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  • Strengths and Weaknesses – How They Impact Our Worlds

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    Aruni
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I read and took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment back in 2011, and what it told me my Top 5 strengths were seemed to make sense at the time, although I was surprised at what they call “Woo.”  I just joined a new company where strengths are valued, and I had the opportunity to take the assessment again, but this time it was the original version: Now, Discover Your Strengths(Amazon link). It’s a useful tool to help you understand yourself and others. Interestingly, two of my Top 5 strengths changed from the last time I took it.  The two that dropped out were Strategic and…
  • How Successful Companies Utilize Technology

    Young Upstarts
    Contributor
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by Jessica Oaks It’s no secret that technology plays a pivotal role in how businesses conduct daily operations and market themselves. The most successful companies are leveraging technological advancements to their advantage by interpreting data to strategically build a customer’s purchasing experience, improving life with innovation, and increasing brand visibility via digital platforms. Cloud Computing & Synced Device Technology. A large movement towards cloud computing and synced-device technology is well underway. As the world becomes increasingly mobile, businesses that stay…
  • How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    Matthew Toren
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra Entrepreneurs looking to launch their startups are often faced with myriad difficult decisions, chief among them being the question of seed financing. If you’ve ever found yourself asking, “How can I fund this?” or “Can I fund this on my own, while I’m still holding my current job?” the answer is yes—you absolutely can. Vasu Akula and his two cofounders launched Voziq in late 2011 with one simple goal in mind: to help companies who purchase advanced analytics and business intelligence solutions better…
  • 10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup

    Startup Professionals Musings
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve always wondered who started the urban myth that the best way to start a company is to come up with a great idea, and then find some professional investors to give you a pot of money to build a company. In my experience, that’s actually the worst way to start, for reasons I will outline here, and also the least common way, according to an authoritative survey of new startups. Based on the Startup Environment Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom a while back, personal money, or bootstrapping, continues to be the primary startup funding source. Eighty percent of new…
  • 6 Steps to Building an MVP

    TheFunded Founder Institute News
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For many founders, creating a functioning prototype of their product and substantiating its usefulness may seem like a daunting task. However, would you believe that this can be achieved in only six steps? Mark Geene, the CEO and co-founder of Cloud Elements, certainly thinks so. Check out the guest post below for a simple plan on how any founder can build a minimum viable product quickly and effectively. Mark Geene is also a Mentor for the Denver Founder Institute. The blog post “6 Steps to Building an MVP”, has been published with his permission below: When getting your startup…
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    Fast Company

  • Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Leaked Plans: "I Felt Like I Was Going To Cry"

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The 24-year-old CEO is not happy with the Sony leaks.Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton sits on Snapchat's board. Which, in the wake of Sony's massive leaks, has not been good news for Snapchat's private business affairs.Read Full Story
  • Hello, 1999: BlackBerry Turns Back Clock With Classic QWERTY Phone

    David Matthews
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    All your QWERTY keyboard dreams come true.BlackBerry fans, rejoice! Mobile users who miss BlackBerry's physical keyboard are in luck, as the phone maker has finally launched the Classic, a smartphone with a full, physical QWERTY keyboard and navigation keys to go along with its 3.5-inch touch-screen display.Read Full Story
  • Firefox To World: Can You Spare A Dime?

    John Paul Titlow
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Mozilla is trying to figure out where its cash is going to come from in the future.'Tis the season for generosity. And if that's the vibe you're feeling, an old friend wants you to know that your hard-earned cash is always welcome in its coffers. From now until the end of the year, Firefox is asking users of its 10-year-old browser to chip in to keep things running smoothly.Read Full Story
  • Twitter, Foursquare To Partner On Location-Based Features: Report

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A source tells Business Insider that Twitter is reportedly looking to kick its location-based features into overdrive.On paper, Twitter and Foursquare might seem like unlikely bedfellows. But a new report from Business Insider suggests that Twitter is considering a partnership with Foursquare to power a new rung of location-based features.Read Full Story
  • Attention Extroverts: Your Introverted Coworkers Are Quietly Judging You

    Chris Gayomali
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    A study from Oregon State University found that introverts rate their extroverted colleagues as worse performers.In your head you're probably a model employee. You show up on time, inbox zero is a real possibility, and you somehow still make time to float around desk to desk to chat it up with your colleagues. People like you! As they should.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Deezer partners with LyricFind to let users see words to songs as they stream

    Chris O'Brien
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Deezer today announced that it has added a new lyrics feature to its streaming music service through a partnership with LyricFind. “Our team of transcribers have been capturing and time-stamping lyrics literally for years,” said LyricFind chief executive Darryl Ballantine, in a press release. “We are excited to be launching this with a brand that is as international as we are. This is a huge day for music fans.” Starting today, users can touch a button on Deezer to pick between ‘sing-a-long’ or ‘score mode.’ The first provides a synchronized view of the words…
  • The top 10 most edited Wikipedia articles of 2014 contain a few surprises

    Paul Sawers
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    Following on from the likes of Bing, Spotify, Google, and Facebook‘s retrospective look back at the year gone, the Wikimedia Foundation has embarked on its first foray into year-in-reviews with the launch of a crowdsourced video. The skit was compiled using images and videos from Wikipedia users in less than two months, with a budget of next-to-nothing. “We had to get creative to make this happen, we couldn’t just throw money at it,” explains the Wikimedia Foundation’s video producer, Victor Grigas in a blog post. “This video was made with everyday tools: a…
  • Amazon launches Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service kicking off in Manhattan

    Paul Sawers
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    Forget same-day deliveries, Amazon is rolling out a new service called Prime Now that promises to narrow down delivery slots to one-hour on “tens of thousands of daily essentials.” As its name suggests, Prime Now is only open to Prime subscribers, which costs $99 a year. Additionally, it’s only open in Manhattan, New York, for now though more cities will be added in 2015. The e-commerce giant has been gradually introducing its same-day delivery service on so-called “essentials” to more and more cities, but you still could be waiting many hours for your items to…
  • Here’s why messaging apps are such a big deal

    Dave Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Facebook spent around $22 billion to buy WhatsApp in February. It even offered at least $3 billion to acquire Snapchat, even though CEO Evan Spiegel turned it down. So why are messaging apps such a big deal, anyway? Here’s why: Based on Experian data charted for us by BI Intelligence, the average smartphone owner spends roughly an hour (58 minutes, to be precise) on their phone each day, but more than half of that time (55 percent) is spent communicating in one way or another: talking (26 percent), texting (20 percent), and emailing (9 percent). Many messaging apps are hoping to…
  • Why subscription business models will transform every industry

    Tom Cheredar
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    GUEST:“In short, software is eating the world.” — Marc Andreessen, 2011 What Marc said then is even truer now. Three years later and you can see the results of the software transformation across essentially every industry. Look at what technology has done for (or to, depending on your perspective) the publishing industry, for example. We’ve moved from reading hardcover books and daily newspapers to consuming bestsellers and today’s headlines on apps and e-readers. And that’s just a slice of this. A tiny one. It can’t be disputed — software’s eaten the world, and as such, so…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • BTXDeals Is An Online Marketplace For Blowing Bitcoin

    Natasha Lomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
     Got some Bitcoin burning a hole in your virtual wallet? There’s an online marketplace for that… U.K.-based BTXDeals.com has just launched an e-tail website where sellers are offering goods and services to buy with Bitcoin. Read More
  • SparkLabs Global Ventures Invests in the UK’s Code Kingdoms and Seoul’s MangoPlate

    Catherine Shu
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
     SparkLabs Global Ventures, which makes seed-stage investments in startups around the world, announced today that it has provided funding for two startups, Code Kingdoms and MangoPlate. Read More
  • GameAnalytics Scores $5.5M Series A, Hires Ex-Aol European MD As CEO

    Steve O'Hear
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
     GameAnalytics, a free analytics platform for games developers, has leveled-up its funding. The Copenhagen-headquartered startup, which also has a sales office in London and a development hub in Berlin, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round. Read More
  • Korean E-Book Platform Ridibooks Raises $8M Series B

    Catherine Shu
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
     Ridibooks, which claims to be South Korea’s largest e-book vendor, announced that it has raised a $8 million Series B to improve its user experience and reach new customers. Investors include NeoPlux, which led the round, Company K, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, and Atinum Investment. Read More
  • AnandTech Sells To Publisher Purch To Grow Its Tech And Hardware Reviews Site

    Jon Russell
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 pm
     AnandTech, the brilliantly super techie blog founded by recent Apple hire Anand Shimpi, has left the independent media club* after announcing its sale to Purch, the publishing company behind fellow tech sites Tom’s Hardware and Laptop Mag. AnandTech made its name as an authority for in-depth hardware reviews, but branched out into mobile, software and general tech news over the… Read More
 
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  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
  • Early stage capital in EU vs US

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've covered this topic before, obviously, but this seemed like an excellent article, worth linking to. In short, things haven't changed much since I posted those articles 4 years ago: European VCs are still slow to respond, slow to make decisions, risk-averse, overly focused on formalities like business plans, etc. But that doesn’t deter European investors from requesting a full deck, including a three-year business plan as a prerequisite to any form of conversation. If your path to profitability is not already proven, you will have a hard time getting as much as a phone call. From what I…
  • I don't know

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

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
 
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  • Khosla Ventures looks to raise $400M seed fund

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    The firm also filed earlier this year to raise a $1 billion fundKhosla Ventures, one of the biggest and most well-known venture capital firms, is getting ready to raise a new seed fund, according to documents filed with the Securies and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The total size of the fund, called Khosla Ventures Seed C, will be $400 million. Listed in the filing are partners Vinod Khosla, Keith Rabois, Samir Kaul, and David Weiden. Back in June, the firm filed with the SEC to raise a $1 billion fund, called Khosla Ventures V. That…
  • Snapchat's Spiegel angrily responds to leaked e-mails

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    CEO says he's "angry" and "devastated" but vows to "keep doing exactly what we are doing"Last night it was revealed that the Sony hacking scandal had reached Snapchat,  through Michael Lynton, who is Sony Entertainment CEO, and a Snapchat board member. Specifically, e-mails revealed two purchases that the company has  made: Vergence Labs, a company that is working on a Google Glass-like device called Epiphany Eyewear, for $15 million, and Scan.me, a QR scanning and iBeacon startup, for $50 million. It also revealed that the company was in talks to bring music to…
  • After India scandals, Uber beefs up safety features

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Uber partners with RAINN and hires Tim Collins to build out Safety Incident ResponseOf all the scandals that Uber has endured in the last few months, the worst, by far, have been the questions over safety and the background checks it does on its drivers. An incident in New Delhi earlier this month, where a passenger was allegedly raped by a driver, caused the service to be banned in that city, as well as Hyderabad, and called into serious question how safe Uber really is.  Uber has been described as an ethically challenged company by many, but if an executive…
  • Sean Parker gives $24M for new allergy research center

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Parker himself suffers from severe food allergies, which affect around 40% of the world populationI don't know what it is, but there seems to be something about being close to Facebook that leads people to give money to philanthropy and education. Not only people in the company itself, but those it has acquired and those who have invested in it. Or, you know, it could just be a big coincidence. The latest Facebook adjacent person to donate money is Napster co-founder, Facebook investor and man who had Justin Timberlake play him in a movie, Sean Parker, who revealed on Wednesday…
  • Leaked Sony emails reveal two secret Snapchat purchases

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Snapchat has also been talking about possibly breaking into the music spaceSo the giant Sony leak took a bit of a dark turn today, eh? I liked it better when the story was about snarky e-mails between Hollywood bigwigs, not death threats. That being said, please, everyone, go see the Interview. Just buy a ticket; you don't even have to go see it. It's too important that we don't let idiotic bullies threaten us, and force us to bend to their will, just because they don't like something. That's not the American way, and we should all push back on it.  Sorry, I had to do that. The whole…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

    Steve
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015 Below is our 8th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends List. Click here to see last year’s list and for links to the lists from prior years.  2015 Technology Trends The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. While each is important and powerful on its own – and both have been listed individually multiple times in our top 10 lists from prior years - their growing convergence is amplifying their impact and fundamentally altering how business is done. 1.  Cloud…
  • Ford's 2015 Consumer Trends

    Steve
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    It's predictions season and lots of 2015 trends, forecasts and predictions lists are being released. I'll be covering several of these lists inc the coming weeks. We'll also be releasing our 8th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list tomorrow.   Starting our prediction season coverage is a look at Ford Motor Company's Looking Further With Ford 2015 Trends report.  Ford's been doing annual trend reports for several years. Their reports are glossy and very well written. Their trends lists tend are consumer focused and mainstream - so don't expect to be…
  • Drones, 2nd Order Effects & Technology Forecasting

    Steve
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Now, Anyone Can Buy a Drone. Heaven Help Us covers the growing use of drones by what the article calls "troublemakers and pranksters".   Key quote: As the price of drones has fallen and sales have risen, the machines have emerged as central characters in stunts from the puckish to the criminal. In recent months, drone pilots have tried to smuggle contraband into prisons and disrupt sporting events at stadiums. Animal rights groups have turned to drones to stalk hunters as the hunters stalk wildlife. And in France, more than a dozen…
  • Truck-Based Commerce Continues to Expand

    Steve
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Shops on Wheels, but the Goods aren't Sold From the Trunk covers the growing trend towards trucks being used as mobile retail/service outlets. The article features the fashion truck Nomad, which we covered last year in our article The Rise of Fashion Trucks, as well as Bootleg, which we covered several years ago in our article The Advantages of Truck-Based Commerce.  The key article quote goes to the heart of why mobile retail is becoming more popular - lower costs and risks - and comes from the founder of Nomad: “I had very briefly considered opening a…
  • Portland's Artisans

    Steve
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Portland Made Collective is an association of Portland-based Makers, artisans and manufacturers. It promotes its members and their products through media and marketing support, public education, promotional events and retail sales.   They recently conducted a membership survey which yielded a lot of interesting results. The full report can be accessed here. Some of the key findings include: Most of the firms are young: 82% have been in operation 10 years or less and 63% five years or less. Most of the firms are small: Only 12% had revenues greater than $1…
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    Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings

  • Captivology Pre Order

    Ben Parr
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Tweet Pre Order Your Copy of Captivology Today! Pre Order Here
  • Watch Bill Gates Try to Explain the Internet to David Letterman in 1995

    Ben Parr
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Tweet Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  
  • My thoughts on TMZ’s iPhone “Scoop” on CNBC [VIDEO]

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

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

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

  • Turn your problems into products that companies are eager to buy – with Todd Krizelman

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Todd Krizelman 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 Turn your problems…
  • Master Class: How to launch (and price) your product – with Ryan Delk

    ArieSaint
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ryan Delk has helped all kinds of entrepreneurs launch their products. “We work with a lot of different types of creators,” says Ryan, the head of growth and business development at Gumroad. “We work with independent creators who don’t have an agent, and we work with really well-known people in the entertainment space, as well.” So early on, Ryan tested a lot of marketing tactics that sounded great, but just didn’t generate sales. But he also learned what does work. “The cool thing is that we’ve seen this work for every single type of creator and every single…
  • Why you shouldn’t give up on an idea just because it’s being done – with Joshua Parkinson

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Joshua Parkinson This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Sponsored by Lead Pages – Lead Pages took my most successful page and turned it into a product that you can use—which magically converts strangers into leads. So if you want to use the page that I use to collect email addresses, check out AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. It will work on your site no matter what your site is built on. Even if you have no site, you…
  • How an ex-paratrooper built an $8M/yr translation company – with Grant Straker

    Andrew Khalili
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Grant Straker Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there Freedom Fighters. My name is Andrew Warner. I’m the founder of Mixergy.com, home of the ambitious upstart. And this is a place where I’ve done over 1,000 in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs about how they built their businesses. I want to really emphasize that in-depth part. I know that there are a lot of people who just have casual conversations. I know there are…
  • A founder with a startup process you can replicate – with Garrett Moon

    Andrew Khalili
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
      Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Garrett Moon Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there freedom fighters. My name is Andrew Warner. I am the founder of Mixergy.com, home of the Ambitious Upstart. I’ve done over 1,000 interviews here and you might have noticed that the thing that gets me the most excited is seeing entrepreneurs who have a process that they use for building their businesses, a process that they could describe to us so that we can learn from it.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Dr. Robert C. Robbins - Texas Medical Center

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Russ visits with cardiac surgeon Dr. Bobby Robbins, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. The various medical institutions that make up the Medical Center have collaborated to grow this medical “city” into the largest complex of its kind in the world. But times have changed and the Medical Center has changed with them. Commercializing the many areas of intellectual property generated by the members of this world-class complex is complicated—and Dr. Robbins has a plan. Think “startup accelerator.”
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Monica Silva

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Brand ambassadors can be your greatest allies. Robin Tooms interviews Monica Silva, team lead of internal communications at Phillips 66.
  • School of Business 12/13/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that is built for business—and for entrepreneurs who build business. There’s a lot of negativity out there, but we’re sticking by our faith in free enterprise and innovation. Includes: our Quote of the Week—a clever observation from Mark Twain; This Week in Business History includes diverse topics like the Boston Tea Party, elastic suspenders and The Supremes; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Women Mean Business - Omana Abraham

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Do little girls dream of becoming rug merchants? Leisa Holland-Nelson asks Omana Abraham, founder and co-owner of Abraham’s Rugs.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Russ Capper

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Karen Love
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Karen Love, director of practice growth, continues her discussion with Russ Capper about the show’s successes and how it has evolved as it nears the 500th episode.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • The Best Free Apps and Online Tools for Entrepreneurs and Obsessive Collectors

    Candice Landau
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    As we head toward the new year, you’re likely thinking about setting goals and getting things organized. To help you prep, I’ve collated a list of tools—for both web and mobile devices—that have helped me and others get things done, save time, and work more productively. I should preface this list by saying that I... The post The Best Free Apps and Online Tools for Entrepreneurs and Obsessive Collectors appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement

    Matt Kaufman
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    An operating agreement is the document that sets the rules for your LLC. You’ll be able to choose your management structure, lay out who’s responsible for what, and many other important issues. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create your own LLC operating agreement, what you should include, and where you’ll need to... The post A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recap]

    Jonathan Michael
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    To grow a business, most entrepreneurs know that they should be implementing PR strategies. But where do you start, and what are the best approaches to public relations for an entrepreneur? For this webinar, we were joined by Jennefer Witter, CEO and founder of the Boreland Group, and author of the new book, “The Little... The post Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recap] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Target Marketing 101 [Infographic]

    Jonathan Michael
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    The term “target marketing” has been around for decades, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows what it is or how to apply it to their business. If you’re just starting out, or if marketing your business has been something that you do without fully understanding it, then getting a grasp on target marketing will... The post Target Marketing 101 [Infographic] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Content Marketing Lessons SMBs Can Learn from Big Name Brands

    Brittany Klontz
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    For small business owners who are not 100% up to speed on the online marketing world, all this talk of content marketing may be a little confusing. Your business is online, and you’re on board the social media marketing bandwagon, surely that’s enough to keep up with your competition? Perhaps it is. But who wants... The post Content Marketing Lessons SMBs Can Learn from Big Name Brands appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • How Public Is Your Private Information? [Infographic]

    Camila Souza
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    We share way too much personal information online. Sometimes, information that is not meant to be public is made without us even noticing. Even when we think we are being careful with our online data, but even some basic searches can piece your private life together. Want to know how? Check out this infographic:     How Public Is Your Private Information? [Infographic] by the team at Quality Nonsense Ltd  
  • Circa Announces the Most Followed News of 2014

    Will Schmidt
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Ever since they decided to build for mobile first Circa has been the leading media organization that’s totally optimized for mobile news. Today they announced to the world the most followed news stories of 2014. Per their app data, via the ‘Follow’ feature, Circa’s list reflects the stories that readers cared the most about. When using ‘Follow’, a reader is basically saying, “Yes, I want to keep up with this news bite as the story unfolds.” What’s interesting about Circa’s list this year is that many of the top 10 were ongoing stories that unfolded with updates daily,…
  • PocketQube’s 5cm Satellites Allow Low-Cost Access to Space

    Will Schmidt
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There’s a company in Glasgow, Scotland making the smallest spacecraft to have ever successfully flown to, and operated in, orbit. PocketQube Shop, the company behind these satellites, recently announced the release of a read to use kit, the PocketQube Kit, to their online shop. As it stands, the PocketQube satellites are standard 5cm cubes, and the Kit contains the main building blocks for any small budget satellite project. It features a radio board, an on board computer, and a Labsat development board to test different electronics boards: the base version starts at $5,999 and offers…
  • Here’s the Hilarious Final Episode of the Serial Podcast [VIDEO]

    Ronald Barba
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Okay, it’s not actually the real last episode of Serial, but a hilarious parody of the Serial podcast that was created by Funny or Die. Unless you haven’t been paying attention to your personal Facebook feed, or if you’re otherwise isolated from the rest of society in some other way, then you’re probably freaking out about the final episode of Serial – the wildly popular podcast produced by WBEZ Chicago and created by the geniuses behind This American Life. Set to come out tomorrow, Serial’s conclusion will somehow provide its large audience with some kind…
  • “Carol Of The Bells” Played On Vintage Computers is Epic [Video]

    Camila Souza
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hurray! I found my new ringtone for the rest of the holiday season! What happens when you piece together a composition of the classic Christmas song “Carol of the Bells” using vintage computers that remind me of elementary school (okay, middle school)? You get this awesome video released by The Glasgow School of Art. They broke out a collection of vintage Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1 and a SEGA Mega Drive and blooped this holiday classic. Watch “Carol of the Bells” on vintage computers (more like carol of the beeps):
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  • Key Strategies for Overcoming Job Search Stress

    Ken Sundheim
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:28 am
    "Those who do not know how to fight worry die young." - Dr. Alexis Carrel.   The effects of letting anxiety control you include less life-or-death level consequences, too, including negative effects on career.  The career detriments of uncontrolled anxiety and worry emerge most clearly during a job transition.     Regardless of experience,
  • BYD Responds To Record Stock Plunge; Chairman Wang Chuanfu Loses $820 Mil In Hours

    Heng Shao
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    Share price of BYD, a Chinese electric cars company backed by Warren Buffett, has seen a wild swing in the afternoon trading hours on Thursday. The stock closed at HKD 25.05 per share, down 28.8% from the opening price of HKD 36.2 per share. At the peak the shares were down
  • Unicorn Hunting Is Not The Only Way To Make Money In Venture Capital

    Todd Hixon
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    The U.S. venture industry has been fascinated by “Unicorns” (companies with a $1 billion exit or private valuation), believing that all the money is made by investors who find Unicorns. Analysis shows that, to a surprising extent, Unicorns don’t drive outsize returns for the funds that made the investment.
  • 8 Savvy Tax Tips & Extenders For Year-End

    Robert W. Wood
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Year-end means tax moves, and the 'Extenders' just added new reasons to act tax savvy before New Years.
  • A New Approach to Ocean Pollution

    Skoll World Forum
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    How much plastic do you think is in the ocean? Just last week, a paper was published that estimates 5.25 trillion plastic particles, weighing about 269,000 tons, are floating in the ocean. This news helps confirm what many scientists have been saying for years: that plastic pollution in the ocean isn’t just in the famous “garbage patches” – it’s everywhere.
 
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  • 6 Ways That Lack Of Focus Can Kill Your Business

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all. Focus is the art of limiting your scope to the key function that really matters for the majority of customers. YouTube did it with videos, Instagram did it with photos, and Amazon did it with books. Many of the business plans I have seen as an investor, like trying to integrate all the social media features of Facebook,…
  • 10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve always wondered who started the urban myth that the best way to start a company is to come up with a great idea, and then find some professional investors to give you a pot of money to build a company. In my experience, that’s actually the worst way to start, for reasons I will outline here, and also the least common way, according to an authoritative survey of new startups. Based on the Startup Environment Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom a while back, personal money, or bootstrapping, continues to be the primary startup funding source. Eighty percent of new…
  • 10 Tough Quandaries That Lead Entrepreneurs Astray

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup Founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. People may jump into the lifestyle to be their own boss, achieve great wealth, start a new trend, or all the above. The dilemma is that these goals are usually mutually exclusive. For example, is the person who starts a new trend likely to be the one who controls it through the growth phase? In a famous study of 212 new ventures a few years ago, Harvard professor Noam Wasserman found that half the…
  • 10 Actions That Highlight You As A Business Leader

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    People who have been followers too long as an employee don’t realize how hard it is to be a leader. Every new entrepreneur has to initiate the right actions to be perceived as a leader in their chosen business domain by their team and by their customers, or the road to success and satisfaction will be lost along the way. Driving these actions are some basic principles that entrepreneurial leaders, such as Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Evernote CEO Phil Libin, seem to have learned early. These have helped them build trust and confidence among team members, and effectively sell their message to…
  • 7 Ways A Business Message Gets Lost In The Process

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating. Fortunately these skills can be learned, and the barriers to communication can be overcome one by one. Founders have to communicate their ideas and products to investors, business partners, and the rest of the team. Then, hopefully, come customers, distribution channels, and going public or merging with an attractive buy-out…
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  • Cold Calls - Do Vendors Research You Before Calling? (Nope)

    Peter E. Cohan
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I am amazed at how many vendors cold-call me, without doing ANY prior research on me or my company.  A little web searching (very little, frankly) would have revealed that I am NOT a good prospect for these vendors.  In spite of that, they call to talk about their products and services (“Hey, we’ve just had a new release and I want to tell you all about it!  It’s all about us, and nothing about you…”).  Most callers offer a demo of their offering, nearly right away – and very frequently offer a free trial or evaluation.  I often take them up on their…
  • Great Demo! and Stunningly Awful Demos Articles - What Have You Missed?

    Peter E. Cohan
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hi All,Here’s the current list of articles on demos in case you’ve missed any, organized by topic.  They are available on this website the Articles page (www.SecondDerivative.com/Articles.html).  Each article has its own page and a link to a downloadable PDF version.  Feel free to forward them on to others, as well.If you have ideas or suggestions for new articles, please let me know.  I’ll list a few candidates at the bottom – you can vote for the ones you’d like to see!The “Stunningly Awful Demos” Series (a perennial favorite!)Stunningly Awful Sales…
  • Fabulous Recorded Demos – Is This Possible? (Yes!)

    Peter E. Cohan
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Until recently, I have generally cautioned against using recorded demos (e.g., from AutoDemo) in marketing and sales processes, as it is unlikely that one recorded demo will fit the broad range of customers’ interests.  However, a bright young company has created a wonderful offering that enables recorded demos to automatically be tailored to address specific customers’ interests – really well done!  Check out DemoChimp at www.DemoChimp.com.
  • Podcast “You’re Doing Your Demo Backwards…!”

    Peter E. Cohan
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Here’s a link to a podcast with Tom Cooper of the BrightHill Group (http://brighthillgroup.com) discussing some key demo ideas:  http://brighthillgroup.com/geeks-youre-demo-backwards/Tom writes a delightful blog and offers services beautifully aligned with Great Demo! – Tom is all about “Helping Geeks Communicate With and Influence Others”.The podcast discusses the horrors of traditional demos and suggests a handful of solutions to make demos more engaging, more compelling, and more focused on the customers’ needs, issues, and interests.
  • Demo Tip: Application Toolbars – Start Hidden

    Peter E. Cohan
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Many software products offer a set of toolbars or palettes that are specific to the application.  I suggest starting your demos with these hidden, when possible, to reduce the apparent complexity of the offering.  I recently saw a demo where the presenter started with a “clean page” surrounded by no fewer than 5 icon-rich toolbars – looked pretty complicated to me…!  Interestingly, he only used 2 of the 5 toolbars during the course of the demo.  The 3 extra toolbars reduced the available screen real-estate and added to the perception of making the product look too…
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  • Who are You and How does this Influence your Entrepreneurial Journey?

    mollyvyoung
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    The entrepreneurial journey is an intensely personal one. No fooling here. Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you that they live and breathe their work. At times they say that it feels like there is no separation. So any conversation about entrepreneurship ought to start in that place: Who you are and how you move from there. Here are some thoughts for the roller coaster ride you may be on or are considering. Know yourself This is really a starting point for life. Socrates said it well: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. It may sound harsh, but I find it encouraging. Because…
  • How to Think Big: An Entrepreneur’s 3 Step Guide

    kathykormanfrey
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Professor and Author Jim Collins took the stage at a Direct Selling Association conference. The room, a mix of entrepreneurs and corporate executives, populated the large ballroom. Major leaders  such as Pampered Chef, Avon, and Amway peppered the crowd. The industry also welcomed newer, trend-setting companies including Stella & Dot and Origami Owl. The words Collins shared united the audience, because it had to do with potential. Could we all rise from “Good…to Great?” Our companies…and ourselves? It’s the age-old question: Are we reaching our potential? Can we dream the big…
  • 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Applications Open!

    mollyvyoung
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation opens the scholarship application process for the class of 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards. Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2014. Each year, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur program offers non-renewable scholarships that recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative with college scholarship, ranging in value from $1,000 to $15,000. The program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and…
  • 2014 Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs – Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winners

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

    kathykormanfrey
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This post, affectionately known as “Jedi Mind Control for Over Achievers” will teach you solutions that work for actual entrepreneurs. Whether you’re an educator, a young entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur, balancing multiple priorities is a reality. A much needed skill is HOW to effectively balance these priorities, but, it’s not a class in school. So, here, we lay out some proven solutions.   #1 Engage in 27 Minutes of Mindfulness a Day. Summary: Your Brain will Expand if you More Effectively Manage Stress, and Shink if you Don’t. In New York Times Best…
 
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  • Quantenna Raises $22M For High Performance Wi-Fi

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Fremont-bsaed Quantenna, which dvelops high performance, wireless chipsets for the Wi-Fi market, has raised $22M more in a funding round, the company said today.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Mattermark Gets $6.5M

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    San Francisco-based Mattermark, which offers up an online venture capital tracking database to investors, has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Piccing Finds $3.6M For Social Shopping

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    San Francisco- and Zurich-based Piccing, which develops social shopping apps and services, said yesterday that it has raised $3.6M in a funding round. Names of the company's investors were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Lending Club: More Than $1B Raised In IPO

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    San Francisco-based Lending Club said Tuesday that its IPO topped more than $1 billion raised, after the exercise of an over-allotment option by its underwriters. Lending Club said it sold a total of 66,700,000 shares of its stock at $15.00 per share, resulting in a total of over $1.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Yahoo Completes BrightRoll Buy

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sunnyvale-based Yahoo has completed its acquisition of programmatic video advertising company Brightroll, the two said this week. According to Yahoo, the buy is expected to add net revenues of $100M in 2014.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • Startups, Be Financially Prepared Before Leasing Office Space

    Bryan Menell
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    One of the biggest mistakes startups make when looking to lease office space is not being financially prepared. Just like a bank, Landlords want to be reassured that you qualify financially before leasing you office space, especially in hot markets like Austin, Tx. Gathering this info and positioning your company to look financially strong takes more time than you think so make sure you do this well in advance of beginning the office space search process. By doing this you will not only gain the Landlord's confidence but you will also increase your chances of getting office lease concessions…
  • Experiment Engine Closes $1M Seed Round

    Bryan Menell
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Experiment Engine, an Austin-based SaaS start-up, proudly announces the close of a $1 million seed round. Founder Collective, based in NY and Boston, joined the seed stage round with other notable support from Texas-based Mercury Fund. Two former E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients also participated: Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign, and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Indeed.com.
  • Infocyte Raises $500K for Assessment Platform that Determines If a Network Has Been Hacked

    Bryan Menell
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Infocyte, Inc., a San Antonio-based cyber security startup, has secured $500k in additional seed funding to accelerate development of its’ assessment platform, Pulse. Led by Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners, the funding will be used to expand Infocyte’s development team ahead of their planned 1st Quarter 2015 product launch.
  • WP Engine and Facebook Combine to Enhance Speed, Stability and Performance for HHVM

    Bryan Menell
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    There has been a new technological advancement for PHP developers and the developer community as a whole. For the very first time PHP and HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine), an open-source project created by Facebook, can now run side-by-side on the same server, vastly increasing speed, performance and stability for websites in production environments. By doing so, modern websites and applications with dynamic content built on HHVM can see an average response time increase of 560%.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour Dec 4th

    Bryan Menell
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    When you feel the chill in the air, you know the end of the year is approaching. We are kicking off the holiday party season with our December 4th happy hour at The Dogwood. Come celebrate a fantastic year for the Austin technology community with a frosty beverage and some great networking.
 
