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  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot enforce what people think your brand represents. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get with branding. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not doing in your competition. Think about it: when is the last…
  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Artists

    crowdSPRING Blog
    Mike
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Art inspires in ways sometimes difficult to articulate. Ideas, metaphors, and themes are the product that artists traffic in, and their ability to  galvanize their audiences in a powerful, indirect way can stir us in profound ways. Yet, while we celebrate, even lionize the greatest of our artists we simultaneously relegate the vast majority to poverty and struggle. Our culture at once values art, while devaluing the artists among us. Like artists, entrepreneurs rise and fall not only on their creativity and the quality of their ideas, but on their ability to execute, and on their…
  • 5 Videos To Make You Feel Good Before Your Next Presentation

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

    The Next Web
    Max Bennet
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Max Bennet is VP of Business Strategy for Bluecore. Many early stage tech companies talk about “getting sh*t done” as a foundational component of a successful culture. There are many permutations of this idea in the tech zeitgeist: “a bias for action” (Amazon), “move fast and break things” (old Facebook principle), “Always be shipping”, et cetera. While these are nice quotations to plaster on a wall, they are largely unhelpful because they fail to describe an underlying mechanism that can be enforced, fostered, and protected. After taking part in establishing a culture worthy…
  • How to Make a your Own Demo Video

    MediaVidi
    Cristian Worthington
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I make my own demo videos for our MondoPlayer App (like this video about our new MondoPlayer Buffer Feature).  Learning how to make these videos has been a challenge and I’d like to share some of the lessons I have learned. I remember the first demo video I produced.  In a word, it was “bad”. I knew it was awful, but I had to get something onto our website. Things went from bad to worse when I showed it to my friends and investors.  They all went into Movie Critic mode! They were expecting a video that would compete with a million dollar TV commercial and they got something…
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    Fast Company

  • Today in Tabs: 4/20 Is Just A Number

    Rusty Foster
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    There's a 97% chance we won't delete this post.4/20 close that tabRead Full Story
  • Why Norway Is Ditching FM Radio

    Neal Ungerleider
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Norway is abandoning FM radio for all-digital broadcasts in 2017.No more FM? Norway is becoming the first country to scrap FM broadcasts and switch to all-digital broadcasts for radio. The country does not use the AM band for radio transmissions, and the new regulations—taking effect in 2017—would require listeners to obtain digital radio receivers or listen in on the Internet. An official statement by the Norwegian government frames the switchover as a tech-savvy cost-cutting move.Read Full Story
  • Google Almost Bought A Near-Bankrupt Tesla In 2013

    David Lumb
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    With his electric car company on the verge of bankruptcy, Elon Musk turned to Google and very nearly sold Tesla.In early 2013, Tesla was near bankruptcy. Founder Elon Musk turned to his friend Larry Page, cofounder and CEO of Google, to buy out Tesla. The deal went past handshake territory and both company's lawyers drafted up negotiations, but somewhere along the way, the deal fell through. By May 2013, Tesla had turned everything around and posted its first quarterly profit. A report in Bloomberg today reveals just how close Musk came to selling Tesla to Google.Read Full Story
  • Why Epicurious's Apple Watch App Doesn't Include Recipes

    Mark Wilson
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    One of the world's most popular recipe platforms takes its first stab at wearables, and there's not a recipe in sight.You're cooking a 2-inch prime ribeye in a cast iron pan. The slab of raw meat cost enough that you hid the receipt from your spouse. And you really don't want to screw this up. Should you flip it yet? Should you wait? You can't decide. That's when you get a tap on your wrist, and you know it's time. 15% of Epicurious.com's users still print recipes.Read Full Story
  • From MIT: This Shiny Nail Art Is Actually A Tiny Bluetooth Trackpad

    John Brownlee
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Inspired by the decorative nail stickers popular in Asian countries, the NailO allows you to control your devices without touching them.Ever try to cook while using your laptop or your iPad to read a recipe, watch a movie, or Skype? You're probably still cleaning eggy fingerprints from the keyboard. Thankfully, a new invention from MIT Media Lab could make navigating a device while your hands are otherwise occupied much easier by turning your thumb nail into a tiny trackpad.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Google’s Mobilegeddon: Everything you need to know

    Emil Protalinski
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Mobilegeddon has arrived. Google today updated its algorithm to rank sites it labels as “mobile-friendly” higher on mobile search results. Because the company’s search engine drives so much traffic, many are worrying, panicking, and even calling the update “Mobilegeddon” (a…
  • Chinese and Russians team up to help startups at Skolkovo high-tech park

    Dean Takahashi
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! The Russian government’s Skolkovo Foundation and China’s Cybernaut Investment Group will jointly develop, finance, and market high-tech innovations. The result will be a joint Russian-Chinese incubator, robotics center, and $200 million venture fund. Skolkovo Foundation and Cybernaut Investment Group…
  • Google brings Street View to Loch Ness

    Fletcher Babb
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Searching for the Loch Ness monster just got easier. On the 81st anniversary of the infamous “Surgeon’s Photograph,” Google has allowed users to explore the surface of Loch Ness using Street View. This comes as a welcome update from the Apple Maps non-sighting that disappointed armchair…
  • HBO is wooing millennials, but legal didn’t get the memo

    Gerhard Stiene
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! Over the past month, HBO has aggressively focused on attracting millennial cord cutters. A few weeks ago, HBO launched HBO Now, a reskin of their HBO Go service that gives cord cutters an option to pay for HBO rather than just using their ex’s parents’ account. There have been countless studies conducted on…
  • The top 3 qualities of a great data scientist

    Hui Wang, PayPal
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    GUEST: Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! With a growing demand for efficiency and accuracy, comes a growing demand for stellar data scientists. In fact, as of March 2015, there are over 60,000 job postings for data scientists on LinkedIn, and over 250,000 people listing data science as their profession. From weeding through and analyzing relevant…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Early Twitter Vets Launch Color Genomics To Make Genetic Screenings For Breast Cancer Affordable

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
     I’m always excited when an experienced team from the consumer mobile world crosses over into a complex and formidable area like healthcare or biotech. With Color Genomics, we’re getting just that. Elad Gil and Othman Laraki, who sold Mixer Labs to Twitter six years ago and went on to oversee search, geo and growth for the company, have joined forces again to do affordable… Read More
  • It’s Too Soon To Judge Satya Nadella

    Ron Miller,Alex Wilhelm
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:56 pm
     It’s very early days for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and for the company’s overhaul from a 1990s PC company to a service and cloud company. And it’s too soon to say he’s successfully helped his company make that transition. Perhaps the key test is yet to come with the release of Windows 10 and whether Microsoft can finally make some headway in mobile. Read More
  • Google Brings Street View To Loch Ness

    Frederic Lardinois
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
     Exactly 81 years ago today, the Daily Mail printed what is now the most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster. To celebrate this special day in cryptozoology, Google today launched its Street View imagery of the famous lake. You can now use Street View to explore both the surface of the 23-mile-long loch and see some underwater imagery, too. Read More
  • Got A Team Distributed All Over The World? Teleport’s Tool, Flock, Finds You A Meeting Hub

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
     The thesis behind Teleport, a new Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup from a group of early Skype alums, is that workers should be free to migrate to whichever city and country suits them best. They’ve been slowly building out a suite of tools that help digital workers figure out where they can maximize their take-home pay after accounting for costs like housing and… Read More
  • Clear Deletes Dumb Tweets Before You Regret Them

    Anthony Ha
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
     Most of us have embarrassing stories about things we’ve shared on social media, but it’s hard to top Ethan Czahor’s. He was hired as Jeb Bush’s chief technology officer, but shortly after he got the job, journalists uncovered some old offensive tweets and he had to resign. Now Czahor is back in the tech world with an iOS app called Clear that could help people in… Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • Disrupt or compete

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Pontus Siren at Innosight illustrates the difference between direct competition and Disruption by looking at one of the most competitive industries - shipping. The basis of competition in the industry continues to be the efficiency of moving a metal box from harbor to harbor. In the last 50 years, ships have grown from 500 containers to 24,000, to the point where harbours are unable to cope. Even the sheer volume of ships is straining the world's main canals. The industry is highly competitive: Naval engineers are planning and building ever bigger ships. As the ships grow, their engines have…
  • Estimating your market size from non-technical sources

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Bart Doorneweert is a Dutch textile and agriculture entrepreneur who's operated in India and East Africa. Looking at situations where market data is unavailable and running experiments is expensive, he shows how it's important to learn from analogs. Market insights required to develop successful business at scale in emerging markets are already out there. They’re with shopkeepers, merchants, existing service providers, etc, currently running their businesses. Bart shares a thoughtful analysis on two startups deploying battery charging technology. ARED is explicitly promoting the…
  • How you grow affects your defensibility

    Salim Virani
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    There's a connection between how you choose to grow, and how defensible your business is from competition. Just like it's easy to throw gasoline on a fire to get it going with a boom, it's stoking the coal that produces all the heat in the long-run. Paul Bennetts looked at how Etsy grew to draw this distinction: At the IPO of a company, it’s easy to anchor on just valuation but its more useful to focus how it will throw off cash and how defensible is its earnings stream. In the long run, competition will always drive down returns on equity unless they are defensible. The majority of…
  • Hidden cofounders

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

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

  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made. The post Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot enforce what people think your brand represents. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get with branding. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not doing in your competition. Think about it: when is the last…
  • Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

    Guy Kawasaki
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    These are pictures from my trip to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Germany. It is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany. The post Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock!

    Guy Kawasaki
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    My time-tested, battle-hardened best tips to help you create the best presentations possible. If you feel the need to be creative, do it in your product design, not your pitch. This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap… The post Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock! appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Customer service support provider Freshdesk raises $50M

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Freshdesk now had 40,000 customers, including Honda, Hugo Boss and PetronasYou would think that in this day and age, with the world having long since gone digital, that customer support would be the best it has ever been. Companies have so many ways to get in touch with us, either by e-mailing, or through social media or texting. Instead, I often find myself having to do the same old thing: call and sit on the phone, listening to crappy music, until one of the company's support staff decided to pick up. In fact, I have to go do that right after I finish writing this article because my new…
  • Groupon sells 46% stake of Ticket Monster for $360M

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The Korean e-commerce company will be owned by a partnership between KKR and Anchor Equity PartnersIn January of last year Groupon announced that it had acquired Ticket Monster, a Korean e-commerce company, from LivingSpcial for $260 million in cash and stock. Since then, things haven't been going too well for the company, which has seen its stock dip and its earnings disappoint. Now it has decided, in an effort to get itself back on the right track, to unload a big chunk of the purchase. Luckily for Groupon, though. it was able to sell at a profit. The…
  • Oscar raises $145M from Peter Thiel and Brian Singerman

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Oscar is a health insurance company, using technology and data to connect customers to providersI'm honestly no fan of the for-profit insurance system we have in this country. If there is one thing that shouldn't be a commodity, it's a person's life. It's the system we have, for now anyway, so there's no reason that is shouldn't be easy and workable for the average person. That is where Oscar comes in. The company employs technology and data in order to make it easy for customers to connect with insurance providers. Now it has raised a big new funding round, totaling $145 million,…
  • Chinese regulators fine Alibaba for pricing violations

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The company will have to pay $129,000 for violations durings Singles Day in 2013 and 2015This past "Singles Day," was a great one for Alibaba, as the company easily broke the record for the largest shopping day in history. Now, however, that triumph has been marred just a bit, by regulators who have fined the company over pricing violations committed during the holiday. The price bureau in eastern Zhejiang province is forcing Alibaba to pay 800,000 yuan, or $129,000, for violations committed by third-party sellers on its plaform during Singles Day promotions last year,…
  • What's your business model? - How does Etsy make money?

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Etsy makes most of its money through by charging users to list goods and then a 3.5% sales fee(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) My girlfriend and I recently celebrated our…
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

    Steve
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem.  Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from soil-transmitted parasites and diseases.  Add in injuries and other issues that come from not wearing shoes or wearing shoes that don't fit and it's clear there's a need for this kind of product. The Shoe That Grows addresses this problem by providing inexpensive footwear that expand through a simple system of buckles,…
  • Dogs Helped Humans Outcompete Neanderthals

    Steve
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Really interesting review of the book The Invaders in the Wall Street Journal. The book argues that humans and their dogs outcompeted Neanderthals, leading to their demise.  Homo sapiens arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. It appears they quickly domesticated wolves, who helped them hunt and defend their camp sites.    According to the book, this partnership turned humans into "super predators" that drove the dog-less Neanderthals to extinction. Scientists have long debated what happened to the Neanderthals. They were in many ways much better…
  • Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

    Steve
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    We quit using the term "work/life balance" many years ago. It simply doesn't fit the world most of us live in. Instead, we started using "work/life flexibility". This term fit what we were hearing in our interviews and seeing in our survey results. People consistently tell us they want to be able have some control over where, when and how they work. But even this doesn't really describe what's going on. What we are increasingly seeing and hearing is the traditional demarcation between work and home is going away. Replacing it is a new normal where work,…
  • The Myths About Working in Retirement

    Steve
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    A good study from Merrill Lynch on working in retirement is nicely covered in the Fast Company article The Real Reasons More People are Working in Retirement.   The study covers in detail what they call the 4 Myths of working in retirement. According to the study summary, these are: Myth 1: Retirement means the end of work. Reality: Over seven in 10 pre-retirees say they want to work in retirement. In the near future, it will be increasingly unusual for retirees not to work. Myth 2: Retirement is a time of decline. Reality: A new generation of working retirees is pioneering a more…
  • The Pet Sitting Dog Fight

    Steve
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Seattle based Rover.com, a site that connects dog owners and sitters, recently announced a $25 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Rover to $50 million across 4 funding rounds. Other investors in Rover include Menlo Ventures and actor/tech investor Ashton Kuchar. It also sets Rover up for a dog fight with the other dog sitting startup, DogVacay. They've raised $47 million from VC powerhouse Andressen Horowitz, Sherpa Ventures and others.  Both firms offer a list of pre-screened pet-sitters that can be sorted…
 
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • So… I’m Launching My Book Into Space to Raise Money for STEM Educaition!

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Benji Rogers is revolutionizing the music industry with PledgeMusic

    Andrew Khalili
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Benji Rogers 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 Benji Rogers is…
  • Barbara Corcoran’s 5 Ways to Get Tough in Business

    goodfunnel
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:19 am
    Success ain’t easy. Did you think that it came easy for Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank? If you did…you’re wrong. Barbara’s success took years of making money, losing money and betting big on her business before it finally paid off. She learned a few things along the way that can be applied to any business. That’s because she learned some big lessons and failed a lot on her way to a $66 million dollar exit and Shark Tank. She told her biggest lessons to Andrew Warner in their Mixergy interview: Hit Back When You Hear “No” Recruit By Recognizing Greatness Tell a Story to…
  • How bagging groceries inspired Chad Halvorson to bootstrap When I Work

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Chad Halvorson 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 bagging…
  • The power of FOCUS – with Patrick Bennett

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Patrick Bennett 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 The power of…
  • Amy didn’t show up to do this interview – with Bill Mowat

    Andrew Khalili
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Bill Mowat 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 Amy didn’t show…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Women Mean Business - Stephanie Sherrod

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Ten people got together with $5 each. The rest is history. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Stephanie Sherrodd, president and CEO of the $2 billion Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU).
  • School of Business 4/18/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|Leisa Holland-Nelson
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & Leisa present the show that champions entrepreneurship. We’re proud of Leisa for collecting more titles than most people earn in a lifetime!! Includes: our Quote of the Week—happy words from German-born painter Hans Hofmann; This Week in Business History includes innovation (the guillotine), passion (the Battle of San Jacinto), new technology (Eastman Kodak) and strategic mistakes (New Coke); and Navigating Business Jargon—trendy technospeak to keep you cool with the Millennials.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Radha Raddhakrishnan

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Karen Love
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Karen Love interviews Frances Castaneda Dyess, president of the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, to discuss how Houston’s growth is affecting manufacturing and distribution from construction projects to job growth.
  • Juston Western - Knomatic

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Co-founder and CTO Juston Western introduces Knomatic, an early stage software company producing mobile apps for field and industrial operations. The Knomatic Studio is a browser-based platform that allows users to self serve and deploy apps based on their own needs. Juston offers his company’s beliefs and philosophies in producing products for Knomatic’s customer base.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Ralph Vasami

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Are your employees living the brand? They should be! Robin Tooms asks Ralph Vasami, president and CEO of Universal Weather and Aviation.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 9 Pieces of Technology Every Entrepreneur Should Invest in This Year

    Scott Gerber
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    The technology world is moving fast. While not every new piece of equipment or software can speed up your business, you should stay up to date. That’s why we asked nine entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what will help them transform their startup this year. 1. An internal chat platform Many companies still rely on... The post 9 Pieces of Technology Every Entrepreneur Should Invest in This Year appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Create a Unique Value Proposition

    Lisa Furgison
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or thinking about joining the ranks, one question you’ll have to answer is: What sets your business apart? The answer to that question usually leads entrepreneurs to define their unique value proposition, also called unique selling proposition, or USP. To help entrepreneurs create a value proposition, we’ve written this handy guide to walk you... The post How to Create a Unique Value Proposition appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Complete Guide to Using Twitter Lead Generation Cards to Find New Customers

    Lisa Furgison
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Small businesses thrive on fresh leads. If you’re not constantly working to grow your customer base, your business will start to decline. Savvy entrepreneurs use a variety of lead-generating ideas to keep new prospects coming in. One of those tools should be Twitter’s Lead Generation Cards. This online advertising tools can generate a list of... The post The Complete Guide to Using Twitter Lead Generation Cards to Find New Customers appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Influence and Leadership: How Sales Can Make You a Better Leader

    Jeffrey Charles
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Being an entrepreneur is a pursuit that can have tremendous rewards for those with the gumption to pursue it. Starting and growing your own enterprise requires patience, tenacity, and creativity. When you transition from working for others to building your own business, there are new challenges that you will face. One of these is learning... The post Influence and Leadership: How Sales Can Make You a Better Leader appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • A Brief Guide to Choosing a Hosting Solution for Your Business Website

    Sarah Green
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Having a stable website has long become an imperative for almost any organization, company, or one-person business that aims to expand its online authority and reach connected consumers. As digital marketing strategies become commonplace in businesses of all sizes, the demand for reliable web hosting services increases and the choice of a web host becomes... The post A Brief Guide to Choosing a Hosting Solution for Your Business Website appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Startup Lawyer

  • 2015 StartupLawyer.com Upgrade

    Ryan Roberts
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    I am happy to present an upgraded StartupLawyer.com! While just a soft launch, we added a left-side navigation bar with the intent of making content more accessible.  Early reviews have been positive: About a year ago we released a Glossary.  Now with a custom plugin, we have integrated those defined terms into applicable blog posts.  If a glossary term is used in a … Continue reading →
  • Great Quality of Life: The Undercurrent of the Dallas Startup Ecosystem

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

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I recently wrote a commentary piece for the Dallas Business Journal regarding equity crowdfunding titled:  “Here’s Why Crowdfunding Should Be Your Last Resort”  I thought some of my readers would enjoy it. Please know that I *want* equity crowdfunding to be a boon for startups, I just can’t recommend it as a go-to option today. … Continue reading →
  • SXSW Happy Hours and Office Hours

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

    Ryan Roberts
    16 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    Tech Wildcatters Pitch Day 2014 will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 1 to 3:30pm (Dallas Time) at the Granada Theater. At Pitch Day 2014, the 13 startups of the 2014 Tech Wildcatters class will present: -Akros Tech Labs -GetReal.Estate -GruupMeet -Guideally -iCcode -InstantAPI -My Dealer Service -Nexiden -Pledgecents -Upswing -Whichbox -YooLod -Zephos Tech … Continue reading →
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Nugg Launches LA Area Cannabis Delivery on 4/20

    Will Schmidt
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    There’s never been a better time to start up a company that caters to the on-demand attitude people have these days, but I’d like to take that one step further. I’d say there’s never been a better time to be an on-demand, legal cannabis delivery company. If you’re tired of hearing everybody talking about Peter Thiel entering the cannabis investment world, I’d urge you to reconsider. Long have I been saying that Thiel would open the doors for others to follow and, sure enough, we saw Eaze get a $10 million investment: mind you, they’re a legal cannabis delivery company. Nugg, an…
  • Most Popular Languages in GitHub [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Ronald Barba
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here on Tech.Co, we’ve looked at the most popular programming language in each state, observed various programming languages in terms of their growth and popularity, and provided you information on which programming languages could earn you the most money. Well, now, according to a recently published infographic by Loggly, we now know some of the most popular languages in GitHub since 2012. Boasting more than 9 million users on its platform, GitHub is arguably one of the best places to determine which programming language is the most popular among developers. Using data since 2012 from…
  • Blackboard Alumnus-Founded Full Measure Education Raises $5.5M

    Ronald Barba
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Full Measure Education, the Washington, D.C. -based higher education startup founded by Blackboard alumnus Greg Davies, announced earlier today that it has closed a $5.5 million round of Series B financing. The round was led by Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. and Bull City Ventures. “Full Measure Education was founded to address the national college dropout rate, a prevalent issue affecting students and higher education institutions alike, by looking beyond traditional communication between student and administration,” said Full Measure Education cofounder and CEO Greg Davies, in a…
  • Random Nerds Offers Tip System to Niche Writers

    Camila Souza
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Random Nerds has a different take on what a media company ought to be. The media site is relaunching today with a zero pay-per-click revenue stream. That means that the content published doesn’t include pop-up ads, sponsored articles, and meaningless content created solely to increase traffic to the website. Instead, Random Nerds will rely on their one-of-a-kind Patronizing system. Random Nerds’ founder, Joe Corbett partnered with Friendly Design Co. to create a place where writers can share their viewpoints and stories without the influence of ads and sponsors. So at the…
  • Former 500 Startups Participant Joins 500 Investment Team

    Will Schmidt
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    There was big news coming out of 500 Startups recently that Elizabeth Yin would be joining the 500 Investment team to run the Mountain View accelerator. That’s the very accelerator she herself went through as part of 500 Startups Batch 2. During her time in 500 Startups, Yin and her teammate Jennifer Chin conceived of the idea for LaunchBit, an ad tech company that she ultimately sold last year to BuySellAds. It was a huge success for both Yin and her company, but after the sale she decided it was time to move on to bigger and better things. 500 Startups, now on Batch 13, kicked off their…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 2nd Annual 'Give Local America' Hopes To Beat 2014's $53 Million In One Day

    Devin Thorpe
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    The current record for a single day crowdfunding event was set on May 6, 2014 at $53 million. On May 5th, 2015, nonprofit organizations across the country will work to break that record using the online platform Kimba for the second annual Give Local America event.
  • Steve Blank On Why Most Startups Fail, And It's Got Nothing To Do With Technology

    Eilene Zimmerman
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Steve Blank spoke to a packed house at Qualcomm's Great Hall about lean startups, and how startups are not just smaller versions of large companies.
  • Intuit Survey Recommends Aussie Small Businesses To Get An Advisor

    Jason Lim
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    The Australian operation of Intuit, a leading U.S. software company and the maker of cloud based accounting product QuickBooks Online has revealed the results of its national small business survey.
  • Panera Bread Is Making A Big Strategic Mistake

    Panos Mourdoukoutas
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Panera’s (NASDAQ:PNRA) decision to boost its share buyback -- and sell and refranchise 73 stores -- is a big strategic mistake, in our opinion. It will saddle the company with debt, undermine future profitability, and distract its leadership from competing effectively against Starbucks, Chipotle, and the like. Stock buybacks are a good thing when they take place at a time when companies are thriving, even if they are financed with borrowed funds (e.g.Apple). But they are a bad thing when they come at a time when the company's momentum has slowed down, as is the case with Panera. As it…
  • The New CMO: Leading Change From The Outside In And Inside Out

    On Marketing
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    This article is by Gregory S. Carpenter, co-author of Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He is the James Farley/Booz Allen Hamilton Professor of Marketing Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Academic Director of Kellogg’s Chief Marketing Officer Program.
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 6 Keys To Proving A Viable Startup Business Model

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    How do you convince investors that your business model will really work, before you have a revenue stream that exceeds your expenses? Even if you are bootstrapping your business, and you are the only investor, you should be asking yourself the same question. Too many founders have learned that passion and free beta products do not imply a sustainable business. Proof of any business model starts with a finished product or solution, sold to a new customer for full price, with high satisfaction for the value received. Of course, that has be a repeatable event, with enough revenue to sustain the…
  • 6 Entrepreneur Mindsets That Lead To Real Innovation

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Real innovation in the business world is still rare. As I’ve said before, everyone talks about innovation, but the majority of new business plans I see still reflect linear thinking – one more social network with more features, another smartphone app for marketing, or one more platform for faster e-commerce. Historic changes and great successes don’t come from linear thinking. What does it take for more dynamic transformations? I like the recommendations in a recent book “Orbit Shifting Innovation,” by Rajiv Narang and Devika Devaiah. They summarize twenty years of breakthrough…
  • 7 Ways To Prepare For A Growing Global Opportunity

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one. This approach, popularly known as glocalization, means you have to design and deliver global solutions that have total relevance to every local market in which you operate. Recognizing this is as much about culture as about language, ensures an understanding of regional motivators, cultural taboos and local customs – so that your solutions are ideally designed and marketed to deliver value that has genuine local relevance. What all this doesn’t mean is…
  • Are You Trying To Be All Things To All Customers?

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Your business can’t be all things to all people, and excel at anything. Every entrepreneur and every business needs a strategy to keep them focused. In fact, in this new world of pervasive interactivity, it’s time to rethink even how to develop a strategy. Strategy used to come from the inside looking out, but now it must come from a dialogue and engagement with constituents. These challenges and the processes for a modern strategic approach are highlighted in a recent book by Gerben Van Den Berg and Paul Pietersma, “The 8 Steps To Strategic Success,” which focuses on unleashing the…
  • Business Professionals Can Be The New Entrepreneurs

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    The era of stable lifetime jobs for business professionals within a single company are gone. Companies are rightsized quickly now as markets change rapidly, and business professionals are quick to jump to new opportunities for growth and survival, with no ties to special benefits or pension plans. Thus smart business professionals are rapidly becoming the new entrepreneurs. As a mentor to startups, I see more and more startups that are really an individual professional, marketing themselves as a consultant or freelancer. This is a positive in uncoupling them from a dependency on a single…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

    Garr
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    The greatest presentation lessons will never be found in a book on using PowerPoint (or any other presentation tool). Advice and lessons are found in different places. I have always said that some of the greatest advice on presenting on stage comes from the world of stand-up comedy. In the ten years of Presentation Zen, I have often pointed to the lessons from comedians. Stand-up is the most naked and most difficult kind of public speaking gig I can think of. For every famous stand-up comedian you know, there must be ten thousand others who tried but eventually gave it up. One of the most…
  • Advancing the narrative through first person interviews

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

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

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

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

  • Stunningly Awful Demo Phrases

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

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

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    There are two Great Demo! Public Workshops currently scheduled for 2015, as follows:-          May 14-15 – Near Salt Lake City, UT.  Registration and additional information can be found here.-          October 14-15 – San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found here.These are excellent opportunities for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. Both are 1.75-Day Workshops, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! material…
  • Holy Cow…! Over 20,000 Copies of Great Demo!

