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  • Top Ten Startup Mistakes…That Almost Always Lead to Business Failure

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
       This article appeared originally on ArticleBase                                       Author: K. MacKillop Many startup ideas fail to ever be launched and many, many fail within the first year or two. In most cases, the failure has nothing to do with the business idea, but how the business side is handled. The business of entrepreneurship is business first, then operations (what your business actually does). The Top Ten startup mistakes that lead to ultimate failure are: 1. Insufficient Startup Idea Development — Most startups do not fail because the…
  • What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

    This is going to be BIG...
    Charlie O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model.  Just about every analyst who looks at fund investing has built one.  You incorporate expected company returns, mortality rates, and fee structures to try to predict how a venture capital fund works from a cash in, cash out, and NAV standpoint.  It's basically the unifying theory behind all your assumptions about 10% of the investments driving most of the returns, needing certain multiples of return, and the basics of how many…
  • 3 of the Most Helpful Lessons I've Learned as a CEO

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    AJ Agrawal
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    While there is no manual for being a leader, there are a few things entrepreneurs can do to help better steer the ship.
  • 5 Things All Entrepreneurs Can Learn About Success from Donald Trump

    Young Upstarts
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    By Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think“ Love him or hate him, one thing’s for sure: all entrepreneurs can all learn a few things about success and leadership from Donald Trump. While The Donald continues to make headlines for his aggressive campaign to clinch the GOP nomination in the race to the White House, politics aside, it’s easy to see why Trump is a natural born leader and huge business success. Trump’s thought process, attitude and no holds barred style is a learning lesson for everyone in business.  Here are five examples: Supreme confidence. A great word to…
  • How Detailed Should Your Startup's Product Road Map Be? (Infographic)

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Andrew Cohen
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    If your plans are too detailed for your team's size, you're wasting everyone's time.
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    Fast Company

  • SoulCycle Files For IPO

    Rose Pastore
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The high-end indoor cycling chain did not reveal how many shares it plans to sell, though it plans on raising $100 million.SoulCycle, the fitness chain known for its highly produced indoor cycling classes, has filed for an initial public offering, Reuters reports. The company's filing did not include information about the number of shares for sale or their expected price, though it tentatively plans on raising $100 million.Read Full Story
  • Pinterest: We Want 30% Of Our Engineering Hires To Be Female

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The social media company has outlined clear goals to boost hires of women and underrepresented minorities.On Thursday, Pinterest made public its ambitious plan to boost diversity, which seeks to hire a greater percentage of women and underrepresented minorities for engineering and leadership roles at the company.Read Full Story
  • Ex-Reddit Figure Victoria Taylor Joins WeWork

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Victoria Taylor, the Reddit employee whose dismissal incensed the site's users, has taken her talents to coworking firm WeWork.Victoria Taylor, the beloved Reddit AMA liaison whose dismissal last month ignited a full-blown public relations crisis and incensed the service's vociferous user base, has moved on to a new job.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: So Long To All That

    Rusty Foster
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    This is the one where Buffy sends Angel into the hell-vortex, so it's kind of a bummer but you know next season is going to be the best.@rustyk5 What Are You Talking About.Read Full Story
  • Obama Issues Executive Order To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2025

    Neal Ungerleider
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Today's leading supercomputer is in China, and Obama wants the U.S. to build one that is 20 times as fast.A new arm of the U.S. government is working to create the world's fastest supercomputer within the next 10 years. President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday creating the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which will coordinate research, development, and deployment of ultra-powerful computer systems. NSCI's first task, according to the White House, is to whip up a computer 20 times more powerful than China's Tianhe-2—currently the leading supercomputer in the…
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  • Agile marketing in the age of the customer (webinar)

    Debra Sharp
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Join us for this live webinar on Tuesday, September 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. Register here for free.  Say the word agile and the immediate association is dev teams. The very folks that are often at odds with their creative marketing colleagues. Colleagues who, yes, depend on those same dev teams to implement their ideas and designs while sometimes fighting them tooth and nail. But the days of oil and water may be coming to an end. More and more, internal creative teams are realizing there’s something to learn from their process-driven, planning-centric partners.
  • Facebook’s video ads will kick off a new breed of video networks

    Chris Pavlovski, Rumble
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    GUEST: I was heartily enjoying my European vacation the day that Facebook announced its plans to launch video ads as part of its offering. As the founder of a company in the video distribution space, you can imagine my reaction when my inbox was suddenly flooded with emails from VCs and friends all with the same question, “How will the Facebook video ads announcement affect you?” History Lesson: The Multi-Channel Network When Google decided to purchase YouTube back in 2007 for $1.65 billion, it had a major problem on its hands — massive copyright infringement. With billion…
  • Researcher says he can hack GM’s OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

    Mark Sullivan
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for the General Motors OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. “White-hat” hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to “locate, unlock and remote-start” vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service. Kamkar said he plans to provide technical details on the hack next week in Las Vegas at…
  • If you want loyalty, get a dog! Lessons from a world leader in the luxury alcohol beverage space

    Tamara McCleary
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    You may not be able to pronounce “Veuve Clicquot” but when you’re perusing the aisle for bubbly, you can’t help but recognize its distinctive yellow label. Such is the case for all of the Moët Hennessy brands. Sometimes a great brand isn’t enough, however. One of the worldwide leaders in luxury alcohol beverages, Moët Hennessy struggled through the recent global recession. Not only did the company see slowing sales in flagship Hennessy cognac, it also suffered a long-term slide in the champagne marketplace–where Moët Hennessy is quite active with its Dom…
  • Google releases Android Studio 1.3 with a new memory profiler, editing and debugging support for C++

    Jordan Novet
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Google today announced the release of Android Studio 1.3, a major update to the integrated development environment (IDE) that first hit 1.0 in December. The new version includes a new way to check memory snapshots for application code and a new visualization tool to help developers get a big-picture view of memory allocation, Android product manager Jamal Eason wrote in a blog post on the news. There’s also an early access preview for a C++ editor and debugger, as well as code annotation support for dealing with app permissions in Android M, Eason wrote. Plus, the new version of Android…
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  • Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

    Josh Constine
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
     35 million people run into a Facebook email and password login roadblock on iOS each day, and over half of them bounce. That’s why Facebook confirms to me that it’s testing a new tool that lets users log in to Facebook on Safari with one tap, rather than having to type in their credentials — which most don’t. It could ease frustrations for users while boosting… Read More
  • Find A Photo, Get A Waffle

    Drew Olanoff
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
     About a week ago, the Google Photos team shared this mystical and magical video about a waffle wafel. What could it mean? What is this all about? Why a waffle??!?!?! Read More
  • DogSync Is An App To Help Your Family Keep Track Of Feeding Fido

    Fitz Tepper
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
     Designed for pet-loving households, DogSync (a recent winner of our patent-pending TC Radio pitch-off) is a task manager that helps families communicate and sync tasks like feeding, walking or letting out Fido. So how do you sync real-life events like walking your dog? Read More
  • Requiem For The App Revolution

    Quinton Wall
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
     The app revolution is dead. In fact, it died years ago. It had been a good run, but a revolution is no longer a revolution when the model is the status quo. With new apps created every day, the revolution has definitely been televised, commoditized and capitalized. But while the app revolution is dead, a new movement is rising to take its place — the experience evolution. Read More
  • Mozilla CEO Sends Angry Open Letter To Microsoft Over Changing Windows 10 Browser Defaults

    Frederic Lardinois
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
     With Edge in Windows 10, Microsoft has finally delivered a capable browser to replace the aging Internet Explorer. Microsoft likes Windows 10 so much, it makes Edge the default browser in Windows 10, even when you’re updating from a system that previously used Chrome or Firefox as the default. Read More
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  • Daily Funding Roundup - Daily funding roundup - July 30, 2015

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    GitHub raised $250M; Catawiki landed $82M; Golden Gate Ventures announced $50MGit repository hosting service GitHub has just raised a $250 million round of funding, the company has confirmed to VatorNews. The round was led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from Thrive Capital, Institutional Venture Partners and previous investor Andreessen Horowitz. The company would not comment on its current valuation but the Wall Street Journal, which first reported this latest fund raising, has it pegged at $2 billion. Applica, an online platform that aims to centralize the…
  • LinkedIn trounces estimates, but shares sink in after-hours

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Company posts EPS of 30 cents on revenues that soared 33% to $712 million This week has been pretty tough on public social media companies. Twitter did well... until a comment from the company's CEO sent shares tumbling back down to earth. Facebook shares also suffered, despite the company reporting solid results. LinkedIn seems to be following the same path. Shares of LinkedIn fell 7% in after-hours, following a rise of 11% right after the call, when the company announced earnings that easily beat expectations in its second quarter earnings report on Thursday. The stock had gone down 1.99%,…
  • Groupon's food delivery service goes live in Chicago

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    The move comes only two weeks after the company bought food delivery marketplace OrderUpIt was inevitable: once Groupon bought food delivery marketplace OrderUp, there could be no doubt that next move would be to launch its own food delivery service. It was going to come out at some point, the only question was, "When?" The answer turned out to be quicker than perhaps many imagined. Only two weeks later, Groupon is already announcing the the launch of Groupon To Go in Chicago. It turns out that food delivery has actually been on Groupon's mind for a while,…
  • Git repository hosting service GitHub raises a $250M round

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    The company, which has 10 million registered users, is now said to be valued at $2 billionGit repository hosting service GitHub has just raised a $250 million round of funding, the company has confirmed to VatorNews. The round was led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from Thrive Capital, Institutional Venture Partners and previous investor Andreessen Horowitz. Founded in 2008, the GitHub was bootstrapped until 2012 when it raised a $100 million round of funding from Andreessen Horowitz and SV Angel. This latest round brings its total to $350 million in venture…
  • Zuckerberg: Facebook's core mission isn't enough of a driver

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    While connecting people is important, Facebook has to take advantage of bigger opportunitiesFollowing Facebook's better-than-expected, yet somehow still not good enough, second quarter earnings results, Mark Zuckerberg got on a conference call to outline some of the progress the company has made on its multiple different divisions and products, including Instagram, Messenger and Oculus. Events, for example, is now used by 450 million people each month, and Groups are used by more than 850 million people. The company's growth, he said, "reflect the on-going investments and improvements…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Major Shift in Thinking About Americans with Multiple Jobs

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Fusion's There are probably way more people in the 'gig economy' than we realize covers a major shift in thinking about how many people in the U.S. have multiple jobs or "gigs". The article quotes noted Harvard economist Larry Katz as saying: ... in preliminary interviews with “gig economy” workers, Katz said he and Krueger have confirmed that a majority of those who have regular, non-“gig” employment don’t answer that they have “multiple jobs” when asked the standard multiple-jobs question, “even in many cases where they have significant on-line and…
  • The Etsy Economy

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Craft marketplace Etsy recently released a new report called Building an Etsy Economy: The New Face of Creative Entrepreneurship. The report is based on a survey of 4000 Etsy sellers. The key findings include: The vast majority of Etsy sellers, 86%, are women. This is much higher share of women ownership than either employer businesses (about 33% women owned) or independent workers (about 50% are women). According to the report the sellers also skew young with many below the age of 35. Most Etsy shops are real businesses. Most sellers (76%) call their Etsy shop a business and 9 out of 10 say…
  • Using Digital Data For Economic Analysis

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    One of the biggest shifts going on in economics is the growing use of digital data for research. The Internet and cloud computing platforms are generating large amounts  of digital data on pretty much all areas of business and economics. In fact, the amount data is growing much faster than our ability to analyze and use it. In our work we've seen a clear shift to using digital data and away from our traditional sources - surveys and government produced data. Yes, we still use traditional data sources more than digital data. But we think in a few years our use of digital data will…
  • On-Demand Economy Infrastructure Startups

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The CB Insights blog's Pickaxes and Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure for the On-Demand Economy covers the growing array of companies aiming to provide support services for on-demand economy companies and their workers. Key quote: “For most technology trends, the number of successful companies created in gold mining and pickaxes are comparable, yet the gold mining businesses tend to get much more attention.” The CB Insights chart below shows the 35 firms by type of support they provide.   We've pointed out several times in the past that there is a growing…
  • What's a Yuccie? Hint - They're Related to Hipsters

    20 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Yuccie stands for "Young Urban Creatives" and yes, it's pronounced yucky. According to a recent Mashable article Yuccies are: In a nutshell, a slice of Generation Y, borne of suburban comfort, indoctrinated with the transcendent power of education, and infected by the conviction that not only do we deserve to pursue our dreams; we should profit from them. The article goes on to say that while wealth and money are not the ultimate Yuccie objectives, they do want to get paid. Key quote on this: Yuccies, by my definition, are determined to define themselves not by wealth (or…
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Some Thoughts on the Modern Media Landscape

    Ben Parr
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Tweet I’ve been thinking a lot about media as an industry for the last few months, especially how it has changed since my time at Mashable and where the new generation of media entrepreneurs are missing the mark. We’ve seen a lot of would-be media empires either collapse or run for the escape hatch. Circa, a mobile media company started by two entrepreneurs I respect (Matt Galligan, Ben Huh) but with a flawed premise recently shut down. In better news, Re/code made the smart decision and joined Vox Media. The fall of GigaOm was sad for reasons not related at all to its industry or…
  • How to Captivate the Attention of Users, Customers and Investors [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    31 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Tweet A few weeks ago, I spoke at The Startup Conference in Redwood City, CA, where I gave an international audience of entrepreneurs, investors and executives a preview of my new book Captivology. In it, I discussed the psychological triggers that entrepreneurs can use to captivate users, capture the attention of customers and get on the radars of top investors. I also judged some great startups alongside TechCrunch’s intrepid reporter Sarah Buhr. A few key tips from my presentation: Always use the right color for the job. Surprising rewards are always more effective than incentives,…
  • Why We Invested in Shots

    Ben Parr
    29 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Tweet As you may have heard, the mobile app Shots has been on fire. It has over 5 million active users (and growing fast), just launched 3-second video, and recently raised $8.5 million in its Series A financing. My venture fund, DominateFund, invested in Shots during the seed round. We’ve kept our involvement pretty quiet, but a lot of misconceptions about the app (and one high profile investor in particular) have convinced me to discuss Shots and why my partners and I believe that it is destined to become a major social network. For those of you who don’t know anything about…
  • So… I’m Launching My Book Into Space to Raise Money for STEM Educaition!

    Ben Parr
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Tweet Official Announcement My book is going into space! Well, as close as you can get without a multi-million dollar rocket! Thanks to the DREAMS project and the Columbus Space Program, my book is going to experience the same conditions you find on Mars! And then we’re going to raffle/give away a chance to win that copy of the book and a chance to meet Buzz Aldrin! Yes, Buzz! Check out the official announcement on Medium. In a few weeks I’ll post the link to where you can win all this and more, here on
  • Talking #Captivology on MSNBC

    Ben Parr
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Tweet Earlier today, I appeared on MSNBC’s Your Business to discuss how small businesses can leverage Captivology for their companies. Check out the video from my appearance above! And as always, let me know what you think!
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  • How to build a successful eCommerce site – with Andrew Youderian

    Andrew Khalili
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Andrew Youderian This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to build a…
  • How Pascal Finette overcame the $2.5M failure of his first company

    Andrew Khalili
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Pascal Finette This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How Pascal Finette…
  • How to amaze people with big, caring gestures – with Jayson Gaignard

    Andrew Khalili
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Jayson Gaignard This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to amaze…
  • This is why Mixergy is still the best interview site for startups.

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here’s what recent interviewee Anand Sanwal had to tell me after he came onto Mixergy. – AW P.S. If you missed it, you can check out his interview here. The emails says: Hey Andrew, Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to speak with me about CB Insights and our path to-date. I’ve heard from a lot of the folks on our team that they’d never known the back story and details of the company so they found it really useful. We’ve actually worked it into our employee onboarding. I’ve also gotten probably 100 emails from fellow revenue-funded entrepreneurs…
  • How Jamie Wodetzki went from corporate lawyer to founder of Exari

    Andrew Khalili
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Jamie Wodetzki This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How Jamie Wodetzki…
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    Sophia Perl of Wisdom

  • Can a human do it?

    Sophia Perl
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    A couple of years ago, a friend and I were debating about how to implement a function for a website, one that we were working on for fun.  I came up with an elaborate, thorough way to do editorial reviews of user submitted images.  Needless to say, it would have required many more coding hours to implement than not doing editorial review at all.  My friend then said, “Why do we need a computer to do this?  Can a human do it”  He was right.  A human can do the job for the short-term and if the work load becomes overwhelming (which is a good thing), we could consider…
  • Rolling in an Uber for the First Time

    Sophia Perl
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    I’m fortunate that I don’t have to travel all that much for work because I don’t particularly enjoy waiting for an airplane to take off.  Recently, I had to get a ride to the airport though and I decided to try out Uber for the first time.  I pulled up the app and saw on my iPhone screen  three little black cars driving near my current location.  It looked more like a game of cat and mouse and kind of fun to watch for a bit.  I hit the button to call an Uber to my house. I knew when my Uber car was arriving because I got real-time updates on how far the car was from me…
  • Match your strategy with your business situation

    Sophia Perl
    4 Aug 2013 | 10:09 am
    After many suggestions from colleagues and friends, I finally got a chance to read The First 90 Days some time ago, a book about making significant impact in the first 90 days of a new role.  In the book, there’s a section dedicated to the the progression of business situations (of company, org, or product).  This is called the StaRS Model.  Depending on the business situation, your strategy will be different – either learning more or doing more and either offense or defense. For sustaining success and realignment situations, you will need to spend more time on learning…
  • GigaOM Mobilize 2012: Square and Starbucks

    Sophia Perl
    13 Jul 2013 | 7:11 pm
    I was going through some of my draft postings and ran into this one about Square from GigaOM Mobilize 2012 conference.  The talk is not fresh in my mind, so I’ll piece together what I can remember, but thank goodness I documented some good notes. The then COO of Square, Keith Rabois, did a one-on-on interview on stage and talked about the landscape of mobile payments and Square’s latest customer win with Starbucks. At the time, Square had 400 employees and an unconfirmed evaluation of $3.25B when they raised $200M (date not sure).  From a COO perspective, Keith said that people…
  • Sophia’s suggested reading list

    Sophia Perl
    13 Jul 2013 | 8:32 am
    Lately,I’ve been recommending books that I’ve read or about to read (backlog).  I’ve ratted off the list so many times that I decided to document once and share often.  Many of these books are considered one of the best product management, management, or business books of all time.  Enjoy! Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love The Design of Everyday Things The One Minute Manager Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box Winning The Power of a Positive No: Save The Deal Save The Relationship and Still Say No Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Jarrell Liner - Goodspire

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Laura Max Rose
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Jarrell Liner had lost his job, his wife and his home. Realizing he’d totally hit bottom he decided that, no, he was NOT going out that way. He was homeless, spending his days hanging out at Starbucks and looking for inspiration with no one to help. So, he developed an app that would provide the inspiration he so desperately needed, an app to encourage random acts of kindness. Laura Max Rose interviews an inspiring guy.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Steven Ward

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    How do you get 8,000 new employees on the same page? Robin Tooms discusses internal branding with Steven Ward, corporate director of Health, Safety and Environment for FMC Technologies.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert

    The Businessmakers Radio Show -
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Scenario forecasts can drive your budget, growth and HR strategies and we’ll show you how. Byron Hebert, CPA, CTP, offers another Tool Time Update.
  • School of Business 7/25/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and John present the show that features those innovators and entrepreneurs who most positively affect our lives. They do the heavy lifting that keeps our economy moving and growing. Includes: our Quote of the Week—a clever turn a phrase from Albert Einstein; This Week in Business History includes assorted personalities like rocker Mick Jagger, Fidel Castro and Tony Hawk; and Navigating Business Jargon—trendy technospeak to keep you cool with the Millennials.
  • Women Mean Business - Constance McDerby

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    There’s never a bad time to change course and do what you love. Leisa Holland-Nelson visits with Constance McDerby, founder and co-producer at Food & Vine Time Productions.
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    Bplans Blog

  • Why Your Business (and Personal) Credit Matters [VIDEO]

    Jonathan Michael
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Did you know that there's a difference between personal credit and business credit? Watch this one-hour video with Creditera's Tim Graczewski to learn proven tactics for building a stronger business credit profile, and why it matters. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 8 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Are Balancing Their Business with Their Day Job

    Briana Morgaine
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    So, you’re ready to start your business, but not quite ready to give up your day job. Maybe you’re planning to use your income from your day job to help fund your new business, or are simply relying on that income to sustain your living expenses until your business can generate a profit. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Selling Your Goods In-Store Versus Online: Legally, What’s the Difference? [Part 1]

    Leah Hamilton
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not only are there legal considerations involved in setting up your storefront; when you set up the online arm of your business, there are additional considerations that you need to keep in mind as well. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 19 Funding Resources for New and Existing Businesses

    Lisa Furgison
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    To help you secure the capital you need for your business, we’ve compiled a list of the funding resources that every entrepreneur should look into. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Starting a Business with a Young Family and a Day Job

    Angelique O'Rourke
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Find out how one entrepreneur balances starting a business, a full-time day job, and a family. Read his advice for staying focused and finding growth. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • NextDesk: The Smartest Desk For Your Home or Office

    Amanda Quick
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Call it the desk that could help you lose weight – or at least obtain extra health benefits at work. NextDesk is striving to change the way people work by creating a desk that easily adjusts to sitting and standing height. “NextDesk was founded when one of the founders began searching for a quality standing desk and could only find products that were poorly designed and constructed,” says Dan Lee, Director at NextDesk. NextDesk helps users meet their health needs, but the high quality and workmanship of the product could also make it an asset for your office. Here’s what…
  • The kSafe Loves You, It Wants you to Achieve Your Goals

    Will Schmidt
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    We all have our vices: it’s a fact of life. Maybe you like to shovel Oreos in your mouth when nobody is looking, or maybe you just love binge watching Netflix series. Did you know the dictionary defines a vice as s an immoral or evil habit or practice though? That is, these vices are things that hold us back from greatness. Imagine: what if there was a way to allow yourself cookies only when you’d completed a week straight of working out? What if you only let yourself touch the TV remote after you finished working on your novel? It’s easier said than done, my friends, and the…
  • Ruxit Shows the World a Different Side of Artificial Intelligence

    Will Schmidt
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For better or worse, people are innovating with artificial intelligence (AI) a lot these days. To that end AI has become more main stream, hitting both consumer technologies and enterprise level companies equally even though some have big reservations about it. Ruxit has made it their mission to integrate their AI SaaS into enterprise software to manage applications and globally distributed data centers. That is, their grand vision is to run data centers and cloud services via fully automated servers that only involve humans when their expertise and skills are needed. “Our vision is a no…
  • Is EdTech Giant Blackboard Up for Sale?

    Kristin Pryor
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    According to a report from Reuters, the DC based, edtech company could be yours for a cool $3 billion. Blackboard’s stakeholders are looking to sell. Their majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has recently hired Deutsche Bank AG and Bank of America Corp to run an auction for the company. There is a bit of mystery surrounding this potential sale. Providence isn’t saying much, and the fact that they spent $1.64 billion to acquire Blackboard in 2011, and now want to sell it for twice that amount, raises some questions–especially since edtech…
  • Google+ is Dying and Its User Base Needs to Get Over Their Delusion

    Ronald Barba
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Last week, when Google announced that it would be shutting down its Google+ Photos service, some Google+ users saw that as a threat to their beloved social networking platform. Others, however, argued that it only meant that the removal of a photo service would allow Google+ to thrive as a social medium. Then, this past Monday, Google made a further announcement that it plans to separate Google+ from other Google services, including YouTube. And, again, many Google+ users simply saw that as a strategic move for the social network. But herein lies the biggest major issue with Google+: its user…
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  • How To Build Your Resilience To Be An Entrepreneur

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    You can’t survive as an entrepreneur without resilience, because you are going to fail at least once, maybe multiple times. That’s the nature of trying something that’s never been done before. Resilience means not giving up, and being energized by what you have learned. As Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed. I have just found ten thousand ways that won't work." If you need more evidence that great entrepreneurs survived through resilience, just look into the backgrounds of more recent entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk. They all experienced multiple…
  • 7 Must-Have Attributes of a Super Startup Team Member

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every entrepreneur realizes that building a great team is critical to the success of his or her startup, but many don’t realize that it takes more than multiple qualified employees to make an effective team. It’s possible, or even likely, that a set of skilled individuals can result in a dysfunctional team, where contention, jealousy, lack of communication or work habits jeopardize results. As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I recognize that it’s easy to spot a dysfunctional team after the fact, but it’s not so easy to spot the right attributes of new team candidates, in the context of…
  • 8 Entrepreneur Principles For Managing Your Destiny

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Maybe starting a new business isn’t your passion, but in these days of rapid change, where everyone is dealing with uncertainty, I believe that thinking and acting like entrepreneurs will help you get ahead in any profession. In simple terms this means taking control of your life, going after something you love to do, and taking action. Stop letting life decisions happen to you. As a long-time mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’ve been convinced for some time that good entrepreneurs have the right mindset, and the right attributes, to be good at anything they want. Starting a new…
  • 10 Reasons For Startups To Be Wary Of Outsourcing

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    These days, it is almost impossible to find a small business where everything is done at the home location, by full-time employees. We are in the age of outsourcing, by any of many popular names, including subcontracting, freelancing, and virtual assistants. These approaches allow your startup to grow more rapidly, save costs, but costly mistakes can lead to business failure. There are many books written on this subject, but one just last year by Chris Ducker, “Virtual Freedom,” manages to pack a lot more practical guidance into a small space that many others I have seen. He is regarded…
  • 8 Ways That Blogging Will Kickstart Your Startup

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    As the number of sites on the Internet floats around one billion, the challenge with every new startup is to be found and stand out. More important, if someone does find your site, the content better be enticing enough for them to come back. Blogging is one of the best ways to do this and build a brand, even before you have a product or service. In this age of relationships, you, the entrepreneur, are a very important element of your new brand, and it’s never too early to start marketing the value of your expertise, insights and ideas. A great solution is necessary, but not sufficient, to…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Hans Rosling: Upgrading our worldview via data visualization

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Data and information are not inherently boring. The key is to select the appropriate (and accurate) data to support your message. Yet, it also matters how you bring the data alive, giving it context and meaning. One of the masters of displaying data in live talks is Swedish medical doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling, whom I've talked about often on this site and in my books (we were both keynoters at Tableau 2014 in Seattle as well; he's a wonderful man). His latest short presentation was posted this week and it's a great reminder of how to present a visualization in a simple, clear, and…
  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • When a bar chart can be misleading

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading. Here's an example: Back in the USA, on March 12, US Senator Ted Cruz and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went head to head at a hearing on the President’s FY2016 budget request arguing as to what they thought NASA’s priorities are today. Sen. Cruz is known to be a climate-change skeptic and has often said that NASA should focus on space exploration and leave earth science to other agencies. Although Cruz and Bolden disagreed strongly, reports are that the hour-long meeting was nonetheless cordial. The interesting…
  • Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

    2 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do. Even if you are a researcher or teacher or a medical doctor, and so on, and not a business person, it's still important to understand how people are (or can be) influenced and persuaded by your words and behaviors. Each…
  • In Memory of The Sushi Maestro, Shuichi Inoue

    26 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Shuichi Inoue, the "Sushi Maestro," gave a beautiful, heartfelt presentation at TEDxKyoto last year about his passion and dream to spread the innovative approach of his art to the world. Yesterday, tragically, Shuichi's life was cut short by a careless driver on a Japanese freeway. All of us in the TEDxKyoto community are in a state of shock right now. Both Shuichi and I presented in the same session at TEDxKyoto last Fall. I met him in the green room back stage. He was gracious, humble, and all smiles. Shuichi was the nicest guy you could ever meet. I can't believe he's gone.  I'm sorry…
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    Great Demo!

  • Projector Connection Unpleasantness - And Related Surprises

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I rarely write about hardware issues, but this has become so prevalent that I find I must take (virtual) pen to (virtual) paper…How many times do we or a colleague connect a laptop to a meeting room projector (“Beamer” for some of our European friends…) and are surprised to find that screen resolution on the projector looks like 5 pixels by 3 pixels?  And the presenter can’t even FIND some of the commands that would normally appear on the bottom-right portion of their screen?  Or the “Extended” desktop has been moved somewhere but can’t be found?  Or that…
  • Getting Pre-Demo Info from Sales People

    Peter E. Cohan
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges faced by presales folks is the lack of information provided by sales before a demo.  “Just give them an overview” is what we often hear – resulting in the dreaded Harbor Tour demo...  Here are a few suggestions to address this challenge:Call your sales person as soon as you receive the request for a demo and try to get the key pieces of information needed to complete a Situation Slide (Job Title and Industry, Critical Business Issue, Problems/Reasons, Specific Capabilities, Delta, Critical Date).  Often, sales people have this…
  • Asking More Questions – Why?

    Peter E. Cohan
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Surprisingly, I often hear the following observation from Great Demo! Workshop alumni:  “Some of our sales people are concerned when we start asking questions about customers’ Critical Business Issue vs. pains, Problems and Reasons. They say we are digging too deep with questions for each opportunity…”Keep asking – it’s the right thing to do..!   Here are two reasons why:(1)    No Decision and(2)    Not The Real IssueNo Decision:  One of the major reasons why sales opportunities result in a “No Decision” is that the customer…
  • The Value of Reducing Risk – Difficult Deltas

    Peter E. Cohan
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    What is the value, to a customer, of software tools that help reduce risk?  This is often difficult to uncover and convey, but the good news is that organizations need to manage and reduce risk.  Interestingly, the higher the level of the job title, the more clearly this is understood.  Software that helps to manage and reduce risk is often equated to buying insurance – we’d rather pay a small amount each year to make sure we are protected against accidents, malicious acts and natural disasters rather than risking the full cost of replacement or repair of our house, car, or…
  • Revelation: Why So Few Pre-Demo Prep Calls

    Peter E. Cohan
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    I have often wondered why, in many organizations, there are few or no pre-demo meeting preparation calls (between sales and presales folks).  The answer suddenly became clear:  it is because there is no point to a pre-demo prep call if:- You always do the same exact demo each time…- There is never any information about the customers’ needs, objectives or situation – and the plan is to simply “Show them a demo…”- In spite of completing some degree of Discovery and uncovering some useful information, you stillshow the same exact demo each time…The resulting demos will…
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  • A Girl's Guide to Surviving Study Abroad

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    By College Tourist; Author: Zoe Radner, Vanderbilt University A smart girl's tips for traveling abroad While traveling abroad may be an equally enthralling experience for all, we ladies are faced with some unique challenges we must conquer during our journeys. Everyone receives the standard advice when traveling-- tips to avoid pickpockets, find the best food and score the best deal on souvenirs. Aside from these more common suggestions, women must be equipped to deal with a whole other set of unique struggles. Makeup Mishaps Makeup is something I found to be one of the biggest nuisances…
  • I do it for my Aunt Ethel.

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I was sitting here about to explain how we got into this telecom mess and why things will get worse unless we stop it, and throw in why you should read my new book. But then I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc). For me, it started with a gang of my friends from Brooklyn Technical High School, taking the train to the New York City World's Fair, circa 1965, and running around like maniacs, trying then-AT&T's fiber optic-based…
  • From New Jersey to Nepal: How Maggie Doyne Has Changed the World

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    When Maggie Doyne graduated from high school, she took what she thought would be a gap year; time to travel and explore before starting college. With a backpack, and no particular plans, she left her New Jersey suburb, and headed east. Very east. She spent time in a Buddhist monastery, and helped with the construction of a sea wall on the island of Fiji. Then she landed in India. What happened next shifted the trajectory of her life. I spoke to Doyne, now 28, about one fateful day ten years ago, and about the importance of doing good work. Before we get to India, could you take me back to…
  • Martin Miller's Gin -- The Spirit of Iceland

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Great gin starts with pure water, so when iconoclast entrepreneur Martin Miller decided to distill his own spirits, he knew there was only one place to go -- Iceland. Distilled in England and blended with naturally filtered Icelandic water, Martin Miller's Gin is infused with the magic of the Nordic island nation. According to David Bromige, founding director of Martin Miller's Gin, the water is truly what gives the spirit life. "The water ... has been filtering through lava rocks for some 800 years. Most water that goes into spirits is de-ionized, lifeless. This water retains its vivacity,…
  • Martin Miller's Gin -- The Spirit of Iceland

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Great gin starts with pure water, so when iconoclast entrepreneur Martin Miller decided to distill his own spirits, he knew there was only one place to go -- Iceland. Distilled in England and blended with naturally filtered Icelandic water, Martin Miller's Gin is infused with the magic of the Nordic island nation. According to David Bromige, founding director of Martin Miller's Gin, the water is truly what gives the spirit life. "The water ... has been filtering through lava rocks for some 800 years. Most water that goes into spirits is de-ionized, lifeless. This water retains its vivacity,…
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  • Light Lands $25M For Photo Technology

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Palo Alto-based Light, which is developing image processing ASIC technology to improve the capture of photos and digital cameras, has raised $25M in a Series B funding. The funding came from Formation 8 and its Hardware Fund, as well as its prior investors.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Occipital Finds $13M For 3D Motion Capture SDK

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    San Francisco-based Occipital, a developer of SDKs and technology for 3D motion capture, has raised $13M in a Series B funding round. The round came from Foundry Group, K9 Ventures, the company's existing investors, plus new investors Intel Capital, Grishin Robotics, and Shea Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • GitHub Scores $250M, Joins Unicorn Club

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    San Francisco-based GitHub, which operates an online, software code repository service, has raised $250M in a Series B funding, which reportedly values the company at around $2 billion, the company disclosed today.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Blockspring Snags $3.4M for Spreadsheet Linking Tool

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    San Francisco-based Blockspring, which develops a service which automatically connects web services, data from other spreadsheets, and database to Google Sheets, has raised $3.4M in a seed funding. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz and SV Angel.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • AltspaceVR Finds $10.3M For Virtual Reality Community

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    San Francisco-based AltspaceVR, a developer of virtual reality chat rooms, has raised $10.3M in a new funding round, the company announced this morning.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • The Importance of Omnichannel Customer Service

    Linda Bustos
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    There’s much ado about integrated, omnichannel shopping experiences, from responsive design to integrated inventory, buy online pick up in store services to in-store digital.But not to be overlooked is omnichannel customer service, where customers can communicate seamlessly across service touchpoints, with consistent quality of service and persisted context throughout the service journey.Omnichannel service expectations are highTraditional customer service channels of store, telephone and email are today supplemented with online self-serve tools, live chat, social networks and even SMS…
  • Social Buy Buttons: Why Product Content Matters

    Linda Bustos
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    The arrival of mobile search and social buy buttons are both an opportunity and a threat to online retailers — and will force them to get product content right.GetElastic connected with Mike Lapchick, product content expert and founder and CEO Shotfarm to answer the big questions around buy buttons and product content.How will selling direct through social channels be different than traditional e-commerce and mobile-commerce?Until just recently, the extent of social network commerce was limited to referral traffic. Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter was the place for product reviews and…
  • Marketing to Millennial Moms

    Linda Bustos
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    Last post we examined why mobile matters to Millennials, featuring data that shows the gap between Gen X and Millennials’ technology preferences, behaviors and attitudes. Millennials have grown up digital, and this demographic has its own set of needs marketers must understand.Within the Millennial bracket (those born between 1982 and 2000) are Millennial moms. They make up 90% of new moms in the last year, up 50% from a decade ago (Goldman Sachs), and they wield tremendous purchasing power.Millennial moms have more social media accounts and spend more time on social media per week than…
  • Applying Cultural Context to Cart Abandonment

    Linda Bustos
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Earlier this year, a study by ComScore commissioned by UPS surveyed global online shoppers about their cart abandonment habits.Aggregate data hides insights, while segmented data reveals them. How can ecommerce marketers apply this data to contextual optimization efforts?Let’s take a closer look at what the data suggests for each of these regional segments: APAC, Brazil, Mexcio, US and Western Europe:APACDigital buyers in Asia Pacific are more likely to abandon carts with intent to pick up the shopping journey at a later time (or on a different device). They are less conscious of…
  • 3 Tips for Maximizing Your Facebook News Feed Exposure

    Linda Bustos
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    Consumers follow brands on social because they presumably want to hear from them — Twitter’s own study found 52% of consumers want to be notified of special offers and 51% want to stay on top of brand news. 44% want to learn about new products, and 30% want access to exclusive content.But it ain’t easy reaching Facebook Page fans organically in their News Feeds. Competing with their friends’ selfies, promoted posts, cat videos and Trending News is hard enough, while Facebook’s algorithm allegedly continues to bury Page posts.NFO (News Feed Optimization) is a…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
  • Timing is the Key to Success? Do You Agree?

