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  • 5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chiang Mai

    Tech Cocktail
    Kira M. Newman
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Chiang Mai is often called the top destination for digital nomads, but what’s so special about Thailand’s second-largest city? I spent two months there to find out (and escape the winter, of course). Located 435 miles north of Bangkok – just a one-hour flight – Chiang Mai feels far away from Thailand’s sticky, crowded capital. It has a population of 1 million, compared to Bangkok’s 8 million, and 14.1 million tourists visited Chiang Mai in 2013. Chiang Mai has many of the things you’d want in a startup destination: cheap cost of living, warm climate, fast Internet, a…
  • Google+ separation begins, photos now available in Google Drive

    The Next Web
    Napier Lopez
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Google is about to make looking through your old Google+ photos a whole lot easier. Google+ photos will now show up in Google Drive, in a move google hopes will make using its various platforms more seamless. You’ll find a new “Google Photos” menu on Drive in Android, iOS and the Web. From there you can manage your photos and videos just like any other Drive files. It’s a small but neat addition that should make organizing your photo library a bit easier. The change follows Google’s announcement at the beginning of the month that it would be separating Google+… This story…
  • Why Couchsurfing founder Casey Fenton is unfazed by competitors like Airbnb

    Mixergy
    Andrew Khalili
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Casey Fenton 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 Why Couchsurfing…
  • The Best Email I’ve Ever Written

    Growth Hacking for Technology Startups
    Jun Loayza
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    My father always told me “dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres”, which means “tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.” I’ve followed my father’s advice closely throughout my life, which is a big part of the reason why I teamed up with Alex and Bunny Inc. However, when I analyze my previous ventures, I see a common thread that determines if a venture I start will become successful or if it will fail. I’m only as strong as my weak ties: We succeeded with Bruin Consulting because my acquaintances connected me to…
  • 10 Crowdfunding Tips & Tricks: WePay

    Young Upstarts
    Contributor
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Bill Clerico, CEO and co-founder of WePay Crowdfunding continues to grow in popularity, creating endless opportunities for inventive commerce and fundraising opportunities. In addition to the old-school general purpose crowdfunding sites, new platforms are emerging to serve specific verticals or sets of verticals. These niche platforms in turn are leading to even greater opportunities in small business categories from technology to food and beverage. Not only has crowdfunding become a great way to generate much needed funds, but it can be invaluable as a marketing channel, giving young…
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    Fast Company

  • Today in Tabs: The (Eternal) Return of Tabs

    Rusty Foster
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Your contribution of $800 a month will help a needy intern, and score you a sweet Fast Company pen-and-lanyard set.I ordered a menu item that had a little chili pepper next to it. It wasn't spicy but Anthony Kiedis brought it to my table.Read Full Story
  • This Temperature Patch Will Notify Your iPhone When You Have A Fever

    Ariel Schwartz
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Here's to the Internet of worrywarts.There are few things more anxiety-inducing than watching a loved one deal with a climbing fever—and few things more annoying for said loved one than having their temperature taken constantly. There has to be some sort of wearable that deals with that, right? Indeed there is.Read Full Story
  • Here Come The Philanthropreneurs

    Rajesh Chandy
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    How the wealthy are changing how, why, and to whom they give.Entrepreneurs using wealth and power to transform society are not a new phenomenon. A century ago, Andrew Carnegie's love of libraries helped bring education to the masses, and he spent millions promoting world peace. Today's "philanthropreneurs" are equally ambitious—and they're succeeding, while redefining what it means to give and give back.Read Full Story
  • This Table For Two Is Designed To Help City Dwellers Meet Strangers

    Adele Peters
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    Sit down and stare through the glass at the stranger across from you. It's better than most of us do in real life.There's a strange paradox about modern social life in big cities like New York. As much as urban dwellers might seem to want to meet new people through apps like OkCupid or Meetup or Tinder, they still mostly ignore strangers in real life.Read Full Story
  • Online Furniture Brand Hem Gambles On Brick And Mortar

    Carey Dunne
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hem's debut showroom in Berlin takes the "design made easy" ethos offline. Here's why.This past October, e-commerce design site Fab launched a furniture company that aimed to be "the first affordable high-end design brand created to serve online-direct customers." Now, the furniture brand Hem has gone brick and mortar with its first flagship store, opening this week in Berlin. The new store attempts to solve one of the most intractable problems with buying furniture online: How do you know what that table really looks like?Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • League of Legends, Dota 2 will lead PC gaming’s fastest-growing sector to $500M this year in North America

    Jeff Grubb
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! Those huge, PC free-to-play mulitplayer online arena battlers are about to make more money than the long-dominant massively multiplayer online games for the first time ever. League of Legends and Dota 2 are among the most played games in the world, and last year they generated (along with other MOBAs, or multiplayer online battle arena games that feature teams of players…
  • Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Project Spartan

    Emil Protalinski
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Microsoft launched a new Windows 10 preview today for PCs. The release includes Project Spartan, the company’s new browser shipping on all Windows 10 devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs, and so on). The company described it today as “a browser that is made for easy sharing, reading, discovery and getting things done online.” Microsoft says Project Spartan’s latest design is “puts the focus on the page, not the browser.” Like almost every browser maker to date, the company emphasizes its software “doesn’t visually interfere with your life on the Web,…
  • New security report raises possibility of ‘medical zero day’ exploits

    Mark Sullivan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    We’re just beginning to think up the security nightmares around self-driving cars (and those should make some good movies). But a thriller about a hacker takeover of large networks of connected personal medical devices might be just as scary. And unfortunately, history has shown that if you can think of these scenarios, hackers will usually eventually make them real. Stationary, wearable, implantable medical devices are already widely used in medicine, and with the advent of the so-called Internet of Things, a great push is on to get them all connected and talking. When in good hands it…
  • NBA star Steph Curry joins CoachUp for private 1-on-1 coaching

    Dean Takahashi
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    NBA All Star Steph Curry has joined the leadership of private coaching company CoachUp. A leading Most Valuable Player candidate, he has also become a part-owner of CoachUp, which operates a website that links a network of athletes and coaches across the U.S. Curry is a star player for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, but he has also frequently spoken about the importance of having his father — former NBA Sixth Man of the Year Dell Curry — as a coach throughout his life. He wants to help everyone get access to good mentors, and joining CoachUp is part of doing that.
  • Gmail for Android gets All Inboxes view, threaded conversations for all accounts, better autocomplete, and more

    Emil Protalinski
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! Google today updated Gmail for Android with a slew of new features for managing your email on the go. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. First and foremost, the app now lets you view all your mail at once, regardless of which account it’s from, via the new “All Inboxes” option. In short, this view lets you read and respond to…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Tidal Confirms Partnership With Sprint Owner Softbank For Its Artist Co-Owned Music Service

    Ingrid Lunden
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
     We are still light on details, but now we know a bit more about Tidal, the high-defintion music streaming service that relaunched today, including a long list of musician-shareholders in the service and the participation of Softbank. Jay Z may be the name we’ve heard in connection with Tidal’s new ownership, but today, the company unveiled a lineup of 17 other famous musicians… Read More
  • This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    John Biggs
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
     We toss the word “disruption” around far to frivolously here but I think we’ve finally found a product that deserves to be called amazing, magical, game-changing, and – dare I say it? – disruptive. It is an Easy Cheese 3D printer, four words that have never been brought together in the English language yet that are so important to the future of mankind. What are… Read More
  • Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
     Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan. The new build’s number is 10047, up a total of 6 from the preceding release. Read More
  • The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    Kevin Spain
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
     Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud apps took the enterprise by storm, giving businesses more flexibility and power than ever before. Now, enterprise mobile is taking a… Read More
  • The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    John Biggs
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
     It’s almost April and Hardware Alley, our annual celebration of all things hardware, is nearly full. You need to sign up ASAP and let me know you’re coming because I want to see you and your bright, shining, robotic amazingness on our show floor. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event and you can check it… Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • Hidden cofounders

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Suranga Chandratillake on partners, friends, etc, as hidden cofounders: I’ve found that “hidden co-founders” – husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and even parents – are often a crucial factor in the success of a startup. Why? Because being a founder and entrepreneur is not like a regular job. Startups are under-funded, under-connected and under-resourced compared to their competition. The way you beat these odds often requires super-human effort and commitment. This places you under strain, and the primary nature of this strain is physical. You have to travel, with no notice…
  • True ecosystems

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    I somehow missed posting this last year, when it was published. An excellent article by our very own Salim Virani, on the topic of ecosystems. Sal and the rest of the FounderCentric team spend a lot of time working with incubators, accelerators, governments, outreach teams at large companies, etc, and helping them develop their startup scenes. Their mission comes from the heart (they really care about helping startup founders), and they are, as far as I know, the best at it at this point, in Europe. So their thoughts on the topic of how European ecosystems should develop are worth paying…
  • 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…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
  • GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    More “stock photos.” This time from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, California. The post GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Best Hotel for SXSW

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW. The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day. The Wifi is fast—maybe…
  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Thanks to Apple, wearables are set to explode in 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The number of wearables shipped will more than double this year, reaching 126M in 2019After a few years of hearing about the coming age of wearables, suddenly that day is now upon us. And we have Apple to thank for that, of course.  In all, 19.6 million wearables were shipped in 2014, a number that will more than double, going up to 45.7 million units, in 2015, according to a report out from the International Data Corporation (IDC) on Monday. By 2019, total shipment volumes are forecast to reach 126.1 million units. That means it will have a five-year compound annual growth…
  • Amazon wants to be your professional service provider

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Amazon launches Home Services, giving users access to services like yoga classes and car maintenance(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) For years Amazon has been the…
  • Look out: Series A rounds are growing larger than ever!

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    With seed rounds expanding quickly, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that Series A rounds are tooWith the definitions between funding rounds becoming increasingly blurred, what used to be called a seed rounds have started to become bigger and bigger over the last few years. And now the same thing seems to be happening to the Series A round as well. In 2014, the size of Series A round went through the roof, according to a report from CB Insights, with rounds of $10 million or more going up 64% last year.  Each quarter saw at least 50 such deals, while no quarter going back to 2009…
  • Meet the VCs - Meet Duncan Davidson, co-founder of Bullpen Capital

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bullpen invests $750,000 to $1 million in the Post Seed stageThere has been a big debate over the last few years over whether the Series A crunch is real or not. What everyone can agree on, though, is that there are definitely more seed and early stage funds now than ever before, and more people willing to give more and more money to young companies looking to make it big. But just who are these funds and venture capitalists that run then? What kind of investments do they like making, and how do they seem themselves in the VC landscape? In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting members of…
  • The private tech bubble is real, but does it matter?

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Private valuations are jumping wildly, but who gets hurt if the bubble pops?For anyone who has been following the venture capital space over the last couple of years, they should have seen that something has been kind of off for a while. Suddenly, companies started to get funding amounts that would have been earth-shattering a few years ago, but became somewhat commonplace. And now companies that are now being valued at rates that are beyond anything that we've seen for a long time, if ever. Take Uber for example. The company first raised a $1.2 billion round in June of…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Competition to Hire On-Demand Economy Workers Heating Up

    Steve
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Really interesting atricle by the folks at Zen99 on the amount of money being spent by on-demand economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are spending to recruit "providers" (contract workers).  The numbers are quite large. For example, Lyft is reported to have budgeted $50 million for driver recruitment this year alone. And the major on-demand economy companies are each spending millions of dollars a year on Craigslist ads. The article chart below shows the impact of these efforts on the prices of common Google adword search terms related to the on-demand…
  • A Honey of an Indiegogo Campaign

    Steve
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years. And the process of collecting the honey has always been difficult (just ask Winnie the Pooh).   It's also hard on the bees, which often believe their hive is being invaded and attack the beekeeper. But a father-and-son team from Australia have developed an innovative beekeeping system - Honey on Tap -  that simplifies the process and makes it easier for both the keeper and the bees. Their Indiegogo campaign has created quite a buzz (their words, not mine), and they've raised a record setting $6.3 million in advanced sales…
  • The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

    Steve
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The chart below, which shows a decline in employer-provided and on-the-job training in recent decades, has been making the rounds in the economic blogs. It comes from the 2015 Economic Report of the President (page 147), which is prepared annually by the President's Council of Economic Advisers for Congress.      This data is collected only occasionally by the U.S. Census, which explains why the latest data is from 2008. But given the Great Recession, it seems pretty unlikely that employer-provided and on-the-job training have done anything but decline…
  • Goldman Sachs on Millennials

    Steve
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Goldman Sachs has an excellent infographic/report on millennials (born 1980 to 2000).   They describe Millennials as: Millennials have come of age during a time of technological change, globalization and economic disruption. That’s given them a different set of behaviors and experiences than their parents. They have been slower to marry and move out on their own, and have shown different attitudes to ownership that have helped spawn what’s being called a “sharing economy.” They’re also the first generation of digital natives, and their affinity for technology helps shape…
  • Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

    Steve
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes. No surprise there. Also, if you talk to small business owners for any length of time, most will eventually complain about taxes. The recently released Wasp Barcode Small Business Accounting Report supports this.  As the report chart below shows and Wasp highlights in their blog post on the report, 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure. But I actually interpret the results a bit differently. I find it really interesting that 49% say they aren't paying too much. Add in a chunk of…
 
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Talking #Captivology on MSNBC

    Ben Parr
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Tweet Earlier today, I appeared on MSNBC’s Your Business to discuss how small businesses can leverage Captivology for their companies. Check out the video from my appearance above! And as always, let me know what you think!
  • A Great Q&A With CNN

    Ben Parr
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Tweet CNN just published a great Q&A with me about my life, my book, what keeps me up at night, and the five pieces of advice my grandfather left me. You can see the full piece: 15 Questions With Ben Parr
  • Color Controversy: The Science of Why #TheDress Has Captivated Our Attention

    Ben Parr
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Tweet What is #TheDress going viral? You thought cops chasing llamas was going to be the meme of the week, but then #TheDress came along and shattered the entire Internet. The meme started with a debate on Tumblr, but the viral scientists at Buzzfeed quickly picked up on it and their story on the color of the dress has racked up 25+ million views in less than 24 hours. Yes, you read that right. 25 million hits, for a story about the color of a dress. You may be asking yourself: WHY?! and HOW?! Thanks to the years of research I put into color, virality and attention for my new book…
  • Captivology in the New York Post!

    Ben Parr
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Tweet You can pre-order Captivology before it hits store shelves on March 3rd!
  • Captivology Pre-Order

    Ben Parr
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Tweet “Throughout the book, Parr keeps readers engaged, amused and focused, proving that the science of Captivology works.” ~ Success Magazine “Parr gets it: To succeed in a world where attention is scarce, captivating audiences at every level is a skill that everyone needs. Captivology will show you how to capture other people's attention, whether you are teacher, entrepreneur, musician, or simply a dreamer with a big idea.” ~ Adam Braun, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil Buy Your Copy of Captivology! Order Here
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    Mixergy

  • Why Couchsurfing founder Casey Fenton is unfazed by competitors like Airbnb

    Andrew Khalili
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Casey Fenton 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 Why Couchsurfing…
  • How do you come up with a good idea? – with Tal Shoham

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

    Andrew Khalili
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Timothy Sykes 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 Is Timothy Sykes a…
  • How successful marketing turned a musician into the founder of InsiderMusicBusiness – with Kavit Haria

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

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

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jack Whalen

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    How can a traditional company effectively target the new generation? Robin Tooms gets the specifics from Jack Whalen, brand value manager for Phillips 66 Marketing.
  • Bill McKeon - Texas Medical Center

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Bill McKeon has several titles, including executive vice president, chief strategy officer, COO of the Texas Medical Center, and that makes sense when he explains that he is working to build synergies between the many entities of the Medical Center. Whereas once these great hospitals had a healthy competition between them, new areas of medical research like stem cell therapy and genomics could greatly benefit from collaboration among the separate hospitals. It’s a great story, and now McKeon is overseeing TMCx, a medical startup accelerator and one of the core components of the Medical…
  • School of Business 3/28/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions the working class. We’re on Episode 512, yet feel we’ve hardly started. (Of course, 10 years ago when we started this show, things were very different. Digital changed everything!) Includes: our Quote of the Week—a statement of truth from motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia; This Week in Business History includes big discoveries like San Francisco and Coke, Denton Cooley’s artificial heart, and the first mobile phone call; and Navigating Business Jargon—trendy technospeak to keep you current and cool with the Millennials.
  • Women Mean Business - Sallie Sargent

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    More extraordinary career advice from an extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson discusses passion and essential skills with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Andy Ray

    The Businessmakers Radio Show -
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Andy Ray is back with a tool for prioritizing projects. By focusing on impact vs. difficulty you can prioritize where your team spends their time to get the best results for your business.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • The Candy Queen Store: A Story of Struggle and Perseverance for Entrepreneurs

    Anton Fraga
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that children have a universal desire to play dress up? Kids love to be creative with their sense of fashion: they cover themselves in stickers, wear tutus with rain boots, adorn their heads with flowers and princess crowns. Mel Buchanan, owner of the Candy Queen Store, took notice. With drive and... The post The Candy Queen Store: A Story of Struggle and Perseverance for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Business Pitch, Elevator Pitch, and the LivePlan Pitch: What’s the Difference?

    Tim Berry
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s a business pitch? Clearly that depends on who you ask and what they’re thinking about when you ask. It might be a slide deck, or a 20-minute presentation livened by a slide deck, or a short talk, or even a strategy summary. Either way, it’s confusing and I’d like to help clear it up. Here’s... The post Business Pitch, Elevator Pitch, and the LivePlan Pitch: What’s the Difference? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading

    Noah Parsons
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    In the business world, angel investors are sometimes equated with actual angels, sent to help us fund what could not otherwise be funded. These guardian angels of innovation are responsible for bringing many new ideas to life. The thing is, many of us—most notably those seeking investment—don’t know a lot about what angel investors are... The post 11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The 7 Website Mistakes Small Business Owners Make (and How to Avoid Them)

    Cathy Goodwin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a small business owner or service professional who wants to develop a new website, you might find yourself thinking, “It’s a jungle out there!” You wouldn’t be wrong. Let’s work through a case study with Carl, a financial planner, who’s a composite of several professional service businesses. Carl had been in business for... The post The 7 Website Mistakes Small Business Owners Make (and How to Avoid Them) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • New Study Reveals Business Owners Investing in Technology in 2015

    Candice Landau
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Where Main Street Meets Technology” – a study In January 2015, Palo Alto Software surveyed approximately 500 small business owners and entrepreneurs from across 18 different industries. The “Where Main Street Meets Technology” study found that 81% of small businesses plan to invest in technology this year and that 48% of those surveyed said that... The post New Study Reveals Business Owners Investing in Technology in 2015 appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Startup Lawyer

  • Great Quality of Life: The Undercurrent of the Dallas Startup Ecosystem

    Ryan Roberts
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    There has been a lot of talk lately that Dallas is a great environment for tech startups because of (1) the very low cost of living (especially in comparison to the California or New York) and corresponding high quality of life and (2) the very...
  • Crowdfunding as a last resort

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I recently wrote a commentary piece for the Dallas Business Journal regarding equity crowdfunding titled:  “Here’s Why Crowdfunding Should Be Your Last Resort”  I thought some of my readers would enjoy it. Please know that I *want* equity crowdfunding to be a boon for startups,...
  • SXSW Happy Hours and Office Hours

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It’s that time of year again when a good portion of the startup world flocks to Austin Texas for SXSWi.  This year, I’ll be involved with two events: Dallas Drops the Mic — March 14th 6pm-8pm The official blurb about this event is: “Join the Dallas...
  • Tech Wildcatters Pitch Day 2014

    Ryan Roberts
    16 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    Tech Wildcatters Pitch Day 2014 will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 1 to 3:30pm (Dallas Time) at the Granada Theater. At Pitch Day 2014, the 13 startups of the 2014 Tech Wildcatters class will present: -Akros Tech Labs -GetReal.Estate -GruupMeet -Guideally -iCcode -InstantAPI...
  • Mock Series A Term Sheet Negotiation

    Ryan Roberts
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    My firm and Tech Wildcatters are co-hosting a live mock Series A term sheet negotiation on April 25th from 1-3pm. The event will take place at Tech Wildcatters at 2700 Fairmount St in Dallas Texas. Brad Hunstable, founder and CEO of Ustream, will play the...
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  • Why Startup Founders Need to Start Asking the Right Questions

    Camila Souza
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Entrepreneurs are used to having the right answers instead of the right questions. But asking the right questions enables leaders to find solutions to any challenge. Hal Gregersen, Executive Director MIT Learning Center and founder of the 4-24 Project, spoke at The Atlantic’s Start-Up City: Miami about how entrepreneurs can start asking more questions. Gregersen believes that by setting aside four minutes every 24 hours to ask better questions, we’re not only able to see our own personal but also professional challenges from entirely new angles. The reason why we are not asking…
  • Music Festivals Jump on the Selfie Stick Ban-Wagon

    Kristin Pryor
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Music festivals may not be able to keep the narcissists off their grounds, but they can prohibit their latest weapon of choice. Hipster haven music festival Coachella – that opens on April 10th- recently announced that selfie sticks (or the narsissists that own them) will be banned from the festival. It is clearly written in their list of prohibited items, right alongside hula hoops and stuffed animals (yes, really). Lollapalooza has also followed suit with their own warning for their summer festival, explicitly prohibiting “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks &…
  • Here’s Why It’s Important to Design Like the User is Drunk

    Ronald Barba
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Last week, we wrote about The User is Drunk, a website offering a service wherein a UX designer will get drunk to review your site’s usability. One of our top stories from last week, we reached out to Richard Littauer, the UXD and full stack developer behind the The User is Drunk, to get some more insight behind his project. For the mere price of $250, you can watch Littauer get drunk and review how well your site operates from a drunk user’s perspective. As previously pointed out by a commenter, the idea here is not on optimizing your site for a drunk demographic; rather,…
  • Save Money: Use This App to Tell You Whether Uber or Taxi is Cheaper

    Ronald Barba
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When it comes to getting driven around New York City, people have a slew of options open to them – from the hundreds of taxis that pass them to on-demand services like Uber, Lyft, and Gett. Because of all these choices, the matter often comes down to the question of which will take us wherever we need to go for the cheapest amount. OpenStreetCab is a new app that will actually help you determine when it’s cheaper for you to use a taxi over an Uber, and vice versa. The app was created by a joint effort between the Computer Lab at Cambridge University and the Complexity and Networks…
  • 5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chiang Mai

    Kira M. Newman
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Chiang Mai is often called the top destination for digital nomads, but what’s so special about Thailand’s second-largest city? I spent two months there to find out (and escape the winter, of course). Located 435 miles north of Bangkok – just a one-hour flight – Chiang Mai feels far away from Thailand’s sticky, crowded capital. It has a population of 1 million, compared to Bangkok’s 8 million, and 14.1 million tourists visited Chiang Mai in 2013. Chiang Mai has many of the things you’d want in a startup destination: cheap cost of living, warm climate, fast Internet, a…
 
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  • Why 3D Printer Stocks Are Ripe For M&A Deals

    Panos Mourdoukoutas
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
       Disclosure: I own shares of 3D Systems Let me be clear from the beginning. I have no information whether any M&A activity is underway in the 3D printer industry. But I believe that the industry may be ripe for M&A deals. For two reasons. First, after a prolonged correction, valuations have become reasonable. Stratasys and 3D Systems, for instance, trade at a forward PE of close to 22, less than half of those two years ago. Most notably, the two companies have a market cap—to-revenue ratio less than five, and continue to grow at brisk rates. Financials of the…
  • Decline of US Shale Plays Not Clear Cut as Oil Price Stays Low

    Gaurav Sharma
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Ever since the oil price decline began in earnest back in July 2014, popular discourse has suggested US shale plays would be in deep trouble. Despite protestations to the contrary, other global producers are often accused of trying to stifle the American shale bonanza, and in some cases with good reason.
  • DuPont Spinoff Fans Flames In Trian Management's Scorched Earth Fight

    Antoine Gara
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Nelson Peltz's Trian Management sees governance issues at Chemours as all the more reason to continue fighting its proxy war against DuPont.
  • How A 112-Year-Old Bakery Keeps Its Business Fresh [Video]

    Capital One Guest
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Glaser's Bake Shop has been a staple on New York City's Upper East Side for three generations. Herb Glaser shares how his family-owned business continues to churn out freshly baked goods that keep customers coming back.
  • Distil Networks Helps Companies Battle Bad Bots

    Bruce Rogers
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape:  Rami Essaid, Co-Founder and CEO, Distil Networks.  
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Every Entrepreneur Dreams Of A Startup Without Risk

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk. As an active Angel investor, I still hear entrepreneurs asserting large opportunities with minimal risk and no competition. My conclusion either way is that they have no market, or haven’t looked. According to a book a while back by serial entrepreneur and former race car driver Tom Panaggio, “The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur's Unexpected Edge,” smart business owners embrace two…
  • How Valuable Are Stock Options Offered By A Startup?

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Wouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire? So people ask me “How many shares should I ask for or expect when I join a startup today?” In reality, the number of shares doesn’t mean anything – it’s your percent of the total that you need to negotiate. For example, 200,000 shares may sound like a lot, but if the startup has issued 20 million (a common starting point), that’s just 1% of the company. By the way, you will normally only be offered “options,” which vest over a 4-year period…
  • No Expert Has A Startup Checklist To Ensure Success

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. I wish it was that easy. The challenge is that every new business needs to be innovative and different, in order to rise above the crowd, bring real change to the world, and give you the satisfaction you seek. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with studying and learning from the wisdom and experience of others. So for those of you that love checklists, I saw some real value in a recent book by James M. Kerr, “The Executive…
  • Is Your Use Of Social Media For Marketing Working?

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities? For example, it used to be that marketing via social media meant banner ads on Facebook, buying search engine results, and sponsoring blog entries, but these don’t suffice anymore. In a recent book on social media by Jim Tobin, “Earn It. Don’t Buy It,” he asserts that “earned” social engagement drives better business results than paid social exposure. Jim should know, since he is the…
  • What Can Big Data Ever Tell Us About Human Behavior?

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    We are now solidly in the era of big data, where computers are capturing and processing the details of everything we do with all our interconnected devices in real time. Businesses see this as the Holy Grail for finally being able to predict who, where, and when customers will buy their existing solutions, and what their future solutions must look like to be attractive. By some estimates, humankind now captures the same amount of data in any two days than in all of history prior to 2003. That’s a lot of data, but the jury is still out on whether technology can make any sense of the data, or…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Advancing the narrative through first person interviews

    Garr
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    March 11, 2015 marks four years since our brothers and sisters up in Tohoku (northeast Japan) experienced the devastating impact of not one, but three disasters. In the past I have pointed to short films made by filmmakers Jeffrey Jousan, Ivan Kovac, and Paul Johannessen, such as in this piece Storytelling that grabs the heart as well as the head. And in this piece Storytelling, POV, & the power of first-person narrative. Today, as a way of commemorating the Tohoku disaster and remembering the great struggle that people face in such places as Ishinomaki, please take a look at a followup…
  • The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

    Garr
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:31 pm
    The key to success with presentation—and storytelling in general—is to focus not on getting approval or a particular response from the audience, but on giving something meaningful to them. That is, it’s not about getting but about giving. Many years ago I was inspired by the approach to performance by the conductor Benjamin Zander. In his teachings, and in his book The Art of Possibilities, Zander encourages us to move the focus from ourselves —“Am I good enough? Will they like me?”—and instead to turn our attention to the audience and ask the question “How can I make a…
  • Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

    Garr
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The power of a live performance is not in the perfection of the mechanics but rather in the sincerity, authenticity, and quality of the contribution in the moment. This is not to suggest that one does not need great content — or in the case of a musical performance, great talent — but intangibles are important too. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. But it's our imperfections that make us human, and it's one's humanity that connects with and engages an audience. When there is a genuine connection and honest, engagement with the audience,…
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Garr
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Happy holidays, everyone. Below is a little video montage I put together just for family and friends a couple of years ago that captures a lot of the feeling of Christmases I had as a child. These images are from my grandma's 8mm film camera shot in 1958. This was a few years before I was born, but in the film you can see my three brothers, Mark, Matt, and Todd. Both my mom and dad are in there as are three of my grandparents. You never see my dad's mom because it was her camera and she shot all the film. My mom's birthday is December 24, so you can see some birthday clips in there too when…
  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

    Garr
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." But as I say early in the presentation, perhaps a better subtitle would be "Lessons from watching too many Pixar films." Below the video I list the ten (actually eleven) lessons. It's not an exhaustive list by any means. But it's a start. (Link on YouTube.)(1) Turn off the computer.Most people open a…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • Stunningly Awful Demo Phrases

    Peter E. Cohan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Here are a handful of phrases that we often hear from software vendors in demo meetings, followed by what the customer thinks in response…Vendor Says:  “Let me tell you a bit about our company…”Customer Thinks:  Nope, no need to – we wouldn’t have agreed to invest our time in a demo if we didn’t already know about you…Vendor Says:  “Let me give you a product overview…”Customer Thinks:  Is this for our sake or yours?  Which of these products are relevant to us and our specific situation?Vendor Says:  “And we’ve just re-named our products,…
  • Observations, Progress and Habits - Accelerating Learning For Demo Skills

    Peter E. Cohan
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Interestingly, it turns out that nearly every culture around the world uses onions as one of foundation ingredients in cooking.  Why?  the compounds that make us cry when cutting onions become preservatives and/or antibacterials/antifungals when cooked – making cooked food last longer and safer to eat.  How did our forefathers (and foremothers) figure this out?Many, many (many) observations.  As a result of tracking various ingredients and their impact on dining “efficacy”, people eventually noticed that when onions were incorporated in cooked food, the food lasted…
  • Great Demo! Self-Coaching Tool - Building Great Habits

    Peter E. Cohan
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Hi All,Many of you have asked for a way to help refresh and reinforce the ideas we covered in our Great Demo! Workshops and Seminars – some way to support you when you are preparing demos, working with your colleagues (e.g., in sales), and post-demo to reflect on how things went.  Now, there is…!  Presenting:  your personal DemoCoach!My colleagues at FactorLab (www.FactorLab.com) have created a wonderful way for you to reinforce the key parts of the Great Demo! methodology.  DemoCoach is being offered by FactorLab to Great Demo! Workshop and Seminar alumni for your use…
  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!] 2015 Great Demo! Public Workshops

    Peter E. Cohan
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    There are three Great Demo! Public Workshops currently scheduled for 2015, as follows:-          May 14-15 – Near Salt Lake City, UT.  Registration and additional information can be found here.-          May 20-21 – San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found here.-          October 14-15 – San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found here.These are excellent opportunities…
  • Holy Cow…! Over 20,000 Copies of Great Demo!