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

  • Vessel Finds $57.5M

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    San Francisco-based Vessel, the online video streaming site founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, disclosed last week that it has raised $57.5M in a Series B funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Invuity Files For IPO

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    San Francisco-based medical device developer Invuity said today that it is looking to raise up to $69M in an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market. The company has applied to list as IVTY. The IPO is being underwritten by Piper Jaffray, Leerink Partners, Stifel, and William Blair.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Freshdesk Gets $50M For Customer Support Software

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    San Francisco-based Freshdesk, which develops software-as-a-service used for customer support, has raised $50M in a Series E funding, the company disclosed today. The funding was led by Tiger Global Management, and also included Accel Partners and Google Capital.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Navdy Nabs $20M For Heads Up Display For Your Smartphone

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    San Francisco-based Navdy, a startup developing a heads-up display which works with your smartphone, has raised $20M in a Series A funding round, the company said Thursday.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Slack Raises $160M At $2.8 Billion Valuation

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    San Francisco-based Slack, the developer of a corporate messaging and collaboration app, has raised $160M in funding, which gives the company at a post money $2.8 billion valuation.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Entrepreneurship Resources | ZDNet

  • Poetizer

    European Leadership & Academic Institute
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    DescriptionAt last - a place to write your poetry, build your own readership database, and a chance to receive real feedback - financial...
  • Coursera

    Coursera
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Download Coursera for education that is free, open, online - and now mobile!Coursera connects you with free online courses from 115+...
  • SCOOP - Magazine, Book and Newspaper Reader

    Apps Foundry
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    SCOOP reader support over 50,000 editions of magazine, book and newspaper in its print replica form.Purchase single issue or subscribe...
  • The French hope that incubator spaces bring more than hype

    Bryan Pirolli
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:00 pm
    PARIS -- With unemployment high and entrepreneurship morale low, the French are opening tons of incubator space. But will it really help create jobs?
  • Enterprise software marketing: Sell the value, not the box

    Michael Krigsman
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many startups (and even large software companies) focus on features instead of customers. Stanford professor, Steve Blank, redefines how a software startup should approach... everything.
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • Ecommerce Conversion Optimization Guide [Podcast]

    Linda Bustos
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    I had the pleasure of joining Robert Kilzono’s Ecommerce Marketing Podcast recently on one of my favorite online marketing topics: conversion optimization.Listen to the audio recording below, and/or read the full transcript here. And while you’re at it, check out the other great ecommerce podcast recordings in the archive (or subscribe by email/iTunes).Top takeawaysConversion optimization goes beyond the website – you can (and should) test any digital experience you build or designConversion optimization is not always about conversion rate, there are other KPIs/actions you…
  • Meet Us At Adobe Summit EMEA

    Linda Bustos
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Elastic Path will be participating in Adobe Summit EMEA January 29 and 30, and there are several ways you can connect with us at the event:1. Come by booth G6 and say hello (we’ve always got great swag)2. Register for a one-on-one meeting to discuss your specific business needs and how Elastic Path works with Adobe Marketing Cloud3. Register to attend our uber-awesome after-bash party at Aloft’s w xyz bar. Appies and drinks on us!If you can’t make Summit, you can still view recordings of our previous speaking sessions on experience driven commerce, with McGraw-Hill…
  • The Lowdown on Personalized Recommendations [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Any product recommendation strategy warrants some testing to determine you’re doing it right. Barilliance has access to data across its customer base and has found some interesting insights about personalized product recommendations (among a couple other goodies).TweetablesUp to 31% of ecommerce revenue is due to personalized product recommendations Tweet thisStudy finds visitors who click on product recommendations convert 5.5x more Tweet thisProduct recommendations convert 1.7x higher when placed above the fold vs. below Tweet thisPersonalized “Top Sellers” recommendations convert…
  • Single Customer View: Myth or Omnichannel Nirvana?

    Linda Bustos
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Many in retail and ecommerce dream of a Utopian future where a single view of the customer will close the gap between digital and physical customer activity, and drive a perfectly personalized, predictive and pinpointed experience to the right customer, anywhere, any time. A future where data from multiple channels and third parties lives in one place, and is integrated with every marketing activity across the purchase journey and customer lifecycle.While this is certainly near-possible with the right company culture, systems, data, technology and marketing skill, it’s not a reality for…
  • 3 Ninja Ways To Boost Your Category Page SEO

    Linda Bustos
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    You may have noticed that for head and mid-tail shopping queries (keywords with purchase intent), Google returns category pages from ecommerce sites far more often than single products.For example, a search in Google.ca for “iPhone chargers” brings up:And in Google.com for “cotton duvet covers” returns category results, with some displaying the number of available products:When it comes to ecommerce SEO, it’s not all about matching keyword phrases in the title tag. Your category pages, if well optimized, may rank for all sorts of keyword variations so long as…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

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

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a different person yesterday, and another on Monday. So that question, in various versions, has become one of those questions that pop up everywhere. Here is My Answer: Get Your Degree There is only one obvious answer that will be generally true for anybody your age that asks this…
  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

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

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

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

  • Why I Don’t Worry About a Super AI

    Kevin Kelly
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    [I originally wrote this in response to Jaron Lanier’s worry post on Edge.] Why I don’t fear super intelligence. It is wise to think through the implications of new technology. I understand the good intentions of Jaron Lanier and others who have raised an alarm about AI. But I think their method of considering the challenges of AI relies too much on fear, and is not based on the evidence we have so far. I propose a counterview with four parts: 1. AI is not improving exponentially. 2. We’ll reprogram the AIs if we are not satisfied with their performance. 3. Reprogramming themselves,…
  • Sourced Quotes, 21

    Kevin Kelly
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Some people call VR “the last medium” because any subsequent medium can be invented inside of VR, using software alone. Looking back, the movie and TV screens we use today will be seen as an intermediate step between the invention of electricity and the invention of VR. Kids will think it’s funny that their ancestors used to stare at glowing rectangles hoping to suspend disbelief. — Chris Dixon, Virtual Reality, cdixon Blog, January 24, 2015 I’ve developed over time a simple rule. I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. And…
  • AI, or Alien Intelligence

    Kevin Kelly
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This year, 2014, John Brockman’s annual question was “What Do You Think About Machines That Think?”. My answer is that I think we could call them artificial aliens. I’m reposting my full response here: The most important thing about making machines that can think is that they will think different. Because of a quirk in our evolutionary history, we are cruising as the only sentient species on our planet, leaving us with the incorrect idea that human intelligence is singular. It is not. Our intelligence is a society of intelligences, and this suite occupies only a small…
  • Sourced Quotes, 20

    Kevin Kelly
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Image Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again. Graeme Wood Social Principal #9, Geek Media, Sept 29, 2009 Even the primeval Stone Age islanders of the Sentinelese, who still persist in 2015 and shoot everybody who tries to talk to them with cane bows, are under satellite surveillance. The Indian Navy rigorously protects them from any knowledge of the Indian Navy.– Bruce Sterling, State of the World 2015, January 5, 2015 Never assume that something you find utterly creepy today will not be the norm tomorrow. — Jan Chipchase, Four Deep…
  • Sourced Quotes, 20

    Kevin Kelly
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again. Graeme Wood Social Principal #9, Geek Media, Sept 29, 2009 Even the primeval Stone Age islanders of the Sentinelese, who still persist in 2015 and shoot everybody who tries to talk to them with cane bows, are under satellite surveillance. The Indian Navy rigorously protects them from any knowledge of the Indian Navy.– Bruce Sterling, State of the World 2015, January 5, 2015 Never assume that something you find utterly creepy today will not be the norm tomorrow. — Jan Chipchase, Four Deep Trends, Fast…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • LINK: Shhh... Made by Few 2015

    Jason Z.
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Shhh... Made by Few 2015 I’d been pretty bored with web conferences but the tiny team at Few changed my mind. Last summer’s Made by Few was well-run, fun, focused, intimate, and worthwhile. The couple of hundred lucky attendees were treated to fantastic barbecue, pour-over coffee, tons of swag, live music and some of the best talks around from speakers that could play rooms ten times this size—it was like seeing your six favorite bands play a secret show at your local bar. Seriously, I have no idea how they pulled together this line-up. And it all happened in the warm summer sun…
  • Constrained

    Nathan Kontny
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    For years I’ve chatted with smart, ambitious people and friends who want to start new projects or businesses. Often their visions are big. So they dream up equally big things their startups need: money, connections, resources. And that’s where they get stuck. They don’t have any of those things. In 1978, an artist named Patricia came home to her husband and announced she quit her job at a newspaper. She just couldn’t stand it anymore. Occasionally, she’d have some of her art posted on the front page, which was great. But most of the time, the job was corporate…
  • Imagining Basecamp on Apple Watch

    Jason Z.
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Over the last day or so I spent some time learning about the different Apple Watch components (notifications, glances, WatchKit app) and imagined how Basecamp might work on the upcoming device. Here’s what I came up with. Notifications are a given for Apple Watch. The ability to see what’s new in your projects simply by raising your wrist sounds fantastic. Canned, quick-reply options could be great. I also like the idea of setting your status as an option when notifications start piling up. It’s interesting how the actions can change depending on what kind of communication…
  • Look and Feel and Feel

    Jason Fried
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Designers often talk about the look and feel of a product, an app, an object, etc. These are good concepts to be talking about, but how the thing feels isn’t really the important feel. The important feel is how it makes you feel. That feeling isn’t usually covered by look and feel discussions. This has recently come into focus for me. The trigger? Instagram. I’ve been on Twitter (@jasonfried) for years. Since I don’t have a Facebook account, Twitter has been my only social networking outlet. I mostly use it for sharing novel or interesting things I’ve seen or read, the occasional…
  • Our favorite stuff

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

  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Klevu and Vaimo partner to optimize ecommerce site search

    Maija Kopola
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    I guess the most beautiful daydream of every online retailer is to create a site search that connects the shoppers with the products they would crave to buy in your platform. There has been solutions offered for this need of eCommerce – most of you with a blog would think about the Google Custom Search –plugin – but unfortunately those haven't helped you to find data of what people are actually searching for. To help the online retailers in optimizing their site search globally, Finnish search solution company Klevu was founded in 2013. Now to boost the growing and global operations,…
  • Startup Day comes back to Stockholm this Saturday

    Greg Anderson
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:20 am
    Stockholm's Startup Day is coming into full force this Saturday, April 25th, and with it they're bringing in more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and exhibitors under one roof. The event is on Saturday, so you've got no work excuses to miss out on some good networking and a casual afterparty. This will be our third or fourth Startup Day and we've always discovered an interesting mix of startups in the crowd and from their pitching competition - this isn't an event with tons of demostands to talk to, but good and surprising dealflow can be found up on stage. The one pitch that will always…
  • Coinify partners up with payment service provider Pensopay

    Greg Anderson
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    When it comes to building a dominant bitcoin player in the Nordics and Europe, acquisitions and partnerships will likely be the battleground they're fought on much like the dynamic online delivery market before Just-Eat was crowned the winner. Coinifiy went on a shopping spree in September, picking up two companies and now announces that they've made an agreement with Pensopay, a danish company providing card acquiring and payment gateway services to online and physical businesses. It seems like a good deal for bitcoin - with greater merchant adoption by brick and mortar businesses and online…
  • Northern France leverages their location for entrepreneurs

    Romain Baret
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Editor's note: Our trip to Northern France was paid for by Nord France Invest. There is this saying, “When you go to the North of France, you cry two times. First when you arrive and second when you leave”. And well, as an original France southerner, I must admit that this felt really true. As a little history, Northern France is similar to the story of an entrepreneur. The first step: Creation. With the rise of the industrial revolution, Lille and its surroundings became the center of the textile and coal mining industry in France and largely in Europe. The second step? Scaling. With the…
  • How To Hack Events? ArcticEvening Stockholm April 22nd.

    Dmitri Sarle
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    It’s that time of the year again. We are starting our ArcticEvening tour and Stockholm is first up on the list. It's a meta-event double header: on April 22nd, we will be gathering at SUP46 and talking about how you can get the most out of going to events and conferences. Sign-up here, using Confetti, the newly released Stockholm-based startup that will also share their story during the event. Do you know how to select events to go to? Have you considered how to get the most value out of them? What are the secret tricks you can use to meet the people you want? Are you ready for Stockholm…
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for did it

    public
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Company / App Name: did it http://didit.io Twitter – @getdidit What does it do? We created did it, a place to track what you do, a place to give kudos to the people you collaborate with and a place to explore the body of work by other creators and doers. Why do we need it? We need did it so we can share what we’ve done. So others can see our work and read our stories in detail. So others can learn from real experiences. Who is it for? The creators, makers and doers, no matter what you create, make or do. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Did it is much more than just a bunch…
  • Pitch for RightHello

    public
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Company / App Name: RightHello http://www.righthello.com Twitter – righthellocom What does it do? RightHello helps you boost and scale up your B2B sales. We deliver you contacts to decision makers of companies you want to reach, then outreach each of them with custom pitch via email and social media. Why do we need it? B2B sales force spends a lot of time at prospecting: finding good data and outreaching potential customers. We save them a lot of time, allow to reach their sales quota and focus on closing the deals. Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? We are…
  • Pitch for FoxyTasks

    public
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Company / App Name: FoxyTasks https://www.foxytasks.com Twitter – @foxytasks What does it do? FoxyTasks is a marketing project management application that helps consulting managers, marketing managers and creative agencies effectively organize projects, tasks and budgets. Why do we need it? FoxyTasks works great for marketing campaigns, planning trade shows, consulting projects and new product development. The app engages whole project team, including freelancers and customers. Who is it for? FoxyTasks was created for creative industry. The App helps marketing managers and creative…
  • Pitch for Viosk

    public
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Company / App Name: Viosk http://www.viosk.com Twitter – @vioskvideo What does it do? Viosk is a video storytelling platform that makes it easy to market your business. Viosk makes the creation of tutorial content simple & helps customize your content in the way that best reflects your brand and what you do. Why do we need it? Viosk is a must for companies who want to bring some excitement and visually-engaging elements to the content they publish. Who is it for? Viosk is ideal for business and individuals alike. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Viosk’s easy-to-use…
  • Pitch for Careicon

    public
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Company / App Name: Careicon https://www.careicon.com Twitter – Careicon What does it do? An innovative, social donation platform, where users and businesses are rewarded for donating and are able to share donations among friends. Why do we need it? To manage micro-donations, one-off donations and to track your overall charitable impact, both financially and socially. Who is it for? Everyone! What makes it stand out from the crowd? You are rewarded with a Careicon badge showing your care. You also efficiently track all charitable impact, meaning that you can become philanthropic without…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Are You The Real Deal Or A Poser? How To Win Over Investors With Storytelling

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we welcomed Angel investor and blogger Jason Calacanis, as a speaker for the webinar, “How to Master Startup Brand Storytelling.” He advised founders to design various brand stories depending on the receiving audience. When telling your story to…
  • Want more info on the Founder Institute? Free startup events happening this week!

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:10 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…
  • Presenting the Nominees for the Startup Ecosystem Builder Awards

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Founder Institute is proud to present the nominees for the Startup Ecosystem Builder Awards, with the winners scheduled to be announced during the 16th Founder Showcase festivities. Our 300+ Founder Institute Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute - providing the passion, dedication, and support that helped launch over 1500 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009. These individuals sacrifice their time and energy in order to build their local startup ecosystem and help new entrepreneurs. All of the Founder Institute Local Directors below have demonstrated…
  • Founder Institute Launches Second China Chapter, Shanghai, to help City Reach its Startup Potential

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it will be officially launching it second chapter in China, in Shanghai. The Shanghai Founder Institute becomes the second chapter in China, after the program’s celebrated launch in Shenzhen in late 2014. Anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Shanghai Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/shanghai. The Founder Institute decided to officially launch in Shanghai after a series of test events in the city attracted over 225…
  • Top VC and Golden State Warriors Owner Chamath Palihapitiya to Speak at the Founder Showcase

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event. In our 15-event history, we've been truly honored by some of the names who have graced our stage, such as Elon Musk, David Sacks, and Phil Libin. Today, we are excited to announce yet another luminary speaker for the next Founder Showcase, taking place on May 12th: Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.  Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now. Get…
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    Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

  • Ycombinator - Where unicorns are born

    DonDodge
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Angel investing in tech startups is a gut wrenching and risky business. It sometimes feels like buying $25,000 lottery tickets. Most of them lose, but sometimes you invest in a “unicorn” and make 100 times your money or even more. The MIT Blackjack team figured out how to beat the odds in Las Vegas. Paul Graham from Harvard and Robert Morris from MIT teamed up with Trevor Blackwell and Jessica Livingston to found Ycombinator, and in the process figured out how to beat the odds in tech investing. Ycombinator is the largest and most successful startup incubator in history, and it was…
  • 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…
 
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    OnlyOnce

  • Honey, Does this Make My SaaS Look Big?

    Matt Blumberg
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Honey, Does this Make My SaaS Look Big? I’m going to go on record now as saying that the world will soon be on “SaaS overload,” and that there will be a backlash. I am wondering if any other companies are feeling overloaded by SaaS applications as USERS of them, or are running into client objections of “I have too many SaaS apps” as VENDORS of them. While yes, SaaS applications are more efficient than installed software and spreadsheets, our team just reviewed all such applications that we use as a company and were astonished at how many we use and how big the entire bill is. …
  • Corporate Sniglets

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

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

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

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

  • The Science of Going Viral: Story #5 in the Techstars “Bend the Curve” blog series

    Kerri Beers
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome back to our final installment of the Bend the Curve blog series on Techstars.com! We are excited to share with you the newest book for entrepreneurs, Bend the Curve, authored by Andrew Razeghi. (More about Andrew below.) In this handbook for entrepreneurs, Andrew has captured the brilliance and insights of over a dozen of our most sought-after mentors. Everyone from first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans will find useful, practical advice from other founders that you can use on your journey. Over the past several weeks, we have been releasing short excerpts from the book…
  • Where Are They Now? Sphero in the New Star Wars Film

    Megan Sweeney
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    The latest company in our Where are They Now? series features Boulder-based Sphero, who first graduated from Techstars in 2010. Their extremely passionate mentor, Paul Berberian, joined as their CEO later on that year. Sphero has grown quickly and even with their popularity and success, decided to go through the Disney Accelerator Powered by Techstars program in 2013. This experience led to an exciting opportunity to create a new robot named BB-8—a new character in the upcoming installment of the Star Wars series! Sphero is also making a positive impact on the world with their…
  • Good luck, Techstars NYC Winter 2015!

    Alex Iskold
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today we are graduating the 6th Techstars NYC batch. The companies worked super hard during the program, and we are delighted to see just how much growth and progress they’ve achieved. This batch was remarkable in a number of ways. First, it was the most tech-focused group we’ve ever had in NYC. A new kind of data store, innovative translation service, software to optimize ISP delivery, complex 3D and virtual reality algorithms, in-browser interpreter for running R, microservices, NodeJS management and even the world’s first printer for electronics — this batch tackled it all. For…
  • Join us at the Metro Accelerator Launch Event in Berlin

    Rob Johnson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    Introducing the Techstars METRO Accelerator in Berlin, Germany! Building on successful accelerators across the globe, Techstars has partnered with METRO and R/GA to bring the world’s first hospitality & food tech accelerator. The program kicks off in October and offers intensive mentoring and unprecedented access to the resources of one of the world’s largest hospitality and retail companies. We’re looking for a diverse group of companies across payments / ordering / delivery / inventory management / food tech / supply chain optimization / logistics / big data / mobile…
  • Important Program Deadlines

    Kerri Beers
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Just a quick announcement about several upcoming important deadlines for Techstars’ global accelerator programs! 4/19 – Disney Accelerator applications CLOSE 4/27 – Metro (Berlin) applications OPEN 4/30 – Chicago, London, Seattle applications CLOSE 5/12 – Barclays (NY) applications CLOSE Good luck to all of our applicants! To learn more about how to get into Techstars, check out this Q&A with Ari Newman, Partner of Techstars Ventures.   The post Important Program Deadlines appeared first on Techstars.
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    Valleywag

  • ​How Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla To Google For $11 Billion

    Damon Lavrinc
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    In early 2013 Tesla was in dire straits. The automaker was struggling to take orders, produce, and deliver the first batch of Model S sedans, and those that did roll out of the factory were of dubious build quality at best. Tesla was on the verge of implosion, so Elon Musk called up his friend Larry Page at Google.Read more...
  • Which Tech Company Retracted An Employee's 'Weaponized' Interview?

    Kate Conger
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    San Francisco's tech boom has radically altered the city's landscape — Teslas and tech worker shuttles prowl incessantly through the streets and the guy sitting next to you at dinner is invariably pitching his app. Public radio and television affiliate KQED attempted to document the culture shift in a recent blog post by interviewing tech workers about the effects they have on local culture. [[Google bus protest photo by Chris Martin/Flickr userRead more...
  • Silicon Valley Is Becoming a Documentary About Silicon Valley

    Sam Biddle
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Accuracy is the best thing about Silicon Valley . Anyone who's spent any time in the Bay Area tech scene will wince at how well the show's writers have nailed the culture of nerd despair and hubris. This season, some of the jokes are so dead-on that it's hard to even consider them jokes.Read more...
  • Homeless Silicon Valley Couple Triumphs Against All Odds

    Leah Finnegan
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Prerna Gupta and her husband Parag Chordia own a company that makes iPhone apps. Their most famous app is Songify, which made them very rich—so rich that they faced every rich person's nightmare: they began to struggle with the meaning of possessions and money. Read more...
  • Ellen Pao Loses on Every Count in Blockbuster Gender Discrimination Suit

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

  • We’re higher a Lead Python/Django Developer

    Alexander Muse
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Python/Django Lead Developer for CultureMap CultureMap is a fast growing online, hyperlocal publishers, focused on the restaurant, bar, food, society and events categories. CultureMap is solving the problem of developing high-value digital journalism, storytelling and brand advertising at scale. Its audiences are among the most engaged and affluent on the web. CultureMap was recently purchased by serial entrepreneurs Robert Bennett (media entrepreneur with several high profile exits) and Alexander Muse (technology entrepreneur founder of LayerOne, Fancast, Architel, ShopSavvy and ViewMarket).
  • CultureMap: One Week Later

    Alexander Muse
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    It’s been a full week since we acquired CultureMap. We’ve been in Houston working with the team on strategic direction. We’ve made a few changes that I wanted to announce. First, we’re VERY excited to announce we’ve promoted Shelby Hodge to the position of Executive Editor at Large. Shelby covers the social scene for CultureMap. She joined the company in 2009 after serving 18 years as society columnist at the Houston Chronicle. Her main area of expertise is Texas society – the black tie galas, the fancy weddings and the swell parties. Second, we took a long…
  • ViewMarket News: Our Next Chapter

    Alexander Muse
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Last year ViewMarket executed a deal with a major television broadcaster for the national rollout of our video content, but we knew we needed an online and mobile platform and a consumer facing brand to make it work. Around that same time we learned that CultureMap might be for sale and we immediately realized it would be the perfect fit, since then we’ve been working on a deal to acquire the company. I’m really excited that ViewMarket and CultureMap will officially join forces. Together we will continue to provide great content to our readers and viewers in Houston, Austin and…
  • Women suck at negotiating?

    Alexander Muse
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    That’s what Ellen Pao thinks. The new poster child for sexual discrimination in Silicon Valley has spoken for the first time since losing her case against Kleiner Perkins and I find it terribly disturbing. The WSJ’s Jeff Elder scored the first interview with Pao since the trial and described how Pao is setting out to create a real legacy as it relates to women’s rights in the Valley. According to Elder, Pao’s on a mission to eliminate the barriers women face in a male dominated startup world. Her first act as the defacto head of the woman’s coalition in the…
  • Dallas Startup Community: Inclusive or Exclusive?

