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  • After $2.3 Billion Facebook Buy, Oculus's 22-Year-Old Founder Allowed Himself This Single Splurge

    Entrepreneur: Latest Young Entrepreneurs Articles
    Geoff Weiss
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Palmer Luckey seems largely disinterested in materialism, but he did buy himself this one very expensive thing.
  • The secrets to setting your salary

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Your priority as a founder should be to create growth rather than to maximize your salary, writes Christina Bechhold, co-foun -More- 
  • How Entrepreneurship Has Been Turned Into 'Airbrushed Reality'

    Inc.com
    Tim Askew
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Popular media images present an escapist, even pornographic version of starting a business.
  • 7 Keys To Being Seen As A Superhuman Startup Founder

    Startup Professionals Musings
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).” A great jockey is a great role model. Like it or not, everyone looks to the entrepreneur as the jockey role model in a new business. Typically this energizes new startup founders, but some struggle trying to live up to their own, as well as everyone else’s expectations. In reality, nobody really expects anyone to be…
  • SkyMall Is Earthbound, But Its Legacy of Nutty Gifts Lives On

    Businessweek.com -- Top News
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Lightheaded shopping at 30,000 feet
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    Fast Company

  • Facebook's Lite App Is A Version Of The Social Network Aimed At Emerging Markets

    Luke Dormehl
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Enhancing communication in underserved areas? We can "like" that.After conquering developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, the tech world is eager to expand into the developing world in search of new, untapped populations of potential customers. While that all makes perfect sense in theory, in practice it can lead to challenges.Read Full Story
  • Google Deal Brings NFL Highlights To YouTube

    Luke Dormehl
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    A step in the right direction, if not yet a touchdown.Not long after it was announced that ESPN will be available for streaming over the web, courtesy of the Dish Network, the NFL has signed a deal that will allow viewers to watch official highlight clips via YouTube.Read Full Story
  • Analysts: Apple Is Selling More iPhones In China Than In The U.S.

    Luke Dormehl
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Apple's China strategy is paying off in a big way.Tim Cook has been outspoken about his belief that China will one day overtake the U.S. in Apple sales, and ahead of Apple's earnings call tomorrow, analysts are predicting that he's been proven right.Read Full Story
  • Stop Pirating Pro Tools: Here Comes A Free Version Of The Audio Editing Software

    Tyler Hayes
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    A new, free version of Pro Tools is geared toward beginners.The name Pro Tools typically conjures feelings of love or hate—or, most often perhaps, anxiety. That might change soon, however, with the upcoming release of Pro Tools First, a free, less-intimidating version of the extremely popular audio editing software.Read Full Story
  • In This Lost Interview, Elliott Smith Reveals How He Found His Unique Voice

    KC Ifeanyi
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    PBS delivers an intimate, animated interview with the late musician in a new episode of "Blank on Blank."It's hard to imagine Elliott Smith screaming anything.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • These 7 weed startups are the toke of the town

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    When Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund dropped a fat bag of cash into cannabis private equity firm Privateer Holdings, the whole industry exhaled a puff of excitement and hope. Finally, venture capital was beginning to take the industry seriously. But of course, cannabis-loving entrepreneurs have been around since before that, and they’ve spawned plenty of startups. With regulations slowly moving in the direction of legalization, we’re likely to see more and more companies popping up. Colorado and Washington led the way, with more states voting to legalize the substance within their…
  • Minecraft is building blocky stacks of cash for Microsoft

    Jeff Grubb
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Minecraft is probably going to end up as one of Microsoft’s better investments. Money in gaming Microsoft ships 6.6 million Xbox Ones Xbox One outsells PS4 again The console war is taking shape Mobile gaming continues to grow The corporation reported that revenue from first-party games was up to $171 million during its fiscal second quarter. That’s a 79 percent increase. And while the first-person shooter Halo: The Master Chief Collection and race-car sim Forza Horizon 2 helped, Microsoft can thank its recently acquired block-building game for its bulging bank account.
  • Apple to report strong earnings on record iPhone sales tomorrow

    Mark Sullivan
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Apple is set to announce its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings after market close tomorrow, and most people believe that the company will report very strong earnings in its fiscal quarter ending in December. Wait, wasn’t that the headline last quarter? Well, yeah, but that was before the holiday season, which will very likely have put some rocket fuel into Apple’s earnings machine in the quarter ending December 31. OK, so strong earnings, but how strong? Bloomberg analysts are expecting revenues of $67.5 billion for the quarter, up 17 percent from the year-ago quarter. They…
  • A non-jerk’s guide to being lazy during the blizzard

    Gerhard Stiene
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    For those of us living in the Northeast, it is easy to mock the avalanche of hyperbole surrounding the coming storm. Giving storms names is a marketing stunt, not a World Meteorological Organization practice. #Snowmageddon2015 and State of Emergency are currently trending on Twitter. Meanwhile, most of us are praying for a day of telecommuting tomorrow. Visions of sweatpants, hot cocoa, and junk food dance through our heads. The usual suspects of Instacart, Seamless, and WunWun are going to make it even easier to stay in your old college hoodie and slippers. They are all preparing for a…
  • Dropbox acquires Pixelapse, a version-control and collaboration tool for designers

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Dropbox is beefing up its tools for creative folks with today’s acquisition of Pixelapse, a version-control solution. Founded in 2011, Pixelapse is a “visual version-control and collaboration platform for designers [that powers] the document backup, version control and collaboration needs of thousands of creative teams, agencies and freelance designers,” according to the company’s website. As the company writes on its homepage: Our new development efforts will be focused on bringing the same kinds of collaboration and workflow experiences that you’re used to in…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s $26B Quarter

    Alex Wilhelm
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
     Microsoft reported its fiscal second-quarter financial performance today, laid out its forecasts for its future performance and took questions from a number of analyst. It was a flurry of data, so let’s take a moment and dig through the big points that matter. Read More
  • Galvanize’s New Nonprofit Foundation Will Give Out Scholarships For Code Schools

    Kyle Russell
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
     Tech education startup Galvanize is bolstering its efforts to get people into tech with the launch of the Galvanize Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that will fund scholarships to code schools and other programs that promote diversity in the tech industry. Read More
  • Dropcam Stops Selling Its Cheaper Model, The Dropcam HD

    Greg Kumparak
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
     For the past few years, Dropcam’s product lineup has been a bit… confusing. Since October of 2013, Dropcam has sold two products: the Dropcam HD, and the Dropcam Pro. Which one were would-be buyers supposed to see as the “better” one? That won’t be a problem anymore. Read More
  • Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive

    Josh Constine
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
     Oculus just premiered its Story Studio’s first virtual reality cinema experience “Lost” that’s designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers. The experience features a massive robotic hand traipsing around a darkened forest in search of its body. While adorable, the film doesn’t push the limits of VR much. All the action takes place in front… Read More
  • Dropbox Acquires Pixelapse, A Startup Building Collaboration Tools For Designers

    Anthony Ha
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
     Pixelapse, a startup incubated by Y Combinator and StartX, has been acquired by cloud storage company Dropbox. The news was announced on the Pixelapse blog, and Dropbox has confirmed it. Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • 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…
  • I don't know

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

  • Risk-management lessons from the casino

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Running a company is similar to playing blackjack: You must be able to manage ups and downs and not lose all of your money on -More- 
  • Andreessen Horowitz's top tech trends

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz recently revealed 16 trends to keep an eye on, including machine learning, virtual r -More- 
  • Can your company adapt to challenges?

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Every company will go through rough times, but the survivors have cultures of shared empathy, identity and understanding, arg -More- 
  • Smarking enters Y Combinator for its smarter approach to parking

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A startup called Smarking is looking to apply data analysis to parking.  -More- Expand your Capital Raising with Retirement Funds As an entrepreneur or private investment manager, one of the toughest parts of your job is raising capital to get your offering underway. But what if you could unlock billions in potential capital by allowing investors to use retirement funds to participate in your offerings? Learn more about expanding your capital raising with PENSCO Trust.
  • The secrets to setting your salary

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Your priority as a founder should be to create growth rather than to maximize your salary, writes Christina Bechhold, co-foun -More- 
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Iora Health raises $28M to overhaul primary care

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Iora Health builds practices focused on small communities, giving them better care and attentionSince I started diving into healthtech to prepare for Vator's Splash Health event in Oakland next month, what has most intrigued me are the number of different sectors within that space. There are tools for purchasing of healthcare services or insurance; devices designed to treat a specific disease or condition; telemedicine, which allows patients to get treated from home; and platforms for managing costs. Many companies focus only on one aspect of the space, but one…
  • European venture capital hits 13-year-high

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    While investments were up, the amount of VC funding fell 18% to €3.4BAmid debate about whether Silicon Valley is in a bubble or not, fresh numbers keep coming in that show significantly higher amounts of funding being thrown about into newly-minted startups, or private companies in general (e.g. - Uber wouldn't exactly be a startup). Increasingly, exuberance for anything that's new seems to be catching fire across the globe. In a new venture report out today, the amount of investments made by European venture capital firms hit an 13-year-high as some €7.9 billion was invested in 1,460…
  • Today's Entrepreneur - Today's Entrepreneur: Hoang Nhu

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    No. 1 mistake: They underestimate the amount of energy.Today's Entrepreneur is Hoang Nhu, Founder of KoolTechs, Inc. a company that has a mission to bring to the marketplace unique consumer and health & wellness products and inventions that enhance all aspects of everyday life. They are responsible for the products like “Open Me” Smart Bottle Cap, Vital Sign Monitoring Smart Plug, and Whole-house BTL mesh network. Nhu went to California Polytechnic University, in Pomona for his degree in ECE in 1984 and on 1989 he went to University of Washington for his MS in…
  • Uber shutters on-demand delivery experiment

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    UberEssentials is dead, but that doesn't mean Uber has completely given up on the spaceIt looks like Uber's experiment into on-demand delivery is now dead. For the time being, at least. In December, the on-demand car service rebranded its delivery service, then called Corner Store, as UberEssentials, calling it "a limited-time-only experiment." And that experiment, presumably, failed because now the program is being shut down, Uber has confirmed to VatorNews. The company is definitely trying to keep the news on the hush-hush, only revealing the news to a user on…
  • WePay becomes first provider to integrate Google Wallet

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    WePay will offer Google Wallet as a payment option to its 1,000 platform partnersIn the last few years, we have seen the rise of both mobile, and of online payments. So, it would stand to reason that the two could come together, meaning that more people would start using their phones to start paying for things. That simply has not been the case, though. And there are probably a few reasons for that, with the biggest being convenience. Google and Apple are looking to change that, and have been leveraging their position as the two biggest mobile operating systems to help make mobile payments…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Uber Study - Drivers Satisfied, Like the Flexibility

    Steve
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Uber released a survey of their drivers last week.  As with all things Uber, it's being widely covered. The key findings, at least from my perspective, are: 78% of Uber drivers are satisfied with their experience driving for Uber. 74% reported Uber has made their lives better by giving them more flexibility with their schedule. 81% of the drivers work part-time as Uber drivers As of December 2014, Uber had 162,037 active drivers on its platform. Not surprisingly, the satisfaction numbers echo the what we've consistently found in the many years we've been studying…
  • Sources of Contingent Talent Shifting

    Steve
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    DCRTrendline's New Sources of Talent covers research by Ardent Partners showing that hiring firms are shifting how they locate and hire contingent talent (freelancers, contractors, etc.). The Ardent Partners chart below from the article shows survey data on this shift. According to the article, the big shift is away from traditional staffing firms and towards: Private Talent Pools This source of talent is something that is already known to employers. It consists of alumni and former workers, retirees, and past contingent workers. Private talent pools are able to provide workers who…
  • Book Review: The Future of Work

    Steve
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    I'm more than a bit behind on my book reviews, which is why it's taken me so long to get to Jacob Morgan's excellent book, The Future of Work. Morgan is one of the leading futurists examining work, so it comes as no surprise he does a great job of describing the forces that are changing work and explaining how organizations and their leaders can successfully respond to these changes. The book begins by covering "The Five Trends Shaping the World of Work", which are major megatrends impacting business, society and, of course, work.  The rest of the book…
  • The Internet of Pets

    Steve
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    The giant, annual Consumer Electronics Show held last week in La Vegas was a major coming out party for new products with sensors, advanced network connectivity and products related to the emerging Internet of Things.  Internet products for pets were a part of this and Popular Science's article CES 2015: The Internet of Pets covers several connected pet products. Key quote: A new breed of connected technology aims to boost Sparky's health and safety, and help him have a little bit of fun, too. My favorite new product by far is the Scout 5000.  Here's…
  • Gallup Wrong About Solopreneurs

    Steve
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    I'm a big fan of the Gallup organization and often reference their work. Which is why I'm so disappointed by their article American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive?. Gallup is simply completely wrong about solopreneur businesses. Key quote from the article: Let's run some numbers. You will often hear from otherwise credible sources that there are 26 million businesses in America. This is misleading; 20 million of these reported "businesses" are inactive companies that have no sales, profits, customers or workers. The only number that is useful and…
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • 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 “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 Pre-Order Your Copy of Captivology! Pre Order Here
  • Watch Bill Gates Try to Explain the Internet to David Letterman in 1995

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

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

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

  • How a Premium Member got to $1.4M in sales (without a ton of traffic) – with Susan Lassiter Lyons

    Andrew Khalili
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Susan Lassiter Lyons 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 a…
  • UGG: The Birth of a Brand – with Brian Smith

    Andrew Khalili
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Brian Smith 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 UGG: The Birth of a…
  • How to get your blog, your voice, and your reputation out there – with Peep Laja

    Andrew Khalili
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Peep Laja 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 Lead Pages – Lead Pages took my most successful page and turned it into a product that you can use—which magically converts strangers into leads. So if you want to use the page that I use to collect email addresses, check out AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. It will work on your site no…
  • Master Class: Growth Hacking – with Dan McGaw

    ArieSaint
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If your business is pulling six figures every month, you have to be on the right track, right? “Code School had just over 4,000 subscribers,” says Dan McGaw, founder of Fuelzee and former VP of growth at Code School, “[they were paying] $25 a month at that time.” But there was a big problem… “We were only growing 2% a month, so it wasn’t really fast,” says Dan. “It wasn’t enough to really make it a stable business.” Then Dan learned growth hacking techniques that doubled their traffic and subscribers. “We were growing about 15% a month in certain periods,…
  • How to sell a “hard-to-explain” idea – with Jeffrey Zwelling

    Andrew Khalili
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Jeffrey Zwelling This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to sell a…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Women Mean Business - Sallie Sargent

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    So, what does a host committee do? Leisa Holland-Nelson talks about Super Bowl LI with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Joel Tarver

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    How does digital marketing recruit great talent? It’s all about innovation. Robin Tooms gets specific with Joel Tarver, senior manager of digital marketing for Baker Hughes.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Andy Ray

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Karen Love
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Karen Love introduces Andy Ray, a principal on the PKF Texas EAS team. Andy shares the advantages middle market companies have and challenges they face during the life cycle of a business.
  • V.J. Singal - The Articulate Professional

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    How well do communicate? Do you use the spontaneous pause effectively? Can you make your point in three sentences? Are you able to use impressive words without sounding like a pompous jerk? When you Google a topic, do you get what you need the first time? We would all be more successful if we used more targeted—and more varied—words in our communication. V.J. founded The Articulate Professional in 1993 believing that effective communicators are also more effective in their jobs. He states his premise well.
  • School of Business 01/24/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions entrepreneurship and free enterprise. We want to start an event called Bicycling for Capitalism! Includes: our Quote of the Week—serious words from Scottish American industrialist Andrew Carnegie; This Week in Business History includes the creation of Scotch tape, Lego Bricks and Play-Doh; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • How to Start a Franchise Business

    Angelique O'Rourke
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    A lot of people are drawn to franchising. If it’s right for you, it can be a road map to profitable business ownership. You can get in on a great idea or successful business that has a track record of success and a strong brand, and still run the business yourself. Franchise expert Joel Libava... The post How to Start a Franchise Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 1: How to Identify Strengths

    Lisa Furgison
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Day 1 of our 5 Day SWOT Analysis Challenge! Sign up for our daily updates during the challenge and complete your own SWOT Analysis. Click here to join the challenge for FREE. Invite others to take the challenge! Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and use the #SWOT hashtag. As an entrepreneur,... The post SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 1: How to Identify Strengths appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Cats With Your Coffee? What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Purringtons Cat Cafe

    Briana Morgaine
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Over a year ago, I first heard the rumor that a cat cafe had opened in London. To me, it seemed a whimsical, storybook sort of place, where one could get a cup of tea and pet a cat at the same time. Charming, I thought, but a bit unbelievable—did such an establishment really exist?... The post Cats With Your Coffee? What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Purringtons Cat Cafe appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Biggest Business Fails of 2014 and How to Avoid Them

    Angelique O'Rourke
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Every year, a few businesses make bad decisions or mistakes publicly. Sometimes they recover quickly and no one notices. Other times, the blunders are nothing short of newsworthy. We’ve gathered up some of the worst fails of 2014 and included some helpful tips on how to avoid them yourself. Walmart asks its employees to purchase... The post The Biggest Business Fails of 2014 and How to Avoid Them appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 12 Business Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Year

    Jonathan Michael
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Are you a voracious reader? I have to admit that I’m not. I’m what you call a voracious book starter. A lot of topics interest me, but there are only a few books each year that keep my attention long enough for me to finish them. I’ve looked at some of the business books coming out over the next... The post 12 Business Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Year appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Set Your Identity with Your Office Design

    James Timpson
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When you’re running a business, corporate identity should be at the top of your list of priorities. Potential clients will judge your company at a glance. In fact, before you’ve even had a chance to market your services they will have already made up their decision on a subconscious level. Setting the right impression from the very start is crucial if you want to succeed, so before you before looking for clients and trying to secure business, take a step back and make sure your office design is worthy of their time and money. Keep it Casual There’s a distinct difference between…
  • 2015: the Year of Smarter Internal Communications

    Agu De Marco
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The way we keep our employees informed and engaged in the workplace is radically changing. Many companies have begun to deploy social and mobile collaboration tools that are altering the ways we build company culture and increase productivity. As companies become more proactive about adopting new internal communications technologies, we are now seeing how employees can play a bigger role in forming internal communications practices in the workplace. Many organizations are leveraging new tools such as social networks, mobile, and visual storytelling to collaborate, champion company culture,…
  • Corigin Ventures Sets Sight on Miami: “We’re Quite Bullish”

    Camila Souza
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Good news Miami, more money is coming our way. New York City-based investment firm, Corigin Ventures, is looking to open new headquarters in Miami and invest locally. Corigin Ventures focuses on Seed and Series A investments for startups in high-growth markets. Tech.Co spoke to David Goldberg, Director of Corigin Ventures, to find out about their plans in Miami. 1. What do you look for when making the decision to invest? What is your process like? Our process is a nice hybrid of thorough analysis and raw instinct, and we consider team, market, and product. We look for passion, know-how, and…
  • Create an iPhone Game in 31 Days

    Ronald Barba
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you’ve ever wanted to create an iPhone game, then now is the time to do it. A new course has launched today that is aimed at teaching students how to create their own, original, indie game in just 31 days using Apple Sprite Kit with its Swift programming language. So, not only will you be able to create a functional and fun game, you’ll learn to do so with Apple’s new programming language that is quickly gaining momentum among full-time developers. And the best part? We’ve got a promo link that will let you take the course at 20 percent discount. The name of the…
  • Pluralsight Acquires Code School; Get Free Access to Courses

    Ronald Barba
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Pluralsight, the online platform committed to providing continued learning for professional software developers, IT specialists, and creative technologists around the world, has announced today that it has acquired Code School, one of the top resources on the Internet for programming education. The acquisition is valued at $36 million and is Pluralsight’s sixth within an 18-month span, having acquired the skills assessment platform Smarterer last November. “We recognize there are numerous ways to learn and are committed to bringing new learning styles to the Pluralsight family of…
 
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 7 Keys To Being Seen As A Superhuman Startup Founder

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).” A great jockey is a great role model. Like it or not, everyone looks to the entrepreneur as the jockey role model in a new business. Typically this energizes new startup founders, but some struggle trying to live up to their own, as well as everyone else’s expectations. In reality, nobody really expects anyone to be…
  • Check Your Startup For Symptoms Of This Malaise

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Founders almost always cite lack of money as the reason for failure, but if you look deeper, I believe the reason is more often about dysfunctional people and leadership. Sometimes it comes right back to the founder, in terms of a malaise often called “founder’s syndrome.” A few years ago I was intimately involved with a promising startup that taught me about this issue. I’ll be short on specifics here, to protect the guilty, but I hope you get the idea. It’s not a disease, but it can kill your startup. You can find a more complete discussion of founder’s syndrome on Wikipedia,…
  • Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, Or Destroy It

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs I meet are reluctant to disclose anything about their idea to investors before getting a signed confidential disclosure agreement (CDA). Professional investors and advisors, on the other hand, usually refuse to sign these agreements today due to the risk of litigation and administrative workload, and will walk away. How can you make this a win-win opportunity? First of all, I will admit that there is some risk involved with talking to any potential investors, even with an agreement, just as there is risk in all the elements of your plan, product and market opportunity. Yet…
  • The Right Marketing For A New Business Costs Least

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth. But startups need to remember that even zero paid media doesn’t mean that marketing is free. The case for zero paid media as the new marketing model was highlighted in a recent book, “Z.E.R.O.” by Joseph Jaffe and Maarten Albarda, both experienced marketers working with new companies, as well as larger firms.
  • How Effective Is Your Business Communication Skill?

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Every business professional and entrepreneur believes they are good communicators, but how do they know? It’s really the perception of the recipients that counts, and poor communicators are almost always poor listeners, so they don’t hear the shortcomings. Warren Buffet once told a class of business students that better communication could boost their value by fifty percent. That’s certainly worth going after, so it is time for all to take a hard look in the mirror, recognize the need to improve, and make the commitment to change. But looking in the mirror doesn’t help unless you know…
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    Presentation Zen

  • 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…
  • Bill Murray on storytelling

    Garr
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below. On story and storytellingAt 18:55 in the audo track above Howard asks Bill how it is that he makes…
  • Presenting a lunar eclipse

    Garr
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies). As it's the harvest season here with very much a feeling of Autumn in the air, the majestic orange tint of the moon seen just above the trees lining our house seemed very fitting to the season. As you know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow or umbra. The orange Moon or "blood Moon" is really something to behold. But why does the Moon turn red/orange? It's a simple phenomenon and it's explained clearly and visually…
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    Great Demo!

  • How Much Demo Do You Need? (“Just the right amount, please…”)

    Peter E. Cohan
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Imagine yourself as a customer in the following situation:  You’ve decided you need to improve your sales forecast and pipeline management system – you are using Excel today and it just isn’t sufficient anymore.  You’ve just started to explore what kinds of new tools are available and what options they provide.  You visit a number of vendors’ websites to learn about their offerings – you’d like to get an idea of what is out there and kinds of solutions are available.  What level of demo from these vendors do you need at this stage?Time passes, you’ve done…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Demo and a Joke?

    Peter E. Cohan
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    In some cases, nothing!  The best part of a joke comes (wait for it…) at the end.  However, the best part of a demo should be presented in the first few minutes (within 6 minutes, in the best cases).  Those who “save the best for last“ suffer from exhausted audiences (who are too tired to appreciate the best part), reduced audiences (the highest ranking customers have likely left the room), and running out of time (“Sorry, we didn’t have time to show you our reporting capabilities – our best stuff – but trust me, they’re really great…”).So, if you want your…
  • Land and Expand: The Importance of the Delta

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    No CFO will approve a major expansion of software without a clear understanding of the value equation.  The challenge, often, is that the people who bought the 1 or 2 seats of the original “Land” purchase generally don’t have the experience to uncover and communicate the value.  The vendor may be required to help the buyer with the process since many of these buyers have never orchestrated a large purchase.  Buyers who go to their CFO’s with incomplete information are likely to be denied their request.  I’ve seen inexperienced managers present to their CFO’s…
  • The REAL Buyer Stages...

    Peter E. Cohan
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Traditionally, vendors identify a set of Buyer Stages – the steps and thinking that a customer goes through en route to purchasing a product.  I think the traditional list is inaccurate and doesn’t reflect reality.  Here’s one example of the traditional list:“Classically, there are four main stages:- Awareness: Identify a business need;- Consideration: Determine possible solutions;- Research: Evaluate different solutions;- Purchase: Select a solution and negotiate purchase.”I’d suggest the following customer stages are more likely in buying enterprise software:-…
  • Cold Calls - Do Vendors Research You Before Calling? (Nope)

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

  • Entrepreneurship Educators Need to be Rewarded too!

    mollyvyoung
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    A $1000 educator award for teachers who promote entrepreneurship in the classroom It’s that time of year when high school seniors are looking for scholarships to fund their college education. So teachers get to write all kinds of letters of recommendations. But this year is different. This year, teachers can get a scholarship too. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation is offering a scholarship dedicated to teachers who emphasize the importance of entrpreneurship in the clasroom. The Entrepreneurship Educator Award will grant a $1000 scholarship…
  • Top Five Skills for Success in the New Economy: Entrepreneurs, Students, and Careerists

    kathykormanfrey
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The New Year is a new beginning. Often, large companies, entrepreneurs, and disciplined individuals start the year with goals – resolutions of sorts. What are yours this year? If it’s time to go beyond surface resolutions to ones that will change your career and level of success, take this quick quiz. You might get some ideas to fill your list for meaningful New Years resolutions…toward a more successful you. Here’s the quiz: True/False In an organization or institution, I regularly seek to understand what is expected of me. If I do not understand, I ask follow-up questions.
  • Who are You and How does this Influence your Entrepreneurial Journey?

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

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

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

  • Dropbox Buys Pixelapse

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Pixelapse, a startup developing version control firms for visual designers, said Monday that it has been acquired by San Francisco-based cloud storage firm Dropbox. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • goBalto Gains $12M For Clinical Study Software

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    San Francisco-based goBalto said last week that it has raised $12M in a funding round, for the company's cloud-based, clinical study software.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Jafco Ventures Becomes Icon Ventures

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Palo Alto-based venture capital investor Jafco Ventures is rebranding the company, saying Monday that it has renamed itself Icon Ventures, as the firm has shifted from its original backer, Japan's Jafco Co., to a larger base of limited partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Annapurna Labs Acquired For Around $350M By Amazon.com

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Annapurna Labs, a stealth mode semiconductor developer with locations in both Silicon Valley and Israel, has been acquired by Amazon.com in a deal worth between $350-$375M, according to reports citing sources near to the companies. The details on the acquisition have not been announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Sparkcentral Gets $12M For Customer Support Software

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    San Francisco-based Sparkcentral, which develops software for managing real-time, customer service for enterprises, has raised $12M in a series B funding. The funding was led by Split Rock Partners, and also included Sigma West. Sparkcentral is led by Davy Kestens. READ MORE>>
 
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    Entrepreneurship Resources | ZDNet

  • Gate

    F Hurt
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    Gate connects you to the people and topics that matter most.Gates are feeds made by anyone for the sake of anything (clubs, classes,...
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    Hamburg Business Class
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    This application was created to inform students and parents/guardians of Hamburg Area High School about important information such...
  • NorthWood Athletics

    Global Touch Marketing
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    The NorthWood Athletics app was created by the NorthWood High School entrepreneurship class in partnership with the NorthWood Athletics...
  • Biggest Brazilian tech fest kicks off

    28 Jan 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This year's Campus Party is focused on entrepreneurship and expects 160,000 visitors
  • Self-employment on the rise for tech professionals: is this a good thing?

    Joe McKendrick
    23 Dec 2013 | 5:45 pm
    In today's crazy economy, self-employment or entrepreneurship may be the best way for IT professionals to go.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind The temple door said, “Leave your mind and shoes at the door.” Nodding his head, Ravi walked in. An elderly man stopped him, “Sir, can’t wear your shoes inside.” Ravi said, “Ah..sorry, when I left my mind, I forgot about shoes completely.” They changed the sign reordering the instructions. Sometimes, the order makes a big difference… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized…
  • Lessons from The Instigator Experience – Interview with Srinivas Rao

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    I have known Srini for a number of years and he never ceases to amaze me with his interviews (The Unmistakable Creative series)  and the projects that he pursues such as The Instigator Experience events. Being a co-host of a few Cerebrate events in the past, I am fascinated with the concept of The Instigator Experience. I asked Srini a few questions about the lessons learned from creating and hosting the last event. Here is that interview: RS: Srini, what is the Instigator Experience and more importantly what led you to create this event series? SR: It’s a 2 day bushiness event for people…
  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

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

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

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
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  • Why It’s Like 1995 on the Mobile Web Right Now

    Linda Bustos
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Another post on mobile menus?You may recall, GetElastic posted Don’t Make These Mobile Mistakes and Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger already.And Conversion XL posted the excellent mobile menu A/B testing study just last month. (The testing gain amounts to a few hundred thousand dollars of mobile sales a year, not bad).So why another post?The Conversion Scientist Brian Massey summed up on Twitter why mobile menus deserve attention, testing and as many blog posts as the Interwebs can contain about fixing them.Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger?-GetElastic: Comments:It's like 1995 on the…
  • The State of Digital Marketing in 2015 [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    This week’s infographic dissects the state of digital marketing in 2015, from device usage, to customer lifecycle to digital marketing management. Courtesy of SmartInsights.Tweetables80% of Internet users own a smartphone Tweet this37% of consumers use game consoles to surf the Web Tweet this34% of consumers use a smart TV, and 9% a smart watch to surf the Web Tweet thisTablet and Kindle Fire add-to-cart rates are comparable to desktop Tweet this50% of marketers report they have no defined digital strategy Tweet thisMarketers report SEO is the top rated digital channel for 2015 Tweet…
  • The Head to Toe View of the Customer

    Linda Bustos
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    We know about the 360-degree view of the customer: a unified account of interactions across digital and physical touchpoints. Omnichannel Nirvana. But when it comes to in-store analytics, the head-to-toe view of the customer may be what’s next in one-to-one marketing. How are retailers using face and foot recognition to optimize operations? And how does this tie back into digital?The ‘thousand foot’ view of the customerA 29-year old Master’s student at University College London believes assumptions about gender and demographic segments can be made based on…
  • 3 Beacon Trends to Watch in 2015

    Linda Bustos
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Mobile is not just another access point for your online business, it’s an in-store shopping aid. According to SapientNitro, 53% of consumers prefer shopping in-store vs other channels. 81% of these shoppers want to interact with their phones in-store, and 61% want to use “any device” (PC, smartphone or tablet) to help them shop. And beacons are one of the ways to play in the phygital age of retail.What are some of the retail beacon trends to watch this year?Passive BeaconsMobileShopTalk’s Beaconing by Request Enters the Market outlines 3 different types of beaconing: active…
  • How Retailers Can Meet Omnichannel Expectations [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    Are you ready to get phygital?The term means what you think, phygital marketing spans the digital and physical world. Consumers are armed with the Web-in-their-pocket and are actively researching, showrooming and discovering brands and products through social and mobile search. This week’s infographic by DisplayData highlights consumer beliefs about retailers phygital expectations (via SmartInsights).Click to enlarge infographicTweetables42% of US and 46% of UK consumers think retailers offer different prices online and offline Tweet this47% of US and 48% of UK consumers think retailers…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 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,…
  • Q&A: What Do I Include in a 1-Page Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I received this question overnight from my ask-me-a-question page: I am entering a competition that is asking for a one page business plan and I am having a hard time trying to determine what to put on it and what not to include. What information is absolutely required? To answer this well I’d need to know the criteria set up for the competition. Some are more concrete than others. Some are more about the idea, but most emphasize investment potential. I think of what I want to see as I review submissions to an angel investment group. These are essential to me: The problem you solve. This is…
  • Q&A: Winning Business Plan for a Competition

    Tim Berry
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    How do you do a winning business plan for a business plan competition? I’m glad you asked. I’m a frequent judge of these competitions so it’s in my interest to help you improve your chances by developing a better business plan, pitch presentation, summary, and elevator speech. So that you know, I’m answering this question with reference to the mainstream high-profile business plan competitions I’ve judged many times, including the University of Texas’ Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition, and the University of Oregon’s…
  • Do We Want Our News Crowdsourced?