    Tim Berry
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one thing was timing. Timing accounted for 42 percent of the difference between success and failure. Team and execution came in second, and the idea, the differentiability of the idea, the uniqueness of the idea, that actually came in third. Take a…
  • Startup Ideas Worth Building

    Tim Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    (Note: I rarely do guest posts on this blog, but I ran into this answer on Quora and I am happy to post it here, as a long quote, with credit to its author. – Tim)  Noam Kaiser is a professional investment manager, alias venture capitalist, or VC. The question at was: Do you have any startup ideas worth building? Here is his answer. Yes I do. But my startup idea/s are worthless. As are yours, and anyone else’s. Until you get off the couch and actually DO something about them. This is why I always tell young entrepreneurs to get rid of the word “founder” on…
  • Lean Business Plan to Get What You Want From Your Business

    Tim Berry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Are you running your own business or looking to start a new business? The lean business plan is an easy way to set down your strategy, tactics, milestones, and essential business numbers. Just do it for yourself and your team, with a few streamlined bullet points for strategy and tactics; plus lists of key milestones, tasks, assumptions, and performance metrics; and essential business numbers. Then review and revise it regularly and you’ll have your progress towards goals, and accountability. Lean Business Plan in Four Steps One: Strategy Strategy is focus. A lean business plan…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • "Is it too early for me to start a pay-per-click campaign?"

    Nathan Kontny
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    A Redditor asks: My SaaS product is done. We have a customer who we reached out to locally. I’ve got a freelance writer (via Reddit!) who is working on creating an email course to educate and inform potential customers. Until that is done there is nowhere for me to collect email addresses and start warming them up. However, I do have pricing and plans and the sign up is fully implemented. Is it worth creating a couple ads to start generating some traffic yet? Or is it going to be a complete waste of time until I have that ecourse and am able to collect email addresses? If I do create…
  • A mountain of salt for the Apple Watch satisfaction numbers

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    We’ve talked a lot about the Apple Watch internally, and even thought a bit about how Basecamp might work on it. A number of Basecampers have gotten Apple Watches, and reviews have been mixed; some people returned their watch, others wear it every single day. Our unscientific, non-representative sentiment runs probably 50/50 satisfied/dissatisfied with the watch. A study reporting high levels of customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch made the round of news sites last week, from the New York Times to Fortune to re/code. The same study was also mentioned by Tim Cook on the most recent…
  • How an idea comes together for me

    Jason Fried
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    First the idea hits. Then I think about it some more and it takes a direction. As I work through the direction, I’ll see another direction. Usually relatively similar, but different enough that it demands its own exploration. As I dig in into the problem, more layers and possibilities reveal themselves. Sometimes they point in entirely different directions. Some seem like big possibilities, others seem smaller. As I keep exploring, some more options emerge. Some independent of the ones I’ve already explored, but others branch off from an existing exploration. As I keep sketching…
  • Cheesecake, the Chicago Way

    Wailin Wong
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    The latest episode of The Distance visits Chicago institution Eli’s Cheesecake, which produces the equivalent of 20,000 cheesecakes a day. What goes into a Chicago-style cheesecake? How about a 1,500-pound Chicago-style cheesecake? Listen to the episode to find out. And if you like the show, you can subscribe to The Distance via iTunes or the podcast app of your choice. We’ll be back in two weeks with another episode about a long-standing business.
  • What are people reading on SvN lately?

    21 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Size of bubbles corresponds to share of total SvN web readership, January 2014 through June 2015.
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for Prisvo

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Company / App Name: Prisvo Twitter – prisvo What does it do? We allow people from all around the world to be the eyes and ears of our news platform. Our news are co-produced with no barriers, enabling precise news in real time. We provide a custom front page according to your interests. Why do we need it? Prisvo is the best way to get in touch with what’s happening in the world that matters to you. If you also like to write, Prisvo has a great audience and editors for your posts. Who is it for? Prisvo is for news readers that worship organisation and want a…
  • Beta Pitch for CaptainForm

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Company / App Name: CaptainForm Twitter – What does it do? CaptainForm WordPress form plugin has a user-friendly editor that allows developers, web designers and non-tech savvy users to create a wide diversity of online forms and surveys. Why do we need it? CaptainForm is extremely versatile and effective, adapting to any business requirements and needs. The forms created with this WordPress form plugin can be used for collecting, payments, feedback, donations and also for gathering leads. Who is it for? This WordPress form…
  • Pitch for CloudPal

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Company / App Name: CloudPal Twitter – CloudPal_io What does it do? CloudPal helps relieve the pains associated with licensing and managing the wide range of today’s numerous cloud services. Why do we need it? CloudPal provides centralized oversight and control that goes beyond mere password management. Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? CloudPal aims to help relieve this pain, so that consumers no longer have to juggle through tools for password management, expense monitoring, as well as enduring the pain of manually logging in…
  • Beta Pitch for Money Clouds™

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Company / App Name: Money Clouds™ Twitter – @MoneyCloudsUSA What does it do? Money Clouds encourages goal-based savings with a social twist. Set money aside for each of the things you are saving for, allow others to contribute to your goals, and help your connections save for theirs. Why do we need it? Banks don’t provide the features needed to organize and boost your savings. We are here to help anyone that needs a little extra encouragement, functionality, and financial control. Who is it for? The app is available to anyone who needs a fun, easy,…
  • Pitch for tweet580

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Company / App Name: tweet580 Twitter – tweet580app What does it do? tweet580 allows you to bypass twitter’s 140 character limit, it does this by posting a tweet, with a photo attachment. That contains text that is formatted to look like a continuation of the previous text. Why do we need it? In most cases 140 characters is more than enough. However, there is the occasional tweet that deserves to exist but isn’t aloud to because it is too long. This app was developed to bring those tweets to the world. Who is it for? This app is for anyone who uses…
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • Venture Fund Targets Campus Startups | @PejmanMar Partners w @BerkelyHaas

    David J. Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Further evidence that the campus is the frontier — early stage venture fund Pejman Mar Ventures, which has history in investing in and supporting student startups from Stanford, has taken its show around the bay area to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The firm has announced a new challenge — The Pejman Mar Ventures $250K Berkeley Startup Challenge. It follows on their The Garage program that offers space for Stanford entrepreneurs to ‘hang’ out in Pejman Mar offices in Palo Alto. I am defending my dissertation next Monday July 13th and am glad to see…
  • Entrepreneurial Nuggets | Adirondack Jack | Wave Extinguisher at Ripley’s | Cheap Lego Drones | Warby Parker Makes Public School Hip

    David J. Miller
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Alibaba founder Jack Ma bought 28,000 acres of forestland in the Adirondacks for conservation purposes… While billionaire founders and CEOs conserving land in NY is not new, the fact that a Chinese innovators is there too is interesting. Read the story about Jack and his $23 million dollar buy. Warby Parker, the hip, social impact oriented eye glass firm founded by Wharton Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Cartoon of the day 6/26/15. students has partnered with New York City Public Schools and will provide up to 20,000 pairs of glasses to kids in need. GMU’s Seth Robertson and…
  • Do College Drop Outs Thrive?

    David J. Miller
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:41 pm
    The WSJ ran the headline, College Dropouts Thrive in Tech, a couple of weeks ago (sub required). The article highlights well known dropouts (Jobs, Zuckerberg) and Thiel Fellowship winners, even referring to one as a wunderkind (a concept I reference in my forthcoming research on student entrepreneurs at US colleges and universities). From the piece , Messrs. Weinstein and Kramer live at Mission Control with 10 others, including two women; half are under 21 years old. Three, including Messrs. Weinstein and Kramer, are Thiel Fellows. The house was originally leased by fellowship organizers for…
  • PhD Update: Entrepreneurship, Students, and Universities

    David J. Miller
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I am in the final month of my dissertation at George Mason University. This blog grew out of my early research, as did the twitter handle Campus_Entre. I’ve learned a great deal and am happy with the database of high growth student entrepreneurs, their firms, and schools, as well as the case study of the University of Chicago.  I also developed basic campus ‘pathways’ based on themes that emerged from the qualitative and quantitative data collected. The question of whether the campus offers frontier attributes (liberty, diversity, and assets) is the center of this…
  • Competition Myth @PeterThiel @ISI | #Conformity Kills | #students #highered

    David J. Miller
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Was fortunate to have one of our GMU School of Business supporters send us a really strong piece by Peter Thiel at The Intercollegiate Review on being true to oneself and your own vision of truth/value rather than that of those around you. The article is a strong indictment of conformity and mediocrity across a whole host of areas — both micro and societal — and the dangers it presents. Good read for students and others trying recharge and find a truer, self-defined path. (Hint of Earl Nightingale in the article — wonder if Thiel is familiar with The Strangest Secret)…
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  • Pitch Your Startup Idea to Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs on The Founder Hotseat Webinar

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Steve Russell, Founder & CEO of Prism Skylabs. Hosted by Carter Laren, Founder of Inara Ventures, and Director of the Founder Lab. This webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at 9:00am PT (see local time here). RSVP to the Free Webinar Today! During this webinar, viewers can pitch their startup ideas to Steve and Carter, then receive feedback. The…
  • Fenox Venture Capital Partners with the Dhaka Founder Institute to Help Aspiring Entrepreneurs

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, and Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm, have partnered to fund the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, transforming new ideas into funded startups. The two Silicon Valley-based organizations pledge to guide local founders through the entire process of developing high-growth technology  businesses in sectors such as mobile apps, digital health and enterprise software. The strongest companies from the upcoming chapter of…
  • Learn About the Founder Lab in Exclusive Conference Calls with Program Directors

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    As the Founder Institute gets ready to host its next Founder Lab program, we will present a series of open Q&A conference calls with Founder Lab program Directors Carter Laren and Luis Guzman. Apply to the Founder Lab today and take your tech startup to the next level with expert training and mentorship. The Founder Lab gives promising seed-stage startups the opportunity to spend a week in Silicon Valley getting ready for funding with the world's best founders and investors. At the end of program, founders will leave with a fully refined pitch-deck, a validated path to traction, a global…
  • The Importance of Being 110% Yourself

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of the leading publication for the industry. He also the co-founder and CEO of Dopamine, Inc. a creative agency that provides consulting services to businesses hoping to utilize the power of gamification. Zichermann is the Co-Director at the New York City Founder…
  • Strengthen Your Local Startup Community with the Founder Institute’s Help

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, see some recent director news below: Sergio…
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  • Everything Is Data

    Matt Blumberg
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Everything Is Data As our former head of People, Angela used to say during the recruiting process, “Everything is Data.”  What she meant is that you can learn a lot about a candidate from things that happen along the way during an interview cycle, not just during the interviews themselves.  Does the candidate for the Communications role write a thank you note, and is it coherent?  Does the candidate for an outside sales role dribble food all over himself at a restaurant?  Here are two great examples of this that have happened here at Return Path over time: Once we had a candidate in…
  • The Difference Between Culture and Values

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Difference Between Culture and Values This topic has been bugging me for a while, so I am going to use the writing of this post as a means of working through it. We have a great set of core values here at Return Path. And we also have a great corporate culture, as evidenced by our winning multiple employer of choice awards, including being Fortune Magazine’s #2 best medium-sized workplace in America. But the two things are different, and they’re often confused. I hear statements all the time, both here and at other companies, like “you can’t do that —…
  • Book Short: Blink Part II

    Matt Blumberg
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Blink Part II Years ago I wrote a post about Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book, Blink (post, buy).  While my post has lots of specifics in it for entrepreneurs, for VCs, and for marketers, my quick summary was this: Where The Tipping Point theorizes about how humans relate to each other and how fads start and flourish in our society, Blink theorizes about how humans make decisions and about the interplay between the subconscious, learned expertise, and real-time inputs.  But Gladwell does more than theorize — he has plenty of real world examples which seem quite plausible,…
  • Give the Gift of a 360 to Your Board of Directors

    Matt Blumberg
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Give the Gift of a 360 to Your Board of Directors I recently ran our biennial Board 360, and I thought it would be interesting to share the details.  Attached are a few pages from, my book, Startup CEO:  A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business  which describe the process as well as share the survey I developed, which I adapted from one that the legendary Bill Campbell uses at larger public companies like Intuit. If you’ve read this blog a lot over the years, you know that we are big on 360s for staff at all levels at Return Path , and at some point a few years ago, I thought,…
  • ReturnShip Program, Part II

    Matt Blumberg
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Today marks the graduation for the six women who participated in our inaugural ReturnShip program, which I wrote about here and which was written up at least twice, in Harvard Business Review and in the San Francisco Chronicle. The ReturnShip was a 14-week paid internship program designed for women who have been out of the workforce for more than 1 year to re-enter and  build credible and relevant experience, and to feed our funnel of prospective employees. While there are still a couple things in the air, my guess is that at least three, and as many as five, of the program’s six…
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  • Meet the Seattle Techstars Class of 2015

    Chris DeVore
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re incredibly excited to introduce the Techstars Seattle class of 2015! We’ve spent the last several months reading applications, interviewing teams, and agonizing over our choices, but we’re finally ready to announce the eleven companies that are joining us here in Startup Hall, starting today. As in past years, we’ve selected a class that reflects — and is best positioned to leverage — the deepest wells of technical and entrepreneurial excellence here in the Pacific Northwest. The eleven companies selected this year include teams focused on enterprise software and…
  • The Techstars Experience Live from London: Hackajob

    Kerri Beers
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    What’s it like to go through a Techstars program?  Why choose our accelerator over others? This post in our series, “The Techstars Experience,” features highlights from weeks one and two of the London program from Mark Chaffey, cofounder of and co-CEO at Hackajob, an online marketplace that matches technical candidates directly with employers. Mark talks about validating assumptions, growing his business and finding inspiration from other founders. Re: Stop Working, Start Thinking I’m sure many startups get into the flow of working, ploughing away at their endless to-do-lists and…
  • Funding and M&A Activity Across the Techstars Ecosystem

    Kerri Beers
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Congratulations to these Techstars companies that were recently acquired: Fosbury (Austin ‘13) acquired by Verve. Klooff (NYC ‘13) acquired by American Kennel Club. WeDeliver (Chicago ‘14) acquired by Deliv. Also, congratulations to the Techstars alumni companies that have recently received notable investments! (And, for those of you playing along at home, that brings us to a running total of 73 Techstars companies acquired and over $1.6B raised by our accelerator companies.) DigitalOcean $83M DigitalOcean (Boulder ‘12) raised $83M in Series B funding this past week. DigitalOcean…
  • Meet the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars Class of 2015

    Jenny Fielding
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Today we welcome 11 companies into the 2015 Barclays Accelerator in New York! This program is a FinTech-focused collaboration between Barclays and Techstars. Having run two successful programs in London, we are thrilled to expand our presence across the pond to New York, where we will be supporting entrepreneurs shaping the future of financial services and beyond. This class represents a diverse cross-section of technologies and entrepreneurs with half of the companies coming from overseas to join us in NYC. We are excited to announce a dynamic group of problem solvers working to change the…
  • [VIDEO] Mentor Spotlight: Jennifer Lum of Adelphic Mobile

    Kerri Beers
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    Today’s mentor spotlight is on Jennifer Lum! Jennifer is the co-founder of and Chief Strategy  Officer at Adelphic Mobile, has been a Techstars mentor since 2011, as well as an investor in several Techstars companies. Check out this one-minute spotlight video to learn what Jennifer believes is key to becoming a successful entrepreneur. The post [VIDEO] Mentor Spotlight: Jennifer Lum of Adelphic Mobile appeared first on Techstars.
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  • No One Wants to Admit It, but Reddit Can't Be Saved

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    It’s looking more and more like Ellen Pao was, in some sense, set up to fail by her male board of directors. Her predecessor Yishan Wong says it. A top Reddit engineer said it right after quitting . It might sound conspiratorial if it weren’t about this particular site. Read more...
  • Was Ellen Pao Set Up? Former Reddit CEO Unleashes on Founders

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    The story so far: Reddit already despised recently ousted CEO Ellen Pao, and the firing of community liaison Victoria Taylor was the final screwup that did her in. But what if the whole time, she was taking the heat for someone else’s mistake? Read more...
  • Did Reddit's Former CEO Just Reveal a "Long Con" to Sabotage the Site?

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    After Reddit’s surrender to white supremacy this week, users and observers alike have been trying to figure out how exactly we got to this nadir. How could something so popular get so much wrong, over and over again? A new post by Reddit’s ex-chief suggests it’s all been an inside job. Read more...
  • Misogynist Tantrum Officially Drives Ellen Pao from Reddit

    Ashley Feinberg on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    After spending the last few months turning Reddit into a virtual guillotine for its widely despised CEO Ellen Pao, it looks like redditors are finally getting their wish. Ellen Pao is officially stepping down as CEO, and Steve Huffman, co-founder and original CEO, is taking her place. Read more...
  • Fired Reddit Administrator Victoria Taylor Finally Breaks Her Silence

    Ashley Feinberg on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    After Reddit effectively consumed itself this weekend over the firing of beloved AMA coordinator Victoria Taylor, redditors have been clawing at themselves for a chance to hear Taylor’s side of things. And now, at long last, the ex-employee has made her first public statement since the real chaos began. Read more...
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    StartupMuse » StartupMuse - by Alexander Muse

  • Deconstructing CultureMap to Go Mobile

    Alexander Muse
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    Shortly after we purchased CultureMap the calls for a mobile app became louder and louder. Given our background building mobile apps it made sense that everyone at CultureMap assumed we had a mobile plan in the works, but to be honest, it wasn’t obvious to me that a mobile app made sense. To put the enormity of the challenge into perspective, by June of 2015 there were more than 4 million mobile apps available for download from the various app stores. Building a mobile app is easy, but finding an audience is more than daunting – it is all but impossible today. It occurred to us…
  • My Sharing Economy Experience

    Alexander Muse
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Four months ago my partner and I bought CultureMap, one of the largest lifestyle brands in Texas. As a result I’ve been traveling throughout the state visiting our current markets (Houston, Dallas & Austin) and our expansion markets (San Antonio & Fort Worth). This week I’m in Houston and as I was riding from the airport in an ‘Uber’ I realized just how much the sharing economy has changed how I do business. For example, yesterday I flew to Houston on my ‘shared private plane’, got to the office in a ‘shared private car’ and stayed in a…
  • Do you have a right to work for free?

    Alexander Muse
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Over my career I’ve worked for several employers and in each case local, state and federal governments had a say in my wages and my benefits. Eventually most of my employers came to the conclusion I’d be happier working for myself or as Donald Trump would say, “You’re fired!” Since then I’ve started several companies and in each case I was fortunate because the government had no problem with me not getting paid. In fact, in EVERY case I worked for free to get my company started – sometimes for two years. More recently I’ve been hearing more…
  • Ten Startup Tips for First Time Entrepreneurs

    Alexander Muse
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Here, in no particular order, are my ten tips for first-time entrepreneurs. Recruit a co-founder. You don’t want to go through the startup process alone. Your first job as a founder/co-founder is to find someone who shares your vision and is willing to take the same risks you’re taking. If you can’t convince anyone to join you, you should seriously reconsider starting a company.  Be frugal. Don’t rent an office, buy furniture, a phone system or office supplies. Conserve your cash for as long as possible. Leverage co-working spaces. Go through a startup accelerator. Apply to ALL of…
  • Startup CEOs: You Don’t Need an Office.

    Alexander Muse
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    When I got my first ‘real’ job I had a big office and a huge partners desk. Ironically as I moved up the corporate ladder my offices got smaller and smaller until I found myself working from home without an office. By the time I was running my own company I was very focused on the location and size of my office. In one memorable case I recall explaining to one of my co-founders why I took the bigger, corner office without discussing it first (not my finest moment, sorry Scott). Then one day it occurred to me that my office was actually holding me back. I needed to get back in the…
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • How to craft perfect answers to any interview question

    Ramit Sethi
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you know what’s better than memorizing a long list of interview questions you might be asked? Answer: Learning how to craft the perfect interview response to any question. That way no matter what you’re asked, you’re never caught off-guard.   Today, I’m going to show you a framework that guarantees you always give a compelling response to ANY interview question. Then I’ll show you how to apply this framework to the top three toughest questions so you know exactly how to respond. How to craft the perfect response (no matter what the question is) Storytelling is the secret…
  • 3 tips to dominate your job interview and give the perfect answers

    Ramit Sethi
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Congratulations! It took a lot of work and preparation, but you landed the interview and separated yourself from the others by… Using a warm connection to earn a few minutes of time. Showing all the telltale signs of being a perfect candidate. Crafting VIP marketing materials and resumes that were so good this company felt compelled to invite you. Now the game REALLY begins. Why? Because the job interview is where you win or lose the offer. Even the world’s best resume and cover letter won’t save you if you commit common, critical mistakes. The REAL way to win an interview is by taking…
  • How to ask for a promotion

    Ramit Sethi
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
      Asking for a promotion is an extremely stressful moment in your career. “What if they say no?” “What if they laugh me out of the room?” “What if they don’t see the value I add to the company?” Just thinking of the possibilities can make you sick. But if you’ve tackled larger workloads, added tremendous value, and never missed a beat since starting your current role, shouldn’t your job title adequately reflect your increased value? It’s time to ask for a promotion. In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to turn a typically uncomfortable conversation into an…
  • How to work smarter, not harder — with Jermaine Griggs

    Ramit Sethi
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    About a year or two ago, I bought a $2,000 course on automation that blew me away. It was one of the most advanced courses I’ve ever purchased. I got so interested that I ended up becoming friends with the founder, and I want to share some of what I learned about automation with you today. Automation is a powerful tool you can use to create more freedom, flexibility, and fun in your day. OTHER PEOPLE: “I need more time. I have a million things to do, and I have no idea how I’m going to get everything done.” IWT READERS: “Wait a minute. What if I put repetitive and redundant…
  • How I read hundreds of emails/day in less than an hour

    Ramit Sethi
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    I always LOL when I get emails like this:   I do read every email. Just like I’ve said 50,000 times to you nutcases. But for a lot of people, it’s unfathomable that somebody can actually read 1,000+ emails/day and still get work done. HOW? How do you actually get things done without mindlessly answering a bunch of emails all day? First, I use similar systems like the one I outlined in my book. Remember my automation system for your finances? You can do the same with email — send everything where it needs to go, automatically. How to put your email on autopilot Most importantly,…
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    Start Up Blog

  • The best single example of how yesterday’s decisions can kill a business today

    Steve Sammartino
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:49 am
    If there is one simple example of how what was a good decision yesterday can kill a business today, then it is this. The retirement age and the old age pension: “When the Government instituted an old age pension for retirement back in 1908, the pension kicked in at age 65. However, the life expectancy was under the age of 60.” At the time, it was a great decision for the Government. No doubt it was popular, and easy to make the numbers work. Fast forward to today, 2015, and the life expectancy in Australia is 84.2 years for men. It’s now clear there is a problem. The…
  • Why petrol cars will not exist in 10 years

    Steve Sammartino
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    If you haven’t already realised, cars are no longer machines, but rolling computers. This also means that cars will move from being powered by fossil fuel engines to electric motors. It’s already started, and it is going to happen much more quickly than we anticipate. I’d go as far to predict that there will hardly be a petrol car on the road in 10 years. Here’s why: When cars transition to rolling computers, the Law of Accelerating Returns applies. Innovation goes from incremental and factory-based to curve-jumping and technology-driven. You’ve probably…
  • Australia’s top rated TV show – Do you know it?

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:50 pm
    This is Troye. He is the host of Australia’s top rated TV show. He gets more than a million viewers every week. He has been around for a few years now and yet I never see him featured in the Nielsen ratings. I find it curious. Sure Troye isn’t on channel 7, 9, 10, ABC, SBS or even on Foxtel. He’s on Youtube. But tell his 4.3 million subscribers that he isn’t on TV and you’ll get a dumbfounded look. They might even tell you they already watch it in their lounge room, stream it from their phone to the family flat screen, watch it on their laptop or on any audio…
  • The hidden asset base

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I was speaking with a friend about some of the great quotes from long gone captains of industry. J.D Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Benjamin Franklin and cohort. One quote that got me thinking was this: “If I went broke, just give me my 5 best people, and we’ll be double the size in 5 years.” I searched Google, Wikiquotes, Brainyquote and all sorts of places to find who it was with no luck. My buddy said it was JD Rockefeller, but I can’t confirm it is, or even find the quote. In the end it doesn’t even matter. What I do like about it is the layers…
  • Yes, the robots will take your job, but…

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    …there are not that many bison hunters any more. This is a very short way of saying that all jobs eventually get replaced by technology. Technology will take the role of many white collar jobs, just like machines have taken away many blue collar jobs, just like the plough took away many farming jobs. Technological Unemployment will always be a fixture in human existence – and always has been. It just so happens that it doesn’t sell newspapers (or provide click bait) to tell the truth that new jobs will be created. But it seems like a week doesn’t go past without a…
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  • This app will call for real time help in emergencies

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Add / Remove According to the World Health Organization, more people die from a lack of timely care than from Aids, TB and malaria combined. Millions of people worldwide don’t have access to reliable emergency, and the ones that do are often faced with large expenses and delays. A new startup called MUrgency wants to change that. The team’s cloud platform and mobile app together form a worldwide, decentralized emergency response network that can be accessed by a tap on the user’s smartphone. The MUrgency database is comprised of a trusted network of doctors, nurses, paramedics,…
  • Insurance startup helps clients donate to charity for free

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Add / Remove Insurances are often large expenses that — thankfully — don’t always get used. To help customers make the most of this expense, a brokerage startup Givesurance is now enabling them to donate money to charity via their existing insurance payments, without increasing their outgoings. Most insurance companies spend a significant amount of their commission on advertising, attempting to attract new clients. Givesurance, converts some of this commission into client donation credits, which can be given to a charity of their choice. To begin, new clients provide Givesurance…
  • Platform helps apps maximize the utility of smartphone sensor data

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Add / Remove Smartphones come with a variety of inbuilt sensors which can capture realtime data about the user’s activities, and sensor data is quickly becoming a discipline on its own. Addressing this is a startup Sense360, which aims to make it easier for mobile apps to use this data and allow for automated user experiences. Sense360 collects all the data from smartphones’ sensors — including data like ambient light, accelerometer and gyroscope, and location — and processes it on behalf of its clients according to the app’s specific needs. The startup has been…
  • Luxury airport terminal for precious animals

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:33 am
    Add / Remove Flying can be a traumatic experience for humans, so it’s not hard to imagine how disconcerting it can be for pets — they suddenly find themselves in an airport with a stint in quarantine, along with an eight hour flight ahead of them. Luckily for those passing through New York, JFK is set to build a new USD 48 million terminal named The ARK, which will provide luxury pre-flight hospitality for 70,000 animals a year. The 16,500 square-meter quarantine facility is set to open next year, replacing the airport’s old Vetport. It will provide climate-controlled stalls for…
  • Top 10 business ideas from Food & Beverage over the last 12 months

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    Add / Remove 1 In Australia, customers can pay for their coffee with their smart cup Though existing eco-friendly coffee cups have undeniable environmental benefits, low levels of adoption to date have meant there is a limit to the impact they are currently having. Knowing that to encourage sales, a green product must outperform its non-green rival in every way, Frank Green focused on building convenience directly into his coffee vessels. SmartCup’s dishwasher safe drink vessels are embedded with smart payment capabilities, which enable customers to pay for their coffee by swiping the cup…
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  • Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    I recently read a very eye-opening and somewhat disturbing book called Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts (Amazon link).  It was recommended by a friend, Janelle Monney, who is a prominent executive coach, as well as another mutual friend, Delena Spencer, who is in the financial recruiting space.  I highly recommend it and wish everyone would read it! The findings are relevant for politics, business, criminal justice, and personal relationships.  It helps scratch the surface of how we as humans justify our decisions,…
  • Amazing Grace. How Sweet The Sound.

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    What a historic week it’s been here in the United States of America!  Whether you agree or don’t agree on the rulings, the research, the findings, the laws, and/or the songs sung, I think we can all agree that it was historic.  Check out Fred Wilson’s post called What A Week for a better write-up than I have time to create about the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rulings on the Affordable Health Care Act, Marriage Equality, and President Obama singing Amazing Grace at Clementa Pinckney‘s funeral. Here’s an interesting article on businesses reactions to the marriage…
  • How and Why a School was Born

    6 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I was recently given the opportunity to write my story about the founding of The Magellan International School for Latino Magazine.  Here’s the link to the article on our school site: How and Why a School was Born.  It’s been an amazing experience to be involved in the ground floor of starting such a phenomenal school! I have not been involved in the day to day activities or in many of the big achievements since it’s founding because I chose to take more of a behind the scenes role.  I gave birth (and have the illustrative scars) to the kids who inspired it’s…
  • Some Things Are Better Off Left Unsaid Or Unwritten

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I remember a time in high school where I was trying to tell someone who was about 5 years older than me “something about my life” (just like the Indigo Girls Closer To Fine song begins).  He was a college aged Sunday school teacher.  I was in awe of him for some reason that I can’t exactly recall why now.  When he saw that I was struggling, he said “some things are better off left unsaid.”  I figured he was older and wiser, so after he said that I decided not to tell him what I was trying to confess about my atypical life.  I’m not sure if it would…
  • Back A Dream in Honor of International Women’s Day

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I don’t often publish promotional content on my blog, but when someone reached out to me for this campaign that goes through the end of March 2015, I thought it was worth sharing.  You can help an entrepreneurial woman towards achieving her dream by checking this opportunity to help via out.  Please watch the video and read the information about how you can participate below. More than seven billion people live on Earth. That’s seven billion hearts beating. Seven billion bodies breathing. Seven billion minds creating thoughts and ideas all over the world. Yet, so many face…
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    The Next Web

  • Here’s how Facebook bullied an independent developer into shutting down his viral app

    Nate Swanner
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Who Deleted Me, an app that let you know which users may have removed you from their friends list on Facebook, has been shut down — by Facebook. In a blog post, developer Anthony Kuske says “Who Deleted Me was intended to be a useful tool to enhance users’ Facebook experience, but Facebook did not see it the same way.” He goes on to note the incredible scale his app reached over the past week, noting he had server issues from the popularity. When I spoke to Kuske, he told me the app simply scraped the info from your friends list… This story continues at The Next Web
  • Canon’s new full-frame camera will capture footage in near-complete darkness

    Jackie Dove
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Imagine being able to shoot video in almost total darkness and not wind up with a noisy, undifferentiated mess? That capability may be closer than you think with the announcement of Canon’s ME20F-SH, a full-frame multi-purpose camera that promises a maximum ISO of over 4,000,000. That is not a typo. This camera is designed to see what you cannot. According to Canon, the ME20F-SH can capture color video in extreme low-light, and even focus on subjects that the photographer cannot readily see. Canon cites a number of specific purposes for this model: Nighttime surveillance and security,…
  • The next-gen Apple TV is reportedly coming this September

    Lauren Hockenson
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    In terms of Apple’s hardware offerings, a new version of Apple TV has been like a unicorn in the mist: often talked about, but never seen. The fourth version of Apple TV has been speculated aplenty in the last three (three!) years, but Tim Cook and team have remained silent. Most recently, rumors of a new device, along with an App Store, were heavy around WWDC in June, but again no luck. Today a report from Buzzfeed says that the Apple TV, App Store and all the trimmings we’ve been waiting for will arrive in September. The new Apple TV will… This story continues at The Next Web
  • How to build the perfect pricing page on your website

    Talia Wolf
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    There are many elements to take into account when creating a pricing page. From strategy to messaging and finally the design, each element has an active and important role in converting visitors into paying customers. Below I have divided the building of a pricing page into two main categories: The strategy and the design. Each part of the pricing page structure is important for increasing conversion rate. Take a look at the pricing page examples below to see what other businesses are doing, the good, the bad and how to fix it. Building a Pricing Page Strategy When it comes to… This…
  • Report: Google is distributing a business version of Glass that attaches to different glasses

    Lauren Hockenson
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    It seems that Google hasn’t given up on Google Glass — it’s just taken it to a practical direction. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google is distributing a new version of Glass for business use, in industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. According to the report, Google won’t be heralding this new hardware in an official launch — instead opting to distribute the hardware to software developers directly. The hardware also has a slight difference to the consumer model we’re all familiar with: it is a mini-computer attached to a button-and-hinge system…
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    The Product Guy

  • Future of Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Person person of 2014 tick? Looking Forward…. > How do you see product management evolving over the next 5 years? In 5 years, user expectations are going to be much higher than today and user engagement is going to be more challenging unless you create or offer a unique and amazing product or service. Simplicity and high quality will be expected by most users. Product managers will need to…
  • 2 Great New Product Management Positions Available

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Sr Product Manager, Business Systems @ Warby Parker (New York, NY) Keywords: business, product, roadmap, strategy, systems Product Manager @ Planned Parenthood…
  • Important Skills to Develop in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Person person of 2014 tick? Looking Forward…. > What new skill should I be honing right now to get ready for the future? I would say having experience in user-centric service design mixed with leadership skills could make you a great product manager in the future. Watch the video for more on the key to success in product management… More to Come Over the next few weeks I will share…
  • More Featured Product Management Jobs

