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  • Japan’s Gree invests in Indonesian mobile game startup Touchten

    VentureBeat
    Dean Takahashi
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. Japan’s mobile gaming giant Gree has invested an undisclosed amount of money into Indonesian mobile game startup Touchten. The deal is the first-ever Southeast Asia game investment by Gree, which is publicly traded in Japan and reported a billion dollars in revenue in 2014. The funding is the third round for…
  • Can the Eurozone ‘Kick the Can Down the Road’ Again?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    Knowledge@Wharton
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Will the eurozone and Greece overcome their debt renegotiation battles? Wharton management professor Mauro Guillen thinks so: Both sides will likely find a way to avoid imminent financial disaster, he says.
  • 8 Business Name Mistakes That Investors Hate to See

    Startup Professionals Musings
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every new baby gets a name before it is introduced to the world, and yet some entrepreneurs continue to send me business plans with TBD (to be determined) in place of a business name on the front page. They don’t realize that the name they choose, or lack of it, sets an initial perception of the business that may override all of its value. Your business name will have the same impact on potential customers. Just as with names of people, there isn’t any ultimate right or wrong, and every name has unique implications in different cultures, economies and markets. Names can imply strength,…
  • Google's Waze Launches Ride-Sharing App In Israel

    Fast Company
    Neal Ungerleider
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The app will pair Waze users with commuters looking for a ride in Tel Aviv.Google-owned traffic app Waze is beta-testing a new ride-share initiative in its home city of Tel Aviv.Read Full Story
  • Startup CEOs: You Don’t Need an Office.

    StartupMuse » StartupMuse - by Alexander Muse
    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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    Fast Company

  • Google's Waze Launches Ride-Sharing App In Israel

    Neal Ungerleider
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The app will pair Waze users with commuters looking for a ride in Tel Aviv.Google-owned traffic app Waze is beta-testing a new ride-share initiative in its home city of Tel Aviv.Read Full Story
  • Nothing Is Untraceable: How The HackingTeam Got Busted

    Sean Captain
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    A company that offers "untraceable" surveillance services is hit by a hack that reveals its own security flaws."Here in HackingTeam we believe that fighting crime should be easy," promises the Italian company that offers surveillance services to national governments and law enforcement.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: The Greek Crisis, Unexplained

    Rusty Foster
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Reddit, inexplicable.Ice my wig, it's hot today! pic.twitter.com/zvIoWn3VaGRead Full Story
  • Amazon Creates Its Own Sales Holiday, "Amazon Prime Day"

    Neal Ungerleider
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Amazon promises July 15 will have more discounts than Black Friday.Amazon has a new plan to win goodwill with Amazon Prime customers: Massive, one-day discounts. On Wednesday, July 15, Amazon is holding Amazon Prime Day to celebrate the ecommerce site's 20th anniversary.Read Full Story
  • Microsoft Launches Tossup, A Social Polling App To Use With Your Friends

    Neal Ungerleider
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Tossup is an attempt to get into the casual event planning sphere.Want to make plans with your friends without the back-and-forth of group texts? Microsoft's latest app Tossup is an event planning service that allows you to survey your friends to simplify group decision-making. The social polling app is the most recent product from the company's Microsoft Garage initiative, which gives employees the opportunity to work on passion projects on the side.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Japan’s Gree invests in Indonesian mobile game startup Touchten

    Dean Takahashi
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. Japan’s mobile gaming giant Gree has invested an undisclosed amount of money into Indonesian mobile game startup Touchten. The deal is the first-ever Southeast Asia game investment by Gree, which is publicly traded in Japan and reported a billion dollars in revenue in 2014. The funding is the third round for…
  • InMarket says nearly 40 percent of Millennial Moms are now beacon-accessible

    Barry Levine
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. EXCLUSIVE: In-store beacons are attracting a lot of marketers’ attention, but the question is whether they make a bottom line difference to the store owner. The jury is still out on that question for all user groups, but today beacon platform inMarket is introducing some new evidence suggesting the answer is yes.
  • Watch out, Spotify: 38% of Apple mobile devices now running iOS 8.4 with Apple Music, new data shows

    Jordan Novet
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:41 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.4, is now running on more than 38 percent of iOS devices, according to new data from mobile analytics startup Mixpanel. The adoption suggests that a whole lot of people are getting access to a free trial of the new Apple Music service. Here’s a…
  • Facebook tests photo-focused profile redesign on iOS

    Ken Yeung
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. Facebook appears to be experimenting with the design of some pages on its iOS app. VentureBeat has noticed some updates to user profiles and notifications within the app. These changes appear to be limited to a small subset of users and seem to go as far back as May, which indicates that this is yet another design test by…
  • Want to see the future of the O2O economy? Look East

    Zack Weisfeld, Microsoft Ventures
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. GUEST: Despite its exceptional growth and the role it has played in transforming the retail landscape, ecommerce only accounts for about 5 percent of all retail sales. The main reason the majority of shopping is still done offline is that some offline experiences can’t be moved fully online — specifically…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Join Us At Our TC Pitch-Off On Friday

    John Biggs
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
     On July 10, 2015 I’ll be rolling into Budapest to hold our first official TechCrunch Pitch Off in the city of my forefathers (my grandfather’s name was actually Nagy!) We’ll be inviting eight startups on stage to compete to win a table at TechCrunch Disrupt or, for second place, two tickets to the event in SF on September 21-23. Here’s the problem: we’re sold out.… Read More
  • Zenefits Fires Back At ADP With A Motion To Dismiss “Frivolous” Lawsuit

    Sarah Buhr
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
     Here we go again. Zenefits, the cloud-based HR software startup now worth billions filed a motion to strike and dismiss what it calls a “frivolous” defamation lawsuit from ADP. Paycheck services provider ADP recently shut off Zenefits access to client information needed to run payroll, claiming the startup was gleaning this information in an unauthorized manner and posed a… Read More
  • A Most Poignant Board Appointment

    Alexia Tsotsis
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
     In her book ‘Lean In,’ Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg implores young women to “make their partner a real partner” or, to make your spouse someone with a vested interest in your success. Sheryl called picking the right significant other the “most important career choice you could make”, and she was right: After all it is much easier to rebound from a stressful… Read More
  • Ola Ropes In Two Of India’s Highest Profile Businessmen To Battle Uber

    Jon Russell
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
     Ola, the SoftBank-backed rival to Uber in India, has strengthened its position after landing the support of two of India’s most seasoned and influential business figures. Read More
  • Uber Cozies Up To Authorities In Hyderabad, India, With $50M Support Center

    Jon Russell
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
     Earlier this year, Uber said it plans to invest $500 million growing its business in India over the coming years. This week, the company began to spend that allocation with a commitment to develop an advanced customer and driver response center in the city of Hyderabad. Read More
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Sheryl Sandberg joins the board at SurveyMonkey

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sandberg says that she will use her position to continue her last husband's vision for the companyIt's now been over two months since the tech world was rocked by the sudden and unexpected death of SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, while he was vacationing in Mexico in early May. Sad as it is to say, though, the company does have to move forward without him, but at least now we know some part of Goldberg's vision will continue to live on. Goldberg's famous wife, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, has joined the board of directors at her late husband's company, it…
  • Daily Funding Roundup - Daily funding roundup - July 6, 2015

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Hotel Urbano landed $60M; Bizzy scored $2.5M; AffinityLive raised $2MHotel Urbano, an online platform that allows travelers to find and reserve accommodation and activities, and one of the fastest growing travel sites in Brazil, is about to get a major boost from one of the biggest players in the travel space. Online travel company Priceline Group announced that is has formed a strategic partnership with Hotel Urbano, which consists of a commercial agreement between the two sides, along with a minority investment by The Priceline Group of $60 million in exchange for a minority interest into…
  • Priceline partners with Hotel Urbano, invests $60M

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The deal lets Priceline expand to Brazil, and for Hotel Urbano to gain access to 680,000 partnersHotel Urbano, an online platform that allows travelers to find and reserve accommodation and activities, and one of the fastest growing travel sites in Brazil, is about to get a major boost from one of the biggest players in the travel space. Online travel company Priceline Group announced on Monday that is has formed a strategic partnership with Hotel Urbano, which consists of a commercial agreement between the two sides, along with a minority investment by The Priceline Group of $60…
  • With Redditors furious at her, Pao sort of apologizes

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    While never addressing Victoria Taylor's firing, Pao vows to create better tools and communicationWith Redditors protesting in droves, and many of them petitioning for her to be fired from her job as interim CEO of the company, Ellen Pao is not having a fun time right now. So she did what anyone would do in her situation: she apologized for what caused the strife between her and her community. Well, she kind of apologized. She at least admitted she had done something wrong, so that's kind of like an apology, right?  "We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past…
  • Google's Waze launches its own carpooling service

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    So far RideWith is taking pains not to be Uber, with restrictions on payments and number of ridesAre there any more unlikely competitors than Google and Uber? Given how different their respective companies, I'm not sure I could have predicted that the two would find more than one way to encroach on the other's space. Yet, here we are, with Google potentially getting into the e-hailing business. Waze, the Google-owned online mapping company, is set to launch its own carpooling service this week in Israel, the company has revealed in a blog post. Called RideWith, the pilot for…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Rise of Micro Multinationals

    Steve
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    A study recently issued by eBay reports that in the last year 190,000 U.S. small businesses that use their platform export to multiple countries and continents. This is up from about 30,000 in 2009. Even more are exporters (meaning they sell their goods or services to at least 1 country outside of the U.S.). Key quote from the study: Data from eBay demonstrates that 95% of the US SMBs on our platform [those selling $10,000 or more] engage in exporting. This is not a niche phenomenon as over 190,000 of these tech-enabled SMBs reach customers on more than 4 continents ... Given eBay's…
  • Fiverr and the Hyperspecialization of Jobs

    Steve
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Harvard Business Review's The Big Idea: The Age of Hyperspecialization covers the trend towards work being divided into ever smaller tasks performed by ever more specialized workers. The article suggests these workers will increasingly be contractors provided via online talent marketplaces instead of traditional employees.  The article argues that the hyperspecialization has several key advantages - speed, quality and cost. The authors argue these advantages "virtually guarantee that this model will become more widespread." We agree. A good example of this is the…
  • Cats in Kimonos

    Steve
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to Fast Company, cats wearing kimonos are taking over Japan. Key quote: Yes, friends, cats wearing kimonos are having a moment in Japan, much the same way cats as pin-ups and Quokka selfies sparked crazes in other parts of the world.  It turns out you can buy cat kimonos on Amazon. In case you don't want a kimono for your cat, they also have hundreds of doggy dresses for sale, most of which can fitted to your cat. Pet humanization continues to be one of our favorite trends - and one that shows no signs of abating. We cover in more detail in our Pet Trends section.
  • Time on Happy Independent Workers and Survivor Bias

    Steve
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Time's This is Why You Should Consider Dumping Your Traditional Job covers data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence study showing that 79% of independent workers are happier working on their own.  The article also points out: To some extent, the study’s findings are to be expected. The majority of those surveyed say that, for a variety of reasons, they voluntarily chose the independent work life over more traditional gigs. So it’s no surprise nearly two out of three independent workers report being “very satisfied” with their work situation, and why four out of…
  • Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

    Steve
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. One of the key findings is that 79% of independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, etc.) report being happier working on their own than if they worked in a traditional job. 59% also reported they are healthier. There are many reasons for this, but the key factors are they have work control, autonomy and flexibility.  Our research, and the research of others, is finding growing numbers of Americans are willing to trade income and job security for…
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    Mixergy

  • How Lawn Love brings a tech-enabled approach to lawn care industry – with Jeremy Yamaguchi

    Andrew Khalili
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Jeremy Yamaguchi 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 Lawn Love…
  • Don’t be threatened by what Rajiv Khaneja did in the 10th grade and learn from his hustle

    Andrew Khalili
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Rajiv Khaneja 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 Don’t be…
  • Master Class: Start your freelance business Taught by Daniel DiPiazza of Rich20Something

    ArieSaint
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Master Class: Start your freelance business ykr8nzgedd DOWNLOAD VIDEO DOWNLOAD MP3 Report Bugs Course Leader: Daniel DiPiazza, Rich20Something Daniel DiPiazza is the founder of Rich20Something.com, which teaches people how to start businesses using skills they already have and build a happier life. Master Class Toolbox   Transcript(show) DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT The post Master Class: Start your freelance business Taught by Daniel DiPiazza of Rich20Something appeared first on Mixergy.
  • Master Class: Start your freelance business – with Daniel DiPiazza

    ArieSaint
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you don’t have a business yet, or if you just want to start a little something on the side, this course is for you. That’s because you’re going to learn how to start a six-figure business, using only the skills you already have. Meaning you don’t need developers, investors, a team, or even a cofounder. Just you, your skillz, and a whole lotta hustle… It’s exactly what our course leader, Daniel DiPiazza, did for himself. And now, as the founder of Rich20Something.com, he teaches others how to do it, too. And here’s the thing… You don’t have to have to have mad SEO…
  • How Dana Severson built a $100k business in six months for less than $100

    Andrew Khalili
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Dana Severson 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 Dana Severson…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 7/4/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and John present the show that is “Built for Business” and based on THE TRUTH! (Well, mostly.) It’s what people count on us for: our interpretation of the facts. Includes: our Quote of the Week—compassionate humor from American comedian David Sedaris; This Week in Business History includes innovators like The Wall Street Journal, Austin Powers via physicist Theodore Harold Maiman, the Chillicothe Bread Co. (they invented sliced bread) and the amazing Donkey Kong; and Navigating Business Jargon—trendy technospeak to keep you cool with the Millennials.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Kenneth Guidry

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Kenneth Guidry, CPA, president, PKF Texas, is back to offer more details about Joint Venture Strategic Advisors (JVSA), and how it will serve energy clients in the joint venture space.
  • Women Mean Business - Charlotte Neuville

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Some people are just way more talented than they need to be! Leisa interviews Charlotte Neuville, former fashion guru, owner of Fashion Chef and, now, author of Stylish Cakes.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Gene Gray

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Is it possible to build a strong company culture while also developing a strong brand? It is! Robin Tooms debriefs with Gene Gray, president, Innovative-IDM.
  • Flor Dimassi - Global Speak Translations

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Flor Dimassi co-founded Global Speak Translations to support the technical operations of energy companies and their international workers. Translators may be geologists or engineers and specialize in technical (field and service) terminology. Flor is from a family of entrepreneurs and has always loved the study of languages. What could be more perfect? Russ conducts the interview.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • Cash Flow 101: The Symptoms

    Anna Eschenburg
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is the second installment in our “Cash Flow 101” series. The first installment can be found here. Though they’re by no means uncommon, cash flow problems can cripple businesses of all sizes, and smaller ones are perhaps more vulnerable. Without access to capital, companies are unable quickly adapt to today’s ever-changing business world. As... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Management Magic of Business Planning

    Tim Berry
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    True story: As my software business began to grow, as we went from two employees to five, then 10, I discovered how hard real management is with startups and small business that grow organically. In a startup, those first few people who join feel like friends, not employees. What they taught in my MBA courses... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Episode 7: Changing Plans, Niche Marketing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) | The Bcast

    Jonathan Michael
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    This week Peter and Jonathan debate whether your should stick to your plan or change it. Lara Galloway (@mombizcoach) joins the show to discuss niche marketing. Finally, is the “Internet of Things” the sign of progress, or pushing us toward a grim future? Subscribe: Stitcher | TuneIn | Pocket Casts | PlayerFM | Soundcloud Do... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Recognize and Put a Stop to Employee Burnout

    Micaiah Soward
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many, if not all, companies deal with employee burnout. When employees feel burnt out and under-appreciated, then productivity and revenue of the company decreases. Are you worried an employee’s flame is sputtering? Here are the most common signs of a burnt out employee. Missing in action When an employee suddenly starts missing work more often... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Essentials Before Launch Branding Checklist [Free Download]

    Angelique O'Rourke
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Think a brand is just for big businesses? Think again. Branding is critical for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Your brand is what the outside world thinks of you. That’s it. Although you can influence your brand through well-designed logos, hilarious ad campaigns, carefully crafted press releases, or super-friendly service, ultimately, your brand is... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • 3 Marketing Tips for Startups from Performance Marketing Insights Berlin

    Megan Gardner
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Reently, Berlin welcomed advertisers, publishers, affiliate networks, startups, and adtechs from around the world for Performance Marketing Insights 2015. This two-day event brought together industry leaders including Ken Segall, Apple’s former creative director and Jeremy Waite, Head of Digital Strategy at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, to discuss the latest and greatest in performance marketing and provide advice on how to tackle it going forward. More than 800 attendees were eager to hear from world renowned keynotes and expert led panels on industry challenges, technology-driven…
  • Technology Empowers Content Creators to Earn in New Ways

    Ann Diab
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Historically content creators have struggled with media and record companies to gain more control over releasing their material and making fairer incomes from their work. Recent advances in technology are providing options that can make this a reality. The pervasiveness of smartphones, tablets, and mobile computers has completely altered the way that consumers listen to music, watch TV and video, and has indirectly put greater control back into the hands of content creators. Now, many content creators are moving away from Internet giants, such as YouTube, to other platforms where in order to…
  • Following Speek Exit, What Comes Next?

    Elliot Volkman
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    There is no doubt that 2015 has been a bumpy year for Washington DC based Speek, but with an acquisition by Jive Communications there is a silver lining. In a followup to our piece breaking the acquisition news in June, we spoke with Speek COO Konrad Waliszewski about what comes next for him and the company. “We’re excited to be acquired by Jive. They have a rapidly growing business with a strong unified communication suite that Speek fits in with perfectly. We’ve worked closely with Jive executive team for some time now and have gotten to know them well. They’re all…
  • 3 Takeaways from the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials

    Kyle McCarthy
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Recently, Fortune.com published a list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials. The Millennial generation encompasses those born between 1980 and 2004, and according to a Pew Research Center study, Millennials are now the largest generation in the American workforce. Below are three takeaways from Fortune.com’s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials 1. Tech Dominates Data from 100-best-workplaces-for-millennials.silk.co This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Millennials are the first generation to grow up with computers in their homes and digital media. Out of all 100 companies, most were in the…
  • Machine Marketplace MakeTime Raises $2.65 Million in Series A

    Kristin Pryor
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Lexington, KY based startup, MakeTime connects makers with the machines that they need. The company recently raised $2.65 million in a Series A Round led by Almaz Capital and included participation from Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC). MakeTime has created a marketplace where machine time for a variety of different manufacturing jobs on computer numerical control (CNC) machines can be bought and sold. Sellers list their idle machine time with an hourly rate on the Seller’s Marketplace and buyers can go to the marketplace and buy time outright. There’s also…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • For Investors, India's Solar Push Could Signal A Gold Rush

    Saritha Rai
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    India’s government has set a mammoth new goal to build a solar power capacity of 100 GW in an energy-starved-but-hungry country, permitting 100% foreign investment and offering a series of tax breaks for its fledgling solar sector. The audacious new target quintuples the previous goal of 20 GW and is about 30 times the country’s installed capacity (less than 3.7 GW). The flurry of investors is making solar energy seem like the new Gold Rush.
  • Why Do People Become Freelancers?

    Jacob Morgan
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Intuit projects that by 2020 40% of Americans will be freelancing, a study by the Freelancers Union found that 34% of the American workforce is already freelancing, and MBO Partners found that there are currently almost 18 million full-time independent workers today. Clearly something big is happening here and this trend of freelancing is only going to keep growing. In a previous video I talked about why organizations work with freelancers and today I wanted to explore why people become freelancers. Flexible working hours, choosing your own projects, no income ceiling, and being your own…
  • The Agility Factor in Asia's Competitive Markets

    Ben Simpfendorfer
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
    The importance of organizational agility in Asia has never been greater. Not only are markets changing fast. But private Asian companies have long embraced uncertainty and are often faster to act than their global competitors.
  • Role Reversal: India's Tech Titans Grab Talent From Silicon Valley

    George Anders
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Top tech talent isn't always moving from India to Silicon Valley. High-flying Indian companies such as Snapdeal are making the talent migration go the other way, by snapping up U.S. stars.
  • Japan, Korea Breakthrough: Japanese Repenting 'Forced' Korean Labor On UNESCO Heritage Sites

    Donald Kirk
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Let it not be said that Japan and Korea can never reach agreement on highly sensitive, seemingly insoluble issues. That's  just happened with the two  coming to terms on what had threatened to be  yet another bitter disagreement on top of all the other problems they've had in recent years. The deal
 
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 8 Business Name Mistakes That Investors Hate to See

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every new baby gets a name before it is introduced to the world, and yet some entrepreneurs continue to send me business plans with TBD (to be determined) in place of a business name on the front page. They don’t realize that the name they choose, or lack of it, sets an initial perception of the business that may override all of its value. Your business name will have the same impact on potential customers. Just as with names of people, there isn’t any ultimate right or wrong, and every name has unique implications in different cultures, economies and markets. Names can imply strength,…
  • 10 Startup Practices That Usually Lead To Disaster

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Starting a new business is a serious undertaking. Yet many aspiring entrepreneurs I know approach it as a fun project, get-rich quick scheme, or perhaps an expensive hobby. Others quit their day jobs and commit everything to their new passion, without regard for their own well-being, or the welfare of others around them. Neither of these approaches bodes well for success. As an entrepreneur, you need to start early to implement the discipline and business practices that will lead to success. Even though everyone has an opinion on good early stage practices, I was impressed with the actionable…
  • 7 Ways To Balance Business Versus Personal Goals

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    I know some entrepreneurs with successful businesses, and others who seem to have a great relationship with their family, but I can’t think of many who have both. Some people would argue that these two successes are mutually exclusive, but I’m not convinced. Individually, they both take focus, commitment, and a variety of skills, all the strengths of a good entrepreneur. Assuming a person wants both a family and a business, the challenge is to achieve a balance that can satisfy both. This July 4th Independence Day Holiday in the USA is a good time for all of us to do a reality check on…
  • 6 Reasons Smart Entrepreneurs Think Twice Before IPO

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    The visibility of Google, Facebook and a few others continues to propagate the myth that the ultimate objective of every entrepreneur should be to take their startups public via an initial public offering at the earliest opportunity. Everyone thinks this is the route to become the next billionaire like Mark Zuckerberg. In reality, this option is a nightmare that can bump you out of the driver seat, dilute your equity and create a business entity you can’t control. For financial reasons alone, an IPO is a statistically rare phenomenon, happening just 275 times in 2014, out of almost 500,000…
  • Mistakes To Avoid With A Startup Board Of Directors

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs avoid setting up a board of directors for their new business unless or until they sign up an investor who demands a seat on the board. That implies that a board of directors has no value to the founder, and is just another burden that to be assumed for the privilege of attracting outside investors or going public. In my view, nothing could be further from the truth. Especially for entrepreneurs who have not built and sold companies before, and need this startup to be an attractive acquisition or IPO target in a few years, I can’t think of a better way to enlist outside…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Garr
    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

    Garr
    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

    Garr
    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

    Garr
    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…
  • The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

    Garr
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or telling better stories can be overwhelming. Therefore, when someone credible comes along who offers free, insanely simple yet effective advice for improving one's story, he will find a very large audience indeed. This is exactly what happened just a few years ago, all quite by accident it would seem. In 2011 Comedy Central began shooting a documentary about the…
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    Great Demo!

  • 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…
  • Getting Better - Why I Write Things Down

    Peter E. Cohan
    26 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    When I’m delivering Great Demo! Workshops, I write down new ideas and thoughts to improve the Workshop – right then and there.  Why do I do this?  I do it to get better.  Far too often, we think of a great new idea – and then later on we can’t remember what it was…!  (Has this ever happened to you?)  So I make a brief note, right away, so that the thought is captured and doesn’t get forgotten.I find that this is key to making positive changes and improving my practice.  I set myself a personal objective to capture one or two new ideas, tips, or…
  • Frightening Statistics on Doing Discovery

    Peter E. Cohan
    20 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    I’ve done some informal interviews with heads of sales and presales recently and uncovered the following, rather consistent statements:- Heads of sales and presales tell me that about 10% of their teams actually do Discovery very well.  [Group 1]- They also say that about 70% of their team THINK they do Discovery well, but actually do not (in the eyes of their senior managers).  [Group 2]- The remaining 20% of their teams do realize that they don’t do Discovery well.  [Group 3]This reveals an interesting and rather frightening gap that deserves additional thought – and…
 
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    The Huffington Post | The Full Feed

  • The Rise of Cities in the 21st Century

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    By Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge, member of the Leaders of Tomorrow community The 21st century is seeing an incredible power shift and power dynamic with the rise of cities as socio-economic and political actors on national and world stages. Around the world, municipal orders of government are typically the smallest order of government, often depending on another order of government for revenue or growth. However, as more and more of us now live in cities, cities are facing increasing pressures and challenges that need to be addressed. According to the United Nations, more than 54 per cent of…
  • Here's How To Find Bargains At The Farmers Market

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    Farmer's markets rock; that's no secret. Not only do they make it possible to shop for fresh, in-season fruits and veggies, but they're also an easy way to support your local farming community. And if you have kids, a trip to the market is the perfect way to teach them about the importance of healthy eating without boring them to death. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • These 5 Easy Bruschetta Recipes Make For Simple Entertaining

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    When it comes to summer entertaining, I seek the happy intersection of "looks impressive" and "is actually easy." Bruschetta saves the party every time and leaves me an extra hand to hold my sangria. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • 13 Screen-Free Ways To Stimulate Your Child's Mind

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    As a young child’s brain develops, trillions of connections are formed between brain cells and developed through such stimuli as light, color, smell and sound. These connections are vital to learning: The more connections a child has, the faster he or she can process information. Many experts believe that by stimulating an infant’s senses through an enriched environment, you can quite possibly increase his or her IQ. Here are 13 ways to create a mentally stimulating environment for your child: 1. Hold your baby frequently. In a recent research study, the findings showed that the more a…
  • Si Robertson, 'Duck Dynasty' Star, Says Atheists Don't Exist

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:59 pm
    There's no such thing as an atheist, according to one of the stars of the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty." Si Robertson, known to fans of the show as “Uncle Si,” told the Christian Post that anyone who uses the date is acknowledging Jesus. "There's no such thing as an atheist," Robertson told the website. "I'm serious, because there's too much documentation. Our calendars are based on Jesus Christ. Whether you believe in him or not, every time you sign your calendar, you add down the day's date, you're saying he's here, OK? That's documented." While the widely used Gregorian calendar…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • AffinityLive Finds $2M In Seed Round

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    AffinityLive, a developer of cloud-based automation software used for project-based accounting and billing, has raised $2M in a seed funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Cisco Makes Investments in French Startups

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Cisco said this morning that it has made a number of investment in France, as part of an earlier announced effort to invest $100M in investment in the country.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Oculeve Acquired By Allergan For $125M

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    South San Francisco-based Oculeve, a medical device company developing treatments for dry eye disease, has been acquired by Dublin, California-based Allergan, the two said this morning. The two said Allergan will pay $125M in an upfront payment, plus unspecified earnout, for Oculeve.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Black Lotus Acquired By Level 3

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    San Francisco-based Black Lotus, which operates a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation service, has been acquired by Level 3, the two companies said last week. Financial terms of the transaction were not announced. Black Lotus was backed by Industry Capital, and had raised $3.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Airtable Gets $7.6M For Cloud Database Software

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    San Francisco-based Airtable, which develops cloud-based database/spreadsheet tools aimed at helping end users create their own, shared lists and databases, said this week that it raised $7.6M in a funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • Why Mobile Matters Most to Millennials

    Linda Bustos
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Omnichannel commerce is a hot topic, with retailers like Walgreen’s and Sephora leading the way in developing innovative in-store digital, mobile experiences and seamless content across touchpoints.Omnichannel experiences are particularly important to Millennials — far more than Gen X. Razorfish’s 2015 Global Digital Marketing Report (click for free, ungated access) suggests 3 key reasons:1. Mobile dominates the Millennial shopping experience. Mobile is key to the Millennial’s world, and will only become more indispensable as mobile payment technologies push forward.2.
  • The Retailer’s Crystal Ball: All Signs Point to Innovation

    Linda Bustos
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    It’s Partner Thursday! Today’s post is contributed by ICF Interactive. Adobe’s 2014 North American Partner of the Year, ICF Interactive is a full-service interactive marketing agency that guides brands through informed strategy, inspired design, and technical know-how.Looking to the horizon of the digital commerce landscape, one can only imagine what lies beyond – or know exactly how fast it will once again become the foreground of all that we can see. Improvements in business intelligence and technologies, the driving force of the Digital Transformation, and an ever-growing…
  • Ecommerce Links: June 2015

