for interviews, immediately. But then he sees something strange. At the 33rd minute of the test, a generated screenshot shows Jack that Drake was looking at Wikipedia to answer an MCQ question. At the 47th minute, he notices Drake is having a telephone conversation with someone and noting down what he is being told. At the 56th minute, Drake…
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    SuperbCrew

  • New Accelerator Program Smart City & Living ‘15 – Open For Applications

    SuperbCrew
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Startupbootcamp is a three month business startup acceleration program that runs quarterly during the year for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses across Europe. With offices in London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Israel and Eindhoven the accelerator focuses on exposing and connecting startups to an expanding community of key mentors and advisors. Startupbootcamp’s new accelerator program SmartCity & Living 2015 is open for applications. Over the 3 months program, selected high potential startups will accelerate their companies in Amsterdam. Our interview below is…
  • A Revolutionary App Swytch – Lets You Use Multiple Phone Numbers On A Single SIM

    SuperbCrew
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Swytch is a revolutionary new app that lets you use multiple phone numbers on your existing phone. This feature can be useful in situations where you temporarily need an additional phone, or if you want to have separate private and business phone numbers on the same phone and opens up the possibility of cheap international calling. Chris Michael, Founder and CEO of new startup Swytch, shares more details with us in the interview below: Q: Chris, how would you describe Swytch? A: Swytch provides users with additional mobile numbers on their existing phone. Users don’t need to change their…
  • iBox Nano – The Worlds Smallest, Most Affordable 3D Resin Printer

    SuperbCrew
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Developed by Melbourne, Florida, based iBox Printers – iBox Nano is the worlds smallest, most affordable 3D Resin Printer and the worlds first production LCD based UV Resin printer. Below is our recent interview with Trent Carter, founder of iBox Printers: Support the iBox Printers team and pre-order your iBox Nano on Kickstarter; Q: Most 3D printers are expensive (especially high resolution models) and large, how did you come up with the idea for iBox Nano? A: I wanted a 3D printer and wanted something small with decent quality and would fit on my already crowded desk. This product…
  • SensoTRACK – Revolutionizing Wearable Fitness Industry

    SuperbCrew
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    New fitness wearable SensoTRACK measures heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and respiration rate. It counts steps, senses your speed, calories burned, activity level, geolocation, body posture, altitude and pace, while tracking parameters you enter, such as weight, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar and emotional state. Here you can support SensoTRACK team and pre-order your SensoTRACK. Below is our interview with Dr. Vahram Mouradian, founder of Sensogram Technologies, company behind SensoTRACK: Q: What was your inspiration for making SensoTRACK? A: Like many people, I was…
  • Matchstick – (Play Any Content On TV) Raises More Than $420K

    SuperbCrew
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Matchstick is the world’s first open software and hardware HDMI streaming stick based on Firefox OS. It lets you fire up online content from a mobile to a TV. Matchstick simply plugs into an HDMI port on your TV or Monitor and connects to your Wi-Fi network. Done. With Matchstick, you can “fling” your favorite content from any smartphone, tablet, or laptop to stream to a big screen TV. Matchstick has already raised more than $421.000 from Kickstarter backers, four days left to support Matchstick team and pre order your HDMI streaming stick. Open source hardware and software means…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • Nobel Peace prize goes to Malala youngest ever to receive such honor

    ventureosity
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize. The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland – on Friday morning. On October 9, 2012 Taliban […]
  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

    ventureosity
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people’s mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday. To install the app, customers needed physical control of the target’s phone for just a few minutes. It then sent all […]
  • Denza: China’s BYD new electric car with Daimler

    ventureosity
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

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

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

  • Spectafy Beta is here!

    Ben Watson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are excited to report that Spectafy Beta has arrived!!  We launched in San Francisco at the beginning of October (for Android), and the response has been incredible.  A huge thank you to all of our Beta users for helping us get the bugs worked out and building the foundation of what we hope will be an incredible community of users! As we expected, the last few weeks have been a serious learning experience.  We have gained tons of insight on design and usability, and have been thrilled to get a better feel for what the community wants to use Spectafy for.  The beauty of a user-driven…
  • How We Screwed Up Doing Market Research

    Ben Watson
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    At Spectafy, our Team members come from a pretty diverse background of education and career types. One thing that none of us had any particular education or training in was doing “market research” or marketing. I put the term “market research” in quotations because it sounds really formal, and when I hear it I picture being at a big table in the middle of the night with bespectacled and bloodshot eyes, stacks of spreadsheets and financial reports spread before me. In reality, “market research” can be as simple as meeting a potential client/consumer/competitor at Starbucks, or…
  • The New Era of Ground Truthing is Crowdsourced

    Eric Watson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Crowdsourcing is the process by which the power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the province of a specialized few. -Jeff Howe We are aerospace guys at heart. We see a huge opportunity for crowdsourcing to improve a big part of Earth remote sensing: ground truthing. Meet Ground Truthing Through crowdsourcing, satellite and aerial imagery providers have cost effective access to many, many more data points, all over the world. Ground truthing is the process of comparing data collected on the ground to data collected using remote sensing techniques (typically…
  • Top Travel, Adventure, and Exploration Resources!