    Jeremy Horn
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Associate Product Manager (multiple positions) @ iSIGHT Partners, Inc. (Washington DC area (Northern VA))Keywords: cybersecurity, intelligence, product, security,…
  • Trends in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Person person of 2014 tick? Looking Forward…. > What trends do you see in product management? positive trends? any negative trends? The importance of user-centric product development with a focus on usability, design and simplicity plays a key part in every strategic product decision nowadays, and its importance is increasing year-on-year. Watch the video for more on the key to success in…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Examining the U.S.-Germany Relationship

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Last week I participated in the Young Leaders Conference in Berlin, sponsored by the American Council on Germany. The conference brings together about 20 young leaders from the U.S. and 20 young leaders from Germany for a week of meetings in Berlin with the goal of deepening the ties between the two countries and ultimately building a relationship between the next generation of trans-Atlantic leaders. I was honored to be a delegate. We had the opportunity to meet with several high ranking officials in the German government, including the Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble, minister of…
  • Returning to Zurich

    Ben Casnocha
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    At the age of 17, I ventured out of the U.S. for the first time to participate in an exchange program with a Zurich school. I was lucky to be placed with an excellent family in an excellent city. My first impression of “the rest of the world” sparkled with Swiss cleanliness and punctuality, Swiss mountain views, Swiss helpfulness and friendliness, Swiss wealth. It wouldn’t take long, in the years after, for me to discover that Switzerland has few peers. Most of the world maintains no self-obsessed standard of excellence; indeed, much of the world is far poorer. I’m glad I…
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Books, books, books. 1. Hard Landing: The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged Airlines Into Chaos. A rigorously researched account of the airline industry in the U.S., especially the aftermath of deregulation. Probably more detail than the casual reader will care to know, but any airline nuts will appreciate the blow-by-blow about United, Continental, Delta, Southwest, the extraordinary impact of computer scheduling technology, safety regulations, code sharing, car rental companies, and many other storylines. One sample nugget: The self-destruction of Continental Airlines vividly…
  • Attending Alcoholics Anonymous as a Guest

    Ben Casnocha
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:06 pm
    I recently attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for the first time. I’m not an alcoholic myself, but a friend of mine who is let me sit in as a guest. It was a fascinating experience. The meeting was held in a church basement in a room dedicated to AA. A large AA banner hung on the wall next to a list of the famous 12 steps that guide the program’s philosophy. As people filed into the room, I was immediately struck by the diversity of participants. There were people who looked legitimately homeless alongside people dressed in nice button downs who could have fit right in at any law…
  • Book Short: From Beirut to Jerusalem

    Ben Casnocha
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    I finally got around to the book many have recommended over the years: Tom Friedman’s From Beirut to Jerusalem. This is the book that put Tom Friedman on the map. At the time of publication, 1989, he wasn’t super well known. This book, which won the National Book Award, really raised his profile and justifiably so. It’s wonderfully written. He integrates extensive on the ground reporting over years of living in the region with historical vignettes and research. For those who primarily know Friedman today as a D.C.-based commentator/columnist, From Beirut to Jerusalem is a…
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    John Greathouse

  • Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In 1987, a representative of Michael Jackson approached the modest Sycamore Valley ranch house and knocked on the door. The owner of the ranch was shocked by the visitor’s message. He told the homeowner that he represented someone who wanted to purchase the ranch at a substantial premium over its current fair market value. He also indicated that the offer was non-negotiable and the home owner had to respond either “Yes” or “No” in a matter of hours. Although this is a somewhat unusual real estate transaction, it reflects a…
  • Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS

    John Greathouse
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
      A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes When you can live where you want to live and make money doing what you love to do, you are, by my definition, a screaming success. Six outstanding entrepreneurs have created this sweet flavor of success in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara has become a high-tech startup mecca, rivaling cities many times its size. The latest evidence of the city’s dynamic startup ecosystem is the recent announcement by Citrix to investment significant resources in the Santa Barbara…
  • Hold On, Congress Is About To Handcuff Online Sellers

    John Greathouse
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Congress' latest attempt to impose an "Internet sales tax" is just another misguided tax grab that will do more harm than good to American small businesses. The Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), purports to simplify sales tax collections while also leveling the playing field between brick and mortar businesses and online sellers. Noble goals, no doubt. Unfortunately, it accomplishes neither. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly…
  • Oh Yeah, That Powerful Computer In My Pocket Is Also A Phone

    John Greathouse
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Facebook recently joined Google and Twitter by offering a click-to-call functionality in its ads, giving consumers an option to call businesses directly, versus emailing them or completing an online form - effectively making the plain old phone one of the most powerful on/offline marketing tools of the coming decade. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly articles! 140 Years Old And Still Kicking Why are the world’s biggest Internet companies investing in a technology created…
  • Entrepreneurs Who Relish Being Wrong Usually Win

    John Greathouse
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. During my 15-years as a startup executive, I relished being proven wrong. Knowing that I was had made a mistake empowered me to make the correct decision. Being wrong is much preferred to erroneously thinking you are right and relentlessly executing a losing strategy. Effective entrepreneurs reject dogmatism and embrace doubt. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly articles! Human Nature Sucks How can two otherwise intelligent and well-meaning people watch the same political debate and…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 5 Things All Entrepreneurs Can Learn About Success from Donald Trump

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    By Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think“ Love him or hate him, one thing’s for sure: all entrepreneurs can all learn a few things about success and leadership from Donald Trump. While The Donald continues to make headlines for his aggressive campaign to clinch the GOP nomination in the race to the White House, politics aside, it’s easy to see why Trump is a natural born leader and huge business success. Trump’s thought process, attitude and no holds barred style is a learning lesson for everyone in business.  Here are five examples: Supreme confidence. A great word to…
  • Dos And Don’ts Of Business Car Leasing

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Whether you run a business or are just a working professional, having a smart vehicle will be something that’s not only aspired to but eventually becomes necessary. It gives off a great first impression, shows an air of successfulness and is more likely to tempt new investors and clients towards your company. For new businesses and workers it can be hard to afford just one car, let alone a fleet. Business car leasing provides a more affordable manner to achieve this when done right. Do: Lease Early On. An advantage of leasing is that your company and drivers won’t lose out as new cars…
  • Becoming A Taxi Driver? Get Covered Properly.

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    As a taxi driver you will be covering a lot more mileage than the average commuter, driving for longer periods and at more unsociable hours. This leads to a higher chance of being involved in an accident so it’s essential you’re fully covered, whether working individually or for a firm. Studies have shown that more experienced drivers and those who use their own vehicles are less likely to be involved in accidents. However your car is more than just a vehicle, it is your livelihood, and having an accident without the full cover could lead to an end to them both. Public vs Private Hire.
  • What Factors Helped VistaJet Succeed?

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Owning a private jet is something many of us aspire to at one point or another in our lives. It is understandably a huge expense, from the initial purchase to running and ownership costs with little if no prospect of making a profit, as many aircraft suffer from depreciation the same way as cars. Only the super-rich really buy their own personal jets. Instead there are a lot of private jet operators around who rent out their aircraft or have people buy shares in such companies in return for use of the jets. There are various businesses in action and even despite recent years of austerity and…
  • The Reasons Why An Exhibition Can Be Useful To An Upstart Company

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you’re starting a new business, one of the ways that you can promote yourself to a large number of potential customers, as well as other businesses, vendors, etc., is by attending an exhibition. While the costs of getting a booth can be a bit high, continue reading for a few of the reasons why this could be a highly worthwhile and useful investment for your upstart company: Find Your Target Audience More Easily. Because business exhibitions and trade shows are designed to cater to a particular industry or niche, there will be plenty of people there who could potentially turn into…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Bold Knot The Stylish & Tiny Phone Battery And Charging Cable From Palestine Gets 5 Times Funding Goal on Indiegogo

    Gaith Saqer
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Founded by female Palestinian entrepreneur  Lama Mansour and male Palestinian entrepreneur  Ismat Tuffaha, Bold Knot gives 3 hours extra battery, with 2x times faster charging usb cable available for iPhone and Androi and with a style. BOLD Knot will  give you that emergency boost of charge when you need it the most. It is going to keep you connected all the time. BOLD Knot is a USB charging cable that charges your phone 2x faster than other cables. The knot will charge itself after the phone gets fully charged. BOLD Knot is fashionably designed and tiny so you do not have to…
  • Update: Dubai Based Shipping App Fetchr Raises $11 mln the Largest Series A Investment of US Based Venture Funds in the Arab World

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Update: Idriss Al Rifai co founder and CEO if Fetchr was working with the french military according to his linkedin profile “Advised the French Minister of Defense for 2 years on France’s strategic involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Cote d’Ivoire” the french occupation of central Africa resulted in the extension of Muslims there after many massacre. he also was Special Forces reserve officer (captain). which explains the amount of funding he got from the Americans. The following is from the company’s press release Fetchr announced the launch of its app…
  • Facebook Blocks Logins & Signups from TOR Browser Putting Hundreds of Thousands of Political Activist at Risk

    30 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Facebook has blocked log-ins and signups via the encrypted and anonymous browser TOR. This will lead hundreds of thousands of political activists around the world to login via their own IP address, unlike when they log-in via TOR at a different concealed Ips, That does not trace them. This means that their real identities might be revealed to tyrant regimes in countries such as Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, USA and elsewhere, since Facebook’s SSL connection can be broken easily by technology obtained by these regimes from American and British companies. This means facebook is now…
  • UAE Unveils Details of First Arab and Muslim Mars Mission

    7 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Yesterday top government officials unveiled plans for UAE and the Muslim world first Mars mission called “hope” or Amal in Arabic. The mission aims to provide  global picture of the Martian atmosphere through an unmanned probe to be launched in July 2020 to reach Mars in 2021, according The Gulf News. “Our science mission is to produce the first ever truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere. This is the first holistic study of the Martian climate and how the layers of atmosphere fit together,” Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager, said in the…
  • 8 Arab Crowd Funding Platforms You Should Know

    Gaith Saqer
    4 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    You must heard the term crowd funding, it exploded in the recent years in US with sites such as Kick Starter and Indiegogo. Crowd funding comes in many forms, the most popular is offering a donation for a cause or a product and there is collecting investments from the crowed for exchange of equity. Here is a list of 8 crowed funding platforms in the Arab world, if you plan to use any of them we advice you to do more du-diligence to make sure they are inline with Sharia and do not have affiliation with governments and suspicious NGOs : 1- Zoomaal Zoomaal is a crowed funding platform for the…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Why you need Canadian VCs

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    I was sharing the news yesterday about Canada’s newest VC fund, Vistara Capital Partners, when my friend Boris Mann asked this question. My objective with this post is not to call Boris out. I’m sure many people ask the same question. But as a former Canadian VC and a huge fanboy of the Canadian startup scene, I feel pretty strongly that our companies should raise capital locally. Here’s why: Local networks: The best companies can get money anywhere. It all looks the same. So, it’s the other stuff that differentiates capital. One area where VCs look to help is in…
  • Only ask customers to make one buying decision

    8 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    As a SaaS guy, I use a wide number of SaaS applications to run my business. Back when I was at FreshBooks, the finance team thought I was torturing them by always introducing new SaaS tools to streamline our workflow. One of the tools that I use to keep on top of email is Sanebox. This helps filter out non important emails so that I can be more responsive with the important stuff. I got this message in my inbox from them yesterday: My issue with this is that they’re asking me to make a purchase decision! No, I don’t actually need to do anything, but if I was on the fence about the…
  • Canadian M & A Review – 1st half of 2015

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    We’re into the 2nd 1/2 of 2015. So I thought it might be useful to look back on the exits that have taken place so far this year. This analysis is looking only at venture-backed information technology companies. i.e. no cleantech, energy or other sectors that I just don’t understand. All stats courtesy of Pitchbook. Deal Count There were 28 VC-backed acquisitions in the first half of the year. 3 of them were public companies, the balance private.         Deal Size 19 of the 28 deals had no reported deal size. This is usual. Of the remaining deals, here’s…
  • The traits of a great Startup Advisor

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    The two things I love to do most are advise founders & their teams plus close complex financial transactions. I love those things so much that I created SurePath Capital Partners so that I could do them all day long! It’s been just over two months now since I launched SurePath and it’s going better than I ever imagined. As I’ve settled into this new role, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a great Startup advisor. Here are my thoughts. It’s very common for startups to add advisors. Those advisors come in all shapes and sizes. Most advise on the…
  • The one metric that matters

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Today’s startups are more data-driven than ever. We can measure and optimize so many aspects of our businesses. That’s a good thing. But, sometimes, we can get lost in all that data. And if you’re lost as a founder or exec team member, imagine how lost the rest of the team must be! If you’re an individual contributor at a growing company capturing lots of data, how do you know what metrics matter? And how do you know whether the results you have for those metrics are good or bad? Some companies bubble up a dashboard of key metrics that then get shared with the…
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  • Let’s Talk About Burnout (And How To Avoid It)

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Running a business is often hard and stressful. Because of this, the People Who Don’t Think Too Hard Before Giving Advice Brigade says “Well, you should RELAX, silly! You’ll burn yourself out!” Of course! Why didn’t we think of that! Problem solved, oui? Non. Relaxing, for a lot of us, is really hard. If that statement made you go “What are you talking about?”, then you can stop reading here. Go enjoy your weekend. If you found yourself nodding, however – bonus points if your shoulders slumped a little bit – you’re not crazy. For a lot of people, relaxing IS hard. There…
  • What Is Remarketing (And Should You Do It)?

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “Remarketing.” What Is Remarketing? The very short answer is that “remarketing” involves placing a tracking cookie on your website so that visitors get your ads on other websites. You know how when you look at a book on Amazon (and don’t buy it), it often shows up in the sidebar again on later visits? Now everyone can do it, except with websites instead of books.
  • A Simple Little Strategy For Getting Twice As Much Done

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Yesterday, we talked about looking at your typical business activities and testing to see if they’re getting you the results you want. Today, we’re going to talk about getting more stuff done. One of the reasons we don’t get things done is because we think that tasks will take too long to do. Think of a few things you do on a fairly regualr(ish) basis that you tend to resist, avoid, or put off. Starter ideas could be: blog posts, invoicing, replying to emails, setting up a new “about” page, whatever. (This could also include clearing all that crap off your desk…
  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    As you kick off this business week, I have a little assignment for you which I hope will move you a little faster along the growth track. I’d like you to look at the things you’re doing today – on your average Monday – and ask yourself if they are truly getting you the results you want. And if they’re not, how you might change things up. Humans have a tendency to keep doing the same things the same way without checking to see if it’s working. Here’s a simple example: Let’s say you kick off your Monday morning by tackling your inbox so you can…
  • How To Manage Client Requests That Add Up

    Naomi Dunford
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Fresh from the Ask IttyBiz mailbag: “My recording clients contact me with small requests and follow up queries after they’re done with their paid work – small things like ‘I forgot to ask you for a version of of my track without backing vocals could you just run one off’ and ‘I just got an offer to cowrite – what do you think? Here is a link to the song …’ This week it has averaged 4-5 of these little asks per day. Up till now I have just done the tasks – but the work is really adding up. I love my clients and want to treat them in…
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    Business of Software USA

  • The Science of Web and Email Optimisation | Brian Massey

    Joe Glover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    As a Conversion Optimization Evangelist, Brian spends a great deal of his time speaking and writing about conversion. As the Original Conversion Scientist, Brian has helped dozens of businesses transform their sites through a steady diet of visitor profiling, purposeful content, analytics and testing. Brian spoke at Business of Software Conference USA 2014 on the topic of optimising landing pages. What followed was half an hour of entertaining insight, followed by seeing that knowledge being put into practice. Video and Transcript below, as well as slides here.  Join the Business of Software…
  • All of Business of Software USA’s 2014 Lightning Talks in One Place

    Joe Glover
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of Business of Software. They’re fast, often funny, but more importantly – approach subjects that matter with laser guided precision. Less blah, blah, blah. This years application process closes on July 30th 2015 – that’s not much time to get your proposal in. More info here. 2014 was another good year for lightning talks. Lucky for you, we’ve recorded them and made them available for free. Expect a wide range of verbal and visual inspiration in these seven and a half minute videos. To make it easy, they’re…
  • The Art and Process of The Hustle | Steli Efti Pre-BoS Conf USA 2015 Google Hangout | 9:30 AM PST; 5:30 PM BST

    Joe Glover
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Steli Efti is the co-founder and CEO of He’s also Silicon Valley’s most prominent sales hustler, a YC alumni, advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs and the author of The Ultimate Startup Guide To Outbound Sales. Click here to register or attend the hangout with Steli, 09:30 PST; 17:30 BST. It’s fashionable to think that sales are the result of Inbound marketing in some circles – perhaps every sale you make comes to you magically through the Internet with no human touch. Does that mean you can’t do better? This year, Steli will be speaking at Business of Software…
  • Business of Software Conference USA 2015 Program Released

    Joe Glover
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The Business of Software Conference USA 2015 program has been released. The program has been designed to help you solve your software business problems, spark inspiration, challenge your perceptions, and make you leave the conference saying ‘I know how to be better at what I do’. Full break down of the three days here. Speakers and sessions include: Rich Mironov – Laws of Software Economics that effect everyone. Even You. Sarah Allen – What’s your software saying to customers behind your back? David Heinemeier Hansson – Should you reboot your code? Trish Khoo…
  • Lightning Talks: Business of Software Conference USA 2015. Entry Deadline 30th July.

    Joe Glover
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    15 Slides. 30 seconds each. Your Subject. Our Stage. Haven’t worried you yet? Great! Let’s see what you have to say. NOTE Application Deadline: 30th July 2015. Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of BoS and this year will be no different. If you want an opportunity to talk at BoS about a topic that interests you, send us an application. Lightning Talks follow a simple format – every speaker gets 15 slides and 30 seconds per slide to talk about a subject of their choice. The slides advance automatically. Warning, they are a challenge! But one worth taking:…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ron Samuels, founder and CEO of Avenue Bank, shares his insights about investor relationships TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Planning for Expansion into a New Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Greg Stephenson, PM Environmental, talks about the process of expanding this Michigan-based company into the Southeast. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Planning for Expansion into a New Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • The Ultimate Business Model Pivot

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Scrivner – Snapshot Interactive. This company offers a great example of the importance of adjusting and pivoting your business model when the market tells you what they really want. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Ultimate Business Model Pivot appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • The Importance of Linking Social Enterprise to Mission

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bettie Kirkland – Project Return is a non-profit that helps released felons integrate into the workforce. To support this program, they have launched a social enterprise, PROemployment, that is a temporary employment agency that gives clients valuable work experience and helps provide revenue support for the mission of the non-profit. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Importance of Linking Social Enterprise to Mission appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bootstrapper Alters Plans to Grow

    Jeff Cornwall
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Dan Stephenson – Dan’s Gourmet Mac And Cheese TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bootstrapper Alters Plans to Grow appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    Growthink blogs

  • Getting the Right Things Done

    Jay Turo
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dave Allen, author of the great productivity best seller "Getting Things Done," has developed an almost cult-like following for his ideas, structures, and best practices around to-do list management, prioritization, and metrics and schematics that define what an effective and productive day should be.Without question, there are great benefits to his methods, and I especially like his best practice of always ending a meeting, conversation, or work on an open-ended project with the simple question of "What is the Next Action?" This discipline alone can greatly improve daily and meeting…
  • What Great Dealmakers Know and Do that You Should Too

    Jay Turo
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    How do the best dealmakers and investors make go / no decisions? How do they handicap the probability of a company or project’s return projections actually coming to pass?And once they do, how do they determine fair terms and pricing upon which to do a deal?It is upon these “Due Diligence” matters where the real - as opposed to the theoretical - money on deals is made.Now, due diligence - as it is done by serious, professional dealmakers and investors - is an enormous undertaking.It often requires hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours of accounting, legal and background reviews and…
  • The Real Secret to Great Financial Projections

    Jay Turo
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    As any venture capitalist worth his salt will tell you, there is a chasm of difference between the mostly grounded-in-reality financial forecasts offered by public companies, and the almost never to come true "rosy scenario" projections offered as a matter of course by startups and small businesses.And while large public company CEOs and CFOs are judged as a matter of the highest honor on their ability to deliver on projections, exceedingly rare is the entrepreneurial executive that comes anywhere close to meeting forecasted results. For a sense of the extent of how bad this problem is, a…
  • Why Do We Work?

    Jay Turo
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Why - once we have met our basic needs for food, warmth, and safety - do we work? There are the usual, default answers.For Status. Power. In response to a "fight or flight" instinct, hardwired deep in us.Because when we were young, we saw our parents do it and when we grew up, we wanted to be like them.Phew.What a bunch of hamster on a wheel mumbo-jumbo that makes folks at the end of their life look back and say why did I waste so much of my precious life on that?Instead, how about this?Let’s be heroes.Wikipedia defines a hero as one “who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a…
  • The Spirit of America

    Jay Turo
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    On this great day when we celebrate America, its freedoms and way of life, please enjoy (and as you are moved share with the hashtag #SpiritofAmerica) this list of thirty of why this is the greatest country in the history of the world:#30. Gettysburg. Guadalcanal. Bunker Hill. Heroes lived here.#29. Contract Rights. Judges. Juries of One’s Peers. Redress for grievances - practiced here.#28. Yosemite. The Grand Canyon. Yellowstone. Natural Wonders - in abundance here.#27. The Interstates. State Highways. County Parkways. The Open Road - Great to be on it here.#26. Uber. AirBnB. Lending Club.
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: Imagician

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for Imagician. Check out more great work on Imagician’s profile page. Nicely done, Imagician, nicely done!     Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind Fresh from the SPRING: billhill_art
  • Small Business and Startups: Finding Your Match

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    Last week I wrote about customer service and the importance of scheduling and allocating your support resources. Lots of small businesses find that they can deliver top-notch, high-volume customer support with very small teams of people as long as they have the correct tool and as long as they pay close attention to the kinds of problems their customers are trying to solve and (just as important) when those customers are trying to get their issues resolved. But of equal importance to how you apportion resources is in who you hire to do the job. Hiring a great support team is like casting…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #279 – Wow! Great Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    At crowdSPRING we love latte and we also appreciate a great love story. And who better than Amy Schumer to tell a story of love and loss through the literary device of latte foam art? Follow the tale of a young couple as they meet, fall in love and, eventually, are left with only the cold, dank dregs of their bittersweet romance. Alright – it’s time now to finish that last cup of coffee and get to work! Because we present to you, our latest set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: LOREWREN

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for LOREWREN. Check out more great work on LOREWREN’s profile page. Nicely done, LOREWREN, nicely done! Related posts: from the SPRING: airborne Fresh from the SPRING: ShahabasPoozhithara Fresh from the SPRING: cre8it
  • Small Business and Startups: Making Customer Service Available (On Your Own Terms)

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    Periodically (like every single quarter) we review our customer service data to determine whether we are best using our resources. This is an excellent practice for a small company, especially one that is ambitious and by its very nature capacity constrained. At crowdSPRING we strive to provide world-class quality support, but our team is small and their responsibilities complex. We do this through the use of great tools and by implementing technology that helps us handle a very heavy load. For instance, in the quarter that just ended, our team of 4.5 (including part-timers) responded to…
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  • The Week in Review #29: HearthStone & Gamification

    Usman Sheikh
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    Late last year a team mate of mine saw me killing some time playing Clash of Clans on my iPad. It was something I would occasionally do when I had a couple of minutes to kill or just needed a break. He suggested that I test out this new game called HearthStone. It was a competitive card trading game that you play against other opponents. It took a week and I was hooked. The game looks deceptively simple when you first start playing it. However to become a top ranked player takes a lot of work and understanding of the games fundamentals. This month I am playing to enter the highest ranks…
  • The Week in Review #28: Everything is temporary

    Usman Sheikh
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:51 pm
    The next goal seems within grasp. Our focus sharpens and the trivialities of our day to day fade into the background. This is the moment we have been waiting for. The day arrives and everything goes just as planned. We experience a deep sense of accomplishment. All the hard work has paid off and life is great…..for a while. It doesn’t take long for us to develop a new set of goals as there is always a next step to take. Life is something that happens between these goal posts. The scary thing is that it happens all too fast. Standing still actually becomes frightening. Our…
  • The Week in Review #27: Success is a Question of When, Not If

    Usman Sheikh
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
    There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come. As entrepreneurs we are constantly challenging the status quo. Breaking down barriers and working outside of our comfort zones. To the average person our decisions and choices do not make sense most of the time. This is understandable, as we face rejection and failure almost everyday. However there is something inside us that keeps us wanting to push forward. It defies logic and rational reasoning. There are far easier paths that we could traverse, yet we choose to create our own. We are…
  • The Week in Review #26: Keeping key employees from quitting

    Usman Sheikh
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Attracting top talent is hard. Hiring them is an even greater challenge. Some companies manage to pull of this miraculous feat and are faced with the toughest challenge of them all. Retaining your best people. There are countless articles, books and workshops on how companies can retain their best people. When I come across a company who does an exceptional job on retaining their best employees they usually have four things figured out. They have successfully discovered their purpose, values, customers and story. If any of these pieces is missing, one’s ability to retain these…
  • The Week in Review #25: The Difference Between Culture & Values

    Usman Sheikh
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Saying something and doing something are two very different things. Take Enron for example. The company had a 62 page manual on their code of ethics. They had aspiring values such as integrity, respect and excellence. Yet, everything they did within the company was completely the opposite. Defining values for your business is just part of the equation. The true test is how those values are manifested in the day to day operations of the company. Employees will make decisions based on the culture before identifying with the organizations core values. There in lies the over arching difference…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • WITS(MD) Raises $1.6M to Securely Share Medical Images on Smartphones

    Jeff Engel
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The smartphone is starting to play a bigger role in healthcare. Doctors are using mobile devices for everything from accessing electronic health records to communicating with patients to taking photos of patients’ ailments. The trouble with that last one, says WITS(MD) CEO K. Thomas Pickard, is that taking medical images with a smartphone creates two problems: sensitive health information could be exposed if the phone gets lost or stolen, and there’s no official documentation of the doctor taking the photo. Pickard’s company created software, called ImageMover, to solve both of those…
  • West Coast Biotech Roundup: Hutch, Gilead, Soon-Shiong IPO & More

    Alex Lash
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    After a week off, the roundup is back. Up in Seattle, comments that the president of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center made a month ago raised some fresh hackles. In San Francisco, Gilead Sciences raised the roof with its quarterly earnings, Foresite Capital raised $450 million, and the Gladstone Institutes raised a much smaller amount for an unusual Alzheimer’s venture. In San Diego, Patrick Soon-Shiong’s immunotherapy company NantKwest raised $207 million in an IPO, and a judge raised the stakes in a contentious academic lawsuit. Before you raise hell about my verbal…
  • 3D Sensor Startup Occipital Closes $13M Series B, Plans Expansion

    Sarah Schmid
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Occipital, a San Francisco startup founded by two University of Michigan alums, announced this week that it has raised $13 million in a Series B round. Participating in the round is a previous investor, Colorado-based Foundry Group, as well as Intel Capital, Shea Ventures, and Grishin Robotics. Adam Rodnitzky, Occipital’s vice president of marketing, said the round was “a long time coming.” Occipital chose to raise the money now because it wants to accelerate its growth plans. Occipital’s technology relates to the emerging field of spatial computing, which allows devices to interact…
  • Austin’s Nuve Uses Sensors, Smart Locks to Combat Theft

    Angela Shah
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Nuve started out trying to solve a simple, yet important, problem for one of the world’s largest energy producers. The Austin, TX-based startup was working with Pemex to prevent fuel theft, and Nuve developed a series of smart locks and sensors that it says saved the Mexican state oil company millions of dollars each year. “We physically prevented someone from accessing the valves to siphon off the fuel,” says Antonio Arocha, Nuve’s founder and CEO. “You can tell when and where your fuel is being stolen, at your own place of business, during delivery of a package to a client.”…
  • Recipe App Handpick Launches Online Meal Kit Service for the 99%

    Bernadette Tansey
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about tech sectors that are well established, but still see new entries keep piling in. Why are all these latecomer startups so hopeful as they launch, for example, another digital marketing idea or cloud collaboration toolset? Are there some sectors that can still reward clever newbies in a crowded field, and others where the chances drop much faster over time? I wonder. That’s why I was interested when San Francisco-based Handpick, which operates a growing recipe recommendation app, told me it was also about to launch a packaged meal kit delivery service…
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  • A Lesson From My Father..

    Srini Saripalli
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Once my father told me.. “Always judge a man at the end of his career, never in the middle and certainly not in the beginning. Anybody can have a great start but at the end its the finish that matters”. … Continue reading →
  • 75 Books To Read & Model

    Srini Saripalli
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Make Yourself Unforgettable: The Dale Carnegie Class-act System Make Yourself Unforgettable Be a Recruiting Superstar: The Fast Track to Network Marketing Millions The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price The Start-up of … Continue reading →
  • I hate CANCER

    Srini Saripalli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Precisely 6 weeks ago my mother was taken into emergency with immense pain in her chest. Subsequent tests confirmed she has lung cancer and that too stage 4. on August 27, 2014 I hosted my mother on my radio show … Continue reading →
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  • What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

    Charlie O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model.  Just about every analyst who looks at fund investing has built one.  You incorporate expected company returns, mortality rates, and fee structures to try to predict how a venture capital fund works from a cash in, cash out, and NAV standpoint.  It's basically the unifying theory behind all your assumptions about 10% of the investments driving most of the returns, needing certain multiples of return, and the basics of how many…
  • Backing someone pre-pitch: The story of how I backed Clubhouse

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    I'm excited to be able to finally announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Clubhouse, a company I agreed to back before I even knew what it was.   In 2010, a bunch of techies got together to do the next year's NYC Triathlon.  I had already done two and was looking forward to joining people from the tech community.  It was also right around that time when I started CTO School--a small five session series on how to go from being a developer to a technical leader, which blossomed into a not only a very active meetup, but also gave birth to a great conference series as…
  • When doing the right thing by people is also the better business model: Why I backed Homer Logistics

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Late last year, Adam Price opened by eyes to a group invisible to most New Yorkers--bicycling food delivery guys.  He told me about how they get their jobs, what they make, how they make it, and about all of the various problems that come with being a 1099 worker--or being completely off the books.  He told me months and months ago, before anything came out about Uber's workforce, how it was never going to work in a world of increased "on demand" services.  He outlined some of the issues in a recent blog post:Using 1099 workers--people who, by definition, you can't tell…
  • Bill DeBlasio's Uber targeting is in danger of making NYC a tech joke

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Mayor Bill DeBlasio is on the verge of making NYC one of the most unfriendly cities in the world for technology companies to operate.  It first started with Airbnb, which got caught in a crackdown aimed at people who turn "affordable" residential housing into full time hotel space.  Don't concern yourself with the fact that Airbnb is simply an outgrowth of the lack of affordable housing--where no one would ever bother renting out their place if they didn't have to struggle to afford to live here.  Don't concern yourself with the fact that it's the city that green lights all of…
  • What Scales?

    Charlie O'Donnell
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    I've got a great deal for you...It requires you to set up the operation from scratch in every city--and it probably only works in cities.There is a ton of regulatory risk.Right now the market is pretty much only high net worth individuals.Oh... You only invest in scalable businesses?  Sorry, I didn't realize.  I'll keep that in mind for next time.Congrats, you passed on Uber.And you know what--if "scalability" was an important criteria for you, and you wanted businesses where all you had to do was write a bit of code and people started paying you software margins all along the way,…
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  • When Should You Quit Your Job To Focus Full Time On Your Online Business? (Yaro Starak)
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Over the years my motivation as an online entrepreneur has shifted from trying to make enough money to pay my living expenses, to then earn enough to move out of my parent’s house, to buying my own car and house, and having enough money to travel and live anywhere I... The post When Should You Quit Your Job To Focus Full Time On Your Online Business? appeared first on
  • Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business (Yaro Starak)
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Jessica Nazarali dabbled in entrepreneurship in her late teens, buying brand name items from second hand clothing stores and selling them for a profit on eBay. Blogging is what kick-started Jessica’s online career, which led her down... The post Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business appeared first on
  • Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business (Yaro Starak)
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Mariana Fataccioli is a food, health and wellness blogger who has the impressive claim to fame for having amassed a following of 100,000 people in 6 months on Instagram. She has also pulled off the considerable feat... The post Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business appeared first on
  • Grow Your Email List With The New Email Slider Plugin For WordPress (Yaro Starak)
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Number Of Backing Spots Available: 100 SOLD OUT – Thanks for your support! Update: We sold out of the 100 backer spots in under 24 hours again, but you can still purchase the Smart Slider plugin below and you will get Social Slider functions immediately, and the Email Slider type... The post Grow Your Email List With The New Email Slider Plugin For WordPress appeared first on
  • Kate McKibbin: How This Aussie Fashionista Successfully Built Two Six-Figure Blogs (Yaro Starak)
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Kate McKibbin is a blogger from Australia and runs two six-figure blogs, which means she makes over $100,000 a year from each. Her website Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily is a fashion blog and she also runs Secret... The post Kate McKibbin: How This Aussie Fashionista Successfully Built Two Six-Figure Blogs appeared first on
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  • Are you writing the wrong words?

    James Chartrand
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Are you writing the wrong words? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When was the last time you gave your business a trim?

    James Chartrand
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! When was the last time you gave your business a trim? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 tips for introverted writers

    James Chartrand
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 5 tips for introverted writers first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • If you had to start your business over, what would you change?

    James Chartrand
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! If you had to start your business over, what would you change? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to tell clients you’ll increase your writing rates

    James Chartrand
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to tell clients you’ll increase your writing rates first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Stuck in the Middle: Marketing to Generation X

    Kristen Taylor
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    This is the third part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here and part two here. What is there to say about Generation X? Unlike the generations before and after, there isn’t a strong identity attached to those born between 1965 and 1980. As they reach middle age, this generation is truly caught in the middle of the battles between emerging and digital versus traditional and analog. With that said, marketing to Generation X can be tough, especially since most…
  • Peace, Love, and Rock n Roll: Marketing to Boomers

    Kristen Taylor
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is the second part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to digitally target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here. You know the image of a Baby Boomer that’s so often in the media: a 70 year-old man, sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner, scrutinizing the remote control he can barely figure out how to work. Of course, that’s not true for the majority of this extremely large, extremely diverse generation. A Baby Boomer is anyone born between the years of 1946 and 1964; a lot happened during those 18 years, and…
  • WTF Millennials: Tips for #ModernMarketing

    Kristen Taylor
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Generations are extremely broad—they homogenize vastly different people, values, interests, experiences based on having a birthday that falls within a 15 year range. Yup, not every Millennial is a mustachioed, plaid-wearing, PBR-drinking hipster—just like every Baby Boomer isn’t a crochety budget hunter who doesn’t know how to use a computer. Shocking, we know. People like to think of themselves as individuals, not as demographics. Still, there are some common experiences and traits among members of different age groups that can be used to help you develop your marketing strategies…
  • Cringeworthy or Genius: Should Your Company Take a Stance on Trending Issues?