    Linda Bustos
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Summertime…and the livin’s easy. At your leisure, enjoy some of our favorite articles from the month of June:Think you’ve nailed omnichannel ecommerce? Think again. Our own Matt Dion explains how Google’s Buy button and Android Pay impact your omnichannel strategies.Speaking of buttons, UX Movement shows why users miss form buttons placed in the action bar, with remedies.42% of online shops get this wrong. Baymard Institute explains how to design applied filters.Can you overoptimize your site? You bet. Rishi Rawat shares an idea of how to streamline your optimization…
  • How the Internet of Things Impacts Marketing [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    This week’s infographic hits a hot topic: the Internet of things and how it impacts Marketing by Marketo, via the Smart Insights Blog.Click to enlarge infographic
  • A Case Study In Commerce Maturity

    Linda Bustos
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    At Elastic Path, we’re excited to announce the launch of The Advanced Commerce Maturity Scale, a proprietary self-assessment tool that you can use to score your company’s ability to conduct omnichannel, experience-driven commerce across touchpoints.We recognize that there’s no one-size-fits-all playbook for digital strategy.Inspired by the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, the ACMS divides companies into 16 distinct maturity profiles, each with its own strengths, challenges and opportunities across 4 dimensions: Organization (Autonomous or Integrated), Strategy (Tactical or Fundamental),…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 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 Quora.com 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…
  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

    Tim Berry
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody encounters is a solution waiting to be unwrapped. Every time somebody follows the comment “there should be a better way” by suggesting a better way, that’s a business idea. An opportunity is…
 
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • Healthy Business with Joe Cross [PreneurCast Ep136]

    Florence
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    This week, Pete talks to Joe Cross, producer of the film, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead“. They talk about how Joe came to make the movie, the journey he took in filming and promoting it, and the business he has developed around it. Links: Online: Joe Cross’s Web Site – http://www.rebootwithjoe.com Video: How Pete Relaunched his MCG Campaign – http://preneurmarketing.com/mcgswipe Tim Ferriss Interview with Josh Waitzkin – http://fourhourworkweek.com/2014/04/22/tim-ferriss-podcast/ Books: The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday Audible:…
  • We’re Back… [Noise Reduction .84]

    Florence
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hey Gang, After a little hiatus, we’re back. Thanks to everyone in the community who’s emailed wondering where this little newsletter (and the PreneurCast Podcast) went. Well, we had a few new business projects we wanted to focus on and grow… And with things getting automated and scaled there, we can begin to redeliver Noise Reduction once again. Enjoy! Pete   The Most Important Thing To Be Monitoring in Your Business http://noise.re/duction/bookpals-podcast-pete-williams In this episode of BookPals Business Sanity podcast, I was interviewed and spoke about the numbers…
  • How We’ve Used Crowdsourcing to Split Test (And Why You Should Too)

    Todd Spear
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    If you’ve been following us for awhile, you’ve no doubt heard us mention split testing a couple of times. We love having the ability to be pragmatic in our efforts, trying multiple approaches to achieve the best result. And we use split testing in various aspects of what we do, from trying different pieces of copy to generate website traffic in different regions, to trying out different email messages with subsets of the same audience segment. There’s a time for split testing nearly everything in marketing, but one of the most interesting and effective use we’ve found…
  • Michael E. Gerber and the E-Myth [PreneurCast152]

    Florence
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Pete talks to Michael Gerber, author of the E-Myth series of books and Awakening the Entrepreneur Within, about how he became a best-selling author and small-business guru. They also discuss some of Michael’s latest projects. Prefer To Watch The Video Version: Links From This Episode: http://www.michaelegerbercompanies.com – Michael’s site http://www.michaelegerbercompanies.com/solutions/dreaming-room/ – The Dreaming Room, Michael’s latest project http://earherosports.com.au – Pete’s latest project Books Mentioned in This Episode: The E-Myth…
  • 80/20 Sales and Marketing with Perry Marshall [PreneurCast Ep151]

    Florence
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Perry Marshall, AdWords Expert and Author of 80/20 Sales and Marketing talks to Pete about the 80/20 principle, how it can be applied to every part of a business, and why people often stop applying it too soon and miss out on the biggest wins. A lot of people might know Perry as an AdWords guy. He was the prominent AdWords advisor and author of the definitive guide to AdWords when AdWords was in its initial peak/wave. This year he wrote a book called 80/20 Sales and Marketing. I got an advance copy 12 months ago before its release, and just put it aside. I can’t remember exactly what…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Empty stomach, poor decisions

    David
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Entrepreneurial lore is rife with odes to hunger as a foundational necessity of success. Hungry founders are commended as the ones desperate enough to do whatever it takes. Hustle the gullible, bend the law, persevere through endless death marches. Whatever it takes. But is desperation really the best foundation to build the kind of sustainable and long-term businesses the world benefits from the most? Or, is it rather a cheap trick to juice the odds of a short-term pop to the primary benefit of those who are only ever along for a quick ride? I believe the latter. That it’s key to a…
  • Finding the voice of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    We introduced The Distance podcast in February as a companion to our longform written stories about businesses that have stood the test of time. In just a few months, we’ve learned an incredible amount about creating audio narratives and had a great time doing it—so much so, in fact, that we’ve decided to make the podcast the sole format for The Distance. By focusing on just one medium, we’ll be able to bring you new stories every other week. Our last written story will run in early July. In the meantime, check out our bonus episode featuring Jason Fried talking to Shaun…
  • Hitting our stride with Android

    Dan Kim
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Over the past few months, our newly minted Android team (Jamie, Jay, and myself) has been hard at work on some shiny new Android stuff. And while we can’t share it yet (soon, I promise!), we’ve learned a lot about how to rapidly prototype, explore, and most importantly ship these new ideas within Basecamp. Like any new team, it took us a bit to find our groove. But in the past eight weeks, we’ve really hit our stride. Now we’re moving quickly and making great progress, without causing ourselves a lot of anxiety or creating undue risk. So I wanted to share a bit about…
  • The special recipe for DELIGHT

    Jonas Downey
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    Delight is a word interaction designers have been throwing around for the past couple of years. Some people think it’s an overblown buzzword, while others believe it’s a subject worthy of an entire conference. One part of “designing delight” is about turning otherwise mundane tasks into funny or interesting moments. On the UI side, this might include adding thoughtful animations, cutesy or clever copywriting, and perhaps tossing in a few surprises on top. These surface-level treatments help make a product seem more human and less computery, which is surely a good thing to do whether…
  • Please allow me to re-introduce myself

    Nathan Kontny
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    On March 20, 2007, Highrise, Basecamp's simple CRM tool, was launched to the public. Three years later, Highrise for the iPhone was released. Over the years, Highrise has received upgrades and improvements, but it needed a new home and dedicated team to give it the attention it deserved. So, on August 14, 2014, Highrise HQ LLC began – a new company dedicated to Highrise. At the top of the list of things we wanted to update was the iPhone app. It had been over 4 years since it was released, and it hadn't kept up with changes to iOS. Bugs crept in. Some subtle; some significant.
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    OnStartups

  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Sidekickgrowth team is a small, data driven and aggressive group within HubSpot that works on new, emerging products with massive audiences and a freemium business model (similar to Dropbox and Evernote).  We are constantly pushing ourselves to learn new growth strategies, tactics, and techniques. I have personally become more data driven and model driven after joining the team, and wanted to walk through an example of one decision that became much easier with the use of our generic problem solving framework. I am a big believer in the idea that complicated problems look simple when…
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for Image to Painting

    public
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    Company / App Name: Image to Painting http://imagetopainting.com/ What does it do? Image to Painting allows you to memorialise your favourite memories by turning your images into real, handmade and beautiful oil paintings. Why do we need it? To use a human touch to digital images. Who is it for? Primarily middle age wealth families. What makes it stand out from the crowd? We offer the fastest turnaround and lowest costs. What’s next? Growth, increase customer base and increase product range. Link to Company / App Demo video http://imagetopainting.com/ The post Pitch for Image to…
  • Pitch for Constapark

    public
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Company / App Name: Constapark http://constapark.com/ Twitter – @constapark What does it do? Constapark is transforming the way we park our car around the city by eliminating the hassle of finding parking. Constapark’s revolutionary parking & on-demand valet platform connects with customers and help them to skip the traffic eve Why do we need it? Parking is one of the challenges Who is it for? People who drive around, local business What makes it stand out from the crowd? We have valet on demand and valet picks and drops car to customer in a tap of a button. What’s next?
  • Beta Pitch for GoCodes, Inc.

    public
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Company / App Name: GoCodes, Inc. http://www.gocodes.com Twitter – @gokodes What does it do? We provide a complete patented asset and inventory tracking solution that harnesses the power of smartphones, QR codes and cloud-based software. Why do we need it? Existing installed solutions are costly to install & maintain, difficult to use and have limited features. GoCodes cloud-based solution works on all computers and mobile devices and includes powerful new features like GPS tracking. Who is it for? SMB customers, non profits Schools & higher education Tool & equipment…
  • Pitch for 30secondsmail

    public
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Company / App Name: 30secondsmail http://30secondsmail.com/ Twitter – 30secondsmail What does it do? 30SecondsMail.com is the easiest and fastest way to keep track of your team’s performance! Simple and therefore powerful. Every evening an email will be sent out to all team members asking “What did you get done today?” They simply reply in Why do we need it? to help you to manage and control about your team. you can easily see your team’s progress only via email Who is it for? startup company, entrepreneur What makes it stand out from the crowd? We have a different system…
  • Beta Pitch for Excite the Life

    public
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Company / App Name: Excite the Life http://excitethelife.com Twitter – excitethelife What does it do? Excite the Life helps people find cool things to do like skydiving, learning to hang glide, or fly a plane near Silicon Valley Why do we need it? Who wants to live their life and not have any cool stories to show for it? We believe experiences are the best things to spend money on and we want to make it easy to have as many great experiences as possible Who is it for? People looking to try new things or have a more interesting life with great stories to tell What makes it stand out from…
 
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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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  • Turn Ideas and Passion into a Dream Startup at a Free Entrepreneur Event

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey. We have several events coming up in the next few…
  • How to Build Your Local Startup Ecosystem

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    "Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together." - Paul Ryan As an entrepreneur, you probably have more than enough to keep you busy. Whether you’re a successful founder with several companies under your belt or getting ready to launch your first startup, there will always be fires to put out. However, despite your hectic schedule, you should always make time to not only build your own company, but build the community that surrounds your company. As you’ll see in this blog post, developing your local startup…
  • A Reality Check: What Being an Entrepreneur is Really Like

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulations at some point or another. Below, It Takes a Village has been republished with permission: Being a startup founder is not the glamorous occupation outsiders make it to be. For wide-eyed first-time founders, reality sets in very quickly. Regardless of how you get…
  • The Importance of Timing the Market for a Startup

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    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 the founder of Gamification.co the leading publication for the industry, as well as the co-founder and CEO of Dopamine, Inc. a creative agency that provides consulting services to businesses looking to employ gamification. Zichermann is also the Co-Director of the New York City Founder Institute. As…
  • Learn How to Build Your Local Startup Ecosystem with the Founder Institute

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 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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    OnlyOnce

  • 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…
  • Corporate Sniglets

    Matt Blumberg
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Corporate Sniglets This might be showing my age, but those who may have watched Not Necessarily the News in the 80s might remember the Sniglets segment that Rich Hall pioneered which spawned a series of short, fun books. Sniglets are words which are not in the dictionary, but which should be. I can remember a couple of examples from years ago that make the point — aquadexterity is the ability to operate bathtub dials with one’s feet; cheedle is the orange residue left on one’s fingers after eating a bag of Cheetos. As is the case with many companies, we have made up some of…
 
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    Techstars

  • Introducing the 11 Companies for the London Fall 2015 Class

    Max Kelly
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Techstars welcomes its fourth cohort in London and I am proud to announce the 11 companies that will be joining us for the Fall 2015 Class. It is going to be a diverse group of entrepreneurs from five countries, including Estonia, the Czech Republic, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. From the sector perspective, companies range from collaboration, music and hiring, to personal security and 3D printing. A full list of companies participating in Techstars London Fall 2015 are listed below: Ambie is a legal, personalised, music streaming service for businesses. Deekit is a…
  • The Techstars Experience: Wonders’ Story

    Kerri Beers
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    What’s it like to go through a Techstars program?  Why choose our accelerator program over others?  This is the next post in our blog series, “The Techstars Experience,” with some thoughts from The Wonders’ Team.  Wonders is a visual narratives app for the most amazing hand-picked stories about outdoor culture. Here are a few highlights from their recap of the Techstars Austin 2015 program. Re: The Value of Mentorship It was both humbling and motivating to get to meet all these people who had been in the trenches before and knew exactly what mistakes we were about to make.
  • Meet Amy – Improving Mobility in Detroit

    Ted Serbinski
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    At Techstars Mobility, we’re in the midst of mentor madness with over 150+ mentors and corporate partners meeting our companies. And what better way to facilitate tons of meetings and follow up (and avoid the associated email ping-pong) than with Amy. Wait, you don’t know Amy? x.ai is an artificial intelligence driven personal assistant that schedules meetings for you. It’s not an app and there is nothing to install or download—users simply cc: Amy (the intelligent agent) and she works with your guest(s) over email to find an agreeable time + location based on your calendar…
  • Techstars Cloud 2016 Applications Now Open

    Blake Yeager
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Today we are very excited to announce that applications are open for the 2016 Techstars Cloud program. The upcoming program will be run in San Antonio, Texas from November 2nd, 2015 through our Demo Day on February 11th, 2016. The program runs over the holidays, so there will be a brief two week break to give everyone a chance to spend time with family and friends. This program will be the fourth Techstars Cloud program, and my second as Managing Director. Alumni companies from the first three programs have gone on to raise close to $100MM in combined funding from investors such as the…
  • Mentor Spotlight: Tom Chikoore

    Kerri Beers
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    It is time to show off another one of our amazing mentors in the Techstars network! Meet Tom Chikoore, Director of Techstars Risingstars. Check out this short clip on Tom’s journey to Techstars and the success of the Risingstars program.  Learn more at http://www.techstars.com/risingstars/. The post Mentor Spotlight: Tom Chikoore appeared first on Techstars.
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Billionaires - architects of wealth and legacy

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    There are times in history when it has been possible to take exraordinary wealth not seen for long stretches of a century. The majority of today's billionaires have made their wealth in the past 20 years. This has been called the 2nd Guilded Age, much like the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.Leveling off is occurring now.The characteristics of billionaires is the ability to take risk, to have the tenacity to keep going and the ability to scale up or grow the business. If they do not have the skill to grow the business, to be able to partner with someone who can grow their…
  • Sustainable Investing - Jacoline Loewen

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Jacoline Loewen with the UBS Bank team on Sustainable Investing.UBS Bank team presenting Sustainable Investing.http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • For those with $2M to Invest

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    For those who are wondering why you need a Swiss bank to manage your wealth - here is an useful excerpt from Financial Review:UBS manages more than $1.6 trillion of private client money globally. Advisers at the private bank also give strategic financial advice on structuring investments, philanthropy and establishing family trusts and self-managed superannuation funds.STRATEGIC THINKINGEach month, a global team of more than 900 analysts, asset managers and investment bankers, led by UBS global chief investment officer Alex Friedman, work together to review the world environment, assess the…
  • Managing the expectations of clients of wealth managers

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Clients know it all, and want instant satisfaction. With the Web putting information at everyone’s fingertips in an instant, advisers face a lot of know-it-all clients. Many clients feel their Internet research makes them more knowledgeable than the advisors are.Many clients also want instant gratification. Jacoline Loewen says, “We need to recognize this phenomenon and try to set realistic expectations for our clients…regarding the process, timing, potential complications, fees and likely results.”Jacoline LoewenLinkedIn profile for Jacoline…
  • The sale of a business brings wealth and other unspoken isues

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A business sale creates wealth, and unease. When a business owner cashes in and sells an enterprise, it often brings some confusion–even unhappiness–along with new wealth. This may seem to be similar to that internet meme - First World Problems. Think about it. People hear you are suddenly wealthy and that you should invest in your neice's startup.To be of help in that situation, advisers may need to step outside their own comfort zone and discuss non-financial issues with clients. Advisors can help their client to focus on a new set of goals.Jacoline Loewen is a Director with…
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    Valleywag

  • Reddit In Chaos After Allegedly Firing AMA Coordinator Victoria Taylor

    Ashley Feinberg on Gawker, shared by Lacey Donohue to Valleywag
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    If you tried to visit r/IAmA (one of Reddit’s biggest subs) recently, you were probably greeted by the image above. And if you’ve been absolutely anywhere else on the site at all in the past few hours, you probably noticed that everyone is flipping their collective shit over speculation that Victoria Taylor, the high-profile coordinator that kept IAmA afloat, was suddenly and mysteriously fired. Also, something about Jesse Jackson.Read more...
  • 31 Flavors of Bullshit: Your Horror Stories of Working At a Startup

    Kaila Hale-Stern on Gizmodo, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We asked for your nightmare tales of startup employment. Did you ever deliver—sending narratives of woe, scams, drugs, psychotic managers, drinking at your desk and more hookers than a venture capitalist could handle. Read more...
  • Inspiring: A Full 0.56% of Facebook's 2013 Hires Were Black

    Jia Tolentino on Jezebel, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Love Facebook or hate Facebook, you’ve got to respect the company’s commitment to inspiring everyone else in America to do worse. Read more...
  • Jay Z's Troubled Music Service Tidal Loses Another CEO

    Kate Knibbs on Gizmodo, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    The latest boss of Jay Z’s floundering music streaming service Tidal has already washed out. Read more...
  • 'Everything Really Hit Rock Bottom': How Nasty Gal's Culture Went Nasty

    Anna Merlan on Jezebel, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    “Be a nice person at work,” Sophia Amoruso writes in her 2014 book #GIRLBOSS, a combination memoir and self-help book for hungry millennial feminists looking to get ahead in life and business. “If you are a total terror to work with, no one will want to keep you around. And the worst kind of mean is selective mean—the people who are nice to their boss and superiors, but completely rude to their peers or subordinates. If you are a habitual bitch to the front desk girl, the security guard, or even the Starbucks staff downstairs, the news will eventually make its way up the chain. And…
 
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  • 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…
  • Sand Hill Road: The VC Address of Choice

    Alexander Muse
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
      My first visit to Sand Hill Road was in the late 90s when I was raising money for my first startup, LayerOne. Sand Hill Road, located in Menlo Park, is the address of choice for venture capital firms. The price per square foot of space is the highest in an area known for sky-high rents – hovering between $110 and $150 per foot. The first venture capital firm to move to Sand Hill Road was Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1972, since then companies such as Microsoft, Amazon.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Skype have raised money from Sand Hill Road investors. In…
  • To Taylor, Love Alexander (UPDATED)

    Alexander Muse
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:02 pm
    UPDATE: Since writing this post Apple’s Eddie Cue announced that the company would not require artists to forgo their cut of subscription revenue during customer’s free 90 day trial. Did Apple just cave or did they call Taylor’s bluff? I tend to think the latter. Apple’s number crunchers must have calculated how much the various anti-trust lawsuits will cost the company and figured that having Taylor Swift on board was worth the cost. Taylor Swift is VERY popular. Now the only question, will Taylor let Apple stream her latest album – she’s going to lose…
  • You can decide to live in a scarce or abundant world.

    Alexander Muse
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    The other day a friend was telling me about a book she is reading called “The Power of Intention.” She was explaining how the book described that many people have a scarcity-driven world view. The idea that there just isn’t enough to go around, i.e. the world is zero sum. Many of our ancestors here in the U.S. just didn’t accept the idea that scarcity had to rule their lives, instead they decided that they could live lives of abundance. The old world view was that the pie was finite, the new world view was that the pie could get bigger or was infinite (and I am not talking about…
  • Startup Founders, You’re Going to Get Fired

    Alexander Muse
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    There is a dirty little secret in the startup world and if you promise not to tell anyone I’m going to share it with you this afternoon. Deal? Startup founders are completely insane. Seriously, they are total nut jobs. Anyone who thinks they can take an idea born from their head, hire a team, build a product and raise millions of dollars is crazy. The second dirty little secret is that these lunatics are the ONLY people willing to take the risks necessary to change the world. VCs know both of these secrets. Time and time again I watch VCs fire founders who are obviously insane for being…
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    Sparkplug CEO

  • Business Ideas For the Future: What Does It Really Look Like For You?

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:48 pm
    I was 21 years old and dressed in a cute baby blue “business outfit.” I hauled my best friend along after scheduling some meetings in New York City. I was to be the next Victoria’s Secret – but better (in my head of course). I was naïve, young, and inexperienced. But my dumb *ss and amateurish […]
  • Business Resources that Simplify Your Workflow

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q: What are some business resources you’ve used that has helped you run or launch projects for your internet home-based business? Which ones can you not do without? Cindy Bidar from The […]
  • Homepreneurs Talk: Proudest Business Accomplishments

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q is: What aspect of your business, products or services are you most proud of and why? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: One of the things I pride myself on, is being […]
  • The Balancing Act Between Life and Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Q: How do you manage your personal and business life while working from home? What have you learned about the concept of work-life balance as it pertains to your business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get […]
  • What Is The Best Way to Get New Customers?

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: Q: What medium has proven to be the most successful for attracting clients and customers for your home business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get It Together says: The best medium for me over […]
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • 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,…
  • How to deal with rejection

    Ramit Sethi
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Rejection sucks. It feels lousy to put yourself out there just to be crushed. When I was in college, I decided to teach a free class about personal finance and invited everyone I knew. No one showed up. An empty room.   That rejection stuck with me for years. I was afraid to throw events even after I wrote a New York Times best-selling book and had hundreds of thousands of readers. But over the years I’ve learned to overcome those fears — and even love rejection. Today I’m going to show you how with my 3 steps for dealing with rejection. Step 1: Let rejection excite you…
  • The news from IWT: June 2015

    Ramit Sethi
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Another busy month here at IWT I kicked things off with a little downtime. I took a vacation in Puerto Rico, where this was my view for a few days: My view for the next few days A photo posted by Ramit Sethi (@ramit) on May 26, 2015 at 8:19am PDT   When I was there, I hiked to a waterfall. Once I made it, I high-fived with my group since it was a pretty tough hike. Then…we saw a 70-year-old grandmother who’d carried her 1-MONTH-OLD GRANDSON on the same trail. Now, I’m officially retired from hiking. We hiked to a waterfall yesterday. Once we got there, we high-fived each other…
  • Today is my birthday. Wisdom from 33-year-old Ramit

    Ramit Sethi
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today is my 33rd birthday and I’d like to celebrate myself. This year, my greatest accomplishment was not the tens of thousands of new students, or flying our entire team to Vegas for an awesome retreat, or launching an Instagram page where I post nutty emails from readers. No. It was getting accused of using steroids. For a guy who used to weigh 127lbs, I’ve never felt so proud. This is the best moment of my life. This random redditor accuses me of using steroids (PEDs = performance-enhancing drugs) because of how I look. It hurt my feelings so much I started crying at the gym   I…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Personal Finance

    Ramit Sethi
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    One of my goals at IWT is to make my free material better than anyone else’s paid material. However, for those of you who are new to IWT — or even if you’ve been following along — you might not have seen ALL the free material I released years ago. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get tons of value from it. So, I thought, why not revisit my personal finance systems and give away a HUGE update with even more money management tips  — as a free gift to you? That’s just what I did. And I’m releasing it to you in this new massive ultimate guide on personal…
 
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    Start Up Blog

  • 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…
  • The leadership secret no one ever talks about

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    And it is this simple maxim: If you want to be leader of many, then you must first be faithful with few. One of the most important sentences I learned from the late great Jim Rohn. And it matters in all walks of life and business regardless of our ambitions. The picture above is from an after dinner talk I did recently at a local Rotary Club. One of the things I have done a lot lately is deliver speeches on the technology revolution we are all living through. This is mostly the result of my book. Sometimes I get lucky and get paid to do it at a conference. But often I am also asked by…
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    Springwise

  • Nutritious powder is made from freeze-dried expiring fruit

    Springwise
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    Add / Remove Despite record highs in world food production, the number of people going hungry globally continues to rise. More than 40 percent of fruits are thrown away — unattractive or spoiled items are immediately disposed of by groceries and supermarkets as they are deemed unsellable. We recently wrote about the French supermarket Intermarche’s product line — Les Fruits & Légumes Moches — which is produced entirely from fruit and veg deemed too ugly to sell. Now, FoPo food powder is another ingenious solution created by students at Lund University in Sweden, who plan to…
  • Thought catcher automatically converts users’ ideas into actions

    Springwise
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    Add / Remove Of the 70,000 thoughts the average brain generates each day, around 150 get captured on people’s smartphones. Of course, many of those will be inconsequential, but a huge number of insights and decisions can be forgotten forever if they come at inconvenient times. Now, Myle Tap is a voice powered thought catcher which enables users to capture their thoughts and ideas no matter when they arrive, and convert them into usable text and action via their smartphone. Myle Tap is a touch-activated wearable voice recorder. The small device clips onto the user’s clothing and…
  • 3D printed previews for cosmetic surgery patients

    Springwise
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Add / Remove We have already seen 3D printing used to create lifelike busts of the deceased and pancakes with the diner’s face on, so it was only a matter of time before somebody brought the technology to the world of cosmetic surgery. Aesthetic surgery patients can already preview their prospective surgery in 3D using imaging software, but MirrorMe3D is now offering to print out miniature replicas of their post-surgery appearance, so that customers can get a sneak peak of their new face from every angle. MirrorMe3D takes three-dimensional scans of patients’ faces, then prints out…
  • Travel-sized spread jars are hand luggage approved

    Springwise
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    Add / Remove According to London City Airport, Marmite — the divisive English spread — was the second most confiscated food item in 2014, with British travelers keen to take this unique savory condiment with them on their holidays. Now, to satisfy this demand, Marmite has launched a travel-sized jar which — at 70g — can legally be carried in consumers’ hand luggage. For those unfamiliar with the savory product, it is a yeast based spread popular in the UK and beyond, which has been famously marketed as an ‘aquired’ taste. The mini jars are now available to buy for…
  • Messaging system aims to connect users across generations

    Springwise
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    Add / Remove While today’s youngsters are growing up with a seemingly innate ability to use any new technology, the same devices can be intimidating for older users. It’s to some extent this knowledge gap that contributes to communication difficulties between grandparents, their children and their grandchildren — the older generation prefers face-to-face conversations while teens are more comfortable with social media in its many forms. We’ve seen a number of devices such as Ensemble — an enhanced landline which bridges the gap between the simplicity of the telephone…
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    entrepreMusings

  • Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me

    Aruni
    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 who is a prominent executive coach as well as another mutual friend in the financial recruiting space.  I highly recommend it and wish everyone would read it! The findings are relevant for business, criminal justice, and personal relationships!  It helps scratch the surface of how we as humans justify our decisions, beliefs, and acts even when it’s not in our or…
  • Amazing Grace. How Sweet The Sound.

    Aruni
    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

    Aruni
    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

    Aruni
    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

    Aruni
    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 Kiva.org 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

  • ‘Fear and Loathing…’ seen through Google’s Deep Dream will haunt your nightmares

    Mic Wright
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Google’s Deep Dream neural network does crazy things with images that are pushed through it. Now, imagine what it could do with the nightmarish drug trips from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ Imagine no more! The video above shows you what it can produce in horrifying detail. Deep Dream feeds images through its artificial neurons, enhancing features as it goes. That leads to highly distorted and morphed visions. They’re particularly trippy when you throw Hunter S Thompson drug carnage into the mix. The Deep Dream code is publicly available and Roelof Pieters aka Graphific on…
  • When does design become ‘too advanced’?