    Peter E. Cohan
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I am amazed (and quietly proud) to report that well over 20,000 copies of Great Demo! have been purchased (not including re-sales of used copies or hard copies or PDF’s that get  passed around).  The question is now becoming:  how well do you (and does your team) implement and practice the methodology?  The Great Demo! methodology enables differentiation; the degree to which one applies the methodology determines the amount of differentiation!
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Saba Software Acquired For $400M By Vector Capital

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Redwood Shores-based Saba, the developer of talent management software, has been acquired by private equity investor Vector Capital, in a $400M deal, the two said Monday afternoon. Vector is paying $9.00 per share in cash for Saba. READ MORE>>
  • W2O Group Buys VinTank

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    San Francisco-based W2O Group said this morning that it has acquired customer relationship management and social engagement software developer VinTank. Financial terms of the buy were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • GreenRoad Gains $26M For Fleet Management Software

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    San Jose- and Israel-based GreenRoad, which develops a telematics-enabled, software-as-a-service to help better manage costs and drivers for driving fleets, ha raised $26M in a funding round, the company said earlier this week.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • DoorDash Gets $40M For On-Demand Delivery

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Palo Alto-based DoorDash has raised $40M in a new funding round, for its on-demand delivery service. According to DoorDash, the new funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and also included Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Charles River Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • LiveLoop Acquired By Microsoft

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    San Francisco-based LiveLoop, a developer of document collaboration software which works with Microsoft Office, has ben acquired by Microsoft. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. According to ZDNet, Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • The Guide to Digital Transformation [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:20 pm
    What is digital transformation? The use of any digital technology to provide better products, services and experiences. Whether you’re McGraw-Hill Education reinventing its personalized shopping experience, or retailers becoming more and more like publishers, or the numerous other possibilities, business in today’s world of rapid digital disruption and emerging device and social platforms need to have an action plan.This week’s infographic is not so much a collection of stats as a rundown on the present and future of digital transformation, adapted from Infomentum’s…
  • 7 Tips for Facebook Dynamic Product Ads

    Linda Bustos
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Every ecommerce marketer wants to figure out how to make the most out of social (or anything out of social). And while organic exposure is cheap, it’s getting harder and harder to reach fans in the News Feed.While many speculate this is purposeful on Facebook’s part, to make advertising more appealing and…necessary, its newest ad format Dynamic Product Ads look like they have some potential for ecommerce sites to gain targeted reach efficiently.Dynamic Product Ads allow you to upload part or all of a product catalog, with ads served to Facebook users on desktop and mobile devices.
  • 7 Tips for Targeting the Mobile-Only Shopper

    Linda Bustos
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    There’s a customer segment you need to pay attention to: the mobile-only shopper. ComScore says it’s 13% of US Internet shoppers.13% of Internet shoppers, no big deal, right?No big deal until you see the the percentage of mobile-only shoppers among top 10 online retailers (via Search Engine Land):Note the number that exceed 50% of mobile-only visits, or come very close.And a study by xAD/Telmetrics found 42% of mobile users consider mobile the most important resource in their purchase process.Think mobile shopping is still nascent?Optimizing for the mobile-only shopperThough…
  • The Lowdown on Shopping Cart Abandonment [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic hails from Nextopia, covering cart abandonment costs and culprits.Tweetables67.45% of online shopping carts are abandoned Tweet thisThe average delay between first visit and actual purchase is 19 hrs Tweet this72% of online shoppers complete their purchase within 12hrs of first visit Tweet thisIt’s estimated that abandoned shopping carts will total $4 Trillion in 2015 Tweet this56% of cart abandoners do so because of unexpected costs (sticker shock) Tweet this37% of cart abandoners were “just browsing” Tweet this36% of cart abandoners “found a better…
  • Why You Don’t Need Another Ecommerce Solution

    Linda Bustos
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    In our Adobe Summit session Reinventing customer engagement with Experience-driven Commerce: How McGraw-Hill Education Took on Digital Learning and Won last week in Salt Lake City, Utah, we teamed up with Adobe and McGraw-Hill Education to share how this iconic publisher transformed from a textbook company to a ‘learning sciences company,’ reinventing its digital business in only 123 days.The end of sustainable competitive advantageThe session opened with Errol Denger from Adobe highlighting why, for all businesses across all industries, it’s harder and harder to hold a competitive…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood. According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.”  He uses playing the Ukulele as an example. You can use this link to…
  • Business Strategy Is Useless Without Execution

    Tim Berry
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    In the last two weeks I’ve posted a three-part series on I’ve posted a series on setting and executing business strategy on the Amex OPEN forum in the last two weeks. I’m happy to see the first of these showing up on top of the trending list there. Here’s a summary: Start with Strategy The post is How a Simple Story can Improve Your Business. Here’s the main idea: It’s simple. Just imagine the story of somebody who has a problem or wants something, finds your business and buys from you. Pretend for a moment that you’re writing a story or talking to a friend about your…
  • A Case Study on Startup Equity

    Tim Berry
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    I had an interesting exchange over the weekend. Shane Diffily tweeted: @Timberry HI Tim. So what was your answer to How Not to Divide Ownership? It’s v.similar to a situation I am in & I’d love to see your ideas. Tx! — Web Governance (@diffily) February 26, 2015 Setting the Scene Shane was referring there to a post on startup equity I did a while back, highlighting the problems that happen all too often as founders fail to define their own functions and ownership, in writing, in time. The situation I described was a hypothetical. Here’s a quick summary of that post for…
  • Where Startups Get Their Money

    Tim Berry
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Where do young companies get money? I ran into this three-minute video over the weekend. It’s a great summary. If you’re not already up to speed on the range of startup options from personal savings to venture capital, just watch this: (Note: Here is the link to the original on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U470xXKfDyE) My thanks to the Kauffman Foundation for providing this, and kudos to narrator Paul Kedrosky, a well-known expert on venture capital.  It does, however, skip over the influence of angel investment, which stands somewhere between friends and family and…
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Mismanaged Data

    Tim Berry
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Here’s another great example of why you don’t blindly trust research. This illustration comes from this Gizmodo post. Post author Jesus Diaz is not saying this means what it seems to say (see his conclusion below). But here you are with another example of how easy it is to get the wrong conclusions, especially when the research is summarized to easy conclusions. Gizmodo author Jesus Diaz doesn’t say where this data comes from, nor does he define the terms, which is fine with me because the data makes the point. And I like the way he concludes: p.s. If you take this seriously,…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Our favorite stuff

    Emily Triplett Lentz
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    A few weeks ago, via Know Your Company , we asked folks at Basecamp what brand-name items they couldn’t live without. (We have strong feelings about yogurt, and Chicagoans are extremely serious about their skin care regimens.) Here’s what everyone said: Emily Triplett Lentz, Support: Ha! I’m sure I could live without my favorite stuff. But I’m glad I don’t have to. Hearos earplugs. I’m a light sleeper, so I’ve tried lots of different kinds. These expand fully and block a lot of noise. I probably get at least an hour or two more of sleep with them in.
  • The Coffee Test

    Shaun
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Some of the folks at our Chicago office drink a lot of coffee and have been known to have strong opinions on the quality. So I decided to see if they actually preferred the taste of really good coffee over a cup of something a bit more generic.
  • Taking off the developer goggles

    Jason Z.
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One of the very best things about working at Basecamp is “Everyone on support (EOS)”. That’s our policy where everyone on the team—no matter what their normal job is—spends one day per month as a customer support agent. Each time my turn comes around I marvel at the truly excellent service our team provides every single day in what is a very tough job. Our team’s ratings and response time are insanely good even with dead weight like me pulling down their averages one day a month. I have no idea how they all remain so positive in a role where it feels like all day you’re saying…
  • Reproducible research isn't just for academia

    Noah
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    My wonderful coworkers here at Basecamp have discovered a surefire way to make my head explode. All you have to do is post a link in Campfire to a piece of flimsily sourced “data journalism” that’s hard to believe (like the notion that the top decile of American drinkers consume a mean of 10 drinks per day, every single day of the year). Bonus points are earned for things that have ridiculous infographics and/or provide absolutely no source or methodology. Since I started my career by analyzing Census data, things about demographics are extra special catnip. This is a fun…
  • Welcome Jay Ohms, programmer

    Jason Z.
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Today we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Basecamp team: Jay Ohms joins us as our lucky 13th programmer. He’ll be working with our mobile team on Basecamp for Android. Android enthusiasts will know Jay as the one part of the duo behind Press, the popular Android RSS reader. Press arrived at a time when great design was hard to find on the platform. Jay’s focus on quality and eye for detail made Press a favorite and caught our attention, too. After spending a week working with our Chicago-based Android team on a trial project we knew Jay, who also happens to live in…
 
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    OnStartups

  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Your MVP is complete. Some seed funding is in the bank, or maybe even a Series A. You’re anxious to see if your product flies off the shelf. It’s time to make that first sales hire. This is a big step. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. The wrong call can be bring down the company. At HubSpot, I hired over 200 salespeople. I made a lot of mistakes. I figured a few things out. Over the years, I have leveraged this experience to help dozens of startups with this critical first sales hire decision. Here are five mistakes I see many founders…
  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
  • 8 Unconventional Lessons From Quitting My Job At HubSpot

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • 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…
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    ArcticStartup

  • Denmark's SEED Capital boasts record breaking profit

    Emily Christiansen // Oresund Startups
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    SEED Capital, the most active venture capital fund in Denmark which has over 70 startups in its portfolio, has reported record-breaking profits in the last year. This success is mainly credited to developments within the portfolio. The recently published report also shows a total of four exits undergone in the past year, including Contera Pharma, Libratone, Sense and the big exit by Endomondo. The sale of Endomondo to American Under Armour for € 75 million in the beginning of 2015 is no doubt the main source of last year’s pleasing figures. € 32 MILLION PROFIT The venture…
  • Soon you could be using your device with your eyes only

    Rafael Lemarchand
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    It used to be all about writing command lines. Then the mouse took over and computers performed on the basis of clicks, followed by touch screens, which put the hand into direct, tactile control of software and applications. But the future is on our doorstep, and it’s controlled by eye movement. Yes you saw that right. It may still be a technology in its infancy, but Denmark-based Eye Tribe is giving us a glimpse of how pressing and swiping touch screens and mouse pads could one day be fully replaced by eye motion control. Think eye activated login, gaming and user engagement analytics.
  • NewsHubby: DIY Press Releases for Tech companies

    Rafael Lemarchand
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Every hard-boiled start-up will know the importance of PR. It’s a domain where your company's self-image spearheads every decision, and how to present, improve and spread that image around is certainly a skill in itself. Often this skill involves writing press releases, the most straightforward way to get your news into the hands of journalists. Now you may have read our five tips for writing a press release (if not, we strongly recommend you do), and if so, you’ll know that writing a good press release is not something you’ll do in ten minutes. Or is it? It could be, at least according…
  • What Does It Really Take To Move To London?

    Sponsor
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Editor's note: This is a sponsored post for UKTI After Plan Brothers won the “Take That Tech To The UK" pitching competition organised by UKTI, they received an establishment package in London which included: setting up a company, getting a business address, receiving legal & tax advice and much more. We wanted to follow up with them on their international expansion process to learn more about what it actually takes to take the jump. So let’s get right into the nitty-gritty. When talking to Anthony Jones, now the country manager for the UK, perhaps the first thing that you notice is the…
  • ArcticStartup, Catapult & Helsinki Ventures Launches Yle Media Startup Accelerator

    Dmitri Sarle
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Boom! Yle, the Finnish broadcasting company with over 100 years of experience and a reach of 5.5 million people is teaming up with us, Catapult and Helsinki Ventures to launch an accelerator program at the end of April. Apply now! The application period ends on the 8th of April and the companies will be chosen by the 17th of April. We believe that media is one of the most exciting landscapes to be in. The way we consume media is changing and there is an increased demand for personalization and new technologies are found nearly daily. This industry will evolve drastically in the coming years…
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for Basic Formulae

    public
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Company / App Name: Basic Formulae http://bit.ly/1NskNSQ What does it do? It contains all the formulae which a student must know Why do we need it? For educational purpose Who is it for? Students What makes it stand out from the crowd? Knowkedge provided by it What’s next? It may be dynamic in future
  • Pitch for MathsMatch

    public
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Company / App Name: MathsMatch http://mathsmatch.com Twitter – gimucco What does it do? MathsMatch introduces a new way to improve the Maths skills: making you the one who, for once, corrects other people mistakes while taking off the pressure of being in the spotlight. Why do we need it? MathsMatch is about building the confidence in taking a step back and seeing if mistakes have taken place. If you are able to identify errors, you will able to identify your own mistakes and be sure of the final results, boosting thus your Who is it for? This is a tool suitable for adults and kids,…
  • Pitch for Alpha UX

    public
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Company / App Name: Alpha UX http://alpha-ux.co Twitter – Alpha_UX What does it do? Alpha UX is a comprehensive platform that enables product managers to quickly and easily evaluate digital product concepts with real customers. Why do we need it? Data-driven product decisions Eliminate the guesswork that goes into developing new products by relying on actual data from your target customer segments. Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? SaaS pricing without long contracts rather than per-project fees. What’s next?
  • Pitch for UPilot

    public
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Company / App Name: UPilot https://upilot.com Twitter – @upilotcrm What does it do? UPilot is a CRM for growing businesses to help you monitor your vital stats and helps you manage your recurring revenues, sales pipeline, KPIs, and more. Why do we need it? To help you manage your contacts, emails, visual pipeline management and KPIs needed to monitor and manage your business Who is it for? For Small and Medium businesses What makes it stand out from the crowd? Customer insights and intelligence based support in a single platform rather than paying for multiple add-ons like email…
  • Pitch for Juicer

    public
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Company / App Name: Juicer https://www.juicer.io/ Twitter – @juicerio What does it do? Juicer aggregates your social media posts into a single feed on your website. Your feed is customizable in content and appearance. Why do we need it? Because displaying your social posts on your website will drive engagement with your social accounts and build your audience. It also provides an easy way to keep fresh content on your site and show that your business is active on the web. Who is it for? Any business with a social media presence, whether consumer-focused or B2B. Nonprofits. Bloggers.
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Come to a Free Startup Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Company Now

    30 Mar 2015 | 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…
  • Startup Founders: Failure Is NOT An Option

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi discusses the culture of failure within the startup community, which was featured in a Forbes video titled “FAIL ACADEMY: The Culture Of Failure.” Silicon Valley has embraced failure as part of the startup scene, but it may be for the wrong reasons. There is nothing wrong with failure as it allows founders to reflect from past mistakes in hopes that they will not be repeated in the future. Failure grows founders and challenges them to work harder than ever before in order to achieve success. It motivates them to push boundaries or reveals to…
  • The Founder Lab Returns to Help Strengthen Promising Startups. Applications Now Open!

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    As the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, the Founder Institute has launched more than 1,500 companies across 50 countries since 2009. As part of our efforts to accelerate exceptional founders to the next step in their development, the Founder Institute is proud to announce the return of the Founder Lab program. The Spring 2015 Founder Lab is now accepting applications, until the Final Deadline on April 12, 2015. This program will give seed-stage startups the opportunity to spend 10 days in Silicon Valley learning valuable skills from world-renowned…
  • GamingBattleGround Scores Big at Startup Competitions

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    GamingBattleGround, a Zagreb Founder Institute graduate, is a platform where amateur and casual video gamers can join or create their own tournaments with their own rules and set their own tournaments fees, while rewards are based on the amount of fees collected. The company was selected as top teams for the “Startup Sauna Acceleration Program,” which connects the most promising startups from Nordics, Eastern Europe and Russia with experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts through an intensive one month accelerator program. In addition,…
  • Customer Experience Lessons From Experts at Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and Apple

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fully refined pitch-deck, access to the Founder Institute’s global network of founders and investors, and a tactical 2015 execution plan to raise funding, grow KPIs, develop product, and more. If your company can benefit from exposure to Silicon Valley’s most…
 
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    OnlyOnce

  • Corporate Sniglets

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

    Matt Blumberg
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Value of a Break I’ve written before about our sabbatical policy as well as my experience with my first sabbatical five years ago. I just got back from another sabbatical. This one wasn’t 100% work-free, which breaks our rule, but after a few false starts with it, when I realized a few weeks before it started in January that I either needed to postpone it again or work on a couple of things while I was on a break, I opted for the latter.  The time off was great. Nothing special or too exotic. A couple short trips, and lots of quality time with Mariquita and the kids.
  • Option Grants over Time

    Matt Blumberg
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Option Grants Over Time Several people have asked me over the years how we think about subsequent option grants (e.g., not the employee’s initial grant when hired), so I thought I would just share my standard answer here.  We give the following kinds of grants other than new employee grants: promotion grants – employees get the incremental grant between their existing grant and what someone being hired into the new position would get performance grants – once a year we give the top 10-15% of performers a grant that is equal to approximately 25% of their initial grant (so if…
  • Book Short: Internet Fiction, part II

    Matt Blumberg
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Book Short:  Internet Fiction, part II I hate to write a lame post, but here’s what I wrote earlier in the year about Eliot Peper’s first Internet thriller, Uncommon Stock: Eliot Pepper’s brand new startup thriller, Uncommon Stock, was a breezy and quick read that I enjoyed tremendously. It’s got just the right mix of reality and fantasy in it. For anyone in the tech startup world, it’s a must read. But it would be equally fun and enjoyable for anyone who likes a good juicy thriller. Like my memory of Hackoff, the book has all kinds of startup details in it, like…
  • ReturnShip Program

    Matt Blumberg
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ReturnShip Program Today is a very exciting day for Return Path as we launch a new program we have been cooking for more than a year called the ReturnShip program. (Sometimes the name of our company comes in handy.) Return Path has always had a significant commitment to building a strong and diverse organization as well as supporting and encouraging women to pursue careers in technical environments.  To this end, I’m very excited to share progress on our ReturnShip program: after a small pilot last year, our inaugural group of six female returnees will join Return Path in a variety of…
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    Techstars

  • Creating and Hiring for Culture: The third installment of our “Bend the Curve” Blog Series

    Kerri Beers
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Welcome to the Bend the Curve blog series on Techstars.com! We are excited to share with you the newest book for entrepreneurs, Bend the Curve, authored by Andrew Razeghi. (More about Andrew below.) In this handbook for entrepreneurs, Andrew has tirelessly captured the brilliance and insights of over a dozen of our most sought-after mentors. Everyone from first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans will find useful, practical advice from other founders that you can use on your journey. Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to release short excerpts from the book including…
  • Techstars partners with Pledge 1% to support entrepreneurial communities worldwide

    Sonya Caprio
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Techstars is excited to announce a partnership with Pledge 1% and is encouraging its 500+ portfolio companies to get behind the movement as well. As part of Techstars’ overall commitment to building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, Techstars has built a relationship with Pledge 1% to help build stronger companies and communities. Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge 1% of equity, product, or employee time for their communities. We…
  • Localytics raises an additional $35m in funding

    Megan Sweeney
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    We’re psyched to release this new short video, Where Are They Now? on Localytics, who just yesterday announced $35 million in venture capital, bringing total funding to around $60 million.  Localytics, a predictive app marketing and analytics company, went through Techstars in 2009. They stayed in Boston after the program ended and now have additional offices in London and San Francisco.  Watch this short video to learn more about Localytics and some of the key factors that they attribute to their success. Learn more about Localytics here. Want to apply to Techstars? Check out the…
  • Extreme Bootstrapping: Story #2 in the Techstars “Bend the Curve” Blog Series

    Kerri Beers
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to the Bend the Curve blog series on Techstars.com! We are excited to announce the hottest new book for entrepreneurs, Bend the Curve, authored by Andrew Razeghi. (More about Andrew below.) In this handbook for entrepreneurs, Andrew has tirelessly captured the brilliance and insights of over a dozen of our most sought-after mentors. Everyone from first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans will find useful, practical advice from other founders that you can use on your journey. Over the next few weeks, we will release short excerpts from the book including stories of entrepreneur…
  • Challenging the Status Quo in FinTech: Announcing Cohort 2 of Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars

    Jess Williamson
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The financial services industry continues to transform, with our second cohort addressing major markets around bonds, investment banking, insurance, Bitcoin, blockchain, and beyond. While some founders are tackling inefficiencies they’ve personally experienced in finance careers, others have spotted opportunities to bring their expertise in security, fraud, or IT change to the fintech world. Following a very strong first cohort in 2014, we were intrigued and excited to read through hundreds of applications submitted from over 60 countries. Throughout the selection process it has been a…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • For those with $2M to Invest

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

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

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

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Benefits of tax-loss harvesting are inflated. Some so-called robo-advisers may be overstating the benefits of tax-loss harvesting. Some of the claims we’ve seen are unrealistic given our more than a decade of experience managing tax loss harvesting portfolios and results we’ve seen from competitors we respect. The claims made by online advisors arguably represent the triumph of favorably simulated back-tested results over actual experience.http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • Wealthy families and their trusts

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Trusts that use multiple advisers. Traditionally, the directed trust model called for electing a trustee and an investment adviser. Now, the wealthiest families are slicing and dicing trustee duties into many different functions. Directed trusts are showing up with as many as eight different roles, including a “special assets advisor,” a “distribution advisor” and a “trust protector.”http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
 
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    Valleywag

  • Ellen Pao Loses on Every Count in Blockbuster Gender Discrimination Suit

    Jay Hathaway
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Ellen Pao, the former Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers junior partner who sued the high-powered Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination after she was allegedly sexually harassed, targeted for revenge by a former lover, and passed over for a promotion, lost on each the suit's four counts Friday. Read more...
  • News Industry Shrugs, Prepares to Hand Entire Business Over to Facebook

    Leah Finnegan
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Facebook, a dull and endlessly scrolling record of personal propaganda and content headlined in two or more sentences, isn't satisfied with the way its 1.4 billion users (most non-sentient) consume the news. According to the New York Times, it takes an epic eight seconds for the average Joe Facebook User to load an outside news link, clicked on in Facebook, in a new browser tab or window. Unacceptable.Read more...
  • A Guide to the Sex Discrimination Lawsuit That's Roiling Silicon Valley

    Jay Hathaway
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Ellen Pao's blockbuster lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers has been described as "exposing Silicon Valley secrets" and putting the usually secretive world of tech-industry VCs "under a microscope."Read more...
  • Cherry Magnate Shoots Self in Head as Cops Raid Hidden Drug Stash

    Taylor Berman
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    The owner of a Brooklyn-based maraschino cherry company killed himself Tuesday during a drug raid on his Red Hook factory. After watching law enforcement agents discover a fake wall, Dell's Maraschino Cherries owner Arthur Mondella reportedly locked himself in his private bathroom, yelled "take care of my kids" to his sister, and then shot himself in the head. Read more...
  • Revenge Porn Sleaze Craig Brittain Wants His Past Deleted from Google

    Sam Biddle
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Before it was shuttered by the federal government, IsAnyoneDown.com published naked photos of women without their consent. Now Craig Brittain , the site's former owner, is demanding that Google erase anything that mentions his history of brazen, mass privacy violation. That's so cute.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Dallas Startup Community: Inclusive or Exclusive?

    Alexander Muse
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Yesterday I was shocked to read a tweet by Arlo (seen above) suggesting that our startup community was exclusionary to anyone who wasn’t white or Christian. I couldn’t disagree more. I immediately responded on Twitter and learned that there were people in our community who felt we were excluding non-whites and non-Christians. I knew I wanted to respond to Arlo’s tweet in a long-form blog post, but I wasn’t necessarily sure how to do it. Ironically over the years I have felt excluded from the startup community here in Dallas and San Francisco because of my religious…
  • Dallas’ Top Startup Lawyer: Kevin Vela

    Alexander Muse
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Entrepreneurs ask me for referrals for lawyers all of the time and over the past couple of years my go-to-guy for startups has been Kevin Vela. I’ve worked with a number of lawyers over the years, but Kevin’s commitment to the startup community, reasonable billing and speed have convinced me that he’s the top startup lawyer in Dallas today. Kevin and his firm have helped me with a multitude of transactions including: a management buyout of a seismic equipment company organization of The Haul Company/ViewMarket Inc. leveraged buyout of a media company I’m pleased to…
  • Don’t fall for the exploding termsheet!

    Alexander Muse
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Last year my co-founders and I got a termsheet from an investor here in Dallas that had a 48 hour deadline. I’ve never taken ‘exploding termsheets’ very seriously and didn’t really pay attention to the clause. We sent the offer to our lawyer and the first time he could meet was 50 hours from the start of the deadline – again I didn’t imagine the investor (after having spent weeks looking at our deal) would seriously pull the offer if we were two hours late with our response. In the meeting with the lawyer we decided we needed to negotiate a few points and I…
  • Convertible Debt Sucks

    Alexander Muse
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    This morning one of our investors, Dave McClure, created a twitterstorm when he went on an 18 tweet rant about convertible debt. You can read it here or see it below. It got me thinking about convertible debt and how much it can suck. First, for those of you who are unfamiliar with convertible debt I’ll briefly explain how it works. Lets say you and your co-founder have starting building a mobile app and need a little money to get it across the finish line. You are likely too early for venture capital so you start looking for an angel investor. You find an investor who is willing to…
  • Who owns your startup’s software code?

    Alexander Muse
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    You might be surprised by the answer to this simple question. When I began mentoring entrepreneurs almost a year ago I was shocked that almost ALL of them using third-party contractors didn’t have written agreements. If you hire a third-party contractor to write software code for you, but fail to enter into a written contract specifying that the code is a “work-made-for-hire” you don’t own it, I’m not kidding. The courts use a three part test to determine who owns the copyright to the code written by third parties for your company: was the code commissioned by…
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • New — my definitive guide to getting a raise and boosting your income

    Ramit Sethi
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    I’m always surprised when I hear that people on Reddit and YouTube don’t hate me. They usually hate anyone who sells anything (“what a scam!!”) or anyone who talks about earning more vs. cutting back on the grains of rice in your dinner (“frugality is everything!”) However, the one area where everybody loves IWT is my negotiation material. I swear to god, just look at these comments. I always tell you, we aim to make our free material better than anyone else’s paid stuff, and apparently it’s working. FINALLY! But the Asian/Indian in me notices the one thing that could be…
  • Tonight — How to find your Dream Job webcast at 9pm

    Ramit Sethi
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tonight, I’m giving a live presentation on finding your Dream Job. I noticed you haven’t signed up yet, so before you decide, let’s try to put these 3 pieces together. Data point #1: “45% of Americans say now’s a good time to find quality job, highest since May 2007.” Data point #2: Look at this article on unemployment stories. The stories are heartbreaking. Then look at the first comment, where a hiring manager says they’ve had open positions for 2 years but cannot find ANYONE qualified enough to apply. (Other commenters don’t believe it at all. How can this be??
  • Using judo techniques to find your Dream Job

    Ramit Sethi
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I LOVE the email responses to this week’s post about why our parents push us to be mediocre. We’re talking about finding our Dream Job, and the feedback revealed something really interesting. Remember, our job is where we spend 8+ hours a day. If we can find a Dream Job that challenges us, teaches us great skills, surrounds us with amazing people, and pays us what we deserve…THAT gives us a huge amount of freedom in our lives. Notice this: When we think about our careers, it’s so easy to point to the EXTERNAL factors holding us back: Our parents’ expectations, our lack of the…
  • Why do your parents push you to be mediocre?

    Ramit Sethi
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why are our parents and friends always on our case about getting a “stable” job, getting married, and buying a house? Why are they always crinkling their noses in disgust when they hear us trying something new? “Oh, what is this Paleo thing?? So you have to skip eating rice FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE??” In a recent interview, my friend Michael Ellsberg and I were talking about why a lot of our parents and friends took the traditional road to life. Sometimes, even though they’re unhappy, they push us to make the same decisions they did! It’s weird because the very same people who…
  • The NEW 9-5 + unspeakable truths

    Ramit Sethi
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the things I love to do is show you what’s going on “behind the curtain” — the truth that nobody will tell you. In the past, we’ve covered “unspeakable truths” with money, dating, business, and careers. For example, how many of us have heard our boss say, “Sorry, times are tough right now, so this year I can’t give you a raise?” Do you know what’s really happening in the back room? While that same manager is telling his employees there’s “no money,” he’s taking his actual budget, doling out pitiful 3% cost-of-living increases to most of the team like…
 
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    Start Up Blog

  • Learn why data matters with one simple photo

    Steve Sammartino
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    If I was to ask you what the kids in the above picture were doing – beyond burying their faces in their smart phones, there is an almost infinite number of possible answers: Messaging a friend, Face-timing their mum, Commenting on a blog, Snapchatting, Booking a flight, Submitting their homework, Buying a pair of sneakers, Updating their FB status, Getting directions, Sending a friend some money, Finding a cafe for lunch…. they might even be talking to directly to each other. The point is we don’t know. We can’t know by observing behaviour from the outside. Instead we…
  • The global content playbook & how the internet actually works

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    I’m a big fan of the John Oliver show Last Week Tonight. Which, in an unconnected web world I wouldn’t even know about as it has never been shown in Australia. But through the wonder of sharing great content online I became a big fan. The show airs in the USA on Sunday nights, and in their wisdom, HBO would publish much of the shows content on Youtube a day later. I’d eagerly await to watch it here on Monday night in Australia through the Last Week Tonight Youtube channel. At last, a media company that gets it. A media company that understands the value of building…
  • Something I told every staff member I ever had & you should too

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I spent a large part of my career working for large corporations in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods world – think Fortune 500. When I finally arrived at the level of managing people directly, one of the first things I would tell them is this: “The company we work for does not care about us. They don’t care about me, and they don’t care about you. I’ll try and help you, as a person in your career. If that means that you need to work elsewhere, I’ll help you get there, to a better place. If that means that I need to be more loyal to you, than the company…
  • You were born to pitch

    Steve Sammartino
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Pitching is one of those things that some of us love and and some of us hate. But, we all know it is a necessary part of startups and economic life in general. Here’s something many people don’t know – everyone is good at pitching, everyone is doing it everyday, and in fact, it was the very first thing we did the moment we were born. Yep, the first thing you did as a human being was pitch. Here’s how it went: You were born into the world scared and alone as you exited the womb. You desperately wanted to stay alive, and immediately went into pitch mode. You cried for…
  • Soundbites full of goodness

    Steve Sammartino
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Yesterday I met a fellow called Joseph Gagnon. We were both doing a talk at the same gathering. Before either of us went up on stage we really connected philosophically. You know, that echo chamber of existing beliefs the world is quickly becoming…. well, this was one of those moments. So, when he told his story I scribbled a heap of his soundbites down, knowing they’d be enjoyed on this blog too. He also stimulated some of my own thoughts which I’ve mashed in among these. There’s no particular order, other than the order of goodness they deliver. Enjoy. – How…
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    Springwise

  • These electric bikes recharge wirelessly at unmanned docks

    Springwise
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove In order for eco-friendly forms of transport such as EVs to become a truly viable alternative, they need to be as convenient and accessible as their petrol guzzling counterparts. We have already seen numerous initiatives from companies such as Ubitricity and Smartscooter looking to make electric cars and scooters a more attractive proposition by making them easier to recharge. Now, a development at Bellnix Co Ltd in Japan could do the same for the electric bike. Researchers from Bellnix and Saitama University have co-created an electric bike which can charge wirelessly. In the…
  • Device enables enthusiasts to download new apps to their drones

    Springwise
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Add / Remove Drone technology is continually being improved and updated — but an Isreali start-up now wants to step in to speed up the process. The new add-on system called Percepto will enable developers to pool their resources and offer consumers access to new developments quickly and cost-effectively. Percepto is a camera that attaches to existing drones and syncs with the user’s smartphone. The tiny add-on will give drones the capacity to host multiple applications — meaning consumers can add features and capabilities to their drone as and when developers create them, as easily…
  • Open platform is a live crowdsourced algorithm marketplace

    Springwise
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Add / Remove The majority of significant algorithmic developments take place at either large self-contained companies such as Google, who are likely to keep their findings to themselves, or at academic institutions around the world. Countless groundbreaking innovations are made every day in computer science and research departments, but these mostly end up in academic papers and not in the hands of companies and app developers who could use them. Now, Algorithmia is a US based start-up which hopes to fix this: it is an open, live, crowdsourced marketplace, which enables the computer…
  • Airport arcade games give leftover travel currency to charity

    Springwise
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Add / Remove Charities know that one of the best ways to encourage people to part with their money is to make it fun for them to do so. Recognizing this, Charity Arcade has given the donation box a major upgrade, installing classic arcade games in the baggage terminals of Swedish airports. The gaming consoles offer celebrated cult classics — Space Invaders, Ms Pac-man and Galaga — on custom machines which can accept any currency. They enable people to use up their left-over travel coins, make a donation to the Red Cross and kill time while they wait for their bag — all in one go. The…
  • Wearable controller lets users walk around in virtual realities

    Springwise
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Stompz is a new wearable device which enables players to immerse themselves more fully into the virtual realities made possible by VR headsets such as Occults Rift. The controllers strap onto the feet or shoes of the player, connecting wirelessly to their gaming device and enabling them to control their in-game movements with their own two feet. Stompz use high-end IMU…
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    entrepreMusings

  • Back A Dream in Honor of International Women’s Day

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

    Aruni
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Happy New Year!  I thought I’d get a new post out before the 15th of January, but here we are half way through the first month of 2015! My boss shared this link: The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs (Tenacity, Passion, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Vision, Self-belief, Flexibility, and Rule-breaking) with our team a while back.  I was surprised that they said most entrepreneurs weren’t neurotic.  I’ve met more than a few neurotic entrepreneurs and have felt like one myself at times…maybe they define it differently than I have seen others exhibit it. There are so many…
  • Crossing the Corpus Callosum – Music & Analytics

    Aruni
    27 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Entrepreneurs can be a little conflicted at times.  Some of us are very analytical and logical.  Some are very creative (artistic, musical, etc.) and conceptual.  Some are both. For those of us who cross the corpus callosum often, it can cause some interesting right brain/left brain integration challenges and short circuits.  I know this from personal existential experiences…we can sometimes be misunderstood.  We know how to use a spreadsheet, but all of our ideas and feelings can’t always be confined to a logical process of deduction.  Maybe it’s like wearing bi- or…
  • Happy Boxing Day – 2014

    Aruni
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I wonder why we don’t celebrate Boxing Day (aka St. Stephen’s Day) here in the US?  It seems like a mighty fine holiday to me!  The weeks leading up to the holidays seemed extra busy this year, so I had to take “holiday card” off the list of things to do this year. In lieu of a festive blog post, here are some interesting reads: Women at Work: A Guide for Men - The Wall Street Journal – This is a very good article about women in business! Time’s Up for ‘Timeout’ – The Atlantic A progressive group of neurology researchers wants to…
  • 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…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Jay-Zzzz: Tidal music service is artist-owned to serve no one but his own posse

    Owen Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Earlier today, Tidal, the music streaming service that Jay-Z purchased earlier this year, broadcast a live “launch” of its product. I say “launch” because really nothing was announced, despite the hype. The company trotted out big names in music including Daft Punk, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Chris Martin of Coldplay and more, to make a declaration that they as artists, are uniting against other streaming services and give the power back to them. As each artist came to the center of the stage to sign a “declaration” that they’ll collaborate to create a better…
  • Microsoft’s Project Spartan browser is now available in the latest Windows 10 build

    Owen Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Microsoft’s long-awaited new browser is finally here for you to try. It just landed in the latest build of Windows 10 available to those in the “fast” track of updates for Windows Insiders. The latest build number is 10047 and includes a preview version of the new browser, which means some features may be missing. According to Microsoft, this preview includes Cortana, ink support, readling list/reading view and the new Spartan rendering engine. The company says that the preview is not a “ready-for-everyone” version of the browser yet and should be used with caution. It was only…
  • Facebook now offers notifications for events near you hosted by bands, businesses and other pages

    Owen Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    You’re on Facebook for the brands, right? A new button allows you to get notifications whenever your favorite brand/musician/page is hosting an event near you, so that you don’t miss out. A new section shown in the events dashboard allows you to subscribe to pages to receive notifications when there’s an event hosted by the page near your location. The notifications appear in a similar way to what you’d see if a friend invited you to an event. According to Techcrunch, a new button will also appear on pages near the like button to encourage users to sign up for these…
  • Gmail for Android now lets you check all your accounts in a single inbox

    Napier Lopez
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Google is unleashing a significant update to its Android Gmail app today that should please users with several email accounts. You can now view emails from all your different accounts in one spot with a new “All inboxes” option. This lets you respond to all of your messages without needing to manually switch between account, whether it’s a Gmail account or not. Gmail’s conversation view makes sorting through long email threads easier, but it’s previously only been available for gmail.com addresses. Now any IMAP/POP accounts are getting the feature too, so your Outlook conversations…
  • Google+ separation begins, photos now available in Google Drive

    Napier Lopez
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Google is about to make looking through your old Google+ photos a whole lot easier. Google+ photos will now show up in Google Drive, in a move google hopes will make using its various platforms more seamless. You’ll find a new “Google Photos” menu on Drive in Android, iOS and the Web. From there you can manage your photos and videos just like any other Drive files. It’s a small but neat addition that should make organizing your photo library a bit easier. The change follows Google’s announcement at the beginning of the month that it would be separating Google+… This story…
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    The Product Guy

  • Pros, Cons, and Desires in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2014 tick? In the now… > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why? Instead of walking in someone else’s shoes, I would prefer to spend a day learning from an inspiring leader, Marissa Mayer. Marissa is a great technical expert and leader who can motivate others, and she has a great vision and focus on execution. I think we all can learn a lot from her. > What do…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 2 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:10 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… Senior Product Manager – Mobile @ Publishers Clearing House (New York City)Keywords: Apps, Games, Mobile, Product Managementhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1066&lf=twf Product…
  • Cleanly, Forecasting and a Bubbly April!