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Same-sex marriage. Transgender issues. These are topics that have consumed our nation for years, but which recently reached a fever pitch in the media with Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, and the Supreme Court’s historic decision to make gay marriage legal. As was to be expected, all that media coverage meant that businesses were bound to join the discussion, as well. After all, newsjacking is a tried and true technique for getting more clicks, more engagement, and more traffic. And with over 10 million people searching for “Caitlyn Jenner” on Google, according to Time Magazine,…
  • 4 Ways that BuzzSumo Improves Your Digital Marketing Efforts

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
      As digital marketers, we are constantly trying to keep up with all the things technology is making available to us. Thanks to many different applications and software, we’re able to increase our marketing efforts when strategizing for a client. One tool we’re really loving here at Marketing Zen is BuzzSumo. Whether your focus is social media, content, search engine optimization, or outreach, there is a ton of data and metrics you can get from the site to incorporate into your marketing strategies. Today we’re going to show you 4 of the ways that BuzzSumo can make your marketing team…
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  • The 5 Conversion Rate Optimization Techniques That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

    Marc Howard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    As an entrepreneur if you think the secret to getting more clients or more sales is more traffic to your website–think again. These businesses listen to “pros” who tell them that they need to attract more visitors to their site or spend thousands in paid search ads to draw in more potential customers. Its not that that is bad advice it’s just premature advice.  I mean who doesn’t want more traffic and visitors to their website? I’m going to explain why this is like buying a new engine for your car when all you really needed was a tune-up.  By the end of this article you…
  • Marketing Your Own Personal Brand

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Understanding Your Personal Brand An organisation’s brand is supposed to encapsulate its core values. And the same is true of your personal brand. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all day every day marketing yourself, but it does mean that it’s a good idea to know how you appear to the world around. Understanding your personal brand can help you influence your professional journey and your reputation. You have a brand whether you like it or not. So why not take control of it… Brand You David Pickton has described a brand as the accumulative expression of all the collated activities…
  • How to Get Rid of Razor Burn

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    There is nothing like a clean shaven face to get a good start to a day! A perfectly shaven face never fails to impress potential clients, colleagues and of course your significant other, who love to touch a smooth face! However, a clean shaven face is tricky and lots of men are walking around with their necks covered with red rashes, the well-known and famous – razor burn! In this article we will outline not only what causes the ‘dreaded’ razor burn but also several strategies to reduce, relieve and forget about the issue! Note: Even though this article will mention the word beard…
  • Tips for Making Work Travel a Breeze

    Greg Nunan
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Trying to squeeze your carry-on luggage, plus a laptop and other work materials in a small overhead space, navigating from the airport to your clients office in a city you’ve never been to, spending the night away from home while eating a room service dinner…business travel isn’t always as exciting or fun as one may think. While a business trip to visit clients, attend a conference or for a big meeting may seem exciting, especially if it’s your first time to meet clients, or you’re really excited about the conference, the reality is that business travel can be a big hassle. It’s…
  • Turning A Hobby Into A Business – A Happier Life

    Katya Puyraud
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    In 1937 George Valliant, a psychologist and Professor at Harvard University, began one of the longest running studies of physical and mental wellbeing ever recorded. For over 70 years Professor Valliant and his colleagues studied the lives of 268 individuals through wars, divorces, sickness and even a successful presidential election. The purpose of which was to determine one thing; what is the secret to a happy life? The findings are beautifully simple. “The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships with other people. Happiness is love” Without wanting to disparage…
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  • Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming

    Tim Ferriss
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Photo credit Alan Levine “Happiness, success, and good health can coexist with all kinds of negative emotions. You don’t have to get rid of negative emotions, you just have to balance them out.” – Dr. Jane McGonigal Jane McGonigal (@avantgame), PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times. She has been called one of the “top ten innovators to…
  • Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in a Day, And How to Start A Successful Blog

    Tim Ferriss
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.” – Maria Popova Maria Popova (@brainpicker) has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut. It’s a treasure trove. Maria is massively successful, and her output is staggering. None of it’s accidental, and she’s great at…
  • Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    “The rule is: the basics are the basics and you can’t beat the basics.” – Charles Poliquin Charles Poliquin (@strengthsensei) is one of the best known strength coaches in the world. He has trained elite athletes from nearly 20 different sports, including Olympic gold medalists, NFL All-Pro’s, NHL All-Stars and Stanley Cup champions, and IFBB bodybuilding champions. His clients include long-jump gold medalist Dwight Phillips, NHL MVP Chris Pronger, and MLB batting champion Edgar Martinez, among many others. Poliquin is currently teaching advanced hypertrophy,…
  • Peter Diamandis on Disrupting the Education System, The Evolution of Healthcare, and Building a Billion-Dollar Business

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Peter Diamandis (Photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg) “I think of problems as goldmines.” – Peter Diamandis Dr. Peter Diamandis (@PeterDiamandis) has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine. His accomplishments are far too many to list, but here are a few: Peter is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. He is also the Co-Founder (along with Craig Venter and Bob Hariri) of Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI); and the Co-Founder of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecrafts to mine asteroids for precious materials (seriously).
  • Laird Hamilton, The King of Big Wave Surfing (Plus: Gabrielle Reece and Brian MacKenzie)

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    “There are no new ideas, just new applications of old ideas.” – Laird Hamilton Laird Hamilton (@LairdLife) is widely considered the greatest big wave surfer of all-time. He is credited with the creation of tow-in surfing, as well as the rebirth of stand-up paddle boarding. To get amped for my below interview with him, check out a few minutes of this insanity: Hamilton has starred in multiple surfing films and was the centerpiece of Riding Giants, a documentary about big wave surfing. Laird was also Tim’s teacher in the surfing episode of The Tim Ferriss…
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  • Oops, Hosting Boo-Boo!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:36 am
    Some of you may have noticed that the blog has been offline for almost a week! Last weekend I got an email from Bluehost saying that my hosting plan was about to expire. I assumed that was like 30 days away or something but no, it was due to expire the next day! And of course, it had to be a Sunday when I was busy with family and not online! So I left it for the weekend and went to renew it Monday morning and was rather surprised that they wanted to charge me $12 a month! Rather steep so I put in a support ticket. Turns out they’d changed their pricing plans since my last renewal and…
  • SEO Case Study #4 – A Number 1 Ranking On My New Site

    Caroline Middlebrook
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    At the end of the last post in the series I had registered a brand new domain, added a single page of content to it (a high quality page), added a handful of links and within a week it was ranking #3 for the brand name of the site. That was on the 15th May. Here’s where I am with that now: (click for clearer image) As you can see, it started at #3 but dropped to 5 and then spent several weeks dancing around between 5 & 6 and then a couple of weeks ago it bounced back up to 3 and then got another boost to the coveted number #1 spot and has stayed there for a few days. Good stuff. Now…
  • SEO Case Study #3 – February – May Catch Up!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    15 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    I knew when I restarted blogging again a few months ago that I might be haphazard and go months without posting so apologies for that! I actually had 3 draft posts for this series all written up which I didn’t get around to posting but now things have changed so I need to post an update! What I have been doing for the last few months In the last post I described everything I had done to evaluate the niche and the specific keywords I would be going after. Nothing has changed there. What I did next was quite a lot of real work on the site and the link building. I’ll give you a…
  • Thoughts About Syndwire & Social Signals for SEO

    Caroline Middlebrook
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    I’ve been playing around with some SEO recently and most of it has been around creating a PBN – private blog network as these provide high quality links that you control. Most of what I have learned has come from Alex Becker over at Source Wave. The rise of social signals In recent months Alex has started to shift towards using social signals for SEO and what he says makes total sense. His theory is that even if you have a bunch of high quality PBN links pointing at your site, if your money site and indeed the PBN sites don’t have any social signals whatsoever, that must…
  • SEO Case Study #2 – Niche / Keyword Evaluation

    Caroline Middlebrook
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:42 am
    I am working in a niche that I never thought I would enter because I thought it was just too competitive. However, I actually saw my particular keyword featured on a training course! I wont say which one as that could be a giveaway :-) Basically, I watched the training course where they were showing examples of good keywords to go for. And one of them looked really good so I did my own research on it and really liked it. Now the huge downside is that this was a training course by a fairly high profile person in the industry and I estimated that at least 1,000 people had seen it – so…
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  • I Am Finally on Facebook: Follow Me!

    Tyler Cruz
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    A couple of months ago I announced how I finally signed up to Instagram. While it took me a long time to do that, it took me even longer to sign up to Facebook! Sure, I have a couple accounts for advertising, as well as a personal account that has always been inactive with like 4 friends, but I never made a Facebook account for my blog or business side of things believe it or not. That is, until now. So, why the sudden change? Well, now that I am more or less actively blogging again, I want to start sharing my posts and build up my audience a bit. I also always wanted to keep separate…
  • Setting Up Property Management, The Smell of Marijuana, and a Scare

    Tyler Cruz
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    It’s been a week since my last post and since I’ve been getting slightly better with the post frequency over the past 2-3 months, I thought I’d better throw a new post up. There hasn’t been a whole lot that happened over the past week. I guess I took it a little bit easy once I got the keys in my hand which marked the completion of the property purchase. And of course, my health issues have really forced me to take it as easy as I can whenever I have the chance to do so. That being said, I did make some progress in setting up the property management of the property.
  • I Have The Keys To My First Income Property!

    Tyler Cruz
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Nearly one year ago exactly, I announced how I was interested in investing (or rather, having the company of which I am the sole shareholder – gotta keep the lawyers happy) in buy-and-hold real estate property for "passive income" generation. Yesterday my realtor confirmed that the lawyers said everything went through fine and he handed over the keys to me! I also requested and received the tenants’ contact information so that I could arrange for them to meet with my property manager. I have yet to do that because of the weekend, but plan on doing so on Monday or Tuesday.
  • Signing Final Paperwork Today, Receiving Keys in 48 Hours

    Tyler Cruz
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    And the road to Merendi Holdings Inc. first income property (of which I am the sole shareholder) is coming to an end. Later today I will be meeting with my real estate lawyer (I use a different lawyer for this stuff than I do for my corporate stuff for some reason) to sign the final (and most crucial) paperwork. I only slept around 1-2 hours last night, probably due to excitement/anxiety/anticipation so I’m a bit groggy right now. I’m actually still waiting to hear back from the lawyer’s assistant; she’s supposed to be contacting me to know the exact dollar amount I…
  • Income Property Possession is 1 Week Away!

    Tyler Cruz
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    A lot has happened in terms of progress on my first income property since my last real estate update from 10 days ago. I few days ago I drove to the property (it’s only a 12-minute drive away) to meet with the inspector and my realtor for the inspection walk-through. The inspector turned out to be the same guy who did the inspection on the duplex for me (which as you may remember was a complete and utter disaster), so the first thing I asked him was "So? How does it compare?". Fortunately, his response was something along the lines of "It’s night and day…".
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  • #nowplaying #popperfection

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    #nowplaying #popperfection
  • Bond Street

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    I am delighted to announce today that Spark Capital has led a Series A investment in Bond Street. Bond Street’s co-founder & CEO, David Haber, previously worked with us on the investment team at Spark, so this reunion is especially sweet.It is no secret that we’ve been focused on financial services investments for some time now at Spark. We’ve made a number of investments in the space, both early and expansion stage, and will continue to make more. We’ve invested in infrastructure software businesses like Plaid and Orchard, as well as consumer brands like Wealthfront and Affirm.
  • (via 12 Things To Search For At The Brand New Whitney Museum)...

    2 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    (via 12 Things To Search For At The Brand New Whitney Museum) Mary Heilmann, Chairs
  • "One might say that his subtlety was wasted on the young Yeshiva students he was mostly surrounded..."

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    “One might say that his subtlety was wasted on the young Yeshiva students he was mostly surrounded by. Filled with passion and impatience, a thirst for metaphysical certainty, they would look to him for clear and definitive answers. But they would never come; his endless contextualizations and qualifications were perhaps designed to frustrate his students, to show them the meaning of complexity, of nuance, of rigor and systematic thinking. The students of course would continue to ask, and they would in turn keep drinking from the cooling waters of this deep and capacious mind, learning,…
  • "I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work. I’m only willing to pay so..."

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work. I’m only willing to pay so much. I know what that number is. But even if I was in an al-Qaeda death camp, no one is going to know what that number is but me.” - SiriusXM and Howard Stern in a contract ‘dance’ - Mar. 11, 2015
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine


    Simone Brummelhuis
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    THENEXTWOMEN STARTUP AWARDS, 2015 The prize winning pitches for the International Pitch Competition 2015 at The Next Women Innovation Summit have been named. Vastari - the jury prize winner - is a unique online platform from England for private art collectors and museums to aid the organisation and hiring of more
  • TheNextWomen Innovation Summit is coming up next week

    Simone Brummelhuis
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Next week sees the annual TheNextWomen Innovation Summit: an event aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship and the creation of an ecosystem of innovative women. The keynote speaker is none other than Neelie Kroes. The good news is that it is almost fully booked. read more
  • Startup Diaries: Student becomes 3d Printing Pioneer

    Simone Brummelhuis
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
    In the Startup Diaries series, Cecile  van der Waal of Printr tells her story;Although I just started as an entrepreneur, it already feels like a lifetime. One day of working, feels like an entire week and yet I can’t believe how fast the weeks fly by. This sounds exhausting, but it gives me a lot of more
  • Europe and the Success of Female Entrepreneurs

    Simone Brummelhuis
    18 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Europe, what is your plan as to the success of female entrepreneurs?In order to increase the economic power of developing countries, many entrepreneurial and education programmes are initiated in of developing countries that focus on women. read more
  • Maximizing the Impact of Videoconferencing

    Simon Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Video conferencing is a rising trend with everyone from the rarified heights of the Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and shiny new startups. However, using video conferencing to its maximum potential and impact has some tips and tricks – and a lot of them are old school rules about communication and how to run a more
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    The Wright Place TV Show


    Dr. Letitia Wright
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    THE LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER OF FINANCING “HOUSE” BY DAVID FURMAN Here is your unique all inclusive and healthy opportunity to open your own franchise. This is not a commonly made option that you see by many other lenders. The most unique part of this offer is that it deals in a natural way to provide […] The post THE LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER OF FINANCING “HOUSE” appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Help an Author on Smashwords Launch Fairytale in Modern Times

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Help an Author on Smashwords Launch Fairytale in Modern Times New authors have a hard time getting media attention. Here at The Wright Place, we love authors and books and here is an erotic type of love story we’d like to tell you about. The author writes under a pen name because she is still […] The post Help an Author on Smashwords Launch Fairytale in Modern Times appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Crowdfunding the Batteriser: Extend Battery Life By Up to 8 times

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    We all know that we throw away batteries when they are low, not knowing if we have gotten all of the juice” out of them. It means we are wasting time and energy. This crowdfunding winner changes all that. Batteriser is the world’s first micro-thin sleeve that slips over your batteries and instantly extends their […] The post Crowdfunding the Batteriser: Extend Battery Life By Up to 8 times appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Futurum X

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Futurum X is where Mad Max meets Star Wars meets The Time Machine. Kax is from the year 2700 and must go back in time to make sure he is never born or else mankind will never survive. This time when he goes back, the Earth has changed and is now ruled by women. Also, […] The post Futurum X appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Crowdfunding a Micro Vaporizer for eLiquid, Dry Herb or Tobacco

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    This VapCap is elegant and can be used with any products. What’s new? No smoke and no batteries needed. It’s perfect for dry herbs as well as liquids. It’s made with stainless steel and silicone. There are no moving parts; there are no electronics. When you burn or smoke your herbs, they do not last […] The post Crowdfunding a Micro Vaporizer for eLiquid, Dry Herb or Tobacco appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital Part 1 of this post, here, was how Errol Arkilic and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science. Part 2, this post is my interview with Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla. I spoke with Steve…
  • How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital In my interview with Errol, we discussed the origins of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), how and why it was created, and how it changed the way the government commercializes scientific research. (Read my interviews with Steve…
  • Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas Oren Jacob, ex-CTO of Pixar and now CEO of ToyTalk —– The focus of our first segment was on Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas – how and why he created it and how startups and large companies are using it to search for repeatable, scalable business models. Alexander Osterwalder co-founded Strategyzer, a software company specializing in tools and content for strategic management and innovation. He is also author of…
  • The 7 Deadly Healthcare Startup Sins

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Todd Dunn is the Director of Innovation and runs the Intermountain Healthcare Transformation Lab, which is working to foster innovation in the healthcare industry. He’s now run several Lean LaunchPad classes and has seen a ton of healthcare startups. Here’s his advice for startups in this space. ——— I have spent the last 10 years in the Healthcare space. Over the past couple of years as Director of Innovation for Intermountain Healthcare I’ve mentored and worked with many Healthcare-focused startups. During that time I have seen teams that really seem to understand the…
  • Hear how the Lean Startup began — and helped one company find success: Episode 2 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Eric Ries and Jon Sebastiani

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Eric Ries, entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Lean Startup. Eric was the very first practitioner of my Customer Development methodology which became the core of the the Lean methodology. Jon Sebastiani, founder and CEO of KRAVE Jerky, a company that got its start in my class at Berkeley back in 2011 and was recently acquired by Hershey. The focus of our first segment with Eric was, “What is the Lean Startup” and how did it start? Eric Ries co-founded Catalyst…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Make a Statement with Robert Matthew Jewelry

    First Class Fashionista
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We’re back with a second Robert Matthew feature this summer. We adore everything this California-based brand has to offer. In June, First Class Fashionista reviewed their “Khloe Red Carpet Handbag”; which, by the way, is currently on sale for only $79. It’s a really gorgeous vegan leather bag. They have a “Long Hot Summer Sale” going on now online! In our first Robert Matthew post, we mentioned how they also design jewelry. The pieces are so beautiful, we wanted to do an exclusive feature on it. They sent this complimentary bangle with AAA cubic zirconium…
  • Melissa McCarthy Debuting Her Own Fashion Line: Melissa McCarthy Seven7

    First Class Fashionista
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Normally, I don’t get excited about celebs breaking into the fashion industry. Usually, they don’t have a hand in any of the designs, and it’s just another income-notch to add to their name. However, with Melissa McCarthy unveiling her new line, Melissa McCarthy for Seven7, September 1st, I feel a little differently. Melissa herself wanted to design clothing until her comedy took center-stage, buts she was a fashion student bound to finish at FIT. Already, I like the sound of a former fashion student getting back to what they love! Her line, described as “a basic…
  • A Look at Back to School Advertising Campaigns

    First Class Fashionista
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    The cool kid’s backpack! Back to school commercials are big campaigns for the marketing world and spending can often be comparable to Christmas for a lot of parents. Our favorite is the Kmart layaway commercial. In this ad, back to school supplies are actually vacation items for parents who finally get a break from entertaining their children all summer long. You gotta love it…We think it’s pure marketing genius. Which retailers will get the big school supply bucks depends a lot on these TV spots, so let’s take a look. Check out A Look At the First 2015 Back to School…
  • Places to Eat on Vacation in Denver

    First Class Fashionista
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Denver is a foodie town and variety is what makes this city one of the best destinations for people who are looking to add to their culinary experience. Food is an important part of any vacation, so here’s an awesome list of restaurants to try during your stay in the Mile High City. This feature was originally published to the newly launched Mode(dot)com, where stories inform and inspire (just click the arrow to view the full story). If you have a favorite spot, I’d love to hear about it…I’m always doing “top of the town” or “best of” reviews.
  • Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Filing for Divorce!

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I was honestly shocked when I heard this couple was filing for divorce. It seems every time I saw Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton together on any TV show they were so inspiring and shared strong love for one another. Recently Miranda had to cancel a concert in Calgary, Canada because Blake Shelton filed for a divorce. Yes, you heard me…Blake is the filer. It seems she blamed the cancellation due to illness, but the divorce was in the air about the same time. According to a source, Blake filed the papers on July 6th. Miranda and Blake were together for ten years and married for four.
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    Begin the Begin

  • The top reasons why my friends have an Apple Watch

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    I month ago I wore the Apple Watch for a few weeks. I’ve done the same with an Android watch. The smartwatch that I wore the most was the Pebble Watch. So I have some experience with smartwatches. Now that I’m back to using an iPhone (why I switched back), I’m very curious about the Apple Watch. Even after wearing it for a while I still am not sure if I should get one. Maybe part of the reason is that I have friends who are eager to point out how ridiculous it is to wear an Apple Watch. I should point out, these are the same friends who pointed out that the iPad would be…
  • Why startups are so hard to incubate within a corporation

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    Urgency. Stress. Moments of panic. The struggle to live another day. These are feelings that generally define most early-stage startups. No doubt, I’ve had several of these moments in the first year and a half of Dragon Army. Early on, startups are forced to figure out how to stay alive on a daily basis. This means they have to put all of their energy into getting customers and making sure their product fits a need. A need that people will actually pay for, not just anecdotally say, “You bet I’d buy that if you had it available.” The facts: Nine out of ten startups…
  • The ten requirements of successful entrepreneurs

    23 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    I gave a talk this week to a startup program at GA Tech called GT Startup Summer. Thanks @sanjay for inviting me! The group was filled with a lot of first time entrepreneurs, so I decided to target my talk on the things that I have learned in my 15 years of being an entrepreneur that seem to have helped me, and others, reach success. I started the talk by telling them that there is good news and bad news. The good news is, it matters very little what their current idea is for their startup, because EVERYTHING IS DEPENDENT ON THEM PERSONALLY. Then I told them that the bad news was the…
  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (quick book review)

    18 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    In my pursuit of reading more books this year, I finished my 10th book last week, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. I learned about this book by listening to a podcast in which Chris Sacca talked about it. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read anything similar to this book. It’s written in the second person, and “you” are the main protagonist. The story follows your life in Asia (never saying exactly where in Asia you are), where you start as a young, sick child in a very poor village. You work your way through the system, scratching and clawing your way to…
  • 2 amazing stories from Steve Martin’s book, Born Standing Up, that start-ups should learn from

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    My book reading process is to read a book on the Kindle while also listening to a book via Audible, mostly on my commute or on runs. This is helping me crush my book goal for the year of 12 books (one a month), and hopefully reach my stretch goal of 20. Here’s a list of the 9.5 books I’ve read so far and my thoughts on them. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life (autobiography of Steve Martin), is a book that I had read a long time ago but decided I would listen to on Audible because Steve Martin himself does the narration. I got fired up about studying stand-up comedy again after…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Pitch Your Startup Idea to Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs on The Founder Hotseat Webinar

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Steve Russell, Founder & CEO of Prism Skylabs. Hosted by Carter Laren, Founder of Inara Ventures, and Director of the Founder Lab. This webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at 9:00am PT (see local time here). RSVP to the Free Webinar Today! During this webinar, viewers can pitch their startup ideas to Steve and Carter, then receive feedback. The…
  • Fenox Venture Capital Partners with the Dhaka Founder Institute to Help Aspiring Entrepreneurs

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, and Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm, have partnered to fund the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, transforming new ideas into funded startups. The two Silicon Valley-based organizations pledge to guide local founders through the entire process of developing high-growth technology  businesses in sectors such as mobile apps, digital health and enterprise software. The strongest companies from the upcoming chapter of…
  • Learn About the Founder Lab in Exclusive Conference Calls with Program Directors

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    As the Founder Institute gets ready to host its next Founder Lab program, we will present a series of open Q&A conference calls with Founder Lab program Directors Carter Laren and Luis Guzman. Apply to the Founder Lab today and take your tech startup to the next level with expert training and mentorship. The Founder Lab gives promising seed-stage startups the opportunity to spend a week in Silicon Valley getting ready for funding with the world's best founders and investors. At the end of program, founders will leave with a fully refined pitch-deck, a validated path to traction, a global…
  • The Importance of Being 110% Yourself

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of the leading publication for the industry. He also the co-founder and CEO of Dopamine, Inc. a creative agency that provides consulting services to businesses hoping to utilize the power of gamification. Zichermann is the Co-Director at the New York City Founder…
  • Strengthen Your Local Startup Community with the Founder Institute’s Help

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, see some recent director news below: Sergio…
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    Brent Britton

  • Five Ways to Put My Kids Through College

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    As your corporate and IP lawyer, I would like to thank you for the situations into which you get yourself, extraction from which requires the payment of substantial sums of cash to me. Far more cash, it must be said, than you would have paid me had you brought the situation to me in the first place. Anyway, here’s how to put my kids through college. 5. Promise employees and other people lots of stock, but don’t paper anything with actual contracts. Come to your lawyer a year or more later asking for “corporate cleanup.” This will take weeks, not days. Oooo… I am…
  • Five Ways to Desuckify Internet Advertising

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The other day I surfed a car company’s website. Then I bought a car from that company. Nice and neat. I’m happy. They’re happy. Ever since then, however, everywhere I go on the web, I am getting served up ads from that very company for that very car. The one I already bought. Whataminute. What? I think it is safe to say I am the last person who is likely to buy that car in the short term. Because, you see, there is a shiny new one in my garage. I am out of the market for a couple years. I am the worst person to see car ads. Seeing ads for that car, every single day, on every site I…
  • All “A Board” — The Difference between Directors and Advisors

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    If you’re an entrepreneuryou’ve probably been told that your company needs a good board. You may have overheard other entrepreneurs speak — perhaps boastfully, perhaps resentfully — about their powerful or active (or activist) boards.  But what kind of thing is this board of which everyone speaks? It is probably one of two things: a Board of Directors or a Board of Advisors. And they are two very different things. In short: The Board of Directors oversees the CEO and sets the company’s overall direction; its members are elected by an annual vote of the company’s stockholders. The…
  • Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

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

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

  • Gone Fishing – Summer 2015

    Catherine Morgan
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are taking some time off – and we hope you schedule some time off as well to unplug, step back, and reconnect with friends and family. We’ll be back on Tuesday, August 11.
  • 5 Tips for Better Performance Reviews

    Catherine Morgan
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I love performance reviews – said no one ever. Managers don’t love doing them. Employees don’t love receiving them. They may be a necessary evil, but there are things that you can do to make them better for everyone. Carol shares five tips in her recent post on TINYpulse titled The Not-So-Dirty Secrets to Making Performance [...]
  • Employee Surveys: One Way to Be a Better Manager

    Catherine Morgan
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    As with many things, often others will be able to see what you should change when you do not. If you have employees (or part-time help), there are always ways to improve your management techniques to boost employee productivity and engagement. Recently, Carol wrote a post about the potential value of employee surveys for TINYpulse [...]
  • 3 Tips for Business Newbies

    Carol Roth
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being new to the entrepreneurship game can be overwhelming, to say the least, scary or even downright terrifying (that’s why I wrote my book, The Entrepreneur Equation, which is a must-read for all business newbies). It’s always challenging to wade into uncharted business waters, but it can also be exhilarating and rewarding on so many [...]
  • How to Give Your Goals Priority

    Britt Raybould
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I failed. It was a quiet failure, but a real one nonetheless. I set a goal to post to my business blog for 30 days. I made it six days and then … well, things happened. A client issue cropped up. I had an early-morning meeting. Before long, I wasn’t even [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • The dog ate my homework

    Sarah Rainone
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    A quick update for those of you following the Kickstarter campaign to launch my new book The Leader's Guide (and good news for those of you who missed out):For those of you who backed the campaign:Keep an eye out for an email which includes a link to a very short survey where you can confirm your shipping information and purchase additional items. (It will only take about a minute of your time -- and filling it out will help us ship your books and bonuses as soon as they're ready.)For those of you who wanted to back the campaign but had problems making a pledge:If this happened to you, I…
  • Intuit Labs Takeover

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This week, the Lean Startup took over the blog on Intuit Labs with original stories centered around experimentation as a method for investigating all parts of a business or product idea. The week’s posts included case studies, tips, Q&As, startup stories, and more.We started on Monday with a conversation between me and Intuit’s own Ben Blank. Ben and I talk about spotting next-generation leaders, how there are no tricks or tools for innovators, and giving corporate innovation teams permission to experiment. We also posted Lean Startup 101, in case you’re looking for a refresher or…
  • Speak at The Lean Startup Conference 2015

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    What follows is a guest post by Kirsten Cluthe, the new Editorial Director of The Lean Startup Conference. Kirsten is leading our program development and speaker selection -- curating a four day, multi-tracked, 2000-person event. With a career that’s spanned from the music industry to General Electric to the Olympics, Kirsten brings deep event programming experience to the Lean Startup teamAs the editorial director for this year’s conference, I look forward to bringing the latest thinking on Lean Startup practices to the global community. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to…
  • The Lean Startup Conference 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    A massive rain storm blew through San Francisco in the middle of last year’s Lean Startup Conference. We woke up to a city-wide power outage, and Day Two of the conference had stopped before it started. No lights, no wifi, and no A/V.What could have been a disaster evolved into a valuable, unplanned MVP: attendees embraced the three hours of darkness, while we organized unconference sessions and Q&A discussions, and gathered people in windowed rooms for impromptu meetings. These community-led experiences were so much fun -- and became a source of such serendipitous, fruitful connections…
  • Getting feedback from customers when security is an issue

    Sarah Rainone
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is the second of several early excerpts I'll be sharing from The Leader's Guide, a 4-color, 250-page, hardcover and digital book which will be offered exclusively through Kickstarter--according to my agreement with my publisher, Crown, the book can never be sold in stores. As usual, I'm leaving out important details like company names in order to respect their privacy while the book is still in early draft form. The campaign ends on Wednesday, April 15--learn more about it here. In its early days, REDACTED faced a challenge that will be familiar to many entrepreneurs: They…
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better

    Sarah Shaw
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
     I know a lot of people's dream is to see their products in big box stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, Target, Walmart and QVC……but the truth is, while you might enjoy gigantic orders from these behemoths, they can turn on a dime, throw you out with the trash, and cripple a company overnight if they are your biggest customer.  I have seen it happen to friends of mine…. and it's not pretty.  It's a lot of tears, and often bankruptcy. Yes, I sold my products to big stores like Bloomingdales, Sak's 5th Ave, Neiman Marcus and…
  • A Little Known Way to Quickly Build your Brand

    Sarah Shaw
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I had my handbag line I dreamed of being in stores like Henri Bendel's, Sak's 5th Ave, Bloomingdales, Fred Segal and many other "Superstar" stores.  But while I was still making a name for myself they seemed totally out of reach until a friend suggested that I try to do trunk shows to prove that their customers would like my bags. So I sent letters to the various buyers suggesting that I do a trunk show in their store……the wonderful thing about trunk shows is that they don't cost the store a dime… bring your products with you, and stand…
  • Build a Perfect List of Stores

    Sarah Shaw
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Back in the mid-1990’s, when I was working in the movie industry, Hollywood was rocked to its foundations by the infamous Heidi Fleiss scandal If you don’t remember her, Ms. Fleiss was the famed “Hollywood Madame”, who had an even more famous little black book, where kept the names of some of Hollywood’s elites… along with all of their naughty little deeds When she was finally arrested, the prosecutors tried everything they could to pry the names out of that book…. but to no avail. Ms. Fleiss would not reveal any of them. And that brings me to…
  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Business

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Running a product line is like conducting a symphony. You have to be able to coordinate a lot of different pieces and make them all fit together smoothly. When you get it right, your business sounds like sweet music. But get it wrong and the results are a noisy mess… In that spirit, I want to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes I made when starting my first handbag company… along with some simple ways to avoid them.   My Start When I first started out with my handbag company I was in the dark about pretty much everything, and it seemed that I was the only one who…
  • The Simple Formula That Will Get You More Sales

    Sarah Shaw
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s been said that in life, timing is everything. And nowhere is this truer than in the product business. And when it comes to this business, here’s another truth: you may have the greatest product in the world, but if you try to sell it at the wrong time, you’ll struggle to make money. Fortunately, there’s a very easy way find out when you should be selling… and when you shouldn’t. Follow the seasonal trade shows. Throughout the year, hungry buyers flock to these trade shows, looking for the next best thing to add to their seasonal inventories. In this…
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  • How To Be Productive While Traveling with Jared O’Toole

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Altitude sickness… Missed flights… Allergic reactions… My co-founder Jared O’Toole and I  know there is so much that can happen while traveling and trying to run a business at the same time. In this week’s podcast we’re reunited in Dublin, Ireland and share some personal travel stories, as well as  tips on how to stay healthy when you’re always on the road. We know running a business and being in a different time zone is tough, not only on the mind but the body. The right tricks and systems can help keep you healthy, resilient and productive.
  • Controlling Your Thoughts and Finding Your True North

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
      Who were you before you were told you who you should be? In this week’s podcast, I talk to my good friend and mentor Michael Jacobs about an internal journey very few people take. It is a journey that asks some tough questions, but leads to realizations about ourselves, what we truly believe in and what our truth is. Michael is an author, artist, and founder of Jedi Jewelry. He’s on a mission to help people discover their “heroes journey”, step into new paradigms and find their true selves so they can make the greatest impact on the planet. We’re diving…
  • How to Recover from Jetlag, Travel Healthy and Be Productive

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    It’s the morning after my journey from the Andes to Ireland. Four planes, a 12 hour transatlantic flight, 7 hour time difference, 11k foot altitude change, 3 countries, complete culture shock, all after battling altitude sickness + food poisoning. I sent this pic to my mom and you guessed it, she said her baby boy looked healthy, happy, n handsome **Here’s how** (3 min read where I confess all the weird shit I did on the plane, + how to recover from jetlag and be productive when you land)   1) Coffee. Max two (big) cups daily. I try not to overdo and whack my adrenals or have…
  • The Art of Doing Meaningful Work + Attracting Others To Do It Too with Becky Straw of The Adventure Project

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Do you have an idea on how to make positive change in the world, but are unsure of how to rally the troops and gain support? Have you felt called to impact the world on a global level? This is what Becky Straw felt after traveling the world and witnessing people in need of something: the opportunity to work and thrive. Becky is CEO of The Adventure Project. They are a non profit dedicated to giving people the tools, education and resources to become an entrepreneur, so they can serve their own communities. Listen in as Becky talks about her journey which included helping to launch…
  • How to Do Your Best Work: Even When Your World Is Crumbling

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    It’s 6am in the Cuzco, Peru airport writing in my travel journal as I get set to fly Cuzco>Lima>Madrid>Dublin over the next 18 hours to lead our next Under30Experiences group through Ireland. Obviously it’s easy to run on pure adrenaline but there is a lot more to it than that… In the last three weeks I had to ascend and descend from the Andes to sea level 4x, from the highest point on our trip at 13,000+ feet to visit the indigenous Quechua people to take our travelers for a winter time surf session in the Pacific. Sleeping at 11,000+ feet is hard on the body…
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  • A Reader-Centered Focus Will Change Your Website

    Chase Reeves
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    It’s gripping to peek into the thoughts of an indie entrepreneur at the moment they find focus. I’m buzzing in my seat as I read Dave’s article. The added bonus is that I was able to play a part in what led up to this moment for Dave. Let me back up. Below we’re publishing an article that Fizzler Dave Stuart wrote in the Fizzle Forums. Dave built his blog, Teaching the Core and a speaking career to help teachers kick ass. I’ll be back at the end of the article to add some thoughts. Enjoy! Dave’s post My blog hit it’s 3 year birthday this past May, and…
  • Growth Through Guest Posting (FS120)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a Q&A episode from the Fizzle Team — you ask the questions, Corbett, Chase, Steph and Barrett bring the answers. On the show today we get into a handful of questions, including: What’s the best way to approach growing your traffic through guest posting? How should you be thinking about the mobile web? Do you need to change the way you’re writing? How should you pick a name for your side project? a couple more. Enjoy the show! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher,…
  • Introducing the 25 Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015