    Jerry Cao
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Designers are racing against each other to design something new, something better, something groundbreaking. This is the soul of innovation and one of the driving forces behind capitalism. But, with moderation in all things, at what point does “new” and “advanced” become “frustrating” and “annoying”? Source: “Boston Future.” Infrogmation of New Orleans. Creative Commons. Contrary to popular belief, the most advanced products are not always the best. As described in the free e-book Web UI Best Practices, there are more factors involved: learnability, practicality, and the…
  • GIFs of Wikipedia turns the encyclopaedia into an endless stream of entertainment

    Mic Wright
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:41 am
    Ah Wikipedia, home of never ending edit wars, disambiguation pages and click spirals that take you far from the thing you originally landed there to research. If you, like me, you want more Wiki madness in your life, you need GIFs of Wikipedia. pic.twitter.com/CI1sOcO9Nf — GIFs of Wikipedia (@GIFsofWikipedia) July 6, 2015 The Twitter account does exactly what it promises: “Sporadically tweeting animated GIFs from Wikipedia.” What’s most compelling is that it doesn’t link to the articles it pulls the images from. Sometimes it’s easy to tell what a GIF illustrates. At others,…
  • Apple stores are now selling a thermostat you can control with Siri

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    Ecobee’s new HomeKit-enabled thermostat, announced last month, will be available in Apple’s physical stores across North America from today for $250, reports The Verge. The Ecobee3 smart thermostat is similar to Nest’s flagship offering and lets you adjust the heating and cooling in your home using Siri. It also includes a remote sensor that can read a room’s temperature and tell you if it’s occupied. Apple’s platform for smart appliances allow them to be grouped and controlled together. This could be a good buy if you’re big on Apple and plan to outfit your house with…
  • Google celebrates Godzilla creator’s 114th birthday with a Dumb Ways to Die-style playable doodle

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Born 114 years ago, Japanese film and special effects director Tsuburaya Eiji pioneered the art of ‘tokusatsu‘ — creating spectacular scenes using miniature city sets and figures. He’s also credited with the creation of Godzilla and Ultraman, and Google is celebrating his birthday with a special interactive doodle on its home page. The doodle takes you through 10 scenarios of a quick game on a beautifully illustrated set of a tokusatsu film that plays a lot like the popular mobile title Dumb Ways to Die. You’ll need to have your wits about you to quickly glue buildings together,…
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    The Product Guy

  • Overcoming Barriers, MakeLoveNotPorn and a More Analytical August!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Nominate a great product manager you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @ http://youtube.com/TheProductWay Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at WeWork Chelsea, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: MakeLoveNotPornexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from streaming to relationships (thanks to Cindy Gallop) Overcoming…
  • Want a job in Product Management? Check out these openings

    Jeremy Horn
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:33 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… Business Analyst @ Namely (New York, NY)Keywords: HR, Product, Requirements, UAT, User storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1115&lf=twf Product Manager @ Namely (New York, NY)Keywords:…
  • Key to Successful Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:45 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? Advice…. > What has made you a really effective product manager? Knowing that it’s not you who creates a good product, but your team and you. Having a good team is the key to success. 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 of my conversation with other great participants…
  • Looking for a job in Product Management? 5 New Openings

    Jeremy Horn
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:09 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… Head of Product @ Jung Lee NY (New York)Keywords: Design, e-commerce, Strategy, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1087&lf=twf Product Manager @ Smartling (New York)Keywords: SAAS, software,…
  • New Product Management Opportunity

    Jeremy Horn
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:08 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… Product Manager, Product Platforms @ SNL Financial (New York, NY)Keywords: Go-to-market strategies, Mobile Platforms, Product Development, UXD, Web…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • 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…
  • Is Tyler Cowen the New Charlie Rose?

    Ben Casnocha
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Tyler’s begun a new interview series at GMU and his conversations with the first two guests, Peter Thiel and Jeffrey Sachs, are amazing. Available as transcripts, videos, or podcast episodes. In each conversation, you feel like you’re in the presence of two first rate thinkers in honest exchange with each other about what’s happening in the world. There are lots of insights to take away from each, but the meta lesson for me — especially in the Sachs dialogue — is the level of expertise one develops after years of thinking about the same question. Sachs has been…
  • Me on Network Intelligence, Lifelong Learning, and Beginner’s Mind

    Ben Casnocha
    23 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    I did an on-site video interview with The Cube after my keynote speech last week in Orlando. It’s 20 minutes long and we open with the Start-up of You and then cover topics like network intelligence, optimism vs. pessimism, and cultivating the beginner’s mind. Check it out.
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    John Greathouse

  • 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 JohnGreathouse.com 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 JohnGreathouse.com articles! Human Nature Sucks How can two otherwise intelligent and well-meaning people watch the same political debate and…
  • Attention Startup Accelerators: Your Job Is Not Over After Demo Day

    John Greathouse
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes With top-ranked accelerators Lauchpad LA closing its doors and Y Combinator rebranding itself as a seed fund, it seems fair to ask the question, “Are Accelerators Dead?” Good news: a quick review of TechCrunch’s March 2015 List of Top 20 U.S. Accelerators, which includes two LA-based accelerators in the Top Ten (Mucker Lab and Amplify LA), proves that the overall health of the Accelerator landscape is sound. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! The TechCrunch team was…
  • Your Startup Team Should Have Unlimited Vacation

    John Greathouse
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes It sounds crazy to offer unlimited vacation time to your startup employees. Something to the left of socialism. Yet that is exactly what Richard Branson announced this past Fall. According to Branson, “We should focus on what people get done, not on how many hours or days worked. Just as we don’t have a nine-to-five policy, we don’t need a vacation policy.” If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! They Wouldn’t Do That At RCA It’s one thing when a wild-eyed billionaire…
  • This Remote Working Experiment Failed And Succeeded – At The Same Time

    John Greathouse
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Self-aware startups often learn more from their failures than from their success. Timehop, the photo album for the digital age, is no exception. Created by Jonathan Wegener and his Co-Founder Benny Wong, the company has over 16M+ users. To put this in proper perspective, more than twice as many people access Timehop each day than read the New York Times. And Then The CEO Said, “Go Home” Timehop recently executed a radical experiment. With winter raging outside, it closed its NYC office for two weeks and made all of its employees…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 3 Things You Need To Do Before Launching Your Online Start-Up

    Contributor
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    by David Jinks, Public Relations Manager and Publisher at ParcelHero.com Kicking off your own online start-up can seem daunting to a budding young entrepreneur, but if you have the product then you are already half way there. Fortunately, the internet caters to both those with money and those without, so here are three things you need to do before launching your online start-up: Who are you selling to? With any product you need a specific customer base. Not everyone wants a designer handbag or custom made alloy wheels, but there is certainly a consumer base for both. Once you understand who…
  • Problems In Your New Business? Who Ya Gonna Call? Mythbusters!

    Contributor
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    by Heather Foley, consultant at etsplc.com The business world is full of myths. They’re repeated so often that they start to feel true. If you’re running a new business, you’d do well to bust the following myths pretty quickly! 1. It’s all about luck. There are two variations of this one. The first goes along the lines that those who make it got lucky. The second is that those that fail were just unlucky. Certainly luck comes into play, as it does in all walks of life. But it’s only a very small part of whether a business succeeds or fails. What’s much more significant are the…
  • 7 Ways To Create Your Own Success

    Contributor
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    By Rob Nelson, founder and CEO at Grow.com Most entrepreneurs do not start out with millions in venture capital funding or advice from Mark Cuban sitting in their inbox. Entrepreneurial success is achieved after years of problem solving and hard work. Here’s what you can do to create your own opportunities instead of waiting for them: 1. Just get started. Everyone has a starting point. Figure out what you enjoy doing and where you can solve a problem. Do you have the technical and soft skills necessary to gain momentum in your field? Have you researched the competition in your…
  • [Infographic] Online Shopping Habits – Women vs Men

    Daniel Goh
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, how do Martians and Venutians differ when it comes to shopping online? As you can imagine, somewhat differently. Men and women have rather differing needs when it comes to shopping online, whether it is about pricing and promotions, the use of mobile devices, or the kinds of goods and services they purchase. For example, women prefer their online shopping experience to be rather comprehensive, while men like it straightforward and simple. And while men mostly shop for themselves and buy only when the need is immediate, women also buy for others…
  • Cyber Thieves Take A Bite Out Of Summer

    Contributor
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    by Andrew Bagrin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of My Digital Shield (MDS) Cyber crime is getting the Hollywood treatment again with last week’s debut of “Mr. Robot,” a new TV series that follows a cyber security hacktivist who shut down DDOS attacks by day and hacks criminals in his free time, all in the name of doing good. It’s an interesting twist in the criminal case of the week format that’s sure to raise some eyebrows. While Hollywood neatly wraps up cyber attacks and breaches within an hour, real-life victims aren’t so lucky. Just ask the new faces on our…
 
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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

    news
    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

    news
    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

    news
    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

  • The traits of a great Startup Advisor

    mark
    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

    mark
    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…
  • The only 2 ways to scale SMB SaaS

    mark
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Many startups launch focusing on the small business (SMB market). Given how large this market is, it can be a compelling target. There are 30M small businesses in the US alone. In addition, SMBs don’t have big purchasing departments and corresponding long sales cycles. If you reach the owner and solve a need that she has, you’re in! I love the SMB market. Many of my previous startups have addressed on it. Most notably FreshBooks, which has built a very large customer base here. However, I have seen over the years that most startups that launch with an SMB focus eventually go up…
  • Managing Investor Pedigree

    mark
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    It’s a known fact that not all venture firms are created equal. Cambridge Associates, an advisor to the Limited Partners that invest in venture capital firms, says that only about 20 firms – or 3% of all firms – generate 95% of the industry’s returns.  Those 20 firms remain pretty consistent over time. Sequoia, NEA, Accel, etc. have figured out the secret recipe for generating consistent premium returns. That recipe centres around getting into the big outliers; The unicorns that make or break fund returns. There’s a funny thing happening in today’s venture…
  • How much churn is too much?

    mark
    28 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    I have often said that churn (the rate at which customers cancel their subscriptions or otherwise stop buying from you) is the most important metric for  a recurring revenue business. Why? The longer a customer stays, the more they are worth. The more they are worth, the more you can pay to acquire them. The more you can pay to acquire your customers, the faster you can grow. The faster you grow, the more capital you can raise to further accelerate everything. It’s a virtuous cycle. The question I often get then is how much churn is too much? If you sell to small business (i.e. your…
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    IttyBiz

  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Today I went online to look for some information. I was looking to make a painting, a big one, and I wanted to find a supplier of paper in the size I needed. I found myself on a forum post from several years ago. Somebody wanted something similar, and forum participants were offering potential options. This company makes it in 6 x 8, that company only goes up to 5 feet, this other one is really expensive – that sort of thing. Then everybody’s favorite forum doofus shows up and says that if she were the original poster, she’d start with a postcard size piece. “It…
  • No Growth Plan Is Ever Going To Sound Reasonable

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    No growth plan is going to sound reasonable. Let’s say that you’ve got an eye on growing your revenue at a significant rate. Maybe you’re hoping to double it, or maybe even triple it. Maybe you’re considering adding a zero or hitting a specific round number that seems desirable to you. You think, “This is the year that I’m finally going to hit [insert big number].” That’s exciting stuff. (Well, at least in theory. It’s generally exciting until you start thinking about what you would need to DO to make it happen. And how much of it…
  • Is Your Objective Narrow Enough?

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Recently, I found myself in a Denny’s. Sometimes there’s not much to do in a Denny’s other than stare at a bottle of ketchup, and so stare at a bottle of ketchup I did. This particular bottle of ketchup was a little bit special. It was cobranded – Heinz and Trivial Pursuit – and on the back was an invitation to scan a QR code to “start the fun”. The fun refers, I assume, to a version of Trivial Pursuit that you can play with your family while you wait for your food. This kind of thing is always really funny to me. My idea of a pleasant meal is one…
  • 5 Netflix Must Haves For Entrepreneurs

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    At some point, everybody’s got to take a break. For your breaking pleasure, here’s a list of five great films for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be. No matter what’s going on in your business, one of these is sure to hit the spot. Mr. Holland’s Opus Musician and composer Glenn Holland takes a teaching job to support his growing family, but he always means to get back to his music. Life gets in the way, the years turn into decades, and it seems like our hero never gets his dream. Or does he? Richard Dreyfuss’ Mr. Holland is one of his very best performances.
  • Is It Possible I’m Wrong?

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    I have been wrong about a lot of things. I thought YouTube was a fad. I was certain the iPad would be the undoing of Apple. (Don’t even get me started on the Kindle.) And those are just the generic things, the ones that didn’t cost me any money. What about the things that did cost me money? A random sampling: 1. Things don’t sell in the summer. For the longest time, I would not let anyone here even suggest running a major promotion between June and August. I had it in my head that nobody was around, or nobody was paying attention. In my imagined world, an entire quarter of…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • 15 Traits of the Most Brilliant Conference Speakers

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:56 am
    What separates brilliant conference speakers from the also rans, the meh, the downright painful? Whether you are speaking at Business or Software Conference or a small group of colleagues, here are some thoughts on what the very best speakers do to be so great. It was prompted by a question… “Hi Mark: Myself and our COO attended BoS 2014, and we are sending 3 people this year. We are doing our own user conference in October. If we could get our speakers to anywhere near BoS levels (of quality), I would be ecstatic. Do you have any published guidelines/tips for your speakers that…
  • Business of Software Conference Europe Slides 2015

    Joe Glover
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:47 am
    Last week we took over Cambridge, UK for the second BoS Europe Conference Europe. As ever, the speakers produced a great show for those in attendance, delivering thought provoking presentations with software businesses in mind. The slides from most of the presentations are here – with thanks to the speakers for permission to share the slides with the wider BoS Community. Bill Janeway Warburg Pincus Productive Bubbles Business of Software Conference Europe from Business of Software Conferences. The BLN. The Wrong Customer Elizabeth Ayer Business of Software Conference from Business of…
  • Best Talk I’ve Ever Seen? A Comfortable Silence Again.

    Mark Littlewood
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:46 am
    Inevitably, I get asked a lot post-conference: “What was the best talk you heard this week?” Last week as we gathered in Cambridge, England for the 2nd Business of Software Conference Europe. Inspired by talks that will change the way we work together as a team and meeting some wonderful people. Post conference, as we gathered for a drink and a spot of punting along the river, Stephen Hawking swooped by. A remarkable week. To answer the question. This is the best talk I’ve seen this week. Possibly ever. Inspiring, emotional, eloquent, thoughtful, brilliant, tackling some…
  • “You should meditate for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy – then you should meditate for an hour”

    Joe Glover
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
    We’re all guilty. The world is moving too fast and we all have to deal with customers, employees, family, friends, investors, events, unexpected problems, Unicorns, smart phones, 24x7x365 availability. Do you honestly feel you’re in control of your life? If you do and can share the secret, I want to hear from you – please. Step back for one minute. Think about what you have done in the last week. How much of the stuff you did was really necessary? What made you, your team, your family, your friends, your customers, happier, healthier or wiser? It’s easy to lose…
  • Business of Software Speaker Previews

    Joe Glover
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    Last week we had the absolute pleasure of catching up with an well known BoS Community member, and meeting some new faces too. We held three hangouts with Jaideep Prabhu, Jenni Jepsen, and Des Traynor ahead of their talks at BoS Europe in two weeks time. Each were very different, but what they did have in common was exciting things of what is to come.  Technical problems halted play on the Des Traynor hangout broadcast, but we did live tweet it. All can be seen on our Twitter page here. As for Jenni Jepsen and Jaideep, we have the benefit of their videos. Both are short, but they provide a…
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    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.
  • A Disruptive Business Model in Legal Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Roe Frazer – Cicayda In this episode of The Entrepreneurial Mind, Roe Frazer discusses his unique company. A software start-up led by founders who have done it before, which seeks to disrupt the entire e-discovery market! Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Entrepreneurial-Mind-Dr-Jeff-Cornwall/129827683723995?sk=videos Twitter page: https://twitter.com/theentremind TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post A Disruptive Business Model in Legal Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Hustle is Real

  • How to get to the top 4 on Product Hunt with a B2B product

    Jun Loayza
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    What would you do to get on the front page of Product Hunt? What value would it even bring to your company? My team at Bunny Inc. just went through a rigorous 6 months of building and launching our latest product: ArticleBunny. As part of our launch efforts, I decided to make Product Hunt a big initiative. It paid off: in a span of 2 days, we drove over 5,000 highly targeted site visitors and over 100 projects posted. This post is about how we did it. What you will learn in this post: this post is about ideation to launch. We conceptualized the idea of ArticleBunny in the Winter of 2014…
  • Premature scaling killed us

    Jun Loayza
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    $1,000,000 in the bank. Shorty what you drank. We were funded, had a working product, clients, and revenue. On the surface, it seemed like we were growing fast and moving toward the right trajectory. Within 2 years, we had grown tremendously, but that growth ultimately killed us. Keep it scrappy I’m currently reading #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. In it, Sophia has a great story about how her team bought really expensive chairs without her knowledge. Though she was making millions of dollars, she still made the office assistant sell all of the chairs on eBay to make the money back and…
  • Retention is more important than acquisition

    Jun Loayza
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are a few experiences that I cherish in life that other people take for granted. For example, I absolutely love going to my dentist. There is no better feeling than beautifully polished clean teeth. Another example is getting an oil change. Most people go for the cheapest oil-changing option and get a mundane experience, but me, I pay extra for the Oil Can Henry’s experience. For a decade I’ve been going to Oil Can Henry’s for an oil change because they go above and beyond to make the experience wonderful. I’ve recommended many friends and family to Oil Can…
  • How I knew she was the one

    Jun Loayza
    20 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    I met Kim on Thursday, April 12, 2007. It was the very first event of Bruin Consulting, the kickoff event that would determine if my first entrepreneurial endeavor would prove to be a success. I had my business suit on, a hand-me-down from my dad that was 2 sizes too big for me, and was nervously preparing for my welcome presentation. To my surprise, hundreds of students showed up. And then I saw her. She was wearing a business casual suit and glasses. She had this vibrant hair that stood out among all others. And her face, her heart-shaped face sealed the deal for me. I’ll never forget…
  • How to create powerful recruitment videos

    Jun Loayza
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I joined Bunny Inc. when we were less than 12 full time team members. We now have over 60. Our biggest challenge thus far is recruiting world-class talent, both here in San Francisco and in Bogotá, Colombia. When I took the reigns of the company recruitment effort, my goal was to build a scalable, repeatable recruitment process that helps us recruit top talent for rotational (and the occasional transformational) tours of duty. We’ve started several initiatives ranging from Mentorship Partnerships with Google, to Hackathons with the top tech companies in Bogotá. All of these…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • 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.
  • Want to Sell Your Company for a High Price? Do these Six Things

    Jay Turo
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    The saddest lament of entrepreneurs and owners of private companies seeking to sell and exit their companies is that they want their businesses to be valued on their future potential, and not its CURRENT profitability. Given that the typical, offered purchase multiples for smaller businesses – as in those with less than $5 million in EBITDA – can be as low as 1 or 2 times last year’s tax return profits, this is understandable.In fact, we often see purchase offers based on multiples of MONTHLY earnings – not exactly the “happily ever after” exit dreamed of when these businesses…
  • Turning Good Strategy into GREAT Execution

    Jay Turo
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Last week, I wrote about the connection between vision, strategy, and action in a business, and how all three are made possible through and with Tough Love.And essential to effective Tough Love is Balance.  Great organizations find the balance between: a) Making the right changes at the right time and b) Having the discipline to “keep on keeping on” and just doing more of what is working.Note well that b) is particularly hard to maintain when the tasks and activities that ARE working become repetitive and lack in excitement and drama. So how do executives find this balance - between…
  • Vision to Strategy to Action (All with and through Tough Love)

    Jay Turo
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Every business needs a vision - a clear definition of what its leadership seeks the business to become. And every business needs a strategy - a roadmap of how the business will reach its vision. Once the vision and strategy are clear (and yes, this is hard), the next step is action planning – the day-by-day mapping of how all of this good but sometimes theoretical “stuff” will actually get done. This, involves determining which projects will be completed (and as importantly, which ones will NOT be done), by whom and when, and how many resources - work hours, money, and assets - will be…
  • Why One for Three is So Much Better than Zero for Zero

    Jay Turo
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston ChurchillAt the very heart of entrepreneurship, small business, and investing sit risks, roadblocks, challenges, and delays. The statistics are only debated to their degree but not their overall thrust - a small percentage of businesses ever become meaningfully profitable and a smaller percentage still are ever sold for a meaningful price.In other words, the vast majority of businesses - by objective, financial measures - do not achieve their desired and sought after objectives.. Even worse,…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • From the Vault: America’s Founding Entrepreneurs

    Mike
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in July of 2011. As this is a holiday weekend (and the entire team is trying to get in a little recreation), we thought we’d repurpose this and see if it still has legs… On this Independence Day I have been thinking about the summer of ’76 and America’s Founding Fathers. Their importance to the world has been analyzed every way imaginable; thousands of books have been written about their efforts and accomplishments, and they are held up to generations as examples of great political and military leaders. But…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #276 – Patriotic Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy 4th of July! We love the patriotism, the food, the sun, and the gathering with friends and family. We also like the fireworks. What better to celebrate this roundup then fireworks fails? Well, actually nothing is better. Have a look at the knuckleheads and the insanity they wrought with Darwin-was-right idiocy. So, Happy Birthday, America, because once again, it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Pyrotechnics are fun, but not as much fun as this week’s set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: Alexander_Dsign

    Audree
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:07 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 Alexander_Dsign. Check out more great work on Alexander_Dsign’s profile page. Nicely done, Alexander_Dsign, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind Fresh from the SPRING: Bekk Fresh from the SPRING: GoldBug
  • A Victory for Artists Everywhere – Thank You Taylor Swift!

    Mike
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    Thank You Taylor Swift! Wow. Words I never once imagined being typed by my own fingers. But, credit where credit is due, Miss Swift went up against Goliath, carefully aimed and swung her sling and, Pow! The monster was vanquished! If you don’t know what I am talking about here, a little background: about a year ago, Apple acquired Beats Music, the music streaming service and manufacturer of a popular line of fashion-forward headphones. Apple’s move was widely regarded as a play to compete with Spotify, Pandora and the other web-based music streaming services, collectively viewed…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    We love dreams. We love childhood memories. We love stop motion animation. Vera Van Wolferen‘s  How to Catch a Bird pulls it all together in a wonderfully creative and evocative way. Now wake up! Once again, it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Take a little trip through this week’s 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 account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership,…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • 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…
  • Book Review: Beyond Measure

    Usman Sheikh
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work. The premise of this Ted Talk was intriguing. The speaker mentioned several studies I wanted to learn more about. I promptly bought her book and enjoyed reading it. The book revolves around research on teams and working together. The future of work is going to be heavily reliant on collaboration. With a large majority of individuals working as contractors, we are going to have to leverage on each other’s skill sets to achieve large goals. This change reduces our dependencies on superstars and increases the need for people with the…
  • The Week in Review #24: Forgetting Super Chickens at Work

    Usman Sheikh
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:36 am
    As entrepreneurs, a large majority of us aspire to be superstars. It starts when we enter school and the teacher gives out stars to the best students. The cycle repeats itself endlessly as we move up the ladder. In our quest to reach the top, collateral damage is a necessary evil. We delude ourselves into thinking that this is the only way to reach the success we desire. However nothing could be further from the truth. These isolated examples of success cloak the larger picture. Research has shown, superstar status achieved at all cost is transient in nature. It is only when we focus on…
  • The Week in Review #23: In the Future, Employees Won’t Exist

    Usman Sheikh
    14 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    The future of work excites me. Technology is rapidly breaking down barriers and changing perspectives. Millions of people wake up every morning and decide what they will work on today. Platforms like Upwork and Uber have freed them from the traditional concept of being an employee. They decide when to work, how much they would like to work and most importantly whom they would like to work with. While this is reality for only a select few people today, this is what the future is going to look like. This will require a fundamental shift in how companies attract, recruit and retain the people…
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    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'

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    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

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    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

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    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

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    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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    Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive

  • Why Bad Mouthing Competitors Is Bad For Business And How To Handle It Better

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The post Why Bad Mouthing Competitors Is Bad For Business And How To Handle It Better appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this In the early days, your company hasn’t earned the attention, so there was no “bullseye” on your back. There was no real sellable product, so there was no competition. But then the product is seeing the daylight of the market. People are noticing you, and you are starting to notice competitors you never knew existed. And the…
  • Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The post Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For those of us in startups, opening up Twitter means seeing at least 1 or 2 funding announcements every couple hours. And the congratulations and retweets roll in, if you are any good, journalists and bloggers need a piece of you too. But the fanfare and congratulations fizzle out, and you are standing there with all that glitter and confetti on you,…
  • Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The post Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this It does not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not a stranger to getting into occasional passionate discussion. This weekend I made a statement which caused such discussion. Unfortunately, Twitter is the worst place to have a discussion. Arguments in 140 character format make people extremely susceptible…
  • Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    28 Aug 2013 | 9:31 am
    The post Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this This article has been brewing in me for a while. I credit some of the biggest wins in my career to the most diverse and smart people around me. Best decisions are made after hearing a broad range of perspectives. You can’t do that in an echo-chamber of people who are exactly same as you and think like you. As you have seen me…
  • On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    19 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    The post On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For the past decade and a half, I have read countless articles on how it is impossible to build a successful company and be a good parent at the same time. I call bullshit! Yes, I know, I now owe money to the swear jar, but I’m happy to pay. Here is the TL;DR for those of you with short attention spans – being a…
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    Xconomy

  • Chiasma Seeks $75 Million and FDA Approval for Acromegaly Orphan Drug

    David Holley
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Chiasma, a Newton, MA-based biopharma company trying to develop oral drugs for orphan diseases typically treated with injectibles, is seeking to sell shares in an initial public offering worth about $75 million. The company plans to sell 5.36 million shares for $13 to $15 each in the IPO, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Chiasma’s lead therapy targets acromegaly, a condition that can lead to death and is caused when the pituitary gland releases excess human growth hormone, subsequently elevating the body’s insulin levels. That increases the size…
  • West Coast Biotech Roundup: Juno, UCSD v. USC, Natera, LSDF & More

    Alex Lash
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    It was a short work week leading up to the 4th of July, but it was long on news out West. There were plenty of fireworks of the legal, political, and financial variety, with an academic lawsuit in Southern California, a legislative defeat for the Washington state life sciences community, a big Bay Area IPO, and a blockbuster immunotherapy deal in Seattle. All that, and our Seattle editor Ben Romano’s ride in a submersible to see the biology of Elliott Bay (pictured) up close, plus news from a busy Monday today… let’s get to the roundup. —Juno Therapeutics (NASDAQ:…
  • BioCardia Files for $50M IPO for Cell-Based Cardiovascular Therapies

    David Holley
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    BioCardia, a San Carlos, CA-based company expecting to enter its lead cell-based therapy for cardiovascular disease into a Phase 3 trial this year, filed paperwork saying it hopes to raise about $50 million in an initial public offering. The company wants to sell 3.85 million shares for $12 to $14 per share, according to an SEC document. The offering is being underwritten by Cantor Fitzgerald, Roth Capital Partners, and Maxim Group. The drug developer expects to enroll its first patient in a pivotal trial for a treatment for ischemic systolic heart failure later in 2015, and it may have data…
  • Telluride Accelerator Launches Startups in Colorado’s Ski Country

    Michael Davidson
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A haven for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, mountain biking and bluegrass in the summer—that’s the perception of Telluride, a town in southwest Colorado that is one of the most exclusive (and expensive) resort areas in the Rockies. But some locals would like to add entrepreneurial to that list, and they might be making progress. Last week, the Telluride Venture Accelerator graduated its latest class of startups. The nonprofit accelerator was founded by the Telluride Foundation and is part of a local effort to nurture more startups, said Thea Chase, the accelerator’s director.
  • Data Gatherer Turned Drug Developer 23andMe Raises $79.1M, Wants More

    David Holley
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    23andMe, the data gatherer turned drug developer, appears to be raising $150 million of new funding, according to a document filed July 2 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has sold $79.1 million in the offering so far, according to the document, which shows at least part of the funding was for Series E preferred stock. A spokesman said the company does not comment on financing until the round is complete. The Mountain View, CA-based company hired Richard Scheller, formerly Genentech’s top researcher, in March to lead the way into drug development. Xconomy Biotech…
 
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    Speaker, Trainer, Author & Human Change Expert

  • 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 →
  • LifeStyle Business Explored

    Srini Saripalli
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:40 am
    This is the recording from the radio show this evening. If you are an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur, I sincerely suggest you listen to this. Whoever told you that business is all about making money is wrong. Business is … Continue reading →
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • 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,…
  • Doing some good with the people who want your time

    Charlie O'Donnell
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In the last two days, I've had three different conversations with people who were asking me what I do with the people who want to grab coffee when the mutual benefit isn't immediately mutual.  Don't get me wrong--these are people who are all extremely generous with their time--and that's probably why more people reach out to them.  You have a useful meeting with someone and then they tell someone else it was useful, and so on, and so on...Unfortunately, you only have so many hours in the day--well, the working day, anyway.  You do, however, do other things--things that not…
  • Do you know what you do and who else knows?