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

    Ramit Sethi
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here are some of the names I’ve been called in the last MONTH: “Scammer” “Sellout” “Rip-off artist” “He lies about everything” “Total BS…none of his stuff is good anyway” How would you feel if someone said this about you? How would little Ramit handle this? He would cry   It’s a funny quirk of human psychology: You can get tons and tons of nice comments…and then the MINUTE somebody says something negative about you, you can’t stop thinking about it. As someone who gets thousands of comments a day, I’ve had to learn this first-hand. Take a look at…
  • “Ramit’s Shark Tank”

    Ramit Sethi
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the things I love about Shark Tank is the brutal honesty that entrepreneurs get. Shark Tank is the TV show where entrepreneurs go in front of judges, pitch their idea, and either get laughed out of the room…or a major investment. Here’s a 10-year-old getting $60,000 from Daymond John for her lemonade stand.   Think about how rare it is to get honest feedback from somebody who knows what they’re talking about. These days, people are so nervous about giving candid feedback that they hide what they really think in politically correct, polite words. Giving candid…
  • Courage comes in surprising forms (like Chipotle)

    Ramit Sethi
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    It takes a lot of courage to be brutally honest about what you stand for. And courage comes in different forms. For example, you know about Chipotle, the “fast casual” restaurant that’s dominating because of their quick and healthy food. One of the things they do is take a strong stance on where their food should come from. So when they heard one of their suppliers wasn’t following their rules, look what they did. “Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. suspended sales of pork at about a third of its more than 1,700 restaurants after finding an important supplier didn’t comply with its…
  • 10-year-olds are too coddled in this country

    Ramit Sethi
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is it just me, or are people are too coddled in this country? I heard this 10-year-old kid order a “truffle burger” the other day. I didn’t even know that word until 3 years ago. I saw another kid YELLING at his mom in the grocery store. I just thought what my parents would have done if I’d ever done something like that. I see kids being told “Good job!” for getting an 87% on a test. GOOD JOB? So I started thinking, why are kids so soft these days? Could we perhaps look at…ourselves? After all, we’re the adults these kids are learning from. The same ones who watch Food…
  • How to win when you’re not the best — with Arthur Chu

    Ramit Sethi
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday we talked about unconventional ways you can improve your odds of winning. Today I want to take you behind the scenes and show you how you can defeat opponents you have no business beating. I’m going to do that by introducing you to someone you may remember from a year ago, Arthur Chu. Arthur was a Jeopardy! contestant who, by his own admission, was no better at trivia than the average person on that show. And yet, given just 30 days to prepare, and under the intense pressure of being in front of millions on national TV, he managed to win an astonishing 11 games in a row (earning…
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    Start Up Blog

  • You don’t need an investor

    Steve Sammartino
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Yesterday I got an email from Sam Birmingham from Pollenizer, and it’s message was so compelling, I had to share it here: It is something we hear all too often… “I was wondering if you could help me find an investor?” You don’t need an investor. You need customers. You don’t need an investor. You need to prove that you are developing a sustainable business model. You don’t need an investor. You need to focus on learning as much as you can with the finite resources at your disposal. Sometimes having limited time / money / people can be an advantage.
  • How toilet paper weirdly tells a story of industrial disruption

    Steve Sammartino
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    If you’ve been wondering recently why you use so much toilet paper. Why it seems every year you’re buying more rolls than ever before. Wonder no more. As a bonus you’ll also find out with a weird example how so many industrial companies sow the seeds of their own disruption. The first every job I held with a big company after graduating was with Kimberly Clark. An American multinational paper goods manufacturer. A big brand of theirs is Kleenex. The market leading toilet paper which we now buy giant packs of up to 24 rolls. But it wasn’t always this way. When I…
  • The best single lesson Bill Gates gave every startup & product manager

    Steve Sammartino
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    The worlds richest man, Bill Gates, did something important all those years ago when he lead the personal computing revolution. He didn’t let perfection get in the way of success. In fact, he became the worlds richest man by selling a product which in many ways was well, suboptimal. His software crashed so often it was just a normal part of the product usage experience. And we accepted the situation for one simple reason: it was better than the alternatives. It was better than doing the work manually. It enabled us to create malleable work. It enabled us share information…
  • The first question early stage startups should ask themselves

    Steve Sammartino
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    When we being our journey into a new startup we get excited by the possibilities of what we are about to build. Especially when it comes to raising capital to support the project. But in the moment there’s one question we should not forget to ask ourselves: Is this a technology push or a problem pull? The answer to this question changes the direction of the entire project. It changes who will care about what we are building. If making money is the objective, it makes more sense to be in the problem pull space. If you want to change the world, Peter Thiel or Peter Diamandis style,…
  • Learn why data matters with one simple photo

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

  • Platform supports personalized treatment for autism sufferers

    Springwise
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove One in 68 children in America has been diagnosed with Autism, and while the neurological condition is incurable, there are a number of treatments available. These include occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis, which can address the behavioral and physiological symptoms, improving the quality of life for sufferers. We have seen a number of clinical support software solutions such as Ginger.io use big data to help improve mental health treatment, and now Nightingale is another such platform which integrates data and comprehensive analysis to help clinicians provide the…
  • Enhanced land-line helps elderly users stay in touch with their family

    Springwise
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Add / Remove New technologies can often appear, at best, uninviting, or at worst, overwhelming, to older generations. With this in mind, ClarityLife Ensemble is an enhanced land-line phone which includes many useful communication tools, usually found on a mobile, but presents them in a familiar, less intimidating form. Ensemble is the latest offering from ClarityLife who specialize in smart technology for seniors. It is a communication and home health care device which features an amplified handset and a large touchscreen with a simplified interface. It can be used to make phone calls, which…
  • Huge salvation hub will aid the deconstruction of Detroit’s abandoned houses

    Springwise
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Add / Remove The mass exodus from Detroit, Michigan since the 1950s has left the once thriving city with over 70,000 abandoned homes. The demolition of the vacant buildings is a necessary evil if the city is to have any chance of a rebirth, but the process is both costly and wasteful. Now, Mayor Mike Duggan plans to create a reclamation centre in the city, which will serve as a hub for the recycling of tons of valuable materials — including wood over a hundred years old — which can be salvaged from the houses before they are demolished. The hub will be housed in a 37,500 square foot…
  • Listening table makes sense of conversations that happen around it

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Add / Remove Technology is changing the way organizations go about even the most basic, everyday tasks. Not long ago we featured the Equil Smartmarker, a device which retrofits whiteboards with the capability to stream, share and save notes as digital files. A new design concept, called the Listening Table, now promises to make meetings even more streamlined. The table, designed by New York Times Research and Development Labs, captures the conversation of those sat around it. It is fitted with a central array of microphones connected to thermal cameras, which are able not only able to…
  • Secure app could enable people to vote from their smartphone

    Springwise
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Add / Remove There has been a lot of talk about the outdated nature of voting infrastructures. Citizens can now shop, bank and date online, but are still required to visit a polling station in person to participate in democratic votes. Harvard start-up Voatz hopes to change that with their secure, global mobile voting and campaigning platform. Voatz could enable members of the public to cast their vote, participate in opinion polls and make campaign donations from their smartphone during elections in the not too distant future. Voters would be required to undergo comprehensive identity…
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    entrepreMusings

  • Some Things Are Better Off Left Unsaid Or Unwritten

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

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

  • Autodesk teams up with Mattel to launch a 3D initiative for kids to help design their own toys

    Jackie Dove
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    The maker trend meets the toy box with another way to combine creative play and product customization. Autodesk, the graphic art and design software company, today announced that it has entered into a pact with toymaker Mattel to augment its toy line with 3D design and printing tech. The initiative seeks to offer immersive play “experiences” by mixing real-life toys with digital creation tools. A series of apps is now in the works that will let users create, design and customize their toys, and then use 3D printing technology to make them real. Autodesk’s 3D design and 3D…
  • Hipstamatic launches DSPO, a social photo album app for iOS

    Jackie Dove
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Hipstamatic — the photo app maker that fired the first shot of the lo-fi instant camera phone revolution, only to have its territory ransacked by Instagram —  is dipping its lens into the social photo realm with DSPO [pronounced Dis-po], a brand new collaborative photo app, launching today. DSPO is a descendent of the long-gone Hipstamatic D Series, which launched to great fanfare in 2011 only to crash and burn seven months later under the weight of a bad business plan. At least that’s the way Hipstamatic founder and CEO, Lucas Allen Buick tells it in a blog post introducing the new…
  • Microsoft announces Azure Service Fabric to help developers scale their cloud services

    Napier Lopez
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Microsoft has today announced the Azure Service Fabric, a new tool in its cloud platform product to help developers scale their cloud services with ample customization controls. Microsoft say it’s been working on the product for more than five years, and has actually already used it internally to power services like the new Skype for Business and Cortana. In fact, Microsoft says this isn’t just a variant of what they use – it’s the exact same thing. Some of the features in Fabric include: Support for stateless and stateful microservices Automation of microservices with detailed…
  • YouTube switches off its mobile app for second-gen Apple TVs and older iOS devices

    Jackie Dove
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Time to pull out the sad emoji. YouTube today announced a change in its data API that will make its app unavailable for older devices such as the second generation Apple TV, and a range of other smart TVs and gaming consoles. A report by MacRumors points to a new Google help post announcing the move, citing that the following devices will be affected starting today: As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from… This story…
  • How to create a culture of execution

    Max Bennet
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Max Bennet is VP of Business Strategy for Bluecore. Many early stage tech companies talk about “getting sh*t done” as a foundational component of a successful culture. There are many permutations of this idea in the tech zeitgeist: “a bias for action” (Amazon), “move fast and break things” (old Facebook principle), “Always be shipping”, et cetera. While these are nice quotations to plaster on a wall, they are largely unhelpful because they fail to describe an underlying mechanism that can be enforced, fostered, and protected. After taking part in establishing a culture worthy…
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    The Product Guy

  • Gaining User Insights from Prototypes

    Jeremy Horn
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Gaining User Insights from Prototypes”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 3 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:53 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… Senior Director Digital Ad Products @ Medscape from WebMD (NYC)Keywords: Ads, Digital, Marketing, Pharmaceutical, Webhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1071&lf=twf Director, Digital Products @…
  • Driven by Current Product

    Jeremy Horn
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2014 tick? In the now… > What excites you about your current products? I am currently working on an education-related project, where the aim is to help international students get into foreign universities. As you probably know, education has changed rapidly in the last 5 years, and it will go through even more changes over the next couple of years. I am excited to be a part of…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:49 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… Technical Product Manager @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Education, Product Managerhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1070&lf=twf Product Manager (Temp to Perm) @ John Wiley &…
  • The Best Product Person, Bubble and the May to Come!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Congratulations to Ladislav Bartos, The Best Product Person of 2014! (#tbpp) Join me in congratulating @ladislav_bartos on winning The Best Product Person of 2014!! #tbpp (tweet) And, nominate an great product person you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at Booker, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Bubbleexploring the product, its challenges and…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Blurring the Professional and Personal Lines at Work

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    I recently had dinner with a CEO of a fast-growing startup. He told me that he wants his employees to have deep, emotional relationships with each other, which often means becoming great friends outside of work. He wants his employees going to each other’s weddings. He wants to blur the lines that normally separate “colleague” and “personal friend.” This value manifests at his company in at least two ways. The first is simply the language he uses, saying things like, “I want you all to be great friends outside of work!” or “It’s awesome that Joe went to…
  • What Possessors of Maxims and Scriptures Can Teach Us

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    The first three paragraphs of William T. Vollmann’s ode to the Gnostic scriptures drew me in, both for the quality of the writing and the substance of the ideas. Have you ever wondered whether this world is wrong for you? A death, a lover’s unabashed indifference, the sufferings of innocents and the absence of definitive answers — don’t these imply some hollowness or deficiency? For my part, the wrongness struck when I was 4 years old. I was at my grandmother’s house, and I saw a cat torture a baby bird. Hoping to understand the purpose of our situation, I visit possessors of…
  • Strengths and Weaknesses Are Connected

    Ben Casnocha
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    When people seek to define areas of potential improvement they often look to address weaknesses or build upon strengths. But thinking about strengths and weaknesses as independent attributes fails to recognize their inherent interdependence. One day, while working with Reid Hoffman, I shared with him a self-evaluation of my work, my goals, and my strengths and weaknesses. When I discussed how to compensate for certain weaknesses, he told me, “Most strengths have corresponding weaknesses. If you try to manage or mitigate a given weakness, you might also eliminate the corresponding…
  • The Dangers of Empathy

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

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

  • PR Is A Passion Play That Cannot Be Outsourced

    John Greathouse
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. You have been planning to ask your long-time partner to marry you for months and the big day has finally arrived. In order to reduce your risk of failure, you ask your roommate, who has proposed to several times previously, to pop the question on your behalf. Sound crazy? This is the approach many startups take when they communicate their story to the market. Rather than directly explaining their value proposition with all the passion and heartfelt stridency that only an entrepreneur can deliver, they outsource this…
  • Real Startups Never, Ever Discount Their Prices

    John Greathouse
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal Avoid a simple pricing mistake which could sink your startup. The “D” word - Discounts. I buy my cars in December. Why? Because I am cheap and I know that car dealers are incentivized by the manufacturer to hit quarterly and annual sales goals. The rewards are in the form of co-marketing dollars and commission spiffs. Thus, the value of a sale at the end of a quarter can be significant, if the sale contributes to obtaining a manufacturer's incentive. Individual salespeople are commissioned in a similar manner, based…
  • George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun

    John Greathouse
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. George Powell is proof that you can do well by having fun. Rare and fortunate is the person who successfully converts their passions into a lucrative vocation. Mr. Powell, Founder and President of Skate One is such a man. The world’s largest skateboard company, Skate One produces many of industry’s best-selling brands, including Powell•Peralta Skateboards, BONES Wheels and Mini•Logo Skateboards. I am always on the lookout for inspiring entrepreneurs who have leveraged their passions into healthy livelihoods as they serve as…
  • Don’t Let Your Startup O.D. On Cash

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

    John Greathouse
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky Imagine how difficult it would be to score in hockey if you were required to rely on someone who is not your teammate to convince another third-party, whom you have not met, to take a shot on your behalf. As crazy as this scenario sounds, it is very similar to the “scoring process” companies engage in when they track Net Promoter Scores. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! A company's Net…
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    Young Upstarts

  • Do Your Customers Suffer From Buyer’s Remorse? Here’s What to Do If the Answer Is Yes.

    Contributor
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    by Jeff Sauro, author of “Customer Analytics For Dummies“ We’ve all bought a product in-store, only to return it after learning that it was available for a much lower price elsewhere. Or ordered an article of clothing online, only to be disappointed by the quality or fit once it was delivered. Or bought an exciting new gadget, only to find ourselves making frequent (and frustrating) calls to the support hotline in order to operate it. All these scenarios are manifestations of buyer’s remorse, says Jeff Sauro. While we typically think of this phenomenon as occurring…
  • Making The Case For Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

    Contributor
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Rudy Simondi, founder of FLIPS and a proud Baby Boomer Retirement is hypothetically just around the corner for the Baby Boomer generation. And yet, many are debating if they want to actually settle down after retirement or continue working. A number of Baby Boomers are choosing a more entrepreneurial path, choosing to launch small businesses. Why? Boomers are living longer than previous retired generations and many aren’t going to be able to rely solely on 401k money, pensions or social security checks to live the life they’d like to in their “golden years”. This is one reason…
  • How Loyal Are Your Customers? Six Tips For Measuring This Crucial “Growth Predictor”

    Contributor
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    by Jeff Sauro, author of “Customer Analytics For Dummies“ Sure, your company has satisfied customers. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be in business (at least not for long). But here’s a question few companies ask: How loyal are they? Will they recommend your products and services to others? Will they stick with you through thick and thin? Or will they run at the first sign of a price increase or some other change that rubs them the wrong way? The mere presence of customers (even those who’ve stuck around long enough to make multiple purchases) isn’t enough. You…
  • How To Advertise To Humans

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    If aliens were to visit the Earth to understand human culture, they would likely be very confused by our advertising efforts. After surfing the web for a few weeks, they might wonder to whom all those ads were targeted. Clearly, it couldn’t be the humans. That is because even aliens could tell right away that almost everything advertisers do is the exact opposite of what humans would positively respond to. Here are some of the most common mistakes advertisers routinely make: Advertising to Bots. If you want to advertise to humans, the first thing you want to do is direct your advertising…
  • Women, This Is Our Time: Six Ways To Take Your Power Up A Notch

    Contributor
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    by Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, author of “Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life“ Statistics show there has never been a better time to be a woman. As of 2014, there were almost 9.1 million female-owned businesses in the United States, generating more than $1.4 trillion (yes, with a “T”) in revenue. The percentage of women who are household breadwinners is rising. Young American women are 33 percent more likely than their male peers to have earned a college degree by age 27. And around the world, women hold several of…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Anonymous and Other Hactivists Groups Hack Thousands of Israeli Websites, Routers and Emails in The promised Day of Electrician Holocaust #OpIsrael

    news
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Anonymous along with other Muslim hacktivist groups including Tunisian hactivist group Fallaga, Hackers from Pakistan and Indonesia announced around a month ago that today will be the day for operation Israel #opIsrael promising an Electronic Holocaust for the Jewish state as a punishment for occupying Palestine. As of reporting this story hackers has reported hacking thousands of Israeli websites, email and routers. Here is some lists Israel gov emails list By Anis Joker Dz #OpIsrael | 145 Israeli website #Hacked by #AnonGhost #OpIsrael | +600 Israeli website #Hacked by #AnonGhost 3000…
  • Uber Launches in AMMAN, Uber’s 300TH City

    Gaith Saqer
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    San Francisco based mobile-app-based transportation network Uber which allows consumers to submit a trip request via their mobile phones, which is routed to crowd-sourced taxi drivers has launhced in Amman Jordan. The launch in Jordan makes Amman the 300th city for Uber in the World.Yazeed Abul Failat, presenter of Jordan Star & Caravan on Christan owned Ro’ya TV  was the first passer at Uber. Uber faces competition in the region from Careem and Easy Taxi, Careem operates in GCC, Cairo, Lahore, Casablanca, Beirut Casablanca and Rabat and yet it does…
  • CIA and Mossad Main Suspect in Killing a Journalist Injuring 3 others at Islamic Magazine Adımlar Office In Istanbul #JesuisAdimlar

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

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

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

  • A look at Linkedin’s acquisition strategy

    mark
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    The big news in tech yesterday was Linkedin’s acquisition of Lynda.com for $1.5B. This is by far their largest acquisition to date. So, I thought it might be useful to dig into Linkedin’s acquisition activity to date to see what we can learn. To date, Linkedin has made 15 acquisitions. Here’s how they look by year, size and geography (all data from pitchbook.com). As you can see below, Linkedin has had a consistent pace of doing 2 -3 deals per year. Over 1/2 of them had no disclosed value or were sub $10M (we can assume all the undisclosed ones were small too). The notable…
  • Momentum

    mark
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    I was reading this morning about Slack‘s rumoured $ 160M round, coming hot on the heels of last Fall’s $ 120M round. If this round closes then in the space of 7 months the company will have raised $ 280M and grown it’s valuation over 10x from the previous funding rounds. This is a beautiful illustration of the importance of momentum in building a valuable company. Most startups take some time to find their stride. But once they find product/ market fit and scalable customer acquisition channels, the market-leading startups seemingly never stop raising capital. Instead, they…
  • The Three Ps of Venture Funding

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

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

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

  • 9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm

    Benjamin
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    FriendFeed was shut down on April 9, 2015. We maintained the service since we joined Facebook in 2009, but the number of people using FriendFeed had been steadily declining and in the end, the community was just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we decided that it was time to start winding things down. We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support. - The FriendFeed team
  • 9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Benjamin
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Dear FriendFeed community, We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We've been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that it's time to start winding things down. Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages, and photos until April 9th. On April 9th, we'll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available. We want…
  • Custom FriendFeed themes and a way to show them off

    Casey
    13 Aug 2009 | 3:41 pm
    When we launched FriendFeed themes we mentioned some improvements we wanted to make, and here they are! Choose how people see your FriendFeed profile Starting today, people who visit your profile will see it in the theme you've chosen. If you'd prefer visitors not to see your theme, you can turn it off on your settings page. You can also choose themes for the groups that you're an admin for (looks like the So You Think You Can Dance admin wasted no time!). If you'd rather not see other people's profiles, you can make that selection in your settings page. Create your own themes Of course, we…
  • FriendFeed accepts Facebook friend request

    Bret Taylor
    10 Aug 2009 | 12:22 pm
    We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle... The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We've always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we've developed at FriendFeed to Facebook's 250 million users around the world and to work alongside Facebook's passionate engineers to create even more ways for you to easily…
  • FriendFeed API v2: Out of beta, OAuth for installed applications

    Benjamin
    5 Aug 2009 | 9:51 am
    Two weeks ago, we launched version 2 of the FriendFeed API in beta. Since then, we've watched how developers have been using the API and collected a lot of their feedback. We've implemented some changes, and now, we're ready to remove the beta label! In addition to removing the beta label, we also added support for using OAuth in applications installed on a user's desktop or device. The way it works is similar to Google's ClientLogin for Installed Applications; read all about it in our API documentation. During the beta period, a number of developers took advantage of the new API to develop…
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    IttyBiz

  • This Is Not The End Of Your Story

    Naomi Dunford
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Had I gone to college, I would have studied history. I like history. The reason I like history is the same reason I like marketing and law. The facts don’t matter as much as the stories surrounding the facts. Most of the non-fiction books we read around here are history related. (Unless you wrote a book, of course. If you wrote a book, I read it and I loved it. Sensational. Better than Gladwell!) My beloved has a book called Lincoln and His Generals, originally published in 1952. It’s about, well, Lincoln, I guess. And his generals. I had a thought about Lincoln and I thought you might…
  • Should You Really Join A Mastermind Group? (A Potentially Contrarian Opinion)

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I had a chat about mastermind groups today. You know – mastermind groups, networking groups, meetings with alliteration in the name. (Women Who Work! The Wednesday Wowers! The Networking Nerds!) Basically, we’re talking formalized methods of getting together to support one another. The person I was talking to is on the fence. She dreams of a mastermind group that truly supports her. She wishes for a group of business owners who are her “right people”. She is hoping to find her tribe. Her conflict stems from two places. One, she doesn’t know if those people exist.
  • How To Stop Your Business From Sucking Up All Your Time

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Once upon a time, I got cranky about a book I read. I responded with How To Double Your Revenue and Profit. Really. The fifth of five steps in that article was “Get a ****ing system already”. If you don’t have systems, your business is pandemonium. If your business is pandemonium, it eats your life. I’m sure you have experienced this to one degree or another. For some people, systems are easier said than done. I am one of those people. For other people, even saying the word out loud causes them to make a sort of hacking noise. It sounds a little like throwing up. Over the years, I…
  • What If You Tried Really Hard?

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

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

  • If data can help win elections, what can it do for your business?

    Joe Glover
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:12 am
    How Big Data can win elections. Most people are familiar with the story of how the first Obama campaign harnessed split testing to build their war chest for the election. Regardless of your political views, it was a big win for analytics. With the general election on the horizon, we thought it would be a good time to repost this for all to see and understand. So here is Dan Siroker, the man behind the analytics on the Obama 08 campaign. Dan gave us some great insights into what analytics can do to help win elections, but more than that, he lays out a framework for any company getting…
  • A Call for Help | Building Email Lists

    Joe Glover
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    At The BLN and BoS we try, hard, to produce the world’s best conferences. For those whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet – my job is to let people know about these conferences. The most effective method in terms of creating an instant reaction we have found is via our email newsletter that we send every couple of weeks. As a company, we’ve already built our email list to a reasonable size of the 10 years or so our conferences have been running. Having recently taken the mantle of being in charge of marketing however, I would love to grow the list further, at an…
  • Proud Mum and the No Hitter

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hard to believe that Wendi Labbie has kids at college. She had children very young. A proud moment for us all to see her son pitch a ‘no hitter’ when she was over here a couple of weeks ago for our IoT Forum. Here is a short video of the final pitches…. Here is an excerpt from the game report. I found it about as intelligible as baseball fans might find a cricket match report… Nice one Mitch. You did your Mom Proud. “Labbie made history Saturday by firing the first no-hitter in modern program history. The right-hander went the distance in a seven-inning format…
  • Chris Savage | The Three Mistakes That Defined Our Company | Video and Hangout

    Joe Glover
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    We will be hosting Chris Savage, CEO of Wistia, for a Google Hangout on 16th April, 5PM GMT, 12PM PST. Join us then and AHA for free (that’s Ask Him Anything, not just a fit of giggles mid-sentence.) Plug out the way… The old saying goes, “We all make mistakes, it’s what you learn from them that matters”. But what happens when these are good mistakes, bad mistakes, or even dangerous ones? Chris Savage discusses in this funny, but extremely informative BoS talk. Transcript Below BoS in your inbox. BoS is a conference where business leaders and entrepreneurs meet…
  • Kathy Sierra | Building the Minimum Bad Ass User. Unfinished Business…

    Joe Glover
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Kathy Sierra is a BoS favourite for good reason. Channelling her inner Vince Vaughn (A terrible film reference for those uninitiated), Kathy comes to BoS to deliver another talk for the ages on how to build successful products on the basis of building it for your user. Transcript below.   We’re going to look through the successful attributes of what makes a successful, sustainable, product, not in the app itself, but in the user. What is it about successful users? That’s what we’re going to look at. So were going to compete on user awesome not on app awesome. Because competing…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Three Sad Innovation Lessons From Radio Shack

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Keep Punching, Stay True to Yourself and Trends, Make Things The demise of Radio Shack., it’s depressing. Much like Kodak you read the history of events and can point to several ideas not done that could have saved them. You can also point to many ideas they tried that were clearly the wrong bets. Hindsight is better than foresight, but still, if they’d stuck to their original values they might have survived. Radio Shack substituted short sighted management tactics for real innovation and invention and that’s ultimately what killed them. They lost the sense of who they were…
  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

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

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

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

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

  • High School Student Launches a Royal Success

    Jeff Cornwall
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Riley Vergara-Cruz – Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post High School Student Launches a Royal Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Balances Class and Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Colin Alcorn- Corner Catalogue TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Balances Class and Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development

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

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

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

  • The Best Email I’ve Ever Written

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is Your Marketing Like Meerkat, Periscope, or Stre.am

    Delores Williams
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of movement on the live video front. The selling point of all of them, is the ease to broadcast by pushing one button. They also, all involve Twitter in some aspect. Since the launch of Meerkat, in February, many have been chomping at the bit on its uses. We want to look more at what blew it up and why it may now be dying a slow death.On the plus side, it was first to the playground. Anyone else would be playing catchup. Secondly, tech journalist loved the little scrappy company, and they were all in. But wait! Twitter bought a untested competitor,…
  • Influencers Move the Needle

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

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

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

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

  • Where Do $2 Billion Startup Valuations Come From?

    Jay Turo
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Last week, data management and dashboard start up Domo announced it had raised an additional $200 million in growth capital, bringing its total haul over the past four years to a truly remarkable $450 million.Now given that the company has yet to even come close to breaking even, this can be viewed as either a great validation of Domo's business model, or as more evidence of the “Bubble Mania” of the current technology financing landscape and a screaming signal to get out while you still can.For those in the bubble camp, Domo is a “Tech Unicorn,” a recent start-up…
  • Getting to the Right Strategy in 15 Minutes or Less

    Jay Turo
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    I regularly engage with entrepreneurs and executives to help them determine the right long-term strategic plans and goals to pursue, toward the end of maximizing their businesses’ valuations and their likelihoods of selling their companies down the road.This, as I have discussed before, is the highest ROI work that a business manager can do, yet most of us invest way too little time in it, and even more vexingly the results we get from the time we do spend are middling at best.Now, in addition to just not knowing how to strategic plan (and for those interested in a quick…
  • Tech is Booming: Time to Invest in a VC Fund?

    Jay Turo
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    This is clearly one of the great boom times in the history of Venture Capital, with more than $29 billion in fresh capital being raised by more than 250 funds over the past year. This represents a 70% jump from the comparable, previous year’s period, and more than a 225% jump from the “nadir” numbers of 2009-2010 (all stats here from the NVCA).And VCs have seen a lot of successful exits, too (hooray!), with in 2014 more than 115 venture backed companies going public and more than 455 exits via M&A.Probably most importantly, long term (3, 5, 10, and 20 year) VC returns…
  • How Much Could Your Business Be Worth?

