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  • Start With A Small, Intense Fire

    Fizzle
    Chase Reeves
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Q: What’s the secret of growing a startup? “You’ve got to start with a small, intense fire. Suppose you’re the Apple I. They only made about 500 of those things, so, all they had to do was find 500 people to buy these computers, and they launched Apple. APPLE! So you gotta find a small number of people. It’s necessarily a small number of people. It’s impossible to make something that a large number of people want a lot. You’ve got to find people who want what you’re making a lot… and that’s necessarily going to be a small number. That’s okay. That’s how these giant…
  • Top Four Tips on How To Develop a Good Startup Idea, According to Matthew MacFarlane

    TheFunded Founder Institute News
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Budding founders on the path of entrepreneurship are more likely to create successful startups if they keep a few key ideas in mind, according to Matthew MacFarlane, investment director of Yuuwa Venture Capital. Matthew MacFarlane will speak at the forthcoming Perth Founder Institute event, Startup Funding 101: How to Work With an Investor. Below are MacFarlane’s four tips on how entrepreneurs can develop good startup ideas, as described by Rose Powell in an article on StartupSmart titled Top four tips from a venture capitalist on how to develop a good start-up…
  • Awesomeness – Finding a business model

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

    Tech Cocktail
    Will Schmidt
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Grand St., the creative technology marketplace that has been called the Etsy of electronics, today announced that Etsy has formally offered to buy their company. However, as both parties have explicitly noted, the deal is still subject to closing conditions before it’s finalized. As the team at Grand St. has admitted, the acquisition is a big step for them. As big as it is though, they’re not planning on changing much about their site and the user experience end of things; they will still exist with the express purpose of bringing you the best in hand-tested, indie electronics.
  • 5 reasons to decline an investment offer

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Securing investors can be difficult, but that doesn't mean you should accept every opportunity that comes your way, writes Al -More- 
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    Fast Company

  • See The Wonderful Drunken Scrawls Of Brooklyn Moviegoers

    Rebecca Greenfield
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Technically, those little slips of paper at your table at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema are for ordering drinks and food. Amassed on Tumblr, they become fun, raunchy marketing at its finest.Here's a lesson for brands trying to infiltrate the wonderfully weird world of Tumblr: Be more like Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema and don't try so hard. The Nitehawk Tumblr mostly posts drawings and messages people leave for the waiters, or those they pass back and forth to tablemates--Nitehawk serves food and drink inside the theater, using a handwritten system for ordering. Patrons, it turns out, pen more than…
  • One Man's Bold Quest To Lure Cool New Yorkers To The City's Least-Hip Borough

    Caitlin Moscatallo
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Can a new $150 million development turn Staten Island into a genuine residential destination? Hmm.Staten Island is one of New York's five boroughs, but it seems like another world. Nobody goes there except for tourists who want to ride the free ferry and residents commuting home. The cool kids across the river have long laughed at the perennially unhip borough, treating it--if they ever think about it at all--like some loud, embarrassing cousin who you pray doesn't show up at your birthday party and hit on your Warby Parker-wearing friends. The stereotypes can be ruthless: Mob Wives, tanning,…
  • Amid Shakeup At Zynga, Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down As Chief Product Officer

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Pincus, the company's largest shareholder, will serve as nonexecutive chairman of Zynga's board.Zynga founder Mark Pincus announced Wednesday he is stepping down as chief product officer from the social gaming company. He will no longer have an operational role at the company, and will serve as non-executive chairman of Zynga's board.Read Full Story
  • Mobile Now Makes Up 59% Of Facebook's Advertising Revenue

    Alice Truong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The social network reported $2.27 billion in revenue, an 82% rise from the same period last year.Facebook's investments in mobile are paying off. The world's largest social network reported $642 million in profit in the quarter ending March 31--a 193% increase from the same period last year. With $2.5 billion of revenue, the company's top line jumped 72% year-over-year.Read Full Story
  • How Long Would You Have To Work To Buy A Burger In NYC?

    John Brownlee
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The income of people in five major American cities has finally been measured in a currency we can all understand: hamburgers.How long would you have to work a minimum wage job to buy a car? Rent an apartment in San Francisco? Pay for daycare? Retire at 65? The relative value of a city's average wage is expressed in all sorts of metrics, most of which are weighted towards big purchases, big payments, and length.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Hydra Biosciences and Boehringer Ingelheim Announce Worldwide Collaboration to Develop Small-Molecule Inhibitors for the Treatment of Central Nervous System Diseases and Disorders

    Business Wire
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    SPONSORED POSTCheck out our press release hub, powered by Business Wire. It's a one stop shop for industry announcements to help you stay on top of the latest technology and investment trends. Get the scoop here.CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & INGELHEIM, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 24, 2014– Hydra Biosciences, Inc., a leader in the field of Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channel modulation, and Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, jointly announced today that they have entered into a worldwide collaboration to research and…
  • Catching bugs never looked this cool: Synack raises $7.5M

    Jordan Novet
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Image Credit: Andrew Snyder/FlickrDon’t be jealous of Facebook and Google. With the help of a startup called Synack, your company can put on a bug bounty, too. Such programs entice researchers to come in and find security flaws in web applications, in exchange for acknowledgment and, in some cases, cash rewards. Synack launched last year to serve as a middleman between companies and researchers and provide a sophisticated cloud-based system for estimating the value of vulnerabilities that researchers turn up. Now Synack has dug up more funding for itself — $7.5 million, to be…
  • Riding on virtual reality fever, Virtuix raises $3M round for Omni VR treadmill

    Dean Takahashi
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Above: A Virtuix 360-degree treadmill plus an Oculus Rift headset makes for a terrifyingly immersive video game experience at GamesBeat 2013.Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeatVirtual reality continues to be hot in the wake of Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR. And Virtuix is cashing in on that sentiment with a $3 million funding for its Omni virtual reality treadmill. Above: Jan Goetgeluk of VirtuixImage Credit: Virtuix While Oculus provides the goggles to view virtual 3D worlds, the Omni provides the motion input that allows you to physically walk, run, or jump…
  • Amazon wants to ship you small-sized grocery items … in bulk

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Above: Big problems can come in small packagesImage Credit: Joe Ravi / ShutterstockHow can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco, from top data scientists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. Register now and save $200! Amazon has become many people’s preferred shopping destination for, well, many things, and now it’s coming up with all sorts of ways to keep that crown. The latest: Amazon’s Prime Pantry. With this new service, Amazon Prime members living in mainland U.S. can order up to 45…
  • Moving your apps to the cloud gets easier as Amazon adds Docker support

    Jordan Novet
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Image Credit: Lee Gilbert/FlickrThe biggest public cloud provider is finally waking up to one of the hottest enabling technologies around for shipping applications to the cloud. Today public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services announced support for open-source technology called Docker on Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon’s platform as a service, which is comparable to services like Google App Engine and Heroku. Docker lets developers write applications on their desktops and then send it for testing or production deployment on another machine — like a public cloud, for instance —…
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    Inc.com

  • Your Business Name Stinks. Here's how to Change It

    Neil Parmar
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When your brand no longer defines you, consider a makeover.Building a brand into a household name can take years and all the requisite blood, sweat and tears. So changing course midstream might seem like a surprising move--but one that's a lot more common than you think.While the cost of a renaming effort, which often requires rebranding too, can range anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million, depending on a firm's size, companies do it all the time. Just look at FedEx’s Kinko’s brand, which became FedEx Office in 2008, or Sprint’s name change from United Telecom back in…
  • How to Make More Time in Your Day

    Elle Kaplan
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Repetitive, time-consuming tasks are the biggest "tax" on your business. Get more of them off your desk.In order to make the millions, you have to scale the un-scalable: time.Your time is the most valuable resource you have at your disposal. The time you spend at work is an investment in the future of your company. Like any investment, it should be working for you: structured to maximize efficiency and yield the greatest possible return.We all have the same fixed supply of hours (if only we could invent a way to squeeze out more than those precious twenty-four!), but spending more of your…
  • 7 Things You Need to Know Today

    Inc. staff
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    A roundup of the day's news--curated by the Inc. editorial team--to help you and your business succeed.1. Most Audacious CompaniesInc. released its annual list of the top 25 companies changing the world. Check out the full list, plus maverick-in-chief Mark Cuban on what it takes to be an audacious entrepreneur.--Inc.com2. Social SemanticsEnough with the term "social media" already, says Twitter co-founder Ev Williams. "Just because it's on the Internet or created by a single person doesn't make it social." But here's what does: if you know your audience, care about them, and they care about…
  • Ralph Nader on 'Simple Capitalism' and Coexisting With the Tea Party

    Jeremy Quittner
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The well-known gadfly says big companies rule the roost, but they don't have to.Want to upend inequality and quash corporate cronyism for good? Unsurprisingly, Ralph Nader has some ideas.We have more in common with each other than we know. And despite all the division--religious, political, and otherwise--we're going to have to work with each other if we want to change things in the U.S.That was the message from consumer activist and presidential nominee Ralph Nader, who spoke this week in New York City at a crowded and policed event in Union Square for his new book Unstoppable.Many of…
  • Behind the Series B Crunch: Profligate Entrepreneurs or Stingy Investors?

    Kimberly Weisul
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are startups burning through their early funding rounds faster? Or just raising less than it seems?A lack of early-stage funding may not be today's startups' biggest problem after all. Now that worry about the Series A crunch has been partly eclipsed by hand-wringing over an alleged Series B crunch, research firm CB Insights decided to do some math and see how bad things really are. In the process, they came upon an interesting phenomenon: Startups seem to be blowing through their Series A money faster than ever.In its research blog, CB Insights has a sanguine take on this, noting that…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • [Video] My SXSW14 Keynote!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Apple Patents A 3D Hologram Display System With Gesture Input

    Darrell Etherington
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
     Apple has patented a 3D display system (via AppleInsider) that uses a familiar mirror box-type design, but that works with digital images instead of physical objects like those you might find in novelty stores, and that also incorporates 3D gesture-based input from a user for control. The 3D display would project a sort of hologram image above a light source using a UFO-shaped combination of two… Read More
  • ShopKeep’s Point Of Sale Software Rings Up $25 Million

    Jonathan Shieber
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
     With its latest $25 million financing, ShopKeep POS has come a long way from being the cobbled together point of sale software service for a single wine shop in Brooklyn’s leafy Ft. Greene neighborhood. The company’s history began six years ago with Jason Richelson’s frustration over finding a good enough point of sales software to run his expanding empire of wine shops and… Read More
  • Flash Fashion Site SecretSales Raises £4.5M, Led By Partech

    Mike Butcher
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    Flash fashion sales site SecretSales.com, a significant UK player, has raised £4.5 million – its third round of funding – from Partech Ventures’ new Partech VI fund and French private equity firm 123Venture, as well as existing investors Pentech and Doughty Hanson. The co-founders and key managers also participated. The cash will be used on product and customer acquisition. The… Read More
  • Synack Raises $7.5 Million Putting Bounties On IT Security Threats

    Jonathan Shieber
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
     Security company Synack has a proposition for the hackers of the world. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is putting a bounty out on the network and data security threats a business could face and will pay the best hackers to uncover them. It’s a new approach to the omnipresent issue of how businesses can best secure their data and networks, and one that has netted the company $7.5… Read More
  • Taking Cues From Tinder, Match.com Launches New iPhone App

    Jordan Crook
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
     Today, Match.com is unveiling an entirely redesigned mobile experience for iPhone users, with the release of Match 3.0 for iOS. The new app takes gestural cues from the big iOS 7 overhaul, and also goes for a more flat design overall. Even the Match.com logo has been reimagined. But more than anything, the company has taken cues from other dating apps to make Match an enjoyable mobile… Read More
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    swombat.com

  • How to work as a CEO/COO team

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

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

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

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

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

  • Security testing platform Synack raises $7.5M

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Synack recruits security experts, and pays them to find vulnerabilities and holes in client systemsWith the heartbleed bug making headlines, and retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels all have their system hacked, its a pretty unnerving time for most people. We have to think twice before trusting websites with our information, and brick and mortar stores with our credit cards. This is also becoming a pretty heady time for anyone in the security space. Our loss is their gain, and multiple companies in the security space have begun raising money as the world becomes hyper aware of…
  • Apple wows with strong quarter and high iPhone sales

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The company announced a 7-for-1 stock splitNow here’s a change for the better: Apple surprised with a solid March quarter, no doubt driven largely by China, which accounted for more than 20% of Apple’s total revenue for the quarter. All told, Apple generated $45.6 billion in revenue with a net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per share. That’s compared to $10.09 per share on revenue of $43.6 billion in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, analysts were expecting a rather flat quarter of $10.18 per share on revenue of $43.5 billion. Even bigger news: for the first time in…
  • Zynga sees double digit audience growth on mobile in Q1

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Zynga beat revenue expectations with $148 million, falls in line with loss of $0.1 EPSShares of Zynga are up 3% in after-hours trading Wedneday, after the company posted first-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations in terms of revenue but fell in line with EPS. The company had seen its stock go drop 3.07% in regular trading. Zynga reported bookings of $161 million, beating out analyst expectations of $148 million, on a loss of one cent per share, which is what Wall Street had been expecting. It reported a net loss of $61 million for the quarter, which was…
  • Facebook beats the street, loses long time CFO Ebersman

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The company posts better than expected $2.5 billion in revenue on 34 cents EPS, but stock only up 2%Shares of Facebook are up a modest 2.5% in after-hours trading Wednesday, after the company posted first quarter results that came out ahead of Wall Street expectations.  Facebook shares had dropped 2.65% or $1.67, to $61.63 a share in regular trading. In the earnings report, Facebook posted revenue of $2.5 billion for the quarter, beating Wall Street's estimates of $2.36 billion, going up 82% from $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings per share…
  • Today's Entrepreneur - Today's Entrepreneur: Ramuel Maramara

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    No. 1 mistake: Focusing too much on the money and not on the productToday's Entrepreneur is Ramuel Maramara, CEO and Founder of Brimes Energy, which has created the product Jellyfish, a machine that harvests the energy of ocean waves and converts it into electrical energy. Wave energy has an available 30kW to 80kW per meter of coastline. To visualize this number, imagine a man walking on the beach parallel to the waves. For every step he makes, the available power in waves can provide electricity to 5-8 homes. Brimes Energy is one of the top 15 finalist to present at Splash Oakland on May…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Investment Bank "Kiosks" Take On Big Banks

    Steve
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Goldman, Citi, UBS ... and a Guy in an Office describes a successful one man firm that is currently the world's 11th ranked merger and acquisition adviser.   The article describes this as the "trend toward merger and acquisition microfirms, or, as in his case, sole practitioners." Key quote: Bankers have already coined a new catchword for such small firms: “kiosks,” as opposed to the somewhat larger “boutiques,” ... Such arrangements can be fabulously lucrative, since kiosks have little or no overhead but are still paid as a…
  • Forbes and its Freelance Workforce

    Steve
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Forbes recently released some fascinating data on their use of freelance writers. They have roughly 1200 freelancers working for them, of which 400 are paid and 800 provide content for free. Forbes says the folks providing free content do so because they "find rewards in an association with FORBES that often leads to paid opportunities elsewhere." Based on our interviews and discussions with freelancers who are contributing to Forbes for free, this description is accurate.  Not surprisingly, their freelance workforce greatly exceeds the 40 full time staff reporters Forbes…
  • Cities, Economic Uncertainty and Job Hopping

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

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

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

  • Information product, SaaS, or physical product? Know the pros and cons of each BEFORE you launch – with Chris Brisson

    Andrew Khalili
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why would a founder who did $250,000 in revenue his first year say he’d never build a similar business again? When he was in school, Chris Brisson sold car rims online. I invited him to talk about how he earned his first 1/4 million dollars, how the business grew, and why he says he’ll never sell a physical product again. Today he’s the co-founder and CEO of Call Loop – the “Constant Contact for voice and text” which integrates with other services you are already using to send targeted voice and text messages. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great!
  • Master Class: How to wake up early so you can transform your life (Before 8 a.m.) – with Hal Elrod

    April Dykman
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When the economy crashed, Hal Elrod lost everything. “My income dropped,” says Hal, bestselling author of The Miracle Morning. “I was $52,000 in credit card debt, and I lost my house.” Things were so bad that Hal didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. “I’d usually hit the snooze button three or four times, wasting the morning,” he says. But waking up late didn’t give him the energy he needed to turn things around. So Hal decided to become an early bird and wake up at 5 a.m. “I decided if I wanted my life to be different, I had to be willing to do something…
  • How having ZERO experience actually helped the co-creators of Cranium transform the board games industry – Richard Tait

    Andrew Khalili
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a former Microsoft executive who had an idea for a board game, and how he turned it into one of the most successful game companies ever. Richard Tait is the co-creator of the game Cranium and he was the Grand Poo Bah of the company that ended up creating 40-plus games, books and toys. It was sold to Hasbro for a reported $70+ million in cash. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Richard Tait Richard Tait is the co-creator of the game Cranium and he was the Grand Poo Bah of the company that ended up creating…
  • Membership Series: Facebook marketing for dummies – with Amy Porterfield

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

    Andrew Khalili
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, I’ve got a conversation about the founding and the growth of Evernote. If you’ve heard my interviews, you know I have a note on the guest with all my research and Evernote up on my screen. David Engberg is the CTO of Evernote, a technology company that is developing systems to help people capture and retrieve any information they want to remember. Here’s the story behind the company. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Dave-Engberg David Engberg is the CTO of Evernote Corporation, a technology company…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Steven Ward

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Gauge The Amount of Startup Cash You Need

    Lisa Furgison
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    How much money will you need to start a business? It’s the million-dollar question that every entrepreneur must answer. The truth is, there isn’t a simple mathematical formula that will spit out your magical startup number. Every business is different. From expenses to staff requirements, your business’s needs are unique, and so is the amount of money you’ll need to get it off the ground. If you overshoot and ask for too much, you not only risk rejection, but you also risk paying interest you could have avoided. Ask for too little, and you risk running out of money…
  • A Starter Guide to Project Agreements

    Kelly Gurnett
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Get everything in writing. It’s a mantra I followed often in my former job as a paralegal, and it’s one that’s been essential to my success as a freelance writer and editor. If there’s one big mistake that new entrepreneurs make (apart from not charging enough for their services), it’s failing to get a formal, signed project agreement in place before starting a new project. You don’t need anything terribly fancy, but you do need something. Why You Need an Agreement, No Matter What Even if your new client seems like a great person… even if you’ve worked with a client on other…
  • How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