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    I was chatting with a friend about going to work for startup companies, and told her that career development really came down to two simple things:1. Do you know what you do?Do you offer a clear deliverable, best suited for a particular segment of customers or clients, that aligns with their near term goals?In other words, do you "do marketing" or do you "help seed and Series A backed companies test and optimize their marketing content, deploy it across multiple channels, and analyze the customer acquisition analytics to create a plan to scale future marketing budgets?"In the latter…
  • Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

    Charlie O'Donnell
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    I recently met up with an investor who I'm not totally sure is a fit for my second fund, so it was important to me that I was upfront about all the reasons why he shouldn't come in.  The last thing you want as either a founder or even a VC is to have an investor get stuck with you when you're not on the same page about expectations.So here's all the reasons I told him he shouldn't be in:1) Fund investing is boring.  Let's be clear.  You trust me with your money and I get to do the fun part--working with founders.  For most funds, you get a quarterly statement that isn't…
  • A Month with No Funding Announcements

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Every other day, some startup is raising some ludicrous amount of money at some outlandish valuation.  It feels like the mother of all pissing contests and tech journalists seem all too willing to play along.Is it really going to make or break your career if you're the first to Uber's Series H round, the one between the $60 billion valuation and the $90 billion valuation.I'll bet they're all chomping at the bit to be the first to announce the $100 billion valuation, because, you know, PSYCHOLOGICALLY SATISFYING ROUND NUMBERS! Could you imagine what public market news would look like…
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  • Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (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 Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (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 Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Grow Your Email List With The New Email Slider Plugin For WordPress

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (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 Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Kate McKibbin: How This Aussie Fashionista Successfully Built Two Six-Figure Blogs

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (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 Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Lauren Shuttleworth: How This Stationery Entrepreneur Educates Girls, Helps The Environment & Makes A Profit At The Same Time

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    20 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Like many entrepreneurs I’ve always had a strong urge to help other people, not just directly helping customers with my business, but in a broader social sense too. Donating to charities is great, but I’ve never felt... The post Lauren Shuttleworth: How This Stationery Entrepreneur Educates Girls, Helps The Environment & Makes A Profit At The Same Time appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
 
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  • 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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    James Chartrand
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to take a break from writer’s block first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Boost Your Brand Credibility with Personality Traits

    James Chartrand
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Boost Your Brand Credibility with Personality Traits 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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    James Chartrand
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Love Writing Again first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The definitive guide on how to choose your business name

    James Chartrand
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The definitive guide on how to choose your business name 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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  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Sidekickgrowth team is a small, data driven and aggressive group within HubSpot that works on new, emerging products with massive audiences and a freemium business model (similar to Dropbox and Evernote).  We are constantly pushing ourselves to learn new growth strategies, tactics, and techniques. I have personally become more data driven and model driven after joining the team, and wanted to walk through an example of one decision that became much easier with the use of our generic problem solving framework. I am a big believer in the idea that complicated problems look simple when…
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  • 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…
  • 7 Conferences You Should Add to Your Calendar Before the End of 2015

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    As marketers, we are always thinking about our day-to-day and how we can be more efficient. Do more, be more, generate more leads, increase ROI for our clients and ourselves. And to do that, we need to look at the big picture. A great way to look at our roles and think about how we’re contributing to the bigger picture is to attend conferences and events where we’re able to network with others in our industry. Not only does it give us a great look at the competition, but it allows us to learn from those who influence us, and to get a better feeling about the direction our industries...The…
  • 6 Industries That Can Skyrocket Conversions Through Pinterest Advertising

    Katie Herum
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    It’s hard to believe that Pinterest is already 5 years young. Yes, young. The highly visual social media platform has made many exciting announcements for businesses over the past few months and has released some impressive numbers as a friendly reminder of how the platform continues to gain popularity year over year. Among these announcements are a few exciting advertising initiatives like promoted pins and buyable pins. As the platform gets closer to rolling out the promoted pins feature to all business accounts, I thought I’d single out 6 industries in particular that could (and…
  • Using Contests and Sweepstakes to Increase Social Media Engagement: 8 Ways to Prepare an Awesome Campaign

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Working in Digital PR and Marketing, we’re constantly looking for ways to engage our audience and connect with our customers. We do this by combining great content with the efforts of our social media and search teams. But it’s a good idea to mix it up sometimes—and most audiences like to mix it up, too. Launching a contest or sweepstakes event via a social media channel of your choosing is a fantastic way to engage customers and obtain valuable information to use in your marketing strategies moving forward. But, as most things go, launching a contest or sweepstakes is easier said than…
  • How to Brainstorm Content: 6 Tips to Catalyze Ideas

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Are you a content writer? If you are, then, we’re offering you a high-five, up top! Why? Because writing content is hard work. Beyond that, if you are writing for the same client consistently, you’re going to need to be able to come up with unique content, whether it’s on landing pages, blogs, email newsletters, or anything else. But if you’re a content writer and a content marketer, you’re also going to have to make sure that your content can be easily found. What does that mean? Having a great strategy for search engine optimization (SEO). But even with a great strategy, it’s…
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How To Overcome The Fear Of International Expansion

    Katya Puyraud
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    We all suffer from fear of the unknown. It’s a perfectly natural response designed to keep our ancient ancestors from doing anything stupid. Without it the human race is likely to have been wiped out in a series of ill informed decisions, over zealous curiosity and the occasional poke at things with very big teeth. But too much fear can be equally as damaging. It can cause stagnation, paralysis and doesn’t help us reach our full potential. While many SME owners have stated an intention to expand their businesses overseas, the fear of the unknown is often cited as a major reason for not…
  • Does My Small Business Need To Accept Credit Cards?

    Kristen Gramigna
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Though you have control over the forms of payment you accept when you own a small business, your decision to accept credit cards might have more impact on your profitability, revenue and customer loyalty than you think. Here’s a look at whether your small business should accept credit cards. Cash is being dethroned. Remember that saying “cash is king”? It’s no longer the preferred way to pay among customers who are 49 years old and younger, according to a CreditCards.com poll. In fact, this consumer group is twice as likely to pay with a credit or debit card rather than cash, even for…
  • Best Gym Bags for the Entrepreneur 2015

    Blogtrepreneur
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    When you’re in business for yourself, it’s important to have the best equipment possible for use. If your equipment happens to include gym bags, there are several factors to consider when choosing the best ones for you. It must be durable, dependable, stylish, and must hold all of your equipment! So if you’re on your way to the mall as we speak, check out these brands. The Under Armour UA Undeniable Storm MD Duffle This is a 100% polyester imported gym bag with UA Storm gear DWR finish which repels water without giving up its ability to breathe. It has an adjustable padded…
  • How To Get Real Traffic To Your Website

    Danny Donchev
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    The biggest problem for most businesses is: How to get more targeted traffic to their website. Without traffic, a website will not generate any revenue. A few years ago I was in the same boat. Even after I created great content, no one was reading it. I didn’t give up and managed to drive millions of visitors to my website and for my clients. Let’s learn the most effective tactics that will help you do the same. First, define your target market. This is your first important step. You do not need to appeal to everyone except your target audience, who provides your biggest Return On…
  • Video Collaboration Tool for Business Team Discussion

    Blogtrepreneur
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Collaboration has always been an important part of business, whether that collaboration is occurring between coworkers or with business partners thousands of miles away. Until recently, no form of conferencing, such as phone or email, could match the deep understanding to be gained by meeting face-to-face. All methods of remote conferencing, such as phone and email, were too impersonal. After all, over 50 percent of communication is non-verbal, and all that valuable communicative content was being lost when attempting a conference with people via remote technologies. In the last few years,…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • General Stan McChrystal on Eating One Meal Per Day, Special Ops, and Mental Toughness

    Ian Robinson
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    General Stan McChrystal (Photo credit: David E. Alvarado, ISAF Public Affairs) Stanley McChrystal (@StanleyMcChrystal)  retired from the U.S. Army as a four-star general after more than 34 years of service. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates described McChrystal as “perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I ever met.” From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal served as Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. His last assignment was as the commander of all American and…
  • Whitney Cummings on Turning Pain Into Creativity

    Ian Robinson
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:56 pm
    “In order for art to imitate life, you have to have a life.” – Whitney Cummings “I promise: if you just tell the truth and get your heart broken as a comedian, you will have a house.” – Whitney Cummings This episode how to turn pain and struggle into amazing creative projects. Whitney Cummings (@whitneycummings) is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and producer. She is executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which was recently picked up for a fifth season. Whitney also…
  • The Maverick of Brain Optimization

    Ian Robinson
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    “My lab is interested in pursuing how we can enhance cognition to improve quality of life.” – Adam Gazzaley Dr. Adam Gazzaley (@adamgazz) obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, then postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is now the director of the Gazzaley Lab at UC San Francisco, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His recent studies go far beyond mere description — he and his lab are exploring neuroplasticity and how we can optimize cognitive abilities, even in healthy adults. So,…
  • Sam Kass on Reinventing Yourself and Baptism by Fire

    Ian Robinson
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Sam Kass, right, in official White House gear. (Photo: Bob Nichols, USDA) “Yankees, we’ve won!” – Austrian sous-chef to unprepared Americans hustling at a Michelin 3-star restaurant “75% of success is staying calm. The rest you figure out.” – Sam Kass Sam Kass almost became a pro baseball player.  Instead, he pivoted a history major from U. Chicago into becoming the private chef for the Obamas in the White House. He then broke into national nutrition policy and was named #11 on Fast Company magazine’s 2011 list of “100 Most Creative People”…
  • An Unusual $100,000 Birthday Present (Plus: Free Round-Trip Anywhere in the World)

    Tim Ferriss
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Turning 38-years young… and still not acting my age. (Photo: Sir Garrett Camp) 38! I’ll turn a glorious 38 soon. It’s going to be a great natal year–I can already feel it. Perhaps it will be good luck for you, too. In this post, I’m giving away a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world. But back to that strange birthday gift… Much to the chagrin of my momma-san, I’ve become difficult to buy presents for. Some friends even think I’m impossible to find presents for. Not so. I love handwritten letters, homemade brownies, and–most of…
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  • 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…
  • SEO Case Study #1 – Introduction

    Caroline Middlebrook
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    For the last few months I have been tinkering around with SEO a bit, making lots of mistakes and also making some notes. I know the ‘case study’ style of posts that I used to write a few years ago were always popular so I thought I may as well post here now. Though I won’t be revealing any keywords or domains as that just compromises the results. So, first a little background… I actually find it quite ironic that I have spent five years developing a software tool used in the SEO industry, but have actually done virtually no SEO in that time! Things changed so much…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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…".
  • My Process for Optimizing Landing Pages

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I’ve been so wrapped up with learning and jumping into real estate investing lately that I’ve totally neglected affiliate marketing for quite a while. All my major health issues this year certainly haven’t helped either. In fact, my last post even pertaining to affiliate marketing was 6-months ago! And so, I thought it was long overdue for another post on the wonderful and cruel world of affiliate marketing. One of the things I absolutely used to hate was creating landing pages/sites for my campaigns. It took a lot of time, could be very stressful (cross-browser…
  • A Trip to the Emergency Room and Another Property on Contract

    Tyler Cruz
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    In my post from a few days ago, I wrote about how I was 98% done to completion on a duplex I had on contract but ultimately had to walk away after a really bad inspection report. In that same post I mentioned that I had already placed an offer on another property. Well, fast forward 3 days and that property is now under contract! It is now pending subject removal again – I’ve already taken care of a few of them including insurance – the major one to wait for is once again the inspection which will take place early next week. As I wrote in my other post though, I do not expect any…
  • Why I Had To Walk Away and Make An Offer on a Different Property

    Tyler Cruz
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:38 pm
    It’s crazy… 48 hours ago, I was only hours away from removing the final subjects on the duplex contract I had. However, the inspection ended up being absolutely horrible! In fact, I had to wait a while for the inspector to finish creating his report as there were so many issues with the property. He ended up inspecting both sides (and drafting the report) over around a 6-hour period, then proceeded to spend 2 hours going over everything with me (and my realtor). The report itself was 89-pages long – granted this was a duplex so naturally it would be longer than that of a typical…
  • Some Setbacks on My First Income Property

    Tyler Cruz
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    In my blog post from last Friday, I wrote about how I got my first income property under contract, pending subject removals tomorrow (June 19th, 2015). I was very excited, pretty similar to the feeling you have when you’re buying a new home for yourself. All you want is for time to speed up and everything to be done so that you can have the keys in hand. Unfortunately, there have been a number of setbacks over the past 6 days that have changed my disposition towards the whole thing. I’ll start with the worst issues first. 5-Year Amortization Reduction When I had originally ran my…
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    mokoyfman.com

  • 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
  • "The proliferation of social media means that the extreme experimentation that was once the exclusive..."

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    “The proliferation of social media means that the extreme experimentation that was once the exclusive provenance of big-name starchitects is now the defining architectural movement of our age. There is no crisis in architecture. The sense of crisis is just a byproduct of the punctured echo chamber. It is architecture’s giant sucking sound. If you listen closely, you will realize that it is being generated by a group of critics and opinion makers who are struggling with a new paradigm where the public calls the shots. This is a world without a dominant style, which confuses the old guard.
 
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  • STARTUP AWARDS WINNERS: VASTARI AND PRINTR

    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 exhibitions.read 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 energy.read 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 meeting.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Mayhem vs. Matos for Publicity

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Insurance companies are working hard to get and keep customers. In the insurance game, everyone is engaged in the battle for the customer. The two current commercials that PR professionals are talking about are the Allstate Mayhem and Matos from State farm. In the Internet Matos is not popular. One blogger noted that you can […] The post Mayhem vs. Matos for Publicity appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • PR and the Super bowl XLV

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    The Super bowl is so well known, it doesn’t need publicity right? Wrong! The Super bowl continues to grab publicity along with its advertising for the event. The Super bowl is one of Americas most watched events. There is lots of advertising for it. Then there is a lot of publicity. There is publicity around […] The post PR and the Super bowl XLV appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Top 5 Most Effective Business Leadership Development Methods

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    The post Top 5 Most Effective Business Leadership Development Methods appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • 7 Necessary Abilities of an Electrician Melbourne

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    A homeowner may not be able to handle every major or minor duty in their homes due to their tight schedules or lack of skill power. These calls for the homeowner consider hiring several skilled personnel to handle various duties. For instance the homeowner is expected to look for a plumber to handle the craft […] The post 7 Necessary Abilities of an Electrician Melbourne appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Top Reasons to Buy Jewelry Online

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Today, purchasing online has become common place and you can get most things you like, for example, are you on the market for something special? Maybe for your mother, dad or perhaps for a respected coworker who has provided a long time of loyal service? Possibly someone you know is enjoying a wedding or anniversary? […] The post Top Reasons to Buy Jewelry Online appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

    steveblank
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests this past week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Pete Newell, managing partner of BMNT Partners John Kuhn, who works at BMNT Partners Matt Weingart, program development manager in the Strategic Development Office at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Takashi Tsutsumi and Masato Iino, founders of Learning Entrepreneur’s Lab in Japan The focus of our first segment is how Silicon Valley and the U.S. military can work together – for access to advanced technology and to learn how to move with…
  • Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

    steveblank
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster– not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how. —– Lean Innovation Management In the last five years “Lean Startup” methodologies have enabled entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly trying to execute. Companies or Government agencies pursuing innovation can Buy, Build, Partner or use Open Innovation. But trying to find a unified theory of innovation…
  • Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

    steveblank
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit. But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling. These shortcuts add up and become what is called technical debt. And the size of the problem increases with the success of the company. You fix technical debt by refactoring, going into the existing code and “cleaning it up” by restructuring it. This work adds no features visible to a user but makes the code stable and…
  • Episode 3 on SiriusXM Channel 111: Kathryn Gould, Mar Hershenson, Sophie Lebrecht

    steveblank
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests this week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM Channel 111 were: Kathryn Gould co-founder of Foundation Capital Mar Hershenson co-founder of the VC firm Pejman Mar Ventures Sophie Lebrecht co-founder and CEO of Neon Labs All three of my guests started their careers as scientists or engineers and ended up starting companies or venture capital firms. Kathryn Gould is the co-founder of the VC firm, Foundation Capital and the owner of Battle Mountain Vineyard. As one of the first women VC’s in Silicon Valley she founded Foundation in 1995, and went on to be…
  • Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite

    steveblank
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of the D.C. National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node (a collaboration among the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins). But it wasn’t until seeing him lead the first I-Corps class at the National Institutes of Health that I realized Edmund could teach my class better than I can. After seeing the results of 500+ teams through the I-Corps, the NSF now offers all teams who’ve received government funding to start a company an introduction to building a Lean Startup…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Wanderlust Festival Experience

    First Class Fashionista
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I’ve been speaking of going on a yoga retreat for the past 3 years, likely to Belize. It would’ve cost me or somebody who loves me very much a mini-fortune but, fortunately, there are many, many wonderful perks to being a lifestyle blogger. Over the 4th of July weekend, I was invited to come out and experience the Wanderlust Festival tour in Snowmass Village, which is located just 9 miles from Aspen, CO. My complimentary ticket included all four days of the yoga retreat, Thursday, July 2 to Sunday, July 5. This was meant to be for me, so my hubby and I decided to make an…
  • My weekend shopping haul

    First Class Fashionista
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I don’t know about you guys but I accidentally took pleasure in engaging my indulgences and took myself on a little shopping spree this past weekend. That said, I figured I should share just a few of my “shopping haul” findings! With July setting in and fall on my mind – I know, it’s hard to believe I’m thinking about fall when summer only just began, but fashion-wise, fall is my favorite season and with prices that were this good, I had to act fast. You would too, trust me. “Summer Sales” have only just begun and every fashionista needs to be…
  • MeMoi Leggings Product Review

    First Class Fashionista
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Recently we recieved a complimentary pair of MeMoi leggings here at First Class Fashionista. I personally love leggings. Even before they were as popular as they are now- especially the prints. There’s something the artist in me loves about adding print to the shape of a person’s legs. I know, I’m weird. But that’s fine now, because leggings are the new jeans. Although I have- and will likely again- profess that leggings are not a substitute for pants, in most cases I am overruled. However, the MeMoi leggings would be a perfect example of how to utilize leggings in…
  • Things to Do on Vacation in Denver

    First Class Fashionista
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:50 pm
    It’s no secret. Denver is definitely not a cowtown. Denver is experiencing rapid growth and tourism is booming. The attraction is Denver’s chic urban sophistication and endless outdoor adventures. If this is your next vacation destination, here’s a list of things to do to experience our Mile High City style. Check out Things to Do on Vacation in Denver by FCFashionista at Mode This is a Mode.com sponsored story – where stories inform and inspire. Related PostsFCF Blogger and Hairstylist Marissa Lundeen Competes in Shear Styles 2 Hair Show Join COUTUREcolorado at Style…
  • Trend Spot: San Diego Style

    First Class Fashionista
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    During my 2015 summer vacation to the wonderful city of San Diego, I couldn’t help but to look around and see the fashion trends. My sister and I took the bus almost the whole time in San Diego, so that gave me a great place to people watch and discover street-style. The first and far most popular trend I saw on the streets of San Diego were plastic see-through bags, backpacks and totes. This is a very old style that seemed to have disappeared in the late 90s and began to slowly make a comeback in the Fall of 2013. The reason so many people stopped sporting this trend is it gave others the…
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    Begin the Begin

  • I finished two books over the holiday weekend, Sick in the Head and Setting the Table. Here is why you might consider reading them.

    jeffhilimire
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    I finished up two more books over the holiday weekend. I’m now at 8.5 for the year. With a realistic goal of one book a month, and a stretch goal of 20 for the year, I’m on a decent pace. To see the other books I’ve read this year (and the ones I’m currently reading) check out this page. - Jim Carrey and Judd Apatow - Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy - I love reading the stories of stand-up comics. Stand-up is so entrepreneurial in its nature. This is a really fun read by Judd Apatow in which he interviews a bunch of stand-up comics. Two of my…
  • 5 questions for New Story after a month in Y Combinator

    jeffhilimire
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
    I can’t tell you how excited I was when Brett Hagler, CEO and co-founder of New Story (funding life-changing houses for homeless families), told me that they were accepted into Y Combinator (YC). YC is THE premier startup accelerator program in the world, and very few startups make the cut to get into the program. Side note: I donated my last birthday to New Story. I hope you’ll consider doing the same! I told Brett that after the first month of the program, I wanted to interview him for my blog. He graciously accepted, so I kept it to five questions since I know they are working…
  • Now I’m also posting on Medium…what’s the deal with that?

    jeffhilimire
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I’ve now written several posts on Medium, a different kind of blogging platform. For example, earlier this week I posted, What startups can learn from a college tennis player: Focus on results, not the appearance of results. To answer a few questions I’ve been asked about this: Are you still going to be posting on THIS blog? Absolutely, this blog will always be my primary platform. My plan for the foreseeable future is to post once a week on this blog and once a week on Medium. Why Medium? Medium does a few things that I like. First, its beautiful. I love the way they make it…
  • The Martian. Man am I pumped about this movie!

    jeffhilimire
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    I loved the book, The Martian. And the preview for the upcoming movie looks amazing: And this video interview with the author is fantastic: Big shoutout to @simianlogic for suggesting I read this book!
  • 5 Reasons I’m excited about Switchyards

    jeffhilimire
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    Tavani hanging out in front of his new Switchyards building Switchyards, Michael Tavani’s latest project, just announced its first batch of startups to join the effort. The Switchyards mantra: Where consumer and design-focused companies grow in Atlanta. Has a nice ring :) I was given a tour of the building (pre-construction) recently and I’m really impressed with the vision that Michael has for the place. In fact, I can’t wait to plunk down my money to be a social member when that’s possible. Here are 5 reasons I’m really excited about Switchyards: 1. Atlanta…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Turn Ideas and Passion into a Dream Startup at a Free Entrepreneur Event

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey. We have several events coming up in the next few…
  • How to Build Your Local Startup Ecosystem

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    "Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together." - Paul Ryan As an entrepreneur, you probably have more than enough to keep you busy. Whether you’re a successful founder with several companies under your belt or getting ready to launch your first startup, there will always be fires to put out. However, despite your hectic schedule, you should always make time to not only build your own company, but build the community that surrounds your company. As you’ll see in this blog post, developing your local startup…
  • A Reality Check: What Being an Entrepreneur is Really Like

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulations at some point or another. Below, It Takes a Village has been republished with permission: Being a startup founder is not the glamorous occupation outsiders make it to be. For wide-eyed first-time founders, reality sets in very quickly. Regardless of how you get…
  • The Importance of Timing the Market for a Startup

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    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 the founder of Gamification.co the leading publication for the industry, as well as the co-founder and CEO of Dopamine, Inc. a creative agency that provides consulting services to businesses looking to employ gamification. Zichermann is also the Co-Director of the New York City Founder Institute. As…
  • Learn How to Build Your Local Startup Ecosystem with the Founder Institute

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 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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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Gone Fishing – Happy Fourth of July 2015

    Catherine Morgan
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    In celebration of the Independence Day holiday weekend here in the United States, we will be taking today off. Please remember to unplug, connect with friends and family, and recharge your battery. This is incredibly important for small business owners. Have a wonderful holiday and be safe. We will be back on Tuesday, July 7.
  • The Most Important Must-Do for Managing Multiple Projects

    Dawn Mentzer
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a solopreneur and professional services provider, you’ve got two options when you have multiple clients to satisfy, and multiple projects to tackle. Focus on just one project at a time, finishing one before starting on the next. Work on multiple projects simultaneously. I’ve discovered A is often not practical or possible. If clients need [...]
  • How to Write Effective Job Descriptions on Your Website

    Brad Shorr
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s hard enough to attract high-quality job applicants — but what do you do when you drive applicants away by posting shoddy job descriptions on your website? Here are a few tips to make your job descriptions generate interest from the people you most want to hire: First and foremost, write job descriptions in an [...]
  • Providing Benefits May Have Big Benefits for Your Company

    Carol Roth
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post brought to you by MetLife Small Business. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Carol Roth – Carolroth.com. Administrative burden or sound business strategy? This is an issue that small business owners will need to weigh when they consider whether providing comprehensive benefits makes sense for their company. Small businesses need [...]
  • Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses

    Carol Roth
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    With every passing week comes a story about some technological snafu at big companies—and even in the government. But small businesses are very vulnerable to cybersecurity issues, both because they lack the resources of big enterprises, and because their lack of resources means that an attack can be even more devastating. Here are some best [...]
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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

    Eric
    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

    Eric
    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

    Eric
    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

  • 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…
  • August Checklist

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

    Sarah Shaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get ready to learn a few more of my ninja tricks to get your products to celebs all year long so you can continue to turn yourself into a celebrity designer One of the fastest ways to get your product seen is to find the most popular celebrities each month.  What is the #1 fastest way to see who the most popular celebrities are? Magazines! Magazines tend to find their “favorites” and then stalk them.  Keeping track of who is popular is a fairly easy task. No matter where you live, here are a few ways you can find the hotties and get them your products.  The…
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    Under30CEO

  • Eating Paleo, Confidence and Building a Huge Blog with Juli Bauer of PaleOMG

    Under30CEO
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    Would you like to eat healthier but don’t know where to start? Wouldn’t it be nice if you felt comfortable in your own skin? What if you knew what foods tasted great and made you look, perform, and feel better? And then, what if all these foods could give you the confidence to build a blog that millions of people have read? This is exactly why I interviewed New York Times Best Selling Author Juli Bauer of PaleOMG.com.  Juli breaks down why the processed foods we are eating with all the additives and chemicals, usually turn to sugar in our bodies and what delicious foods we can…
  • 4 Ways Building a Company Taught Me More Than College Could

    Under30CEO
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not ashamed to say that I didn’t attend college. Culturally, being Indian, it’s quite strange to hear that. I was very close to attending, and had my opportunity at Gravity4 not come along (pre-launch), I would be sitting in a classroom probably learning about how a Roman empire conquered a piece of land that doesn’t affect my life. Telling Indian parents that I was planning to drop out of school and not attend college wasn’t something I was looking forward to, but that is a whole other story that can be shared later. Last July I made the decision that I was not going to attend…
  • How to Create Habits Like a Millionaire and Live Your Perfect Day

    Under30CEO
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    Do you wish you could wakeup and have your perfect day everyday? Ever wonder what the habits of the most successful people on the planet are like? This is exactly what Jaime Tardy wondered when she started the Eventual Millionaire Podcast.  Since then she has interviewed over 150 millionaires and become an expert on building systems in your business to free up two of our most finite resources, money and time. Listen in as Jaime and I dive into exactly what she has learned from these millionaires and how we can put it into use in our everyday lives. Listen Now. Quoteables “Your time is…
  • The Art of StorytELLING

    Under30CEO
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    In 2009, Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker decided to put a price on storytelling. The pair would buy “junk” worth little to nothing and then re-sell it for 300 times its original value. All the proceeds were donated to charity. Why did they do this? Simply put, making a killer profit wasn’t their point. I believe the point was to reveal the value of StorytELLING in the process of selling. They didn’t do this just once; they did it time and time again. There are even examples where the markup they achieved went well beyond 300% of the initial purchase price. In one case, Josh and Rob…
  • Making Travel and Changing the World a Priority with Carrie Rich

    Under30CEO
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    Do you have a personal leadership development plan? Would you like to change the world but aren’t sure where to start? Today, I talk to my friend Carrie Rich, CEO of the Global Good Fund about making travel a priority and how individuals can change the world.  Carrie is an incredible woman who shares some amazing stories from across the globe with me. Imagine going to Africa while you were pregnant and being blessed by Maasai Warriors.  How about getting Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus to be a mentor?  Carrie shares all this and more with me in this week’s episode of the…
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    Fizzle

  • Co-Working, Mastermind Group Tips & Excellent Headlines from The Onion (FS117)

    Chase Reeves
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    On this week’s episode we explore a handful of current events, sharing some news of our own along the way. Co-working experiences evaluated Barrett’s Elon Musk (+ Peter Thiel) obsession Ideas for telling others’ stories (instead of your own) A quick lil’ mastermind trick. That’s a few of the goodies we dive into in this episode. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download A current events episode from entrepreneurs who know their stuff!Tweet This…
  • One Entrepreneur’s Story: Joseph Michael / Learn Scrivener Fast

    Corbett Barr
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    “It started as a whim in a coffee shop,” explains Joseph Michael, creator of Learn Scrivener Fast, an online course that teaches students how to use the popular writing program Scrivener. “I had been trying to get a pizza delivery job, but got rejected over and over. I just wanted to make some extra dough on the side.” The pun may have been intentional, but there was nothing funny about Joseph’s financial situation back then. Scrivener is a popular writing tool for authors. It focuses on structure and editing tools for long-form text. Bestselling novelist Michael Marshall Smith…
  • How to Run an Affiliate Program (Without Being a Douchebag, FS116)

    Chase Reeves
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Starting an affiliate program could be a great way to increase revenue if you already have a product for sale. But it’s not easy and there’s a lot of ways it can go horribly wrong. Not to mention the fact that this industry is notoriously sleazy. In this episode we share how to manage your own affiliate program, helping you think through things we’ve had both good and bad experiences with, including: Open vs closed affiliate programs How affiliate programs go wrong Corbett’s Clickbank story Barrett’s incredible rant about how his heroes let him down through…
  • 5 Questions to Define Your Target Audience

    Chase Reeves
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    1. Should I start by thinking about a product to sell, or an audience to sell it to? Best answer I’ve heard to this question: Yes. I hear this question from people with an idea all the time. You will need both a product to sell and an audience to sell it to, of course, to have a sustainable business. I can find you successful examples of people who did it both ways. For example, Jason Glaspey built PaleoPlan.com, a simple paleo menu plan, without an audience. Then he sold that through other people’s audiences and slowly but surely built his own audience all the while. On the other…
  • How to Manage a Side Project With a Full Time Job (FS115)

    Chase Reeves
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We love side projects. Most of our successful projects started out as side projects during full time employment. But finding the balance between a side project and a day job often feels impossible. Then you try to throw in a little time for yourself outside of the jobs and side projects and the whole thing topples over. So, if so many businesses are started out as side projects, how can we balance both staying employed for as long as necessary and finding enough time to build our side project? That’s what we get into in the show today, complete with several examples of very successful…
 
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    Strategy

  • The 10 most important things in the world right now

    Dina Spector
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Hello! Here's what you need to know for Tuesday. 1. Eurozone leaders will hold an emergency summit in Brussels on Tuesday where Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil new bailout proposals, while Greek banks will remain closed until Thursday to prevent cash machines from running dry. 2. Euclid Tsakalotos, an Oxford-educated economist, was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday after Yanis Varoufakis unexpectedly resigned following Greece's overwhelming rejection of a bailout deal from European creditors. 3. Six world powers are set to…
  • A major makeup brand is under fire for body-shaming tweets

    Mallory Schlossberg
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Benefit cosmetics is known for its perky, retro-inspired makeup and uplifting taglines. But the UK sector of the brand is currently under fire for some body-shaming tweets, reports Racked. The tweets have since been deleted, but several Twitter users captured screenshots of the brand's missteps. Yo @BenefitUK, you are scums :)))) and tweet-deleting scums at that. pic.twitter.com/dVsoD1XcJX — Chub Med. (@ArchedEyebrowBR) July 6, 2015 . @ArchedEyebrowBR @BenefitUK your second tweet was scum too!!! pic.twitter.com/jGjy3ALcp6 — Fetti Konfetti ♥ (@fresheima) July 6, 2015 Now Benefit UK is…
  • Here's when crying can actually help you win a negotiation

    Steven Benna
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    For most people, crying at work sounds mortifying — and may even bring up humiliating memories. But new research finds that sometimes shedding a few tears can be used to your advantage. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that expressing sadness in a face-to-face interaction can sometimes help you during a negotiation. The study, called "Weep and Get More," found that expressing sadness can increase your ability to claim value in negotiations because it can "make recipients experience greater other-concern." But it only happens in specific situations…
  • The surprising question this tech CEO asks job candidates isn't as scary as it sounds

    Rachel Sugar
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Bart Lorang, CEO of the digital contact management system FullContact, is hardly the first person to say references are the number one factor in his hiring decisions.  But — in a terrifying twist — Lorang wants more than raves from your three biggest professional fans. "Recently," he tells Business Insider, "I've also started the practice of asking for a negative reference from candidates." He promises it's not as scary as it sounds. "I was interviewing a candidate over a beer," he recalls, "and the candidate indicated that there were plenty of people who loved him and plenty of…
  • A 30-year friend of the Dalai Lama describes the biggest lesson he's learned from him

    Drake Baer
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    On Monday, the Dalai Lama turned 80. "Emotional Intelligence" author Daniel Goleman has been a friend of the leader of Tibetan Buddhism for 30 years. He met him through Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, and Goleman — then a science writer for the New York Times — helped arrange meetings between His Holiness and leading scientists.  Goleman drew on a series of conversations with the Dalai Lama for their new book, "A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision For Our World." In a recent interview with Business Insider, Goleman recalled the biggest thing he's learned from knowing the religious…
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  • Execution Trumps Strategy

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    The results are in.  Execution trumps strategy. Your business plan may have great strategies, but it will be a great  failure if executed poorly.  So just hire the right people, right?  Turns out the answer is not what you think. At least according to a a recent Harvard Business Review Article.  Here are their five myths about effective execution: Myth 1: Execution Equals Alignment The typical approach to execution is to translate strategies into specific objectives, assign them to employees, use tools such as management by objectives and balanced scorecards to measure results, then…
  • Is Balance Possible?