    Chase Reeves
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    At the beginning of 2015, the Fizzle team set a loosely defined goal: tell more customer stories. We’re all inspired when we hear stories of entrepreneurs who have accomplished what we hope to accomplish someday. And the more we hear from our customers and readers (you), the more we realize you’re just the same. While you benefit from our training, you also love hearing origin stories from other founders. The thing we realized is missing in the world of entrepreneurial stories is the story of the entrepreneur just getting started. The entrepreneur who has made it past a few…
  • 4 Things Learned in 8 Months of Freelancing (FS119)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The story on todays episode is especially helpful for those of you who work directly with clients — freelancers, videographers, designers, copywriters, etc. We have a special guest on the show today (especially special for those of you who listened to all the early episodes of The Fizzle Show) who’s recently created a videography business from the ground up, and on the show today we hear his story. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download 4 Things Learned in 8…
  • I Have a 6 Month Runway. What Should I do Next? (FS118)

    Chase Reeves
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Paul has a 6 month runway before he has to find another job. He really doesn’t want to find another job. Instead, he’s got a blog and a product — both already out on the market — that he wants to grow to support his family. So the question we get into today is: what should he do next? Corbett has some very strong opinions about it. If you like this business breakdown episode, you may also like the episode where we break down Mary’s business. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud,…
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  • Quitting your job can cost you up to $36,000

    Steven Benna
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Disengaged employees are more than twice as likely to quit, says job burnout specialist Ben Fanning. The monetary costs of quitting are high — for both employees and organizations. Fanning put together the below infographic to highlight just how financially significant quitting your job can be. "This comparison doesn't mean you should never consider resigning," Fanning says. It does, however, show the importance of being smart and careful during the process, "just like you would with a big financial investment." SEE ALSO: 12 signs you're suffering from job…
  • The 'cookie monster' study reveals how power corrupts people

    Shana Lebowitz
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Are unethical people more likely to ascend to positions of power? Or does power change people for the worse? Research provides some evidence for the latter, suggesting that power makes people greedier and less socially appropriate. In 1998, researchers conducted what they now refer to as the "Cookie Monster" study. Experimenters led participants into a lab, where they were divided into groups of three. In each group, one person was randomly appointed the leader. After the participants completed a simple exercise, an experimenter brought in a plate of five cookies. Sure enough, the…
  • Where to get the best pizza in Chicago

    Devan Joseph
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
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  • 8 classic novels that will make you a better leader

    Rachel Sugar
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    When we think about "leadership books," we think about non-fiction titles: "Talent Is Overrated." "High Output Management." The perennial favorite "How to Win Friends and Influence People." But according to Scotty McLennan, a lecturer in political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the school's former dean of religious life, limiting ourselves to manuals and biographies and case studies means we're missing something big. Because some of the most valuable insights into the heart of leadership don't come from the business aisle. They come from the literary classics.
  • Here's what your handwriting reveals about your personality

    Monica Manalo and Mike Nudelman
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    "Just from analyzing your handwriting, experts can find over 5,000 personality traits," says master graphologist Kathi McKnight.  Here's a brief overview of what your handwriting can reveal about your personality. Produced by Monica Manalo.  Graphics by Mike Nudelman. Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Joslin develops a way to predict diabetes complications

    Jessica Bartlett
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center are seeking a patent to create a diagnostic tool that could help physicians detect potential complications stemming from diabetes. According to a recently published patent application, filed by George King and Hillary Keenan with the Joslin Diabetes Center on July 26, researchers are trying to diagnose diabetic nephropathy, which is damage to your kidneys caused by diabetes, or other microvascular complications, which is any small blood vessel damage caused…
  • Harvard's robotic bugs can jump on water

    Jessica Bartlett
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Engineers from Harvard University and Seoul National University in Korea have created a robotic insect that can walk and jump on water, a discovery that could aid researchers in developing robotics for similarly complex tasks. Published in the July 31 issue of Science, engineers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Seoul University replicated the water-skimming motion of water strider insects, revealing…
  • A former venture capitalist is the MBTA's new chief business guy

    Sara Castellanos
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A former venture capitalist at Cambridge-based General Catalyst Partners is now the chief administrator for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Brian Shortsleeve was named chief administrator on Thursday, and will be working alongside the newly appointed MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. Shortsleeve, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, most recently spent about six years as managing director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture firm whose portfolio companies include Cambridge-based…
  • Mass. AG reaches settlement with two for-profit schools

    Mary Moore
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Lincoln Technical Institute and Kaplan Career Institute, both for-profit schools, will pay more than $2.3 million in a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, the AG's office said Thursday. The settlements were filed in Suffolk Superior Court, according to a news release from the AG's office. Both schools had reported job placement rates from its vocational programs of more than 70 percent, but the actual job placement rates were much lower, the news release said. "We allege…
  • Winter? What winter? Mass. economy was up big in the spring

    Greg Ryan
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    Although certain industries may still feel the effects of our historic winter, it appears the Massachusetts economy as a whole functioned quite well from April to June. The state’s real gross domestic product increased at an estimated annual rate of 5.4 percent in the second quarter, according to a bulletin from the UMass Donahue Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. That’s nearly two and a half times the rate U.S. real GDP grew, estimated by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to be…
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    James Clear

  • The Repeated Bout Effect: If Nothing Changes, Nothing Is Going to Change

    James Clear
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    If you have ever taken a few weeks off from exercise and then completed a strenuous workout, you may know what I’m about to say. That first workout back from a long break can be tough, but it’s usually the soreness that follows a few days later that is really brutal. For example, if you do a squat workout after a few weeks off, it can hurt to simply sit in a chair or climb the stairs later that week. 1 One of the quickest ways to resolve this soreness is very counterintuitive: Squat again. If I’m feeling sore a few days after a squat workout, then doing some light reps is…
  • Olympic Medalist Dick Fosbury and the Surprising Power of Being Unconventional

    James Clear
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Dick Fosbury took a moment to meditate as 80,000 people looked down at him from their seats in Mexico City’s Olympic stadium. The fans at the 1968 Olympic Games didn’t know it at the time, but they were about to witness not only the setting of an Olympic record, but the complete revolution of a sport. Just three or four years earlier, nobody in the world of athletics had even heard the name Dick Fosbury. As a long and lean teenager from Oregon, Fosbury was just another kid interested in track and field. He wanted to compete in the high jump, but he had failed to clear the height…
  • Habit Creep: The Proven, Reasonable and Totally Unsexy Way to Become More Successful

    James Clear
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    There is a common phenomenon in the world of personal finance called “lifestyle creep.” It describes our tendency to buy bigger, better, and nicer things as our income rises. For example, say that you receive a promotion at work and suddenly you have $10,000 more of income each year. Rather than save the extra money and continue living as normal, you’re more likely to upgrade to a bigger TV or stay at better hotels or buy designer clothes. Your normal lifestyle will creep up slowly and goods that were once seen as a luxury will gradually become a necessity. What was once out…
  • Warren Buffett’s “20 Slot” Rule: How to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Results

    James Clear
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Charlie Munger settled into his seat in front of the crowd at the University of Southern California. It was 1994 and Munger had spent the last 20 years working alongside Warren Buffett as the two men grew Berkshire Hathaway into a billion-dollar corporation. Today, Munger was delivering a talk to the USC Business School entitled, “A Lesson on Elementary Worldly Wisdom.” 1 About halfway through his presentation, hidden among many fantastic lessons, Munger discussed a strategy that Warren Buffett had used with great success throughout his career. Here it is: When Warren lectures at…
  • Be More Productive: The 15-Minute Routine Anthony Trollope Used to Write 40+ Books

    James Clear
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Beginning with his first novel in 1847, Anthony Trollope wrote at an incredible pace. Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters. Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day. His strategy is explained in Mason Currey’s book, Daily Rituals (audiobook): “It had at this time become my custom,—and is still my custom, though of late I have become a little lenient of myself—to write with my watch before me, and to require of myself…
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  • Scrumbot – Your Agile Assistant for Slack & HipChat

    17 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Scrumbot gathers data from your team and summarizes it for the PM or CEO every morning before the daily standup. Target Audience: Any size dev team that uses Slack or HipChat Website URL: No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback…
  • Get Xperts – Search Advertising and Excel Experts

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    On demand help from excel and search advertising experts. Target Audience: Small and medium businesses Website URL: No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home…
  • Travelindicator – For Travel Ideas and Trip Inspiration

    21 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Travelindicator is an interactive data-driven travel guide that helps you find travel ideas and holiday destinations. Target Audience: People aged 15-65 who enjoy traveling Website URL: No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Is the purpose of the website clear upon seeing the home page for the first time? 2) Are the destination pages informative and is there any information you think we should look at adding to them? 3) Is the searching and filtering of travel destinations straightforward and does it give you the type of results that you…
  • BookSteam – Easy to use Appointment Scheduler

    12 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    BookSteam is an all in one cloud based appointment scheduling software. Target Audience: Small and Large Businesses Website URL: No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought: 1)…
  • – for all things to .do

    3 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm is the best and easiest way to find something to do Target Audience: Everyone Website URL: No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page – what…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Yokel Looks to Elevate Travelers’ Experiences of Columbus

    Susan Post
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the best parts about traveling is finding those hidden local gems in every city you visit. Sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor will get you close, but what if you could actually speak one-on-one with someone who knows the ins, outs and what’s happenings of the city? New platform Yokel looks to bridge that […]
  • Columbus-Based Greeting Card Studio Design with Heart Celebrating Universal Love

    Susan Post
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A simple but powerful phrase serves as the inspiration for new greeting card studio Design with Heart. Love is Love. Period. A successful graphic designer with over 25 years of experience and a serious list of accolades, Jason Bradley-Krauss is the creator of the made and manufactured in Columbus inclusive line of greeting cards, customized […]
  • Eclection Offering Modern Furniture at an Affordable Price

    Susan Post
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Making your home look like a Pinterest board is no small or inexpensive feat, but thanks to Gahanna-based furniture store Eclection, it just got a little easier. “We purchase overstocks, closeouts and returns from online retailers,” says Josh Bernthold, a jack-of-all-trades in the family-owned business. From the designer to the more affordable, Eclection gathers furniture from […]
  • Handmade Ohio Connecting Artisans with Retailers

    Susan Post
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ohio pride. Ohio artisans. Ohio products. A new wholesale catalog from Wholly Craft Owner Olivera Bratich is connecting all three. Handmade Ohio aims to get more Ohio artisans in more shops across the state, showing their pride through their products. “One consist thing I’ve seen is a lot of artists struggle with the getting new […]
  • InvestX Opening Private Equity Market for Retail Investors

    Susan Post
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The world of investing has long been a venture reserved for a very small sect of individuals. But several SEC rulings over the past few years have largely democratized the space, opening the door for everything from crowdfunding to the likes of Columbus-Canada joint venture InvestX. “We aggregate small checks and then we write one […]
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  • Dynamite Will Help You To Create A Personal Video Stories

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Now you can create  powerful video stories about everyday life through video mask. From the most meaningful stories addressing the issues we face every day, to the stories that just make us laugh. But how can we do this? Through  Dynamite apps. What Is Dynamite App? Dynamite is a new startup that aims to help you create 42 second videos edited together from segments you record. How It Works: All you need to do is download its apps then record a video in your segment .Each segment can have a different video face mask and/or audio filter. So be yourself, or wear a mask, it’s a totally new…
  • How To Develop Team-Centric Attributes For Your Startup Company

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    Every entrepreneur realizes that building a great team is critical to the success of his or her startup, but many don’t realize that it takes more than multiple qualified employees to make an effective team. It’s possible, or even likely, that a set of skilled individuals can result in a dysfunctional team, where contention, jealousy, lack of communication or work habits jeopardize results. As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I recognize that it’s easy to spot a dysfunctional team after the fact, but it’s not so easy to spot the right attributes of new team candidates, in the context of…
  • GataHub Is Future Of Local Commerce

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:21 am
    GataHub: Gata Hub is a new startup that aims  to connect businesses with their customers using the latest in mobile technologies. Gata is extremely affordable and is sure to deliver a huge return on investment for any business. How It Works: With Gata Hub you can customize everything down to the pixel and manage everything from your Dashboard. By using it you can manage your fleet like never before with GPS tracking, real-time ride updates, ride failure rates, and Driver revenue analysis. All fleet information is automatically digitized and Drivers interact with your fleet through Gata…
  • Subbly Will Help You To Setup Subscription Based E-commerce Shop

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Now you can set up your branded shop online without any hassle or technical knowledge. How? Through  Subbly. What Is Subbly? Subbly is a new startup that aims to help you setup your subscription based e-commerce store without the help of developer. You can have your shop designed to match your brand within minutes with its pre-made themes to choose from. Subbly integrate with Stripe to power your payments, that means you can accept all types of Credit & Debit cards without any hassle or need for a merchant account. Best Part Is: It’s free to setup and you only pay when your free…
  • How To Find An Ideal Business Partner For Your Startup Company

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:34 pm
    As an advisor to startups, I often get asked what to look for in an ideal co-founder or business partner. My first response is that it’s much like finding that ideal spouse, where chemistry, common interests and complementary communication skills are key. After some reflection, I now realize these attributes are necessary but not sufficient to be an ideal business partner. Other attributes of a great business partner, such as real experience and near opposite ends of the age spectrum, may actually be counter to ones you look for in a spouse. A great example was when Eric Schmidt, with years…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • DKSP EP11:What are Buyer Keywords – Doing Keyword Research the Right Way!

    Dilip Kumar
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    If you have signed up to email newsletters from any of the big internet marketers, I am sure you would have heard about the launch and the discounted offers on Long Tail Pro – a keyword research tool. There were a ton of emails floating around and pretty much everyone recommended this tool. In fact […] The post DKSP EP11:What are Buyer Keywords – Doing Keyword Research the Right Way! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Social Media Sundays Ep:2 – How to Find the Best Hashtags for Your Social Media Posts!

    Dilip Kumar
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    How much time do you spend on Social media? Social media has evolved into something much bigger than what it was when it started. From being a place where you could socialize with your friends and relatives, it has now transformed into more of a marketplace. Search engines further made a mere mention of a […] The post Social Media Sundays Ep:2 – How to Find the Best Hashtags for Your Social Media Posts! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP10: Email Marketing Best Practices for Building and Managing a Responsive List

    Dilip Kumar
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    “The Money is in the List” is something that you hear the moment you jump into internet marketing and it follows you whenever and wherever you go. And the fact that every experienced internet marketer tells you that the money is indeed in the list, goes to establish the fact that your list is your […] The post DKSP EP10: Email Marketing Best Practices for Building and Managing a Responsive List appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Instantly Improve Your Website’s Page Load Times and Be Loved By Google!

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Did you know that your website is getting about 11% lesser page-views because of 1 second? Page load times was included in the many other factors that influenced search engine rankings, in one the algorithm changes from Google about a couple of years back. With the recent algorithm update and Google giving even more importance […] The post How to Instantly Improve Your Website’s Page Load Times and Be Loved By Google! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Website is Invisible to Google and What You Need to Do About It!

    Dilip Kumar
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    You’ve been working on your website for months, honing your SEO skills and writing content like there’s no tomorrow. So why are you not getting any love from Google? Or maybe you were seeing plenty of traffic from Google before, but that has suddenly dropped off dramatically. Have you wondered why your website is invisible […] The post 5 Reasons Why Your Website is Invisible to Google and What You Need to Do About It! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Demo: 5 Reasons You Need The X Theme

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    X is not your grandmother’s WordPress theme, and we want to prove it to you. Here are the top 5 reasons you need to buy X today! Stacks, Stacks, & More Stacks Instead of being stuck with one design for your next project, X is a gift that keeps on giving. Built with our custom Stacks, X is the most versatile premium WordPress theme on the market today. Think of Stacks like full site designs built into the theme with each one giving a totally unique look and feel. There are currently three Stacks to chose from: Integrity, Renew, and Icon. Point & Click X is not only one of the…
  • Demo: Affiliate Marketing 101 (Self Hosted Video)

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    If you like the format of the video above, we have put together dozens of others for everyone who purchases X. Learn about all sorts of different topics like Affiliate Marketing, Email Marketing, SEO, Digital Products, and more. For those looking for a more customized solution, you can upload your own self-hosted videos using the nifty Video Post Format right from within your dashboard. Each video will be fully responsive and look great on any device! Simply create a post like you always would, select Video in the format box, then enter the destination of your video file (MP4, M4V, OGV) right…
  • Demo: Thought For The Day

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
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  • Demo: Standard Post With A Featured Image

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Sometimes you’ll want to add featured images to your post. Here’s what a post would look like with a featured image. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque pretium, nisi ut volutpat mollis, leo risus interdum arcu, eget facilisis quam felis id mauris. Ut convallis, lacus nec ornare volutpat, velit turpis scelerisque purus, quis mollis velit purus ac massa. Fusce quis urna metus. Donec et lacus et sem lacinia cursus. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque pretium, nisi ut volutpat mollis, leo risus interdum arcu, eget…
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    19 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    This is a great way to showcase cool individual images in a quick and easy way. While writing your post: select the image format, add your featured image, then click Publish!
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  • How to create an effective website landing page

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    In a fiercely competitive market you must seize every opportunity to attract new business. At the first point of contact with a prospective client, it's important to demonstrate that your business has a credible offering that stands out above the competition. Regardless of how you decide to attract online traffic, that first point of contact is usually one of the key landing pages of your website. You need to follow a number of rules to ensure these pages are as effective as possible. 1 Make it eye-catching The design of your landing page makes an instant impression. Elements such as colour,…
  • Why being a sole trader doesn't mean you have to do everything yourself

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Running your own sole trader business doesn't necessarily mean having to do everything yourself, and it's important to think carefully about how and when to call on the help and expertise of others. Here are some areas for which you might want to make use of a helping hand… Digital marketing For lots of new business, marketing can be one of the more fun tasks. Creative promotion might seem like one of those areas you can do yourself; choose a logo, build your own website, stay active on Twitter, etc. And then before long other concerns seem more pressing, and you realise that common sense…
  • Seven ways to avoid falling victim to fraud

    13 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Fraudsters often target small firms, sensing the opportunity to net a bigger haul from a business than they could extract from a person. Company fraud has cost UK SMEs nearly £8bn and 286,000 small businesses have been affected. Yet, the type of fraud to which small businesses are falling victim – card, cheque and identity fraud – is common. So, how you could avoid becoming the next victim of fraud? 1 Don't accept cheque overpayment Cheques are not as widely used as they once were. But customers may use a cheque to 'overpay' you for goods or services and then expect payment for the…
  • How to build a dashboard to drive your business forward

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    When you are running a business, most of the time you are focused on three things: getting more customers; increasing sales; and earning more profit. So when, for example, sales are not really happening, I find at The London Coaching Group that most business owners start "reacting" and implementing activity to get more customers. "Let's run an email campaign", or maybe "Let's do some SEO" or "Let's get on the phone and call some customers." A lot of random approaches start creeping in to their marketing activity – and it starts to get messy. What needs to be understood here is that these…
  • Location, Location, Location – it’s not all about London!

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:28 am
    When it comes to establishing your start-up, choosing the right location is one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make. Many enthusiastic business owners feel drawn to London because that’s where all the action is, right? Wrong. Well not all of it anyway! There are many fantastic locations around the country that could be just the place to get your start-up off the ground – here’s why… Local talent is better Believe it or not, not all of the nation’s talent has flocked to London. Among other things, the UK is home to many fantastic universities based all around the country,…
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  • Tips For Making Your First Video

    Sean Murphy
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    We help clients with videos that have production and editing budgets in the hundreds to thousands of dollars. Here are some suggestions for making your first video. Planning, Shooting, and Producing Your First Video Have a script that’s been reviewed by all relevant parties. Often bullet points are better than a detailed script so that small variations between takes (or refinements) keep each take fresh. Use vocabulary and phrasing that each person is comfortable saying, in particular the way that we write is often very different from the way that we talk. Simpler is better. Sound…
  • SKMurphy Monthly E-Mail Newsletter Launched

    Sean Murphy
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    It’s the maiden voyage of the SKMurphy monthly e-mail newsletter, sign up now to get the July 2015 issue. Subscribe Please be careful not to leave a trailing space(s) after your email address. This triggers an error in the iContact software that we have (temporarily) selected and you will not be subscribed. We plan to publish monthly with each issue containing three informative articles around a common theme. Here are the topics we have planned for 2015: collaborating to build better companies, bootstrapping and fund raising, customer interviews, how to give a Great Demo, referrals,…
  • Q: Should I Tap My 401K To Bootstrap?

    Sean Murphy
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Q: Should I tap my 401K to bootstrap my startup? I had a conversation with the CEO of another firm and he and his partners did this to bootstrap. They started a C corporation and set up a corporate retirement account, the partners then rolled existing retirement accounts into the corporate plan and invested the money in the company’s stock. I did a little research and found these articles: Wall Street Journal  “Funding a Start-Up With a 401(k) or IRA (2007)” Money: Should you drain your 401(k) to start a business? (June-23-2014) NewsWeek: Using ROBS to Cash in Your…
  • Good and Bad Reasons to Pivot

    Sean Murphy
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Much has been written about a startup making a pivot in direction after Eric Ries first coined the term in a 2009 blog post “Pivot don’t Jump to a New Vision.” The word pivot has attracted almost as much wordplay as the word lean.  What follows is a short list of good and bad reasons to pivot. Recognize Need For Change, But Make Sure it’s Progress A pivot is recognition of two requirements for success in a startup: You  have to continually re-evaluate and refine key hypotheses in your business model, remaining alert not only to the possibility of failure but also…
  • Esther Derby’s Six Rules for Change

    Sean Murphy
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Esther Derby (@estherderby) presented “Six Rules for Change” at LeanWX NYC 2015 “The Design of Purposeful Work” Congruence. Honor what is valuable about the past and what is working now. Assess the current situation and system. Ascertain who is trusted and who people turn to for advice, and weave them into your network. Guide the change. Consider where global principles apply, and what can evolve locally. Design experiments in collaboration with people who are involved in the change. These same rules are essential to making a complex sale. What follows are my notes on…
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  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

    Heather Stewart
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Maybe you’ve been running your business for a while and have already enjoyed some success. Perhaps you’re ready to move to the next level and achieve even more growth. What is the key to growing a successful business – and what might be holding you back from moving on to that next stage in your business journey? Let’s imagine that you’re a consultant. You’ve grown your business, have a healthy portfolio of client work and a growing number of passive income streams. But you’re stuck. You’re working to full capacity and don’t have any time…
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur With The Right Mindset

    Heather Stewart
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In a previous post, we looked at the skills that entrepreneurs have – and it is certainly true that our most successful entrepreneurs today have those skills. However, having the skills is only part of the story. The real key to success lies in your ability to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset – or the mental attitude that it takes to be an entrepreneur. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. - Howard SchultzClick To Tweet You may have already heard the term ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ – but what is it? And, more importantly,…
  • How to Start Your Own Small Business After College

    Heather Stewart
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    With continued uncertainty in the job market and an economy still in recovery, starting a business straight out of college is an option that graduates are increasingly considering. In fact, around 60% of recent graduates say they would like to start their own business. However, with college debt at an all time high and graduates concerned about lack of experience and networks, the start-up rate for this group is much lower at 23%, according to research by the Kauffman Foundation. There is no such thing as a career for life anymore. 60% of graduates are unable to find work in their field and…
  • 135 Inspirational Business Quotes For Motivation

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Entrepreneurship is tough. It’s a craft that continuously teach you new things along your journey. There are highs, there are lows. No matter where you are as an entrepreneur, you need to learn from others. We all need inspiration and ideas from others that helps kick us into a higher gear. Here are 155 inspiring business quotes that will motivate you as an entrepreneur.   1. Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant 2. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do…
  • 21 Characteristics of an Entrepreneur (And How to Master Them)

    Heather Stewart
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    As an entrepreneur, you will need to master a number of skills to achieve success. From the ability to notice new business opportunities; to being happy when taking risks; from being a natural promoter to being particularly adept at cultivating networks than others. In fact, the range of skills that successful entrepreneurs demonstrate has led to some debate about whether or not entrepreneurs are born or made. Research carried out by Scott Shane of Case Western Research University in Ohio, for example, shows that the genetic tendency towards entrepreneurship is between 30 – 40% innate,…
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  • This Johns Hopkins biotech startup has a new way to heal wounds

    Stephen Babcock
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    A gel being developed in the lab at Johns Hopkins University is designed to make all signs of wounds disappear. Gemstone Biotherapeutics, which focuses on wound care, grew out of the research of Hopkins engineering professor Sharon Gerecht. The winner of Hopkins’ first-ever President’s Frontier Award, Gerecht’s work is focused on tissue repair. The company’s first product is a hydrogel that’s designed to heal wounds, like third-degree burns. Treatment with the synthetic product stimulates blood vessels to form around the wound. Skin then grows back, and treatment…
  • Ignite Baltimore #17 is now taking proposals

    Stephen Babcock
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Have a talk that was meant for the stage? Ignite Baltimore #17 wants to hear your voice. The next Ignite will be held Sept. 29 at the Maryland Institute College of Art, as part of Baltimore Innovation Week. Ignite features lightning talks that last five minutes. Speakers are required to present 15 slides, averaging 20 seconds each. Organizers are open to a wide variety of topics, just don’t bring your #brand development. The Ignite event held in June featured talks on beatboxing, the Baltimore Uprising and the flu. Follow the link below to pitch a talk. The deadline is Aug. 24. Submit…
  • How this UMD researcher is using Google Street View to make the physical world more accessible

    Stephen Babcock
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Google Street View has been adding features for perusing street art and finding out how cities used to look. But some bigger issues are still being overlooked. Take accessibility. It’s been acknowledged as a civil rights issue. The Americans with Disabilities Act (which just turned 25) lays out many guidelines that require public places to be accessible, but progress remains uneven. Quantifying those roadblocks, however, is a massive undertaking — especially when it comes to city streets, where curb cuts, sidewalks that can accommodate a wheelchair and other features are required…
  • The 7,000 emails city officials sent during #BaltimoreUprising just got released to everyone

    Stephen Babcock
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Earlier this week, the city released 7,000 internal emails sent by officials during the protests and unrest that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral to the Baltimore Sun, CNN and local TV stations via a public records request. According to the Sun, they detailed chaos among the city’s leadership, police equipment still being ordered even as protesters turned violent and a Rhianna concert that was apparently rebuffed. But! The media outlets didn’t release the emails along with the story. With a little agitation for transparency and one of the fastest crowdfunding campaigns…
  • The MTA is still working on real-time bus tracking

    Stephen Babcock
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    A few months after civic hackers liberated data from the MTA’s bus tracking app for open use, the transit agency has yet to make the real-time information about where buses are traveling public. But it’s coming, an MTA official said this week. “We are committed from the very beginning to publish this data openly,” MTA Director of Service Development Michael Walk told a meetup of Transportation Techies that was held to coincide with the Association of Commuter Transportation conference being held in Baltimore this week. “The current schedule for releasing the data…
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  • Video: – Monetizing Peace-Building

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Sometimes I come across the most amazing people and projects in this job, ideas that I never would have anticipated. This summer at the OSCON conference, I ran into Ryan Singer, a fellow Sun-Alum who is currently project manager for As part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, Peace Markets is an attempt to bring together markets, big data and conflict boundary analysis to create a peace industry. The war machine has been making money for centuries, but why not profit from peace? Open Source the model and trade it like pork bellies. Peace through capitalism? Sign me up! To…
  • Video: Rembrandt Venture Partners See Gold in Big Data

    25 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    In this video, Michael Baum from Rembrandt Venture Partners discusses Big Data marketplace as an exciting space to be in for investors and Startups. Recorded at the Structure: Data conference in New York on March 21, 2012.
  • Slidecast: Flow Startup Does Real-Time Data Solutions

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    In this slidecast, Eric Alterman from Flow Corporation presents and overview of the company’s Real-Time Data Solutions. Flow is a big data company that provides real-time information solutions for developers, enterprises and media companies at and for consumers at The Flow Platform is cloud-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) built on top of a real-time architecture that enables on-demand stream processing, data routing, and interoperability across the entire application landscape. Flow also provides customers with turn-key software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions such…
  • Video: Tough Mudder – How to Build a $70 Million Company in Two Years

    21 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    In this video, Will Dean and Guy Livingstone from Tough Mudder present: “How to Build a $70 Million Company in Two Years.” Recorded March 19 at WIX Lounge in New York. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $2 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than…
  • Video: Return Guru Helps You Get Your Money Back

    18 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    In this episode of Meet the Startup, Balki Kodarapu from Return Guru describes how the company makes it easy to track and return your purchases. We covered Return Guru at the Portland Startup Weekend last fall and it is great to seem them gaining traction. At Tip of the Hat goes to Silicon Florist for pointing us to this story.
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Meeting Etiquette

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    We have a few hard and fast rules at Optix for our meetings. I thought I’d share these in case you can glean something from them. I can’t take full credit for these. I reworked some that I saw at one of our lovely clients – Trinity Fire and Security. Optix Meeting Rules First rule of meeting club – do you really need a meeting? They are expensive use of our most important resource – You! 1). Only invite people that REALLY need to be there. 2). Set up and send out an agenda/up front contract in advance so people know what they are being asked to do. 3). Just…
  • Generational Management 

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    If you’re managing more than a few people, there’s a good chance they might cross generations and guess what, those guys have different needs. I believe strongly that its not up to them to change, its up to you as a leader to adapt and understand those needs so you can get the best from all of them. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…generational management. This week I attended a great talk at Exeter University’s Business Leaders Forum. Guest speaker was none other than successful investor and Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden. Her topic of choice was ‘How business might look in…
  • How to increase staff motivation – help with their dreams

    12 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    Want to increase staff motivation and loyalty? Then encourage them to pursue their dreams! Everyone has a dream. Whether it’s to earn millions, retire early, travel the world, own your own business, become a professional golfer, or have a family…. everyone has a dream. A number of years ago I read up about Google and the fact they give their staff 20% of their time to work on their own projects/ideas. A few of the Google products you know and love have come from this very mantra. Then a couple of years on I read about a company called MRY. They wholeheartedly encourage their…
  • Why ‘I’m really busy’ is a terrible phrase.

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    Go on admit it, you’ve said it yourself haven’t you? I have. I say it a lot. So much so in fact that I’m outing myself in an attempt to curb my use of this horrible phrase. Maybe you’ll join me? I recently read this except from someone on twitter: “Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with £86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every penny, of course? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning,…
  • Why the young are our future

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    The first high jump event was recorded in the early 19th century. From then until 1964 athletes had all used something called the scissors technique. Essentially they approached the bar and jumped with one leg going over from the side first, followed by the second, all the time remaining bolt upright. Then in 1964 something remarkable happened. Dick Frosbury went against the norm and performed a completely different technique, jumping and ‘flopping’ over the bar backwards. He shocked (and perhaps you could argue, ‘changed’) the world. Later this technique would be known as the…
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  • 2015 Babson Summer Venture Program Showcase (Slideshow)

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:15 Blog Slideshow:  2015 Babson Summer Venture Program Showcase Darkness Within DARTdrones Gisela Treats Greenlight Technologies India in a Box JumpSmart Meet Eugene PICCPerfect Qopy SuperHealos T&Co. TargetMol Thumbnail:  Home Page Image: 
  • What Makes a Great Consumer Startup Marketer?

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 07/30/2015 - 06:30 Author:  Rob Go - Co-Founder and Partner, NextView Ventures Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  We continue to hear the sentiment that it’s really tough to build a great consumer startup in Boston... While the startup environment in Boston has vastly improved over the last several years, I continue to hear the sentiment that it’s really tough to build a great consumer startup in Boston. This is expressed by people outside of Boston, but it often comes from those within our community too. There are a couple…
  • Working In Boston Tech: KAYAK

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Premium Company:  KAYAK Release Date:  Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:15 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  You have to check out what it's like to work at KAYAK! There are a lot of amazing technology companies in and around Boston. Many of them are hiring like crazy! On our BIZZpages alone there are about 150 Boston area tech companies actively recruiting the best talent around. These companies are awesome and we want to help them show off what it's like to be a part of the team and the process a potential employee goes through to…
  • 10 Eye Catching Startups from the MassChallenge Showcase

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    Premium Company:  MassChallenge Release Date:  Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:30 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz digs out its must-watch startups from the accelerator's annual showcase! Last night at the Seaport Hotel MassChallenge held its annual Startup Showcase, which gives the 128 finalists in the Boston accelerator program an opportunity to show off their young companies and products to the startup and venture community. Nearly 1,000 members of Boston’s startup community turned out to support the entrepreneurs and…
  • Raising Growth Capital? Use A Banker

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:15 Author:  Mike MacKeen - Managing Director, Bulger Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Smart companies are adapting as the growth capital market has evolved Disruptive tech companies are good at product and business model innovation, but they can be just as guilty as a Cleveland steel mill of “way we’ve always done it” operating behavior.  One behavior that puzzles me is the CEO or Board that has not adapted its funding plans to the shift in the private capital markets.  25 years ago venture capital and…
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  • Startup Addict is back!

    Tod Whipple
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    There is being sorry for a delayed post and then there is being SORRY for posting two years later. As my hardcore fan base knows the downfall of being a Startup Addict is always having too many balls in the air. The bad news is that affected my writing commitment as you noticed. However, the good news is after launching four more businesses and two more children (literally tiny humans) in a two year time frame I’m back. The musings of acquisition, operational delight and disposition of businesses & real estate for the average Joe continues. The discussion finally continues to not…
  • helps you spot Content before it’s Viral

    8 May 2013 | 12:51 pm
    What if you could predict which conversations online are going to become important days before they do? Well, is a service meant for just that. The service allows you to discover which topics and conversations, even surrounding your brand, are gaining momentum online, allowing you to track which ones are worth paying attention to. To me, the concept makes perfect sense. Freelance bloggers such as myself pride ourselves in talking about content before everyone else is, and the staggering potential for businesses is pretty obvious. From crisis communication to brand…
  • Is Jelli the Next Big Thing For Social Radio?