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

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

  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Artists

    Mike
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Art inspires in ways sometimes difficult to articulate. Ideas, metaphors, and themes are the product that artists traffic in, and their ability to  galvanize their audiences in a powerful, indirect way can stir us in profound ways. Yet, while we celebrate, even lionize the greatest of our artists we simultaneously relegate the vast majority to poverty and struggle. Our culture at once values art, while devaluing the artists among us. Like artists, entrepreneurs rise and fall not only on their creativity and the quality of their ideas, but on their ability to execute, and on their…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #265 – Exemplary Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    I like to think of myself as chameleon-like, able to adjust to fit into whatever the surrounding or with whomever is around me. But, I got nothing on these two women! Artist Johannes Stoetter’s work focuses on fine-art body painting and he has raised the bar to extreme heights. Click play on the video above and watch his work come to life! So try your best to blend into the surroundings, because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Here is a big ‘ol batch of great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: martinroy

    Audree
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for martinroy. Check out more great work on martinroy’s profile page. Nicely done, martinroy, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: 5IVE_STAR_CREATIVE Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: Janisa
  • Small Business and Startups: Management for the Joy Of It

    Mike
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Business owners and managers tend to focus on business. This is right and this is good; it is our responsibility to our stakeholders to responsibly lead our companies towards success and to prioritize operations and profitability. We work hard every day to improve efficiency, acquire customers, increase margins, analyze results, craft strategy, execute tactics, and track growth. What we don’t always work so hard at is improving ourselves, supporting our team, and making our companies forces for growing good. As leaders there is much we can do to set an example and to be a guide for…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #264 – Quintessential Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Skin cancer is a scourge. And dalmatian puppies are just about the cutest things that ever walked the earth.  Put the two together and what do you get? A genius marketing campaign and a public service effort that is attention grabbing (not to mention, “awwww” inducing). Have a look at the video above and see if you agree! Enough with adorable dogs? Good! Because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Here is a whole litter of great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #15: Stacking Bricks

    Usman Sheikh
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    There are no overnight successes. When we dig a little deeper, we usually find years of hard work culminating at the one point which is visible. As humans we grossly overestimate our capabilities in the short term. What we miss out on, is how our success is made up of the small steps we take on a daily basis. Almost every habit we have is a result of the decisions we make everyday. We have to make a conscious effort to want to improve ourselves. This requires us to have patience to practice a few principles everyday. The highlighted article this week outlines an entrepreneur who has done just…
  • The Week in Review #14: The Power of Authenticity

    Usman Sheikh
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:38 am
    Imagine being able to live everyday, doing what you love. The one thing that not only brings you joy, it helps those around you. Being true to who we are, is a rare gift. We are constantly putting on a slew of masks in our attempt to fit in. Changing our habits and interests based on those around us. This blocks our ability to live a fulfilled and meaningful life. The day we unshackle ourselves from the imaginary chains that society holds us by, we are able to truly live a life worth living. The highlighted article of this week is about a company called Lynda. A business which was started to…
  • The Week in Review #13: The Passion Recipe

    Usman Sheikh
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Purpose and passion are two concepts I spend a substantial amount of time thinking about. Passion is the popular concept of the two. It is easier to wrap our head around. We are passionate about the things which bring us joy and happiness. Our passions change as we grow and evolve. When someone asks what we are passionate about, we usually can come up with answer. Alternatively if someone asks us about our purpose, it’s like being a deer caught in the headlights. The simple reason is that most of us do not know our purpose. Finding your purpose begins with discovering your passions and…
  • The Week in Review #12: The Secret to Big Ideas

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

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

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Romo makes 'Deflategate' joke at ACMsGettyDallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo poked fun at the Patriots and Deflategate during the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.Insult aided by two country singersMore sports coverage Eagles, Tebow are good matchMLB star's response to hecklers
  • Are current beauty trends harming girls?

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Are current beauty trends harming girls?GettyMost women will admit they want to appear younger than they are, but popular obsessions with youth and looking sexy at any age have a cost. Consequences young girls faceMore to seeBaby first hears mom's voiceWhen to get moles checked
  • Hoverboard masterminds taking huge risk

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Hoverboard masterminds taking huge riskAPA company in California is pioneering a new kind of magnetic levitation that is much less expensive than what's currently available.Impressive technology making wavesMore to considerVideo gaming's billion dollar industryIconic food gets major makeover
  • Aircrew spots amazing sight after ice melt

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Aircrew spots amazing sight after ice meltFacebookDuring a routine patrol last Friday, a Coast Guard helicopter crew saw something under the crystal clear waters of Lake Michigan.Discovery hiding under the waterMore to seeBen and Jerry's new creationMarathoner gets lost, then wins
  • Kylie rocks wild and skimpy Coachella look

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Kylie rocks wild and skimpy Coachella lookInstagramKylie Jenner knows how to make a statement! The 17-year-old star donned an interesting look over the weekend at the famous music fest. See the bottom of the risqué styleMore entertainment newsT. Swift rocks out at ACMsBeckham kiddo's funny photo
 
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    Xconomy

  • Here’s The Agenda for Seattle Biotech Seizes The Momentum, May 6

    Alex Lash
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Alex Lash A quick reminder that on May 6 I’ll be hosting our annual Seattle biotech forum, Seattle Biotech Seizes the Momentum, a half-day of discussion, debate, and interviews with the local community’s top biotech and life science leaders. We’ve just posted the agenda. Check it out here. The afternoon features one-on-one talks with Gary Gilliland, the new president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Lee Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology. We’ve got panel discussions on how to build local biotechs for the long haul, and…
  • Kid-Themed Wearable Wins Top Prize in Rice Student Startup Contest

    Angela Shah
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Angela Shah KiLife Tech, a Brigham Young University student startup, won the grand prize in this year’s Rice Business Plan Competition. The startup makes a smartband for children aged 18 months to seven, which buzzes and rings should the child wander beyond a designated distance set by the parents. The Kiband is connected to the parent’s smartphone which also receives an alert. KiLife, which takes back to Provo, UT, a grand prize worth nearly $600,000, was one of 42 student startups in the competition which took place over the weekend. Nearly 300 judges sat through rounds of pitches over…
  • Impinj Sells 10 Billion Chips, Unlocking Internet of Everyday Things

    Benjamin Romano
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    View the Slideshow Benjamin Romano The real promise of the Internet of Things is connecting not just powered electronic devices, but the countless other everyday items that until recently have remained stubbornly isolated in the physical world. Impinj, a 15-year-old Seattle company, is doing just that with its radio frequency identification (RFID) technology—long in development and now finally achieving large-scale adoption. The company recently sold its 10 billionth RFID chip; an eye-popping milestone that co-founder and CEO Chris Diorio says just scratches the surface of the…
  • Roundup: Improve Detroit, DTX, GM, Zagster, U-M Life Sci Institute

    Sarah Schmid
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Sarah Schmid Here’s a look at news from around Michigan’s innovation hubs: —Detroiters, rejoice: The city recently released the new Improve Detroit app, which allows residents to report problems like potholes, illegal dumping, and water main breaks to city officials. The app also connects to the police department, the city’s bus system, and the water department. Users are encouraged to set up a profile and report issues often, and then city officials will send someone out to fix it. Users can also submit complaints with photos and maps attached. In an article in the…
  • Milestones of Innovation 5: Stephanie Kwolek and Kevlar

    Victor McElheny
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Victor McElheny Let’s hear it for Stephanie Kwolek, a determined, observant, and playful chemist who died last year at the age of 90. She is the inventor-heroine of an artificial fiber stronger than steel called kevlar, which has saved thousands of soldiers and policemen from fatal bullet wounds and is used in everything from cellphones to skis. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moment that Kwolek was convinced that she had discovered the real McCoy and could show it to her bosses at E.I. duPont de Nemours and Co. without embarrassment. Her story, which DuPont celebrated at this…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • VC Value add: Why it probably doesn't matter, but I try anyway.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    A while back, a larger fund courted one of my portfolio companies heavily.  I wasn't sure if this firm was the best partner for the company, so I reached out to an experienced founder who had been through lots of rounds as both an entrepreneur and an angel investor.  He told me the following:There are maybe two or three VCs on the face of the earth that add any value to the eventual outcome of a company, so there's really just a few criteria that matter...- They should do no harm.- They should be able to close the round quickly and without too much distraction.- You should like them…
  • The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    I don't need to remind you of the widening gap between the rich and the poor, but if I were to be more accurate, I'd say it's the widening gap between the mega rich and everyone else.  When you've already got tens and hundreds of millions of dollars, a whole world of moneymaking opportunities are available to you that the rest of the world can't access.Take venture capital, for example.  To benefit from the explosive growth of companies like Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, etc, you had to fit in either one of two categories: be an angel investor already in an inner circle of experienced…
  • Questions from Hunter #MondayMailbag

    Charlie O'Donnell
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    I've known Hunter Walk for almost a decade.  He found me through my blog and I didn't think he was real.  Hunter Walk can't be any blog commenters real name, can it?Turns out that not only is he real, but he's one of the most genuine, thoughtful, and egoless people I've met in the startup world--a real breath of fresh air.  I look forward to connecting with him when he's in NYC and when I head out his way.  He approached me recently with an idea for cross interviewing each other and I thought it was a good way to have my writing be a little more collaborative with my…
  • Announcing a new strategic investor and partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    I've said before that I wouldn't take on a partner.  I didn't think I needed one, and I'm happy to say that it seems that I've done just fine without one.  I've had the good fortune of investing in standout companies like Canary, Tinybop, Floored, Orchard, and Ringly, just to name a few.  The fund is performing really well and we've had lots of inbound offers to invest in the second fund, which was being rounded up until recently.  That's when I got an offer I couldn't refuse.Someone called me up that I hadn't met in person before but that I had interacted with over…
  • The Coming Zombie Startup Apocalypse

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

  • Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea?

    James Chartrand
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • 5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer

    James Chartrand
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • Why You Need to Choose Between Success and Popularity

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

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

    James Chartrand
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
 
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    OnStartups

  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Zen and the Art of Website Maintenance

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

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

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

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

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

  • Long Tail Pro in 2015 – Is it Still the Best?

    Will Blears
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    Finding rankable, long tail keywords with ease – Long Tail Pro review. If you are looking for the best keyword research tool to support you and your online business then I am going to make the assumption that you understand the importance of keyword research, choosing the most relevant keywords that have low competition and a high amount of searches. With that being said, let’s move on to our Long Tail Pro review where we will be investigating the efficiency and effectiveness of this tool in 2015. We will also be comparing the features & functionality of Long Tail Pro alongside other…
  • Pros and Cons of Entrepreneurship MBA Programs

    Brad Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Over the past 10 years, advanced education has been advocated as the best way to achieve success in a highly competitive business environment. The recession of 2009 succeeded in paring down the number of people employed, which has created a bevy of issues. For those who were laid off from high-paying jobs, the recession caused them to take stock of their situation. While many have been able to find new employment, there are others who decided to return to school for the purpose of getting into an MBA program with a focus on becoming a future entrepreneur as the end goal. The Evolution of the…
  • BYOA – THE NEW BYOD?

    Gina Hutchings
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:38 am
    At first, the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) phenomenon seemed no more than just another business trend. However, now that many organisations have adopted BYOD policies, it’s becoming clear that BYOD is just the beginning of a more far-reaching shift in thinking. For a start, having a BYOD policy is fast becoming seen as a good way to attract the best talent. In a world where having the right staff and mix of skills is seen as a competitive differentiator, this is causing more reticent companies to rethink their approach. BYOD is an acknowledgement that our personal devices have become…
  • Top Five Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Small Business

    Greg Nunan
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Article contributed by Chuck Pistor is the President and CEO of Miracle Method Surface Refinishing. At one time or another, virtually everyone thinks about starting a business. The allure of being your own boss can be strong, but it’s important to remember that launching a new business is risky: According to a recent SBA report, [PDF link] about 50% of all small businesses will fail within just five years. Managing a startup can be a minefield, especially when the pull of entrepreneurship clouds your decision-making – and when you go it alone with no business experience. But if you do…
  • Kickstarter Success Stories: IceMule Coolers & KOOBA

    Adam Toren
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    What do a high performance cooler and an alternative dartboard game have in common? They were both funded by thousands of people who believed in their projects and pledged money to make them happen. The successful crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter has helped fund a variety of projects from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. With the direct support of generous strangers, designers and artists alike can collect the funds to see their projects come to life. The creator of the IceMule Cooler, James Collie, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in the fall of 2013. After a…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Triple H on Pre-Fight Rituals, Injury Avoidance, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

    Ian Robinson
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    “His way of telling you that you did something wrong was hitting you in the head with a phone book in a shopping bag.” – Triple H (Paul Levesque) on learning from Killer Kowalski [10:05] “Why would I be wound up? I’m either ready, or I’m not. Worrying about it right now ain’t gonna change a damn thing.”  –Floyd Mayweather, Jr. just before a fight, as recalled by Paul Levesque [34:20] Paul Levesque, more popularly known as Triple H (@TripleH), is a 13-time World Heavyweight Champion in World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). Not…
  • Hit Filmmaker Jon Favreau’s Techniques and Routines

    Ian Robinson
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    “The laughter doesn’t last if there is no story. Story is king. You think it’s about the laughs, but, really, it’s about investing in the story and being drawn in.” – Jon Favreau [58:55] Jon Favreau is a man of many talents. He burst onto the acting scene with his role in Rudy. He established himself as a writer with the iconic cult hit Swingers, in which he starred. Then, Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with Made, which he also wrote and produced. Other directing credits include Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, Zathura,…
  • How to Earn Your Freedom…And A Motorcycle Ride Across China?

    Tim Ferriss
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    This post shares two short essays that have had a profound impact on my life. They explore “lifestyle,” world travel, practical philosophies, and much more. Disclaimer: These might make you quit your job… even if you’re the boss. I’m not kidding, as I’ve seen it happen. If it comes to pass, you’ll thank me later. To see the movies I rave about in this episode, click here. For the two free protein bars I mention, click here. Here’s the audio. I hope you enjoy it. Stream below, or you can right-click here to save as an MP3. For more from the…
  • Inside the Mind of Glenn Beck, You Find…Walt Disney and Orson Welles?

    Ian Robinson
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    “When I turned 30, I knew my life was at a crossroads. It was either over, or I was going to restart.” – Glenn Beck [9:10] The goal of my blog and podcast is to push you outside of your comfort zone and force you to question assumptions. This is why I invite divergent thinkers and world-class performers who often disagree. I might interview Tony Robbins and then Matt Mullenweg. Or I might have a long chat with Sam Harris, PhD, and later invite a seemingly opposite guest like… Glenn Beck. This interview is a wild ride, and it happened — oddly enough —…
  • Lazy: A Manifesto

    Tim Ferriss
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    “Tim Kreider’s writing is heartbreaking, brutal and hilarious—usually at the same time. He can do in a few pages what I need several hours of screen time and tens of millions to accomplish. And he does it better. Come to think of it, I’d rather not do a blurb. I am beginning to feel bad about myself.” – Judd Apatow This post might change your life. It contains a short audio essay titled “Lazy: A Manifesto.”  I plan on listening to it every Monday morning. We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider, a dazzling collection of humor and insight, is the newest…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets – Tour #4

    Tyler Cruz
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    Earlier today, just a week after my last tour, I went out to take a look at 5 more properties with my realtor. I’ve been very "into" income properties lately. In fact, I haven’t even touched affiliate marketing in a few months. Part of that is due to my health issues, but I also just needed a bit of a change I guess. Don’t worry. I do plan on returning to affiliate marketing. I need the money, heh. I just need to buy an income property first and have that running before I can switch focuses again. Anyhow, with the obligatory "intro" done, let’s…
  • How Putting a LOWER Down Payment on an Investment Property Can Yield a HIGHER Return

    Tyler Cruz
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Some or even most of you may already know this and even consider it as common knowledge, but it’s something that I didn’t really realize or consider before. And if I didn’t consider this before, then chances are some of you haven’t either, which is why I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you. I was e-mailing back and forth with my realtor the other day when he asked me if I had checked if one of the properties I was looking at would benefit from a lower down payment. This confused me. After all, wouldn’t a higher down payment always be better…
  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets – Tour #3

    Tyler Cruz
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:17 am
    First, a very quick health update: So, less than a week after posting that my health was much improved, I had a major relapse with my Meniere’s Disease and whatever the hell else is wrong with me. I went to the doctor again and he’s a bit concerned, saying that there’s a bunch of "red flags", and he scheduled me to get an MRI of my head. I’m waiting to receive something in the mail to know when my MRI is actually scheduled for – if it’s too far down the road, my doctor will get me expedited for a CT scan instead. I’ve recovered well over the…
  • Goodbye Comment Link Spammers

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

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

  • Invention of the Week? ZBoard 2 is One Sweet Ride

    Paul Fitzgerald
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    A company based out of San Francisco, CA, just unveiled ZBoard 2 and they claim it is the most advanced electric skateboard on the market. ZBoard 2’s inventors say they are redefining the sport while giving everyone a “new skate of mind.” So, will this new invention be a new hit among urbanites and suburbanites that are looking to be “stoked?”
  • SnapCam Is Your Wearable HD Camera And Video Recorder

    Josiah Motley
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    SnapCam boots in under a second and allows users to start snapping those unexpected moments almost instantly. It's the latest contender in the wearable HD camera market. The camera, which can be powered up in .1 seconds with a simple swipe, can take 8 megapixel photos and record footage in 720p. While not as rugged as something like a GoPro, the SnapCam is water and drop resistant thanks to its aluminum housing.
  • Shelby Baja 700: Ford's Rockin' SVT Raptor Gets Snakebit!

    Motors.new
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    With the very-limited edition Baja 700, Shelby American picks up where Ford's impressive SVT Raptor leaves off. Indeed, this is one pickup with plenty of pick-up to go around courtesy of 700 supercharged horses harnessed beneath the boss Baja's silver-striped hood!
  • Asus Claims “Fastest GTX 980” With 20th Anniversary Graphics Card

    Rey M.L.
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    For its 20th year of selling PC videocards, Asus are putting out a limited-edition Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 with the highest factory overclock you'll find, along with some extras that'll help you clock it even higher.
  • Embedded Electronics:Machine Washable Solar Shirt Charges Mobile Devices

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Wearable technology, smart clothing and embedded electronics are the burgeoning trends of fashion's dynamic landscape. Meet the machine-washable Solar Shirt created by Paulne Van Dongen that charges mobile devices as you go about your day.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Maximizing the Impact of Videoconferencing

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

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

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

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

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

  • ForceField Energy Is a Leader in Fast-Growing LED Lighting Industry

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Ever since the 2014 U.S. mandate which required a phase-out of incandescent lights in the retail market in favor of LED (light emitting diode) lighting due to environmental concerns, the LED industry has experienced tremendous sales growth and commercial deployments. With an innovative and highly successful “no money down” business strategy, ForceField Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ […] The post ForceField Energy Is a Leader in Fast-Growing LED Lighting Industry appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Opening for New Crowdfunding Client

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

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

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

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

  • Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

    steveblank
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way In peacetime the U.S. military is an immovable and inflexible bureaucracy. In wartime it can adapt and adopt organizational change with startling speed. BMNT, a new Silicon Valley company, is combining the Lean Methods it learned in combat with the technology expertise and speed of startups. —– But first some history… World War II In World War II the U.S. government reengineered its approach to building weapons. In a major break from the past, where the military designed all its own weapons, 10,000 scientists and engineers from…
  • Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation

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

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

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

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

  • Homage to Earth Day: A few ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Do you need some Earth friendly ideas for simple ways to reduce, reuse and recycle? I know that sounds silly, but there are so many people who constantly forget that most trash will always = treasure. And shall that never be forgotten, I am here to remind you about a few simple ways to contribute to planet Earth, now and forever! Earth month (April) truly always is and will forever be a great reminder to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repeat. It’s important we promote sustainability and encourage positive interaction with the people whom share this wonderful planet we call Earth. Inspire…
  • New York Fashion Week Has 2 New Venues

    First Class Fashionista
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    New York Fashion Week, the theatrical, glamorous, multi-million dollar affair has announced that it will be moving to 2 new venues. This announcement came Monday, April 13th, following the news that the event has supposedly lost its five-year contract with the Lincoln Center after allegedly being accused of misusing Damrosch Park. Lincoln Center, the Former Space of NYFW Where will the event be now? Well, it will be in fact be moved to two venues. For next year, designers will set up their shows at the Skylight at Moynihan Station- inside the historic James A. Farley Post Office on W. 33rd…
  • 10 ways to dress more positively

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    With CELESTIAL INSPIRED Looks There is no denying the honest truth that there are some heavy duty subliminal shifts indeed happening in the greater universe right now (and will forever), but these astronomical shifts are indefinitely what inspire spontaneous manifestation and positive energy to collide with one another. With the recent total lunar eclipse still on my mind, I can’t help but let my gravitational desires enthrall my world (and hopefully yours) with celestial inspired looks! When fashion combines forces with the universe, not only does it naturally radiate positivity, but…
  • Second Annual Mission Wear Fashion Show Fundraiser

    First Class Fashionista
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Mission Wear’s upcycling fashion show is back! Remember last year, when we saw refuse and other materials find new life through fashion? If you need a refresher, see our First Class Fashionista coverage of the first Mission Wear Fashion Show, includes winners from 2014. Returning for spring with a theme of ‘Transformation’, designers transform otherwise unwanted materials into fashions to be rocked by local models and Mission Wear program participants. Bonus- It’s all for a good cause. WHO: Mission Wear, a Denver-based non-profit WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2015 WHERE:…
  • Meaning of the Lunar Eclipse this Saturday, April 4th

    First Class Fashionista
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    An Astronomical Message So Beautifully Designed The shortest total lunar eclipse of the century will take place this Saturday, April 4th and for about 5 minutes flat. Simple naked-eye observation of this very evening sky will reveal scenes that illustrate the celestial fantasy of totality. Hope you got your outfit picked out because this party starts whether you walk in or not. So, for those whose motto is “it’s cool to be fashionably late” (guilty) – when it comes to this Saturday, rethink your policy, for you do not want to be late to this astronomical event happening…
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    Begin the Begin

  • The power of focus

    jeffhilimire
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    The talk I gave earlier this week (here were my notes) was to a group of about 20 successful entrepreneurs. They were currently running businesses and the point of the event was for them to hear stories of passion and building momentum. One topic that they asked me a lot about was around focus. I told the stories of how we didn’t see real growth at either Spunlogic and Engauge until we were able to focus on who we were and what we were great at. After we locked in on that, we experienced tremendous growth. We’ve been working on focus at Dragon Army as well, which is part of why…
  • Notes for my keynote talk today

    jeffhilimire
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    This morning I’m giving a keynote (i.e. kickoff) talk at an event, and the theme is around “Passion”. I like talking about passion :) I decided to do something different for this talk. Instead of using slides, I’ll have no slides, but I’ll have this page of notes to help guide me. I’m also going to have an exercise halfway through that I think will be really fun, and I’ll report back on how that goes.
  • The Pop-Up Advisory Board

    jeffhilimire
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    Earlier this week, I hit on the topic of co-founders / business partners, and advisory boards / mentors. Today I wanted to address a new concept that I recently tried out: The Pop-Up Advisory Board. A typical advisory board is a group of people that come together on a periodic basis to weigh in on your business and give advice. You want that group to be well-rounded in terms of experience, and people that believe in what you’re doing and want you to succeed. They are typically biased (i.e. they like you), and they’re often incented via stock options or pay (but not always).
  • Mentors and advisory boards

    jeffhilimire
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    Earlier this week I wrote about having (or not having) a co-founder / business partner. Once you’ve figured that piece out, the next step would be making sure you have solid advice from people not working in your company. Mentor(s) My belief is, no matter who you are, you can always use a few good mentors in your life. I’ve always benefited from such people and still do today. The two main components: who do you ask, and how do you work with them. In terms of who you should consider as a mentor, think about what your goal is. Are you looking for a sounding board in general? Do…
  • Should I have a business partner?

    jeffhilimire
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    I was asked recently by an entrepreneur, “Should I have a business partner?” She had a young company that was starting to grow, but she was having trouble managing all the moving pieces while still focusing on growth. Her thinking was, maybe a business partner could help alleviate some of the responsibilities and pressure, giving her a better chance to scale the business. This is a very common question, either for people just starting their company (in which the question becomes, “should I have a co-founder”), or people who are running a fairly young company. My…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Are You The Real Deal Or A Poser? How To Win Over Investors With Storytelling

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we welcomed Angel investor and blogger Jason Calacanis, as a speaker for the webinar, “How to Master Startup Brand Storytelling.” He advised founders to design various brand stories depending on the receiving audience. When telling your story to…
  • Want more info on the Founder Institute? Free startup events happening this week!

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:10 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…
  • Presenting the Nominees for the Startup Ecosystem Builder Awards

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Founder Institute is proud to present the nominees for the Startup Ecosystem Builder Awards, with the winners scheduled to be announced during the 16th Founder Showcase festivities. Our 300+ Founder Institute Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute - providing the passion, dedication, and support that helped launch over 1500 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009. These individuals sacrifice their time and energy in order to build their local startup ecosystem and help new entrepreneurs. All of the Founder Institute Local Directors below have demonstrated…
  • Founder Institute Launches Second China Chapter, Shanghai, to help City Reach its Startup Potential

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it will be officially launching it second chapter in China, in Shanghai. The Shanghai Founder Institute becomes the second chapter in China, after the program’s celebrated launch in Shenzhen in late 2014. Anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Shanghai Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/shanghai. The Founder Institute decided to officially launch in Shanghai after a series of test events in the city attracted over 225…
  • Top VC and Golden State Warriors Owner Chamath Palihapitiya to Speak at the Founder Showcase

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event. In our 15-event history, we've been truly honored by some of the names who have graced our stage, such as Elon Musk, David Sacks, and Phil Libin. Today, we are excited to announce yet another luminary speaker for the next Founder Showcase, taking place on May 12th: Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.  Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now. Get…
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Find Your Value Council

    Bryan Coleman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    One of the hardest things to do when you first jump the cliff is pricing your work. It’s especially hard in a service business. When you sell a product, you have at least one benchmark in terms of pricing and that is your cost to buy or build the thing that you’re selling. In a service business, […]
  • Can You Regale People at a Party with the Way You Run Your Firm?