    Eric Watson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    We know that, like us, all of you guys like to adventure, explore, and get the most out of life! Due to popular demand, we created this guide with valuable resources whether you are looking to travel the world or just explore your own hometown more. Also, check out our How to Explore a City in 10 Easy Steps guide. This page will be continually evolving as we find more useful resources, so come back frequently! Blogs NomadicMatt: actionable and all encompassing backpacking blog ExpertVagabond: a healthy mix of adventures and helpful advice AdventureJournal: lots of inspiring adventures and…
  • Don’t Miss These October San Francisco Events

    Eric Watson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    As promised, here is our next installment of the Best San Francisco Events You Don’t Want to Miss!  We love San Francisco and the bay area. That’s why we live here, work here and are launching in SF first! Our goal is to help you be in the know about cool events, and for us all to be more social and involved in the community. Here are our favorite events in the greater San Francisco area for October, 2014.  See you out there! Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Who on earth doesn’t want to check out 100+ lives bands on 7 stages for FREE?  Get to Golden Gate Park October…
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Make Free Calls With ForFone.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Free calls, text, picture and location messages from & to anyone – anywhere in the world – this is one such priority we all are having in the world of today. While there are hundreds of options around us but what make us to take a decision on one single product is if it is best, we really want it. The offering which I am talking about today serves the same purpose and is name as ForFone.com. ForeFone.com lets you call at the highest voice quality, text messages and picture sharing plus a 100 percent free calling between forfone users and at incredibly low rates to off-net contacts. It…
  • Market Your Company With ClickFuel.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Small or big, every business requires marketing. While the marketing industry itself is so big, that sometimes (or even more than sometimes) it takes for a person to get confused on selecting which option to go with. Well, to at least ease this issue at some stage, in this review, I am going to talk about the company name ClickFuel.com. Debuted in 2008, ClickFuel.com delivers online marketing services directly to the small-midsize business market with keeping its vision clear over transparency, accountability and data-driven marketing. The offering tied up to all the marketing vendors…
  • Now Get Stock Exchange Information Via Ariva.de

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Everyone love making money and why not and this is the reason that on an average we see more people engaging with stock markets from time to time as compared to any other thing. In the startup which we are going to talk today talks and specializes about German stock exchange market and is name as Ariva.de. The site offers stock market information, exchange rates and so on sharing and talking about stocks from around the world. You can get the stock market online wherever you are – home on your PC or on the go on your mobile device while the best part is that all rates and information…
  • Promote Your Services With Opez.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Small or big, every business looking out the ways by which it can promote its services. While there are many ways available online or offline for the purpose, but today we are going to talk about the service, basically a social site name Opez in this review article. Opez is a social site meant for professional service providers. The service providers which creates public profiles followed both for currently customers as well as for new customers. The best part their profiling system comes with as that the profile gets completed only once accompanies by feedback and recommendations which…
  • Want To Explore Asia? If Yes, Visit Asia.com Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    It is very common that we love one or two or even more places as our vacations spot. While some are just one time traveller while others are long term travellers. While travelling involves huge things ranging from planning to booking and so on but what it make all the things to ease if one plans to visit a place and s/he will gets all the information well in advance from one single source. This is the reason that the today’s startup which we are going to talk about falls in such similar category. The website name as Asia.com is a huge resource site aims at travellers who plan to visit the…
 
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    The Leanometry Blog

  • 10 Things I’ve Learned From Day 1 of Joining a Funded Startup

    leanometry
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    (Guest Post by Graham Moreno) $6 million dollars, three people, one room. That was day one at Help.com. We had closed a large funding round which was great, but there was still a brand and product to create as we sat down in our new office at Capital Factory in Austin. Our CEO had left … Continue reading →
  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

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

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

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

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

  • Etsy SEO: Increase Your Traffic In 4 Steps

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization can help you increase the number of customers that find their way to your Etsy shop by ranking your store higher in Google, Bing and Yahoo. The basics are not very difficult, but if you are targeting very competitive keywords it can get complicated. This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started: How to choose the best keywords for your store Optimizing your Etsy titles and descriptions Link building for Etsy What else should I be doing? Google determines the rank of a website by looking at hundreds of factors; some of the…
  • Top 10 Video Courses To Become A Growth Hacker