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

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

  • Asking why

    Jonas Downey
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Last week I asked a question on Twitter: If you have a personal website, why do you have it? Some people used their site as a hub that collects their online identities. Others liked to fiddle with web tech or writing. Several treated it as a showcase for their professional work, to possibly get a job. Everyone else, it seems, didn’t have a reason aside from a general feeling of obligation. I think that last group indicates a sea change. In the early days of the web, your site was a big part of your identity. It was one of the best places to share information, prove your geek mettle, and…
  • Lead Android at Basecamp!

    Nick
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    We’re looking for a programmer to lead us on Android and push us further into the platform. This is a unique opportunity: we don’t hire often! We’ve got a serious foothold in the ecosystem, and we want you to take us to the next level. Here’s a little preview of Basecamp for Android right now: We’re happy to welcome applicants based anywhere around the world. Our office is based in Chicago, but our team is spread out over multiple countries and time zones. You can work from anywhere! We’re so serious about working remotely that we even wrote a book about it. Basecamp offers…
  • Effort in the Application: sites that got our attention and got Basecampers their jobs

    Mig Reyes
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    We’re really proud of the small-but-mighty team we’ve built here at Basecamp. Hiring is hard. Likewise, landing a great job is hard. In a sea of resumes, effort rises to the top. Here are a few of the websites and commissioned challenges that helped these Basecampers score their job here. Note: our company was called 37signals before we became Basecamp in 2014. Ryan Singer (Designer, Product Manager) was one of a few designer candidates that Jason picked in 2003 for a chance to join 37signals to work on client projects. The design challenge? Redesign the Verizon Wireless homepage. Ryan…
  • Sometimes there really is an easy button

    Noah
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    For a long time, I was frankly somewhat dogmatic about the tools I used to analyze data: Give me a SQL connection, R, and my trusty calculator and that’s all I need. If I need to make a report, I’ll just use Rails and HTML. Open source or bust. For most of my four years here at Basecamp, that was mostly how I worked, and it was fine. I think I was reasonably productive (or at least productive enough to stay gainfully employed). I built a lot of tooling and reporting for the rest of the company, and I did some analyses that I’m proud of. These tools were all I needed, but it…
  • One of Basecamp's Water Coolers is a chatroom dedicated to pets

    Kristin
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    As you can see from Dan’s post, lots of us are animal lovers. Back when I lived in Chicago, a few of us would take turns hosting a workday that we would call “Bring Your Work to [Pet’s Name] Day.” When Ann, Sam, and Trevor came to my apartment for “Bring Your Work to Clementine Horsetooth Day,” we worked from my couch and enjoyed the occasional interruption by Clementine, my elderly Siamese cat. She strutted around flirting with the newcomers: stretching and yawning and shaking her tail. At “Bring Your Work to Hector Day,” a bunch of us holed up in Sam’s loft with his…
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

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

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

  • TransferWise picks up $58 million Series C round

    Greg Anderson
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    London-based TransferWise (with Estonian roots) is looking like it's on a golden rocketship up after adding a $58 million funding round led by Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. TransferWise has now raised $91 million to date with name brand investors like Sequoia, Peter Thiel, Index Ventures, and Richard Branson. For those of you just catching up with the company, TransferWise provides currency transfers at a rate much closer to the spot rate with no upfront fees - cutting into the big banks' business where it's not uncommon to need to pay €20-50 to transfer any sum of money with…
  • The top 5 Nordic bitcoin startups

    CoinTelegraph
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    By Marija Odineca Edited: Allen Despite the falling bitcoin price, the interest in crypto continues to rise and Nordic startups are definitely not lagging behind. Here is a list of top 5 Scandinavian bitcoin startups worth checking out. KnC miner Location: Stockholm What they do: Chip design and cloud services for blockchain-based applications and cryptocurrency mining. Why they are interesting: With their latest investment round of whooping USD$14 million, these guys made it to the Top 5 of all Nordic Series A, second only to Fyndiq. Raising eight figures also let them join the league of…
  • From Garage48 Hardware & Arts to orbiting the earth and London Fashion Week

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    Editor's note: This is a guest post by Garage48, an event we really admire taking place February 6th-8th As the Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2015, biggest hardware and design hackathon in the Baltics, is approaching, we took a look back at the results of the first event. If on average 1-2% of the teams from a hackathon end up as companies, remarkably altogether 6 teams from Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2014 are still working on their products a year later, yielding an almost 30% success rate. The companies already have a number achievements under their belt and even more ambitious plans. We…
  • Forget the US or BRIC countries: Gothenburg's Saltside raises a $40 million Series C

    Greg Anderson
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
    The beautiful thing about Gothenburg-based Saltside Technologies is that they throw away the assumption that if you want to grow into a valuable company, you need to be targeting the U.S., Europe, or at least the BRIC countries. With online classified portals operating in four "third tier" markets, Saltside announces today that they're raised a generous $40 million series C funding round to reinforce their market positions, look into new markets, and continue developing technology for their portals. To date the company has raised $65 million. Investing in the round are Chinese equity investor…
  • Malmö-based Wecloud buys Danish IT security company

    Greg Anderson
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    IT-security server Wecloud, which sells cloud-based spam and web filtering in a subscription model, has bought Danish competitor Simitu, in an attempt to boost productivity and expand as a business, as reported by Sydsvenskan 8till5. “The goal is to double our turnover and number of employees within two years… This year we have a turnover about 25 million. I would think that in two years  we will have doubled it, and have 35 employees.” says CEO Richard Zetterberg. He sees that the biggest advantage of the deal is that Wecloud, with the help of Simitu, will be able to deliver local…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for wpplugindirectory.org

    public
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Company / App Name: wpplugindirectory.org http://wpplugindirectory.org/ Twitter – @wppdirectory What does it do? Tired of searching WordPress plugins? with wpplugindirectory.org you can find Find WordPress Plugins for your site by Reviews, Categories, Tags, Download Count, Last Update Date, Rating and Votes! Why do we need it? Seamless WordPress Plugin search experience with all the updated ones. Who is it for? WordPress users/ Webmaster What makes it stand out from the crowd? Categorization of WordPress plugins What’s next? One spot destination to find updated WordPress Plugins…
  • Pitch for Carrot

    public
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Company / App Name: Carrot http://www.aida.io/products/carrot Twitter – @carrot_event What does it do? Carrot powered by our context-aware platform helps you create native mobile apps for all types of events to create digital touch points amongst sponsors, organizers, attendees within hours. Extend event’s life before and after the event. Why do we need it? Create value for your sponsors by connecting them to attendees ; Use real time updates to inform attendees of event activities and announcements ; Reduce paper printing costs; Generate additional revenue using event mobile apps Who…
  • Pitch for Toilet Paper And

    public
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Company / App Name: Toilet Paper And https://www.toiletpaperand.com Twitter – toiletpaperand What does it do? Never shop for your household or personal essentials again, and never pay too much for them again. Why do we need it? Because shopping for household and personal essentials sucks, and so does paying too much for them. Who is it for? You, if you’re a busy professional or parent that doesn’t want to waste your time shopping for toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, and shampoo. Or, waste your money paying too much for them. What makes it stand out from the crowd?
  • Pitch for Jookbox

    public
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Company / App Name: Jookbox http://www.jookbox.strikingly.com Twitter – @jookboxapp What does it do? Connecting people through music by using an outdated device, the jukebox. JOOKBOX is an iOS app that acts as a remote jukebox. Hosts set up their device as the jukebox, plug into the speakers & their guests upload songs to the playlist. Why do we need it? When was the last time you went to a house party and you were able to hear some of your favorite songs? Or when was the last time you hosted a party and your attempt to put together the perfect party playlist failed? Exactly……
  • Pitch for HDScores

    public
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Company / App Name: HDScores http://goo.gl/3fTqJH Twitter – HDScores What does it do? Zillow for Restaurant Inspection Reports. How clean is the restaurant you are about to eat in? All in a easy to read, search and understand format. Why do we need it? 1 in 6 Americans are effected by a foodborne illness annually in the US. This effects the US Economy by $77.7 Billion Annually. Who is it for? Consmers Businesses Government What makes it stand out from the crowd? We have 530,000 establishments across 886 jurisdictions in the US What’s next? More Data, More Interfaces Pitch Video…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Heddoko to Compete in Wearable Technology World Cup

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Heddoko, a Montreal-based startup that has won many awards, has raised $350,000 in funding. In addition, Heddoko will compete as finalists in Germany in the WT Wearable Technology World Cup in February of this year. They are one of 20 finalists, selected from 500 competitors. The founders of Heddoko are both Latin American, Alex Fainberg of Argentina, and Mazen Elbawab of Brazil. Despite the fact that they both had full-time jobs, they decided to pursue their ideas behind Heddoko full-time, which led to them attending the Founder Institute in Montreal to help get their ideas off the ground.
  • Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from top Startup Experts

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 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…
  • The Road to the "Small Win" for Startups

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    When striving to grow a company, sometimes it's the small wins that count the most. Although these accomplishments may not be considered newsworthy by the masses, they contribute to your company’s progress, and offer tactical lessons that others can apply in their own entrepreneurial journey. In this special installment of #Smallwins, Matthew Hender, a Graduate of the Perth Founder Institute, discusses the struggles he endured to achieve a small win for his company, Cycle My City, and the lessons he learned as a result. "Some small wins happen quickly, some take…
  • FI Graduate Gift Card Indonesia Receives $2M in series A Funding

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    A recent success story comes from one of our graduates in Indonesia. Antonius Taufan of Gift Card Indonesia (GCI) has managed to receive a $2 million investment from the U.S.-based Sovereign’s Capital. As Enricko Lukman discusses in an article written for TechInAsia, “Gift Card Indonesia nabs $2M series A funding,” other investors in the round included Lippo Digital Ventures, SMDV (Sinar Mas Digital Ventures), and RMK Ventures. Though the Founder Institute has been in Indonesia for two years, this is the first time that one of its graduates has raised series A…
  • Get on the Rocket Ship! The Founder Institute is Hiring at our Palo Alto Headquarters

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles in our Palo Alto office - including Project Managers, Account Managers, an Office Manager, an Executive Assistant, a Finance & Operations Manager, Operations & Logistics Associates, Interns, a Director of Sales, and more. The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies…
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    Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

  • My 5 predictions for 2015 and beyond

    DonDodge
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    My 5 predictions for the tech world in 2015 and the next 5 years; Sensors, Indoor Location, Alternative networks, Wearable computers, the demise of cable TV. Billions of sensors will monitor everything, and become the next platform shift in computing. Your home, car, office, and even people will have special sensors that help us manage the complexities of life. Indoor Location and Positioning, enabled by Smartphones, will become a part of many existing apps, and enable new services. Think about how web maps started as a standalone application and were later embedded into all sorts of web…
  • Indoor Location startups innovating Indoor Positioning

    DonDodge
    19 Jun 2013 | 11:26 am
    Indoor Location and Positioning technology is the Next Big Thing. It is bringing the power of GPS and Maps indoors. We spend most of our time indoors, working, shopping, eating, at the mall, at the office, on campus, etc. Apple and Google are competing on street maps, but are also working on Indoor Location. Lots of startups are going after this market too. In this post I will mention all that I am aware of. One or two winners, and a hundred broken hearts - Most web or social app markets are dominated by one or two big early players due to “First Mover Advantage” or network effects and…
  • Leaders in Indoor Location Positioning technology

    DonDodge
    5 Apr 2013 | 10:29 am
    Who are the big players innovating in Indoor Location and Positioning? What technologies are attracting the most attention? How will Indoor Location evolve? In my previous post I covered the different technical approaches to Indoor Location, how they work, and some of the market uses for it. In this post I will cover some of the leading large players and their technical approaches. In an upcoming post I will cover many startups that are innovating faster than the big companies. Who are the big players? Indoor Location will be a huge market, bigger than Maps or GPS. Many big companies have…
  • Why Indoor Location will be bigger than GPS or Maps, and how it works

    DonDodge
    2 Apr 2013 | 8:07 am
    Indoor Location and Positioning will be huge! Apple recently acquired WifiSlam for its indoor mapping and positioning technology. Why? Because we spend most of our time indoors, working, shopping, eating, at the mall, at the office, on campus, etc.  Google already has Indoor Maps for many airports and shopping malls. The race is on. The explosion of Smartphones with built in sensors, accelerometer, gyro, wifi radios, and camera make indoor positioning possible.  GPS and Maps are great, but they only work outdoors and with clear line of sight to the sky. GPS was developed by the US…
  • How Facebook maximized the IPO proceeds, but botched the process

    DonDodge
    22 Aug 2012 | 5:30 am
    Most companies leave a lot of money on the table when they IPO. They price at $12 to $15 per share at the IPO and trade up to $20 - $25 on the first day, and up to $30 to $40 over the next few months. Investors are happy. The press is writing positive stories. Everyone is happy. But, the company left all that money on the table, the difference between the $12 IPO price and the $25 first day close. This can mean hundreds of millions of dollars for the company. Facebook optimized the value of the IPO to the company by pricing high, and brought in billions of dollars in cash. Facebook stock…
 
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    OnlyOnce

  • 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…
  • How to Ask For a Raise

    Matt Blumberg
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How to Ask For a Raise I’m guessing this topic will get some good play, both internally at Return Path and externally.  It’s an important topic for many reasons, although one of the best ones I can think of is that most people aren’t comfortable asking for raises (especially women and more introverted people, according to lots of research as well as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In). My whole point in writing this is to make compensation part of normal conversations between a manager and a team member.  This requires the manager making it comfortable (without negative stigma), and the…
  • Typing as Core Competency

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

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

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

  • Squirrel Co-Founder On How Mentorship Supported His Business

    Mutaz Qubbaj
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Squirrel was one of eleven startups to take part in the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars programme – a growth accelerator funded by Barclays. Here, Co-Founder Mutaz Qubbaj explains how mentorship supported his business through a period of intense development and learning. Squirrel is a financial wellbeing platform designed to help people on low disposable incomes regain control of their financial lives. We do this by working with employers to provide simple saving, budgeting and bill management tools to employees that integrate directly with payroll systems. Squirrel is one of…
  • Where Are They Now – New Videos

    Megan Sweeney
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Towards the end of last year we started a new series of short videos on Techstars companies, Where Are They Now?  We profile some interesting companies, highlighting where they began, what they’re doing today, and some tips on how they got there.  Some Techstars companies we’ve already featured include SendGrid, DigitalOcean, Contently, Rapt Media, Nestio, Sketchfab, Plated, Occipital, Romotive, and more. As of today, 61 companies have been acquired across the Techstars portfolio and 78% are still active.  There are a ton of stories to be told and a lot to learn.
  • 12 Companies for Winter 2015 Session in NYC

    Alex Iskold
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are very pleased to announce the new Techstars class here in NYC. This will be our 6th session in the city, and my second as the Managing Director. The winter session started this week, and will end with the demo day on April 17th. We had 60% increase in applications for NYC program this year compared to 2014, and the acceptance rate was 0.8%. The companies that got selected are innovating across wide range of spaces including virtual reality space, electronics prototyping, developers tools, mobile, localization, e-commerce, content and more. This year, for the first time, we had Techstars…
  • Techstars’ 2014 Year in Review

    David Brown
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    As I reflect back on 2014 at Techstars, it was a really good year. Here are some highlights: Techstars portfolio companies received $534M in venture capital in 2014, bringing the total to well over $1B and their market cap to over $2.5B. 513 companies in the portfolio, up from 341. 59 exits across the system, in the past year this included: Highlighter, Glider, Wander, Vizify, DocTracker, Pickie, Appetas, Laveem, Graphicly, Shelby.tv, Mocavo, Senexx, MobileDevHQ, Poptip, UberSense, OnSwipe, GrabCAD, MarketVibe, Smart Toy (fka Ubooly), SocialCrunch, Revolv, Qunb, Spill, Captimo and Vidmaker.
  • Announcing Techstars Cloud Class of 2015

    Blake Yeager
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I am pleased to announce the new class of companies participating in the Techstars Cloud 2015 program in San Antonio, Texas. We have a group of amazing founders from all over the world, including entrepreneurs from the United States, Mexico, India, Israel, and Poland. The class is very well rounded and includes ten companies working on a variety of very technical and innovative businesses. The companies from the first two Techstars Cloud programs have been making amazing progress and I am excited to see this new group of companies join the ranks of Techstars Cloud alumni. I look forward to…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • 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
  • More Women reaching the Billionnaires List

    29 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    There is a strong showing of women making it to the Billionaires' List, and not all through the old fashioned way of death of a spouse or divorce.Forbes has the list and tech is the foundation of the wealth of oly two of the women. I thought there would be more. Here it is:Women make up 10% of global super-rich and 172 women, 25% more than in 2013, are in renowned club of billionaires. From the Facebook executive who told women to "lean in" to get ahead at work, to a Nigerian oil tycoon and a British online gambling entrepreneur, a record number of women have entered the global club of…
 
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    Valleywag

  • The Weird, Mysterious Company Behind The SkyMall Bankruptcy

    Dan Lyons
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The company that publishes those SkyMall airplane catalogs filed for bankruptcy last week. That's perhaps not a surprise, considering the kind of junk they sold. But there might be even more to the story, because it turns out that in 2013, SkyMall merged with a company called Xhibit Corp. that had some interesting characters behind it.Read more...
  • Flashback: Bitcoin Will Soar To $100,000, Says VC

    Dan Lyons
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Just last year at about this time, venture capitalist Chris Dixon predicted in Wired that the price of bitcoin could "easily" go as high as $100,000. Those were heady times!Read more...
  • Google Handed Stacks of WikiLeaks Email Straight to the FBI in 2012

    Jamie Condliffe
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    WikiLeaks is demanding explanations, after it's come to light that Google gave the FBI emails and digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staff members when warrants were served in March 2012.Read more...
  • Rumor: Some Bad Shit Is Going Down At Tumblr

    Dan Lyons
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Do you work in sales at Tumblr? Have you noticed a disturbance in the force? We're hearing that bad shit went down at Tumblr this week, and while it is not going to be announced until next week, for now everyone at Tumblr is drinking heavily.Read more...
  • Box Shares Are Soaring, And My Head Feels Like It Is Going To Explode

    Dan Lyons
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Despite the warning from the Vulture this morning, shares of Box, the massively money-losing tech company that went public this morning, have been popping all day. By this afternoon they were up about 70 percent from the listing price.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Startups shouldn’t count on bridge loans.

    Alexander Muse
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    In the startup world S.O.S. means ‘save our startup‘ and the most common life saving device is a bridge loan. Typically a current investor will pony up just enough capital to get the company to either breakeven or the next funding event. But more often than not bridges are simply a way to allow a CEO to stay in a state of denial hoping that a magical solution will present itself. Worse yet, bridge loans send a VERY bad signal to future investors. Fred Wilson explains it: “So bridge loans are often bad investments made defensively. And so they are red flags to other…
  • Tinder + More Features = Failure (Courtem)

    Alexander Muse
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    When the Tinder mobile app hit the dating scene it was an immediate hit. Today more than 50 million people use Tinder to find a match. These 50 million people generate a billion profile swipes each month (right or left) making 12 million matches per day. Four brothers in Dallas decided to clone Tinder and make it even better by requiring that users propose a date in order to connect. Unlike Tinder which lets you indicate interest by simply swiping right (awaiting a similar swipe), the Courtem app requires you to propose a time and date for each match (or court in their terminology). This is…
  • Founders Fund Portfolio of Sin? Betting on Vice over Virtue.

    Alexander Muse
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    The Founders Fund, a venture capital firm founded by Peter Thiel, announced they are investing in a cannabis company who sells Marley Natural brand marijuana. This was shocking to me because Founders Fund is a tier one, best-in-class venture capital firm. They’ve invested in startups you may have heard of like Facebook, Airbnb, SpaceX and Spotify. Superstar venture capitalists like Peter Thiel, Ken Howery, Luke Nosek and Geoff Lewis (who is the lead partner on the Marley deal) NEVER get involved in so called ‘vice’ investments like pornography, drugs, tobacco, gaming and…
  • StartupMuse Mentorship Month 10

    Alexander Muse
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Ten months ago I started my twelve month mentorship experiment. Initially called TEN and now called StartupMuse, my program offers entrepreneurs three different mentorship programs. Basic – $199 (6 entrepreneurs) Standard – $499 (3 entrepreneurs) Premium – $999 (14 entrepreneurs) I had started out limiting my group to ten, but after Ethan (my son) suggested adding three different levels and prices points my group expanded to 23 members. About half of the companies are really thriving. 25% are struggling and the other 25% are headed to bankruptcy/insolvency. My original goal…
  • Hardest part about being a entrepreneur? Focusing.

    Alexander Muse
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    You know you’re an entrepreneur if everything you hear or read makes you want to start a new company. If you’re not careful you’ll end up starting a new startup every month like Pieter Levels. Ten months ago he declared to the world that he was going to start 12 startups over the next 12 months. In my experience the hardest trait, but most important trait in an entrepreneur, is the ability to say NO to ideas. Instead, I believe, commitment to a single idea for at least 13 months is key to achieving any level of success. I have a new idea for a startup almost every morning…
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    Start Up Blog

  • How to build financial wealth in 1 sentence.

    Steve Sammartino
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    The way in which all financial wealth is built, time immemorial is this: Find a way to make money when you are not in the room. This formula has never actually changed. All the traditional investments fit this definition. Property, Rents, Dividends, Interest, Equity and even creating a startup which becomes bigger than us. Essentially, we need to invent more than 24 hours in a day through the labour of others. We need revenue which is controlled rather than earned. We can build it, or buy it, either way can work. Some ways are faster than others. But if you want to generate money, then you…
  • A christmas story about how technology does not change us

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Yesterday I went shopping to buy all our favourite foods for Christmas. I paid a visit to the supermarket, the bakery, the deli, the fruit & veggie store and accumulated many guilty pleasures. As well as all of those foods we rarely let our kids eat. Most times we go shopping our kids love to come to the door and inspect the bounty of what we have brought home. They inspect the bags while we are trying to carry them into the kitchen tripping under our feet, hoping to see we have bought them a treat. But this week was especially bountiful. The bags were filled with DNA enticing high sugar…
  • So what really happened to newspapers – in data?

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    We know that newspapers are in decline. We know that we are shifting where we get our news, both in channel and in provider. Gone are the days when we have a few local TV stations, radio and newspapers to get our news from. News is more fragmented than any industry I can think of. But the truth is that we’ve never read more and watched more news per person than we do today. We just do it in different places and more of them. But how far have the printed version of newspapers really declined? Will they even exist in a few years or will they join the record stores and CD’s?
  • Little Data – Insurance, finance and digital footprints

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    General Thesis: Cheap technology is changing everything. There’s a deluge of data being created by all economic participants. But, this time buyers, sellers and employers all participate and have access. It’s no longer just top down business infrastructure, but quickly becoming horizontal. Access is now greater than ownership. This means that in a data driven economy, areas that previously did not affect insurance and finance industries are starting to. Their biggest competitors in 5 years is more likely to come from outside their industry, as is of course any new revenue…
  • How to price yourself as a freelancer

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

  • Self-destructing book vanishes after 24 hours

    Springwise
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Add / Remove The online world is a wonderful maze of distractions, and consumers could be forgiven for allowing their attention to wander from whatever it was they picked up their tablets and smartphones to do in the first place. But multi-million selling author James Patterson decided he wasn’t going to let anything divert readers’ eyes from his latest novel “Private Vegas.” Over the last five days, Patterson has released 1000 advance digital copies of the thriller, dubbed the self-destructing book, complete with a 24-hour digital timer: when the time runs out, the…
  • Two squirts of Sprayable Sleep will help insomniacs catch some zzzs

    Springwise
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:09 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. For those who like to quickly check Facebook or catch a short Netflix episode on their tablet before they go to bed, doctors have some bad news — it's messing with your sleep. Devices emitting blue light affect levels of melatonin, a key ingredient for a good night's rest. Add in jetlag from business trips and constant city noise and that's a lot of consumers…
  • In Portugal, WiFi vehicles could create truly smart cities

    Springwise
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Add / Remove It’s fair to say that the majority of the innovations we see on Springwise rely on internet connectivity — which usually means that if there’s no connection, the device is useless. In efforts to ease this problem we’ve already seen WiFi on tuk—tuks and even WiFi on donkeys — but now Portuguese start-up Veniam are offering a more sustainable, large scale solution to urban connectivity. Veniam has recently installed its vehicular WiFi network on buses in the northern city of Porto, connecting over 600 vehicles and serving 60,000 unique monthly users. Their…
  • Solar-powered EV charging made easy for apartment blocks

    Springwise
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Add / Remove We have already seen how solar power can be harnessed to charge electric vehicles via the EV Arc, and we wait eagerly for developments from Ubitricity’s portable charging device, which could help spur on the adoption of renewable transport further. Now, San Francisco based Powertree Services are helping to solve the problem of home-charging for another potential EV market — apartment owners and renters. Previously, these consumers may have been deterred from purchasing an electric car because the vehicles are most effective when charged at home, over night — which…
  • Charitable techies can now donate their skills to nonprofits in need

    Springwise
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Add / Remove Technology is a mixed blessing for many of nonprofits. While apps such as SnapDonate and Charitweet make it easier than ever for people to make donations, tech development and upkeep can cost NGOs a lot of money which is desperately needed elsewhere. With this in mind, a new platform called #charity is encouraging IT professionals to donate their time and specialist tech skills to nonprofits in need, helping those organizations to reduce costs and put the money back into their missions. Charities of all sizes can list their IT needs, one project at a time, on #charity for free.
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    entrepreMusings

  • 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…
  • Transitions are Constant

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

  • Forget annual reports; create a sound sculpture to track your company’s performance

    Jackie Dove
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    So here’s a novel way to track your corporate performance: Generate a multimedia sculpture. You might think that’s a little over the top, but considering how hard you work to gather and analyze all those dry, boring numbers, a sound sculpture is much more fun — and certainly more creative. At least that was the idea behind the recently released project by New York design agency, Hush Studios. Hush decided to experiment with translating quantified numerical data into a five-foot sculpture complete with gesture-controlled music. The input consists of data collected for each week of…
  • Yelp for Android and iOS updated with event RSVP and improved media upload

    Napier Lopez
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Yelp users on Android and iOS are getting a couple of small but useful feature updates today. First up, you can now RSVP to events on your mobile device. When you check out your profile, you’ll be able to view and comment on all the events you’re attending. Yelp is also improving the photo and video upload expreince. The company says sharing media from your phone’s library should be a lot more efficient, with quick access to your library as well as taking a new photo or video. Lastly, Bookmarks for iOS users are getting sped up, while the Android… This story continues at The Next…
  • Nest to replace old Dropcams for free before they stop working in April

    Owen Williams
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Gigaom reports today that Nest is offering a replacement program for anyone who purchased an original Dropcam or Dropcam Echo before they stop functioning in April. The old cameras are set to stop functioning in April as Nest upgrades its IP-camera software, adding new features that the older cameras weren’t capable of. The company said the upgrade program is because it’ll “no longer be able to give Original Dropcam and Dropcam Echo owners an experience that meets our standards.” Affected users don’t need to do anything; Nest will get in touch to arrange their free Dropcam…
  • Super Bowl emoji sticker set gets you into the team spirit

    Jackie Dove
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    You may think Super Bowl Sunday is just about team spirit, house parties, sports bars and the keg. But for texting addicts on their own play-by-play, Big Emoji has come up with custom Super Bowl XLIX emoji stickers for your iOS device. On Feb. 1, the day of the Patriots vs. Seahawks smackdown, the drill may go something like this: Text message, Twitter post, Facebook update, lather, rinse, repeat. Here’s how to get started: Step 1: Download the Big Emoji app for free. Step 2: Tap the emoji to get them in the app. Then use them to text with in Messages, Twitter or WhatsApp. There’s…
  • Facebook wants users to rate its translations, asks page admins to create ads

    Napier Lopez
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Facebook appears to be trying out some new features, including a ratings system for translations and prompts for page administrators to create ads. Translations on social media are definitely useful for understanding the information your friends are sharing, but sometimes they can be hilariously bad. Facebook knows that, so the company is testing a rating system for translations. Reader @TopherBR spotted the new feature on his feed. @TheNextWeb #info #Facebook now now allows for translations to be rated! #new? pic.twitter.com/RiQZJ4DWZ7 — Christopher BR (@TopherBR) January 26, 2015 In…
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    The Product Guy

  • Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers

    Jeremy Horn
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers”.  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…
  • Getting to Here with Great Mentors in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:55 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? Getting to Here > What key people helped shape you into the product manager you are today? I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing and talented people over the last 16 years. One of them is Andrey, who was the CEO of a small startup company called Slando. He is an inspiring leader and a great friend, who sold his first online business at the age of 18 and…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 3 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Interaction Designer @ Vitals (New York, NY)Keywords: Interaction Design, UI, User Experiencehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1058&lf=twf Senior UX Designer @ Vitals (New York, NY)Keywords:…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 3 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Delivery Manager @ Viacom (NYC)Keywords: distribution, partnerships, product manager, syndicationhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1055&lf=twf Product Delivery Associate @ Viacom…
  • The Best Product Person of 2014 is…

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Out of the hundreds of nominations, and 3 amazing finalists, the 5th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Ladislav Bartos. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. Take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2014: Ladislav Bartos. (tweet) Ladislav believes that success is in simplicity. That’s why his aim is to help companies to make complex products simple for users. He lives in London,…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • My New Essay on Lessons Learned

    Ben Casnocha
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    I wrote a long essay about what I learned from Reid Hoffman over the past 4.5 years. I also describe some of what I did from 2012 to 2014 — a behind-the-scenes role I haven’t written about until now. You can read the full essay here.
  • Fortune Magazine: Treat Your Career Like a Start-up

    Ben Casnocha
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
    There’s a feature story in Fortune magazine this month with a suggested 2015 resolution for all professionals: treat your career as a startup. Delighted to see our book The Start-up of You as an anchor in the piece, and to see the career story of Nitin Julka highlighted as well. Nitin is featured on the Start-up of You web site as a case study in someone who used the principles of the book to transform his career: On a quarterly basis, he conducts a life assessment and reviews what he considers to be his professional competitive advantage. Among his “most unique” attributes he…
  • HR Magazine: 2015 Trendsetters

    Ben Casnocha
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Excited to be on the cover of HR Magazine this month as a Trendsetter for 2015. We certainly hope 2015 is the year of The Alliance!
  • Experiencing Hawaii for the First Time

    Ben Casnocha
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Having spent most of my life in California and loving to travel, it’s been an odd fact that I had never been to Hawaii. Well, it’s a fact no more. I had a lovely New Year’s in Maui with good friends, food, and books. And no email or Twitter for five full days, which is always a refreshing respite. Hawaii is indeed magical in winter time. A few theories. First, the climate: it’s warm there when it’s cold here, with no humidity. Second, the spirit of calm. It’s the natural Hawaain culture, I suppose. More important is the fact that pretty much all the…
  • Grammar Wars

    Ben Casnocha
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Joseph Epstein, one of my favorite writers, has a fun review of two new books on grammar. N.W. Gwynne argues for the old-school, strict approach to grammar, whereas Steven Pinker argues to relax the old rules and embrace the age of informality, baby. Pinker’s the kind of guy who likes to explode tradition, Epstein says: “Few things give him more pleasure than popping the buttons off what he takes to be stuffed shirts”: the word “whom,” the rules about can vs. may, split infinitives, and so on. The closing paragraph of the review: Rather than align myself with…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • Sorry Professor, The American Dream Is Not Dead