    Greg Kyte
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    “Live a life worth commenting on.” – Pete Holmes   Science fairs suck. They’ve always sucked, and they suck even more now than when we were in school. Because the Internet. No elementary school kids are asking real science questions that they really want real answers to. Kids come home with a list of requirements, […]
  • Book Review: Scaling Up

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

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

    Bryan Coleman
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    That’s right. I said it. I know, I know… You’re hungry for new business and it feels good to win a proposal. I know that feeling. I call it the “seller’s high,” like a runner’s high. I’m on top of the world when I win new business. The problem is when you first start out all you […]
 
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • The Easiest Way to Turn Off Customers

    George and Mary-Lynn
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    It was a Saturday morning. We were on the outskirts of Chicago, driving in for a day of business meetings. Traffic was getting heavier. We turned the radio on to a station that promotes traffic reports every ten minutes. Only they weren’t doing them on this particular Saturday – or any Saturday (or Sunday) for [...]
  • Leadership Lessons from Great Sports Coaches

    Catherine Morgan
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here at Business Unplugged we often recommend that you look outside of your immediate environment for best practices that you can adapt for your small business. As you probably know, Carol is a huge sports fan. She wrote a post for TINYhr.com that had some interesting observations and suggestions, and I thought that many of you [...]
  • Should We Save Time or Lose It Better?

    Britt Raybould
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Internet abounds with stories about saving time. There are ways to cook faster, exercise quicker, and retire sooner. These ideas and many others come under the banner headline that your life will be better if you save time. But I’m more curious about something a little different: Why don’t we focus as much on losing [...]
  • Paying Processing Fees? That Can Be Good News.

    Catherine Morgan
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    In Carol’s latest post on MasterCard Biz she talks about something that many small business owners complain about – processing fees. She shares a few compelling case studies about why these fees aren’t so bad, and can actually be the good news. Carol begins: It seems like small business owners are willing to spend money [...]
  • How to Deal with Business Burnout

    Rich Gallagher
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you feeling burned out? You have lots of company. And there is no lack of chirpy articles on how to deal with burnout in your life. They tell you to take a walk, see a movie, or stop and smell the roses. Or perhaps take that long-awaited vacation. So let’s be honest: tips like [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • Getting feedback from customers when security is an issue

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

    Sarah Rainone
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is the first of several early excerpts I'll be sharing from The Leader's Guide, a 4-color, 250-page, hardcover and digital book which will be offered exclusively through Kickstarter--according to my agreement with my publisher, Crown, the book can never be sold in stores. As usual, I'm leaving out important details like company names in order to respect their privacy while the book is still in early draft form. The campaign ends on Wednesday, April 15--learn more about it here.MVP's help you discover "what really matters"The technology research and development team of REDACTED…
  • Last week to get The Leader's Guide

    Sarah Rainone
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    You may have heard, I'm writing a new book. And I'm doing it in an unorthodox way, by offering an MVP via Kickstarter. It's called The Leader's Guide, and this week is your last chance to get it (no, really).The Kickstarter campaign has been in full-gear for the last three weeks, and we're heading into the last week. I’m grateful and excited for the support and the positive feedback so far. Although it's fun to look at the vanity metrics of how much money we've raised and how many backers have joined the community, the real purpose of this campaign is to share ideas.I’ve tried to keep…
  • Kickstarter news -- and a Reddit AMA

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

    Sarah Rainone
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Since I published The Lean Startup, I have been compiling stories about the challenges and rewards of adopting the methodology. Sometimes I would interview people and take notes, and they’d ask me what I was writing and where the story might appear.“I don’t know,” I’d say.I really didn’t. Writing a book is painful, and I wasn't sure I ever would do it again. Plus the details about day-to-day implementation I was asking people to share were unlikely to ever end up in a business book aimed at a general audience. But I knew these stories and details were valuable--both for…
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    Under30CEO

  • Why I Quit My Job To Pursue My Dream

    Under30CEO
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I left my employer of close to 4 years on February 19th, 2015. I worked for an amazing software company called Decipher, which was recently acquired by Focus Vision. Why did I quit my job? To pursue my dream of course. All my life, I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur; I even studied entrepreneurship in college. I started my first company in my senior year after college, but it wasn’t paying the bills so I took a position at Decipher right before graduation. Although I chose a great company to work for, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of disappointment. I felt as though I let my education…
  • Dream Jumper – Interview with ONE’s Michael Callahan

    Michael Luchies
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
     Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part ten of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry “If you have a dream, you have to follow it. There is a number of people who don’t, but if you do (have a dream), you have to go pursue it.”…
  • What’s Holding You Back? Discover Your Inner Awesome

    Matt Wilson
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
      What do you do when it’s the middle of the winter and you’re on a boat in Belize, cruising around the crystal blue oceans with some awesome people?  You get some introspective discussions about life, passion, and why you do what you do. “Why aren’t we doing the things that we know we should be doing?” That is the question that Martin McGovern, Rajiv Nathan, and I discussed last January.  Between snorkeling and exploring, we found some time to sit down and talk about our experiences and try to understand what stands in our way.  We all know what we want to be…
  • Young Entrepreneur Interview with COSIGN’s Esosa Ighodaro

    Michael Luchies
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The viral world we live in allows us to have nearly anything we want at our fingertips. Want to find out who starred in that movie you watched last night? Check IMDB. Who won the game last night? Check ESPN. What shoes is she wearing? This is where COSIGN hopes to be your go-to answer. Inspired by trying to find the product information of a pair of shoes in a commercial, Esosa Ighodaro and Abiodun Johnson started COSIGN. After searching for information online about the shoes, the co-founders realized that hundreds of other people were actively trying to find the information, but that…
  • Training For Life As An Entrepreneur

    Under30CEO
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recently I was listening to the final episode of this podcast titled Start Up. In the episode one of the first investors in Uber was talking about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s quirks and really calling attention to how strange a species guys like him are. This got me thinking about how strange all successful entrepreneurs are.  Myself included. For the most part we are far from normal. We take more risks than normal people do and have a tendency to be obsessive if not down right neurotic about projects we are working on. This begs the question that if entrepreneurs are not conventional…
 
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    Fizzle

  • Small Business Roadmap Revisited — 4 Updates Based on Your Feedback (FS106)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the last 6 episodes we revealed the 6 stage small business roadmap. A stage by stage, step by step, 10,000 foot view of building a business. They weren’t the 6 stages your business will go through automatically. They were the 6 stages you want to go through so that you and your idea are best setup for success as you define it. The roadmap was immensely well received (you’ll find links to each episode below) and in this episode we cover two things: We answer the 4 common questions we heard from your comments. We reveal 4 updates we made to the roadmap based on your feedback. Take a…
  • Join Us for a Fizzle Meetup in Your City

    Barrett Brooks
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last year we ran a pilot to test local meetups for the Fizzle community. We learned a few things in the process: It doesn’t make sense to limit meetups to one specific date and time around the world Local meetup organizers should have more control over the process We should open Fizzle meetups to readers of the Sparkline, listeners of The Fizzle Show, and other local entrepreneurs Community is everything for an entrepreneur. In fact, a local support system of fellow entrepreneurs can be the difference between persevering and quitting. And we’re not a fan of quitting around here.
  • The Eight Types of Relationships Every Entrepreneur Should Have

    Barrett Brooks
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    In 1974, Robin Dunbar earned his stripes as an anthropologist and evolutionary pscyhologist by completing work on his PhD from the University of Bristol, which was summarized in a paper entitled, Social Dynamics of Gelada Baboons. (Look those suckers up, they’re scary.) Dunbar’s research would go on to cover the evolution of communication and culture, social networks, and the social evolution of the human mind. But it was while studying the grooming habits of apes that he stumbled upon the single finding that would go on to fuel much of his career. There’s a fun little…
  • Scale: Stage 6 of 6 on the Small Business Roadmap (FS105)

    Chase Reeves
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the sixth small business roadmap stage we explore the final question: how can we grow this business beyond ourselves and into greater impact in the world and wealth in the company? We dig into the 11 steps of Scale where the goal is to hone, discover and experiment towards a more scalable and sustainable business. To put it simply, this stage is about shifting from clawing out growth one handful at a time, to a business with one of those magical hockey stick growth charts. We also finish out this episode with reflections on key takeaways and what we learned in talking through this whole…
  • Money: Stage 5 of 6 on the Small Business Roadmap (FS104)

    Chase Reeves
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Now, in stage 5 of the small business roadmap, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty: can this business idea of yours actually make enough money to support you in a meaningful way? This is a stage most of us are not well prepared for, typically diving in without any knowledge of the metrics, the movements or the models. That’s what we break down for you into 7 steps in this conversation, taking you from “I made a dollar,” to your Freedom Number™ (the amount of money you need to make your full time living from your business). You could have access to the best…
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  • The 10 most important things in the world right now

    Dina Spector
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Hello! Here's what you need to know for Tuesday. 1. The captain and an crew member of a migrant boat that capsized in the Mediterranean, claiming hundreds of lives, were arrested in Italy on human-trafficking charges. 2. The European Union is expected to accuse Russian gas giant Gazprom this week with overcharging customers in eastern Europe. 3. The US Navy has sent warships toward waters off Yemen amid reports that a convoy of Iranian ships may be headed toward Yemen to arm the Houthis rebels. 4. The European Union has unveiled a 10-point action plan to prevent…
  • Here's how to win any argument

    Skye Gould and Drake Baer
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    It's easy for a calm debate to turn ugly. When this happens, it's almost impossible to persuade your opponent. We created an infographic of the most successful tactics to help you get your point across in a courteous and educated way. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How To Win An Argument
  • One CEO says these 7 lessons from ping-pong have helped him grow a successful business

    Jacquelyn Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Amit Kleinberger started playing ping-pong 12 years ago. About five years later, he became CEO of Menchies Frozen Yogurt, a chain with 475 locations in 38 countries and an additional 500 additional stores in the works. Ever since, he's applied the important lessons and strategies he's picked up from table tennis to running his business — and he says they have all contributed significantly to Menchies success. "Ping-pong has many aspects that are similar to running a business," Kleinberger explains to Business Insider. "They are both strategic and require…
  • How this 25-year-old made $66,000 in a month teaching an online course

    Business Insider
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    When the iPhone started taking over the US in 2008, Nick Walter was in Japan doing Mormon missionary work without a smartphone. "When I got home, my dad was super nice and bought me an iPhone 4, and it was my first introduction to apps," the 25-year-old remembers. "I was like, 'These things are crazy! They can do anything!'" Since that first introduction, Walter, who graduated from Brigham Young University with an information systems major (which includes elements of both computer science and business), learned to code and started doing freelance work building iPhone apps for local companies…
  • John Paul DeJoria describes what it felt like to become a billionaire

    Richard Feloni
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    It's easy to see why John Paul Mitchell Systems hair care and Patrón tequila cofounder John Paul DeJoria likes to defend the American Dream — he embodies it. Born in Los Angeles in 1944 to poor immigrant parents, DeJoria's life has been filled with rough patches. He spent time in a street gang as a boy, was homeless twice, was fired multiple times, worked as a janitor and salesman to stay afloat, and faced the prospect of losing everything on a business that seemed poised to fail. Today, at age 70, he has an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion and is in charge of about 10 businesses and a…
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  • Two former Boston Teamsters are sentenced in extortion case

    Mary Moore
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Two former members of a Boston Teamsters local that represented workers largely in the convention and exhibition industry have been convicted on federal charges of extortion and racketeering, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts has announced. The charges against two former members of Local 82, announced Friday, include extorting local nonprofits, such as Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the United States Green Building Council, according to a press release…
  • MIT grad's anti-drone tech being used at the Boston Marathon

    Sara Castellanos
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    The Boston Marathon on Monday was using technology developed by an MIT graduate that warns Boston Police Department officers when drones are entering the airspace above the 30,000 marathon runners. This year's 26.2 mile-long course was declared a "no-drone zone" by Boston officials last week. Brian Hearing, co-founder of Washington, D.C.-based Drone Shield, said the drone sensors listen for the sound of drones and can alert about 40 Boston police officers via email or text message about an incoming…
  • Santander penalized for wrongly charging customers for ID theft protection

    Greg Ryan
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Santander Bank has been hit with a $6 million penalty by federal regulators for billing customers for credit monitoring they never received, a fine that comes on top of the nearly $40 million it’s already doled out in refunds for the services. Over more than four years, Boston-based Santander billed customers for its Sovereign IdentityProtector product, even though not all of them received the product’s credit monitoring and credit report retrieval services, according to the Office of the Comptroller…
  • With a dog to train and a board to lead, Paul Guzzi is ready to retire

    Mary Moore
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Once Jim Rooney's name began circulating as the possible heir to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce throne, whoosh — Paul Guzzi’s name seemed to vanish. In recent months, all eyes have been on Rooney, to be sure, but Guzzi remains the Chamber president until the end of June. And he’s still working long hours, including late on the Friday afternoon of a three-day weekend, when he spoke with me about his plans once he says goodbye to the Chamber for good. To start with, Guzzi wants to relax…
  • Lasell Village appoints new president amidst improved financial picture

    Mary Moore
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Lasell College has named Anne E. Doyle, a former executive with tech firm Connected Living Inc., as the president of Lasell Village, the senior living community on Lasell's Newton campus. Doyle, who started in her new role on March 30, was chief operating officer at Connected Living, a company that provides engagement opportunities to seniors. Doyle also has served as the chief operating officer for Planned Parenthood and she led the Massachusetts rollout of the Program for All-inclusive Care for…
 
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  • The More We Limit Ourselves, the More Resourceful We Become

    James Clear
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    In 1843, Soren Kierkegaard published his first major book, Either/Or (ebook), in which he tries to answer the question, “How should we live?” During a particularly interesting passage, the Danish philosopher discusses our tendency to see boredom as a negative influence and points out that we often use boredom as justification to jump continually from thing to thing. “One is weary of living in the country and moves to the city; one is weary of one’s native land and goes abroad; one is weary of Europe and goes to America, etc.; one indulges in the fanatical hope of an…
  • Announcing the 2015 Motivation and Willpower Seminar (Live Event on April 22nd)

    James Clear
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Today I am excited to announce the 2015 Motivation and Willpower Seminar, which is a live online class that I will be hosting on April 22, 2015. Spring and summer are upon us and habits have a tendency to fade away when summer vacations and outdoor activities slide back into our schedules. It’s the perfect time to re-energize your efforts and learn how to maximize your willpower and motivation for the middle of the year. If you’re wondering, “Is this different than the Habits Seminar?” Yes, the Motivation and Willpower Seminar is a completely different class. But…
  • How to Declutter Your Mind and Unleash Your Willpower by Using “Bright-Line” Rules

    James Clear
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?” —The Miranda Warning IN THE SPRING of 1966, a man named Ernesto Miranda was arrested in Phoenix. The police had very little to go on, but they suspected Miranda of kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old woman ten days earlier. The officers interrogated Miranda for two hours and were rewarded for their effort:…
  • How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the “Paper Clip Strategy”

    James Clear
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    In 1993, a bank in Abbotsford, Canada hired a 23-year-old stock broker named Trent Dyrsmid. Dyrsmid was a rookie so nobody at the firm expected too much of his performance. Moreover, Abbotsford was still a relatively small suburb back then, tucked away in the shadow of nearby Vancouver where most of the big business deals were being made. The first popular email services like AOL and Hotmail wouldn’t arrive for another two or three years. Geography still played a large role in business success and Abbotsford wasn’t exactly the home of blockbuster deals. And yet, despite his…
  • April Reading List: 3 Good Books to Read This Month

    James Clear
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Welcome to another edition of my reading list. In addition to the books below, you’re welcome to browse my complete list of the best books I’ve read. As always, I only share books that I have finished myself. With that said, here’s what I’ve been reading recently. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith Print | Kindle | Audiobook The Book in Three Sentences: Behavioral problems, not technical skills, are what separate the great from the near great. Incredible results can come from practicing basic behaviors…
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    Startup Blog

  • 6 Important needs for great networking

    Taffy Williams
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Let's tag team the intros with the crowd!I have had discussions with young entrepreneurs that felt networking was not worth the effort.  They commented that it was impossible to meet big name people of interest to them in the bars and events.  The inability to meet high-profile people in events is difficult but that is not the goal of creating a great network.   Creating a great network involves meeting people, establishing relationships, maintaining relationships, growing the network, and eventually accessing to their network.  Proper networking eventually leads…
  • Outtake - Funding - Don't Cold Call on Twitter

    Taffy Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog  and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC  ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
  • Outtake3 - Funding - What It Takes for Me to Invest in You

    Taffy Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog  and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC  ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
  • Outtake2 - Funding - It is the ROI not the Technology

    Taffy Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog  and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC  ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
  • Insights on Your First Action Is Not Raising Capital

    Taffy Williams
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Reference Article:  Your First Action Is Not Raising CapitalTaffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
 
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    YourStory.com

  • Is it even possible to organize the intercity truck industry in India via tech? Return Trucks thinks so

    Jubin Mehta
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Sudhakar Vintha has a steep climb ahead of him. Just like many of the trucks on the highways of India. These freight trucks are a constant part of the landscape of this beautiful country. Often unnoticed, these trucks play a huge role in keeping the country functioning. And Sudhakar along with his team at Return Trucks wants to make these trucks more efficient. How? Return Trucks connects truck and load owners through a truck and load matching platform. Customers can post the truck availability and load availability for free and load owners can book their truck. There are more options like…
  • Aeroleads injects tech in old approach to prospect generation

    Sharanya Chandrakantha Rao Inna
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    A company’s hunt for prospects and leads for their products or services is indeed time-consuming. This is done through – working the network, attending conferences or gatherings, staying up-to-date with recent trends, and combing the Internet for the right information. This is where AeroLeads, aiming to inject technology into the ‘older’ approach, comes in with their product – a prospect-generation software that mines contact details from the Internet. The software can condense the information gathered into a directory that can be transferred to MailChimp, HubSpot, or SalesForce.
  • Pune fast turning into the latest hub for startups

    Aparna Ghosh
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    When I moved to Pune in early December last year, I had covered startups in Bangalore for almost two years. Bangalore was so exciting that I could hardly keep up with the pace of the city’s startup ecosystem. The thought of moving to Pune was like going back to school after an action-packed summer vacation. How insipid the thought was! Of course, I had read articles (like this one on YourStory) about how Pune had a thriving startup ecosystem and might become the next hub for startups, but I didn’t want to believe it. I wondered how anything could be better than Bangalore. Over the next…
  • From the shores of Udupi to the pinnacle of fintech world: the Fintellix story

    Alok Soni
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Anup Pai started his life in Udupi, a small city in southwest Karnataka. Despite hailing from the Pai community (members of which are well known for their skills in banking industry), Anup did not heed to the career choice in the banking sector, and went to the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surathkal, to study Mechanical Engineering. But destiny had other plans for him. Who would have know that 10 years down the line, Anup would co-found one of the pioneering fintech companies of India and along with his co-founders take it to a level where Fintellix is today. Anup Pai Mechanical…
  • Freshdesk raises $50 Million Series E funding from Tiger Global, Google Capital and Accel

    Shradha Sharma
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In a market buzzing with funding news of e-commerce companies, marketplaces and other B2C ventures in India, Freshdesk is the outlier which is demonstrating the growing might of new-age B2B ventures. Freshdesk has just closed a new $50 million series E funding from Tiger Global, Google Capital & Accel Partners. This brings its total investment to US$94 million. The new round of funding will be used to accelerate its products and scale to meet the growing market demand. Founder, Girish Mathrubootham says, This investment will help us continue to evolve our products and scale our business…
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    StartUpLift

  • goingto.do – for all things to .do

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Web Design Company Creative Lab Opens in Clintonville

    Susan Post
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Offering web design and IT consulting services at an affordable price, new agency Creative Lab is establishing its roots in Clintonville. The office is a branch of global parent company, Themesoft. The firm that ranks on the Inc500’s list of fastest growing U.S. companies chose Columbus for its strong client prospect list, talented potential staff […]
  • TStacker Creating T-Shirt Fundraising Platform

    Susan Post
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Two t-shirt screen printing companies have come together to build a unique new crowdfunding platform. Traxler Custom Printing purchased DFC Screen Printing and with it came owner Jason Case and his idea for TStacker. The low-risk crowdfunding platform allows organizations to create and pre-sell t-shirts to raise money. “I also have a large customer base that […]
  • Make Your Mark

    Brian Downey
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Your brand embodies the entire goodwill of your business. Put out a quality product or service in connection with using your trademark and you will develop a loyal customer following. For example, consumers familiar with Apple’s past products will line up for hours just for the chance to get the latest offering, often without doing […]
  • At Work: Roto’s Creative Space on Discovery Boulevard

    Anne Evans
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are times when new companies are born out of existing ones. That was how the existence of Roto, a local exhibit design and production firm specializing in interactive exhibits and environments in the museum & entertainment industry came to be. “Roto is led by a team of six principals with nearly twenty years of experience as […]
  • Middle West Spirits Expanding with More Production Space

    Walker Evans
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Locally-based Middle West Spirits has seen much success in its first five years on the market, and is ready to ramp up production to the next level by adding a second production facility to the business. The new 23,000 square foot building is located in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood, just east of the original home of Middle West […]
 
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • What Motivates Real Innovators?

    Martin
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Real innovation in the business world is still rare. As I’ve said before, everyone talks about innovation, but the majority of new business plans I see still reflect linear thinking – one more social network with more features, another smartphone app for marketing, or one more platform for faster e-commerce. Historic changes and great successes don’t come from linear thinking. What does it take for more dynamic transformations? I like the recommendations in a recent book “Orbit Shifting Innovation,” by Rajiv Narang and Devika Devaiah. They summarize twenty years of breakthrough…
  • HowAboutWe Is A New On Demand Dating Site

    VisionwizTeam
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:36 pm
    HowAboutWe: HowAboutWe is a 5 year old startup company but now relaunching itself as a new date on demand site that actually encourages you to spend less time online and more time meeting people in the real world by focusing on the date itself. Just say what you want to do, find someone who wants to go (or let them find you), and get offline. How It Works: They have designed a profile that would allow you to showcase your personality and basic info, while avoiding questions that are superficial, obvious, and misleading. In their view, things like eye color, body type and income are either (a)…
  • Create Virtual Tours Plan Via Roundme

    VisionwizTeam
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Roundme: Roundme is a new startup that allows you to create virtual tours, or Spaces. A Space is a set of panoramic images connected through Portals and filled with informational Hotspots. How It Works: You need to register on round.me and tap the “Create Space” button. Then you need to upload a panoramic image, fill in all required fields and push the “Done” button. Now your Space is ready and you can edit it – upload more panoramas, connect them through Portals and add Hotspots A Portal is a link from one panorama to another – it allows you to understand how a Space…
  • How To Get Funding For Your Product (R&D)

    Martin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for startups with real products and a proven business model, ready to scale. Yet I still get too many business plans that clearly are looking for money to do research and development (R&D) on a new and unproven technology. If you need funding for these early stage activities, I have some suggestions on better strategies to follow. The first is to be more precise in your definition and understanding of where you are, and how the money will be spent. If this is your first foray into the entrepreneurial arena, with no track record in…
  • Emotuit Will Deliver Course Based On Your Learning Style

    VisionwizTeam
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Emotuit: Emotuit is a new app that aims to deliver course based on your learning style. Emotuit uses different learning styles to learn how you learn best. Delivering you content that is not only more engaging for you, but also helping you learn more. How It Works: Emotuit uses your device’s native camera to capture not just your eye tracking but also your expression. Emotuit uses the native camera, or web cam to send facial images once per second via a web API for LIVE analysis. Emotuit uses a state of the art expression recognition algorithm, which in real time can analyse your…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Dire Directions: Keep Your Business from Facing Insolvency

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

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

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

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

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

  • DKSP EP03: Your Questions on How to Create a High Quality Private Blog Network

    Dilip Kumar
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    This is the 3rd and the final part in the “How to Create a Private Blog Network” series of episodes. If you haven’t listened to the earlier episodes, I will recommend that you first listen to them to understand the details of a private blog network and how to set one up for you own […] The post DKSP EP03: Your Questions on How to Create a High Quality Private Blog Network appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 3 New Features at Aweber and an Aweber Vs Getresponse Comparison

    Dilip Kumar
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Have you seen the movie, “The Wrath of the Titans”? If you are wondering as to what this question has to do with auto-responders, then let me explain. The war of the auto-responders have been very similar to the war in “The Wrath of the Titans”. Both the parties fight it out with all their […] The post 3 New Features at Aweber and an Aweber Vs Getresponse Comparison appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP02: How to Create and Setup a High Quality Private Blog Network – Part 2

    Dilip Kumar
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    This is episode 2 of DKSpeaks Podcast and part 2 on creating and setting up a High Quality Private Blog Network. In the last show we discussed some critical aspects and points that you need to keep in mind when setting up a Private Blog Network or, PBN. I got a few questions from some […] The post DKSP EP02: How to Create and Setup a High Quality Private Blog Network – Part 2 appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 7 Social Media Statistics That Will Get You Thinking on Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

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

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

    guestbloggerSUD
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    Unfortunately, far too many people in business really don’t cut the mustard when it comes to public speaking. And yet, being able to present your business in a clear and engaging way is essential if you are to succeed. So, what should you do if you’re guilty of committing one of the common public speaking sins listed below? You become the invisible man or woman If you stand in front of your audience reading the content of densely packed slides you will become invisible. Solution: Use simple visual aids to support your points and make yourself visible. The audience is bothering you I…
  • Why young people should play a key role in regenerating our town centres

    Lauren Pennycook
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:21 am
    Lord Sugar, Richard Branson and Bill Gates – three of the top responses we received when we asked further education students to visualise enterprise. In fact, 59% of respondents associated enterprise with how entrepreneurs are defined in the media – high-profile, innovative individuals of extreme wealth – and just 5% identified local and regional businesses, small shops and near-by start-ups as enterprising. It’s true that the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker no longer define our high streets, and a return to the town centre of the past looks increasingly unlikely. With a…
  • What employee benefits can start-ups offer?

    guestbloggerSUD
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:51 am
    The success of many businesses relies heavily on their employees and while a lot of this depends on the employees themselves, owners need to keep their staff happy and motivated if the business is to prosper. Employee benefits – no matter how big or small – work as a motivator for potential members of staff as well as keeping your existing team committed. So, what employee benefits can start-ups use to keep employees happy and productive? A little can go a long way For many start-ups, offering more lucrative benefits packages to employees is too costly, at least until the business has…
  • Three lessons every British small business can learn from the US

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

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

    Sean Murphy
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Any innovation effort is a painful struggle punctuated by false starts and dead ends. Your efforts are met with lack of interest even when a basic invention is working and active resistance when it starts to replace the tried and true. Like any childbirth the trick is managing the pain long enough to deliver. I am so tired of reading about “growth hacks” and shortcuts and the easy way. There are certainly some tactics that are more effective than others but when I see some titles for talks and articles I think of applying them to activities that look more like innovation: Four…
  • Hotels Near Great Demo Workshop 2015