    Keah Kalantari
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all know how challenging it is to take a great idea and turn it into a real business. You need funding, a business plan, a website, a business model—the list goes on and on. But have you thought about the little things, like how you’re actually going to take payments from your customers? You have options, and choices to make. And regarding credit card payments, you probably haven’t thought farther than, “Of course I’ll take credit and debit cards!” But how? There are more ways than ever to accept credit and debit cards, and it seems like a new one pops up every…
  • 6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

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

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

  • Mock Series A Term Sheet Negotiation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Grand St. – “The Etsy of Electronics” – Was Just Acquired by Etsy

    Will Schmidt
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Grand St., the creative technology marketplace that has been called the Etsy of electronics, today announced that Etsy has formally offered to buy their company. However, as both parties have explicitly noted, the deal is still subject to closing conditions before it’s finalized. As the team at Grand St. has admitted, the acquisition is a big step for them. As big as it is though, they’re not planning on changing much about their site and the user experience end of things; they will still exist with the express purpose of bringing you the best in hand-tested, indie electronics.
  • Jim McKelvey’s SixThirty Announces Their Spring 2014 Accelerator Class

    Will Schmidt
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Yesterday Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal reproted that Jim McKelvey’s SixThirty, operating under the umbrella of Cultivation Capital, has officially announced the 4 startups that will be making up their 2014 class. The financial tech accelerator typically has smaller classes because they offer whopping investments to the affiliated companies. This year, each of the 4 companies will be receiving a $100,000 investment for anywhere between 5 to 10 percent equity in their companies. All 4 of the companies will relocate to St. Louis to participate in 4 month program and…
  • Why Go to TechDay NYC? For the 450 Startups, 1,000 Open Jobs, and $20B in Venture Capital

    Ronald Barba
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hey, people of NYC: have you registered yet for tomorrow’s TechDay? No? Why not? I mean, it’s free. Do it now – register. Seriously. Done? Great. Did you realize that not attending tomorrow’s TechDay means skipping out on the opportunity to network with more than 400 startups from NYC and the rest of the world?  From popular sites like College Humor, Elite Daily, and Gilt, to great startups like Uber, ZocDoc, and CommonBond? And for those looking to 1) switch gears in the careers, 2) give up on their anthropology Ph.Ds, or 3) move out of their childhood homes…
  • DC Gets 4th Place in a Ranking of the Hottest US Startup Cities 

    Kira M. Newman
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In a ranking of the hottest US startup cities released today by RJMetrics, Washington, DC, came in 4th place, trailing San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. The study was based on Meetup data from over 16,000 tech meetups worldwide. They took into consideration the number of total tech meetups, number of total memberships, density (memberships compared to the population), and growth in tech meetups in 2013.  “The single biggest input that determines the success of a startup is the quality of its human capital,” says RJMetrics. “Meetups are human capital factories. If you want to…
  • Messuzz Launches v2.0: Targets US, UK, and Saudi Arabian Markets

    Will Schmidt
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Norwegian based company Messuzz today publicly launched version 2.0 of their iOS messaging app designed to make local discovery easier by introducing users to people and events nearby. Today’s release is specifically targeting growth in the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia markets. “With the release of Messuzz 2.0, we’re seeing a huge increase in the US market, a trend we expect to continue as more and more people demand relevant, geo-specific content from social apps,” says co-founder Gulbrand Overbye. To date Messuzz has spread to over 70 nations worldwide and the co-founders have…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • How A Car-Crazy Entrepreneur Turned A Lifetime Passion Into A Lifetime Career

    Hester Lacey
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Creative petrolhead Elo customises classic cars from all over the world. He describes how he turned his childhood passion into his lifetime career
  • Election 2012: Billionaires Speak Out On Social Media

    Guy Clapperton
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    A collection of social media comments, rants, and opinions from the world's richest.
  • How To Screw Up On Social Media

    Guy Clapperton
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    It's not just the small companies and amateurs that make mistakes on social media. The fresh example of the NYPD and its attempt to get people to put pictures of themselves with police officers online - to be greeted by images of alleged police brutality - is only the latest occasion I've seen in which well-intentioned stuff has backfired into the face of the originator.
  • Employers Will Google You: 6 Steps to Improve Your Online Image

    Ken Sundheim
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    If you’re interviewing with a company that is in the least bit reputable, that hiring manager is going to Google your name.  Now, unless your name is Marie Smith, the good news is that you can indirectly communicate with them via the web and ace your interview before you even walk in the door.
  • User Driven Design, Appropriate Tech, Invention For Social Good...It's All About Empathy In Action

    Ashoka
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dr. Carol Dahl is the Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation, leading the Foundation’s work to use the power of invention to improve lives. The Foundation inspires and enables the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the U.S., and help solve social and economic problems for the poorest populations in developing countries.
 
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. Even if you are looking in all the right places, it helps to know what you are looking for. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” The reason is that good attributes apply equally well to “external” partners, as they do to internal partners, like a co-founder or CTO. A…
  • How To Find Your Business Leadership Blind Spots

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every business leader has blind spots which limit their effectiveness and success, but due to ego, over-confidence, or deferential subordinates, many live totally in the dark. Some are smart and humble enough to assume that they don’t know what they don’t know, but lack an effective process for shining a light on their blind spots. Both are equally surprised by their every setback. I recently found some real insight on this subject in a new book by Robert Bruce Shaw, aptly named “Leadership Blindspots.” Shaw specializes in organizational performance and has helped a wealth of business…
  • Does Doing Good In Business Imply Doing Less Well?

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both categories. I just finished a new book by Christoph Lueneburger, “A Culture Of Purpose,” which details how to build this new culture, and why it is becoming more instrumental in bringing about success, as well as…
  • 8 Guidelines For Friends And Family Startup Funding

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

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Traditionally, the majority of entrepreneurs have been logical thinkers, problem solvers, and pay attention to details. These are the stereotypical left-brain engineers. Yet I see a big shift from the knowledge age, with its left-brain foundation, to a critical focus today on visualization, creativity, relationships, and collaboration, which are more in the domain of right-brainers. Of course, the best solution would be a new wave of so-called whole-brain thinkers, but this term is usually reserved for Einstein and Picasso, and no entrepreneurs that I can name. Even right- brain dominant…
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    Presentation Zen

  • How to make a good (or bad) presentation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Remote Demos - Remind Your Customer to Turn Off Email / IM Alerts

    Peter E. Cohan
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I remind vendor teams to turn off their email and IM previews/notifications, both to avoid embarrassing situations and to look that much more professional – a Great Demo! Workshop participant recently noted that vendors should suggest the same to their customers.  In other words, help yourcustomers avoid distractions and the risk of anything confidential or personal bleeding through into a web meeting…!  (Don’t you love the horror stories, however…?)
  • Another Reason to Use a Discovery Document

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

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

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

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

  • Declara Finds $16M For Lifelong Learning, Education

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Palo Alto-based online, personalized learning startup Declara has raised $16M for its online technology, aimed at helping people learn new skills. The funding was led by GSV Capital, and also included Data Collective, Founders Fund, and Catamount Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Guardant Health Snags $30M For Tumor Sequencing

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    Redwood City-based Guardant Health has raised $30M in a Series B funding, to go towards development of a no-invasive, tumor sequencing test. The funding was led by Khosla Ventures, and also included Sequoia Capital and Perjman Mar Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Principia Biopharma Raises $50M

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    South San Francisco-based Principia Biopharma said yesterday that it has raised $50M in a Series B funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Yerdle Finds $5M To Get Americans To Share

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    San Francisco-based Yerdle, which develops a mobile app which helps users give away and get things for free--in a quest to reduce the amount of "stuff" Americans buy--has raised $5M in a Series A funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Pure Storage Gets $225M

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Mountain View-based data storage developer Pure Storage announced this morning that it has raised $225M in a Series F funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
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    Austin Startup

  • Careflash Partners with Seasons Hospice Foundation

    Bryan Menell
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Seasons Hospice Foundation has partnered with CareFlash, an online social network built specifically to help friends and families who are going through tough life events such as illnesses, recovery, rehabilitation or the months following a loss.
  • 10 Free Tickets to SaaS and Cloud Apps University

    Bryan Menell
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Softletter’s SaaS and Cloud Applications University is the leading event for companies looking to succeed in SaaS (Software as a Service) and Cloud Applications.
  • Socialware Bolsters Leadership Team With New Vice President of Product Development

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

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

    Bryan Menell
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Gazzang, the big data security experts, today announced the appointment of Peter Schlosser as vice president of worldwide sales.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

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

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

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

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

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

  • When a Winning Tablet Design Flops on Desktop

    Linda Bustos
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Do tablet users behave (and convert) similarly to desktop users?Clark’s shoes set out to answer this question by testing its winning tablet design on desktop against its desktop version. The case originally appeared on WhichTestWon (a fantastic resource of A/B tests).Winning tablet designDesktop versionThe tablet design pinched revenue per visitor by 2.6% (at 94.89% confidence).So what?While this doesn’t seem like a huge difference — the team expected tablet to win.The point is, site design should be optimized for different device contexts.“More often than not, testing…
  • 5 Places to Hide Easter Eggs in Ecommerce Marketing

    Linda Bustos
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Originating as inside-jokes in video games, TVs and movies, some digital marketers have also used Easter eggs to crack up customers.For the last 2 years, we’ve run Easter features on Easter eggs in ecommerce marketing: How Easter Eggs Can Beef Up Your Marketing and Ecommerce Easter Eggs 2.0.This year we break down 5 places you might hide an Easter egg in your ecommerce site or marketing. There’s only 2 rules – the eggs must be hidden, and should be surprising and delightful to find.Home pagesZapposWho doesn’t love cats? Alright, there’s a strong contingent…but…
  • Gain Competitive Advantage with Attribution: Predictions from Adobe Summit

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

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

    Linda Bustos
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    This week’s infographic comes from CMO.com and breaks down the details of the average Chief Marketing Officer in the United States.
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    Planning Startup Stories

  • Acronyms: Does BS Stand for Business Strategy?

    Tim Berry
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    What do you think of when you see the acronym “BS?” Do you think of business strategy? Maybe you should.  I have nothing against real business strategy. I’ve posted on strategy often here. My favorites include 3 stories your business strategy depends on and defining small business strategy. My sense of it, boiling down three decades of small business — plus a fancy MBA degree — is that good strategy always looks, after the fact, like it was always obvious.  Real business strategy is mostly just focus. It’s about what you don’t do, sort of like how a marble sculpture is formed…
  • Strategist? No, Please; not Me

    Tim Berry
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    I don’t want to be a strategist. Yeah, like you, I like to be a thinker. I like analysis. And strategy sounds cool. But the term strategist is too much pomp, arrogance, a relative of using utilize instead of use, or at that point of time instead of then.  What reminded me was The Difference Between a Social Media Strategist and a Person Who is Just Good on Social, over on on Business 2 Community blog. I like the post and it’s core content, but I hate the way they label strategist as good and just good on social media as bad. They’ve got their labels reversed.  They say:  A social…
  • Will Web Metrics Kill Professional Journalism?

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

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

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

  • A Look at What Really Matters for Conversions & Happy Customers

    Pete Williams
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Todays guest-essay is from Tommy Walker, editor of one of our favourite CRO blogs ConversionXL.com  Enjoy! (and check out my comments below) .Pete Most of the businesses I’ve spoken with in my almost 10 year history as an online marketing professional think the process for getting new customers goes something like this: Get Traffic Get Users Make Money But it’s not so simple, is it? I mean, honestly, when was the last time you personally handed over your money so easily? According to Google’s Zero Moment of Truth report, the average shopper consumes an average of eighteen pieces of…
  • 10 Guarantee Templates You Can Swipe to Instantly Increase Conversions

    florence
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
     You are under no legal obligation to offer a refund if a customer… “…simply changed [his or her] mind, found it cheaper somewhere else, decided [they] did not like the purchase or had no use for it.” However, offering an explicit guarantee in your marketing can do wonders for your increasing your conversion rates. In fact, tests have shown that adding a 30-day money back guarantee, you are able to increase sales by 21%. And in a study by Suwelack, Hogreve and Hoyer published in the Journal of Retailing titled “Understanding Money-Back Guarantees: Cognitive, Affective, and…
  • Improving Your Opt-Ins [PreneurCast Ep133]

    florence
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    In this show, Pete and Dom talk about Opt-Ins (one of the 7 Levers of Business): what they are, why they are important, and how you can get more of them. They also discuss what an opt-in might look like for various businesses. Links: Online: Preneur Marketing Internship – http://preneurmarketing.com/essays/preneur-group-internship-opportunity/ Article: How Pete Will Give His Son $1million – http://preneurmarketing.com/essays/teaching-kids-finance-million-dollars/ Article: Excerpt from 5 Minute Business – http://preneurmarketing.com/recommended-books/5mb-content-intro/…
  • How I Plan to Give My Son, Eli, a Million Dollars

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

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

  • Looking into The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s take a break from the business news cycle. I love the news and I’ve covered it for a decade: what new startup is launching, why a stock price just moved, who’s being hired or fired. But there’s a whole universe of fascinating stories waiting to be covered about what’s old in business. That’s why we’re launching The Distance, a new online magazine featuring original journalism about bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old. If you’ve ever been curious about your favorite family-owned restaurant or that little shop on the…
  • Basecamp at C2E2 This Weekend!

    Shaun
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo is this weekend and we’re really excited to announce that Basecamp will be sponsoring designer toy maker, Shawnimals at the show! Shawnimals uses Basecamp to make awesome stuff, from plush ninjas to recycled sketchbooks. The show runs from April 25th–27th, so come by booth 655 to say hi and pick up a limited edition Happy Sherpa plush!
  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paris, Summer, and the Internet of Things: The Connected Conference (+ticket contest)

    Rafael Lemarchand
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    If you feel passionate about the internet of things and a summery Paris is high up your cool-places-to-go-to list, you might want to consider a trip to the Connected Conference, a hardware-themed startup event which will be held on June 18-19, 2014 at La Halle Freyssinet in Paris, France. The conference will be hosted by Rude Media, the European publisher of the Rude Baguette - the first English-language technology authority on the French startup ecosystem - and will be the hotspot of an estimated 500 international tech enthusiasts, especially from the fields of hardware, mobile technology…
  • Caller ID hacked onto the iPhone by Stockholm's Truecaller

    Greg Anderson
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    Landline caller ID did wonders for those riddled by spam callers and those too socially anxious to pick up the phone. But as we've shifted to mobile, we're more stuck with what's in our address book and clueless when an unknown number starts ringing in your pocket. Android phones have had the benefit of third-party Caller ID thanks to Google's fast and loose policy of letting apps take over phone calls, but Apple's tight-gripped control over the iPhone doesn't allow apps intercept call data. But like most things in life, there is a workaround if you're creative enough. With a €13.8 million…
  • IT-developer Platform Aciety Sees Steady Rooting in the Baltics

    Rafael Lemarchand
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Well established companies, startups, and enormous corporations all share the unquenchable need for IT developers, which has led to an significant demand for platforms that provide dynamic services for outsourcing IT development. While IT means mingling with computers, it’s by no means entirely done by machines; the main operators are human, and as we all know it, humans tend to make mistakes. Aismantas Bulanavičius, the co-founder and product manager of Lithuanian startup Aciety, is well familiar with the topic. His experiences in outsourcing product management through freelance job…
  • Norwegian Fin-Tech startup flips the Hedge Fund industry around

    Edvard Nore
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    There are some problems that most of us can only dream of having, one of which must be to be rich enough to qualify as an institutional investor. Edgefolio, a Norwegian fin-tech startup is working on fixing the way the 2.4 trillion dollar hedge fund industry markets itself to this group. Founded by London-transplant Leopold Gasteen in 2013 they are currently in beta fine-tuning their product. Their product is a scalable marketing platform for hedge funds that allows them to create one standardised fine-tuned investor pitch for investor acquisition. Hedge funds have always relied on…
  • What's the hottest up-and-coming company in the Arctic? The Answer Is Worth €10,000

    ArcticStartup Staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Arctic15 pitching competition is back, where we get our readers to help us select the 15 hottest up-and-coming companies in the Nordic and Baltic region. With Arctic15 coming up May 27 and 28 it's then time to put them up on stage in front of our judges, investors, and swarm of attendees. You should submit your startup! In addition to a chance to win €10,000 for first place, you'd be in good company, joining names like Kiosked, The Eye Tribe, Holvi, Transfluent, Infogr.am, Ovelin, Pipedrive, and many others before they were big. Here's the process to apply: 1. Use this link to head over…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for InvoiceOcean

    public
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Company / App Name: InvoiceOcean http://invoiceocean.com Twitter – @Invoiceocean What does it do? InvoiceOcean is a software that allows to issue a variety of invoice related documents online. It operates in the SaaS environment, meaning that all data is stored on the Cloud and able to be accessed from anywhere. Why do we need it? InvoiceOcean offers four account types with limited access to different features. All accounts can be tested extensively for 30 days at no cost, with no credit card required. Who is it for? InvoiceOcean is a software co-made by users that send constant…
  • Pitch for ClearFit

    public
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Company / App Name: ClearFit http://www.clearfit.com Twitter – @ClearFit What does it do? Helps small and medium-sized businesses quickly and easily find and hire the best people for the job. Why do we need it? To ensure the right people are in the right jobs, resulting in happier employees and more productive organizations. Who is it for? SMBs What makes it stand out from the crowd? It\’s fast, it works, and it’s priced right. There are no subscription fees and customers only pay one flat fee while they are hiring. It\’s extremely simple and easy to use. What’s…
  • Pitch for LocalYoo

    public
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Company / App Name: LocalYoo http://www.localyoo.com/ Twitter – @localyoo What does it do? LocalYoo is an online marketplace connecting tourists with local bloggers & experts. We enable travelers to book tips, itineraries and experiences from a variety of qualified locals. Why do we need it? We need it in order to experience a place from a local perspective and in order to create real connections with local people around the world. Who is it for? Both for travelers and for local bloggers & experts, that are looking for a platform to monetize their skills. What makes it stand out…
  • Pitch for SparkChat

    public
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Company / App Name: SparkChat http://www.sparkchat.com/ Twitter – @GetSparkChat What does it do? Safe and secure chat application for users. Self hosted or on premise hosted chat application to keep your conversations confidential. No data snooping or privacy evasion. Why do we need it? Enables to have chat session among small to medium sized teams. Who is it for? SparkChat enables you to have chat sessions among small to medium sized teams and make the most of the group experience. What makes it stand out from the crowd? SparkChat has a trendy and user-friendly interface that makes…
  • Pitch for datMachine

    public
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Company / App Name: datMachine http://datmachine.co Twitter – datMachineinc What does it do? We attach website visitors to different clusters according to time they spent on different pages, find pages which affect conversion rate the most(positively and negatively) and let you analyze all this information in multiple dimensions Why do we need it? You can easily identify which types of visitors are more likely to convert in paying customers, discover which parts of your website influence customer decision making process the most and find unexpected patterns in visitors\’ behavior.
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    Techday