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Cleanlyexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from white glove to activation (thanks to Tom Harari) Product Forecastingfrom roadmaps to methodologies The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet,…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 5 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:21 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… Interactive Services Product Manager @ The Shubert Organization, Inc. (New York, NY)Keywords: ecommercehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1064&lf=twf Senior UX Designer @ Vitals (New York,…
  • Managing your Product Management Career

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Adrienne Tan, lead a conversation around “Managing Your Product Management Career”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • The Dangers of Empathy

    Ben Casnocha
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Photograph: Samantha Stock Paul Bloom makes a persuasive argument in the Boston Review about the dangers of empathy as a guide for making moral decisions. He begins definitionally: there is a difference between what is sometimes called “cognitive empathy,” the capacity to understand the thoughts and emotions of others, and “emotional empathy,” the capacity to feel what others feel. He’s referring to emotional empathy. Everyone seems to think empathy is an unabashedly good thing. Bloom says no. First, “Strong inclination toward empathy comes with [individual]…
  • Book Review: The David Foster Wallace Reader

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    “A writer of virtuosic talents who can seemingly do anything.” That’s what one critic once said of David Foster Wallace. Its ringing truth is on display in the recent anthology of Wallace’s writing, The David Foster Wallace Reader. The collection contains non-fiction essays, short stories, excerpts from his novels, class notes/syllabi from his time as a professor, and email exchanges with his mom. It’s an essential addition to the library of any hardcore Wallace fan and a pretty decent introduction to his work for newbies, since it’s a curated and edited…
  • Book Review: The Unspeakable

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I’ve been reading Meghan Daum’s columns for years. When I saw she had a new collection of essays out titled The Unspeakable — and that it received the high praise of Cheryl Strayed — I immediately bought it. The theme running through most of the pieces is “sentimentality and its discontents.” In her words: Collectively I hoped they’d add up to a larger discussion about the way human experiences too often come with preassigned emotional responses. In other words: We’re supposed to feel crippling sadness when someone close to us dies but we…
  • What Makes America What It Is

    Ben Casnocha
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    I’m not particularly patriotic. Nonetheless, I was moved by the eloquence with which Barack Obama articulated the American creed at the march at Selma over the weekend. Likely one of the speeches that will highlight his presidency. For the blow by blow analysis, see Fallows. (Always see Fallows for wisdom…)
  • Markets vs. Central Planners, An On-Going Series

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    A great little vignette from Don Boudreaux about humility and markets. I remember back in the late 1970s or early 1980s when I first noticed that still water began to be offered for sale in single-sized bottles. I was convinced that this product would fail. “Who would pay for still water in single-sized bottles when still water can be gotten for free out of water fountains and water coolers or at zero marginal cost out of faucets at home?” I reasoned. Whether I reasoned rightly or wrongly, my prediction proved wrong. Reason, you see, is a wonderful and necessary tool, but also one of…
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    John Greathouse

  • Don’t Let Your Startup O.D. On Cash

    John Greathouse
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Raising too much cash, too early, can kill your startup. It can provoke spending on unproven business models, hiring employees before their talents can be fully tapped and entering into long-term, unsustainable relationships with partners, landlords and other third parties. To avoid these death knell mistakes, create a culture in which you and your employees (your CFO excepted) spend your precious cash with zero regard for how much money you have in the bank. Sound counterintuitive? Hardly. Startups should only spend their money on…
  • Startups Should Focus On Their Net Profit Score Not Potential Promoters

    John Greathouse
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky Imagine how difficult it would be to score in hockey if you were required to rely on someone who is not your teammate to convince another third-party, whom you have not met, to take a shot on your behalf. As crazy as this scenario sounds, it is very similar to the “scoring process” companies engage in when they track Net Promoter Scores. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! A company's Net…
  • Trade Show Magic – How Invoca Owned Dreamforce, Without Breaking The Bank

    John Greathouse
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Trade show veterans know that the louder you scream at an industry event, the less your voice is heard. Instead, you have to push the envelope of propriety to cut through the noise. Even at a show the size of Dreamforce, you can cut through the noise, but you have to push the envelope to do it.   Dreamforce is the conference for sales and marketing professionals. Hosted by SAAS giant Salesforce, it is more akin to a circus than a professional event. The 2014 show hosted 135,000 attendees and boasted A-list guest speakers and performers…
  • 5 Simple Tactics To Make Freemium Users Pay

    John Greathouse
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal Freemium business models are popular because they allow startups to quickly drive user adoption. Unfortunately, many of these companies fail to properly monetize such non-paying users. Let's face it. It's frankly easier to accelerate your startup's growth and show faux traction if you omit the pesky step of asking users to pull out their credit cards.Let's face it. It's frankly easier to accelerate your startup's growth and show faux traction if you omit the pesky step of asking users to pull out their credit cards. The…
  • You Can’t Teach People To Be Entrepreneurs, But Entrepreneurs Can Be Taught

    John Greathouse
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Despite the fact that I teach entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara, I do not believe that entrepreneurs are created in classrooms. Instead of trying to teach students to be an entrepreneur, I expose my entrepreneurial students to tools that will help them solve real-world problems. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! I treat each of my classes as a product that the students are paying a lot of money to consume. As such, I work hard to understand their expectations and I…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 10 Crowdfunding Tips & Tricks: WePay

    Contributor
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Bill Clerico, CEO and co-founder of WePay Crowdfunding continues to grow in popularity, creating endless opportunities for inventive commerce and fundraising opportunities. In addition to the old-school general purpose crowdfunding sites, new platforms are emerging to serve specific verticals or sets of verticals. These niche platforms in turn are leading to even greater opportunities in small business categories from technology to food and beverage. Not only has crowdfunding become a great way to generate much needed funds, but it can be invaluable as a marketing channel, giving young…
  • Solving The Chicken And Egg Equation In A Marketplace Business

    Contributor
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Jay Barnett, founder of Priority Pickup I still remember the hot summer of February 2012 – it had just been days since I had launched my business. Priority Pickup was a marketplace that connected private chauffeurs with commuters to the Perth airport. I identified a need and got the website built. But the bigger question was how am I going to get customers to the service? Well, one straightforward answer was to invest in Google Adwords until we gained sufficient authority to rank on Google search. But what next? With very few chauffeurs signed up, I realized that customers, even if they…
  • [ADV] Understanding Payment Protection Insurance

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Before regaining or abandoning PPI you must check the notes and understand what kind of PPI you have. Constantly deliberate all the particulars and statistics before hand and before the initial claim. There are essentially 2 types of Recompense protection Cover rules. The first one is the once-a-month Funded Premium these rules must not be an immense difficulty to stop; usually they will stop this kind of rule if you inscribe to them. Of course if you contemplate that you have mistaken to sell this kind of coverage you can also attempt and regain all the rewards completed, plus entitlement…
  • How Employers Use Social Media To Screen Applicants (And Why They Should Change Their Tactics)

    Contributor
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    by Michael Klazema, lead author and editor for Backgroundchecks.com In the fall of 2014, TIME Money highlighted a study — conducted by the recruiting company Jobvite — to assess how employers use social media as a recruiting tool. According to the study, 93 percent of surveyed hiring managers will look at an applicant’s social media profile as part of the hiring decision process. Furthermore, more than half of all surveyed employers have “reconsidered a candidate” based on social media findings. Needless to say, social media background checks have become a common…
  • How To Motivate Your Employees To Save On Business Travel

    Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    By Dan Ruch, founder and CEO of Rocketrip If business travel has mushroomed into one of your startup’s biggest costs, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Travel is typically a company’s third largest expense after rent and salaries, and reducing it can create way more friction than you might expect. Business travelers are used to maxing out their travel budget. If the company will spot a 5-star hotel and steak dinner, why not, right? As companies grow, they try to confront this mindset. They often implement strict travel policies and systems meant to curb spending. But if they’re not…
 
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • CIA and Mossad Main Suspect in Killing a Journalist Injuring 3 others at Islamic Magazine Adımlar Office In Istanbul #JesuisAdimlar

    news
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Updated. No you wont see demonstrations in the West saying Jesus Adimlar, No you want see the Masonic media rush to condemn the attack against the Islamic magazine Adimlar in Turkey and call it an attack against free speech, no you wont see the Western and Arab apostate regimes condemn the criminal attack. Why? Because the magazine did not insult the prophet SAWS Mohammad. Because it is pro Islam, because it exposes the US colonialism of the Muslim world, directly or indirectly via poppet apostate regimes. However we at ArabCrunch says JesusAdimlar A writer was killed and three others were…
  • Twitter to Open its First Arab World Branch in Dubai

    news
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Twitter MENA account announced that Twitter is going to open its first Arab world branch in Dubai. We do not know what this branch will do, but it might be sales office for its social media advertising opportunities and it also might include Arab speaking staff who would monitor Twitter to take down Islamic State supporters’ account. Many Arab and Muslim Twitter users criticize Twitter for suspending Islamic State (known as ISIS) accounts. None of the US and western organizations that claim to support free speech suchElectronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as has showed any objection to…
  • Twitter Threatens to Suspend Wikileaks Account Over a Photo and then Backs Off

    news
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    As we said before Twitter is no longer a free speech platform as it keeps deleting Islamic State supporters accounts and as it management admitted it become influenced by the CIA and FBI. A recent trend that would be trouble some for the general public all over the world who wants to know the truth about the dirty and criminal work of their governments. Twitter told WikiLeaks that they will suspend their account unless WikiLeaks removes a photo they tweeted of conman/informer Mark Goeder-Tarant, the person behind the fake “WikiLeaks Forum”. But then wikileaks tweeted that now decided it…
  • Dr. Hassan El-Sallabi a Renowned Telecom and Data Analysis Scientist Joins Kuwaiti Cyber Security Firm CyberKov

    news
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Kuwaiti Cyber security firm CyberKov announced yesterday that Dr. Hassan El-Sallabi an accomplished Telecom and Data Analysis Scientist has joined the security firm as chief adviser. Dr. Sallabi is a key scientist in the telecom filed wireless signals RF Electromagnetic and Radar Systems. He has a PHD in RF titled Modeling and Characterization of Urban Radio Channels for Mobile Communications from Helsinki University of Technology. He also has Post-Doctoral Degree from “Stanford University. Dr. Sallabi was part of many research centers in Europe and USA. He was part of the team that…
  • Update2: Famous Saudi Whistlblower @mujtaeidd Main Account Restored

    news
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    2 Days ago Twitter suspended the account of the Famous Saudi Whislteblower who many believe is a member of Saudi Royal family and who tweets scandals of the Saudi government corruption. He had 1.8 million follower at the time of suspension. Update: Twitter has restored the main account @mujtaeidd and it is back working. Update 2: He said in a tweet that all accounts that claimed to be him are fake. and that the reason of the suspension is a tweet about a message from one embassy about a maid that was abused. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The Three Ps of Venture Funding

    mark
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    If you’re a student of marketing then you’ve likely heard of the ‘four Ps’. A lesser known, but I’d say more important set of Ps are the three Ps of funding. Why are they more important? Without them, you won’t have any money to pay for all that marketing. People In Jim Collin’s seminal book ‘Good to Great‘, the companies he profiled all started by getting ‘the right people on the bus’. All great companies begin and end with great people. In the context of funding a startup, investors are looking for any of the following: Complete skill sets: design, development…
  • The Three Stages of a Startup

    mark
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Back when I was a seed VC I was fond of telling folks that they didn’t have a company yet. I wasn’t trying to be mean. I was trying to instill ruthless focus. Seed rounds are small and runway is measured in iteration cycles. How quickly can you iterate till you have product / market fit? In my books there are three stages to building a startup. And only the last one has anything do with a company. Stage 1: Project You have an idea. You research to test and validate hypotheses and find a pain point in the market. You start building wireframes and mockups. You maybe start collaborating…
  • The new customer support

    mark
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    Who are these handsome people you ask? A small part of FreshBooks’ award-winning support team receiving Stevie Awards for outstanding customers support. Once upon a time customer support was relegated to outsourced call centres, where the focus was on cost minimization and maximizing efficiency, with little consideration of actual customer experience. You still see this today inside old school, sleepy giants in the banking and telco sectors. The software World has made a dramatic shift in the past decade however. When we stopped selling perpetual licenses and started selling…
  • Going after Established Markets

    mark
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Historically, one of the building blocks of great startups has been the presence of a large, untapped market to go after. Only large markets are worthy of VC$. I’ve spent countless hours in prior startups sitting in front of my crystal ball trying to predict how large our market was and when it would start to happen. In the most extreme case of this, my 2nd startup – a company named Hexago that built network infrastructure – was a whopping 10 year ahead of the market. Needless to say it didn’t work out that well. While wide open markets are great, it seems that the biggest…
  • BD is like VC

    mark
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I won’t pretend to be the best business development leader out there, but for a brief period of time at FreshBooks I oversaw our BD efforts in addition to finance (always with the intention of handing it off to someone who actually knows how to do BD…). Here’s the thing with partnerships: We all do them Most don’t work out At the end of the day a very small number of your partnerships deliver meaningful results Now, I’m not saying companies shouldn’t partner. I think partnering is more important than ever.  But having been a VC, I think that taking a VC…
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    IttyBiz

  • What If You Tried Really Hard?

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When I was in the process of quitting smoking, I was having a discussion with somebody and heard myself say this: “God, I’m just trying SO HARD, you know?” After making this (in hindsight quite self-pitying) statement, I had a thought. “Am I trying hard?” Like, I’m certainly thinking about it a lot. I’m guilting myself a considerable portion of the day. I’m embroiling myself in the drama a lot. Sure, I’m putting a significant amount of effort into talking about how difficult it is, self-flagellation, whining, reading endless articles on…
  • Last Day! Class starts today, registration closes tonight!

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today is the very last day to register for our 3-pack of classes that teach you how to get more people buying from you in 2015. http://ittybiz.com/lastchance This class is self-paced with live support (and email support), so when you register today you’ll be able to download your first class pack this evening and get rolling. For those new to the list, check out the link above to see what we’re going to teach you about: How to get more people buying from your content How to get more people buying from your website How to get more people buying from your list I’m sure…
  • One day left to register for class! (plus a Q&A that you should read)

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today we’re sending you one last example of the kinds of answers we give students in our classes so you can get a sense of what to expect if you’re jumping in with us for The Failproof Bundle. For those new to IttyBiz, these three classes teach you how to get more people buying from you by fixing simple but important things about your content, your website and your list. All the class details are here: Click here to see what’s in the class lineup! Over 2,000 people have this class already, and many alumni from previous sessions have joined in for another round because of…
  • The answer to about 43 questions that came in this weekend

    Naomi Dunford
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    My mother always says if one person asks a question, 10,000 people wanted to know but didn’t ask. Since Friday, no less than 43 people asked some version of the two questions below. At some point even I have to do the math and say “I should probably send these answers to everyone.” So if my mother is right – and God help me for saying this, because she’s on this list – about 430,000 people want the answers to these questions. (The joke’s on you, Mom! I don’t even have 430,000 people on my list. So there.) Anyway! I’m sure that if…
  • How to price your entry level products

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ann wants to know how to set prices for entry level products.  She asks: Dear Naomi– I have a question about entry level products. You have said that they are not [ultimately] meant to be money makers [and that their real value is helping customers see what your paid offerings look like so that they can trust your higher priced offers]. I had arrived at the idea that I needed to offer a low priced product so that people could feel they know me a little before considering whether they want to buy coaching. My question is — What about creating products that do make money? Where…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • Kathy Sierra | Building the Minimum Bad Ass User. Unfinished Business…

    Joe Glover
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Kathy Sierra is a BoS favourite for good reason. Channelling her inner Vince Vaughn (A terrible film reference for those uninitiated), Kathy comes to BoS to deliver another talk for the ages on how to build successful products on the basis of building it for your user. Transcript below.   We’re going to look through the successful attributes of what makes a successful, sustainable, product, not in the app itself, but in the user. What is it about successful users? That’s what we’re going to look at. So were going to compete on user awesome not on app awesome. Because competing…
  • Lightning Talks 2015 | BoS Europe Applications Open

    Joe Glover
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    15 Slides. 30 seconds each. Your Subject. Our Stage. Haven’t worried you yet? Great! Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of BoS and this year will be no different. We are pleased to say the BoS Lightning Talks are open for public application now. If you want an opportunity to talk at BoS about a topic that interests you, send us an application. Lightning Talks follow a simple format – every speaker gets 15 slides and 30 seconds per slide to talk about a subject of their choice. The slides advance automatically. Warning, they are a challenge! But one worth taking:…
  • Five Lessons on Customer Service from Derek Sivers | BoS Hangout Recap

    Joe Glover
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    “The Important thing is to lose every battle” Last week, Derek Sivers joined us for a Google Hangout after his ripper of a BoS talk: ‘Philosophies of Customer Service’. Derek was on great form, discussing everything from his experiences as an entrepreneur with CD Baby, to his choice of headphones. To make it easier to digest, here are five lessons from the hangout (although many, many more can be found in the full video below). 1. Lose every battle. This was the number one thing to come out of the hangout. With customer service, Derek suggested the customer is always right approach…
  • A Bumper Week of Google Hangouts | Derek Sivers and Jeff Szczepanski

    Joe Glover
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Following on from the successful Rand Fishkin Google Hangout, we have TWO Hangouts during the week commencing the 2nd March. The First Hangout will be on 3rd March 9AM GMT we host Derek Sivers – programmer, writer, entrepreneur, and student — though not in that order. He delivered a talk for the ages on ‘Philosophy of Customer Service’ which can be viewed below. It will be a fantastic opportunity to ask Derek anything related to giving a great customer experience. Join us here. The Second Hangout will be on 5th March, 3PM GMT. Jeff Szczepanski, COO at Stack Exchange,…
  • Jeff Szczepanski- The Developer’s Guide To Running Sales Teams

    Tanya Bobeckyj
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    The second of two video releases in a day! Jeff ‘Tall Jeff’ Szczepanski from Stack Exchange delivers a talk on his experiences of what happens when you think about and manage sales like you would manage a great development team. We’re hosting Jeff and Paul Kenny for a Google Hangout on 5th March 2015 at 3PM GMT. Join us then for an opportunity to ask him anything as part of a live audience. Transcript below and slide deck here if you are short of time. ?   BoS in your inbox. Business of Software is unique. It is a conference where business leaders and entrepreneurs meet…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Open for Business  It’s a real joy when a business opens its doors for the first time. “Open for Business” sounds and feels like hope and possibility to me. Starting a new business is where creativity blossoms and where innovation is made real. You’ve created something and you want to deliver that value for a fair payment in return. That’s what an entrepreneur does. Why would the government put anything in the way of a win-win business transaction? The law recently passed in Indiana (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is being fiercely debated. I really…
  • The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015 As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. I’ve written here previously about how effective their model is in getting broad-based involvement, participation, and attendance. This is arguably the most successful creativity conference in the world right now. Those interested in the creativity and innovation field should attend Creativity World Forum 2015 if at all possible. It’s affordable, the content is superb, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
  • Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development It’s about Attitudes, Projects, and Baby Steps Economic Development is important and challenging work. Having just interviewed players in this field and surveyed some regional initiatives — it’s clear that innovative work is being done in regional economic development — by some. I suspect that many in the field find the economic development challenge overwhelming. A bit like the Bob character in What about Bob,…
  • Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below. But first: If you’ve not got an innovation plan in the process of being executed, right now, you are treading water and will eventually drown. So what’s stopping you from kicking off an innovation initiative? I often hear resources. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects,…
  • Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

    GREGG FRALEY
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation This is an article length, comprehensive post on Mash-Ups for Innovation. To say the least Mash-Ups hold great promise in helping people and organizations find useful and sometimes breakthrough innovations. This article will likely be part of a book on the front end of innovation that’s in development, stay tuned. Meanwhile I hope you find this guide useful. To digest this in bits, simply use the index to go to the section that interests you. There is value to reading these sections in order, but for those with an urgent need, you’ll find…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development

    Jeff Cornwall
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Grace McCaw- McCaw Industries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • From Outsourced to American Made

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Cleveland- Hobby Express brings manufacturing back to U.S. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post From Outsourced to American Made appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Music Entrepreneur Takes Business Global

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Courtney “Coko” Eason- Soundtrack Entertainment goes global TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Music Entrepreneur Takes Business Global appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Architect as Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jamie Pfeffer- Pfeffer Torode Architecture TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Architect as Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • From Wall Street to Social Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mia Howard- Intrepid College Prep TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post From Wall Street to Social Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    Growth Hacking for Technology Startups

  • The Best Email I’ve Ever Written

    Jun Loayza
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    My father always told me “dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres”, which means “tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.” I’ve followed my father’s advice closely throughout my life, which is a big part of the reason why I teamed up with Alex and Bunny Inc. However, when I analyze my previous ventures, I see a common thread that determines if a venture I start will become successful or if it will fail. I’m only as strong as my weak ties: We succeeded with Bruin Consulting because my acquaintances connected me to…
  • How I use OmniFocus to reach a ZERO inbox every day

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    32 unread email. 7 unread Trello notifications. 12 unread Yammer threads. 8 to-do’s on Evernote. And a partridge in a pear tree. Welcome to the life of an entrepreneur, where the inbox is never empty, and the calendar is always full. For a long time, like most of you, life was always about playing catch up: there were never enough hours in the day, and I’d use the weekends to get some serious, uninterrupted work done. My attention was scattered and my priorities for the day were not immediately clear. The Tim Ferriss only-the-three-most-important-tasks-for-the-day-on-a-notecard…
  • Ultimate Guide: How to Create a Buyer Persona for Your Startup

    Jun Loayza
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a young and relentless entrepreneur, I constantly prioritized tenacity, fierce execution, and speed over strategic thinking and planning. “Fail fast and fail often” was my mantra, and I followed it with blind obsession. Though speed is important, it’s critical to know in which direction you’re running towards. There are many important channels for growth: SEO, SEM, email, affiliate, WOM, and sales to name just a few. To maximize customer acquisition, you need to get into the head of your customer; you need to become your customer. The best way to do this is…
  • How lazy people can build a strong network

    Jun Loayza
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m a lazy networker. I don’t pack my days with meetings, I don’t go to conferences, and I don’t actively seek out introductions to people. However, I’m still incredibly effective at building a strong and powerful network. Who this post is for: startup founders who are shy and don’t actively build a network; professionals outside of a business development role that still want to build a network What you will learn: three lazy methods that I use to build a powerful network Utilize your “startup card” to connect with professionals on LinkedIn…
  • How to remove a manual Google penalty for $561.56

    Jun Loayza
    30 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the worst nightmare of an online marketer — the dreaded Google Manual Actions Penalty. It kills your search engine rankings, cutting off a vital source of traffic and leads. Worst of all, it can take up to 6 months to remove the penalty and even longer to regain your rankings. Do a simple search and you’ll find tons of agencies asking for tens of thousands of dollars to remove the penalty for you. Do yourself a favor and don’t hire them. You don’t need an expensive agency and you don’t need 6 months of work to remove the penalty. My credentials: our…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • Influencers Move the Needle

    Delores Williams
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    There are tons of blog posts and articles about influencers today. Most are in regard to those on social media who have large audiences. I want to divide this group into two categories. There are those who have a large following, but do little to monetize that audience. Then, there are the other half who do monetize their audience. They may make their money via brand promotions or sales. An example of this type would be a person who posts on Snapchat and is paid by a major brand to incorporate their brand into their story. The former, does not have brand deals, and are generally not receiving…
  • Dear Boss, Fear is Not Respect

    Delores Williams
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is a conversation I overhear way too often. It goes like this:Person: “You better do this or A will be angry.”Other person: “Oh, I will just explain blah, blah.”Person: “You know how she/he is. You know what will happen if you do/don’t do this.”It took me hearing this conversation a few times to get that people were being trained to fear the person in authority. I couldn’t help but think, “Why does that person need to be feared instead of respected?”We have all had our share of bosses, co-workers, and maybe even family members, who everyone jumped at just the mention…
  • Don't Be Like The Adobe PR Team

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

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

    Delores Williams
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    I am sort of aficionado when it comes to the show The Apprentice. I have watched the show from every English speaking Country, and have learned quite a bit from the show. Some of the errors of candidates, regardless of the Country, seem to be universal. Could it be that those same mistakes make it into real business, which is why so many fail? The mistakes are:  Ignoring Market Research: Without a doubt this is the one that seems to be more about ego than the idea that the market is wrong. Let me give you two examples. One, there was a task to make a home exercise piece of equipment. The…
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    Growthink blogs

  • How Much Could Your Business Be Worth?

    Jay Turo
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Last week, I shared the depressing statistic on how less than 1 out of 5 companies marketed for sale are able to find a buyer and to consummate a successful sale transaction.  And how even this depressing statistic vastly under-estimates how few companies are able to attain a successful exit, as the great majority of the over 6 million U.S. business owners because of how they are structured and run can’t even contemplate commencing a “business-for-sale” process.Now this is depressing, but what I didn’t share was how more than seven thousand businesses last year were sold – many…
  • Here's Why NOT to Trust Your Business Gut

    Jay Turo
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    According to statistics from BizBuySell, less than 1 out of 5 of businesses marketed for sale are able to find a buyer and to consummate a successful transaction.  Even this depressing statistic vastly under-estimates how few companies are able to attain a successful exit, as the great majority of the over 6 million U.S. business owners are never able to even consider listing their companies for sale.That’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears expended on work and businesses that yield comparatively very little.Even more viscerally, working hard and long on a…
  • Big Data, Dashboards, and Exits

    Jay Turo
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    The confluence of Big Data and high quality, low cost software-as- service (SaaS) programs and applications for virtually every business purpose has made the path clearer than ever as to what entrepreneurs and executives must do to build real equity value in their companies.It looks like this:First, utilizing great tools like John Warrilow’s Sellability Score or Dave Lavinsky's Start at the End we define exactly what we seek for our key stakeholders: Customers, Employees, Partners, Vendors, and Shareholders.For customers, it might be the efficacy / benefits of our products and services.For…
  • Uber, SpaceX, Cloudera: Simplicity, Power, Promise

    Jay Turo
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Yesterday, TechCrunch posted a neat slideshow on the nine largest venture capital and private equity financing rounds of the past 24 months.It is an extremely cool piece - profiling seven (two companies on the list had multiple rounds) of the highest flying technology companies in the world.And the emphasis is clearly on the World - as four of the seven companies profiled (Didi Dache, Flipkart, Meituan, and Xiaomi) have businesses focused outside of the United States.The stories of the three US companies on the list, Cloudera, SpaceX, and Uber, are treasure troves of wisdom on how disruptive…
  • Confronting Our Conventional Wisdoms…through Research

    Jay Turo
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Last week, I wrote about the peaks to valleys to peaks flow of a typical strategic planning session, and how without this Breakdowns leading to Breakthroughs flow it is difficult to attain truly actionable projects and to-do's from the discussion.Now, planning sessions run like this are always good, but to make them great a critical ingredient needs to be stirred in.That ingredient is research - into a business’ industry, market, and customers, and into and about the other businesses competing for those customers.Research that goes beyond the "obvious” and digs in and gathers intelligence…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business and Startups: Sustainability and Your Company

    Mike
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    A wonderful project posted to crowdSPRING recently has got me thinking lately about the role of sustainability in the context of small business. Iggesund Paperboard, a leading producer of high quality virgin fiber paperboard, issued a challenge to improve existing consumer packaging. The idea was simple: take a look around you at your local grocery, pick out a package, and reimagine how that packaging made of plastic, glass and metal could be redesigned using sustainable materials. The results are incredibly creative and the ideas are wonderful. If all of the consumer packaged…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #262 – MegaResources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Did you guys see Birdman, the Oscar-winning picture? If you’re like me the loooong choreographed shots really caught your attention and left you in awe. This is tough stuff to do for any filmmaker. Take a look at the video above and check out how the actors and creative team pulled one off! OK then. Now it’s time for our own version of a long take, all-in-one-shot! That’s because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Here is a hot mess of great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: ReesQ

    Audree
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:13 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 ReesQ. Check out more great work on ReesQ’s profile page. Nicely done, ReesQ, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind
  • Small Business and Startups: Mind the Gap

    Mike
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Marketing analysis comes in a variety of flavors, but perhaps the one most important and elemental analysis you can perform for your business or startup is the Gap Analysis. Gap Analysis can mean different things in different contexts, but here we are talking about marketing channels. By understanding your customers needs, and analyzing your competition’s approach to filling those needs, a gap analysis can identify opportunity, help you to define marketing goals, and provide insight for your own strategic decision-making. The first and most important step is to understand what your…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #261 – Jaw-Dropping Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Bored? Bored on a plane? Well 2.3 million people must be, because this video has been viewed that many times already! All you need is a ticket for the flight, a recording device, and some readily available sound-editing software. Oh, and some talent would be helpful, too. Like this producer has, in abundance! Time now to prepare for landing. Please power down your electronic devices (except for the one you’re using to read this, of course) because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Here are a slew of great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #12: The Secret to Big Ideas

    Usman Sheikh
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    Bill Gates is attributed to have said “Most people underestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in lifetime”. In a world where there the quest for instant gratification keeps increasing; we are robbing ourselves of our potential of what could be. All of us have the potential to create the change that we want to see in the world. Anything that we say to the contrary is our internal defensive mechanism asking us to take the easier path. The one where there will be the least resistance. It’s time that we start to look at the bigger picture and…
  • The Week in Review #11: Rules of Business

    Usman Sheikh
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:34 am
    The internet is a magical place. It provides us the ability to read, listen and speak to the people that matter in our life. These people may or may not know that we exist, however their words and thoughts leave a lasting impact on our lives. The article highlighted in this weekly edition comes from the founder of a company called Slack. He has an amazing back story, one which I will probably profile in the coming months. This week he published an insightful article on the rules of business, which made me think about the bigger picture. It helps us break away from the daily grind and reflect…
  • The Week in Review #10: Building an Amazing Team

    Usman Sheikh
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
    I stumbled upon the Podcast called Startup by Alex Blumberg this week and it was fantastic. Anyone who wants an inside view of what the founding of a startup is all about you should definitely download it. I switched up my spotify playlists for podcasts at the start of the year and it was one of the best decisions I made. Some of my favorite currently are The James Altucher Show and Tim Ferris’s Show. Both are highly recommended. 5 Tips on Building an Amazing Team Everyone talks about the importance of building an amazing team, however few realize the amount of work it takes to build…
  • The Week in Review #9: From Dead-End Job to Uber Billionaire

    Usman Sheikh
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    I picked up a pretty awesome book this weekend after reading through Ryan Holidays’ book “The Obstacle is the way“, it was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far and would definitely recommend it, especially to entrepreneurs reading this blog. The article of the week was an old one which resurfaced this week about the co-founder of Uber and how he hustled his way to join the company in it’s early days. From Dead-End Job to Uber Billionaire: Meet Ryan Graves The biggest takeaway is that we have to choose ourselves if we want to truly want to…
  • The Week in Review #8: Secret Core of Every Business

    Usman Sheikh
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    This week’s top article was a series I came across on medium where the author does a great job of collecting a host of the best links about a certain topic and then puts together a thorough article. Highly recommend checking out the other articles he has written in the past as well. The Secret Core of Every Successful Business: Distribution Many businesses end up building a product or successfully setting up the ability to provide a service. However the reason the vast majority of them fail is their inability to find and reach customers efficiently. This article provides a wealth of…
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    The Entrepreneurial MD

  • How physicians will find new jobs in 2015

    Philippa Kennealy
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Contemplating a physician career change or at least a change of scenery? 2015 may well be your year. According to an HR consulting firm ManpowerGroup Inc., nearly 20% of U.S. employers expect to increase their numbers of new hires in 2015. One of the better performing areas will be health services, anticipated to grow between 10%–20%. This is the good news. The not-as-good news is that it will take a somewhat different skill set than has been traditionally used to be able to locate and qualify for one of these healthcare positions. There will be changes in how those of…
  • "Crucial Conversations" tips for physicians

    Philippa Kennealy
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    When last did you have a tough conversation with an employee, a colleague or a family member that went really, really well? As a physician, you are well aware there are certain difficult conversations that we are well-trained to have -- delivering difficult diagnoses or alarming prognoses to patients and their families. However, I'd argue that these are not true "crucial conversations" ... at least for us. Perhaps you'll agree once you see the definition. In fact, most of us struggle to tackle those conversations that seem destined to flare up into full-blown conflict or hostility ... or at…
  • When a physician's hobby becomes an entrepreneurial venture

    Philippa Kennealy
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    How do you cope on those days when you walk into your exam room, only to be confronted by a patient clutching reams of computer printouts, and demanding answers? "Because they told me I should get this/take this/have this ......" Not well, I bet! Especially after the 5th or 6th patient of the day. The frustration and tedium of these repeated experiences prompted ENT surgeon Russell Faust MD PhD into action. Not content to put up with the health information garbage he felt patients were being exposed to, he decided to publish his own patient education materials on a website, and steer both new…
  • Every entrepreneurial physician needs a blog

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

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

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    What your face shape says about your personalityGettyYour face could indicate if you have leadership potential, a study says.Feature that leaders typically haveMore to seeVitamin D's connection to cancerAir pollution can led to anxiety
  • Victim officially identified in fatal NYC explosion

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Victim officially identified in fatal NYC explosionAPOfficials said Monday that a 23-year-old man was pulled from the rubble caused by Thursday's blast in Manhattan's East Village.Investigation takes a new turnMore news2 federal agents charged with fraudGuinea closes border to fight Ebola
  • Knox's ex-beau speaks out after acquittals

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Knox's ex-beau speaks out after acquittalsGettyRaffaele Sollecito, 31, made his first public comments after the nearly eight-year legal battle ended on Friday.Why he felt 'kidnapped'More newsLubitz had 'suicidal thoughts'Iran nuclear talks at an impasse
  • Prince William takes to the air with new job

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Prince William takes to the air with new jobAPKensington Palace said William, 32, began work Monday as an air ambulance helicopter pilot. How the move will impact his royal dutiesMore headlines10 dead after church van crashOfficials probe mobile park killing
  • Boston bombing trial ends with grisly testimony

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Boston bombing trial ends with grisly testimonyAPAt least three jurors cried and wiped their eyes with tissues on Monday as the prosecution rested their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.Chilling words from the final witnessMore newsWorld leaders' personal info leakedLand mines kill Iranian border guards
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    Xconomy

  • Arch, Flagship to Anchor NYCEDC’s $150M NY Biotech Fund

    Ben Fidler
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Ben Fidler New York biotech entrepreneurs have been asking the same question for years: How can Manhattan ever truly foster life sciences startups and build a biotech cluster when there just isn’t enough funding to go around for biotech startups in the city, or affordable lab space to grow them? Today, the New York City Economic Development Corp. is trying to answer that question. At an event this afternoon at Rockefeller University on Manhattan’s East Side, the NYCEDC, a local government entity, made announcements regarding two initiatives meant to spur life sciences startups in New…
  • Security Innovation Raises $4M to Connect Cars, Fight Hackers

    Michael Davidson
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Michael Davidson Security Innovation, a Boston-area company that makes software that connects cars and programs that teach employees how to avoid security breaches, has raised $4 million in growth capital. Existing investor Brook Venture Partners led the round and was joined by Gordon M. Burns, a director of Compass Diversified Holdings. The funding brings the amount the Wilmington, MA-based company has raised in three rounds since 2008 to $13 million. A Security Innovation representative was not immediately available for comment. Security Innovation will use the money to pay for potential…
  • Denmark’s Falcon Social Gets $16M More and Plans Further NY Expansion

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth With its U.S. beachhead already in place in New York, Denmark’s Falcon Social is looking to grow its presence stateside. The Copenhagen-based software-as-a-service company last week raised $16 million in a Series B round led by Dutch firm Prime Ventures, with Germany’s Target Partners and Denmark’s Northcap participating. Falcon Social so far has raised $25.33 million in funding. Falcon Social’s software is used by businesses to track mentions of their brands in social media and to manage interactions with their customers across such networks. CEO and founder…
  • Fujifilm Snaps Up Cellular Dynamics To Grow Stem Cell Business

    Jeff Engel
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Jeff Engel Cellular Dynamics International, an up-and-coming player in the stem cell field and one of Wisconsin’s more promising biotech companies, is being acquired by Fujifilm for $307 million in cash. At first glance, the Tokyo-based international conglomerate—which dates back to 1934 and is best known for selling camera film—might seem like an odd suitor for Madison-based Cellular Dynamics (NASDAQ: ICEL). But Fujifilm has been growing its healthcare business over the past two decades, expanding into products like X-ray imaging machines and nutritional supplements. It got…
  • Detroit Hackathon: Tech Talent Pipeline Just Getting Started

    Sarah Schmid
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Sarah Schmid At the hackathon in Detroit Friday sponsored by Ford and #YesWeCode, the excitement was palpable. MSNBC was broadcasting live, kids from Detroit-area middle schools armed with dry-erase pens and sticky notes were busy brainstorming app ideas, and local dignitaries were passing through, some observing fruits of their sponsorship. At one point just after lunch, United Auto Workers vice president Jimmy Settles took over the microphone to announce that Ford and UAW were splitting the cost for every student participating in the hackathon to attend a summer coding camp at Henry Ford…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • The Coming Zombie Startup Apocalypse

    Charlie O'Donnell
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Are we in a bubble?And if so, when will it burst?Everyone likes to debate it, and statistically, almost no one gets it right.  Not only is it notoriously difficult to time the market, but even if you did, you'd miss out on individual winners.  Sam Altman of YC recently pointed out that pulling back during the downturn in 2008 would result in several big misses:In October of 2008, Sequoia Capital—arguably the best-ever in the business—gave the famous “RIP Good Times” presentation (I was there).  A few months later, we funded Airbnb. A few months after that, a…
  • No Comment

    Charlie O'Donnell
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    All of three of you seemed to notice that my new blog design is missing comments.  That's because it was rare that any more than three people ever commented on my blog in the first place.  Don't get me wrong.  I wanted feedback.  I love feedback, but most of the feedback wasn't happening in the comments.  It was happening by e-mail and on Twitter.  So, I'd occasionally get a comment or two... and once in a blue moon I'd get like eight.  In over a decade of blogging, I've never found a consistent writing schedule.  I write like I do now, finding twenty…
  • Why the New Seed Might Be a Bad Seed

    Charlie O'Donnell
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    About a year ago, I started hearing about the existence of a "pre-seed" round.  At first, it sounded ridiculous.  Actually, it still sounds ridiculous to me.  The term "seed" implies the very beginning to me.  If you can't go to "seed" investors for your very first investment because you're too early, that just seems weird to me.  At Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, I want to be part of the first money to go into a company, no matter what you call it.  I do the same kind of rounds today that I was doing five years ago.  Two of the first deals I ever did at my…
  • The Gift of the Ask

    Charlie O'Donnell
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's very easy to think of an ask as a negative--of a burden on someone.   When it comes to startups, however, especially when you've built up a great reputation and done a lot of good work for others, people are not only eager to help you, but they take great pride in being asked.  Working with you is an opportunity.  Getting a chance to take a leap with you is an opportunity.  Earning equity in your endeavor, or having the opportunity to buy some of it on the ground floor, is an opportunity.  It's a gift and you have to start thinking of it as one. So, not only does…
  • Some thoughts on #Meerkat