    Theresa Shafer
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    Attending the Great Demo! Workshop? The two day workshop is held at Domain Hotel which several past attendees have stayed at and enjoyed. Domain Hotel 1085 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (408) 247-0800 – special discount rate for “Great Demo Group” However the hotel does normally sell out. So here are a couple of our favorites hotels that are nearby listed in increasing distance from the from the workshop: Best Western Santa Clara 4341 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051 (408) 244-3366 Corporate Inn – Sunnyvale 805 E El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, CA 94087 Hilton…
  • CNSV Recognized by IEEE as an Outstanding Chapter

    Sean Murphy
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    The Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV) was recognized by IEEE Region 6 in 2015 for its outstanding achievements in promoting members’ skills and providing educational opportunities for Silicon Valley. The award reads: IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Chapter  presented to Consultants Network of Silicon Valley For creating a network to promote the skills of its consultants, fostering collaboration among its members, creating alliances with other IEEE chapters, and providing educational opportunities for Silicon Valley. Edited Transcript Dennis Falkenstein: What does it take to be the…
  • A Clear Eyed View Of The Way Forward

    Sean Murphy
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:37 pm
    It’s often hard to see your way forward. When there are many courses of action open to you whose possible outcomes are hard to predict you can remain paralyzed by analysis. I often find myself dithering past the point where picking any reasonable option and proceeding is far better than continuing to analyze my choices. I frequently long for a clear eyed view of the way forward. Sometimes the path becomes clear when a situation echoes with prior experience or I see a pattern match to a prior success (or failure). Other times clarity flows from recognizing that there is only one option…
  • Victorian Values

    Sean Murphy
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    In an 1983 radio interview Margaret Thatcher defined Victorian values as  hard work, self-improvement, self-reliance, living within your income, cleanliness, self-respect, a duty to help others, pride in country, and being a good member of your community. Here are some excerpts from an April 15, 1983 radio interview with Peter Allen on The Decision Makers program. Peter Allen: I would like to begin as well by asking what you meant recently when you talked about Victorian values. What values are they? What do you mean? Margaret Thatcher: Well, there is no great mystery about those. I was…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Dire Directions: Keep Your Business from Facing Insolvency

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

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

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

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

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

    Stephen Babcock
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Re/code Editor Kara Swisher speaks at Loyola Swisher, the co-executive editor of Re/code and former Wall Street Journal technology columnist, delivers Loyola University Maryland’s 27th annual Caufield lecture. She will discuss the technology world’s shift from devices to internet capabilities. Monday, April 20 5 p.m. McGuire Hall, Loyola University FREE. Han Solo in Carbonite’s Going Away Party Chewie, we’re home. Han Solo is coming back for another movie, so here’s a chance to revisit one of his greatest hits. Baltimore Node’s 1:1 replica of Han Solo in…
  • Session scorecard: How 3 tech bills fared in the Maryland legislature

    Stephen Babcock
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    There was much for the tech community to keep up with in the final hours of the 2015 Maryland legislative session, as legislators crafted a deal that paved the way for Uber and Lyft to be regulated across the state for the first time. Now that the celebration has died down, let’s take a moment to look at the fate of three more bills that were of direct interest to the Baltimore tech community. 1. GIS Mapping Bill PASSED The first formal recommendation from the newly-created Maryland Council on Open Data called on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would remove the…
  • This cybersecurity firm is moving to Natty Boh Tower

    Stephen Babcock
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    A cybersecurity company with offices in Palo Alto and Columbia is moving to Baltimore, and they’re heading straight for Mr. Boh. Contrast Security will open an office in Canton. Specifically, the offices will be located in a 3,500-square-foot space in the Natty Boh Tower, which is in the Brewers Hill development, the company announced. The deal, which is a lease, was brokered by Colliers International. The office has space for about 30 employees, representing Contrast’s plans to grow from its current local office of 12 employees. The company, which makes security software that…
  • Sickweather’s new Apple Watch app adds nifty ‘SickScore’ feature

    Stephen Babcock
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Illness-tracking app Sickweather is now on the Apple Watch. And it’s not just a straight migration. The app also has a new feature. Sickweather already scans social media, partner apps and self-reports from its internal community to map illnesses in an area. The latest feature looks to measure how likely someone is to get sick. With the new version, Sickweather debuted a feature called SickScore. The function uses an algorithm to determine how at-risk a person is for contagious illness in their area. If the threat is high, users can then open a timer that will count to 20 seconds —…
  • This startup wants to help you pay for your meal, and someone else’s

    Stephen Babcock
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    You’re at a restaurant with a group, and the time comes to split the bill. When the check drops, an otherwise pleasant dinner could easily devolve into awkwardness, bickering or, even worse, unspoken hard feelings. Full Society wants to keep the mood of the meal on the good side, and help people give back at the same time. The Baltimore startup’s app, which is currently in development, is designed to make paper checks unnecessary, and paying easer. The founders say it integrates with restaurant point-of-sale systems to provide a copy of the bill on the app. It will also have tools…
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    inside-Startups

  • Video: Three Pitfalls Startup Founders Must Avoid

    Rich
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Noam Wasserman, Harvard Business School professor, outlines the three Rs: relationship decisions, roles decisions, and rewards decisions.
  • Video: What’s it Like to do Startup Weekend in Portland?

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

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

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

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

  • MakeOverShare: Startup Allows Users to Discover All Things Beauty

    joshboyle
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:15 Author:  Victoria Alexander ‪- Marketing Content Creator, IDEA‬ Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  MakeOverShare is a platform to discover beauty and fashion related events, salons, spas, and other businesses within the beauty industry. MakeOverShare is a platform to discover beauty and fashion related events, salons, spas, and other businesses within the beauty industry. Co-founded by Roy Lewis and Travis Roache, this platform allows users to discover the latest styles and trends in hair, nails, makeup, and all…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: April 20 – 25

    joshboyle
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Have a look at what's going on in and around the Boston tech and entrepreneurial community next week - Another busy one! 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…
  • Talent on the Move! April 17, 2015

    jackmulvaney
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Premium Company:  America's Test Kitchen Jobcase, Inc. SiteSpect Release Date:  Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Jack Mulvaney - Account Manager, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - April 17, 2015 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - April 17, 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.Chris McMahon, Vice President, People and Culture @…
  • What Kinds of Jobs Are Recent Grads Actually Landing?

    joshboyle
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 04/16/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Luke Antal - Director of Programs, Koru, Inc Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  “This week, I read about 20 different job descriptions, applied to 15 of them, and I have no idea what I would actually be expected to do if I were to get any of those jobs.” “This week, I read about 20 different job descriptions, applied to 15 of them, and I have no idea what I would actually be expected to do if I were to get any of those jobs.”A soon-to-be grad said this to me a few days ago. When you don't have much…
  • 4 Dirty Secrets VCs Won’t Admit

    joshboyle
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Rob Go - Co-Founder and Partner, NextView Ventures Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Because you don’t often hear these realities admitted out loud, consider these a few “dirty secrets” of VC. Recently, I’ve been mentally noting a few things that I observe VCs doing regularly that many entrepreneurs may not readily understand. Below are four that come to mind, but there are probably a dozen or so that are pretty interesting. (Leave a comment below if you can think of…
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    Verge

  • From Open Waters to Red Oceans: T.A. McCann’s Adventure as a Successful Sailor and Entrepreneur

    Matt Hunckler
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    T.A. McCann is one of the few people on the planet who can claim astronomical success in not one but two areas; in his case, sailing AND entrepreneurship. But are they that different? I sat down with the tech company founder and America’s Cup winner about both bouncing back from failure and tips for achieving success. Watch the full interview with T.A. McCann here: Adventures in Entrepreneurship and Sailing with T.A. McCann McCann got the entrepreneurial bug around the tender age of 12 when he started a lawn care business: “The feeling of independence and being able to control my own…
  • Verge is Open For Service and So Is Indiana

    Matt Hunckler
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    “You might not have heard about it, but Indiana’s killing it in software and tech. We’re growing like crazy.” That’s what I said this morning at my out-of-state coffee meeting. This is the same level of enthusiasm with which I share our tech growth story every time I tell it. Whether I’m in Silicon Valley, DC, or Kansas City—I always deliver our Hoosier story with confidence and conviction. And the story is usually met with intrigue and excitement. But this morning was different. “We’re growing like crazy,” I said. “Well… until now,” the guy on the other side of…
  • Fresh face. Same community. Better experience.

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

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

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

  • Point Shout : Mobile App to Listen, Engage and React to Customers’ Needs

    Bob Debbas
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Ionut Danifeld”, Co-Founder at the Brussels – Belgium based start-up “PointShout” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Established in 2013, Point Shout is a subscription based mobile & web app solution that enables businesses to listen, engage & react more effectively to their customers’ needs. We facilitate easier customer feedback while improving customer loyalty. 2. When has your startup been founded? And…
  • Utopia Creative : Design, Production, Advertising and Social Media

    Bob Debbas
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Ryan Oldfield”, Director at the UK  based start-up “UtopiaCreative” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? We help all companies from start-ups right up to large companies with professional and affordable design services which include: brand design logo design graphic design web design brand consultancy social media seo print photography video production/animation marketing advertising So we try to be a one stop shop for…
  • Digmaa : Overall Experience of The Building Process

    Bob Debbas
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Austin MacNab”, Co-Founder at the Iowa- USA  based start-up “Digmaa” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Digmaa enhances the overall experience of the building process for all involved. Builders will be able to maximize their exposure to the public while having simple tools to connect with their clients for scheduling, budgeting, and updating their clients via photos/videos throughout the building phases. 2. When has your…
  • MediaNest : Manage Video Marketing Campaigns on Social Media

    Bob Debbas
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Natasha Robinson”, Co-Founder & CMO at the California- USA  based start-up “MediaNest” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? MediaNest makes it incredibly easy to publish, manage, transcode, search optimize & measure video marketing campaigns on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & more. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? Our start-up MediaNest was founded in…
  • Nutshellz : Protective Equipment for Military, Law Professional Enforcements and Athletes

    Bob Debbas
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Matt Heck”, Owner of the Missouri – USA  based start-up “Nutshellz” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Nutshellz manufactures, sells, and distributes high-end protective equipment to military and law enforcement professionals as well as athletes in high-impact sports like hockey, MMA, baseball, and more. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? Nutshellz began in concept…
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    Planio Blog

  • Time tracking with Planio and GotDone

    janschulzhofen
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    Here’s the situation: It’s the end of a busy working day full of interruptions and multi-tasking and you’re trying to remember how many billable hours you worked for which client on which project?If you’re lucky enough, all your clients are using Planio already - which as we know they really should! :-) In that case you’ve certainly used our integrated start/stop timer to track your hours and are done already. Terrific!However, … What if not all your clients are using Planio? What if your team still uses a plethora of different tools for managing everyday work and you’ve…
  • Desktop notifications, better custom fields, and more!

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

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

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

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

  • How to become a marketing guru?

    Manpreet Kaur
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Nowadays, every other person in marketing field is a self proclaimed ‘marketing guru’ but what does it take to become a real one? How can you actually be the best when it comes to marketing your brand? How can you do it better than anyone else? Unleash you creativeness: the first important step you would need to become a marketing expert is be creative. Marketing is a subject that is often overpowered with statistics and trends but if that was only thing that mattered, every accountant would have been doing marketing. Marketing is a creative field and you need to understand that to…
  • The Checklist To Get To a Car Wash Business

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    So you have made the decision to open up a car wash business for yourself. Is it really that easy to open a car wash? What is the checklist you need when you get into this type of business? Today we will cover all the aspects you will need to think about for starting your car wash business. The Basics You Should Consider When you ask most people what they think of a car wash they might give you an idea of a place where you park your car, and it is pulled through on a motorized track. Well that’s only one style of car wash, and there are other car washes you should consider for your business…
  • Why you need to market yourself?

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    Whether you’re an assistant engineer or a project manager, whether you’re a normal employee or the CEO of the company, you need to market yourself. What do we mean by that? Why is marketing important to a person who doesn’t deal with the field ever in his profession? Marketing is one thing that is omnipresent in a business atmosphere. You don’t need to be the part of marketing team for doing this task. In fact, you are doing it even now. Each employee of the company does marketing – good or bad, that’s the real question. When an employee is asked to submit a report, does he stick…
  • 5 Reasons Why Instagram Marketing Is The Next Big Thing

    Manpreet Kaur
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Instagram is one of the most popular social media networking site at present but it seems like businesses are quite doubtful when it comes to using instagram marketing to make more sales or increase the customer base. Maybe things like, the inability to generate leads directly through the platform or the fact that it might end up like Facebook which now focuses only on emptying the pockets of advertisers, are pushing you away from instagram marketing but here are some points that would convince you to refocus your marketing strategy and take instagram as a serious marketing tool. Greater…
  • Top 5 Startup Ideas for 2015

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    Even though many entrepreneurs fear starting up a new business in an uncertain economy, certain types of businesses are ripe for growth in the coming years. While green energy and organic food are two noticeable trends where economic growth is booming, here are are five business startup ideas that make sense in 2015 and for the future. Digital Marketplace One of the most exciting growth industries is the digital download marketplace, which includes software, video, video games, ebooks, music, photography and other items that can be downloaded as electronic files. These days kids are…
 
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Becoming High Performance and Building A Sales Machine

    Scott
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Below you’ll find the first ever “guest re-post” on Life-LongLearner as well as a new podcast with my buddy Ryan Denehy. The post + podcast combo effectively  makes this a Denehy centerfold. Ryan is a close friend who most recently co-founded Swarm Mobile which was acquired by Groupon. In the podcast episode, we riff on the mental and emotion journey of getting there. In the post, you’ll see all the things he learned building the local sales machine that fueled their growth. Enter Sensai Denehy…. Listen On Itunes “Building A Startup Sales Machine: 64…
  • Using Identity to Sell

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

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

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

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

    IdeaMensch
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Try and test. I’m willing to try all kinds of marketing ideas, as long as they fit within my demographics. I have learned some amazing things by being open and willing to try things. Yet I also know how to test to make sure they work at an acceptable level. Lori Osterberg is the co-founder of VisionOfSuccess.com, a website and coaching business helping 40-60 something women reinvent their lives as an entrepreneur, offering advice and helping them take their big ideas to the six figure level and beyond. Reinvention is something Lori knows well. She started after college down the 9 to 5 path,…
  • Jay Olsen – Founder of Jobsite Unite

    IdeaMensch
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    People will judge your capabilities based on your position, but your position doesn’t limit your capabilities. Jay Olsen has been around construction his entire life — you could even say it’s in his blood. Jay grew up in Leon, Iowa, and his dad was a shop teacher and his grandfather owned a construction company. After high school, Jay earned an associate degree in construction and building trades from Southwestern Community College. After working for a few small-town builders, Jay moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he spent the next 10 years networking and building his career in the…
  • Adam Kutner – Founder of Adam S. Kutner and Associates

    IdeaMensch
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    I think we sometimes underestimate the people who are already in our lives, and it is important to seek their insight as often as possible. An attorney with 20 years of experience representing personal injury clients in the Las Vegas area, Adam S. Kutner has a unique background that provides his clients with a distinct advantage. Kutner came to Las Vegas, Nevada, and initially worked as an attorney representing the insurance side of personal injury cases. That experience has proved vital to the success of The Law Office of Attorney Adam S. Kutner and Associates, as Mr. Kutner has been able…
  • Phillipe Christodoulou – Founder of The Eco Laundry Company

    IdeaMensch
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As far as productivity is concerned, what I have learned is that when you figure out how to connect with your true purpose in life and you are doing what you were born to do, every single thing you do is productive. Phillipe Christodoulou is the founder and co-owner of The Eco Laundry Company, a sustainable dry cleaning and laundry service headquartered in New York City. Christodolou launched the business in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2010, becoming the first environmentally friendly laundry and dry cleaning business in that country. He soon partnered with Jean Calleja, the co-owner of The…
  • Maximo Cavazzani – Founder and CEO of Etermax

    IdeaMensch
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Success is created right at that point between ability and necessity. Both the ability to create and an eye for necessity are trained by doing. Maximo Cavazzani (29), creator of Trivia Crack and CEO of Etermax, has a degree in Software Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA). While studying in 2008, he created iStockManager, the first free app for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android for buying and selling stocks for “TD Ameritrade,” one of the most important stock brokers in the US. Near the end of 2009, together with two college friends, Maximo formed Etermax; a…
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  • The Relationship Between Public and Private Markets Valuations

    jesusmrv
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    A few days ago, I wrote about the importance for startup CEOs to have certain level of familiarity with public market dynamics. Apparently, the blog post sparked some very interesting debates about the relationship between public and private markets dynamics.  So it’s time to follow up with a new post While public and private markets operate under fundamentally different models they also share a lot of commonalities. More importantly, public and private markets influence each other through different elements, the most important of which tends to drive entrepreneurs crazy and puzzle the…
  • Building the Industrial Enterprise Part I: The Elements of an IOT Platform

    jesusmrv
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:36 am
    As enterprises start embracing smart devices to automate business processes, the need for a platform will evolve all the way from a fancy requirement to a key element of enterprise IOT deployments. In the past, I have been vocal about as the adoption of new forms of data consumption or data production technologies in the enterprise typically creates new requirements in areas such as security, analytics, integration etc. The internet of things (IOT) promises to take this principle to a whole new level producing new platforms that will power the industrial enterprise. While the initial flavors…
  • Why Startup CEOs Should Understand Public Markets

    jesusmrv
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    A few days ago, during a dinner with a few experienced tech executives, we had a super interesting discussion about the current state of the public markets and its relationship with the venture industry. One of the topics we were debating was the value of understanding and following the state of public markets as an entrepreneur and CEO of  a private company. The discussion was particularly interesting to me as I have been advocating the value of knowing to speak the language of public markets for private company CEOs. In my opinion, understanding the dynamics of public markets can be…
  • Democratizing Enterprise Data Access: A Data Lake Pattern

    jesusmrv
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    The Problem The number of enterprise data systems in your organization has grown our of control. Every day, your team gets presented with new business scenarios that require aggregating or combining data from different enterprise data sources. Also, as more and more systems get adopted within your organization becomes increasingly hard to understand the different data sources that can be used by applications as well as its underlying programming models and governance rules. If this challenge sounds familiar, then you probably went through the exercise of building an operational data store…
  • 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…
 
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  • Disrupt or compete

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    Pontus Siren at Innosight illustrates the difference between direct competition and Disruption by looking at one of the most competitive industries - shipping. The basis of competition in the industry continues to be the efficiency of moving a metal box from harbor to harbor. In the last 50 years, ships have grown from 500 containers to 24,000, to the point where harbours are unable to cope. Even the sheer volume of ships is straining the world's main canals. The industry is highly competitive: Naval engineers are planning and building ever bigger ships. As the ships grow, their engines have…
  • Estimating your market size from non-technical sources

    Salim Virani
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Bart Doorneweert is a Dutch textile and agriculture entrepreneur who's operated in India and East Africa. Looking at situations where market data is unavailable and running experiments is expensive, he shows how it's important to learn from analogs. Market insights required to develop successful business at scale in emerging markets are already out there. They’re with shopkeepers, merchants, existing service providers, etc, currently running their businesses. Bart shares a thoughtful analysis on two startups deploying battery charging technology. ARED is explicitly promoting the…
  • How you grow affects your defensibility

    Salim Virani
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    There's a connection between how you choose to grow, and how defensible your business is from competition. Just like it's easy to throw gasoline on a fire to get it going with a boom, it's stoking the coal that produces all the heat in the long-run. Paul Bennetts looked at how Etsy grew to draw this distinction: At the IPO of a company, it’s easy to anchor on just valuation but its more useful to focus how it will throw off cash and how defensible is its earnings stream. In the long run, competition will always drive down returns on equity unless they are defensible. The majority of…
  • Hidden cofounders

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

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

  • APIs and Platforms: How interfaces and access enable the networked economy

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

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

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

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

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

  • Never miss out on a moment: The film of your life

    bhuvana
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Looking for an interesting app? Here is… Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life. Yes Everyday…! A new app for the iPhone. Cesar Kuriyama – Creative human person and the app developer: From 2011 to 2014, I’ve been recording 1 second every day, so I’ll never forget another day ever again. This project has had such a profoundly positive impact on my life, that I’ve passionately developed an App that will make it extraordinarily easy for anyone to do this too. Reliving every single day of my life at age 30 in 6 minutes has provided me with…
  • Facebook Style: Saying Thanks to Advertisers

    bhuvana
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Facebook counts 2 million active advertisers, and they have just two words to say to each one of their advertisers: “Thank you” (Click to see the official post by Facebook with ‘Thanks saying video’) Here, its also important to emphasize – Active advertisers refers to the customers those who regularly buy ads through the company. Majority of them are small and medium-sized business owners. Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged advertisers in a Facebook Business Post as follows: This is a moment to…
  • Airbnb Explainer Video Brings You Back to Childhood, Expensive Yet Truly Personal

    bhuvana
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    Airbnb traditionally relied on social and word of mouth for building its consumer base. But recently, the company have eyed a bigger slice of the pie, with a bid to build its audience base beyond savvy early adopters. The campaign is based around a short film, ‘Welcome to Airbnb’, and this video campaign sets out to explain what Airbnb does, exactly, in the most charming way possible. Now see their behind the scenes peek at the making of “Welcome to Airbnb” video. Hope you enjoy the ride. To produce this video, they spent five weeks 30 people building an 85-square-meter train…
  • Everything in one place: Promote business, product, news, event or yourself around the world!

    bhuvana
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    A person who always striving to innovate – Javier Ideami is the founder and director of Ideami studios. Ideami is a multidisciplinary creative director, engineer, artist and entrepreneur, who is into business, creativity, and technology for many years as well as leading innovative workshops, conferences and events. His passion towards visual creativity and own need become the major reason for Posterini’s birth. Posterini provides solutions to all visual asset challenges like online event advertisement, inviting people for celebrations, Crafting a magazine covers, creating amazing…
  • 4 kickass Startup quotes on people and money

    Gayathri
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    This Video has some kickass quotes said by famous startup founders. People and money both matters a lot when comes to startup success. If you are good at managing both, then you will be the next star in the startup industry. Share your comments below.
 
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    Onboardly

  • Educate, Engage and Inspire: The Modern-Day Process for Creating Standout Content

    Renee Warren
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    A few years ago, it was impossible to visit a marketing blog without coming across a piece singing the praises of a trendy new strategy called “content marketing”. While some dismissed it as another fad at the time, the numbers have proven that content marketing is here to stay — and it’s transforming the way we do business. In its 2015 survey, the Content Marketing Institute found that 86% of B2B respondents are using content marketing, and 47% of those business even have their own dedicated content marketing group. This isn’t surprising given that, in this digital age,…
  • How to Use Hashtags: The Content Marketer’s Tool to Grow an Interactive Audience

    Shanelle Mullin
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:25 am
    Hashtags. We’ve mentioned them when it comes to community building; we’ve talked about how they help build the perfect Hootsuite dashboard; we’ve riffed on how they’re key to garnering a following on Instagram. But, in our haste, we’ve overlooked a few things: the what, the why, and – especially – the how of hashtags. The oh-so-innocent looking hashtag can be mystifying for many in content marketing – and that’s often because the basics are overlooked. Now’s the time to get in touch with hashtags, though. As Hubspot points out, “more than 70% of consumers are motivated…
  • What Makes a True Thought Leader (Think You Have It?)