    6 May 2013 | 1:18 pm
    Though the streaming radio startup has been around since 2009, it has recently managed to reach international fame and status through high crowdfunding achievements (up to $9 million), so this is definitely a tech idea worth reviewing. I was actually introduced to Jelli through my employer, who is a veteran with radio broadcasting but not too impressed with streaming stations like Pandora and Spotify. In fact, our office is pretty obsessed with determining which streaming radio service is best, with me advocating for Slacker, others for Spotify, and there is this one guy who actually…
  • Forming a business in the UK

    Tod Whipple
    6 May 2013 | 11:31 am
    We’ve discussed how to setup a new company in the United States in several of our previous posts but felt compelled to touch on procedures for setting up a new company in the UK as well. It’s important for any entrepreneur considering setting up in the UK to appreciate the differences from the US. While business people in the US are accustomed to dealing with the laws and regulations in 50 different states, the UK businesses are subject to a single set of rules under the Companies Act 2006. You must also take care to adhere to the directives of the European Union too. All new UK…
  • Virtual Offices – Pros and Cons

    Tod Whipple
    1 Feb 2013 | 5:48 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many new businesses are choosing to operate virtual offices instead of carrying out day-to-day business in the traditional office environment. Commuting costs, travel expenses and the desire to have flexible work schedules are all contributing factors to the rise in virtual offices. A virtual office has many advantages, but there are weaknesses to consider for individual business needs. Read on to find out what we consider to be the pros and cons of running your own virtual office. Pros: Save money on rent, utility bills and commuting. You will still need a PO Box…
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  • From Broke to Breakthrough: Peter Voogd and 6 Months to 6 Figures

    Matt Hunckler
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I recently listened to the audiobook of 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd, and his perspective really resonated with me. And not just because we have a shared past of door-to-door sales (I sold vacuum cleaners, he sold Cutco knives). Voogd went from broke to a game changer who practically defines the word “hustle.” In his book, and in this interview, he shares keys to success for fellow entrepreneurs. “You only know how strong you really are until being strong is the only option you have. ” -Peter Voogd, Author of the Best Seller 6 Months to 6 Figure Watch the full…
  • Diversity in the Triangle – a list of female and minority entrepreneurs

    Will Hardison
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    As our community continues to grow, more and more female and minority entrepreneurs are launching, leading, and growing amazing companies. Take Tatiana Birgisson of Mati Energy Tea, she went out and crushed the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day and Anil Chawla, the founder of Archive Social, took home the $100K from Steve Case’s Rise of The Rest tour. These are just two of the many great examples of awesome people we have right here in the triangle. With the help from folks like Derrick Minor and Ellie Gamache of American Underground (much thanks!), I started to comprise a list of…
  • 8 Universal Qualities of Great Pitch Decks

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    “Send me your deck.” Early entrepreneurs hear this a lot. And it’s because a pitch deck is a great way for an investor or potential customer to quickly size up your company.  So, don’t leave this important communications piece to chance. We interviewed eight experienced entrepreneurs to get their perspective on the important aspects of an effective pitch deck. 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 BusinessCollective, a free…
  • Midwest Vs. Silicon Valley: Tech Talent and Lifestyle

    Matt Hunckler
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    “We’ve got great talent,” says voicemail inventor Scott Jones. “We just need more of it. And frankly,” Scott continued, “I think many would say the same in Silicon Valley.” Watch the interview here: “I hear a lot of complaints from people on the coasts,” Jones laments. The cost of living and other inconveniences of cities like San Francisco have left many yearning for more. This makes areas like the Midwest not only more attractive to employees, but to business owners as well. “Once you find people, they stay put longer here,” Jones says. And with growing entrepreneurial…
  • Startup Allstars T.A. McCann & Chris Heivly to Keynote Innovation Showcase July 9th

    Jim Bartek
    29 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    T.A. McCann is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and board member of Startup Weekend Over 100 companies looking to raise capital have applied to pitch at The Innovation Showcase, the largest startup showcase in Indiana and possibly the Midwest.  Only 75 companies will make the cut and get to pitch to a crowd of over 1,000 people. The event includes an exhibit hall, company pitches, panel discussions and keynote presentations by T.A. McCann and Chris Heivly, both seasoned entrepreneurs with amazing stories. Who knows, maybe one of them will see a company they like and invest along with…
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  • 716Labs : Helps App Developers In The Marketng Validation stage

    Bob Debbas
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Scott Falbo”, Co-Founder of the Buffalo – USA based start-up “716Labs” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? is a platform that is being developed by 716 Labs to help app developers in the market validation stage.  We’re a team of developers ourselves and we often struggle with the idea validation stage and we’ve got ideas on improving this for other app developers. 2. When has your startup been…
  • UBERFORCE : Salesforce Consultancy For StartUps

    Bob Debbas
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Malte Warczinski”, Founder & Managing Director Berlin – Germany based start-up “UBERFORCE” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? We take start ups to the next level! UBERFORCE is a Salesforce consultancy for start ups with deep start ups experience, decades of Salesforce know-how, and competitive pricing. We tailor Salesforce-CRM extensively to cater to the needs of any business model imaginable. We strive to empower our…
  • Picovico : Cloud Based Service To Convert Photos Into Videos

    Bob Debbas
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Yogesh Aggrawal”, Global Marketing Associate of the Kathmandu Nepal-based start-up “Picovico” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Picovico is a cloud based service that convert photos into videos. It basically takes pictures, texts, music and blends them with a style to make a beautiful looking slideshow video. Currently its available as a free app on Android, as a web service on PCs and as API for developers. The flagship…
  • Imboard : Event Discovery and Promotion App

    Bob Debbas
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Dominic Smith”, CEO of the Baltimore USA-based start-up “Imboard” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Imboard is an event discovery and promotion app that allows you to discover parties, meetups, etc. between 5 and 50 miles away or privately from your friends.  For event creators/promoters, they’re given the opportunity to promote their event to people they may not have been able to reach otherwise. Promoters may choose to…
  • Treildliacht : Life Sciences Start-Up

    Bob Debbas
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Pádraig Mullally”, New Product Development at the Newcastle – UK based start-up “Treidliacht” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Treidliacht Ltd is a life sciences start-up based in Northern Ireland. Currently, Treidliacht Ltd are in the processing of launching its pioneer product Calfstick®. CalfStick® is a dehorning paste for calves and goats currently available with in the United Kingdom. 2. When has your startup…
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    Planio Blog

  • When “Manual Automation” beats Coding up a Solution

    8 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    When you start a business, it’s all about throwing things at the wall and seeing if it sticks.You’ve launched a new app, and you get your first five paying customers. You excitedly chat with each of them as part of their concierge onboarding.Or you land your first Rails consulting gig, and you’re excited to start building this new thing.After a while, a little luck and a lot of sweat, the business starts going pretty well. The customers stick around, and a few more start joining them.Your identity goes from “I have no idea what I’m doing” to “I’m a business, man!”. You…
  • Hacks, Tricks And Tips for Project Management With Bruce Harpham

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    I sat down with Bruce Harpham from for a chat about project management, meetings, checklists and even Oktoberfest.In the interview, you’ll hear about:why you should write an agenda for each meeting you run;using checklists to avoid common problems and issues;creating an atmosphere of trust within a team;making the move from an analyst/developer role into a project manager role; andhow to decide whether it’s time to earn a certification and how to choose the right one for you.You can listen to the interview here or read an edited version of it below: Thomas:…
  • How you can go from "cattle herder" to "orchestra conductor" on your next project using ethical persuasion techniques

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    It’s tough managing projects. You get input from the CEO, sales, marketing, support and customers, while trying to come up with a realistic plan about how to make the project happen.Your role feels more like a cattle herder when you’re trying to coax people to attend meetings and to report their status on projects.And then one designer decides that such details such as tracking time, following a process or deadlines are helpful suggestions.An IT specialist suddenly decides that THEY should be the project manager, and in fact all this project management is just getting in the way of doing…
  • Meet the Team: Growth Hacker Thomas Carney

    11 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    I’m happy to welcome Thomas as Planio’s newest team member. His responsibilities will be writing content, diving into metrics and looking for ways to help Planio achieve world domination (of course).Let’s have a chat with Thomas so that we can learn more…Jan: Greetings Thomas! First I want to say welcome to the team, it’s a pleasure to have you on-board. :)Thomas: Thanks, Jan. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I’m really excited to start at Planio.And, as far as I’m concerned, Berlin is the greatest city on earth, so I’m really happy that Planio is based here.Jan:…
  • Checklists for getting things done with Planio

    19 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    You know those situations: There’s an open issue in Planio which hasn’t been completed yet and there are still a few things missing. You’re making note of each item in the issue history but over time it becomes hard to keep track.Of course you could create subtasks but really all the items are just very simple todos. Creating separate issues for each of them would be too much.Enter Checklists. Planio now allows you to add handy checklists to issues. Simply add one or more items and Planio will keep track as you cross them off the list.Have sets of todos that occur…
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    Startup Champ

  • Do You Have the Right Attitude For Success?

    Dr. Frank La Pira
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears”. – Anthony Robbins It’s no illusion that most of the successful entrepreneurs you’ll meet are generous, positive and inspiring people.  They’ve learnt something that aspirational entrepreneurs need to learn, and that is attitude matters. Having the right attitude means thinking and behaving in way that will make you more attractive to do business with. Successful entrepreneurs have known that how you behave and respond to the world around you will determine your success or failure. People like to do…
  • 10 FREE tools to monitor your social media presence

    Manpreet Kaur
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    The importance of social media presence of a brand is well understood these days but seldom people understand how to monitor it and use it to make your brand reach to a larger set of audience. Today, we’re going to enlist 10 tools that can help you monitor your social media presence. Hootsuite We have been using hootsuite for 2 years and we have always loved the efficiency of hootsuite. Now, many people consider hootsuite a social media management tool but it is much more than that. With the weekly analysis of reports, you can easily find out what kind of content works and what doesn’t.
  • 10 SEO tools that can help you rule the internet world

    Manpreet Kaur
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    SEO tools are a basic necessity in the internet world which is getting crowded day by day. Maybe you’ve created an awesome website which serves a unique purpose but you can’t reach the masses unless you befriend search engines. You need be on the top of search results of major search engines and SEO Tools can make your work easier and quicker. Here are 10 SEO tools I particularly prefer to use: Free Website Submitter It is a very reliable and easy to use application that helps you submit your website’s URLs to major search engines including several regional search engines. CuteRank A…
  • Reasons Why HR team is Important for Your Startup

    Manpreet Kaur
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    HR team is one of the most important but underestimated department for your startup. Of course, start-ups have limited resources and therefore try to cut down their expenses as much as possible. And the first department that faces the scissors is the HR department. In fact, most of the start-ups don’t even consider having one. And that’s the most costly mistake a startup can do. Read this write-up to understand why HR team is important for you startup. 1. It helps to hire of dedicated staff People who are into HR understand what kind of skill set you need to look for and also how to…
  • How to accomplish what’s in your to-do list?

    Manpreet Kaur
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Are you afraid to wake up because of the long to-do list that is lying beside you? Are you finding it tough to accomplish your goals because you’re unable to finish things on time? Are you looking for how to make sure that you accomplish what’s in your to-do list? Look no more… here’s the answer. Choose right method to prepare a list:  First and foremost, make sure you actually have a to-do list. Think of what works for you. Some people prefer to make the list on paper while some use apps like Wunderlist etc. If you have to decide which one is more productive, there is no…
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  • Mitch Kahan – Co-founder of InviteUp

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Find business partners with different strengths than you. Following graduation from the University of Southern California in 2008, Mitch Kahan dove into entrepreneurial ventures through a number of real estate projects. These include the reinvigoration of downtown Los Angeles, through his membership with Oracle Consulting LLC, and several hospitality and retail-related projects. As a young successful male in Los Angeles, Mitch became disillusioned with the available mobile dating platforms. With his background in restaurant investments, from Santa Monica’s Brick + Mortar to West…
  • Adam Riggs-Zeigen – Co-founder of Rock My World

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Share your vision. Tell it to everyone you can and watch their reactions. It will help you refine your story for different audiences and help you communicate clearly what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Adam is mobile industry veteran, software developer and former touring DJ who has combined his personal passions and expertise in product management, marketing and business development to launch and lead innovative businesses. Adam is currently the co-founder and current Chief Rocker at Rock My World, Inc. a San Diego based fitness technology company. Rock My World is the…
  • Thomas Hazel – Founder of Deep Information Sciences

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Brain cycles are the most critical asset we possess. Even the best parallel thinkers end up on mental bandwidth overload if they continue to noodle on too many things. You need to create space in order to innovate. Thomas Hazel is an avid inventor and serial entrepreneur. Over the last 20 years, he has been at the forefront of communication, virtualization, and database science and technology. Prior to founding Deep Information Sciences, he was Chief Architect at startups Akiban and Virtual Iron. Thomas is also the author of several popular open source projects, one of which is a database he…
  • Adam Grant – Co-founder of Jafflechutes

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:21 pm
    I’m an emotionally productive animal, so when I feel the stirrings of an idea, I’ll do my best to act on it immediately. If I’m feeling blocked up, I like to swim or walk it out. Adam is a creative producer and copywriter based out of Melbourne, Australia. He is the co-founder of Jafflechutes, the world’s first float-down pop up sandwich delivery company, which toured New York and Montreal in late-2014. Adam also runs the public transport match-making service Puzzle My Myki, and the on-demand selfie sketching website SelfieSketchup. By day, Adam works in the only industry that…
  • Katrin Puetz – Founder of (B)energy

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Running! I believe common practise can never lead to maximum productivity, because there is no common business. Being productive as an entrepreneur means having unusual ideas, the confidence to realize them and the strength to deal with the consequences. A clear mind and a fit and healthy body help to do this and running is my way of getting to this state. Katrin Puetz never worried about a straight-lined CV. This makes it difficult to define her profession: she is a cabinet maker, a bull catcher, a bread baker, a cheese maker, a roof tiler, an environmental scientist, an agricultural…
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  • 5 on 5: Demystifying Machine Learning in the Enterprise

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Machine learning is become one of the most important trends in the next generation enterprise data solutions. The evolution of machine learning platforms as well as complementary technology movements such as big data has lowered the entry point for organizations embracing machine learning models to drive more effective business intelligence. Despite the remarkable technological advances in the last few years, enterprise machine learning remains surrounded by strong myths. We regularly encounter those myths during our work with large enterprises around the world implementing data science and…
  • Microsoft and IBM Earnings: The Battle of New vs. Legacy Businesses

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    IBM and Microsoft reported earnings last week and the reports clearly highlighted the current stage in the transformation of each companies. Arguably the two most important software companies of the last 40 years, Microsoft and IBM used to exhibit similar patterns in the earnings reports a few years ago. However, those days are long gone. Microsoft and IBM are companies in the middle of aggressive transformations to adapt their business models to a world dominated by technology revolutions in areas such as mobile, cloud, data science, augmented reality etc. The earnings reports clearly…
  • Enterprise Software Platforms are Entering their Third Generation

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Overview Enterprise software might be entering its golden era. The confluence of technologies movements such as cloud computing, mobile, big data as well as the raise in popularity of open source delivery models are pushing the boundaries of enterprise software solutions. As these technologies continue to rapidly gain traction in the enterprise, they are called to become foundation blocks of any enterprise software application. We call this movement: the third generation enterprise application platform. The First Generation: Mainframes Mainframes architectures were the first movement that…
  • Building an IOT Platform: The Device Discovery Service

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    This is the second of a series of blog posts about the main building blocks of an IOT platform. As mentioned before, the capabilities of an IOT platform can be classified in two main groups: centralized and decentralized. At a high level, the following figure illustrates some of the fundamental features of an IOT platform: In this blog post we will cover one of the fundamental capabilities of a centralized IOT topology: the device discovery service. What Is It? The device discovery service abstracts the dynamic registration and de-registration of smart devices in an IOT topology. This…
  • Building an IOT Platform: Centralized vs. Decentralized Models

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    Last week I delivered a session at QCon New York about the emerging trends and techniques powering the next generation IOT platform as a service (PaaS). The session explored the current IOT platform market as well as some of the architectures and technologies that will be foundational to the adoption of IOT in industrial enterprise settings. Based on the great feedback received during the session, I am planning to write a series of blog posts about some of the most important ideas from my presentation. Let’s start with one of the key points of my presentation: centralized and decentralized…
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  • Unicorns, Zombies, and Startup Boy Bands: Lessons From Startup Fest

    Crystal Richard
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    What do unicorns, zombies, and Startup Boy Bands all have in common? They were all recurring themes at this year’s Startup Fest, held for a fifth year in Montreal from July 15th to July 18th.  The sold-out event brought startup enthusiasts and instigators alike from all over the world to the Old Port for an unforgettable time. Not only was it my first time at Startup Fest, but I had the time of my life MC’ing the How To Stage, placing me right in the middle of the action. This meant chatting with some of the industry’s best and discovering a Startup Boy Band in the process. Record deal…
  • 5 Signs Your Creativity Is on Summer Vacation — And How to Get It Back

    Heather Carson
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    There is possibly nothing harder than staying productive in the office during summer time. Who can really be expected to work while their friends are posting selfies from the beach? Sometimes, even closing Facebook isn't enough to get you back on track. Simply put, your mind is in a rut. How do you know when your creativity is on summer vacation? Let's take a look at a few, clear indicators -- and what you can do to get back on track. Bonus! Download this summer productivity checklist to your computer or phone today. 1. You have a mental block We all know the feeling. You've been sitting in…
  • Startup Beat: July 2015 Edition

    Renee Warren
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Welcome to Onboardly’s Startup Beat, a roundup of what’s going on in the startup neighborhood. Each month, we put our ears to the ground so we can introduce you to new startups or developments, and why they matter. Discover something new and noteworthy yourself? Leave it in the comments below! Dasheroo Elevator pitch: Every business, regardless of size, needs a dashboard to track key metrics. Dasheroo helps bring all of this vital data into one spot. Rather than switching around in tabs to view, gather and monitor information from your various apps, this product compiles it all in one…
  • How to Get PR for Your Kickstarter Campaign

    Crystal Richard
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Killer PR buzz around your Kickstarter campaign is one of the contributing factors to a fully funded and successful campaign. While many are newsworthy right out of the gate, there are hundreds of really great products being launched on Kickstarter that just need a little (okay, a generous) push into the spotlight to succeed. So what's the secret? Here are five tricks we are just dying to share to get PR for your Kickstarter campaign! Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day - Neither Was Your Kickstarter Here’s the thing. You and your team didn’t wake up one morning and decide to launch a product on…
  • The 6 Best Productivity Hacks of All Time

    Heather Carson
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every month, we round up our “best” of all time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We delve into everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! As the true dog days of summer (cue our friend, Florence) set in, we can’t help but wander a bit. That’s why this month, we’re sharing one of our biggest secrets: the best productivity hacks that keep us going despite the lure of sun, sand, and sangria. Without further ado, here are the Onboardly HQ’s six favourite go-to productivity hacks of all time: 1. Tanya:…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 6 Ways to Stay Focused During Summer Months

    Kaleigh Moore
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s summer, and outside your window you see luscious green grass, sunshine, and, well, a thousand different distractions. There are so many reasons for you to fall out of your business routine and just go out and enjoy the nice weather. But entrepreneurs and business owners who stay focused (even during the summer lull) are the ones who benefit when fall arrives—and when everyone else is scurrying to get back on track. So how do you stay focused during summer months? Here are a few ideas. Shift Deadlines and Meetings to Mid-Week Because so many weekends are jam-packed during summer…
  • Tips and Tricks to Make Sure You Can Take a Real Summer Vacation

    Elizabeth Wellington
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When solopreneurs want to take a vacation, it’s not as simple as giving a boss notice and putting up an away message. Just ask renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister  — every seven years, he shuts down his studio and takes a yearlong sabbatical. Guess what? It fuels brilliant creative work. Not many– of us can take a year off, but let’s start with a week.   Pick an Ideal Time Unless you run a seasonal business that booms in summer, most of your clients and customers probably slow down during the summer. It’s an ideal time to give yourself a break and adventure beyond…
  • 7 Things You Should Do Every Day As A Small Business Owner

    Elizabeth Wellington
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Did you know that writing down your goals increases your likelihood of success? A list of must-do tasks guides your everyday activities like a GPS system navigating you on a road trip. Without them, it’s easy to get lost. Here are 7 tasks to jumpstart your daily list of to-dos. They’ll anchor your work as a small business owner, ensuring that you can coast forward instead of bumbling on back roads without a clear direction. 1. Plan Your Day Do you take a moment each morning to plan your day? Leo Babauta, entrepreneur and writer of Zen Habits, suggests that you sit down first…
  • 6 SEM Trends that Small Business Owners Need to Know

    Grasshopper Team
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many small businesses want to leverage Pay-Per-Click (PPC) to gain leads and sales, but this is hard to do if you’re not on top of trends in Search Engine Marketing (SEM). We talked to a number of PPC experts to find out which trends you need to know about to be successful with your search marketing. We’ll be discussing this topic, and others about PPC in our fireside chat via Google Hangout on July 29. Don’t forget to RSVP! 1. Mobile Mobile is going to play a big role in driving conversions. Almost 50% of the world population have a mobile device now. It is extremely important to…
  • Fake It ‘Til You Make It: How to Look Ultra Professional in 3 Steps

    Doug Breaker
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    You only get one chance to make a first impression. First impressions often based on appearances, so it’s important that your business’s first impression is a professional one. What pops into people’s heads when they see your email? What impression do they form when they call you? What do they think when they see your website? The more professional you look, the more customers will choose you and the more money they will spend with you. But how can you make a teeny, tiny business look ultra professional? Here are 3 quick steps that will have you well on your way. Get a Good Domain Name,…
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  • 4 pieces of conventional hiring wisdom you should ignore

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:11 pm
    There are certain hiring practices that are better left ignored if you want to find a good culture fit My business partner Jeff and I recently hired our first full-time employee, and we were nervous. We knew that choosing the wrong employee could be a devastating hit to our business. Before extending an offer, we read a lot of research and talked to consultants about how to make a good hire. And ultimately, we went the other way on a lot of decisions. Here are some of the hiring myths we didn’t listen to and are all the better for: Keep the job listing vague That’s the advice we got from…
  • AngelPrime is now Prime Venture Partners; forms new US$47M fund

    Sainul Abudheen K
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    While the key focus is fintech companies, the fund will also back startups in healthcare, consumer Internet and education sectors AngelPrime, a seed-stage venture capital firm, has rebranded as Prime Venture Partners, and launched a new INR 300 crore (approximately US$47 million) fund. The Bangalore-based fund will continue to make early-stage investments in technology startups, with a provision to make Series A investments in the portfolio companies. Prime aims to invest between US$500,000 and US$1 million in three to five startups a year. Also Read: From a high-paying job in Nigeria to…
  • From a high-paying job in Nigeria to launching Bangladeshi beauty site

    Twishy Shahi
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    Nazmul Sheik quit his job and came back to Bangladesh to fill a gap, aims for Shajgoj to be the Sephora of the region On his way back from Nigeria to Bangladesh, this telecom executive had a stopover in Dubai for three days. He went to a Dubai shopping mall with his wife and to his surprise; he noticed that instead of shopping for clothes, his wife spent most of her time in a beauty supply store asking numerous questions to the beauty consultants. The lack of availability of quality beauty products in Bangladesh and shortage of tips and advice on using these products prompted the lady to…
  • Startupbootcamp’s first Demo Day in Singapore showcases 11 startups

    Kevin McSpadden
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    Applications for next year’s Singapore Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator open in October and the programme starts April 16, 2016 Bitcoin blockchain startup Otonomos at Startupbootcamp FinTech Singapore Demo Day Fintech accelerator company Startupbootcamp FinTech held its first annual Singapore Demo Day on July 3o, 2015. It featured 11 teams and more than 450 guests from the financial industry. The Demo Day was the culmination of a 100-day programme launched in May and is the first accelerator from Startupbootcamp after it opened a branch in Singapore this January. “It is very…
  • India’s Droom raises US$16M in Series A funding led by Lightbox

    Twishy Shahi
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    The online automobile marketplace will be expanding operations to add 20 automobile, 12 service categories in the next 18-24 months Droom, the online automobile marketplace has raised US$16 million in Series A funding led by Lightbox. With the new investment, Droom will be expanding operations to add 20 automobile and 12 service categories hosting over 50,000 sellers and 200k listings in the next 18-24 months. It also plans to expand into Southeast Asia by early 2016. The first round of funding for Droom was led by BEENOS. Launched in Nov 2014 by serial entrepreneur Sandeep Aggarwal, Droom…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Whose fault is this? Tencent and Qihoo stop helping users upgrade to Windows 10

    C. Custer
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Windows 10 is here. And in China, Microsoft’s move to launch the new operating system has included an unprecedented effort to partner with local companies and allow users to upgrade via local partners Tencent, Qihoo 360, Baidu and Lenovo. It’s a savvy move that was being praised by observers as a good way to get typically-upgrade-shy Chinese consumers to make the switch. But things quickly went awry, and now both Tencent and Qihoo 360 have suspended their support for the Windows 10 upgrade. The reason? Compatibility issues. According to Qihoo’s statement announcing its…
  • Zhou Hongyi denies HTC investment rumors, says Qiku phone is coming in August

    C. Custer
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Don’t believe everything you read in the paper: that’s the message from Qihoo 360 founder and CEO Zhou Hongyi, who yesterday rubbished rumors that Qihoo and Coolpad smartphone joint-venture Qiku was planning to buy a major stake in HTC for US$661 million. On Weibo, Zhou wrote that while HTC’s phones have a lot Qiku can learn from, he is not – as rumors had suggested – in Taipei brokering a deal, and he does not know HTC CEO Cher Wang. HTC has also denied the rumors. But Zhou did say that Qiku’s long-awaited smartphone will finally be hitting the Chinese…
  • Funding round-up from India: Droom, GrowthEnabler, Cartisan, Pragmatix

    Parvathi Nambiar
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Over US$5 billion of venture capital funding flowed into Indian startups last year. This year, the deals are coming thicker and faster. So we thought it would be useful to start a daily digest of startup funding in India. Here’s today’s funding round-up: Droom Droom, a Mumbai-based automobile marketplace, raised US$15.6 million in series A funding led by Light Box Ventures along with BEENOS, a Japanese firm. The startup was founded earlier this year by Sandeep Aggarwal. Growth Enabler Growth Enabler, co-headquartered in Bangalore and London, raised US$781,000 from five undisclosed…
  • AngelPrime raises US$47 million and rebrands itself as Prime Venture Partners

    Parvathi Nambiar
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Bangalore-based seed stage VC fund AngelPrime today announced a new round of funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership along with undisclosed institutional investors from New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Silicon Valley, and across Europe. AngelPrime raised INR 3 billion (US$46.9 million) and has been renamed Prime Venture Partners. Prime Venture Partners is headed up by Sanjay Swamy, Shripati Acharya, and Amit Somani. and plans to remain an early-stage investor in technology startups, maintaining its deep involvement approach. The involvement of institutional investors in this funding…
  • SparkLabs and Korean Air launch IoT innovation center with help of Incheon government

    J.T. Quigley
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs and Hanjin, the “chaebol” conglomerate that operates Korean Air, have launched a government-supported innovation center in Incheon. It completes South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s plan to build 17 such facilities across the country to promote domestic entrepreneurship. SparkLabs co-founder John Lee tells Tech in Asia that the center will be run as an accelerator, with each startup receiving US$50,000 in exchange for up to 6 percent equity. “We’ll also consider a follow-on [investment] from our seed fund,” he adds. The firm will tap…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Swedish ‘project management for construction’ SaaS Fieldly raises $630,000 USD seed round

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A Swedish SaaS company Fieldly, has just closed a $630,000 USD seed round and according to the company, “is now poised to service the needs of every size and type of construction company on a very large scale”. Fieldly develops and sells an online software service that is directed at companies in the construction industry with employees in the field. Fieldly’s project management system improves all operations and communications between the office and the jobsite by eliminating administrative paperwork, improving necessary workflows and managing records in a highly safe,…
  • RymdResa for Windows and Mac

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Morgondag a two-person studio, based in Stockholm, Sweden are today announcing a 20th of August Steam release date for theirgame RymdResa for Windows and Mac. The duo describe the game as “a poetic, roguelike space odyssey in a procedurally generated world”. RymdResa is a challenging and evolving space adventure, based on randomness, with RPG elements. Abstract poetry and art are expressed throughout a lonesome and calm journey in space. The game will be released on the 20th of August and you can follow the team on Twitter in the meantime for updates.  
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 18 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 15 Edition Locaprint AB, 46elks, Attach, Helion, Jobylon are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 11 Edition Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Spotscale…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 15 Edition

    James Pember
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sweden is a brilliant place to work, especially at a startup and the community is buzzing! These awesome Swedish startups are currently looking for talent, so check out what’s available and if you like what you see – apply! Locaprint AB are hiring a Account Manager 46elks are hiring a Growth Hacker / Content Expert Attach are hiring a Meteor Javascript Software Engineer Helion are hiring a Mystery shoppers needed around Stockholm, Malmo, Goteborg Jobylon are hiring a Sales Account Manager till växande startup i Stockholm For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
  • Spotscale Closes 1M USD Seed Funding Round

    Anders Hassis
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:26 am
    Swedish startup Spotscale provides online tools and services for virtual real estate development and city planning. The funding will be used to accelerate the development of the company’s technologies for applications in real estate, entertainment, local search and navigation. “This group of investors is a perfect match for the company”, says Ludvig Emgård, founder of Spotscale. “The investment allows us to take our business to the next level, scale our technology and commercial side, and at the same time enhance the usability. “This group of investors is a perfect match…
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  • Meet MIU: Barcelona’s Urban Robot Designed To Help People

    Graham Rittener
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    There seems to be some fear in the world about “the coming of robots” that will take over humanity. This was taken to a new level recently when the famous pioneer, Elon Musk, described Artificial Intelligence, as being the greatest existential threat to humanity. Well, like many others, we think his comments are way off […] The post Meet MIU: Barcelona’s Urban Robot Designed To Help People appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Bitcoin And Other Electronic Currencies Exempt From VAT In The EU

    Willow Novell
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Many things have been said, written, speculated upon, rumored, and of course imagined when talking about electronic currencies (the vast majority referring to Bitcoin). The instability, the volatility, the uncertainty, and not to mention the early adopters bringing infamy to electronic currencies with their shady business dealings, have given us at least some kind of footing to start creating official policy. […] The post Bitcoin And Other Electronic Currencies Exempt From VAT In The EU appeared first on Barcinno.
  • There’s A Glass Ceiling for European Virtual Reality Startups

    Hector Manzano
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Let’s face it: Europe’s reputation has never been that of a vibrant tech startup continent. Many factors can be named as the underlying reasons for this: brain drain, scalability problems across countries, a general tendency of people to focus on less risky ventures and a proclivity towards proven business models, just to name a few. […] The post There’s A Glass Ceiling for European Virtual Reality Startups appeared first on Barcinno.
  • See How Barcelona Is Inspiring New Collaborative Consumption Platforms

    Hector Manzano
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    A new economic trend is on the rise and rapidly transforming our relationship with our consumerism. After a surge of environmental concerns, a global recession, and years of extreme consumption, people are realizing that it is not the stuff that they need, but the experience that the stuff fulfills. We all have so many possessions […] The post See How Barcelona Is Inspiring New Collaborative Consumption Platforms appeared first on Barcinno.
  • How To Boost Cash Flow For Your Startup

    Amina Camilleri
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    As a growing startup we have personally experienced the challenges of cash flow management so we know how it feels! The truth of the matter is cash flow management is important for all businesses but it is essential for early stage start-ups. Put simply, cash flow management can be narrowed down to delaying outlays of […] The post How To Boost Cash Flow For Your Startup appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • Here Are the Crazy Ways Chinese People Take the Escalator Now After Horrific Accident

    Jacob Wagner
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    After this week’s horrific escalator accident that claimed the life of one heroic mother in China, Chinese people are understandably cautious when they use escalators now. In fear that their next escalator ride may swallow them up, people have taken to some unique riding poses, from the “pretend the floor is lava” pose to the “Indiana Jones stepping for booby-traps” strategy. Hey, it might look ridiculous, but at least that escalator ride won’t be their last. Chinese commuters anxiously avoid tops of escalatorsChinese commuters anxiously avoid tops of escalatorsFollowing a tragic…
  • Tech Employee Spends $476,000 on Online Strippers and Sex Toys Using Company Card

    Riley Schatzle
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:42 pm
    A “national solutions architect” for a St. Louis-based company was indicted last week by federal authorities for using nearly half a million dollars in company funds to pay for online strippers. John David Berrett, 40, is accused of falsifying expense reports from September 2013 to October 2014 while working for tech integration company World Wide Technology, according to St. Louis Business Journal. The reports Barrett filed claimed he was spending money, over $476,000 in total, on training materials and dinners for important clientele, but according to federal agents, the money was spent…
  • Rich Idiot Crashes $845,000 Porsche Trying to Impress a Girl

    Sebastian Dillon
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    What happens when you try to impress a girl by speeding off a parking lot in a $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder? You end up almost hitting someone, crashing into a Range Rover and looking like a fool! A goddamned fool! That’s what happened to this foreign shirtless bro last weekend at Epi Plage in St. Tropez, France. If you ever buy an insane 887-horsepower electric hybrid car, save yourself a mountain of embarrassment and don’t drive it like it’s your first day of driver’s ed. The post Rich Idiot Crashes $845,000 Porsche Trying to Impress a Girl appeared first on NextShark.
  • Epic Photoshop Artist Reveals How He Creates These Incredible Images

    Editorial Staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Erik Johannsson, 30, is a Swedish photographer and retoucher based in Berlin, Germany. Each of his typically surrealistic images, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to create, combine multiple photos and see extensive Photoshop work. Check out some of his photographs below, along with videos that show exactly how they came to be. Soundscapes Closing Out Landfall Drifting Away Cut & Fold Self-Actualization The post Epic Photoshop Artist Reveals How He Creates These Incredible Images appeared first on NextShark.
  • One Architect Has a Brilliant Solution For Getting Homeless People Off the Streets

    Laura Dang
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    A British man has come up with an ingenious and attractive solution for helping homeless people stay safe while sleeping in urban areas. James Furzer, an architectural technician from the University of Greenwich, designed “parasitic sleeping pods” to provide a safe place for homeless people to sleep. His award-winning design features an accessible ladder to a lightweight, modular sleeping pod that attaches against buildings and hovers above street level. Though the pods aren’t the ultimate solution to homelessness, they offer the homeless safety and shelter from harsh weather conditions…
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    Yapsody Blog


    21 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    SIX LAST-MINUTE EVENT PROMOTION FIXES Exams, speeches, essay-writing competitions (even this blog TBH) – I’ve always prepared for these thoroughly. At the last minute. And let’s face it, no matter how many months, or years, we put into planning and preparing and planning again, we always save a few things for the end. Incidentally, these few things have the power to turn the whole gig upside down, which is exactly why you need to read on to discover the six last-minute strategies for promoting your event. 1.    Score Before More If you haven’t reached your goal in terms of number…

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    DIGITAL MARKETING F.R.I.ENDS – FIVE REALLY IMPORTANT TRENDS FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS Even as you read this blog, some website in some corner of the world is coming up with an extremely innovative feature or scheme that is reshaping the virtual world in a significant way. For presenters, today, Facebook pages and YouTube channels are not sufficient to promote your event because, let’s face it, EVERYONE is doing it. So, if you wish to be a step ahead with online promotions, here are 5 digital marketing trends that you MUST be aware of –1.    Google’s “Mobilegeddon” A few months back,…

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    THREE P’S OF OFFLINE EVENTS – PLANNING, PROMOTING, PREPARING – USING GOOGLE ANALYTICS Irrespective of whether you have a factory or an e-commerce website, one of the best ways to build an appreciable network of customers is by organizing events. Events are to the corporate world what holidays are to families – you know your people are out there, but it’s only during the holidays that you actually bond with them and have any intimate contact whatsoever. If you, as a businessman (or woman; the last thing I would want is people suing me for sex discrimination) wish to actually…

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    HOW TO E-XPAND YOUR E-MAIL DATABASE Alright, maybe the e-xpansion was stupid, but it was worth a try. And so are the tips mentioned in this blog to grow your email database and as an innocent consequence, boost your ticket sales (here’s when I say “what up!” Barney Stinson style). According to a few researches (I still wonder who does them, but they come in handy when you’re writing something like this, so, keep up the good work, guys!), almost 35% of event managers answered “email” when asked what was the most effective marketing strategy for event promotion. The rest of them…

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    HOW TO BE A BUZZY BEE? If you think tweeting “Got an event comin up. So damn excited 2 c all of u thr! :D” is creating a buzz, let me burst that bubble and tell you that we’re way past inventing the wheel, fire, and definitely social media marketing. The best way (that also happens to be the only one) to create a buzz about your upcoming event is not a cakewalk, definitely. But what good would we be doing if we didn’t make a walk through the rocks look like a cakewalk? WRITE ONE TO THE RIGHT ONES Because promoting a Broadway drama at a rock concert is so totally working out – not!
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  • It’s The Product, Stupid!