  • Young minds find tech solutions for mental health

    Catherine Murray
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Educate Lifehack Weekends are giving young people the opportunity to create technology-based solutions to aid mental health issues.   Read More →
  • WhatsApp sets the Facebook record straight…

    James Henderson
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    NetGuide There has been a lot of inaccurate and careless information circulating about what WhatsApp’s future partnership with Facebook would mean for its users’ data and privacy.   Read More →
  • Commission revises draft Telecommunications Development Levy paper

    James Henderson
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Telco Review The Commerce Commission today released a revised draft determination for the amount 22 telecommunications providers will pay towards the $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for 2012/13.   Read More →
  • Novopay lifts performance ahead of improvements

    Catherine Murray
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Educate Reports from the latest Novopay pay periods show that its performance is within the 0.5% acceptable steady state error rate, as defined by the Novopay technical review, says Steven Joyce, Minister Responsible for Novopay.   Read More →
  • Iconz-Webvisions reveals leadership change at the top

    James Henderson
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IT Brief “The timing is perfect for iWV to re-assert our leadership in this arena."   Read More →
 
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • News from the World of High Growth Student Startups | GrubHub | Packback Books | #Entrepreneurship #Dissertation

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Founder Institute: A life-changing high-speed roller coaster

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The testimonial below is written by Tobias Dickmeis, founder of Letsmake and a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute, which is now accepting applications for the upcoming Berlin Spring 2014 Semester.  "If you board the Founder Institute, prepare yourself for a ride. It will get fast, it will get intense, it will get bumpy. It will flip your idea upside down. It will flip your life upside down. It will flip upside down who you thought you are. At some point you won’t know top from bottom anymore, and you want to get the hell out. But it’s fun,…
  • Mitch Kapor, Personal Computing Pioneer, to Speak About Impactful Startups at the Founder Showcase

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event. Last week, we were honored to announce the first Keynote Speaker for the 15th Founder Showcase, taking place on May 15th: Scott Painter, Founder & CEO of TrueCar.  Today, we are once again honored to annouce a second, luminary Keynote Speaker: Mitch Kapor. Mitch Kapor, quite simply, is a "godfather" of Silicon Valley, and has been a pioneer in personal computing and information technology for more than 30 years. He is widely…
  • High-Level Revenue Concepts Made Easy by Munjal Shah

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access to a full training session of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. In the video below, Munjal explains the differences between symmetric versus asymmetic revenue models and breaks down the concept of simplifying the "steps to revenue". Munjal Shah is the Co-Founder & CEO of Like.com (which was acquired by Google to create Google Shopping) and a Charter Member of TiE Bangalore.  If you have a startup idea and want to pitch directly to Munjal, please…
  • Ask Cashtivity CEO Marissa Di Pasquale Anything on This Week's Twitter #AskaFounder

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Curious about what it's like to walk in a CEO's shoes? Wonder what obstacles or achievements regularly happen for a startup founder? Or perhaps you've just always wanted to know about an entrpereneur's personal journey? Then you will not want to miss the special "Ask a Founder" Twitter event featuring Marissa Di Pasquale, Founder and CEO of Cashtivity and a graduate of the Sydney Founder Institute. During this event, which takes place on Thursday, April 24 at 5:00pm PDT (see your local time here), you can log on to Twitter and Tweet any questions you might have for Marissa. How to…
  • Top Four Tips on How To Develop a Good Startup Idea, According to Matthew MacFarlane

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Budding founders on the path of entrepreneurship are more likely to create successful startups if they keep a few key ideas in mind, according to Matthew MacFarlane, investment director of Yuuwa Venture Capital. Matthew MacFarlane will speak at the forthcoming Perth Founder Institute event, Startup Funding 101: How to Work With an Investor. Below are MacFarlane’s four tips on how entrepreneurs can develop good startup ideas, as described by Rose Powell in an article on StartupSmart titled Top four tips from a venture capitalist on how to develop a good start-up…
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    OnlyOnce

  • Breaking New Ground on Transparency

    Matt Blumberg
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Breaking New Ground on Transparency I’ve written a lot over time about our Live 360 process for senior leaders in the business.  (This post is a good one, and it links to a couple earlier ones that are good, as well.)  We take a lot of pride in feedback and in transparency at Return Path, and after 15 years, even for an innovative business, it’s unusual that we do something big for the first time around people.  But we did today. This image is of something never seen before at our company.  It’s my own handwritten notes about my own Live 360. It’s never been seen…
  • Understanding the Drivers of Success

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

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

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

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

  • Techstars TV

    Megan Sweeney
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We love Techstars companies and making videos about them!  You can subscribe to our YouTube or Vimeo Channel but today we have some exciting news…. Introducing the new Techstars TV! Thanks to our friends from Vidsy.tv we have a beautiful home for all of our videos.  We hope you enjoy exploring!  Plus we have a video below showing examples of what Techstars companies are accomplishing and how they’re making a major positive impact on the world. Click to tweet: [Video] Introducing the NEW @Techstars TV & a video on the impact startups have on the world:…
  • An Interview with Patriot Boot Camp Speaker Craig Newmark

    Taylor McLemore
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Techstars Patriot Boot Camp is right around the corner. From May 16 through 18th, 75 veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs will gather at the Goldman Sachs headquarters in NYC to kick-start companies, find cofounders, and advance as entrepreneurs. We look forward to Craig Newmark joining us as a speaker for the event. Here are a few thoughts from Craig to get everyone ready for Techstars Patriot Boot Camp. Photo credit: unali artists What is craigconnects.org and what do you hope to accomplish? craigconnects.org is my way to help people who get stuff done in causes I believe in, in the…
  • Awesomeness – Finding a business model

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

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

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

  • This Man Thinks His Time Is Worth $40 Per Minute

    Sam Biddle
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Meet Joe Gebbia. Joe founded Airbnb with another guy in 2008, and still works there. Airbnb is doing well, and maybe someday it'll be a valuable public company. For now, would you like to pay $2,500 to Skype with Joe for 60 minutes?Read more...
  • Former CEO Mark Pincus just stepped down from all his operational duties at Zynga, which went public

    Nitasha Tiku
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Former CEO Mark Pincus just stepped down from all his operational duties at Zynga, which went public at $10/share and is now trading at $4.60. "Ultimately a ship is better with one captain," he said. Especially if that captain chucked so many sailors overboard . Read more...
  • Electing This Man Mayor of Oakland Will Be a Disaster for Oakland

    Sam Biddle
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    The person on Oakland mayoral candidate and former tech exec Bryan Parker's staff who granted this interview made a very serious mistake. No one—you'd hope—is going to vote for a man who thinks the cure for American poverty is Bitcoin .Read more...
  • Tech CEO Dodges Felony Charge Despite Horrifying Abuse Video

    Nitasha Tiku
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh "G" Chahal pled guilty to two misdemeanors for domestic violence and battery last week. The ad-tech executive faced 45 felony charges based on security footage from his San Francisco penthouse apartment, which allegedly showed him hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times in half an hour. Read more...
  • Hedge Fund Boss: "We Are Witnessing Our Second Tech Bubble"

    Sam Biddle
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    David Einhorn's hedge fund—notable for shorting Lehman Brothers before it dry heaved out of existence—is ready to make it official: we are in the midst of another tech bubble.Read more...
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU

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

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

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

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

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

  • Announcing ‘TEN’

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

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

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

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

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

  • Home-based Business Workspace: Ideas to make it work

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homeprenuers a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: Tell us about your workspace at home and how do keep your business endeavors organized? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: I’m very fortunate to have a dedicated office in my home. I have […]
  • Pinterest Tips for Business

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

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

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

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

  • How To Become a Chef?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hello world!

    myragaertnerykkyhl
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Start Up Blog

  • Wallets & brains

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Wallets and brains have a curious relationship. We can often choose between the two to solve a problem. But what’s most interesting is what happens after that choice. If we neglect our mind and go straight to the wallet, both usually stay empty. When we use the mind first, both usually end up with more in them.
  • Counter intuition, deal cutting and commissions

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    I really like sharing my ideas with groups of people – so much so that I often get up on stage in front of large groups of people to to do this. After doing it for the best part of 10 years (usually in local startup events & for friend who work at large corporates) I started to get offered money to speak at events. Which is quite exciting. It’s a classic example of the wood chips generating a significant revenue stream on their own.  I’ve recently starting working with an agency to help me manage my speaking engagements. Again, these guys came to me through others who…
  • Web startup principals apply to every kind of new business

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

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

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

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches delivered from the sky

    Springwise
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Add / Remove We’ve seen flying food before in the form of YO! Sushi’s iTray drone waiter. For food businesses who can’t afford ground-level property however, Jafflechutes is now delivering its grilled cheese sandwiches to street level via parachute. Conceived in Melbourne, the idea was initially developed as a product to help tower block dwellers who forgot their keys to let their flatmates easily drop them down from high levels via small parachutes. After thinking up a more profitable solution for the product, the team created a pop-up cafeteria from their fifth-floor…
  • TRAINR turns smartwatches into a personal fitness trainer

    Springwise
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Add / Remove Smart fitness tracking is one of the leading lights of the wearable tech industry, with consumers already buying products such as Nike+ and FitBit in their droves. However, the field has plenty of space to grow, and we’ve seen endeavors such as Athos gymwear, which has performance monitoring tech built-in. Now, LA-based startup Focus has developed TRAINR — a smartwatch platform that turns the devices into fitness trackers that can detect the type of exercise being performed, as well as offering suggestions for improvement. The system offers automatic tracking for up to 20…
  • ‘Thinking’ music speaker changes mood with a twist and learns users’ tastes

    Springwise
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Add / Remove Over the past few years, music speakers have transformed from having one simple purpose to featuring wifi connectivity and integrated subscription streaming services, such as the Sonos. Now taking these features as granted, the Aether Cone is a next-generation conical speaker that instantly offers a different vibe when it is twisted, and uses algorithms to detect users’ music taste at particular times and locations. The device is a standalone speaker that connects to the internet through an iOS 7 device, giving it access to a number of services including a library of 20…
  • Crate on wheels can clip and lock seamlessly onto bikes

    Springwise
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:31 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. While cyclists are typically free to go anywhere they please on their two wheels, one downside is that they’re limited as to what they can carry with them. In the past, we’ve seen the Springtime picnic basket, which triples as a bike pannier and table and chair set, but now the Netherlands’ Fietsklik is a detachable adapter that helps cyclists securely clip…
  • Restaurant lets diners get the perfect lighting for their foodstagrams

    Springwise
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Add / Remove Social platforms such as Instagram have brought out the budding photographer in amateurs, and we’ve already seen Australia’s 1888 Hotel offer facilities dedicated especially for smartphone snaps. Now South Africa’s El Burro restaurant has installed a device that enables customers to take professional-style Instagrams of their meals. Developed by wifi network MWEB, a small, portable lighting studio has been placed inside the restaurant as part of its #dinnercam campaign. Aimed at demonstrating the possibilities of ubiquitous wifi, the machine lets diners place…
 
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeffrey
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
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  • Six Personalities You Need For Your Startup

    Aruni
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The following is a guest post from Bernd Schoner. Schoner was the founder of ThingMagic, LLC, a garage-grown RFID technology company led by a small group of MIT Media Lab graduates. Young and fresh-face, Schoner guided his company through the ups and downs of a start up that ultimately sold to Trimble Navigation, a multi-billion dollar, multinational tech company, where he currently works as the VP of Business Development. According to Bernd Schoner, author of The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success The…
  • This Is A Test Post Of The Blog System

    Aruni
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:48 pm
    As I try to resolve the issue of spam being inserted into my email feed, it seems the only way to test if the issue has been corrected (after making changes) is to write a test post and check my inbox in the morning. Therefore, here is a test post.  If the issue has been fixed, my follow on post will be about my two songs that are now live in iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify!  It’s been a long journey and somewhat anti-climactic at this point, but I can’t believe I finally faced a fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be…
  • SXSW 2014: Edu, Music, and Pi Day

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

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

  • Grab yourself a new TNW t-shirt while supplies last

    Martin Bryant
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you love The Next Web and want the world to know? Good news – our 2014 range of t-shirts has just gone on sale. Whether you want to celebrate Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass-surveillance, good old-fashioned people power (the theme for our European conference this year) or even your own Internet addiction, we have something for you. While stocks last we have have a much-requested Illuminati-themed design, ‘The New Internet Order’, too. If you’re at The Next Web Europe Conference you can pick one up in person. Otherwise, you can order online now. Which one will you choose?
  • Kevin Rose wants to launch another startup, wishes he had stayed CEO of Digg

    Roberto Baldwin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    Google Ventures partner, Digg, Milk, and Revision3 co-founder, and raccoon enthusiast, Kevin Rose sat down with The Next Web co-founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten at The Next Web Conference Europe today. During the interview that touched on Rose’s many startups and being the target of San Francisco protesters, the serial startup-founder shared his desire to return to the startup scene and his regret of giving up power at Digg. While talking about the demise of aggregation site Digg, Rose told Veldhuijzen van Zanten that he regrets giving up the CEO role during his tenure at the site. He…
  • Duolingo announces Duolingo Test Center, a $20 mobile alternative to standardized language tests

    Josh Ong
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Kicking off our TNW Europe 2014 conference in Amsterdam this morning, Duolingo co-founder Luis von Ahn announced the upcoming launch of its Duolingo Test Center, a new standardized language test that you take on a mobile app. In order to verify your test results, the app will monitor you by using your camera and microphone and ask you to stand in a corner to make sure no one is behind you feeding you answers. Duolingo will use human proctors to ensure that you’re playing by the rules. The test will cost $20, as compared to $300 for equivalent in-person certification tests. Duolingo…
  • Wist for iPhone now recommends the top 5 best places to eat and drink anywhere in the world

    Paul Sawers
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Following a ‘soft launch’ in a handful of US cities late last year, Wist is rolling out its personalized travel recommendations iPhone app globally from today. Wist actually began life as Triptrotting before its pivot and re-brand back in November, a move that saw it shift from more of a traveler/host matchmaking service to one that simply taps local and friends’ knowledge to learn where all the best places to visit are. Less ‘cultural exchange’, more brass tacks. Though Wist was available in Miami only originally, it has since been rolled out to LA, Santa Monica, Boston, Chicago,…
  • ReSnap retools its print-on-demand photo book platform to work with virtually any big data source

    Ben Woods
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    ReSnap, a platform for creating photo books from your social media channels in about a minute, has today launched a fully retooled version of its service that it says will ultimately allow users to turn any big data source into a print-on-demand book. While there are plenty of services for creating a photo book from your social channels, ReSnap promises to be a no-fuss option that automatically selects the most popular images and status updates for your creation; one of its key differentiators to set it apart from rivals that select based on date, location or specific photo sets. The…
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    The Product Guy

  • Market Research, Vidaao, and May Time!

    Jeremy Horn
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.     Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Vidaaoexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from value validation to posing as a customer(thanks to Justin Park) Market Researchfrom value validation to posing as a customer The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists,…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 19, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Product Manager @ Personal Data Reference, Inc. (NYC)Keywords: Agile, Community, Consumer, Lean, Product Managementhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=966&lf=twf Analyst, Product & Platforms @ Reliant (New York City)Keywords: Agile, Lean, Product Management, Project Management, Virtualizationhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=965&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 12, 2014)

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

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

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

  • Book Review: Floating City by Sudhir Venkatesh

    Ben Casnocha
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    For those of us for whom “vice” equals sending text messages while driving over the speed limit on a freeway, there’s a natural curiosity about the dark side of society — curiosity about what happens after hours, in seedy neighborhoods, among those whose livelihoods depend on breaking the law. Hookers. Drug dealers. Loan shark frauds. The curiosity begins with complete ignorance about the practical realities. For example, if I wanted to buy cocaine in San Francisco, I have no idea where I’d even start. I don’t want to, but I’m still curious about the…
  • Is Employee Job Tenure Really Shortening? (Yes, It Is)

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

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

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

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

  • You Are Never Too Old To Learn To Surf (aka: Don’t Be Afraid To Suck)

    John Greathouse
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. I have a confession: I used to quickly become frustrated whenever I tried something new and I didn't quickly excel. Rather than attempting to master the new activity, I would moved on to another task, seeking a gentler learning curve. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! My frustration with new activities was heightened by my desire to be "the best." This was especially true when I was younger. However, as I have matured (translation: become old), my desire has evolved from…
  • This Philanthropist Is Winning Skirmishes With Poverty By Tapping Into An Inner City’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

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

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

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

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

  • Ready To Maximize eBay Sales? Here Are Five Tips.