    Charlie O'Donnell
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    Downloaded Meerkat yet? It's the new new thing. The app is five days old and getting in with all the right names in the Valley.  (The company has been around for a few years, but this is a new product for them.) It's so new, we don't even know if people are using it a second time, yet already it's been in the Wall Street Journal.  (PS...   Yuliya is really becoming an asset to the WSJ's tech coversage.  Future star to watch.) In 2007, I was at the SXSW where Twitter blew up. That's how I was able to get into the Hatching Twitter book, where, for some reason, Nick Bilton…
 
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    Men with Pens

  • Why You Need to Choose Between Success and Popularity

    James Chartrand
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Need to Choose Between Success and Popularity first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • The Book Launch Strategy that Creates a Win

    James Chartrand
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The Book Launch Strategy that Creates a Win first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer

    James Chartrand
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • Enter to Win Your Spot in the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's that time of year again: The Damn Fine Words writing course opens to new students on February 2, 2015. This writing course is changing the game for business owners around the world, because it teaches effective content-creation techniques that help cut down your writing time, make it twice as productive, boost your confidence, and target the right readers, with the right message. This writing course works. It’ll change your writing, your business – maybe even your life. As always, each time I prepare for a new session of Damn Fine Words, I also open up a writing contest that anyone…
  • 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year

    James Chartrand
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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    OnStartups

  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Your MVP is complete. Some seed funding is in the bank, or maybe even a Series A. You’re anxious to see if your product flies off the shelf. It’s time to make that first sales hire. This is a big step. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. The wrong call can be bring down the company. At HubSpot, I hired over 200 salespeople. I made a lot of mistakes. I figured a few things out. Over the years, I have leveraged this experience to help dozens of startups with this critical first sales hire decision. Here are five mistakes I see many founders…
  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
  • 8 Unconventional Lessons From Quitting My Job At HubSpot

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • 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…
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    Marketing Zen

  • Zen and the Art of Website Maintenance

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    We’ve built a lot of websites for clients over the years here at Marketing Zen, and in the process, we’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t. A company’s website is its most important online marketing tool – the goal of every single digital marketing activity, whether social media, email, outreach, or SEO, is to get people to visit the site. Once there, traffic should be led through the sales funnel by the content on the site, which should ultimately result in conversions. Sounds easy, right? In reality, it takes either a heck of a lot of trial and error, or…
  • The Art of Fascinating Readers…with Marketing Content

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    When was the last time you were completely uninterested in what someone had to say, felt no connection – at all – with their business or them personally… …but went ahead and gave them your money anyway? I’m guessing the answer is never, right? If you want people to buy from you, you have to connect with them. And the only way to do that is to grab their attention – and hold it. Now, let’s be honest – there are plenty of people out there promoting their businesses with blogs or podcasts or emails that are attention-grabbing – and interesting. So if you want to stand…
  • 3 Quirky Online Marketing Tips My Plumber Taught Me

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    It happened in the shower. I was singing my heart out when I decided to turn the hot water up just a tad. Bad idea. As I turned the knob to adjust the temp… …the whole thing came off in my hand! I just stood there for a minute, staring at the broken knob in my hand. All that was left of its connection to the wall was a tiny piece of metal that didn’t look very promising. And what was even worse – I had made the water too hot! I couldn’t adjust the temperature or turn off the water. I couldn’t even finish my shower. What the heck...The post 3 Quirky Online Marketing Tips My Plumber…
  • 7 Social Marketing Campaigns Which Restore your Faith in Humanity (An Infographic)

    Katie Herum
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    When businesses and marketers hear the words social media, they automatically think marketing. For others, the first thought that comes to mind is connecting with friends. But recently, social media has proven that it has the power to be much, much more than either of those things. It can actually be a force for good in the world. Check out our infographic below for a glimpse into some of the ways social media is being used to make the world a better place. Please feel free to post this infographic on your site. Click on the code below to copy and paste it to your site. By…
  • Go Ahead, Be A Show-Off: 7 Steps to Establishing Expertise on Quora

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    If you’ve read our blog for very long, then you’ll know that one of the most important elements of online marketing that we advocate is thought leadership. In order for people to get to know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you, you’ve got to establish yourself as a leader in your industry by showing off your expertise. How do you do this? Every single aspect of your online marketing strategy should be working towards this goal, from the topics you address on your blog and in your email newsletters, to the guest posts you write for your outreach efforts, and from your…
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Guide to Trade Secret Law

    Greg Nunan
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Article contributed by Kelly / Warner Law. You’re a blogtrepreneur. An ambitious word wizard who’s always willing to work harder, longer and smarter. And your innate ingenuity means you’ve probably created a few procedures and business techniques that have led to success. Maybe you’ve stumbled on a “can’t miss” formula for content conversion. Or, perhaps you’ve uncovered an original, profitable (and legal!) way to track expenses. Whatever the case, your innovation boosts your bottom line — which is why it’s wise to know a thing — or seven — about trade…
  • Startups: Funding & Business Loans for Women Entrepeneurs

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    According to the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report there are more than 9.1 million female-owned businesses in the United States. Receiving grants and assistance or getting business loans for women entrepreneurs can be tough, but we hope we may have some solutions for you. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Business Loans for Women 3. Business Grants for Women 4. Government Grants for Women 5. Minority Business Grants & Startup Grants Introduction Before we dig a little deeper into the type of funding that will suit you and your business you need to first find out what financing…
  • Video Meeting Systems: Saving Money for Your Business

    Greg Nunan
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Imagine never having to gas up your car on the way to work, never doing a round in the office on the way out to make sure all the lights were off, never printing off twice as many presentation packets as you need for a meeting and eating the cost. Avoiding these normal, albeit frustrating and tedious tasks could save you dozens of hours and maybe even thousands of dollars every year; believe it or not, it’s possible. It may not be possible to completely abandon the office, but with the right video conference platform you and your colleagues can make important presentations and host meetings…
  • 4 Reasons to Invest in Online Properties

    Greg Nunan
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Investment in shares and property is entrenched in society as accepted and well-known forms of investment. Can you make money from those forms of investments? Of course you can. There’s nothing wrong with investing in conventional and established options, but investing in online properties, as opposed to offline is a huge opportunity that is definitely worth consideration as part of an overall wealth strategy. The Online Investment Opportunity Given that the World Wide Web is still so very young, at just over two decades old, investing in online web properties has not become…
  • Early Retirement Planning – How to Make it Happen

    Donny Gamble
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    When you say early retirement, most people think of retiring by age 50 or 55. Some who are more aggressive may even think about doing it by age 45. But what we’re talking about here is very early retirement. That means retiring by age 35, or 30 – or even sooner. People actually do this kind of thing all the time, but admittedly it’s not common – and it‘s not easy. Let’s face it, if you try to retire early using conventional methods, you’ll never make it. 10 or 15 years isn’t nearly enough time to accumulate a company pension, or even to build up a large retirement…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I’m not high in this picture, despite my appearance. DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. JAMES FADIMAN, Ph.D., did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in Menlo Park, and Ken Kesey. He is the author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide. Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” Jim Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic…
  • Optimizing Investing, Blood, Hormones, and Life (Podcast Double-Header: #63 and #65)

    jacobseb
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Discussing life and investing with Mark Hart and Raoul Pal. [DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. Speak with a medical professional before doing anything medical-related, m’kay?] There is something here for everyone. This post details two jam-packed discussions  — one with world-renowned macro investors and investment strategists (Mark Hart and Raoul Pal), and another with a top performance doc you’ve referenced hundreds of times (Peter Attia, MD). In both, we address dozens of topics, including: - How do you choose an optimal…
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of CrossFit

    Tim Ferriss
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    This post delves into the good, the bad, and the ugly of all things CrossFit.  It answers many important questions, including: - What are the 3 most dangerous exercises in CrossFit gyms? – What are the most common nutritional mistakes of CrossFit athletes? – What do elite CrossFit athletes do differently than the rest? Example: How do Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa warm up? – Is the CrossFit Games really CrossFit? – Is CrossFit a fad? – What is the future of CrossFit? The man to answer all this (and much more) is Kelly Starrett.  He’s trained CrossFit…
  • Productivity Secrets of a Master DJ (Meditation, Morning Routines, and More)

    Ian Robinson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    (Photo: Ralph Arvesen) Justin Boreta is a founding member of The Glitch Mob. Their music has been featured in movies like Sin City II, Edge of Tomorrow, Captain America, and Spiderman. In this post, we discuss The Glitch Mob’s path from unknown band to playing sold-out 90,000-person (!) arenas.  We delve into war stories, and go deep into creative process, including never-before-heard “drafts” of blockbuster tracks!  Even if you have zero interest in music, Justin discusses habits and strategies that can be applied to nearly anything.  Meditation?  Morning…
  • Matt Mullenweg on Polyphasic Sleep, Tequila, and Building Billion-Dollar Companies

    Ian Robinson
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Matt Mullenweg has been named one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, and Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web. In this episode, I attempt to get him drunk on tequila and make him curse. Matt is most associated with a tool that powers more than 22% of the entire web: WordPress. Even if you aren’t into tech, there are many pages of “holy shit!” tips and resources in this episode. Matt is a phenom of hyper-productivity and does A LOT with very little. But how? This conversation shares his best tools and tricks. From…
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    Caroline Middlebrook (v3)

  • Thoughts About Syndwire & Social Signals for SEO

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

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

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

    Caroline Middlebrook
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    This is just a short post to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to note that I most probably will not be posting over the next couple of weeks due to the holiday festivities. I’m sure you all have better things to do than read blog posts over this time anyway! I have just added another tool to my most recent post on text tools and if I find more I shall continue to update them on that post. Here is a picture of a cute kitten in a Santa hat – just because :-) The post Happy Christmas Everybody :-) appeared first on 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…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Goodbye Comment Link Spammers

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Yes, I’m talking to you. You know who you are. Be sure to read carefully, as there should be no more incentive for you to leave comments on my blog anymore because as of yesterday, the Top Commentators list now has: rel=’external nofollow’  added to all of its links. They are still links, and also now spawn in a new window, but they will now provide next to no benefit SEO-wise anymore. So, please stop leaving your spam comments on my blog as it will provide no benefit for you anymore. Move on and find another blog to do that. Oh, and years back I already made all actual…
  • Megapost: Meniere’s, Weight Loss, Income Property, and Affiliate Marketing Updates

    Tyler Cruz
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Glen from ViperChill.com sent out a tweet that he had mentioned me in his latest blog post. Reading the post, it made me guilty for only posting once a month these days. Geez… is that really the post frequency I do now? I can remember back to the days when I would consistently post 3-4 times a week. I guess what that’s what happens when you blog for literally a decade with over 1,000 blog posts – you tire out. It’s probably why so few bloggers exist today that existed back in 2004-2005. Anyhow, I thought I’d publish this post and try to get you guys caught up-to-date…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: November 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With my health slowly improving and in a continued effort to try to get "back on track", I thought I’d go ahead and post another affiliate marketing income report. November 2014 was an interesting month because it kind of caught me by surprise and actually ended up being my 2nd highest profiting month since June 2013! As usual, I’ll discuss more details as this report goes on, but it’s nice to know that I still have some good months in me here and there. If I get 2 months like this back-to-back, for example, that’s roughly enough down payment for another…
  • Learning My First Big Lesson as a Real Estate Investor

    Tyler Cruz
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:53 am
    First, a quick update on my Meniere’s Disease. Fortunately, I’ve been feeling a hell of a lot better over the past few days. The worst "drop attack" occurred on January 31st, and I was definitely still feeling the after-effects of it up to February 10th, but around the 11th I started feeling a lot better and have been improving every day since. I am still not back 100%, but I’m definitely dramatically better… I can even use the computer again! I don’t know if this is due to this disease just having super-long fallouts after the big main drop attacks, the…
  • I Have Been Diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease

    Tyler Cruz
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    I apologize for the sheer lack of posting lately. I have been having medical issues. In fact, I will have to keep this post fairly short because of this. It may also not be the most coherent, especially since it’s currently 2:29am as I can’t sleep due to anxiety. A few days ago, on January 31st 2015, I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. Wikipedia describes it as "a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss.". Doesn’t sound so bad,…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

    Paul Fitzgerald
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.
  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
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    mokoyfman.com

  • "I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work. I’m only willing to pay so..."

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work. I’m only willing to pay so much. I know what that number is. But even if I was in an al-Qaeda death camp, no one is going to know what that number is but me.” - SiriusXM and Howard Stern in a contract ‘dance’ - Mar. 11, 2015
  • "The proliferation of social media means that the extreme experimentation that was once the exclusive..."

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

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “But when the new Umami Burger outlet opens down the street from you (or the new Ivan Ramen outlet, or the new Roy Choi taco joint), you can say a little prayer of thanks (or not) to Chang, Bloomfield, and her partner Friedman. You can thank them for your strange, abiding obsession with brown liquor and craft beers, and the hamburger, and that fragrant vat of kimchee your Park Slope neighbor has kept buried for months in her backyard. You can thank them for that road trip you’re planning with your suddenly food-mad 10-year-old daughter, down through the ancient Foodways of Virginia and…
  • The cliffs, Montauk

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The cliffs, Montauk
  • "It’s also clear that the authors could not summon up the courage to stop referring to their audience..."

    27 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    “It’s also clear that the authors could not summon up the courage to stop referring to their audience as ‘readers’ and begin to call them ‘users’ – probably because some pedant was worried they’d be confused with dope addicts.” - What the New York Times Could Have Been | LinkedIn Nuff said.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Maximizing the Impact of Videoconferencing

    Simon Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Video conferencing is a rising trend with everyone from the rarified heights of the Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and shiny new startups. However, using video conferencing to its maximum potential and impact has some tips and tricks – and a lot of them are old school rules about communication and how to run a meeting.read more
  • Britain’s Top 50 Business Advisers of 2015 Announced – ABP Coaches Celebrate

    Guest Author
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Warren Knight and Daryl Woodhouse celebrate being named as two of Britain’s top advisers in business. The NextWomen learns more about their achievements which have earned this recognition. read more
  • How to Kickstart Your Fitness for 2015: Xtreme Gym’s Boot Camp!

    Clover Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Clover Lewis visited Xtreme Gym’s Boot Camp to find out what makes it different, what they have to offer, and whether she could handle the workout!  read more
  • An Interview with Kojo

    Lorraine White
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Lorraine White, Co-founder and Director of menswear brand, Hashtag Collective, was intrigued when she heard that Kojo, known best for being a comedian and radio host, was writing a book and a romance book at that. Above Romance is the new novel out by Kojo and Lorraine White went to meet him to find out more.read more
  • A Chat With Paula Slier, CEO of Newshound Media International

    Estelle Ah-Kiow
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Estelle Ah-Kiow was lucky enough to catch up with broadcaster Paula Slier.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Opening for New Crowdfunding Client

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    As America’s Crowd Funding Strategist, Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C, teaches workshops for Small Business Administration, California’s SBDC’s and is a Guest blogger for the Los Angeles Crowd Funding Examiner and other Crowd Funding sites. She has the fastest growing platform for crowdfunding education and project promotion in America. This is an often-requested summary response […] The post Opening for New Crowdfunding Client appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • How to go about printing business cards

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    KW: business card printing – PR 4 and above – Business How to go about printing business cards A business card reflects a number of things about the owner and forms a key element of marketing. The market value of a company can be imagined by taking a look at its business cards; the quality […] The post How to go about printing business cards appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women, keynote speaker – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and The Wright Place TV Show was there. Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women occurred February 24, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Watermark is a community of executive women in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission […] The post Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects are changing communities everywhere!

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Great innovators are seldom born, they often emerge from the pain and ashes of great personal losses. Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects are changing communities everywhere and she says it all began after losing someone she loved, and instead of living in her deep depression, she choose to create an interactive wall on an abandoned house […] The post Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects are changing communities everywhere! appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Are Bad Credit Business Loans YOUR answer?

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Bad Credit Business Loans is a new program developed by alternative business lenders in response to banks not willing to lend to small business sector. The new lending approach shifted traditional lenders like banks and credit unions to the side. Alternative business lending companies like Elite Merchant Capital has been piloting a whole new package […] The post Are Bad Credit Business Loans YOUR answer? appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation

    steveblank
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been working with Roberto, the Chief Innovation Officer of a diversified company I’ll call Sprocket Industries. I hadn’t heard from Roberto in awhile and when we caught up, it was clear his initial optimism had faded. I listened as Roberto listed the obstacles to the new innovation program at Sprocket, “We’ve created innovation teams in both the business units and in corporate. Our CEO is behind the program. The division general managers have given us their support. But the teams still run into what feel like immovable obstacles in every part of the company. Finance, HR,…
  • Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

    steveblank
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a culture that fears failure. A failed project is considered a negative to a corporate career. As a result, few people want to start a project that might not succeed. And worse, even if someone does manage to start something new, our management structure has so many financial, legal and HR hurdles that every initiative needs to match our existing business financial metrics, processes and…
  • I’m on the Air – On Sirius XM Channel 111

    steveblank
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Starting this Monday, March 9th 4-6pm Pacific Time I’ll be on the radio hosting the Bay Area Ventures program on Sirius XM radio Channel 111 – the Wharton Business Radio Channel. Over this program I’ll be talking to entrepreneurs, financial experts and academic leaders in the tech and biotech industries. And if the past is prologue I guarantee you that this will be radio worth listening to. On our first show, Monday March 9th 4-6pm Pacific Time join me, as I chat with Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas, and Oren Jacob, ex-CTO of Pixar and now CEO of…
  • Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

    steveblank
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, science and engineering at both Stanford and U.C. Berkeley were heavily funded to develop Cold War weapon systems. Stanford’s focus was Electronic Intelligence and those advanced microwave components and systems were useful in a variety of weapons systems. Starting in the 1950’s, Stanford’s engineering department became “outward facing” and developed a culture of spinouts and active faculty support and participation in the first wave of Silicon Valley startups. At the same time Berkeley was also developing Cold War weapons systems. However…
  • Market Type and Revenue. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Understanding “Market Type” can save you a ton of money and time. This 2-minute video explained “why not all startups are the same” and introduced the notion of “market type” and described the difference between new markets, existing markets and resegmented markets. The next video described what happens to startups who don’t understand they are in a new market. This video describes how “Market Type” affects your revenue and your burn rate. If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
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    First Class Fashionista

  • The Ultimate Spring Dress Guide (with Derby Day in Mind)

    First Class Fashionista
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Everyone in the fashion world should know by now that it’s about to be festival fashion season and with SxSW currently going on, we are reminded just how soon festival season actually is. Speaking of, can you believe it’s about to be April in 2015 already? I guess they don’t say, “time flies by when you are having fun” for no reason, huh? That said, before summer’s festival glory days are here, there are still some spring events that are, more than likely, going to up your wardrobe’s inventory count. Let me put it into perspective for you. Easter, which just…
  • Personality and Perception Quizzes: What’s Your Personality Type?

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    When visiting my cousin last week, we got into the topic of “What have you been up to lately?” Her answer was rather interesting and lead me onto changing the way I think about myself and others. Knowing your personality type can help you understand why you behave the way you do during almost any situation. By understanding others personality types, you can have a better understanding to why others act or react the way they do in certain situations to you. As human beings, we wear different masks that we show to the world. We have a mask we put on at work when we are with customers and…
  • West coast chic: Festival style bound fashion

    First Class Fashionista
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Shop Items: For Love Lemons Bralette, Asos Print Kimono, Brianna Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Report Booties, West Coast Kimono in Black, Free People Kimono Wrap, MLM Label Denim Crop Top, West Coast Wardrobe Lilly Off the Shoulder Dress, Intermix Fringe Skirt, Free People Moonstone Ring, and the Free People Ono Radiation Ring. Tis the spring and summer festival season, and I am oh so jolly! Inspired by hippies, I thrive on western vibes quite naturally. This artistry collection I’ve put together is a mixture of west coast animation and cool-girl touches with a dash of modern day flair.
  • Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo 2015

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Can’t get enough fashion? Fret not, because this week began one of my personal favorites- the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo. Yay! I love global fashion, but I do tend to affiliate myself closely with my Japanese counterparts. Tokyo fashion week never fails to produce awe-inspiring and out-of-the-box shows to delight and inspire. The only bad thing is the dramatic time zone difference, which never fails to confuse me when I’m trying to figure out when the days are happening there. The show opened with a fantastic spectacle. Thai label Sretsis transformed the runway into a…
  • Ready to Wear Resort Swimsuits, Cover-ups, Dresses (and More) for Beach and Poolside

    First Class Fashionista
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    A little birdie here at FCF recently headed to the beach in the Dominican Republic! Now that the month of March is in its second week already, spring break is no longer a distant thought; which means it’s more than socially acceptable to skip town and skip on down to somewhere tropical. Taking a mini break is the perfect opportunity to explore deep into your thoughts, inspire your soul and welcome creativity back into your world, yet again. That being said, sun kissed hair and sandy toes here we come! Everyone wants a shimmering, glowing look of eternal glamor when they are at the…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Why I’m excited to get the new Macbook

    jeffhilimire
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    I’m currently using a Macbook Pro (15inch Retina) that I’ve had since the middle of 2012. And its still a fantastic machine, works great, with a big beautiful display. But I’ve long wanted a Macbook Air, mostly for the long battery life that they get. Plus, the Air is designed for ultimate portability, which is what I crave. Note: If you haven’t used a Retina display, or any super high resolution display, then my advice is: DON’T! It will ruin you for anything that isn’t that crisp and clear. I compare it to watching HD television vs. standard definition.  Because I…
  • Video of the Charles Brewer / Advice For Good event

    jeffhilimire
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Thank you to everyone who attended the Advice For Good event with Charles Brewer on March 2nd. We had close to 100 people attend to hear Charles talk about his story! As some of you know, I was meant to be interviewing Charles but ended up getting very sick that day and asked my good friend, Sanjay Parekh, to take my place. And by everything I heard, both Charles and Sanjay did a fantastic job! It should also be noted, we were raising money for a terrific local non-profit, re:imagine/ATL. Please consider donating to this great cause! And thanks a ton to the Center for Civic…
  • What I’m betting on in 2015

    jeffhilimire
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Every entrepreneur and CEO is making bets. Maybe they aren’t doing it publicly, or even consciously, but they’re making bets. Maybe its a bet that they’ll nail their IPO, or finally figure out their product market fit, or that they’ll double in size, but they’re making bets. That’s what we do. I couldn’t be more excited about where Dragon Army stands a year and a half into our business. We’re a unique company, one part game studio and one part mobile agency. As a game studio, we can leverage the marketing and technology chops of the mobile agency. As a mobile agency, we…
  • Winning the MAX Awards

    jeffhilimire
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Wow, humbled doesn’t begin to describe the way I feel right now. This morning, only a few hours ago, Dragon Army was awarded the grand prize of the MAX Awards, the annual Marketing Awards for Excellence. We won for the campaign we ran last year with Arby’s in our game, Robots Love Ice Cream. I’ve dreamed of winning a MAX Award since I was about 25 years old, when my first company, Spunlogic, built the website for the event. I’d sit in the crowd and be amazed at the type of work companies in Atlanta were doing and think, “One day, one day.” And today…
  • Advice for starting a blog – Keep it short and write about YOU.

    jeffhilimire
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Last week, a friend (and fellow Match member) asked me what advice I’d give her as she’s considering creating a blog. I thought I’d share my response so that anyone else that is thinking about this can consider my comments. — First things first, you have to be able to keep it up once you start. Most people start blogging, write some epic first post or two, and then find it hard to keep going because the pressure of writing a great post is too much. I say, make your first two posts short and sweet. Get them out quickly. Spend no more than 30 minutes on each, and 15 if…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Come to a Free Startup Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Company Now

    30 Mar 2015 | 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…
  • Startup Founders: Failure Is NOT An Option

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi discusses the culture of failure within the startup community, which was featured in a Forbes video titled “FAIL ACADEMY: The Culture Of Failure.” Silicon Valley has embraced failure as part of the startup scene, but it may be for the wrong reasons. There is nothing wrong with failure as it allows founders to reflect from past mistakes in hopes that they will not be repeated in the future. Failure grows founders and challenges them to work harder than ever before in order to achieve success. It motivates them to push boundaries or reveals to…
  • The Founder Lab Returns to Help Strengthen Promising Startups. Applications Now Open!

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    As the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, the Founder Institute has launched more than 1,500 companies across 50 countries since 2009. As part of our efforts to accelerate exceptional founders to the next step in their development, the Founder Institute is proud to announce the return of the Founder Lab program. The Spring 2015 Founder Lab is now accepting applications, until the Final Deadline on April 12, 2015. This program will give seed-stage startups the opportunity to spend 10 days in Silicon Valley learning valuable skills from world-renowned…
  • GamingBattleGround Scores Big at Startup Competitions

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    GamingBattleGround, a Zagreb Founder Institute graduate, is a platform where amateur and casual video gamers can join or create their own tournaments with their own rules and set their own tournaments fees, while rewards are based on the amount of fees collected. The company was selected as top teams for the “Startup Sauna Acceleration Program,” which connects the most promising startups from Nordics, Eastern Europe and Russia with experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts through an intensive one month accelerator program. In addition,…
  • Customer Experience Lessons From Experts at Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and Apple

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fully refined pitch-deck, access to the Founder Institute’s global network of founders and investors, and a tactical 2015 execution plan to raise funding, grow KPIs, develop product, and more. If your company can benefit from exposure to Silicon Valley’s most…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Book Review: Scaling Up

    Scott Kregel
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Many of us have heard of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. You know – the standing meetings, the quarterly priorities, the common language of reporting, communication and feedback loops. I’ll be honest… I never read the book. Well, last fall, a customer reached out about some ideas of theirs as it related to a major project […]
  • You Are A Salesperson

    Jason Blumer
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    One main job of a firm leader is to be a salesperson. This is at the heart of the main thing we do. And it’s important to build your firm so that you can devote time to this important function. I’ve tried to delegate this role to others in my firm, and it hasn’t worked yet. […]
  • Stop Pricing To Win

    Bryan Coleman
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    That’s right. I said it. I know, I know… You’re hungry for new business and it feels good to win a proposal. I know that feeling. I call it the “seller’s high,” like a runner’s high. I’m on top of the world when I win new business. The problem is when you first start out all you […]
  • How Contingent Bonuses Affect Motivation (Based On A True Story)

    Greg Kyte
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    One way to get me to do almost anything is to call me a chicken. As a matter of fact, just inferring that I’m a chicken is usually enough. I even do it to myself to motivate me. Which is how I ended up asking for a 100% raise and a $10,000 bonus.     […]
  • Brands Don’t Really Exist

    Adrian Simmons
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Over the years, I’ve developed a skepticism of brands, a healthy one I hope. And I would venture to say you have too. One ad after another, all making claims to be the best thing ever. Common sense tells us it can’t actually be — we all want to believe that particular cologne/perfume is going […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • What Topics Should We Cover?

    Catherine Morgan
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As the editor of Business Unplugged, I have a question for you: What topics would you like to see covered here on the blog? I know what gets shared the most, but what would you like to learn about? What could we cover in more depth? What do you come here to read? Some things [...]
  • Guest Blogging: The Right Way to Pitch a Blog Editor

    Catherine Morgan
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest blogging on someone else’s site can be a good way to gain exposure for yourself and your product / service, and to boost yourself and your company in search results. It is a sound business strategy for some types of businesses, especially service businesses. I have been the editor for Business Unplugged™ for more [...]
  • One of Small Business’s Biggest Advantages—Flexibility

    Carol Roth
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    While being a small business “fish” among the larger corporate “whales” has its challenges, there are some benefits that you can really make work to your advantage. One major advantage that your small business has over the big fish is flexibility. Those large corporations have all kinds of red tape, bureaucracy and regulations that can [...]
  • Being a Ulysses Leader: 4 Ways to Stop the Sirens’ Song

    Robert Holmes
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Business is full of ups and downs. These are created by a combination of market forces, luck and our preparedness. We also go through natural ups and downs. What happens when a good mood coincides with a good period of business? It can be a fantastic window when opportunity joins strength and will. I had [...]
  • The Ever-Fatal Sales Check In

    Rich Gallagher
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    What are the five words your customers dread the most when they pick up the phone? (Besides “Hi, this is the police” or “Dad, we need to talk”?) It is “Just calling to check in.” Common sales wisdom often tells you to check in with your existing customers periodically, to see if there is anything [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • Kickstarter news -- and a Reddit AMA

    Sarah Rainone
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thank you - thank you - thank you! You've helped make the first week of my Kickstarter campaign a success—we've blown through our funding goal and are scrambling to add new backer rewards to replace the ones you've all sold out. (Read the detailed update here).I wanted to share some news and updates about stretch goals, bonus rewards, and you can Ask Me Anything at 5:30 EST today (Wednesday, March 25th) on Reddit. New rewardsOur rewards are running out! Since many have already sold out, we’ve added a few new ones: a special reward for Kickstarter creators including a mini…
  • My Kickstarter campaign is live -- I hope you'll be a part of it.

    Sarah Rainone
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Since I published The Lean Startup, I have been compiling stories about the challenges and rewards of adopting the methodology. Sometimes I would interview people and take notes, and they’d ask me what I was writing and where the story might appear.“I don’t know,” I’d say.I really didn’t. Writing a book is painful, and I wasn't sure I ever would do it again. Plus the details about day-to-day implementation I was asking people to share were unlikely to ever end up in a business book aimed at a general audience. But I knew these stories and details were valuable--both for…
  • Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs - from Guy Kawasaki

    Sarah Rainone
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    We live today in a golden age of writing and resources for entrepreneurs. There are books on most (but not yet all) of the critical topics about startups, and of course a massive amount of information on blogs and Twitter. Elite VCs - from Brad Feld to Reid Hoffman to Peter Thiel - write books and tweet constantly (or at least one does). As the ecosystem develops, this information is getting more and more specialized, which is awesome. But it was not always this way! Even 10 or 15 years ago, when I first cut my teeth as an entrepreneur, there were very few things to read. Mostly we read…
  • SXSW 2015

    Sarah Rainone
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    I'm excited to be speaking at SXSW for the first time in two years. On March 16, I've promised to talk about "Everything Eric Ries Has Learned Since 2011" - the ways the Lean Startup movement has grown and transformed since I published The Lean Startup. I'll also be officially announcing the launch of the Kickstarter campaign that I teased a few weeks ago. Here's the official blurb:In The Lean Startup, I argued that entrepreneurship is the management discipline that deals with situations of extreme uncertainty. I claimed that the entrepreneurial mindset could be used in companies of all sizes…
  • I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign

    Sarah Rainone
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have some news I'm excited to share: I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign in March. I can't wait to tell you more about it. But before I do, I'm conducting a very short survey. It's been a while, but long time readers know I always try to collect data before any kind of launch.Please click here if you're interested in participating. I'll have more details to share soon.(If your company makes a product for entrepreneurs that you'd like to donate as a backer reward for the campaign, please get in touch.)
 