    John Greathouse
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I recently came across a disturbing article entitled, "The American Dream Is An Illusion," written by a college Economics Professor. The Professor argues that, "... recent evidence suggests that, in reality, social mobility rates are extremely low. Seven to ten generations are required before the descendants of high and low status families achieve average status." If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! If You Made It, You're An Outlier The Professor's argument impacted me…
  • Do Not Obsess On Names – Obsess On Delivering Awesome Customer Value

    John Greathouse
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. “With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good.” Really? If Smucker’s can annually generate hundreds of millions in sales for a variety of food products, there is little risk that a mediocre company or product name will preclude you from achieving similar success. The value of an ideal name, attached to a product or company that does not deliver an economically viable value proposition, is zero. Beyond names, the only thing you should spend less time obsessing over is your logo. Thus, do not obsess during the…
  • American Entrepreneurs – Be Happy You Are Not In Spain

    John Greathouse
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. One of my top former students, Fredi Fernandez, recently sent me a compelling email. After studying at UC Santa Barbara's entrepreneurial program, he returned to Spain, excited to start a venture and make a positive impact on his homeland. He founded Alpha Origins in 2011. Although he has helped a number of startups gain traction, he is now questioning if he should flee Spain, given the recent passage of the unprecedented Exit Tax, which seeks to tax potential, unrealized wealth. Fredi's email is worth reading, as it reinforces how…
  • Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

    John Greathouse
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In his premier film appearance in the blaxploitation send-up “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” Chris Rock inadvertently addresses a key pricing challenge faced by most entrepreneurs. Watch this 93-second clip and see if you can identify the pricing pitfall addressed in this humorous snippet. Caution: contains a bit of profanity (it is Chris Rock, after all). If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! How Much For A Rib? A recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the…
  • Honesty Is An Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon

    John Greathouse
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Standing on the courthouse steps, moments after receiving his permanent residency Green Card, John Lennon was asked if he harbored a grudge against the Nixon Administration for tapping his phone, putting him under surveillance and mounting a multi-year attempt to deport him. Without missing a beat, John smiled and said, “Time wounds all heels.” Truer words were never spoken. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Not only was the phrase apt in Lennon’s case, it is also…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 3 Ways To Raise Money To Pay Your Bills

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Are you faced with a sizable financial debt issue? Are you looking for ways to raise money to pay off the debt without stress and too much heartache? We take a look at ways you can raise money below. 1. Develop an income suite. The housing market is still in recovery mode. This means a great number of people would rather rent than buy. So if you own your home and your family can scale down, you can turn your home into a full time income suite. If you are adding an apartment on your dwelling this may require that you to make some additional short term investment, but you will recoup your…
  • 10 Things All Budding Entrepreneurs Should Do

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    If you fancy yourself as a bit of an entrepreneur, see how many of these things on our list you’ve done or plan to do during your business venture: 1. Stay focused on their vision. First and foremost, it’s important that the vision of the business is at the heart of everything you do to ensure that you’re as likely to reach it as possible. Having a vision and a clear-cut plan is so important in giving you something to work towards, too. 2. Recruit a like-minded team. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it wasn’t built by one person. You’ll need a team behind/with you to help create…
  • Freelancing – A Prelude To Entrepreneurship 

    Contributor
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    by Soumik Roy The talent pool accessible to companies today is global. Logistics isn’t a constraint anymore. Hiring “resources” who work remotely for companies is slowly catching on – perhaps because it is cost effective, if nothing else. In cases where such an arrangement doesn’t pose a security or legal threat to the entity, it is likely to be explored. Hiring “remote part-time resources” is not challenging either. Companies have started trusting the freelance professional with a variety of assignments today. Graphic designers in the Philippines, IT…
  • The Characteristics Of A Global Leader

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    The context of global business is rapidly changing, and as Bob Bratt says, global business leaders need to be able to steer their company through uncertain and turbulent conditions. Global business leaders need to provide conscious leadership that is supported by courage and compassion for the well-being of their company and the world. Effective Internationalization of Business If your company has operations, alliances, senior managers and partners in many regions around the world, you need a skill set that helps you work across national, regional and subnational boundaries. Some of the…
  • Five Ways A Password Manager Can Make Your Life Easier

    Contributor
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    by Bill Carey, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Siber Systems Inc. It seems like news reports of hacking events come more frequently these days. From headline-grabbing data breaches at corporations like Sony, Home Depot and Target to hacking rings that compromise millions of usernames and passwords, it’s increasingly clear that no one is safe. The best way to protect yourself is to use strong passwords that contain upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, use a different password for every registered site and change each password every 30 to 60 days. But…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • 19,000 French websites have been targeted in retaliation for the Messenger of Allah Mohammad #opFrance

    news
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Muslim hacktivist groups have launched one of the largest hacking operations in the history of the Internet, the target is thousands of French websites in retaliation for the messenger of Allah prophet Mohammad (Saal Allah Alih W Salam.) The attacks started after justice has been severed according to many Muslims around the world to the criminals at CharliHebdo who insulted prophet Mohammad with hate cartoons that portray him as a homosexual man! Tunisian hackers group fallaga and United Islamic Cyber Mauritania Attacker and, Anon Ghost among other Muslim hacker groups participated in the…
  • Dubai Based Customized Travel Site HolidayMe Raises Series A funding of $4 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    HolidayMe is a Dubai-based online travel start-up which aims to simplify a user’s holiday by offering on-the-go customized travel options and giving the user the ability to design holiday packages or book standalone hotels, sightseeing, activities and transfers for destinations all over the world. Our website offers over 100,000 hotels and over 8,000 activities to choose from. It also has airport pick up and drop facility across 300 cities globally. The company says that thet intend at giving the control in the hands of the customers by allowing them to pick holiday packages and customise…
  • Breaking: U.S. Central Command’s Twitter Account Hacked By Pro Islamic State Hackers

    news
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    N U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account has been hacked, by what appears to be as Pro Islamic State hacker or might be hackers belonging to the Islamic State. The twitter account started tweeting : “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. “ AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK! “ “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad. “ “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. “ The account also published information of soldiers and commanders of the…
  • SALLA7NY a small device that lets you monitor & diagnose your car performance from your smart phone now crowed funded at Zoomaal

    Gaith Saqer
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    How many times did you face problems with your car while driving and couldn’t figure out what was wrong? How many times were you able to get your car checked in the same time and place where it broke down? How many times did you go to the car repair shop and felt they were overestimating the size of the damage, but didn’t have the needed knowledge or expertise to argue with them? Salla7ny is the answer to these problems, is a small pocket-size device that gives you access to your car-computer data and receive valuable information which you can read on your smart phone or tablet…
  • Teletimes International and 10s other Websites Hacked Pro ISIS Algerian Hacker Post “I Love ISIS”

    news
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    A Hacker team calling it self Team System DZ saying they are from Algeria hacked the website of Middle East regional Telecom and IT magazine Teletimes International and 10s other websites The hacker posted on the hacked sites “I love ISIS” according to his profile on facebook the hacker also managed to deface 10s other websites. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Two ways to grow your SaaS business

    mark
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    SaaS is a pretty simple business: You pay to acquire a customer on day one. Over time as you invoice that customer you recover your acquisition cost. From then on, the longer you keep that customer the more profitable they are. As the years go on and you keep more and more customers that you have already paid for, your business as a whole becomes profitable. Simple, right? Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint recently asked whether SaaS startups are less profitable these days. According to his data (below), no matter whether you sell to small companies or enterprise, over time the profitability of…
  • Why you need a CFO…

    mark
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I saw this gem from Prakash Ramachandran CFO, Polyera. This is especially true for early stage startups where CFOs have to wear many hats. If you don’t have one already, this is why you need a CFO: The many role of a startup CFO: • Chief Fund Raising Officer • Chief Accounting Officer • Chief Operations Officer • Chief HR Officer • Chief I.T. Officer • Chief Risk Officer • Chief Strategy Officer • Chief Negotiation Officer The post Why you need a CFO… appeared first on StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod.
  • Your 2015 Personal Roadmap

    mark
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    At the end of December, I recorded a short video segment for the Toronto Stock Exchange along with someother “knowledgeable” types. Each of us were asked to take a minute to share the one piece of advice that we have for founders and executives as they prepare for the new year. It’s hard to limit yourself to just one piece of advice. There’s so much that  matters. As I thought about it, I went back to my own experience and what I am doing personally to grow in 2015 and picked the thing that matters most: developing ourselves. Many companies operate on a calender year end. If…
  • Down time

    mark
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Today’s my last day in the office for 2014. Tomorrow I will work from home,  wrap up my loose ends and make sure I’m ready to hit the ground running in January. Q1 is always a busy time for finance types and we have a lot to accomplish next year. I’m lucky. FreshBooks closes down between Christmas and New Year. There’s over 170 of us now. But we’re closed from the 24th till Jan 5. That’s a lot of down time and a big investment on our part, but we really believe that our team members need and deserve down time. We always need to be there for our customers,…
  • The importance of optionality

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

  • Success Generally Happens After This Part

    Naomi Dunford
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago a client brought us two domain names and asked which one he should choose. Both names were perfectly fine – one was a little more geared towards SEO keywords, and the other leaned towards being better for personal branding. Which one to choose? What choice would give better results? The answer is: It kind of doesn’t matter. People’s first tendency – and I mean all people, not “those stupid ones who are nothing like you and me” – is to overestimate the importance of a single decision. We like to believe in the power of fate and how one specific choice determines…
  • How We Launch, Part 9!

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is that a light at the end of the tunnel? Indeed it is. We have reached the very last part in our behind-the-scenes series on some of our biggest launches, and we’re capping it off with something a little more real-time. So, we’ve told you about eight of our big launches. We told you why and how we made our decisions, what our deciding factors were, and how the behind-the-scenes played out. What are we doing today?  Today, we’re going to do the same with the launch of our BIG LAUNCH class. The one you’re seeing right now. From start to finish, we’re going to tell you how…
  • How We Launch, Part 8: Launching over a holiday

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 8 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches.  You can start at the beginning right here. Today we’re going to talk about the Your Next Six Months class. This was one of my favorite classes to run because it had a lot of the classic IttyBiz flavor to it: Do something no one else is doing, at the weirdest possible time, and name it something obvious. It happened to be coming up on June (right at Memorial Day weekend), and we had been thinking about what we were going to be doing for the next six months. We’d also had a lot of recent clients…
  • How We Launch, Part 7: In which we sell 3 unrelated things and it actually worked.

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 7 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches. You can start at the beginning right here. Spring was rolling around and it was time to release a few new products. Since Dave and I had started working together, we had so many products in the production queue that it was a tough call to figure out when to release them and in what order. We had more products than we had launch slots, and the backlog was getting worse instead of better. We had three ebooks in particular we wanted to release next, though, and we wanted them out as quickly as possible. (You…
  • How We Launch, Part 6: The Launch That Kind Of Wasn’t A Launch.

    Naomi Dunford
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 6 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches. You can start at the beginning right here. Sometimes figuring out how to launch your stuff only comes to you at the last minute. Today we’ll talk about the launch that was actually a relaunch, and a pretty poor example of even that, but which still sold many hundreds of copies. This is where we learn that if you build enough loyalty and authority, you can totally suck and still make money. But first, we’ll flash back. Beginning of 2008, and I didn’t have any products. I had just started consulting…
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    Business of Software US

  • Joe’s First Blog: Review of Rob Walling – ‘The Number one goal of your website’

    Joe Glover
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    Hello dear reader. I’m Joe, I’m a 23 year old former SAP consultant and present day marketing nerd who has recently had the pleasure of joining The BLN. I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting some of the BLN community, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting more in the future. If we haven’t met, please say hi! As part of my assimilation into the BLN, one of my first tasks was to explore some of the content produced over the years by The BLN and BoS. I started with ‘The Number One Goal of Your Website’, delivered by a croaky one man analytical mastermind – Rob…
  • Steve Johnson of Under 10 Consulting: Have we leaned too far?

    Joe Glover
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    This is the link to register, and view Steve’s hangout after the event, the Google Hangout with Steve Johnson of Under10 to discuss his Business of Software Conference USA talk, ‘Have we leaned too far?’ on Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 15.00 GMT. Once the hangout is live you ask questions in two ways – either view the hangout in Google + and use the Q&A feature or use #BoS2015 to chip in on Twitter. Send us your questions on Twitter today and we’ll put them at the top of the queue. Watch the original Business of Software talk on Product Strategy here…
  • Google Hangout with Des Traynor: Recap and Highlights

    Joe Glover
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    “Nothing scales like technical debt” Last Thursday we had the pleasure of Des Traynor’s (Founder of Intercom and Product Strategy Genius) company for nearly an hour on a Google Hangout discussing his talk, ‘Product Strategy is about saying No’. Mark fielded questions to Des on a wide array of issues, whilst our audience also contributed questions using #BoS2015 on Twitter. The talk was informative and provided some deep insight from an expert in the field of product strategy. Des raised some great points which would have no doubt resonated with those attempting to create…
  • Have we Leaned too Far? Steve Johnson at BoS Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Steve Johnson was once described by my most cynical (and perhaps consequently most competent) product manager friend as the only product management guru worth listening too. All together now: Define, Design, Deliver, Refine. He shares a wealth of experience, in this talk where he questions the notion that Lean Methods work, not least because most people haven’t read the book… “With today’s methods, we can build the wrong product faster than ever.” Transcript below and slide deck here if you are short of time.   We will be ‘hanging out’ with Steve…
  • Des Traynor Intercom Product Strategy is about saying No Hangout

    Mark Littlewood
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    This is the link to sign up for, and view after the event, the Google Hangout with Des Traynor of Intercom to discuss his Business of Software Conference USA talk, Product Strategy is about saying, ‘No!’ on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 13.00 GMT. Once the hangout is live you ask questions in two ways – either view the hangout in Google + and use the Q&A feature (well hidden in the top right corner  of the hangout screen under the set of ‘google blocks’) or use the hashtag #BoS2015 to chip in on Twitter. Send us your questions on Twitter today and…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • 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…
  • Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

    GREGG FRALEY
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Death or Kryptonite? From Superman Wiki I have a  vinyl record with one of those strategic skips that has it repeating — it drives me nuts — but I still play the record because I love the song so much. The song is Jimmy Olsen’s Blues by the Spin Doctors. It’s a hard rocker about the lament of Superman’s pal who has a crush on Superman’s gal. In the song Jimmy Olsen is competing with the man of steel for the affection of Miss Lois Lane. He’s got a secret weapon, a pocketful of Kryptonite. Innovation ca feel a lot like that — your competition…
  • The Invisible Elephant of Non-Self-Expression

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

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

  • Finding a Focused Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Floyd DePalma- DePalma Studios TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Finding a Focused Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Aids Inmate Reform

    Jeff Cornwall
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Turner Nashe- Innertainment Delivery Systems TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Aids Inmate Reform appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Transition from Programmer to Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ken Raetz- Think Data Insights. The transition from programmer to entrepreneur. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Transition from Programmer to Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Start-up Gains Traction

    Jeff Cornwall
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ben McIntyre, Belmont Student Entrepreneur TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Start-up Gains Traction appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business

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

  • 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…
  • What I Would Do as CMO of Voice123

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been involved with entrepreneurship since my senior year of college where I built and launched Bruin Consulting from the ground up.  Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to lead the marketing, branding, and acquisition campaigns for early-stage startups (where I was the founder) to the largest brands in the United States such as Sephora, Whole Foods Market, and the Los Angeles Clippers. There is a clear distinction between early-stage marketing, growth-stage marketing, and big-brand marketing Early-stage marketing: Early-stage startups must conserve cash at all costs.
 
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • 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…
  • Google Plus is Not an Option

    Delores Williams
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have a friend who hates Google+. There's no real reason for this animosity, but she just hates it. My guess is because it takes time to develop relationships on it. It's not like Twitter where you can throw out some tweets on a popular Tweet and someone will possibly start a chat with you. Nope, Google+ takes work, but the spoils go to those who are willing to do the work. As you know, every platform has an audience and serves a particular purpose. Twitter used to be if you wanted to meet people, then you could send them a tweet, but with the rise of so called social media experts, the…
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    Growthink blogs

  • Doing Financial Projections Right (A Five Step Process)

    Jay Turo
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Especially this time of year - when so many of us are assembling and committing to our professional resolutions and goals, questions arise as how to best develop financial (growth, revenues, and profits) projections for our businesses.Questions including:Should projections be “realistic” – i.e. feel “doable” and in line with past results or……should they be “aspirational,” not hot air by any means but also representative of goals that make us feel more than a little anxious as to our ability to attain them?What is the actual “projections-making” process? Is Microsoft…
  • Devising Bold Plans…and Doing Them! (2015 Version)

    Jay Turo
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Last week, I wrote about how some very positive economic factors - ranging from low oil prices to low interest rates to US technological leadership to just good old-fashioned confidence are coalescing to set up 2015 as one of the best years ever for US business.Now, positive “macro” conditions are nice, but all they really do is create the opportunity - but by no means the promise - for entrepreneurs and executives to prosper and profit.Now, paraphrasing the famous Bard of old, our business fates lie in ourselves and in the “micro” of our day-to-day mindsets, projects, and to dos.
  • ’15 is Gonna Be a Good One

    Jay Turo
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    With a little luck, 2015 could go down as one of the best years ever for American business. Here are seven reasons why:7. Low Oil Prices. For both businesses and consumers, $50 per barrel oil and $3 per gallon gas have both strong real and psychological benefits.Real, as in lower input costs for businesses and more disposable income for consumers, and psychological in removing that sense of scarcity and dread that high prices at the pump bring.6. And It’s U.S. Oil. And, oh yes, as opposed to that oil coming mostly from a collection of unsavory, overseas actors (see Putin, Vladimir), now for…
  • 2015 Words To Live By

    Jay Turo
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    The ending of one year and the beginning of another is a natural time to take stock of all that was accomplished in the past 12 months, and more excitedly, to dream and plan on the great promise of the New Year. In this spirit, below are a few of my favorite quotes regarding dreaming, planning, goal-setting, and "Going for It!” "You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'"- George Bernard Shaw(My comment: reflects the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit)"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow."- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe(My…
  • The Three Year Plan

    Jay Turo
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    December is a natural time to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past 12 months, and to set goals and objectives for the New Year.In doing so however, most of us think too much about next year, and too little about our longer term and multi-year business horizons.There are some benefits to this, I mean who can really forecast market and competitive conditions and customer wants and needs beyond just a few months these days? And, given high rates of personnel turnover endemic to our ever-increasing “low switching cost” workplace, it can feel even more difficult to do so from a…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #3

    Usman Sheikh
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    It has been a busy week. I am amazed at the amount of great information that is churned out every single week. Having an index to look back on it all is going to be really useful in the future! The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies Brad Feld is another great VC to be following and reading for all entrepreneurs. This post is an interesting break down on the “Product/Market Fit” term. Investing in the Enterprise in 2015 As an entrepreneur who works in the enterprise software vertical, it is always interesting to read about the latest trends. This post gives a great…
  • The Week in Review #2

    Usman Sheikh
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Time seems to be moving at an accelerated pace this January. With the year’s planning in full swing, this is looking to be a great year. I have managed to get into a good routine which involves nearly 2 – 3 hours of reading everyday. Have a massive build up of magazines which I subscribe to that I want cleared out. I use Zinio as my magazine reader and can’t recommend it enough. With that here are some of the great reads from this week. 1. The Top 10 ‘Bleeding Edge’ Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2015 The world is changing dramatically and how we both find jobs and hire…
  • The Week in Review #1

    Usman Sheikh
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Over the last week I have been bookmarking some of the more interesting articles that I came across. Looking forward to sharing my thoughts on a weekly basis on things which are of interest to me. 1. Why are some people so good at persisting? This was by far the best article I read this week. It is about the entrepreneur who invented instant ramen noodles. The article was well written and had a strong message for anyone who is considering taking the dive into entrepreneurship. 2. Looking to Scale Your Sales? Seven Bullets to Dodge Sales is the life blood of almost all businesses. Building and…
  • 2014: A Year of Introspection

    Usman Sheikh
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.Abraham Lincoln 2014 was a most interesting year for me, due primarily to the fact that it started off with much introspective questioning about a lot of things in my life! Things such as, where I was in life, what I really wanted, fears about burnout and the fact that I had become a bit too comfortable in my ways. One thing I am sure of and that is…that the last thing I want to do is to lead an ordinary life! That is a trap which is all too easy to fall into once you have acquired a base set of expert skills. I had…
  • Radical Openess

    Usman Sheikh
    18 Feb 2013 | 8:49 pm
    This video by Jason Silva is brilliantly made. He talks about the birth of an idea and how it evolves over time. Anyone involved in creative pursuits knows the transformative power of a single ‘idea’. The ability for it to transform as we iterate to refine it further. To create something of value where there was nothing before. This video does a great job of encapsulating these ideas into a 2 minute video masterpiece.
 
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  • Is mold on food really dangerous?

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Is mold on food really dangerous?GettySome household germs are totally harmless, but others can cause disease or infections.Truth about mold may surprise youMore from Everyday HealthYour heart on e-cigarettesEczema linked to health issues
  • 35 million brace for a potentially historic blizzard

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    35 million brace for a potentially historic blizzardAPCities big and small along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor began shutting down in anticipation of an epic snowstorm.Places expecting the highest totalsRelated coverageThousands of flights canceledStorm delays Tsarnaev's trial
  • Intimate details of Clooney 'stag' party leaked

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Intimate details of Clooney 'stag' party leakedAPThe actor reportedly celebrated his last night as a single man in grand fashion with the very closest of friends.Restaurant host divulges detailsMore to see Big studio without a big hit Cool new way to get hot coffee
  • Man claims he's behind the WH drone crash

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Man claims he's behind the WH drone crashAPNew details were released Monday after an unmanned aircraft landed on the southeast side of the presidential mansion.Latest on the Secret Service probeMore headlinesPentagon bureaucracy growsWarrant issued in Ga. murders
  • Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYC

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYCAPThree Russian citizens are accused of a Cold War-style effort to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.How they blended inMore headlinesNurse shot at LA-area hospitalDeadly game of 'cops and robbers'
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    Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive

  • Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

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

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

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

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

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    18 Feb 2013 | 8:12 pm
    The post New Father, New Team, New Opportunities – Boston, Watch Out! appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this The past few months have been the most eventful ones in my adult life. Most importantly, I became a father! I have been in startups my entire career, but this new “startup,” my beautiful daughter Greta, has tested my planning, troubleshooting, and iterating abilities while providing me with an incredible amount of “fire”,…
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    Xconomy

  • Duke Cardiologist Califf Appointed FDA Deputy Commissioner

    Frank Vinluan
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Frank Vinluan Duke University cardiologist Robert Califf is joining the FDA, an appointment that brings to the agency a doctor with deep experience in the development and testing of new drugs. The FDA on Monday named Califf deputy commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, a position that reports to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The appointment comes nearly six years after Califf was a candidate for the top post at the FDA, a job that went to Hamburg. Califf was the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, a contract research organization within Duke that conducts…
  • $75M in Real Cash Helps Coinbase Launch First U.S. Bitcoin Exchange

    Jeff Engel
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    Jeff Engel Bitcoin took a potentially big step toward legitimacy in the U.S. today with the launch of the nation’s first licensed exchange for the virtual currency. Now, it’s up to San Francisco startup Coinbase to convince would-be traders that its platform is a safe and preferable place to put their money. Founded in 2012, Coinbase has so far received the green light from regulators to serve residents in nearly half of U.S. states, including New York, California, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin. Coinbase’s investors have pumped $106 million into the company, including a $75…
  • Primary Care Provider Iora Health Takes In $28M to Fuel Growth

    David Holley
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    David Holley Iora Health has raised $28 million in a Series C funding round as the primary care provider plans to double the number of practices it operates in the next year. The new financing will help the company, founded in 2011 by CEO and physician Rushika Fernandopulle, build out the software platform it uses at its clinics. Iora plans to double its operations from 11 locations nationally, and hopes to grow to a size where it can be sustainable on its own revenue, Fernandopulle said in a Jan. 26 telephone interview. “This is a fundamental rethinking of how we deliver healthcare,”…
  • Ford’s Silicon Valley Center Looks to Hire 125, Catalyze Company

    Sarah Schmid
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Sarah Schmid Ford officially opened its Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, CA, on Friday. Although the automaker first announced the center two years ago, its mission has since solidified. In addition to building relationships with Silicon Valley “thought leaders,” says Ken Washington, Ford’s vice president of research and advanced engineering, the company’s researchers in Palo Alto will also work on autonomous vehicles, connectivity, mobility, customer experience, and big data. According to Washington, the research center will bring all of those threads together as part of…
  • Innovation Outlook for 2015: Tackling Big Data Variety

    Andy Palmer
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Andy Palmer In 2015, look for the innovation community to be talking about Big Data Variety: the problem, how to fix it, how to make money off of it. Companies have invested roughly $3-4 trillion on enterprise software over the last 20 years, with Gartner forecasting $320 billion in 2014 alone. A lot of that investment has gone into single systems and applications—from Oracle and SAP to proprietary enterprise resource planning and product lifecycle management systems to (more recently) Hadoop and Hive. The good news: organizations are sitting on vast reserves of diverse, potentially…
 
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • What happens when you find the right journalist for the story

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    I'm incredibly excited to announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Plum Print.  Plum Print turns your kid's artwork into buyable merchandise like coffee table books, and soon note cards, framed prints, and calendars.  While other apps store art for future printing, Plum Print is different because it doesn't require large amounts of time for you to do it yourself.  You throw everything in a box and Plum Print does the hard work for you, returning the art and a completed keepsake.  So, yes, they're conceding the market of parents who have enough time to scan…
  • A result. Faster.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    Why do startups fail? They run out of money, of course.  That's an oversimplification and actually it's more the result than the root cause.   A lot of times, it comes down to failing to produce results, and enough of them.  What I've realized recently, though, is that smaller, faster results are key--and it doesn't always matter whether those results are good or bad.   I know a few startups that are struggling with their execution and it strikes me that they don't have any enough small victories.  Their goals are all or nothing, like big product releases.  For…
  • Excited to be the Least Stylish Investor in the Most Stylish Company: Backing Bradford and Bezar

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    To date, I've backed three fashion related companies--Refinery29, chloe + isabel, and Ringly--and now I have the pleasure of joining the syndicate of investors in Bradford Shellhammer's new company, Bezar. Could I a less likely candidate for such a portfolio?  :) Bezar is where you find people who design the kinds of things that I see in other people's apartments and stop to pick up, inspect, wonder at and think, "That's awesome... I would have never thought of adding that to this place." It's the kind of place where you buy clothing that make people notice because it's cool and…
  • Turns at Albuquerque: How I Measure My Career

    Charlie O'Donnell
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    I love thinking about career paths and how people get from A to B.  It's my favorite thing to teach as well--and I'll be giving a class at Startup Institute this Tuesday night about it.  They're a career accelerator, which is a pretty neat concept--doing what YC and Techstars do for startups, but for your career.   Anyway, 2015 marks a couple of big career anniversaries for me.   Twenty years ago, I got my first job.  I started working in 1995 at the age of 15 in the mailroom at Waterhouse Securities (which became TD Waterhouse) at 100 Wall Street.   Ten years…
  • How Not to Let the Crazy In

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

  • 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.
  • The Truth about Content-Writing Mastery

    James Chartrand
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We all know how we'd like to feel when we write. We want to be transcendent. We want to craft breathtakingly compelling content that brings us piles of comments and eager new clients. We want words to flow from our fingers and magically appear on the page, dashing genius from our brows after four hours of taking dictation from gods on high. We just don’t want to do the work it takes to get there. That's the problem with writers. I can’t tell you how many people in my writing course, Damn Fine Words, tell me that they want to use the class to elevate their writing. To master it. To bend…
  • 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page

    James Chartrand
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

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

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

  • Influencing Influencers – What Seed Content Can Do For You

    Richard von Weber-Hahnsberg
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Top of mind for most marketing directors is the eternal quest to create relationships with influencers. Capturing their attention, forging a relationship, fostering good will – and getting them to share your content. Every content marketer knows this is the alchemy that turns base metal into gold. But achieving this transmutation is often easier said than done. Value Is The Measure And it comes down to a simple reason: how can you even approach a famous (and busy) influencer without seeming self-serving and off-putting? Ask not, O despairing creator of content, what value you seek to gain,…
  • Insane Stats That’ll Make You Rethink Your Email Marketing Strategy

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Is your company’s email marketing running on autopilot? If the biggest change you’ve made to your email marketing strategy for 2015 was developing a new template to use for your newsletter, then you might just want to take a good hard look at the current research and data about email marketing, and use that to revamp what you’ve been doing. We’ve waded through the latest statistics and pulled out the most important new data to analyze, so that you can use the information to make your email marketing strategy more effective than ever. Here’s our expert advice, based on the cold, hard…
  • 9 Ingredients Every CMO’s Recipe Needs For Success in 2015

    Katie Herum
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    A pinch of social media, a dash of SEO, and few tablespoons of content. We all know the basic recipe for online marketing success. But 2015 has brought with it some interesting tweaks to the recipe, which are vital for CMOs to incorporate into the mix, if they want to end up with the perfect digital marketing dish. In our infographic below, we detail the most important changes in the 2015 recipe – bon appetit! Please feel free to post this infographic on your site. Click on the code below to copy and paste it to your site. By MarketingZen.comThe post 9 Ingredients Every CMO’s Recipe…
  • Yeah, Our CEO is Pretty Much the Coolest

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Just about everyone has a list of things they’d like to have accomplished by certain milestone ages. Maybe it’s starting a business, working their way up to a coveted position, writing a book, or achieving a certain net worth. By the time most people are 30, they have settled down and are actively working towards these goals. It’s not as common to see someone in their 20s single-mindedly pursuing a major goal – and even less common to see them achieve, and even surpass it. But that’s exactly what our CEO, Shama Hyder, has done. At 29, Shama has already been the successful CEO of…
  • Marketing Zen’s Top Ten Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Another year comes to a close today – but before the ball drops in Times Square, we wanted to bid adieu to 2014 by sharing the most popular digital marketing advice we dispensed this year. The following are the top ten most visited of this year’s Marketing Zen blog posts. 21 Common Questions About Social Media Marketing Answered Social media marketing took center stage this year with businesses searching for the most effective ways to spread the word about their products and services on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media platforms. The key to success…
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Press Release Success in a Post-Panda World

    Blogtrepreneur
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s no shortage of guides out there that will tell you how to format you press release or offer strategies on pushing out catchy headlines to catch the eyes of journalists. I should know, I wrote a pretty good one myself. Likewise, there’s also no shortage of advice out there about filling your release with keywords so as to positively influence search results and place your content higher up in Google’s rankings. I should know, I’ve been railing against such advice for years. But most sites aren’t to blame for this bad advice – nine times out of ten, they just have old…
  • 4 AdSense Alternatives Every Webmaster Should Use

    Blogtrepreneur
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Google AdSense is the best known method for generating an income from a website or blog. Google uses the browsing history and cookies in the browsers of your visitors to automatically display ads based on the interests of your visitors. Sites that optimize the placement and coloring of AdSense ad blocks to increase clicks can make more money from them through increased impressions and elevated click through rates. The more traffic you drive to your site, the more money you can make. Even if you are driving as many impressions as possible and have tested different placements for your ad…
  • 3 Social Media Icon Design Styles that Add Flavor to Your Website

    Blogtrepreneur
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Site visitors make snap judgments about you within seconds of loading your pages. They're likely to notice what your brand is all about, what your website's niche is and even what your take on your industry's hottest topics are. But the biggest things that will stand out are the visuals – your site's design, your logo and the images you use as illustrations and navigation cues. Humans process imagery far more efficiently than text. In today's web browsing culture of "bounce in, bounce out," you've only got so many milliseconds to grab people's attention and help them feel that they've…
  • Interview with Olivia Fabian, Founder of OFabz Swimwear