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  • 7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

    Pamela Slim
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business. The legal mistakes can be especially egregious, and costly. I want to emphatically recommend that you follow Rachel’s advice. It will not only protect you from risk, it will make your business much stronger and more enduring. Enjoy her advice, and cover your assets! -Pam —- “Your body of work is…
  • How to think like a marketer and sell like a superstar – interview with John Jantsch

    Pamela Slim
    27 May 2014 | 3:59 pm
    When I first started writing about small business marketing many years ago, one of the first people I heard about was John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing. John had a great reputation, a solid business and a well-respected and highly trafficked blog. I referred many clients to his first book, Duct Tape Marketing. Then to his second, The Referral Engine, and his third, The Commitment Engine. Through the years, we became good friends, and he has been a very trusted and valued mentor in my own business. I was thrilled that he wrote a new book, this time about selling, called Duct Tape Selling. I…
  • Scaling up Excellence: An interview with Stanford professor Bob Sutton

    Pamela Slim
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Many entrepreneurs dream of starting a business in their garage, scaling it, then selling it to Google for a billion dollars. Such things rarely happen. But scaling happens every day, in our career, our business or our workplace. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves, share our ideas, and put in systems and infrastructure that will grow our organizations without destroying that which made them great. Stanford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao describe in their exceptionally well-researched and readable new book, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less…
  • Celebrating the body of work of my clients in 2013

    ssanders
    31 Dec 2013 | 7:52 am
    Happy New Year’s Eve! 2013 has been a very special year for me. In addition to working with some amazing people, traveling to great events and having fun with my family, I wrote a brand new book, Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together that I believe will define my own body of work (pun intended!) for the next ten years. Here is the book trailer created by my awesome friends at Simplifilm. Today is the last day to get preorder goodies, including an all-expense paid trip to Phoenix to get a consulting day with me where we work intensively on your career or…
  • Search for good stories and good stories will search for you

    Pamela Slim
    27 Dec 2013 | 1:43 pm
    Any professional journalist will tell you that maintaining an objective point of view is a critical part of telling an accurate and interesting story. Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker maintained this principle when he went in search of an interesting story about someone on the #19 bus line in Boston. He found it, through the help of Emmett Folgert, who runs the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, in the story of George and Johnny Huynh, who traveled on the #19 bus from their rough neighborhood into Boston Charter School, which Billy called “one of the great symbols of hope” in the…
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  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself Be true to yourself You can only be yourself, everybody else is taken Be You I can go on and also I agree with most of the statements but with a caveat. If you want to feel good about yourself and exercise freedom of speech or freedom of expression then go ahead by all means. Nobody can stop you. But… If you are thinking of meaningful accomplishments, the above theory paints only half the picture. There is a blind spot to avoid with the above approach and if…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
  • How to Handle Thankless Assignments

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
  • What is a real missed opportunity?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of my favorite quotes is actually an African proverb. It goes like this: When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to understand and equally easy to forget, unfortunately. With that in the background, let’s get to answering the question we started with: What is a real missed opportunity? In short, the “real missed opportunity” is your inability to proactively help people in your network to accelerate the pursuit of their dreams. Let me explain… Let’s take an example of John. He is a member of your network and someone you have known for…
  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
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  • Ecommerce Trend: Keep Your Eyes on Visual Search

    Linda Bustos
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    Visual search technology is one of the most exciting trends in ecommerce. Though the tech isn’t new (Zappos had this feature in 2009 and Google bought Like.com in 2010), it’s finding new life in ecommerce websites and mobile apps, with retail heavyweights Macy’s and Neiman Marcus launching visual search apps for mobile this month.Why should ecommerce professionals care about visual search?Advantage over keyword-based searchVisual search “reads” images to identify color, shape, size and proportions, even text to identify brand and product names. This offers an…
  • 7 Ways to Design Home Pages Without Rotating Banners

    Linda Bustos
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Last week we trashed the trend of using rotating banners on home pages. You may recall, roughly half of top online retailers use them despite how despised they are by conversion optimization and usability testing experts.But if you don’t use a rotating carousel, the heck are you supposed to put on the home page??!!How about these approaches?Put the user in controlSymantec uses a header, but not only allows the user to control it (it doesn’t auto-scroll), there is context provided around what the other slides are about. The user can scan them like a navigation menu, vs. just…
  • The Tablet Commerce Barometer [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    This week’s infographic focuses on tablet commerce, courtesy of ContentSquare.Click to enlarge infographicTweetablesThe avg tablet page is 11K pixels high, 3x larger than desktop pages Tweet thisThe avg tablet page loads in 10s vs 6s for desktop pages Tweet this35% of tablet users only visit one page Tweet this50% of tablet users reach at least one product page Tweet this3.5% of tablet shoppers reach a cart page, 1.2% complete purchase Tweet thisThe average tablet shopper visits 5x before ordering Tweet thisTablet shoppers spend an average of 18 minutes on an ecommerce site Tweet…
  • Ecommerce Trend: Persuasive Calls to Action

    Linda Bustos
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Rule #1 of Web usability = “don’t make me think.”But when it comes to persuasion, making users think twice is worth breaking rules for.Instead of “No, thanks” as the opt-out call-to-action, these sites are communicating what opting out really means…Conversion XL“No thanks, I design websites that are unpersuasive.”Artbeads“No thanks, I don’t like salesRunner’s WorldZDNet“No thanks, I want my competitors to know first.”Tipsy Elves“No thanks, I’m a grinch.”Something to A/B test in 2015?
  • 47% of Ecommerce Sites Commit This Usability SNAFU

    Linda Bustos
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    Despite its condemnation by conversion optimizations at conference after conference, merchandisers and Web designers love, love, love their home page carousels.“At the recent Conversion Conference in Chicago, about 25% of the speakers mentioned carousels — of those, 100% condemned them.” — Harrison JonesTo see just how rampant this practice is across top online retailers, I personally visited each of Baymard Institute’s top 100 ecommerce sites ranked by checkout usability performance. A whopping 47% had rotating carousels on the home page!What’s so bad about these…
 
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  • Do We Want Our News Crowdsourced?

    Tim Berry
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    And what do we do if the Internet doesn’t disappear? Whether we want our news crowdsourced, or not, I don’t think we have a choice. The steady onslaught of rapid information via the new technologies – digital, social media, et. al. – is happening. In the background, traditional news media get less attention (readers, viewers, web traffic) and that means less money to pay for traditional journalism. And traditional journalism costs money. What real reporters do is work. I recently ran across Can Silicon Valley disrupt journalism if journalists hate being disrupted? by Emily Bell…
  • How do I make a good pitch deck for investors?

    Tim Berry
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    This is my answer to How do I make a good pitch deck for investors? on Quora. First you need to differentiate between the pitch deck you leave behind for its information value – which has more words – and the pitch desk you use when you are there talk, which should be much more pictures than words, ideally just a title and a compelling photograph. Don’t confuse the two: A pitch to be read must be very different from a pitch that supports a live presentation with you talking. Different media, different styles. In either case, what you want to show is something like this (but be…
  • Q&A: When should a small business focus on growth over profits?

    Tim Berry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    This is my answer to an interesting question on Quora: When should a small business focus on growth over profits? As soon as you have the cash flow managed, you should focus on growth, not profits. Profits are today, and growth is tomorrow. You need today assured by cash flow, but don’t sacrifice more today than you have to when you pay for it with tomorrow. Find the right level. Cash is what’s real; money in the bank. That’s much more important than profit. Growth, meaning higher sales, more customers, is also real. Within reasonable, limits, growth is more important than…
  • Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

    Tim Berry
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those who voted on the answer collection: We did this analysis at Storm recently, trying to go back through 14 years of venture investments, all of them very early-to-pretty-darn-early stage, and most pre-revenue. Here was the learning: the #1 correlation…
  • You Have to Do Disappointment Twice

    Tim Berry
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Such a beautiful quote: I ask if stories are empires, you’ll say— ‘Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story . . . your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.’ ‘But you never answered the question,” Pasquale said. “Why you come here.’ Bender pondered the wine in his hand. ‘A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.’ ‘That’s only three.’ Alvis finished his wine.
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  • 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…
  • Bootstrapping with Alec Lynch of DesignCrowd [PreneurCast Ep150]

    Florence
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Alec Lynch is one of the founders of DesignCrowd, a marketplace for crowdsourced design services. He talks to Pete about the challenges (and benefits) of getting investment and also gives some great tips on using the DesignCrowd service successfully. As a lot of you may know, a few years ago, Pete was one of the finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the telecommunications business he’s involved with. Well, Alec went through the EoY program this year, and did a little better than Pete – he was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern…
  • AdWords, Analytics + 8 Million Stickers [Noise Reduction .83]

    Florence
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       This edition of Noise Reduction is a little Google lovefest. As I mentioned in the last episode, we’re rolling out the new earHeroSports.com.au project. So, the team has been doing a little refresher on setting up the tracking and tagging of Google Analytics and AdWords to make sure we’re hitting the “best practice” mark. Whilst going through the process, we stumbled across a few great articles which we thought we’d throw together for this week’s blast. If you haven’t taken the time recently to review your data, this edition could…
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  • The curse of compressing reality

    Noah
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    When I’m not analyzing data, I like to make things from wood—furniture, cutting boards, etc. Making something physical after sitting at a computer all day is relaxing and rewarding, and I’m never short on gifts for family and friends. My woodworking isn’t totally detached from technology, and I rely heavily on forums, websites, online magazines, and YouTube both for inspiration and to learn how to do things. I’ve learned most of what I know about woodworking from people on the Internet, and I’ve been inspired to tackle things that I never would have thought…
  • Stuck again

    Nathan Kontny
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    In 1949, Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie started a medical device repair shop in Palmer's garage. It was a terrible place to work – freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer. We used a garden hose to spray water on the roof in a not especially successful attempt to cool the place down a few degrees. At least once during those early days, the garage was infested with flying ants. Unlike your typical "successful" startup garage stories, they were in that garage for the next 12 years. In their first month of operation, they earned a whopping $8 of…
  • A Slice of Small Business Life

    Wailin Wong
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    There was a time in America, if you can believe it, when you would order a pizza and it would arrive somewhat cold and soggy. A horrifying prospect! Ingrid Kosar was disenchanted with cold delivery pizza too, and she wanted to do something about it. In 1984, she filed a patent for a “thermally insulated food bag,” which is familiar to pizza eaters the world over. Photo by Michael Berger Kosar has a great entrepreneurial origin story. The next three decades of her career don’t make as tidy a narrative. The bags got commoditized; Kosar lost business to lower-priced competitors…
  • Shipping Basecamp for iOS 2.0

    Nick
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Almost 2 years ago I wrote about our approach to building our first in-house native application. This week, we shipped version 2.0 of Basecamp for iPhone, which now shares a codebase with Basecamp for iPad. I’m proud to say this is our best iOS release yet. Give it a shot! What’s changed? Everything. For starters, we’ve: Rewritten the app in Objective-C Banked on our hybrid architecture Shared a universal codebase between iPhone and iPad Reinforced our testing infrastructure I’m happy to share the details on how we built and shipped the app. Let’s dig in.
  • Basecamp the Infomercial

    Shaun
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
 
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  • A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    It's #TBT. It's been a busy and exciting several months. Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process.  On October 9th 2014, after our IPO roadshow, I had the thrill of joining a few HubSpotters and ringing the bell on the NYSE.  $HUBS (NYSE:HUBS) was off to the races. Note: I'm the guy in the middle.  I'm easy to pick out because I'm the calmest one of the bunch.  That's not because I'm cool and collected, but because I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. In the intervening time between the S1 filing and the IPO, I was in what…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

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

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

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

    Emily Christiansen // Oresund Startups
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    It’s all happening to Malmö startup Hövding, who have announced the release of their new bicycle helmet next January, and bid a sad adieu to former founder, Anna Haupt. The concept of Hövding, a cycle helmet that people would be happy to wear – whether they had to or not, was inspired by imposition of a law in Sweden making helmet use mandatory for children up to the age of 15.  The project, pioneered by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, two students studying Industrial Design at the University of Lund, resulted in the concept of an airbag helmet. After a series of awards, including…
  • Northzone Raises €260 million fund

    Greg Anderson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Nordic VC firm Northzone is now freshly cashed up with the announcement of a €260 million fund, dubbed Northzone VII, which they say was oversubscribed and reached a hard cap in record time. The firm had a busy year, putting together this fund while also investing in 21 companies mostly in the Nordic region, like Playraven, Fyndiq, and Outracks. Previously Northzone has invested in some of the defining companies of the Nordics, like Spotify, iZettle, and Trustpilot. As a hint as to where this money might end up, they say that they're looking at fintech, mobile, and marketplaces as areas…
  • Quarter of a million Euros on the table for media innovation

    Greg Anderson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    You've read the narrative plenty of times before - the media industry is in trouble and writers need new tools to better present information and get paid for it. If you're interested in building tools to support the media industry, now you don't have to do so out of the kindness in your heart. Uutisraivaaja, a media innovation competition run by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is awarding €250,000 to this years grand prize winner, providing plenty of incentive to throw a good idea at them. And with one more month left in the application process, you better get your idea in quick. The…
  • Unmonday picks up €1.5 million

    Greg Anderson
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:36 am
    Finland's Unmonday announced it's picked up €1.5 million in funding for it's multichannel wireless speaker system with a strong design aspect. It's hexagonal speakers connect through Apple's Airplay and pump out beats according to how you place them - with one hexagonal face down you'll get Mono, rotate it to the side it'll act as a left speaker, and so on. These speakers don't come cheap. Each one goes for roughly €600 even during their Christmas sale, so you've got to be committed to some designer home furnishings or fashion accessories (with the Lumi leather case and strap) to really…
  • Comfee puts Venetian Blind automation into your smart home

    Marija Odineca
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    With the Nordic smart home market growing steadily and increading 10% year on year in Norway alone, it is not surprising to see smart home startups coming from our region. However, this time we will talk about an Estonia-based startup Comfee (formerly known as Jalousier) solving a rather southern problem - venetian window blind automation. With the funding raised from their Ingiegogo campaign and admission to BuildIT hardware accelerator earlier this year, the Estonia-based Bulgarian family business has already gotten down to production of its first 100 devices to ship to their beta testers.
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up: 12/07/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
      A few interesting performance reads this week: For smart students, getting into a top college isn’t much harder than it was generations ago [NY Times] Money can make you unhappy [WSJ] [Video] Steve Wonziak [Semil Shah] The importance of having a high tolerance for repetition [WealthofCommonSense] Business Growth: a YCombinator lecture by Alex Schultz [Ryan Spoon] How to have better intuition [PicktheBrain] Standing Still [Jerry Colonna] To get over something, write about it [HBR] [Podcast] Ben Greenfield offers advice on increasing your ability to burn fat [Ben Greenfield]  …
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/30/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
      Happy Thanksgiving! It’s officially the Holiday season.   Robert Schiller on decision fatigue [Wealth of Common Sense] 12 things I learned from Bill Ackman [25IQ] How to feel old* [Thought Catalogue] (VIDEO) Jerry Colonna on how to survive the startup life [Colonna.org] An investment banker on the psychology of risk [Big Picture] Advice and quotes from several of the most successful investors in history [Big Picture] Improve your relationships. Notes from Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently [Farnam Street] (VIDEO) What Tony Robbins learned from Ray Dalio and Carl…
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/23/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Q4 has been busy, so I slipped with link updates for a couple weeks. Here are some of the best items I’ve read related to performance over the last few weeks: Welcome to the failure age [NYTimes] Ryan Holiday’s Morning Routine* [Ryan Holiday] Reid Hoffman on This Week in Startups [TWiST] A refresher on net present value [HBR.org] Podcasts are blowing up: Digiday + Chris Dixon Some thoughts on Longevity [Lef.org] The End of Ownership [a16z] Exponential Medicine [SingularityHub] 12 Lessons Larry Ellison taught me about business [25iq] Charlie Munger on the psychology of human…
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/02/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Here are this week’s links. Hoping to get to a few original blog posts soon. Please direct me to your blogs or podcasts dealing with performance.   Body: Aubrey De Grey on Upgraded Ape chats life-extension and gives his top seven actions to be proactive on extending your life [Upgraded Ape] Why your multivitamins should stink — and THE multivitamin Ben Greenfield recommends [Ben GreenField] Men’s fertility testing [Hunter Walk]   Mind: Top performers reveal their favorite books- (Tony’s Robbins, Peter Thiel and more [Tim Ferriss] Storytelling is…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/26/2014

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

  • Pitch for Roomyeti

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Company / App Name: Roomyeti http://roomyeti.com Twitter – @roomyeti What does it do? Roomyeti is a holiday rental search engine which allows you to save time and money and find your perfect room anywhere. Why do we need it? We bring you hundreds of thousands of rental properties from around the world. We will look on various top rental websites for you and compare prices between different types of accommodation. Who is it for? Families, individuals, couples, group of friends, anyone looking to save time and money by booking their holiday accommodation with us. What makes it stand out…
  • Pitch for Clevork

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    Company / App Name: Clevork http://www.clevork.com Twitter – @Clevork What does it do? Clevork is a visual time tracking tool that helps your team increase revenue without working additional hours. Clevork is managed by one administrator to keep data organised. Why do we need it? To be able to bill your customers more for the same amount of work. Increase revenue of you business by 30% by having tidy data. Compare and manage your team work structure and reward them accordingly. Who is it for? PR and marketing companies, Lawyers, Construction workers, Creative agencies What makes it…
  • Pitch for Synergita

    public
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Company / App Name: Synergita http://www.synergita.com/ Twitter – synergita What does it do? Simplify Employee Performance Management and Reap Business Benefits. Why do we need it? For better HR management and Talent Management and 360 degree feedback. Who is it for? HRs and CEOs What makes it stand out from the crowd? Its ease to handle, flexible attitude and user friendly feature with accurate 360 degree results makes it a crowd winner. What’s next? Synergita’s mobile and tab versions about to hit the floor. Pitch Video
  • Pitch for ProjectionHub

    public
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Company / App Name: ProjectionHub http://www.projectionhub.com Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/projectionhub What does it do? ProjectionHub is a web app that helps entrepreneurs create financial projections for potential investors and lenders. Like a TurboTax for financial projections. Why do we need it? Spreadsheets are complicated and can’t use the power of the web and big data to help you create more realistic financial projections. Who is it for? Entrepreneurs who are looking raise funding from banks or investors and have been asked for financial projections. What makes it…
  • Pitch for Bitcoinmillionaire

    public
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Company / App Name: Bitcoinmillionaire http://bitcoinmillionaire-app.com Twitter – bitmillionapp What does it do? An Education app for learning about Bitcoins in an easy and fun way. Why do we need it? Most education material on Bitcoin are too technical and boring. Our app makes it simpler and fun to learn about Bitcoin. Who is it for? Everyone What makes it stand out from the crowd? Gamification. Less technical, more fun! What’s next? Release different language versions of the app. Pitch Video
 
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  • What to Consider When Starting Up in the U.S. as an Expat

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It can be a frightening feat to leave your home country and establish business on foreign lands. Though it may seem impossible, many have succeeded, defying the odds and hurdling through loopholes to do so. In a recent webinar titled, "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S.", founders Nitin Pachisia of Unshackled and Mike Galarza of Entryless, share their personal experiences of navigating through the process of visas, hiring employees, and incorporating their businesses. With ties from Mexico and India, both overcame varying obstacles through each stage of becoming a business leader in the…
  • Infographic: How to Make the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Countless employees every day dream of launching their own company. They feel that they either have the correct skills or ideas to be able to enter an industry and create a successful business. But they haven't pursued any of their business ideas yet. Why is that? If you have had an idea for a company, but have not yet pursued it, what has been holding you back? For many aspiring entrepreneurs, the lack of a roadmap on how to start a project that could turn into a company makes it a difficult path to take. Most don't even know where to start, while others don't know if this career path is…
  • Come to a Free Startup Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Company Now

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:35 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…
  • 6 Steps to Building an MVP

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For many founders, creating a functioning prototype of their product and substantiating its usefulness may seem like a daunting task. However, would you believe that this can be achieved in only six steps? Mark Geene, the CEO and co-founder of Cloud Elements, certainly thinks so. Check out the guest post below for a simple plan on how any founder can build a minimum viable product quickly and effectively. Mark Geene is also a Mentor for the Denver Founder Institute. The blog post “6 Steps to Building an MVP”, has been published with his permission below: When getting your startup…
  • FI Grad Udemy mentioned on VentureBeat, Up Performa featured on Nikkei, and more Grad News

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Udemy was highlighted on VentureBeat, Up Performa featured on Nikkei, BlogMutt on 9 News, and more Grad News. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Udemy mentioned on VentureBeat: Want to hitch a ride on a rocket? Join one of these 68 companies (VentureBeat): Udemy, a Bay Area Graduate, is an online…
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  • Typing as Core Competency

    Matt Blumberg
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Typing as Core Competency We just had our annual typing tournament in the Return Path New York office, and it got me thinking on this topic.  Fits, hats off to my colleague Rosemary Girouard for her smashing victory this year, even with an injury, and to fellow finalists Caroline Pearl and Nicole Niemiec for excellent showings. So this is going to sound silly, but I’m increasingly thinking that typing speed is a core competency for many jobs.  With special thanks to my 8th grade typing teacher, Mrs. Van Vranken, my typing training on an old-school typewriter has paid off.  I type 100…
  • 35 at 15

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    This was a big week for Return Path.  First we announced a $35mm financing led by Vista Equity Partners, an exceptional private equity firm that I’d never heard of before the middle of the fundraising process a few months ago.  We are happy to have them join our very strong board and syndicate and even happier to have additional investment capital to accelerate our growth, especially in newer businesses for us like Email Fraud Protection and our overall data and analytic capabilities. But in some ways even more important, or at least more sentimentally important news this week is…
  • Autocorrect for life

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Autocorrect for life I used to joke that life should have an undo button, the ultimate Control-Z for when something goes wrong. But lately, I’ve been more of the mind that life should work like an Apple device with a good Autocorrect function. Why just undo things when they can be fixed in the blink of an eye, before anyone even knows they went wrong? Press reply-all when you are bcc’d on an email because you forgot to look at the header closely enough?  No problem, Autocorrect for Life(AFL) will change it to a simple reply. Fender bender while parallel parking?  AFL is there to…
  • Book Short: Continuing to make “sustainability” a mainstream business topic

    Matt Blumberg
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Book Short:  Continuing to make “sustainability” a mainstream business topic The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by my friend Andrew Winston, is a great book.  It just got awarded one of the Top 10 business books of 2014 by Strategy+Business, which is a great honor. Andrew builds nicely on his first book, Green to Gold:  How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (post, book link) (and second book, which I didn’t review, Green Recovery), as I said in my review of Green…
  • Sources of Urgency

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sources of Urgency Sometimes I wish we were in the hardware business.  Why?  It’s not the margins, that’s for sure.  It’s because hardware businesses usually have externally-imposed deadlines that create urgency in an organization around deliverables. If you are making a chip that Dell is putting in all of its boxes, and your contract with Dell stipulates that the chip will be ready for testing on X Date and for shipping on Y Date, you darn well better hit the deadline.  If you are making software that gets installed or pre-loaded on all Samsung TVs, same thing.  Maybe it’s not…
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  • Sponsorship in Action: Fashion Metric and Rackspace

    Cali Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We recently spoke with Morgan Linton, cofounder of Fashion Metric, a Techstars in Austin company. Fashion Metric takes the guesswork out of sizing. The company provides a big data SaaS solution for apparel retailers and brands to gather intelligence about their customers and personalize the online apparel shopping experience, helping customers get measured for custom clothing or select the best ready-to-wear size. Morgan shares about the “Fanatical Support®” that Rackspace, a sponsor of Techstars, provided to Fashion Metric at a crucial moment. Rackspace recently interviewed Morgan (see…
  • Ryan Kuder Joins Techstars as Qualcomm Managing Director

    Ryan Kuder
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke Back in 2009, I was part of a team that won a coding competition called the Rails Rumble. Our prize was a No Expenses Paid trip to Boulder, Colorado to meet David Cohen and the Techstars mentors and spend a week working on our project at the Techstars Bunker, which at that time was in a basement under a shoe store. The mentors and companies working in that space were among the most creative and driven I’d ever met. They did more faster than any startups I’d ever seen. Throughout my career,…
  • Techstars 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you looking for some fun gift ideas for the holidays?  Well, we have some for you!  Below are a list of creative gift ideas for people (and dogs!) of all ages and interests, plus they’re all from Techstars companies!!!  Don’t miss the promo codes offered. Maker’s Kit -DIY Project Kits & Video Guides.  Use promo code: techstars25 for 25% off. Litographs – Art from the books you’ve read and loved, more product videos here.  Use this discount code: SAVE10 to save 10%. CodeStarter – For every $250 donated, they’ll ship a laptop to a kid who…
  • Sponsorship in Action: DataRobot and AWS

    Cali Harris
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Huy Le, Operations Director at DataRobot, shares tips on choosing a hosting platform & talks about why the company chose to work with AWS. Huy Le, Operations Director of DataRobot, talked to us about how the company has worked with Amazon Web Services. He also offers great advice for startups that are faced with choosing a hosting platform. DataRobot, a Techstars Cloud company, helps data scientists of all experience levels build and deploy better predictive models. AWS Startups is a sponsor of Techstars and helps startups scale quickly, go to market faster, control costs, and stay lean.
  • An Open Letter to Entrepreneurs

    Steve Farsht
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I often think about the dozens of early stage companies that I have worked with over the last several years. I think about their teams, I think about their business models, and I think about the success I hope to see them achieve. But more often than I’d like, I also think about what went wrong. In my opinion, one of the greatest factors contributing to a company’s demise has been the lack of a communications strategy by the CEO, specifically as it relates to nurturing long-term relationships with their investors and potential investors. While communication during the fundraising process…
 
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    Valleywag

  • Confirmed: Snapchat Turned Down More Than $3 Billion Last Year

    Sam Biddle
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    One of last year's great moments in undeserved ego was Snapchat rejecting billions of dollars from Facebook, and allegedly Google, too. Now, straight out of leaked Sony emails obtained by Gawker, we know it was more than the reported number.Read more...
  • Suit: Zillow Says Women Over 40 Are "Too Old to Close," "Can't Keep Up"

    Kevin Montgomery
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A second lawsuit filed in a California court this week accuses Zillow of being an "frat house" which promotes sexual and ageist harassment. This time, a single mother is suing after being fired by Zillow because she checked into a hospital to treat injuries sustained in a car accident.Read more...
  • Zillow Accused of Subjecting Female Employees to "Sexual Torture"

    Kevin Montgomery
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Zillow has built up a $4.5 billion valuation by amassing an immense real estate database. But a lawsuit filed in a California court accuses the company of cultivating an "adult frat house" culture in which female employees are constantly solicited for sex by co-workers, ranked on their breast size, and fired if they refuse to play along.Read more...
  • These Letters Reveal Which Congressmen Google Has In Its Pocket

    Nitasha Tiku
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Yesterday twelve U.S. Congressmen signed, sealed, and delivered a letter (embedded below) to members of the European Parliament lobbying their counterparts to leave Google alone. According to the Financial Times, at least three letters from American legislators were sent as part of a "rare and concerted public intervention" on Google's behalf.Read more...
  • Blue Bottle, Which Raised $45 M, Cut Health Benefits for Part-Timers

    Nitasha Tiku
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Blue Bottle, the artisanal coffee retailer popular with hipsters from coast to coast, just informed employees that part-time workers will not receive health benefits, effective January 2015. A tipster reached out to Valleywag with the news and the company confirmed the change.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Yes, the CEO of your startup is an idiot.

    Alexander Muse
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Earlier today a Quora user asked me if it would be appropriate for an employee to let his CEO know that he thought he was a bad CEO. The question made me laugh, so uncharacteristically I answered it. It occurred to me that all CEOs are bad, but some seem good because they’re supported by great teams. I contend that if your CEO either is or seems like an idiot you suck as an employee, but I am getting ahead of myself. When I was in my twenties and started working for other people it never took much time for me to realize that everyone I worked for was completely out of touch. The…
  • Finding a Co-Founder: Fadi Bishara CofounderNetwork, Part 3

    Alexander Muse
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to services that help entrepreneurs find co-founders to conduct interviews with their founders for another project. Here is my third interview: Name: Fadi Bishara Title: Co-founder and CEO Company: Blackbox.vc formerly CofounderNetwork Q: Why did you start Blackbox.vc/CofounderNetwork? A: I started the network because I knew many founders with successful track record who were interested in launching new ventures but did now have the mean and network to find and engage ideal cofounders. I thought with my experience in the talent search and…
  • Finding a Co-Founder: Shahab Kaviani of CoFoundersLab, Part 2

    Alexander Muse
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to services that help entrepreneurs find co-founders to conduct interviews with their founders for another project. Here is my second interview: Name: Shahab Kaviani Title: Co-founder and CEO Company: CoFoundersLab Description: CoFoundersLab is a Maryland-based startup focused on bringing together entrepreneurs with the aim of launching a startup together. Q: Why did you start CoFoundersLab? A: I saw how popular startups were becoming in around 2010, and noticed how many new accelerators were sprouting up, along with the increasing in early…
  • Finding a Co-Founder: Oliver Bremer of Founder2be, Part 1

    Alexander Muse
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to services that help entrepreneurs find co-founders to conduct interviews with their founders for another project. Here is my first interview: Name: Oliver Bremer, @iguero Title: Co-founder and CEO Company: Founder2be Description: Founder2be is an entrepreneurship-related social networking website for co-founders. A match making service for prospective entrepreneurs, it enables individuals with different skill sets to connect and work on ideas to launch startups together. Q: Why did you start Founder2be? A: I started Founder2be because I…
  • Startup Selling 101: Scarcity

    Alexander Muse
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    When you are selling a product or service the most powerful thing you can create is scarcity. Scarcity can cause customers to assume your product or service is more valuable and of a higher quality. Most importantly it generates an increased desire or need for whatever you are selling. Scarcity can even create that reason your customer needs to sign on the line that is dotted. For example, when we started Architel, our managed services company, we had lots of prospects who had agreed they wanted and needed our service, but we were having a hard time getting them to close. Changing technology…
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  • How to price yourself as a freelancer

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    As the friction of employment is being removed, many people are taking the opportunity to freelance out their skills. The independent digital craftspeople are arriving thick and fast, but one of the trickiest parts of doing such work is knowing how to price it. Getting it wrong seems scary, as it can be the difference between getting paid this month or not. So the inclination is to take a conservative approach, price low and ensure we get the business. But all is not as it seems. So here are some hacks to remember in order to get your freelance pricing right. General rule of thumb: Charge…
  • The Uber attitude & surge pricing

    Steve Sammartino
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Today the ride share service Uber, did more again of what it seems to be good at – acting like jerks. During the Sydney Siege they conducted a price surge and put prices up to reflect the demand for transport at a time of serious civil disturbance. But the most disturbing thing, isn’t the price, it’s really the attitude. This is one time when industry disrupters can take an important lesson from their industrial era counterparts. Let’s take legacy airlines. Our national carrier Qantas has on many occasions diverted flights at no cost to pull people out of countries…
  • So what really happened to the music industry – in data?

    Steve Sammartino
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    We all know the story of the music industry decline, but what do the numbers really tell us? Is the financial disruption as bad as we imagine? It seems there’s never been a time when more music has been consumed. Well, it turns out that downloads and streaming isn’t doing much to reclaim lost revenue from the vinyl and CD sales. Here’s some mind blowing data as to how heavy the industry loses have been over the past 10 years. (source RIAA). 10 years ago Now Recorded music sales $16 billion $6.9 billion All streaming sales Nil $1.5 billion Download sales $250 million $2.8…
  • The reality of the screen

    Steve Sammartino
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The reality is that all screens are created equal now. Every screen can serve up the same content. Every screen is connected to the same world. Every screen doesn’t care whose eyes and ears are at the other end of it. Every screen can deliver the same data, on the same day, globally. There is no such thing as TV anymore. And so it then begs the following question: Why do people who profit from screens treat them as different entities? It seems the people who work in TV still think their screens are different. It seems the people who make movies think their cinemas are different. And…
  • My smart phone killer app is…

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    …One which was already installed on my phone when I got it. It isn’t weather. It isn’t the web browser. It isn’t stocks, music, phone, mail or messages. But after paying attention for more than a week to which function I used most often on my phone, it surprised me to find out I use this the most. The clock. Yep, I take the phone out of my pocket to check what the time is. I use this more often than any other function on my phone. So for me, it is the killer app. And here is what is killer about it. When I do this, I unfortunately feel compelled to check out some…
 
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    Springwise

  • This vending machine will deny you snacks based on medical records

    Springwise
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Add / Remove Businesses often stand by the motto 'the customer is always right' — but are they? We've already seen a few services that deny consumers what they want based on their personal info. For example, Billboard Brasil's Fan Check Machine only gave out copies of the music magazine if the buyer could prove they owned tracks by the artist on the cover. Now the Luce X2 Touch TV vending machine uses facial recognition and customers' medical records to determine if they should be allowed to buy an unhealthy snack. Created by Italy-based Rhea Vendors and recently…
  • Fishing nets biodegrade so they don’t pollute the sea

    Springwise
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Add / Remove Fishing nets are typically made of nylon or other synthetic plastics. The problem with this is that when they break, they're often simply abandoned, polluting the ocean and harming its wildlife. In the past we've written about Bureo Skateboards, a project that's cleaning up 'ghost' nets from the coast of Chile and turning them into skateboards. Now a Spanish design student has created Remora, a sturdy fishing net that breaks down safely if it gets lost or abandoned. Developed as a project at Spain's ELISAVA Superior School of Design and Engineering, the…
  • App lets authors tell their story through interactive text messaging

    Springwise
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    Add / Remove Artificial intelligence is becoming ever smarter and the technology is already being used in some industries to mimic human customer service agents. We've even seen Ask Amy, which lets teens get information about politics by texting — naturally — with a friendly AI bot. Now mixing AI with creative writing, Massively is an interactive storytelling platform that gets readers to text with the characters. For a certain generation, instant messaging is as natural as having a spoken conversation, but existing storytelling forms have often struggled with how to render text chats…
  • Connected fashion store adds online features to high street shopping

    Springwise
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Add / Remove Nowadays, brick and mortar stores are having to compete with the new experiences being offered by online retailers. We've already seen Amsterdam's Karl Lagerfeld Store introduce new tech to engage customers, such as the ability to make and share their own lookbook in-store. Now the flagship Rebecca Minkoff store in New York City is also bringing a touch of digital to the offline shopping experience. As well enabling customers to browse the collection in store, the outlet has newly installed a large touchscreen mirror that can be used to watch catwalk videos, social…
  • Instagram for live music videos makes supporting artists easier

    Springwise
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Add / Remove As Taylor Swift recently suggested by taking her back catalog off Spotify, the digital age isn't paying well for musicians and bands. While the internet has been a great tool for exposure, it's often said that there's now more money in live performance than there is in digital releases. But can the two be combined? We've already written about Cheers, the app that lets passersby tip buskers with Bitcoin. Now appLOUD is a social network that lets fans tag their videos of bands' live performances to turn them into in-app ticket and merch stores. Gig-goers can…
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  • Hey You. Your Uber is Arriving …

    CharlaKucko
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    by Sarah Plasky“As the fairy tale goes, Uber was born on a snowy night in Paris in 2008, when Kalanick and his friend Garrett Camp could not get a cab. The two vowed then and there to solve the problem with a revolutionary new app. The premise was dead simple: push a button and get a car.” Full ArticleI cannot remember which astute Simon Business School professor said, “If you cannot find something you want in the current marketplace, it has the potential to be a product.”  But the idea stuck with me and I learned first-hand with Aquavation® when I Googled to create a custom water…
  • The Four “P’s” : Panic + Pitch + Prepared = Positive PR

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

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

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

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

    Aruni
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I read and took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment back in 2011, and what it told me my Top 5 strengths were seemed to make sense at the time, although I was surprised at what they call “Woo.”  I just joined a new company where strengths are valued, and I had the opportunity to take the assessment again, but this time it was the original version: Now, Discover Your Strengths(Amazon link). It’s a useful tool to help you understand yourself and others. Interestingly, two of my Top 5 strengths changed from the last time I took it.  The two that dropped out were Strategic and…
  • Transitions are Constant

    Aruni
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Change is constant. We are always transitioning from one thing to another and/or from one stage of life to another.  I find that when those transition times happen for me, they tend to be good times to sort through and organize stuff I rarely make time to organize.  My home office is just a little more organized as of yesterday.  I’ve shoved things out of view into closets, file cabinets, and drawers which makes me feel better and helps create space to process the transition. I’ve also been cleaning out my email inbox, and I found some articles I’ve been meaning to post…
  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

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

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

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

  • Amazon launches Prime Now: One-hour deliveries of ‘daily essentials’ in Manhattan

    Martin Bryant
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Amazon is throwing its hat into increasingly busy the same-day delivery ring today with the launch of Prime Now. It’s starting small though. The service is only available in ‘select areas’ of Manhattan and covers ‘essential daily items’ like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries. Orders can be placed by existing Prime members through a Prime Now app on Android and iOS, which will also notify users when new areas are opened up. The company is charging $7.99 for one-hour delveries, while if you can wait two hours the delivery is free. Given Amazon’s extensive network of…
  • OnePlus rival Micromax’s controversial Cyanogen-powered smartphone launches in India

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:51 am
    The battle is on: Micromax, the Indian electronics brand that got OnePlus banned from selling phones in India, has just launched its Yu brand of high-spec smartphones, along with its first device powered by Cyanogen OS. The Yu Yureka (yup, that’s what happens when your brand and model names start with the same syllable) features a 5.5 inch 720p IPS display, an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera, a 2,500 mAh battery and 4G LTE support. The dual……
  • Uber Boston driver accused of passenger kidnap and rape after company promises increased security