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    Under30CEO

  • Trep Travels – Interview with Hipmunk’s Adam Goldstein

    Michael Luchies
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
     Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part nine of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry The day after graduating college, most of us are still celebrating or recovering from the night before.  One day after now 27-year-old Adam Goldstein…
  • The Definition of Success

    Under30CEO
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was watching a documentary called Nothing To Lose about the Co-founder of Visalus, Ryan Blair, and heard something that really caught my attention: In 1806, the definition of Success in the Webster dictionary was to be fortunate, happy, kind and prosperous. In 2013 the definition of success is the attainment of wealth, fame and power. This change in the definition of success tells a great deal about society and how we have steadily glamorized wealth and power. The popularity of television shows about entrepreneurship and successful entrepreneurs touting their successes in books and podcasts…
  • 7 Things I Learned Dropping out of College to Start a Hedge Fund

    Under30CEO
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I was 20, I made a bold decision that would forever change my life; I dropped out of University. All of my friends and family thought I had lost my mind. I told them I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I tried college but I just kept thinking to myself, I needed to be out there, starting businesses and getting hands on experience and learning of how to start, run and manage a business. I decided sitting in a classroom wasn’t for me, and I would try my hand at entrepreneurship. See, ever since I was young, I had been an entrepreneur. I successfully ran my business, renting out my pets to…
  • 3 Lessons From Social Psychology You Should Never Forget

    Under30CEO
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here are three life lessons you can learn from social psychology. They are three human biases that are viciously common. They can ruin your finances, your career and they your relationships. Each bias has a quick snippet of advice that may help you avoid it in the future. Hyperbolic Discounting – ruins your finances This is a form of current-moment bias that is related to dynamic inconsistency. It involves you making a decision in the present that your future self would have preferred you didn’t take. Yet, in both cases, you are using the same reasoning and have access to the same…
  • The Real Reason You’re Not Successful

    Under30CEO
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re in the middle of a success crisis. The conventional routes to success have completely dried up. We’re graduating college without job opportunities. We’re overqualified for underpaid work. There’s simply not enough security to hold down the same job for 20 or 30 years like our parents did. Not to mention escalating student loans, evaporated social security, and the lasting effects of a recession. But even those of us who have managed to build a steady career are still eluded by success. We do it right. We do everything right. We get the right internships and jobs. Network with…
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    Fizzle

  • You Don’t Have to Choose a Niche! (The Largest Blogs Online Never Did, FS098)

    Chase Reeves
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We may have to eat our own words a bit on this one. Regardless, it’s eye-opening to see what makes some of the biggest blogs on the web work. If you’re interested in choosing a niche (or in not choosing a niche), this conversation will be important for you. I’ll leave it at that and let the podcast episode do the talking. Enjoy! (Subscribe if you haven’t yet!) It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download You don’t have to choose a niche! (The largest blogs…
  • How Not To Launch A Product: 10 Things I Wish I Had Done Differently

    Adam Clark
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s 6 a.m. on launch day and, after staying up all night, I’m still working furiously to finish my online course so I don’t disappoint the 132 people who pre-purchased. “Why do I keep doing this?,” I thought. I would like to think I’ve matured in 15 years, but I’ve been repeating the same all-nighter-before-a-deadline pattern since college. This is different. It’s not a college exam, it’s my first product. And, just like the exams, I vastly underestimated how much time it would take to make this product. I hate all nighters. They wreak…
  • The Exact Moment I Chose a Better Niche (097)

    Chase Reeves
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Bonnie asks a question in this show that took us where I didn’t expect we’d go. As Corbett, Barrett and I started responding to her question (which is as funny as it is important) we travelled into a conversation about choosing a better niche. Niche advice grows like trees in the internet business world. Here at Fizzle we talk about the “niche please” mindset often. And not always in a dubious way. The target market guide that’s helped so many people is simply another method for choosing your niche… a people first method. Bonnie’s question in this…
  • Fizzle is Hiring! Join us as a Member Success Specialist

    Corbett Barr
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The FizzleCo team is once again growing! We’re entering into an exciting stage of growth at Fizzle, and this is a great opportunity for the right person to join a very special little company. Note: this position starts as a half-time role and may expand from there. Please read on for the full details. Your responsibility on the team will be member success and satisfaction. This is an intensely customer-focused role. You’ll be interacting with Fizzle members every day to provide the support they need to get the most benefit possible from Fizzle. You may recall that we posted a…
  • 23 Tips to Uncover What to do With Your Life (When You Have no Clue, FS096)

    Chase Reeves
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever wondered “what am I good at?” or “what should I focus on in my life?” then we’ve got a killer conversation for you. We received a great email from listener Tim Aton (text included below) and we spend the whole hour of this episode sharing 23 tips to uncover the best options for your life… even if you currently have no clue. I list out a bunch of the ideas below, but be sure to listen to the conversation (and subscribe for follow up episodes) because there’s a lot more context for each one of these. If you’re worried and…
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  • What 23 popular websites used to look like

    Jillian D'Onfro and Alyson Shontell
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    What did LinkedIn look like the first time you visited the site in 2003? How ugly was Yahoo! in 1994? We found the earliest versions of some of the most visited websites today, like Facebook, Google and Buzzfeed. Here's what the sites looked like then, and what they look like now. Web design has come a long way — oh, and the ads have gotten a lot fancier. Wikipedia: Then (2001) Wikipedia: Now Weather.com: Then (1996) See the rest of the story at Business Insider
  • 5 ways to look like a millionaire, even if you're not

    Richard Feloni and Mike Nudelman
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Saying that you would dress better if you made more money is a hollow excuse to be sloppy, says image consultant Sylvie di Giusto. You can gain an air of confidence and stature typically associated with the wealthy regardless of what you make. We've created the following guide with the help of di Giusto, who has consulted with individual executives and corporations like McKinsey and BMW through her company Executive Image Consulting, along with inspiration from Vicky Oliver's book "The Millionaire's Handbook: How to Look and Act like a Millionaire, Even if You're Not."SEE ALSO: Meet the…
  • Business Insider is hiring a full-time personal finance reporter for its Your Money section

    Libby Kane
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Do you love talking — and writing — about money? Are you excited to explore the psychology of wealth, the challenges of saving, and the way successful people look at money? Are you fascinated by people who pay off crushing debt and budget their money to retire early? Business Insider is hiring a full-time reporter for its Your Money vertical, one of the fastest-growing sections of the world's No. 1 digital business publication. Candidates should be comfortable writing quick, aggregated stories that highlight the most interesting angles of the day's news, while simultaneously…
  • The 2 most important job interview questions

    Jacquelyn Smith
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    As a job candidate in the hot seat, you can expect to be asked dozens — sometimes hundreds — of questions about your strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals. But according to attorney and LinkedIn user Arkady Itkin, there are only two that "really matter and that you should be ready to answer to ace your interview," he writes in a recent LinkedIn post. They are: "Why us?" and "Why you?" Keeping these two questions in mind when preparing for a job interview in any field will "help you focus on what really matters to you and to that potential employer," he explains. The "Why us?" question,…
  • Science says that parents of successful kids have these 7 things in common

    Drake Baer
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    Anybody who has kids — or hopes to — wants them to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things in the professional world.  While there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success. They are:  High expectations  Using data from a national survey of 6,600 children born in 2001, University of California, Los Angeles professor Neal Halfon and his colleagues discovered that the expectations parents hold for their kids have a huge effect on attainment. …
 
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  • Experts to do reliable roof repair services

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
      People always have confusion in selecting their house roofs since that decides the beauty of house. Mostly they search for durable material roofs to offer minimum maintenance work to house owners for several years. Metal roofs have good range of features to offer range benefits and also reduce cost of future repair services. The roof material used must be durable and fit enough to withstand in all weather conditions. The main and initial procedure in building construction is roof selection. The installation process of roofs differs according to building structures. This installation…
  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • 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…
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  • Experts to do reliable roof repair services

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
      People always have confusion in selecting their house roofs since that decides the beauty of house. Mostly they search for durable material roofs to offer minimum maintenance work to house owners for several years. Metal roofs have good range of features to offer range benefits and also reduce cost of future repair services. The roof material used must be durable and fit enough to withstand in all weather conditions. The main and initial procedure in building construction is roof selection. The installation process of roofs differs according to building structures. This installation…
  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • 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…
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  • Women mentors take center stage in Boston (BBJ photo gallery)

    Joe Halpern
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Over 350 attendees flocked to the Boston Business Journal's 2nd annual Bizwomen Mentoring Monday morning event at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The Boston event was part of American City Business Journals company-wide Mentoring Monday, with similar mentoring events taking place throughout the U.S. "This event isn't just about Boston today, but rather is being conducted simultaneously in 40 markets across the country," Boston Business Journal Publisher Gale Murray told Monday's gathering. "You all…
  • Brookline Bank CEO's compensation bounces back after down 2013

    Greg Ryan
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Brookline Bank President and CEO Paul Perrault’s compensation rose 27 percent in 2014, a bounceback year for the executive after his payout dipped in 2013 as the bank missed earnings targets. Perrault received $1.78 million in total compensation and realized an additional $313,015 in value from the vesting of past stock and option awards, for a grand total of $2.1 million in pay and related value realized, according to the bank’s proxy statement. His totals for the previous year were $1.4 million…
  • CVS Health's CEO reports $32M in pay, another $11M in stock value for 2014

    Jessica Bartlett
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    CVS had a good year, and so did its top executive. According to federal filings released Monday, CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) President and CEO Larry Merlo earned $32.2 million in total compensation and collected another $11 million in value realized from prior-year stock awards, a 2 percent increase from 2013. The compensation reflects a successful 2014 for CVS. The company's stock price alone increased 34.6 percent in 2014, from $70.55 a share at the start of the year to $98.25 a share by…
  • Brigham and Women's says blood tests not necessary for acne medication

    Jessica Bartlett
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found a way to take some costs out of the health care system, finding that blood tests and potassium monitoring are unnecessary for patients on a certain acne medicine. The study, published in JAMA Dermatology and presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Conference on March 23, found that blood tests had no impact on the course of treatment for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne. Though blood tests didn’t…
  • Analysts come to defense of OvaScience after stock drop

    Don Seiffert
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Investor reaction since OvaScience released its first-ever clinical trial data for its fertility treatment last week has effectively erased gains made in the previous couple weeks. But at least two analysts have come to the company’s defense, calling the data “encouraging” and “positive.” Cambridge-based OvaScience (Nasdaq: OVAS) made two presentations last week, one on Thursday and one on Saturday, at the annual meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation in San Francisco. The…
 
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  • Use This Simple Daily Habit to Add More Gratitude to Your Life

    James Clear
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    I have a simple gratitude habit that I have been following nearly every day for three years. I want to share it with you here. First, let me set the stage. The Minor Tragedy The other day I ordered takeout from one of my favorite Indian restaurants for dinner. My family had a tight timeline that night, which meant we would only be together for an hour before everyone had to run off in separate directions. We picked up the food and drove home, but when we opened the bag we realized that the restaurant had forgotten to include one of the main dishes from our order. In the grand scheme of…
  • My 2015 Integrity Report

    James Clear
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Today I am publishing my second annual Integrity Report. The main purpose of my Integrity Report is to document the steps I’m taking to set a higher standard in my work, lead with honesty, and build a business that serves first. Integrity is one of those qualities that is easy to talk about, but much harder to live out on a day-to-day basis. My hope is that this report provides a reason for me to revisit my core values each year and consider if I have been living by them. There are 3 main questions that I will answer in this Integrity Report. (You are welcome to replicate these questions…
  • The Goal is Not the Point: Choose a Path and Then Walk It

    James Clear
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Imagine, for a moment, that your life is like a treasure hunt. It’s not much of a leap, really. Like any good treasure hunt, you have a map to guide you. In life, the map is your corner of the universe. Some of the areas on the map you know quite well. These areas are the places and people and things that you’re familiar with and that are part of your daily life. Other areas of the map are foreign to you. These yet-to-be-explored regions are home to the milestones in life that you can imagine reaching, but that have eluded you thus far. This undiscovered portion of the map is where your…
  • Your First Choice is Rarely the Optimal Choice: 5 Lessons on Being Wrong

    James Clear
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:18 pm
    As a rule, we are incredibly hard on ourselves when it comes to making big decisions in life. If our first five relationships end with a break up, we think we’re destined to be alone forever. If we go to school, get a degree, and spend years training for a job that we end up hating, we feel like a failure for not having it all figured out. If we have a dream of writing a book or starting a non-profit or creating something of value and we stumble on the first try, we say that we’re not cut out for this. In cases like these, when we are attempting to do something that is complex and…
  • Zanshin: Learning the Art of Attention and Focus From a Legendary Samurai Archer

    James Clear
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    In the 1920s, a German man named Eugen Herrigel moved to Japan and began training in Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery. Herrigel was taught by a legendary Kyudo master named Awa Kenzo. Kenzo was convinced that beginners should master the fundamentals of archery before attempting to shoot at a real target and he took this method to the extreme. For the first four years, Herrigel was only allowed to shoot at a roll of straw just seven feet away. 1 When he was finally allowed to shoot at targets on the far end of the practice hall, Herrigel’s performance was dismal. The arrows…
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  • Ways a Business can Benefit by Creating a Healthier Working Environment for Employees

    Vivek Krishnan
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
    One of the best ways a business can improve their employee’s working environment is by encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle. Doing this will not only be beneficial to the employee, but it can also be an advantage for the business and the work they do. Healthy Living can be Difficult for Employees While many people today are striving to pursue a healthier lifestyle, it can be difficult to accomplish. Many times, people become too busy and they neglect their health and wellness. Employees who do not take care of their physical and mental well-being, are frequently less productive at…
  • 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…
 
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  • Kill your stress and create poems through text and pictures using HaikuJAM App

    Jai Vardhan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Floated by a 23-year-old Dhrupad Karwa, HaikuJAM brings three people together to create poetic expressions. With words and photos, users can jam with friends or strangers around the world, and earn karma points for doing good in the community. The app aspires to give experience like any other social apps, it enables users to connect with strangers across the globe, creating friend groups and bonding over a shared interest in poetry. Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Haiku, the app initially focused on three line poems with users contributing a line each. Now with the launch of HaikuJAM…
  • Limeroad, the e-commerce platform for women, raises a $30 million series C funding round

    Jubin Mehta
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    LimeRoad is a social discovery platform for women that was started by Suchi Mukherjee, Prashant Malik and Ankush Mehra. The company has announced a series C fund raise of $30 million. Tiger Global Management, an existing investor, leads the new round with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Matrix Partners India. Previously, Limeroad raised a $15 million series B round in May, 2014. The series C round of funding takes the total amount to over $50 million (read about their series A and growth story). “Over the last year, LimeRoad has been steadily…
  • The quest for the right pivot – are you on the right path?

    Rajesh Setty
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    An entrepreneurial journey generally begins with a hypothesis that an existence of the idea in action will serve the needs of enough number of people at a price good enough for the business to sustain and grow. Image credit “ShutterStock“ The above is the basic premise and we can make it more complicated to include shifts in market conditions, demographics, rise of competition etc. For the sake of the discussion here, we can start from the above. It all starts with a Promise It’s a promise you are making to a set of prospects (you can call that set of prospects as your target…
  • 7 early warning signs startups should watch out for

    Guest Author
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    “The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something.” Seth Godin You’ve probably heard talk of startups pivoting. Conventional wisdom is that among the reasons for startups to effect a change of direction is an acknowledgement that things may not be going quite to plan. The question for the startup founder is when should that realization set in? Let us look at seven early warning signs you should pay attention to – the fat lady may not be signing just yet but chances are she’s waiting in the wings clearing her throat. Stuck on the sales plateau: The…
  • Hotlrs.com, a marriage between Linkedin and Job Board

    Sharanya Chandrakantha Rao Inna
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The job portal space is extremely saturated with websites such as Babajobs, Monster, Naukri, Shine – one might almost think there could be no room for yet another recruitment website. However, hotlrs.com has managed to distinguish itself from the pack by targeting a niche sector, providing low cost solutions for interactions between the employer and the potential employee and recruiting services. Ashish Sharma (L) Vikas Sharma (R) Inception The founders Ashish Sharma and Aashish Das worked at an RPO unit (recruitment process outsourcing) before they left to start their own venture in March…
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    StartUpLift

  • GANTTplanner – Turn Your Google Calendar Into A Gantt Chart

    StartUpLift
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    GANTTplanner provides a better scheduling and planning view for your Google calendar. Target Audience: Agencies, Project Business. In general people in need of a better scheduling view for Google calendar Website URL: https://www.GANTTplanner.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer…
  • TheParty.Net – Free Event Planning with Local Search Results

    StartUpLift
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    TheParty.Net provides event-specific, unbiased, single-click, localized search results for wedding, event and party planning. Target Audience: Individuals planning a party, wedding or corporate event, the soccer mom planning a season-ending party and anyone going to an event looking for a fresh idea. Website URL: http://www.theparty.net No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not…
  • Actisto – Share your voice, smile, file and screen. Without registration and for free.

    StartUpLift
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Actisto is a service fo people who need to share files quickly, online, without registration and installation. For free. Target Audience: Anyone Website URL: www.actisto.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected.
  • Button Frog – Sticker Mule for Buttons

    StartUpLift
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Button Frog is the easiest way to buy custom buttons. Target Audience: swag purchasers Website URL: https://www.ButtonFrog.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. 1) Look around the home page – what is…
  • ShiftZen – Restaurant Scheduling Software

    StartUpLift
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    ShiftZen is designed to make the schedule available to owners, managers and staff. Target Audience: Managers/Owners/Operators of Independent and Franchise Restaurants/Retail/Gyms Website URL: https://www.ShiftZen.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Did the look and feel of the homepage leave you wondering what the service does? 2) Is there too much/not enough text on homepage? 3) Is the signup call to action fairly obvious? 4) Go to search engine of your choice and find one other company that offers a similar service. Compare the two companies. Which on do you…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Local Business Growing Like Weeds

    Douglas Craven
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    ZINGER!! Weed Zinger that is. Andrea Watros brought the dream of the Weed Zinger to ECDI. The Weed Zinger is a next-generation weeding tool that requires no bending or struggling and is fun for the whole family (seriously!). “ECDI was the first group who said they believed in my business and actually backed this up […]
  • J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops Expanding for 2015 Season

    Susan Post
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mother Nature might decide it’s actually spring in Ohio sometime, and once she does, J-Pops will be hitting the streets with an expanded fleet for the 2015 season. The gourmet ice pop maker recently announced its expansions from one to three carts. Steven White’s icy treats have gained a following by using quality ingredients and […]
  • Caddy’s Delight Bringing Virtual Golf to Grandview

    Susan Post
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Family-friendly fun is at the heart of a new Grandview-area business. Located at 1158B W. Third Ave., Caddy’s Delight offers virtual golf and blacklight putt-putt for golfers of all ages at nearly all hours of the day. The facility fills two niches for the area. First, it address the lack of family activities in a […]
  • SBA Announces 2015 Small Business Award Winners

    Susan Post
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Columbus district office has announced the recipients of their 2015 Small Business Awards. Business owners in a variety of categories will be recognized at a formal awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Scheduled during National Small Business Week (May 4 – May 8), the SBA Awards highlight the impact made […]
  • CollegeEase Aiming to Change the Way Students Approach Getting into College

    Susan Post
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Picking a college is probably the single biggest decisions that any teenager faces. And, there’s a lot of assumptions and stereotypes that come with it. You have to be a stellar athlete, have amazing test scores or a 4.0 GPA. Even if you’ve got the grades, not every kid grows up knowing they want to […]
 
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  • How Big Data Is Impacting Human Behavior?

    Martin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
    We are now solidly in the era of big data, where computers are capturing and processing the details of everything we do with all our interconnected devices in real time. Businesses see this as the Holy Grail for finally being able to predict who, where, and when customers will buy their existing solutions, and what their future solutions must look like to be attractive. By some estimates, humankind now captures the same amount of data in any two days than in all of history prior to 2003. That’s a lot of data, but the jury is still out on whether technology can make any sense of the data,…
  • 5 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    5 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. OptimizePlayerBeta Optimizeplayerbeta is a new beta startup that aims to help you  publish, market, and measure your business videos. 2. PreShift PreShift is a new  free workplace messaging app that makes life easier for restaurant and retail workers. Stay in touch outside of work, coordinate shift changes and manage your schedule directly from the app. 3. ShopInbox ShopInbox is a new beta startups that automatically keeps track of shipments, receipts, manuals and warranties for everything you buy. 4. Seedr Seedr is a new startup that allows you to watch…
  • How To Attract The Best Advisors For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Every startup needs a couple of advisors with deep experience and connections in your business domain or financial skills to complement your technical focus. Advisors need to be mentors, looking ahead and directing you on key actions to take or avoid. Unfortunately, many prefer the role of critic, looking backward to highlight your mistakes. These people don’t help you or your startup. Obviously, you can learn from both, but mistakes already made cost you more in time and money to recover, while mistakes avoided save both. A mentor’s objective is to build your confidence and business…
  • Pros & Cons Of Office Romance

    Martin
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment. In fact, most employee training courses recommend the distance if the work relationship crosses management levels, and most management policies strictly forbid fraternizing with the team. Yet the 2015 Office Romance Survey by Vault, Inc. found in polling more than 1,000 professionals at companies nationwide, that 51% had participated in not only a friendship, but an office romance, and only 5% think that…
  • 4 Smart Apps To DownLoad

    VisionwizTeam
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    4 Smart Apps To DownLoad 1. What’s Trending What’s Trending is a new app that aims to help you find and explore some hottest trends on the internet. With use of this app you can browse trending and popular items on: YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Know your Meme, Google Play, Google Search, and more. 2. Sparrow Sparrow is a new apps that unite all your different emails into one unique email box where you can surf all different mails from different a/c at one place. 3. BumpPay BumpPay is a new apps that would help you to send and receive payment via PayPal by just bumping into…
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  • Chris Reimer is Available For Hire

    Chris Reimer
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I don’t mean to darken your day, but I have some important news to share. Starting very soon, I’ll no longer be employed by Kaldi’s Coffee. Sad face emoji. I had been hired to be Marketing Director of both Kaldi’s Coffee and a sister company, Honolulu Coffee (they have common ownership). Since my hire, needs […] The post Chris Reimer is Available For Hire appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees

    Chris Reimer
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
      In Episode 38 of Happywork TV, we talk about the next commitment in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” This is a commitment that employers are going to make to their employees. Here it is: “If an employee resigns, I will not make it hard on them. There’s no […] The post Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched!

    Chris Reimer
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
      Thanks to all who have played a role in bringing my art to the marketplace. Today, February 17, 2015, Happywork hits the streets, and I’m thrilled and honored. The post Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble

    Chris Reimer
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    My book is now on the shelves at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. I stopped by the one near my house (170 & Ladue in St. Louis). They now have two autographed copies! Use BN.com to check in-store stock in your area (use the zip code field on the right side of the screen). The post Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The #Happywork Hashtag is Looking Good!

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    The post The #Happywork Hashtag is Looking Good! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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  • Dire Directions: Keep Your Business from Facing Insolvency

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    British businesses have been entering insolvency in record numbers. One surprising reason they seem unable to catch their own decline is that they are simply unable to recognize the warning signs when they come. You base your insights on poor budgets and cash flow plans No business can operate without well-thought-out budgets and cash flow forecasts. Many companies, though, put their plans together with nothing more than gut instinct. Turning instead to business data and other logical methods is likely to be more informative, and offer the warning signs necessary. Your company frequently…
  • What to Look for in a Computer Network

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    A computer network is a telecommunications network that allows systems to exchange data between one another. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when setting up your network, from connection types, internal systems, and, most importantly, how to protect it. Wired or Wireless? While wireless networking is becoming the standard in offices across the country, wired networking still has its advantages. Going wireless gives you more flexibility regarding where you want to set up your equipment, which is especially important if you have a lot of laptop users in your office. It also gives…
  • How to Create a Successful Online Business

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Sales in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Spain are expected to grow from £132.05bn in 2014 to £156.67bn in 2015, marking an 18.4% increase. The UK (£44.97bn) makes up the bulk of online spending, followed by Germany (£36.23bn) and France (£26.38bn). If you’re looking to get in on the action, you’ll need to know how to create a successful online business. Think Different Apple’s famous slogan coined in 1997, “think different,” now symbolises the company’s turn of fortune following…
  • Modernization of medicine

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    When we talk about the medicine in the past, we usually have in mind a picture from an old movie. If not that, we think about World Wars or Medieval conflicts. In these situations, doctors and surgeons were working with minimal resources making the best out of the given situation. As the global society progressed, so did the medicine. Countries started investing less in military and more in economy, medicine and other fields that would bring social stability and progress without shedding blood. Human kind became sophisticated, realizing that the protection and sustainability of the human life…
  • No Fail Fixes: 4 Out of the Box Tips for Boosting Business

    EpicLaunch
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    You’re in a slump, and you need to get out fast. Here are 4 off the wall ideas that will jumpstart your company and make it easier to exit when the time comes. Getting A Short-Term Loan A short-term loan can provide you with the financing you need for operating expenses, R&D, or pretty much anything else. These bad credit business loans aren’t that difficult to qualify for, either. As long as you’re still making some money, you can probably qualify for a small loan to get you going. Move Your Company’s Money Into Insurance If you’re worried about an exit strategy for your…
 
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  • 7 Social Media Statistics That Will Get You Thinking on Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Dilip Kumar
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    How confident are you with your social media strategy? As social media started to gain importance and Search engine started relying more on your presences on social media to decide your authority and the authority of your website, social media statistics started to get more attention. Stats was everywhere on the internet and people were […] The post 7 Social Media Statistics That Will Get You Thinking on Your Social Media Marketing Strategy appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP01: How to Create and Setup a High Quality Private Blog Network

    Dilip Kumar
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Okay! So its finally up and I am happy to introduce you all to my Podcast show – the DKSpeaks Podcast. I have been thinking of starting this for some time now, but have had to defer it due to multiple issues. But finally, I was able to resolve all of it and get it […] The post DKSP EP01: How to Create and Setup a High Quality Private Blog Network appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Thrive Leads Review – Building Beautiful Lightbox Optin Forms

    Dilip Kumar
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Did you notice the new guest who welcomes you on my blog here? If you have been a regular visitor here, you would have noticed a few pop-ups and slide-in here and there on my blog encouraging you to take up one of the many free resources and courses that I have put together for […] The post Thrive Leads Review – Building Beautiful Lightbox Optin Forms appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • February Blogging Report – Preparing for a Product Launch!

    Dilip Kumar
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    February was not a great month on the blogging front for me. I kind of ignored both my primary blogs – dkspeaks and bpodiary, as also my other niche blogs. The total number of posts that I did were as below: dkspeaks.com : 1 post excluding this one bpodiary.com : None Other blogs : 4 […] The post February Blogging Report – Preparing for a Product Launch! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Run a Successful Giveaway Campaign on Facebook?

    Dilip Kumar
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Facebook Ads Scars are yet unhealed! Many of you would agree with me that this is a fair statement. At least that is what I felt after having spent $500 on Facebook and getting a ZERO ROI. This is for some very specific campaigns that I ran and shouldn’t be confused as an overall […] The post How to Run a Successful Giveaway Campaign on Facebook? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Three lessons every British small business can learn from the US

    guestbloggerSUD
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Launching our first American office earlier this year provided many learning opportunities for my business, Moneypenny. Here are three lessons that every British small firm can learn from their US counterparts… 1 Be more bullish (sometimes) This isn’t always something that sits easy with us in the UK, but being direct is an essential skill that every entrepreneur needs to develop. US small businesses seem to be a lot more comfortable with this. We’ve found, for instance, that our American clients are much more forward when it comes to requesting to chat with current clients about their…
  • Why SME owners need to be more focused on management not leadership

    guestbloggerSUD
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. These are the people that many business owners aspire to, leaders with incredible vision who have built empires through their powerful leadership. But while Steve Jobs was envisioning the iPhone, Steve Wozniak was building Apple. While Bill Gates imagined a PC on every desk, Paul Allen was building Microsoft. Next to these monolith leaders was an equally monolith manager – and that's really important. Leadership and management are NOT in competition. One is not better or more important than the other. Each has its own required functions and activities and both are…
  • Why online is the new landline

    guestbloggerSUD
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Consumer behaviour has changed. As a shopper, I literally cannot remember the last time I went into a supermarket superstore. Virtually everything that I buy I purchase online. My behaviour is not exceptional and I don’t think that the evolution of my buying habits is especially unusual either. Even if I am, arguably, more ecommerce-active than the average consumer, it seems to me that my online buying behavior will soon become the norm. The shift to e-commerce is utterly inevitable. And yet, many businesses are stuck in the past. UK government stats show that in some sectors as many as…
  • Why trustmarks matter for small online businesses

    guestbloggerSUD
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Although consumers have been shopping online for many years now, they still want reassurance that they're safe to shop on a website they may not have visited previously. What are trustmarks? A web store with a trustmark such as Norton Secured, McAfee Secure or TRUSTe, makes shoppers feel safer. A site displaying such a seal means that the issuer: has verified it as a legitimate legal business entity. scans the website daily for thousands of known malware exploits, malicious links and phishing scams. A trustmark is more than just a logo. You paste a block of code into your site that shows…
  • Why you need to switch off your mobile phone while driving

    guestbloggerSUD
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    At the beginning of the year, a motorist from the Isle of Wight was given a six-year jail sentence after being found guilty of causing a fatal crash. The court heard the 27-year-old driver had been checking a text message from his wife on his mobile phone when he drifted onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with another vehicle. Sadly, this case isn’t isolated. A recent report from road safety charity BRAKE found that drivers speaking on mobile phones, whether on a hands-free or hand-held device, are four times more likely to be involved in a crash that causes injury.
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  • How to Keep Cash Flow Positive Fri-Mar-27 at Mtn View BB

    Sean Murphy
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I can still remember Steve Hogan’s first visit to a Bootstrapper Breakfast at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View in early 2011. A recent transplant from Boston he had worked as an executive in technology startups and as a turnaround specialist for more than two decades. He had an infectious warmth that made you feel comfortable immediately and is stories contained the kinds of insights about what can go wrong that you only gain by being “in the room” as things are going sideways. He became and regular and welcome attendee at the breakfasts and encouraged a number of…
  • The Uncanny Valley of Email Automation

    Sean Murphy
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Trust is built over repeated interactions between people. If your business requires long term relationships then you have to make sure that investments in automation are not deployed in a way that undercut your ability to have real conversations. Unfortunately, some uses of email automation tools are pushing sales conversations into the “Uncanny Valley” because they strive to simulate–but miss–a genuine personalized touch. Experiencing the Uncanny Valley of Email Automation Sometimes when I sign up for a trial of a new service I start to get a stream of emails that are…
  • Q: How Do I Interest People In My Product?

    Sean Murphy
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Q: We have a product for bloggers but I am having a lot of trouble getting leads. I have met bloggers from popular media companies at events, I have cold called them, e-mailed them, and e-mailed to on-line groups that I am a member of. None of this has worked. How do I interest people in my product? I have a couple of suggestions: Be very clear on who your customer is–they are the ones who will pay for your product. If you want your friends or advisors to recommend prospects you are going to need to get very specific on characteristics (preferably three) of the kind of folks who will…
  • Lee Kuan Yew 1923-2015

    Sean Murphy
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015) governed Singapore as its first Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. He shepherded the transformation of a small island economy into a first world technology leader. Here are some excerpts from “The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew” published in 2013, a collection of quotes curated from public sources. I have added some commentary after each related to entrepreneurship. I have had to sing four national anthems: Britain’s God Save the Queen, Janpan’s Kimigayo, Malaysia’s Negaraku, and finally  Singapore’s…
  • Morgan Housel’s Lessons Learned Writing on the Economy

    Sean Murphy
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Key insights from Morgan Housel‘s 3,000th column “I’m Just Now Realizing How Stupid We Are.” He offered his lessons learned from writing about the economy. I’ve learned that changing your mind is one of the most difficult things we do. It is far easier to fool yourself into believing a falsehood than admit a mistake. The trick is strong opinions–ones you are willing to act upon–lightly held. Decide in advance what events, outcomes, or new data would force you to reconsider your beliefs or current course of action. I’ve learned that short-term…
 
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  • Dire Directions: Keep Your Business from Facing Insolvency

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    British businesses have been entering insolvency in record numbers. One surprising reason they seem unable to catch their own decline is that they are simply unable to recognize the warning signs when they come. You base your insights on poor budgets and cash flow plans No business can operate without well-thought-out budgets and cash flow forecasts. Many companies, though, put their plans together with nothing more than gut instinct. Turning instead to business data and other logical methods is likely to be more informative, and offer the warning signs necessary. Your company frequently…
  • What to Look for in a Computer Network

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    A computer network is a telecommunications network that allows systems to exchange data between one another. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when setting up your network, from connection types, internal systems, and, most importantly, how to protect it. Wired or Wireless? While wireless networking is becoming the standard in offices across the country, wired networking still has its advantages. Going wireless gives you more flexibility regarding where you want to set up your equipment, which is especially important if you have a lot of laptop users in your office. It also gives…
  • How to Create a Successful Online Business

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Sales in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Spain are expected to grow from £132.05bn in 2014 to £156.67bn in 2015, marking an 18.4% increase. The UK (£44.97bn) makes up the bulk of online spending, followed by Germany (£36.23bn) and France (£26.38bn). If you’re looking to get in on the action, you’ll need to know how to create a successful online business. Think Different Apple’s famous slogan coined in 1997, “think different,” now symbolises the company’s turn of fortune following…
  • Modernization of medicine

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    When we talk about the medicine in the past, we usually have in mind a picture from an old movie. If not that, we think about World Wars or Medieval conflicts. In these situations, doctors and surgeons were working with minimal resources making the best out of the given situation. As the global society progressed, so did the medicine. Countries started investing less in military and more in economy, medicine and other fields that would bring social stability and progress without shedding blood. Human kind became sophisticated, realizing that the protection and sustainability of the human life…
  • No Fail Fixes: 4 Out of the Box Tips for Boosting Business

    EpicLaunch
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    You’re in a slump, and you need to get out fast. Here are 4 off the wall ideas that will jumpstart your company and make it easier to exit when the time comes. Getting A Short-Term Loan A short-term loan can provide you with the financing you need for operating expenses, R&D, or pretty much anything else. These bad credit business loans aren’t that difficult to qualify for, either. As long as you’re still making some money, you can probably qualify for a small loan to get you going. Move Your Company’s Money Into Insurance If you’re worried about an exit strategy for your…
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  • Parking app competition heats up for Orioles Opening Day

    Stephen Babcock
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Along with a big party, Opening Day often brings the chance to test a new way of approaching the game. Just like the players on the diamond, baseball fans are always presented with new options as they seek efficiencies that will allow them to stay at the top over the long season. As the countdown to the April 10 home opener at Camden Yards winds down, fans are hearing about new vegan food options inside the stadium. And to navigate the area outside the ballpark, they’ll likely begin hearing about a new way to find parking, too. SpotHero, which allows drivers to prepay for event…
  • See the winners of the 2015 TechAwards

    Stephen Babcock
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    The Baltimore-area tech community got all dressed up Thursday, March 26 for the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council’s annual TechAwards. Held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, the gala celebrated its tenth edition with the theme “Connect with Confidence.” Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development R. Michael Gill spoke to open the festivities. Under Armour was honored with the Legend’s Circle Company Award. Sara Hester, who is the company’s Senior Manager of Product Strategy and Activation for Connected Fitness, accepted the award on behalf of the…
  • Baltimore sends out 23,000 warnings: Pay your bill, or we’ll shut off your water

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Baltimore has a new policy on water bills: If you don’t pay, your water will be shut off. And city officials put the threat in writing Friday to customers in Baltimore City and County. The city sent out 23,000 notices warning customers that they have 10 days to pay their bills. It’s sending out notices to houses that have more than $250 in unpaid bills, and two billing cycles past due. The outstanding bills represent about $40 million in uncollected money. “Commercial properties, multiple-unit properties, and government properties are all subject to turnoffs, as well as…
  • Section1 launches ‘Series A’

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    Section1 is opening a Series A funding round. Instead of venture capitalists, however, the nonprofit is looking for regular folks who want a stake in the creation of a massive art park under the Jones Falls Expressway. At a launch party on Thursday night, the nonprofit kicked off an online silent auction for art bonds. About 20 artists were commissioned to create their version of a $100 bill. In bidding on an art bond, supporters of the project can also get a stake in the park’s future. Browse the auction “Rather than debt, they’re guaranteed by art,” Section1 founder…
  • Baltimore homeowners form solar power co-op

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    A group of Baltimore residents have formed a solar power co-op, and they’re hoping to gain some more members in April as the spring sun begins to shine. The co-op, organized by the nonprofits Civic Works and MD SUN, is made up of about 40 residents. According to MD SUN program director Corey Ramsden, the program allows the residents to have cheaper access to solar systems. “When you do it as a group, you can expect to get a 20-25 percent discount” on normal rates for installing solar panels, Ramsden said. Solar power technology isn’t to the point where it can power…
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  • Video: What’s it Like to do Startup Weekend in Portland?

    Rich
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    In this Meet the Startup video, Scott Edwards and Vanessa Van Petten work through their first Startup Weekend event in Portland. Visit startupweekend.org to find an event near you. A Tip of the Hat goes to Silicon Florist for pointing us to this story.
  • Video: How to Make a Successful Startup Pitch

    Rich
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    In this video, Don Dodge, Developer and Startup Advocate for Google, talks about how to make a successful pitch.
  • Panel: As World Goes Green, Will Startups Follow?

    Rich
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    In this video, Jukka Järvinen from Finnish Electric Vehicle Technologies moderates a panel discussion “Green Technologies and Materials: the world goes green, will the startups go too?” at Latitude59 conference.
  • Slidecast: Bonitasoft Business Process Management – More Value, Less Code

    Rich
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Mac McConnell from Bonitasoft presents an overview of the company’s open solutions for business process management. Bonita Open Source solution provides a powerful technology to handle business processes through a user friendly and easy-to-use interface. Bonita can easily be integrated into your business applications.” Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download from this Google page.
  • Video: Chirpify Turns Tweets into Transactions

    Rich
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    In this episode of Meet the Startup, Chris Teso, founder of the Twitter stream commerce platform Chirpify, talks to us about product evolution and what it is like raising money as a sole founder. Chirpify turns Tweets into transactions, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact in-stream on Twitter. These are social, device agnostic, frictionless, in-stream, one step payments. We do this in real time at scale. By removing all frictions of a traditional payments or e-commerce system, Chirpify transforms Twitter from a broadcast platform into a transactional one. To…
 
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  • Steph Curry Joins CoachUp. Big Win for Consumer Tech in Boston

    joshboyle
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Premium Company:  CoachUp Release Date:  Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  NBA (and Bay Area) Superstar, Steph Curry joins Boston startup, CoachUp. “You can’t do consumer in Boston…” That’s a phrase we continue to hear regarding the Boston startup scene. And while there may not be as many standout consumer tech startups from Boston as the Bay Area, there certainly are plenty of success stories. One of those is CoachUp, a service that connects…
  • Can Pre-Seed Capital Hurt an Entrepreneur’s Chances to Raise Seed from VCs?

    joshboyle
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00 Author:  David Beisel - Co-Founder and Partner, NextView Ventures Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  In the last year or so, the debate over the definitions of seed versus pre-seed capital (sometimes called genesis rounds) has exploded.  In the last year or so, the debate over the definitions of seed versus pre-seed capital (sometimes called genesis rounds) has exploded. Much digital ink has been spilled about what dollar amount constitutes a pre-seed and how that might affect a startup’s ability to go raise a…
  • ShapeUp: Turning a Passion Project from a Charitable Initiative to a Successful Business – and Leaving Med School to do so.

    joshboyle
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Premium Company:  ShapeUp Release Date:  Mon, 03/30/2015 - 08:15 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  “Entrepreneurs are born, not made.” Those are the words of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Founder & CEO of ShapeUp. “Entrepreneurs are born, not made.” Those are the words of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Founder & CEO of ShapeUp, a global provider of clinically-proven, employee wellbeing solutions. Truly believing he fits into that mold, Kumar found himself discovering ways to…
  • Become an Investor... Contest Style. #NameaVC Deadline Approaches

    joshboyle
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  We all know the story by now… The technology team “Formerly Known as Atlas” needs a new name and they’ve turned to the community to come up with it. We all know the story by now… The technology team “Formerly Known as Atlas” needs a new name and they’ve turned to the community to come up with it. Well the countdown is on! March 31st at 11:59 p.m. ET the site, namefka, will no longer be accepting…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: March 30 – April 4

    joshboyle
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Time to check out what next week as in store for events in and around Boston! Get out, Network & Learn! We all know how awesome the Boston tech ecosystem is, but does everyone take full advantage of it? It’s hard to balance getting out in the community and meeting new folks with hitting those deadlines and milestones. It’s probably even more difficult to keep track of everything going on around…
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  • What Happens When You Force People to Tithe

    Michael
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Faith Christian Church has been accused of using coercive leadership and financial tactics. More than 20 former members were interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star for an inside investigation into the church’s practices. The church is now being investigated by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The EFCA is meeting with one of the former […] The post What Happens When You Force People to Tithe appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing

    Michael
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Prophet Uebert Angel founder and president has been involved in case of fraud regarding a Bentley and the promise of “a three fold return.” Businessman Ndabazinengi Shava says he gave the car to Prophet Angel last year to sow “a seed into his life.” According to Shava it was promised he would see the three fold return […] The post Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less

    Michael
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen Painter Dollar recently shared her struggles with tithing. According to her, when she was in her 20’s she was a faithful giver. Now that she and her husband presently make 4 times what she used to make she doesn’t tithe. According to her: “We give away about 5 percent of our gross income every […] The post 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions

    Michael
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I recently got promoted. That is why you haven’t seen as much posts from me.My workload has increased because of the promotion. I used to be an assistant branch manager at a Fortune 500 company, now I’m promoted to a branch manager. Being a new manager has a few perks including increased pay, greater responsibilities, […] The post What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage

    Michael
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I advocate it and encourage people to do it. I have seen tremendous blessings as a result of it. One blessing that I’ve seen is the improvement of my marriage. Before I was a consistent tither my marriage was on its last leg. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and […] The post How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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  • Fresh face. Same community. Better experience.