    Blogtrepreneur
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneur: Olivia FabianCompany: OFabz; http://www.ofabz.com/Age: 26Location: Fort Wayne, IndianaOlivia Fabian is the owner of OFabz Swimwear, manufacturer of cutie, retro swimwear sold at boutiques across the U.S., Australia, and Western Europe. This company, formed in 2010, is committed to its “made in the USA” label and designs and manufactures its swimwear lines from its Fort Wayne headquarters. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the fashion business? My interest in fashion began with my mother. She made figure skating costumes for competitive figure skaters…
  • Interview with Anton Babich, Founder of Anton Alexander Menswear

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Entrepreneur: Anton BabichCompany: Anton Alexander; http://antonalexander.com/Age: 28Location: Fort Wayne, IndianaAnton Babich launched the Anton Alexander line in 2011 for men seeking an edgier look. His shirts are bold and vibrant, yet top quality – incorporating innovative materials that keep the body dry. The custom clothing is handmade at his Fort Wayne production facility and ships within one day of ordering. Anton recently funded 130 percent of his operations by submitting his apparel ideas to Kickstarter.com, the world’s largest crowd source funding website. Tell us a little about…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • How to Think Like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Dr. Peter Diamandis (center) floating with Elon Musk (r), James Cameron (l), and others. Dr. Peter Diamandis has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. You asked for an entire episode with him, so here it is!  The subject is simple: How to think big, and how to use the key strategies of Peter’s friends and investors, including Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Larry Page. How do they create maximum leverage? How do they think differently? We explore all of this. In the field of innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X…
  • Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance

    Ian Robinson
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    This episode was a real treat. It was one of the most enlightening and lucid conversations about physical training I’ve ever had.  If you want strength, power, endurance, and flexibility, it’s all covered in this one interview. [UPDATE: Pavel also answered your 15 most popular questions in a follow-up episode, now below] Pavel Tsatsouline is Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. and was born in Minsk, USSR, which is now part of Belarus. In the 1980s, he was a physical-training instructor for Spetnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units. Pavel is now a subject matter expert to the US…
  • What My Morning Journal Looks Like

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. But what on earth did they write about? Or perhaps you’ve seen examples of their writing and thought to yourself, “Goddamn, that reads like the Gettysburg Address!” and become demoralized. In this post, I’ll show you what my raw morning journal looks like. Why? Because it’s easy to imagine our heroes as unflappable juggernauts, who conquer insecurity with a majestic mental karate…
  • Are We Really 10% Human and 90% Bacteria? Exploring The Microbiome…

    Ian Robinson
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    By popular demand, an entire episode dedicated to exploring the human microbiome! Are you really 90% bacteria and 10% human? How can you manage or optimize your own microbiome? Should we do fecal-matter transplants from “untouched” indigenous tribes to reverse chronic illness? We tackle all this and much more… Jessica Richman is co-founder and CEO of uBiome, a startup backed by Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz, which uses citizen science to understand the human microbiome. Jonathan Eisen is a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in the…
  • Ed Cooke, Grandmaster of Memory, on Mental Performance, Imagination, and Productive Mischief

    Ian Robinson
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    One tiny favor! If you’re enjoying the podcast, could you please take 30 seconds now to leave a brief review on iTunes? Just click “View in iTunes” under my pic here. Once I pass 2,000 reviews, I’ll reciprocate by writing a massive, behind-the-scenes post on everything I’ve learned about podcasting. I promise tricks of the trade galore, just as in-depth as the “Hacking Kickstarter” post. Speaking of which… Ed Cooke is a dear friend and a Grandmaster of Memory.  In 2010, he was interviewed by a journalist named Joshua Foer. Under Ed’s…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: October 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    It’s time for another affiliate marketing income report. I’ve been noticing a problem lately… I’ve been getting pretty complacent and lazy with my affiliate marketing efforts again. As I mentioned before, I usually tend to put in a lot more effort when my earnings are doing really well or doing really poorly – when they are just mediocre, I lose the incentive to make the added effort because I am comfortable where I am. This is something I need to overcome. I think the other part of it is that my mind has been more on real estate investment lately, so it’s hard to…
  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets – Tour #2

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:31 am
    11 days ago I published a post on my walkthrough tour of some rental properties I was interested in purchasing. A couple days ago I went out for a 2nd tour, this time for new properties I was interested in, and so I thought I’d share how it went again. As with the first time, I had an absolute blast again. It’s just so fun to go out and look at something physical to invest in. I’ve been working online nearly my entire working life and so the closest to any "asset" I’ve ever had was owning income-generating websites – but again that is still entirely…
  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets

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

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

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

  • Virgin StartUps: Help For Small Businesses

    Coral Turner
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Having attended a Virgin Startup event, I say to fellow entrepreneurs ‘get involved’: it’s the best thing that you can do for you and your business.The line-up of female speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to share the ups, downs, and ultimate triumphs was more than just a rally call for female entrepreneurs to take their seed ideas, plant them, nourish them and watch them grow!read more
  • EntrepreneurCountry Global Forum – The Art of War – Sun Tzu

    Lucy Catten
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    3 February 2015 - 8:30am6:00pm Royal Institution of Great Britain, London Special Ticket Offer! On 3 February 2015, citizens of EntrepreneurCountry Global will come to the Royal Institution of Great Britain to share their stories of building their firms, engaging with David/ Goliath (depending on which one you are), overcoming near death experiences and getting to the breakthrough moments, and to get an update on the building of EntrepreneurCountry Global – that country founded to be the place where the future’s operating model for society and business already…
  • Tipping Points In Chocolate

    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl is a third generation social entrepreneur who works to evolve standards to influence food sovereignity and agroecology. She is the mother of BLYSSchocolate.com, which harvests cacao beans for foodies who expect more from chocolate. Here, she shares her predicted chocolate trends for the coming year. read more
  • 7 Strategies for Hiring a Superstar Retail Sales Crew

    Guest Author
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Francois Bondiguel, an online marketing expert, talks to The Next Women about building the best possible team for your business.read more
  • Business Advice from Women Around the World

    Guest Author
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    A growing number of women are starting their own business, but what makes a successful business and what happens when you face unexpected hurdles?read more
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Che Brown’s 72-Hour Sales Leadership Livecast and Retreat

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Dr. Letitia Wright will be a speaker at the event live!  Globally acclaimed sales trainer Che Brown’s 72-Hour Sales Leadership Livecast is all set to start on February 6, 2015. It will be hosted over a period of three days at a private retreat in Ellicott City, Maryland. This sales leadership livecast will also be […] The post Che Brown’s 72-Hour Sales Leadership Livecast and Retreat appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Ever thought of Co-hosting?

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Many people have co-hosts for their podcasts, radio shows, web shows and television shows. Some even have co-bloggers for their blog. Why? Because you can create a great environment for your tribe when you have two people at the helm. There are a few people who do it really well. Think Regis and Kelley- Well, […] The post Ever thought of Co-hosting? appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Dr. Letitia Wright to Begin Taping the New Season of the Wright Place TV Show in Late January 2015.

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    The recording for next season of Dr. Letitia Wright’s popular television show the Wright Place TV Show will start in late January. Over a period of fourteen successful seasons, this show has had viewership in more than 6.5 million homes in Southern California. Renowned celebrity speaker and talk show host Dr. Letitia Wright has just […] The post Dr. Letitia Wright to Begin Taping the New Season of the Wright Place TV Show in Late January 2015. appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Time Clock Wizard

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
     Time Clock Wizard will make managing your employees a whole lot easier. Managing a number of employees online can be quite a handful. We spend a lot of time managing their schedules, timekeeping, absences, and payroll. We usually have to hire somebody or buy software to keep track of employees’ working hours and payroll. Time […] The post Time Clock Wizard appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Finding the Right Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Life as a writer is not as easy as it seems. Especially if you’re working for a media firm where you have to deal with gruelling deadlines and not to mention some occasional writer’s block during a day when you have to finish at least 10 articles in 20 different niches. To add more beauty to […] The post Finding the Right Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • It’s About Women Running Startups

    steveblank
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms. And she had a model for a new media company for mobile and wearables. I thought we were going to talk about her product progress, so I was a bit taken aback by her most pressing question, “Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a…
  • The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • There Are 4 Types of Startups

    steveblank
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are 4 types of startups. Which one are you? If you can’t see the video click here    Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Getting out of the building…by staying in the building!

    steveblank
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The landscape for how to turn life science and health care technologies into viable companies has changed more in the last 3 years than in the last 30. New approaches to translational medicine have emerged. Our Lean Launchpad® for Life Sciences is one of them. But a new class of life science/healthcare co-working and collaboration space is another. ———– The National Institutes of Health recognizes that Life Science/Health Care commercialization has two components: the science/technology, and the business model. The Lean Launchpad® for Life Sciences (the I-Corps @…
  • I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

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

  • Denver RAW Visionary Showcase Review and Pictures

    First Class Fashionista
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Hosted by RAW, natural born artists. RAW Artists Denver presented their latest local event and showcase, Visionary, on January 22, 2015 at City Hall events venue. This RAW Denver event featured 30+ Denver creatives and local artistic talent in art, fashion, music, film, photography, modeling, performing arts, and hair & makeup artistry. The amazing revolutionizing organization, RAW, strives to expose independent artists and promote creative communities – It’s absolutely awesome. Needless to say, it was an ideal event for a Fashionista and an artistic lover’s dream. From…
  • OWNONLY Suit Review

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    “I’ve never looked this good in a suit,” my husband says as he finished off his custom suit look with dark sunnies. He’s 5’4 and usually buys a 42 short jacket and 30 in. inseam slacks, which both are often hard to find. On occasion, he gets his suits fitted but OWNONLY has convinced us that there’s a huge difference between a suit that is altered to fit and a suit that is made to fit. “The only thing about a well-fitting suit is you can’t eat,” the hubby jokes happily. Just in time for the New Year, I was presented with an exciting…
  • Denver Winter Street Style January 2015

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    January 2015 Denver Street Style with Robert Rice ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 26 12► Related PostsThe Best Fashion ShowDenver Style ExpoFall 2014 Denver Street StyleNina Flowers Interview on Rupaul’s Drag Race at Denver Style ExpoFall/Winter Fashion Trends for Colorado 2013
  • Exercise and the Art of Dance

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    We all know fitness is among any fashionista’s favorite things and with all the talk about introducing some fun and exciting new gadgets to enhance your workout here at FCF, I figured I would talk about my favorite form of working-out—Dancing! The art of dancing is not only my favorite form of exercise, but it’s also my favorite form of art; as it is the process of pure creation from within. Dance can take you on a journey of artistic experiences unlike any other athletic performance because it is simply characterized by resolute fearlessness. Dance is a way to be visually…
  • Fitness Technology for a Successful Workout

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Can you believe we’re already halfway through the first month of 2015? How are those New Year’s Resolutions holding up? According to a study posted on Statistic Brain, losing weight is the #1 resolution; but only 8% of people overall make their resolution goals. Boo, that’s no good. As you may or may not know, our very own Editor-in-Chief isn’t afraid to put her energy into the effort to get fit, stay fit, and live healthier! After recovering from a fractured foot last year, she did 67 spin classes and she’s still counting. Here at First Class Fashionista, we…
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • 5 startup questions I was asked at the Founders Institute event last night

    jeffhilimire
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    Last night I spoke at a Founders Institute meetup located at FortyFour, a digital agency that a few friends of mine run. Somewhere around 40 people showed up, some of which had already started a business and some that were hoping to one day. After briefly telling them my story (in a nutshell: this + this + this), I opened it up for questions and for about 45 minutes I answered all sorts of great questions about starting companies. Here are five that stick out: Can you start a business with a general idea of what you’re going to do, or should you wait until you have the idea fully…
  • My Serial verdict

    jeffhilimire
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Alright, I have to weigh in on Serial (the greatest podcast ever). If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, put down your Palm Pilot and download it immediately! Plus, the rest of this won’t make any sense ;) I’ve had discussions with a lot of my friends about who they think killed Hae Min Lee, and I thought it would be interesting to have that same conversation with my social friends. So, here we go. Pretty much all we know for sure is that Jay was involved, pretty deeply, and that he lies a lot. He knew where the car was. He knew where she was buried. He confessed to helping dig the…
  • Let’s abolish voicemail, who’s coming with me?

    jeffhilimire
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    I feel like Jerry Maguire when he’s leaving the firm for the last time: I really despise voicemail. It’s a huge hassle and there are better ways to leave someone a message these days. In lieu of just deleting voicemail altogether (that seems kind of harsh), I just changed my voicemail to this: Hi, sorry I missed your call. Unfortunately, I don’t check voicemail that often so the best way to leave me a message would be either to text me at this number or send an email to me.  And to do my part, I’m not going to leave anyone voicemails any more. If I get their voicemail,…
  • I’ve switched to the iPhone 6+! The why and how of it.

    jeffhilimire
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Ah, here we go. I’m back to the iPhone. To recap… I was an initial iPhone guy, even at times a self-proclaimed Apple Fanboy. Then as Android started improving, I become Google-curious. Then a year ago I switched over to Android after I fell in love with the Nexus 5. And for the last year, I was all Android. Sure, toward the end of 2014 I went from the Moto X to the Droid Turbo, but switching back to the iPhone seemed far from reality. So far, in fact, I made a list of the things the new iPhone would need to win me back. And the iPhone missed the mark on most of the items on that…
  • How I learned about Stuart Scott and what it means for the future of media

    jeffhilimire
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Stuart Scott was a broadcaster at ESPN. Arguably one of the best, I remember him as the guy who always got the Jordan interviews. Therefore, he was my guy. Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer this weekend. He will be missed. The way I found out about his passing was I think indicative of the shift in how we consume media. I didn’t learn about it by reading the paper (don’t get it). I didn’t learn about it from watching the news (don’t watch it). I didn’t learn about it from Flipboard, Feedly or Twitter (all of which I use for news consumption). Nor did I learn about it from my…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Heddoko to Compete in Wearable Technology World Cup

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Heddoko, a Montreal-based startup that has won many awards, has raised $350,000 in funding. In addition, Heddoko will compete as finalists in Germany in the WT Wearable Technology World Cup in February of this year. They are one of 20 finalists, selected from 500 competitors. The founders of Heddoko are both Latin American, Alex Fainberg of Argentina, and Mazen Elbawab of Brazil. Despite the fact that they both had full-time jobs, they decided to pursue their ideas behind Heddoko full-time, which led to them attending the Founder Institute in Montreal to help get their ideas off the ground.
  • Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from top Startup Experts

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 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…
  • The Road to the "Small Win" for Startups

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    When striving to grow a company, sometimes it's the small wins that count the most. Although these accomplishments may not be considered newsworthy by the masses, they contribute to your company’s progress, and offer tactical lessons that others can apply in their own entrepreneurial journey. In this special installment of #Smallwins, Matthew Hender, a Graduate of the Perth Founder Institute, discusses the struggles he endured to achieve a small win for his company, Cycle My City, and the lessons he learned as a result. "Some small wins happen quickly, some take…
  • FI Graduate Gift Card Indonesia Receives $2M in series A Funding

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    A recent success story comes from one of our graduates in Indonesia. Antonius Taufan of Gift Card Indonesia (GCI) has managed to receive a $2 million investment from the U.S.-based Sovereign’s Capital. As Enricko Lukman discusses in an article written for TechInAsia, “Gift Card Indonesia nabs $2M series A funding,” other investors in the round included Lippo Digital Ventures, SMDV (Sinar Mas Digital Ventures), and RMK Ventures. Though the Founder Institute has been in Indonesia for two years, this is the first time that one of its graduates has raised series A…
  • Get on the Rocket Ship! The Founder Institute is Hiring at our Palo Alto Headquarters

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles in our Palo Alto office - including Project Managers, Account Managers, an Office Manager, an Executive Assistant, a Finance & Operations Manager, Operations & Logistics Associates, Interns, a Director of Sales, and more. The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • Fermi estimation for startup business models

    Jason
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Early in a company’s life, you don’t know anything. Often your best estimate of any metric or market behavior or business model component is at best accurate within a power of ten, for example “expected conversion rate between 0.5% and 5%” or “cost to acquire a customer between $50 and $500″ or “average monthly revenue per customer between $20 and $200.” Estimating with these extremely wide ranges can be surprisingly useful. In physics it’s called “Fermi Estimation.” It’s useful because it’s easy to get to a…
  • New Year’s Questions (neé Resolutions)

    Jason
    27 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Do New Year’s resolutions work? Studies say “no.” Maybe asking good questions of yourself is a better way to lift your eyes to the horizon of possibilities for 2015. What good questions have you not taken the time to ask? For boot-strappers: How could you double your take-home profits without additional hires? (Hint: it’s usually increasing price, not cutting costs.) Since money is precious, it’s wise to save but unwise to save so much that it hurts the business, so what’s the single most impactful thing you could spend non-trivial money on? For example,…
  • The wrongness of relativism

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

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

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

  • Now Get Settled

    Bryan Coleman
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Once you’ve leapt off the cliff, you have to adjust to the sensation of free fall. Like any good rollercoaster, the majority of the fear that you feel is in the moments leading up to that first huge plunge. After the drop, the feeling is exhilarating, but it’s all too easy to get lulled into a false […]
  • Three Experiments to Try in 2015

    Adrian Simmons
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    It’s that time of year: time for Thriveal Laboratory’s list of 3 experiments to try in 2015. Building on the idea that the phrase that will change your business’s future is, “I’d like to try an experiment. . .let’s see if this works,” we’d like to challenge you to identify one or two things you’ll […]
  • The Barbell Strategy (It’s a figurative barbell, so you can relax, CrossFit enthusiasts)

    Greg Kyte
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    On October 13, I wrote a blog post called “Without Risk, There is No Passion.” Melinda Guillemette left a very insightful comment that deserved its own post in response.   Greg – I’ve been thinking about this for a day or so. I know you’re right about the relationship between risk and passion, because I […]
  • Experiment 1 Lab Report Released

    Adrian Simmons
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    The first hypothesis tested by the Thriveal Laboratory is that “there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future.” This challenges the notion that all accounting firms are moving towards one new model. To test this hypothesis, we gathered a team of six CPA firms, surveyed the current landscape, acquainted ourselves with a […]
  • Book Review: Make Your Mark

    Scott Kregel
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    So, if any of you are like me, inspiration is a source of fuel and motivation. Leading a small firm is hard. Meeting the increasing needs of growing customers is challenging. Intentionally developing individual skills takes focus and precious time. And inspiring a group of smart people to work together toward a common goal is […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Five Time-Saving Shortcuts for Creating Kick-Butt Videos

    Lou Bortone
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I talk to scores of well-intentioned entrepreneurs who realize they should definitely be doing more marketing videos for their businesses but, as the saying goes, the path to Hell is paved with good intentions. Intending to produce more business videos and actually creating those videos is NOT the same thing.  And the culprit is usually [...]
  • How to Beat the Stereotype and Have a Booming Business

    Britt Raybould
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before moving into my new home last summer, I decided to freshen things up a bit. My changes were small, things like new paint, countertops, and flooring. The biggest project was adding a shower to my master bathroom, but I was using existing plumbing, so it was very manageable. Little did I know how fast [...]
  • To DIY or Not to DIY, That Is the Question

    Brad Shorr
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trying to decide whether to outsource a business function or do it internally? If so, asking these questions will help you determine the right answer. Do you have expertise? If you don’t know the first thing about the business function in question, hiring a person to manage it is risky. First, you don’t have the [...]
  • Can Social Media Save a Solopreneur’s Sanity?

    Catherine Morgan
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I wrote a post titled “Solo but Not Alone” several years ago and it struck a chord with a lot of my small business owner colleagues. One of the things entrepreneurs need to manage against is loneliness. It may be lonely at the top in corporate, but it is REALLY lonely sometimes when you live [...]
  • Productivity 101: Your Friend the Calendar

    Catherine Morgan
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    “It’s not interesting, but it works – pretty much every time and for everybody.” That’s what I say about my best tip for getting more done if you find that your days are consistently getting away from you, or if you find that you’re not able to carve out time to do something that is [...]
 
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    Lessons Learned

  • MVPs and Excellence

    Sarah Rainone
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lately, I’ve been hearing from a lot of entrepreneurs experiencing pushback to the concept of minimum viable product. Their teams may disagree about what a product should look like, who the customer is, and which distributors to work with, but one thing they can all agree upon is: “We build high-quality products in this company. We wouldn’t even know how to go about building something ‘minimally viable.’”How can we assure our teams that they won’t be penalized for adapting an iterative approach—even if the first version bombs? How can we make it clear that our goal is nothing…
  • See More than 120 Speakers and Mentors at The Lean Startup Conference

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

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

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

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

  • The Simple Formula That Will Get You More Sales

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, I know, it's only the end of June, but Holiday Gift Guide submissions are starting now…….so get on it sister, as it will end in July.  This can be a great way to get into magazines that might be more challenging for you in the "everyday" editorial world.  Gift guides often put in items that appeal to their audience, but might not have a good place in the monthly magazines.  Magazines try to appeal to a broad audience with the gift guides, so I would suggest being bold about your choices. Here is what you'll want to do: Figure out which…
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    Under30CEO

  • Trading College for Credit: Interview with Paul Gu of Upstart

    Michael Luchies
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Being young can be inexpensive if you choose to live out of your parent’s basement with little aspiration of improving yourself or going anywhere in life. If you desire to pursue an education, start a business, or go after your dreams in general, it’s usually going to take money to get there. The problem with being young and needing money is that no one wants to give it to you. Where do most Millennials turn? Credit cards. “About 50% of the population in America have credit card balances that rollover month to month,” said Paul Gu, young entrepreneur and co-founder of Upstart. Even…
  • How to Stop Taking Yourself Too Seriously

    Under30CEO
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      When you picture a a duck, what do you see? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re anything like me—a hopelessly devoted child of the 90s—you think first of Gordon Bombay, Charlie Conway, Julie “The Cat” Gaffney, and everyone’s favorite fat guy, Goldberg. You know, thatgroup of Ducks. The capital “D” DucksIf you’re a true fan, you may even catch a glimpse of Dean Portman stripping in the penalty box circa D3.   You think of the almost unimaginable precision of the “Flying V”, Team Iceland, Gunner…
  • How I Used Role Playing to Overcome My Fear of Public Speaking

    Under30CEO
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you’re someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.” –Katharine Hepburn I used to be terrified of public speaking, social engagements, and looking into anyone’s eyes when exceeding a glance. Turns out, shyness will not get you very far in the business world. Sure – it’s absolutely adorable when you are hanging with your posse or on that awkward first date; nevertheless, when you are running a company, it’s a hindrance. When I began my company, Pretty Girl Movement, LLC., I knew that I needed to overcome my…
  • How To Know When It Is Time To Quit Your Day Job

    Under30CEO
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Knowing the right time to quit your day job after starting your business can be a big decision. Moving from your standard pay cheque to relying solely on yourself for an income can be a daunting time. The worst part about making this decision is there is no set formula to know you are making the right decision! When I started my business I kept my day job for too long. It wasn’t until three and a half years after starting the business I finally let go and walked away from the ‘perceived security’ I was clinging to. After resigning, I realised I was almost spending as much on outsourcing…
  • The #1 Challenge Tech Startups Must Overcome

    Under30CEO
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      Challenges never stop when starting a business. While trying to break into the startup world, I learned as much as possible about startups, founders, networking, investing, and anything related to entrepreneurship. I interviewed founders, made cold calls and emails to entrepreneurs I respected, and even snuck into a premier event to meet my idols in person. Getting this information and feedback helped me build a strong network of mentors and advisors that eventually led to the creation of ONE. When speaking to and working with other young entrepreneurs, I encourage them to ask…
 
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    Fizzle

  • Do Podcasters have to Blog? (FS089)

    Chase Reeves
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Adam is a podcaster. He’s good at it. He enjoys it. He also follows all the blogs and gurus you’re supposed to, and they all tell him: you’ve got to blog, got to tweet, got to facebook, got to be everywhere! He’s tired. He’s trying to do it all, and it’s time to hear our answer to his question: do I have to do everything? This question and 2 others from listeners on the show today. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download Dear podcasters…
  • Blog Strategy 101: The 14 Step Video Guide

    Chase Reeves
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Below is a blog roadmap that not only attracts a thriving audience, but also has the path to a product built right into the strategy. The video below is one that many Fizzle members consider the most helpful video in our entire library. (Fizzle has over 430 lessons at the time of writing.) It comes from a course on the Essentials of Web Design for Business Builders. A few of the references are specific to course concepts (resource pages, C.R.A.F.T. method, etc), so don’t worry about those (or try Fizzle for $1 and cancel when you’re done). The video is an honest-to-god sharing of…
  • 27 Ways to Stumble on Unbeatable Content Ideas (FS088)

    Chase Reeves
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    You may not feel like it, but you are absolutely skillful enough to create high performing and impactful stuff. (We’re talking about blog posts, podcasts, infographics, products, etc.) You’re capable of it, but if you’re like many of us indie entrepreneurs, you haven’t yet. The ideas are in your head, you want them to come out, you want to click “publish” and watch them spread, but they won’t come out on their own. They also won’t come out by staring within your own brain. You’ve got to knock them loose. In this episode you hear 27 ways to…
  • How to Painlessly Plan Your Next Business Project

    Barrett Brooks
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why don’t entrepreneurs just get started on the projects they talk about all the time? We hear from aspiring and current business owners all the time who have dreams of taking on projects big and small, often times hearing from them multiple times about the same project. The answer is simple: fear. It’s fun to talk about a project and see the reaction on people’s faces when they acknowledge how brave you are to take on such an awesome project. But then, when we sit down at our computers or in our workshop or behind the microphone, that evil voice of self-doubt reminds us to…
  • How to do Good Work That Gets Popular: an Introduction (FS087)

    Chase Reeves
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every one of us entrepreneurs wants our businesses to be more popular. We want more eyes on our website and more love for our products. And yet, we also want to do good work. Businesses used to be able to make, package and sell crap and still be profitable. Today, however, the relationship with the audience is far too important… you sell one piece of shit and betray the confidence of your audience and you might find yourself up the creek without a paddle. When we’re bootstrapping and making our own articles, podcasts, ebooks, products, etc., it’s a constant struggle to…
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    Strategy

  • Here's The Secret To Staying 'In Love' For Decades

    Drake Baer
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    We usually think that marriages have a few years of impassioned romance before settling down into dependable, if less exciting, friendship.  But lots of couples stay in love.  That's what Stony Brook University psychologist Daniel O'Leary found in 2012. He conducted a survey of 274 married individuals in the US asking them to rate how in love they were with their partners.  A full 40% of participants said that they were "very intensely in love."  Similarly, in 2011, Match.com asked 5,200 Americans about how love lasts, and 18% of participants said that they'd experienced…
  • McDonald's Is Overhauling Customer Service

    Ashley Lutz
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    McDonald's grappled with declining US sales in 2014.  CEO Don Thompson told investors that customer service is one of the biggest issues facing the brand.  "You will also see changes in our customer service models as we work to create more memorable experiences and to deliver unparalleled convenience," Thompson said in a recent conference call.  Drive-thru service has slowed down as workers struggle to prepare dozens of new menu items. More consumers than ever are customizing their orders, presenting another challenge for the staff.  McDonald's is planning on…
  • Disturbing Video Recreates A Real School Fight With Adults And The Result Is Frightening

    Devan Joseph
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    This disturbing PSA by NIOT questions why people find bullying behavior unacceptable for adults and yet okay for children.  Not In Our Town (NIOT) is a movement to stop hate, bullying, and intolerance. NIOT films and tools help leaders build inclusive and identity safe schools and communities where people of all backgrounds are valued and accepted.   Find out more at niot.org.Video courtesy of NIOT Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
  • Psychologists Say Doing These 7 Activities Will Make You Happier

    Drake Baer
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Happiness is good for you.  Psychology research shows that happy people make more money, perform better at work, live longer, and have better marriages than everyone else.  But the causes of happiness are elusive — philosophers have been trying to figure it out for thousands of years. Over the past few decades psychological science has found a few consistent trends in what makes people happy. As the Gym Lion blog reports, happiness is less a matter of what you have than the things you do. Here are a few of the top happiness-inducing behaviors: Committing…
  • 7 Creative Interview Questions One CEO Asks Every Job Candidate

    Jacquelyn Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    Mitch Rothschild says everyone has an "interview face." His goal: get candidates to "drop it" when they're in the hot seat. Rothschild, the CEO of Vitals, a website that connects doctors and patients, recently told Adam Bryant of The New York Times that he does this by asking a specific set of questions. He says he usually starts by asking candidates, "Can you give me a tour of your life?"  "I'll also ask, 'Tell me three things about how you define yourself,' and, 'When you're not at work, what do you do two standard deviations better than anybody else?'" he tells Bryant. "I want to know…
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  • 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…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

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

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
 
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  • 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…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

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

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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  • Hospitals make accommodations for storm

    Jessica Bartlett
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Hospitals throughout the state are hunkering down to prepare for a three-day blizzard that is expected to bring over 24 inches of snow to parts of Massachusetts. City hospitals such as Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Tufts Medical Center, as well as community hospitals such as Emerson Hospital, are working to sleep staff at their facilities overnight to ensure there…
  • Nixon Peabody to merge with Chicago law firm and adds 100 attorneys

    Mary Moore
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    After months of speculation about its future, Nixon Peabody has announced it will merge with Ungaretti & Harris LLP in Chicago. The merger will be effective as of Feb. 1, according to a news release from Nixon Peabody. The merger will add 100 lawyers to Nixon Peabody's roster, and the combined new firm will retain the Nixon Peabody name and brand, the news release stated. Andrew Glincher will remain the managing partner and CEO of Nixon Peabody, according to the release. "We are privileged to…
  • New chairman named for the UMass Board of Trustees

    Mary Moore
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Victor Woolridge, vice president of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, has been named the new chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts. With the announcement in December that current UMass President Robert Caret will resign in June to become chancellor of the University of Maryland system, Woolridge's first task will be to form a search committee and begin the process of replacing Caret. Woolridge will succeed current Chairman Henry Thomas III, who has submitted his…
  • On-demand alcohol delivery service Drizly sees surge in business ahead of blizzard

    Sara Castellanos
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Drizly, a Boston-based on-demand alcohol delivery service, is seeing a huge spike in demand from customers using the startup's mobile app to order booze in preparation for Boston's impending blizzard. As of 2 p.m. on Monday, demand for alcohol delivery service in Boston and New York City is up by 477 percent over a typical Monday, said Drizly spokeswoman Kerry McGovern. She declined to comment on exactly how many deliveries they are making. "We've seen weather affect sales in the past but nothing…
  • With drug launch and new Cambridge site, Ipsen hopes to raise profile

    Don Seiffert
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    With the launch this month of what soon will become Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals' largest-selling drug in the U.S., the French drug firm is hoping to raise its profile both locally and within the biotech industry. The company gained approval in December for an injected treatment for neuroendocrine tumors, which are small, slow-progressing tumors in the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. Called Somatuline Depot, the drug is a reformulation of its existing drug, which goes by the generic name of lanreotide.…
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    James Clear

  • 6 Famous Artists Talk About What It’s Like to Overcome Fear and Create Beauty

    James Clear
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Long before I was publishing articles for the world to read, I wrote in a private document. I did this for more than a year. There were a variety of reasons and excuses that I used to rationalize why I wasn’t sharing my writing with others, but in many ways it boiled down to fear. Here’s what I didn’t realize at the time: fear isn’t something that must be avoided. It is not an indicator that you’re doing things wrong. Fear is simply a cost that all artists have to pay on the way to doing meaningful work. Obviously, not everything that is thought or written or created needs…
  • Mental Models: How Intelligent People Solve Unsolvable Problems

    James Clear
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Richard Feynman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest physicists of all-time. (He was a pretty solid bongo player as well). [1] Feynman received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton. During those years, he became known for waltzing into the math department at each school and solving problems that the brilliant math Ph.D. students couldn’t solve. Feynman describes why he was able to do this in his fantastic book, Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (one of my favorite books that I read last year). One day [my high…
  • Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life