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

    Tim
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Even before the success of HBO’s TV show “Silicon Valley,” there has been great demand for startup jobs. Many people have asked me in the past about taking the right steps to find a startup job. Given a recent increase of questions, I spend some time drafting this post to provide you with a good base to get started. What you will learn: – – – – Hacks and tips to get ahead – Set yourself apart from the competition Early Startup Stages I’m focusing on the traditional tech startup with lots of software engineering work. So the startup is probably looking for…
  • Top 10 productivity extensions and websites for Entrepreneurs

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

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

  • 4 Surprising Benefits of Being a Cash-Strapped Startup

    Guest Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s hard to deny that a little seed money, a line of credit, and a few investors can make starting a company a whole lot easier. Instead of setting your sights on securing funds, you can focus on the things ... Read More
  • How Do You Find Your First Customers?

    Anand Srinivasan
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Two strategies to find prospects for your startup business As any business owner will tell you, finding those first ten or twenty customers is always the hardest. For one, you are not an established business – so there ... Read More
  • A Year of Stories Behind the Apps

    Peter Ferioli
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whew, it has been a year since we launched our Stories Behind the Apps feature and what an amazing journey it has been. We realized early on that powersylde is powered by people. It is this authenticity that fuels our app ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – WittyLater

    Peter Ferioli
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Tell us about being WittyLater! WittyLater was the natural choice for our inaugural app. It perfectly demonstrates our sense of humour, it allows us to use unusual words like “jape”, and it even let us make up a word (kaflabble) when we ... Read More
  • 5 Strategies for Strengthening Your CFO’s Connection to Business Metrics

    Guest Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post by Asha Saxena of Future Technologies Inc.   If your CFO isn’t engaging with business metrics at a departmental level, she may be missing the bigger picture. When you’ve got a great CFO, it’s tempting ... Read More
 
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    Playme AR

  • Virtual Reality Technology VS Augmented Reality Technology

    Alvin Ooi
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Virtual Reality Technology Differences From Augmented Reality First before we go over to the war on which is better and more advance, lets go through a little bit of history first. Virtual reality technology and augmented reality technology does not differ much from each other. Virtual Reality Technology was first introduced in the 1860s, when a 360-degree art was painted to showcase a panoramic mural view. This is seen in the Baldassare Peruzzi‘s piece titled, Sala delle Prospettive. It is not until 1980s when Jaron Lanier coin the term “Virtual Reality”.  From that day…
  • 45 Ideas To Increase Website Traffic For Free. Almost.

    Alvin Ooi
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    What are the ways to increase website traffic? Every startups face this problem or  tries to avoid the ultimate action of marketing their ideas or have difficulties to increase website traffic to the website or landing page. Even veteran business owners report having lost a significant of their website traffic over the past years or two and do agreed on finding better ways to increase website traffic. We would like to disclose that this article is not the golden rule to give marketers and business owners to follow closely but will definitely helped out the startup or website with getting…
  • Power of Augmented Reality

    Alvin Ooi
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Augmented reality has been around for quite some time. The future of augmented reality is getting hotter and will only get even hotter as time pass by. Augmented reality is flexible and as powerful as a pen in the mind of an artist! Make use of a 3rd reality. More flexible than QR Code. Engaging & Interactive. The introduction of augmented reality to the world can be coined as early as 1901 by L. Frank Baum which was called as “character marker” by mentioning the idea of an electronic display/spectacles that overlays data onto real life.  Fast-forward many years later to…
  • “The QR code has a decade left to live” Masahiro Hara

    Alvin Ooi
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    QR code to be replaced by better image recognition softwares! A very sentimental quote from the creator of QR code Masahiro Hara to Matthew Sparkes (Deputy Head of Technology) of Telegraph at the European Inventor Award 2014. He mentioned that better image recognition software will probably render QR code behind in the image recognition software industry. This is true as with the invent of “Google Glasses” and other exciting image recognition software like Playme AR Creator.  Masahiro Hara invented the Quick Response QR code in 1994 from a simple problem solving to the…
  • What is Augmented Reality?

    Alvin Ooi
    28 Sep 2013 | 9:28 pm
    What is Augmented Reality? (Some weird stuff?) Nah, it is actually elements that are augmented (or supplemented) by computer assisted/generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. In a more layman term, AR is to overlay the current reality with a separate reality through a computer screen or mobile screen or glasses. How is this different from virtual reality? Simple, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one such as demonstrated by games. While augmented reality is usually overlaying digital content in real-time and in relation with the environment…
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