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Now here’s a frank perspective: Balance doesn’t work.  So don’t even try. Accept the fact that the only way to really make something happen is to go “full out” at it, with everything you have. Such is the claim by Chuck Blakeman in his recent article in Inc. magazine.  He writes: “Momentum doesn’t come from balance, but from giving it your all up front.  An airplane burns up to 50% of its fuel just getting to cruise altitude. Most businesses do too.”  And: “Live out your highest priorities — everything else should play 2nd fiddle…
  • B Corp As A Competitive Edge?

    Rolfe Larson
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Last week, I attended a celebration for B corps in Colorado. These are for-profit companies certified by a nonprofit called B Lab for achieving social and environmental goals along with business ones. What I noticed differently from other discussions among B Corps in the past, was a stronger focus not only on this vibrant community of like-minded business people — there are now more than 1000 B corps in the US, including Patagonia, Etsy, and Seventh Generation, and dozens in Colorado, including New Belgium Brewing, GoLite, and Teatulia. I also noticed folks talking about the B corp…
  • Women Entrepreneurs Bring Unique Strengths

    Rolfe Larson
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The corporate “glass ceiling” prevents many women from advancing above a certain level in Corporate America.  For example, men hold the top position in 98% of Fortune 500 companies. So increasing numbers of ambitious female entrepreneurs have opted to increase their influence and impact by running their own company.  And in so doing, they bring unique strengths that deliver new vitality to their companies and to the world. One of those strengths is deep emotional commitment to their communities. A recent report entitled Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One,…
  • Business Plans vs. Strategic Plans

    Rolfe Larson
    1 May 2014 | 10:04 am
    There is often a great deal of confusion about the difference between business plans and strategic plans.  And, frankly, they are similar in many ways, and since each plan has to be tailored to the organization it is prepared for, one can easily blur into the other. In both cases, you begin with internal and external research (often called a “scan”) to get clarity on the best direction for the organization and where its best opportunities are to obtain the funds it needs to succeed.  What sets a business plan apart is its singular focus on market and operational feasibility. In…
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  • Boston housing starts reach three-year high

    Eric Convey
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Housing starts in Boston have reached a three-year high, Mayor Martin J. Walsh's office announced today. Between Jan. 1 and June 26, 2015, there were 2,461 housing starts in Boston, the mayor's office said. During a comparable period in 2014 there were 1,759 starts, according to the mayor's office. For the similar period in 2013, there were 1,333 starts. “I am extremely pleased by the efforts that have taken place across city agencies to ensure that we are able to meet our housing goals,”…
  • IRobot's CTO is leaving to pursue a 'new entrepreneurial role'

    David Harris
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Bedford-based iRobot on Monday announced that its chief technology officer will resign next month to "pursue a new entrepreneurial role." What that means is unclear, but we'll probably find out soon enough. CTO Paolo Pirjanian will leave on August 14. Pirjanian joined iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT) in 2012 through the acquisition of California-based Evolution Robotics. "Paolo has successfully led the engineering team and technology organization, and helped create iRobot’s strategic vision for the future,"…
  • Here are the riskiest banks in Massachusetts

    Greg Ryan
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    When it comes to credit quality, Massachusetts banks are on a roll: Just six of the state’s 140-plus banks have a Texas ratio greater than 20 percent, according to the banking analysis site Deposit Accounts. The investment bank RBC Capital Markets developed the Texas ratio as a way to measure a bank’s credit health. It is calculated by dividing a bank’s non-performing assets, such as loans more than 90 days past due, by the sum of its tangible common equity and loan-loss reserves. A ratio…
  • A big-time player in luxury fitness clubs is about to open shop in Westwood

    Eric Convey
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Luxury fitness club operator Life Time Fitness is set to open its three-story, 128,000-square-foot Westwood operation later this month. The location on Harvard Street is the Minnesota-based company's first in New England. Construction cost about $28 million, Life Time stated in a news release. A formal opening is set for July 20. Fitness highlights include: an aquatic center with laptop and leisure pools; basketball courts; cardiovascular equipments; weights; and workout studios. The site also…
  • Yahoo beefing up ad spending around Boston

    David Harris
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you've noticed billboards around Boston featuring tech giant Yahoo Inc., you're not alone. The California-based company (Nasdaq: YHOO) has unveiled a number of ads around the Boston area — from neighborhood billboards to MBTA ads (the T ads promote the firm's free mobile app). The company doesn't break out its local spending on marketing, but Yahoo did spend $1.2 billion on marketing and advertising in its last fiscal year. Google, which competes directly with Yahoo, has been a heavy ad spender…
 
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    James Clear

  • The Ivy Lee Method: The Daily Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

    James Clear
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:36 pm
    By 1918, Charles M. Schwab was one of the richest men in the world. Schwab was the president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, the largest shipbuilder and the second-largest steel producer in America at the time. The famous inventor Thomas Edison once referred to Schwab as the “master hustler.” He was constantly seeking an edge over the competition. 1 One day in 1918, in his quest to increase the efficiency of his team and discover better ways to get things done, Schwab arranged a meeting with a highly-respected productivity consultant named Ivy Lee. Lee was a successful…
  • The Power of Placebo: This Is What Happens When You Believe You’re Taking Steroids

    James Clear
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Fifteen athletes were scattered around the room. Everyone was looking at Gideon Ariel. “We’re going to give you steroids,” he lied. It was 1972 and Ariel was conducting a study on athletic performance with his research partner William Saville. On this particular day, the two men were offering the athletes an interesting proposition. Ariel explained that the study would last for 11 weeks. The athletes would lift weights for the first 7 weeks and those who made the most improvement during that period would be rewarded with Dianabol, an anabolic steroid, for the final 4 weeks of training.
  • Two Harvard Professors Reveal One Reason Our Brains Love to Procrastinate

    James Clear
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Sometime around 2006, two Harvard professors began to study why we procrastinate. Why do we avoid doing the things we know we should do, even when it’s clear that they are good for us? To answer this question, the two professors — Todd Rogers and Max Bazerman — conducted a study where participants were asked whether they would agree to enroll in a savings plan that automatically placed two percent of their paycheck in a savings account. Nearly every participant agreed that saving money was a good idea, but their behavior said otherwise: One version of the question asked participants to…
  • How to Stop Procrastinating and Boost Your Willpower by Using “Temptation Bundling”

    James Clear
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Like many people, Katy Milkman knew she should be exercising more. But each day she left her job as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania feeling exhausted and drained. By the time she made it home, all she wanted to do was curl up on the couch and read a book or turn on her favorite TV show. On this particular day, she wanted to read The Hunger Games. That’s when she had an idea. What if she created a rule for herself? What if she was only allowed to read The Hunger Games when she went to the gym? Temptation Bundling “I struggle at the end of a long day to get myself to the…
  • Lessons From a Vexillonaire: Creativity, Simplicity, and the Carefully Constrained Life

    James Clear
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The flag of Chicago is widely regarded as one of the best city flags in the United States, perhaps in the world. It is certainly one of the most popular. You’ll find the flag of Chicago printed on t-shirts and mugs, tattooed on local musicians, and flying along streets, over rivers, and above doors throughout the city. The flag has three white bars and two blue stripes. The white areas represent the three main sides of the city: North, West, and South. The blue stripes stand for the north and south branches of the Chicago River flowing into Lake Michigan. In the center of the flag, there…
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  • Startup Blog Insights with Taffy Williams - How to Make Ideas Into a Viable Business

    Taffy Williams
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Reference Article:    3 Factors turn a great idea into a valuable businessTaffy Williamsis the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order toSucceedHe writes for the Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and StartupGroup. 
  • 6 Steps help generate great leaders

    Taffy Williams
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Leaders must be creative and agile in their thinking in order to create the leaders of tomorrow.  It is easy to stand back and give orders and assume all knowledge resides with top management of the business.  Working in this manner fails to utilize the skills and knowledge of the workforce, diminishes their critical thinking skills, and stifles their creativity.  Failure to encourage and demand more agile and critical thinking from the team results in management having to figure out everything all alone.Good leaders develop the skills of their teams and those leaders learn…
  • 5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

    Taffy Williams
    12 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Guess we should have checked before coming!  Small businesses are the back bone to our nation’s economy. But old-school business models are no longer cutting it when small businesses face unexpected changes. These changes could be large scale, affecting their industry or even the nation. They can also be local and specific to their individual business. Savvy business owners are often aware of the changes that can affect their business directly and plan for events such as vendor loss, product shortages and staff leaving. But changes in regulations, economic conditions and…
  • Agile entrepreneurs know anything is possible

    Taffy Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    YES YOU CAN! It is easy to develop a negative attitude or receive advice from negative people.  This is especially true when tackling difficult situations.  In my first turnaround, I was repeatedly told to walk away from the company because of major failings in the financial market place.  The company was a text book case of a boiler-room style investment bank overselling the company’s stock in an IPO.  Adding to the complexity, the company’s technology was not advanced enough to keep sophisticated investors excited.  The over promotion caused the stock to move…
  • 2 Considerations for agile succession planning

    Taffy Williams
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    You may recall the character Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.  The comedy character was fashioned to resemble Mike Myers character, “Dr. Evil”.  While the movie as made for entertainment, the concept of having a Mini-Me is something many entrepreneurs and Boards of more established companies often neglect to consider before it is too late.  Succession planning is a critical part of building to maintaining a successful business.  Replacement of a key management figure may include a search firm seeking a new hire.  The fees…
 
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    StartUpLift

  • Get Xperts – Search Advertising and Excel Experts

    StartUpLift
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    On demand help from excel and search advertising experts. Target Audience: Small and medium businesses Website URL: www.GetXperts.com 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

    StartUpLift
    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: https://www.TravelIndicator.com 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

    StartUpLift
    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: http://www.BookSteam.com 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)…
  • goingto.do – for all things to .do

    StartUpLift
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    goingto.do is the best and easiest way to find something to do Target Audience: Everyone Website URL: www.goingto.do 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…
  • GANTTplanner – Turn Your Google Calendar Into A Gantt Chart

    StartUpLift
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    GANTTplanner provides a better scheduling and planning view for your Google calendar. Target Audience: Agencies, Project Business. In general people in need of a better scheduling view for Google calendar Website URL: https://www.GANTTplanner.com 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…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – July 2015

    Susan Post
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    If you’re feeling charitable or wanting to show some local love, there’s A LOT happening in the crowdfunding world in Columbus this month. Food, farms and games are among these 13 campaigns vying for dollars to expand, launch, build, revolutionize and entertain. Sweet Carrot Grandivew Sweet Carrot is ready to go from food truck to permanent […]
  • JobsOhio Unveils New Website to Further Drive Job Growth in the State

    Susan Post
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    JobsOhio, a non-profit economic development organization that helps businesses relocate, expand and prosper in Ohio, has unveiled a revamped website that will further drive the organization’s goals. A strategic reorganization will help job creators easily access the information they need to make expansion decisions. “Job creators and consultants need to quickly and easily access all the information […]
  • Can Your Business Weather the Storm?

    Derrick Bailey
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The dog days of summer are upon us, and it’s no secret that the weather in Central Ohio has been less than ideal. Rain and severe storms have wreaked havoc throughout Ohio, causing damage to small businesses across the state. However, there are ways your business can be ready for these disasters in order to […]
  • Designing Local Helping Cities Develop Unique Identities

    Susan Post
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Local is a word heard often in reference to buying local or supporting local, but a new team of city planners is focused on designing local. The goal serves as the namesake for the business that launched in May 2014. Co-Founders Kyle Ezell, Amanda Golden and Josh Lapp are helping communities figure out what makes […]
  • Skip the Dishes Expands to First U.S. Market in Columbus

    Susan Post
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    From Canada to Columbus, the city’s reputation as a testing ground – and its vibrant food scene – brought food delivery platform Skip the Dishes down from up north and into its first U.S. market. “Our strategy has been to go to market where there’s great food,” says Co-Founder Andrew Chau. He’d heard about Columbus’ […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • How To Pick Right Name For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Every new baby gets a name before it is introduced to the world, and yet some entrepreneurs continue to send me business plans with TBD (to be determined) in place of a business name on the front page. They don’t realize that the name they choose, or lack of it, sets an initial perception of the business that may override all of its value. Your business name will have the same impact on potential customers. Just as with names of people, there isn’t any ultimate right or wrong, and every name has unique implications in different cultures, economies and markets. Names can imply strength,…
  • How To Get Quick Cash For Startup

    VisionwizTeam
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:25 pm
    How To Get Quick Cash For Startup 1 Kabbage Kabbage provide cash advances to online merchants only. If you you have built an income stream selling products over online marketplaces then Kabbage might help you to get an advance cash for your startups. All you have to do is just fill their application then they will immediately and automatically review your application and make a final determination of whether they can offer you an advance and, if so, how much cash they can provide you with right now. 2 Revenue Based Financing Revenue Based Financing is a new way for getting funds for your…
  • Equidam Will Help You To Know Exact Value Of Your Startup Company

    VisionwizTeam
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Equidam: Equidam is a new startup that aims to help entrepreneurs understand, manage and disclose the value of their business. You can use Equidam to  store files and gather all information about valuation in one place. How It Works: All you need to do is just click on register button and start collaborating with people who can help you to create a data for your company valuation. You can register as many collaborators as you want to the same Equidam profile. You and your colleagues can now go to the platform and start adding the first company. Choose to either fill in the information…
  • Find Perfect Date In Your Location Through Wenteroductions

    VisionwizTeam
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    Wenteroductions: Wentroductions is a new startup that aims to find you perfect date in your location by exploring facebook check ins or by matching other check in history through swarm. The only people who will see your information are other Wentroductions users who have meet your filter criteria and have at least 1 common checkin with you. How It Works: All you need to do is just connect your Swarm or Facebook account and set the criteria for who you’d like to meet. Wentroductions introduces you to other users who meet your criteria and have checked in to the same places as you on…
  • Find Where You Parked Your Car Through Simply-Park

    VisionwizTeam
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Simply-Park: Simply-Park is a new startup (based on internet of things technology) that aims to  find you  where exactly you parked your car in crowded places. Simply-Park automatically detects that where you have parked your car. The App registers when and where you have parked and starts up the parking reminder. How It Works: All you need to do is just switch on Bluetooth on your smartphone and pair it with Simply-Park token. Install the App and it will connect to the token automatically. Simply-Park App reminds you after 25 minutes by default, respecting most popular parking limits.
 
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  • Happywork TV Episode 40: Lay People Off Using Some Human Guidelines

    Chris Reimer
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
      In Episode 40 of Happywork TV, I talk about the next commitment in my book “Happywork.” The commitment is a LONG one. Watch the video to see what you think. Short version: treat people with dignity when you have to fire them or lay them off. Try to imagine it’s your own special little […] The post Happywork TV Episode 40: Lay People Off Using Some Human Guidelines appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 39: Single-Tasking To Find a New Job

    Chris Reimer
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:12 pm
      In Episode 39 of Happywork TV, I explain where the hell I’ve been for the past four months! Sneak preview: 1. I prepared to launch a book 2. I was told I was losing my job 3. My book Happywork debuted to great reviews 4. I did quite a few fun speeches related to […] The post Happywork TV Episode 39: Single-Tasking To Find a New Job appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Thinking About Death

    Chris Reimer
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    I recently tweeted out an article from The Atlantic titled “What Good Is Thinking About Death?” Mark Reardon, my radio buddy from KMOX 1120 here in St Louis, saw the article and had me in the studio to discuss, of all things, DEATH. Not always the best subject, but the stoics may have been on […] The post Thinking About Death appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Eliminate the Online Distractions in Your Life

    Chris Reimer
    12 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Someone or something online bothering you? Eliminate it. Slice it out of your life with no remorse. Take a walk, breathe fresh air, and return to doing YOUR work. We all have a shortage of time – never enough time to get it all done. Ignore meaningless external stimuli, as there is clearly no shortage […] The post Eliminate the Online Distractions in Your Life appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Chris Reimer is Available For Hire

    Chris Reimer
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I don’t mean to darken your day, but I have some important news to share. Starting very soon, I’ll no longer be employed by Kaldi’s Coffee. Sad face emoji. I had been hired to be Marketing Director of both Kaldi’s Coffee and a sister company, Honolulu Coffee (they have common ownership). Since my hire, needs […] The post Chris Reimer is Available For Hire appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • 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

    EpicLaunch
    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,…
  • How to Convert More Website Visitors Into Customers When Starting Your Business

    Joseph Iyongo
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Sometimes the secret to improving website traffic is not in the complicated search engine optimization tasks. Sounds ridiculous, right? We’re going to look at the fundamental strategies that can boost your traffic statistics when you implement them. Many people don’t monitor the performance of their websites to find out what is working and what is not working. Some people may have an inkling of what is happening on their site, maybe from the information they get from a particular tool. A number of people don’t know how to take this information and convert it into actionable steps…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • 10.5 Social Media Tips to Build Your Social Media Following in 2015 and Onwards!

    Dilip Kumar
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    What were the four sites that your spent more than 5 minutes on, in the last 1 hour? One of the sites out of these 4 will most likely be a social media site – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or, maybe even Ello! Attention span of an average internet user is decreasing and so is his […] The post 10.5 Social Media Tips to Build Your Social Media Following in 2015 and Onwards! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP08: How to Find Content Ideas for Your Next Killer Blog Post?

    Dilip Kumar
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Welcome to Episode 8 of the DKSpeaks Podcast. Blogs thrive on fresh content and it is this fresh content that lies at the core of Blogging. One of the biggest reasons why blogs fail, after traffic problems of course, is the drought for fresh content. People start of blogging only to realize that after about […] The post DKSP EP08: How to Find Content Ideas for Your Next Killer Blog Post? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Build a Custom Landing Page for Your Blog Using Thrive Content Builder

    Dilip Kumar
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    What is the one thing similar in the following blogs – SmartPassiveIncome, Copyblogger, OkDork and Neilpatel? If you are still struggling to find out, then let me answer the question for you. When you visit each of these blogs, you don’t land onto their blogs directly. I mean, you don’t see a list of articles […] The post How to Build a Custom Landing Page for Your Blog Using Thrive Content Builder appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 10 Absolutely Essential Tools You Need For Effective Twitter Marketing

    Dilip Kumar
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    How Many Retweets did you get for your latest Blog Post? None! I am not surprised. Because I was no different until about 6 months back. I had almost 10K followers on Twitter which I had built about 3 years back. I did not turn to Twitter for the last 3 years primarily because of […] The post 10 Absolutely Essential Tools You Need For Effective Twitter Marketing appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP07: 8 Important Things To Do After You Have Published a Blog Post

    Dilip Kumar
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Welcome to episode 7 of the DKSpeaks podcast.  Some of you had sent me some feedback on my earlier episodes and had asked me to make this podcast a weekly affair. I just wanted let you all know that I am working on it and we might soon get in to a weekly frequency for […] The post DKSP EP07: 8 Important Things To Do After You Have Published a Blog Post appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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  • How to build a dashboard to drive your business forward

    guestbloggerSUD
    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!

    guestbloggerSUD
    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,…
  • Four ways to make your small business look bigger

    guestbloggerSUD
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:49 am
    Whether you currently run your business from your home or even your local coffee shop, all businesses must start somewhere. Giving the impression that your business is larger than it actually is could help you reach more customers and compete with the big players in your market. These four tips could help you to do just that... 1 Get online Some 90% of the UK's population are active online, yet, surprisingly, 45% of SMEs in the UK still do not have a website. When a potential customer hears about your business the first thing they will do is search online, so it is important to have an online…
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    guestbloggerSUD
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
  • How to fund your business growth ambitions

    guestbloggerSUD
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Whether you become a sole trader (ie are self-employed) or set up a partnership or limited company, starting your own business is relatively simple, quick and inexpensive, which partly explains why so many people continue to do it. Last year, a record-breaking 581,173 new businesses were registered at Companies House. Per capita, more new businesses are started in the UK than in the USA. However, the survival rate for new businesses remains low. About half of all new UK businesses fail within three years and 90% are gone within 10 years. And only 4% of start-ups achieve a million-pound…
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  • A Serious Conversation Can Change Your Life

    Sean Murphy
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Theodore Zeldin gave a series of six lectures on conversation that were collected in slim book called “Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives.” I found it offered a number of insights on what is needed for a serious conversation. And since serious conversation is one of the primary tools for early market exploration and customer development; I have curated a list of nine excerpts I think entrepreneurs will find useful. Conversation Is About Mental Models as Much as Facts and Events “Conversation is, among other things, a mind reading game and a puzzle. We constantly…
  • Have a Happy 4th of July in 2015

    Theresa Shafer
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    I for one love fireworks and look forward to them every year. I love watching them exploding overhead after a picnic in the park. Happy 4th of July. History of fireworks on the 4th of July Forrest Wickman is his article “The Rockets’ Red, White, and Blue Glare” explains that fireworks were used in Philadelphia independence celebration on July 4, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons,…
  • Client News: Bring on the Leads

    Theresa Shafer
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Press Release Leads to Local Coverage International Contact, Inc., a leader in media translation and localization, announced the appointment of Ron Fredericks to the role of chief technology officer in a recent press release. It was picked up by San Francisco Business Journal and resulted in print coverage in their “People on the Move” section. While International Contact is a global company with large multi-national clients, they believe that the local touch is important to maintain their outstanding personalized services. Why do a press release? Press releases are a good way to…
  • Client Growth Spurs New Office and Key Hires

    Theresa Shafer
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    During the last couple of years while most companies were down or flat, Voler Systems has been steadily growing, some years they have even doubled year over year revenue. As a result they have recently expanded into new offices and made some new hires for key personnel including VP of Engineering and Director of Business Development. Since 2009, SKMurphy, Inc. has been Voler Systems’ content development partner. Hands-on activities we have done for them: newsletter & blog articles website content and development finding speaking engagement talk development, rehearsals and dry-runs…
  • Quotes For Entrepreneurs–June 2015

    Sean Murphy
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    You can follow @skmurphy to get these quotes for entrepreneurs hot off the mojo wire or wait until they are collected in a blog post at the end of each month. Enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you. Quotes For Entrepreneurs–-June 2015 “Perhaps Hell is nothing more than an enormous conference of those who, with little or nothing to say, take an eternity to say it.” Dudley C. Stone It’s a great quote but the source is probably wrong. The only Dudley C. Stone I can find was an Oakland schoolteacher: (from Oakland Wiki for Dudley C. Stone)…
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  • 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

    EpicLaunch
    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,…
  • How to Convert More Website Visitors Into Customers When Starting Your Business

    Joseph Iyongo
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Sometimes the secret to improving website traffic is not in the complicated search engine optimization tasks. Sounds ridiculous, right? We’re going to look at the fundamental strategies that can boost your traffic statistics when you implement them. Many people don’t monitor the performance of their websites to find out what is working and what is not working. Some people may have an inkling of what is happening on their site, maybe from the information they get from a particular tool. A number of people don’t know how to take this information and convert it into actionable steps…
 
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  • JHU Pluto probe malfunctions a week before close-up — but it’s OK now

    Stephen Babcock
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    While you were barbecuing, Johns Hopkins scientists were scrambling to re-establish contact with a spacecraft that’s three billion miles away. On July 4, just days before New Horizons is scheduled to begin its approach to Pluto, scientists lost contact with the probe. The silence lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes, and some scientific data was lost due to the “anomaly” that caused it. Seeing Pluto – 9 days away, I hope the team gets the @NASANewHorizons probe back working soon! http://t.co/ikZGFKUXRu pic.twitter.com/iNA4fjKjBD — Chris Hadfield…
  • This app keeps an eye on what kids are getting into on social media

    Stephen Babcock
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    The founders of Strajillion have worked in military intelligence, software and have plenty of experience building businesses. For their latest venture, Scott Winn and Karl MacMillan drew on another skill set: parenting. Along with the technology and business background’s, their ongoing experience raising kids informed their thinking as they set out to build an app that’s designed to help parents keep their kids behavior on the social web in check. When they began work on the app in January 2014, “We thought we were going to build something that was much more about control…
  • STEAM camp is chugging along for West Baltimore kids

    Stephen Babcock
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    As a result of her morning’s work on Tuesday, Naashar Brown has a fan to keep cool. As a toy-hacking session wrapped up at the Baltimore Robotics Center in West Baltimore, the 9-year-old from Sandtown-Winchester showed us how she assembled a motor, speaker housing and copper parts to make a working fan. “This right here is from a bike,” she said, pointing to the casing around the battery. As part of a five-week STEAM camp, Brown and others will have more chances to code, make art and get some robot time. The camp has room for about 20 students, all of whom are from…
  • DEA agent pleads guilty to stealing bitcoin while investigating Silk Road

    Stephen Babcock
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    The former Baltimore-based DEA agent accused of stealing bitcoin while investigating Silk Road pleaded guilty to the charges against him on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Carl Force was accused of stealing more than $700,000 worth of bitcoin while going undercover in 2013 to investigate Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, who went by the alias Dread Pirate Roberts. Under the name “Nob,” Force sold Ulbricht items he claimed were fake driver’s licenses and inside government information. He then kept the bitcoin for himself. He then created another name,…
  • Fastspot is growing

    Stephen Babcock
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Fastspot’s offices could soon make the banks of the Jones Falls a stop on Baltimore’s tech events circuit. The web design firm is set to expand its offices in Mill No. 1, a renovated former cotton mill that spans both sides of the Jones Falls between Hampden and Woodberry, said Fastspot President Tracey Halvorsen. Fastspot has been in its current space on the third floor of the Picker Building for about a year, and the company has already grown. Now, renovations are nearing completion on the floor below that will double Fastspot’s space. “We’re essentially…
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  • Startup Crowdsources Your New Slogan

    Rich
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Do you lack the funds to hire an agency to make your company sparkle? A new Startup called Slogan Slingers pits professional writers against each other to create catchy slogans and taglines for small businesses. Now businesses small and large can have a pool of exclusively crafted slogans and taglines at their fingertips, crafted by freelance writers from around the world. Business owners will have complete control of the process by hosting a contest on Slogan Slingers, and choosing the slogan themselves through a faster and cost-effective process. Read the Full Story.
  • Video: Startup Weekend Focuses on Female Entrepreneurs

    Rich
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    In this video, Julie Sandler from Madrona Venture Group introduces Startup Weekend’s Women’s Edition in Seattle. The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in Seattle is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it. A big goal for the event is also to provide the opportunity for the aspiring women entrepreneurs in our community to (1) get inspired by an idea/product/team… perhaps even enough to explore starting their own venture, or (2) become more connected with other brilliant entrepreneurially-minded individuals in Seattle and thus more…
  • Video: Common Mistakes Startups Make Transitioning to the Cloud

    Rich
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, a Cloud Computing panel discusses common mistakes companies make when transitioning to the Cloud and some current limitations to making a full transition. Key areas of consideration include: You have to design for failure and have multiple backup plans ready in case of an outage. The costs go beyond the monthly subscription fee. You need to provision for Internet connection, bandwidth requirements and network needs. Not all applications are ready for the Cloud. For instance, at Software Advice we have difficultly running our telephony in the Cloud due to high call volumes and…
  • Slidecast: MongoDB Overview

    Rich
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    In this slidecast, Nosh Petigara from 10Gen presents and overview of MongoDB. MongoDB is an open source, document-oriented database designed with both scalability and developer agility in mind. Instead of storing your data in tables and rows as you would with a relational database, in MongoDB you store JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas. The goal of MongoDB is to bridge the gap between key-value stores (which are fast and scalable) and relational databases (which have rich functionality). Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download from this Google page.
  • Uptime Energy Drinks – Can They Replace Your Daily Coffee?