    Matt Hunckler
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “Here’s what we’ve got,” Kristian said as he pulled up the final list onto the big screen in the conference room. I leaned back in my chair as I read through the options. If you’re an entrepreneur, you know that naming a business isn’t easy. But picking a name for a community may be even more nerve racking. It’s not just your organization, it belongs to the group. I could feel the weight of the decision in my gut as I digested each potential name on the list. “So, what do you think?” Kristian asked after it was clear that I was rereading through the list for the sixth or…
  • Entrepreneurs Answer: What’s the Best Startup Lesson You Learned?

    Matt Hunckler
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    What did I learn from that? This question is a powerful follow-up to every major action you take building a new product or business. But it’s not often that we slow down enough to ask this of ourselves. We recently asked a handful of entrepreneurs in the Verge community what was the most important lesson they learned in the last year. Luckily, they were able to slow their roll enough to share some thoughtful responses: It’s a tough question to answer because it often requires humbling introspection. It means giving ourselves a good hard look in the mirror and taking ownership of where we…
  • Entrepreneurs Answer: What’s the Best Startup Lesson You Learned?

    Matt Hunckler
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    What did I learn from that? This question is a powerful follow-up to every major action you take building a new product or business. But it’s not often that we slow down enough to ask this of ourselves. We recently asked a handful of entrepreneurs in the Verge community what was the most important lesson they learned in the last year. Luckily, they were able to slow their roll enough to share some thoughtful responses: It’s a tough question to answer because it often requires humbling introspection. It means giving ourselves a good hard look in the mirror and taking ownership of where we…
  • 11 Ways to Handle Objections When Selling Your Product

    The YEC
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. How do you handle objections during the sales process? 1. Stay Positive and Focus on Your Strengths When discussing capabilities and differences with clients about competitors, always highlight the competitive advantages and increased capabilities of what your company offers. If your focus is degrading…
  • 3 Lessons Your Startup Can Learn From John Green

    Tim Hickle
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Last week, Verge community members gathered at the Indianapolis Convention Center to see New York Times Best Selling Author, John Green, present at the 2014 Connections Conference. As the nation’s premiere conference for digital marketers, Connections played host to some of the best and brightest minds in the nation, but none resonated with the crowd quite like John Green. His Keynote, much like his TEDx talk below, featured a delightful mix of humor and geekiness, but that pales in comparison to his biggest strength… Communication skills. What struck me about his keynote is…
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  • Trendii : Social Commerce Platform

    Bob Debbas
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Christopher Latter”, Co-Founder at London – UK  based start-up “Trendii” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Trendii is a unique social commerce platform with its own pier to pier marketplace that encourages users and merchants to be creative with the content they share. Trendii enables users to create collections in real time using a unique drag & drop interface. Collections can include Images, Videos, Music, Articles…
  • Sleeves Up Productions : Digital Content For Brands

    Bob Debbas
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Erika Kramer”, CEO and Founder at New York – USA  based start-up “SleevesUpProductions” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? SUP is a playful creative agency. We tell real stories with digital content that makes brands cool. With 27 million pieces of content shared every day, brands need help producing engaging and beautiful content. At SUP creating content is our game. #WeWakeBrandsUp 2. When has your startup been…
  • CMYKC : Uniting Creatives Within Local Kansas City

    Bob Debbas
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Abigail Gallagher, Co–founder at the Missouri, USA-based start-up “CMYKC.” Below is the interview we conducted with her: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? CMYKC is a podcast dedicated to uniting the creatives within the local Kansas City scene. With a focus on design, we host bi-weekly podcast interviews with local creatives. We discuss their favorite clients, their love of Kansas City, their inspiration sources and much more. Through social media, we share information for upcoming creative…
  • My Home Needs That : Search Engine Dedicated to Furniture and Homeware

    Bob Debbas
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Adam Pilling”, Foundert at the London – UK  based start-up “MyHomeNeedsThat” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? I’m the co-founder and technical director of www.myhomeneedsthat.com. The site is the UK’s first search engine dedicated to furniture and homeware. The site also features a home design blog which focuses on products featured on the site. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is…
  • nspHire : Job Search App

    Bob Debbas
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Rasheen Carbin”, CMO at the US based start-up “nspHire” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  nspHire is a job search app that directly connects candidates with hiring managers and recruiters. You get to go beyond a job board and connect with an actual person. It combines the Tinder UX with the Linkedin API. It’s Tinder for jobs. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? Our…
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    Planio Blog

  • Desktop notifications, better custom fields, and more!

    thegcat
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    We have been very busy these last weeks making major improvements to the Planio infrastructure to further reduce maintenance downtimes to your accounts. This enabled us to upgrade all our customers to the new Planio version with probably no one noticing the incurred downtime! And now I am happy to be able to announce a few new features that have made it to your Planio in this new version.Desktop NotificationsMany of you will already have noticed the addition of desktop notifications to Planio. This new feature allows you to be notified about things you care about instantly on your desktop,…
  • Dogfooding. Why Planio does not have feature XYZ.

    janschulzhofen
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Legend has it that the President of Kal Kan Pet Food ate a can of his company’s dog food in front of everybody each year at their shareholder meeting. (Image by Lisa Yarost, CC BY 2.0) While we’re (luckily!?) not in the business of pet food, we at Planio are strong believers in the “Eat your own dog food” paradigm: We use all the components of Planio ourselves every day. From agile project management to issue tracking, from hosted Git repositories to documentation in wiki pages. We even use Planio exclusively for our customer support help desk and we’re dropping…
  • Planio Team Chat is coming (with IRC!)

    janschulzhofen
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    We’re so excited about this that we won’t be able to keep it secret any longer: Planio is getting a Team Chat feature very soon and here’s a sneak peek: Of course, everything in Team Chat will be tightly integrated with Planio, so you’ll be able to search past chat logs and see them side by side with issues and other Planio items you’re discussing in the chat. Oh, and you’ll be able to connect with your favourite chat client thanks to full IRC support. Would you like to beta test Planio Team Chat? Leave us a reply in the comments.
  • 20% Discount on RMClient for Planio users

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

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

  • 10 Things that make you less productive at work

    Manpreet Kaur
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    The main thing that matters at work is your productivity. If you’re less productive at work, not only you would face the wrath of your clients or manager but also you would ruin your personal and professional life. And I certainly don’t want that and that’s why I thought of sharing 10 things that help me to be productive at work and get more done in less time. Absence of prioritization: I work for a number of clients and each client has number of projects for me. Now if I try to do all of them at once, it is impossible. Moreover I run the risk of missing deadlines for at least a few of…
  • How To Get People Trust Your Business?

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    The most important thing your business needs to do to get established and make a lot of money is gain the trust of the prospective clients. If your clients don’t trust you, there is no way for making sales and do any business. But how are you going to do that? How to get people trust your business? Be personal: no one trusts an online website. People trust other people. And this is what you need to establish. Get personal. Address those customers as if there is a person-person conversation going on. They need to understand that they are dealing with something ‘real’. Be professional:…
  • The Deep Connection Of Depression And Entrepreneurship

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Depression and entrepreneurship – aren’t these two things totally unrelated?  Who talks about depression while talking about this awesome profession? An entrepreneur is a person at whom all the school going kids look upon. They consider them their role models but what would they think when they would know that their role model is battling depression? Depression is real and serious. And it is good that people have started talking about it openly. Entrepreneurship is a road that would certainly make you stop at the stand of depression. Those overwhelming tasks that need to be done, big…
  • Is Innovation for the challenging behaviours the next big thing?

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    What is happening in the world for the people with challenged behaviour? We can’t just let them be as they’re. While new innovations are taking the technology market by storm, innovation for the challenging behaviours is rare, but MUCH NEEDED. Does that mean there are no innovations for the people who have some kinds of disorders? Is there nothing that is being done for them? Innovations are happening. Innovation for the challenging behaviours is happening and the biggest proof is already here: Broom Lane. Broom Lane is a special residential scheme that has been designed to help young…
  • 5 Must Have Technology for Startup Businesses

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Setting up a new business can be an exciting time, but achieving success as your own boss isn’t easy. Sadly, many startup enterprises fail. Highlighting this fact in an interview with the Guardian, businessman and ex-Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis noted that 50 per cent of all small businesses in Britain fail within the first couple of years. One of the issues you must think especially long and hard about when you’re setting up a company is the technology you will use. You can build up devices and systems as you go, but certain items and solutions you will need from day one. Here is a…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Using Identity to Sell

    Scott
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything, especially about BD/sales, but I’m going to start writing about things I’m learning and am being reminded of again more regularly . One of the most interesting drivers for the people we try to sell and market to is identity. Specifically what type of person does the person you’re trying to influence say they are? Example identities: I’m a numbers driven executive. I’m a doer. I’m an early adopter of new tech that’s going to give me an edge. Most people want to remain consistent with the identity they claim for…
  • VISION: Winning In Your Mind – TCE 060

    Scott
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes What do Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzengger, and Oprah have in common? They practiced creating success in their mind, to make it happen in real life. They had a vision for the future that drove them, and they made sure to see it every single day. A big theme for this year and something that’s been a part of every single Peak State class is setting and seeing your vision everyday. If we don’t ever stop and remember why we’re grinding, what do you think we’ll do when things get hard? When self doubt sets…
  • Upgrade Your Performance Through Mindset with Satori Prime – TCE 059

    Scott
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listened to this podcast by now you’ve probably heard me say this over and over again, whether we’re talking achievement or happiness…it’s all an inside job. To win in business, you need to win in your mind first. Today’s conversion is all about mastering the internal dialogue and focus that shapes our life experience. I’m so fired up to bring two of the most stout guys I know in terms of mindset: Ilan and Guy Ferdman from Satori Prime. You might have heard of these brothers because their company Satori…
  • Achieving Peak Health and Performance with Ben Greenfield – TCE 058

    Scott
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Awhile back I asked one of my friends who the most impressive person he knew was… The reason I was curious is because he spends pretty much all of his time amongst tier 1 entrepreneurs who seemingly live extraordinary lives. Without hesitation he answered Ben Greenfield who I’m honored to have as a guest on today’s show. Ben is an absolute beast. He has competed in over 10 ultra marathons, his site BenGreenFieldFitness is one of the most popular & well researched sites on health and performance enhancement, and he…
  • Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans with Peter Shankman – TCE 057

    Scott
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes One of my duties at the first tech startup I was ever involved with was trying to find ways to get press for the company. I heard about the really cool service called Help A Reporter Out (HARO) where journalists would share the topic they were looking to get sources for and people could volunteer their expertise as credible sources. It was a spectacular service and I remember thinking that whoever invented this was a genius! Today’s guest is that man behind HARO Peter Shankman. Peter has done a lot since then and really…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Kevin Rice – Chief of Sales and Marketing at Hathway Agency

    IdeaMensch
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    “The Challenger Sale” by Matthew Dixon changed the way I think about literally everything. Kevin Rice’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive to understand the digital landscape across industries have given him the ability to solve real business problems within large organizations. Leveraging his own unique digital marketing insights and process for analyzing complex situations within an industry, Kevin has helped many brand leaders prepare for what’s next. Kevin’s attitude has grown both his own career and the success of Hathway Agency, which is soon expanding its offices from San Luis…
  • Vinny Jurado – Founder of Five Star Entourage

    IdeaMensch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    As I look back on being an entrepreneur for the past couple years, my biggest leap in productivity and success happened when I realized the potential an individual has if he just believes in him-self and realizes you can do anything you want in this world. Stephen Vincent Jurado (Vinny ) is the Co-Founder/CEO of Five Star Entourage. Vinny has been a self-employed business owner for a little over 2 years. Five Star Entourage is a premier promotion and limo bus company in the central Texas area. Where did the idea for Five Star Entourage come from? Five Star Entourage is a primer party bus and…
  • Roberto Ugo – Co-Founder and CTO of Movvo

    IdeaMensch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    In the beginning, I lost a lot of time perfecting the product instead of selling it. I’ve learned that you need to start listening to your customers as early as possible. It all started when Roberto Ugo opened his first bank when he was 5 years old. While it was a simple family bank that only accepted deposits, it was a very lucrative business for him. After all, his customers couldn’t withdraw money. Ugo always knew that he wanted to bring his profitable projects to the real world. He’s now the chief technology officer and co-founder of Movvo, a company that won the first MIT Portugal…
  • Cynthia Morneweck – Co-Founder of GPALearn

    IdeaMensch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    One strategy that has helped us grow is to stay nimble with our direction. The team will be focused to reach a targeted goal but also stays open to new information that might cause us to pivot or shift our path. This flexibility gives us the ability to grow easily. Cynthia oversees the user experiences, creativity and functionality for GPALearn. She provides leadership and coordination to the senior management team and is on the Board of Directors keeping them abreast of strategies progress and challenges. Prior to GPA Learn, Cynthia worked for PointClear Solutions, a consulting firm in the…
  • Rudy Simondi – Founder of FLIPS

    IdeaMensch
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    What helps me have a productive day is keeping myself incredibly organized and staying positive throughout the day. As a business owner, I’m always on my toes (in my flip flops, of course). With four decades in retail, FLIPS founder Rudy Simondi has consistently executed business strategies to launch startups and improve longstanding retail operations. Managing up to 700 associates, overseeing mid to large-size units and generating sales up to $50 million annually, Simondi has managed budgets exceeding $1.2 billion and has coordinated more than 200 new store openings across 30 states.
 
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  • Hidden cofounders

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Suranga Chandratillake on partners, friends, etc, as hidden cofounders: I’ve found that “hidden co-founders” – husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and even parents – are often a crucial factor in the success of a startup. Why? Because being a founder and entrepreneur is not like a regular job. Startups are under-funded, under-connected and under-resourced compared to their competition. The way you beat these odds often requires super-human effort and commitment. This places you under strain, and the primary nature of this strain is physical. You have to travel, with no notice…
  • True ecosystems

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    I somehow missed posting this last year, when it was published. An excellent article by our very own Salim Virani, on the topic of ecosystems. Sal and the rest of the FounderCentric team spend a lot of time working with incubators, accelerators, governments, outreach teams at large companies, etc, and helping them develop their startup scenes. Their mission comes from the heart (they really care about helping startup founders), and they are, as far as I know, the best at it at this point, in Europe. So their thoughts on the topic of how European ecosystems should develop are worth paying…
  • 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…
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    Platform Thinking Blog

  • 10 startup business puzzles visualized through the platform stack

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    In an earlier essay and whitepaper, we used the platform stack to explain the workings of different platforms. Through the slides embedded below, I’d like to use the platform stack to illustrate competition and coexistence of platforms in different verticals. Through the story presented in these slides, we look at a few startup moves and try to understand how different platforms compete and coexist by focusing on different layers of the stack. Some of the moves that these slides explore include the following: How Airbnb beat Craigslist Why Mint.com and Quicken have fundamentally…
  • Marketplaces 2.0: Moving from transactions to stickiness and engagement

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Online marketplaces have always been transaction-oriented. The goal of the marketplace is to match buyers and sellers. Marketplaces often focus entirely on moving buyers towards purchases and sellers towards listing more products/services. Marketplaces benefit from network effects: more buyers attract more sellers and vice versa. However, this transaction-only focus is often at odds with creating stickiness and repeat usage. Buyers rarely use the marketplace except when they actively need something. This also leads to low retention and lower lifetime value for the platform owner. But, more…
  • Announcing Platform Scale, the book: The pre-orders campaign is now live

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Do you ever describe what you’re doing as the Uber for X, Airbnb for Y or the Twitter for Z? Do you want to understand why certain startups scale and others fail? Over the last few years, I’ve been obsessed with platform business models and their ability to scale. Unlike traditional enterprises, platforms do not scale by scaling internal employees and resources. Instagram gets to a billion dollars with 13 employees while Uber doesn’t own any of the taxis it dispatches. They scale through network effects. As more producers use the platform, consumers find greater value, and vice…
  • The Next Big Thing that most venture investors will miss

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    There’s a pattern that we’ve seen played out in the consumer internet space over the last 8 years and the template plays out as follows: 1. Offer tools to facilitate a new form of communication between two parties. 2. Allow the two to communicate without formation of an explicit network 3. Gather data about the two parties based on their exchanges 4. Build out a graph at the backend using this data to identify affinity between two users 5. Use the graph to enable explicit connections among users Myspace and Friendster never did this. They stopped at Step 1. Facebook did most of…
  • The case against the Sharing Economy

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    A whole slew of labor platforms have come up over the last couple of years, powering what is widely referred to as the Gig Economy or (rather inappropriately) the Sharing Economy. Remote freelancing (Freelancer, Elance-Odesk) and micro-tasking (Amazon Mechanical Turk) platforms have been around for quite some time, as have classifieds (e.g. Craigslist), all of which enable service providers to find new gigs. But a whole new range of vertical-specific platforms have come up in recent times creating two broad classes of new opportunities: Higher end gigs: Consulting platforms like Clarity and…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Becoming the World’s Most Powerful Brand: Lessons Startups Can Take from LEGO

    Tanya McGinnity
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In February, BrandFinance named LEGO the Most Powerful Brand of the Year. This is no small feat. In order to climb to the top, LEGO had to beat out high-profile contenders like Ferrari, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Walt Disney Pictures. (Just a little competition there.) According to BrandFinance, it was LEGO’s familiarity, loyalty, clever promotion, staff satisfaction, and corporate reputation that got the job done — oh, and that massive box-office hit, The Lego Movie. There’s not a doubt in our minds that LEGO deserves the distinction — the iconic company, founded in 1932, has…
  • Brevity is Sexy. (Plus Five Other Rules for Writing Content That Converts.)

    Tanya McGinnity
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    There’s all kinds of content out there. 27,000,000 pieces of it are shared every day! Big, bold and spicy content. Vanilla-flavoured content. Content that educates. Content that leaves you bored out of your loafers. Content that gives you the warm fuzzies. And content you could give two #$%’s about. For this blog post, I’m going to focus speaking about content that sells, sells, sells — that special kind of copy that sets out to convert. Whether it be a click on a link, a product download or trial, or a sale – to encourage action, your writing needs to be absolutely sexy.
  • Top 10 Customer Onboarding Tools Startups Need in 2015

    Shanelle Mullin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    A couple of years ago (whew, time sure does fly), we introduced you to some of the top customer onboarding tools available. From the tried-and-true tools like KISSmetrics and Unbounce to the (then) newbies like Evergage and Intercom, we gave you the top picks for your customer acquisition and onboarding toolkits. Customer signup success has only become more important for startups. So, not surprisingly, the space has evolved exponentially since we published that list. That’s why we’ve decided to update you on the latest and greatest customer onboarding tools for startups. What’s hot in…
  • Spring Cleaning: Your Startup PR Strategy is Ready For a Tune Up

    Crystal Richard
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    If you’re lucky enough to experience four true seasons, you’re likely more thankful than ever this year to see the arrival of spring. Goodbye, snow and freezing temperatures! (That is, if you’re lucky enough to have had that for the last four months.) Hello, season to shine! While everyone, including yourself, is busy getting to work with spring cleaning, wardrobe changes, and eliminating the filth of winter from your cars, there is no better time than the present to give your startup PR strategy the same attention. Here are five solid ways to give your PR Strategy the tune up it…
  • 8 Reasons To Love Thy Competitor Like Thy Neighbour in Content Marketing

    Tanya McGinnity
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Identifying and evaluating your competition is a crucial part of creating meaningful, branded content. Today, 93% of marketers are employing content marketing tactics, and 60% of marketers create one piece of content each week. That means one thing for sure: your competitors are creating a lot of content — and analyzing that content should play a strong role in your content strategy. Hold onto your hats, because we’re about to turn a classic villain into a surprisingly cool ally. It’s time to consider thy competitor thy helpful neighbour, because we’re about to show you how they…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 5 Reasonable Goals for Entrepreneurs (And How to Decide on Yours)

    Kaleigh Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    When you set your business goals for the year, are they realistic ones? Are you setting benchmarks that you could actually reach without drastic measures? The thing is, every entrepreneur should not only set goals, but set good ones. And while dreams of doubling revenues and rapid expansion look great on paper, they’re often unrealistic. Instead of setting far-fetched objectives, set more reasonable goals around what you’d like to achieve in your business. So where do you start? Let’s talk decision-making first. Deciding on Goals Your goals need to be SMART. And no,…
  • I’ve Launched My Business. Now What?

    Grasshopper Team
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve launched your business. What’s next? You’ve been told that half the battle is getting started. To some extent, it’s true, but it’s also advice that’s aimed at people who struggle to get into gear. But you have launched your business. You know that now, the real work begins. What does that work entail? What specific, concrete steps can you take to make sure that your product launch is effective, and that you can easily and consistently capitalize on the buzz that your business’ launch has generated? In this article, you’ll learn what to do as well as…
  • Hiring 101: What Do You Need to Know About Hiring The First Employee?

    Grasshopper Team
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Hiring the right people is crucial for a small business, so we asked a handful of experts about what you need to know when it comes to hiring. We’ll be discussing this topic and others on how to grow a business in our fireside chat via Google Hangout on March 24. Here’s what our experts had to say: Manage by delegation As the owner, you’ll want to develop your managerial skills as early as possible, and remember manage by delegation, not abdication. For the first employee: Assign specific roles so he or she knows what he or she ‘s responsible for Set standards to which he…
  • Virtual Assistants for Entrepreneurs: 10 Tasks They Can Do

    Kiera Abbamonte
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    As an entrepreneur, time is your most valuable resource. Anything that wastes your time is holding you back from your business. Lucky for you, it’s never been easier to unload some of your more time-consuming tasks and projects. Today, you can hire a virtual assistant who specializes in any kind of task, anywhere in the world. That means you spend less time on administrative things and more time on building your company. What is a Virtual Assistant? A virtual assistant is just what it sounds like – someone you connect with online who handles all kinds of administrative tasks, just…
  • Financing a Small Business: How Do You Secure the Funds?

    Grasshopper Team
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Securing funds is crucial for a small business, so we asked a handful of experts about what you need to know when it comes to getting money. We’ll be discussing this topic and others on how to grow a business in our fireside chat via Google Hangout on March 24. Here’s what our experts had to say: Start small Start small. Have a plan for how you want to expand in the future, ask your customers what they want before you pump money into development… and then make plans to get there. Amy Wright, amywright.biz Keep your overhead low Keep your overhead low. Start with a small team…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • On Hiatus

    Eleanor Wall
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
  • In the Spotlight - GhostMail - Self-Destructing Encrypted Communication

    Eleanor Wall
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Are you searching for a secure messaging tool for your sensitive communications? Are you tired of hearing about data breaches and government back-doors? If so, you might want to dive into the services provided by GhostMail.With offices in both Denmark and Gibraltar, GhostMail offers self-destructing communications. Whether you're looking for an encrypted email tool or a self-destructing chat platform, GhostMail can help. Check out just a few of the features offered:- Swiss SSL secured connection- Files and data permanently deleted- No data gathering (user behavior, preferences)- No ads (your…
  • Tempting Tools for Twitter - Discover Myne App's Advanced Search Features

    Eleanor Wall
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Is Twitter your social media platform of choice? Do you use Twitter for everything from brand outreach and community growth to influencer discovery and customer support? If so, there's a handy new iOS tool available to supercharge your data discovery.Check out the powerful features Myne App offers for social media sleuths:- Filter tweet types i.e. has video, has image, is a retweet, # of favorites, etc.- Mute filters to hide tweets by subject, user- No limit to the # of filters you can create- Search for/follow conversations- Search by location; find tweeps at conferences, near your business,…
  • In the Spotlight - Sugarcube

    Eleanor Wall
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sugarcube- Wirelessly stream content from smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your television- Works with multiple platforms including Android and Apple- Works over Wi-Fi- Share photos, videos, homescreen, screenshots, etc.- Plugs into television's HDMI port- Connect to your home's Wi-Fi network or built-in Wi-Fi access point- Up to 4K video resolution decoding- Pre-orders already sold outGetSugarcube.comSugarcube OverviewWatch Sugarcube in Action Images/Videos Courtesy of Sugarcube/YouTube
  • In the Spotlight - SocialSensr

    Eleanor Wall
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you searching for one easy-to-use tool that lets you monitor social media trends, filter content relevant to your brand, and engage in conversations all on one central platform? Look no further than the multiple resources offered by SocialSensr.Social Inbox/Workspaces SocialSensr lets you engage in multiple social conversations at the same time, displays your conversations in easy-to-follow threads, and lets you monitor multiple accounts from one central Workspace. You can create custom filters and track niche-specific trends, create custom channels pulling data from Twitter, Facebook,…
 
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  • Singapore venture builder Hatcher announces US$100M venture fund

    Rahil Bhagat
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    The fund will focus primarily on later-stage fin-tech and IT investments seeded by Hatcher Singapore-based venture builder platform Hatcher has announced the launch of the Hatcher Fund, an early-stage venture fund with a target size of US$100 million. The Hatcher Fund will be advised by Hatcher and operated by Gateway Investment Management Services, a fund management firm based in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). It will be administered by Maples Fund Services, with offices in Singapore and Dubai. The fund will focus primarily on later-stage fin-tech and IT investments…
  • Israel’s Emu is one app to be integrated into Facebook Messenger

    geektime
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    At Facebook’s F8 developers’ conference, the company announced 40 app developers that will be integrated with Messenger. Emu, a two-week old app, is one of the lucky few At Facebook’s F8 developers’ conference last Wednesday, the company made a dramatic announcement. Facebook is transforming its Messenger app into a platform, enabling “developers to easily build apps that integrate with Messenger; so that the more than 600 million people who use Messenger can find new, fun ways to express themselves with GIFs, photos, videos, audio clips and more.” It looks as though Messenger,…
  • Livspace acquires design community marketplace DezignUp

    Sainul Abudheen K
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The acquisition comes three months after Livspace nabbed US$4.6 million in Series A funding Livspace, an India-based online marketplace for personalised home interior design and décor, has acquired DezignUp, an online community and marketplace for consumers and design professionals. With the acquisition, Livspace will be able to offer more choice to homeowners, who can discover designs, personalise them, and get access to a community of designers. As part of the acquisition, the Co‐founders of DezignUp and its core team will join the Livspace, shared an official release. The acquisition…
  • Echelon TOP100: PawnHero and FlipTrip win at Philippines Qualifier

    Shilpa Nath
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    Online pawnshop PawnHero was the Judges’ Choice, while online travel platform FlipTrip walked away as the Peoples’ Choice at the Philippines Qualifier of Echelon’s TOP100 Startups Our search for Echelon Asia Summit’s Top 100 startups continued in Manila, Philippines on March 24 at A SPACE. With a laid back vibe, attendees sat on beanbags for the session and John Orrock – Advisor and Strategic Business Development at Future Now Ventures Investment – commented: “What was really interesting about today was the diversity of the people, the companies, and the…
  • ScholarDeck is streamlining Malaysia’s scholarship space

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    The team of four Co-founders, with an average age of 21, have been incubated at the Living Lab Accelerator programme in Cyberjaya since February Malaysia has a problem. It’s difficult for students in the country to find scholarships at home and the broader region via a super simple interface. The Malaysian government has its own platform launched back in 1998, but it’s by no means perfect. Now, four students from the country have soft launched the ScholarDeck (Beta) at the start of March to reinvent the way scholarship searches and applications can be done under one roof.
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  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – March 28 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 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 THINGS: Sweden’s first hardware hub to open in Stockholm Officially opening its doors on 26th March 2015, Stockholm-based THINGS is Sweden’s first co-working space for hardware startups, focusing on high growth areas such as the Internet of Things, wearables, 3D scanning and printing, and medtech. Initiated by STING, the incubator that also initiated the start of SUP46 (Stockholm’s central co-working…
  • Fyndiq scales up to more than €21M in turnover last year

    Anders Hassis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Bargain Super Store Fyndiq scaled up to a turnover of more than €21M in 2014, nearly 2M products bought on the marketplace. Fyndiq, the marketplace for bargain products, was growing rapidly in 2014. Nearly 2M products was bought by bargain hunters from about 1500 merchants. The company had an turnover during the year of more than €21M and over €18M was paid to the merchants. – “I’m very proud of our achievements in 2014 and confident that we will continue our path in 2015 to become the best way for merchants to sell their bargain products and the absolute top choice…
  • Niklas Zennström’s Investment Company Atomico partners with SUP46

    Anders Hassis
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    With the backing of top VCs and accelerator partners, the members of startup hub SUP46 (Startup People of Sweden) have a competitive advantage to build Sweden’s next star startups. As of today, SUP46 adds investment company Atomico to its list of partners. Atomico, founded by Niklas Zennström, co-founder of Skype, will function as one of SUP46’s International Investor Members, which means great networking opportunities with promising startups and a designated flex-desk in the Investor Space. SUP46 gathers startups in a Stockholm-based meeting and co-working space, 54 companies are…
  • Entrepreneurs Academy – Because it starts here

    Anders Hassis
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Fredrik Lagermalm, President Entrepreneurs Academy in Uppsala We have forty thousand students studying at Uppsala University. Forty thousand. All of these students are heading for the business world in one way or the other, and most of them without even thinking critically about their awaiting careers as chess pieces at large, immobile companies. However, more and more students realize that you can create your own luck and build companies from the ground. Today it is hip to be, or at least to want to be, an entrepreneur. But why doesn’t one of…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – March 25 Edition

    James Pember
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 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! Sparta are hiring a Sales Development Manager to exciting SaaS startup | Sparta Qapital are hiring a iOS Developer Qapital are hiring a Senior Android Developer Toca Boca are hiring a iOS/Android/Microsoft developers with Unity experience Toca Boca are hiring a Release Manager – Tech Team Lead For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
 
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  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Swift Developer with Hype Inc. (@shoreditchhype)

    Hector Manzano
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    Company: Hype Inc. Position: Engineer Swift Developer Place: Barcelona Job type:  The job offer is very flexible. We are considering full time and part time applications. Job description: We are looking for an experienced iOS, preferably Swift developer. Hype is a mobile iOS app built almost entirely in Swift, so it will be necessary to continue […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Swift Developer with Hype Inc. (@shoreditchhype) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Why Corporate Venturing Is Key To Fortune 500 Survival

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Creating a promising internal venture capital fund is increasingly seen by large corporations as a way to stimulate innovation and growth. While the track record of corporate VC funds has been rocky at best, in 2015, it’s almost certainly a necessary initiative for the survival of Fortune 500 organizations. In order to avoid being disrupted, corporations realize they need […] The post Why Corporate Venturing Is Key To Fortune 500 Survival appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development with TSC Events (@CeleBreak_Cups)

    Scott Mackin
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Company: CeleBreak (TSC Events GmbH) Position: Sales & Business Development Place: Barcelona Job type: Freelance  Job description: We are TSC Events GmbH, an event organizer which is carrying out the CeleBreak Cup 2015, a football event for amateur & leisure football teams from Europe in cooperation with FC Barcelona & Hilton Hotels. TSC Events wants to create […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development with TSC Events (@CeleBreak_Cups) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development at Spacebase

    Scott Mackin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Company: SpaceBase Position: Sales & Business Development Place: Barcelona Job type: Permanent Job description: This job is the perfect opportunity to collect your first startup experience and earn some money in a fun inspiring environment. You will be part of a highly motivated team, work in one of the most attractive co-working Spaces in Barcelona and learn […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development at Spacebase appeared first on Barcinno.
  • 10 “Intangibles” That Determine The Value Of Your Startup

    Willow Novell
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Does your startup have the potential to join the Billion Dollar Club? The only way to find out is by fully understanding the value of your company and the market in which you operate. Obvious? Maybe. Of course, if you’re already a publicly traded company the market determines your value, but what if you’re a startup and you need to […] The post 10 “Intangibles” That Determine The Value Of Your Startup appeared first on Barcinno.
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    NextShark

  • New App Lets You Charter Private Jets With Your Friends For as Low as $317 a Person

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Now you can fly like the rich by chartering a private jet for as little as $317 a person. Victor, a U.K.-based on-demand service and app for booking private jets, just raised $8 million in investment funding to expand into the U.S. market. In preparation, its new iOS app is being released to help make sure that expansion goes as smoothly as possible. Using Victor, which bills itself as a bespoke service, is as easy as hailing an Uber. It has 7,000 registered private jets right now in the U.K., and you charter one by choosing a time, place and aircraft size. Then you pay and just have to turn…
  • Shameless Camera Store Hires Half-Naked Models to ‘Clean’ for Grand Opening

    Sebastian Dillon
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    How do you make virtually any business launch successful? Add bikini-clad models of course! One Nikon camera dealership in Taiyuan, China employed the fool-proof strategy for their opening weekend to much success — the models had nothing to do with the actual selling of cameras either. According to Shanghaiist, the store hired six models, put them in bikinis, handed them some mops and towels, and basically just told them to look like they were cleaning stuff — floors, displays and even the outside windows. Even though nothing may have actually been cleaned, onlookers couldn’t…
  • CFO Who Made $200K Per Year is Now On Food Stamps Three Years After Abusive Chick-fil-A Video

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    A former CFO who once earned $200,000 a year is now on food stamps three years after posting a video on YouTube criticizing Chick-fil-A. Adam Smith, who was once the CFO of Vante, a medical manufacturer in Tucson, was fired in 2012 after he posted a video protesting the fast food purveyor for its anti-gay stance. Smith and his wife, who together have four children, are now living on food stamps due to the fact that he still remains unemployable three years after his video went viral. Smith, 37, went through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru in 2012 to order a free cup of water and then taped himself…
  • This $300 Hamptons Trailer Bought in 1956 Is Now on Sale for Over $1 Million

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    A trailer house on land bought for $300 is now on the market for $1.2 million. A humble one-bedroom, one-bath trailer in Amagansett South in the uber-wealthy Hamptons is on sale for an astonishing $1.2 million. If you don’t believe the whopping price tag, know that the neighborhood is home to such stars as Jerry Seinfeld and Paul McCartney. The land for sale is .36 acres and is a just a mile away from Indian Wells Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the Hamptons. All things considered, the trailer is a bargain given that a nearby home recently sold for $4 million. Richard Lester, a…
  • Exotic Cars and Expensive Watches: The Life of a Burmese Oil Tycoon’s Son

    Benny Luo
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Meet 22-year-old Sheikh Shujah, aka Thura Oo, the half-Singaporean and Burmese son of oil tycoon Sheikh Babu Nooruddin. Shujah’s father, one of the most high-profile businessmen in Singapore, is rumored to be worth around $750 million. A frequent subject of Singaporean gossip blogs, Shujah is often reported as partying in the VIP sections of nightclubs, purchasing expensive bottle service while partying with “A-list models.” He’s reportedly dated celebrities from all over Southeast Asia. The most common criticism leveled towards the offspring of the wealthy is that they’re spoiled…
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    StartUp Beat

  • onLoop launches at SXSW with its subject-based take on social messaging

    Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    A Q&A with onLoop co-founder and CEO AK Sands. The Los Angeles-based messaging startup launched out of beta at the South by Southwest 2015 show earlier this month. It was founded last year by Sands and Jacob Heinz. SUB: Please describe onLoop... Read more at www.startupbeat.com.
  • Altocloud lands $2M to enable more responsive and ‘predictive’ sales efforts

    Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    A Q&A with Altocloud CEO Barry O’Sullivan. The Mountain View, California and Galwayn, Ireland-based startup, which has built a predictive analytics platform for sales teams, announced earlier this month that it has completed a $2 million Seed... Read more at www.startupbeat.com.
  • Lightning Pitch: Proximity – Chat and locate your friends off the grid

    Editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    COMPANY: Proximity ELEVATOR PITCH Proximity helps you chat and locate your friends off the grid—no Wi-Fi or cell reception needed. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Proximity helps you chat and locate your friends off the grid. Just turn on Bluetooth and... Read more at www.startupbeat.com.
  • Lightning Pitch: Get Reference – Paperless employment references

    Editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    COMPANY: Get Reference ELEVATOR PITCH Goodbye paper, hello paperless employment references. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Get Reference is a smart and simple web-based app for obtaining and creating paperless employment references. Get References... Read more at www.startupbeat.com.
  • Lightning Pitch: MetaChi – Team task management and collaboration

    Editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    COMPANY: MetaChi ELEVATOR PITCH Team task management and collaboration. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION MetaChi is a place where task management and collaboration meet. The number one problem cited by distributed teams is task management—the number two... Read more at www.startupbeat.com.
 