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Only days after an Uber driver was accused of raping a female passenger in New Delhi, India, a similar case of sexual assault has come to light in Boston, where a driver has been arrested for the alleged kidnapping and rape of a customer today, reports The Boston Globe. 46-year-old Alejandro Done has been held without bail over charges of rape, assault to rape, kidnapping and two counts of assault and battery of a passenger in his cab on Dec 6. Done, who had passed the company’s background check, has pleaded not guilty and will be held until his hearing… This story continues at The…
  • Apple may be in trouble over iPhone sales tactics in Canada

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Apple is being investigated in Canada to ascertain whether the company used its influence over the market to promote the sale of iPhones in the country, reports Reuters. The Federal Court of Canada has agreed to order Apple to hand over documents to the Competition Bureau, which said that Apple may have negotiated with wireless carriers to maintain or increase the prices of rival brands’ phones. According to a report from this June by Media Technology Monitor, over 42% of Canadian smartphone users own iPhones. It’s possible that Apple used the bargaining power it has leveraged with the…
  • Wikipedia reflects on 2014 in its first-ever annual video

    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    After Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube chronicled the year gone by in videos, it’s now Wikipedia’s turn. The crowdsourced online encyclopedia takes you through major events from 2014, from the FIFA World Cup to the Indian general elections, and the Ice Bucket Challenge to Ebola in West Africa in under three minutes. The clip was commissioned by the Wikimedia Foundation, and edited by Victor Grigas in less than two months using freely licensed photos and videos submitted by Wikipedia contributors from around the world. Besides highlighting the biggest moments in 2014, it also…
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    The Product Guy

  • Importance and Opportunity of Metadata in Entertainment

    Jeremy Horn
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    Recently I was asked to give a keynote presentation on the intersection of product management, metadata, and the entertainment industry at Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management event here in NYC. The slides…   Some pictures from the event… (unfortunately, no video) Enjoy! Jeremy HornThe Product GuyFiled under: events, product management Tagged: entertainment, metadata, product management
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:53 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 Management Immersive Instructor @ General Assembly (New York, NY)Keywords: education, instructor, PM, product management, teachhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1051&lf=twf Manager,…
  • Pinks & Greens, Mistakes and Festivities to Follow

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Pinks & Greensexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from full phone service to customer segmentation (thanks to Allison Dorst) Product Management Mistakesfrom the invisible to Windows 8 The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers,…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:36 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 Marketing Manager @ Kinetic Social (New York City)Keywords: AdTech, Advertising, Internet, Marketing, Socialhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1047&lf=twf Product Manager @ Kinetic…
  • The Future of Product Management is… #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) Looking Forward > What trends do you see in product management? positive trends? any negative trends? There is the obvious trends of “agile” and “lean” but I think, ultimately, they are just tools to help us build great products.  The positive side of…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Claims About Childhood

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 am
    Griffiths believes that we force very young children into too much independence at a time when all they want is intimacy (she particularly deplores Ferberization, or controlled crying), and that we then exert too much control over older children who yearn only for freedom (she is dismayed by standardized testing). She questions the hierarchical nature of most adult-child relations, and demonstrates that in many cultures and across much of history, children have been given a much broader right of self-determination. She is fanatical about the importance of the great outdoors, and believes that…
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Books, books, books. 1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. The best collection of advice columns I’ve read. People wrote to the “Dear Sugar” online column (the author of which was revealed to be Cheryl Strayed of Wild fame) with some pretty tricky questions about their personal life, career, sex, family, and so on, and she delivered just the right mix of encouragement, tough love, and concrete tips for action. There’s a story of guy who overhears his friends talking shit about him. There’s a woman who wants to write a book but is overcome with…
  • The Dead-End Road of Self-Pity

    Ben Casnocha
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    “You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t say this as a condemnation–I need regular reminders to stop feeling sorry for myself too. I’m going to address you bluntly, but it’s a directness that rises from my compassion for you, not my judgement of you. Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky…
  • The Writing Ability of James Wolcott

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It is, shall we say, quite high. His recent review of Lena Dunham’s book has several quotable lines within a well-constructed piece. And his 2007 review of Adam Gopnik’s book about raising children in New York contains various amazing turns of phrase. First, Dunham. I don’t know Dunham’s work at all, but I have heard of her. The media has perfected the art of building someone up, tearing ‘em down, building ‘em up, tearing ‘em down. I fear we’re in a “tear ‘em down” phase now with Dunham, which is not entirely fair. In any…
  • Speaking at San Quentin Prison

    Ben Casnocha
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I spoke this week to a bunch of inmates serving very long sentences at San Quentin prison, which houses the largest death row in America. They had all read The Start-up of You. It was a very rich experience for me, and I wrote about it on Linkedin. Check it out.
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    Young Upstarts

  • 5 Lies CTOs Tell To Feel Better About Coding

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    by Jinesh Parekh, CEO of Ruby on Rails consulting shop, Idyllic Software Hey there, you amazingly resourceful person. You’re doing everything. You’re coding, testing, fixing issues and managing people. Cheers to you! Or not. You’re the CTO. And you shouldn’t be coding. Wait. Before you berate me, I did not say you shouldn’t know how to code. You definitely have to know how to write good code but really, is that what you should be doing? No. The lies you tell yourself to feel better about it­: 1. You believe you’re the greatest coder in the world and what…
  • 5 Unusual Start-Up Ideas For The Driven Entrepreneur

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    In the ever-changing, always-evolving world of entrepreneurship, one hard truth remains consistent: you have to be different to be successful. Whether it’s taking something popular and giving it a unique twist or creating something completely original and brilliant, entrepreneurs rarely make it unless their business concept has something unusual about it. As such, the list of five ideas below shouldn’t be read as an exclusive list, but rather as a starting point from which to begin considering what your unusual factor could be. 1. A Telephone Company. With general discontent with the…
  • Nine Bullsh*t Habits To Avoid At Work In 2015

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Geoffrey James, author of “Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know“ With a new year coming, this is an excellent time to expunge work habits that irritate coworkers and make you less effective. Achieving success requires more than just doing the right thing. Success also means changing the behaviors that hold you back. Here are nine habits you can do without in 2015: 1. Doing the bare minimum. If you accept a task, you owe it to yourself and to others to make your best effort. If you don’t want to do something, have the courage to refuse the…
  • How Successful Companies Utilize Technology

    Contributor
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by Jessica Oaks It’s no secret that technology plays a pivotal role in how businesses conduct daily operations and market themselves. The most successful companies are leveraging technological advancements to their advantage by interpreting data to strategically build a customer’s purchasing experience, improving life with innovation, and increasing brand visibility via digital platforms. Cloud Computing & Synced Device Technology. A large movement towards cloud computing and synced-device technology is well underway. As the world becomes increasingly mobile, businesses that stay…
  • Three Reasons Why The Affordable Care Act Is Great For Entrepreneurs

    Contributor
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Rick Lindquist, co-author of “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You and Your Company“ The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is inspiring innovation. By making individual health insurance accessible and affordable, it has knocked down one of the greatest barriers to entrepreneurship. Budding entrepreneurs no longer need to worry about where they are going to get health insurance — or how they’re going to offer it to the talented people who can help them get their startup off the ground. Over the next 10 years, 100 million Americans will buy individual health…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • BREAKING: Japan’s Cookpad to acquire Lebanon’s Shahiya, the Arab world’s leading recipe website, for $13.5 million

    Gaith Saqer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Cookpad (TSE:2193) announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to fully acquire Netsila, the Lebanese company behind Shahiya.com, the leading Arabic recipe website, for $13.5 million. Shahiya is the go-to digital cooking destination in the Arab world, with more than 3 million monthly users of which 90% are women; in Saudi Arabia alone, Shahiya serves more than 1 million users per month. Tomoya Yasuda, Head of Cookpad International, commented, “This acquisition is in line with Cookpad’s mission of leveraging technology to make everyday cooking fun and accessible to everyone. It…
  • Egyptian Electronics Startup Integreight Wins Regional Final For The Olympics for Startups Get in the Ring Middle East

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Wednesday evening the winner of the Get in the Ring Regional Final of the Middle East, better known as ‘The Olympics for Startups’ was selected in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was the first ever Regional Final of Get in the Ring hosted in the Middle East after Get in the Ring started a strategic partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in September. After surviving a pre-selection round and a national final, the 8 most promising startups of the Middle East were selected to battle for the regional title of Get in the Ring: Middle East, STC Challenge. The winner would also secure a place in…
  • What are the Plans for the Successful UAE Based Luxury Watches E-commerce Startup Kanary Watches in the Next 5 Years

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mohamed Shawky the CEO Luxery Watches e-commerce startup Kanary Watches sent us the following Q&A as a profile for his company, mentioning the current status and achievements of Kanary Watches and his plans to expand into Kanary Gifts in Jan 2015 selling luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. 1. Describe your business Kanary Gifts is an online eCommerce portal that sells luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. Kanary Gifts is considered as a powerful expansion to Kanary Watches (kanaryluxurywatches.com) which is running for…
  • Facebook Admits to Censoring Content that Criticize Governments in the Arab World & in Collaborating with the CIA

    news
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    At AC we mentioned a lot about Facebook collaboration with the CIA and its censorship of Arab spring anti government pages and content specially those with Islamic flavor. Today facebook confessed to what we have been reporting and admitted that it is collaborating with Arab and “Muslim” governments in censoring content that critics these governments and also with the US intelligence agencies such as the CIA. In its Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests we received for the first half of 2014. facebook…
  • Jordan Based E-commerce Startup Wysada Completes Series A Funding Round of Over $5 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Wysada, the leading luxury online retailer of home goods, décor and interior furnishings in the Middle East, today announced it has completed a Series A investment round of over $5 million. The round was led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund belonging to Silicon Badia, a global group of venture funds based in New York City and Jordan, with participation from new strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alongside existing investors. The proceeds, which represents one of the largest Series A rounds raised by an early-stage…
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The importance of optionality

    mark
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    It seems like there is no end to the supply of venture capital these days. Funding rounds are getting larger. The time between funding rounds is getting shorter. For the most part this is all good. As a general rule, my advice to founders and CEOs is: raise what you can, when you can. And now is definitely  a time when companies can raise. But…it’s important to be mindful of the path that you go down by raising more and more capital. In today’s land of plenty it can be tempting to double down before your company is truly ready. That can lead to issues if you don’t…
  • Why this budget season was different

    mark
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    The FreshBooks finance team delivered the 2015 annual budget on Friday. As always, this was a big project and a big accomplishment. Most of the time, I’m pretty calm at work. But delivering the annual budget and related board package has historically been a more stressful time for me. But two things were different this time around: Team I am blessed with a rockstar finance team at FreshBooks. Without question this is the strongest team I have ever had. I often joke that I don’t “do” anything. They do it all.  Budgeting should be a team sport. The worst budgets are just delivered…
  • Unicorns vs Undercorns: Making sense of the venture climate

    mark
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Once upon a time, fundraising was a long, arduous task. CEOs and their management teams would diligently prepare for a process that could take 6 months and more from start to finish. In a sure sign of the times, the time it takes to raise capital these days is getting shorter and shorter. In some cases companies are getting funding commitments *before* they even begin a fundraising process. This mythical scenario is known as the ‘preemptive round’. This is when an investor swoops in and offers to fund you before you decide to run a roadshow. There are many examples of this being played…
  • Build your senior team before you need them

    mark
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    My friends at Passwordbox announced their sale to Intel today. While no terms were disclosed, insiders seemed pretty happy. Startup failures often give us more valuable lessons but it’s always good to look at the winners to see what worked for them that can be applied elsewhere. So, I thought I’d look at this exit to see what we can learn from it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: traction forgives all  startup sins. In less than two years, Passwordbox generated over 14 million downloads of their software. But telling you to go get traction isn’t all that helpful. So,…
  • Making Satellite Offices work

    mark
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Pop quiz: Name a billion dollar company (in any industry) that only has one office. Impossible, right? I got this nugget courtesy of Christoph Janz at Point Nine Capital. He’s right. Hard as I try, I can’t think of one market-leading company that has got by on one office. If you aspire to build your own market leader, at some point, you too will have to plan for a World where your team members are in multiple locations. I see this happening earlier and earlier. Often, its driven by funding. I used to see Canadian companies raise money from US VCs and suddenly have an office near…
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    47hats.com

  • A Scrum of One (solopreneur)?

    Bob Walsh
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    So, what’s the right methodology for a developer or really small team for (hopefully) building and launching a successful SaaS? Do you bang out the minimalist of minimal viable products with no tests? I did that basically back in the day with StartupToDo.com and was overwhelmed by technical debt and bugs. Now that I’m back to being a solopreneur after 15 months developing for Brandle.net, and after seeing how other solopreneurs or small teams develop software, finding a better approach was very high on my to do list. Yet, I always assumed that Agile development, the closely…
  • Join fizzle.co now.

    Bob Walsh
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Continuing my experiments to make myself a better solopreneur, I’ve joined and started participating in fizzle.co – and so should you. My first reaction to fizzle was skepticism – what, another online course that will make me all better? Been there, done that. But I decided to join anyway since being out here in rural Sonoma, California, I was feeling more than a little isolated. You want to talk about wine, come to Sonoma. You want to talk about the challenges and tribulations of being an online solopreneur, you’re in the wrong place. Fizzle.co is an “Honest…
  • But seriously, folks…

    Bob Walsh
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Sometimes we developers take ourselves so seriously – these guys don’t. That in itself makes scrumy.com worth a look. While I’ve pretty much settled on Pivotal Tracker as I (painfully) change from unAgile to Agile, reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (creator of Scrum) has me thinking about ways/means for a Scrum of 1. Anyone have any suggestions re Scrum for Solopreneurs? The post But seriously, folks… appeared first on 47hats.com.
  • I can has all my Tabs Back!

    Bob Walsh
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I’m stitching together a new comprehensive productivity system presently – to go along with my new work focus of Ruby on Rails work + consulting + writing. It’s nowhere near ready to unleash on an unsuspecting internets, but I just found a chunk well worth sharing. If you use Chrome, then you’ve probably adopted the new bookmark “stars” functionality – and lost the ability forever to bookmark all tabs. This came as a nasty surprise – it’s gone, you can’t go back, you are screwed. Chrome extensions like Stash sort of give you back an…
  • Start every day with a line of code.

    Bob Walsh
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    I’m going to try an experiment: identify and implement 1 small habit each Monday that makes me a better solopreneur, and report the results back here. This week: Start the day with a line of Code. [ update on Friday; December 5, 2014 – this has been hit or miss for me; been distracted getting my head around Agile and Scrum. But, on those days I’ve done it, I’ve written more code.] Earlier this morning as I was lying in bed, checking news and zite, texting my girlfriend, avoiding another week of building FlashCommand, and I can across this post, “12 Ridiculously…
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    IttyBiz

  • Product Launch Advice #4: How close together can my launches be?

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (The series continues! Catch up with part one, part two and part three.) How close together can your launches be? The answer to this depends on the kind of question you’re asking. Are you asking how often you can release a new product, or are you asking how often you can launch? (We can even make it more complicated and include re-releases of existing programs or products, and even standard promotions where nothing new is released.) Basically, the answer isn’t complex, but it is very dependent on the context of what you’re referring to when you say “launch.” If you’re asking…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 3: How Long Does My Sales Page Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (Late to the party? Take a look at part one and part two.) Sales pages are one of those things that everyone’s got an opinion on. And that’s fine. At the same time, it’s helpful when that opinion is based on actual customer data rather than just “what feels like it won’t offend anyone” or “what I hate.” We get this a lot with clients during consults, and when Dave’s writing sales pages for some of them. Emotion enters into the picture, and there’s a lot of worry and fear and “but I can’t do that!” going on, whether we’re advising a particular page go longer – or…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 2: How Sexy Does My Launch Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (If you missed part one, you can find it here.) Given the spectacle that many online launches are today – I’m surprised people aren’t handing out free popcorn and balloons for the kids – a lot of people wonder if their launch is going to be sexy enough. Now when we say “sexy”, here, what we’re specifically referring to is flashy and overt marketing and sales tactics. It probably doesn’t help that the typical advice handed out to them tells them that launches cannot succeed if they are not big sexy affairs that get people all in a bother. (Well, I guess a big sexy affair should…
  • Freebie Friday #8! (Reclaiming Non-Buyers After Your Launch)

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers Advanced Tips for Getting Endorsements (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Reclaiming Non-Buyers After Your Launch”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 1: “I feel like I did everything right but it still flopped. What went wrong?”

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to day one of our blog series of advice on product launches. Day one is unique in that it is the only day that comes before day two, but after the introduction. As promised, we’re answering common launch questions. We’re trying to answer the hard ones, too, so that you’re not totally wasting your time. We are very aware that you had a choice in what you did today, and that getting blasted on egg nog was among those choices, so please accept our thanks. We will work hard to ensure you feel you made the right decision. So. First question. Probably the most common among…
 
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    Business of Software US

  • Buffer vs Sony Pictures. Can transparency scale?

    Mark Littlewood
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Want to know what Joel Gasgoine and the team at Buffer App are paid and how much they spend on Kindle books a year? Be their guest… Joel did a great talk on scaling a culture of transparency at Business of Software Conference 2014. Extraordinarily impressive guy and an extraordinarily impressive business. When does transparency become a bad thing for a business? Buffer celebrates transparency, is exceptional in many respects but not exceptionally big, yet. Sony Pictures is big but clearly not comfortable with transparency. Is there a point that transparency will hinder Buffer?
  • Happy Birthday Wendi Labbie

    Mark Littlewood
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Birthday Wendi Labbie! Many congratulations from us all to Wendi Labbie who is now of legal drinking age. We know this is all supposed to be about software but software is all about people (or should be) and we wanted to recognise the shining star that makes Business of Software Conference happen. Have a fantastic day! The post Happy Birthday Wendi Labbie appeared first on Business of Software US.
  • Product Strategy is about saying ‘no’ – part 2. Des Traynor Intercom at BoS USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Des Traynor, Co-Founder of Intercom, follows up his bravura 2013 Lightning Talk with an hour of precision focus on successful product strategy. Successful product management requires frequent hard decisions and compromises, all based on a healthy balance of data and intuition. In the absence of strategy, products are pigeon-holed into categories. They focus on fleshing out a feature matrix to win comparison wars with perceived competitors- who are doing the same thing! It’s a vicious cycle that yields the biggest, not the best, product. This fails; first you lose touch, second you lose…
  • Pictures from Business of Software Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    We took a few pictures but we had the amazing Betsy Weber from TechSmith at BoS again this year so we are far too embarrassed to share our. Luckily, Betsy is so lovely she let us share these… Please send us links to any you have on Facebook, Flickr or anywhere else you like sharing stuff. BoS talks to your inbox. Don't miss another talk! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Be the first to hear when new BoS talks go live Hear about chances to talk to speakers online to answer questions you have about their talks Reminders so you never miss a…
  • The breakfast of champions: Feedback from BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    ‘Awesome people’, ‘My tribe’,’Quality of other attendees’, ‘Being surrounded by people smarter than me’. As ever, there is a theme to the feedback forms from BoS USA this year. And – as ever – it’s the people. Thank you all for being there and for participating so whole heartedly. It’s what gives BoS its unique atmosphere and believe me, we love it as much as you do. While we’re on the theme of participation, this year many of you got involved in the breakout sessions where you took time to think about your BoS…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • The Invisible Elephant of Non-Self-Expression

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Late Night Dream Anxiety Re: Self-Expression I had a dream last night about self-expression. I dreamed about writing a blog post. I wish I could recall exactly what I wrote in my dreams. The gist of the dream had to do with how pervasive a concept the lack of self-expression is in our lives — so much so that we usually ignore it. The elephant in the creativity and innovation room is a lack of full self-expression. The elephant in the dream — me — was trying to make itself known to an amorphous group in a meeting. I tried to speak but nobody heard my voice. I blew that…
  • Want Innovation? Ask.

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Not everything about innovation is complicated. I recently gave a creative problem solving workshop to a group of scientists who all worked for the same outfit. It was a lively session. In addition to learning structured creative problem solving (Osborn-Parnes-Basadur framework) we did some short bits of ideation around new business concepts. This was more as a sampler than it was a real session. It wasn’t the goal of the session to reinvent their business, nonetheless, in a short time there were some relevant business growth ideas with potential on the table. An executive with the…
  • FAQ Re: Dr. Alan Black

    GREGG FRALEY
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Greetings from gray and chilly Three Oaks, Michigan. As gloomy as it is, I’m grateful to be here and free. Freedom is not something we should take for granted. Later this morning I’ll take a walk outside around my pond and say prayers for my friend Alan Black. I might take a photograph. When he’s released I hope he’ll come visit me here so we can enjoy a walk outside together — and photograph whatever catches our eye. Below is the latest information from Friends of Alan Black. The FAQ pretty much says it all. Much of this has been covered in news reports, but FAB…
  • Help Detained USA Citizen In Abu Dhabi

    GREGG FRALEY
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    This is a departure for this blog. While there is a direct connection to creativity and innovation it is essentially a press release written by concerned leaders in the creativity and innovation international community. One of our own, Dr. Robert Alan Black, has been detained in Abu Dhabi. The details are below. My request is that if you are so moved, please contact the offices of your elected officials. USA citizens can find contact information here.  Press Release For Immediate Release Contact:                     Rosemary Rein Phone number:       239-910-3354…
  • Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Speaker

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Keynoter Let this post work as a guide for meeting planners. You don’t have to hire me as your innovation speaker, but if you hire one, you’ll be well served if you pay attention to these four criteria and my comments in bold. Innovation is a complex, wonky topic and it has some special requirements that go beyond the classic things meeting planners look for in a speaker. Let’s keep this simple and as neutral as possible — my shameless personal plug is at the very bottom. I’m even going to suggest my competition here. So…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Cameron Powell talks about building a runway with a day job as a way to bootstrap a startup TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Biotech Biz Bootstraps

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Shawn Glinter, founder of Nanoferix, talks about his newest venture, which sees him bootstrapping by utilizing a virtual team to cut down on overhead while maximizing the talent pool. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Biotech Biz Bootstraps appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • A Chat With the Founders of Talkapolis

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Talkapolis, John Bransford, and co-chair Kane Harrison take a break from staying behind the scenes of The Entrepreneurial Mind and come on as guests to talk about their progress. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Chat With the Founders of Talkapolis appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Independent Artists Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Drummer for hire Michael McManus talks with Dr. Cornwall about his numerous experiences, and how the career of a musician is not so dissimilar from that of an entrepreneur. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Independent Artists Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit

    Jeff Cornwall
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Paula Lovell, founder of Lovell Communications, talks the growth of her company and her exit strategy. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • Having it All This Holiday Season!

    Jay Turo
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Why not truly have it all this holiday season?Spend great time with family and friends and enjoy the blessings of the season that those that work hard in building and leading businesses so richly deserve….…while developing a steely resolve and a solid plan to profit from the awesome opportunities and possibilities that the New Year is sure to bring.Here are seven ideas on how to really have our cake and eating it too these next few weeks.#7. Complete 2014. Before the New Year can truly be started, the old one needs to be closed out.For sure, this often involves administrative, accounting,…
  • Breaking Free of No Man’s Land

    Jay Turo
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    I met this week with partners from the Newport Board - an organization of former CEOs and senior executives that "guides companies through No Man's LandTM" - that unfortunate place where the vast majority of businesses eventually settle……doing well enough to press on but not even close to being either a) a source of significant cash flow for its owners or b) an attractive acquisition candidate for a strategic or financial buyer.Companies stuck here face a daunting array of vexing business challenges, described well by Newport Board partner Ferey Feridian as the “Four M’s” - Money,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Jay Turo
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It acknowledges the best qualities of our blessed land - hard work, diversity as strength, and a focus on solutions not problems.Whenever I am feeling down about America’s prospects in this brave new world of ours, I reflect on Thanksgiving’s timeless lessons.As every schoolboy and girl knows, Thanksgiving traces its origin from a 1621 Pilgrim harvest feast to celebrate surviving an extremely difficult first winter in the New World.The Pilgrims owed their survival to the goodwill of the Wampanoag Indians - the original inhabitants of…
  • The Power of NON Disclosure

    Jay Turo
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Every day I see entrepreneurs trying to find that right balance between keeping their intellectual property and business models confidential while sharing and promoting themselves to the investors, partners, and customers whose interest they so very much need to pique.My bias generally falls strongly on the side of transparency - both because it is a virtue unto itself - and because it takes a lot of effort in our “everything end up on the Internet for all to see” age to truly maintain confidentiality.However, I have a more fundamental reason why I generally advise entrepreneurs and…
  • Does Anybody Read Business Plans Anymore?

    Jay Turo
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It is hard not to laugh when I hear tired old refrains like "Nobody reads business plans anymore" or "In a world of lean startups, there is no time for strategic planning."Why do otherwise intelligent and well-meaning businesspeople say and think things like this?Well, for starters as human beings we all struggle to emotionally grasp the impact of the history not made, of the things that don't happen.You see, poor strategy does not manifest itself as much in high profile flame-outs as perhaps it did in days of yore (see Pets.com, eToys, etc.) as it does in nothing of note ever being…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: JohnBlaine

    Audree
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:03 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 JohnBlaine. Check out more great work on JohnBlaine’s profile page. Nicely done, JohnBlaine, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack Fresh from the SPRING: 
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  • Customer Service: The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

    Ross
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Most customer service teams respond to customers with sympathy. A sympathetic response could be: “I’m also unhappy with the way that product works.” Sympathy is rarely an ideal response to a customer’s problem. Instead, show empathy. Empathy allows to you be professional and caring at the same time. It also allows you to avoid becoming emotionally involved (like when you show sympathy). Think about it this way: when you’re sympathetic, you simply feel badly for someone. Sympathy doesn’t communicate to a customer that you understand WHY they feel the way…
  • Small Business and Startups: How Do I Thank You?

    Mike
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Mom taught us well. She raised us to be polite and she raised us to consider other’s feelings. For many small business owners saying thanks to your team is a head-scratcher. Performance-based bonuses can be a powerful incentive for individuals, and profit-sharing plans can reward great teamwork, but saying thank you can and should rise above those. Besides, not every business can afford meaningful bonuses for the team and not every business has profits to share in the first place. People (read, your team) have a very basic need to be appreciated. Simply saying, “Thank you”…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #247 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    “Make it snow,” says Captain Picard! Have a listen to this wonderful leader’s very own version of this old holiday chestnut.  13 days until Christmas, but who’s counting, anyhow? WE ARE! And now… our weekly roundup of the great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We do like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! I hope you enjoy! How to Tell…
  • Payoneer Is Coming to crowdSPRING!

    Mike
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    We are happy to announce that, as of next week we will be offering a new payment option for crowdSPRING Creatives. In addition to receiving your awards via PayPal you will also have the option of signing up for Payoneer, a leading provider of global payment solutions, for additional flexible and low-cost payment options. We will no longer offer direct Bank Wire transfers, but through our friends at Payoneer, you can now choose between two additional payment options: a pre-paid Credit Card or bank transfer service: Bank transfer: Once you have signed up for the Payoneer service, you…
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  • Easy way to reduce the effects of aging

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Easy way to reduce the effects of agingGettyAs little as 15 minutes each day can increase longevity and keep you looking and feeling young. Activity that can help prevent dementiaMore from Everyday HealthArthritis linked to heart disease7 winter foods for depression
  • Major revelation about US strikes in Syria

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Major revelation about US strikes in SyriaGettyAs U.S. fighter jets continue to pound Islamic State targets in Syrian territory, one factor has seemingly changed in the air war.Effect of fear of an 'oops moment'More in the newsISIS thug suspected of killing 150Sydney siege was preventable?
  • Occupation with the highest rate of obesity is ...

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Occupation with the highest rate of obesity is ...GettyA new study revealed the profession that has the most overweight workers in the nation -- and the answer may be a surprise. Solutions employers are testingMore in finance10 most dangerous jobs in the USPaid maternity leave: A reality?
  • How revived ties with Cuba came to fruition

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    How revived ties with Cuba came to fruitionGettyAfter Obama appointed Kerry as Secretary of State, one of their first conversations was about Cuba.Three cities where officials met for historic talksMore Cuba coverageWho exactly were the 'Cuban 5'?Personal essay: 'We're all Cubans'
  • Probe into Sony hack uncovers damning data

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Probe into Sony hack uncovers damning dataGettyUntil Wednesday, Obama said it wasn't clear who led the break-in -- but a hired forensics team cites 'strong circumstantial evidence.'What singular IP address revealedIn case you missedThreat that caused the falloutDetails around Sony cancellation
 
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    Xconomy

  • CAMX Power Quietly Develops 200-Mile Electric Car Battery

    Martin LaMonica
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Martin LaMonica Claims of a breakthrough in battery performance are fairly commonplace—and often disappointing. A little-known startup has been toiling on a material that isn’t a radical break with today’s batteries. But by improving on materials that are already widley used, it could be a commercial success nonetheless. CAMX Power, based in Lexington, MA, has only existed as a standalone company since last May. But it has been working on a battery cathode material for 12 years and is now providing samples to potential customers and licensees, says president and founder Kenan Sahin.
  • New Funding for Texas Software, Cleantech, & Health IT Startups

    Angela Shah
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Angela Shah There’s just over a week until Christmas. How is your shopping going? As you wait in checkout lines or for e-retailers to process your orders, catch up with the latest innovation news from Xconomy’s Texas bureau, such as funding news and new startup partnerships in Houston. —Rebellion Photonics, a Houston energy startup, has received $4.25 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The federal program invested a total of $60 million in 22 projects designed to detect and measure methane emissions and to develop thermal…
  • Phononic Raises a Cool $44.5M for Refrigerator Technology

    Frank Vinluan
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Frank Vinluan Phononic, a startup that’s trying to shake up the refrigerator industry with a semiconductor cooling technology, has raised $44.5 million to help the company expand into more cooling applications. Eastwood Capital Corp. and the Wellcome Trust led the Series D round for the Durham, NC-based company. Phononic’s technology replaces refrigerator compressors, the pumps that move refrigerant throughout a cooling system. With no moving parts, Phononic says its solid-state heat pumps don’t use toxic refrigerants or make noise the way traditional refrigerators do. But the biggest…
  • From American Well to Venture Capitalists, Health IT on the Rise

    Gregory T. Huang
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Gregory T. Huang Companies in healthcare IT have been percolating for the past five-plus years. Now, with the regulatory climate evolving and big companies like Apple getting more serious about health and wellness, it looks like 2015 could be when it’s all going to pop. Let’s connect a few dots: —American Well has raised $80 million in Series C funding from unnamed health plans, academic medical centers, private equity, and other institutional and corporate investors. The Boston telehealth company makes software for virtual doctor visits and has been around since 2006. (Check out…
  • CoInvent Summit Triggers Debate About Passion for Entrepreneurship

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    View the Slideshow João-Pierre S. Ruth At the CoInvent Startup Summit held on Tuesday in New York, differing opinions on some founders’ intentions emerged among the discussions. (The slideshow above offers a taste of the investors and entrepreneurs who spoke at the daylong conference.) During the panel on “Getting Star Investors for Your Startup,” Brian Cohen, chairman of New York Angels, offered his usual acerbic take on startups’ quests for funding. Cohen said he believes everyone deserves an opportunity to speak about their ideas, but he will make it clear if he is not interested.
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • How Not to Let the Crazy In

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    A friend of mine is starting a huge new project.  She told me that 2015 is going to be the craziest year she's ever had. I suggested to her that it will certainly be the busiest, but that she didn't have to let the crazy in. We throw around the word "crazy" but in all seriousness, mental health is something that doesn't get much discussion in the startup world.  There seems to be a blog post, book or boot camp for just about everything you could hope to learn as an entrepreneur, but no one really seems to focus on how to mentally survive entrepreneurship. It bothers me that we just…
  • Congrats to Backupify! A Great Exit Story for the First Company I Ever Backed

    Charlie O'Donnell
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Today, Backupify announced that it is getting purchased by Datto.  It's a solid exit to a company that has lots of revs, is growing, and together will form a very formidable player in the data backup space--one that can definitely be a public company in the next couple of years.   I'm super proud of Rob, Ben and the whole Backupify team--and this is particularly special for me because Backupify was the first investment I ever made as a VC, and the first board I ever sat on.   In fact, my history with Rob and Backupify goes back almost ten years, well before the idea of cloud…
  • Ten Good Reasons to Take Venture Capital Money

    Charlie O'Donnell
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Following up on my post from Monday that rang like "reasons not to take VC money" here are some reasons you should: 1) You really like the investor and believe they can add more value than you give up in equity. 2) You are growing, and if you don't raise, you won't be able to build the infrastructure required not to come apart at the seams.   3) You have the team in place or identified to build the product, you've done your homework by talking to customers that it is, in fact, the right product, and you're the best person to lead the effort, but you can't fund the build of the product…
  • Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    If you take venture capital money... 1) You increase the chances that you may not be CEO of your own company one day--and that also might be the best thing for its long term success.   2) You are signing up to sell the company one day--to another company or to the public market, but definitely to someone.   3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that.   4) You will almost certainly go cashflow negative, increasing the risk that your company will fail. 5) You now have the responsibility to report the progress of the company to others--and to consider…
  • Because the Domain Makes it Really Real

    Charlie O'Donnell
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Three years ago today, I grabbed the domain name BrooklynBridgeVentures.com.   It's kind of a funny answer to "When did you start Brooklyn Bridge Ventures?" What might be a more relevant date is May 22nd, 2007.  That's the day I sat down for lunch at Coffee Shop with Henry Blodget, just six days after Silicon Alley Insider launched.  Henry told me that I should start a fund--me, a 27 year old former VC analyst turned product manager with no MBA at a startup that wasn't really headed in any particular direction.  It's probably the first time I'd really ever had the thought…
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    Men with Pens

  • 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page

    James Chartrand
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2014, All Rights Reserved.
  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

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

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

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

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

  • A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    It's #TBT. It's been a busy and exciting several months. Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process.  On October 9th 2014, after our IPO roadshow, I had the thrill of joining a few HubSpotters and ringing the bell on the NYSE.  $HUBS (NYSE:HUBS) was off to the races. Note: I'm the guy in the middle.  I'm easy to pick out because I'm the calmest one of the bunch.  That's not because I'm cool and collected, but because I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all. In the intervening time between the S1 filing and the IPO, I was in what…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

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

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

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

  • How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

    Matthew Toren
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra Entrepreneurs looking to launch their startups are often faced with myriad difficult decisions, chief among them being the question of seed financing. If you’ve ever found yourself asking, “How can I fund this?” or “Can I fund this on my own, while I’m still holding my current job?” the answer is yes—you absolutely can. Vasu Akula and his two cofounders launched Voziq in late 2011 with one simple goal in mind: to help companies who purchase advanced analytics and business intelligence solutions better…
  • Rethinking the Way You Plan Events, Weddings, Corporate Meetings, and Parties

    Matthew Toren
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is Greenvelope? Greenvelope.com is a Seattle based start-up rethinking event planning. Our event planning services allow people to custom design and send digital invitations and easily manage events with integrated tools such as RSVP and plus one tracking, Google map direction integration, ticketing sales, donation facilitation and more. It makes planning anything from a corporate event to a wedding simple and organized. In a world of Facebook invites and expensive stationary, Greenvelope provides a perfect balance between “modern” and “traditional” that is changing the way…
  • Get Your Customers to Fund Your Business – NakedWines Did It!