    Rich
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Uptime Energy Drinks Entrepreneurs work all kinds of crazy hours, and keeping productive can be a struggle. And while we normally drink a lot of coffee to keep up here at inside-Startups, we recently got the opportunity to try new energy drink products from Uptime. The timing for our delivery of Uptime could not have been better. I have been suffering from red dry patches on my skin for while, and I discovered that it was too much acid my diet. Coffee is very acidic, and I needed to find a coffee replacement. Replacing Coffee with Uptime We started one morning with the Sugar Free version. It…
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Generational Management 

    Banksy
    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

    Banksy
    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.

    Banksy
    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

    Banksy
    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…
  • Do you actually want my business?

    Banksy
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is in danger of turning into a rant I’m afraid. Sorry about that. Recently I was in the market for a new car. I’d had my current wheels for about 6 years and although I loved them, they were getting a little old and my priorities had changed. Now it’s about showing my commitment to our growing family (currently a dog and a little one on the way). Anyway, onto my rant. I don’t know if my expectations are too high but does it sometimes feel like people don’t want your business or purposely make it difficult to do business with them. I work pretty hard in my life. I’m in the…
 
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  • Office Tour: MeYou Health [Slideshow]

    jackmulvaney
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) Premium Company:  MeYou Health Blog Slideshow:  Welcome to MeYou Health! Take a break, play some (giant chess) Stand up! True to our artistic roots Whiteboards everywhere Sketch it out Away from the noise Pair up! Fresh Fruit, take your pick Wednesday lunch buffet! The team that lunches together, stays together Hydration station Do some loungin' Table talks Coffee walks Meetings on the move Live product dashboards #Beer30 #Beer30 (cont.) We're #1 Teaser:  Check out MeYou Health's sweet digs in Boston!! Thumbnail: …
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: July 6 - 11

    joshboyle
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  What's going on in Boston the first full week of July?? Find out in our weekly events preview! We all know how awesome the Boston tech ecosystem is, but does everyone take full advantage of it? It’s hard to balance getting out in the community and meeting new folks with hitting those deadlines and milestones. It’s probably even more difficult to keep track of everything going on around us. That’s what…
  • VentureFizz Startup & Tech Job Report - June 2015 [Infographic]

    Keith Cline
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Premium Company:  EBSCO Information Services NetBrain Technologies Tamr Inc. Release Date:  Mon, 07/06/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Keith Cline - Founder, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Based on the amount of jobs posted to our Job Board every month, we thought it would make sense to share some of the data and trends that we are noticing as it relates to the... Based on the amount of jobs posted to our Job Board every month, we thought it would make sense to share some of the data and trends that we are noticing as it relates to the Boston startup…
  • The Venture Firm Now Known As Accomplice [Infographic]

    joshboyle
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:15 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Infographic breaking down the details and magnitude of the FKA "Name A VC" contest results. By now, you’re most certainly aware that the “Name a VC” contest which started earlier this spring by the former technology arm of Atlas Venture has come to a conclusion. When Atlas Venture split its life sciences and tech teams, the tech side, made up of partners, Jeff Fagnan, Jon Karlen, Chris Lynch, & Ryan…
  • Three Ways the Suburbs are Meeting the Needs of Growing Technology Companies

    joshboyle
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:15 Author:  Andrew Gallinaro - Senior Vice President and Director of Asset Management, National Development Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Boston’s Innovation District and neighboring Kendall Square are traditionally thought of as hubs for technology companies and startups, and for good reason. Boston’s Innovation District and neighboring Kendall Square are traditionally thought of as hubs for technology companies and startups, and for good reason. These locations offer access to the city and amenities that are…
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    Start-Ups.Co

  • 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…
  • EQNS : Advanced Education In The Sciences

    Bob Debbas
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Ilya Uts”, CEO & Founder of the New York – USA based start-up “EQNS” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? EQNS is a NYC based company that strives to advance education in the sciences by providing the academic community with the ability to quickly navigate through a large expanse of equations to easily find the correct equation, at the proper level. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup…
  • ParkParrot : Automated System Showing Available Parkings

    Bob Debbas
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Chandler Burke”, Founder of the Chattanooga – USA based start-up “ParkParrot” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? ParkParrot is a completely automated system that shows users where available parking is located. It doesn’t require any user input and saves users time, money and headache by being simple guided to open parking. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? The…
  • CUBICUS SMART TOYS : Child’s Daily Activities

    Bob Debbas
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Gema Parreño Piqueras”, CEO of the Madrid – Spain based start-up “CUBICUS SMART TOYS SL” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? CUBICUS is a brand for young children based on five texturized cubes that represent a child´s daily activities for kids from 2 to 5 years old.  Hygiene , nutrition , learning , playing and sleeping take shape in these amazing characters. The main focus of the project is on having fun while…
 
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    Planio Blog

  • Hacks, Tricks And Tips for Project Management With Bruce Harpham

    thomaslcarney
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    I sat down with Bruce Harpham from ProjectManagementHacks.com 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

    thomaslcarney
    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

    janschulzhofen
    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

    janschulzhofen
    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…
  • Business Chat made in Germany!

    janschulzhofen
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    It’s done. It’s ready. And we think it’s awesome. Planio’s new Team Chat App is finally ready and is now rolling out as a new Pro Feature to all Planio clients.A picture is worth a thousand words. So here it is:Beautiful, isn’t it?Planio’s new Team Chat will make your team work even more streamlined and productive. On the Web or using your favourite IRC client - Team Chat comes loaded with great features such as unlimited chat history, powerful search, smart links to Planio and external content and much more.But let’s not talk about it too much. Why not give it a try right…
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    Startup Champ

  • Small business guide to exhibiting at a trade show

    Guest Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    Trade shows have the potential to be game-changers for small businesses – provided you are prepared. We have put together a ‘need to know’ guide to exhibiting at a trade show and help you make the most of your event.  1. Set your objectives. Before you even book an event, you need to establish your event objectives. These should align with your business and marketing objectives but, as shows are busy places, you need to have one key objective to focus on so your messages don’t get lost in the noise. Source: pixabay.com 2. Choose your show carefully. It’s vital that the audience is…
  • 5 Signs that entrepreneurship is not your cup of tea

    Manpreet Kaur
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    Do you want to become an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurship is like that drug which is wanted by everyone but only few have what it really takes to get it. If you’re thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, STOP! Before you dive into water, you must check the temperature. Before you actually become an entrepreneur, you must know if it is right for you. While you would have read many articles that try to inspire you, I want to present the real picture in front of you. Here are 5 signs that entrepreneurship is not your cup of tea. You look upon others for ideas: If that brilliant startup idea has…
  • Why ParcelMonkey.com Is A Must-Have for eCommerce Businesses?

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    WHAT IS PARCELMONKEY.COM? ParcelMonkey.com is a premier discount parcel delivery service that ships from the U.S. to over 255 worldwide destinations. Originally founded in the U.K., British customers found great savings when shipping packages, both domestically and internationally. Now available in the U.S., you can use its simple and low cost service to ship to your customers, while increasing your bottom line. WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE? source: growthbusiness.co.uk With any business, driving the bottom line through profitable revenue and controlling costs are the most important goals. The…
  • How You Can Promote Your Startup with Branded Office Supplies

    Manpreet Kaur
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    According to Gallup, 400,000 new businesses are being born annually in the United States, while 470,000 per year are dying. At first glance, these findings seem alarming. However… Keep calm and don’t panic! On the positive side, you can achieve that dream of being your own boss by carrying out a low-cost startup idea. Creating a startup from scratch involves hard work, determination, a realistic business plan and well-thought-out marketing campaigns. Effective advertising efforts for startups should combine diverse tactics that allow you to reach your audience in different ways. For…
  • 4 Things those are critical for your startup’s success

    Manpreet Kaur
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    This is a very unusual yet important post that I want to share today. Startups are booming like never before but they get doomed at an even higher rate. There must be some important reason behind it. There are few things that are really critical for your startup’s success. Some unavoidable things that are seldom paid attention. Well, those who consider those things important definitely turn into million dollar companies and those who ignore just run out of business after a while or learn the importance of them at a very high cost. To make sure you don’t ignore those things, I have listed…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Geno Roefaro – President of WebDevelop.com

    IdeaMensch
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    First off, you need to define your goals and why you have them. Then, set a strategy and discuss it with different groups of trusted people. Assign roles and tasks by incentivizing and explaining the big-picture importance of the project. Then, get going! Geno Roefaro is an Internet entrepreneur who has founded several web and mobile app companies. Geno has been an entrepreneur since a young age, first selling stereo equipment in middle school to his friends. In high school, he sold consumer electronic products online during the emergence of eBay, and he later hired multiple web developers…
  • Joseph Johnson – Founder and CEO of Total Comfort Medical

    IdeaMensch
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Visualize what you want. Without a strong vision, there are too many obstacles that will eventually make you quit. Joseph Edwin Johnson is a 23-year-old entrepreneur working out of the Chicagoland area. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in entrepreneurship and launched his startup business, Total Comfort Medical while he was still in college. Total Comfort Medical specializes in creating comfort products in the healthcare field for both medical professionals and patients. In addition to his startup, Joseph is the owner and operator of an ilovekickboxing franchise in…
  • Anthony Clervi – VP of Growth at UNA Purchasing Solutions

    IdeaMensch
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Be a voracious reader. Look for mentors who can help guide you. Anthony Clervi is the vice president of growth at UNA Purchasing Solutions. He’s a driven entrepreneur with a passion for people and relationship-building opportunities. With extensive experience in sales, marketing, and business consulting, Anthony provides consistent leadership and strategic direction for company success. Anthony earned his degree in business administration with a focus in economics and finance from McKendree University. In his time at McKendree, Anthony played varsity baseball for four years and continues…
  • James King – Founder and CEO of PowaBand

    IdeaMensch
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    I think it was James Joyce that said: “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” You make a whole load of mistakes, learn loads, and get ready to make a whole load of new ones. James King is the founder and CEO of PowaBand. Previously a UX Designer, Digital Strategist and Planner, he has project managed global projects for Speedo and Proctor & Gamble, advised and guided startups and corporations on Gamification, consulted on evolving mobile paths-to-purchase for GlaxoSmithKline, and led the strategic proposition for creative agencies and a motion-tracking internet television…
  • Sean Dudayev- Co-Founder of InsureChance

    IdeaMensch
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    The digital consumer wants to be educated. If you can provide them with knowledge, you can earn their trust and their business. This cost us nothing more than sweat equity. Sean Dudayev is the Co-Founder of InsureChance Inc. An online life insurance agency on a mission to bring simplicity to buying life insurance by combining technology with outstanding service to help consumers understand, afford, and attain the right life insurance coverage to protect their financial responsibilities. Where did the idea for InsureChance come from? I joined my brother in selling insurance when I graduated…
 
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  • Building an IOT Platform: The Device Discovery Service

    jesusmrv
    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

    jesusmrv
    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…
  • Why a Tech Bubble Might Not Be as Bad as It Seems?

    jesusmrv
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    There are a lot of debates within the public market and technology circles of whether we are in another tech bubble. In the past, I’ve been written extensively about several arguments that explain why I don’t believe we are currently experiencing a bubble in the tech sector. While certain aspects of the private technology market like pre-IPO valuations are certainly “bubble-ish”, the public markets seem to be trading tech stocks at very reasonable valuations and you can even argue some of the market leaders like Apple or Google are trading below its real market value. If any other…
  • EMC Acquisition of VirtuStream Closes the Door to a VMWare Spin-Off

    jesusmrv
    28 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Two days ago, storage giant EMC announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire VirtuStream for $1.2B. VirtuStream is not the most well-known platform in the cloud market but one that has developed a considerable penetration in the enterprise space. This move follows the recent acquisition of CloudScalingrepresenting another step in EMC’s strategy to develop a robust cloud portfolio. While the acquisition brings very clear benefits to the EMC cloud stack from the capabilities standpoint, it has raised some interesting questions about the future of EMC’s crown jewel: VMWare. In…
  • 4 Reasons Why Big Tech Companies Continue Splitting

    jesusmrv
    21 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Computer Sciences, the giant IT consulting company founded in 1959, announced yesterday that it will be splitting into two different companies. Under the new structure, CSC Commercial will serve Fortune 1000 companies while CSC US Public Sector will focus on servicing government entities. Following HP, Symantec and eBay, CSC is the latest of a series of tech companies that have announced splits in the last year. Other legendary companies like EMC have been under constant pressure to spin off VMWare into a separate entity. This phenomenon is becoming a strong reality of large tech companies to…
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    Platform Thinking Blog

  • G20 Summit: Emerging Opportunities in Platform-enabled disruption

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    The last article posited that pipe-based business models will continue to exist with platform-based business models. This is an important issue that both, pro-disruption and anti-disruption camps, fail to appreciate entirely. As the world gets more connected, every industry will open up opportunities for platform disruption and digital transformation. As the popular saying goes, in the future (and even now), every industry is a tech industry. I was invited on a panel at the G20 World Summit’s Global Cafe stage last year in Brisbane to discuss the impact of platform-based business models…
  • How platforms reconfigure industries: A pattern for upcoming platform opportunities

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    Will everything become a platform? Is a platform even the right model in all cases? History shows that platform-based and pipe-based business models will probably co-exist. Business models based on linearity are still going to be very important, but there will be opportunities for platforms to create greater scale than the traditional approach. Over the last decade the media industry has been repeatedly reinvented. Traditionally, the media value chain has been extended across the following parts: Content Creation Editorial Distribution Consumption The media value chain is a classic pipe…
  • Interview: Opportunities in digital transformation and regulation in a platform world

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    “I was recently interviewed by Ansgar Baums, Head of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at HP Europe. The below is a reproduction of the interview, with takeaways especially relevant to new business models emerging in manufacturing and more industrial sectors.” Ansgar: Sangeet – You are consulting companies worldwide on the questions how digital platforms transform business. On a very general level: Which companies typically do approach you? And what do they want to know? Sangeet: Two types of companies typically approach me. Startups that are building platforms…
  • APIs and Platforms: How interfaces and access enable the networked economy

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    This article was co-authored with Manfred Bortenschlager, API Market Development Director at 3scale Much has been written about the benefits of platforms as a basis for building successful and scalable businesses. Great examples about organizations that successfully deployed platforms include Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Google, eBay, Flickr, Airbnb, and Spotify. The word “platform” is often used in a variety of situations. In an earlier article The Platform Stack, i had elaborated on different platform configurations using the platform stack as a design framework. Platforms have…
  • 10 startup business puzzles visualized through the platform stack

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    In an earlier essay and whitepaper, we used the platform stack to explain the workings of different platforms. Through the slides embedded below, I’d like to use the platform stack to illustrate competition and coexistence of platforms in different verticals. Through the story presented in these slides, we look at a few startup moves and try to understand how different platforms compete and coexist by focusing on different layers of the stack. Some of the moves that these slides explore include the following: How Airbnb beat Craigslist Why Mint.com and Quicken have fundamentally…
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    Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive

  • Why Bad Mouthing Competitors Is Bad For Business And How To Handle It Better

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The post Why Bad Mouthing Competitors Is Bad For Business And How To Handle It Better appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this In the early days, your company hasn’t earned the attention, so there was no “bullseye” on your back. There was no real sellable product, so there was no competition. But then the product is seeing the daylight of the market. People are noticing you, and you are starting to notice competitors you never knew existed. And the…
  • Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The post Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For those of us in startups, opening up Twitter means seeing at least 1 or 2 funding announcements every couple hours. And the congratulations and retweets roll in, if you are any good, journalists and bloggers need a piece of you too. But the fanfare and congratulations fizzle out, and you are standing there with all that glitter and confetti on you,…
  • Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The post Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this It does not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not a stranger to getting into occasional passionate discussion. This weekend I made a statement which caused such discussion. Unfortunately, Twitter is the worst place to have a discussion. Arguments in 140 character format make people extremely susceptible…
  • Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    28 Aug 2013 | 9:31 am
    The post Male Perspective on Lack of Women in Startups and What Women Can Do About It appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this This article has been brewing in me for a while. I credit some of the biggest wins in my career to the most diverse and smart people around me. Best decisions are made after hearing a broad range of perspectives. You can’t do that in an echo-chamber of people who are exactly same as you and think like you. As you have seen me…
  • On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    19 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    The post On Being a New Father and the Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned While Building a Business appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this For the past decade and a half, I have read countless articles on how it is impossible to build a successful company and be a good parent at the same time. I call bullshit! Yes, I know, I now owe money to the swear jar, but I’m happy to pay. Here is the TL;DR for those of you with short attention spans – being a…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Creating Mobile Content with User Interface & Experience in Mind

    Guest Post
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    This is a guest post by Patrick Charuza. In the present era of digital versatility, desktop and landlines have nearly become archaic, with Millennials boldly retrieving mobile from their pockets and placing them on the pedestal of web dominance. 76% of this young demographic owns a smartphone, yet only 73% owns a desktop or laptop computer. This 3% gap may not seem like much, but it goes to indicate that what can dwell in our attire will defeat the burden of excess baggage and inconvenience over time. The youth are bound to inherit the market, and they prefer to crown ease of access over…
  • Writing Tips for Non-Writers

    Tanya McGinnity
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    Here at Onboardly, we’re always talking about the power of stories and how vital content marketing and content crafting is as a means for getting attention for your startup. We understand the importance in getting the message out there in order to attract investors, secure trials for your product, keep your customers happy and cultivate a positive brand voice. Overall it can help make you a better entrepreneur and offers personal benefits that help ensure success. But what if you aren’t a natural-born writer? For many, the written word can be daunting. Finding a topic to write about is…
  • 7 Reasons Good PR Goes Bad

    Crystal Richard
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    I have a confession to make. Even the greatest, and I mean greatest, PR professionals don’t always hit a home run. They don’t always get it right and sometimes they miscalculate the outcome entirely. My name is Crystal, I’m a PR pro, and I’ve experienced the utter disappointment of a major PR fail on more than one occasion. Here’s the thing about PR: it’s pretty darn unpredictable. It relies on so many outside factors, other people, and above all, luck, that predicting its outcome and staying power is nearly impossible. While the professionals can secure a home run 9/10 times,…
  • Summer Beach Reads for Startups

    Renee Warren
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    Here are two phrases you’ll hardly find in the same sentence: ‘startup founders’ and ‘time off.’ It’s true: when your business is your baby, it’s tough to walk away. Rightly so. Your plate is no doubt full with the latest rounds of testing, launches, hiring, funding -- you name it. But as the dog days of summer fully set in, we can’t encourage you more to step. away. from. the. screen. Then, head to a quiet place -- particularly with sun, sand, and waves (or perhaps that mountaintop sans wi-fi). Of course, like any good founder, you’ll be wondering what you can do to get…
  • Startup Beat: June 2015 Edition

    Renee Warren
    20 Jun 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! Vendeve Elevator pitch: Vendeve is women helping women build better businesses... fast. Why Onboardly believes this startup matters: Women are leaving the workforce in droves in favour of a new career choice: online entrepreneurship. Starting an online business is easy. Scaling is hard and requires…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 6 Online Courses that Can Make You a Better Small Business Owner

    Kaleigh Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Learning never exhausts the mind.” –Leonardo da Vinci Smart man, that da Vinci. Those who continually learn reap the benefits and never pause to think, “I wish I wouldn’t have learned that.” And for most small business owners, the learning process never ends. Whether it’s through trial and error or deliberate self-education, their ability to continually learn and expand their minds is sometimes the defining factor between those who succeed and those who fail. So how can you keep learning? One of the easier ways is through self-paced online courses that fit in with your hectic…
  • 6 Common PPC Errors and How to Fix Them

    Grasshopper Team
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many small businesses are leveraging Pay-Per-Click (PPC) to gain leads and sales, but many are making mistakes. We talked to a number of PPC experts to find out which mistakes are most common, and how to remedy them. 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. Lack of Maintenance People tend to set it and forget it when it comes to their PPC. They underestimate the value of testing their campaigns, because they assume what works once will always work. This isn’t the case. Rachel Pennington,…
  • Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners

    Kaleigh Moore
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Because you wear so many hats as a small business owner, it’s easy to let things like planning for retirement fall to the wayside. You’re busy managing the day-to-day operations, following up with customers—doing so many things that require your attention right now. And retirement is a long way off anyway, so it can wait. Right? Wrong. According to many financial planners and CPAs, putting off your retirement planning can be a costly mistake. I asked around to see what their best advice was for entrepreneurs and small business owners who need insight into retirement planning. Their…
  • The Top Strategies: Using Twitter for Business

    Kaleigh Moore
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve been to countless gatherings where you’ve passed out business cards hand over fist. You’re commenting in LinkedIn groups and are always working to grow your connections there. But it feels like something’s missing. Isn’t there another way you can start building meaningful relationships that can help your business grow? If this is a question you’ve been wrestling with, it’s time to look at using Twitter for business a little bit differently. You may already have an account and tweet from time to time, but maybe you aren’t implementing a few important tactics that can…
  • Accounting for Small Business: Hard-Earned Wisdom From an Accountant

    Elizabeth Wellington
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Accounting is like flossing. We all know how important it is, but very few of us take those extra few minutes to get it done. Shane Gibson knows that all too well. He jumped ship from an old-school accounting firm and founded Skyward Accounting. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Shane works with solopreneurs and startups, helping them streamline their accounting practices and grow their businesses. Shane gave me some great tips, tools, and do-not-ever-do-this examples that demystify accounting. Check them out! What time during the year should start-ups, solopreneurs and small businesses…
 
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  • Sociomantic Labs extends Asian reach with launch in China

    Yon Heong Tung
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    This closely follows the launch of its operations in Taipei, Taiwan — both with the purpose of delivering more localised services to the markets of Greater China Sociomantic Labs, a programmatic display advertising solutions player, has expanded its Asian reach by launching operations in Shanghai, China. This closely follows the launch of its operations in Taipei, Taiwan — both with the purpose of delivering more localised services to the markets of Greater China. The move would also make China its sixth base in the region, coming after other launches beginning with Mumbai in…
  • Garena backs Vietnam’s Foody with “seven-digit” Series B round

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    The once little startup from Ho Chi Minh City has some big regional plans and is not afraid to take on more saturated markets in order to grow Three-year-old Vietnam-based food delivery startup Foody has raised undisclosed Series B funding from Garena, the consumer Internet platform provider based in Singapore and valued at more than US$1 billion. While the company did not reveal the exact amount, it did tell e27 that it was “definitely seven digits dollars”. Its previous investment rounds (seed and Series A) came from CyberAgent Ventures and Pix Vine Capital Investment.
  • This Indian e-commerce company is the first to file for IPO

    Twishy Shahi
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    Beating e-comm giants, Infibeam will use the proceeds for expanding business, including setting up a cloud data unit and 75 logistics centres Beating giants such as Flipkart and Snapdeal, Ahmedabad-based Infibeam, an online shopping portal, has filed for an IPO to raise US$71 million, becoming the first Indian e-commerce company to list shares on the domestic market. The company has filed a Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for an initial public offering (IPO) of equity shares of INR 10 (US$0.16) each for cash. It will use the IPO…
  • This Indian state will soon be Uber’s largest office outside US

    Twishy Shahi
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    The US-based taxi-hailing company has committed US$50 million over the next five years for a new centre in Hyderabad, South India US-based taxi-hailing company Uber has committed INR 317 crore (US$50 million) over the next five years for a new centre in Hyderabad in South India, its largest office outside the US, according to a report in the Economic Times. As per a memorandum of understanding signed with the Telangana government, Uber plans to hire about 500 people for this facility, to train its drivers and customer support staff. Uber will also collaborate with the Telangana Academy for…
  • Akamai’s Q1 2015 report: Indonesia’s Internet speed is declining

    DailySocial
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
     Akamai’s State of the Internet report for Q1 2015 shows troubling news for Indonesia, which now has the slowest average Internet speeds in APAC Akamai published its latest State of the Internet, which is regularly published once every three months. This time, the statistics of Indonesia have decreased, as Indonesia is placed 117th among countries in Asia Pacific, behind Singapore, Malaysia, and even the Philippines which was below Indonesia in last year’s report. According to the report, the average speed of Internet connection in Indonesia only reaches 2.2 Mbps.  It put Indonesia…
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    Tech in Asia

  • This former school teacher was frustrated by all the paperwork. His startup could fix that

    Osman Husain
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    For Rai Shahid, founder of edtech startup Milestone, inspiration for his venture came during a personal stint as a primary school teacher. Records for students, including mark sheets, attendance logs, and fees management was overwhelmingly done on a manual basis. Teachers were required to personally mark attendance and input grades in a physical register, while office staff would maintain student payment and disciplinary history in log books of their own. Shahid felt this process was exceedingly cumbersome, time-intensive, and inherently risky as records could be prone to mismanagement and…
  • Meet the man and the university that kickstarted entrepreneurship in Pakistan

    Imran Haider
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Imran is the co-founder of Startup92 and curates the Pak Startup Weekly newsletter. He tweets as @ImrnHdr. A student at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (photo by Lukexmartin) 2007 was a landmark year for tech around the world. The launch of the iPhone and the dawn of the smartphone era created opportunities for countless new businesses. For Khurram Zafar, the year marked his return to his homeland, Pakistan. At the time, he wanted to do anything but run a new business. “Startups are consuming. And after running two companies in the US and Canada and selling one of them, all…
  • Qiscus, Indonesia’s answer to Slack, grabs pre-series A funding

    Nadine Freischlad
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Qiscus, a remote collaboration and messaging app made by an Indonesian startup, announced today that it has received a pre-series A investment from a Malaysian investor. Neither the sum nor the name of the investor were made public, though the company stated that the investor is in the telecommunications industry and the sum was close to Qiscus’ previous seed investment of US$100,000. The app offers features similar to those of Slack, though it claims that one of its core offerings is to make it particularly simple for users to join others in a group chat. Last year, the company announced…
  • Don’t trust real estate agents? Neither do these entrepreneurs. Here’s their solution