    Contributor
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    by Kevin North, CEO and President of Terapeak Today’s generation of ecommerce entrepreneurs is changing the way consumers shop by allowing them to access a world beyond the geographic and physical boundaries of bricks-and-mortar retail. Ecommerce platforms like eBay make the cost of starting a small online business with a global reach affordable, and the entrepreneurs who find the right product mix and sales strategy will also find success. So how do you make sure you get your new ecommerce venture off to a running start? Here are five tips that can help you create and implement a winning…
  • StartUp Britain Reveals Entrepreneurial Hotspots

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    UK entrepreneurs are growing in confidence – despite ongoing political argument over the current state of the economy and whether it’s driving growth. New figures obtained from the national enterprise campaign, Start up Britain, claim over 526,446 new businesses were registered in 2013; representing an increase of just over 42,000 from 2012. Here we take a look at the UK’s entrepreneurial hotspots as highlighted in the research: South East With 136,939 businesses registered in Greater London and a further 40,052 in the South East, this area of the country has performed particularly…
  • [Singapore] National Research Foundation Selects Six VC Firms To Administer S$120M Startup War Kitty

    Daniel Goh
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) – that part of the Prime Minister’s Office which looks at attracting and growing local and foreign technology incubator investors to set up in Singapore and spur the growth of early-stage, high-tech startups here – announced this week it has selected six venture capital firms to help inject S$120 million through a 1:1 investment matching scheme. As part of the Early Stage Venture Funding Scheme (which was first announced in 2008), the selected venture capital firms - Golden Gate Ventures, Jungle Ventures, Monk’s Hill…
  • [Infographic] How The Digital World Fuels The Physical Economy

    Daniel Goh
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    How important is the Internet to the world’s economy? Plenty, as you can imagine. Consider this: the Internet accounts for 3.4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 13 countries; that’s more than the total GDP for Canada and Spain. And it’s growing rapidly too – global internet use is increasing, which also leads to increased GDP and thus creating jobs and wealth. The US, as the world’s largest supplier in the Internet ecosystem, is the biggest benefactor – it’s captured 30% of global Internet revenues and over 40% of the Internet’s net…
  • Why Transformational Leaders Are In Demand

    Contributor
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    by Brian Dozer, D. Mgt., MBA, adjunct professor at Brandman University’s School of Extended Education Transformational leaders are in demand more than ever. The intrinsic qualities of a transformational leader are needed in today’s fast-paced, and often uncertain, world of business. If not already doing so, we recommend assessing which emerging and existing leaders already have these qualities, and which may require some training to develop. It is important to understand what specific benefits this particular style of leadership can bring to your organization and how they can contribute…
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    ArabCrunch

  • UPDATED: (Video) First Bitcoin ATM in the Arab World Goes Live in Dubai with Plans to Add 400 More

    Gaith Saqer
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    There are a very few Bitcoin ATMs in the United States, and many more worldwide but for the Arab world until recently there has been non. For those who do not know what Bitcoin is, it is a cryptocurrency that is P2P and is not controlled by any central authority. Sergey Yusupov co-founder of umbrellab a bitcoin software company posted on Twitter last month that he has imported 400 Bitcoin ATMs to Dubai.  Around 5 days ago some of those ATMS Update: one Bitcoin ATM has gone live according to sergey with plans to activate more. Here is a photo of the first Dubai Bitcoin ATM customer…
  • BREAKING: Intel Closes its Office in Egypt

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

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

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

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

  • The Startup Treadmill

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter and Gnip - A match made in data heaven

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

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

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

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

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

  • Should I Worry About Unsubscribes? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Some context for the folks at home: The person emailing this question is taking Let’s Fix Your Business. There’s a whole lotta backstory of what happened before she asked this question, and a whole lotta stuff that happened after she asked this question. But for now, we’re going to take it as a little vignette, a slice of the life of an evolving ittybiz owner. The writer is, at the time of the letter, on the cusp of making SIGNIFICANT changes to the content she’s sending to her email list. It would not be unreasonable to assume a number of her subscribers are going to…
  • Why People Still Suck, No Matter How Hard They “Try”

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

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

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

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

  • Training is an Innovation Accelerant

    GREGG FRALEY
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Creativity and innovation training is a highly effective accelerant for business results. When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I nearly always find a great deal of energy. What I also often find is inexperience — in the kind of thinking necessary to innovate. Successful managers and leaders are promoted up the ladder because of their great analytical thinking skills. Day to day, operationally, that’s what’s called for and that’s what’s rewarded. The bad news is the more imaginative and divergent thinking…
  • Support RAMI

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

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

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

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

  • My Chat with Peter Smith of Golden Spiral Creative

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Become a Chef?

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

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

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

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

    JohnnyG
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    There are many reasons why learning self defense is important. What is self defense? It is really any type of martial art discipline that helps a person defend themselves against someone attacking them. There is also many types of self defense programs out there, from Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, all that have been around for centuries. Comparatively, a relatively new discipline to the Western world is called Eskrima, a term used for many of the different martial arts disciplines out of the Philippines. These techniques include various weapons training with bladed weapons and sticks. It also…
 
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  • The 5 Most Important Entrepreneurial Skills

    Dave Lavinsky
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    It’s been 15 years now since I started working with entrepreneurs. Over this time, I’ve seen lots of successes, and unfortunately lots of failures. So, I started thinking, “what is it about those entrepreneurs who have achieved the most success? What are their common attributes and skills?”While the initial list was pretty large, when I boiled it down, there were 5 common attributes or skills that the successful entrepreneurs all had. I’ve listed them below.1. Vision & Leadership: Entrepreneurs must have a vision of where the company will be in the future.  In addition, you…
  • What Every Investor Wants

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

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

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

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

  • Presentations: Why I Hate Them

    Mike
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    I am fortunate enough to receive a handful of invitations each year to speak at various gatherings, conferences, and trade shows. I take these opportunities seriously and understand that I have a responsibility to the event organizers as well as an obligation to the audience.  My goals when speaking are 1) to educate, and 2) to entertain. Over time and with practice, I have gotten better at both and truly look forward to these engagements when they arise. When I attend these events I always try to watch a few of the other presentations to see what I can learn for myself, and to pick up some…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #219 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is a parody commercial filmed in the style we’ve recently seen on television from AT&T. If you’re a fan of HBO’s show True Detective, you’ll enjoy it. Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it…
  • Extending Unemployment Benefits: Why it Matters to Small Business

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

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

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

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    IRS at the center of infuriating controversy A report found that 1,100 employees with tax-related issues weren't exactly reprimanded ...Rewards that are raising eyebrowsMore to seeJoe Paterno statue coming soon?Mom convinced family she was ill
  • Yankees pitcher caught cheating

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Yankees pitcher caught cheatingAPNew York's Michael Pineda was ejected when the Red Sox spotted him violating MLB rules.What umpires found on his neckWide world of sportsCowboys eyeing QB in draft?Seahawks QB, wife file for divorce
  • Man pulls huge shark ashore with bare hands

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Man pulls huge shark ashore with bare handsYouTubeRyan Bolash pulled a 13-foot long hammerhead shark onto the beach after it got hooked on a friend's fishing line. Watch him tangle with the beastMore newsMan plummets 2,717 feetPet duck attacks owner
  • Cleared of murder, Jonathan starts fresh

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Cleared of murder, Jonathan starts freshAssociated PressAfter 24 years, Jonathan Fleming walked out of prison a free man, with a lot of catching up to do.Met his son for the very first timeIn other newsNFL releases 2014 schedule'High end' cough syrup pulled
  • Three American doctors killed in Afghan hospital

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Three American doctors killed in Afghan hospitalASSOCIATED PRESS An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of American doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three and wounding a nurse.Two killed were a father-son teamIn other newsRussia sends warning to UkrainePortrait of ferry captain emerges
 
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    Xconomy

  • Two San Francisco Startups Sharing In Third Rock’s Rich Third Fund

    Bernadette Tansey
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Bernadette Tansey Third Rock Ventures, an investment firm known for founding life sciences companies from scratch, made a big splash last year by raising $516 million for its third fund while many of its fellow venture capital firms were struggling. Since then, it’s been putting that new money to work. Over the past three months, Third Rock’s original Boston office formed two Cambridge, MA-based companies, Voyager Therapeutics and Editas Medicine. And now, the firm’s newer San Francisco office, launched in 2010, is about to unveil financing deals for two San Francisco-based startups,…
  • Varsity, Malleable Medical Take Top Honors at CU-Boulder Competition

    Michael Davidson
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Michael Davidson College life can be overwhelming for some students. There are so many events to attend, clubs to join, classes to take—and parties to go to—that finding out about the coolest stuff and what’s right for you can be a challenge. Varsity, a mobile application designed by a team of University of Colorado at Boulder computer science and business school students, aims to change that. The team presented its app Tuesday night at CU-Boulder’s New Venture Challenge and walked away with $10,000. Varsity split the $20,000 top prize with Malleable Medical Tech, a team of…
  • Life Sciences Research in Washington Delivers Economic Punch

    Benjamin Romano
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Benjamin Romano In addition to novel therapies, improved crops, and cleaner fuels, life sciences research at University of Washington and Washington State University delivers a multibillion-dollar economic boost to the state. Research and development spending by Washington state universities exceeded $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2010, with more than half of that spent in life sciences fields at UW and WSU, according to a report being released today. That research spending in life sciences translates to an estimated $2.4 billion in state economic activity—wages of researchers and staff,…
  • NFL’s Richard Sherman on Social Media: “You Can Only be Yourself”

    Curt Woodward
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Curt Woodward [Updated 4/24] He’s one of the best players on the NFL’s top defense, and just won the first Super Bowl in his team’s history. But Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman might be just as well-known for another skill: highly entertaining online smack-talk with other NFL players. There’s more than a bit of calculation behind his bravado—you’ll notice that Sherman sells t-shirts emblazoned with his famous taunts on his own website. Maybe that’s why Harvard invited Sherman, along with three other NFL veterans, to speak to students at…
  • Why Are Hybra’s Kickstarter Backers So Upset? CEO Joe Thiel Responds

    Sarah Schmid
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Sarah Schmid When we last reported on Hybra Advance Technology, a Traverse City, MI-based consumer electronics startup, it was September 2013, and the company was days away from closing an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, half a year later, Kickstarter backers are up in arms, some going so far as to call for Michigan’s Attorney General to investigate the company for fraud, and all because it hasn’t delivered its product yet—though that’s not exactly unheard of when a startup is trying to get a piece of brand-new hardware to market. Xconomy contributor Dan Ryan, a…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • What to do when things aren't working at your startup

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    I've been there.  You come in day after day, work long and hard hours pushing that rock up a hill, only to see it roll back down again overnight.  Traffic isn't moving.  Sales aren't closing.  Investors aren't biting. The writing is on the wall.  This ship is going down, sinking ever so slowly--one day's payroll at a time.  There's still some cash in the bank, but not really enough to do much of anything.  What do you do?  Here are five tips. 1) Be honest.  You're not going to fool anyone, so don't go pitching to VCs trying to paint a rosey…
  • Connecting the Sellers of NYC's Salesperson Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Live Event with James: On Writing, Making Money and Moving Forward

    James Chartrand
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Over the past few weeks, I've talked about what prevents these people from hitting that pro level where writing, making money and moving forward all come together sweetly. There's been phenomenal response in the comment sections and community alike, as we discussed the pitfalls of writing gone wrong. It seems that the key ingredients that make achieving pro-writer status easy - crucial accountability, the right community, mentorship and clever goal-settingaren’t actually that easy to find. Bringing these key ingredients together is easier said than done – and content creators, writers and…
  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

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

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

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

    James Chartrand
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm a client. I get approached by designers, web architects and copywriters all the time. They pitch me the same pitch - over and over. I don't like being blunt, but the whining pitch to be hired just comes off as pleading. Painful, desperate pleading. Angry yet? Good. If you want to differentiate yourself from the rest of the poverty herd, here's a checklist of what a client really wants from you – directly from a client's perspective. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The Truth: What a Client Really Wants from You first appeared on Men…
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Ways To Up Your Web Content And Up Your Game

    Adam Toren
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Great written content is only the bare minimum in today’s online world. You’re going to need more than just great articles to make your website stand out on the crowded web. Deliver real value with great content that’s available through a multitude of mediums. Here are three content strategies that will take your online game to the next level. Infographics Information presented in a graphically designed, beautiful layout makes for great content that goes viral quickly. It’s appealing to the senses to digest statistics and tips that are organized visually. Like any great content, make…
  • The Top 5 Tech Investors For 2014

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

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

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

    Adam Toren
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Allison Huynh is a co-founder and CEO of MyDream — a 3D online social game where children and adults alike can control their environment and alter the game’s landscape to create their own imaginative world. Think of MyDream like Minecraft meets Kahn Academy: it has an educational aim toward K-12 without any of the prevalent violence found in other games. Users can explore MyDream and even shape it through its open platform nature, using their own real-life skills to explore and create their own personal worlds. Allison’s background with shaping her own world is not exclusive to her…
 
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  • The Tim Ferriss Podcast is Live! Here Are Episodes 1 and 2

    ianfp
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Fuckin’ A–it’s finally here! After fantasizing about starting a podcast for nearly two years, after being asked hundreds of times, The Tim Ferriss Show is now live. Sometimes you have to stop over-thinking things, bite the bullet, and figure it out as you go. To launch, I’ve posted two episodes that are vastly different.  They are available on iTunes and, for Android folks, Stitcher. I have an important favor to ask, which I don’t do often: 1) Please listen to one or both episodes. 2) Then, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes. I will read EVERY review and, based on…
  • Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

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

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

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

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

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: November 2013

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlanToys Are More Than Toys: They Have Plans For Our Kids' Future

    Amber Leventry
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    We love our kids. And sometimes, sometimes, we buy them stuff. But the toys our kids play with should be more than toys. PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood, an eco-friendly wood. Through their ideas and materials, the company continues to improve their manufacturing process while providing our children with fun and sustainable toys. PlanToys have several new products on the market, but two that go above and beyond being just toys.
  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

    China.new
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.
  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

    Tech Light
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.
 
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    mokoyfman.com

  • Maybe the best commercial I’ve ever seen.

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    | Maybe the best commercial I’ve ever seen.
  • Storefront

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

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

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

    30 Nov 2013 | 8:21 am
    Uncle Ace, Blood Orange
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    Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

  • Advice For Good

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

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

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

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

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

  • NextAdvisor Cat Purvis: Money Money Money!

    Natalie Lamb
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cat Purvis is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice ProgrammeCat is the Founder of Exicon, a cloud platform for App and API Managment, with global clients including Handset manufacturers, Operators, Brands & Enterprises. It is a 2012 Red Herring 100 Global tech companies winner. During her career, Cat has built companies, teams and divisions all over the world, in the UK and US as well as in China where she was based for 5 years. Previous roles include COO at Icon Medialab and GM at a start up in Beijing which was later sold…
  • Captain Sustainability: An Interview with Melanie Richards, Founder of CSR Solutions

    Akosua Edwards
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Akosua Edwards talks to Melanie Richards about CSR Solutions, a Caribbean based business focused on Sustainability and Social Responsibility and the importance of these issues in both Business and Society.  Captain Sustainability to the rescue…… Melanie Richards is the founder and principal consultant of CSR Solutions Limited. A business, based in Trinidad and Tobago, which specializes in social responsibility and sustainability. CSR Solutions Limited must be one of the first of its kind within the Caribbean region, seeking to help organisations to be more socially and…
  • When To Say NO To An Investor

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

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

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

  • Winning big by entering television competitions

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Winning big by entering television competitions We all know how many opportunities there are out there to win vacations, money, and various other prizes. But there is an often overlooked way to enter and win these contests: through television competitions. Most people look for competitions that are offered through stores, radio stations, and even spend […]
  • Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy

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

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

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

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

  • Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

    steveblank
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace. More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to integrate startups into large companies? The answer - there are two types of integration strategies, and they depend on where the startup is in its lifecycle. The Innovation Portfolio Most large companies manage three types of innovation: process innovation (making existing products incrementally…
  • New Lessons Learned from Berkeley & Stanford Lean LaunchPad Classes

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

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

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

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

  • Bye Bye High Heels…Hello Designer Flat Shoe Trend

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    2014 Designer Flat Shoe Trend The trend we have all been anticipating has finally made its arrival. Yes, comfortable shoes welcome! Say bye bye to those sky high heels and platforms and rest your feet into some comfortable fashion forward flats. Labels such as Christian Dior and Prada have been sending their models down the runway in shoes that have been turning heads for their non-traditional take on flats. What’s great about this chic new trend is that you can dress it up or down. Take a queue from the celebs below who mastered the look… Hailee Steinfield, Star of the Enders Game,…
  • Chic Recycled Fashion

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Recycled Upcycled Repurposed Fashion With Mission Wear’s Another Chance Fashion Show coming up here in Denver (see the event page here at https://www.facebook.com/events/1423084194610121/1423158604602680/), it got me to thinking more about recycled and upcycled fashion. There’s something about the idea of re-purposing things that kind of gets me excited to create. Heck, the girl in their flyer is actually a shot from my portfolio. I made what she is wearing out of garbage bags and all of the junk mail I received during my time in New York! Things that look like they don’t…
  • Socks with Sandals

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    As a hairstylist, I’m given the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. During a regular day at work, I was cutting a man’s hair who told me some un-believable news. The newest fashion trend is wearing socks with sandals. I was in shock, I couldn’t believe it. I had to find out if he was right…and believe it or not…he was!!! In my fashion experience, wearing the combination of socks and sandals has always been a fashion don’t. But, if you look back in history people have always done it and have gotten away with it. Think about the Romans and the Geishas. They wore…
  • Enter to Win Baseball’s Midsummer Classic 2014 Tickets

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Dove Men+Care and Target Celebrate All-Star Dads with Chance to Win Midsummer Classic 2014 Game Tickets Do you have an All-Star Dad in your life? Do you want to tell the world how inspiring your dad, husband or father figure is? I do. My All-Star Dad is the best! I am proud to say my daughters, who are successful young women now, have a dad who is always there for them. Our three girls can talk to Dad about absolutely everything, and sometimes he is the first to know about school/career challenges and even matters of the heart. I truly admire their father-daughter relationship. Dad is a…
  • Brand Shigley and Sahar Pazirandeh Go on WordLove Tour

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

  • Everyone has a right to their opinion…unless, of course, their opinion is absurd and ignorant.