    Matthew Toren
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many companies, particularly tech startups, get funding from venture capital groups or angel investors – individuals who fund a startup in exchange for a stake in the business or return on the investment. Crowdfunding is a less traveled road, but NakedWines.com, a company founded by Rowan Gormley, is blazing its own path in an industry known for its traditions. NakedWines.com has brought more than 200,000 wine drinkers worldwide together to invest more than $5 million a month in indie winemakers, giving winemakers a chance to follow their dream of producing their own wines while providing…
  • How a Drop-Out Became an Entrepreneur – 3 Lessons Randy Wyner Learned Along the Way

    Blogtrepreneur
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I founded Chronic Tacos with my friend Dan when I was 26 and I never spent a day in college. Anyone can do it, right? It sounds easy enough to skip the college degree in favor of pursuing your dreams. And with entrepreneurs out there, like Bill Gates and Richard Branson, acting as the perfect example of finding success as a dropout, the argument seems pretty strong against getting a degree. And while I share with those two the fact that we don’t have a degree, every entrepreneur has to find their own path and use those lessons they learn along the way to their advantage. I believe that all…
  • 24/7 Entrepreneur Education Takes U of Utah to Next Level

    Adam Toren
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    New $45 million facility will allow students to live, build prototypes and launch companies in the same place Entrepreneurship is not something that can be fully understood in a classroom. It’s something that must be experienced. It’s more of a mindset than anything, a confidence you can overcome what comes next. Universities everywhere are grappling with this problem as they adjust their curricula to keep pace with innovation and respond to how society glamorizes people, like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, who have found success by dropping out of college to start a business. The…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Human Foie Gras — A Golden Opportunity

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    To kick things off, what is foie gras? It can be explained with a short missive from our friend Wikipedia: The California foie gras law, California S.B. 1520, is a California State statute that prohibits the “force feed[ing of] a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size”… Former Senator John Burton called foie gras production “an inhumane process that other countries have sensibly banned.” Given this outrage related to mistreating birds, you might be surprised to learn that human foie gras industries are booming.
  • Writing with the Master – The Magic of John McPhee

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    If I could study non-fiction writing with anyone, it would be John McPhee. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he won that award in 1999 for Annals of the Former World.  Even more impressive to me, he can turn any subject — truly, any subject — into a page turner. An entire book about oranges? Check. Bark canoes? Done. For as long as I can remember, I’ve raved about his books like a sweaty-palmed fan boy.  Personal favorites include the bite-sized Levels of the Game (about one epic tennis match), Coming into the…
  • Marc Goodman, FBI Futurist, on High-Tech Crime and How to Protect Yourself

    Ian Robinson
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    “The fact of the matter is, back in 2008, terrorists were using search engines, like Google, to determine who shall live and who shall die. I know it’s a black swan event, but when you’re sharing on Facebook, it’s not just the media and marketing companies that you need to be concerned about. When you share openly, everybody has access to it.” (Tweet It) – Marc Goodman [Quick announcement: The Tim Ferriss Show is officially one of iTunes’ “Best of 2014“! Would you or your company like to sponsor the show? Click here for more details.] Marc…
  • Bryan Callen on Eating Corgis (Yes, The Dogs) and Improving Creativity

    Ian Robinson
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    “There are three things you can’t fake: 1. Fighting, 2. Sex, and 3. Comedy.” (Tweet It) - Bryan Callen Alright, this may be the funniest episode yet. Bryan Callen is a world-class comic and prolific actor. He travels the globe performing stand-up comedy for sold-out audiences, and — in his spare time — regularly appears on shows like Frasier, Entourage, Law & Order, CSI, Sex and the City, Oz, The King of Queens, and How I Met Your Mother. Bryan is also INCREDIBLY well read.  Don’t miss the show notes and links below. In this episode, we delve…
  • The Random Show: Hating Tech, Hidden Japanese Gems, Sexual Awkwardness, and More

    Ian Robinson
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This episode of The Random Show is a mind snack… fueled by wine. There are dozens of topics covered in this bromantic session of scatterbrained nonsense. Like what? To start off: hidden gems in Japan, hating tech, Kevin’s new obsessions (and projects), gifts, books we’re reading, excessive sexual awkwardness, and much more. O-tanoshimi dane! For all previous episodes of The Random Show, including the infamous China Scam episode, click here. Can’t see the video above? Click here. Want audio to listen on the go?  Here you go… Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by…
 
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    Caroline Middlebrook (v3)

  • A Handful Of Useful Online Text Tools

    Caroline Middlebrook
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today I have just a short post to list a few of the online text manipulation tools that I find myself using pretty much every day. These are simple tools to manipulate domains, spintax, keywords and so on. I hope you find it useful. Extract Domains From Text http://www.toolsvoid.com/extract-domains I work with domains a lot – looking for social bookmarking sites to add to IMAutomator, or lists of domains for places to build links, domains that could be useful to buy to build out for a PBN (Private Blog Network) etc. Usually its much easier to work with just the root domain but lists of…
  • Lessons From The Trenches #2 – Launch To An Established Audience

    Caroline Middlebrook
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    This is part 2 of a series of posts about my experiences of running IMAutomator for over 5 years. You can view the entire series here. One of the things that went well initially with IMAutomator is that I already had an interested audience ready for when it launched so the moment it went live I had real interested people signing up and using it. When you are creating a product that takes significant time up front to create, there is nothing worse than doing all that work, releasing it to the world only for nobody to see it. You have to build that audience up first. Joe Mabel via Wikimedia…
  • I’ve Been Refunded & Blocked by the LinkIndexer Developers For Posting My Case Study!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    This is just a quick follow up to the LinkIndexr case study that I published just 4 hours ago. I posted the case study in the Zamurai Bloggers Facebook group which is the one they are using for LinkIndexr customers. The developers (Joshua Zamora and some guy called Abdul) never replied to my post or any of the earlier questions I had asked in there. I just had an email come in saying that my purchase had been refunded and when I went back to the Facebook group to take a look, I have been blocked! I cannot even see it! Uncool Guys, Not How to Run a Software Product As the developer of my own…
  • LinkIndexer Claims To Index 83% of Backlinks in 24 Hours. Let’s See About That

    Caroline Middlebrook
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    TL;DR; I bought the newly released LinkIndexer, it didn’t work at all at first. Eventually I was able to get in to try it out. I ran a test on 884 URL’s, 186 of which were indexed already through natural methods. 24 hours later, despite the claim that LinkIndexer will index 83% of your links in 1 day, only 3 new URL’s were indexed. My conclusion: Don’t Buy it! Now for the longer version…. I got an email a few days ago from somebody promoting a new link indexing tool called LinkIndexr. As it happens, I have been looking into indexing lately as I have discovered…
  • My Hot & Cold Relationship With Blogging

    Caroline Middlebrook
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    By Damianosullivan (Own work) via Wikimedia CommonsI had been thinking about starting up this blog again for a long time. I’d even written out lists of pros and cons! Last week I put the feelers out with a short post simply asking if anyone was still reading and would be interested. The response I got made the decision for me. Within a day or two I had over 20 people comment on the post saying that they’d be interesting in my posts again. Considering it has been around 5 years since I bloggged about Internet Marketing, and three years since I had even touched the post, I was…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets

    Tyler Cruz
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Heh, this title sounds like a reality TV show. As you know, I’ve been seriously looking into acquiring an investment property, specifically a buy-and-hold cashflowing rental. On Friday, after a lot of research and analysis, I finally went out with my investment agent to take a look at some of the leading properties on my list in person. I’ve always enjoyed looking at properties in person (having only done it for personal purchases before though), and looking at investment properties was no different. It’s just extremely fun for me… I get a huge high from doing it. Anyhow,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: September 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    It’s time for another affiliate marketing income report! Hmm… how should I fill the next few introductory paragraphs? I know! How about we go back in time 1 year ago and see how September 2013 did? September 2013 was an interesting month because it was a complete shock to the system. Only 3 months prior, I generated over $52,000 in profit in June. Then September ended up bringing in a measly $467.12. You can view the September 2013 income report here. So, was this a seasonal thing? A September curse, perhaps? Let’s find out! September 2014 Affiliate Campaign Income: $29,935.71…
  • What I’ve Been Doing The Past Month

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Sorry for the lack of posting. And sorry if the title of this blog post led you to believe that I had some juicy secret to reveal, because I don’t. In fact, I’ve been doing nothing extraordinary at all. I’ve simply been working as usual. So why the lack of posts then? Well, my priority has been to focus on my campaigns and e-mail, and by the time I tend to those things I don’t feel like writing a blog post. If you go back a few years, my priority was 100% on my blog, and so I’d have great post frequency and content, but then my other projects were neglected as a…
  • Start a Logo Contest with LogoArena

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

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

  • A Ticket Forward: Business Stems From Viral Search For A Travel Companion Named Elizabeth Gallagher

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:37 pm
    It stems from a story you've probably already heard about - where a Canadian man named Jordan Axani searched for a Canadian citizen named Elizabeth Gallagher, after a ticket around the world threatened to go to waste when his relationship ended. Then, as a kind of "pay it forward" he started a non-profit business to create similar opportunities for others.
  • Don't Get What You Pay For From Judgy Snack Vending Machine With Facial Recognition

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The New Year will be here before we know it, and with that comes often unattainable resolutions that don't ever seen the turn of the calendar month. We can put fail-safe solutions in place to lead us in the right direction, but there are always temptations waiting to lure us back on the wagon (whatever your wagon of choice may be). If your relationship with food is what you struggle with, now there's a vending machine that can join your resolution success team.
  • Want Your Artificial Tree To Smell Real? Use An Essential Oil Ornament

    Laurie Kay Olson
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Artificial Christmas trees have been around for many decades now and the one thing that they truly lack is that fresh piney smell that is synonymous with the holiday season. These days this is an easy fix with this Snowflake Bubble Aromatherapy Ornament. Just hang the blown glass ball on the tree and fill it with Balsam Fir Oil and let the sniffing begin!
  • Foursquare And Seven Years Ago. . .

    Ron Callari
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Has it really been seven years since Foursquare emerged on the digital landscape and became the first location-based social network to take hold of our zeitgeist? Do you remember how check-ins and being acknowledged as a mayor of your local Starbucks distinguished you as a member of the social media elite -- and that the more places you visited, the more popular you became  — or so you thought?
  • Skull Lollipop Candy Case Shows Zombies You're No Sucker

    Steve Levenstein
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Keep your friends close and your personal lollipop closer as the old saying (sort of) goes. The Skull Lollipop Candy Case from Japan's Village Vanguard will alert those so-called “friends” to keep their sticky fingers off your fave Chupa Chups sucker.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • In Search of High-impact Private Sector ‘GameChangers’ in Papua New Guinea

    T. Keyzom Ngodup
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    UNDP in Papua New Guinea and the Australian Government recently launched an extraordinary venture, first of its kind in PNG – the Kumul GameChangers – to support for-profit impact enterprises in PNG.  Keeping entrepreneurs at the core, the venture recognizes that for entrepreneurs and their innovations, the knowledge and capital required for their success need to come together so that this emerging cadre of GameChangers can accelerate solutions to the national challenge of exclusion and fractured development. read more
  • Wellness: The Critical Variable in the Success Equation: A Chat with Dr. K

    Octavia Smith
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dr. Kahlila Lawrence is the owner of Care for You Consulting which specializes in assisting people, primarily women, to achieve their best potential holistically. Dr. K offers  individual  as well as group coaching, speaking, webinars on self-care and self-esteem  and  nutrition consultation. For more information visit Dr. Lawrence on the web  as well as download your FREE Health News E -Book.read more
  • An Interview with the Co-Founders of MergeLane

    Laura Greb
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    MergeLane ‘discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run’. Their motivation is two-fold. First, there are far fewer women in startups than we would expect. MergeLane believe diverse companies are stronger companies, and they want to help narrow the gap. Second, data overwhelmingly shows that venture-backed, female-run companies produce higher returns. Laura Greb caught up with Sue Heilbronner and Elizabeth Kraus in Boulder, CO. read more
  • Why Real-Time Bidding is Becoming so Important in the Online Advertising Market

    Guest Author
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    New technology has allowed website owners to gain abetter understanding of WHO their users are and WHAT their users are actually looking for. The result is an amazing amount of rich information that can be used in many ways.read more
  • What to Do When Your Website Needs a Fresh Start

    Coral Turner
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Coral Turner shares with The Next Women her experiences in developing a shiny new website for her brand.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • TeamKarma

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Crowdfunding Expert Dr. Letitia Wright As America’s Crowd Funding Strategist, she teaches workshops for Small Business Administration, California’s SBDC’s and is the Los Angeles Crowd Funding Examiner and Guest blogger for other Crowd Funding sites. She has the fastest growing platform for crowdfunding education and project promotion in America. Her interviews with the top Crowdfunding […] The post TeamKarma appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Why The Wright Place Works with BlogDash ( and why you should too)

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    BlogDash Review Working with BlogDash is a great way for bloggers to expand their content while increasing their income. The site is easy to work with. You simply log in and see the offers made to you. Bloggers can pick and choose from the assignments offered. Then post on their website. The website is easy […] The post Why The Wright Place Works with BlogDash ( and why you should too) appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Why Your Staff Should Learn Foreign Languages

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    Why Your Staff Should Learn Foreign Languages The truth is that new markets are expanding all over the world these days at an increasing rate. The biggest growth areas will often be overseas, as a result. Here are a few ways you can take advantage of this through teaching new languages to your staff. Be […] The post Why Your Staff Should Learn Foreign Languages appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Why American Household Still Give to Charity Despite of Tax Reduction By Gregory Murmylyuk

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    While 96% of households give to charity, only third of them benefit from tax deduction. The federal income tax was introduced in 1913 and four years later, tax deductions were established for charitable donations. There have been changes throughout the years, but one basic principle remains in action – taxpayers can make deductions to their […] The post Why American Household Still Give to Charity Despite of Tax Reduction By Gregory Murmylyuk appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Learning sales techniques from the Apprentice?

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Learning sales techniques from the Apprentice? Ah, it’s “Apprentice” season again. No, that doesn’t mean you can reach for a shotgun and bag a couple of arrogant 20 somethings, however tempting the thought. If there’s one thing you can consistently learn from the show it seems to be how not to be a salesperson. But […] The post Learning sales techniques from the Apprentice? appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

    steveblank
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve received this post in an email the embedded videos and powerpoint are best viewed on www.steveblank.com We have learned a remarkable process that allow us to be highly focused, and we have learned a tool of trade we can now repeat. This has been of tremendous value to us. Andrew Norris, Principal Investigator BCN Biosciences Over the last three years the National Science Foundation I-Corps has taught over 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology and how to fail less, increasing their odds for commercial success. To see if this same curriculum…
  • The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

    steveblank
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPadinto standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within the University. Over 44 classes have embedded the business model canvas and/or Customer Discovery including a year-long course taken by every single one of its bioengineering majors. It’s made a big bang. Here’s the story from Dean Chang, UMD’s Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. ———————————————– Two decades ago,…
  • K&S Ranch

    steveblank
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 1976 Saul Steinberg created the March 29th cover of the New Yorker and created a visual meme of a city who was completely self-absorbed. Kirby Scudder, a neighbor on the California coast just did a poster of the view of Palo Alto as the center of universe.  Kirby has done several of these city posters here.  I thought it was a fun poster given its unique vantage point from the Pacific Ocean looking towards San Francisco Bay. I was wondering where our ranch would be on the map until I looked closer. K&S Ranch has been memorialized on the poster!    Filed under:…
  • Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

    steveblank
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts. Impact! —– In August 2011 I received an email from someone at NYU I never heard of. Frank Rimalovski, the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, had just read about the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) in my blog, and he absolutely had to meet me. To Frank’s credit he wouldn’t take no for an answer. When I said, “I’m too…
  • Users, Payers and Multi-Sided Markets

    steveblank
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Olay Teams Up with Photobucket for Best Beautiful Campaign

    First Class Fashionista
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. (Photo Credit: Denver Photographer Larry Mark) This is the follow-up to my recent post, Your Best Beauty Holiday. I am celebrating my “best beautiful” with Olay, and getting my skin camera ready for this season’s family gatherings and holiday photo opps by trying out the Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging line. I promised I would tell you what I thought about it and share with you some exciting news about a new Olay photo tool collaboration, just in time to help us tell our…
  • Casual to Dressy NYE Style Guide

    First Class Fashionista
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    All That Glitters Is Gold Just like in everyday attire, I’m not the average gal when it comes to my New Year’s Eve outfit either. My style may not share much in common with the average glitter and sparkle gal, but I do like to get fancy and am quite possibly a serial party hopper. I absolutely love New Year’s Eve for it’s an all night long, gallivanting event filled with champagne spilling, smiles and good vibes. With such high spirits ringing in the new year, 2015 is certainly full of promise and possibility! In case you haven’t noticed, NYE is only two weeks away! And, if…
  • Coat Trends for Winter 2014

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’m sure we have all noticed the weather has cool down out there. Winter is officially almost here. I like to picture it looming ominously, but the visual is really up to you. With the sun setting earlier and the temperatures dropping, it’s time to look into how to stay warm whilst going about our busy day. But who says you have to sacrifice style for function? Well, okay, I’ve heard the “beauty is pain” line too, but here’s a warm-for-the-winter themed post that aims to contest all that while keeping you abreast of the latest winter 2014 coat trends. Blanket Coats Do you want…
  • Shop UGG Boot Alternatives

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Whelp, Denver, it’s officially cold. I know, the temptation to bust out the ol’ Colorado go-to is rising. You know what I’m talking about. The UGG boots. This year, as with every year, I must implore you: Please, no! These shoes are not only not created for the snowy weather we take them out in, but don’t do anything for us fashion-wise. If anything, the Denver fashion scene takes a clompy step backward every time we choose to throw these over our jeans and head out in the blizzard to our local coffee shop. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the allure! Comfortable, sure, trendy-…
  • Skincare 101

    First Class Fashionista
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    What are you putting on your face? Have you ever actually read the ingredients in your skincare routine? Well, if you’re reading alpha-hydroxy or glycolic-acid, you might be resurfacing your skin faster than your skin can renew itself. Alpha-hydroxy and glycolic-acid promise consumers brighter, smoother and softer skin. These products also give the skin that stinging sensation making people think, “Hey, this is working, if it’s burning.” This might be true, but with acids you never want to go overboard. When you are using products with these ingredients daily, you are exfoliating your…
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  • Let’s help the Boys & Girls Club! Oh, and I met Shaq.

    jeffhilimire
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    This post is a long time coming. Ever since my good friend took a job at the Boys & Girls Club (donate!), my eyes have been opened to the wonderful things they do at that organization. I knew peripherally with B&GC did, but wasn’t fully aware of how awesome this organization was. And then I met Shaq. Here’s the story. My friend at B&GC and I have been talking about doing a tour of one of the clubs so I could really see the operation first hand. We were scheduled for early December but then we had to reschedule for yesterday at 4pm. My friend said that it would be a…
  • Advice on how a startup CEO should prioritize their time

    jeffhilimire
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    I was talking to a good friend of mine recently, a startup CEO like myself, and he was struggling with the difficulty of deciding what exactly he should be spending his time on. He has a functioning version 1.0 product and two other people in his company. Should he be spending more time recruiting, finding the talent that will help him move his company forward? Should he be focusing on building relationships for the long-term, with potential investors, clients and partners? Should he be spending his time responding to the numerous proposals that are due to potential clients? Or, oh yeah, on…
  • The apps and sites I use to receive news and content on a daily basis

    jeffhilimire
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m a junkie for the news, but not in the sense of the actual news because its fairly depressing for someone like me that wants to stay positive. No, the kind of news I enjoy is industry (mobile, games, marketing) or technology-related. I had a conversation with a CNN executive recently about the ways that people like to receive news on their mobile devices. It seems CNN is evaluating this and trying to determine the best way to deliver mobile content. Personally, I feel that there are enough apps & tools out there that give people their pick of how they want to receive the news…
  • Announcing Dragon Army 2.0

    jeffhilimire
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    What a journey this has been so far. A little over a year ago Ryan Tuttle, David Cummings, and I started Dragon Army. The goal: make great mobile games. We started it the Atlanta Tech Village – in my opinion the best place in Atlanta to create a startup. We launched two games, Robots Love Ice Cream and Paper Trail. And we’ve already had some great success, with Robots being in the top 1% of all games downloaded in 2014 and winning an AIMA award for the Arby’s campaign we ran within Robots. So far, so good :) Over the last year I’ve learned a great deal. About myself,…
  • One week with an Android smartwatch – the LG G

    jeffhilimire
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    New technology is an interesting thing. There are times when new tech is created and it solves an existing problem, and then there are clearly times when new technology is created in search of a problem. I think smartwatches are somewhere in the middle. I’ve written a lot about my experiences with the Pebble watch over the last year or so. I recently started wearing it again and the main reason is that I can have my Droid Turbo phone stay unlocked as long as it is connected to the Pebble (via bluetooth). That’s enough of a reason to push it over the edge for me to start wearing it…
 
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  • Comment on 11 Investment Tips for Online Entrepreneurs by Natasha

    Natasha
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Investments….is truly the key to financial freedom….if you got the money and it is the ‘right’ investments. Like everything else, requires much due diligence of time and research to arrive at potential investments that can provide you great passive returns or income or capital. But essentially every investments is based on it’s worth and value or in equity. As an entrepreneur, it is critical to obtain the right knowledge and in education, especially managing business finances and cash flow…. business is a numbers game. Do you agree this is an important…
  • Comment on 11 Investment Tips for Online Entrepreneurs by Jan Koch

    Jan Koch
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Love #8! Actually I’m just listening to “Money – Master the Game”, Tony Robbins’ latest book on investment. He interviewed 50 of the most successful financial experts like Karl Icahn, Ray Dalio or Warren Buffett and he distilled their processes into a system he claims anyone can use. I’m definitely excited about the opportunities investing offers, though web design might stay my top priority business for the next year or two. I definitely want to dive into trading in the future though! Keep up the great work, Jan P.S.: The new design is a major improvement,…
  • Comment on 7 Things Nobody Tells You About Successful Blogging by Moses Ukanna

    Moses Ukanna
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Many blogger often leave put the SEO part and focus on blogging alone, which makes their content go lost in the wind.
  • Comment on 6 Ways To Maximize Your Online Business Valuation by Vahid Chaychi

    Vahid Chaychi
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Hi This is the first time I visited your blog. Great job. I am subscribing to your feed and will check back regularly. Do you know how did I find your blog? I am sure you can not guess. I found it through Google Alert. It emails me when there are new posts related to some special keywords including “online business”. I got an email today and it referred me to this post. I am a blogger, programmer and marketer. I have been doing this since about 15 years ago. I have developed so many sites, blogs, products, services and… . I have mentored over 25000 online entrepreneurs so…
  • Comment on Eliminate These 6 Distractions To Supercharge Productivity by Rohan Bhardwaj

    Rohan Bhardwaj
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    First and foremost, I visited this website when I was in college and I so wanted to retire at 21, I am 22 now and just started my career. Anyway, it was little rough and harsh they way you told to avoid unproductive people, but it is for a good cause and they should understand it. The biggest waste of time is definitely entertainment, I do it a lot. Need to keep check on it. Thanks
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  • What to Consider When Starting Up in the U.S. as an Expat

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It can be a frightening feat to leave your home country and establish business on foreign lands. Though it may seem impossible, many have succeeded, defying the odds and hurdling through loopholes to do so. In a recent webinar titled, "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S.", founders Nitin Pachisia of Unshackled and Mike Galarza of Entryless, share their personal experiences of navigating through the process of visas, hiring employees, and incorporating their businesses. With ties from Mexico and India, both overcame varying obstacles through each stage of becoming a business leader in the…
  • Infographic: How to Make the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Countless employees every day dream of launching their own company. They feel that they either have the correct skills or ideas to be able to enter an industry and create a successful business. But they haven't pursued any of their business ideas yet. Why is that? If you have had an idea for a company, but have not yet pursued it, what has been holding you back? For many aspiring entrepreneurs, the lack of a roadmap on how to start a project that could turn into a company makes it a difficult path to take. Most don't even know where to start, while others don't know if this career path is…
  • Come to a Free Startup Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Company Now

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:35 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…
  • 6 Steps to Building an MVP

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For many founders, creating a functioning prototype of their product and substantiating its usefulness may seem like a daunting task. However, would you believe that this can be achieved in only six steps? Mark Geene, the CEO and co-founder of Cloud Elements, certainly thinks so. Check out the guest post below for a simple plan on how any founder can build a minimum viable product quickly and effectively. Mark Geene is also a Mentor for the Denver Founder Institute. The blog post “6 Steps to Building an MVP”, has been published with his permission below: When getting your startup…
  • FI Grad Udemy mentioned on VentureBeat, Up Performa featured on Nikkei, and more Grad News

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Udemy was highlighted on VentureBeat, Up Performa featured on Nikkei, BlogMutt on 9 News, and more Grad News. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Udemy mentioned on VentureBeat: Want to hitch a ride on a rocket? Join one of these 68 companies (VentureBeat): Udemy, a Bay Area Graduate, is an online…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • The wrongness of relativism

    Jason
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Instagram had 13 employees when they sold for a billion dollars. Was there any startup founder who didn’t feel depressed when that happened? Yes, depressed. All those years of toil and sacrifice, the pain of scaling a complex organization and a complex product, scratching and clawing for revenue growth month after month, and you’ll never have that sort of exit, and 26-year-old Kevin Systrom did it in only 2 years, with 13 buddies, with $0 in revenue, never having had to worry about gross margins or hiring at scale or making sales calls or running out of money. “It’s…
  • For marketing early startups: Deep, not wide

    Jason
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Watch a bunch of interviews of founders of successful companies, and here’s what you don’t hear: We tried eight different marketing channels — AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, social media, events, retargeting, SEO, guest-posting, PR, and so on. All of them worked a little bit, so together it was substantial — a trickle from each that added up to a river. Then we optimized each of them, improving each a bit more every month, and sure enough revenue doubled every year. That’s never how it works. Spreading your precious money and even more…
  • The Lindy Effect on startup potential

    Jason
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs However long the project took to get “close to done,” it will probably take that much time again to really be done. It’s funny because it’s true. Why is it true? Here’s a novel way to frame it: When you’re exploring something new, where the terminus is unknown, you never know how far along the path you are. On average, however, you’re…
  • The hidden benefits of Uniform Culture

    Jason
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This article originally appeared on the WP Engine Blog. I don’t mean “uniform” as in “identical.” (Although, that’s not a bad definition of culture: The attributes that we all share.) I mean “uniform” as in, “Wearing the same clothes, thereby reducing individuality.” We have a swag culture at WP Engine, particularly in T-shirts. Because we have a phenomenal Artistic Director (Seth), folks actually want to wear our shirts: After bad morning, I received an overly generous box of swag from WP Engine. Day: made. Thanks @shaptora…
  • Pricing determines your business

    Jason
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s often said that you shouldn’t talk about price during customer development interviews. The usual justification is that your goal is to uncover the details of your potential customers’ lives and pain-points, whereas a mention of price turns attention away from that topic, diverting the discussion to budgets and comparative value. But I disagree. Price is as important as any other feature to determine product/market “fit.” How many times have you heard someone agree that “it would be great if someone did X,” but when show them someone did do X, but…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Become a Thriveal Lab Partner!

    Adrian Simmons
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Remember back in elementary school, when it was time to try something new in a science experiment? Everybody paired up with a lab partner. Well, the learning shouldn’t stop. Neither should the experimenting. And neither should the lab partners. The Thriveal Laboratory has as its mission: to encourage strategic risk-taking in the accounting industry, by lowering […]
  • Just Jump Already

    Bryan Coleman
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:12 pm
    That’s what I really wish someone would’ve told me. “Jumping the cliff” is our euphemism in Thriveal for quitting your day job and going out on your own.  It’s a scary proposition.  When you jump, you’re in free fall and rock bottom is staring you right in the face. I felt the ground was coming […]
  • The Unrecognized Superpower of Every Accountant (It’s Not Invisibility)

    Greg Kyte
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Check out this graph that summarizes the findings of my scientific study of accountants’ typical response to change.     Our typical response is fear. Not because we’re accountants, but because we’re human.   The fear of change is called metathesiophobia, which comes from the Greek words meta meaning “after” and thesio meaning “pissing in […]
  • Reflections After 3 Years of Value Pricing

    Adrian Simmons
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    I met Ron Baker in person for the first time in 2011. Before that, I had read his articles online and attended a webinar he presented. But in 2011, I attended the first Thriveal Deeper Weekend, which was a “Firm of the Future” seminar offered by Ron Baker and Ed Kless. That was two days […]
  • We’re Thankful For Our Deeper Weekend Sponsors

    Jason Blumer
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    At Thriveal, we don’t take our partnerships lightly. We work hard to be valuable to our sponsors, and they expect the same thing from us. Like other accounting community conferences, our annual Deeper Weekend conference is made possible by the awesome sponsors in our community. I want to take a moment to publicly thank them, give […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Best of 2014: Ten Posts to Help Your Small Business

    Catherine Morgan
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here at Business Unplugged we strive to give you the information you need to succeed as a small business owner. This year we had some outstanding posts, and it was hard to narrow it down to just ten. As you are planning for 2015, you might want to consider the advice in the posts below! [...]
  • The Magic Bullet for Entrepreneurs to Manage Overwhelm

    Catherine Morgan
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    All professionals seem overwhelmed these days, but entrepreneurs and small business owners are even more likely to suffer from never-ending to-do lists. What’s a guy / gal to do? I have some good news for you. There IS actually a magic bullet. I can tell you definitively what causes overwhelm, and then you can manage [...]
  • The Best Client Holiday Gifts and Customer Giveaways

    Carol Roth
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The holiday season is now upon us and this can be a great time to show your appreciation to those clients and customers that have supported your business throughout the year. And what better way to show your thanks than by giving a meaningful gift? But figuring out the best client/customer gifts and giveaways can [...]
  • Lessons from Part-Time Sales Exec, Part-Time Entrepreneur & Full-Time Loyalist

    Carol Roth
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is sponsored by National Car Rental and the Emerald Club Loyalty Program.  Read on for great tips and for an opportunity for you to share and win a $200 AMEX gift card and an Emerald Club Executive Status promotional access card! <Click to Tweet> Rob Lasorsa is part sales executive, part entrepreneur, but [...]
  • Depression and the Small Business Owner

    Catherine Morgan
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It gets dark at 5:00 PM this time of year, which leaves even more time for a dark night of the soul. Bob Burg, a friend of the blog, posted an incredibly important TEDx video on Facebook – a talk by Frank King titled A Matter of Laugh or Death. Frank is a comedian, and [...]
 