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  • Your Car Is Now A Consumer Electronic

    Chris Kalaboukis
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    So my car is nearing the end of its lease and therefore I’m in the market for a new vehicle. I’ve had my current car for a little over 3 years and I’m stunned by the differences in the technology available today in comparison to what was available back then – and back then was only 3 years ago! The new car has so much technology that I’ll bet all they’d need to do was download some firmware over the net and my car would simply drive itself. (I wouldn’t mind that – could get some work done like more blog posts!) Everything is so much more…
  • Do You Share First, Read Later (Or Not At All)?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    You know you’ve done this – you’ve seen a headline in your news feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed etc, and think – ooo, that looks interesting – I should forward that on. Which you do, because most of the content you read out there is extremely easy to share – even when you haven’t – even when you especially haven’t read the article that you are passing around at all. Maybe you read it later, but more likely, maybe you don’t. Think about this for a second. What would this be like in the real world?  You are walking through the…
  • Power: The Real Innovation Issue

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I’ve keenly been made aware of lately, after having toured the Tesla plant and seeing what they are working, to the devices we have in our pockets and on our wrists, to the Apple Watch and the many upon many little booths at CES hawking solutions for this problem, it seems to me that the biggest elephant in the room that we have yet to address properly is simply, power. No, not the kind of power that corrupts. The kind of power that you get from a battery, or from the wall, the sun, wind vanes, what have you. The number one most common accessory at CES was some way to…
  • 7 Reasons To Boycott The Listicle

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Ok so this post really isn’t going to have 7 reasons to boycott the listicle, however I will talk about how and why the listicle is so popular. If you ask me, listicles are pure linkbait, and we should boycott them because, simply, they really do not contain any useful content. I would class the listicle as the reality programming of the internet. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Have you ever actually learned anything from a listicle? I mean, seriously, have you ever actually lost weight by reading “8 Awesome Tips To A Flat Belly” , or built a successful business…
  • Startups Fail Too, You Know

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been listening to a number of startup podcasts lately after seeing a listicle (can’t believe that that is a real word now) on the top startup podcasts you should be listening to, and the tone is just so optimistic on all of them. Everyone is wonderfully successful, has just the right partners, has great traction, awesome investors, money in the bank, and seeing exponential growth. Funny thing, it makes it sound like startups are great, just come up with an idea, build it, launch it and boom, near instant success. There is very little to no mention of failure, even though the…
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/23/15

    John Gannon
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Work-Bench is hiring a Business Development Associate in NYC. Hunter Walk interviews Foursquare’s Noah Weiss on becoming a product VP that people can trust. 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 3/23/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/18/15

    John Gannon
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Ryan Paredez writes for CMX about how he went from fan of SwiftKey to full-time hire. Clever is hiring a Head of Inside Sales as well as an Account Executive 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 3/18/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/9/15

    John Gannon
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Tech Generation has launched, which aims to connect hundreds of Massachusetts’ top students with internships at local tech startups. Email sarah@newenglandvc.org with any questions. Baro is looking for a Startup Marketing/Business Development Intern 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 3/9/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/4/15

    John Gannon
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    SocialFlow is looking for a Director of Business Operations in NYC. Matt Harmon writes for Medium about how to build your prototype faster than you think, without code. 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 3/4/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 3/2/15

    John Gannon
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    TheSkimm offers advice to job applicants who live in a different city, state, or country than the job they are applying for. Alex Wilhelm writes for TechCrunch about how to speak startup. 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 3/2/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Nibletz

  • Vine Meets Voxer With Talkit App [OneSpark Preview]

    Lauren Hoover
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    I must admit, while we were perusing this year’s OneSpark entries TALKiT caught our eye because it seemed to be a lot like Voxer. It was positioned as an app that allows you to send little soundbytes of your voice and such to your friends. Well after downloading TALKiT from the iTunes app store and playing […] The post Vine Meets Voxer With Talkit App [OneSpark Preview] appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Pursuing Fearless Ideas Leads To Uber Backed Incubator On The Campus Of Umd College Park

    Kyle
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    The fact that iw as just announced that the University of Maryland has partnered with Uber for a startup incubator of sorts, shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with knowledge of the University of Maryland’s seeds in the startup evolution process, nor those familiar with the former civil servant turned catalyst of change, Ken […] The post Pursuing Fearless Ideas Leads To Uber Backed Incubator On The Campus Of Umd College Park appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Silicon Valley Startup Founder Brings Ivy App Home To Jax For OneSpark

    Kyle
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    It’s always nice to move away from your hometown, graduate from college and then do something awesome. That’s the case for Will Reed who after picking up a pair of degrees from the University of North Florida and the University of St. Andrews, respectively, headed west to work for a number of well known startups […] The post Silicon Valley Startup Founder Brings Ivy App Home To Jax For OneSpark appeared first on Nibletz.
  • CoinPip: Money transfers for 1/3 cost in less than 48 hrs.

    Drew Thompson
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    CoinPip has a new service allows users to send and receive money for a flat 2% rate. The company uses Bitcoin to make the transfers, but the user does not ever use or see the cryptocurrency. The post CoinPip: Money transfers for 1/3 cost in less than 48 hrs. appeared first on Nibletz.
  • PandoDaily Ups The Ante With $100,000 Startup Competition At Pandoland

    Kyle
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    If you’re familiar with the great startup conference controversy of 2015 then you already know that PandoDaily, the respected national startup online magazine and event company and Launch Tennessee, the public private partnership that relentlessly promotes startups in it’s home state, have been at odds. In 2013 Launch Tennessee held an event called “South Land” […] The post PandoDaily Ups The Ante With $100,000 Startup Competition At Pandoland appeared first on Nibletz.
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • 3 Ways To Help Prevent Fraud On Your E-commerce Website

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Credit cards either get stolen or lost, and chances are it can get into the possession of somebody with the wrong intentions in mind. Fraud happens when the credit cardholder has not authorised the transaction. As a merchant, this can get fairly costly for your business with high chargeback fees and loss of sales revenue. But while there’s always a risk you’ll be vulnerable to fraudulent transactions. There are measures you can take to ensure it is kept to a minimum and where you can rest easy knowing your e-commerce website is for the most part safe. In this post I want to highlight a…
  • 3 Ways 3-D Secure Builds Trust In Your Checkout

    Ben Hubbard
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Having worked in e-commerce for the past four years, I’ve seen many arguments for and against 3-D Secure (Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode). The majority of these against focus on an apparent hit on your conversion with 3-D secure, which adds an additional step to your checkout and increases the friction experienced by your customers paying for their purchase. Whilst this makes sense, most of these studies and articles forget that 3-D Secure was first developed by the card networks to reduce the number of fraudulent transactions. In this post I wanted to take some time to…
  • 6 Startups Who Have Nailed Down Content Marketing

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Just starting up, bootstrapped and looking for customers? Welcome to the world of every early-stage startup. So what can you do to get your startup in front of your target audience without having to spend a fortune on online advertising. Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske/Flickr Sure, you’ll get a boost for when you launch your product, but what about all that time in between major updates and product launches – what do you do then? You’ll need something that attracts people to your startup without speaking too much about yourself and your products, which is where the role of…
  • 5 Practical Steps to Get Structured Customer Feedback

    Natalie Dang Quang
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    It’s quite obvious why you should consider your customer’s feedback. You want to take the right decisions and you want to know if you’re still on the same page as your users. Great! Of course there are a ton of ways how to gather your customer’s feedback: it can range from a survey to in-depth interviews to product usability tests. For ways how to test your product, e.g. your website, check out our recent post on online testing tools. Assuming you do not have a high-digits budget to conduct market research through a service provider, here are five practical steps how you can…
  • 5 Testing Tools For Checkout Optimisation

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Thomas Peham, who is a Marketing Manager at Usersnap When it comes to developing an ecommerce site, everyone is aware of the importance of testing the web pages before going live. Due to a variety of reasons, the testing process isn’t well prepared and executed in a great amount of projects. Whether there are smaller errors, or more critical ones, with the great number of different browsers and devices, it is our responsibility – as web developers, designers and project managers – to ensure that our website or application is performing…
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • 10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Quit Smoking

    Megha Chatterjee
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    Smoking is one those habits that brighter mind confidently know is wrong, the body very well signals the brain to quit it, yet the heart somehow manages to channelize the brain into rewiring its thoughts[...]
  • 10 Reasons To Follow Company Ethics and Policies

    Sajal Roy
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Necessity is the mother of invention and 21st century is the period of evolution. Becoming better with the upcoming scenario and a crave towards comfort zone is a premium requisite for both the employee and[...]
  • Optimize your Shop with Shoptimize

    Kartik Jha
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Planning to start your eCommerce venture? Probably Shoptimize is the company you are waiting for, if you are not being guided by external sources. Shoptimize enhances the way your customer engages in your website. Features include[...]
  • 20 Reasons For Entrepreneurs To Take Risk

    Sajal Roy
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    No risk no gain. History is a proof to it. The ecosystem of Entrepreneurship is much challenging which invites higher amount of courage towards the “Risk attitude” as compared to determination. A start up facing[...]
  • Durable Smart Phones at Affordable Rates

    Team TechPanda
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    It’s the generation of smart phone users and this is enough reason to justify why smart phones from different brands have been flooding the market today. Every other day, the smart phone market receives a[...]
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    Twoodo

  • The AHA moment – How We Avoided Losing Visitors After The First Visit

    David Arnoux
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! How do you get users to fall in love with your product on their first visit? How you do avoid losing visitors on their first visit? Short answer.. you get them to the AHA moment.. There’s a lot of talk and literature about finding the AHA moment. James Currier from Ooga Labs (10 years, 10 companies with at least 10 million users each) and a personal hero of mine recommends spending 50% of technical resources on your onboarding or on what he calls the “first user experience” You’ll never have more attention from visitors than in that first…
  • How to manage email and not let it manage you

    denis
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Unless you do your job exclusively via email, there’s no excuse for you to have that tab or app open. There I said it.. But you do have it open most of the time, right? It’s hard to ignore. Suddenly you see the Inbox (1) in bold appear and you rush to see what it is. And it’s never a game changing message. But the micro-second between seeing it and comprehending it gives us a rush, and that rush becomes addictive. Email is an important medium of communication, indisputably. However, constant interruptions (let’s say every 30 seconds to 15 minutes) do…
  • Content Marketing For Startups: Our Story

    David Arnoux
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Here are some more damning facts from a study of 1.4 billion search queries. 6% were from paid search. 8% of internet users click on 85% of search engine ad clicks. Organic traffic wins 94% of the time (Search Engine Watch, 2012). Let’s continue with a good ol’ text book definition: “Content marketing” is a subdomain of inbound marketing. “Inbound marketing” means using pull rather than push techniques to draw visitors to your website or product. Content marketing consists of creating audio, visual or written content with the purpose of…
  • A Startup Directory (or 33) You Probably Didn’t Know You Should Be Listed On

    David Arnoux
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! If you subscribe to the notion “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, however, you know that the deluge of apps and online startups means that great ideas really do get crowded out, then read on! Your startup needs all the help it can get. From my experience with growing Twoodo in a very competitive field I know it’s worth finding out where your business can be listed or reviewed in order to maximize traffic. Nothing wrong with that at all. The challenge, though, is that I never really believed that all these listing website…
  • Collaborative Problems – We’re Not All Social Networkers

    David Arnoux
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Social tech in the workplace: the new way to work We can stop arguing that only young people use social media: the average across all age groups is 72% (with 30 – 49 year olds also at 72% in their own right). So, not only are employees using it but so are (probably) most of your customers. It can be leveraged both ways to improve access to information, have discussions and allow for more accountability. But what about those who don’t like social media, and by extension, social collaboration tools? There is a massive assumption that we all enjoy or are…
 
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    Blog About Startups and Web Development in Ruby on Rails

  • Get up and Roll! Sushi Night

    Kasia Kramnik
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    The last Netguru dinner found us in Japan - we learned to prepare delicious sushi and delighted ourselves with flavors of Japanese cuisine. Here’s how we roll!
  • Refactoring - When?

    Marcin Stecki
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    This short series of blogposts answers the "why", "how", and "when" of code refactoring.
  • Doing Review Procedures the Right Way

    Kasia Kramnik
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    If we were to compose a Netguru alphabet, the letter R would definitely stand for review. See how continuous review process can improve the teams’ workflow and help employees evolve in no time.
  • Wroc_love RB Conference - Review

    Adam Nowak
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    From March 14th to 16th, a group of Netguru developers visited the Wroc_love RB conference to learn about Ruby from a selection of international speakers. Here’s what our team discovered and want to share it with you!
  • Let’s Code Together! Sign up for Free Ruby on Rails Workshops

    Hanna Bręczewska
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Do you have an urge for Ruby on Rails? We'd be delighted to meet you during our next workshops in Gdańsk!
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • What Makes the Small Business Loan Program So Effective?

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    The small business community has changed a lot over the last few years. Some of these developments were spurred by necessity – as in, the banks got really nervous about lending money to anyone right around 2008, forcing companies to go elsewhere to secure the necessary capital. Sometimes, when an industry goes through these kinds of changes, they’ll never really go back. Case in point: the trend toward alternative lending solutions. When banks grew weary of lending money during the economic crisis, many small businesses were left without a reliable source of funding. Even now,…
  • How to Celebrate Your Store's Birthday

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Birthdays only occur once a year, which means your store should take strides to celebrate this occasion with your most loyal consumers - especially if you're celebrating your store's first birthday. Aside from decorating the area in garland and asking employees to wear paper hats, there are a few ways your business can call attention to its birthday. While you'll want to bring attention to your brand and all the great progress you've made in the past year, make a concerted effort to actively engage your consumers, as they're the ones who have had a profound impact on your business. …
  • Tips to Learn from TV's Most Successful Businesswomen

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Our favorite television characters may not be real, but the situations they face each day are grounded in truth. In fact, many of the most useful tidbits of advice stem from these characters when they're presented with scenarios we may run across each week, such as workplace conflict or personal problems. Last month, we compiled a list of the best small business advice from successful TV businessmen, but this one's for the ladies.  The small screen is replete with female role models who have made names for themselves in the corporate world. From intelligent and driven Leslie Knope to…
  • 3 Creative Ways to Get Customer Referrals

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Word-of-mouth marketing has long been among the most effective tactics for executives looking to reach a wider range of potential buyers. People have a tendency to trust friends' recommendations over those they see online or on TV - this is why Facebook and Twitter have become such powerful tools for business owners looking to spread awareness. Enticing consumers to give referrals can be tricky. On the one hand, you want brand advocates to bring new buyers to your store. On the other, you don't want their testimonies to seem disingenuous in any way. However, there are a few simple rewards…
  • St. Patrick's Day Social Media Promotions

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    St. Patrick's Day is coming up soon, which means your store has a unique opportunity to attract more customers with holiday-themed promotions. Turn to your social networks when you're spreading the word about your St. Patrick's Day deals, as these sites can help you quickly and effectively reach a wide range of potential buyers. Aside from turning your profile picture green and posting that witty pun about leprechauns, how else can your store leverage St. Patrick's Day in its online marketing efforts? Try incorporating one of these fun ideas in your social strategy this season. 1. Pot of Gold…
 
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    TechJuice

  • Savaree’s Android App Updated with New Design & Much-Needed Features

    Uzair Ahmed
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Pakistan’s home-grown car-pooling solution Savaree has been on a roll in the recent past. From announcing a web-based and even read more The post Savaree’s Android App Updated with New Design & Much-Needed Features appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Telenor Announces Summer Internship Program 2015 for Multiple Departments

    Uzair Ahmed
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Telenor Pakistan has officially announced its paid Summer Internship Program for year 2015. The online recruitment drive for the program read more The post Telenor Announces Summer Internship Program 2015 for Multiple Departments appeared first on TechJuice.
  • How to Become a Data Scientist for Free!

    Zeeshan ul Hassan Usmani
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:58 am
    Big Data, Data Sciences, and Predictive Analytics are the talk of the town and it doesn’t matter which town you read more The post How to Become a Data Scientist for Free! appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Startup Weekend Lahore concludes: flashy presentations & less demos

    Fatima & Amna
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Startup Weekend Lahore, as the name suggests, is an event that occurs on a weekend where people from different backgrounds read more The post Startup Weekend Lahore concludes: flashy presentations & less demos appeared first on TechJuice.
  • LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship inducts its third batch at The Foundation

    TechJuice
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    Hundreds of applications poured in this season for The Foundation program at LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship. After a thorough process read more The post LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship inducts its third batch at The Foundation appeared first on TechJuice.
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • RentedPropertyWale – India’s First Exclusive Portal For Pre-rented Properties

    Asish Das
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    One of his closest uncles had an accident and wanted to secure his and his family’s future with all his hard earned income. When Gaurav Marwah received a call from his uncle regarding the same he advised him to invest into pre-rented property which will secure his complete family financially irrespective he works or not in future, his family will regularly earn money from the property. His uncle took his advice and invested Rs. 2 crore in a pre-rented property which is now returning Rs. 1.5 lacs/month as rental. This is the story how Rented Propertywale, India’s first exclusive…
  • TheSecretKart.com – A Niche In The Buzzing Indian eCommerce Market

    Asish Das
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Among the booming eCommerce businesses in India, Bangalore based entrepreneur, Nitin Kashyap has found himself a niche. Nitin has set-up a sexual wellness products aggregator website that lists products from various eCommerce websites such as Flipkart, HealthKart, Cilory, Onlinemeds, N-Gal, Lasky Herbal etc. at one place. The idea behind TheSecretKart.com is to help people find sexual wellness products at best prices on one platform. This is also good for sellers as they get another sales channel online to showcase their products at competitive prices. “We are an aggregator for sexual…
  • From A New Look Of The Website To Building The Experience Story In India – Giftxoxo.com

    Asish Das
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams.” Giftxoxo is a start-up which firmly believes in the above quote. It believes in creating memories and moments for you that you would cherish for a lifetime. Everyone wants to make their special occasions like anniversary, birthday, first date etc. to be an unforgettable affair and pine for an exclusive treatment. People want to try different things like Flying a plane, Becoming a DJ, Learning cocktail mixing, Golfing, Horse riding etc. but to do these things they have to invest so much time and energy to arrange every bit of it and still get…
  • This Start-up Aims To Be Zomato For Wedding Industry With Great Features

    Akanksha Samar
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Wedding is one of the biggest events in a person’s life. There are more than 100 areas that need to be taken care of, involving huge amount of networking and referrals making weddings seem chaotic and unorganized. You can never be sure that the vendor you have selected is the best for the job. It was essentially to bridge this gap between the vendor and the families organizing the wedding that WeddingPlz was launched, a place where everything is transparent, where you can contact the vendor as well as your shortlisted vendors can contact you – directly! To help the people organizing…
  • See What Books These Successful Entrepreneurs Recommend To Read And Why

    Philip Acuna
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    “He who knows only his own generation remains forever a child.” Those were the words written above the library at my alma mater, and while they rang true at university, they have proven exceptionally true in the startup environment. Launching a startup is largely an exercise in trial error, and regardless of how much experience one has, its always advisable to keep learning and seeking the advice of those who came before you. Often, entrepreneurs become jaded after their first successful launch, and assume that all other entrepreneurial endeavors will follow the same path. In doing so,…
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  • We Didn’t See the Solar Eclipse, But We Played the Crokinole Game

    Florin Muresan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Last Friday was International Happiness Day. It was also Solar Eclipse Day. We waited for the eclipse, and really tried to see it, but we never did. So what else is there to do on International Happiness Day? We decided to have an office party and play Crokinole! Well said,…
  • Why We Love Content Marketing (and You Should, Too!)

    Florin Muresan
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Content Marketing Boosts Your Bottom Line! Today, content doesn’t just consist of words in an article. Content can be videos, images, infographics, slide shows, and animation.  It is the basis of your brand. It’s not just about getting the basic product information out. With content, you can tell a story,…
  • Do You Use the Influence of Others As A Marketing Strategy?

    Florin Muresan
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
      Times are changing and so does advertising, or at least this is what we think. Indeed, we evolve because of technology, but some things remain the same. Our anatomy hasn’t changed (I mean, our arms didn’t become shorter to make typing easier), but neither has our habits. In other…
  • The value buying articles for your blog can bring to your business

    Florin Muresan
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    Most of the time, when I find the website of a new company, I want to see whether they have a blog or not. I don’t know if this is a new habit now that I’m interested in content marketing (more than others maybe), but it’s like a reflex. For me,…
  • How to build Outstanding 404 error pages – making an error look cool and helpful

    Florin Muresan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I love 404 error pages. Not all of them, but there are some pretty good ones out there (I will show you some of my favorite ones later in this article). Whether you’ve typed a link incorrectly, or accessed a webpage that is no longer available, there’s a strong chance you’ll…
 
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Suzannah Scully – Coaching With a Purpose

    Paige Sevier
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    “Your purpose is when your natural talents, skills, and interests all align.” – Suzannah Scully About: Suzannah Scully- Executive Coach Overview: Once a part of the corporate world, Suzannah has taken her experience to start her own practice as an Executive Coach and help large corporations and entrepreneurs. Suzannah provides us with some great insight on how we can improve ourselves and our companies. Highlights: Background: (From her website) “Suzannah Scully is a coach, speaker and blogger with a corporate background working for organizations such as Gap, Inc.,…
  • Daniel Faggella – Using Email to Grow Your Business

    Paige Sevier
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    “It’s better to have a surplus of ideas and be forced to go with the really great ones…than to have a limited number of them and pick the one you think is best.” – Daniel Faggella About: Daniel Faggella- Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Jiu Jitsu Champion, and Founder of CLV Boost Overview: During this exciting interview, we learn valuable lessons from Daniel on how to create effective email marketing campaigns. Dan has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degree from UPenn, owns 2 companies-TechEmergence LLC, and startup marketing with CLVboost, is the…
  • Sinead Mac Manus – Providing an Alternative Education System

    Paige Sevier
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    “Where you start in life doesn’t mean it’s where you will end up.” Sinead Mac Manus About: Sinead Mac Manus- Founder and CEO of Fluency Overview: Sinead is a talented and motivated entrepreneur striving to make a difference in the world through her company, Fluency. She shares the importance of starting a company not just to make money, but to help build brighter future. Throughout this interview, Sinead tells us more about what Fluency does and how it works. Highlights: About Sinead: Sinead is originally from Ireland and has her degree in Geography and History of…
  • Nadine Bongaerts – Breaking Down Barriers in the Science World

    Paige Sevier
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Copyright:Hervé Hauboldt “Innovators see a problem that’s directly related to their personal environment, and they want to do something about it.” Nadine Bongaerts About: Nadine Bongaerts- Co-Founder of Biotecture and Global Community Director for Hello Tomorrow Overview: Nadine is a unique, accomplished young woman with a desire to help change the world. She shares what it’s like working in the science and technology field as a woman, and more about the companies she has and is currently involved in. Click To Tweet: Nadine Bongaerts – Breaking Down Barriers in…
  • Michael O’Neal – THE Solopreneur

    Paige Sevier
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    “I’ve got a lot of tools. None of them cut corners.” Michael O’Neal About: Michael O’Neal- Founder of The Solopreneur Hour Podcast Overview: Michael is a self-taught entrepreneur who has a passion for network marketing, branding, life-coaching, and internet marketing. He shares with us tips for how to start a successful company, and what you shouldn’t do as well. Learn more about how he started his podcast, The Solopreneur Hour, and how he helps fellow entrepreneurs through his show.   Click to Tweet: Ep 179: Interview w/ Michael O’Neal –…
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    PAKWIRED

  • Art from Pakistan: Pixels, Silver and Canvas

    Hummayun Javed
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    Social media and the internet is said to have democratized business – breaking the usual barriers of entry to start up businesses and ventures. If you have the talent and the right idea, you no longer need to invest in a brick and mortar outlet to display your work to prospective clients or break in... The post Art from Pakistan: Pixels, Silver and Canvas appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Beauty Box Wins Lahore Startup Weekend

    Babar Khan Javed
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:31 pm
    After 54 hours of brainstorming, building and pitching, Beauty Box was crowned the winner of Startup Weekend in Lahore this past Sunday. Sahr Said, the CEO of Beauty Box, impressed the event’s judges, which included Saad Zaeem, CEO of Caramel Tech Studios and Ahmed Shuja, the Founder of Obscure UX, with her pitch for a beauty products and services platform,... The post Beauty Box Wins Lahore Startup Weekend appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Habits Of The World’s Wealthiest People [Infographic]

    Irfan Ahmad
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    “The world’s richest people come from a variety of backgrounds. There are, however certain traits that are common amongst them.” This infographic from Business Management Degree illustrates the habits of some of the world’s wealthiest people. The post Habits Of The World’s Wealthiest People [Infographic] appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Pakistani Game Developers working in Giant Companies

    Alishba Nisar
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    It feels really good to know that many Pakistani individuals and Game development studios are working with giant companies like UBISOFT, EA, Microsoft Studios, Sony Entertainment Studios, MTV Games and many more that are famous for developing games like Assassin’s Creed, Call of duty, Halo etc. that takes you on a journey filled with mind... The post Pakistani Game Developers working in Giant Companies appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • 3 Mistakes Pakistani Freelancers Make When Placing Bids

    Nida Rasheed
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Pakistan ranks fifth on Odesk’s list of top freelancer countries. With a huge freelancer community, you would imagine that the Pakistanis freelancers have learnt to market their skills in an international market, and are highly sought after when it come to freelance/remote work opportunities. For some jobs – coding, graphics, website development – maybe yes.... The post 3 Mistakes Pakistani Freelancers Make When Placing Bids appeared first on PAKWIRED.
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    1CLICK Blog

  • How 1CLICK Live Chat Software Evolved with Customer Feedback

    Clifton Lobo
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    At 1CLICK, we realised that the most important factor for our start-up with a new product for the market was to listen to customer feedback and address pain points. After … Continue reading →The post How 1CLICK Live Chat Software Evolved with Customer Feedback appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Video marketing for your online business

    Clifton Lobo
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    The most popular businesses online appeal to the major senses sight (photos, text) and sound (music, dialogue). In the last few years video has become increasingly popular on the web. … Continue reading →The post Video marketing for your online business appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Chat v/s Phone Support

    Clifton Lobo
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    There are many channels through which customers online can connect with your business such as email, phone or live chat. In order to provide great customer service, the business needs to … Continue reading →The post Live Chat v/s Phone Support appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • 5 Ways to increase conversions on your website

    Clifton Lobo
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Highlight your products value: To add that extra touch to what your product delivers, it’s essential to show the customer the value that your products bring in. This not only … Continue reading →The post 5 Ways to increase conversions on your website appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • 3 Steps to sending effective B2B cold Emails

    Clifton Lobo
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    1. Making the list This step is as important as creating the template to send out. You need to gather emails based on how you can reach out to your … Continue reading →The post 3 Steps to sending effective B2B cold Emails appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
 
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    Potknox Blog

  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (5)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    The fifth interview in our  HR Trends Series was with Mrinal Krant, Practice Partner at HireAtEaseConsulting India Pvt.Ltd,  a leading provider of Human Resources Consulting, Leadership Hiring, Recruitment Consulting & Talent Advisory solutions to emerging sectors in India. With close to 12 years of experience, Mrinal had a number of very helpful and realistic insights, and a tonne of wisdom to share. He tells us the changes and patterns he’s observed over the  years and what he expects will happen in the future. How long have you been working in the field of HR? Close to 12…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (4)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:47 am
    If you’re a recruiter and you aren’t an ardent follower of The Savage Truth, you’re not a very good one. Jokes aside though (we’re serious), Greg Savage, Recruitment advisor, coach, speaker and investor gave us a few pearls of wisdom- on a flight to New Zealand, no less, about what he expects from the world of HR and his opinions on various facets of it and we promise you, it’s just as good as anything else he comes up with. Now, for anybody who follows his him on Twitter knows he has brilliant insights, ground breaking epiphanies and a lot of knowledge to…
  • How do Candidates feel about Video Interviewing?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    According to a report released by Office Team, more than six in 10 (63 percent) of HR managers interviewed said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. This is up from just 14 percent one year ago. Unfortunately, very much like Recruiter Texting, this is a trend that has picked up so much pace so fast, that many applicants haven’t had a chance to warm up to it. For hiring managers and recruiters, however, video interviewing is an absolute blessing. Given advancements in technology, they can now view applicants’ appearance and body language, record interviews and…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (3)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    The third interview in our HR Trends Series was with Rishu Raheja, Deputy Manager (Talent Acquisition) at Bennett Coleman &  Co. Ltd. (Times Group). Having worked in large organisation like Godrej and now the Times Group, Rishu knows the responsibility a job in HR entails. You are, after all, dealing with the single most important resource of them all- people. In her short and crisp interview with us, she talks about the kinds of technologies that have already penetrated the HR sphere, the changes she wishes to see hereon in, and also gives job seekers and employers a bit of advice…
  • 10 Classic ‘Make It Happen’ Quotes by Women who Made it Happen

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    It’s Women’s Day 2015. More than any other day in the year, today is Of the Women, By the Women and For the Women. The 10 quotes are exactly what you need if you’re looking for inspiration to get out of a rut, or start something from scratch. The women who spoke  these words came from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, but had that one beautiful thing in common- being a woman. Read the ten quotes given below, and we guarantee you’ll want to take your idea to the next level by the end of it. For when you start to wonder… but what will they think?
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    SuperbCrew

  • AcctTwo – Solving The Issues Growing Middle Market Companies Face Today

    SuperbCrew
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    AcctTwo is a business process outsourcing firm and provider of cloud-based financial management solutions. Below is our interview with Peter Wagner from AcctTwo team: Q: AcctTwo is a consulting company and provider of cloud-based financial management solutions. Tell us something more about your services and AcctTwo history? A: AcctTwo was founded by Marcus Wagner in 2010. Marcus is a CPA whose career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent time in the financial audit and risk advisory practices. As an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marcus learned first-hand the benefits of…
  • Take A Sip Of Drinkle

    SuperbCrew
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Drinkle is a business management tool that allows you to combine project, lead, and stock management into one useful and remarkably simple business management dashboard. As someone who has worked in a project management and e-commerce environment, this simple interface is far less complicated than using systems such as Liquid Planner, Magento, or other similar services. The fact that Drinkle rolls this all into one handy to use interface makes it even more valuable for project and e-commerce managers. Read on to see how Drinkle works to help you manage your business from these three…
  • Konekt Dash – Build Connected Products That Work Everywhere!

    SuperbCrew
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Konekt Dash is a cellular development kit for building Internet of Things (IoT) devices. You can use it to build all sorts of fun connected products like sensors, tracking devices, alarm systems, connected car applications, and more. The Konekt Platform is made to bring enterprise grade features to the individual developer, so its perfect for a solo hobby project or building the connected hardware business of your dreams! The Konekt Dash will work anywhere you get a cellular signal and can easily and securely communicate to the internet or other devices via the Konekt Cloud. Each Konekt…
  • Sesame – Replaces Your Keys With Your Phone In Seconds

    SuperbCrew
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 pm
    When you leave the house, you always brings the three things: your keys, your wallet, and your phone. Now, your phone is your keys! Just lock and unlock your door using the Sesame app on your phone. Better yet, open Sesame with a custom knock on your phone or door. Receive a notification whenever your door opens or closes. You’ll always know exactly who’s coming and going—and exactly when. Sesame has raised over $777,500 from more than 4,756 Kickstarter backers. The optional WiFi access point connects Sesame to the Internet without further draining the batteries. The Wi-Fi Access Point…
  • Correlsense Brings Innovation To The Forefront Of Enterprise Performance Management

    SuperbCrew
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Correlsense develops application performance management and monitoring software to help enterprise IT teams diagnose performance problems in real time. Correlsense provides in depth analytics and enables improvements in performance and user experience. Below is our interview with Lanir Shacham, Founder and CEO of Correlsense: Q:Tell us something more about the company and your core competence? A: Correlsense is unique in its ability to trace single user requests for any application and follow them through the entire technology stack within an enterprise data-center. Some of the world’s…
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • iGeak just like iWatch

    ventureosity
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Imitation or innovation, just after a buzzy week with iWatch $10k, Beijing subway commuters start already notice posters of a wearable  that also bring the mobile to your wrist: iGeak. According to GEAK founder Gu Xiaobin, 100,000 GEAK Watches have been sold from July to mid-October, this was back to Oct 2013. That’s only about 30,000 … Continue reading iGeak just like iWatch →
  • Egypt unveils Grand Plan To Build New Capital

    ventureosity
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Housing minister Mustafa Kamel Madbuli said the new 70,000 acre city, east of Cairo, would take five to seven years to build at a cost of $45bn. The yet-to-be-named city will spread out over 150 square miles, and could eventually be home to 7 million people, the developers and government announced Friday. The Egyptian parliament … Continue reading Egypt unveils Grand Plan To Build New Capital →
  • A ‘Triumph’ for Rafale: Egypt 1st Foreign Buyer

    ventureosity
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Egypt will buy 24 Rafale and an accompanying frigate, Mr. Hollande said at a news conference after a European summit in Brussels. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. France … Continue reading A ‘Triumph’ for Rafale: Egypt 1st Foreign Buyer →
  • The Green Bronx Machine: Stephen Ritz

    ventureosity
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    In 2012, Mr. Ritz received non-profit certification for the program he came up with three years prior, which teaches students how to build green roofs and walls to hold produce and maintain the systems as the plants grow. Stephen Ritz Bronx high school teacher received a decade ago a box of spring bulbs. “I didn’t know what to … Continue reading The Green Bronx Machine: Stephen Ritz →
  • King Abdullah has died at 90

    ventureosity
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state television. Abdullah’s designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother. Reuters reports that King Abdullah had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from … Continue reading King Abdullah has died at 90 →
 
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    Spectafy Blog

  • Big Things Happening at Spectafy – Announcing 2.0

    Eric Watson
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our early users for being an integral part of the Spectafy community. Feedback from early users has lead to some big changes, and we want to keep you involved as we move forward.  We’re very excited about our direction, and we think you will be, too. At Spectafy, our goal is to create the best possible platform for connecting you with what’s happening around you in real time. This week, we made the tough decision to move away from questions and answers, and towards something we hope will provide easier access to the content the…
  • Awesome New App Improvements!