    Rohan Malhotra
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    OpenAgent co-founders, Marta Higuera (l), Zoe Pointon OpenAgent co-founder and co-CEO Zoe Pointon says the idea for a real estate comparison service occurred to her a few years ago. At that time, she was dealing with a few properties of her own and discovered the service quality of agents varied widely. “There’s really a big difference between what some agents will do for you and what others will not,” she says. “It’s a big decision when it comes to selling your house. There’s usually a lot going on in your life at the time and it’s strange that you can…
  • Indonesian mobile game studio Touchten pockets funding from Gree and 500 Startups

    Leighton Cosseboom
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    Touchten team Indonesia-based mobile game studio Touchten today revealed it has raised an undisclosed series C round of funding led by Japanese gaming firm Gree and followed by 500 Startups. “Gree’s investment in our company is definitely a stamp of approval of what we have been doing so far,” says Touchten CEO Anton Soeharyo. “It’s a start of an exciting journey, and when a giant gaming company like Gree is knocking at your door, offering their help, you just have to take it.” Prior to this investment, Touchten raised funds closer to home from venture capital firms Ideosource,…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 4 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    3 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 1 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 – June 27 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! Most read this…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 1 Edition

    James Pember
    30 Jun 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.
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – June 27 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    26 Jun 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 – June 24 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 – June 20 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! Most read this…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – June 24 Edition

    James Pember
    23 Jun 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.
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – June 20 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    19 Jun 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 Saturday Swedish Startup News – June 13 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! Top Swedish Startup Jobs – June 17 Edition 46elks, Attach, Helion, Jobylon, Sparta are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Wave power…
 
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    Barcinno

  • Barcelona Startup Job: JavaScript Developer (@Marfeel)

    Hector Manzano
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    Company: Marfeel Area: Ad-optimized mobile design Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Position: JavaScript Developer     Barcelona Startup Job description: JavaScript developers (senior and junior) with html and CSS. Company Description Be part of Marfeel, one of the hottest European start-up companies. We are recommended at the very top by Google itself for our mobile design solution and with […] The post Barcelona Startup Job: JavaScript Developer (@Marfeel) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Back-End (@Camaloon)

    Hector Manzano
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    Company: Camaloon Area: Consumer Goods Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Position: Back-End Developer Job description: You would join a team of 6 awesome super experienced developers. Working hours are flexible, we want working software not hours in the office. We are a start up and believe in investing in our start up culture by inviting world class talent to […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Back-End (@Camaloon) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Back-End (@getbynder)

    Hector Manzano
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Company: Bynder Area:Information Technology Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Position: Back-End   Job description: Join us in our brand new Barcelona office! As part of the development team at Bynder you’ll be working on a bunch of cool projects for a bunch of cool clients. Spotify, Puma, McCann and KLM are just a few of the companies you’ll […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Back-End (@getbynder) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Front-End (@getbynder)

    Hector Manzano
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    Company: Bynder Area:Information Technology Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Position: Front-End   Job description: Join us in our brand new Barcelona office! As a part of the development team at Bynder you’ll be working on a bunch of cool projects for a bunch of cool clients. Spotify, Puma, McCann and KLM are just a few of the companies […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Front-End (@getbynder) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • 7 Homegrown Apps To Explore Barcelona Like A Local

    Vanessa Shaw
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Barcelona is a leading SmartCity – what does that mean, you say? Find out here in this epic infographic Barcinno made.  Not to mention, that Barcelona is home of the Mobile World Congress.  Annnd most importantly, free wifi in helpful places like bus stops, parks and at the beach (see wifi hotspot map)! Yup you […] The post 7 Homegrown Apps To Explore Barcelona Like A Local appeared first on Barcinno.
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    NextShark

  • Host Families in America Are Reportedly Refusing to House Spoiled Chinese Kids

    Editorial Staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Some American host families are now refusing to take in Chinese exchange students after a string of negative experiences, according to a report from Bastille Post via Shanghaiist. China’s one-child policy has helped the country control overpopulation, reduce poverty and raise living standards. However, one downside of it all is that it’s created a generation of spoiled children known in mainland China as “little emperors.” One U.S. host family from Southern California said they earn $1,500 per month for every student they host. Initially, the family did it because they found the task…
  • Why Women Who Win the World Cup Earn $2 Million While Men Earn $8 Million For Losing

    Riley Schatzle
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    The pay gap between male and female workers doesn’t just exist at the office — it’s also present in sports. The Women’s World Cup championship game kicked off Sunday evening in Vancouver, Canada at BC Place Stadium. Millions worldwide watched a game that would eventually end with a controversial outcome — according to Mary Pilon for Politico — not in terms of scoring, or sportsmanship or penalties — but in terms of the winning payout. The game ended with a decisive 5-2 U.S. victory, but what exactly did the U.S. team win? The take-home prize this year for the…
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. Stripped of Welterweight Title He Won Fighting Manny Pacquiao

    Riley Schatzle
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Floyd Mayweather, 38, was officially stripped of his 147-pound welterweight title today. Mayweather solidified his title, of which he is still undefeated, on May 2 when he defeated Manny Pacquiao. Upon beating Pacquiao two months ago for the WBO welterweight title, Mayweather told ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto that he planned to vacate his other three titles so that younger fighters could have an opportunity at winning a belt: “I don’t know if it will be Monday [May 4] or maybe a couple weeks. I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give…
  • Google Fires Shots at Uber and Lyft With RideWith App

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    A new carpooling pilot program launched today in Israel by online mapping company Waze could eventually put Google, which purchased the company in 2013 for $1 billion, in direct competition with Uber. The new app, called RideWith, will allow people to share rides to and from work for a small fee. A Waze representative told Reuters: “We’re conducting a small, private beta test in the greater Tel Aviv area for a carpool concept, but we have nothing further to announce at this time.” RideWith will start in Tel Aviv, Ra’anana and Herzliya, densely populated areas where most of…
  • Google, Facebook and Twitter’s Black Employees Could All Fit Inside a Single Plane

    Laura Dang
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The combined number of black employees at Google, Facebook and Twitter can fit on a single Airbus A380. By law, companies are obligated to disclose their full EEO1 reports, which detail the race and gender demographics of their employees. According to these reports, out of 41,000 employees working at Google, Facebook and Twitter, only 358 (1.8%) are black. Though black people make up 13% of the overall workforce, they are underrepresented by a factor of seven at these three leading tech companies. The visual comparison of black employees to all other employees is shown below: The tech…
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    Yapsody Blog

  • HOW TO BE A BUZZY BEE?

    Yapsody
    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!
  • Have THE Social Media Marketing Checklist Ready – Check!

    Yapsody
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:18 am
    Have THE Social Media Marketing Checklist Ready – Check! For all event organizers, rookies or oldies, social media marketing is the one shot they HAVE to take. Come on, who doesn’t put up their upcoming event on Facebook? It’s the most obvious thing to do when you think of social media marketing. And that’s exactly why it’s a problem – it’s too obvious, which means, everyone else is doing it. If you have to ace this marketing strategy for your event, you have to upturn every little pebble you spot, and the least we can do is show you where the pebbles are. Now, that’s exactly…
  • HOW TO USE PINTEREST TO PIN SUCCESS TO YOUR EVENT BOARD

    Yapsody
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:23 pm
    HOW TO USE PINTEREST TO PIN SUCCESS TO YOUR EVENT BOARD We’ve had enough of the regular Facebook and Twitter, and it’s high time we realized there’s a lot more to social media marketing than just blue and blue birds. While Instagram is giving its own edge to the hashtags, Pinterest has come out as a whole new concept on its own involving boards and pins, reminding you of high school. And we tell you exactly what it takes to be a famous cheerleader in this high school by using Pinterest the right way! PINTEREST, THESE ARE PRESENTERS. PRESENTERS, THIS IS PINTEREST! There, you’re already…
  • Impeccable 24×7 Customer Support

    Yapsody
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    Impeccable 24×7 Customer Support While most of what we do is all about online ticketing and events, we offer something way more important with our utmost dedication and at no cost at all – our impeccable online customer support. Anything you find awry about our ways, you can always reach out to us via email or our online chat support. You must be thinking, “If email and chat support is what it’s all about, why am I supposed to be reading this blog post at all?” Because, we aren’t the only ones that offer email and chat support, but we have a lot of things about it that make us…
  • DRAGONPAY IS HERE, BEBOT!

    Yapsody
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    DRAGONPAY IS HERE, BEBOT! Yapsody finally introduces the revolutionary Philippines based payment gateway – Dragonpay – that is all set to turn over new leaves that promise to blossom in the world of online payments. For all of you who’ve been living with the credit-hack-o-phobia (paranoia that makes you commit naïve acts of closing all adjoining tabs, clearing browsing data, disabling cookies, uninstalling and reinstalling your browser while making an online payment through your credit card), here finally is a secure payment gateway that guarantees you (a presenter) and you (a…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Build Your Own Unicorn

    Chris Kalaboukis
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the main reasons why companies like Uber and AirBnB are doing so well in my opinion is that not only do they provide a fantastic experience to their customers (well, most of the time) they have a number of attributes which speak to what I feel are base traits in humanity. Way 1: Figure out a way in which people can help each other for money Helpfulness. Since the dawn of time, humans have existed in packs – we started in villages and grew them into cities, but most of the time, not only do we enjoy each other’s company, we generally like helping each other. When you look at how the…
  • Need 100 Startup Ideas? Check Your Living Room

    Chris Kalaboukis
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We live in an awesome time, don’t we? As little as 5 years ago, we barely had the tools, frameworks and platforms that we have today in order to build a startup to do almost anything. Do you know what the most interesting thing to me is about the on-demand, sharing economy? It’s not because of the crazy valuations (even though they are crazy), it’s because I personally feel that one aspect of those businesses touched a chord, deep inside humanity. The desire to help each other. Since we roamed the world in tribes of prehistoric man, we’ve always been and needed to be, social…
  • The Future Is Not a Scary, Cold, Emotionless Place

    Chris Kalaboukis
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What’s the deal with all of the scary, dystopian futures that we are seeing in all of the popular culture? Why are people thinking that the future is going to be so horrible? Of course, if you look in some directions, you see the power of the state increasing, but in other cases, you see the power of the individual increasing via the use of technology. Is not just a balance, it’s in our favor. As humans. Is there a chance of a world like the Hunger Games or Tomorrowland’s failed cities actually happening? Is it really possible that we will see worlds where people are pitted against…
  • Success Requires Butt Kicking

    Chris Kalaboukis
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I used to watch reality programming but have since kicked the habit since we dropped cable and moved to pure on-demand TV watching (Netflix, etc.). One of our favorite shows used to be Restaurant Impossible – if you haven’t caught it, you probably know the type – this famous chef (well, at least Food Network famous) would go around to failing restaurants and in 48 hours with a very small budget (I think it was $10,000) attempt to turn them around. He would go in, see what was going on, and typically do three things: Change the menu Renovate the physical space Yell at the owner After…
  • Startup Success: You Got To Get Lucky

    Chris Kalaboukis
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are plenty of motivational speakers out there who speak about being successful and purport to have the magic formula for success in their back pocket, all you need is to throw them a mere $97 (A $400 savings off of the regular price of $497) and they will show you exactly what you need to do in order to ensure your success. Success requires luck. There, I said it. If you want to have a successful startup, you must get lucky. Trouble is, success is not repeatable. You can’t just use the exact same formula that someone else did and be successful. You can’t just execute the same moves…
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    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…
  • Startup Career Advice for 6/24/15

    John Gannon
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Lee Hower of AgileVC writes about “playing startup”. David Jackson, founder and CEO of Seeking Alpha, offers guidance to product managers on his blog. 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 6/24/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
 
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    Nibletz

  • SPRING selects its 1st cohort of adolesent girl supporting African Startups

    Drew Thompson
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Late last week, the SPRING accelerator just announced its 2015 participants. SPRING, if you are not familiar, is one of the most unique accelerators in operation, for a number of different reasons. Firstly, the accelerator is 100% focused on “ventures whose products and services improve the lives of adolescent girls.”1 The accelerator is also unique in that it has given itself a lifespan. The SPRING program will last a total of five years, and will include 3 different cohorts, across 7 African and Asian countries. For the first cohort, covered in more detail below, the companies must…
  • The Top 5 Technologies that Changed the Course of Social Evolution

    Brian Sanders
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:13 am
    From graphite pencils to supercomputers, everything is technology. Not every technology has a noticeable impact on the course of human evolution. Based on one definition, technology is the “machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge.” It’s not just about computers. Though computers make the list, there are other technologies that have altered the course of social evolution. Here are my top five in no particular order: Horseless Carriages It’s not just about cars. It is about everything with a motor that enabled both people and packages to move…
  • Employee Retention: 3 Tips for Keeping Your Top Employees Happy

    Tom Gusinski
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    What’s the biggest asset to your startup aside from your customers? Hopefully, your answer was your employees. Without your employees coming into work everyday to help you reach your business objectives, there’d be no products and/or services to provide to your customers in the first place. Your staff is the “lifeline” of your organization, and if you don’t take every chance that you can to show them that, chances are your turnover rates will be high. Since you’ve been through the hiring process before, you know full well how challenging and time consuming it can be to put…
  • Smart Financial Tips for Startups

    Andrew Defee
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Your first few years in business are critical. The company you create will succeed or fail based on your financial decisions. In addition to generating a profit, an owner needs to closely monitor their cash flows and how assets are used in the business. Types of cash flows Your ability to generate cash inflows is just as important as generating a profit. If you can’t develop cash inflows, your business can’t operate. Not all cash flows are the same. A healthy company should generate cash flow from operations. If you’re a jean manufacturer, for example, you should generate the majority…
  • Microsoft exits display ad market and sells mapping assets to Uber

    Drew Thompson
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    On Monday, two separate but equally major pieces of Microsoft news broke. Both components have major implications for the future of the software giant. Firstly, Microsoft sold several components of Bing’s mapping unit to the ride-sharing/taxi startup Uber. Secondly, the Seattle company is reportedly shutting down its display ad network. Quite a day. The move to sell Uber components of Bing’s mapping unit seems to be of much less consequence to the overall operation of Microsoft. It is important to note that this is just a sale of assets, a small amount of assets at that. Bing Maps…
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • How The Sharing Economy May Impact Your Business

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Forbes defines the sharing economy as one in which owners rent out something that they aren't using - such as a car, house or bike. One of the most well-known services in the world is ride-sharing app Uber, a service that connects willing drivers with people who need rides. Other options offer chef-to-door dining services, overnight accommodations and more. Since coming into the public spotlight, the shared economy has garnered praise, criticism and a heap of attention. How will it affect your business?  Uber protests rattle France Recently, mayhem erupted in France as cab drivers…
  • Are Dress Codes Outdated?

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    Casual dress in the workplace started out as a one-day-a-week treat. Employees could trade in their suits and pencil skirts for jeans and T-shirts, making Friday feel that much sweeter. Over the last decade, this 90s invention has shifted from a special occasion to what seems to be the norm at most offices. Is your company one of the few that still enforces a dress code policy? And is it time to shake things a bit?  Why dress codes are a thing of the past There are a few clear signs that indicate dress codes are outdated.  Some of the best places to work in the country let…
  • Are Drones in Your SMB's Future?

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    A little over a year ago, California's drought drove vintners to new lengths when it came to producing a fruitful harvest, resulting in delicious wines. The Washington Post reported that these growers turned to technology to survive one of the worst droughts in the history. Many growers used drones to water their sprawling vines so that they didn't dry out.  If this scenario proves anything, aside from wine makers' dedication to their craft, it demonstrates just how ubiquitous drones have become. Are drones taking over? Will they take off and become as common as cash-back transactions or…
  • What Software Offers Big Benefits to Small Businesses?

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Software can make or break your small business. It can hinder your efforts or help you reach your goals. Which would you prefer? Don't make the mistake of investing in ineffective solutions. Shop from these top software choices that made the cut based on affordability and agility. When I Work Retailers and restaurants face the issue of scheduling. Unlike your typical  9-to-5s, these industries include wonky hours that tend to vary week-to-week. Voted by Ink magazine as one of the top small business softwares of 2015, When I Work is an easy-to-use interface that can streamline…
  • 7 Ways to Use Google Photos in Your Store

    16 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    Engaging visual displays are great for attracting new people to your store, especially if vibrant and colorful images pertain to your brand. While you likely upload your favorite company pictures to Facebook or Instagram, keeping them all stored in one secure location can offer your brand numerous benefits. As always, Google has you covered. The company recently unveiled Google Photos, its own cloud-based photo storage solution that can keep all your photos and videos in one place. Aside from having a more convenient site for your company's images, your small business can use this new…
 
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    TechJuice

  • The Selfie Dilemma: To Take it or Not

    Uzair Ahmed
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    Another day, another controversy spiraling in the social media circles of the country – and this time, the center of read moreThe post The Selfie Dilemma: To Take it or Not appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Give new life to your Gmail account with beautiful themes and various emojis!

    Rizwan Anwer
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:21 am
    Gmail has been going through a great many transitions lately. With the recent introduction of Inbox being available without an read moreThe post Give new life to your Gmail account with beautiful themes and various emojis! appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s 4 mind-bending predictions for the future

    Maryam Dodhy
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg hosted a Q&A session on his social network last Tuesday where he took on questions from a huge read moreThe post Mark Zuckerberg’s 4 mind-bending predictions for the future appeared first on TechJuice.
  • GotGame.pk lets you rent unlimited video games at nominal monthly fee

    Rizwan Anwer
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Buying legitimate games in Pakistan is a big issue for console gamers since many are not able to pay ~Rs. read moreThe post GotGame.pk lets you rent unlimited video games at nominal monthly fee appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Google’s low price handset Android One launching with QMobile in Pakistan

    Rizwan Anwer
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Android One is an active initiative by Google that has been going between lesser technologically countries in order to encourage read moreThe post Google’s low price handset Android One launching with QMobile in Pakistan appeared first on TechJuice.
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Housing.com Hacked By Unknown Hackers [Updated]

    Asish Das
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    India’s leading Real estate portal Housing.com was hacked by unknown hackers and its home page was replaced by a page that said: “Yes! We will solve real estate, but 10x better with ‘The Chief Architect.” with the hashtags #rahulyadav #housingdown.   The hack happened today, a week after Rahul Yadav was fired from the CEO position from Housing after the board meeting for his behavior towards the investors. Regarding the hack, Rahul Yadav denied any involvement with a Facebook update. Update: The website has been restored as this time 5:13 PM IST. Update: The website is…
  • Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Good Manager?

    Kripa & Gokul
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    “Employees quit their manager; and not their company” read a stupendous employee confession on a very popular human resource magazine. Although manager is pretty much a cool term, it has so much to do with things running down the spine in-order to keep the business moving forward. In a way, managing people is like sex; those talking about it are probably the least doing it. This is one earnest attempt to really get deeper into the stuff and understand what it takes for somebody to become a manager and getting away with things done. “A Manager is the person responsible for planning and…
  • With 4 Lac People Reached In 3 Months This Startup Might Be The Answer To LinkedIn In India

    Asish Das
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    There was a time when no Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter existed, that was almost a decade back. But now the human race revolves around a stream of status updates, Tweets and wall feeds. We all have seen that the power and potential of Social Media which is exponentially growing in recent years. Fast forward to the future of Social Media, global social media usage will continue on its upward trajectory. A vision combined with innovation and technical expertise gave birth to YoungSkilledIndia, a Varanasi based startup to solve the billion dollar question that, how can we create Skilled India and…
  • JetSetClean – Disrupting The On-Demand Laundry Market In India

    Akanksha Samar
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Laundry is a time consuming and a cumbersome effort that takes up to 15-20 hours of a working professional every month. For the busy urban working professionals, time is of the utmost need and finding time between job life and play life, laundry is that one task that most people end up procrastinating over. Over 60% of working professionals report laundry as their least favorite chore. The traditional techniques include running around undependable neighborhood dhobis or self-serve Laundromats. Dry cleaning can be such a hassle too. Finding time to drop your clothes at the dry cleaners and…
  • BankBazaar.com Raises Rs. 375 Crore Led By Amazon

    Anita Rajan
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    BankBazaar, a leading financial market place, today raised Rs. 375 crores ($60 Million) in its Series C round of funding led by Amazon with participation from Fidelity Growth Partners and Mousse Partners. Existing investors Sequoia Capital and Walden International also participated in the Series C funding round. The funds will be primarily deployed towards technology integration, hiring and strengthening partner relationships and to creating a truly phenomenal end-to-end customer experience in order to grow in the online financial services category as a market leader. The company will also…
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  • 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…
  • Catering Software Will Help Your Business

    Florin Muresan
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    When it comes to running a catering business, you need to be able to cater to all your patrons’ needs. However, this can get pretty tricky and overwhelming in a short time. This is why you should invest in catering software. It will definitely make life easier for you and…
  • Which Type of Catering Services Work Best for You?

    Florin Muresan
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    If you are thinking about starting a catering business, you need to know all there is to it. When you think of catering, do you only imagine fancy and festive events? Then you still have some research to do. Catering services come in many shapes and sizes and you need…
  • What Restaurant Managers Need To Know When Dealing With Angry Customers

    Florin Muresan
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    Good food, good music, and a pleasant atmosphere are important when it comes to a restaurant’s reputation. But so is timely customer service. No matter how much you try, there will inevitably be a moment in your restaurant’s existence where you will have customer complaints. This is a crucial moment.…
 
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Sarah Peterson Interview – Finding Your Niche

    Paige Sevier
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    “Your target audience is not a demographic, it’s a mindset and a problem.” – Sarah Peterson About: Sarah Peterson– Founder of Unsettle.org Overview: Sarah Peterson is an entrepreneur, traveller, and writer from Vancouver, BC Canada. She is the author of Unsettle.org, where she helps people stop settling for work they don’t love. Sarah is focused on what she is passionate about. Through that passion, Sarah has created a successful company where she teaches entrepreneurs how to stop settling in their career. During this interview, she shares some insightful…
  • Anthony Tran Interview – How to Grow Your Audience

    Paige Sevier
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:57 pm
    “I always lead with value and I just don’t ask for anything” – Anthony Tran About: Anthony Tran – Founder of Marketing Access Pass and Host of Traffic Generation All-Stars Overview: Anthony Tran is the Founder of Marketing Access Pass, an All-in-One Online Marketing Training and Services website. He specializes in WordPress website development, search engine optimization, and social media marketing strategies to help you take your business to the next level. As an Air Force military veteran and former Operations Manager he knows what is like to not to be able…
  • Suzanne Paulinski Interview- Starting a Movement

    Paige Sevier
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    “Don’t worry about everybody else. Don’t worry about how long it’s taking you. Don’t worry about if someone is coming up behind you. Stay in your lane.” – Suzanne Paulinski About: Suzanne Paulinski– Founder of The Rock/Star Advocate Overview: Suzanne has a passion for music that started at a young age. After traveling down the entrepreneurial road in the music scene, she saw the need for artists to have a “career coach,” or someone who would be their advocate for success. Now, she is attempting to start a movement with her new-found…
  • JobPiper Interview – The Science of Hiring

    Paige Sevier
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:46 pm
    “We help companies build legendary teams, and we help individuals build legendary careers.” About: Derik Krauss, Ryan Harmon, & Adam Wilson – Founders of JobPiper Overview: JobPiper helps employers find the right employees for their company. During this interview, we learn about the founder’s story along with the ups and downs of starting JobPiper. Highlights: What is JobPiper: JobPiper is a young company that helps other companies hire with science (hiring the right person for the right position). Employers sign up with Job Piper (a software platform) and they…
  • Ceci Johnson Interview – Building a Luxury Empire

    Paige Sevier
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:27 pm
    “Punch fear in the face. Fear is the only thing that keeps people from trying. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.” – Ceci Johnson About: Ceci Johnson- Founder of Ceci New York Ceci Johnson’s story started with an invitation she created for a coworker’s wedding combined with the realization that a truly customized graphic design experience in wedding invitations was not available at that time. Armed with a clear desire to create the best invitations in the world, she started her business out of a shared office space NYC. Ten years later, her love of paper,…
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech

  • Unplugged: This Maverick Technology Will Let You Charge Your Electronic Devices Wirelessly

    Hemendra
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Imagine never having to worry about plugging your smartphone in to a charger ever again or charging your electric car battery without wires and cables. What seems like a distant dream for now may soon become a reality with the new WattUp from Energous Corporation. WattUp is a wireless charger for electronic devices that uses... The post Unplugged: This Maverick Technology Will Let You Charge Your Electronic Devices Wirelessly appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Top CEOs in Pakistan – 2015

    Nida Rasheed
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    There is no shortage of ambitious and intelligent business leaders in Pakistan. So trying to compile a list of the “top CEOs in Pakistan” is a massive challenge because: Every reader will have their own ideas regarding who should be on the list, There are so many great CEOs that listing them all would result... The post Top CEOs in Pakistan – 2015 appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Starting Up: List of all Incubators and Accelerators in Pakistan

    Hemendra
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    The modern generation of Pakistan is not afraid to strike out on its own, often venturing into uncharted territories with their hopes and dreams leading them on. This is probably the reason for the sudden influx of startups that we see throughout the country. While trying to become an entrepreneur sounds glamorous, it can be... The post Starting Up: List of all Incubators and Accelerators in Pakistan appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Introducing Facebook Lite for 2G Users on Android

    Hassaan Khan
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Facebook got its way to reaching you no matter what android phone you’re on and what type of data connection you’ve got. They’ve earned thumbs up as Facebook Lite is light as a feather and makes your way back to the Facebook wall. Facebook Lite is a light edition of Facebook Android app for 2G... The post Introducing Facebook Lite for 2G Users on Android appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Taxing Times: Govt. Imposes 14% Advanced Tax on Internet Across Pakistan

    Hemendra
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Internet, the very life-blood of nearly every business, most of all Tech sector, is being levied 14% tax across Pakistan. According to reports, the government is imposing 14% tax on the total internet bill amount all across the country. The good news however, is that those users who file income tax returns, can claim this... The post Taxing Times: Govt. Imposes 14% Advanced Tax on Internet Across Pakistan appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
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    1CLICK Blog

  • How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment

    Clifton
    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

    Clifton
    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

    Clifton
    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.
  • Live Chat Software: The 3 Types You’ll Find Online

    Clifton
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Customer service plays a crucial role in expanding and improving a business. It involves solving a customer’s problems to help him/her have a better shopping experience. In today’s world, a lot of people all around the globe prefe … Continue reading →The post Live Chat Software: The 3 Types You’ll Find Online appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • 6 Types of Customers that Engage in a Live Video Chat Support

    Clifton
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    The aim of any online business is to attract customers, provide a very positive experience for them and inspire loyalty. This ensures that a customer will keep coming back, as well as telling other people about your business. Howe … Continue reading →The post 6 Types of Customers that Engage in a Live Video Chat Support appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
 
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    SuperbCrew

  • Prevedére – Big Data Predictive Analytics That Drive Business Results

    SuperbCrew
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Prevedére helps companies to identify the external economic factors that drive their business results. Prevedére has recently closed a $6.7 million Series A led by PointGuard Ventures. Here is our interview with Rich Wagner, CEO of Prevedére: Q: What does Prevedére do really well? Tell us something more about the company? A: Prevedére’s predictive analytics software allows companies to look beyond their own four walls to identify key external drivers of financial performance. By identifying and understanding how these external factors affect their businesses, companies make better…
  • Smart Home System Oomi Raises Over $1.7M

    SuperbCrew
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    With Oomi, you can design the intelligent home of your dreams. Oomi learns how you live and what you do to keep your family safe and your home comfortable. It learns how you like to relax, and how you like to have fun. Then, it makes recommendations on what it can manage for you, so you can spend more time on the things that matter the most. Oomi raised over $1.7 Million during its Indiegogo campaign! Unlike other smart home hubs, Oomi Cube is not only packed with environmental sensors, a night vision IP camera, security detection and wireless control, but it is also the only to feature a…
  • The Camera for Virtual Reality Sphericam 2

    SuperbCrew
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Virtual reality has been touted as the next big thing since Neo took the red pill. And while the likes of Oculus Rift and Samsung are outbidding each other to create the the best VR viewing platforms, there is a critical part of the puzzle still missing – how do you create stunning VR content in the first place? Sphericam 2 allows you to capture absolutely everything around you in high resolution without any blind spots. You can watch the resulting videos on a VR Headset like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard. Six cameras work seamlessly together to capture the world…
  • Nikola Labs – Converts Radio Frequencies Into DC Power

    SuperbCrew
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Nikola Labs technology efficiently converts RF signals like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE into DC power using its proprietary energy harvesting circuit. The result is usable energy that can provide power to mobile devices wirelessly. By recycling the wasted RF energy given off by your phone — Nikola Labs case significantly extends your phone’s battery life between charges. Below Roland Tallos – co-inventor at Nikola Labs demonstrates the Nikola Phone Case: Below is the message from Nikola Labs team: “Wow! Nikola Labs has raised $53,738 in one week, 39% of our goal. We started the…
  • Mushroom VR – A Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Review and Approval Tool

    SuperbCrew
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Developed by Los Angeles based Super 78, Mushroom VR is the first virtual reality collaborative media review and approval tool for the Oculus Rift. Mushroom VR and the Oculus Rift deliver collaborative multi-user media review experience, especially for immersive multimedia content. Below is our interview with Dina Benadon, CEO and Brent Young, President and Creative Director of Super 78: Q: How did the idea behind Mushroom VR come about? DB: At Super 78, we’ve been designing and developing media-based attractions for theme parks, museums, and all kinds of special venues for almost two…
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Meet DCHQ, A Platform For Container-based Application Development

    KARAN CHOPRA
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Is your development team struggling to develop innovative solutions for your customers on time? Is your customer’s business too big to be handled by your company’s current process flow? Have you considered using a more streamlined and container based application development to speed up your delivery rates? DCHQ is a governance platform for Docker based application development and helps you establish a self service access to Docker based applications on any registered Linux machine, thereby helping in faster collaboration between your development teams and also restrict access to data…
  • Hire Vans With Just A Few Clicks Via GoGoVan

    KARAN CHOPRA
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Hiring a taxi is an easy job. But when you need a Van to move goods, where do you go? Thankfully, GoGoVan is here, a free to use app that lets you hire vans with just a few clicks on your Android as well as iOS phones. Wth more than ten thousand registered professional drivers, GoGoVan has the largest fleet in Hong Kong and their user friendly app gives you all necessary information such as driver contact, number plates and even an estimated fare in a snap. Unlike call centres, there is no waiting in queue for the GoGoVan app and you can get the best rated drivers for your requirement at any…
  • Invest In Local Projects Via Neighbourly

    KARAN CHOPRA
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Are you confident of the investments that your bank is making with your savings? Are you unhappy with the fact that your locality’s requirements have been neglected for too long? Do you want to be an agent for the change in your local community? Interestingly, the answer to all these questions is the same, Neighbourly. A site that caters to investing in the local community, Neighbourly is an easy way for you to invest in local projects and help in growth of your local area. For over 200 years, cities have raised money publicly for local projects but this summer Neighbourly will be the first…
  • Hire The Boat Via Boatbound

    KARAN CHOPRA
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Summer is here, the Sun is out and there is no reason for you to stay indoors.  While others hit the road and head to the beach, you can go further and enjoy your time at the sea. Don’t worry if you do not have a boat because Boatbound will help you find one, no matter where in the United States you are. Boatbound is an online rental place for boats where you can rent a boat and pay for its usage alone. No membership fee or any maintenance costs. Own the boat for the day and even hire a captain if you are going to host a party. Decide whether you want a sail boat for a date or a high speed…
  • Meet Knotable, The App For Teamwork

    KARAN CHOPRA
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    You have a 10 o clock meeting with your client on Skype; you are co-ordinating with your freelancing team located all over the globe, and you – the team leader are on a camping trip to clear your head. With a well connected world that we are living in today, getting work done has gotten easier, and convenient, but getting everybody on the same page is still a task that you have to struggle with. But not anymore with Knotable, exchanging notes, having discussions and sharing views, jotting ideas etc. has become way easier than before.  It is a great way for your whole team to function…
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    Playme AR

  • Playmear.com in e27, Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015, June 23 – 24

    Alvin Ooi
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Playmear.com 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 Playmear.com 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…
  • Do-It-Yourself Souvenir Gift Printing Set

    Alvin Ooi
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:21 am
    Have you ever wondered how mugs and t-shirt have pictures that are hot-printed into them? DIYPrintingSuppy.com has been around for quite sometime and they are known for their do-it-yourself type of printing products and supplies. Imagine if you can have your own Souvenir Gift Printing Set and do it yourself for your friends and family!  DIY Printing Set Gifts printing were previously thought be industrial made only, but now it is as simple as purchasing a set of printing set and supplies. You can also see the mug printing machine that is simple to implement into any rounded surface. The…
  • 10 Cool Free Fonts Designers Use!