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    Lessons Learned

  • See More than 120 Speakers and Mentors at The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup ConferenceThe Lean Startup Conference is next week--and now that we can step back and see all the speakers and mentors, we have to say: Wow. When you look through the list, you’ll see big names that we’re very pleased we landed, epic companies we really want to hear from, and people we’re particularly excited to present because they have incredible stories to share--and you won’t hear them anyplace else.Here are a few speakers to look out for--though with more than 80 speakers and 40+ mentors, there are far too many standouts for…
  • Your Guide to the Complete Lean Startup Conference Program

    Sarah Milstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup ConferenceEleven months in the making, the full schedule for The Lean Startup Conference is at last complete, and we can’t wait to show you around! OK, sure, we’re still nailing down a couple more speakers and sessions, which we’ll announce as we finalize them. But other than that, it’s all there. Talk descriptions, speakers, workshops, evening events, Ignite, Office Hours…but we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let’s slow down and go over just what we have and for whom.We took the feedback we gathered in previous…
  • How to Get Your Coworkers to Care About User Research

    Sarah Milstein
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.If you build products or services, then having empathy for your users is part of your job. Good news: If you build products or services, then we have empathy for you. We talked with Laura Klein, a preeminent expert on user experience, about the questions she gets asked most often by other product pros. Laura is not only the author of UX for Lean Startup and the creator of the design blog Users Know, she’s also Head of Product at Hint Health, a software company working on healthcare affordability, and one of our most popular…
  • Learn Online This Fall

    Sarah Milstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.Boost your entrepreneurship skills withoutgetting out of the building this fall. With an online course from Stanford and a series of webcasts from the Lean Startup Conference team, you can learn a lot from your desk in the coming months.  First up: We’re excited to announce that Bob Sutton is joining as a speaker at this year’s Lean Startup Conference. Perhaps best known for his book, The No Asshole Rule, Bob was a terrifically popular speaker at Office Optional, and he’s written a number of best-selling business…
  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

    Sarah Milstein
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceAt this year’s Lean Startup Conference, we seek to answer the difficult questions you face as an entrepreneur. To give you a sense of how we’ll do that, we’re introducing you to three of our speakers—all of whom are appearing for the first time at The Lean Startup Conference, and all of whom have advice you can put to work today. Note that summer sale pricing for the conference ends on Monday night, so register now for the best deal possible.Herewith, our introductions.Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz.
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    Under30CEO

  • How to Use Fear as Your Compass and Fuel for Your Growth

    Under30CEO
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all have fear in our lives, but most of us misunderstand it. Most people try to avoid fear, and they believe it is the opposite of love. That fear is something bad and we should run from it. But that view keeps us trapped. Fear is actually good. It is in our brain and biology to keep us safe from real danger. Fear is also our compass directing us forward. When we embrace fear and use it fuel it allows us to move forward through uncertainty where we can truly grow. Today, I want to discuss the two most common fears, failure and rejection, and how to move past them. Let’s start with the…
  • How to Have Presence (It’s Simpler Than You Think)

    Matt Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo credit: Liz Flores on Under30Experiences Iceland Last week one of my best friends asked me a simple question: “Do you think people can be taught to have presence in a room?” After years of studying human interaction, public speaking, hosting events, and looking at things unconventionally, here is what you need to know… Lets start with confidence. Want to captivate a room?  It starts way before you arrive.  People can sniff out your bullshit and can tell if you are insecure.  Jordan Harbinger and I actually talk about this on his podcast called Art of Charm.  When…
  • How to Make Sure Your Past Doesn’t Fumble Your Future

    Under30CEO
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      1. Just as a dog is not wagged by its tail, your future is not dictated by your past. Don’t: Let your past dictate your future. Whether you’ve experienced a failed business, had a rough family life, or some other glaring moment that you feel inhibits your success. It’s important to remember that those are only moments in time and remain in their place. You don’t need to carry them with you. Do: Realize that in this moment everything is brand new; you should live in this moment. Take actions that are in line with your purpose, desires, and will lead to your intended results. You…
  • 6 Ways To Improve You Online Presence

    Under30CEO
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    As a small business, attracting new costumers can be a daunting and challenging task. The emergence of the digital age has helped however and small businesses have found themselves flourishing into bigger entities. Thanks to the Internet, a small business can make themselves known without the high costs of advertising or the time it takes to spread via word of mouth. With the following six steps, your small business will be able to prove its online presence and begin a successful transition into the best marketing strategy available. Creative image Improving your small business’ presence…
  • Bringing Design to the C-Suite: The 7 Core Traits Designers Can Bring to Your Business

    GuestAuthor
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The C-suite is often thought of as hesitant to embrace change. While many think the tried-and-true should rule, by selecting like-minded people and favoring analytical over intuitive thinking, the C-suite can quickly lose sight of customer needs. However, truly innovative and in-tune executives know that change needs to happen to stay relevant. Whether it’s through the inclusion of a chief marketing officer, chief customer officer, or chief design officer, the C-suite can benefit greatly from the addition of design-oriented thinkers. Why? Because in all of these roles, the design-minded…
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    Fizzle

  • How to Deconstruct Your Projects Into Truly Minimum Viable Products

    Chase Reeves
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    For some reason you haven’t shipped that project yet. I haven’t either. We make excuses, even as we daydream about the idea. We fool ourselves with a future reality even as we procrastinate. We all have projects we want to complete. Ideas we want to build out. Stories or articles or podcasts or courses we want to publish successfully. And they’re not getting finished. It doesn’t happen because you’re lazy or because you’re incompetent or because you’re not good enough. None of that is true. You’re not procrastinating because you’re…
  • “It Wasn’t the Most Legit Thing.” How to Recover from an Illegal Business Idea (FS084)

    Chase Reeves
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It was a successful business making good money, a few thousand a month. And then, suddenly, poof — the whole business is gone. This is the allure and the danger of a business ideas that’s “not the most legit thing,” and this is the situation one of our podcast guests today has to deal with. Our answers to his question and 3 other Fizzle Show listeners on today’s show. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download “It Wasn’t the Most Legit…
  • How 1 Data Point Increased Conversion 1,000%

    John O'nolan
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “That can’t be right…,” I muttered. +1,000% conversion? How could that possibly be right? A 4-digit increase? I checked and re-checked the data; but there were no mistakes. Having read countless books and blog posts, I’d heard about the paradigm from other startup case-studies. This was the first time I was seeing it in person. A unicorn! Note From Chase: This is a killer article republished from Ghost’s Blog. Ghost is a blogging platform, like WordPress, and I love this post because it shows so clearly how data can give us real, human intelligence about…
  • How to do a Yearly Review (FS083)

    Chase Reeves
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here at Fizzle, we’ve spent the last couple weeks in full-on year review mode. We have some new ideas to share (and some time-proven designs as well). We talked in an episode a long time ago about how we do these reviews and, more specifically, how we find the plan for next year in last year’s review. In this episode we rebroadcast that conversation with a few edits, some new stories and an updated process from Chase at the end. The Fizzle team spent the last week executing this exact review process and there’s some good insights here for your own review + plan. I,…
  • 2014’s Most Popular Articles, Podcasts + Courses

    Chase Reeves
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you know what we do for a living? We make things for self employed people, for indiepreneurs and solopreneurs and bloggers and podcasters and mediapreneurs and all the great names the news labels us with. We write an article every tuesday morning… publish a podcast every friday morning… release a course about every month (in Fizzle)… and interview someone we admire as well (Founder Stories, also in Fizzle)… We’re like a giant cat head marauding through a convenience store. Like this: It’s December. I wondered what we wrote this year. So I went through…
 
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    Strategy

  • The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

    Dina Spector
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Good morning! Here's what you need to know for Thursday.  1. A second day of mourning is being held for the victims of the Taliban attack on a Peshawar school. 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual end-of-the-year conference at 9 a.m. GMT (4 a.m. ET).  3. The Russian ruble continues to slide, moving around 3% weaker against the dollar early Thursday.  4. Sony Pictures has cancelled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after threats by hackers who attacked the studio over the movie.  5. Meanwhile, US investigators are ready to blame…
  • 15 Great Interview Questions That Measure Emotional Intelligence

    Jacquelyn Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Earlier this year, Container Store CEO Kip Tindell said one of the most important things a leader can have is high emotional intelligence. "Emotional intelligence is the key to being really successful," he told Business Insider's Jenna Goudreau.  Perhaps that's why more and more companies are asking interview questions that are designed to measure a candidate's emotional intelligence — which is the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. According to Phil Johnson, founder of Master of Business Leadership (MBL) Inc., an online coaching platform, these are some of…
  • You've Probably Been Taking Notes Wrong Your Entire Life

    Drake Baer
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    At Business Insider, it's our job to take notes.  It's what journalists do best.  So imagine our surprise when we discovered we've been doing it wrong for decades. Until finding the below method, we went with the standard practice: Listen to what a person says, and write down the important bits.  But it could be way better. Consider the method of Hooman Katirai, who completed his Masters from MIT in 2006, getting first runner up for the Best Thesis Prize.  He partially credits his notetaking system — a variant on the Cornell Notetaking System — for his…
  • 163 Ways To Win At Life In Your 20s, According To A 30-Year-Old Who Sold A Startup For Lots Of Cash

    Alyson Shontell
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    John Brennan just turned 30. During his 20s, he founded and sold a startup, BuzzTable, to Sysco Foods for an undisclosed sum, likely a few million dollars. As Brennan described it to Business Insider in an email, "It's enough to take some time off to recharge and give back to the startup/int'l development communities, but you wont see me in a private jet anytime soon." Brennan learned a lot about business and life during his 20s and wanted to help other early-stage entrepreneurs figure everything out. So he wrote down all his advice in a 163-slideshow presentation. "Most people do something…
  • These 5 Billionaires Lost The Most Money This Year

    Emmie Martin
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Wealth-X just announced its list of the biggest losers this year, proving that even the wealthiest hit rough patches.  Russian gas mogul Leonid Mikhelson lost the most, with over 40% of his fortune slipping away between Russia’s struggling economy and weak oil prices.  Here are the billionaires who lost the most in 2014: 1. Leonid Mikhelson lost $7 billion. Mikhelson, CEO of Russian gas company Novatek, lost nearly 41% of his $17 billion fortune this year, leaving his current wealth at around $10 billion. His losses stem from a number of factors, including the decline of Russian…
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  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

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    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
      Do you have desires to use SEO services to promote your business online effectively?  You have to be careful while choosing companies that provide search engine optimization services. Many companies have started to provide these services without professional expertise and trained staff members. You have to choose the most reputable SEO Company online to get the desired support to make use of professional services at competitive prices. It is time to use the most advanced services from experts in the SEO. You have to be sure that you have a valid reason and goal to use a service from a…
  • Earthquake

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    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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    5 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Meettheold manisaveryfortuitousthing   ItwasanextremelyhotafternoonSunEarthboilinghotsoa bitslurredAt that timeIwasajuniorstudentthreememberandgoodfriendyanKingworriedtogotoschools   Go toschoolafterahillsideunder the stairsthere is astationon the slopesincefrommyhometo ourschoolcanhavemanyroadsIrarelygotheresoforthatstation is alsoverystrange   TostationthreesweatyTrying to cross the roadwhen heheardawomancryofdisgust“Oh what are youdoingSodirtygogogoit really is…… “Babbitwasafashionableyoung womenThegirlsfaceBlushPinkdoubleeyebrowlooks30years…
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  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
      Do you have desires to use SEO services to promote your business online effectively?  You have to be careful while choosing companies that provide search engine optimization services. Many companies have started to provide these services without professional expertise and trained staff members. You have to choose the most reputable SEO Company online to get the desired support to make use of professional services at competitive prices. It is time to use the most advanced services from experts in the SEO. You have to be sure that you have a valid reason and goal to use a service from a…
  • Earthquake

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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    5 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Meettheold manisaveryfortuitousthing   ItwasanextremelyhotafternoonSunEarthboilinghotsoa bitslurredAt that timeIwasajuniorstudentthreememberandgoodfriendyanKingworriedtogotoschools   Go toschoolafterahillsideunder the stairsthere is astationon the slopesincefrommyhometo ourschoolcanhavemanyroadsIrarelygotheresoforthatstation is alsoverystrange   TostationthreesweatyTrying to cross the roadwhen heheardawomancryofdisgust“Oh what are youdoingSodirtygogogoit really is…… “Babbitwasafashionableyoung womenThegirlsfaceBlushPinkdoubleeyebrowlooks30years…
 
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  • The BBJ's Five Things; Veracode's IPO plans, DOT moving to Roxbury?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Good morning, Boston! Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day: Veracode readies for IPO As Sony Pictures pulls the plug on its controversial film"The Interview" due to threats from foreign hackers, Burlington-based cybersecurity concern Veracode is quietly building its team for an initial public offering. As the BBJ's Sara Castellanos reported earlier this month, the local company is planning to add another 100 workers in the year ahead, and…
  • Investigators say Uber driver raped woman

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:29 am
    Prosecutors charged an Uber driver with raping a woman who had summoned him through the service, the Associated Press reports. The AP reports that Uber says it's working with law enforcement authorities.
  • Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

    Jeanette DeForge
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    A state grant will help the city of Chicopee demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for more than a decade and use the land for a solar farm to benefit nearby Westover Air Reserve Base. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced at the School Committee meeting Wednesday the city will receive a $1 million grant that will allow the city to demolish the housing and use the property for a solar farm. The plan is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs…
  • Westfield apartments sold to Springfield company

    Jim Kinney
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    Chestnut Realty Management of Springfield has purchased three Westfield apartment complexes: Columbus Apartments, at 91-99 Elm St., The Pilgrim Village Apartments, 8-16 & 11-21 Monroe St., and The Van Deusen Apartments, 42 Arnold St., for a total of $6.5 million. An investment sales broker announced the sales Wednesday. WFL Associates, of Lenox, was the seller, Northeast Private Sales Group said. Northeast Private Sales Group also announced that Chestnut bought the 20-unit Vista Lane Apartments…
  • Four neighborhoods that could be the site of Boston's next innovation district

    David Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since September, a task force created by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has been focusing on how to replicate the success of the Innovation District in other parts of the city. And this week, the group officially recommended the city focus those efforts on the following four neighborhoods: Dorchester's Fields Corner East Boston Dudley Square in Roxbury to Uphams Corner in Dorchester Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood in Dorchester With office rents soaring in the Innovation District and Cambridge's Kendall…
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  • Every Secret You Will Ever Need to Become an Insanely Productive Entrepreneur

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    The most productive entrepreneurs have a lot in common. They have daily routines that actually work. You can’t accomplish much as an entrepreneur if you don’t set and stick to a daily schedule. Entrepreneurs are some of the most busiest people around but being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being productive. Peak productivity is about devotion to routines that actually work and lead to accomplishments. There is so much to do everyday and so little time to do them. You can can easily get off track and become distracted by the many things you want to get done. Every…
  • Why Social Media Has Proven to be a Powerful Awareness Tool

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Social media has a vast array of uses- it’s used for people to trumpet successes and post pictures of tropical vacations. It’s used to post little witticisms we think of while in the shower. It’s even used systematically to raise awareness for certain causes. Businesses rely on social media to promote their businesses. Popular brands are investing in social campaigns to get their messages across to their audience. People of all walks of life have embraced social media as a means to show their work to the rest of the world. Perhaps the most widespread and memorable use of…
  • Get Online to Find the Very Best Professional Services

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    When you need to find the finest goods and services, it may not always be easy to know where to look. Most of us tend to look online when searching for anything from a reliable dentist to an affordable car mechanic, but how can we be sure that we are going to find the right person? In many cases, it involves little more than guesswork. The problem for many consumers comes when they try a supplier for the first time and aren’t overly impressed with the results. If a house maintenance professional comes to the house to effect a repair..
  • How Your Business Should Harness the Power of the Cloud (for Maximum Productivity)

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:26 am
    Managing your business in the cloud shouldn’t be hard if you have already embraced the cloud. Most small businesses have invested in cloud tools but they are still not using the right tools and apps that can make it easy for their employees to work from anywhere and at anytime. When you are just getting started as a business, you can still find and use cloud apps. Depending on your business size and what you’re doing, mixing both on-premise and cloud solutions can be better for you. There are now cloud apps for most business processes. The functionality ranges from project…
  • These Are 6 of The Hottest Startup Ideas (And Trends) for 2015

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    There will always be a new way to get things done. People are researching, refining and working on new projects that can be turned into viable businesses. 2015 won’t be any different. Humans crave progress, development and new opportunities that can enhance how we live and work. Things can only get better. The abundance of free resources has changed how you can start a business. The requirements for kick starting a business are the same but this time it’s cheaper. And you can get to market faster with even better and cheaper marketing tools. If you are seeking that killer..
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  • Insights - 4 Ways Agile Entrepreneurs Can Optimize Their Time

    Taffy Williams
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Reference Article:  4 Ways agile entrepreneurs optimize time Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed
  • Top 10 posts at the end of 2014

    Taffy Williams
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the last few years, I have added more than 243 posts on the Startup Blog.  I have also added more than 152 posts to the Examiner.  The following list contains the 10 top posts from Startup Blog.  Some actually are from prior years, but attracted attention to make the cutoff.  I hope you enjoy them! 6 Environmental factors that may affect your businessAgile thinking helps entrepreneurs achieve successCEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin7 short hints for startups and entrepreneursStartup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile SuccessAgile…
  • Insights - 5 Fails Entrepreneurs May Regret

    Taffy Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
        Reference Article:  5 Fails agile entrepreneurs may regret and never recover     Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861,  ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Agile leaders take care in what they say to others

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

    Taffy Williams
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Reference Article:4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time  Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photowebsite,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and  Examiner Charlotte,  NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
 
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  • Getting Your Small Business Over a Hump

    Vivek Krishnan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    Every small business owner knows that plenty of ups and downs come with the territory. Your business can be thriving one month and struggling the next, or you could suddenly gain an unexpected influx of new customers after a dry spell. Since these humps are inevitable, it’s important to know how to handle them successfully. First, don’t underestimate the importance of your attitude during the rough times. As the owner, your attitude regarding your current circumstances can be contagious. If you’re negative and stressed out, these emotions will be passed along to your…
  • 3 Basic Tips to Find A Great Job for Yourself

    Vivek Krishnan
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Trying to find a job in today’s market can be a little scary. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find the job of your dreams. In the vast majority of cases, a great job isn’t going to fall in your lap, but you can improve your chances of finding satisfying employment by keeping these tips in mind. Research Job Requirements Early Many students start really researching job options as they near the end of their schooling. However, it’s better to start researching job requirements before you even begin higher education. When you know what type of job you…
  • The Uses of Signal Time Clock

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Factories and shops require their workers to give their full attention to the job at hand. It is fairly easy for employees to lose track of time when they are fully engaged in their daily tasks. Supervisors want to make sure that their employees can tell when their shift has ended or when it is time for a break in noisy job conditions. Workers who can plan their break times more effectively in a busy environment work better.A busy environment is where a signal time clock becomes useful. The horn or bell sound is easy to hear above the noise of industrial equipment. In factories or other…
  • Opening & Running A Franchise

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    An ice cream shop franchise is a lot of fun both for the owner and their customers. One of the advantages of this business option is that it is in such high demand that you’re certain of seeing a good return on your investment. Many people visit ice cream chains when they’re traveling and want ice cream from shops they frequent in their area. Opening a franchise is the perfect way to fill this need.Cold Stone franchise opportunities are among some of the most popular options for those who want to start up a business. One of the reasons why many prefer to start a franchise is…
  • USC’s Masters in Communication

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Many people who earn master’s degrees in communications seek positions that are traditionally linked to such degrees, including journalism, television or radio. However, there is no need for them to limit their career choices to the standard professions that most communications majors seek. Jobs such as lobbyists, grant writers and personnel specialists have strong links to communication skills, yet few people think of them as such. There are many industries that benefit from the skills and knowledge of lobbyists, including private corporations, consulting firms and various institutions.
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  • Most downloaded apps of 2014 as listed by Appstore and Playstore

    Jubin Mehta
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Top rated apps on the App Store  Following are the most popular apps of 2014 as rated officially by App Store and Play Store. Name – Whatsapp Domain – Social Networking Start Year –  2009 Price –  Free Location – Menlo Park, California USA Founders – Jan Koum, Brian Actom Description – WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging subscription service for smartphones and   selected feature phones that uses the Internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send each other images, video, and audio media messages as…
  • GrexIt launches Mailflo to make Gmail efficient and collaborative for you

    Emmanuel Amberber
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Mailflo is a feature packed collaboration and project management tool for Gmail and Google apps accounts. The folks behind it are also responsible for the GrexIt tool. GrexIt is Morpheus’ batch 4 startup founded by Niraj Ranjan Rout and Nitesh Nandy in 2011. GrexIt and Mailflo are siblings with similar DNA; they both sit on top of Gmail and Google Apps to work their magic. GrexIt Co-founder Niraj told YourStory, “Based on our learning from GrexIt, we’ve just built a new tool called Mailflo. We look at it as a collaborative tool.” GrexIt is a flexible tool, built mainly for complex…
  • 7 proven hustles that raised over $720M in funding

    Laxman Papineni
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Securing a venture capital or angel investment isn’t easy. Though the startup ecosystem is strengthening and the gap among investors and entrepreneurs getting narrowed, most start-up still miss on the opportunity to seize funding or getting through an incubator or accelerator. Despite these odds a total of USD 48.5 billion was pumped by various venture capital firms in recent time. This was irrespective of a recuperating US economy that controls almost 68% of global VC activity as stated in the Global Venture Capital Insights, 2014 by E&Y. The study hints that road to success isn’t…
  • Less is more- My experiences of ‘billable hours’ at a consulting startup

    Guest Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    image credit: Shutterstock Billable hours per week is a term familiar to every consultant in the technology world. Simply put it is the number of hours of work; you get paid for in any week. Often freelance developers track their hours with time tracking tools like Harvest. Invoices are raised on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with detailed time reports. There is usually an agreement with the client on the number of hours the consultant is expected to work. Now let us see why is this ‘Billable hours’ interesting and what are some of the things we can do with it: Maximize billable hours…
  • The Top 10 Books of 2014 for Entrepreneurs!

    Madanmohan Rao
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    2014 has been another outstanding year for books about startups and innovation, reflecting a global interest in the entrepreneur ecosystem! See our earlier list of Top 10 Books for Entrepreneurs from 2013 and 2012. YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (accessible as apps: Apple, Android). From the stacks of books received for review and picked up from overseas visits, here is my pick of the Top 10 Books of 2014 for entrepreneurs, along with links to my…
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  • Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs

    StartUpLift
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs Target Audience: Digital Natives Website URL: http://www.madrassa.co No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. 1) Look…
  • allthings.io – Plan, Share and Get Things Done!

    StartUpLift
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    A scalable easy to use task and team management tool. Target Audience: Aimed at B2B primarily, however any teams or businesses can make use of both the Web and Mobile app. Website URL: www.allthings.io 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 constructive feedback is not particularly…
  • GetScorecard – Painkiller for Sales Managers

    StartUpLift
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Predictive CRM that monitors customer health to prevent churn Target Audience: SME Sales Managers Website URL: http://www.GetScorecard.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. 1) Look…
  • CallerSmart – Outsmarting Unknown and Unwanted Callers, Together

    StartUpLift
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    CallerSmart is a revolutionary free Caller ID app for your iPhone that helps you identify mystery numbers and block those you don’t want to hear from ever again Target Audience: Anyone who’s ever received a call from an unknown number Website URL: http://www.CallerSmart.com/ About CallerSmart: CallerSmart helps you identify mystery callers and block those you don’t want to hear from ever again.
  • Donatello Doors – Wrought Iron Doors

    StartUpLift
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Donatello Doors makes wrought iron entry doors and wine cellar doors which we sell online to contractors and public. Target Audience: Contractors and Home-Owners Website URL: http://www.DonatelloDoors.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback…
 
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  • Short North CPA Educating Entrepreneurs About Taxes

    Susan Post
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Tax” is dreaded and unwelcome word for most, but not for Doug Smith. The certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified fraud examiner is the one-man operation that is the Short North CPA. Smith not only wants to do your taxes, but he’s striving to share his knowledge to develop smart business owners that are tax-savvy. […]
  • Behind the Scenes: BiBiBop

    Susan Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    There’s a growing trend of fast-casual design-your-own-meal restaurants, Chipotle, Piada and as of August 2013, BiBiBiop is populating the Columbus landscape with four locations across the city in less than a year and a half. The Korean-inspired chain takes a spin on a classic dish, offering a healthy, fast meal that’s appealing to a wide […]
  • At Work: treetree Moves to a New Space in the Arena District

    Anne Evans
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    A long-time empty space in the heart of the Arena District has received a new life. You may remember treetree’s old space in the Berry Boltworks Building. While they loved that space, they were quickly outgrowing it, and even when they gave The Metropreneur a tour in March of 2013, it was tight. “We absolutely […]
  • 2014 Best Small Business Success Story: CoverMyMeds

    Susan Post
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Rapidly growing CoverMyMeds has been voted best small business of the year. Although small doesn’t describe any of the numbers coming from the software company that recently moved from downtown to 2 Miranova Place. A new sign facing Interstate 70 announces the company’s permanence and growing presence. As of July 2014, the company had helped […]
  • Columbus-Based Dynamit to Open Austin, TX Office, Names New Partners

    Susan Post
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    What started as a two-person office 10 years ago has expanded to a nearly 70-person operation in Columbus and a second, new location in Austin, TX. Celebrating a decade of success, data, design and technology company Dynamit recently announced its new office, and the naming of two new partners. CEO & Co-Founder Matt Dopkiss names […]
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  • How Lack Of Focus Can Kill Your Startup Company

    Martin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all. Focus is the art of limiting your scope to the key function that really matters for the majority of customers. YouTube did it with videos, Instagram did it with photos, and Amazon did it with books. Many of the business plans I have seen as an investor, like trying to integrate all the social media features of Facebook,…
  • Swap,Sell & Buy Pre-owned Kids’ Items Via Swap.com

    VisionwizTeam
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Swap.com: Swap.com is the largest online consignment store for kids’ items and maternity wear. Swap.com is the first online consumer-to-consumer department store where you can buy, sell and swap pre-owned items The online consignment sales model lets item owners get more value for their items while combining the convenience and enjoyment of online shopping with the effortlessness of getting rid of items at a local thrift or consignment store. Why To Use: One of the great things about trading on Swap.com is that you can use both your existing items and money as currency. You can pay for…
  • 5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs

    ajay
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs 1. iWoca: iwoca is a new online lending startup that aims to provide quick loans  without much paperwork. For using it, all you need to do is just link your online accounts or upload bank statements, VAT returns or company accounts so they  can understand your business in details. Once they understood your nature of business then they can offer instant funding without the complex paperwork associated with a traditional business loan. 2. Auxmoney Auxmoney is an online lending marketplace that aims to help consumers get loan from  private investors. As…
  • Top 10 Dilemmas For Startup Founders To Deal With Sooner Or Later

    Martin
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup Founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. People may jump into the lifestyle to be their own boss, achieve great wealth, start a new trend, or all the above. The dilemma is that these goals are usually mutually exclusive. For example, is the person who starts a new trend likely to be the one who controls it through the growth phase? In a famous study of 212 new ventures a few years ago, Harvard professor Noam Wasserman found that half…
  • 5 Useful Beta Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    5 Useful Beta Startups 1. Drivemode Drivemode  is a new startup that will provide  you a gigantic menu with voice guidance so you can keep your eyes on the road. 2. Solved Solved is a new beta startup that aims to help you collaborate on any software issue with certified experts on demand at any time. 3. Keeping Keeping is a new beta startup that you can  use as a helpdesk inside your gmail. By using it you and your team can manage customers support more efficiently directly from your current mailbox without having to use an external helpdesk. 4. Fixility Fixility is a new startup that…
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  • Happywork TV Episode 23: Don’t Be a Chief Problem Identification Officer

    Chris Reimer
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    In Episode 23 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made jointly by employers and employees. It goes like this: “We won’t publicly present a problem without offering at least one viable solution. Chief Problem Identification Officer is not a staffed […] The post Happywork TV Episode 23: Don’t Be a Chief Problem Identification Officer appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Download Chapters 1-3 of Happywork for Free!

    Chris Reimer
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Want to download Chapters 1-3 of my upcoming book Happywork for free? Just enter your email address below and I’ll send you a download link! I hope you’ll join my effort to change the workplace forever. Thank you kindly for your interest.   The post Download Chapters 1-3 of Happywork for Free! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 22: Praise Publicly, Criticize Privately

    Chris Reimer
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    In Episode 22 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made jointly by employers and employees. It goes like this: “Praise will be public; complaining and criticism (whether constructive or not) will be private.” This goes back to the simple notion […] The post Happywork TV Episode 22: Praise Publicly, Criticize Privately appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 21: Employees Should Challenge Each Other to Be Their Very Best

    Chris Reimer
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In Episode 21 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made jointly by employers and employees. It goes like this: “As employees, we will challenge each other to be our very best. Doing great work gives human beings the sense of […] The post Happywork TV Episode 21: Employees Should Challenge Each Other to Be Their Very Best appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 20: Do Not Be Jealous Of or Compete With Coworkers

    Chris Reimer
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    In Episode 20 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their managers/employers. It goes like this: “There is no need for me to be jealous of or compete with fellow employees. A work culture with employees helping […] The post Happywork TV Episode 20: Do Not Be Jealous Of or Compete With Coworkers appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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  • D Software Test Management

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Business operations do not have to be overly confusing for managers and employees looking to improve operational efficiency. By implementing test management software throughout your company, it is easy to ensure that your processes are not only streamlined but are also of the highest quality. Deploying this type of software helps developers resolve issues easily and early on so that that risk of costly errors is almost eliminated. In addition, the real-time updates that test management software provides can also allow employees to troubleshoot errors as they arise and not after they have…
  • A Graphic Design Bidding Site that Actually Takes Care of its Designers

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Usually the thing that businesses are most concerned with is their customers. To them, employees and especially independent contractors are less of a priority than the people actually spending money on their services. Want an example? Ask yourself this: does Uber care more about its drivers, or its passengers? The answer should be obvious, and it’s heartbreaking for the individuals who helped build the brand. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to see a company willing to prioritize its freelancers as highly as its consumers. Crowdsite.com is a platform where users can hold…
  • Should Your Business Be More Digital

    EpicLaunch
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The digital age is among us and we aren’t going back. If your business is still stuck in the analog age you’re limiting your company. Here’s three benefits of going digital. Collaboration When your business becomes more digital it makes it much easier for employees to collaborate on projects. Consider using cloud storage plans like Microsoft’s OneDrive service. Microsoft offers the first 15GB of storage for free, but businesses can further expand this for low-priced monthly fees. Business users can currently take advantage of to 1TB of data (that’s 1,000GB) for just £5.99 p/m and…
  • 5 Tips for Transforming Your Lawyer Bio into a Strong Marketing Tool

    EpicLaunch
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    What does your bio say about you? If you’re like most lawyers, not much. While you may be one of the best lawyers in your niche, your clients don’t know it because your bio either does too much bragging or it says nothing substantial about you and your accomplishments. Clients Don’t Care Where You Attended Schools Don’t bother putting where you went to law school down in your bio. Does that sound crazy? OK, you can throw it in there, but put it in an inconspicuous place. Seriously, if someone really wants to know, they’ll find the information. But, clients seriously don’t care.
  • Biggest Business Takeovers: Comparing Today’s Transactions With The Past

    EpicLaunch
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:09 am
    Ask someone to name the largest business merger in history, and chances are he or she will say the America Online and Time Warner merger of 2000, a deal worth $257.84 billion in today’s currency. However, while that was the biggest tech acquisition at the time, it’s not the biggest transaction in history. So what was? Let’s take a look back through history. In 1708, the British East India Company purchased the English Company Trading to the East Indies, which formed the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies- or the East India Company, for short. This merger…
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  • The Eaten Alive Phenomenon in Internet Marketing

    Dilip Kumar
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Eaten Alive was a show that Discovery aired a few days back. If you follow the Discovery Channel, you would have seen quite a build-up to this show. It was supposed to be a 2-hour reality show aired on a Sunday evening where a guy, Paul Rosolie, who is also a wildlife conservationist, was to […] The post The Eaten Alive Phenomenon in Internet Marketing appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Best Black Friday Deals on Internet Marketing Products that You Don’t Want to Miss

    Dilip Kumar
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    I am not sure of the origin of Black Friday and the only information I have is what I got from searching on Wikipedia. One thing that I learnt from reading those long paragraphs on the wiki was that this was a day setup by businesses to increase their sales. And whatever the objective of […] The post Best Black Friday Deals on Internet Marketing Products that You Don’t Want to Miss appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Video WP01 – How to Install WordPress Complete with all the Essential Plugins and Themes

    Dilip Kumar
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    And you thought you knew everything about how to Install WordPress! Not to offend you. But in a minute you will start to thing if that statement was actually meant for you. WordPress is one amazing platform. I still remember the time when I was not aware of WordPress. I would spend hours coding each […] The post Video WP01 – How to Install WordPress Complete with all the Essential Plugins and Themes appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Facebook Atlas Ads – Your Guide to this Targeted Ad Service from Facebook

    Dilip Kumar
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
    Facebook Advertising, to date, hasn’t been a terribly impressive source of leads and sales for most small businesses. Sure, you can find a few success stories. But for most, Google Adwords is the only game in town. Google attracts at least 67% of search traffic and Adwords really is a fantastic product. Adwords has earned […] The post Facebook Atlas Ads – Your Guide to this Targeted Ad Service from Facebook appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Resolve “Are You Sure you want to do this?” WordPress Error!

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    About 2 days and 5 re-installs. That was what it took me to find a solution to a problem that not too many sites were able to help me with. For a moment I felt like Captain Jack Sparrow. I remember his dialogue, “You know the feeling you get when standing in a high place, […] The post How to Resolve “Are You Sure you want to do this?” WordPress Error! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • How to Sell Without Being Too Salesy

    Guest Author
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Perhaps the biggest challenge for new entrepreneurs is selling. We’re smart and good at what we do, but most of us aren’t natural salespeople. In fact, we cringe when we think of the stereotypical brash salesman who’s patting the client on the back while sliding a fat contract in front of him on the table. We fear selling, because we fear coming off as too “salesy.” But there’s no need to feel this way. Selling has changed over the years. Authenticity is now paramount, which is good news for those of us who aren’t salespeople. It means we can be more natural and still win great…
  • Spotlight on Brad Flora: Founder of Perfect Audience

    Christine Mortensen
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Brad Flora founded Perfect Audience in 2012 to create the easiest way for marketers to retarget lost visitors and get more sales. After parting ways with his co-founder and several attempts of finding a new developer he packed up and headed to Silicon Valley. “I tried to build the company 100% in Chicago and failed,” Flora said in an email. “I just couldn’t convince any developers in Chicago to join. And a software company without developers isn’t much of a software company.” He raised seed funding from YCombinator, SVAngel, and top angel investors in San Francisco,…
  • Spotlight on Jimmy Odom: Founder and CEO of WeDeliver

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

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

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

    guestbloggerSUD
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    With German Christmas markets a festive draw in city centres throughout Europe, ‘tis the season to eat bratwurst and browse for gifts. For the sixteenth year, the much-loved German Christmas markets have returned to Manchester, boasting an array of wonderful stalls run by small businesses from the North West city and beyond. With more than 300 stalls in such proximity, competition is rife. The pressure is on to win over consumers and market traders have learned many valuable business lessons over the years. We spoke to three traders to find out what they believed were the most important…
  • Ten more things you could have learned from our blog in 2014

    Mark Williams
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    1 “It’s natural to see your competitors as the enemy. In reality, they’re not  (ignorance and blindness-to-change are what you should really be watching out for). We’ve found that building relationships with our competitors has been invaluable in terms of support and knowledge sharing, while being fun, too.” From The benefits of making friends with your competitors by Cartridgesave.co.uk 2 “If you believe that your target market is struggling and has no money to spend, you’ll easily be able to prove that to be correct. If you were to say to yourself that your target market…
  • Ten things you could have learned from our blog in 2014

    Mark Williams
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:28 am
    1 “Devise a simple ‘unexpected circumstances’ plan. Detail who does what, when and where, should things go awry. Prepare a temporary office in advance if there’s a risk you can’t get to your usual one. Make sure employees can work from home if necessary. Send your people home early if conditions worsen and be flexible if travelling is dangerous.” From What to do if your business is affected by bad weather by Hannah Tonge. 2 “Sell something people want; make sure the difference between what you buy it for and what you sell it for is big enough; find a way to get people to buy…
  • Four classic mistakes start-ups make

    guestbloggerSUD
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    When was the last time you were up at 3am? Big birthday bash? New baby? Box set? There are many life-affirming reasons to have your eyeballs open at silly o’clock. But slaving over your accounts or squinting at your Google Analytics dashboard aren’t among them. There are four classic mistakes that start-ups and small businesses often make. Here’s how you can avoid them: 1 Being a jack of all trades There’s an unavoidable period where start-up owners have to wear all the hats: sales, marketing, finance, IT, operations. While it is possible to find joy in all these tasks (the thrill of…
  • Autumn Statement 2014 - coverage on the Donuts

    fionap
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will announce the 2014 Autumn Statement on Wednesday 3 December. Throughout the day, Start Up Donut will be covering the key points from the Autumn Statement 2014 affecting small businesses: We’ll be tweeting about the Autumn Statement announcements from the @StartUpDonut and @TaxDonut Twitter accounts. Tweet along with us and let us know your response. We’ll be posting blogs written by small business experts. After the Chancellor’s statement, we’ll be posting our Autumn Statement summary for small businesses and in our news section…
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  • Federated Entrepreneurship in PSL Manifesto

    Sean Murphy
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    The Philadelphia Startup Leaders Manifesto is a great example of why federated entrepreneurship is a good model for a startup ecosystem. I have reproduced it here with some observations on our startup stages model, the Bootstrapper Breakfastst®, and Silicon Valley. Because startup entrepreneurs need each other. Starting a company can be a long and lonely journey. Each milestone is a small miracle—from idea to prototype, from first employee to first customer, from first revenues to first profits and eventually to a thriving, successful business. Most startups fail along the way. These are…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Experimenting Skill

    Sean Murphy
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Michael Fern, Edith Harbaugh, Steve Hogan, and Sean Murphy discuss the Innovator’s DNA experimenting skill. Innovator’s DNA Experimenting Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the final installment of a five part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any team that is trying to…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Networking Skill

    Sean Murphy
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Tristan Kromer joins Steve Hogan and Sean Murphy to discuss networking as a key skill to develop to foster innovation. Innovator’s DNA Networking Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the fourth installment of a five part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any team that is trying…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Observing Skill

    Sean Murphy
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    Jeff Allison, former VP of Engineering at Cisco Systems joins us to discuss observing. Innovator’s DNA Observing Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the third installment of a five part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any team that is trying to innovate. Each webinar will be…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Questioning Skill

    Sean Murphy
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Sarah Gray, Ethan Thorman, and Mark Cook join Steve Hogan and Sean Murphy to discuss lessons learned asking questions to foster innovation. Innovator’s DNA Questioning Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the second installment of a 5 part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any…
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  • D Software Test Management

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Business operations do not have to be overly confusing for managers and employees looking to improve operational efficiency. By implementing test management software throughout your company, it is easy to ensure that your processes are not only streamlined but are also of the highest quality. Deploying this type of software helps developers resolve issues easily and early on so that that risk of costly errors is almost eliminated. In addition, the real-time updates that test management software provides can also allow employees to troubleshoot errors as they arise and not after they have…
  • A Graphic Design Bidding Site that Actually Takes Care of its Designers

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Usually the thing that businesses are most concerned with is their customers. To them, employees and especially independent contractors are less of a priority than the people actually spending money on their services. Want an example? Ask yourself this: does Uber care more about its drivers, or its passengers? The answer should be obvious, and it’s heartbreaking for the individuals who helped build the brand. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to see a company willing to prioritize its freelancers as highly as its consumers. Crowdsite.com is a platform where users can hold…
  • Should Your Business Be More Digital