    James Clear
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
    In 1962, a young man named Joseph met a woman named Marina. They lived in Russia together. They shared a passion for art. He wrote poetry. She created paintings. They fell in love and had a child together. It was shaping up to be a good life until one day in 1972, the Soviet officials came knocking at the door. They stormed Joseph’s apartment, took him captive, tossed him on a plane to Vienna, and informed him that he was exiled from the Soviet Union. He never saw Marina again. Anti-Soviet Joseph was Joseph Brodsky, the famous poet. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. His poetry,…
  • Reducing Stress: What Scientists Learned From the Children Who Survived a Famine During the Deadliest War in History

    James Clear
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    There was nothing left to eat. The butter had disappeared in October. By November, adult food rations had been cut to 1000 calories per day. A few months later, in the dead of winter, rations dropped to 500 calories per day. Food stocks throughout the country were empty. If you were lucky enough to have food ration coupons, you could get 100 grams of cheese every two weeks. Meat was a fantasy. By April of 1945, each person was limited to 1 loaf of bread and 5 potatoes — for the entire week. [1] It was the middle of terrible famine known as the Dutch Hunger Winter. World War II was nearing…
  • Never Check Email Before Noon (And Other Thoughts on Doing Your Best Work)

    James Clear
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Dana Vollmer did not have an easy road to the Olympics. Vollmer is an olympic swimmer, but it wasn’t just the grueling practice schedule that made her journey to the top difficult. At the age of 15, Vollmer discovered that she had a heart disorder known as long QT syndrome. She had heart surgery later that year, but the operation didn’t eliminate the risk of heart failure. (Even today, her mother watches swim meets from the stands with a defibrillator between her feet.) When Vollmer finally qualified for the Women’s 100m butterfly at the 2012 Olympics in London, it was her heart that…
 
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    Alltopstartups

  • Here is How Your Business Can Benefit From SIP Trunking

    Thomas Oppong
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Entering the global market enables companies and business to expand and grow. Marketing, shipping products and ordering systems all work in synergy to help companies compete in the worldwide market. Communication is an integral part of any business. And there are now better, faster and smarter ways businesses are staying connected and doing business even across borders. “There is no denying the world is moving to IP, and SIP has become the de facto solution of choice for businesses for IP connections. In North America, slightly more than 20% of the installed business trunks are SIP…
  • What You Need to Know About Business Logistics

    Thomas Oppong
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 am
    Pretty much everyone is familiar with shopping online now. According to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, the sector grew by 14 per cent over the last 12 months, taking total spending to £104 billion. However, logistics isn’t limited to e-commerce. It’s generally agreed upon that there are nine key areas of logistics, including accounting, banking, information technology, insurance, legal services, real estate, travel, and website development. There’s an increasing demand for logistics companies who can reliably fulfill their client’s needs. Handling logistics for any…
  • On Improving Office Environment (And Making Work Easier)

    Thomas Oppong
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    It would be fair to say that office jobs have advantages and drawbacks. On the plus side, it’s a chance to escape from the cold and sit in a so-called comfy environment. As a negative, staring at a computer screen for hours upon end can be one of the most excruciating things known to man by a Friday afternoon. We’re never going to be able to alleviate all of the drawbacks associated with typical office jobs, but there are ways to at least improve the environment for those of us who work in them. As the title suggests, we’re going..
  • On Measuring the Effectiveness of Online PR (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Anything that is measured can improve. How do you know if your online marketing campaigns are effective? What do you do to get the best results for your public relations efforts. Most businesses have limited resources to push their messages to the right audience. With limited resources, your best bet is a keen eye on your campaigns to know what works and can be improved for maximum impact. Measurement is an important keyword in every business that wants to improve. If you expect the very best return on your investment, your business should invest in resources and tools that make it..
  • These Are the Actionable Strategies Behind Product Hunt’s Explosive Growth

    Thomas Oppong
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Product Hunt, is a daily leaderboard of new products. The app surfaces the best new products, every day. It began as an email list using Linkydink, a tool for creating collaborative daily email digests. Product Hunt is now the place to discover the “next big” startup mostly in tech. Every day, it curates a list of the top products and startups that you probably haven’t heard of yet. The founder, Ryan Hoover and his team have been pretty much everywhere. They are constantly sharing their experience and success story with the startup community. Over the last few months, the…
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    YourStory.com

  • Year-old Medyog aspires to be the Uber of preventive healthcare

    Kirti Punia
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    “It was in the year 2008, my first year in college, that I first read about Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder of Narayana Hrudalaya, and his immense contribution in the field of affordable healthcare. What amazed me the most was the power of economies of scale in providing basic healthcare to the under-served in India. But it was only around two years back when I was admitted in Narayana Hrudalaya after being diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, that I saw for myself the impact of this healthcare institution,” says Pranat Bhadani, a core team member at Medyog. Medyog is an online healthcare aggregator for…
  • Startup logo design: 5 mistakes you should avoid

    Guest Author
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Every business needs a brand identity to represent and market it to the target audience. The case is no different for a startup. No matter whether you are just starting up or in the investment stage, having a good logo is like having a nice face — people will notice it! But designing a logo for your startup may get you into trouble if you are not aware of some basic fundamentals. I’ve seen lots of people losing money and redoing their logo after making such mistakes. My eight years of experience as a professional graphic designer and co-founder of a creative studio made me the go-to…
  • ‘My sketch pen is not a sword, it’s my friend’ – 25 quotes from the late great cartoonist R.K. Laxman

    Madanmohan Rao
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    One of the greatest cartoonists of the world, regarded as the ‘keeper of the conscience’ in India for over five decades, is no more. Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman – R.K.Laxman for short – passed away on January 26, 2015, India’s Republic Day. His iconic character of ‘The Common Man’ shone a brilliant ray of humour and wit into the painful process of Indian democracy and politics. The Common Man has been commemorated in a postage stamp released by the Indian Postal Service, and was also the mascot for the budget airline Air Deccan. Winner of awards ranging from Padma Vibhushan to…
  • Express yourself in 11 Indian languages with Swalekh, a ‘Make In India’ keypad

    Alok Soni
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
    If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela was precisely to the point about communication in one’s own language when stating the above. While the constitution of India lists 22 languages (which have been referred to as scheduled languages and given recognition, status and official encouragement), India is home to 122 major languages (spoken by 10000 or more people) and 1599 other languages. English is majorly used for business communication purposes and it’s the local languages…
  • The game that changed India: When barefooted Bengali boys took on the Raj’s most elite players

    Rakhi Chakraborty
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Mohun Bagan is not a football team. It is an oppressed country, rolling in the dust, which has just started to rise its head -Achintya Kumar Sengupta in Kallol Jug     Cricket is lauded as India’s national pastime and our prime sport. It was a sentiment that Ashutosh Gowariker and Amir Khan banked on when they made Lagaan, a film that tells the story of village boys defeating an elite British team in order to be reprieved from the vindictive taxes levied on them. In the film the victory was doubly special not only because it was against the colonial rulers, but also against the…
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    StartUpLift

  • 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…
  • John Lundin, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    StartUpLift
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    John Lundin, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist treating adults, adolescent and children. Target Audience: Professionals and their children Website URL: http://dev2.smsdesignlab.com/wp/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page – what is your initial impression of what you see? 2) Think of something you want to find on this website. Now try to find it. Did you find what you were looking for? Was anything confusing? 3) Imagine that you are seeking psychotherapy. Are you encouraged to contact me? Is there anything that you…
  • Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs

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

    StartUpLift
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    A scalable easy to use task and team management tool. Target Audience: Aimed at B2B primarily, however any teams or businesses can make use of both the Web and Mobile app. Website URL: www.allthings.io No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly…
  • GetScorecard – Painkiller for Sales Managers

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

  • Urban Nature Creating Community Development Strategies

    Susan Post
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is certainly no shortage of urban development happening in Columbus. Mixed-use buildings and housing developments are cropping up in practically every neighborhood in the core of the city. But with each new building comes a change to the community in which it’s located. How is a building going to fit into an existing community? […]
  • OSU Forms University-Wide Initiative Focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Susan Post
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Universities are recognizing the rise of entrepreneurship and the value of innovative thinking in any industry or business. The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business announced the marriage of two of its centers of excellence – the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Innovation Initiative – into the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Center […]
  • Fulcrum Creatives Awarded B Corp Status

    Susan Post
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fulcrum Creatives is the first marketing and branding company in Ohio, and one of only eight businesses statewide, to earn the prestigious B Corporation designation from international nonprofit, B Lab. With a goal to redefine success in business, B Lab recognizes companies that “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.” B […]
  • Blu Olive “Pops-Up” at Hey Hey Bar & Grill

    Kevin Brennan
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The pop-up restaurant concept is nothing new to Columbus. You may have paid a visit to Little Eater’s pop-up at The Hills Market Downtown this past fall. Chances are you have heard about Hot Chicken Takeover’s pop-up success in Olde Towne East. Pop-ups allow food entrepreneurs to grow their business without having to invest hundreds […]
  • Whole Foods Market Easton Looking to Carry New Local Products

    Anne Evans
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Are you a vendor with a unique local product that is near the Easton Community? Whole Foods Market will be opening their new store at Easton soon and they are currently looking for new suppliers to stock the store with local goods. Interested suppliers should email: MALocalSuppliers@wholefoods.com with the subject line: Easton. Include in your […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 5 Upcoming Startups Company

    VisionwizTeam
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    5 Upcoming Startups Company 1. Disk42 Disk42 is a new cloud storage startup that aims to help you sync your files across multiple devices which you can share securely with family, friends and co-workers.All your files are encrypted on your own device. Your password is saved on your computer. 2. MyTeam MyTeam is a new startup that  will help  you  to  track your team members locations and their time zones and then will work out your optimum meeting times. 3. Tracksy Tracksy is a new beta startup that aims to help bands, musicians and artists  to publish their music free. Tracksy is…
  • How To Give Funding Pitch To Angel Investors

    Martin
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor preparation. If you start by pitching your extended life story, that’s the wrong point. Equally bad is an extended pitch on your new disruptive technology. Investors are more interested in your solution and your business,…
  • Smappee-Smarter Way To Monitor Your Energy Consumption

    ajay
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that appliances, electronics and lighting account for more than one-third of home energy use. However, most Americans aren’t actively aware of their own habits. They may leave lights on while at work, forget to unplug devices such as televisions or rely on outdated appliances that drain energy instead of conserving it. This excess consumption can have harmful implications for the environment, because residential users account for more than 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. So ,what’s the solution ? Try…
  • How To Make Your Startup Company More Profitable

    Martin
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Successful entrepreneurs often start with a “random” idea, but they quickly focus their efforts and follow a “system” to organize their startup and maximize the clout of their activities. Too many entrepreneur “wannabes” never get past the idea stage, or strike out randomly in many directions, hoping that their passion will convince people to follow them and make their business grow. There are many systems for business out there, but all of them need a way to keep score on progress and impact. If your business is to be a thought leader in the social media world, the dominant…
  • 5 LifeCycle Phases Of Startup Company

    Martin
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up. Big company powerhouses, like IBM and Xerox, took fifty years to make the cycle, but new companies today, in the age of the Internet, often make the cycle in five to ten years, or even less. Consider MySpace and Webvan. Thus it behooves every entrepreneur to start watching these things more carefully from the very start. By definition, most startups begin as a result of some innovation in product, process, or service. The problem…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Happywork TV Episode 33: Thank You Designers!

    Chris Reimer
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
      In Episode 33 of Happywork TV, I say thank you to three artists who helped me with the design and look of my book Happywork. Steve Hartman (@creativille on Twitter) did the front cover design of my book. Judging from the reviews I’ve been hearing, it turned out well! I used to work with […] The post Happywork TV Episode 33: Thank You Designers! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 32: Thank You Proofreaders!

    Chris Reimer
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    In Episode 32 of Happywork TV, I say thank you to some people who lent me a huge hand as I was working to finish my book. Thank you to my proofreaders: Jenn Cloud, Greg Bussmann, Dave Gray, Eliot Frick, Mary Steinau, my mom, and my wife. Thank you also goes to my editor at […] The post Happywork TV Episode 32: Thank You Proofreaders! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork Pre-Sale Book Launch is a GO!

    Chris Reimer
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    In what might be the worst-kept secret ever, my book Happywork is debuting in less than a month (as of the time of this posting). FREAK. OUT! February 17 is the big day, the countdown clock is on, and I’m nervous, excited, and ready. I can’t wait to get this book in your hands! Even […] The post Happywork Pre-Sale Book Launch is a GO! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Book Review: Zombie Loyalists by Peter Shankman

    Chris Reimer
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Companies often churn through customers. Terrible and scary, but true. Through bad customer service (along with lousy product, weak branding, and a host of other challenges), the good customers leave, and new ones have to be harvested. In fact, one of the most important metrics you’ll often hear a publicly traded company cite is their […] The post Book Review: Zombie Loyalists by Peter Shankman appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 31: Mr Employer, NO You Can’t Have My Social Media Passwords

    Chris Reimer
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
      In Episode 31 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in The Happywork Agreement, the work code of conduct I’ve written to help bring happiness to the sorriest workplaces. And this one is a doozy. It goes like this: “I will not ask prospective or current employees for their social media passwords, nor […] The post Happywork TV Episode 31: Mr Employer, NO You Can’t Have My Social Media Passwords appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • The value of icebreaker games and motivating employees

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Team building and icebreaker activities and games are the best way to engage employees or your audience, and these can help people to feel comfortable and ready to work with one another. There are specialist companies that can help with this, ensuring they will be great fun as well as hugely valuable to the employees and company’s growth.   In order for people to work well together and be productive, they will need to be engaged and feel like part of a team. People work best when they work with other people and feel comfortable about doing so, and this is particularly important in…
  • Everything you need for molecular bonding with a plastic welding kit

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    When creating plastic structures it is best to use plastic welding to create a join, as this will create a join which is strong, reliable and will not deteriorate in quality over time. There are hot air tools and welding kits which will give you everything you need, no matter what the application is. When joining plastics together to create new structures there are a few ways in which this can be done. There is the option of chemical bonding, where adhesives or solvents are used to create a join, and there is also mechanical joins to consider, which use screws and snap fits to join the…
  • Communicate with your target audience with the best video production London has

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    All businesses need to communicate with their target audience, as this is how you advertise and increase brand awareness. The best form of media to do this with is film, as you can combine video and audio elements to create an engaging, informative and entertaining piece. Production companies can help with this, creating high quality videos that communicate your desired message. The way in which a business communicates with its target audience will have a direct impact on their success. How you communicate will determine your reputation as a brand, and this is particular true in the modern…
  • How You Can Use Cloud Technology to Meet the Growing Demands of your Business

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Technology in its many forms is an invaluable part of most businesses. From data storage, to communications and analysis there are programs and software tools available to make these processes as efficient as possible. One particularly useful, and relatively recent, technology however is proving to be an ideal choice for many firms as they look to improve and expand – namely, Cloud technology. For the uninitiated, Cloud tech is essentially a means of hosting information and different services externally from your business via the internet, which can be accessed at a time to suit you. The…
  • How’s Your Business Smell?

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Industrial facilities dealing in wastewater such as treatment plants, sewers, and pumping stations, can be the cause of various unpleasant odours. Under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act (EPA), all business and trade centres dealing in such premises are required to control their odour levels. Read on to find out if your business is on the right track. Risks to the Public Odours that are normally of a pleasant nature can become intolerable after repeated exposure high levels of wastewater. This can result in members of the public suffering from nausea. While there are not known to be any…
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  • Why You Should Focus on Video Marketing in 2015 – Infographic

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    I have been a huge fan of video marketing ever since I started Internet Marketing. My first source of income was by creating simple review videos and uploading them to Youtube. I would promote all kind of affiliate marketing products from Amazon to Clickbank. I even promoted a few CPA offers and that gave me […] The post Why You Should Focus on Video Marketing in 2015 – Infographic appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Improve Email Open Rates by Cleaning Your Dead Email List?

    Dilip Kumar
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Okay! How much are you paying for your autoresponder services? What if I could help you reduce your auto responder service costs by almost 50%? One of the biggest expenses in an internet marketing business is on auto responder services. While you might get services that might charge you cheap, but that will be at […] The post How to Improve Email Open Rates by Cleaning Your Dead Email List? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Guest Posting for Traffic – Invitation for Guest Posting with DKSpeaks

    Dilip Kumar
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Have you been guest posting? I’m sure until about three months back you would have been spending a lot of your time in writing guest posts in order to get back links to your website. Guest posting has been one of the biggest sources of getting back links to blogs. There were a lot of […] The post Guest Posting for Traffic – Invitation for Guest Posting with DKSpeaks appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Create Viral Images to Share on Social Media Sites?

    Dilip Kumar
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    How do you make Google love you? That is probably the question that each one of us is would be asking ourselves. As we get close to solving it and finding a solution to it, Google quickly changes the game by changing their algorithms and we once again start on our search. But in all […] The post How to Create Viral Images to Share on Social Media Sites? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 16 Influential and Successful Women Entrepreneurs and Internet Marketers

    Dilip Kumar
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Women have always been called as “Home-makers”, thanks to all the work that they put in to make your house a “HOME”. It is hence that it becomes even more important to give out a standing ovation to any women, who has made it big in Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial success for women has to be measured […] The post 16 Influential and Successful Women Entrepreneurs and Internet Marketers appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • The Walk In Customer & The Tailor

    Fadzuli
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I was looking for a tailor to make my suits last Sunday. As I happen to be Peninsula Plaza with the Ahemm cos she wanted to some sizing and alterations. I saw this tailor shop at the basement level. Looks old and rustic. An old man and old lady was in the shop. From where I stood, I saw many pictures of smart men in suits hung on the wall. Like any customer, you would first look around and ask a question. Sir how much does it costs to make a suit? By the way in my head, I already knew it was about $400-$500 to make one set in Singapore with good quality material. The old man having that…
  • Endurance

    Fadzuli
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    This is the first time I see a customer that is happy about their advertisements even though they were no sales on his end. He was willing to keep testing till it works. I admire his endurance. Only people who have tested advertisements and seen its results will be willing to put more effort. This client had spent hundreds of thousands on BH ads the last 10 years and he has seen fierce competition rising. He knows it will take time and much split tests to get it right as the online market is really new to him. Its easier to work with such people cos they know the risks. To more tests..
  • New Year New Targets

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Its my rare posts in this blog again. New Year New Targets.. Well before we set for new targets what have I achieved last year. When my biz partner and I  reviewed our goal settings last year, we realised we only managed to hit 7 / 18 of our targets. Its not so bad actually and knowing that each goal requires massive work to accomplished. Example.. Islamicevents.Tv. This goal itself is so big but we manage to acquire the equipment via Club Ethis investment program and get the weekly programs running. One more accomplishment that we manage to sort out is the Business Accounts. With 5-6…
  • The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start?

    Fadzuli
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start? In the past I’ve started my businesses with $20 and $150. Many others with even $0. Don’t think of capital when you begin. Think of getting your customers first. No customers no business. So you’ve got to know how to get your customers first. From there then you build your capital. If u want a $4000 salary that month then think of the number of clients u need to get. If that is still too hard, then divide it into days. So per day u need to make $120. If that is still too hard, then think of the…
  • 10th March 2014

    Fadzuli
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    10th of March 2014.. Another age catches up and I am already 32. Still a long list of targets to achieve. Career and family balance is something to look forward to. Perhaps I’ve gotta to start living life slower.
 
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  • Could your hobby provide you with additional income?

    guestbloggerSUD
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Despite the ever-increasing demands of modern life and our changing leisure habits, thankfully, many of us retain our love for our hobbies, But it seems we’re a dying breed. Research carried out by Santander, reported by the Mail Online in December 2013, suggested that a quarter of us listed watching TV as our favourite pastime, with just 5% playing a team sport. Only 4% practised a musical instrument, while fishing, once one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, was enjoyed by just 2% of the population (the same percentage that still collected stamps or coins). According to the Mail:…
  • 2015 - the year you finally start your own business?

    Mark Williams
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    Why do so many of us bother with New Year’s resolutions, especially as so few of us ever stick to them? Somewhat shamefully, about 2% of UK adults who make New Year’s resolutions don’t even get to the end of New Year’s Day with their resolution intact (source: Think Money). Australian research published in December 2014 concluded that almost two-thirds of all New Year resolutions made Down Under are never achieved, while a 2007 University of Bristol study suggested a much higher UK failure rate of 88%. Common New Year’s resolutions If you resolved to lose weight in 2015, you’re…
  • Time to switch banks?

    guestbloggerSUD
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    It isn’t just personal current account customers who can take advantage of the free Current Account Switch Service to swap between banks, because small businesses up and down the country can make the most of the service, too. Launched by the banking industry in September 2014, the service ensures that existing payments such as direct debits or standing orders will be moved to the new account automatically, and any transactions that do go through to the old account will be redirected to the new one for 13 months, so payments won’t go missing. The company making or taking the payment using…
  • How to cut costs and become more profitable in 2015

    guestbloggerSUD
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Save money on accountancy fees Before you can cut your costs you need to understand your finances. Up until now, you may have been just bundling your paperwork into an envelope and sending it off to your accountant, crossing your fingers that you're in profit. But, obviously, that’s not a great idea. Use online bookkeeping software to enter and track your finances electronically in real-time. Once you're doing your bookkeeping online, you can then use a certified accountant to process your accounts quicker, directly from your online records. This way they don’t have to wade through a…
  • What business lessons can we learn from the Manchester Christmas Market traders?

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

    Sean Murphy
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I had a great conversation with a first timer after today’s Bootstrapper Breakfast in Sunnyvale. He was a serious entrepreneur who had been bootstrapping for two years and he said, “Real recognizes real, this is the first entrepreneur Meetup I’ve been to where I have been able to talk about my challenges and get practical advice. Also, the other entrepreneurs weren’t just pitching, they were trying to help.” I said, “starting at 7:30am helps, so does sharing a meal. Moderating the discussion so that there is only one conversation also means that everyone…
  • Don’t Let Give-Aways Bury Interest From Real Prospects

    Sean Murphy
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Founders need leads and deals. Don’t pick give-aways that bury interest from real prospects. Have a real conversation and exchange cards or scan a badge afterward only if there is real interest. Fish Bowl Leads You are back from a tradeshow and have 400 business cards in a large pile on the table. Booth visitors had dropped them in a fish bowl you set out to request more information and win a chance at a cool device. Now the work begins–finding the good ones in the pile. Out of the 400 cards there may be 20 or 40 who are really interested in your product. You have to find…
  • 5 Ways To Start Customer Discovery Interviews

    Sean Murphy
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Customer discovery interviews are essential to testing key B2B product hypotheses and understanding your target customers’ needs. Broadly there are five ways that you can reach out to potential customers to have a discovery conversation. All of them assume that you have a clear picture of who your target is and a few key questions that they will be willing and able to answer that will indicate they have a problem or need your solution may address. Five Ways to Start Customer Discovery Interviews By introduction At a meetup In an on-line forum Via cold e-mail Via a cold call 1. Ask…
  • Six Excerpts From “Carve the Sky”

    Sean Murphy
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Alexander Jablokov‘s first novel, “Carve the Sky,” has a number of elegantly phrased observations and insights. It’s science fiction, set about four centuries hence in a world where humanity has survived a nuclear war and expanded into the Solar System at least as far as the Asteroid Belt. Here are six excerpts that I found memorable. Symbiosis of Effort “A group of men had come into the Great Hall and were gathered around Clavius. they looked like a corporate body of some sort, a board of aldermen, perhaps, or the chiefs of the local board of medical ethics, for…
  • Few–If Any–Silicon Valley Secrets

    Theresa Shafer
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    I signed up for a mailing list a while ago from a reasonably famous entrepreneur and he sent me this mass email in late November promising to share “Silicon Valley Secrets.” I don’t know if it’s because I have worked in Silicon Valley for more than three decades but I found the whole thing kind of sad (of course, he’s probably laughing all the way to the bank). Sean, Seeing that it’s almost 2015, I wanted to create a special webinar for just for you. During this FREE webinar, I’ll share 5 killer strategies to double your business that I learned from…
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  • The value of icebreaker games and motivating employees

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Team building and icebreaker activities and games are the best way to engage employees or your audience, and these can help people to feel comfortable and ready to work with one another. There are specialist companies that can help with this, ensuring they will be great fun as well as hugely valuable to the employees and company’s growth.   In order for people to work well together and be productive, they will need to be engaged and feel like part of a team. People work best when they work with other people and feel comfortable about doing so, and this is particularly important in…
  • Everything you need for molecular bonding with a plastic welding kit

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    When creating plastic structures it is best to use plastic welding to create a join, as this will create a join which is strong, reliable and will not deteriorate in quality over time. There are hot air tools and welding kits which will give you everything you need, no matter what the application is. When joining plastics together to create new structures there are a few ways in which this can be done. There is the option of chemical bonding, where adhesives or solvents are used to create a join, and there is also mechanical joins to consider, which use screws and snap fits to join the…
  • Communicate with your target audience with the best video production London has

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    All businesses need to communicate with their target audience, as this is how you advertise and increase brand awareness. The best form of media to do this with is film, as you can combine video and audio elements to create an engaging, informative and entertaining piece. Production companies can help with this, creating high quality videos that communicate your desired message. The way in which a business communicates with its target audience will have a direct impact on their success. How you communicate will determine your reputation as a brand, and this is particular true in the modern…
  • How You Can Use Cloud Technology to Meet the Growing Demands of your Business

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Technology in its many forms is an invaluable part of most businesses. From data storage, to communications and analysis there are programs and software tools available to make these processes as efficient as possible. One particularly useful, and relatively recent, technology however is proving to be an ideal choice for many firms as they look to improve and expand – namely, Cloud technology. For the uninitiated, Cloud tech is essentially a means of hosting information and different services externally from your business via the internet, which can be accessed at a time to suit you. The…
  • How’s Your Business Smell?

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Industrial facilities dealing in wastewater such as treatment plants, sewers, and pumping stations, can be the cause of various unpleasant odours. Under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act (EPA), all business and trade centres dealing in such premises are required to control their odour levels. Read on to find out if your business is on the right track. Risks to the Public Odours that are normally of a pleasant nature can become intolerable after repeated exposure high levels of wastewater. This can result in members of the public suffering from nausea. While there are not known to be any…
 
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  • Get invited to Pixilated’s founders-only event [Events Roundup]

    Jackie Albright
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Lasers, soirées, breakfast and TEDxBaltimore. Get out there, people! The Foundery’s CNC Laser Orientation Have you always wanted to learn more about laser cutters and engravers? Join the Foundery’s intro course covering safety, operations, software, project design and more. Monday, Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. Baltimore Foundery, 207 S. Central Ave., Baltimore More info. Baltimore TechBreakfast Interested in learning more about startups in Baltimore? Check out this month’s live demo-style event where you’re sure to make new connections in the Baltimore Tech community. And…
  • DreamIt Health announces 2015 class, moves to Inner Harbor

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    DreamIt Health Baltimore announced its second cohort on Monday. The startups that make up the accelerator’s class of 2015 include a telehealth platfrom, an app to improve patient handoffs and a photo-sharing service for healthcare professionals. Five of the six companies are from outside Baltimore, with one hailing from Spain. Officials also noted that two of the companies are female-founded. The accelerator provides up to $50,000 in seed funding for each startup, with the potential to receive up to $250,000 in follow-on funding after a startup’s first independent investment…
  • Maryland’s Council on Open Data could soon make GIS nerds very happy

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Even with the focus on the budget, open data is likely to get a look during this year’s legislative session in Annapolis. While it won’t be a sweeping policy like the one that was passed in 2014, the data bill that’s being talked about marks one of the first formal recommendations of the state’s newly-formed Council on Open Data. A Maryland lawmaker is likely to bring legislation during the current session in Annapolis that would guarantee online access to GIS mapping data is free to the general public. The bill would replace a legislative holdover from 1992. The…
  • Cybersecurity’s #SOTU moment

    Stephen Babcock
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Cybersecurity’s State of the Union moment arrived last week. Technical.ly Baltimore wasn’t alone in reporting on the President’s new cybersecurity proposal, and his embrace of elements that have long been contained in CISPA, a cybersecurity law long-championed by Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. Everyone’s asking: Will the plan actually protect you? The Atlantic and Inc.com and even Gizmodo offer ways that the proposal might not end up being effective. Despite the similarities, Ruppersberger’s spokeswoman told us that debate is likely to flare up in…
  • 5 social media takeaways for 2015 and beyond

    Stephen Babcock
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    After “open feeding season” last year, where’s social media going in 2015? Robyn Showers, social media manager for HubSpot, flew in from Boston to address that question with the Baltimore HubSpot User Group (HUG) at Groove HQ on Wednesday night. (She spoke again Thursday night at the Baltimore Social Media Meetup.) Showers, who oversees social media accounts that reach more than 1 million users for the inbound marketing and sales software platform, provided a social media forecast for 2015 — from a marketing perspective. From up-and-coming networks to sharing…
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  • Podcast: inside-Startups Talks Portland Tech with the The PDX Beat

    Rich
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    I’m on the radio once again talking about the Portlandia Technology Scene with Amado Lumba and The PDX Beat.
  • Rich Brueckner Presents: Data and Goliath – Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data

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

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

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

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

    Banksy
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Yes folks its that time of year again. While I’ve been a little light on posts in 2014 there is one that must be written. This one. 2014 has been an interesting year, one which has seen a lot of change in both my personal life and business dealings. In a year that saw Optix Solutions turn 15 and new ventures being started by my business partner and I (hopefully more on those in years to come) we may just have tried to do a little too much. As you probably know I’m a huge fan of change and believe it completely necessary for success however sometimes it can feel like you’re…
  • Are your ears and eyes always open?

    Banksy
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    A few years ago, at a time when I was still able to drive around in an impractical car (before the requirement for a 5-seater family car), I faced a dilemma one morning when I managed to lock myself out of said motor. Luckily, my neighbour happened to be the owner of Lockfix24 (a local locksmith’s in Exeter), and after a quick search on Google for his emergency number – he quickly came to my rescue. Kenny was a complete life saver that day, turning up within the hour and “breaking” me back into my car without leaving a mark. He was reliable, quick and efficient, and I cannot thank…
  • Why I love the Ryder Cup so much

    Banksy
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lets face it the Ryder Cup is a sensational event for any sports lover. Apart from the fact its so different to its standard format of the game and pits the best players from either side of the Atlantic against each other for three days, its neither of these reasons I want to focus on. The main reason I love the Ryder Cup and especially the European effort is because of the passion and camaraderie that is clearly evident in their team. There is a lesson for us all to take from the way that team work and support each other over the weekend.  ‘Teamwork’ is an often overused term in…
  • How to use LinkedIn to generate Sales Leads

    Banksy
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    In the last 3-4 months I’ve generated more than 50k’s worth of direct business from my personal LinkedIn account. I spend around 2-3 hours a week on the website and I have a set process for how to get the most from it. At Optix, we spend a fair bit of time training our clients on the effective use of this tool. I recently headed to London to help a 12 man sales team optimise their usage of it so I thought I’d share a few of the key points from that session with you today. The Basics For those that don’t know, LinkedIn is a social media platform which started back in 2003. Boasting…
  • Failure For the Win!

    Banksy
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    In a world that shouts about success, it’s a natural human trait to regard failure as a negative thing. People often cover up their mistakes and find them hard to admit to. In my business I’m a huge believer in and encourage my team to shout from the roof tops about their failures (ok sometimes its best to do that behind closed doors of course) so they can learn from them. I try and encourage an environment where they aren’t afraid to come forward and admit mistakes, after all if they don’t take responsibility for things, then no one benefits. I believe that my mistakes…
 
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  • Get Ready to Party! TechCrunch is Coming to Boston on February 26th!