    jeffhilimire
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    I remember vividly one time I was arguing with my father about the space station. I can’t remember the exact argument but I do remember that I didn’t know what I was talking about and was going only on my perception, but there was no way I was going to back down. I was dug in and had my opinion and be damned with the facts. That’s the feeling I got when I read Michael Tavani’s Creative Loafing interview. The only difference is, I was five years old. Michael knows better. I should start by saying that I consider Michael to be a friend. He’s one of the advisors on…
  • 5 things I’ve learned about the mobile gaming industry since starting Dragon Army

    jeffhilimire
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Now that we have our first game launched, Robots Love Ice Cream, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned since starting Dragon Army last September. I’ve often said that true startups are like jumping out of an airplane and figuring out how to build your parachute on the way down. This has certainly been very much like that and while I’ve learned A TON so far and have much more to learn, here are the five things that came to mind: 1. Game development is vastly different than typical software development. There is true “heart” in building games. Art.
  • 7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often #blindpost

    jeffhilimire
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a blindpost from the article, 7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often, on Inc. I love “remarkably happy” people. We all do. They’re infectious with their joy and light up the world around them in a way that inspires us to be better people. To come up with my list, I thought about the remarkably happy people in my life – people like Ann, Jewel, Chad, Stanley, Katie, Adam, John, and Joe – and thought about the things I observe them doing on a daily basis. Thanks for inspiration! 7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often They smile. A lot. There’s a…
  • Robots Love…Arby’s!

    jeffhilimire
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Having spent the last 15 years working with brands (Coke, Home Depot, UPS, etc) on their digital marketing efforts, it was only natural for me to explore ways to work with brands at Dragon Army. So Ryan and I started thinking about a unique brand integration with Robots Love Ice Cream – now available on Android btw! – and we approached Arby’s to see if they were interested. Fast-forward four months and we’re now live with a huge Arby’s promotion, including three new levels in Robots Love Ice Cream that highlight the new Arby’s Orange Cream shake. Our hope…
  • And the hits keep coming at the Atlanta Tech Village as Jason Carter came to visit

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

  • The Founder Institute: A life-changing high-speed roller coaster

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The testimonial below is written by Tobias Dickmeis, founder of Letsmake and a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute, which is now accepting applications for the upcoming Berlin Spring 2014 Semester.  "If you board the Founder Institute, prepare yourself for a ride. It will get fast, it will get intense, it will get bumpy. It will flip your idea upside down. It will flip your life upside down. It will flip upside down who you thought you are. At some point you won’t know top from bottom anymore, and you want to get the hell out. But it’s fun,…
  • Mitch Kapor, Personal Computing Pioneer, to Speak About Impactful Startups at the Founder Showcase

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event. Last week, we were honored to announce the first Keynote Speaker for the 15th Founder Showcase, taking place on May 15th: Scott Painter, Founder & CEO of TrueCar.  Today, we are once again honored to annouce a second, luminary Keynote Speaker: Mitch Kapor. Mitch Kapor, quite simply, is a "godfather" of Silicon Valley, and has been a pioneer in personal computing and information technology for more than 30 years. He is widely…
  • High-Level Revenue Concepts Made Easy by Munjal Shah

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access to a full training session of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. In the video below, Munjal explains the differences between symmetric versus asymmetic revenue models and breaks down the concept of simplifying the "steps to revenue". Munjal Shah is the Co-Founder & CEO of Like.com (which was acquired by Google to create Google Shopping) and a Charter Member of TiE Bangalore.  If you have a startup idea and want to pitch directly to Munjal, please…
  • Ask Cashtivity CEO Marissa Di Pasquale Anything on This Week's Twitter #AskaFounder

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Curious about what it's like to walk in a CEO's shoes? Wonder what obstacles or achievements regularly happen for a startup founder? Or perhaps you've just always wanted to know about an entrpereneur's personal journey? Then you will not want to miss the special "Ask a Founder" Twitter event featuring Marissa Di Pasquale, Founder and CEO of Cashtivity and a graduate of the Sydney Founder Institute. During this event, which takes place on Thursday, April 24 at 5:00pm PDT (see your local time here), you can log on to Twitter and Tweet any questions you might have for Marissa. How to…
  • Top Four Tips on How To Develop a Good Startup Idea, According to Matthew MacFarlane

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Budding founders on the path of entrepreneurship are more likely to create successful startups if they keep a few key ideas in mind, according to Matthew MacFarlane, investment director of Yuuwa Venture Capital. Matthew MacFarlane will speak at the forthcoming Perth Founder Institute event, Startup Funding 101: How to Work With an Investor. Below are MacFarlane’s four tips on how entrepreneurs can develop good startup ideas, as described by Rose Powell in an article on StartupSmart titled Top four tips from a venture capitalist on how to develop a good start-up…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • The public invisibility of running mid-stage successful companies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brad Shorr
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Entrepreneurs wear every hat in the closet and are always pressed for time. It’s arguable that no matter how talented the entrepreneur or how brilliant the business model, success or failure boils down to time management. Here are a few ideas for taking control of the clock and preventing it from turning into a ticking [...]
  • The Cost of Taking a Break

    Britt Raybould
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    For 15 years, I’ve made a decision every fall that I invariably regret in the spring: I take a break from running. It’s a bad habit, but I’ve come up with many good reasons to justify the decision. It’s uncomfortable to breathe hard when the air is cold. Ice makes the footing tricky. I can [...]
  • The 10 C’s of YouTube Marketing Domination

    Lou Bortone
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve got a marketing video on YouTube? You and one billion other people!  Welcome to the club – or maybe it’s more like a mosh pit.  If you’re going to join the 100 hours of new video content that is uploaded to YouTube every hour of every day, your video better be worth watching. [...]
  • Tips for Getting More Organized in Business

    Carol Roth
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and organizing with your own business. So, to help your business organize, prioritize, plan and set up in the most efficient way, I have once again looked to the CarolRoth.com contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs [...]
  • The Most Destructive Distraction

    George and Mary-Lynn
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    What’s the single, most destructive distraction on your path to success? This may surprise you. It’s not social media or the Internet. It’s not your phone or your e-mail. Nor is it music, TV, YouTube videos or games. So what is it? It’s worry. Worry keeps you from what’s important. That’s why it’s the most [...]
 
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  • Finding Sales Reps

    Sarah Shaw
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You might be wondering how in the world you are going to actually find a good, reputable, hard working, fast-talking sales rep. I know exactly how you feel. In fact, I felt the same way when I started out! And for most of the time that I had my handbag company, I struggled to find good reps outside of NYC. While I loved my NY reps, and they made me loads of money, I wanted to find reps around the country that could you know…..sell more than I could! So after a year or so, I realized that looking at the websites of other products that would be sold in the same stores as mine, was the…
  • Contacting a Celebrity?

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

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

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

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

    theyec
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    What was the determining factor that led to the last raise you gave to one of your employees? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Value Creation I give raises when someone exceeds my expectations, usually when employees take something on that wasn’t originally in their scope of work.
  • 5 Ways That a Leader Might Be Hurting the Teams Motivation

    Under30CEO
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Motivation is a tricky thing. It’s hard to start and get motivated, and it’s hard to sustain that motivation. To really keep motivated, you need a long-term plan. But even a good long-term plan can be sabotaged if you act the wrong way. When leading a team, motivation is key. You already know they can do the job and do it well, otherwise you wouldn’t have assigned the team in the first place. But getting them to do it, be proud of the work they put in, and get out, can be a challenge. What you may not realize is that you, the leader, may be sabotaging yourself and your team.
  • What If You Took The Leap to LIVE BIG?

    Under30CEO
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if….? It is a question that most young professionals ponder on a weekly and even daily basis. It is a question that far too often individuals will let sit on their conscience as it slowly manifests itself into a metaphorical ball and chain of excuses for not going out and experiencing the world as it was meant to be. I remember sitting at my desk a month ago contemplating the next team building exercise I could implement with my associates or a new action item I could generate to boost the efficiencies of my work area. I had hit a wall and I was tired of the monotony and the daily…
  • More Than Just a Title: Becoming a CEO

    GuestAuthor
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    When I started my company, I became CEO by default. I had no idea what a CEO really did, but I was the one in charge, so the title fell to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t performing my duties well. Since then, I’ve learned that being the CEO doesn’t just mean signing checks and giving the final stamp of approval on projects. Your day-to-day tasks will vary depending on your field, but if you want to learn how to be a great leader at a young age, do what any experienced CEO does. 1. Never Stop Improving This is especially important for young leaders, but it will remain relevant the rest of…
  • Not a People Person? Career Options for the Talented Introverts

    Under30CEO
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you one of those people who really enjoy their “me time?” Does the thought of having to be around a lot of people and socialize completely stress you out? Does it worry you that once you get a job you will constantly have to be interacting with people? Well, it is time for you to stop worrying. There are plenty of career options for introverts, where interaction with people is very little or none. Here are a few: Writers The very job of a writer requires immense concentration and peace of mind which is impossible to get if you are constantly being distracted by people. It is possibly…
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    Fizzle

  • 5 Things I Learned In My First REAL Year of Entrepreneurship

    Richard Boehmcke
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A month before turning 29, after having spent the majority of my 20′s working for five different companies, I finally decided to strike out on my own. In September of 2012 I said goodbye to what I hoped would be my last office job. In October, I created an online business that would teach entrepreneurs how to get started with online video. Even though I technically started my business in October, the first 6 weeks were spent building a website (I had no skills and no experience doing so), and the next two months were spent blindly going to networking events and slowly becoming aware…
  • Tactics To Understand Your Ideal Client, Reader or Market (FS050)

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

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

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

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

  • How To Respond To 8 Illegal Interview Questions

    Justin Gmoser
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
      Please enable Javascript to watch this video   While you may end up being asked the standard "what is your weakness" question at a job interview, a sneaky employer may try to slip in some questions that are illegal to ask, in order to gain some possibly sensitive information. Produced by Justin Gmoser. Originally published in November 2013.NOW WATCH: How To Get The Salary You Really Want Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »
  • Business Insider Is Looking For An Awesome UI/UX Designer

    Business Insider
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Business Insider is looking for a user experience expert to join our product team. You'll work closely with product managers and graphic designers to create outstanding interactive experiences. You'll be joining a rapidly-growing team and will be an advocate for users and for simple, elegant digital design. The ideal candidate will be organized, resourceful, and self-motivated and an avid reader of business news. Specific duties include: Conceptualize and design digital products and platforms, including a large-scale consumer web site and a B2B ecommerce service. Use best UI/UX practices for…
  • 11 Of The Most Beautiful Office Buildings On Earth

    Drake Baer
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Office buildings are places for getting work done.  But as the winners of the Architizer A+ awards show, office buildings can also be quirky, artistic, and truly beautiful. As idiosyncratic as the cities they stand in, these buildings inspire awe. Whether through a bamboo-filled atrium at the entrance, wind turbines that help a skyscraper generate its own energy, or a mirrored facade that reflects a Nordic bay, these buildings expand our sense of what "office building" even means.  These are our favorite office exteriors from the second annual A+ Awards. The headquarters…
  • 13 Proven Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life

    Dina Spector
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Americans are way too wound-up. Seven out of 10 adults say they experience stress or anxiety every day, according Happify, a website and app that uses games and tasks based in positive psychology to make you happier. Since chronic stress can be bad for your health, leading to weight gain, sleep problems, and memory issues, Happify has put together a list of 13 activities proven to help manage stress. Most of these tips — like smiling, listening to music, or reading — are very simple. But they can have a major impact on your happiness. Check them out: SEE ALSO: 99…
  • Here Are The 10 Most Common Mistakes On Tech Resumes

    Rebecca Borison
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Resumes are always a challenge, but tech resumes are a beast of their own. In one page, you've got to impress these huge companies and explain why they need to hire you without sounding too cocky. We've rounded up some of the most common mistakes on tech resumes. Read up and avoid these blunders. 1. Handing in a five-page resume Kudos for being able to fill up five pages with past internships and odd jobs, but these resumes are skimmed in about 15 seconds. Help yourself out by making sure the stuff they actually see is the most valuable. Source: Forbes 2. Using lengthy paragraphs in each…
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  • Tabatha Coffey Owns It!

    Roy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger on Business & Books

    Sally
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet “On the big questions of finding meaning, fulfillment, and happiness, we’re deluged with answers–in the form of off-the-shelf advice, tips, strategies from experts and gurus. It shouldn’t be any wonder if those generic solutions don’t quite fit: To get to our answers, we must formulate and work through the questions ourselves.” ~Warren Berger Q&A on Business & Books with Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering? WB: How might we encourage more…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

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

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

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

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    The long-awaited opening of the Chestnut Hill Wegmans is almost over. The Rochester, N.Y.-based supermarket chain will open a 70,000-square-foot store Sunday morning. It's a much smaller footprint than an average Wegmans, so the company had to get creative, as The Boston Globe explains in their story this morning.
  • Transportation mobile app RideScout comes to Boston with real-time ride options

    Sara Castellanos
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    RideScout, a Texas-based mobile app that helps people find the most efficient mode of transportation in real-time, announced Thursday its launch in Boston. The company also announced a partnership with Cambridge-based Zipcar, where users will be able to access thousands of Zipcars in 22 markets nationwide as part of RideScout's features. The app aggregates ground transportation services including public transit, private options and social ride-share that allows users to search and compare options…
  • Qstream reaches 'millions of dollars' in revenue this year as Harvard-developed software for sales reps booms

    Sara Castellanos
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Qstream, a Burlington-based startup that uses mobile technology and gamification to help sales reps improve efficiency, expects to triple revenue this year as it continues signing large clients and rapidly growing, said CEO and co-founder Duncan Lennox. Lennox said the company, which sells software that was developed by a Harvard Medical School professor, is seeing revenue "in the millions of dollars," this year. Qstream has also tripled its headcount since last September, with almost 30 employees…
  • Suffolk Downs warns that this could be the last season for live horse racing

    Jon Chesto
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Suffolk Downs officials’ announcement of the start date for their live racing season this year included a twist that was a bit of a downer: They say this could be the last call for racing at the 79-year-old track. Yes, there will be betting on the Kentucky Derby simulcast when the gates open on May 3 for the spring at the East Boston track, with outdoor festivities on the grandstand. But there will also be the inevitable question: Will this be the year that Suffolk Downs folds for good? Owners…
  • Cambridge Hospital is merging its psychiatric emergency services into its regular ER

    By Jim Schakenbach
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Cambridge Health Alliance is restructuring its Cambridge Hospital psychiatric emergency services unit and transferring those services to the hospital’s regular emergency department on June 4. The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which categorizes the move as a unit closing, sees this action as the latest example of a growing mental health budget-cutting trend.  According to Ellen Lyons-Connors, a registered nurse and CHA employee who has worked in psychiatric emergency…
 
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  • What Does the Government’s Red Tape Initiative Mean for Small Businesses In The UK?

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    With the impact of the economic downturn still being felt right across the UK, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have said that cutting red tape should be a priority for the government.The Red Tape Challenge was launched by the UK Government in 2011 and aimed to reduce the bureaucracy that is hurting businesses, the economy and society. But what does it mean for SMEs?–Cutting the red tapeThere are more than 20,000 regulations active in the UK today but the government intends to reduce that number significantly before it leaves office. Unfortunately, many businesses are in the…
  • Founder Lessons: Practical Startup Lessons From Mike Kulakov (Founder at Everhour)

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Welcome to our founder lessons series. This week we have an exclusive interview with Mike Kulakov, CEO and founder of Everhour. Mike shares how the company started and lessons learned in the process and he encourages new entrepreneurs to keep to the lean approach,  be flexible, assign priorities wisely and go with the minimal expenses possible.Everhour is a time tracking tool created to help overcome the negativity usually associated with timesheets. “Our app is nothing like a bureaucratic, formal, or “spy” system – we’ve initially designed it for our own team, so…
  • 15 Things to Start Doing for Yourself…Starting Now

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Don’t stand in your own way. The choices you make today will determine what you become tomorrow. The time to reinvent yourself and be yourself is now.Here is your positive ‘to-do’ list for the year, make it count and be there for yourself….for once.1. Start spending time with the right people.These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways.  They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally.2. Start…
  • 25 Timeless And Generally Applicable Pieces of Wisdom You’ll Ever Hear

    Thomas Oppong
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    These are short but generally useful pieces of advice you can apply to your everyday life.1.Don’t try harder, try differently. If you’re trying to do something and it’s not working, and you try again and it’s not working again, take a step back and try to figure out if there’s a different way to go about doing things. This is applicable to everything from packing a truck to solving people problems.2. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your…
  • [Infographic] What Does It Really Cost To Commute In The UK?

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    It’s certainly been a case of “when it rains, it pours” for the poor London commuter recently. A tube strike, a concrete-flooded control room and many, many delays have resulted in workers forced to seek out alternative modes of transport to get them to and from the office.The recent 48-hour walkout, which was the result of an ongoing dispute between the TUC and London Underground bosses, has seen further disruption to companies that are hoping 2014 will be the year of the Great British economic revival.According to this recent infographic from Buzz Conferencing, train…
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  • The Top Gaming Headsets for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360

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

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

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

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

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

    Malavika Velayanikal
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    At any given point of time, there are 50 very important things to do in an entrepreneur’s life. And yet, in the middle of this sea of chaos, an entrepreneur also needs to be creative. You have to find new ways to solve old problems or even make roads where there are none. How is this possible? If you’re reaching out for your organiser or clearing up your desktop in response to this, don’t. Scientists have found that clutter and chaos have their uses, and one of them is a boost to creativity. This might sound exactly the opposite of what you might expect, but read on. Kathleen D.
  • With 2 crore turnover, 3-yr-old startup eSparsha gears to tap the $10 bn market

    Jai Vardhan
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Bala Satish G, Nalin Goel and Karthik Venkat met while pursuing their engineering from NIT, Allahabad. The trio completed graduation with flying colours and ended up in jobs with seven digit pay cheques. However, they saw a big problem in procuring customized merchandise which turned into a business of over two crores within three years. Customized merchandise is more of an experience rather than a product. “The market looked very disorganized and was not at all service oriented. We identified the big opportunity and realised that the problem was worth solving so we dived into it,” says…
  • Help create a public manifesto for the next government to work on at Desh Ki Awaj

    Preethi Chamikutty
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Indian Lok Sabha Elections 2014 has managed to create an unprecedented buzz on social media. But most of the buzz has been for the benefit of the politicians; we haven’t heard of too many citizen groups amidst all the noise. Well, Navonmesh Technology team from Pune has involved citizens to put together a people’s manifesto, called Desh Ki Awaj, which they plan to hand over to the party that comes to power at the Centre. “I don’t think voting alone is enough; the government needs to understand what Indians really want. All political parties published their manifesto but no one…
  • Travel product company iTraveller attracts 450+ enterprise users in one year

    Jubin Mehta
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    iTraveller Founding Team Late in September 2011, Shiju Radhakrishnan returned from Singapore to start iTraveller along with Sanjay Kumar, Chitra Parija and Nisanth Kumar. Originally in its first avatar, iTraveller just had a consumer facing screen which allowed travellers to plan and book their holidays. It had a few other features to facilitate the planning. In those days, the team also handled the delivery of services i.e. booking hotels, arranging transportation etc, for some destinations in India. The company was selected for the Startup Village incubation program which helped it sustain…
  • Mumbaikars, do you know where to vote? A startup is here to help.