    EpicLaunch
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The digital age is among us and we aren’t going back. If your business is still stuck in the analog age you’re limiting your company. Here’s three benefits of going digital. Collaboration When your business becomes more digital it makes it much easier for employees to collaborate on projects. Consider using cloud storage plans like Microsoft’s OneDrive service. Microsoft offers the first 15GB of storage for free, but businesses can further expand this for low-priced monthly fees. Business users can currently take advantage of to 1TB of data (that’s 1,000GB) for just £5.99 p/m and…
  • 5 Tips for Transforming Your Lawyer Bio into a Strong Marketing Tool

    EpicLaunch
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    What does your bio say about you? If you’re like most lawyers, not much. While you may be one of the best lawyers in your niche, your clients don’t know it because your bio either does too much bragging or it says nothing substantial about you and your accomplishments. Clients Don’t Care Where You Attended Schools Don’t bother putting where you went to law school down in your bio. Does that sound crazy? OK, you can throw it in there, but put it in an inconspicuous place. Seriously, if someone really wants to know, they’ll find the information. But, clients seriously don’t care.
  • Biggest Business Takeovers: Comparing Today’s Transactions With The Past

    EpicLaunch
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:09 am
    Ask someone to name the largest business merger in history, and chances are he or she will say the America Online and Time Warner merger of 2000, a deal worth $257.84 billion in today’s currency. However, while that was the biggest tech acquisition at the time, it’s not the biggest transaction in history. So what was? Let’s take a look back through history. In 1708, the British East India Company purchased the English Company Trading to the East Indies, which formed the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies- or the East India Company, for short. This merger…
 
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  • Brush up on social media skills with Techies for Good [Events Roundup]

    Keisha Reed
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This week, learn the ins and outs of social media with Techies for Good; join other gamers at the Baltimore Gamer Meetup; and hack the night away at the Baltimore Hackerspace. Tech Tutorial: Social Media Join the Techies for Good as they host a session on best practices in social media. Wednesday, Dec. 17 6:30 p.m.  Loyola University Maryland 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore city RSVP. FREE.   Baltimore Hackerspace Open Hack Night Check out the hackerspace and work on your latest project. Wednesday, Dec. 17 7:00 p.m. Baltimore Hackerspace 6410 Landay Ave., Baltimore city. RSVP. Free.
  • InvestMaryland judges get to work

    Tyler Waldman
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Applications are closed for the InvestMaryland Challenge, but now the hard part begins. This week, judges will get their first look at the roughly 200 applications in the first round of judging, which runs through Jan. 31. The second round takes place in March, after which, the judges will select their top three. “It is a long process, but it’s needed to sort of find that diamond in the rough,” said Michelle Jackson, who runs the program at the state Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). “It’s a good way to really showcase the technologies that…
  • Can you balance Baltimore’s books? Rawlings-Blake unveils new budget site

    Tyler Waldman
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is putting together the next city budget and she’s asking city officials, legislators and everyday citizens to share their ideas. To that end, Rawlings-Blake and city Budget Director Andrew Kleine today announced Budget Live!, a website that will allow city residents to offer suggestions — while also opening the books on city expenses. Try it out “City government is most effective when it receives input from the citizens it represents,” Rawlings-Blake said in a release. “When residents are involved in the process, we can make…
  • Here’s how that map of Baltimore property tax data was made

    Stephen Babcock
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to the wonders of social media and Reddit, a map that visualizes Baltimore City property tax data is getting a second round of sharing this week. Ryan J. Smith created the map, which uses data from OpenBaltimore as its source, at the 2013 Hack for Change Baltimore hackathon. The map was initially at BmoreMapped.com, but the version that’s circulating today is at a new site. BmoreMapped should be back up within a couple days, Smith said. Since it’s searchable and cuts across a wide segment of the population, it’s easy to see why there’s a lot of interest here. As…
  • Adding science to art — through play: MICA artist Jenna Frye

    Tyler Waldman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    A Baltimore artist has turned Persian patterns into a game. Maryland Institute College of Art instructor Jenna Frye just took part in an exhibit at The Hacktory in Philadelphia, and GIRIH was one of her projects on display. Some of the game’s patterns. (Courtesy of Jenna Frye) Frye was a fellow in the Hacktory’s Unknown Territory program spending the last month in Philadelphia with artists in the six-month program there. Her work and others will be on display through Dec. 20 at the Crane Arts building (1400 N. American St.). Frye, who’s on a yearlong sabbatical from…
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  • Rich Brueckner Presents: Data and Goliath – Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data

    Rich
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    In this video from the Adaptive Computing booth at SC14, Rich Brueckner from inside-Startups presents Data and Goliath — Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data. Full Transcript: It is kind of weird for me to hear that I am a special speaker. But being here – I want to thank Adaptive for having me in. I apologize for my voice but I’ve been smoking cuban cigars at night, that somebody gave me. And I really enjoy that. So, here’s who I am. If you haven’t heard of insideHPC, it is a news portal for high performance computing. And I am the primary writer on this. I…
  • Podcast: A Preview of the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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

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

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

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

    Joe Wallin
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    How Are You Planning to Fund Your Big Idea in 2015?Due to cheaper tools, the cost of getting a startup off the ground has markedly decreased over the past dozen or so years. However, despite lower costs, it can still be difficult to obtain funding for a startup.Before you start fundraising, it is a good idea to evaluate your options and gain an understanding of the current fundraising landscape. Join Joe Wallin and BJ Lackland for a discussion of current funding trends, capital raising tips, and what investors look for.Coffee & pastries will be provided!BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter…
  • Crowdfunding Industry Panel

    Joe Wallin
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Earlier this year Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 2023 into law making equity Crowdfunding legal in Washington State and giving startups an innovative new way to raise funds. Under the bipartisan measure, a Washington business could raise up to $1 million a year from Washington investors by selling securities of relatively small value. This exciting piece of legislation will certainly change the way entrepreneurs fund their companies in the future, but there is a lot more to it that creating your Crowdfunding campaign.Chicago Booth Alumni and Penn Wharton Alumni Panel DiscussionJoin club…
  • M&A from the CEO’s Perspective

    Joe Wallin
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s Q4 session. The program features a panel discussion about M&A from the CEO’s perspective. The panel, moderated by Associate Professor, Anita Krug of the University of Washington School of Law, will include:Gary Rubens, Current Venture Capitalist and former CEO of ATG StoresDavid McCann, Current Director and former CEO of Varolii CorporationGreg Mount, CEO, Red Lion Hotels CorporationWe look forward to seeing you at this next PRMAI discussion session.Register Now*Seating is limited, so be sure to register early.Thursday,…
 
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  • Which startup has raised over $500 million in funds? [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s a startup that’s promising to bring magic back into the world of technology. It’s called Magic Leap and, it looks awesome. The company has just raised UD$542 million in Series B funding and, the list of people it is looking to hire is longer than my arm! Magic Leap will use the proceeds to [...] The post Which startup has raised over $500 million in funds? [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • This tech start-up has secured initial seed funding and plans to raise another $750,000 in 2015

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sydney-based tech start-up OneFitStop recently announced that it has received early stage seed funding as it puts final touches on its technology and prepares its initial rollout in the Australian fitness industry. The investor behind this initial funding is Lewis Bloch, a vastly experienced Sydney-based entrepreneur. However, the amount raised remains undisclosed. The start-up plans [...] The post This tech start-up has secured initial seed funding and plans to raise another $750,000 in 2015 appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Horse pants. It’s a startup pitch that you really should see [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Jimmy Kimmel is a U.S. talk show host. He first came to my attention when his then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, sang a song about Matt Damon and breaking up with Kimmel. What followed was not only comedic gold but, also pitched Damon against his old buddy, Ben Affleck. I digress. Kimmel is big in the [...] The post Horse pants. It’s a startup pitch that you really should see [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Australian start-up success story and leading document productivity company, Nitro has secured US$15 million in funding (Series B round) from top tier US venture capital firm Battery Ventures to accelerate its vision of bringing smarter documents to everyone. Prior funding comprised a Series A round of $6.6 million from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures [...] The post Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Advent Thoughts On a Hospital Couch

    Peter Cauton
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    My wife has been in labor in the delivery room for the past 8 hours. We are eagerly expecting our fourth child. I can hear Typhoon Ruby’s din just outside the window almost seamlessly combine with the whir of the air-conditioning unit. I write this helplessly alone on a leather couch at St. Luke’s hospital, waiting for the signal to come in and hold my wife’s hand as she goes through the final birth stages. But not yet. I sit here, sleep-deprived, waiting and praying. It is Advent after all, I muse. Yesterday, here in the hospital, I had a call with my business partner Paolo…
  • What Is Your Fearlessness Quotient?

    Peter Cauton
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    At work, when we talk about hiring (which we talk about A LOT nowadays), I usually tell my co-managers that I am very interested in hiring “entrepreneurial-minded” people. Then I’d get often asked: What does that mean? That’s a question I’ve been mulling about for ages. What exactly is it? How do you evaluate if someone has it? How do you know if someone has the potential to have it? There are so many theories on what entrepreneurship is. Here’s one of mine. I think, when you distill it, when you boil entrepreneurship down to its basest levels,…
  • 15 Slots Available For STORM’S Private Recruitment Cocktails Tomorrow

    Peter Cauton
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    STORM is scaling fast. Founded in January 2013 (a spinoff from my original HR startup, STORM Consulting), STORM is bent on transforming the way companies manage benefits. I’m fairly confident STORM has been among the fastest growing local startups across these last 2 years, revenue-wise. We’ve been blessed. In 2013, we proved our new business model could work – an entirely new way for companies to manage their benefits. In 2014, we started growing fast. Very fast. We’ve quadrupled both 2013 revenue AND 2013 manpower. We’re set to AT LEAST quadruple revenue again…
  • Big Picture? No, Look at the BIGGER Picture

    Peter Cauton
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    These past few months have been crazy in STORM. We started the 2014 with about 16 employees. We’re ending the year with around 50 employees and 60 more job openings. After 5-6 years hovering at around 10-15 employees, we’re now scaling at an unprecedented level. It’s been all sorts of crazy, but its been fun. It’s a riveting challenge to see just how far we can push this. This sudden shift in scale started when we realized two years ago that, “Hey, we can be more than a niche player in the industry – we could help EVERYONE out with flexible benefits.”…
  • Machine Failure!

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

    joshboyle
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:15 Premium Company:  Acquia Actifio Bit9 + Carbon Black Blog Slideshow:  Lots of Capital to Scale for Growth Actifio Raises $100M Applause Raises $43M Teespring Raises $20M + $35M SilverRail Raises $40M Acquia Raises $50M Plus Additional Funding from Amazon SimpliSafe Raises $57M Veracode Raises $40M Savant Raises $90M BlueSnap Raises $50M ThinkingPhones Raises $56.7M Kaminario Raises $53M DataGravity Raises $50M American Well Raises $80M Bit9 + Carbon Black raises $38.25M Teaser:  2014 had many monster rounds of funding to build the…
  • MAVRCK – the Digital Marketer’s Wingman

    joshboyle
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:15 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Mavrck, who today announced $2.5M Series A funding from GrandBanks Capital, has one of the best “ah-ha” moments I’ve heard to date. Mavrck, who today announced $2.5M Series A funding from GrandBanks Capital, has one of the best “ah-ha” moments I’ve heard to date. Lyle Stevens, Co-Founder & CEO, was leading an engineering team at Raytheon when he went home for a family holiday gathering. During…
  • Can Chuck Goldman’s Next Company Succeed at Bringing the Enterprise to Legalized Sports Gambling?

    Keith Cline
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:30 Author:  Keith Cline - Founder, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Boston based entrepreneur, Chuck Goldman, has a knack for bringing different technologies to the enterprise IT market.  At Apple, he led their Education and Enterprise Professional Services Divisions... Boston based entrepreneur, Chuck Goldman, has a knack for bringing different technologies to the enterprise IT market. At Apple, he led their Education and Enterprise Professional Services Divisions responsible for executing Steve Job’s…
  • 2014 in Review – The Exits that Rocked Boston [slideshow]

    joshboyle
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:00 Premium Company:  Backupify GrabCAD HubSpot Imprivata Nexage Smarterer The Echo Nest TripAdvisor Wayfair Blog Slideshow:  Big Year for Boston! Care.com Goes Public Imprivata Goes Public Wayfair Goes Public HubSpot Goes Public Sapient Acquired by Publicis Groupe The Echo Nest is Acquired by Spotify Cloudant is Acquired by IBM Stackdriver is Acquired by Google The Bay Area Came Shopping Nexage is Acquired by Millennial Media Axeda is Acquired by PTC GrabCAD is Acquired by Stratasys Smarterer is Acquired by Pluralsight Backupify is Acquired…
  • Fancred Rolls Out New Way of Experiencing Your Sports Life

    joshboyle
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Similar to a digital scrapbook Your Fancred neatly organizes everything you see and do as a sports fan. In August of this year, Fancred, an app that lets users capture their favorite sports moments and connect and interact with a community of fellow fans, announced a $3 million financing round led by existing shareholders, Atlas Venture and Militello Capital, as well as first time participant Breakaway…
 
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  • How To Never Miss God’s Provision Again

    mholmes
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever felt like you missed God’s provision? Are you living a life of lack and debt going from paycheck? Do you feel like you AREN’T seeing the Promises of God come to pass in your life? And there IS an answer to that, but before we get there I want to introduce Travis […] The post How To Never Miss God’s Provision Again appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The $50 Billion State of Tithes and Offerings In America [INFOGRAPHIC]

    mholmes
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for $50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. What’s also interesting is that the future of tithes and offering will NOT be checks and cash. The ministries that only use these mediums are vastly more ineffective than their computer savvy counterparts. In other words more […] The post The $50 Billion State of Tithes and Offerings In America [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • LL Cool J On The Benefits of Tithing

    mholmes
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
      LL Cool J on tithing? That’s right the mega star recently shared the reasons for his success namely his faith in God and tithing: “I mentioned earlier longevity, versatility and originality. What I didn’t mention was spirituality and believing in God…Every dime I get, no matter what it is, I give 10 percent to […] The post LL Cool J On The Benefits of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Generational Blessing That Follows Giving

    mholmes
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    The longer I live the more I realize that God is concerned with generational blessings. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3 NLT) Look at that: a generational blessing. Moses told Israel, […] The post The Generational Blessing That Follows Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How I Took My Branch to #1 Four Times

    mholmes
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    I know this is not a sales, leadership, or management blog. This site is primarily designed for giving. But as a result of giving and God’s faithfulness I have seen some TREMENDOUS blessings recently. You may not know but I’m a manager  of a retail store. Yes, I do have a day job. Now between […] The post How I Took My Branch to #1 Four Times appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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  • Classified Post : Online Classfied Ad Website

    Bob Debbas
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Robbie Alvarez”, CEO of the US based start-up “The Classified Post” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1-What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? The Classified Post is a new online classified ad website. Users can browse ads and post free classified ads with upgrade options. All ads are displayed in a traditional newspaper format.   2- When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? The Classified Post is not currently funded. We are…
  • AlyaSal : Innovative Conservative Fashion Business

    Bob Debbas
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Rula Alami”, Founder of the Lebanon based start-up “ALYA SAL” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1.What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  ALYA is an innovative conservative fashion business thriving on an expanding market for fashion attire among conservative communities worldwide. We sell online to tap this large market.   2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?  Alyasal was officially launched in March 2014.
  • Test – Drive it now….

    30SimpleSystems
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    The first and the best option to get the funds is, form a fired or any relative. You can easily get funds by showing your business plan from a financially strong friend or relative. You can offer him the partnership in your business or get funds on interest free basis for a certain period of time. Govt. Organizations: The post Test – Drive it now…. appeared first on Start-Ups.Co.
  • Announcing Silk’s new and improved visualizations

    30SimpleSystems
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    We’re proud to announce Silk’s renewed visualizations today! We believe Silk is now one of the best ways to create clear and embeddable visualizations on the web. The updated charts and graphs are easier on the eyes, convey more information, and perform better. We also added a scatter plot, stacked bar chart, and donut chart visualization to the mix. Of course, the new visualizations look great as an embed: Data from world.silk.co New additions to the lineup are the scatter plot and stacked bar chart. The scatter plot chart is an excellent way to show the correlation between two tags,…
  • VICTORIAN INSPIRED DIAMOND JEWELRY AT JEWELRY EZONE

    30SimpleSystems
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    we are manufacturer, exporter and trader of Antique / Vintage / Victorian reproduction jewellry sterling silver Jewelry & Fine Gold diamond Jewelry http://www.jewelryezone.com The post VICTORIAN INSPIRED DIAMOND JEWELRY AT JEWELRY EZONE appeared first on Start-Ups.Co.
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  • 6 Things Startups Need Right from the Get Go

    Neet Narula
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Are you thinking of launching a startup? Well, it’s probably a lot harder than you think. You need to have all kinds of things in place before you can even consider running a business. The following 6 things are all things you should have right from day dot: A Fantastic Website All startups need a business website that enhances their image. If you’re unable to create one yourself, then you’ll need professional help to ensure that it’s done properly. Your website says a lot about you. Even if you’re only trading physically, a website is something you should have. There should be…
  • SEO and the Startup: Cost-Effective SEO Solutions

    Gus
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Getting started in SEO as a start-up can be complicated. What is more, if you have something of a meagre budget, it can make matters worse. But, you don’t have to forgo SEO in the early days of your enterprise in order to conserve cash. There are some great ways that you can deploy SEO campaigns within your business in the crucial, early days of your venture. SEO need not be expensive. In fact, it can be as cheap as you need it to be. There are some frugal ways that you can deploy an effective SEO strategy. Let’s take a look at them. SEO Planter On Page Optimisation Undoubtedly, you have…
  • Is It Time For Your Business To start Trading Internationally?

    Gus
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    The world of commerce gets smaller and smaller every day, as processes are made faster, connectivity is increased, and technologies are developed that allow us to do business with every corner of the world. Even very small businesses can now think about selling their products and services around the globe – is it time you considered doing the same? There are obvious benefits to trading internationally. Where you might currently have a customer base in the hundreds and thousands, you could well be selling to millions of people. Having a bigger market to appeal to is rarely a bad thing, and…
  • Great Reasons to Use HR Software for Your Business

    Gus
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Running a small or medium business is no easy feat. There are so many different tasks to keep up with every day. Usually, it’s great being in control of your company. But when everything is building up, owning a business isn’t so fun anymore. So anything that helps to make day-to-day tasks easier makes running your business that tiny bit more pleasurable. You should take advantage of anything that will help you to make your business practices cheaper, easier and more efficient. HR software is one of the tools that you need to be using, if you aren’t already. There are so…
  • Data Protection: An Issue No Start-up Can Afford to Ignore

    Gus
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Data protection is something that no start-up firm can ignore. You must fully understand the significance of this issue if you’re to avoid potentially costly fines and reputational damage. Flickr image The law The laws governing data protection differ from country to country. For example, firms in the UK are subject to the Data Protection Act. This requires all organisations to safeguard sensitive information and to destroy it when it’s no longer needed.  Firms that fail to meet the rules can face fines of up to £500,000. So that you’re not caught off guard, make sure you read up…
 
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  • Ecommerce and Building A Booming Business Abroad with Ryan Coisson – TCE 056

    Scott
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today we’re very fortunate to have one of my newer buddies Ryan Coisson on the show. Me and Ryan originally connected through an entrepreneur organization I’m involved with called the Broterhood. You’ll hear more about this in the episode, but I had heard about all these guys making a fortune launching ecommerce businesses on Amazon…and when I had questions my friends said that Ryan was the guy to chat with about all things ecommerce. Ryan is a serial entrepreneur that has started all kinds of successful businesses and…
  • PEAK STATE: Using Exercise to Build Success Habits TCE – #55

    Scott
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Last week I wrote about a new project I’ve been working on called Peak State. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I’d go ahead and read that post… What is Peak State? Well it’s my attempt at creating the most motivating workout in the world and leveraging the recurring nature of working out to instill habits that enhance achievement and prosperity. If that sounds crazy or audacious….well it kind of is. This episode is an extended version of the origin story of Peak State, how its…
  • My New Project Peak State

    Scott
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    A few months ago I had this idea for a type of workout I’d never seen. At first the idea seemed a bit out there, but as I’ve introduced it to more people the feedback has been tremendously positive. The workout is called Peak State and you can read about it here. I now teach it regularly where I live in New York City and you can get a feel for the mindfulness portion of the workouts by requesting access to a sample guided meditation I created here. Anyways, this post is not a workout prescription but rather the story behind Peak State and why it exists… I think people interested…
  • UGG: Building An Iconic Brand with Brian Smith – TCE 054

    Scott
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “You can’t give birth to adults…” This is a quote from today’s guest that was something that I needed to hear and might provide peace of mind to those of you listening are in the early days of starting something new. I’m so excited to have Brian Smith, the founder of the iconic boot brand Ugg on the show. You may have seen these in just about every high school in the world not too long ago…in fact I think I bought a pair for my sister for Christmas back in the day! But Ugg wasn’t always an iconic…
  • Casper: Innovating on The Sleep Industry with Philip Krim – TCE 053

    Scott
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes So I just moved to a new apartment and I had to haul my mattress from my parents house in PA all the way to New York City… The whole process was a pain and trying to fit my queen size bed up the stairs into my place was an experience I don’t wish on anyone. Fortunately there is a company out there called Casper that is helping fix that. Today we have Casper’s CEO Phillip Krim on the show. We’re going to talk about how Casper is innovating on the entire buyer experience of purchasing a mattress. The thing that really…
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  • Rahul Alim – Founder of Custom Creatives

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Stay focused. We all have hopes and dreams, those will come true but you have to remain focused on your goals.   Rahul Alim is a successful entrepreneur with practical sales and marketing expertise. He founded Success Marketing Solutions, Inc. (SMS) in 2004 and Custom Creatives in 2006 to provide top quality Graphic Design, Web Design, Web Development, and Internet Marketing solutions for clients like you. Together with his team, they embody a strong work ethic, deliver high quality products and stellar service, and don’t stop until you love the end result. Custom Creatives has become…
  • Stephen Kurtz – CEO of MuscleSound

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    I keep the end in mind. Many ignore this rule, but doing so can lead to failure for many great ideas. It’s why people run out of money before realizing their dream. Stephen Kurtz is CEO of MuscleSound, where he oversees all aspects of the company’s operations as they relate to business development and investor relations. In addition to his work at MuscleSound, Kurtz is a managing member of Kurtz Financial — a private equity firm that specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, restructuring, and turnarounds. As a CPA, Kurtz has spent most of his career in accounting and…
  • Chad Soderholm – Co-Founder of Raglites

    Mario Schulzke
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I make a “To-Day” list every day of the top five items I need to get accomplished that day. Some days I get more than five done and some days I only may get two done, but having a list keeps me focused on moving the needle everyday. Chad Soderholm is an Idea Entrepreneur, highly-skilled producer, director, and creative professional that has applied his talents to helping brands emotionally connect with their customers. Chad is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago with a degree in Film and Video production. Chad founded Digital Aisle, a pioneering interactive shopper marketing agency…
  • Sarah Barrett – Author of A Mom’s Guide to School Fundraising

    Mario Schulzke
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Listen to your gut. There is always lots of “chatter,” and everyone is always full of advice. I have found that when you can listen to your gut, you’re always making the best decision for you. Sarah Barrett is a former teacher with a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University. She has been fundraising for schools since 2008. She is the author of A Mom’s Guide to School Fundraising and has consulted for several schools, both public and private as well as sports teams and clubs. She has been featured on RetailMeNot.com, Scholastic: Parent & Child and The New York Times. She…
  • Brad Thies – Principal at Barr Assurance & Advisory

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Run to your problems; don’t try to avoid them. Brad Thies is principal at Barr Assurance & Advisory Inc. (BARR), a full-service risk consulting and compliance firm that provides business performance, information technology, and assurance services to clients across a variety of industries. He specializes in helping clients assess, design, and implement processes and controls to meet customer, regulatory, and compliance requirements. Brad is a certified public accountant and a certified information system auditor with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Where did the idea…
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  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
  • Early stage capital in EU vs US

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've covered this topic before, obviously, but this seemed like an excellent article, worth linking to. In short, things haven't changed much since I posted those articles 4 years ago: European VCs are still slow to respond, slow to make decisions, risk-averse, overly focused on formalities like business plans, etc. But that doesn’t deter European investors from requesting a full deck, including a three-year business plan as a prerequisite to any form of conversation. If your path to profitability is not already proven, you will have a hard time getting as much as a phone call. From what I…
  • I don't know

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

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

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Sangeet’s Note: While several factors determine the ability of a platform to enable an interaction, one of the factors is the real-world Interaction Limit for that particular interaction, as elaborated on by Devinder (guest writer) in the article below. This is specifically important for interactions where the exchange of goods and services occurs off the platform.  The Interaction Limit is the maximum geographical limit within which users from two sides of the platform would interact. The Interaction Limit for Uber may be a city. For HighLight, it may be the immediate vicinity. For Airbnb…
  • How Alibaba, Android and Airbnb change the geometry of business

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    One of the central concepts I talk about on this blog is the shift from linear business models to networked business models: from Pipes to Platforms. The business priorities while building these two contrasting forms of businesses are very different and I’ve explored that in detail in an earlier essay here. We also note that this shift has already happened in several industries. I explore that in detail in the essay here. (I would highly recommend reading both essays in tandem even if you’ve read them separately earlier.) Media has already been transformed by this shift and become…
  • Why social networks that pay you may be a bad idea

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    One of the most common questions I get asked, while talking about platforms, relates to the issue of labor on platforms. Facebook and Twitter, among others, get a lot of value from their users and make billions of dollars, but the users don’t see much kickback.   The economics of free-labor platforms Social networks like Facebook and Twitter leverage free labor from a global talent pool to deliver a business that has near-zero marginal costs of value creation. A mouthful of words but it essentially means the following. In traditional Pipe models, every act of value creation has an…
  • Why New Payment Mechanisms Fail To Take Off

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

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

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    We have now introduced LABs which give startups complete control over how to present their startup. Here are the features of LABs: Any startup that has a CrunchBase profile can be recommended by any Cdling Member (look for “Recommend a Startup" drop down, top right corner). Startups decide if they want to move forward with their free LAB, indicate the stage of their progress, have complete control over how much or how little information to include and have formatted emails and Twitter invitations to help them get started. Once a startup receives a few MUSEs from people they know,…
  • OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK!

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    We hope you had a great summer!This fall we are excited to be presenting OFFICE HOURS with SoftBank’s Jordan LevyMaven Ventures’ Jim Scheinman and Ariel PolerIf you would like to recommend a startup for a meeting with one of these investors please email me at michael@cdling.com.We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Startup Grind Toronto and a long list of collaborators for this ambitious program. Click here for all of the details.In January of last year we worked with Nir Eyal and Startup Grind Toronto on a workshop, introducing Nir’s HOOKED model of…
  • THE DIGITAL CURRENCY CHALLENGE

    24 Sep 2013 | 8:13 pm
    Cdling is proud to present … THE DIGITAL CURRENCY CHALLENGE: HOW BITCOIN CAN UNLEASH A POWERFUL NEW STARTUP WAVE GET YOUR TICKET HERE UPDATE, Oct. 15: Marc Andreessen: Bitcoin is like the early Internet.  "As late as 1994, many of the same things said about digital currency today were being said about the Internet: it can’t scale, the Fortune 500 will never let this happen, etc. Bitcoin has grown to $1.5 billion from $10,000 in three years.  But the opportunity is much bigger than currency speculation: in order for digital currency to succeed, there has to be an infrastructure…
  • ACCELERATE YOURSELF: Cdling sprouts global expert CTO & team

    3 Jul 2013 | 9:03 pm
    Here is the news release that we issued today … Happy Independence Day! “Everyone recognizes the billionaires in the startup world,” says Michael Cayley, Founder of Cdling Capital Services Inc., “but Cdling recognizes and rewards the talent that each and every mentor, expert and investor adds to a great startup community,” says Cayley. Today Cdling announced a self styled acceleration program that instantly gives it the passionate team and scientific know-how to deliver. To underscore its commitment to product excellence, it concurrently released a new prototype, based on…
  • Navigating Change for Angel Success

    11 Mar 2013 | 12:22 pm
    "Angel investing - one of the leading sources of capital for the innovation economy - is undergoing rapid transformation and growth, with new social media entrants, legislative changes, and the explosion of the start-up environment." - Angel Capital Association Summit 2013 At Startup Grind 2013 conference in Silicon Valley I hosted the “No Harps or Hallows in Angel Funding” section designed to explore the changing early stage funding context.  Coming up in April, ACA Chairman David Verrill and Board Member Jean Peters have invited me to join a related panel: Crowdfunding: Wisdom…
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    The Startup Videos

  • Startup Branding: 10 ways for Mobile Startups to stay ahead of Competition

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Competition is aggressive in a business and is brutal for a startup. It is better for a startup to accept the fact that, competition is an indispensable component and there is no other choice than fighting out. There are predators that want to eat up and swallow small startups like you in hopes of eliminating the competition. Do you want to fall a prey to such ruthless predators or gain the courage to withstand and fight against them. Startups tend to think, branding is a material that is intended for top businessmen and premium products. But, branding is essential for any startup and matters…
  • 8 Mobile App Live Videos, that you would love to watch

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Mobile apps have become an indispensable element of our daily life. Be it a foodie or an event or fashion or dating, we achieve everything on a tap and a slide of our mobile screen. That is just the magic of apps. Hereby, we present to you 8 exclusive live videos, each of them showcasing amazing mobile apps that you would love to use on the go. These videos will surefire provoke you to share it among your social circle. Take a sneak peek! Next Glass Ruby Couple GymTrack On My way Postmates Prong Skylock We know this is not the exhaustive list. We would like to hear from you. Share the most…
  • The CII Startupreneurs awards, 2014- ReBooting Entrepreneurship

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    In case, you had missed this event, TheStartupVideos did a brief coverage on the event, Startupreneurs organized by CII. Many of the Bigwigs from the Industry had attended the event and shared their startup journey and success stories enabling the startups to take their ideas off the ground and kickstart. The event was attended by 130 startups who were shortlisted from among 500 applications, 200 delegates, 30+ investors and mentors and speakers who are big names in the Industry like Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys, Lakshmi Narayanan of Cognizant, Arun Jain of Polaris, Naval Gupta from IOB and…
  • Mercedes Benz imports car building to Instagram

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Sharing photos and striking comments on Instagram is nothing new. Did you know you can build your Mercedes Benz car on Instagram? In an attempt to clear the crowd and place its new car in the front, Mercedes has transferred the feature of car customising to Instagram. Build your own GLA My car, My colour, My style. Yes. Build your own GLA is just about this. A sense of belonging and an emotional factor is tagged to the product by this exclusive feature of Mercedes that enables the user to, Form customised versions of cars. Pick their prefered colours, wheels, roof and grill options from among…
  • Why we think FileInvite Revolutionizes Office Communication?

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    What is the easiest way to communicate with your clients? Yes, you got that right, through the omnipresent Email. All over the world, and for many different purposes, thousands of people are doing exactly that. What happens when you are expecting information from many clients through Email. It becomes hard to track them- files are either too big, wrong files, late files and sometimes no files. You have this painful task of sending reminders and keeping track of all mails. FileInvite has got a simple solution that will transform the way you collect information, forever. All you have to do is…
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • New York Magnet Schools Made Me the Entrepreneur I Am Today

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    In the tech world, there’s likely no archetype more famous than the college dropout. From Steve Jobs to Bill Gates to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, there are plenty of stories floating around about...
  • The 8 Types of VC Fund Investors

    Andrew Ackerman
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This is an informative, must-read for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of the venture capital industry and the role of limited partners.
  • Getting Funded Step 1: Getting Noticed

    Kirill Sheynkman
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    In Step 0 of this series, I described the arsenal one should have ready when preparing to make a funding pitch to a VC. Assuming you have most of the materials I suggest or, at least, are in the...
  • Innovators and Essentials: Matt Gordon, VSN Mobil

    AlleyWatch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    In this edition of our Innovators series we take a deeper look at the V360 camera from VSN Mobil. The V.360° camera makes it possible to capture footage every angle simultaneously since it shoots in...
  • Make Every Member of Your Startup Act Like an Owner

    Martin Zwilling
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where it decides to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing and administrative tasks. Then the company is surprised to see...
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    Startup Freak

  • Pixel Edge Design Studio

    StartupFreak
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Company Name : Pixel Edge Design Studio Description : High Quality Animation Studio & Multimedia Company in Delhi, India Company Overview : We are a full service Animation Studio and multimedia company offering a variety of service such as: 3D Animation, 2D Animation, 3D Modeling,Character Design, Game Design, 3D Rendering, Commercials, Full Length Films, Architectural Floor Plans, and much more! Our Animation Studio has been in business for over 8 years delivering excellent animations to our clients. Homepage URL: http://www.pixeledge.co/ Industry : Advertising/Public Relations Number of…
  • luminous inverter

    StartupFreak
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Company Name : luminous inverter Description : very best report in one month Company Overview : very nice-wonderful #power are site owned by Nice Power Based at Delhi #Distributor for luminous, Exide & #luminous #inverters online #ups #batteries. Homepage URL: http://luminousinverterdelhi.com/ Industry : Accounting/Finance Number of Employees : 9716628483 Location : new delhi 110014 Key People : luminous inverter Social Links very nice-wonderful #power are site owned by Nice Power Based at Delhi #Distributor for luminous, Exide & #luminous #inverters online #ups…
  • ehostavenue.com

    StartupFreak
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Company Name : ehostavenue.com Description : Domain & Hosting Company Overview : eHostAvenue is a leading provider of web solutions to Small Business, SMEs, Professionals, individuals, Entrepreneurs and also to students for better practical learning opportunities. Our products are a complete suite that will help them to establish & grow in their online appearance. Our Web Product portfolio enlists – domain registration, enterprise email solutions (with anti-spam & anti0virus features), web-hosting services, website builder products, e-commerce solutions, digital certificates.
  • Nitin Chhabria

    StartupFreak
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Company Name : Nitin Chhabria Description : TechMerch is a full service Digital Agency offering Websites, Portals, E-commerce, Branding & Advertising, Online Marketing & Backend Handling services. Company Overview : TechMerch is a full service Digital Agency offering Websites, Portals, E-commerce, Branding & Advertising, Online Marketing & Backend Handling services. A Startup with a team of 8+ young aspiring individuals, having library of Services & a very Customer centric company. Our objective is to help clients achieve their online presence goals keeping their core…
  • rideIT

    StartupFreak
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Company Name : rideIT Description : rideIT is an inter-company carpool matching service Company Overview : rideIT is a for-profit social initiative to promote and facilitate carpooling among India’s working professionals. Our website (www.rideIT.in) and mobile apps (android and iOS coming soon) serve as an inter-company carpool matching service exclusively for working professionals. Our aim is to reduce traffic in cities by improving the transport efficiency of private vehicles. We do this by allowing users to share their car, bike, auto and cab rides with colleagues Homepage URL:…
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    Onboardly

  • Here’s Your $5000 Content Marketing Plan

    Renee Warren
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    So, you want to start doing content marketing for your business. That’s great to hear! What convinced you to finally make the investment? Was it the fact that inbound marketing shaves an average of 13% off the cost of lead generation? Or maybe it was hearing that content marketing ROI is greater than the ROI of paid search. Whatever the reason, I’m just glad you made the decision to get started. Before we go any further, I want to clear the air on a very important point, one that often gets overlooked: the act of creating content is not content marketing — it’s copywriting.
  • Keep Your Marketing Efforts Afloat With Demand Marketing [Infographic]

    Renee Warren
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Don’t lose your sea legs when you start thinking about customer acquisition and marketing. Using an integrated mix of traditional and digital marketing techniques, what we call Demand Marketing, will deliver you to your destination without running your ship aground. Ahoy Mateys! Demand Marketing is as easy as relating all the pieces to parts of a ship. You’ll know your hull from your bow and your ROI from your PR once you finish reading this chart. Set your compass and head south. Time to embark on a great journey! Photo Credit: Unsplash Share this Image On Your Site…
  • Startup Founders: How to get More Done Without Working More Hours

    Guest Post
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, you get pulled in a lot of directions. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat down at my computer with the intention of doing one thing, only to spend the entire day handling 10 other super-urgent issues that came up and got in the way. And while I’m busy putting out fires, I always imagine, “Well, I’ll get to that other thing later, when I have a little more time.” How often do you push things aside for later today or tomorrow, when you think, in theory, that you’ll have more time to do them? And then how often do those things get done in a rush, right…
  • What Journalists Are Most Thankful For This Thanksgiving

    Crystal Richard
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Oh Thanksgiving… Turkey, stuffing, apple pies, stretchy pants!  Another year of desperately trying to explain to your relatives what a startup is, what you actually do at work and that no – you don’t know Zuckerberg. It’s the official kick-off to the holiday season and this year, we wanted to celebrate with friends of Onboardly, south of the Canadian border. We reached out to some of our favorite journalists to ask them to share with us what they’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here’s what we found out! Friends and Family “When you’re self-employed and…
  • How to Make Transparency Work in Your Startup

    Renee Warren
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Let’s say you’re at a dinner party and making small talk with a few guests seated near you. One guest talks loudly and excitedly about their work, dishing dirt on their boss and office drama. The other responds to questions with single word answers and smiles enigmatically, not revealing much about their life. And the third guest shares entertaining anecdotes about their children, and speaks openly and honestly about their passion for local politics. Who would you want to spend the rest of the evening talking to? Who would you trust with your own views and opinions? It’s likely that you…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Writing Apps for Entrepreneurs: Make Your Writing Better

    Kaleigh Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    For entrepreneurs, many skills are learned through simple trial and error. They become experts in their industries by learning everything they can and then expanding upon that knowledge base by putting theory into practice. But when it comes to writing, many small business owners can’t seem to gain any headway. No matter how many times they’ve sat down in front of a blank screen, the words never seem to look and sound the way they want them to. That’s why today, we’ve gathered a list of writing apps and tools that can help break through that barrier and turn anyone…
  • Assessing the Past Year: How Did Your Small Business Perform?