    Keith Cline
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Release Date:  Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Keith Cline - Founder, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  It’s time to celebrate and show off all of our success and rub elbows with the writers at TechCrunch!  They will be in town for their annual Meetup + Pitch-Off event at The Estate... It’s no secret that the Boston tech scene is thriving!  We have IPOs, unicorns, rock star entrepreneurs & investors… we have it all.  Believe it or not, there once was a time when the Boston tech scene didn’t get together enough in terms…
  • Is Apple Pay’s Biggest Competitor Right Here in Boston?

    joshboyle
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Premium Company:  LoopPay Release Date:  Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Living without a wallet is a hot trend in the world of technology these days. There’s SoftCard, Google Wallet and most recognizably, Apple Pay. Living without a wallet is a hot trend in the world of technology these days. There’s SoftCard, Google Wallet and most recognizably, Apple Pay. There are also more targeted solutions like Boston’s new parking app, ParkBoston. While…
  • Winter Xcelerate: Entrepreneurship on Display at Harvard

    joshboyle
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 01/26/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Founded in 2011, Harvard Ventures facilitates a wide array of activities on campus, including last week’s, Winter Xcelerate, a week-long startup incubation program at the Harvard Innovation Lab with mentors and speakers across industries. Harvard Ventures is the undergraduate entrepreneurship club at Harvard University, leading cross-campus efforts to connect passionate individuals with each other and provide…
  • Talent on the Move! January 23, 2015

    Keith Cline
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Premium Company:  BookBub Core Security Vee24 Release Date:  Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - January 23, 2015 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - January 23, 2015Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Steve Green, Vice President of Sales @ Vee24.  Previously, Vice President, Worldwide Sales at…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: January 26 – 31

    joshboyle
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  It's Friday! Time to highlight some standout events among for the week ahead! We all know how awesome the Boston tech ecosystem is, but does everyone take full advantage of it? It’s hard to balance getting out in the community and meeting new folks with hitting those deadlines and milestones. It’s probably even more difficult to keep track of everything going on around us. That’s what we’re here…
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  • The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries

    Michael
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
      Since I embarked on this journey of giving I’ve been bombarded with extra mail. The letters above are the ones I received Tuesday. ( I crossed out my name for privacy’s sake. I like you but I don’t need you to know where I live ) The most intrusive one I’ve received is from […] The post The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved

    Michael
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for$50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. This $50 billion is from 10 million tithers–people who donate 10% or more their income to a church–across America. They make up 10-25% of a normal congregation yet they for 50-80% of church funding. The ole’ Pareto principle […] The post How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Use Technology To Effectively Teach Giving

    Michael
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tithing and/or giving is a delicate subject. It has the power to split churches down the middle. It is important though. According to the 4th Annual State of the Plate Survey of 2012 many ministries saw giving increase because of financial/generosity teaching initiatives. Not only that but many other ministries are looking for proactive and […] The post How to Use Technology To Effectively Teach Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How I Changed My Life With a One Year Tithing Experiment

    Michael
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m a tither. Despite the controversy surrounding it, I’m a huge advocate of it. And, honestly, before I got serious about it my life was a total mess. I couldn’t make ends meet. I had trouble holding a steady job. My wife (God bless her) loved me, but lost almost all respect for me. Our […] The post How I Changed My Life With a One Year Tithing Experiment appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Three Tithes of the Old Testament [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Michael
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I believe in it and have see it change my own life. But I have heard the arguments and do realize it is vastly different from the Mosaic Law. Which is why I was so drawn to this infographic by Glass House Theology. This shows the three tithes represented in the Old […] The post The Three Tithes of the Old Testament [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • 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…
  • What to Expect from Verge’s Biggest E-Commerce Launch

    Tim Hickle
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The clock is ticking and the felix + iris launch is approaching. As we get closer to launch, the Verge team is getting more and more excited to be launching the next big name in online eye wear. As co-founders of an e-commerce powerhouse (and a power couple), Randy and Angie Stocklin are household names to many people in the Verge community. They are no stranger to the Verge stage, but this Wednesday, they’re going to be more familiar with it than ever.  So why would an e-commerce eyeglass supplier want to launch with Verge?  It’s a valid question. After all, we’re all…
  • 3 Things Your Startup Should Do ASAP For Success

    Tim Hickle
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    This month, we’re extremely excited to have the One Click Ventures team launch their newest E-Commerce brand from the Verge stage. This is the third brand launch we’ve done in the past year and we love seeing the incredible entrepreneurs in the Verge community reach a point where they can do a large brand launch, but most of the entrepreneurs in our community don’t fit that bill yet. As a matter of fact, about half of the attendees at any given Verge event are just getting started on the journey of entrepreneurship. Many of them dream of someday launching a large tech brand…
  • How to Stand Out By Honing In (On Your Target Market)

    Tim Flint
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You’ve got to figure out, not how to make someone think you’re relevant, but figure out who you’re already relevant to.” -Lorraine Ball, Owner of Roundpeg In a world of competing messaging, there’s only one way to make your company stand out. Target the customers who you’re already relevant to. These are the customers who will become passionate about your product because it aligns so closely with their wants/needs. These customers will not only buy your product again and again, but will be so excited that they will share your product with others. Realize that you can’t be…
  • Verge This Month: Could We Be Launching the Next Big Brand In Eye Wear?

    Tim Hickle
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s time to dispel the myth that Indianapolis is B2B town, or at least that’s what the team at felix + iris believe. After years of playing in the B2C E-Commerce space, the folks at One Click Ventures have turned their sights on the eye wear space. They have built a new brand offering a data-driven approach to eye glasses that has the potential to change the way we all buy glasses. The felix + iris team just got back from Fashion Week in New York where they introduced their brand to the press and this week, they’ll be announcing the time and place of the local launch of…
 
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    Start-Ups.Co

  • The Future of Statistics….. Back to the Basics

    30SimpleSystems
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    THE FUTURE OF STATISTICS…BACK TO THE BASICS August 11, 2014 Last fall, Simply Statistics held an interesting panel discussion on the future of statistics and data analytics. Overall, I thought the discussion had a lot of great insights and gave an idea of where analytics is headed in the near future. This post explores some key-takeaways and implications. 1. We’re gaining the ability to do large scale experiments (think 6 degrees of separation at a massive scale). This will allow us to better understand the cause and effects of different actions. 2. Data analysis is about telling stories.
  • Needls : Get Notified of Leads in Real Time

    Bob Debbas
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Justin Hartzman”, Founder and CEO – of the Toronto – Canada based start-up “Needls.” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1- What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?   Along with my partners Jeremy Poriah and Michael Koral, I’m one of the co-founders of needls.com. I’m also the company’s CEO. What needls does is find and deliver targeted relationship-based sales leads in real time to our users. They choose their target keywords (they can…
  • Bankymybiz : Matching Network of Business Owners and Lenders

    Bob Debbas
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Nathan DauSchmidt”, COO of the Madison – US based start-up “Bankmybiz” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Bankmybiz.com is a matching network of business owners and lenders. We save business owners time and help get them the financing they need by informing them about which funding products they qualify for and then connecting the business owners directly with local and national lenders. 2. When has your startup been…
  • New 2 NY Tours : Tour Guide in NY

    Bob Debbas
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Pamela Fisher”, Co-Founder of the US based start-up “New2NYTours” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  I am a certified tour guide in NYC and offer my guests “outside the box, off the beaten path” walking tours to see how the coals live in NYC. we do not see the typical tourist attractions, but instead go to the heart of each neighborhood and talk about the culture, the food, and the people that make NYC so…
  • Virally helps marketers track and amplify their content marketing.

    Bob Debbas
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
      Bob Debbas    We had a quick chit chat with Mr. Alex Clifford; Marketing Executive at VirallyApp Many companies invest in content marketing e.g. blogs, guides, white-papers and infographics. But many marketers don’t know how to prove its ROI. They can’t show how their content has helped customers make a purchase. Virally tracks ‘who’ has seen ‘which’ pieces of content, so marketers can measure the impact of their content marketing. Virally helps marketers justify the budget they have spent on producing content. Virally encourages viral…
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    Planio Blog

  • 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…
  • Planio is updating its Terms of Use

    janschulzhofen
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    How time flies: it’s been almost exactly five years since we first started working on Planio. A lot has changed in those five years. We took Planio from side project to full on business venture with actual revenues, real employees and - above all - a whole lot of awesome clients. To be honest, we couldn’t quite imagine what kind of adventure would lie ahead of us and this showed in our old terms and conditions: many of the situations we encountered over the years weren’t properly covered. When we took on updating our terms this year, we had two main goals:  Be clear about…
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    Startup Champ

  • 5 Must-Know Things For Branding Your Business

    Manpreet Kaur
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Branding isn’t about having a good logo, matching design and talking of your brand all the time. Branding involves much more than this… it involves building trust and credibility. You customers must know you and have trust in you. There’s a lot in branding that must know of… Here are some things that you should do for branding your business the right way. Be a storyteller: Human beings love stories and that is a business opportunity for you. Instead of selling your product, you must try to sell your story. The story of your brand is important for branding your business. If you…
  • 5 Simple Business Promotion Tips You Must Know About  

    Guest Author
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    So you’ve recently started a new business.  Naturally, that’s an exciting step.  But, now that you have your business set up and are perhaps beginning to define what your niche in the market will be, you need to take the next important step.  What would that be?  Well, that would be letting the public know about your company through intelligent business promotion techniques.  There are plenty of ways that a business owner can promote his or her company.  In fact, thanks to the internet and the online age we live in, the opportunities for business promotion have proliferated and…
  • 8 Things You Need to be a Successful Entrepreneur

    Manpreet Kaur
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Entrepreneurship is the new buzz word. It seems like everyone wants to get rid of those monotonous 9 to 5 jobs and be one’s own boss. While many of you would just dream about being an entrepreneur, there would be few who would actually work on it. This post is for the latter ones. If you want to know the secret and most important steps to become a successful entrepreneur, read on! Love what you do: Let me share one fact seldom people believe. Majority of the people are quite happy with their monotonous job. They love it and that’s why they are doing it. Focus on the word ‘love’. You…
  • How to create a positive environment within your office?

    Manpreet Kaur
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    If you feel as though you spend most of your waking hours at work, you’re not alone. The fact is, for many people the working week is getting longer. Figures produced in 2011 by the Office for National Statistics showed that full-time employees spent an average of 42.7 hours per week at work. This means that, as a boss, it’s more important than ever to provide your personnel with a pleasant and positive environment within your office. If you’re keen to improve your office, take a look at this brief guide. Invest in comfortable and attractive furniture No modern work space is complete…
  • 5 Quick Networking Tips

    Artsyani
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Networking is one of the most important skills you can develop. When people ask me “Hey Anik, what’s the key to your success?” The simplest answer I give is, “my network.” Over the years, I’ve been blessed with a network that is filled with positive, successful people. Because of my network, I have a tremendous number of assets at my disposal. My network can help me out in all kinds of ways. It can open up new business opportunities and support me on ones I’m pursuing right now. It’s also filled with people cool people who can give me emotional…
 
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    Life-Long Learner

  • 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…
  • Ecommerce and Building A Booming Business Abroad with Ryan Coisson – TCE 056

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

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

  • Brad Dunn – Founder and Executive Director of Nazori

    IdeaMensch
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Set goals. Create tasks that help you achieve them. Prioritise them. Then allocate time in your week to do them. I also think people need to stop focusing on the problems they don’t have yet (Maserati problems). Forget fancy business cards if they don’t help you. Forget terms and conditions if you don’t need them yet. Just get started. Brad Dunn is the founder and one of the executive directors at award winning software company Nazori in Melbourne. His role at Nazori covers product management, sales and marketing. The company, with offices in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, designs…
  • J.R. Garrett – Co-founder of LogoGarden

    IdeaMensch
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Being an early riser is my most vital habit. Waking early just puts me in a “carpe diem” mindset. I wake up, go to the gym, do some reading, and then start prepping for my workday. Time can’t be regained, so maximizing your time is the most valuable way to ensure a productive day. J.R. Garrett, co-founder of LogoGarden, has years of startup and management experience, including early- through late-stage VC portfolio businesses. J.R. helped LogoGarden close more than $4 million in venture funding, recruited C-suite management and board members, and helped grow the company to nearly 20…
  • Jared Brown – Co-Founder of Hubstaff.com

    IdeaMensch
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Spec out your tasks. Write processes and get as granular as possible. Update them whenever your team discovers a more efficient way of doing something. Not only does this save you the time of explaining the same processes and answering the same questions over and over again, but it also allows you to preserve knowledge when someone leaves your team. Jared Brown has been programming professionally for over a decade. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Purdue University in 2004. He loves combining technology and business and has started several businesses. Most…
  • Rickard Hansson – Founder of Incentive

    IdeaMensch
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    I make my decisions split second and don’t dwell on anything. Good or bad, I just take risks and go with my gut, with what I thinks is good for the company. If it turns out to be wrong, I refocus and make changes. If it’s the right decision, it’s extremely rewarding. Rickard Hansson is founder and CEO of Incentive. Hansson has more than 15 years of experience in working with collaboration within organizations through the Internet, and has founded several ventures in which he has built, marketed and sold IT-systems for social collaboration and consulting services around it.
  • Kyle Cook – Vice President of Diamond Banc

    IdeaMensch
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Here’s a little trick I use: When I’m having a conversation with someone I think I can learn from, I typically let him or her do most of the talking. I ask a few key questions, then I sit back, listen carefully, and take mental notes. Kyle Cook is the vice president of Diamond Banc, a high-end lending and purchasing firm that educates its customers on the liquidity options for their jewelry. Diamond Banc offers two primary services to the general public and retail jewelry industry. First, it purchases unwanted diamonds, gold, and fine jewelry. Second, it offers short-term loans using…
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    Storytelling For Startups

  • Setup Instructions for v2.41

    Mark Evans
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Welcome to Launch Effect Premium v2.41! Launch Effect Premium lets you create and customize an entire website at the click of a few buttons. Version 2.41 includes some important stability fixes and speed improvements, tweaks to the theme’s responsive styling, and large improvements to the way the theme handles the generation of meta data for Facebook sharing, as well as the theme’s ability to play nice with popular SEO plugins. Be sure to check out the Launch Effect > Designer > Global Settings panel for more information. Take a look around to see what’s new and launch…
  • Hello world!

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    jrodthoughts

  • Some Thoughts About the Box IPO

    jesusmrv
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Cloud storage company Box debuted in the public markets last Friday with a strong performance that pushed the price per share to $23.23 which represents an astonishing $2.7B market capitalization. The Box IPO represents the successful conclusion of a process that started last year when the company filed its first S-1 but later delayed the process to correct some of the concerns expressed by investors and analysts while also wait for a friendlier IPO climate. All things considered, the Box IPO has been both incredibly successful and very atypical. Talking to a few friends about the IPO on…
  • Scaling Enterprise Software Companies is Harder than Ever

    jesusmrv
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    There is a common misconception within the startup community that building companies is easier than ever. Part of the argument is the amazingly cheap costs of infrastructure available with cloud infrastructures such as AWS or Google Cloud, the relatively easy access to early stage capital as well as the free distribution and commercialization channels available to any company. More importantly, this argument has been fueled by some large exits recently experienced by small companies such as Instagram or Whatsapp in the consumer space. When we think about this argument, we can is about 75%…
  • Startup Lessons: Selecting the Right Tools and Processes

    jesusmrv
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Since the early days of KidoZen, I’ve been obsessing about using really different an innovative tools to improve the productivity of the team. With our rapid growth, we continuously revisit and sometime restructure some of the tools and processes we are using to improve the communication and efficiency of the different groups at KidoZen. Considering how difficult is to model the right productivity processes and selecting the right tools in fast growing startups, I’ve been surprised about how little has been written about the subject. In that sense, I’ve decided to write a series of blog…
  • Google Acquires Appurify: Our Perspective

    jesusmrv
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    Great post on the KidoZen website about yesterday’s Google acquisition of mobile testing vendor Appurify http://www.kidozen.com/google-acquires-appurify-perspective/
  • PR Lessons: The Difference Between Good and Great

    jesusmrv
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    These days our marketing team is going through the effort of selecting a new partner for our public relations(PR) and brand building efforts at KidoZen. This selection process comes after a failed attempt to work with a different PR agency which, despite their best efforts, turned out not to be the best fit for our current needs. After being incredibly frustrated with the experience with our former PR partner, I shared my thoughts with a few of my advisors and they almost laugh at me explaining that my frustration was just a symptom of not knowing how difficult is to find the right PR partner…
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  • 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…
  • I don't know

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

  • The Platform Stack: For everyone building a platform… and for everyone else

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    In the fall of 2013, Paul Graham rattled out two tweets in quick succession: Exercise for founders: How would you describe your idea without using the word “platform?” — Paul Graham (@paulg) October 27, 2013 and 28.2% of the applications for the upcoming YC batch call what they’re building a “platform.” — Paul Graham (@paulg) October 31, 2013 This highlights an interesting issue. Because of what I do, I meet a lot of people who say they’re building platforms. The problem isn’t that they actually aren’t building one. The problem, often, is that:…
  • What the Uber-Lyft war teaches us about building the next Uber for X

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Note: Special thanks to Griffin Anderson who helped me draft this article. The on-demand economy is bringing together technology and freelance workers, to deliver us services in exciting new ways. We are increasingly using our cell phones as a remote control for the real world. In the past, you could sit on a sofa and flip through TV channels. Today, you can click on a button and request a taxi, get your home cleaned, or order a bite to eat. Every week, we see a new platform come up that connects consumers with freelance labor. New companies are forming in almost every service vertical.
  • Holiday Longreads: The best of Platform Thinking from 2014

    admin
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    2014’s been a great year for platforms. Cutting straight to the chase, here are the must-reads on Platform Thinking from the year as we come to a close.  Platform Disruption: How Android, Airbnb, YouTube and Elance-Odesk rewrote the rules of entire industries Platforms are eating entire industries and this opinion piece – originally published in Forbes – helps us understand exactly how. YouTube, Airbnb, Elance-Odesk, Wikipedia and many other platforms have all taken the same route from ridicule and criticism to success. This piece unpacks this repeatable pattern in the…
  • Interaction Limit: Real-world constraints on digital platforms

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

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    One of the central concepts I talk about on this blog is the shift from linear business models to networked business models: from Pipes to Platforms. The business priorities while building these two contrasting forms of businesses are very different and I’ve explored that in detail in an earlier essay here. We also note that this shift has already happened in several industries. I explore that in detail in the essay here. (I would highly recommend reading both essays in tandem even if you’ve read them separately earlier.) Media has already been transformed by this shift and become…
 
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    Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive

  • Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

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

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

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

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

    Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius
    18 Feb 2013 | 8:12 pm
    The post New Father, New Team, New Opportunities – Boston, Watch Out! appeared first on Chief Business Hacker blog - Apolinaras "Apollo" Sinkevicius - Boston Startup Executive. Share on Facebook Retweet this Submit this to Stumble this The past few months have been the most eventful ones in my adult life. Most importantly, I became a father! I have been in startups my entire career, but this new “startup,” my beautiful daughter Greta, has tested my planning, troubleshooting, and iterating abilities while providing me with an incredible amount of “fire”,…
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    The Startup Videos

  • Top 10 explainer video production companies to watch out

    Gayathri
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    Explainer video production houses are popping up daily around corners, similar to web design companies. But still there are some top explainer video production companies doing some awesome jobs to the client. If you are new to explainer video, It helps to sell your story in a short and simple way to get the best traction for your idea or explaining any complex idea in a simple way. Explainer video houses are usually selected by startups/clients based on different criteria to name a few : Budget(comes first) Reputation Location Industry / domain Knowledge Prior creative works Storytelling…
  • Christmas! Not just for Flipsters but for our customers as well, says Flipkart

    bhuvana
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Christmas brings to our mind cliché Father Christmas in his traditional red robes at the time of festive season. But a few days before Christmas day, Flipsters came up with some crackjack ideas, and finally decided on one – #XmasOutoftheBlue. So, they picked 22 lucky fellows from the special registered users of Mumbai and Bangalore cities. Flipsters in a blue costume marched along the streets and gifted those lucky customers, products from their Flipkart wishlist. Flipkart’s team was not sure about their customer’s reaction to this idea. But now you could see that awesome moment in…
  • 10 Startup Marketing hacks for 2015-No More False Promises

    bhuvana
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    They all say, to start with, a startup has to delve into zero money marketing and embrace content marketing and other inbound marketing techniques. But the fundamental truth is “everything is done at a cost” and there is no free lunch. Spending is enormous when it comes to marketing a startup. What do we spend? Lots and lots of time till we get it right. Here are a few hacks to get things right with lowest possible spending. Hack #1: Build exceptional content and resources. You want your customers to adopt your product but doing it without your help is like asking too much from them.
  • How Videos decide the fate of your Kickstarter or Indiegogo Funding

    bhuvana
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
    When you are a startup looking for some crowdfunding on platforms like indiegogo and Kickstarter, a great video is mandatory. They say building a compelling video alone would ensure your funding on these platforms. The challenge is you got to tell all about your project which you had planned across for years (or just researched on for multiple sleepless nights) in just a few minutes through a video. It’s not that these platforms restrict you or something, you just cannot risk creating a longer video where you have lost your audience midway. A Staged development: One step at a time…
  • OrCam: Good bye to Magnifying Glasses

    bhuvana
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    Vision is the most important aspect in our daily life. In a single day, there are many tasks to perform where vision plays the major role. People with partial visual loss find it difficult to organize and manage their everyday activity. This suffering has come to an end with Orcam. Orcam is an intuitive portable device, which provides artificial vision to assist the visually impaired. It has an smart camera mounted on the eye glass which recognizes the text, objects and products that is been communicated to the user’s ears through a discrete bone conduction earpiece. The device responds to…
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    AlleyWatch

  • Sales for Startups: Building Target Account Lists

    Mark Birch
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    So if you are just starting out in a new company with a greenfield territory, where does one start prospecting?  What if you also have an unproven product with only a few reference customers, how do...
  • Rare Startup Insights from a New York VC

    Fikriyyah George
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    This January was the 78th Entrepreneur’s Roundtable. The latest installment in the monthly pitching series that continues to be an informal class of 101 in entrepreneurship, was held at the Microsoft...
  • Health Care Startups Rake In Record Money In 2014

    Josh Lipton
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ask venture capitalists in Silicon Valley about which industry they’re most excited to revolutionize, and odds are high that they’ll say health care. So it’s no surprise that money...
  • A Wearable to Track Your Dog’s Health

    AlleyWatch
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Pet owners can now monitor their dog with Whistle. The Deborah Kan talks to CEO Ben Jacobs on why this wearable can lead to better health for canines.
  • Many Startup Cultures Cannot Match The Market Pace

    Martin Zwilling
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up. Big company powerhouses, like IBM...
 
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    Onboardly

  • 7 Things No One Tells You About a Career in Startup PR

    Crystal Richard
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    I’m a sucker for those posts. The “You Know You’re in PR When” or “10 Ways Agency Life Has Ruined You” posts. Because usually, they’re a good laugh and let’s face it – we can all relate. Has agency life ruined me? Pfft. Nah, I’ve got this. But I certainly did take a moment to stop and reflect on a life in PR, earlier this Fall, when a communications student reached out to interview me for a college project. She wanted to know what my life was like as Director of Public Relations at Onboardly. That’s when I panicked. Here’s someone who’s yet to join the crazy…
  • 22 Content Marketing Facts & Stats You Need To Know

    Renee Warren
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Content isn’t just king. It’s the entire monarchy. Let’s be honest: it takes an entire palace to build the relationships required for your startup to thrive in a competitive market made up of smarmy sales tactics and reluctant consumers. Relationships rely on honest, relevant, and respectful communication. The content you create and curate as part of your content marketing strategy is your first line of communication. Providing and parlaying valuable information about your product or industry in a way that respects your consumers’ preferences for consumption is the way into their…
  • Creating a Drool-Worthy Media List​

    Heather Carson
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    This is an excerpt from The Ultimate PR Machine – a course that’s helping startups to get the media coverage that they need. Click here to join our growing community of DIY startup teams that are making the news. Imagine that someone walks up to you and says, “Can I ask you for a favor?” What’s your reaction? If you’re like most of us, chances are that your reaction would vary a great deal – depending upon who was asking the question. If it’s a random stranger, then your mind would probably be scrambling for a way to say “Sorry…” and move on. But what if the requester is…
  • Mass Personalization: Today’s Marketing Oxymoron

    Rachel Storr
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Let’s hit the masses in a personalized (non-generic) way. Sound simple? Maybe. If we focus on the small details and keep an eye on the ROI. After all, personalized service from your local corner store or coffee hangout is often what keeps you coming back. Who doesn’t want a barista who doles out personalized foam art? Make mine with Grumpy Cat as Darth Vader … What is Personalization? I’ve been using a completely out of the way drugstore to fill my prescriptions for years because of the personalized service I get from a pharmacist who knows my name, my husband’s name and cares…
  • Get Your Company Noticed: It Starts With Your Story 

    Heather Carson
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:08 am
    Whether you’re a startup or just looking to grow your company, you probably recognize the tremendous power of the press. Media coverage is one of the best ways to raise your public profile and get noticed! But what you may not realize is that the long-term success of your company does not hinge directly upon getting that endorsement from TechCrunch. (We promise.) Even making the first page of the New York Times won’t be enough to propel your startup to success. Why not? Simple: because like all good marketing tactics, media publicity needs to be ongoing in order to be effective.
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Small Business Loans: 6 Myths Debunked

    Ty Kiisel
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Money, money, money. It makes the world go ’round. But getting money is easier said than done, especially if you’re a small business owner. Accessing capital is a huge challenge, and misinformation and some commonly accepted myths about small business lending don’t help. Here are six myths most small business owners accept as fact when looking for a loan: Myth #1: If My Banker Turns Me Down, I’m Out of Luck Although the first place many people go when they need a small business loan is the bank where they have their business checking account, depending on the…
  • Need-to-Know Changes for Small Business Owners (2015 Edition)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you screw up your taxes, it’s not going to be pretty. The nuts and bolts of business are a little boring, but taking note of changes can spell out the future of your business. Now that it’s 2015, there are a few things you need to know. We pulled together the most important, must-know information that you’ll need in order to be ready for the upcoming year. Here you go! Taxes 2014 was a year of change, and your 2014 – 2015 taxes will be no exception. If one of your many hats includes tax accountant, here’s what you need to know before you take a look at filing in…
  • 10 Questions You Should Be Asking As Your Business Grows

    Chad Halvorson
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the most exciting parts of being an entrepreneur is seeing your business grow. Growth is a sign that you’re doing something right, that people are excited about it, and that they want more. The problem is, growth isn’t enough to sustain your business. Growth will bring a whole new set of needs for your business: from personnel, to supplies and fulfillment, and you need to make sure you’re asking yourself the right questions to keep from drowning. Here are a couple questions you should be asking that can get you on the right path, and keep your business trending upward. 1. Who Are…
  • 15 New Business Books to Add to Your 2015 Reading List

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    January is here… and with it comes resolutions and a fresh start. What better time to pick up a book and read. I’ve pulled together some great books that were released in the past few months. These wonderful books are hot off the press and waiting for you. These guys are absolute must-reads for all entrepreneurs and small business owners. Add ‘em to your reading list and enjoy! 1. The Customer Service Revolution: Overthrow Conventional Business, Inspire Employees, and Change the World John R. DiJulius III There’s no denying that customer service is in its heyday in…
  • The Best Business Books For Entrepreneurs: 9 Must-Reads We Devoured

    Emma Siemasko
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Reading. Maybe it’s something you love. Maybe it’s something you hate. Either way, reading has been scientifically proven to make you smarter, help you concentrate, and reduce stress. Instead of letting your Kindle gather dust, why not resolve to read a book this month? In honor of Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read, our unique book database, I asked the Grasshopper team to share their favorite books for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Their diverse picks are inspiring, insightful, and helpful. Don’t wait to pick up these books. Dive in! 1.Freakonomics by…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • On Leave...