    Ben Watson
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We’ve been hard at work since our last App update in January, and we have once again added a bunch of new features we hope will increase the user experience and get the community excited! As always, to leave us comments or feedback, or to interact with the Spectafy team, head on over to our Support page or our Users Facebook Group or drop us a note at the bottom here! Far and away the new feature we are most excited about is the ability to post Specs without questions!  Read more below about that and other cool new updates. Something Cool Happening You Want to Share?  Post a Spec!
  • Our List of Can’t Miss San Francisco Events in February 2015

    Ben Watson
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Since we apparently aren’t having a winter season this year, let’s enjoy the outdoors! If we are going to have to hear about a drought for the foreseeable future, might as well make sure you get your farmers tan on! Here is hand selected compilation of the happenings the Spectafy team is most excited about for February 2015. Make sure you download the Spectafy app for Android or iOS and see what’s going down before you head out! SF Beer Week Who doesn’t love beer? February 6th-15th is SF Beer Week, so do yourself a favor and scope out the website to find out which events…
  • Spec of the Month – January 2015

    Ben Watson
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    This month we are highlighting the utility of Spectafy as a planning tool…and showing you how to use the app to make sure your beer drinking experience is everything you want it to be! Whether you prefer a dark bar with plenty of pool tables and neon signs, or a nice sunny park-like setting, Spectafy let’s you see what’s happening before you head out. Both Britt S and Jane P. wanted to check out the scene at Biergarten a couple of days apart, and here are the results: If you want to make sure there are table spots, want to see if the sun is peeking out, or want to make sure…
  • Our New and Improved App!

    Ben Watson
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    On the heels of our feature roll out last month, we are excited to report that we have added even more awesome features to the Spectafy app! We heard your suggestions and are working hard everyday to make the app as fun & useful as possible. To leave us comments or feedback, or to interact with the Spectafy team, head on over to our Support page or our Users Facebook Group! Here are the new features we are most excited about: Get Your Swipe On! Everyone loves a good swipe, so we made it easier to navigate between the most popular features with the simple flick of your finger.  You can…
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  • Heavy Discounts And Deadline To Buy Or Not, Meet Benjamin

    KARAN CHOPRA
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    You love deals? Answer definitely is YES, but what if to grab that deal you will get only sixty seconds? Now this surely sounds like amazing situation that whether to grab it or not as all you got is mere sixty seconds only. Meet Benjamin deal app, which works with best brands worldwide but the biggest catch in its offering is that it all offers sixty seconds to grab it. It is currently in closed beta version and allows everyone who wishes to try by simply entering their email address. The post Heavy Discounts And Deadline To Buy Or Not, Meet Benjamin appeared first on NEXTbiGPRODUCT.
  • Reach Your Brand’s Full Profit Potential Through FullCube

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Quite as a business, you often thinks that what possible way the company can considerably opt in order to reach its maximum full profit potential. Well there are options available, but again important is what one considering choosing. Well our today start-up roundup talks about the same to greater insight as we are going to introduce with FullCube. FullCube is one such brand which helps brands to opt on repricing their assets for recurring consumer relationship. It let the businesses reach to full profit potential ability through the methods like direct and data-driven relationship while…
  • Shop Online, Earn Cashback With Shopback

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    While the trend of earning discounts on our favourite brands is not new but what if one adds cashback option to it. Sounds good, huh? Today we are taking stem up to share about the start-up which is actually doing it. Meet Shopback, the one because of which earning cashback is just like saying 1, 2, 3 and done. Working on vision of revolutionizing things the way one consider on saving on online shopping, Shopback gives you the freedom to earn cashback of up to 50%. The categories it includes ranging from fashion, travel, electronics and more. You name the thing and you will be getting…
  • Discover A World Of Activities With Musement

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Travelling to another part of world and wondering what or how to book for the activities to be done well in advance. While thanks to the way technology evolved, it is just like we got an open ticket to the world. Well the start-up which is we covering today take all those hassles away from you as it will let you book the tickets in advance. Meet musement, a digital, multi-platform booking service which allows you to find and book activities, guided tours and much more around the world. Moreover with thanks to availability in multi-languages, it eases the job to more extend while over the…
  • Connect With People Worldwide Via GlobeChat

    KARAN CHOPRA
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Most of the time, you will find yourself in the situation where you want to connect with people from across the globe despite of their region or language. While it definitely sounds like a barrier, but the start-up which we are going to talk today masters the art in same. Meet GlobeChat, the company which is aiming to provide a single global communication platform seamlessly connection people throughout the world regardless of their language or distance. Understanding what’s on offer, the company translates multi real-time messages in not one or two but in 41 languages within one-to-one,…
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  • 052: How a Philosophy Teacher Built a 7-Figure SaaS Business

    Omer Khan
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Joshua Parkinson is the Founder & CEO of PostPlanner, a Facebook tool that makes it easy for people to find and post amazing content to increase their social media engagement. Joshua founded the company in 2011 and to date Post Planner has over 25,000 monthly active users. Success Quote “It’s the things you do to avoid depending on luck that ultimately make you lucky.” — Joshua Parkinson Book Recommendation “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” by Nir Eyal & Ryan Hoover Links, Resources & People…
  • 7 Lessons I Learned from Interviewing 45 Amazing Entrepreneurs

    Omer Khan
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Today’s episode is a little different. I don’t have a guest. It’s just me. And you! Earlier this week, I published episode 50. I can’t believe there are already 50 episodes of this show. So I thought this would be a good time to look back at the last 6 months, reflect on the awesome conversations I’ve had with so many amazing guests and share some of my own personal insights and lessons with you. A year ago, I couldn’t even have imagined that I’d have my own podcast. I think of myself as a pretty introverted guy, so the thought of putting myself…
  • 050: How to Build a Business When Everyone Says Your Idea is Impossible

    Omer Khan
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Chris Barton is the co-founder of Shazam, a mobile music recognition service which started out as idea that Chris had in 1999. All the experts told him that it was impossible. Today, Shazam has over 100 million active users each month. In 2004, Chris joined Google and currently he’s working at Dropbox, where he’s responsible for business development for mobile operators. He also continues to serve on the Shazam Entertainment board. Success Quote “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” — Walter Bagehot Book…
  • 049: How to Generate $30,000 a Month in Revenue from Content Marketing

    Omer Khan
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Josh Pigford is the founder of Baremetrics, a product that provides SaaS analytics for Stripe. Josh founded the company in Oct 2013 when he built and launched the first version of the product in just 8 days and within 8 weeks he was already doing about $2000 in monthly recurring revenue. In this episode, we get tactical and learn how Josh uses content marketing as the primary channel for acquiring new customers. Success Quote “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid…
  • 048: How to Take Your Business from $0 to $30,000 a Month in Recurring Revenue

    Omer Khan
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Josh Pigford is the founder of Baremetrics, a product that provides SaaS analytics for Stripe. Josh founded the company in Oct 2013 when he built and launched the first version of the product in just 8 days and within 8 weeks he was already doing about $2000 in monthly recurring revenue. In this episode, we explore how Josh took his business from $0 to $30,000 per month in recurring revenue. Success Quote “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Links,…
 
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  • Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate

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

    Erik
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Twelve (12) days ago, Angelbacker decided to run its first Thunderclap. The idea of a Thunderclap made sense: Run a campaign to gather supporters who will share the same message on Facebook/Twitter at a future date and time. We didn’t exactly know how Facebook would show posts by friends of friends on our newsfeed, but the idea of multiple people sharing the same thing … Continue reading 8 Reasons to Reconsider a Thunderclap – An Average Startup’s Review → The post 8 Reasons to Reconsider a Thunderclap – An Average Startup’s Review appeared…
  • The Long Journey to Making Our Own Startup Explainer Video

    Erik
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Basic Summary: My startup Angelbacker decided to make our own explainer video after getting declined by Sandwich Video. Below is a recollection of our journey producing our own video (with limited production experience). It is intended for individuals, founders, and managers who may produce their own video some day but it may also be an interesting read about … Continue reading The Long Journey to Making Our Own Startup Explainer Video → The post The Long Journey to Making Our Own Startup Explainer Video appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider

    Erik
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Building a marketplace is HARD. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem where you need to consistently acquire new customers (buyers and sellers) on both sides of the market while continuing to offer benefits for both to adopt. Successful marketplaces all have a natural pull on the buying and the selling side of the market. Ideally, all marketplaces should aim to … Continue reading 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider → The post 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • 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 … Continue reading 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know → The post 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
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  • Q&A: Ignacio Vilela talks about Startcaps Ventures, a SF-based microVC with Spanish origins

    Jaime Novoa
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    Ignacio Vilela is the founding partner of Startcaps Ventures, a Spanish Venture Capital firm based in San Francisco that invests in technology-based companies. The company has just had its first exit (Authy) and we thought it was the right time to catch up with them to talk about their story, investment thesis and why they’re […] The post Q&A: Ignacio Vilela talks about Startcaps Ventures, a SF-based microVC with Spanish origins appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Q&A with Juan Margenat: building companies and investing from Barcelona

    Jaime Novoa
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    Juan Margenat has been part of the Spanish startup scene for quite some time, both as an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PlanB!, which was later acquired, and more recently Marfeel, a software company that helps publishers monetize and engage mobile audiences. To know more about his career, the current status of the Spanish startup scene […] The post Q&A with Juan Margenat: building companies and investing from Barcelona appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • How to talk like a startup investor

    Jaime Novoa
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’ve talked numerous times about what investors are looking for in startups, their investment criteria and why entrepreneurs need to understand that all investors are looking for are returns. They invest money to make even more money when there’s an exit, IPO or M&A. Although most entrepreneurs are aware of the above by now, there […] The post How to talk like a startup investor appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Q&A with Rodrigo Martínez: Point Nine Capital, angel-VCs and Berlin’s ecosystem

    Jaime Novoa
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Point Nine Capital is an angel-VC fund that’s been quite active in recent months, having backed companies such as Helpling, Typeform, Brainly or Infogram. To know more about the Berlin-based firm (don´t let the location fool you, they invest all over Europe and also in the US) we’ve interviewed investment associate Rodrigo Martínez. For those […] The post Q&A with Rodrigo Martínez: Point Nine Capital, angel-VCs and Berlin’s ecosystem appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • The Spanish startup ecosystem in Q4 2014: €77M raised (+315% YoY)

    Jaime Novoa
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Spanish startup ecosystem continues to mature, as investments and exits are increasing by the day as local startups mature and foreign investors come to Spain’s shores to fund the next wave of great entrepreneurs. Following the Scytl effect, a great quarter for the Spanish ecosystem In the fourth quarter of 2014, Spanish startups raised […] The post The Spanish startup ecosystem in Q4 2014: €77M raised (+315% YoY) appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide: Developing A Solid Marketing Strategy in Less Than 24 Hours [infographic]

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
      You have identified a specific need – a gap in the market, an unresolved issue, a sorely missed solution to a problem – and you can provide something that will satisfy that need, ideally much better than anybody else. Good. You’ve managed arguably the most difficult part of running a successful business.   Now, there’s still a long way to go as a) many of your potential customers have so far been quite happy with what your competition has to offer, b) most people have as of yet no idea that they would eventually prefer using your product or service, c) most…
  • Startup On The Move: Leaving The Garage

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
      They say remarkable startups tend to be born in a garage. Most often in sunny California, the proverbial cradle of new technologies.   As I write these words, I do sit on a tiny IKEA couch in a small garage. Except, I don't work here. It's where me and one of my co-founders live. And it's not in Silicon Valley, but under the cloud-laden London skies.   The average rent for a standard apartment was beyond our means so we found a refurbished room that, in better times, used to serve as a car park. We moved here to participate in a 3-month startup accelerator, which, more than…
  • 5 Videos To Make You Feel Good Before Your Next Presentation

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
      Once in a while, we all need to give a presentation, deliver a public speech, or pitch our business idea. And when we are asked to do that, our feelings usually fall into one of these categories:   FEAR   PANIC   ANGER   RESIGNATION   But fear not and watch these videos. They will alleviate any stress you migh have from failing in front of a large group of people.   1.Who says presentations need to be boring?     2. If she made it through, you can too     3. You can hardly make a mistake worse than this     4.
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Bear Douglas

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:45 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:   Bear Douglas Senior Manager, Developer Advocacy at Twitter     1. HipChat – Bring your team to life   "It helps me keep in touch with my team 1:1 and in group chat rooms while on the move. Works on mobile better than many other enterprise-focused chat clients."       2. 1Password – Simple, convenient security   "It keeps…
  • 33 Little Known But Incredibly Useful Websites For Your Online Business

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
      1. Panabee – Search for domain names, app names, and company names.   2. Dock Name – Crowdsource a domain name.   3. Free Beginner's Guide to SEO – Amazing tutorial on how search engines work.   4. UX Crash Course  – Learn the fundamentals of UX in 31 daily lessons.   5. Google Snippet Optimizer – Check how your site will look in Google's search results.   6. Best About Pages – Get inspired by the best about page examples.    7. Really…
 
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  • Top 5 Free VPN Apps For Android

    Daniyal Sheikh
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    VPN is the short form of Virtual Private Network and is the best security tool a web surfer can have. Mostly it is used to let you secure while using public WIFIs and also it can be used to penetrate firewalls and unblock any web which is blocked by your ISP. Most android users used […] The post Top 5 Free VPN Apps For Android appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Transfer files between iOS and Android w/o root, jailbreak

    Steve
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Since iOS doesn’t allow File transfers over Bluetooth, Transferring files has always been a tough job for iOS users. Specially when Android is able to send/receive files via Bluetooth. Not anymore, Now you can send and receive any size of files between iOS and Android without root or Jailbreak. Jail-breaking is not recommended by iOS, […] The post Transfer files between iOS and Android w/o root, jailbreak appeared first on MGeeky.
  • KitKat for Qmobile A900i – Download | Install guide

    Steve
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Qmobile Noir A900i isn’t the most famous model of Qmobile. That is why it didn’t receive much development. Recently some members of our Facebook Group asked us to provide Stock Kitkat ROM for Qmobile A900i. Qmobile is selling this phone with KitKat PreInstalled which is a plus point for those who want to try different KitKat […] The post KitKat for Qmobile A900i – Download | Install guide appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Detailed Guide To Flash Stock Firmware On Mediatek Smartphones

    Guest Author
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Mediatek smartphones firmware structure is pretty easy to handle and mostly anyone with pre-basic knowledge of android can easily flash their mediatek based smartphones. Earlier I provided you with the complete guide to take backup of all mtk based smartphones and now I am back with a detailed guide on mediatek firmware flashing so now lets […] The post Detailed Guide To Flash Stock Firmware On Mediatek Smartphones appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Download link for ios 8.3 Beta 2| Direct Link

    Shaeel Iqbal
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Apple iOS is one of the most trending and the top smartphone is now i the world called ” Crown of Smartphones”. Apple is releasing almost new and newest firmware updated for iOS users. Last month Apple just have released the iOS 8.2 with some bug fixes and now Apple have just released another update […] The post Download link for ios 8.3 Beta 2| Direct Link appeared first on MGeeky.
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  • Mark Zuckerburg Invests in East Africa Based Bridge International Academies

    AntwiGambrah
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg has invested $10 million in Bridge international Academies,an East African private school chain. According to WSJ,Bridge International academy operates over 400 schools with over 126,000 students using technology to facilitate teaching and learning processes.THe nairobi based private school chain serves families who live  under $2 per day charges $6 per month for each child. The academy  aims to train 10 million children across Africa and India as it continues to offer high quality education to underserved families . Bridge International Academies has also…
  • Demo Africa 2015 Applications Now Open

    AntwiGambrah
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:09 pm
    DEMO Africa ,an initiative of LIONS@frica where innovative companies from African countries get the platform to launch their products is now accepting applications for this years event.The application window will be closed by the end of May.The event is scheduled 24th and 25th September at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos. The application process will be hosted by DEMO Africa’s partner VC4Africa.Qualified applicants will being taken through an adjudication process after which the top thirty will be invited to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage in September during the DEMO Africa event in…
  • Ghana Introduces E-Cabinet Platform

    AntwiGambrah
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    John Dramani Mahama,the President of the Republic of Ghana ,has launched the implementation of an E-Cabinet platform to  effectively eliminate the manual distribution of cabinet documents and embrace the use of technology in the conduct of cabinet business. The president has directed all his cabinet ministers to follow the change to allow the increase in the efficiency in the administration of the country. He also urged them to be coversant with the the use of the platform since all announcements and documents for the next Cabinet meeting will be distributed through it. “The…
  • Use Bisa App to Access Better Health Information in Ghana

    AntwiGambrah
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Mobile technology is  improving lives in the m-health sector in terms of providing users with quick medical solutions and easy ways to seek medical attention. Bisa ,meaning ask in the Akan local language ,is a mobile application purposed to make valuable health guidelines, information and tips for managing your health readily available to the public. Developed by Oasis Websoft , Users can interact directly with medical practitioners without having physical contact; an advantage to those who have health concerns they are shy to talk to a doctor face to face about. 1 of 5 Users can also send a…
  • Former Apple CEO To Invest In Early-Stage Startups in Africa

    AntwiGambrah
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    In a report by Techmoran ,John Sculley, a former VP and president of Pepsi-Cola and CEO of Apple and once’s Silicon Valley’s top-paid executive has announced the launch of Obi Ventures to invest in startups in the emerging markets. Speaking at a fireside chat that the iHub in Nairobi, where he was unveilling his Obi Mobiles, an affordable brand of Android-powered smartphones for emerging markets. Sculley said,” We have launched Obi Ventures to invest in early stage startups but we shall be higly selective.” Read more:$26.9 million invested in African Startups in 2014 Sculley didn’t…
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    Make Money Online: Start a Home Business

  • 7 Viral Tips #TheDress Taught us and the SCIENCE of Sharing

    Sam Oh
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    What would you say if you found out that #TheDress didn’t go viral because of online social shares? Would you be surprised?I certainly was.You probably know that viral content all have things in common. Some are LOL funny, others are WTF shocking and the best are OMG cute. Right?Is that what made the “Charlie bit my finger” video get more than 813 million views?Or the original Tumblr post of #TheDress get more than 56,000 engagements on Facebook?But what caused an article on American’s not saving enough for retirement make the New York Times most emailed list with…
  • How to Sell on eBay and Profit: Zero to 300k Case Study

    Sam Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Learning how to sell on eBay is the easy part. You make an account, set up a listing and wait for the sale.Easy, right?Profiting and building a business is the area that no one ever seems to talk about. So the million dollar question still stands:Can you make money on eBay and afford to eat more than Pizza Pops and Kraft Dinner?Here’s the good news:You can be the least sales savvy marketer, the most socially awkward person and still run away with a profit killing machine selling butterflies and rainbows.Selling on eBay is easier than it looks and profiting happens before you reach the…
  • How to Design a Website or Blog with WordPress

    Sam Oh
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    If you followed my tutorial on how to make a website in under 5 minutes, then you should have your WordPress site set up and running rather bland. Rather than leaving you at a dead end with your WordPress design, I’ve decided to create this tutorial that will show you exactly how to design a website, and not just add a picture here and there, but to make your website look like a $30,000 web design for under $60! You don’t need to know how to code or know anything about graphic design, although they’re never bad skills to have.If this is your first website? Try my FREE…
  • How to make a Website or Blog: Definitive 5 Minute tutorial

    Sam Oh
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    You are about to witness the power of modern 2015 technology at its finest. No, Seriously…Technology has come so far, that we can create a website or blog with the coding knowledge of a Silicon Valley monkey. That’s no coding knowledge if you were wondering.In fact, everything that you’ll learn through this two part web creation tutorial is exactly how I created this website. Feel free to follow along with my quick video tutorial to setup an unbelievable WordPress site with Bluehost’s one click installation. This video will help you get your website live in…
  • A Hefty Google Keyword Planner Tutorial for your Keyword Research

    Sam Oh
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    If you own a website, you’ve probably heard of keyword research at some point. If not, then no worries, because by the end of this detailed spiel, you’ll understand everything that you need to know about it.Before you continue with the Adsense Keyword Planner, you should have a good grasp of these concepts to get the most out of this keyword planner tutorial:The  difference between on page SEO and off page SEO (hover to find out) The  difference between a website and a web page The basic structure of a web page and how Google and other search engines view your website.Need a…
 
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  • 3 Reasons Why SME SaaS Metrics Are Different

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    I read a great post from AdEspresso recently. Its about churn in SaaS startups that are selling to SMEs. In simple terms, high churn in the first 3 months of use is just part of the sales funnel. 5% churn or higher will not kill the business. Once through this early period, users will stick around. I work with a lot of SaaS companies and most of them target the SME market. This got me thinking about the economics of these businesses. What the experts say I started to look again at the best SaaS sources. Tom Tunguz, Jason Lemkin, David Skok and others have written a great body of…
  • 6 Essential Things About SaaS For SMEs

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Late last year I started digging into the startup financial model. My whole career has been about how a business works. I don’t do blue sky strategy. I am not a system and process ops guy. I design, analyse and improve business models. This is the systematic view that works in my curious brain. I find myself poking around in a lot of different ideas. When I can see what works, I can help fix most things.  SaaS is the leading business model In the startup world most things come back to software as a service (SaaS).  Most of the businesses I am trying to help…
  • After the Storm: A Better Startup World

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Part 3: What will be the wider impact of a bust in startup valuations? Scroll down for parts 1 and 2. A quick reminder. Private investment dominates the current boom in startup funding. Public traded stocks play a much smaller role than in the past. For example in the dotcom bubble most  big companies went to IPO. One point of view is that this will contain the impact. A lot of private investors will lose money. But the fallout for the general economy will be small. I don’t think this will happen. I will explain at the end why this will be a good thing.
  • 3 Investment Megatrends to watch

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    This is part two of a series of three articles on the impact of a bust in startup valuations. For part one read down below. For part three…be patient. Valuations and the real economy Mattermark published a fascinating blog post in January. It explores the connection start up investment and US interest rates. Do historic low rates fuel explosive growth in funding? The article explores various trend correlations which support some basic economics. Extreme low yields (zero in the case of interest rates) will give a high nominal price. For any stream of earnings. Fred Wilson of…
  • Why the startup funding bust will be a beautiful thing...

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    Map of the South Sea Bubble c1720 This week has seen a several interesting posts about money. Authors highlight the unusual funding structure of the current startup boom. The basic point is that most of the money invested is private. Many entrepreneurs and early investors prefer to avoid the public capital markets altogether. This Quora answer from Keith Rabois explains why the IPO is out of fashion. The result is large funding rounds for mature companies with established revenues. But the risks of this type of investment are much greater than listing on the stock…
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  • Effectively Closing Sales Leads

    Lauren
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The sales pipeline is one of the most critical components of any business, but the process is often neglected. As companies continue to ride the digital wave, focusing on emerging techniques, it may be easy to fall behind in traditional processes like closing sales. Even if a business owner has a salesforce, they must be […] Read more... The post Effectively Closing Sales Leads appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • Why You Should Decide On One Of These TWO Key Objectives Before Writing Your Blog Post

    Lauren
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    If you want your blog to work for your business, then you need to have a strategy for publishing content. Too many businesses create a blog without a clear idea in mind about what the purpose is, and that sort of haphazard approach can be really damaging to your business (plus it’s a waste of […] Read more... The post Why You Should Decide On One Of These TWO Key Objectives Before Writing Your Blog Post appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • How This Method For Analyzing Customer Behavior Can Help Your Startup Thrive

    Lauren
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    One of the most important exercises you need to do when starting a business is to figure out who your customer is and what they want. Traditionally, that would have been an exercise in market research, and it was sometimes hit or miss. These days, there are far better ways to tap into your customers’ […] Read more... The post How This Method For Analyzing Customer Behavior Can Help Your Startup Thrive appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • Using Your Facebook Page To Promote Your Product? Here’s Why You Might Be Losing Business

    Lauren
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    If you’ve been using Facebook for a while to promote your business, then you probably know that Facebook is putting considerable effort into filtering page content to its users, which means you have to be smarter than ever to ensure you have high follower engagement and they see your posts. However, what you might not know is that as of January this year, Facebook has rolled out a new change that’s going to make it even tougher for businesses to market to their customers. Here’s what you need to know. Read more... The post Using Your Facebook Page To Promote Your Product?
  • The Fallacy Of Chasing Shadows When Launching An Online Business

    Lauren
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Let me ask you a question: What have you achieved today on your business? It seems like an innocent question. If entrepreneurs have one thing in common, it's that we're dedicated to our cause, so I'm sure your day has been filled with a variety of business tasks. But working on your business, and achieving something with your business, are two different things. That's a lesson I learned the hard way, and it's one I want to share with you in this post. Read more... The post The Fallacy Of Chasing Shadows When Launching An Online Business appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
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  • New SEC Regulation A+: Everything You Need To Know

    Onevest
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Q&A with Sam Guzik Photo credit: huffpost.com The following is intended to provide basic information about the new Regulation A+, adopted by the SEC on March 25, 2015, which is expected to become effective in early June 2015. It is not intended to provide legal advice. Please consult with your attorney's for specific counsel regarding the appropriateness of Regulation A+ for your company, and the corresponding rules and filing requirements.This Q&A with securities attorney, Sam Guzik, addresses the regulation promulgated by the SEC under Title IV of the JOBS Act of…
  • Top 5 Tips for Being a Successful Angel Investor

    Onevest
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Tim Houghten What does it take to be a successful angel investor today?Becoming an angel investor has the potential for being insanely profitable, personally rewarding, and even bringing about essential world change. However, as billionaire Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban recently noted in a viral interview, in order to realize these results and sustain them, you have to know what you are doing and have some good luck along the way.There are some finer mechanics to funding startups and including covering yourself legally, but the bulk of the matter can be boiled down to these five crucial…
  • JOBS Act Title III and Crowdfunding: What We Know So Far

    Onevest
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    By John Lion Photo credit: Getty Images Waiting on Title III of the JOBS Act? Join the rest of the nation including equity crowdfunding platforms like Onevest, where currently only accredited investors are allowed to invest. Accredited investors are only 1% of the US population.The SEC seems quite okay with postponing finalization until October 2015. Better late than never: an October implementation would be over 600 days since Congress's initial deadline.Garnishing media attention since before 2012, the JOBS Act's Title III is among the most important landmarks in the history of modern…
  • Identifying the Right Investor for Your Startup

    Onevest
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    By Michael Whitehouse Photo credit: http://blog.acrowire.com/ A startup lives and dies from its funding strategy. If the correct approach is taken and the right form of investment is secured, then a startup can thrive and establish sustainability. On the other hand, if the wrong type of funding strategy is implemented, a startup may face a precarious future, resulting in stagnancy and, in some cases, even liquidation.What's right for one company may not work for another. If your startup project requires a continual stream of financing for 1 to 3 years before becoming self-sufficient, for…
  • 6 Things That All Entrepreneurs Should Stop Worrying About

    Onevest
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    By Philip Acuna Photo credit: robbasso.com Being an entrepreneur is an inherently stressful endeavor. Being the entrepreneur behind a newly launched startup is even more stressful, since it means constantly having to balance on the fine line between failure and success. Many of the concerns that one has during this time period are warranted, particularly when it comes to budget, client retention, and simply surviving the competitive startup ecosystem. Other concerns, however, are irrational and can take away from the precious energy needed to successfully run a business.We…
 
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  • Elevator pitch: the investors’ version

    luisellagiani
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    There are plenty of articles and books advising you on how to start up your start up, on how to prepare a perfect business plan, the ideal deck, your invincible elevator pitch. Probably what you’ll find below is neither original neither new to your ears. The aim of this post is to report what 5 Venture Capitalists shared during a training session for entrepreneurs. I hope that reading some investors’ perspective will boost your confidence and will help you to raise faster and more money than expected! #1 Quoting almost literally an investor: “Get rid of the mindset that is…
  • One evening there was an Investor…

    luisellagiani
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was in NYC and I had the chance to attend 3 different pitching events involving start-ups at different stages of maturity. Social commerce, copyrights, focus groups, data arbitrage, health, fashion, market places… The first (astonishing!) finding is that Venture Capitalists are humans and as The Dress showed up and as Wittgenstein would confirm, they filter, as all humans, the reality through their own coloured glasses. Can we find a common denominator in the way they think, on what they expect from a pitch and on what could persuade them to fund your company? Maybe…
  • Wanna build insanely addictive apps? Tips&tactics. Bonus track: The Manipulation Matrix

    luisellagiani
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Let’s do a simple test. Be honest and reply YES or NO to the list of questions below: I never turn my mobile off Y/ N I often send text while walking Y/ N I’m compelled to make calls even in quite places like cinema or library Y/ N I regularly make personal calls while I’m at work Y/ N I post social networking updates during work meetings Y/ N I sometimes use my smartphone while in the toilet Y/ N I use my phone to avoid social interactions Y/ N I use my smartphone instead of watching TV Y/ N I get up in the night to check my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… Y/ N If you…
  • WEFestival NYC: The top 10 future trends you should look after.

    luisellagiani
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    I fully agree with the “Entrepreneur” article. The New York City Women Entrepreneurs Festival (WeFestival) is one of the few events still worth attending. I was fortunate enough to be there this year. Focus, the 2015 keyword. Conversation is the format. Celebration, the mood. Diane Von Furstenberg inaugurated the first evening: every sentence she told was an authentic life lesson. This post is dedicated to the speech performed by Erica Orange Vice President of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc., a leading futurist consulting group. Looking back to the Macroeconomics Bias, we will…
  • Triggers. Motivation and the Ikea effect. Why some apps are more engaging than others?

    luisellagiani
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Here we are: the second post dedicated to understand why some apps and products are more engaging than others. In the first one I’ve tried to analyse how one of the theories developed for explaining drug addiction could give insights about smartphones dependency: the opponent process theory (R. Solomon). You have learnt to react to a certain stimulus with the desire of sugar. Humans (skydivers) and dogs reacts exactly the same way as J. Corbit experiments demonstrated. Dogs in a so-called Pavlov harness were shocked (stimulus) with electricity . Skydivers indeed were sent to skydive :-) …
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  • China and Israel’s High Tech Industry: The story just keeps getting better

    Ori Bendori
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    China (officially the People’s Republic of China) is the world’s most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. Israel, by comparison, has just 8.1 million, 0.6% of China’s population (so if China was a cake, you could say that Israel wouldn’t even be one bite out of it, it’d be more like a crumb). China is also the second largest economy in the world with the highest growth rate among the large economies. In fact, it’s estimated that China will overtake the United States to become the world’s largest economy by the mid to late 2020s. For at least the…
  • What I learned after 3 years as a principal at a VC firm (3 tips for entrepreneurs seeking funding)

    Maya Pizov
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    In a few days, I will say goodbye to Carmel Ventures and literally cross the street to join enSilo, THE cyber-security company that finally (after 2.5 years) convinced Carmel to become an active investor in security. People have been very encouraging upon hearing the news about my move, and the entrepreneurs among them with whom I’ve been in touch during my time at Carmel also give me the occasional wink and a smile as though to say “wait and see, now you’ll understand how WE feel”. So I thought I’d share a few tips from my time as a principal at Carmel, to help everyone who’ll…
  • 5 insider-tips for nailing a startup pitch to a boardroom full of VCs

    Hila Shitrit Nissim
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    It goes without saying that when you get the opportunity to come and pitch your startup to a room full of VC Partners, you need to come prepared with a great presentation, bring along the right team members and to put on an impressive show. But in my opinion, as someone who has attended countless pitches over 10 years as a member of the investment team at Carmel Ventures, one of the most important things that VCs are interested in when you present is the way you tell your story. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a first time CEO, pitching your startup and telling your story to…
  • When it comes to your startup’s technology, God (or maybe the devil?) is in the details

    Ofer Brandes
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    I have previously stated that in order to succeed you don’t have to own a patent on an innovative, deep mathematical invention. In enterprise software, for example, your secret sauce can very well be a collection of insights or heuristics accumulated from domain expertise and many years of experience. In such a case, however, it’s not enough to have a general idea. Details matter – a lot. Can the idea really work? If your competitive edge does not rely on a solution that no one else has ever thought of, a big promise for a brave new world that will enable things that had previously…
  • eXcited about eXelate: Sharing my insights on our latest eXit

    Shlomo Dovrat
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    I’m proud to announce that eXelate – a Carmel Ventures portfolio company since 2007 – was acquired last week by Nielsen (NLSN -NYSE). Carmel was the first fund to partner with Iri Zohar and Elad Efraim, the founders of eXelate and led the first institutional investment round. Carmel has always supported the company both in good times and also through some challenging times. We participated in all the subsequent funding rounds when we were joined by leading US funds. At the time of sale Carmel was the largest shareholder in the company. I have worked closely with Iri, Elad, Mark Zagorski…
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  • How to Become a Marketing Genius

    Sandra Giffin
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Genius is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. When it comes to marketing Thomas Edison got it right. The Myth of Marketing There is a myth that marketing is a rigidly planned and deliberate set of strategies.  While this may be the case for some industries, I would argue that it does not apply to technology, especially completely new technology that disrupts the marketplace.  The truth is that even the marketing experts struggle to find the right mix. The Dirty Little Secret The dirty little secret of marketing new technology is that there is an enormous element of randomness. You try a…
  • How to Do a Press Kit for your Startup

    Sandra Giffin
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    A Press Kit is something that every Startup should have. PR is important for startups. You need to make information about your Startup and its product or service easily accessible. Bloggers and journalists are busy people with deadlines. They are more likely to do a post or article about your Startup if you provide them with timely access to the information and resources they need. I just finished putting together a Press Kit for my Startup  MondoPlayer.  I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of work!  But I’m really happy with the result. Why you Should do a Press Kit for your…
  • How Driverless Cars will Change Entertainment

    Cristian Worthington
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    In less than a decade, a new entertainment center will be opening, at which over a 128 million Americans will be spending an average of 50 minutes per day (25 minutes per session). The entertainment center will be your driverless (autonomous) car as you commute to and from work. The driverless car will make what is now illegal, the use of devices like phones, tablets and video players, legal. The daily ritual of piloting a car in bumper to bumper traffic will become a visit to a media center. Imagine the potential for media companies, game developers and advertisers! Drivers will no longer…
  • MondoPlayer for Android 2.0

    Cristian Worthington
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    We just released MondoPlayer for Android version 2.0. It is the culmination of countless hours of work and hundreds of decisions. So you’d imagine we’d all be feeling happy. Actually, shock and awe would be a more apt description! Releasing an App is an exercise in entomology – bugs! Lots and lots of bugs! And where there are bugs, there’s debugging, bug fixes and more bug testing! The process of bringing a release to market is always punctuated with weeks of soul destroying debugging. The process starts with a huge list of issues and slowly whittles down. It’s…
  • BYOA – The Secret of Getting Press Coverage

    Cristian Worthington
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:03 pm
    In my first startup I had no money and absolutely no marketing budget. I needed some buzz, so I called the Assignment Editor for a small local TV station. I was lucky, it was a slow news day. It was summer time, no one had drowned, no car accidents, no fires! For regular people it was a good day, for an Assignment Editor it was a crisis and I was offering a solution. I had less than a minute to pitch my story to the assignment editor, the story of a startup with a few local clients who had photogenic locations. I made the call in the morning and my company was featured on the 6 o’clock…
 
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