    Chris Kalaboukis
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    It never ceases to amaze me when startups fail and the founders are crying in their beers that most of the time they just didn’t get the fact that no one probably really needed or wanted that thing they were selling. Of the many major points my dad made with me, one really stuck out. […] The post It’s The Product, Stupid! appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Life As Minimum Viable Product

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been exposed or are in the startup world you’ve probably heard the term minimum viable product – which basically means the barest minimum of a product, without all of the bells & whistles and extra features. A minimum viable product has just those core features that allow the product to be deployed, and […] The post Life As Minimum Viable Product appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • How To Sell Things In 2015

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m starting to get a little put off by some of the marketing tactics out there on the internet – it seems that the tactics of “internet marketers” are starting to be mainstreamed and people are attempting to use them for other products as well. Don’t they get that we are in a whole new […] The post How To Sell Things In 2015 appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Innovating With Acquihires?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A number of companies I’ve worked with seem to have a pattern for innovating – instead of looking to build products and services based on the ideas of their own people, they typically scan the market for interesting companies to buy up, and acquihire them into the belly of the beast. I can see why […] The post Innovating With Acquihires? appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Speak No Evil: Motivation Malarkey

    Chris Kalaboukis
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve recently noted a number of posts that are simply inspirational quotes from others. Aside from a few quotes from William Gibson or Dan Pink, I rarely quote other people. Personally, I don’t actually get much of anything in motivation from those quotes. I also don’t think that a simple quote, almost like a little […] The post Speak No Evil: Motivation Malarkey appeared first on thinkfuture.
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15

    John Gannon
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Springwise blog posts about Free Code Camp, which allows anyone to learn coding for free by completing projects for nonprofits. Decoded Fashion in NYC is hiring for Community, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/6/15

    John Gannon
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Jason M. Lemkin, a partner at Storm Ventures, answers the question “What are telltale signs that you’re working at a ‘sinking ship’ company?” on Quora. Baydin is hiring for a marketing/data analysis position in Mountain View, CA. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/6/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 7/1/15

    John Gannon
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Jeffrey Needles writes for Medium about why he left his dream job. The Sales Development Meetup in NYC is hosting ‘A Day in the Life of a Successful SDR’, and event on July 8. 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 7/1/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Ask these 3 questions before working for free at a startup

    John Gannon
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
      Taking an unpaid job or internship at a startup can be a huge boost to your startup career. Still, it’s not a decision to be made lightly. Putting aside the legal aspects of the discussion for a moment, there are three questions you need to ask yourself before taking an unpaid internship or job at a startup. What’s the level of funding or revenue at the startup? If a startup has raised hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in funding or is bootstrapped with a similar level of revenue they should be able to pay you something for your efforts should they want to bring…
  • Giving away 10 job search and career advice books

    John Gannon
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    My company HireNurture is giving 10 job search and career advice books away ($175 value) to a couple of lucky winners. Many of these are top selling or top rated books that I’ve read and personally recommend, including: Getting to Yes (tools to help you with salary and other negotiations) The Guide to Hiring and Being Hired (written by LinkedIn Influencer Lou Adler) You can click here to enter just by putting in your email address (and answering the captcha question that comes up). And after you enter you can share to get more chances to win. Good luck! The post Giving away 10 job…
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  • MaGIC Accelerator – the largest in SE Asia – announces 1st batch

    Drew Thompson
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    On Tuesday, the Malaysian government officially kicked off the MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre) Accelerator Program, accepting 77 startups into the program. According to Tech in Asia reporter Judith Balea, the program received more that 1,000 applications.1 The MaGIC Accelerator is really quite unique in terms of the program structure. The 4 month program will run two separate tracks concurrently. The ASEAN track, of which 52 of the startups are in, is aimed at ramping up growth to make the companies investment ready by the end of the program. The second track is…
  • Amazon Launchpad: A new platform for startups

    Drew Thompson
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    On Tuesday, Amazon announced a new program: Amazon Launchpad. The program provides a platform, “for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe.”2 Amazon is clearly flexing its muscles here. Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of businesses and services aimed at making it easier to build, launch, market, sell, and ship products. To date, these businesses and services have been somewhat fractured, with different offerings in all the various segments listed above. However, as Amazon is…
  • The Death and Re-birth of Google+

    Drew Thompson
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    On Monday, Google announced some big changes to Google+. The Mountain View company will, in the coming months, no longer require users to have a Google+ account to utilize all of the various Google products. Rather, you will only need a standard Google/Gmail account. Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing, addressed the changes and the decision in a blog post: While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink…People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account…
  • Finally Hackers In Nashville Get A Conference

    Brian Sanders
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    While the real big news in Nashville seems to be the split up of country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, the real news is nestled in Nashville’s very vibrant hacker and developer community. A community often times neglected for the more sexy “startup community”. Nashville played host to two startup conferences in June 3686 and Pandoland, the culmination which turned into a clusterf*ck at best, was set to attract a record number of startup enthusiasts to the region. While 3686 saw the brunt of that, Pandoland seemed, at least on the surface, to have far fewer…
  • Apple Watch Headed To Best Buy August 7th

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Apple Watch was quietly released back in May. It was extremely hard to get a hold of one. If you hadn’t preordered the day preorders came available than you were more than likely out of luck. Sometime in mid June Apple stores started having varying and quite sporadic quantities of the Apple watch and now they can be found in Apple stores on a much regular basis.  Even with such limited quantities available analysts estimate that Apple has sold 4.2 million or so of the sought after watches. No one will ever know the actual number as Apple has said they aren’t releasing sales…
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • The Hacker’s Summer Guide: Frameworks and Libraries – Part 2

    Yann Irbah
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    Where I live people say “The sun that doesn’t rise in the sky, rises in our hearts”. We’re in the middle of Summer and this has never been so true. I don’t know about your place but if you barely remember what sunny means I’ve got good news for you. Our training plan doesn’t require outside workouts. In the first part I showed you a list of cool languages you should definitely try. But as every developer I want to be productive so I also have plenty of frameworks and libraries in my tool belt helping me in my daily work. Web Frameworks Knowing languages is…
  • A Quick Guide To Resolving Disputes and Reducing Chargebacks

    Silvia Weigelt
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    As an online business owner chargebacks are never wanted, but the reality is that they happen from time by time and they’re something you should be prepared for. In this blog post we’ll explain how to help avoiding disputes and chargebacks before they happen. What is a chargeback? A chargeback occurs when your customer initiates the return of their funds through their bank which usually happens due to fraud. As a merchant you have to accept the chargeback first, since the chargeback is issued directly by the bank. However later in this article you will find ways how to deal with…
  • What SaaS Startups Need To Look For In An Online Payments Solution

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    In 2015, the number of marketing technology companies increased from 947 to 1875 – that’s a massive growth of 98% in just 12 months! What’s more, global SaaS revenues are projected to reach $106 billion in 2016, an increase of 21% from 2015 spending levels. But while we witness the growth of SaaS, one of the things they all have in common is that they operate under a subscription based model and will need to choose a solution which helps them process online payments. But what’s the best tool to start accepting payments online for your SaaS startup? In this blog post we’ll…
  • How To Be EU VAT Compliant And Automate Your Invoicing With PAYMILL and Quaderno

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Carlos Hernandez, founder of Quaderno The new VAT rules in the EU came into force in January 2015, and they’re piling more paperwork and stress on startups and small businesses. Just to remind you: the new VAT rules mean you have to charge VAT based on where your customers are located, not where your business is located, a change that could see you dealing with 28 different rates of VAT. In the past, VAT was charged at the rate of the vendor’s home country. Making the VAT you pay dependent on your country meant that large companies like…
  • The Hacker’s Summer Training Guide – Part 1

    Yann Irbah
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Summer has come and we see summer workout plans popping all over the web. It’s true that it’s a great time to put your body in shape. But your brain as a muscle needs practice so you should not forget about training it. I’m no fitness coach and I leave it up to you for the physical part but I’ll share with you a summer program for the latter. Why would you need training? We developers have the chance to work in an exciting field. Things are moving fast, new languages and frameworks are popping out regularly, sometimes a bit too much (I’m looking at you JavaScript…
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  • – New Wave in Social Media World

    Team TechPanda
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    In current digital world, we spend average 1-2 hours every day on social media sites like Facebook or Google Plus posting content, pictures or videos. These social sites are just a medium for us to[...]
  • ProfitBooks: Accounting in the Simplest Way Possible

    Aparna Deb
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:23 am
    The company started as a software development company in year 2010 and used to develop customized ERP solutions for medium sized companies. One of their clients had offices in 3 different cities in India and[...]
  • Order Food Online with!

    Akansha Naredy
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    Hasn’t there been a time when you wished you could just order your food online inspite of calling them up & going through all the trouble? Well, your wait is over! is one of[...]
  • DaeBuild CRM – a Complete Tool for Real Estate Developers

    Akansha Naredy
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:24 am
    DaeBuild CRM Software has emerged to equip Builders with the tool to connect Staff, Customer and Brokers, track sales and manage customer relationship. Launched in 2011, DaeBuild is fortunate to collaborate with progressive builders and[...]
  • Urbandrive- enabling masses to commute in a stress free and easy way!

    Akansha Naredy
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    Now, who doesn’t know about Bangalore’s horrible traffic? What if we say there is something some young and talented entrepreneurs have done to solve this problem? Intrigued? Yes, no kidding! We introduce to you a[...]
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • 4 Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read This Summer

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Marketing, recruiting, financing - these are just a few of the many tasks that you must learn to perfect as a small business owner. Even if you've hired a qualified team to assist you, you're still responsible for ensuring these aspects of your company are executed efficiently and bringing in sufficient revenue that will lead to success over time. So, how do you make sure that you're taking the right steps? Refer to advice from experienced and successful business owners who have been in your shoes. Check out these books that are known for providing effective small business…
  • 3 Accounts Your Small Business Should Be Following on Twitter

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Online marketing is one of the most effective strategies to spread the word of your brand and your products. Luckily, sharing information and news about your services has never been easier with sites like Twitter, where you can engage and interact with thousands of customers and potential clients.  Creating a Twitter account for your business allows you to learn more about your industry and connect with other business owners. But with so many influencers to choose from, who should you follow? You'll likely benefit from some free business advice from these three small business…
  • 5 Apps That Can Help Your Business Get Organized

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Getting your small business on the right track involves many steps that require time and focus. You may have hired a qualified staff, established an effective marketing strategy and secured a promising financial status, but if your company isn't organized, it's unlikely that your success will last for long.  With only so many hours in the day, it can be challenging for business owners to get everything done. Not only does a focus on organization reduce the chances that certain tasks will fall through the cracks, but it will also increase productivity. How do you enhance the organization…
  • Green Business: Spotlight on Renewable Technology

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Going green is a movement that's caught fire across the U.S. An increasing number of businesses have started implementing eco-friendly strategies to join the growing effort to reduce carbon footprints. Even some of the country's Fortune 500 companies like Facebook, Bloomberg, and Johnson & Johnson have made efforts to satisfy the rising demand for environmental responsibility. In addition to helping the environment, companies with green initiatives also save money and look more attractive to potential business partners, clients and hires. As a business owner, if you're wondering how…
  • How Can Your Small Business Establish an Effective Travel Budget?

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Business travel is often necessary for growing companies as they look to form new client relationships and expand their consumer base. However, with rising travel costs, it may be a good idea to establish a travel budget for the employees you send on trips. After all, putting staff members on the road is an investment, one that should bring a worthwhile return into order to contribute to long-term success. So how do you know when it's time to start limiting your employees' travel expenses and how do you go about establishing a budget? Here are a few small business budgeting tips to guide you.
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • 5 Growth Hacking Ways You Were Missing On So Far [Startup Infographics]

    Arundhuti Roy
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Sean Ellis was the first person to coin the term Growth Hacking. He states, “Growth Hacking is not anti-marketing, it is the evolution of marketing, it is pro-growth.” Though growth hacking is a part of marketing, there are various other ways to achieve it. If one has to define “What is Growth Hacking?”, one of the possible ways of defining it could be as follows: “Growth hacking is a process by which an organization induces growth using a variety of strategies adding value to this technique.” This infographic enumerates 5 ways by which growth hacking is possible. The above…
  • Zovi Founders Raise $50 Mn For “Little” – The Hyper-local Deals Marketplace

    Asish Das
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:44 am
    The online retail platform Zovi’s founders have raised $50 million for their hyper-local app Little which helps the users to find the best deals on restaurants, movies, hotels and much more around them, whenever they want. The investment round was led by Paytm, SAIF Partners, and Tiger Global, and a large new undisclosed investor. According to Manish Chopra and Satish Mani, the co-founders of Zovi, the raised funds will be used to build the largest merchant ecosystem, hire more talents and enhance the technology platform. Little will use Paytm as the payment gateway after this funding…
  • Bags Five Marketing Awards For Its Campaign, ‘Look up’

    Siddhartha Sarma
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    Let it be the controversies of the investors with the ex-CEO Rahul Yadav or its website been hacked, the real estate portal Housing has been in media for quite a few months now. And again it hit the media, this time no controversy but for the awards it won at the prestigious National Award for Marketing Excellence hosted by CMO Asia. At a high profile event held in Mumbai, swept awards across five key categories including “Brand Excellence in e-commerce and Internet Business Sector”, “Emerging Brand Award” and “Best New Brand, Product and Service Launch”. Recognizing…
  • This Next Generation Social Network Pays You For Your Online Activities

    Asish Das
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    The fun fact is that, let it be Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, all the social media networks make you share everything except the money they garner from the contents you post. Everyone these days is indulged in social media right from young kids to corporate people to senior citizens. On an average, users aged between 15 to 19 spend at least 3 hours per day on social media. This age group mostly consists of students who spend their time on social media, creating contents and ultimately generating revenues for them. Most of us still have to find out that these social media companies use our…
  • redBus Expands Its Operation To Malaysia And Singapore

    Asish Das
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:27 am
    The bus ticketing venture has stepped out of India and launched it services in Malaysia and Singapore. The users can book the tickets on Android and iPhone apps as well as on the Web through the website The Ibibo Group which operates has said that it is the first expansion of redBus and now would facilitate the people in these countries to book their bus tickets on the go. This expansion is a part of Ibibo’s “redBus global platform” which supports multiple currencies, languages, time-zones and payment systems.Tourists from India can make bookings on the…
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  • Scrum Board for Content Marketing :: it Works Like Magic

    Florin Muresan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    We’re squirrly enough to try out new #winning strategies, as we’re growing from 11 people to 15, and then even more in the near future. Our Content Marketing client base got even bigger, which required us to innovate our company procedures, and Alexandra (Lexxy) helped a lot in this area.…
  • 5 Tested Digital Branding Solutions For Small Businesses and Startups

    Florin Muresan
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:46 am
    For the longest time, people have been talking about brands in the offline environment. When the Internet came around, companies noticed that they needed to build an online presence. Now, more and more startups and small businesses are starting to understand how powerful the online environment really is, so they’re…
  • How to Improve Visual Content Marketing for Your Business

    Florin Muresan
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    Are you tired of putting tremendous amounts of time and effort into creating valuable content, only for it to generate very little traffic for your landing or home page? You’re not alone in this struggle. Business owners worldwide fail to market their ideas properly because they barely focus on visual content marketing.…
  • What To Look For When Hiring Kitchen Staff For Your Restaurant

    Florin Muresan
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Great kitchen staff is hard to find, but at the same time it is hard to keep. Cooks can often find themselves in the situation of not being able to cope with what goes on in a kitchen. It’s definitely not an ideal situation to change the cooks several times…
  • 5 Easy Tips That Will Improve Your Catering Business

    Florin Muresan
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    The catering business is extremely competitive. Before getting into it, you need to have a well defined plan of what you’d like your business to look like. Think about what you want to offer to your target audience. Caterers face many challenges every day, so it’s definitely not an easy…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Myke Metzger Interview – Making Your Mark

    Paige Sevier
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    “You will act the way that you look and feel.” – Myke Metzger About: Myke Metzger – Entrepreneur, Internet and Network Marketer, and Founder of The Social Campus Michael Metzger is a 26 year old entrepreneur based out of Richmond, Virginia. His journey begins in Long Island, NY where he grew up watching his father, an All American 4x New England Wrestling Champion, work hard to achieve his goals, raise a family, and attend college. Most would think that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor, or possibly a lawyer. Overview: Although Myke is a…
  • Marc Mawhinney Interview – The Coach’s Coach

    Paige Sevier
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    “Learn while you’re getting started, but make sure you’re taking action.” Marc Mawhinney About: Marc Mawhinney – Founder and Host of Natural Born Coaches Marc Mawhinney is on a mission to help coaches build stronger businesses! A lifelong entrepreneur, he achieves this with his daily podcast, “Natural Born Coaches” and his programs for coaches, including the 6 week intensive “Seize Your Niche” program. Overview: “After many years as an entrepreneur, Marc jumped into the coaching business (for small business owners).” Marc shares with us more…
  • Laurie Davis Interview – Love @ First Click

    Paige Sevier
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:23 pm
    “You don’t need an MBA or seed money to start a company.” – Laurie Davis About: Laurie Davis – Founder and CEO of eFlirt, and Author of Love @ First Click Laurie Davis is the CEO & Founder of, an online dating concierge service. She is also the author of the best-selling book, Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating. Overview: Laurie is a true outlier who shares with us how she started her company, eFlirt, with only $50 and a Twitter account. Highlights: How eFlirt Started: About six years ago, at the depth of the recession,…
  • Youssef Darwich Interview – Simplifying the Hiring Process

    Paige Sevier
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:58 pm
    “Get out there and immerse yourself in the startup culture.” – Youssef Darwich About: Youssef Darwich – Co-Founder of JobMine Overview: Youssef lives in London, and left his career of investment banking to pursue what he was truly passionate about. Now, he works full time on his company, JobMine, and is all about helping companies, and potential employees have a smoother hiring process that brings personality to life. Highlights: Background: Youssef was involved in investment banking, and got to a point where he wasn’t passionate about the road he was on. He…
  • Micki Krimmel Interview – Superfit Hero

    Paige Sevier
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    “I am my customer.” Micki Krimmel About: Micki Krimmel – Founder and CEO of Superfit Hero Overview: Micki Krimmel is an empowering woman with experience in entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, and even roller derby. Her company, Superfit Hero, is all about making women feel confident and supported in their fitness clothing. Read more about how her clothing is unique to other performance clothing on the market. Highlights: Background: Micki comes from an athletic background in roller derby. She has been competing for the past 8 years and her current team is 8th in the…
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech

  • 10 Of Pakistan’s Most Successful Businesses Ever

    Dan Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    To some, Pakistan is a developing country.  It’s a country that although has a rich, cultural heritage, is only just entering the ‘modern world’ in many ways and embracing business aspects in a style that will allow some to thrive considerably and establish themselves as a household names. The reality, however, is that whilst Pakistan is... The post 10 Of Pakistan’s Most Successful Businesses Ever appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Chrysler Releases Software Update to Prevent Remote Hijacking of its Cars

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Can someone sitting miles away in their living room control your car? Can they turn up the air conditioning, change your favorite radio stations, and even control how fast or slow your car goes? Seems far-fetched and straight out of a scene from the latest James Bond flick, right? Brace yourself, for the answer is... The post Chrysler Releases Software Update to Prevent Remote Hijacking of its Cars appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • InteraCta to Redefine the Broadcasting Industry

    Mehreen Omer
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    InteraCta first received the spotlight a year ago when Maaz Kamal talked about a ground-breaking concept that will disrupt the advertising and broadcasting industry. A year later, it’s finally been executed. What Khurram Zafar rates as one of the most promising startups to graduate from the LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, InteraCta is an interactive broadcasting... The post InteraCta to Redefine the Broadcasting Industry appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Should Your Business Switch to a Cloud-based POS System?

    Brianna Johnson
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:42 am
    Businesses around the world are making the switch from traditional POS (point of sales) systems to cloud-based POS systems. While the benefits often outweigh the complications of upgrading, some business owners are wondering if it makes sense in their current situation. Would it really take your business to the next level, or would it just... The post Should Your Business Switch to a Cloud-based POS System? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • 5 Tips for Business Success From the Experts

    Alicia Rades
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    If you’re launching a new business, then you know that most startups fail. How many? Well, the jury is still out on the exact statistics, but one thing is for sure: if you want your business to succeed, you have to put the effort into it. But there’s more to success than that. Follow these... The post 5 Tips for Business Success From the Experts appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
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    1CLICK Blog

  • Live Chat Applications Online

    13 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Today, chatting online is an integral part of the internet. It can be done using your phone, laptop  or tablet. Time and location are not of any concern while chatting. Live Chatting has had an interesting effect on our lives. Thr … Continue reading →The post Live Chat Applications Online appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Customer Service And Its Applications in E-commerce Websites

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Nowadays, everybody’s talking about live customer service. And rightly so, because it has forever changed the way we shop online.We all know that it has plenty of uses in today’s inter-connected world. It has made shop … Continue reading →The post Live Customer Service And Its Applications in E-commerce Websites appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Online shopping has become a major part of our lives today. It’s convenient, hassle-free and delivered right to your doorstep. This doesn’t seem so bad at all! Yet, in the days before Co-browsing and other fantastic te … Continue reading →The post How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Co-browsing vs Screen Sharing

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The ability to project your screen onto other devices in different parts of the world is truly a remarkable technology. Co-browsing is a relatively new technology when compared to screen sharing. Tech-savvy people all around the w … Continue reading →The post Co-browsing vs Screen Sharing appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Free Co-browsing Software Available Online

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    Co-browsing software is the up and coming, next big online craze. It is a software using which two people can access the same screen even though they may be miles apart. The same screen could be a web page,  digital document or mo … Continue reading →The post Free Co-browsing Software Available Online appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
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  • Quikly & The Evolution Of Consumer Marketing

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    Written by: Shawn Geller, CEO and Co-Founder of Quikly Growing up, my parents absolutely hated shopping, but once a year they made a switch on Black Friday. My parents became captivated consumers. They’d leave the family early on Thanksgiving. This visceral response was powerful and unique, and it stuck with me. On Black Friday, it seemed that discount was not the only factor driving action. These four psychological motivations were actually more important: Anticipation → The more we think about something, the higher we perceive the value to be. Scarcity → If something is limited, we…
  • Top Five Tips To Get Your App Noticed

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
      Written by: Marcos Sanchez, VP global corporate communications of App Annie:     The mobile app market is quickly becoming saturated. With the public’s appetite for downloading apparently waning, it’s even more important that developers plan carefully how to to stand their app apart from the other two million across the app stores – as without continuous downloads the possibility of growth for an app business is near to nothing. Marcos Sanchez, VP global corporate communications of App Annie, the leading provider of app analytics and market data, offers five…
  • Yactraq Online And The Future Of Business Intelligence

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    Written by: Jeh Daruvala, Founder and CEO of Yactraq Online Internet data is concurrently accelerating across many channels, with audio, video and text based channels growing faster than ever. From a business intelligence perspective, this means companies need to be listening across all channels like Phone Calls, Tweets, YouTube, Facebook, Broadcast Media and Web Pages. Applications of the business intelligence stemming from these channels include Voice-of-the-Customer, Media Monitoring, Competitive Intelligence, and Brand Sentiment, yet integrating all these channels is a significant…
  • Parascript – Transforming The Way Businesses Manage Document-Centered Work

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    Parascript software helps businesses streamlining their document management processes, ensuring highly accurate data location and extraction for over 20 years. Parascript has recently announced the Parascript Ultimate Document Challenge. We recently talked to Greg Council, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Parascript. Greg is responsible for market vision and product strategy. He oversees all aspects of Parascript software life cycles, leading the successful development and introduction of advanced technology to the marketplace. Formerly, he led product management at…
  • Insurance Startup Peach Out to Disrupt the Market for Product Warranties

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:56 am
    Written by: Luke Cooper, co-founder and CEO of Peach In 2014, US consumers spent $9.2 billion on warranties for mobile phones and several more billions on warranties for other consumer electronics. Crazy? We think so. Do you own a warranty? It makes sense, right? Especially for smartphones and other high-use, high-risk items. But do you know the details of your warranties? When they end? How much of a deductible you’ll have to pay if your new $1,000 Apple Watch ends up in a bowl of soup? Related: MyCloudCure – Reliable IT Support From The Cloud We founded Peach in 2014 because consumers…
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  • Get Anything Done With Anyone, From Anywhere, At Anytime Via Tribe

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    We are living in a constantly moving world. Day transitions into night, weathers transforming the way we feel and the internet changing the way we work. With the world gotten closer, thanks to technology, we lead a very dynamic life as well. We manage to juggle work and play the whole time. While the latter does not require the participation of others, one can’t say the same about work. Managing your business or work from far away may get a little difficult. But Tribe is here to change that as well. This unique application allows you to delegate, manage and check over the progress of work…
  • Why I Prefer GetResponse Over Vertical Response For My Email Marketing Needs

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
    Introduction Email marketing is the thing of the day. While people are taking to social media and micro blogging sites, to get really intimate and close with your clients, a regular update via email does say a lot about how you intend to treat your clientele. Not only are emails great to keep a loyal customer base, it also acts as an incredible tool to spread the word about your company, taking your brand onto the global platform. So if you are already on a hunt for the perfect email marketing tool to fit your needs you have come to the right place. Today we review two most promising email…
  • Meet Quinto, The Best Way To Discover Good Food

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Have you tried out a restaurant purely because a food app told you that it was good and the dish you ordered was just bad? Do you think restaurants are being rated more for their ambience or service rather than their quality of food? If you are the real foodie who doesn’t mind heading to the most crowded places to taste good food, then Quinto is the app you should use. Quinto is the only app that tells you the closest place to getting the best flavours that your mouth is watering for based on reviews from foodies like you. So, the next time you crave for something special use Quinto to…
  • Meet Bizzy Indonesia, Your Office Partner

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Buying office supplies has never been easier, with Bizzy Indonesia; you can now get all your office requirements in one place. Specially catering to small and medium scale companies, Bizzy Indonesia is a one stop destination for all your office needs. Find thousands of products right from cleaning equipment, to stationary and electronics, food to fill your pantry as well as services. If you are into inventory and are the office supply head, you know how difficult it is to get your order delivered on time so that work is not hampered, well with Bizzy Indonesia all that is resolved. Not only is…
  • Celebrate Local Shopping Via GetNow.At

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Don’t you just hate it that after a hard day’s work you have to step out again to get some essentials like sugar or tea powder? The convenience store is no longer convenient because you have to wait for your turn to come and supermarkets are a headache altogether, from finding parking to waiting at the till to get your billing done. Wouldn’t it be just simpler, if you could sit at home and everything was brought to your doorstep? Well, it GetNow.At is the store to go to, if you want everything delivered at home, from grocery to electronics, office supplies and even cakes. Just register…
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    Hey, I'm CitizenTekk

  • Capture Your Audience Instantly with Mobile Video

    Cherie Nelson
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    According to Forbes, mobile video will represent roughly 69 percent… The post Capture Your Audience Instantly with Mobile Video appeared first on Hey, I'm CitizenTekk.
  • How Do You Find Your First Customers?

    Anand Srinivasan
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    As any business owner will tell you, finding those first… The post How Do You Find Your First Customers? appeared first on Hey, I'm CitizenTekk.
  • Video Advertising: The Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity

    Cherie Nelson
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    The explosion of digital video viewing across a variety of… The post Video Advertising: The Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity appeared first on Hey, I'm CitizenTekk.
  • Why Your Business Needs a Mobile Strategy

    Anand Srinivasan
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Your business needs a mobile strategy – it’s just that… The post Why Your Business Needs a Mobile Strategy appeared first on Hey, I'm CitizenTekk.
  • Mobile Pay: The Digitization of Money

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    For years the smartphone has made life simpler. It has… The post Mobile Pay: The Digitization of Money appeared first on Hey, I'm CitizenTekk.
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    Playme AR

  • 20 Digital Marketing Tools that helps Online Marketers

    Alvin Ooi
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Digital Marketing is very rooted into online businesses and to the businesses that rely heavily on online for revenue and business. We’ve break this article into 3 parts that allows easier tools for online marketers or even any individual marketers from home that needs that extra tools to help enhance their online business.  We will focus on 3 main core ideas we believe is essential for everyone to start first with online marketing. 3 Categories: • Email Marketing • Content Curation • Content Creation • Keyword Research • Website Analytics Tool Each category has 3 tools…
  • 10 Brilliant Augmented Reality Marketing Ideas

    Alvin Ooi
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Augmented Reality Marketing is being used by many brands to enhance their awareness, increase sales, improve customer experience and much more. It is not just a gimmick as it was 4-5 years ago. There are many ways to utilize augmented reality and allow them to stay as brand loyal advocates. We will share with you how Playme AR Creator is able to allow you to do all these 14 amazing marketing ideas using the Augmented Reality as a leverage tool to better excite and engage customers through digitalisation. Those that are not familiar with what augmented reality really is can refer to the…
  • Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality Saga Will Be Decided By Content

    Alvin Ooi
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Playme AR being in the market for a year and more, We’ve seen somethings that are eye opening and also amazing along the way. Many asked us why bank on Augmented Reality when Virtual Reality is so much bigger in hype, media, and popularity. Simple, we believe in the unlimited possibilities of mixing both together to form something that is close to Minority Report or even better Iron Man HUD system JARVIS. First things first. AR & VR is growing.  Many critics say that its just a fad and it’ll die down. We believe these space is just in its infancy as it is with the era of…
  • in e27, Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015, June 23 – 24

    Alvin Ooi
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am was honoured to have been selected as Malaysia’s MaGIC Top 15 Startups for Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015! We are delighted to have been selected and being able to showcase to the Singaporeans and the global audience there with MaGIC. E27’s Echelon Asia Summit Singapore boast a wide array of audiences with more than 2500 spanning from across Asia with investors, business partners and startups from Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh and more! Some little meaning behind the word of MaGIC or “Malaysian Global…
  • Can Augmented Reality be used in Marketing Campaigns

    Alvin Ooi
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:48 pm
    So you have heard of Augmented Reality also known as AR or even seen what Augmented Reality “AR” is. Well if you don’t to many of those that still clueless what augmented reality is then you should read on. It’s normal as statistics have shown that Augmented Reality apps is only about less than 100 million in total overall in global reach therefore it isn’t weird that many still don’t know what is augmented reality. Some that seen this will lament that it is a improved version of QR codes which is not the same thing. Its almost like comparing apples and…
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 088: Part 1 – What Happens When You Stop Second Guessing & Trust Your Instincts

    Omer Khan
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Aaron Epstein is the co-founder of Creative Market, an online platform that lets you sell and buy handcrafted, mouse-made design content such as fonts and graphics. He launched his first software product called Color Schemer when he was still in college and went on to grow that into a 6-figures a year business. A few years later he met his co-founders and combined forces to work on an online creative community called COLOURlovers and eventually went through Y-Combinator. COLOURlovers grew into a community with over a million users. In 2012, they launched…
  • 087: Part 2 – How StatusPage Went from Zero to a Million Dollars in 18 Months

    Omer Khan
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Scott Klein is the co-founder of StatusPage, a Y-Combinator backed startup that lets you create a hosted status page for your app or website. You can use the status page to display downtime notifications, performance metrics or any other information that your customers might need to know. StatusPage launched in 2013 and has raised about $250,000 to date. Its customers include companies such as KISSmetrics, Vimeo and Kickstarter. In this episode we talk about: The pressure that the co-founders felt going through Y-Combinator, the pressure that co-founders felt…
  • 086: Part 1 – How StatusPage Went from Zero to a Million Dollars in 18 Months

    Omer Khan
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Scott Klein is the co-founder of StatusPage, a Y-Combinator backed startup that lets you create a hosted status page for your app or website. You can use the status page to display downtime notifications, performance metrics or any other information that your customers might need to know. StatusPage launched in 2013 and has raised about $250,000 to date. Its customers include companies such as KISSmetrics, Vimeo and Kickstarter. In this episode we talk about: The importance of finding balance in your life and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of Silicon Valley…
  • 085: Part 2 – How a Neglected Side Project Turned Into a Multi-Million Dollar Startup

    Omer Khan
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Amir Salihefendic is the founder and CEO of, the makers of Todoist, an online and mobile task management app. He started Todoist in 2007 when he was still a student with two programming jobs on the side. He needed a way to manage his own work and productivity but couldn’t find the right tool. So he decided to build his own tool. He didn’t see it as a startup and he didn’t have any big ambitions. It was just a tool. Today, the company has over 4 million of users and Todoist is also used by a number of Fortune 100 companies. And the tool that our…
  • 084: Part 1 – How a Neglected Side Project Turned Into a Multi-Million Dollar Startup

    Omer Khan
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Amir Salihefendic is the founder and CEO of, the makers of Todoist, an online and mobile task management app. He started Todoist in 2007 when he was still a student with two programming jobs on the side. He needed a way to manage his own work and productivity but couldn’t find the right tool. So he decided to build his own tool. He didn’t see it as a startup and he didn’t have any big ambitions. It was just a tool. Today, the company has over 4 million of users and Todoist is also used by a number of Fortune 100 companies. And the…
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • Startup traction stories from the best startups

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Ah. Traction. One of the main challenges faced by early startups of all types. Getting traction is like beating one huge chicken and egg problem consisting of many chicken and egg problems within. The thing about traction is that it will never be straightforward to achieve. Lets face it, starting a company will never be about certainty. If it … Continue reading Startup traction stories from the best startups → The post Startup traction stories from the best startups appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Your customers hate your product & maybe you too

    15 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We launched RocketClub’s first campaign ‘Earn Startup Shares trying Cool Products‘ to much excitement and a bit of embarrassment last Friday. According to Reid Hoffman, I suppose we did the right thing -we pushed for a launch even though we needed more time. It wasn’t until our site was getting real usage and we were doing everything … Continue reading Your customers hate your product & maybe you too → The post Your customers hate your product & maybe you too appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention

    20 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Part 1. Press is Credibility Part 2. Press is Visibility Many startup company founders confuse the two statements above. As per getting press is concerned, the two statements actually exist in that order. Without credibility, your company/campaign will not get visibility. The reason why founders often confuse the two is because they’re focused on the goal (the end-result), … Continue reading 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention → The post 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    What is Crowd Ownership Crowd ownership is real stake held by the community itself. This is usually in the form of a large partnership or distribution of company shares to the community. Crowd ownership works because long-term incentives are aligned. It powers further adoption as well as sustains the livelihood of the community. Crowd ownership refers to the … Continue reading Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership → The post Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Crowd Ownership is RocketClub

    2 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Crowd Ownership is the New Black Recently, I published an article on Medium titled “The Crowd Ownership Manifesto“. In it I explained the genesis of the idea and reasoned why it will become part of the future. For those who are trying to figure out what this was about or the thesis behind this blog moving forward, it is a … Continue reading Crowd Ownership is RocketClub → The post Crowd Ownership is RocketClub appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
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  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Morocco

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
  • Technology Belongs to You, Regardless of Your Age, Gender, or Origin

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
      I'm not a man.   I'm not a programmer.   And I was not born in the United States.   And here I am, a founder of one quite successful tech startup.   To be completely honest, I was born in Central Europe. I studied diplomacy. And when I decided to build my first business, I was living in Lebanon, language of which I didn't speak and where I barely knew anyone. The only things I had were my laptop and very poor Internet connection.   Actually, these proved to be rather powerful tools in the end. They helped me to learn everything about online marketing, to build…
  • The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
      Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?  …
  • Morocco: On Startups, Ambitions, and Treacherous Google

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
      I still vividly remember July 28th, 2014. It was a dusty summer afternoon in Marrakech. My co-founder and I were hiding from the scolding heat and resting on a traditional Moroccan sofa, and I tentatively clicked on Mailchimp's "send now" button to officially launch MAQTOOB via a newsletter to our beta testers. We deliberately moved to Morocco for a couple of months to bootstrap our way to successful inauguration of a new app discovery platform. And we were neither the first nor the last startup to use this breathtaking country as a comfortable and cheap base to build our product.
  • What makes you an entrepreneur?