    Eleanor Wall
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tech Tidbits is temporarily on sabbatical.
  • 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,…
  • In the Spotlight - Ear-O-Smart

    Eleanor Wall
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    New post on Digital Journal featuring Windsor wearables startup, Ear-O-Smart. Their talented team is bringing data-tracking technology to your earlobes.
  • MediaNest - Video Distribution Made Simple - In the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If the pundit predictions hold true, 2015 is set to see explosive growth within the video marketing sector. Due to a combination of factors including mobile-first viewers, increased viewership across multiple demographics, and massive growth within the video app sector, brands are likely to double-down on their video creation efforts. With a need to not only create video content but to distribute and analyze the ROI of their video creations, brand marketers will have their hands full trying to manage their video marketing efforts. Luckily, there is a young startup company offering a solution…
 
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  • Singapore startup Alpha7 launches COO-as-a-service

    Rahil Bhagat
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    The startup calls itself the “right-hand man of the CEO, working towards a common objective of improving the company’s bottomline through technology” New technologies have made life easier for startups. The whole ‘blank-as-a-service’ industry has allowed companies to outsource highly technical, resource-intensive activities to third-party vendors who use economies of scale to bring the price down across the board. Startups can now avail themselves of a whole host of outsourcing solutions, leading to the creation of a new ‘aaS’ acronym every other week.
  • Consumers in Indonesia and Philippines second most confident globally

    Donna Louisse
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam rank in the top 10 most optimistic countries globally, according to Nielsen’s Consumer Confidence Index Source: Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions, Q4 2014 Southeast Asian consumer confidence remained strong in Q4 2014, with Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam ranked in the top 10 most optimistic countries globally, according to the Consumer Confidence Index released today by Nielsen. However, the economy and job security loomed as top concerns in the region, as consumers showed keen…
  • ZipMatch Explore wants to make home discovery simple for Filipinos

    Beverly Tantiansu
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The new feature gives interested home buyers a detailed look at property developments across the Philippines from their laptop or mobiles Finding a home in the Philippines is very challenging. You have to scramble all over the Internet to find out everything that you want to know about a property. And even then, you aren’t sure if the information is reliable, shared Chow Paredes, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, ZipMatch. Explore is online property portal ZipMatch’s answer to this problem. The newly launched feature allows interested home buyers to get a detailed look at property…
  • Israeli startups raised US$910 million last week [Infographic]

    geektime
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Know about the country startups’ impressive deals last week including Amazon and Alibaba’s maiden investments You read that right: In just one week, Israeli startups raised US$910 million through acquisitions and funding rounds. Here is a pretty neat infographic our Editor-in-Chief, Yaniv Feldman, was inspired to create. He writes, “One week. Over US$900M. January 2015 Israel. Feeling proud.” The majority of funding that Israeli startups raised last week were through acquisitions, totalling US$770 million. The largest of these deals, which comprised almost half of the total…
  • Singapore’s future? See sci-fi works Neuromancer, Ghost In The Shell

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    Big Data expert and author Keith Carter shares his visions of what a futuristic Singapore might look like within two decades Image credit: Shinkazo / Flickr In 1984, William Gibson wrote his seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, which won three majorsci-fi awards — the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award — for its vision of a dystopian underworld in Chiba City, Japan. Although there is much that could be talked about regarding the significance of the book on popular culture today (including serving as inspiration for The Matrix films), the fictional Chiba…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Indonesian flash sales startup VIP Plaza snags series A funding to start Southeast Asia expansion

    Leighton Cosseboom
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Indonesia’s VIP Plaza, a fashion flash sales site, today announced a series A round of funding from Yahoo Japan Capital (YJ Capital), a venture subsidiary of Yahoo Japan. The amount is not disclosed. Tesong Kim, co-founder of VIP Plaza, says the new funds will be used to beef up the ecommerce store’s marketing activity and help VIP Plaza reach more consumers across Indonesia. He also says VIP Plaza is looking to expand globally, starting with a brand new office in Malaysia that opened recently. The funding round marks YJ Capital’s first investment in Indonesia and further strengthens…
  • WeChat ads are live, and big foreign brands are in on the ground floor

    C. Custer
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Just a few days after testing ads in the WeChat timeline, Tencent has brought WeChat advertising live. Regular ads in the service began appearing in users’ timelines over the weekend, and among the first ones to pop up were advertisements for global brands BMW and Coca-Cola. Chinese smartphone maker Vivo also has ads on the service. It’s no surprise that global brands are interested in getting in on the ground floor of WeChat advertising. The service current boasts nearly 500 million active users, and it continues to grow. But reaction to the ads among users is mixed, with some…
  • Japan’s Hakuto snags $500k milestone award from Google’s Lunar Xprize challenge

    David Corbin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    One of the best in show. Asia’s space race has never reached the same heated pitch as the contest between the US and Russia, but countries in the region still take pride in their respective celestial feats. In recent years, China landed a rover on the moon and India sent an orbiter to Mars. Today, Japan added a feather to its own cap with the announcement that a domestic team, Hakuto, is one of five teams to receive prize money from Google’s Lunar Xprize challenge. The team will get US$500,000 as a milestone prize in the mobility category. This means that the lunar rover they are…
  • Kid-safe 3D printing pen CreoPop gets 6-digit investment led by 500 Startups

    Terence Lee
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Existing 3D printing pens are dangerous for kids due to their metal tips that heat up to melt plastic. But Singapore-headquartered startup CreoPop has developed a variant that uses a photosensitive resin which turns solid upon exposure to UV light. The company is believed to be the first to develop a pen-shaped 3D printer with resin ink. It launched a crowdfunding campaign earlier than its competitor – the Polyes Q1. CreoPop got another dose of validation today. The company revealed that it has raised a mid-six-digit funding round led by 500 Startups with participation from Ruvento…
  • Look out Freelancer and SribuLancer, this new startup is gunning for you in Indonesia

    Leighton Cosseboom
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    In recent months, Tech in Asia has reported a few times on the growing level of popularity of Indonesia’s freelancing marketplaces. So far, the main players in the country include a localized version of Freelancer and homegrown rival SribuLancer. However, those sites now have a new local competitor in Projects.co.id. Apart from letting users earn money by working on projects for people around the world, freelancers on Projects.co.id can also sell digital products that they’ve created on the site. These can be pretty much anything, with listings on the site ranging from mobile games on…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Events Around Stockholm and All You Need to Know

    Anders Hassis
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Just over a year ago we’d hear that there wasn’t enough community. Today, there are a couple hundred events each month, with thousands of everybody attending. Events have allowed us to shrink the community by befriending those in it, while growing the community be increasing our activity within it. Here are some upcoming events to look out for. Monthly Events The SthlmTech Meetup. Nowhere else will you find such a high level of engagement with the startup community on a weeknight. Nowhere else can you fill a bar with that many people on a weeknight. Pros: Free, with an option for…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – January 24 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Meet Petter, ex-Skype and Truecaller’s new Director of Engineering Petter Wiberg joined Truecaller from Skype, where he was working as development manager for mobile products for the past 4.5 years. In his past, he built Skype for the Android team in Palo Alto, California, and in the later years he been setting up and leading the Skype for Windows Phone team in Stockholm. Before Skype, Petter worked…
  • Meet Petter, ex-Skype and Truecaller’s new Director of Engineering

    Anders Hassis
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Petter Wiberg joined Truecaller from Skype, where he was working as development manager for mobile products for the past 4.5 years. In his past, he built Skype for the Android team in Palo Alto, California, and in the later years he been setting up and leading the Skype for Windows Phone team in Stockholm. Before Skype, Petter worked at Sony Mobile (formally known as Sony Ericsson) in Lund where he was leading different teams working on Android, Symbian and feature phone development. With a pretty impressive resume, we decided it was time to have a chat with him about his new position as…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – January 21 Edition

    James Pember
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sweden is a brilliant place to work, especially at a startup and the community is buzzing! These awesome Swedish startups are currently looking for talent, so check out what’s available and if you like what you see – apply! 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 Product Manager – Cross Promotion Toca Boca are hiring a iOS/Android/Microsoft developers with Unity experience For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
  • Riding on the success of Serial, Opinion, a podcast recording app, launch their iPad app

    James Pember
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Opinion, a Stockholm-based startup who produce software to help podcasters record material from their phones, have been busy. Just two months after releasing their iOS app, they’ve now released a new version, for the iPad. It seems their simple product struck a chord. They were named as one of the best iPhone apps of 2014 by The Guardian, Gizmodo and was featured in the SFGate. There is no doubt that podcasts hit the mainstream in 2014, largely due to the insane success of Serial, which was dubbed the fastest growing podcast of all time. With that, Opinion probably couldn’t have…
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    Barcinno

  • Spain Startup Job Opening: C-Level Opportunity to Open the Spanish Market (@Drivy)

    Scott Mackin
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Company: Drivy Position: C-Level Location: Madrid or Barcelona Job Type: Full-time You are the first team member in Spain, you open our office in Madrid (start in co-working space or equivalent), coordinate with Paris HQ and build a team around you of 2-3 top profiles to quickly grow Drivy usage locally. Your main responsibilities: Product […] The post Spain Startup Job Opening: C-Level Opportunity to Open the Spanish Market (@Drivy) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Breaking News in Barcelona Startups & Tech: Mid-Week Update

    Scott Mackin
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Startups, Accelerators and Crowdfunding OH MY! Here’s Barcinno’s hump day update for Barcelona startups, tech and innovation during the week of January 19, 2015. With January back in full swing and everyone moving at light speed on their 2015 ventures, it’s easy to put the blinders on and forget to take a look around. When you […] The post Breaking News in Barcelona Startups & Tech: Mid-Week Update appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Engineering Job Opening: Sys Ops & Systems Reliability Engineer at CAPSiDE (@CAPSiDE)

    Scott Mackin
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Company: CAPSiDE Position: Sys Ops & Systems Reliability Engineer Place: Barcelona Job type: Full-Time CAPSiDE, Systems Engineering company with high expertise, is seeking a SysOps / Systems Reliability Engineer. CAPSiDE is a high-tech and high-growing company, with a solid, highly qualified and stable team. We are one of the few AWS Advanced Consulting Partners in Europe, the only AWS Training Partner […] The post Barcelona Engineering Job Opening: Sys Ops & Systems Reliability Engineer at CAPSiDE (@CAPSiDE) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Designing Wearable Technology That Matters

    Graham Rittener
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Those of us who work in the technology sector are all guilty of getting over excited about the next big thing. As the hype gathers pace, we mimic each other and repeat the same old jargon that everyone else is using. ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Wearables’, ‘Big Data’ are just a few of the current ones […] The post Designing Wearable Technology That Matters appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Meet The First 10 Teams Of Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Barcelona

    Scott Mackin
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    The future of the Internet is emerging in Barcelona. It’s like a movie but in real time. Located in the Growth Center mStartup floor the ten startup teams that have been selected are getting ready for the start of Startupbootcamp IoT & Data. The protagonists are fifty entrepreneurs with a “high level of motivation, dedication, […] The post Meet The First 10 Teams Of Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Barcelona appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • Updates

    Christian Walter
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    Happy new year. I wish you all millions of funding in 2015 and lots of billion dollar (or at least THB) exits, plenty of happy customers and little to none bugs and bankruptcies. To kickstart the year, in mid-January, I did some changes to the page, started some collaborations and added some fine (at least I hope) plugins. Collaboration with DrinkEntrepreneurs & #startuplife There is a new, well relatively new, event in town called DrinkEntrepreneurs. The event is organized by a team around Djoann Fal who is currently working on his startup #Links. I don’t know where he gets his…
  • Uber declared illegal in Thailand

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

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

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

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

  • Science Suggests That Women Make Better Leaders Than Men

    Jacob Wagner
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    What is the recipe for corruption? According to a recent study by Swiss researchers, those with higher testosterone and more power are more likely to be corrupt. The researchers conducted two studies. During the first one, they appointed leaders from a group of Swiss business students and gave them each either one “follower” or three “followers.” They then gave each leader an amount of money to share with their followers. How much the followers were given were decided by the leader. They also gave some leaders more options (more power) to distribute the money. In the end, they found…
  • Steve Jobs Had an Extremely Simple Job Hack To Stay Focused

    Editorial Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Steve Jobs had a simple hack to help Apple focus and achieve, and it can be used to help you or your company do the same as well. In a 2007 off-site meeting with about 200 Yahoo execs, Jobs told the struggling internet company’s team that while many companies make a list of 10 things they want to achieve in a year, “the smart companies will take the list and shrink it to three or four items,” according to Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson in “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!” Jobs explained to the Yahoo execs: “This is how I do it. I take a sheet of paper, and I…
  • Rapping Venture Capitalist Gives Iggy Azalea a Run For Her Money

    Alan Van
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    It looks like David Rubenstein has some serious competition in the “white male investor” rap game. Internet entrepreneur, blogger and investor (and NextShark friend!) Jason Calacanis spit out some mad flow on Twitter over the weekend in celebration of one of his early investments, online gift card marketplace Raise, landing a $56 million investment at a valuation of almost $1 billion. Baller. Second verse… While Tupac may or may not be rolling over in his grave, Calacanis is definitely rolling in the money. And that’s all that matters, right? Rap away, Jason, rap away.
  • This is the Crazy Sex Party That Rich Techies in Silicon Valley Go To

    Max Chang
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Every month, entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors, financiers and artists gather in a building in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s a party — they drink, probably do some drugs, and then they use an app to find people at that party to have sex with — and everyone is pretty much DTF. There’s even a “play room” with beds you can have sex on — or you can just watch other people f*ck. They call it a “lifestyle party,” but it’s basically a gathering of open-minded techies who work in Silicon Valley, make about $125,000 to $150,000 a year, and like to…
  • This 3-Letter Word Could be the Difference Between Your Success and Failure

    Editorial Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    One simple word could be the difference between success and stagnation. According to famed Stanford psychologist and motivation expert Carol Dweck, adjusting the language you use to describe your abilities can help shift your fixed mindset into a growth mindset — that is, going from believing your abilities, intelligence and talents are limited and permanent to understanding that those qualities can be developed and grown. In a video for the Brainwaves YouTube channel, Dweck says: “What we find in our research is some students come to believe their intelligence is just fixed, and gets…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Lightning Pitch: Tribecube

    Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    COMPANY: Tribecube PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Cloud workspace for dispersed teams. Tribecube is a browser-based virtual workspace designed for dispersed teams and telecommuters, where everyone expresses their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Users can benefit from natural video presence and spontaneous conversation thanks to an always-running and persistent virtual workspace. See and talk to other people. Share text, links and files. There’s a powerful video collaboration solution in your browser. HEADQUARTERS: Milan, Italy WEBSITE: www.tribecube.com FOUNDERS:…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Online startup competition platform Startup Rounds has big ambitions to build a full-fledged accelerator based on crowdsourcing

    Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    By Paul Hammond, Startup Rounds co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Startup Rounds showcases exciting new products, where customers can discover amazing startups and influence winners. The platform aims to accelerate emerging businesses by hosting competitions and events to facilitate community. This in turn connects startups to customers, investors, mentors, sponsors and cash. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Startup Rounds brings business competitions to a public arena. The platform showcases a startup’s unique offerings where customers can discover and purchase innovative products and services.
  • Lightning Pitch: eese

    Editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    COMPANY: eese PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Collaborative blogging enhanced by tastemates. eese is a collaborative blogging platform where authors create articles together—enhanced and funded by a crowd of people. The best collaborations on each article are voted for and rise to the top. We want content creators to be able to create more interesting content more easily by collaborating with others in real-time. We provide a better, more intense interaction with the reading audience by enabling the readers to not only comment but also add content to the articles. For readers this provides an…
  • Lightning Pitch: Kibako

    Editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    COMPANY: Kibako PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: A better way to share files. Kibako is a free Mac app that makes it quick and easy to share files between family, friends and co-workers. Sharing couldn’t be simpler. Use the keyboard shortcut, drag the file to Kibako or automatically upload your screenshots. It’s up to you. You’ll instantly be given a URL to share with your friends, even if your file hasn’t finished uploading. When it’s done, the file will be displayed on a beautiful website which is ad and distraction free. With Kibako, you stay in control of your files. We use your…
  • Skydio gets $3M to make drones (and their pilots) better navigators

    Editor
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    A Q&A with Skydio co-founder and CEO Adam Bry. The Menlo Park-based startup, which has built an ‘intelligent’ drone navigation system, announced last week that it has raised $3 million in new Seed funding. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners. It was founded last year by Bry, CXO Matt Donahoe and Abraham Bachrach. SUB: Please describe Skydio and your primary innovation. Bry Skydio builds an intelligent navigation system that makes drones aware of their surroundings. Our breakthrough computer vision and motion planning algorithms make drones easy and intuitive for…
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  • Droning About Drones

    Chris Kalaboukis
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Something that was in huge supply at CES were drones – little itty-bitty drones which can fit in the palm of your hand (the Nixie and the ZANO) all the way to huge drones which could deliver packages (I wonder if Amazon will be shipping via drone anyways, even though they said they weren’t – its super efficient) While I can’t compare it to previous years, its seemed that they are finally coming into their own as “gotta have” devices. Which is great. Do you remember a few years ago when there was a company in San Francisco who wanted to deliver Mexican food…
  • Big Brothering Ourselves At CES

    Chris Kalaboukis
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Specifically looking for interesting examples of internet of things (IoT) implementations at CES, I was struck by all of the devices that basically allow to us watch ourselves, take pictures of ourselves and video ourselves. Ultimate donut selfie, anyone? There seemed to be a huge undertone of “security” all over the place – there were plenty of crowd-funded devices (like Homeboy) that we could use to feel more secure by watching over our homes (higher tech versions of the camera in the teddy bear which people used to use to watch over their nannies to make sure that they…
  • Most Disruptive Tech : The Internet Of Things

    Chris Kalaboukis
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    I was honored to be asked to be a panelist at the SIME conference in Miami a month ago – it was a very cool conference – a bit like a mini TED, where I shared the stage with a group as amazing and diverse as UFC fighter Royce Gracie, considered by some as the most influential figure in MMA & North Korean activist Yeonmi Park, who escaped North Korea with her family by making her way across the Gobi desert, into Mongolia, China and eventually back to South Korea. Some amazing stories and incredible people. I appeared on a panel discussing Managing Exponential Growth with…
  • 2015: The Year Of YOLO

    Chris Kalaboukis
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Maria Ly / flickr I love the term YOLO*, of course, not before you do some kind of physically dangerous thing like jumping off your roof with an umbrella to see if you can fly. (Everyone knows you need a cape for that.) No, I mean more like a mentally or psychically dangerous thing. I love thinking YOLO because its a fact that we seem to forget from time to time. We seem to forget that YOLO when we are spending time doing something we don’t enjoy or that moves us forward in our careers or life. We also seem to forget that YOLO when an opportunity to do something which may only…
  • Just Learn It

    Chris Kalaboukis
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Back in 2009 after I left Yahoo!, I joined a startup which was focused on developing new ideas specifically for patent. The idea was that we would work with companies and help them to build out their patent portfolio in order to protect themselves from other companies and patent trolls. We started off thinking that this was a great idea – but after a while we realized that the timing was off – instead of increasing their patent spend the market was decreasing their patent spend due to the tail end of the great recession, so here we were, great idea, but no customers. At the time…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Career Advice for 1/14/15

    John Gannon
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    ‘A VC’ writes about the question of doing things yourself vs. delegating. Ruben Harris writes for Medium about breaking into startups. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Career Advice for 1/14/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • 5 things you need to know to get an ad tech startup job

    John Gannon
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Words to live by in ad tech Mad Men. Cannes. Upfronts. If you get excited about these things then you might want to work at an ad tech startup. Here are some resources you can use to quickly educate yourself on the landscape – and get on the road to finding an ad tech startup job you’ll love. Ad Tech Companies LUMA Partners created and still maintains a well known diagram about the ad tech space called the LUMAScape or ‘The Kawaja Diagram’. It shows all of the large and small companies in the ad tech space segmented by focus area. It’s a great starting…
  • Startup Career Advice for 1/12/15

    John Gannon
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Alex Iskold writes on his blog about how to ask for an introduction. Jake Furst from Foursquare, Joshua Goldstein from Underdog.io, and Michael Karnjanaprakorn from Skillshare, among others, answer “What is the best way to get hired by a startup in New York City?” on Quora. 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 1/12/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 1/7/15

    John Gannon
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Appboy is hiring interns and recent grads in NYC. Lynxsy lists the top 20 startups hiring for non-technical jobs in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs for 1/7/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 1/5/15

    John Gannon
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Refinery29 interviews Twitter exec Jessica Verrilli to give an inside look into the company. Anand Sanwal writes about the controversy of MBAs in the startup sphere on his blog. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 1/5/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Accredible

  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • Happy Bubble Bath Day!

    Elizabeth Randell
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to a new series, one in which we will celebrate offbeat (and often unofficial) holidays. We won’t celebrate them all this year (there are hundreds, even thousands of them!!), but we will investigate several. If you know of a fun holiday that we should cover, let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+. Happy Bubble Bath Day! Celebrated around the world on January 8th, this unofficial holiday was likely created by someone who had a long, stressful day! If you have never experienced a bubble bath, it is a treat to indulge in!  All that is needed is a tub…
  • Featuring Open Yale

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

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

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

  • How To Make Your Checkout Stand Out

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Being at an online payments provider, we tend to come across many different online shops everyday. And it’s always refreshing when we come across something we haven’t seen before and concepts that significantly improve the buying experience. With so many online shops out on the web, shop owners can have a tough time standing out and being remembered. Typically, a major thing that attracts returning customers, is a good user experience (UX). And in the past, we highlighted nine things that make online shops successful, which were: Product reviews Quality images Easy checkout…
  • Vegetables, cosmetics, socks, dog food? There’s a subscription for that!

    Katrin Hana
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    No matter what fast moving consumer good you’re purchasing – in most cases you can always find a subscription for it. The busy consultant, who gets new black socks every month (London Sock Company), the girl next door, that wants to try out cosmetics every month (LoveLula), the old lady whose subscription is filled with treats and food for her dog (Barkbox). Everything seems to be “subscribable” nowadays. The old-school model of newspaper-subscriptions is not even considered as an example anymore. Subscriptions have conquered almost every online business and guys can now also…
  • The Lithuanian Startup Scene Explained

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Edvinas Mancas, who is Business Development Manager of Lithuanian startup BatCrab. Vilnius, Lithuania by Eugenijus Radlinskas via Flickr Who could foresee Lithuanian economy transformation from a post Soviet industrial era to a very efficient, fast-changing and extremely profitable startup ecosystem? When Skype was invented in 2003 by a group of enthusiastic Estonian IT entrepreneurs, not many people foreseen the startup boom in Baltic countries and especially in Lithuania. However, the foundations for developing a very efficient, fast-changing…
  • Best Blog Posts Of 2014

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Every year we publish a “Best of” series from the past year. We kicked it off last year with the Best Blog Posts Of 2013 – and with 2015 in full swing, it’s that time again to highlight the best from last year. Based on traffic and social media shares, here’s the best from the PAYMILL Blog in 2014 (in no particular order). Best Blog Posts From 2014 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images: We’ve all struggled finding that perfect image. Be it for a blog post or your next presentation, and so we listed eleven websites where you can find some amazing royalty-free…
  • How To Optimise Your Checkout With Customer Support

    Guest Blogger
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marta Wadsworth who is part of the Marketing Team at Userlike The checkout is the most crucial moment for any online business, it is the focal point of all the marketing and business efforts. Nonetheless, there are still many websites that neglect their checkout page optimisation. There are many ways in which you can improve the conversion rate of your checkout page(s). One of them is the provision of support during the checkout process, assisting your visitors before unanswered questions makes them abandon their shopping carts. In this article…
 
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • India’s First Business cum Social Networking platform: TrackNext.com

    Kartik Jha
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    TrackNext Team TrackNext.com was co founded by Shibam and Ankit. Few Month back when prime minister of India introduced the word #makeInIndia; every media was buzzing that news & whole India was discussing about this, except[...]
  • How to End your Hunt for Property in India?

    Suumit
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Anyone searching for property in India should first of all learn about the prevailing trends in the country. There are some territories which are hot and there those which are not. Any potential investor has[...]
  • The Low Cost Housing from Tata Value Homes

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • The Surprising Secret To Team Productivity Improvement

    David Arnoux
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Productivity improvement in your team and company… it’s not as clear-cut as you think If you’re like me you also think that “productivity” is doing the ‘right thing’, the ‘right way’, at ‘all times’. In this way you achieve quality for free. But how do you convince the rest of your team or company to be in that frame of mind at all times? There are different kinds of people searching for ways to improve their productivity. First, there are the people fascinated with making every aspect of their lives more productive, from…
  • A Video Marketing Win – Why B2B Companies Should Use Video Content

    David Arnoux
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! 28000+ views on youtube, 1530 unique leads and first page Google rankings for over 15 expressions… Our [accidental] video content success story There’s no denying the engagement that video uniquely commands. It is the one format that stands out in people’s memories, far better than written or audio-only versions of information. The Video Brewery states impressive numbers with regard to video: 80% of people remember watching a video ad, and 46% took action after watching. You can argue that those numbers are coming from a biased source – but you…
  • “It’s not an immediate priority” Security Advice for B2C and B2B Tech Startups

    denis
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! 2014 is yet another year filled with largely publicised security breaches of big and strong companies. Ebay, Apple and Sony are a chilling reminder of how vulnerable tech giants are to attacks. But don’t feel safe just yet, it’s not only the giants that are under threat. Our smaller companies can also be targets. While building our startup we were amazed that security was not something our first users asked us about. I mean, in building what we call the future of teamwork, we handle a large amount of our customer’s sensitive…
 
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    Technora

  • Find the best service provider near by – ServiceSutra

    Sarath Budam
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    ServiceSutra a platform for people to find service providers, request quotes, compare based on other customers feedback/reviews and decide on the one who suits your requirements. As of now, the platform supports service providers in the below domains Packers and Movers Interior Designers Pest Control This type of platforms are extensively used in countries like […]
  • Bring Your Ideas to Life Over a Weekend, In 50 Hours at Chennai

    Sarath Budam
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    In50hrs is a startup event where you can walk in with an idea and walk out with a working prototype. The next In50hrs event is scheduled at Chennai and the details are as below. Venue: OrangeScape Technologies, Tidel Park, Unit #305, D-Block, North Wing, 3rd Floor,,Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. You can register for a […]
  • No Talk, Only Action, Launch a Startup in Visakhapatnam in 54 hours

    Sarath Budam
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    “No Talk, Only Action, Launch a Startup in 54 hours” is the tag line of Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a global network of leaders, entrepreneurs who are passionate of empowering individuals, teams and communities. t is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1,500 past events in 120+ countries around the world so […]
  • INNOV-A-THON, A startup pitch event in Bangalore

    Sarath Budam
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    TURN8 seed accelerator is organizing a Startup Ideas pitching championship “INNOV-A-THON” in Bangalore Diamond district. TURN8 seed accelerator program is designed to encourage innovative entrepreneurship worldwide, starting with Dubai. Selected idea owners come to Dubai for the accelerator program, which has three phases Design (30 days) : You gather a team and receive leadership instruction. […]
  • In50hrs – Bring your ideas to life

    Sarath Budam
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    In50hrs A weekend idea 2 prototype event is scheduled on Jan 9th-11th at Pune. This event is spread across a weekend starting on Friday evening and ends on Sunday evening. The main goal of this event is to Form teams around awesome ideas, Build a Prototype over 50 hours. Learn to build. Everyone from developers, […]
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    Blog - iGoStartup

  • Tertiary education and startups – Part 1 of 2

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Entrepreneurship and startups as a research field attracts the interest of many researchers because it is a tool of development for many economies in the world.
  • Entrepreneurial Intentions - Conceptual approaches and new directions

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    During the past few years investigation of the social and economic phenomena are creating an interest for many researchers, and especially with regards to the impact that these have on people and social growth.
  • Your Digital Marketing Team is Now Your Sales Team

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:07 am
    In order to sell to the Millennial generation, you must understand us. Discovering how we think, act, and purchase is only the first step to finding new opportunities to engage with our community.
  • Does education affect the intentions for startup?

    12 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    The study on entrepreneurial intentions constitutes a primary step in the further analysis and comprehension of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship and in particular of the conditions and individual characteristics that influence the uptake entrepreneurial action.
  • Why consultants are advisers, not managers

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    There is a lot to be said for common sense in the world of business consulting. It is a competitive world, and the very best in the business rise to the top only through hard work and some practical approaches. Problems happen when people leave the corporate world and launch into a business consultancy, and expect the consultancy work to be anything like the corporate environment they have just left.
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • New Whitepaper: Define Your Sales Process to Grow Your Business

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Your sales team is a major asset for your company. We rely on them to find, develop, and close the leads that keep our businesses running. So how do develop the best team possible? Do you just throw new people in the mix and hope they can cut their way through the briar patch of cold calls and unqualified leads? Or do you slowly introduce them to an established sales process to show them exactly how to turn leads into customers? A sales process is a systematic and tested approach to capturing and developing leads. Every company can and should have a different one, but there are several…
  • Customer Service Spotlight: Which Platform is Best?

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    When it comes to customer service, your business probably understands the importance of responding to consumers in a timely manner, but the platform by which your company connects to its buyers has likely changed over the past several years. While concerns, complaints and suggestions have conventionally been handled over the phone, digital services have made these forms of customer service a thing of the past. Nowadays, consumers prefer communicating with businesses via platforms that are conducive to quick and easy responses, which include email, text messaging and live chat. Some of these…
  • Small Business Software: 3 Tools to Make Budgeting a Breeze

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Managing a small business requires a great deal of expertise - from knowing how to hire the best employees to understanding how to account for your company's operations, every small-business owner deserves a little help every once in a while. If you don't consider budgeting and accounting to be among your strong suits, it may be wise to invest in a software tailored to small businesses that can track, report and manage your company's financials. These types of online services can be of significant use to those who may not have the time or capability to track and comprehend the intricacies of…
  • 5 Unique Places to Advertise

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Move aside, mobile advertisements - while smartphones and tablets have made developing and sending targeted ads to potential consumers much easier, there are various other innovative (and cheaper) ways to reach your audience. If your small business is looking for a cost-effective and creative way to spread its name around the community, consider thinking outside of the box when it comes to advertising. Branch out from your traditional paper, TV or radio efforts and instead, discover how your brand can leverage its resources to make the most effective advertisement possible.  Look to…
  • Green Business: Companies That Have Taken Upcycling to the Next Level

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Recycling remains one of the most widely adopted green practices among businesses looking to give back to the community. While many brands set up stations to collect paper, plastic and glass, others have found more creative ways to reduce waste in the workplace by breaking down their own products and creating new things from them. The practice, known as upcycling, has gained impressive steam in the past few years, and many large corporations have jumped on the bandwagon. If your business is looking for ideas to spark its own upcycling endeavors, look to the way these brands have done so in…
 
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    TechJuice

  • Why WhatsApp Web is the most annoying update ever

    Rizwan Anwer
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    WhatsApp Web launched only a few days ago and became a roaring success. While this is the first time that the famous mobile messaging app has made the bold transition from Mobile to Desktop (sort of), it seems that it still has a ways to go before being able to compete against competitors like Viber, Telegram and Hangouts. Yes, the a fore mentioned apps have dedicated desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux, but WhatsApp Web still has much to be desired. We hope that these changes are implemented in the future updates to Web or a dedicated desktop app. 1. Severing the Ball and Chain Yes,…
  • Facebook Releases ‘facebook lite’ Lighter Version App for Lower End Android Users

    Rizwan Anwer
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    Facebook for Android has gotten bulkier with every update. As an owner of a phone with 512MB of RAM, I can testify to the app’s sluggish performance but sadly Facebook is something I do require. This problem has now been tackled with the stealthy launch of “Facebook Lite”, at the jaw dropping size of 252 Kb, this app is sure to help low end Android users get more out of their social networking needs without freezing their phones! Facebook Lite is definitely something that anyone with a phone that is less than 10,000 PKR should own. This app is truly a magnificent piece of work and…
  • Epic responses to blackout in Pakistan on Social Media

    Sarwat Fatima
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    Congratulations! Pakistan has procured the honor of becoming the first country to devoid its people the basic necessities of life and that too, all at the same time. On last Saturday, around mid-night, the country suffered from major power breakdown plunging main cities including Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Quetta into total darkness. According to the sources, the power break down was caused due to a terrorist attack at a main transmission line in Nasir Abad area of Baluchistan. It was told earlier that the transmission lines at Guddu power plant were tripped which affected…
  • Emma Watson Calls Out To CEOs And Businessmen For #HeForShe Campaign

    Sarwat Fatima
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    “Women share this planet 50/50 and they are underrepresented, their potential astonishingly untapped. We are very excited to be launching IMPACT 10X10X10 to bring HeForShe into its next phase.” Emma Watson has yet again delivered a strong speech for the new HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Program at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on the weekend. The charming Harry Potter actress and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations launched the HeForShe campaign last September with a speech which created ripple effect and received positive support for her efforts globally. Emma explained…
  • Donate your old computers to support female education in rural areas

    Sarwat Fatima
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    “I believe that a woman with a laptop can be more powerful than a man with a gun.” – Jensine Larsen, Founder World Pulse. Last year, UNESCO’s report put Pakistan second on the list of countries with highest number of children out of school. Moreover, Pakistan had the maximum number of illiterate adults in the world after India and China. It was also revealed that only 30% of women with no education believed to have a say over how many children they have, compared with 52% of women with primary education and 63% of those with lower secondary education. Women’s Digital League…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Passionately Persistent: An Interview With Ashay Sawalkar

    Amit Ghosh
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    His small-town upbringing notwithstanding, entrepreneur Ashay Sawalkar’s focus and ambition has him headed for big things. Sawalkar, the son of a Central-government employee father and a doctor mother, began working at the young age of 17 and was the youngest team leader working for the Serco Company Intellenet. Ashay Sawalkar With the aim to get more hands-on business exposure, Sawalkar quit his multinational-company job at the age of 21 and joined a local company as a business analyst. He later joined Amdocs as SME for level-two support in order to get to know how global practices work.
  • Outsourced CMO – More Than Just a Marketing Consultancy Firm

    Amit Ghosh
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    With 20 years of practical marketing and communication experience at various multinational companies, Mr. Vineet Arya has worked in establishing new products and brands from scratch. In the corporate world, he found that start-up companies were facing issues in getting experienced personnel in marketing of the company. That is where Mr. Vineet Arya decided to jump in with a start-up of his own and help these SME’s with his brand marketing knowledge for affordable prices. His company Outsourced CMO commenced business on 1st April 2014 with a team size of three people. The company is based in…
  • 18 Brutal Mistakes That Can Kill Your Startup

    Asish Das
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    Start-ups are the brain child of any entrepreneur who wish to make changes in the real world with their innovative ideas. But 50 percent of the start-ups fail before they reach their magical ‘cash flow’. There might be hundreds of mistakes because of which a start-up fails; but the common one is not to build a product which your customers really want.  Here are 18 start-up mistakes which literally kills a start-up before it grows. Source: FundersandFounders The post 18 Brutal Mistakes That Can Kill Your Startup appeared first on The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories,…
  • Zomato Acquires Urbanspoon; Sixth Acquisition In Last Six Months

    Asish Das
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Zomato, the restaurant search app, announced today that it has acquired Urbanspoon for an undisclosed amount in an all-cash deal. The acquisition marks Zomato’s entry into the United States. This also establishes Zomato’s presence in Australia and Canada, while adding to its already dominant position in United Kingdom and New Zealand. After the acquisition, Zomato will be present in 22 countries across the world. Its restaurant coverage will increase from about 300k restaurants to more than 1 million restaurants across the globe. Zomato‘s traffic will more than double from…
  • Does Flipkart Have The Best Price? PriceTree Can Tell You.