    Heather Carson
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    Thought leadership: Quite possibly the most overused word in modern day marketing. There’s something about it that feels a lot like nails on a chalkboard to me. ‘Thought leadership’ to content marketing is what ‘fundamental shift’ was to social media in the early 2010’s… a big word, laden with promise, but exaggerated and superfluous at its core. It seems like today, everyone who runs a blog, WordPress site or Tumblr fancies themselves a thought leader. (Come to think of it, the other comparison that immediately comes to mind is when everyone was a ‘social media guru’…
  • Startup Beat: April 2015 Edition

    Renee Warren
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    Welcome to Onboardly’s Startup Beat, a roundup of what’s going on in the startup neighborhood. Each month, we put our ears to the ground so we can introduce you to new startups or developments, and why they matter. Discover something new and noteworthy yourself? Leave it in the comments below! Stylevise Elevator pitch: Stylevise gives you direct access to a community of talented stylists, designers and innovators who can deliver the personalized, on-demand styling solutions you need for your space, party and wardrobe. Stylevise helps you save time and money while benefiting from fresh,…
  • 3 Steps to Optimizing Content Using the Google Keyword Planner

    Renee Warren
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    When you hear about tools like Google Adwords Keyword Planner, you probably associate them with SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing) — and then run away, fast. Well, we’re here to tell you to slow down. Sure, there are some tricky looking features in Google’s Keyword Planner that aren’t entirely relevant to content marketers. But, don’t let that scare you away. Used wisely, the tool can give you fundamental insights about your brand and a launching point for your content. We’ll go so far as to say that the Keyword Planner is the best free keyword…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Google’s New Mobile-Friendly Requirements: Everything Entrepreneurs Need to Know

    Nate Dame
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    You’ve seen the apocalyptic imagery. You’ve heard the chatter. Mobilegeddon is coming, and your website is about to go up in flames. (In case you haven’t heard the chatter, Google is unleashing a new, mobile ranking rule that will penalize websites that aren’t optimized for mobile viewing on April 21. In other words, if your website isn’t mobile friendly, your rankings are about to drop.) What does this mean for your SEO? Your online marketing? Your marketing in general? How will it affect your website? Your conversions? Your business? All valid questions. As an SEO pro and a…
  • 6 Tips for Building a Community When You Work from Home

    Elizabeth Wellington
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Do you ever have those days when you work from your couch in sweatpants and don’t speak to a single soul? You send emails while blasting music and eating popcorn, just because you can. Working from home has obvious perks: no dress code, no commute and a flexible schedule. But for a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners, independence comes at the cost of isolation. It’s not as easy as water cooler talk with co-workers or company wide outings, but with a bit of creativity, you can develop a community while you build your business at home. Here are six tips to help you to feel more…
  • The Business of Bad Credit: 14 Dos and Don’ts for Small Business Owners

    Jeanna Barrett
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    If you own a small business, you’re eager to bring in more cash flow. But business requires working capital– hiring new employees, buying new inventory, equipment and supplies, and paying for a new marketing campaign to get more customers. If you’re struggling with funds, a small business loan might be a good option. But how to get a loan if you have bad credit – or no credit at all? Even if your personal or business credit is bad or nonexistent, you can still get a loan. In fact, if you apply these dos and don’ts from our business loan experts, you’ll take the steps to…
  • 9 Great Tools for Entrepreneurs Without Offices

    Grasshopper Team
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Working without an office is the dream. There are thousands— maybe millions— of office drones who stare at the inside of their cubicle walls every day wishing they could be where you’re sitting right now. There’s just one problem: working without an office isn’t always as easy as it’s cracked up to be. In fact, separating yourself from the high-tech copier, the camaraderie, and the never-ending stream of office supplies can be downright depressing the first few days. Don’t worry. We have you covered. 1. IFTTT If you’re like most human beings, you have a strong love/hate…
  • 9 Phrases That Will Tick Off Your Customers (And What You Should Say Instead)

    Terri Scott
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    When you opened for business, you imagined you’d have customers that loved you all the time. Only it’s actually more difficult than that. There will always be issues, and that’s ok. You just need to make sure you’re dealing with them right. You want to make sure you’re careful when you talk to customers. You might be saying things you think are great, but actually cause some rage! Below are 9 examples of common problem-resolution phrasing that can be replaced with friendlier language: Phrase #1 Bad Phrase: You don’t understand… The last thing that a…
 
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  • China and Russia create joint US$200M fund for startups in Skolkovo

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    The idea is to create favourable conditions for close collaboration between Russian and Chinese scientists, developers and entrepreneurs It appears to be a good time for Sino-Russian relationships. Following reports yesterday of a new US$431 million border trade route that will bridge the two countries over the Amur river, another joint venture, this time for startups, has today been announced in Beijing. Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation and China’s Cybernaut Investment Group inked a deal that will see the creation of a new 1,500-square-metre R&D business incubator, robotics…
  • How to hire a top-notch team when you can’t compete on salary

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Trying to build a world-class team on a shoestring budget? Here are few pieces of advice I often get asked how I have managed to get so many impressive people on my team. By every law of logic, a company as small, new and budget-constrained as mine should not have as many rock stars on our team and advisory board as we do. After being asked the question so often, I’ve finally come up with a few pieces of advice for others trying to build a world-class team on a shoestring budget based on what’s worked for us. 1. Start with their ambitions It takes an incredible amount of money to make a…
  • 10 industry insights from SXSW 2015

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    It’s impossible to leave SXSW without being energised about future possibilities. And this year — this author’s sixth — was no different After reviewing my notes and chatting with others to identify top trends and insights, I’m here to reflect on the biggest observations from the conference. Below are ten of the most thought-provoking trends and insights observed from SXSW Interactive 2015. 1. Meerkat restores the focus on startups Just when the masses have taken over the festival, Meerkat — the new live-streaming app that syncs up with Twitter to let people broadcast a live…
  • Indonesia’s Alodokter raises seed funding to expand in Southeast Asia

    Donna Louisse
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Round was led by Fenox Venture Capital, with participation from 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures and Jungle Ventures’ Lim Der Shing   Indonesia-based health information portal Alodokter today announced that it has secured an undisclosed amount in seed funding led by Fenox Venture Capital. The round also saw participation from 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, and Lim Der Shing of JobsCentral and Jungle Ventures. The fresh capital will be used to explore enterprise partnerships by leveraging on the respective networks of the company’s investors, as well as to expand…
  • Freshdesk nabs US$50M from Tiger Global, Google Capital, Accel

    Sainul Abudheen K
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Till date, the SaaS-based customer support firm has raised US$94 million in funding Freshdesk, a SaaS-based customer support services company with operations in India and the US, has nabbed US$50 million in its Series E round of financing, led by existing investor Tiger Global. Its other returning investors Accel Partners and Google Capital also co-invested. The fresh funding will help the firm to enhance its products as well as to scale the business. “This investment will help us continue to evolve our products and scale our business to meet demand from customers around the world,”…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Chinese intellectual property services startup registers your trademark for free, gets $3.7M funding

    Paul Bischoff
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Zhiguoguo, an online legal services startup specializing in intellectual property, announced today it secured US$3.7 million in series A funding led by Matrix Partners China, according to 36kr. Legend Star, the venture capital arm of Legend Holdings, also participated in the round. Legend Holdings is the parent company of Lenovo, and it recently announced plans for an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The startup says its valuation has reached RMB 100 million (US$16.1 million) after taking an undisclosed amount of angel funding in June last year. Zhiguoguo combines…
  • Ensogo gets another $29.3M to dominate Southeast Asia

    Daniel Tay
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Ensogo is at it again. Just last month, the ecommerce firm raised US$12.5 million from Hong Kong-based investment firm Ward Ferry Management and Chinese online discount retailer Vipshop in total. Today, it announced the raising of another A$38.1 million (US$29.3 million) from a number of Australian and Asian institutional investors, as well as Vipshop. The latter contributed A$3.1 million (US$2.4 million) to the heavily oversubscribed funding round, maintaining its 10 percent stake in the company. According to a statement, 189 million new shares will be issued at A$0.185 (US$0.14) each.
  • ClosetStyles is the newest ‘pre-loved’ fashion marketplace in Malaysia

    Judith Balea
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:32 pm
    If you’re one of those girls who have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing they’d wear, here’s a solution for you: ClosetStyles. Launched last month, ClosetStyles is a marketplace app for women to buy and sell “pre-loved” clothes. Users simply take a photo of an item they wish to sell and then list it in the app. “Women have items in their closets they do not wear anymore but are still in good condition. They can list those up to sell on ClosetStyles, earn some money, and buy whatever clothing they like on the app,” founder Fong Kam Ling tells Tech in Asia. The app carries…
  • New entrepreneurship program for technology experts announced in Singapore

    Michael Tegos
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Infocomm Investments, the investment arm of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), announced yesterday it will be partnering with Entrepreneur First, a British accelerator that helps computer experts turn their ideas into successful startups. News of the program was released at Singapore’s Istana (the country’s presidential residence), during the official commencement of IDA’s Smart Nations conference taking place this week in Singapore. Entrepreneur First’s programs involve six months of training and support. They are aimed exclusively at technical…
  • mClinica enters the doctor’s office with strategic investment in Medix

    Judith Balea
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    mClinica CEO Farouk Meralli with Medix founder Marc Medina. mClinica, a global mobile healthtech provider for pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry, announced today that it acquired a stake in cloud-based clinic management service Medix for an undisclosed sum. Medix was launched in the Philippines in 2013 as software-as-a-sevice for dental practices, but recently developed an electronic medical record platform that gained traction among hospitals and clinics in the Philippines. By partnering with mClinica, which maintains digital networks of pharmacies across Asia, Medix will gain…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – April 18 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    17 Apr 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 A premium T-shirt with a revolutionary sizing concept, straight from factory to consumer. ASKET has taken to Kickstarter to raise the €10,000 they need to turn their vision into a reality and meet the minimum order requirement of 1,000 T-shirts. That money will cover everything – from materials to production and logistics, with every cent helping them to keep their €30 promise. Lendify set to challenge…
  • A premium T-shirt with a revolutionary sizing concept, straight from factory to consumer.

    Anders Hassis
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    With over 2 billion T-shirts produced each year in a vast array of styles, colors and materials, it’s surprisingly difficult to find one that looks good, feels good and fits well. Designers and brands are so busy chasing fashion fads that they’ve lost sight of what made the T-shirt so great in the first place. ASKET – is a Stockholm-based T-shirt brand that wants to take one step back, stripping the T-shirt of all this excess, while taking two steps forward with a unique sizing system and an unconventional method of distribution “We founded ASKET because we had grown tired of…
  • Lendify set to challenge Swedish banks with a new peer-to-peer lending service

    James Pember
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Lendify claims to be the first real P2P-lending platform on the Swedish market. With €2 million in new equity funding the company now begins its quest to transform the Swedish loan market. The concept is called peer-to-peer lending or in short P2P lending. People looking for investments with a good risk/return are put in contact with people looking for loans with good interest rates. Lendify handles the servicing of loans on behalf of the matched borrowers and lenders through its web based plattform. A meticulous and innovative credit scoring model, using traditional and new data sources…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – April 15 Edition

    James Pember
    14 Apr 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! Jobylon are hiring a Sales Account Manager till växande startup i Stockholm Sparta are hiring a Sales Executive / Account Manger to fast growing SaaS company Sparta Gears of Leo are hiring a Technical lead for mobile apps Sparta are hiring a Sales Development Manager to exciting SaaS startup | Sparta Qapital are hiring a iOS Developer For more jobs, check out our job…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – April 11 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Saturday Swedish Startup News – April 4 Edition Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Top Swedish Startup Jobs – April 8 Edition Jobylon, Sparta, Gears of Leo, Qapital are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Opinion, the…
 
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    Barcinno

  • Lessons From Launching Startup Dodgeball Across Europe

    Andree Huk
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    I remember vividly that the excitement was always at its highest whenever Völkerball was on the sports curriculum in primary school. “I loved the game in school so much that I felt disappointed whenever the game was over”. Then years later in San Francisco around September 2006 the excitement built up quickly again when I […] The post Lessons From Launching Startup Dodgeball Across Europe appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Before The Digital Economy Comes The Digital Company

    Oonagh Mc Nerney
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:58 am
    By 2016, almost half of the world’s population is expected to be connected to the Internet. That’s over 3 billion people. This is the phenomenon that is fuelling the ‘Digital Economy’. This new digital economy is recognised by governments and by the European Commission as a powerhouse for innovation, competitiveness and growth, holding tremendous potential […] The post Before The Digital Economy Comes The Digital Company appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Signaturit Raises €600k To Expand In Europe

    Scott Mackin
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    Barcelona-based startup Signaturit has closed a €600.000 fundraising round led by ESADE BAN and Banco Sabadell’s BStartup10 program. Signaturit was actually one of the startups to be accelerated within the BStartup10 program’s second class in 2014 and set out to create a plug and play solution that allows electronic signatures to be legally transmitted via email. Without the need of […] The post Barcelona Startup Signaturit Raises €600k To Expand In Europe appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona’s Quest to Become The Smartest City of Them All

    Tendelle Sheu
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Barcelona has been named the Smartest City in the world for 2015, according to a February publication by the research house, Juniper Research. The list ranks cities across a combination of “smart” capabilities, emphasizing those with smart grids, smart traffic, smart lighting, and also other aspects as social cohesion and technological capabilities. Smart City Barcelona came out […] The post Barcelona’s Quest to Become The Smartest City of Them All appeared first on Barcinno.
  • 5 Ways To Reduce Your Employee Churn

    Stewart Masters
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    How much of your precious time and money do you spend looking for new employees? Does your employee churn resemble something like that of Mass Mutual Life Insurance, viz. awful? Turning your employees over as rapidly as Amazon isn’t favorable to your bottom line, with experts estimating that it can cost up to as much […] The post 5 Ways To Reduce Your Employee Churn appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • Coming Soon: A Simple, Integrated WordPress LMS Platform

    Ryan Moore
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    At Uncanny Owl, we love creating flexible and powerful learning-enabled websites for our clients. They love our solutions, and we’re able to help businesses achieve important business goals while delivering engaging learner experiences. Custom LMS solutions can be a great fit for the right company, but in most cases the costs are too high—in dollars, in time, in complexity, in maintenance requirements and in training. Not every company can afford $5,000+ implementation costs or the 2-4 months it typically takes us to go from project initiation to going live. A lot of companies out there…
  • Setting up Zapier with LearnDash

    Ryan Moore
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    LearnDash (the company) released a very exciting update on Wednesday that allows LearnDash (the plugin) to talk to over 300 third-party applications. This means that key LearnDash events, like course enrolments and completions, can now trigger actions in other applications, like adding a learner to a mailing list, sending an email, creating a help desk ticket and more. LearnDash uses Zapier to talk to other integrations, and it works really well—once you understand how to do it. We were a bit too excited by the Zapier released and installed it as soon as it was available, and before…
  • We’re Hiring!

    Ryan Moore
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Uncanny Owl is looking for an experienced WordPress Developer to join our team on a full time or contract basis. We need help with all development stages of WordPress projects, including creating and customizing complex plugins, modifying and styling themes, and even some front-end design. Experience developing large membership sites and previous work with WordPress LMS tools (e.g. LearnDash and Sensei) would be a huge benefit. A Toronto-area candidate is preferred but your skill set is more important than your location. For more information and to apply, click here. No agencies or…
  • WordPress LMS Survey Results

    Ryan Moore
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    As part of our work with WordPress LMS solutions, we tend to deal with the higher end of the market, which includes small and mid-sized businesses with the budget for robust learning platforms. Our  focus means we unfortunately aren’t as connected as we would like with the larger WordPress LMS market, so we decided to conduct a survey last week to see how other people use products like LearnDash, Sensei and WP Courseware. We had a fantastic response from the community and what we discovered surprised us. We reached out to approximately 150 people by email. These people had visited the…
  • A Beginner’s Reaction to Using WordPress LMS Plugins

    Ryan Moore
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    As experienced users of WordPress LMS plugins like LearnDash and Sensei, we at Uncanny Owl sometimes overlook the challenges that new users face when building a learning-enabled website. Documentation and support for LMS plugins vary widely, and for many small businesses interested in delivering learning, both their knowledge of WordPress and instructional design may be quite limited. To reconnect with how new users experience WordPress LMS products, we thought it might be a fun experiment to set an inexperienced WordPress user up with a basic site that only included a theme and an LMS…
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    NextShark

  • These ‘Realistic’ Stock Images of Old Stoners Are Meant to Make Potheads Look Better

    Austin Grant-Dixon
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Marijuana cultivation is over 4,000 years old, but it seems like just yesterday when the president had to lie about “not inhaling.” Fast forward not even two decades and it’s cool to smoke, and sitting presidents are admitting to it. We even have marijuana advocacy groups like the Drug Policy Alliance, who just released free, “realistic” stock photos of people smoking marijuana to combat the “stoner” images usually used by media outlets. In celebration of 4/20, basically the stoner’s Fourth of July, here are some nice cannabis-friendly stock images to post anywhere you please.
  • Chinese App Used to Hire Thugs to Beat People up Gets Taken Down

    Editorial Staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    A Chinese mobile phone app called “Didi Da Ren” has been removed from app stores because people were using it to hire thugs to beat people up. According to Want China Times, users would post listings seeking a thug to hire — with ideal candidates being gym coaches, retired soldiers, gangsters and crooks. Where the idea came from The whole idea for the app started when a satirical video was released on a online talk show depicting helpless nurse and schoolgirls hiring bodyguards to beat down their bullies. Testing the app out A reporter from Kunming, China tested out the app by…
  • This Myers-Briggs Personality Type Makes the Most Money, Study Finds

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Your personality can have a lot to do with why you choose one job over another. That’s why knowing your personality type can help you find the career that makes you happy. There are 16 distinctive personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular personality test that determines your personality by measuring preferences like introversion and extroversion. Truity Psychometrics recently surveyed a representative sample of 25,759 people using their Myers-Briggs TypeFinder to find out how different personality types correlate with job satisfaction and income. The results…
  • Here’s What Your Handwriting Says About You [Infographic]

    Editorial Staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    If your handwriting slants to the right, you’re more outgoing and open to new experiences, according to graphologists. If it slants to the left, you’re supposedly more emotionally withdrawn and like to stay behind the scenes. Graphology contends that indicators of a person’s personality traits, and even their health and state of mind, can be found through analysis of their handwriting. Upheld as a true science by proponents but dismissed as a pseudoscience by skeptics, handwriting analysis is nonetheless fascinating even if not always totally accurate. Scope the infographic below from…
  • Apple’s Pretentious $10,000 Watch Edition Makes It the Tech Company of the 1 Percent

    Brian Macaulay
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Watch out — Friday marks Apple’s entry into the new sector of “wearables.” The company touts the Apple Watch as “Our most personal device yet,” but what’s so different about the new product — and to exactly whom the experience will be personalized — are questions with answers that go beyond what this slogan was probably meant to imply. Who are the buyers that will get something really revolutionary from the company timepiece? The very rich. What Apple fans expect, and what they may not The Watch (like the iPhone and iPad before it) comes in less and more impressive versions,…
 
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  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 4/6/15

    John Gannon
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Work Market is hiring a Business Development Representative in Huntington, NY. Jeff Bussgang writes for his blog about joining a winning startup. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 4/6/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 3/30/15

    John Gannon
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Artsy is hiring a People Operations Associate in NYC. Next Caller is hiring a Community Manager in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs for 3/30/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/23/15

    John Gannon
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Work-Bench is hiring a Business Development Associate in NYC. Hunter Walk interviews Foursquare’s Noah Weiss on becoming a product VP that people can trust. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/23/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/18/15

    John Gannon
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Ryan Paredez writes for CMX about how he went from fan of SwiftKey to full-time hire. Clever is hiring a Head of Inside Sales as well as an Account Executive in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/18/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/9/15

    John Gannon
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Tech Generation has launched, which aims to connect hundreds of Massachusetts’ top students with internships at local tech startups. Email sarah@newenglandvc.org with any questions. Baro is looking for a Startup Marketing/Business Development Intern in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/9/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Nibletz

  • When Bad Names Happen to Good Startups

    Dave Ketchen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    Nibletz founder Kyle Sandler used the headline above in 2012 in reference to a startup that unwittingly had chosen a NSFW name. The following year SXSW had a session by the same name. An experience April 17 led me to recycle the headline. I was part of a three-judge team along with serial entrepreneurs Bruce Cox and Jim Corman. Our job was to select four finalists for Auburn University’s Tiger Cage business plan competition from among ten semi-finalists. One of the semi-finalists is named “Bookworm.” Let’s see if you can guess what this company does. Is Bookworm: (a) a dating website…
  • Etsy Goes Public, Stock Prices Surge

    Drew Thompson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    On Thursday, the Brooklyn-based handmade and vintage item marketplace Etsy went public, debuting on the Nasdaq stock market. The early results show that investors are keen to get their money into tech firms. Etsy listed their initial public offering prices at $16. Within minutes, however, shares soared to more than $30. In just a few short hours, Etsy went from a valuation of around $1.8 billion to a valuation of nearly $4 billion. Quite a day. Via Fortune Etsy was founded way back in 2005 as a marketplace for small, independent crafters, artists, and makers could sell their handmade and…
  • Blab TV: Local TV Ad Network

    Lauren Hoover
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    Blab TV What is Blab TV? America’s Top Rated Local Advertising Network! Today’s media landscape is very complex. Effectively reaching targeted consumers is more important than ever before. At Blab TV, we take out the guess work, driving local demand for your brand through the most engaging advertising solutions available. Backed by the reliable Blab TV brand, Blab TV is your partner for advertising success. Our approach maximizes your advertising investment: • Create Brand Buzz: With the most talked-about content on-air and online, Blab TV aligns your brand with the powerful…
  • Trunica: A Unique New Take On the Chat Room

    Lauren Hoover
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    Throughout our time at One Spark, we saw a bunch of different technology projects. These projects were all across the board, in terms of focus. However, one project, Trunica, stood out as being incredibly unique. At its heart, Trunica is a communications platform: Trunica is a company dedicated to helping people communicate better across the world. Our new platform provides the capability for people and businesses to interact using audio as the primary messaging medium.7 From this broad level – communications – Trunica departs from the norm. It acts as a chat room of sorts. Users…
  • Startups Give Back: Helping Startups Prioritize Philanthropy

    Ryan Gray
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    Startups Give Back What is Startups Give Back? Startups Give Back is a volunteering event where startups actively work together to make a difference in their community. Who is your target user? Startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and anyone part of or interested in the startup space. Why did you build Startups Give Back? What problem are you taking on? Although not a product, Startups Give Back was created because there’s a lack of startup involvement in philanthropic initiatives. And this needs to change. Startups, businesses in general, have a higher purpose than just…
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • The 7 Online Payment Terms You Should Know

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    While the world of online payments may seem simple on the outside. There’s a lot complexity happening in the background, and with it comes a whole lot of terms you’ve probably never heard of. Image by Sara Cimino During our day-to-day activities we tend to get asked a lot about what these terms mean. So we created this blog post as a short-form glossary for online payments. But while there are many other terms to talk about which are just as important as the ones here. I narrowed the list down to the most common ones we often get asked. And if you want to take your knowledge of online…
  • How To Reduce Chargebacks For Your Subscription Business

    Julian Ott
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Important: The following new rules by Visa are mandatory for recurring payments starting April 18th, 2015, please make sure to comply by then. Do you run a subscription business and want to build trust with your customers while reducing the amount of chargebacks you receive? By selling products or services that are paid for regularly (e.g. on a monthly basis), you and your customers enter, what Visa calls, a recurring transaction agreement (RTA). An RTA is a token of trust between you and your customer, which is why it is that important to convey this trust to him by being transparent…
  • 3 Ways To Help Prevent Fraud On Your E-commerce Website

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

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

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

  • 11 “Internet of Things” Startups to Watch

    Team TechPanda
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Infographic brought to you by Wrike – Project Timeline Software
  • Fxkart: Fair.Fast.Free

    Trisha Niyogi
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Against the conducive backdrop of general optimism in the prospect of the Indian economy, as per the survey conducted by Ipsos, 53% of Indians are likely to increase their travel budget for the current year. This optimism[...]
  • Why Indian Society Badly Needs Generic Medicines?

    Guest Author
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    It’s a matter of great sadness that in India, there are thousands of people dying every day because they don’t have enough money to afford costly medicines and treatment. The sadder part is that the[...]
  • Top 3 Tablets With Voice Calls

    Team TechPanda
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Calling tablets are the new trend in the market. All the voice calling tablets in the market are more convenient to use due to their GSM calling facility that is an additional advantage. But many[...]
  • Augment | engineered for you to Access Multiple Apps Within Gmail

    Anmol Sabherwal
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:41 am
    Along with email, different apps such as Evernote, Dropbox, Trello are commonly used these days for different online activities. Doesn’t it get complicated when you have to switch from one app to another to manage these activities? Wouldn’t a[...]
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    Blog About Ruby on Rails Web Development, Mobile Development and Startups

  • Speed Up Your Page Load - Tools for Site Owners and Developers

    Netguru
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Online users have hardly tolerate websites that take ages to load. Here is a list of page speed tools that webmasters and developers can
use to measure website and blog load speeds.
  • Will Your App Survive a Bug Bash?

    John Waldron
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Looking for a quick and effective way of testing your new app while in development? Why not get your whole team involved in a vigorous session of bug bashing?
  • Introducing: Open Source NGRValidator

    Patryk Kaczmarek
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Read about our latest open source project: an easy to read, centralized, and comprehensive solution to validating any Objective-C model in just a few lines of code. Validation has never been that easy!
  • Coming Up: the 2nd Project Management Workshops

    Hanna Bręczewska
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Our Project Management Workshops are a great opportunity to face the challenges of managing projects in a software house. You can take your first steps in managing communication with clients and coordinate the process of building the apps. Excited? Read on and apply!
  • Spree Payment Gateways for Ecommerce - All You Need to Know

    John Waldron
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    Every e-commerce owner has to tackle one of the key elements of running an online store: implementing the payment gateway of choice. Find out more about available Spree payment gateways and handy features that will facilitate the payment process for your customers.
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Infographic: Social Media Posts that Improve Company Culture

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Having a well-developed social strategy is key for attracting followers to your pages, but these posts can also have a significant impact on your company culture. While many of your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers are loyal customers, it's likely that many of your employees follow your company on social media as well. Keep your employees actively engaged by using your social networks to broadcast workers' achievements, post content tailored to their interests and ultimately turn them into brand ambassadors.  Want to see how it's done? Try one of these five methods for…
  • Infographic: Start Sweeping - 7 Ways to Begin Your Marketing Spring Cleaning

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Spring cleaning is much more than dusting off your cabinets and rearranging new merchandise. Extend your efforts to your marketing endeavors by finding ways to make your social and digital campaigns more successful. Looking for a jumping off point? Start by clearing the clutter in these places. Leads and Customers Email lists: Having an exhaustive list of potential customers is critical for any email marketing campaign, but you have to know when to cut the dead ends loose. Discover which recipients aren't opening or interacting with your communications and remove them from your lists. …
  • 4 Reasons You Need to Optimize Your Mobile Site

    10 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Mobile adoption across the world continues to soar, especially in the U.S. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds of adults own smartphones and a large portion use these devices to surf the Internet while on the go. Tailoring your website to these users is not only a recommended practice, but it will soon become a necessity for companies looking to attract or retain online visitors. Mobile optimization ensures your website has been adapted for use on these devices, so features and design should be tailored to the mobile experience. But what kind of measurable impact does…
  • 5 Resources to Help Your Small Business File Its Taxes

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    It's that time of year again. Tax season is in full swing, which means it's time to start digging out your W-2s, receipts and inventory records from the past year. If you've never filed small business taxes before, the process can seem daunting at first. Thankfully, it's not too different from filing personal taxes, especially if you know where to go for help. Investing in professional financial assistance is always a good idea, especially if this is your first time filing taxes or you're not particularly math-minded. Even after having an accountant review your taxes, you'll want to give them…
  • Is Your Retail Store Secure? 5 Tips to Prevent Hackers

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    Security remains a top concern for small business owners across the country, whether they're trying to safeguard their physical stores or keep digital thieves from targeting their online sites. Cyber security should be among small business owners' top priorities moving into the new quarter. Whether you're looking to protect your online assets or ensure your customers' transactions are completely secure, keep these tips in mind as you're amending your virtual strategy. 1. Complicate your password A-B-C may be as easy as 1-2-3, but your password should be difficult to guess and regularly…
 
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Namakh Is Disrupting The Women Clothing Industry With Its Sharp Pricing

    Akanksha Samar
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    When you think of the women fashion industry, all you see is glossy tailored clothing and high retail markups. Setting trends may still be the focus of big-name designer brands catering to the luxury market. For the average consumer who cannot afford the high branded clothes and still want to have the feel of wearing the comfortable clothing line, the process of searching and shopping for clothes, especially online, has become quite easy and accessible. This has been made possible by some of the entrepreneurs who dream to disrupt the women’s clothing market. Namakh, a Contemporary Fast…
  • MyFirstCampus : India’s First Startup Job Portal Is Here

    Akanksha Samar
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    The startup ecosystem is growing in India at an exceptional rate, and time and time again, the number one challenge that most startup founders face is not about raising money, closing deals, doing sales or finding partners. It’s hiring people. What’s incredible is that this has been the case for many, many years. With the emergence of Angel investors, Venture Capitalist, Incubators and Accelerators the processes by which we raise financing and seek mentoring have changed a lot in the recent years. But startup recruiting hasn’t changed at all. May be because startup CEOs and founders are…
  • Snapdeal Acquires FreeCharge; The Largest Acquisition In Indian Digital Space

    Asish Das
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    The leading online marketplace Snapdeal today announced its acquisition of mobile and DTH recharge platform, FreeCharge, in what the online marketplace calls as “one of the largest acquisitions” in the Indian digital commerce space. The deal value wasn’t disclosed by either of the companies, but sources which are involved in this acquisition said FreeCharge was valued around $450 million. “At Snapdeal, we are building an ecosystem that powers billions of digital commerce transactions in the country in the coming years,” Snapdeal co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl…
  • 7 Things That Make Baniyas Different From Others

    Amit Ghosh
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    Baniya is a word that has become very common in our everyday speak. Heard mostly in the markets, the word “baniya” is associated with traders or the business-class people who are typically experts in number-crunching activities and trading. The Baniya clan, blessed with a commercially bent mind, has some typical characteristics that make them unique. We have listed the seven different qualities that you will often see in Baniyas. The ‘bizness’ Gene Baniyas are almost born with the business DNA. Kids learn the tricks of running a successful business very early. So when they grow up,…
  • Swiggy Raises $2 Million Funding From SAIF And Accel Partners

    Asish Das
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    SAIF Partners and Accel Partners have invested $2 Million in Bengaluru-based Swiggy, an on-demand food ordering start-up out of Bengaluru offering speedy deliveries from neighbourhood restaurants. Swiggy started operations in August 2014 in the Koramangala neighbourhood of Bangalore and has been growing at a very fast pace since. Using a fleet of delivery personnel equipped with smartphones and an apppowered by routing algorithms, Swiggy is creating an efficient logistics solution for food deliveries. This ensures that Swiggy provides customers with timely deliveries and real-time tracking of…
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  • There is a New Squirrly – Announcing the 2015 Version of our Software

    Florin Muresan
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    There is a New Squirrly. On the 27th of April you’ll be able to see it on the WordPress Directory. For those of you who want to see it before we launch it, here it is: Download the Beta You’ll be able to see some of the new amazing features…
  • Brand Manifesto – Value Before Money. Grow World Knowledge

    Florin Muresan
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Value Before Money. Grow World Knowledge. – We contribute to changing the way commerce works world-wide. We believe that Content and Content Marketing are making the world a better place. What we do not believe is that “a better place” really manages to explain how much personal growth is enabled world-wide…
  • 7 Attributes You Don’t Want Your Content Writer to Have

    Florin Muresan
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    Experience has taught me that content writing is not as easy as it sounds. As I mentioned in a previous article, some people are born writers, and some people, including me, need to invest time in developing certain skills. Now that the “content marketing is king” syntagm is written on everybody’s…
  • 7 Content Marketing Strategies You Never Knew You Should Try

    Florin Muresan
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Content Marketing is Directly Dependent upon Engagement Engagement is the key to effective content marketing. To attract attention, you have to find multiple avenues of engagement. There’s two ways to lure engagement: creating content that is entertaining and creating content that is educational. To get someone’s attention, you open with…
  • Why Do People Want to See Active Social Media Accounts for Your Start-up?