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
        When desperate nights tend to lose to hopeful mornings.   When the lesson of losing money is an investment, not a failure.   When trading 11 months of drudgery for 1 month of fun is not an option.   When stability is the shackles of progress.   When facing stereotype means facing slow death.   When rejection is the temporary toll and freedom is the sweet trophy.   When a message from a happy customer means the world.   When mockery triggers a boost of energy to push harder.   When loneliness takes on brand new faces.   When…
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  • Go Pro Hero Black VS SJ 4000

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    Lately these handy cams have been the leading mobile webcam used in various adventures due to its tiny size and capability to record both photos and videos at abnormal heights and speeds. These are quite considered as one of the few versatile action cameras that can be held anywhere. These types of handy cameras have The post Go Pro Hero Black VS SJ 4000 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • The 5 best alternatives to FaceTime for Android

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    Let’s face it: Google managed to loosen Apple’s stranglehold on the mobile market. They’ve won — or at least, they haven’t lost — and that’s quite an achievement, but Apple’s experience in mobile software still gives them the edge in a number of areas, and video chatting is one of them. FaceTime, iOS’s native video The post The 5 best alternatives to FaceTime for Android appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Best office application for your IPAD

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Have you ever thought which would be the best office application for your IPAD? Today we shall review several applications that may be useful to an user in the evergreen changing world of business requirements at your door step. The world has evolved and it is thus quite crucial to have such access handy anytime The post Best office application for your IPAD appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Automate Your Instagram Tasks

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Have you ever though how to Automate your Instagram Tasks? Lately I have been really tired to play the follow, unfollow games followed by the likes, dislikes and commenting Having done a lot of research on the internet I landed on this online Application which seemed quite handy, not only thus it claims to automate these The post Automate Your Instagram Tasks appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How do I use WhatsApp calling Feature

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    So, until WhatsApp calling arrives to your iPhone, you can install WhatsAppCallEnabler on your jailbroken iPhone if you don’t like to wait for it any longer. Let me walk you through the process as to how you can enable WhatsApp voice calling feature on your iPhone using WhatsAppCallEnabler! How to Enable WhatsApp Voice Calling (VoIP) The post How do I use WhatsApp calling Feature appeared first on MGeeky.
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    LifeBeyondNumbers » Startups

  • 9 Things I Learned From Working In Venture Capital For 6 Months

    Omar Hmaissy
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:56 am
    In January, I participated in the Chicago Booth Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab, where I had the opportunity to work with the great team at Second Century Ventures, a consumer and SMB tech focused VC based in Chicago, for 6 months. Having spent a considerable amount of time talking to entrepreneurs, sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, and developing investment theses, I thought I would share my learnings with all those interested in Venture Capital as a career path. Below are my thoughts on what working in Venture Capital is about, what is expected from the investing team, and…
  • Red Polka – For Every Woman Who Can’t Part Ways With Window Shopping

    Sheetal Rao
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:14 am
    Vishakha Singh, a marketing professional with 15 years of experience of working with top media conglomerates like The Times Group and Network 18, decided to turn an entrepreneur this year. Obviously, it surprised a few but Vishakha has been known among her friends and family to take the road less travelled. Vishakha founded Red Polka, an online window shopping portal, in Jan 2015. Vishakha’s strength lies in shopper behavior and brand building, and her thinking has been shaped up on a single philosophy of ‘Jo Diktha Hai Woh Bikta Hai‘. She believes that brand building should…
  • NoMyID – Empowering You To Email Without An Email Address

    Syed Muksit
    5 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    With the world shrinking into the mobile phones, have you realized that it has paralyzed us in a way? We don’t even remember the phone numbers and email addresses of our dear ones. And we bet that out of all the phone numbers you have stored in your mobile, for 80% of those people, you don’t have their email addresses. If in case you want to mail them something or anything urgent, all you have to do is call them up or text them asking for their email address. But what if we can email them via their phone numbers without the need of actual email addresses? NoMyID, a mobile…
  • GuideTrip – Empowering You To Travel More Like A Local

    Syed Muksit
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    A new place is more interesting if you can explore and know more about the people living there, languages they speak, different things they do and lot more. They make you rich in terms of experience and knowledge apart from the basic new things you have seen there. And if you are one of those who loves to pack up your bags to travel to a new place at every possible opportunity, you are not alone. Almost all of us love to break away to an unseen place to unwind, to create more memories and start planning the next trip before the current one finishes. However, there is a thin line that…
  • 10 Things I Learned Being A Woman Entrepreneur

    Rekha Narayan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Being an Indian woman entrepreneur showed me that the road less travelled is quite different. Entrepreneurship allows freedom from a routine, an ability to be yourself, to think outside the box and show creative ways to add value. For many this is the road they wished they had taken. But it comes with its own drawbacks, so you need to go in fully aware of those. Like you don’t really know if you even have what it takes to succeed. And most of the time you are on your own establishing your product or offering. You also have to work twice as hard to prove you are great. And being a woman…
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  • The Biggest Challenge Facing Startups In Africa

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    In collaboration with GES and the US State Department, mobile surveying company GeoPoll asked 1,000 entrepreneurs across Africa about entrepreneurship in their countries. The survey identified four key challenges facing African Startups in Sub-Saharan Africa.It seems the funding issue with startups in Africa seems to be the biggest challenge facing African startups since 37% of the 1000 entrepreneurs who participated in the survey mentioned it as the most needed. The challenges in terms of finding funds for your startup in Africa is real.Mostly, one of the primary source of finance for…
  • Airbnb Plans To Expand Across Africa

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:33 am
    Airbnb ,the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, has announced its plans to expand further across the continent . CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky ,attended GES 2015 to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent – which represents a huge opportunity for the company. “I’m thrilled to meet so many entrepreneurs here at GES who will build and grow this community throughout Africa. And I’m excited to see how Airbnb will empower people across the continent to make extra…
  • Facebook Hosts Developer Day At iHub To Commemorate The One year Anniversary Of

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:39 am
    Facebook is hosting a Developer Day at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya  to celebrating the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the app today. Over the last year, Facebook has worked closely with more than a dozen mobile operators across 17 countries to give people access to relevant basic internet services without data charges. Today is available to more than a billion people. African countries where has been launched include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Angola and Malawi.  Connecting people to the power of the Internet “By…
  • Airtel Launches App Challenge for African Developers

    17 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Telecommunications giant Airtel in collaboration with singaporean telecoms company Singlet and Smasung has launched the Singlet/Airtel Accelerator Challenge. The  challenge which is aimed at startup developers in Africa and Asia seeks to identify innovative mobile apps and solutions that will have impact in our communities. “This initiative is a great opportunity for developers in Africa to come up with innovative mobile apps that directly touch individual consumer’s needs. We hope to partner with like-minded individuals who will come forward and work together with us to come up with…
  • Pitch Your Startup’s Idea At iSpace Pitch Zone

    17 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Do you need an avenue to unveil you startup’s idea  ? The TGIF Pitch Zone is an iSpace initiative which seeks to support startups in any industry with resources and networks to help them thrive.This month’s edition is taking place at iSpace at 6:30pm, Friday 31st July Anyone with an innovative idea gets the opportunity to pitch in front of the ecosystem’s brightest minds to get feedback, meet people, find co-founders and win useful prizes. To pitch this month, register HERE. Slots to pitch at this month’s event are open till 25th July. If you want to be a…
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  • How To Lead High Performing Startup Teams

    25 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    Great teams are a feature of the startup scene. Founding groups made up of committed, talented people. On the surface leading this kind of group should be easy. But it does not work that way in the real world. Simple, short term incentives don’t work. Providing the right challenge and setting an overall direction are necessary. Then have the courage to allow everyone to express their own intelligence and ambition. In their own way. The results will be amazing. Success in a startup depends on the team. New ideas, great product, efficient business model, innovative marketing all…
  • How To Hire An App Developer

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    One of the challenges facing non technical startup founders is outsourcing development work. It is a regular question when I do my small business consulting for startups. So I am delighted to share this guest post from my friend Michael Romilly (@MRomilly) at Waracle. Waracle (@WaracleUK) are trusted by the UK & USA's most innovative businesses to be mobile app developers. They know what they are talking about....It’s tough going creating software in the mobile age. There’s a tonne of stuff you need to think about. If you’re currently attempting to…
  • Business Plans: Lessons From Algeria

    15 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    I have just returned from two fantastic days in Algeria. As part of my small business consulting for startups, I was helping the team from Ooredoo (a major mobile operator) that runs the first startup incubator in Algeria. The incubator is part of a joint initiative between the company and the Algerian Government called tStart. My role was to educate them about business plans. It was a great experience and I learned a huge amount from the group that I worked with. You can read more about the trip in my LinkedIn post here.I have written a fair bit about business plans in the past. (If you sign…
  • Onboarding: 5 Strategic Priorities

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    Customer Onboarding often determines the success or failure of SaaS companies selling to SMEs. Look at onboarding as a strategic priority. Within your end to end sales and marketing process. Experiment and test to find the right tactics. Keep the need to generate sustainable LTV front of mind.A Golden OpportunityAnother energetic and intelligent discussion in the SaaS Scotland Group two weeks ago. We focused on Customer Onboarding. The founders had a great selection of ideas and suggestions as you can see by looking at the ideas page. The session reinforced a key point. Customer Onboarding is…
  • Function, Context, Time: A Short Sketch About Quality

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Quality has been in my mind a lot this week. One way or another I have seen and heard some great stuff. And I was also frustrated and challenged by the bad things. At the end I felt I had a little bit of clarity. Real quality is three elements. Function, context and time. And it matters above all else.For example, I spoke at a conference on Enterprise Mobility Management on Thursday. I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity and quality of the early speakers. A few hours later I was listening to the car radio. A discussion about sustainable fashion. The show included the bald statement that…
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    From Corporate To Career Freedom

  • 5 Common Mistakes That Amateur Bloggers Make

    10 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    A guest post from Jennifer Nini Do you want more people reading your blog? Do you want to build your subscriber list? Do you want to make money from blogging? Of course you do, why else would you have a blog? You could just as easily be journalling in the privacy of your bedroom. Instead, […] Read more... The post 5 Common Mistakes That Amateur Bloggers Make appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • Edgar Social Media Tool Review

    19 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have a confession. I’m a lazy social media poster. You see, I understand how important social media is for growing a business. I know it’s a great way to increase visibility of your brand. It’s a great way to connect with potential customers. It’s a great way to bring regular traffic to your website. […] Read more... The post Edgar Social Media Tool Review appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • 7 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

    22 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Messy tables, non-stop ringing phones, sporadic schedules, team management troubles, email beeps, and what not; an entrepreneur often has stacks work of finish.  It can be quite difficult to manage all your tasks once your business in kicking-in and has finally started making profits. You don’t want to mess it up at this point of […] Read more... The post 7 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • If You’re Not Making Money on Instagram, You’re Doing It Wrong

    16 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Guest post by Melissa Camilleri, Founder of Compliment, Inc. and the 21-Day Insta-course Note from Lauren: I’ve lined up an amazing deal for you to access Melissa’s 21-day Insta-course – check at the details at the bottom of this post. As long as you haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years, you’ll know that Instagram […] Read more... The post If You’re Not Making Money on Instagram, You’re Doing It Wrong appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • The Cost Of Facebook Ads (And How They Grew My Business)

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    I want to begin this post by revealing a shocking statistic I uncovered in my own marketing efforts these past few weeks, because the whole point of this post is to convince you of the benefit of advertising on Facebook, and these statistics strengthen my point far better than my meagre writing could. The Statistic […] Read more... The post The Cost Of Facebook Ads (And How They Grew My Business) appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
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  • NeverSnooze CoFounders Launch Kickstarter to Help You Stop Snoozing

    Ben Center
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Chase Armstrong saw a chronic problem with how people were starting their day. The luxury of having an alarm clock on your iPhone meant that a blind reach and a gentle tap earned you five or ten more minutes of precious sleep. The consequence, as many of these “snoozers” fail to acknowledge, is that it decreases the effectiveness of a good night’s sleep, and makes it even more difficult to start your day. Chase had a vision to create an alarm clock that made it easier to those habitual snoozers to rise at their first alarm, starting their day on the right note. As you may have imagined,…
  • Startup Investment: Business Models Which Work

    29 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    By: Michael WhitehouseA business model is the one of the most important aspects of a startup when considering investment. There are many different business models out there, but within startup investment there are four which have proven to be effective for others in the project. Before we discuss this, however; let's highlight an important distinction for any investor. Business Plan Vs Business ModelIn a previous article we discussed what makes a strong business plan to help investors determine whether a startup is ready for an injection of capital or not. But one important point has come out…
  • Understanding the Terms of Startup Investment

    21 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Michael WhitehouseWhether you are an investor looking to put money into a startup, or an entrepreneur attempting to bring finances into your project, it is critical that you understand the terms and conditions of any investment. While legal advice is of paramount importance to ensure that any contract of investment is above board, you still need to know what is being asked of you so that you can decide whether such stipulations are acceptable or not. Furthermore, showing that you have knowledge of such things will generate more confidence in you as an investor or a startup businessperson…
  • 5 Tips for Improving Your Startup Deal Flow

    19 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    By Tim HoughtenDeal flow is critical. Only with sufficient deal flow can investors uncover the best startup investments, and stay diversified. No one want capital sitting idle, especially not in today’s miserly low interest rate environment. A Forbes study of deal pipeline for VCs and angel investor groups shows they review 87 investment opportunities before committing to 1, on average. The new SEC Regulation A+ roll out is sure to make the landscape even more crowded with investors scrambling over the deal flow they can find.So how can investors improve…
  • Tips For An Effective Co-Founder Relationship

    14 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    By Tim HoughtenWhat really makes for an effective, and lasting co-founder relationship?Is the magical pixie dust that gives co-founder relationships wings really all about eHarmony style data matching? Or like a successful, and long-lived “celebrity marriage,” is it the result of a strong pre-nup, regular date nights, and a lot of patience and willingness to forgive?From curating the wisdom of leading entrepreneurs with decades of serial startup experience, and new partnerships; a successful co-founder relationship can really be broken down to 4 factors…1. Finding the Right MatchVia a…
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    Viola Notes

  • How ironSource, SundaySky, Outbrain and Payoneer use Social Media creatively to recruit new talent

    Noya Lizor
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    Do you know anyone who isn’t on Facebook or LinkedIn? If you’re like me, then you can probably think of only a few (rebels, the “technologically challenged” or privacy freaks), which means that pretty much the rest of the world (or a significant chunk of it, anyway) is online, and most likely searchable on a social network. But while most of us have some sort of social presence (including businesses who have company pages), when it comes to either looking for work or hunting for fresh talent, some are using social media more effectively than others. I asked the HR leads at a few of…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Illit Geller, Co-founder & CEO at TradAir

    Noya Lizor
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Illit Geller, Co-founder & CEO at TradAir Age: 40 Lives in: Herzeliya Company’s main offices: Tel Aviv, London, NYC Illit Geller, Co-founder & CEO at TradAir What does your company do and why is it unique? TradAir is a leading provider of front office optimization solutions designed to offer financial institutions the ability to enhance their client relationships and participation in the global markets, creating new revenue streams and reducing costs. TradAir provides an end-to-end infrastructure from price generation and dynamic distribution to aggregation and algo trading…
  • 13 experienced startup CTOs offer their top tips to first-time CTOs

    Noya Lizor
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    For many techie types (and marketing, biz-dev, and other types too, for that matter) joining a startup and being a part of something that could potentially become the next big thing, is a truly exciting venture. And if you’re lucky enough to be appointed as the technical lead, it could be an amazing, life-changing experience, but one that’s almost certain to include LOTS of challenges, bumps in the road, and possibly a few near (or actual) catastrophes. Happily, although challenges present themselves at every stage of a startup’s life, the more experience you gain along the way, the…
  • Why Israeli high tech marketers need to make “The Missing P” a top priority

    Carmel Yoeli
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    The following is a guest post by Carmel Yoeli (CEO) & Saar Brodsky (VP Creative), co-founders of technology marketing agency Atreo. If B2B high-tech in Israel could be summed up as a persona, it would be akin to a “weird genius”: It’s brilliant, but a bit of a social reject. Israeli technology is unquestionably among the world’s most advanced, but when it comes to marketing savvy, we lag far behind. So what are we doing wrong? In our view, the problem stems from inadequate strategy, and the fact that Israeli B2B tech companies have simply forgotten one of the essential “Four…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Ely Razin, CEO at CrediFi

    Noya Lizor
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Ely Razin, CEO at CrediFi Age: 48 Lives in: Modiin, the city of the future! Significant others: Married + 4 “wonderful, exhausting kids” Company’s main offices: We’re dual headquartered, in New York and Tel Aviv (Modiin, actually). Ely Razin, CEO at CrediFi What does your company do and why is it unique? We are a Big Data company, focused on the global, $5+ Trillion market for Commercial Real Estate finance; this market has been opaque for a long time, and this opacity was part of the cause of the 2008-9 Credit Crisis. We are now providing transparency and creating an…
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  • 4 Dos and 4 Don’ts for Writing Ad Copy

    Cristian Worthington
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    I found an ad in my snail-mail today (pictured above). There’s nothing like bad ad copy to make you think! This ad is professionally intriguing, because it is so beautiful and yet so ineffective. I asked several people to tell me what the ad was promoting and I got a different answer from each person. I’ve spent my career writing ads to attract buyers for my startups and these are a few things I’ve learned: Have a Clear Objective Focus on your target. Write your ad copy and then imagine the person who reads your copy has mentioned your product to a friend. What will he/she say to…
  • 3 Customer Service Lessons for Startups

    Sandra Giffin
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Eating at restaurants is a common experience for busy startup people.  Over the past few months I have made some interesting observations about the customer service I have received at some of my favourite restaurants. Restaurants and startups have a lot in common.  They are chaotic environments, things go wrong on a regular basis, they are struggling to find product market fit and they have a short time to impress their customer. 3 Customer Service Lessons a #Startup can Learn at Lunch  #growth…Click To Tweet Here are 3 Lessons I have learned at Lunch: Don’t Serve your Customer…
  • How to use Twitter to Find your Product/Market Fit

    Cristian Worthington
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Finding Product/Market Fit is one of the most important challenges faced by a startup. Here’s how we used Twitter to find a solution. Product/Market Fit Every startup begins with a vision. There is no guaranteed way to verify your vision. No hypothetical market in which you can confirm whether you’re dreaming or having a delusion. Focus groups and surveys rely on small samples of people. But small samples of people are unreliable and often can’t envision the use for a revolutionary new product. Imagine … Why would anyone want to carry their whole music collection around in…
  • How To Find Great Content to Share

    Sandra Giffin
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    In this age of social media it is essential to have a presence or you won’t exist. You need to attract followers who share your interests. And to get followers you have to contribute something of value that goes beyond you and your business. Social Media is a big party.  Here’s how to be a good guest: Don’t Talk about Yourself and Your Business all the time if you only promote yourself and your business you will become a social pariah promote yourself and your business no more than 20% of the time you may think you are fascinating but after a while everybody becomes boring Develop the…
  • Why Every Startup Should Use Content Marketing

    Sandra Giffin
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Most cash strapped Startups have a non-existent marketing budget. But marketing is one area where sweat equity and creativity can get results. That’s why you need to learn about content marketing. What is Content Marketing? Content Marketing is sharing relevant, valuable, and engaging content that you have created or curated so you can attract interest in your company and acquire customers. Why is Content Marketing Important? According to a 2015 Report by Ad Age and The Content Council called The Future of Content, Today’s Consumer expects that Businesses will provide Content that is…
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    Guide 2 Startup

  • How to Add SEO Tools Plugin to Your Site (WordPress)

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Yoast is a software vendor that provides a variety of free and paid plugins for SEO and analytics on our WordPress site. I have covered their excellent plugin for Google Analytics in this post. I use their tools on my The post How to Add SEO Tools Plugin to Your Site (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • How to Add SumoMe Tools to Your Site (WordPress)

    16 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    SumoMe is a software vendor that provides a variety of free and paid solutions for your WordPress site, including, but not limited to: list builder, scroll box, heat maps, sharing tools, contact tools and more. Many of the tools are The post How to Add SumoMe Tools to Your Site (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • How to Add Google Analytics Plugin to Your Site (WordPress)

    10 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    The Google Analytics is widely recognized tool in tracking the traffic for your site, its sources, user demographics, how your site is most often viewed, which of your pages get most attention and so much more. The Google Analytics plugin The post How to Add Google Analytics Plugin to Your Site (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • How to Add an “Under Construction” Page (WordPress)

    18 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    As you grow your business, your website evolves too. Often, you need to make changes that will take some time to implement, but you don’t want your visitors to see your page in this half-done state. The solution is to The post How to Add an “Under Construction” Page (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • Adding Social Share Buttons to Your Blog (WordPress)

    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    You can’t underestimate the importance of social share buttons on your blog. You work hard on your blog post and now it is done. You double and triple checked it and now you are ready to hit that Publish button The post Adding Social Share Buttons to Your Blog (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
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    Startup Slingshot » The Lab

  • How To Get Your Big Idea Off Of The Ground With Oisin Hanrahan of Handy

    William Griggs
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today I sat down with Oishin Hanrahan. Oishin is the founder and CEO of Handy, a marketplace that allows you to book home cleaning services, handymen and plumbers online in 28 cities. During our time together, we went back to the beginning to see how he got such a big idea off of the ground in an effort to help you get your big ideas off of the ground. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it. Tweet me at william_griggs.   Topics Covered In This Episode For those in the audience unfamiliar with Handy, what is Handy? To help our audience understand the scale…
  • What The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Know & Do Differently With Kirk Dando

    William Griggs
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    To find out what most successful entrepreneurs know and do differently, I sat down with Kirk Dando. Over the last 20 years, Kirk has helped more than 5,000 executives – including eight Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year and several “Best CEO” winners – kill it in business. In this interview, we cover what successful entrepreneurs think and do differently, so that you can begin to change your thoughts and actions. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it. Tweet me at william_griggs.   Topics Covered In This Episode Can you tell us more about…
  • Serial Entrepreneur Reveals What He Learned Launching 5 Companies & Creating Over $1.5B In Shareholder Value

    William Griggs
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Recently, I went looking for a serial entrepreneur to interview. My thought was simple, if a founder of just one venture can share so much value; imagine what a founder of multiple ventures would have to share. With this in mind, I sat down with Bob Fabbio. Bob is the definition of a serial entrepreneur. He has launched 5 companies including multiple category creating companies across several industries. During our discussion, we dig into each of his entrepreneurial endeavors to pull out actionable lessons you can take away and apply to building your business. Be sure to pay attention to his…
  • What Scott Abel Learned From Working With Steve Jobs, Building Two Monster Startups, & Launching One Failed Venture

    William Griggs
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to work for Steve Jobs or if you’ve ever wanted to start a successful company, you will want to hear what Scott Abel, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Spiceworks, has to say. His experience is unique, his stories are entertaining, and his knowledge nuggets are actionable. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it. Tweet me at william_griggs.   Topics Covered In This Episode From 1988 to 1997 you worked at Apple and NEXT with Steve Jobs, take us to that moment in time… What was that like? What 2-3 things…
  • What Alan Knitowski Learned Selling Three Companies & Angel Investing In Three Companies That Have Gone Public

    William Griggs
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    You’re not going to want to miss this interview with Alan Knitowski, Founder & CEO of Phunware. During the interview, we dig into Alan’s incredible background including his stint as an Army Ranger, the founding of his first company, which he sold for $169M after just 22 months, and so much more. The stories Alan shares in this interview are inspiring and the knowledge he shares is priceless. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it. Tweet me at william_griggs.   Topics Covered In This Episode Background: Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?
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    OK, Intrnt

  • This ‘Rocket’ to propel startups into trajectory

    Ok, Intrnt
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Remember that time when you came across an amazing idea and you thought ‘I wish I could be a part… The post This ‘Rocket’ to propel startups into trajectory appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Crowdsourcing Knowledge For Medical Professionals – Figure 1

    Ok, Intrnt
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    In an age where information is abundant and so are the needs, technology has stepped in beautifully to ensure the… The post Crowdsourcing Knowledge For Medical Professionals – Figure 1 appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Humanizing Help On The Internet – Volley

    Ok, Intrnt
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    When you realize that people use the words “Real World” to refer to the actual world while differentiating from the… The post Humanizing Help On The Internet – Volley appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Get Heard In The Noise On The Internet – THUNDERCLAP

    Ok, Intrnt
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    The most empowering thing with the internet is that now everyone has a voice. But what do you do to… The post Get Heard In The Noise On The Internet – THUNDERCLAP appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Visit Places You Don’t Find On Tourist Maps – Very Local Trip

    Ok, Intrnt
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    The way people travel is changing. Nobody wants to be the tourist with a hat, a map in one hand,… The post Visit Places You Don’t Find On Tourist Maps – Very Local Trip appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
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  • DMail Chrome Provides Email Privacy

    Bit Logic
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    If you are like most people, you understand that deleting an email doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gone forever. It’s astonishing how data recovery experts can revive information that has long since been “erased”. Sometimes this resurrected information winds up coming back to haunt its author. Social apps like Snapchat have attempted to answer this […] The post DMail Chrome Provides Email Privacy appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Stop Chasing Receipts, Use Expensebot

    Bit Logic
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    There probably aren’t many executives, whether from areas of sales, management, or others, who can’t identify with the monthly ritual of filling out expenses. Making matters worse is the problem of not only accounting for all of your expenditures, but having all of the appropriate documentation for being able to get reimbursement for those costs. […] The post Stop Chasing Receipts, Use Expensebot appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Finding the Right Startup Investor

    Bit Logic
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    With hundreds of thousands of investors in the US, entrepreneurs can be misled to believe that getting funding is an easy exercise. Unfortunately, it is not, and nothing significant may even happen after many months, even years. However, the experience shouldn’t be that frustrating and nerve-racking as start-up entrepreneurs become smarter with selecting and pitching […] The post Finding the Right Startup Investor appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Moneypenny Eliminates Missed Calls

    Bit Logic
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    We’ve all had that heart wrenching feeling as we come back to the office and see the dreaded missed call from a really important client. Often times, such momentary lapse in availability can kill the momentum for a deal and until just a few years ago, relying on voicemail or springing for a receptionist were our only […] The post Moneypenny Eliminates Missed Calls appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • The Future of Global Connectivity

    Bit Logic
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    Some of the biggest players in the tech industry have been quietly developing initiatives aimed at connecting everyone around the world to the internet. Examples like Google’s Project Loon, Facebook’s and newcomer Outernet have all made tremendous strides over the last year. Which one will come out on top? Since each one has taken […] The post The Future of Global Connectivity appeared first on SnapMunk.
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  • 17 Actionable Tips for First Time Entrepreneurs

    Sara F
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Starting your own business is hardly ever a smooth sail, we all know this. Come to think of it, whether you want to be an entrepreneur, a doctor or a baker, you will face a few bumps on the road. However, ruining your dough for croissants and making a bad investment don’t really weigh the […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Set-Up Your Content Marketing Sales Funnel

    Sara F
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Developing a successful sales funnel is a fundamental part of online business. If you want to start any kind of Internet company, it is a concept that you have to familiarize yourself with. Throughout your life, you’ve most likely been part of a sales funnel, whether you were aware of it or not. Either way, […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 14 Mobile Apps That Will Make You Smarter

    Sara F
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    It has been a subject of debate whether excessive use of smartphones can, in fact, damage our brain cells. Scientists have conducted a number of experiments that have shown that constant multitasking can affect our short-term memory and the ability to focus on one thing at a time. While these findings don’t necessarily point the […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Strategies for Finding the Right Investor for Your Startup

    Sara F
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    When you’re a first-time entrepreneur, you will be tempted to accept checks from just about anybody who’s willing to give you one. However, it can prove to be counter-productive. A wrong investor can bring you a lot of headache and affect how you do business in a negative way. Finding the right investor works both […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home Automation: 11 Ways to Build Your Smart Home

    Sara F
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    Remember those sci-fi movies where everything is high-tech, there are robots and motion sensors? Although we can’t have a robot-housekeeper yet, there are some great gadgets and hi-tech home appliances available on the market. Technology has developed so rapidly that, nowadays, you can turn your house into a smart-home, and don’t even have to be […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is planning to mentor 10 handpicked startups in India.

    Team Indianbizparty
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:15 pm
    As the startup scene in India becomes hot, even professional services firms are seriously looking at the sector. Taking a lead among the big four consultancies in India, PwC has decided to mentor 10 handpicked The post PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is planning to mentor 10 handpicked startups in India. appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Be warned of the Culture of Excess in Indian Startup Eco system

    Mamta Chhikara
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    The big moves, are made to polarize. You can’t win everyone, at the sametime, it is important to let go of those who aren’t pretty much bhakts of what it is that you are building The post Be warned of the Culture of Excess in Indian Startup Eco system appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Cabinet approves foreign investment in AIFs to help start-ups, SMEs, infrastructure firms

    Team Indianbizparty
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    To attract more overseas money into the country, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal allowing foreign entities to invest in Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). The decision will help make available more funds to The post Cabinet approves foreign investment in AIFs to help start-ups, SMEs, infrastructure firms appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Automotive Services Marketplace Cartisan Raises Funding From Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan, TaxiForSure Co-Founder Aprameya, GFC and others.

    Team Indianbizparty
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    Bengaluru-based automotive services marketplace Cartisan has raised an undisclosed round of funding from a clutch of early-stage investors, including, cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan Ventures and TaxiForSure co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna. Global Founders Capital (GFC), the multi-stage, European investment firm The post Automotive Services Marketplace Cartisan Raises Funding From Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan, TaxiForSure Co-Founder Aprameya, GFC and others. appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • sRide Carpool: Changing the way of everyday commute

    Nitin Chadha
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    What is the most common thing that all of us spend our quality time on just before leaving for office around 7:30AM-9:30 AM & then repeat the same thing right before leaving office around 5:30PM-7:30PM The post sRide Carpool: Changing the way of everyday commute appeared first on Indianbizparty.
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  • The ultimate list of FREE CRM alternatives to SalesForce

    18 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    [This post is part of the series “Sales For Your Startup”. This time we talk about free CRM tools]   Sales is all about lead generation and the ability to manage these leads through the sales funnel, i.e. your pipeline. To properly manage leads and make sure these convert into a closed deal, tracking activities is crucial. Regardless of how complicated sales is and how most people think about it, organization is key to successful sales people. If you are running a startup, you will be doing sales, my friend, so better get organized and start closing some deals. When you…
  • 5 Must-Understand Sales Activities

    14 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Sales is probably the most hated activity among startups. You have built a product and now you need to find customers (paying ones as well). Founders, usually shy away from the sales, because they are scared. Scared of being rejected. Scared of receiving a no. Scared of being perceived as one of these incredibly annoying door-to-door salesmen. So they opt for other activities, such as Facebook or Google advertising. They do everything possible to stay away from people and catch that sales virtually. “If they click, but they don’t buy, it means that they might be…
  • 10 Signs A Startup Is Not For You!

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:25 am
    Is a startup what you really need? Here below 10 most important signs that you have to look for in yourself to understand that a startup is not for you!  Inspiration and motivation are things we usually look for when unsatisfied. We read articles, blogs or whatever else to find the power to just make the jump and do what we always liked or feel inspired with. The Internet offers tons of material for people who are not sure, who are afraid, who need a word of wisdom to make the change in their life. We should look for friends’ advices, perhaps also the beloved ones’, but most of the…
  • How to find the right co-founder for your startup

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Starting a business is complicated. Challenges pile up as we go ahead in this journey. Perhaps one of the toughest one, especially in the early stage, is to find the right co-founder for your startup. You are motivated, and that’s why you decided to leave everything behind (a well paid job, security, stability in life) for something unsure. Now, however, you need the help of someone else. You simply can’t expect to jump on this boat and be the only one in the thunderstorm. You need a person next to you to help out. But who? And where to find her? Usually when searching for a…
  • Top Ten Startup Mistakes…That Almost Always Lead to Business Failure

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
       This article appeared originally on ArticleBase                                       Author: K. MacKillop Many startup ideas fail to ever be launched and many, many fail within the first year or two. In most cases, the failure has nothing to do with the business idea, but how the business side is handled. The business of entrepreneurship is business first, then operations (what your business actually does). The Top Ten startup mistakes that lead to ultimate failure are: 1. Insufficient Startup Idea Development — Most startups do not fail because the…
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