    Asish Das
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    If you’re anything like me, Flipkart is kind of your default shopping destination. In fact, because I’m a Flipkart prime subscriber and totally hooked on free shipping and cash on delivery, there are times when I don’t bother to price-compare Flipkart against other online stores. Youtube Demo   Obviously that’s not smart buying decision, but who’s got time to do the legwork to see if Flipkart has the best price for a particular product? You do. PriceTree.com launched a price comparison tool(Just a browser bookmark) is an ingeniously simple tool that checks…
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  • Is website analysis influencing your articles ? It should

    Florin Muresan
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    When thinking about website analysis many people consider the graphics and metrics but don’t actually have an understanding of how this information influences their creation process. Knowing how to interpret the information means you’ll identify what the problems are and also some solutions. Why website analysis information can influence your…
  • Buyer personas help you write more quality content

    Florin Muresan
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    You know how sometimes you read an article and you go “wow, this person can really read my mind!”? This means that the author of the article had you in mind when he wrote that piece of content, and you are one of their buyer personas. The quality of the…
  • How to increase LinkedIn engagement

    Florin Muresan
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    LinkedIn is known as a social media platform, which is used mostly by business people. At the same time, it is a great place where you can share your content, drive traffic to your website, network with professionals, and build relationships. [ Photo credits: Mark Jen’s Flickr ] Why does LinkedIn engagement matter? You…
  • Can you buy unique content?

    Florin Muresan
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Unique content in an online world it’s a challenge Many people have blogs. WordPress gives us an insight into how many people read blogs and how many publish online. The fact is “over 409 million people view more than 16.3 billion pages each month.” and “users produce about 63.7 million new posts and 58.6 million new comments each…
  • Buy articles and spend less money on content creation

    Florin Muresan
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    This might seem as a wild joke to you: you buy articles and you pay less? Something needs to be wrong with the way of presenting the matter. The fact is only the wide-spread prejudice that buying content is more expensive than actually hiring a full-time content writer to produce…
 
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Michael Chertok – Providing Resources to Clients and Employees

    Paige Sevier
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    “The most rewarding experience that I’ve had is the chance to know some of the young people when they started in their first year working for us [DDD], and to see them through the 4 years of work, and to have them go on to better things.” – Michael Chertok About: Michael Chertok- Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Digital Divide Data Overview: Michael shares his experiences with DDD, which is a technology company that focuses on providing high quality services to companies large and small. He discusses with us the benefits of having employees in…
  • Kym McNicholas – The Unconventional Road to Success

    Paige Sevier
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
     “There are no losers in innovation.” -Kym McNicholas About: Kym McNicholas – Emmy Award Winning Journalist Overview: Kym is a feisty go-getter and long-time broadcaster. She has worked as a journalist for Forbes and PandoDaily. Currently, Kym is involved as the Executive Director for the Extreme Tech Challenge. Kym McNicholas | Melinda Yeaman Highlights: Kym’s Background: Kym has quite the resume, from professional water skier, to executive director of the Extreme Tech Challenge, Kym takes the cake on diversity. She graduated with a Communication Studies degree from Sacramento…
  • Utah’s Largest Grassroots Startup Festival – SartSLC

    EverGonzalez
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    In just three short weeks, on Jan. 29-31, the largest tech and startup event in Utah’s history kicks-off. Utah’s startup and tech community is coming together to host a three-day festival of events at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. We need your help to make it great. StartSLC is a unique mash-up of all sorts of different events, speakers, competitions, workshops, and parties aimed at bringing together people who have all kinds of skills, interests, and backgrounds to have fun, learn from one another, and create lasting connections. Premier Events With over 40 events like the…
  • Bridge Thinking

    TJ McIntyre
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Bridges have always intrigued me. Even since I was a child, I would spot bridges and beg my parents to change their route in order to go over the biggest ones. My favorite bridge right now is the Navajo Bridge at the Grand Canyon. It reminds me a lot of my Grandfather. This bridge made it possible for travellers to access the North Rim of the canyon without having to use a ferry (which wasn’t possible when there was flooding). Bridges do three amazing things: First, they help people reach a destination that without a bridge wouldn’t be possible. Second, they bring travelers from a vast…
  • FYTNS – Rediscover Training

    Paige Sevier
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    “For me, the health benefits of doing training, vs not doing training have been tremendous, both in terms of confidence and how I carry myself. If I could get half of that to people who train with us, I think it’s a successful business.” – AJ Shewki About: AJ Shewki, Yorgos Stavropoulos, and Bjorn Wanbo – Co-Founders of FYTNS. Overview: FYTNS is currently a locally based company in San Francisco. The goal at FYTNS is to connect people to great personal training. It’s also a platform for personal trainers to find a pool of clients who are looking for trainers. FYTNS allows…
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  • Connect Online With Dutch Embassy

    Maham Iqbal
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Getting in touch with an embassy is always a tedious ask in our country. One needs to cross a number of checkpoints to reach desired people and receive the response. The scenario is applicable on most of the embassies, but not entirely. Dutch embassy has announced that it will entertain live Skype calls for the...
  • Start-up Update with Rumaisa Mughal, CEO of Artboard

    Babar Khan Javed
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    Differentiation is key and its what Rumaisa Mughal intends to do with her own design firm. Artboard.cc was formed last year to help brands stand out and communicate their message in a visually appealing manner. We sat down with Rumaisa to learn about the ups and downs of 2014 and the road ahead. How did...
  • 5 of the First Things Startups Should Do on Their Social Profiles

    Alicia Rades
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    Have you just launched a startup? Then you’ll likely create new social profiles specific for your business. This is where you don’t want to drop the ball. Facebook alone drives almost a quarter of all web traffic to websites; with stats like that, you want to make sure people are able to discover your social...
  • How to Harness the Power of Intention

    Benjamin Neal
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    When you hear people talk about “setting intentions” and “creating your reality,” it’s easy to dismiss it as a bunch New Age hocus pocus. But the truth is, the world around us is not nearly as solid as we tend to think. And the way that we experience it, and interact with it, is determined...
  • Authenticity, Success and Meaningful Connection

    Benjamin Neal
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    By now everyone knows that having a strong online presence is key to running s successful business these days. An attractive website, regular blog content, active social media accounts; without these things in place, you’re destined to sink into obscurity and oblivion. And since everybody knows it, everybody and their momma is out there blogging...
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  • 6 ways to grab the customers emotions while buying

    Shruti Diwan
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    People these days are spending unprecedented amounts of money. Especially online, as evidenced by the expenditure rates provided by The US Government, and this study says there is a 4.4% … Continue reading →The post 6 ways to grab the customers emotions while buying appeared first on Blog.
  • Catching the Million Dollar Fish

    Shruti Diwan
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Ever been in a dilemma of whether you should take a risk or not? Whether this risk will return considerable advantages for all the apprehensive moments you’ve spent on it? … Continue reading →The post Catching the Million Dollar Fish appeared first on Blog.
  • Customer Journey Map Online

    Shruti Diwan
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The online Journey from visitor to customer A product or service is merely a solution, an end and by no means anything close to what consumers are trying to achieve. … Continue reading →The post Customer Journey Map Online appeared first on Blog.
  • Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites

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

    Deepthi Ramdas
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Want to become a successful leader and entrepreneur? Here are two options. Option 1: Go to Google and either type ‘keys to success’ or ’8 ways to think like Warren … Continue reading →The post Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth appeared first on Blog.
 
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  • Saluting The Woman Entrepreneur: Why They’re Awesome

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    With roughly 8.6 million businesses in the United States led by women, female entrepreneurs are setting a strong example not only for the business world, but in particular for women – women with aspirations, dreams and goals. It’s a combination of risks, courage, rewards, talent and persistence that creates successful women, whether they are entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, students who are just realizing their dreams or women looking to change their lives for the better. Jessica Alba Proves Her Doubters Wrong: http://bit.ly/1yQzrBr Take, for example, Miss Sara Blakely. When she was 29,…
  • How to Hire & Keep the Best Employees

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    It’s widely accepted that for something as artful as hiring the right people for a particular organisation, one must keep in mind a number of variables when arriving at the perfect equation. A number of “to-do’s” have emerged, and have been proven to be more than useful in steering employers in the right direction. The talented researchers at http://backgroundchecks.org/ devised 5 steps that can help your company- from small to big- find, recruit, hire and keep the best employees. How to Find, Hire and Keep the Best Employees [INFOGRAPHIC] Compliments of…
  • 6 New Year Resolutions For Job Seekers in 2015

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Job Seeking has become a stage of life in itself- it takes skill and guile to survive sometimes snoopy employers, judgmental recruiters and competitive peers who make it harder to demand what you truly deserve and get an opportunity that truly challenges you. Unfortunately, job seekers aren’t great at taking the leap to the next stage. The going may be tough- where one wrong move can give you an indelible label and one smooth sentence can take you over to the bright side- but there are some things that can make it even tougher to get out of this most undesirable of situations, and…
  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office

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

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

  • Startup Centrallo – A Better Way To Organize Your Life

    SuperbCrew
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    Centrallo is a productivity tool for anyone who wants to be better organized. With Centrallo you can quickly view your priorities and focus on what matters most. Below is our interview with Centrallo Co-Founder, Michael Sher: Q: What is Centrallo? A: Centrallo is a global, cross platform productivity tool that lets people organize, centralize, prioritize and share their lives.   – What are main benefits of using it? – Structure and organize information better – Focus on priorities that matter – Retrieve anything, anywhere – quickly – Centralizes cloud…
  • 3D Printing Pen For Everyone!

    SuperbCrew
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Developed by Future Make team, Polyes Q1 printing pen enables you to draw in the air without danger. Unlike other 3D pens, there are no hot parts, no melting plastics and thus no unpleasant smell. Polyes Q1 adopts the LED, which nearly does no harm to people’s eyes. The pen has photo-polymers inside, and it solidifies immediately when exposed under the LED light. There’s also a tilt sensor inside, and together with child-safety switch, it could prevent kids’ eyes from being exposed to light. Additionally, they’ve designed integrated control buttons by moving the speed control key…
  • Breathometer Mint – The World’s First Portable Breath Analysis Device

    SuperbCrew
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Breathometer Mint is the world’s first portable breath quality and hydration level detection device. Simply place Mint in your mouth, let it automatically draw a sample of the air in your mouth and within seconds the Breathometer app on your smartphone will let you know the quality of your breath, as well as how hydrated you are. You can support Breathometer team and pre-order your Mint via Indiegogo; The free Breathometer App will work on an IOS iPhone 5 or newer, as well as select Android products. Android compatibility will include: Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 5. The…
  • NEEO – The Simplest Way To Connect And Control All The Devices In Your Home

    SuperbCrew
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    NEEO is a universal smart home remote with hand recognition and very simple setup. Developed by Cupertino-based startup, NEEO lets you control all your connected devices (TV, lighting, heating, etc.). NEEO has already raised over $670K from more than 2,700 Kickstarter backers. There are two parts to NEEO, the brain and the remote. The brain communicates with your devices and the remote allows instant control. These two devices are new thinking both in design and technology. To manage your home you can use the NEEO app on your smartphone and for the ultimate experience use the NEEO remote. The…
  • Founder Stories: Lua Acts as Safe Haven for Critical, Internal Communication

    SuperbCrew
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
        Written by: Michael DeFranco, CEO and Founder of Lua.     Lua was born from the realization and appreciation for the fact that time is our most valuable asset. Once wasted, it can never be regained, and lost time can often mean disaster. In 2005, in the time surrounding the Hurricane Katrina crisis, I was working at iMapData, a main source of data and insights for the government. We looked at everything from traditional maps to the path of the storm to oil rig locations, and used that information to make recommendations to first responders and volunteers in the area.
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  • 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 →
  • MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype

    ventureosity
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Dotcom, said he’s launching an encrypted video calling service called MegaChat. Kim Dotcom first announced MegaChat in December, when he declared that it would dominate Skype and provide a secure alternative to the Microsoft-owned service, which has been targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency. Dotcom will introduce MegaChat beta step by step, “starting … Continue reading MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype →
  • Metal ‘bounces’ water … New materials in the horizon

    ventureosity
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Recently, studies have shown that femtosecond laser surface processing can produce surface structures that can significantly modify optical or wetting properties of metals. However, the metal blackening and wetting effect were each demonstrated individually. This have open the way to Physicists in the US to create metal surfaces that repel water to the extent that … Continue reading Metal ‘bounces’ water … New materials in the horizon →
  • £1m grant handed to The internet of Things #ioT

    ventureosity
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    £1m grant handed to IoT (Internet of Things) competition winners A grant of £1m has been given to seven startup companies that won a competition to create innovative internet of things (IoT) projects. IoT is predicted to become a $500bn global technology market by 2019, while the industry is estimated to be made up of … Continue reading £1m grant handed to The internet of Things #ioT →
  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

    ventureosity
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Le Dormeur du val by Arthur Rimbaud was inspired by the war Franco-Prussian, particularly the battle of Sedan: Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ; Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit. (Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val, octobre 1870) Years … Continue reading Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent? →
 
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    Spectafy Blog

  • 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…
  • Spec of the Month – December 2014

    Ben Watson
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The community found so many cool uses for Spectafy in December that it was tough to pick just one….so we picked two! The Spectafy app is the perfect tool to explore your city, or even to explore a city you have never been to. Everyone has a camera in their hand today, why not use them to your advantage and see what’s happening before you go!? Rockstar user Michelle A. was out on the prowl near Pier 39, and used the opportunity to answer a couple of other users’ questions that happened to be nearby. First, Jordan G. wanted to know what kind of critters might be out and…
  • Fun with Our App Intro Video

    Eric Watson
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    We had some fun creating our iOS app intro video. Check it out! You’ll also be able to check it out in the App Store as soon as our next version hits (should be very soon!) The post Fun with Our App Intro Video appeared first on Spectafy Blog.
  • Best Events in the City – January, 2015

    Ben Watson
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:36 pm
    With the beautiful weather and no rain on the horizon, January looks like it will be a great month to get out and enjoy all that the City has to offer!  Below are a few of the events we are most excited about for January 2015. Make sure you download the Spectafy app for Android or iOS and see what’s happening before you leave your house! 14th Annual “No Pants” BART Ride Day If you have a secret public nudity fetish, hop on BART on January 11th without your pants! This event is put on by Improv Everywhere and happens simultaneously in cities nationwide. The idea is to keep a…
  • Tons of New App Features!

    Ben Watson
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:08 pm
    We are thrilled to announce that we are continuing to improve Spectafy!  Our goal is to make the user experience as seamless and engaging as possible, and we would like to extend a special thanks to all of our beta users for providing invaluable feedback and suggestions. Spectafy is a community-centered app, and we want to deliver an experience that is useful and exciting. Please keep the suggestions coming! Here are the new features we are most excited about: No more access code! We finally killed that pesky lock screen!  No more trying to guess our favorite four numbers to get access, the…
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  • Meet Doorman, An Uber For Package Delivery

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We all know pretty well that what Uber offers while if you don’t know then to give a brief – you require a cab, simply download Uber app, fill up your details and share where you are present at the moment and the cab will come to pick you up. The similar way, if you got packages which you want to deliver at doorstep, then our today’s startup Doorman is for you. Say, you shop online and want to have your product shipped to you, Doorman make this possible by shipping to your personal Doorman shipping address. Moreover, the service will notify you once your packages arrive at a secure…
  • Build Realtime Search With Algolia

    KARAN CHOPRA
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We all know very well that search is a key element of your user experience. But have you ever wonder that how one can build things in realtime. Some thinks that yes it is possible, thanks to technology driven world in which we are living while other thing no it still not possible. Well our today’s startup does the same. Meet Algolia, a powerful API which has been built for developers. It delivers relevant results in your mobile apps and websites from the very first keystroke, keeping your users engaged. It gives you the power to index your database records with our API and get results in…
  • Freelance Music Production With SoundBetter

    KARAN CHOPRA
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    We have seen multiple freelancing websites over the web, some specializes in offering some, and others in something else but the one we are sharing today masters in offering freelance music production to you. Meet SoundBetter, the one stop-freelancing-shop for all your music production needs. SoundBetter offers over 9,000 Top Recording Studios, Freelance Mixing & Mastering Engineers, Producers and Session Musicians for hire. All you have to start with by describing your project in seconds, followed by getting proposals from top pros. Once you have proposal, you can start by picking and…
  • Get Richer Messaging Experience With BlinQ

    KARAN CHOPRA
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    There are one-to-many times when you definitely wondered that there must be some better way on getting richer messaging experience. An experience where one can feel that conversations which are taking place with friends and colleagues can turn out to be as more personal and relevant. Well to make this possibly for you, our today’s startup masters in that only. Downloading BlinQ means now there will be no more staring at a boring Facebook Feed. Only relevant information about people you actually talk to after high-school will be with you. Further on second occasion, say if you have a…
  • Book Appointments 24/7 With MyTime

    KARAN CHOPRA
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Running a business and thinking how you can master the art of getting more clients. You possibly consider one-to-many marketing-cum-advertising methods but what if you will get an access to a platform which masters the art all together. Here in this article, we are going to talk about MyTime. MyTime is a platform which let your business get discovered, followed by letting MyTime customers to book appointments with you directly. And once done with the task, it let end customers to write their reviews and experiences. In short, MyTime is where people book appointments online. Sounds good, huh?
 
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 036: How to Launch a 6-Figure Startup in 7 Days

    Omer Khan
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Dan Norris is co-founder of WP Curve, one of the world’s fastest growing WordPress support companies. He’s an entrepreneur with an obsession for content marketing and was voted Australia’s top small business blogger by ‘Smarter Business Ideas’, Australia’s largest business magazine. He’s also the author of ‘The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch’. Success Quote “Every great entrepreneur is first and foremost a designer.”…
  • 035: How This Startup Pivoted Its Way to a 7-Figure Business

    Omer Khan
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Ryan Hamlin is the Founder & CEO of PlaceFull, an online marketplace that allows merchants to offer real-time booking of their spaces, services, camps & classes. PlaceFull was founded in 2011 by Ryan and his co-founder George Webb. To date, the company has raised over $2.5M in funding. Success Quote “Balance is the key to life and variety is the spice of life.” — Dr. Edwin Louis Cole Book Recommendation “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm…
  • 034: How to Get Startup Traction & Acquire More Customers

    Omer Khan
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher This is part 2 of the interview with Gabriel Weinberg. In this episode, we talk about his book “Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers”. And Gabriel shares his advice on how startups can use the strategies and tactics in this book to acquire more customers. If you missed part 1 of the interview, then here’s the link: Part 1: How DuckDuckGo Is Making Search Better Than Google. Gabriel Weinberg is the Founder & CEO of DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you,…
  • 033: How DuckDuckGo is Making Search Better Than Google

    Omer Khan
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Gabriel Weinberg is the Founder & CEO of DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you, with over a billion searches in 2013. He is also an angel investor and co-author of Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers. Gabriel has been featured on CBS, FOX, the Guardian, the Washington Post and many more. Success Quote “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.” — Charlie Munger Book…
  • 032: How a Simple Idea Turned Into a Product Loved By Millions of Users

    Omer Khan
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher Michael Pryor is the CEO of Trello, a free app that makes working on group projects as easy as using sticky notes on a whiteboard. He is also the co-founder and President of Fog Creek Software, the makers of products such as FogBugz and Kiln. To date, Trello has raised over $10M in funding and is used by millions of people and companies of all kinds and sizes including Google, Adobe and The New York Times. Success Quote “Keep it Simple, Stupid” — KISS Principle Book Recommendation…
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  • 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.
  • How Craigslist got started?

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

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

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

    Romy Maxwell
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    It was a beautiful feeling. We had just raised our first after-seed round of investment, bumping my salary as cofounder and CTO from a voluntary $24k a year to a healthy six figures, while simultaneously driving up the value of my stock equity. The rest of the team, my comrades in arms, were similarly bumped and positively impacted. Flash back to around 2011 at my previous company. We had a great team, a solid product, and even some paying users. We’d all been slaving away at sub-market wages for quite some time, putting in sweat equity to build something real. To reward ourselves…
  • OC Industrial Warehouse Space Prices & Vacancy Q1, 2015

    Digsy Team
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Digsy Expert, Allen Buchanan, shares the current average pricing & vacancy rates of industrial warehouse commercial real estate space for lease and sale in Orange County, CA. Allen provides great advice to business owners & entrepreneurs on how to successfully find industrial & warehouse space for lease and sale, given the competitive state of the market. Highlights: Industrial warehouse space vacancy is only 3% (only 3 out of 100 buildings are available for lease) Asking lease prices for industrial warehouse space are up Industrial warehouse building sale prices have increased…
  • 7 Blog Posts that Changed Our Startup in 2014

    Alex Bloore
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Stand on the shoulders of giants. That’s a motto that we live by at Digsy. Whenever we run into a problem, we first look to the pros to see how they’ve handled similar issues. Chances are, another company had the same issue, tested dozens of solutions, and chose the best one. Why should we spend our valuable time and resources going through that pain, when we can ride on someone else’s coattails, so to speak? With that in mind, we read. A lot. There’s the usual suspects: books, articles, and blog posts. But Quora and podcasts (such as Justin Jackson’s excellent Product People) have…
  • The Growth Hacks Fueling Tidy’s Explosive Growth (Video)

    Andrew Bermudez
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Tidy is one of the fastest growing local services startups in Southern California. You’ll be surprised to learn how their Founder & CEO, Kristen Schmitt is growth hacking Tidy’s explosive growth without SEO and SEM. Highlights: Tidy recreates the Ritz Carlton experience in your own home Tidy uses several growth hacks yielding amazing ROI for the company Kristen shares the tools they use at Tidy to communicate and be more productive   Mentioned in this Interview: Tidy Slack ZenDesk ZenPayroll Google Drive Sponsor: This episode was made possible by…
  • Why Small Customers are Huge

    Kyle Pinzon
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    You’re sitting at your computer, working on your daily tasks when all of a sudden you get excited. A new customer just converted on your website. Not just any customer, I’m talking about a whale. Someone who will generate tons of revenue for your company, be it a one-time deal or on a recurring basis. You immediately stop what you are doing and turn to your co-worker: “Holy crap, did you see the customer that just converted? This could make us a lot of money.” You decide to give this customer 5-star service. They ask a question that could take 30 minutes of your time to answer? Who…
 
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  • Key differences between startup syndicate funding and equity crowdfunding

    Jaime Novoa
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    As many of you might already know, at Startupxplore we’re firm believers in the impact that syndicate funding can have in the overall startup investing landscape. In fact, it’s our main business model and we’ve already started testing it in Spain with a limited number of startups and investors. Syndicate funding is not the only […] The post Key differences between startup syndicate funding and equity crowdfunding appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • “Fundraising is all about Darwinism: only the most persistent will raise money and survive”

    Jaime Novoa
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    If fintech is transforming the financial services industry, Barcelona-based Kantox is right in the middle of such disruption. The four year old foreign currency exchange company is trying to transform the way companies and institutions operate, offering a less expensive and more transparent service than banks and traditional financial institutions. To know more about the company and […] The post “Fundraising is all about Darwinism: only the most persistent will raise money and survive” appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • How does a Venture Capital firm work?

    Jaime Novoa
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    There’s more money than ever in the startup funding market across all funding stages. In previous articles we discussed the financing options available to startups and also the criteria used by investors when deciding which startups to back. Now it’s time to get a little bit closer to the elephant in the room: Venture Capital […] The post How does a Venture Capital firm work? appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • What these startup founders and tech media people shared in 2014

    Jaime Novoa
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    As we start to say goodbye to 2014, we think it’s the right time to look back at what we have done in 2014 and what startup founders, CEOs and journalists have told us about the sector. Last week we looked at what investors and policy makers told us in our 2014’s interviews with them. […] The post What these startup founders and tech media people shared in 2014 appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Startupxplore’s interviews: what investors, accelerators and policy makers told us in 2014

    Jaime Novoa
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The year comes to an end. 2014 was a great year for the European startup ecosystem and also for Startupxplore, as our platform was born right before the summer. Over the past few months we’ve been working hard on building one of the biggest startup funding communities in the world, launching the first syndicate in […] The post Startupxplore’s interviews: what investors, accelerators and policy makers told us in 2014 appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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    MAQTOOB

  • 22 Things Digital Nomads Need to Pack While Travelling the World

    Adil Gherib
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
      I managed to work and travel around the world for 3 years with these 22 basic but essential things in my backpack. I hope the list will help you once you make the bold decision to set off on the road and make the world your office.   1. Send a scanned copy of your passport, international driver’s license, credit cards, and international health insurance to your email. And of course don't forget to take the originals along.         2. Deuter Traveller 70 + 10 Backpack – a comfortable backpack to carry, with enough space…
  • 19 Places to Get Free Beautiful Photos for Your Blog

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
      1. Public Domain Images – New 100% free stock photos, every single week. Everything you need for your creative projects, all public domain images.     2. Life of Pix – Free high-resolution photos, no copyrigths restrictions. Images for personal & commercial use. New photographies added weekly.     3. Pexels – All photos are hand-picked from free image sources. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.     4. Raumrot – Free, handpicked, stockphotos for…
  • 5 Cool Videos No Wannabe Entrepreneur Should Miss

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
      “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”     (Albert Camus)   Once in a while, all aspiring entrepreneurs find theselves mired in doubt, wondering if the path they are about to embark on is going to lead to success or inevitable doom. Usually, when you feel blue, you may reach for a cup of hot chocolate, buy new clothes, or go running. But what if it feels like you are the only person around who has no clue what she or he is doing? Or what if you get up every morning for the sake of work that feels utterly…
  • Happy Holidays!

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:43 am
      When we launched MAQTOOB 5 months ago, we could have only dreamt of such an extremely warm reception we got from you. Thanks a ton for all your support and we wish you the most joyful holidays and an even better new year.Kristyna, Tomas and Adil Šťastné a veselé – Joyeux Noël – ميلاد مجيد    
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Dan Martin

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
      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:   Dan Martin Editor of BusinessZone, UK's leading business community     1. Hootsuite – Get serious about social   "I can’t go anywhere without tweeting so Hootsuite is an essential business tool."       2. Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design   "A brilliant website for creating social media images and other graphics."  …
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  • Kitkat Lewa v5 Rom For QMobile A900 And Gionee Elife E3

    Daniyal Sheikh
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    So guys we are back with yet another amazing custom rom for qmobile a900 and elife e3, this time it is the 4.4.2 kitkat lewa os v5. As …The post Kitkat Lewa v5 Rom For QMobile A900 And Gionee Elife E3 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Finally A Facebook App For Low End Phones

    Daniyal Sheikh
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    Facebook is a social networking site and people around the world use this web to interact with each other. Facebook didn’t only limited to web browser, it have official apps …The post Finally A Facebook App For Low End Phones appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How To Setup Moto Voice On Motorola Droid Turbo

    Daniyal Sheikh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    Motorola droid turbo was released back in october 2014 and it was one of the highly appreciated moto device but still some views were offensive. Moto droid turbo packed with …The post How To Setup Moto Voice On Motorola Droid Turbo appeared first on MGeeky.
  • MewSeek | Download Music into your Music App

    Shaeel Iqbal
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    There is a Question arises in mind of iOS users always How to Download Music Directly into Stock Music App? Are you one Who is Facing this Question? Then you …The post MewSeek | Download Music into your Music App appeared first on MGeeky.
  • First Lollipop Sense 6 ROM For Htc M8

    Daniyal Sheikh
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    After the official android lollipop update of htc one m8, we witnessed some custom roms based on official update rolls out but still they were the stock android experience, …The post First Lollipop Sense 6 ROM For Htc M8 appeared first on MGeeky.
 
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  • Discover Promos and Services From Telcos in Ghana on Promolante

    AntwiGambrah
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Tracking all the the promotions that ones network offer is a difficult thing to do if one would like o get the best out of it.Promolante offers an easy way to find and read more on a particular service or browse through services other telcos      offer for decision making purposes. Considering the number of mobile phones people use in the country and the promotions that telcos give out to its subscribers,Promolantes platform  makes it easy  to find, review and talk about  the performace of the telcos and the promotions they offer,services and …
  • 9 Startups makes it to ALN Ventures Accelerator Programme

    AntwiGambrah
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    African Leadership Network (ALN) Ventures has announced  its 2015 inaugural class.The accelerator picked nine startups for its nine-month accelerator programme beginning next month in South Africa. The nine-month accelerator programme begins with an intensive two-week series of workshops, speakers and events. These early-stage companies will be offered  US$20,000 each  if they make to stage 2 of the programme.There will be curated introductions to investors, and a formal pitch day with a vast network of investors – offering numerous chances to get funded. The selected startups include…
  • Facebook’s Internet.org App Brings Free Mobile Internet to Ghana

    AntwiGambrah
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Social media giant Facebook has annouced that it is making its Internet.org app available in Ghana.Ghana is the fifth country to be connected through Internet.org  after Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Colombia. At the moment,the service will only be  available to Airtel users.Users of the Internet.org app will be able to access ree basic internet services for education, health, jobs and communication. “By connecting everyone, we hope to unlock even more opportunities for Ghana and people like Dauda Musa, pictured here,” “Dauda runs a mobile money transfer business in Accra,…
  • 7 African Startups to Pitch at Seedstars World Global Startup Competition

    AntwiGambrah
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Seven African startups will join 36 startups from emerging tech hubs around the world to compete for an  equity investment up to $500,000 at the Seedstars World global startup competition to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on February 4 . The seven African startups include   Beam from Ghana, OkHi from Kenya, Green Energy from Nigeria, Torque from Rwanda, Poeyek from Senegal, Lumkani from South Africa, and Remit from Uganda. “By attending our final event, you will be able to invest in the most promising startups sourced from over 1,500 applicants and 600 pitches in return for equity…
  • Whatsapp is Finally Available on the Web

    AntwiGambrah
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Popular messaging app Whatsapp ,has finally launched its web client called “Whatsapp Web” available only on Google Chrome excluding iOS users due to the limitations of its platform. To be able to access this web client,users need to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone.To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser.Users will see a QR code  inside of WhatsApp which will automaticcaly pair the mobile WhatsApp with the WhatsApp web client when scanned .Your phone needs to stay connected to the…
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  • How to Design a Website or Blog: Create a $30,000 Web Design for under $60 (Part 2 of 2)

    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: 5 Minute WordPress Install to a Full Blown Web Production (Part 1 of 2)

    Sam Oh
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    If you’ve been following along with my start here page for your new web start up, I want to congratulate you on reaching the “fun” part! I have been looking forward to sharing one of my greatest secrets on how to make a website without any coding or programming knowledge! This is the stage where you get to see your vision and business plans come to life and grow to be your evergreen tree – big, bold, consistent and lasting! Here are some examples of what you can expect to be able create by the end of this series!Is this your first website? Try my FREE course for a step…
  • 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…
  • What is Google Analytics and why use it? – 3 Bare Necessities for Setting up Google Analytics Effectively

    Sam Oh
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Google Analytics (GA) has become an asset for literally every blog and business that has an online presence. For someone who is starting a website for the first time, the last thing you think about are web analytics. If you’ve heard of this invaluable tool before, you’re probably wondering…What is Google Analytics and why use it?Before we dig deep into setting up Google analytics, take a look at a quick search that I did for jobs requiring Google Analytics on Monster. Companies are willing to pay a salary of $130,000 and guess what … Google Analytics is a…
  • On Page SEO Copywriting Tips – Streamlining your Blogging Strategy

    Sam Oh
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has evolved from a purely content ranked system to a social system. People go on and on about on page SEO and its importance. The fact of the matter is, search rankings happen primarily because of external factors like link building and other social signals. Google and other search engines are continuously updating their algorithms with more of an emphasis on domain, page and trust authority.If you think about it, it makes sense. Think about when you post something on Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook. Some of us hold our phones in front of us…
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