    Subodh Kolhe
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The Election Commission of India is trying hard to encourage citizens to vote. It has roped in several celebrities to campaign for the cause. But the stats aren’t very satisfying. The reasons for these are complex and varied,  but solutions are urgently needed to resolve this problem. For starters, the majority of voters are not aware of the polling booth where they need to go to cast their vote. It’s especially a big problem in metros where people are not aware of the more remote locales. for example, most polling booths are set up at local Government schools and most citizens are…
 
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  • Corkket – Buy and Sell Locally

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

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

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

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

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

  • Columbus Chamber Celebrates 130 Years

    Walker Evans
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Columbus Chamber has been around for awhile — 130 years to be exact. The organization will be celebrating this milestone this Spring with a special recognition from City Council and with a staff volunteer day at the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio’s JA BizTown. “As we mark 130 years, it is a perfect time […]
  • Applits Allows Socially Driven App Creation

    Susan Post
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Developing an app takes a lot of time and money, not to mention some highly technical expertise. But if you’ve ever had a great idea for an app, the Applits platform might be able to help you turn it into a reality. Developed by two Ohio State students, the site promotes socially driven app creation, […]
  • Capture Education Uses Technology to Advance Class Scheduling

    Susan Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    One local company is garnering national attention for their software product, ScheduleSmart. Capture Education’s tool is out to reform the way students in grades K-12 schedule their classes. “We take information about an individual’s learning style, interest, aptitude, career interests [and] intelligence type and we use that data to project courses and pathways that the […]
  • At Work: Crimson Design Group Grows into a New Space

    Anne Evans
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Some people just know from a young age that they want to own their own business. “I knew at the age of 13 that I would own my own business,” says Cheryl Beachy Stauffer, Principal and CEO of Crimson Design Group. “After working in the design industry I knew it was time to start my […]
  • Inc@8000 Continues to Build Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs in New Albany

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

    VisionwizTeam
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    4 Beta Startups For Signup 1. MyMundus MyMundus is a new startup that aims to help you refind those web sites you forgot to bookmark. 2. ScureFirst SecureFirst is a new beta startup that aims to help keep human rights defenders safe. They bring existing tools together and build needed tools and content, creating simple, comprehensive security solutions. 3. ChurnBuster Churn Buster  aims to save you thousands of dollars every month by ensuring your customers update their payment information. 4. HipTutor HipTutor is a new online tutoring platform  that aims to find you the tutor of your…
  • How To Find Ideal Startup Partner

    Martin
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. Even if you are looking in all the right places, it helps to know what you are looking for. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” The reason is that good attributes apply equally well to “external” partners, as they do to internal partners, like a co-founder or CTO. A…
  • How To Identify & Remove Your Blind Spots Of Leadership

    Martin
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Every business leader has blind spots which limit their effectiveness and success, but due to ego, over-confidence, or deferential subordinates, many live totally in the dark. Some are smart and humble enough to assume that they don’t know what they don’t know, but lack an effective process for shining a light on their blind spots. Both are equally surprised by their every setback. I recently found some real insight on this subject in a new book by Robert Bruce Shaw, aptly named “Leadership Blindspots.” Shaw specializes in organizational performance and has helped a wealth of business…
  • Business Culture Tips For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both categories. I just finished a new book by Christoph Lueneburger, “A Culture Of Purpose,” which details how to build this new culture, and why it is becoming more instrumental in bringing about success, as well as…
  • 4 Ways To Bring More Customers To Your Retail Store

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

  • Standing Out and Standing Proud: How to Get your Business Website to the Top of Search Engines

    EpicLaunch
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    You want customers to notice you, and come to your website. But, you need search engines to notice you too. That’s how people end up finding you roughly 80 percent of the time. Here’s how to get the attention you so desperately need.  Make Your Site SE Friendly Marketing companies, like Yodle.com, take website design so seriously that they offer website design services. Sometimes, it’s the only way to make sure that the client’s site is designed properly. if you’re designing your site yourself, or if you just don’t have the money to hire an outside agency, make sure that you do…
  • The future of the workplace in three points

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

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

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

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

  • Postbot – The Photo Scheduling App from WordPress

    Dilip
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Are you a photo blogger? If you are, then this WordPress launch might excite you to the core, just as it did to me.. It was yesterday that WordPress announced the launch of Postbot. While the name does not tell you what exactly this animal is, the details of it is sure to excite anybody […]
  • IMSC Rapid Mailer Review – 7 Reasons Why It Just Might Not Be For You

    Dilip
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sean Donahue is a reputed Internet Marketer and I have enjoyed and implemented a few of the strategies that he teaches at at his blog. He is a frequent at launching products and most of his products have been top quality. It is hence that I have bought pretty much all his products because these […]
  • How To Get Past Gmail’s “Promotions” Tab?

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

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

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

  • Lessons from Shark Tank: Stupid Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    As you might know, Shark Tank is a show on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their product to investors in front of a live audience. While most of us will never pitch to investors on television, the pressure we feel in the investment “shark tank” can feel just as intense. While some entrepreneurs can get things off the ground without investors, many can’t. They need to persuade investors to take them seriously in order to get their endeavor going. Unfortunately, all too often, stupid mistakes prevent that from happening. Let’s look at 3 mistakes wannabe entrepreneurs made while presenting…
  • Legal Matters: What Are the Benefits of Where You Form an LLC?

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

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

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

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

    guestblogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Would you be interested in working harder and smarter on your business if you knew that it would be very easy to do better than 80% of the people in your sector? Factually, right now, about 60% of the people in your sector are only doing OK and 20% are struggling. This means that by stepping up and standing out, you could be in the 15% that are doing very well and if you really excel, you could be in the 5% that are exceptionally successful. So how can you achieve this?  1. Think big Most people think small and therefore play small; there is less competition for bigger goals. You just…
  • Don’t let bookkeeping become a burden for your start-up

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

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

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

    guestblogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Divine Chocolate, shares her tips for starting a social enterprise that will not only survive, but also prosper in a global market. When we originally pitched our concept of a delicious fair trade chocolate owned in part by Ghanaian cocoa producers, many people told us it was a wonderful idea but unlikely to ‘have commercial legs’. Luckily we persevered and set about challenging the commonly held misconceptions about social enterprises – that they are socially responsible, but not commercially viable. Years later, I’m enormously proud to say that…
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  • From Pearl Harbor to 9-11 to the Panopticon

    Sean Murphy
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/keeping-nsa-perspective What drove all of this was Pearl Harbor. The United States knew that the Japanese were going to attack. They did not know where or when. The result was disaster. All American strategic thinking during the Cold War was built around Pearl Harbor — the deep fear that the Soviets would launch a first strike that the United States did not know about. The fear of an unforeseen nuclear attack gave the NSA leave to be as aggressive as possible in penetrating not only Soviet codes but also the codes of other nations. You don’t know…
  • Tristan Kromer’s May Workshops Promise To Help You Reframe Your MVP

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

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

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

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

    EpicLaunch
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    You want customers to notice you, and come to your website. But, you need search engines to notice you too. That’s how people end up finding you roughly 80 percent of the time. Here’s how to get the attention you so desperately need.  Make Your Site SE Friendly Marketing companies, like Yodle.com, take website design so seriously that they offer website design services. Sometimes, it’s the only way to make sure that the client’s site is designed properly. if you’re designing your site yourself, or if you just don’t have the money to hire an outside agency, make sure that you do…
  • The future of the workplace in three points

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

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

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

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

  • 19 new startups take space inside the Emerging Technology Center [Startup Roundup]

    Andrew Zaleski
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have news for the Startup Roundup? Get in touch. who’s getting funded? Digital Global Systems, based in Germantown, Md., has raised $1.45 million in debt, according to SEC filings. The company develops products for the wireless industry. Integrata Security, based at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is now raising an equity round of $1.6 million, according to SEC filings. The cybersecurity company develops “wireless network intrusion detection services.” Profectus Biosciences, based in the Holabird Industrial Park, has raised $7.2 million in equity and…
  • Per Scholas: A+ certification program opens 4th center in Silver Spring

    Andrew Zaleski
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    An ongoing debate in Baltimore city questions the value of equipping high school students with A+ and other IT certifications over teaching them how to code. The first is a basic qualification that can be helpful in being hired in traditional IT jobs, while the second is a flexible skill set sought after by a range of businesses today. But the very model national nonprofit Per Scholas employs in its four training centers — including its newest in Silver Spring, Md. — unquestionably defends the usefulness of IT certifications. “Everyone needs, at a minimum, to have…
  • Maryland spent $90M on flawed technology for state health exchange

    Andrew Zaleski
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Maryland is scrapping its current state health exchange website, Maryland Health Connection, and starting over. As Technical.ly Baltimore reported, the state is adopting Connecticut’s technology to rebuild its website through which Marylanders can purchase health plans following implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013. How much of a hole did the first website burn into the state’s pockets? According to a breakdown of the costs for the first iteration of Maryland Health Connection, the flawed website’s technology cost $91.7 million of a total $129.8 million spent by…
  • How I Work: Clara Gustafson, Venture for America fellow with ZeroFOX

    Andrew Zaleski
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Come August, Clara Gustafson will have completed year one of her minimum two-year commitment to Baltimore. The 23-year-old is one of seven fellows living and working in Baltimore city as part of Venture for America, a program that finds recent college graduates to work in startups in cities across the U.S. Gustafson is a business development associate at Federal Hill cybersecurity startup ZeroFOX, which creates software to protect large companies’ from cyber attacks and information security risk via their social media channels. She and several other Baltimore fellows live in Patterson…
  • UMBC professors study how technology helps people with disabilities

    Andrew Zaleski
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Two professors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, are researching “how to put technology to work for people whose physical or mental disabilities make even simple tasks difficult,” reports UMBC Magazine. [Amy] Hurst and [Shaun] Kane are both assistant professors of human-centered computing in UMBC’s department of information systems. It’s a field that focuses on the user end of technology, combining elements of computer science, design, and behavioral science. … Both professors observe that human centered computing is a field where sharing ideas, expertise…
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    inside-Startups

  • The Startup Law of Comparative Advantage

    Rich
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    David Ricardo’s economic Law of Comparative Advantage says that two parties can both gain if, in the absence of trade, they have different relative costs for producing the same goods. VC Jeffrey Bussgang writes that too often, entrepreneurs ignore this law and spend their time on the wrong things: Unfortunately, I see too many founders ignoring the entrepreneurial corollary to this law, the Start-Up Law of Comparative Advantage. I’m no David Ricardo, but it seems to me that if entrepreneurs followed this “law”, the gains to their start-ups would be akin to the gains…
  • 5 Lessons Learned from a 5-Year Entrepreneur

    Rich
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Erik Wolf has posted his lessons learned after five years of being an entrepreneur: “Sales” doesn’t work. Everyone hates the “buy me” salesperson — that guy or gal armed with a briefcase full of brochures, hurling business cards at every warm body they see as if they were throwing stars, pitching product to anyone who will listen. So why is is that at some point, just about every small business owner BECOMES that person? Obviously, we all need to sell stuff in order to feed our families, but I’ve found that my business is most profitable when I stop pushing to sell…
  • ExtremeTechChallenge Offers Grand Prize Time with Richard Branson

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

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

    Rich
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Here is an early April Fool’s video. Tech Startups sometimes get enamored in their own jargon. In this parody video, Sun Microsystems employees talk shop. The company had its own technology dialect, and those who couldn’t understand it were expected to issue a Purchase Order anyway. Maybe that’s why the company failed. Produced by Rich Brueckner of insideHPC. Note that this script is a parody of a parody. Check out the Turbo Encabulator from 1946.
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Digital Marketing Tips for 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Tips for Getting Media Coverage

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spain Tech Week

    Joe Wallin
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    As part of the “Spain Tech Week 2014”, the Spanish startup community is converging on Seattle to explore business and investment opportunities.Come to this event and:Meet more than 30 Spanish startups.Network with twenty Spanish venture capital firms.Introduce yourself to the Honorary Consulate of Spain.See a panel of experts discuss, “Spain, the New Global Technology Hub.”Sample delicious Spanish wine and tapas!The panel includes:Rebeca Minguela, CEO & Founder at Blink, acquired by GrouponAntón Molleda, COO at Plain Concepts USA, a Microsoft Technology companyIván Contreras,…
  • How is corporate M&A strategy developed?

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

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

  • OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Australian venture capital firm, OneVentures, recently officially launched its new OneVentures Innovation and Growth Fund II. This new fund aims to raise a total of $100 million from institutional investors and high net worth individuals over the next 12 months. The fund will invest in a portfolio of emerging Australian companies with ambitions of going [...] The post OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Blackbird Ventures is singing pretty with $25 million for early stage investments

    Jen Storey
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Blackbird Venctures, the Sydney based venture capital firm, has raised a $25 million tranche of cash to invest into early stage startups. If you’re an ambitious startup with eyes on the global market, then your business may be what Blackbird Ventures is seeking. What’s early stage? The facts are, you’re going to need more than [...] The post Blackbird Ventures is singing pretty with $25 million for early stage investments appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Westpac’s CVC makes its first investment, less than a week after launch

    Jen Storey
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Westpac’s new corporate venture capital (CVC) fund, Reinventure, is less than a week old and already has made an investment. SocietyOne raises $8.5 million SocietyOne is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform founded in 2012. Reinventure is just one of the investors, taking a $5 million stake. In the past six months, the SocietyOne loan book [...] The post Westpac’s CVC makes its first investment, less than a week after launch appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • This venture capital fund is out to make sure Aussie tech start-ups never have to look beyond the borders for funding again

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    23 Feb 2014 | 6:37 pm
    These days, there are quite a number of grants and schemes to encourage Australians to create start-ups. There is no shortage of seed stage incubators and accelerators either. However, beyond seed stage investments there is still a gaping funding gap. This is why when Australian entrepreneurs need larger amounts (I mean $500,000 to $5 million) [...] The post This venture capital fund is out to make sure Aussie tech start-ups never have to look beyond the borders for funding again appeared first on Anthill Online.
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    Blog

  • Funding Advice & Options for Women Entrepreneurs

    joshboyle
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Kim Lombard – Community Manager, mosaicHUB Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Going out to investors can be stressful for any company, whether in their seed stage or at $10 million in revenue. You need to know a lot of information before even thinking about speaking to a VC firm: how to get an introduction, what stage of your business is right to approach an investor, and how you should pitch your company, just to name a few. Going out to investors can be stressful for any company, whether in their seed stage or at…
  • GearCommons: Share gear. Get outside.

    joshboyle
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Madeline Bilis - Contributor, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  As two Tufts alumni powered through the last few miles of a snowshoe marathon in Vermont, they were reminded of their friends who wanted to participate but couldn’t. Why? Because they didn’t have snowshoes... As two Tufts alumni powered through the last few miles of a snowshoe marathon in Vermont, they were reminded of their friends who wanted to participate but couldn’t. Why? Because they didn’t have snowshoes. Mike Brown and…
  • Let the Good Times Roll?

    joshboyle
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Michael Greeley - General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Earlier this week the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released the VC Quarterly Fundraising data for 1Q14. The expectation was for this past quarter to be a strong quarter for fundraising, given the (until recently) buoyant public equity markets and strong M&A environment which drove a lot of liquidity back to LP’s. Earlier this week the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released the VC…
  • Startup Institute Boston - Spring of 2014 Class

    joshboyle
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:45 Teaser:  Here is an early look at the new crop of highly motivated and ready-to-create-change students in the Startup Institute's Spring Class of 2014. Thumbnail:  Home Page Image: 
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead

    joshboyle
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few lined up for next week to help you schedule accordingly. VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

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

    mholmes
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    I was hesitant to write this post. Why? It’s not something you read or hear. The fact is, when most people give their testimonies about tithing it’s usually with an instantaneous and positive ending. Most ministries tell how the person who gave received a 400% increase in a matter of months. Last year…that was NOT the […]The post My first year results with tithing: a personal case study appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin

    mholmes
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    The Christmas season is upon us. As a result, everyone turns their attention to a manger, a virgin mother, and a Baby that changed the world. As much as I am indebted to that Baby I wanted to focus on the mother–the Virgin Mary. I wanted to talk about her faith actually. When she heard […]The post After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why You Are Already Prosperous

    mholmes
    5 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    I’m starting to understand what I already am in Christ: I’m holy I’m righteous I’m more than a conqueror I’m complete in Him I’m anointed I’m accepted in the Beloved …and etc. Because of that I also realize that I am already successful/and or prosperous because God is with me. Now I understand how this […]The post Why You Are Already Prosperous appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Will There Be An End Time Wealth Transfer

    mholmes
    2 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Wanted to give ANOTHER testimony before I start: I have officially paid off ALL consumer debt! This feeling is surreal. It’s surreal because I’ve had these debts for a good couple of years now. But ever since I started to fully become a tither and now a tithehacker I’ve been able to pay them off. […]The post Will There Be An End Time Wealth Transfer appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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    Verge Startups

  • Two Companies to Watch: DCODIA and Social Sweepster

    Alec Synnestvedt
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Camera and image-based technologies are at the core of two Verge startup companies. And, while their businesses couldn’t be more different, both founders draw from close personal experiences to focus on a problem they know well. Both are pitching at Verge on April 24th. These startups approach interesting problems with novel solutions that are well worth keeping your eye on. Picture This: Two Image-based Startups to Watch DCODIA Decodes Dyslexia Co-founder and CEO Kris Parmelee recently said, “Necessity is the mother of invention and I’m the mother of a dyslexic child.”  …
  • Looking to Learn How To Build Software? It’s Cake

    Miles Sterrett
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Building Software is Like Baking a Cake Building software is a bit like baking a fancy cake from scratch, for the first time, without a recipe. Unless you’re an experienced baker, you will not feel confident that you can bake and decorate a multi-tiered cake for an expensive wedding between a couple of impeccable taste. However, software developers try to do just that, regularly. We sit down in front of our computer, and write up a specification for how our product will work when all of its icing-covered tiers are formed. In other words, we make up a recipe without having baked before.
  • The Music Marketing and Technology Festival that isn’t for Jerks