    Kaleigh Moore
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the year comes to a close, it’s a time for reflection. It’s a time to look back at another year of business performance and to assess your work. It’s a time to see where improvements can be made and when to celebrate your successes, too. But sometimes, it’s hard to know where to begin. Sure, it sounds easy to think back on the year, look at the numbers, and decide if you’re happy with the results. But there are specific areas of business performance you should focus on to help give you a well-rounded view of the details–so that next year, you know…
  • 5 Biggest Fears For Small Business Owners (And How To Fight Them)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Owning a small business is filled with things to be afraid of at every stage of the game, no matter if you started business yesterday or 20 years ago. Big fears are real, and they can be hard to deal with, but a big part of being an entrepreneur is finding a way to master them. We asked real small business owners what their biggest fears are and how they’ve overcome them. Here’s some inspiration: Fear #1: The Instability of Working For Yourself When you have your own business, there are bound to be a few ups and downs. And you probably knew this going in. But when you’re just getting…
  • 10 Small Business Tools To Make Your Life Easier

    Kiera Abbamonte
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to running a small business, time and effort are precious resources, and the last thing you wanna do is waste them. Not to mention there are some skills that you just don’t have. Thankfully, there are oodles of tools available to make your life as a small business owner much easier. From marketing to accounting, communicating, and more – we’ve pulled together 10 awesome tools that will have you breathing a huge sigh of relief! Marketing 1. BoostSuite BoostSuite is a tool that helps to optimize web marketing for small businesses. It’s the ultimate tool for beginners and…
  • 25 Perfect Holiday Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

    Kiera Abbamonte
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to really start thinking about holiday gift-giving. The good news is you can give to your loved ones and give back to the community at the same time! The holidays are a great opportunity to support small businesses and shop small. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite small businesses (who also happen to be customers!) and even included our picks for great gifts. Enjoy. Find Gifts for: Women Men Kids Foodies Outdoorsy / Athletes You For Women: 1. Potentially Chic Potentially Chic is a boutique that provides furniture, home accessories,…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • MediaNest - Video Distribution Made Simple - In the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If the pundit predictions hold true, 2015 is set to see explosive growth within the video marketing sector. Due to a combination of factors including mobile-first viewers, increased viewership across multiple demographics, and massive growth within the video app sector, brands are likely to double-down on their video creation efforts. With a need to not only create video content but to distribute and analyze the ROI of their video creations, brand marketers will have their hands full trying to manage their video marketing efforts. Luckily, there is a young startup company offering a solution…
  • In the Spotlight - Captable

    Eleanor Wall
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Captable- Cap table management, stored in the cloud- Issue stock classes- Issue convertible instruments- Grant stock options- Stockholder summaries- Round modelling- Exit modelling- Audit logs- Concierge service available upon request- Invite-only captable sharing Captable.io
  • In the Spotlight - H+Technology

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    New post on Digital Journal featuring up-and-coming Vancouver startup H+Technology. This hot new startup plans to bring interactive holographic projections to your home. Crowdfunding campaign starting in 2015. Check 'em out and share!
  • In the Spotlight - Startups Disrupting the Shipping Industry

    Eleanor Wall
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you still using traditional shipping methods like UPS, FedEX, or the USPS? Before you ship another package, don't you think it's time you investigated the multitude of startup companies disrupting the shipping industry? Following are a few finds for those willing to #ThinkDifferent when it comes to shipping options:Shyp | The easiest way to ship anything. Swapbox - Send and receive packages Postmaster - the easiest way to ship packages Boxc Doorman - Evening Package Delivery On Request ShipHawk | Online Shipping Quotes - Freight Shipping, Furniture Shipping, Antique Shipping and more!
  • In the Spotlight - Startup Mauritius

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Startup Mauritius- Initiative of Board of Investment- Encouraging discovery of, and investment in Mauritius' startups- Investment opportunities include logistics, media, healthcare, aquaculture, agro-industry, renewable energy, and more - Business set-up assistance available (including investors)- Residency permit options include Occupation Permit, Residence Permit, and Permanent Residence Permit - InvestMauritius.com
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    e27

  • Seoul’s A-33 Studio aims to revolutionise mobile gaming

    beSUCCESS
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The gaming startup intends to create a new control system to overcome what is seen by many to be the biggest failure of mobile gaming, the uninuative controls K Cube Ventures recently announced a US$700,000 investment into mobile game developer A-33 Studio. With this investment A-33 Studio will focus on ramping up its mobile FPS game production and aims to be ready to release its first title by the end of next year. The title is named ‘Project S’ for now, and is an ambitious plan to maximise online mobile FPS game experience by integrating a fully optimised user interface along with…
  • Hong Kong’s Scoutbots is cleaning up our oceans with open source technology

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:31 am
    Scoutbots is currently raising an undisclosed seed round from one of Skype’s Co-founders, expected to close in the coming weeks Image credit: Scoutbots “Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” –Evo Morales It is fitting that the Founder of Scoutbots, a Hong Kong-based startup founded in 2013 building ‘open hardware shape-shifting sailing robots to collect ocean data and transport…
  • Vserv joins XL to enhance mobile entertainment space in Indonesia

    Twishy
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    The partnership will integrate Vserv Smart Data platform with XL to help drive higher ROI for mobile entertainment firms Vserv, a mobile marketing platform across emerging markets, today announced a partnership with PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL), the second largest telecom service operator in Indonesia to strengthen its role in the mobile marketing space. The partnership will integrate Vserv Smart Data platform with XL to help drive higher ROI for mobile entertainment companies by targeting the most relevant audience, with the right ads at the right time, based on user personas and intent signals.
  • eBay to own more of Indonesian e-commerce firm Metra Plasa’s shares

    DailySocial
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:41 am
    The acquirement will change the ownership composition, from 40 per cent eBay and 60 per cent Telkom to 49 per cent eBay and 51 per cent Telkom E-commerce titan eBay aims to acquire more Metra Plasa’s shares. Metra Plasa, a joint venture between eBay and Telkom which manages Blanja, was re-spawned in 2012, when eBay decided to save the startup from collapsing by injecting US$9,2 million to it. The acquirement will change the ownership composition, from 40 per cent eBay and 60 per cent Telkom to 49 per cent eBay and 51 per cent Telkom. The acquirement will be eBay’s third throughout the…
  • Korean fitness band Arki hits US$150K on Kickstarter

    Elaine Huang
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Can Arki, a blend of health and fashion, go ahead with surpassing US$200,000 this weekend? Meet Arki, a perfect blend of health and fashion; it is technology worn on a wrist that does not stick out like a sore thumb. The health and fitness wearable band, meant to be worn around the wrist, was put up on crowdfunding website Kickstarter 36 days ago. It has just hit 150 per cent of its US$100,000 goal. Ted Kim, CEO and Co-founder, Zikto Ted Kim, CEO and Co-founder, Zikto, the Korea-based hardware startup behind Arki, told e27 that he plans to see the campaign end with US$200,000 raised. The…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • What a pitch contest in a movie theater tells you about Japan’s startup ecosystem

    David Corbin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    The line-up of startups-turned-movies 2014 is winding down and the startup community in Tokyo is packing in as many events as possible before people’s minds drift to their Christmas presents. (By the way, if you made a Yo! clone, don’t expect much from Santa.) Today, Tohmatsu Ventures Support (TVS), the startup-focused arm of the giant professional services firm, offered a new twist on the classic pitch contest format – it rented out a movie theater so entrepreneurs paced the stage while their pitch decks were projected onto the big screen. Outside, the walls were decorated with…
  • Terra Motors unveils electric three-wheeler for India

    J.T. Quigley
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Japanese electric vehicle (EV) startup Terra Motors today unveiled a three-wheeler to be sold in developing Asian markets as an affordable and environmentally-minded alternative to gas-powered scooters and trikes. Dubbed the R6, Terra Motors’ new three-wheeler can accommodate seven people (six passengers and a driver) and travel 100 kilometers on a single charge. The startup claims that charging costs amount to a mere US$328 per year. A similar gas-powered three-wheeler, on the other hand, burns through US$4,307 of petrol annually. These estimates are based on the cost of electricity and…
  • SparkLabs Global invests $600k in Korea’s MangoPlate

    Josh Horwitz
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    SparkLabs Global Ventures, the Seoul-based seed fund that complements SparkLabs Accelerator, revealed today it has invested US$600,000 in MangoPlate, a restaurant discovery app for South Korea. According to SparkLabs, MangoPlate provides customized restaurant recommendations for its users based on one’s social profile and “food personality.” Its recommendation engine runs through a database of 200,000 restaurants, as well as algorithms that account for factors like cuisine type and location. Founded by alumni from Naver, Kakao, Apple, and Samsung, the app has been live for…
  • Jakarta government releases an app that lets residents complain about public infrastructure

    Leighton Cosseboom
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Jakarta’s central government published an app this week called Smart City in an effort to monitor, process, and follow up on public complaints throughout the capital, reports local media portal Indotelko. “This application is a concept that embodies a new model of governance which involves citizens in shaping public policy,” said Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at city hall on Monday. Purnama said that the system cost the government Rp 3.5 billion (US$277,892) to implement. According to him, the app and website are also used to monitor the performance of district…
  • Ebola, Flappy Bird, and Jennifer Lawrence top Asia’s trending Google searches in 2014

    Josh Horwitz
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Google’s year-end lists are by now an annual tradition. What’s a better way to recap the past 365 days than analyzing what the world searched for online? With some help from Google, below we’ve aggregated and translated Asia’s trending search terms for the year 2014. It’s hard to spot common threads non-scientifically, but as the company has noted on its APAC blog, Xiaomi appears to have attracted plenty of interest outside of China, and Flappy Bird won over masochists worldwide. Taiwan World Cup Taiwan-China Trade Agreement iPhone 6 Xiaomi Far Eastern…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Are you a Startup Day 2015 Early-Bird?

    Marwan Ayache
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “The best thing about the future is that it comes one Startup Day at a time.” -Abraham Lincoln And the best thing about Startup Day is that it’s happening again. What is Startup Day? Startup Day was founded by the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship ten years ago, and has since evolved into an all-day event (on Saturday) for founders, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, business developers, students, investors, media reps and everyone else interested in the startup scene. It connects Stockholm to the world, and is a nexus of serendipity for the 1000+ people who attend…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – December 17 Edition

    James Pember
    16 Dec 2014 | 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! Toca Boca are hiring a Product Manager – Cross Promotion Toca Boca are hiring a iOS/Android/Microsoft developers with Unity experience Toca Boca are hiring a Release Manager – Tech Team Lead Tink AB are hiring a Backend Developer Tink AB are hiring a iOS Developer For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
  • Just a month after launch, Auxy is featured in the App Store Best of 2014

    James Pember
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Auxy, the Stockholm based startup who have built an iPad app for electronic music creation have announced they’ve been selected for inclusion amongst the Apple App Store’s “annual best of” list. For a company who launched just over a month ago, that’s fairly impressive. Since launching, the company claim to have recorded over 500,000 downloads of the app, and have received good feedback from both beginners and professionals – helping to dissolve worries over who exactly the app is targeting. Auxy’s founder Henrik Lenberg commented: “It’s been…
  • Safello Opens Up UK Bitcoin Market With Local Bank Partner

    Anders Hassis
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The UK Bitcoin market has been plagued by a catch 22 situation where Bitcoin companies are not able to secure bank accounts to offer its services. Some operators found workarounds by cooperating with banks from the Isle of Man, but unfortunately this was halted shortly after. UK customers are since left with no options to quickly and safely buy bitcoins. UK customers are since left with no options to quickly and safely buy bitcoins Safello today announces it has established a bank relationship in London. This opens up the UK market for the buying of bitcoins through normal bank transfers. Its…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – December 13 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Mentimeter, a polling tool for meetings announces $500,000 angel investment Mentimeter enables people to have more efficient, interactive and fun meetings. It’s aimed at being an “easy-to-use, simple online tool for group interaction, allowing you to turn opinions into tangible data, in real-time”. Today the team have announced their $500,000 funding round from a group of prominent investors,…
 
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    Barcinno

  • Grow-UP Spain Will Connect Spanish Startups With International Investors

    Sven Huber
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    When it comes to solving Spain’s unemployment problem, creating a startup-friendly environment is one of the priorities of Spanish politicians on all levels, from local city governments to the central government. And within Spain (and Europe) Barcelona is definitely one of the hot spots and hubs for startups, and events like the Mobile World Congress, […] The post Grow-UP Spain Will Connect Spanish Startups With International Investors appeared first on Barcinno.
  • WeNode 2014: This Is How We Node.JS Barcelona-style

    Sam Hutchings
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    WeNode was a one-day, not for profit conference focused on nodeJS, server-side and embedded JavaScript technologies. It was run by BarcelonaJS for the JavaScript community and hosted in the Mobile World Centre in the middle of Barcelona. I was invited along to take a look. The Day and Talks The morning started with us all […] The post WeNode 2014: This Is How We Node.JS Barcelona-style appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startupbootcamp IoT & Data (@sbcIoT_Data)

    Scott Mackin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Company:  Startupbootcamp IoT & Daya Area: Startup Accelerator Location: Barcelona Role: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (5) Do you want to immerse yourself in a vibrant startup ecosystem, add value to 10 startups or maybe even join one of them at the end of the ride, this is your best bet! Startupbootcamp IoT & Data in Barcelona has a mission: accelerating 10 […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startupbootcamp IoT & Data (@sbcIoT_Data) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Spain Gives Uber The Boot, Is France Next?

    Scott Mackin
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The weekend can’t come soon enough for the ride-sharing app Uber. Disaster is unfolding across continents for the fast-growing San Francisco-based startup recently valued at €40.000.000.000. On Monday, Uber was banned in New Delhi after a driver allegedly raped a female passenger. On the same day, the Dutch courts ruled that Uber’s operations in Holland […] The post Spain Gives Uber The Boot, Is France Next? appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Boolino

    Stewart Masters
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Barcelona startup Boolino, coined as the “Google for children’s books”, has its sight set on being the world’s largest online platform for children’s books, for both the physical and digital landscapes. Acting as a bridge between the content and the buyers, Boolino brings both content creators and parents closer together by providing a marketing platform for publishers […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Boolino appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • Uber declared illegal in Thailand

    Christian Walter
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    The “startup” Uber has been declared illegal in Thailand and drivers will now face high fines if they continue to service passengers. Department of Land Transport director-general Teerapong Rodprasert said the reasons are that vehicles are improperly registered fares not in line with regulated rates drivers do not own proper licenses and discrimination against customers without credit cards. The outrage among consumers is huge, and the Facebook page of Voice of Taxis is flooded with discussions and comments. Thailand’s has seen Easy- and Grab- Taxi entering the market before Uber…
  • New beginnings

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

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

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

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

  • Breadcrumb Navigation for LearnDash

    Ryan Moore
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Out of the box, navigating complex courses in LearnDash can get confusing. With potentially dozens of topics, lessons and courses, it’s easy to get lost. Sidebar navigation helps, but it’s mainly for navigating within the same level rather than getting back to higher levels. What’s missing for some courses is context and being able to go up levels easily. We ran into this challenge with a recent LearnDash project. What it needed were breadcrumb links, but without customization, theme breadcrumb generation is broken for LearnDash. The problem is WordPress usually thinks…
  • WordPress Developer Needed

    Ryan Moore
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Right now we’re really busy at Uncanny Owl, so we’re building out the team to improve our capacity and capability. That means we have an immediate need for a part-time WordPress developer, ideally in the Toronto area. We need someone who’s done a lot of work with WordPress customizations. Great PHP and CSS skills are critical, but we need someone who’s comfortable interacting with clients and who can work independently too. If you or someone you know wants to work with us, check out all of the details at http://www.uncannyowl.com/contract-wordpress-developer/. The post WordPress…
  • LearnDash Demo Site Update

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

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

    Ryan Moore
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Now that we have demo sites available for LearnDash and WooThemes Sensei, we thought it was only fair to include WP Courseware in the mix. These 3 products are, after all, the bigger players in WordPress Learning Management Systems. The new WP Courseware demo site is available at http://wpcourseware.uncannycloud.com/. Once again, we stuck to the same type of platform to make it easy to compare the 3 LMS platforms. Try signing in to all 3 and note the differences for yourself. (Note that this will only work for about 3 weeks; we’re planning on making some significant changes to our LearnDash…
 
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  • Here Are the Top 25 Skills To Land You a Job, According to Linkedin

    Sarah Lesnar
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    If you’re looking for a job and are open to learning new skills, Linkedin has just released a list of the 25 “hottest skills” of 2014. After analyzing the over-330 million profiles on their site, Linkedin found the presence of certain skills most predicted the landing of a new job or expressed interest from a recruiter. Here are the top 25: Read more about the list at the Linkedin blog.
  • Chinese Official Allegedly Blackmailed With Scandalous Party Photos By Co-Worker

    Alan Van
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    If you thought the office politics at your workplace were bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. A housing official from Fuzhou, China, clearly a city that breeds f*ckery, had his wild night out kissing and groping various women exposed in a BBS thread yesterday. Twenty-six grainy images of a man reveling in debauchery at what appears to be a karaoke club were uploaded to the thread, titled “Enviable night life of Mr. Lin, deputy head of the housing administration bureau of Jin’an district, Fuzhou City.” That “Mr. Lin” apparently refers to Lin Zonghui, the deputy director of the…
  • Research Reveals CEOs are Most Likely to be Psychopaths

    Alan Van
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    If you’ve ever secretly wondered if someone you worked with was “psycho,” well, they might very well have been, especially if they were the CEO. According to research from Oxford University psychologist Kevin Dutton, those who occupy CEO positions are the most likely out of all professions to be psychopathic. That means CEOs are more likely to exhibit traits correlated with psychopathy (a very wide umbrella of f*ckery) like sociopathy, violence, sexual deviance, exploitativeness, sadism, narcissism, poor impulse control and just all-around dickishness, among other terrible things. Taken…
  • Obnoxious Student Demands Professor Postpone Finals, Gets EPIC One-Word Response

    Editorial Staff
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    When Oberlin College student Della Kurzer-Zlotnick demanded that professor Michael Raney postpone his courses’ finals in a long-winded and ridiculously politically correct email, she received what is possibly the most epic one-word response ever. Check out their “conversation” below: The exchange reads: It has come to the attention of students that students of color, particularly Black students, who have suffered significant trauma over the past few weeks due to the Grand Jury decisions are not at all in a place to take their finals right now. I am not among these students, and as a…
  • Study Reveals What Actually Happens When You Do Business With Friends

    Jacob Wagner
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    There are an endless amount of articles on the internet explaining why you shouldn’t do business with your friends. Personal issues get in the way and can heavily impact your productivity and focus. According to Ron Friedman’s “The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace,” however, working with your friends might actually be one of the best business decisions you can make. The late psychologist and entrepreneur Donald Clifton, who founded Gallup, a company that focuses on finding the best employees for companies, was very keen on measuring…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Spot.IM wants to make every website its own social network

    Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    A Q&A with Spot.IM co-founder and CEO Nadav Shoval. The Tel Aviv-based startup, which enables website publishers to add an on-site social networking component, had its public launch last month. It was founded in 2012 by Shoval and CTO Ishay Green. SUB: Please describe Spot.IM and your primary innovation. Shoval Spot.IM empowers website owners and publishers to turn their websites into a dedicated social network driven by their own content, essentially freeing them from depending on external social network giants like Facebook and Twitter. We’ve spent two years developing social network…
  • Virtuix gets big funding for a big idea: Fully-immersive virtual reality

    Editor
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    A Q&A with Virtuix co-founder and CEO Jan Goetgeluk. The Houston, Texas-based startup, which has built a hardware platform that allows users to move naturally while in virtual reality applications, announced last week the closing of a $2.7 million Seed funding round. Investors include Radical Investments, Scout Ventures, Scentan Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Tekton Ventures and 2020 Ventures. The company was founded last year and previously raised more than $3 million through two earlier Seed rounds. SUB: Please describe Virtuix and your primary innovation. Goetgeluk: Virtuix…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Artist Radar enables users to keep up with new releases and live events for their favorite entertainers and authors

    Editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    By Jörg Fehlinger, Artist Radar co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Artist Radar is a personalized entertainment and news platform that transforms the way people stay up-to-date with their favorite artists. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Artist Radar is a platform which allows users to follow different types of artists, including singers, bands, authors, and actors, by using a personalized dashboard with a news feed that tracks music, book, and movie releases, as well as event announcements. We realized that the globalization of our musical tastes, the actors we follow, and the authors we love to…
  • Friday Lightning Pitches: Hospbit, Moboom, and Fix Stores

    Editor
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
        PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Hospbit is an Amsterdam-based Software as a Service provider. It specializes in building management systems. It launched a brand new web service that helps companies maintain their buildings more easily and more efficient. The maintenance module is developed with the maintenance department in mind. The registration of technical issues is a quick and easy process. With the built-in filter and search functionality it is a breeze to find and analyze all, or a section of, technical issues. A maintenance manager is able to assign those issues to…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Led by a father and son founding team, Printware wants to eliminate the hassle of printer management for IT professionals

    Editor
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    By Kegan Abbott, Printware co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH We help overworked enterprise IT professionals get the print management monkey off their backs, drastically reduce the cost of printing on their network and local printers, and virtually eliminate the time needed to manage printers, all from their smartphone—even if they hate dealing with printers, printer users, or managed print providers. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION At its core, Printware is an app that makes it easy to order toner for your printer. For the printer user in a business setting, getting printer service and supplies is a hassle.
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Career Advice for 12/16/14

    John Gannon
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Breakout List writes about the reasons for joining a breakout company. Steli Efti writes for Close.io about a sales rep onboarding hack. 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 12/16/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 12/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The Skimm is hiring an MBA Business Development intern. Sawhorse Media is hiring a Business Development Associate for Muck Rack in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs for 12/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 12/8/14

    John Gannon
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Yours truly writes a letter to his 22 year old self. UserVoice, a software-as-a-service provider of customer support tools, is hiring a Sales Development Representative in San Francisco. 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 12/8/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 12/3/14

    John Gannon
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Mark Suster, a venture capitalist, writes for Both Sides of the Table about investing in yourself. Q, an all-in-one office maintenance service, is hiring a Special Project Manager in NYC. 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 12/3/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • How to tell if a startup needs you

    John Gannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    Looking for a quick way to see if a startup might need someone like you for their team? The table below shows you the kinds of jobs that are likely to be available at a startup based on the startup’s funding status. Use it as a first filter in your startup job search so that you’re not burning a lot of time with companies who aren’t at the right stage to hire you. When reading the chart, keep in mind: This chart covers the majority of cases but there can be exceptions based on founder preference or the sector where the startup plays. This chart only applies to…
 
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    Accredible

  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 9

    Swati Kumar
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    << Week 8 Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development.    A Reflection on the Value of a Programming Bootcamp: It is hard to believe over 2 months…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 8

    Swati Kumar
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    << Week 7 Week 9 >> Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   The Wonders of Firebase:  Before I build (or rebuild without the…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 6 and 7

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

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

  • Up & Coming Menswear Brand Launches Limited Edition Timex.

    Kevin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Up & Coming Menswear Brand Launches Limited Edition Timex. Salt + Dapper and Timex team up to bring you a 1-2 punch of function and style. The brand carefully selected the classic Timex Weekender as a base point for style and functionality, in a new curated collection of watches featuring interchangeable, handmade leather straps. Jack Fischman, the founder of Salt + Dapper stated, “the main reason we selected the Timex Weekender, as the star of this collection is because it has become a staple in every man’s closet ever since its conception. Assuming you are a not a deep sea diver,…
  • A New Technology is Challenging How and Where We Grow Food.

    Kevin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    A New Technology is Challenging How and Where We Grow Food. Imagine growing, fresh, organic food, just steps from your kitchen. StartGrowingFood.com, makes that possible with the use of new interactive smart technology designed to help people grow food at home. Formula. Even if users don’t have a backyard, or any gardening experience, StartGrowingFood.com’s special formula is designed to turn even a little 6-square-foot balcony into over 50 lbs of food. That’s $400 worth of fresh organic food, for only $8 worth of seeds. “It’s all about effective space and crop planning,” says…
  • ExactTarget Co-founders and Others Invest $1.1MM in Lesson.ly.

    Kevin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    ExactTarget Co-founders and Others Invest $1.1MM in Lesson.ly. Lesson.ly, the easy training software company, announced this month it has closed $1.1 million in funding to further accelerate customer acquisition and product development. Revenue for the company has increased 25% month-over-month for the past 9 months. Venture. Led by Allos Ventures, the financing round also saw participation from Peter McCormick and Scott Dorsey. With previous financing from Chris Baggott, Lesson.ly is the first company to count all three ExactTarget co-founders as investors. “I’m excited to watch Max and…
  • How Will Your Startup Scale? The Revenue Star Approach

    Kevin
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    A critical “dot” in a startup’s life cycle is proving that your sales can scale. Whether you’re proving it to your investors, employees, co-founders, or just yourself, reaching this point is when you begin to see the light and sleep well at night.   For the purpose of this article, I’m focusing on scaling sales. Your architecture, supply chain, customer service, and other metrics that affect margins are a different discussion. Why the focus on sales? Simply put – more revenue solves all problems. Issues around margins can often be address more easily than issues with…
  • Tech Executives Join Silicon Valley Startup.

    Kevin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Tech Executives Join Silicon Valley Startup. Soaring today announced that 3 leading technology executives had joined the company’s Board of Advisory. Mikael Loefstrand, CEO of Skalera and former Vice President with Oracle, Martin McKendry, former Vice President of Research and Development with Avaya, and Sampath Gomatam, former Vice President and GM for Citrix Systems overseeing the Go to Meeting line of solutions. These top executives will provide strategic advice to the Soaring management team and will act as a resource as the company prepares to roll out a new unified communication…
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • How To Optimise Your Checkout With Customer Support

    Guest Blogger
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marta Wadsworth who is part of the Marketing Team at Userlike The checkout is the most crucial moment for any online business, it is the focal point of all … Read more The post How To Optimise Your Checkout With Customer Support appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • One Year With Direct Debit

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    When you’re in a startup it’s very easy to get caught up in the thick of things – making time fly by so quickly and things easy to forget. This time last year we introduced … Read more The post One Year With Direct Debit appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    It’s hard enough creating content without having to worry about finding the perfect image for your blog post, website, or presentations. And the big question is always, “where do I find free high quality photos?”. Ideally you … Read more The post 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Our response to the POODLE bug

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

    Yann Irbah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Hackathons are one of my passions. They remind me of my student days when I was pulling all nighters with my friends to finish up coding a project on time. Except you don’t struggle for … Read more The post The Hackathon Survival Guide appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
 
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • The Low Cost Housing from Tata Value Homes

    Suumit
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Tata Value Homes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata housing company. This company( Tata Value Homes) was established in 2010 to meet the housing needs of the masses. Its objective since has been to[...]
  • How to make money fastly 2014 and Why Teespring?

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

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

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

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

  • Future Of Work | Statistics And Trends

    David Arnoux
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! We thought you’d love these delicious statistics and trends on the future of work… Horizontal hierarchy, flexible work arrangements, holacracy, social collaboration tools, access to information…if you’re interested in the future of work, these statistics and trends are for you. So it all started when we read that according to a McKinsey Study on the Social Economy, social collaboration tools could increase employee productivity by 20-25%. We thought WOW that’s huge!! After reading some more we found that this same study shows that…
  • Snackable Stats About Company Communication And Collaboration Today

    denis
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Snackable Stats About Company Communication And Collaboration Today At Twoodo we’ve read almost every white paper and report on team collaboration and workforce communication. All in all it’s probably taken us a hundred hours to go through all those documents. We wanted to start sharing the most interesting findings in the form of small infographics. Just to make it more digestable. So if you’re hungry for snackable stats about company communication and collaboration, you’ll love these… The first stat that really stood out came out of a Holmes report…
  • Why The Shared To Do List Is Linked To Our Ancient Past..And Wheat

    denis
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Rice or Wheat? Depending on what your forefathers grew, it affects how you collaborate now! When we want a break from revolutionizing the ways teams communicate at Twoodo, our whole team likes to dive deep into the history of human collaboration. After all, the behaviors we have today are remnants of our past. For thousands of years, we farmed for ourselves and our community. Wheat is a mainstay of “the West” and rice is a staple crop of “the East”. What is so interesting about these two crops is that they quite possibly changed the way we collaborate…
  • A Simple Dissection of Online Team Collaboration

    David Arnoux
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! At Twoodo we’re continually obsessing over how to make online collaboration better and more human. Part of this is looking at usage data to understand how people use our online collaboration platform. What is the DNA of online collaboration? We played around with some numbers this weekend to uncover this simple dissection of online team collaboration. Based on 100000′s of events carried out by users on Twoodo over a 2 month period and due to the fact that Twoodo allows to integrate actions into conversations, we came up with this very simple pie…
  • Talking with your users and customers is a bad idea!

    David Arnoux
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! …unless you want to succeed. You’ll have to excuse my click-bait title, but doesn’t it seem strange that talking to users is so blatantly important yet so many companies are doing an very poor job of it? A live chat on your landing page can increase your conversion rate for initial buy-ins, questionnaires and surveys will help you unlock the core unique value that your best users see in your product, in-app messaging can help you trigger feature notifications at the best possible times and smooth conference calling may help you concierge…
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • E-commerce Brightens Christmas Trees from Yiwu, China.

    Kevin C
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    E-commerce Brightens Christmas Trees from Yiwu, China. As Christmas approaches, Emily, a mother-of-two and an employee of a bank in New York City, has bought a Christmas tree and decorated it with beautiful lights and ornaments for her kids. On the other side of the world, Mr. Li, a Christmas product supplier from Yiwu Commodity Market, said proudly, “Six out of 10 Christmas trees purchased in the United States are from Yiwu.” According to the Qianjiang Evening News, Yiwu is the world’s largest manufacturing and exporting center for Christmas products, producing 65 percent…
  • Qihoo 360 Announces Strategic Partnership with Coolpad.

    Kevin C
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Qihoo 360 Announces Strategic Partnership with Coolpad. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., a leading Internet company in China, today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Coolpad Group Limited, a leading smartphone company in China, through investing $409.05 million in cash to take a 45% stake in a joint venture with Coolpad (the “JV”). JV. The JV will primarily focus on mobile terminal products that are distributed through Internet as the primary channel, through building a strong mobile ecosystem involving designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling best in class…
  • Royole Develops World’s Thinnest 0.01 mm Full-Color AMOLED Flexible Display.

    Kevin C
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Royole Develops World’s Thinnest 0.01 mm Full-Color AMOLED Flexible Display. Royole Develops World’s Thinnest 0.01 mm Full-Color AMOLED Flexible Display. with a smartphone in July 2014. This flexible display can be easily bendable as well as rollable. The thickness of the whole display is only about 0.01 mm (10 ??m), which is less than one fifth the diameter of the human hair. The bending radius of this flexible display can be less than 1 mm, which is even thinner than a pen refill. Developed. Dr. Bill Liu, a Stanford graduate and the founder of Royole Corporation, has stated…
  • TUV Rheinland Visions for Quality Wearable Devices.

    Kevin C
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    TUV Rheinland Visions for Quality Wearable Devices. TUV Rheinland Hong Kong organised the first seminar on TUV Rheinland’s wearable device certification standard, the world’s first standard for wearables, on 5 December. The Lenovo Smart Band became the first wearable device to be granted this certification in November. During the seminar, TUV Rheinland’s expert Mr William Chung, Assistant Manager of Electrical, discussed his findings, including those on differences in the quality and accuracy of various wearable device functions, such as heart rate monitoring, in devices in…
  • Jumei Announces $100 Million Share Repurchase Program.