    Florin Muresan
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:43 am
    Social Media and the Monkey See – Monkey Do Effect Monkeys are known for copying what they see others do. Social media is the antagonist for every single thing that trends. People see other people talking, ‘liking,’ and sharing, so they do it, too. This is what starts trends, builds…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Luz Rivas – Providing Tech Programs for Young Women

    Paige Sevier
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:53 pm
    “You’re never going to have everything you need in place to get started, but think about what you do have.” Luz Rivas About: Luz Rivas- Founder of DIY Girls, and Co-Founder of KitHub Overview: Luz Rivas inspires us with her desire to help change the upcoming generation of Latinas in LA. During this interview, Luz shares her road to success in the tech space and how she started her company, DIY Girls, and co-founded KitHub. Click To Tweet: Ep 188: Luz Rivas – Providing Tech Programs for Young Women Highlights: Background: Luz grew up in LA with a single mother and…
  • Fraser Patterson – An Innovative Approach to Remodeling

    Paige Sevier
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:43 pm
    “If you have a great idea, shout it from the rooftops and convince everyone it does work.” – Fraser Patterson About: Fraser Patterson- Founder and CEO of Bolster Bio: He’s been a carpenter and award-winning general contractor in the U.K.; a guest lecturer in entrepreneurship and business incubator executive at Centro, an architecture and design university in Mexico; a mentor to various startups for Endeavor, a global non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets and the founder and C.E.O. of OnisVida, a company that helps homeowners manage their…
  • Peter Gould- Branding at a Deeper Level

    Paige Sevier
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    “Spend time with an agency who will help you creatively connect and engage emotionally with your audience.” Peter Gould About: Peter Gould- Founder and CEO of Creative Cubed BIO: Peter Gould is a designer, creative entrepreneur and digital artist. Over the last ten years he has been involved in the design and launch of many international brands and creative projects through his studio Creative Cubed, based in Sydney, Australia. His team loves to work with startups and entrepreneurs who dream big and are passionate about launching their ideas into the world. He has won several…
  • Eliana Salvi – Creating a Community for Women

    Paige Sevier
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    “You don’t have to wait for the perfect platform, you can start with something simple and then change and improve later.” – Eliana Salvi About: Eliana Salvi- Founder of PinkTrotters Overview: Eliana is an Italian native with a degree in International Management from Bocconi University. She has an insane love for traveling, getting to know new cultures, and internet products. Throughout this interview we learn what drove Eliana to start her entrepreneurial journey and what her company (PinkTrotters) is all about. Click to Tweet: Ep 186: Interview w/ Eliana Salvi…
  • Steeve Bois – Creative by Nature

    Paige Sevier
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    “The best way to get a good idea is to not look for it.” – Steeve Bois About: Steeve Bois – Founder and CEO of Social Symphony App Overview: Steeve has always had a love for being creative and believes that we are all creative by nature. He saw the need to create an application that would help others find happiness through music. The app is called Social Symphony. Thanks to this project and to the talented people Steeve has worked with, he hopes he will be able to make the planet a better place. Click to Tweet: Interview w/ Steeve Bois: Creative by Nature…
 
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    PAKWIRED

  • Is Pakistan Ready for Drone Delivery? Apparently Not

    Babar Khan Javed
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Considering the traffic issue in Karachi, the unreliability of some delivery staff, various legal implications involved in the instant nature of delivery and the risk to delivery staff life, we wondered how soon the market can expect drone delivery.To gain a market need perspective, I spoke to the men behind leading instant delivery & fast... The post Is Pakistan Ready for Drone Delivery? Apparently Not appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • The World of Free Online Courses

    Hummayun Javed
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    LinkedIn’s upcoming acquisition of Lynda.com for $1.5 billion shows not only the potential for synergies between the world’s largest portal for professionals and an online training portal, but also the potential for online training and education programs on their own. While Lynda.com charges money for the training that it provides online, there are several online... The post The World of Free Online Courses appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • 5 Necessary Steps Every Pakistani Startup Should Take

    Hassaan Khan
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Startup culture has started growing in Pakistan, thanks to Social Media, Internet and Startup Incubators working in Pakistan to promote, aware and educate entrepreneurs, individuals and students across the country to start up something of their own. Startups need to be nurtured with mentoring, ideas and environment that harness their skills they deserve to create... The post 5 Necessary Steps Every Pakistani Startup Should Take appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • 6 Pakistani Startups that received foreign funding in the last 2 years  

    Hummayun Javed
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The startup dream that often alludes entrepreneurs in Pakistan goes in one of two directions. The first hope is to develop a product or service that monetizes the Pakistani market’s potential – be it the 180 million large population, growing number of mobile or internet users or the rising youth in the country. The second,... The post 6 Pakistani Startups that received foreign funding in the last 2 years   appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Hadoop Summit 2015 to Attract Developers and Data Scientists across Europe

    Hassaan Khan
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Hadoop Summit 2015 is a leading Apache Hadoop Community conference which will be held on 15-16 April, 2015. The two-day summit featuring industry experts and Apache Hadoop scientists who will be sharing their experience, exposure and architecture based learnings on Apache Hadoop. As the Hadoop Summit is about to kick off in Brussels, data scientists,... The post Hadoop Summit 2015 to Attract Developers and Data Scientists across Europe appeared first on PAKWIRED.
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    Potknox Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ChannelEyes Reinventing Channel Communication For Leading Companies

    SuperbCrew
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    ChannelEyes has built the world’s largest mobile channel acceleration platform for Vendors and their Channel Partners. ChannelCandy – ChannelEyes’ core product drives new levels of engagement and sales enablement for agents, resellers, dealers, and sales teams. Here is our recent interview with Jay McBain Co-Founder and CMO of ChannelEyes: Q: ChannelEyes was founded in 2011, could you tell us something more about the company? A: ChannelEyes is an Enterprise Mobile Platform connecting Vendors and their Channel Partners. Our core product, ChannelCandy, is a custom branded mobile app…
  • Konekt Dash – Build Connected Products That Work Everywhere!

    SuperbCrew
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:21 pm
    The Konekt Dash is a cellular development kit for building Internet of Things (IoT) devices. You can use it to build all sorts of fun connected products like sensors, tracking devices, alarm systems, connected car applications, and more. The Konekt Platform is made to bring enterprise grade features to the individual developer, so its perfect for a solo hobby project or building the connected hardware business of your dreams! The Konekt Dash will work anywhere you get a cellular signal and can easily and securely communicate to the internet or other devices via the Konekt Cloud. Each Konekt…
  • The Unibody 3D Printer Tiko Raises Over $2 Million!

    SuperbCrew
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    3D Printer Tiko has raised over $2.1 Million from more than 11.000 Kickstarter backers! The Tiko is accessible, simple 3D printer, and it cost $179. It is a delta 3D printer, which means its body is shaped like a triangle instead of a rectangle, with three sets of arms moving in unison to control the movement of the print head. Activate Social Media:The post The Unibody 3D Printer Tiko Raises Over $2 Million! appeared first on SuperbCrew.
  • Smart Lock Sesame Raises Over $1M From Kickstarter Backers

    SuperbCrew
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Sesame has raised over $1 Million from more than 6.350 Kickstarter backers. The initial $100K fundraising goal was reached in nine hours. When you leave the house, you always brings the three things: your keys, your wallet, and your phone. Now, your phone is your keys! Just lock and unlock your door using the Sesame app on your phone. Better yet, open Sesame with a custom knock on your phone or door. Receive a notification whenever your door opens or closes. You’ll always know exactly who’s coming and going—and exactly when. The optional WiFi access point connects Sesame to the Internet…
  • mBot – The Easiest Way For Kids To Learn Programming And Robotics

    SuperbCrew
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:57 am
    Developed by a Shenzen-based startup Makeblock, mBot is designed to teach kids the basics of programming, electronics, and robotics by providing a simple and affordable (just $49) package. Scratch2.0 is very popular among teachers and students as easy-to-use graphical programming software. Based on Scratch 2.0, mBot team developed a new software – mBlock. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Scratch, it’s essentially a graphical programming tool that kids can use to make computer and robot programs. mBot can be programmed by kids using the latest version of Scratch and…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • LinkedIn to Acquire lynda.com for $1.5 billion

    ventureosity
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The world’s largest professional network on the Internet LinkedIn  with more than 300 million members worldwide, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire lynda.com, a leading online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals. The acquisition is a combination of 52 percent cash … Continue reading LinkedIn to Acquire lynda.com for $1.5 billion →
  • iGeak just like iWatch

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

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

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

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

  • The Evolution of Spectafy

    Eric Watson
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Spectafy 2.0 is coming soon in the form of the all new Spark app brought to you by the same familiar team at Spectafy Labs. We owe a huge thank you to all of our fans in the Spectafy app – we really hope you all check out Spark. We’re super excited to be launching soon in April and to be going worldwide right away! Spark is, similar to the Spectafy app, all about connecting with what’s happening around you. It’s a simple social network centered around following what’s happening near you right now. Unlike how the Spectafy app required a question and answer from…
  • Big Things Happening at Spectafy – Announcing 2.0

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

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

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

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

  • Get Your Medical Records Securely Via PicnicHealth

    KARAN CHOPRA
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Have you ever thought on that how much the health data important is? Some feels yes it is while some other says very much important. Well combining all, what if a company comes forward and help you to have the things at an ease in getting your medical records securely i.e. letting you get all your medical records from all your doctors with an ease. Meet PicnicHealth, a company which makes it easy for you to seamlessly import medical records from all your doctors by understanding what’s going on with your health, and coordinate care between your providers. Although earlier it sounds like…
  • Get Great Educational Resources At Educents

    KARAN CHOPRA
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Whether you are a student, parent or an educator, you often keep on searching for educational products for your kids from time-to-time. While the world of web is full of resources from where you can get educational resources but the one which we are sharing today tops the list as per us. Meet Educents, an online marketplace from where you can get affordable educational products. Whether then it is a science kit, or curriculum pack or an art supplies, Educents offers you everything at much cheaper prices, thanks to its educational supplier’s network. Sounds good? Visit Educents today. The…
  • Get Limited-Edition Fashion Collections Via Reformation

    KARAN CHOPRA
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Quite wonders the time when you are looking for new fashion collections. While certainly just like any other industry, the fashion industry got huge new heights. Well context on bringing up one such start-up in our today’s review, we are going to talk about the company name Reformation. Reformation masters the art in designing limited-edition collections as well as manufactures styles in their downtown Los Angeles factory. Following the suit, this leads on allowing the company to release designs which reflect the latest fashion trends within a few weeks time. More than this, the company…
  • Buy And Sell Second Hand Children’s Clothing, Gear, Toys And More Via Kidizen

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Have you got grown-up kids in your home? And have you got huge things totally not being used? Or have you got huge products which are just put up here and there. Well now consider a situation where you get a platform to buy or sell your second hand children’s clothing, gear, toys and more. Meet Kidizen, an online marketplace to buy and sell kidstuff. The platform let you allow selling your kiddie stuff to make someone else happy. While other than this, all it requires is to shop the brands you know and love as well as adding further with the platform’s in-built communication tool, lets…
  • Meet RazorPay, An Online Payment Solution For India

    KARAN CHOPRA
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    With more and more businesses are taking way out to sell their products over the web, it is uttermost important to have the right payment solution underway with us. The startup which we are reviewing today masters in the same. Meet Razorpay, the company which aims to simplify the flow of online payments through a clean, easy-to-use & developer-friendly payment gateway. Moreover, it brings on fast onboarding, checkout forms, powerful dashboard, seamless integration, robust security, powerful API and lots more. Sounds good, then explore RazorPay today. The post Meet RazorPay, An Online…
 
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • How to Succeed at Content Marketing When You Have Nothing Interesting to Write About

    Josh Haynam
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Josh Haynam, co-founder of Interact Last night I went for a walk and thought about how to explain the way in which content marketing has worked for Interact. I knew I was slated to go on ConversionAid and discuss how content has helped us grow from nothing to $15k/mo in revenue, and I wanted to collect my thoughts. As I walked through the little forest path near my house and looked up at the moon (it’s almost a full moon right now, it’s beautiful), I verbalized what I want to say on the podcast (I often do this to prepare for “speeches”…
  • 058: How a Bootstrapped Startup Made Content Marketing Work After Months of Failure

    Omer Khan
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Today’s episode is part 2 of the interview with Josh Haynam of Interact – a SaaS product that makes it easier to create shareable quizzes for your website. In this episode, we’re going to get tactical and learn how they used content marketing to do that. We’ll talk about the 30 or 40 posts that Josh wrote which didn’t even generate ONE free user of their of their product. And we’ll talk about the one blog post that he wrote which suddenly started generating paying customers. Success Quote “Luck is the by-product of busting…
  • 057: How 3 College Friends Bootstrapped their Startup from $0 to $15k a Month in 10 Months

    Omer Khan
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Josh Haynam is the co-founder of Interact – a SaaS product that makes it easier to create shareable quizzes for your website. You can create a quiz to engage with your audience or generate new sales leads. Josh and his two co-founders bootstrapped the company since its launch just over a year ago. In 10 months, they went from $0 to $15,000 in monthly recurring revenue. And they landed clients like Disney, NBC and the American Red Cross. And they did that with zero outbound sales calls, and all through content marketing. Success Quote “Luck is the…
  • 056: How the Co-Founders of Optimizely Went from Idea to First Customer in 1 Day

    Omer Khan
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Pete Koomen is the co-founder and CTO of Optimizely – a leading website optimization and A/B testing platform. The company was founded in 2010 and to date has raised over $88 million in funding. Optimizely has over 8000 customers including major brands such as Salesforce, Disney and Starbucks. Prior to launching Optimizely, Pete worked at Google for 3 years. Success Quote “Make something people want” — Paul Graham Book Recommendation “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers”…
  • 055: How This Startup Went from Zero to $400K a Month in 2 Years

    Omer Khan
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Tim Sae Koo is the co-founder & CEO of Tint, a platform that enables brands to aggregate, curate and display social media feeds anywhere – including desktop, mobile, retail TV displays, event walls or jumbotrons at big events. Tint was founded in 2013 and was profitable within 3 months or launch. Today, their platform is used by over 45,000 brands around the world. Success Quote “Everything happens for a reason” “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”…
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lebanon Part I: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
      I learned one thing that day. When your luggage is delayed, it's bad. Yet, when the person you're waiting for at the arrival gate doesn't show up, your common sense leaves you completely.   On April 3rd, a taxi took me to the airport in Brussels, just in time to pick up Adil, co-founder of our startup, with whom I was about to set off on a bold one-year tour around the world. In approximately 3 hours, we were supposed to get on the plane to Beirut. As I waited, I was browsing my Twitter feed only to discover a TechCrunch article, published that very day, on Lebanon's bright future…
  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide: Developing A Solid Marketing Strategy in Less Than 24 Hours [infographic]

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

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

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

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Bear Douglas Senior Manager, Developer Advocacy at Twitter     1. HipChat – Bring your team to life   "It helps me keep in touch with my team 1:1 and in group chat rooms while on the move. Works on mobile better than many other enterprise-focused chat clients."       2. 1Password – Simple, convenient security   "It keeps…
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  • Sony Xperia Z4 specs announced

    Attiq Haroon
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Sony has announced it latest smartphone of its Xperia Z series, The Xperia Z4. It is literally the most rumored and leaked smartphone of the year. Sony has put the latest 64-bit octa-core chipset in Xperia Z4, which is Snapdragon 810… Continue Reading → The post Sony Xperia Z4 specs announced appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Android Lollipop 5.0 CWM ROM for Rivo RX60

    Attiq Haroon
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Recently we published Lollipop 5.0 update for Rivo Rhythm RX60 but some of the RX60 users were having problems as their devices are rooted and they have custom recoveries running on their devices. So we decided to release a CWM… Continue Reading → The post Android Lollipop 5.0 CWM ROM for Rivo RX60 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Lewa Os V5 Custom Rom For QMobile X900

    Daniyal Sheikh
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    QMobile X900 is one of the latest entry in company’s octa-core lineup. There are two different variants of this phone labelled as “X900 high” and “X900 lite”. We earlier provided you the root and cwm touch recovery for QMobile X900… Continue Reading → The post Lewa Os V5 Custom Rom For QMobile X900 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How to Fix Disabled Wifi on iPhone 4s

    Shaeel Iqbal
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Last night i was using my Apple iPhone 4s, i was using wifi from last three hours without any pause and also my iPhone was connected to charger. As i was using facebook messenger at that time and suddenly my… Continue Reading → The post How to Fix Disabled Wifi on iPhone 4s appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How to Unlock Qmobile Noir Z8 Bootloader

    Attiq Haroon
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    The all new Qmobile Noir Z8 is powered by Snapdragon 410 SoC and that is why it is difficult to root the device. The first problem in this device is that it has a locked bootloader. Bootloader has to be… Continue Reading → The post How to Unlock Qmobile Noir Z8 Bootloader appeared first on MGeeky.
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  • Selling on Amazon for Easy Automated FBA Profits

    Sam Oh
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    The Amazon marketplace is the most underutilized online source of revenue. People generally look for a cash transaction on Craigslist or for a simple way to sell on eBay.What they don’t realize is that selling on Amazon generates passive income.Like anything else in life, there are learning curves.Think back to the first time you learned to tie your shoes. It was frustrating, and you probably thought you would never get it. But then that glorious day came when you said bye bye to Velcro (I hope).Selling on Amazon is no different. There will be learning curves.But if you follow this…
  • 7 Viral Tips #TheDress Taught us and the SCIENCE of Sharing

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

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

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

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

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager made a big splash this week. She announced a formal anti- trust probe into Google. The focus of the probe is the prominence of Google Shopping in search results. Google Shopping if you didn’t know - and I certainly didn’t - is a promoted advertising service. It pops up when you use internet search to try to find goods to buy online. Google makes money by taking a cut from the companies advertising. In Europe 90% of online searches are on Google . So Ms Vestager and her Directorate believe this is an abuse of market…
  • Tom Tunguz is Wrong - SMBs are the future of SaaS

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Tom Tunguz is one of the gods of SaaS insight and blogging. This week he published The Innovators Dilemma for SaaS Startups. His basic argument is that all SaaS companies start by targeting the SMB market. In time they feel forced to move up to the Enterprise market. As always the post is well written and supported by some thoughtful data analysis. There is no question that this is a common path for SaaS businesses. But the revenue model doesn’t need to be this way.A quick look at the numbersLet's take a quick look at the numbers in the post. The benefits of moving up to…
  • 6 Things SaaS LTV might be trying to tell you

    4 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Small Business Consulting About LTVTweet LTV or Customer Lifetime Value or CLV is one of the key SaaS Metrics. It is a simple and powerful measure which is essential to the startup financial model. There are slight variations in definition but only a few essential elements. A quick primer/ reminder:The basic formula: Average value per customer per period X Number of periods average customer keeps using the product. This works for the SaaS revenue model because it is a recurring revenue model.Average value is usually per month or per year. Some people take sales revenue per period as…
  • 3 Reasons Why SME SaaS Metrics Are Different

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

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

  • The Cost Of Facebook Ads (And How They Grew My Business)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is Startup Investing Right For You?

    Onevest
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    By Tim HoughtenStartup investing may be right for the many individuals in the U.S., if it is done well.Why invest in startups offline or online via platforms like Onevest? What role should startup investing play in your financial plan? What’s the smartest way to embrace this type of investment? Photo credit: forbes.com Three Reasons to Add Startups to Your Portfolio Today:GrowthDiversificationImpact investingReplicating SuccessMatt Theriault, host of the Cash Flow Savvy podcast on iTunes, poses that if you emulate what the wealthiest are doing, you should get the same results, and…
  • 5 Tips to Manage Relationships With Portfolio Companies as a Startup Investor

    Onevest
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    By Michael WhitehouseYou've found that perfect startup opportunity on Onevest or somewhere else, decided to invest an amount in the project, and now it's time to help that investment flourish. But just how do you move forward as an investor and maximize your impact on a startup? How can you ensure that you are having a positive effect rather than a detrimental one? Photo credit: http://blog.topazlabs.com/ The key is to foster a positive relationship with the founders of the startup directly. This doesn't mean a personal one, but rather a relationship built on a…
  • "Money is Local, Impact is Global" for Angel Investing

    Onevest
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    By Michael "Luni" LibesIn the traditional world of early stage, Angel and VC investing, money is local. Studies show that over 80% of funding at Angel groups and Series A VCs goes to businesses in the same city/region as the funders.Over in the impact investing space, this rule is not true. Socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs are tackling global, planet-scale issues, often well outside the investment hotbeds of San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Seattle, Boulder, and Austin. No city stands out as a leader across cleantech, green, community, and bottom billion targeted…
  • How Startup Founders Can Better Manage Their Time

    Onevest
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Michael Whitehouse Photo credit: huffpost.com Time management is an important component of any business, but when it comes to launching a startup it is even more critical. Excitement and passion alone won't fuel your project – you need structure to determine how and when to achieve a goal. Without that, your startup is a rudderless ship from the outset. When time is of the essence for a new initiative to establish itself, a flawed or absent approach to time management can prove to be fatal.Manage Your Time, Solve Your ProblemsTime management isn't just about being “on time”;…
  • New SEC Regulation A+: Everything You Need To Know

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

  • The Haggadah’s Four Sons make an ideal startup team. Here’s why.

    Ofer Brandes
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Haggadah – the traditional text read by Jews on the eve of Passover – speaks of “Four Sons” who are actually four stereotypes of people: The wise, the wicked, the simple, and the one who does not know how to ask. Each of the four sons is characterized by a typical saying, and the Haggadah suggests a corresponding commentary. In fact, many generations of scholars have commentated about these four sons, mainly offering religious or moral lessons, but I believe that there is another lesson we can learn from the story which can help us work better as teams within startups and…
  • Will your next headline be a pair of sweaty socks or a freshly baked pastry?

    Noya Lizor
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    You know that intoxicating aroma that hypnotizes you when you walk past a bakery? My reaction is almost cartoon-like: My head spins around sharply and I allow my nose to lead me – as though in a trance – to the source of that divine yumminess. Well that’s pretty much the effect that headlines need to have these days in order to earn a click, because with so many headlines flooding the web, anything less than head-spinning-irresistibility (not to mention a genuinely crappy headline) could doom the content you worked so hard to create to eternal invisibility. The internet has become a…
  • China and Israel’s High Tech Industry: The story just keeps getting better

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

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

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

  • Twitter Success in 30 Minutes a Day

    Sandra Giffin
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Having a social media presence is important and I enjoy it tremendously. My Strategy My preferred social media channel is Twitter. I tweet on my own account @SandraGiffin and on my blog’s account @MediaVidi. I have met incredible people on Twitter and I have had many fun interactions. I am amazed at the talented, dynamic and witty people on Twitter who will actively engage in conversations with you. But you can’t expect to have conversations in Twitter if you aren’t contributing. This is challenging for me as a Startup Founder because I have many competing demands on my…
  • How to Make a your Own Demo Video

    Cristian Worthington
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I make my own demo videos for our MondoPlayer App (like this video about our new MondoPlayer Buffer Feature).  Learning how to make these videos has been a challenge and I’d like to share some of the lessons I have learned. I remember the first demo video I produced.  In a word, it was “bad”. I knew it was awful, but I had to get something onto our website. Things went from bad to worse when I showed it to my friends and investors.  They all went into Movie Critic mode! They were expecting a video that would compete with a million dollar TV commercial and they got something…
  • How to Become a Marketing Genius

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

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

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