    Kasie Sturm
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re familiar with the Indiana technology and marketing crowd,  you may already know Douglas Karr. He’s worked for over a decade in  Indianapolis to drive innovation and growth through the doors of some of Indy’s most exciting startups. For those who haven’t met Doug, well, he’s outspoken. And his voice carries. He’s been called arrogant and a jerk before, especially the occasional target of one of Doug’s spectacularly sarcastic tweets or Facebook debates. But for those of us that do know him, he’s humorous, kind-hearted and has helped many individuals…
  • Verge Reviews Lesson.ly; Lesson.ly Responds

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

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

  • SmartUse: Mobile Application To Handle Construction Projects

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

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

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

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

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

  • Security: OpenSSL Heartbleed announcement

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

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

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

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

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

  • Free Kindle Book On Lifehacks

    Scott
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Today I published my 2nd book on Amazon. You can grab it here for free for a limited time: Lifehacks: 63 Ways to Save Money, Improve Time Management, Produce Great Work, and Increase Productivity  BTW if you don’t have a kindle, you can just use Kindle’s Free Reader on your preferred devicee: PC, Mac, Iphone, Droid. Sweet Giveaway Details After getting your free copy, if you enjoy the book and leave a review on Amazon, you will be automatically entered into a sweet giveaway contest… Three people who’ve left reviews will be chosen to receive $1,000 in free goodies.
  • How to Shift The Way You Communicate To Get More of What You Want…Leaked Podcast

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

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

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

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

  • Anthony Foy – CEO of Workshare

    Mario Schulzke
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs Every year, I take one week in which I track every single minute of the day. It helps me figure out where my time is going, and allows me to ask myself whether my time is going into productive projects.  Anthony is CEO of Workshare. Previously, he held the parallel position at SkyDox, where he focused on executing the company’s vision for delivering secure, cloud-enabled collaboration to the enterprise. Anthony brings more than 20 years of experience to Workshare and has built profitable technology ventures in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin…
  • Lisa Weber – Founder of CelebrityBabyScoop

    Mario Schulzke
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs First of all, it’s important to do something you love and stick with it. For me, the hardest part in the beginning was getting up day after day and posting when no one was reading. I could have hit “delete this blog” but I didn’t. I stuck with it and I recommend that if you have an idea or are starting something new, don’t get discouraged. Things take time to grow. Lisa Weber is the founder of CelebrityBabyScoop.com, one of the first blogs in the celebrity baby space. She started CelebrityBabyScoop.com back in 2006 while she was working as a…
  • Phillip Luebke – Founder of Brilliant Swim

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    - 1,600+ interviews with entrepreneurs Get out and talk to people, even when you don’t feel like it. I’m the only employee of Brilliant Swim, and I work from home. That isolation can have all kinds of negative effects, not only on my physical and mental well-being, but also on my ability to make good business decisions. I need to get other thoughts and opinions. Phillip Luebke founded Brilliant Swim in 2012 with the goal of addressing previously unmet needs of swimmers, triathletes and their coaches. His company’s first product, the PaceWatch, is a slim, wearable pace clock…
  • James Cummiskey – Managing Director of Cima Coffee Farms

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

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

  • How to work as a CEO/COO team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • eWellness – Telemedicine Today to protect you from diabetes

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

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

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

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

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

  • An Angel in New York: Christine Tate

    Lauren Harrity
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Christine Tate is a very active Angel investor, involved early stage investing in the New York area. Tate was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she received her MBA. She is also a...
  • When Total Failure is the Key to Runaway Success: Insider Stories From Tech’s Biggest Names

    Skillcrush
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    How YouTube, Twitter, and Groupon Really Got Started You hear stories of successful billionaire tech entrepreneurs, but do you really know the inside story of how some of the tech industry’s biggest...
  • You Will Not Believe What J Kelly Hoey Is Up To Now

    Bonnie Halper
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw once said that in New York, you’re always looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment, which are your basic ABCs (Apartment, Boyfriend, Career). For the record,...
  • Welcome to Silicon Valley: Give Right or Get Out

    Helen AS Popkin
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Activists who campaigned for the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over a $1,000 anti-gay marriage donation made in 2008 got their wish, but may also have inadvertently opened a Pandora’s Box...
  • New Reading Patterns Give Rise to Speed-Reading Apps

    AlleyWatch
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    After several companies have been stung by social-media stumbles, a cottage industry of experts has emerged to help brands navigate the social-media landscape. Video not showing up? Click here  
 
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    Startup Freak

  • Ovi Site Builder

    StartupFreak
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Company Name : Ovi Site Builder Description : Build your Stunning website in just “30 minutes” Company Overview : Build You Website in “15 Minutes” includes Domain Name, Email Accounts & Site Builder.No HTML or Coding Knowledge Required.100% Drag & Drop. Very easy to use.You have best Features like Responsive and Mobile Friendly Pay only 3000 per year Robust and Accessible Best Powerful Apps Advanced Designs Search Engine Friendly click here to know more : http://www.ovisitebuilder.com/ Homepage URL: http://www.ovisitebuilder.com/ Industry : Internet Number of…
  • Creative Chatterbox

    StartupFreak
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Company Name : Creative Chatterbox Description : Creative Chatterbox is a young start-up based in Navi Mumbai which aims at providing world class entertainment and advertising Company Overview : we have gradually developed into an advertising and marketing firm with a group of people, equally passionate and creative, constantly striving for innovative themes for events and unique and catchy ideas for marketing. Trust us for the most quirky and contemporary brand building techniques as well as events lasting for a lifetime along with experiencing a business association filled with…
  • Get The Heck Brands

    StartupFreak
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Company Name : Get The Heck Brands Description : Gettheheck.com deals in intelligently designed t shirts and other creative products. Company Overview : Gettheheck.com is a place to get idiotic yet intelligent stuff that defines your unique style statement. Our idea is to help you add a bit of spice in your life through the stuff that we create. Geththeheck.com is for: 1. Free souls 2. Dare to stand out from the crowd 3. Youngsters who will remain young till they die If you fall in the above category, you are eligible to buy stuff from us. Homepage URL: http://gettheheck.com/ Industry :…
  • BuzzFactory Interactive Pvt Ltd

    StartupFreak
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Company Name : BuzzFactory Interactive Pvt Ltd Description : BuzzFactory is Social Media and Digital Marketing Agency Company Overview : BuzzFactory started off in April 2009 as small team of highly passionate bloggers, social media enthusiasts and web marketing professionals who have experience in launching products and websites on the web from scratch, building sustainable traffic and customer engagement through content marketing and social media. With a clear understanding of marketing, business, creative & viral content, search engines, social media, developing online relationships,…
  • SHRI GURU NANAK TOURS & TRAVELS

    StartupFreak
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    Company Name : SHRI GURU NANAK TOURS & TRAVELS Description : A House of all travel related services Company Overview : We are pleased to introduce ourself as one of the leading Tour Operator & Travel Agency. Gurunanak Travel Services is tour operator and travel operator which provides you safest and luxuries services in affordable charges. We are best Aurangabad Car Rental Aurangabad Taxi Hire Aurangabad Hotel Booking Agents in Aurangabad. www.shrigurunanaktravels.com Homepage URL: http://www.shrigurunanaktravels.com Industry : Hospitality/Travel Number of Employees : 4 Location :…
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    Onboardly

  • Don’t Live Your Life Inside of a Box: An Interview with Maren Kate Donovan

    Shanelle Mullin
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    This interview is part of our Entrepreneur Interview series. Inspiration generally comes when you least expect it. It’s a funny thing really, you could be doing anything at all when your next big, life-changing idea pops into your head. Maren Kate Donovan just so happened to be sitting in a 24-hour cafe in Las Vegas when she thought of the idea for Zirtual. Take a look at our interview with this inspiring entrepreneur and see how she’s leading an ultra busy lifestyle without losing her sanity. Outsourcing Is Kickass! 1. Every entrepreneur needs a great origin story. Why did you start…
  • Good Email: How to Write Pitches Journalists Will Actually Read

    Heather Anne Carson
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Remember when you were a little kid and you were convinced that there were monsters hiding under your bed? But as you grew older (and you used the heck out of that night light) you realized that you had hyped up these imaginary creatures so much in your mind that they seemed real. But that they were only as big and scary as your imagination allowed. Well, in the PR world, it seems that so many people have made journalists into these scary gatekeepers that can make or break your PR strategy. And that misconception can psyche you out and creep into your pitch, so you’re more interested in…
  • Reinventing the Traditional Customer Acquisition Model

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

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

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

  • How to Market Your Side Gig Into a Real Business

    Grasshopper Team
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Bob works at an insurance company, but on the side, he tinkers away on motorcycles, wishing that he could spend all of his time vroom, vrooming. Now, Bob has realized that he actually can tinker full time, as long as he has a steady stream of clients. He needs to learn how to keep the customers he’s got… and get more.  There’s good news– The Bobs of the world (we’re looking at you!) can totally make their side gigs into full time businesses, as long as they’re willing to get marketing. With effective marketing and networking, you (and Bob) may feel more…
  • How To Turn Your Side Project Into Your Only Project

    Kaleigh Moore
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As someone who’s always had an entrepreneurial itch, most of my adult life has been spent working more than one job and wearing several different hats. Yes, I’ve washed dishes, filed patient folders, baked pastries, and worked as a Public Relations Manager. But I’ve also always had a side gig, too.  In college, I started a successful online jewelry business. Once I landed my first full-time job (benefits and everything!) I added in some freelance writing and offered social media consulting. These side projects meant I was constantly busy and working late into the evening…but it never…
  • How to Use Your Friends, Family, and High School Football Coach to Market and Grow Your Business

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

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

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

  • 10 Agriculture Innovators to Discover

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

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

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

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

    Eleanor Wall
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Imagine being able to prop your tablet up in the kitchen while you're baking and being able to flip through recipe pages simply by tapping on your counter. Or placing your tablet on your coffee table and allowing your little ones to play a multi-player video app without any of the children having to touch your tablet. No, you're not fantasizing about life in the future or seeing life in an altered dimension. What you're imagining is happening in real life; your new reality is XTouch. Apps with XTouch technology allow users to interact with the app simply by touching a flat surface. With their…
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  • This is the world’s dumbest app and it has raised US$1205 on Kickstarter!

    Jonathan Toyad
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Called LookFor, this app allows users to flash a particular colour via their phones to stand out in a crowd so that their friends can easily find them For every Kickstarter project that focuses on the betterment of everyday life and technology, along come a few products of a dubious nature. One may think that this recent discovery about an app that flashes basic colors may be categorised as the latter, but hear us out. Retroproof Media started a crowdfunded project for an app called LookFor which makes finding people at concerts and big events easier. Dubbed the “world’s dumbest…
  • Kejora: A new co-working space for the morning star startups

    Meisia Chandra
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Kejora, the new co-working space in Jakarta, founded by Mountain SEA Ventures, promises to groom the future tech companies from Indonesia The opening of Kejora It’s 5 PM and just any other weekday. Everyone’s rushing to join the Jakarta traffic to go home. I arrive at Wisma Barito Pacific at Slipi area, West Jakarta. I see no one in the lobby, except for for a lady at the reception desk. “Has everyone left for home already?” I ask. “Don’t worry,” the lady says. “The guys at Kejora never leave office before 7,” the receptionist adds, with a matter of…
  • [Gaming] Japan Watch: Online Final Fantasy game hits strong

    Jonathan Toyad
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    Mid-April was good for the latest Final Fantasy game, but an old 3DS title and a mecha-filled strategy game still ruled the sales roost Image credit: Square Enix Say what you will about Square Enix and its past handling of its mothership Final Fantasy titles, but when it amend its past mistakes and even admit to steering in the wrong direction, it can definitely turn things around. The incredibly-revised Final Fantasy XIV mass multiplayer online RPG is proof of that. While not at first place, the PS4 version of the MMO was at a respectable third place on the Media Create Sales chart for the…
  • Facebook’s gaming revenue growth lessens thanks to mobile

    Jonathan Toyad
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Users are currently moving to mobile to access the networking site; the shift is significant as Facebook’s game payment revenue comes from its desktop site While Facebook recently made a technologically-sound decision to push virtual reality, it may have trouble growing its revenue from its social games under the social network platform. According to a company announcement on its investor page (via Gamasutra), its users are currently moving from using the site on their desktop computers to accessing them on smartphones and tablets. According to CFO David Ebersman, the mobile shift is…
  • Mabuhay! Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd reaches the Philippines

    Terence Ng
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    With a strong SME and designer sector, the Philippines is a natural destination for Australia-based DesignCrowd’s first foray into the Southeast Asia region Australia-based Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd, which connects businesses to skilled designers from around the world, announced today that it has opened a new office in the Philippines to support the company’s rapid growth in the Asia Pacific region. The office is located in central Manila and will be responsible for providing regional sales and technical support to new and existing DesignCrowd users. With DesignCrowd,…
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  • Singapore-based advertising startup EatAds acquires stealth-mode startup Monitorly

    Josh Horwitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Singapore-based startup EatAds, a marketplace for the buying and selling of outdoor advertising space in Asia and Europe, has acquired a little-known Indian startup called Monitorly for an undisclosed sum. Monitorly hasn’t yet launched yet, and has been operating in stealth mode since its inception. Headed up by Rahul Chidgopkar in Mumbai, the company provides its clients with a tool that monitors outdoor ads, collects data, and provides proof of posting. Monitorly’s technology will now be integrated into EatAds’s software. “It was a buy versus build decision. Not only…
  • A primer on sealing the deal with Japanese investors (Tech in Asia Meetup Singapore)

    Darren Lim
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Japanese investors have been investing more in Southeast Asia. That is why we are inviting Saemin Ahn, managing partner at Rakuten Ventures, for a fireside chat at the next Tech in Asia Meetup in Singapore. Being part of a Japanese investment firm has given him interesting insights on how to seal the deal with Japanese investors. Our editor Terence Lee will be moderating this fireside chat. Both gentlemen will discuss the following: Saemin Ahn’s experience and work in Rakuten Ventures. How are Japanese investors different from Silicon Valley investors? What are Japanese investors…
  • Pakistan startup hopes for a global hit with xGear, brings ‘quantified self’ to your car

    Tanzila Imran
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Pakistan-based startup xGear is preparing to go global with a gadget that gives drivers detailed data about their journey and their vehicle. It’s like Fitbit, one of the best ‘quantified self’ gizmos, for your car. XGear is founded by Ahmed Khalid. The startup was recently incubated by Plan 9 in its third batch, but first came to our attention last year when it was one of the most promising teams at Pakistan’s Startup Cup. The xGear gadget plugs into a car’s on-board diagnostics port under the steering wheel and transmits useful data wirelessly to your account. This…
  • No to 4G price hike for existing customers, IDA tells StarHub, SingTel, M1

    Terence Lee
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has told the country’s three leading telcos on April 23 not to charge their existing customers extra money for using 4G services. In a press release, the government agency noted that StarHub intended to charge its SmartSurf customers an extra S$2.14 a month for using its 4G service. After investigating the matter, it has “clarified” the situation with the telcos, including SingTel and M1. All three operators then decided to not change 4G service prices for existing post-paid customers. IDA made this move because the…
  • I’m a mobile monetization whiz at Millennial Media. Ask me anything

    Tech in Asia
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    This post is sponsored by Millennial Media. See our ethics statement for more information. Lichi Wu is the director of global monetization solutions at Millennial Media, a publicly-traded global mobile ad platform. He helps publishers and developers monetize their mobile apps and sites effectively. Prior to Millennial Media, Lichi worked for Google in the US and Singapore and was part of AdMob APAC’s landing team. He also spent two years working at Singapore startups. Mobile ad monetization may sometimes feels like a mystery. There are companies who made their fortune via in-game purchases.
 
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  • Stuffstory – Let your things tell you their story

    Anders Hassis
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Stuffstory is a social media platform for “Stuff” instead of people. I caught up with Andreas, one of the founders to have a chat about what they are working on. Stuffstory is a digital engagement platform for the world’s enthusiasts, collectors, owners, users, geeks & devotees. They are targeting people who tend to form bonds with things they buy, “Recognizing that there are more than a million active members in European motor clubs alone, with thousands of other unique enthusiast associations, we are tapping into a huge market counting billions of objects.”…
  • Peppy Pals and the campaign against bullying

    Einar Persson
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Rosie Linder dreamt about creating a game that would encourage emotional development and help prevent bullying. This is the story behind Peppy Pals. Why do children bully each other? It is not an easy question and something I’ll not even try to answer in this article. What I will do however is tell you a little story about a mother’s mission to do something against it. And doing it with games. But first of all, let’s take a step back. Empathy and the ability to understand another person’s feelings is sometimes summed up in the term “Emotional Intelligence” or “Emotional…
  • Get ready for Startup Day 2014, next Saturday in Stockholm

    James Pember
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The most important event on the #swedentech calendar is coming up this Saturday and features an awesome list of speakers including Vint CEO Louise Eriksson, Brisk.io founder Hampus Jakobsson and Toca Boca CEO Björn Jeffrey. If you only attend one event this year, make sure it’s this one. Marie and the SSES team do a great (and tough) job putting this together, flying in investors from all over Europe and the world and making sure to provide relevant and engaging presentations. Support the startup community and register a ticket now!
  • Virtusize Raises Series A Funding to Pave the Way for Global Expansion

    James Pember
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    Virtusize, the e-fitting solution we’ve written about a few times – have just announced that they’ve raised a Series A round of D-Ax, a collaboration between the Swedish conglomerate Axel Johnson AB and a group of digital experts, RECAPEX. Virtusize say that the funding will be used to accelerate global expansion and of course help with product development here in Stockholm. Johan Siwers, co-founder of D-Ax and General Partner at RECAPEX, comments: “We set up D-Ax to specifically focus on digital projects and innovative companies. As soon as we met Virtusize we knew we…
  • Qapital, the personal finance app from Stockholm is ready to take on the US market, and yes – Tink

    James Pember
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s probably fair to say that Tink has dominated the majority of the “personal finance” press here in Sweden during the last year. Whilst Qapital and Tink offer very similar services today, Tink seemed to beat Qapital to the hype and were able to acquire a significant amount of customers and buzz quickly, during 2013. Here’s the thing though, Sweden doesn’t count for much, so both companies will be looking closely at other markets – and the opportunities they present. With that in mind, Qapital have this weekend announced that they’re ready to hit…
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  • Calling All Barcelona Startups: Register NOW for the FEST-UP Startup Expo!