    Kevin C
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Jumei Announces $100 Million Share Repurchase Program. Jumei International Holding Limited, China’s leading online retailer of beauty products, today announced that its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to US$100 million of its shares over the next 12 months. The Company’s proposed repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in…
 
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    Technora

  • Bangalore based Linkstreet gets Series A funding

    Sarath Budam
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    LinkStreet, A bangalore based cloud startup that offers video-based learning and collaboration solutions to individuals and organisations has got an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from  Faering Capital Linkstreet was started in 2011 by  Arun Muthukumar and Vikram Ramakrishnan. The startup already has clients like IIM Bangalore, ISB, Thomson Reuters etc. Linkstreet’s cloud based, […]
  • HeadStart Higher, Bangalore

    Sarath Budam
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    HeadStart Higher is a startup hiring program where startups and candidates interact through a speed dating setup. The Bangalore HeadStart Higher event is scheduled for tomorrow Dec 14th, 2014. Both Startups and the candidates are supposed to register. On the event day, each startup will get to pitch for 60 seconds. Startups and the candidates […]
  • Techcircle.in StartUp 2014 in Mumbai

    Sarath Budam
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Techcircle is organizing Techcircle Startup 2014 event in Mumbai on Dec 17th to bring together the excitement in the Indian Startup Ecosystem. This event will see a gathering of Entrepreneurs Early stage adopters and Investors from different domains, geographies, backgrounds and industries. They have an interesting list of speakers which involves, entrepreneurs, investors and industry […]
  • TiE Workshop – Effective Negotiation Skills

    Sarath Budam
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    TiE Bangalore is conducting a workshop on Effective Negotiation Skills. Negotiations are actions and interactions with the intent to influence people to execute decisions that deliver a winning result. This programme is structured and based on “GETTING TO YES”, by Roger Fisher and William Ury, created for Harvard Negotiation Project. The programme concedes that Negotiation […]
  • NASSCOM Annual Technology Conference in Delhi

    Sarath Budam
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    NASSCOM is organizing a 2 day workshop on  IoT, Big Data and Cloud. This is a good place for  the tech minds to come together, exchange notes, tap into global best practices. Speakers in this conference are detailed out at http://www.nasscom.in/natc2014/#member There will be three workshops related to Introduction to Apache Spark Workshop Workshop on […]
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • 5 Reasons to Send a Digital Holiday Card This Season

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Consumers love receiving holiday greetings. Instead of sending a physical card, small-business owners should consider sending digital holiday cards to their network of consumers, clients and partners across the world. Unlike tangible holiday greetings, virtual wishes can include digital videos that give your audience a glimpse of your company's culture. Are you considering a more creative holiday greeting for your constituents? Here are five reasons why your business should send a digital card this season. 1. You can show off your creative side Gather your employees and get your creative…
  • Retail Resources: Holiday Displays for the Season

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    December is the perfect time to set out festive holiday displays that encourage consumers to purchase from your store. Not only do hanging lights and strung garland make your store look more seasonal, but they may be key for driving visitors to buy from your brand. Locately recently conducted a survey among holiday shoppers, discovering that whichever brands created intricate seasonal displays were significantly more likely to see higher revenue than those that did not. If you're searching for ways to spruce up your store this season, try one of the following tactics for increased…
  • Infographic: Restaurant Marketing 101 - How to Attract and Keep Consumers Dining

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for restaurant owners. As your consumers flock to make reservations for their visiting loved ones and much-needed date nights, your small business should examine how it can attract these holiday diners. As you're figuring out how to reach more of these individuals this season, consider how you can adapt your preexisting marketing strategies to attract the greatest number of visitors. 1. Social Media In the weeks leading up to the holidays, start offering promotions to your followers. Contests and interactive content…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Hire Millennials

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Millennials have emerged in the job market in record numbers and, chances are, you've already got a few working for your small business. They're accustomed to bad press - receiving labels like lazy, entitled and noncommittal - but in reality, millennials may become the driving force behind your business in the future. If you're trying to decide whether or not to hire some twentysomethings, consider the top four reasons why your small business should give them a shot. 1. They're open-minded Millennials are among the most malleable generations, especially when it comes to the workforce.
  • Infographic: How to Cultivate Customer Loyalty

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Fostering loyalty among your preexisting consumer base is equally as important as attracting new buyers to your business. When you evaluate your marketing strategy for the new year, consider how you can strengthen the bond between your company and its consumers. When properly executed, this can lead to more dedicated customers and greater likelihood of new consumers by word of mouth. Offer World-Class Service One of the best ways to keep your consumers coming back for more is by hiring staff members who are enthusiastic and passionate about your brand. Positive…
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    TechJuice

  • 10 Advices For Startup Founders from Pakistani Entrepreneurs

    Reporting Desk
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Being a young entrepreneur can be overwhelming often leading to hopelessness and an early withdrawal from startup dream. The key for survival is to surround yourself with the successful people who have gone through the same path. They can advise, provide mentorship and give suggestions throughout your entrepreneurial journey. Therefore, TechJuice has compiled 10 best advices from Pakistani entrepreneurs to motivate all budding startup founders. 1. “A funny thing about money is, that it will decide where it wants to go. You can’t decide where the money should go. What you can do, is to…
  • Mr. Khan Joins LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, What’s next?

    Amna Mishal
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    Ahmed Khan, after his resignation from Asia of Rocket Internet as Managing Director, had been exploring the national tech market for a while now. According to a recent conversation with TechJuice, Mr. Khan confirmed his role at Savaree as the CEO. He also shared how the booming national entrepreneurial industry has aspired him to assist potential local start-ups and ventures. As confirmed by sources, Mr. Khan is on board with LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship as Entrepreneur in Residence. Ahmed Khan as EiR – a short-term and informal position at LCE – will be expected to guide and…
  • [Infographic] What Programming Languages Should You Learn

    Sarwat Fatima
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Learning to code in different computer programming languages will not only help you develop in-demand job skills but also start a profitable career as a computer programmer. Due to advancement in digital technology, employers are looking to hire people who are skilled in different programming languages and software, have technical knowledge and have the ability to obtain, process and analyze data. Learning to program is not just building software, apps or websites but understanding computations behind a program, developing logic and problem solving skills as well. Nowadays, many online…
  • World’s First Intelligent Web Development Tool Is Here

    Asra Rizwan
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Ex Google Employee, Creator of Grid Style Sheets and the author of Create.js has launched an artificially intelligent web developer, The Grid, after three years of development and research. The Grid promises you, ‘AI websites that design themselves’. The Grid claims to be not just another DIY website builder but it offers you the power of artificial intelligence for customized solutions that fit your requirements and evolve with your needs. It promises to offer a new inexpensive alternate to individuals and businesses to have their own design space without being restricted to…
  • Google Searches On Malala Drastically Increased In 2014

    Sarwat Fatima
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    Malala Yousafzai has been trending on social media and Google searches worldwide this year. When the education activist, Malala delivered a speech at UN last year, the ‘malala yousafzai’ searches surged 7x in October and rose to 29x when she was announced the youngest ever Noble Prize winner. Malala Yousafzai, 17, is known to have limitless courage because she stood up against Taliban to promote education for girls, she took a bullet to her head and survived. Even this brutal incident did not stop her from speaking up for educational rights of girls. Last year, she addressed the United…
 
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Housing.com Raised $90 Million From SoftBank And Others

    Asish Das
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    One of the India’s largest property portals Housing.com on Tuesday announced that it has raised $90 million from Japan’s SoftBank . Existing investors including New York-based hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Helion Venture Partners among others may also participate in this funding round. The company will use the funds to map over 40 million houses across 300 cities in India and provide on-off buttons to home owners and agents. “Ever since we started the company we had a huge vision, to help millions of people struggling to find real estate that meets their…
  • Women Entrepreneurship In India; How Tough It Is?

    Akanksha Samar
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    In the past few decades women have taken lead in every field one could imagine. They have persevered in the roughest and most demanding of professions and achieved results which have surprised the whole world. As entrepreneurship bug is spreading all over the country, still being a woman entrepreneur is not something that is easily accepted in India. In India, women are supposed to do a 9-5 like job of cooking; taking care of children and do other household stuff. But there are some women who stand out of the crowd with their enthusiasm of achieving the best and serve the society. We had…
  • How To Choose The Best Business Structure To Choose For A Start-up?

    Amit Ghosh
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    As most entrepreneurs will agree, starting a business can be a very exciting and challenging time. After you’ve covered the fundamentals like your business idea and financing, one of the key first steps is to choose a business structure for your start-up. If you haven’t given it any thought yet, now is the time to get planning! Think of your business structure as the walls of a house: they give a home shape and support and they hold everything together. And that’s exactly what your business structure is going to do for your enterprise. Since there are a couple of different types of…
  • From Ideation To Execution; 5 Key Steps To Start A Startup

    Asish Das
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Ideas Are Worthless, Execution Is Everything You might have a great startup idea in your mind which solves many potential problems, but without converting it to produce something real, it’s totally worthless. Many entrepreneurs with great ideas stuck somewhere in between the ideation and execution stage. Here are 5 key steps that can be taken to turn an idea into a successful business. #1 Do Extensive Research Many startup founders seem to neglect this aspect while starting. At this sensitive stage understanding the needs and wants of your target market can be the difference between success…
  • This App Makes Student Lives Simple, Efficient And Fun

    Akanksha Samar
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Students are innately inquisitive about the interests they have but lack exposure to the right avenues at the right time. After the advent of mobility, they are more connected but less aware of the happenings in their relevant space due to information overload. Currently, mobile devices are projected as an entertainment device and no student application exists which exposes them to avenues and opportunities above and beyond their college. Dabblr is a free student companion application with the intent of keeping them abreast with the most relevant information on the go such as news, fests and…
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  • The dominance of content marketing will be even higher in 2015

    Florin Muresan
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    What the next year has waiting for us ? We seem to always wonder about what will come to be of the industry we work in and the content marketing field. Most known marketers have their own speculations. In any senses the digital marketing approach will become more empowered, but…
  • L’Oreal is using content marketing to attract new customers

    Florin Muresan
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I have to admit. I am kind of obsessed with makeup, skincare, and everything that is related to beauty. And when you add content marketing on top, it gets even better. In the beauty world, the competition between brands is fierce. I spend so much time doing research on what…
  • Top 10 most amazing content marketing blogs

    Florin Muresan
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Content marketing is on everybody’s lips right now. Since many people don’t really know what it is, and think of it as a buzzword, I thought I would make a top 10 of the best blogs that can teach everything you need to know about content marketing. If you’re considering…
  • Buy articles from niche experts

    Florin Muresan
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Buy articles for niche content marketing Some people think that by addressing the general audience, at least some people will come to them, read their posts and eventually become their followers and fans. Now, the fact is the competition on mass market is way higher than you might’ve thought. There…
  • How to add OpenGraph on your site

    Florin Muresan
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Do you use meta-tags? Meta-tags are an essential part of promoting your content on the web, because they can help you boost your search engine rankings and affect the social media traffic on your site. There are Google’s authorship tags, and Facebook and Twitter have their own social media ones, which…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • David Kressel – Bringing the Antiquated into the Internet Age

    melindayeaman
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Don’t be afraid, you will fail and it’s okay, keep plugging away.” – David Kressel David Kressel – Founder/VP at NotaryCam NotaryCam has completely redefined the notarization process, providing the highest level of security possible, including positive verification as to the originality and integrity of the document to be notarized and absolute assurance the signer and notary are who they say they are. To prevent fraud before it occurs, we visually record the signing session and a personal information questionnaire must be completed by the signer. Connect…
  • Jeremy Dann – Corporate Entrepreneurship

    melindayeaman
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Hire slow but fire fast.” – Jeremy Dann Jeremy Dann, Professor of Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall, Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Professor Jeremy Dann discusses the top three issues entrepreneurs struggle with. Find out what they are. Professor Dann’s work has focused primarily on new product development, creative marketing strategies and effective organizational practices for encouraging innovation. Highlights: Company Entrepreneurship Business Plans Team Selection Virtual Teams Ivory Tower Ever Gonzalez | Melinda Yeaman | Professor Jeremy Dann Connect…
  • Dan Lundmark – Leveraging Online Media

    melindayeaman
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “I see myself as helping my clients leverage the internet  and online media” – Dan Lundmark Dan Lundmark – Principal at Lundmark Newmedia & Co-Founder of Appr.TV LUNDMARK newmedia integrates solutions for online, print, interactive, and video production. Dan has worked on projects over the years that have included web development, interactive CDs for Sony and Warner Bros. LUNDMARK newmedia has also produced promotional videos, animation workshops at the American Film Institute, and brand ID, print collateral, and online content management systems for Long Beach…
  • WE Labs – Curated Collaboration

    melindayeaman
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Members are what really make a co-working space work” – Ted Sieving Robbie Brown – CEO  Ted Sieving – COO Work Evolution Laboratories (WE Labs) is Downtown Long Beach’s first coworking community: an inspiring environment designed for innovators and influencers. We are homebase for a variety of start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. They enjoy scalable work spaces, and amenities such as high speed internet, coffee, and a live social network of dynamic professionals. Members can bounce ideas off of each other, share resources, gain feedback, and learn…
  • Crystal Rose – Community Building and Evangelism

    melindayeaman
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “It’s my passion, I’ve always wanted to encourage people to get into technology, especially women” – Crystal Rose Crystal Rose – Co-Founder of Sensay & Founder/Producer of LA Startup Week   Outlier On Air interviews Crystal Rose, Co-Founder of Sensay at the Cross Campus co-working space in Santa Monica, CA.  Crystal is actively engaged in thriving technology communities and has more than a decade of experience building, launching and scaling digital products. Highlights: Coding as a Teenager Self Taught HTML Selling Websites on ebay at 16…
 
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    1CLICK.io

  • Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites

    Shruti Diwan
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    Do you have the Perfect E-Commerce Website equipped with Live Video Chat Support? Customer demands are evolving with technology while the B2C E-Commerce Sales worldwide has crossed $1 Trillion. It’s easier … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth

    Deepthi Ramdas
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Want to become a successful leader and entrepreneur? Here are two options. Option 1: Go to Google and either type ‘keys to success’ or ’8 ways to think like Warren … Continue reading →The post Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Fifteen facts about Mangalyaan that will fascinate you

    Deepthi Ramdas
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    “History has been created” – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi It has been a proud week for India and Indians around. After years of deliberation and months of hardwork, India’s … Continue reading →The post Fifteen facts about Mangalyaan that will fascinate you appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Five interesting iOS applications for Apple Customers

    Deepthi Ramdas
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Starting a business, recruiting an employee, want to play a game, want to know the weather outside, time in Paris, how do you make the perfect cheese cake so on … Continue reading →The post Five interesting iOS applications for Apple Customers appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application

    Deepthi Ramdas
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The iOS App Store has a new addition to it – 1Click’s webRTC application, 1ClickRTC. The webRTC application provides developers with features to build live video chat software. This provides … Continue reading →The post Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one things, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame, one that can throw you off yours. Not only are freelancing and working-from-home becoming commonplace practices, there…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
  • Psychometric Tests in Hiring: What, Why and How

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    To say that the importance and relevance of psychometric data is a matter of debate would be a gross understatement- parties on both sides of the issue have diametrically opposite viewpoints, but there’s no denying that there is something to talk about. Source: Clearlife UK  What Psychometric? The word psychometric essentially means “the measurement of the mind”; what Psychometric Assessments attempt to do is remove some of the ambiguity in screening processes by making it less dependent on variable factors, and more on easily quantifiable factors. Psychometric testing…
  • 4 Most Exciting Things About Working at a Startup

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Being startup enthusiasts ourselves, and having more than a few serial entrepreneurs in the house, we have had our fair share of the excitement and thrill of adventure that comes only with working in a startup- you gotta live it to believe it.  Here are 4 super exhilarating things about working in a startup, that make us want to get out of bed every morning: Got Ilk? When you’re sitting at the same table or in the same room for hours at a stretch, you’re bound to find out things about each other that you wouldn’t in a regular office with cubicles and distance, like the…
  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
 
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    SuperbCrew

  • JotForm – Create Online Forms Without Writing A Single Line Of Code

    SuperbCrew
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    JotForm helps users create online forms and receive responses without writing a single line of code. JotForm was the first web based WYSIWYG form builder, since 2006, the company has built up over 1.5 million users, hosting over 6 million online forms. Below is our recent interview with Chad Reid, from JotForm team: Q: JotForm has been around since 2006, can you tell us how the company started and how your expertise evolved? A: JotForm founder, Aytekin Tank, previously worked for large internet media company in New York City. One of his tasks was to create tools for editors to build forms,…
  • New Startup Up&Sell.me – Fastest Way To Sell Any Downloadable Product

    SuperbCrew
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    Developed by two Italian co-founders, Rocco Galluzzo and Giandomenico Sica, new startup project Up&Sell.me offers easy and fast way to sell music, software or any other downloadable product online. Here is our recent chat with Rocco: Q: How would you describe Up&Sell.me? A: A service that enables creators of digital products to be able to sell their products and increase sales thanks to advanced marketing tools, all without worrying about technical details or anything else. Related: Everchat – Messaging And File Sharing Platform For Modern Teams Q: How long have you been working…
  • Currency Cloud – Transforming The Global Payments Landscape

    SuperbCrew
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    With 70 employees across London and New York and almost $8 Billion a year in transactions, Currency Cloud is transforming the global payments landscape by delivering cross border payments as an online service. Our Interview below is with Mike Laven, CEO of Currency Cloud: Q: Currency Cloud lets customers move money around the world quickly and securely, could you tell us how does Currency Cloud differ from other FinTech startup companies? A: Currency Cloud brings together a banking network, payments technology and a deep understanding of international payments processes. Unlike money transfer…
  • nextSociety – Better Way To Communicate With Your Professional Connections

    SuperbCrew
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    The New York city based startup nextSociety recently raised $1.6 Million in seed funding and officially launched the new version of its “network-smarter” app. nextSociety (xS) app is a professional networking tool that helps users to unlock the full potential of existing social network connections by organizing and prioritizing their contacts. Below is our interview with Alexander Tange, Co-Founder of nextSociety: Q: As professional networking app, nextSociety helps to unlock the full potential of our existing connections, tell us your story and something more about your company? A: Back…
  • Appticles – HTML5 Based Content Distribution And Monetization Platform

    SuperbCrew
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:41 am
    Appticles is an online platform suited for content creators based around the concept of Open Web and HTML5. Appticles enables small and medium publishers to effortlessly reach mobile audience by packaging their existing content into cross-platform mobile web apps. Here is our interview with Ciprian Borodescu, CEO of Appticles: Q: What are the biggest benefits of using Appticles? A: Appticles.com helps bloggers, publishers and other content creators to pack their existing content (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Vimeo, Youtube or any other 3rd party content…
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    Spectafy Blog

  • 5 Ways To See What’s Going On Around You Right Now

    Ben Watson
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    With a smartphone in nearly everyone’s pocket, we live in an age of constant sharing and updates. One of the great results of this trend is that there is lots of information about events, destinations, and establishments around you no matter where you are or where you are going. At Spectafy, we love the idea of using community information to improve planning, and below are 5 apps that can help you make more informed decisions. Find out What’s Trending Around You with Twitter If you decide you’ve seen enough #KimKardashian for the day, you can use Twitter to find out what’s trending…
  • Open Launch in San Francisco!

    Eric Watson
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    We are insanely excited to be launching Spectafy to the public in San Francisco!! If you’re in San Francisco join the Spectafy community to check out your favorite bar before you go or hunt down your favorite food truck in SoMa. If you’re somewhere else in the world explore what the Golden Gate Bridge or Union Square look like right now! The Beta passcode block is removed from both our iOS and Android apps. Plus, we have added a ton of new features (especially iOS – coming soon to Android) including adding Google log in. Thanks to all of our awesome Beta users –…
  • Our Favorite Events in San Francisco – December 2014

    Ben Watson
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    It’s December. You can tell because you had to loosen your belt a notch or two after all that Thanksgiving pie. You can also tell because that crisp winter air is starting to roll in and the temperature starts to feel strangely the same whether it’s day or night. What better time to get out and explore your City? Here are some ideas for fun events in December! San Francisco Ballet Company Presents the Nutcracker One of the longest running traditions of the Christmas season, the Nutcracker is always good entertainment. Enjoy a performance at the War Memorial Opera House between…
  • Exclusive Launch for Product Hunters!

    Eric Watson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are exclusively launching on Product Hunt today! Besides our friends/family/early-signups hunters have first dibs on checking out Spectafy – which we’re pretty excited about. If you are reading this and you don’t yet have the app – go to Product Hunt  to get your passcode and download links right now! If you don’t know what Product Hunt is yet, they say it best: Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It’s a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech…
  • The Art and Science of the Long Hold

    Eric Watson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    The long hold is half art and half science. This puts it in the same very special category as the three finger track pad swipe and the basketball finger roll. With that said, it’s actually really easy and intuitive once you get the hang of it. To a lot of us it’s already completely normal to do on our phones thanks to selecting locations in Google maps, copy/pasting in text editors, and many more apps. But – it’s an acquired action and not 100% intuitive. So, let’s jump into how it works and why we care so much about the long hold! In both the Android and iOS…
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Want To Drive Web Response Rates, Try Autograph Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    What would be the tool which let you tell each and every instance of you in just single minute time? Interestingly, just like any other tool available and rounding up over the web, there are hundreds of thousands of similar tool offering similar offering available over the web. In this article, we have been reviewing about a web start-up name autograph. Autograph offers the functionality in which one can figure out about 5500 dimensions about you such as your age, income, likes, dislikes all at over 90% accuracy and without knowing the name, email address or any personally identifiable (the…
  • Meet KickOffLabs, The Smarter Way To Grow Your Audience Online

    KARAN CHOPRA
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    We all every time in search of ways on how we can grow our audience online. While thanks to the world of web, we got one-to-many possibilities with us but the question is which one will give the best return of investment to us. This is because in this article, I am reviewing the company name KickOffLabs. KickOffLabs let you send customers to a tailored page that speaks to them. Moreover, it keeps them engaged with signup-forms, newsletters and – best of all – a very cool, unique REWARD system for customer referrals. In short, it offers all the things one is looking for at one single…
  • Find Your Next Snowmobiles With Arctic-Cat.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Possibly once in our lifetime, we got huge takeover on choosing and selecting on opting for adventures. And for fulfilling those adventures, we take huge light in action. This is because the today’s start-up Arctic-cat.com we are talking about specializes in this. Arctic-cat.com master in developing snowmobiles, snowboards, ATV’s as well as sleds which fulfils everyone needs for both off roading as well as gliding through the snow. Based in North American, the company works as a one-stop shop for all those who are looking for adventurous vehicle. Sounds good, Visit and explore…
  • Get Rewards For Referrals With VouchFor

    KARAN CHOPRA
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    We all are living in the world of glimpse and shine where each and every small or big discount we want to have aboard with us. Then interestingly no matter, whether that discount will be of few dollars or of hundreds of dollars. In recent times only, more and more new start-ups come into existence which are following up the suit but the one which we are going to talk today master the list. VouchFor rewards you when you refer a product to someone. Yes, you heard it correct, a reward for referral. VouchFor lets you create the perfect incentive to encourage your customers to refer your business…
  • Love Arts? Then ArtPrice.com Is A Must Place For You To Visit

    KARAN CHOPRA
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    With the change in trend over the web, every business now gets its foothold over it. So as the same goes to the trend for art work too. In our today start-up review, we have been covering about artprice.com, a must start-up for every art lover. ArtPrice.com features 575,808 artists, 4,500 partner auction houses and lots at auctions from 1962 to the present days. ArtPrice.com offers public auctions, the standardized marketplace, the artists’ key figures and market trends, an appraisal tool as well as free email alerts on your favorite artists. So if you are an art lover or art creator,…
 
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  • Stories Behind the Apps – Botpocalypse

    Peter Ferioli
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Tell us about your app! Botpocalypse is a fast-paced, survival-style arcade game where gamers can compete against friends for the highest score or longest survival time, acquire new characters, and unlock achievements. Inspired by both Crackpot from the Atari 2600 and ... Read More
  • How Mobile Is Changing the Gaming Industry

    Jessica Oaks
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    The idea that consoles will always outpace smartphones and tablets in the gaming sphere seems logical since consoles aren’t restricted by battery, size and graphics limitations. But that idea doesn’t take into account how people actually play games or the ... Read More
  • Should You Be An Industry Expert To Be Successful In Your Business?

    Anand Srinivasan
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    There is one mantra that successful entrepreneurs often offer to aspirants – ‘Fail, and fail fast’. The premise is that you do not have to be an expert while launching a business. Rather, what matters is that you need ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – Trivios

    Peter Ferioli
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Tell us about being triVios! triVios can be summed up very simply; It’s a real-time trivia game that allows players to win awesome prizes by playing one of four unique trivia game modes.  Players can also engage socially via ... Read More
  • Switching from iOS to Android

    Kimberley Castlemain
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
      Thinking of switching from iOS to Android? This post will help by addressing some of the areas of hesitation or concern, particularly as it relates to the new iOS continuity announcements. Those before you who have made the ... Read More
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  • 10 Methods to Improve Time Management Skills

    Miles Lim
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Oh just look at the time… It’s almost lunch time! There are times that we always complain about lack of time and wished we had more than just 24 hours. Especially those stressful moments when you had too much workload and there are several tasks that you need to settle for the upcoming deadline? Or you did wondered that you can use your time effectively to complete your task without stressing over too much? Now where is my ‘stress’ button… Actually, there are tonnes of methods to manage your time effectively. If you could manage your time well, you can really,…
  • Pepsi Max – “Time Tunnel”

    Gee
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Pepsi Max has now targeted many unsuspecting people with their interactive ads on the street. This action was taken place a tunnel at the London Bridge which  targeted unsuspecting commuters with unbelievable AR experience involving images of robots, and dinosaurs. It appears suddenly in front of them seemingly from nowhere. Previously, Pepsi Max had created 2 augmented reality campaigns: 1. Bus Shelter | Oxford Street, London. 2. Halloween Prank in London Cinema. The Time Tunnel Stunt, from AMV BBDO; a creative agency based in the UK featured augmented reality technology and stereo…
  • US Postal Service with Augmented Reality

    Gee
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    The US Postal Service (USPS) has unveiled an augmented reality (AR) app as a part of highlights of a new holiday campaign. The objective of US Portal Service is to attract more business from direct-mail marketers.  USPS customers are able to use the app to scan around 156,000 blue collection boxes throughout the country into a holiday mobile experience. The boxes are available in around the corners of the town or city. Thus, people can have this great experience anywhere they like. USPS AR App User must download the USPS AR App in order to be able to view the augmented effect. With…
  • Navigation System “iNavi X1″ with Augmented Reality (AR)

    Gee
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Credit: Businesskorea.co.kr Thinkware has introduced its navigation system called “iNavi X1″ which embedded with augmented reality technology includes advanced driving assistance system (ADAS).  It is integrated with a cutting-edge driver system, during its launch event in Seoul on December 1st. Thinkware AR’s solution called “Extreme AR” provides direction such as real-like roads images and information about routes.  Therefore, drivers won’t have to worry about finding their way/direction or getting lost any longer. It comes with the ADAS features and…
  • 2014 Christmas Coin with Augmented Reality

    Gee
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    Credit: CoinNews Hohoho! Santa Claus is coming to town. Christmas Day is coming soon! This 2014 “Season’s Greetings” Christmas coin from Perth Mint of Australia released incorporates an “augmented reality” feature which allows the coin to be transformed into a multimedia portrayal of Santa Claus via your smartphones or tablets. The multimedia portrayal can be experienced using the free DAQRI application. But first, a user must download the free DAQRI application from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. With DAQRI application, users are able to watch the…
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  • 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know

    Erik
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    The following guest post is by Matt Ward of ‘Art of the Kickstart’. His detailed bio can be found at the end of this post: Angelbacker’s building something awesome. With an idea seriously similar to crowdfunding and crowd equity funding it’s the evolution of the lean startup for software companies from getting off the ground and gaining traction. My name’s... Read More » The post 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • How Craigslist got started?

    Erik
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Craigslist. Another company we hold close to our hearts is ranked #59 globally on Alexa at the writing of this post. The picture below says it all, they deliver value in the form of a open board for any and all classifieds. Craigslist was founded by Craig Newmark. A programmer who worked at IBM for... Read More » The post How Craigslist got started? appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea.

    Erik
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the startup community often “exchange” ideas. The reason is simple, at the core of every startup is an idea. This idea is typically a hypothesis because startups are delivering uncertain value (see previous post). For Airbnb, the idea is anyone can rent out their extra room to visiting guests. For Uber, the... Read More » The post Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea. appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist

    Erik
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    This post is our startup interview with Rohey Livne, founder ceo of Jigglist. Feel free to ping us at ‘erik@angelbacker.co’ if your startup is interested in being featured on our blog.  -   Q. What is Jigglist?  Jigglist is a mobile messaging service that helps friends get together in a simple and fun way. It’s... Read More » The post Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • What is startup equity?

    Erik
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Startup founders have varying perspectives of their startup equity. Many first time entrepreneurs see it as something incredibly valuable. The presumption is of course that the equity can be worth a lot of money one day and they will do everything to hoard as much of it as possible. Startup equity is not money Interestingly,... Read More » The post What is startup equity? appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
 
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  • Video: How to Build a KILLER SaaS PRODUCT with Jon Ferrara, Nimble

    Andrew Bermudez
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Want to build a Killer Product? Want to delight people and make millions of dollars in the process? Then, you must nail down the key fundamentals of building AWESOME products that people love. How do you build a great product? Our video guest, Jon Ferrara, creator of CRM solutions will share his secrets on how to build products people love and grow through word-of-mouth. Highlights: The invention of CRM was a pivot from accounting software Goldmine’s & Nimble’s growth hack: turn hundreds of Network VARS into customers and then into resellers Goldmine’s growth…
  • Increase Your Productivity and Creativity With Beer

    Kyle Pinzon
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Typically, when I think about grabbing beers with others, it’s usually to get inebriated,  act like idiots and have fun. However, since working at a startup with some beer aficionados (drunks?), I’ve come to realize that grabbing a beer or two can boost productivity and be beneficial to our business . I’ve noticed when I’m about one beer in (I’m a light-weight), the creative juices start to flow. Just the act of leaving the office and taking a break allows my brain to disengage and relax — letting it see problems from a different angle. And the beer greases the wheels, opening…
  • Entrepreneur Hacks: Automating Your Rolodex

    Andrew Bermudez
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This is part of a series of posts where I’ll be sharing tricks and tools I leverage to get things done and be a more productive entrepreneur and CEO. Entrepreneurs live and die by their rolodex. Your network is everything. It’s the people in your contacts list that help you quickly raise a round of funding, recruit talented individuals and land a big customer. Entrepreneurship is an extremely busy job. If you are, or have been, an entrepreneur, then you know how busy this role really is. Between building a business, building a product, fundraising, recruiting, working with your attorney,…
  • 7 Things Corporate Won’t Tell You About Startup Jobs

    Kyle Pinzon
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    It seems that working for a startup is now a “hip” and “cool” trend when it comes to considering a new job.  I might just be noticing it since I am working at a startup and people get very interested when I mention it, but interest in startup jobs is definitely growing. Just check out the chart below if you don’t believe me. Number of searches for “startup jobs” – Jan. 2006 – Nov. 2014 (partial) (Source: Google Trends) Sure, working at a startup sounds cool. You’ve heard about the perks: kegs every Friday; foosball tables in the office; unlimited vacation days —…
  • Listening To Our Customers Almost Killed Our Startup

    Kyle Pinzon
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    “Fail Fast, Fail Often” and “Fail Better” are phrases that startups always hear from their mentors, and many live by (especially after reading The Lean Startup). Here at Digsy, failing fast gets mentioned at least once a day. Even though we’ve fully embraced the “fail fast” mantra to help our business succeed, the fear of complete failure is still there. Any startup has fears of failure. At Digsy we have gone through our set of failures, but it’s how we push through to the other side of our failures that keeps us going. Failing fast and quickly learning from our failures…
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    Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors

  • “Fundraising is like trying to play chess while riding a rollercoaster” David Troya, Glamping Hub

    Jaime Novoa
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    David Troya is one of the co-founders of Glamping Hub, a Sevilla-based startup that has become one of the main communities to find and book glampings (luxury camping accommodations). The company raised a €1 million Series A round from Axon Partners Group in September and has been experience significant growth over the past few months. To […] The post “Fundraising is like trying to play chess while riding a rollercoaster” David Troya, Glamping Hub appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Startupxplore presenta la co-inversión liderada en Madrid

    Jaime Novoa
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    El pasado jueves 11 diciembre tuvo lugar en Madrid un evento organizado por Startupxplore enfocado a inversores en startups y personas interesadas en conocer cómo funciona el mundo de la inversión en empresas tecnológicas. Más de 50 personas asistieron a un evento que contó con la presencia al completo del equipo de Startupxplore y tres […] The post Startupxplore presenta la co-inversión liderada en Madrid appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • What startup CEOs must know: angel syndicate funding FAQ

    Jaime Novoa
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Entrepreneurs and startups have various financing options available when they want to fundraise, from business angels to traditional Venture Capital firms, as well as new and up-and-coming vehicles such as co-investment or syndicates. As we’ve previously analysed these options are better suited for certain startup stages and entrepreneurs should know when to choose the right […] The post What startup CEOs must know: angel syndicate funding FAQ appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Startup investing: key strategies to avoid making rookie mistakes

    Jaime Novoa
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    Entrepreneurs have a wide variety of financing alternatives available, which vary depending the stage their startup is at. Each investor as their own investment criteria which they follow to decide in which startups or sectors to invest, always looking for an exit to make money on their investments. We’ve touched on all of the above […] The post Startup investing: key strategies to avoid making rookie mistakes appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • These are the 5 hottest startup sectors where investors are putting their euros

    Jaime Novoa
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The European startup scene has evolved significantly over the past years. While five years ago not many talked about London, Berlin or the Nordics as tech hubs, nowadays these regions -as well as Tel Aviv- are considered as real centres of innovation that compete in the same league as New York and, even in some […] The post These are the 5 hottest startup sectors where investors are putting their euros appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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    MAQTOOB

  • ESSENTIAL STARTUP TOOLBOX (infographic)

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
      As a pre-Christmas gift, we bring you a selection of fantastically useful tools all startup founders should keep in their toolboxes:       Feel free to save and share with fellow entrepreneurial warriors:)    
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Guy Kawasaki

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Guy Kawasaki Chief evangelist of Canva and former chief evangelist of Apple     1. Blue Mail – A beautifully designed, universal email client     2. TripIt – The All-in-One Travel Organizer     3. Evernote – The workspace for your life's work       4. Dropbox – Your stuff, anywhere    …
  • Don't give us money. Support MAQTOOB by donating a "tweet"!

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
      We are building an easy-to-use business app discovery platform because at the moment app discovery sucks. App stores are bloated and disorganized. We want to help all aspiring entrepreneurs to become inspiring one day. Today, MAQTOOB features more than 900 handpicked apps in 53 categories. Please support us on Thunderclap (Kickstarter for social messages) by donating a tweet or Facebook post, so we can help each other find the tools we really need.     Thank you ostrichillion times:)  
  • Week 3: Dude, why did you blow-dry your comp?

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
      MONDAY: Two thirds of my team are currently to be found in Marrakech. Adil, who was born in Morocco, is trying to get in touch with the local (and thriving) entrepreneurial community. Tomas has never visited Africa before, so he decides to accompany him on this short exotic trip. During the day, I get a photo of pouring rain and a message from Tomas: “It’s so cold here that I’m surprised it’s not snowing.”     As the Internet connection is finally working at my place, I am happy to be able to work from my comfortable home, in the end.  …
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Fida Chaaban

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Fida Chaaban Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Middle East, a leading regional business magazine     1. SoundHound for BlackBerry Passport/BlackBerry 10 – Unlimited music recognition   "For my “What’s that song called?” moments - I use this at least once a day."         2. BlackBerry Travel for BlackBerry Passport/BlackBerry 10…
 
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