    Alvin Ooi
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    It goes without saying that when a designer designs, they design with a certain set of tools they are accustom to and familiar with,  so these are some of the fonts we’ve discover to be just that set of tools! I also notice that the right font choice makes things easier and conveys different sets of feelings according to the images. Don’t worry, we at Playmear have been using some of these free fonts for sometime and we’d like to share what we’ve been using to you guys! Websites, posters, brochures that have the right set of free fonts and typography generally speaks…
  • Playme Augmented Reality Creator Coming Soon!

    Alvin Ooi
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    Playme AR is just getting started, and we’ve receive overwhelming responses from you our eager early adopters and customers! We are very thankful and happy at the same time at the huge response! Playme Augmented Reality Creator 1.0 is coming to your finger tips soon and we’ll be allowing our early users a free 2 AR Designs (Credits) to use our platform and test them out! Here’s a sneak peak into what our Augmented Reality Creator can do for an average joe (or marketers) like us that wants to bring digital interactivity to their prints, advertising channel and much more!
 
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 081: Lessons from a 24 Year Old Who’s Built Several 7-Figure Online Businesses

    Omer Khan
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
     Listen to this episode on iTunes Syed Balkhi is an award-winning 24-year-old entrepreneur with several 7-figure online businesses. He was recognized as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by the United Nations. His businesses include WPBeginner, which is the largest free WordPress resource on the planet and OptinMonster a popular lead generation SaaS product that you see on so many sites around the web. Success Quote “It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up” — Babe Ruth “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go…
  • 080: How a British Couple are on Track to Build a Million Dollar SaaS Business

    Omer Khan
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Bridget Harris is the co-founder and CEO of YouCanBookMe, a SaaS product that helps you schedule meetings. The product was launched in 2011 and today serves tens of thousands of users and handles almost half a million bookings each month. Bridget started her career in the film and television industry. She then moved into politics where she ended being an advisor to the UK Deputy Prime Minister. And then in 2012 she took on the role of CEO at YouCanBookMe. The company is based in the UK and has been bootstrapped from day one. In this episode we talk about: How…
  • 079: How to Use Influencer Marketing to Grow Your SaaS Business

    Omer Khan
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Dave is the co-founder of Ninja Outreach, a SaaS prospecting & outreach tool which was created to streamline the process of connecting with influencers. Before founding Ninja Outreach, Dave ran a travel blog that did six figures a year. Today we’re going to take everything that Dave’s learned about influencer marketing and teach you how to apply it to your own business. You’ll learn how you can find & work with influencers in your market and use those relationships to grow your brand and generate more leads and customers. In this…
  • 078: How a Developer Created & Sold a $15,000 Training Course with no Sales Pitch

    Omer Khan
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Douglas Calhoun is the co-founder of Hack Reactor, a San Francisco-based startup whose vision is to create the CS degree for the 21st century. Hack Reactor runs 12-week intensive coding bootcamps (which you can do in-person or online) designed to accelerate your software career. According to Hack Reactor, 99% of its graduates receive at least 1 full-time job offer within 3 months graduating and earn an average salary in the six figures. Success Quote “You can never keep up with someone who has a natural passion with what they’re doing” Links,…
  • 077: Part 2 – How a Guy in Canada Built 3 Multi-Million Dollar Businesses by Age 30

    Omer Khan
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Andrew Wilkinson is the founder of MetaLab and Flow. Metalab is a design agency that Andrew founded when he was just 20 years old and has grown it into a business with over 60 employees. MetaLab is the design team behind Slack which is now valued at $2.8 billion. And Flow is a task management SaaS application for teams which is used by companies like Etsy, Tesla, Adobe, and TED. In this episode we talk about: How Andrew built 3 multi-million dollar businesses by the age of 30 How he works 5-6 hours a day and gets 8 hours sleep every night How Andrew went from…
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • Your customers hate your product & maybe you too

    Erik
    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

    Erik
    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

    Erik
    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

    Erik
    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.
  • Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate

    Erik
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    This is the interview question: “Tell me your life story in five minutes.” Try it. You’re on the spot now. You are interviewing for the biggest job of your life thus far, and you have just been asked that question. Spend the next five minutes answering it aloud.   [Seriously, take a few minutes to do … Continue reading Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate → The post Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
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    MAQTOOB

  • 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…
  • Social Media for Dummies: 5-Step Checklist

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
    Step 1 Know your audience   Don't expect people to follow you without offering them something valuable first. It's vital to learn about the interests of your potential customers and identify the content they are looking for.         Are they young professionals who follow the latest trends in business on Twitter? Are they teenagers who share images via Snapchat? Are they creative freelancers who look for inspiration on Pinterest?   Try to go as deep as possible and make both a comprehensive list of topics you can cover, and a list of social networks you…
  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Lebanon

    Adil Gherib
    27 May 2015 | 8:28 am
      There was a time when nomads didn't belong to any country – they would be crossing borders, seeking pasture for livestock, or making a living on the go.   Nowadays, there are still some nomads here and there – the ones that consumer society hasn’t reached yet, despite the "missions" that are sent out regularly, offering free education, medical care and support of various NGOs to help them "get better" and ultimately push them into settling.    Meanwhile, some of us retain that streak of moving from place to place, meeting, mingling, and learning about…
 
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    MGeeky

  • Stock Rom For Infinix Hot Note

    Daniyal Sheikh
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    As we have provided you the root and cwm recovery for infinix hot note, today we are sharing Stock Rom For Infinix Hot Note users so if they somehow bricked their devices while experimenting they can revert back to original factory rom. We haven’t done any changes to this rom and it is purely stock rom The post Stock Rom For Infinix Hot Note appeared first on MGeeky.
  • LocaliAppStore for iOS 8.3 or 8.4 | Updated Now

    Shaeel Iqbal
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    There are lots of Cydia tweaks and LocaliAppStore is also one the tweak with the larger number of downloads. With LocaliAppStore you can purchase the coins, themes, effects etc. First LocaliAppStore was compatible with the iOS 5 then iOS 6and 7. Now LocaliAppStore for iOS 8.3 or 8.4 is also available in Cydia. LocaliAppStore is The post LocaliAppStore for iOS 8.3 or 8.4 | Updated Now appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Cydia Host UnReachable! Can’t Connect | Hacked

    Shaeel Iqbal
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Cydia which is the most useful Jailbroken App for iOS users, created by Saurik is now hacked and also down by the Korean Hacker. This is the hot news for all iOS users because for all jailbroken user Cydia is down now and the repo are not refreshing more. Kim-Jong is the Korean guy who have hacked The post Cydia Host UnReachable! Can’t Connect | Hacked appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Root And Cwm Recovery For Infinix Hot Note

    Daniyal Sheikh
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Infinix Mobility’s latest smartphone infinix hot note is finally added to our development line and in near future we will provide custom roms for it. But before it, today we will show you that how to root and install cwm recovery for infinix hot note. The guide below have two phases, in first phase we The post Root And Cwm Recovery For Infinix Hot Note appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How To Hack In-App Purchases Without Root

    Daniyal Sheikh
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    How To Hack In-App Purchases Without Root ? well that’s the question, people are asking to us on our social connects and emails. As the method of hacking in-app purchases available for rooted devices but not for non-rooted devices. So we think to prepare a step by step guide for it and found a full The post How To Hack In-App Purchases Without Root appeared first on MGeeky.
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    AfrotechAfrica

  • Ford To Invest More Than $100,000 In Student-led Community Projects In Africa

    AntwiGambrah
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    Ford Motor Company Fund is expanding the Ford College Community Challenge (C3) to Africa, offering universities in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa the innovative global program that empowers students to improve their communities through sustainability projects. Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, will invest more than $100,000 to launch the C3 program in Africa. Under the program, student-led community projects will be chosen in those countries to address critical local needs and create a more sustainable place to live and work. “Education is a cornerstone of Ford…
  • Twitter is Also Hiring For Africa

    AntwiGambrah
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am
    Micro-blogging platform Twitter,is seeeking the skill of an Associate Partnerships Manager for Twitter Africa to join its media team in London. The fact is ,you must be based in london or ready to relocate to london. You will be responsible for bringing scale and service to our most influential partners within multiple verticals. Tasks include: verifying accounts; joining meetings with high profile Twitter users to take notes and conduct follow up; providing the day-to-day back-end support that allows the media team to maximize its impact. Projects will vary from conducting research on…
  • Facebook Opens First African Office in South Africa

    AntwiGambrah
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:08 am
    Social media Giant Facebook has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally in South Africa’s city of Johannesburg. Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones.This means a lot in terms of business to facebook since Africa’s mobile penetration rate is growing faster , it needs to position itself in order to tap it potentially through the use of its…
  • Ghana’s Farmerline Wins $50,000 Investment Fund From Village Capital

    AntwiGambrah
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    Farmerline and Ugandan startup Atikus have been named winners of the Village  Capital’s FinTech for Agriculture accelerator programme in East Africa receiving an investment fund of $50,000 each. In a post by Disrupt-Africa ,the programme ended with a venture forum earlier this week, with participants ranking each other based on six criteria. Ghanaian startup Farmerline, which is expanding to East Africa and provides agricultural information to farmers, and Rwanda’s Atikus Insurance, which expands access to credit by increasing the capacity of MSME lenders via reimagined insurance and…
  • Andela Closes Series A Round Led By Spark Capital

    AntwiGambrah
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:11 am
    Andela,a startup that find Africa’s best and brightest, train them to be world-class remote software developers, and connect them with companies around the world has announced the close of a Series A round of funding led by Spark capital based in the US . The series which also involved  seed investors, including impact fund Omidyar Network and Learn Capital is fuel the company’s expansion growth on the Continent. The startup is ushering in a self-funding model of education. Instead of charging tuition, they  pay their students (called Andela Fellows) to learn, financing their…
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    Sunstone Communication - Blog

  • 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…
  • Customer Centric SaaS: See The Whole Board

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Chess players in park, kiev 2. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsSelling services is a relationship not a process. SaaS companies are great at the data and the detail. It is time to step back and look at the whole board. I call this Customer Centric SaaS. At heart it means looking at lifetime value to the customer as well as measuring LTV for your company.John Hornell Quantify WorkshopWe had a great discussion this week in the awesome Fairfields Govan Co-working space run by Rookieoven. John Hornell from Quantify gave an excellent workshop on startup marketing and lead…
  • Customer Onboarding - Grow Ideas and Execute The Best

    6 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    The Customer Onboarding Project is making good progress. Please join in to help some awesome SaaS companies grow. Lets continue leveraging the power of the community beyond the ideas. Each business needs to find the right specific execution plan. Join Sunstone to be part of that process. Our SaaS Group project on Customer Onboarding is going well. The numbers of participants, ideas and votes have all doubled in the past two weeks. I am enjoying seeing the engagement and the ideas. Check them out by following the link in the text and make your contribution. The more ideas and votes we get into…
  • Bespoke Tailoring Your Product/ Market Fit

    30 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Product/ Market Fit is a vital stage in the startup journey. But its is a tough concept to understand. I prefer to call it Customer/ Product Fit because it is about customer need. It is still hard to define. Think of it as being like the process of making a designer, bespoke suit. Lots of careful craftsmanship and testing to reach a product the customer falls in love with.An Essential Part of The SaaS Revenue ModelProduct/ Market Fit is a key concept for growing and developing any startup. You can't build the SaaS recurring revenue model without it. Investors and analysts see it as a key…
 
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    From Corporate To Career Freedom

  • Edgar Social Media Tool Review

    Lauren
    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

    Lauren
    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

    Lauren
    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)

    Lauren
    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.
  • Leadpages.net Review

    Lauren
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    I’ve been using Leadpages for about 6 months now, so I thought it was about time I did an honest Leadpages.net review of the product, because I know it’s a tool that a lot of entrepreneurs consider for their business. So I hope this will help you make a decision. I’ll take you through some […] Read more... The post Leadpages.net Review appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
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    Viola Notes

  • [VIDEO] 5 Big Questions about Big Data (a presentation by Carmel Ventures Partner Ronen Nir)

    Noya Lizor
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    At the recent “Big Data, Analytics & Applied Machine Learning” 2015 Israeli Innovation Conference hosted by IGTcloud, Carmel Ventures’ General Partner Ronen Nir raised “5 Big Questions about Big Data” (see the video of his presentation below). Excerpt from the presentation’s intro: “Big Data has been a big focus for us at Carmel for the past few years. We spend much of our time meeting companies, talking to customers and sitting in board meetings in an effort to understand what our companies’ customers’ can gain, so we have a good understanding of the end user’s…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Andi Gutmans, CEO & Co-founder at Zend

    Noya Lizor
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    Andi Gutmans, CEO & Co-founder at Zend Age: 39 Lives in: Menlo Park, California Significant others: Married + 3 Company’s main offices: Cupertino, California & Ramat-Gan, Israel Andi Gutmans, CEO & Co-founder at Zend What does your company do and why is it unique? We are the company behind PHP, the most popular Web development language. PHP runs over 50% of the Web and enjoys a huge developer base of millions of developers. What makes us unique is the broad impact the company has on Web development and developer reach while in parallel it works with the largest Enterprises…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Guy Bauman, CEO at Tonara

    Noya Lizor
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Guy Bauman, CEO at Tonara Age: 46 Lives in: Tel Aviv Significant others: Married + 3 Company Headquarters: In the heart of the Arts District of Tel Aviv Guy Bauman, CEO at Tonara What does your company do and why is it unique? Tonara combines science and arts to transform the teaching, learning, practice and performance of music through a new digital experience. The Tonara app is the perfect companion for the performing musician and our Wolfie for Piano app transforms music education by turning it into a 21st century experience. What are you most proud of in your company? I’m most proud…
  • Why lead generation needs to be your primary content marketing goal (and how to ace it in 3 steps)

    Jonathan Nimrodi
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    The following is a guest post by Jonathan Nimrodi, CEO and Head of Inbound Marketing at Cookie Jar. Content marketing serves many purposes, including brand awareness and thought leadership. But if you’re a startup marketer, then your primary aim is growth, so if your content isn’t generating serious traffic and leads right from the start, then you may not see truly meaningful results from the the hard work you put into creating quality, SEO-friendly content for a very, very long time. If you approach content marketing like a growth hacker, however, and apply some of the hacks I’m…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Shmulik Weller, Co-founder & CEO at SundaySky

    Noya Lizor
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    Shmulik Weller, Co-founder & CEO at SundaySky Age: 43 Lives in: Tel Aviv Significant others: Married + 4 Company Headquarters: Our main offices are in New York and Tel Aviv and we also have presence in London and Tokyo. Shmulik Weller, Co-founder & CEO at SundaySky What does your company do and why is it unique? SundaySky invented a new type of media that we call SmartVideo. We all know that video is the most appealing media and the best storytelling tool, but SmartVideo takes it to the next level by turning video into a scalable, dynamic and most importantly – personalized…
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    MediaVidi

  • 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…
  • 8 Ways to Make your Video Awesome

    Cristian Worthington
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    When I was a kid, TV and movies were my window to the world beyond my boring suburb. This week profoundly changed everything! I took an online course in video editing and it blew my mind. Most of us realize the majority of video we consume is not reality. It is carefully staged, filmed and edited to create the illusion of reality. But if you understand the techniques used in video editing it is like having a backstage pass to a magic show. The view is very different when you’re allowed to sit behind the curtain. Why am I Interested in Video Editing? In the coming months MediaVidi will…
  • How the Web will Look in the Future

    Cristian Worthington
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    It’s official, the web has radically changed. It’s focus has gone from text to video. According to a recent report by Cisco Systems, in the next 5 years: Annual global internet traffic will grow by 1,000 times. Web traffic will be 80% video (it’s already much more than half). To watch the quantity of new video added to the web each month will take the average viewer 5 million years. You Are Here Currently, the web is built around a text based architecture (HTML – Hyper Text Markup Language). Text is the glue that holds the web together and it’s the container in which…
  • The Promising Future of Podcasts

    Sandra Giffin
    5 May 2015 | 11:24 am
      The advent of Wi-Fi enabled cars marks a new technology disruption – one that will kill radio as we know it.   But it opens a world of possibilities for On Demand Audio. What is On-Demand Audio? On Demand Audio lets you listen to what you want when you want.  Streaming music and radio services exist in abundance.  Here is a small sample: Pandora  iHeart Radio  iTunes Radio  Rhapsody  Spotify  Google Play all Access  Slacker  Radio.com  TuneIn Radio  Last.fm  Rdio  Songza  Stitcher  iTunes Podcasts  What is the potential of On-Demand Audio? The short answer…
 
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    Startup Slingshot » The Lab

  • 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?
  • A Startup Founder’s Crash Course In Customer Support With Douglas Hanna of Help.com

    William Griggs
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Like most founders, you are probably looking to secure more customers, so you scale revenue. While this should be a top priority, it’s also important to think about how you are going to support your growing customer base before you face customer retention issues. With this in mind, I sought out the help of Douglas Hanna. Douglas is a member of INC Magazine’s 30 Under 30, helped run customer support at HostGator, and sold his last company for millions. Currently, Douglas is the CEO of Help.com. I sat down with Douglas to help you think more holistically about your customer support strategy…
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    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.
  • TRADIIO: ‘Invest’ In Your Favorite Artists. Literally.

    Ok, Intrnt
    31 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    Are you a music-lover? Do you like discovering new musicians? Do you support the emerging musicians that you love? We’ve… The post TRADIIO: ‘Invest’ In Your Favorite Artists. Literally. appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • The Lovechild Of Airbnb & Couchsurfing – Trampolinn

    Ok, Intrnt
    26 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Today on OK, Intrnt we speak to Hugo Allary, founder of Trampolinn – which is a lovechild of AirBnB and… The post The Lovechild Of Airbnb & Couchsurfing – Trampolinn appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
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    SnapMunk

  • 5 Ways To Increase Website Traffic

    SnapMunk
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
      Whether you’ve got money to spend or not a cent to spare, there are a lot of different ways you can increase traffic to your website. From increasing usability and improving your overall website look, to focusing your efforts on improving your internet presence, there is no shortage of tactics you can use to […] The post 5 Ways To Increase Website Traffic appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • HipChat vs Slack, which is right for you?

    SnapMunk
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
      Your company may be a startup or an long established company, but you want to choose the best communication software to keep everyone from developers, sales, and clients on the same page. There are multiple options out there, but one stands above the rest. You want to choose wisely and not have to migrate to […] The post HipChat vs Slack, which is right for you? appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Free Limited Edition SnapMunk T-Shirts!

    SnapMunk
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
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  • Worker Coops – The Pros & Cons

    Bit Logic
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
      In our last installment, we took a brief look at worker cooperatives as an alternative to traditional business structures and how they might be better at aligning the interests of the company and its employees. This time, we’ll dive a little deeper into the world of worker coops and examine their particular strengths and […] The post Worker Coops – The Pros & Cons appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • 10 Ways To Make Your Office Awesome

    SnapMunk
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
      As startup employees put in more and more time at the office, companies continue to come up with new and inventive ways to make that environment comfortable, convenient and fun. The key to creating a workspace that people want to work inside of is not an easy task. Here are 10 things employees love […] The post 10 Ways To Make Your Office Awesome appeared first on SnapMunk.
 
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  • 15 Strategies to Find a Technical Co-Founder for your Startup

    mrawesome
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Many new entrepreneurs often have an idea for a tech-oriented business, but not the required skills to turn their vision into reality. If learning to code is not for you and is something you’re dreaded by, you will need to find a co-founder that can make it happen. The reality of the situation is that […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Young Entrepreneurs Can Launch Their First Start-Up

    mrawesome
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    When most young people share their plans of starting their own business, you will not be hard-pressed to find those from the older generation raising one knowing eyebrow and making a wry smile. It takes more than talk to build a successful business from scratch and for those without much experience the challenges are magnified […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 14 Easy Time Management Strategies to Beat Procrastination

    mrawesome
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Do you know how to manage your time properly? Are you usually in a hurry or trying to get work done at the last minute? Do you often feel overwhelmed by all the tasks you need to accomplish? Truth of the matter is, these are issues many of us are facing, no matter who we […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 14 Strategies to Use When Pitching your Startup to the Press

    mrawesome
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    Being mentioned in the media is a big part of marketing, especially for a startup. However, you want to be presented in a positive way, one that will create the right image of your company. Plus, dozens of entrepreneurs are trying to pitch their startup, so you need an approach that will make you stand […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Strategies to Create Superfans for Your Brand

    mrawesome
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    While Superfans are not as common as regular fans and users, they are the most devoted and loyal followers that you can get. Take any music artist as an example: their superfans will buy every album, go to every possible show, make t-shirts and what not. They will love their idol and will go out […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EverythingStartup

  • Lemon School of Entrepreneurship & Us!

    Prathamesh Dastapure
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:10 am
    EverythtingStartup at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship Seminar!     EverythingStartup was at LSE,Lemon School of Entrepreneurship on it’s seminar day.A one of it’s kind school to promote and groom entrepreneurs.This Nagpur based school started by Deepak Menaria had it’s seminar from 21st – 24th June wherein a board of highly experienced entrepreneurs from all over the country guided candidates and even analyzed their potential and their passion for entrepreneurship. The aim of the seminar was to make people aware of upcoming schooling program for aspiring…
  • Medyog redefines the health care industry

    Prathamesh Dastapure
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Medyog all set to revolutionize health care industry.     A one of its kind startup dedicated to change how people look at health care services.They have a motive to bring transparency,convenience,spread awareness about preventable health care diseases and regular checkups. Over 5000 packages are available to choose from.Book appointments from home and get your samples and reports at your doorsteps.They have a motto to spread awareness that diseases are curable with appropriate measurements.Also that diagnosing life threatening diseases at early stage,ensure both financial and…
  • MyFirstCampus-A sigh of relief for engineers.

    Prathamesh Dastapure
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    MyFirstCampus:A platform for engineering graduates and freshers.     As the name suggests,they have made available job opportunities to engineering students and graduates at ease.Now no more hustling for the job,roaming around campuses to give interviews. MyFirstCampus has brought up a platform,one of its kind to help students apply for and get jobs they truly deserve.Also you can appear for their tests and get certified so that companies all over the country can harness your knowledge and skills. Get hired and get jobs you really deserve.Due to such a huge crowd of…
  • Startup Meet Pune by Weekend Ventures.

    Prathamesh Dastapure
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    The battle of the startups on June 13,2015!The Startup Meet.   Photo by fabola   Do not miss the opportunity to join the community and hustle to get your startup noticed.Battle along with many others to get venture capital and guidance from the leaders.Top entrepreneurs waiting to back ideas and startups who have the potential to bring the change.Get your startup pitched and get it running.   what is weekend ventures? Weekend Ventures organizes hackathons and startup meets for developers and tech startups across India.The events generally take place in Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad,…
  • Check if you have the hidden entrepreneur in you?

    Prathamesh Dastapure
    25 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    “Every child is an artist.The problem is to remain one”._Pablo Picasso   Photo by jonlclark   How wonderful the above statement is!Thus,accordingly it’s just the matter of what we choose as our identity.May be there’s still an entrepreneur hidden inside you,let’s check out the entrepreneurial traits.   1.Flexible at work Day,night,work counter,if any of these doesn’t matter you and does not affect the output of your work and all that matters is getting it done then you are quite flexible at work.This ensures the key qualities of…
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    Indianbizparty

  • Financial Tech Startup IndiaLends Raises Pre Series A From DSG Consumer Partners & Siddharth Parekh

    Nitin Kaushik
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    IndiaLends, Delhi-based financial technology startup has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-Series A round of funding led by VC firm DSG Consumer Partners and Siddharth Parekh in his individual capacity. IndiaLends plans to use the proceeds The post Financial Tech Startup IndiaLends Raises Pre Series A From DSG Consumer Partners & Siddharth Parekh appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • This app lets you see who unfriends you on Facebook

    yogesh Chhikara
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
    This new app will tell you who’s kicked you to the digital curb. The app, called Who Deleted Me for Facebook, makes a list of your current Facebook friends and tracks who removes you over The post This app lets you see who unfriends you on Facebook appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • 5 skills you should master before applying for a social media job

    Vikas Rathee
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Just a few years ago, the job title “social media manager” didn’t exist. Fast forward to today, andalmost every company has someone on staff who is responsible for social media. At smaller companies, the person The post 5 skills you should master before applying for a social media job appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Eatlo raises second round of angel funding from Powai Lake Ventures

    Vikas Rathee
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Bengaluru-based food-tech company Eatlo, has raised its second round of angel funding from Powai Lake Ventures, Abhishek Goyal of Tracxn Labs, and Globevestor to fuel its expansion plans in the city. The company has not The post Eatlo raises second round of angel funding from Powai Lake Ventures appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Trademark: An Important Registration Overlooked by Most Businesses

    Guest Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Many businesses are unaware of the most important registration for their business – a trademark for safeguarding the brand. Trademark registration is one of the most valuable registration for any business which can obtained both The post Trademark: An Important Registration Overlooked by Most Businesses appeared first on Indianbizparty.
 
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