    Jarrett Mackin
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In less than two weeks, Barcelona will host its first-ever crowd-sourced startup festival: Fest-UP! With more than 45 confirmed events taking place the week of May 5th – 10th, Fest-UP is a platform for the change-makers of the Barcelona Startup Ecosystem to showcase their projects, share their knowledge, and get to know one another a little bit better. In order to truly […] The post Calling All Barcelona Startups: Register NOW for the FEST-UP Startup Expo! appeared first on Barcinno.
  • The Barcelona Startup Ecosystem Rallies Around Fest-UP!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ryan Moore
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    Looking for the latest Toronto elearning events and job postings? Toronto’s elearning hub has had its first monthly refresh, so all of the new listings are now available online! If you notice anything missing, please submit them and we’ll make sure they’re included on the site. Torontoelearning.com has now been up for a month and we’d love to get your feedback. Is it helping? How can we make it better? The post Toronto eLearning Hub Updates appeared first on Uncanny Owl.
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  • Blanc: How This High School Student Launched His Wearable Tech-Startup With No Funding

    Waylae Gregoire
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The amazing thing about being an entrepreneur is that neither age nor experience are required to be successful. Sure they come in handy, but this high school student and successful tech-startup founder proves that creating a company while balancing high school homework before he can legally drive is absolutely possible. So if you think creating a startup is too hard, you should read what this brilliant kid has to say. Eddy Zhong is a 16-year-old high school junior at the Bromfield School in Harvard, Massachusetts. Three years ago, while attending Startup Weekend in New York by accident, not…
  • Fun Time Express Founders: Is it Bad to Build a Startup With a Significant Other?

    Editorial Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Earlier this month, entrepreneurs Kevin Ullery and Stan Krozel went on Shark Tank to seek funding for their company Fun Time Express, a trackless train ride people pay to experience in family friendly events. They went on the show seeking $125,000 in exchange for 20% equity in their company. After some back and forth, they managed to secure a deal with Kevin O’Leary and Lori Greiner for exactly what they asked for, but were required to use all profits to pay off their investment first. We recently had a chance to speak to both Kevin and Stan in an email interview. Here, we discuss…
  • 7 Must Have Items For Traveling Light

    Dottie Schrock
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    Packing lightly is an art. There is nothing worse than overpacking for a trip and having to drag around excess baggage that slows down your trip. To me, traveling is best done with a small over-the-shoulder purse and backpack, with nothing extra that makes me sweat unnecessarily or cause me discomfort. Here are a few tricks of the trade that I have picked up during my travels: Carabiner Hook Clip Key Ring These metal key rings are so small that they take up no space whatsoever. They also come in extremely handy for bringing along items that refuse to fit into your bag. I always use Carabiner…
  • Think Your Business Card is Cool? Check Out These Creative Designs

    Sebastian Dillon
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    As an entrepreneur looking to really stand out, a creative business card is an absolute necessity. Where some print their boring, one sided business cards on cheap card stock with some lame logo, you want to go the extra mile to make people remember you, to let them know you are damn creative, and to make them feel special for even getting one of your business cards. Check out these super creative business cards. How does yours match up? Splittable Divorce Lawyer       Cheese Grater Card   Cosmetic Surgeon Card   Yoga Mat Card   Circumciser’s Business Card…
  • The 5 Most Popular Questions Aspiring Entrepreneurs Ask

    Yunha Kim
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A few months into investment banking in New York, I stumbled on an idea and decided to quit my job to pursue it immediately. I wasn’t able to afford my rent anymore, so I moved in with my co-founders into a tiny apartment and we started our adventure. It’s only been a year, but I’ve learned so much. That impulsive decision I made ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  For those of you that are thinking about doing a startup, I wanted to share my responses to the most popular questions I get asked from aspiring entrepreneurs: 1. What are the risks of starting my…
 
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  • Yapsody Provides an Excellent Customer Support!

    Yapsody
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    You have got a great venue, your artist having a great fan following and you are working with a big and expensive event ticketing system for your event, everything is just perfect to make your event successful, but everything can be void and for no use if your event ticketing system doesn’t provide a great customer support. In this blog, we will share a report that we have created after doing a survey with our presenters and customers by taking their feedback regarding our customer support quality. We asked them about their satisfaction level with Yapsody Customer Support and created…
  • Yapsody Security Update: Safe from Heartbleed!

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

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

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

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

    Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A Q&A with Queue co-founder Joe Sanchis. The San Francisco-based company, which has developed a dynamic virtual ‘smart line’ for customers seeking to buy products with high demand, launched at the DEMO Enterprise 2014 show earlier this month. It was founded in 2012 by Sanchis and Darren Luvaas. SUB: Please describe Queue and your primary innovation. Sanchis: We’ve developed a smart line for early fans to ‘jump ahead’ as they wait in a pre-order line by sharing, referring, and engaging to earn rewards, status, and be the first to receive the product. It’s the first virtual…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Mash Machine has reinvented the DJing experience for simpler music mashups

    Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Guy Gross, Mash Machine CEO Elevator Pitch: Mash Machine is a new multimedia platform bringing audio and visual controls into a single tangible user interface. Creating music as simple as placing blocks on a table, and DJing as easy as moving these objects across the surface. Product Description The Mash Machine is a music entertainment device that will make music tangible for all. With 40 carefully selected snippets of sounds and over 10,000 playable combinations, players can select and mix bass, drums, melodies, and vocals by moving an object across a play surface. We want to make the…
  • Utrip launches its AI-based trip planner out of beta with $750K in new funding

    Editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    A Q&A with Utrip founder and CEO Gilad Berenstein. The Seattle-based startup, which offers a travel planner that utilizes predictive technology to help travelers complete itineraries, today announced the completion of a $750,000 Seed funding round. Investors include Matthew Upchurch, CEO of luxury travel network Virtuoso, and CB Alliance. It was founded in 2011 and previously raised $400,000 in initial Seed funding back in 2012. SUB: Please describe Utrip and your primary innovation. Berenstein: Utrip is a travel planning site that uses artificial intelligence and human expertise to help…
  • Shanghai-based ChaseFuture lands $400K to ease the college application and admissions process for international students

    Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    A Q&A with ChaseFuture co-founder and CEO Greg Nance. The Shanghai-based edtech startup last week announced the closing of a $400,000 Seed funding round. Investors include Banyan Partners, Harbor Pacific Capital, Artesian Capital Management and Angel investors. It was founded in 2012 by Nance and Han Shao. SUB: Please describe ChaseFuture and your primary innovation. Nance: ChaseFuture has built a scalable platform to connect international students with the world’s best admissions experts. We mentor clients through the entire admissions process, from school selection, to application…
  • Airbnb of the sea: France’s Click & Boat secures $200K to expand its peer-to-peer boat rentals marketplace

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

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

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

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

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

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A long time ago, back before a time which we aren’t supposed to talk about (pre 2007), I used to have a podcast which talked about many different things, among them the future, innovation and politics, which I recorded on the road in the car on my way to work. I would rant and rave about all sorts of stuff, pointing out things that were happening, calling out stupid drivers on the road, and just talking generally about things that annoyed me. At the time, there was this guy in the news who called himself a “reallionnaire” (found out recently that the guys name is Farrah…
 
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  • Startup Jobs for 4/23/14

    John Gannon
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Sailthru, a leading provider of personalized marketing communications technology, is hiring for a number of positions. Movable Ink, also a provider of marketing technology, is hiring for a number of positions. KeyMe, which allows users to store digital copies of their physical keys in the cloud, is hiring for a number of developer positions, as well as an operations associate. 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 4/23/14 appeared first on Startup…
  • I’m doing an ask-me-anything style interview on Yabbly

    John Gannon
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’m doing an ask-me-anything style Q&A on Yabbly.com. You can check it out (and participate) at this link. The post I’m doing an ask-me-anything style interview on Yabbly appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 4/21/14

    John Gannon
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    David Cowan shares a new hire at Smule who submitted a resume creatively. Chris Clouten writes about how no three-month course can teach you to code (well). Cheryl Yeoh writes about transitioning her career from finance/consulting to startups. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 4/21/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • These top startups are all hiring people like you

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

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

    Catherine Stevens
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Many online classes offer certificates at the end of the course to lend credibility to your work during the class and as a memento to take pride in. Udacity, a leading free course provider renowned for their high quality self-paced courses ranging from Computer Science to Entrepreneurship to Physics, just announced their hard decision to no longer provide free ‘non-identity-verified’ certificates of completion so that they can focus on boosting the credibility of their paid certificate track: “Discontinuing the “free” certificates has been one of the most difficult…
  • Introducing the new Accredible

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

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

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

    Accredible
    28 Jan 2014 | 8:09 pm
    From an early age, today’s generation of children develop a keen interest in computer games. By the time they are in full time education, they are often very competent in playing consoles and online games. As a result of this, schools are beginning to channel this interest in computer games into new engaging methods of learning. This involves using educational online games through which children can interact with other pupils using a new exciting medium which increases their interest in learning. There are wealth of free educational online games which offer new engaging ways to captivate…
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  • Canadian Startup Raise Your Flag Connects Students With Post High School Jobs

    Nibletz Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    1) What’s your startup called? Raise Your Flag 2) What’s your big idea? Approximately 45% students in Canada and the US go to work as their primary post-secondary destination. These kids leave school feeling like they failed the system. What if we celebrated the school-to-work pathway the same way we celebrated opening a college acceptance letter? Raise Your Flag helps work-bound students find a job that’s connected to a career path they’re excited about and helps them find companies that could hire them. Raise Your Flag allows work-bound students to declare their…
  • How Entrepreneurship is Different in the South–And Why That’s Great

    Guest
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Entrepreneurship is entrepreneurship, right? Wrong. Sure, no matter where you are, you have to have an idea, get some money for it, and grind it out. But what that looks like is different from region to region. Different investors and different amounts of money require different strategies from startups trying to get their businesses off the ground. The South provides a particularly interesting case of this. There’s less capital available to startups, and what is available is pretty conservative money. As a result, startups can’t afford to spend 8 years building a user base before…
  • A Trend Is Always A Trap: A Famous Ad Man on Mediocrity

    Patrick Woods
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    “No one ever got fired for buying IBM,” as the saying goes. IBM here is a metaphor for the safe choice. For jumping on the corporate bandwagon. For following the trends of business. Trend following might be safe for corporate types, but for startup founders, “safe” is a four-letter word. Just ask legendary ad man George Lois: Because advertising and marketing is an art, the solution to each new problem or challenge should begin with a blank canvas and an open mind, not with nervous borrowings of other people’s mediocrities.That’s precisely what…
  • What These Women TV Characters Can Teach You About Business

    YEC
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    One thing that makes “Game of Thrones” so compelling (like “Girls,” “Homeland,” and the late “Breaking Bad”) is its complex, often controversial leading lady. As professional women, what lessons can we draw from Daenerys and her counterparts on other hit shows? A lot, as it turns out. Below, four of my personal favorites — and what we can glean from each: Skylar White from “Breaking Bad” Love her or hate her (yes, there is a whole subculture of Skylar haters), Skylar is savvy and smart. She lacks the sinister evil of her meth-cooking husband, but she definitely…
  • Manalto Wants to Solve Social for Enterprises

    Nibletz Staff
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    What’s your startup called? Manalto Social Media ERP What’s your big idea? Manalto is changing the way social media is managed inside enterprise. We’re enabling organizations to manage social media content with greater efficiency and alignment to their operations, with seamless integration with marketing and communications processes and activity. Manalto is an end-to-end social media management platform, powered by an innovative backend technology which has been engineered for enterprise.  Our cloud-based social media management solution allows SMB’s and multi-site or…
 
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  • Visual Product Search Company Slyce Will Be Going Public.

    Kevin
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    Visual Product Search Company Slyce Will Be Going Public. Oculus Ventures Corp,  a capital pool company, upon completion, is current on the TSX-V, will acquire all the issued and outstanding Slyce shares and change the name to Slyce Inc. The Toronto & Calgary-based startup has for the past six months, managed to successfully gain over $10.75 Million in a Series A financing round, created by Nova Scotia-based technology hub that intends to hire a total of 60 people, as well as the acquisition of Toronto Visual Search Startup Hovr.It and a computer vision technology York University.
  • Cinematique Secures $800,000 Financial Round to Accelerate Growth.

    Kevin
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Cinematique Secures $800,000 Financial Round to Accelerate Growth. Focusing on continually pushing the boundaries of interactive storytelling experiences, Cinematique, has recently announced a successful funding of $800,000 in venture capital round from a network of investors and a group of high net worth individuals to close out its financial round. A partner at NYC-based Flavorpill and COO of Digital Ocean, Karl Alomar. and CEO of Velocify, Nick Hedges are among Cinematique prominent angels. The new capital shall be utilized to further develop the startup’s touchable technology,…
  • Social App Bloxi Announces Launches A Connection Between Leaders And Users.

    Kevin
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    Social App Bloxi Announces Launches A Connection Between Leaders And Users. Bloxi, The company that was founded in what many have begun to dub it as The Silicon Shire, arrives with a fresh, clean desgn to the usually cluttered industry of trivia, quizzes, and knowledge-sharing. user can create sharing Blocks, Which are images-based question designed to both provide new information and test participant knowledge. “You have sites like Reddit, Buzzfeed and Twitter where people can gather or share information, but Bloxi allows anyone to showcase their skill-set and expertise with a competitive…
  • Social Video Sharing App WeVue Launches Its Services.

    Kevin
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Social Video Sharing App WeVue Launches Its Services. Recent arrivals to the Tampa Bay tech scene, Saxon Baum and Taylor Wallace, met up with Haneke Design president Jody Haneke with an idea. They wanted to develop a mobile application that would people to crowdsource content from guest to events they would attend, everything from big family celebrations to massive grand festivals, and by utilizing the in-app video editor, turn the collected images into a video that can be uploaded and share on the web. WeVue. Haneke and his team fell on love with the idea and the chance to help two and the…
  • F50, Announces Beta Launch of Online Private Co-Investment Platform.

    Kevin
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    F50, Announces Beta Launch of Online Private Co-Investment Platform. The Fundable 50 is a series of startups that been curate by a group of investors. Each of these startps will be raising between $500,000-$2 Million. F50. F50 provides a combination of online and offline opportunities to team up with a selected startup with pre-qualified investors, with a minimum investment of $50,000. Connecting. The F50 team has many years of experience when it comes down to connecting startup founders and investors through Silicon Valley’s largest entrepreneur develop communities supported by…
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • 7 key SaaS metrics to keep a close eye on

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

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

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

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

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

  • Avoiding Common Workplace Communication Mistakes

    Chris Meier
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Poorly managed communication within the workplace can easily lead to poor motivation, and even conflict.
  • Let's Start The Easter Egg Hunt!

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

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

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

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

  • Rocket Internet Partners With Qatar’s Ooredoo to Promote E-commerce In Asia.

    Kevin C
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    Rocket Internet Partners With Qatar’s Ooredoo to Promote E-commerce In Asia. Ooredoo has recently announced a partnership between the Internet incubator Rocket Internet, to jointly develop an e-commerce and other digital services to be based within Asia. Ooredoo and Rocket Internet become equal partners in Asia Internet Holding, a joint venture that should allow them to crate and develop an online businesses within the region. Opportunities. E-commerce is also a part of Ooredoo’s strategy in order to invest within new businesses that provide growth opportunities and develop a new…
  • Honeyhive, The Project Management Web Application For Busy Workers.

    Kevin C
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    Honeyhive, The Project Management Web Application For Busy Workers. When a startup has employees based from all over the globe, communication will inevitably become a problem.Truth to be told, when a CEO has to continuously repeat what they have just recently told an employee within the US and another one based in Japan, it could lead towards a load of problems. No one will really have the time to continue repeating instructions, or answer the same question ad nauseum. Management. In Addition, no one has had the time to attend a meeting all the time, especially when their main job is to do…
  • Rocket Internet-Backed Carmudi Secures Over $10M In Funding.

    Kevin C
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Rocket Internet-Backed Carmudi Secures Over $10M In Funding. Seems there another Rocket Internet-back classified startup coming out of the wood works. Seems they received another couple of millions from Tengelmann ventures. Carmudi. During the previous Monday, Rocket Internet-backed real estate listing platform Lamudi had announced it managed to secure over US$7 million in order to increase its operation within Asia. These funds, which were reportedly said to come from Tengelmann ventures, the investment firm of German retailer Tengelmann Group, would be utilized to help Lamudi become the…
  • Rakuten Tarad, The Optimistic Believer Of Thailand’s M-commerce.

    Kevin C
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Rakuten Tarad, The Optimistic Believer Of Thailand’s M-commerce. During the end of the previous year, It was noted that Thailand was having an increase of e-commerce during 2013. It seemed like the driving force is still behind it their and its increasingly getting stronger, especially when it comes to the specific category of mobile commerce, or M-commerce as its been dubbed. Growth. According to information provided by Rakuten Tarad, the Thai brand of the Japanese e-commerce giant, the website has seen that 53 percent of its viewers from from Thailand through the use of mobile…
  • Uber’s Services Launch In Beijing, Making it the 100th Launched City.

    Kevin C
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Uber’s Services Launch In Beijing, Making it the 100th Launched City. Uber has recently launched its services within the city of Beijing, officially making it available for over 100 cities around the word. And to celebrate such an exciting milestone, the transportation network company has recently revealed a special webpafe that shares the stories of Uber users. Celebration. San Francisco-founded Uber has officially been around as of last summer, with it previously only being available in over 35 cities. Ever since, the services has been introduced to plenty of interesting features,…
 
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    Technora

  • Early Birds! Where to get your early adopters

    Sarath Budam
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    No matter how great your product is or how best it serves people, unless it gets noticed and people start using it, its as good as if it is not there. With all the experiences that i had with my interesting ideas after getting implemented, i used to wonder “Why are people not using it?” […]
  • Unitus Seed Fund is looking for BOP startups to invest 7 Crore rupees

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

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

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

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